ArbitratorBridging the Gap between Law and Quantum
Antolín Fernández Antuña’s Two Key Qualities as Arbitrator
In international arbitration, where stakes are high, the parties diverge considerably in their interpretation of matters of law, and even more so in their approach to the financial core of the dispute.
As a matter of fact, this gap between the parties represents on average 88% of the total claim (PwC International Arbitration Damages Research).
This entails the imperative need to deal with the complex quantum reports presented by the opposing parties, as they are the very foundation of the award.
It therefore stands to reason, particularly in light of the fact that approximately one of two awards results in compensation, upholding claims in part or in full (ICSID caseload Statistics), that arbitrators should possess the best possible financial knowledge.
This is where Antolín Fernández Antuña’s varied academic background and his hands-on experience with the Ministry of Economy and Public Finance since 2004 and investment arbitration cases (Ministry of Justice), combine to offer a unique blend of skills in both Law and Finance.
Unique Experience in Arbitration
With 45+ arbitrations, and 30+ ICSID cases (Arbitrator, Counsel, Expert), he is one of the lawyers with the greatest experience in international arbitration. Amongst other cases:
– Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd and others v. Federal Republic of Germany (ICSID Case No. ARB/21/26). Offshore Wind. Arbitrator, appointed by Germany.
– Dick Fernando Abanto Ishivata v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/18/6). Telecommunications. Arbitrator, appointed by Venezuela.
– Telefónica, S.A. v. Republic of Colombia (ICSID Case No. ARB/18/3). Telecommunications. Legal Expert, appointed by Colombia.
– Company v. financial institution, CAM arbitration under Madrid Court of Arbitration rules. Financial services. Sole Arbitrator, appointed by the Court.
– Company v. financial institution, CEA arbitration under the rules of the Spanish Court of Arbitration. Financial services. Sole Arbitrator, appointed by the Court.
– Company v. directors, CAM arbitration under Madrid Court of Arbitration rules. Arbitrator, appointed by the Court.
Proven Expertise in Finance
As State Finance Inspector and expert in international taxation, he has performed financial and tax investigations of a multitude of domestic and multinational corporations, some listed in IBEX 35, FTSE 100 and NASDAQ 100, with up to $50 billion in revenue. He has audited hundreds of financial statements, adjudicated the appropriate tax amounts, and quantified the fair value of assets, rights and enterprises.
As a lawyer in international arbitration, he has instructed experts and cross-examined some of the best experts in the world in 40+ cross-examinations.
He is a member of organizations such as: Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Fellow, FCIArb), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Madrid Court of Arbitration (CAM), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), and Club Español del Arbitraje (CEA).
He is perfectly fluent in Spanish and English and conversant in French.
He is State Finance Inspector (on leave) and has been State Attorney Authorized by the State Attorney General. Certified Accounts Auditor, ROAC. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law, a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, and a Master of Public Administration, Public Policy and Taxation.
Appointed to the following panels of arbitrators:
- Corte de Arbitraje de Madrid (CAM)
- Corte Española de Arbitraje (CEA)
- Centro de Arbitraje de México (CAM)
- Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC)
- World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center (WIPO)
- Cámara de Arbitragem e Mediação de Santa Catarina (CAMESC, Brasil)
- Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC, Malaysia)
- Brunei Darussalam Arbitration Centre (BDAC)
- Lebanese Arbitration and Mediation Center (LAMC)
- Arbitration Court at the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AC-BCCI)
- Georgian International Arbitration Centre (GIAC)
- International Court of Arbitration in Affiliation with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Kyrgyz Republic (ICA CCI KR)
- Arbitration and Mediation Court of the Caribbean (AMCC, Barbados)
- Qatar International Center for Conciliation and Arbitration (QICCA)
- Shanghai Arbitration Commission (SHAC)
- Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)