Juan Sonoda

Managing Partner

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Juan is the Legal Practice Director of the firm, and also the partner in charge of the Litigation and Energy & Natural Resources departments. His expertise focuses on the areas of foreign investment, international business transactions, energy and natural resources and dispute resolution. He has represented parties in arbitrations conducted under the rules of the ICSID and he has assisted several companies in important and complex commercial litigations.

He has published several articles on natural resources, BITs, bankruptcy, conflicts of laws and foreign investment. He has directed and co-authored a book on indigenous rights in South America from the perspective of the natural resources industry, published by the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.

He graduated cum laude at the University of Buenos Aires, School of Law, and holds a Master in Corporate Law from the New York University School of Law. He has been assistant professor to “Civil and Commercial Contracts” course, University of Buenos Aires.

He is Professor of Legal Aspects of the Mining Specialization Career at University of Buenos Aires.

Juan is admitted to the Buenos Aires and New York Bars, and is an active member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, New York State Bar Association and the International Bar Association.


Chambers Latin America has singled Juan out since 2010 among the leading lawyers in Energy & Natural Resources (Mining): “Clients consider Juan Sonoda ‘fast and efficient’. He is particularly prominent in international arbitrations and litigation.

In Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Chambers Latin America mentions that: “Juan Sonoda co-leads the firm’s dispute resolution department. He focuses on foreign investment and international litigation.”

Legal 500 singles out Juan Sonoda’s expertise in mining and in litigation.



  • Universidad de Buenos Aires, School of Law, cum laude
  • Master in Corporate Law, New York University School of Law
  • Assistant Professor at “Civil and Commercial Contracts”, Universidad de Buenos Aires


  • Bar Association of the City of Buenos Aires
  • New York State Bar
  • International Bar Association
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation


  • Chambers Latin America
  • Chambers Global
  • Who’s Who Legal – Dispute Resolution
  • Legal 500

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