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Bernardo Cremades

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Bernardo M. Cremades is senior partner of the Spanish law firm, B. Cremades y Asociados, and a former law professor. His practice is focused on international commercial arbitration and transnational investment disputes. Bernardo M. Cremades 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.


Bernardo M. Cremades founded B. Cremades & Asociados in 1969. Mr. 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). Chambers named him as the best arbitration lawyer in Spain in 2018 and the Global Arbitration Review included him in "Who is the Most Influential Arbitrator in the World?" in 2016. 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. In 2017 he was elected to the Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation, a distinction reserved only for Spain’s most prestigious jurists. 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. He is also author of numerous publications in Spanish, English and French.


Spanish, English, German and French.


Spanish Court of Arbitration (Former President); International Council of Commercial Arbitration (ICCA); Institute of World Business Law of the ICC; Spanish Arbitration Club; CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution; Association Suisse de l’Arbitrage; Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; International Arbitration Club; DIS (Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit); Foro Hispano-Alemán (Madrid) (Co-President); London Court of International Arbitration (Former Vice-President); Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association (Former President).


Mr. Cremades holds a Law Degree from Universidad de Sevilla (1965). a PhD from Uiversität Köln (1967) and a cum laude PhD from Universidad de Sevilla (1968). In addition, he was a Fulbright Scholar in 1972.

Latin America: International firms

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

B. Cremades & Asociados' recent caseload features a mix of investment treaty arbitration and commercial disputes, and the firm is particularly active in handling arbitrations relating to major construction projects. The Madrid-based team is led by founding partner Bernardo Cremades who regularly acts as an arbitrator in Latin American-related arbitrations; David Cairns is also recommended. The group is currently acting for an investor in the tourism sector in an ICSID proceeding against Venezuela and represented a Spanish investor in two ICC arbitrations arising from the construction of a power plant in Panama.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Leading individuals

Bernardo M. Cremades - B. Cremades & Asociados

Within: Dispute resolution

Arbitration boutique B. Cremades & Asociados focuses on international, commercial and investment arbitration. Founding partner and practice head Bernardo M. Cremades specialises in cross-border arbitration. Key clients include Ibercaja Banco, the Court of Arbitration for Sport and Lima Chamber of Commerce. The firm is also representing the Comunidad Judía de Madrid and Federación de Comunidades Judías de España in the high-profile case related to the ownership of the painting Rue Saint-Honoré, Après-midi, Effet de Pluie by Camille Pissarro, which Lilly Cassirer Neubauer was forced to sell to the Nazis in 1939.

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