Ricardo is a registered international arbitrator and is a board-certified specialist in international litigation and arbitration, the highest level of evaluation of professional competency and experience by The Florida Bar in this field. He is also a Fellow in the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

He represents clients in high-profile international and cross-border disputes, including investor-state, commercial and state-state arbitration. He also represents clients in litigation matters pertaining to securities, international trade, international human rights and international proceedings before INTERPOL. Ricardo also counsels clients in compliance matters, including FCPA, OFAC and reporting requirements before U.S. government agencies. 

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Ricardo has handled disputes under numerous international investment and trade agreements, including bilateral investment treaties, free trade agreements and multilateral investment agreements such as the Energy Charter Treaty and the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR). As part of his professional and academic research, he also regularly publishes on topics such as international investment agreements, the New York Convention, the ICSID Convention and the U.S. Federal Arbitration Act.

His experience includes a wide range of industries, including agriculture, construction, hospitality, health care, internet and technology (including ICANN disputes), oil and gas, electricity and heat generation, textiles, steel manufacturing and transportation. He also has assisted clients in civil and criminal investigations related to the procurement of public contracts. 

Ricardo has advised clients and clerked for international tribunals in proceedings in various languages and under various arbitration rules, including ICSID, UNCITRAL, DIAC, ICC, CAFTA-DR, HMAA, the AHLA and the ICDR, conducted at the Permanent Court of Arbitration/International Court of Justice (PCA/ICJ) and the facilities of the World Bank Group in Washington, D.C. Additionally, he has represented clients in litigation before U.S. courts involving foreign parties and transactions overseas.

Representative matters Ricardo has handled at Shook and previous law firms include the following.

International Arbitration (Investor-State and Commercial)

  • Represent a Japanese medical device manufacturer in an investment treaty dispute against a Central American state.
  • Omega Engineering LLC v. Republic of Panama, No. ARB/16/42 (ICSID). Represent claimants, a U.S. construction company and its CEO, as lead co-counsel in a multimillion-dollar investment dispute arbitration under ICID rules.
  • Represent European and South American hospitality investors as lead counsel in a multimillion UNCITRAL investment treaty dispute against a North American state (proceedings and pleadings entirely in Spanish).
  • Represented a North American investor as lead counsel in proceedings before INTERPOL, resulting in the deletion of two Red Notices. 
  • Pluspetrol Perú Corp. v. Perupetro S.A., No. ARB/12/28 (ICSID). Represented a consortium of energy companies from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America in ICSID proceedings in Washington, D.C., against a South American state-owned enterprise in a natural gas dispute (proceedings and pleadings entirely in Spanish).
  • EDF International S.A. v. Republic of Hungary. Represented Hungary in UNCITRAL proceedings under the Energy Charter Treaty in the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague in an investment dispute against a European multinational company over energy and heat co-generation.
  • MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Co. PLC v. Republic of Croatia, No. ARB/13/32 (ICSID) and No. 2014-15 (UNCITRAL). Represented an investor in parallel proceedings in Washington, D.C., and Paris against a European state in a dispute over energy investments and allegations of corruption.
  • Advised a South American hydrocarbon transport company in a cross-border contractual dispute with a North American distributor under the Rules of Arbitration of the Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association.
  • DCA Trust v. ICANN (.AFRICA). Represented an African internet trust against ICANN in an ICDR dispute in Washington, D.C., over the registration of domain name extensions.
  • Dot Registry, LLC v. ICANN (.INC/.LLC/.LLP). Represented a U.S. internet company against ICANN in an ICDR dispute in Washington, D.C., over registration of domain name extensions.

Litigation Before U.S. Courts

  • Represented a Colombian client in proceedings for the execution of an international arbitration award (ICC) in U.S. Courts. 
  • Advised a U.S. health care provider in proceedings before state and federal courts, as well as a panel constituted under the arbitration rules of the American Health Lawyers Association.
  • Represented a South American client in a Hague Child Abduction Proceeding before a U.S. federal court. 
International Business Transactions, International Trade and Compliance
  • Advise a Bermudan telecommunications infrastructure company in the development of a payment mechanism that is in compliance with Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) sanctions lists and general licenses issued by the U.S. Treasury.
  • Advise U.S. manufacturers on import restrictions, tariffs and import appraisal methods including Section 301 and 19 U.S.C. §1401 “First Sale Rule.”
  • Advise a Chinese electric car manufacturer in OFAC compliance matters before the U.S. Treasury Department. 
  • Advise a U.S investor in reporting requirements before the U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Advised a retail entrepreneur on cross-border formation, trademark and banking operations issues and drafted operational agreement in Spanish with other company members from the U.S. and Latin America.

International White Collar Crime and International Human Rights

  • Represented a North American investor as lead counsel in proceedings before INTERPOL, resulting in the deletion of two Red Notices.
  • Represented a U.S. investor in tax fraud investigations and plea negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice. 
  • Represented a North American investor as lead counsel in proceedings before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Ricardo has lectured on international commercial arbitration at Georgetown Law, and is co-founder of the Georgetown International Arbitration Alumni group.

Before joining Shook, Ricardo was the principal of International Dispute Resources, LLC, where he represented clients in international investment treaty and commercial arbitrations. He also represented investors and sovereign states as part of the international arbitration and trade group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Washington, D.C. 

During law school, he served on the executive board of the American University International Law Review and was the editor of the Human Rights Academy and Humanitarian Law Book. He also was an intern at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice. 


Presentations and Publications

Presenter, Protecting Investments in an Age of Pandemic, Russia-Ukraine War & Political Shifts in Latin America, ACC South Florida 12th Annual CLE Conference, September 16, 2022.

Document Production Requests in Investment Treaty Arbitration: Considerations for Parties and Practitioners, 40 Under 40 International Arbitration 2021. 

Panelist, Trade and Foreign Investment in the United States: Key Points for Cross Border Businesses During COVID-19Swiss Chinese Law Association (SCLA) Global Leaders Forum, July 31, 2020.

Contributor, Virtual Hearings in International Arbitration: A Checklist, COVID-19 Primer, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, April 13, 2020. 

Protection of Businesses Overseas from Foreign Government Conduct, Webinar, December 2019.

Special Report: International Dispute Resolution, Financier Worldwide, December 2019.

Panelist, Chinese Foreign Investment in Latin AmericaFree Trade and Protectionism Recent Developments on International Trade and Investments, AIJA (International Association of Young Lawyers/Association International des Jeunes Avocats) Half-Year October Conference, Miami, November 2, 2019.

Transfer Controls in Investment Agreements, Transnational Dispute Management (2016).

Investment Treaty Protection of Commercial Arbitration Awards: Lessons from the Jurisprudence, 26 Am. Rev. Int’l Arb. 4, 553 (2015).

Contributor, The Energy Charter Treaty (with Arif Ali and Alexandre de Gramont) (2015).

Panelist, International Arbitration Practice: The Associate Perspective, Georgetown Law, Washington, DC, February 2014. 

Contributor, Spain’s Nexus to Investment Disputes, Spain Arbitration Review (with Arif Ali) (2013). 

Contributor, Equity-Based Decision-Making & FET, The Journal of World Investment and Trade (with Srilal Pereira) (2012). 

Contributor, The relationship between the U.N. and the International Criminal Court, War Crimes Research Office (2009).