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Project Finance

“This firm shows vast knowledge and exceptional experience in the area of administrative and projects law, and acts in a swift and proficient manner.” (Chambers Europe)
Carlos de Cárdenas Smith
Carlos de Cárdenas
Partner since 1998. Madrid office



Carlos is the head of the corporate and commercial group of Uría Menéndez. He began his career in Uría Menéndez in 1989 and became a partner in 1998. He was head partner of the firm’s New York office for three years, after which he returned to the Madrid office. Between 1995 and 1996 he was an international associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York.
Carlos focuses his practice on M&A, banking and finance and restructuring. He has been involved in many of the most significant finance and restructuring transactions in Spain.  

Various international legal directories (Chambers & Partners, IFLR 1000, PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook, etc.) have referred to Carlos as a Leading Lawyer in Spain in the areas of corporate/M&A, restructuring, project finance, banking and finance, and PFI/PPP.


  • Law Degree, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 1989 
  • Leading Professional Service Firms, Executive Education, Harvard Business School, June 2008

Membership of Professional Associations

  • Madrid Bar Association 
  • American Foreign Law Association 
  • International Bar Association 
  • Licensed as a Legal Consultant, New York Bar Association, 1997-2000 
  • Director of the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce, 1997-2000
  • Member of the Association Européenne d'Etudes Juridiques et Fiscales