Firm Profile > Dentons > Barcelona, Spain

10th Floor
08036 Barcelona

Banking and finance Tier 3

Specialising in aviation finance transactions, Dentons’ work ranges from asset and export financing to restructuring and regulatory advice. The firm is also experienced in the area of fintech. Jesús Mardomingo acts for financial institutions on corporate issues and public authorities on commercial and regulatory issues. He co-leads the practice with Jabier Badiola, who has expertise in the origination and restructuring of national and international syndicated lending transactions, and Jesús Varela, who focuses on real estate financing and debt portfolio trades. Also notable is senior associate Luis Máiz, who specialises in cross-border syndicated financing transactions.


‘It compares very well with the teams of other offices’

‘Availability and excellent knowledge of the practice’

Key clients

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW)

Banco Santander S.A.

Goldman Sachs International

Banco Sabadell S.A.

CaixaBank S.A.

Instituto de Crédico Oficial

Abanca Corporación Bancaria S.A.

Bankia, S.A.

Credit Agricole Cariparma, S.p.A.

ING Bank NV Sucursal En España

Vector Ronda Teleport S.L.

UBI Banca

First Data Corporation

Multi Service Technology Solutions and IATA

Real estate and construction Tier 3

Dentons is regarded as ‘one of the best Spanish law firms for real estate'. The firm specialises in distressed assets, investment, lending and NPL portfolios, as well as providing notable expertise in litigation. Jesús Varela ‘has a wealth of experience and is really commercial’. He co-leads the practice with counsel Itxaso López, who has experience in advising Spanish and international clients on real estate agreements, condominium matters and asset management.


‘Very good hands-on attitude’

‘Their range of experience in real estate and debt transactions creates a lot of valuable insight into best practice to avoid problems years after the deal is closed’

‘Jesus Varela really makes a difference. His soft skills really contribute to reaching a reasonable compromise between conflicting views and getting the deal across the line’

‘Excellent service and extensive experience, which allows it to offer comprehensive and proactive advice’

‘They understand the needs of the client, identify possible contingencies that are not always evident to the client, and provide practical and efficient solutions’

‘Jesus Varela is a benchmark in the sector. He confronts difficult matters constructively, instead of using an aggressive and destructive style that characterises many other lawyers’

‘Jesús Varela is always willing to collaborate on whatever is necessary for the good of the client and the project’

Key clients

Oaktree Capital Management

Starwood Capital Group

Deutsche Bank AG London Branch (CRE Special Situations)


Avenue Capital

Barings Real Estate

UBS Real Estate

Bain Capital

JP Morgan Special Situations

Cain International UK Services Limited

Sächsische Ärzteversorgung (SAEV)




Aberdeen Standard


Axis Retail Partners

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Experienced in cross-border work for multinationals, Dentons is particularly active for French clients. In terms of sector expertise, the practice is known for pharma and private equity matters, as well as a specialism in transactional insurance matters. The practice is co-led by José María Buxeda, who advises on corporate law, commercial law and dispute resolution; Nieves Briz, who joined from Fieldfisher JAUSAS in 2018 and focuses on pharma and IP issues; head of the French desk Juan Ignacio Alonso; and Jesús Durán, who is experienced in M&A, buyouts, divestment strategies and funds structuring. The team was further bolstered by the arrival of compliance expert Diego Pol from Baker McKenzie in 2019. Alejandro Alonso left the firm for Ventura Garcés & López-Ibor in 2019.


‘Flexible, effective and with good knowledge’

‘Nieves Briz and Natalia Ontiveros were very professional’

‘Excellent lawyers, great drafters and good negotiators’

‘Jose Maria Buxeda stands out’

Key clients


Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co Partners LLP (KKR)

Aten Oil

Tokio Marine HCC

SOMPO International

ANV Global Services

DUAL Specialty M&A GmbH

Amer Sports Spain, S.A.U.

Internacional Periféricos y Memorias, S.L.U.

Archroma Ibérica, S.L.

Comuto Ibérica, S.L.

Alucan Entec, S.A.

CK Holdings Co. LTD.

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Dentons focuses on advising multinational corporations, notably international companies, banks and investment funds. The firm has a niche specialisation in litigation arising from distressed investment situations and related to the workout of large debt portfolios. The department also provides broad sector expertise, working particularly closely with the tax and real estate teams. José María Buxeda has expertise in dispute resolution, corporate and commercial law, and M&A. He co-leads the practice with Juan Ignacio Alonso, who is known for disputes related to the automotive, retail, real estate financing, TMT and e-commerce sectors, and Julio Parrilla, whose experience covers litigation, arbitration and insolvency proceedings.


‘They are a team of pure winners’

‘Arantza Barandian and Adrien Coispel provide the most efficient advice, combining prudence and effectiveness’

Key clients


Engie Spain


Projects and energy Tier 4

Cross-border specialist Dentons is experienced in a range of energy and natural resources projects, particularly renewables. The firm is known for its expertise in industrial gas infrastructures and trading, as well as renewable power production assets development. In addition, the practice advises on oil exploration and production based in Spain. Javier Lasa leads the team and focuses on representing energy and renewables companies in matters including regulatory proceedings, financing, corporate transactions and energy-related litigation work.

Key clients

Aten Oil

Private equity Tier 5

Dentons combines fund formation with transactional advice, enabling the firm to assist private equity clients with the full life cycle of funds. As well as fund formation expertise, the practice specialises in private equity matters related to M&A transactions, particularly in the infrastructure, energy and real estate sectors. The ‘accurate and technically unbeatableJesús Durán leads the team and his experience includes advising on matters in the financial institutions, energy, infrastructure, real estate and distribution sectors.


‘Unique network and connections between Europe and the Far East’

‘Solid knowledge and track record of the Spanish LBO market’

‘Jesús Durán is a remarkable partner with a very solid track record and experience in the Spanish LBO market’

‘Dentons’ M&A team is highly qualified and always delivers exceptional results’

‘Although a big law firm, they often work as a boutique, with customised, personalised services, deep technical knowledge in all areas and total availability’

‘Jesus Duran is always adjusted to the specific needs of each moment and situation. He is absolutely trusted and reliable’

Key clients

HIG Capital

TPG Sixth Street Partners



Tax Tier 5

Dentons' practice was boosted in March 2019 with the arrival from Linklaters of María Cortizas, who brings significant expertise in transactional work, debt structuring and capital markets. She co-heads the tax team with the highly experienced José Ramón Vizcaíno. A major source of work for the team lies in advising high-profile insurance companies on the tax aspects of W&I insurance and special tax policies. It also has considerable expertise advising international funds during the repossession phase of the underlying assets securing their non-performing loan portfolios.

Key clients

Barings Real Estate Advisors

Altum Capital Management

Aten Oil


Olimpo Real Estate


Grupo Naturener

Artá Capital

SH Capital

Grupo Sando


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 Juan Ignacio Alonso  photo Juan Ignacio Alonso
 Nieves Briz  photo Nieves Briz
 Diego Pol  photo Diego Pol