Carlos de Cárdenas

Partner since 1998 ––– Madrid
Member no. 43120 of the Madrid Bar Association
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Carlos is the head of the corporate and commercial group of Uría Menéndez. He began his career in Uría Menéndez in 1989. Between 1995 and 1996 he was an international associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York. He was head partner of the firm’s New York office for three years, after which he returned to the Madrid office. 

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, 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.

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

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
  • Loan Market Association

Teaching activity

Carlos currently teaches in IESE Business School and has been a law lecturer at the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE), Centro de Estudios Universitarios (CEU) and the Instituto de Empresa. He lectured on M&A on the Master’s Degree in Business Law at the Universidad de Navarra for more than ten years, and was also a member of the Advisory Council of its Faculty of Law. He is also a regular speaker and commentator at law seminars and conferences on his field of expertise.

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