Firm Profile > Araoz & Rueda > Madrid, Spain

Araoz & Rueda
28046 MADRID

Spain > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Corporate and M&A remains at the core of Araoz & Rueda‘s service offering; it is well versed in transactions in the healthcare, food and beverage, life sciences and renewable energy sectors, among others, where it acts of domestic and international clients alike. The partner-level team expanded with the promotion of corporate and energy specialist Laura Vintanel to partner in 2020, and Guillermo Bueno in 2021. She joins practice head Pedro Rueda, Alejandro Fernández de Araoz and Francisco Solchaga. Israel de Diego left the firm in September 2021.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Rueda; Alejandro Fernández de Araoz

Other key lawyers:

Laura Vintanel; Francisco Solchaga; Guillermo Bueno; Vicente Paramio


‘Team totally dedicated to providing customer service, prioritizing this over purely economic criteria.’

‘Full dedication of the entire team involved in each operation, including the responsible partners.’

‘The experience we have had with the Araoz & Rueda team has been spectacular. We have felt supported and advised at all times over several months in a complex process that was carried out by several bands. The support and involvement of the team has been fundamental and decisive in the negotiation process that we have carried out, the knowledge they have when negotiating and the experience has been a very important part of our success.’

‘The speed with which they have understood our situation in a complex process and the way in which they have been able to turn around a negotiation that was already started, redefining the forms, setting the times and channeling it within an international context, but above all. all the great experience, determination and knowledge that they have shown throughout the process. It was a complete success to put ourselves in their hands.’

‘Active involvement and closeness of the whole team, which is totally client business focussed; deep knowledge of the subjects. They are experts in M&A deals. Team is fully available and committed. ’

Vicente Paramio is an outstanding lawyer: accessible, service oriented and provide always reliable advice.’

‘Guillermo Bueno: Excellent professional, with outstanding technical knowledge and business and commercial skills. Their availability and customer service are extraordinary.’

Key clients

Riesgos, Tasaciones y Servicios

Bruni Glass

Grupo Cultek

Ignis Desarrollo

Servicio de Teleasistencia (Atenzia)


Amadeus Capital Partners



Avanza Spain


Veritas International

Molecor Tecnología

Spain > Dispute resolution Tier 4

The highly regarded practice at Araoz & Rueda handles a range of corporate and commercial litigation, as well as international arbitration. The firm is frequently involved in assignments related to post-acquisition disputes and shareholder or joint venture conflicts. Other areas of expertise for the firm are disputes in the energy and mining sectors, and it has particular experience in expropriation proceedings linked to the development of new infrastructure. Eduardo de León leads the team and advises clients in domestic arbitration, notably in matters involving administrative law and related proceedings. Also noted is Alejandro Fernández de Araoz, who has 'exceptional strategic vision, extremely effective pleadings and excellent knowledge'.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo de León

Other key lawyers:

Alejandro Fernández de Araoz; Ángel Freire


‘Multidisciplinary approach (corporate and litigation). Exceptional strategizing and delivery of strategy both in corporate matters and in litigation.’

‘Alejandro Fernandez de Araoz: totally dedicated, fully hands-on. Exceptional strategic vision. Extremely effective pleadings. Excellent knowledge of local legal and business scene.’

‘Angel Freire. Excellent legal knowledge and brief writing. Always available, exceptional value added.’

‘Araoz & Rueda is very efficient. They showed themselves very professional and were able to successfully negotiate a settlement. It is good to have such a reliable advisor.’

‘Araoz & Rueda is a strong team in international practice.’

‘We have worked with Eduardo de Leon who has given valuable advice on enforcement matters in Spain. He has successfully enforced substantial cost decisions from Swedish court judgments in matters relating to arbitration for a state client of ours. We and the ultimate client are very pleased with the outcome and Mr de Leon’s assistance.’

Spain > Employment Tier 4

The restructuring of Michael Kors Spain, as well as a range of work for new domestic clients in the context of the Covid-19 lockdown in Spain, were standout highlights in 2020 for the employment team at Araoz & RuedaAlfonso Suárez's broad practice covers the hiring and dismissal of senior executives, modification of employment conditions, workforce restructuring plans and negotiating collective bargaining agreements and strikes. The partner-level team expanded with the promotion of Clara Mañoso to the partnership in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Alfonso Suárez

Other key lawyers:

Clara Mañoso


‘High qualification, client orientation and professionalism.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable, has strong customer centricity and acts as genuine trusted advisers.’

‘Alfonso Suarez and Clara Mañoso for their excellent treatment, availability and good focus on the issues.’

‘Next to the knowledge of their profession, the professionalism, I would like to mention why I loved also working with this law firm Araoz y Rueda: All lawyers spoke perfect the English language – Thank you!; Always available – I never had the feeling to be a number. There is a human contact.’

‘Great reactivity. Alfonso and Clara always strive to anticipate business needs beyond legal requests sent to them. They are great partners.’

‘We collaborate with Alfonso and Clara. They stand out for their incredible reactivity during the summer or the weekend, which makes them very reliable advisers.’

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Spain > Projects and energy Tier 4

Araoz & Rueda is highlighted for its 'great agility and availability, as well as market knowledge and ability to manage agreements'. The experienced team is led by Francisco Solchaga and acts for promoters, contractors, banks, buyers and sellers, and has recently worked with a range of new and longstanding clients on project acquisitions and financing. Laura Vintanel was promoted to partner in 2020 and is a key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Solchaga

Other key lawyers:

Laura Vintanel; Jon Ibeas; María Nieto


‘Their knowledge of the client’s needs and their predisposition in the search for adapted solutions.’

Paco Solchaga’s versatility makes him stand out from the rest of his competitors.’

‘I appreciate their great availability and commitment.’

‘Araoz y Rueda has a magnificent team that, compared to other firms with which I have worked, has great agility and availability, as well as market knowledge and the ability to manage agreements.’

Francisco Solchaga is a reference in the market, and a professional of recognised prestige among Spanish companies that are in the energy sector. We all highlight their knowledge of the market, accessibility and availability, and ability to negotiate and manage agreements.’

‘They need to know very well the steps to take in everything that surrounds renewable infrastructures, especially wind and solar. To be able to advise a client in this area, it is necessary to have a very specialised knowledge since there are many factors that come into play, from the development phase, construction and operation of the facilities.’

The plus they have is that they are very involved in the energy sector and more specifically in renewable energies. They have highly specialised professionals with extensive experience in the sector, especially Francisco Solchaga.’

Key clients

Total Solar


Aurea Capital


Circle Energy



Canadian Solar

Rios Renovables


Spain > Banking and finance Tier 5

The 'professional' and 'efficient’ team at Araoz & Rueda advises on a range of finance matters, including corporate, structured, acquisition, project and real estate. As well as providing regulatory expertise, the firm is strong in syndicated financing, debt restructuring, distressed debt issues and litigation in the area. ‘Standout’ partner Rafael Bazán leads the practice and has ‘provided top quality advice for years', particularly in the acquisition and sale of NPLs, REOs and asset portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Bazán

Other key lawyers:

Javier Sánchez; Alejandro Fernández de Araoz


‘Araoz and Rueda is knowledgable, provides swift responses, is dedicated and proactive.’

‘Experience and technical knowledge in the operations that are entrusted to them. Also important is the availability and accessibility of team members.’

‘General knowledge, in addition to being a specialist in the banking business and its regulation.’

‘Alejandro Fernández de Araoz and Rafael Bazán have contributed both their experience and knowledge of the matters they had to deal with as well as high availability and a great capacity for adaptation and problem solving.’

‘Superb knowledge and profile.’

‘Most reliable. Would recommend Araoz & Rueda any day of the week.’

‘Most professional, friendly, efficient.’

‘Rafa Bazan is a stand out partner who has provided top quality advice for years.’

Key clients

Sofitec Aero

Caja Rural del Sur


Everwood Capital

Everge Financing


Caixa Geral de Depósitos

LCM Partners Limited

B2 Holdings


Frans Bonhomme Group

Molecor Tecnología

Metal Exchange Corporation

Small World FS

Spain > Real estate and construction Tier 5

The ‘professional, available, comprehensive’ real estate team at Araoz & Rueda provides clients with 'excellent advice and knowledge of the subject’. The practice specialises in matters with an urban planning component, particularly in the acquisition and sale of secured NPLs, high-end residential assets and sale and leaseback structures. The firm is also increasing its activity in the hospitality, student accommodation, senior living and co-working sectors, as well as advising on the real estate side of solar energy projects. Jesús Conde leads the team and handles the restructuring, negotiation and execution of international real estate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Jesús Conde


‘The firm is quick to respond. Their suggestions are very rational and to the point, which in turn significantly lowers the risk of failing to reach consensus in a business negotiation. In addition to having a very good understanding of local law, they also have a great sense of what to expect from counterparties leading to swift and practical solutions. ’

‘It is a team of great professionals, attentive, listening to all our doubts and questions, proactive.’

‘Professional, Available, Attentive, Comprehensive and Understandable.’

Very favorable, excellent advice, efficiency and knowledge of the subject.’

‘Honesty, capacity, efficiency and human quality.’

‘They all speak perfect English. Their availability. Their human approach, you never feel like a number.’

Key clients

Michael Kors



Orpea Group

LCM Capital Partners

Rothschild Family Office


SCI Titan


Fondation de France

Total Solar

Kefrén Capital Real Estate


Spain > Tax Tier 5

Active in national and international advisory and transactional tax matters, Araoz & Rueda also has experience in tax planning, inspections, disputes and negotiations. Practice head Javier Prieto advises on tax issues related to M&A transactions, financing structures and real estate transactions, as well as providing expertise in tax litigation, corporate income tax and tax planning.

Practice head(s):

Javier Prieto

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Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Rafael Bazán
Capital markets and securities regulation Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Competition/regulatory and compliance/IP Ainhoa Veiga
Employment Alfonso Suárez
Energy Francisco Solchaga
Insolvency/restructuring Eduardo De León
International arbitration Clifford J Hendel
Litigation and national arbitration Eduardo De León
Litigation and national arbitration Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
M&A/corporate law Pedro Rueda
M&A/corporate law Israel de Diego
Private equity/venture capital Pedro Rueda
Private equity/venture capital Israel de Diego
Real estate Jesús Conde
Tax Javier Prieto
Number of lawyers : 35