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Uría Menéndez

Banking & Finance

4 ranked lawyersBand 1SpainGlobal 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Established presence as a market leader in the Spanish banking sector. Has a considerable caseload of distressed finance mandates, including standout mandates on the lender side of high-profile debt restructuring operations and the originator bank side of complex NPL and REO portfolio sales. Regularly appointed to act for lenders on the negotiation of syndicated loans in favour of Spanish borrowers, with proven experience in real estate, energy project and corporate acquisition finance mandates. Earns praise for the consistent quality of lawyers across departments and different levels of seniority.

Notable practitioners

Ángel Pérez López is recognised as an increasingly important figure in the firm's debt restructuring and refinancing practice. He has experience in significant NPL portfolio sales. López also earns praise for his work on real estate finance matters. Clients highlight his ability to coordinate large lender syndicates and his patient approach to negotiations, saying: "In complex situations he always has things under control."

Blanca Arlabán is a Spanish law-qualified partner who is central to the firm's London-based finance practice. Sources say that she offers "robust advice and a very thorough analysis" of issues.

Sources say that Carlos de Cárdenas Smith "focuses on the main points and tries to reach agreements quickly so that we don't lose any time." He has a terrific reputation for his handling of acquisition finance mandates on behalf of either private equity sponsors or diverse lenders. Market commentators note his experience in cross-border transactions and say that "he's a top banking lawyer."

Sebastián Sáenz de Santa María is highly respected among market commentators for his experience advising Spanish banks on major finance transactions. He predominantly handles debt restructuring mandates.

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Overview

Our team’s experience in business, international finance and banking regulation provides us with a holistic view of our clients’ interests and enables us to deliver pioneering solutions and advise on the full spectrum of financial products and transactions.

Our clients trust us to handle the transactions that are currently shaping the Ibero-American financial markets. We have extensive experience advising on Spanish and Portuguese law, as well as English law through the Financing Hub, a bilateral group created in collaboration with Slaughter and May. Our strong international focus is reinforced by our presence in all the main financial centres (London, New York and Brussels) and in Latin America through PPU’s offices in Chile, Colombia and Peru.

We work with borrowers and lenders (or buyers and sellers in the case of NPAs) to find truly balanced solutions and support the market’s main players (banks, funds, real estate investment trusts, listed companies, large corporate groups, infrastructure and energy funds and asset-management platforms) in all types of financing:


- Corporate finance

- Acquisition finance

- Project finance

- Real estate finance

- Asset finance

- Refinancing and debt restructuring

- Sale and purchase of NPAs

- Direct lending

- Securitisation

Banking & Finance

Uría Menéndez

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Location

c/Príncipe de Vergara, 187

Plaza de Rodrigo Uria

Madrid

Madrid

Spain

28002

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Spain

Banking & Finance


Ángel Pérez López
Band 2
Blanca Arlabán
Expertise based abroad in UK
Carlos de Cárdenas Smith
Band 1
Sebastián Sáenz de Santa María
Band 2