Alejandro Fernández de Araoz

Alejandro-Fernandez-de-Araoz

PARTNER

SPECIALIZATION

Mergers and Acquisitions

Private Equity

Capital Markets

OTHER AREAS OF PRACTICE

Litigation

Arbitration

CONTACT

Languages: English, French, German and  Spanish

Assistant: María Martínez
martinez@araozyrueda.com

After five years as an associate at Estudio Legal (1987-1992), where he acquired experience in corporate, banking, capital markets and competition, he co-founded Araoz & Rueda in 1994.

Since then, he has developed his practice advising in general corporate and commercial matters and, especially, in Mergers and Acquisitions and Capital Markets, where he has extensive experience. Furthermore, he regularly advises in litigation and restructuring/insolvency matters.

Recommended Individual” in the areas of Dispute Resolution and Corporate/M&A by Chambers & Partnerse, The Legal 500 EMEA, PLC Which Lawyer, IFLR 1000 and European Legal Experts in all editions since 2000 up to the latest in 2017.

Education

  • J.D. (1985) and Ph. D. (“Cum laude”, 1998) from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
  • LL.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London, 1986).
  • LL.M. from the New York University School of Law (1987).
  • He has been Visitor Researcher at Harvard Law School and Ludwig-Maximilian University (Munich) (1992-1993).
  • Advice to a global technology leading company involved in the research, development and manufacture of laboratory equipment on the acquisition of the Spanish distributor of its products.
  • Advice to a leading asset management firm on the acquisition of a logistic platform located in Vitoria.
  • Advice to a leading private equity fund on the acquisition of a majority stake in Calzados MaryPaz, the largest Spanish shoes retailer, with more than a thousand employees and two hundred shops
The EMEA Legal 500 2018 – Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions

Under the leadership of Pedro Rueda, Araoz & Rueda’s corporate team advised leading SMS corporation Esendex on the acquisition of SMSPubli Mobile Marketing. Other clients include Clínica Baviera, Osborne Group and Richemont Group.

The EMEA Legal 500 2018 - Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions
Chambers Europe Guide 2019 – Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions

Araoz & Rueda maintains a consolidated reputation in the mid-cap M&A market, habitually advising Spanish and foreign clients on cross-border transactions. Popular choice for foreign law firms looking either to refer key clients to a smaller Spanish firm or to work together on transnational M&A projects. Notable activity on the buy side of M&A transactions. Client portfolio comprises entities from the life sciences, transport and TMT sectors. Interviewees report the team to be "helpful, knowledgeable, efficient and proactive." Pedro Rueda is regarded as "a strong and disciplined negotiator" who has the ability to "cut through to the point of the issue." He acts on both the buy and sell sides of cross-border M&A transactions, including splits, acquisitions and joint ventures, and is notably active in the financial and industrial spaces.

Chambers Europe Guide 2019
IFLR 1000 2019 – Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions

The partners Pedro Rueda and Alejandro Fernández de Araoz receive strong recommendations “Focused on closing deals while ensuring customer's interest as much as possible” "It provides high-quality service and delivers on time."

IFLR 1000 2019
Chambers Europe Guide 2018 – Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions

Araoz & Rueda regularly advises international and domestic clients on mid-cap cross-border sales and acquisitions. Notable expertise in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. Pedro Rueda consistently attracts superb praise for his work on mid-cap M&A mandates. "I can pick up the phone and call Pedro and he's 100% up to date on every bit of advice we have had," says one interviewee, while another adds: "He's involved in everything and can spot issues in the contracts in seconds." Sources also draw attention to his English language skills and his experience in handling cross-border transactions.

Chambers Europe Guide 2018
Best Lawyers 2017

Included in the list of "Best Lawyers in Spain" in Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity.

Best Lawyers 2017
Chambers Global Guide 2017 – Litigation

Established Madrid firm assisting clients with administrative proceedings, including claims linked to environmental and planning matter. Also active in commercial cases involving M&A and telecommunications law. As well as litigation, the department includes practitioners who have an extensive track record in key international arbitration courts. Strengths (quotes from clients): “The team approaches every matter as if were the only one they had”. “The lawyers know perfectly how to focus each situation and what the best solution for each case is”. Sources really appreciated Alejandro Fernández de Araoz’s “strategic vision, absolute loyalty to the client and maximum involvement in the matters”. He is highlighted for his particular expertise in commercial and transactional matters.

Chambers Global Guide 2017 - Litigation
IFLR 1000 2017 – Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions

The partners Pedro Rueda and Alejandro Fernández de Araoz receive strong recommendations from clients with top marks for legal expertise.

IFLR 1000 2017
Chambers Global Guide 2016, “Recommended Individual” in Litigation

Strengths (quotes from clients) “One advantage is that you work very closely with the partners; in most big firms it is not so easy to work with the partner but in the case of Araoz & Rueda, you can work directly with the senior lawyer”. Alejandro Fernández de Araoz of Araoz & Rueda has a tremendously broad practice that encompasses contentious and non-contentious commercial issues. Clients describe him as a "tough negotiator," adding: "He is very intelligent and knows how my business works very well."

Chambers Global Guide 2016
Best Lawyers 2016 -Al

Included in the list of "Best Lawyers in Spain" in Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity.

Best Lawyers 2016
Best Lawyers 2015 -Al

Included in the list of "Best Lawyers in Spain" in Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity.

Best Lawyers 2015
The EMEA Legal 500 2015, “Recommended Individual” in Litigation

Araoz & Rueda's Alejandro Fernández de Araoz and Clifford Hendel represented ENI in judicial and arbitral proceedings against Unión Fenosa Gas over corporate governance issues. Eduardo de León heads the team.

The EMEA Legal 500 2015
Chambers Global Guide 2015, “Recommended Individual” in Litigation

Alejandro Fernández de Araoz of Araoz & Rueda has a wide-ranging practice encompassing capital markets, M&A, litigation and arbitration. He is regarded by sources as an accomplished practitioner in this field.

Chambers Global Guide 2015
The EMEA Legal 500 2014, “Recommended Individual” in Litigation

Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is a highly recommended lawyer for litigation.

The EMEA Legal 500 2014
Chambers Global Guide 2014, “Recommended Individual” en Procesal

Clients say Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is "an expert in litigation; he has a lot of experience and much prestige in this area".

Chambers Global Guide 2014
Chambers Global Guide 2013, “Recommended Individual” in Litigation

Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is “an all-rounder who brings useful corporate knowledge to his litigation work.”

Chambers Global Guide 2013
The EMEA Legal 500 2013, “Recommended Individual” in Litigation

Araoz & Rueda is ‘doing very well at the moment’. Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is recommended.

The EMEA Legal 500 2013
Chambers Global Guide 2012, “Highly Recommended Individual” in Litigation

Alejandro Fernández de Araoz maintains a diverse practice which covers public law, capital markets, M&A and dispute resolution. Clients say "not only is he very able but he also enjoys his job. He understands matters in depth and is discreet and incisive".

Chambers Global Guide 2012
The EMEA Legal 500 2012, “Highly Recommended Individual” in Litigation

Araoz & Rueda's "performance is outstanding and is definitely worth the money". Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is an excellent litigator.

The EMEA Legal 500 2012
The EMEA Legal 500 2010, “Recommended Individual” in Litigation

"Client-oriented Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is not only a natural team leader but also a skillful and capable litigator - the value he adds is truly remarkable."

The EMEA Legal 500 2010
Chambers Global Guide 2010, “Recommended Individual” in Litigation

Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is lauded by clients for his "talent at resolving complex problems, and in-depth knowledge of a number of areas of law."

Chambers Global Guide 2010
The EMEA Legal 500 2009, “Recommended Individual” in Litigation

Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is one of corporate best-known litigators at Araoz & Rueda, collecting high praise for his strong experience in both international and domestic disputes.

The EMEA Legal 500 2009
Chambers Europe Guide 2009, “Recommended Individual” in Litigation

Peers recommend Alejandro Fernández de Araoz. Clients hail "his through preparation and impeccable manner when speaking in court".

Chambers Europe Guide 2009
The EMEA Legal 500 2008, “Recommended Individual” in Litigation

At Araoz & Rueda Alejandro Fernández de Araoz has built impressive expertise as a corporate litigator.

The EMEA Legal 500 2008
Chambers Global Guide 2008, “Recommended Individual” in Litigation

“Fernández de Araoz is a determined lawyer who never gives up”; "he gets deeply involved in every matter and is always willing to answer questions"; "a distinguished international Spanish arbitrator".

Chambers Global Guide 2008
Best Lawyers 2013 -Al

Included in the list of "Best Lawyers in Spain" in Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity.

Best Lawyers 2013
Chambers Global Guide 2013, “Recommended Individual” in Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity

Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is viewed as an excellent practitioner in all areas of corporate work, with sources saying he "does a stellar job."

Chambers Global Guide 2013
Chambers Global Guide 2012, “Recommended Individual” in Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity

"Tier" 2 (of 5): Multilingual practitioner Alejandro Fernández de Araoz has expertise in a variety of practice areas. As well as a proven corporate background, he is visible on litigation and insolvency matters.

Chambers Global Guide 2012
Best Lawyers 2012 -Al

Included in the list of "Best Lawyers in Spain" in Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity.

Best Lawyers 2012
Best Lawyers 2011 -Al

Included in the list of "Best Lawyers in Spain" in Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity.

Best Lawyers 2011
Chambers Europe Guide 2011, “Recommended Individual” in Private Equity

"Tier" 3 (of 4): Alejandro Fernández de Araoz receives praise for his expertise and professionalism.

Chambers Europe Guide 2011
Chambers Global Guide 2011, “Recommended Individual” in Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions

"Tier" 2 (of 5): Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is a corporate all-rounder rated by clients for his diligence and dynamic approach to problem solving.

Chambers Global Guide 2011
Best Lawyers 2010 -Al

Included in the list of "Best Lawyers in Spain" in Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity.

Best Lawyers 2010
IFLR 1000 2010, “Recommended Individual” in Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions

"Tier" 3 (of 4): "Working with Araoz & Rueda was excellent. Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is bright. This is as good a firm as you can get in the local market."

IFLR 1000 2010
Chambers Global Guide 2010, “Recommended Individual” in Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity

"Tier" 2 (of 5): Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is respected by peers as "one of the best generalists in the market".

Chambers Global Guide 2010
Chambers Europe Guide 2010, “Recommended Individual” in Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity

"Tier" 3 (de 4): Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is present mainly on the M&A aspects of private equity work, and is lauded as "extremely focused and intelligent".

Chambers Europe Guide 2010
Best Lawyers 2009 -Al

Included in the list of "Best Lawyers in Spain" in Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity.

Best Lawyers 2009
Chambers Global Guide 2009, “Recommended Individual” in Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity

“Tier” 2 (of 4): Versatile lawyer Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is a “fantastic adviser for any corporate matter and is tough in negotiations”.

Chambers Global Guide 2009
Chambers Europe Guide 2009, “Recommended Individual” in Private Equity

"Tier" 3 (de 4): Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is praised for his "strong negotiation skills and solid technical abilities".

Chambers Europe Guide 2009,
Best Lawyers 2008 -Al

Included in the list of "Best Lawyers in Spain" in Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity.

Best Lawyers 2008
IFLR 1000 2008, “Recommended Individual” in Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity

Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is described as "hard working with a good knowledge of the law, and a charming negotiator – very to the point".

IFLR 1000 2008
Chambers Global Guide 2008, “Recommended Individual” in Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity

“Tier” 2 (of 4): “Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is “permanently focused on the clients’ best interests, provides a personalised service and ensures a fast response at all times.”. “Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is also an esteemed presence in private equity. He is highly esteemed from start to finish, and has a solid grasp of the sector”.

Chambers Global Guide 2008
Chambers Global Guide 2007, “Recommended Individual” in Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity

Tier” 2 (of 4): “Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is a superb and vastly experienced M&A lawyer who is permanently focused on closing the deal”.

Chambers Global Guide 2007

“Spanish chapter”

Publication: "European takeovers: The art of acquisition"
Authors: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: June 2018

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“Las incógnitas que restan por despejar de la OPA de Abertis”

Publication: Cinco Días (daily economic newspaper)
Authors: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: April 2018

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“La nueva normativa del delator en el mercado de valores”

Publication: Expansión Jurídico.com
Authors: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: November 2016

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“Spanish Court gets tough with unlicensed egaming operators”

Publication: EGambling Review
Authors: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz and Mavi Vilas
Date: March 2012

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“Vinculación del convenio arbitral a los herederos del firmante del contrato: Comentario a la sentencia de la Audiencia Provincial de Madrid (Sección 21.ª, Núm. 457/2009, de 1 de Octubre)”

Publication: Anuario Contencioso 2010 (Editorial Wolters Kluwer)
Authors: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: 2010

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“Garantías financieras y procedimiento concursal: reflexiones en torno a algunas de las principales cuestiones suscitadas desde la entrada en vigor del Real Decreto-Ley 5/2005, de 11 de Marzo”

Publication: Créditos, Garantías y Concurso (Editorial Civitas)
Authors: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: 2010

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“Insolvencia del vendedor: Implicaciones del mandato representativo en operaciones de Project Finance”

Publication: Litigation Year Book 2009 (Editorial Wolters Kluwer)
Authors: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz e Ignacio González
Date: 2009

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“La regulación de las OPAs – Comentario sistemático del RD 1066/2007 de 27 de julio”

Publication: Editorial Thomson Civitas
Authors: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: 2009

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“La responsabilidad civil de los analistas de inversiones en Francia: Comentario a la sentencia de la Corte de Apelaciones de París de 30 de junio de 2006 en el asunto LVMH/Morgan Stanley”

Publication: Revista de Derecho Bancario y Bursátil, No. 104
Authors: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: 2006

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“Reflexiones acerca del papel de los controles externos sobre el Gobierno Corporativo de la sociedad cotizada y el derecho preventivo de las crisis empresariales”

Publication: Gobierno corporativo y crisis empresariales
Authors: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: 2006

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“European Takeovers: Spain”

Publication: European Takeovers. The art of acquisition
Authors: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: 2005

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“Control jurisdiccional de las concentraciones económicas y medidas cautelares: reflexiones en torno al auto del Tribunal Supremo en el asunto “Salcai/Utinsa (2001)”

Publication: Gaceta Jurídica de la Unión Europea y de la Competencia, No. 221
Authors: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: 2002

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“Grupos de empresas de base contractual y Derecho de la competencia”

Publication: Derecho de Sociedades. Libro Homenaje al Profesor Sánchez Calero
Authors: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: 2002

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“Derecho Comunitario Económico. Las libertades fundamentales”

Publication: Colex, Vol. 1
Authors: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: 2001

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“Las normas de conducta en el Derecho del Mercado de Valores”

Publication: Instituto de Estudios Ecónomicos (con el patrocinio de Ibercaja y la Fundación ICO, mereció el I Premio Víctor Mendoza del Instituto de Estudios Económicos)
Authors: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: 2000

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“Precios predatorios y abuso de posición dominante: análisis crítico de la reciente jurisprudencia del Tribunal de Defensa de la Competencia a la luz de las resoluciones en los asuntos BT/Telefónica y Tabacos de Canarias”

Publication: Gaceta Jurídica de la Unión Europea y de la Competencia, No. 201
Authors: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: 1999

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“Colocación privada de valores”

Publication: Civitas
Authors: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: 1999

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“La responsabilidad administrativa de los administradores y directivos por infracciones de la normativa del mercado de valores y la protección del inversor”

Publication: Responsabilidad civil derivada de los procesos concursales - Consejo General del Poder Judicial
Authors: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: 1999

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“La protección del inversor y la responsabilidad administrativa de los administradores y directivos por infracciones de la normativa del Mercado de Valores”

Publication: Revista de Derecho Bancario y Bursátil, No. 76
Authors: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: Enero 1999

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“Fondo de garantía de inversiones”

Publication: La Reforma del Mercado de Valores
Authors: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: 1996

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“La responsabilidad civil de las entidades colocadoras de valores por el contenido del folleto informativo”

Publication: Cuadernos de la Revista de Derecho Bancario y Bursátil, No. 2
Authors: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: 1995

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“Globalización de los mercados de valores y cooperación internacional. Reflexiones en torno al Memorándum de Entendimiento de 8-VII-92 entre la Securities and Exchange Commission y la Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores”

Publication: Revista de Derecho Bancario y Bursátil, No. 49
Authors: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: 1993

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3rd IBA FrenchSpanish Day

Organises: IBA (International Bar Association)
Lecturer: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: March 8, 2018

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Funcionamiento de los Consejos de Administración en los distintos modelos societarios: enfoque práctico de la documentación y la forma de toma de decisiones en los Consejos

Organises: Dirección General de Seguros y Fondos de Pensiones
Lecturer: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: October 21, 2015

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La remuneración de los consejeros en general y en la sociedad cotizada en particular

Organises: FIDE
Lecturer: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: October 20, 2015

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New World: Old World. A changing vision for legal services

Organises: Iberian Lawyer
Lecturer: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: September 26, 2013

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I Congreso Nacional sobre Derecho Concursal

Organises: Araoz & Rueda, Uría Menéndez, Pinazo Abogados y Ramón Hermosilla & Gutiérrez de la Roza (con el apoyo del Instituto de Empresa)
Lecturer:
Date: 26 and February 27, 2009

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Adquisición y Transmisión de Empresa

Organises: IFAES
Lecturer: Seminario impartido íntegramente por ponentes de nuestro despacho
Date: 20 and November 21, 2007

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El Nuevo Marco Legal de los Servicios de Inversión

Organises: IFAES
Lecturer: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: 7 and 8 March 2006

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Curso de Gestión de Patrimonios. Programa Avanzado

Organises: IE (Instituto de Empresa)
Lecturer: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: May and June 2005

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Funciones de información y dictamen de la autoridad española de defensa de la competencia

Organises: Fundación Rafael del Pino
Lecturer: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: November 15, 2004

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La autoevaluación de los acuerdos a la luz del artículo 81 Tratado CE – Derecho y Economía de la Competencia

Organises: Recoletos Conferencias y Formación
Lecturer: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: June 22, 2004

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Las obligaciones del gestor en el contrato de gestión de carteras: aspectos civiles y aspectos de derecho administrativo

Organises: IE (Instituto de Empresa)
Lecturer: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: May 2004

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European Takeover Law

Organises: Harvard Law School (Cambridge)
Lecturer: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: March 18, 2003

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Servicios financieros on-line en la Unión Europea: Problemas Jurídicos

Organises: IEB (Instituto de Estudios Bursátiles)
Lecturer: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: May 27, 2002

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La protección del inversor en el Mercado de Valores: Normas de conducta

Organises: AUSBANC (Asociación de Usuarios de Servicios Bancarios)
Lecturer: Alejandro Fernández de Araoz
Date: July 26, 2001

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Corporate Finance – Investigation

Antonio Rodríguez-Pita, President and General Counsel of Deutsche Bank in Spain, interviews our partner Alejandro Fernández de Araoz

V Edition "Jaime Fernández de Araoz Corporate Finance" Award

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