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Juan Verdugo is a partner in the firm’s restructuring and insolvency department. One way or another he is currently advising hedge funds, investors and banks on the buy-side and sell-side of the foremost NPLs and REOs deals marketed in Spain during 2015 and 2016 (Amazona, Commander, Castle, Wind, Formentera, Babieca, Baracoa), successfully closing a number of them. He has amassed a wealth of experience in refinancing distressed businesses, the acquisition of debt from banking syndicates, the purchase of distressed companies and assets and defending clients in asset clawback actions. Also worth noting is his experience in the area of cross-border insolvencies and in advising foreign investors on bids to acquire a controlling stake in distressed companies through loan-to-own tools. Since 2008, Mr Verdugo has regularly featured in the main international legal directories, which have stated that his clients regard him as ‘a talented young lawyer who already displays exceptional judgment’ (Chambers Europe 2011). More recently, clients have lauded his ‘strong leadership skills and ability to handle complex deals’, focusing on his ability to ‘fight for the client and […] making a name for himself ’ (Chambers Global Guide 2013). Chambers Global Guide 2015 again endorsed Mr Verdugo, gathering positive feedback from clients who reveal that he is ‘communicative, and has helped in a way that not many lawyers do. He really lays down the legal landscape for us to understand’. He also sits on the World Bank Panel of Experts for the annual reports on ‘Closing a Business’ and ‘Getting Credit’.