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Luis de Carlos Bertrán
Luis de Carlos
Partner since 1991. Madrid office


Luis de Carlos has been Managing Partner of Uría Menéndez since November 2005. He joined the firm in 1983 and became a partner in 1991. Luis headed up the Barcelona office between 1993 and 1995 and was responsible for the firm’s professional practice until he was named Managing Partner.

Luis has 35 years of experience advising national and foreign companies in capital markets matters and also regularly advises on corporate governance, M&A, banking and corporate law.

The main international legal directories consider Luis the leading lawyer in Spain for capital markets work. In 2018, he was named the best managing partner at the Forbes Lawyers Awards and given the Best Lawyer award at the Expansión Legal Awards. The Minister of Justice awarded him the Cross of Honour of the Order of St Raymond of Peñafort in 2017 and, in 2016, he was named European Managing Partner of the Year at The Lawyer European Awards.

Luis de Carlos is very active in civil society and holds the following positions, among others:

  • Chairman of the Fundación ProCNIC
  • Vice Chairman of the Fundación Iberoamericana Empresarial
  • Secretary General of the Fundación de Estudios Financieros
  • Secretary of the Fundación Cotec para la Innovación.
  • Trustee of the Fundación de Amigos del Museo del Prado.


  • Law Degree with Honours, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, 1982
  • Business Administration Degree, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, 1983
  • Doctor in Law, cum laude, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, 1997

Membership of Professional Associations

  • Madrid Bar Association
  • International Bar Association