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Luis Bottaro

Senior Counsel

Luis Bottaro
English, Italian, Spanish
Practice Group

Luis Bottaro advises Venezuelan and Latin American companies in the oil, gas, petrochemical, and telecommunications sectors on matters related to energy, dispute resolution, and general corporate law.

He advises clients on regulatory energy matters, particularly regarding hydrocarbons and gaseous hydrocarbons laws, administrative law, civil and commercial codes, tax law, commercial and investments arbitrations, government contracting matters, and foreign investments protection law.

He negotiates complex government and commercial contract/licensing transactions, and advises clients concerning engineering, procurement and construction, transfer of technology, construction, and management of contracts.

Luis has been involved in numerous international arbitration procedures as in-house and external consultant, arbitrator, and expert witness. He has been included in the arbitrators list of the Cámara de Comercio de Caracas corresponding to the ICC Paris Chapter. He is a member of the ICC Arbitrator Counsels Panel based in Caracas and is also listed as an arbitrator in the Bolivian Arbitration Chamber.

Representative experience

Negotiation and drafting EPC and ancillary contracts for construction of oil compression plants.

Defined, structured, and conceptualized project contracting model for petrochemical utilities plants.

Provide general legal, local, and international advice in closing banking foreign offices.

Representing client in arbitral investment procedure before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.

Representing international company in administrative procedures in Venezuela.

Advising on structuring a petrochemical entity for developing a gas project in Venezuela.

Representing the Republic of Venezuela in an investment arbitration.

Litigation in U.S. acting as defendant of the Republic of Venezuela.

Education and admissions


  • LL.M., New York University School of Law, 1987
  • J.D., cum laude, with honors, Universidad de Los Andes, 1969


  • Member, List of Mediators, Caracas Chamber of Commerce, 2016
  • Member, List of Arbitrators, National Chamber of Commerce, Bolivia, 2011
  • Member, Private Corporations General Counsels Committee, 1997
  • Member, List of Arbitrators, Caracas Chambers of Commerce, 1996
  • Member, International Bar Association, 1987
  • Member, Caracas Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Venezuela


Energy & Natural Resources (Venezuela), Senior Statesman

Chambers Latin America


Energy & Natural Resources (Venezuela)

Chambers Latin America


Energy & Natural Resources (Venezuela), Senior Statesman

Chambers Global


Energy & Natural Resources (Venezuela)

Chambers Global

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