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Pinsent Masons hires real estate partner in Madrid

International law firm Pinsent Masons has hired real estate partner, José Luis García-Manso, into the firm's Madrid office.

Joining from Spanish law firm Pérez-Llorca, where he has been a partner since 2007, José Luis has 25 years' experience advising on a range of real estate investment matters including real estate M&A, forward funding agreements, asset sale and leaseback, restructuring and funds transactions.

José Luis will lead the firm's real estate practice in Madrid and is the eleventh partner to join the office since the firm launched in Spain in 2017. Last year the firm hired TMT partner Paula Fernández-Longoria and appointed new Madrid TMT head Paloma Bru as well as recruiting the office's public law head Pablo Dorronsoro.

The hire of José Luis García-Manso is the second real estate lateral hire in two months. In December the firm announced the recruitment of Kevin Collins in its Dublin office.

Head of real estate at Pinsent Masons, James Crookes, said: "The appointment of José Luis underscores Pinsent Masons' commitment to its international real estate clients, responding to this demand for these capabilities in a key market".

"In recent years, real estate activity in Spain has seen a boom across a range of asset classes including residential, hotels, shopping centres, offices and logistics. Enhancing our on-the-ground expertise is crucial, as more of our clients look for investment opportunities in Spain".

José Luis advises a broad range of clients including Spanish Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), US-based private equity houses, including HIG Capital and Oaktree Capital, as well as a number of Canadian, German and UK-based real estate investors.

Commenting on his move, José Luis said: "I’m looking forward to joining Pinsent Masons' growing team in Madrid. The firm's expertise and global reach provide an outstanding platform for me to lead the Madrid-based real estate team.

"Given that Spain is one of the most relevant Southern Europe hubs in which funds and developers are seeking to invest, the firm has an excellent opportunity to further develop its European real estate capabilities from Spain".