The Firm

The firm Fontán y Zubizarreta Lawyers was created in Marbella in 1987, initially as a delegation of the Bilbao firm in Marbella called Hernández and Zubizarreta Lawyers.

Rafael Fontán Zubizarreta and his first partner opened the firm after doing internships in the Spanish department of a British firm then called Amhurst Brown Martin and Nicholson, in the central Duke Street, St. James's of London, maintaining for years a close collaboration with the aforementioned firm. Ibon Zubizarreta Orea joined the firm as a partner 3 years later, contributing valuable legal, economic and accounting knowledge.

We are a firm that offers customers a very personal and direct service, in which the partners take personal responsibility for the matters entrusted, and collaborate, in those areas that we do not cover, with external consultants of the same profile as us, to maintain that spirit of trust, responsibility and personalized treatment.

Rafael Fontán has a great relationship with the golf world. He was member of the General Assembly of the Andalusian Golf Federation, member of the Board of Directors of the Royal Spanish Golf Federation and president of Aloha Golf Club. He is currently member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.


  • Lawyer, Law Degree from the University of Navarra (1983).
  • Diploma in Legal Practice at the School of Legal Practice of the Illustrious Bar Association of Bilbao by the University of Deusto (1983-84).
  • Diploma in English Law for foreign lawyers and in International Law by the City of London Polytechnic (1984-1985).
  • Specialized in Civil, Real Estate and Foreign Investment Law in Spain.


  • Lawyer and Economist, Degree in Law and Economics from the University of Deusto in Bilbao (1988).
  • Diploma in Legal Practice at the School of Legal Practice of the Illustrious Bar Association of Vizcaya (1988-1989).
  • Member of Fontán & Zubizarreta Lawyers since 1989, mainly dealing with matters of foreign investments in Spain, Real Estate Law, Commercial and Corporate Law, Inheritance and taxation of non-residents.


  • Lawyer, Degree in Law and Business Administration by the University of Navarra (2016).
  • Master's Degree in Access to the Legal Profession by the International University of La Rioja (2018).
  • Worked as a lawyer for four years at the Real Estate department of the English law firm Ashurst LLP in Madrid, combining the first two years of full-time work with the Master's Degree in Access to the Legal Profession (2016 - 2020).