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Jesús Varela

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Jesús is Managing partner at Dentons Madrid where he runs the real estate practice. He joined Dentons from Linklaters, where he was also a partner.

He loves to preach about the difference and interaction between equity and debt to a variety of audiences at different venues (including weddings).  Described by one of his most demanding clients as the “ultimate detective lawyer”, he investigates and reports on the most intricate legal issues with the passion and dedication of the junior associate that he still is at heart.

He advises investors (Kennedy Wilson, UBS Real Estate, Avenue Capital, Barings, HIG, Redevco, TH Real Estate, O1, Oaktree, Starwood), banks (BAML, Deutsche Bank, Caixabank, Crédit Suisse, Goldman Sachs) and other lenders (Incus, TPG, Adira, Tyndaris), on their investments, financings and debt trades in the Spanish real estate market.

Jesús has been consistently rated by Chambers Europe as a leading individual (Band 1 in the 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017 Editions), describing him as “an exceptional lawyer with super-deep knowledge of the Spanish real estate sector, exceptional commercial awareness and negotiation skills, and incredible work ethic”; “brilliant. When difficulties arise he is extremely imaginative: he can obtain a specific goal through different routes to those he began with”; and with "deep knowledge of the market and legal environment"; “he gives good advice and is very proactive in closing negotiations”; “he’s always trying to find original solutions to problems”; “when I need creative, substantial and thoughtful advice, he is the one”. Jesús is also recommended by Legal 500, which praises Jesús as “without doubt, one of the best lawyers in this field”. Also, Jesús is very highly rated by Best Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal.


·          Partner – Dentons, Madrid (2011 – present)

·          Partner – Linklaters, Madrid (2009 – 2011) (Joined in 2003)

·          Senior Associate Clifford Chance (2000 2003)

·          Associate – Deloitte & Touche, Estudio Jurídico y Fiscal (1999 – 2000)

·          Associate Pérez-Llorca Abogados (1996 1999)


English and Spanish


  • CESBAL   Centro de Estudios Bayer de Administración Local, 2000, Master's Degree, in Urban Planning and Licenses
  • Instituto de Empresa, Advanced Course in Law (1998)
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Doctorate Programme (1997)
  • University of Columbia, Exchange Program (1995)
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1993, Degree  in Law


Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Dentons¬†provides 'solid expertise' and 'excellent availability'. Recently, it assisted Global Bankers Capital with a ‚ā¨65m financing to media group Grupo Secuoya. It also handled a¬†‚ā¨42.5m leveraged buyout financing when advising¬†Banco Santander and Bankia, as lenders, on the acquisition of Uni√≥n Mart√≠n.¬†Jes√ļs Mardomingo¬†and¬†Jabier Badiola¬†lead the banking and finance team and¬†Jes√ļs Varela¬†advises on real estate financing. Senior associate Luis M√°iz¬†is 'very diligent' and 'good at putting the client in contact with relevant stakeholders across Europe'.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Leading individuals

Jes√ļs Varela - Dentons

Within: Real estate and construction

Dentons‚Äô team advised Barings on the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Berceo Retail Complex, a company managed by CBRE Global Investors, valued at ‚ā¨105m. Property financing expert Jes√ļs Varela is the key name. Itxaso L√≥pez was promoted to counsel in March 2018.

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