Dentons appoints Jesús Varela as Spain managing partner

Dentons has appointed Jesús Varela as Spain managing partner for a three-year term.

Varela (pictured) is head of the firm’s real estate practice in Madrid. His expertise includes real estate financing, real estate investment and M&A.

His clients include banks and other lenders, as well as real estate investors and debt traders. He has significant experience in debt portfolio trades, property financing and private equity deals in the real estate sector.

Varela takes over from José María Buxeda, who has served as Spain Managing Partner since 2007. A Dentons statement said that, under Buxeda’s leadership, Dentons achieved “double-digit revenue growth in each of the last three years”.

He will continue to advise clients in his new role. The Dentons statement added that Varela will “work closely” with Nieves Briz, Dentons’ Barcelona office managing partner.

Tomasz Dąbrowski, chief executive officer of Dentons Europe, said: “As the EU’s fifth largest economy, Spain offers not only exceptional opportunity for our clients, but also excellent growth potential for our firm – as part of our Europe market position strategy, we will focus intensively on investing in our presence in the Spanish market.”

Ben Cook