ABOUT ME

  • QUALIFICATIONS

    - LL.M. (International Legal Studies), NYU SCHOOL OF LAW, New York
    - Law Degree, UNIVERSITY OF NAVARRA LAW SCHOOL, Pamplona
    - Exchange Student, CHICAGO KENT COLLEGE OF LAW, Chicago
    - Diploma in Anglo-American Law, UNIVERSITY OF NAVARRA LAW SCHOOL
    - Diploma in International Business, UNIVERSITY OF NAVARRA LAW SCHOOL
    - Diploma in Global Law, UNIVERSITY OF NAVARRA LAW SCHOOL

  • ADMITTED

    - New York
    - Spain

  • PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE

    - Partner, Krystle Baptista | INT’L LAW & ARBITRATION, Madrid (2019 – present)
    - Of counsel, ARMESTO & ASOCIADOS, Madrid (2019)
    - Associate, ARMESTO & ASOCIADOS, Madrid (2014-2018)
    - Associate, CUATRECASAS, GONÇALCES PEREIRA, Madrid - Barcelona (2009-2013)
    - Stagiaire, URÍA MENÉNDEZ, Brussels, Belgium (2008)
    - Stagiaire, ACM CORPORATION, Changzhou, China (2007)
    - Stagiaire, MACLEOD DIXON, LLP, Caracas (2004-2005)

  • REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE IN PRACTICE

    AS ARBITRATOR
    - Presiding Arbitrator, Spanish company v. Spanish Financial Institution, Corte de Arbitraje de Madrid, financial derivatives contract, Spanish law and language (2020).
    - Co-arbitrator, Spanish company v. Spanish company, Corte de Arbitraje de Madrid, franchise agreement, Spanish law and language (2020).
    - Sole Arbitrator, Spanish company v. Spanish insurance company, Corte Española de Arbitraje, credit insurance contract, Spanish law and language (2020).
    - Sole Arbitrator, Spanish Natural Gas Supplier v. Swiss Commodities Trader, ICC International Court of Arbitration, international sale and purchase contract, Spanish Law and language (2020).
    - Sole Arbitrator, Spanish Lessor v. Spanish Lessee, Corte de Arbitraje de Madrid, commercial lease contract, Spanish law and language (2019).
    - Sole Arbitrator, Spanish Company v. Spanish Company, Sole Arbitrator, Corte de Arbitraje de Madrid, breach of service contract, Spanish law and language (2017).
    AS MEMBER OF A DISPUTE BOARD
    - DB Member, International Consortium and Latin American State-owned Company, $ 1.5 Billion construction project, ICC, FIDIC contract, Spanish language (2021).
    AS TRIBUNAL SECRETARY
    - American Company v. French Company, Administrative Secretary, ICC, supply and installation contract, English language (2019).
    - Russian Company and local subsidiary v. Latin-American State-Owned Corporation, Administrative Secretary, Cam-Santiago, English and Spanish language (2019).
    - Gramercy Funds Management LLC and Gramercy Peru Holdings LLC v. Republic of Peru, Assistant to the Tribunal, UNCITRAL administered by ICSID, investment arbitration under TPA USA-Peru, English and Spanish languages (2018).
    - Russian Company v. Eastern European State, Administrative Secretary, UNCITRAL, investment arbitration under multilateral treaty, English language (2018).
    - Latin-American Electricity Company v. State-owned Electricity Corporation, Administrative Secretary, ICC, Spanish language (2018).
    - International Construction Company v. Central American Public Agency, Administrative Secretary, ICC, construction contract, Spanish language (2018).
    - Carlyle Group and others. v. Kingdom of Morocco, ICSID Case No. ARB/18/29, Assistant to the Tribunal, US-Morocco Free-Trade Agreement, English language (2019).
    - Pawlowski AG and Project Sever S.R.O. v. Czech Republic, Administrative Secretary, ICSID Case No. ARB/17/11, investment arbitration under BIT, English language (2017).
    - Virgin Islands Company v. Colombian Company, Administrative Secretary, ICC, shareholder’s agreement, Colombian law, Spanish language, (2017).
    - Lebanese Bank v. Several Borrowers, Administrative Secretary, LCIA, loan agreement, English Law, English language, (2017).
    - Glencore International A.G. and C.I. Prodeco S.A. v. Republic of Colombia, ICSID Case No. ARB/16/6, Assistant to the Arbitral Tribunal, investment arbitration under BIT, English and Spanish language, (2016).
    - Turkish Company v. North African State, Administrative Secretary, ICC, investment arbitration under BIT, English language (2016).
    - International Construction Company v. Central American Public Agency, Administrative Secretary, ICC, construction contract, Panamanian Law, Spanish language (2015).
    - Mexican Consortium v. Mexican State Owned Corporation, Administrative Secretary, ICC, public service construction agreement, Mexican law, Spanish language (2015).
    - Ecuadorian Sellers v. Buyer and Related Companies (Spanish and Ecuadorian), Administrative Secretary, ICC, share purchase agreement, Ecuadorian law, Spanish language (2015).
    - Eastern European Company v. Eastern European Republic, Administrative Secretary, ICC, investment arbitration under BIT, English language (2014).
    - International Oil Company v. South American National Oil Company, Administrative Secretary, IACAC- CIAC, gas pricing adjustment, Spanish language (2014).
    - Edenred S.A. v. Hungary, ICSID Case No. ARB/13/21, Assistant to the Arbitral Tribunal, investment arbitration under BIT, English language (2014).
    - Bolivian Company v. Mexican Company and its Mexican parent Company, Administrative Secretary, IACAC- CIAC, shareholders agreement, Bolivian law, Spanish language (2012).
    - Occidental Petroleum Corporation and Occidental Exploration and Production Company v. Republic of Ecuador, ICSID Case No. ARB/06/11, Assistant to the Chairman of the Annulment Committee, English and Spanish language (2012).
    AS COUNSEL
    - Advised international clients on recognition and enforcement of a foreign arbitration award in Spain.
    - Advised local firm in a potential Stockholm Chamber of Commerce arbitration for breach of a distribution agreement.
    - Member of the team advising a Spanish Company in an ICC construction Arbitration seated in Lisbon, against a Portuguese Company.
    - Represented a Spanish Company in a local arbitration proceeding administered by the Madrid Arbitration Court.
    - Drafted interim measures request against the enforcement of an ICSID award in Spain.
    - Member of the team who represented a German Company in a construction arbitration administered by the Tribunal Arbitral de Barcelona, seated in Barcelona, against the Spanish contractor.
    - Represented Spanish Company in a domestic arbitration derived from a share-purchase agreement, administered by the Corte Civil y Mercantil de Arbitraje (CIMA), seated in Madrid.
    - Member of the team handling an ICC Arbitration seated in Madrid between a Spanish-Polish consortium and a Spanish Company.
    - Supported team advising on several domestic corporate arbitrations.

  • ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

    Krystle is relentless in her desire to learn and share knowledge, which is why she is currently a part-time Ph.D. Candidate as well as an adjunct professor in two of the best law faculties in Spain.

    RESEARCH
    • Ph.D. Candidate, Universidad de Zaragoza & Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas.
    TEACHING EXPERIENCE
    • Adjunct Professor, International Commercial Arbitration, Masters for Access to the Legal Profession – IE Law School (2020-present).
    • Adjunct Professor, Arbitration and Mediation, Masters for Access to the Legal Profession – IE Law School (2016-2018).
    • Adjunct Professor, Arbitration, Master for Access to the Legal Profession – University of Navarra (2015- 2020).
    • Coach, Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vienna) – IE Law School (2014-2017).
    • Adjunct Professor, International Arbitration Advocacy, International Business Law Master – IE Law School (2014-2017).
    PUBLICATIONS
    • Author, New Actors in Investment Arbitration: the Legitimate Government – Venezuela in Special upcoming Issue of the European Yearbook of International Economic Law, Catharine Titi et al. Springer, 2020 (2021).
    • Co-editor, Special edition of the Spanish Arbitration Review dedicated to Commentaries to The Code of Best Practices, 2020.
    • Co-author, chapter on The Code of Best Practices in Arbitration Practical Memento 2020-2021, Francis Lefebvre, 2020.
    • Co-author, The Use of Evidence Obtained through a State’s Special Antitrust Powers in Investment Arbitration in ‘International Investment Law and Competition Law’, European Yearbook of International Economic Law, K. Fach Gómez et al. Springer, 2019 edition (2020).
    • Co-author (Secretary), Code of Best Practices in Arbitration, Spanish Arbitration Club (2019).
    • Peer reviewer, International Investment Law and the Law of Armed Conflict, European Yearbook of International Economic Law, Anastasios Gourgourinis et al. Springer, Special Issue, 2019.
    • Co-author, Commentary to ICSID Rule 18 – Representation of the Parties in ‘The ICSID Convention, Regulations and Rules: A Practical Commentary’, dir. J. Fouret, R. Gerbay et G.M. Alvarez, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019.
    • Author, case report of BSG Resources Limited, BSG Resources (Guinea) Limited and BSG Resources (Guinea) SARL v. Republic of Guinea (ICSID Case No. ARB/14/22) – Decision on the Proposal to Disqualify All Members of the Arbitral Tribunal of 28 December 2016 in TDM + OGEMID Case Reports, 2017.
    LECTURES
    • Speaker, “Introduction to the Use and Appointment of Arbitral Secretaries”, Young ICCA Workshop (2021).
    • Moderator, “Setting the stage: arbitrator interviews, conflicts and disclosures”, Push for Parity: season 2, ERA Pledge Young Practitioners Subcommittee (YPSC) (2021).
    • Speaker, “Risk and Error in Arbitration: Perspectives from Different Players”, Under 40 Session of the XIV Congress of the Centro de Arbitragem Comercial (Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry) (2021).
    • Moderator, “Novelties on the IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration”, Venezuelan Arbitration Association (2021).
    • Speaker, “Careers in Arbitration: opportunities and challenges for German and Spanish lawyers”, Spanish Arbitration Club (2021).
    • Moderator, “New Opportunities for Arbitration Lawyers: climate change, outer space and human rights”, YAWP – Young ArbitralWomen Practitioners (2021).
    • Moderator, “Arbitral parents: how to survive as a parent in international arbitration”, ERA Pledge YPSC (2021).
    • Speaker, “Redefinition of the «seat of arbitration»”, III Women in Arbitration IPA (2021).
    • Speaker, “Getting your first appointment-insights from practitioners”, Push for Parity, ERA Pledge YPSC (2020).
    • Speaker, “Place of Arbitration and Applicable Law”, webinar, Peruvian Institute of Arbitration and Madrid International Arbitration Center (2020).
    • Speaker, “New trends and challenges in investment arbitration”, webinar, Venezuelan Arbitration Association – AVA, Madrid-Washington-NY (2020).
    • Speaker, “Italian launch of the Code of Best Practices of the Spanish Arbitration Club”, webinar Italian Chapter of the Spanish Arbitration Club (2020).
    • Speaker, “Code of Best Practices of the Spanish Arbitration Club”, Ecuadorian Chapter of the Spanish Arbitration Club, Madrid-Quito-Guayaquil (2019).
    • Speaker, “Arbitration and Construction: multiparty and multi-contract arbitration”, IV Curso de contrataciones y arbitraje: contratando con el estado, Pontificia Universidad Católica, Lima (2019).
    • Speaker, “Actors in International Investment Law: Beyond Claimants, Respondents and Arbitrators”, Colloquium, Paris (2019).
    • Speaker, “Code of Best Practices of the Spanish Arbitration Club”, Venezuelan Arbitration Association – AVA, Caracas-Madrid (2019).
    • Speaker, “How to break into International Arbitration”, ICC YAF – IASC, Madrid (2019).
    • Speaker, “Jurisdiction and Enforcement: that is the issue”, Italian Chapter of the Spanish Arbitration Club and CEA Mujeres, Rome (2019).
    • Moderator, “The NY Convention and Investment Arbitration”, 60 Years of the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards: Key issues and future challenges, Seville (2018).
    • Speaker, “Empathy and Efficiency: when arbitrators and lawyers get in each other’s shoes to benefit the proceedings”, 2018 Arbitration Open, Madrid (2018).
    • Speaker, “IBA Arb40-YIAG Symposium”, 21st Annual IBA Arbitration Day, Buenos Aires (2018).
    • Speaker, “A Training Session on the IBA Arb40’s Toolkit for Arbitral Award Writing”, CEA-40 and IBA Arb-40 Committee, Madrid (2017).
    • Speaker, “Don’t yell, I am not deaf! Communication difficulties when solicitor and arbitrator do not share the same mother tongue”, II Madrid Vis Pre-Moot conference, Madrid (2017).
    • Speaker, “Recent trends in practical issues of Investment Arbitration”, FIAMC Pre-moot conference, Moscow (2017).
    • Moderator, “Guerrilla tactics in International Arbitration in Latam”, CEA-40 and ICC-YAF, Panama City (2016).
    • Moderator, “Settlement of Investment Disputes: At a cross-roads?”, CEA-40 Special event featuring: Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, Madrid (2016).
    • Speaker, “New ICC policies to promote transparency and efficiency”, ICC YAF meets CEA-40, Madrid (2016).
    • Moderator, “Claims under the ECT against Spain and Italy”, Arbit meets CEA-40, Rome (2015).
    • Moderator, “Investment Arbitration: hot procedural issues”, IX CEA-40 Annual Meeting in Madrid, CEA-40 (2015).
    • Speaker, “Document Production”, III International Arbitration Congress in Barcelona, ICAB (2014).

  • PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

    - Member, New York State Bar Association
    - Member, Madrid Bar Association
    - Co-coordinator, ICCA Mentoring Programme
    - Member, IBA Arb40 Steering Committee
    - Member, ERA Pledge Young Practitioners Subcommittee
    - Associate, ICDR Y&I of the American Arbitration Association
    - Member, Young ICSID
    - Member, ICC YAF
    - Member , LCIA’s YIAG
    - Member and former co-chair, Spanish Arbitration Club Under 40 (CEA-40)
    - National Administrator, Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (2010 -2011, 2013)

  • LANGUAGES

    - Spanish
    - English
    - French (Intermediate)
    - Portuguese (Intermediate)

  • NATIONALITIES

    - Spanish
    - Venezuelan

  • AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

    - LL.M. Scholarship recipient, NYU DEAN’S AWARD, New York
    - LL.M. Scholarship recipient, FUNDACIÓN CAJA MADRID
    - FTI Award for best reasoned quantum in the Young Arbitrators Match, Paris Very Young Arbitration Practitioners – PVYAP, 2014
    - Scholarship recipient, Madrid Court of Arbitration - Advanced Program on Arbitration Practice, IE Law School, 2010
    - Best Transcript Award, Thomson - Aranzadi (3rd Place), February 2010

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