Pinsent Masons has hired Penningtons Manche Cooper’s Head of Banking and Finance in Madrid to join the firm’s finance practice in the Spanish capital.

José Millán Martín will lead the UK-based law firm’s financial services practice in Madrid in November, the firm told International.

Millán Martín’s practice ranges from acquisition finance to corporate, structured, project and asset finance, margin lending, debt refinancing and restructuring.

As a partner at Penningtons Manche Cooper, Millán Martín led the banking and finance team in Madrid for just over a year. Before joining Penningtons in 2021, he worked at EY, Linklaters, Allen & Overy and Uría Menéndez, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Millán Martín’s hiring at Pinsent Masons comes after the company announced this summer the launch of a Luxembourg office, initially focused on financial services. Sixteen lawyers and seven partners joined the Luxembourg office following the firm’s opening of a office in Amsterdam and tax office in Madrid Last year.

“This year marks our fifth anniversary in Spain and we are proud of the progress we have made in supporting our clients across a wide range of industries and disciplines,” said Fernando Gutiérrez, co-director of the Madrid office. “José’s appointment will open up new opportunities for us, allow us to expand our relationships with key clients and strengthen the core capabilities of the team.”