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David Franco


Corporate and M&A

An extremely solid lawyer... who looks into every detail.

Chambers Europe 2015

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About David Franco

David is our Madrid managing partner.

His areas of practice include domestic and cross-border M&A, joint ventures and transactional corporate work for a range of listed and unlisted clients. 

David has wide experience in mergers, public takeovers, equity issues, solvent restructurings and corporate governance, as well as in dealing with the cross-border aspects of auction sales and consortiums. 

He has varied sector experience across a number of jurisdictions, with a particular focus on financial institutions, real estate and energy.

David is fluent in Spanish and English.  

Recent work

  • Advising Mitsui & Co on its strategic investments in Gestamp Automoción and Gonvarri Renewable Industries.
  • Advising UBS on its European wealth management cross-border merger to form UBS Europe.
  • Advising Barclays Bank on the disposal of its credit card business in Spain and Portugal to WiZink Bank and on the disposal of its Spanish retail banking business to CaixaBank. 
  • Advising Inmobiliaria Colonial on its inaugural investment-grade bond issue and EMTN programme establishment.
  • Advising Cepsa on its acquisition of Coastal Energy Company.



  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain (law)
  • Universidad San Pablo CEU, Madrid, Spain (diploma in business administration)
  • Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, Spain (master's degree)

Professional memberships

  • Madrid Bar since 1995