Álvaro is partner of the Financial Markets practice at Simmons & Simmons. Alvaro joined the Madrid office in May 2000 and became a partner in 2002. Prior to joining the firm, Alvaro worked for 13 years in the legal department of BBVA, previously Argentaria (including five years as head legal counsel of the real estate division of Argentaria). He has also been legal counsel, secretary and member of the board of directors of several subsidiaries of the banking group. Álvaro has extensive experience in banking, financial regulatory, corporate finance, restructuring and distressed debt. Particularly, he has deep understanding of the debt trading and debt restructuring market and has advised major international fund managers and investment banks on debt restructuring/refinancing and debt trading transactions relating to some of the main Spanish real-estate and industrial companies.