Tomás Villatoro

Partner of the Mediation and Arbitration Department (ADR)

“Tomás Villatoro is an exceptional arbitrator who always goes above and beyond for his clients and knows his cases down to the smallest detail. It is always a pleasure to work with him,” Legal 500, 2020.

“Tomás Villatoro has excellent skills and extensive professional experience” Legal 500, 2020


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-, engineering and technology, 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.


National and International Arbitration.

Dispute Resolution.

Civil and Commercial Procedure Law.


Real Estate and Tourism.


Engineering and technology.


2020: Chambers Europe: Included in the “Dispute Resolution” category in Spain.

2020: Chambers Global: Included in the “Dispute Resolution” category in Spain.

2020: Legal 500: Included in the “Dispute Resolution” category in Spain: “Tomás Villatoro is an exceptional arbitrator who always goes above and beyond for his clients and knows his cases down to the smallest detail. It is always a pleasure to work with him”, “Tomás Villatoro has excellent skills and extensive professional experience”.

2020: Best Lawyers: Included in the “Dispute Resolution” category in Spain.

2020: Leaders League: Included in the “Dispute Resolution” category in Spain.

2021: LEADERS LEAGUE: Recognised as “highly recommended” in the category “International arbitration”.

2022: BEST LAWYERS: Recognised in the category “Arbitration and Mediation”.

2022: LEADERS LEAGUE: Included as “highly recommended” in the category

“International Arbitration”.

2023: BEST LAWYERS (2020): Recognised in the “Arbitration and Mediation” and “Insolvency and Reorganisation Law” categories.


– Law Degree from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

– Master’s Degree in Urban Planning Law at ICAM.

– Course on Corporate Law at ICAM.

– ICAM 2013 Civil and Commercial Mediation Course.


– Spanish.

– English.


Member of:

Madrid Bar Association since 1997. International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”), Paris, France. “CCI France-Espagne”, La Chambre, Paris, France. Club Español de Arbitraje (CEA), Madrid, España, as a member of the Comisión de Mediación Civil y Mercantil. CCBE, “Camara de Comercio Brasil-España”. Insolvency Practitioner in the following jurisdictions (“Senior Member Lists”): Courts of Madrid, Toledo,

Segovia, Guadalajara, Cuenca, Ávila, Valladolid, Valencia, Barcelona and Cantabria. Insolvency Mediator listed in the Company Register. Chairman of the Insolvency Mediation Committee of the Business Mediation Centre (“CMEM”) of the Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services of Madrid. “Estate Partitioner” included in the lists of the Madrid Courts.

Arbitrator in:

“Corte de Arbitraje de la Cámara de Comercio, Industria y Servicios de Madrid”, Madrid, Spain. “Asociación Europea de Arbitraje”, Madrid, Spain. CAESP, “Conselho Arbitral do Estado do Sao Paolo”, Brazil.

Academic Activities (CV):

Lecturer for:

“Course on Arbitration” at “Universidad Villanueva”, Madrid. “Master’s Degree in Tourism” -Regulations applicable to Tourist Dwellings- at “UIB”, Palma de Mallorca.

Guest speaker at:

Lectures on regulations applicable to the tourist housing sector given in Madrid, Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza, organised by FEVITUR and HABTUR (2017 to 2019). Lectures on Out-of-Court Settlements and Insolvency Mediation at the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce (2017) and the Madrid Chamber of Commerce (2019). Lectures on the effects of COVID19 on obligations and contracts organised by the City Council of Las Rozas de Madrid, the Madrid Chamber of Commerce, the Brazil-Spain Chamber of Commerce and FEVITUR (2019).