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Joe Tirado

Joe Tirado

Case Manager
Burton King
T: 212-607-2758
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Joe Tirado is available to conduct cases virtually. JAMS is equipped to provide virtual ADR services on a variety of online platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and more.


Joe Tirado has close to 30 years of dispute resolution experience and has handled hundreds of cases across a broad range of industry sectors as counsel, arbitrator, mediator, and expert determiner in over 60 jurisdictions worldwide. Joe is Co-Head of International Arbitration and ADR at leading Spanish and Latin American firm, Garrigues.

Joe has occupied global leadership positions in the leading firms from four major jurisdictions, including the UK, US and Spain. Prior to joining Garrigues, Joe was also a partner and Global Co-Chair of International Arbitration at Winston & Strawn LLP from 2012 to 2016. Prior to that, Joe was partner and Head/Co-Head of International Arbitration and ADR at Norton Rose LLP (now Norton Rose Fulbright LLP) from 2007 to 2012. He was also partner (2004-2007) and senior associate (2000-2003) at Baker Botts LLP. Joe was an associate at Lovells (now Hogan Lovells LLP), and DLA (now DLA Piper LLP) having trained at Boodle Hatfield.

Joe has represented sovereign governments, multi-national corporations and high net worth individuals. He has handled high value cases in a number of sectors and industries including banking and finance; commodities; construction and engineering; energy (oil & gas, renewable and power generation); food and beverage; information and communication technology (ICT); mining; petrochemical; pharmaceutical; professional services; sport; transport (automobile, aviation and shipping) and travel.

Joe has also conducted and advised on international commercial and investment arbitration under all the major international arbitration rules before the leading international arbitration institutions as well as “pure” ad hoc and UNCITRAL arbitration. He is a solicitor-advocate with full rights of audience before all civil courts, an accredited mediator, an ICSID conciliator and panel member of a number of leading arbitration and mediation panels.

Joe writes extensively and presents regularly on international arbitration and ADR at major international conferences, symposia, and seminars and prominent universities around the world. He is also actively involved in arbitral and mediation institutions and prestigious international arbitration and ADR associations and committees.

Joe is fluent in Spanish. 

Experience as an Arbitrator:

23 in total: 1x DIAC (Sole Arbitrator); 1x ICC (Sole Arbitrator); 1x ICC (Emergency Arbitrator); 6x ICC (Co-arbitrator); 2x LCIA (Sole Arbitrator); 3x LCIA (Presiding Arbitrator); 3x LCIA (Co-Arbitrator); 1x SCC (Co-Arbitrator)*; 1 x SCC Emergency Arbitrator*; 1x VIAC (Co-Arbitrator); 1x CEDR (Sole Arbitrator); 1x UNCITRAL (Co-Arbitrator); 1 x Ad hoc (Sole Arbitrator). Also presiding arbitrator-judge in numerous moot competitions*

*Investment treaty

Ad hoc

  • Ad Hoc: Sole arbitrator: Seoul seated employment dispute arbitration between a senior executive and  a treaty-based international, inter-governmental organization dedicated to supporting and promoting strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in developing countries and emerging economies.
  • UNCITRAL: Co-arbitrator: Scotland seated arbitration concerning alleged misrepresentation and breach of warranty under an oil services sale and purchase agreement, subject to Scottish law. Claim in excess of US$50 million.
  • DIAC: Sole arbitrator: Dubai seated fuel transportation dispute in Central Asia.
  • ICC: Sole arbitrator: Distribution agreement arbitration in London subject to the laws of Florida between a Middle Eastern company and a U.S. corporation.
  • ICC: Emergency Arbitrator: Share Purchase Agreement dispute in excess of US$500 million concerning the acquisition of oil field interests in Africa.
  • ICC: Co-arbitrator: Arbitration between Middle-Eastern parties relating to a construction dispute in the Middle East.
  • ICC: Co-arbitrator: Arbitration between Caribbean, European and Asian parties relating to an investment agreement dispute.
  • ICC: Co-arbitrator: Arbitration between Far Eastern and Middle Eastern parties relating to a share purchase dispute in connection with an oil company.
  • ICC: Co-arbitrator: US$60 million arbitration seated in South America relating to the development of an iron and steel plant.
  • ICC: Co-arbitrator: US$25 million dispute relating to the delivery of industrial installations in Eastern Europe.
  • ICC: Co-arbitrator: US$15 million dispute relating to alleged breaches of a European cross-border electricity supply agreement. The dispute is subject to Belgian law and the seat of the arbitration is Lugano, Switzerland.
  • LCIA: Sole arbitrator: Two arbitrations seated in London arising out of a restaurant franchise agreement and a lease for memorabilia.
  • LCIA: Presiding arbitrator: US$10 million African oil concession dispute between North American and African parties.
  • LCIA: Presiding arbitrator: US$10 million ship repair contract dispute between a European and Latin American parties.
  • LCIA: Presiding arbitrator: Dispute relating to a hotel management agreement in the Middle East.
  • LCIA: Co-arbitrator: Three related arbitrations concerning the acquisition of shares in an Asian energy company.
  • SCC/BIT: Emergency Arbitrator: Application in support of US$2.7 billion investor-state claim relating to the provision of financial services in Eastern Europe
  • SCC/ECT: Co-arbitrator: Stockholm seated arbitration involving Eastern-European parties in the electricity sector.
  • VIAC: Co-arbitrator: Vienna seated arbitration between an Eastern European and European parties concerning construction equipment supply contract.
  • CEDR Mediator/Sole arbitrator: Dispute between UK and North American parties regarding unpaid fees for services rendered in connection with the development of video games.
  • Presiding Arbitrator-Judge, Finals of 3rd Regional Foreign Direct Investment Moot, Nairobi, September 2018
  • Presiding Arbitrator-Judge, Permanent Court of Arbitration Willem C Vis Pre-Moot, The Hague, March 2018
  • Arbitrator-Judge, 9th Global Finals Foreign Direct Investment Moot, Buenos Aires, November 2016
  • Judge of Finals of the National Law School of India ADR Tournament, Bangalore, April 2015
  • Arbitrator-Judge, 2nd South Asia FDI Moot, Delhi, August 2014
  • Arbitrator-Judge, 7th National Law School of India International Arbitration Moot, Bangalore, April 2014
  • Presiding Arbitrator-Judge, Graf & Pitokowitz Willem C Vis Pre-Moot, Vienna, April 2014
  • Presiding Arbitrator-Judge, ICC Willem C Vis Pre-Moot, Paris, March 2013
  • Presiding Arbitrator-Judge, 15th Willem C Vis Moot, Vienna, March 2008

Arbitrator Panel Member

• American Chamber of Comerce of Peru (AmCham Perú)
• Arbitration and Mediation Court of the Caribbean (AMCC)
• Astana International Financial Centre, International Arbitration Centre (IAC)
• Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC)
• Bolivia Centre for Energy Arbitration (CEAR)
• British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Centre (BVI IAC)
• Bucharest International Arbitration Centre (BIAC)
• CAA International Arbitration Centre (CAAI)
• CEDR Solve CEDR Solve (2004 to-date) and CEDR Chambers/Direct (2008-2015) (CEDR)
• Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) Legal Advisory Task Force
• Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
• Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)
• ICDR Energy Arbitrators’ List (ICDR)
• International Islamic Mediation & Arbitration Centre
• Istanbul International Arbitration Centre (ISTAC)
• JAMS International (JAMS)
• Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA)
• Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA)
• Lima Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Centre
• Perth Centre for Energy & Resources Arbitration (PCERA)***
• Santiago Chamber of Arbitration and Mediation (CAM Santiago)
• Shanghai International Arbitration Center
• Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
• Tehran Regional Arbitration Centre (TRAC)
• Thailand Arbitration Centre (THAC)***
• Vienna International Arbitration Centre (VIAC)
• World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Representative Matters As Counsel

  • Treaty arbitration
    • ICSID/EFTA: Acting for a number of financial institutions in a potential multi-billion euros claim related to the collapse of the Icelandic banking system.
    • ICSID/ECT: Advising a foreign investor in relation to an ECT claim in the region of US$250 million against a European sovereign nation. The claim arises from a number of legislative changes passed by the sovereign nation in respect of its incentive regime for the production of solar photovoltaic energy.
    • ICSID/ICC/BIT: Acting for an international mining company in relation to potential ICSID/ICC contractual and bilateral investment treaty claims worth approximately US$500 million, regarding alleged breaches of project documentation and expropriation of the mining company’s investments in Asia.
    • SCC/ECT: Representing a sovereign state in a multi-billion dollar Energy Charter Treaty claim in relation to the alleged expropriation of hydrocarbon assets.
  • Commercial institutional arbitration
    • AAA/UNCITRAL: Canning licence arbitration under the auspices of the AAA in London subject to New York law between an international beverage and food conglomerate and a Middle Eastern canner.
    • HKIAC: Representing European party in a distribution agreement dispute with a North American party in relation to automotive products in the Far East.
    •  ICC: Acting for European manufacturer of plastic products in supply dispute with a European purchaser.
    • ICC: Acting for major European construction company in a construction dispute in the Middle East.
    • ICC: Acting for leading European engineering company in an EPC contractual dispute in the Middle East.
    • ICC: Multi-million dollar dispute concerning a port concession in Central America.
    • ICC: US$2 billion power station construction arbitration in South America.
    • ICC: Acting in London seated potential arbitration in a dispute between a European supplier and a Far East Asian party arising out of a US$220 million agreement for the supply of multi-crystalline silicon wafers for the manufacture of photovoltaic cells in solar panels.
    • ICC/Mediation: Acting for an Asian supplier of wind turbines in a US$33 million London seated arbitration against a European contractor in relation to the supply of equipment.
    • ICC/High Court: Acting in London seated arbitration and related High Court proceedings in a dispute between a European supplier and an Asian party arising out of a US$500 million agreement for the supply of multi-crystalline silicon wafers for the manufacture of photovoltaic cells in solar panels.
    • ICC: Representing a Middle Eastern JV industrial gas supplier in a US$16 million arbitration and related High Court proceedings against a Middle Eastern iron and steel company for the non-payment of sums due under a gas supply agreement.
    • ICC: Acting for a Nigerian-based company in a London seated arbitration against European entities in a dispute concerning the construction and operation of an integrated furniture manufacturing plant in West Africa.
    • LCIA: Representing major European energy utility company in a gas repricing dispute.
    • LCIA: Representing a European hotel chain in relation to a hotel management agreement dispute in the Middle East.
    • LCIA: Representing East-European oligarch in the settlement of LCIA award in excess of US$ 25 million in relation to a share acquisition dispute.
    • LCIA: Acting for an Asian travel company in relation to various potential London seated arbitrations in multi-million dollar claims arising out of a distributor agreement for a computer reservation system.
    • LCIA: Representing a Liechtenstein company in relation to two arbitrations in London concerning a multi-million dollar dispute arising under a shareholders' agreement in respect of aviation and property assets located in Eastern Europe.
    • LCIA: Representing a European engineering company specializing in turnkey projects for installing and implementing solar power plants and wind farms in a London seated arbitration against an Asian counter-party in a US$20 million silicon long-term supply agreement dispute.
    • LCIA: African drilling rig contract arbitration in London between a leading South African oil company and an Australian contractor.
    • LCIA/High Court: Acting for a wealthy Eastern European oligarch in an arbitration and 22 related arbitrations and High Court action in connection with a joint venture to run a multibillion dollar mining consortium with production assets in Central Europe.
    • LCIA: Acting for a leading Asian travel conglomerate in relation to a London seated arbitration in a claim worth in excess of US$30 million arising out of a distributor agreement for a computer reservation system.
    • LMAA/High Court: Representing an Asian party in relation to contempt of court proceedings in connection with various LMAA arbitrations.
    • SCC/UNCITRAL: Gold mining joint venture arbitration in Stockholm under the auspices of the SCC between an Australian mining company and a Georgian mining company.
  • Commercial ad hoc arbitration
    • UNCITRAL: Acting for a US company in respect of a US$20 million dispute against a UK energy company in relation to a service agreement for the provision of seismic data acquisition services in North Africa.
    • UNCITRAL: Indemnity claim arbitration in London between a U.S. multinational and an Asian oil company regarding a complex claim for the recovery of customs duties and fines in relation to the acquisition of a jack-up drilling rig in India.
    • UNCITRAL: Production sharing contract arbitration in London subject to Indian law between an Indian oil and gas company and a state agency.
    • UNCITRAL: Co-acting for North American car distributor in a US$100 million distribution agreement dispute with Asian manufacturer of motor vehicles.
    • Ad hoc: Construction arbitration in London between an Indian independent power producer and a Japanese contractor regarding a 330-megawatt combined cycle power station in India.
    • Ad hoc/Mediation: International tax dispute arbitration and mediation in London between a Panamanian company and an English company regarding the acquisition of a European subsidiary company.
    • Ad hoc/Mediation: French land contamination insurance arbitration and mediation in London involving a Holland-based holding company insured and an English insurer.
    • Ad hoc: Complex construction arbitration in London between a large international power company and an English contractor.
    • Ad hoc: Large and complex construction arbitration in Santiago, Chile, subject to Chilean law between a multinational engineering company and Chilean state-owned construction company.
    • Ad hoc: Engineering arbitration in London between an Italian electrical contractor and an English electrical company relating to the fitting out of a cruise liner.
    • Ad hoc: Maritime arbitration in London between an English oil services company and Russian owners of a rig vessel located in South America.
    • Ad hoc: Arbitration in London concerning a contract dispute between a Bermudan company and a Liberian company regarding the purchase of a jack-up rig in Central America.

Publications and Lectures

  • Books
    • Contributing Editor of "Global Legal Insights to International Arbitration", Global Legal Group
    • Co-author of Chapter on "Codes of Conduct for Commercial and Investment Mediators: Striving for Consistency and a Common Global Approach", Mediation in International Commercial and Investment Disputes, Oxford University Press
    • Co-author of Chapter on "Time for a new NY Convention? Was Albert van den Berg Right?", 60 Years of the New York Convention: Key Issues and Future Challenges, Wolters Kluwer 
    • Author of Chapter on "Cost and Funding of International Arbitration", 100 Years Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Liber Amicorum
    • Co-author of Chapter on "Factual Evidence", Arbitration in England, Kluwer Law International 
    • Co-author of "Saudi Arabia Chapter," The International Comparative Legal Guide to: International Arbitration
    • Co-author of Chapter on "Building on Progress", IBA e-book: Promoting Further Mediation 
    • Contributor to Resolving Corporate Governance Disputes, International Finance Corporation
    • Co-author of Chapter on "Opening Statements," IBA e-book: Mediation Techniques 
    • Author of Succeeding in ADR: The Importance of Buy-in and Mindset, Inside the Minds: ADR Client Strategies in the UK, Aspatore Books.
  • Articles
    • Editor in Chief and regular contributor to Garrigues monthly newsletter
    • Featured in Vannin Capital's In Conversation Series discussing the development of Third Party Funding in Spain, July 2018
    • Co-author of “A Guide to Third Party Funding”, Iberian Lawyer, August 2017
    • Co-author of commentary on The Puma Case (Spanish Supreme Court Judgment No. 102/2017), LexisPSLArbitration, 28 February 2017
  • Speeches
    • Panellist on “The EU: A positive or negative influence on international arbitration?”, Arbitration Ireland Annual International Arbitration Conference, Dublin, November 2019
    • Panellist on “International Arbitration Trends in Latin America”, ICC UK Annual Arbitration and ADR Conference, London, November 2019
    • Speaker on “International Commercial and Investment Mediation”, 10th Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts Mediation Conference, Zagreb, October 2019
    • Speaker on “Class actions in England & Wales”, International Bar Association annual conference, Seoul, September 2019
    • Member of the Organizing Committee of the Kiev Arbitration Day, Kiev, September 2019
    • Panellist on “Arbitrations involving states and state entities in Latin America Arbitrations involving states and state entities in Latin America”, Hardwicke Chambers, London, August 2019
    • Speaker on “International Commercial Arbitration: Challenges and Viable Solutions”, Global Legal Forum, The Hague, August 2019
    • Panellist on “Future of Dispute Resoultion”, Global Legal Forum, The Hague, August 2019
    • Speaker on “Developments in global arbitration”, 4-5 Gray´s Inn, London, July 2019
    • Speaker on “The importance of the place of issuance of the arbitral award”, CEA-Mujeres Seminar, Rome, July 2019.
    • Speaker  on the “The Prague Rules”, Dublin International Dispute Resolution Fourum, Dublin, June 2019
    • Speaker on ¨Interplay Between Arbitral Tribunals and State Courts during the Arbitral Proceedings – How to Find the Right Balance?”, International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions (IFCAI) Biennial Conference, Helsinki, May 2019
    • Panellist on “London as a dispute resolution hub for international parties”, London International Disputes Week, London, May 2019
    • Panellist on “Arbitration and Mediation”, Global Legal & IP and Global GDPR ConfEx, New Delhi, April 2019
    • Speaker on “Transparency in Investor-State Arbitration”, XII Conferencia de Arbitraje Internacional, Quito, April 2019
    • Speaker on “The TIAC Court of Arbitration”, Tashkent International Arbitration Centre launch event, Paris, April 2019
    • Speaker on “Regional and Non-regional Arbitration Centers: Cross-border, Cooperation and Partnerships” The Law Department of The University of The Bahamas conference: "7th Annual Arbitration and Investment Summit -Caribbean, Latin America and Other Emerging Markets", Nassau, January 2019

Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS.

Joe and his team have received the following awards:

  • M&A Today: Law Firm of the Year - Arbitration – England, 2016
  • Latinvex: Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers, 2016
  • Acquisition International Legal Awards 2015: Best for Energy Industry Investigations & Disputes
  • Corporate LiveWire: Excellence in Energy & Environmental Arbitration, 2015
  • The Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2015: International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year – UK
  • ACG Global Awards 2015: International – Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
  • ACG Global Awards 2015: International – Gamechanger of the Year (Arbitration and Mediation)
  • Corporate LiveWire: Lawyer Of The Year 2014: International Arbitration – UK
  • Global 100: Law Firm of the Year - Arbitration - England, 2014 and 2015
  • Acquisition International Legal Awards: Continued Excellence in: Commitment to Arbitration – UK, 2013 and 2014
  • Partner, Co-Chair of International Arbitration and ADR, Garrigues UK LLP, London, April 2016-present
  • Partner, Global Co-Chair of International Arbitration, Winston & Strawn LLP, London, October 2012-January 2016
  • Partner, Head and Co-Head of International Arbitration and ADR, Norton Rose LLP (now Norton Rose Fulbright LLP), London, April 2007-October 2012
  • Partner, Trial, Baker Botts LLP, London, January 2004-April 2007
    • Senior Associate, Trial, October 2000-December 2003
  • Associate, Commercial Litigation, Lovells (now Hogan Lovells LLP), London, January 1997-September 2000
  • Associate, Commercial Litigation, DLA (now DLA Piper LLP), Manchester, July 1994-December 1996
  • Trainee Solicitor, Boodle Hatfield, London, September 1992-June 1994
  • Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and Manchester Law Society, UK: Graduate Diploma in Commercial Litigation, 1996
  • College of Law, Chester, UK: Law Society Final Examinations, 1991
  • University of Birmingham, UK and University of Valencia, Spain: BA (Hons) with distinction in Hispanic Studies, 1984-1988

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