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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 partner of the firm's international arbitration and litigation practices, and is a trial lawyer and arbitration advocate with over fifteen years of experience successfully representing clients in complex investment treaty and commercial international arbitrations, complex commercial litigations, complex restructurings, and bet-the-company cases before international arbitral tribunals and in the state and federal courts of the United States.  He represents clients in international and cross-border disputes all around the world, including Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.  His principal area of expertise, however, is Latin America, where Daniel combines his deep knowledge of, and experience with, the legal and regulatory systems, and the cultural sensitivities in the region with his native command of Spanish and bicultural upbringing to achieve incomparable results for his clients.

He has particularly deep experience in international commercial and investor-state arbitrations, 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 substantial experience in complex restructurings, including cases involving sovereign debt instruments, cases under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), and in criminal matters before U.S. Federal Courts, including cases involving federal conspiracy and bribery.

Daniel has successfully litigated and been recognized for his skills and results on both sides of disputes in litigations and arbitrations, and has served as co-first chair in some of the most novel international disputes in the last fifteen years. Over the last five years, Daniel was one of the principal attorneys representing two of the largest groups of holders of Puerto Rico’s COFINA and GO bonds in the largest and most complex municipal restructuring in the history of the United States.  Daniel’s role in these cases, which involved the application of a law passed by Congress specifically to deal with Puerto Rico’s insolvency, required creativity and advocacy on complex and novel issues of public policy and bankruptcy law.  The results Daniel and the Quinn Emanuel team obtained for their clients have garnered wide-spread media coverage and praise.  Daniel also recently has been representing companies, boards of directors, and senior executives as defendants in the largest civil RICO case ever filed in the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, which involves allegations of racketeering and self-dealing in the non-profit space and claimed damages of $300 million.

Daniel 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 Law360, 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.”

  • Monterra Energy
  • Sempra Energy
  • Lawful Constitutional Debt Coalition
  • COFINA Senior Bondholders Coalition
  • Golden Tree Asset Management, LP
  • Monarch Alternative Capital, LP
  • Aristeia Capital, LLC
  • KKR & Co., Inc.
  • Farmstead Capital Management, LLC
  • Whitebox Advisors LLC
  • Contrarian Capital
  • Taconic Capital Advisors, LP
  • FCO Advisors, LP
  • Marble Ridge Capital, LP
  • Decagon Holdings
  • Tilden Park Capital Management
  • Canyon Capital Advisors
  • Scoggin Management
  • Cyrus Capital Partners
  • B-Mex, LLC
  • Felipe Segarra Investment Corp.
  • Titín Foundation, Inc.
  • Martínez-Álvarez, Menendez-Cortada & Lefranc Romero, PSC
  • Martinal Real Estate Corp.
  • Martinal Management Corp.
  • 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 investors in the Mexican energy sector in international arbitrations pursuant to the NAFTA and USMCA.  
  • Counsel for a group of companies, foundations and executives as defendants in a RICO case alleging $300 million in damages.
  • Counsel for a coalition of investors in Puerto Rico general obligation bonds in the largest and most complex municipal restructuring in the history of the United States.
  • Counsel for a coalition of investors in Puerto Rico Sales Tax Financing Corporation (COFINA, by its Spanish acronym) in the largest and most complex municipal restructuring in the history of the United States.
  • Counsel for investors in Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA) obligations y actions in the Supreme Court of New York and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
  • Counsel for investors in PDVSA and Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela bonds on all strategic issues and potential litigations with respect to those instruments.
  • Counsel for B-Mex, LLC and other investors in an international arbitration pursuant to NAFTA related to the Mexican gaming and casino industry.
  • 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
  • United States District Court:
    • District of Puerto Rico
  • United States Court of Appeals:
    • First Circuit
  • 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
  • Recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a “Future Star”, 2024
  • Named by Lawdragon 500 Leading Global Litigators Guide, International Arbitration & Disputes, 2023
  • Named one of Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers in Transnational & Financial Litigation, esp. International Arbitration (2020-2023)
  • Recognized by Lawdragon 500 Leading Energy Lawyers, Global Energy Disputes, 2023
  • Recognized by Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leaders (2018-2023) as a Future Leader in Arbitration
  • Named by Legal 500: United States (2017-2023) as a Recommended Lawyer in International Arbitration and International Litigation
  • Recognized by Lawdragon 500 Global Litigation Lawyers guide (2021) for International Arbitration & Disputes
  • Recognized by Law 360 as a 2019 Rising Star for International Arbitration
  • Recognized by Latinvex as a 2018 Rising Legal Star in Latin America 
  • Ranked by Chambers Latin America (2017-2019) and Chambers Global (2017-2020) for International Arbitration: Latin America-wide as “Up and Coming”
  • Named by Legal 500: Latin America (2016-2018) as a Recommended Lawyer 
  • Named by Legal 500: United States (2017-2019) as a Recommended Lawyer in International Litigation
  • Recognized by Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leaders 2017 as an Up and Coming Leader in Commercial Arbitration