Specialist in international arbitration and in litigation related to engineering and construction projects, the international sale of goods and machinery, insurance and reinsurance contracts, and transport.

Manuel Franco has extensive experience in Latin America, having worked in the Cuatrecasas Colombia office for several years.

He is an expert in (i) international arbitrations under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Maritime Arbitration Association (LMAA), the Madrid Court of Arbitration (CAM), and the Spanish Civil and Commercial Court of Arbitration (CIMA); (ii) ad hoc arbitrations; and (iii) Dispute Adjudication Board proceedings. He has participated in disputes involving many international jurisdictions, including Algeria, Chile, Colombia, Honduras, Panama, Romania, Spain and Turkey.

He has lectured on international arbitration and international trade law at several universities (Universidad Pontificia Comillas ICADE, Centro de Estudios Universitarios Villanueva, and Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros CUNEF). He was the CUNEF coach in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot.

He has published several articles on international arbitration and trade, and speaks at international arbitration conferences in Spain and Latin America.

He is member of several international arbitration associations, and of the arbitration and commercial law and practices commissions of ICC Colombia. He is a member of the Madrid Bar Association (2006).