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Melissa Sanchez

Mélissa Sánchez


Mélissa is an associate in the litigation, ADR and arbitration practice, and specialises in international commercial and investment arbitration, and in commercial litigation.



Mélissa joined Herbert Smith Freehills Spain in September 2015. 

She has experience in pre-arbitration negotiations and international arbitration proceedings under the rules of institutions including the ICC, ICSID, LCIA, SCAI and UNCITRAL as well as in commercial disputes. Mélissa is a native French speaker and she is also fluent in Spanish and English.

Mélissa's experience includes: 

  • representing the Kingdom of Spain in an investment arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules filed by multiple claimants who invested in the Spanish photovoltaic industry under the Energy Charter Treaty
  • representing a leading Spanish Construction, Energy and Infrastructure group in an investment arbitration against the Algerian Government under the ICSID Rules
  • advising a leading Spanish engineering and construction group in an arbitration proceedings against a Kenyan State owned company relating to a dispute arising out of an EPC contract for the construction and development of an integrated electricity transmission network in Kenya
  • advising a Spanish energy and construction company in an arbitration against a Chinese State owned company related to a dispute over quality defects in photovoltaic modules installed in plants constructed and operating in various European countries
  • advising a Spanish State owned company in an arbitration against a Brazilian port operator relating to disputes arising out of an EPC Contract for the development of a large private port terminal in Brazil




Mélissa holds a Degree of International Economic Law from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris, France. Mélissa also studied public international law at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. 

Mélissa is qualified to practice law in France and Spain.

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