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Emma Morales


Emma has more than 15 years’ experience advising corporates and financial institutions on a wide range of litigation and arbitration matters in the fields of contracts and corporate law (breach of contracts, directors’ liability, indemnities), competition law (unfair competition and advertising) and banking litigation. She has broad experience in domestic (CAM, CIMA, CEA) and international arbitration both commercial and investment (ICSID, ICC, LCIA). She has been involved in court trials (before civil, commercial and criminal Courts) and appeals. And she is expert in extraordinary appeals of cassation and for breach of process before the Spanish Supreme Court.

Emma has been appointed as arbitrator in several disputes.

She has given a number of courses and currently she lectures advocacy in the IE Law School and arbitration praxis at ISDE. She has also lectured arbitration at the Universidad de Navarra, litigation and contracts at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), and public international law at CEU, having been former associate teacher of procedural law in the Universidad de Castilla la Mancha (UCLM). Likewise, she has given a number of conferences and published several articles and collaborations with Wolters Kluwer, Learders League, El Economista, the Memento of Arbitration and the International Arbitration Review, among others.

Emma is recommended for her excellent work in one of the main legal directories, Legal 500 in its Private Practice Arbitration Powerlist - Iberia Region. She has also been chosen by Best Lawyers in Arbitration and Litigation in Spain from 2016 up to the present. She has been recognised by Leaders League since 2021 as Leading Figure in Spain in International Arbitration.


Published Work

  • El Economista “What happens with the enforcement of awards” (April 2023)
  • Leaders League “Draft questions that lead you to your goal” (June 2022)
  • “Arbitration developments in Spain” for the 11th, 12th and 13th Edition of the International Aribtration Review (2020, 2021, 2022, 2023)
  • "Mediation and Arbitration" Magazine, Ed. Wolters Kluwer “Comparison and reflections on the regulation of third-party funding in international arbitration”

Speaking Engagements

  • “Challenges in the enforcement of international awards” Little OPEN/European Arbitration Association (February 15, 2023)
  • Panelist at the II Jurisdiction and Arbitration Congress in La Coruña organized by the Spanish Arbitration Club (November 2022)
  • “Dialogue on ESG” with Alicia Muñoz Lombardía from Banco Santander, Arbitration OPEN organized by the European Arbitration Association (May 5, 2022)
  • “Regarding the recent ruling of the Constitutional Court on the judicial control of awards: the annulment of awards in the North American jurisdiction” OPEN/European Arbitration Association (October 7, 2020)
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.