Herfried Wöss

Herfried Wöss
Torre Esmeralda I
Blvd Manuel Avila Camacho 40-1606
Col Lomas de Chapultepec
Mexico City
+52 55 2623 7100
+52 55 2623 7200


Who's Who Legal Arbitration: Lawyers

Dr Herfried Wöss is partner of Wöss & Partners (Mexico City, Washington, DC, Lima and Vienna [representative office and research centre]) and has extensive experience in international commercial and investment arbitration under the ICC, UNCITRAL, ICSID, NAFTA and various local arbitration rules both as arbitrator and party counsel, such as the US$7 billion René Levy de Levi v Peru ICSID annulment procedure. His arbitration experience spans from refinery-ships, thermo-electrical plants and substations, gas and oil pipelines, EPC turnkey projects, public-private partnerships, M&A, joint venture agreements, franchise agreements, international sales contracts, and the telecommunications, automotive and pharmaceutical industries. Several of his awards and publications have produced judicial precedents in favour of arbitration. He represented Techint in a
US$100 million arbitration against a Sempra/Ienova affiliate with respect to more than 100 claims for time extension, additional cost, loss of productivity and damages related to a major gas pipeline project. He and his team recently won an ICC arbitration for one of the largest German engineering and construction firms related to the largest infrastructure project in Guatemala. Currently, he is also international co-counsel in a mining arbitration in Peru.

Apart from that, Dr Wöss is sitting as president and co-arbitrator in numerous arbitrations with different institutions and places of arbitration, of which some are of substantial value.

Dr Herfried Wöss is a leading arbitration and damages expert and co-author of the book Damages in International Arbitration under Complex Long-term Contracts together with his partner Adriana San Román and two economists, Prof Pablo T Spiller and Santiago Dellepiane, published by Oxford University Press in spring 2014. He frequently speaks on damages at advanced seminars designed by Wöss & Partners, international conferences or at institutions such as the International

Energy Charter Treaty Secretariat. He is the co-founder of the Investment Arbitration Forum and has co-edited and co-authored two books on investment arbitration. He has also written a large number of articles on a wide range of topics from arbitration to WTO law, including a manual on dispute resolution under the NAFTA parallel agreement on labour cooperation. He is also a special editor on Latin America and CETA for Transnational Dispute Management.

Dr Wöss is also considered one of the leading international trade lawyers and has participated in cases before the European Court of Justice, the WTO, anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations and other trade measures in different countries around the world, particularly in Latin America. He has participated in trade negotiations and advised governments and large corporations with respect to rules of origin, GATT, GATS, TRIPS, technical standards, labelling norms, subsidies and government procurement.

Dr Wöss was visiting scholar for arbitration at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, from 2012 to 2013 and is also a research scholar for comparative damages law at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. He started his career with Professor Pieter Jan Kuijper at the Legal Service of the European Commission. He holds a magister juris and a doctorate in International Economic Law (summa cum laude) from the Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria, an LLM in International Business Legal Studies from the University of Exeter, UK, and is Licenciado en Derecho from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

The Legal 500 considers Wöss & Partners as leading damages arbitration experts and describes Herfried Wöss and his colleague Adriana San Román as “true experts in their field, and very bright, and can find the best strategic solutions to complex disputes”.

He works in German, English and Spanish and reads French. 

WWL says: Herfried Wöss is a top choice for domestic and international arbitration proceedings thanks to his wide-ranging experience.

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