Bird & Bird adds new partner from Cazorla Abogados

Bird & Bird has bolstered its Energy & Utilities group with the hire of Alfonso Bayona as partner in Madrid

Alfonso Bayona (pictured) joins international law firm Bird & Bird from Cazorla Abogados, where he was partner and head of the Financing and Projects practice. Prior to this, Alfonso worked at Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC), Uría Menéndez and at Hogan Lovells as a senior associate within the Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructures sector group. He also previously worked as counsel at Bird & Bird for five years. As an Energy Law specialist, Alfonso advises on Corporate, Contractual and Financial matters. This includes market-leading infrastructure, energy and utilities transactions, Project Financing, implementation of Corporate Restructuring operations, Commercial Litigation and the drafting and negotiation of contracts for a range of clients in Spain and internationally.

Coral Yáñez and Isidro del Moral, co-heads of the Bird & Bird office in Madrid said: “The appointment of Alfonso is part of Bird & Bird’s growth strategy in the Spanish market and positions our renowned Energy & Utilities team as industry leaders across Europe in project financing and corporate transactions. His infrastructure expertise will be invaluable to our clients as they navigate a post-pandemic world. We’re looking forward to working with him!”

Matt Bonass, chair and co-head of the International Energy & Utilities sector group commented: “We are delighted to welcome Alfonso back to Bird & Bird. His experience advising clients on financing and infrastructure matters will provide our market-leading Energy & Utilities team with a real advantage in Spain and across our network. As international recovery plans for infrastructure take shape in the wake of the pandemic, his work on renewables and other infrastructure projects will help our clients manage these current challenges.”

Alfonso added: “I’m delighted to be joining Bird & Bird as a partner. The firm’s international scope and one firm strategy has always been an attractive offering for me and my clients. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Energy & Utilities group on infrastructure transactions here in Madrid and across the firm’s network.”

Alfonso is a Law graduate from Universidad de Alicante and holds an LLM in Law and Management of Information Technologies from the Facultés Universitaires Notre Dame de la Paix and a certificate programme in Business Law from Berkeley University.

His incorporation follows the recent hirings of TMT partner Joaquín Muñoz and Insurance partners Luis Alfonso Fernández and Virginia Martínez.

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