Herbert Smith Freehills integrates dispute resolution boutique Arias

The Madrid office of Herbert Smith Freehills had integrated specialist litigation and arbitration boutique Arias.

Arias, which includes six professionals, was founded by arbitrator David Arias in 2014.

Prior to founding Arias, David Arias spent 16 years as a partner at Pérez-Llorca.

As a result of the integration, David Arias will become a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills.

The six-strong Arias team will be incorporated into Herbert Smith Freehills’ Madrid litigation and arbitration team – led by Eduardo Soler-Tappa – on 7 May. Current Arias partner Luis Capiel will become a counsel at Herbert Smith Freehills.

Herbert Smith Freehills Madrid managing partner Miguel Riaño (pictured with Arias) said: “The integration of the Arias office is a definitive boost to our already established litigation and arbitration department in Madrid and will enhance, if possible, the tremendous success of this practice, which in a few years has become an essential part of the firm in Spain. With this agreement, we integrated a team of magnificent professionals, led by David Arias, that will help us to consolidate as one of the leading legal firms in Spain.”


Ben Cook