Claudio Salas is a special counsel in the international arbitration practice at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, based in New York. A native Spanish speaker, Mr Salas frequently handles matters originating in Latin America. He represents clients in diverse industries in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations conducted in venues throughout the world under a variety of arbitral rules, including those of the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Dispute Resolution Centre and UNCITRAL. He also represents clients in international litigation in US federal district and appellate courts, and in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other government investigations.
In Latin America, Mr Salas's matters have included representing a major airline in connection with an FCPA investigation, advising a leading financial institution regarding potential treaty claims and defences against enforcement of a foreign judgment in US courts, and representing a leading pharmaceutical company in an UNCITRAL investment treaty arbitration concerning denial of justice. In the energy sector, Mr Salas's experience includes representing multinational energy companies in price review and contract disputes. Prior to joining Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, he was part of the team that represented Occidental Petroleum in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador.
Mr Salas is a member of the International Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association.