José Luis Ortín Romero is a partner in the Corporate Law practice area, specializing in commercial contracts, M&A, finance and private equity/venture capital.
During his professional career, he has been involved in multiple M&A, private equity, venture capital, acquisition finance, project finance and fundraising transactions, advising Spanish and international clients from a wide array of sectors, including, among others, financial services, energy, IT, food, logistics and infrastructure. José Luis is specialized in the private equity industry, advising on a regular basis both national and international top-tier sponsors in their equity and debt investments in Spain. He is also a regular advisor to private equity investors and sponsors in fundraising matters and secondary market investments.
As a result of his training in common law and international background (LL.M and member of the NY Bar Association since 2011), he has gained extensive experience advising MNEs and global financial groups in cross-border transactions. Additionally, he serves as non-director secretary or deputy secretary to the board of directors of several Spanish companies.
José Luis is a member of the team coordinating the private equity industry within Garrigues global practice and the co-head of the start-ups and open innovation industry. In this same area of practice, he is a member of the Spanish Private Equity Association (ASCRI) and the Spanish Private Equity Institute (INCARI), where he participates in specialized private equity industry seminars.
He is regularly recognized in the Corporate and M&A area of the Best Lawyers directory. In 2017, he was awarded the “40 under Forty” Award (Iberian Lawyer), which distinguishes the leading 40 lawyers across Spain and Portugal under the age of 40.
Between 2012 and 2017, he was an associate lecturer at Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE), teaching the International Business Transactions module as part of the Law degree (E-1 specialty), and he is a regular contributor to the programs developed by the university. He has lectured on the Drafting International Contracts course at Centro de Estudios Garrigues and regularly collaborates with such institution’s master’s degree and management training programs.
Member of the Madrid and New York (USA) bar associations.
Master of Laws (LL.M), from the Columbia University School of Law (New York), graduating with the highest distinction (James Kent Scholar)
J.S.D courses in Corporate Law, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
Degrees in Law and Business Management and Administration, Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE E-3).
“Transaction Costs Engineering: collaboration between the company lawyer and the business transactions lawyer as the key to success in corporate transactions”(*) in C. Carretero González (Dir.), et al, Retos de la abogacía ante la sociedad global, Civitas and Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid, January 2012.
(*) originally published in Spanish. See Spanish CV for more information.
Co-author of the 7th and 8th Edition of the chapter "Spain - Fundrasing" of "The Private Equity Review", edited by The Law Reviews.