Mr Carlos de Cardenas Smith > Uría Menéndez > Madrid, Spain > Lawyer Profile

Uría Menéndez
28002 MADRID

Work Department

Banking and Finance, Insolvency and Financial Distress, M&A.


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

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.




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.


Law Degree, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 1989; Leading Professional Service Firms. Executive Education, Harvard Business School, June 2008.

Lawyer Rankings

Spain > Banking and finance

(Hall of Fame)

Carlos de Cárdenas Smith –Uría Menéndez

The wide-ranging banking and finance practice at Uría Menéndez spans acquisition finance, refinancings and restructurings, project finance (with a particular focus on the renewable energy sector), and real estate finance. Through its share in Ibero-American firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría, the team is also well positioned to handle both domestic and cross-border transactions. Another key area of expertise is the sale and acquisition of non-performing loan portfolios, where practice head Ángel Pérez López is particularly experienced, although his practice also extends to the financing of real estate and energy projects. Other notable names in the team include Carlos de Cárdenas Smith, who stands out for his strength in restructuring and corporate finance matters; recommended practitioner Sebastián Sáenz de Santa MaríaIgnacio Álvarez Couso, an expert in financings in the energy sector; Luis Jiménez, who has expertise in debt restructuring and acquisition and project finance; and financial regulatory specialist Isabel Aguilar.

Spain > Restructuring and insolvency

(Hall of Fame)

Carlos de Cárdenas Smith – Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez stands out for its ‘experience and knowledge‘ across a wide spectrum of restructuring and insolvency matters, including debt refinancing, distressed M&A, insolvency proceedings and out-of-court restructurings. In addition, the team frequently assists Spanish financial institutions with the sale and acquisition of non-performing loans and real estate assets. Practice co-heads Carlos de Cárdenas Smith and Ángel Pérez López have extensive experience in high-profile restructurings, including transactions with cross-border elements. Other key names to note include Sebastián Sáenz de Santa María, Barcelona-based Eduardo Geli, Luis Jiménez, insolvency litigation expert Javier Yáñez and counsel Javier Rubio Sanz.