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Salinas-Serrano, Daniel

Daniel Salinas-Serrano

Direct Tel: +1 202-538-8132
Washington, D.C.
Tel: +1 202 538 8000 Fax: +1 202 538 8100

Daniel Salinas-Serrano is a member of the firm's international arbitration and litigation practices, and is a trial lawyer and arbitration advocate with over a decade of experience successfully representing clients in complex investment treaty and commercial international arbitration, complex commercial litigation, complex restructurings, and class actions.  He represents clients in international disputes all around the world, including in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.  He has particularly deep experience in investor-state arbitration, including those administered by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).  He also has handled arbitrations administered under the UNICTRAL rules, the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR/AAA).  Mr. Salinas also has experience in complex restructuring and in criminal matters before U.S. Federal Courts, including cases involving federal conspiracy and bribery statutes. 

Mr. Salinas-Serrano regularly is invited to write and speak around the world on international arbitration and litigation topics. He has been recognized by top legal publications such as Chambers, Legal 500, Who's Who Legal and Latinvex for his arbitration work. Most recently, Mr. Salinas-Serrano was recognized by Latinvex as a 2018 Latin America Rising Legal Star and Who's Who Legal’s Arbitration: Future Leaders 2018, which praised “his outstanding expertise in commercial and investment treaty arbitration as well as his excellent advocacy skills.”

  • Maurel et Prom
  • Captain Ossama Al Sharif
  • Spentex Industries Limited & Spentex Netherlands, B.V.
  • Oleoducto Central, S.A.
  • Offshore Exploration & Production LLC
  • Pala Investments
  • Republic of Panama
  • Republic of El Salvador
  • Republic of Guatemala
  • Largest state-owned power company in El Salvador
  • State-Owned Geothermal power company in El Salvador
  • Wyeth Pharmaceuticals
  • Ali Allawi
  • Progas Energy, Limited & Progas Holdings, Limited
  • Sheffield Engineering Company, Limited
  • Confecciones Kamerino
  • Counsel for the Republic of Panama in an ICSID arbitration under the U.S.-Panama BIT filed by U.S. investors related to assets for the production of asphalt—IBT Group, LLC and others v. Republic of Panama (ICSID Case No. ARB 14/33).
  • Counsel for U.K. and Mauritian investors in an investment treaty arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules against the Islamic Republic of Pakistan related to an LPG business.
  • Counsel for Captain Ossama Al Sharif in three investment treaty arbitrations against The Arab Republic of Egypt (ICSID Case Nos. ARB/13/3, ARB/13/4 and ARB/13/5).
  • Counsel for a French oil company in a private international arbitration against a Colombian company under the ICC Arbitration rules.
  • Counsel for Spentex Netherlands B.V. in its multimillion dollar investment treaty claims against The Republic of Uzbekistan.
  • Counsel for a Houston-based energy company in a private international commercial arbitration and related U.S. litigation arising from the sale of a suite of companies and oil and gas assets in Latin America.
  • Counsel for a U.S. Investor in claims against a European-based company and investment treaty claims against a Latin American country.
  • Counsel for Slovakian investors in a series of complex civil and criminal disputes arising out of a commercial investment made in a Caribbean island.
  • Counsel for the Republic of Guatemala in the first ever international arbitration filed under the auspices of CATA and the first ever ICSID arbitration filed against Guatemala. The case was filed against Guatemala by U.S. railway management and development company—Railroad Development Corporation (RDC) v. Republic of Guatemala (ICSID Case No. ARB/07/23).
  • Counsel for the Republic of Panamá in the first ever international ICSID arbitration filed against IT by several U.S.-based investors under the auspices of the bilateral investment treaty between the U.S. and the Republic of Panamá involving a multi-million dollar claim arising from allegations that certain Panamanian tax credits were not honored. Obtained a complete victory for client and a multimillion dollar award of costs and fees—Nations Energy, Inc. y otros c. República de Panamá (ICSID Case No. ARB/06/19).
  • Counsel for a Central-American state-owned power company in an UNCITRAL ad hoc arbitration against a foreign investor.
  • Harvard Law School
    (J.D., 2005)
  • Georgetown University
    (B.A., Government, magna cum laude, 2001)
  • The District of Columbia Bar
  • The Bar of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
  • Spanish
  • Arnold & Porter, LLP:
    • Associate, 2006-2012
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Juan M. Perez-Gimenez:
    • United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, 2005-2006
  • Named one of Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers, 2021
  • Recognized by Latinvex as a 2018 Rising Legal Star in Latin America 
  • Ranked by Chambers Latin America (2017-2019) and Chambers Global (2017-2018) for International Arbitration: Latin America-wide as "Up and Coming" 
  • Recognized by Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leaders 2018 as a Future Leader in Commercial and Investment Treaty Arbitration
  • Recognized by Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leaders 2017 as an “Up and Coming Leader” in Commercial Arbitration 
  • Named by Legal 500: Latin America (2016-2018) as a Recommended Lawyer 
  • Named by Legal 500: United States (2017-2018) as a Recommended Lawyer in International Arbitration and International Litigation
  • Recognized by Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leaders 2017 as an Up and Coming Leader in Commercial Arbitration