Raúl Mañón focuses on international dispute resolution and international litigation. As a lawyer with two law degrees, from both a civil-law and a common-law jurisdiction, and having practiced in both systems, Raúl is highly effective advising and representing clients in cross-border, transnational disputes whether before US courts or international tribunals.

Raúl regularly acts as counsel to sovereign nations and multinational corporations in investment treaty and commercial arbitrations. He also represents clients in US courts in cases with an international law element. 

Raúl has recently represented state agencies of several Latin American countries in disputes with multinational companies over natural resources. He has acted as counsel to Europe-based energy companies in natural gas price review arbitrations in Europe.

Raúl has lectured and published on the subject of international litigation and transnational arbitration. In 2000, he was chosen by the US Department of State as the Caribbean region representative for the prestigious International Visitor Program.

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  • Representing the Slovak Republic in the investment treaty arbitration styled EuroGas Inc. and Belmont Resources Inc. v. Slovak Republic, ICSID Case No. ARB/14/14. 
  • Representing the Central Bank of Venezuela in a federal lawsuit against a group of defendants allegedly involved in an enterprise using social media tools to misrepresent and manipulate a black market for foreign exchange.
  • Representing the Republic of Ecuador in the annulment proceeding in Occidental Petroleum Corporation and Occidental Exploration and Production Company v. The Republic of Ecuador, ICSID Case No. ARB/06/11.
  • Representing a US publicly traded energy company in an ICC arbitration seated in Santiago, Chile and conducted partially in Spanish.
  • Advising an Eastern European sovereign on specific changes to its national laws and on the implications of those changes under its national laws, under the laws of the European Union, and under public international law.
  • Representing several gas companies in international arbitrations under the ICC Arbitration Rules involving gas pricing in European markets.
  • Providing pre-dispute advice to Latin American sovereign regarding the termination of hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation contracts.
  • Representing an Ecuadorian bank in litigation in the US and Hong Kong.
  • Representing a European football club in proceedings in US federal court seeking to recognize and enforce international arbitration award.
  • Serving as appellate counsel in two cases before the Florida Supreme Court on behalf of the state’s largest utility supporting two decisions by the Public Service Commission in favor of the utility.
  • Representing a cruise line in an ICC proceeding over exclusive rights to use a port of call in the Dominican Republic.
  • Serving as co-lead counsel in an ICC proceeding involving ownership interests in geothermal generation facilities and defects in the related generation equipment for an agency of the government of El Salvador.
  • Representing multinational financial companies in federal and state proceedings seeking to domesticate and enforce out-of-country judgments.
  • Serving as co-lead trial and appellate counsel in the representation of a Dominican Republic-based manufacturer seeking to recover funds taken in fraudulent currency exchange transactions.
  • Serving as co-lead trial counsel in the representation of a Dominican Republic-based freight and parcel service company trying to terminate its relationship with a local representative. The representation resulted in obtaining injunctive relief in federal court in Florida enabling the client to operate its business in Florida.
  • Representing Ecuadorian soft drink bottling company in ICDR arbitration regarding shareholder dispute.
  • Representing Salvadoran beverage company in ICC arbitration for alleged violation of representations and warranties in a Stock Purchase Agreement.
  • Serving as co-lead trial and appellate counsel in a dispute over the entitlement to and calculation of millions of dollars of annual franchise fees to be paid by a utility to a county government.
  • Representing a tortured journalist from Haiti against the Republic of Haiti before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Education

  • University of Miami, J.D., 2005
  • Pontificia Univer. Catolica Madre y Maestra, LL.B., 2000

Admissions

  • Florida, 2005
  • Dominican Republic, 2001

Courts

  • U.S. Ct. of App., Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of Florida

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English
  • Recognized by the Daily Business Review as a “Rising Star – 40 under 40” for 2015
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers – Rising Stars edition on international law since 2013, a distinction that recognizes the top 2.5 percent of Florida lawyers under the age of 40 or those in practice for 10 years or less.

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  • Speaker, Congreso International de Arbitraje, “Interacción de la justicia ordinaria y arbitral,” Guatemala City, Guatemala, October 2015.
  • Speaker, 1er Foro Internacional de Arbitraje ICC de Santo Domingo “El Laudo Arbitral: Una Visión Integral,” Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, April 2015.
  • Speaker, 9no Congreso Latinoamericano de Arbitraje, “Orden público nacional y orden público internacional,” Lima, Perú, April 2015.
  • Speaker, 8vo. Congreso Latinoamericano de Arbitraje, “Ejecución de laudos anulados en el lugar del arbitraje,” Lima, Perú, April 2014.
  • Speaker, III Convención Centroamericana de Centros de Arbitraje, “Ejecutabilidad de Laudos Internacionales,” Antigua, Guatemala, December 2013.
  • Speaker, ICC YAF conference, “La Resolución de Controversias Arbitrales: El Laudo,” Antigua, Guatemala, December 2013.
  • Co-author, “Entre la imparcialidad y la convicción: Issue conflict en el arbitraje internacional,” Latin American Arbitration Yearbook, Fall 2013.
  • Introductory speaker, ICC YAF conference, “Precedents: Benefits, Dangers and Myths,” Miami, Florida, November 2013.
  • Speaker, Drexel University College of Law International Law Society and University of Pennsylvania School of Law International Law Organization conference, “Hardly Arbitrary: A Panel Discussion on International Arbitration,” Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 2013.
  • Speaker, I Convención Internacional de Arbitraje 2010 - Encuentro Capítulos CEA, “Presencia del civil law y el common law en el arbitraje,” Lima, Perú, November 2010.
  • Co-author, “Primero la verdad que la paz; la problemática del perjurio en el arbitraje,” Revista Ecuatoriana de Arbitraje, October 2009.

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