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Claudia Benavides Galvis

Partner
Baker & McKenzie S.A.S.

Biography

Claudia is the partner of the Dispute Resolution practice in Bogotá, Colombia. She has advised and represented foreign and local companies on all aspects of dispute resolution for over 18 years. Claudia is a member of the Latin American Dispute Resolution Steering Committee, and the Global International Arbitration Steering Committee of the Firm.

Claudia is recognized in her field by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 who state that Claudia's practice "'generates absolute confidence’ according to clients who highlight the team’s ‘efficiency, agility and commitment’, ‘broad market knowledge’, and ‘careful follow-up of cases", adding that "It is led by the ‘expert’ and ‘deeply involved’ Claudia Benavides whose ‘intelligence, diligence and acuity to foresee legal risks’, make her a stand out legal adviser.” Chambers LA 2016 recently published: "Claudia Ines Benavides Galvis is praised by interviewees for her "wide knowledge of the area, precision and in-depth background" in the field of dispute resolution." Claudia is recognized by Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leaders 2017 – as one of the world’s leading arbitration experts aged 45 or under. In year 2016, the group led by Claudia was ranked Band 1 by the prestigious legal directory Legal 500.

Claudia regularly speaks in important national and international conferences and publishes articles related to the her practice.

Practice Focus

Claudia's main areas of practice are transnational litigation, domestic and international arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. She represents foreign and local clients in complex disputes related to construction and infrastructure projects, multimillion stock purchase agreements, post-acquisiton disputes, distribution and supply agreements, insurance, transport, shipping law, unfair competition, product liability, real estate, loans and credits, energy and mining, insolvency.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Representing a major Asian company in domestic arbitration proceedings filed by a major Colombian company pursuant to the civil works contract entered into between the parties for the constructions of a power plant. The award was recently issued upholding the arguments we raised in defense of our Asian client.
  • Representing the subsidiary of a major British company in a dispute that provided for international arbitration seated in New York regarding breach of a multimillionaire stock purchase agreement of a Colombian company, under ICC rules.
  • Representing eight infrastructure companies (located in Colombia Panama BVI and UK) who were respondents in international arbitration proceedings, under ICC rules, seated in Houston, regarding a dispute related to the design, engineering and procurement of turbines and associated equipment for a power plant project in Panama.
  • Representing a major French company in international arbitration proceedings, under ICC rules, seated in New York, regarding the disputes that arose for alleged breach of representations and warrantied within an interest purchase agreement of a Colombian company.
  • Representing a major Asian consortium in international arbitration proceedings against a state owned company regarding the breach of an EPC contract for the engineering, acquisition, construction, installation and commercial operation of a power plant in Colombia.
  • Representing Finosca S.A.S. (owned by Total) within a class action in which claimants are seeking the recognition and payment of damages allegedly caused by an oil spill that occurred on 20 July 2014 in the port located near Tolú, Coveñas and San Antero in the Republic of Colombia.
  • Representing a major Asian company in international arbitration proceedings against a major Colombian company to claim for damages due to the breach of the obligations under a civil works contract for the construction of a power plant in Colombia.
  • Representing Ferring International Center S.A. within a litigation brought by a local company seeking the declaration of a de facto commercial agency agreement. The plaintiff is claiming payment of the commercial severance pay and the equitable indemnity due under Colombian law to commercial agents upon termination of the relationship.
  • Representing a major American engineering company in a very complex litigation regarding the damages allegedly caused to a steam turbine during the construction of a power plant in Colombia.
  • Representing Embraer in a lawsuit filed before Colombian courts in which plaintiff claims payment of the amounts due at the termination of an alleged agreement for the promotion and sales of Embraer's aircrafts and spare parts and damages.

Professional Honors

  • Up and Coming Lawyer for Dispute Resolution, Chambers Latin America, 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Center of Arbitration of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá - Arbitrator
  • Panel of Arbitrators of the Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (Shanghai International Arbitration Center) - Arbitrator
  • ICC YAF Latin America Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC) - Representative
  • Singapore International Arbitration Center Users Council - Member
  • Colombian Chapter of the Club Español del Arbitraje - Founding member and Board member
  • Asociación Latinoamericana de Arbitraje (ALARB) - Member
  • Comité Colombiano de Arbitraje - Member

Admissions

  • Colombia (1997)

Education

  • London School of Economics and Political Science (LLM with merit honors) (2001)
  • Universidad de Los Andes (Economics) (1999)
  • Universidad de Los Andes (Lawyer) (1997)

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish