Guatemala Seeks Lawyers for Ferrovías Lawsuit

The Ministry of Economy is searching for legal professionals to continue the arbitration process requested by Ferrovías.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

On July 7 the country must present its statement to the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), but in the absence of professionals to take on the case, it has requested an extension.

"'We are looking for a favorable proposal in accordance with the interests of the state, for this reason we are evaluating a group of lawyers who wish to continue with the case which was being handled by the firm Arnold & Porter LLP’ said Velasquez.

"We hope that it will be a fair and just process, now that it is time for Guatemala to present its arguments and position. The state needs to find specialists in arbitration cases, since the previous firm knew the issues very well", said the defense for the company Railroad Development Corporation (RDC), owner of Ferrovías, Juan Pablo Carrasco”, in an article in

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