OUR TEAM


Andrés A. Mezgravis

PARTNER

+58 (212) 952 73 71


aam@mezgravis.com



He has experience in handling not only domestic and cross-border litigation and arbitration, but also in handling complex/effective negotiation/mediation processes, both with public and private entities. He was the coordinator of the Regulations of the Business Center of Conciliation and Arbitration (CEDCA), and also the Chairman and co-founder of the Arbitration Committee of the Venezuelan - American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VenAmCham/ 2000). Andrés is currently a professor of Alternative Methods of Dispute Resolution (ADR), at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello.

Prior to founding MEZGRAVIS & ASOCIADOS, he was a partner and the coordinator of the Dispute Resolution Department of Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz for more than 12 years, and before that, he was a Baker & McKenzie associate at the Caracas office for 5 years.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

• Lead counsel of Valle Verde Sociedad Financiera S.L. vs.the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). ICSID Case No. ARB/12/18. (Pending).

• Lead counsel of Highbury International AVV, Compañía Minera de Bajo Caroní AVV and Ramstein Trading INC. vs. the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). ICSID Case No. ARB/14/10 / (Pending).

• Co- Counsel Rusoro Mining LTD. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/12/5. (Pending).

• Co-counsel until November 2009 of Mobil Corporation and others, vs. the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). ICSID Case No. ARB/07/27.

• Co-counsel until November 2009 of Mobil Cerro Negro, LTD. in an ICC arbitration proceeding against Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., and PDVSA Cerro Negro S.A.

• Co-counsel of Eni Dación B.V. v. the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). ICSID Case No. ARB/07/4. The parties reached an agreement and the process was discontinued.

• Co-counsel until november 2009 of Vestey Group Ltd., v. the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). ICSID Case No. ARB/06/4.

• Co-counsel of a major multinational construction in an arbitration under the Rules of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) against the State-owned Venezuelan oil company. An arbitration award was rendered in favor of the client.

• Co-counsel of Brandes Investment Partners, LP v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). ICSID Case No. ARB/08/3.

PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

• Professor of Alternative Methods of Dispute Resolution in the Graduate School of Procedural Law and Mercantile Law of Universidad Católica Andrés Bello. (2001-to date).

• Professor of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Law School. Universidad Católica Andrés Bello. (2005-to date).

• Professor of Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Graduate School of Procedural Law at Universidad Central de Venezuela (2002-2004).

• Member of the Arbitrators and Conciliators List of the Business Conciliation and Arbitration Center (CEDCA) (2009).


• Member of the Board of Directors of the Venezuelan Chapter of the Spanish Arbitration Club (2007-to date).

• International Arbitrator at the Arbitration and Mediation Centre of the Quito Chambers of Commerce.

• Appointed to the roster of arbitrators of the Arbitration Center of the Construction Industry in Mexico (CAIC).

• Foreigner Arbitrator of the Peruvian Institute of Arbitration.

• Member of the Latin-American Arbitration Association

•Member of the Legal Committee of the Business Conciliation and Arbitration Centre (CEDCA).

• Member of the Board of the Venezuelan Chapter of the Spanish Arbitration Club.

• Member of the Legal Committee of the Venezuelan-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VENAMCHAM).

• Founder and Chairman of the Arbitration Committee of the Venezuelan-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VENAMCHAM) (1998).

• Coordinator of the Drafting Committee of the Draft Regulations on Conciliation and Arbitration of the Business Conciliation and Arbitration Center (CEDCA) (1998-2000).

• Member of the Legislative Committee of the Bar Association of the Federal District (1991).

PUBLICATIONS

• “The denunciation of ICSID Convention and the easy path”. Jurídica, Perú, 2014.

• “The arbitration agreements with public entities” Tribute book to Bernardo Cremades and Yves Derains. Instituto Peruano de Arbitraje. Lima, Perú, 2013.

•“Venezuelaʼs withdrawal from ICSID”. Ámbito Jurídico, Caracas, 2012.

• “DENUNCIATION OF THE ICSID CONVENTION: TWO PROBLEMS ONE SEEN AND ONE OVERLOOKED”. By Mezgravis, Andrés A. and González, Carolina. Trasnational Dispute Management. Vol. 9, Issue 7. Published: December 2012.

• “LA PROLIFERACIÓN DE LA NULIDAD DE LOS LAUDOS: UNA FALLA DEL CIADI QUE PUEDE SER CORREGIDA” Mezgravis, Andrés A. y González, Carolina. Anuario Internacional de Arbitraje 1. “Sistema de Anulación de los Laudos CIADI”. Instituto Peruano de Arbitraje. Perú 2012 (pp.141-162)

• THE STANDARD OF INTERPRETATION APPLICABLE TO THE CONSENT AND ITS REVOCATION IN THE INVESTMENT ARBITRATION, in Arbitration Law Treaty, Carlos Soto (Director), Volume II, Bogotá 2011.

•“Non-violent Struggle as a Conflict Resolution Mechanism between the Democratic Society and the Totalitarian State”, Revista Derecho y Sociedad N°9, Universidad Monteávila, Caracas, 2010.

• “THE NEGOTIATION: BASIC TOOL FOR THE XXI CENTURY LAWYER”. Law and Society Journal N° 9. Monteavila University. Caracas 2010. Pages 1-31.

• “EXPROPRIATIONS, NATIONALIZATIONS AND THE INTERNATIONAL LAW”. Juridical Scope; Legis, Caracas, July 2009.

• “THE PUBLIC ORDER AND THE ARBITRABILITY AS GROUNDS FOR REFUSAL AWARDS”. Commercial Arbitrations and Investment Arbitration Book. New York Convention 1958. Peruvian Institute of Arbitration. Peru. 2009.

• “CHOICE OF OUT-OF-COURT SETTLEMENT AND ADVERSARIAL MEDIAS”. Book Current Tendencies in Procedural Law, Constitution and Process. UCAB. 2006.

• “PROTECTIVE MEASURES OF THE VENEZUELAN ARBITRATION

SYSTEM”. Law and Society Journal N° 4. Monteavila University. Caracas 2004. Pages 19-69.

• “OIL INVESTMENT IN VENEZUELA AND THE ICSID ARBITRATION”. Academy of Political and Social Science. Serie Eventos 18, Caracas, 2005.

• “WHAT IS CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE”. Journal of Constitutional Law N° 7, Caracas, January-June 2003, pages 189-191.

• “ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION: REASONS FOR A NECESSARY CHANGE”. Juridical Scope; Legis, Caracas, February 2002.

• “THE PROMOTION OF ARBITRATION: AN ACKNOWLEDGED CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY AND VIOLATED BY JURISPRUDENCE”. Journal of Constitutional Law, N° 5, July-December 2001, pages 131-152.

• “ADVANTAGE OF THE RULES OF THE BUSINESS CENTER OF CONCILIATION AND ARBITRATION (CEDCA)”. Web site of CEDCA, Publications, Caracas, January 2000.

• “THE ARBITRATION AND THE SUMMARY PROCEEDING SERVING TO GUARANTEE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS”. Journal of Administrative Law, N° 6, Caracas 1999, pages 255-278

• “APPEALS AGAINST THE COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION AWARD”. Seminar on Commercial Arbitration Law, Library of the Social and Political Science Academy, Caracas 1999, pages 205-272.

• “THE JURISDICTION UNITY: A MYTH OF VENEZUELAN LAW”. Journal of the Political and Legal Science School, N° 108, UCV, 1998, pages 261-410

• “SEVERAL THOUGHTS ON JURISDICTION AND ARBITRATION”. Journal, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, N° 50, Caracas Sept. 1996, pages 365-389.

• “INEXISTENCE OF QUANTITATIVE LIMITS OF MERCANTILE INTERESTS”. Private Law Journal N° 7, Caracas, July-December, 1990
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CONFERENCES

He has been a speaker in several national and international conferences on arbitration and alternative methods of dispute resolution, which include:

• VII International Arbitration Congress, Costa Rica, 2016.

• Internacional Congress NUEVAS TENDENCIAS EN ARBITRAJE. COMERCIAL Y DE INVERSION in Bolivia. Organized by: CEA (Club Español de Arbitraje) - Peruvian Institute of Arbitration, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, August 31st to September 1st, 2015.

• IX Latin-American Arbitration Congress, organizado por el Instituto Peruano de Arbitraje (IPA) en colaboración con el Capítulo Peruano del Club Español del Arbitraje (CEA), Lima, Perú, del 28 al 30 de abril de 2015 bajo el título "Dogmatismo y Pragmatismo en el Arbitraje".

• VI International Arbitration Congress of Costa Rica (Construcción, inversión y procedimientos: un análisis práctico. Organizado por ICC Costa Rica. San José de Costa Rica February 22 - 24, 2015.

• V International Arbitration Congress. February 24 and 25, 2014. San José de Costa Rica, Costa Rica.

• V International Arbitration Congress. February 24 and 25, 2014. San José de Costa Rica, Costa Rica.

• The 11th Annual ICDR Miami International Arbitration Conference. September 11 -13, 2013. Miami, Florida.

• VII Latin-American Arbitration Congress Lima, Perú. April 24 - 27, 2013.

• IV International Arbitration Congress. 17 y 18 de Febrero de 2013. San José, Costa Rica.

• The 10th Annual Miami International Arbitration Conference: The Greatest Hits
MIAMI, FLORIDA September 9-11, 2012

• I Jornada de Medios Alternativos de Resolución de Conflictos. 25 abril – 3 Mayo 2012. Universidad Monteávila Caracas, Venezuela.

• “V Highly specialized course in International Arbitration”. June 16, 2011. Lima Peru.

• “V Latin-American Arbitration Congress”. April 28 and 29, 2011. Lima, Peru.

• II Congress of International Arbitration of Costa Rica “An Integral Vision”. February 23 and 24, 2011. San José de Costa Rica, Costa Rica.

• “V Conference of International Arbitration”. February 17 and 18, 2011. Quito, Ecuador.

• Congress of the Spanish Arbitration Club “I International Chapters Meeting under “Arbitration in Latin American: Legislative News and Judicial Practice”. Speech: “New IBA Rules about Evidence of 2010”. November 3, 4 and 5 2010, Lima Peru.

• “IV Specialization Program in International Arbitration”. July 2010, Lima, Peru.

• “International Seminar: MERGERS AND ACQUISITION (M&A). June 3, 2010. Lima, Peru.

• “IV Peruvian Congress of International Arbitration”. April 29 and 30, 2010. Lima, Peru / May 1, 2 and 3 2010. Cuzco, Perú.

• III International Peruvian Arbitration Congress. April 28, 2009.

• The 2008 ICDR International ADR Reporting Program Series, Santiago, Chile. August 25, 2008.

• III International Congress of the Spanish Arbitration Club, Madrid, Spain. July 2008.

• Invitee to the Latin Lawyer Roundtable “The future of Investment Disputes in Latin America”, Houston, hosted by King Spalding. February 21, 2007.

• International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Conference, ICDR (Triple A) Washington, Speech: International Perspectives from Venezuela. November 15, 2006.
RECOGNITIONS

• Chambers and Partners, Latin American edition (2008), (2009), (2010), (2011), (2012), (2013), (2014).

• Best Lawyers (2012), (2013) and (2014).

• Legal 500 Latin America 2013.

• Latin Lawyer, August 2003, Venezuela: “25 under 40.”

• Bar Association of the State of Carabobo and Instituto de Estudios Jurídicos “Dr. José Angel Castillo Moreno”, Valencia, June 19, 1998.

     

PRACTICE AREAS

Arbitration

Mediation

Negotiation

Investment Protection

Litigation

EPC Contracts

EDUCATION

“Methods of the Harvard Negotiation Project”, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A. 2000

Specialization in Procedural Law, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas 1997.

“Orientation in American Law”, University of California, U.S.A. 1993

Lawyer, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Caracas 1988.

LANGUAGES

Spanish

English

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

Partner, Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz, Caracas 1993-2009

Associate Attorney ,Baker & McKenzie, Caracas 1988-1993

 

 
 
 
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