Jorge Badía, new managing partner of Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira


Jorge Badía, managing partner of Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira
Jorge Badía, managing partner of Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira

Badía joins Rafael Fontana, senior partner, in the leadership of the Iberian firm.

The firm has also appointed seven new partners and four new counsel.


Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira, a leading law firm in Spain and Portugal, has appointed Jorge Badía, member of its board of directors and coordinator of the Litigation and Arbitration practice, as its new managing partner. The senior partner, Rafael Fontana, announced the appointment in the shareholders meeting held in the firm’s Madrid office on March 27.

The appointment of the new managing partner takes place within the firm’s succession and corporate governance process, under which Rafael Fontana was appointed senior partner last July and which now concludes with the appointment of Jorge Badía as managing partner. The firm is adapting to current tendencies in corporate governance to ensure more efficient management and consolidate its leadership and growth perspectives. With this new leadership, the firm intends to create more value for clients through innovation, while continuing to stimulate and encourage talent.

The new managing partner will combine his professional career as a lawyer with his new management duties. Mr. Badía highlighted “I intend to continue working on the development of current projects from this new position. This will include more actively listening to our lawyers, our clients, and our environment. It’s a challenge I’m taking on with great enthusiasm and with the excitement of leading, together with Rafael Fontana, a fascinating project within the firm."

According to Rafael Fontana, senior partner, “Jorge has the excellent qualities needed to be managing partner. He is a man well acquainted with our firm’s corporate culture, backed up by his achievements as a lawyer, and he has my trust, as well as that of the board of directors and the partnership. In his position until now, he has shown great management skills, leading innovative projects that have sometimes marked out the path for the rest of the firm. I am convinced that from his new position, Jorge will continue to work towards successfully reaching the ambitious goals we have set ourselves.” 

About Jorge Badía

Mr. Badía is an expert in commercial litigation. He specializes in disputes arising from M&A transactions, as well as shareholder disputes. He has experience in representing the boards of directors of companies in matters concerning directors’ liability and regularly advises clients on civil liability.

Recommended by several directories, including Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Best Lawyers, Expert Guides, Global Arbitration Review and Legal 500 in Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation, and International Arbitration.

In 2014, he has been named Litigation Lawyer of the Year (Barcelona) by Best Lawyers.

New partners and counsel

The shareholders meeting of Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira has also appointed seven new partners and four new counsels.

According to Rafael Fontana, “We are very glad to strengthen our partnership with the appointment of these new partners and counsel. The in-depth evaluation process we have carried out consolidates our belief that we have very talented people within the firm that give a joint project, such as that of Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira, a great sense of meaning.”



Agustín Cerdá has extensive experience in financing transactions, both through syndicated and bilateral facilities (acquisition finance involving LBOs, corporate finance and structured finance), the financial restructuring of distressed companies, and asset-finance and project-finance transactions in Spain, Latin America and the US.



José Luis Gaudier specializes in international taxation and in advising multinational groups on corporate restructurings, mergers and acquisitions. He has extensive experience in international investment planning and in structuring international investments through Spanish holding companies (ETVEs), as well as in the taxation of companies in the real estate and construction sectors, including corporate taxation.


Corporate and Commercial

Since 2002, Mr. Moya has developed his career as a member of the firm's Corporate and Commercial Practice, particularly advising national and multinational companies and family businesses on all areas of business. He has worked on company mergers, acquisitions and transfers, as well as on corporate restructuring, including company financing. 


Corporate and Commercial

Mr. Paisán specializes in corporate law, mainly advising companies from a wide range of sectors; preparing reports on the duties and responsibilities of directors; advising clients on merger and acquisition transactions, and venture capital; advising business promotion companies; and advising on national and international strategic alliances.


Financial Taxation 

Ms. Rodríguez specializes in advising credit institutions, investment service firms, financial institutions and insurance companies, advising them on institutional matters and on their financial products. She advises on all kinds of restructuring transactions, financing, issues, structures, and financial agreements and transactions.


Mergers and Acquisitions

Mr. Sanz has extensive experience in Spanish and international transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, real estate transactions, corporate restructurings and joint ventures in various sectors and industries. He has also advised Spanish and international groups on projects and investments in China, Europe, Latin America and the United States.


Mergers and Acquisitions 

Mr. Ucar specializes in company mergers and acquisitions, and in designing and carrying out private equity transactions, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. He also specializes in corporate law, corporate contracts, and corporate disputes. During his career, he has advised companies from various sectors, particularly the pharmaceutical, energy, industrial and transport sectors.


Find out more about the new counsel



Mr. Caruz specializes in public law and has ample experience in town planning, contracts, and judicial reviews. He has advised on drafting town-planning schemes, and on incorporating and operating collaborating town-planning entities. He also advises public administrations and private entities regarding contracts.


Corporate and Commercial

Mr. Hidalgo has developed his career in commercial, banking, and bankruptcy law. He has ample experience in advising companies, and drafting and negotiating national and international contracts, as well as advising on restructurings, corporate refinancing and bankruptcy proceedings, the mergers and acquisitions of credit institutions, and the securities market.



Mr. Lusarreta has advised all types of public administrations and companies on administrative and public law, particularly regarding public contracting, as well as on urban planning, environmental law and real estate law.

Most notably, he has ample experience in judicial review litigation in all instances of the courts.


Corporate and Commercial 

Mr. Modrego has ample experience in advising companies on corporate and commercial matters, particularly on mergers and acquisitions, joint venture agreements, and agreements including an international component. He has also participated in transactions involving leveraged buyouts, sometimes advising business owners on selling their businesses, sometimes advising investors (i.e., on acquiring a shareholding).