In addition to being one of Spain’s best-regarded firms for commercial disputes, Garrigues is home to José María Alonso, one of the country’s busiest arbitrators. He was the first chair of the Spanish Arbitration Club during its all-important start-up phase and remains its honorary president.
- People in Who’s Who:
- Pending cases as counsel:
- Value of pending counsel work:
- US$0.44 billion
- Treaty cases:
- Current arbitrator appointments:
- 6 (of which 4 are as sole or chair)
- No. of lawyers sitting as arbitrator:
Along with Miguel Moscardó and Fernando Mantilla-Serrano, Alonso founded the international arbitration team at Garrigues in 1999. The practice debuted in a dispute over the ownership of Peru’s biggest gold mine. Mantilla-Serrano has long since left and Moscardó departed in 2009 to form a boutique. There remain around 12 partners attached to the group. While Alonso has taken more of a backseat role on the counsel side in recent years, there are signs of development and growth within the arbitration practice. Garrigues promoted three senior associates to partner in 2010: Ana Garrote Fernández-Díez and Diego Vicente Pérez in Madrid, and Blanca Rodríguez-Piñero in Seville.
2010 also saw a reshuffle at the top of the practice. Carlos de los Santos became director of the litigation and arbitration department and Alonso assumed a new role as coordinator of international arbitration. He is currently an arbitrator in five ICC cases, one AAA case and another at the Court of Arbitration of Sport.