Ignacio Madalena

Counsel, Madrid



Ignacio Madalena is a counsel in the firm's International Arbitration Practice in Madrid. Ignacio focuses his practice in commercial and investment arbitration, acting both as counsel and arbitrator. He is admitted in Madrid, New York and England & Wales, and has lived and worked in Madrid, London and Washington, DC.

Ignacio has been acting for multiple infrastructure funds and multinational corporations that had invested in solar and wind-power generation projects in Spain, in ICSID and UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings involving claims against the Kingdom of Spain under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), as a result of Spain's changes to the regulatory regime for renewable energy projects.  Ignacio's wider investment arbitration credentials include acting for a US energy company and its Dutch subsidiary in multiple claims against the Republic of Kazakhstan under a bilateral investment treaty, the ECT and Kazakhstan’s foreign investment law.  Ignacio also advised a Spanish contractor in claims against Honduras under a public works contract, in proceedings under the ICSID Convention.

Ignacio also has extensive experience in international commercial arbitration, in proceedings under the ICC, LCIA, ICDR and UNCITRAL arbitration rules and in cases involving different common law and civil law jurisdictions, particularly in the energy, natural resources, construction and engineering sectors in Spain and Latin America.  Recently, Ignacio advised a group of international lenders, on the management and implications of a dispute between the borrower and a Latin American State, as a result of various legal, regulatory and judicial measures affecting a project for the development and operation of an airport. Ignacio's expertise extends to advising on cross-border governing law and jurisdiction issues, sovereign immunity and dispute resolution clauses in the context of complex international transactions.

Ignacio speaks regularly on arbitration matters and has numerous publications in the field of international arbitration. Recent publications include: "Función y Deberes del Árbitro" ("Role and Duties of an Arbitrator"), "Medidas Regulatorias y Expropiación" ("Regulatory Measures and Expropriation"), "Disputes Arising from Concession Agreements in Latin America" and "Dispute Avoidance and Management in Construction and Engineering Projects".

Bars and Courts
Spain (Abogado)
New York State Bar
England and Wales
District of Columbia (Special Legal Consultant)
Georgetown University Law Center
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
JD (equivalent)
Universidad San Pablo CEU