José María Gil-Robles is the Location Head of the Corporate department in DLA Piper Spain. He has been advising private equity investors and hedge funds for more than 25 years and from the start of the global financial crisis he has been very active in the special situations and the restructuring space.

As part of the private equity team, he advises on tax and legal structuring of investments and divestments in domestic and foreign companies, due diligence processes and the drafting and negotiation of typical transaction agreements (investment, sale and purchase, shareholders’ agreements, financing agreements, agreements with the management team, etc.) -be they leveraged buyouts, sales to other sponsors, recapitalizations or the disposal of businesses undergoing insolvency proceedings or reorganizations of corporate groups- typically advising the investors, but also the divesting shareholders or the management team.

He is also been very active in the distress M&A space, advising investors in portfolio primary and secondary deals (performing and non-performing unsecured loans, mortgages and repossessed real estate assets or REOs), corporate debt, loan-to-own transactions, acquisitions of business of insolvent companies or other distressed sellers, receivables of pharmaceutical and construction companies with public entities. He has also assists clients in direct lending transactions and has been involved in out-of-court and formal debt restructurings, normally representing investors in debt instruments.

José María has also participated as conference speaker in numerous Spanish and international forums on private equity and distress M&A.