About Me

I am a partner and head in Bird & Bird's Corporate and M&A department in the Madrid office.

I specialise in the life sciences, tech & comms and retail & consumer sectors with a business oriented and hands-on approach.
I advise institutional and industrial clients on complex national and cross-border transactions such as LBOs, MBOs/MBIs/BIMBOs, joint ventures, majority or minority stakeholdings, share deals and asset deals.

I advise venture capital, business angels and other investors, as well as targets and start-ups on financing rounds and investments throughout their lifecycle and also offer particular expertise in transactions with a strong real estate element, as well as in corporate restructuring, from mergers to spin off, and debt restructuring.

With a very hands on and problem solving approach, my main objective is adding value to our clients in their deals and negotiations, offering a profound legal technical knowledge and a wide sector expertise, and always engaging in fairness and empathy in the professional spectrum.

As head of the Corporate and M&A team in our Madrid office, I manage the department and team structure with the main objective of creating an integrated and collaborative team with both my clients and my colleagues. I regularly coordinate, together with our team, multiple departments across different jurisdictions when dealing with cross-border transactions.

Through our One Firm approach, I am able to offer our clients automation software for document production and project management and I bring effectiveness into our due diligences and integrations as a key aspect of our M&A transactions and deals.

In essence, I really enjoy what I do!

I speak fluent Spanish and English.


  • UNED (Universidad Nacional de Educación a distancia), Degree in Law
  • Saint Louis University, Bachelor Degree of Science in Business Administration


  • Madrid's Bar Association
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Clients highlight Lourdes Ayala's 'productive and no-nonsense handling of questions', noting 'she is naturally smart and is so fast in her thinking that she's always one step ahead of what's going on'.

Chambers Global 2018

Lourdes Ayala 'is naturally smart and is so fast in her thinking that she's always one step ahead of what's going on'.

Chambers Europe 2018

Lourdes Ayala is 'technically very good' and has a 'problem-solving mentality'.

Chambers Global 2017

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