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

Uría Menéndez
28002 MADRID

Work Department

Banking and Finance, Restructuring, Mergers and Acquisitions.


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.




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 > Projects and energy

The ‘honest and professionalUría Menéndez is experienced in advising on project finance transactions, wind projects, solar photovoltaic plants and energy infrastructure. The firm specialises in M&A, finance and regulatory matters in the energy industry. Ángel Pérez López focuses on corporate matters, acquisitions and project finance. He co-leads the practice with Juan Ignacio González Ruiz, who has expertise in banking, energy law and project finance, and maritime and transport specialist Carlos López-Quiroga. Also notable in the team is corporate and commercial expert Carlos de Cárdenas Smith. María José Descalzo left the firm.

Spain > Restructuring and insolvency

(Hall of Fame)

Carlos De Cárdenas SmithUría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez has experience in the full range of restructuring and insolvency matters, including group restructuring, debt refinancing, direct lending and related litigation. The firm advises creditors and borrowers and is active in the Spanish financial market, as well as in cross-border issues. Ángel Pérez López leads the practice and focuses on corporate, acquisition and project finance. Notable in his team are Carlos de Cárdenas Smith, who is known for his expertise in banking, finance, M&A and restructuring, and counsel Javier Rubio Sanz, who advises domestic and foreign companies on insolvency proceedings, representing debtors and creditors.

Spain > Banking and finance

(Leading individuals)

Carlos de Cárdenas SmithUría Menéndez

Advising borrowers and lenders, Uría Menéndez’s experience covers the spectrum of banking and finance matters, from corporate lending, project finance and acquisition finance, to restructuring and financial regulatory issues. Practice head Ángel Pérez López focuses on corporate, acquisition and project finance. He can call on the expertise of Sebastián Sáenz de Santa María, who is known for banking, project finance, acquisition finance and restructuring, and Carlos de Cárdenas Smith, who leads the firm’s corporate and commercial practice and specialises in banking, finance, M&A and restructuring work. Also notable in the team are counsel Isabel Aguilar, who has expertise in payment industry regulation, and counsel Carolina Albuerne, who is active in the fields of banking regulation and securities law.