Uria & Menendez, the previous employer of Mr. Jesus Perez de la Cruz, lawyer acting for Nordea, wrote in a 2006 report that coming up with a debt to reduce the value of the property was likely to be challenged by the Spanish authorities because it was a “simulation”. Just as Christen Amby, member of the Danish Taxes Assocation, said recently on occasion of the publication of a series of articles in Denmark relating to a mirror product offered by Sydbank, and in relation to the position of the Spanish Tax Office: “This is cheating the Spanish Inland Revenue”.

We understand that lawyers have a duty to defend their clients, but is it ethical to be on both sides of the fence?