Expert in taxation, mainly advising private clients on their wealth management and estate planning, and international clients on their Spanish investments and transactions.
Sonia Velasco’s crossborder practice involves advising private clients on their investments including real estate investments, estate planning, family governance and business succession, executive compensation and pension plans. She is well versed in vehicles such as trusts, which do not have a precise counterpart in Spanish law.
She also often advises private equities, venture-capital and strategic investors, and family offices on their investments in startups and scaleups.
She worked at the Cuatrecasas New York office for three years, enabling her to work on many crossborder matters involving the United States, Canada and Latin America.
She is an active member of the American Bar Association and of the International Bar Association, where she chaired the Tax Committee from 2013 to 2015. She is also a member of the Barcelona Bar Association and of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
She lectures on taxation at ESADE Business & Law School and speaks regularly at the International Bar Association and other international forums.
She regularly publishes articles in specialized journals and in leading Spanish newspapers.
Promociona Program, Executive Leadership Development
ESADE Business and Law School, 2020
Master in Tax Consultancy and Management
ESADE Business and Law School, 1995
Master in Business Law
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, 1994
Bachelor of Laws
Universitat de Barcelona, 1992
Chambers Europe, Chambers Global, Chambers HNW, Best Lawyers, Expert Guides, The Best of the Best Women in Business Law, Citywealth, Who’s Who Legal, Thought Leaders, Leaders League, Legal Week and Latin Lawyer in Tax and Private Client & Wealth Management
Women in Tax Leader
International Tax Review, 2017 to 2022
Best Lawyer in Tax Dispute Resolution
Europe Women in Business Law Awards, 2016, 2017 and 2018
Highly regarded in Corporate Tax
Who’s Who Legal (Top 10 worldwide and Top 5 Europe), 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015; Global Elite Thought Leaders (Top 8 worldwide), 2019, 2020 and 2021
Lawyer of the Year
Who’s Who Legal (category: Corporate Tax), 2014