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Santiago Bejarano

Santiago Bejarano focuses his practice primarily on international arbitration matters and also has significant experience conducting internal investigations and representing large corporations in white-collar matters. Mr. Bejarano is dual-qualified to practice law in New York and Colombia, which uniquely positions him to effectively advise clients on matters involving Latin American jurisdictions, legal systems and parties, who benefit from his in-depth understanding of the culture and business practices of this region. 

Over the years, Mr. Bejarano has participated in numerous international commercial and investment arbitrations held under different rules and institutions, including ICC, ICDR, UNCITRAL and ICSID, seated numerous jurisdictions, including New York, The Hague, Paris and Geneva. His practice spans a range of industries, including the energy, pharmaceutical and luxury goods sectors in Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. Mr. Bejarano is a recognized young practitioner in the international arbitration field as evidenced by his inclusion in the 2019 edition of Who's Who Legal: Arbitration Future Leaders

Mr. Bejarano’s practice also includes advising clients facing government investigations and inquiries, and conducting complex, multi-jurisdictional internal investigations for clients in a number of industries, including energy and oil, commodities trading, medical devices, professional services and television broadcasting. He has advised clients doing business in all continents, with a particular focus on Latin American jurisdictions such as Colombia, Mexico Peru, Chile and Brazil. 

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Mr. Bejarano was an associate at a leading law firm in Bogotá, Colombia and before that a member of a leading international dispute resolution team in Paris. He also had academic experience as an Associate Adjunct Professor of Corporations at the Universidad Del Rosario in Bogota, Colombia.

In 2015, Mr. Bejarano received the Legal Aid Society's Pro Bono Publico award for his work assisting low-income clients in immigration-related matters.

Professional Activities

Mr. Bejarano is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Colombian Chapter of the Spanish Arbitration Association (CEA); the Latin American Arbitration Association (ALARB); the International Bar Association (IBA); the Young ICCA; the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF); and the LCIA Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG).

Experience

  • Representing a company in the petrochemical sector in an ad hoc arbitration against a gas company in the Caribbean, governed by Trinidadian law and pursuant to the UNCITRAL Rules (1976) and obtaining a successful settlement of the dispute.
  • Representing a North American pharmaceutical company in an ad hoc investment arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador under the US–Ecuador bilateral investment treaty, resulting in a finding of denial of justice against the State.
  • Representing a leading luxury goods manufacturer in an ICDR arbitration against a Middle Eastern distributor, governed by New York law.
  • Representing a leading media company in a criminal investigation by US authorities in relation to the soccer industry in Latin America.
  • Representing several individuals in a criminal investigation conducted by US authorities in the medical device sector in Asia.
  • Advising a leading media company in an internal review of its soccer broadcasting rights in Latin America.
  • Advising a leading media company with respect to its soccer broadcasting rights acquisitions in Latin America, Europe and Asia. 
  • Advising one of the world’s leading audit firms in an internal investigation related to independence issues arising out of work by a member firm in Latin America.

Recognition

  • Mr. Bejarano was recognized as a leading arbitration practitioner in the 2019 edition of Who's Who Legal: Arbitration Future Leaders. Mr. Bejarano is one of 22 leading practitioners in the United States included in the 2019 publication.

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Credentials

  • Education

    • LLM, New York University School of Law, 2014

      Hauser Global Scholar, Starr Foundation Global Scholar
    • Universidad Del Rosario, 2011

      Attorney, Colegial
  • Admissions

    • New York

    • Republic of Colombia

  • Languages

    • English

    • Spanish

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