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Dispute Resolution — Spain


Clifford Chance LLP - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: José Antonio Caínzos
- 4 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Renowned arbitration practice that frequently handles major proceedings under ICC rules or those of key Spanish arbitral institutions. Advises on commercial arbitration relating to construction contracts, shareholder disputes or energy sector supply agreements. Also has experience in investor-state arbitration on behalf of international renewables companies. Represents a number of insurance and auditing companies in complex litigation proceedings, with notable experience in significant reinsurance and professional liability cases. Leverages superb reputations of key IP lawyers in Barcelona to attract contentious patent work.

Strengths Clients appreciate the responsiveness of the team, saying: "We can get in touch with the lawyers whenever we want and they will discuss all the papers and explain everything."

Clients further highlight "the breadth and depth of the lawyers' knowledge, their strong preparation of cases, their close attention and their complete availability."

Work highlights Defended Mr Manuel Jove in three director's liability claims brought by Martinsa-Fadesa and in the subsequent appeal on costs. The Spanish High Court had awarded costs in favour of the client.

Assisted STEAG with its ICSID arbitration against the Kingdom of Spain relating to regulatory changes to the renewables sector. The firm advised on a claim under Article 10 of the Energy Charter Treaty for losses incurred on a thermosolar power plant in the south of Spain.

Notable practitioners

José Antonio Caínzos has a superb reputation as a market-leading arbitration and litigation practitioner. He is consistently instructed on high-profile disputes and frequently works on construction and commercial arbitrations in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Clients highlight "the clarity with which he explains problems and suggests solutions and alternatives," with one adding that "his sense of strategy in negotiations has proved invaluable." He is also an active arbitrator.

Iñigo Villoria is best known for his creditor-side insolvency practice. He also handles broader financial litigation and arbitration matters, often linked to restructurings and insolvencies.

Clients describe Ignacio Díaz as "tremendously agile, skilful and hard-working," adding: "He cuts to the chase and sees both the opponent’s and his client's objectives very clearly." He earns recognition for assisting clients with a broad range of arbitration and litigation matters, including energy and financial sector disputes.

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Cuatrecasas - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Alfonso Iglesia and Antonio Carreño
- 36 partners
- 175 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Benefits from an extensive team of focused arbitration lawyers who routinely attract roles as counsel in national and international proceedings. Popular choice for foreign institutional investors that have been affected by cuts to Spanish renewable energy subsidies. Advises companies on commercial or investment arbitrations relating to construction projects in Eastern Europe. Also handles ICC or domestic arbitration arising from disputed M&A transactions or commercial agreements. Represents clients in commercial litigation that touches on diverse areas such as finance, insurance, shipping and infrastructure.

Strengths Clients appreciate the lawyers' "complete availability to resolve doubts or questions throughout the whole process."

"They provide good judgement as we make key decisions on strategy along the way," says another client.

Work highlights Advised the consortium responsible for construction and operation of Line 2 and the Faucett-Gambetta branch of the Lima and Callao subway on an ICSID arbitration opposite the Republic of Peru.

Represented Banco Popular as interested party in an ECJ case that overturned Spanish jurisprudence on the admissibility of consumer claims for mortgage floor clauses.

Significant Clients FCC, Galp Energia, Shell Spain LNG, Dragados, BBVA.

Notable practitioners

Peers know Jorge Badía as an experienced litigator who plays a crucial role in the management of the firm. He also directly supports key clients in sensitive litigation mandates.

Interviewees note Alfonso Iglesia's considerable experience in construction disputes. He regularly leads international arbitration mandates concerning European or Latin American infrastructure projects, and recently assisted FCC-Astaldi with its ICC arbitration against a Romanian state-owned company regarding highway construction in Romania. He also advises on civil liability proceedings. "He is an extremely smart person, is incredibly knowledgeable and is very tough," says one market commentator.

Álvaro Mendiola often handles the termination of distribution or agency agreements as part of his broader commercial and corporate litigation practice. Clients highlight his proactive approach, saying: "He is able to see what is going to happen, which helps us because we can have every scenario under control." He advised BayWa on proceedings against Ceminter Hispania relating to the termination of the parties' agreement to build a new port terminal facility in Romania.

Interviewees note Alberto Fortún as a growing presence in the market. He attracts attention for his work as counsel on commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, having acted on several significant mandates including InfraRed Capital Partners' ICSID arbitration against the Kingdom of Spain regarding the Energy Charter Treaty. "He can identify in a precise way the needs of the client, has an impressive knowledge of the facts that gave rise to our dispute and is completely available to solve or clarify all of the questions that we have," says one source.

Elisabeth de Nadal is an established practitioner in the field. She is well versed in varied forms of commercial arbitration and is particularly noted for her "experience and knowledge" in M&A-related mandates.

Antonio Pipó is best known for his work in in the energy sector, and is widely experienced in corporate disputes. He recently advised Cajamar on a claim brought by a minority shareholder opposing the co-operative bank's merger with a Las Palmas banking entity. Sources say that Pipó is "dedicated and gives direct and personal attention to the client."

César Rivera is an experienced arbitration and commercial litigation practitioner. Interviewees benefit from his personal handling of cases, noting: "He is able to focus on the small things and to be involved in the more technical and more deeply legal issues." He represented Bester in a Barcelona-seated LCIA arbitration against subsidiaries of Chint Group relating to the construction of photovoltaic power plant projects in Romania.

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Garrigues - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Carlos de los Santos
- 40 partners
- 181 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers superb coverage of dispute proceedings owing to a formidable team spread across its network of offices in Spain and Latin America. Proven capabilities in sensitive arbitration proceedings for clients from the sports, energy and construction sectors. Has notable experience in the specialised area of gas price review arbitrations. Well-resourced litigation team advises on diverse issues ranging from the non-performance of real estate development contracts to the defence of professional liability claims against auditors. Also assists domestic companies with corporate governance disputes.

Strengths Interviews highlight the firm's strength across multiple key practice areas: "Garrigues has a large range of services and has excellent people in corporate, civil litigation, public law, criminal and tax."

Clients appreciate that the lawyers "study in detail the legal precedents for the case."

Work highlights Defended Mediapro in proceedings brought by Prisa subsidiary Audiovisual Sport. Prisa argued that Mediapro owed EUR85 million for the unlicensed use of audiovisual rights for the 2007-2009 football seasons.

Represented NH Hoteles in a claim brought by HNA Group seeking to overturn resolutions adopted in the former's shareholders' meeting. NH shareholders had voted to force four HNA-appointed board members to step down owing to a conflict of interest.

Significant Clients OHL, Sacyr, Aegon, Kia Motors Iberia, Carrefour.

Notable practitioners

Peers and clients alike praise Carlos de los Santos for his work as counsel in international arbitration mandates. In addition to his work for leading Spanish construction companies that are active in the Middle East, he also advises on court proceedings arising from M&A transactions. Market sources say: "As a counsel he is very respected indeed."

Recent highlights for Alberto Pimenta include his defence of Nuevo Arpegio in a EUR73 million claim brought for breach of an urban development contract. He regularly advises Spanish and international clients on litigation and arbitration linked to construction contracts.

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Uría Menéndez - Dispute Resolution Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Jesús Remón Peñalver
- 36 partners
- 224 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Outstanding department that continues to be regarded as a market-leading choice for litigation and arbitration in Spain. Frequently represents key domestic and multinational companies from the banking, technology and automotive sectors in some of the largest and most publicised matters in the Spanish market. Clients include a range of major banks and multinational corporates. Handles shareholder disputes and directors' liability cases, with further notable experience in civil liability cases. Has a strong caseload of European and Latin American commercial or investment arbitration proceedings, leveraging a deep bench of partners.

Strengths Clients appreciate the responsiveness of the firm's senior partners, with one saying: "Whenever I have had a big problem or I need them they are always available and work very quickly."

Another client says: "We have continuity on the flow of information and the lawyers have an understanding of the relevant topics, so they can make sure that issues that should be considered during the proceedings are not left on the table."

Work highlights Advised Santander and its investment management company Optimal Investment Services on their potential civil and criminal liability for investments made in Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities.

Defended Telefónica in a collective claim brought by FACUA-Consumers in Action that challenged price increases for the Movistar Fusión TV subscription service, alleging breach of unfair competition regulations.

Significant Clients Repsol, Iberdrola, Bankia, BBVA, GM.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees describe Jesús Remón Peñalver as "an outstanding lawyer who has a complete overview of the Spanish legal system, so you can count on him for any kind of problem." One source says: "He is an institution in litigation in Spain and is fantastic both in written pleadings and in hearings," while another reports: "His handling of cases is extraordinary in that he thinks about the alternatives and outcomes and is able to anticipate all of them." He is best known for his civil litigation practice on behalf of leading Spanish banks. He also acts both as counsel and as arbitrator on international arbitrations.

José Miguel Fatás handles diverse contentious matters that include commercial or competition litigation in the TMT sector and M&A-related arbitration proceedings. He also has additional experience in environmental civil liability cases, as shown through his recent advice to Boliden on a damages claim brought by Andalusian local government following a major water pollution incident at the Aznalcóllar mine. Market commentators describe him as "smart, loyal and fair," with one client adding: "Given his knowledge and the dedication that he has to our matters we know that we can trust him."

Miguel Virgós has significant experience in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. Peers say that "he is intellectually brilliant."

Alvaro López de Argumedo receives significant praise from clients and peers for his advocacy skills in arbitration proceedings. "The way in which he examines expert witnesses is remarkable," says one interviewee, while another reports that "his written submissions are always well structured, his legal arguments well developed, and he gives excellent oral submissions as well." Peers further highlight his pragmatic approach, saying: "He defends the interests of his clients well, but when the time comes to settle he is reasonable." His additional experience in financial sector litigation is showcased in advice to Abanca on defence of a collective claim relating to the sale of interest rate swaps.

Barcelona partner Alejandro Ferreres has a strong reputation among peers in the Catalan market. He has a particular focus on defending Spanish banking clients in collective claims regarding financial products. He advised Caixabank on proceedings filed by consumer association ASUFIN regarding nullity and reimbursement of mortgage contracts.

Clients praise Javier García Sanz for his strong litigation skills, saying: "He anticipates what can come from the other side and fixes our strategy." He handles a range of civil and public law litigation mandates for a range of clients, including those in the banking sector.

Eduardo Trigo often handles commercial disputes arising between parties concerning real estate development or sales contracts. He also advises on governance and other contractual disputes. Interviewees highlight his careful preparation of cases and his strong cross-examination skills.

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Our Litigation and Arbitration Practice Area advises on civil and commercial disputes. We create multidisciplinary teams so that, in addition to leading specialists in litigation and arbitration, every client benefits from the expertise of lawyers from relevant practice areas. Our aim is to offer our clients added value in every negotiation, claim and arbitration.

It is one of our main goals to understand the specific characteristics of the sectors in which our clients operate, be it banking, finance, telecommunications, energy, infrastructures, construction, real estate, consumer goods or pharmaceuticals, to name but a few. In determining the strategy to be adopted in a dispute, we use this specialist knowledge to ensure the needs and concerns of our clients are paramount, an approach which affords us a competitive advantage valued at both an international and domestic level.

- Arbitration
- Liability
- Corporate litigation
- Civil and commercial contracts
- Enforcement proceedings
- Fundamental rights and inheritance law
- Class actions
- Private enforcement of competition law

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Baker McKenzie - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: José María Alonso, Fernando de la Mata and Víctor Mercedes
- 6 partners
- 2 of counsel
- 35 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-resourced disputes team spread across Madrid and Barcelona regularly winning roles in international commercial and investment treaty cases on behalf of Spanish companies. Has experience in arbitrations relating to disputed M&A transactions or the termination of concession contracts. Litigation practitioners often handle shareholder disputes or directors' liability claims, with further experience in commercial cases relating to the termination of supply agreements or financial contracts.

Strengths Clients appreciate that the lawyers "are able to put complex matters into clear words and make a straightforward recommendation as to what we should do and what it is not necessary to do."

Another client highlights the client service, saying: "They are a top firm with top professionals – in a big firm service can be impersonal, but the disputes department acts with the care and attention of a boutique law firm."

Work highlights Advised Pymar on a dispute with RBS and GIEK over the enforceability of two refund guarantees that were granted by Pymar in support of shipbuilding contracts awarded to Astilleros de Huelva.

Assisted BBVA with proceedings brought in New York by the liquidators of Fairfield Sigma, relating to profits made from investments in Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities.

Notable practitioners

Clients say that Jose Ramón Casado "is very technical, looks at every detail and has every document in his head. He doesn't miss a detail and is very thorough in the preparation and the strategy." Another source adds: "He controls the communications with the other side very well, knows my company and is strategic and tactical when preparing for matters." He focuses on litigation, and led the firm's advice to Siemens on a claim brought by Generali España de Seguros y Reaseguros for damage caused by negligent construction works.

Alfonso Gomez-Acebo enters the rankings on account of strong praise for his work as counsel in ICC, ICSID and Spanish commercial arbitrations. "He defends his clients' interests strongly and persuasively," says one source, while another adds: "He brings a lot of common sense and is strict in terms of studying the case and preparing well."

Víctor Mercedes's practice covers a broad range of disputes, and he is best known for his work on litigation arising out of insolvency situations. He recently represented Griñó Ecologic in an investment treaty case relating to the alleged expropriation by Argentina of Griñó's waste treatment project. "He offers practical advice and has a great capacity to analyse and handle very complex matters," says one client.

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Gómez-Acebo & Pombo - Dispute Resolution Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Juan Viaño
- 9 partners
- 31 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Has proven capabilities in cases coming from the financial, construction and energy sectors, including on Energy Charter Treaty cases. Also represents clients in commercial arbitration proceedings and gas price reviews subject to either ICC or local Spanish arbitration institution rules. Handles insolvency proceedings on behalf of indebted companies and foreign creditors as part of a broader corporate and commercial litigation practice.

Strengths Interviewees highlight the lawyers' "great availability and excellent personal treatment."

Work highlights Advised Commercial Bank Guinea Ecuatorial on the enforcement of an OHADA arbitral award against the government of Equatorial Guinea.

Acted for Eutelsat on litigation and arbitration against Abertis relating to the former's shareholding in Hispasat.

Significant Clients AXA, Glencore, Lacoste, LUKOIL, WiZink.

Notable practitioners

Peers highlight Juan Viaño for his strong technical skills and his activity in important arbitration and litigation mandates. He stands out for his work in the industrial and energy sectors. He also assists the firm's key financial sector clients with commercial litigation.

Borja de Obeso Pérez-Victoria is a former state lawyer with experience in a broad range of litigation and contentious public law topics. He is well versed in the creditor side of insolvency proceedings and contractual disputes.

Inés Vázquez García stands out for her advice to European energy investors on Energy Charter Treaty cases. She assisted KS Invest and TLS Invest with their ICSID arbitration against the Kingdom of Spain seeking damages for retroactive amendments to renewable energy regulations. "She is well prepared, speaks well and is enthusiastic," says one peer, adding: "In court she is to the point and easy to understand."

Significant mandates for Gonzalo Ardila Bermejo include his advice to Spanish construction company FCC on arbitration stemming from the termination of a waste valuation agreement. He also plays a supporting role in many of the firm's gas price review cases.

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Pérez-Llorca - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Félix Montero and Ana Ribó
- 5 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prominent litigation practice that acts on diverse corporate and commercial disputes. Assists with shareholder disputes, termination of distribution contracts and litigation linked to competition law rulings. Has an excellent reputation for arbitration in the energy and infrastructure sectors, with notable experience in cases relating to projects in Latin America and Eastern Europe. Has further expertise in public law disputes, having assisted clients from the technology sector with cases in Spain and abroad. Also handles finance and insolvency-related litigation on behalf of significant financial services entities.

Strengths "They adapt very quickly and are extremely thorough in their work," says one client, who adds: "They meet every deadline, work extremely long hours and always have a very positive attitude."

Interviewees also highlight "the immediate availability of the lawyers and the direct contact that the partners keep with the case; they have a perfect knowledge of the details of the matter."

Work highlights Defended Comuto in Spanish court proceedings brought by Confebús seeking to shut down the client's BlaBlaCar service in Spain, arguing a lack of appropriate licences.

Represented Gas Natural Comercializadora in litigation against several Spanish industrial companies following the latter's unilateral termination of a gas supply agreement.

Significant Clients Técnicas Reunidas, Mercedes-Benz, CBRE, American Express, Prosegur.

Notable practitioners

Félix Montero is noted for his work on high-profile construction arbitration cases on behalf of Spanish infrastructure companies. He recently advised Aldesa on claims against the Romanian National Company of Motorways and National Roads relating to delays in a motorway project. "He perfectly understands the needs of the client," says one interviewee, while another adds: "I am very impressed by his availability and his ability to identify the core issues at hand."

Clients say that Ana Ribó stands out "not only for her high technical skills but also for her strategic vision." She focuses on litigation mandates and co-ordinates with colleagues in the firm's competition, real estate and white-collar crime teams. She recently advised Howard Management on directors' liability and shareholder claims against the board of a Spanish electric motorcycle manufacturer.

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Ashurst - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: José Antonio Rodríguez Álvarez
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Diverse practice representing major companies from the finance, hospitality, sports, energy and real estate sectors. Has an impressive reputation among banks and institutional investors, who regularly appoint the firm to handle mortgage foreclosures, insolvency proceedings and the defence of collective consumer claims. Equally well versed in regulatory appeals in varied sectors. Also offers strong ADR capabilities thanks to key members of the team who are experienced in cross-border arbitration and mediation proceedings.

Strengths "It's really easy to talk to them and they are always available," says one interviewee.

Another source states: "They adapt to the needs of the client and achieve the objectives that we set out within our deadlines."

Work highlights Represented TP Ferro in an ad hoc arbitration against Spain and France. TP Ferro argued that delays to construction work on the Figueras–Perpignan high-speed rail concession had caused damages amounting to EUR36 million.

Defended Banco Sabadell in a collective claim brought by ADICAE challenging the validity of floor clauses in the bank's mortgage agreements.

Significant Clients NH Hoteles, CaixaBank, Credit Suisse International, Bancomext, CESCE.

Notable practitioners

José Antonio Rodríguez Álvarez handles a range of litigation, contentious-administrative and arbitration matters. "He is quick, highly experienced in his field and has good analytical skills," says one client, while another adds that "his wide general knowledge beyond just disputes law gives a lot of added value to his work." He advised Endesa Distribución Eléctrica on its appeal against a decision on urban rights in a land dispute with the Town Council and the Autonomous Region of the Balearic Islands.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer - Dispute Resolution Department

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第三等

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Rafael Murillo
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Frequently represents corporations in disputes deriving from restructuring and insolvency proceedings, where it acts on behalf of both creditors and debtors. Handles a significant number of product liability cases on behalf of major medical devices and pharmaceutical companies. Other areas of activity include financial services litigation and contentious insurance work. Instructed by a number of significant Spanish names as well as major multinationals.

Strengths Sources note the firm's suitability to work with global clients, with one saying: "They are warm, friendly and understand the cultural differences, which is key to any relationship with my company."

Clients further note the lawyers' "availability and flexibility."

Work highlights Defended ETECSA in annulment proceedings brought by System One World Communications Iberia. System One sought to overturn an ICC award that it had breached a traffic and roaming services agreement.

Assisted Reyal Urbis with ongoing issues arising from its insolvency proceedings.

Significant Clients Smith & Nephew, I-SEC International Security, RBS, Nueva Pescanova, Weight Watchers.

Notable practitioners

Clients say that Rafael Murillo is "trustworthy, not afraid of delivering 'bad news', and in his way of working becomes part of a team together with the client." He is particularly active on major insolvency mandates on behalf of either Spanish corporates or their creditors. Murillo also handles competition law topics, including private enforcement before the Spanish CNMC and related follow-on litigation.

Vicente Sierra leads many of the firm's major product liability and commercial arbitration matters. He advised Japan Tobacco International on potential litigation against the Kingdom of Spain as a result of the delays in adopting the EU tobacco directive into Spanish law. Peers highlight his long experience and say that "he is a brilliant and very sensible lawyer."

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Herbert Smith Freehills - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Eduardo Soler Tappa
- 3 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Maintains a strong reputation for international arbitration in the energy sector due to consistent appearances in high-profile cases. Has notable expertise in both ICSID and ICC arbitrations relating to infrastructure and real estate developments in Africa. Combines ADR with a solid domestic litigation practice handling real estate, corporate, finance or insurance disputes. Clients include public entities and blue-chip companies from the construction, energy and telecommunications sectors.

Strengths Clients value the firm's "personalised, one-to-one service," saying: "We always feel guided in every step."

"They are organised, keep us informed and prepare the strategy well," reports another interviewee.

Work highlights Represented the Kingdom of Spain in an ECT claim brought by 14 European investment funds challenging the legality of Spain's cuts to subsidies for photovoltaic energy producers.

Defended Santander in various court cases brought in relation to the sale of financial products.

Significant Clients Enel Green Power, Acerinox, Bankia, Banco Sabadell, Telefónica.

Notable practitioners

Eduardo Soler Tappa moves up the rankings for his work on diverse contentious matters, often in the energy sector. He has experience in a range of high-profile investment treaty and international commercial arbitrations, and led the team that advised Grupo Ortiz on its ICSID claim against Algeria relating to a failed housebuilding project. "He is quick to see the client's point of view," reports one interviewee, while another notes: "He is on top of everything and knows what's going on."

Paulino Fajardo attracts particular praise for his work on insurance disputes. Interviewees are impressed by his strategic advice and describe him as "a very strong and skilled litigator."

Peers identify Manuel Rivero's experience as a state lawyer as a significant advantage in his varied energy and infrastructure disputes practice. He often handles arbitration or litigation with a public law angle. He advised Red Eléctrica de España on a case brought by Inovyn seeking to overturn a Spanish Ministry of Industry decision relating to power interruptibility contracts.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: José Luis Huerta
- 1 partner
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Represents a number of major Spanish and multinational companies from a broad range of sectors, including construction and real estate. Regularly acts on both civil and commercial litigation and arbitration proceedings. Typical work includes directors' liability claims, shareholder disputes and unfair competition cases. Has additional capabilities in international and domestic arbitration stemming from construction projects, M&A transactions or corporate disputes.

Strengths Interviewees appreciate the lawyers' business-oriented approach, and one client notes "their understanding of what my company's real interests are and the market impact of their advice."

"The lawyers are able to build up a learning curve and keep hold of this knowledge about how we work as a company, which makes it easy to work with them," says another commentator, adding: "I feel at ease and can communicate transparently with the lawyers, they are great in terms of their people skills."

Work highlights Advised HNA Group on its dispute with the board of NH Hotel Group. The board of directors resolved to remove CEO Federico González Tejera and three other HNA-appointed board members owing to fears of a conflict of interest.

Notable practitioners

José Luis Huerta often assists Spanish construction companies with claims against public or private entities relating to road, water or energy infrastructure projects. He has further proven experience in investment treaty cases against foreign states. Clients highlight "his dedication and his ability to focus on the right points of the issue," adding: "He is very clever on the strategy of how to approach the case."

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Hogan Lovells’ Dispute Resolution team in Madrid is led by one partner and two counsels and  comprises  10 fully dedicated attorneys for:

  • Commercial litigation
  • Corporate  litigation and disputes arising from acquisition operations
  • Unfair competition and distribution
  • Litigation arising from collusive acts
  • Product liability
  • Insolvency and financial litigation
  • National and international arbitration

Our objective is to resolve disputes efficiently and effectively. Our familiarity with foreign legal systems and multijurisdictional disputes enables us to offer our clients the best advice in cross-border litigation and arbitration.

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Allen & Overy LLP - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Antonio Vázquez-Guillén, Javier Mendieta and Javier Castresana
- 3 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Most active in financial and contractual disputes on behalf of major international and domestic banks and investment funds. Also commonly instructed to advise on investment arbitration disputes in the renewable energy sector. Other work includes corporate and commercial litigation arising from shareholder disputes and M&A transactions.

Strengths "The firm is able to bring to bear the resources that enable you to manage a massive amount of documents in a really coherent fashion," says one interviewee, adding: "The lead lawyers understand the detail of the case and make our case in a persuasive manner."

"They can defend us well because they have a lot of empathy and are able to put themselves in our shoes," comments another client.

Work highlights Represented Eiser Infrastructure in its successful ICSID arbitration against the Kingdom of Spain, alleging that Spain's reforms to subsidies for renewables projects were in breach of the Energy Charter Treaty.

Assisted CaixaBank with its part in a EUR9 million claim against Barclays Bank relating to the mis-selling of interest rate swaps.

Significant Clients Deutsche Bank, BBVA, Bankia, SAREB, RWE.

Notable practitioners

Antonio Vazquez-Guillén manages the firm's Madrid office and handles a range of banking and energy sector disputes. Clients praise his "important part in bringing the case together and in-depth understanding of Spanish law," saying that "he goes above and beyond." He played a key role in the firm's advice to Eiser Infrastructure on its successful ECT claim against Spain.

Sources say that Javier Mendieta Grande has "really impressive technical knowledge." He is experienced representing banking sector and private equity clients facing civil or commercial claims.

José Luis Terrón focuses his practice primarily on financial sector litigation. Clients say that "he does a thorough job in terms of getting to grips with the case and presenting it in the best light," while peers describe him as "a deep thinker and someone who always comes with a solution very quickly."

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DLA Piper Spain - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Handles both domestic and ICC arbitration as well as administrative claims for clients from the renewable energy and oil and gas sectors. Frequently assists with the creditor side of insolvency proceedings and also acts on broader commercial matters ranging from unfair competition and partnership disputes to breaches of contract. Global network offers support to a client roster including leading domestic and international names from the financial services sector.

Notable practitioners

Álvaro Lobato is known as an experienced litigator in the market. He handles diverse commercial matters, including insolvency and IP-related proceedings. Commentators praise his "innovative approach to matters and very good commercial skills," adding: "He is intellectual and has a sharp mind."

Óscar Franco's focus is in financial services litigation. One client praises him for his "expertise and effort to support us from our point of view."

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Jones Day - Dispute Resolution Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Mercedes Fernández
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Compact team that benefits from prominent individuals with lengthy experience in litigation and arbitration cases. Handles investment treaty arbitrations on behalf of Spanish energy and construction clients, especially those undertaking projects in Latin America. Assists investors or corporate clients with international or domestic commercial arbitrations, both at tribunal stage and in subsequent enforcement actions. Also advises on litigation relating to breaches of supply contracts, share purchase agreements or other commercial contracts.

Strengths "They are detail-oriented in terms of their written pleadings and their preparation for hearings," says one client, adding: "They provide straightforward answers and walk us through the different outcomes in a clear way."

Interviewees further praise the lawyers' "quality and their client-oriented approach."

Work highlights Represented Urbaser and a consortium of Basque water companies in an ISCID arbitration against the Republic of Argentina concerning emergency measures taken on a water concession.

Advised Orange's Middle East and Africa subsidiary on the enforcement in Spain of a EUR132 million ICC award against Equatorial Guinea.

Notable practitioners

Market commentators identify Mercedes Fernández as a leading arbitration expert. Peers note her vast experience in construction claims and her hands-on approach, saying: "She's deeply involved in her cases and is a really intelligent person." One client adds: "We are really grateful for her expertise because there is no time wasted," while another describes her as "a very talented lawyer who is well aware of all the small tricks of international arbitration."

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Linklaters - Dispute Resolution Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Francisco Málaga and Borja Fernández de Trocóniz
- 2 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Frequently acts on either the creditor or debtor side of many of Spain's most high-profile insolvency cases. Popular choice for international clients from the financial sector. Also handles real estate, IP and construction arbitration cases.

Strengths Market commentators highlight the lawyers' pragmatic approach, saying: "They have the perspective of the case as a whole and don't waste their energy on battles that create more fees or more delays."

Work highlights Co-ordinated with colleagues spread across Europe and the USA to advise Abengoa on the implementation of its global restructuring plan. The firm assisted with proceedings brought by creditors in various jurisdictions including Israel and Poland.

Advised Desigual Group and its Spanish and German subsidiaries on the protection of their IP rights against infringing retailers.

Significant Clients FCC, Mango, Cemonasa, Apollo, BNP Paribas.

Notable practitioners

Francisco Málaga focuses on civil and commercial litigation, often within the context of major Spanish insolvency proceedings. He advised Hune Rental on the implementation of its debt restructuring by way of a Spanish scheme of arrangement and on the defence of subsequent court proceedings brought by creditors. Clients praise his "availability, quick response and high-quality knowledge."

Borja Fernández de Trocóniz holds previous experience as a state lawyer. Clients say that "he always has everything under control and knows where to go to find a solution." He is best known for his experience on the creditor side of Spanish insolvencies. "He is clever, good in front of the courts and has a practical approach," adds another commentator.

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ONTIER - Dispute Resolution Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Pedro Rodríguez Rodero and Cristina Camarero Espinosa
- 4 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Represents clients from a range of sectors including insurance, banking, energy and telecommunications. Covers civil and commercial disputes, and has noted expertise in cases stemming from M&A transactions, shareholder disputes and breaches of finance or supply contracts. Noted for its international capacity as part of a larger global network.

Strengths Clients appreciate that the lawyers are "collaborative and straightforward; they tell me all the strengths and weaknesses that my company has."

"They are hard-working, knowledgeable and accessible," reports another interviewee.

Work highlights Represented Columbus Participations Lux in a multiparty dispute claiming damages and a breach of shareholder agreement brought against the client and several other companies.

Defended Vodafone España in litigation proceedings brought by several former agents claiming an indemnity for damages.

Significant Clients Inveravante, FCC, Vodafone, VETRA Energía, Portocarrio.

Notable practitioners

Pedro Rodríguez Rodero is a key contact for many of the firm's major energy, infrastructure, telecoms and real estate investment clients. He receives praise for his proactive approach and his high-level advice on complex litigation topics.

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The Dispute Resolution team comprises highly qualified and extremely renowned professionals with extensive experience in the resolution of high-profile and complex civil and corporate disputes.
Our way of approaching casework combines setting a clear strategy, a thorough analysis of the attempted activity to be developed, together with drafting rigorous written allegations and exhaustive preparation of verbal interventions in court, always with lawyers with broad and specific experience.
All of this enables us to advise in many of the court cases and disputes that have strong legal and economic significance in our country.
Our clients are fundamentally large, medium and small size companies, both domestic and international and from very different sectors (such as construction, energy, telecommunications, distribution, transport, commerce, insurance).

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Ramón y Cajal Abogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Ramón Fernández-Aceytuno and Luis Briones
- 6 partners
- 35 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Predominantly represents financial entities and has an enviable list of well-known names from the local banking landscape on its client roster. Also represents Spanish corporates in disputes that commonly involve unfair competition or debt recovery. Holds additional expertise in real estate and infrastructure litigation, including tenancy disputes or breaches of construction contracts.

Strengths "I especially appreciate the fact that, although it is a large firm, they assist the client with a high degree of involvement and closeness," says one source.

"They are available for the client," reports another client, saying: "They give an immediate and personal service."

Work highlights Advised Bankia on numerous claims brought by retail investors regarding the invalidity of subscription orders of shares.

Advised Redexis Gas on proceedings heard before civil courts in Palma de Mallorca relating to the construction of its gas supply network.

Significant Clients Bankinter, FROB, Gesternova, Izel Obras e Infraestructuras, Abengoa.

Notable practitioners

Ramón Fernández-Aceytuno is experienced in banking sector and construction project-related litigation. He recently advised Santander on various customer claims in relation to the sale of structured products and preferred shares. Clients appreciate the "clarity and immediacy of his response" and his ability to "propose the best solution from a practical point of view."

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Our Litigation and Arbitration practice advises on civil and commercial disputes and intervenes before all courts and arbitration tribunals. We also offer clients active participation in proceedings before foreign jurisdictions, while retaining the same partner for all purposes.

We form specific teams to handle all matters and our clients’ benefit from the expertise of lawyers from relevant practice areas. We understand the characteristics of the sectors in which our clients operate.

Every issue and every client receives an immediate response and a timely follow-up from the partners and lawyers in charge. Our clients can trust that each team we put together for them will be characterized by its initiative and rigour, its precise, technical writing, and its preparation for proceedings before all types of courts.

Types of proceedings:

  • Contractual, extra-contractual and professional liability
  • Situations of conflict within corporations
  • Enforcement of agreements between shareholders
  • Liability claims against board directors
  • Claims arising from contractual relationships
  • Actions relating to intellectual property
  • Product liability, consumer and user claims and extra-contractual civil liability
  • Agency, distribution, licensing and franchise agreements
  • Enforcement proceedings
  • Execution of personal guarantees and pledges
  • Challenges to testamentary provisions. Distribution of the inheritance
  • Proceedings related to the breach of the right to honour, privacy and image

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Andersen Tax & Legal - Dispute Resolution Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Íñigo Rodríguez-Sastre
- 4 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Broad civil, white-collar crime and arbitration practice that regularly attracts roles in high-value cases. Offers additional capabilities in IP, real estate and product liability cases. Demonstrates particular strength in international matters and has a number of key foreign clients on its books. Works closely with other international firms on cross-border investment treaty and energy sector cases.

Strengths Interviewees value the lawyers' assistance in preparing for court hearings, saying: "They focus on serving the client and making sure that the experts and witnesses have everything they need to succeed."

"They work in complete harmony with the internal lawyers of my group and inform us completely on everything that they are doing," reports one client.

Work highlights Advised Avanzalia on arbitration against a production facility that sought early termination of the parties' maintenance agreement.

Represented Compagnie Salinière de Madagascar in proceedings against two Spanish engineering companies, alleging supply of faulty equipment for the claimant's Madagascar salt factory.

Significant Clients Telefónica, Redexis Gas, Novo Banco, Hewlett-Packard, Suzuki.

Notable practitioners

Sources report that Iñigo Rodríguez-Sastre is "analytical and methodical in his approach to complex legal issues." Interviewees also highlight his English language skills and say that "it is easy to work with him because he always keeps us informed about how things are going." He handles diverse contentious matters ranging from product liability claims through to ICSID and ICC arbitration mandates.

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Araoz & Rueda - Dispute Resolution Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Eduardo de León
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Long-standing Madrid firm that often assists clients with commercial litigation or administrative proceedings. Advises on the termination of distribution contracts and the recovery of receivables. Broad sector experience includes work in consumable goods, finance, energy and healthcare. Benefits from practitioners who possess an extensive track record in international arbitrations.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's flexibility, saying: "They really understand your problem quickly and give alternative solutions."

Interviewees further note the firm's capacity to work on cross-border mandates: "They are responsive, have good English and it is easy to communicate with them."

Significant Clients Gala Capital, Perfetti Van Melle, Eni, Yoigo, AT-Biotech.

Notable practitioners

Clifford Hendel is best known for his work as arbitrator in commercial and sports cases. His joint US and Spanish law qualification contributes to his popularity among parties looking to appoint arbitrators to international disputes.

Interviewees note Alejandro Fernández de Araoz's ability to handle both advisory and contentious mandates, describing him as "an all-terrain lawyer, a very intelligent and very good counsel," who "negotiates commercial agreements very well." He has further experience in arbitrations arising from disputed SPA or other commercial contracts.

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Arias SLP - Dispute Resolution Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for The reputation of its leading arbitration specialists attracts mandates as counsel to Spanish energy and infrastructure companies facing construction contract disputes. Offers additional capabilities in banking and finance litigation.

Strengths "The lawyers are excellent and very to the point," say market sources.

Work highlights Defended several companies including FCC in a Madrid-seated ICC arbitration brought in relation to a disputed EPC contract in Latin America.

Represented Bankia in three separate civil proceedings relating to its IPO in 2011.

Significant Clients Abengoa, Altarea Cogedim, HP, Gas Natural Fenosa, Vitória Apart Hospital.

Notable practitioners

Peers say that David Arias "represents the new generation of younger and truly international arbitrators." Other interviewees report that "he offers a good mix between technical knowledge and common sense, so he comes to conclusions that are palatable to all parties and is able to achieve a consensus." He is highly sought after as chair or party-appointed arbitrator in tribunals, and acts frequently on construction or shareholder disputes arising in Latin America. Peers also note his work as counsel in arbitration and civil litigation matters.

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B Cremades y Asociados - Dispute Resolution Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Bernardo Cremades
- 6 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-established dispute resolution boutique in Madrid, with a strong track record in commercial and investment arbitration proceedings and proven expertise in international matters. Increasing activity in banking and energy sectors. Also assists with civil and commercial litigation, with noted experience in administrative proceedings and unfair competition.

Strengths Interviewees value the close attention of the firm's senior lawyers, with one client saying: "The partner gives us all the time we need, so if I have any doubts I can ask him and he explains in detail all of the things I don't understand."

Work highlights Represented Santos FC both in FIFA arbitration and Spanish criminal proceedings arising from the transfer of Neymar Jr. to FC Barcelona.

Defended Compañía de Inversiones Mercantiles in annulment proceedings seeking to overturn an arbitral award issued against two Mexican cement companies following a dispute over breach of a shareholder agreement.

Notable practitioners

Bernardo Cremades Sanz-Pastor is a hugely respected figure in the international arbitration sphere who continues to win appointments to high-profile global investment and commercial arbitration tribunals. He sits as co-arbitrator in two ICC arbitrations brought against the Panama Canal Authority by the construction consortium responsible for enlargement works. "One of his significant advantages is his tremendous experience in all sorts of cases," says one interviewee, adding: "You can count on him to understand the intricacies of the case from both a legal and a business perspective and then to exercise sound judgement."

Ángel Tejada recently led the firm's advice to Puma on a dispute with its Spanish distributor that culminated in a successful motion to set aside an arbitral award. He is known in the market as an experienced arbitration counsel.

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Founded in 1969 by Bernardo Cremades, B. Cremades y Asociados is distinguished by its strong focus on international law and its broad experience in business transactions. It was the first specialist arbitration practice in
Spain, and also the first Spanish firm to participate in investment arbitration.

B. Cremades y Asociados has a globally recognized international commercial and investment arbitration practice. Members of the firm are sought after as arbitrators and counsel in major cross-border disputes arising in Europe, North America, Latin America and the Middle East. The firm offers its multi-lingual services in English, Spanish, French and German. Its services are not limited by sector, but the firm has particular recent expertise in construction and infrastructure disputes, energy, investment, and joint ventures disputes.

The domestic litigation department has also participated in numerous cases of relevance at a national level. This includes cases against major Spanish financial institutions, inheritance matters, liability claims for construction defects, judicial and administrative tax proceedings, as well as tax fraud proceedings.



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CMS - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Carlos Aguilar and Cristina Coto
- 5 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Represents household names from the banking and energy sectors in cases ranging from civil and commercial litigation to corporate compliance disputes. Handles mandates ranging from terminations of real estate agreements to shareholder disputes and insolvency proceedings. Also known for its specialist criminal group who handle significant white-collar crime cases, including defending against allegations of fraud.

Strengths "We strongly recommend them because the quality of the work they produce is really high," reports one client, adding: "You get strong support from the partners."

Other interviewees value "the deep knowledge they have in different matters."

Work highlights Advised Iberdrola on proceedings relating to its investment in Bankia's IPO.

Defended Deutsche Bank in various mis-selling claims relating to investment products and derivatives.

Significant Clients Deoleo, Telefónica, Elecnor, Novo Banco, Ibercaja.

Notable practitioners

Carlos Aguilar and Luis Javier Vidal Calvo are key contacts for the firm.

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Our dispute resolution team confronts the solution of issues from a corporate perspective, reaching far beyond the settlement of the matter. Within the realms of legal proceedings, judicial reviews and arbitration (both domestic and international), we analyse the risks, provide comprehensive management of cases and seek out constructive solutions for our clients. We advise companies and individuals from all economic sectors on issues such as business conflict and civil, criminal and tax disputes in relation to liability and compliance.

We safeguard our clients’ interests before the Spanish courts and arbitration chambers, as well as before European and international tribunals through the CMS network. Our global experience enables us to manage dispute resolution by imparting our knowledge of Spanish law in other European jurisdictions, as well as engaging in procedures for the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitration rulings.

We implement a tactical approach to proceedings in order to defend our clients’ interests before any jurisdiction, including arbitration concerning investment. Moreover, our partners frequently act as arbitrators.

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Dentons - Dispute Resolution Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: José María Buxeda and Juan Ignacio Alonso
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles diverse litigation cases that span public law, IP and general contentious commercial matters. Also advises on varied disputes arising in the real estate sector. Co-ordinates cross-border mandates through the network on behalf of a range of significant clients from the health, fashion and transport sectors.

Strengths Clients say that the lawyers are "effective, always available and have a quick response to any question."

"I have great confidence in their knowledge of disputes law and their strategy," reports one client, adding: "They also demonstrate great negotiating skills."

Notable practitioners

José María Buxeda and Juan Ignacio Alonso are key contacts based in Madrid and Barcelona respectively.

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King & Wood Mallesons - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Alfredo Guerrero
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Benefits from collaboration with the firm's strong corporate and real estate advisory teams. Advises on litigation mandates stemming from the finance or construction sectors. Has a significant caseload of commercial arbitration cases brought before Spanish and international arbitral institutions. Also handles corporate compliance and criminal law cases.

Strengths "They understand easily what we need, produce good written submissions and are very fast," says one client, also highlighting that "they are able to describe the issues to the court in a way that is easy to understand."

Another interviewee highlights the lawyers' "high degree of involvement and their proactive solution of the problems posed."

Work highlights Represented Inapa España Distribución de Papel in court proceedings against a Belgian company and its Spanish subsidiary concerning a breach of an oral exclusive distribution agreement and indemnity payment.

Advised Countywide Property Holdings on its EUR13.7 million dispute with a Swedish non-profit regarding the breach of a sale and purchase agreement for a plot of land intended for luxury hotel development.

Significant Clients WhitePeak Advisors, Worldwide Flight Services Servicios Aeroportuarios, Valencia CF, La Seda de Barcelona.

Notable practitioners

Clients praise Alfredo Guerrero for his attention to detail in preparing civil or arbitration court hearings and for his "assertiveness, experience and management skills." In addition to his commercial litigation work he also handles Spanish commercial arbitration matters, as showcased in advice to Callfer on CIMA arbitration proceedings against a Spanish construction company regarding the breach of contract for a power station project in Germany.

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PwC Tax and Legal Services - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Ernesto Benito and Antonio Puentes
- 15 partners
- 130 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Works primarily in the financial sector, assisting banks and investors with a range of contentious issues including civil actions. Also experienced in the regulatory disputes side of the energy sector. Has further capabilities in white-collar crime mandates through from non-contentious compliance work through to the defence or prosecution of criminal claims.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's commitment to cost-efficiency, saying: "They can combine a low price with a good performance because only the relevant persons are involved," and adding that "they combine this approach with supervision of the quality of the work but don't include people at too high a level when not necessary."

"They always pay attention to our instructions and are always available to have meetings and conversations when needed," adds one interviewee, who also says that "their knowledge levels are very high."

Work highlights Defended Bankia in a high volume of civil claims brought by investors in its 2011 IPO. The firm also advised Bankia on various annulment claims relating to mortgage floor clauses and other contract terms.

Represented Spanish association ADAP, composed of major waste-to-energy power producers, in its appeal against regulatory changes to the remuneration for renewable energy facilities.

Significant Clients BBVA, Liberbank, Abanca, GE, EDP Cogeneración.

Notable practitioners

Ernesto Benito heads the wider Spanish disputes practice, while Antonio Puentes leads the firm's contentious tax team.

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RCD – Rousaud Costas Duran - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Juan Manuel de Castro, Jordi Sánchez and Ignacio Benejam
- 4 partners
- 28 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A sizeable team bringing significant commercial and civil litigation resources. Handles insolvency, energy sector and IP litigation as part of a diverse disputes practice. Frequently acts on contentious mandates in the insurance sector, particularly on professional indemnity cases. Also experienced in banking sector disputes for major clients, including the defence of consumer claims.

Strengths Sources highlight the firm's strong roots in the domestic market, saying: "They have a very strong local advisory team, they are very strong in the Spanish area, and the firm has a huge scope of services in all kinds of areas."

Notable practitioners

Juan Manuel de Castro, Jordi Sánchez and Ignacio Benejam are all key disputes partners in Barcelona.

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We provide legal advice and representation in litigation to companies and individuals in both civil and commercial proceedings. We deliver preventive legal advice to avoid or simplify legal procedures and achieve favorable outcomes in the interest of our Clients.

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Squire Patton Boggs - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Fernando González
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Smaller team operating within a global network. Acts for a correspondingly high proportion of significant international clients including banks, retailers and real estate developers. Also advises construction sector clients on disputes arising from retail and industrial projects. Possesses additional expertise in international arbitration.

Strengths "The main part of the work is led by the partner himself, which is something that I appreciate a lot," states one client.

Interviewees highlight the group's "technical performance, human relationships and efficiency."

Work highlights Represented Deugro in a EUR10 million claim against Spanish construction company COPASA seeking damages for non-payment of a transport contract.

Advised Eroski on its disputes with FCC and Dragados relating to delays in the construction of two shopping centres in the Canary Islands.

Significant Clients WPP Group, Jones Lang Lasalle, Tétris, Decathlon, Sareb.

Notable practitioners

Clients appreciate that Jesús Carrasco's "information both to us and to the judge is very clear." He regularly acts on disputes arising from delayed construction projects.

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Ventura Garcés & López-Ibor - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Alfonso López-Ibor, Isabel Mateu and Juan Pablo Correa
- 4 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Growing practice at partner level, with consolidated teams across Madrid and Barcelona that handle a wide range of litigation topics. Assists key international clients with agency or supply contract disputes and product liability cases. Other work typically includes banking litigation, real estate disputes and insolvency matters.

Strengths Clients highlight "the involvement of the partners and the solutions that they offer, which always take into account the interests of the client and effectiveness in the short, medium and long term."

"The communication with the lawyers is direct and frank," adds one interviewee.

Work highlights Advised Stemcor on commercial litigation and arbitration concerning supply contracts for steel products considered under English law.

Assisted RBS with the enforcement of securities over various assets, including yacht berths.

Significant Clients Meliá Hotels International, LVMH, Nintendo, Johnson Controls, Union Investment.

Notable practitioners

Alfonso López-Ibor leads diverse insolvency and commercial litigation mandates from the firm's Madrid office. Interviewees say that he "provides the creative ideas and the strategy," adding that "he is knowledgeable, efficient and a good communicator."

One source appreciates that Isabel Mateu "perfectly knows every single detail of our case." Another adds: "She is reliable, turns around documents quickly and communicates well." She assists international clients with financial, corporate and product liability cases as part of her broad litigation practice.

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Eminent Practitioner

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peers know Jorge Badía as an experienced litigator who plays a crucial role in the management of the firm. He also directly supports key clients in sensitive litigation mandates.

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Band 1

Arias SLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peers say that David Arias "represents the new generation of younger and truly international arbitrators." Other interviewees report that "he offers a good mix between technical knowledge and common sense, so he comes to conclusions that are palatable to all parties and is able to achieve a consensus." He is highly sought after as chair or party-appointed arbitrator in tribunals, and acts frequently on construction or shareholder disputes arising in Latin America. Peers also note his work as counsel in arbitration and civil litigation matters.

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Band 1

José Antonio Caínzos

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

José Antonio Caínzos has a superb reputation as a market-leading arbitration and litigation practitioner. He is consistently instructed on high-profile disputes and frequently works on construction and commercial arbitrations in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Clients highlight "the clarity with which he explains problems and suggests solutions and alternatives," with one adding that "his sense of strategy in negotiations has proved invaluable." He is also an active arbitrator.

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Band 1

Mercedes Fernández

Jones Day

From the Chambers Europe guide

Market commentators identify Mercedes Fernández as a leading arbitration expert. Peers note her vast experience in construction claims and her hands-on approach, saying: "She's deeply involved in her cases and is a really intelligent person." One client adds: "We are really grateful for her expertise because there is no time wasted," while another describes her as "a very talented lawyer who is well aware of all the small tricks of international arbitration."

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Jesús Remón Peñalver

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees describe Jesús Remón Peñalver as "an outstanding lawyer who has a complete overview of the Spanish legal system, so you can count on him for any kind of problem." One source says: "He is an institution in litigation in Spain and is fantastic both in written pleadings and in hearings," while another reports: "His handling of cases is extraordinary in that he thinks about the alternatives and outcomes and is able to anticipate all of them." He is best known for his civil litigation practice on behalf of leading Spanish banks. He also acts both as counsel and as arbitrator on international arbitrations.

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Band 2

Carlos de los Santos

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peers and clients alike praise Carlos de los Santos for his work as counsel in international arbitration mandates. In addition to his work for leading Spanish construction companies that are active in the Middle East, he also advises on court proceedings arising from M&A transactions. Market sources say: "As a counsel he is very respected indeed."

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Band 2

José Miguel Fatás

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

José Miguel Fatás handles diverse contentious matters that include commercial or competition litigation in the TMT sector and M&A-related arbitration proceedings. He also has additional experience in environmental civil liability cases, as shown through his recent advice to Boliden on a damages claim brought by Andalusian local government following a major water pollution incident at the Aznalcóllar mine. Market commentators describe him as "smart, loyal and fair," with one client adding: "Given his knowledge and the dedication that he has to our matters we know that we can trust him."

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Band 2

José Luis Huerta

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

José Luis Huerta often assists Spanish construction companies with claims against public or private entities relating to road, water or energy infrastructure projects. He has further proven experience in investment treaty cases against foreign states. Clients highlight "his dedication and his ability to focus on the right points of the issue," adding: "He is very clever on the strategy of how to approach the case."

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Band 2

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees note Alfonso Iglesia's considerable experience in construction disputes. He regularly leads international arbitration mandates concerning European or Latin American infrastructure projects, and recently assisted FCC-Astaldi with its ICC arbitration against a Romanian state-owned company regarding highway construction in Romania. He also advises on civil liability proceedings. "He is an extremely smart person, is incredibly knowledgeable and is very tough," says one market commentator.

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Band 2

Francisco Málaga

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Francisco Málaga focuses on civil and commercial litigation, often within the context of major Spanish insolvency proceedings. He advised Hune Rental on the implementation of its debt restructuring by way of a Spanish scheme of arrangement and on the defence of subsequent court proceedings brought by creditors. Clients praise his "availability, quick response and high-quality knowledge."

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Band 2

Pérez-Llorca

From the Chambers Europe guide

Félix Montero is noted for his work on high-profile construction arbitration cases on behalf of Spanish infrastructure companies. He recently advised Aldesa on claims against the Romanian National Company of Motorways and National Roads relating to delays in a motorway project. "He perfectly understands the needs of the client," says one interviewee, while another adds: "I am very impressed by his availability and his ability to identify the core issues at hand."

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Band 2

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

Recent highlights for Alberto Pimenta include his defence of Nuevo Arpegio in a EUR73 million claim brought for breach of an urban development contract. He regularly advises Spanish and international clients on litigation and arbitration linked to construction contracts.

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Band 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peers highlight Juan Viaño for his strong technical skills and his activity in important arbitration and litigation mandates. He stands out for his work in the industrial and energy sectors. He also assists the firm's key financial sector clients with commercial litigation.

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Band 3

Jose Ramón Casado

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients say that Jose Ramón Casado "is very technical, looks at every detail and has every document in his head. He doesn't miss a detail and is very thorough in the preparation and the strategy." Another source adds: "He controls the communications with the other side very well, knows my company and is strategic and tactical when preparing for matters." He focuses on litigation, and led the firm's advice to Siemens on a claim brought by Generali España de Seguros y Reaseguros for damage caused by negligent construction works.

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Band 3

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Álvaro Mendiola often handles the termination of distribution or agency agreements as part of his broader commercial and corporate litigation practice. Clients highlight his proactive approach, saying: "He is able to see what is going to happen, which helps us because we can have every scenario under control." He advised BayWa on proceedings against Ceminter Hispania relating to the termination of the parties' agreement to build a new port terminal facility in Romania.

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Band 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients say that Rafael Murillo is "trustworthy, not afraid of delivering 'bad news', and in his way of working becomes part of a team together with the client." He is particularly active on major insolvency mandates on behalf of either Spanish corporates or their creditors. Murillo also handles competition law topics, including private enforcement before the Spanish CNMC and related follow-on litigation.

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Pérez-Llorca

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients say that Ana Ribó stands out "not only for her high technical skills but also for her strategic vision." She focuses on litigation mandates and co-ordinates with colleagues in the firm's competition, real estate and white-collar crime teams. She recently advised Howard Management on directors' liability and shareholder claims against the board of a Spanish electric motorcycle manufacturer.

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Band 3

José Antonio Rodríguez Álvarez

Ashurst

From the Chambers Europe guide

José Antonio Rodríguez Álvarez handles a range of litigation, contentious-administrative and arbitration matters. "He is quick, highly experienced in his field and has good analytical skills," says one client, while another adds that "his wide general knowledge beyond just disputes law gives a lot of added value to his work." He advised Endesa Distribución Eléctrica on its appeal against a decision on urban rights in a land dispute with the Town Council and the Autonomous Region of the Balearic Islands.

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Band 3

Iñigo Rodríguez-Sastre

Andersen Tax & Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources report that Iñigo Rodríguez-Sastre is "analytical and methodical in his approach to complex legal issues." Interviewees also highlight his English language skills and say that "it is easy to work with him because he always keeps us informed about how things are going." He handles diverse contentious matters ranging from product liability claims through to ICSID and ICC arbitration mandates.

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Band 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vicente Sierra leads many of the firm's major product liability and commercial arbitration matters. He advised Japan Tobacco International on potential litigation against the Kingdom of Spain as a result of the delays in adopting the EU tobacco directive into Spanish law. Peers highlight his long experience and say that "he is a brilliant and very sensible lawyer."

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Eduardo Soler Tappa

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eduardo Soler Tappa moves up the rankings for his work on diverse contentious matters, often in the energy sector. He has experience in a range of high-profile investment treaty and international commercial arbitrations, and led the team that advised Grupo Ortiz on its ICSID claim against Algeria relating to a failed housebuilding project. "He is quick to see the client's point of view," reports one interviewee, while another notes: "He is on top of everything and knows what's going on."

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Band 3

Antonio Vazquez-Guillén

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Antonio Vazquez-Guillén manages the firm's Madrid office and handles a range of banking and energy sector disputes. Clients praise his "important part in bringing the case together and in-depth understanding of Spanish law," saying that "he goes above and beyond." He played a key role in the firm's advice to Eiser Infrastructure on its successful ECT claim against Spain.

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Band 3

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Miguel Virgós has significant experience in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. Peers say that "he is intellectually brilliant."

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Band 4

GOLD Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Raúl Da Veiga of GOLD Abogados handles commercial litigation and arbitration in areas including unfair competition, environmental and construction law. Interviewees highlight his "speed in understanding the underlying technical problem, the solutions that he contributes and his commitment to the defence of his client." He advised FerroAtlántica on a EUR20 million dispute with Isolux Ingeniería over the termination of a contract to build three hydroelectric power plants in Galicia. 

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Band 4

Fernando de la Mata

Cortés Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Fernando de la Mata of Cortés Abogados handles diverse litigation and arbitration mandates from Barcelona. He has proven experience in shareholder disputes, post-M&A issues, the termination of international supply contracts and professional negligence cases. Interviewees say that "he has very good communication skills both in court and with clients," adding: "He is hard-working, always prepared and is smart and empathetic."

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Band 4

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Europe guide

Paulino Fajardo attracts particular praise for his work on insurance disputes. Interviewees are impressed by his strategic advice and describe him as "a very strong and skilled litigator."

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Band 4

Ramón Fernández-Aceytuno

Ramón y Cajal Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ramón Fernández-Aceytuno is experienced in banking sector and construction project-related litigation. He recently advised Santander on various customer claims in relation to the sale of structured products and preferred shares. Clients appreciate the "clarity and immediacy of his response" and his ability to "propose the best solution from a practical point of view."

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Band 4

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees note Alberto Fortún as a growing presence in the market. He attracts attention for his work as counsel on commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, having acted on several significant mandates including InfraRed Capital Partners' ICSID arbitration against the Kingdom of Spain regarding the Energy Charter Treaty. "He can identify in a precise way the needs of the client, has an impressive knowledge of the facts that gave rise to our dispute and is completely available to solve or clarify all of the questions that we have," says one source.

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King & Wood Mallesons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients praise Alfredo Guerrero for his attention to detail in preparing civil or arbitration court hearings and for his "assertiveness, experience and management skills." In addition to his commercial litigation work he also handles Spanish commercial arbitration matters, as showcased in advice to Callfer on CIMA arbitration proceedings against a Spanish construction company regarding the breach of contract for a power station project in Germany.

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Band 4

Alvaro López de Argumedo

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alvaro López de Argumedo receives significant praise from clients and peers for his advocacy skills in arbitration proceedings. "The way in which he examines expert witnesses is remarkable," says one interviewee, while another reports that "his written submissions are always well structured, his legal arguments well developed, and he gives excellent oral submissions as well." Peers further highlight his pragmatic approach, saying: "He defends the interests of his clients well, but when the time comes to settle he is reasonable." His additional experience in financial sector litigation is showcased in advice to Abanca on defence of a collective claim relating to the sale of interest rate swaps.

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Band 4

Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers Europe guide

Antonio Morales of Latham & Watkins assists clients in major Energy Charter Treaty and ICC arbitration proceedings. He also handles contentious administrative appeals and civil litigation in the energy, telecoms and financial sectors. "He has a very constructive and client-oriented attitude that I really value," says one interviewee, who adds: "He is always at our disposal in order to help and is able to put together a team for whatever problem we have."

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Band 4

Pedro Rodero Rodríguez

ONTIER

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pedro Rodríguez Rodero is a key contact for many of the firm's major energy, infrastructure, telecoms and real estate investment clients. He receives praise for his proactive approach and his high-level advice on complex litigation topics.

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Band 5

J Almoguera Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Market commentators say that Jesús Almoguera of J Almogura Abogados is "prudent, commercial and very hands-on." Another interviewee describes him as "smart, business-focused and flexible in attending to the client's requirements." He is best known for his work as arbitrator in cases subject to CIMA or CAM rules. He also acts as counsel on domestic arbitration and on corporate litigation. He recently advised ING on the protection of its interests in various Spanish toll road operators.

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Band 5

Jesús M Carrasco

Squire Patton Boggs

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients appreciate that Jesús Carrasco's "information both to us and to the judge is very clear." He regularly acts on disputes arising from delayed construction projects.

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Band 5

Elisabeth de Nadal

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Elisabeth de Nadal is an established practitioner in the field. She is well versed in varied forms of commercial arbitration and is particularly noted for her "experience and knowledge" in M&A-related mandates.

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Borja de Obeso Pérez-Victoria

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Borja de Obeso Pérez-Victoria is a former state lawyer with experience in a broad range of litigation and contentious public law topics. He is well versed in the creditor side of insolvency proceedings and contractual disputes.

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Alejandro Fernández de Araoz

Araoz & Rueda

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees note Alejandro Fernández de Araoz's ability to handle both advisory and contentious mandates, describing him as "an all-terrain lawyer, a very intelligent and very good counsel," who "negotiates commercial agreements very well." He has further experience in arbitrations arising from disputed SPA or other commercial contracts.

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Borja Fernández de Trocóniz

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Borja Fernández de Trocóniz holds previous experience as a state lawyer. Clients say that "he always has everything under control and knows where to go to find a solution."  He is best known for his experience on the creditor side of Spanish insolvencies. "He is clever, good in front of the courts and has a practical approach," adds another commentator.

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Band 5

Alejandro Ferreres

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Barcelona partner Alejandro Ferreres has a strong reputation among peers in the Catalan market. He has a particular focus on defending Spanish banking clients in collective claims regarding financial products. He advised Caixabank on proceedings filed by consumer association ASUFIN regarding nullity and reimbursement of mortgage contracts.

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Band 5

Javier García Sanz

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients praise Javier García Sanz for his strong litigation skills, saying: "He anticipates what can come from the other side and fixes our strategy." He handles a range of civil and public law litigation mandates for a range of clients, including those in the banking sector.

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Band 5

Alfonso Gomez-Acebo

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alfonso Gomez-Acebo enters the rankings on account of strong praise for his work as counsel in ICC, ICSID and Spanish commercial arbitrations. "He defends his clients' interests strongly and persuasively," says one source, while another adds: "He brings a lot of common sense and is strict in terms of studying the case and preparing well."

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Rivero & Gustafson Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

John Gustafson leads many of Rivero & Gustafson Abogados' mid-cap and higher-value commercial and civil disputes. He assists clients with varied real estate litigation including foreclosures on mortgage agreements and the non-performance of development contracts. Interviewees say that he is "prompt and clear in communications."

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SLJ Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients appreciate the "direct and personal contact" that they can have with Daniel Jiménez of SLJ Abogados. "He is very well informed, with a lot of experience, and empathises very well with the client," reports another source. He advised several Spanish corporates including GADISA and Hierros Añon on litigation against the FROB seeking to recover the EUR70 million that they had invested in NCG Banco prior to its collapse.

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DLA Piper Spain

From the Chambers Europe guide

Álvaro Lobato is known as an experienced litigator in the market. He handles diverse commercial matters, including insolvency and IP-related proceedings. Commentators praise his "innovative approach to matters and very good commercial skills," adding: "He is intellectual and has a sharp mind."

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Alfonso López-Ibor

Ventura Garcés & López-Ibor

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alfonso López-Ibor leads diverse insolvency and commercial litigation mandates from the firm's Madrid office. Interviewees say that he "provides the creative ideas and the strategy," adding that "he is knowledgeable, efficient and a good communicator."

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Ventura Garcés & López-Ibor

From the Chambers Europe guide

One source appreciates that Isabel Mateu "perfectly knows every single detail of our case." Another adds: "She is reliable, turns around documents quickly and communicates well." She assists international clients with financial, corporate and product liability cases as part of her broad litigation practice.

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Band 5

Javier Mendieta Grande

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources say that Javier Mendieta Grande has "really impressive technical knowledge." He is experienced representing banking sector and private equity clients facing civil or commercial claims.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Víctor Mercedes's practice covers a broad range of disputes, and he is best known for his work on litigation arising out of insolvency situations. He recently represented Griñó Ecologic in an investment treaty case relating to the alleged expropriation by Argentina of Griñó's waste treatment project. "He offers practical advice and has a great capacity to analyse and handle very complex matters," says one client.

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Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Antonio Pipó is best known for his work in in the energy sector, and is widely experienced in corporate disputes. He recently advised Cajamar on a claim brought by a minority shareholder opposing the co-operative bank's merger with a Las Palmas banking entity. Sources say that Pipó is "dedicated and gives direct and personal attention to the client."

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Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

César Rivera is an experienced arbitration and commercial litigation practitioner. Interviewees benefit from his personal handling of cases, noting: "He is able to focus on the small things and to be involved in the more technical and more deeply legal issues."  He represented Bester in a Barcelona-seated LCIA arbitration against subsidiaries of Chint Group relating to the construction of photovoltaic power plant projects in Romania.

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peers identify Manuel Rivero's experience as a state lawyer as a significant advantage in his varied energy and infrastructure disputes practice. He often handles arbitration or litigation with a public law angle. He advised Red Eléctrica de España on a case brought by Inovyn seeking to overturn a Spanish Ministry of Industry decision relating to power interruptibility contracts.

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B Cremades y Asociados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ángel Tejada recently led the firm's advice to Puma on a dispute with its Spanish distributor that culminated in a successful motion to set aside an arbitral award. He is known in the market as an experienced arbitration counsel.

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Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eduardo Trigo often handles commercial disputes arising between parties concerning real estate development or sales contracts. He also advises on governance and other contractual disputes. Interviewees highlight his careful preparation of cases and his strong cross-examination skills.

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Band 5

Inés Vázquez García

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Inés Vázquez García stands out for her advice to European energy investors on Energy Charter Treaty cases. She assisted KS Invest and TLS Invest with their ICSID arbitration against the Kingdom of Spain seeking damages for retroactive amendments to renewable energy regulations. "She is well prepared, speaks well and is enthusiastic," says one peer, adding: "In court she is to the point and easy to understand."

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Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Iñigo Villoria is best known for his creditor-side insolvency practice. He also handles broader financial litigation and arbitration matters, often linked to restructurings and insolvencies.

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Fernando Zunzunegui

Zunzunegui Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Fernando Zunzunegui of Zunzunegui Abogados earns increasing recognition among peers in the market owing to his skilled handling of class actions against Spanish banks. Interviewees highlight his technical knowledge and recommend him for more novel claims that test the courts' treatment of complex financial products. 

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Up and Coming

Gonzalo Ardila Bermejo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Significant mandates for Gonzalo Ardila Bermejo include his advice to Spanish construction company FCC on arbitration stemming from the termination of a waste valuation agreement. He also plays a supporting role in many of the firm's gas price review cases.

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Up and Coming

DLA Piper Spain

From the Chambers Europe guide

Óscar Franco's focus is in financial services litigation. One client praises him for his "expertise and effort to support us from our point of view."

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Up and Coming

José Luis Terrón

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

José Luis Terrón focuses his practice primarily on financial sector litigation. Clients say that "he does a thorough job in terms of getting to grips with the case and presenting it in the best light," while peers describe him as "a deep thinker and someone who always comes with a solution very quickly."

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Associates to watch

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients describe Ignacio Díaz as "tremendously agile, skilful and hard-working," adding: "He cuts to the chase and sees both the opponent’s and his client's objectives very clearly." He earns recognition for assisting clients with a broad range of arbitration and litigation matters, including energy and financial sector disputes.

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Associates to watch

Roca Junyent

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marlen Estévez of Roca Junyent has broad experience that spans Spanish arbitration and diverse commercial litigation topics. Clients appreciate her attentiveness, saying: "She is eager to understand what we want and what we can achieve at court."

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