Pedro Fernandez

+34915145200

Pedro Fernandez

Partner  |  Garrigues
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Spain

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

The internationalization of Spanish families owning cross-border businesses exposes our practice to an increasing number of tax issues the resolution of which requires an understanding and comparative analysis of private law institutions and conflict of laws rules.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Adopt a 360º degree look over your clients’ affairs, with a solid fundamental knowledge of the private law, tax and financial aspects involved, and endeavor to turn complex matters into simple and clearly-delivered messages.

What is your favourite quote?

“The child is innocence and forgetfulness, a new beginning, a game, a self-propelling wheel, a first motion, a sacred Yes” (F. Nietzsche)


Sonia Velasco

+34932905590

Sonia Velasco

Partner  |  Cuatrecasas
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Spain

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Personal and estate planning
Succession planning
Residency and domiciliation

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Our private client team in Cuatrecasas has been very successful due to its extensive knowledge in tax and civil law matters, gained through its extensive client base. We have organised our firm in practice groups based on technical expertise such as private client expertise, but also on business sectors and clients’ jurisdictions. We are advising many of the top families in the Catalonian region where I am based and I am proud of having been part of that success.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Based on the kind of clients we advise on private client issues, I would say that trust has to be the basis of any relationship. Clients have to see us as someone who is on their side and who will treat their heritage as if it were our own. Trust and confidentiality is the other principle that any relationship has to be based on.

What is your favourite quote?

"Communication, the thing humans forgot when we invented the words," Richard Branson.


Patricia Garcia Mediero

+34 94 423 21 56

Patricia Garcia Mediero

Senior Partner  |  Avantia Asesoramiento Fiscal y Legal
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Spain
England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Personal and estate planning
Asset holding structures
Tax

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

The increasing demand for our services in very complex cross-border work.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Stay calm and focused. Notice what is NOT being said.

What is your favourite quote?

“Every problem is also an opportunity.”


Florentino Carreño

+34 915 247 117

Florentino Carreño

Partner  |  Cuatrecasas
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Spain

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Personal and estate planning
Succession planning
Tax

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

As a consequence of the recovery of Spanish activity, an increase in structuring new projects and investments. Other highlights include increased Brexit and US legislative work, tax compliance, succession planning and reallocation work involving Latin-American, British, US and Spanish individuals and families.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

You must have a good understanding of the world and the trend of internationalisation. Always assume the need for complete transparency with clients and have excellent knowledge and working application of the jurisdictions they are in.


Iñigo Aguirrezabala

+34 932 905 551

Iñigo Aguirrezabala

Partner  |  Cuatrecasas
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Spain

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Personal and estate planning
Asset holding structures
Tax

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

During the last year, one of the most interesting technical issues that I have advised on was the applicability of the tax treaties signed by Spain, under Article 4, to a resident under the Spanish "impatriate" preferred tax regime.
I have also advised regarding pre-immigration tax structure for a Peruvian UHNWI moving to Spain that had multiple assets and structures in different jurisdictions.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

I would advise them to focus on the clients and anticipate their needs since the clients and their legal well-being are the most important thing of our profession.
I would also advise them to acquire as much legal international knowledge as possible.

What is your favourite quote?

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world,” Nelson Mandela.


Carlos Ferrer

+34 915 247 141

Carlos Ferrer

Partner  |  Cuatrecasas
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Spain

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

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