Recommended for M&A.Legal 500 EMEA 2019

Manuel Deó

  • Plaza de la Independencia 6
  • 28001 Madrid
  • Spain

Manuel Deó, Chair of the Corporate Department in Madrid, advises global private equity houses, infrastructure funds, and corporate clients on cross-border investments and transactions in Spain and Latin America, with a focus on infrastructure.

Mr. Deó regularly guides buyers, sellers, and investors through complex deals involving infrastructure projects and assets in the transportation, concessions, oil and gas, and energy sectors. He combines a commercially focused approach with a sophisticated understanding of cross-border infrastructure deals to help clients successfully navigate joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and project financings in both Europe and Latin America.

Mr. Deó's recent experience includes representing:


  • IFM Investors in the:
    • Acquisition of OHL Concessions for €2.8 billion
    • Sale of 49% of its shares in Organización Proyectos de Infraestructura, S.A.P.I. de C.V. for €1.2 billion
    • Takeover bid of OHL México, together with OHL Concesiones, for US$1.35 billion
Private Equity

  • TA Associates in the:
    • Co-investment with Meridia Capital in a minority position in Kipenzi, a leading pet care company in Spain and Portugal
    • Sale of its stake in Hana Group, a global provider of freshly prepared sushi, to a company backed by the Permira funds
    • Acquisition of a majority stake of Masao, a sushi food services group, through Sushi Gourmet group (controlled by funds sponsored by TA Associates)
    • Secondary acquisition of Kiwoko from Corpfin Capital and Prince Capital Partners
  • Lovell Minnick Partners in the equity investment and debt financing of Trea Asset Management in the framework of the acquisition of Banco Madrid Gestión
  • Meridia Capital in the acquisition of a majority stake in Sosa Ingredients
  • The Carlyle Group in several accelerated share placements of Applus Services, S.A.
  • The Carlyle Group and Applus Services in the IPO of Applus Services for €1.2 billion

  • Starbucks Coffee EMEA in the sale of 49% of Starbucks Coffee España to Grupo Vips
  • Globe Specialty Metals in the merger with Grupo FerroAtlántica for US$3.1 billion Agrolimen in its investment in Nature's Variety
  • Cobega, Norbega, Begano, and the Daurella Group in the integration of the seven bottlers of The Coca-Cola Company in Spain, Andorra, and Portugal
Thought Leadership
  • “Big Deals Boost Spanish M&A,” Latham.London, Dec. 2018
  • “Spanish PE and Infrastructure Set For Large-Cap Deals,” Latham.London, Dec. 2018
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