M&A partner Sebastián Albella is returning to Linklaters in Spain after a four-year stint as chairman of the Spanish Securities and Exchange Commission (CNMV) and a bit more than a year at Latham & Watkins.
Albella was a Linklaters partner for more than 10 years before he was appointed chairman of the CNMV by the Spanish government in 2016.
He has an established reputation as one of Spain’s leading corporate lawyers, and his return bolsters Linklaters’ existing M&A team in Madrid, which includes Victor Manchado, Lara Hemzaoui, Carmen Burgos and Esteban Arza, Linklaters said. He has more than 30 years of experience in the private and public sectors, representing large companies and private equity firms in private M&A transactions, and advising on general corporate matters in energy, infrastructure and financial services, according to the firm.
He also has a deep knowledge of financial regulation and capital markets transactions, the firm added.
Manchado, head of the Linklaters’ M&A practice in Spain, said of Albella’s return: “The addition of Sebastián puts our practice in an unrivaled position to advise listed and public companies on the biggest M&A transactions in the market.”
Earlier in his career, Albella worked as a state attorney in the Ministry of Economy and Finance, as the CNMV’s secretary of the board and director of legal services, and also as a partner at Ramón y Cajal Abogados, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Albella is one of several Linklaters alumni who have rejoined the firm over the past year. In Hong Kong, Betty Yap returned to Linklaters’ corporate practice from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in Singapore, and Carl Fernandes rejoined the firm’s financial regulation practice from Latham & Watkins.
However, his move back to the firm comes shortly after Linklaters lost M&A partner Alejandro Ortiz to Latham. Ortiz had been a private equity and M&A partner at Linklaters for more than two decades.
Albella will join the firm in mid-December when he is no longer subject to any restrictions resulting from his time at the CNMV, Linklaters said.