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Experienced Counsel To Join Latham & Watkins in Madrid

April 24, 2020
Arrival of José María Alonso Monforte adds further depth to the firm’s capabilities.

Latham & Watkins is pleased to announce that José María Alonso Monforte will join the firm’s Madrid office as a counsel in the Environment, Land and Resources Department. An experienced practitioner, Alonso joins the firm from the General State Attorney’s office before the European Court of Justice. Previously, he was Technical General Secretary of Spain´s Ministry of Economy and Business. 

“We are thrilled to welcome José María, who brings unique experience and insights to the firm,” said Ignacio Gómez-Sancha, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in Madrid. “Not only will his vast understanding of the administrative structure and regulatory frameworks in Spain and in Europe be of tremendous value to our transactional clients, his experience in both establishing legislation and defending the relevant regulations at governmental level adds further heft to our disputes and regulatory capabilities”.

Over the years, Alonso has served in a number of public administration roles, including in the Criminal Law Department of the General State Attorney’s office; as State Attorney in the Superior Court of Justice in Madrid; as coordinator of public legal advice to the Administrator of Railway Infrastructure; as support to the International Arbitration Department and the Labor Law Department of the General State Attorney’s office; and as legal advisor to the Office of the Vice-president of the Government and State Attorney in the Ministry of the Presidency and Public Administration.

“Jose Maria has deep knowledge and understanding of the complex regulatory and procedural workings in Spain and the wider European Union, and his arrival adds further depth to our core transactional, disputes, and regulatory practices.” said Paul Davies, European Chair of the firm’s Environment, Land and Resources Department.

“Jose Maria’s expertise is highly complementary to the firm’s core capabilities,” added Jim Arnone, Global Chair of the Environment, Land and Resources Department. “His knowledge and stature in the market will help further develop our capability in Europe as part of our global platform.”

Alonso graduated in 2007 with a double degree in Law and Business Administration from Comillas Pontifical University, before passing the Civil Service examination to become a Spanish State Attorney and joining the General State Attorney’s office in Cantabria in 2011.

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