Global law firm White & Case LLP has continued to grow its market-leading practice in Iberian and Latin American Arbitration with the addition of Ignacio Madalena in the Madrid office, as highlighted in recent profile pieces in Latin Lawyer and Global Arbitration Review. Madalena has a range of experience in commercial and investment arbitration.
According to Latin Lawyer, "He is the third recent hire by White & Case with expertise in Latin American cases. In January the firm announced it had recruited Argentine arbitrator Silvia Marchilli from King & Spalding LLP at its Houston office. The Houston hub also received the addition of Portuguese national Jorge Mattamouros last August."
"Over the past year, we have supplemented our market-leading arbitration practice with smart growth, including internal promotions, relocations across the platform and redoubling the next generation of talent," says the head of White & Case's Latin American arbitration practice, Jonathan C. Hamilton, as quoted in Latin Lawyer. "Our strategy is to make sure we have the right people and the right skills available to clients in the right locations."
Latin Lawyer added, "White & Case was one of the first firms to establish a presence in Latin America. It has been in the region since the 1990s, when foreign investors began flocking. Since then, competition has increased and several global firms have upped their game, both in presence and expertise."
"White & Case is growing from a position of great strength as part of a longstanding strategy for Latin American arbitration," says Hamilton.
Global Arbitration Review highlighted that Madalena began his career at Spanish boutique B. Cremades y Asociados, and has worked in Allen & Overy's Madrid, Washington, DC, and London offices. "Qualified in Spain, New York, and England and Wales, Madalena speaks English, Spanish, and French. He holds LLMs from Georgetown University Law Centre and the Catholic University Leuven, and obtained a law degree from CEU San Pablo University in Madrid," summarized the publication. Madalena told GAR that he expects there will be many arbitration opportunities in Madrid, particularly in the energy and infrastructure sectors given the increased appetite of Spanish companies for investing in Latin America.