José María Alonso is the managing partner of Baker & McKenzie Madrid. He is also the head of the litigation and arbitration department, and member of the steering committees of the global arbitration practice group, the European disputes practice group and Spain-LATAM. He is the ex-chairman of the Arbitration Court of the Madrid Bar Association, honorary chairman of the Spanish Arbitration Club and vice president of the International Law Association.
Mr Alonso focuses his practice on litigation relating to civil and commercial contracts and agreements, corporate disputes, disputes over agreements and transactions of a financial and insurance nature, international contracts and foreign investments and insolvencies.
As an arbitrator, he has participated in more than 200 proceedings (either as sole arbitrator, party-appointed arbitrator or chairman of the arbitral tribunal), both in Spain (ad hoc, for the Madrid Court of Arbitration, the Civil and Commercial Court of Arbitration CIMA and Spanish Court of Arbitration) and internationally (ICC Court of Arbitration, IACAC, LCIA, CIADI, ICDR, TAS/CAS, CBRHR-CEAR and CAM-CCBC), with which he is officially listed as an arbitrator.
As lawyer, he has represented clients in more than 2,000 proceedings before Spanish courts (involving domestic and international issues) and advised on Spanish law in judicial proceedings held in Portugal, France, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Israel, Morocco and Australia. He has acted as legal counsel in numerous Spanish and international arbitration proceedings.
He is recognised as a leading laywer in dispute resolution and among the “most in-demand” arbitrators by Chambers Global/Europe (which calls him "clearly part of Spain’s arbitration elite and a magnificent litigator"), among other leading guides.
WWL says: José María Alonso is a "giant of Spanish dispute resolution" and widely recognised for his litigation and arbitration practice.
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