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Vladimir Gelves


Bogota, Colombia
Carrera 9 #80-45, Office 802
+57 60 1 691 5616
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Vladimir Gelves centers his practice on international arbitration and private law. 


Before joining Adell & Merizalde, Vladimir worked as a paralegal in criminal law matters and advised companies in money laundering and terrorist financing prevention programs. 


He is a lawyer from the Universidad de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, where he actively participated as a member and then as coach of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.  He was also part of the Research Seminar on International Economic Law and Global Governance, within the International Commercial Arbitration and Foreign Investment Subgroup of the same university. 


He is one of the coaches of the team representing Universidad del Rosario in the XI International Investment Arbitration Competition organized by American University, Washington College of Law and Universidad Externado de Colombia. 


Vladimir has also worked as an academic assistant for various courses in private law and public international law at Universidad de Nuestra Señora del Rosario and is a candidate for the Master's in Private Law with a focus on Commercial Law at Universidad de los Andes. 


Bar Admissions

  • Colombia


  • Universidad del Rosario, Winter Course on LegalTech

  • Universidad del Rosario, Course on Fundamentals of Alternative Dispute Resolution (international comparative approach)

  • Universidad del Rosario, Minor in Private Law

  • Universidad del Rosario, Law Degree


  • Spanish

  • English

  • Chinese (basic)

Relevant Matters

  • 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.

  • Represented the Republic of Colombia in an ICSID arbitration initiated by a European investor concerning the building and maintenance of a public port.

  • Represented the Republic of Guatemala in the negotiation of an ICSID award with an investor from the US in a case worth over US$ 240 million concerning measures in the energy sector.

  • Represented a South American company in an international arbitration against a contractor from the region concerning an investment in an agroindustry business.

  • Tribunal assistant in an arbitration administered by a Central American arbitration center in a dispute between a concessionaire company of a public service and a public entity.

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