Francisco Bengoetxea

(+34) 91 576 19 00
Real Estate
Urban Planning


Francisco is a partner in the Finance and Real Estate Department of the Madrid office. He joined the Firm as a partner in 2011 after having practised at Uría Menéndez in its Real Estate, Environment and Planning Department since 2002. Previously Francisco worked at the architecture firm Ezquiaga Arquitectura Sociedad y Territorio, S.L., led by José María Ezquiaga Domínguez, Professor at the School of Architecture of Madrid and current Dean of the Architecture Official College of Madrid.

His work has focused mainly on urban development, real estate, environmental, government/public sector law and litigation: he advises private and public sector clients in a wide range of matters including the processing of documents for urban development, zoning and management, he participates in proceedings to safeguard the legality of urban developments, drafts and negotiates agreements to acquire plots to carry out residential, commercial, office and logistics projects, including the drafting of due diligence reports. Likewise, he leads the sale and purchase of asset or debts with mortgage portfolios, managed by the most relevant Spanish servicers.

He has broad experience in developing legal reports about environmental subjects: permits and authorisations, environmental impact evaluation and plans and programmes evaluation. Francisco also leads contentious-administrative appeals in matters of sanctions, expropriations, authorisations, permits, orders to shut down and against urban development planning and management documents. He participates on the legal defence regarding civil proceedings on real estate, environmental and planning issues: contractual resolutions, claims for payment or urban encumbrances.

It should be highlighted his experience in the development and financing of renewable energy projects and industrial projects on land non suitable for development, his advice on management of contaminated plots, urban developments and compensation boards, including the sale of plots reserved to finance the urbanization costs. He advises on the acquisition of Public authorities assets: public tenders, reversionary rights, registry regularization, etc.


  • Magister in Environmental Law, Instituto Universitario de Ciencias Ambientales, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2013.
  • Masters Degree in Territorial and Urban Development Policy, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 2001.
  • Diploma in Urban Development, Escuela Vasca de Estudios Territoriales y Urbanos, 2000.
  • Law Degree, University of the Basque Country, 1999.



Professor in:

  • Master's Programme in Sustainable Urban Development and Urban Policies. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
  • Master's Degree in Urban Development and Territory Planning from CEU Business School.
  • Master's Degree in International Law from the Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía.
  • Honorary Professor of Government/Public Sector Law, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2010).

Francisco regularly participates as a speaker in legal seminars and conferences related to his professional expertise.



  • “Risks in acquiring properties from Public authorities”. In: Diario La Ley 8.698, 2016.
  • “The Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court supports the valuation scheme of the Spanish Land Act. Expropriation valuation of land deemed suitable for building and general supra-municipal systems for creating cities”. In: Diario La Ley No. 8,472, 03-02-2015.
  • “The Constitutional Court establishes the foundations of the future of land market”. In: Expansion, 02-02-2014.
  • “Procedural ways to claim for urban development fees to third party purchasers in cooperation and compensation systems: civil jurisdiction, arbitration and nature of the planning easements”. In: Journal Law No. 8380, 2014.
  • “Who pays the pending development expenses”. In: Cinco Días, 2013.
  • “Urban development and environmental effects of the Constitutional Court judgement, of 13 December 2012, finding unconstitutional and void the Eighth Additional Rule of Legislative Decree 1/2005, 10 June, which approves the Murcia Land Consolidated Act”. In: Revista de Derecho Urbanístico y Medio Ambiente nº 284, 2013.
  • “The owner of land for development that renounces to engage in urban transformation will be expropriated at rural land value (clarification to the third transitional provision of the Spanish Land Law)”. In: Diario La Ley nº 8.138, 2013.
  • “The Higher Court of Madrid supports the first significant rezoning of the City Council of Madrid”. In: Revista de Derecho Urbanístico y Medioambiente, 2012.
  • “The myth of land valuation under the Spanish Land Act”. In: Expansión, 2012.
  •  “Condominiums: A save investment”. In: Expansión, 2011.
  • “Sale and lease back of buildings owned by Public authorities”. In: Diario La Ley, 2011.
  • “The sufficiency of water resources and effects on new urban development”. In: Circular de Urbanismo de Uría Menéndez, 2011.
  • “Effects of Catalonian high court case law on the installation of wind farms and photovoltaic plants on land deemed unsuitable for building”. In: Revista de Derecho Urbanístico y Medioambiente, 2010.
  • “The execution of renewable energy projects in rural areas of the Canary Islands”. Co-authored with Jesús Sedano and Ruyman Torres". In: El Consultor de los Ayuntamientos y de los Juzgados, 2010.
  • “The new Andalusian regulations on urban development”. El País, 2010.
  • “A study of recent case law in urban planning”. In: Revista de Derecho Urbanístico y Medioambiente, 2009.
  • “Aeronautical easements and their implementation in territorial and urban development zoning regulations”. Co-authored with Antonio Gómez Cid. In: El Consultor de los Ayuntamientos y de los Juzgados, 2009.
  • “New features in the expiration of urban development permits”. El País, 2009.
  • “Regulation of loss-making residential developments”. In: Manual sobre Derecho Urbanístico de Cataluña. Several authors. Madrid: La Ley, 2009.
  • “A study of recent case law in urban planning”. In: Revista de Derecho Urbanístico y Medioambiente, 2008.
  • “Real estate valuation criteria for certain financial purposes”. In: Circular de Urbanismo de Uría Menéndez, 2008.


  • Biscay Bar Association (Ilustre Colegio de Abogados del Señorío de Vizcaya).
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI).