Clifford J Hendel is founder of the Madrid law firm Hendel IDR, acting principally as arbitrator in international commercial, construction, M&A-related, corporate, financial and sports disputes.
A dual US-French national, he commenced his career as judicial law clerk in a US federal district court, and for the subsequent decade practised corporate and financial law in the New York and Paris offices of a leading global firm.
For the next two decades, prior to setting up his own practice, he was partner of a leading Spanish boutique, based in Madrid, during which time the focus of his practice evolved from international transactions towards international dispute resolution, including acting as counsel in a number of international commercial and investment proceedings.
He has sat as arbitrator – chair, sole, wing and emergency arbitrator – in more than 100 cases, involving multiple administering institutions and governing laws, and regularly renders awards in English and Spanish and occasionally in French.
A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, he is vice chair of the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC), an arbitrator of the FIBA Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT), a member of the global panel of neutrals and European council of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), an accredited mediator of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) and a member of the governing boards of the Spanish Arbitration Club and the Pro Bono Spain Foundation. He is a founding moderator of ITAFOR, a Spanish-language online discussion group focused on Latin American commercial arbitration.
He is admitted to practise in New York, England and Wales (non-practising), Paris (non-practising), and Madrid.