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  • 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: 288
  • Number of professionals worldwide: 1776
  • Languages: Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, German, Italian, Japanese, Catalan, Arabic and Chinese
  • Other Offices in Spain: A Coruña, Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Burgos, Cáceres, Granada, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Logroño, Málaga, Murcia, Oviedo, Palma de Mallorca, Pamplona, San Sebastián, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Sevilla, Valencia, Valladolid, Vigo, Vitoria, 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 such as M&A, commercial, arbitration and litigation, labour, national and international tax, IP and IT, antitrust, environmental law, real estate, planning and public law. Its integrated approach allows the firm to provide clients with a full perspective combining transactional, regulatory and tax implications in every assignment. Garrigues also encompasses a prestigious learning centre,Centro de Estudios Garrigues, which offers various postgraduate courses in different legal areas, including tax law, and the Fundación Garrigues, which promotes legal research, especially in the areas of global law (through the Garrigues Chair in Global Law at the Universidad de Navarra), bioethics and the Information Society.

Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate and commercial, mergers and acquisitions, securities market, banking and finance, insurance, real estate, planning and zoning, energy, telecommunications, EU and antitrust, tax, accounting law, human capital services, labour law, litigation and arbitration, restructuring and insolvency, criminal law, intellectual property, information technology, administrative law, environmental, maritime and transportation, pharmaceutical and biotechnology, sports and entertainment. Garrigues also covers the following industry groups: automotive, banks, private equity, family business, pharmacy and biotechnology, real estate, sports and entertainment and tourism and hotels. Additionally, the firm services clients in other countries through the following desks: German, Italian, French, Indian, US and Asia Pacific.

International Work:
Garrigues has always shown a particularly strong international mind,with overseas offices in New York (since 1973) and Brussels (since 1986). It also helped form the first international network of lawyers, the Club de Abogados. In recent times, as clients’ requirements for global services have grown, Garrigues’ reach has extended to four continents through its own offices in Brussels, Casablanca, London, New York, Shanghai and Warsaw. The firm enjoys absolute leadership of the Latin American legal market through Affinitas, the Garrigues, promoted exclusive alliance of top tier law firms (please refer to worldwide office contacts). Garrigues is also a founding member of Taxand, the first independent specialised global tax alliance currently present in nearly 50 countries, and a member of World Services Group, a network that brings together a full spectrum of leading professional services firms and companies worldwide.


  • 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
  • 14, Boulevard Pasteur,
  • Tangier,
  • Tangier-Tétouan
  • Morocco
  • 9000
  • Tel +212 539 37 9050
  • Fax +212 539 37 9069
  • 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
  • 3, Boulevard Massira Al Khadra,
  • Casablanca,
  • Grand Casablanca
  • Morocco
  • 20100
  • Tel +212 22 77 72 40
  • Fax +212 22 77 72 59
  • 780 Third Avenue,
  • 35th floor,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10017
  • Tel +1 212 751 9233
  • Fax +1 212 355 3594

General Business Law - Barcelona

THE FIRM The Barcelona office of this Spanish firm is highly recommended for its corporate/M&A, corporate crime, tax and employment advice. Clients appreciate the deep resources of the team as well as its adaptability and flexibility. Recently the corporate team advised CatalunyaCaixa on its corporate restructuring. Of late, the employment team has assisted with several employment restructurings and collective layoffs. 

Sources say: "It stands out because the firm adapts to the needs of the client."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Fernando Rey is managing partner.

Competition/European Law - Belgium

International Trade - Belgium

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Corporate/M&A - Europe-wide

THE FIRM This Spanish firm has offices in Poland and London to complement its impressive presence in the Iberian region. The team represents prominent corporate clients in both domestic and cross-border deals. Highlight transactions include advising BMW on the Spanish side of the EUR700 million acquisition of ING Car Lease, which operates in eight countries across Europe, and representing Ebro Foods in the EUR205 million acquisition of the rice business of SOS Corporación Empresarial in Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands and the USA.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Madrid-based Javier Ybáñez heads the corporate team.

General Business Law - Porto

THE FIRM This firm's Porto outpost advises on a wide range of matters, although it attracts most praise for its tax practice. The office houses 15 lawyers and has high-profile clients such as Iberdrola, RAR Group and Gamesa. Recently, the group acted as counsel to Boncarton on the proposed sale of cardboard producer GOPACA. It handled the due diligence, tax and transactional aspects of the deal.

Sources say: "This firm is a great choice for tax matters and has never let us down."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Miguel Reis is a renowned authority in the tax field. Clients comment: "We couldn't have a better opinion of Reis; he is always available and really understands our business."

Employment expert Rui Valente is well regarded by the market. Sources remark: "It is difficult to find someone that has all of his characteristics: namely his experience, excellent manners and client-handling skills."

Banking & Finance - Portugal

THE FIRM From its offices in Lisbon and Porto, this prestigious Iberian player advises local and international financial institutions and corporations on all aspects of banking and finance. Recent mandates include restructurings, acquisition finance and regulatory advice. Clients highlight the lawyers' business savvy and responsiveness as key strengths.

Sources say: "A highly commercial firm: the lawyers take our business needs into account instead of focusing solely on black letter law."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Bruno Ferreira is the firm's leading name for banking and finance work. Clients state that he is "excellent, clearly an expert; commercial and responsive."

Capital Markets - Portugal

THE FIRM The capital markets, banking and finance department at this sizeable Iberian firm has handled some of the largest capital market transactions of the past year, including Banco Espírito Santo's EUR1.01 billion rights offering. The 11-strong team benefits from strong international links and acts on behalf of overseas and Portuguese clients such as Portugal Telecom, Companhia Siderurgica Nacional, and Novabase. 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Diogo Leónidas Rocha leads the team and is well respected for his expertise in capital markets.

Marta Graça Rodrigues is equally adept at handling securities, corporate law and M&A transactions.

Competition/European Law - Portugal

THE FIRM This six-strong team provides transactional and compliance advice to clients in the automotive, technology, and retail industries. It acts as a strong source of support to the firm's M&A department, and recently handled several merger filings. For example, the lawyers assisted BioMérieux with the notification of its EUR183 million acquisition of French company AES SKIVA.

Sources say: "All of the lawyers are extremely well qualified and their answers are superb."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice head João Paulo Teixeira de Matos works closely with Garrigues' competition team in Madrid and is a well-respected market figure.

Clients applaud Ana Ferreira Neves for her detail-oriented, direct approach: "She is straightforward and explains everything clearly, with 'yes' and 'no' answers."

Corporate/M&A - Portugal

THE FIRM With a network of 38 offices globally, this heavyweight player offers extensive multi-jurisdictional expertise. The firm advises local and foreign clients from a wide range of industry sectors, including Portugal Telecom, Magnum Capital, Randstad, Secil and Fertiberia. In a recent standout mandate, the lawyers assisted Nove SGPS with the sale of Massimo Dutti to Inditex. 

Sources say: "Top legal advisers for M&A and securities." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice head Diogo Leónidas Rocha is, according to interviewees, "amongst the best M&A lawyers in Portugal."

Clients enjoy working with Mário Lino Dias: "He's open-minded, not solely focused on the legal side. He pays attention to the commercial side as well: a comprehensive lawyer."

Susana Pimenta de Sousa is an expert in corporate law and commercial contracts as well as M&A.

Dispute Resolution - Portugal

THE FIRM The litigation and arbitration department at this respected Iberian firm receives high-profile mandates from domestic and international giants such as IBM, Kraft, DuPont and Portugal Telecom. Recent work highlights include representing the latter in a dispute against Zon, and representing Decathlon in a damages claim filed by a real estate developer. 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients highlight Miguel Azevedo's litigation skills and describe him as "a brilliant lawyer."

Litigator and arbitrator Joao Duarte de Sousa leads the team.

Employment - Portugal

THE FIRM This outstanding Iberian firm handles employment matters from Lisbon and Porto, with the Porto office advising more local clients while Lisbon focuses on assisting international corporates. The group has remained busy with restructuring and collective dismissal instructions, including related court cases. It also has experience in outsourcing projects. Clients include IBM, GE Money, Gestamp, Magnum Capital Partners and the municipality of Porto. The firm's network is a clear advantage in cross-border projects.

Sources say: "The lawyers could foresee risks and offer solutions. They were great in negotiations with employees."

KEY INDIVIDUALS João Paulo Teixeira de Matos handles employment matters as part of a mixed practice which also covers corporate and competition law. He is well respected for his expertise in this area.

Based in Porto, Rui Valente is a key employment lawyer in the region. "I really enjoyed working with him," remarks a peer.

Leading associate Rita Neto is a highly active member of the team. Clients appreciate her hands-on approach.

Energy & Natural Resources - Portugal

THE FIRM The public law, energy and natural resources department at this Iberian firm maintains an outstanding reputation in the market. The seven-lawyer team handles regulatory and transactional mandates on behalf of public and private sector clients including REN Armazenagem, the Ministry of Economy & Employment and Repsol Polímeros.

Sources say: "We feel like the lawyers are part of our team. They don't just speak about the law and problems and limitations: they propose solutions."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The group's standout name is João Paulo Rosado Correia. Clients highlight his strategic approach and expertise in energy and public law.

Intellectual Property - Portugal

THE FIRM This excellent Iberian firm maintains its reputation as a market leader in this area. The Portuguese department works in co-ordination with the Spanish and Chinese teams, advising on trade mark, copyright and unfair competition issues as well as risk analysis. Its clients come from the food, banking, new media, entertainment, pharmaceutical and retail sectors, and well-known names include Inditex, O Boticário, Novabase and Banco Espírito Santo. In a recent highlight the team represented J. Portugal Ramos Vinhos in unfair competition litigation.

Sources say: "The lawyers are accessible and we can always talk directly with the partner. They go beyond the legal point, they go into the strategy of our business." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS João Miranda de Sousa is the worldwide head of the firm's IP practice. He splits his time between Lisbon and Madrid and earns accolades for his availability, technical skill and strategic thinking.

According to clients, Isabel Bairrão "can always pinpoint the fastest, most intelligent course of action. I feel comfortable working with her."

Interviewees underline Francisca Ferreira Pinto's availability and analytical skills.

Planning - Portugal

THE FIRM This Iberian firm has a mixed department comprising real estate, planning and zoning. The team is well versed in the requirements of municipalities, and it also acts on behalf of developers and investors. Recent highlights include advising Baixa, Atelier de Arquitectura on the execution of a plan for the rehabilitation of part of the Faro Peninsula. Oficina de Arquitectura and Urbiteme are other clients of note.  

Sources say: "An experienced firm which offers high levels of partner attention.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Both a lawyer and a fully qualified architect, Eduardo Gonçalves Rodrigues is highly sought for his expertise. Clients describe him as "the ideal partner: as he is an architect, he has an extremely clear perspective. He is also very patient and a good listener.”

Commentators rate department head Miguel Marques dos Santos: “He is brilliant: he goes straight to the point and is very down-to-earth in his dealings. He is pragmatic and understands what the client is looking for.” He continues to advise on a large number of projects, many of which involve different legal regimes.

Private Equity - Portugal

THE FIRM This prestigious Iberian player advises local and international private equity clients on MBOs, MBIs, LBOs and distressed M&A operations. In one highlight deal, the lawyers assisted Magnum Industrial Partners with the acquisition of a 21.5% stake in Generis Farmacêutica. Other notable clients include Nmás1 Capital Privado and ECS Capital.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Diogo Leónidas Rocha is widely reputed for his expertise in M&A, banking law, capital markets and private equity. 

Public Law - Portugal

THE FIRM This compact public law team offers a high-quality, partner-driven service to its range of public and private clients. The group is particularly noted for its work in infrastructure projects, as well as energy and natural resources. Its large network of offices in Europe, North Africa, Asia and the USA provides added value on complex multi-jurisdictional mandates. Clients include the municipality of Lisbon, REN Armazenagem and the Direcção Geral da Energia e Geologia. 

Sources say: “The firm's main strengths are its professional competence, availability and personalised service.”

KEY INDIVIDUALS João Paulo Rosado Correia is one of the top energy experts in the country, and the main driving force behind the public law team. According to clients, he “has high technical competence and always thinks carefully about the most appropriate route to follow.”

Sara Castelo Branco is a prominent and highly experienced associate who remains integral to the group's success.

Real Estate - Portugal

THE FIRM This highly regarded multidisciplinary practice advises on all aspects of real estate, planning and zoning. The team assists major domestic and international clients with acquisitions, sale-and-leasebacks, transfers of real estate assets, and construction agreements. It also contributed to recent reforms in lease law, giving it in-depth knowledge of this area of legislation.

Sources say: "The lawyers have solid knowledge of all matters related to real estate, and are proactive and up to date with the newest developments."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients describe practice head Miguel Marques dos Santos as "fearless in negotiations and always a step ahead of his opponents."

A new name in the rankings, senior associate Pedro Pereira Coutinho impresses clients with his dedication: "One of the good things about him is that you can reach him at any time."

Restructuring/Insolvency - Portugal

THE FIRM From its M&A and litigation departments, this Iberian powerhouse handles restructuring and insolvency cases for banks, venture capital and investment funds. It represents mainly creditors and also deals with some transactional work including the acquisition of non-performing loans. Its clientele includes ECS Capital, Merrill Lynch and UBS. Recent highlights include acting on the insolvency of Banco Privado Português, in the first procedure of this kind affecting a credit institution in Portugal.

Sources say: "The quality of the work is excellent. A proactive, practical and sophisticated team that really understands the market."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Diogo Leónidas Rocha leads the team.

Tax - Portugal

THE FIRM This sizeable team handles tax consultancy and litigation work. It advises on a broad scope of issues, but its restructuring and contentious tax advice has been in particularly high demand of late. Due to its Spanish roots, a large part of the team's workload is cross-border, and it recently handled mandates in Brazil and Portuguese-speaking African countries. Notable clients include Santander, Iberdrola, Portugal Telecom and IBM.

Sources say: "The team is very responsive to my demands and always presents innovative solutions." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head Fernando Castro Silva is a well-established tax lawyer with ample experience in the sector.

Miguel Reis is another strong performer who acts mainly in Porto.

Banking & Finance - Spain

THE FIRM This Spanish titan's 11-partner banking and finance team collaborates closely with the corporate department. It covers acquisition finance, sales of non-performing loan portfolios, real estate finance and corporate loans. Interviewees particularly underline the team's high visibility on the banking scene, and its client roster includes Abengoa, Amper, Deutsche Bank and Banco Santander. A case of note was advising Grupo Inversor Hesperia on its EUR593 million financial restructuring.

Sources say: “I'm very happy with the team – it really understands the client's needs.”

KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients assert that Rafael González-Gallarza is a “helpful, constructive adviser, who is easy to work with and is supported by an impressive group.”

Luis de la Peña has "a great global overview of the finance sector," according to interviewees. He has ample experience in acting for banks, investment institutions and venture capital firms. 

Juan Ignacio González is rated as “a solution-driven lawyer who knows the regulatory area inside-out.”

Pablo San Gil recently led the team in advising a syndicate of five banks, including Banco de Sabadell, on the financial debt restructuring of Comercial Mirasierra's companies.

Capital Markets - Spain

THE FIRM The sizeable financial services industry team at this prominent firm combines talent and experience from different backgrounds to provide a full service to clients. Its workload includes rights offerings, bond and notes issues and securitisations. A recent highlight saw the group assist BBVA with a EUR3.4 billion bond issue. Bankia, Sacyr Vallehermoso and JPMorgan Securities are other clients of note.

Sources say: "The group always offers pragmatic and fast solutions, as well as value for money."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Javier Ybáñez leads the team. He is sought after for his expertise in debt and equity capital markets transactions, and earns praise for his commitment and availability.

Sources admire Gonzalo García-Fuertes' hands-on and businesslike approach. He counts BBVA, Bankia and Banco Sabadell among his clients.

A new name in the rankings, Marta López Brea impresses clients with her skill and experience in this area.

Competition/European Law - Spain

THE FIRM This Spanish heavyweight houses some of the best-known names in the market and remains a top choice for prominent clients including Cisco Systems, Banco Santander and Amadeus. The lawyers handle a wide range of competition matters including merger control, state aid and cartel investigations in Spain and Brussels. In a recent highlight, they represented several companies in the cement industry in a cartel case before the ECJ.

Sources say: "The team is strategic and proactive: the lawyers understand your situation, propose solutions and keep you informed at all times."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients admire Luis Ortiz Blanco for his technical expertise, strategic approach and ability to remain calm in stressful situations.

Practice head Marcos Araujo is "exceptional. He's proactive, creative and business-oriented," remark clients.

"Pragmatic and precise" Susana Cabrera is another key member of the team. 

A new name in the rankings, senior associate Alfonso Lamadrid is "an excellent lawyer - one of the reasons why I chose the firm," states a client.

Corporate/M&A - Spain

THE FIRM Spanish titan Garrigues continues to attract top-drawer international and domestic mandates. With 75 partners spread across Spain, the firm offers some of the most comprehensive coverage in the market. Recent highlights include advising CatalunyaCaixa on its conversion to a bank, and advising Banco Santander on the transfer of part of its operations in Latin America to Zurich Financial Services. In another notable case, the team assisted Grupo Mahou San Miguel with its acquisition of Balneario y Aguas de Solán de Cabras.

Sources say: "An excellent team – the work is very high quality and the lawyers look to find the best solutions. They do everything they can for their clients."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources describe managing partner Fernando Vives as "one of the top names in the market for M&A work."

Álvaro López-Jorrín retains an admirable reputation, particularly for his work in the financial sector. One source says he is "fantastic – young but brilliant."

Ramon Girbau receives strong praise for his wide-ranging expertise of corporate matters in the financial sector. "He has commendable knowledge of our company and the sector as a whole," says one observer.  

Mónica Martín de Vidales recently led a key deal advising the Petersen Group on its acquisition of an extra 10% stake in YPF.

Interviewees describe Sergio Sánchez Solé as "constructive, pragmatic and always available."

Dispute Resolution - Spain

THE FIRM This stellar Spanish firm is a favourite among clients from the construction, energy, finance and automotive sectors, and acts for major names such as Iberdrola, BBVA and Banco Privado Português. It has both strength and depth, thanks to its 26 offices across Spain and its 280-member litigation and arbitration team. The international arbitration group focuses on Europe, Latin America and Africa, and has profound experience in both ad hoc and institutional proceedings. The team recently represented the Namibian Works and Transport Ministry in a EUR3.2 million dispute against Ineco.

Sources say: “Among the best firms in Spain for dispute resolution.”

KEY INDIVIDUALS One of the grand names of litigation, Fernando Pantaleón is praised by clients for his impressive drafting skills, stellar knowledge of civil law and fluency in English. He has an active arbitration and litigation practice, and is additionally able to assist with criminal law matters.

Carlos de los Santos recently represented Banco Privado Português in a EUR114 million claim filed by Kendall. He has an extensive practice representing clients in litigation in Latin America. Sources laud his sharp litigation skills and commercial awareness, saying he is "courageous and persistent, and shows real flair in the courtroom." Another client adds: "He is quick on his feet and technically excellent, proposing creative solutions."

Alberto Pimenta handles civil, corporate and commercial litigation, and has additional expertise in criminal law. He gains warm feedback from sources, who say he is "great in court."  

Dispute Resolution - Spain

THE FIRM This impressive 80-member team is widely respected across the country. It counts Carrefour, SAMSUNG and Delphi Automotive Systems in its impressive client portfolio, and also represents a number of private clients. Of late it has acted on cases involving environmental offences, corporate crimes, criminal insolvency and extradition matters.

Sources say: "Great for corporate crime. The lawyers are very practical, don't delegate too much and always try to find solutions."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice head Florentino Ortí is highly regarded for his work in this sphere. He has much experience of working with banking clients and has played a major role in cases involving exchange control offences.

Barcelona-based Enric Carulla receives plaudits from clients, who say he is “straightforward, quick and technically sound.”

Employment - Spain

THE FIRM With 33 partners, this firm fields one of the largest employment teams in the country. Commentators praise it not only for its size, but for its business-oriented approach, creativity and technical prowess. Recent highlights for the group include assisting Silicio Solar with a restructuring resulting in 350 dismissals of 700 temporary layoffs. Carrefour, Panrico, Iberia and Gas Natural are other noteworthy clients.

Sources say: "A reference in the market. I'd highlight its diligence and the quality of the team. I've never thought there was a lawyer who wasn't up to standard. They are creative, solution-oriented, practical and technically strong." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Senior statesman Federico Durán López is "one of the most important employment lawyers in Spain. His expertise is amazing; he understands client needs and takes a creative approach."

Practice head Rosa Zarza climbs to the top tier following outstanding client feedback: "She's extraordinary – an employment law machine. She makes you feel extremely safe because she's so calm and consistent and her expertise is very wide. She's solution-oriented and always meets the deadlines." 

Juan José Yago wins praise for his expertise, with peers describing him as "magnificent, one of the best. Hard-working, solid, brilliant."

Adriano Gómez García-Bernal impresses sources with his litigation skills: "He is a born litigator, brilliant in court. A pleasure to work with, his expertise is really excellent," say interviewees.

Vicente Calle is many clients' first choice for restructurings. "He has years of experience and is a solid lawyer," say interviewees.

Another admired member of the team is Rafael Ortiz. He is based in Barcelona, and specialises in reorganisations and collective bargaining agreements. 

A former member of UGT's Confederate Committee, José Luis Cebrián is sought after for his knowledge of unions and ability to negotiate with them. "He is flexible, hands-on and conciliatory but he will take the negotiation in the direction he wants to take it," remarks an interviewee.

Madrid-based Rafael Giménez-Arnau wins unanimous praise for his prowess in this area.

Peers concede that María Luisa López Villalba is an excellent practitioner, and point to her technical expertise as a key strength.  

Energy & Natural Resources - Spain

THE FIRM This integrated energy team includes experts in corporate/M&A, antitrust, financial services, tax and litigation. It is involved in all areas of energy including electricity, oil, gas, mining and renewable energies. Though active in regulatory cases, transactional work is its core focus, and it recently acted for China Three Gorges on the purchase of a EUR2.7 billion stake in Portuguese-listed company EDP.

Sources say: "A very strong team technically."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Silvestre Arana heads the firm's German desk and recently acted for Austrian Plansee Group on a disposal. He is a go-to person for multi-jurisdictional work thanks to his expertise in German law. One interviewee comments: "When I see him on a transaction, I know it will be a success."

Environment - Spain

THE FIRM This Spanish giant remains an indisputable leader in the environment arena. In addition to a substantial legal team, it houses a group of engineers, biologists and geologists, and is able to advise clients on all environment concerns. Recently, the lawyers assisted the local government of Andalusia with the drafting of climate change legislation, and represented the Spanish Photovoltaic Association in a claim against the Spanish government regarding changes in sector regulations. Red Eléctrica de España and Banco Español de Crédito are other noteworthy clients.

Sources say: "Exhaustive and to-the-point advice, focused on our needs. Fast, available, and an excellent level of partner attention."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Alfredo Fernández Rancaño leads the team.

Intellectual Property - Spain

THE FIRM With 27 offices throughout Spain and a 50-strong team dedicated to IP issues, this firm's resources are second to none. It receives instructions from prominent clients including Google, Telefónica, FIFA and BBVA, and recently assisted Hijos de Rivera with a multi-jurisdictional trade mark litigation case.  

Sources say: "The team makes sure it really understands our problem: the lawyers spend time working with us and are responsive, commercial and easy to get along with."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice head João Miranda de Sousa has "great expertise and a great capacity to integrate in the business world. He's very business-oriented and practical – he doesn't just give us data or legal recommendations," states an interviewee.

Sports and entertainment practice co-head Carolina Pina receives recognition for her commercial approach and negotiating skills: "She's tough in negotiations, but also reasonable," say clients.

Sources describe Dulce Miranda Naranjo as "impressive: thorough and fast, with an excellent grasp of technological as well as legal issues."

Life Sciences - Spain

THE FIRM This multi-disciplinary team combines a number of specialists from different practice areas, allowing it to handle the whole range of issues in this field. Clients are impressed by its close collaboration, and comment on the comprehensive service it provides. The team advises a host of high-profile pharmaceutical companies, including AstraZeneca, Sanofi and Novartis, on M&A, compliance, clinical trials, patent licensing agreements and distribution agreements. A highlight was assisting the Valencian Institute of Infertility (IVI) with a EUR4 million joint venture for the opening of clinics in India and the Middle East.

Sources say: "The team has a very global approach and it tackles mandates from different angles to give a global picture. It's very good in advising on all the related areas, and saying how one area will affect another."

KEY INDIVIDUALS José Fernández-Rañada López-Dóriga is singled out for his strong commercial awareness and ability to anticipate pitfalls: "He's pragmatic, takes the time to think things through, and has a very good business understanding."

Clients speak highly of Dulce Miranda Naranjo's strong reputation, particularly for patents work. She acts for a range of clients in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. 

Planning - Spain

THE FIRM This firm continues to dominate the Spanish planning scene thanks to the quality and volume of instructions it receives. With offices throughout the country, it has the capacity to handle large-scale mandates. The team's client base consists of local government authorities, autonomous communities and private companies. It is active in a variety of areas including planning, zoning and compulsory land purchases. Planning litigation is another strong suit for the firm, as this kind of dispute is particularly prevalent of late. A recent highlight saw the group advise La Sociedad General Inmobiliaria de España on planning law matters relating to the construction and development of a shopping centre. 

Sources say: "The firm is well organised, producing work of an exceptionally high quality." "Methodical and efficient, with personalised client care."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Francisco Perales Madueño is a highly respected veteran of planning law. He is credited as a pioneer of the practice, "a real star and pre-eminent practitioner," according to interviewees.

Beatriz Del Peso dedicates the majority of her time to planning work, receiving a good deal of market recognition. She is present on many of the team's most prominent deals.

Private Equity - Spain

THE FIRM This prestigious local firm comes highly recommended for its expertise representing private equity clients. It works on traditional transactions, as well as on private equity funds in the infrastructure, technology and ICT sectors. The firm's full-service capabilities gives the team access to experts in related fields including tax, corporate and employment law. Recent mandates include advising Torreal, ProA Capital and Criteria Caixaholding on the EUR72 million sale of 18% of Saba Infraestructuras to KKR. Other clients include Blackstone, Corpfin Capital and the European Investment Fund. 

Sources say: "We work with the team on complex private equity issues. The lawyers have an advantage in that they have been around for many years so everyone knows them. They are very present in the market."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Observers say managing partner Fernando Vives is "a fantastic lawyer, great for structuring." This versatile practitioner has extensive experience in a variety of areas including corporate, banking and capital markets.

Rafael González-Gallarza receives positive market feedback. Interviewees say he has "a great reputation amongst clients in the industry." He acts on a range of corporate and financial transactions, including M&A, fundraising and structured finance.

Sources confirm that José Manuel Martín remains very active in private equity transactions. He recently assisted Investindustrial with the corporate restructuring of Panda Security.

María Fernández-Picazo earns strong market feedback for her dedication in deals. In addition to private equity, she is active in banking, M&A and renewable energy transactions.  

Projects - Spain

THE FIRM Although market sources comment on the recent departures of several members of the team, they continue to praise the group's technical strength, commitment and availability, and agree that the firm remains one of the dominant forces in the market. It remains busy with infrastructure and renewable energy projects as well as restructurings, and recently advised Corporación Andina de Fomento and Natixis on the USD50 million financing of a wind park in Peru. Abengoa, Santander and Ferrovial are other clients of note.

Sources say: "The working atmosphere is fantastic: the lawyers are completely available and willing to answer questions. They are proactive and involved in the decision-making process - we don't feel like all the responsibility lies on our shoulders."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients describe working with Marcos Botella as "splendid: he's completely hands-on and reviews every piece of documentation, and you know that working with him everything will be fine. He gives us peace of mind."

José Miguel Pinillos is "brilliant for transactions: he has expertise in public law and corporate, he's very well rounded. He's agile and never hesitates," say clients.

Clients highlight Rafael González-Gallarza's cross-practice experience, capacity for work and responsiveness.

Public Law - Spain

THE FIRM This 19-partner team is much admired for its extensive public law capabilities. It has a considerable market share, acting for private companies and public sector bodies alike. Areas of strength include contracts, administrative matters and planning. The group's expertise extends right across the country and beyond, with hubs in London, New York and Brussels. A major highlight involved advising Metro de Madrid on the contracting required for the disposal of second-hand rolling stock.  

Sources say: "Excellent because of its technical capabilities, flexibility and adaptability to a client's needs." "Great client service: it's very flexible, and transparent in billing."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources are highly impressed by department head Alfredo Fernández Rancaño. "He's very pragmatic and experienced, and his advice was key to a major investment we made," says one client. Fernández Rancaño is particularly active in infrastructure projects.

Carmen Chinchilla receives a good deal of positive feedback, highlighting both her academic credentials and her work in this sphere. "She's a recognised and prestigious name," note observers. Her key areas of focus are administrative and telecoms law.

Lluis Cases has a background in public and competition law. "He always takes our concerns seriously and strongly defends our interests," states one client.

Miguel Loya makes a first appearance in the rankings thanks to warm praise from market commentators, with one saying: "I have an excellent opinion of him – he is responsive and produces high-quality work." 

Real Estate - Spain

THE FIRM This five-partner real estate team ascends the rankings thanks to the exceptionally high level of praise it receives. Clients highlight its broad range of capabilities and its integration with other teams within the firm. It recently advised AXA REIM on a EUR65 million sale of an office building complex in Madrid. It also assisted Moorpark Capital Partners and Morgan Stanley with the acquisitions of large property portfolios.

Sources say: "It does not limit itself to just answering questions, it is actively interested in our needs and strives to cover those needs in the best ways possible."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice head Felipe Yannone is unanimously respected in the marketplace and is particularly highlighted for his work on complex and sophisticated deals. He led the team advising AXA REIM on the EUR65 million sale of an office building complex in Madrid.

Lorenzo Clemente is recognised for his excellent knowledge of the law. He counts FCC and OHL among his clients.

Héctor Muñoz is touted as a lawyer to watch. He has a broad practice, with excellent capabilities in real estate transactions and leasing, and real estate finance.

Restructuring/Insolvency - Spain

THE FIRM This stellar team has a reservoir of experience in both restructuring and insolvency. Sources admire its broad geographical presence and top-quality clients, such as Portuguese financial services group Banif, door manufacturer Puertas Norma and Santander. Of late the team assisted Mediapro with its insolvency proceedings, with aggregate liabilities of EUR1 billion. It ensured the continuity of the company by implementing the restructuring tools available under the Spanish insolvency law. 

Sources say: “Good communication between the various national offices.” “One of the best in this practice area.” “A go-to firm for debtor clients.”

KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head Antonio Fernández gains widespread positive feedback highlighting his superior English skills and long-standing experience. One client states: "I would give him ten out of ten; he's a delight to work with. He's technically astute, always works within deadlines, and provides creative solutions." 

Borja García-Alamán advises creditors of distressed companies and is also active in pre-insolvency and insolvency debt situations. Interviewees say he is “very hard-working.”

Adrián Thery handles mandates for distressed companies in the industrial, real estate and services sectors and is also active in non-performing loan work.

Interviewees laud Juan Verdugo's strong leadership skills and ability to handle complex deals. "He fights for the client and is making a name for himself. He's a strong communicator and is able to adeptly handle all the parties involved in negotiations."

Shipping - Spain

THE FIRM This two-partner practice undertakes a range of mandates, including all work relating to contracts, registration and maritime claims. A recent case of note was helping the Norwegian Hull Club oppose a EUR2.8 million claim brought against it. Other significant clients include Naviera Armas, Britannia and Terminales de Contenedores.  

Sources say: "The lawyers are always available and arrange meetings quickly."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Jesús Barbadillo Eyzaguirre is the leading name in this practice.

Sports Law - Spain

THE FIRM The sizeable sports and entertainment team at this Spanish powerhouse brings together lawyers with varying specialisations including tax, employment, corporate and IP. Recent times have seen the lawyers advising on the 2020 Madrid Olympic Games bid, and assisting footballer David Villa Sanchez and basketball team Valencia Basket Club. On the employment front, the team frequently advises Real Madrid FC on key contractual issues such as suspension of employment contracts and employee mobility issues.

Sources say: “The lawyers are very knowledgeable in football-related matters.” "The team is commercial, pragmatic and has great response times. It also provides excellent tax advice as and when necessary."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head Carolina Pina counts Samsung Electronics Iberica as a loyal client, recently advising it on the drafting and review of a sponsorship contract with the Spanish Basketball Federation. Interviewees remark upon her IP expertise, which "adds an impressive facet to her sports work."

Félix Plaza co-heads the department and wins plaudits for his specialist tax knowledge. Clients say he gives “concise and extremely well-structured advice," adding that he is "very personable and responsive, with a great knowledge of the football world.” 

Tax - Spain

THE FIRM Garrigues is renowned for its position at the high end of Spanish tax law, and maintains an enormous presence in this field across its offices. The full-service practice advises on complex international tax matters as well as local, family business issues and indirect taxation.

Sources say: "The team receives top marks for its technical knowledge: the work is always of excellent quality."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Interviewees describe Ricardo Gómez as a "wonderful tax lawyer." He has a wealth of experience in Spanish tax, particularly in financial taxation.

Abelardo Delgado is highly respected by sources, thanks to his impressive background in tax-related academia and a stint at the Ministry of Economy and Finance, coupled with 15 years' experience in private practice.

Eduardo Gardeta leads Garrigues' presence in indirect tax work.

The internationally focused Ángel Calleja frequently works with Spain's largest multinational companies, employing his expertise in international M&A, tax and transfer pricing.

Sources admire Eduardo Abad Valdenebro for his "empathy and familiarity with his clients' businesses," and for his "keen knowledge of tax law."

Albert Collado provides tax advice to Spanish companies on their expansion into emerging markets, notably China and Latin America.

TMT - Spain

THE FIRM This impressive outfit is an all-rounder, with capacities in technology, media and telecoms. It regularly advises industry clients on contractual, regulatory, corporate, antitrust, IP and tax issues. The team is also recognised for its litigation work in the industry. IT is a particular strength: it represents leading internet companies in contentious matters, corporate transactions, outsourcing deals and data protection. In telecoms, the team boasts a comprehensive knowledge of regulation and works for well-known industry names such as Vodafone.

Sources say: "Superb: it has a great practice in this area." "The firm really understands the industry. It has a strong data and outsourcing team as well as a disputes team, which makes it versatile."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Telecoms expert Javier Marzo remains a key part of the team. He also has expertise in media, recently representing Televisa in an appeal before the Mexican Antitrust Federal Commission (COFECO) relating to the merger between Televisa and Iusacell.

José María Anguiano is described as "a great lawyer, with an impressive knowledge of the technology sector." E-commerce and new technologies are amongst his core areas of expertise. 

Commentators say that José Ramón Morales "knows his deals very well, knows how to structure their development, and is easy to work with." His practice focuses on commercial law, contracts and IT.

IP expert Carolina Pina continues to represent top clients in the IT sector. Interviewees say: "She's a deal maker. She's knowledgeable in discussions, solid in her reasoning and business-minded, which I appreciate when negotiating complex deals."

Wealth Management - Spain

THE FIRM This celebrated practice fields a large and knowledgeable team. The firm excels in combining its international scope with its cross-practice abilities to provide a sterling service to clients. An example of the firm's work is assisting the high net worth Rigol family with its two-phase family succession matter. It also advised the González de Haz family, owners of the Radio Vigo Group, on negotiating the family protocol and advising on such matters as corporate restructuring.

Sources say: "An absolutely excellent firm. It is difficult to find lawyers who are as good as they are."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head Juan Luis Zayas is respected for his extensive experience and broad knowledge of areas including tax, accounting and family law, amongst others. A source says of him: "He's always available, has a great capacity for work and is fast in solving problems."