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  • José María Pérez

    • José has been a partner at Bredin Prat since 2003. He is part of both the corporate and the international arbitration teams.

      His corporate practice spans over twenty years of cross border transactional work involving mergers and acquisitions and other business combination/divestment agreements, in a variety of sectors, including a number of lengthy and delicate distressed/workout deals.

      Given his strong experience in corporate matters, José has a particular expertise in post-M&A and shareholders’ disputes.

      His arbitration practice involves acting as counsel in a number of institutional and ad hoc international arbitration proceedings, advising and representing clients in commercial and investment disputes. Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague since 2019, and Ecuador’s (alternate) member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration during the 2012-2015 period, José has been appointed as arbitrator in a number of proceedings (institutional and ad-hoc) in which he has sat as chairman, sole or co-arbitrator.

      Fluent in Spanish, English, French and German, José’s work as counsel and arbitrator spans a broad range of industries including distribution, telecommunications, banking and finance, construction, infrastructure, public works, public transport, energy, natural resources and mining.

      José lectures on international business law at the University of Paris II – Panthéon-Assas, on cross-border M&A transactions at the University of Paris V – Paris-Descartes, and on international commercial arbitration at the Sorbonne Abu Dhabi University. He regularly speaks at international arbitration and M&A conferences.

    • Academic career

      Born in Ecuador, he was admitted to the Paris Bar (1998) and the Quito Bar (1996). He is a graduate of Williams College (Massachusetts) (BA, 1984), the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (Maîtrise in French and German Business Law), the University of Paris X Nanterre (DEA in Private Law), the Catholic University of Ecuador (Doctor en Jurisprudencia) and the Washington College of Law (LL.M.).

    • Decorations

      Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague

      “Recognized among the Best Arbitrators in Ecuador”
      Leaders League, 2020-2021

      “Recommended lawyer” in International Arbitration
      The Legal 500 EMEA, 2020

      “Recognized by his peers in Corporate law and International Arbitration in France”
      The Best Lawyers®, 2019

    • Recent experiences

      Suez in connection with the hostile public offer launched by Veolia

      Carrefour in connection with (i) the acquisition of Grupo Big (the former Walmart operations) in Brazil from Advent; (ii) the acquisition of 30 Cash & Carry stores in Brazil from Makro and (iii)the initial public offering of Carrefour Brazil in the São Paulo stock exchange

      Cemex in connection with the sale (i) of 24 concrete plants and 1 aggregates quarry in France to LafargeHolcim and (ii) the sale of a group of concrete plants and quarries in France to Heidelberg

      Keolis SA (majority owned by the French railway operator SNCF), in the context of various acquisitions in the transportation sector and in the disposal of its stake in the ride-hailing business LeCab

      Real estate investors in an ICSID arbitration against Serbia in a dispute related to the stalled development of a shopping center in Belgrade

      A Brazilian energy company in an arbitral award annulment proceeding brought by another energy company before the Paris Court of Appeal

      A CAC-40 French Consumer goods company in a commercial arbitration (ICC) against a former partner abroad

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