Seven well recognized law firms in Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, have joined in to create the law firm LatamLex Abogados. They decided to gather the experience of each one in his country, to combine their expertise in 15 areas of legal practice and to consolidate the prestige they have built in at local and international levels, which has been recognized by all the recognized legal publications by granting them top positions in the international legal rankings.
In Iberdrola Energía, S.A. v. Republic of Guatemala, a case heard by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes in Washington D.C. (Case ICSID No. ARB/09/5 subject matter “Electricity distribution concession”) according to the Award of the Arbitration panel dated August 17, 2012, the Tribunal dismissed the multi-million U.S. dollars complaint filed by Spanish Iberdrola against Guatemala and ordered the Claimant to pay the Respondent the costs of the proceedings. The Republic of Guatemala was represented in this landmark case by outside counsel Alejandro Arenales, Alfredo Skinner-Klée and Rodolfo Salazar of Arenales & Skinner-Klée of Guatemala and Nigel Blackaby, Lluís Paradell, Noiana Marigo, Jean-Paul Dechamps, Lauren Friedman, Michelle Grando and Sebastian Yanine of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP. A copy of the ruling can be downloaded here.
The XVIII Congress of the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI) will be held this year in Punta del Este, Uruguay, December 2-5, 2012. Arenales & Skinner-Klee will be represented by Partner Luis F. Ruiz, head of the Intellectual Property practice Group of the firm. To schedule a meeting with Mr. Ruiz, please write with enough time in advance to Lucía Soto at firstname.lastname@example.org