Christina Rios

Cristina Rios

Baker & McKenzie Barcelona S.L.P.


Cristina Rios is a partner focusing on M&A and Private Equity in the Barcelona office. She has more than 12 years of experience as a highly regarded go-to professional for M&A and PE work to serve clients in high-profile, cross-border mandates.

Practice Focus

Cristina's core service lines include both inbound and outbound M&A, PE and capital markets transactions to serve both strategic players and PE funds in a wide range of industries, with a special focus on consumer goods, retail and pharma.

Particularly, her strong M&A and PE market knowledge is evidenced with offering clients expertise on corporate transactions with a particular focus on cross-border M&A deals, transactional contracting, due diligence, finance documents, shareholders and investment agreements.

She has been recognized as one of the best young lawyers in her field in Spain by the most prestigious directories, including Chambers & Partners (Up&Coming). Cristina also combines her law practice with being a lecturer in various universities on corporate/M&A, including Universitat Pompeu Fabra and ISDE.

Her strong M&A and PE market knowledge is evidenced with specific experience in:

  • Corporate transactions with a particular focus cross-border M&A deals, advising private companies, PE investors and major multinational companies through every stage of the deal, including private share and business acquisitions, leveraged buy-outs (LBOs), management buy-outs (MBOs), management buy-ins (MBIs), group reorganizations, private equity/investment funds (private fund formation and GP advisory) and financing transactions.

  • Drafting and negotiation skills on a wide range of transactional and M&A contracting (SPAs, SHAs, NDAs and other M&A preparatory documents) including also commercial contracting (supply, distribution, agency, licensing, advertising&promotion, services agreements), due diligence, finance documents and management incentive packages.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Investindustrial in connection with the financing and acquisition of a 51.1% stake in Port Aventura leisure park, being Criteria Caixa Corp the 49.9% partner.
  • GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, regarding the acquisition of a controlling interest in a real estate portfolio (CC Habaneras and CC La Maquinista).
  • Miura Private Equity as lead counsel of choice in various transactions over many years including MBOs related to Guzmán Gastronomía, Contenur and The Visuality Corporation.
  • Private equity fund on the development, acquisition and finance of several real estate projects including lease contracts for the commercial premises and commercial management contracts.
  • Several Catalan multinationals engaged in the development, manufacture, marketing and sale of pharmaceutical and veterinary products on its sale to a leading pharma group.
  • Investindustrial and its portfolio company in connection with the sale of its 49.9% stake in Inaer Group (mission-critical onshore helicopter services) to KKR.

Professional Honors

  • Ranked as "Associate to Watch" in Chambers&Partners for Corporate M&A in Barcelona, where the M&A team has been ranked in Tier 1 for a number of years.
  • Spanish qualified lawyer: Barcelona BAR Association.
  • ESADE Alumni.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Barcelona BAR Association
  • ESADE Alumni


  • Barcelona~Spain (2007)


  • ESADE (Master in International Business Law)
  • University of Barcelona (Law Degree)


  • English
  • Spanish
  • Teaching engagements with Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Master Universitario de Abogacía y Práctica Jurídica Mercantil) and ISDE (Master Universitario de Abogacía).
  • Regular speaker on M&A and PE related matters at numerous external and internal conferences.