Since 2016, Tomás Villatoro has been the partner responsible for Litigation and ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolutions) in IUS+AEQUITAS, a Spanish boutique procedural law firm. The firm has been recognised by Chambers for its “high degree of expertise, proactivity and ability to provide imaginative and robust solutions to complex problems, and for being a leading firm in financial crime and dispute resolution” and by Legal 500
for being “a ‘true dispute resolution specialist’, Ius + Aequitas Abogados is known for its expertise in international litigation, corporate investigations and financial crime. The firm acts in a wide range of proceedings, including bankruptcy proceedings in commercial courts, criminal litigation and international arbitration, with particular expertise in the fields of insolvency administration, intellectual property and public law”.
After preparing for the State competitive examinations to be a Notary Public, Tomás Villatoro has had an extensive career over the last 25 years, which has allowed him to become first an associate and, for the last 20 years, a partner, of the litigation and arbitration departments of several law firms such as Mazars, Miguel Bravo Abogados and MPA Abogados.
In the field of private law, Tomás has provided out-of-court advice and has acted as legal director in many legal proceedings in sectors such as commercial agency and distribution -Schweppes, Eroski, Osborne or CNH, among others-, finance and banking -Bankia, Caja Navarra and Globalcaja-, construction and real estate, representing the interests of both development companies and construction companies, depending on the case.
Tomás Villatoro has considerable experience in defending the interests of the tourism sector and, especially, of companies dedicated to the management of flats and tourist dwellings, having represented the Spanish Federation of Tourist Dwellings (Fevitur) and the main Associations of the sector in challenging, with notable success, the Decrees issued by various Autonomous Regions that limited the activity, for example, in Madrid, the Canary Islands, Andalusia and the Balearic Islands. He has also led important claims for financial liability against public administrations arising from urban planning actions.
In the field of national arbitration, he has been appointed arbitrator or co-arbitrator in more than ten (10) arbitrations in construction and real estate and financial matters, administered by the Court of Arbitration of the Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services of Madrid and by the European Arbitration Association.
As a lawyer, he has been involved in numerous domestic and international arbitrations, some of which are of public knowledge and/or high economic value – “ad hoc” arbitration “Parla Tram” or arbitration before the ICC “Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd.” Vs. Construtora OAS regarding the “Chacao Bridge” in Chile.