Top Transactional Senior Lawyers in Spain
Paving the Road to Partnersip
At Legal Dealmaker, we understand there is no secret formula, and each law firm has its particular policy, structure and idiosyncrasy when it comes to appointing partners, something that Legal Dealmaker deeply respects. But we also intuitively sense that the old times of the traditional model, when law firms promoted senior lawyers to partner based on experience and a certain number of years at the firm, has welcomed a new set of standards, that do not always go hand in hand with time: technical skills, soft skills, commercial know-how, leadership, commitment, recognition, even personality, and promotions are in many cases seen outside the firm with or after a lateral hire.
Legal Dealmaker has selected a list of more than 20 transactional senior lawyers presented in alphabetical order that, in our editorial opinion, and after researching the Legal market in Spain with the help of reliable sources, might be the next partners of Big Law in Spain. All of them have something in common: with very solid backgrounds, they are already leading dealmakers that have learnt the best from their partners and, some of them represent their firm as lead counsel in many complex and even cross-border deals.
The list is focused on transactional lawyers (Corporate, M&A, Finance, Project Finance, Private Equity, Real Estate, Capital Markets…) excluding other practice areas that are equally relevant to close deals (Labour, Litigation, Tax, Competition…), aware that other lawyers that excel on those areas will also have a seat on their firm´s partnership.
Convinced that many of the senior lawyers included on this list will be included in the next two rounds of global promotions, we are well aware that there are many other senior associates, counsel, directors… that are not on this list and will get their well-deserved promotion to partner, but Legal Dealmaker has limited its editorial selection to the senior lawyers that we think are going to -or should be in our editorial opinion- shortly considered for promotion. We will have to wait and see if our forecast comes true. These are our bets, now, make yours!
Aida González Hernández | Garrigues
Principal associate in the Securities Market and Mergers & Acquisitions practices areas of Garrigues. She also has experience in Banking and Finance Law. Specialising in Securities Markets, Aida provides ongoing advice to financial institutions and industrial clients on Securities and Debt instruments of all kinds, including bonds, convertible instruments or mortgage and internationalisation covered bonds, covering the inclusion of these issues on secondary markets. She has extensive experience in Mergers & Acquisitions, having participated in numerous Acquisitions, Mergers and spin-offs of a wide range of companies, businesses or assets in different industries, as well as in IPOs. Aida holds a degree in Law and Business Administration from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and a Master’s degree in Business Law from Centro de Estudios Garrigues and Harvard Law School. She was recently selected by TTR as a Rising Star in the platform´s 2021 Spain top M&A women dealmakers.
Álvaro Barro | ONTIER
Director in the Banking & Finance department of ONTIER, where he joined in 2021 from Watson Farley & Williams. His professional experience has been developed in the field of Banking and Finance Law, where he has advised on a variety of Financing and Financial Restructuring Transactions, including Corporate Finance, Project Finance, LBOs and project bonds. Álvaro has been particularly involved in the electricity sector, in deals related to the development, financing and sale and purchase of conventional generation projects, renewable energies and transmission and distribution networks. He started his career as an in-house counsel and joined Ramón y Cajal Abogados in 2007. In 2014, he was hired by WFW as a senior associate, from where he joined ONTIER. He is a Law graduate from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and holds an MBA from IE Business School and various postgraduate degrees from IEB.
Ana Calvo | Freshfields
Senior associate in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Corporate/M&A department. Ana joined Freshfields in 2014 from Watson Farley & Williams. Previously, she worked at Ramón y Cajal Abogados, where she was seconded as external Legal advisor to the State Society for the Promotion and Attraction of Foreign Investments in Spain (Invest in Spain). She holds a double degree in Law and Business Administration from Universidad Pontificia Comillas ICAI-ICADE. For four years, she was a candidate for the State Attorney public examination. From Freshfields, she has been involved in many cross-border acquisition deals advising international companies. She was part of the firm´s team advising Cinven, KKR and Providence on the voluntary public takeover bid for the entire share capital of MásMóvil. She was recently selected by TTR as a Rising Star in the platform´s 2021 Spain top M&A women dealmakers.
Antonio Paredes | Cuatrecasas
Senior associate in the Finance department of Cuatrecasas, which he joined in 2010. Antonio handles national and international Debt Restructuring and Refinancing transactions for companies in the real estate and industrial sectors; Refinancing agreements; and Financing transactions using different structures, including Corporate, Acquisition and Project Finance. He is a specialist in distressed acquisition transactions and credit and asset portfolio sales, having participated in all aspects of many major transactions in Spain in recent years. He holds a double degree in Law and Business Administration from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and lectures on Project Finance at the same institution and in the Bachelor of Laws and Master´s degree in International Law at ISDE Law & Business School.
Antonio Ramírez | Freshfields
Senior associate in the Finance department of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Madrid. He started his career in 2005, and after a traineeship in the Real Estate department of Gómez-Acebo & Pombo, he joined DLA Piper, where he was an associate in the firm´s Finance and Projects department. In 2010, he was seconded as an in-house lawyer to the Legal department of the UPS Brussels office. From Freshfields, he has been involved in many cross-border acquisition deals advising international companies. He joined Freshfields in 2012, and was seconded to the European Real Estate Finance department of J.P. Morgan in London, and later to the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Paris office. He holds a double degree in Law and Business Administration from Universidad Pontificia Comillas.
Begoña Martínez | Linklaters
Managing associate in the Banking and Capital Markets practice of Linklaters. She joined the firm in 2008. Begoña holds a double degree in Law and Business Administration from Universidad Pontificia Comillas. She is actively engaged in the firm´s learning hub for young lawyers. Begoña has advised on some of the most relevant Refinancing agreements, Restructuring of financial debts in the Spanish market and also regularly advises on syndicated loan matters, usually under the direction of renowned partner Ben Crosse. She also has experience in Insolvency and pre-Insolvency Law, especially in matters related to Restructuring plans and Refinancing agreements.
Bosco de Checa | Allen & Overy
Corporate senior associate at Allen & Overy. Bosco has advised a number of listed and non-listed companies on domestic and cross-border transactions. He has significant experience in a variety of Corporate work, including Mergers, Acquisitions and disposals of companies, Restructurings, Joint Ventures, Commercial contracts and takeovers, advising on several sectors, such as private equity, infrastructure, energy and media. He joined Allen & Overy Barcelona office in 2014 from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. He has been and continues to be, a key player for the firm, having made a major contribution to the Corporate M&A team in Spain, and being considered an important dealmaker in the Spanish Legal market. He holds a Law degree from ESADE, and regularly collaborates with various Law and Business Schools as a professor and guest lecturer.
Diego Pérez-Yarza | Cuatrecasas
Corporate/M&A senior associate at Cuatrecasas New York office. Diego has extensive experience in Spanish and international transactions, in particular in Mergers & Acquisitions, collaboration and joint venture agreements, and Corporate group Restructuring. He also has experience in advising listed companies, particularly in the areas of Corporate Governance, takeover bids and incorporating companies in the Alternative Equity Market (MaB), now BME Growth. He regularly advises Spanish and international companies on all aspects of Corporate Law and on drafting and negotiating commercial contracts and agreements. He joined Cuatrecasas Madrid office in 2017, and Between 2015 and 2016, he worked at the New York office of US law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell. He holds a double degree in Law and Business Administration from Universidad Pontificia Comillas ICAI-ICADE.
Eduardo Sánchez Roldán | Clifford Chance
Senior associate at Clifford Chance Madrid Banking & Finance department. Eduardo specialises in Project Finance schemes in the energy and infrastructure sectors, including procurement contracts (EPC/O&M/MSA) and M&A of projects covering Spanish and LatAm transactions. He started his career at JA Cremades et Associes in Paris, and later worked as International Investment and Legal at the Embassy of Spain in Mexico DF. In 2013, he was hired by Cuatrecasas Finance department, working on Restructuring Debt transactions, Project Finance and Financing of M&A deals, from where he was seconded to Barclays as Legal counsel. He joined Clifford Chance in 2014. He teaches as an associate professor at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and at IE Law School. Eduardo holds a double degree in Law and Business Administration from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, as well as an LLM from IE Law School, a Master´s degree in International Trade from ICEX-CECO and a Master´s degree in Finance, Marketing and Consulting from ESCP Business School.
Felipe Vázquez Acedo | Hogan Lovells
Counsel in the Corporate and Finance practice group of Hogan Lovells. He joined the firm in 2010 from Garrigues. Felipe holds a wealth of experience across the full range of Corporate practices. He has more than ten years of expertise in a variety of Corporate work and general M&A, including Venture Capital transactions, private and public acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Restructuring, advising both domestic and international listed and unlisted clients and Private Equity houses. Felipe has participated in several corporate transactions for the sale and purchase of stakes in large companies, complex assignment of assets & liabilities and the establishment of all kind of corporate vehicles for foreign enterprises to carry out their business within the Spanish market. Felipe is very active in monetiSation transactions with financial institutions, bancassurance joint-ventures and cross-border transactions across Continental Europe and Latin America. He holds a double degree in Law and Business Administration from Universidad Pontificia Comillas and a Master´s degree in Corporate Law from Centro de Estudios Garrigues.
Gonzalo Fernández Contreras | King & Wood Mallesons
Corporate senior associate at King & Wood Mallesons. Gonzalo is a lawyer with more than ten years of experience, with a long track record of an essential role in some of the most important M&A transactions of the Spanish market. Since joining KWM in 2015, Gonzalo has become a key lawyer in the Corporate team and has been involved in some of the firm’s most important deals, especially within the energy and private equity sectors. He started his career in the Commercial department of Garrigues in 2010, and in 2013 was hired to work in the Corporate department of Bird & Bird Madrid, joining King & Wood Mallesons Madrid office in 2015. He was seconded to the firm´s Shanghai in 2019 and made senior associate the same year. He is a Law graduate from Universidad de Sevilla and holds a Master´s degree in Business Law from Centro de Estudios Garrigues – Harvard Law School.
Gonzalo Sánchez Quiñones | Pérez-Llorca
Corporate/M&A senior associate at Pérez-Llorca New York office. Gonzalo specialises in Corporate Law, especially in Mergers and Acquisitions, Restructuring of companies and business groups, Capital Markets and Private Equity transactions. He has been involved in numerous national and international transactions. He also advises listed companies on Corporate Governance. In addition, he has taken part in a number of Corporate transactions, particularly with regard to the increase and reduction of capital, and the incorporation and Restructuring of companies, as well as in general Corporate matters. He joined the firm in 2015, and in 2021 was transferred to the firm´s New York office. He is a Law graduate from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and holds an LLM in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution, Litigation and Arbitration from the Queen Mary University of London. He lectures Law at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
Ignacio Cerrato | CMS Spain
Counsel in the Corporate / M&A department at CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo. Ignacio is specialised in domestic and international Mergers and Acquisitions, with extensive expertise in Corporate, Commercial and Contractual matters, as well as in Capital Markets regulation. He also has vast experience in advising on Corporate Governance matters to management bodies, having rendered services to both national and international companies. Ignacio holds the role of secretary of the Board of Directors of several companies belonging to cross-border groups. Additionally, Ignacio holds vast experience in Due Diligence processes, joint ventures, sale and purchase agreements and shareholders’ agreements under negotiation, as well as in advising clients and investors from a wide range of sectors (especially energy, real estate, TMT and consumer products). He holds a double degree in Law and Business Administration from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
Itxaso López | Dentons
Counsel in the Real Estate practice at Dentons Madrid. Prior to Dentons, Itxaso worked for Cuatrecasas and Gómez-Acebo & Pombo. She holds more than 15 years of experience assisting domestic and international investors with Acquisitions, Disposals and Real Estate transactions with distressed elements throughout Spain. She has participated in many transactions covering transfers and financing of all types of real estate, including housing portfolios, offices, shopping malls, complexes, hotels, logistics and renewable energy projects. She is a lawyer with broad experience in advising national and international investors and lenders acting in the Spanish Real Estate market, having participated in transactions for the Acquisition and Financing of all types of real estate assets including office buildings, hotels, renewable energy projects and loan portfolios. She also provides Legal advice on Real Estate asset management for relevant players. Itxaso is a Law graduate from Universidad de Deusto.
Jacobo Palanca | Gómez-Acebo & Pombo
Corporate/M&A senior associate at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo. Jacobo specialises in Corporate Governance and Corporate Law for listed companies, and Corporate and M&A transactions with an impact on the different securities markets (takeover bids, IPOs, equity issues, debt and listed securities, etc.). He is usually involved in some of the most relevant deals of the Spanish market, usually under the direction of Corporate partners Augusto Piñel and Guillermo Guerra. He joined GA_P in 2018 from Ramón y Cajal Abogados Capital Markets department, where he worked for four years, with previous experience at Peñafort Abogados and banco BANIF. He holds a Law degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, a certificate in Business Administration (CBA) from IE Business School and an MBA from IE Law School, as well as Legal Project Management studies from the same institution.
Javier Méndez Fallola | Baker McKenzie
Javier Méndez is a team leader working with the firm’s M&A practice group in Madrid. His main fields of practice are M&A, Joint Ventures, Private Equity and General Corporate Law. Javier focuses his practice on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, buy-outs, Private Equity and Venture Capital transactions. He advises companies operating in different industries, including energy (renewables and conventional), distribution, sports and technology. Javier joined Baker McKenzie in 2013 and has served the firm since his incorporation. He holds a double degree in Law and Business Administration from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. He was recently recognised for inclusion in the inaugural edition of Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” in the category of Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions Law and is recognised as one of the best Baker McKenzie non-partner dealmakers.
Juan Vicente Barquilla | Watson Farley & Williams
Senior associate in Watson Farley & Williams Finance group. Juan Vicente specialises in Structured Finance transactions, including Debt issuance transactions, with particular emphasis on energy and infrastructure projects. Additionally, he advises financial entities and private developers and companies on financing schemes, including trade finance and international export credit agencies transactions. Juan Vicente is regularly involved in greenfield projects from the EPC and O&M drafting perspective which gives him a deeper knowledge of the underlying technology in the framework of financing. He joined WFW in 2013 after an internship at Clifford Chance, with previous experience at Grupo Ortiz. He is a Law graduate from Universidad de Oviedo and holds a Master´s degree in Legal Advice to Companies from IE Law School.
Marta López-Brea | Garrigues
Principal associate in the Corporate/Commercial Law department of Garrigues Madrid. Marta has spent her entire career at Garrigues and is an expert in Securities Market Law, and Banking and Financial Law. She has broad experience in Securitisation, a practice she has specialised in since 1997, as well as in a wide range of structured transactions (Structured Bonds, Financial Derivatives, Project Finance, Project Bonds, Corporate Finance) and other Banking transactions. In light of her experience, she has taken part in many of the most innovative Securitisation and Structured Financing deals performed in Spain in recent years, garnering plaudits from various national and international publications. She holds a Law degree from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, majoring in Business Law (CEU San Pablo).
Marta Vizcaíno | DLA Piper
Of counsel in DLA Piper Madrid M&A department. Marta has 15 years of experience in this area, advising on numerous Private Equity and Venture Capital investment transactions, and has in-depth knowledge of the energy and infrastructure sectors. She has developed her career in firms such as Hogan Lovells, Uría Menendez and, more recently, at Eversheds Sutherland, where she was counsel since 2019. She holds extensive experience in Legal Tech, especially in analytics solutions for lawyers, and she is the director of LegalTech and Legal Innovation programs at IEB (Instituto de Estudios Bursátiles). She is a Law graduate from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and holds a Master’s degree in Finance from IEB, a Master’s degree in LegalTech from the IE Law School and an advanced course in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning from the School of Industrial Organisation.
Martín Jordano | Uría Menéndez
Corporate senior associate at Uría Menéndez, having joined the firm´s Madrid office in 2012. From September 2016 to May 2017, he worked as a visiting lawyer at the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. His professional practice is focused on Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Company Law and Corporate Governance. He regularly advises clients in M&A in a variety of sectors. He is also recurrently involved in equity and debt issuances by public and private companies, joint ventures, public to private transactions and in a wide variety of Business Law matters, including insolvency law and “family protocols”. Additionally, on a regular basis, he advises listed companies and other clients on Corporate Law and Corporate Governance matters, as well as on Regulatory issues relating to Capital Markets. He holds a double degree in Law and Business Administration from Universidad Pontificia Comillas ICAI-ICADE and teaches M&A, Corporate, Civil and Commercial Law at various universities and business schools.
Pablo Medina | Linklaters
Counsel of the Capital Markets area of Linklaters, where he joined in 2006. He was seconded to the New York office, where he worked in the Capital Markets and Banking team, mainly involved in operations in Latin America and Spanish companies in the US. Pablo Medina has extensive experience in equity market transactions (IPOs, capital increases and accelerated placements), equity-linked (convertible and exchangeable bonds) and international and domestic debt issues and hybrid instruments, advising listed companies, funds and investment banks. He also advises on M&A transactions and Restructurings and is an expert in Corporate Governance. Pablo works on a recurring basis in the London office and has extensive experience in Latin American transactions. He holds a double degree in Law and Business Administration from Universidad Pontificia Comillas.
Pablo Murcia | Clifford Chance
Senior associate in the Clifford Chance Madrid Corporate/M&A department. Pablo specialises in domestic and international M&A transactions, both for corporates and financial investors, with a particular focus on the energy, infrastructure and sports sectors. Pablo´s work mainly consists of advising on Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Restructuring and Joint Ventures, Commercial Contracts, Real Estate transactions, and Financing transactions. He joined Clifford Chance Madrid in 2014, having previously worked at Cuatrecasas as a Commercial lawyer for more than five years. He holds a double degree in Law and Business Administration from Universitat de Barcelona and a postgraduate degree in Company Valuing and Corporate Accounting from Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He also teaches Corporate Law at ISDE Law & Business School.
Rafael Durán | Pinsent Masons
Corporate senior associate at Pinsent Masons Madrid. He advises clients on a wide range of Corporate matters. He joined the firm in 2017 from Ramón y Cajal Abogados, where he was a Corporate/M&A senior lawyer. Previously, he worked at PwC T&L for almost five years. Rafael has a particular focus on M&A and Private Equity transactions and has acted for a variety of clients, including public and private companies, Private Equity and Venture Capital investors, on matters related to Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, investment and disinvestment transactions and Corporate Reorganisations. He also advises in general Company Law matters. He has particular expertise in the real estate, infrastructure, industrial and private equity sectors. Rafael is a Law graduate from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and holds a Master´s degree in Tax and Legal advice from IE Business School.
Sergio Cires | Jones Day
Of counsel in the Financial Markets practice of Jones Day Madrid. Sergio joined the firm in 2008 from Squire Patton Boggs, and has more than 10 years of experience in the Banking, Project, and Acquisition Finance areas, with a particular focus on energy and infrastructure projects involving public-private partnerships (PPPs). He represents domestic and international financial entities, equity funds, debt funds, and corporations in Project, Leveraged, Acquisition, Real Estate, Corporate, and Asset-backed Finance as well as Debt Restructurings and Refinancings. He has extensive experience working on cross-border transactions in Europe, Latin America and The United States. Sergio is the coordinator of Jones Day Madrid’s pro bono practice. He also collaborates with IE Business School, Universidad de Navarra (UNAV) and teaches a course on Project Finance at ISDE (Madrid). He holds a double degree in Law and Economics from Universidad de Navarra and a Master´s degree in Corporate Law from IE Business School.