José Feris is a partner at Squire Patton Boggs specialising in international commercial arbitration, public international law and investment arbitration. He was identified in 2019 by WWL as “by far one of the most prominent young figures in international arbitration”.
He represents parties to commercial and investment arbitrations. He also sits as arbitrator. His cases involve entities from Latin America, Africa, Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and he has a particular focus in the construction and energy sectors.
Before joining the firm, José served at the ICC International Court of Arbitration as acting secretary general, deputy secretary general, managing counsel, counsel and deputy counsel. He supervised thousands of arbitrations and reviewed numerous awards in many jurisdictions and sectors including energy, construction, telecommunications, transportation, banking and finance, information technology, and trade. He played a predominant role in the revision and implementation of the 2012 and 2017 ICC Arbitration Rules, and the drafting of the 2017 ICC Appointing Authority Rules.
José teaches international arbitration at SciencesPo in Paris. He is vice chair of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR; membership officer of the IBA arbitration committee; advisory board member of Brazil’s Business Arbitration Chamber (CAMARB); advisory board member of the World Arbitration and Mediation Review; and a member of the arbitrators’ council at the Atlanta Centre for International Arbitration and Mediation.
Previously, José served as law clerk to Judges Kooijmans and Rezek at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. He worked on issues relating to the use of force, consular assistance, international humanitarian law, expropriation and boundary disputes. He also worked for the legal adviser to the president of the Dominican Republic.
As counsel, José recently acted in: Alejandro Diego Díaz Gaspar v the Republic of Costa Rica (ICSID case no. ARB/19/13), related to the agro-industry sector; two ICC arbitrations seated in The Hague, between Chinese and North American companies, and a Latin American public oil and gas company; an ICC arbitration seated in Doha between Lebanese and Qatari companies, related to a construction project at Al-Udeid US Air Base; an ICC arbitration seated in the Qatar International Financial Centre between an Omani sub-contractor and a Qatari joint venture, related to the construction of a large urban project in downtown Doha. Representation included successfully obtaining emergency measures in ICC Emergency Arbitration proceedings; an ICC arbitration seated in Prague, between a Czech company and the Czech subsidiary of a listed UK company regarding an M&A dispute; and an ICC arbitration seated in Vienna, between a US company and a Czech national, related to a share purchase agreement.
As tribunal president, José recently acted in: an ICC arbitration seated in Rio de Janeiro, between Brazilian companies of Chinese and Brazilian capital, related to construction of electricity transmission lines; an ICC arbitration seated in Paris, between Brazilian, Chinese and Spanish energy companies, related to a share purchase agreement; an arbitration under the rules for markets financed by European Development Funds, seated in an African capital, between a Portuguese company and an African state, related to a highway construction project; an arbitration under the rules of the Spanish Bar Association’s Arbitration Court, seated in Madrid, between Spain and UK companies, related to a joint venture agreement in the gambling sector; an ICC arbitration, seated in Miami, between Chilean and Peruvian parties, related to a shareholders' agreement; and an ICC arbitration seated in Mexico, between Uruguayan and Mexican parties, related to the development of an electronic platform.
As co-arbitrator, José recently acted in an ICC arbitration seated in New York, between Brazilian and Dutch consortia in the oil sector, concerning a contract for engineering, procurement and construction of floating production, storage and offloading platforms; an ICC arbitration seated in Rio de Janeiro, between a Brazilian company and the subsidiary of a Swiss company, related to a lump sum turnkey contract for the construction of the electric and distribution systems of a thermoelectric plant; an ICC arbitration seated in a Latin American capital, between a Latin American state agency and an Italian multinational, related to a large infrastructure project; an ICC arbitration, seated in Medellín, between a consortium composed of Mexican and Colombian companies and a Colombian company, related to a lump sum agreement for the construction of a water interceptor; an UNCITRAL arbitration, between North American and Central American entities, related to a lump sum contract for the construction of a hospital; and an UNCITRAL arbitration seated in Lima, between Peruvian and Spanish oil and gas companies, related to the shareholder’s agreement of a gas transportation company.