Herbert Smith Freehills names new head of EMEA corporate practice

Herbert Smith Freehills has named Alberto Frasquet as the head of the firm’s corporate practice for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, and who had until now been head of corporate/M&A and private equity in the firm’s Madrid office.

Posted Thursday, May 27th 2021
Herbert Smith Freehills names new head of EMEA corporate practice

The corporate/M&A and private equity practice in Spain will now be led by partner Pablo García-Nieto, who has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and, like Alberto Frasquet, has been with the firm for more than a decade.

Frasquet joined Herbert Smith Freehills in 2009, and was named a partner in 2011.

He has advised on a multitude of buyouts and mergers, both listed and private equity, corporate restructuring, capital markets and private contracting.

Throughout his career, he has specialized in advising investment banks, private equity funds and other financial investors, as well as multinational companies in a wide range of corporate and capital markets transactions, in local and multi-jurisdictional matters, leading international teams in complex transactions.

He is recognized by prestigious legal directories and, parallel to his work in the firm, is also a professor in private equity and cross-border M&A on the master's degree in legal advice course at IE Law School.

He graduated in law from the University of Granada, and obtained his LLM  from the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid.

Frasquet replaces Moscow office partner Alexei Roudiak, who completes his three-year term as EMEA regional head of corporate, and joins Graeme Preston in Asia and Carolyn Pugsley and Stephen Wilkinson, who are the joint global heads of corporate, to drive the firm's growth strategy in this area.

For his part, Pablo García-Nieto, who will now lead the firm’s corporate/M&A and private equity practice in Spain, joined the firm in 2009 and was named a partner in 2015.

He is an expert in M&A and in especially private equity transactions, acting for buyout funds and infrastructure funds in their investments, divestments, co-investments and joint ventures, and he has been recognized by the world’s leading legal directories for his work.

“Alberto Frasquet and Pablo García-Nieto's extensive experience and highly recognized ability in the corporate and M&A field to perform the new positions they assume in the firm,” Miguel Riaño, managing partner of Herbert Smith Freehills' Madrid office, said.

“Both have demonstrated over the years a great commitment to the firm and our clients, and I am confident that these appointments will allow us to continue the success of the firm's corporate practice in Spain and internationally," he added.

Herbert Smith Freehills has 26 offices in Asia Pacific, EMEA and the US, advising many of the world's leading companies and multinationals in every major region, with particular expertise in dispute resolution, commercial transactions, financings and projects, primarily in the energy and mining, infrastructure and transportation, finance, consumer goods, investment finance, pharmaceutical and healthcare, real estate, TMT and industrial sectors.