Chairman of ULI, Independent Strategic Advisor to JLL Spain, Secretary of the Board of Directors of AEDAS Home
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Alfonso Benavides is an expert in real estate industry, coming from a legal background with Clifford Chance. Over his 26 years at Clifford Chance, he advised in many aspects of investment (structuring, design, funding, etc.), financing (including refinancing and restructuring), developing and redeveloping, different classes of real estate assets, both commercial (offices, retail and leisure schemes, hotels, logistics and industrial) and residential (particularly, the acquisition of large portfolios of residential units, as well as performing and not performing resi-backed loans and REOs). He was the Global Head of Real Estate of Clifford Chance for 6 years, starting at the time of the biggest worldwide correction in the financial industry and the real estate sector, and also sat at Clifford Chance Executive Committee for 4 years.
In late 2016, he started a new phase in his career. He is currently an independent Strategic Advisor to JLL Spain, and the Secretary of the Board of Directors of AEDAS Homes. He is the Chairman of Urban Land Institute Madrid Council and a senior professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Commercial Property – Investment and Financing.
Alfonso became a qualified lawyer at the C.E.U. Luis Vives (Universidad Complutense), in Madrid, and received his bilingual L.L.M. in European Union Law Civil (Institut d’Études Européens – Free University of Brussels), in Brussels (Belgium). He is a regular lecturer at Instituto de Empresa, and has been a speaker in conferences and roundtables in Spain, Europe and Asia.