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Fernando Azofra

Partner since 2003 ––– Madrid
Member no. 51008 of the Madrid Bar Association
Main practice areas
  • Real Estate and Planning

  • Banking and Finance

  • Insolvency and Financial Distress

Languages
  • English

  • Portuguese

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Profile

Fernando Azofra is a partner in the Madrid office of Uría Menéndez. He was admitted to the Madrid Bar in 1992 and joined the firm in 1993. He set up and headed the firm's Lisbon office from 1998 to 2001.

He advises domestic and foreign companies on real estate and banking matters, asset finance and M&A with an underlying real estate component. He has broad expertise in structuring and implementing property investments, divestments and financings. He has assisted in corporate and real estate deals involving an aggregate consideration of over EUR 38 billion. In relation to his financing expertise, he has outlined mortgage-backed financings, project finance, structured financings and 'plain vanilla' financings for over EUR 15.3 billion (some of which were the first deals of their kind in Spain, as is the case of the deals structured over floating mortgages).

He is regarded as a Leading Lawyer by the main international legal directories such as Chambers & Partners and International Who's Who of Lawyers.

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Education

  • Law Degree (with Honours), Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE), 1992
  • Business Administration Degree, Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE), 1993
  • Ph.D. in Law, summa cum laude, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2014
  • Special prize to the best doctorate student, 2015
Education

Professional associations

  • From October 2018, he is one of the 7 members of the Experts’ Committee appointed by the Ministry of Justice to reform the Spanish pre-insolvency and insolvency legislation
  • Member of the expert panel consulted by the Ministry of Science and Technology for the preparation of the Annual Report on Industrial Technology Prospects, 2000
  • Vice Chair to the International Bar Association Banking Law Committee
  • Madrid Bar Association

Teaching activity

He lectures on property, M&A and banking in law schools, legal and business institutes and organisations.

Between 2005 and 2010, Fernando was the academic director of the annual postgraduate programme on 'Real Estate Finance' in the Instituto de Empresa business and law school (Madrid).

Recent publications

  • Fernando Azofra. In Anuario de Derecho Concursal, n.º 50, 2020

  • Fernando Azofra. In Aspectos legales de la financiación en masa o crowdfunding. Matilde Cuena Casas (Director). Valencia: Tirant lo Blanch, 2020

  • Fernando Azofra. In Revista Crítica de Derecho Inmobiliario, n.º 778, 2020

  • Fernando Azofra. In Los acuerdos de refinanciación y reestructuración. X Congreso Español de Derecho de la Insolvencia. Ángel Rojo (Director), Ana Belén Campuzano (Director), María Luisa Sánchez Paredes (Coordinador). Cizur Menor (Navarra): Aranzadi, 2018

  • Fernando Azofra. In Fundamentos de Derecho empresarial, t. IV. Derecho concursal, eds. 3.ª y 4.ª. Rafael Sebastián (Coordinador). Cizur Menor (Navarra): Aranzadi, 2018