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Álvaro has been a partner in Uría Menéndez’s Madrid office since 2003. He focuses his practice on international arbitration and domestic and international civil litigation.
He is an arbitrator at the Madrid Arbitration Court, the Madrid Bar Association Arbitration Court (Corte de Arbitraje del Colegio de Abogados de Madrid), the Spanish Court of Arbitration (Corte Española de Arbitraje), the Civil and Commercial Arbitration Court (Corte Civil y Mercantil de Arbitraje (CIMA)) and the Centre of Arbitration of the Lima Chamber of Commerce.
He is currently court member of the London Court of International Arbitration and President of the Steering Committee of the UIA (Union Internationale des Avocats) Arbitration Commission. He is also a member of the Spanish Arbitration Club (Club Español de Arbitraje), and sits on both the board of directors and the Mediation Committee. Álvaro is also a CEDR (Effective Dispute Resolution) accredited mediator and Academic Coordinator of the FIDE Mediation Club.
Álvaro was an officer of the IBA Arbitration Committee from 2017 to 2019 and acted as chair of the Arbitration Guidelines and Rules Subcommittee and co-chair of the IBA Task Force for the revision of the IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration. He was appointed ‘stakeholder expert’ to prepare the Common Frame of Reference by the European Commission, as part of the European Civil Code project.
Álvaro has acted in more than 70 arbitration proceedings. He regularly represents clients in national and international arbitration proceedings, mostly in complex construction and corporate matters in the main international arbitration courts (such as the ICC Court of Arbitration, the LCIA and the Swiss courts) and the main Spanish courts (such as CIMA and the Madrid Arbitration Court), as well as ad hoc arbitrations.
His expertise also includes the recognition of foreign judgments and arbitration awards and seeking interim measures in support of arbitration.
Álvaro also advises on civil and commercial matters, especially contract, real estate and construction law. He is also experienced in advising companies on renewable energy distribution and solar projects. Additionally, he has extensive experience in distribution and agency contracts, representing both domestic and international clients, particularly in the automotive sector.
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