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Shipping — Spain


Albors Galiano & Portales - Shipping Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Superb practice admired for its considerable shipping litigation and arbitration expertise. Advises on a wide range of issues, including contracts, shipping finance and accidents, in addition to regulatory matters, cargo claims and salvage cases. Additionally acts on marine pollution mandates. Represents shipowners, charterers and operators.

Strengths Interviewees describe the team as "the number one in Spain" for its "excellent personal treatment and in-depth understanding of maritime legislation and disputes."

One impressed client states: "The team has exceeded all expectations, which were high to begin with."

Notable practitioners

Eduardo Albors receives widespread commendation from peers for his long-standing career in shipping law. His extensive expertise covers charter party disputes, ship arrests and related insurance matters. Interviewees commend his "precision, clarity and knowledge of the law."

Javier Portales is widely commended for his experience and knowledge of shipping matters in Spain. His expertise includes shipbuilding, charter party and bills of lading disputes and ship arrests. Sources further enthuse: "He can clearly detect clients' needs and he focuses his advice on finding solutions and reaching agreements."

Alfonso de Ochoa Martínez specialises in maritime law and insurance matters. Interviewees note: "He's a knowledgeable shipping lawyer who is very good at solving problems."

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ALBORS GALIANO PORTALES is a leading Firm in the Spanish Shipping, Transportation and Insurance and Reinsurance practice areas. This status has been confirmed over recent years by the most prominent international publications. ALBORS GALIANO PORTALES was established in Madrid in the 1990’s and has achieved recognition in niche practice areas traditionally dominated by foreign law firms. We have offices in Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Palma de Mallorca and correspondents in the main capitals. With the support of the insurance sector, both in Spain and abroad, shipowners, international operators and carriers; agents and marine terminals; shipyards; banks and financial institutions the Firm focuses its practice as leading Firm in this areas of law.

The Firm offers swift and quality services, always looking for the best result bearing in mind the cost and benefit of the legal action. Working closely with Universities offering courses in Maritime Law such as the Spanish Maritime Institute; and Fundacion Valenciaport, or the Nautical Faculty of Barcelona we are constantly lecturing in various masters in Maritme Law. The Partners of the Firm are Members of the Spanish Shipping Law Association, International Maritime Committe, International Insurance Law Association and The Spanish Arbitration Club among others.






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Mestre Abogados - Shipping Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Boutique firm frequently retained by a variety of clients, including multinational insurers, charterers, P&I clubs and underwriters. Considerable presence in maritime mandates relating to both the Spanish market and other jurisdictions worldwide. Adept at handling a range of matters, spanning casualties at sea, salvage operations and cargo claims. Particularly sought after to advise on disputes in the sector and regularly represents clients in issues concerning yachts. Galp is among the firm's new client wins.

Strengths Interviewees are quick to commend the department's strengths. One notes: "The team has an excellent ability to give clear and concise advice in perfect English, with an impressive turnaround."

Another source reports: "The team never lets me down - the lawyers are quick, hard-working and diligent."

Work highlights Assisted Generali and three others with proceedings related to two consecutive fires at Port Fòrum in Barcelona, during which 11 yachts sank. The advice included re-floating operations, wreck removal and criminal actions.

Advised Grupo CAF on a cargo claim regarding the shipping of three train wagons to Chile from Belgium.

Notable practitioners

Anna Mestre is recommended as "responsive, efficient and a pleasure to work with." Her expertise spans charter parties, salvage operations and ship arrests, and she is particularly active in yachting issues. Sources admire her dedication and know-how.

Andrés Candomeque is recommended for his "good grasp of practical solutions as well as pure legal issues." He acts for insurers, shipyards and importers or exporters and specialises in litigation.

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Ruiz-Gálvez Abogados - Shipping Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded team spread between offices in Madrid and Valencia. Advises relevant industry players, including shipowners, forwarding agents and international insurers, on a wide variety of maritime issues. Adept at handling vessel registration, shipbuilding contracts and charter party agreements. Also advises on cargo damages claims, collisions and administrative sanctions.

Strengths Sources recommend the team for its long-standing presence in the field, in addition to the "quality" of its work.

Notable practitioners

The "highly experienced" Félix Ruiz-Gálvez Villaverde primarily handles insurance matters in the shipping space. He represents insurers' interests in damages claims.

Fernando Ruiz-Gálvez Villaverde is a well-known name in Spain for his practice, which includes shipbuilding contracts, charter party agreements and assistance with shipping accidents. He is additionally adept at handling marine pollution issues.

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San Simón & Duch - Shipping Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Widely renowned department noted for its work in the shipping field. Acts for shipowners, P&I clubs and brokers, both local and international. Active in dry and wet matters, including ship arrests and damages proceedings, in addition to offering expertise in regulatory matters and ship registration. New clients include Ferrovial and The Swedish Club.

Strengths Sources appreciate the team's "immediate availability and high level of legal expertise."

Interviewees further acknowledge the "excellent service" provided.

Work highlights Acted for Smit Salvage on the salvage of the Modern Express.

Advised Generali on the collapse of a jetty after being struck by a vessel.

Notable practitioners

Luis de San Simón "is an excellent lawyer who has a lot of experience," according to interviewees. He regularly advises on collisions, salvage operations and ship arrests, and represents important insurers, shipowners and fishing companies.

Mercedes Duch is a recognised name on the Spanish shipping landscape. Her practice includes ship arrests, vessel repair contracts and insurance. She is frequently appointed by maritime creditors, P&I clubs or shipowners on their proceedings.

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Uría Menéndez - Shipping Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected practice group with specialised knowledge of the full range of dry shipping matters. Advises on charter party agreements, shipbuilding contracts and ship finance, in addition to restructuring and insolvency operations concerning shipping companies or shipyards. Work extends to disputes and assistance with tax, employment, regulatory and administrative issues. Able to handle wet shipping matters such as marine casualties. Acts on behalf of a range of key entities, including P&I clubs, insurers, shipowners, port terminals and companies in the tourism sector. The IOPC Funds is a new addition to the team's client roster.

Strengths Sources report: "We have been highly impressed by their excellent knowledge of the applicable regulations, their fast response and business-oriented advice, and also by their pragmatic and commercial approach to the matters where legal advice is sought."

Interviewees further describe the department as "well co-ordinated, which makes it faster to get matters dealt with: you can talk to anyone in the team and everyone is already up to speed."

Work highlights Advised Knutsen OAS Shipping on the registration and flagging in Spain of two LNG vessels built in a Korean shipyard.

Assisted Bennett & McMahon Agencies with a ship arrest in Tarragona.

Notable practitioners

"Magnificent lawyer" Tomás Fernández Quirós is specialised in shipping disputes and port-related matters. His practice spans environmental concerns, ship arrests and shipbuilding contracts. His client list includes freight forwarders, shipyards and banks, and he is additionally experienced in matters relating to yachts.

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Our Maritime Practice Area not only advises clients on specific maritime matters, but also works hand-in-hand with other practice areas to offer comprehensive advice on any issue that affects the interests of domestic and international companies carrying out maritime and port activities.

Our clients include shipyards, insurers, reinsurers and P&I Clubs, insurance and reinsurance brokers, financiers, ship owners, transport operators, port terminals and companies in the tourism sector.
◾ Vessel construction, financing and acquisition agreements
◾ Charter parties and other contracts of carriage
◾ Marine casualties
◾ Marine litigation and insurance
◾ M&A of shipping companies
◾ Ports: terminals and port services; regulation, financing and operation
◾ Administrative and regulatory issues
◾ International sales of goods
◾ Super yachts
◾ Tourism law
◾ Fishing
◾ Labour and tax law
◾ Restructuring and insolvency of shipping companies and shipyards

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Avante Legal - Shipping Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Solid shipping boutique regularly sought after to provide counsel on matters relating to casualty, including cargo claims and collisions. Assists Spanish shipping and insurance companies and international P&I clubs with wet shipping matters and port disputes. Advises on dry work, including vessel acquisitions and shipbuilding. Offers particular expertise in relation to the fishing sector. New additions to the team's client roster include Boluda Corporación Marítima.

Strengths The team is noted for its client service: "The team is fully committed to the interests of its clients and always available. Avante provides a highly personalised service which is precise and business-minded."

Several interviewees recommend the team for its responsiveness. One client states: "The service is rapid and effective."

Work highlights Assisted Remolcanosa with proceedings concerning damages sustained by the 'Angeles Alvariño' vessel during its dry-dock at a shipyard.

Acted for MAPFRE on a damages action concerning consignments of frozen shrimp.

Notable practitioners

Julio López Quiroga is singled out by market sources for "his strategic vision of the matters, the simplicity and practicality of his solutions and his amicable personality." He is particularly active in damages claims, within which he represents Spanish associations, shipyards and shipowners.

Antonio Quirós earns praise from sources for his vast experience in international cases. He is adept at handling both contentious and non-contentious shipping mandates, and clients describe him as "very proactive, knowledgeable, available and highly committed." Interviewees further endorse him: "He has a very good way with witnesses and officials - he earns their trust."

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Garrigues - Shipping Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Notable practice frequently assisting shipping companies with cargo claims, breach of contract litigation and the discharge of ship mortgages. Experienced in a variety of legal fields related to the sector, including disputes, labour and general corporate work. Also assists with regulatory mandates. Retained by a wide range of market players, including underwriters, cargo owners, banks and shipyards. New client wins include Astilleros Canarios - ASTICAN.

Strengths Clients praise the team's expertise in the area. One interviewee reports: "The lawyers have perfect knowledge of international and national maritime laws."

Sources underline the firm's "speed and efficiency" and "excellent work."

Work highlights Advised Total Terminal International Algeciras on proceedings relating to a fire onboard the 'Hanjin Green Earth'. The fire caused the vessel to call at the terminal as port of refuge, resulting in the client experiencing significant losses.

Assisted Naviera de Bentayga with the purchase contract for the 'Volcan de Tena' vessel.

Notable practitioners

Sources report that Jesús Barbadillo Eyzaguirre "really knows his way around shipping legislation and he has a lot of experience, which is a real advantage." He represents shipowners, terminal operators and importers in cargo claims, export issues and sanctions.

Javier del Corte represents both domestic and foreign clients in disputes within the shipping sphere. He is adept at advising on issues concerning other European jurisdictions.

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Meana Green Maura & Co - Shipping Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Long-standing firm with a notable presence in Spain and comprehensive UK expertise, in addition to offices in Mexico. Benefits from particularly close ties to London P&I clubs that rely on the firm for sensitive passenger or cargo claims, as well as onboard fire incidents. Has a broader shipping practice that includes advice on multi-jurisdictional salvage operations or contractual issues in the yachting sector.

Strengths Clients praise the team's approach. One interviewee explains: "I really enjoy the level of communication and proactivity. The lawyers go the extra mile: they don't just provide answers to the questions, they are business-minded too."

Another commentator adds: "The team's advice is erudite and practical."

Work highlights Represented The Standard Club in passenger claims relating to the sinking of the 'Costa Concordia' cruise liner.

Assisted new client Baja Ferries with proceedings concerning a fire onboard a RO-RO passenger ferry in US waters.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees report that Pedro Maura provides "extremely helpful and practical" advice. His expertise includes both domestic and international disputes and he is well versed in employment or administrative matters relating to the shipping sector.

Javier Zabala is based in Bilbao and is recommended as a lawyer who is "responsive and business-minded." He primarily represents underwriters in cargo damage disputes.

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Thomas Cooper - Shipping Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Local branch of an extensive international network, advising shipowners, freight forwarders and insurers. Activity includes advice on demurrage and damages disputes in addition to assistance with criminal proceedings. Acts for Spanish cruise lines and foreign P&I clubs on casualty cases and is further skilled in employment issues.

Strengths "The lawyers are available and attentive at all times and resolve any doubts quickly and efficiently," remark clients.

Interviewees additionally value the "proactive attitude" of the lawyers.

Work highlights Assisted DSV with a demurrage claim concerning cargo left in Brazilian ports in the context of Abengoa's insolvency proceedings.

Advised Maersk on changes in stevedoring legislation.

Notable practitioners

Bernardo Ruiz Lima is recommended for his "attitude, organisation and leadership," in addition to his extensive knowledge of shipping law. His practice includes P&I and salvage proceedings, and he also assists with arbitration proceedings.

Ernesto Rivera is singled out by interviewees for his wealth of knowledge in shipping matters. He advises a wide range of clients on a variety of mandates, including charter party or bills of lading disputes, pollution issues and shipbuilding contracts.

Víctor Mata Garrido is recommended for his "attention to detail." He advises on stevedoring legislation, contractual disputes and salvage operations.

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Abogados Asociados para el Comercio, la Navegación y la Industria (AACNI) - Shipping Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Smaller shipping boutique with notable activity in freight issues. Often attracts roles in arbitration proceedings for international insurers, underwriters and charterers, as well as for shipowners. Has a proven track record of acting on London and Paris arbitrations. Also assists clients including freight forwarders with ship arrests, bills of lading disputes and compliance with Spanish regulations.

Strengths Sources value the team's "quick responses and objective advice."

Notable practitioners

Albert Badia regularly acts as counsel in high-value arbitration proceedings. Clients comment: "He has a deep understanding of the maritime field, both in Spain and the UK. He's quick to react and he's commercial."

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Arizon Abogados SLP - Shipping Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded soft commodities practice that advises domestic shipping companies, P&I clubs and importers on high-value claims and LMAA proceedings. Handles ship arrests, insurance claims and port damage cases that arise in the south of Spain with the help of its Madrid, Málaga and Jerez offices. Stealth Maritime is one of a number of new clients for the team.

Strengths Clients underline the department's "speed, availability and solution-oriented approach."

Other interviewees note the lawyers' "in-depth knowledge of shipping and everything related to maritime legislation."

Work highlights Acted for REBONAVE - Reboques e Assistência Naval, Lusitania Companhia de Seguros and Carina P&I on proceedings concerning a maritime casualty which occurred off the coast of Málaga.

Assisted Mario López shipyard with a ship arrest in Turkey.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees appreciate that Felipe Arizon is "resolution-focused and quick to react." He deals with an array of issues in the shipping sector, including maritime accidents, breaches of contract and ship arrests.

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Blas de Lezo - Shipping Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Active shipping department advising national and international clients on arbitration proceedings. Also handles litigation relating to charter parties and port dues alongside a regular flow of shipping contract drafting mandates. Clients include shipping companies, shipyards and charterers. Clients benefit from offices in key locations across Spain, including Vigo, Las Palmas, Madrid and Barcelona, in addition to branches further afield in London and Houston.

Strengths Interviewees appreciate the lawyers' specialism in maritime matters, in addition to its "international experience."

Sources further value team members' availability.

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Infiesta Souto Lamas Abogados (Islaw) - Shipping Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Recommended team advising on a wide range of dry and wet shipping matters from offices in Madrid, A Coruña, Cádiz, Algeciras and Las Palmas. Has experience in general shipping litigation and arbitration. Assists local and international insurers and underwriters with cargo claims. Additionally active in environmental or criminal matters.

Strengths Sources value the department's approach, reporting: "The team is flexible, adapts to the client and has a practical focus."

Interviewees further expand: "It is crystal-clear that the firm has a very strong practice in shipping."

Work highlights Assisted Reed Smith with the arrest of a superyacht.

Notable practitioners

José Infiesta's broad practice spans contractual issues and damages litigation. Clients comment: "He's very good at reaching an amicable agreement when negotiating."

Luis Souto Maqueda is recommended for his experience and practical approach. He acts on behalf of important insurance companies in damages and loss claims.

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Muñoz & Montañés - Shipping Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Reputed Valencia boutique with a strong reputation for handling cargo claims and charter party disputes for key shipping companies. Advises on contracts relating to shipbuilding, repair and towage and salvage services. Regularly acts on matters relating to navigation accidents, as well as employment law and administrative matters including customs issues and the registration of ships. Also handles anti-counterfeiting measures.

Strengths Sources praise the team's reputation for "representing important shipowners."

Notable practitioners

Alicia Montañés is a well-known practitioner in the shipping field. She advises civil, administrative and criminal disputes, in addition to assisting companies with contractual matters. Her expertise further extends to coastal or marine environmental issues.

José Muñoz maintains a solid reputation in the shipping space. He regularly represents shipowners or charterers in disputes.

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Band 1

Albors Galiano & Portales

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eduardo Albors receives widespread commendation from peers for his long-standing career in shipping law. His extensive expertise covers charter party disputes, ship arrests and related insurance matters. Interviewees commend his "precision, clarity and knowledge of the law."

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Band 1

Luis de San Simón

San Simón & Duch

From the Chambers Europe guide

Luis de San Simón "is an excellent lawyer who has a lot of experience," according to interviewees. He regularly advises on collisions, salvage operations and ship arrests, and represents important insurers, shipowners and fishing companies.

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Band 1

Tomás Fernández Quirós

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

"Magnificent lawyer" Tomás Fernández Quirós is specialised in shipping disputes and port-related matters. His practice spans environmental concerns, ship arrests and shipbuilding contracts. His client list includes freight forwarders, shipyards and banks, and he is additionally experienced in matters relating to yachts.

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Band 1

Albors Galiano & Portales

From the Chambers Europe guide

Javier Portales is widely commended for his experience and knowledge of shipping matters in Spain. His expertise includes shipbuilding, charter party and bills of lading disputes and ship arrests. Sources further enthuse: "He can clearly detect clients' needs and he focuses his advice on finding solutions and reaching agreements."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

San Simón & Duch

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mercedes Duch is a recognised name on the Spanish shipping landscape. Her practice includes ship arrests, vessel repair contracts and insurance. She is frequently appointed by maritime creditors, P&I clubs or shipowners on their proceedings.

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Band 2

Julio López Quiroga

Avante Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Julio López Quiroga is singled out by market sources for "his strategic vision of the matters, the simplicity and practicality of his solutions and his amicable personality." He is particularly active in damages claims, within which he represents Spanish associations, shipyards and shipowners.

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Band 2

Mestre Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anna Mestre is recommended as "responsive, efficient and a pleasure to work with." Her expertise spans charter parties, salvage operations and ship arrests, and she is particularly active in yachting issues. Sources admire her dedication and know-how.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Avante Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Antonio Quirós earns praise from sources for his vast experience in international cases. He is adept at handling both contentious and non-contentious shipping mandates, and clients describe him as "very proactive, knowledgeable, available and highly committed." Interviewees further endorse him: "He has a very good way with witnesses and officials - he earns their trust."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Bernardo Ruiz Lima

Thomas Cooper

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bernardo Ruiz Lima is recommended for his "attitude, organisation and leadership," in addition to his extensive knowledge of shipping law. His practice includes P&I and salvage proceedings, and he also assists with arbitration proceedings.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Félix Ruiz-Gálvez Villaverde

Ruiz-Gálvez Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "highly experienced" Félix Ruiz-Gálvez Villaverde primarily handles insurance matters in the shipping space. He represents insurers' interests in damages claims.

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Band 3

Arizon Abogados SLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees appreciate that Felipe Arizon is "resolution-focused and quick to react." He deals with an array of issues in the shipping sector, including maritime accidents, breaches of contract and ship arrests.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Abogados Asociados para el Comercio, la Navegación y la Industria (AACNI)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Albert Badia regularly acts as counsel in high-value arbitration proceedings. Clients comment: "He has a deep understanding of the maritime field, both in Spain and the UK. He's quick to react and he's commercial."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Jesús Barbadillo Eyzaguirre

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources report that Jesús Barbadillo Eyzaguirre "really knows his way around shipping legislation and he has a lot of experience, which is a real advantage." He represents shipowners, terminal operators and importers in cargo claims, export issues and sanctions.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Alicia Montañés

Muñoz & Montañés

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alicia Montañés is a well-known practitioner in the shipping field. She advises civil, administrative and criminal disputes, in addition to assisting companies with contractual matters. Her expertise further extends to coastal or marine environmental issues.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Pérez Albors & Co.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Carlos Pérez of Pérez Albors & Co. is recommended as a practitioner who is "quick, helpful, efficient and easy to deal with." He has a wide-ranging shipping practice, which includes advising on collisions, cargo damage or loss, ship arrests and contractual matters.

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Band 3

Jaime Rodrigo de Larrucea

Estudio Jurídico Rodrigo de Larrucea

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "highly respectable" Jaime Rodrigo de Larrucea of Estudio Jurídico Rodrigo de Larrucea is widely recognised for his shipping practice.

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Band 3

Fernando Ruiz-Gálvez Villaverde

Ruiz-Gálvez Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Fernando Ruiz-Gálvez Villaverde is a well-known name in Spain for his practice, which includes shipbuilding contracts, charter party agreements and assistance with shipping accidents. He is additionally adept at handling marine pollution issues.

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Band 4

Actam Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Juan Beitia of Actam Abogados is regarded as "an expert in insurance" within the shipping sphere. His activity spans matters related to collisions, cargo damage or shipping embargoes.

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Band 4

Andrés Candomeque

Mestre Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrés Candomeque is recommended for his "good grasp of practical solutions as well as pure legal issues." He acts for insurers, shipyards and importers or exporters and specialises in litigation.

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Band 4

Alfonso de Ochoa Martínez

Albors Galiano Portales

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alfonso de Ochoa Martínez specialises in maritime law and insurance matters. Interviewees note: "He's a knowledgeable shipping lawyer who is very good at solving problems."

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Band 4

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

Javier del Corte represents both domestic and foreign clients in disputes within the shipping sphere. He is adept at advising on issues concerning other European jurisdictions.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Infiesta Souto Lamas Abogados (Islaw)

From the Chambers Europe guide

José Infiesta's broad practice spans contractual issues and damages litigation. Clients comment: "He's very good at reaching an amicable agreement when negotiating."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Meana Green Maura & Co

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees report that Pedro Maura provides "extremely helpful and practical" advice. His expertise includes both domestic and international disputes and he is well versed in employment or administrative matters relating to the shipping sector.

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Band 4

Aiyon Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources report that Verónica Meana of Aiyon Abogados "has a good knowledge of the shipping and transport areas." She handles disputes relating to both dry and wet shipping, in addition to maritime sanctioning proceedings.

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Band 4

Muñoz & Montañés

From the Chambers Europe guide

José Muñoz maintains a solid reputation in the shipping space. He regularly represents shipowners or charterers in disputes.

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Band 4

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Íñigo Quintana of Cuatrecasas benefits from considerable expertise in a range of shipping matters. He has a solid track record in international arbitration, including LMAA proceedings.

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Band 4

Thomas Cooper

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ernesto Rivera is singled out by interviewees for his wealth of knowledge in shipping matters. He advises a wide range of clients on a variety of mandates, including charter party or bills of lading disputes, pollution issues and shipbuilding contracts.

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Band 4

Roberto Sanz Abascal

Goñi & Co. Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees confirm that maritime law expert Roberto Sanz Abascal of Goñi & Co. Abogados "is very well known in the Spanish market."

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Band 4

Luis A. Souto Maqueda

Infiesta Souto Lamas Abogados (Islaw)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Luis Souto Maqueda is recommended for his experience and practical approach. He acts on behalf of important insurance companies in damages and loss claims.

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Band 4

MAIO Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients highlight Ángel Vallejo of MAIO Legal for his "knowledge of the market and analytical and negotiation skills." He frequently represents insurers or brokers in shipping claims.

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Up and Coming

Víctor Mata Garrido

Thomas Cooper

From the Chambers Europe guide

Víctor Mata Garrido is recommended for his "attention to detail." He advises on stevedoring legislation, contractual disputes and salvage operations.

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Associates to watch

Meana Green Maura & Co

From the Chambers Europe guide

Javier Zabala is based in Bilbao and is recommended as a lawyer who is "responsive and business-minded." He primarily represents underwriters in cargo damage disputes.

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