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Ms Montes specialises in international commercial arbitration and investment arbitration, and in Spanish litigation related to arbitration, including precautionary measures and the enforcement and setting aside of arbitral awards. Her expertise in business administration and management enables her to participate in particularly complex financial disputes. She has participated in a large number of international commercial arbitrations, both ad hoc and administrated by the ICC, LCIA, CAM, SCC and CIMA, in disputes relating to commercial transactions and the international sale of goods, concessions, construction, energy, infrastructure and insurance. She has also participated in several investment arbitration proceedings at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), SCC and ICC against European and Latin American states, relating to construction-related disputes, energy disputes (including several Energy Charter Treaty [ECT] cases), project finance and joint ventures with state-owned companies. On several occasions, she has acted as arbitrator and as secretary to arbitration courts in complex arbitration proceedings.
Ms Montes is a member of the Madrid Bar Association. She is a coordinator of the Under 40 Section (CEA-40) of the Spanish Arbitration Club (CEA), and has acted as secretary of the Sub-Commission of Lawyers to draft the club’s new Code of Good Practice. She is also a member of the Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG) of the LCIA and the Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF) of the ICC. She regularly speaks at arbitration conferences and events and has written specialist publications in her field. An associate lecturer at Universidad Carlos III and Universidad Pontificia de Comillas in Madrid, she has coached several university teams to participate in the Vis Moot, the FDI Moot and the Madrid Moot competitions. She obtained the Frédéric Eisemann Award for the best prevailing team in the Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in 2007/08.
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