Expertise and experience

Miguel has ample experience as lead advocate and strategic advisor to clients involved in commercial and investment treaty disputes. He has been both counsel and arbitrator in domestic and international disputes conducted under major institutional rules involving multiple parties. His arbitration experience covers in particular Europe and Latin America in a broad range of business sectors such as:

  • Agency
  • Concessions
  • Construction projects
  • Corporate acquisitions
  • Defence
  • Investment and investment protection
  • Financial services
  • Joint ventures
  • Oil and gas
  • Partnership disputes
  • Power and energy
  • Telecommunications
  • Utilities
ARBITRATOR

Example cases:

ICC Arbitration: Italian company vs Cuban state-owned company. Mining dispute.

President of the Tribunal

Applicable Law: Cuban Law | Seat: Paris | Languages: Italian and Spanish

 

ICC Arbitration: Dutch company vs Panamanian and Colombian companies. Dredging dispute.

President of the Tribunal

Applicable Law: Panamanian Law | Seat: New York | Language: English

 

ICC Arbitration: Austrian and German companies vs Romanian company. Hydroelectric dispute.

President of the Tribunal

Applicable Law: Rumanian Law | Seat: Geneva | Language: English

 

ICC Arbitration: Spanish company vs Spanish company. Engineering dispute.

President of the Tribunal

Applicable Law: Spanish Law | Seat: Madrid | Language: Spanish

 

ICC Arbitration: Greek company vs Romanian company. Road Infrastructure dispute.

Sole Arbitrator

Applicable Law: Romanian Law | Seat: Bucharest | Language: English

 

ICC Arbitration: Swedish company vs Spanish company. Agency dispute.

Co-arbitrator

Applicable Law: Spanish Law | Seat: Madrid | Language: Spanish

 

ICC Arbitration: French company vs Spanish nationals. Company sale dispute.

Co-arbitrator

Applicable Law: Spanish Law | Seat: Madrid | Language: English

 

UNCITRAL Arbitration: British company vs consortium of German, French and Spanish companies. Telecommunications dispute.

Co-arbitrator

Applicable Law: Spanish Law | Seat: Geneva | Language: English

 

COUNSEL

Example cases:

Counsel in an ICC Arbitration between a Spanish utility company and an Italian oil and gas company concerning a long-term contract for the supply of liquefied natural gas.

Applicable Law: Spanish Law | Seat: Paris | Language: English

 

Counsel in an ICC Arbitration between a Spanish manufacturing company and a Chilean company concerning a turn-key contract in the Middle East.

Applicable Law: Italian Law | Seat: Paris | Language: English

 

Counsel in an ICC Arbitration between a Spanish construction and concession company and a French company concerning the sale and purchase of a Latin-American utility company.

Applicable Law: Spanish Law | Seat: Geneva | Language: English

 

Counsel in an ICC Arbitration between a Spanish savings bank in financial distress and a Dutch company concerning their joint insurance business.

Applicable Law: Spanish Law | Seat: Madrid | Language: Spanish

 

Counsel in an ICC Arbitration between a Spanish company, a Brazilian company and a US company concerning the sale and purchase of IT products.

Applicable Law: Spanish Law | Seat: Madrid | Language: Spanish

 

Counsel in an ICC Arbitration between a Spanish company and a Kenyan bank concerning the payment of guarantees.

Applicable Law: Kenyan Law | Seat: London | Language: English

 

Counsel in an ICC Arbitration between a Spanish manufacturing company and a Turkish company concerning a sale transaction.

Applicable Law: Turkish Law | Seat: Geneva | Language: English

 

Counsel in an ICC Arbitration between two Spanish companies concerning a construction project in Ireland.

Applicable Law: Irish Law | Seat: Paris | Language: English

 

Counsel in an ICC Arbitration between a Spanish company and a UK company concerning the sale and purchase of an international group of companies.

Applicable Law: Spanish Law | Seat: Madrid | Language: English

 

Counsel in an UNCITRAL Arbitration between two Spanish companies and an Algerian oil and gas state-owned company concerning a natural gas megaproject.

Applicable Law: Algerian Law | Seat: Paris | Language: French

 

Counsel in an ICSID Arbitration between a Spanish company and the state of Argentina concerning the expropriation of an affiliate company.

Applicable Law: International Law | Seat: Washington, D.C. | Language: Spanish

 

Counsel in an ICSID Arbitration between a Spanish company and the state of Guatemala concerning the tariff regulation of a utility company.

Applicable Law: International Law | Seat: Washington, D.C. | Language: Spanish

 

Counsel in a LCIA Arbitration between a Spanish shipyard and a Mexican company concerning the overhauling of a sea platform.

Applicable Law: English Law | Seat: London | Language: English

 

Counsel in a CAM multiparty Arbitration between US, Luxembourg and Spanish companies concerning a shareholders agreement and the control of an infrastructure company.

Applicable Law: Spanish Law | Seat: Madrid | Language: Spanish

 

EXPERT

Legal opinions

As an expert, Miguel has written a number of legal opinions for both institutional clients and law firms regarding a variety of matters including contract law, bank, and financial guarantees, insolvency law, and protection of cultural property, among others.

Example cases:

Legal opinion on the international effects of Cuban expropriations on a worldwide trademark.

Legal opinion on the validity of a financial set-off affecting the guarantee rights of a European bank in a Latin American country.

Legal opinion on the validity of an arbitration agreement in spite of insolvency proceedings being opened against the debtor.

Legal opinion on the international protection of copyrights in Spain.

Legal opinion on the liabilities arising from an international oil spill affecting several countries.

Legal opinion on the provision of financial services from a non-EU bank to clients in Spain.

Legal opinion on the law applicable to interest rate swaps involving several jurisdictions.

Legal opinion on the effects of Spanish insolvency proceedings on English proceedings regarding the contractual liabilities of the insolvent debtor.

Adviser to the State

Miguel has advised and represented the Kingdom of Spain in the negotiation of international treaties and European legislation.

Example cases:

The UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Good (Rome, 24 June 1995).

The EU Convention on Insolvency Proceedings.

The 1346/2000 EU Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings.

The Accession of the Kingdom of Spain and Republic of Portugal to the 1980 Rome Convention on the Law Applicable to Contractual Obligations and to the Protocols on its interpretation by the Court of Justice.

The Accession of the Republic of Austria, Republic of Finland and the Kingdom of Sweden to the 1968 Brussels Convention on International Jurisdiction and Enforcement of Judgements in Civil and Commercial Matters and to the Protocol on its Interpretation by the Court of Justice.

As a permanent member of the commercial law section of the Spanish General Commission of Codification, Miguel has participated in the review and drafting of multiple commercial law projects in contract, corporate and insolvency law-related areas.

 

miguel.virgos@virgosarbitration.com

T. +34 91 458 5220 | M. +34 690 601 702

Serrano 240 - Madrid 28016 - Spain

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