Saturday, January 22

“Facing international business without proper legal advice is navigating blindly through a sea that is often rough”

Pedro Tent Alonso.  |  INFORMATION

Pedro Tent Alonso. | INFORMATION

Pedro Tent Alonso, litigation and arbitration partner at Garrigues, specializes in Private International Law. For years he has intervened in cross-border judicial disputes and in the conduct of international arbitrations. Now, this experience is transferred to the students of the Master of International Business Law. For this passionate about Contract Law, as it governs the way in which commitments between parties operate, the CEU of Elche postgraduate course fills the current void on international arbitration and mediation that occurs in university study plans.

What can this dual training offer to a future legal professional?

The approach to international arbitration and mediation constitutes a practically invisible discipline in traditional Law Degrees. However, we are talking about alternative dispute resolution methods that play a decisive role in the framework of international transactions. Both due to the fact that cross-border conflicts do not obtain an optimal legal response from exclusively national jurisdictions, as well as the fact that these have shown extreme saturation as a result of the COVID crisis, the mechanisms that are addressed in the Master They are a very useful tool for the jurist who wants to take a closer look at the resolution of cross-border disputes. Beyond this circumstance, the intellectual and professional parameters from which the arbitration and mediation phenomenon is framed, go beyond the more traditional conceptions of Law (of an essentially national nature) and with this they expand the critical, strategic and learning capacity of the jurist.

You are a litigation and arbitration partner at Garrigues and specialize in Private International Law, intervening in cross-border legal disputes and participating in the conduct of international arbitrations. Why is this a career path for a law graduate?

In an increasingly interconnected world and in which large legal-economic transactions take place at the international level, having a training in which Private International Law or International Arbitration has a specific weight, offers very wide and interesting professional possibilities that undoubtedly make a technical background attractive with that profile.

What are your functions, your day to day, in this company?

They are of three types: some of a strictly professional nature or of legal advice (in which I perform the functions of any lawyer specialized in commercial litigation, both technical and commercial); other internal or organizational (in which I coordinate the actions of the team of lawyers with whom I work, organize training sessions or participate in the general day-to-day of the firm as a collective organization) and finally others of a teaching nature (in which I perform my functions as a teacher in different university centers).

His academic training also includes a Bachelor of Law, a postgraduate LLM (Corporate and Commercial Law) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. To what extent should a future professional expand their studies in the face of the competitive world of work?

Without a doubt, specialization is relevant depending on one’s own professional goals. However, no young professional should be obsessed with this question (my postgraduate degree, in fact, was carried out after some years of professional practice that allowed me to understand with much more precision what needs my professional career goals and possibilities presented). What is critical – especially at the beginning – is a good understanding of the legal system and its bases rather than a very specialized knowledge but very reduced to a specific discipline (I insist: especially when the professional does not yet have enough experience to know with clarity where to go). After this stage, in my opinion specialization is very relevant in professional terms, given that the current level of competitiveness requires (at least in the most sophisticated and developed industries) specific knowledge without which the provision of the legal advice service will not reach the levels of efficiency that most customers will demand.

The CEU postgraduate program is committed to training professionals who can advise on the internationalization needs of companies. Why should companies incorporate these professionals?

It is highly convenient for companies that venture into the world of international transactions to have specialists who can warn them of the greatest risks that this type of commercial relationship presents: the multiplicity of laws potentially applicable to a specific transaction, the jurisdictional conflicts that may suppose a real ordeal when it comes to resolving any conflict, the pros and cons of arbitration solutions… Facing international business without adequate advice on these types of complications is like navigating blindly through a sea that is usually rough.

What would you recommend to future legal professionals?

Undoubtedly, what is relevant is, above all, to know oneself, to understand what are the aptitudes and potentials that we possess, to identify the horizons that our dedication would offer us to the fields in which those aptitudes and potentials are most valuable; understand without prejudice to what extent other alternatives can offer different advantages that, being not as evident as in those fields that naturally attract us, could satisfy us in another way, etc. After that reflection, a decision must be made and never regretted.

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