Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced today that Alejandro López Ortiz has joined the firm in Paris as a partner in the International Arbitration group. Previously, he was with Hogan Lovells in Madrid.

A Spanish national, Mr. López Ortiz has extensive experience in commercial and investment arbitration. His practice covers several sectors, including engineering and construction, energy and financial and corporate matters. He has appeared before most arbitral institutions, including ICSID, the ICC, LCIA, ICDR, SIAC and the Madrid Court of Arbitration.

“Alejandro is an important strategic addition to our international arbitration, energy, construction and Latin America capabilities,” said Raid Abu-Manneh, co-leader of Mayer Brown’s International Arbitration group. “Dividing his time between the firm’s Paris and Houston offices, he will work closely with our energy practice throughout and beyond the Latin American region, adding substantially to the firm’s commercial and investor/state arbitration capabilities. We are delighted to have him as a member of our team.”

Mr. López Ortiz is the second recent addition to Mayer Brown’s 60-lawyer International Arbitration practice, following the July arrival of partner Michael Lennon in Houston.

Commenting on his decision to join Mayer Brown, Mr. López Ortiz said, “I was impressed with Mayer Brown’s energy and vision, its global reach and its commitment to grow in key industries such as energy, engineering and construction and in Latin America. Working from the strategic locations of Paris and Houston, I welcome the opportunity to work with my new colleagues to further enhance our ability to serve client needs in the international arbitration arena.”

Recent matters on which Mr. López Ortiz acted include: representing a Latin American government in several investment treaty claims; counseling another Latin American government in enforcement proceedings of an ICSID award; representing several construction companies in two arbitrations related to a petrochemical project in Mexico; and representing a major international insurance group in a dispute against a Spanish bank for the termination of a bank-assurance alliance in Spain.

Mr. López Ortiz regularly serves as arbitrator in cases before the ICC and the Madrid Court of Arbitration and recently joined ICDR's roster of arbitrators. In addition, he is Spain's representative at the ICC task force on the New York Convention and is also country reporter to the study on arbitration practices in the EU and Switzerland entrusted by the European Parliament to the University of Brunel.

An alumnus of the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and the London School of Economics, Mr. López Ortiz worked with international arbitrator Bernardo Cremades before joining Hogan Lovells.