THE TEAM AT ALTALEX

Meeting the standards of excellence that must be required from our profession.

CARLOS GABARRÓ

Partner

In 1994 Carlos Gabarró began his professional career as a tax advisor and, in 1998, he joined the international tax and private client practices at Garrigues & Andersen. In 2000 Carlos joined Ernst & Young (EY) where he held several leading positions, moving to New York in 2005 to lead the EY Spanish desk in the US. After returning from the States in 2008, Carlos was appointed EY’s Mediterranean Market Leader (Spain, Italy and Portugal) for its international tax practice. Carlos left EY in 2012 to become the co-managing partner of ALTALEX.

Carlos advises HNWIs (including their family offices, financial advisors and trustees) as well as medium-sized groups and major multinationals on domestic and cross-border tax matters, in Mergers & Acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, holding and financing structures, intangibles assets management and tax-efficient value chain restructurings. He has worked in collaboration with both local and foreign groups and top-tier multinationals such as Abertis, Almirall, Altran, Avon, BASF, BMW, Bunge, CRH, DirecTV, Host Hotels & Resorts, Hugo Boss, Feld Entertainment, International Paper, Lear Corporation, Lidl, Royal Caribbean, Sinopec or Walt Disney, some of which remain as ongoing clients.

Carlos divides his working time between his professional and academic duties and as such, he is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences in different countries, a lecturer and professor of international tax in universities and private institutions as well as author of several Spanish and foreign publications.

With a Degree in Business Administration and an MBA from the European University of Brussels (1994), a Masters in Taxation/Tax Consultancy from the Centro de Estudios Financieros in Barcelona (1997).

EDUARDO CASTAÑO

Partner

Eduardo began his professional career in 1996 as a collaborator in the tax and corporate law consultancy teams in what was then the well-known Barcelona-based firm of M. Pavón & Asociados and he took over as firm manager in 2002.

Eduardo is a renowned expert in tax and commercial law advice for Spanish groups and foreign groups present in Spain. Eduardo is a member of the governing bodies of companies from a diverse cross-section of economic sectors. He has advised foreign groups during the processes of establishing themselves in Spain as well as Spanish groups abroad (especially in Asia and Latin America). He has worked in collaboration with the Spanish Ministry of Justice and the Family Business Institute during the legislative process of publishing the Family Protocol and in adaptations of legislation concerning the Spanish Stock Company (S.A.) and Limited Liability Company (S.L.).

In addition, Eduardo is a regular contributor in questions concerning legal and tax issues to the Private Foundation + Empresa for the promotion of privately-held groups and with the Barcelona Activa Department of Economic Promotion (Barcelona City Hall) for attracting foreign investment to the city of Barcelona. Moreover, he regularly appears as a speaker for a range of different bodies and academic institutions.

Degree in Law (1993) and Masters in Tax Advice (1997) from the University of Barcelona. Member of the Barcelona Bar Association.

MANEL MAS

Partner

Manel is the head of our tax practice. He has more than 20 years collaborating at top notch tax & legal advisory firms in Spain. Manel has been ranked during various years of his professional career by Chambers & Partners, the well-known directory of leading firms and advisors around many countries. He advises on direct and indirect taxation to corporate groups and HNWIs, in M&A transactions and group reorganizations. Holds two degrees in Business Administration from the University of Barcelona and got his Master in Tax from ESADE.

EDUARDO RIERA

Partner

Eduardo is a partner in our labour and employment law area. He has more than twenty years of experience in labour law advice in all areas to companies, both national and multinational from all sectors, as well as to their highly ranked executives. He has developed his professional career in different law and multidisciplinary firms such as HLB Bové Montero y Asociados, Mercer Consulting and KPMG, where he was the head of the labour law area in the Barcelona office. He has been involved in different national and international transactions, particularly in restructuring of relevant corporate groups of various sectors, collective bargaining of all kinds and in ongoing advisory services, also representing said groups in the Social Jurisdiction.

ASSOCIATES

MIREIA CUNILL

Associate and leader of our Corporate Law practice. Mireia holds a Degree in Law by ESADE, where she also studied a double Master on International Business Law and Legal Practice. She also holds a Master Degree in Family and Inheritance Law from the Barcelona Bar Association. She collaborated in two other law firms from Barcelona in the corporate and dispute resolution areas. She also collaborates on succession planning matters for HNWIs.

ALEJANDRO VILLALBA

Associate in our legal practice. Alejandro holds Degree in Law by the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a Master’s Degree in Access to the Legal Profession by ISDE. He has also taken the Master’s Degree in Energy Law and Energy Transition by UNIR. Alejandro has previously collaborated in the Barcelona office of a recognized international law Firm in all kinds of commercial and corporate transactions in matters related to renewable energies.

EDUARD FORNER

Associate in the Corporate Law practice. Eduard holds a Degree in Law by the University of Barcelona, where he also completed a Master of Legal Practice. He also holds various postgraduate studies in Data Protection and Legal Implications of New Technologies from the UPF Barcelona School of Management. Prior to joining ALTALEX he collaborated in a very well-known Firm in Barcelona. Member of the Barcelona Bar Association.

SERGIO DE PAZ

Sergio is an associate in our legal practice. He graduated in Law in the Barcelona Autonomous University and holds an Master in Law from the International University of La Rioja. He is a practicing lawyer and member of the Barcelona Bar Association. Prior to joining our team, he collaborated in the corporate law and the civil and litigation practice of another Barcelona based firm.

CLARA ALIJA

Clara is an Associate in our legal practice, where she provides advisory on corporate and civil matters. She holds a double degree in Law and Business Administration  from the University of Oviedo. She also obtained a double Master’s Degree in Corporate Law and Legal Practice at ESADE Barcelona. Before joining Altalex, she collaborated in the legal area of the Barcelona office of a well-known international Firm for two years, where she started her career as a corporate advisor to local and international clients.

MIREN MARTÍ

Miren holds a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Tax Law (with a scholarship granted by Cuatrecasas) from University of Navarra. While at law school, she has represented her University in an International Moot Court Competition held in India. She is called to the Spanish Bar and is a member of the Barcelona Bar Association. She previously worked with a couple of law firms specialized in tax law in Barcelona. She has lived during a few years in Singapore and has exposure to the Asian market and culture. An associate dealing with tax practice area in the firm, advises clients in national tax law, international tax, sportsmen taxation and transfer pricing matters.

JAUME SUBIRATS

Jaume holds a Degree in Law from the Rovira i Virgili University and a Master in Law (LLM) from the Barcelona University. He also holds a Master in Taxation from UDIMA. Prior to joining ALTALEX he collaborated in a very well-known firm in Barcelona. He is an Associate in the tax practice assisting our local and international clients.

MIQUEL SALA

Miquel graduated in Business Administration at the University of Barcelona. He started his career in a reputed law firm in Barcelona, collaborating in the tax practice. He has a Master’s degree in taxation by ESADE Law School at Barcelona. He is a Junior Associate in the tax practice serving our domestic and international clientele.

ROBERT CARDÚS

Robert is an associate in our tax practice. He is graduated as Bachelor of Business Administration by the Institut Químic de Sarrià and holds a Master from the law section of the University of Barcelona. After collaborating in the tax area of a known Barcelona firm he joined Altalex to serve our local and international clients in their domestic and cross-border tax affairs.

JOSÉ MARTÍNEZ

After holding positions in the Human Resources Department of the Spanish affiliate (with over 1,200 employees on the payroll) of a well-known US refreshment beverage company, José joined ALTALEX where he holds the position of associate specializing in different areas of labour administration, including consultancy for Spanish executives who are working abroad (expatriates) and foreign nationals living in Spain (impatriates), as well as for executive management members and ownership of privately held Spanish and foreign companies. Moreover, José advises clients in labour litigation matters as well as in cases involving Employee Redundancy Plans.

MERCHE PADILLA

Merche counts with more than 20 years of professional experience in advisory firms and in the finance team of a relevant corporate group in the media business based in Barcelona. She is constantly up-to-date on technical matters related to her professional passion as an accountant and an excellent resource for some clients of Altalex.

TERESA PAVÓN

Teresa Pavón is an Associate in our tax and bookkeeping team. She joined ALTALEX after more than 25 years of experience in the administration and finance departments of corporate groups based in Barcelona. Teresa’s experience in the private industry provides dynamism to our compliance team, offering a valuable approach to several of our client’s engagements.

SUSANA VALLESPÍN

Since the end of the ninetees, Susana has dedicated her professional life to accounting and tax compliance for corporate groups. Her experience and knowledge (including digital platforms), allows us to integrate different techniques to offer a high-level of service adapted to the variety of needs of our clients.