Thursday, September 21, 2023

Bird & Bird adds Financial Law partner

Bird & Bird has hired Fernando Gutiérrez Rizaldos, who joins from Dentons, as a partner to strengthen the firm's Finance and Financial Regulation practice in Madrid


Fernando Gutiérrez has more than 17 years of experience in his speciality. His practice focuses, on the one hand, on financings of all types (with special focus on refinancings and restructurings, project finance and other new money transactions) – and, on the other hand, on financial regulation – credit institutions, investment services companies and insurers, including the structuring of all types of funds (including UCITS funds, AIFM funds and securitisation funds). He has also acted as secretary and deputy secretary to companies of all types, including regulated, listed, and public companies.

Bird & Bird’s new partner holds degrees in Law, Economics and Business Administration from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. He also holds a degree in Political Science from the Complutense University of Madrid and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of California, Berkeley.

Prior to joining Bird & Bird, Fernando spent most of his career at the international law firm Dentons, as well as at Clifford Chance and DLA Piper. He also has experience in the public sector, where he was Secretary General of SEPI Desarrollo Empresarial, S.A., S.M.E. and Chairman of the alternative investment fund manager Sepides Gestión, SGEIC, S.A., S.M.E. He is also an associate professor in the Commercial Law department of the Universidad Pontificia-Comillas (Icade).

Bird & Bird’s managing partner in Spain, Coral Yáñez, explains that Fernando’s hiring “will allow us to strengthen both the Financial Regulatory area and our current financing practice. He is a great addition to the Madrid office, as he brings experience and expertise that complements our current practice.

Fernando Gutiérrez commented: “Joining this project is a great opportunity to exploit synergies with other departments and to expand the finance and financial regulation practice. The firm’s focus on technology and innovation will allow me to continue developing my practice, particularly in Fintech”.

Along with Fernando, Ariadna Sanmartín also joined the law firm as an associate.

Bird & Bird’s Financial Law and Regulation department in Spain is now led by two partners, José Luis Lorente and Fernando Gutiérrez, with the support of four lawyers.

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