Mr Sebastián Sáenz de Santa María > Uría Menéndez > Madrid, Spain > Lawyer Profile

Uría Menéndez
28002 MADRID

Work Department

Banking and Finance, Insolvency and Financial Distress.


Sebastián is a partner based in Uría Menéndez’s Madrid office. He joined the firm in 1999 and became partner in January 2007. Between January to July 2004, Sebastián was seconded to the U.S firm Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett’s New York office as an international associate.

Sebastián focuses his practice on banking, project finance and restructuring. He has worked on some of the most important project finance transactions in Spain.




Madrid Bar Association; Insol Europe.


Law Degree, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1994; Master’s Degree in Private Law, Universidad San Pablo, 1995.

Lawyer Rankings

Spain > Banking and finance

(Leading individuals)

Sebastián Sáenz De Santa María – 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

The ‘top-level lawyers‘ in Uría Menéndez‘s restructuring and insolvency practice assist with the full spectrum of matters, and have acted in a number of first-of-their-kind cases. The team’s client base includes top banks and financial institutions, as well as major domestic companies on the borrower side. Cross-border work is a strength, be it in Europe or Latin America, where the firm has a number of offices it can collaborate with, and the team comprises litigators, commercial and finance lawyers, allowing for broad but specialised assistance. Ángel Pérez López heads the department and other key contacts include Sebastián Sáenz De Santa María and Luis Jiménez, both of whom receive praise from clients.