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David Guerra Bonifacio



Lisbon, 2007 and 2011
Brazil, São Paulo, 2011
Geneva (foreign lawyer), 2011




Portuguese , Spanish , English , French , Italian , German


35, Rue de la Mairie
P.O. Box 6569
1211 Geneva 6


+41 58 105 2000

David Guerra Bonifacio joined LALIVE in 2008. He specialises in international arbitration, both commercial and investor-state, and in international commercial contracts in a range of industries, including mining, energy, and telecommunications.

He has acted and acts as counsel in more than twenty international arbitrations conducted under the auspices of the ICSID Convention and Arbitration Rules, the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, the International Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Rules, the Arbitration Rules of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration. He also advises and represents clients from Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries as well as on public international law matters.

Before joining the firm, David Guerra Bonifacio trained with Schellenberg Wittmer in Zurich, and also worked as an intern at the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris (Latin American team), the International Trade Law Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs (UNCITRAL) in Vienna, the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) in Rome and Vieira de Almeida & Associados in Lisbon.

David Guerra Bonifacio is a member of numerous professional associations including the International Bar Association, the American Society of International Law, the European Society of International Law, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and the Swiss Arbitration Association.

He holds a Master in International Dispute Settlement from the University of Geneva (2008-2010), a post-graduate Diploma in International Trade Law from the University of Turin (2008) and a Master degree in Law (summa cum laude) from the UCP Law School, Lisbon (2002-2007), for which he received five merit scholarships, the Professor João de Castro Mendes Prize and the Professor Sérvulo Correia Prize. In 2007 he was distinguished with the Melhor Jovem Advogado Prize, awarded to the most promising graduate law students in Portugal. He was also a Fulbright visiting student at Duke Law School (2006) as well as an exchange student at the Vienna Law School (2007).

[Sources praise] Counsel David Guerra Bonifacio [saying he] is a rising star.

GAR 100, 2020

Client’s highlight Counsel David Guerra Bonifacio and praise the quality of his work.

GAR 100, 2019


David Guerra Bonifacio, 2018

In: L. Collantes González (Ed.), Enciclopedia de Arbitraje, Mario Castillo Freyre, Lima, 2018

Transferencia de información entre abogados y árbitros

David Guerra Bonifacio, 2018

In: L. Collantes González (Ed.), Enciclopedia de Arbitraje, Mario Castillo Freyre, Lima, 2018

Franco-British Lawyers Society

Which Seat to Choose?

06/02/2020 Dublin David Guerra Bonifacio Speaker

For more information, see the programme.

Young ICCA Skills Training Workshop

Witness Evidence in International Arbitration

16/11/2018 Lisbon David Guerra Bonifacio Panellist: First Panel – Witnesses and Witness Statements

For more information, see the programme.


GIAC Arbitration Days

04/10/2018 Tbilisi David Guerra Bonifacio Panellist: Evidence Taking Battle: IBA rules v. Prague rules

Encuentro CEA -40

Cálculo de daños, ¿qué hay de nuevo, viejo? Do's and dont's

10/06/2018 Madrid David Guerra Bonifacio Panellist: El DCF como paradigma en el cálculo de daños

ICC Portugal

Advanced ICC Arbitration Seminar

12/12/2017 Lisbon David Guerra Bonifacio Panellist: Hearing preparation and witness examination

Arbitration Center of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Arbitration Futures: the next 10 years

08/07/2016 Lisbon David Guerra Bonifacio Commentator: Arbitration in 2026

For more information, see the programme.

ICDR Y&I, Bolivian Chamber of Hydrocarbons and Energy (CBHE)

Tips for an effective arbitration on energy and hydrocarbons

23/05/2016 Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia David Guerra Bonifacio Speaker: Preparing an affective request for arbitration or memorial

For more information, see the programme.

ICC Young Arbitrators Forum

New Trends in Investment Arbitration

08/03/2016 Frankfurt am Main David Guerra Bonifacio Speaker: Third-party intervention – from “amicus” to “inimicus” curiae in Investor-State disputes

For more information, see the programme.

ICDR Y&I, the Costa Rican Young Arbitrators Association and the Law Students Association of Universidad de Costa Rica

Guerrilla Tactics in International Arbitration

20/02/2015 Costa Rica David Guerra Bonifacio Speaker: Guerrilla Tactics in International Arbitration: the perspective of the arbitral institutions

For more information, see the programme.

Spanish Arbitration Club (CEA -40) / Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA Below 40)

The Taboos in International Arbitration: Corruption in International Arbitration

16/03/2014 St. Nicolas La Chapelle David Guerra Bonifacio Co-speaker with Ana Morales: The Consequence of a Finding of Corruption and its Conformity to International Public Policy

For more information, see the programme.

Comisión de Arbitraje del Colegio de Abogados de Barcelona

Post-grado en Derecho de las Inversiones Internacionales y Arbitraje

15/11/2013 Barcelona David Guerra Bonifacio Co-speaker: El sistema arbitral CIADI III: Recursos contra el laudo. Ejecución de un laudo deslocalizado, problemas planteados y alternativas a esos problemas

For further information see the programme.