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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, mining, communications, financial services, and food industries in both investor-State and commercial arbitrations. Recognized by Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, and Legal 500 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-law and common-law trained, Miguel handles contentious work in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Mr. López Forastier is a frequent lecturer on arbitration and international law issues at conferences and universities around the globe. He also sits as arbitrator.

  • 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.
  • Representation of an Argentine company in respect of potential claims against the Republic of Ecuador under the Argentina-Ecuador Bilateral Investment Treaty (settled).
  • Representation of a Canadian mining company and its South American subsidiaries in connection with a tax claim and potential bilateral investment treaty claims against the Republic of Peru (settled).
  • Representation of the Business Software Alliance and Microsoft Corporation in anti-piracy enforcement and policy activities in Latin America.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Professorial Lecturer in Law (Arbitration), George Washington University Law School (2009-2010)
  • Latinvex, “Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers: Arbitration & Litigation” (2019) 
  • Global Arbitration Review and Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration, “Leading lawyers worldwide in the field of arbitration" (2018-2021) 
  • Who's Who Legal, Future Leaders of International Arbitration (2016-2017)
  • Chambers Global, Arbitration (2014-2021) and Public International Law (2014-2018)
  • Chambers Latin America, International Arbitration (2013-2019)
  • Chambers USA, International Arbitration (2014-2020)
  • Legal 500 US, Litigation: International Arbitration and Energy: Litigation (2007, 2012-2017)
  • Legal 500 Latin America, International Arbitration (2012-2015)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, International (2014-2020)