Sebastián Albella

  • Plaza de la Independencia 6
  • 28001 Madrid
  • Spain

Sebastián Albella, one of the leading corporate lawyers in Spain, advises Spanish and international clients on significant M&A transactions and corporate matters.

Mr. Albella has more than three decades of experience working in private practice and public sector roles. Throughout his career, he has represented a full range of investors and corporates in many of the highest-profile corporate deals in the Spanish market. 

Mr. Albella currently represents large companies and global investors in private M&A transactions. He also advises on general corporate matters across a variety of key industries, including energy, infrastructure, and financial services. Furthermore, he has a deep knowledge of financial regulation and capital markets transactions.*

Mr. Albella started his professional career as a Spanish State Attorney (“Abogado del Estado”). In this capacity, he served at the Spanish Treasury, where he was a member of the team that drafted the 1988 Spanish Securities Markets Act, and he was the first Secretary to the Board and General Counsel of the Spanish Securities Market Commission (CNMV).

He subsequently practiced law for 25 years, first with a well-established Spanish law firm, of which he was a founding partner, and later in a Magic Circle firm, where he held various senior leadership positions. He also served for more than a decade years as legal advisor to the Spanish Banking Association (AEB). Concurrently, Mr. Albella served as a member of the Legal Committee of the European Banking Federation. He also belonged to the European Securities Markets Expert Group (ESME) of the European Commission, and has been Secretary to the Board of several Spanish companies. 

In November 2016, he was appointed as Chairman of the CNMV, a position he held until December 2020. During this period, he also participated in a number international bodies and regulatory agencies, including the Management Board and the Board of Supervisors of ESMA (European Securities Markets Authority).

Mr. Albella’s experience includes advising:

  • Santander Consumer Finance in the creation of a joint venture with Banque PSA in 11 jurisdictions**
  • Acciona in the creation of a joint venture with KKR in the renewable energy sector**
  • ACS in the sale of Urbaser to Firion Investments**
  • Siemens in its acquisition of Gamesa**
  • Centerbridge in the acquisition of Aktua, a servicing platform, and a portfolio of NPLs and REOs**
  • International Petroleum Investment Co. (IPIC) in its takeover of Cepsa and its subsequent delisting**
  • Royal Bank of Canada in the sale of Bancoval Securities Services to Banco Inversis**
  • N+1 in its merger with Dinamia**
  • Ebransar, a leading Spanish citrus producer and exporter, in the acquisition of a significant stake by Miura**

*In accordance with the Spanish legislation, as former Chairman of the CNMV, Mr. Albella is prevented from working in matters related to the Spanish securities market until December 2022 

**Matter handled before joining Latham

  • Bar Qualification
    • Spain (Abogado)
    • Law, Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain
    • English
    • Spanish
  • Practices
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