Jose Antonio Sánchez Dafos

Partner
Madrid
  • Plaza de la Independencia 6
  • 28001 Madrid
  • Spain
Profile Experience

José Antonio Sánchez-Dafos, a partner in the Corporate Department, focuses his practice on private equity transactions and venture capital investments in Spain and Portugal as well as cross-border mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures.

Mr. Sánchez-Dafos regularly advises major global and local private equity funds on transactions in the Spanish and Portuguese markets, with experience acting for both sponsors and management teams.

Mr. Sánchez-Dafos also represents UK, US, and Asia-based companies in complex, cross-border M&A and joint venture transactions in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America. He has developed deep experience advising clients active in the following sectors:

  • Energy
  • Entertainment, sports, and media
  • Hospitality, gaming, and leisure
  • Life sciences
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional football (soccer)
  • Real estate
  • Retail

Mr. Sánchez-Dafos previously served as Local Chair of the Corporate Department in Madrid. He is currently a member of the Associate and Technology Committees.

Mr. Sánchez-Dafos’ representative experience includes advising:

Private Equity
  • Oaktree Capital in the sale of HealthCare Activos Inmobiliarios to Altamar Capital, a healthcare real estate company
  • Aelca Desarollos Immobiliarios, in its acquisition by Via Célere SL, a Spain-based real estate company specializing in development, investment and management of residential assets and a portfolio of US-based private equity firm, Varde Partners 
  • Sun European Partners in the sale of Famosa, Spanish toy designer, manufacturer and distributor, to the Italian competitor Giochi Preziosi 
  • Enagás, along with The Blackstone Group and GIC Private, in the acquisition of Tallgrass Energy Holdings and 44% stake in Tallgrass Equity, owners and developers of midstream energy assets
  • Bridgepoint in the internal sale of a portfolio company to a newly-formed Bridgepoint fund
  • Sun Capital on the sale of its chemical subsidiary Elix Polimers to Sinochem
  • TA Associates in the disposal of the majority of the share capital of a portfolio company in Spain
  • Teijin Limited in the acquisition of Inapal Plasticos SA, a Portugal-based manufacturer of plastic parts for the automotive sector
  • Fosun Industrial in a 20% investment in Grupo Osborne, a Spanish producer of wine, spirits, pork, and other Iberian products*
  • Ceberus in the MBO of Immoglaciar Homes, a leading Spanish real estate developer*
  • Realza Capital in the MBO of Secom Iluminación, a technical lighting systems manufacturer based in Murcia, Spain*
  • CVC Capital Partners on the €5.36 billion sale of Quironsalud, an operator of medical centers, to HELIOS Kliniken GmbH*
  • Bridgepoint in several auction sale processes, including for its portfolio company SAPEC, a Spanish electronics manufacturer*
  • Real estate company Aelca in connection with the entry into its share capital of Värde Partners*
  • Nazca Capital in:
    • The buildup and MBO of Santa Gloria, Papizza, and Taberna de Volapié, three major Spanish restaurant chains*
    • The acquisition by Telefónica España S.A.U. of the whole share capital of Acens Technologies, S.L., a Spanish cloud services company*
    • The sale of Hedonai, a Spanish health and beauty company, to Vousse*
  • Hoist in the acquisition of a debt portfolio of €4 million*
  • CVC Capital Partners in the sale of Quiron Group (Hospitals) to Fresenius Hellos*
  • PartnerRe Capital Markets in the acquisition of Best Doctors Underwriting Iberia from Best Doctors Services*
Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Telefónica in a major carve out of all of its Central American telecom assets (Panamá, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica) for €2.4 billion
  • An Asia-based investor in the acquisition of a Spanish First Division football club*
  • Graphic Packaging International in the acquisition of Norgraft, a leading folding carton producer based in Spain*
  • UTC Aerospace in the sale of a 40% stake in CESA, an aerospace systems company, to Airbus*
  • Vodafone on the purchase of Ono, a Spanish broadband communication and entertainment company, for €7.4 billion*
  • Renault in its JV with Ferrovial for its car-sharing service in Madrid*
  • Crompton Greaves in the sale of ZIV Aplicaciones y Tecnología S.L., a Spanish company specialized in electrical systems to Alfanar*
  • DS Smith Plc in the acquisitions of Andorrana de Cajas de Cartón Ondulado SA (Andopack) and Laninver, two Spanish packaging producers*
  • Dentsu Aegis in the acquisition of:
    • RPM Racing and its subsidiaries RPM Events, Aventurismo, and Alesport*
    • A 51% stake of Actividades de Ocio y Educación, S.L. and Naturglobal, S.L.*
    • A 20% stake in Mediasal 2000, S.A.*
    • Stakes in Spanish digital independent agencies Ymedia S.L. (51%) and Wink Transforming Through Digital (31.8%)*
  • Pfizer in the sale of the global infusion therapy business to ICU Medical*
  • Pfizer in the sale of Hospira Productos Famaceuticos y Hospitalarios to ICU Medical Netherlands*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

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