José M. Balañá

José M. Balañá

Partner, Madrid

Email josemaria.balana@​

Phone +34 91 349 82 76

Fax +34 91 349 82 01

LanguagesEnglish, French, Spanish, Catalan

Practice groupCorporate

"He's on top of things and any time I need to discuss with him he is always available, even if it is the weekend or when he is travelling".

Chambers Europe 2018

Hogan Lovells partner José M. Balañá teams up with international corporations around the world to undertake mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions in Spain and Europe. As Head of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group in the Madrid office, José M employs an entrepreneurial approach that matches his clients’ to achieve results while building consensus. José M, who was in charge of creating the Madrid office from scratch, believes the best approach is to put himself in his clients’ shoes, keeping in mind the big picture at every stage of the transaction.

Working in English, Spanish, and French, José M focuses his practice on international M&A, encompassing structuring, risk assessment, negotiation, and post-closing. José M has applied his skills in the energy, manufacturing, financial, infrastructure, and consumer markets.

“Among the very best M&A lawyers one can find in Europe,” crowed The Legal 500, in 2013. José has been consistently ranked in the leading legal directories, including Chambers Europe, The Legal 500, and Best Lawyers

Awards and recognitions


Ranked in Corporate / M&A
Chambers Europe


Recommended Lawyer in Corporate and M&A Law
Best Lawyers


Ranked in Corporate / M&A
Chambers Europe


Ranked in Corporate / M&A
Chambers Europe

Education and admissions


Bachelor Degree in Law and Economics, Universidad de Barcelona


Madrid Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications


Representative experience

Advising Chinese group HNA on the acquisition of a minority stake in NH Hoteles.

Acquisition by Brookfield, together with abertis, of a controlling stake in Arteris, a Brazil's major toll road operators.

Advising Sepura in the acquisition of Teltronic.

Advising Euler Hermes on its joint venture with Mapfre for trade credit insurance in Spain and Latin America.

Advising Gruma in the acquisition of Mexifoods.

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

Spanish M&A standards

Sponsorships and Speaking Engagements

Spain: The new El Dorado for international funds?

Hogan Lovells Events

M&A Evolution: Reigniting the Global Economy

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