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Lluis Esquerra

Lluis Esquerra



  • Banking
  • Commercial Law

WSG Practice Industries


WSG Leadership

Banking & Finance Group
IBA Group
Life Sciences Group
Mergers & Acquisitions Group
Lluis joined Garrigues (then known as Arthur Andersen Asesores Legales y Tributarios) in 1988, where he began his career as a lawyer. After 1989 he joined the newly formed corporate/M&A and commercial law department in Barcelona.
His legal work has encompassed myriad areas of corporate law, including corporate advisory services, mergers, acquisitions and reorganisations, commercial contracts, joint ventures and the securities market, both within the jurisdiction of Spain and internationally. He has also worked in the field of companies and public services, and has handled privatisations for various government agencies.
His principal clients are from the financial services, life sciences and chemicals industries and, as a specialist in corporate/commercial law, he is managing partner of the Garrigues Life Sciences and Health in Barcelona.
He has also experience on carbon finance and emissions trading law, with a special emphasis on transactions aimed at reducing greenhouse gases. He has provided legal advice on these matters to both public organisations and private companies, including carbon funds

Joined firm:1988, Barcelona

Bar Admissions

Barcelona Bar Association.


Law Degree from Universidad de Barcelona, 1986.
Post-graduate courses in European Law from Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona, 1987.
Areas of Practice

Banking | Commercial Law



  • Climate Change Legislation. Key Issues for the Electricity Industry*. UNESA, Madrid 2001.
  • Electricity and Climate Change in Spain. UNESA, Madrid, February 2001.
  • 1st Pharmaceuticals Industry Seminar. Garrigues Pharma, Barcelona, March 2001.
  • Business Strategies to Face Climate Change*. Caixa Catalunya, Barcelona, September 2001.
  • 2nd Pharmaceuticals Industry Seminar*. Garrigues Pharma, Barcelona, December 2001.
  • 1st Course on Climate Change and Emissions Trading*. Spanish Energy Club, Madrid, January 2002.
  • 3rd Pharmaceuticals Industry Seminar*. Garrigues Pharma, Barcelona, July 2002.
  • 4th Pharmaceuticals Industry Seminar*. Garrigues Pharma, Barcelona, November 2002.
  • Worldwide Climate Change Policies*. Department of the Environment at bank Caixa Catalunya, Barcelona, January 2003, Barcelona, January 2003.
  • Advisory Services on Investing in Technology Companies*. CIDEM Lunches, Barcelona, January 2003.
  • Venture Capital in Funding for University Spin-Offs. Legal Advice on Investing in Technology Companies*. Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, June 2003.
  • Seminar on the Creation of University Technology Companies*. Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra, June 2003
  • Implications for Companies of the EU Emissions Trading Directive*. Conference on Climate Change by the Catalan Institute of Energy, Barcelona, October 2003
  • 5th Pharmaceuticals Industry Seminar*. Garrigues Pharma, Barcelona, November 2003
  • Emissions Allocation Plan*. European Center for Business Development, Madrid, May 2004
  • The New Legislation on the Special Energy Production Regime*. Garrigues, Barcelona, June 2004
  • 6th Pharmaceuticals Industry Seminar*. Garrigues Pharma, Barcelona, July 2004
  • National CO2 Allocation Plan*. Saypower, Barcelona, September 2004
  • Introduction to Emissions Trading Application Instruments*. Spanish Energy Club, Madrid, September 2004
  • Garrigues Pharmaceuticals Forum, 1st Edition*. Garrigues Pharma, Barcelona, March 2005
  • Emissions Trading and Other Flexibility Mechanisms*. Recoletos, Madrid, March 2005
  • Conference on CO2 Emissions*. ASCER, Castelln, April 2005
  • Legal Framework for Emissions Trading*. Energy Managers Group, Barcelona, June 2005.
  • Carbon Contracts*. Madrid Autonomous Community Government, Madrid, July 2005.
  • Garrigues Pharmaceuticals Forum, 2nd edition*. Garrigues Pharma, Barcelona, June 2006.
  • Climate Change and Legislation*. Barcelona Bar Association, Barcelona, October 2006.
  • Meeting on the New Law on Safeguards and Rational Use of Medicines*. Garrigues Pharma, Madrid, October 2006.
  • Conference of the Mortgage Reform. The Reform of Finance for LBO and Venture Capital Transactions*. Barcelona Bar Association, February 2007.
  • Garrigues Pharmaceuticals Forum, 3rd edition*. Garrigues Pharma. Barelona, June 2007.
  • 1st Meeting on Climate Change*, Garrigues/Garrigues Environment. Madrid/Barcelona, January 2007.
  • Climate Change Conference*. Lleida, March 2007.
  • Conference on Climate Change and Flexible Mechanisms*. CECOT, Terrassa, May 2007.
  • Conference on IPOs*. IESE-Inforpress, Barcelona, June 2007.
  • Seminar on Emissions Trading and Flexibility Mechanisms*. Recoletos, Madrid, June 2007.
  • Norton Rose CDM Workshop*. Norton Rose, London, September 2007.

    Organization of the Garrigues Legal Forum:
  • 1st Garrigues Legal Forum. Directors' Liability in the Spanish Corporations Law*. Barcelona, July 2003.
  • 2nd Garrigues Legal Forum. The New Insolvency Law*. Barcelona, December 2003.
  • 3rd Garrigues Legal Forum. The New Arbitration Law*. Barcelona, May 2004.
  • 4th Garrigues Legal Forum. Introduction to International Accounting Standards*. Barcelona, January 2005.
  • 5th Garrigues Legal Forum. The Use of Electronic Media within Corporate Bodies*. Barcelona, April 2006.
  • 6th Garrigues Legal Forum. Unsettled Issues in the Law on Groups*. Barcelona, November 2007

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