Francisco Málaga

Partner, Madrid



Francisco Málaga is a partner in the Firm's Global Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Practices in Madrid.

He has extensive experience in advising corporate and financial institutions on many aspects of litigation. Francisco is a Doctor of Law and has been a tenured lecturer in dispute resolution at the Universidad Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona for more than 20 years. He currently teaches at the Law Faculties of ICADE and IE, in Madrid. Francisco has also published many books, articles and commentaries on various dispute resolution issues and he speaks regularly at seminars and conferences on dispute resolution and insolvency matters.

He has been considered a leading individual in dispute resolution and arbitration in the Chambers editions from 2012 to 2024, where he is currently ranked in Band 2. Clients praise his availability, quickness to respond and high-quality knowledge. He is described as a very professional lawyer and an excellent litigator.

Bars and Courts
Spain (Abogado)
PhD in Law
University of Bologna


European PhD in Law
University Pompeu Fabra


Universidad de Oviedo




Examples of his experience in Commercial Litigation and Arbitration includes advising:

  • Represention of Punto Fa, S.L., the company trading as Mango, in securing the dismissal of a lawsuit based on alleged breaches of intellectual property rights of pieces of art created by well-known Spanish artists.
  • An investment bank in relation to an internal investigation regarding potential internal policy and fraud law violations by a high-ranking executive of the Spanish corporation.
  • A tech multinational company in relation to an internal investigation regarding potential internal policy and antitrust law violations by its Spanish and Portuguese subsidiaries.
  • Apple on a collective claim brought by a consumer association in Spain*.
  • Goldman Sachs and Encasa Cibeles on a civil procedure aimed at unwinding the acquisition of a large amount of social housing from the Madrid Regional Government*.
  • Globalvia on a dispute for the control of Itínere Infraestructuras*.
  • A leading company in the Spanish electricity sector in a LCIA arbitration regarding the costs incurred in the shipping of liquefied natural in accordance with a New York-law governed long-term sale and purchase agreement*.
  • An international construction company on an ICC arbitration in Paris against an African state-owned company in relation to the construction and equipping of a plant for enrichment of iron ore magnetite*.

* Experience prior to joining White & Case


Francisco has more than 20 publications (including books and legal articles) and was judge of the Court of Appeal of Barcelona (Audiencia Provincial) from 2000 to 2003.

Awards and Recognition

Francisco was awarded First National Prize for the completion of the BA in Law and the Extraordinary Doctorate (PhD) Prize by the University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona).