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Dispute Resolution: Most in Demand Arbitrators — Spain

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José María Alonso

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

José María Alonso regularly sits as arbitrator on Latin American and Spanish tribunals as part of his broader arbitration and litigation work. Clients appreciate both his strong advocacy skills and his practical advice, saying: "He puts himself in our shoes and tries to give advice considering the situation that we are in." Another interviewee reports that "everyone knows him and everyone likes him, so the chances he will get a deal through are truly high." He maintains an excellent reputation among peers in the field.

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Arias SLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peers say that David Arias "represents the new generation of younger and truly international arbitrators." Other interviewees report that "he offers a good mix between technical knowledge and common sense, so he comes to conclusions that are palatable to all parties and is able to achieve a consensus." He is highly sought after as chair or party-appointed arbitrator in tribunals, and acts frequently on construction or shareholder disputes arising in Latin America. Peers also note his work as counsel in arbitration and civil litigation matters.

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Bernardo M Cremades Sanz-Pastor

B Cremades y Asociados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bernardo Cremades Sanz-Pastor is a hugely respected figure in the international arbitration sphere who continues to win appointments to high-profile global investment and commercial arbitration tribunals. He sits as co-arbitrator in two ICC arbitrations brought against the Panama Canal Authority by the construction consortium responsible for enlargement works. "One of his significant advantages is his tremendous experience in all sorts of cases," says one interviewee, adding: "You can count on him to understand the intricacies of the case from both a legal and a business perspective and then to exercise sound judgement."

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Juan Fernández-Armesto

Armesto & Asociados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Juan Fernández-Armesto of Armesto & Asociados ranks among Spain's most highly regarded international arbitrators, particularly for his work on investment arbitrations. He is regularly appointed as president of tribunals subject to ICSID or UNCITRAL rules. Commentators say that he "reads everything, asks very good questions for both parties and is fair."

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Miguel Angel Fernández-Ballesteros

Miguel Angel Fernández-Ballesteros Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Miguel Angel Fernández-Ballesteros of Miguel Angel Fernández-Ballesteros Abogados enjoys an excellent reputation among peers for his experience as arbitrator. He attracts attention both for his former experience as president of the CAM and for his regular appointment to Spanish tribunals. "His technical skills are outstanding," reports one interviewee.

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Hierro Estudio Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

The highly reputed Antonio Hierro leads his own Madrid boutique, Hierro Estudio Legal. "In terms of his character, his academic background and his experience he's second to none," says one peer, while another notes that "his personality and behaviour during the course of arbitration proceedings makes it easy for the lawyers of both parties and helps to diminish tensions." Hierro is a popular choice for ICC and UNCITRAL arbitrations that often have a key Latin American component.

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Jesús Remón Peñalver

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees describe Jesús Remón Peñalver as "an outstanding lawyer who has a complete overview of the Spanish legal system, so you can count on him for any kind of problem." One source says: "He is an institution in litigation in Spain and is fantastic both in written pleadings and in hearings," while another reports: "His handling of cases is extraordinary in that he thinks about the alternatives and outcomes and is able to anticipate all of them." He is best known for his civil litigation practice on behalf of leading Spanish banks. He also acts both as counsel and as arbitrator on international arbitrations.

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J Almoguera Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Market commentators say that Jesús Almoguera of J Almogura Abogados is "prudent, commercial and very hands-on." Another interviewee describes him as "smart, business-focused and flexible in attending to the client's requirements." He is best known for his work as arbitrator in cases subject to CIMA or CAM rules. He also acts as counsel on domestic arbitration and on corporate litigation. He recently advised ING on the protection of its interests in various Spanish toll road operators.

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José Antonio Caínzos

Clifford Chance S.L.

From the Chambers Europe guide

José Antonio Caínzos has a superb reputation as a market-leading arbitration and litigation practitioner. He is consistently instructed on high-profile disputes and frequently works on construction and commercial arbitrations in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Clients highlight "the clarity with which he explains problems and suggests solutions and alternatives," with one adding that "his sense of strategy in negotiations has proved invaluable." He is also an active arbitrator.

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Manuel Conthe

From the Chambers Europe guide

Manuel Conthe operates as a sole practitioner based in Madrid. He is known for his expertise in financial cases, owing in part to his former experience working within the Spanish public sector. "He dedicates a lot of effort and work in order to understand and to enter into the details of the case," says one source. Another commentator adds that "his analysis is precise and to the point."

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Araoz & Rueda

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clifford Hendel is best known for his work as arbitrator in commercial and sports cases. His joint US and Spanish law qualification contributes to his popularity among parties looking to appoint arbitrators to international disputes.

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Carlos González-Bueno

González-Bueno & Asociados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Carlos González-Bueno of González-Bueno & Asociados is a frequent arbitrator on international energy and construction cases. He has experience both as president and as party-appointed arbitrator in ad hoc and administered arbitration tribunals, including those heard before the ICC, CAM and TAB. Sources praise his language skills and say: "He is a very capable and talented lawyer and an exceptional arbitrator."

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Pilar Perales Viscasillas

Universidad Carlos III Madrid

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees say of Pilar Perales Viscasillas of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid that "if you have a good technical case and you need an arbitrator to get very deeply into the law she's a good choice." Others highlight her "mix of academic knowledge plus experience in practice" as a key strength.

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Stampa Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gonzalo Stampa of Stampa Abogados accepts appointments as sole or co-arbitrator in administered and ad hoc arbitrations. Peers note that his role as director of CIMA provides a significant boost to his profile in the Spanish market. He also acts as counsel in international arbitrations, including those linked to overseas construction contracts.

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Armesto & Asociados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Impressed interviewees highlight Deva Villanúa's growing reputation as a skilled arbitrator. Peers praise her language skills and say that "she is extremely knowledgeable and is excellent at driving arbitrations forward." She is a partner at Armesto & Asociados.

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