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Elena Sevila Sánchez

Elena Sevila Sánchez

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Elena Sevila is a Partner at Andersen in Spain, in the Litigation, Insolvency and Arbitration Department in the Madrid office.

Before joining Andersen, Elena Sevila worked in the arbitration and litigation departments of major international law firms such as Garrigues and Lalive as well as Olleros Abogados.

Elena Sevila specializes in complex court litigation and international arbitration. She represents and advises companies in domestic and international commercial disputes conducted under the auspices of a variety of rules (ICC, LCIA, CIETAC, CAM and CIMA). Elena Sevila also has expertise in investment arbitration (ICSID and UNCITRAL).

She has acted as Sole Arbitrator and Secretary to the arbitral tribunal in more than 40 major international arbitrations.

Elena Sevila represents clients from a wide range of industries (construction, energy, pharmaceutical, financial services, telecom, technology, industrial property and hospitality) and handles contractual disputes, corporate litigation, unfair competition and anti-trust litigation.

Since 2012, Elena Sevila is a Professor of International Arbitration at the Master in Arbitration and International Business Law at the Saclay University in Paris.


  • Degree in Law, Universidad de Alicante and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
  • MIDS-Geneva LL.M Program in International Dispute Settlement, Faculté de Droit de l´Université de Genève and Institut de Hautes Études Internationales et du Developpement, IHEID.
  • Master in Intellectual Property Law and Information Society Law, Universidad de Alicante.
  • Master Advanced in European Law, Institut Européen de l´Université de Genève, UNIGE.

Academia and business

  • Madrid Bar Association, ICAM.

  • Spanish Arbitration Club, CEA - 40.


  • Spanish
  • English
  • French


  • ICC arbitration concerning a dispute arising out of a management and licensing agreement whereby the claimant undertook to manage the Food and Beverage Operations of a hotel located in Madrid and respondent undertook the obligation to provide to claimant a "right of first offer" of respondent's new hotels.

  • Advising an international contractor engaged in the design and construction of cycle combined power plants, on defense in an ICC arbitration where one of its subcontractor seeks payment of works for a total amount of 20 million Euro.

  • ICC arbitration concerning a dispute referring to an investment agreement and the fulfillment of the conditions of a sale option contained in the agreement referred.

  • Advising a client, within the audiovisual and communication sector, on a dispute arising from the interpretation and execution of a marketing contract in Spain of the portfolio of films directed and produced by a well-known American filmmaker.

  • Advising a client of an important investment manager in connection with financing transactions in which the financial placement entity did not respect the MIFID regulation, appealing voidance of the financing agreements which have been entered into.

  • ICC arbitration concerning a dispute arising out of an aircraft purchase agreement and the “buy-back clause” included in the referred contract involving an important French aircraft manufacturer.

  • ICC arbitration concerning a dispute related to a collaboration agreement signed between a major telecommunications company and a Sillicon Valley corporation. The agreement stated that the latter would assist the telecommunications company in carrying out strategic investments in the U.S. Under the said agreement the Sillicon Valley corporation was entitled to a "special compensation" at the time of divestiture from any U.S. investments executed by the telecommunications company following to Sillicon Valley’s corporation advice. In the arbitration at stake the agreed "special compensation" was claimed.

  • ICC arbitration between an international construction joint-venture and a company jointly owned by two neighbour countries. The dispute deals with the public works connected with a new dam pursuant to a Treaty signed between the two neighbour countries, which has implications between the referred two countries given that the dam is being built in a river acting as frontier between them. The World Bank is acting in support of the claimant. The amount in dispute is around 4 billion euros.

  • ICC international arbitration, concerning public works in Ghana related to a relevant water plant for one area of the African country. The dispute arose after the main subcontractor, an important engineering and construction Spanish Company terminated the maritime works contracts subscribed with one of its subcontractors. 

  • ICC international arbitration proceeding arising out of signed a joint venture agreement signed between a major distribution group with a Tunisian businessman by which they would jointly exploit a plantation of fruit production in Tunisia. The parties contended the other party was in breach of contract and in March 2013 the Tunisian individual filed a request for arbitration against our client before the ICC in the amount of 22 million Euro.

  • CIMA international arbitration proceeding initiated on behalf of our client, a company specializing in energy plants development construction and maintenance, against one production facility which intended to cancel the maintenance agreement in force up to 2032.

  • Representing a client, an engineering and construction company on a ICC arbitration against the subcontracted company for the construction of a power generation plant in Guatemala, for the ceased performing putting at risk the termination of the project.

  • Advising a German Bank on the Spanish regulatory matters concerning the ICSID arbitration against Spain for changes in renewable energy payments.

  • ICC arbitration concerning a dispute between the client, an international construction company (specialized in the extraction, manufacture and commercialization of basic materials for construction) and its Turkish partner based on breach of an SPA and a shareholders agreement dealing with 7 energy production plants in Turkey.

  • Advising an important TMT company in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Argentina for unfair treatment in the adjudication of mobile licenses to a competitor.

  • Advising an important TMT company in an ICSID arbitration based on the breach of the BIT between Spain and Peru against decisions of the Peruvian IRS.

Areas International Arbitration Litigation

Office Madrid

Telephone +34 917 813 300


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