Francisco Bengoetxea > Ramón y Cajal Abogados > Madrid, Spain > Lawyer Profile

Ramón y Cajal Abogados
28010 MADRID

Work Department

Urban Planning and Environment.




Francisco is Partner of our Real Estate and Urban Planning Practice. He joined the firm as Partner in 2011 after working in the same practice since 2002 at the law firm Uría Menéndez. Prior to this he worked at the company Ezquiaga Arquitectura Sociedad y Territorio, S.L., led by the professor of the Madrid School of Architecture, Mr José María Ezquiaga.

He specialises in real estate, urban planning, administrative and environmental law and participates in the drafting of planning and management instruments and acts as lead lawyer in real estate transactions, negotiating and drafting the agreements necessary for purchasing land and buildings for residential and commercial purposes, offices and logistics warehouses, focusing in particular on the conversion of protected buildings, including the preparation of due diligence reports.

He also advises on the processes for obtaining licences and approvals, on environmental impact assessments for projects and plans or programmes and on the management of appeals regarding penalties, compulsory purchase orders, licences, closure orders and planning and urban management instruments.

He has experience in renewable energy and industrial projects on non-development land and the acquisition and management of contaminated land, urban developments and land owners’ consortiums (juntas de compensación), as well as in the acquisition of public property (tenders, auctions and surface rights).




  • Biscay Bar Association (Ilustre Colegio de Abogados del Señorío de Vizcaya).
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI).


  • Law Degree, Universidad del País Vasco, 1994-1999.
  • Diploma in Urban Development, Escuela Vasca de Estudios Territoriales y Urbanos, 2000.
  • Masters Degree in Territorial and Urban Development Policy, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 2001.
  • Magister in Environmental Law, Instituto Universitario de Ciencias Ambientales, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2013.



Professor in:

  • Master’s Programme in Sustainable Urban Development and Urban Policies. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
  • Master’s Degree in Urban Development and Territory Planning from CEU-San Pablo Business School.
  • Master’s Degree in International Law from the Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía.
  • Honorary Professor of Government/Public Sector Law, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 2010.

Francisco regularly participates as a lecturer in legal seminars and conferences related to his professional expertise.

Lawyer Rankings

Spain > Real estate and construction

Known for offering ‘exceptional expertise in urban planning and real estate’, Ramón y Cajal Abogados acts for a variety of national and international companies, including financial institutions, listed companies, investment funds and developers. The practice is jointly led by Miguel Ferre, whose practice covers a spread of industrial, residential and commercial assets, and Francisco Bengoetxea, who draws on his background in urban planning and environmental law to handle land purchases and mandates involving protected buildings.