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Bernardo M. Cremades Sanz-Pastor

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Bernardo M. Cremades Sanz-Pastor

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 University of Seville (Law Degree, 1965; Ph.D., 1968);

 University of Cologne (Ph.D. 1967); Fulbright Scholar, 1972;

 Professor of Law, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.







 1969, Madrid;

 1986, Paris, France


Bernardo M. Cremades is senior partner of the Spanish law firm, B. Cremades y Asociados, a Professor of Law and a member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation.  
Bernardo M. Cremades’ practice is focused on international commercial arbitration and transnational investment disputes. He has acted as counsel, party-appointed arbitrator and president of arbitral tribunals in more than 370 arbitrations. His professional experience in the field of arbitration includes acting in proceedings under the auspices of all major international arbitration institutions, including the ICC, ICSID, AAA, CRCICA or LCIA as well as “ad hoc” arbitrations. He has particular experience in disputes relating to infrastructure, energy, and the regulation of foreign investment.
Bernardo M. Cremades is actively involved in DABs (Dispute Adjudication Boards) as an alternative means of dispute resolution in the construction field. In particular, he chaired a DAB regarding the construction of Barwa City, a substantial city construction project in the outskirts of Doha, Qatar. He was also the presiding member of a dispute board in Ecuador regarding a hydroelectric project and was a member of a dispute adjudication board concerning a technical dispute proceeding initiated by the Greek State. He was also recently the Chairman of a DAB in relation to a hydropower project in Egypt.
Bernardo M. Cremades is the leading Spanish international arbitration practitioner (“number one practitioner in Spain for commercial arbitration legal expertise” and “one of the top names in the industry”, Who’s Who legal). In 2018 he was named by Chambers as the best arbitration lawyer in Spain. Global Arbitration Review included him in 2016 in “Who is the Most Influential Arbitrator in the World?”
His international recognition includes Germany’s distinguished Verdienstkreuz award, and the French distinction of Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite. In Spain, he has been awarded the Isabella the Catholic Cross, the Order of Civil Merit and the Grand Cross of the Order of San Raimundo de Peñafort for his contribution to the development of arbitration.
Bernardo M. Cremades is a member of many professional and international arbitration associations and institutions, and is a frequent speaker at conferences around the world.
- Admissions
1969, Madrid
1986, Paris
1986, Brussels
- Education
Universidad de Sevilla. Law Degree, 1965
Universität Köln. PhD, 1967
Universidad de Sevilla. PhD (cum laude), 1968
Fulbright Scholar, 1972
- Languages
Bernardo M. Cremades is fluent in Spanish, French, English and German
- Professional Associations

Former President of the Spanish Court of Arbitration
Member of the International Council of Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
Member of the Institute of World Business Law of the ICC
Member of the Spanish Arbitration Club
Member of CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution
Member of the Association Suisse de l’Arbitrage
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Member of the International Arbitration Club
Member of DIS (Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit)
Co-President Foro Hispano-Alemán (Madrid)
Member and former Vice President of the London Court of International Arbitration
Former President of the Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association
Permanent Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation
Medal of Honour of the Master in Law of the European Union, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 2015
- Representative Arbitration Experience
Bernardo M. Cremades has participated in more than 370 arbitrations. A representative selection of his recent cases includes the following:
As Chairman of the Arbitral Tribunal or Sole Arbitrator
Big Sky Energy Corporation v. Republic of Kazakhstan (ICSID Case No. ARB/17/22)
Delta Belarus Holding BV v. Republic of Belarus (ICSID Case No. ARB/18/9)
Festorino Invest Limited et al. v. The Republic of Poland (SCC Arbitration No. 2018/098)
JSC Tashkent Mechanical Plant and others v. Kyrgyz Republic (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/16/4)
Mohammed Munshi v. Mongolia (Emergency Arbitration SCC No. EA2018/007)
S.C. PA&CO International S.R.L. (Romania) v. Î.S. “Administrația de Stat a Drumurilor” (Moldova) (PCA Case No. 2018-14)
La Société ABC International (Cayman Islands) v. Diverseylever Limited (United Kingdom) (ICC Case No. 9914/olg/esr/acs/fm/ec/nd/gfg/fs)
Termochilca v. Luz del Sur (CCL Case No. 0184-2017-CCL)
OOO “Amto” v. The Republic of Ukraine (SCC Arbitration V (080/2005)
Archer Daniels Midland Company and Tate & Lyle Ingredients Americas, Inc. v. United Mexican States (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/04/5)
Waste Management, Inc. v. United Mexican States (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/98/2)
Société d'Exploitation des Mines d'Or de Sadiola S.A. v. Republic of Mali (ICSID Case No. ARB/01/5)
Mr. Franck Charles Arif v. Republic of Moldova (ICSID Case No. ARB/11/23)
RSM Corporation Production v. Central African Republic (ICSID Case No. ARB/07/02)
Pan American Energy LLV v. Bolivia (ICSID Case No. ARB/10/8)
ICC arbitration case involving major American and Mexican copper mining companies
ICC construction arbitration between French and Brazilian partners
ICC arbitration between Spanish and American companies involving military equipment
ICC arbitration involving an international pharmaceutical distributorship agreement
ICC arbitration case involving a construction and engineering dispute between an
International consortium and a state owned Central American oil company
ICC arbitration case involving a European engineering subcontractor and US contractor concerning the construction of an oil platform
ICC arbitration involving the design of a waste water plant pursuant to the FIDIC Yellow Book and Romanian law
CRCICA investor-state arbitration involving a European construction company and a Middle East country over an infrastructure concession
Mining concession dispute under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules
Arbitration involving a hotel purchase contract in an African country under the AAA International Rules
Energy sector dispute arising from privatisation, pursuant to the Rules of the Arbitration Court attached to the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce
International distribution contracts in the liquor sector pursuant to the ICC and AAA Rules
Case administered by the Comité Olímpico Español involving a dispute between several Spanish football teams concerning broadcasting television rights

As Party-Appointed Arbitrator
Naveen Aggarwal, Neete Gupta and Usha Industries Inc. (India) v. Bosnia and Herzegovina (PCA Case No. 2018-03)
Carnegie Minerals (Gambia) Limited v. Republic of The Gambia - Annulment Proceeding (ICSID Case No. ARB/09/19)
Consorcio Ampliación Canal de Panamá v. Autoridad Canal de Panamá (ICC Case No. 19962/ASM)
Consorcio Ampliación Canal de Panamá v. Autoridad Canal de Panamá (ICC Case No. 22465/ASM)
Consorcio Ampliación Canal de Panamá v. Autoridad Canal de Panamá (ICC Case No. 22966/ASM)
Mera Investment Fund Limited v. Republic of Serbia (ICSID Case No. ARB/17/2)
Papel del Tucumán S.A. in bankruptcy v. National State (Argentine Republic) (ICC Case No.12364/KGA/CCO/JRF/CA/ASM/JPA)
Sergei Viktorovich Pugachev v. The Russian Federation (SCC Arbitration 2017/014)
Siemens S.A. de C.V. v. Dowell Schlumberger de Mexico (ICC Case No. 23061/JPA)
Silver Ridge Power BV v. Italian Republic (ICSID Case No. ARB/15/37)
Tantalum International Ltd. and Emerge Gaming Ltd. v. Arab Republic of Egypt (ICSID Case No. ARB/18/22)
Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide v. Republic of the Philippines (ICSID Case No. ARB/03/25)
Société Générale in Respect of DR Energy Holdings Ltd. and Empresa Distribuidora de Electricidad del Este, S.A. v. The Dominican Republic (UNCITRAL, LCIA Case No. UN 7927)
Noble Energy Inc. and Machala Power Cía. Ltd v. Republic of Ecuador and Consejo Nacional de Electricidad (ICSID Case No. ARB/05/12)
Marion Unglaube v. Republic of Costa Rica (ICSID Case No. ARB/08/1)
Quadrant Pacific Growth Fund L.P. and Canasco Holdings Inc. v. Republic of Costa Rica (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/08/1)
Gustav F W Hamester Gmbh & Co KG v. Republic of Ghana (ICSID Case No. ARB07/24)
Consortium R.F.C.C. v. Kingdom of Morocco (ICSID Case No. ARB/00/6)
Société d'Exploitation des Mines d'Or de Sadiola S.A. v. Republic of Mali (ICSID Case No. ARB/01/5)
Impregilo S.p.A. v. Islamic Republic of Pakistan (ICSID Case No. ARB/03/3)
Salini Costruttori S.p.A. and Italstrade S.p.A. v. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (ICSID Case No. ARB/02/13)
Salini Costruttori S.p.A. and Italstrade S.p.A. v. Kingdom of Morocco (ICSID Case No. ARB/00/4)
Lucchetti S.A. and Lucchetti Peru, S.A. v. Republic of Peru (ICSID Case No. ARB/03/4)
ICC investor-state arbitration between a Spanish commodities producer and an Eastern European Country
ICC arbitration case involving a construction dispute between an international consortium and a state owned Central American oil company
“Ad hoc” arbitration of a pharmaceutical licensing dispute, including issues of patent validity (CPR)
Insurance arbitration pursuant to the LCIA Rules
Arbitration pursuant to the Dubai International Arbitration Centre Rules regarding a contract for the sale and purchase of real estate

As Counsel
Blue Bank International & Trust (Barbados) Ltd. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela – Annulment Proceeding (ICSID Case No. ARB/12/20)
Inversiones Continental (Panama) S.A. v. Republic of Honduras (ICSID Case No. ARB/18/40)
Elsamex, S.A. v. Republic of Honduras (ICSID Case No. ARB/09/4)
Compañía de Aguas del Aconquija S.A. and Vivendi Universal v. Argentine Republic (ICSID Case No. ARB/97/3))
“Ad hoc” arbitrations in Spain relating to gas supply contracts
ICC arbitration between prominent French and Spanish telecommunications companies
ICC arbitration involving the Colombian state-owned railway enterprise against an American company
“Ad hoc” arbitration involving a Spanish engineering company against a Middle East state owned oil company
Multiple heavy plant construction disputes under the ICC Rules, involving construction contracts in Europe and the Middle East
Dispute relating to international sale of goods and bank guarantees under the ICC Rules
Intellectual property dispute arising from a distribution contract involving Spanish and U.S. parties
As Chairman of Dispute Adjudication Boards
Chairman of a DAB in relation to a hydropower project in Egypt
Chairman of a DAB under the FIDIC Red Book in relation to a substantial construction project in Qatar
Chairman of a dispute board in Ecuador arising from an EPC contract for an important hydroelectric project
As Member of Dispute Adjudication Boards
Member of a DAB concerning a technical dispute proceeding initiated by the Greek State

- Publications

Bernardo M. Cremades is author of numerous publications in Spanish, English and French. His publications in English can be found at the following link


B. Cremades y Asociados recognised as Leading Firm 2019 in the Legal500 ranking

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Interview with Bernardo M. Cremades at Sede Arbitral de la Udima

Sede Arbitral', a new informative space on legal arbitration, opens with an interview with Bernardo M. Cremades

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Open de arbitraje 2018

Bernardo M. Cremades participará en el en el Open de Arbitraje que celebra su 4º Edición el próximo 10 de mayo (en el espacio Talking Arbitration – Chester)

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