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Gonzalo Aranzabal

Watson, Farley & Williams expands Madrid office with new partner hire

12 June 2012

Watson, Farley & Williams, a leading international law firm, is pleased to announce that it has appointed Corporate partner Gonzalo Aranzabal to its Madrid office.

Gonzalo previously practised as corporate partner at KPMG Abogados, DLA Piper and Squire Sanders. He has 25 years’ experience of corporate and commercial law, M&A, insolvency, and commercial litigation and arbitration across sectors such as industrial and energy.

His corporate transactional experience includes advising on the purchase of three Colombian electricity generation and distribution businesses; the sale of the concessionaire company for the Bolivian electricity distribution network; the purchase of the concessionaire company for gas distribution and sales services in Uruguay; tenders for privatisation of electricity generation and distribution businesses in Ecuador; and the negotiation of EPC contracts and purchasing agreements for major industrial equipment and installations for the construction and operating of an LNG plant in Egypt.

He is mentioned as an expert in corporate and commercial law by European Legal Experts and he regularly lectures on M&A at the IE Law School in Madrid.

Gonzalo also has significant experience on restructuring and insolvency and has recently acted as judicial bankruptcy administrator (“Administrador Concursal”) on around 20 bankruptcy proceedings in Spain.

María Pilar García, partner and head of the Madrid office commented: “Building up our Corporate team here in Madrid is a key part of our strategy and Gonzalo’s experience will be a valuable addition to our capabilities. I am delighted to welcome him to our team.”

Evan Stergoulis, partner and head of WFW’s Energy practice commented: “It is an exciting time for Energy work globally, and I am confident that with the strategic addition of Gonzalo, our practice at WFW will be considerably boosted.”

On his arrival at WFW Madrid, Gonzalo Aranzabal commented: “My areas of focus are a good fit with WFW’s practice in Spain and beyond, and I look forward to helping to grow it over the coming years.”