Manuel Vélez

Partner since 2017 ––– Madrid
Member no. 74099 of the Madrid Bar Association
Main practice areas
  • Public Law

  • English



Manuel is a partner in the Madrid office of Uría Menéndez. He joined the firm in 2003 and is a member of the Public and Environmental Law Practice Area.

He has experience in all areas of public law, but especially in regulated sectors, such as securities markets and the financial, energy, security and defence, prevention of money laundering and competition law sectors. He also advises on public procurement law and public authority liability.

Manuel focuses his practice on litigation involving administrative and constitutional matters and regularly advises in sanctioning proceedings before the CNMV, the Bank of Spain and the Commission for the Prevention of Money Laundering. He also has vast experience in due diligence processes involving regulatory matters.

In the 2015 edition of Iberian Lawyer, Manuel was named one of the top 40 lawyers under the age of 40 in Spain and Portugal.

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  • Law Degree, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, 2002

Professional associations

  • Madrid Bar Association
  • Subcommission on the prevention of money laundering of the Consejo General de la Abogacía Español
  • European Association of Trade + Investment Controls and Compliance Attorneys

Teaching activity

Manuel was teacher on the Master’s Degree for Access to the Legal Profession at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos-Madrid Bar Association. He has also lectured on administrative law at the Universidad Europea of Madrid.

He also participates regularly as a speaker at seminars and conferences on subjects relating to his field of expertise.

Recent publications

  • Manuel Vélez, Alicia Segovia Marco. In 2020 Práctica contenciosa para abogados. Los casos más relevantes sobre litigación y arbitraje en 2019 de los grandes despachos. Antonio Hierro Hernández-Mora (Coordinador), Antonio Pipó Malgosa (Coordinador). Las Rozas (Madrid): La Ley-Wolters Kluwer, 2020

  • Manuel Vélez, Ana María Sabiote. In The Public-Private Partnership Law Review, 6th. Ed. André Luiz Freire (Editor), Thiago Luís Sombra (Editor), Raul Dias dos Santos Neto (Editor). London: Law Business Research, 2020

  • Manuel Vélez. In European Association of Trade + Investment Controls and Compliance Attorneys ( También en World Trade Controls (, 27/03/2020

  • Edurne Navarro, Manuel Vélez, Xavier Codina García-Andrade. In Foreign Direct Investment Regimes 2020. Matthew Levitt (Contributing Editor). London: Global Legal Group, 2019

  • Manuel Vélez, Ana María Sabiote, Juan José Serrano Araque. In Anuario de Derecho Administrativo 2019. Miguel Ángel Recuerda Girela (Director). Cizur Menor (Navarra): Aranzadi, 2019