He specializes in complex litigation with an international dimension, investment arbitration and commercial arbitration.

Borja Álvarez has participated in many litigation cases related to the energy and telecoms sectors, M&A disputes, construction and real estate.

He has acted as counsel in international arbitration cases brought under investment protection treaties (the Energy Charter Treaty and other bilateral investment treaties), and in international commercial arbitration cases. He has represented clients before the ICSID, ICC, SCC, the Court of Arbitration of Madrid and in ad hoc UNCITRAL arbitrations.

He also advises on conflict-of-laws matters, including analyzing choice-of-law, choice-of-forum and arbitration clauses in all types of contractual documents, and participates in proceedings to recognize and enforce international decisions.

Mr. Álvarez participates in legal due diligence processes regarding claims and legal proceedings, advising sellers and buyers, including funds acquiring litigation claim portfolios. He also has experience in matters related to third-party funding in litigation and arbitration.

Between 2017 and 2018, he completed secondments at the New York offices of US law firms Hughes Hubbard & Reed and Alston & Bird.

Member of the Madrid Bar Association (2011) and admitted to the New York State Bar (2018)

Member of the Spanish Arbitration Club or CEA and of the New York State Bar Association or NYSBA (International Section and Spanish chapter)

Associate lecturer on international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution in the Master on International and European Business Law, Universidad Pontificia de Comillas–ICADE (Madrid)

Guest lecturer on international investment arbitration and litigation in the Master for Admission to the Practice of Law, Universdad de Alcalá (Madrid)

Research and teaching assistant at the New York University School of Law (2016 and 2017)

Author of several publications and articles on international investment arbitration:

  • Peer reviewer of the ICSID Review–Foreign Investment Law
  • Graduate editor of the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics (2016-2017)
  • Assistant editor of the European Journal of International Law (collaborating with Prof. Joseph HH Weiler, editor-in-chief) (2016-2017)

Frequent participant as a guest arbitrator in moot court competitions


  • LLM in International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration (Fulbright Foreign Student Program and NYU School of Law Dean’s Graduate Award)
    New York University School of Law, 2017

    Bachelor of Laws, and Political Science and Public Administration (dual degree; special graduation award)
    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 2011

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