Gonzalo Aranzabal



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Gonzalo Aranzabal

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With more than twenty five years of legal practice, Gonzalo Aranzabal 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 and Insolvency and Commercial Litigation.

In recent years, Mr. Aranzabal has counselled on national and international mergers & acquisitions 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.

Gonzalo Aranzabal is accredited by Mergermarket (www.mergermarket.com) as counsel in 57 M&A transactions worth more than €5m each by value, and in total close to €25,000m.

Recognised as an expert in Commercial and Corporate Law by the prestigious publication “European Legal Experts”. He has also lectured on Mergers & Acquisitions in the Master of Law School in IE Business School in Madrid.

His noteworthy international experience in the energy industry includes involvement in 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; and tenders for privatisation of electricity generation and distribution businesses in Ecuador. In addition, he has been involved in negotiating EPC contracts and purchase agreements for major industrial equipment and installations for the construction and operation of an LNG plant in Egypt.


Experience Open

    • Representing Unión Fenosa Internacional, S.A. in the purchase from Reliant Energy Inc., and AES Energy Inc. of their respective 70% shares in ElectroCosta and 69% in ElectriCaribe, Columbian electricity generation and transportation companies.
    • Representing Unión Fenosa Internacional, S.A. in the Public Acquisition Offer of 64% of EPSA, Columbian electricity generation and transportation company.
    • Representing Unión Fenosa Internacional, S.A. in the sale to Red Eléctrica Internacional, S.A., of 100% of Transportadora de Electricidad, Bolivian company and sole owner of the Bolivian electricity network.
    • Representing Unión Fenosa Internacional, S.A., in the public bidding processes for the purchase of the distribution and electricity generation assets of EMELEC and for the purchase of 51% of the capital of 17 electricity distribution companies in Ecuador.
    • Representing Unión Fenosa Internacional, S.A., in the purchase of Sempra Energy Inc.’s 51% indirect shares in Conecta, S.A., an official distribution company designated for the construction and management of the entire Uruguayan gas distribution network, with the exception of the city of Montevideo.
    • Representing Unión Fenosa Gas in the purchase of a cryogenic heat interchanger, compressors, gas turbines, and other critical associated equipment and services for its natural gas liquefaction plant in Egypt.
    • Representing Frasers Hospitality in the purchase of HOTEL PORTA MARINA in Barcelona.
    • Representing the Spanish bank CAM Caja de Ahorros del Mediterraneo in the acquisition of the Mexican real estate company Crédito Inmobiliario Terras.
    • Representing the Japanese company Ricoh Corporation Ltd. in the restructuring of its Spanish group by means of the Merger of the Lanier’s Spanish group companies by Ricoh.
    • Representing Euronet Worldwide in the purchase from Unitec of the “Telerecarga” business’ assets and from Meflur of the “Movilcarga” business’ assets with respect to the distribution of top-ups of the various mobile phone operators.
    • Representing Laboratorios Belmac, S.A., (Spanish subsidiary of the Bentley Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) for the purchase of Laboratorios Argenol, S.L.
    • Representing the Luxembourg based company, Transcom Worldwide S.A., in the purchase from Banco Santander of its call centre services company GESTEL.

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, Edition May 2009. 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, First Edition: October 2000.

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • Madrid Bar Association (1987)

Employment Record Open

  • 2012-present: Watson Farley & Williams, Partner
  • 2009-2012: Aranzabal & Cabello de Alba, Partner
  • 2006-2009: KPMG Abogados, Partner
  • 1998-2006: DLA Piper / Squire Sanders, Partner
  • 1993-1998: B. Cremades & Asociados, Partner
  • 1987-1993: KPMG Estudio Jurídico y Tributario, Senior Associate

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