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Garrigues

Madrid

  • Hermosilla, 3
  • Madrid
  • Madrid
  • Spain
  • 28001
  • Tel:+34 91 514 5200
  • Fax:+34 91 399 2408
  • Web:Visit website
  • Managing Partner: Fernando Vives
  • Senior Partner: Ricardo Gómez
  • Number of partners worldwide: 289
  • Number of professionals worldwide: 1595
  • Languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Other Offices in Spain: A Coruña, Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Burgos, Cáceres, Granada, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, León, Logroño, Málaga, Murcia, Oviedo, Palma de Mallorca, Pamplona, San Sebastián, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Sevilla, Toledo, Valencia, Valladolid, Vigo, Vitoria and Zaragoza.
  • INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCES AFFINITAS (LATIN AMERICAN ALLIANCE PROMOTED BY GARRIGUES) Argentina Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi Chile Barros & Errázuriz Colombia Gómez-Pinzón Mexico Mijares, Angoitia, Cortes y Fuentes, S.C. Peru Miranda & Amado

Firm Overview: Garrigues is a full-service, independent law firm. Based in Spain and Portugal, with offices in 27 cities, it excels in virtually every area of practice. Its integrated approach allows the firm to provide clients with a full perspective combining transactional, regulatory and tax implications in every assignment.

Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate & M&A:
■ The Corporate and M&A Department comprises a group of professionals who provide specialised and comprehensive advice on all of the corporate and M&A practice areas. The firm has played a leading role in the evolution of Spanish corporate and commercial law over recent decades and has been involved in the most important, most complex and largest transactions in the Iberian market.
Contact: Fernando Vives Email: fernando.vives@garrigues.com
Contact: Mónica Martín de Vidales Email: monica.martin.de.vidales@garrigues.com
Contact: Álvaro López-Jorrín Email: alvaro.lopez-jorrin@garrigues.com

Capital Markets, Banking & Finance:
■ In banking and finance, Garrigues advises on capital markets, project finance, acquisition finance processes, asset finance and distressed debt trading
■ Garrigues has been involved in many of the most relevant capital market transactions (IPOs, flotations, debt issues, hybrid securities, securitisations)

Regulated Sectors:
■ Garrigues has a strong expertise on regulated sectors and has participated in many deals in the energy, IT and telecommunication and media sectors
Contact: Mónica Martín de Vidales Email: monica.martin.de.vidales@garrigues.com
Contact: Álvaro López-Jorrín Email: alvaro.lopez-jorrin@garrigues.com

EU & Antitrust:
■ Garrigues EU & Antitrust Department is one of the most prestigious not only in Spain but also at European level, with a strong team in Brussels which allows the firm to advise on enforcement proceedings started by the antitrust authorities, merger control proceedings, state aid procedures, antitrust law compliance programs. In addition the firm advises and represents clients at domestic courts and at the EU General Court and Court of Justice.
Contact: Marcos Araujo Email: marcos.araujo@garrigues.com

Tax:
■ Garrigues is the reference firm for all tax matters, both on-going and transactional, to Ibex35 index companies, comprised of the largest quoted companies in Spain. The size of its department allows the firm’s professionals to be truly specialised in practice areas (tax litigation, transfer pricing, M&A transactions, international taxation, indirect taxes, corporate income taxes, etc.) and industries with a client-oriented focus, taking an independent approach rather than offering supplementary support service.
Contact: Eduardo Abad Email: eduardo.abad@garrigues.com

Litigation & Arbitration:
■ Garrigues has the oldest and largest Litigation and Arbitration Department in Spain and the firm is highly regarded on the Spanish legal market for its in-depth industry knowledge, the quality and efficiency of its services and for its ethical commitment, but what it is important to underline is that the firm seeks pragmatic solutions to disputes based on the knowledge of its clients’ business
■ The Litigation and Arbitration covers three areas of practice: (i) civil and commercial litigation and domestic arbitration (institutional and ad hoc); (ii) international arbitration (institutional and ad hoc); and (iii) white collar crime
Contact: Carlos de los Santos Email: carlos.de.los.santos@garrigues.com

Restructuring & Insolvency:
■ Garrigues is highly skilled and has a longstanding tradition in designing and implementing optimal strategies to ensure that business restructuring processes, either operational or financial or a combination of both, achieve their goals; the practice ranges from out of Court refinancing agreements to the most complex in Court insolvency proceedings with employment and labour law measures. Garrigues also delivers comprehensive advice to lenders and other stakeholders.
Contact: Antonio Fernández Email: antonio.fernandez.rodriguez@garrigues. com

Employment:
■ Advice on the full spectrum of companies’ employment issues, such as collective negotiations, restructurings arising from financial entities in distress, reduction of work force and cease of activities due to poor economic and market conditions, advising in the introduction of new businesses including the transfer of employees and major litigations in extremely complex environments with a huge economic impact.
Contact: Rosa Zarza Email: rosa.zarza@garrigues.com

IP:
■ Covers the full spectrum of services (advice, prosecution and litigation) related to all sectors of intellectual property law, from trademark and copyright law, to patent law
Contact: Joao Miranda de Sousa Email: joao.miranda@garrigues.com

Branches

  • Hermosilla, 3,
  • Madrid,
  • Spain
  • 28001
  • Tel +34 91 514 5200
  • Fax +34 91 399 2408
  • Website : www.garrigues.com
  • Avenue d'Auderghem,
  • 22-28,
  • Brussels,
  • Brussels Capital Region
  • Belgium
  • 1040
  • Tel +32 2 545 3700
  • Fax +32 2 545 3799
  • Rua Funchal, 418, ,
  • 34 andar,
  • São Paulo - SP,
  • Sao Paulo
  • Brazil
  • 04551-060
  • Tel + 55 11 3521 7162
  • Fax +55 11 3205 8110
  • 3205 West Gate Mall,
  • 1038 Nanjing Xi Lu,
  • Shanghai,
  • China
  • 200041
  • Tel +86 21 5228 1122
  • Fax +86 21 6272 6125
  • 3, Boulevard Massira Al Khadra,
  • Casablanca,
  • Grand Casablanca
  • Morocco
  • 20100
  • Tel +212 22 77 72 40
  • Fax +212 22 77 72 59
  • Warsaw Financial Center,
  • Emilii Plater 53,
  • Warsaw,
  • Masovian
  • Poland
  • 00-113
  • Tel +48 22 540 6100
  • Fax +48 22 463 6101
  • Av. República, 25, ,
  • Lisbon,
  • Portugal
  • 1050-185
  • Tel +351 21 382 1200
  • Fax +351 21 382 12900
  • Avenida da Boavista,
  • 3523 Ed. Aviz,
  • Porto,
  • Portugal
  • 4100-139
  • Tel +351 226 158 860
  • Fax +351 226 158 888
  • 780 Third Avenue,
  • 35th floor,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10017
  • Tel +1 212 751 9233
  • Fax +1 212 355 3594

General Business Law - Barcelona

What the team is known for Extraordinary track record in corporate and M&A, corporate crime and tax, handling high-value mandates on behalf of a varied client list. Particularly active in the banking and media sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The lawyers know the company very well and we are in very close contact with them - we can call them at any time. We trust them."

Work highlights Advised Catalunya Banc on the sale of its real estate portfolio assets to SAREB.

Represented Mediaproducción in a fulfilment of contracts claim filed by Televisión Autonómica Valenciana.

Assisted VidaCaixa and its affiliates with tax planning issues derived from its restructuring.

Notable practitioners 

Fernando Rey heads the Barcelona office.

Significant clients Catalunya Banc, CaixaBank, Cobega, Banco Sabadell, Gas Natural.

Competition/European Law - Belgium

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-respected firm for competition matters, with particularly notable activity around state aid. Offers a solid cartel practice and has extensive experience of assisting corporate clients and the European Commission with proceedings before the General Court. Clients include a range of prominent international names.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team co-ordinates the case and the relationship with the European Commission and the courts. The lawyers really know how to tackle the issues."

"The lawyers are very focused on the European framework and public policy issues, and can therefore look further forward." 

Work highlights Advised Cisco Systems and Messagenet on proceedings before the General Court aiming to annul the European Commission's decision to permit Microsoft's acquisition of Skype.

Advised the Bank of Spain and the Fondo de Reestructuración Ordenada Bancaria (FROB) on European state aid law issues related to the restructuring of the Spanish financial sector.

Notable practitioners 

José Luis Buendía Sierra is a highly reputed European state aid lawyer who represents major clients including the Bank of Spain, Santander and the World Bank Group. "His work is excellent, really superb," say interviewees. He is additionally praised for his "smooth but solid" communication style.

Senior associate Alfonso Lamadrid is building an excellent reputation in the competition field, with one source describing him as "an excellent professional and one of the smartest guys we deal with."

Significant clients Cementos Portland Valderrivas, European Association of Euro-Pharmaceutical Companies (EAEPC), Las Vegas Sands, Rolex, The World Bank.  

International Trade - Belgium

Corporate/M&A - Europe-wide

What the team is known for Offers fantastic coverage of the Iberian region, with a widespread presence throughout Spain and Portugal, complemented by offices in Brussels, Warsaw and London. Advises both Spanish and international clients on prominent corporate/M&A deals.

Notable practitioners

Javier Ybáñez heads the corporate/M&A department and is the main contact for client queries.

Significant clients BBVA, Santander, Iberdrola, Telefónica, Groupama.

Corporate/M&A - Poland

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General Business Law - Porto

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A vastly experienced and full-service tax department, which supports clients in consulting and litigation matters. Remains active in corporate law and civil litigation. Often highlighted for its employment law expertise. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The lawyers were perfect; they made my life easy by giving straightforward advice."

"The lawyers worked amazingly well as a team, with great internal communication." 

"The lawyers are fast and technically strong. They are extremely responsive and very efficient." 

Work highlights Assisted Colep with the negotiation and drafting of international manufacturing agreements.

Advised Alain Afflelou on the redrafting of its standard franchise agreements.

Notable practitioners  

The market recognises Miguel Reis as an authority on tax law. According to one source, "he is committed to the needs of his clients and attentive to potential risks and opportunities."

Interviewees spoke highly of the "efficient and business-minded" Rui Valente"He is an excellent lawyer, and has vast experience in employment law," notes one source. 

Senior associate João Soares Almeida routinely handles a broad range of employment law mandates. His clients highlight the quality of his work, as well as praising both his availability and his solution-oriented mindset.

Significant clients GE Power Controls, Nordex, GDF SUEZ, Enel Green Power, Decathlon.

Since publication, Miguel C Reis has joined PLMJ - A.M. Pereira, S. Leal, O. Martins, Júdice & Associados

Banking & Finance - Portugal

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises a varied range of clients on lending and regulatory matters. Recent work includes acquisitions of non-performing loans, restructurings and regulatory matters related to foreign investments.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I have a great overall impression of Garrigues. I have worked with many firms and can tell it is a good one."

Work highlights Advised Somague on an international arbitration case concerning a EUR50 million project finance agreement.

Notable practitioners  

Senior associate Bruno Ferreira earns praise for his expertise in this area: "He is hands-on and business-oriented, and has great technical skills. He will be a star in banking and finance." 

Significant clients Anacap Financial Partners, GE Money, Somague, Fitch Ratings, Banco Espírito Santo.

Capital Markets - Portugal

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Particularly active in the telecommunications and media sectors, this team handles issuances, capital increases and share acquisitions. Also noted for its regulatory work in Angola.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Extremely knowledgeable and client-friendly."

Work highlights Advised Banco Espírito Santo on a EUR1.01 billion capital increase.

Advised Portugal Telecom on a EUR400 million note issue. 

Notable practitioners  

Diogo Leónidas Rocha leads the team. Clients confirm that he is "an excellent lawyer, very attentive, quick to reply to our queries and to offer advice."

Key partner Marta Graça Rodrigues is highly regarded for her capital markets, finance and M&A know-how.

Significant clients Portugal Telecom, Novabase, Banco Espírito Santo.

Competition/European Law - Portugal

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Active in merger control, state aid and antitrust matters including vertical restraints and abuse of dominant position. Notable expertise in the pharmaceutical, automotive, IT and retail sectors. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We trust the lawyers and they deliver high-quality work." 

Work highlights Represented Magnum Capital in the merger control aspects of its EUR13 million acquisition of Generis Farmacêutica.

Advised Kraft on antitrust matters including market definition and resale price maintenance.

Notable practitioners  

João Paulo Teixeira de Matos draws praise for being business-minded, with clients saying: "He is fast, responsive and gives straightforward advice."

Significant clients IBM, Kraft, Honda, Acer, Fertiberia.

Corporate/M&A - Portugal

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Delivers fully integrated services in cross-border transactions, drawing specialists from its international network. Advises clients from a wide range of sectors, including pharmaceutical, telecommunications, oil and gas, IT, logistics, travel, human resources, agriculture and construction.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"An excellent firm with top lawyers. One of the best in the market."

Work highlights Advised Portugal Telecom on the USD400 million sale of its 28% stake in Companhia de Telecomunicações de Macau.

Notable practitioners

Clients describe Diogo Leónidas Rocha as "an excellent negotiator who masters all aspects of the transaction. A top M&A lawyer."

Clients highlight Mário Lino Dias's business acumen as a key strength.

Susana Pimenta de Sousa is, according to clients, "thorough, persistent and cautious. She always exceeds expectations."

Significant clients Portugal Telecom, Groupama, Magnum Capital, Secil, Fertiberia.

Dispute Resolution - Portugal

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A prestigious Iberian player representing pharmaceutical, telecoms, banking, automotive and energy clients in litigation and arbitration cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The lawyers are highly experienced, pay strong attention to detail and are always available."

"We use this firm for complex cases and we can recommend it."

Work highlights Advised Somague on a EUR50 million arbitration case against a pool of national and international banks.

Represented Portugal Telecom in a EUR12 million lawsuit against ZON.

Notable practitioners  

Clients praise Miguel Azevedo for being "very precise, effective and straight-talking without ever losing his elegance and subtlety."

According to clients, João Duarte de Sousa "is proactive, predicts problems and prepares beforehand. He goes beyond what is expected and acts like a true business partner."

Significant clients Portugal Telecom, IBM, Kraft, Volvo, Imation Europe, Vestas.

Employment - Portugal

Basic facts about the department 
- 1 partner
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Tackles the whole range of employment issues, including restructurings, transfer of undertakings and outsourcing. Particular expertise advising clients within the automotive industry.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm is always looking for solutions and a good deal for our company and its employees." 

"The lawyers are accurate, available and very quick." 

What's new? New client wins include Amgen, GE Power and Honda.

Work highlights Advised GE Power Controls Portugal on the collective dismissal of 171 employees.

Assisted Alcobre Condutores Elétricos with the collective dismissal of 25 employees.

Notable practitioners  

João Paulo Teixeira de Matos heads the department. "He is always available, friendly and gives very clear advice," remark sources. He advised GE Money on the transfer of employees to a servicing company. 

Rui Valente was part of the team assisting GE Power Controls with its collective dismissal. "He is very focused and innovative," say clients.

Rita Neto advises Faurecia on employment-related matters. "She is incredible when it comes to negotiations, and is always well informed about new trends in labour law." 

Significant clients Alcobre, Faurecia, GE Money, IBM, Municipio do Porto.

Energy & Natural Resources - Portugal

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises on the full range of energy mandates, including M&A, tax and public law issues in the oil and gas sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"One of the most active firms in energy deals."

Notable practitioners  

Public law expert João Paulo Rosado Correia is the practice head. His practice covers regulatory and transactional issues.

Significant clients Portuguese Republic, REN Atlântico, Portcogeração, Gas Natural Fenosa. 

Intellectual Property - Portugal

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises domestic and international clients on trade mark, patent and copyright enforcement and registration. Strong international presence, notably in Spain and China.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The lawyers are extremely proactive, organised and truly focused on the clients' interests, which is very reassuring."

"Proximity is part of the firm's culture; we have built a trusting relationship."

What's new? New clients include Quizcamp, José Maria Vieira Group and 3M.

Work highlights Assisted Quizcamp with anti-counterfeiting in several jurisdictions across Europe and Asia.

Advised 3M Company on the enforcement of the 'Post-It' trade mark.

Notable practitioners  

IP expert João Miranda de Sousa splits his time between Madrid and Lisbon. Clients are extremely happy with his work: "He understands our needs and meets our expectations."

Francisca Ferreira Pinto receives excellent feedback from clients: "She is very proactive, always suggests the best way for our company and explains everything clearly, which saves us a lot of time."

Senior associate Isabel Bairrão is a key member of the team.

Significant clients Banco Espírito Santo, Media Capital Group, Mondelez, Boticário Group.

Planning - Portugal

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A multidisciplinary team of real estate, planning and zoning law experts providing assistance to municipalities and developers.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team's work was great. It doesn't make us waste time with meetings but it is present whenever necessary."

Work highlights Assisting Baixa - Atelier de Arquitectura with the execution of a plan for the preservation and urban renewal of the municipality of Olhão.

Notable practitioners  

Planning law expert Eduardo Gonçalves Rodrigues is also a qualified architect, and clients point to this as a key strength. "Thanks to his intervention the process was faster and simpler," remarks a source.

Practice head Miguel Marques dos Santos advises clients from a real estate perspective.

Private Equity - Portugal

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles all manner of private equity mandates, including LBOs, MBIs and distressed acquisitions on behalf of major investment funds.

Work highlights Assisted software company Feedzai with a USD2.4 million investment from funds including SAP Ventures and Data Collective Venture Capital.

Notable practitioners 

Practice head Diogo Leónidas Rocha is the first port of call. 

Significant clients Magnum Capital Partners, ECS Capital, Oxy Capital. 

Public Law - Portugal

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Compact but active Iberian team that focuses on energy and natural resources as well as infrastructure projects, with an integrated public, energy and environmental law department. Also noted for advising local authorities on public contracts and litigation matters. Actively advises foreign clientele on investments and business in Portugal.

Notable practitioners  

João Paulo Rosado Correia heads the department. His practice focuses on planning and zoning, energy, administrative and environmental law.

Significant clients REN Armazenagem, Lisbon municipality, REN Atlântico, Portuguese Secretary of State for Energy.

Real Estate - Portugal

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A highly esteemed team, active in transactions and legislative drafting work, notably concerning recent changes to the Portuguese lease law. It handles acquisitions, sale and leaseback transactions, structuring and construction agreements, with further expertise in planning and zoning matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A very well-rounded team, extremely aware of client needs. It's a large firm with a boutique feel, and it offers good value for money."

"One of the strongest real estate teams in Portugal." 

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Miguel Marques dos Santos receives excellent commentary. Clients admire his "profound technical knowledge" and ability to "step outside the problem and see other realities beyond it."

According to sources, senior associate Pedro Pereira Coutinho is "meticulous, detail-oriented and a very talented young lawyer with a high sense of responsibility towards clients and their needs."

Restructuring/Insolvency - Portugal

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for The team is housed within the corporate and litigation departments of this firm, providing the full spectrum of restructuring and insolvency advice. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Excellent work; when it comes to quality versus price the team delivers good value, and it is very flexible in terms of billing."

Work highlights Represented Banco Privado Português in its insolvency proceeding.

Notable practitioners 

Diogo Leónidas Rocha is the practice head.

Significant clients GE Money, Banco Privado Português, Bank of America Securities.

Tax - Portugal

Basic facts about the department 
- 3 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Provides a wide range of tax services to domestic and international clients, from litigation to consultancy and transfer pricing. Noted for its international capacity and technical expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm has a solid reputation across many sectors and I am happy with the quality it delivers." 

Work highlights Advised Santander Totta Seguros on the tax aspects of its agreement with Abbey Life Assurance for the reinsurance of its individual life risk portfolio.

Successfully represented Bansabadell in a litigation case concerning the alleged withholding of EUR5.5 million tax.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Fernando Castro Silva is valued for his "experience and sense of responsibility towards the client in such a sensitive area as tax."

Miguel Reis is a dedicated tax lawyer based in Porto. He advises high net worth individuals with estate planning and structuring.

Significant clients Santander, Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Banco Espírito Santo.

Since publication, Miguel C Reis has joined PLMJ - A.M. Pereira, S. Leal, O. Martins, Júdice & Associados

Banking & Finance - Spain

Basic facts about the department
- 75 partners
- 233 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service banking and finance practice acting for lenders and borrowers. Areas of expertise include acquisition finance, sales of non-performing loan portfolios, real estate finance and corporate loans. Additional strength in financial regulatory issues as well as domestic and international restructuring.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"One of the most important firms in Spain. It knows the market well and knows all the recent developments, so can offer ample advice and if you need help in other areas of the law it has people that can help." 

What's new? Rabobank and Apollo Global Management are new clients.

Work highlights Represented the lenders in the EUR327 million restructuring of Teka Group.

Notable practitioners  

Interviewees say regulatory expert Rafael González-Gallarza "explains things clearly and is a solution finder. He's also very practical."

Corporate partner Luis de la Peña regularly handles financial deals and represents clients in the banking sector.

Senior associate Juan Ignacio González focuses on financial regulation. He was part of the team that advised Merrill Lynch on the Spanish aspects of the global sale of its wealth management unit to Julius Baer.

Significant clients Banco Santander, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, Mutua Madrileña, Dexia, Deutsche Bank.

Capital Markets - Spain

Basic facts about the department
- 71 partners
- 230 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Admired for its expertise in equity capital markets, including scrip dividend programmes and convertible preference share issues. Additional strength in debt capital markets, including high-yield transactions and securitisations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A flexible team which adapts to client needs." 

Work highlights Assisted Enagás with a EUR2 billion EMTN programme.

Notable practitioners  

Banking, finance and securities expert Gonzalo García-Fuertes earns praise for his experience and in-depth market knowledge.

Clients describe associate Marta López Brea as "highly efficient, experienced and with in-depth knowledge of the market."

Significant clients BBVA, Bankia, Sacyr Vallehermoso, JPMorgan Securities, Cajas Rurales Unidas SCC.

Competition/European Law - Spain

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noted for its ability to take on large and complex projects, as well as its geographical reach across Spain. Highly active in antitrust litigation, cartel investigations and merger control.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Its size and multiple branches give the firm a distinctive advantage for handling matters involving local administrations in a timely fashion."

"The lawyers are extremely knowledgeable of the regulatory bodies."

What's new? Meliá, Vocento and Bergé are some of the firm's new clients.

Work highlights Represented Cisco Systems and Messagenet in an appeal against the EC's decision to authorise the acquisition of Skype by Microsoft.

Acted for the Bank of Spain on the state aid issues associated with the restructuring of the banking sector.

Notable practitioners  

Marcos Araujo heads the competition department and is highlighted for "understanding problems quickly without beating around the bush or getting lost in the details."

Sources are full of praise for partner Luis Ortiz Blanco"He is an impressive lawyer who provides solid, practical and creative advice." Another client adds: "He is a gifted communicator; with him one enjoys peace of mind."

Brussels-based partner José Luis Buendía Sierra focuses on state aid and antitrust litigation. He recently led the team assisting the Bank of Spain with the restructuring of the banking sector.  

New York-based partner Susana Cabrera earns excellent feedback for her "tireless work ethic and commitment."

Senior associate Alfonso Lamadrid continues to earn praise for his performance in cartel investigations: "He's a very complete lawyer," notes a peer.

Significant clients 3M, Banco Santander, Amadeus, Cementos Portland, Samsung.

Corporate/M&A - Spain

Basic facts about the department
- 73 partners
- 230 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Excellent track record advising financial and insurance clients on M&A transactions, public takeovers and distressed M&A. Additional expertise in the retail, media and energy sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I rate the practice highly for client service: it keeps to deadlines, is client-focused and understands our business and what we do."

"It did an excellent job. There are very few firms like this where you have good continuity in the team, even with the juniors. It has a good new generation coming up, intelligent and precise."

What's new?Álvaro Valle was recently promoted to partner. His practice focuses on M&A, corporate restructurings, joint ventures and commercial contracts.

Canepa Asset Management is a new client for the firm.

Work highlights Advised BBVA on its high-profile purchase of Unnim Banc.

Represented Televisa in the EUR260 million merger of La Sexta with Antena 3.

Notable practitioners

Fernando Vives receives excellent client feedback: "He's among the best lawyers in Spain. It's rare to meet a managing partner who works so closely with the client and is so present on the deals." Another source adds: "He's one of the top corporate lawyers in Spain. He's business-focused and always finds solutions."

Clients value key partner Álvaro López-Jorrín: "He's concise, detects problems very fast and advises the client on more than just legal terms." His practice focuses on corporate matters, M&A and insurance amongst others.

Barcelona-based partner Ramon Girbau specialises in M&A, capital markets and insurance. A recognised academic, he lectures on commercial and corporate governance issues.

Mónica Martín de Vidales earns warm client feedback: "She is straightforward, listens carefully and considers our needs. She's not aggressive in negotiations but she goes to the point and is effective."

Sources confirm that Sergio Sánchez Solé is a recognised Barcelona practitioner. An interviewee remarks: "He is part of the new up-and-coming generation."

Newcomer to the rankings José María Gil-Robles Casanueva wins positive client comment: "He's outstanding, very commercial. He goes beyond advising on the legal issues and is completely aware of the business aspects, which helped tremendously in negotiations."

Significant clients BBVA, Santander, Iberdrola, Telefónica, Groupama.

Dispute Resolution - Spain

Basic facts about the department
- 38 partners
- 230 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Excellent track record in financial dispute resolution representing banks in complex litigation cases. Additional expertise in international arbitration and construction disputes, including those before the ICC.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"All of the team's decisions were outstanding and led to a great settlement. The world of arbitration is very specific, and this team knows it well."

What's new? Former judge Enrique Grande joined the firm's Barcelona office. His practice focuses on IP, competition policy and restructuring and insolvency.

Work highlights Represented Befesa Desulfuración before the Bilbao Court of First Instance in disputes against Neinor and Servihabitat regarding the purchase of a EUR44 million land contract.

Notable practitioners 

Fernando Pantaleón receives excellent market feedback: "He writes very well, is available 24/7 and is extremely knowledgeable." Another commentator adds: "He is one of the best lawyers out there; he is a professor and a good litigator."

Clients describe Carlos de los Santos as "an outstanding litigator with a great team. He always gets excellent results." He heads the practice and has expertise in civil and commercial litigation as well as international arbitration.

Alberto Pimenta gains strong endorsements from interviewees: "He's an excellent lawyer; we're very satisfied with his work and would recommend him."

Significant clients OHL, Aegon, Meliá, BBVA, Carrefour.

Dispute Resolution - Spain

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 70 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well regarded for its corporate crime work on behalf of individuals and companies. Strength in tax, social security and financial crimes as well as corruption in the public sector.

What's new? Some of the practice's new client wins include Volkswagen financial services, Tyco electronics Raychen and Hune Maquinaria.

Work highlights Represented the World Anti-Doping Agency in the 'Operación Puerto' case, involving doctors and directors of professional cycling teams prosecuted for crimes against public health and allegedly doping athletes.

Notable practitioners  

Market observers admire practice head Florentino Ortí: "He has extensive experience as a criminal lawyer and stands out."

Interviewees praise Barcelona-based partner Enric Carulla for his in-depth involvement with clients and high rates of success.

Significant clients Carrefour, Samsung electronics Iberia, Valeo España, Toyota Tsusho, CM Capital market holdings, Leroy Merlín.

Employment - Spain

Basic facts about the department 
- 33 partners

What the team is known for A sizeable team of highly skilled practitioners with expertise across a wide range of employment law matters. Particular focus of late on litigation and restructuring and insolvency work. Praised for its technical prowess, flexibility and client-oriented approach.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The top firm for complex cases. The lawyers know our business inside-out and have exhaustive knowledge of the market."

"The lawyers adapted very well to our needs as a client. They are also technically rigorous and fast." 

Work highlights Advised Iberia Airlines on a collective dismissal affecting over 3,000 employees.

Advised International Paper on the reorganisation of its manufacturing operations in Spain.

Notable practitioners  

Praised by clients as "one of the most knowledgeable lawyers in Spain," Federico Durán López is an experienced practitioner who enjoys a lot of prestige.

Sources describe Rafael Ortiz as "a really great lawyer; very practical and well known." He earns particular praise for his expertise in restructurings.

Juan José Yago enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market: "He's intelligent, quick and brave in confronting complex matters," remarks an interviewee.

Described by a client as "incredibly hard-working," Rosa Zarza is an expert in social and labour law and is well respected by peers.

Vicente Calle earns praise for his "great global outlook and closeness to the client." Sources also remark on the strength of his business awareness and communication skills.

Adriano Gómez García-Bernal is singled out for his experience and litigation skills, with one client adding: "He is very rigorous and excellent from a technical standpoint."

According to market observers, José Luis Cebrián is "a fantastic lawyer, really skilled in collective dismissals and union negotiations."

Rafael Giménez-Arnau recently assisted Avon Cosmetics with a collective dismissal. Sources highlight that "he is constructive and always tries to find a solution and reach an agreement."

Experienced practitioner María Luisa López Villalba is skilled in litigation, corporate reorganisations and collective labour agreements. She receives positive commentary from clients, who highlight her ability to calculate risk.

Significant clients Carrefour, Iberia, Kraft, Hewlett-Packard, Avon Cosmetics.

Energy & Natural Resources - Spain

Basic facts about the department
- 24 partners
- 58 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A large, multidisciplinary team handling energy project finance, M&A and regulatory matters. Increasing presence in Latin America, with a new office in Colombia. Garrigues Medioambiente, the firm's technical and consultancy arm, provides additional technical services and expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"Simply excellent international lawyers providing solid international business advice. We've never had any concerns with responsiveness - the team is very available."

Work highlights Advised GDF SUEZ on the sale of stakes in the company to Cepsa and Gas Natural.

Notable practitioners  

Silvestre Arana is qualified in Spain, Germany and the UK, and heads the firm's German desk. One client praises his "high level of integrity with effective negotiation and communication skills. He goes to the point; he's not one of these people who like to hear themselves speak. He has a great deal of cross-border knowledge and expertise, speaks German fluently, and has a strong understanding of German and Austrian law."

Significant clients Iberdrola, RWE, Endesa, Total, Gas Natural.

Environment - Spain

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A large multidisciplinary team with a wealth of experience in environmental law. It collaborates with technicians and engineers to provide an integrated service covering litigation, permits, waste management and carbon emission rights.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"What we value most about the firm is their dedication to clients and technical knowledge."

"They are great lawyers, just tremendous, and I couldn't even give you a second choice."

Work highlights Advised Ferroatlántica on the environmental issues arising from the construction of three hydroelectric plants in Spain.

Assisted the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces with the establishment of a framework for household and municipal waste management.

Notable practitioners

Luis González is very much up and coming within the firm. Clients admire his dedication, technical expertise and friendly manner, with one remarking: "He's very clear and gives solutions to every problem. He fights to the end."

Significant clients Ferroatlántica, Fertiberia, Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces.

Insurance - Spain

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recognised for its work on corporate transactions, including bancassurance, M&A and portfolio transfers. Also assists insurance companies and entities interested in the insurance market with regulatory, insurance and reinsurance contracts, as well as providing litigation and tax support.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Exceptional service with complete availability, even on holidays. The quality of the work is fantastic, and the team responds immediately, providing a clear and direct answer."

"Very knowledgeable and reliable for complex insurance cases."

What's new? Swiss Life, Caser Seguros, HCC International Insurance Company, Skandia Life and Aviva Vida y Pensiones are new clients.

Work highlights Advised Santander on the reinsurance of 90% of its insurance companies' individual risk portfolios across Iberia.

Assisted Aegon Group with the sale of 50% of Banca Cívica y Pensiones, Cajaburgos Vida Compañia de Seguros de Vida and Can Seguros de Salud to CaixaBank, followed by the termination of the joint venture agreement between Aegon and Banca Cívica.

Notable practitioners  

Sources say of department co-head Álvaro López-Jorrín: "He's one of the best in Spain. He's extremely practical, has a solid knowledge of commercial and insurance law, and knows how to find solutions." 

Corporate counsel Esperanza Motilla stands out because of "her exceptional technical ability. She is creative in giving solutions, always offering alternatives, and she gets it right the first time round," say clients.

Javier Urbano Jiménez is "an exceptional lawyer. He really adapts to the profile of the client to facilitate negotiations, and has a calm approach to convince the counterparty," note impressed interviewees.

Significant clients Zurich, Aegon, Santander Seguros, Allianz, Plus Ultra.

Intellectual Property - Spain

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 35 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious IP mandates, including patent, trade mark and copyright work. Notably active in the media, financial, publishing and food and beverage sectors. Particularly noted for its cross-border and multidisciplinary capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"It is reliable and responsive, co-operates well with clients, and has a good network."

What's new? Skechers, Saint Gobain and Rolex are new clients.

Work highlights Advised BBVA on the full spectrum of IP issues, particularly those related to its global trade mark portfolio.

Represented Allianz as the sponsor of El Mundo Deportivo in trade mark infringement proceedings relating to the game 'Allianz Liga Manager'.

Notable practitioners  

Department head João Miranda de Sousa impresses sources with his knowledge of the sector, and his approachability and fast responses. Clients also appreciate his ability to understand their needs.

Versatile practitioner Carolina Pina is "exceptional because of her understanding of complex topics," say sources, who also highlight her "absolute dedication to finding a successful outcome."

Noted for her patent litigation expertise, Dulce Miranda Naranjo is also highly recommended for her international experience and her capacity to anticipate issues.

Significant clients Telefónica, Google, Ogilvy Spain, Facebook, Samsung.

Life Sciences - Spain

What the team is known for A multidisciplinary team working in conjunction with other practices to provide a comprehensive service. Experienced in compliance, patent licensing, distribution agreements and clinical trials.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Experts in various disciplines work together to find solutions, and this makes us feel very secure."

"The team's business and technical knowledge, and its synergy with other areas of the firm, are great." 

Work highlights Advised on the drafting and negotiation of a collaboration framework agreement between Quesper R&D and Ferrer Internacional.

Advised Normed Medizin-Technik on the acquisition of Espanormed.

Notable practitioners  

José Fernández-Rañada López-Dóriga advises pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients on corporate and commercial issues. "He is close to the client, knowledgeable and available," say interviewees.

Clients praise Lluis Esquerra for his "capacity to delve deep into the issues" and his "global perspective." He heads the team in Barcelona and has a wealth of experience in the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors.

Dulce Miranda Naranjo remains very active in patent litigation, acting on behalf of biotech and pharmaceutical clients.

Significant clients Sanofi, AstraZeneca, Novartis, Servier, Ferrer Internacional.

Planning - Spain

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 1 of counsel

What the team is known for Strong presence across the Iberian peninsula, with in-depth knowledge of local and regional authorities. Assists with a variety of matters, including compulsory land purchases, the development of shopping centres and urban development projects. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I would highlight the firm's experience, knowledge, capacity for work, co-ordination between teams, proactivity and involvement."

Work highlights Advised OHL on the development of a multi-purpose complex in the Canalejas area in Central Madrid.

Assisted Sotogrande Habitat with zoning issues pertaining to several land plots located in the Cádiz region.

Notable practitioners  

Of counsel Francisco Perales Madueño impresses clients with his know-how: "He's extraordinary, has exceptional planning expertise and brings added value."

Beatriz Del Peso "is an excellent professional with complete availability and willingness to bring the project forward," note interviewees.

Significant clients Carrefour, Unibail-Rodamco, La Sociedad General Inmobiliaria De España, Travelodge, Cheverton Properties.

Private Equity - Spain

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A key player in the market with extensive expertise across all areas of private equity. Particularly skilled in fund formation, investment management and venture capital transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The lawyers surpass themselves in everything - I'm very pleased with their work."

"A large, strong, very resourceful firm." 

Work highlights Advised Trilantic Partners and Investindustrial on the acquisition of a 48% stake in Euskatel.

Assisted Sherpa Capital with the EUR22 million acquisition of Dédalo Grupo Gráfico's commercial print division.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Fernando Vives maintains a strong presence in the market and is skilled in the key areas of banking, corporate and finance law. He comes highly recommended by clients who describe him as "an extraordinary lawyer, one of the best in Spain."

According to clients, Rafael González-Gallarza "works with precision and always remains calm." His practice covers M&A, private equity fund-raising and structured finance. 

José Manuel Martín has a wealth of experience and expertise in transactional work. Clients describe him as "a 360-degree lawyer with an astonishingly significant business sense and a very reliable hard-worker. He's a business law expert with knowledge in many areas - working with him you can do many things without needing to speak to someone else."

María Fernández-Picazo is a recognised name in the market and strong across all areas of private equity. Clients praise her as "hard-working and very good at establishing relationships with the counterparty." 

José María Gil-Robles Casanueva enters the rankings this year following positive feedback from clients, who describe him as "thorough and very commercial; he came up with a really outstanding solution to a problem blocking a transaction."

Alex Pujol impresses clients with his solution-oriented approach: "He solves problems before they arise, has a lot of initiative, and is practical and meticulous."

Significant clients Trilantic, MCH, Blackstone, Corpfin, Mercapital, Bridgepoint.

Projects - Spain

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Particularly active in energy and infrastructure projects in Latin America as well as the refinancing and restructuring of existing projects in Spain.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A service-minded team. The lawyers know our sector extremely well and always have a 'yes' ready for the client. They clarify doubts and maintain a positive attitude."

"An agile, available team which finds solutions to any problem."

What's new? Rexel is a new client win.

Work highlights Advised a consortium of sponsors on the EUR160 million financing of the A66 motorway.

Assisted Banobras and Banorte with the MXN700 million financing of a viaduct in Mexico City.

Notable practitioners  

Marcos Botella enjoys extraordinary prestige in the sector. He recently advised a syndicate of financial entities on the EUR84.5 million refinancing of a thermo-solar and biomass plant.

Clients enjoy working with José Miguel Pinillos: "He is agile and doesn't miss a single detail. He's always available and creative in the search for solutions."

Gaspar Atienza became partner in September 2013. He impresses clients with his understanding of their needs and creative solutions.

Significant clients Abengoa, Banco Santander, OHL, Fotowatio, Dexia.

Public Law - Spain

Basic facts about the department
- 18 partners
- 122 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Substantial team with an impressive track record advising public and private entities on the full range of public law issues, including public procurement, compulsory land purchases, energy and tourism matters. Recently, it has been particularly active on energy, gaming and sports regulatory mandates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"An outstanding team - flexible and pragmatic."

"It can be hard to explain the way we work to lawyers, but this team understood our company and the technical aspects of what we do."

What's new? Beckman Coulter and Gilead Sciences are amongst the team's latest client wins.

Work highlights Assisted an electricity provider with its change to the new ownership regime of nuclear power plants under the recently passed Nuclear Energy Law.

Assisted O.N.C.E. with the implementation of a new European lottery product.

Notable practitioners  

Carmen Chinchilla offers high-level experience on a variety of public law matters in such sectors as telecommunications, electricity, infrastructure and media. She was part of the team advising Las Vegas Sands Corporation on the EuroVegas complex development. She also litigates before the national courts.

Alfredo Fernández Rancaño has led several of the team's most important projects. Of late, these included assisting the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market with the development of a new building in Alicante, and providing an investment fund with ongoing administrative law advice. 

Barcelona-based Lluis Cases continues to handle administrative and antitrust law mandates.

Clients say that up-and-comer Miguel Loya "is always available, nice to work with and does whatever is necessary to make a project work. He provides tailored advice that always respects the requirements of the law. We have an excellent relationship with him."

Significant clients Las Vegas Sands Corporation, O.N.C.E., Madrid 2020, Carrefour, Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market.

Real Estate - Spain

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Increasingly active on sale and leaseback mandates, as well as distressed real estate transactions, owing to the practice's great expertise in complex real estate financing. Represents financial institutions in acquisitions, asset repossessions and portfolio reorganisation. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team has an excellent grasp of real estate in Spain, how it plays out, how it's negotiated - it has strong local knowledge. Plus we get very good support from the rest of the firm, including access to tax and corporate lawyers."

"Very commercially oriented, which is crucial for us when negotiating agreements with third parties." 

Work highlights Advised Centro Canalejas on the acquisition and further development of the Canalejas complex, owned by Banco Santander.

Represented Azora in the acquisition of three buildings of subsidised housing in Barcelona through a public bid process.

Notable practitioners  

Lorenzo Clemente is described as "very, very good; he's got encyclopaedic knowledge and is a great guy." Notable highlights include advising the purchaser on the aforementioned Canalejas complex project.

Practice head Felipe Yannone earns warm praise from interviewees: "He's a great lawyer - he has a lot of common sense and knows what's going on in terms of case law and past transactions."

Clients say Héctor Muñoz "is very good at client service. He's fantastic, hard-working and an all-rounder."

Significant clients Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds, AXA REIM, FCC, Propinvest, OHL.

Restructuring/Insolvency - Spain

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 48 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Particularly known for its advice to debtors, this team also acts for financial institutions in insolvency situations and debt recovery matters. Its extensive office network is a definite advantage in insolvency and restructuring mandates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Above average availability compared to other providers."

"The lawyers are creative and available at any time. They provide an excellent service and give us ideas, which brings added value."

Work highlights Advised Petersen Group on cross-border insolvency proceedings with EUR2 billion liability.

Acted for Imagina Group on a refinancing agreement with more than 75% of its financial creditors.  

Notable practitioners  

Sources recognise department head Antonio Fernández as a key figure in the insolvency scene, with clients commending his technical and negotiation skills.

Insolvency expert Borja García-Alamán attracts praise for his technical ability and negotiation expertise. He recently led Petersen Group's insolvency.

Insolvency practitioner Adrián Thery rises in the rankings having earned significant positive feedback. Interviewees say: "He has a good strategic vision. He's creative and a true fighter who doesn't give up, without being aggressive."

Juan Verdugo stands out for his insolvency advice: "He is communicative, and has helped in a way that not many lawyers do. He really lays down the legal landscape for us to understand."

Significant clients Mediapro, Banco Santander, OHL, Kraft, Rabobank.

Shipping - Spain

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Its extensive network of offices covers all major Spanish ports, advising on the full array of shipping matters. Assists shipowners, underwriters and P&I clubs, as well as banks and other stakeholders.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm offers a very high-quality service and excellent team work. It's not just the individuals that we like - the whole team is excellent, all of them are true professionals."

What's new? Fundiçoes Portuguesas LDA and Fonseca are new client wins.

Work highlights Represented Boluda, Líneas Marítimas Europeas, FRS Iberia and Euromaroc 2000 in several claims against the Spanish state concerning the recovery of port dues.

Represented Travelers Syndicate Management and the Port Authority of Tarragona in a EUR5 million damages claim brought by owners of 'Savinosa' and insurers Generali for the sinking of the barge and subsequent oil spill clean-up costs.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Jesús Barbadillo Eyzaguirre "is an excellent commercial lawyer who looks after the client," say clients, who also admire his solid shipping expertise.  

Javier del Corte "is very good at both the practice and the theory - a great litigator, you can trust him," note interviewees.

Significant clients Naviera Armas, Comarit, Baleària, Boluda, FRS Iberia.

Sports Law - Spain

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Outstanding reputation for its expertise in sponsorship agreements, IP, tax and general corporate matters affecting sport. Acts on behalf of athletes, agents, coaches and clubs among others.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"For easy questions you get fast responses from juniors, and for more difficult issues you have the expertise of the partners."

"A multidisciplinary team that can cover any issue: you can be sure that you will receive a complete answer."

What's new? Soxna, Patrick Ebert, Luis Aragón Bayona and PokerStar are among its long list of client wins. 

Work highlights Advised on the preparation and presentation of Madrid's bid for the 2020 Olympics.

Represented Allianz in civil proceedings initiated by the Spanish Professional Football League over the alleged trade mark infringement of a logo.

Notable practitioners  

Market observers highlight the sports and IP capabilities of Carolina Pina, noting that she is "a clear leader" in the field.

Tax practitioner Félix Plaza "calibrates risks and appreciates that nothing is certain but manages to come to a conclusion. He's technically strong and aware of the client's commercial drive," say impressed sources. 

Significant clients World Anti-Doping Agency, Emirates, Real Madrid FC, AIE, UEFA.

Tax - Spain

Basic facts about the department
- 96 partners
- 431 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A large and highly experienced team handling all manner of national and international tax mandates. Expertise in transactional, litigation and indirect tax issues. A founding member of global tax firm alliance Taxand.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We are very impressed with the level of service; the lawyers are hard-working, act like business partners and take the time to understand our needs. This is what makes the difference."

"A guarantee of quality - Garrigues has a wonderful reputation."

Work highlights Avised BBVA on the tax aspects of its EUR29 billion acquisition of Unnim Bank.

Assisted Santander with the EUR3.6 billion merger of its real estate companies.

Notable practitioners  

Sources describe Ricardo Gómez as "a star lawyer. A tax sage who applies his knowledge to a great range of matters in a practical way."

Abelardo Delgado is a highly respected figure in the market: "He analyses problems so deeply you can always be assured of the answer. He is one of the most intelligent lawyers in Spain."

Indirect tax expert Eduardo Gardeta remains a well-respected market figure.

Eduardo Abad Valdenebro earns admiration for the scope of his ability and service-oriented attitude: "He adapts to our needs, uses his own initiative and solves problems." "He is really making an impact," adds another interviewee.

Ángel Calleja is highly skilled in transactional tax matters and transfer pricing. "He does wonderful work," say clients.

Albert Collado's practice focuses on emerging markets and international tax. Clients praise his "knowledge, management capacity, sense of responsibility and honesty."

Miriam Barrera Ubieta earns praise for her expertise in this area: "She is practical, solution-oriented and clear-headed. Those who work with her hold her in very high esteem," remarks an interviewee.

Significant clients Telefónica, Banco Santander, La Caixa, BBVA, Endesa.

TMT - Spain

Basic facts about the department 
- 7 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Top-drawer, versatile practice with full-service capacities in the media, IT and telecoms sectors. Advises a plethora of international and domestic heavyweights on corporate transactions, IP rights, data privacy and contentious matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A multidisciplinary team able to cover any issue, and you can be sure that you will receive the most complete answer possible. It has solid knowledge of the industry and pays exceptional attention to the client."

"We had an excellent experience. The lawyers acted with a lot of dedication and enthusiasm and shared their vision with us. They were outstanding as strategists, always proactive; they did much more than we expected."

What's new? Manuel Bueno was promoted to partner. He has experience in the production, financing and distribution of audio-visual content.

Guadalupe Sampedro was promoted to counsel. She's an IT expert with over 11 years of experience.

Work highlights Advised Barcelona Mobile World Capital Foundation on the public, tax and IP law aspects of its MWCB project.

Notable practitioners  

Co-responsible for the firm's US desk, Javier Marzo earns praise for his "legal intuition that steers things in the right direction."

Clients recommend José María Anguiano for his "profound knowledge of the sector and great experience. He is highly specialised in new technologies and attuned to our business needs." 

Corporate and IT law expert José Ramón Morales is commended by a client for his "specialised expertise and insight into the complexities of the client's business. He was a true leader, always up to date and available."

Carolina Pina is a prominent IP attorney, with additional acumen in image and media rights. A client says: "I trust her; she is a gifted litigator and her advice is outstanding."

Significant clients Samsung, la Caixa, Vocento, Grupo Televisa, IBM, Abertis.  

Wealth Management - Spain

Basic facts about the department
- 32 partners 

What the team is known for A reputed department with a wide network of domestic and international offices. Offers a fully integrated wealth management service, including tax, civil law, litigation, M&A, corporate and commercial law. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Always has updated information on the legal tax situation in Spain, and a fantastic historical view of the market. The work is very efficient, punctual and accurate."

"A good mix between local presence and global outreach."

Work highlights Provided domestic and international tax, investment and restructuring advice to the family office of Rosalía Mera Goyenechea.

Notable practitioners  

Juan Luis Zayas focuses on tax planning, family group successions and reorganisation. He is "technically impeccable," say clients.

Jesús Andújar Larios heads the tax department in La Coruña. Clients highlight the clarity of his advice, saying: "He is hard-working, direct and summarises matters very clearly - he makes difficult issues easy to understand."

Significant clients Castilla y León Family Business Association, ROSP Group.