The founder of this Spanish firm, José Pedro Pérez-Llorca, was one of the seven drafters of the country’s 1978 constitution. He founded the firm after leaving politics in the early 1980s. The firm’s arbitration team is a more recent creation and has developed around partners David Arias and Félix Montero. Arias joined in 2000 and is now a regular fixture as an arbitrator and counsel in ICC and LCIA cases. He teaches arbitration courses on several undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Montero joined in 2004 as a lateral recruit from B Cremades y Asociados, becoming a partner soon after. Several of the group’s associates have worked at international arbitration firms abroad. The seven-strong practice spans Barcelona as well as Madrid. One guide recently quoted an unnamed but impressed source as saying the firm “might be the strongest arbitration team in Spain.”
- Who’s Who Name:
- David Arias
In 2010, Guillermina Ester was made partner. Meanwhile, a major Spanish financial institution instructed the firm in five derivatives-related arbitrations. The firm also advised in a complex arbitration between two Spanish energy distributors, which required the involvement of more than 10 expert witnesses.
David Arias co-edited a liber amicorum for Spanish arbitrator Bernardo Cremades. He’s also going to be the IBA arbitration committee’s website officer for 2011.