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CMS - Madrid
  • Calle Génova, 27
  • Madrid
  • Madrid
  • Spain
  • 28004
  • Chairman: José Luis López Sánchez
  • Managing Partners: Cesar Albiñana, Rafael Suárez de Lezo
  • Number of partners: 21
  • Number of lawyers: 79 

Firm Overview:
The firm was founded in 1927 by Antonio Melchor de las Heras. It was structured as a partnership in 1958. With 100 lawyers and professionals, CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo offers comprehensive, fullservice, legal and tax advice to large and mid-sized companies doing business in Spain and abroad. The firm advises large and mid-sized corporations in Spain, as well as multinational companies from the US, the UK and continental Europe, covering a wide range of industry sectors.

Main Areas of Practice:
The firm provides legal advice to Spanish companies and to subsidiaries of multinationals in their daily work; this ranges from advising on strictly corporate matters to drafting and negotiating contracts relating to distribution, franchise, agency and supply, as well as reviewing tax structures and tax planning.

Securities Market:
The firm has advised many of the largest Spanish state and private companies on their offering of equity in the international markets, namely on the NewYork Stock Exchange, as well as foreign companies wanting to be listed on the Madrid Stock Exchange. The firm represents both issuing companies and underwriters in public or private offerings, debt financing and private equity issues.

Banking & Financing:
The firm’s financing experience varies from advising on very complex leveraged lease financing transactions of aeroplanes or vessels to the granting of syndicated multi-currency loans for both borrowers and lenders.

Mergers & Acquisitions:
The firm’s vast experience covers transactions involving small private acquisitions as well as cross-border takeovers of listed companies.

Litigation & Arbitration:
The firm’s Litigation Department has extensive experience in arbitration proceedings and a wide variety of commercial and civil litigation matters.

The firm’s Tax Practice is mainly focused on corporate and international tax planning, particularly connected to foreign investors,merger and acquisitions and reorganisation of corporations.

Labour Law:
The firm handles all questions regarding Spanish labour and employment law.

EU & Competition Law:
The firm handles all kinds of competition issues, including antitrust,merger control and unfair competition practices, representing its clients before the Spanish authorities and the European Commission.

The firm provides full advice on a range of regulatory issues (telecoms, energy,media) and represents its clients before the NRAs.

The firm has an active and diverse practice in the area of corporate reorganisation and bankruptcy, and has been involved in many of the latest and most complex bankruptcy cases in Spain.

Public Law:
The firm provides in-depth legal advice on all matters regarding administrative law.

Media, IP & Intellectual Property:
The firm provides top quality legal advice and representation of clients in the fields of entertainment information technologies and the management, enhancement and protection of intellectual and industrial property rights.

Real Estate:
The firm offers outstanding legal services and a great deal of experience advising and representing clients and handles large scale real estate deals involving the extensive review of property and construction law.

Civil Law, Urban Development & Environmental:
The firm advises clients in the following fields: land acquisitions; complex land contributions; sale and lease-back operations; acquisitions, sale or lease of commercial property; real estate guarantees, due diligence, contracts and public estate grants. The practice also handles many Joint Venture agreements and urban contracts, land appraisals, etc.

The firm’s client base includes large and mid-sized companies, banks, public and supranational institutions active in Spain and/or conducting cross-border business.

CMS lawyers immerse themselves in their clients’ business.This enables them to deliver the most effective legal and tax solutions. Both leading domestic and major global corporations work with CMS’ 2,800 lawyers across 54 offices in Europe, Russia, China, North Africa and South America. Clients select CMS because it has the most extensive footprint in Europe of any firm. CMS provides local and industry sector insight, global project management and its specialist teams work hard to add value to their projects, wherever they are taking place. Established in 1999,CMS today comprises ten member firms, all experienced in their local jurisdictions. This expertise means that clients receive high-quality advice in the local context. CMS member firms are: CMS Adonnino Ascoli & Cavasola Scamoni (Italy); CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo, S.L.P. (Spain); CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre (France); CMS Cameron McKenna LLP (UK); CMS DeBacker (Belgium); CMS Derks Star Busmann (Netherlands); CMS von Erlach Henrici Ltd (Switzerland); CMS Hasche Sigle (Germany); CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz RechtsanwälteGmbH (Austria) and CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut (Portugal).

CMS offices (and associated offices): Aberdeen, Algiers, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Belgrade, Berlin, Bratislava, Bristol, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Casablanca, Cologne, Dresden, Dubai, Duesseldorf, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Kyiv, Leipzig, Lisbon, Ljubljana, London, Luxembourg, Lyon,  Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Sarajevo, Seville, Shanghai, Sofia, Strasbourg, Stuttgart, Tirana, Utrecht, Vienna, Warsaw, Zagreb and Zurich.


  • Avda de la Constitución 21,
  • Sevilla,
  • Andalucia
  • Spain
  • 41004
  • Tel +34 954 286 102
  • Fax +34 954 278 319
  • Email : sevilla@cms-asl.com

Banking & Finance - Spain

THE FIRM This group remains a go-to name for many financial institutions, including Banco Sabadell and la Caixa. Its two partners advise on refinancing and restructuring, project finance, asset and acquisition finance and security packages. Recent mandates include acting for Unipapel on the EUR222 million financing of its acquisition of Spicers from DS Smith, in a deal that involved six other jurisdictions including the UK, France and Germany.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Abraham Nájera is commended for his practical advice and comprehensive knowledge of the workings of the banking industry, with clients particularly noting his debt refinancing acumen. He recently advised a syndicate of Spanish banks on the debt refinancing of the Jimenez Belinchon group.

Capital Markets - Spain

THE FIRM This prestigious five-partner group handles the full spectrum of capital markets transactions. Recently the workload has included delistings, securitisations and share transfers. In a standout mandate, the lawyers assisted Deutsche Bank with the registration and deregistration of several collective investment schemes at the CNMV.

Sources say: "Particularly responsive and patient throughout the many twists and turns and unexpected surprises we encountered."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Managing partners César Albiñana and Rafael Suárez de Lezo are the primary points of contact.

Competition/European Law - Spain

THE FIRM Despite the recent departure of Jesús Alfaro, this compact but hard-hitting team has expanded its client portfolio. It acts on behalf of household names including L'Oréal, Campofrío and Heineken, and recently assisted Sara Lee with a leniency application following a EUR4 million fine by the CNC. On the transactional side, the group advised Klein Partners on the competition aspects of its acquisition of Hypercom. 

Sources say: "Fantastic: the lawyers are practical, focused and speak excellent English."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Diego Crespo leads the team. Clients praise his commercial approach: "He knows our business very well and explains things in a way that business people will understand."

Patricia Liñán earns praise for her expertise in this area: "She is technically strong, practical and available. She makes you feel safe," say interviewees. 

Corporate/M&A - Spain

THE FIRM This eight-partner team attracts praise from a broad range of clients, assisting them with corporate governance, M&A, shareholder agreements and due diligence matters. Recent highlights include advising Iberdrola Renovables on its merger with Iberdrola. The team also recently collaborated with six of the firm's European offices to advise Unipapel on its purchase of Spicers' Continental Europe business, and on the GBP32 million sale of Spicers' UK and Ireland business to Better Capital.

Sources say: "The team gives frank opinions and provides strategic, practical advice." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice co-head César Albiñana Cilveti is widely respected for his capabilities in M&A work. 

Managing partner Rafael Suárez de Lezo specialises in commercial, securities and equity work. He is described by clients as "an expert in commercial matters."

Luis Miguel de Dios Martínez recently advised Portobello and Vista Capital on the sale of their 49.9% share in Maxam.

Dispute Resolution - Spain

THE FIRM This respected team advises on a mix of civil and criminal cases, acting for long-standing clients such as Abengoa, EBN Banco, NH Hoteles and Grupo Prisa. Recently the team represented Deoleo in a challenge by Unión de Capitales to the lawfulness of the general shareholders' meetings from 2009 and 2010.

Sources say: “I rate the team's high partner involvement, commercial awareness and profound understanding of our sector." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Carlos Aguilar Fernández retains a robust reputation in litigation, with interviewees particularly rating his commercial awareness and strong client rapport.

José Antonio Rodríguez Álvarez combines dispute resolution expertise with strong insolvency and restructuring credentials.

Dispute Resolution - Spain

THE FIRM These corporate crime experts form part of the firm's broader litigation department. The team has earned the trust of significant clients, including Deoleo and Bankia Bolsa. Recent mandates have included the implementation of corporate defence programmes for a string of clients.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Carlos Aguilar Fernández is the firm's key corporate crime partner and has extensive experience in criminal and constitutional law.  

Employment - Spain

THE FIRM Interviewees agree that this dynamic team has grown remarkably in recent times, and clients admire the lawyers' rigorous but pragmatic approach, as well as its responsiveness and efficiency. Recent mandates for the two-partner team include harassment claims, collective redundancies and disciplinary dismissals. Ferrovial, BBVA and Nokia Siemens Networks are prominent clients of the firm.

Sources say: "The personalised service that this team provides distinguishes it from others in the market. You have a direct, close relationship with the lawyers, and they are always available. They are highly experienced and pragmatic."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Fernando Bazan leads the firm's global employment practice. "He is clear and firm in court, and open in meetings. He doesn't just explain the law, he always finds a creative solution," say clients.

Recently appointed partner, Alfredo Aspra is a key member of the team. "He is business-oriented and always looks for the best solution for the company," remarks an interviewee.

Energy & Natural Resources - Spain

THE FIRM This international firm is frequently involved in high-level regulatory cases in the energy sector. It also covers energy work relating to corporate/M&A, competition, finance and tax. It recently advised ACCIONA on regulatory matters relating to renewable energies, including litigation procedures. The team continues to act for Iberdrola on many of its energy-related matters.

Sources say: "It provides fast solutions and practical advice. It is also reasonable regarding fees."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head Félix Plasencia is "hard-working and detail-oriented," agree interviewees. He recently represented Tarragona Power in a case before the Supreme Court.

Intellectual Property - Spain

THE FIRM This firm's compact but remarkably effective team receives praise for its business-savvy, pragmatic approach and responsiveness. In the past year, the lawyers advised Unipapel on IP issues associated with its acquisition of Spicers Group. Other clients of note include Ferrovial and Hertz.

Sources say: "The team is pro-business and tremendously practical, and has a lot of know-how."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice co-head Javier Torre de Silva is "brilliant: quick and committed, and able to provide practical advice," according to clients.

Joint practice co-head Blanca Cortés is "tremendously diligent – the fastest lawyer I've met. She's also very versatile and clear in her explanations," remarks an interviewee.

Public Law - Spain

THE FIRM Interviewees appreciate this firm's broad geographical spread, which enables it to serve clients with multi-jurisdictional needs. The public law group is experienced in a wide range of sectors, including mining, shipping, energy and telecoms. It is a broad practice extending to public contracting, PPPs and administrative matters, to name but a few areas of expertise. It also handles litigation on behalf of both private companies and public administrations at local, regional and national level. The team recently advised the autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha on the annulment and liquidation of a public construction contract for the Nuevo Hospital General de Toledo.

Sources say: "A dynamic and reactive team that exceeded all my expectations."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Félix Plasencia receives enthusiastic praise: "His work is truly of the highest quality and his level of availability and responsiveness is outstanding," states one commentator. Plasencia is particularly renowned for his work in the energy sector.

Javier Torre de Silva covers energy and planning issues and is well recognised for his work in these areas.

Restructuring/Insolvency - Spain

THE FIRM This insolvency and corporate restructuring practice has four partners. Key clients include Haulotte Group, Banco Espírito Santo and Ayuntamiento de Barcelona, and interviewees comment on the high visibility of the team on refinancing deals, as well as its significant partner presence on mandates. Notable work highlights include assisting Burford with the insolvency proceedings of Teinver Transportes y Autobuses.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head Juan Ignacio Fernández Aguado inspires trust in his clients, thanks to his "exhaustive knowledge of commercial and insolvency law.”

Tax - Spain

THE FIRM Global firm CMS' tax practice operates across all areas of Spanish tax law, collaborating with the firm's other practices and its international network to advise clients such as American Express, Unipapel and Iberdrola on corporate tax matters.

Sources say: "The team is always well informed and up-to-date on tax matters, and has a great client-oriented approach."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Víctor Hernán has continued to consolidate his market presence since joining CMS from KPMG. He specialises in advising multinational clients on cross-border tax structures. Sources state: "He's excellent. He is available whenever we need him, and is very proactive in his work."

TMT - Spain

THE FIRM This firm is best known for its telecoms expertise, but it also offers media and technology advice. The team's three partners previously worked for the telecoms regulator and have long-standing public law expertise. The practice advises on regulatory, corporate and contentious matters. It recently represented Telefónica in a case concerning an investigation of an alleged breach of the right to secrecy in telecommunications. Other clients include Radio María, Yoigo and Nokia Siemens.

Sources say: "It has a very strong team that can help us with all the cases we bring to it."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients say that public law specialist Félix Plasencia is "a top lawyer, with very solid expertise and deep experience." He was a key member of the team advising Telefónica on the telecoms secrecy matter.

Interviewees speak highly of Javier Torre de Silva"One of the main qualities that a lawyer can have is the ability to listen. He has that and is also able to put himself in the client's shoes." His practice focuses on public and regulatory law in the telecoms, media and technology sectors.