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On 13 December 2013, Allen & Overy’s Madrid office will host a meeting of the under-40s group of the Spanish Arbitration Club. Elena Gutierrez, leading counsel of the Madrid Court of Arbitration, will speak on best practices in international arbitration and what not to do. The event has been organised by senior associate Jose Luis Terron and associate Victor Bonnin from Allen & Overy’s global […]

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