Rodrigo Cortés Calvo

Rodrigo Cortés Calvo


2008, Madrid.


Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain (Law Degree, 2006)


Spanish and English

Rodrigo joined B. Cremades y Asociados’ arbitration and litigation department in January 2007. Since then, his practice has focused on domestic and international ad hoc and institutional commercial arbitration under various international institutions and rules, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS-CAS) and the Court of Arbitration of Madrid (CAM). He also represents or advises clients before different courts in arbitration-related matters including, inter alia, the setting aside and enforcement of awards, the appointment of arbitrators, precautionary measures, exequatur proceedings of foreign awards in Spain and arbitrator liability proceedings.

Rodrigo has also participated in a wide range of litigation proceedings before various courts and tribunals, mainly in relation to regulated sectors, corporate law, breach of contract, compensation claims, data protection, construction, the hospitality industry and agency law.


Rodrigo has participated in numerous arbitration proceedings as counsel, including the following:

  • ICC international institutional arbitration between a Spanish bank and a leading Turkish company in the production of fibre optic cable;
  • International, institutional, ICC arbitration between an Argentinean company and the Argentinean National State;
  • LCIA institutional arbitration between a Spanish gas multinational and a Spanish electric company in Latin America;
  • Domestic ad hoc arbitration between a Spanish gas multinational and a Spanish electric company in Latin America;
  • International ad hoc arbitration between a major German sportswear and sports products manufacturer and a Spanish company;
  • Institutional arbitration before ICSID between an international company and the State of Albania;
  • TAS arbitration within the IOC between an important international group in the sports sector and a sponsoring company;
  • TAS arbitration regarding doping within the IOC between a sports professional and the Spanish Sports Federation;
  • TAS arbitration within the International Olympic Committee between two major Brazilian and Italian football clubs;
  • CAM domestic arbitration between a health sector company and an important Spanish insurance company;
  • International ad hoc arbitration between an important hotel group and a real estate fund;
  • Arbitration before the FIFA dispute resolution bodies between two major international clubs;
  • Arbitration before the ICAM Court of Arbitration between a Big Four and its former partners;
  • International arbitration before the Arbitration Centre of the Lima Chamber of Commerce between two major Latin American construction companies;
  • Dispute Resolution Board in Ecuador between a Chinese construction company and an Ecuadorian public entity.

He has also acted as counsel in several arbitration-related legal proceedings, including:

  • Procedure for setting aside a foreign arbitral award between a Spanish company and a leading German multinational from the sports clothing and footwear sector;
  • Procedure for enforcement of an arbitral award between a Spanish company and a leading German multinational in the sports clothing and footwear sector;
  • Exequatur procedure for an arbitral award between a French energy company, market leader in gas and electricity and one of the largest electric companies in Spain and Latin America;
  • Litigation between a leading German multinational sportswear and footwear company and two members of an Arbitral Tribunal for professional liability.


Rodrigo has collaborated in the following publications

  • The FIDIC’s clause 20.1–a civil law view, by Mauro Rubino Sanmartano
  • Investing Across Borders 2010, World Bank Group
  • The Principle of Confidentiality in Arbitration: A Necessary Crisis, Journal of Arbitration Studies, Vol. 23, No. 3 (The Korean Association of Arbitration Studies – KAAS)
  • Class Arbitration in the European Union (Ed. Maklu)
  • Provisional Remedies in Arbitration (Ed. Juris)