Claudia Armestar

Associate
  • Biography

    Claudia is an associate at Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker & McKenzie International. She focuses her practice in International and Domestic Arbitration. She has participated in major international arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and the International Arbitration Chamber of Paris Rules, conducted in Spanish and English. Claudia has been recognized as "Recommended Lawyer" by The Legal 500 in the ranking of the world's best law firms (2023).

    Her experience also includes the advice in the structuring, development and performance of highly complex projects of transportation infrastructure, construction (EPC, EPCM, PCM, PMO, NEC, FIDIC and other kind of project management), telecommunications, sanitation and works for taxes.

    Practice focus

    Claudia has experience in International and Domestic Arbitration, Public Private Partnerships, Infrastructure, Construction and other kind of projects, providing legal advisory to important companies and government bodies.

  • Experience

    • She has participated in important international and domestic arbitrations representing the Peruvian Government, government bodies and private companies, regarding to concession agreements, transportation infrastructure, private investments, construction, etc.
    • She was part of the team that represented a highway concessionaire, which is owned by a Canadian investing group, in a complex international commercial arbitration that involved the analysis of the validity of the concession agreement, its addendum and several agreements. The arbitration was seated in Washington D.C. and was conducted under UNCITRAL Rules, in Spanish and English. Recently, our client obtained an award with all-around victory. This award has become in a leading case for the development of Public-Private Partnerships in Peru. It won the prize of "Deal of the Year" by Latin Lawyer in the Disputes category (2023).
    • She was part of the team that represented the same highway concessionaire in another international commercial arbitration regarding to the payment of toll, validity of the concession agreement and several important agreements. The arbitration was seated in Washington D.C. and was conducted under UNCITRAL Rules, in Spanish and English. Our client obtained a totally favorable award. Currently, she represents, jointly with the American law firm 1215813-v2\LIMDMS White & Case LLP, the same concessionaire in other complex international commercial arbitration.
    • She was part of the team that represented a highway concessionaire in an international commercial arbitration regarding to toll tariff and several disputes arise during the execution of the concession agreement. The arbitration was seated in Paris and was conducted under International Arbitration Chamber of Paris Rules, in Spanish and English. Our client obtained a favorable award. Currently, she represents, jointly with the law firm King & Spalding, the same concessionaire in a second international commercial arbitration.
    • She is part of the team that represents concessionaires in international commercial arbitrations and investment arbitrations regarding to concession agreements of highway infrastructure and highly complex disputes of economic, technical and legal issues that arises in the performance of the contracts. She participated in the preparation of complex cross-examinations to economic and technical experts.
    • She is part of the team that represents a Mexican concessionaire in an investment arbitration regarding to a major PPP Contract of a national telecommunication project.
    • She advises the highway concessionary in the performance of the Project of Metro de Lima Línea 2.
    • She represents an airport concessionaire in a domestic arbitration regarding to the performance of the concession agreement. This proceeding is seated in Lima and is conducted under Lima Chamber of Commerce Rules. Previously, she represented the same concessionaire in two other arbitrations and our client obtained favorable awards. Currently, she also advises the same concessionaire in the analysis of several and varied controversies which arises during the contractual performance.
    • She represents a Colombian concessionaire in two domestic arbitrations related to disputes involving legal, economic and technical concepts related to a road infrastructure concession agreement. These arbitrations are seated in Lima and are conducted under Lima Chamber of Commerce Rules. In addition, she has advised the same concessionaire in the structuring and development of Addendums of the PPP Contract, and the participation in direct negotiations during the contractual performance.
    • She advises a private contractors in two major infrastructure projects under NEC Contracts signed with an important public entity. Her advices includes the representation in the dispute resolution mechanisms, such as submission under Dispute Boards.
    • She advises a private company in the performance of construction contracts, including the PMC, PMO and EPC contracts, and different kinds of project managements.
    • She advises a private company in negotiations of the performance of agro-industrial projects, which included the analysis of EPC contracts and technical specific documents. Her advises includes the follow-up and review of complex technical documents and reports.
    • She was part of the team that advise Consorcio Fypasa, successful bidder, in the procurement procedure for the award of the Project "Sistema de Tratamiento de Aguas Residuales - PTAR Titicaca".
    • She advised a Spanish concessionaire in the performance of PPP Contract "Longitudinal de la Sierra Tramo 2". This road Project involves rehabilitation, maintenance and operation activities. Her advice includes the structuring and development of Addendums of the PPP Contract and the participation in direct negotiations during the contractual performance.
    • She participated in advising foreign investors regarding to potential breaches of international investment treaties.
    • She advised in pro bono legal issues for different entities, such as The Firefighters of Peru.
  • Education

    • Delos Dispute Resolution, Remote Oral Advocacy Programme, First LATAM Edition, 2021
    • Geneva Center of International Dispute Settlement and University of Geneva, Latin American International Arbitration Course, 2020
    • Universidad del Pacífico, Law Degree, Lima, 2020
    • Universidad del Pacífico, Law Graduate, Lima, 2018
    • King's College London, The Dickson Poon School of Law, London, 2016
    • University of California, Davis, Summer Program, 2023. Winner of the Baker McKenzie Scholarship.

    Admission

    • Lima Bar Association, 2021

    Membership

    • Founder of Forseti Law Review (DERUP EDITORES Association) of the Law School of the Universidad del Pacifico
    • Former Member of the official team that represented the Universidad del Pacifico in International Competitions of International Commercial Arbitration
    • Arbitral Women – Member
  • Additional Information

    Experience

    • Associate at Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker & McKenzie International, 2018 - to date.
    • Law Clerk at Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker & McKenzie International, 2015 - 2018.

    Academic Experience

    • Arbitrator in Cross-Examination Moot hosted by Sciences Po University and supported by New York University, Queen Mary University of London and National University of Singapore, 2022.
    • Co-author of Articles "Nuevas normas de APP: creación y reglamentación del OEGEP" and "Nuevas normas de APP: highlights de la norma adicionales al menú existente", Asociación para el Fomento de la Infraestructura Nacional (AFIN), Quincenary 306, 2022. These publications were taken as a reference by the Peruvian Official Gazette "El Peruano".
    • Arbitrator in the Interuniversity Arbitration Competition hosted by ICC Costa Rica, 2022.
    • Author of the Article "Las designaciones repetitivas de los árbitros en el Arbitraje Internacional", Forseti Law Review, Edition 16, 2022.
    • Author of the Article "¿Las Asociaciones Público-Privadas en el Perú se alinean a los estándares internacionales? Reflexiones a propósito de las Disposiciones Legales Modelo de la CNUDMI sobre las Alianzas Público Privadas", Advocatus Law Review, Edition 41, 2022.
    • Arbitrator in the International Children's Rights Moot Court of hosted by Baker Mckenzie and Universiteit Leiden, 2021.
    • Speaker in the Conference "Arbitraje: la justicia privada a meses del Bicentenario" hosted by Advocatus Law Review, in the panel "Comentarios al nuevo Reglamento de la Cámara de Comercio Internacional", 2021.
    • Co-author of the Thesis "El efecto de las designaciones repetitivas en la independencia e imparcialidad de los árbitros bajo el sistema arbitral peruano", 2020.
    • Co-author of the Article "La muerte de la confidencialidad en el arbitraje", Enfoque de Derecho, 2018.
    • Teaching assistant of Communication Skills module in the Law School of Universidad del Pacífico, 2017.