Alfonso García Freire

Associate, Madrid

Biography

Overview

Alfonso is an associate in the Banking Department of the Madrid office.

His experience includes advising major commercial banks, investment banks, financial institutions, private equity sponsors and corporate borrowers in relation to domestic and cross-border leveraged acquisition financings, financial restructurings, syndicated and bilateral loans, acting for both lenders and borrowers, securitization and DCM.

Alfonso is highly recommended as a Banking lawyer by Legal 500 as "next generation lawyer". He has also been described by clients as a lawyer having "proactive attitude, a hands-on approach' and 'remarkable project management skills".

Bars and Courts
Spain (Abogado)
Education
Master of Laws (LLM)
Northwestern University
Certificate in Business Administration
Kellogg School of Management
Master in International Legal Practice (LLM)
IE Law School
Certificate in Business Administration
IE Business School
Business law degree, University of Vigo
Languages
English
Spanish

Experience

Assisting financial institutions, development banks and insurance companies on the refinancing of the Abengoa Group.*

Bank of America Merrill Lynch in connection with (i) a USD 50,000,000 cross-border facility granted to the Gestamp Group; (ii) a USD 60,000,000 cross-border facility granted to CIE México; and (iii) a USD 35,000,000 cross-border facility granted to CIE USA.*

Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior (BANCOMEXT) as lender on the acquisition finance of the 907MW combined cycle gas plant Norte III, under construction near Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, to the consortium led by Macquarie Capital and Techint Engineering and Construction from Abengoa and its affiliates.*

Allianz Real Estate and CaixaBank as lenders on a landmark real estate finance EUR 135,000,000 deal involving the building and development of the so-called “Fifth Tower” in the Madrid financial district.*

CaixaBank and Deutsche Pfandbriefbank (pbb) on a EUR 170,000,000 facility extended in connection with the purchase of various office buildings in Madrid.*

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank (pbb) on three transactions regarding the restructuring of real estate financing granted for the acquisition of several properties in Madrid: Project Las Mercedes, Project Santa Bárbara and Project Salamanca.* 

Morzal Property Iberia, as borrower, under a facility agreement entered into with Natixis for the partial acquisition of four large shopping centres in Spain: El Faro (Badajoz), Vallsur (Valladolid), Bahía Sur (Cádiz) and Los Arcos (Seville), from Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, and on the subsequent refinancing deal entered into with Aareal Bank AG of the former facility agreement in September 2018. This transaction has been the largest real estate transaction in Spain during 2018 (according to a public study published by BNP Paribas on the Spanish real estate market).* 

The dealers in connection with the renewal of the EUR 15 bn EMTN and EUR 10bn ECP programmes of Santander Consumer Finance.*

The arrangers on the RMBS securitisation by Unión de Créditos Inmobiliarios (UCI) (a company owned by Santander and BNP) under the FTs Prado III, IV, V and VI.*

Banco Santander, on a regular basis, in connection with multiple cross-border receivables purchase programs, import/export facilities agreements and working capital financing transactions, amounting, in aggregate, more than EUR 150,000,000.*

(*) Experience prior to joining White & Case LLP