Rafael Llano is a seasoned international arbitrator and litigator, and heads White & Case's international arbitration practice in Mexico City. He regularly represents clients before arbitral institutions across the globe, both in commercial and investor-state cases. Rafael has served as arbitrator and co-authored a treatise on arbitration clauses focused on Latin America. He was recently recognized by Law 360 as a Rising Star in International Arbitration, and by Who's Who Legal as "Top 10 Most Highly Regarded" in Arbitration in Latin America.
In addition, Rafael advises clients on potential investment-related disputes in Latin America. He has served as arbitrator and regularly advises clients on the drafting of dispute resolution clauses in complex international transactions.
An Asian company in an ICC arbitration relating to a major Mexican oil-related construction project, and related litigation in the US and Mexico.
A Mexican company in an ICC arbitration concerning a multi-billion merger with a U.S. company.
Two South American companies in an ICC arbitration concerning a gas pipeline construction project in Peru.
A Central American conglomerate in an ICC arbitration concerning a hydroelectric project.
A European construction company in an ICC arbitration concerning a bridge construction project.
A U.S. investor and Central American company in an ICC arbitration concerning a hydroelectric project.
An Asian company in Mexico-based commercial litigation.
An Asian company in an ICC arbitration against a South American state involving the mining sector.
A South American company in a CIAC arbitration involving the oil and gas sector.
The Republic of Peru in an ICSID arbitration involving the maritime transportation sector.
Cláusulas de Arbitraje para Contratos Internacionales, 2010, (Arbitration Clauses for International Contracts) (co-author, with Paul Friedland)
Of Carts and Horses: Is There Room for Attachment or Enforcement Ahead of Recognition of Arbitral Awards in Mexico?, Corporate Dispute, Oct – Dec 2013, (co-author, with Enrique Espejel)
Latin American Investment Protections, 2012, (Associate editor)
Tips for Drafting Arbitration Clauses for Cross-Border Contracts with Latin American Parties, International Disputes Quarterly, Fall 2007