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

Jose F. Sanchez (FCIARB)

Jose F. Sanchez (FCIARB)
New York

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Jose F. Sanchez (FCIARB)

Jose F. Sanchez handles international arbitration matters in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, under the laws of numerous jurisdictions across the globe, with emphasis in New York and Latin America, under the ICC, ICSID, ICDR, LCIA, UNCITRAL, and the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce Rules. Jose’s practice focuses mostly on infrastructure, energy, investor-state relationships, and post-acquisition disputes, and he also has significant experience on disputes involving Intellectual Property rights and disputes related to the hospitality industry. In addition to acting as counsel, Jose has also served as arbitrator in cases handled by several institutions.

Jose is recognized for his work as counsel on international arbitration by the most relevant publications, including Chambers Global (2018-2020), Chambers USA (2018-2020), Chambers Latin-America-Wide (2018-2020), the Legal 500 Latin America (2019), and Latin Lawyer 250 (2020). For instance, Chambers USA (2018) reported 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 is a rising leader on the international arbitration field. He is an avid writer on international arbitration issues, and his articles have been published by the most relevant publications on the field. He is frequently invited to speak at international arbitration events in the United States and Latin America. Additionally, he is a member of the Arbitration Committee of the New York City Bar, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (New York branch), and has served as North America Regional Representative for the LCIA (Young International Arbitration Group), and as member of the Global Advisory Board of the ICDR (Young and International Group).

Jose also handles cross-border litigation issues related to arbitration, mostly in the Second and Fifth Circuits, such as enforcement of arbitration and forum selection clauses, choice of law clauses, foreign judgments, and arbitration awards.

Arbitration

  • An American company and its Latin American subsidiary in a multimillion dollar arbitration under New York law related to the construction of five power plants in South America

  • Two North American companies in four arbitrations against an instrumentality of the Mexican government regarding the construction of gas pipelines in Mexico

  • An American oil company in a multimillion dollar arbitration under Texas law concerning oil assets and operations in Cameroon

  • A pharmaceutical company in a US $1 billion dollar arbitration under Japanese law concerning the validity of a license agreement to collect royalties worldwide on certain patents

  • A Japanese manufacturer in a US $1 billion dollar arbitration under Illinois law concerning the dissolution of a multibillion dollar joint venture with an American conglomerate

  • The majority shareholder of a North American company with revenue of over US $1 billion in an arbitration under New York law 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 arbitration related to the construction of that terminal

  • An American military contractor in a multimillion dollar arbitration against a Latin American country related to the construction and maintenance of two warships

  • A multinational financial-services company in a multimillion dollar arbitration concerning misappropriation of highly sensitive confidential information and related contractual claims

  • The Republic of Turkey in a multibillion dollar arbitration related to the construction of the largest infrastructure project in the country, involving Istanbul’s railway system

  • The owner and developer of a large underground mining project in the Americas and other open-pit mining projects in a multimillion dollar arbitration related to the sale of those projects

  • An American oil company in several arbitration proceedings concerning the sale of oil and gas companies for over $1.2 billion and indemnification claims by the buyers

  • An American company in a multimillion dollar arbitration against a Brazilian licensee over licensing and indemnification rights

  • An American company in a multimillion dollar arbitration against a licensee in Colombia over licensing and manufacturing rights

  • An American company in a multimillion dollar arbitration against a licensee in the Dominican Republic over breach of the license agreement

  • A European consortium of construction companies in a multimillion dollar arbitration against the Dominican Republic involving the construction and operation of a major highway

  • 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

  • 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

Credentials

  • 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
  • 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 USA, International Arbitration (Nationwide), 2020: “Jose Sanchez has a growing reputation for his work on international arbitrations, with … source[s] [being] ‘very impressed with his deep knowledge of the international arbitration practice. He combines his experience with very smart solutions, and is simultaneously a very fine and strategic attorney.’”
  • 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
  • Chambers Global, International Arbitration (Latin America-wide) (USA), 2020
  • Latin Lawyer 250, 2020
  • Arbitration Committee, New York City Bar
  • North America Regional Representative, LCIA Young International Arbitration Group
  • Global Advisory Board, ICDR Young and International Group
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, New York branch
  • NITA Advocate Designation
  • ICC Young Arbitrators Forum
  • 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
  • “Applying the Model Law’s Standard for Interim Measures in International Arbitration,” in Maxi Scherer (ed), Journal of International Arbitration, (©Kluwer Law International; Kluwer Law International 2020, Volume 37 Issue 1) pp. 79 – 86.
  • “U.S. Supreme Court reaffirms pro-arbitration stance,” International Law Office Arbitration Newsletter, March 1, 2012
  • “The Standard for Interim Measures in International Arbitration and in Emergency Arbitrations,” Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, New York (US), March 2020
  • “ICDR-AMCHAM International Arbitration Conference,” Sao Paulo (Brazil), December 2019
  • “ICC Chilean Arbitration Day,” Santiago (Chile), November 2019
  • “Arbitrating Technology and Intellectual Property Cases: Latin American and European Approaches,” Miami Technology and Intellectual Property Arbitration Seminar, Miami (US), November 2019
  • “iLaw2017: The ILS Global Forum on International Law,” Miami (US), November 2017
  • El arbitraje comercial internacional: un mecanismo eficiente de solución de controversias,” ICC Mexico, September 2016