Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie has named Claudia Benavides, based in Bogota, Colombia, as Global Chair for the Firm’s Dispute Resolution group, the first woman to lead this practice at Baker McKenzie. Benavides currently heads the Latin America Dispute Resolution group at Baker McKenzie.

For nearly two decades, Claudia has been at the forefront of dispute resolution and is an acclaimed expert in transnational litigation, and domestic arbitration in Colombia, and a highly praised international arbitration practitioner in Latin America.

Jaime Trujillo, Acting Global Chair comments, “Claudia has been a key figure in growing the Dispute Resolution practice at Baker McKenzie over the past decade. With her support and leadership, the Firm will continue to serve our clients located throughout the world providing cutting-edge and holistic legal advice.”

She has repeatedly counselled clients in multi-million dollar cross-border arbitration disputes involving the energy, construction, infrastructure and public sectors, amongst others. Claudia sits on Baker McKenzie’s Global Dispute Resolution Steering Committee and was previously a member of the Global International Arbitration Steering Committee.

“As the business world becomes more connected, the need for Dispute Resolution continues to grow. It’s an honour to now lead Baker McKenzie’s global Dispute Resolution practice and continue to be a trusted partner for our clients as they navigate the complexities behind their cross-border deals.”

Claudia has earned several accolades for her work, including recognition as a leading lawyer by Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, and Who's Who Legal. She is listed as one of the top 25 Women in Latin America by Benchmark Litigation, and shortlisted by Euromoney LMG Americas Women in Business Law Awards 2019 as Best Litigator in Latin America. The team led by Claudia is ranked Tier 1 by Legal 500.

She is the President of the Arbitration and ADR Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Colombia and a founding and board member of the Colombian Chapter of the Club Español del Arbitraje. Claudia is also a member of the Singapour International Arbitration Center (SIAC) Users Council and listed in the Shanghai International Arbitration Center (SHIAC) Panel of Arbitrators.

Claudia holds an economics degree and a law degree from Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, as well as an LLM in International Business Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has been actively involved with academia, regularly speaks at important domestic and international conferences and has penned several articles related to her practice.

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