Clifford J. Hendel


Araoz & Rueda
Paseo de la Castellana, 164
28046 Madrid

Tel: +34 91 319 02 33
Fax: +34 91 319 13 50

Email: [email protected]

Clifford J. Hendel has been a partner in the Madrid firm of Araoz & Rueda since 1997.

Born and educated in the United States, he is a dual US-French citizen. He is admitted to practice in New York (1985), England and Wales (1995), Paris (1996) and Madrid (2000), and thus is simultaneously an attorney, solicitor, avocat à la cour and abogado.

Before joining Araoz & Rueda, he was a corporate associate and later Of Counsel in the New York and Paris offices of a leading global law firm. He started his legal career as judicial law clerk in the United States Court for the District of Connecticut, after obtaining a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law (Cum Laude) and a B.A. from Wesleyan University (Magna Cum Laude). LLM in Global Sports Law from Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía (ISDE).

In the area of international and domestic arbitration, he has acted as counsel, sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and Chair in numerous arbitral proceedings, both ad hoc and administered by institutions such as The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and La Corte de Arbitraje de la Cámara de Comercio e Industria de Madrid (CAM).

A member of the ICC Comission on Arbitration and ADR, he is included in the ICC’s US and French national lists of arbitrators and has been appointed by the ICC as sole arbitrator, Chair and co-arbitrator in matters involving a variety of applicable laws, particularly Spanish and French law.

Mr. Hendel has frequently served as an arbitrator in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition in Vienna and in preparatory competitions in Madrid, as well as in similar Spanish language competitions. He has been an adjunct professor of law at Madrid’s Instituto de Empresa, teaching International Contracts in its international LLM, and has lectured on international arbitration in the context of international M&A and project finance transactions at Madrid’s Universidad de Alcalá de Henares and on sports arbitration at Madrid’s Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.

We act as counsel in all types of national and international arbitration procedures relating to companies and corporate and commercial contracting, both “ad hoc” proceedings as well as those administered by arbitral institutions.

We have broad experience in arbitral proceedings administered both by the main Spanish arbitral institutions: Corte Civil y Mercantil de Arbitraje (CIMA), Tribunal Arbitral de Barcelona (TAB) and Corte de Arbitraje de la Cámara de Comercio e Industria de Madrid (CAM), and by international institutions, including International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), American Arbitration Association (AAA), Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), offering our clients extensive experience in complex arbitrations in a wide variety of sectors.

We also act regularly as sole arbitrators, Chairs or co-arbitrators in arbitral proceedings under the auspices of the ICC, the LCIA, the CAS and the CAM, as well as mediators in mediation proceedings administered both by Spanish mediation institutions: Centro de Mediación y Solución de Conflictos (CEMED) and by international institutions, including International Institute for Conflict, Prevention & Resolution (CPR) and Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR).

Founded in 1994 and considered since its early years as a law firm with a consolidated corporate and commercial practice with particular expertise and market recognition in M&A and Private Equity, Araoz & Rueda is currently a leading Spanish independent full service law firm with a great reputation and experience in all corporate and commercial law practice areas, in which we are highly recommended in prestigious legal guides and directories (Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500, IFLR 1000, PLC Which Lawyer, among others). We are regularly ranked in the first 15 positions of the M&A/Private Equity league tables disclosed by Thomson Financial, Mergermarket and Bloomberg, participating in many of the most significant national and international transactions with blue-chip clients and other leading law firms and involving both listed and non-listed companies. Our firm boasts a host of international clients attracted by our quality of service and dedicated team of lawyers.

Among our areas of practice: Administrative and Regulatory & Compliance, Banking & Finance, Capital Markets/ Securities, Competition (Antitrust) & Unfair Competition, Corporate Law, Energy, Insolvency and Restructuring, Intellectual Property, Labor, Litigation/ Bankruptcy, Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), National and International Arbitration, National and International Contracting, Private Equity – Venture Capital, Real Estate and Tax.

We are independent, flexible and agile. This, together with having a contained structure, allows us to establish a policy of national and reasonable costs with the highest quality, which has positioned our firm among the market leaders in Spain.

Our firm has an internationally-oriented practice with a very significant number of foreign clients. Our many years of non-exclusive relationships (best/good friends) with prestigious foreign law firms enable us to offer total international coverage.

Among our regular clients there are numerous prestigious foreign law firms who, in order to offer their clients services of the same standard of quality they offer in their respective countries, demonstrate their confidence in us by their referrals of matters involving Spanish law, making us their firm of reference in Spain.

“Renowned arbitrator Clifford Hendel attracts enviable commentary from peers and clients alike. They describe him as “a fantastic individual in his field. He is serious and very meticulous, and gets into the nitty-gritty.”
Chambers & Partners, 2016