Luis specialises in international law, international trade and international dispute resolution, including investment treaty arbitration, international commercial arbitration and the resolution of state-state trade disputes. Luis has been named by Commercial Dispute Resolution magazine as a “heavyweight” in investment arbitration and listed in the Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration –Future Leaders 2017.
Prior to joining Matrix, Luis worked for ten years at the Office of the General Counsel for International Trade Negotiations of the Government of Mexico. As Deputy General Counsel he appeared as counsel and lead counsel for Mexico in investment treaty arbitrations under the NAFTA and BITs and legal advisor in the negotiation of the bilateral investment treaties with the United Kingdom, China, India, Spain, Panama, Ukraine and Russia.
Luis also served as trade negotiator of FTAs with the European Union, EFTA, EU Customs Cooperation Agreement, Israel, Central America, Uruguay, and Customs Regulations with Chile. Luis was also a member of the NAFTA Working Group on Rules of Origin, and the NAFTA Subgroup on Customs Procedures. Luis also advised on matters related to WTO.
He is a frequent speaker at conferences on international arbitration, dispute resolution, and trade and investment policy and negotiations. Luis has testified to the House of Lords EU External Affairs and EU Internal Market Sub-Committees on Brexit and the future trade between the UK and the EU (September 2016).
In 2014 he was appointed by the European Union, Colombia and Peru to the panel list as one of the chairpersons for arbitration proceedings under the trade agreement between the EU, Colombia and Peru.
Luis has been an external consultant to several States and international organisations including the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on dispute settlement and foreign investment policy matters.
Luis worked as an intern at the International Trade Law Branch of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs in Vienna (UNCITRAL Secretariat). He speaks Spanish, English and Portuguese.
Luis accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.
Luis was recently interviewed by Lawyer Monthly on international arbitration and the role expected of an international lawyer
Luis spoke on a panel of experts at the CDR Winter Arbitration Symposium devoted to questions of evidence and advocacy
Luis was quoted in a Commercial Dispute Resolution article on how governments are clamping down on international corporations using shell companies to sue them under investment treaties