Katharine Menendez de la Cuesta

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Katharine Menendez de la Cuesta

Overview

Katharine Menéndez de la Cuesta is a litigation lawyer who handles international disputes and is based in Holland & Knight's Miami office. Clients rely on her experience to represent them in international arbitration proceedings in English and Spanish, and in litigations before U.S. federal and state courts in New York and Florida.

Ms. Menéndez has handled international arbitrations applying the laws of New York, Florida, Spain, France, U.K., Namibia, Saudi Arabia, Colombia and Guatemala, among other jurisdictions, and administered by the main arbitral institutions, such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) and International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). She has acted as Administrative Secretary of Arbitral Tribunals, and is a representative for North America of the ICC's Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF) for its 2019-2021 mandate.

Ms. Menéndez has been involved in disputes arising out of mergers and acquisitions M&A), sale and purchase agreements, transportation matters (airport and rail industries) and construction claims.

In addition, Ms. Menéndez's background includes practicing international arbitration and litigation at a leading Spanish law firm for several years. She remains licensed in Spain, where she has argued cases before Spanish courts concerning commercial matters.

Ms. Menéndez's  experience includes serving as the chief research assistant to Professor George A. Bermann (chief reporter) for two years on the Restatement of the Law Third, The U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration. She also coordinated several projects for Professor Bermann, including the publication of Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards: The Interpretation and Application of the New York Convention by National Courts.

Ms. Menéndez has lectured on advocacy and legal skills at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE), Universidad Europea in Madrid, University of Miami School of Law and Florida International University (FIU), as well as presented seminars about advocacy skills in Latin America. She also has organized several events related to international arbitration with Columbia University Law School, the Spanish Arbitration Club (CEA) and the Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration (YICCA).

Experience

  • Represented a member of a consortium in an International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration involving the rehabilitation of several airports in Africa
  • Represented a private equity fund in an ICC arbitration against another private equity fund related to the scope of a letter of intent exchanged during the negotiations for the acquisition of a company
  • Represented a private equity fund in an ICC arbitration over information undisclosed during the negotiations for the acquisition of a company
  • Represented a coal company in an ICC arbitration among the shareholders in the concessionaire of a railway in Colombia
  • Represented the members of a consortium in an arbitration involving the construction of a railway in the Middle East
  • Represented a Danish company in an ICC arbitration relating to a contract for the sale and purchase of wind turbines
  • Represented a Finnish company in an arbitration before the Madrid Court of Arbitration involving a breach of a distribution agreement
  • Representing a Latin-American State in an International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) arbitration concerning the mining sector
  • Representing a U.S. distributor in an arbitration before the Madrid Court of Arbitration

Credentials

Education
  • Columbia University Law School, J.D.
  • Columbia University Law School, LL.M.
  • Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid, B.S., Finance
  • Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid, LL.B.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
  • New York
  • Spain
Memberships
  • American Bar Association
  • Spanish Arbitration Club, Young Lawyers Division (CEA-40)
  • ArbitralWomen
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF)
  • Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration (Young ICCA)
  • International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), Young Lawyers Division
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre, Young Lawyers Division (YSIAC)
  • International Chamber of Commerce Young Arbitrators Forum Regional Representative, 2019
Honors & Awards
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Columbia University Law School
  • Parker School Recognition of Achievement in International and Comparative Law, Columbia University Law School
Spoken Languages
  • English
  • Spanish

Publications

Speaking Engagements