Aníbal Sabater is an international arbitration specialist with over 17 years of experience, representing clients from around the world and industries as diverse as construction, energy, mining, shipping, technology, and telecommunications, in arbitrations under all major international arbitration rules, including AAA/ICDR, ICC, LCIA, and UNCITRAL. He has also acted in several investment arbitration cases under the UNCITRAL Rules and the ICSID Convention/Rules, as well as in commercial disputes involving states and state-owned entities. Licensed in several US jurisdictions, England and Wales (solicitor), and Spain, Aníbal has represented clients in disputes governed by the laws of more than 20 nations across Latin America, North America, Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.
Among his many cases, Aníbal successfully argued one of the first applications for emergency interim relief under the ICDR Rules. He also was lead counsel in an award enforcement case that led to the overruling of earlier anti-arbitration (and “pro-Italian torpedo”) jurisprudence in several European jurisdictions.
With respect to cases involving sovereigns, Aníbal was part of the team representing a major energy company in its ICSID claims against Ecuador and Peru, which included the first bilateral investment treaty claims for denial of justice brought to ICSID and the first international case to test Peru’s legal stability regime. He has also represented a US company in various UNCITRAL arbitrations against a foreign state instrumentality, and advised companies and individuals bringing claims against states under the European Convention on Human Rights and the Inter-American Convention on Human Rights.
Aníbal’s experience is recognized by leading industry guides, including Chambers USA, Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, and Global Arbitration Review’s “45 Under 45” (2010 edition).
A frequent commentator on developments in international arbitration, in both English and Spanish, Aníbal authored a commentary to the EU provisions on international dispute resolution, an often-cited handbook on the enforcement of foreign awards in Spain, and numerous articles, including a recent one on how energy disputes have shaped investment arbitration. He also speaks frequently at international arbitration conferences and seminars. Between 1997 and 2002, Aníbal taught dispute resolution courses at the Faculty of Law of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where he became an Associate Professor.
Aníbal is fluent in English and Spanish, and proficient in French and German.