Agustin G. Sanz and Laura França Pereira recently authored the article, “Arbitraje de Inversión en América Latina: Nacimiento, desarrollo ¿y después?” (“Investment Arbitration in Latin America: Genesis, Development, and Then?”), for the Arbitrio journal, published by the Bogota Chamber of Commerce.

The authors explore the evolution of investment protection in Latin America, discussing the changes in capital flows, the geographies of the investors and States involved in investment arbitrations in the region, and the languages used in such proceedings over time. They also address a number of questions and trends around dispute resolution tools and the pool of arbitrators and counsel available in the region.

To read the article, which is in Spanish, click here. The full volume 9 of the journal can be viewed here.


Agustin is counsel in the Washington, DC office. He has extensive experience of both international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations involving disputes in a broad range of sectors, including infrastructure and highway concession agreements, oil and gas, energy and power grids, water treatment, technology, public works, sovereign debt, and agribusiness. He also advises sovereigns and international organisations in matters of public international law.

Agustin also has extensive experience advising international clients in connection with local administrative and court proceedings in Latin America, as well as contract renegotiation, settlement, and post-award agreements arising from investment and commercial disputes.


Laura, an associate in the Washington, DC office, specialises in international commercial and investor-State arbitration. She has experience acting in complex and high-value disputes across a range of sectors, including banking and finance, energy, oil and gas, infrastructure, and retail. Laura has acted in proceedings under a number of arbitration rules, including ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, and AAA-ICDR.

Laura holds an LLM from Harvard Law School and an LLB from University of São Paulo, where she graduated first in her class. She studied at Sciences Po Paris, as part of her Bachelor’s degree program, where she graduated summa cum laude.

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