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Insurance — Spain


Hogan Lovells International LLP - Insurance Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Stellar practice with an outstanding reputation for advice to insurers and reinsurers on all aspects of insurance law. Noted for its expertise in contentious claims, the team is particularly popular for top-end coverage disputes and commercial litigation, including product liability cases. Handles claims relating to environmental disasters in Spain and Latin America. Market-leading team for major M&A deals within the sector. Also handles standalone regulatory mandates including those relating to the redomiciliation of insurance companies.

Strengths "Their response time is excellent, as is their understanding of the business," reports one client, going on to say: "They provide solutions that are relevant to the business and understand the balance between legal advice and risk management."

Clients appreciate the lawyers' "broad insight into the different corporate, regulatory and litigation issues," noting: "They try to anticipate if we could have future claims and advise us on how to prepare to defend ourselves."

Work highlights Advised Santa Lucía on its acquisition of various parts of Aviva's Spanish insurance business. The firm advised on the acquisition both of Aviva Vida y Pensiones and of Aviva's 50% participation in joint venture companies Unicorp Vida and Caja España Vida.

Assisted Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty as insurer of Sacyr with proceedings brought against the latter relating to flooding in Santiago de Chile.

Notable practitioners

Luis Alfonso Fernández Manzano leads contentious mandates on behalf of major international insurers. He recently advised AXA on an arbitration against ACCIONA Energía regarding the supply of defective wind turbine blades to insured developer Renomar, Energías Renovables Mediterráneas. "He is very proactive and I get prompt replies from him," reports one client.

Standout mandates for Joaquín Ruiz Echauri include his advice to Swiss Re on its participation in a EUR600 million VIF monetisation transaction carried out by Bansabadell Vida. He is widely recognised among peers as a leading expert in corporate and regulatory matters affecting Spanish and international insurance companies. Clients highlight "the tremendous know-how he has not only about the regulation but also about what is going on from a business perspective." Clients also say: "He's creative and finds solutions," and find it "easy to work with him because he is reasonable and pragmatic."

About the Team (content provided by Hogan Lovells International LLP)

Hogan Lovells´ Insurance and Reinsurance team in Spain is made up of 19 lawyers fully dedicated to the insurance and reinsurance sector. Our insurance team is unanimously recognized as the market-leading reference in Spain.

The team is consistently involved in the biggest deals within the Spanish market, including bank assurance alliances, traditional M&A transactions (including cross-border mergers and acquisitions), insurance portfolio transfers, VIF reinsurance deals, FOS and ROE operations carried out by Spanish companies abroad, restructurings and the establishment of new insurance operations in Spain.

Our team has a broad experience in regulatory matters affecting the insurance and reinsurance sector, insurance distribution and product design and a close relationship with the Spanish Insurance authorities.

In addition, our team is one of the most valued for insurance and reinsurance dispute resolution in Spain. We are consistently involved in claims in connection with industrial risks (P&C, engineering, construction, aviation, etc.), all forms of civil liability and tort cases (including D&O, E&O, PI, etc.) and insurance and reinsurance coverage disputes.

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Ashurst - Insurance Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Wins roles in major insurance M&A transactions owing to close ties to leading international insurers and hedge funds. Has considerable experience in corporate, contentious and regulatory issues relating to the agreement or termination of bancassurance joint ventures. Assists banks and insurers with the drafting and distribution of reps and warranties or life insurance policies.

Strengths "They staff all matters with senior lawyers who are specialised in financial entities and insurance companies, so they know the sector in Spain and how it works," notes one client.

Another commentator praises the firm's interdisciplinary strengths, highlighting "the advantage of crossed teamwork between different practices."

Work highlights Advised Aviva on the sale of Aviva Vida y Pensiones and shares in bancassurance joint venture companies Unicorp Vida and Caja España Vida to Santa Lucía.

Assisted an international insurance company on the transfer of a life insurance portfolio between two European entities with policyholders across Spain, the UK and Italy.

Notable practitioners

Sources praise María José Menéndez for her negotiation skills, saying: "She is not adversarial or confrontational, which helps to set the right tone for key negotiations." She serves as managing partner of the firm's Madrid office and advises insurers and investment funds on high-value M&A transactions in the insurance sector. She also assists with regulatory matters relating to the transfer of life insurance portfolios or the distribution of new life insurance products.

Francisco de León assists with the firm's major M&A transactions and leads advice to insurers on the drafting and sale of new insurance policies. Clients say: "He is extremely hard-working and is available around the clock."

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Clifford Chance LLP - Insurance Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Particularly prominent in insurance transactions and regulatory matters. Showcases cross-border capabilities through advice to global clients on mergers, corporate reorganisations or portfolio transfers. Handles regulatory mandates relating to the distribution of insurance products by European corporate clients and investment banks, and regularly supports corporate colleagues with the insurance aspects of banking M&A transactions. Offers additional expertise in W&I claims and insurance-backed civil liability cases.

Strengths Clients say that the lawyers "always give quick and high-quality responses" and praise the "comprehensive approach and complementary service" of the firm.

Work highlights Advised Chubb Insurance Company of Europe on the Spanish law aspects of the transfer of its general insurance and reinsurance business to ACE European Group. The firm co-ordinated with colleagues in London to advise on the merger of several of Chubb Group's insurance subsidiaries into ACE European Group.

Assisted Carrefour with regulatory issues relating to its distribution of insurance products.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees report that Jaime Sánchez Santiago "pays attention to detail, is reliable and is very much a perfectionist." Clients also say "he is flexible, knowledgeable and is both results and client service-oriented." Sánchez assists with the regulatory and corporate aspects of M&A or bancassurance transactions. His wider regulatory expertise was showcased in advice to J.P. Morgan on the sale of unit-linked insurance products in Spain.

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Clyde & Co LLP - Insurance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Acts for both domestic and international insurance heavyweights as well as insured companies. Benefits from a large team that offers specialised expertise in diverse areas of insurance law, including aviation, criminal and D&O liability claims.

Strengths "They understand our needs and are able to adapt to our deadlines and requests," says one client.

Work highlights Advised Allianz on its handling of contentious claims arising from the crash of Germanwings flight 4U9525 in the French Alps. The firm assisted with the settlement of claims and with the defence of civil proceedings brought by relatives of the deceased.

Assisted Ges Seguros with claims brought in relation to a coach crash in Tarragona. Victims of the crash and their families brought claims in various European jurisdictions.

Notable practitioners

Ignacio Figuerol has an excellent reputation among peers for his experience in D&O liability claims. He advised Liberty as D&O insurer of Imagina on US and Spanish proceedings brought against the insured in relation to an investigation into alleged corruption and bribery of FIFA officials.

Interviewees praise Ricardo Garrido's handling of contentious insurance matters relating to product liability or construction claims. Sources also single him out as "excellent in coverage and environmental matters under Spanish law, which is a very specialised niche," adding that "he identifies the issues quickly."

Enrique Navarro attracts particular attention for his handling of aviation claims on behalf of international insurers and their insureds. He assisted Europrop International and MAPFRE Global Risks with an investigation into the engine manufacturer's possible liability for the crash of an Airbus A400M aeroplane in Seville. Navarro also handles shipping and RTA claims as part of his broader contentious insurance practice.

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DAC Beachcroft LLP - Insurance Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Enjoys a strong reputation in the area of insurance litigation. Frequently advises major insurers and manufacturers on D&O, professional indemnity, product liability and construction claims. Assists insurers with coverage disputes relating to the financial sector. 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 environmental disasters and traffic accidents.

Strengths Interviewees value the lawyers' "quick response, attentiveness and service-oriented approach."

Work highlights Acted for Swiss Re on a reinsurance dispute with British American Insurance relating to a fire that destroyed a warehouse owned by policyholder AEE Power.

Advised Chubb Group as liability insurer of Vicinay Cadenas on a long-running dispute with Petrobras over the supply of a defective mooring chain to an offshore oil and gas production system.

Notable practitioners

Sources say that José María Álvarez-Cienfuegos "can explain a case very well to the client, understands the critical issues and is efficient in figuring out how to approach a case and what the strategy should be." He also earns praise for his English language skills. He handles high-value coverage claims on behalf of multinational insurers and reinsurers.

José María Pimentel is best known for his work on the insurance aspects of personal injury claims. His wider civil liability expertise was recently showcased in advice to QBE European Operations on a coverage claim relating to the sinking of a vessel and resulting environmental damage at the port of Las Palmas.

About the Team (content provided 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, 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 Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Advises a wealth of prominent names in the insurance and reinsurance markets, including insurance groups and financial institutions. Typically assists with corporate transactions, including the sale of insurance subsidiaries or the renegotiation of bancassurance joint ventures. The department has played a key role in the development of Andorran pensions and insurance law.

Strengths "They are very up-to-date on the law," reports one client, adding: "It is easy to work with them because they have the resources and the experience working with other institutions in order to give us a broader view of the topics."

Another interviewee highlights "their technical knowledge on corporate matters, the quality of the documentation produced, their communication skills and their solution-oriented attitude."

Work highlights Advised Santander on the renegotiation of its bancassurance agreement with Aegon. The parties sought to incorporate Aegon's health insurance business into the joint venture.

Assisted the Andorran Banking Association with the drafting of proposals for the amendment of Andorran legislation governing the insurance industry. The firm assisted with the drafting of new legislation so as to implement Solvency II provisions into Andorran law.

Notable practitioners

Álvaro López-Jorrín advises on insurance M&A operations and the structuring of bancassurance agreements as part of his broader corporate transactional practice. Market commentators say "he is very strong in negotiations." Recent mandates include advising the various insurance companies that were shareholders of Inverseguros Group on the sale of the company to Dunas Capital.

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Uría Menéndez - Insurance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Leverages strong ties to the banking sector to attract instructions on significant bancassurance and M&A mandates. Advises on the restructuring of bancassurance agreements in response to the consolidation of major Spanish banks. Assists with VIF monetisation transactions or majority share acquisitions within the field, including on behalf of significant multinational clients. Also handles sensitive claims under civil liability insurance policies.

Strengths "They understand the market and our business, and they are highly supportive and efficient," reports one client.

Interviewees further highlight the lawyers' "availability, closeness and their knowledge of the sector."

Work highlights Advised Banco Sabadell, Zurich and their joint venture company Bansabadell Vida on a EUR684 million VIF monetisation transaction that entailed the transfer of the joint venture's life risk insurance portfolio to Swiss Re.

Assisted AIG with the redomiciliation of AIG Latin America Investments from Delaware to Spain.

Notable practitioners

Guillermo San Pedro enjoys a tremendous reputation for his work on complex transactions that cross over between the banking and insurance sectors. Clients say: "He is diplomatic and very experienced in M&A, he knows the people involved, so he is able to anticipate the problems that we are going to have." Sources also appreciate that "he is able to link the commercial implications of a transaction with the regulatory issues." He recently assisted Banco CEISS with its acquisition of Unión del Duero Vida and Duero Pensiones, enabling the client to terminate its bancassurance agreement with MAPFRE Vida.

About the Team (content provided by Uría Menéndez)

Uría Menéndez advises on all areas of insurance and reinsurance law in Spain and Portugal.

  • Corporate transactions: bancassurance, acquisitions, mergers and disposals of insurance and reinsurance companies; national and international portfolio transfers
  • Insurance and reinsurance contracts
  • Regulation and supervision
  • Private insurance and reinsurance brokerage
  • Litigation
  • Pension plans and funds

We have advised buyers and sellers in the main purchases and sales of businesses in the Iberian insurance sector. We are the leading firm for advice on bancassurance and similar distribution structures in the Spanish market.


From a regulatory perspective, we advise on the development of new life and general insurance products. We help our clients to obtain licences to operate in this sector and advise them during inspection and sanction proceedings.


Together with the Litigation Practice Area, we have advised on some of the most significant legal and arbitration proceedings concerning insurance claims in the Iberian market.


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Cuatrecasas - Insurance Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Handles a range of mandates spanning corporate transactions, regulatory matters and insurance litigation. Recognised for strength in contentious and non-contentious tax matters relating to major insurance and reinsurance entities. Acts primarily for policyholders.

Strengths "They are very creative and business-oriented," says one client, adding that "they focus on what we can do to make a deal possible."

Another interviewee highlights the lawyers' client-oriented approach, saying: "We know them well, so for us it is quick and easy to explain our needs."

Work highlights Advised Catalana Occidente on a series of consultation processes with the Spanish tax authorities in order to obtain binding rulings on the tax treatment of the group's insurance activities.

Advised Ironshore on taking out W&I insurance policies to support the sale of Altadena Invest and Empark Aparcamientos y Servicio.

Notable practitioners

The "very clever" Eduardo Ramírez is best known as an experienced tax lawyer who assists key insurance clients with corporate mandates. He recently advised Mutua Madrileña on its acquisition of 2.13% of shares in Caixabank.

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Please visit our website to find out more about how we work in this field: http://www.cuatrecasas.com/practice_areas/insurance_and_complementary_social_security.html

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Herbert Smith Freehills - Insurance Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Represents insurers and policyholders in high-profile disputes arising under construction, environmental and commercial general liability policies. Advises on the insurance aspects of criminal and civil claims relating to major accidents in Spain. Also handles coverage claims and the structuring of global D&O and other commercial insurance programmes.

Strengths "They are flexible and open in their approach and always offer various alternatives according to my needs," says one client.

Interviewees also appreciate the lawyers' "capability to provide solutions for all parties," saying: "They are always looking after the client's interests."

Work highlights Represented Chubb Group in several proceedings brought before Bilbao courts relating to the supply of defective tether chains to Petrobras' offshore oil and gas facility in the Gulf of Mexico.

Advised QBE as liability insurer of Renfe on criminal proceedings resulting from the derailment of a train travelling from Vigo to Porto.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees highlight Paulino Fajardo's advocacy skills, saying: "He's creative, always well prepared and has a great demeanour in court." Clients further note that "his friendly character means that he doesn't antagonise the other side, which facilitates communication and understanding between the parties." He is known for his work on behalf of both insurers and policyholders on Spanish and international insurance claims. He defended MAPFRE and Spanair in civil claims relating to the MD-82 aircraft incident at Madrid airport.

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RCD – Rousaud Costas Duran - Insurance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Advises insurers, insurance brokers and industry bodies on regulatory and compliance matters relating to their activities in Spain. Offers substantial presence in liability claims and handles a range of issues, from professional indemnity to criminal investigations. Defends insurance companies in regulatory inspections and frequently handles medical malpractice claims.

Strengths Clients praise the lawyers' "vast knowledge of general legal issues and specifically of the insurance market."

"T hey are my top advisers for regulatory matters," says one client.

Notable practitioners

Ruth Duque is well known among peers for her experience gained working within the insurance regulator. Sources also appreciate her availability, with one saying: "She is always available, so you can call her on a Sunday if it is urgent and she will be there." She supports clients in DGSFP inspections and advises on compliance with Spanish insurance regulations.

About the Team (content provided by RCD – Rousaud Costas Duran)

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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Band 1

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees highlight Paulino Fajardo's advocacy skills, saying: "He's creative, always well prepared and has a great demeanour in court." Clients further note that "his friendly character means that he doesn't antagonise the other side, which facilitates communication and understanding between the parties." He is known for his work on behalf of both insurers and policyholders on Spanish and international insurance claims. He defended MAPFRE and Spanair in civil claims relating to the MD-82 aircraft incident at Madrid airport.

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Luis Alfonso Fernández Manzano

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Luis Alfonso Fernández Manzano leads contentious mandates on behalf of major international insurers. He recently advised AXA on an arbitration against ACCIONA Energía regarding the supply of defective wind turbine blades to insured developer Renomar, Energías Renovables Mediterráneas. "He is very proactive and I get prompt replies from him," reports one client.

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Band 1

María José Menéndez

Ashurst

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources praise María José Menéndez for her negotiation skills, saying: "She is not adversarial or confrontational, which helps to set the right tone for key negotiations." She serves as managing partner of the firm's Madrid office and advises insurers and investment funds on high-value M&A transactions in the insurance sector. She also assists with regulatory matters relating to the transfer of life insurance portfolios or the distribution of new life insurance products.

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Joaquín Ruiz Echauri

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Standout mandates for Joaquín Ruiz Echauri include his advice to Swiss Re on its participation in a EUR600 million VIF monetisation transaction carried out by Bansabadell Vida. He is widely recognised among peers as a leading expert in corporate and regulatory matters affecting Spanish and international insurance companies. Clients highlight "the tremendous know-how he has not only about the regulation but also about what is going on from a business perspective." Clients also say: "He's creative and finds solutions," and find it "easy to work with him because he is reasonable and pragmatic."

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Guillermo San Pedro

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Guillermo San Pedro enjoys a tremendous reputation for his work on complex transactions that cross over between the banking and insurance sectors. Clients say: "He is diplomatic and very experienced in M&A, he knows the people involved, so he is able to anticipate the problems that we are going to have." Sources also appreciate that "he is able to link the commercial implications of a transaction with the regulatory issues." He recently assisted Banco CEISS with its acquisition of Unión del Duero Vida and Duero Pensiones, enabling the client to terminate its bancassurance agreement with MAPFRE Vida.

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Band 2

Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ignacio Figuerol has an excellent reputation among peers for his experience in D&O liability claims. He advised Liberty as D&O insurer of Imagina on US and Spanish proceedings brought against the insured in relation to an investigation into alleged corruption and bribery of FIFA officials.

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Álvaro López-Jorrín

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

Álvaro López-Jorrín advises on insurance M&A operations and the structuring of bancassurance agreements as part of his broader corporate transactional practice. Market commentators say "he is very strong in negotiations." Recent mandates include advising the various insurance companies that were shareholders of Inverseguros Group on the sale of the company to Dunas Capital.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Jaime Sánchez Santiago

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees report that Jaime Sánchez Santiago"pays attention to detail, is reliable and is very much a perfectionist." Clients also say "he is flexible, knowledgeable and is both results and client service-oriented." Sánchez assists with the regulatory and corporate aspects of M&A or bancassurance transactions. His wider regulatory expertise was showcased in advice to J.P. Morgan on the sale of unit-linked insurance products in Spain.

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Band 3

José María Álvarez-Cienfuegos

DAC Beachcroft LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources say that José María Álvarez-Cienfuegos"can explain a case very well to the client, understands the critical issues and is efficient in figuring out how to approach a case and what the strategy should be." He also earns praise for his English language skills. He handles high-value coverage claims on behalf of multinational insurers and reinsurers.

^ See whole ranking table

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Francisco de León

Ashurst

From the Chambers Europe guide

Francisco de León assists with the firm's major M&A transactions and leads advice to insurers on the drafting and sale of new insurance policies. Clients say: "He is extremely hard-working and is available around the clock."

^ See whole ranking table

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RCD – Rousaud Costas Duran

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ruth Duque is well known among peers for her experience gained working within the insurance regulator. Sources also appreciate her availability, with one saying: "She is always available, so you can call her on a Sunday if it is urgent and she will be there." She supports clients in DGSFP inspections and advises on compliance with Spanish insurance regulations.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees praise Ricardo Garrido's handling of contentious insurance matters relating to product liability or construction claims. Sources also single him out as "excellent in coverage and environmental matters under Spanish law, which is a very specialised niche," adding that "he identifies the issues quickly."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Enrique Navarro attracts particular attention for his handling of aviation claims on behalf of international insurers and their insureds. He assisted Europrop International and MAPFRE Global Risks with an investigation into the engine manufacturer's possible liability for the crash of an Airbus A400M aeroplane in Seville. Navarro also handles shipping and RTA claims as part of his broader contentious insurance practice.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

José María Pimentel

DAC Beachcroft LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

José María Pimentel is best known for his work on the insurance aspects of personal injury claims. His wider civil liability expertise was recently showcased in advice to QBE European Operations on a coverage claim relating to the sinking of a vessel and resulting environmental damage at the port of Las Palmas.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "very clever" Eduardo Ramírez is best known as an experienced tax lawyer who assists key insurance clients with corporate mandates. He recently advised Mutua Madrileña on its acquisition of 2.13% of shares in Caixabank.

^ See whole ranking table