CLAUDIO MATUTE

Partner

+56232249104

cmatute@urzuamatute.cl

Claudio Matute is partner of Urzúa | Matute. His practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation, domestic and international arbitration, on matters including contracts, torts, corporations, foreign investment, consumer protection law, unfair competition, distribution agreements, international trade, secured transactions, and environmental law, among others.

His practice also includes pre-litigious advice to national and international clients in the fields of mining, energy, foreign investment, international trade and retail, among others.

Mr. Matute worked in the Litigation and Arbitration Group of Carey y Cía., Santiago (2017-2018); at Bofill Mir & Álvarez Jana, Santiago (2010-2014) (2016-2017); and it was Foreign Associate of the International Arbitration Group at Arnold & Porter LLP, Washington, D.C. (2015-2016)

Representative experience

  • A Japanese mining company, in a successful ad hoc arbitration in connection with the construction of a dump leach in the north of Chile, involving claims of over USD 80 million.
  • A leading Chilean energy company, in its successful defense in a CAM Santiago international arbitration, involving contract claims for USD 20 million. All claims have been fully and definitively dismissed.
  • CORFO (Chilean Government Agency to promote the development of Chile), in the so-called “CORFO-Inverlink” case, successfully claiming the restitution of defrauded funds against 28 investors for more than USD 150 million.
  • CODELCO, in a CAM arbitration against a thermoelectric power company involving a claim relating to an electrical power supply contract. The arbitration concluded with an award of damages in favor of CODELCO, in an amount of USD 18 million.
  • A Brazilian power transmission company, in a successful ICC arbitration involving high-stakes contract dispute claims of over USD 30 million.
  • A European State, in six ongoing international investment arbitrations in relation to the introduction of the so-called “solar tax” applicable to the solar power sector.

Awards and recognitions

  • Beca Chile Scholarship (2014).
  • The “Best Grade Thesis Award for 2012” granted by the Constitutional Court of Chile, for the thesis “Regulatory Takings. Applicability to the Chilean Case”

Activities and memberships

  • Member of the panel of arbitrators of the Center of Arbitration and Mediation of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce (AJCAM) (since 2020)
  • Member of the panel of arbitrators of the Santiago Court of Appeal (since 2019).
  • Founder and member of the Executive Committee of “Santiago Very Young Arbitration Practitioners” (SVYAP) (since 2018).  
  • Professor of Civil Procedure, Universidad de Santiago de Chile (since 2018).
  • Foreign Attorney, Arnold & Porter LLP, Washington, D.C., (2015-2016).
  • Member of the panel of arbitrators of the Pro bono Foundation (since 2013).
  • Member of “Young International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes” (YOUNG ICSID).
  • Member of “Young Arbitrators Forum of the International Chamber of Commerce” (ICC YAF).   
  • Member of “International Council for Commercial Arbitration” (YOUNG ICCA).
  • Arbitrator in the Latin American arbitration competition “Competencia Internacional de Arbitraje”, Bogotá, Colombia (Oct. 2018).

Publications

  • Author of the book “Expropiaciones Regulatorias. Aplicabilidad al caso chileno”, Thomson Reuters, Santiago. 2nd Ed. (2020)
  • Co-author of the Chilean chapter of the Global Litigation Guide 2019, Chambers and Partners.
  • Author of the article “Forum Shopping in the Execution of ICSID Awards: Is it Time to Revive the UN Convention on State Immunity?”, Kluwer Arbitration Blog. (Jun. 2016).

Practice areas

  • Civil and commercial litigation.
  • Domestic arbitration.
  • International arbitration.
  • Administrative litigation.

Education

  • LL.M., University of Pennsylvania (2015).
  • Derecho. Universidad de Chile (summa cum laude). 

Admissions

  • Chile (2013).

Languages

  • Spanish.
  • English.