Gonzalo Butori

Gonzalo Butori

Senior Associate

Gonzalo Butori is a Spanish qualified lawyer working with both private and commercial clients, he is fluent in Spanish (his mother tongue), English and Italian.

Gonzalo holds the equivalent of a Master’s Degree from Law Autonomous Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona - Campus of International Excellence - where he undertook a research task titled to the “Ayudas Publicas a Entidades Financieras” (“State Aids to Financial Institutions”) where he critically analysed whether the aids given from the Spanish Government to the Financial Institutions, pursuant the regulation from the European Union, could be considered as State aids or not.

Jointly with the Bar Association of Barcelona (ICAB), the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and the Academy of European Law Gonzalo actively participated in the organisation of the 7th European Jurists Forum, held in Barcelona in April 2013.

On qualification Gonzalo focused on advocacy, drafting legal opinions and notes of advice on a broad range of issues related to Spanish law.  He further developed his advocacy skills playing a major role in trial preparation, drafting pleadings, reviewing evidence and representing clients at trial.

Gonzalo is experienced in drafting legal opinions for English and international law firms on matters of Spanish law, EU law and cross-border jurisdiction.  He advises as part of the Giambrone litigation department on the merits of cases, the prospects of success and potential liabilities and also drafts pleadings, particulars of claim, statements of case and all ancillary activities associated with civil and commercial proceedings at all levels of the Spanish courts, including the Supreme Court in Madrid.

Gonzalo has wide experience in the financial sector prior to joining the firm and primarily advises clients, resident either in the UK and Spain, who have financial interests in either Italy or Spain, with wealth management and associated matters.  

Gonzalo is also experienced in advocacy before all levels of the Spanish courts where he commonly represents clients in complex, high value cross-border probate matters often involving multiple heirs residing in various jurisdictions around the world.  He also, attends and provides representation a mediations and arbitrations both in Spain and the UK.

Gonzalo primarily advises clients, predominantly resident in the UK and Spain, who have financial interests in either Italy or Spain. In addition, he assists with transfer of equity, estate management, acquisition of inherited assets and taxation. He is also actively involved in the firm’s Spanish and South American marketing activities.

Recent Cases:

Representing Mr. C.B., an English businessman before the Court of the First Instance in Marbella against a Spanish developer in connection with an aborted purchase of a €1.2m villa in the Costa del Sol. 

Appearing before the Court of Madrid to defend an Italian company D. S.r.l. in a complex cross-border commercial dispute.

Representing an English client, Mr.C.C, before the high court in Palma in a drugs related criminal case which will come before the Supreme Court in Madrid in 2017 when Gonzalo and Nicholas Emery, from the Barcelona office, will again represent Mr. C.C.   

Advising Ms. V.N. an heir in a widely reported case concerning HMWI of Serbian origin who died intestate in Italy leaving an estate of over €300m located in nine difference jurisdictions.  Ms. V.N., who was born in New Zealand, was domicile in Spain.

Undertaking extensive due diligence on the instruction of a U.S. law firm regarding a real estate portfolio and settle a note of advice for the benefit of a UK insurance company in connection with an £8m. insurance claim.

Advising the UK based heirs of a wealthy businessman who died in Spain on the validity of a holographic will executed in Spain but subject to English law.