Gonzalo Aranzabal



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Gonzalo Aranzabal

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Gonzalo Aranzabal is a Partner in the Corporate group in the Madrid office of Watson Farley & Williams. With more than 25 years of legal practice, Gonzalo focuses his legal expertise on Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) and Corporate and Commercial law. Additionally, he also has significant experience in the areas of Restructuring & Insolvency and Commercial Litigation.

In recent years, Gonzalo has counselled on national and international M&As and other commercial transactions within the industrial and service sectors in general and, in particular, the energy sector. His experience spans Europe, Latin America and North Africa.

With regard to his Insolvency and Commercial Litigation practice, Gonzalo is currently acting as insolvency receiver (“Administrador Concursal”) appointed by the Courts in more than 25 insolvency proceedings, which provides him with a privileged practical expertise in this area. He has also acted as legal counsel in more than 100 proceedings before civil, commercial and arbitration Courts.

The leading international publications Chambers & Partners ranked the Restructuring & Insolvency team in 2017 and Legal 500 ranked the Corporate practice in 2017.

Experience Open

    Gonzalo’s experience includes advising:
    • IPH, a leading European industrial supplies distributor owned by PAI Partners, on the acquisition of Buenaventura Giner S.A, Spain’s leading supplier in the sector.
    • IPH on the acquisition of Julsa, S.A.U., Julsa Sur, S.A.U., Herdal Julsa, S.A.U. and Julsa Levante, S.A.U. (all together “Julsa”), a major Spanish industrial products supplier.
    • IPH on the 100% acquisition of the following companies: (i) Anglada Subministraments Industrials, S.A.; (ii) Rodamientos Aralar, S.L.; and (iii) Rodamientos y Productos Especiales, S.A.
    • Foresight Group LLP in relation to the sale of shares making up 49% of the share capital of Global Litator S.L, sole shareholder of the La Castilleja, S.L.U.SPV, which is the owner of the 9.8 MW photovoltaic plant of that name located in La Carlota, Córdoba province.
    • Aurelius, a German private equity investor, on the cross-border acquisition of Colt Managed Cloud (“CMC”), the managed cloud business of Colt Group S.A., by way of a carve-out from the IT services division of Colt Technology Services Group.
    • Aurelius on the cross-border acquisition of the value-added sales activities of the NEC Group’s Unified Communications business, acquiring its operations in the UK, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland.
    • Aurelius on the cross-border acquisition of Scholl’s international footwear division from Reckitt Benckiser Group.
    • Foresight Group LLP on the sale of an 8 MW photovoltaic plant located in Madridejos, Toledo owned by Acacia Instalaciones Fotovoltaicas to Vela Energy (Centerbridge).
    • Bankia on the sale of a 50% stake in Spanish-based Ribera Salud to the US-based healthcare company Centene.

Education Open

  • 1986: Pontificia of Comillas University (ICADE E-1) Madrid Law Degree
  • 1986: Pontificia of Comillas University (ICADE E-1) Madrid LLM Corporate and Commercial Legal Advice

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

  • Lectures the subject “Mergers and Acquisitions” in the “LLM in Corporate and Commercial Legal Advice” at Instituto de Empresa IE Law School (IE-MAJ).
  • Speaker at conferences organised by IIR España, IFAES, CECA, Federación Española de Hostelería FEHR (Spanish Hotel and Hospitality Association), ICEX, etc., on Restructuring & Insolvency legal aspects (i.e. Companies Restructuring, Legal Transfer of Assets and Liabilities, New Bankruptcy Law, etc.), Corporate and Commercial Law and Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) (i.e. Mergers and Acquisitions, Shareholders’ Agreements, Directors’ Liability, Legal Risk Management, Guarantees in International Contracts, Legal Implications in International Deals, etc.).
  • Corporate and Commercial Law for Lawyers – Legal Cases 2009, book published by La Ley (May 2009 ed). Co-author and member of the Editorial Board.
  • A Guide for the Protection of Personal Data in the Hospitality Sector, book published by Squire Sanders and the Spanish Hotel and Hospitality Association (1rst ed October 2000).

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • 1987: Madrid Bar Association

Employment Record Open

  • 2012 – present: Partner, Watson Farley & Williams
  • 2009 – 2012: Partner, Aranzabal & Cabello de Alba
  • 2006 – 2009:Partner, KPMG Abogados
  • 1998 – 2006: Partner, DLA Piper/Squire Sanders
  • 1993 – 1998: Partner, B. Cremades & Asociados
  • 1989 – 1993: Senior Associate, KPMG Estudio Jurídico y Tributario

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