Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Law Degree (Licenciado en Derecho)

Culinary Institute of America and Universidad Anáhuac del Sur, Certificate in Culinary Arts






Antonio Riva Palacio Lavin
PHONE: +86 10 8564 6202
FAX: +86 10 8564 6225
PHONE:+971 4 382 6100
FAX:+971 4 382 6150

Mr. Riva Palacio's practice is wholly international, encompassing international investment, international trade and international disputes such as commercial and investment-treaty arbitration as well as WTO litigation. He divides his time between the firm's offices in Dubai and Beijing. 

His arbitration experience includes acting as counsel on both commercial arbitrations and investment treaty arbitrations. He has advised on disputes under most arbitration rules, including the rules of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). He has significant experience under Mexico’s arbitration rules, where he has also acted as arbitrator and secretary to the tribunal under the international rules of the ICC, and local arbitration rules CANACO and CAM.

In the field of international trade, Mr. Riva Palacio has experience advising governments, State-owned entities, as well as private parties, producers, traders, and exporters, in antidumping and countervailing proceedings initiated by national authorities. Mr. Riva Palacio has also participated in several WTO disputes both attacking and defending trade remedy measures, laws and regulations.

Mr. Riva Palacio has a strong transactional background gained in Curtis’ New York and Mexico offices and has particular experience advising clients with interests in Latin America. Bilingual in English and Spanish, he has advised on many cross-border transactions, including joint ventures with Latin-American parties, infrastructure and trade finance transactions as well as general commercial matters, with a particular focus on the oil and gas sector.

Mr. Riva Palacio has lectured on the law of treaties and international organizations and frequently participates in academic programs on international litigation and advocacy.


Barra Mexicana, Colegio de Abogados (Mexican Bar Association)
Club Español del Arbitraje
International Bar Association, Young Lawyers’ Committee
ICC Young Arbitrators Forum
The Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (ADR Standing Committee and Young Lawyer’s Standing Committee)
LCIA-YIAG, London Court of International Arbitration (Young International Arbitration Group)


Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
Judge at the International Rounds in Washington, D.C., and in the national/regional rounds in Beijing, Mexico, Miami, and Shanghai.  Member of the Authorial Committee (2008–2010).  Member of the Rules Committee (2010–2011).