“Juan Felipe Merizalde Urdaneta is extremely hard-working and truly dedicated to his clients, making him a force to be reckoned with” (Future Leaders, 2017).
Ranked # 4 “Most Highly Regarded” “Non Partners” in the Americas; “Juan Felipe Merizalde Urdaneta is a skillful advocate who ‘is definitely going to go the whole way’, say peers, who particularly speak highly of his strong expertise in the Latin American region” (Future Leaders, 2018).
Ranked # 5 “Most Highly Regarded” “Non Partners” in the Americas; “Juan Felipe Merizalde Urdaneta is ‘extremely talented and possesses a deep knowledge of arbitration’. He is highly recommended for his expertise in the field, particularly for his ‘impressive cross examination skills’” (Future Leaders, 2019).
“Juan Felipe Merizalde Urdaneta is identified as a ‘fantastic lawyer who is intelligent, experienced, and an excellent strategist’. He is ‘one of the best’ in the field, and has ‘deep knowledge of the arbitration process’” (Future Leaders, 2020).
Ranked as one of the “Most Highly Regarded” “Non Partners” in the Americas; Juan Felipe “enjoys a strong reputation as a “clear-minded and superbly talented lawyer” with a “deep understanding of US and Ecuadorian law”. He is considered a “leader in investment disputes in Latin America” (Future Leaders, 2021).
Peers and clients say:
“Juan is one of the best.”
“He has one of the most beautiful minds of the new generation of Colombian arbitration practitioners.”
“Juan is a leader in investment disputes in Latin America; he is sharp and nimble.”
“I’m totally inspired by his deep knowledge of the arbitration process” (GAR and Who’s Who Profile, 2021).
Ranked as an “Associate to Watch”; “Associate-to-watch Juan Felipe Merizalde Urdaneta has a flourishing practice advising on significant investor-state and commercial arbitration matters. Describing him as ‘a rising star,’ one interviewee notes: ‘He’s a great advocate who’s very dedicated to the work. I have nothing but praise for him’” (Chambers Latin America, International Arbitration, 2019).
Ranked as an “Associate to Watch”; “Associate-to-watch Juan Felipe Merizalde Urdaneta is singled out by a client as ‘a hard-working lawyer who is meticulous in his work.’ He has accrued a significant amount of experience advising sovereigns and state-owned entities on investment treaty and commercial arbitration cases” (Chambers Latin America, International Arbitration, 2021).
“Rising Stars” in Latin America (Legal 500, Latin America, 2020). “Washington DC-based special legal consultant Juan Felipe Merizalde Urdaneta, who has ‘a great future in international arbitration’”.
“Rising Star” in Latin America (Legal 500, Latin America, 2020) “Special consultant Juan Felipe Merizalde Urdaneta is truly remarkable. His attention to detail and profound knowledge of arbitration makes him stand out. He makes himself available 24/7 and is always on top of things. He has a unique way of looking at difficult problems and making them simple and in a very persuasive narrative.”
“Rising Star” in Latin America (Legal 500, Latin America, 2021) “I have not seen the legal and leadership capacities of Juan Felipe in other lawyers of his age. It is also rare to find such a young lawyer with so much recognition among his peers and in the international legal market. I know, for sure, that he is the right-hand man of both Eduardo Silva Romero and José Manuel García Represa and the key associate in Dechert.’”
“Colombian special legal consultant Juan Felipe Merizalde brings a depth of understanding of the region” (Latin Lawyer 250, 2020).