FELIPE GONZÁLEZ ARRIETA
Associate
Felipe is a lawyer, graduated with honors, from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and LL.M. from New York University School of Law (NYU).
Languages:
Spanish (native)
English (bilingual)
French (limited proficiency)
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PROFILE
Felipe is a Colombian lawyer, graduated with honors, from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and LL.M. in International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration from New York University School of Law (Colfuturo scholar). He advises, and is part of the team that represents, domestic and foreign clients in large and complex national and international commercial arbitrations under ICC and CCB rules related to the mining and infrastructure sectors and in general commercial and corporate disputes. He also regularly assists arbitral tribunals, including the Chairman, in ICC and CCB arbitrations.

Mr. González Arrieta has a vast academic experience reflected in the structuring of several academic programs on domestic and international arbitration, such as the Diplomas on International Commercial Arbitration and Investment Arbitration offered by the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá. He is a regular lecturer in national and international arbitration at several institutions such as the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá and the International School of Arbitration of Universidad Nacional de Colombia and the Universidad del Rosario, amongst others. Felipe was awarded special honors for his thesis called “El Modelo Colombiano de Acuerdo para la Protección y Promoción Recíproca de Inversiones: un estudio práctico y jurídico” (“The Colombian Model BIT: a practical and legal study”). As a student, he was part of the teams of Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (2010) and New York University School of Law (2013) at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot.

Felipe is the author of several articles on international arbitration published in international journals and blogs such as TDM, Arbitraje: Revista de arbitraje comercial y de inversiones, and Kluwer Arbitration Blog.
Felipe is a member of the Colombian Arbitration Committee (Comité Colombiano de Arbitraje) and an arbitrator of the Centro de Mediación y Arbitraje Comercial de la Cámara Argentina de Comercio y Servicios – CEMARC.
Prior to joining Suescún Abogados, Felipe interned at the Directorate of Foreign Investment of the Ministry of Commerce of Colombia, the office in charge of negotiating Colombia’s BITs and coordinating Colombia’s defense in international investment arbitration tribunals, where he took part in the negotiations of some of Colombia’s Bilateral Investment Treaties, and worked as a lawyer on domestic and international arbitration matters at the Center for Arbitration and Conciliation of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá, one of the largest and most important arbitration institutions in Latin America.
recent representative matters
• Part of the team that represents, together with an international firm, Colombia’s largest refinery, in an international commercial arbitration, under ICC Rules, New York seat and Colombia and New York applicable laws, against a US construction company, related to disputes originated from an EPC contract for the expansion of an oil refinery. The lawsuits are valued at several billion dollars, probably being the largest construction arbitration worldwide.

• Part of the team that represents a Colombian-Venezuelan consortium, in a US$ 10 million international arbitration, seated in Colombia and under the CCB Rules, against a German multinational, related to disputes arising out from a contract for the sale of goods and technical assistance.

• Part of the team that defends two mining companies in a complex multi-party ICC arbitration with an aggregate claim worth more than US$ 1 billion.
representative case experience
• Part of the team that successfully represented the Defendant and Counterclaimant, Colombia’s largest exporter of coal, in a US$ 100 million ICC arbitration relating to the construction of an infrastructure project. The tribunal awarded US$ 50 million to the client plus the costs of the arbitration and denied all claims against it worth US$ 52 million. The award was subject to unsuccessful annulment proceedings before Colombia’s Supreme Court of Justice.

• Part of the team that represented a large Colombian-Venezuelan construction company in a US$ 30 million domestic arbitration relating to a shareholder dispute within a major highway concession in Colombia.

• Assistant to the Chairman of the Tribunal in two multi-million ICC arbitrations.
education
• LL.M. in International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration from New York University School of Law (NYU).

• Lawyer (J.D. equivalent), with honors, from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

• 2012 Session of the International Academy for Arbitration Law, Paris, France.
publications and academic experience
• “Las cláusulas escalonadas o multinivel: su aproximación en Colombia” (Escalated or multistep clauses: its approximation in Colombia), Arbitraje: Revista de arbitraje comercial y de inversiones, Vol. V, n° 1, 2012.

• González Arrieta, Felipe and Velarde Saffer, Luis Miguel. “The Consistency of the UNCITRAL Rules on Transparency with the Transparency Policy of Some Latin American Countries”, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 2014.

• “Arbitration in Colombia: Two Steps Forward and one Backwards”, TDM 5 (2016), www.transnational-dispute-management.com. URL: www.transnational-dispute-management.com/article.asp?key=2382

• “Cesión del pacto arbitral incluido en los estatutos: su relación con el principio de la causahabiencia y el principio de habilitación”, Página Web del Comité Colombiano de Arbitraje, 2017, www.ccacolombia.org.

• “Directiva Presidencial No. 04 de 2018: Políticas en Materia Arbitral”, Página Web del Comité Colombiano de Arbitraje, 2018, www.ccacolombia.org.

• “Jurisdiction and Admissibility in International Investment Arbitration: a study and applicability of the grey zone”, ICSID Review – Foreign Investment Law Journal, in print.

• Adjunct professor of the course Domestic and International Arbitration at the Universidad El Bosque.

• Adjunct postgraduate professor of the course Domestic and International Arbitration at the Master in Business Law at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana –Cali.

• Academic director, course mentor and lecturer at the e-learning Course on Domestic and International Arbitration of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá.

• Lecturer at the Diploma on Domestic and International Arbitration of the Center for Arbitration and Conciliation – Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá

• Lecturer at the School of International Arbitration 2017 “International Investment and Commercial Arbitration: A Blessing or a Curse”, Universidad Nacional de Colombia and Universidad del Rosario.

• Lecturer at the Diploma on Domestic and International Arbitration of the Chamber of Commerce of Pereira

• General Coordinator of the “Repositorio de la Ley 1563 de 2012”, project led by the Comité Colombiano de Arbitraje

• Arbitrator since 2011 at Competencia Internacional de Arbitraje Comercial (International Commercial Arbitration Moot) – Universidad del Rosario and Universidad de Buenos Aires.

• Arbitrator since 2015 at Competencia de Arbitraje Internacional de Inversión (International Investment Arbitration Moot) – American University, Washington College of Law, Universidad Externado de Colombia, and Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá.

• Speaker at several arbitration events in Colombia and abroad such as:

  * Cámara de Comercio de Pereira – Diplomado de Arbitraje Nacional e Internacional – Clase “Arbitraje Internacional” – julio de 2015

  * Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá – Diplomado de Arbitraje Nacional e Internacional” – Clase “Taller casuístico del Trámite Arbitral” – 21 al 28 de septiembre de 2016

  * Escuela Internacional de Arbitraje 2017 “International Investment and Commercial Arbitration: A Blessing or a Curse” – Conferencia “Arbitraje Fast Track” – Universidad Nacional de Colombia y Universidad del Rosario – enero de 2017

* V Congreso Internacional de Arbitraje del Comité Colombiano de Arbitraje y II Congreso Internacional de Arbitraje del Capítulo Colombiano del Club Español de Arbitraje – “Cinco años de la Ley de Arbitraje” – Panel “Arbitraje y cortes nacionales: ¿en dónde estamos y para dónde vamos?” – 9 de agosto de 2017

  * I Congreso de la Red de Arbitraje Juvenil de la Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá – “Diálogos entre la Rama Judicial y el Arbitraje” – Panel “Capacidad de intervención del juez en el arbitraje internacional” – 1 de febrero de 2018

  * VI Congreso Internacional de Arbitraje del Comité Colombiano de Arbitraje – “Los aportes del arbitraje al derecho sustancial” – Panel “Los contratos de distribución” – 10 y 11 de septiembre de 2018

  * Congreso Internacional “60 Años de la Convención de Nueva York: Legado y Retos – Panel “Aplicación de la Convención de Nueva York en Latinoamérica: Presupuestos, experiencias y desafíos” – 15 y 16 de noviembre de 2018 – San José, Costa Rica

  * Tertulia “Evolución de la jurisprudencia de la Corte Suprema de Justicia en materia arbitral” – Comité Colombiano de Arbitraje y Centro de Arbitraje y Conciliación de la Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá – 31 de enero de 2019
professional associations
• Member and web editor of the Colombian Arbitration Committee (Comité Colombiano de Arbitraje)

• Arbitrator of the Centro de Mediación y Arbitraje Comercial de la Cámara Argentina de Comercio y Servicios – CEMARC

• Member of Young ITA