Meet the dream team of English-speaking lawyers in Spain

As you’ll see and hear from the testimonials of our clients, our team members handle client matters as if they were taking care of their own business.

Meet the dream team of English-speaking lawyers in Spain

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Raisa Venermo

Partner

“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.”

-Chinese Proverb

… Raisa is an avid practitioner of different martial arts and also enjoys playing the piano and the accordion. These hobbies are on standby, since Raisa has been a mother for a few years and concentrates her limited free time in being present and enjoying her little daughter to the fullest.

Raisa is part of the governing board of the Spanish section of FIABCI, the International Federation of Real Estate, one of the federations with the largest number of professions in the world in the real estate sector. It also belongs to the governing board of the College of Realtors of Barcelona. She is often invited as a speaker, trainer and presenter in various forums.

Raisa enjoys networking and enjoys the opportunity to continuously learn from clients who come from different cultural backgrounds.

… Raisa has specialized in International Investments and Company Law. He has a law degree and a Master in International Trade from Turku – Finland. She validated her degree and is currently registered as a lawyer in the Bar Association of Barcelona. After graduating in law school, he worked at the prestigious American law firm, Thatcher, Proffit & Wood in Mexico City. And in the last 18 years she has been working in Barcelona, ​​first as an internal consultant for an IT company and then in local law firms before founding AvaLaw in 2007. Raisa speaks fluent English, Spanish, Finnish and can also communicate in Swedish and French.

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Lourdes Santisteban

Partner

“Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things”

– Peter Drucker


… Contrary to her office’s reputation for doing a thousand things at the same time, capable of handling numerous issues simultaneously, Lourdes has a mission and only one in her free time: to dedicate her time to her busy family.

… Lourdes has extensive experience in private civil law, real estate law, corporate law and litigation in which she stands out with her 13 years of experience representing clients before Spanish courts. He graduated in Law from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (2000) and obtained a master’s degree in International Trade Law from the Barcelona Bar Association (2009). Lourdes has worked for a Spanish law firm for six years, mainly dealing with issues of civil law, corporate law and litigation. In 2007, he founded his own firm focusing on advising foreign people and companies concerned about their legal interests in Spain. In 2013 he joined forces with AvaLaw.
Lourdes speaks English, Spanish and Catalan.

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Mar Rubí

Real Estate Director


“We got it because we did not know it was impossible”

– Nando Parrado

… Originally from Palma de Mallorca, Mar is an avid and organized person, and her friends describe her as meticulous and perfectionist. You can find her walking through the streets of Palma de Mallorca, and now she is looking forward to discovering new places in Barcelona, ​​and she likes to cook. She loves to make international trips, and when she is not working, you can find her eating in a good restaurant with her family and friends.

… Lawyer and economist, Mar studied law and economics at ICADE, Madrid. After graduating he studied a Master’s Degree in Executive Business Law at Garrigues, as well as a course on Bankruptcy Administration at the ICAIB.
Since 2006 he is a member of the ICAIB. She has worked at Julián Carnicero, Garrigues, Jorge Sainz de Baranda, and was a lawyer at the Gastronomic Market of Sant Joan in Palma.
Mar works in Catalan, Spanish and English.

Alejandro Puyo

Tax & Accountancy Director

“Death and taxes are the only thing true, but taxes are worse, because death does not happen every year”
– Terry Pratchett

… he is passionate about reading, the mountain and the kitchen, but, above all, about his children. In addition, now he spends his free time, if he has one, to learn Catalan.

.. Alejandro has been advising clients from a fiscal, financial and accounting perspective for more than 20 years. Involving in the business of each client and helping in making decisions, as well as in the resolution of issues and problems of fiscal and accounting nature. Responsible and committed to the maximum with the projects in which he has participated.
International profile with English and French proficiency. Law Degree from the Complutense University of Madrid and Master’s Degree in Legal Advice and Master’s Degree in Tax Consultancy, both from the Instituto de Empresa. He has developed his career in prestigious international offices such as Clifford Chance, Ernst & Young or PWC and joined the AvaLaw team at the end of 2016. A team that is undoubtedly a basic piece for the achievement of a job well done in favor of the clients.
Alejandro speaks English, French and Spanish.

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Julia Fredriksson

Inmigration Director

“If you can not explain it in a simple way, you do not understand it well enough.”

– Albert Einstein

… Julia runs the Immigration Law Department at AvaLaw. Graduated in Law from the University of Barcelona and with a Master’s degree in European Union Law, Julia specialized in International Law and Immigration Law and is one of the most experienced lawyers in Spain in terms of investment residences. During his 8 years of professional experience, he has helped numerous clients from different countries overcome legal obstacles and manage their residence establishments in Spain in the most beneficial way possible.

Julia speaks fluent English, Spanish, Catalan and Swedish, and can communicate in French.

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Anna Gracia

Lawyer

«Your time is limited, do not waste it living the life of another. Have the courage to do what your heart and your intuition tell you »

– Steve Jobs

…Anna is passionate about Pilates. In fact, he is considered a very active and athletic person and, apart from Pilates, he also regularly practices running since, according to him, he is doing well both physically and mentally. In spite of not being a great cook she is a great defender of a healthy and balanced diet and enjoys discovering new restaurants. Cinema, theater, photography or travel are other hobbies.

… Anna studied at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona where she first obtained a degree in Economics and later graduated in Law. Already during her last year in the faculty, Anna worked in a law firm specialized in Administrative and Urban Law. After completing his university studies, he prepared for 5 years oppositions to the Judiciary under the supervision of a Magistrate of the Supreme Court of Catalonia, currently in the Supreme Court. This stage allowed him to deepen in everything he learned in the law career. After the oppositions, he rejoined the professional practice collaborating with different firms and specializing in Commercial and Civil Law.

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Alexandra Sabaté

Lawyer

“He who ensures the good of others has his own insured”

– Confucius

… He would spend his life traveling, discovering cities, gastronomy and people from other cultures.
Alexandra is a lover of animals, enjoys the sea, especially sailing, nature and the sun. Her top priority is her family and friends, to whom she dedicates a large part of her free time. In addition, he likes to dance, read and relax watching a good series on Netflix. Is considered a family, sensitive, empathetic and committed

… Alexandra holds a degree in Law and a Master’s Degree in International Studies from the University of Barcelona. Subsequently he completed a Master’s Degree in Immigration Law at ISDE. At the same time, he has been studying different courses and specializations in human rights and social issues of interest.
After a few years working in offices in Barcelona, ​​he was clear that he wanted to complete his education in the United States, where he had the opportunity to continue studying at universities such as Georgetown or Kaplan.
Once there, and in love with multiculturalism and the opportunities offered by the country, she developed her professional career first in a law firm of foreigners, and later in the Embassy of Spain in the United States, and in the Organization of American States , institutions where he had the opportunity to work daily with the ministers and the Ambassador of Spain. On the other hand, during the 2016 Presidential Elections in the United States, she was selected to work for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe as an international observer.
After several years there, and recently arrived in Barcelona, ​​Alexandra joins Avalaw’s team as a foreigner lawyer, where she enjoys helping clients from around the world.
Alexandra speaks perfect English, Spanish and Catalan.

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Ángela Uribarri

Office Manager

“If everything seems to be under control, it means that you go very slowly”

– Mario Andretti, Legendary racing driver

… Angela likes to share her time with her two daughters and her husband. The family enjoys outdoor activities in the mountains and in the sea. He likes to travel around Europe with his caravan discovering new lugres and local gastronomy.

…Angela keeps the AvaLaw back office up and running. She holds a degree in Information and Document Management and has worked in the communication and administration departments of several companies and institutions, including a museum in Madrid and an international magazine dedicated to architecture, art and design. Angela speaks Spanish, English, Catalan and French.

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Cristina Orive

Lawyer

“You can not understand a person well, and do something else at the same time.”

– Scott Peck

… Cristina has grown up surrounded by nature, so her passion for the countryside has led her to practice a multitude of mountain sports such as hiking, biking and climbing, being a regular in sports competitions. Cristina has been actively collaborating with a Foundation based in the city of Calcutta for several years, where she has traveled several times to see in person all the work they do from here. He also enjoys meeting new people and connecting with people of different ages and cultures.

… After graduating in Law, between Madrid and Croatia, Cristina completed a Master of Legal and Tax Advice at the IE BUISNESS SCHOOL, which opened the doors to work in a large multinational where she began to specialize in the area of ​​Procedural Law. Years later, leaning towards the International world, she began to investigate in the area of ​​foreign investments, in which she currently works as a lawyer and legal adviser from AvaLaw Madrid.

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Albert Muro

Lawyer

“The secret of happiness is not always doing what you want, but always wanting what you do.”

– León Tolstoi

… Find in sport, cinema, or music the best tools to disconnect from day to day, and load up positive energy. His passion for traveling, knowing new cultures and ways of understanding life has led him to visit and reside in different countries of the world.

… He studied Law, a postgraduate in Legal Practice of the Company and developed a large part of his professional career in different branches within the banking and financial sector. He speaks fluent Catalan, Spanish, English and Italian.
It is characterized by the constant search for new experiences, learning opportunities, improvement and growth, which have been, until now and in what lies in the future, the guiding thread of his career.

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Isabel Palomares

Tax Department

“If I look too passionate, it’s because I care. And if I get strong, it’s because I feel strong. If I push too hard, it’s because things are not happening fast enough »

– Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation

… Isabel enjoys the company of her friends and family. He likes crafts and manual activities, but he has never rejected technology.

… Isabel has worked in all types of organizations, from small businesses to international non-profit organizations, and is currently a member of the Fiscal Department.
Isabel has always tried to make good use of her knowledge of Business Administration. Organized, efficient and decisive, Isabel speaks fluent Spanish, Catalan and English.

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Cristina Vásquez

Marketing Assistant

“The only obstacle to your success is your own imagination.”

– Shonda Rhimes

… Cristina loves to travel, meet and connect with different people, cultures and languages. He is always trying to learn a few words or phrases from the language of the place where he is. He also likes outdoor activities, minigolf, try new restaurants, go to the movies, watch series or read. Cristina loves animals, especially dogs.

… Cristina has a degree in Public Relations Management and Marketing and a Master in Digital Marketing and Social Media from ESERP Business School. During her career she was working in different Startups, I also volunteered at HOP as coordinator of the Hands to Cure and Hands to Teach programs among medical students for the United States and Peru. Cristina has developed her career in different sectors such as technology, fashion and engineering.
Cristina speaks Spanish, English and Catalan.

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Daniel Valenzuela 

Data Analyst

“Without deviating from the norm, progress is not possible.”

– Frank Zappa

… Daniel plays the guitar, practices several mountain sports and, of course, likes to share a bottle of wine in good company.

… Daniel has a degree in Chemistry and a degree in Oenology. He has a long experience in the wine sector where he has worked in different positions and in different countries, such as the United States, New Zealand, Austria and Spain. He lived in London for three years, where he worked in hospitality. He finished an MBA at the IMF Business School.
His experience in different positions has allowed him to develop good organizational skills; Its main strengths are adaptability to a new workplace, sociability, organization and commitment to work. He works well on his own initiative and as part of a team. Daniel speaks Catalan, Spanish and English.

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Milagros Quintana

Immigration Assistant

“Put your heart, mind and soul into even the smallest acts. That is the secret of success”

– Swami Sirvanada, spiritual master and yogi.

… Milagros loves to travel, to know new cultures and ways of living. She is interested in everything and loves to learn new things. Enjoy contact with nature as much as cities and their people. Milagros also loves music and is passionate about live concerts.

… Milagros is pursuing an International and European Master Law at Pompeu Fabra University and is a member of the Immigration Department. Assists the team’s lawyers in the queries and needs of the clients and enjoys a lot of contact with the client.

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Marcos Andrade

Administrative Assistant

«If plan A does not work, the alphabet has 25 more letters»

– Claire Cook, Author

… Marcos practices hiking and mountain biking, likes to disconnect from the city center and enjoy nature. At home, he spends his free time watching shows and movies.

… Marcos is highly competitive, motivated and an administrative enthusiast with experience working as part of a team in different areas and environments. Very organized and proactive, Marcos provides efficiency and precise administrative assistance to AvaLaw. It is accessible in nature and has a proven ability to generate solutions and anticipate problems. He speaks Spanish and Catalan.

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Leticia Aparicio

Executive Assistant

“There is no medicine to cure what does not cure happiness”

– Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

… Leticia is originally from a town in Bilbao, which she left 10 years ago to come to Barcelona in search of new opportunities. It has many hobbies, although the ones that stand out most are the artistic ones: painting, doing theater, designing costumes, etc,
She is also a tireless reader and loves to travel abroad and discover new places wherever she goes.

… She studied International Management Secretariat in Barcelona and after 5 years working for a multinational, she decided to try her luck in France, in order to improve her level of French. Then he returned to Barcelona and began working in various sectors, the last of them, the education sector, as Executive Assistant and Coordinator of International Seminars.
In languages ​​he is bilingual in English / Spanish, and can communicate without problem in French.