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Lourdes Ayala

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Bird & Bird LLP

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Corporate and M&A


Lourdes is the Partner who leads our Corporate and M&A departments in Madrid and she has wide experience in the Tecnology, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical and Food and Beverage sector. Her extensive experience in M&A, Private Equity and Venture Capital includes advising institutional and industrial clients on national and cross-border complex transactions (LBOs, MBOs/MBIs/BIMBOs, joint ventures, taking of majority or minority stakes, share deals, asset deals) across a wide range of sectors. She advises investors, targets and start-ups on investments throughout their lifecycle. Her clients range from institutional and industrial investors, to target companies. Lourdes also has particular expertise of transactions with a strong real estate element, as well as in corporate restructuring (mergers, spin-offs) and debt restructuring. Lourdes has written several articles and lectures at seminars and conferences related to her areas of expertise. 


Lourdes joined our International Corporate Group as a partner in June 2010. Prior to this, she developed her career at the highly reputed Spanish M&A and Private Equity boutique ARAOZ & RUEDA, where she was Corporate partner from January 2005, becoming head of the Corporate Real Estate department in 2006. Lourdes later joined the Spanish firm Lener, where she was the head of the Valladolid office from 2008.


English, Spanish


She graduated in law and in business administration.


Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Bird & Bird acts on M&A deals, spin-offs, joint ventures, and corporate and debt restructurings, as well as providing commercial advice. Highlights included assisting Pomona Keepers with the €15m sale, jointly with EII (Ventures), of a majority stake in the share capital of World Bulk Wine Exhibition to Comexposium. Lourdes Ayala is the key name.

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Industry focus: Retail

Within: Industry focus: Retail

Bird & Bird works across the retail sector, with a particular expertise in intellectual property, trade marks and technology. The firm is also active in data protection and privacy-related matters. Corporate and M&A specialist Lourdes Ayala leads the practice with Antonio Cueto, who focuses on intellectual property. The team is advising Bloom Motion on its prospective investment in the Bacoa Group of gourmet burger restaurants, and is assisting Celor SAS with the acquisition of a stake in Clicars Spain, a car retailer. Other clients include Ben Sherman, Aora Health and Associated British Foods.

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