Clifford J. Hendel - Araoz & Rueda Abogados, S.L.P.

Clifford J. Hendel

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Clifford J. Hendel is a partner in the Madrid firm of Araoz & Rueda. Before joining the firm in 1997, he was a corporate associate and later Of Counsel in New York and Paris offices of a leading global law firm. He started his legal career as judicial law clerk to the Hon. Peter C. Dorsey, United States Judge for the District of Connecticut, after obtaining a J.D. from the University of Connecticut (Cum laude) and a B.A. from Wesleyan University (Magna Cum Laude).

Having practiced for over 25 years in an international context, the larger portion of this time being based in Europe, Mr. Hendel has extensive experience in international financial transactions, particularly secured transactions and other structured and leveraged financings involving a wide range of projects and assets, and in advising on international mergers and acquisitions.

In the area of international arbitration, he has acted as sole arbitrator, Chair or co-arbitrator in numerous arbitral proceedings both ad hoc and under the auspices of institutions such as The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), The American Arbitration Association (AAA), The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) and the Corte de Arbitraje de la Cámara de Comercio de Madrid. He acts regularly as counsel in arbitrations in the international context and in proceedings under the rules of Spanish arbitral institutions.

Mr. Hendel is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), the International Bar Association (IBA) and other professional associations, and is admitted to practice in New York (1985), England and Wales (1995), Paris (1996) and Madrid (2000), and thus is simultaneously an attorney, solicitor, avocat and abogado. Born and educated in the United States, he is a dual US-French citizen.

He is Chair of the Madrid Chapter of NYSBA’s International Practice Section, co-National Representative for Spain of the IBA’s Mediation Committee and a member of the Governing Board of the Club Español de Arbitraje, the European Counsel of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Asociación Latinoamericana de Arbitraje (ALARB) and the LCIA’s European Council. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the Global Panel of Neutrals of the International Institute for Conflict, Prevention & Resolution (CPR), an Accredited Mediator of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) and a Mediator of the Centro de Mediación y Solución de Conflictos (CEMED). He is also a member and treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the American School of Madrid.

Mr. Hendel has frequently served as an arbitrator in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition in Vienna and in preparatory competitions in Madrid, as well as in similar Spanish language competitions. He has been an adjunct professor of law at Madrid’s Instituto de Empresa, teaching International Contracts in its international LLM, and has lectured on international arbitration in the context of international M&A and project finance transactions at Madrid’s Universidad de Alcalá de Henares and on the drafting of arbitration clauses at Madrid’s Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE).

Wesleyan UniversityBA 1979University of Connecticut School of LawJ.D. 1983
Chartered Institute of ArbitratorsCPR Global List of NeutralsCourt of Arbitration for SportSpanish Club de ArbitrajeAmerican School of Madrid

Office Location

Paseo de la Castellana, 164
Madrid, 28046

Practice Areas

Arbitration and Mediation (Arbitration)
Banking and Finance Law
Corporate and M&A Law (Mergers and Acquisitions)
International Arbitration (Finance)

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