José M. Balañá

José M. Balañá


Email josemaria.balana@​

Phone +34 91 349 82 76

Fax +34 91 349 82 01

LanguagesEnglish, French, Spanish, Catalan

Practice groupCorporate & Finance

"He works seamlessly with other offices of Hogan Lovells globally".

Chambers Europe 2018

José M. Balañá teams up with international corporations around the world to undertake mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions in Spain and Europe. He employs an entrepreneurial approach that matches his clients' to achieve results while building consensus. José M, who was in charge of creating the Madrid office from scratch, believes the best approach is to put himself in his clients' shoes, keeping in mind the big picture at every stage of the transaction.

Working in English, Spanish, and French, José M focuses his practice on international M&A, encompassing structuring, risk assessment, negotiation, and post-closing. José M has applied his skills in the energy, manufacturing, diversified industrials, financial institutions, infrastructure, and consumer.

"Among the very best M&A lawyers one can find in Europe", crowed The Legal 500, in 2013. José M has been consistently ranked in the leading legal directories, including Chambers Europe and The Legal 500.

Awards and recognitions


Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Spain, Recommended
Legal 500 EMEA


Ranked in Corporate / M&A
Chambers Europe


Highly regarded in Private Equity
IFLR 1000


Highly regarded in M&A
IFLR 1000


Recommended Lawyer for M&A
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Education and admissions


Bachelor Degree in Law and Economics, Universidad de Barcelona


Madrid Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications


Representative experience

Advising Chinese group HNA on the acquisition of a minority stake in NH Hoteles.

Acquisition by Brookfield, together with abertis, of a controlling stake in Arteris, a Brazil's major toll road operators.

Advising Sepura in the acquisition of Teltronic.

Advising Euler Hermes on its joint venture with Mapfre for trade credit insurance in Spain and Latin America.

Advising Gruma in the acquisition of Mexifoods.

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