Meet our team

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Lourdes Santisteban

Manager Director & Co-founder

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

– Peter Drucker

Lourdes has done a General Management Program by IESE Business School and, before becoming the CEO of AvaLanding in 2018, she made a successful career in representing international clients in Spain as a lawyer and member of the Barcelona Bar Association (ICAB).

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 board 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.

Andrew Yao

Digital Strategy Advisor

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

– Abraham Lincoln

Andrew is a Canadian high tech entrepreneur specializing in enterprise digital transformation and mobile applications. With over 25 years of international experience in the commercial and technical aspects of convergent IT systems and digital sales, Andrew provides leadership for the continued development of an innovative, robust, and secure information technology environment at Avalanding focused on continually improving our clients digital journey.

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.

Inma Muñoz

Head Immigration,lawyer

I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act.

– Bill Gates

Inma runs the Immigration Law Department at AvaLanding. After having graduated in Law from the University of Barcelona, she completed an LL.M. in International & Comparative Law at the George Washington University in Washington DC. Inma has developed her career in Immigration Law in the United States, where she has practiced for 7 years, and in Spain. She has helped hundreds of clients, both individuals and corporations, from different countries to manage their immigration matters.

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.

Vanessa Ferrari

HEAD CORPORATE, Lawyer

Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.

– Winston Churchill

Vanessa, originally from Brazil, is a lawyer specialized in corporate and M&A. She likes keeping things simple, as she believes that law is a language that should be accessible to everyone, not only for lawyers. Previously she has developed her career in the legal department of great international companies and has also worked as an autonomous lawyer. Vanessa has 2 masters ‘degrees (Corporate Law and Contracts) and has also studied an executive MBA.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cristina Vásquez

Marketing Assistant

The only obstacle to your success is your own imagination.

– Shonda Rhimes

Cristina it’s currently completing an MBA Future Leaders. She 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 Perú.

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.

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.

Dimon Bortnyk

Financial accountant

The most stable thing in life is the change.

– Heráclito

Dimon holds a degree in Finance and Accounting at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. He has specialized in financial accounting. Endorsed by a wide professional career as CFO in chemical sector carried out a controlling task, risk management, return on capital and financial strategies.

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.

Isabel Venegas

Landing Strategist

Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.

– Winston Churchill

Isabel, originally from Chile, is a lawyer and a certified Legal Project Manager and Legal Design Expert with a Master’s degree in International Business Law from ESADE. She has more than ten years of experience as a legal advisor and strategist for multinational companies in the real estate, mining, construction and M&A sectors. As an innovation seeker, Isabel’s practice has mainly focused on business development and legal operations for law firms, alternative legal service providers and technology companies in Spain and Latin America.

Sofia Miranda

immigration Assistant

Miracle is another word for hard work.

– Kang Tae Joon

Sofia has been living and studying in different countries such as USA and Honduras. She is fluent in English and is learning Korean. She really likes helping people and her main goal is to make their arrival in Spain as pleasant as possible. Sofia is a creative person and has studied illustration at Joso School in Barcelona.

Juan Diego Muñoz

Real Estate Consultant

Victory comes from finding opportunities in problems.

– Sun Tzu

Graduated in law in the International University in La Rioja, Juan Diego is an expert consultant specialized in Real Estate law, negotiations and investments. He was the legal in-house manager of a leader real estate office in Marbella, advising top tier companies. During his career he has earned three national awards and uses to participate in forums and local press. His love for cars and race world gave him the opportunity to work for years in his youth in official events of a renowned car brand and F1 in Spain as their secretary for Andalucía region.

Fiona Sitbon

IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT

If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don´t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.

– Steve Jobs

Fiona is originally from France, where she studied law at the University Paris Est. She completed her studies with a master specialized in European Law. Over the past few years, she worked in legal departments of several companies and law firms.

Work took her to Barcelona, Spain where she has been working in the immigration field for the last years.