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 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 vs. Republic of Peru, Assistant to the Tribunal, UNCITRAL administered by ICSID, investment arbitration under TPA USA-Peru, English and Spanish languages (2018).
    - Russian Company vs. Eastern European State, Administrative Secretary, UNCITRAL, investment arbitration under multilateral treaty, English language (2018).
    - Latin-American Electricity Company vs. State-owned Electricity Corporation, Administrative Secretary, ICC, Spanish language (2018).
    - International Construction Company vs. Central American Public Agency, Administrative Secretary, ICC, construction contract, Spanish language (2018).
    - Carlyle Group and others. vs. 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. vs. 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 vs. 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 vs. North African State, Administrative Secretary, ICC, investment arbitration under BIT, English language (2016).
    - International Construction Company vs. Central American Public Agency, Administrative Secretary, ICC, construction contract, Panamanian Law, Spanish language (2015).
    - Mexican Consortium vs. Mexican State Owned Corporation, Administrative Secretary, ICC, public service construction agreement, Mexican law, Spanish language (2015).
    - Ecuadorian Sellers vs. Buyer and Related Companies (Spanish and Ecuadorian), Administrative Secretary, ICC, share purchase agreement, Ecuadorian law, Spanish language (2015).
    - Eastern European Company vs. Eastern European Republic, Administrative Secretary, ICC, investment arbitration under BIT, English language (2014).
    - International Oil Company vs. South American National Oil Company, Administrative Secretary, IACAC- CIAC, gas pricing adjustment, Spanish language (2014).
    - Edenred S.A. vs. Hungary, ICSID Case No. ARB/13/21, Assistant to the Arbitral Tribunal, investment arbitration under BIT, English language (2014).
    - Bolivian Company vs. 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 vs. 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 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 Arbitration Advocacy, International Business Law Master – IE Law School (2014-2017).
    • Coach, Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vienna) – IE Law School (2014-2017).
    • Adjunct Professor, Arbitration, Master for Access to the Legal Profession – University of Navarra (2015- present).
    • Adjunct Professor, Arbitration and Mediation, Masters for Access to the Legal Profession – IE Law School (2016-2018).
    • Adjunct Professor, International Commercial Arbitration, Masters for Access to the Legal Profession – IE Law School (2020-present).
    PUBLICATIONS
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 (Secretary), Code of Best Practices in Arbitration, Spanish Arbitration Club (2019).
    • 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 (publication expected early 2020).
    • 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 (publication expected early 2021).
    LECTURES
    • 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
    - Member, IBA Arb40 Steering Committee
    - 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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