Legal solutions for French-speaking companies with interests in Spain

Historically, and for reasons of geographic proximity, the relations between Spain and France have always been very close. The volume of trade between France and Spain has not stopped growing in recent years and today France is the first business partner of Spain, its first customer and its second supplier.

Nearly 1.300 French companies are currently based in Spain, most of them in the automotive, retail, agri-food and construction sectors. Just as many Spanish companies have been established in France in the form of subsidiaries, branches and stores in the real estate, energy and textile industries.

The attractiveness of Spain is backed by the superior qualifications of its workforce, the quality and modernity of its infrastructures and its excellent relationship with Latin America. To these factors we can add its strong economic growth that it is experiencing today.

The opportunities for French companies in the Spanish market are not limited only to strongly developed sectors such as chemical, logistics or automotive industries. The growth and excellence of the country offer new magnificent opportunities in rapidly developing sectors such as biotechnology, health, ICTs, renewable energies or aeronautical, agro-food and environmental industries.

The French Department of Mariscal & Abogados was created to strengthen the links that by history and geography have always existed between France and Spain.

We offer legal advice in French both to French companies with interests in the Spanish market and to Spanish companies with commercial interests in France.

The French Desk is co-directed by Belén Crego and Nicolás Melchior.

Belén Crego

With a double degree in Spanish and French Law, Belén has graduated from the Compultense University in Madrid and the prestigious Panthéon- Sorbonne University in Paris. She has worked as a legal advisor in different French multinational companies, where she has gained extensive experience in the areas of commercial contracts, corporate law, procedural law and labor law, among others.

Belén´s academic and professional career has forged her French-speaking profile that allows her to meet the needs of the French community and offer the most appropriate legal solutions for each case.

Belén Crego | Mariscal Abogados
Nicolás Melchior | Mariscal Abogados


Educated internationally, Nicolás studied Law at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. He joined Mariscal & Abogados in 2011, where he has specialized in the areas of international commercial contracts, e-commerce and new technologies. Nicolás Melchior is fluent in French, German and English.

With Belén Crego and Nicolás Melchior the firm has been able to successfully create and develop a department that is vital to satisfy the legal needs of its French clientele, with special emphasis on the strengths that characterize the firm, personalized attention and outstanding, quality.


The team of native and bilingual professionals directed by Belén Crego and Nicolás Melchior, acts jointly and transversally with regard to various expertise areas of the office. The department, composed of lawyers with extensive experience in comprehensive legal advice in the francophone market, has the added value of a deep knowledge of French business culture.

The education and qualifications of our team enable us to offer a full range of services in an agile way, respond to our clients’ expectations and to offer the highest quality in our legal advisory services in all areas of law in Spain.