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Jose F. Sanchez

Jose F. Sanchez (FCIARB) Counsel, International Dispute Resolution & Arbitration

Jose F. Sanchez acts as arbitrator and as counsel on international commercial arbitrations and cross-border litigations. He is recognized by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, and Chambers Latin-America-Wide on international arbitration, has almost 15 years of experience handling an array of arbitration and cross-border litigation matters in English, Spanish, and Portuguese under the laws of numerous jurisdictions across the globe, and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Chambers USA (2018) reports that Jose “holds an excellent reputation for his expert advocacy," and "is deemed 'one of the brightest lawyers in the field,'" and "garner[s] accolades from clients as a 'brilliant, relentless and persuasive' advocate and for his ability to 'produce outstanding results under incredible pressure. Chambers Latin America-Wide (2020), in turn, reports that clients refer to Jose as "a star“ who “really gets completely involved; it's like he's defending his own mother. He's well spoken, writes very well and comes up with fantastic ideas. He's really very impressive."

Jose has served as arbitrator in several cases handled by the ICC and other institutions, and he represents states, state-controlled entities, companies, and individuals in international arbitrations handled by the ICC, ICSID, ICDR, LCIA, UNCITRAL, and the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce. He is often retained by an array of clients, including oil and energy companies, Fortune 500 companies, and state-owned entities to advice on international arbitration matters.  

Jose also handles cross-border litigation matters before state and federal district and appellate courts, with particular emphasis on all issues surrounding the enforcement of arbitration and forum selection clauses, choice of law clauses, foreign judgments, and arbitration awards in the Second and Fifth Circuits. He is also involved in a number of pro-bono litigation matters.

Experience Highlights

Arbitration

  • Lead counsel for an American oil company in a multimillion dollar arbitration under Texas law concerning oil assets and operations in Cameroon
  • A leading pharmaceutical company in a US $1 billion dollar arbitration concerning the validity of a license agreement to collect royalties worldwide on highly valuable patents  
  • A leading Japanese manufacturer in a US $1 billion dollar arbitration concerning the dissolution of a multibillion dollar joint venture with an American conglomerate
  • The majority shareholder of a North American company with operations in over 30 countries and annual revenue of over US$1 billion in a multimillion dollar ICC arbitration over ownership and control of the company 
  • The owner of a large-scale port terminal for the handling of oil imports and exports in Latin America in a multimillion dollar ICC arbitration related to the construction of that terminal
  • An American military contractor in a multimillion dollar UNCITRAL arbitration against a Latin American country (name confidential) related to the construction and maintenance of two warships
  • A multinational financial-services company in a multimillion dollar arbitration concerning misappropriations of highly sensitive confidential information and related contractual claims
  • The Republic of Turkey in a multibillion dollar ICC arbitration related to the construction of the largest infrastructure project in the country, involving Istanbul's railway system
  • The owner and developer of the largest underground mining project in the Americas and other open-pit mining projects in a multimillion dollar ICC arbitration related to the sale of those projects to the Latin American subsidiary of a European conglomerate
  • An American oil company that sold its oil and gas subsidiaries in the US and Peru to Korean and Colombian state-run oil companies for over $1.2 billion in an ICDR/AAA arbitration concerning indemnification claims by the buyers
  • An American company in a multimillion dollar arbitration before the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce against a Latin American licensee over licensing rights and liability for hundreds of millions owed to the Brazilian Government in unpaid taxes
  • An American company in a multimillion dollar ICC arbitration against a Latin American licensee over licensing and manufacturing rights that affected the company's contracts with numerous other licensees
  • A European consortium of construction companies in a multimillion dollar ICC arbitration against the Dominican Republic involving the construction and operation of a major highway

Litigation

  • A multinational North American company and its sole shareholder in proceedings in Texas courts to enforce arbitration agreements in response to plaintiffs’ claims under the RICO statute and Texas law
  • A multinational electronics corporation in successfully enforcing dispute-resolution clauses in a multimillion dollar litigation concerning an American technology company's claims for trade secret violations and patent infringement
  • A Korean technology company in a matter involving cross-border claims of trade secret misappropriation by an American multinational company
  • An instrumentality of the Polish Government in contractual disputes against an American licensee over broadcasting rights to television programs
  • A North American Company in proceedings in New York Courts to enforce an award in excess of $70 million issued in an international commercial arbitration
  • Several foreign companies in proceedings in New York courts to obtain discovery, under 28 U.S.C. 1782, in aid of foreign litigations and international arbitration
  • Several foreign companies in proceedings in New York courts for enforcement of a foreign judgment in excess of $120 million
  • Several European and Latin American banks and other financial institutions in litigation arising out of the collapse of Bernard Madoff's feeder funds
  • A multibillion dollar American financial institution and its mutual funds in litigation arising out of the buyout of the third-largest chemical company in the world
  • A Panamanian investment company in a dispute with a European stock trading company arising out of short trading practices


Contact Details

New York

T +1.212.237.0109
F +1.917.849.5376
josesanchez@velaw.com
666 Fifth Avenue
26th Floor
New York, NY 10103
Local time: 11:55 PM
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Jose's Practices

  • Georgetown University Law Center, 2009; Master's in Business and Economic Law (LLM); Distinction and Dean's List
  • Sergio Arboleda University, Bogota, Colombia, 2005; Bachelor of Law (JD equivalent); summa cum laude
  • Admitted to Practice: New York; Colombia; United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • Before joining Vinson & Elkins, Mr. Sanchez practiced for 10 years at other large litigation law firms in New York and Washington DC, and before that at a distinguished Colombian law firm representing clients in litigation proceedings before the Colombian Supreme Court and in arbitration proceedings.
  • Chambers Latin America-Wide (2020): Jose Sanchez continues to impress, with interviewees referring to him as "a star" and continuing: "He really gets completely involved; it's like he's defending his own mother. He's well spoken, writes very well and comes up with fantastic ideas. He's really very impressive."
  • Chambers USA (2019): "José Sanchez... [has] a burgeoning reputation in the field, garnering accolades from clients as a 'brilliant, relentless and persuasive' advocate and for his ability to 'produce outstanding results under incredible pressure.' He focuses his practice on Latin American disputes, frequently appearing in international arbitrations conducted in English, Spanish and Portuguese."
  • Chambers Latin America-Wide (2019): "José Sanchez is praised by interviewees [who note that]: 'He [gives] a very strong and positive impression from the start. He is dedicated, careful in the details, has a very strong legal basis and transmits total confidence to the client in every aspect..."
  • Chambers USA (2018): "José Sanchez... is deemed 'one of the brightest lawyers in the field' by impressed clients. He holds and excellent reputation for his expert advocacy, which includes proceedings held in Spanish and Portuguese. Sources state: 'He is dedicated, careful in the details, has very strong legal basis and transmits total confidence to the client."
  • Chambers Latin America-Wide (2018): "José Sanchez has impressed markets commentators, with one reporting: 'It gave me great confidence to have someone as passionate, sharp and hard-working as him handling our case."
  • Legal 500 Latin America, International Arbitration, 2019
  • NITA Advocate Designation
  • LCIA Young International Arbitration Group
  • ICDR Young and International
  • ICC Young Arbitrators Forum