Martin J. Valasek
Martin J. Valasek
Head of International Arbitration, Canada, Partner
(514) 847-4818
(514) 286-5474
1 Place Ville Marie, Suite 2500, Montréal, QC
Year called to bar: 2000 (ON); 2000 (New York); 2005 (QC)
Martin Valasek is a leading practitioner in the area of international arbitration, with extensive experience in both investor-state and commercial contract disputes. He regularly acts as counsel, and also sits as an arbitrator. His experience covers a wide range of legal systems and industries, including aerospace, construction, mining, energy, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing. He has consistently provided winning guidance to clients, in both transactions and disputes, under all of the leading rules, including the ICC, LCIA, ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules, and other institutional and ad hoc regimes. He has extensive experience representing clients in investment disputes under BITs, multilateral investment treaties (including NAFTA in particular) and other instruments. In 2011, Mr. Valasek was named to Global Arbitration Review's 45 under 45 list of leading practitioners in the field of international arbitration under the age of 45. In 2007, he was named one of the Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 for Canada. He is a member of the Bars of Québec, Ontario and New York. He was editor-in-chief of the McGill Law Journal and clerked for Mr. Justice Gonthier of the Supreme Court of Canada. He is fluent in English, French and Czech, and has a working knowledge of Spanish.
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