Ernest Morales Tonda

Ernest is an Associate at MCL Arbitration since April 2022. He specialises in international arbitration, with a focus on commercial and investor-state disputes and is admitted to the Paris and Barcelona Bars.

He has experience working as counsel and administrative secretary in cases under ICC, ICSID, SIAC and UNCITRAL rules, in proceedings governed by a wide range of procedural and substantive laws, both in common and civil law in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. He has experience in the banking, construction, and energy sectors, among others. Before joining MGC, he practiced in the Paris and London offices of renowned international firms. Prior to coming to Paris, he was an associate in a top-tier firm in Spain.

He is a lecturer at ESADE Law School (Master of International Business Law) and has also been the university’s Coach for the Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot since 2017. He has authored several published articles and organized events in the field of arbitration.

Ernest is co-chair of the Paris Very Young Arbitration Practitioners (PVYAP) organization. He is also is a member of several professional associations, including ICCYAF (Young Arbitrators Forum – International Chamber of Commerce), Young ICCA (International Council for Commercial Arbitration), Young ITA (Institute of Transnational Arbitration) the Sciences Po Arbitration Society or ESADE Alumni.

Ernest holds a degree in Law and a Double Masters in International Business Law and Access to the Legal Profession from ESADE Law School, as well as an LL.M. in International Arbitration from Sciences Po. He has also completed the Latin American International Arbitration Course from the Geneva Centre for International Dispute Settlement and the Faculty of Law of the University of Buenos Aires.

He is a native Spanish speaker and fluent in English, French, Portuguese and Catalan.

Counsel in an ICC arbitration between a Spanish company and an English Company in a commercial dispute in the banking sector
Applicable Law: Spanish and English Law
Seat: Paris
Language: English

Counsel in an ICSID arbitration pursuant to a large construction project
Applicable Law: Brazilian Law
Seat: Washington
Language: English/Portuguese

Counsel in an ad hoc arbitration between a state entity and an investor in the banking sector
Applicable Law: Spanish Law
Seat: Madrid
Language: Spanish

Counsel in an ICC arbitration in relation to a commercial dispute between two multinational construction companies
Applicable Law: French Law
Seat: Paris
Language: English

Counsel in an ICSID arbitration pursuant to a large energy project in the CIS region
Applicable Law: English Law
Seat: Washington
Language: English

Administrative Secretary to Arbitral Tribunals in several cases (ICC, ICSID, ad hoc)

Revisiting the control of arbitral awards on jurisdictional issues: an analysis of the Schooner decision, Spain Arbitration Review | Revista del Club Español del Arbitraje, 2022

Protecting the environment in Latin America: does arbitration have a say?, TDM Journal 2022

The AfCFTA and Intra-African investment disputes: a special focus in the lusophone countries, Special Issue on the AfCFTA, TDM Journal, 2021.

New European framework for screening foreign direct investment, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo newsletter, 2019.

European regulation to scrutinize foreign direct investment, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo newsletter, 2019.

The new Madrid International Arbitration Center and the Barcelona Arbitration Tribunal: the two main arbitral institutions in Spain, Modérateur de la conférence dont les intervenants étaient la secrétaire générale du Centre d’Arbitrage International de Madrid, Mme Mélanie Riofrio, et le président du Tribunal Arbitral de Barcelone, M. Antoni Bosch, 2020.