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Víctor Mercedes

Partner
Baker & McKenzie Barcelona S.L.P.

Biography

Víctor Mercedes heads the Firm’s Litigation & Insolvency Practice Group in Barcelona and has more than 17 years of legal experience. At present Víctor is also one of the members of the Firm’s European Dispute Resolution Steering Committee. He is an associate professor at University Pompeu Fabra, teaching business litigation, corporate and arbitration law in different business programs. Victor has authored and co-authored various publications on procedural and public law, tax and administrative law.

Prior to joining the Firm, Victor worked in the State Advocate-General’s Office in Tarragona and later served as state advocate in Barcelona during which time acted for over 2000 disputes before different courts (Civil, Commercial, Criminal and Administrative). He was also a member of the National Administrative Observatory for Tax Crime, Contraband and Punishable Insolvencies of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Finance. He is ranked and recommended as a leading lawyer in dispute resolution, restructuring and insolvency and corporate crime in Best Lawyers, Chambers Europe (2012-2018) and Chambers Global (2012-2018) and in Legal 500.

Practice Focus

Victor focuses his practice on civil, commercial and economic crime litigation, as well as arbitration. He advises Spanish and foreign clients on insolvency proceedings, distress situations, liability for insolvency, as well as transactions in the context of transnational insolvency. He also assists clients, both contractual and tort, on directors’ liability and conflicts within companies. Victor provides advice on criminal law for corporate crime and corporate compliance.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Defended private equity houses in litigation on corporate liability regarding third-party actions in part-owned companies.
  • Advised some of the most significant acquisitions of distressed assets under insolvency proceedings in Barcelona.
  • Advised several venture capital funds on corporate disputes and the liability of directors.
  • Defended a listed Spanish textile group in litigation over commercial and guarantee agreements.
  • Defended the Sovereign Wealth Fund of the Republic of India in arbitration proceedings before the London Court of International Arbitration over the purchase of a Spanish group of companies.
  • Advised various Spanish multinational groups on investment arbitrations regarding their Latin American subsidiaries.
  • Defended Dutch companies on litigation against financial entities over breach of fiduciary duties in banking agreements.
  • Defended the accused in several major criminal case involving corruption in the public sector.
  • Defended the accused in tax crimes cases involving regulated sectors.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Barcelona Bar Association - Member
  • Spanish State Lawyers Association - Member
  • Pompeu Fabra Law School Faculty - Member
  • Spanish Arbitration Club (CEA) - Member

Admissions

  • Barcelona~Spain (2006)

Education

  • Barcelona University, Pompeu Fabra (Law Degree with honors) (1997)

Languages

  • English
  • Italian
  • Spanish