Juan Carlos Riesco


+56 2 2928 2203

His practice is focused mainly on civil and commercial litigation, antitrust and regulatory litigation, as well as national and international arbitration.


  • Republic of Chile on an interpretation proceeding pursued by Víctor Pey and Fundación Presidente Allende before the same ICSID arbitrational panel which rendered an award favorable to Chile in October of 2016. In such award, the panel found that Chile did not owe anything to the claimants for the confiscation of a newspaper (El Clarín) which took place in the early seventies and which claimants allege Mr. Pey had owned. Claimants have been unsuccessfully seeking a compensation of USD799 million since the early nineties in several proceedings before ICSID.
  • Energía Llaima on the preparation of its water rights strategy for the development of Central Hidroeléctrica Hueñivales Project, for approx. USD50 million.
  • Metro 6, an affiliate of Salini-Impregilo, the largest constructor company in Italy, on an arbitration procedure initiated after Metro unilaterally terminated the construction agreement for a new subway line and expelled the construction company from the worksite. The settlement reached was extremely favorable for Salini-Impregilo.
  • Energía Coyanco on a lawsuit for the legal constitution of easements for an aqueduct for El Canelo de San José Project. This project consists on the construction of a hydroelectric power station in the Maipo River, for at least USD50 million.
  • Philip Morris Chile before the Antitrust Court on a claim against Chiletabacos for exclusionary acts performed in the Chilean market.
  • Philip Morris Chile before a Civil Court on a summary judgment against Chiletabacos for damages resulting from exclusionary acts performed in the Chilean market.
  • Mitsui Auto Finance Chile before Civil Courts in trademark conflicts.
  • Codelco in a civil trial for nullity of a contract and damages.
  • A Central American country in an investment dispute before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) (In Arnold & Porter LLP).


  • Foreign associate, International Arbitration practice, Arnold & Porter LLP, Washington DC (2014).
  • Professor of Civil Law, Universidad Nacional Andrés Bello (2009-2012).
  • Advisory Committee of the Chilean Institute of Procedural Law (since 2011).
  • Professor, Civil Procedure Reform Diploma, Universidad Católica de Chile (2011).
  • Member of the Chilean Bar Association.


  • Law, Universidad Católica de Chile.
  • Degree on Modern Civil and Commercial Rules for Contracting, Universidad de Chile (2008).
  • LL.M., UC Berkeley (2013).


  • Chile (2007).


  • Spanish.
  • English.

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