Alfonso García Freire

Counsel, Madrid



Alfonso is a counsel in the Banking Group of the Madrid office.

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

Alfonso is highly recommended as a Banking lawyer by Legal 500 and IFRL 1000. He has also been appointed "40 under Forty Lawyer of the year 2023 for the Banking practice" He has also won the "Banking team of the year (2022)" award by Iberian Lawyers. He has been described by clients as a lawyer having "proactive attitude, great financial knowledge, a hands-on approach and remarkable project management skills".

Bars and Courts
Spain (Abogado)
Master of Laws (LLM)
Northwestern University

(with honors)

Certificate in Business Administration
Kellogg School of Management
Master in International Legal Practice (LLM)
IE Law School
Business law degree, University of Vigo

(with honors)



Some representative examples of Alfonso's experience are advising:

  • A syndicate of lenders led by Ardian on the financing of Stirling Square Capital Partners for the acquisition of Grupo GTT.
  • Nomura on a warehouse financing for Waterfall Asset Management, in respect of their lending platform Izilend, in relation to a portfolio of Spanish residential and commercial mortgage loans.
  • Benteler on the € 2 billion refinancing of Benteler Group's debt through an emission of bonds and a syndicate loan and revolving financing. This deal involved 18 jurisdictions.
  • Banco Santander, S.A. and Kommunalkredit Austria AG on a € 170 million financing relating to the acquisition by Ancala Partners, LLP of part of Babcock International Group PLC's aerial emergency services business.
  • Representation of Swiss Life Asset Managers and AXA investment Managers on the financing for the acquisition of Lyntia Networks from Antin Infrastructure Partners. Financing amount exceeds € 1 billion.
  • The arrangers in connection with the financing by ICG of the acquisition of Comdata and combination with Konecta, leaders in Customer Experience (CX) Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) solutions.
  • Banco Santander, S.A. on the financing of the acquisition of Grupo Euskal Forging, S.L. by Siderforgerossi Group, S.p.A (Siderforgerossi).
  • The senior lenders, including multilateral lenders, development finance institutions and a syndicate of commercial banks, BNDES (Brazil's national development bank) in the project financing of the approximately US$3 billion Sao Paulo Metro Line 6 in Brazil. This is the first-ever limited recourse financing of an infrastructure PPP project in Brazil by BNDES and is currently under construction in Latin America.
  • The banks in relation to the financing of the acquisition of Inbond Inversiones 2014, S.L.U. for an amount of €380 million by Giralda Holding Conexion and the refinancing of the existing indebtness of Indond Invesiones 2014, S.L.U. and certain of its subsidiaries.
  • Angelo Gordon Europe LLP and funds advised by PIMCO as lead lenders in a €760 million syndicated refinancing of Promotora de Informaciones, S.A. (BME: PRS).
  • Tink AB, a leading open banking platform provider, in connection with a secured facility for an amount of €110 million extended ahead of Tink AB´s sale to Visa.
  • Banco Santander, S.A. in connection with a €250 million margin loan with IBEX35 listed shares as underlying.
  • A syndicate of banks in connection with a €250 million multicurrency revolving credit facility in favour of X-Elio.
  • Scotiabank in connection with a US$30 million revolving credit facility extended on 22 July 2020 in favour of X-Elio.
  • The lenders in connection with the issuance of Nordic bonds by Global Agrajes, S.L.U. (Fertiberia Group). The financing involved the amendment of the existing senior facility agreement granted by the lenders to the Fertiberia group and the execution of a new intercreditor agreement and security package (approx. amount €220 million).
  • Banco Santander, S.A. in connection with a US$75 million credit agreement governed by the laws of the State of New York entered into among, inter alia, Nuevo Saturno S.A.C. as the Initial Borrower, Talesden Investments, S.L.U. as the Initial Guarantor, Banco de Crédito del Perú S.A. as Administrative Agent and Banco Santander, S.A. as Sole Lead Arranger and Bookrunner.
  • Bank of America Europe Designated Activity Company in relation to an amendment agreement of a revolving credit facility for an initial maximum amount of €100 million (current €60 million) entered into on 1 July 2016 by Repsol, S.A. as borrower and Bank of America as lender.
  • J.P. Morgan Stanley in connection with a €340 million high-yield transaction.
  • The lenders in connection with the financing of the acquisition of healthcare group Vivalto by a group of shareholders led by CDC International Capital, Mubadala Development Company, MACSF and the management team.
  • Banco Santander, S.A. as lender in connection with a US$100 million margin loan to Cementos Argos S.A., as Colombian Borrower, and Argos USA, LLC, as U.S. Borrower. The loan is secured by shares in Grupo de Inversiones Suramericana S.A. and the proceeds of the loan will be used to finance the Borrowers' general corporate purposes.
  • Banco Santander, S.A. as Administrative Agent and the Lenders in connection with a US$200 million credit agreement governed by the laws of the State of New York, entered into by and between, among others, Acciona Financiación Filiales Chile SpA, as Borrower, Acciona, S.A., as Guarantor, CaixaBank, S.A., Mizuho Bank Europe N.V., Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A., New York Branch and Banco Santander, S.A. as Lenders and Banco Santander-Chile as Administrative Agent.
  • Banco Santander, S.A. in connection with a framework agreement of bank guarantees, for an approximate amount of up to €65.9 million originally entered into among, inter alia, Fertiberia, S.A. as guarantee holder, certain companies as: Bankia, S.A., Bankinter, S.A., Banco de Sabadell, S.A. and CaixaBank, S.A. and Banco Santander, S.A., as guaranteeing entities; and Barclays Bank Ireland PLC as additional guaranteeing entity.
  • Bank of America Europe Designated Activity Company (the "Bank") several amendment agreements of a facilities agreement granted for an amount of US$60 million provided by the Bank, as lender, to Pintura, Estampado y Montaje, S.A.P.I. de C.V., as borrower.
  • Eurowag group in connection with financing up to €310 million provided by a club of banks for the refinancing of existing indebtedness (in particular from previous acquisitions), CAPEX, future acquisitions and general corporate purposes.
  • Société Générale (as agent and security agent) and Credit Suisse International, BNP Paribas, Société Générale and Barclay Bank PLC (as arrangers) as well as other lenders in connection with EQT Infrastructure's acquisition financing of the Colisée group (a leading operator of nursing home facilities, based in France) from IK Investment Partners. Financing amount exceeds €1 billion.
  • Swissport Financing S.à r.l., a multinational cargo/airport ground services provider. Swissport sought new financing as part of a wider restructuring process comprising of amendments to an existing credit agreement dating from 2019, along with a new super senior facilities agreement to provide a €300 million interim facility.
  • The Mandated Lead Arrangers on the financing aspects of a portfolio company of a US private equity fund's acquisition of a tile coatings business. The transaction was financed via an additional TLB2 facility of €300 million and a €75 million revolving credit facility. The transaction was a "bolt on" to an existing portfolio company.
  • The Mandated Leade Arrangers in relation to the debt financing of IK Investment Partners's acquisition of Kersia from Ardian.
  • The Bank of Nova Scotia, KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH, ING Capital LLC, MUFG Bank, Ltd., Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Instituto de Crédito Oficial E.P.E. as lenders and issuing banks and MUFG Bank Ltd., as administrative agent and intecreditor agent in connection with the non-recourse first/second lien project financings of: (i) the US$217 million financing for a 235 MW wind farm owned and operated by Ibereólica Cabo Leones II S.A. (Cabo II) located in Atacama, Chile (the Cabo II Project) and (ii) the US$103.2 million financing for a 101MWp solar PV power plant, owned and operated by GPG Solar Chile 2017 S.p.A. (San Pedro) and located in Antofagasta, Chile (the San Pedro Project, and together with the Cabo II Project, the Projects).
  • Several financial entities and development banks in connection with the Abengoa restructuring and insolvency proceedings, which amounts to more than €6 billion.
  • Babcock in relation to asset finance transactions.
  • The Bank of New York Mellon in connection with refinancing deals including credit facilities and bond issuances for an amount of aprox. €3 billion.
  • Vauxhall Lending and LCM Partners in connection with Sale & Lease back and Operating lease agreements over numerous assets in Spain.
  • SG Equipment Finance Iberia on various aircraft leases.
  • Babcock Mission Critical Services on various aircraft leases.
  • Santander Consumer Finance, S.A. and Santander Consumer Bank S.p.A. in connection with the issuance of an intra-group senior non-preferred bond notes issue.
  • The lenders under a bridge facility and a RCF and the initial purchasers of the Notes issued to refinance the bridge facility in connection with the financing of the €350 million delisting takeover bid over Telepizza.*
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch in connection with (i) a US$50 million cross-border facility granted to the Gestamp Group; (ii) a US$60 million cross-border facility granted to CIE México; and (iii) a US$35 million 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 €135 million deal involving the building and development of the so-called "Fifth Tower" in the Madrid financial district.*
  • CaixaBank and Deutsche Pfandbriefbank (pbb) on a €170 million facility extended in connection with the purchase of various office buildings in Madrid.*
  • 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 dated September 2018.*
  • The dealers in connection with the renewal of the €15bn EMTN and €10 billion ECP programmes of Santander Consumer Finance.*
  • The joint lead managers in connection with €750 million, €500 million, €500 million and €150 million notes issued by Santander Consumer Finance under its EMTN programme.*
  • 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 €100 million.*

(*) Experience prior to joining White & Case LLP