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Stephan Adell

Partner

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Calle Rafael Augusto Sánchez # 86 
Roble Corporate Center, 7th floor
+1 809 792 5200
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A dual Bolivian-French national with over 15 years of international arbitration experience, Stephan Adell’s practice focuses on international commercial and investment arbitration. He has intervened in over 100 international arbitrations, particularly focusing on complex construction and investor-State disputes. He also acts as arbitrator.

Stephan has acted under major arbitration rules and institutions such as the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR).

He has acted as counsel in more than 35 investment arbitrations. In Latin America, Stephan has acted in arbitrations in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela.

Stephan was a member of the International Arbitration Court of the ICC for 6 years. Before founding Adell & Merizalde, he worked at two top-tier firms in international arbitration (Paris and Dubai offices).

He is co-chair of the ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy for Latin America and teaches Arbitration Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution at Instituto OMG.

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Credentials

Bar Admissions

  • Dominican Republic

  • Paris

Education

  • Université de Versailles, Master International Law and International Arbitration 

  • Université Paris 2, Panthéon-Assas, Diploma in Comparative Law 

  • Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Law Degree 

Languages

  • Spanish

  • English

  • French

Relevant Matters

  • Represents Costa Rica in an ICSID arbitration filed by German investors arising from expropriation proceedings relating to the construction of a hydroelectric dam. The language of the arbitration is Spanish.

  • Represents a European intergovernmental organization in an ICC arbitration based in Munich, Germany, regarding alleged delays and cost overruns in the construction of a highly complex scientific project in a South American country. Over US$30 million in dispute. The language of the arbitration is English. 

  • Represents a State Entity of a South American state in an ad hoc arbitration related to the expansion and conversion project of a high-capacity road. Over US$70 million in dispute. The language of the arbitration is Spanish.

 

  • Represents a Central American banana company in an ICC arbitration based in Miami, Florida, against one of the world's largest fruit companies concerning the termination of a long-term distribution contract. The language of the arbitration is English and Spanish. 

  • Represents a Central American Company in an ICC arbitration seated in Houston, Texas, against several respondents in relation to a large photovoltaic energy project in the Dominican Republic.  The language of the arbitration is English.

 

  • ​Represented the Republic of Costa Rica in an ICSID arbitration filed by a Spanish investor related to the closure of poultry production facilities.  The language of the arbitration was Spanish.  Over US$ 100 million in dispute.

  • ​Represented the Republic of Ecuador in a PCA investment arbitration under UNCITRAL rules initiated by a US investor concerning the modernization of an oil refinery.  The language of the arbitration was English.  Over US$ 110 million in dispute. 

  • ​Represented the Republic of Kosovo in an ICSID arbitration initiated by a German investor concerning the tender for the privatization of the postal communication company.  The language of the arbitration was English.  Over US$ 400 million in dispute​

  • Represented the Republic of Turkey in an ICSID arbitration brought by investors from the Netherlands for the sale of assets of a large mobile phone company.  The language of the arbitration was English.  Over US$ 19 billion in dispute. 

  • ​Represented the Republic of Croatia in 2 arbitrations (PCA and ICSID) against a Hungarian investor relating to various regulatory measures on a gas trading business.  The language of the arbitration was English.  Over US$ 1 billion in dispute.

  • Represented a South American public entity in an ICC arbitration against a US services supplier for goods relating to oil & gas drilling.  The language of the arbitration was English.  Over US$ 250 million in dispute.

  • Represented a Middle Eastern company in an ICC arbitration seated in Paris, under Swiss law against a European enterprise concerning design defects and delays in the construction of an MDF plant.  The language of the arbitration was English.  Over US$ 100 million in dispute.​

  • Represented a European public entity in an ad hoc arbitration seated in Santiago under Chilean law against a South American constructor regarding defects and delays in the construction of a highway.  The language of the arbitration was English.  Over US$15 million in dispute.

  • ​Represented a Latin American public entity in 3 ICC oil & gas arbitrations seated in The Hague under Dutch law.  The language of the arbitration was English.  Over US$ 300 million in dispute.

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