Juan Luis Zayas

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Juan Luis Zayas



Juan Luis Zayas has been a partner of the Tax Department at Garrigues since 2003, where he has developed his professional career after having worked at Arthur Andersen, which he joined in 1991. He specializes in tax law, particularly providing advice on M&A transactions and wealth planning. He is also the partner in charge of the Family Business practice at the Madrid office.

Juan Luis is an expert in the analysis and planning of investment and disinvestment structures and corporate reorganizations (mergers, divisions and contributions). He regularly participates in acquisitions and transfers of companies, restructuring of corporate groups and implementation of acquisition structures in private equity transactions. By sectors, Juan Luis is a prestigious specialist in tax advice to companies in the renewable energies sector, real estate groups and hotels.

As partner in charge of the Family Business area, he specializes in the tax planning of wealth and business successions, advice on the reorganization of family groups, preparation of family protocols and, in general, advice on legal and tax matters pertaining to family businesses and high net worth individuals. In this area, he also regularly collaborates with the leading Spanish and foreign private banking entities and family business associations.

From 2008 to 2012, he has appeared repeatedly in the Chambers & Partners international directory as a leading lawyer in the Wealth Management practice.

He is a lecturer on the Master’s in Tax Advice program (“Business Restructuring Transactions” section), the Executive Master’s in International Taxation program (“International Reorganizations”) and the Executive Master’s in Business Law program (“Taxation of Corporate Transactions: special regime”) at Centro de Estudios Garrigues.

Additionally, Juan Luis is a habitual guest speaker at seminars and conferences at universities and specialized centers (Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, IFAES, IEB, IFE, etc.) and at different associations and entities (Banesto, La Caixa, Adefam, AEF-CLM).




Academic background:

Degree in Law from Universidad Complutense, Madrid, and member of the Madrid Bar Association.


Coauthor of various books and monographs and author of numerous articles and publications in specialized magazines. Last publications: Manual del Plan General de Contabilidad y Plan de Pymes: contabilidad y fiscalidad (Manual on the Spanish National Chart of Accounts and SME Plan: accounting and taxation), published by Instituto de Estudios Fiscales (2012);  Pérdidas por deterioro del valor de las entidades del Grupo en el régimen de consolidación fiscal (Impairment losses on Group entities under tax consolidation), published by Carta Tributaria (2011), La Declaración Especial y sus implicaciones fiscales (Special Disclosure and its tax implications), published in Estrategia Financiera (2012).