Federico Richardson


Lexidy was founded by Federico Richardson Alborna, an English-speaking lawyer in Spain registered with the Bar Association under number 40.082.

He is a passionate entrepreneur and a creator of change. At Lexidy, he manages customer relationships and coordinates commitments.


We know that dealing with the laws and legal terms can be complex and difficult at times, even more so if you do not know the procedures of the country where you will be staying or investing your money. Our goal as English speaking lawyers in Spain and Portugal is to help you save time and money.

Lexidy Law Boutique SLP is a law firm made up of young and experienced English speaking lawyers in Spain, trained in various fields and with extensive business knowledge that allows our lawyers to explain complex matters in a simple way. We have based our business model on making legal services more efficient and easier for everyone to understand, bearing in mind that legal advice is not something lightly. To ensure that we establish a reliable relationship with us as your English speaking lawyers in Spain, it is clear from our first contact to establish that trust.

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We value our employees and their professional trajectory. We truly believe that the key to success draws on broad cultural backgrounds, industry experience and networks to create the most powerful outcomes for our clients.

Federico Richardson


Federico has helped a diverse base of international investors to do business in Spain with extensive experience in structuring and managing business and projects in companies and real estate. He graduated in law from the University of Navarra and has participated in various companies that have shaped his vision and business skills. As the leader of our team of English-speaking lawyers in Barcelona, ​​he focuses on providing quality service to clients and coordinating firm commitments. Languages: English and Spanish.

Christina Engebak

Managing Director

Christina is originally from Norway and has 15+ years of experience empowering high performance teams and digital models having worked in Consulting Services, Venture Capital, and High-growth companies. Having spent many years in the US and Latin America, she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Finance from Boston College, USA and an MBA from IESE, Spain and in later years has set up and scaled businesses across industries. Christina's role at Lexidy as Managing Director implements Lexidy's vision to provide a superior legal service offering powered by technology, and ensures we reach our goals, run smooth operations and have satisfied stakeholders. Languages: English, Spanish, Norwegian.

Barcelona Office

Laura Fusté

Head of Immigration Department

Laura is from Barcelona. She started her law career with a law degree from the University of Barcelona and since then she has been working in various law firms to develop her career. Laura had the opportunity to spend four months in Nepal as a volunteer, during her studies, which developed her interest in international relations and Immigration Law. Now at Lexidy, she is part of the Immigration Department. She is also a member of the Barcelona Bar Association (ICAB). Languages: Catalan, Spanish and English.

Jose García

Head of Tax Department

José is originally from Galicia, but has been living in Barcelona for the last 20 years. He studied Law at the Pompeu Fabra University. After that, he specialized as an International Tax Advisor, focusing on expat management. He loves helping people who come to Spain to make life easier for them. José has worked at law firms, Big Four, insurance companies, and pharmaceutical companies. Languages: English, Spanish and Catalan.

Maximiliano Agazzi Paulet

Associate - Immigration Department

Max was born in Italy but has lived in Spain for over twenty years. He obtained his law degree from the University of Barcelona and since then has worked to excel as a lawyer and increase his experience. Max thinks the problem-solving aspect is the most exciting part of being a lawyer and he likes to help people. At Lexidy, Max's primary responsibilities are in the Immigration department, while also managing customer relationships. Languages: English, Italian, Spanish and Catalan.

David Planes

Paralegal at Immigration Department

David is a fervent advocate of a globalized and increasingly smaller world without borders. Enthusiastic and eager for new challenges, he does everything he can to bring an exchange of cultures and ideas to Spain. He does not like to focus on the cause of the problems but on the solutions and the fastest way to get results. Graduated in Law in 2018 and in the Master of Advocacy in 2020, after different experiences in different law firms in Barcelona he assists in both the Immigration and Corporate Departments at Lexidy.

Aina Segui


Originally from Mallorca, she came to Barcelona to study Law at the University of Barcelona. After that, she is currently finishing her Advocacy Masters. Aina loves helping people from all over the world, is for that she wanted to travel to the Phillippines as a volunteer for more than one month. Now, Aina has joined the Lexidy Team as a part of the corporate department. Languages: English, Spanish, and Catalan.

Mónica Isern López

Associate - Lawyer Immigration Department

Mònica is from Barcelona and studied Criminology at the University of Barcelona and Law at the Pompeu Fabra University. Between the two university degrees, she spent a year in the United States as an Au Pair, having the opportunity to meet new people, another culture and improve her language skills. Since finishing her studies, he has been working in different law firms with English-speaking lawyers in Barcelona, ​​and has been a member of the Barcelona Bar Association (ICAB), since June 2018. At Lexidy, he is part of the Department Immigration. Languages: Catalan, Spanish, English.

Chloé Pluta-Gillet


Originally from the South of France, Chloé is in the course of obtaining the French Bar title. She graduated from the University of Montpellier with a Master's degree in Business and Tax Law, obtained with honors, and also holds a university diploma in Contract Law. Aware of the importance of the latest European legislative measures for companies, she wrote her Master’s thesis on the implications of GDRP for banking institutions. After a first internship at the legal department of a large pharmaceutical company in Stockholm, she joined Lexidy in Barcelona in order to perfect her Spanish, considering learning a third language as essential to fulfilling her professional project. Languages: French, English and Spanish.

You can contact her directly at chloe.pluta@lexidy.com 

Alejandro Cano

Associate - LLM Abogado ( El Salvador ) Real Estate Lawyer

Alejandro is a registered lawyer in his homeland of El Salvador. He obtained his legal education there and later complemented his studies with two Master’s degrees at the Université Catholique de Lyon, University in France, one in European and International Business Law and another in European and International Trade and Investment Law. Alejandro recently moved to Barcelona and joined Lexidy after an initial four-month training in 2019 and is part of the Real Estate & Litigation Departments while also assisting other areas. Languages: English, Spanish & French

You can contact him directly at: alejandro.cano@lexidy.com

Sergi Mingallon

Tax and accounting specialist

Sergi is originally from Barcelona, he graduated in Economics from Pompeu Fabra University and since then, he has always been working in the tax and accounting department of law firms, managing his own portfolio of clients. His interest in the tax world led him to study for a Master's degree in Tax Consultancy at the UPF-Barcelona School of Management. Passionate about economics, finance, and investment, he is at the service of clients to help them understand the complex world of taxation. Languages: Catalan, Spanish, and English.

You can contact him directly at sergi.mingallon@lexidy.com

Isabel Sánchez

Payroll Specialist - Labour Department

Isabel is from Zaragoza, Spain, she graduated in Industrial Relations from The University of Zaragoza. After living for a few years in different countries such as England, the Czech Republic and Australia, Isbel is now a part of the Labor Department in Lexidy. Methodical and dynamic at the same time,  she helps businesses to take care of their most important asset, their employees, offering advice on compliance with Spanish labour law. She is passionate about people and loves interacting with different cultures so it makes working at Lexidy a perfect fit. Languages: Spanish, English.

You can contact her directly at isabel.sanchez@lexidy.com

Marta Ametller

Legal Trainee

Marta is Spanish of Indian origin; hence she considers herself to be a citizen of the world. Marta has done volunteering programs in India and academic exchange programs in the UK and Chile, which gave her a global thinking perspective. She studied at Pompeu Fabra University, and she is currently pursuing a L.L.M in professional legal practice at the Barcelona School of Management. Very curious and optimistic person by nature. She loves the fact of living during a growing technological and interconnected era and is eager to use the law to solve the different challenges ahead and shape a better future for us all.

You can contact her directly at marta.ametller@lexidy.com 

Martín Rodríguez

Accounting and Tax Specialist

Martín Rodríguez is from Vigo, Galicia and he is 25 years old. Despite being young Martín has worked for two years in an accounting and tax consultancy in Galicia. Martín studied Business Administration at the University of Vigo. At the same time that he is working, he is currently studying for a master's degree in legal advice to companies. Martin has always enjoyed overcoming challenges and finding the best solution. He believes that patience and expertise are the keys to solving any problem.

Carlota Foucault Llopart

Real Estate Specialist

Carlota is from Barcelona, but she comes from a French family. She has obtained her law degree and L.L.M. in Professional Legal Practice from Pompeu Fabra University with a specialisation in Civil and Procedural Law. After graduating, she has worked as a legal intern in different law firms. She considers the exciting challenges that the international environment poses and the opportunity to help people on a daily basis to BE the best parts of working at a law firm like Lexidy. Carlota is currently an intern in the Real Estate Department in Lexidy's Barcelona office. Languages: Spanish, French, Catalan, English.

Madeleine Cadwell

Legal Intern

Madeleine is originally from London, UK, but grew up in Spain. She obtained her Law degree at ISDE in Madrid, has a bi-lingual Masters in International Law and is currently studying the Máster de Acceso a la Abogacía in order to practice in Spain. She has completed a variety of legal courses at different universities, including Columbia University, NY and University of Cambridge, UK and the “Bolsa y otros Mercados Financieros” at the Spanish Stock Exchange. Madeleine is currently learning more through her internship about the legal specialities which interest her, Corporate, Real Estate, and Immigration, while at the same time continuing her private studies in Russian, French and Italian. Languages: English, Spanish, and Catalan.

Madrid Office

Antonio Torres Valdés

Head of Real Estate Department

Antonio considers working with international markets to be the best part of being an English Speaking lawyer in Madrid. Allowing him to know people from all around the globe and enabling to learn different ways of thinking and reasoning. Antonio has a degree in law from the University of Navarra. At Lexidy, he is assisting the Corporate & Real Estate Department with special focus in Immigration Law. He also assists the French desk. Languages: English, Spanish & French. Contact him at t@lexidy.es

You can contact him directly at t@lexidy.com

Héctor Lopez Vazquez

LLM Associate - Corporate Lawyer

Héctor is an Andalusian lawyer. In 2013 he obtained degree in Law at the University of Málaga. He moved from Brighton to Berlin where he completed a European Volunteer Service at the office of the ‘Neue Synagoge Berlin’. Héctor attended a Master in International Commercial Law at the University of Aberdeen whose School of Law ranked 5th in the UK. After graduating with Commendation he transferred to Madrid where he became a member of the Madrid Bar Association (ICAM). Languages: Spanish, English, German and Italian.

You can contact him directly at hector.lopez@lexidy.com

Diego Mendizábal

Head of Litigation Department

Diego Mendizábal is from Bilbao. He obtained his legal education in Madrid and is a registered lawyer there. Since finishing his studies, he has been working for more than 13 years in different law firms, and as in house lawyer for companies and investor funds. At Lexidy, he is Head of the Litigation Department. Languages: German, English, French, Spanish.

You can contact him directly at: diego.mendizabal@lexidy.com

Samuel Ortega Vega


Samuel is originally from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. He studied Political Science and Public Management at Autonomous University of Barcelona and Law at National Distance Education University. He is now combining his Advocacy Master with assisting Corporate, Immigration, and Real State departments altogether at the Madrid office. His main interest is Corporate and Labour law. Languages: Spanish and English

You can contact him directly at samuel.ortega@lexidy.com 

Cristina Negro Vizoso

Associate - Immigration Lawyer

Cristina Negro Vizoso was born in Madrid, and studied Law Degree at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. During the last year of her degree, she studied Law at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. After getting her Advocacy Master and passing the national exam she became a Lawyer, and was admitted in the Madrid Bar Association in 2016. She worked for some years as a litigator and generalist lawyer at a Procedural Law Firm , getting to work in all kind of processes related to both national and European laws, and now she is eager to work on an international and young oriented firm like Lexidy. Languages: Spanish, English & French.

You can contact her at cristina.negro@lexidy.com

Lisbon Office

Gabriel Guimarães Barreto

Senior Associate - Head of Portugal Office

Gabriel understands that the mission of advocacy is to help people realize their projects. His focus is to help his clients to establish themselves in Portugal, since it is a promising destination for business and it enjoys an excellent quality of life. Gabriel has a law degree from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, and currently is a Master's Degree candidate of Corporate Sciences at the University of Lisbon. He has experience in studies and projects in the areas of entrepreneurship and corporate, real estate and immigration law.

You can contact him directly at: gabriel.barreto@lexidy.com

Bettino Zanini

Associate - Immigration Lawyer

Bettino is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has worked as an associate lawyer in Brazil, in litigation and consultancy, notably with civil law, real estate law, intellectual property law, and public law. He has a law degree from Pontificia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), he holds a specialist diploma in Public Law and Regulation from FGV – Rio de Janeiro Law School, and currently is a Master's Degree candidate of Administrative Law at the University of Lisbon. He has been a member of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) since 2011 and a member of the Portuguese Bar Association (OA) since May 2017. At Lexidy, he supports immigration and Corporate Departments. Languages: English, Portuguese & French.

You can contact him at: bettino.zanini@lexidy.com

Barbara Franco

Associate - Corporate Lawyer

Barbara studied Law at the University of Lisbon and she has a Masters in Corporate Law. She recently completed the Corporate Finance and Corporate Governance course at the University of Lisbon. In her early legal career, she practiced banking litigation, insolvency, and debt recovery law. With a pragmatic attitude, she does not shy away from challenging projects and loves to keep on learning about business law innovation and implementation. Languages: Portuguese, English, and Spanish.

You can contact her at barbara.franco@lexidy.com

Joana Mello

Head of Tax Department

Joana is originally from Rio de Janeiro, but has been living in Lisbon for the last 7 years where she completed a Masters Degree in Tax Law, at Universidade Católica Portuguesa. She is specialized in international tax law, focusing on expat management. She loves assisting people who come to Portugal to facilitate their tax matters. Joana has worked at three recognized law firms in Lisbon. Languages: Portuguese, English and Spanish. You can contact her at: joana.mello@lexidy.com

You can contact her at joana.mello@lexidy.com 

Belissa Cunha

Immigration Lawyer

Belissa has a law degree from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro and an LL.M in Corporate Law at IBMEC (Instituto Brasileiro de Mercado de Capitais). She worked on disputes, arbitration and mediation and has specialised on Immigration and Real Estate Law, with significant experience in civil and international migration law. She is passionate about alternative dispute resolutions, human rights and international relations. Languages: Portuguese, English and Spanish. You can contact her at belissa.cunha@lexidy.com

Ana Carolina Lourenço

Associate - Corporate Lawyer

Ana Carolina is a Junior Lawyer from Lisbon, who studied Law at the University of Lisbon. She has a postgraduate degree in Business Law and Health Law, but her specialty is Corporate, Data Protection, and Credit Recovery. During her internship, she got used to working in a challenging and fast-paced environment, dealing with multiple projects and priorities. She is dedicated and enthusiastic, always showing a willingness to help and learn more about the subjects that are addressed to her. Languages: Portuguese, English, and Spanish. You can contact her at ana.lourenco@lexidy.com.”

Marketing Team

Andrii Yeshchenko

Marketing Intern

Andrii was born in Kyiv, Ukraine. After reaching the age of 17, he decided to explore the world and welcome changes in his life. He completed a BA in Journalism and Communication in Warsaw, Poland. He was an Erasmus alumni at the Howest University in Belgium, where Marketing became his passion. His passion to keep learning led him to Spain, where he is currently finishing a Master in Future Marketing. Andrew’s work is focused on people. He aims to apply direct and clear communication with people to bring more value to each shared message. Andrii speaks English, Russian, Polish, and Ukrainian.

You can contact him at andrii.yeshchenko@lexidy.com

Javier García

Marketing Intern

Javier “Xavi” is from Barcelona and currently studying Business and Administration, at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona . He spent a year at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, as an Erasmus student. This was an opportunity to meet new people, another culture and improve his language skills. He’s self-taught and proactive; he set-up an online business by himself. Xavi has experience in digital Marketing, Accountability and Finance. He is the link between the Marketing and Finance departments. He speaks Catalan, Spanish and English.

You can contact him at javier.garcia@lexidy.com 


Alejandro Mañes Andreu

Accounting manager In Spain

Alejandro is from Spain and recently finished a degree in Business Administration and Management at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. He specializes in financial and management control. An organized, orderly, and analytical person who has a goal to contribute his knowledge to the current reality in which we live and achieve the desired successes. Alejandro’s fundamental values are work, effort, and perseverance. On the other hand, he is always in action, driven by curiosity and desire to know more.

You can contact him at alejandro.manes@lexidy.com

Sales Team

Piotr Koronkiewicz

Sales Professional

Piotr is originally from Poland, Warsaw. He has been living in Barcelona for the past 10 years. He graduated from the Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw with a BA degree in Tourism and Recreation Management.  Piotr's many years of experience in the Customer Service and Sales departments helps Lexidy Law Boutique is to connect with clients, be available for them, answer any questions and understand their needs. Piotr speaks English, Spanish and Polish. 

Office managers

Valeryia Shymanovich

Office manager in Barcelona

Valery is from Belarus but after finishing her Bachelor's in Trade Management in Belarussian State Economic University she decided to face new challenges and moved to Spain. She gained a scholarship and studied Digital Marketing and Hospitality. Her passions are event organization and keeping things in order, that is why she is famous as an Office Champion coordinating corporate integration between all the Lexidy centers. Putting people, places and processes in balance and consistency. ¨Seek for constant progress, not perfection¨ she says. Languages: Russian, English, Spanish, Belarusian.

You can contact her at valeryia.shymanovich@lexidy.com 

Stenia Betuncal

Office manager in Lisbon

Sténia studied Marketing and Advertising at Escola Superior de Comunicação Social, in Lisbon. Her experience in the Marketing area includes managing and developing digital content in the e-commerce sector. She previously worked as an Office Manager for a start-up company in the mobility sector, where she discovered her interest in the administrative area. She is used to working in fast-paced environments and is ready to take on any challenges. Sténia is currently fulfilling the role of Office Manager at Lexidy, where she´s developing and reinforcing her knowledge in Corporate Finances. Languages: English and Portuguese. You can contact her at stenia.betuncal@lexidy.com

You can contact her at stenia.betuncal@lexidy.com

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