José María Álvarez Arjona

Of Counsel

Tel.: (+34) 91 582 91 00 
Fax: (+34) 91 582 91 14 

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Partner. José María joined Gómez-Acebo & Pombo in 1988.

Education and professional career

  • Master of Law (Madrid, 1987); Harvard Law School (P.I.L.), 1992.
  • Master’s Degree in Corporate Legal Consultancy from the Instituto de Empresa, Madrid (1988).
  • José María Álvarez joined Gómez-Acebo & Pombo in 1988. He was appointed full partner in 1996. Besides acting on behalf of clients at the Courts of Justice and Arbitration, he provides advisory services to the real estate, communications, insurance, trade, franchise, health, and merger & acquisitions sectors. 


Acquisitions, dispute resolution, restructuring and bankruptcy issues, Corporate Law, Contract Law at large, and Real Estate Law. 

Membership of Professional Bodies and Associations

  • Madrid Bar Association since 1988.
  • ASCRI. 


Mr. Álvarez lectured in the Master’s Degree course in Corporate Legal Consultancy of the Instituto de Empresa in 1989, in the course on Corporate Legal Consultancy (APD) in 1999, and in the “Master Degree in Legal Practice – Introduction to the Practice of Law” at the Universidad Europea in 2003 and 2004. He is a regular speaker at I.I.R., APD and Capital & Corporate. 


Spanish and English. 


  • Capital Riesgo (Private Equity) Aspectos Regulatorios, Mercantiles, Financieros, Fiscales y Laborales, Thomson Reuters Aranzadi, 2010.
  • Adquisiciones de empresas, 3.ª edición (coordinator y co author), Aranzadi, Thomson Reuters, 2010.
  • Fusiones y adquisiciones de empresas (coordinator y co-author), Aranzadi, 2004.
  • International Mergers & Acquisitions Review 2002/2003.
  • Cómo se hacen las adquisiciones (coordinator y co-author), Instituto de Estudios Económicos, 2002.
  • ¿Cómo se realizan las compraventas de empresas en España?, Instituto de Estudios Económicos, 2002. 
  • «The Spanish venture capital and private equity market», Venture Capital & Private Equity Yearbook 2001/2002.
  • Comentario a la RDGRN 1535 de 1 de diciembre de 2000, Cuadernos Civitas de Jurisprudencia Civil, octubre/diciembre 2001.
  • «The importance of being well informed», Acquisitions Monthly, Iberian Suplement June 2001.
  • «Leveraged buyouts in Spain», European Venture Capital Journal, March 2001.
  • Régimen jurídico de las adquisiciones de empresas (coordinator y co-author), Aranzadi, 2001.



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Best Lawyers 2018 (since 2009). Corporate and M&A

IFLR1000 2016 Leading Lawyer Rosette

IFLR 1000 2017: Leading Lawyer. Restructuring and Insolvency, M&A.

IFLR1000 2016 Leading Lawyer Rosette

IFLR 1000 2016: Leading Lawyer. Restructuring and Insolvency, M&A, Real Estate.


IFLR 1000 2014: Leading Lawyer.


IFLR 1000 2013: Leading Lawyer. Restructuring and Insolvency

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International Who´s Who of Business Lawyers 2012 (since 2010). Commercial Litigation


José María Álvarez is "great under any scenario", and "a fantastic lawyer".

The Legal 500 2014. Restructuring and Insolvency


"Brilliant" practice head José María Álvarez is recommended.
The Legal 500 2012. Restructuring and Insolvency

Chambers Europe

The department has undergone a reorganisation process and is now under the leadership of experienced and highly regarded corporate lawyer José María Alvarez.
The Chambers Europe 2011. Restructuring and Insolvency

Chambers Europe

José María Álvarez receives consistent praise from interviewees, who report that "he's very experienced and direct, and has superb understanding of the market".
The Chambers Europe 2011. Private Equity

IFLR 1000

Álvarez also proved popular with clients: "He managed to deal with the problems quite well, he didn't pass them onto others and it makes it easier to work with him", says one.
IFLR1000 2011. Restructuring and Insolvency