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DS Avocats España adds two new partners to its tax and employment departments

18 September 2023

The firm continues to demonstrate its commitment to the Spanish market.

DS Avocats España, the Spanish subsidiary of DS Avocats, has recruited two partners to strengthen its tax and employment practices.

The firm, which has previously focused on advising on financial and corporate transactions, is broadening its range of services and reaffirming its commitment to the Spanish market.

Our aim is to develop our departments and complete our service offering in the same way as our parent firm,” stated David Avilés, Managing Partner of DS Avocats España.

Joining DS Avocats España are María José Dupla, partner in charge of the tax department, and Begoña Vilar, partner in charge of the employment department.

José Dupla has extensive experience in tax matters, which will enable the firm to add tax optimisation to its range of corporate and financial services.

A Doctor of Law and professor at Esade, José Dupla’s professional career has included positions as head of the tax litigation department at Font Economistas y Abogados and head of the tax department at Morera Bargués Asesores.

She is joined by economist Nieves Penades, who has had a long career advising family offices.

The innovative vision and international reach of DS Avocats attracted me from the first moment. I’m looking forward to the challenge of putting my tax experience to work for our clients,” stated María José Dupla.

The new “Labour and Employment” department has been created to meet clients’ needs in the face of increasing legal complexity in hiring and firing, as well as in litigation. To this end, DS Avocats España has recruited Begoña Vilar to head the department.

Begoña Vilar, who has worked at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo and Cuatrecasas, will bring her experience in labour litigation, labour relations, contracts and other aspects of employment law.

Employment is an important piece of the business puzzle. DS Avocats’ clients have been asking for our support and I feel that this is perfectly in line with my new firm’s client-focused approach,” declared Begoña Vilar.

In short, two new areas of intervention that underline the firm’s objective in Spain: to expand and offer its clients global expertise with an international vocation.

Olivier Fages, Chairman of DS Avocats, commented: “Meeting the needs of our clients worldwide and supporting them in their internationalisation process is the first of the objectives we have set for the firm’s development in Spain. We already have fully operational offices in Barcelona and Madrid with a team of 20 professionals. We have also appointed David Avilés, Managing Partner of the firm in Spain, to the Board of our firm worldwide, a sign of the importance of Spain for the future of DS Avocats“.

About DS Avocats

Founded in Paris in 1972, DS brings together nearly 400 business lawyers in a network of 24 offices on 4 continents. As the leading French law firm with an international dimension, DS has a dual expertise in advisory and litigation work and assists its French and foreign clients in all areas of business law, both in France and abroad.

About DS Avocats España

DS Avocats España offers a full range of commercial and financial law services in Madrid and Barcelona. The professionals in the Spanish offices specialise in five main areas, offering in-depth expertise in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, labour law and tax law.
Their clients include Spanish and multinational companies in a wide range of sectors including finance, private equity, infrastructure, internet and new technologies, pharmaceuticals, energy, hotels and restaurants, real estate and retail.

DS Avocats España, a subsidiary of DS Avocats, is strengthening its commitment to the Spanish market by expanding its areas of expertise. The expansion aims to offer clients global expertise with an international outlook. Olivier Fages, President of DS Avocats, emphasises the importance of Spain for the firm’s future, with offices in Barcelona and Madrid and a team of 20 professionals, and welcomes David Avilés to the firm’s worldwide board.


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