International
Dispute Resolution

Approach

“Castineira provides tailor-made advice for your cases”

Castineira was born out of the desire to meet market demand for high-quality advice in medium-sized arbitration disputes and corporate/commercial transactions.

The very large majority of arbitration cases involve less than US$ 10 million in dispute. More specifically, half of the arbitration cases filed each year under the rules of the major arbitral institutions involve less than US$ 5 million in dispute, including about a quarter of these cases with less than US$ 1 million at stake.

The legal market does not adequately answer demand for high-quality advice in many of these cases.

On the one hand, international arbitration expertise is concentrated in large, multinational law firms which, in light of their cost structures, struggle to provide adequate fee arrangements or service for these disputes involving moderate amounts. On the other hand, clients are entitled to expect the level of service that they are used to with top-notch international firms for a price proportionate with the amounts at stake in these cases.

The same rationale applies to many corporate and commercial transactions.

Answering business expectations and needs in the above cases was a fundamental reason for the creation of Castineira.

Castineira emphasizes legal excellence, frankness, pragmatism, efficiency and availability. Castineira’s approach also focuses on the following key elements:

“UNDERSTANDING YOUR EXPECTATIONS AND NEEDS”

The founder, Eliseo Castineira, has practiced corporate (mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures) and contract law with premier U.S. and U.K.-based firms before specializing in arbitration.

Understanding the human, technical, commercial, financial, tax and accounting considerations which all play a role in deal-making is fundamental to provide concrete advice of real relevance once a dispute has arisen. Conversely, understanding why some deals give rise to disputes enhances the ability to negotiate and draft contracts.

Whether you are negotiating a contract or are involved in a dispute, Castineira strives to understand what you need and want and, as importantly, what you do not need or want.

“MANAGING MATTERS IN A DILIGENT AND COST-EFFECTIVE WAY”

This approach is based on a direct relationship with you to earn your trust.

This approach is also reflected by the absence of systematic delegation in order to ensure that your needs and expectations are properly taken into account without the costs and inefficiencies involved by delegation to inexperienced lawyers.

Practice Areas

"Castineira is a boutique practice specialized in international arbitration"

Castineira acts as counsel in ad hoc and institutional arbitration proceedings under all major arbitral rules. Its founder, Eliseo Castineira, also acts regularly as arbitrator in both ad hoc and institutional arbitration proceedings (c. 40 cases).


Castineira is active in all types of disputes in many economic sectors (including construction and engineering, M&A, manufacturing, energy and natural resources, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications) throughout the world, having dealt with disputes in Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Castineira has acted in disputes in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and German. It has also dealt with disputes involving states, state-owned entities as well as various Fortune 500 companies.

As counsel, Castineira has obtained on various occasions (i) the full dismissal of claimants’ claims in cases in which it acted for respondents and (ii) 85% or more of the amount claimed in cases in which it represented claimants.

Castineira’s excellence in arbitration has been recognised in several international rankings for both counsel and arbitrator work (Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration, Leaders League, Décideurs Stratégie Finance Droit, The Roster of International Arbitrators).

Moreover, Castineira handles state-court proceedings relating to arbitration matters (actions to set aside awards or enforce them, actions to obtain interim measures).

In addition, Castineira is involved in other types of dispute resolution, including international business litigation before the French courts and alternative dispute resolution (e.g., mediation).

CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL

Castineira advises on various corporate and commercial matters. In particular, Castineira conducts due diligence exercises, negotiates and drafts share and asset purchase agreements, warranty agreements and shareholder/joint venture agreements (corporate law matters) as well as distribution or agency agreements, supply agreements, service or consultancy agreements and leases (commercial law matters).

Arbitration Track Record

Eliseo Castineira has acted in numerous arbitration matters involving private entities, states and state-controlled entities in M&A, joint venture, construction (including FIDIC) and engineering (including Orgalime), distribution, energy, automotive and pharmaceutical disputes, among others.

Mr Castineira’s cases have involved international conventions (e.g., CISG) and the substantive laws of the following jurisdictions: Belgium, Brazil, California, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Macao, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates.

English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and German were used in Mr Castineira’s cases as a language of the arbitration or as a language in which evidence could be submitted without a translation.


CASES AS ARBITRATOR (2010-TODAY)

Cases as Sole Arbitrator

  1. Sole arbitrator in a dispute relating to the sale of aircraft equipment between a French claimant and a Spanish respondent (AFA; place of arbitration: Paris; applicable law: French law).
  2. Sole arbitrator in a dispute relating to an agency agreement in the aviation industry between a Spanish claimant and an Israeli respondent (ICC; place of arbitration: Paris; applicable law: Spanish law).
  3. Sole arbitrator in a dispute relating to the sale of drilling equipment between an Italian claimant and an Indian respondent (ICC; place of arbitration: Paris; applicable law: CISG, Indian law).
  4. Sole arbitrator in a dispute relating to the distribution of food products between a French claimant and a Chinese respondent (ad hoc; place of arbitration: Geneva; applicable law: law of Macao).
  5. Sole arbitrator in a dispute relating to the sale of solar panels between a German claimant and a Chinese respondent (ICC; place of arbitration: Berlin; applicable law: CISG, Swiss law).
  6. Sole Arbitrator in a dispute relating to shareholder agreement in the real estate sector between French parties (ad hoc; place of arbitration: Paris; applicable law: French law, amiable composition).
  7. Sole arbitrator in a dispute relating to the development, registration and marketing of pharmaceutical products between an English claimant and a Belgian respondent (ICC; place of arbitration: Brussels; applicable law: Belgian law).
  8. Sole arbitrator in a dispute relating to the rehabilitation of railway lines between German, Austrian and Romanian claimants and a Romanian state-owned entity as respondent (ICC; place of arbitration: Bucharest; applicable law: Romanian law).
  9. Sole arbitrator in a dispute relating to the sale of food-processing industrial equipment between a U.S. claimant and a German respondent (ICC; place of arbitration: Paris; applicable law: CISG, German law, California law).
  10. Sole Arbitrator in a dispute relating to the distribution of clothing goods between French parties (ad hoc; place of arbitration: Paris; applicable law: French law).
  11. Sole arbitrator in a dispute relating to a joint venture for the production of construction materials between a French claimant and a Polish respondent (ICC; place of arbitration: Berlin; applicable law: French law).
  12. Sole arbitrator in a dispute relating to the sale of plastics manufacturing equipment between a Tunisian claimant and a German respondent (ICC; place of arbitration: Paris; applicable law: CISG).
  13. Sole Arbitrator in a dispute relating to an agency agreement in the food industry between a Portuguese claimant and a Spanish respondent (ad hoc; place of arbitration: Madrid; applicable law: Portuguese law).
  14. Sole Arbitrator in a dispute relating to a joint venture for the design and construction of a power station between a French claimant and an Italian respondent (ad hoc; place of arbitration: Paris; applicable law: French law).
  15. Sole arbitrator in a dispute relating to the design and construction of a railway line between Spanish members of a consortium (ICC; place of arbitration: Paris; applicable law: French law).
  16. Sole arbitrator in a dispute relating to various share purchase agreements in connection with a real estate redevelopment between Spanish and Swedish claimants and a Dutch respondent (ICC; place of arbitration: Paris; applicable law: Dutch law).
Cases as Co-arbitratorCo-arbitrator in a dispute relating to the design and sale of a power plant between a French claimant and a South Korean respondent (ICC; place of arbitration: undetermined; applicable law: French law).Co-arbitrator in a dispute relating to a share purchase agreement in relation to turbines, pumping and leak detection systems between a German claimant and French and Italian respondents (ICC; place of arbitration: Paris; applicable law: French law).Co-arbitrator in a dispute relating to the trading of cement, rice and sugar between an Andorran claimant and a Guinean respondent (CAIP; place of arbitration: Paris; applicable law: French law).Co-arbitrator in a dispute relating to the sale of software systems between a German claimant and a Spanish respondent (DIS; place of arbitration: Munich; applicable law: German law).Co-arbitrator in a dispute relating to the distribution of electronic consumer goods between French parties (ad hoc; place of arbitration: Paris; applicable law: French law).Co-arbitrator in a dispute relating to the distribution of automobile parts between a French claimant and a Cameroonian respondent (ad hoc; place of arbitration: Paris; applicable law: Cameroonian law).Co-arbitrator in a dispute relating to a service agreement for oil and gas exploration between a U.A.E. claimant and a Spanish respondent (CAIP; place of arbitration: Paris; applicable law: Spanish law).Co-arbitrator in a dispute relating to the sale of oil exploration equipment between a Brazilian claimant and a French respondent (ad hoc; place of arbitration: Paris; applicable law: Brazilian law).Co-arbitrator in a dispute relating to a share purchase agreement in the software industry between an Israeli claimant and a French respondent (ad hoc; place of arbitration: Paris; applicable law: Israeli law).Co-arbitrator in a dispute relating to agreements for the sale of electric and mechanical measurement equipment in the oil and gas industry between a French claimant and a Latin American state-owned oil company and its Dutch subsidiary as respondents (ICC; place of arbitration: The Hague; applicable law: French law, Dutch law).Co-arbitrator in a dispute relating to a power station between French parties (ad hoc; place of arbitration: Paris; applicable law: French law).Co-arbitrator in a dispute relating to a share purchase agreement in the hotel industry between a French claimant and a Polish respondent (ad hoc; place of arbitration: Paris; applicable law: Polish law).Co-arbitrator in a dispute relating to the distribution of medical and hospital equipment between a Tunisian claimant and a Belgian respondent (ICC; place of arbitration: Paris; applicable law: French law).Co-arbitrator in a dispute relating to the crash of an aircraft between various banks and insurers as claimants and an international aircraft manufacturer as respondent (ICC; place of arbitration: Paris; applicable law: French law).
Eliseo Castineira
Partner
+ 33 (0)1 84 25 71 75
ecastineira@castineiralaw.com
Cecilia Miles
Associate
+ 33 (0)1 84 25 71 76
cmiles@castineiralaw.com

Contact

20, rue des Pyramides
75001 Paris
France

info@castineiralaw.com

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