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José Antonio Cainzos


José Antonio Cainzos


Professor IE Law School


Comparative Private and Business Law

José Antonio has more than 28 years of experience acting before the Courts of all jurisdictions and instances. His areas of expertise are international taxation and transfer pricing.

He has participated in over 100 arbitration proceedings, both as a lawyer and as an arbitrator, before the most prestigious Spanish arbitration institutions, as well as before the ICC, LCIA, AAA, in proceedings with UNCITRAL, OACI rules and ad hock arbitrations. He has advised clients on claims before the ICSID.

José Antonio has represented and defended Mr. Manuel Jove, former Chairman and majority shareholder of Fadesa, S.A., in a corporate liability claim brought by the Insolvency Receives of Martinsa-Fadesa, S.A. regarding the valuation of some plots in México (EUR 108 million). He has also represented Mr. Manuel Jove in judicial proceedings at the request of Martinsa-Fadesa, S.A. through corporate actions for liability, amounting to 1.576 billion euros.

He has advised Abengoa on a damages claim against the United Mexican States under the rules of the ICSID in relation to the violation of the minimum level of treatment in accordance with international standards and the indirect expropriation of an investment consisting of a treatment and confinement plant for hazardous industrial waste
José Antonio has advised Actividades de Construcciones y Servicios (ACS) to the management of its significant stake in Iberdrola and its intents to access to the company´s Board of Directors.

He has represented VESTA WTG, S.A. de C.V. in arbitration proceedings before the ICC against Unión Eólica Panameña in a claim for damages caused by the infringement of the exclusivity clause of the wind turbine supply agreement for three wind farms in Panama.

José Antonio Caínzos earns praise for his commercial awareness and stellar drafting and presentational skills. Chambers & Partners Spain ranks him in Band 1 of Dispute Resolution: “”He’s very intelligent and fully aware of any changes in the market. He’s also a great communicator and remains measured and calm throughout negotiations””, asserts one client.

Academic background:

  • State Lawyer of the Madrid Courts (1985).
  • Graduate in Law, University of Santiago de Compostela (1982).

Latest publications:

  • “The Supreme Court addresses several aspects of the criminal liability of legal persons”, March 16th, 2016, Client Briefing.
  • “Claim against Spain dismissed, in the first arbitration award regarding changes in the renewable energies remuneration scheme”, February 5th, 2016, Client Briefing.
  • “The Spanish Public Prosecutor’s Office’s Circular 1/2016 on the criminal liability of companies and compliance programs”, February 3rd, 2016, Client Briefing.
  • “How does litigation work in …” – A country-by-country report, May 5th, 2015, Client Briefing.
  • “Reflections from the International Arbitration Group”, December 3rd, 2014, Client Briefing.
  • “European Account Preservation Orders are coming”, September 10th, 2014, Client Briefing.