Santiago Bejarano

Santiago Bejarano focuses primarily on international arbitration matters, with significant experience in white collar matters and investigations as well. Mr. Bejarano was recognized as one of 22 leading arbitration practitioners based in the United States in the 2019 edition of Who's Who Legal: Arbitration Future Leaders. Mr. Bejarano’s qualification as an attorney in both New York and Colombia allows him to efficiently and effectively advise clients on matters involving Latin American jurisdictions and parties. He is able to advise clients on issues arising under the various Latin American legal systems, and has an in-depth understanding of the culture, business and legal practices in this region. Mr. Bejarano was previously based in the firm's London office (2015-2016).

Mr. Bejarano has been involved in international arbitrations held under various rules and institutions, including ICC, ICDR, UNCITRAL and ICSID. He has experience in both commercial and investor-state arbitration spanning a range of industries, including the energy, pharmaceutical and luxury goods markets. On the white collar defense and investigations front, Mr. Bejarano regularly advises clients facing government investigations and responding to government inquiries, where he has particular knowledge of the sports rights industry in Latin America. 

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Mr. Bejarano was an associate at a leading law firm in Bogotá, Colombia and 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.

Mr. Bejarano received the Legal Aid Society's 2015 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).


  • 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.


  • 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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  • 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