Juan Verdugo is a partner in the restructuring and insolvency department. He manages some of the most high-profile insolvency proceedings in Spain, defending the interests of industrial companies, financial institutions, investment banks, insurers, property developers, construction companies, private equity firms and hedge funds.
He has amassed a wealth of experience in refinancing distressed businesses, the purchase and valuation of consumer and mortgage loan portfolios (NPLs), the acquisition of debt from banking syndicates (distressed trading), the purchase of companies or assets subject to insolvency proceedings 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 (loan-to-own). Since 2008, Mr Verdugo has regularly featured in the main international legal directories (IFLR1000, Chambers and Partners), which have stated that his clients regard him as ‘a talented young lawyer who already displays exceptional judgment’ (Chambers Europe 2011) and ‘a valued member’ of the restructuring team (Chambers Global Guide 2012). Since 2011 he has featured in the Best Lawyers guide for insolvency and reorganisation practice. 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 2014 again endorsed Mr Verdugo as ‘up and coming’ in restructuring and insolvency, 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’.
Mr Verdugo is a founding member of the Spanish Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association. He also sits on the World Bank Panel of Experts for the annual reports on ‘Closing a Business and Getting Credit’.