C arlos E. Martínez Betanzos


Carlos focuses his practice on major international arbitrations (commercial and investor-state), cross-border litigation proceedings, as well as international law matters.  He also advises clients in connection with anticorruption regulations, compliance programs and investigations in Mexico Latin America.  He handles matters for entities in industries including energy, oil and gas, mining, extractive and metals, pharmaceutical, consumer products, construction, telecommunications, automotive, manufacturing, among others.  The publication Who’s Who Legal recognizes him as a Future Leader in Arbitration, mentioning that Carlos “boasts experience working in both the US and Mexico” and “excels in bridging the gaps between the two countries’ legal systems, cultures and styles” adding that Carlos “is internationally recognised as a standout figure in the arbitration field and wins praise for his ability to have a “great overview of all the important parts of a case.”

Prior to joining the firm, Carlos spent 10 years of his professional practice in New York, where he completed his Master of Laws at New York University School of Law and worked at the New York office of three global law firms. He also worked as an International Arbitration Case Counsel at the international division of the American Arbitration Association (ICDR).  Carlos also previously practiced at two law firms in Mexico City.  The news about his incorporation to the firm was published in Global Arbitration Review and Latin Lawyer, among other publications.

Some representative experience includes the representation of a large U.S. construction materials company in an investor-State arbitration before ICSID against Mexico over violations on its investor’s rights under NAFTA, the representation of a Latin American cast iron components foundry company (claimant) in an ICC arbitration seated in Mexico City with a large Mexican conglomerate specialized in the production of iron castings for the automotive and commercial vehicle industries (respondent), the successful representation of the former shareholders of a Mexican retail company (respondents) in a multimillion-dollar CAM commercial arbitration seated in Mexico City involving a post-M&A related dispute against one of Mexico’s largest retail conglomerates (claimant).  Other prior relevant experience includes the representation of a Latin American owner in construction disputes with its contractors related to the oil industry (ICC, New York) and the representation of a public-sector company in one of the largest arbitrations in Latin America over an oil and gas project in Mexico (ICC, Mexico).  His experience also involved the management of over 150 international arbitration matters (including mediation) at the ICDR.  He also represents clients in pro-active corporate compliance review in Mexico and different countries throughout Latin America, as well as in internal investigations of potential corrupt practices in potential violation of company policy and potentially of anticorruption laws, including its distribution operations in Mexico and Latin America.

Carlos is a member of the Global Advisory Board of the ICDR Y&I, the ICDR Advisory Committee for Mexico, the Steering Committee of CIArb North America YMG, he is the IBA Young Lawyers Committee National Representative for Mexico and a Facilitator of Young ITA’s Mentorship Program, as well as a member of Young ICCA and ICC YAF.  He is also a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the Asociación Nacional de Abogados de Empresa (ANADE).

He is a lecturer of Alternative Dispute Resolution at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and he has also been a lecturer of Civil Procedure and International Arbitration at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City.  Carlos is an Alumnus of The Centre for American and International Law and attended the 42nd Academy for American and International Law in 2005.

Carlos was born in Mexico City, Mexico.  He received his law degree (JD) from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in 2003 and obtained his LL.M degree from New York University School of Law (International Legal Studies) in 2008.