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Antonio Canales represents global clients on international arbitrations before the principal arbitration courts and on civil and commercial litigation proceedings before the Spanish courts at all levels, including the Supreme Court. Antonio assists clients in construction and energy disputes (involving construction contracts and large civil engineering projects), damage claims, energy projects, commercial litigation, patent infringement, and financial controversies. He leads the Global Disputes Practice in Madrid.

Antonio has advised companies on a wide range of sectors, including energy, infrastructure, financial services, real estate, manufacturing, and telecommunications. Recent engagements include the representation of clients, as consortium members, on arbitration proceedings conducted before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), as a result of a conflict arising from the performance of the civil works in Latin America, and representation of a client in a complex cross-border case derived from a concession contract for the construction, operation, and maintenance of major water and infrastructure works in a Latin American country.

Antonio is a member of an arbitration team recognized by Global Arbitration Review as one of the leading international arbitration law firms in the GAR 30 and is recognized in legal directories such as The Legal 500 Powerlist 2023 (Arbitration, Iberia Region), Best Lawyers, and The Legal 500, where he has been praised by clients for his "great ability to understand the business and operations of his clients."


  • Vibrantz completes US$140 million new STS trade receivables securitisation and €10 million trade receivables factoring programmeJones Day assisted Vibrantz Corporation in relation to a new (i) US$140 million cross-border STS trade receivables securitization transaction with ING Belgium NV/SA and NORD/LB and (ii) €10 million bilateral factoring programme with ING Commercial Finance.
  • ACCIONA sells 31,000-square-meter multifamily residential scheme in Madrid to HinesJones Day advised ACCIONA in the sale of the completed Valdebebas 125 scheme, a 31,000-square-meter multifamily rental residential scheme in Madrid, to Hines, the international real estate firm.
  • Spanish company arbitrates dispute surrounding wind power plant in GreeceJones Day successfully represented a major Spanish company in an ICC arbitration relating to a contract dispute over wind power plants in Greece.
  • Comienzos Siglo XXI sells minority investment in Grupo Paraguas to Dream International B.VJones Day advised Comienzos Siglo XXI, S.L. in connection with the sale of a minority investment in Grupo Paraguas, a well-known group of restaurants in Madrid, as well as the project to expand their business in Spain and in different countries and cities, to Dream International B.V (Dogus Group).
  • Investment firm acquires toll highway debtJones Day assisted a global institutional investment firm with the legal review and acquisition of debt instruments advanced to several borrowers who operate toll highways in Spain and which are subject to bankruptcy proceedings.
    • 2023
      2023 Arbitration Yearbook "Emergency arbitration and the request for precautionary protection". CIVITAS
    • 2023 - June
      2023 Contentious Yearbook: "Measures for securing evidence in industrial and intellectual property matters." LA LEY Soluciones Legales, S.A.
    • 2022 - June
      2022 Arbitration Yearbook "The exhibition of documents held by third parties."Thompson Reuters
    • 2020 - July
      2020-2021 Memento on Arbitration. Section III. Lis Pendens, Res Judicata and Review of Awards
    • 2020 - June
      2020 Arbitration Yearbook. Recognition and Enforcement in Spain of Arbitral Awards Rendered Against Foreign States. Specialities. Thomson Reuters
    • 2019 - June
      The particular status of the immunity applicant justifies that it is legitimated to hold the double condition of appellant and appealed party in the different sets of proceedings initiated against the same resolution - Commentary on the Order rendered by the Administrative Chamber of the Spanish National High Court on 14 May 2018
    • 2018 - June
      The liability arising from the termination of the contracting procedure, at the stage between the contract award and its completion, is of a non-contractual nature - Commentary on Judgment number 653/2017 rendered by the Madrid High Court of Justice (Section 10th), of November 10, 2017.
    • 2017 - October
      The dissolved and liquidated company has the capacity to be a party in the claim for outstanding debts. Legal Today Magazine
    • 2017 - October
      Commentary on the Law 29/2015, on international legal cooperation in civil matters
    • 2017 - January
      Exceeding the maximum sanction limit for business associations due to breaches of Spanish competition law - Competition law 2017 Yearbook
    • 2016 - January
      2016 Yearbook of Competition Law. Practical problems and present of Competition Law. The crystallization of facts in the penalty procedure

    • June 8, 2023
      The importance of ESG criteria and litigation risks. Compliance to build ESG culture.
    • September 15, 2022
      Panorama, Perspectives and Challenges of the Electricity Market in Mexico
    • July 22, 2022
      ESG post-Shell: potential litigation against financial institutions.
    • April 29, 2022
      The importance of ESG criteria and the risks of litigation in this matter.
    • December 1, 2021
      Roundtable discussion: Beyond Shell: Is international ESG litigation a risk?
    • September 24, 2018
      Blockchain Banking Seminar
    • 2 agosto, 2018
      El arte de la persuasión en el arbitraje internacional: una visión comparada (civil law & common law)
    • 13 junio, 2018
      Arbitraje y litigios transnacionales en las nuevas tecnologías: Blockchain y Criptomoneda