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Global Guide

Corporate/M&A — Spain


Clifford Chance S.L. - Corporate/M&A

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What the team is known for Benefits from an extensive international network as well as its well-established presence in Spain. Clients include leading Spanish, US and UK corporates, particularly those involved in the financial, energy, industrial and TMT sectors. Frequently involved in global cross-border transactions.

Widely regarded as a leading figure in the M&A market, Javier García de Enterría heads the department. One client comments: "He is technically very calm and if there is a complicated problem he always comes back with an answer. He is one of the best in the country." Lately, he advised CaixaBank on several share swap transactions with its majority shareholder, Criteria.

Sources describe Javier Amantegui as "extremely impressive, highly competent, very knowledgeable and commercial in his approach." He has extensive experience in corporate transactions, with a particular knowledge of the energy and infrastructure sectors. Case highlights include supporting a consortium of investors on the EUR2 billion acquisition of Madrileña Red de Gas.

Managing partner Jaime Velazquez has notable expertise in corporate and transactional matters relating to the TMT, financial services and infrastructure sectors. Of late this included assisting Zeltia with its EUR900 million reverse merger with PharmaMar. Clients say that he is "an excellent professional with deep legal knowledge and a business perspective."

José María Fernández-Daza has particular expertise in joint ventures, shareholder agreements and the sales and acquisitions of both private and public companies. Sources remark that he is "a big name" in the corporate world.

New partner Luis Alonso is highlighted by clients as "experienced, proactive and available," with "very good technical knowledge." Of late, he has garnered significant experience in cross-border M&A transactions. He is also admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales.

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

Ana Vide is Portuguese-qualified and focuses on competition law. She has particular experience in appeals before European courts and merger control proceedings.

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Cuatrecasas - Corporate/M&A

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What the team is known for Domestic firm with extensive international expertise, demonstrated in the team's frequent participation in significant cross-border M&A matters. Its presence in Latin America remains a key asset, and the firm has been increasingly active in transactions involving Asia and the USA.

Experienced practitioner Javier Villasante has significant knowledge of the energy and infrastructure transactions. He recently advised ASL Aviation Group on its acquisition of TNT Airways. Interviewees say: "Javier is always able to analyse the most complex conundrums and explain them in a clear and concise manner."

Barcelona-based Víctor Xercavins has notable experience handling corporate transactions related to the insurance and financial sectors. One client states: "He is very knowledgeable and has a good way of simplifying complex issues. His availability is extraordinary."

Clients praise Federico Roig for being an "extremely experienced hard worker" with a "positive, pro-deal attitude." He has notable expertise in the energy and infrastructure sectors, and lately assisted Enel Green Power with the EUR900 million sale of Finerge - Gestão de Projectos Energético.

Raimundo Segura handles a range of M&A work, with a particular focus on matters involving family-owned businesses. One interviewee says: "He combines great technical knowledge with sound common sense and a commercial outlook."

Juan Aguayo has gained experience working on transactions involving distressed assets, as well as public M&A and company restructurings. He has notable expertise in matters with equity capital markets elements, such as accelerated bookbuilds and rights offerings.

Cani Fernández leads the competition department and is strongly recommended by clients for her antitrust knowledge. She has extensive experience advising clients on EU merger control proceedings. She splits her time between Madrid and Brussels.

Kai Christian Fischer is dual-qualified in Spain and Germany, and as such specialises in cross-border transactions between the two countries. He also heads the German desk.

Foreign Desks The China desk continues to co-ordinate with the firm's team in Shanghai to provide expertise to Spanish companies looking to invest in China, and assist Chinese clients with their Spanish investments. The team is regularly involved in cross-border acquisitions and real estate transactions. Omar Puertas heads the desk.

Supported by the Paris office, the firm's French desk has excellent knowledge of the legal market in France. Led by Pere Kirchner, the desk advises on inbound and outbound corporate transactions, and includes a number of lawyers who are authorised to practise in France.

The extensive German desk, headed by Kai Christian Fischer, regularly co-ordinates deals with blue-chips in Germany. The team is well versed in the buying and selling of companies, joint ventures and restructuring in the country.

Assisted by the office in São Paulo, the Latin America desk regularly assists on investment and projects across the continent. Lately this has included assisting Lone Star with the due diligence related to an acquisition of assets in various countries including Brazil and Argentina. The desk is led by Fernando Bernad.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer - Corporate/M&A

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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, telecommunication and real estate industries.

According to clients, department head Armando Albarrán is "an extremely solid and practical partner." He provides corporate advice to clients which include leading names from the energy, investment banking and private equity sectors. He assisted Amadeus IT Group with the EUR750 million acquisition of Navitaire.

Managing partner David Franco has a diverse practice that encompasses cross-border M&A, takeovers and joint ventures. His recent caseload includes assisting Liberbank with the sale of Telecable de Asturias to Zegona Communications. He receives excellent client feedback for his M&A work.

Javier Monzón has lately been promoted to partner in acknowledgement of his assistance with complex corporate transactions. Clients say: "Javier is always helpful and available. He possesses strong technical skills as well as being business-oriented."

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Garrigues - Corporate/M&A

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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 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.

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Linklaters - Corporate/M&A

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What the team is known for Impressive global firm that acts for leading companies from the private equity, telecommunications and energy sectors. The team has undertaken major corporate transactions, both cross-border and domestic, including joint ventures, restructurings and acquisitions. Remains popular among key UK investment funds that are active in Spain.

Jaime Zurita is an esteemed practitioner consulting on matters touching on public M&A transactions and capital markets law, including IPOs. Sources praise his academic record.

Regarded as "one of the best in public takeovers," Alejandro Ortiz is a highly regarded corporate and capital markets practitioner. He is also praised by sources for being "an excellent lawyer" who is "experienced and practical." Recent case highlights include representing Sigma Alimentos in its EUR313.8 million acquisition of a 37% stake in Campofrío.

Alexander Kolb has a particular focus on private equity transactions and public M&A, as well as being experienced in joint ventures. He advised Crédit Agricole Assurances on the purchase of a 5% stake in Compañía Logística de Hidrocarburos. Kolb is described by interviewees as "a very good technical lawyer." He is a German national and has experience of working with German clients.

Lara Hemzaoui has experience in both cross-border and domestic M&A transactions, with a particular focus on the energy and infrastructure sectors. She receives excellent market feedback and is described as "very easy to work with, very skilled at managing teams" and "a very good lawyer."

Since publication, Sebastián Albella has left this practice.

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Uría Menéndez - Corporate/M&A

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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. Continued expansion in Latin America consolidates the firm's presence and experience handling cross-border matters involving the region.

Juan Miguel Goenechea is widely regarded as a top corporate practitioner, with sources highlighting his "experience and knowledge of the dynamics of business negotiation." He handles both national and cross-border transactions. Recent highlight mandates include assisting Abengoa with its USD2 billion joint venture with EIG Global Energy Partners to finance a portfolio construction.

Salvador Sánchez-Terán has a broad practice that includes high-profile corporate work, such as joint ventures, as well as M&A. He also frequently undertakes work involving credit entities and new financial instruments. One client states: "He has wonderful common sense and an extraordinary understanding of the matters at hand."

Cándido Paz-Ares impresses sources with his in-depth knowledge of corporate law, as well as corporate governance. Peers note him as "an academic" and "a very solid source of analysis."

Rafael Sebastián is experienced in the areas of M&A, capital markets and corporate restructuring. He also advises on banking and finance matters and is considered "a household name" by interviewees.

Manuel Echenique represents both buyers and sellers in transactions and is regularly active in those with international elements. This has included assisting KKR with the cross-border acquisition of 80% shares in Grupo Gestamp. Clients say that he is "creative and commercial."

Clients are impressed by Juan Francisco Falcón's "outstanding negotiation skills and commercial approach." He is an experienced corporate and finance lawyer with notable expertise in transport law and aircraft financing. He represented Grupo Isolux Corsán in the USD2 billion spin-off of the worldwide energy business of Isolux Infrastructure Investments.

Christian Hoedl assists both domestic companies and foreign entities investing in Spain with M&A and private equity transactions. One source states: "He is an excellent lawyer and easy to work with."

Francisco San Miguel impresses peers with his work on M&A and private equity transactions, as well as his expertise in capital markets and banking issues. He has also gained experience representing clients in international arbitration. He advised a number of banks and private equity clients on the EUR260 million sale of Gecal Renovables.

Currently based in Madrid, Pablo González-Espejo opened the firm's São Paulo office and is registered as a foreign law consultant with the Brazilian Bar Association. He is focused on corporate law, frequently working with companies from the telecommunications, IT and sports sectors.

Carlos Paredes previously headed the firm's Lima office and so has in-depth knowledge of Peruvian corporate matters. He often assists international clients with their investments in Latin America.

Juan Carlos Machuca heads the London office and handles a range of corporate mandates including M&A transactions, restructurings and insolvency proceedings.

Antonio Villacampa Serrano is based in the Lisbon office and has extensive experience of corporate transactions, in particular those with multi-jurisdictional components. He routinely advises Spanish clients with corporate interests in Portugal.

Brussels office head Edurne Navarro Varona specialises in EU and Spanish competition law. She has notable expertise in merger control, state aid and cartels.

Foreign desks Madrid-based David García-Ochoa heads the firm's French desk, comprising of French-speaking lawyers across the firm's network. The team has significant experience in assisting with corporate cross-border transactions involving a French component.

The Indian desk collaborates with local firms in order to assist Spanish and Portuguese clients with their investments in India. Jorge Martí leads the practice from the Valencia office.

An established presence in Beijing allows the firm to advise Chinese clients on cross-border mandates with Spain and Latin America. The practice additionally offers assistance to Spanish corporations looking to expand into China. Francisco Martínez Boluda is the key contact for the Beijing office.

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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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Uría Menéndez offers a global service, advising its clients wherever their interests may be.    

We provide multi-jurisdictional legal advice through our:

  • own offices in the main financial centres of Europe, Asia and the Americas,
  • joint ownership of Philippi, Prietocarrizosa, Ferrero DU & Uría, the leading regional firm operating in Ibero-America,
  • close ties with the most prestigious independent law firms in the countries in which our clients operate,
  • membership of the Lex Mundi international network,
  • regional practice groups formed by specialist Uría Menéndez lawyers in areas of particular strategic interest for our clients.

Ashurst - Corporate/M&A

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What the team is known for Frequently advises international funds and insurance companies on their Spanish investments. Has lately assisted with several significant cross-border M&A transactions. Possesses specialist expertise in matters such as transactions involving distressed assets and the acquisition of real estate servicing platforms.

Clients regard María José Menéndez as "technically savvy, commercially oriented and pragmatic." She specialises in corporate and commercial matters, and has notable experience in mandates involving the financial and insurance sectors. Recent work includes advising Macquarie on two share acquisitions made with InfraVia.

Jorge Vázquez advises domestic and international clients on corporate issues, with notable expertise in distressed debt transactions. One source states: "He showed himself to be on top of the case at all times, and is able to express himself with detail and clarity."

Pedro Ester impresses interviewees as "an intelligent, down-to-earth and pragmatic lawyer." He handles M&A and private equity transactions for both domestic and international clients, with particular expertise in the real estate, energy and transport sectors.

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Baker McKenzie - Corporate/M&A

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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. Of late, team members have had a significant focus advising clients on corporate matters linked to China and Latin America.

Corporate partner Enrique Carretero focuses on public M&A. Lately this has included advising Global Caja on the purchase of various assets and liabilities pertaining to Banco Mare Nostrum. One client states: "A very calm lawyer, Enrique can handle the pressure and is very good at negotiation."

Sources highlight Jorge Adell as "a very capable lawyer with a huge amount of experience." As head of the Barcelona team, he assists both international and domestic clients with a range of corporate issues. He advised SARquavitae on the purchase of Novaire.

Interviewees find M&A specialist Alberto Alonso Ureba to be "honest, prudent and knowledgeable." His clients include Ibercaja, which he advised on the EUR70 million sale of its real estate management company.

New addition Javier Menor brings a wealth of corporate experience to the team, having particular knowledge of the energy, real estate, tourism and retail sectors. Recent case highlights include assisting Tous with the EUR120 million sale of a 25% stake in its holding company. Interviewees confirm that he is "a very good lawyer."

Since publication, Alberto Alonso Ureba has joined Ramón y Cajal Abogados

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DLA Piper Spain - Corporate/M&A

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What the team is known for Attracts leading global players as clients, proving particularly popular among private equity funds. Lately the team has gained notable experience in the healthcare and telecommunications sectors, as well as leading major cross-border M&A transactions.

Juan Picón is frequently involved in some of the biggest M&A, private equity and capital markets transactions in Spain, assisting both domestic and international clients. He has notable experience of the telecommunications and healthcare sectors. Sources are impressed by his "excellent commercial mindset" and say that "He is always ready, technically good and pragmatic."

José Antonio Sánchez-Dafos is particularly active in the manufacturing and food and beverage sectors, assisting Spanish clients with corporate transactions. According to one client, "José is a very pragmatic and impressive deal-maker who understands the issues and focuses on what matters."

Iñigo Gómez-Jordana habitually advises clients on cross-border M&A transactions and public takeovers, among other matters. Interviewees say: "He is a superb lawyer and great negotiator, with excellent communication skills and a deep understanding of client needs."

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Hogan Lovells International LLP - Corporate/M&A

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What the team is known for Regularly leads significant cross-border transactions, particularly those involving Latin American countries thanks to its offices in Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela. The team has gained notable experience working with companies in the infrastructure, tech and life sciences sectors. Also advises Spanish firms on moving into the US market as well as Chinese investors in Spain.

José María Balañá heads the department, assisting clients with cross-border mergers and acquisitions, as well as private equity and venture capital investments. Lately this has included advising LivingSocial as the seller on the management buyout of LetsBonus. Clients say: "He is a strong negotiator with very good technical skills and business experience."

Interviewees highlight Alex Dolmans as being "a pleasure to work with." He frequently advises international clients on corporate and commercial matters relating to their investments in Spain, with particular knowledge of the industrial, transport and energy sectors. Clients regard him as "a very good technician, with a strong ability to deliver a lot of work in a short timeframe."

Graciela Llaneza has gained notable expertise in the financial services, healthcare and energy sectors, representing clients in private equity and M&A transactions. One source says: "She has excellent experience and is efficient."

Lucas Osorio is a corporate governance specialist. He has additional knowledge of infrastructure projects and transactions. According to interviewees, "Lucas has been highly effective, showing deep knowledge and extensive experience of all matters."

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Pérez-Llorca - Corporate/M&A

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What the team is known for New offices in London and New York have increased the team's international visibility. The firm has attracted major international private equity funds, energy companies and retail corporations as clients. Team members have significant expertise in M&A transactions involving jurisdictions such as the UK, the USA, Brazil and China.

Highlighted as a "fantastic lawyer" by peers, Pedro Pérez-Llorca has vast experience in corporate transactions with notable expertise in cross-border M&A, privatisations and takeovers. Lately he led PAI Partners' EUR130 million acquisition of a 40% share in Grupo Konecta.

Javier Carvajal impresses sources as a "standout individual" who is "a pleasure to work with." He is frequently active in high-profile M&A matters. At his last firm, he advised Grupo Villar Mir on the sale of Torre Espacio Castellana to Emperador.

Pablo González Mosqueira continues to gain experience leading complex M&A transactions. Recent highlights include advising Oaktree on the EUR1 billion acquisition of a majority stake in Eolia Renovables de Inversiones. One pleased client reports that "he definitely managed to simplify what was a very complex transaction."

Iván Delgado is based at the firm's New York office and assists clients with general corporate matters, as well as M&A and private equity transactions. He is well-positioned to advise clients on any cases involving US and Latin American concerns. Recent case highlights include advising Iberdrola and BBVA, as part of a joint venture, on the sale of Movistar network shops to Telyco and other distributors.

Fernando Quicios is based at the firm's London office and assists with both corporate and financial work. He advises clients on public and private M&A transactions, restructuring and financial regulatory work.

Since publication, Vicente Conde has joined Osborne Clarke

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In 2015, Pérez-Llorca opened two foreign offices in London and New York. Pérez-Llorca advises on Spanish law in both offices. Our offices assist Pérez-Llorca’s clients with the development of their projects and serve as a gateway for our firm to collaborate closely with local firms.

From our London office located in the City, our firm advises on cross-border transactions and provides our expertise to UK-based clients (mainly financial entities, funds, corporates and law firms) investing in the Spanish market.

From our New York office located on Park Avenue, we advise clients on Spanish law and adapt our multidisciplinary assessment to their needs in the US and Latin America.


Allen & Overy LLP - Corporate/M&A

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What the team is known for Renowned international firm with a strong domestic presence and well-regarded teams in both Barcelona and Madrid. A popular choice among foreign financial institutions, the firm has also represented Spanish companies in major M&A transactions in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Aided by his specialist knowledge of capital markets, Fernando Torrente is a stand-out practitioner who has a proven track record of leading some of the most complex M&A transactions in the Spanish market. At his previous firm, he assisted ArcelorMittal with the EUR410 million acquisition of Condesa.

Antoni Valverde Roy leads the Barcelona team and has noted experience in the full range of corporate and private equity matters. He frequently leads both inbound and outbound M&A transactions, particularly those involving assets in Latin America. Recent case highlights include advising CriteriaCaixa on the EUR2.65 billion acquisition of stakes in Inbursa and the Bank of East Asia.

Madrid-based Iñigo del Val has significant experience of both public and private M&A transactions, working with both international and domestic clients. Sources state: "My experience with him was great. I was particularly impressed by his proactivity: he always thinks outside the box."

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CMS - Corporate/M&A

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What the team is known for Broad international practice with notable links to the German market. Frequently works with network offices on the Spanish aspects of pan-European acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures and other corporate agreements.

Clients appreciate César Albiñana Cilveti for being "proactive, business-oriented and organised." He has many years of experience in the corporate field and sits on the boards of directors of various companies. Lately he assisted Iberdrola with various corporate governance issues. He also advises on ECM matters.

Clients say that German desk head Luis Miguel de Dios Martínez's "in-depth knowledge of the Spanish and German law impresses. He is fluent in German - one would think he is a native speaker." He is notably experienced in cross-border matters with Germany, regularly assisting German clients with assets in Spain. Sources comment that he has "remarkable knowledge and experience in M&A transactions."

According to interviewees, Rafael Suárez de Lezo is "very experienced with a great legal and commercial mindset." He has notable experience in the areas of commercial law, M&A and private equity. He also assists clients with securities matters. Recent highlights include advising Portobello Capital on the acquisition of Grupo Iberconsa.

Andreas Otto co-ordinates cross-border transactions between Spain and Germany from the Berlin office. Areas of focus include real estate, projects and general corporate matters.

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Gómez-Acebo & Pombo - Corporate/M&A

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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. Routinely represents major multinationals in complex domestic and cross-border transactions, such as mergers, acquisitions and joint venture agreements.

Fernando de las Cuevas heads the department and handles a broad range of corporate transactional work. Lately, he has been particularly active in cross-border M&A, including advising Albany Molecular Research (AMRI) on the EUR180 million acquisition of Gadea Grupo Farmacéutico. He speaks French and has strong experience of acting for French and francophone clients on cross-border M&A matters.

Mónica Weimann Gómez divides her time between London and Madrid and heads the German desk due to her experience in Spanish-German cross-border transactions. She speaks German, as well as Spanish, English and French.

Rubén Ferrer manages the New York office and is dual-qualified in both the USA and Spain. He specialises in cross-border M&A, company restructurings and corporate conflict situations.

Miguel Troncoso Ferrer is a partner based in Brussels focusing on EU and competition law. He has particular expertise in matters relating to compliance programmes, cartel proceedings and state aid.

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. Lately this has included advising Banque PSA Finance on its joint venture with Santander Consumer Finance in Spain and Switzerland. Fernando de las Cuevas heads the desk.

Mónica Weimann Gómez heads the German desk, which represents a number of German companies looking to invest in Spain, offering a range of advice including EU law expertise. Further assists Spanish subsidiaries of German companies with corporate transactions.

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Herbert Smith Freehills - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Highly active in cross-border transactions, particularly in the energy, healthcare and financial services sectors. The team regularly assists with inbound and outbound matters, where it acts for clients including major Spanish and international investors.

Highly experienced senior partner Álvaro Sainz advises on company reorganisation, corporate governance and M&A. Recent case highlights include leading the advice to TSB on its billion-pound acquisition by Banco Sabadell. Clients regard him as "a great professional."

"A thoughtful, creative and constructive lawyer," Nicolás Martín has years of experience advising both international and domestic clients on a range of corporate transactions. He has noteworthy private equity experience, as showcased by his advice to Oaktree Capital Management on its EUR740 million acquisition of Project Gaudi.

Alberto Frasquet continues to gain expertise in both public and private M&A transactions, corporate restructuring and equity capital markets matters. Clients say: "He is diligent, helpful, available and proactive." He advised Mutua Madrileña on the EUR170 million purchase of Corpfin's stake in Ingesport Health & Spa Consulting.

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Our corporate team in Spain has developed a long-standing reputation for handling complex and innovative transactions acting for both national and foreign corporates, investment banks and private equity firms.

Our main areas of activity include complex public and private M&A, private equity, corporate restructurings, corporate law and corporate governance, trade agreements, capital markets and joint ventures.

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Our Spanish corporate offering is enhanced by our international network of offices, which gives Herbert Smith Freehills a competitive edge when handling corporate transactions in any jurisdiction or managing transactions involving several countries.

  • Álvaro Sainz is the Regional head of corporate, EMEA. He is responsible for the coordination of this practice in seven different jurisdictions.

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  • Nicolás Martín (Latin America). Nicolás leads the corporate practice in the region. We have helped many of our clients establish a presence and do business in the region. We cover the full spectrum of legal advice, from corporate/M&A to finance, energy, infrastructure, insurance and dispute resolution. We also advise Latin American clients investing in other parts of the world, notably Africa, the Middle East and Europe.​

Jones Day - Corporate/M&A

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Band 3

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Large global network attracting international clients, frequently from the energy and telecommunications sectors. Has notable expertise of Latin American markets.

Manuel Vara Varea frequently advises corporates and venture capital companies on issues ranging from takeovers and buyouts to corporate governance. One client states: "Manuel is a pleasure to work with due to a combination of experience, common sense and a sense of humour."

Luis Riesgo oversees the Latin American branches of Jones Day from his São Paulo base, assisting international clients with Spanish aspects of corporate transactions. He has a notable focus on cross-border M&A.

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Latham & Watkins - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Handles multi-jurisdictional corporate transactions, assisted by a network of offices in Europe, the USA and beyond. Has a broad client portfolio that includes Spanish and foreign corporates, banks and private equity funds.

Managing partner José Luis Blanco has a strong corporate practice with particular expertise in cross-border M&A, joint ventures and private equity transactions. One client states: "He is commercial, resolution-oriented, discreet and thorough."

Ignacio Pallarés heads the corporate department, and is experienced in handling some of the more complex transactions in the market. This has included advising Rottapharm on the EUR82 million sale of Euromed to Botinata Servicios y Gestinones.

Based in the Brussels office, Javier Ruiz Calzado is a competition and EU law specialist. He advises on matters such as merger control, cartel investigations and state aid. He also represents clients before European and Spanish courts.

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Ramón y Cajal Abogados - Corporate/M&A

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第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Counts major Spanish corporations among its clients and frequently represents them in cross-border transactions involving other European jurisdictions. Also assists international companies with their investments in Spain.

Rafael Mateu de Ros and Cristina Vidal are key contacts for this practice area.

Since publication, Diego Lozano has joined Pinsent Masons

Since publication, Antonio Sánchez Montero has joined Pinsent Masons

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Araoz & Rueda - Corporate/M&A

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第四等

Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Regularly advises international and domestic clients on cross-border sales and acquisitions. Notable expertise lies in the pharmaceutical, energy and health sectors. Clients include British private equity funds.

Sources widely consider Pedro Rueda to be a "pragmatic and efficient" practitioner who has "great language and negotiation skills." As head of the department, he has extensive experience in M&A, joint ventures and other corporate matters. He regularly works with clients in the financial and industrial sectors.

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Broseta Abogados - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

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.

Julio Veloso leads the firm's corporate department, specialising in M&A, venture capital and private equity matters. According to clients, "Julio was not only technically proficient, but also commercially minded and pragmatic."

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King & Wood Mallesons - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

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.

According to sources, Roberto Pomares Botana is "client-focused and detail-oriented." He regularly advises foreign and domestic companies on transactional matters such as acquisitions, disposals and divestments. Lately, he has been involved in the energy sector, leading transactions such as EDP Group's acquisition of gas assets.

Foreign Desks The China desk, led by Roberto Pomares and Carlos Pazos, advises on corporate matters, including M&A and joint ventures. Thanks to the firm's strong ties with the Chinese market, the Spanish team is experienced in assisting Chinese clients with their investments in Spain and Latin America. With the added ability to co-ordinate with offices across China and in Hong Kong, the team also supports Spanish investors involved in cross-border transactions.

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White & Case LLP - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Growing Spanish presence with significant experience in multi-jurisdictional transactions. The team frequently acts for UK and US private equity funds, as well as domestic banks and energy companies. Also works closely with offices in Mexico and Brazil.

Department head Juan Manuel De Remedios has notable experience handling corporate and commercial transactions with multi-jurisdictional elements. Sources say: "He is very well connected and well known in Spain, and has an impressive skill set." He also assists with capital markets matters.

Clients highlight Yoko Takagi for being "experienced, technically very strong and commercial." She focuses on M&A transactions for clients in a range of sectors, such as financial institutions and telecommunications companies. She has further expertise in capital markets issues.

Carlos Daroca frequently represents domestic and international companies, real estate funds and financial institutions in a range of transactional matters. One interviewee states: "Carlos showed a lot of experience and proposed imaginative and practical solutions."

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Bird & Bird - Corporate/M&A

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第五等

Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Attracts multinational clients through its global network. Recently advised companies from countries such as Canada and Israel on their Spanish assets. Also assists Spanish clients with cross-border M&A.

Lourdes Ayala has extensive experience in the corporate sector, in particular with transactions relating to the life sciences, pharmaceuticals and food and beverages industries. Recent case highlights include assisting UrtheCast with the cross-border acquisition of Deimos Imaging and DOT Imaging. According to sources, she is "technically very good" and has a "problem-solving mentality."

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Deloitte Legal SLP - Corporate/M&A

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第五等

Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Supported by its extensive international network, the team has a strong focus on international opportunities such as advising clients on cross-border transactions. Of late, the team has had experience dealing with matters involving multiple parties in different jurisdictions.

Francisco Mayor is active in M&A transactions and general corporate matters, with broad experience in assisting Spanish companies with their international assets. Recent highlights have included advising Grupo Antolin on the USD525 million purchase of Magna International. Sources note that his "competence, skill, calmness and perseverance are absolutely key."

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

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Assisted by a network of offices across jurisdictions, the team is well versed in cross-border transactions. Regularly advises multinational companies on their investments in Spain.

Carlos Pemán advises both private and public companies on corporate matters such as company reorganisations, corporate governance and shareholder agreements. Interviewees say: "Carlos quickly understands complex solutions and is proactive in his analysis."

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KPMG Abogados - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Represents Spanish clients from the financial services industry in sales and acquisitions. Utilises its extensive international network for cross-border matters.

Augusto Piñel is a key contact for this practice area.

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ONTIER - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Acts for domestic companies in international transactions, with noteworthy recent experience in the infrastructure and energy sectors. Has also assisted major foreign investors with corporate matters relating to their Spanish assets.

Pablo Enrile is a key contact for this practice area.

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Rousaud Costas Duran (RCD) - Corporate/M&A

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What the team is known for Mid-market focused team, particularly active in advising local clients on international investments. Lately acted for clients on cross-border transactions involving Latin America, the USA and China.

Adolf Rousaud is a key contact for this practice area.

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Senior Statesmen

Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

Jaime Zurita is an esteemed practitioner consulting on matters touching on public M&A transactions and capital markets law, including IPOs. Sources praise his academic record.

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Garrigues

From the Chambers Global guide

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."

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José Armando Albarrán

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

From the Chambers Global guide

According to clients, department head Armando Albarrán is "an extremely solid and practical partner." He provides corporate advice to clients which include leading names from the energy, investment banking and private equity sectors. He assisted Amadeus IT Group with the EUR750 million acquisition of Navitaire.

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Javier García de Enterría

Clifford Chance S.L.

From the Chambers Global guide

Widely regarded as a leading figure in the M&A market, Javier García de Enterría heads the department. One client comments: "He is technically very calm and if there is a complicated problem he always comes back with an answer. He is one of the best in the country." Lately, he advised CaixaBank on several share swap transactions with its majority shareholder, Criteria.

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Juan Miguel Goenechea

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Global guide

Juan Miguel Goenechea is widely regarded as a top corporate practitioner, with sources highlighting his "experience and knowledge of the dynamics of business negotiation." He handles both national and cross-border transactions. Recent highlight mandates include assisting Abengoa with its USD2 billion joint venture with EIG Global Energy Partners to finance a portfolio construction.

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Álvaro López-Jorrín

Garrigues

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

Regarded as "one of the best in public takeovers," Alejandro Ortiz is a highly regarded corporate and capital markets practitioner. He is also praised by sources for being "an excellent lawyer" who is "experienced and practical." Recent case highlights include representing Sigma Alimentos in its EUR313.8 million acquisition of a 37% stake in Campofrío.

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DLA Piper Spain

From the Chambers Global guide

Juan Picón is frequently involved in some of the biggest M&A, private equity and capital markets transactions in Spain, assisting both domestic and international clients. He has notable experience of the telecommunications and healthcare sectors. Sources are impressed by his "excellent commercial mindset" and say that "He is always ready, technically good and pragmatic."

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Salvador Sánchez-Terán

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Global guide

Salvador Sánchez-Terán has a broad practice that includes high-profile corporate work, such as joint ventures, as well as M&A. He also frequently undertakes work involving credit entities and new financial instruments. One client states: "He has wonderful common sense and an extraordinary understanding of the matters at hand."

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Fernando Torrente

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Aided by his specialist knowledge of capital markets, Fernando Torrente is a stand-out practitioner who has a proven track record of leading some of the most complex M&A transactions in the Spanish market. At his previous firm, he assisted ArcelorMittal with the EUR410 million acquisition of Condesa.

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Clifford Chance S.L.

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources describe Javier Amantegui as "extremely impressive, highly competent, very knowledgeable and commercial in his approach." He has extensive experience in corporate transactions, with a particular knowledge of the energy and infrastructure sectors. Case highlights include supporting a consortium of investors on the EUR2 billion acquisition of Madrileña Red de Gas.

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José Luis Blanco

Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner José Luis Blanco has a strong corporate practice with particular expertise in cross-border M&A, joint ventures and private equity transactions. One client states: "He is commercial, resolution-oriented, discreet and thorough."

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Enrique Carretero

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

Corporate partner Enrique Carretero focuses on public M&A. Lately this has included advising Global Caja on the purchase of various assets and liabilities pertaining to Banco Mare Nostrum. One client states: "A very calm lawyer, Enrique can handle the pressure and is very good at negotiation."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner David Franco has a diverse practice that encompasses cross-border M&A, takeovers and joint ventures. His recent caseload includes assisting Liberbank with the sale of Telecable de Asturias to Zegona Communications. He receives excellent client feedback for his M&A work.

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María José Menéndez

Ashurst

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients regard María José Menéndez as "technically savvy, commercially oriented and pragmatic." She specialises in corporate and commercial matters, and has notable experience in mandates involving the financial and insurance sectors. Recent work includes advising Macquarie on two share acquisitions made with InfraVia.

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Cándido Paz-Ares

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Global guide

Cándido Paz-Ares impresses sources with his in-depth knowledge of corporate law, as well as corporate governance. Peers note him as "an academic" and "a very solid source of analysis."

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Pedro Pérez-Llorca

Pérez-Llorca

From the Chambers Global guide

Highlighted as a "fantastic lawyer" by peers, Pedro Pérez-Llorca has vast experience in corporate transactions with notable expertise in cross-border M&A, privatisations and takeovers. Lately he led PAI Partners' EUR130 million acquisition of a 40% share in Grupo Konecta.

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Araoz & Rueda

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources widely consider Pedro Rueda to be a "pragmatic and efficient" practitioner who has "great language and negotiation skills." As head of the department, he has extensive experience in M&A, joint ventures and other corporate matters. He regularly works with clients in the financial and industrial sectors.

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Global guide

Highly experienced senior partner Álvaro Sainz advises on company reorganisation, corporate governance and M&A. Recent case highlights include leading the advice to TSB on its billion-pound acquisition by Banco Sabadell. Clients regard him as "a great professional."

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Antoni Valverde Roy

Allen & Overy

From the Chambers Global guide

Antoni Valverde Roy leads the Barcelona team and has noted experience in the full range of corporate and private equity matters. He frequently leads both inbound and outbound M&A transactions, particularly those involving assets in Latin America. Recent case highlights include advising CriteriaCaixa on the EUR2.65 billion acquisition of stakes in Inbursa and the Bank of East Asia.

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Javier Villasante

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Global guide

Experienced practitioner Javier Villasante has significant knowledge of the energy and infrastructure transactions. He recently advised ASL Aviation Group on its acquisition of TNT Airways. Interviewees say: "Javier is always able to analyse the most complex conundrums and explain them in a clear and concise manner."

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Víctor Xercavins

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Global guide

Barcelona-based Víctor Xercavins has notable experience handling corporate transactions related to the insurance and financial sectors. One client states: "He is very knowledgeable and has a good way of simplifying complex issues. His availability is extraordinary."

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources highlight Jorge Adell as "a very capable lawyer with a huge amount of experience." As head of the Barcelona team, he assists both international and domestic clients with a range of corporate issues. He advised SARquavitae on the purchase of Novaire.

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César Albiñana Cilveti

CMS

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients appreciate César Albiñana Cilveti for being "proactive, business-oriented and organised." He has many years of experience in the corporate field and sits on the boards of directors of various companies. Lately he assisted Iberdrola with various corporate governance issues. He also advises on ECM matters.

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Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Global guide

Lourdes Ayala has extensive experience in the corporate sector, in particular with transactions relating to the life sciences, pharmaceuticals and food and beverages industries. Recent case highlights include assisting UrtheCast with the cross-border acquisition of Deimos Imaging and DOT Imaging. According to sources, she is "technically very good" and has a "problem-solving mentality."

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José María Balañá

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

José María Balañá heads the department, assisting clients with cross-border mergers and acquisitions, as well as private equity and venture capital investments. Lately this has included advising LivingSocial as the seller on the management buyout of LetsBonus. Clients say: "He is a strong negotiator with very good technical skills and business experience."

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Pérez-Llorca

From the Chambers Global guide

Javier Carvajal impresses sources as a "standout individual" who is "a pleasure to work with." He is frequently active in high-profile M&A matters. At his last firm, he advised Grupo Villar Mir on the sale of Torre Espacio Castellana to Emperador.

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Luis Miguel de Dios Martínez

CMS

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients say that German desk head Luis Miguel de Dios Martínez's "in-depth knowledge of the Spanish and German law impresses. He is fluent in German - one would think he is a native speaker." He is notably experienced in cross-border matters with Germany, regularly assisting German clients with assets in Spain. Sources comment that he has "remarkable knowledge and experience in M&A transactions."

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Juan Manuel De Remedios

White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Department head Juan Manuel De Remedios has notable experience handling corporate and commercial transactions with multi-jurisdictional elements. Sources say: "He is very well connected and well known in Spain, and has an impressive skill set." He also assists with capital markets matters.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees highlight Alex Dolmans as being "a pleasure to work with." He frequently advises international clients on corporate and commercial matters relating to their investments in Spain, with particular knowledge of the industrial, transport and energy sectors. Clients regard him as "a very good technician, with a strong ability to deliver a lot of work in a short timeframe."

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Garrigues

From the Chambers Global guide

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."

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

Alexander Kolb has a particular focus on private equity transactions and public M&A, as well as being experienced in joint ventures. He advised Crédit Agricole Assurances on the purchase of a 5% stake in Compañía Logística de Hidrocarburos. Kolb is described by interviewees as "a very good technical lawyer." He is a German national and has experience of working with German clients.

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Global guide

"A thoughtful, creative and constructive lawyer," Nicolás Martín has years of experience advising both international and domestic clients on a range of corporate transactions. He has noteworthy private equity experience, as showcased by his advice to Oaktree Capital Management on its EUR740 million acquisition of Project Gaudi.

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Ignacio Pallarés

Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers Global guide

Ignacio Pallarés heads the corporate department, and is experienced in handling some of the more complex transactions in the market. This has included advising Rottapharm on the EUR82 million sale of Euromed to Botinata Servicios y Gestinones.

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Roberto Pomares Botana

King & Wood Mallesons

From the Chambers Global guide

According to sources, Roberto Pomares Botana is "client-focused and detail-oriented." He regularly advises foreign and domestic companies on transactional matters such as acquisitions, disposals and divestments. Lately, he has been involved in the energy sector, leading transactions such as EDP Group's acquisition of gas assets.

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Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients praise Federico Roig for being an "extremely experienced hard worker" with a "positive, pro-deal attitude." He has notable expertise in the energy and infrastructure sectors, and lately assisted Enel Green Power with the EUR900 million sale of Finerge - Gestão de Projectos Energético.

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José Antonio Sánchez-Dafos

DLA Piper Spain

From the Chambers Global guide

José Antonio Sánchez-Dafos is particularly active in the manufacturing and food and beverage sectors, assisting Spanish clients with corporate transactions. According to one client, "José is a very pragmatic and impressive deal-maker who understands the issues and focuses on what matters."

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Rafael Sebastián

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Global guide

Rafael Sebastián is experienced in the areas of M&A, capital markets and corporate restructuring. He also advises on banking and finance matters and is considered "a household name" by interviewees.

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Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Global guide

Raimundo Segura handles a range of M&A work, with a particular focus on matters involving family-owned businesses. One interviewee says: "He combines great technical knowledge with sound common sense and a commercial outlook."

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Rafael Suárez de Lezo

CMS

From the Chambers Global guide

According to interviewees, Rafael Suárez de Lezo is "very experienced with a great legal and commercial mindset." He has notable experience in the areas of commercial law, M&A and private equity. He also assists clients with securities matters. Recent highlights include advising Portobello Capital on the acquisition of Grupo Iberconsa.

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Ashurst

From the Chambers Global guide

Jorge Vázquez advises domestic and international clients on corporate issues, with notable expertise in distressed debt transactions. One source states: "He showed himself to be on top of the case at all times, and is able to express himself with detail and clarity."

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Clifford Chance S.L.

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Jaime Velazquez has notable expertise in corporate and transactional matters relating to the TMT, financial services and infrastructure sectors. Of late this included assisting Zeltia with its EUR900 million reverse merger with PharmaMar. Clients say that he is "an excellent professional with deep legal knowledge and a business perspective."

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J Almoguera Abogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources highlight Jesús Almoguera of J Almoguera Abogados as "a very capable lawyer with a good understanding of the client's needs." His practice includes working with domestic and international clients on M&A, joint ventures and corporate finance.

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Alberto Alonso Ureba

Ramón y Cajal Abogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees find M&A specialist Alberto Alonso Ureba to be "honest, prudent and knowledgeable." His clients include Ibercaja, which he advised on the EUR70 million sale of its real estate management company.

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Fernando de las Cuevas

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

From the Chambers Global guide

Fernando de las Cuevas heads the department and handles a broad range of corporate transactional work. Lately, he has been particularly active in cross-border M&A, including advising Albany Molecular Research (AMRI) on the EUR180 million acquisition of Gadea Grupo Farmacéutico. He speaks French and has strong experience of acting for French and francophone clients on cross-border M&A matters.

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Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Global guide

Manuel Echenique represents both buyers and sellers in transactions and is regularly active in those with international elements. This has included assisting KKR with the cross-border acquisition of 80% shares in Grupo Gestamp. Clients say that he is "creative and commercial."

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Juan Francisco Falcón

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients are impressed by Juan Francisco Falcón's "outstanding negotiation skills and commercial approach." He is an experienced corporate and finance lawyer with notable expertise in transport law and aircraft financing. He represented Grupo Isolux Corsán in the USD2 billion spin-off of the worldwide energy business of Isolux Infrastructure Investments.

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José María Fernández-Daza

Clifford Chance S.L.

From the Chambers Global guide

José María Fernández-Daza has particular expertise in joint ventures, shareholder agreements and the sales and acquisitions of both private and public companies. Sources remark that he is "a big name" in the corporate world.

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Global guide

Alberto Frasquet continues to gain expertise in both public and private M&A transactions, corporate restructuring and equity capital markets matters. Clients say: "He is diligent, helpful, available and proactive." He advised Mutua Madrileña on the EUR170 million purchase of Corpfin's stake in Ingesport Health & Spa Consulting.

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Iñigo Gómez-Jordana

DLA Piper Spain

From the Chambers Global guide

Iñigo Gómez-Jordana habitually advises clients on cross-border M&A transactions and public takeovers, among other matters. Interviewees say: "He is a superb lawyer and great negotiator, with excellent communication skills and a deep understanding of client needs."

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Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Global guide

Christian Hoedl assists both domestic companies and foreign entities investing in Spain with M&A and private equity transactions. One source states: "He is an excellent lawyer and easy to work with."

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Graciela Llaneza has gained notable expertise in the financial services, healthcare and energy sectors, representing clients in private equity and M&A transactions. One source says: "She has excellent experience and is efficient."

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Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers Global guide

Diego Lozano of Pinsent Masons focuses on M&A and general corporate issues, having gained experience sitting on the board of directors at Telefónica. One interviewee says: "Diego is the perfect mix of technical skill and great knowledge of the business world."

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Mónica Martín de Vidales

Garrigues

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

New addition Javier Menor brings a wealth of corporate experience to the team, having particular knowledge of the energy, real estate, tourism and retail sectors. Recent case highlights include assisting Tous with the EUR120 million sale of a 25% stake in its holding company. Interviewees confirm that he is "a very good lawyer."

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Lucas Osorio is a corporate governance specialist. He has additional knowledge of infrastructure projects and transactions. According to interviewees, "Lucas has been highly effective, showing deep knowledge and extensive experience of all matters."

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Joan Roca Sagarra

Roca Junyent

From the Chambers Global guide

Joan Roca Sagarra of Roca Junyent represents both public and private companies in M&A transactions, with notable experience in regulated sectors. He also sits as secretary for the boards of directors of various companies. He has additional expertise in private equity and ECM matters.

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients highlight Yoko Takagi for being "experienced, technically very strong and commercial." She focuses on M&A transactions for clients in a range of sectors, such as financial institutions and telecommunications companies. She has further expertise in capital markets issues.

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Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Global guide

Juan Aguayo has gained experience working on transactions involving distressed assets, as well as public M&A and company restructurings. He has notable expertise in matters with equity capital markets elements, such as accelerated bookbuilds and rights offerings.

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Xavier Amat Badrinas

Amat & Vidal-Quadras

From the Chambers Global guide

Xavier Amat Badrinas of Amat & Vidal-Quadras is responsible for the firm's corporate practice. He advises clients on matters such as foreign investments, capital markets and real estate transactions. One source says: "Xavier has experience and highest-level knowledge."

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Jordi Casas Thió

Osborne Clarke

From the Chambers Global guide

Jordi Casas Thió recently moved to Osborne Clarke. He advises Spanish and international clients on a broad array of matters including M&A, joint ventures, corporate restructuring and refinancing. He has been active in a variety of M&A transactions, including advising Ofertix on its acquisition of Groupalia and Offerum.

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Eduardo Coca Pérez

Callol, Coca & Asociados

From the Chambers Global guide

Eduardo Coca Pérez of Callol, Coca & Asociados is recommended by clients for his work pertaining to the technology and software sectors. Interviewees say: "Eduardo is diligent, always available and pays attention to all the details." He has a strong M&A and private equity background, and is also qualified in England and Wales.

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Osborne Clarke

From the Chambers Global guide

Vicente Conde is a new addition to the Osborne Clarke team. According to sources, he is a "very good lawyer" and has "a very wide vision of the law." His expertise encompasses M&A transactions, takeover bids and corporate governance. He also possesses a deep knowledge of capital markets.

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Carlos Daroca frequently represents domestic and international companies, real estate funds and financial institutions in a range of transactional matters. One interviewee states: "Carlos showed a lot of experience and proposed imaginative and practical solutions."

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Madrid-based Iñigo del Val has significant experience of both public and private M&A transactions, working with both international and domestic clients. Sources state: "My experience with him was great. I was particularly impressed by his proactivity: he always thinks outside the box."

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Marta Gil de Biedma

Ventura Garcés & López-Ibor

From the Chambers Global guide

Marta Gil de Biedma of Ventura Garcés & López-Ibor handles matters for both domestic and international investors, assisting them with acquisitions, buyouts and restructuring. One interviewee says: "Marta is a safe pair of hands, capable and experienced, with a lot of common sense."

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José María Gil-Robles Casanueva

Garrigues

From the Chambers Global guide

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."

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PwC Tax and Legal Services

From the Chambers Global guide

Francisco Iso of PwC Tax and Legal Services has notable experience in cross-border transactions involving private and listed companies, joint ventures and leveraged buyouts. He also focuses on capital markets work.

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Mavens Abogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Teresa Martin of Mavens Abogados assists clients with a variety of matters ranging from M&A and divestitures to shareholders' disputes and general corporate advice. Referees highlight her "business acumen and understanding" combined with her "sensible and smart advice."

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Deloitte Legal SLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Francisco Mayor is active in M&A transactions and general corporate matters, with broad experience in assisting Spanish companies with their international assets. Recent highlights have included advising Grupo Antolin on the USD525 million purchase of Magna International. Sources note that his "competence, skill, calmness and perseverance are absolutely key."

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Garrigues

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Eversheds Nicea (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)

From the Chambers Global guide

Carlos Pemán advises both private and public companies on corporate matters such as company reorganisations, corporate governance and shareholder agreements. Interviewees say: "Carlos quickly understands complex solutions and is proactive in his analysis."

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Eliecer Pérez Simón

Rivero & Gustafson Abogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients regard Eliecer Pérez Simón of Rivero & Gustafson Abogados as a "powerful negotiator" who has "empathy with the client." His varied practice encompasses both M&A and real estate-related transactions.

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Antonio Sánchez Montero

Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers Global guide

Antonio Sánchez Montero of Pinsent Masons impresses interviewees with his "client-oriented approach" and "wide knowledge of the legal framework." His practice encompasses a range of corporate matters, including M&A and divestment operations, with a niche focus on corporate sourcing and outsourcing.

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Manuel Vara Varea

Jones Day

From the Chambers Global guide

Manuel Vara Varea frequently advises corporates and venture capital companies on issues ranging from takeovers and buyouts to corporate governance. One client states: "Manuel is a pleasure to work with due to a combination of experience, common sense and a sense of humour."

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Broseta Abogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Julio Veloso leads the firm's corporate department, specialising in M&A, venture capital and private equity matters. According to clients, "Julio was not only technically proficient, but also commercially minded and pragmatic."

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Up and Coming

Clifford Chance S.L.

From the Chambers Global guide

New partner Luis Alonso is highlighted by clients as "experienced, proactive and available," with "very good technical knowledge." Of late, he has garnered significant experience in cross-border M&A transactions. He is also admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales.

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Ashurst

From the Chambers Global guide

Pedro Ester impresses interviewees as "an intelligent, down-to-earth and pragmatic lawyer." He handles M&A and private equity transactions for both domestic and international clients, with particular expertise in the real estate, energy and transport sectors.

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Pablo González Mosqueira

Pérez-Llorca

From the Chambers Global guide

Pablo González Mosqueira continues to gain experience leading complex M&A transactions. Recent highlights include advising Oaktree on the EUR1 billion acquisition of a majority stake in Eolia Renovables de Inversiones. One pleased client reports that "he definitely managed to simplify what was a very complex transaction."

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

Lara Hemzaoui has experience in both cross-border and domestic M&A transactions, with a particular focus on the energy and infrastructure sectors. She receives excellent market feedback and is described as "very easy to work with, very skilled at managing teams" and "a very good lawyer."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

From the Chambers Global guide

Javier Monzón has lately been promoted to partner in acknowledgement of his assistance with complex corporate transactions. Clients say: "Javier is always helpful and available. He possesses strong technical skills as well as being business-oriented."

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Francisco San Miguel

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Global guide

Francisco San Miguel impresses peers with his work on M&A and private equity transactions, as well as his expertise in capital markets and banking issues. He has also gained experience representing clients in international arbitration. He advised a number of banks and private equity clients on the EUR260 million sale of Gecal Renovables.

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