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GAR 100 - 4th Edition

Uría Menéndez

21 February 2011

Arbitration work at Spain’s leading corporate firm is led by Jesús Remón and Miguel Virgós.

Pending cases as counsel:
20
Value of pending counsel work:
US$6 billion
Treaty cases:
1
Current arbitrator appointments:
4 (of which 3 are as sole or chair)
No. of lawyers sitting as arbitrator:
2

Both also sit as arbitrators – Remón is currently hearing an ICSID claim brought by Électricité de France against Argentina. He is also co-president of the Spanish Arbitration Club. Virgós, meanwhile, was one of 16 experts selected by the European Commission for its special group on the status of arbitration within the scope of the Brussels I Regulation.

As counsel, the firm is representing Spanish power group Iberdrola in an ICSID claim against Guatemala – against Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. The team has also faced-off against Shearman & Sterling, in arbitrations on behalf of Gas Natural and Repsol, about US$500 million of sunk costs in a project in north Africa.

The firm’s network now spans the Iberian pensinsula – in February it merged with Portuguese firm Proença de Carvalho & Associados, gaining two lawyers with international dispute resolution experience. It also has offices in several other European countries, including Poland, and also in China. In Latin America, it has its own office in Brazil and a network of affiliates for other areas.

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