Team

Meet your team of economists, real-estate professionals, accountants, and lawyers in Spain.

Lourdes Santisteban

CEO & Co-founder

Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.

– Peter Drucker

Lourdes has a reputation for doing a thousand things at the same time – successfully. She has a background in law and before becoming the CEO of AvaLaw (predecessor of AvaLanding) in 2018, she made a successful career in representing international clients in Spain in the fields of civil law, real estate law, corporate law and litigation.

Raisa Venermo

Co-Founder

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.

– Chinese Proverb

Raisa, originally from Finland, is an entrepreneur and lawyer specialized in foreign investment in Spain. She was working with foreign investors in France and Mexico before settling down to Spain over 15 years ago. In 2007 she founded AvaLaw, the predecessor of AvaLanding. Raisa is a member of the board of directors of the Realtors’ Association of Barcelona, member of the boar of directors of FIABCI Spain, and President of the Legislation and Environment Committee of FIABCI Global for the term 2019-2020.

Alejandro Puyo

Head Tax & Accountancy, lawyer

Death and taxes are the only thing true, but taxes are worse, because death does not happen every year.

– Terry Pratchett

Alejandro has been advising clients from a fiscal, financial, and accounting perspective for more than 20 years. He involve himself in the business of each client, helping them in making informed decisions. Alejandro has a master’s degree in Tax Consultancy. He has developed his career in prestigious international offices such as Clifford Chance & Ernst & Young. Apart from heading the tax and accountancy practice of AvaLanding, he lectures occasionally in a tax Law Masters’ Program in a University in Madrid.

Isabel Palomares

Tax consultant

If I look too passionate, it’s because I care. And if I get strong, it’s because I feel strong. If I push too hard, it’s because things are not happening fast enough.

– Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation

Isabel is a specialist in the international income tax matters and has knowledge of Business Administration. Isabel has worked in all types of organizations, from small businesses to international non-profit organizations, and she is currently a member of the Tax Department of AvaLanding.

Isabel Montero

Accountant

Who looks outside, dreams, who looks inside, awakes.

– Carl Gustav Jung

Isabel studied Business Administration and Finance at UDIMA. She likes a job well done, faces problems as challenges and enjoys what she does. At AvaLanding, Isabel, being a wizard with numbers, works as an executive accountant for our clients.

Inma Diaz

Labour and payroll specialist

Success is not achieved only with special qualities. It is above all a work of perseverance, method and organization.

– J.P. Sergent

Inma studied Labour Relations at the University of Barcelona. She worked in various labour consultancies, the last 10 years as a Head of the Labour Department. She directs the labour and payroll related matters of the clients of AvaLanding.

Anna Gracia

Head Real Estate & Inheritance, lawyer

Your time is limited, do not waste it living the life of another. Have the courage to do what your heart and your intuition tell you.

– Steve Jobs

Anna is an economist and a lawyer specialized in Commercial and Civil Law. After completing her university studies, she prepared for 5 years oppositions to the Judiciary under the supervision of a Magistrate of the Supreme Court of Catalonia, currently in the Supreme Court. This stage allowed her to deepen in everything she learned in the law career. After the oppositions, she re-joined the professional practice and collaborated with different firms, before joining AvaLanding in 2018.

Karla Rosabal

Consultant

I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then.

– Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Karla studied Law at the EHU / UPV, University of the Basque Country, in the north of Spain. She has around 10 years of experience in the hospitality sector. Currently she works as a consultant in the private law department of AvaLanding.

Aki Peltola

Economist

If your goal is anything but profitability – if it’s to be big, or to grow fast, or to become a technology leader – you’ll hit problems.

– Michael Porter

Aki is an international financial management professional and a serial entrepreneur. After completing the international business studies in Finland, work took him to Barcelona. Aki has gathered extensive experience in financial management in multinational companies such as Hewlett Packard and Vueling. He attends the clients in matters such as profitability, financial planning and company valuations.

Dani Valenzuela

Data Analyst

Without deviating from the norm, progress is not possible.

– Frank Zappa

Daniel has a degree in Chemistry and Oenology and an MBA from the IMF Business School. He has a long experience in the wine sector where he has worked in different positions and in different countries, such as the United States, New Zealand, Austria, and Spain. His experience in different positions has allowed him to develop good organizational and execution skills.

Marcos Andrade

Administrative Assistant

If plan A does not work, the alphabet has 25 more letters.

– Claire Cook, Author

Marcos is highly competitive, motivated and an administrative enthusiast with experience working as part of a team in different areas and environments. Very organized and proactive, Marcos provides efficiency and precise administrative assistance to AvaLanding.

Julia Fredriksson

Head Immigration,lawyer

If you cannot explain it in a simple way, you do not understand it well enough.

– Albert Einstein

Julia runs the Immigration Law Department at AvaLanding. After having graduated in Law from the University of Barcelona and with a master’s degree in European Union Law, Julia specialized in International Law and Immigration Law. She is currently one of the most experienced lawyers in Spain in terms of investment residences and in advising corporations regarding hiring or transferring non-EU talent to Spain. During her 10+ years of professional experience, Julia and her team have helped hundreds of clients from different countries to manage their immigration matters in Spain.

Alexandra Sabaté

lawyer

He who ensures the good of others has his own insured.

– Confucius

Alexandra holds a degree in Law and has obtained different Master’s Degrees in International Studies, Immigration Law, as well as courses in Human rights. After graduating from Law School in Barcelona, she completed her studies in the United States in the university of Georgetown and Kaplan. She developed her professional career in the Embassy of Spain in the United States, and in the Organization of American States institutions where she had the opportunity to work daily with the ministers and the Ambassador of Spain. She was also selected to work for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe as an international observer.

Marianela Clinaz

lawyer

Your truth will increase as you know how to listen to the truth of others.

– Martin Luther King

Marianela is a lawyer with an orientation in Public International Law from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has a specialization in Human Rights and is doing a master’s degree in women’s studies, gender, and citizenship. Marianela has dedicated her professional life to the defence of Human Rights, and she has worked with different organizations on issues of migration and refuge. She has participated in several conferences and has written legal publications about Human Rights.

Arturo Padilla

consultant

There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done – All you need is love.

– Lennon-McCartney

Arturo is a lawyer graduated from Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, Venezuela and holds a master’s degree on Corporate Compliance and development of internal regulations. His current work at AvaLanding is multidisciplinary, and he serves as a link between the corporate department and the immigration department.

Cristina Vásquez

Marketing Assistant

The only obstacle to your success is your own imagination.

– Shonda Rhimes

Cristina has a degree in Public Relations and Marketing Management. She also holds a master’s degree in Digital Marketing and Social Media. Cristina has developed her career in different sectors such as technology, fashion, and engineering. She also volunteered at HOP NGO as coordinator of the Hands to Care and Hands to Teach programs among medical students from the United States and Peru.

Angela Uribarri

Office Manager

If everything seems to be under control, it means that you go too slow.

– Mario Andretti, Legendary racing driver

Angela holds a degree in Information and Document Management and has worked in the communication and administration departments of several companies and institutions, including a museum and an international magazine.