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ABOUT THE FIRM

With over 40 years of professional experience, Balcells Group provides legal advice to individuals, companies, investors, immigration agencies and other intermediary agents.

Our way of working is the result of the integration of several generations of lawyers that offer a balanced vision based on experience and modernity, covering a wide range of specialties in all legal fields and all aspects of professional work.

We speak Spanish, English, Catalan and Russian.

We are ready to help you!

About The Firm

Multidisciplinary legal office, working for more than 40 years with national and international clients to help them solve their immigration, tax and business related issues in Spain and Andorra.
We are ready to help you!
“We make it happen.”

Cristian Balcells Navarro

CEO / FOUNDER BALCELLS GROUP

He is in charge of ensuring the union of all and keeping the energy of the team high. As a native of Barcelona, Cristian studied at the prestigious ESADE law school and also at the London School of Economics. He started doing internships in Geneva for the UN, specifically in the Human Rights Commission and also in the company SOLVAY IBERICA. Later, given his entrepreneurial nature, he started BALCELLS GROUP and INMIGRATION SPAIN. A lot of charisma, positive attitude and decisive character.

Marta Lamora

Legal department

Raised in the city of Barcelona, Marta graduated in Law from Universidad Pompeu Fabra, and completed her Master de Abogacia in the same college. She has previously worked multinational law firms, in various fields, and now specialises in Civil Law. She is fluent in Catalan, Spanish and English.
“Liberty is the right to do what the law permits.”
– Charles de Montesquieu
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
– Mark Twain

Jose Rodriguez

corporate department/ Accountancy

A native of Madrid, Jose has a Business Management degree, as well as a Master’s in International Business Management from ICEX-CECO. He has had considerable experience working in accountancy and other fields, for various multinationals. He is currently a part of the Accountancy & Business department at Balcells Group. Jose is fluent in both Spanish and English.

Carme Llobet Lorenzo

corporate department / Accountancy

A true Barcelona native, Carme was born and brought up in this city. She is a graduate from Universidad de Barcelona, with a degree in Licenciado en Economia and has 20 years of experience working in this field. Over her illustrious career, Carme has worked for various multinationals and is now a senior member of Balcells Group, working as a Tax and Accountancy specialist. Carme is fluent in Catalan, Spanish and English
“Mucha gente pequeña en lugares pequeños, haciendo cosas pequeñas pueden cambiar el mundo”
– Eduardo Galeano
“THE VOLUME OF YOUR VOICE DOES NOT INCREASE THE VALIDITY OF YOUR ARGUMENT.”
Steve Maraboli

Gonzalo García-Monclús

legal department

Gonzalo is from Barcelona and has a law degree from the University of Barcelona and a Master’s degree in law from the University of Malaga in conjunction with the Malaga Bar Association. In addition to a great charisma, he has 3 years of experience in the sector and is very versatile in Balcells group as he handles cases of both foreigners and civil, commercial and even criminal. He speaks fluent Spanish, Catalan and English.

ALICIA ARRUA

INMIGRATION DEPARTMENT

Alicia is from Paraguay and has been living in Barcelona for 5 years. She has a law degree from the Catholic University in Asunción, as well as, a Master degree in Corporate Finance Law from the University of Westminster, London and a Postgraduate course in Compliance from the Pompeu Fabra University. Alicia has previously worked in international law firms, in the fields of corporate and immigration law. She is fluent in Spanish and English.
“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”
– GEore lorimer
“TRY NOT TO BECOME A PERSON OF SUCCESS, BUT RATHER TRY TO BECOME A PERSON OF VALUE.”
albert einstein

Yelena Ishnyakova

Inmigration department

Yelena is from Kazajistán and living in Barcelona for more than 10 years. She has a degree in Arts and Humanities (Grado en Artes y Humanidades) and also a Master degree from Barcelona EAE Business school. Yelena has great experience in the business area and handles immigration cases in our law firm. She speaks native Russian-Spanish, fluent in English and Catalan.

laesa bokoko

Immigration Department

Born in Valencia with origins in Equatorial Guinea, she studied law at the University of Valencia and took a master’s degree in access to the legal profession at the University of Alicante. She has postgraduate degrees in labor and economic criminal law. He has worked in several law firms, with experience in various fields. She speaks Spanish, English and Valencian.

“It always seems impossible until it’s done”.
– Nelson Mandela

“think globally, act locally.”
– patrick geddes

ALEXANDRA KOSTROMITINA

administration

Born in Russia, Alexandra has been living in Spain for 8 years. She has a diploma in International Relations in Moscow and a degree in translation and interpretation. Currently, she is in charge of the administrative tasks of Balcells Group and of attending to the clients so that they feel as comfortable as possible with us. She is fluent in Russian, Spanish, English and has notions of Catalan and French.

Ana Pereira

Administration

Ana is from Ecuador, she came to Spain to pursue a Master in International Studies on Media, Power and Difference at Pompeu Fabra Univesity. She also has 10 years of experience working as a Translator and Interpreter, with near-native like skills in English. Ana works for the Administrative department here at Balcells, and is the liasion between the client and our consultants.

Hard Work Pays Off“.
– ray bradbury

“So absurd and fleeting is our passage through this world, that it only leaves me calm to know that I have been authentic, that I have managed to be as close to myself as possible”

– frida kahlo

beatriz lategui

immigration department

Beatriz is from Pamplona, has a degree in Social Work (2014) and Law (2018), and has a Master’s Degree in Access to the Legal Profession (2020), all taken at the Public University of Navarra. She has social experience in centers for minors in situation of unprotection of the Government of Navarra (2018-2020) and legal experience, working as a lawyer in a generalist office in Pamplona (2019-2022) handling matters of Aliens, Criminal and Juvenile Law and Family Law, mainly; and as a volunteer legal advisor in matters of Aliens in an NGO in Pamplona (2018-2022). She has lived outside Spain twice (Italy, 2013 and Mexico, 2017) and is fluent in Spanish and English, also has notions of Italian. 

Alejandro Pérez

Immigration lawyer

Born in Almería, Alejandro obtained his Law Degree from the Pablo de Olavide University in Seville in 2015. Trained in Immigration Law at the Escuela Superior de Práctica Jurídica (CEFOEC) in Seville during 2017, he has dedicated his entire career to practice as a specialized legal advisor regarding Spanish residency options and citizenship. Among his linguistic skills, he is a native Spanish speaker and fluent in English and Italian.

“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace”.
– Confucious

“ACTION PRECEDES MOTIVATION.”
– robert j mckain

gerard martínez

marketing department

Gerard has a degree in Business Administration and Management from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, as well as a Master in Digital Traffic Management. His career in the world of Marketing began as a freelance while he was studying. After several years of experience in other sectors, he decided to enter the legal world to join the Balcells Group team. He is in charge of finding people to help, making sure that we bring the maximum value possible. He is fluent in Spanish, Catalan and English.

Natasha Dilena

Administration

Born in Florida, USA, Natasha has 3 years of experience in Customer Service helping customers from all over the world. She arrived in Spain at the age of 11 and has been living here ever since. She speaks native English, Spanish and has some knowledge of Catalan.

“Do with fear what you wouldn’t do because of fear”.
– Anonymous

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”
– African proverb

Jaime Nateras

Tax department

Born in Malaga, Jaime graduated in Law from the University of Granada and completed a double Master’s Degree in Access to the Legal Profession with the Illustrious College of Bizkaia and Tax Consultancy at the University of Deusto. He has one year of experience in the tax area in Biscayan Foral regulations. She is fluent in Spanish and English.

Marina Lozano

Immigration Department

Born in Alicante, Marina is a double graduate in Law and Criminology from the University of Alicante, having completed an Erasmus during her last university year in Warsaw (Poland). She later completed the Master of Access to Law at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and her eagerness to learn makes her want to continue training in different fields of Law. She has experience in several immigration procedures as well as in Labor Law, Criminal Law and Civil Law. She is fluent in Spanish, English, Valencian and has some knowledge of French.

“When we are able to know ourselves, we are rarely wrong about our destiny.”.
– Germaine de Staël

 

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”
– African proverb

Inés Molina

Immigration department

Inés graduated in Law at the University of Murcia (2018) and completed her Master’s Degree in Access to the Legal Profession (2020) at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Following a social vocation she graduated in Social Work (2022) at the Universidad Nacional de Estudios a Distancia. She has experience in a general law firm in Murcia, where she handled immigration issues, as well as in a tax and administrative consultancy in Barcelona. She has also collaborated as a volunteer legal advisor in an independent non-profit association operating in Melilla. She speaks Spanish, Italian and English and has some knowledge of Catalan.

“We make it happen.”

Cristian Balcells Navarro

CEO / FOUNDER BALCELLS GROUP

He is in charge of ensuring the union of all and keeping the energy of the team high. As a native of Barcelona, Cristian studied at the prestigious ESADE law school and also at the London School of Economics. He started doing internships in Geneva for the UN, specifically in the Human Rights Commission and also in the company SOLVAY IBERICA. Later, given his entrepreneurial nature, he started BALCELLS GROUP and INMIGRATION SPAIN. A lot of charisma, positive attitude and decisive character.
“Liberty is the right to do what the law permits.”
– Charles de Montesquieu

Marta Lamora

Legal department

Raised in the city of Barcelona, Marta graduated in Law from Universidad Pompeu Fabra, and completed her Master de Abogacia in the same college. She has previously worked multinational law firms, in various fields, and now specialises in Civil Law. She is fluent in Catalan, Spanish and English.
“Mucha gente pequeña en lugares pequeños, haciendo cosas pequeñas pueden cambiar el mundo” – Eduardo Galeano

Carme Llobet Lorenzo

Corporate department/ Accountancy

A true Barcelona native, Carme was born and brought up in this city. She is a graduate from Universidad de Barcelona, with a degree in Licenciado en Economia and has 20 years of experience working in this field. Over her illustrious career, Carme has worked for various multinationals and is now a senior member of Balcells Group, working as a Tax and Accountancy specialist.
Carme is fluent in Catalan, Spanish and English
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
– Mark Twain

Jose Rodriguez

Corporate department/ Accountancy

A native of Madrid, Jose has a Business Management degree, as well as a Master’s in International Business Management from ICEX-CECO. He has had considerable experience working in accountancy and other fields, for various multinationals. He is currently a part of the Accountancy & Business department at Balcells Group. Jose is fluent in both Spanish and English.
“”The volume of your voice does not increase the validity of your argument.”
– Steve Maraboli

Gonzalo García-Monclús

Legal department

Gonzalo is from Barcelona and has a law degree from the University of Barcelona and a Master’s degree in law from the University of Malaga in conjunction with the Malaga Bar Association. In addition to a great charisma, he has 3 years of experience in the sector and is very versatile in Balcells group as he handles cases of both foreigners and civil, commercial and even criminal. He speaks fluent Spanish, Catalan and English.
“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” – George lorimer

alicia arrua

Immigration department

Alicia is from Paraguay and has been living in Barcelona for 5 years. She has a law degree from the Catholic University in Asunción, as well as, a Master degree in Corporate Finance Law from the University of Westminster, London and a Postgraduate course in Compliance from the Pompeu Fabra University. Alicia has previously worked in international law firms, in the fields of corporate and immigration law. She is fluent in Spanish and English.

“So absurd and fleeting is our passage through this world, that it only leaves me calm to know that I have been authentic, that I have managed to be as close to myself as possible”. – Frida Kahlo

Beatriz Lategui

Immigration department

Beatriz is from Pamplona, has a degree in Social Work (2014) and Law (2018), and has a Master’s Degree in Access to the Legal Profession (2020), all taken at the Public University of Navarra. She has social experience in centers for minors in situation of unprotection of the Government of Navarra (2018-2020) and legal experience, working as a lawyer in a generalist office in Pamplona (2019-2022) handling matters of Aliens, Criminal and Juvenile Law and Family Law, mainly; and as a volunteer legal advisor in matters of Aliens in an NGO in Pamplona (2018-2022). She has lived outside Spain twice (Italy, 2013 and Mexico, 2017) and is fluent in Spanish and English, also has notions of Italian. 

“It always seems impossible until it’s done”. – Nelson Mandela

Laesa Bokoko

Immigration department

Born in Valencia with origins in Equatorial Guinea, she studied law at the University of Valencia and took a master’s degree in access to the legal profession at the University of Alicante. She has postgraduate degrees in labor and economic criminal law. He has worked in several law firms, with experience in various fields. She speaks Spanish, English and Valencian.

“TRY NOT TO BECOME A PERSON OF SUCCESS, BUT RATHER TRY TO BECOME A PERSON OF VALUE.” – albert einstein

Yelena Ishnyakova

Immigration department

Yelena is from Kazajistán and living in Barcelona for more than 10 years. She has a degree in Arts and Humanities (Grado en Artes y Humanidades) and also a Master degree from Barcelona EAE Business school. Yelena has great experience in the business area and handles immigration cases in our law firm. She speaks native Russian-Spanish, fluent in English and Catalan.
“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” – confucius

alexandra kostromitina

Administration

Born in Russia, Alexandra has been living in Spain for 8 years. She has a diploma in International Relations in Moscow and a degree in translation and interpretation. Currently, she is in charge of the administrative tasks of Balcells Group and of attending to the clients so that they feel as comfortable as possible with us. She is fluent in Russian, Spanish, English and has notions of Catalan and French.

Hard Work Pays Off.” – Ray Bradbury

Ana Pereira

Administration

Ana is from Ecuador, she came to Spain to pursue a Master in International Studies on Media, Power and Difference at Pompeu Fabra Univesity. She also has 10 years of experience working as a Translator and Interpreter, with near-native like skills in English. Ana works for the Administrative department here at Balcells, and is the liasion between the client and our consultants.

“ACTION PRECEDES MOTIVATION.” – Robert J Mckain

Gerard martínez

Marketing department

Gerard has a degree in Business Administration and Management from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, as well as a Master in Digital Traffic Management. His career in the world of Marketing began as a freelance while he was studying. After several years of experience in other sectors, she decided to enter the legal world to join the Balcells Group team. He is in charge of finding people to help, making sure that we bring the maximum value possible. She is fluent in Spanish, Catalan and English.

Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace” – Confucious

Alejandro Pérez

Immigration Lawyer

Born in Almería, Alejandro obtained his Law Degree from the Pablo de Olavide University in Seville in 2015. Trained in Immigration Law at the Escuela Superior de Práctica Jurídica (CEFOEC) in Seville during 2017, he has dedicated his entire career to practice as a specialized legal advisor regarding Spanish residency options and citizenship. Among his linguistic skills, he is a native Spanish speaker and fluent in English and Italian.

IF YOU WANT TO GO FAST, GO ALONE. IF YOU WANT TO GO FAR, GO TOGETHER” – African Proverb

Jaime Nateras

Tax Lawyer

Born in Malaga, Jaime graduated in Law from the University of Granada and completed a double Master’s Degree in Access to the Legal Profession with the Illustrious College of Bizkaia and Tax Consultancy at the University of Deusto. He has one year of experience in the tax area in Biscayan Foral regulations. She is fluent in Spanish and English.

Do with fear what you wouldn’t do because of fear” – Anonymous

Natasha Dilena

Administration

Born in Florida, USA, Natasha has 3 years of experience in Customer Service helping customers from all over the world. She arrived in Spain at the age of 11 and has been living here ever since. She speaks native English, Spanish and has some knowledge of Catalan.

“When we are able to know ourselves, we are rarely wrong about our destiny.” – Germaine de Staël

Marina lozano

Immigration Department

Born in Alicante, Marina is a double graduate in Law and Criminology from the University of Alicante, having completed an Erasmus during her last university year in Warsaw (Poland). She later completed the Master of Access to Law at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and her eagerness to learn makes her want to continue training in different fields of Law. She has experience in several immigration procedures as well as in Labor Law, Criminal Law and Civil Law. She is fluent in Spanish, English, Valencian and has some knowledge of French.

Do with fear what you wouldn’t do because of fear” – Anonymous

Inés Molina

Immigration department

Inés graduated in Law at the University of Murcia (2018) and completed her Master’s Degree in Access to the Legal Profession (2020) at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Following a social vocation she graduated in Social Work (2022) at the Universidad Nacional de Estudios a Distancia. She has experience in a general law firm in Murcia, where she handled immigration issues, as well as in a tax and administrative consultancy in Barcelona. She has also collaborated as a volunteer legal advisor in an independent non-profit association operating in Melilla. She speaks Spanish, Italian and English and has some knowledge of Catalan.

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