David J. A. Cairns

International Arbitrator

Practice Areas:

Investor State
Construction & Infrastructure
Intellectual Property
Mergers & Acquisitions
Joint Ventures
Latin America

Contact Details: 


Tel: +34 696 449 346

C/ Ponzano 50, 6C

28003 Madrid



David is a leading independent arbitrator, having previously been a partner in a specialist international and investment arbitration practice.

He has been acting for many years as sole, chair or party-appointed arbitrator under the rules of ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, AAA, LCIA, WIPO,  the Arbitration Foundation of South Africa, Madrid Court of Arbitration, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport in a variety of seats including London, Madrid, New York, Paris, Washington DC, The Hague, Miami and Geneva.

His expertise includes investor state, construction & infrastructure projects and commercial disputes as well as intellectual property, mergers & acquisitions and joint venture disputes.

He is a Chartered Arbitrator, an accredited UK mediator and a former member of the ICSID Panel of Conciliators.

David has been based in Madrid for over 20 years and has a particular focus on disputes in Spain and Latin America. Earlier in his career he practised in New Zealand, specialising in intellectual property and regulatory litigation, and in London. 

He is fluent in Spanish and English and is a national of New Zealand and the United Kingdom.