Prof. Miguel Virgós

Miguel is an experienced lawyer and international arbitrator.

In January 2020 Miguel founded his own practice, Virgós Arbitration. Until 2020 Miguel was a partner at Uría Menéndez, where he headed the international arbitration practice. He regularly acted as the lead advocate to clients involved in both commercial and investment treaty disputes.

Miguel has extensive experience as both counsel and arbitrator in domestic and international cases. He has represented clients and conducted arbitrations under ad hoc terms (UNCITRAL) and under the main institutional rules, including ICC, LCIA, Swiss Chambers, ICSID, SIAC and CAM, with seats in various jurisdictions, among others, London, Paris, Geneva, New York, Washington D.C., Miami and Madrid. His experience covers cases ranging from a few millions to 11 billion U.S. dollars.

As expert, he advised on international business transactions and represented the Kingdom of Spain in the negotiation of various international treaties and European legislation.

Miguel is a chaired professor of Private International Law at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and a permanent member of the Commercial Law sectionof the Spanish General Commission of Codification.

Miguel writes and speaks regularly on the topics of his expertise. His report on insolvency proceedings in the European Union is regularly referred to by European courts.

Miguel was also one of the 16 experts appointed by the European Commission to advise on the interface between the Brussels I Regulation and arbitration.

He has been included in the list of posible arbitrators for disputes under the EU’s Trade Agreements with third countries.

  • LL.M. Columbia University, New York, 1982
  • Doctor in Law (Ph.D.), summa cum laude, Universitá degli Studi di Bologna, 1981
  • Law Degree, Universidad de Oviedo, 1978, award for the best academic results
  • Agency
  • Concessions
  • Construction projects
  • Corporate acquisitions
  • Defense
  • Financial services
  • Investment and investment protection
  • Joint ventures
  • Oil and Gas
  • Partnership disputes
  • Power and energy
  • Telecommunications
  • Utilities
  • Cruz de la Orden de San Raimundo de Peñafort, for his contribution to the participation of Spain in the European Union.
  • European Legal Team of the Year 2014 (The British Legal Awards), for the international defence of REPSOL in the expropriation of its affiliate YPF by Argentina.

Working languages: Spanish, English and Italian

Other languages: French, German and Portuguese

Chambers Europe guide 2023. Miguel Virgós is top ranked in Most in Demand Arbitrators category.

Chambers Global guide 2023. Miguel Virgós is top ranked in Most in Demand Arbitrators category.

Best Lawyers 2023 names Miguel Virgós as “Lawyer of the Year” for Madrid, Spain for Arbitration and Mediation.

Who is Who Legal (WWL). Miguel Virgós is ranked as Global Leader in Arbitration 2023 and Energy 2022.

Leaders League 2023. Miguel Virgós is ranked as Excellent in the ranking “Best Arbitrators – Spain” (since 2020).

Legal 500 EMEA. Miguel Virgós is included in the Hall of Fame as an International Arbitration expert (2021).

Miguel Virgós has a longstanding expertise as a litigator on investment disputes, offering additional experience in complex arbitration proceedings.

Chambers Global and Europe Guides 2023 and 2022

Most in Demand Arbitrators – Spain

Miguel Virgós “is a dedicated arbitrator,” according to sources, offering further experience as a litigator on investment disputes.

Chambers Global and Europe Guides 2021

Dispute Resolution and Most in Demand Arbitrators – Spain

Miguel Virgós is well regarded for his experience acting on notable Latin American disputes. He has a solid track record representing corporate clients in private commercial claims as well as investor-state arbitrations spanning several key jurisdictions. He offers particular expertise in conflicts arising from various infrastructure sectors.

Chambers Latin America Guide 2020

Arbitration (International)

Miguel Virgós is described as an “endless source of knowledge” who shines in domestic and Latin American commercial and investment disputes.

WWL ranking 2021


“Prestigious lawyer” Miguel Virgós is valued by clients for the “strategic vision” he brings to cases. He rises in the rankings after garnering significant support for his arbitration practice. He is particularly well versed in international proceedings.

Chambers Global Guide 2019

Dispute Resolution – Spain

Miguel Virgós is frequently seen advising on multi-jurisdiction investment disputes as well as commercial arbitration. Sources dub him “a classic name in the Madrid market.”

Chambers Global Guide 2020

Dispute Resolution – Spain

Miguel Virgós has experience representing corporate clients in both commercial and investor-state arbitrations before several of the major arbitral panels. He has notable expertise on disputes related to the construction of infrastructure projects.

Chambers Global Guide 2019

Arbitration (International) – Latin America-wide

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