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Mr. Villasante is co-head of the Corporate and M&A Practice in Cuatrecasas.
He represents a wide selection of companies, ranging from IBEX-35 groups to family businesses, multinationals, large industrial companies and private-equity firms. He has coordinated the legal advice of important business groups expanding internationally, and participated in relevant M&A transactions in many European countries, Latin America and the United States.
Businessman born in Getxo (Vizcaya) on February 8th, 1958.
Holds a law degree from the University of Deusto.
Since a young age, he dedicated himself to the business world in a triple aspect: family businesses, projects initiated by himself and presence in Board of Directors and Advisory Boards of large companies.
In the past he has held the following positions:
• General Delegate of LA EQUITATIVA S.A. in Vizcaya. • Managing Director of BANKOA S.A, an insurance brokerage. • President of HANDYMAN S.L. • President of the GRUPO NEGOCIOS DE EDICIONES Y PUBLICACIONES S.A. (The Business Gazette, Radio Intereconomía and Dinero Magazine) • Board member of BABCOCK & WILCOX ESPAÑOLA S.A. • Board member of ALBURA S.A. • Board member of RED ELÉCTRICA DE ESPAÑA S.A. Chairman of the Corporate Governance and CSR Committee. • Board member of TUBOS REUNIDOS S.A. • Vice President of ENTEL IBAI S.A. • Member of the Advisory Boards of ALTA GESTIÓN S.A., SODEXHO S.A. and SODEXHO PASS S.A.
At present, his private business activity is focused on the metal, construction, real estate, insurance and hospitality sectors, participating as a shareholder or board member in different companies.
• Independent board member and Vice President of AENOR INTERNACIONAL, Chairman of the Appointments and Remuneration Committee.
His participation in business organizations began when he was very young, and led him to become the Founding President of the Association of Young Businessmen of the Basque Country (AJEBASK). Then, he became President of the Spanish Confederation of Young Businessmen (CEAJE) and, shortly after, President of the Ibero-American Confederation of Young Businessmen (CIJE).
He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Business Confederation of Vizcaya (CEBEK), Chairman of the Energy Commission of CEOE, President of the Business Creation Commission of CEOE, and President of the Spanish Confederation of Metal Business Organizations (CONFEMETAL).
Currently, the representative positions that Antonio Garamendi performs are:
• President of CEOE. • President of CEPYME. • Member of the Institute of Economic Studies IEE. • Member of the FORMETAL Foundation. • Member of the Executive Committee of Metal of Vizcaya and of the Vizcaya Chamber of Commerce.
Antonio Garamendi currently chairs the AYUDARE FOUNDATION, whose main activity is to open drinking water wells in Ethiopia, and where the first Ethiopian company with Spanish capital has been created for this purpose.
Member of the Advisory Council of the International Chair of Women, Business and Sports of the UCAM University.
Member of the AVENIR Women Advisory Council. Member of the Deusto Business School Council.
He has belonged to the Board of the GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM of Bilbao and has been a member of BILBAO METRÓPOLI -30 as well as of the Vizcaya Chamber of Commerce.
Prior to this, he was Head of Accounting for over 6 years, joining the Group from Arthur Andersen where he was a manager in the audit practice focusing on companies in the FMCG, Retail, Logistics and Transport industries. He holds a degree in management and business administration from the Universidad San Pablo CEU.
Married (two sons) and was born on October 11, 1974 in Madrid, the city where he currently resides.
Juan Orbea has been Head of M&A at Santander since 2015. Juan is in charge of operations in Spain and Portugal, where he has contributed in positioning Santander among the top M&A advisors. Juan joined Santander in 2005 where he was responsible for the European M&A Industrials & Retail team. During his 20 years of investment banking career, he has advised on a number of mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving large corporates, family owned businesses and financial sponsors. Juan holds a graduate degree in Business from CUNEF and an MBA from IESE (Barcelona) including an Exchange Program in Columbia Business School (New York).
José has a degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the Universidad de Vigo and has extensive experience in communications in the retail, property, energy and private equity sectors, as well as in capital markets. He previously worked for Safelayer Secure Communications and before joining Grupo Albión, José was an account executive at Intro Ibérica Consultores, where he was responsible for the management of communications programmes for accounts in the consumer and luxury goods sector.
José is a director of Grupo Albión’s Corporate and Financial practice, and special situations.
Mr. Xercavins is co-head of the Corporate and M&A Practice in Cuatrecasas.
He has extensive experience in corporate law and M&A, particularly in joint ventures, business restructurings and private equity. He has advised leading companies in Latin America, Europe and the United States of America, as well as significant financial institutions in the framework of the restructuring of the Spanish financial sector.
Sergio Galvis is a leading corporate lawyer in the United States who is known for his cross-border work, especially in Latin America and Spain. He joined Sullivan & Cromwell in New York after graduating from Harvard Law School and clerking for the Honorable Lawrence W. Pierce, Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and has been a partner of the firm since 1991. He is a member of S&Cʼs management committee, oversees the Firm’s recruiting function and leads its Latin America and Spain practices.
Sergio has worked with clients across more than 25 countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas on hundreds of significant matters in a broad range of practices, including shareholder activism, corporate governance, M&A and private equity. He also regularly works on crisis management, criminal defence and investigations, workouts and restructurings, sovereign financing, capital markets, and project financing.
Rupert Cocke has been the Acuris Spanish bureau chief since 2005. He splits the week between Madrid and Barcelona. Rupert has more than 20 years of experience as a financial news reporter. He began to specialize in Spanish M&A in 2002 when he joined the group as a senior reporter in London. He previously worked with Dow Jones Newswires in London and Madrid, where his work was regularly featured in the Wall Street Journal Europe. He has a Philosophy degree from the University of Leeds. As bureau chief, he studied for an MA in Media Management Practice from Bournemouth University's Centre for Excellence in Media Practice in his spare time, successfully completing this degree in 2015.
Carlos is an experienced and technically strong financial executive with broad accounting, financial management and business partnership experience. Relevant track-record in international and fast-changing environments helping senior management across different functions understand their business both financially and commercially.
He has led and managed successful M&A, integration and restructuring processes, due diligence efforts in multiple deals. He is very familiar both with the startup/scaleup and corporate world.
Carlos has a Degree in Economics and Law by Universidad Carlos III of Madrid and some masters.
Mr. Antonio Giménez de Córdoba is a partner at Seaya Ventures. He serves in the Board of The Hotels Network, Housfy and Savana.
Previously he worked at Oliver Wyman as a Consultant. He holds a double degree in Law and Business Administration from Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE E3) in Madrid.
2 yrs Konecta – leading CRM BPO company, present in Spain and Latam - Corporate Development and Strategic Planning
20 yrs at Grupo Telefonica - leading telco, various roles: Latam and Terra Corp Development, CFO at Czech Republic and O2 in UK, Corp Strategy director
Excom during the last 20 years and exposed to business in more than 20 markets in different continents, always in close relationship with innovation and technology applied to business
Professional career started in corporate banking
Graduate in Business Administration by ESCP Europe
Jaime Alba is Partner at Artá Capital and has been working at the firm since its inception (2007). Artá Capital is a mid-market private equity sponsor with 800M€ under management. Artá Capital is focused on LBO & Growth transactions in Iberia focusing on companies with an enterprise value range of 100M€-500M€. Prior to joining Artá Capital, Jaime worked in Citigroup Investment Banking.
Brunos' 20 years of experience in private equity (he joined Mercapital in 1999) were preceded by his work as a management consultant in McKinsey, and as financier at Sevillana de Electricidad (Endesa). At Alantra Private Equity he has played a leading or co-leading role in a number of investments in the chemicals, food, industry, IT, infrastructure services and healthcare sectors. He holds an MBA with honours from INSEAD, an MA in Political Economy from Northwestern University, and a degree in Business and Economics from the University of Seville/HEC Liège.
Head of M&A Midmarket Iberia. Eduardo holds almost 20 year experience in investment banking, advising in a varied number of M&A deals in different industries, as well as in financial restructuring and ECM transactions. Eduardo joined Santander in 2016 as responsible for the Consumer/Retail M&A team.
Responsable del equipo de M&A Iberia para Midmarket. Eduardo tiene cerca de 20 años de experiencia en banca de inversión, asesorando en un amplio rango de transacciones en distintas industrias, así como en operaciones de reestructuración financiera y ECM. Eduardo se incorporó a Santander en 2016 como responsable del sector Consumo/Retail en el equipo de M&A Iberia.
Beatriz is a Spanish qualified lawyer since 2007 and before she joined Willis Towers Watson in July 2014 she worked at Linklaters where she was trained and qualified as a corporate M&A lawyer at their Madrid and London offices advising international clients, where she was involved in a significant number of multijurisdictional transactions and provided advice mainly to PE and Investment Funds.
Beatriz is responsible for generating, managing and structuring transactional risk solutions for private equity, infrastructure and real estate funds and corporate clients with a particular focus on Southern Europe and LATAM
Mr. Lahuerta joined Black Toro Capital in November of 2017 as a Principal. Isaac arrived from Avenue Capital Group’s Special Situations team in London, where he had worked for three years as an Investment Associate. Prior to joining Avenue Capital, Isaac was an Associate at Deutsche Bank’s Leveraged Finance team in London, where he served for two years after internally transferring from Deutsche Bank’s Industrials M&A team, where he started his career. Isaac is a Civil Engineer from the Universidad Politècnica de Catalunya and holds a MSc in Management (Finance Major) from HEC Paris.
Iñaki Miguel is a financial journalist with Mergermarket in Spain since 2007.
Previously, Iñaki worked as private equity and M&A reporter in the publication Capital&Corporate.
He started his professional career in the corporate and financial communication in the Spanish company Deva, where he was working for more than 5 years working with international clients and listed companies.
Iñaki has a degree in Journalism by Universidad Complutense of Madrid.
Edgar leads the asset management division of ACS-Iridium since 2013. He is in charge of M&A and investor relations globally for the leading infrastructure developer in the world. He is a board member of several JVs with financial investors.
Prior to joining ACS, he was a Director in KPMG Corporate Finance leading Energy & Infrastructure transactions, acted as external advisor to several private equity and infrastructure funds in the Spanish renewable energy sector and worked for Merrill Lynch International in London, participating in a variety of M&A assignments for Telecom, Media and Technology clients throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa. Before joining Merrill Lynch, he had worked for 8 years in the Telefonica Group in Spain and Latin America.
Edgar earned an MBA from the London Business School with a major in Finance and Private Equity and he is a UK Financial Services Authority (FSA) Investment Adviser (CF21), approved to deal and advise in Securities and Financial Derivatives. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from St Andrew's University in Argentina.
Miguel Angel is part of the Investment team in Globalvia since 2017. He is responsible for new investments in Europe, with a special focus on Spain and Portugal.
Prior to joining Globalvia, he had several positions in FCC group for more than 10 years, where he was responsible for the development of new PPPs, project finance and divestment of assets. He has over fifteen years of experience in the development of PPP/PFI projects in different fields (transportation, environment, water and energy) and different geographies.
Miguel Angel earned an Executive MBA from IESE Business School and holds a MSc in Civil Engineering from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
Duarte Santos is the Head of Transportation Infrastructure for Iberia at Santander. Joined Santander’s M&A team in 2006 and has been working in the Infrastructure sector since 2008. During these years Duarte has advised on several relevant deals in roads, airports, ports, social infra and car park sectors in Europe (Spain, Portugal, France, UK) and Latin America (Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Argentina). Duarte holds a degree in Economics from Universidade Nova de Lisboa and an International MBA from Instituto de Empresa Business School.
Jose Manuel Olea holds an engineering background with an MBA from Cranfield School of Management. Current posting since 2018 is CEO of Renovalia Energy Group where previously acted as CFO since 2009, responsible for all financial areas of Renovalia Energy Group, an international renewable energy company which owns in excess of 800Mw in Spain, Mexico, Hungary, Canada or Chile.
Previously, Mr Olea worked from 2007 to 2009 as a director within the Project&Export finance department of The Royal Bank of Scotland covering Iberia and Latam Energy and infrastructure projects.
Mr Olea career in banking started back in 2003 at BBVA Wholesale and Capital Markets department covering project financing for international Energy and oil&gas sectors.
Eduard holds a degree in Business Management and an MBA from ESADE. He completed his education in the USA with an MBA from Harvard Business School. He began his professional career in the consulting firm McKinsey&Company and afterwards, he joined Abengoa, where he held different positions related to infrastructure development, management and financing. Prior to joining ROADIS, he held the position of Executive Vice President, CFO and COO at Atlantica Yield, a Nasdaq-listed company that manages a global portfolio of power generation, electric transmission and water assets. Currently, in addition to his role as global CFO at ROADIS, Eduard leads corporate support functions.
Mr. Roig specializes incorporate law, particularly in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and private equity. He has extensive experience in the industrial sector, particularly in the areas of energy, transportation and infrastructure. He regularly acts for both corporations and funds, including international infrastructure, pension and PEQ funds.