• CIAM, the image of Spain in international commercial arbitration, has the support of the Madrid City Council, which is joined by MWCC, a leading association in the engineering, construction and architecture sector.
  • CIAM and MWCC will work together to promote Madrid as the headquarters for international arbitrations in the engineering and construction sector. The Professional Associations of Engineers and Architects support this initiative through the MWCC representative
  • MWCC has joined CIAM’s Working Group on Construction and Engineering

The Madrid International Arbitration Center (CIAM), which has the support of public entities, among which the Madrid City Council stands out, and private entities, and the Madrid World Capital Association of Construction, Engineering and Architecture (MWCC) have reached an agreement by which MWCC will jointly promote and support CIAM as the image of Spain in international commercial arbitration. Both institutions will collaborate in promoting international arbitration in the engineering and construction sector and in converting Madrid as the preferred venue for international arbitrations in a sector in which Spanish companies lead the world market.

CIAM has formed a working group of construction and engineering experts to which MWCC has joined. This group, made up of relevant companies from these industries, legal professionals specialized in this economic field and associations linked to the sector, was established in this month of December and will start its activities in January 2021.

Conflicts that revolve around construction and engineering contracts, when the parties do not reach their own agreements, require quick and efficient solutions taken by specialists in the matter. These types of contracts often have an international scope, which is why CIAM is called to be an ideal solution for these disputes through its international mediation and arbitration services. The Professional Associations of Engineers and Architects, partners of MWCC, coincide with the role that CIAM should play as a unifier of international arbitrations specialized in this field.

CIAM is the result of the union of the international arbitration activity of the Spanish Court of Arbitration, the Chamber of Spain, the Court of Arbitration of Madrid, the Chamber of Commerce of Madrid and the Civil and Commercial Court of Arbitration (TOP). They have been joined, as a strategic partner, by the Court of Arbitration of the Madrid Bar Association.

For José Antonio Caínzos, president of CIAM, “one of the essential characteristics of this institution is its ability to unite in this project all the arbitration and mediation actors. The image of Spain and, in particular, that of Madrid, is reinforced with the support of associations representing strongly internationalized economic sectors, in which Spanish companies assume undisputed leadership. CIAM has the necessary resources to provide the best services for conflicts that require a high degree of specialization such as the world of construction and engineering ”.

MWCC, an association that brings together companies and public entities related to the construction, engineering and architecture sector established in March of this year, is a project that arose at the initiative of the Madrid City Council in 2016 to strengthen Spanish leadership abroad and position Madrid as a world reference center. Among its initial objectives was the creation of an International Court of Arbitration that would respond to the demands that had been transferred to it from the sector. CIAM is the institution that embodies the aspirations of the sector and therefore MWCC lends its full support.

For the president of MWCC, David García Núñez, “this agreement represents the mission and vision of MWCC, to take advantage of the synergies between public and private entities for the strategic positioning of the city and its companies in the international arena. We enjoy a national leadership that should be exposed throughout the world. ”

About CIAM

The Madrid International Arbitration Center (CIAM) is an institution created with the aim of becoming a benchmark in international arbitration and the leading institution in arbitration in Spanish. Its principles are excellence in processes, a vocation for customer service and sustainability.

CIAM is the result of the merger of the international activity of the Madrid Court of Arbitration, the Civil and Mercantile Court of Arbitration and the Spanish Court of Arbitration, to which the Madrid Bar Association has joined as a strategic partner.

About MWCC:

The Madrid World Capital Association of Engineering, Construction and Architecture, is a project promoted by the Madrid City Council in 2016, it is an Association formed by public and private entities, companies, universities, architecture studios and engineering companies.

Our project was born with the purpose of improving the quality of life of citizens, enhancing the sectors in which Madrid had a competitive advantage and, at the same time, met two requirements: high qualification of human resources and intensive use of technology . Thanks to more than 100 interviews with experts and different round tables, we drew up a Strategic Plan for the Sector for Madrid, the first milestone of which was the constitution on March 4 of the Association «Madrid World Capital of Construction, Engineering and Architecture ». This document includes three main objectives: to promote these activities in the City and in Spain, to consolidate the international leadership of our companies and to make Madrid visible as the world reference center in our sector.

We believe that we are not fully aware of the enormous potential that resides in the City and, through this project, we want to take advantage of the entire ecosystem of Madrid, unique in the world, to achieve the objectives indicated above and thus contribute to a greater well-being of the population.

The vision of this project is comprehensive and transversal. Thus, we are part as partners or as collaborators academic and research entities – UPM, UAX, UFV, NEXT GENERATION, CEDEX and CSIC -, professional associations – AICCP, CICCP, Círculo de Empresarios, Madrid Demarcation, COAM, CSCAE and CITOP – , business associations – ASPRIMA, ASECI, AVINCO, OFICEMEN, AEV, AEMME, ASICA and TECNIBERIA -, associations of municipalities – GALSINMA, Sierra Oeste de Madrid -, public entities – CESCE, ESPAÑA GLOBAL, ICEX, ICO, IFEMA and MCalle 30, EMT, MIA -, large companies and SMEs – such as ACCIONA, AZIERTA, AZVI, CABIFY, CEMEX COMSA, DCN, EPTISA, FCC, Grupo SANJOSE, Grupo GMP, IECA, JOCA, METROVACESA, MOVO, RETINEO, SACYR, SODA Arquitectos, TORRE RIOJA – law firms – Cremades and Calvo Sotelo-, financial entities and consultants – BANCO CAMINOS, ICO, FOCE, EY, PWC-, other national and international entities – AEV, CONAMA, COTEC, FORÉTICA, FUNDACIÓN METRÓPOLI, GLOBAL SHAPERS, GREENWARD PARTNERS, IE PUBLIC TECH LAB, IABS, MADBIT, MADRI D CALLE 30, MADRID OPENCITY, MADRID FUTURO, MADRID SUBTERRA, TECMA RED, WIRES- or Administrations such as the Madrid City Council, Community of Madrid, SPAIN GLOBAL and MITERD, thus being an example of Public Private Collaboration with the shared objective of improving our quality of life.