Ricardo Chirinos

Associate, New York


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Ricardo is an associate at White & Case's New York office. He is a member of its international arbitration group and specializes in commercial and investment arbitration. His recent experience includes representing multinational clients in disputes against Latin-American states and State-owned companies related to investments in the oil and gas, mining, metals, food, agriculture and packaging industries. 

Ricardo is admitted in Venezuela and New York. Trained in both civil and common law, he obtained his law degree cum laude from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in 2005. Ricardo also obtained an LL.M. degree from Columbia Law School where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Smith Fellow. He speaks Spanish, English and Portuguese. 

Before joining White & Case, Ricardo was an associate at a major global law firm in Washington D.C. and New York and at Venezuela's top oil and gas firm. In 2016, he also worked as a legal advisor of Judge O. Thomas Johnson at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in The Hague.

Ricardo is a member of the list of arbitrators of the Caracas Chamber and the Centro Empresarial de Conciliación y Arbitraje (CEDCA) and was recently appointed as president of the New York Chapter of the Inter-American Bar Association (IABA).

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
District of Columbia, Foreign Legal Consultant
Columbia Law School
Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Caracas, Venezuela)


Ricardo’s recent experience includes acting for:

Grupo Agroinsumos Ibero-Americanos in an ICSID arbitration against Venezuela under the Spain-Venezuela BIT over the expropriation of its investment in the most important group of companies of the Venezuelan agricultural sector.

Smurfit Holdings B.V. in an ICSID arbitration under the Netherlands-Venezuela BIT over the expropriation of its investments in forestry landholdings the leading producer and seller of paper-based packaging products in Venezuela.

Crystallex in obtaining a record-setting US$1.4bn ICSID (Additional Facility) award in compensation for Venezuela’s expropriation of one of the world’s largest untapped gold mines. 

Rusoro Mining Limited in its successful claim against Venezuela under the Canada-Venezuela BIT arising out of the expropriation of Rusoro’s gold mining interests in Venezuela, resulting in a US$1.2 billion award.

Tenaris in obtaining a total of US$386m from two awards against Venezuela for the expropriation of its investments in three companies in Venezuela’s steel sector. One of the arbitrations was initiated after Venezuela’s denunciation of the ICSID Convention, and registered after the denunciation had become effective. 

Wood Group and SIMCO Consortium, in an ICC arbitration against PDVSA. The dispute, involving claims for compensation following the forced termination of a 15-year contract for water injection and water treatment, led to a successful settlement.

ConocoPhillips in an ICC arbitration against Venezuela's national oil company PDVSA in a claim for breach of contract.