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Firm Profile

Arias SLP

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • Velázquez 18, 3D
  • Madrid
  • Madrid
  • Spain
  • 28001

Firm profile submitted by Arias SLP

Number of partners: 2
Number of lawyers: 6

Arias SLP is a Madrid-based law firm devoted to only one area of practice: dispute resolution. The firm was launched in 2013 by David Arias, an internationally-renowned arbitrator and leading disputes expert. Arias SLP’s lawyers act as counsel in both court-based litigation and international arbitration and as experts in foreign court and arbitral proceedings. In addition, a significant part of the firm’s workload is connected to David Arias’ appointments as arbitrator. Arias SLP is a genuinely international firm, with 80% of its cases having an international element: the nationality of the parties, the applicable law or the venue of the proceedings.

Main Areas Of Practice:

Dispute Resolution / Arbitration:
Based in Madrid, Arias SLP’s lawyers act as counsel, arbitrators and experts in complex proceedings and high-profile disputes covering both investment and commercial cases that predominantly have an international element. The aggregate amount of the firm’s disputes over the last year is approximately USD 4.53 billion (USD 640 million in matters where Arias SLP’s lawyers act as counsel and USD 3.89 billion in cases in which they serve as arbitrators).

Work highlights:
■ Representation of a European company in a EUR 615 million investment arbitration administered by the SCC brought against the Kingdom of Spain under the Energy Charter Treaty over the reduction of thermosolar feed-in tariffs
■ Representation of an Italian contractor in a USD 1.6 billion ICC arbitration against a Chilean electricity company over the construction of a power plant in Chile. The case has been recently settled with the firm’s client receiving USD 140 million
■ Representation of a leading group in the Spanish energy sector in a EUR 63 million arbitration brought against one of the main Spanish gas companies regarding a dispute over the use of natural gas distribution pipelines connecting France and Spain
■ Chairman and sole arbitrator in two related ICC cases amounting to USD 240 million and involving various Latin American companies engaged in the business of production, distribution and sale of natural gas
■ Co-arbitrator in a dispute amounting to USD 3.3 billion arising out of the alleged breach of a shareholders’ agreement and involving African and European parties
■ Co-arbitrator in two related investment arbitration cases seated in Ethiopia and administered by the PCA with an aggregate amount in dispute of EUR 140 million
■ Representation of a Spanish bank in three lawsuits filed against it by certain investors regarding the bank’s public offer for subscription and with an aggregate amount in dispute of EUR 20 million
■ Representation of an African company in proceedings initiated before the Spanish courts by several Spanish companies for the non-recognition of a partial award on jurisdiction and admissibility issued in Paris. The ongoing arbitral proceedings in France have an aggregate amount in dispute of EUR 175 million
Key Clients: Abengoa, Altarea Cogedim, Bankia, Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche, Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas, Gas Natural Fenosa, Hewlett-Packard, Luksic Group, Maire Tecnimont and Trilantic Capital Management.
Contact: David Arias
Tel: +34 917 813 550
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Luis Capiel
Tel: +34 917 813 550
Email: [email protected]

International Work:

Arias SLP’s clients are mainly based in Western Europe, the US and Latin America and most of the cases in which the firm is involved as counsel or arbitrator have an international element with a strong focus on Latin America. Arias SLP’s lawyers also provide expert reports on Spanish law matters to other firms and international companies.