HECTOR ANAYA MONDRAGÓN IS COUNSEL AT CREEL, GARCÍA – CUÉLLAR, AIZA Y ENRÍQUEZ, S.C. IN MEXICO CITY AND MEMBER OF THE ARBITRATION AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION PRACTICE.
Hector’s professional practice focuses mainly on commercial and investment arbitration, international litigation, administrative litigation and protection of foreign investment. His practice includes representing major energy companies in the oil & gas and electricity industries, project developers, pharmaceutical, engineering and construction companies, insurance and reinsurance companies, as well as foreign investors in infrastructure projects in Mexico. Hector has experience in arbitration under various rules and institutions, including the ICC, LCIA, PCA, CAM, CANACO and ICSID. Hector has been listed three times in a row by the publication Who’s Who Legal Future Leaders in Arbitration, in the 2018 edition saying that “is a smart and ambitious” lawyer with strong and impressive experience in the arbitration sphere. The 2019 edition says that he possess “great knowledge of how arbitration works” and is described as “a strategic guy who is always two or three steps ahead of his opponent”. Also, in the 2019 edition of the same publication, Hector has been recognized as one of the tenth “most regarded” individuals in the field of arbitration in the Americas region. He appears as well in the 2020 edition, in which he is described as “an “excellent” lawyer who stands out for his in-depth knowledge of international arbitration proceedings.”
Prior to rejoining the Firm, Hector spent 5 years of his professional practice in Germany, where he worked at two global law firms (Linklaters, LLP and White & Case LLP, both in Frankfurt and Main), after the recognition of his lawdegree in Spain, he collaborated in the legal department of a company in Hamburg focusing on serving commercial arbitrations involving Latin American companies. He was also a consultant for a well-regarded arbitration boutique. Prior to his master’s degree, Héctor worked for several years in the area of Constitutional and Administrative Litigation of the Firm, at that time Creel, García-Cuellar and Müggenburg, SC, as well as at two prestigious law firms in Mexico City and in the pro bono law firm of the Universidad Panamericana.
Some representative experience as a counsel involves handling an international arbitration representing a Brazilian public company against an important Mexican Group in the iron foundry industry. His participation in the negotiation of a multimillion-dollar dispute in the field of oil & gas among a private company and a public sector company. Also, representing a family-owned company in a large post M&A domestic arbitration. He participated representing the interests of a multinational re-insurance company in an international arbitration. Counsel to a Liquid Natural Gas Terminal located in Colima in contractual and administrative disputes with the Mexican Government. Hector has considerable experience in the defense in trial of several multinationals, having participated in more than 150 cases of various subject matters disputes. Likewise, Hector has regularly served as arbitrator in commercial arbitrations under various rules.
Hector is an active member of the Mexican Bar Association, the Madrid Bar Association, the Latin American Arbitration Association, the LCIA Young, the Spanish Arbitration Club and the Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association. At the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) he has played several roles, at a national, regional and worldwide scope, being since 2019 President of the Young Lawyers Committee in Arbitration (2019- 2021) and member of the Commission on Arbitration at the ICC Mexican chapter, Latin American Regional Representative of the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum at a global level; in January 2019 he was appointed one of the 15 representatives of Mexico before the ICC World Commission on Arbitration and ADR and is also member of the Task Force “Maximizing the Probative Value of Witness Evidence, from the ICC as well. Héctor is also professor of Arbitration and Administrative Proceedings at the Tecnológico de Monterrey. He is also the author of several academic articles and regular speaker at different arbitration forums. In 2016, he published the book “Investment Arbitration with a Special Focus on ICSID and Latin America” ISBN 978-3-8300-8302-3.
Héctor was born in Mexico City, Mexico. He obtained his law degree (JD) from Universidad Panamericana School of Law in 2004. He obtained a Specialty degree in Tax Law (2005) and in International Business and International Commerce (2006) both from Universidad Panamericana. He holds a Master of Law and Business from Bucerius Law School and WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management (2009), Germany. Also, he obtained a diploma in Spanish Law from Universidad de Alcala, Spain (2010) country in which he is registered as a Spanish lawyer (2012). In 2014, he achieved a PhD degree from the Law School of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University with the thesis “Investment Arbitration with a Special Focus on ICSID and Latin America” awarded with magna cum laude. He is fluent in Spanish and English, and has good command of German and Portuguese.