Javier Ester

Javier Ester Palacios
Senior Associate


T: +34 91 515 6300
D: +34 91 515 6310
M: +34 664 289 271

Summary Open

Javier Ester is a Senior Associate in Watson Farley & Williams’ Corporate Group in Madrid.

Javier specialises in corporate transactions, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and corporate restructuring. He also provides legal advice to companies on various diverse corporate matters. He regularly advises Spanish and foreign companies on the drafting and negotiation of all kinds of corporate and commercial contracts.

Javier also has extensive experience in working on energy transactions, as well as renewable energy projects. Javier has also had exposure to working on transactions from industries such as industrial, services and infrastructure. He advises local and international players in both domestic and cross-border transactions.

Experience Open

    Javier’s experience includes:
    • Advising Cerberus Capital Management on the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Renovalia Energy for €1bn (enterprise value). This represents one of the largest ever completed deals in the Spanish renewables sector to date. TTR awarded WFW for the transaction as “Deal of the Month” in February 2016.
    • Advising Cerberus Capital Management on the acquisition of four wind farms located in Spain. The wind farms, with an aggregate capacity of 105.8MW, are Sierra Sesnández en Zamora (20 MW), Loma del Capón en Granada (30,6 MW), Magaz en Palencia (30 MW) and Cova da Serpe II en Lugo (25,2 MW). Those had been acquired by Sinia Renovables, Comsa Renovables, Esif y Renovis.
    • Advising Cerberus Capital Management on the acquisition of two wind farm portfolios: Pujalt and Turó del Magré (two onshore wind farms of 70 MW) located in Catalonia.
    • Advising Cerberus Capital Management in different beauty contests for the acquisition of a portfolio of multiple wind farms located in Spain and Portugal.
    • Advising English fund Foresight on the sale of an 8 MW photovoltaic plant located in Madridejos, Toledo (Spain) owned by Acacia Instanlaciones Fotovoltaicas to Centerbridge (part of Vela Energy).
    • Advising Vela Energy (Centerbridge) on the acquisition of a photovoltaic portfolio comprising seven facilities in Lorca, Murcia (Spain) from Spanish electricity company Spanish Power.
    • Advising Gherlicher Solar España, in the framework of the insolvency proceedings of its parent company, regarding the sale of its assets and its corporate restructuring.

Education Open

  • 2005 – 2006: Master in Energy Law: Instituto Superior de la Energía – Repsol.
  • 1999 – 2004: Law Degree: Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • Madrid Bar Association

Employment Record Open

  • 2007 – 2014: Rödl & Partner Abogados y Asesores Tributarios, Madrid
  • 2006 – 2007: Davies Arnold Cooper Abogados, Madrid
  • 2004 – 2006: Bufete Ester Abogados, Madrid

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