Sebastian Escobar Torres

Sebastian Escobar Torres

Senior Associate Bogotá, Colombia

Sebastian is a Senior Associate from our Bogota office, who specializes in litigation and arbitration in complex insurance and reinsurance disputes. He holds a Master’s Degree in Tort Law from Universitat de Girona (Spain) and diplomas in Insurance and Aviation Law from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, where he received his lawyers’ degree.

He has successfully represented insurers and reinsurers in complex and high-value claims, focusing his litigation practice in Energy, Construction, Oil & Gas, Financial Lines, Telecommunications, Casualty, Liability and Aviation disputes. He has relevant experience handling disputes before Arbitration Tribunals, Civil and Administrative Courts, Regulation Authorities and works in complex claims associated with renowned and high-impact public and private projects.

Sebastian is also a certified Secretary for Arbitration Tribunals under Bogota’s Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Center, one of the most recognised arbitration venues in Latin America. He is also a law professor at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, where he teaches Tort Law in both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. He has also taught Evidence Law, Civil Procedural Law and Aviation Law. He is an active member of the Colombian Civil Liability Institute (IARCE).

Work Highlights

  • Represented a major local product distribution corporation in an agency/distribution contract dispute against Bavaria S.A. worth USD $1.500.000.
  • Provided legal advice and represented Lloyd´s reinsurers and local insurers in aviation matters related with civil liability, personal accidents and hull coverage.
  • Advised reinsurers of a Latin American air carrier in one of the highest profiled aircraft accident cases in recent years (Chapecoense accident).
  • Representing aircraft sellers and MROs in major warranty engine malfunction claims.
  • Represented a major air carrier in an airport infrastructure claim worth USD $250.000 for the malfunction of the runway’s lighting.
  • Represented two of Latin Americas major air carriers in a fuel contamination related claim worth USD $1.000.000.
  • Represented a local insurance company in an Arbitration Tribunal worth USD $340.000.000,00, related to the BOMT Agreement of a major Gas Pipeline, obtaining a favourable award for the insurance company.
  •  Represented reinsurers in an Arbitration Tribunal worth USD $300.000.000,00, related to the construction and maintenance of one of Colombia’s most relevant highway projects.
  • Represents reinsurers in a subrogation claim related to the construction of the most relevant hydroelectric project in Colombia against the liable contractors in a claim worth USD $150.000.000,00.
  • Represents reinsurers in a fiscal liability proceeding regarding one of Colombia’s most ambitious schooling infrastructure projects, with an alleged loss of USD $200.000.000,00.
  •  Represents a local insurance company in an Arbitration Tribunal related to a Concession Agreement for the use television rights in a claim worth USD $30.000.000,00.
  • Represents reinsurers in a subrogation claim worth USD $10.000.000,00 related to a major accident occurred in one of Colombia’s most relevant thermoelectric plants.