Aníbal Martín Sabater

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Aníbal Martín Sabater “produces high quality work and provides excellent client service” according to sources. He is a firm favourite among many clients who praise his “great adaptability” and “attention to detail.”

–Chambers USA

Aníbal has over 20 years of experience in international commercial and investment arbitration under all major rules.  He is the current chair of the International Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and a member of the Executive Committee of the New York International Arbitration Center.  Also, in 2019, the firm appointed him to its management group.

Aníbal’s cases typically involve Latin America, conflicting legal cultures, or complex factual and legal situations requiring deep analytical skills.

In 2018, Legal 500 Latin America named him one of 12 leading international arbitration lawyers.  Client- and peer-review-based publications say Aníbal is “‘very responsive and very smart’ [and] has an impressive reputation for his handling of Latin America-based arbitrations, acting for a broad range of clients” (Chambers USA, 2018);  “produces high-quality work and provides excellent client service” (Chambers USA, 2016); and is “very clever and experienced [and] one of the best lawyers around” (Legal 500 USA, 2014).

Experience

Licensed in several US jurisdictions, England and Wales (solicitor), and Spain, Aníbal has represented clients in disputes conducted in English or Spanish and governed by the laws of more than 25 nations around the globe.  Those disputes covered a broad range of industries, such as construction, oil and gas, mining and natural resources, power generation and distribution, fishing, food processing, banking and private equity, shipping, sports, project finance, technology, and telecommunications.

In addition to representing clients in pending arbitrations, Aníbal routinely assists companies in evaluating, preserving, and strategizing about their international claims and defenses. He also acts frequently as an arbitrator. Click here for details on Aníbal’s experience as an arbitrator.

Aníbal joined Chaffetz Lindsey in January 2015 and was previously a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, having spent 11 years with the firm in its Houston and New York offices. Prior to that, Aníbal practiced for six years at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo in Madrid.

Representative Matters

Recent first chair experience includes:

  • Representing a private equity fund in an ICDR case over a financial transaction.
  • Representing a financial institution in two multiparty ICC arbitrations over a put-option and several loan agreements – the dispute also involved 7 related court proceedings in the U.S. and Latin America.
  • Acting for a contractor in a protracted multi-party ad hoc international mediation over a construction project in North America.
  • Representing the Claimant in Albacora S.A. v. Republic of Ecuador (PCA Case No. 2016-11). The dispute arises out of the Spain-Ecuador Bilateral Investment Treaty – claimant alleges, among other things, Ecuador’s breach of fair and equitable treatment obligations concerning fisheries investments in a  tax-free zone.
  • Representing two complainants before the European Court of Human Rights in cases over due process and economic rights’ violations.
  • Acting as settlement counsel for a leading hospitality brand in a dispute submitted to SCC arbitration.
  • Representing an American company in an ICC arbitration against a Russian licensee over a technology license agreement.
  • Representing two US companies in a dispute involving the fracking industry (ICDR mediation, followed by ICDR arbitration).
  • Representing a U.S. drilling company in an ICC arbitration against a Latin American partner.
  • Acting as coordination counsel for a company involved in several related court disputes in Europe.
  • Acting for a European vessel owner in an AAA construction dispute with a U.S. shipyard.
  • Advising a multinational over its conduct of business in internationally contested territories in Latin America.

Less recently, Aníbal also acted for a US oil services company in a dispute against an Eurasian state-owned entity in an ICDR arbitration; as part of this representation, Aníbal successfully argued one of the first emergency relief application ever granted in the ICDR system.

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • “The Overhaul of ISDS – Issues and Trends,” Tulane Energy Conference – The Changing Landscape of Cross-Border Energy Transactions, Tulane Center for Energy Law, Speaker (New Orleans, March 2019).
  • “An Arbitrator’s Obligation to (try to) Issue an Enforceable Award: Achmea and Beyond,” New York International Arbitration Club, Speaker (New York, February 2019).
  • “Trends and Challenges in International Arbitration: A comparative approach between Chile and USA,” Seminar hosted by CAM Santiago and Ortuzar, Vergara & Boetsch Abogados, Panelist (Santiago, January 2019).
  • “Recalcitrant Parties: Balancing Legitimacy and Due Process,” 8th Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference, Panelist (Prague, October 2018).
  • “The Impact of Sanctions on International Arbitration,” 7th Annual GAR Live New York, Panelist (New York, September 2018).
  • “Would you recommend Miami as the seat for international arbitration?” Latin Lawyer-GAR Arbitration Summit, Panelist (Miami, April 2018).
  • “The Impact of Sanctions on International Arbitration, Enforcement Proceedings and Settlement Agreements,” 7th Annual GAR Live NY Conference, Panelist (New York, September 2018).

Professional Affiliations

  • Chair, Association of the Bar of the City of New York – International Law Committee
  • New York International Arbitration Center – Executive Committee
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Chair, Spanish Arbitration Club – NY/DC Chapter
  • Vice President, International Law Association – American Branch
  • ICC Taskforce on Financial Institutions
  • ICC Taskforce on Emergency Arbitrator Proceedings

Credentials

Education

  • Ph.D., Universidad Complutense cum laude
  • J.D., Universidad Complutense, Madrid, first in the class

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • California
  • Spain
  • Roll of solicitors in England and Wales
  • Registered Foreign Legal Consultant, New York

Languages

English, Spanish, French, German

Recognition

Chambers Global

  • Band 5 for International Arbitration

Chambers USA

  • Band 3 for International Arbitration.
  • Foreign Expert for Latin America-Wide
  • Foreign Expert for Spain

Chambers Latin America

  • Band 3 for International Arbitration

Legal 500 Latin America

  • Leading Lawyer for International Firms: International Arbitration

Who’s Who Legal USA

  • Thought Leader in Arbitration
  • Expert in Arbitration

Global Arbitration Review Awards

  •  Short-listed for Best Prepared / Most Responsive Arbitrator 2015

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