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Europe Guide

Dispute Resolution — Spain

Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Renowned arbitration practice that frequently handles large cases before the ICC, with a proven track record in those deriving from the telecommunications, energy and construction sectors. Services a number of insurance and auditing companies in complex litigation proceedings, with notable experience in cross-border disputes. Leverages superb reputations of key IP lawyers in Barcelona to attract contentious patent and trade mark work.

Strengths "All of the lawyers work really hard, have huge knowledge of the applicable law and the process: they are a lean, well-grounded team."

"The lawyers respond quickly and mark out a clear legal strategy."

"It is a very strong department with a clear and comprehensive approach."

Work highlights Acted for Vestas Perú on a USD37 million dispute against Montealto Perú regarding the breach and termination of a contract for the construction of two wind farms.

Represented claimants Iberdrola Renovables Energía in ICC arbitration proceedings regarding the construction of a substantial wind farm in Romania. The arbitration was under Swiss law and seated in Paris.

Significant clients Red Eléctrica de España, KPMG, Siemens, Telefónica, Barclays.

Notable practitioners  

A tremendously well-regarded practitioner, José Antonio Caínzos is an all-rounder who is well versed in litigation and arbitration, where he acts as both counsel and arbitrator. His practice includes international mandates for clients from a variety of sectors. Sources repeatedly praise his friendly nature and how easy it is to work with him, saying: "For me, he has everything you want in dispute resolution: broad experience, common sense and a good balance of information, hard work and quick responses."

Iñigo Villoria primarily handles disputes arising out of restructuring and insolvency proceedings. Sources say: "He is a very good lawyer who has presence in court."

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 44 partners 

What the team is known for Benefits from an extensive team of focused arbitration lawyers who routinely attract roles as either arbitrator or counsel in national and international proceedings. Recommended for ICC arbitrations with repercussion across a range of jurisdictions as well as companies looking for extensive coverage of the Iberian peninsula. Represents clients in commercial disputes that touch on diverse areas such as IP, construction, insurance, real estate and criminal law.

Strengths "I was really impressed by how quickly the team got up to speed on the matter and what had caused it."

"They are serious about deadlines and transparent about use of time and how this is reflected in the billing."

"They offer the sort of transparency that is only available from lawyers who really know their subject and have the ability to explain it."

Work highlights Assisted Electro Stocks with multiple arbitrations, including defending it in various ad hoc proceedings deriving from Apax Partners' purchase of the group. The sum total of the matters was EUR57 million.

Acted for Roth Construction on a cross-border breach of contract dispute concerning the construction of various public buildings in Equatorial Guinea, including the presidential museum.

Significant clients Reale, SEAT, El Corte Inglés, Bascotecnia Steel, Meliá Hotels International.

Notable practitioners  

Jorge Badía combines his dispute resolution work with his position as managing partner of the firm. Sources describe him as "a very talented litigator" and praise his proactive and expert way of handling matters. 

Alfonso Iglesia enjoys high praise from market sources, particularly for his expertise in construction disputes. He counts FCC among his clients and recently assisted CEVA Logistics with a multiparty damages dispute. Sources say: "He is a magnificent professional who is both experienced and interested in the matters he handles."

Sources say that Álvaro Mendiola "is quick, but also thinks a lot and is able to put himself in the opposing party's shoes and predict what is going to happen." His recent work includes representing PRISA in a dispute with Telefónica over the economic terms of a contract concerning the broadcasting rights of Spanish football league games.

Elisabeth de Nadal enjoys a good reputation among peers for her work in international arbitration cases, and has represented several key international names in proceedings. She has acted on disputes involving companies from a wide range of industries, including pharmaceuticals and real estate.

Alberto Fortún is known for his work on civil claims, examples of which include acting for Centauro Capital and others on ICC arbitration proceedings over a sale agreement with Dresser-Rand. He is experienced in multiparty actions, and one client describes him as "a meticulous lawyer who really takes care in what he is doing."

Antonio Pipó successfully defended Galp Energia in a dispute over the validity of an exclusive supply contract. Sources say: "He makes the legal issues understandable for the client and really throws himself into the matters." He focuses on disputes relating to energy.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 37 partners
- 220 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. Has the capacity to handle large litigation matters due to the size of its team, and is frequently instructed on well-publicised Supreme Court cases. Also handles sensitive arbitration proceedings before the ICC and arbitral institutions in Spain and across South America, for clients from the sports, energy and construction sectors.

Strengths "They offered a very good service, with excellent preparation of the case and co-ordination with external advisers."

"The team is smart, efficient and good with technical issues."

"The team meets the deadlines and the work is of a very high quality."

Work highlights Assisted SD Eibar with arbitration proceedings against FIFA to challenge a previous decision which did not allow player Rafael Paéz's move to Liverpool FC. The decision came as a result of him not being included in the FIFA Transfer Matching System.

Advised defendants Recober Inversiones 2013 on a dispute with Banc de Sang i Teixits, in which the latter claimed the rent charged since 2008 by the client was extortionate and requested a reduction. The total value of the matter was over EUR64 million.

Significant clients Carrefour, Sacyr, Leroy Merlin, Plus Ultra Seguros, OHL.

Notable practitioners  

Carlos de los Santos's practice encompasses both arbitration and litigation, and he frequently advises on cross-border disputes as well as domestic proceedings over the validity of agreements. He has extensive experience working with many jurisdictions, particularly in Latin America. Sources agree that he is "very competent, client-oriented and has a lot of expertise in the world of dispute resolution."

Alberto Pimenta is described as a "really outstanding litigator" by peers. His recent work includes instructions on contractual disputes and contentious construction matters. He has additional expertise in banking and insurance cases and regularly appears in both litigation and arbitration proceedings.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 39 partners
- 190 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. Very active in commercial arbitration proceedings, the firm boasts strong links with Latin America and is also noted for its capacity to handle civil disputes.

Strengths "Their advice is on point, they know every stage of the process in detail within seconds of it happening; they are extraordinary."

"The team is very technically able; you can't get better."

"It is a pleasure to work with people whose quality is so high, they are absolutely first-rate. Uría is still the number one."

Work highlights Acted for defendants Bankia on a collective claim worth over EUR90 million raised by an association representing 9,000 clients. The association was seeking compensation for the acquisition of preferred shares.

Advised IKEA on a dispute flowing from the termination of a land purchase agreement valued at EUR80 million.

Significant clients Iberdrola, Petronor, Ineco, Duro Felguera, CaixaBank.

Notable practitioners  

Jesús Remón Peñalver comes highly recommended for his "deep knowledge of the law, fairness and common sense." He is particularly known for handling large international disputes and is experienced in representing international heavyweights such as Santander. Sources say: "His technical knowledge is extraordinary, seeing him in court is a real pleasure," adding: "He is absolutely brilliant in hearings." 

Market commentators note that José Miguel Fatás is "a fast, clever and versatile litigator" and highlight his expertise in both civil and administrative proceedings. He is well versed in ICC arbitrations and class actions, and recently he has been instructed by Telefónica to assist with an antitrust case worth EUR1.5 billion.

Miguel Virgós is recognised for his expertise in investment arbitration and is commended for the quality of his legal analyses and written work, particularly in international matters. He acts as both counsel and arbitrator on proceedings such as contract disputes. Sources comment: "His academic background is very impressive."

Alejandro Ferreres receives positive feedback from both clients and peers for his abilities in dispute resolution. His work includes advice on contractual liability and he has recently acted for ABANCA on the defence of a EUR150 million class action over swap contracts.

Clients appreciate the way that Álvaro López de Argumedo works with internal lawyers. He is recommended as counsel in arbitration proceedings and for commercial litigation. He is particularly active in disputes arising from the energy and banking sectors.

Eduardo Trigo advises a number of important clients on disputes arising from unlawful data use and contract terminations. His expertise includes both commercial and civil law, as well as insolvency and inheritance matters.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A popular choice for entities from the energy sector, with clients benefiting from key practitioners' Latin American and US expertise. The team often takes on investment arbitration cases for Spanish companies as well as other diverse commercial and public law litigation proceedings. Typical matters handled include M&A, supplier agreement and trade secrets disputes.

Strengths "The team can easily resolve transnational matters." 

"The disputes team is clear, rapid and brilliant." 

Significant clients Ercros, Alstom, Liberbank, Deloitte, Deutsche Telekom.

Notable practitioners  

José María Alonso enjoys a tremendous reputation for all facets of his disputes practice. He is frequently appointed as arbitrator and often in proceedings seated in Latin America. He also assists clients with commercial and civil litigation. Sources say that he "has a lot of experience, prestige and common sense: he goes beyond just plain advice," and add: "He's very open and has a huge amount of expertise, working with him is easy."

Sources say that Jose Ramón Casado "perfectly captures the problem as a whole and offers practical advice." He is recommended as a litigator in civil disputes and noted for his "exquisite client treatment." His typical work touches on unfair competition, challenges of corporate decisions and directors' liability disputes.

Clients state that the Barcelona-based Fernando De la Mata "improves efficiency, keeps costs down and knows the facts well." His recent work includes a broad range of financial, supplier and inheritance disputes.

Clients appreciate Víctor Mercedes' technical skills and hard-working approach, describing him as "an extremely experienced lawyer in contentious matters of all kinds." His varied practice encompasses white-collar crime, civil and commercial litigation, and arbitration.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Well-reputed team acting on a variety of disputes with proven capabilities in cases coming from the energy, financial and construction sectors. Handles insolvency proceedings on behalf of indebted companies and foreign creditors. Increasingly active in cases involving class actions and experienced in representing clients in arbitration proceedings seated both in Spain and before the ICC. 

Strengths "The department is outstanding, they offer a hugely efficient legal defence with language that is adapted to clients who know little about legal matters."

"The team is pragmatic, practical and very international."

Work highlights Represented and defended SAREB in several insolvency proceedings, worth between EUR15 million to EUR80 million.

Assisted Citibank and Banco Popular with several contentious proceedings deriving from claims of unfair consumer terms and nullity of credit.

Significant clients Glencore, Técnicas Reunidas, CaixaBank, Grupo Ahorro Corporación, Banco Gallego.

Notable practitioners  

Francisco Peña González divides his practice between Madrid and Lisbon. He works across a broad spectrum of contentious matters, including banking, construction and insolvency cases. Sources note his expertise in energy matters and describe him as "a fantastic lawyer whose technical abilities are outstanding."

Juan Viaño is well respected by market sources, who commend his style, saying that he "expresses himself with clarity and presents the case in a simple, straightforward way." His practice tends to revolve around complex litigation and arbitration proceedings, and he is particularly experienced in contractual disputes.

Borja de Obeso Pérez-Victoria has a broad disputes practice and is regularly instructed on matters such as breaches of contract or insolvency proceedings. Sources appreciate his practical approach. Clients say: "He is very practical and does a really good job."

Gonzalo Ardila Bermejo acts for clients on both litigation and arbitration proceedings. His recent work includes assisting clients with terminations of agreements and energy disputes.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 32 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Boasts an excellent reputation for energy and infrastructure arbitration, including both commercial and investment cases. Has notable expertise in public law disputes, having recently assisted a number of clients from the technology sector with cases both in Spain and abroad. Handles banking and insolvency-related litigation on behalf of some of the country's most significant financial services entities.

Strengths "We were really impressed with the team's knowledge of the law in other countries, and the fact that they tried to find a friendly solution with the other party to try to avoid going to court."

"The team is efficient and they use their time effectively and manage expectations."

Work highlights Defended Carlos Sagasta against a directors' liability claim raised by ONO alleging damages made to the company before it was purchased by Vodafone, including tax irregularities and corporate governance issues. The total value of the dispute was over EUR140 million. 

Successfully advised Zed Group on arbitration proceedings in the Civil and Commercial Arbitration Court against Grupo Planeta. The case centred on allegations of a breach of shareholders' agreement affecting companies from three European jurisdictions.

Significant clients Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, BBVA, Scytl, GMP.

Notable practitioners  

Madrid partner Félix Montero divides his practice between litigation and arbitration and regularly advises big names from the automobile and energy sectors. Clients value his ability to understand their problems and describe him as "very hard-working and conscientious," with another interviewee adding: "He has a lot of experience in arbitration and he is an exceptional lawyer." 

Ana Ribó has a broad disputes practice with particular skill in commercial and civil litigation. She is praised for her expertise and communication and management abilities. Clients add: "She is really responsive and always goes beyond our expectations."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Diverse practice representing major companies from the finance, hospitality, sports, energy and real estate sectors. Possesses noteworthy experience in civil and commercial litigation. Also offers strong ADR capabilities thanks to key members of the team who are well versed in cross-border arbitration and mediation proceedings.

Strengths "The team's biggest strengths are its understanding of clients' needs and its ability to give imaginative solutions."

"It is a very serious team of people who are both clever and nice."

Work highlights Represented Gamesa in mediation proceedings seated in London relating to the quality of products supplied by Shell to the client in China, the USA and Europe, affecting 15 wind farms.

Advised the shareholders of Novagalicia Banco on a EUR70 million claim over the sale agreement of shares between the bank and the FROB.

Significant clients Barclays, Endesa, NH Hotels, Merrill Lynch, Italfarmaco.

Notable practitioners  

Head of team José Antonio Rodríguez Álvarez is frequently instructed on a variety of matters, including energy and banking disputes. His broad practice includes litigation as well as ADR, and he is recommended for civil, commercial and investment disputes. Clients describe him as "very experienced, diligent and affable."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 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. Other areas of activity include antitrust, product liability, financial services litigation and contentious insurance work. Instructed by a number of significant Spanish names as well as major multinationals. 

Strengths "The lawyers all have good language skills." 

"There is a strong and committed team behind the leading practitioner."

Work highlights Successfully defended Grünenthal against a product liability claim which included EUR204 million in damages. The claim was raised by AVITE on behalf of 184 Spanish victims of thalidomide.

Assisted HP with an antitrust claim and subsequent litigation against Oracle over the latter's abuse of its dominant position in the technology sector. 

Significant clients Reyal Urbis, Liberbank, Baleària, Eurest, Japan Tobacco International.

Notable practitioners  

Vicente Sierra is well respected in the market for his work representing companies from the financial, insurance and pharmaceutical sectors in commercial and civil disputes. Clients praise his litigation skills and describe him as a "technical person who is easy-going and approachable."

Rafael Murillo is described as "an outstanding practitioner and a bright guy" by market commentators. Recent instructions of his include representing Mediapro in a challenge raised against the Spanish Competition Authority's decision to authorise Telefónica's purchase of DTS.

Market commentators praise Natalia Gómez's work and say: "She is a genius when it comes to litigation." She frequently advises on insolvency, restructuring and product liability cases.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 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 publishing. Regularly acts on both civil and commercial litigation and arbitration proceedings. Has a proven track record of handling cross-border cases concerning both the EU and the USA. Typical work includes directors' liability claims, insurance disputes and contractual disagreements.

Strengths "The team was able to focus the case well and come up with a creative solution."

"From a technical point of view it's clear that the lawyers have a lot of experience in international matters, as demonstrated by their interlocutory skills."

Work highlights Successfully acted for defendants Torreal and Austral on EUR130 million multiparty arbitration proceedings in which the claimants alleged fraud and breach of a shareholders' agreement.

Represented Iberdrola in investment arbitration proceedings against the country of Bolivia, regarding the expropriation of electricity distribution companies.

Significant clients Mahou San Miguel, Amec Foster Wheeler, ACS Cobra, Metrovacesa, Verbatim.

Notable practitioners  

José Luis Huerta is known for his mix of litigation and arbitration work and his client-focused style. His practice includes matters ranging from shareholders' disputes to appeals. Market sources say that he has "a great capacity to analyse complex matters that have international implications."

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partner
- 12 other qualified lawyers

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

Strengths "The team is young, innovative and at our disposal when necessary."

"We always get good advice on very difficult questions." 

Significant clients Deutsche Bank, SAREB, RBS, Bankia, Merrill Lynch.

Notable practitioners  

Sources note that head of department Antonio Vázquez-Guillén "is very open-minded when it comes to exploring new approaches and always goes the extra mile to reach the goal." He is instructed by a host of major names from the financial services sector and divides his practice between representing clients in arbitration or litigation proceedings.

New addition Javier Mendieta Grande regularly represents clients such as banks in insolvency and contractual disputes. Sources describe him as "a very intellectual person who you can tell has worked really hard and thought a lot."

José Luis Terrón has expertise in mis-selling and SPA disputes. Sources say: "He is very good at pleading and is just a pleasure to work with." He has additional experience of international arbitration and civil litigation.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Trusted by household names from the banking and energy sectors to represent them in cases ranging from civil and commercial litigation to corporate compliance disputes. Features highly regarded criminal law specialists who handle significant white-collar crime cases, including defending against allegations of fraud.

Strengths "The department engages strongly with the client, proposing solutions and giving high-quality advice at all times."

"The lawyers really get into things and they work very well. They are always fully available."

Work highlights Defended Deutsche Bank against multiple claims across Spain concerning investment products and derivatives. The combined value of the claims was several million euros.

Represented Novo Banco in over 50 civil claims amounting to EUR15 million. Several of the claims concerned the nullity of swaps and other financial products. 

Significant clients Deoleo, Iberdrola, Telefónica, Grupo Jiménez Belinchón, Elecnor.

Notable practitioners  

Carlos Aguilar leads the department and is a key point of contact for clients.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers 

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. Clients include leading domestic and international names from sectors such as financial services.

Strengths "It is one of the best teams for unfair competition in Spain, and it also has a high specialisation in bankruptcy proceedings."

Work highlights Acted for a bank syndicate on a EUR400 million loan dispute. The money in question was due to be used to finance a radial motorway.

Assisted a healthcare client with arbitration proceedings arising from a claim of unpaid invoices and modification of pricing.

Significant clients Gas Natural Fenosa, SEGAS.

Notable practitioners  

Álvaro Lobato is "a good lawyer and a good person," according to commentators, who also note his academic prowess. He has extensive experience in insolvency and bankruptcy cases.

New addition Óscar Franco impresses clients with his "proactive, fresh and tenacious" approach to handling matters. He has experience of cases involving real estate, insolvency and commercial matters.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Maintains a strong reputation for international arbitration in the energy sector due to recent appearances in high-profile cases. Combines ADR with a solid domestic litigation practice handling real estate, transactional, financial or insurance disputes. Clients include public entities and blue-chip companies from the construction, energy and telecommunications sectors.

Strengths "The firm is efficient, accurate and very applied to the work, with good international co-ordination."

"I like how the lawyers work as a team: they are a whole, all together."

Work highlights Assisted Red Eléctrica de España with EUR90 million civil proceedings raised by Endesa and others, concerning the five-day blackout which took place in Barcelona in 2007 and the subsequent losses and damages incurred.

Acted for FAMOSA on several disputes amounting to EUR30 million, resulting from the client's purchase of Feber.

Significant clients Cobre Las Cruces, CAF, Gas Natural Fenosa, The Kingdom of Spain, Iberdrola.

Notable practitioners  

Paulino Fajardo focuses his practice on the area of contentious insurance. His recent instructions include representing Dragados Offshore in the defence of a claim raised by Hess Denmark over allegedly defective offshore platform designs. One client states: "He is one of the best insurance trial attorneys in Spain."

Eduardo Soler Tappa is a key name in the energy arbitration arena. His work also includes litigation on behalf of clients from the energy, banking and telecommunication sectors. Sources highlight his previous role as a state attorney and say that he is "a magnificent lawyer."

Manuel Rivero regularly advises on both litigation and arbitration proceedings. Clients describe him as "extraordinarily well trained, with great global knowledge and a practical focus."

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 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. Typically represents energy and construction clients in international proceedings, with key expertise in Latin America. Handles disputes over breaches of agreement, insolvency proceedings and joint venture agreements.

Strengths "We use the team for legally, factually and technically complex matters."

Notable practitioners  

Mercedes Fernández combines her role as managing partner of the Madrid office with her disputes practice. She is particularly renowned for her work as counsel in construction arbitration. Clients value her strengths in cross-border mandates and say: "She is one of the best lawyers we have ever worked with: detailed, personally involved and available. She is exquisite."

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Expanding team with a growing reputation thanks to recent key lateral hires. Routinely advises Spanish and multinational clients on construction, partnership and competition disputes as well as representing them in ICC proceedings. A popular choice for international clients from the financial and fashion sectors.

Strengths "The team demonstrated a refined technique which is not always seen; they always add value."

"The lawyers had a very good vision of the matter and a very interesting strategy for action."

Work highlights Advised creditors Edgeworth Capital on a EUR3 billion dispute deriving from the insolvency proceedings of Marme Inversiones and Ramblas.

Advised new client Loewe on a dispute with a real estate company over the lease agreement pertaining to the client's flagship store in Barcelona.

Significant clients Apollo Global Management, BNP Paribas, Desigual, Morgan Stanley, Natra.

Notable practitioners  

Francisco Málaga is known for his expertise in civil procedures. His practice encompasses insolvency and financial and liability disputes. Clients appreciate his negotiation skills and say: "He is absolutely amazing, he makes everything easy for us," with another adding: "He is very dynamic, proactive and he is really good in court." He has recently represented FCC in a EUR4.4 billion case over refinancing.

New addition to the department Borja Fernández de Trocóniz considerably boosts the team's litigation capacity. According to sources, "he proposes technical solutions to banking litigation that nobody else would even think of."

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 14 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 very active in representing companies from the sectors of infrastructure, engineering and real estate, with disputes commonly involving unfair competition, liability and contractual affairs.

Strengths "The team's speed of response is awesomely fast, and they offer solid expertise and very practical advice."

"It's a very responsive firm that offers high quality at very competitive prices."

Work highlights Advised Abeinsa on a EUR1.2 million dispute over the construction of a water pipeline in Angola, in which the client sought damages for the non-completion of works after the agreement was terminated in an allegedly incorrect manner.

Acted for Martinsa-Fadesa on a dispute at the Barcelona Provincial High Court. The dispute concerned a lending bank that refused to unblock funds worth over EUR4 million deposited by creditors to finance an IPO.

Significant clients Inmobiliaria Colonial, FROB, Santander, Redexis Gas, Abengoa.

Notable practitioners  

Interviewees state that head of department Ramón Fernández-Aceytuno "is really interested in getting to know what is behind every matter, and that makes him more effective in resolving problems."

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 18 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.

Strengths "The department has been very good at co-ordinating internationally with other firms in jurisdictions where we have ongoing projects."

"The team really understands our needs – they have a good understanding of the sector and the company."

Work highlights Defended SGS Tecnos in multiple accident liability claims, valued at an estimated total of several million euros.

Assisted a Spanish real estate company with a breach of contract dispute concerning the construction of commercial shopping centre in Morocco.

Significant clients Daikin, Martinavarro, BBVA, Suzuki, N+1.

Notable practitioners  

Clients value the "very smart and proactive" Iñigo Rodríguez-Sastre's language skills, citing them as particularly useful in international cases. He divides his time between litigation and acting as counsel on arbitration proceedings. He represents major names from a range of sectors, including finance, telecommunications and energy.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Established Madrid firm assisting clients with administrative proceedings, including claims linked to environmental and planning matters. Also active in commercial cases involving M&A and telecommunications law. As well as litigation, the department includes practitioners who possess an extensive track record in key international arbitration courts.

Strengths "The team approaches every matter as if it were the only one they had."

"The lawyers know perfectly how to focus each situation and what the best solution for each case is."

Work highlights Assisted Rocas, Arcillas y Minerales with expropriation proceedings regarding the construction of a high-speed railway, requesting indemnity of more than EUR20 million for the client's mining concession.

Represented Yoigo in civil proceedings brought by a leading telecoms company regarding the interpretation and application of interconnection contracts and 4G services worth more than EUR9 million.

Significant clients Abraxa, La Comisión Liquidadora de Riotinto, Motéma, Eni.

Notable practitioners  

Clifford Hendel is described by market commentators as "a tremendous lawyer with really good expertise in corporate matters." His practice involves both sitting as arbitrator and representing clients in arbitration proceedings. He also advises companies on the enforcement of awards.  

Sources really appreciate Alejandro Fernández de Araoz's "strategic vision, absolute loyalty to the client and maximum involvement in the matters." He is highlighted for his particular expertise in commercial and transactional matters. 

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers Europe guide

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. Also assists with civil and commercial litigation, with noted experience in administrative proceedings and competition matters.

Notable practitioners  

Bernardo Cremades enjoys a tremendous reputation for his roles as both arbitrator and counsel in high-profile international matters, with particular emphasis on his work in Latin America. He is recommended for investment arbitration proceedings, and peers unanimously praise his experience and practice, saying: "He is one of the most prestigious Spanish arbitrators in the world - a Spanish institution."

Ángel Tejada is particularly commended for his expertise in arbitration proceedings. Sources say: "He's the person you want if you want the opposition to sweat." He also acts for clients on an array of litigation cases.

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第五等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Handles diverse litigation cases that span public law, IP, insolvency and general contentious commercial matters. Co-ordinates cross-border mandates through the network on behalf of a range of significant clients from the health, fashion and transport sectors. Popular with French clients requiring services in Spain. 

Strengths "The lawyers are fabulous, without a doubt. It's a tremendous team that is imaginative and has a broad vision."

"My experience with Dentons was fantastic: there was constant communication and involvement."

Notable practitioners  

José María Buxeda and Juan Ignacio Alonso are the key contacts in the dispute resolution department.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Growing team employing a sector-specific approach, with capacity to deal with both commercial arbitration and litigation. Typical mandates include those stemming from the insurance, finance or construction sectors. Also handles corporate compliance and criminal law cases. 

Strengths "The firm is efficient, quick and understands the problems in such a way that they can offer viable solutions without the need to revise the focus."

"The team has always answered in a proactive, very creative way."

Work highlights Represented Valencia CF in a contentious administrative case against Zolotaya Zvezda, after the majority stake in the club was approved for sale to Meriton Holdings.

Assisted defendants Brüel & Kjær Ibérica with administrative proceedings amounting to EUR4 million, in which a contract awarded to the client by Madrid City Council was challenged by a third party.

Significant clients Michael Page, Inapa España, Sonae, Sovena Group, La Seda de Barcelona.

Notable practitioners  

Alfredo Guerrero leads the team and assists with a broad range of civil and criminal litigation and arbitration. Sources highlight his creativity, speed of response and depth of expertise, adding: "He clearly understands the client's needs and offers a tailor-made approach."

Marlen Estévez's focus is on contentious commercial and financial matters. Her work includes contract disputes and administrative proceedings. Interviewees highlight her "good knowledge and great potential."

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 24 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, breaches of contract and recovery of ownership. Noted for its international capacity as part of a larger global network.

Strengths "It is a highly efficient and skilled team which meets all deadlines and is excellent value for money."

"The lawyers are creative and use their time well to the benefit of the client."

Work highlights Successfully acted for defendants Columbus Participations Lux on a CIMA arbitration proceeding valued at EUR130 million, in which the claimants sought damages following an alleged breach of a shareholders' agreement.

Represented Vodafone España in multiple litigation proceedings amounting to EUR70 million. The matters included the defence of a claim made by Urbetelecom Levante, where the court decision reduced Vodafone's responsibility to 6% of the initial amount.

Significant clients Inveravante, Portocarrio, Bankia, Elecnor, Banco Popular.

Notable practitioners  

Pedro Rodríguez Rodero is described as "an excellent lawyer who is responsive and client-focused." He is frequently instructed by a number of key names, such as BBVA and VETRA Energy Group, and he receives keen praise for his knowledge of banking legislation and his technical expertise. He represents clients in both litigation and arbitration.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Strong choice for smaller litigation proceedings on behalf of IT, media, clothing and real estate companies. Handles a range of litigious matters including construction, financial litigation, directors' liability and IP cases. Clients include domestic and international corporations, as well as individuals.

Strengths "The team is made up of excellent partners who work incredibly closely to the client."

"We can also consider their punctuality to be valuable, given that if we need something by a specific date they always meet that."

Significant clients Envac Iberia, Air Miles España, Kyowa Kirin Farmacéutica, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Lease Plan.

Notable practitioners  

John Gustafson combines his responsibilities as managing partner with a respected litigation practice. Market commentators state that he is "open to discussing the matter in order to capture the business angle of each problem, so he can come up with the best solution."

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Most active in the Barcelona market where it handles matters across the whole spectrum of civil and commercial litigation. Also demonstrates increasing ADR capabilities in Catalonia. Additionally, the team has noted strengths in insolvency and it frequently represents individuals, companies and public bodies.

Strengths "It is a good team with a lot of experienced practitioners." 

Work highlights Acted for claimants TYPSA on a civil claim for damages incurred through the termination of a contract worth over EUR3.2 million.

Significant clients Veltek Systems, Herederos Pedro Seguí, Banco Sabadell, Associació d'Afectats per l'Amiant, Xavier Ranera Cahis.

Notable practitioners  

Jordi Calvo, José Antonio Cadahía and Pablo Calvo-Sotelo are all key contacts for this practice area.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Rapidly expanding team with important new additions that significantly boost its litigation capacities. Handles insolvency, energy sector and some IP litigation as part of a diverse disputes practice. Clients include blue-chip companies from the worlds of retail, banking and automotives. 

Strengths "The lawyers are excellent in all aspects." 

"The international co-ordination worked perfectly well."

Notable practitioners  

Juan Manuel de Castro is the new head of department and the key contact for dispute resolution.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 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 construction companies. Handles contentious commercial, IP and insolvency matters and frequently assists with recovery matters on behalf of creditors. Possesses additional expertise in international and domestic arbitration.

Strengths "The lawyers adapt to the client's needs, they seek solutions and look for alternatives, almost as if they were part of the company."

"I have absolute confidence in the team: they respond accurately and on time and they put me at ease."

Work highlights Assisted a major Spanish banking client with around 40 debt recovery cases totalling over EUR50 million. The cases originated from unpaid loans or mortgages due to the real estate and construction sector crash.

Significant clients WPP Group, Saint Louis University.

Notable practitioners  

Jesús Carrasco's areas of expertise include contentious real estate, construction and IP, for which he is instructed by both local and international companies. Clients say that he is "humble and accurate; he understands us," and several commentators cite his previous role as a judge as adding particular value to his services.

Fernando González leads the dispute resolution team and focuses his practice on contentious issues of commercial and IP law. He represents a number of key names from a range of sectors, including banking. One source states: "Working with him was a very positive experience." 

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Assists key international clients with agency or supply contract disputes, as well as product liability. Other work typically includes banking litigation, contentious IP cases and insolvency matters. Its varied client roster includes companies from a whole host of different industries, with particular experience of real estate and technology.

Strengths "The department is quick and efficient and the rates are fair." 

"The lawyers have good experience." 

Significant clients Meliá Hotels International, Loewe, STEMCOR, Union Investment, Nintendo.

Notable practitioners  

Madrid-based Alfonso López-Ibor advises clients from a range of sectors, including hospitality, pharmaceutical and aviation. His expertise includes litigation as well as arbitration.

Isabel Mateu leads the Barcelona team and has noteworthy experience of contentious insolvency matters. Sources say: "She has always treated us stupendously and her advice has always been on point."

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Eminent Practitioner

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jorge Badía combines his dispute resolution work with his position as managing partner of the firm. Sources describe him as "a very talented litigator" and praise his proactive and expert way of handling matters. 

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

José María Alonso enjoys a tremendous reputation for all facets of his disputes practice. He is frequently appointed as arbitrator and often in proceedings seated in Latin America. He also assists clients with commercial and civil litigation. Sources say that he "has a lot of experience, prestige and common sense: he goes beyond just plain advice," and add: "He's very open and has a huge amount of expertise, working with him is easy."

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Arias SLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

David Arias leads the growing team at Arias SLP and is praised for his excellence in all aspects of dispute resolution. He is commended for his speed of response, expertise and attention to detail in acting on behalf of clients such as HP. One impressed commentator says: "He is endowed with an excellent quantity of common sense and he is also very pleasant to work with," with another adding: "He has spectacular ability in international matters."

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Clifford Chance S.L.

From the Chambers Europe guide

A tremendously well-regarded practitioner, José Antonio Caínzos is an all-rounder who is well versed in litigation and arbitration, where he acts as both counsel and arbitrator. His practice includes international mandates for clients from a variety of sectors. Sources repeatedly praise his friendly nature and how easy it is to work with him, saying: "For me, he has everything you want in dispute resolution: broad experience, common sense and a good balance of information, hard work and quick responses."

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Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jesús Remón Peñalver comes highly recommended for his "deep knowledge of the law, fairness and common sense." He is particularly known for handling large international disputes and is experienced in representing international heavyweights such as Santander. Sources say: "His technical knowledge is extraordinary, seeing him in court is a real pleasure," adding: "He is absolutely brilliant in hearings." 

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Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

Carlos de los Santos's practice encompasses both arbitration and litigation, and he frequently advises on cross-border disputes as well as domestic proceedings over the validity of agreements. He has extensive experience working with many jurisdictions, particularly in Latin America. Sources agree that he is "very competent, client-oriented and has a lot of expertise in the world of dispute resolution."

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Band 2

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Market commentators note that José Miguel Fatás is "a fast, clever and versatile litigator" and highlight his expertise in both civil and administrative proceedings. He is well versed in ICC arbitrations and class actions, and recently he has been instructed by Telefónica to assist with an antitrust case worth EUR1.5 billion.

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Jones Day

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mercedes Fernández combines her role as managing partner of the Madrid office with her disputes practice. She is particularly renowned for her work as counsel in construction arbitration. Clients value her strengths in cross-border mandates and say: "She is one of the best lawyers we have ever worked with: detailed, personally involved and available. She is exquisite."

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Band 2

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alfonso Iglesia enjoys high praise from market sources, particularly for his expertise in construction disputes. He counts FCC among his clients and recently assisted CEVA Logistics with a multiparty damages dispute. Sources say: "He is a magnificent professional who is both experienced and interested in the matters he handles."

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Francisco Málaga is known for his expertise in civil procedures. His practice encompasses insolvency and financial and liability disputes. Clients appreciate his negotiation skills and say: "He is absolutely amazing, he makes everything easy for us," with another adding: "He is very dynamic, proactive and he is really good in court." He has recently represented FCC in a EUR4.4 billion case over refinancing.

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Band 2

Pérez-Llorca

From the Chambers Europe guide

Madrid partner Félix Montero divides his practice between litigation and arbitration and regularly advises big names from the automobile and energy sectors. Clients value his ability to understand their problems and describe him as "very hard-working and conscientious," with another interviewee adding: "He has a lot of experience in arbitration and he is an exceptional lawyer." 

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Francisco A Peña González

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Francisco Peña González divides his practice between Madrid and Lisbon. He works across a broad spectrum of contentious matters, including banking, construction and insolvency cases. Sources note his expertise in energy matters and describe him as "a fantastic lawyer whose technical abilities are outstanding."

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Band 2

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alberto Pimenta is described as a "really outstanding litigator" by peers. His recent work includes instructions on contractual disputes and contentious construction matters. He has additional expertise in banking and insurance cases and regularly appears in both litigation and arbitration proceedings.

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Band 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vicente Sierra is well respected in the market for his work representing companies from the financial, insurance and pharmaceutical sectors in commercial and civil disputes. Clients praise his litigation skills and describe him as a "technical person who is easy-going and approachable."

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Band 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Juan Viaño is well respected by market sources, who commend his style, saying that he "expresses himself with clarity and presents the case in a simple, straightforward way." His practice tends to revolve around complex litigation and arbitration proceedings, and he is particularly experienced in contractual disputes.

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Band 3

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources say that Jose Ramón Casado "perfectly captures the problem as a whole and offers practical advice." He is recommended as a litigator in civil disputes and noted for his "exquisite client treatment." His typical work touches on unfair competition, challenges of corporate decisions and directors' liability disputes.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

José Luis Huerta is known for his mix of litigation and arbitration work and his client-focused style. His practice includes matters ranging from shareholders' disputes to appeals. Market sources say that he has "a great capacity to analyse complex matters that have international implications."

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Band 3

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources say that Álvaro Mendiola "is quick, but also thinks a lot and is able to put himself in the opposing party's shoes and predict what is going to happen." His recent work includes representing PRISA in a dispute with Telefónica over the economic terms of a contract concerning the broadcasting rights of Spanish football league games.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rafael Murillo is described as "an outstanding practitioner and a bright guy" by market commentators. Recent instructions of his include representing Mediapro in a challenge raised against the Spanish Competition Authority's decision to authorise Telefónica's purchase of DTS.

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Band 3

Pérez-Llorca

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ana Ribó has a broad disputes practice with particular skill in commercial and civil litigation. She is praised for her expertise and communication and management abilities. Clients add: "She is really responsive and always goes beyond our expectations."

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Band 3

José Antonio Rodríguez Álvarez

Ashurst

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of team José Antonio Rodríguez Álvarez is frequently instructed on a variety of matters, including energy and banking disputes. His broad practice includes litigation as well as ADR, and he is recommended for civil, commercial and investment disputes. Clients describe him as "very experienced, diligent and affable."

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Band 3

Andersen Tax & Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients value the "very smart and proactive" Iñigo Rodríguez-Sastre's language skills, citing them as particularly useful in international cases. He divides his time between litigation and acting as counsel on arbitration proceedings. He represents major names from a range of sectors, including finance, telecommunications and energy.

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Band 3

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Miguel Virgós is recognised for his expertise in investment arbitration and is commended for the quality of his legal analyses and written work, particularly in international matters. He acts as both counsel and arbitrator on proceedings such as contract disputes. Sources comment: "His academic background is very impressive."

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GOLD Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Raúl Da Veiga of GOLD Abogados acts for key names from the food, telecommunications and construction industries. Sources speak highly of his approach, saying that he "doesn't just explain himself well, he writes well too and is fantastic on his feet."

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Band 4

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients state that the Barcelona-based Fernando De la Mata "improves efficiency, keeps costs down and knows the facts well." His recent work includes a broad range of financial, supplier and inheritance disputes.

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Band 4

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Elisabeth de Nadal enjoys a good reputation among peers for her work in international arbitration cases, and has represented several key international names in proceedings. She has acted on disputes involving companies from a wide range of industries, including pharmaceuticals and real estate.

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Band 4

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Europe guide

Paulino Fajardo focuses his practice on the area of contentious insurance. His recent instructions include representing Dragados Offshore in the defence of a claim raised by Hess Denmark over allegedly defective offshore platform designs. One client states: "He is one of the best insurance trial attorneys in Spain."

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Band 4

Ramón y Cajal Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees state that head of department Ramón Fernández-Aceytuno "is really interested in getting to know what is behind every matter, and that makes him more effective in resolving problems."

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Band 4

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alejandro Ferreres receives positive feedback from both clients and peers for his abilities in dispute resolution. His work includes advice on contractual liability and he has recently acted for ABANCA on the defence of a EUR150 million class action over swap contracts.

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Band 4

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alberto Fortún is known for his work on civil claims, examples of which include acting for Centauro Capital and others on ICC arbitration proceedings over a sale agreement with Dresser-Rand. He is experienced in multiparty actions, and one client describes him as "a meticulous lawyer who really takes care in what he is doing."

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Band 4

King & Wood Mallesons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alfredo Guerrero leads the team and assists with a broad range of civil and criminal litigation and arbitration. Sources highlight his creativity, speed of response and depth of expertise, adding: "He clearly understands the client's needs and offers a tailor-made approach."

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Rivero & Gustafson Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

John Gustafson combines his responsibilities as managing partner with a respected litigation practice. Market commentators state that he is "open to discussing the matter in order to capture the business angle of each problem, so he can come up with the best solution."

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SLJ Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Daniel Jiménez of SLJ Abogados is "a young, dynamic person who really understands the clients' needs," according to one interviewee. His work spans agency agreements and SPAs, and he has recently represented claimants BF Grupo in a EUR14 million dispute raised against Vodafone.

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Band 4

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients appreciate the way that Álvaro López de Argumedo works with internal lawyers. He is recommended as counsel in arbitration proceedings and for commercial litigation. He is particularly active in disputes arising from the energy and banking sectors.

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ONTIER

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pedro Rodríguez Rodero is described as "an excellent lawyer who is responsive and client-focused." He is frequently instructed by a number of key names, such as BBVA and VETRA Energy Group, and he receives keen praise for his knowledge of banking legislation and his technical expertise. He represents clients in both litigation and arbitration.

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Band 4

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eduardo Soler Tappa is a key name in the energy arbitration arena. His work also includes litigation on behalf of clients from the energy, banking and telecommunication sectors. Sources highlight his previous role as a state attorney and say that he is "a magnificent lawyer."

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Band 4

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources note that head of department Antonio Vázquez-Guillén "is very open-minded when it comes to exploring new approaches and always goes the extra mile to reach the goal." He is instructed by a host of major names from the financial services sector and divides his practice between representing clients in arbitration or litigation proceedings.

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Band 5

J Almoguera Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jesús Almoguera of J. Almoguera y Asociados impresses with "his great legal expertise and magnificent professional qualities." He acts for a number of names from the banking and charity sectors and frequently takes on the role of arbitrator in energy and transport disputes.

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Band 5

Squire Patton Boggs

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jesús Carrasco's areas of expertise include contentious real estate, construction and IP, for which he is instructed by both local and international companies. Clients say that he is "humble and accurate; he understands us," and several commentators cite his previous role as a judge as adding particular value to his services.

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Band 5

Borja de Obeso Pérez-Victoria

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Borja de Obeso Pérez-Victoria has a broad disputes practice and is regularly instructed on matters such as breaches of contract or insolvency proceedings. Sources appreciate his practical approach. Clients say: "He is very practical and does a really good job."

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Band 5

Alejandro Fernández de Araoz

Araoz & Rueda

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources really appreciate Alejandro Fernández de Araoz's "strategic vision, absolute loyalty to the client and maximum involvement in the matters." He is highlighted for his particular expertise in commercial and transactional matters. 

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Band 5

Borja Fernández de Trocóniz

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

New addition to the department Borja Fernández de Trocóniz considerably boosts the team's litigation capacity. According to sources, "he proposes technical solutions to banking litigation that nobody else would even think of."

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Band 5

Squire Patton Boggs

From the Chambers Europe guide

Fernando González leads the dispute resolution team and focuses his practice on contentious issues of commercial and IP law. He represents a number of key names from a range of sectors, including banking. One source states: "Working with him was a very positive experience." 

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Band 5

González-Bueno & Asociados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Carlos González-Bueno of González-Bueno & Asociados is described as "very effective, especially on complicated matters." He is regularly appointed as arbitrator and is particularly recognised for his IP practice.

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Band 5

DLA Piper Spain

From the Chambers Europe guide

Álvaro Lobato is "a good lawyer and a good person," according to commentators, who also note his academic prowess. He has extensive experience in insolvency and bankruptcy cases.

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Ventura Garcés & López-Ibor

From the Chambers Europe guide

Madrid-based Alfonso López-Ibor advises clients from a range of sectors, including hospitality, pharmaceutical and aviation. His expertise includes litigation as well as arbitration.

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Band 5

Ventura Garcés & López-Ibor

From the Chambers Europe guide

Isabel Mateu leads the Barcelona team and has noteworthy experience of contentious insolvency matters. Sources say: "She has always treated us stupendously and her advice has always been on point."

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

New addition Javier Mendieta Grande regularly represents clients such as banks in insolvency and contractual disputes. Sources describe him as "a very intellectual person who you can tell has worked really hard and thought a lot."

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients appreciate Víctor Mercedes' technical skills and hard-working approach, describing him as "an extremely experienced lawyer in contentious matters of all kinds." His varied practice encompasses white-collar crime, civil and commercial litigation, and arbitration.

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Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers Europe guide

Latham & Watkins' Antonio Morales primarily works acts for clients from the energy sector on both arbitration and litigation. Sources note: "He is especially good with witnesses in court, he can explain things in an easy way and his strategy is clear."

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Band 5

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Antonio Pipó successfully defended Galp Energia in a dispute over the validity of an exclusive supply contract. Sources say: "He makes the legal issues understandable for the client and really throws himself into the matters." He focuses on disputes relating to energy.

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Band 5

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Europe guide

Manuel Rivero regularly advises on both litigation and arbitration proceedings. Clients describe him as "extraordinarily well trained, with great global knowledge and a practical focus."

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B Cremades y Asociados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ángel Tejada is particularly commended for his expertise in arbitration proceedings. Sources say: "He's the person you want if you want the opposition to sweat." He also acts for clients on an array of litigation cases.

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Band 5

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eduardo Trigo advises a number of important clients on disputes arising from unlawful data use and contract terminations. His expertise includes both commercial and civil law, as well as insolvency and inheritance matters.

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Band 5

Clifford Chance S.L.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Iñigo Villoria primarily handles disputes arising out of restructuring and insolvency proceedings. Sources say: "He is a very good lawyer who has presence in court."

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Up and Coming

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gonzalo Ardila Bermejo acts for clients on both litigation and arbitration proceedings. His recent work includes assisting clients with terminations of agreements and energy disputes.

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Up and Coming

DLA Piper Spain

From the Chambers Europe guide

New addition Óscar Franco impresses clients with his "proactive, fresh and tenacious" approach to handling matters. He has experience of cases involving real estate, insolvency and commercial matters.

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Up and Coming

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

From the Chambers Europe guide

Market commentators praise Natalia Gómez's work and say: "She is a genius when it comes to litigation." She frequently advises on insolvency, restructuring and product liability cases.

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Up and Coming

Arias SLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dámaso Riaño of Arias SLP is described as "active, sharp and quick on the ball" and sources note his attention to detail. He has recently been instructed on key matters on behalf of clients such as FCC and acts on arbitration and litigation.

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Associates to watch

King & Wood Mallesons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marlen Estévez's focus is on contentious commercial and financial matters. Her work includes contract disputes and administrative proceedings. Interviewees highlight her "good knowledge and great potential."

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Associates to watch

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

José Luis Terrón has expertise in mis-selling and SPA disputes. Sources say: "He is very good at pleading and is just a pleasure to work with." He has additional experience of international arbitration and civil litigation.

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