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

(Leading individuals)

Carlos de Cárdenas Smith –Uría Menéndez

The ‘very meticulous team’ at Uría Menéndez handles all manner of banking and finance matters for clients, including cross-border work throughout Europe. The firm also has a noted presence in Latin America. Its strengths in large debt restructurings and divestments of financial assets have been put to good use recently, including advice to a host of banks as the lenders in Abengoa’s debt restructuring, led by Sebastián Sáenz De Santa María. Practice head Ángel Pérez López focuses on corporate, acquisition and project finance, while other key figures in the department include Carlos de Cárdenas Smith, who also heads the corporate and commercial team and has experience in the US, and the ‘exceptionalRamiro Rivera, a go-to name for multi-jurisdictional transactions.

Spain > Restructuring and insolvency

(Hall of Fame)

Carlos de Cárdenas Smith – Uría Menéndez