Pool of Arbitrators

Clifford J. Hendel

Founder, Hendel IDR

Clifford is the Founder of HENDEL IDR a Madrid-based firm acting principally as arbitrator in international commercial, construction, M&A-related, corporate, financial and sports disputes.

He commenced his career as judicial law clerk in a U.S. federal district court, and for the subsequent decade practiced corporate and financial law in the New York and Paris offices of a leading global firm.

For the next two decades, prior to setting up his own practice, he was partner of a leading Spanish boutique, based in Madrid, during which time the focus of his practice evolved from international transactions towards international dispute resolution, including acting as counsel in a number of international commercial and investment proceedings.

He has sat as arbitrator -chair, sole, wing and emergency arbitrator – in more than 100 cases, involving multiple administering institutions and governing laws, and regularly renders awards in English and Spanish and occasionally in French.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, he is Deputy Chair of the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC), an arbitrator of the FIBA Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT), a member of the Global Panel of Neutrals and European Council of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR), an Accredited Mediator of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) a member of the Governing Boards of the Club Español de Arbitraje and the Fundación Pro Bono España, and a founding moderator of ITAFOR, a Spanish-language online discussion group focused on Latin American commercial arbitration. He was appointed to the Arbitration pool of CAfA in January 2020.

He is admitted to practice in New York (Attorney), England and Wales (Solicitor, non-practicing), Paris (Avocat, non-practicing) and Madrid (Abogado).

He has taught in various legal areas in a number of Spanish institutions. He currently is adjunct professor of the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid, where he coaches the university’s team in the William C. Vis Moot Competition. He writes and speaks frequently on legal and practice-related areas.

His educational background includes a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Wesleyan University and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He also has a master’s in Global Sports Law from the Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economia (ISDE) in Madrid. He is trilingual in English, Spanish and French.

Jurisdiction: France, Spain, U.K and U.S.A.