ITA Latin American Arbitration Forum (ITAFOR)

Foro de Arbitraje LatinoAmericano del ITA

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ITAFOR is a primarily Spanish-Portuguese language listserv designed to foster discussion on arbitration and ADR topics pertinent to Latin America.  As a listserv, it is an easy-to-use medium available to all who have email.  A subscriber simply sends an email to the listserv email address and the message is then automatically sent to all subscribers.  ITAFOR subscriptions are open to all.  To ensure quality, candid colloquy as well as respect for all, participants must adhere to published Guidelines (below).  Subscriptions are free for at least the first year.

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Orlando Cabrera
Hogan Lovells
Mexico City, Mexico

Having studied law in Canada, Mexico, and the United States of America, and fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French, Orlando counsels companies, governments, and corporate investors in international dispute resolution and investigations seamlessly across borders and languages. Read full bio.
María Inés Corrá
M. & M. Bomchil
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Partner and co-head of the International Arbitration, Public Law and Economic Regulation at Bomchil. Arbitrator. Professor of Arbitration and Mediation at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella and of Administrative Law at Universidad de Buenos Aires and Universidad Católica Argentina. Read full bio.
Giovanni Ettore Nanni
Nanni Advogados
São Paulo, Brazil

Professor of Civil Law at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo. Doctor (2003) and Master (1998) degrees from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo. Editor in chief of the Revista de Arbitragem e Mediação, published by Editora Revista dos Tribunais (Thomson Reuters). Read full bio.

Eric Franco
Lima, Peru

Lawyer, international arbitrator, member of dispute boards and law professor. Has worked on engineering and construction projects and disputes in Latin America, Europe and Asia, as in-house or external counsel, arbitrator, member of dispute boards and legal expert. As an arbitrator, has issued more than 70 awards. Managing partner at Legal Delta law firm. Until March 2024 was disputes global expert at the Engie Group and general counsel of Engie in Peru. Recognized as a “distinguished arbitrator” by Arbitrator Intelligence and as an “excellent” arbitrator by Leaders League. Holds an Msc in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, Kings College London.

Vice-Chair of the Americas Initiative of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA). Representative of Peru before the Arbitration and ADR Commission of the ICC. Member of the ICC Latin American Arbitration Group. Chair of the Peruvian Chapter of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIARB). Co-Chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee of the Latin American Arbitration Association (ALARB). Founder of the Peruvian Society of Construction Law. 
Cecilia O’Neill
Madrid Span

Cecilia O’Neill de la Fuente has a Law degree by Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), a Master of Laws (LLM) by University of Pennsylvania and a doctor’s degree by PUCP. Read full bio.
Erik Schäfer
Cologne, Germany

Erik is Counsel at BODENHEIMER GbR, a boutique law firm based in Berlin/Cologne (Germany), specializing in domestic and international dispute resolution. His main areas of practice are arbitration and litigation before state courts, mainly in matters involving technical issues (mainly IP and ICT). Since 1994 he has acted as counsel and arbitrator in national and international arbitration proceedings. Read full bio.
Carolina de Trazegnies
Lima, Peru
Soledad Díaz
Montevideo, Uruguay
Prof. Katia Fach Gómez
Facultad de Derecho
Universidad de Zaragoza (España)
Zaragoza, Spain
Marcela Filloy Zerr
San Jose, Costa Rica
Cecilia Flores Rueda
ITA Counsel
FloresRueda Abogados
Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico
Ana Gerdau de Borja Mercereau
Derains & Gharavi
Paris, France
Karina Goldberg
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sofía Gómez Ruano
Creel, García-Cuéllar y Aiza y Enríquez
Mexico City, Mexico
Flavia Foz Mange
Flavia Mange
São Paulo, Brazil
Juan Manuel Marchán
Perez, Bustamante & Ponce Abogados
Quito, Ecuador
Felipe Mutis Téllez
Brgard Urrutia
Bogotá, Colombia
Santiago Peña
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Angélica Perdomo
Zuleta Beyond Borders
Bogota, Colombia
Roger Rubio
Rubio Arbitration Law
Lima, Peru
Verónica Sandler Obregón
Universidad de Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Camilo Vázquez
Del Castillo y Castro
Monterrey, México
José Astigarraga
Reed Smith LLP
Miami, Florida, USA
Giovanni Ettore Nanni
Nanni Advogados
São Paulo, Brazil

Eduardo Damião Gonçalves
Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados
São Paulo, Brazil

André de A. Cavalcanti Abbud
BMA Advogados
São Paulo, Brazil
Cecilia Flores Rueda
ITA Counsel
FloresRueda Abogados
Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico
Elina Mereminskaya
Chair, Americas Initiative
Wagemann Abogados & Ingenieros, Santiago de Chile

Tomasz J. Sikora
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Spring, TX

Prof. Dr. Guido Santiago Tawil
Independent Arbitrator
Punta del Este, Uruguay

Dr. Darya Shirokova
Assistant Director
Institute for Transnational Arbitration
Plano, TX

Claus von Wobeser
Von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C.
Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico

Eduardo Zuleta
Arbitration Chambers
Bogotá, Colombia

The Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA), together with the Latin American Arbitration Association (ALARB) and the Brazilian Arbitration Committee (CBAr), has launched the ITA Latin American Arbitration Forum (to be known as “ITAFOR”) to foster discussion on arbitration and ADR topics pertinent to Latin America.

Subject to adherence to these Guidelines, ITAFOR welcomes participation by all. To preserve the purpose of ITAFOR, ensure quality, candid colloquy as well as respect for all, participants must adhere to the following guidelines.

  1. Welcome material:  Exchanging insightful comments and informed views on arbitration and ADR topics pertinent to Latin America, and sharing related informative materials (including relevant legislative, judicial and other developments) that may be of interest to fellow ITAFOR participants are the substance of ITAFOR. Participants may at their discretion send their messages directly to the ITAFOR subscribers (, or do so through the ITAFOR Moderators if they prefer that their names not be disclosed.
  2. Unwelcome material:  The following are not appropriate for dissemination on ITAFOR:
    1. Messages not having to do with arbitration and ADR topics pertinent to Latin America;
    2. Unsubstantiated responses, such as “that is wrong” or “I disagree” (without further comment);
    3. Responses during debates that are discourteous, unprofessional, unconstructive or otherwise inappropriate;
    4. Material causing embarrassment;
    5. Administrative queries or comments, such as requests to be “unsubscribed” from ITAFOR;
    6. Congratulatory messages not having a substantive component;
    7. Copyrighted material for which you do not have authority to publish.
    8. Promotional materials (including use deemed by the moderators to be excessive of links to, or attachments of, one’s own materials) or professional announcements including without limitation announcements of new partners or new offices; and
    9. Announcements of any events, conferences, seminars, courses and the like, absent prior authorization of ITAFOR.
  3. Disclosure of Interest: Persons submitting comments about cases in which they are or were involved should disclose their involvement in the case.
    1. Closed Cases: Persons submitting comments about closed cases in which they were involved should disclose that fact.
    2. Open Cases: Persons involved in open cases should either abstain from commenting or comment with a full disclosure of their role. Documents from open cases should not be submitted.
  4. Confidentiality:  Comments and messages posted in ITAFOR are personal and shall under no circumstances be made public or circulated outside the ITAFOR without express approval from the issuing participant and/or ITAFOR. All comments published on ITAFOR are subject to the Chatham House Rule, whereby "participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.”
  5. Exclusion: ITAFOR reserves the right to exclude anyone from participation in ITAFOR with or without cause or notice in its sole discretion. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, note that repeated or grave failure to adhere to any guideline shall be grounds to exclude a participant from ITAFOR.
  6. ITAFOR participants:  By subscribing or participating in ITAFOR, participants agree to observe these guidelines, as they may be amended from time to time. Any matters not expressly addressed in these Guidelines shall be conclusively decided by ITAFOR in its sole discretion, and participants undertake to respect the same.
  7. Language: ITAFOR’s principal working languages are Spanish and Portuguese. However, ITAFOR participants are welcome to send their messages in English as well.
  8. "Reply All" and "Reply": To respond to an ITAFOR email received in your email Inbox, click "REPLY ALL" to send your response to all ITAFOR subscribers, or click "REPLY" to send your response only to the original sender.
  9. Amendments:  ITAFOR reserves the right to amend these Guidelines in its sole discretion without notice.
  10. Moderators: ITAFOR acts for purposes of these Guidelines via its moderators from time to time.
  11. Editorial Policy: ITAFOR does not take positions on any substantive issues. Instead, ITAFOR provides a forum for discussion of those issues by our subscribers.