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Urquiola de Palacio

A practicing lawyer since 1992, Urquiola de Palacio is Managing Partner at Palacio y Asociados, Attorneys at Law; she has experience in civil and Commercial, European and international.

Ms. de Palacio has been an arbitrator since 2003, participating in arbitration procedures before the Spanish Court of Arbitration, the Madrid Court of Arbitration and the Court of Arbitration of the Madrid Bar Association. She is also an international arbitrator of the Civil and Commercial Court of Arbitration (CIMA) the Inter-American Commission on Commercial Arbitration (CIAC). She has participated in arbitrations in law and ex aequo et bono in numerous capacities, as counsel (since 1993), secretary, sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and president of arbitral tribunals.

Urquiola de Palacio has been acting for several years as a mediator in civil and commercial matters, and features in the list of individual mediators established by the Ministry of Justice.

In September 2019, Ms. de Palacio became the President of the Madrid Court of Arbitration (she has been a member of the Plenary of the Court since September 2017) and the Madrid Business Mediation Centre of the Madrid Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services. Since October 2019, she is vice-president of the Madrid International Arbitration Center, co-founded by the Madrid Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services She is also President of CEA Women at the Spanish Club of Arbitration.

Urquiola de Palacio is President Elect of the International Union of Lawyers’ (UIA) [www.uianet.org], and represents the UIA before the World Bank Group and the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development.

Urquiola de Palacio is a member of the Council of Bar Associations of the Community of Madrid for a third non-consecutive term.

Ms. de Palacio is Vice-President of the Madrid Bar Association’s Institution for the Protection of the Orphans of the Legal Profession (currently serving as Chairperson/President).

Since 2015, Ms. de Palacio has been teaching at the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas ICAI-ICADE in the Master of Access to the Legal Profession program, where she lectures on litigation before the European Court of Human Rights. She is a Member of the Advisory Council of the UC3M – Deloitte Legal Chair of Business Law (since November 2019) and is a Member of the Academic Council of the Master’s Degree in EU Law (MUDUE) of the Carlos III University of Madrid (since May 2015). A frequent lecturer at various institutions, Ms. de Palacio regularly collaborates with the International University Competition on Arbitration and Commercial Law -Moot Madrid, organized by the Carlos III University of Madrid and the United Nations Commission for International Commercial Law. Between 2007 and 2009 she was part of the educational team tasked with the design and implementation of the law course in the Instituto de Empresa’s (IE) law degree.

Ms. de Palacio was a member of the Governing Board of the Spanish Arbitration Club (2017-2020) and President of the Arbitrator candidate Evaluation Committee of the Court of Arbitration of the Madrid Bar Association (2018-2019). Ms. de Palacio has also been a member of the Governing Board of the Madrid Bar Association and a member of the Inter-professional Union of Madrid. She has been a member, Treasurer, Vice President and President of the Board of the Alumni Association of the Faculty of Law at the Complutense University. In 2012, she was included in the candidate list of ad hoc judges for the European Court of Human Rights by Spain. She was outside counsel to the Commercial Law division of Banco Central Hispanoamericano, S.A. from 1993 to 2001.

The Madrid Bar Association bestowed an honorary membership on Mrs. Palacio in recognition of her work as Counselor of the Council of the Madrid Bar Association and for her work in favor of the legal profession during her professional career. She is a corresponding academic of the Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation of Spain, attached to Section 6 (Private International Law).

Born in Madrid on 9 December 1967, she has a degree in Law from the Complutense University of Madrid. She studied at the Lycée Français de Madrid, obtaining both the Spanish and the French (major in economy) baccalaureates.

Other working languages: French and English.

Urquiola de Palacio


María del Carmen Olías is a lawyer in practice since 1985. She is a founding partner of Palacio y Asociados and has long experience in providing legal advice on commercial and civil law to various companies and individuals, as well as in the field of asset management.

She has extensive legal practice in the field of litigation in both judicial and arbitration proceedings, in civil proceedings – particularly related to property rights and contractual obligations – and commercial matters relating to corporate law.

At Palacio & Asociados she is responsible for the management of the firm, coordinates liaisons with governmental bodies and is in charge of human resources.


Jose María de Palacio holds a degree in Law from the Complutense University of Madrid (1986). He previously studied at the Lycée Français de Madrid, obtaining both the French (major in economics) and Spanish (1981) high-school certificates.

He was admitted to the practice of law in January 1987, with a focus on administrative, civil and commercial law while also carrying out technical management on numerous other projects. He has held the following functions:

  • Secretary Counsel of the Board of Directors of MEMOREX TELEX SA (American multinational in the sector of computing), INTER INNOVATION SA (Swedish multinational in the sector of information and technology), MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AND COMPANY S.A. / HOSPITAL OF MADRID SA (Healthcare group that operates the Hospital of Madrid, Hospital Monteprincipe, Torrelodones Hospital, Hospital Madrid Norte Sanchinarro and Clara Campal Comprehensive Cancer Center).
  • External Advisor for, amongst others, Bankinter, S.A., Ministry of Economy and Trade of the Government of the Canary Islands (Mr Luis Hernández Pérez Cruz being in office) and Cruz Mayor Supermarkets Group.
  • After a period of interruption in the professional practice of law, he has returned to practice at Palacio y Asociados Abogados after serving as Manager Advisor of the Ombudsman Department.

Between May 1996 and October 2007, Mr Palacio held the following offices:

  • Executive Advisor to the Cabinet of the Justice Minister from 28 May 1996 to July 2000. In this area, he coordinated legislative projects of the Ministry of Justice throughout the Legislature, also intervening on behalf of the Ministry on numerous committees and subcommittees. Apart from parliamentary activity, he also was in charge of the institutional representation of the Ministry in various national and international forums, in addition to carrying out the tasks of coordination with the Ombudsman.
  • Head Advisor of the Interior and Defense Department of the Ombudsman from 3 July 2000 until March 2003. In this area, he directed the activity of the Department, preparing its Annual Reports. During this time, Mr Palacio also participated as a representative of an institution funded by the European Commission to modernize the administration of the Dominican Republic in 2002 program.
  • Between 2003 and 2007, Mr Palacio served as City Councilor of the municipality of Ibarra, Guipuzcoa, elected by the People’s Party in the 2003 municipal election.During this period, he maintained his professional practice as lawyer while serving on the Council.

French: Bilingual, English: fluent, Italian: medium-high.


Ramón Peña, a lawyer since March 2003 (Palacio y Asociados Abogados and independent practice with his own office in Vigo between September 2005 and September 2010), specializes in the fields of civil, commercial and administrative law. Mr Pena has amassed extensive experience in the technical management of administrative procedures, arbitration and court records throughout Spain.

In advising commercial clients, Mr Pena has been especially dedicated to legal auditing, strategic management, corporate restructuring and the provision of legal assistance to senior management. He also has specialization in negotiating techniques and processes and is a qualified mediator.

Born in Vigo on November 1, 1974, he holds a Degree in Law from the Spanish Open University (UNED) and a Master’s Degree in Legal Practice from the Instituto de Empresa (IE).

High level of English.