Santiago Thomás de Carranza is managing partner of the Madrid
office, and is a practising lawyer, economist and university lecturer.
He studied Law at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Economics at the Shiller International University. After
obtaining his degree he prepared for the competitive examinations for
entry into the Corps of State Lawyers. In 1997 he joined Despacho
Melchor de las Heras as a lawyer, working in the corporate and public
law departments. In 2003, he co-founded the firm of Thomás de Carranza,
Santiago has wide practical experience in corporate and financial law as
well as in administrative/regulatory law and litigation.
the corporate/financial field he has taken part in numerous business
acquisitions, venture capital operations and the preparation,
negotiation and drafting of contracts and collaboration agreements
between a variety of companies. He has been involved in the design and
implementation of different project finance structures, mainly in the
field of renewable energies, and has advised clients in the financing,
pre-construction, start-up and supply phases.
In the area of administrative and regulatory law, Santiago has
considerable practical experience in both consultation and litigation.
He has advised the Ministry of Development on the programme of toll
motorways and on its adaptation to new methods of financing, as well as
other public bodies and organisations. He has also counselled numerous
private entities on their relations with the public authorities in such
varied aspects as public contracts, service concessions (water, ports,
etc.), postal services, environmental protection, telecoms,
expropriations, liability of public authorities, etc.
Santiago has over 16 years experience in litigation, principally in the
contentious-administrative, civil and commercial jurisdictions, and has
also acted in arbitration proceedings as legal adviser. He was Chairman
of the Appeals Committee of the Spanish Royal Equestrian Federation
(2008–2010) and is currently Deputy Chairman of its Disciplinary
Committee (2010) and a member of the Horse Racing Appeals Committee
Finally, as regards his academic activities, Santiago has been a
lecturer in the School of Legal Practice at the Universidad Complutense
de Madrid since 2000 (teaching contentious-administrative law and civil
litigation) and a lecturer at the Universidad Francisco in Vitoria
(responsible for Administrative Law I and II since 2001-2002). He has
written studies and articles and has been a speaker at a variety of
Practice areas: Litigation, Corporate and Administrative Law. Education: Degree in Law from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Bachelor. Bachelor Degree in Economics (Schiller International University). Doctoral studies (Advanced Studies Diploma – Cátedra Unesco). Languages: Spanish and English. Associations: Madrid Bar Association