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Xavier Junquera

Baker & McKenzie Barcelona S.L.P.


Xavier Junquera heads the public law practice group in Barcelona. He is also the chairman of the Europe Environmental Regulatory and Planning Practice Group. He was included by the Spanish Ministry of Environment in the group of experts that participated in the preliminary work in the process of drafting the law on environmental liability. He has collaborated with the Waste Agency, in various seminars dealing with environmental issues. He has published several works on environmental legal issues such as Guía de Vertederos (Dumping Grounds Guide) and has been the reference environmental expert with a weekly column at Expansión, leading business newspaper in Spain. Mr. Junquera is ranked as one of the leading environmental lawyers in Spain by Chambers 2009. On 2010, he has been named the Best Environmental Lawyer of Spain for the International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Award 2010. This prize recognises Xavier stands apart for the excellent client care he provides and the quality of his service.

Practice Focus

Mr. Junquera focuses his practice in the areas of public law/regulatory & compliance, and environmental law. His practice also expands to real estate (civil) and Hotels & Resorts projects. It includes advice to domestic companies and foreign multinationals in matters such as the sale and purchase of real estate assets with contaminated land and underground water contamination. He also advises on negotiation of clean up procedures with the Spanish environmental agencies and litigation and arbitration related to the above mentioned matters, including the defense in criminal proceedings in connection with land and water contamination. Mr. Junquera also advises public institutions on public law matters

Representative Legal Matters

  • Represented the president of the Board of Directors of a Spanish chemical company and the engineer of a chemical plant in a criminal proceeding for presumed contamination of a river.
  • Represented Eugene Perma, Aventis, Grace, Eaton and Stein, national and multinational companies in the selling process of industrial assets subject to specific environmental issues.
  • Represented Pierre et Vacances in the setting up of its apart-hotel projects and touristic apartment resorts in Tarragona, Alicante and Malaga.
  • Represented Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in the preparation of all the agreements necessary to operate the MOHG Hotel in Barcelona and adjacent MOGH residences.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Bar Association of Barcelona - Administrative Law Committee
  • Bar Association of Barcelona - Environmental Law Committee


  • Barcelona~Spain (1986)


  • University of Barcelona (LL.M.) (1986)
  • Colegio University Abad Oliba (Diplomas on Real Estate and Urban Planning)


  • Catalan
  • English
  • Spanish

Previous Offices

  • Chicago

Contributor to several publications of the Firm, such as “Dispute Resolution in Europe”. First edition. February 2004.

Co-author of “Formularios de la Ley de Enjuiciamiento Civil” Difusión Economist & Jurist. November 2000.

Co-author of “Dumping Grounds Guide” edited by Ibering (EP Group) and Federación Española de Municipios. December 1998.

Spain chapter of the B&M book Worldwide Guide to Product Liability. 1998.

Spain chapter of “International Environmental Audit” edited by Government Institutes. May 1998.

Co-author of the Spain chapter of “Telecommunications Laws in Europe” edited by Buttersworth (1998).

Spain chapter of “Environmental Laws in Europe”, edited by Wiley. May 1996.

Contributor to the following publications about legal topics: Diario Expansión; Revista Química e Industria; Economist & Jurist; Revista Cámara de Comercio Española en Londres; La Vanguardia; and various publications of the North American Embassy.

He gives lectures and conferences on legal topics of his specialties on a yearly basis at ESADE, IFAES and other educational institutions.