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Sofía de Sampaio Jalles

CURRICULUM VITAE

Sofia de Sampaio Jalles is a Portuguese national, trained as a lawyer in France, specialised in commercial law and arbitration.


Experience in Arbitration

Sofia de Sampaio Jalles is a partner at Armesto & Asociados, a firm of arbitrators founded by Juan Fernández-Armesto.

Sofia joined Armesto & Asociados in 2016 and since then acts as arbitrator and secretary to arbitral tribunals in arbitration proceedings, including international, ad hoc and administered arbitrations involving commercial and investment disputes. Most of the cases are administered by ICC, ICSID and Spanish arbitral institutions. As to the ad hoc arbitrations, most of them are subject to the UNCITRAL Rules.  Sofia’s work has been recognized by Who’s Who Legal “Future Leaders (Non-Partners)”.

Before joining Armesto & Asociados, Sofia worked in the international arbitration team of Dechert (Paris) LLP. She also participated in several international arbitration academic competitions.


Professional Memberships
  • Secretary of the Commission for the definition of International Arbitration of the Madrid International Arbitration Center
  • Member of the Steering Committee for the drafting of the Code of Best Practices in Sports Arbitration of the Spanish Club of Arbitration
  • Co-Founder of MAD VYAP (Madrid Very Young Arbitration Practitioners)
  • Member of Young ICSID
  • Member of the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum
  • Member of Young ICCA
  • Member of the Spanish Club of Arbitration (Club Español del Arbitraje)

Professional Experience

In 2014 Sofia de Sampaio Jalles worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions team of PDGB Avocats in Paris, France. Prior to that she gained experience in the Competition and European Union Law team of the Portuguese law firm Vieira de Almeida & Associados, in Lisbon, Portugal.


Education

Sofia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences from the prestigious university of Sciences Po Paris, obtained in 2011. During her undergrad, Sofia participated in an exchange program during which she spent a year at King’s College London.

Sofia also holds a Master’s degree in Economic Law, with a specialisation in litigation and international arbitration, from Sciences Po Paris, which she obtained in 2014.

Finally, from 2014 to 2016, Sofia joined the Ecole de Formation des Barreaux de la Cour d’appel de Paris, completing her education as a lawyer and obtaining the Certificat d’Aptitude à la Profession d’Avocat.


Languages
  • Portuguese (mother tongue);
  • French (bilingual);
  • English (bilingual);
  • Spanish (bilingual).

Conferences, courses and publications
  • “ICC YAF: Administrative Secretaries: Role, duties, and challenges” – speaker in a webinar organized by ICC YAF and YCAP – Young Czech Arbitration Professionals, ICC Prague Arbitration Day (2021).
  • Lecturer at the Curso de Formação Avançada em Arbitragem Internacional Lusófona, organized by Almedina (2021).
  • “Surviving and succeeding as a junior arbitration lawyer: Tales from the frontline” – speaker in a webinar organized by ICC YAF and London VYAP (2020).
  • “Joint Treaty Interpretations by States before or during the Dispute” – speaker in the 3rdEdition of the Encontro de Arbitralistas Lusófonos, Paris Arbitration Week (2020).
  • “The Armesto Schedule: a Step Further to a More Efficient Document Production”, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, April 4, 2020.
  • Arbitraje en Tiempos de Pandemia: Best Practices” – speaker in a webinar organized by the Under 40 section of the Club Español del Arbitraje (CEA-40) (2020).
  • “Arbitral Awards: The Brazilian Tool Kit” – speaker at the 2nd Brazilian Arbitration Forum (Paris, France) (2019).
  • “The French Supreme Court – the Cour de cassation” – guest teacher in the Litigation I class of the LLB of IE University (2019).
  • “Revisiting the Redfern Schedule” – workshop at the 7th ICC YAF Global Conference (Organized by ICC YAF) (London, United Kingdom) (2019).
  • Financiación de terceros y asignación de costas” – speaker at an event organized by the Under 40 section of the Club Español del Arbitraje (CEA-40), (Spain) (2019).
  • Construir o futuro da Arbitragem Internacional: mais ou menos…” – speaker at the Under 40 Meeting at the VIII Encontro Internacional de Arbitragem de Coimbra (Portugal) (2018).
  • “Overview of the tribunal secretary’s tasks and role in the organization of the proceedings” – speaker at the ICC Institute Training for Tribunal Secretaries (Organized by the ICC Institute of World Business Law) (Brazil) (2018).
  • “Hot topics” – speaker at the II Encontro do CEA-40 in Portugal (Organized by the Club Español de Arbitraje, Under 40) (Portugal) (2018).
  • “Due Process Paranoia” – speaker in the panel “O devido processo legal e o controle judicial das sentenças arbitrais (reconhecimento e anulação)” at the XVI Congresso Internacional de Arbitragem (Organized by the Brazilian Arbitration Committee) (Brazil) (2017).

As Arbitrator

  1. Portuguese Company vs. Spanish Company, President of the Tribunal, Ad Hoc, management agreement, Portuguese law, English language, (2021).
  2. Honduran Company vs. Spanish construction Company, Sole Arbitrator, Corte de Arbitraje de Madrid, construction agreement, Spanish language, (2020).

As Secretary or Assistant to the Arbitral Tribunal / Sole Arbitrator

 

  1. Arab Company and National vs. Arab State, Administrative Secretary to the Arbitral Tribunal (chairman: J. Fernández-Armesto; co-arbitrators: C. Poncet and G. Ziadé), OIC Investment Agreement, English language. Counsel to Claimants: DLA Piper and Dr. Ioannis Konstantinidis. Counsel to Respondent: Mr. Christopher Harris QC and Squire Patton Boggs, (2020).
  2. Indian Company v. African State, Administrative Secretary to the Tribunal (chairman: J. Fernández-Armesto; co-arbitrators: G. Santiago Tawil and H. Perezcano Díaz), UNCITRAL, English language. Counsel to Claimant: Addleshaw Goddard LLP, Miranda & Associados and Pimenta & Associados; Counsel to Respondent: Dorsey & Whitney LLP, (2020).
  3. Mauritian Company vs. BVI and Mauritian Companies, Administrative Secretary (chairman: J. Fernández-Armesto; co-arbitrators: P. Friedland and A. Soveral Martins), ICC, shareholders’ agreement, law of African Republic, English language. Counsel to Claimant: Sullivan & Cromwell; Counsel to Respondent: Mayer Brown, (2019).
  1. LSG Building Solutions GmbH and others vs. Romania, Assistant to the Arbitral Tribunal, (chairman: J. Fernández-Armesto; co-arbitrators: P.M. Dupuy and O. T. Johnson Jr.), ICSID Case No. ARB/18/19, investment arbitration under the Energy Charter Treaty, English language. Counsel to Claimants: King & Spalding; Counsel to Respondent: Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, (2019).
  2. Brazilian Company vs. Brazilian Companies, Administrative Secretary to the Arbitral Tribunal (chairman: J. Fernández-Armesto; co-arbitrators: A. Schreiber and J. E. Nunes Pinto), ICC, share purchase agreement, Brazilian law, Portuguese language. Counsel to Claimant: Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados; Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados; Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr; King & Spalding. Counsel to Respondent 1: E. Munhoz Advogados; Lefosse Advogados; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Counsel to Respondent 2: Bichara Advogados, White & Case, (2019).
  3. Private Companies and Individuals vs. Brazilian Entity, Administrative Secretary to the Arbitral Tribunal (chairman: J. Fernández-Armesto; co-arbitrators: S. K. Chermont de Britto and N. C. da Silva Flores), ICC, settlement agreement, Brazilian law, Portuguese language. Counsel to Claimant: Didier, Sodré & Rosa; Shearman & Sterling LLP; Herbert Smith Freehills LLP; In-house. Counsel to Respondent: Tozzini Freire Advogados; Siqueira, Bottrel, Almeida e Silva Advogados; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, (2018).
  4. Luxembourg Holding Company vs. Luxembourg Holding Company, Administrative Secretary to the Arbitral Tribunal (chairman: J. Fernández-Armesto; co-arbitrators: A. Hierro and D. Arias), ICC, share purchase agreement, Portuguese law, English language. Counsel to Claimant: PLMJ Advogados; Counsel to Respondent: Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, (2018).
  5. Oil and Gas Company vs. African State-Owned Entity, Administrative Secretary to the Arbitral Tribunal (chairman: J. Fernández-Armesto; co-arbitrators: E. Damião Gonçalves and J. E. Nunes Pinto), UNCITRAL (ICC), production sharing contract, Portuguese language, (2017).
  6. French distillery vs. Spanish distillery, Administrative Secretary to the Sole Arbitrator, Corte de Arbitraje de Madrid, ex aequo et bono, Spanish language, (2016).
  7. Spanish Fund manager vs. Spanish Venture Capital Fund, Administrative Secretary to the Arbitral Tribunal, Corte de Arbitraje de Madrid, Spanish law and language, (2016).
  8. Spanish beverage producer vs. Distributor of beverage, Administrative Secretary to the Arbitral Tribunal, Corte Española de Arbitraje, distribution agreement, Spanish law and language, (2016).
  9. Spanish construction company vs. Spanish construction company, Secretary to the Emergency Arbitrator, Corte Española de Arbitraje, consortium agreement, Spanish law and language, (2016).
  10. Spanish and Chilean train construction companies vs. Canadian and Chilean train construction companies, Administrative Secretary to the Sole Arbitrator, ICC, consortium agreement, Spanish law, English language, (2016).
  11. UAE Investor vs. Brazilian Investors, Administrative Secretary to the Arbitral Tribunal (chairman: J. Fernández-Armesto; co-arbitrators: P. Batista Martins and V. Galíndez), ICC, shareholders agreement relating to a major construction project, Brazilian law, English language, (2016).
  12. PT Ventures, SGPS, S.A. vs. The Republic of Cabo Verde, Assistant to the Arbitral Tribunal, ICSID Case No. ARB/15/12, investment arbitration under BIT, Portuguese language, (2015).
  13. Telecom Company vs. African State, Administrative Secretary to the Arbitral Tribunal, ICC, shareholders’ agreement, Portuguese language, (2015).
  14. State-Owned Oil and Gas Company vs. Agency of a State, Administrative Secretary to the Arbitral Tribunal, ICC, concession agreement, Portuguese language, (2014).
  15. European Republic vs. Private Companies, Administrative Secretary to the Arbitral Tribunal, ICC, privatization in the shipbuilding sector, English language, (2014).