What the team is known for
Widely recognised as a market-leading tax practice with proven strength in all aspects of Spanish tax law. Advises family-owned businesses that have operations in multiple jurisdictions on the tax aspects of corporate restructurings. Provides ongoing tax advisory services to global or Spanish corporates, advising on diverse topics ranging from the calculation of corporation tax through to the update of transfer pricing policies. Assists asset managers and high net worth individuals with the structuring of investments into Spanish assets or tax planning for the divestment of the same. Has experience in the tax structuring of cross-border transactions between Spain and either Latin America or Asia. Litigation practice both defends clients in tax inspections and leads public law challenges to decisions made by tax authorities or government bodies.
Clients praise the multi-jurisdictional capabilities of the team, saying: "Although we are working with different countries and offices with Cuatrecasas, all the lawyers involved are acting as a sole team. This is very desirable for the client and facilitates the decision-making."
Another client characterises the team as "deeply knowledgeable, service-oriented, responsive, committed and flexible."
Advised Universidad Privada de Madrid, owner of Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio, on the EUR1.1 billion sale of a 97.55% stake of the holding company to CVC Capital Partners.
has extensive experience in advising clients on international tax matters. His expertise covers tax structuring in relation to international corporate reorganisations and cross-border investments.
regularly advises multinational corporations on the tax implications of cross-border matters such as acquisitions and business exits. One market source characterises him as "a very bright, knowledgeable lawyer."
Antonio Barba "is technically very powerful and has a very high degree of commitment to the customer,"
according to a client. He is frequently instructed on mandates relating to cross-border transactions. Another client reports: "He is very well positioned in both international and indirect taxation and is recognised as an expert in the sector."
Barcelona-based practitioner Carles Puig
offers a wealth of experience in tax matters relating to corporate restructuring and controversies resulting from inspections. His clientele comprises both individuals and companies, including corporates and family businesses.
is proficient in advising sellers on tax issues arising in cross-border M&A transactions. He is added to the rankings following praise from clients, one of whom characterises him as "very clear and transparent, focused, straightforward and in possession of very good emotional intelligence."
Another client appreciates that he is "very good technically and intuitive, meaning that he can quickly tell you how a matter will go,"
and adds: "His responses are adapted to you and your commercial situation."
specialises in advising clients in the financial sector on the full range of tax matters. One client highlights "his incomparable work capacity, his extraordinary proactivity, empathy and encyclopedic knowledge of all tax matters that can affect the banking business."
Another client notes "his capability to understand the Spanish tax system and its changes is very impressive; he always knows the new resolutions and tribunal decisions."
is "extremely smart, flexible, commercially oriented, good at networking and coming up with solutions,"
according to a client. He assists Spanish companies and family offices with M&A transactions and corporate restructurings.
is a well-recognised tax practitioner based in Barcelona, regularly instructed by investment managers and corporates. He is adept at handling various non-contentious tax issues, including those relating to acquisitions and corporate restructurings.
advises clients on a variety of non-contentious mandates such as the taxation aspects of corporate restructurings. His client list includes national and international corporates and private investors. One client enthuses: "He is extensively experienced in advising large national business groups and multinational companies. He is very thorough."
is a renowned tax litigation specialist, identified by one client as "highly knowledgeable, experienced and with a high success rate in this area."
Another client notes: "Ayats is the best partner you can have when dealing with the tax authorities; he knows the procedures perfectly and is able to predict how the authorities will react."