Expertise

Alejandro has acted as counsel in numerous complex international arbitrations both ad hoc (including under the UNCITRAL Rules) and under the rules of the major arbitral institutions (including ICSID, ICC, LCIA and SCC).

These arbitrations have encompassed disputes in a number of sectors, including renewable energy, oil and gas, infrastructure, defence, intellectual property, mining and foreign direct investment.

Career

Alejandro has worked in England for 14 years at leading law firms, including Herbert Smith Freehills. Prior to joining Stewarts, he was a partner at Clyde & Co (September 2017 to April 2022). Alejandro has also practised in Switzerland, the USA and Chile.

Alejandro obtained law degrees in the USA (LLM, Harvard Law School (Fulbright Scholar)) and Chile (LLB, University of Chile Law School (summa cum laude/first-class honours)).

Experience

  • Representing two Central American investors against one of Latin America’s largest countries in a US$400m+ claim under a bilateral investment treaty (bilateral investment treaty/UNCITRAL Rules).
  • Representing a solar PV investor in a Euro multi-million investment treaty claim against Italy (ECT/ICSID).
  • Representation of a UAE company in its breach of contract claim against one of Asia’s largest manufacturers of household appliances (UAE law/ICC). Damages awarded to Alejandro’s client were in excess of US$100m.
  • Representation of two claimants in consolidated arbitrations arising from the negligent maintenance of a power plant in Latin America (Peruvian law/ICC).

Recognition

“Next Generation Partner” in the fields of public international law (The Legal 500 UK, 2022) and international arbitration (The Legal 500 Latin America, 2022).

Client testimonials include: “Alejandro Garcia has multi-jurisdiction knowledge and gives outstanding legal, tactical and financial advice.” The Legal 500 Latin America 2022.

“Alejandro Garcia is a most valuable attorney in international arbitration cases as he is very knowledgeable about many details of law by heart. In many instances in our court he was able to present past reference cases and details of the results instantly. Very impressive. He managed our case to a big compensation reward.” The Legal 500 Latin America 2021.

“Brilliant mind, always finds a way around a problem, client orientated.” The Legal 500 UK 2021.

External Publications

Alejandro has written extensively on issues of commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration. He is the co-author of the first comprehensive book in the English language on the use of international arbitration for the resolution of intellectual property disputes (“International Intellectual Property Arbitration”, Kluwer Law International, 2010).

Accreditations and Memberships

Alejandro sits as an arbitrator and as a panellist at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). In particular, he has sat as sole arbitrator in two complex media disputes.

Alejandro is a member of the WIPO Mediation and Arbitration Advisory Committee. He is also included on the intellectual property panel of HKIAC, comprised of members who have demonstrated extensive experience and strong expertise in resolving intellectual property disputes. Alejandro has Higher Rights of Audience (Civil).

Personal

Alejandro enjoys running, reading, listening to audiobooks and spending time with his family.