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Uría Menéndez

PRÍNCIPE DE VERGARA 187, PLAZA RODRIGO URÍA, 28002 MADRID, SPAIN
Tel:
Work +34 91 586 04 00
Fax:
Fax +34 91 586 04 03
Email:
Web:
www.uria.com
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Carlos de Cárdenas Smith

Tel:
Work +34915860790
Email:
Web:
www.uria.com
Uría Menéndez

Work Department

Banking and Finance, Restructuring, Mergers and Acquisitions.

Career

Carlos is the head of the corporate and commercial group of Uría Menéndez. He began his career in Uría Menéndez in 1989 and became a partner in 1998. He was head partner of the firm’s New York office for three years, after which he returned to the Madrid office. Between 1995 and 1996 he was an international associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York.

Carlos focuses his practice on M&A, banking and finance and restructuring. He has been involved in many of the most significant finance and restructuring transactions in Spain.

Languages

English.

Member

Madrid Bar Association.

American Foreign Law Association.

International Bar Association.

Licensed as a Legal Consultant, New York Bar Association, 1997-2000.

Director of the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce, 1997-2000.

Member of the Association Européenne d'Etudes Juridiques et Fiscales.

Loan Market Association.

Education

Madrid Bar Association, American Foreign Law Association, International Bar Association, Licensed as a Legal Consultant, New York Bar Association, 1997-2000, Director of the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce, 1997-2000, Member of the Association Européenne d'Etudes Juridiques et Fiscales, Loan Market Association.


Spain

Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

Carlos de Cárdenas Smith - Uría Menéndez

Within: Banking and finance

Uría Menéndez offers 'tailor-made advice' and 'very strong knowledge of banking regulations'. It assisted a syndicate of lenders led by BBVA with the refinancing of Celsa Group's financial debt, and advised Abanca on the sale of a portfolio of unsecured non-performing loans (NPLs) with an aggregate outstanding balance of €477m to debt collection specialist EOS. Sebastián Sáenz de Santa MaríaCarlos de Cárdenas Smith, and Isabel Aguilar and Carolina Albuerne (both counsel) are also recommended. Ángel Pérez 'puts the client's needs above anything else'.

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Projects and energy

Within: Leading individuals

Carlos de Cárdenas Smith - Uría Menéndez

Within: Projects and energy

The ‘quick, reliable and adaptable’ team at Uría Menéndez is ‘strong in arbitration’ with ‘a deep knowledge of regulations and business’. The firm is known for energy infrastructure projects and financing, providing cross-border expertise, notably in the renewables market. The ‘honest and professional’ practice is led by Ángel Pérez, Juan Ignacio González Ruiz, Javier Valle Zayas and counsel María José Descalzo, who focuses on finance and energy. Also recommended is M&A and restructuring specialist Carlos de Cárdenas Smith. The team advised Ence group on the financing instruments for two biomass plants, and assisted Mercurio Solar Tinajeros with the refinancing for the construction, development and operation of a solar plant project. Other key clients for the firm include Bio-Oils Energy, Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners and Repsol.

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Restructuring and insolvency

Within: Leading individuals

Carlos de Cárdenas Smith - Uría Menéndez

Within: Restructuring and insolvency

Uría Menéndez provides an 'all-round service' and 'creative problem-solving skills'. A highlight was assisting financial institutions such as CaixaBank and Santander with the restructuring of Abengoa's debt. Insolvency work included advising Grupo Isolux Corsán on its judicial insolvency proceedings. Ángel Alonso and Sebastián Sáenz de Santa María co-lead the team, which also includes Carlos de Cárdenas Smith and Ángel Pérez López, who has 'sound knowledge and negotiation skills'.

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