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Ricardo E. Ugarte

Winston & Strawn LLP
Chicago, IL, USA

Ricardo Ugarte is managing partner of the firm’s Geneva office. Mr. Ugarte is a multi-lingual partner who focuses his practice on international arbitration, international litigation, and complex commercial litigation. He has advised a wide variety of clients, including oil and energy companies, financial institutions, telecom concerns, insurers, pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers, and foreign sovereigns in a broad range of international disputes.

During the course of Mr. Ugarte’s practice, he has counseled clients in international arbitrations and lawsuits filed in various fora in the United States, Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe (including Austria, France, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland).

He has tried high-profile arbitrations, some with stakes well in excess of U.S. $1 billion, and has appeared as counsel in UNCITRAL arbitrations and arbitrations conducted under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, ICSID, and the Permanent Court of Arbitration. He has counseled clients in several areas of law, such as contract and commercial law, fraud, product liability, insurance coverage, and issues of criminal law that arise in civil disputes.

He is currently counsel of record in numerous investment arbitrations filed before ICSID, the ICC, and under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, including a recently filed arbitration where $27 billion is at stake. In light of his investment treaty experience, Mr. Ugarte was recommended by the U.S. Council for International Business, and elected to serve by the ICC, on the ICC’s Task Force on Investor-State Arbitrations. He represents clients in five of the largest treaty and contract arbitrations listed in the 2011 Arbitration Scorecard published by The American Lawyer.


Member of the London Court of International Arbitration, European Users’ Council.
Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration’s Task Force on “Arbitrations Involving States Or State Entities.”
Member of the Steering Committee for the USCIB’s Arbitration Committee, Midwest Region.
Faculty Member for the ICC International Arbitration Workshop held in May 2009.
Member of the Swiss Arbitration Association.
Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.


Mr. Ugarte received a B.A., with general and special honors, from the University of Chicago in 1990 and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 1993.


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