EXPERIENCE

Michelle began her professional experience in 2007, in the corporate and antitrust department of the law firm Von Wobeser y Sierra. Starting in 2008, she became involved in handling both commercial and investor-state arbitrations.

 

Prior to co-founding LITREDI in 2019, Michelle had been a member of the international arbitration practice at Von Wobeser y Sierra for more than 10 years.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION

Acting as Administrative Secretary and Assistant to Arbitral Tribunals: (i) She was appointed Administrative Secretary in an ad hoc arbitration conducted under UNCITRAL Rules between a Mexican real estate development consortium and an investor under a trust agreement. (ii) She assisted an arbitral tribunal in an ICC arbitration, held between a consortium of Spanish, U.S. and Dominican investors against the Dominican Republic, arising from a toll road concession contract. (iii) She assisted an arbitral tribunal in an arbitration conducted under ICDR Rules between an American manufacturer of automobiles and its Costa Rican dealership, arising from a distribution agreement.

 

Acting as Party Representative in International Arbitration: Michelle has acted as party representative in a relevant number of proceedings, including the following: (i) She participated in the team that represented a Mexican construction consortium in an ICC arbitration against a state-owned Mexican electricity company (CFE), arising from the construction of a hydroelectric dam. The amount in dispute exceeded $50 million dollars. In this case a final award in favor of the Mexican construction consortium was obtained. (ii) She represented a consortium in the food & beverage industry against an American conglomerate, in an ICC arbitration arising from a group of franchise agreements. (iii) She represented a Mexican manufacturer of phenolic resins in an ICDR arbitration brought under a toll manufacturing agreement, against a U.S. public company in the business of hydraulic fracturing. In this case the award was favorable to the Mexican manufacturer, and a judgment of several million dollars was obtained. (iv) She represented the Mexican affiliate of a German construction company in an ICC arbitration initiated by a multinational group in the natural gas industry. (v) She represented the Mexican subsidiary of a Spanish construction company in an LCIA arbitration against a state-owned Mexican electricity company (CFE). (vi) She represented the Mexican subsidiary of a brewing company in an ICC arbitration initiated against its Guatemalan distributors, concerning a distribution and sales international agreement under the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). In this case a favorable award was also obtained. (vii) She represented the 51% of shareholders of a Mexican insurance company in an ICC arbitration against an insurance company based in the Netherlands, as well as its Mexican subsidiaries, under a joint venture agreement. The amount in dispute was $21 million dollars. The award in this case was favorable to the Mexican shareholders. (viii) In an ICC arbitration involving a $400 million dollar amount, she represented the Mexican affiliate of a British tobacco company against the Mexican affiliate of a Japanese tobacco company under a joint venture agreement.

INVESTOR-STATE ARBITRATION 

Acting as Administrative Secretary and an Assistant to the Arbitral Tribunal: (i) She assisted the members of an arbitral tribunal in an ICSID case brought by a British investor against the Republic of Hungary, under the Energy Charter Treaty. (ii) She assisted a co-arbitrator in an ICSID case initiated by an Israeli investor against the Republic of Uzbekistan, under the Israel-Uzbekistan BIT.

TRAINING

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STUDIES

Michelle concluded her legal studies at Colegio Superior de Ciencias Jurídicas. In 2011, she obtained the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from Escuela Libre de Derecho. In 2015, she concluded the Advanced Certification Program in Witness Examination, at the Latin American Bar Association. She also obtained a Certification in the Questioning of Fact Witnesses in International Arbitration from the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2017, Michelle obtained a Diploma from the International Academy for Arbitration Law in Paris, France.

PUBLICATIONS

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Michelle is invited frequently to be a guest speaker at commercial arbitration conferences. Likewise, she is actively involved in drafting regulatory and legislative proposals in the subject of public works.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Michelle is a member of the Construction of Infrastructure Dispute Resolution Committee of the Mexican Chapter (ICC). She is also a member of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF), and the Young ICSID.