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Oscar de Santiago Torrente

Oscar de Santiago Torrente

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Garrigues
Spain

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He has a wealth of experience in the area of real estate law, both on the more traditional side, taking in sale and purchase, construction and lease transactions, and in more finance-related aspects, in the form of the financing and refinancing of real estate development projects and the taking up of stakes in property companies by acquiring equity and/or under mezzanine arrangements. In recent years, he has worked in close collaboration with some of Spain’s leading financial institutions through the entire process for the award of assets, divestments, portfolio reorganizations or the disposal of portfolios under an array of methods (disposal of asset packages, NPLs, the liquidation of real estate companies owned by financial institutions, swaps, commissioned development agreements, management agreements, etc.), having advised, over the last 4 years, on deals with an overall value of 7,000 assets and €8,000 million, taking in assets and/or associated debt.

He has advised domestic and international companies on the acquisition, management and disposal of real estate assets. In particular, noteworthy recent deals include transactions involving asset portfolios and packages (direct or asset-based acquisitions of office buildings, shopping malls and logistics parks and the disposal/acquisition of major packages of branches under sale and leaseback regimes). On the financing front, he has participated in the arrangement and modification of mortgage loans, syndicated loans and, in particular, processes to refinance some of the country’s largest real estate companies. Elsewhere, recent transactions also include advice on real estate and regulatory aspects to both financial institutions and investors on the creation and start-up of vehicles for the transfer and management of major asset and loan portfolios, as well as advising international investors on the taking up of a stake in or debt acquisitions at real estate companies of financial institutions.

Education

Degree in Law, Universidad de Barcelona (1991).
Postgraduate in Commercial and Common Law, University of Essex (1992)
Master’s Degree in Property and Financial Law, Universidad de Barcelona (1994/1995)
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Professional Career

Professional Activities and Experience

Teaching Experience

Associate lecturer, teaching civil and contractual law “practicum” course, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (since 1996/97 academic year)


Articles

Seminars:
“Shares Deal vs. Asset Deal” (*), as part of the Real Estate Forum organized by Universidad de La Salle. June 2005.

“Legal and Real Estate Aspects of Investment in Eastern Europe

  • Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Romania” (*), Barcelona Meeting Point. October 2005.

    “New Development and Investment Structures. Relevant Legal Aspects of Contracts” (*), Real Estate Law seminars organized by Garrigues, May 2005.

    “Legal Aspects to be Considered in Real Estate Funding Transactions” (*), as part of the property funding course managed by Directivos Construcción, March 2003.

    “Real Estate Investments in Eastern European Countries: A Comparative View of the Legal Problems Associated with the Different Investment Destinations” (*). Seminar on Investment Opportunities in Eastern Europe organized by Grupo Intereconomía, April 2006.

    Articles and Publications:
    “Sale and Management-Back”, Via Hotel, October 2006.

    (*) originally published/given in Spanish. For further information, see Spanish version of CV.


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