Uría Menéndez


11 ranked lawyersBand 1, Spotlight TableSpainGlobal 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Exceptional Spanish firm with a wide range of experience gained from exposure to some of the highest-profile M&A deals in the market, with expertise in carve-out operations, voluntary takeover bids and corporate governance matters. Has a strong reputation in key Latin American jurisdictions and coordinates multinational transactions across the continent. Adept at handling transactions in heavily regulated sectors including the energy, gambling and financial services industries. Benefits from strong ties to Spain's largest banks.

Foreign desks

The combination of an established presence in Beijing and Chinese expertise in Madrid allows the firm to advise on cross-border corporate and finance mandates between Spain and China. The practice regularly advises Chinese investors on their Spanish operations, as well as assisting Spanish corporations looking to expand into China. Antonio Sánchez is a key contact for the Beijing office, while Juan Martín Perrotto is the Madrid-based head of the Asian practice.

Dual-qualified in Spain and Portugal, Antonio Villacampa Serrano is the managing partner of the firm's Lisbon office. He regularly advises on high-end M&A transactions as well as on banking and finance mandates.

Cándido Paz-Ares commands extensive respect for his capabilities in corporate matters and is described by clients as "magnificent."

Christian Hoedl is reputed for advising private equity funds on multi-jurisdictional acquisitions.

Splitting her time between Brussels and Madrid, Edurne Navarro Varona enjoys a solid reputation for her advice on corporate, international trade and competition law mandates as well as demonstrating depth of experience in representing firms in contentious administrative matters in EU courts.

Francisco San Miguel advises banking and financial clients on share acquisitions in Spain, Mexico and Portugal.

Resident partner in the firm's London office, Juan Carlos Machuca advises private equity and investment funds on M&A transactions and restructuring matters in the Iberian and Latin American markets.

Juan Miguel Goenechea stands out for his advice to large, international banks and funds on complex acquisitions and investments. One client describes him as "very calm - he has a lot to offer, saves us a lot of strength and always proposes new ideas."

Manuel Echenique rises in the rankings on the back of client support, with one endorsing him for "looking for solutions and not problems." He advises clients on portfolio acquisitions as well as takeover bids.

Rafael Sebastián is highlighted by market observers for his skills in advising clients on M&A transactions.

Managing partner Salvador Sánchez-Terán is a longstanding practitioner who advises on corporate transactions.

Yushi Zhou operates from the firm's Beijing office advising clients on foreign investments in Spain, Latin America and China.

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Innovation, experience and knowledge of the market: we understand and anticipate our clients’ needs.

We offer comprehensive advice that takes a multidisciplinary approach, placing our experience across all areas of law and unparalleled working standards at the disposal of our clients. They can rely on lawyers with training in finance and business – as well as chaired university professors of commercial, civil and employment law – to address all legal and business aspects of their activity.

We tailor our teams to each transaction with lawyers from other practice areas to ensure the advice we deliver covers all aspects of M&A transactions, no matter the sector and whether they are domestic or cross-border. Our established presence in finance and industry enables us to provide the highest-quality advice on how to design, implement and execute transactions and achieve business objectives.

Knowing our clients and their businesses means we can anticipate the impact that changes in legislation and case law will have in their field and offer creative and innovative solutions to complex problems.

We invest long-term in our relations with clients and accompany them through each transaction with top-quality advice and a practical, efficient and creative approach.


Bagaría, Eduardo

Birchman, Alex

Echenique, Manuel

Falcón, Juan Francisco

Goenechea, Juan Miguel

Herrera, Antonio

Navarro Varona, Edurne

Núñez-Lagos, Rafael

Paz-Ares, Cándido

Pereda, Jaime

Perrotto, Juan Martín

Ravina, Pedro

Corporate/M&A Department

Uría Menéndez

Department location

c/Príncipe de Vergara, 187

Plaza de Rodrigo Uria





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Antonio Villacampa Serrano
Expertise based abroad in Portugal
Cándido Paz-Ares
Senior Statespeople
Christian Hoedl
Band 4
Francisco San Miguel
Band 6
Juan Carlos Machuca
Expertise based abroad in UK
Juan Miguel Goenechea
Band 1