Rafael Sebastián


Uría Menéndez
c/Príncipe de Vergara, 187
Plaza de Rodrigo Uría
28002 - Madrid España

Tel: +34915860430
Fax: +34 915 860 403/4

Email: rsq@uria.com
Web: www.uria.com

Rafael Sebastián is a corporate lawyer in the Madrid office of Uría Menéndez. He joined the firm in 1990 and became a partner in 1991.

Rafael was previously general counsel and secretary to the board of a leading international bank.

He opened the New York office of Uría Menéndez in 1990 and was managing partner there until 1996.

Rafael’s practice covers a wide range of corporate and banking work. He specialises in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring, and has advised on insolvency proceedings involving leading Spanish and multinational companies.

Rafael has been recognized as a top lawyer in multiple fields by all the major publications (Chambers Global, PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook, etc.).

According to the 2012 edition of Who’s Who Legal, Rafael is considered by his peers as one of the world’s leading banking lawyers. He is regarded as a leading lawyer in structured finance as well as restructuring and insolvency by IFLR 1000 in its 2013 edition.


-Law Degree, Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao, 1976
-Economics and Business Administration Degree, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid, 1977
-Ph.D. in Law, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid, 2008


-Madrid Bar Association

Uría Menéndez has extensive experience in Spanish and Portuguese capital markets, and our team of lawyers is capable of undertaking complex transactions with a practical, market-oriented approach. We provide national and international issuers, offerors, global coordinators, underwriters and placement banks with the best possible guidance. In recent years, we have been involved in many of the most significant transactions in the Spanish market. We have advised on the listing of numerous companies traded on the IBEX 35 (Spanish Stock Exchange), the majority of which are also our clients.
According to the most highly regarded legal directories, we are a leading firm in the Spanish capital markets sector and one of the most important in Portugal. We are very proud to be the leading Iberian firm in this sector.


-Issues, public share offers and public offers for subscription
-Complex corporate transactions involving listed companies
-Accelerated and block trades
-Share buy-backs
-Employee stock options


-Simple, convertible and exchangeable bond issues
-Promissory notes
-Warrants and structured bonds
-Hybrid products (cuotas participativas, preferential shares and subordinated financial contributions issued by cooperatives)
-Corporate governance of listed companies
-Codes of conduct and transparency, and reporting obligations

Uría Menéndez is one of the most prestigious independent law firms in the Iberian market. Founded in the 1940s, we have over 500 lawyers in 15 offices located in the most important financial centres in Europe, the Americas and Asia.

Our international structure allows us to provide Spanish, Portuguese and EU legal advice to clients on their investments in the Iberian Peninsula and abroad. We work in close collaboration with renowned firms in Latin American and our network of “best friends” from France (Bredin Prat), Germany (Hengeler Mueller), Italy (Bonelli Erede Pappalardo), the Netherlands (De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek) and the United Kingdom (Slaughter and May). Uría Menéndez is also a member of international associations such as Lex Mundi and the IBA (International Bar Association).


Rafael Sebastián is the managing partner of the firm’s Madrid office. He also leads the corporate department and receives unanimous praise for his expertise in this area.
Chambers Europe, 2014