René Irra de la Cruz is a “very bright lawyer” who gains international recognition for his excellent arbitration practice. One peer comments, “René one of the most talented lawyers I have ever met.”
René Irra is partner at Cuatrecasas and heads the international arbitration practice at the firm's Mexico office. He specialises in international arbitration, litigation and alternative dispute resolution methods.
With almost 20 years of experience in commercial litigation and international arbitration, René has earned broad experience in proceedings conducted in Spanish, English and French, whether institutional or ad hoc, acting as counsel, arbitrator as well as an expert in Mexican law within foreign proceedings.
His sectorial experience includes sports, international trade, leisure, real estate, infrastructure and construction disputes in land and maritime projects, M&A transactions, transport and logistics, disputes in the energy sector (oil and gas, and electricity), port activities and investor-state disputes (ISDS).
René is former regional coordinator for Latin America of the International Chamber of Commerce's Young Arbitrators Forum (ICC YAF), former chair of the ICC Mexico's Young Arbitrators Committee and deputy chair of the Mexican Society of Construction Law.
He has lectured at University of Monterrey and Panthéon-Assas University, Paris II on the dual degree master, lecturing on foreign investment and commercial and investment arbitration. René also lectures in seminars organised by the Mexican National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce.
He has published numerous articles relating to commercial and investment arbitrations in specialised publications in Mexico, France, Spain and Peru and appears continuously as a speaker at international arbitration conferences held throughout Latin America.