Bird & Bird incorporates new corporate and M&A partner

The international law firm Bird & Bird has incorporated José de Santiago Forn as a new corporate and M&A partner to lead the energy and natural resources practice in Madrid.

Throughout his more than 18 years of professional career, José de Santiago has accumulated extensive experience in the field of energy and infrastructure, where he has advised on a multitude of projects, both in the development and structuring phase as well as in construction, operation and management.

His professional practice also focuses on transactions, both nationally and internationally, in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and reorganization of groups of companies and joint ventures.
Bird & Bird’s new partner holds a law degree from the Complutense University of Madrid and, before joining Bird & Bird, he developed his professional career at Gold Abogados, a firm he joined in 2017 and where he led the commercial department, precisely in the areas of energy and infrastructure. In addition, de Santiago worked at the international law firms Herbert Smith Freehills (where he was one of its founding members in Spain), Linklaters and Garrigues. He was also head of legal counsel for EMEA and India at SolarReserve.

Bird & Bird’s managing partner in Spain, Coral Yáñez, says that the incorporation of José de Santiago “will allow us to strengthen our position in a sector, the energy sector, which is going through a key moment and faces great challenges with the move towards non-carbon economies. The experience of José and his team will enable us to continue to strengthen the firm’s growth”.

José de Santiago, for his part, comments that “it is an honor and a privilege to be able to join Bird & Bird and be part of this exciting project, helping to promote the growth of the firm’s energy and M&A practices. I am convinced that my joining the firm will have a very positive impact on the advice provided to my clients, allowing me to provide a global service both in Spain and in other jurisdictions”.

Julia Gil