Juan Manuel Marchán is a partner at Pérez Bustamante & Ponce, leading law firm in Ecuador. He has a wide experience in international arbitration, M&A and infrastructure projects. He usually represents clients in local and international arbitrations focusing mainly in investment protection. He has experience in investment and commercial disputes under ICSID, UNCITRAL, CIAC and ICC rules. Juan Manuel served as chief of staff at the Ministry of Oil and Mines of Ecuador. Currently he teaches international arbitration and international law at the University of San Francisco Quito and the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. He is constantly invited as panellist in arbitration and litigation events in the country and abroad. He also collaborates in numerous publications on international commercial arbitration. Juan Manuel graduated as doctor at law from the the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador and completed an LLM programme at Columbia University School of Law. Juan Manuel is recognised as a key figure in the arbitration arena. His knowledge as well as his remarkable capacity to work under pressure are features frequently noted by clients. Juan Manuel is member and current executive director of the Ecuadorian Arbitration Institute and a full member of the Ecuadorian Procedural Law Institute. He has also been a member of the Court of Honour of the Quito Bar Associate.