Miguel López Forastier

Miguel López Forastier


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Covington & Burling LLP
One CityCenter
850 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4956
Tel: +1 202 662 5185



  • The George Washington University, LL.M., 1997
  • Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Abogado, 1994

Judicial Clerkship

  • Cámara Nacional de Apelaciones en lo Comercial de Buenos Aires, Argentina (Commercial Court of Appeals of Buenos Aires)

Bar Admissions

  • Argentina
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York


  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

Miguel López Forastier is a partner at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, DC, whose practice focuses on international arbitration and litigation.  Mr. López Forastier has successfully represented a wide range of clients, including those in the oil and gas, communications, financial services, and mining industries in both investor-State and commercial arbitrations.  Recognized by Chambers Global and Chambers Latin America as a leading international arbitration lawyer, Mr. López Forastier's work is praised by clients for his “thorough analysis, insightful advocacy and consistently reliable judgment.”  "Both civil and common-law trained, Miguel handles contentious work in English, Spanish and Portuguese."

Representative Matters

  • Valores Mundiales, S.L. y Consorcio Andino S.L. c. República Bolivariana de Venezuela (Caso CIADI No. ARB/13/11) (pending).
  • Emmis International Holding BV et al. v. Republic of Hungary (ICSID Case No. ARB/12/2) (pending).
  • Accession Mezzanine Capital L.P et al. v. Republic of Hungary (ICSID Case No. ARB/12/3) (pending).
  • Tidewater Inc. et al. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (ICSID Case No. ARB/10/5) (pending).
  • Mobil Corporation et al. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (ICSID Case No. ARB/07/27) (pending).
  • Mobil Cerro Negro v. Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. et al. (ICC Case No. 15415/JRF) (pending).
  • Newmont USA Limited et al. v. the Republic of Uzbekistan (ICSID Case No. ARB/06/20) (settled).
  • Newmont (Uzbekistan) Limited v. the Republic of Uzbekistan et al. (arbitration under the Rules of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce) (settled).
  • MTD Equity Sdn. Bhd. et al. v. Republic of Chile (ICSID Case No. ARB/01/7) (final award and annulment proceedings rendered in favor of the Claimants).
  • LG&E Energy Corp. et al. v. Argentine Republic (ICSID Case No. ARB/02/1) (final award rendered in favor of the Claimants).
  • Representation of a US financial institution in respect of potential claims against the Argentine Republic under the US-Argentina Bilateral Investment Treaty.

Honors and Rankings

  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, International (2014-2015)
  • Chambers Global, Public International Law “Up and Coming” (2014-2015)
  • Chambers USA, International Arbitration (2014-2015)  
  • Chambers Latin America, International Arbitration (2012)
  • Legal 500 US, Litigation: International Arbitration and Energy: Litigation (2012-2015)
  • Legal 500 Latin America, International Arbitration (2012-2015)
  • Legal 500 US, Litigation (2007)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Professorial Lecturer in Law (Arbitration), George Washington University Law School (2009-2010)

Publications and Speeches

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