Lourdes Dávalos joined Uría Menéndez in 2011. Currently she is a senior associate at the Madrid office and she is in charge of coordinating the Cuban Desk of the firm.
She is a dual-qualified lawyer in Cuba and Spain. Her areas of expertise are international commercial law, project finance, and foreign investments, with a particular emphasis on cross-border investments involving Spain, Cuba, and other Latin American countries.
Lourdes’s practice is focused in advising foreign investors (both private and state-owned) from several jurisdictions on international contracts, project finance and setting up joint ventures on foreign investment projects in Cuba (including at the Mariel Special Development Zone). She advises on transactions related to a wide variety of economic sectors, particularly those related to the tourism and leisure, construction, real estate, energy, transport, infrastructures, food and beverages industry, among others. She also has broad experience advising important financial institutions on regulatory aspects and loan transactions in Cuba.
She is recognized as an expert lawyer in Cuban law and foreign investment, and in the last editions since 2015 of the legal directory Chambers and Partner Latin America, she has been named “Star Associate" among the best lawyers of international law firms with a Cuban practice.
- Law Degree, Summa Cum Laude, Universidad de La Habana (Cuba), 2007
- LLM in International Business Law, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain), awarded with "Mention of Honor", 2008
- Law Degree, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain), 2010
- Madrid Bar Association
- Spanish Arbitration Club (CEA)
- ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF)
- Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in the Caribbean (OHADAC)
- Bilateral Hispanic-Cuban Committee of the Superior Council of Chambers of Commerce of Spain
Since 2016 she teaches on the joint venture agreement in the Master’s Degree in International Business at the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM).
He has lectured on the Cuban legal regime of foreign investment in different academic centers such as the Center for American and International Law, Plano Texas, United States, and the Master’s Degree in International Legal Practice at the Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía (ISDE) in Madrid, and in seminars at the Universidad Complense de Madrid.
She also frequently participates as a speaker pertaining to commercial law and foreign investment in Cuba at training programs and seminars organized by various institutions and in collaboration with other international firms.