Manuel Torres Salazar

Manuel Torres - Garrigues

Languages Known:

  • English
  • Galician
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish


Manuel Torres Salazar



Present, Managing Partner of Garrigues in China.

Torres’ main focus of practice is cross-border counseling; advising foreign investors on doing business in China, including the structuring and reorganization of foreign investment enterprises. He also manages other direct investments and M&A affairs involving SOE (State Owned Enterprises) as well as private enterprises and general commercial transactions in China.

Torres also advises in various complex commercial disputes involving both Chinese and foreign parties, emphasizing on cost-effective resolution of commercial disputes considering the client’s overall business objectives. As a member of a foreign law firm, he is not permitted to directly represent clients in Chinese courts; his role is to advise clients on the most effective strategy for and in management of the dispute resolution process.

Other practice areas in which he involved include shipping; transportation; logistics and port operations, shipping accidents and maritime insurance; major risk insurance; fishing law; sale, purchase, construction and financing of vessels as well as maritime arbitration.

Member of the Asia Pacific desk and International Service line since its foundation. Invited lecturer of FDI, M&A in China at ICEX, China-EuropeanLawSchool, different Chambers of Commerce established all around China and professor of Master Degree in Legal Counseling for Businesses at Business Scholl Caixanova in Vigo (2001). Recently, Manuel has been invited by the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce, in cooperation with Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Wolters Kluwer, to render a training about foreign investments in Spain, Portugal and Latin America.

He is also ranked in the Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific Guide and Legal 500 rankings in corporate and M&A areas in the years of 2014 and 2015. Since 2014, Manuel is the Vice-Chairman of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in China, both at Shanghai chapter level and at national level. He has been coordinating the Legal Working Group of the Spanish Chamber between 2012 and 2014.

Member of Vigo Bar association. Spanish Bar Association. American Bar Association (in International law).

Academic background:

Degree in Law, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (1987/1992).

Postgraduate Course in EU Law, Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) 1993.

Postgraduate Course in Fishing Law, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (1994).

Master’s Degree in Maritime Law and Port Management, Instituto Europeo de Derecho Marítimo (1995).

Various courses specializing in Protection and Indemnity Clubs in London and Newcastle (UK).


Regular collaborator for Shipping and transport, Tianjin Business Magazine and News Garrigues.

Recent Articles:

Investment Restructuring Consideration Tax Legislation Trends of Indirect Equity Transfers. April 2012.

Recent Legal Development in China’s Food Industry. December 2011.

Developments on Debt-for Equity Swaps in China. February 2012.