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Luis Alonso

Luis Alonso


Luis Alonso

Luis Alonso specialises in domestic and cross-border M&A, public takeovers, joint ventures, private equity, restructurings and corporate matters.

Luis acts for a broad range of clients including corporates, funds and financial services groups, particularly in the financial, energy & infrastructures, telecom and consumer, goods & retail sectors.

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  • JP Morgan, as financial advisor of ACS/Hochtief on its EUR€18.6 billion competing takeover bid for Abertis
  • Endesa, on the sale of its stake in Enersis to Enel for a consideration of EUR€8.25 billion
  • MásMóvil on several matters, including:
    • The EUR€612 million acquisition of Yoigo from Telia/Sonera, ACS, FCC and Abengoa
    • The EUR€165 million issuance of convertible bonds to Providence
  • Airbus Defence & Space on:
    • The acquisition of 40% of CESA from United Technologies
    • The subsequent sale of 100% of CESA to Héroux-Devtek
  • KKR on the acquisition of its stake in T-Solar
  • Santander on several matters including:
    • The acquisition of a 19% stake in Metrovacesa from Bankia
    • The sale of Thames Water to China Investment Corporation
  • Banesco and Banco Etcheverría on the EUR€1.3 billion acquisition of a 88% stake in Abanca from the FROB (Fund for Orderly Bank Restructuring)
  • Grupo DIA, the Spanish IBEX-35 retailer on various M&A transactions including: 
    • The EUR€650 million sale of its French business to Carrefour
    • The EUR€136 million sale of its Turkish business to Yildiz Holding
    • A €500 million bond issuance
    • Its joint-venture with Eroski
  • Wizink on the acquisition of the Barclaycard business in Spain and Portugal
  • Atresmedia on various matters, including its EUR€1.19 billion merger with La Sexta and its joint venture with Hola in order to create the pay-tv channel Hola TV
  • Inversis/Banca March on the acquisition of the Spanish business of the Royal Bank of Canada
  • Inmobiliaria Carso on the takeover bid over Realia
  • Värde Partners on various matters including the acquisition of a majority stake in Bancopopular-E (€510m) and in San José Desarrollos Inmobiliarios (EUR€270 million)
  • NNT Data, on the acquisition of the Everis group from 3i, Hutton Collings and its partners (EUR€550 million)
  • Cemex, on the acquisition and disposal of shares and assets with Holcim in several European jurisdictions
  • The global coordinators on the IPO of Saeta Yield
  • Mercapital (now Alantra) on the acquisition of the Betapack group
  • Globalvia on the acquisition from FCC, SocGen and Banco Sabadell of a controlling stake in two train concessions in Barcelona
  • Autodesk on the acquisition of the Spanish group Solid Angle
  • Carrefour on the spin off and listing of DIA in the Spanish stock exchange
  • Grupo ONO on its dual-track process and final sale to Vodafone
  • ING Car Lease on the acquisition of Universal Lease Iberia, S.A., one of the main players of the Spanish car-lease sector
  • Abanca, on State-aid issues in the context of its acquisition of Novacaixagalicia
  • FROB (Fondo de reestructuración ordenada bancaria) on the sale of Caja Rural Comarcal de Mota del Cuervo to Caja Rural de Albacete, Ciudad Real y Cuenca (Globalcaja)
  • Endesa, on its defense against the hostile takeover by Gas Natural, in the attempted takeover by E.On and the takeover by Acciona and Enel

Contact details

Career and qualifications

  • University of Seville, Spain (Law Degree) 2002
  • University College of Dublin, Ireland (Postgraduate in International Arbitration and ADRs) 2003
  • Araoz & Rueda Abogados 2003
  • Admitted as an abogado in Spain 2004
  • Joined Clifford Chance Madrid 2004
  • Seconded to Clifford Chance London 2007
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 2009
  • Partner since 2016

Professional bodies

  • Member of the Madrid Bar Association
  • Solicitor of England & Wales
  • Professor at several Madrid-based institutions including Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía (ISDE), Universidad Autónoma and Centro de Estudios Superiores (CEU)

Awards and citations

  • Winner of the 2017 "Client Choice" award granted by the International Law Office (ILO) to the best lawyer in Spain for "Mergers and Acquisitions" for the year 2017
  • Winner of the "Fortyunder40" award for 2017. This award is granted by Iberian Lawyer every two years to a selection of the best forty lawyers under the age of 40 in Spain and Portugal, including external lawyers and in-house counsels
  • Ranked by Chambers (both Global and Europe editions) for Corporate/M&A, previously as "Star Associate" and currently as "Up & Coming" partner
  • "Highlighted by clients as "experienced, proactive and available," with "very good technical knowledge." Of late, he has garnered significant experience in cross-border M&A transactions. He is also admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales".
    Chambers Europe 2017
  • "Luis Alonso is a magnificent negotiator with a global vision. He is capable of hearing the other party's concerns and tries to find solutions at all times." 
    Chambers Europe 2016
  • "Receives excellent feedback from clients: "He assumes the interests of the clients and is great in negotiations." Sources add: "He is simply magnificent; a born negotiator." - Chambers Europe 2015
  • "A powerful negotiator." 
    Chambers Europe 2014
  • Ranked by IFLR1000 as "highly regarded leading individual" for M&A and private equity in Spain
  • Recommended by Legal500 for private equity in Spain.