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Claudio D. Salas

Special Counsel

Salas, Claudio D.
Claudio Salas represents clients in diverse industries in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations conducted in venues throughout the world under a variety of arbitral rules, including those of the ICC, ICSID, ICDR and UNCITRAL. He also represents clients in international litigation in US federal district and appellate courts, and in FCPA and other government investigations. A native Spanish speaker, he frequently handles disputes originating in Latin America.

Recent Highlights

  • Representing client in a dispute arising from a natural gas supply agreement
  • Representing client in a natural gas price review ICC arbitration 
  • Representing client in an UNCITRAL treaty arbitration involving a denial of justice claim
  • Representing client in an FCPA investigation of events taking place in Latin America
  • Advising client regarding potential treaty claims in Latin America and defenses against enforcement of a foreign judgment in US courts
  • Advising client on arbitration-related matters in connection with a multiparty agreement in Asia
  • Represented client in an ICSID arbitration in Asia resulting in a favorable settlement for the client 
  • Represented chemical company in an ICC arbitration regarding a joint venture resulting in a favorable settlement for the client 
  • Represented major medical device manufacturer in an ICDR arbitration resulting in a substantial award for the client
  • Represented major insurance company in an ad-hoc UNCITRAL arbitration resulting in a substantial award for the client
  • Represented major financial institution in an ICC arbitration resulting in a favorable settlement for the client

Past Experience

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Mr. Salas was a member of the team that represented Occidental Petroleum in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador, which resulted in a $1.77 billion award for Occidental (the largest award in ICSID history). Other past matters include sovereign debt litigation in the S.D.N.Y. and Second Circuit Court of Appeals concerning an investment fund’s $700 million judgment enforcement action against the government of Argentina, a litigation in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals concerning a Cuban state-owned company's challenge of the United States Treasury's OFAC regulations, and a representation in connection with the Case Concerning Pulp Mills on the River Uruguay (Argentina v. Uruguay) in the International Court of Justice.

Pro Bono

Mr. Salas represents pro bono clients in a variety of matters, including immigration and housing. Prior to joining WilmerHale, Mr. Salas completed a six-month secondment with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office.

Professional Activities

Mr. Salas is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), American Bar Association (ABA) and New York City Bar Association (NYCBA). He is also a member of the NYCBA’s International Law Committee.

Publications & News

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August 29, 2017

Book Review: Attorney-Client Privilege in International Arbitration

A book review by Claudio Salas of Attorney-Client Privilege in International Arbitration, published by the Journal of International Arbitration. The author, Annabelle Möckesch, posits that attorney-client privilege is one such subject likely to lead to conflict and therefore should be governed by more specific procedural rules. Accordingly, the author structures her well-researched book to support a proposal for specific rules to govern attorney-client privilege in international arbitration.

June 6, 2016

The International Arbitration Review: Seventh Edition

The Law Reviews has published the seventh edition of The International Arbitration Review, with Senior Counsel James Carter serving as editor and co-author of the United States chapter, along with Special Counsel Claudio Salas. Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. This chapter was first published in The International Arbitration Review, 7th edition (June 2016).

January 4, 2016

WilmerHale Announces 2016 Partner and Special Counsel Elevations

We are pleased to announce the elevation of our new partners and special counsel in 2016.

August 11, 2015

The International Arbitration Review, Sixth Edition, Features Works from WilmerHale's Leading International Arbitration Practice Group

The Law Reviews has published the sixth edition of The International Arbitration Review, with Senior Counsel James Carter serving as editor and co-author of the United States chapter, along with Counsel Claudio Salas; and Partner Duncan Speller and Associate Francis Hornyold-Strickland serving as authors of the England & Wales chapter.

June 1, 2014

The International Arbitration Review: Fifth Edition

A chapter authored by James H. Carter and Claudio Salas in The International Arbitration Review. Mr. Carter also served as the editor of this publication.

July 9, 2013

The International Arbitration Review: Fourth Edition

A chapter authored by James H. Carter and Claudio Salas in The International Arbitration Review. Mr. Carter also served as the editor of this publication.

March 20, 2013

The Different Meanings of an Arbitrator’s “Evident Partiality” Under U.S. Law

An article by Gary Born and Claudio Salas, appearing in Kluwer Arbitration Blog.

February 27, 2013

Expert View: Challenges to Party-Appointed Arbitrators; Crying Foul

Steven Finizio and Claudio Salas address another challenge to party-appointed arbitrators: the increasing number of applications to disqualify the other side’s chosen arbitrator.

November 1, 2012

Expert View: Selection of Arbitrators; It’s my Party

Steven Finizio and Claudio Salas weigh whether party-appointed arbitrators can be justified—do they undermine the fairness of proceedings, or give parties ultimate confidence in the three-member panel model?

July 8, 2012

The United States Supreme Court and Class Arbitration: A Tragedy of Errors

An article by Gary Born and Claudio Salas, appearing in the Journal of Dispute Resolution.

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Education

JD, Yale Law School, 2004, Coker Teaching Fellow

MA, English/Education, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, 1998

BA, English Literature, summa cum laude, Middlebury College, 1995, College Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

New York

Languages

Spanish

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