Clifford J. Hendel
c/ Barceló, 15- 5º Izq.
Mr. Hendel started his career as a judicial law clerk in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut (USA), with experience in the full range of U.S. federal litigation (including civil and criminal cases, and jury and non-jury cases). After and for the following decade he was a deal lawyer in the New York and Paris offices of a leading global firm, where his practice focused on international financial matters, international project and asset (particularly, aviation) finance and international M&A. Finally before launching his own practice, for the past two decades he was partner of a leading Madrid boutique, initially with a broad-based commercial, corporate and general business-law practice before evolving towards a predominantly contentious practice, particularly involving international arbitration, both as counsel and arbitrator.
Spanish Arbitration Club (Board Member); American Bar Association; New York State Bar Association (International Section, Executive Committee Member; Madrid Chapter Chair); International Bar Association (International Arbitration Committee and International Mediation Committee); Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA); Asociación Latinoamericana de Arbitraje (ALARB), among others. Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb). Member of the Executive Council of the European Advisory Board of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR). Member of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) and founding Moderator of ITAFOR, online forum on Latin-American commercial arbitration, among others.
Mr. Hendel is on the Panels of Arbitrators maintained by the Centro de Arbitragem Comercial da Câmara de Comércio e Indústria Portuguesa, the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC), the Singapore Arbitration International Center (SIAC), the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC), the Centro de Arbitraje de la Cámara de Comercio de Lima, the Centro de Arbitraje de la Cámara de Comercio Americana del Perú (AmCham), the Centro Iberoamericano de Arbitraje (CIAR), the Court of Arbitration for Arts (CAfa), The British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Center (BVI IAC), among others. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), a member of the Global Panel of Neutrals of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) and member of the Executive Council of CPR’s European Advisory Board.
Mr. Hendel sits as arbitrator in a broad variety of commercial cases, often involving post-acquisition, construction or energy-related disputes under the rules of the ICC, the LCIA, the Hong Kong Centre for International Arbitration, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and under the rules of Spanish arbitral institutions, including the Corte Civil y Mercantil de Arbitraje and the Corte de Arbitraje de la Cámara de Comercio e Industria de Madrid and under the UNCITRAL.
In the area of sports arbitration, he is a member of the FIBA Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT) and the Sport Resolutions panel. He is Deputy Chairman of FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC), the leading internal judicial organ for contractual disputes in the sporting world. He is a former long-time member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Mr. Hendel conducts and writes awards in English, Spanish and French. He is also very active in international mediation.
Selected Recent Publications:
“Transparency and Legitimacy in Sports Law Arbitration”, ICC Institute of World Business Law Newsletter, Issue 14, May 2020;“El COVID-19 y sus consecuencias tendrán un gran impacto en nuestras formas de trabjar y vivir”, FIDE Reflexiones Sociedad Civil, April 29, 2020; “Surviving the field of International Arbitration: War Stories and Lessons Learned”(English & Spanish bilingual book), Author of chapter 14, dissenting opinions in commercial arbitration, book edited by José María de la Jara, Carolina Arroyo and Álvaro Awad, 2020; “Enforcement of Annulled Awards: Differences Between Jurisdictions and Recent Interpretations”, in 60 years of the New York Convention Key Issues and Future Challenges, Katia Fach Gómez and Ana Mercedes López Rodríguez, 2019 (co-author); “The past, Present and Possible Future of the Spanish Renewable Energy Arbitration Saga”, NYSBA International Law Practicum, volume 31, no. 1, 2018 (co-author); “PCA tribunal finds against investors in Czech solar power arbitration (Wirtgen and others v Czech Republic)”; LexisNexis, March 2018;“Squaring the Circle: Reconciling the Conflicting Awards in the Eiser and Isolux Spanish Renewable Cases (Part I)”, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, July 2017; “Squaring the Circle: Reconciling the Conflicting Awards in the Eiser and Isolux Spanish Renewable Cases (Part II)”, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, July 2017.