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Patricia Nacimiento

Dr Patricia Nacimiento


Dr Patricia Nacimiento is an arbitration and disputes partner based in our Frankfurt office.



Patricia helps clients on a wide range of disputes work with a special focus on domestic and international arbitration as well as investor state disputes. She specialises in disputes related to energy, construction and post mergers and acquisitions.

Patricia gives lectures on arbitration at the universities of Heidelberg, Frankfurt and Saarbrücken. 

Her experience includes:

  • Representing a government in arbitration proceedings under the Energy Charter Treaty in a USD 3bn dispute
  • Representing a major developer in LCIA proceedings related to a construction in Russia in a USD 1bn
  • Representing a major German steel company in CIETAC proceedings seated in Shanghai and Beijing
  • Representing a government in multijurisdictional arbitration related court proceedings
  • Representing a major German energy provider in arbitration proceedings under the rules of the German Institution of Arbitration


The German government has appointed her in 2007 as one of four arbitrators to the panel of arbitrators at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

As a party representative, she has conducted over 120 arbitration proceedings under the rules of numerous arbitration institutions – including ICC, ICSID, SCC, CIETAC, DIS, LCIA, ICDR, Swiss Chamber of Commerce, Indian Council of Arbitration, and the Danish Institution of Arbitration as well as ad hoc proceedings.


She publishes regularly on disputes related subjects and is co-editor of the leading arbitration manuals "Arbitration in Germany – The Model Law in Practice" (Kluwer 2015) and "The New York Convention – a Global Commentary" (Kluwer 2008).

Böckstiegel, Karl-Heinz; Kröll, Stefan Michael; Nacimiento, Patricia (Hrsg.): „Arbitration in Germany – Law and Practice“. Kluwer, 2015

Nacimiento, Patricia; Kronke, Herbert; Otto, Dirk; Port, Nicola Christine (Hrsg.): Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards: A Global Commentary on the New York Convention. Köln, 2010 


Listed in "Germany's Best Lawyers 2019" for Arbitration and Mediation 
Handelsblatt Rating in cooperation with Best Lawyers

"...a highly regarded specialist in international arbitration and investment arbitration. Sources praise her 'remarkable intelligence' and 'attention to detail' 
Who's Who Legal, 2016

"[A] client singles out lead counsel Nacimiento as particularly skilled, noting she was able to build a client-consultant relationship not only based on professional competence, but also on ties of friendship and trust."
Global Arbitration Review, GAR 100, 2015

"Experienced arbitrator" Patricia Nacimiento earns praise for her extensive experience in international investment disputes. Clients say: "She has a very practical way of working" 
Chambers Europe 2015


Patricia joined Herbert Smith Freehills in May 2016 and has over 20 years of experience as disputes practitioner. 

A native German speaker Patricia is also fluent in English, Spanish, Italian and French.


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