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About Marta García Bel

Marta García Bel is a Senior Associate based in our Milan and Madrid offices. She is a member of the dispute resolution practice group and specializes in commercial and investment arbitration in Latin America.

Marta advises major corporates and states in international arbitrations, many involving complex and high value claims, conducted under the rules of the major arbitral institutions (ICSID, ICSID AF, ICC, LCIA...). Her recent experience includes representing Governments and multinational companies with investments in Latin America and Europe, and her caseload spans a range of industry sectors, including oil and gas, power and utilities, pharmaceuticals, technology, banking and financial services, telecommunications and food products and distribution.

During her time at Freshfields Marta spent two years in our New York office and nine months on secondment at Eni S.p.A, where she focused on energy-related arbitrations. Before joining Freshfields in early 2015, she worked as an associate at Uría Menéndez in Madrid and Barcelona where she represented clients in corporate criminal liability and white collar crime investigations and proceedings before the Spanish courts.  

Marta advocates in Spanish, English and Italian. She also speaks fluent Catalan and some German and French. She regularly publishes and speaks on arbitration and international law topics. She is also a champion for diversity and inclusion, co-founder of the Italy Women's Network (2016) as well as of the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge Young Practitioners Subcommittee, where she serves as Secretary since 2020. 

Recent work

Marta’s recent experience includes advising:

  • a family of Spanish investors in two parallel arbitration proceedings under the ICSID Additional Facility Rules and the UNCITRAL rules against Venezuela arising from the expropriation of their investments in the food importation and distribution sector and other measures;
  • an international energy services company in two gas price review arbitrations under the UNCITRAL and ICC rules;
  • a Spanish investor in an arbitration claim against Bolivia in relation to the expropriation of a contract;
  • a Mexican telecommunications multinational company in an arbitration claim against Colombia in relation to the expropriation of their assets;
  • a primary financial institution in civil and criminal proceedings before Italian courts.

Qualifications

University education

  • 2010 - University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) (Law Degree, J.D.)
  • 2011 - University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) (Master in Legal Sciences)
  • 2012 - University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) (Ph.D. courses)
  • 2012 - 2013 Visitor researcher at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Professional qualifications

  • 2010 - Admitted to the Barcelona Bar Association
  • 2019 - Admitted to the Italian Bar (Avvocato)

Publications

  • Actualidad Jurídica Uría Menéndez, n.º 39, 2015. GARCÍA BEL, Marta and DAVID GARCÍA, Jesús, “El poder de control del empresario sobre el correo electrónico de sus trabajadores. A propósito de la Sentencia de la Sala de lo Penal del Tribunal Supremo de 16 de junio de 2014”