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Luis E. Dates

Baker & McKenzie Sociedad Civil


Luis Dates is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Buenos Aires office, where he heads the Dispute Resolution and Public Law Practice Groups. He has broad experience advising local and foreign companies across a range of public and administrative law issues, particularly doing business with the national government, provinces, municipalities and state-owned enterprises. He also assists and represents clients in complex and multidisciplinary litigation, and is active in domestic and international arbitration.

Luis is a mediator and arbitrator for the Private Center of Mediation and Arbitration. He has written books and numerous articles for various legal publications on topics related to his field. He is also a professor at the School of Law of the University of Buenos Aires and at the School of Legal and Social Sciences of the Museo Social Argentino University.

Practice Focus

Luis focuses his practice on civil and commercial litigation and arbitration. He also advises on administrative and public law advisory and regulatory disputes, mainly in highly regulated industries such as energy, mining and infrastructure as well as pharmaceuticals and life sciences.

Professional Honors

  • Chambers Latin America 2023, Dispute Resolution, Ranked Lawyer
  • Chambers Latin America 2023, Public Law, Ranked Lawyer
  • The Legal 500 Latin America 2023, Dispute Resolution, Ranked Lawyer
  • The Legal 500 Latin America 2023, Public Law, Ranked Lawyer
  • Chambers Global 2022, Dispute Resolution, Ranked Lawyer

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Argentine Association of Administrative Law - Member
  • Argentine Association of Construction Law - Member
  • San Isidro Bar Association - Member
  • American Chamber of Commerce - Legal Committee Member
  • Buenos Aires Bar Association - Member
  • Federal Court of Appeals of the City of La Plata – Member


  • Buenos Aires~Argentina (2004)


  • Austral University (Agribusiness Legal Regime Course) (2018)
  • Universidad Austral (LL.M., Administrative Law, summa cum laude) (2009)
  • University of Business and Social Sciences (Intensive Program of Corporate Law) (2007)
  • University of Buenos Aires (J.D., Honors) (2004)


  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish