Xavier Rubio is a lawyer trained in both the Common Law system (J.D. and LL.M. in the United States) and the Civil Law system (Attorney in Ecuador). His practice focuses on international investment disputes, commercial arbitration, and cross-border litigation.
Mr. Rubio advises States, State companies, and private organizations in strategic aspects of international business transactions.
Mr. Rubio has served as counsel in arbitrations conducted by various international institutions and rules, including the ICC, PCA, ICSID, and UNCITRAL, and has advised in negotiations and disputes arising out of investment treaties, exploration and production contracts, project agreements, construction contracts (EPC/FIDIC), concessions, and free trade zone licenses. He has been involved in matters in the areas of oil and gas, infrastructure, electricity, renewable energy, public procurement, taxation, environmental law, and international law.
In the energy sector, Mr. Rubio has advised in cases regarding the modification and termination of production sharing agreements and service contracts, as well as in a multi-party dispute concerning the rehabilitation of a refinery, the development of a new refinery, and the refurbishment of an LPG facility. He has also advised in disputes concerning energy projects, including more than a dozen ICC dispute board proceedings during the development of a 1500 MW hydroelectric power plant.
Before joining GST LLP, Mr. Rubio acted as International Arbitration and Litigation Attorney at the Attorney General’s Office of Ecuador, where he represented the Republic of Ecuador and advised State-owned companies in investment and commercial arbitrations. His experience includes collaborations with specialized law firms in handling cases conducted in multiple jurisdictions (i.e. United States, the Netherlands, Spain, Panama), and involving issues governed by international law, US law, and the law of several Latin American and European countries. Mr. Rubio practices in English and Spanish.
Mr. Rubio holds an LL.M. from the University of Texas School of Law, with a Certificate of Specialization in Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law. He holds a J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law. And he graduated as Attorney from Universidad de las Américas in Quito, Ecuador.