DLA Piper announced today that Gabriela Alvarez-Avila will join the firm’s International Arbitration practice as a partner in Mexico City.
Alvarez-Avila brings deep experience in both investment and commercial arbitration, and has handled numerous disputes involving natural resources, infrastructure projects, the power sector and telecommunications. She is widely respected for her work as counsel for foreign states in investor-state arbitrations conducted under the arbitration rules of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). Alvarez-Avila served as senior counsel at ICSID for over seven years and is designated by Mexico to the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators, and she was recently appointed a member of the ICC Court of Arbitration for Mexico. She has also acted as counsel in International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) cases and regularly sits as arbitrator.
“Gabriela’s impressive investment arbitration credentials and extensive experience with substantive issues of international investment law, including her work on a broad range of cases supervised by ICSID, will be a fantastic addition to our practice,” said Kate Brown de Vejar, global co-chair of DLA Piper’s International Arbitration practice. “As a former long-time colleague, I am thrilled to welcome her to DLA Piper and look forward to her many contributions.”
“Gabriela has an outstanding reputation in the international arbitration communities across Mexico and Latin America, and she is an ideal strategic and collaborative fit for our global team as we continue expanding our presence there while striving to be the top firm for arbitration in the region,” added James Brogan, global co-chair and US chair of DLA Piper’s Litigation and Regulatory practice. “As we anticipate increased demand for practitioners with her experience, capabilities and language skills, her addition will enhance our ability to serve clients in these disputes.”
Alvarez-Avila received her law degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and her master’s degree in law from the University of Geneva, and she studied for a Ph.D. at the University of Geneva’s Graduate Institute of International Law.