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Christian Albanesi

Head of Latin American Arbitration, Washington, D.C.

Overview

Professional Experience

Education and qualifications

Published works

Overview

Member of the Paris Bar
Member of the Buenos Aires Bar
Special Legal Consultant in Washington DC

Christian Albanesi specialises in international arbitration and is the Head of Latin America Arbitration. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in a large number of arbitration cases under the auspices of the ICC, ICSID, LCIA or ad hoc arbitration proceedings, in the fields of acquisitions, construction, transportation, oil & gas and joint ventures. Christian joined Linklaters from the ICC International Court of Arbitration where, in his position as Managing Counsel, he supervised the nine case management teams to ensure uniformity of practices and decisions of the ICC Court. He previously held the position of Counsel in charge of the Latin America, Spain and Portugal case management team where he oversaw hundreds of cases pending under the ICC Rules from filing through scrutiny and notification of awards.

Christian is recognised as one of the most highly regarded individuals in international arbitration under 45, in the Who’s Who Legal Arbitration – Future Leaders 2017 and 2018.

Work highlights

Relevant matters in the past three years where substantial involvement can be disclosed include:

  • Counsel for a former subsidiary of one of France’s leading oil and gas companies, in connection with a multi-billion dollars ad hoc arbitration in Stockholm under UNCITRAL rules brought by a private entity and by two Regions of the Russian Federation purporting to be contracting parties to an agreement for oil exploration in Russia dating from the early 1990s that had never come into effect.   
  • Counsel for a major Spanish company in a dispute against a Latin American State related to the termination of the concession of a multi-billion dollar project in Latin America.  
  • Counsel for a Chilean company in an ICC Emergency Arbitration and two ICC arbitrations under New York law brought by international engineering companies in relation to an EPC Contract for a power plant in Chile. 
  • Counsel for a major European company in an ICC arbitration against a subcontractor in relation to an LNG terminal in Latin America.  
  • Counsel for a leading Brazilian company in the construction sector in relation to a dispute with its supplier over the transfer of risk over certain equipment.
  • Counsel for a Spanish company in an ICC arbitration in relation to the construction and equipping of plant for enrichment of iron ore magnetite in North Africa.   
  • Counsel for a European insurance company in an ICC arbitration over the alleged unlawful termination of an SPA.
  • Sole Arbitrator in an ICC arbitration related to the management of a hotel in Latin America.
  • Sole Arbitrator in an LCIA dispute related to a mining dispute in the Democratic Republic of Congo, involving Panamanian and Congolese companies.
  • Sole Arbitrator in an ICC arbitration related to the installation and commissioning of a panel line for shipbuilding in Brazil.
  • Arbitrator in an LCIA dispute related to a mining dispute in Latin America. 

Professional Experience

Christian is Counsel and Head of Latin America Arbitration for Linklaters in Washington D.C. Prior to joining Linklaters, Christian worked with the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris in various capacities, including Managing Counsel 2013-2014; Counsel, 2011-2013; Deputy Counsel from 2007-2010. In 2007, he served as a Foreign Lawyer with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Paris. Christian began his career as an Associate with Marval O’Farrell & Mairal, Buenos Aires, from 2004-2006.

Education and qualifications

Christian holds an LL.M. in French and European Law from University Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne). He obtained a Degree in Russian Language from the State Pushkin Institute of Russian Language (Moscow), with a full scholarship from the Russian Ministry of Education. Christian holds a law degree, specializing in International Public Law, from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) (top 95th percentile).

Christian is a member of the ICC Latin American Group, the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, the LCIA Users’ Council for Latin America, the Latin American Arbitration Association (ALArb), and is a Contributor to the ITA Latin American Arbitration Forum.

Christian is also fluent in Spanish, French, Russian, and Portuguese.

Published works

Christian has published articles dealing with various topics of international arbitration and has also spoken at more than 80 conferences and seminars in this field. A selection of articles includes:

  • Unmeritorious challenges, is it time to say enough? 40 under 40, International Arbitration, Kluwer Arbitration, April 2018)
  • Advances in International Commercial Arbitration in Latin America during John Beechey’s Presidency of the ICC Court, John Beechey’s liber amicorum (ICC Publication, November 2015)
  • Dealing with corruption in arbitration: a review of ICC experience (ICC Bulletin vol. 24/supplement 2013)
  • Consolidation, Joinder, Cross-Claims, Multiparty and Multicontract Arbitrations: Recent ICC Experience, Dossier VII - ICC Institute of World Business Law (2010)