David Arias is a partner at Arias SLP. He has more than 30 years of experience in dispute resolution.
He has acted as counsel and as arbitrator in more than 150 cases in venues across Europe, America, Asia and Africa, and he regularly participates in proceedings administered by the main arbitral institutions (ICC, PCA, ICSID, LCIA, ICDR and SCC, among others). He also has extensive experience as counsel in complex commercial litigation.
He is regularly recognised as a Tier 1 litigation and arbitration lawyer and most-in-demand arbitrator in leading international legal publications and directories including the Chambers and Partners publications, Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, Legal 500 and Latin Lawyer 250. He is also ranked in the “Thought Leaders – Arbitration” section published by Who’s Who Legal.
David was Chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee between 2016 and 2017. Previously, he also chaired its Subcommittee on Conflicts of Interest, which published the 2014 IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration. Additionally, he helped draft the 2010 IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration. From 2013 to 2017, he was President of the Spanish Arbitration Club, of which he is currently Honorary President.
He is a Professor of Procedural Law and Arbitration. He obtained his BA in Law, with Honours, and his PhD, also with Honours, from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He was admitted to the Madrid Bar in 1991.
He speaks Spanish, English and French. He also reads and understands Italian and Portuguese.