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Camilo Cardozo

Camilo Cardozo Partner, International Dispute Resolution & Arbitration

Camilo’s practice focuses on the litigation and arbitration of complex international commercial and investor-state disputes. Recognized as a leading international arbitration lawyer by Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, Chambers USA, Legal 500 and LatinVex, he is particularly regarded for his keen understanding of Latin American commercial arbitrations, advising clients in disputes across the region. 

Chambers Latin America reports that "Camilo is a sophisticated thinker, a great strategist and a really trusted adviser. He's a detailed, meticulous and an excellent lawyer. "It also reports that he is "business savvy, "adding that "he takes a commercial approach to issues, which drives a sensible result. "Chambers Global cites clients who describe him as "very intelligent" and "a very competent professional. "Chambers USA describes him as a "very smart" attorney who is "charismatic and knows the deal."

Camilo has handled numerous international commercial arbitration matters under the various international arbitration rules, including AAA/ICDR, ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC and in a variety of forums, including the U.S. and the UK. He also has substantial experience handling disputes under investment treaties and disputes related to oil & gas as well as large infrastructure projects.

In addition, Camilo represents clients before U.S. state and federal courts in litigation related to arbitration issues, including the enforcement of awards, applications to obtain evidence in aid of arbitration, and seeking preliminary relief. An experienced New York litigator who holds a law degree from a civil law jurisdiction in South America, Camilo provides added value to clients concerning civil law or the intricacies of Latin America-centred disputes.

Experience Highlights

  • Represented one of the largest U.S. defense contractors in a US $400 million ad hoc arbitration against a Latin American country in connection with the repair and maintenance of two frigates
  • Advised a Latin American oil company in relation to an ICC arbitration concerning the construction of a $5 billion refinery in South America
  • Represented a majority shareholder in an ICC arbitration concerning the control of a group of Mexican companies with billions of dollars in revenue
  • Represented a Barbadian investor, in an ICSID arbitration against a Latin American sovereign. The aggregate of claims worth US $200 million arose from the expropriation of investments in the automotive sector
  • Represented a Spanish investor, in an ICSID arbitration against a Latin America sovereign. The aggregate of claims worth US $100 million and the dispute arose from the expropriation of investments in the banking sector

Construction and Infrastructure Disputes

  • Represented a Spanish company in an ICC arbitration concerning a large infrastructure project in Central America
  • Represented a U.S. hotel chain in a dispute with a Brazilian entity concerning the development of a resort in Brazil
  • Represented a U.S. military contractor in an SMA arbitration concerning the design and construction of light combat ships
  • Represented a concessionaire in an ICC arbitration against a Latin American country involving the construction of a toll road
  • Represented a U.S. real estate investor in an ICC arbitration in Mexico concerning the development of a resort in Mexico

Oil and Gas

  • Represented an oil company in an ICC arbitration concerning the construction of a port terminal in Cartagena for the handling of hydrocarbon imports and exports
  • Represented one of the largest global oil companies in an ICC arbitration concerning oil exploration and production contracts in an Eastern European country
  • Represented a U.S. company in an ICDR arbitration concerning the sale of oil interests in Peru worth US $1 billion to oil companies in Colombia and Korea
  • Represented an Egyptian construction company in a multimillion dollar ICC arbitration concerning the construction and operation of an oil port in Egypt
  • Advised a Latin American oil company in relation to an ICC arbitration concerning the construction of a $500 million biodiesel plant
  • Advised a Latin American oil company in relation to the enforcement of expert determination in price adjustment disputes

Commercial Disputes

  • Represented a large Brazilian conglomerate in an ICC arbitration concerning the sale of the largest coal reserves in Latin America
  • Represented a Spanish telecommunications company in an ICC arbitration in Madrid against a Portuguese company involving a sale purchase agreement for a telecommunications company
  • Represented a U.S. beverage company in a dispute with a Colombian licensee in a multimillion dollar ICC arbitration
  • Represented a U.S. beverage company in an ICC arbitration against a Mexican licensee
  • Represented a Mexican investment firm in claims against a New York bank in connection with the development and financing of a hotel in Mexico
  • Represented a Thai refinery against a Chilean mining company in an ICDR arbitration in New York
  • Represented a UK based commodities trading company in several arbitrations in New York before the New York Board of Trade
  • Represented a UK commodities trader in a dispute with Mexican buyers

Investment Treaty Cases

  • Represented Hungary in an ICSID arbitration brought by French investors under the Franco-Hungarian bilateral investment treaty related to the "social vouchers" industry
  • Represented Globex International, Inc. and another U.S. poultry exporter in an ICSID arbitration under the U.S.-Ukraine BIT as a result of Ukraine's breach of export contracts authorized by the Prime Minister
  • Advised U.S. investors concerning potential investment treaty claims against Argentina in relation to investments in the financial sector
  • Advised U.S. investors concerning potential investment treaty claims against Peru in relation to tax regulations
  • Advised US and Spanish investors concerning claims against a Central America country under CAFTA


Contact Details

New York

T +1.212.237.0051
F +1.917.849.5393
ccardozo@velaw.com
666 Fifth Avenue
26th Floor
New York, NY 10103
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Camilo's Practices

  • Tulane Law School, LL.M. with honors, 2000
  • Universidad De Los Andes, J.D., 1999
  • Admitted to practice: New York
  • Chambers USA, International Arbitration USA, 2015–2020
  • Chambers Global, International Arbitration, Arbitration (International) – Latin America Wide, 2016–2020
  • Chambers Latin America, International Arbitration, 2016–2020 
  • LatinVex, “Latin America's Top 100 Lawyers,” 2013–2019
  • Legal 500 ”Leading Lawyer”
  • Legal 500 Latin America, International Arbitration, 2019