Sunday, April 14, 2024

Dentons nabs Dispute Resolution head partner from Simmons

Dentons has strengthened its Madrid office with the incorporation of Santiago Hurtado as the new head partner of Litigation practice in Spain. Joining Hurtado as counsel is Javier Royo, both from Simmons & Simmons


Santiago Hurtado has more than 20 years of experience in litigation and corporate matters related to shareholder disputes. Throughout his career, he has advised both financial institutions and debtors in complex restructurings and insolvencies, including some of the largest and most important insolvency proceedings filed in Spain.

Prior to joining Dentons, he was the head partner of the Dispute Resolution practice in the Madrid office of Simmons & Simmons and, before that, he was a partner at Deloitte Legal, where he headed the Restructuring and Insolvency practice. During his time as a State Attorney, he was responsible for the legal advice of the Vice-Presidency of the Government and the Ministry of the Presidency, and held the position of technical secretary general in the Ministry of Justice. During his time at this ministry, he led the reform of the Spanish Bankruptcy Law in 2011 and participated in the reform of the 2011 Arbitration Law, the 2010 Consolidated Text of the Capital Companies Law and the 2009 and 2011 Civil Procedure Law.

His extensive and recognised experience has earned him distinction in some of the most prestigious legal directories. He is ranked in Band 1 of the Chambers and Partners directory in the area of Restructuring and Insolvency and as “Highly Regarded” by IFLR1000.

Jabier Badiola, managing partner of Dentons in Spain, stated that “the new additions support our strategy of investing in high quality talent to address our clients’ needs, while strengthening our presence in the Spanish market.” He added that “in the current difficult market conditions, we are seeing increased demand from both creditors and debtors for legal and litigation support in relation to restructuring and insolvency in Spain.”

Dentons new partner, Santiago Hurtado, said he is “very much looking forward to the challenge of joining Dentons in Spain, a firm that is not only truly global, but which has experienced dynamic development in the Spanish market in recent years.”

Javier Royo, for his part, specialises in complex Restructuring and Insolvency proceedings and has extensive experience in insolvency and bank resolution proceedings.

Both additions are part of the firm’s commitment to building a leading litigation practice throughout Europe, for which it is essential to promote Spain as a strategic European market, which has already been reinforced with the addition of José María García Santos, also a state lawyer, as a partner in March 2021.

With the signings of Hurtado and Royo, Dentons Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice in Spain now has seven lawyers, including two partners. Globally, the practice totals more than 1,300 lawyers worldwide.

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