Rafael Llano

Partner, Mexico City

Biography

Overview

Rafael Llano Oddone is a seasoned trial lawyer and international arbitrator with extensive experience. In recent years, Rafael has directed many of the most well-known Latin American controversies in the Firm.

Rafael is the head of White & Case's arbitration practice in Mexico City; clients value his experience in large-scale commercial disputes and arbitrations, his advice on investment-related controversies in Latin America, and his guidance in the preparation of arbitration clauses and resolution of disputes in complex international operations.

Rafael regularly represents clients before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and before the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).  He is also a principal negotiator in complex transnational negotiations and mediations, such as the successful mediation between SGS Société Générale de Surveillance and the Republic of Paraguay, and has served as an arbitrator under various arbitration rules.

During his tenure as director of arbitration practice in Mexico City, Rafael has overseen the continuous expansion of the arbitration practice in the Latin American region, while regularly collaborating with the Firm's offices around the world. The representation of clients, both inside and outside of Latin America, has given these clients a truly international experience, combined with unique local knowledge. As the only firm in Mexico that offers advice classified as Band One in transactional and contentious matters, Rafael's arbitration team offers clients advice on contentious matters with international best practices, coupled with deep business knowledge. Rafael is co-author of a treatise on arbitration clauses focused on Latin America, written in Spanish.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
Paraguay Bar
Education
LLM
Harvard Law School
Attorney at Law (Abogado)
Universidad Católica de Asunción
Languages
English
Spanish

Experience

An Asian company in an ICC arbitration relating to a major Mexican oil-related construction project, and related litigation in the US and Mexico.

Multiple financial institutions in a dispute against a Mexican company in relation to a shareholders agreement;

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;

A U.S. investor and Central American company in an ICC arbitration concerning a hydroelectric project;

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;

Publications

Awards and Recognition

"Rising Star" in International Arbitration, Law 360

Future Leader in Arbitration, Who's Who Legal - Global Arbitration Review