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 private equity and energy sectors.
Managing partner Fernando Vives handles a wide scope of corporate and transactional matters, with significant knowledge of corporate governance and regulatory issues relating to listed companies. One interviewee states: "He is a rainmaker, a very good lawyer and well known for his knowledge of corporate law." Another says he is "simply a leading light in the field of corporate law in Spain."
Álvaro López-Jorrín is praised by sources as "an excellent lawyer with a practical outlook, who is always available to clients." He is very experienced in corporate matters, and frequently represents clients from the financial and insurance sectors. His recent highlights include advice to Coca-Cola on the cross-border merger of three of its bottling plants.
Ramon Girbau has a diverse practice that includes M&A, finance and securities issues. Recent work includes assisting Blackstone with the purchase of a significant real estate portfolio from Banco Sabadell. Interviewees view him as "a very good lawyer with a lot of experience."
According to one interviewee, Mónica Martín de Vidales has "great experience and an aptitude for negotiation." She has a breadth of expertise encompassing matters such as transaction structures and shareholder agreements. Lately this has included acting on the EUR190 million acquisition of Panrico by Grupo Bimbo.
José María Gil-Robles Casanueva focuses on M&A transactions, private equity and distressed investments. Recently he advised Trilantic Capital Partners and Investindustrial on an IPO. A satisfied client says that he is "one of the best commercial lawyers I've come across."
Clients appreciate Renata Mendaña's "speed and technical approach." She has gained experience in assisting industrial clients and private equity funds with M&A transactions, particularly those with a cross-border element.
Silvestre Arana heads the German desk and has extensive experience working with German clients in Spain. He frequently leads corporate transactions related to the energy sector.
Luis Ortiz Blanco impresses with his knowledge of EU and competition law, representing clients in both the European and Spanish courts. He operates from both the Madrid and Brussels offices.
José Luis Buendía Sierra heads Garrigues's Brussels office and specialises in EU and competition law. An expert in antitrust issues, he has particular strength in state aid matters.
China-based Manuel Torres Salazar heads the corporate department in Shanghai. He focuses on cross-border M&A and assisting foreign companies with their investments in China.
Foreign Desks With offices in Shanghai and Beijing, Garrigues maintains a solid foothold in the Chinese market. Manuel Torres Salazar heads the department from the Shanghai office, and the team assists Spanish and Chinese clients with inbound and outbound investments.
Ramon Girbau and Ignacio Calvet 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.
Staffed by German-speaking lawyers throughout the Garrigues network, the German desk advises German clients on cross-border transactions involving Spain. Silvestre Arana is the key point of contact here.
Claudio Doria leads the Italian desk, which advises clients on corporate and restructuring issues involving both Italy and Spain. Lately, this has included advising Enel Green Power on its partial proportional demerger.
The team frequently handles cross-border transactions with Latin America, assisted by the firm's offices in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. Bogotá-based Javier Ybáñez is a key contact for matters involving the region.
Javier Marzo heads the USA desk, which comprises lawyers based in both the Madrid and Barcelona offices with particular knowledge of the US legal system, and experience handling cross-border matters with this jurisdiction.