Javier Valls graduated in Law by the Universidad de Barcelona and is registered in the Barcelona Bar Association since 1995. After working as a tax lawyer in Barcelona, he moved to Germany, where he specialized in international and European tax law.
He first did a Master in European Law (LL.M.) at the Europa-Institut from the Saarland University in Saarbrücken. A few years later, he took a PhD in Tax Law at the Tax Law Institute from the University of Cologne.
During those years, he worked for the Ernst & Young´s International Tax Department in Stuttgart, and later, for the law firm Flick Gocke Schaumburg in Bonn.
Back in Spain, Javier Valls joined the German Desk of Ernst & Young in Barcelona, and worked in the firm’s International Tax Department for companies, as well as in the “Human Capital” Department, which is specialized in tax consulting services for expatriates and private individuals with assets.
He also worked as Head of the Tax Department in Barcelona for the law firm Monereo Meyer Marinel•lo Abogados. A few years later, he set up his own lawyer’s office in order to focus on his true vocation: to meet the client’s needs by offering diligent and personalized, high-standard legal consulting services, making professional competence prevail over brand name and corporate image.
He is also a part-time Tax Law professor at the Faculty of Law in the Universidad de Barcelona, as well as President of the International and European Law Chapter of the Barcelona Bar Association, which is in charge of promoting the knowledge of international law, where he is a regular speaker at international taxation seminars. Since 1998, he is a member of the German Association for International Tax Law (Deutsche Vereinigung für internationales Steuerrecht), which is part of the International Fiscal Association (IFA), of which he is also a member.