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Top Real Estate Legal Dealmakers in Spain

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Legal Dealmaker´s best lawyers in the Spanish Real Estate practice

Legal Dealmaker is honoured to present its list of the Top Real Estate Legal Dealmakers in the private practice in Spain. They are Real Estate lawyers who have been selected for their expertise and experience in a wide range of Real Estate matters. They all stand out for their market-leading Real Estate practice, spanning high-value transactions and developments, are renowned for their top-tier handling of Real Estate development projects and related transactions, and have demonstrated significant experience in complex Real Estate portfolios and projects.

The Spanish Legal services industry has begun to evolve its Real Estate strategy in light of changes caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and these prominent figures have tackled the health crisis to keep the market up to the highest standards.

Some of them are veterans and longtime recognised Real Estate lawyers by renowned international Legal directories (Chambers & Partners, Legal500, Best Lawyers, WWL…), others are mid-level partners, and we even find some emerging stars that, on their way to partnership, are starting to lead some of the most important RE deals in Spain, frequently involved in complex cross-border multidisciplinary deals, as well as in all kinds of Real Estate oriented deals: leases, financing, restructuring, construction. etc.

Even if the research shows that men are still leading the Real Estate Legal market in Spain, Legal Dealmaker also values the fact the glass ceiling is starting to shatter, and we find leading RE women lawyers in Spain, a tendency we are convinced that will continue in the upcoming years, demonstrating the fact that top talent does not know about gender.

This selection, in alphabetical order, goes beyond national impact, since the Spanish Commercial Real Estate market is one of the most active in Europe. According to the European Public Real Estate Association, Spain concentrates more than half of the total number of REITs operating in the Eurozone at the close of 2021 (75 our of 144), bringing the capitalisation of REITs to €22.58 billion.

As on every recognition list, it cannot include all the best lawyers, but this media can attest that the ones included here are part of the best Real Estate Legal Dealmakers in the Spanish market.

Adolfo Guerrero | Linklaters

Adolfo Guerrero

Adolfo is a partner at Linklaters. He leads the Spanish Real Estate practice and he defines himself as “an all-around highly versatile real estate lawyer”. He has extensive experience in general Corporate and Real Estate transactions, having worked on a range of Real Estate transactions, such as financing, restructuring (including both Corporate and Finance), investment in and the disposal of a variety of real estate assets, and sales and leasebacks. He has also extensive experience advising large international private equities, hedge funds, and real estate funds on the acquisition (and management) of portfolios of both properties and non-performing loans. He started his career at Linklaters in 2007 as an associate, being later appointed managing associate in 2014, counsel in 2018, and made partner in 2019.

Alejandro Osma | Pérez-Llorca

Alejandro Osma

Alejandro Osma Jiménez joined Pérez-Llorca in 2002 and made partner in 2013. He has extensive experience advising on Real Estate transactions, but also on Energy and Infrastructure projects transactions. Alejandro is specialised in Corporate/M&A but with a strong focus on Real Estate, and has extensive experience in advising domestic and international clients on all types of transactions related to the real estate market, as well as Commercial transactions related to companies from the real estate sector, including Joint Ventures, Private Equity and Mergers and Acquisitions.

Alfonso Fernández-Puebla | Simmons & Simmons

Alfonso Fernández-Puebla

Alfonso is the national practice group head for the firm’s Corporate and Commercial department in Spain. He also leads the Real Estate practice of the firm in Spain and deals with all legal aspects related to Real Estate: investment, financing, development, construction, asset management, and divestment. Alfonso has been rendering legal services in the real estate sector since 1998. This period includes being an in-house lawyer to one of Spain´s largest property companies. His practice is focused on Real Estate transactions for international investors, SOCIMIs (Spanish REITs), and family offices. He is also used to assisting in joint venture agreements between international investors and local players.

Álvaro Otero | CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo

Álvaro Otero

Álvaro Otero is head of the Real Estate and Construction department at CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo, joining the firm in 2014 from KPMG, and making partner in 2017. He specialises in the buying and selling of real estate companies and real estate assets, both individual and portfolios and has extensive experience in sale and leaseback operations; leases of commercial premises, hotels and offices; development and construction contracts; financing and refinancing of real estate companies, both to national and international clients. Álvaro has advised leading companies in their sectors in a variety of real estate transactions.

Ana Julia García Jiménez | Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Ana Julia García Jiménez

Ana is a counsel in the firm´s Madrid office. She advises on all aspects of Corporate Real Estate, in particular disposals and acquisitions on complex Real Estate transactions, project developments and Real Estate Finance. She is also particularly experienced in Construction matters. She joined the firm in 2011 and made counsel in 2020, with five years of previous experience as a Real Estate senior associate at Uría Menéndez. Ana also advises on Commercial lease agreements, sale and leaseback transactions, construction contracts and joint venture agreements. Her client base includes major financial investors and institutions, real estate companies, SOCIMIs, investment banks and other key players in the Spanish real estate market.

Bernat Mullerat | Cuatrecasas

Bernat Mullerat

Bernat is a partner in the Real Estate and Town Planning area at Cuatrecasas. He is a specialist in the Real Estate sector; with extensive experience in construction and real estate acquisition, as well as real estate portfolio management. He has advised on many real estate transactions, mainly the acquisition of shopping centres, hotels, and office buildings, as well as hotel and tourist resort management. He advises on Regulatory and Contractual matters related to tourist and timesharing transactions. He also handles national and international transactions to develop and sell renewable energy projects. He is co-chair of the Real Estate Section of the International Bar Association (2022-2023) and was senior vice-chair of the same section (2021-2022).

Carlos Bardavío | KPMG Abogados

Carlos Bardavío

Carlos joined KPMG as a partner and head of the Real Estate area in October 2018. He has more than 18 years of experience in the legal sector, having advised on some of the most important transactions in terms of complexity and amount. Prior to joining KPMG Abogados, Carlos was counsel in the Real Estate practice at Hogan Lovells. Carlos advises institutional investors, listed companies, family offices, and financial institutions, both Spanish and foreign, on the acquisition, sale, development, financing, leasing, and management of real estate, especially offices, hotels, logistics platforms, shopping centres, and residential complexes.

Carlos Portocarrero | Clifford Chance

Carlos Portocarrero

Carlos Portocarrero de las Heras is a partner in the Real Estate department of Clifford Chance. He specialises in complex transactions, including the sale and leaseback of real estate portfolios, acquisition and sale of real estate companies, real estate joint ventures and acquisition of office buildings and shopping centres. He has also advised on joint ventures, bidding processes, sale of portfolios, and acquisitions of real estate companies. Carlos represents institutional investors, funds, financial institutions, and a variety of other international real estate investors. He joined Clifford Chance Madrid office in 1997. As a legal advisor, he has participated in and led many of the most important deals of the Real Estate area in Spain.

Carmen Piris | Rödl & Partner

Carmen Piris

Carmen was recently appointed head of the Real Estate area at Rödl & Partner Spain, a department that she joined in 2017. Since then, she has been giving comprehensive Legal advice in all types of Real Estate transactions: residential, commercial, industrial, and land. She has been also taking care of purchases and sales of a Real Estate nature: drafting and review of earnest money contracts, private purchase contracts, and public deeds of sale. Among others, Piris is also experienced in Public deed of constitution or cancellation of loans with mortgage guarantee, processing of the inscription of the title deeds, and the cancellation of charges and encumbrances in the Land Registry.

Cristina Calvo | Ashurst

Cristina Calvo

Cristina Calvo is a partner in Ashurst Real Estate practice. She has extensive experience advising Spanish and international clients in all areas of the property industry, including acquisitions, disposals, construction, fund structuring, joint ventures, real estate financing as well as real estate Litigation and Arbitration. She also has wide experience in Restructuring, distressed transactions, and Insolvency matters. Cristina advises on all areas of the real estate sector, with particular focus and expertise in the Built Environment, development, and distressed spaces. As for types of clients, her focus is on financial institutions and funds as well as developers. Some of her key clients include Hines, Cerberus, and Centerbridge.

Daniel Tienda | Cases & Lacambra

Daniel Tienda

Daniel Tienda is a  Real Estate partner at Cases & Lacambra in Spain. He has a full and broad understanding of the Real Estate cycle in Spain. He acts for institutional investors: funds, family offices, and private equity firms, and has solid experience advising cross-border transactions. His expertise ranges from large types of real estate transactions: acquisitions, sale and leaseback agreements or sale-and-lease-back transactions, mergers and acquisitions of real estate companies, sale and purchase of land and real estate development projects, residential buildings, commercial shopping centres, and retail spaces. Daniel’s advice extends to the Public Law aspects of urban matters, planning concessions, and licensing with the Public Administration.

Diego Armero | Uría Menéndez

Diego Armero

Diego Armero is a partner in the Madrid office Real Estate department of Uría Menéndez since 2006. He joined the firm in 1999. Diego has extensive experience in Corporate and Commercial Law and has focused his practice on Real Estate transactions and, particularly, on the sale and purchase of commercial properties.  He advises in particular on these types of transactions: sale and purchase of companies in the real estate sector, direct sale and purchase of real estate assets, sale, and lease-back of real estate assets, joint ventures designed to invest in or develop real estate projects in the tertiary industry, financing of real estate projects, and Turn-key contracts, among others.

Dolors Roca | Rocajunyent

Dolors Roca

Maria Dolors is an of counsel in the Real Estate area at RocaJunyent. She has extensive experience in property agreements, particularly in matters relating to the purchase and sale of properties and land, building rights, construction and exchanges, creation of surface and other rights, as well as easements and the setting-up and management of building complexes. She has an impressive track record in all matters concerning the lease and rental agreements, whether subject to Spanish Urban Lease Law, legislation, or generally applicable Civil Law. Maria Dolors is also experienced in Urban Zoning Law for land development or rehabilitation of consolidated urban areas, embracing all aspects of urban planning, management and execution.

Emilio Gómez-Delgado | Hogan Lovells

Emilio Gómez-Delgado

Emilio heads the Madrid Real Estate practice at Hogan Lovells International, a law firm that he joined in 2005. He is widely recognised for his understanding of the Spanish REITs (SOCIMIs) industry business and provides high-quality advice combined with a deep knowledge of the real estate market. He is also a Real Estate lecturer at the Law Master’s degree and a member of the advisory board of the Universidad de Navarra’s Facult of Law. He is highly regarded by clients for his commercial awareness and international outlook. He focuses on complex real estate developments and transactions, particularly in shopping and leisure centres as well as office buildings, hotels, and industrial premises.

Enrique Isla | Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Enrique Isla

Enrique is a partner and head of Real Estate practice at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo. He specialises in Real Estate Law, advising domestic and international clients on all types of Real Estate transactions: real estate Acquisitions (asset and share deals), Joint Ventures, Development, Leases, Financing, Construction, Restructuring, and Hotels. He is dual-qualified as a lawyer in Spain and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England. Enrique is co-director and professor of the High Specialisation Course in Real Estate Law, at the School of Legal Practice of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has participated as an author or co-author in several specialised legal publications.

Esteban Flores | Cuatrecasas

Esteban Flores is an expert in advising property owners and urban development entities responsible for large urban development projects, designing and supervising transactions from the start, and participating in their development and management. He has participated in several of the most important urban development projects in Spain in recent years. He regularly advises Spanish and international business groups and investment funds on the town planning aspects of buying, selling, and financing all types of real estate assets such as plots of land-developed and in the process of being developed-, shopping malls, residential and build-to-rent buildings, residence halls, senior living facilities, office and industrial buildings, and hotel/tourism complexes and projects.

Estefanía Iceta | Garrigues

Estefanía Iceta

Estefanía Iceta joined the firm in 2000, and since then she has developed her entire career at Garrigues in the firm´s Real Estate department. She is a highly specialised partner in the Real Estate practice. She has advised local and international clients on the acquisition of office buildings, shopping malls, and logistic parks/centres, sale & leaseback transactions, and the granting of mortgage-financing facilities, syndicated loans, and all types of refinancing transactions all across Spain. She has been actively collaborating and working with some of the major Spanish banks and savings banks in connection with the adjudication, divestment, and disposal of real estate assets.

Fernando Azofra | Uría Menéndez

Fernando Azofra

Fernando Azofra is a partner in the Madrid office of Uría Menéndez since 2003. He joined the firm in 1993. He set up and headed the firm’s Lisbon office from 1998 to 2001. He advises domestic and foreign companies on Real Estate and Banking matters, asset finance, and M&A with an underlying Real Estate component. He has broad expertise in structuring and implementing property investments, divestments and financings. He has assisted in Corporate and Real Estate deals involving an aggregate consideration of over €38 billion. As for his Financing expertise, he has outlined mortgage-backed financings, project finance, structured financings, and ‘plain vanilla’ financings for over €15.3 billion.

Fernando Soto | Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Fernando Soto

Fernando is a Real Estate partner and co-leads the Global Transactions group at Freshfields in Spain. He advises on acquisitions of real estate companies, portfolios of properties and NPLs, loan-to-own transactions, sale and leasebacks, real estate joint ventures, leases, hotel management agreements, acquisitions out of insolvencies, and restructuring of real estate companies. He acts for the largest investors in the Spanish real estate sector: KKR, KKH Property Investors, Lazora/Hispania Activos Inmobiliarios, Merlin Properties SOCIMI, MSREF, Dalian Wanda Group, Lar España Real Estate, and PIMCO, assisting them in all aspects of their transactions including Corporate legal advice as well as on pure acquisition mandates.

Gabriel Cabello | Linklaters

Gabriel Cabello

Gabriel is a counsel in the Madrid office Real Estate department at Linklaters. He has participated in numerous Real Estate transactions of diverse nature, including financing, restructuring, investment and divestment of real estate assets, sale and lease-back, leases, and works contracts. He also has experience advising large international real estate funds on the acquisition of portfolios of both repossessed properties and non-performing loans and drafting and negotiation of servicing agreements for repossessed properties and performing and non-performing loans. He has extensive experience in Urban Planning and asset management, including negotiation and drafting of lease agreements, construction agreements, administrative proceedings for the granting of construction permits, etc.

Gerard Hernández | Cuatrecasas

Gerard Hernández

Gerard Hernández is a Corporate/M&A and Real Estate and Town Planning partner at Cuatrecasas. He is a specialist in Real Estate and construction transactions, and in international M&A transactions, focusing on cross-border deals. Gerard Hernández has participated in important and complex transactions in recent years to acquire real estate (mainly commercial and office premises, hotels, and touristic resorts) in prime locations in the main Spanish cities and in foreign cities. He has also participated in commercial lease agreements. From 2015 to 2016, he was a partner at the Cuatrecasas Shanghai office. He advises Spanish and international companies on their investments in China and Chinese clients on their investments in the Iberian Peninsula.

Guillermo Rodrigo | Baker McKenzie

Guillermo Rodrigo is a partner leading the Real Estate Practice Group in Baker McKenzie’s Madrid office since 2016. His practice includes advising funds and national and international investors in connection with complex acquisitions of real estate assets, large real estate portfolios and portfolios of secured debt, as well as real estate finance practice and construction. He has also advised on the incorporation of several SOCIMIs (Spanish real estate investment trusts) and has counselled on a number of Real Estate acquisitions, either through asset or share deals or through the acquisition of large portfolios, acting for the main national and international funds and investors, among others.

Isidro del Moral | Bird & Bird

Isidro del Moral

Isidro del Moral is a partner in the firm´s Real Estate Group in Madrid. He advises on matters including Commercial and Corporate Real Estate. He advises on acquisitions for any kind of property, but office buildings and hotels are highlights for him. He advises on the implementation of Spanish property market transactions, including the acquisition of unique buildings, high-profile office buildings, shopping centres, real estate portfolios, and a number of sales and lease-back operations. The hotel industry is his particular focus and he has extensive experience working with high-profile clients on the purchase, sale, leasing, or management of hotels. He has over 30 years of experience advising national and international clients.

Ismael Fernández Antón | Ashurst

Ismael Fernández Antón

Ismael Fernández Antón is a partner and head of Ashurst Real Estate practice. Ismael has extensive experience advising national and international clients on all the stages of the real estate process including zoning, development, financing, construction, management, and commercialisation of all types of assets (retail centres, residential, and office buildings). Ismael has also a strong track record in distressed transactions and experience in Insolvency and Litigation proceedings. Some of his key clients include Merlin Properties SOCIMI, UBS Real Estate, ING Bank N.V., SAREB, and Castlelake. He was the first Spanish lawyer to be appointed as a member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Itxaso López | Dentons

Itxaso López

Itxaso is a counsel in the Real Estate practice in Dentons Madrid. Prior to Dentons, she worked for Cuatrecasas and Gómez-Acebo & Pombo. Itxaso has more than 15 years of experience assisting domestic and international investors with acquisitions, disposals, and Real Estate transactions with a distressed element 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. Itxaso advises clients such as Kennedy Wilson, Incus Capital, UBS Real Estate, Barings, Kronos and Oaktree. She is a lawyer with broad experience in advising national and international investors and lenders acting in the Spanish Real Estate market.

Iván Azinovic | EY Abogados

Ivan Azinovic

Iván is a partner and head of the Real Estate practice and Real Estate market leader for all EY Service Lines since 2016. Previously, he was a partner at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo, in charge of the Real Estate and Environmental department for over 10 years. He has a strong track record in complex and high-value Real Estate transactions, including portfolio and single-asset transactions, financing and refinancing, sale and leaseback, and Corporate Real Estate matters, as legal counsel to real estate listed companies. He worked in the Maritime Transport Department at La Unión and El Fénix and at the Chilean law firm Graham Miller Carvallo before joining Ventura Garcés until 2000.

Jaime Díaz de Bustamante | Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Jaime Díaz de Bustamante

Jaime is a Real Estate partner at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo since he joined the law firm in 2020. Within Real Estate and Urban Planning Law, he has advised on all types of transactions related to the sector, including acquisition and divestment of real estate assets and companies owning them, assignment of loan/credit portfolios with underlying real estate collateral, and real estate contracting (construction, leases, surface rights, Sale & Leaseback, etc.). His specialities include financing for the acquisition or construction of real estate assets in hotels, logistics, offices and shopping centres. Prior to joining GA_P, he was a partner at ONTIER (2015-2020) and at Ramón y Cajal Abogados (2011-2015).

Javier Ibáñez Gabernet | Eversheds Sutherland

Javier Ibáñez

Javier Ibáñez is a partner in the Real Estate and Finance department at Eversheds Sutherland Spain. He is deputy chairman and member of the Board at Eversheds International. He was Eversheds managing partner from 2009 to 2011. Javier has wide experience in the design, structuring, and implementation of complex Real Estate investment operations including aspects like Tax, Commercial, and Financing. He has experience on the lessee side of sale and leaseback transactions coordinated across multiple jurisdictions. He also advises corporate tenants on the renegotiation of their lease agreements. Prior to joining Eversheds, he was a partner at DLA Piper for six years and, previously, a partner at Stephenson Harwood for four years.

Jesús Conde | Araoz & Rueda

Jesús Conde

Jesús joined the firm as a partner in the Real Estate department in 2016, after seven years as a partner at Baker McKenzie’s Real Estate department. He started his professional career as an associate at Uría Menéndez, where he worked in the Corporate, Real Estate, and Administrative Law areas. He also worked as a senior associate in Freshfields’ Real Estate area. He specialises in restructuring, negotiation, and execution of international Real Estate transactions, handling civil, commercial, planning, and administrative aspects of auction sales and sale & leaseback transactions of industrial and commercial premises. He has also focused on office and retail complex leases and forward funding agreements.

Jesús Varela | Pérez-Llorca

Jesús Varela

Jesús Varela joined Pérez-Llorca in 2020. Prior to joining, he was managing partner for Spain and head of Spanish Real Estate at Dentons. Before that, he was a partner in the Real Estate practice at Linklaters Madrid for eight years, and a senior associate at Clifford Chance for three years. Jesús Varela focuses on NPL portfolio trades, real estate financings for banks and non-banks (direct lending), special situations in the real estate field, asset deals and share deals, fund formation, and joint ventures in all the segments and products on the Spanish real estate market. Recently, Jesús has advised top international investors, developers, and lenders on the most significant Real Estate deals in Spain.

Joaquín Garaulet | Cuatrecasas

Joaquín Garaulet is an expert in condominiums, advising on building issues, and drafting and negotiating building agreements and agreements for other building agents involved in construction. He has recently advised financial entities on distressed asset transactions. Specialist in real estate transfers, leases, sale and leaseback, surface area rights, purchase options, transferring assets to companies, due diligence, and real estate agreements related to renewable energy. Before joining Cuatrecasas, he worked in the real estate departments of leading law firms, advising national and international clients on their transactions.

Jorge Adell | Baker McKenzie

Jorge Adell

Jorge Adell is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Barcelona office. He has practised law in the UK, USA, and Spain and has more than 25 years of experience in Corporate, M&A, Private Equity, and Real Estate transactional work. He has broad experience in advising international and domestic clients in the areas of Corporate Law, M&A, strategic alliances, private equity, and corporate real estate. He advises companies from industries including real estate, food, IT, energy, textiles, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, vehicle components, and tourism. Jorge is a professor at ESADE Law School in Barcelona and serves as secretary to the board and legal advisor in several Spanish and foreign multinational companies.

José Antonio Calleja | King & Wood Mallesons

José Antonio Calleja

José Antonio Calleja is partner and head of the Real Estate Law team at King & Wood Mallesons in Madrid. He is a lawyer with more than 20 years of experience, his expertise covers all branches of Real Estate Law, including transactions involving the acquisition and transfer of real estate assets and real estate companies; property leasing; real estate sale & leaseback; financing of real estate projects; construction contracts; horizontal property issues and real estate complexes. He also has extensive experience in restructuring transactions and registry and mortgage law matters. He represents investment funds, SOCIMIs, financial institutions, developers, family offices, and commercial operators.

José Antonio Pérez Breva | JAP

José Antonio Pérez Breva

The founding partner of JAP is experienced in Real Estate and Construction Law and Civil and Commercial Law advisory, as well as in Public Law and nonprofit entities basically in the healthcare sector. He is a more than 24 years experienced lawyer who combines experience as an in-house in the private and public sector (Revlon, Hospital Clinic) and as a lawyer in major and mid law firms (Mullerat, Garrigues). His practice is focused on Real Estate transactions and highly specialised in very specific sectors: logistics, hospitality, healthcare, and congress venues. He acts as a lead lawyer and coordinating lawyer for other law firms and players.

José Luis García-Manso | Pinsent Masons

José Luis García Manso 2

José Luis García-Manso is the partner in charge of the Real Estate sector at Pinsent Masons in Madrid since 2019, when the law firm decided to bolster this practice area by hiring him from Pérez-Llorca, where he was a partner until then. José Luis advises on investment/disinvestment transactions, forward funding, sale & leaseback, leases, property management contracts, development, construction, and Real Estate M&A. He has handled matters for clients such as Deka Immobilien, Anida (now Divarian after the sale to Cerberus), Barclays, HIG Capital and SOCIMIS such as Hispania or Lar España. Besides working at Pérez-Llorca since 2007, he previously worked at Freshfields from 1998 to 2006 and before that, at Hervada & Klingenberg for more than four years.

José María Oliva | DLA Piper

José María Oliva

José María Oliva is a Real Estate partner at DLA Piper since 2016. He has been involved in all kinds of Real Estate transactions (e.g. purchase sales, leases, condominium structures, project finance) acting both for national and international clients. Oliva, who previously worked at Uría Menéndez (2001-2016), has more than 20 years of experience in providing legal advice in this sector and specialises in asset investment and financing and restructuring transactions, as well as in the sale of portfolios with a real estate component.

Juan Antonio Pérez Rivarés | Uría Menéndez

Juan Antonio Pérez Rivarés

Juan Antonio Pérez Rivarés is a partner in the Barcelona office of Uría Menéndez, where he heads the Corporate and Real Estate practice area. He joined the firm in 1997 and became a partner in January 2008. His practice focuses on the sale, acquisition, and (re)financing of large real estate and mortgage portfolios, property management platforms, prominent buildings, and developments. He has extensive experience in advising sellers and purchasers on complex asset and share transactions, including forwarding purchase, forward funding, and sale and leaseback transactions. He acts for national and international real estate developers and investors, including family offices, corporates and funds based in Spain, Mexico, London and US.

Juan José Berdullas | Garrigues

Juan José Berdullas

Juanjo Berdullas is a partner of the Real Estate department of Garrigues. He is specialised in the areas of investment on real estate assets and instruments with underlying real estate or similar assets and rights, real estate finance, and all those aspects of investment funds activity, covering contractual and regulatory aspects. He has advised on all types of Real Estate transactions. He has also participated in the design and implementation of complex transactions involving real estate assets and rights. Likewise, he has advised financial institutions and foreign investors in Restructuring and Financing transactions. He is a member of the Barcelona Bar Association, the New York Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Maite Hernández Falcó | Andersen

Maite Hernández Falcó

Maite Hernández Falcó is a Real Estate partner at Andersen, with more than 30 years of professional experience. She has extensive experience in Real Estate and Construction Law, including corporate tasks of direct or indirect real estate activity and its financing, among others, acquisitions and sales, legal reviews (Due Diligence), Urban Planning aspects, Sale and Lease, leases, ownership structures, surface rights, concessions and rights of use, construction contracts, surface rights, concessions and rights of use, international or domestic auctions, financing structures and guarantees on real estate or real estate companies, assistance to real estate funds and bidding operations for national or international real estate asset portfolios, as well as construction Arbitration.

Miguel Ferre | Ramón y Cajal Abogados

Miguel Ferre

Miguel Ferre was recently hired as a partner and head of the Real Estate department at Ramón y Cajal Abogados, a sector where he counts with almost nine years of experience. Throughout his career, Ferre has been involved in the acquisition, development, and operation of logistics, hotel, commercial and residential assets. He has also advised on the financing and sale and purchase of NPL and REO portfolios and has participated in numerous land purchases, providing advice on the urban development process. He started his professional career in the Real Estate department of Clifford Chance in 2013 and two and a half years later, he joined Ashurst until September 2019, when he joined Hogan Lovells, leaving that law firm early this year.

Orson Alcocer | DLA Piper

Orson Alcocer

Orson Alcocer is a partner in the Real Estate department of DLA Piper, a law firm that he joined in 2009. He advises Spanish and international clients on all aspects of real estate investments, development, funding, construction, management, and commercialisation of different real estate assets, varying from commercial projects to offices, hotels, logistics parks, and holiday and residential units. He has been involved in a wide range of real estate transactions, financings, sale, and purchase of national and international portfolios, structuring and launching of real estate funds, and commercial leases. He also focuses on international transactions, M&A, Joint Ventures, and restructurings. Prior to joining DLA Piper, he worked at Ashurst and at Uría Menéndez.

Óscar de Santiago | Garrigues

Oscar de Santiago

Óscar de Santiago is a Garrigues partner, co-head for the Cataluña, Aragón, and Balearic Islands area, and the head of the Legal department in that area. He is specialised in Corporate Law and Commercial Contracts and in Real Estate Planning and Zoning. He has a wealth of experience both on the more traditional side, in sale and purchase, construction and lease transactions, and in more finance-related aspects, in the form of the financing and refinancing of real estate development projects and the taking up of stakes in property companies by acquiring equity and/or under mezzanine arrangements. He has advised domestic and international companies on the acquisition, management, and disposal of real estate assets.

Pablo San Gil | Watson Farley & Williams

Pablo San Gil

Pablo is a partner and head of Watson Fairly & Williams Real Estate practice, which he joined in 2014. He specialises in Structured Finance and asset-based lendings for senior and mezzanine debt. He has extensive experience advising lenders, financial entities, and real estate funds on a range of corporate, operational, and financial restructurings for real estate projects, as well as acquisitions of non-performing loans or distressed assets (including loan-to-own transactions), land assets, and logistic assets. Prior to joining WFW, San Gil worked at Clifford Chance and in 2001 he joined Garrigues, where he was appointed partner in 2007.

Rafael Arráez | Eversheds Sutherland

rafael Arraez

Rafael is a Partner in the Eversheds Real Estate department. He Specialises in Real Estate investment/disinvestment operations, sale and leaseback transactions, real estate project finance, the hotel industry, and cadastre and planning issues, he works mainly for institutional and private investors. He also has extensive experience in the drafting and negotiation of commercial leases regarding shopping centres and high street units. He also advises on the establishment of Joint Ventures for the development of data centres in Spain and to international funds on acquisitions of logistics assets or retail portfolios. He joined Eversheds in 2010, and prior to that, he was a lawyer at Clifford Chance for ten years.

Rafael Molina | Latham & Watkins

Rafael Molina

Rafael Molina is a Corporate partner in Latham & Watkins Madrid office. He has broad experience in general Corporate and Real Estate transactions, where he advises both domestic and international investors, developers, financial institutions, and promoters on a wide range of Real Estate transactions. Molina’s practice covers sophisticated, market-defining, and high-end real estate transactions, restructurings, and distressed transactions for private equity and international investment funds, often with a focus on real estate as an asset class and related big-ticket finance work. He has developed expertise in advising clients on the financing, restructuring, investment in, and disposal of a variety of real estate assets; sales and leasebacks; and EPC contracts.

Ramón Castilla | Squire Patton Boggs

Ramón Castilla

Ramón Castilla is a partner at Squire Patton Boggs, a law firm that he joined in 2011. Ramóns’ main expertise is advising on Corporate and Real Estate operations such as purchase and sale of the companies operating in the real estate sector; purchase and leaseback of all types of real estate assets (department stores, office buildings, industrial premises, hotels); sale & leaseback operations of real estate assets; Financing and Corporate Restructuring of real estate groups; lease agreements acting for both landlords and tenants; hotel operation and commercial management agreements; turn-key and forward funding agreements; M&A, Corporate and Business Law and assistance on Due Diligence processes acting for both the seller Due Diligence and for the purchaser Due Diligence.

Roberto Tojo | Dentons

Roberto Tojo

Roberto Tojo Roberto Tojo is a partner and head of the Real Estate practice in Spain, and one of its most recent hirings. He is based in the Madrid office. He has supported clients in many of the most important Real Estate deals and financings in the Spanish market. He has 20 years of experience advising developers, investors, and funds on complex Real Estate transactions, including acquisitions and divestments, sale and leaseback transactions, leases, and construction contracts. He also advises clients on real estate and infrastructure financing and servicing agreements in connection with different types of assets. Before joining Dentons, he was a partner and head of the Real Estate department at Ramon y Cajal Abogados, and prior to that, a lawyer at Clifford Chance.

Santiago de Vicente | Allen & Overy

Santiago de Vicente

Santiago is a Real Estate partner at Allen & Overy Madrid office, joining the law firm in 2015. He has broad experience advising companies and investors on all kinds of property, corporate and financing-related matters. Santiago is specialised in Real Estate matters of a corporate nature, such as joint ventures and restructurings, as well as construction and sale and leaseback arrangements. His work also includes investments and divestitures of property assets and advice on acquisitions and sales of property-backed debt portfolios, foreclosed assets, and servicing platforms. Prior to joining Allen & Overy, he was a counsel at Linklaters, where he worked for more than three years. Before that, he worked at Clifford Chance for more than 12 years.

Silvia Alcoverro | Cuatrecasas

Silvia Alcoberro

Silvia is a Real Estate and Town Planning counsel at the Cuatrecasas Madrid office. She has been for all her professional career at this law firm, which joined in 1999. She is a specialist in real estate contracts (shopping malls, premises, offices, and logistics), advising national and international clients. Silvia Alcoverro mainly advises real estate companies and investment funds. She has handled many real estate and plot transfer transactions, forward funding, construction contracts, lease agreements, management agreements, sale-and-leaseback transactions, and real estate contracts involving the exploitation of renewable energy. She also has experience in Horizontal Property Law and advising on pre-Litigation matters.

Silvia López Jiménez | RocaJunyent

Silvia López Jiménez

Silvia López Jiménez is a Real Estate partner at RocaJunyent, where she joined in 2020. She has 20 years of experience in the field of Real Estate Law and Real Estate Financing, as well as in general business advice, Corporate Governance, risk management, and compliance in an international environment. Prior to joining RocaJunyent´s Madrid office, Silvia worked for Fieldfisher Jausas, DLA Piper, and Garrigues. She also worked as an in-house lawyer at Virgin Active, Sareb, and Neinor Homes, where she still serves as secretary of the Board of Directors. She has extensive experience advising on all kinds of Real Estate transactions, including investments and divestments, leases, construction, hospitality, financing, and Due Diligence of all asset classes.

Tomás Díaz Mielenhausen | Herbert Smith Freehills

Tomás Díaz Mielenhausen

Tomás is a partner and head of Herbert Smith Freehills Madrid office Real Estate practice. He has extensive and wide-ranging experience advising clients on Corporate Real Estate matters, such as mergers and acquisitions, transactions financed by private equity funds, and joint ventures to invest or develop in real estate. In addition, Tomás is experienced in the acquisition and financing of companies that operate in the real estate sector (shopping centres, office buildings, logistic platforms, hotels, resorts, residential buildings, healthcare, large portfolios of assets and non-performing loans, etc.), primarily focused on private equity funds or the industrial and banking sectors (sale and purchase agreements, lease agreements, sale and leaseback deals, turn-key agreements, hotel management agreements, etc.)

Víctor Casarrubios | Jones Day

Víctor Casarrubios

Victor Casarrubios has more than 25 years of experience representing clients. He is a partner and head of the Real Estate practice in Jones Day’s Madrid office. His practice focuses on real estate acquisitions and dispositions; real estate financing; real estate M&A; real estate private equity; funds, SOCIMIs and other equity and debt structures; joint ventures and investment vehicles; distressed real estate acquisition and restructuring strategies; Corporate Real Estate services; leasing and sale and leaseback; hotel transactions and contracts; urban planning and administrative authorisations; development, construction, rehabilitation, and related services; real estate aspects of energy, infrastructure, and mining projects; environmental law; impacts of COVID-19 on real estate projects and contracts, etc.

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