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Litigation 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Jose Carles is held in high esteem for his impressive handling of litigation pertaining to corporate insolvency and restructuring proceedings.

Biography

José Carles is a founding and co-managing partner at Spain-based Carles Cuesta Abogados y Asesores Financieros SLP, where he leads the business recovery, restructuring and insolvency practice and specializes in cross-border restructurings. Mr Carles is co-chair of INSOL Europe’s legal tech & digital assets wing and one of the six-member advisory committee to the insolvency wing of Madrid’s Bar association. He previously worked in UBS Investment Bank in the UK.

An international speaker, Mr Carles has been a professor in restructuring and insolvency law at ICADE’s LLM programs since 2013. He earned an executive Master’s in Business Law from Harvard Law School and Centro de Estudios Garrigues and has written 30 publications on insolvency law.

In 2019, he became the first non-American honoured by the American Bankruptcy Institute as one of the 40 top insolvency professionals under age 40 (ABI’s 40 under 40). In 2020, the International Insolvency Institute named José as one of 15 rising stars within its NextGen program.

Most notably, Mr Carles had a leading role representing international creditors in several forced-insolvency proceedings against Abengoa. He acted as Spanish counsel for the British indirect owners of Marme in its insolvency proceedings (€3 billion in liabilities). He successfully led multinational Procter&Gamble to recover their claims in full in the insolvency proceedings of Marco Aldany. José also leads the insolvency-related litigation at Carles Cuesta.

Mr Carles’s clients include international corporations with subsidiaries under distress in Spain, construction and real estate development companies, shipyards, manufacturers, car retailers, apparel retailers, restaurants and hotels and information technology firms.

José speaks Spanish, English, French, Italian, German, Catalan and Hebrew.

Restructuring & Insolvency 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

José Carles is a "brilliant and exceptional lawyer" known for his expert handling of complex restructuring and insolvency proceedings.

Biography

José Carles is a founding and co-managing partner at Spain-based Carles Cuesta Abogados y Asesores Financieros SLP, where he leads the business recovery, restructuring and insolvency practice and specializes in cross-border restructurings. Mr Carles is co-chair of INSOL Europe’s legal tech & digital assets wing and one of the six-member advisory committee to the insolvency wing of Madrid’s Bar association. He previously worked in UBS Investment Bank in the UK.

An international speaker, Mr Carles has been a professor in restructuring and insolvency law at ICADE’s LLM programs since 2013. He earned an executive Master’s in Business Law from Harvard Law School and Centro de Estudios Garrigues and has written 30 publications on insolvency law.

In 2019, he became the first non-American honoured by the American Bankruptcy Institute as one of the 40 top insolvency professionals under age 40 (ABI’s 40 under 40). In 2020, the International Insolvency Institute named José as one of 15 rising stars within its NextGen program.

Most notably, Mr Carles had a leading role representing international creditors in several forced-insolvency proceedings against Abengoa. He acted as Spanish counsel for the British indirect owners of Marme in its insolvency proceedings (€3 billion in liabilities). He successfully led multinational Procter&Gamble to recover their claims in full in the insolvency proceedings of Marco Aldany. José also leads the insolvency-related litigation at Carles Cuesta.

Mr Carles’s clients include international corporations with subsidiaries under distress in Spain, construction and real estate development companies, shipyards, manufacturers, car retailers, apparel retailers, restaurants and hotels and information technology firms.

José speaks Spanish, English, French, Italian, German, Catalan and Hebrew.

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WWL Ranking: Recommended
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