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Mantilla-Serrano, Fernando

Fernando Mantilla-Serrano


Fernando Mantilla-Serrano is a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration Group. He has represented companies, states and state-owned entities in international arbitration cases, with emphasis on international contracts, construction, energy, banking, corporate and general commercial matters. He has also served as sole arbitrator, party-appointed arbitrator or Chairman in domestic and international arbitral proceedings. Fernando Mantilla-Serrano is an expert on arbitration in Latin America.

Fernando Mantilla-Serrano joined Shearman & Sterling as a partner in 2003. Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner and head of the international arbitration practice at Garrigues in Madrid, Spain; legal counsel at the ICC International Court of Arbitration; foreign associate with the law firm of Bracken & Margolin, New York; and in-house counsel for the Colombian Banking Association and for Acerías Paz del Río (steel mill). He appears in Latin Business Chronicle’s ranking of “Latin America’s Legal Stars 2013”, a ranking of the top 50 lawyers working in and with Latin America and the Caribbean in 2013.

Selected Experience

  • Charanne and Construction Investments in an SCC arbitration in Madrid against the Kingdom of Spain. The claims, which are brought under the Energy Charter Treaty, arise from tariff changes in the photovoltaic sector introduced by the State. The arbitration is being conducted in Spanish.
  • A Latin American energy company as Respondent in an ICC arbitration in Paris initiated by a European oil & gas operator. The dispute arises from the acquisition of interests in oil & gas blocks in Latin America and relates to the performance of earn out provisions included in a share purchase agreement. French law applies.


Fernando Mantilla-Serrano has authored numerous articles on arbitration, in Spanish, English and in French, including in Arbitration International, Revue de l’arbitrage (France), Journal of International Arbitration, Revista de la Corte Española de Arbitraje, and Revista Internacional de Arbitraje. He is also the author of a volume on the new Spanish Arbitration Act, Ley de Arbitraje – Una perspectiva internacional (Iustel, Madrid, 2005). For a list of publications, see http://www.iaiparis.com/.


  • University of Paris II, D.E.A. in International Private Law and International Trade, 1991
  • University of Paris II, D.S.U. in EU Law, 1991
  • New York University, MCJ (LL.M.), 1988, Fulbright scholar
  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, (Bogotá - Colombia), J.D. Economics, 1985



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