PROFILE

Career

Before bcoming a sole practitioner and establishing the firm §yndēresis legal, Blas was Of Counsel at SAMANIEGO Law (2017-2021) and an associate lawyer in the IT & Dispute Resolution department of the Bird&Bird’s Spanish office (2008-2017).

Blas has a degree in Law and International Relations from the Comillas Pontifical University (UPCO-ICADE) and an Official Master’s Degree in Intellectual Property from the same university. He has completed the Best Practices in Negotiation and Civil and Commercial Mediation practice-based training by the Fundación Notarial Signum, as well as Legal Argumentation by the Distance Education National University (UNED).

Blas is a member of the Madrid Bar Association (ICAM). He is an arbitrator for the Spanish Court of Arbitration (CEA) and the ICAM Court of Arbitration, accredited mediator by the Ministry of Justice, and an associate of the Court of Arbitration and the Mediation Center of the Madrid Chamber of Commerce. Blas is a professor at various institutions and is pursuing a Doctorate with a thesis in the field of alternative dispute resolution.

Among the continuing education programs that Blas has completed, the following stand out:

  • Corporate conflicts, partners, and administrators in capital companies (ICAM, 2021)
  • WIPO Mediation and Arbitration Workshop (WIPO online, 2020)
  • Drafting contentious-administrative appeals (Fundación FIDE, 2018)
  • Drafting civil cassation and extraordinary appeals for procedural infringement (FIDE Foundation, 2012)
  • Procedural strategies applicable to civil proceedings (ICAM, 2011)

Publications

  • ¿Hacia una justicia transhumanista? Una reflexión sobre la argumentación jurídica y los jueces robots. Relectiones. Revista Interdisciplinar De filosofía Y Humanidades, (9), págs. 73–84.
  • Principios y caracteres generales del procedimiento de mediación. Capítulo 21 de Mediación civil y mercantil, Francisco Ruiz Risueño y José Carlos Fernández Rozas (coord.), Tirant lo Blanch 2022, ISBN 9788411306874, pp. 409-422
  • Diálogos para el futuro judicial (LI). La mediación civil. 10 años de la Ley 5/2012. Diario La Ley, 29 de septiembre de 2022
  • Medios Adecuados de Solución de Controversias (MASC): 5 razones de un fracaso previsible. Almacén de Derecho, ISSN 2605-0455, 5 de mayo de 2022
  • Las prisas no compensan. Comentario a la STSJ Madrid 46/2021, de 22 de junio. La impugnabilidad de las órdenes procesales y del convenio arbitral. La Ley Mediación y Arbitraje, ISSN-e 2660-7808, nº 10, enero-marzo 2022, Wolters Kluwer España
  • Cuando la abogacía es cuestión de suerte, pero no sólo. Otrosí, revista del ICAM, nº10, 2021 (7ª época)
  • Las soluciones más convincentes a los problemas más acuciantes en la interacción entre arbitraje y mediación. In Interacción entre mediación y arbitraje en la resolución de los litigios internacionales del siglo XXI, Ana Fernández Pérez (dir.), Aranzadi 2021, ISBN 9788413910031, pp. 193-202
  • Y el círculo se cerró. Comentario a la STC 65/2021, de 15 de marzo: la motivación de los laudos arbitrales. La Ley Mediación y Arbitraje, ISSN-e 2660-7808, nº 8, julio-septiembre 2021, Wolters Kluwer España
  • La negociación colaborativa como disciplina transversal en la resolución de controversias privadas. Una reflexión en torno a la implantación de los «MASC». Publicado en Anuario Jurídico Secciones del ICAM 2021, Eugenio Ribón Seisdedos (coord.), Sepín 2021, ISBN 978-84-1388-083-9, págs. 393-404
  • La dirimencia por experto en el Derecho español. La Ley Mediación y Arbitraje, ISSN-e 2660-7808, nº 7, abril-junio 2021, Wolters Kluwer España
  • Las formas de interrupción de la prescripción de acciones civiles y mercantiles: estado de la cuestión. Revista de Jurisprudencia Lefebvre, nº19, junio 2021
  • Knocking on dispute resolution’s door: the ‘Secretary-Mediator’ as a fresh new mediation window in international arbitration. Capítulo 1 de la obra 40 under 40 International Arbitration (2021), ISBN 978-84-1377-439-8, Dykinson 2021, págs. 23-35
  • El régimen transitorio de la reforma del artículo 1964.2 del Código Civil a la luz de la suspensión de plazos del estado de alarma. Práctica de Tribunales, ISSN 1697-7068, nº148, 2021
  • Diálogos para el futuro judicial (XIX). Medios Adecuados de Solución de Controversias (MASC). Diario La Ley, ISSN 1989-6913, 5 febrero de 2021
  • Medios adecuados de solución de controversias (MASC). Trece observaciones sobre el Anteproyecto de Ley de Medidas de Eficiencia Procesal del Servicio Público de Justicia. Almacén de Derecho, ISSN 2605-0455, 29 de diciembre de 2020
  • Kairós: el Código de Buenas Prácticas como catalizador del arbitraje nacional; Revista del Club Español del Arbitraje, ISSN 1888-4377, nº especial 2020 dedicado al Código de Buenas Prácticas Arbitrales
  • Arbitraje y otros métodos alternativos de resolución de conflictos. Sección 1 del Capítulo 1 del Memento Práctico Arbitraje 2020-2021, Francis Lefebvre, ISBN 978-84-17985-62-2, págs. 13-26; escrito con Javier Fernández-Samaniego
  • Evitemos, ahora, el colapso judicial. Expansión de 7 de abril de 2020, con Javier Fernández-Samaniego
  • Las acciones colectivas en el marco del RGPD: una perspectiva desde el Derecho Civil español, Diario La Ley, nº 26, 11 febrero 2019, Sección Ciberderecho, Wolters Kluwer; con Javier Fernández-Samaniego
  • The ICLG to Outsourcing Law and Regulations Spain 2019 & 2018. International Comparative Legal Guides; escrito con Javier Fernández-Samaniego
  • Drones y Privacidad. En Sociedad Digital y Derecho, Tomás de la Quadra-Salcedo y Fernández del Castillo (dir.), José Luis Piñar Mañas (aut.), Ediciones del Boletín Oficial del Estado, 2018, ISBN 978-84-340-2483-0; págs. 359-374. Escrito con Javier Fernández-Samaniego
  • Collective actions under the GDPR: A civil law perspective from Spain. PL&B International, 155, October 2018; escrito con Javier Fernández-Samaniego y Manuela Rojas

Presentations

  • Lecturer in the Blended Intensive Programme on International Arbitration held by the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, the Università Europea di Roma and the Windesheim University of Applied Sciencies, about What does an arbitrator do? (12 April 2023)
  • Panelist at the roundtable titled The importance of choosing the seat and the arbitral institutions (regarding Madrid as the seat for international arbitrations) held for the presentation of the International Litigation Institute (8 August 2022)
  • Panelist on the Principle of confidentiality at the roundtable titled Guiding principles of the arbitration procedure within the summer course New configuration of the arbitral procedure: rules, guidelines and practice at the University of Alcalá (28 June 22) 
  • Mention in Expansión about Spanish arbitrators eligible by the European Commission for bilateral commercial agreements (25 June 2022)
  • Panelist at the roundtable titled Reflections on ADR and metiation held by the Barcelona Bar (25 May 2022)
  • Panelist at the International Arbitration Congress: between the academia and the professional practice held by Mario Castillo Freyre law firm (11 May 2022) 
  • Panelist at the VI joint event of the Mediation Commission and the Under 40 Section of the Spanish Arbitration Club, entitled What should I consider when selecting a mediator? (16 December 2021)
  • Panelist at the ‘Cátedra Deloitte Legal de Derecho Empresarial’ Conference on Virtual Jurisdiction and Arbitration (23 November 2021)
  • Presentation of the ICAM Sections Award, 3rd edition, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (8 October 2021)
  • Interview in ConfiLegal about the launch of §yndēresis legal (8 September 2021)
  • Panelist at the I international inter-university Course organized by the Alcalá University on Interaction between mediation and arbitration for international conflict resolution in the 21st century (8 April 2021)
  • Panelist at the ICDR Young & International and CEA-40 joint event on Legal and Technical Expert Reports in International Arbitration: Who, When and How? (27 October 2020)
  • Moderator at the FIDE Foundation session on Change of contracts due to the pandemic (27 April 2020)
  • Statements to VozPópuli on arbitration and mediation following the threat of judicial collapse due to COVID-19 (13 April 2020)
  • Panelist at the FIDE Foundation session on The reform of the time limits to personal actions (19 February 2020)
  • Panelist at the seminar organized by Andersen Tax&Legal and SAMANIEGO Law entitled David Guetta Case: the suspension of arbitration agreements in times of insolvency (16 January 2020)
  • Statements to Expansión on the Trade Secrets Law (18 June 2018)
  • Panelist at the FIDE Foundation session on The cost of the civil process and the decision on the opportunity to litigate (11 December 2017)

Prominent activities

  • ARBITRATION
  • Collaboration Protocol between §yndēresis legal and the Rental Arbitration Council of the Community of Madrid for the promotion of real estate arbitration (2022)
  • Sole mediator in an ad hoc mediation procedure in a dispute submitted to the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC regarding an international construction contract with financing, dealing with an amount of approximately € 3,000,000. Accomplished with an agreement between the parties (2021)
  • Adhesion to the WIPO Mediation Pledge for IP and Technology Disputes (2021)
  • Member of the Spanish Arbitration Club’s Commission on Spanish Case Law (2021)
  • Winner of the Madrid Bar’s Sections Award, 3rd edition (2020), (ADR) Section, for the article La negociación colaborativa como disciplina transversal en la resolución de controversias privadas. Una reflexión en torno a la implantación de los «MASC».
  • Favorable judgment in D&O claim together with a claim seeking compensation for damages against the company, before the commercial courts of Madrid (2020)
  • Member of the Spanish Arbitration Club’s Commission for the Study of Awards Annulment (2017-2018)
  • Secondment in a leading multinational company in the IT sector (2016)
  • Preliminary reference before the European Court of Justice (joint cases C-468/10 and C-469/10) that gave rise to the annulment of several articles of the secondary regulations for the development of Organic Law 15/1999 for the Protection of Personal Data, declaring the direct effect of Article 7.f of Directive 95/46/EC (2012)

Memberships

  • Comillas Alumni International Arbitration Club (2022)
  • EAPIL Young Research Network (2022)
  • Rising Arbitrators Initiative (RAI) (2021)
  • WIPO ADR Young (2021)
  • ICDR Young & International (Y&I) (2021)
  • Madrid Business Mediation Center (CMEM) (2020)
  • Young ICCA (2020)
  • Rafael del Pino Arbitrators Club (2019)
  • ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF) (2019)
  • Madrid Arbitration Court (CAM) (2018)
  • Spanish Arbitration Club (2017)
  • Madrid Bar Association (2008)

Teaching

  • International Contracting, Lecturer, Francisco de Vitoria University (2022)
  • Business Mediation & ADR Lecturer in the LL.M Masters of Laws- IDR Specialization, IE University – Law School (2022)
  • Member of the final master’s thesis tribunal (specializing in criminal law), Master’s Degree for Access to the Legal Profession, ISDE (2022)
  • Coordinating teacher of the master’s thesis (specializing in civil&commercial law), Master’s Degree for Access to the Legal Profession, ISDE (2021, 2022)
  • Private International Law, Lecturer, Francisco de Vitoria University (2021)
  • Academic Coordinator of the Mediation Course sponsored by ISDE for the Civil and Commercial Court of Arbitration (2020-2021)
  • Arbitrator of the Moot Madrid (Arbitration and Commercial Law International Competition), Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M) and United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (2020, 2021, 2022)
  • Public International Law, Lecturer, Francisco de Vitoria University (2019)
  • Member of the final master’s thesis tribunal (specializing in civil law), Master’s Degree for Access to the Legal Profession, Francisco de Vitoria University (2018)
  • Adjunct faculty with Javier Fernández-Samaniego in the case study on “Judicial procedure for breach of contract in computer contracting” of the Legal for Digital Business Transformation Program, IE Business School (2013 to 2020)