José Carlos Ruiz Cabanes


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  • English
  • Spanish

José Carlos Ruiz Cabanes

Principal associate


Jose Carlos Ruiz Cabanes is a principal associate in the Tax practice area and a member of the Financial Institutions, Private Equity, Insurance and Telecommunications & Media industry teams.

He provides ongoing tax advisory services to national and international companies and groups in the financial, insurance, advertising, engineering, media and other services sectors.

He heads the Financial Institutions group in the Tax practice area. He also belongs to the International Taxation and the Mergers, Acquisitions and Restructuring processes specialist lines.

He has extensive experience in business reorganizations, due diligence reviews and national and international M&A transactions. He has advised private equity firms in all kinds of corporate acquisition projects, participating on numerous occasions in the design of structures for the acquisition of companies, businesses or assets, the reorganization of groups, or refinancing processes.

He has also taken part in all kinds of transactions within the context of the reorganization of the Spanish financial services industry (acquisitions and transfers of loan and asset portfolios, divestments). He has considerable experience in the taxation of financial institutions and insurance companies, as well as in all tax matters relating to capital markets and financial products. He has participated in the review of financing models. He has also advised financial institutions in the structuring of all kinds of investment vehicles, financial assets, structured products and derivatives.

He provides advice on tax management, inspection and penalty proceedings, and in claims and appeals before administrative bodies and courts at all levels.

Since 2008, he has lectured on General and Analytical Accounting, Tax Accounting and Introduction to Accounting on the  Business Administration (E2) and Law and Business Administration (E3) degree programs at Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, ICADE, Madrid. He also teaches Taxation and Accounting for financial institutions and insurance companies, among other subjects, on several master’s degree courses at this same university.

Since 2007, he has lectured on several courses at Centro de Estudios Garrigues and other centers, on their programs relating to accounting, the tax treatment of financial products, tax developments and other matters.

He is a member of the Madrid Bar Association and of the Madrid Association of Economists.

Academic background:

Degree in Law (2004) and Degree in Business Administration (2005), Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE), Madrid.


Chapter entitled “Current and future role of the tax advisor in relation to the new challenges arising from the Global Society” (*) of the book Retos de la abogacía ante la sociedad global (2012), published by Civitas - Thomson Reuters.

 “Main tax developments in relation to the 2008 accounting and tax close”(*), published in Estrategia Financiera, no. 257, January 2009.

“New timing allocation rules for certain appropriations and the monetization of specific deferred tax assets” (*) published in Estrategia Financiera, no. 313, February 2014.

(*) originally published in Spanish. See Spanish version of CV for more information.