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Herfried Wöss

Herfried Wöss
Torre Esmeralda I
Blvd Manuel Avila Camacho 40-1606
Col Lomas de Chapultepec
Mexico City
+52 55 2623 7100
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Dr Herfried Wöss is partner of Wöss & Partners (Mexico City, Washington DC and Lima) 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 recently 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 and obtained a settlement agreement after an ICC emergency arbitrator barred the execution of Techint's performance guarantees by Sempra/Ienova, as reported by the Global Arbitration Review.

As part of his corporate practice, he has advised clients and financial institutions in international public tenders and contracts with state entities as regards infrastructure and construction projects, privately financed infrastructure projects, hydro and thermoelectric power plants, transmission lines, wind and solar energy projects.

He is a member of the ICC Arbitration Commission, the international panel of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the executive board of the North American branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the country representative of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation and listed by many regional arbitration centres and institutions.

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 is the co-founder of the Investment Arbitration Forum and has co-edited and co-authored two books on investment arbitration, and 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 has been visiting scholar for arbitration at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington DC from 2012-2013. He started his career with Prof Pieter Jan Kuijper at the Legal Service of the European Commission. He holds a Magister iuris 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. He works in German, English and Spanish and reads French. Dr Wöss can be reached at:

WWL says: Herfried Wöss is regarded as one of the leading arbitration counsel in Mexico. His expertise covers a range of energy disputes, as well as franchise agreements and contractual matters involving telecommunications and pharmaceuticals clients.

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