José Antonio Sánchez-Dafos, a partner in the Corporate Department, focuses on private equity transactions and venture capital investments in Spain and Portugal as well as cross-border mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures.

Mr. Sánchez-Dafos regularly advises major global and local private equity funds and companies on transactions in the Spanish and Portuguese markets, with experience acting for both sponsors and management teams. He has developed deep experience advising clients active in the following sectors:

  • Energy
  • Entertainment, sports, and media
  • Hospitality, gaming, and leisure
  • Life sciences
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional football (soccer)
  • Real estate
  • Retail

Mr. Sánchez-Dafos previously served as Local Chair of the Corporate Department in Madrid. He is currently a member of the Technology Committee.


Ranked individual in Private Equity, Corporate, and M&A. Chambers Europe 2021

Commended as the second most active lawyer by M&A deal value. Expansion 2019

Mr. Sánchez-Dafos’ experience includes advising:


  • Seaya, Cathay, Drake, Luxor in the sale of their respective stakes in Glovo to Delivery Hero for €720 million
  • Lineage Logistics Holdings, a global firm specialised in the temperature-controlled logistics industry, in the acquisition of Transportes Fuentes
  • The shareholders of Grupo Gransolar in the sale of a 100% stake in the company to Trilantic Capital Partners for €420 million
  • Wallbox in its US$1.5 billion merger with SPAC Kensington Capital Acquisition Corp. II
  • Enagás, together with The Blackstone Group and GIC, in the acquisition of Tallgrass Energy Holdings
  • Telefónica in the sale of all its telecom assets in Central America (Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Costa Rica) for €2.4 billion
  • BBB Industries in the acquisition of 100% of the equity of M&R Precision Parts, a Spanish automotive components manufacturer, from Abac Capital

Private Equity 

  • TA Associates in the acquisition of the esPublico group, a Spanish group of companies engaged in the development legal and economic content platforms
  • Cerberus in the acquisition of the remaining stake of Inmoglaciar Homes from its founders to become the sole shareholder of the company
  • Kensing, a portfolio company of One Rock Capital, in the acquisition of Vitae Caps, a leading manufacturer of botanical based ingredients for the food industry
  • Archimed in the acquisition of:
    • Spanish life sciences company Suanfarma
    • AKRN Scientific Consulting, S.L., through its portfolio company North American Science Associates, Inc
  • Inflexion Private Equity Partners in the acquisition of a 40% stake in Auxadi Contables & Consultores, an accounting services provider based in Spain
  • Nazca Capital in the sale of its 100% stake in Moldcom Composites (McBath) to The Engineered Stone Group
  • KKR in the sale, as part of a competitive process, of Papresa, Southern Europe's leading newsprint producer, to Quantum Capital
  • TA Associates in the sale of its stake in Kipenzi, a leading pet care company in Spain and Portugal, to Peruvian group Emefin
  • Oaktree Capital in the sale of HealthCare Activos Inmobiliarios to Altamar Capital, a healthcare real estate investment company
  • Sun European Partners in the sale of Famosa, a Spanish toy designer, manufacturer, and distributor, to Italian competitor Giochi Preziosi 

Venture Capital

  • Cathay Innovation and Seaya in the Series A financing of PayFlow
  • Peri AG in the in the third financing round of Scaled Robotics, S.L., a developer of software and hardware for the construction sector
  • Cathay Innovation, Drake Enterprises, and Seaya Ventures in the Series F financing round of Glovo for €450 million
  • Toqio, a Spanish fintech startup, in its seed funding round led by Seaya and SpeedInvest
  • Cathay Innovation in the financing rounds of:
  • Wall Box, developer of technology for electric vehicle chargers
  • Medsavana, a developer of an artificial intelligence application for the healthcare sector

Bar Qualification

  • Spain (Abogado)


  • M.A. in Information Technology, University of Kent, 1995
  • LLB in Law, University of Kent, 1994
  • Law Degree, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1993

Languages Spoken

  • English