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Liat Tapia

Litigation, Domestic and International Arbitration

Liat Tapia

Litigation, Domestic and International Arbitration


Liat specializes in domestic and international arbitration and is member of the arbitration roter of CAM Santiago and Santiago´s Court of Appeals.

Liat has handled multiple commercial and investment arbitrations administered by different centers such as the ICSID, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the ICC International Court of Arbitration, and CAM Santiago. She has represented companies in a wide range of sectors, including mining, construction, renewable and conventional energy, oil and gas, electric power, the financial sector, and public works.

Before joining Ugarte & Correa in 2020, Liat Tapia was Senior Associate of the Arbitration team at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría, a firm that she joined in 2014. Liat also worked as an International Associate at Three Crowns, an arbitration boutique in the UK.

In 2019, Liat was admitted to practice as a lawyer in the state of New York, United States. She is a member of the Club Español del Arbitraje and the Chilean Bar Association.


Liat was a lecturer in Civil Law at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (2014-2015). In addition, she was teacher assistant in Civil Law (2009-2014 and 2017) and Procedural Law (2010 to 2011) at the Universidad de Chile.

1. Master of Laws (LL.M.), Columbia University. Liat was awarded with the Fulbright and Becas Chile scholarships. At Columbia University, she was recognized for her academic achievements with the Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar Award and received the Parker School Recognition for her commitment and interest in international and comparative law. Additionally, Liat was elected as LLM representative to the Columbia International Arbitration Association.

2. Law Degree (LL.B.), Universidad de Chile.

1. New York (2019)
2. Chile (2014)

Publications and conferences

1. «Are the Judicial Procedural Rules Issued During the Pandemic Applicable to International Arbitrations Seated in Santiago?», Kluwer Arbitration Blog, October 7, 2020. [available here].

2. Speaker at the Webinar «LatAm Perspectives on International Arbitration: NecessaryResponses in Crisis”, organized by the New York City Bar, 2020.

3. Speaker at the Webinar «Covid & Force Majeure: Practical Aspects in Relation to Contracts», organized by the Chilean-Australian Chamber of Commerce, 2020. 

4. Report on investment arbitration titled «Teinver SA et al. Against Argentina» (ICSID Award ARB/09/1, CII 966, 2017 [available here].

5. «Good faith as an efficient integration mechanism,» IX Civil Law Review, Editorial Abeledo Perrot, Thomson Reuters, 2015.

6. Speaker at the IX Conference on Civil Law, Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile, 2014.

7. Speaker at the 1st ICC Chilean Arbitration Day, 2022.

8. Speaker at the seminar “El papel de las instituciones arbitrales en el comercio internacional”, organized by – Seminario Internacional de la Biblioteca de Arbitraje.

Relevant Experience Litigation & Arbitration

Investment arbitration. Tax stability clause. Representation of a pipeline construction company in investment arbitration administered by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, under UNCITRAL rules, for the breach of the tax stability clause by a Latin American state.

Investment arbitration. Energy. Representation of an electricity company in investment arbitration administered by the ICSID, for the breach of an investment treaty through the intervention and liquidation decision of the company adopted by a Latin American state.

International Arbitration. Construction. Representation of a transnational company in charge of the engineering, design and construction of an oil refinery in two CCI arbitrations against various electromechanical assembly subcontractors.

Arbitration. Stock Purchase Agreement. Advice to a non-conventional energy generating company in an arbitration by CAM Santiago for the breach of a stock purchase agreement by an Asian company.

Domestic Arbitration. Energy. Representation of a mining company against an electric power holding company, for differences arising from the construction of a solar plant, an electricity supply contract and a purchase option. USD $ 220 million.

Domestic Arbitration. Negligent administration. Representation of the company awarded a concession to build and operate hospitals in a CAM Santiago arbitration, for breach of a service contract related to the concession.

Domestic Arbitration. Purchase and sale of minerals. Representation of a mining company in a CAM Santiago arbitration against an international smelter for breach of a contract to sell copper concentrates.

Domestic Arbitration. Real estate, construction. Representation of the owner in a CAM Santiago arbitration against a construction company for breach of a contract to construct an office building and a hotel.