Meet the team at Mercadal Abogados

The power of a great partnership

Growing up in a family with multiple real estate businesses, Francisco Mercadal was born into property transactions. From a young age, he saw the need for a different, more modern real estate law firm – one that was highly specialised, communicated swift solutions, and spent time understanding each client and their goals. After working as a specialist real estate lawyer at different law firms, Francisco founded Mercadal Abogados in 2009 to create a new reference point in real estate law in Spain.

Today, Mercadal Abogados is a boutique legal practice with four English-speaking and German-speaking real estate lawyers and three managing assistants, who work with clients from all over the world.

The firm’s record of efficiency and integrity comes from a unique way of working. Continuous training for a forward-thinking legal position. Native knowledge of the Spanish property market to anticipate obstacles and clear them. And teamwork, so your transaction is in many pairs of safe hands.

Buying property overseas can feel like a bold move. But when you’re outside your comfort zone, Mercadal Abogados is in theirs. We are alert to market trends that affect sales and the performance of corporate and private investments. We have a meticulous eye for detail but never lose sight of the bigger picture. We work by your side, delivering advice and answers that are tailormade to your project and aspirations.

Our assurance to you

  • Responsiveness / Adaptability / Prompt thinking / Initiative / Ingenuity.
    As an Agile business, our team’s collaborative approach allows us to respond quickly and decisively to market changes, deadlines and accelerated timelines.
  • Transparency. We explain the full picture, so there won’t be surprises now or in the future.
  • Trust. Our top priority is making sure that your investment is safe. We are practical andprotective.
  • Understanding. We communicate without using confusing or intimidating language.
  • Bespoke service. We believe that discretion, loyalty and individual care build lasting relationships.


  • Francisco provided a genuine commitment to my house purchase in Mallorca. He was able to advise on the strategic and practical angle, not simply the legal side, which put us one step ahead. Despite the unusual circumstances of purchasing during Covid-19, Francisco’s communication, patience and expertise ensured that I completed the process with confidence. I value Francisco’s attention to detail as well as the friendship we developed during the process, and I can recommend Mercadal Abogados to others.

    Prof. Dr. Andreas Dombret
    Global banking adviser and board member of Deutsche Bundesbank 2010-2018, Germany
  • My wife and I and our five children live in London. After coming to Mallorca for years, we decided to buy a house and used Francisco as our lawyer. We structured the purchase to achieve various estate planning goals. It was a complicated transaction. Francisco helped us tailor a unique structure that solved for all of the issues. I am a partner in a Magic Circle law firm so I know good lawyering, and Francisco and his team did a truly great job for us. His knowledge of local issues is invaluable. I recommend him without reservation.

    Kevin Muzilla
    Partner, Allen & Overy LLP, UK
  • Buying a property overseas is an exciting but overwhelming process, and Francisco understood us – and the guidance we wanted – right from the start. We came to him with one property dream, then changed to another, and Francisco was wonderful and helpful during the whole process. His approach is refreshing; the kind of lawyer who you enjoy speaking to, who’s easy to understand, and who’ll deal with blips before you even know they’re an issue. If you’re considering buying property in Mallorca, we have nothing but praise for Francisco’s team.

    Penelope Cheshire
    Managing Director, Beauty Works, UK
  • I was introduced to Francisco when buying our second home in Mallorca. From our first meeting, we had the most personal and competent advisor – not only legally, but also as a representative of the culture and history of Mallorca. We would never have completed the property transaction without Mercadal Abogados; Francisco solved deal-breaking points between both parties. We continue to use Mercadal Abogados as they work almost as part of our family. We feel in the hands of a trusted advisor on any question about Mallorca.

    Henrik Andersen
    Group President and CEO, Vestas Sustainable Energy, Denmark
  • Mercadal Abogados is an efficient and effective practice. The team has excellent knowledge of the whole property purchase, from pre-sale checks through to helpful after-sales care. As a professional real-estate developer, I’ve worked with many property lawyers over the years, and I highly recommend Mercadal Abogados. The business focus, quick responses and reliable communication make working together a smooth process – we’ve completed many projects together, with more to come.

    Henrik Jönsson
    Real Estate Developer, DandeLion Property AB, Sweden
  • Francisco, Javier and team worked tirelessly to complete my purchase. The process was complex, and only their effort and heavy-lifting made it possible. They showed great patience and were always calm – regardless of the challenges put in their way. They were also extremely responsive and extremely professional. The consummate trusted advisors, in my view. I’m glad I had Mercadal Abogados by my side and truly appreciate everything they made happen.

    Pete Coulton
    Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, UK
  • Francisco has built an excellent team that is highly knowledgeable and experienced, but also has a youthfulness and a dynamic energy. We always feel so welcomed at the office in Palma – that was refreshing when we started working together in 2020, and we’ve been impressed by the personable service ever since. Francisco and his team assist us with purchases and acquisitions, from initial negotiations to notary appointments and closing deals. But, above all, they give us peace of mind – because they are always there to lean on when we need them.

    Monty Berrow
    Co-founder, Berrow Projects, Mallorca