Javier Robalino Orellana

Ferrere (Uruguay)


Arbitration, Energy

LACCA Approved


Javier Robalino Orellana is the managing partner of ROBALINO Donoso Gachet Beltrán Pallares Valdivieso Weisson since December 2020.

Prior to that he was a partner at FERRERE in Ecuador and a member of the firm's global executive committee (2015-2020). He co-chaired the arbitration practice and acts as managing partner for Ecuador.

He earned an LLM degree from Duke University School of Law (2006, cum laude) and obtained an SJD from Universidad Católica de Quito (1990–1995).

He represents multinationals in energy, oil, mining, infrastructure, regulatory and M&A and other investment matters. He is active in the arbitration arena, representing local and international commercial and investment disputes. Mr Robalino has participated in cases under CIADI, CNUDMI, CIAC, CCI and CAM-Santiago rules.

Mr Robalino chairs local ICC Security Committee and is vice-president ICC of local Arbitration Committee, is a member of the Pledge’s Global Steering Committee, and an officer of the IBA Public Law Committee.

He is a professor of administrative law at Instituto de Derecho y Empresa INIDEM-Business Law School of Central America (2011–) and Universidad San Francisco de Quito (1999–) and was chair of its Graduate Programme (2003–2018). Formerly, he taught at Universidad Católica (1996–2002) was chair of ALArb State Relations Committee, Director of Ibero-American Forum on Administrative Law (2007–2013), former representative of Club Español de Arbitraje (2009–2017) and former Director of the Chamber of Industries (2003–2005).

Mr Robalino is a former foreign associate of King & Spalding LLP in Houston, Texas (2006–2007), member of the Regulatory Commission of the Office of the President of Ecuador (2002–2003), partner at Paz Horowitz Robalino Garcés Abogados SA (2011–2015) and Pérez Bustamante y Ponce (2007–2011).

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