National and International Arbitration

“Commitment and in-depth study of cases make them one of the most recommendable in Spain

– The Legal 500 –

We act as counsel in all types of national and international arbitration procedures relating to companies and corporate and commercial contracting, both “ad hoc” proceedings as well as those administered by arbitral institutions.

We have broad experience in arbitral proceedings administered both by the main Spanish arbitral institutions: Corte Civil y Mercantil de Arbitraje (CIMA), Tribunal Arbitral de Barcelona (TAB) and Corte de Arbitraje de la Cámara de Comercio e Industria de Madrid (CAM), and by international institutions, including International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), American Arbitration Association (AAA), Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), offering our clients extensive experience in complex arbitrations in a wide variety of sectors.

We also act regularly as sole arbitrators, Chairs or co-arbitrators in arbitral proceedings under the auspices of the ICC, the LCIA, the CAS and the CAM, as well as mediators in mediation proceedings administered both by Spanish mediation institutions: Centro de Mediación y Solución de Conflictos (CEMED) and by international institutions, including International Institute for Conflict, Prevention & Resolution (CPR) and Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR).

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Chambers Europe Guide 2017 – Arbitration

Spain, Dispute Resolution: Most in demand arbitrator. Band 2. Clifford Hendel is described by market commentators as “a tremendous lawyer with really good expertise in corporate matters”. His practice involves both sitting as arbitrator and representing clients in arbitration proceedings. He also advises companies on the enforcement of awards.

Chambers Europe Guide 2017 - Arbitration
The EMEA Legal 500 2017 – Litigation/Arbitration

Araoz & Rueda has recently been involved in several telecoms, transport and energy-related disputes, as well as an ICSID claim against the Argentine Republic. Eduardo de León is the key litigation contact, while Clifford Hendel handles the arbitration side.

The EMEA Legal 500 2017 - Litigation/Arbitration
The Legal 500 2017 – Dispute Resolution

Araoz & Rueda has recently been involved in several telecoms, transport and energy-related disputes, as well as an ICSID claim against the Argentine Republic. Eduardo de León is the key litigation contact, while Clifford Hendel handles the arbitration side.

The EMEA Legal 500 2017 - Litigation/Arbitration
Chambers Europe Guide 2017 – Dispute Resolution

Established Madrid firm assisting clients with administrative proceedings, including claims linked to environmental and planning matter. Also active in commercial cases involving M&A and telecommunications law. As well as litigation, the department includes practitioners who have an extensive track record in key international arbitration courts. “The team approaches every matter as if were the only one they had”. “The lawyers know perfectly how to focus each situation and what the best solution for each case is”. Clifford Hendel is described by market commentators as “a tremendous lawyer with really good expertise in corporate matters”. His practice involves both sitting as arbitrator and representing clients in arbitration proceedings. He also advises companies on the enforcement of awards. Sources really appreciated Alejandro Fernández de Araoz’s “strategic vision, absolute loyalty to the client and maximum involvement in the matters”. He is highlighted for his particular expertise in commercial and transactional matters.

Chambers Europe Guide 2017 - Litigation/Arbitration
The EMEA Legal 500 2016, “Recommended Firm” in Litigation/Arbitration

Mid-size local firm Araoz & Rueda’s dispute resolution practice is led by Eduardo de León. It recently acted for a French company in the technology sector in a claim against the Spanish Air Force in relation to an administrative contract. BNP Suisse, ENI, Unitronics Comunicaciones and Molypharma are also notable clients.

The EMEA Legal 500 2016
Chambers Europe Guide 2016, “Recommended Firm” in Litigation/Arbitration

Spain, Dispute Resolution: Most in demand arbitrator. Band 2. Key individuals have extensive track records as counsel and arbitrators in the most important international arbitration courts. Clifford Hendel of Araoz & Rueda receives particular praise for his US law experience and for his regular appointment as arbitrator in ICC, CAS, LCIA and CAM arbitrations. Strengths (quotes from clients) “One advantage is that you work very closely with the partners; in most big firms it is not so easy to work with the partner but in the case of Araoz & Rueda, you can work directly with the senior lawyer”. Alejandro Fernández de Araoz of Araoz & Rueda has a tremendously broad practice that encompasses contentious and non-contentious commercial issues. Clients describe him as a "tough negotiator," adding: "He is very intelligent and knows how my business works very well."

Chambers Europe Guide 2016
Chambers Global Guide 2015, “Recommended Firm” in Litigation/Arbitration

Spain, Dispute Resolution: Most in demand arbitrator. Band 2 Clifford Hendel of Araoz & Rueda has extensive international arbitration experience, particularly involving France. France, Dispute Resolution: Foreign expert based in Spain. Madrid-based Clifford Hendel of Araoz & Rueda is qualified to practice in the UK, France, Spain and the USA. He is a seasoned dispute resolution lawyer, with significant experience in both domestic and international arbitration as well as litigation. Spain, Dispute Resolution. Band 4 Alejandro Fernández de Araoz of Araoz & Rueda has a wide-ranging practice encompassing capital markets, M&A, litigation and arbitration. He is regarded by sources as an accomplished practitioner in this field.

Chambers Global Guide 2015
The EMEA Legal 500 2015, “Recommended Firm” in Litigation/Arbitration

Araoz & Rueda's Alejandro Fernández de Araoz and Clifford Hendel represented ENI en judicial and arbitral proceedings against Unión Fenosa Gas over corporate governance issues. Eduardo de León heads the team.

The EMEA Legal 500 2015
The EMEA Legal 500 2014, “Recommended Firm” in Litigation/Arbitration

At Araoz & Rueda Alejandro Fernández de Araoz and Eduardo de León are recommended for litigation, and Clifford Hendel is well known for his international arbitration capabilities.

The EMEA Legal 500 2014
Chambers Global Guide 2014, “Recommended Firm” in Litigation/Arbitration

Sources identify Clifford Hendel as a key arbitrator. He works on domestic and international ad hoc and institutional disputes. He is qualified in France and regularly handles France-related matters. Clients say Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is "an expert in litigation; he has a lot of experience and much prestige in this area".

Chambers Global Guide 2014
The EMEA Legal 500 2013, “Recommended Firm” in Litigation/Arbitration

Araoz & Rueda is ‘doing very well at the moment’.The group includes Alejandro Fernández de Araoz and arbitrator Clifford Hendel.

The EMEA Legal 500 2013
Chambers Global Guide 2013, “Recommended Firm” in Litigation/Arbitration

Sources praise Clifford Hendel's strong international background. He is admitted to the Bar in Madrid, Paris, New York and England and Wales, and has acted as arbitrator in all the major international institutions, including the ICC, the LCIA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Alejandro Fernández de Araoz as “an all-rounder who brings useful corporate knowledge to his work.” He recently advised a leading financial institution on banking litigation against BBVA and Cartera Meridional regarding the scope and application of an on-demand guarantee.

Chambers Global Guide 2013
Chambers Global Guide 2012, “Recommended Firm” in Litigation/Arbitration

According to clients "Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is very able and also enjoys his job. He understands matters in depth and is discreet and incisive". Litigation, insolvency and arbitration specialist Íñigo Rodríguez-Sastre is "an excellent negotiator who is creative and realistic", say clients. Clifford Hendel figura en las listas de "Most in demand arbitrators", "Foreign experts" y "Experts based abroad". He is renowed as an outstanding arbitrator with international credentials.

Chambers Global Guide 2012
The EMEA Legal 500 2012, “Recommended Firm” in Litigation/Arbitration

"Araoz & Rueda's performance is outstanding and is definitely worth the money". Key contact Íñigo Rodríguez-Sastre is "a very sound litigator" who "provides top-notch advice" and has a "well-deserved reputation for his skills in court". Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is also "an excellent lawyer". Arbitrator Clifford Hendel is "very strong technically".

The EMEA Legal 500 2012
Chambers Europe Guide 2011, “Recommended Firm” in Litigation/Arbitration

Clifford Hendel has been included for third year in the list of "Most in demand arbitrators". Clifford Hendel is an all-rounder with "tremendous international law knowledge". Alejandro Fernández de Araoz andÍñigo Rodríguez-Sastre are also recommended.

Chambers Europe Guide 2011
Chambers Global Guide 2010, “Recommended Firm” in Litigation/Arbitration

This mid-sized firm has a strong dispute resolution practice. Alejandro Fernández de Araoz combines his litigation skills with his great cross-practice knowledge, and is lauded by clients for his "talent at resolving complex problems and in-depth knowledge of a number of areas of law". Clifford Hendel is well known for his domestic and international arbitration practice, and he usually acts as both counsel and arbitrator at a number of domestic and international courts.

Chambers Global Guide 2010
The EMEA Legal 500 2010, “Recommended Firm” in Litigation/Arbitration

Clients say that the firm's "commitment and in-depth study of cases make them one of the most recommendable in Spain". Dispute practice is headed by Clifford Hendel and the "client-oriented" Alejandro Fernández de Araoz, who is "not only a natural team leader but also a skillful and capable litigator - the value he adds is truly remarkable".

The EMEA Legal 500 2010
The EMEA Legal 500 2009, “Recommended Firm” in Litigation/Arbitration

Clifford Hendel and Alejandro Fernández de Araoz are corporate Araoz & Rueda’s best-known litigators, collecting high praise for their strong experience in both international and domestic disputes.

The EMEA Legal 500 2009
Chambers Europe Guide 2009, “Recommended Firm” in Litigation/Arbitration

Alejandro Fernández de Araoz at Araoz & Rueda. Clients hail “his through preparation and impeccable manner when speaking in court.” Clifford Hendel figura en la lista de “Most in demand arbitrators”. Clifford Hendel: he is North American and thus a frequent choice as arbitrator in hearing featuring a Spanish party and requiring a non-Spaniard referee.

Chambers Europe Guide 2009
The EMEA Legal 500 2008, “Recommended Firm” in Litigation/Arbitration

At Araoz & Rueda, Alejandro Fernández de Araoz has built impressive expertise as a corporate litigator.

The EMEA Legal 500 2008
Chambers Europe Guide 2008, “Recommended Firm” in Litigation/Arbitration

Araoz & Rueda successfully represents clients in court. “Fernández de Araoz is a determined lawyer who never gives up”, remarked clients; “he gets deeply involved in every matter and is always willing to answer questions.” “A distinguished international Spanish arbitrator”.

Chambers Europe Guide 2008
The EMEA Legal 500 2007, “Recommended Firm” in Litigation/Arbitration

Araoz & Rueda has been expanding its dispute resolution practice in recent years winning a very good reputation. Alejandro Fernández de Araoz and Clifford Hendelboasts extensive expertise in both international and domestic disputes.

The EMEA Legal 500 2007
The EMEA Legal 500 2006, “Recommended Firm” in Litigation/Arbitration

Clifford Hendel and Alejandro Fernández de Araoz are the firm’s best-known litigators.

The EMEA Legal 500 2006

Spain wins first renewable energy international arbitration

Informative Note Arbitration & Energy - February 2016

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“The past, present and possible future of the Spanish renewable energy arbitration saga”

Publication: International Law Practicum (a publication of the International Section of the New York State Bar Association - NYSBA)
Authors: Mª Antonia Pérez (in collaboration with Clifford Hendel, of Hendel-IDR)
Date: September 2018

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“Squaring the Circle: Reconciling the conflicting awards in the Eiser and Isolux Spanish renewable cases (Part II)”

Publication: Kluwer Arbitration Blog
Authors: Clifford Hendel
Date: July 2017

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“Squaring the Circle: Reconciling the conflicting awards in the Eiser and Isolux Spanish renewable cases (Part I)”

Publication: Kluwer Arbitration Blog
Authors: Clifford Hendel
Date: July 2017

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“El laudo del CIADI: ¿punto de inflexión en el arbitraje de las renovables contra España?”

Publication: El Confidencial
Authors: Clifford Hendel
Date: May 2017

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“Before the other shoe drops (II): The first ICSID final award in the Spanish renewable energy arbitration saga finds for the investors – crossing line?”

Publication: EFILA Blog (European Federation for Investment Law and Arbitration)
Authors: Clifford Hendel
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“Jurisdiction of the CAS – The Basics”

Publication: International Arbitration Insights
Authors: Clifford Hendel
Date: March 2017

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“Los recelos sobre el arbitraje de inversiones”

Publication: Cinco Días (daily economic newspaper)
Authors: Ángel S. Freire
Date: December 2016

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“The Energy Charter Treaty and the Spanish renewable energy awards”

Publication: The Investment Treaty Arbitration Review
Authors: Clifford J. Hendel
Date: June 2016

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“España y Portugal: arbitration user friendly”

Publication: Actualidad - Economía Ibérica (magazine of the Câmara de Comércio e Indústria Luso-Espanhola)
Authors: Ángel S. Freire (in collaboration with the Portuguese lawyer, Iñaki Carrera)
Date: November 2015

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“Arbitration: General overview and new developments in Spain”

Publication: Arbitration World 5th Edition
Authors: Clifford Hendel and Ángel S. Freire
Date: October 2015

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“Arbitraje de disputas tributarias en Portugal”

Publication: Spain Arbitration Review
Authors: Ángel S. Freire (in collaboration with the Portuguese lawyer, Duarte Gorjão Henriques)
Date: June 2015

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Desafíos, riesgos y oportunidades del e-commerce

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XII International Arbitration Congress Lime (Peru)

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60 years of the New York Convention on the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards

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IV Jornadas del Capítulo Portugués del Club Español de Arbitraje

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Financiación de litigios: oportunidades y consecuencias

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International Sport Arbitration: Don’t hate the player, hate the game!

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Mediation for sports disputes: turning adversaries into teammates

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UIA Bilbao Seminar – International Arbitration

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Principios rectores de la práctica del arbitraje comercial internacional

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Principios rectores de la práctica del arbitraje comercial internacional

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ITAFOR, the ITA Latin American Arbitration Forum (an online discussion group focusing on Latin American arbitration and ADR)

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El arbitraje deportivo y el TAS: logros y desafíos

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Justicia Deportiva.El Tribunal Arbitral del Deporte de Lausana (TAS)

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International Arbitration Congress

Venue: Barcelona

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Globalizaçao do procedimento arbitral

Venue: Câmara de Comércio e Indústria Portuguesa (Lisbon)

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PVYAP’s Match of the Day

Venue: 18:00, Clifford Chance’s Paris office

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Open de arbitraje

Venue: 09:00, Auditorio Rafael del Pino

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Moot Madrid 2016

Our partner Ainhoa Veiga, arbitrator in the final competition of the sixth edition of the Moot Madrid.
VI Competición Internacional de Arbitraje y Derecho Mercantil (Moot Madrid).
Founded in 2009, the Moot Madrid is an arbitration competition for law students conducted in Spanish. Teams from law schools from all countries are eligible to compete.
More information: Moot Madrid 2016

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III Arbitraje Internacional, Perspectivas Actuales

25 y 25 de enero de 2019

Organises: Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA)
Lecturer: Ainhoa Veiga

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2018 UIA Congress

October 30 - November 3, 2018 (Oporto)

Organises: Union Internationales des Avocats
Lecturer: Ángel S. Freire

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Jornada AEDAF de Fiscalidad Internacional

October 30, 2018

Organises: Asociación Española de Asesores Fiscales (AEDAF)
Lecturer: Javier Prieto

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