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Company Law and Corporate Governance

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Cándido Paz-Ares
Cándido Paz-Ares
Partner since 2001. Madrid office


Cándido Paz-Ares is a partner in the Madrid office of Uría Menéndez. He joined the firm in 1996 as counsel and became a partner in 2001. He has extensive experience in corporate, finance and capital markets law and has been involved in the preparation of draft legislation in Spain.

He is also considered by his peers both at home and abroad as an authoritative figure in the field of Corporate Governance. His credentials speak for themselves. He was a member of the 'Olivencia Committee', charged by the Spanish Government with the task of drafting the Code of Corporate Governance. He is also a permanent member of the General Commission of Codification ('Comisión General de Codificación'), the consultative body of the Spanish Ministry of Justice and, since September 2002, a member of the Aldama Commission ('La Comisión Aldama'), created to foster transparency and security in the markets and listed companies.

He is regarded as a leading lawyer by the main international legal directories, such as, Chambers & Partners, PLC and International Who's Who of Lawyers, among others.


  • Law Degree, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1977 (National Graduation Prize)
  • Ph.D. in Law, summa cum laude, Università degli Studi di Bologna, 1980

Membership of Professional Associations

  • Madrid Bar Association
  • European Association of Law and Economics
  • American Law and Economics Association