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Emanuel Cardenas

Foreign Legal Consultant

Emanuel Cardenas has more than a decade of experience in international arbitration, infrastructure, projects, concessions law, construction law, and pro bono. His practice extends to investment arbitration, commercial arbitration, construction law, project finance, mining, international negotiations, and government-to-government agreements.

Emanuel has represented global companies and governments in Latin America. Currently, he is counsel in a PCA case involving a major construction arbitration in the Dominican Republic. He successfully represented the biggest infrastructure project in Peru in a complex high-stakes dispute under ICSID Arbitration Rules. He represented the concessionaires for the biggest irrigation and highway projects in Peru in international arbitrations under ICC and UNCITRAL Rules, obtaining favorable awards in those cases.

Before joining Clark Hill, Emanuel worked as a senior associate for an international law firm in Peru where he managed the contract for the most important infrastructure project with a USD $5 Billion CAPEX and represented companies and investors in international arbitration under ICSID, ICC, and UNCITRAL Rules. He also represented pro bono clients such as Foodbanks and NGOs.

*Licensed to practice law in Peru. Practice is limited to international arbitration matters. 


L.L.M., Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC
L.L.B., Magna Cum Laude, Universidad De Lima
ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy (North America)
Certificate in Construction and Concessions Law, Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas


  • Rising star in Project Development 2022 – IFLR1000


  • Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center (SVAMC) AI Task Force
  • ArbTech
  • American Society of International Law (ASIL)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Latin American Association of Arbitration (ALARB)
  • Construction Blockchain Consortium
  • Dispute Board Foundation (DRBF)
  • International Project Finance Association (IPFA)
  • Society of Construction Law UK (SCL UK)
  • Latin American Association of Construction Law (ALDEC)


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