Montserrat Manzano

Phone:+52 (55) 5258-1018


Phone:+52 (55) 5258-1018

  • Practices
  • Education & Experience
    • Law Degree (J.D. equivalent), with honors, Universidad Iberoamericana, México City.
    • Diploma in International Arbitration (first in Class), Escuela Libre de Derecho, Mexico City.
    • Master of Laws Degree (LL.M.) in International Commercial Law, Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge.
    • Studies in International Treaties and European Law, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain.
    • Diploma, "Investment Arbitration in Latin America", International Chamber of Commerce/International Bar Association Seminar, Mexico City.
    • Diploma, "Take the witness cross-examination in International Arbitration", Vienna.
    • Diploma, "Dispute Solutions in the International Energy Sector", International Chamber of Commerce, Mexico City.
    • Advanced Arbitration Academy for Latin America, International Chamber of Commerce, México City.
    • Foreign attorney, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Paris.
  • Affiliations & Academic Activities
    • Vice Chair of the Latin Americas Initiative of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration.
    • Member of the Young International Arbitration Group of the London Court of International Arbitration.
    • Member of the International Chamber of Commerce Young Arbitrators Forum.
    • Steering Committee, YAWP, Arbitral Women.
    • Secretary, Committee of Relations with other international organizations (International Bar Association, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, International Council for Commercial Arbitration).
    • Member of the Latin American Arbitrators Association.
    • Mediation Committee, International Chamber of Commerce, Mexico City.
    • Chair, Young Arbitrators Initiative of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (2015-2017).
    • Member of Abogadas en Arbitraje, Mexico City.
    • Member of AbogadasMx, Mexico City.
  • Recognitions
    • Latin Lawyer 250, Who's Who Legal Mexico Arbitration, Who's Who Legal Arbitration Future Leaders, Who´s Who Legal Mexico. Who's Who Legal Future Leaders Under 45 in Arbitration.
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  • Languages
    • Spanish and English.
  • Montserrat is a Partner of Von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C. with more than 18 years of experience including her expertise in dispute resolution.

    She has participated in more than 60 arbitrations as party attorney, secretary and/or arbitral tribunal assistant, in arbitrations conducted under the rules of the ICC, AAA, UNCITRAL, PCA, ICSID, complementary mechanism of ICSID and CAM.

    She has solid experience in dispute resolution related to administrative law, public procurement and government contracting. Furthermore, she has participated in both commercial and investment arbitrations, in various sectors including the following: energy, construction, port, shipping and chemical involving both Mexican and foreign applicable law. Montserrat has been recognized by various leading international editorials including: Latin Lawyer 250, Global Arbitration Review: GAR 100, Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation, Who’s Who Legal Mexico Arbitration, Who’s Who Legal Future Leader of Arbitration under 45, Best Lawyers and Leaders League Arbitration.

    Representative Matters
    Representative in an ad hoc arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules related to the breach of an investment agreement. The arbitration was held in New York City and the applicable law was Mexican law. USD $1.5 billion.

    Assistant of the arbitral tribunal in a PCA arbitration, related to an oil joint venture contract between a consortium and a Latin American state. USD $1 billion.

    Assistant to the President of the Tribunal in the ICSID annulment proceeding Ioan Micula, et al v. Romania, related to the annulment of an award issued against Romania. +€84 million.

    Assistant of the annulment committee in the ICSID arbitration Standard Chartered Bank Limited v. Tanesco. Amount in dispute USD $250 million.

    Secretary of the arbitral tribunal in an ICC arbitration between a state company and a consortium related to an oil company investment. USD $265 million.

    Representative of Constructora Internacional de Infraestructura (ICA) in an ICC arbitration filed against the CFE, related to the construction of a hydroelectric dam.

    Representative of Gasoductos del Sureste y Gasoductos de Chihuahua in an ICC case filed by the company Techint, related to the construction of a pipeline. USD $69 million.

    Representative in an ICC arbitration between a Dutch company and a Mexican company, both in the chemical industry. The arbitration was held in Houston, Texas, and the applicable law was the internal law of New York and provisions of Mexican law.

    Secretary of the arbitral tribunal in an ad hoc arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules. Dispute between a Bolivian company in the telecommunications sector and the Republic of Ecuador in relation to a concession agreement. The arbitration was held in Mexico City and the applicable law was the law of the Republic of Ecuador.

    Sole arbitrator in a CANACO arbitration related to an Operations Contract.