Eduardo Santamaría Moral


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  • Spanish



Eduardo Santamaría Moral



Eduardo Santamaría is a partner in the Litigation and Arbitration Department at Garrigues, where he has pursued his entire professional career.

He specializes in civil and corporate/commercial litigation, drawing on a wealth of experience in contractual disputes, corporate lawsuits (challenges to corporate resolutions, directors’ liability, shareholders’ agreements, etc.), tortious and other forms of noncontractual liability, enforcement of foreign judgments and awards in Spain, injunctive  relief or conservatory measures, etc.

He has acted in a qualified number of institutional arbitrations both within Spain (Court of Arbitration of the Madrid Chamber of Commerce, Civil and Commercial Court of Arbitration, Barcelona Arbitration Court) and internationally (International Court of Arbitration -ICC Paris-, Court of Arbitration for Sport -CAS Lausanne-, etc.), ad hoc arbitrations and high-profile disputes before international dispute resolution chambers (FIFA, UEFA, UCI, etc.).

His usual practice area includes the industrial sector as well as the construction, agency and distribution, banking, insurance and private equity industries.

He lectures on the Master’s Degree for entry to the Legal Profession at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and he is a visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Law at Universidad de Valladolid. Similarly, he has regularly lectured on the MBA in Sports Management, organized by Universidad Europea de Madrid and Fundación Real Madrid, as well as contributing to the practicum at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

He speaks at specialist seminars organized by various universities on the subject of arbitration and contracts and he is a regular contributor to the World Bank publication “Doing Business” (The World Bank - IFC) in the sections on “Enforcing Contracts” and “Protecting Investors” and also to the. World Justice Project publication “WJP Rule of Law Index”.

In 2015 Eduardo Santamaría was named one of the “40 under Forty” by Iberian Lawyer, award which recognizes the best forty lawyers from Spain and Portugal under forty years of age.

He has been appointed by the international publication Acritas in its inaugural 2017 edition as a “Star Lawyer”, with the following recognitions from the clients “he is really excellent dealing with disputes”, “very high-added value”, “very talented with pleadings”.
In 2017 he has been named by Legal 500 in the Dispute Resolution area as “Next Generation Lawyer”.    

He is a member of the Madrid Bar Association, as well as the Spanish Arbitration Club (CEA-40).

Academic background:

Degree in Law from Universidad de Valladolid (2000).

Research lecturer at the Department of Procedural Law at Universidad de Valladolid [Merit scholarship awarded by the Ministry of Education and Science (1998 – 2000)].


Co-author of various academic articles published in specialist reviews and journals: “Action to set aside corporate arbitration awards: focusing on the concept of public policy” and “Unenforceability against third parties of registrable corporate acts not published in the Official Commercial Registry Gazette ” (Revista Jurídica), etc.