Clifford Chance LLP

Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Renowned disputes team offering both litigation and arbitration support. Frequently handles major proceedings under ICC rules or those of key Spanish arbitral institutions. Advises on commercial arbitration relating to construction contracts, shareholder disputes or energy sector supply agreements. Represents a number auditing companies in complex litigation proceedings, including professional liability cases. Leverages the superb reputations of key IP lawyers in Barcelona to attract contentious patent work. Practice extends to financial, antitrust and real estate disputes.

Strengths"They study the cases in a very dedicated and detailed way and you receive extraordinary legal advice," explain interviewees.

Other sources value the team's"dedication to matters and the availability of the lawyers for any questions or comments."

Work highlights Assisted Red Eléctrica de España with a CIMA arbitration against Endesa, concerning the purchase of transmission assets.

Notable practitioners

Ignacio Díaz offers expertise in both commercial and investment treaty arbitration. He is active in the energy, telecoms and retail sectors.

Iñigo Villoria impresses sources with his focused restructuring and insolvency litigation practice. He receives instructions from both debtors and creditors and is particularly specialised in litigious matters relating to the classification of insolvency and claw-back actions.

Interviewees describe practice head José Antonio Caínzos as "extremely skilful." He commands a market-leading position for his work as litigator or counsel in arbitration, and regularly leads mandates on behalf of key players in the infrastructure and energy sectors. His practice extends to appointments as arbitrator, including in ICC proceedings. Clients say: "The results we have with José Antonio are always excellent, even in very complicated matters."