José Covarrubias



José is a litigation attorney with more than 17 years of experience in various judicial proceedings regarding a wide spectrum of civil and commercial disputes, including bankruptcy proceedings. He has participated in multiple arbitrations of the International Chamber of Commerce, with a significant experience in disputes with independent energy producers and in the construction of electrical infrastructure. Likewise, he has experience in the drafting of energy supply agreements (PPAs) and natural gas supply agreements, as well as construction agreements (EPCs).

José has a law degree from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and an LLM from Northwestern University, Chicago, USA.

Commercial Litigation
  • Represented an Assian Car Assambler in multiple disputes with a former bus and truck dealer in Mexico. Certain provisional measures that seriously affected the operations of the client's subsidiaries in Mexico were suspended and revoked.
  • Represented Overseas Private Investment Corporation in a mortgage foreclosure action on a multimillion-dollar real estate property in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.
  • Represented an Aircraft Leasing Company (Galaxy) in taking possession of a leased aircraft from a Mexican regional airline.
  • Represented a European car manufacturer in non-pecuniary damage proceedings.
Commercial Arbitration 
  • Represented the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) in numerous ICC commercial arbitrations (more than 10), in relation to construction disputes and controversies with independent energy producers.
  • Advised Japan Tobacco International in a series of disputes brought by and against a former distributor in Mexico. We also represented the Client in the proceedings for the enforcement and recognition of an arbitral award obtained issued in France, under the rules of the ICC.
  • Represented Fideicomisos Instituidos en Relación con la Agricultura (FIRA) in several multimillion-pesos trials against non-banking financial intermediaries, which allocated FIRA’s financial resources among rural producers.
Insolvency & Restructuring
  • Represented a Syndicated group of development banks (FMO-DEG-IIC) in the separation and takeover of a portfolio of mortgage loans with a value of more than $ 30 million dollars.
  • Represented Export Import Bank in the bankruptcy proceedings of a commercial airline company, where 5 aircraft were separated and recovered that were assigned to a trust as a guarantee of financing.
  • Represented a North American bus producer in the negotiation and formalization of a restructuring agreement in the tender procedure of a Mexican auto transport company.
  • Acted as advisor of CFE to its participation in the Wholesale Electricity Market through the negotiation and formalization of multiple contracts for the supply of electricity and natural gas.
  • Advised a Qualified service provider on the negotiation of an electricity coverage and financing contract with one of the most important energy marketers worldwide.

Legal Argumentation Specialty, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), Mexico, 2010


LLM, Northwestern University Chicago, United States of America,2007


Civil Litigation Specialty, Universidad Panamericana, Mexico, 2005


Insurance Law Specialty, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), Mexico, 2010


Law Degree, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), Mexico, 2003

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