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Corporate/M&A — Spain


Clifford Chance LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Often identified as a top choice for high-value international corporate or real estate transactions owing to the combination of an extensive network, a well-established presence in Spain and strong English and Spanish law acquisition finance capabilities. Clients include leading Spanish, US and UK corporates, particularly those involved in the financial, energy, industrial and TMT sectors. Leads global transactions from Madrid and a smaller Barcelona office.

Interviewees highlight Javier García de Enterría's valuable technical contributions to the structuring of corporate transactions. "It is extremely helpful to discuss with him the really complex legal issues there might be at the outset," says one source. He advised Värde Partners on its acquisition of 40% of La Finca Global Assets.

Javier Amantegui is well known to peers for his key role both in corporate and private equity-driven transactions. He led the firm's advice to Cinven on its acquisition of Tinsa from Advent International. Clients highlight his negotiating skills, saying: "He knows when he has to be soft or when to be tough." "He has a good understanding of everything that is going on in our transaction and follows up on all of the issues," notes another interviewee.

Jaime Velázquez earns considerable praise from peers for his role on several of the firm's key M&A mandates. "He has really good judgement and gives proactive solutions and ideas," says one client, adding: "He is really efficient and manages to get work moving forward quickly." Velázquez headed the combined corporate, real estate and public law team that advised Carrefour on its acquisition of a portfolio of shopping centres and petrol stations from Eroski.

José María Fernández-Daza has significant experience in M&A transactions, including in the energy sector.

Peers note Luis Alonso's growing profile in the Spanish market. He has played an important role in the firm's major telecoms and banking sector transactions. Clients highlight his "great knowledge of our business, personal involvement and great negotiation skills."

Samir Azzouzi enters the rankings owing to superb praise for his corporate work predominantly on behalf of private equity firms. "He is clearly a rising star in corporate law in Spain," says one client, while another notes: "He is hard-working, hands-on and helpful." "He is an excellent lawyer both in terms of his technical ability and his interpersonal skills," says one impressed interviewee.

Miguel Odriozola leads the firm's competition team and frequently advises on the competition aspects of corporate transactions. He splits his time between the Madrid and Brussels offices.

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Cuatrecasas - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Frequently participates in significant cross-border M&A matters. Presence in Latin America remains a key asset, with proven experience advising both on investments into the Mexican telecoms sector and acquisitions of Spanish industrial companies by Mexico-based groups. Advises US or European corporate clients on the Spanish aspects of global mergers. Also advises foreign private equity or hedge funds on deals in Spain.

Foreign desks Expands its Chinese presence with the addition of a new office in Beijing. Omar Puertas in Shanghai leads a team of Spain-qualified lawyers based in mainland China who assist Spanish corporates and some Chinese investors with corporate restructurings, cross-border M&A and the structuring of new joint ventures.

Pere Kirchner in Barcelona and Juan Aguayo in Madrid are key members of the firm's French desk. The Spanish offices have partnered with a leading French firm to co-ordinate advice on transactions between the two jurisdictions.

The firm's German desk is headed by Kai Christian Fischer. The lawyers advise German institutional investors and industrial companies on cross-border transactions in which the target company has significant Spanish assets or business operations.

Spain-based partners have close ties to significant Latin American clients and can leverage important local law capabilities spread across supporting offices or affiliates in Brazil, Mexico and Colombia. Lawyers in Madrid co-ordinated with the Mexico City office to advise Multitel on structuring its bid for the Red Compartida telecoms project. Alfonso Iglesia is based in Madrid and is a key figure in the Latin America desk.

Federico Roig is popular among peers for his work on energy and telecoms transactions, often on behalf of financial services clients.

Clients value Javier Villasante's willingness to give clear advice. He handles cross-border M&A transactions for many of the firm's major infrastructure clients, as showcased in advice to Cintra Infraestructuras on the sale to Dif of significant shareholdings in Portuguese highways concessionaires AutoEstradas Norte Litoral and Via do Infante. Villasante is one of the key drivers behind the firm's activity in the Mexican market.

Highlight mandates for Víctor Xercavins include his advice to Caixabank on its EUR904 voluntary takeover offer for 55.9% of Portuguese-listed Banco BPI.

Raimundo Segura has considerable experience in international M&A transactions for Spanish family businesses and corporates.

Peers expect Juan Aguayo to play an increasingly prominent role on the firm's public M&A and ECM mandates. Clients value his clear communication skills.

Kai Christian Fischer is well known to peers for his work on M&A transactions carried out by German clients. He is based in Barcelona and is dual-qualified in Germany and Spain.

Cani Fernández operates out of both Madrid and Brussels. She consistently receives glowing praise for her knowledge of EU competition law matters.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Uses its global strength to provide leading expertise in cross-border transactions. Works on inbound and outbound transactions, attracting clients from the USA, Europe and Asia, with notable expertise in the private equity, telecommunications and real estate industries. Focuses on high-value mandates, including those that are co-ordinated between Madrid and offices in Germany or the UK.

José Armando Albarrán is widely recognised as a prominent figure in the Spanish market who focuses on high-value M&A transactions. Clients appreciate that Albarrán offers a "good strategic view of transactions" and that "he discusses the risks that we have in the transaction and what we can do in order to avoid them. He has a very practical approach."

Peers note David Franco's role in important banking sector M&A and restructuring transactions and describe him as "smart and commercial." Clients appreciate that "he has a straightforward style and is prepared to listen," adding: "He has great technical knowledge and is able to explain issues to anyone so that they can understand perfectly." Franco advised Barclays Bank on the sale of Barclaycard in Portugal and Spain to Bancopopular-e.

Javier Monzón earns increasing recognition from peers as a key partner in the Madrid team. Clients highlight his negotiation skills, saying: "He is pragmatic in that he doesn't go too much into details but rather knows what is important for each party and looks for the best way to bridge the gap." "He is able to simplify things, taking a holistic view of the problem and identifying the main issues," adds one impressed interviewee.

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Garrigues - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Continues to expand its presence throughout Spain and the rest of the world, especially Latin America. Has impressive global expertise in jurisdictions such as China and the USA, regularly assisting clients with corporate matters relating to the real estate and energy sectors. Has handled showcase private equity or NPL portfolio transactions on behalf of key international investment funds.

Foreign desks Manuel Torres Salazar is a key contact for the firm's offices in Beijing and Shanghai. He leads a team that often advises Spanish clients on the establishment of Chinese subsidiaries, the structuring of joint ventures and the execution of corporate restructurings or M&A transactions. Albert Collado Armengol in Barcelona also has strong links to the Chinese practice owing to his role in setting up the Shanghai office.

Ramon Girbau Pedragosa and Ignacio Calvet Tordera are the main contacts for Garrigues's French desk, which co-ordinates with partner firms to assist French clients with their investments in Spain and advises Spanish clients on investing in France. The team advised Air France on several capital markets transactions that facilitated the restructuring of its stake in Amadeus IT Holding.

Staffed by German-speaking lawyers throughout the Garrigues network, the German desk advises German clients on cross-border transactions involving Spain. The desk is particularly active in cross-border corporate and financing transactions involving German energy investors, owing to lead lawyer Silvestre Arana's specialisation in the energy sector.

Barcelona partner Claudio Doria Tölle leads the Italian desk, which advises clients on corporate and restructuring issues involving both Italy and Spain.

The Spanish team frequently handles cross-border transactions with Latin America, often assisted by dual-qualified lawyers based in the firm's offices in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. Bogotá-based Javier Ybáñez Rubio is a key contact for matters involving the region. Lawyers in Madrid advised IBM on its EUR450 million acquisition of tgestiona's Spanish, Peruvian and Argentine subsidiaries.

Javier Marzo and Ferrán Escayola i Maranges co-head the USA desk, which comprises lawyers based in both the Madrid and Barcelona offices with particular knowledge of the US legal system. The team co-ordinates with colleagues in New York to advise on cross-border matters.

Fernando Vives is an established figure at the top of the Spanish market and is credited with regularly attracting standout corporate governance and M&A mandates to the firm. "He adds value because of his clarity in explaining situations and his rapidity in answering queries," says one client, while another says: "He has an easygoing attitude and is kind, polite and discrete." Vives played a leading role in advice to BBVA on its merger by absorption with Catalunya Banc.

Interviewees praise Álvaro López-Jorrín for his technical skills and say that he is "pragmatic and focused on getting the deal done; he doesn't waste time on unnecessary discussions." "He's quick and always gives effective solutions," report clients. He often handles high-value public and private M&A transactions on behalf of key clients in the financial and telecoms sectors. Peers highlight his prominence in major deals, saying: "He's definitely one of the names to be followed in this market."

Ramon Girbau is known to peers as an important figure in the firm's Barcelona office. His experience in complex M&A topics was evident in advice to Air France-KLM on various block trades and derivatives transactions aimed at restructuring its shareholding in Amadeus IT Holding.

Mónica Martín de Vidales impresses peers for "the way she interacts with counterparties in negotiations; she's subtle, kind and commercial." She advised Mutua Madrileña on the sale of its 33% stake in Parkia to First State Investments.

José María Gil-Robles Casanueva has particular experience in corporate transactions involving distressed companies or NPL and real estate asset portfolios. Interviewees note his close links to the UK market and appreciate his ability to be creative in complex deals.

Sources say that Renata Mendaña is "intelligent, flexible and is ready and available at all times." She stands out for her work on corporate transactions with a strong real estate component, having led the firm's advice to OHL Desarrollos on the EUR225 million investment by Mohari Limited into development project Centro Canalejas Madrid.

Manuel Torres Salazar earns praise from clients of the firm's China offices for his knowledge of Chinese corporate law and business culture. He is the managing partner of the Beijing and Shanghai offices and regularly assists Spanish companies with investments into China.

Silvestre Arana is well known for his work on M&A, finance or regulatory matters affecting companies in the Spanish energy sector. His German language skills make him a popular choice for German industrial companies and financial sector clients seeking to carry out transactions or adapt to changing corporate legislation in Spain. Arana is based in Madrid and heads the German desk.

José Luis Buendía Sierra has a prominent reputation in both the Spanish and Belgian markets for his experience in EU competition law matters. He often assists Spanish corporates with state aid investigations brought by the EC and with subsequent EU court challenges to adverse decisions. Buendía heads the Brussels office.

Splitting his time between Brussels and Madrid, Luis Ortiz Blanco is widely respected among peers and clients for his vast knowledge of EU competition law. He often handles behavioural mandates including cartel cases on behalf of leading Spanish clients. He also stands out for his assistance to the EC's legal team in several annulment proceedings brought by participants in the pre-stressing steel cartel.

Ildefonso Polo earns considerable praise from market commentators for his technical abilities and his dedication. "Despite being a partner you really feel that he is 100% on top of the transaction," reports one client, going on to say: "He takes ownership and responsibility for everything in the same way as we would expect of someone in our in-house team, which gives us a lot of confidence."

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Linklaters - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Acts for leading companies from the private equity, telecommunications and energy sectors. Undertakes major cross-border and domestic transactions, including restructurings and acquisitions that have complex finance implications. Advises foreign investors or Spanish companies on all issues pursuant to their participation in public tenders for Latin American infrastructure projects, from the setting up of joint ventures through to securing related finance. Remains popular among key UK investment funds that are active in Spain.

Jaime Zurita is a well known name in the market. His expertise spans corporate and capital markets transactions, and he is active in mandates in the hospitality, retail and energy sectors.

Peers note Alejandro Ortiz's presence in many of the most high-profile M&A transactions in the Spanish market. "He has been in so many deals that he can give you things others can't," reports one client, going on to say: "He knows what will happen with almost complete certainty because he has been there and he has done it." Interviewees further highlight Ortiz's broader knowledge of finance issues, saying: "He has good judgement and looks at things from a banking perspective too, which is helpful."

Alexander Kolb receives praise from peers for his measured approach to negotiations, which "helps us to have a smooth transaction in a very controlled atmosphere." He advised Telefónica on the sale to IBM of its Tgestiona businesses in Spain, Peru and Argentina. He is a German speaker and has long-standing experience of assisting German clients with transactions involving Spain.

Lara Hemzaoui stands out for her leading role in several of the firm's cross-border M&A and energy project mandates. She also advises on real estate transactions.

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Uría Menéndez - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Standout Spanish practice consistently attracting roles in major international and domestic transactions, with notable expertise in the telecoms, energy and financial sectors. Has pursued a strategy of global expansion by way of partnerships with local firms that already boast consolidated reputations as leading corporate teams within their respective jurisdictions. Benefits from a close working relationship with a highly-regarded London firm, while participation in the Philippi, Prietocarrizosa, Ferrero DU & Uría partnership allows the firm access to the Latin American market.

Foreign desks The combination of an established presence in Beijing and Chinese lawyers based in Madrid allows the firm to advise on cross-border corporate and finance mandates between Spain and China. Lawyers in Madrid and Beijing advised Aier Eye Hospital Group on its EUR150 million tender offer for Clínica Baviera. The practice additionally offers assistance to Spanish corporations looking to expand into China. Francisco Martínez Boluda is a key contact for the Beijing office, while Juan Martín Perrotto is the Madrid-based head of the Asian practice.

David García-Ochoa heads the firm's French desk. French-speaking lawyers across the firm's network assist with corporate cross-border transactions that have a French component.

Clients say that Juan Miguel Goenechea is "super commercial, has lots of empathy and a good character in order to make difficult negotiations very easy." He is well known to peers as a leading partner who acts on important corporate and private equity transactions. He advised Metrovacesa on the spin-off of its commercial, residential rental and non-strategic development projects businesses into Merlin Properties, Testa Residencial and Metrovacesa Promoción y Arrendamiento respectively.

Salvador Sánchez-Terán is widely respected among peers for his M&A work on behalf of the firm's key banking clients. He also acts for major Spanish corporates on high-value international transactions. "The best level of service we have received in Spain comes from Uría and from Sánchez-Terán's team," reports one impressed client.

Rafael Sebastián led the team that advised Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica on its high-profile merger with Siemens Wind Power. Sources say that he is "an excellent transaction manager," noting: "His clients really rely on him and listen to him because of his technical skills and the input that he delivers."

Cándido Paz-Ares is best known for his vast experience in corporate governance matters. He acts for major Spanish listed and non-listed corporates on advisory and transactional mandates. "He is always directly involved in the transactions and is definitely a deal-oriented person," report peers.

Manuel Echenique is best known for his M&A work within the financial services sector. Peers note his activity on cross-border private equity transactions, while clients say that Echenique's technical skills and creativity enable him to be "very commercial, accommodate the difficulties in a transaction and find solutions."

Interviewees say that Juan Francisco Falcón is "proactive, dedicated and absolutely committed to the client." He was a key part of the team that advised Grupo Isolux Corsán on the termination of its energy and infrastructure joint venture Isolux Infrastructure Netherlands.

Christian Hoedl's particular experience in private equity transactions was showcased in advice to Advent International on its auction sale of portfolio company Tinsa Tasaciones Inmobiliarias to Cinven. He receives praise from peers for his activity on complex mandates.

Impressed peers highlight Francisco San Miguel as an increasingly important presence in the firm's banking M&A transactions. Interviewees note his skill in negotiations and say that he is able to be "commercial with his client and with the counterparties."

Lisbon partner Antonio Villacampa Serrano earns praise among both clients and peers in the Portuguese market for his handling of transactions that have a Spanish law component. He is dual-qualified and speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish.

Portuguese-speaker Pablo González-Espejo has long-standing experience in the Brazil legal market. He is best known for his corporate and commercial work in the telecoms, media and sports sectors and is based in the firm's Madrid office.

Edurne Navarro Varona often advises on EC merger control investigations pertaining to transactions between Spanish companies and their European competitors. She also has experience in domestic Spanish notifications and in court appeals against EC cartel decisions. She is a key partner in the firm's Brussels and Madrid offices.

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We are widely acknowledged as a specialist corporate firm. Since the firm’s foundation, we have provided advice in all areas of corporate law: mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, financial law, commercial contracts, maritime law, company law and insurance.

The increasing complexity of transactions and the enactment of industry-specific legislation have paved the way for the creation of new specialist practice areas. However, far from departing from our corporate tradition, our specialist practice areas have consolidated our prestigious Corporate and Commercial Practice Area. It is the cornerstone of our firm and is staffed by a group of lawyers specialised in advising companies and individuals alike in all types of business, financial and commercial transactions, be they national, foreign, listed or unlisted. We advise on general commercial law matters that are common to all practice areas and industry sectors, such as general contracts, the incorporation and liquidation of companies, keeping of company records and agency agreements.

Our leadership in commercial law is rooted in the outstanding skills and experience of our lawyers, their active teaching role at universities and business schools, their involvement in the drafting of new legislation, and their participation in large-scale global transactions.


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Allen & Overy LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Renowned international firm with a strong domestic presence and well-regarded teams in both Barcelona and Madrid. Increasingly prominent in the Spanish market owing to significant lateral hires and continued participation in a high volume of cross-border M&A transactions. A popular choice among foreign financial institutions carrying out private equity or alternative investments. Also represents international corporate clients on either the buy or sell side of significant transactions.

Interviewees expect Fernando Torrente to provide a valuable boost to the firm's corporate and equity capital markets capabilities owing to his considerable experience in the market. "He has a huge amount of experience in M&A," says one source.

Antoni Valverde Roy leads cross-border M&A matters from his base in the firm's Barcelona office. He stands out for his work for key Spanish infrastructure clients that are actively investing in Asian and Latin American toll road concessions. He also assisted TUI with its EUR1.2 billion disposal of Hotelbeds to Cinven and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

Iñigo del Val moves up the rankings owing to the vast amount of praise that he receives from a large pool of corporate and financial services clients. Sources say that he "knows how to be commercial in that he tries to think out of the box and find solutions," going on to note: "He is also commercial with the other side's lawyers. He works very well with other people, which is to the benefit of the overall transaction." "He advises on how best to protect our interests and commercially how to achieve a deal," reports another impressed client.

Ignacio Hornedo supports both international investment funds and domestic corporate clients in M&A transactions. "He is responsive, pragmatic and his advice is always clear," says one client, adding: "He establishes a good rapport with the other side."

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Baker McKenzie - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Assisted by an extensive global network, the Spanish team is regularly involved in pan-European M&A transactions. Advises on IP or real estate-driven corporate transactions in the healthcare, life sciences, media and sports sectors. Also stands out for work on behalf of key Chinese and Mexican corporate clients that are carrying out investments in Spain.

Clients describe Enrique Carretero as "experienced, knowledgeable and a safe pair of hands." In addition to his work on some of the firm's most high-value public M&A mandates Carretero handles some smaller domestic deals. He assisted with the structuring of film sector investment vehicle Mogambo Ventures.

Jorge Adell heads the firm's Barcelona practice and handles diverse corporate transactions including those in the healthcare, retail and real estate sectors. "He is able to understand the problems and look for solutions that will be acceptable to both sides," says one interviewee, while another notes: "He is very calm in negotiations and makes things easy for his clients."

Peers highlight Javier Menor as an important partner in the Barcelona office with proven strength in M&A topics. "He combines technical skill with an exceptional ability to manage transactions in an intelligent and pragmatic way," say interviewees. "He is able to understand our needs and obtain the desired results," adds another client.

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Pérez-Llorca - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Key partners in London and New York bring the firm closer to US, UK and Latin American markets. Adds to cross-border capabilities through important lateral hires to the Madrid office. Has attracted major international private equity funds, energy companies and retail corporations as clients. Team members have significant expertise in the structuring of M&A transactions or projects involving Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Colombia.

Peers describe Pedro Pérez-Llorca as "an absolute star in the market" and highlight his significant contributions to the firm's ever-growing reputation for complex corporate transactions. "From the start of our relationship he has been very impressive: he knows what he is talking about, is hands on and practical," says one client. "He is highly respected in the legal world, is really balanced and knows how to reach agreements," notes another interviewee.

Javier Carvajal is one of several new hires to the corporate team who are expected to add to the firm's public and private M&A capabilities. "He makes complex matters seem simple," reports one interviewee, while another says: "He is always available and has very good ideas. We really like the way he works because he knows us perfectly and we don't need to explain things to him twice."

Standout mandates for Pablo González Mosqueira include his advice to Ardagh Group on its USD3.4 billion acquisition of Brazilian, US and EU manufacturing plants that were sold by Ball and Rexam in order to meet competition law requirements. Clients highlight his impressive technical skills.

New York partner Iván Delgado stands out for his advice to US clients either on direct investments into Spain or on the Spanish aspects of global transactions. Delgado is also a key contact for corporate and finance mandates in Latin America.

Fernando Quicios leads the firm's London office and has a mixed finance and corporate practice. He is best known for his work on distressed transactions carried out by UK investment funds.

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Ashurst - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Frequently advises international funds and insurance companies on Spanish corporate, infrastructure and residential real estate investments. Possesses specialist expertise in acquisitions of distressed assets, real estate servicing platforms or asset management companies. Also assists Spanish infrastructure companies with corporate issues relating to their participation in overseas toll roads projects.

Peers note María José Menéndez's particular expertise in insurance sector transactions, which was showcased in advice to Elliott Advisors and Ember Insurance Capital CP on their joint acquisition of Banco Sabadell's life insurance division Mediterráneo Vida.

Jorge Vázquez is best known for his M&A work on behalf of investment funds. Peers note his activity in infrastructure and real estate transactions and describe him as a "tough, talented lawyer."

Pedro Ester plays a leading role in many of the firm's investment fund transactions, including sales or acquisitions of portfolio companies or real estate investment vehicles. "He is constructive and deal-oriented," reports one peer, going on to explain: "We had a very collaborative atmosphere in negotiations whereby he was tough when needed but not too tough if the deal needed a push to move forward."

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CMS - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Broad international practice with notable links to the German market. Has an impressive client roster consisting of important listed Spanish telecoms and infrastructure companies, which rely on the firm both for domestic governance mandates and for some cross border transactions. Also advises European corporate clients and individual investors on M&A transactions.

Foreign desks Luis Miguel de Dios heads the firm's German desk. Several German-speaking lawyers based in Spain regularly act on cross-border transactions between the two countries.

Clients like that César Albiñana Cilveti is "close and approachable," while peers note his longstanding presence in the market. He is a key contact for many of the firm's leading Spanish corporate clients and leads both governance and transactional mandates.

Luis Miguel de Dios Martínez regularly assists German industrial companies with investments into Spain. His experience working together with German colleagues was showcased in advice to Bruker on its acquisition of Oncovision's preclinical PET imaging business line. Interviewees highlight his client-oriented approach.

Standout mandates for Rafael Suárez de Lezo include his advice to Acciona on the various corporate transactions that effected its wind power partnership with Nordex. Peers know him as an experienced M&A partner and praise his negotiation skills.

Berlin partner Andreas Otto has particular experience in investments carried out by Spanish clients into the German hotels sector. He speaks fluent Spanish and is a qualified notary.

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DLA Piper Spain - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Benefits from strong ties to major global private equity funds that are active in Spain. Has notable experience in inbound investments into the Spanish healthcare, food and drink, tourism and renewable energy sectors. Also advises corporate clients in the TMT sector on cross-border corporate transactions.

Iñigo Gómez-Jordana has the proven ability to manage huge M&A transactions. He led the firm's advice to Atlantia on its EUR16.3 billion bid for listed toll roads operator Abertis.

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Gómez-Acebo & Pombo - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Respected firm highlighted for its international capabilities, attracting clients through its London, New York and Lisbon offices. Advises global corporate clients from China, Latin America, the USA and South Africa on acquisitions and divestments of interests in Spanish companies.

Foreign desks The French desk comprises lawyers who speak French or have studied French and Belgian law. This allows them to assist French-speaking clients with projects and investments throughout Europe. Fernando de las Cuevas Castresana heads the desk.

Mónica Weimann Gómez heads the German desk, which represents a number of German companies looking to invest in Spain. The firm also co-ordinates the Spanish aspects of larger M&A transactions on behalf of German clients.

Fernando de las Cuevas often handles inbound investments into Spain from foreign corporates. He advised AVIC International Aero-Development on its EUR166.5 million acquisition of a 95% stake in Aritex. Peers note that "he has a good view of the whole of the transaction and can provide high-level advice that adds value."

Mónica Weimann Gómez heads both the London office and the firm's German desk. She receives significant praise from clients for her skilled handling of complex cross-border mandates, particularly in the life sciences and retail sectors. One interviewee states: "She speaks German and English as well as Spanish, so it is very easy to communicate with her."

Clients highlight Íñigo Erlaiz Cotelo's solution-oriented and conciliatory approach to negotiations along with his particular experience in private equity transactions. He is a key partner in the firm's corporate practice and leads a range of M&A, restructuring, joint venture and commercial contracts mandates.

Interviewees say that Miguel Troncoso Ferrer is "always available and extremely reactive" and that "he has a wealth of experience that allows him to deliver very sound legal advice." He is the resident partner in the firm's Brussels office and handles diverse contentious and non-contentious competition law matters for global clients.

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Herbert Smith Freehills - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Acts for a significant number of private equity firms that are either investing or looking to sell positions in Spanish companies. Handles transactions in a huge range of sectors, including renewable energy, healthcare, real estate and parking. Also counts Spanish public entities and the investment vehicles of high net worth individuals among key clients.

Nicolás Martín regularly assists the firm's investment funds clients with private equity, infrastructure asset and debt portfolio transactions. Clients value his strategic advice in complex transactions and note that "he takes leadership in negotiations."

Peers note Alberto Frasquet's activity in corporate and private equity mandates, while clients appreciate that "he develops good relations with lawyers on the other side so that they can solve many problems between themselves." He led the firm's advice to Nazca Capital on the sale of IMOncology to GenesisCare.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Has led several highlight mandates for Chinese investors acquiring stakes in the European hotels and catering sectors. Regularly leads significant cross-border transactions on behalf of European and Middle Eastern corporates. Partners in Madrid support colleagues in Miami as part of a strong Latin America-wide corporate practice. Also advises Spanish firms on acquisitions in the USA.

Peers highlight Graciela Llaneza's hard-working and hands-on approach, saying: "She deals directly with the client and drafts the agreements." "She is able to mobilise her team quickly so that we have a clear, easily understandable and practical answer," say clients. She acts for corporate and private equity clients on diverse transactions. Standout mandates include advice to Affidea on its buyout of Alantra Private Equity's portfolio company Q Diagnóstica.

José María Balañá heads the Spanish office and leads the firm's advice to key Asian, Middle Eastern and UK-based corporate clients. "He's on top of things and any time I need to discuss with him he is always available, even if it is the weekend or when he is travelling," says one client, whiel another reports: "He works seamlessly with other offices of Hogan Lovells globally."

Alex Dolmans leverages his language skills and international experience to attract roles predominantly on the buy side of inbound investments into Spain. "He makes the complex commercial and corporate issues easy to understand," says one client. Dolmans advised Europcar group company Ubeeqo on its expansion into the Spanish market through the acquisition of Bluemove.

Lucas Osorio has a broad practice that spans infrastructure M&A deals as well as the structuring of PPP projects across to corporate governance advice to leading Spanish real estate companies. Interviewees often highlight his negotiation skills, saying: "He is very calm, which helps to manage sometimes quite explosive situations."

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Jones Day - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Large global network attracting international clients, frequently from the energy and telecommunications sectors. Regularly co-ordinates with colleagues in London, Paris and New York among other global offices to assist with corporate or real estate acquisitions and the structuring of joint ventures. Key partners also have notable expertise in Latin American markets.

Manuel Vara Varea plays an important role within the firm's global M&A offering. He was a key part of the firm's pan-European team that advised Euronext on its EUR510 million acquisition of LCH.Clearnet. Interviewees appreciate that his technical skills extend beyond M&A to diverse areas of law, noting: "He is a very well-rounded lawyer."

Luis Riesgo splits his time between his managerial responsibilities in the São Paulo, Miami and Mexico City offices and his work co-ordinating M&A transactions for key telecoms clients. He is Spain-qualified and speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese.

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Latham & Watkins - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Handles multi-jurisdictional corporate transactions, assisted by a network of offices in Europe, the USA and beyond. Handles a steady caseload of UK, US and Spanish private equity investment mandates. Assists a broader client portfolio that includes Spanish and foreign corporates with significant restructurings, carve out operations, public M&A transactions and international joint venture agreements.

Juan Picón enjoys a tremendous reputation in the Spanish M&A space. "He knows everyone in the market, picks up the phone and can speak to you and is extremely commercial," sums up one client. Interviewees are impressed with his ability to "mobilise the resources in the firm well" and state: "His main strength is that he's just an exceptional person and gets on with everyone." He is regularly involved in major transactions involving international private equity clients.

Ignacio Pallarés receives praise for his ability to "put himself in the client's shoes so you feel like he's taking care of your interests." "He is smart, creative and responsive," adds another interviewee. Pallarés often handles cross-border M&A transactions for institutional investors or foreign corporates. He led the firm's advice to Apical Group on its acquisition of a 67.65% stake in Bio-Oils Energy.

A client appreciates that José Antonio Sánchez-Dafos is "always available if I call or write a message on very short notice and can discuss everything that I need to know." He frequently assists international corporates with their M&A transactions.

Javier Ruiz Calzado is a competition law partner in Brussels who is admitted to practice in both Spain and Belgium. He has significant recent experience in EU cartel investigations and in appeals against EC decisions. He also earns praise for his handling of merger control matters.

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Araoz & Rueda - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Has made several hires to the supporting areas of real estate and energy sector M&A practice in order to bolster its broader corporate capabilities. Regularly advises international and domestic clients on mid-cap cross-border sales and acquisitions. Notable expertise in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors.

Pedro Rueda consistently attracts superb praise for his work on mid-cap M&A mandates. "I can pick up the phone and call Pedro and he's 100% up to date on every bit of advice we have had," says one interviewee, while another adds: "He's involved in everything and can spot issues in the contracts in seconds." Sources also draw attention to his English language skills and his experience in handling cross-border transactions.

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Eversheds Nicea (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Has built up an impressive track record in international transactions that require co-ordination between various offices of the network, including Hong Kong, London and Italy. Handles the Spanish aspects of pan-European restructurings and acquisitions. Advises Spanish companies on expansion into other European markets. Also assists private individuals based abroad with investments into Spain.

Carlos Pemán receives praise for his English language skills and for his experience working on cross-border deals involving US and UK corporates. He was part of the team that advised the shareholders of Learnlight Group on the sale of a stake in the company to Beech Tree Private Equity. Clients note that "he can change gear when in tough negotiations."

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King & Wood Mallesons - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Notable experience in the private equity, energy and infrastructure sectors, attracting an international client base. Strong ties with the Asian and Latin American markets facilitate cross-border transactions. Has further strength in transactions carried out between Portugal and Spain on behalf of important Portuguese energy companies.

Foreign desks Madrid partners Carlos Pazos and Roberto Pomares both act as key contacts for the firm's China desk. The team acts as a conduit for cross-border corporate, commercial and finance transactions carried out by Chinese companies in Spain and Latin America.

Peers highlight Roberto Pomares Botana's presence in many of the firm's key M&A transactions. He advises both corporate clients and investment funds on transactions that are predominantly in the energy and real estate sectors. Standout mandates include advice to Capital Dynamics on the exercise of its put option on shares in Grupo T-Solar Global.

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Ramón y Cajal Abogados - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Has made an important lateral hire in Alberto Alonso Ureba, who joins to act as the new head of department. Long-standing presence in the market, counting listed Spanish corporations and important family businesses among its key clients. Has experience in restructurings, real estate share deals and both public and private M&A.

Alberto Alonso Ureba has joined Ramón y Cajal as head of corporate. He is best known for his governance and transactional work on behalf of banking sector clients. Interviewees note his vast technical knowledge of corporate law, saying: "All firms have a lawyer who knows about this angle but he is a step above."

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White & Case LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Growing Spanish presence with significant experience in multi-jurisdictional transactions. The team frequently acts for UK or US financial services clients on M&A transactions and on supporting finance agreements. Also assists French and German corporate clients with global transactions that require the transfer of assets in Spain.

Carlos Daroca leads many of the firm's major corporate and private equity-driven M&A transactions. Clients appreciate that he is "concerned about understanding our business and the risks, so he avoids problems and can tell us where we need to focus." Daroca also earns praise for his ability to draft concise documents.

Sources describe Juan Manuel De Remedios as "super-approachable and really willing to help." His dual qualification in Spain and the USA makes him a particularly valuable asset on M&A transactions that are financed by US law-governed loan facilities or international capital markets.

Yoko Takagi is well known to peers for her experience in equity capital markets, acquisition finance and M&A matters. "Given that she has experience in international law it is helpful to get her view from the UK or US perspective," notes one interviewee.

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Andersen Tax & Legal - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Has vastly expanded corporate law capabilities through the absorption of the Madrid and Valencia teams of Olleros Abogados. Has experience in joint venture agreements between Spanish and international companies and on the sell side of inbound investments into Spanish companies. Also acts for US and German corporates looking buy smaller Spanish businesses.

Jaime Olleros counts companies that are active in Cuba among his key clients. He heads the firm's Cuban desk.

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Bird & Bird - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Leverages both the strong reputation of an important partner in Madrid and the firm's wider global reputation as a strong choice for TMT and life sciences clients. Assists with diverse M&A, restructuring and corporate governance mandates for international clients or their local subsidiaries.

Lourdes Ayala is widely recognised as the driving force behind the firm's Spanish M&A practice. Clients highlight her "productive and no-nonsense handling of questions," noting: "She is naturally smart and is so fast in her thinking that she's always one step ahead of what's going on."

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Broseta Abogados - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Clients include both domestic and multinational companies, which the team assists with cross-border corporate transactions, restructuring and joint ventures. Notably active on the sell side of M&A transactions carried out by Spanish corporates, banks and private shareholders.

Interviewees highlight Julio Veloso's language skills and describe him as an "organised person who is flexible to the needs of the client." He heads the department and acts on M&A, investment funds and corporate restructuring mandates. Veloso was a key part of the team that advised Keraben Grupo on the sale of its bathroom fittings subsidiary Construplas to MBO Partenaires and Aquasourça.

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Deloitte Legal SLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Benefits from a huge legal team based both locally in Spain and across an extensive international network. Earns praise for its ability to handle all stages of corporate transactions, from vendor or buyer due diligence through to the negotiation of corporate agreements.

Key M&A mandates for Francisco Mayor include his advice to the former stakeholders in ASM Transporte Urgente on the sale of the company to General Logistics Systems. Clients say that "he is able to balance our legal and commercial interests very well."

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KPMG Abogados - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Advises both on the sell and buy side of transactions in which investment funds seek to acquire loan servicing platforms owned by Spanish banks. Extensive international network assists with cross-border matters, including showcase mandates on behalf of European companies looking to participate in public tenders in Latin America. Augusto Piñel Rubio is a key contact based in Madrid.

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ONTIER - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Attracts particular attention for corporate and capital markets work on behalf of high-profile Mexican investor Carlos Slim, his investment vehicles and his portfolio companies in Spain. Also acts for Spanish infrastructure, engineering and energy sector companies in transactions and in corporate governance mandates. Pablo Enrile is a key contact in the firm's corporate department.

Foreign desks The Spanish team has considerable exposure to the Mexican market. Key partners in Madrid co-ordinate with the Mexico City office to handle high-value corporate and finance transactions.

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RCD – Rousaud Costas Duran - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Often acts for Spanish clients either on investments into their share capital by institutional investors or on mergers with foreign competitors. Attracts further attention for work on the buy side of inbound venture capital and corporate transactions. Clients include several Madrid and Barcelona-based technology and life sciences companies.

Íñigo Montesino-Espartero Velasco advises corporate clients on smaller M&A operations that often have a cross-border element. Clients appreciate that he invests time to understand their business and offers close support in transactions.

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Senior Statesperson

Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

Jaime Zurita is a well known name in the market. His expertise spans corporate and capital markets transactions, and he is active in mandates in the hospitality, retail and energy sectors.

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Garrigues

From the Chambers Global guide

Fernando Vives is an established figure at the top of the Spanish market and is credited with regularly attracting standout corporate governance and M&A mandates to the firm. "He adds value because of his clarity in explaining situations and his rapidity in answering queries," says one client, while another says: "He has an easygoing attitude and is kind, polite and discrete." Vives played a leading role in advice to BBVA on its merger by absorption with Catalunya Banc.

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José Armando Albarrán

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

From the Chambers Global guide

José Armando Albarrán is widely recognised as a prominent figure in the Spanish market who focuses on high-value M&A transactions. Clients appreciate that Albarrán offers a "good strategic view of transactions" and that "he discusses the risks that we have in the transaction and what we can do in order to avoid them. He has a very practical approach."

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Javier García de Enterría

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees highlight Javier García de Enterría's valuable technical contributions to the structuring of corporate transactions. "It is extremely helpful to discuss with him the really complex legal issues there might be at the outset," says one source. He advised Värde Partners on its acquisition of 40% of La Finca Global Assets.

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Juan Miguel Goenechea

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients say that Juan Miguel Goenechea is "super commercial, has lots of empathy and a good character in order to make difficult negotiations very easy." He is well known to peers as a leading partner who acts on important corporate and private equity transactions. He advised Metrovacesa on the spin-off of its commercial, residential rental and non-strategic development projects businesses into Merlin Properties, Testa Residencial and Metrovacesa Promoción y Arrendamiento respectively.

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Álvaro López-Jorrín

Garrigues

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees praise Álvaro López-Jorrín for his technical skills and say that he is "pragmatic and focused on getting the deal done; he doesn't waste time on unnecessary discussions." "He's quick and always gives effective solutions," report clients. He often handles high-value public and private M&A transactions on behalf of key clients in the financial and telecoms sectors. Peers highlight his prominence in major deals, saying: "He's definitely one of the names to be followed in this market."

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

Peers note Alejandro Ortiz's presence in many of the most high-profile M&A transactions in the Spanish market. "He has been in so many deals that he can give you things others can't," reports one client, going on to say: "He knows what will happen with almost complete certainty because he has been there and he has done it." Interviewees further highlight Ortiz's broader knowledge of finance issues, saying: "He has good judgement and looks at things from a banking perspective too, which is helpful."

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Pedro Pérez-Llorca

Pérez-Llorca

From the Chambers Global guide

Peers describe Pedro Pérez-Llorca as "an absolute star in the market" and highlight his significant contributions to the firm's ever-growing reputation for complex corporate transactions. "From the start of our relationship he has been very impressive: he knows what he is talking about, is hands on and practical," says one client. "He is highly respected in the legal world, is really balanced and knows how to reach agreements," notes another interviewee.

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Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers Global guide

Juan Picón enjoys a tremendous reputation in the Spanish M&A space. "He knows everyone in the market, picks up the phone and can speak to you and is extremely commercial," sums up one client. Interviewees are impressed with his ability to "mobilise the resources in the firm well" and state: "His main strength is that he's just an exceptional person and gets on with everyone." He is regularly involved in major transactions involving international private equity clients.

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Salvador Sánchez-Terán

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Global guide

Salvador Sánchez-Terán is widely respected among peers for his M&A work on behalf of the firm's key banking clients. He also acts for major Spanish corporates on high-value international transactions. "The best level of service we have received in Spain comes from Uría and from Sánchez-Terán's team," reports one impressed client.

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Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Javier Amantegui is well known to peers for his key role both in corporate and private equity-driven transactions. He led the firm's advice to Cinven on its acquisition of Tinsa from Advent International. Clients highlight his negotiating skills, saying: "He knows when he has to be soft or when to be tough." "He has a good understanding of everything that is going on in our transaction and follows up on all of the issues," notes another interviewee.

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Enrique Carretero

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients describe Enrique Carretero as "experienced, knowledgeable and a safe pair of hands." In addition to his work on some of the firm's most high-value public M&A mandates Carretero handles some smaller domestic deals. He assisted with the structuring of film sector investment vehicle Mogambo Ventures.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

From the Chambers Global guide

Peers note David Franco's role in important banking sector M&A and restructuring transactions and describe him as "smart and commercial." Clients appreciate that "he has a straightforward style and is prepared to listen," adding: "He has great technical knowledge and is able to explain issues to anyone so that they can understand perfectly." Franco advised Barclays Bank on the sale of Barclaycard in Portugal and Spain to Bancopopular-e.

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Cándido Paz-Ares

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Global guide

Cándido Paz-Ares is best known for his vast experience in corporate governance matters. He acts for major Spanish listed and non-listed corporates on advisory and transactional mandates. "He is always directly involved in the transactions and is definitely a deal-oriented person," report peers.

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Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Global guide

Federico Roig is popular among peers for his work on energy and telecoms transactions, often on behalf of financial services clients.

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Araoz & Rueda

From the Chambers Global guide

Pedro Rueda consistently attracts superb praise for his work on mid-cap M&A mandates. "I can pick up the phone and call Pedro and he's 100% up to date on every bit of advice we have had," says one interviewee, while another adds: "He's involved in everything and can spot issues in the contracts in seconds." Sources also draw attention to his English language skills and his experience in handling cross-border transactions.

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Fernando Torrente

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees expect Fernando Torrente to provide a valuable boost to the firm's corporate and equity capital markets capabilities owing to his considerable experience in the market. "He has a huge amount of experience in M&A," says one source.

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Antoni Valverde Roy

Allen & Overy

From the Chambers Global guide

Antoni Valverde Roy  leads cross-border M&A matters from his base in the firm's Barcelona office. He stands out for his work for key Spanish infrastructure clients that are actively investing in Asian and Latin American toll road concessions. He also assisted TUI with its EUR1.2 billion disposal of Hotelbeds to Cinven and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

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Javier Villasante

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients value Javier Villasante's willingness to give clear advice. He handles cross-border M&A transactions for many of the firm's major infrastructure clients, as showcased in advice to Cintra Infraestructuras on the sale to Dif of significant shareholdings in Portuguese highways concessionaires AutoEstradas Norte Litoral and Via do Infante. Villasante is one of the key drivers behind the firm's activity in the Mexican market.

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Víctor Xercavins

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Global guide

Highlight mandates for Víctor Xercavins include his advice to Caixabank on its EUR904 voluntary takeover offer for 55.9% of Portuguese-listed Banco BPI. 

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

Jorge Adell heads the firm's Barcelona practice and handles diverse corporate transactions including those in the healthcare, retail and real estate sectors. "He is able to understand the problems and look for solutions that will be acceptable to both sides," says one interviewee, while another notes: "He is very calm in negotiations and makes things easy for his clients."

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César Albiñana Cilveti

CMS

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients like that César Albiñana Cilveti is "close and approachable," while peers note his longstanding presence in the market. He is a key contact for many of the firm's leading Spanish corporate clients and leads both governance and transactional mandates.

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Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Global guide

Lourdes Ayala is widely recognised as the driving force behind the firm's Spanish M&A practice. Clients highlight her "productive and no-nonsense handling of questions," noting: "She is naturally smart and is so fast in her thinking that she's always one step ahead of what's going on."

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José María Balañá

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

José María Balañá heads the Spanish office and leads the firm's advice to key Asian, Middle Eastern and UK-based corporate clients. "He's on top of things and any time I need to discuss with him he is always available, even if it is the weekend or when he is travelling," says one client, whiel another reports: "He works seamlessly with other offices of Hogan Lovells globally."

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Pérez-Llorca

From the Chambers Global guide

Javier Carvajal is one of several new hires to the corporate team who are expected to add to the firm's public and private M&A capabilities. "He makes complex matters seem simple," reports one interviewee, while another says: "He is always available and has very good ideas. We really like the way he works because he knows us perfectly and we don't need to explain things to him twice."

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Band 3

Luis Miguel de Dios Martínez

CMS

From the Chambers Global guide

Luis Miguel de Dios Martínez regularly assists German industrial companies with investments into Spain. His experience working together with German colleagues was showcased in advice to Bruker on its acquisition of Oncovision's preclinical PET imaging business line. Interviewees highlight his client-oriented approach.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Alex Dolmans leverages his language skills and international experience to attract roles predominantly on the buy side of inbound investments into Spain. "He makes the complex commercial and corporate issues easy to understand," says one client. Dolmans advised Europcar group company Ubeeqo on its expansion into the Spanish market through the acquisition of Bluemove.

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Garrigues

From the Chambers Global guide

Ramon Girbau is known to peers as an important figure in the firm's Barcelona office. His experience in complex M&A topics was evident in advice to Air France-KLM on various block trades and derivatives transactions aimed at restructuring its shareholding in Amadeus IT Holding.

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

Alexander Kolb receives praise from peers for his measured approach to negotiations, which "helps us to have a smooth transaction in a very controlled atmosphere." He advised Telefónica on the sale to IBM of its Tgestiona businesses in Spain, Peru and Argentina. He is a German speaker and has long-standing experience of assisting German clients with transactions involving Spain.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Peers highlight Graciela Llaneza's hard-working and hands-on approach, saying: "She deals directly with the client and drafts the agreements." "She is able to mobilise her team quickly so that we have a clear, easily understandable and practical answer," say clients. She acts for corporate and private equity clients on diverse transactions. Standout mandates include advice to Affidea on its buyout of Alantra Private Equity's portfolio company Q Diagnóstica.

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Global guide

Nicolás Martín regularly assists the firm's investment funds clients with private equity, infrastructure asset and debt portfolio transactions. Clients value his strategic advice in complex transactions and note that "he takes leadership in negotiations."

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María José Menéndez

Ashurst

From the Chambers Global guide

Peers note María José Menéndez's particular expertise in insurance sector transactions, which was showcased in advice to Elliott Advisors and Ember Insurance Capital CP on their joint acquisition of Banco Sabadell's life insurance division Mediterráneo Vida.

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Band 3

Ignacio Pallarés

Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers Global guide

Ignacio Pallarés receives praise for his ability to "put himself in the client's shoes so you feel like he's taking care of your interests." "He is smart, creative and responsive," adds another interviewee. Pallarés often handles cross-border M&A transactions for institutional investors or foreign corporates. He led the firm's advice to Apical Group on its acquisition of a 67.65% stake in Bio-Oils Energy.

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Roberto Pomares Botana

King & Wood Mallesons

From the Chambers Global guide

Peers highlight Roberto Pomares Botana's presence in many of the firm's key M&A transactions. He advises both corporate clients and investment funds on transactions that are predominantly in the energy and real estate sectors. Standout mandates include advice to Capital Dynamics on the exercise of its put option on shares in Grupo T-Solar Global.

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Band 3

José Antonio Sánchez Dafos

Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers Global guide

A client appreciates that José Antonio Sánchez-Dafos is "always available if I call or write a message on very short notice and can discuss everything that I need to know." He frequently assists international corporates with their M&A transactions.

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Band 3

Rafael Sebastián

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Global guide

Rafael Sebastián led the team that advised Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica on its high-profile merger with Siemens Wind Power. Sources say that he is "an excellent transaction manager," noting: "His clients really rely on him and listen to him because of his technical skills and the input that he delivers."

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Band 3

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Global guide

Raimundo Segura has considerable experience in international M&A transactions for Spanish family businesses and corporates.

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Band 3

Rafael Suárez de Lezo

CMS

From the Chambers Global guide

Standout mandates for Rafael Suárez de Lezo include his advice to Acciona on the various corporate transactions that effected its wind power partnership with Nordex. Peers know him as an experienced M&A partner and praise his negotiation skills.

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Band 3

Ashurst

From the Chambers Global guide

Jorge Vázquez is best known for his M&A work on behalf of investment funds. Peers note his activity in infrastructure and real estate transactions and describe him as a "tough, talented lawyer."

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Band 3

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Jaime Velázquez earns considerable praise from peers for his role on several of the firm's key M&A mandates. "He has really good judgement and gives proactive solutions and ideas," says one client, adding: "He is really efficient and manages to get work moving forward quickly." Velázquez headed the combined corporate, real estate and public law team that advised Carrefour on its acquisition of a portfolio of shopping centres and petrol stations from Eroski.

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Band 4

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Global guide

Peers expect Juan Aguayo to play an increasingly prominent role on the firm's public M&A and ECM mandates. Clients value his clear communication skills.

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Band 4

Alberto Alonso Ureba

Ramón y Cajal Abogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Alberto Alonso Ureba has joined Ramón y Cajal as head of corporate. He is best known for his governance and transactional work on behalf of banking sector clients. Interviewees note his vast technical knowledge of corporate law, saying: "All firms have a lawyer who knows about this angle but he is a step above."

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Band 4

White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Carlos Daroca leads many of the firm's major corporate and private equity-driven M&A transactions. Clients appreciate that he is "concerned about understanding our business and the risks, so he avoids problems and can tell us where we need to focus." Daroca also earns praise for his ability to draft concise documents.

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Band 4

Juan Manuel De Remedios

White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources describe Juan Manuel De Remedios as "super-approachable and really willing to help." His dual qualification in Spain and the USA makes him a particularly valuable asset on M&A transactions that are financed by US law-governed loan facilities or international capital markets.

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Band 4

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Iñigo del Val moves up the rankings owing to the vast amount of praise that he receives from a large pool of corporate and financial services clients. Sources say that he "knows how to be commercial in that he tries to think out of the box and find solutions," going on to note: "He is also commercial with the other side's lawyers. He works very well with other people, which is to the benefit of the overall transaction." "He advises on how best to protect our interests and commercially how to achieve a deal," reports another impressed client.

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Band 4

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Global guide

Manuel Echenique is best known for his M&A work within the financial services sector. Peers note his activity on cross-border private equity transactions, while clients say that Echenique's technical skills and creativity enable him to be "very commercial, accommodate the difficulties in a transaction and find solutions."

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Band 4

Juan Francisco Falcón

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees say that Juan Francisco Falcón is "proactive, dedicated and absolutely committed to the client." He was a key part of the team that advised Grupo Isolux Corsán on the termination of its energy and infrastructure joint venture Isolux Infrastructure Netherlands.

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Band 4

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Global guide

Peers note Alberto Frasquet's activity in corporate and private equity mandates, while clients appreciate that "he develops good relations with lawyers on the other side so that they can solve many problems between themselves." He led the firm's advice to Nazca Capital on the sale of IMOncology to GenesisCare.

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Band 4

Iñigo Gómez-Jordana

DLA Piper Spain

From the Chambers Global guide

Iñigo Gómez-Jordana has the proven ability to manage huge M&A transactions. He led the firm's advice to Atlantia on its EUR16.3 billion bid for listed toll roads operator Abertis.

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Band 4

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Global guide

Christian Hoedl's particular experience in private equity transactions was showcased in advice to Advent International on its auction sale of portfolio company Tinsa Tasaciones Inmobiliarias to Cinven. He receives praise from peers for his activity on complex mandates.

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Band 4

Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers Global guide

Diego Lozano is one of a number of respected corporate lawyers tasked with building Pinsent Masons' new Madrid practice. He has a strong reputation among peers and has particular experience in private equity and infrastructure transactions.

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Band 4

Mónica Martín de Vidales

Garrigues

From the Chambers Global guide

Mónica Martín de Vidales impresses peers for "the way she interacts with counterparties in negotiations; she's subtle, kind and commercial." She advised Mutua Madrileña on the sale of its 33% stake in Parkia to First State Investments.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

Peers highlight Javier Menor as an important partner in the Barcelona office with proven strength in M&A topics. "He combines technical skill with an exceptional ability to manage transactions in an intelligent and pragmatic way," say interviewees. "He is able to understand our needs and obtain the desired results," adds another client.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Lucas Osorio has a broad practice that spans infrastructure M&A deals as well as the structuring of PPP projects across to corporate governance advice to leading Spanish real estate companies. Interviewees often highlight his negotiation skills, saying: "He is very calm, which helps to manage sometimes quite explosive situations."

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Band 4

Joan Roca Sagarra

Roca Junyent

From the Chambers Global guide

Joan Roca Sagarra of Roca Junyent advises on corporate governance, M&A and equity capital markets topics in addition to his role in the management of the firm. He is known among peers as an experienced practitioner.

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Band 4

White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Yoko Takagi is well known to peers for her experience in equity capital markets, acquisition finance and M&A matters. "Given that she has experience in international law it is helpful to get her view from the UK or US perspective," notes one interviewee.

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Band 4

Manuel Vara Varea

Jones Day

From the Chambers Global guide

Manuel Vara Varea plays an important role within the firm's global M&A offering. He was a key part of the firm's pan-European team that advised Euronext on its EUR510 million acquisition of LCH.Clearnet. Interviewees appreciate that his technical skills extend beyond M&A to diverse areas of law, noting: "He is a very well-rounded lawyer."

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Band 5

Francisco Aldavero

EY Abogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Francisco Aldavero has joined EY Abogados to become head of the Spanish corporate team. He has an established reputation among market commentators for his work on behalf of private equity firms. Aldavero also increasingly looks to attract roles on outbound transactions for domestic corporate clients. Peers say that "he is such an experienced and seasoned lawyer that he knows the game very well."

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Band 5

J Almoguera Abogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Jesús Almoguera of J Almoguera Abogados advises on corporate transactions as part of his broader restructuring and distressed investments practice. Interviewees praise his "ability to communicate and explain complex legal matters in English."

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Band 5

Xavier Amat Badrinas

Amat & Vidal-Quadras

From the Chambers Global guide

Xavier Amat Badrinas of Amat & Vidal-Quadras advises on corporate topics ranging from reductions of capital in Spanish corporates through to the negotiation of international joint ventures. Clients say that "he is closely involved and tries to solve matters in as practical a way as possible."

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Band 5

MAIO Legal

From the Chambers Global guide

MAIO Legal partner Marco Bolognini enters the rankings owing to strong praise from clients and peers for his mid-cap corporate practice. He advises on the structuring of international M&A transactions and on the negotiation of shareholders' or licence agreements. Interviewees highlight his "interpersonal skills for negotiations in difficult situations," saying: "He is appreciated by everyone around the table because he is always calm."

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Band 5

Jordi Casas Thió

Osborne Clarke

From the Chambers Global guide

Jordi Casas Thió has joined Osborne Clarke in Barcelona to strengthen the firm's M&A practice. His experience working with clients in the IT sector was showcased in advice to the founders of Social Point on the USD250 million sale of the company to Take-Two Interactive Software.

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Band 5

Osborne Clarke

From the Chambers Global guide

Vicente Conde is a high-profile hire to Osborne Clarke's Madrid office. He is well known to peers for his mixed corporate and equity capital markets practice.

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Fernando de las Cuevas

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

From the Chambers Global guide

Fernando de las Cuevas often handles inbound investments into Spain from foreign corporates. He advised AVIC International Aero-Development on its EUR166.5 million acquisition of a 95% stake in Aritex. Peers note that "he has a good view of the whole of the transaction and can provide high-level advice that adds value."

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Íñigo Erlaiz Cotelo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients highlight Íñigo Erlaiz Cotelo's solution-oriented and conciliatory approach to negotiations along with his particular experience in private equity transactions. He is a key partner in the firm's corporate practice and leads a range of M&A, restructuring, joint venture and commercial contracts mandates.

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Ashurst

From the Chambers Global guide

Pedro Ester plays a leading role in many of the firm's investment fund transactions, including sales or acquisitions of portfolio companies or real estate investment vehicles. "He is constructive and deal-oriented," reports one peer, going on to explain: "We had a very collaborative atmosphere in negotiations whereby he was tough when needed but not too tough if the deal needed a push to move forward."

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Band 5

José María Fernández-Daza

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

José María Fernández-Daza has significant experience in M&A transactions, including in the energy sector.

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José María Gil-Robles Casanueva

Garrigues

From the Chambers Global guide

José María Gil-Robles Casanueva has particular experience in corporate transactions involving distressed companies or NPL and real estate asset portfolios. Interviewees note his close links to the UK market and appreciate his ability to be creative in complex deals.

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

Lara Hemzaoui stands out for her leading role in several of the firm's cross-border M&A and energy project mandates. She also advises on real estate transactions.

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Band 5

PwC Tax and Legal Services

From the Chambers Global guide

Highlight mandates for Francisco Iso of PwC Tax and Legal Services include his advice to the management of Hotelbeds Group on the EUR1.165 billion acquisition of the company by Cinven and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. He advises institutional investors and the management teams of international companies both on due diligence mandates and on the subsequent design and negotiation of corporate contracts.

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Mavens Abogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients often highlight Teresa Martin's negotiation skills, saying: "She sees in advance where the problems may be." "She is thorough, insightful, dedicated and passionate about her work," reports one interviewee, while another notes: "She quickly understands situations and is able to give a quick and effective response." Martin heads the team at Mavens Abogados and handles corporate restructurings, M&A deals and governance matters on behalf of Spanish corporates or their individual shareholders.

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Band 5

Deloitte Legal SLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Key M&A mandates for Francisco Mayor include his advice to the former stakeholders in ASM Transporte Urgente on the sale of the company to General Logistics Systems. Clients say that "he is able to balance our legal and commercial interests very well."

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Garrigues

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources say that Renata Mendaña  is "intelligent, flexible and is ready and available at all times." She stands out for her work on corporate transactions with a strong real estate component, having led the firm's advice to OHL Desarrollos on the EUR225 million investment by Mohari Limited into development project Centro Canalejas Madrid.

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Band 5

Íñigo Montesino-Espartero Velasco

RCD – Rousaud Costas Duran

From the Chambers Global guide

Íñigo Montesino-Espartero Velasco advises corporate clients on smaller M&A operations that often have a cross-border element. Clients appreciate that he invests time to understand their business and offers close support in transactions.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

From the Chambers Global guide

Javier Monzón earns increasing recognition from peers as a key partner in the Madrid team. Clients highlight his negotiation skills, saying: "He is pragmatic in that he doesn't go too much into details but rather knows what is important for each party and looks for the best way to bridge the gap." "He is able to simplify things, taking a holistic view of the problem and identifying the main issues," adds one impressed interviewee.

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Eversheds Nicea (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)

From the Chambers Global guide

Carlos Pemán receives praise for his English language skills and for his experience working on cross-border deals involving US and UK corporates. He was part of the team that advised the shareholders of Learnlight Group on the sale of a stake in the company to Beech Tree Private Equity. Clients note that "he can change gear when in tough negotiations."

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Garrigues

From the Chambers Global guide

Ildefonso Polo earns considerable praise from market commentators for his technical abilities and his dedication. "Despite being a partner you really feel that he is 100% on top of the transaction," reports one client, going on to say: "He takes ownership and responsibility for everything in the same way as we would expect of someone in our in-house team, which gives us a lot of confidence."

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Antonio Sánchez Montero

Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers Global guide

Antonio Sánchez Montero brings his experience in real estate and corporate transactions to his new role as partner in Pinsent Masons in Madrid. Interviewees appreciate that "he is hands-on and personally takes on a large part of the burden in transactions."

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Broseta Abogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees highlight Julio Veloso's language skills and describe him as an "organised person who is flexible to the needs of the client." He heads the department and acts on M&A, investment funds and corporate restructuring mandates. Veloso was a key part of the team that advised Keraben Grupo on the sale of its bathroom fittings subsidiary Construplas to MBO Partenaires and Aquasourça.

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Up and Coming

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Peers note Luis Alonso's growing profile in the Spanish market. He has played an important role in the firm's major telecoms and banking sector transactions. Clients highlight his "great knowledge of our business, personal involvement and great negotiation skills."

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Up and Coming

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Samir Azzouzi enters the rankings owing to superb praise for his corporate work predominantly on behalf of private equity firms. "He is clearly a rising star in corporate law in Spain," says one client, while another notes: "He is hard-working, hands-on and helpful." "He is an excellent lawyer both in terms of his technical ability and his interpersonal skills," says one impressed interviewee.

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Up and Coming

Pablo González Mosqueira

Pérez-Llorca

From the Chambers Global guide

Standout mandates for Pablo González Mosqueira include his advice to Ardagh Group on its USD3.4 billion acquisition of Brazilian, US and EU manufacturing plants that were sold by Ball and Rexam in order to meet competition law requirements. Clients highlight his impressive technical skills.

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Up and Coming

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Ignacio Hornedo supports both international investment funds and domestic corporate clients in M&A transactions. "He is responsive, pragmatic and his advice is always clear," says one client, adding: "He establishes a good rapport with the other side."

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Up and Coming

Francisco San Miguel

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Global guide

Impressed peers highlight Francisco San Miguel as an increasingly important presence in the firm's banking M&A transactions. Interviewees note his skill in negotiations and say that he is able to be "commercial with his client and with the counterparties."

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