Isabel Fernández de la Cuesta is a counsel in the International Arbitration Group of King & Spalding. She has more than 12 years of experience advising clients on complex international disputes. She has represented clients in numerous international arbitrations, including commercial arbitrations between companies and investment arbitrations against States. She has appeared before all major international arbitration institutions, including the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the American Arbitration Association and its international branch the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA/ICDR), the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), and the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA). She has also handled disputes under the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Arbitration Rules.
Ms. Fernández de la Cuesta has substantial experience in the energy sector, as well as in disputes involving projects in Central America, South America, and Africa. She also has significant experience negotiating settlement agreements for complex international disputes. Additionally, her practice includes advising on international structuring of projects and corporations to maximize protection of investments under international law.
Ms. Fernández de la Cuesta holds a law degree (JD equivalent) from Universidad Complutense of Madrid (Spain) and another law degree (JD equivalent) from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France). She also obtained a Master in Corporate Law from Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, Spain. Ms. Fernández de la Cuesta is fluent in Spanish, English and French.
Ms. Fernández de la Cuesta is a member of the Madrid Bar. She is admitted only in Spain. She is not licensed to practice law in the State of New York; she is registered as a Foreign Legal Consultant in the State of New York.
Ms. Fernández de la Cuesta is an active member of the Women’s Affinity Group and the Latino Affinity Group of King & Spalding.
- In 2015, GAR 100 said of her: “Another client described the firm’s performance as “outstanding” and “among the top best worldwide”, giving a nod to … senior associate Isabel Fernández de la Cuesta in New York.”
- In 2013, Legal 500 Latin America 2013 recommended Ms. Fernández de la Cuesta in the area of international arbitration.
- “A Defense of the IBA Guidelines on Party Representation”, in Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation: The Fordham Papers 2014 (with R. Doak Bishop), Edited by Arthur W. Rovine (Brill Nijhof, 2015).
- “Fair and Equitable Treatment – Evolution or Revolution?” in Investment Treaty Arbitration and International Law, Vol. 2 (Juris Publishing, 2009).
- “The Registration of an ICSID Arbitration Request” (Cameron May Publications, 2007). Paper for the Conference Commercial and Investment Arbitration in Latin America: New Challenges for Governments, Corporations and Practitioners, Quito, Ecuador, November 2007.
- “Drafting Dispute Resolution Clauses: Practices and Trends:” reporter of ICDR and ICDR Y&I Tertulia Sessions at 2015 AAA/ICDR International Arbitration Conference, Miami, Florida, January 2015.
- “Selecting the Best Mechanism for Resolution of Disputes in Commercial Contracts,” speaker at the CANACO-ICDR-UANL Practical Session on Mechanisms for Dispute Resolution, Monterrey, Mexico, February 2011.
- “How to Protect the Deal — What Corporate Lawyers Need to Know About Arbitration,” panelist at the ABA Section of International Law Fall Meeting, Paris, France, November 2010.
- “How to Protect the International Deal: Tailoring the Arbitration Clause and Arbitration Procedure — Discovery,” panelist at the State Bar of Texas International Law Section 22nd Annual Institute, Houston, Texas, March 2010.
- “Witness and Expert Evidence in International Arbitration” Panelist at the International Arbitration Practical Sessions of the Mexico City Chamber of Commerce (CANACO), Mexico City, Mexico, June 2009.
- “Advocacy in International Arbitration” Panelist at the USCIB Young Arbitrators Forum Seminar, Houston, Texas, June 2008.
- “Fair and Equitable Treatment – Evolution or Revolution?” Speaker at the Second Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference: A Debate and Discussion, Washington DC, April 2008.
- “The Initiation of an Investment Arbitration: How to Get Off to a Good Start” Panelist at the Conference Commercial and Investment Arbitration in Latin America: New Challenges for Governments, Corporations and Practitioners, Quito, Ecuador, November 2007.
- “Jurisdiction and the Internet: It’s a Small World After All (EU Law Perspective)” Speaker at the 27th Annual Conference of the National Association of Women Judges, Houston, October 2005.
Admitted to Practice
- Madrid, Spain
- Foreign Legal Consultant, New York