Rafael Llano | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
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Rafael Llano Oddone

Rafael Llano

Partner, Mexico City

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Overview

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.

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.

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.

Publications

  • 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

Awards & Recognition

"Rising Star" in International Arbitration, Law 360

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