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Insurance — Spain


Hogan Lovells International LLP - Insurance

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Luis Alfonso Fernández Manzano and Joaquín Ruiz Echauri
- 2 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Stellar practice with an outstanding reputation in the insurance market, frequently representing both insurers and reinsurers. Noted for its expertise in contentious claims, the team is particularly popular for top-end coverage disputes and commercial litigation. Market-leading team for major M&A deals within the sector or with significant regulatory mandates. Offers noteworthy strengths in multi-jurisdictional instructions. Boasts several international companies as new clients, including MetLife.

Strengths Clients commend the team's service, with endorsements such as: "I was highly impressed with the firm's pragmatism, timeliness, responsiveness and expertise in the sector."

Companies with activity in the insurance sector observe: "The team is totally specialised in insurance, oriented to insurance clients and attends to all our needs, from regulatory law to commercial matters and litigation."

Other market commentators praise the firm's commercial approach, noting: "What I really value is their knowledge of the sector: they don't just tell you what the law is but give you a practical answer."

Work highlights Advised AXA on setting up a pan-European alliance with BlaBlaCar, particularly advising on the insurance law aspects of breakdown cover and refunding additional excess.

Represented new client Liberty Insurance in the sale of its Polish P&C insurance arm to AXA, for PLM92.3 million, which involved co-ordination with the firm's Warsaw office.

Assisted ACE/Chubb with a claim raised by Grupo Renta Vitalicia, alleging that Television Española, insured by ACE, caused reputational damages through its depiction of the claimant.

Significant clients Aserta, HDI, Telefónica, MAPFRE.

Notable practitioners

Luis Alfonso Fernández Manzano has a strong reputation for contentious mandates, with recent instructions spanning a variety of issues, including reputational damages claims and fraud. He is highly esteemed for D&O claims, and advised Markel as carrier on claims against the directors of Mercasevilla. He acts for both insurers and reinsurers. Sources say: "He is a master, he's brilliant and he's a lovely guy to work with. The kind of lawyer I would love to have on my side."

Joaquín Ruiz Echauri is a leader in the insurance elements of corporate and regulatory matters. He has a strong product liability and financial lines practice. "He can relate to all kinds of people, he always gives his opinion and he's observant," explains one interviewee. Another adds that "the service you get from him is exceptional." He advised CNP Assurances on the EUR600 million acquisition of the Italian insurance business from Barclays Vida y Pensiones.

Virginia Martinez continues to impress clients with her experience and efficiency. One commentator enthuses: "She knew how to take the customer's side and helped us to get a legal opinion with a highly commercial vision." She advises clients on both life and non-life policy wording and insurance regulations.

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Ashurst - Insurance

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: María José Menéndez and Francisco de León
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Expertise in a range of matters across the insurance and reinsurance sectors. Typical mandates include bancassurance transactions, regulatory issues and corporate transactions within the sector. Also provides key clients with day-to-day advice and commonly assists international clients with their local activity. It has gained a number of new clients this year, including Meridiano.

Strengths Interviewees appreciate that the team is comprised of "very knowledgeable and thorough lawyers who don't leave us vulnerable to surprises."

Other commentators recommend them by saying: "The lawyers helped us to understand the processes and how to engage. They've been very helpful."

Work highlights Represented Dunas Capital in its acquisition of Inverseguros from a conglomerate of eight insurance companies.

Advised Aviva on the renegotiation of a bancassurance agreement with BMN.

Significant clients CNP Assurances, RGA Reinsurance, Santalucía, DLL Group, VidaCaixa.

Notable practitioners

María José Menéndez is described by market sources as "easy-going, accessible and always willing to help and support the company." She is highly regarded for corporate insurance transactions, providing advice on compliance and assisting with specific products. Interviewees commend her English skills and approachability, and say: "She is a lawyer we use to get to the real issues quickly." She advised Liberty on unit-linked products.

Francisco de León combines regulatory and corporate expertise. Clients enjoy working with him, explaining: "He is always responsive, he is good technically and there is a good personal rapport." He also advises clients from the financial sector on bancassurance projects.

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Clifford Chance S.L. - Insurance

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Jaime Sánchez
- 4 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers a broad range of services with particular ability in insurance transactions and regulatory matters. Additionally offers first-rate litigation capabilities by leveraging the strength of the firm's disputes team. Offers expertise in W&I and civil liability mandates and showcases cross-border capabilities through advice to global clients on mergers, reorganisations and regulatory issues.

Strengths Clients report that the firm's service is both punctual and pragmatic, adding: "The lawyers really get into the details and they are experts who know what insurance people need."

Sources highlight the firm's international strength, with comments such as: "They have cross-border capabilities as well as in-depth knowledge of domestic legislation."

Work highlights Acted for AXA on the acquisition of Liberty's Polish insurance arm.

Represented Mutua Madrileña in multiple extrajudicial proceedings concerning a warehouse fire on an industrial estate.

Significant clients Generali, Volkswagen, ERGO, Allianz, Swiss Re.

Notable practitioners

Jaime Sánchez handles a range of matters affecting insurance companies, from M&A to bancassurance and structure reorganisation. He is well versed in cross-border transactions. Client observations include praise for his effective communication and comments such as: "He knows a lot, he's a real expert in the area and he's a lovely person."

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Clyde & Co LLP - Insurance

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

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

What the team is known for Well-known team active in a variety of contentious matters ranging from financial lines to property and product liability claims, as well as multi-jurisdictional civil proceedings. Acts for both domestic and international insurance heavyweights as well as insured companies. It has particular strength in cross-border regulatory advice and is active in the areas of construction, logistics and infrastructure.

Strengths The team is commended for its work on behalf of foreign clients. "We've used the Madrid office to co-ordinate with different offices worldwide and it's been very good," remarks one interviewee, who adds: "The team has an excellent knowledge of the insurance industry."

Market commentators highlight the team's expertise in multiple areas of insurance, and add: "It is one of the best law firms for insurance in Spain. The lawyers know about everything, they know about the upcoming changes and the latest matters."

Work highlights Assisted policyholder Markel with a professional liability claim worth EUR4.5 million concerning construction defects in Aranjuez's Barceló Hotel.

Represented AXA in judicial proceedings, worth EUR2.5 million, concerning the allegedly defective solar tracks sold by one of the client's policyholders to developers and owners of solar plants.

Significant clients Zurich, Hiscox, Generali, Liberty, QBE.

Notable practitioners

Ignacio Figuerol is active on contentious instructions and is singled out for his thorough expertise in financial lines. Figuerol advises both insurers and reinsurers on mandates spanning criminal and civil proceedings, with repercussion both domestically and further afield. Clients note: "He really knows our philosophy and adapts to our needs and focus."

Jesús Iglesias offers sophisticated multi-jurisdictional regulatory advice to his clients. His practice also encompasses restructuring, cyber-related issues and portfolio transfers. Sources observe: "He gives practical solutions and he's very clear when explaining things, so it's really easy to understand his position."

Enrique Navarro specialises in delicate instructions flowing from the transport sector, with particular emphasis on the area of aviation. His work spans all aspects of the industry, and Navarro frequently advises across a range of issues, including regulatory matters, product liability and accidents or incidents.

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DAC Beachcroft LLP - Insurance

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: José María Álvarez-Cienfuegos, José María Pimentel and Beatriz Rodríguez
- 3 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Enjoys a strong reputation in the area of insurance litigation. Frequently advises insurers and manufacturers on D&O, professional indemnity, product liability and construction claims. It has notable strength in foreign markets such as Latin America, the UK and Ireland, as part of a broader international practice with significant experience in claims linked to the environmental sector and traffic accidents.

Strengths The firm is repeatedly highlighted for its understanding of the London market. One source observes: "They can help us with English law and shed light on the strategy we should be following."

Interviewees observe how easy the team is to work with. "We have a mutual understanding," explains one client, adding: "They know what to say and when to say it, it's very good."

Work highlights Represented AXA as insurer in proceedings following the recall of a pharmaceutical product which had been contaminated during manufacture.

Significant clients ACE, MAPFRE, DUAL Ibérica, Tokio Marine Kiln, Generali.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees appreciate that José María Pimentel "is extremely hands-on" and add that "he explains things well and fixes everything really quickly." He typically advises on civil liability, personal injury and professional indemnity claims. He has experience of handling instructions which include elements of both Spanish and English law.

José María Álvarez-Cienfuegos advises on insurance disputes, including civil liability claims. He acts for clients from the energy and construction sectors on insurance and reinsurance matters. Sources single out his expertise in both Latin America and the UK, and describe him as "very proactive and hard-working," while another describes him as "a friendly face to go to."

Department profile by DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft is one of the preeminent Spanish firms in the insurance and commercial litigation fields; our deep knowledge of the insurance sector is renowned and recognized in all legal directories, as the recent editions of Chambers Insurance Global Contentious and Chambers Insurance Latam Wide reflect. We’ve handled some of the most important historical professional indemnity cases in Spain (including cases such as Vicinay, major environmental catastrophes, and banking bankruptcies). We also enjoy a dominant position in high profile product liability and recall matters, including the handling of pan European consumer products recall (Good Year tyres), and energy and environmental cases where we represent the major insurers and some of the largest corporations in the motor and electronic equipment industries.

DAC Beachcroft is one of the most active Dispute Resolution firms in for disputes in Spain relating to civil, criminal and commercial issues.

Our vast knowledge of international legal systems and ADR allow us to design the most efficient solutions for complex commercial conflicts in a global environment. This has been particularly important when handling the massive breakout of alleged gastric poisonings affecting the Spanish hotel industry and their lead retailers and tour operators.

DAC Beachcroft provides an international cyber claims administration solution and breach response in the Spanish office.

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Garrigues - Insurance

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Offers a comprehensive range of services to a wealth of prominent names with activity in the insurance and reinsurance markets, including insurance groups and financial institutions. Typically advises on corporate transactions, distribution agreements and other key matters, with proven expertise in bancassurance alliance issues. Able to draw from the strengths of other departments to further assist clients.

Strengths Clients report positive experiences of the team's capability, with comments such as: "The firm's availability and knowledge is very good."

Work highlights Advised on the creation of a joint venture between Pelayo and Agromutua, named Agropelayo, in the agricultural insurance sector.

Assisted Generali with an amendment to its bancassurance alliance with Cajamar Caja Rural and advised on the client's related purchase of a minority stake in Banco de Crédito Social Cooperativo, worth EUR40 million.

Significant clients VidaCaixa, Groupama, Zurich, BBVA Seguros, Plus Ultra.

Notable practitioners

Álvaro López-Jorrín assists a host of prominent insurance and banking clients with acquisitions and mergers, and boasts additional expertise in regulatory matters, bancassurance alliances and distribution agreements. He has recently advised Allianz on the extension of a non-life distribution agreement with Banco Popular. He is described by market commentators as "fantastic" for his work in the area.

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Uría Menéndez - Insurance

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: José María Segovia and Guillermo San Pedro
- 6 partners
- 28 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Occupies a strong position in the market for its work in the insurance sector. Adept at handling instructions concerning bancassurance matters, including restructuring of agreements or disputes. Frequently assists with VIF monetisation transactions or majority share acquisitions within the field, including on behalf of significant multinational clients. Boasts several new names on its client roster, including SCOR.

Strengths The department is praised for its dedication and knowledge of the market. Clients report: "The team goes beyond mere legal advice," and add: "The lawyers are always available, attentive and actively working with us."

"The team combines the positives of both Spanish and international firms: you don't have to worry about specific regional matters, the lawyers can cover that, and their delivery and work ethic is like the international players," observes one interviewee.

Work highlights Assisted Unicaja and Banco CEISS with the restructuring of bancassurance agreements signed with Aviva. This followed Unicaja's acquisition of Banco CEISS, making a combined business value of EUR400 million.

Acted for Ibercaja on an arbitration initiated by Reale Seguros, concerning the bancassurance agreement signed between both parties.

Significant clients VidaCaixa, Allianz, Caser Seguros, ARAG, AIG.

Notable practitioners

Guillermo San Pedro commands a fantastic reputation in the sector for his client treatment, in-depth knowledge and responsiveness. His work spans corporate and damages advice, which he provides to an array of major companies active in the insurance sector. One client notes: "He's available, committed and very hands-on so he's always there and he always takes the lead." Another adds: "He can understand everyone's level: frankly, he's very good."

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Cuatrecasas - Insurance

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Eduardo Ramírez
- 9 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers assistance to prominent clients across a range of mandates, from transactional procedures to insurance litigation. Recognised for its strength on the tax side of insurance. Acts for a host of major insurance and reinsurance entities, as well as significant Spanish companies and key local banking clients.

Strengths Clients highly appreciate that the advice provided by the firm is "simple and easy to implement," and others add that the team has "a good understanding of the client's objectives."

"It is an experienced team that provides a good service," report clients.

Work highlights Acted for Crédito y Caución on the cross-border merger with Atradius.

Represented Yelmo Cines in its damages claim after there was a fire on its premises in Albacete.

Significant clients Liberty, Catalana Occidente, XL Catlin, Caser Seguros, Global Re.

Notable practitioners

Eduardo Ramírez is known in the field for his work on tax and regulatory instructions. His expertise includes bancassurance alliances and he frequently represents key clients from the sector. Market sources observe: "He has empathy with the client and the ability to listen and to give solutions. He can think like a businessman."

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Rousaud Costas Duran (RCD) - Insurance

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

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

What the team is known for Continues to impress market sources with its recent work advising on corporate insurance, regulatory issues and cross-border mergers. Offers substantial presence in liability claims and handles a range of issues, from professional indemnity to criminal investigations. Acts for insurers, underwriters, distributors and insured parties.

Strengths "I can rest easy because the lawyers are very dedicated and totally up to date, but they are also good people with good interpersonal skills," enthuses one market source.

Clients observe: "The lawyers are responsive when I need to react quickly."

Notable practitioners

Isabel Burón is a key contact for this practice area.

Department profile by Rousaud Costas Duran (RCD)


RCD offers comprehensive advice to life and non-life insurance and reinsurance companies, insurance intermediaries and other operators within the sector at both national and international level.

For further information please visit our website: http://www.rousaudcostasduran.com/en/insurance



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Herbert Smith Freehills

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Luis Alfonso Fernández Manzano

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Luis Alfonso Fernández Manzano has a strong reputation for contentious mandates, with recent instructions spanning a variety of issues, including reputational damages claims and fraud. He is highly esteemed for D&O claims, and advised Markel as carrier on claims against the directors of Mercasevilla. He acts for both insurers and reinsurers. Sources say: "He is a master, he's brilliant and he's a lovely guy to work with. The kind of lawyer I would love to have on my side."

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María José Menéndez

Ashurst

From the Chambers Europe guide

María José Menéndez is described by market sources as "easy-going, accessible and always willing to help and support the company." She is highly regarded for corporate insurance transactions, providing advice on compliance and assisting with specific products. Interviewees commend her English skills and approachability, and say: "She is a lawyer we use to get to the real issues quickly." She advised Liberty on unit-linked products.

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Joaquín Ruiz Echauri

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Joaquín Ruiz Echauri is a leader in the insurance elements of corporate and regulatory matters. He has a strong product liability and financial lines practice. "He can relate to all kinds of people, he always gives his opinion and he's observant," explains one interviewee. Another adds that "the service you get from him is exceptional." He advised CNP Assurances on the EUR600 million acquisition of the Italian insurance business from Barclays Vida y Pensiones.

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Guillermo San Pedro

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Guillermo San Pedro commands a fantastic reputation in the sector for his client treatment, in-depth knowledge and responsiveness. His work spans corporate and damages advice, which he provides to an array of major companies active in the insurance sector. One client notes: "He's available, committed and very hands-on so he's always there and he always takes the lead." Another adds: "He can understand everyone's level: frankly, he's very good."

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Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ignacio Figuerol is active on contentious instructions and is singled out for his thorough expertise in financial lines. Figuerol advises both insurers and reinsurers on mandates spanning criminal and civil proceedings, with repercussion both domestically and further afield. Clients note: "He really knows our philosophy and adapts to our needs and focus."

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Álvaro López-Jorrín

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

Álvaro López-Jorrín assists a host of prominent insurance and banking clients with acquisitions and mergers, and boasts additional expertise in regulatory matters, bancassurance alliances and distribution agreements. He has recently advised Allianz on the extension of a non-life distribution agreement with Banco Popular. He is described by market commentators as "fantastic" for his work in the area.

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Band 2

Jaime Sánchez Santiago

Clifford Chance S.L.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jaime Sánchez handles a range of matters affecting insurance companies, from M&A to bancassurance and structure reorganisation. He is well versed in cross-border transactions. Client observations include praise for his effective communication and comments such as: "He knows a lot, he's a real expert in the area and he's a lovely person."

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Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jesús Iglesias offers sophisticated multi-jurisdictional regulatory advice to his clients. His practice also encompasses restructuring, cyber-related issues and portfolio transfers. Sources observe: "He gives practical solutions and he's very clear when explaining things, so it's really easy to understand his position."

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Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Enrique Navarro specialises in delicate instructions flowing from the transport sector, with particular emphasis on the area of aviation. His work spans all aspects of the industry, and Navarro frequently advises across a range of issues, including regulatory matters, product liability and accidents or incidents.

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José María Pimentel

DAC Beachcroft LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees appreciate that José María Pimentel "is extremely hands-on" and add that "he explains things well and fixes everything really quickly." He typically advises on civil liability, personal injury and professional indemnity claims. He has experience of handling instructions which include elements of both Spanish and English law.

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Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eduardo Ramírez is known in the field for his work on tax and regulatory instructions. His expertise includes bancassurance alliances and he frequently represents key clients from the sector. Market sources observe: "He has empathy with the client and the ability to listen and to give solutions. He can think like a businessman."

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Up and Coming

José María Álvarez-Cienfuegos

DAC Beachcroft LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

José María Álvarez-Cienfuegos advises on insurance disputes, including civil liability claims. He acts for clients from the energy and construction sectors on insurance and reinsurance matters. Sources single out his expertise in both Latin America and the UK, and describe him as "very proactive and hard-working," while another describes him as "a friendly face to go to."

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Francisco de León

Ashurst

From the Chambers Europe guide

Francisco de León combines regulatory and corporate expertise. Clients enjoy working with him, explaining: "He is always responsive, he is good technically and there is a good personal rapport." He also advises clients from the financial sector on bancassurance projects.

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Associates to watch

Virginia Martinez

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Virginia Martinez continues to impress clients with her experience and efficiency. One commentator enthuses: "She knew how to take the customer's side and helped us to get a legal opinion with a highly commercial vision." She advises clients on both life and non-life policy wording and insurance regulations.

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