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Public Law — Spain


Clifford Chance LLP - Public Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Provides top-quality services in public sector disputes, with an impressive caseload of contentious-administrative appeals against changes to regulatory regimes for the energy, pharmaceuticals or healthcare sectors. Handles administrative law claims against decisions made by regional environment and planning authorities, including within the context of high-value mining projects. Experienced in litigation brought by infrastructure concessionaires against public authorities spread across Spain. Has a broad client base spanning top-tier public and private companies, financial institutions and government entities.

Strengths Market commentators are impressed by the firm's "long-term strategy and really successful positioning in the market."

"It is an extraordinary firm," states one client.

Work highlights Represented Enel Green Power in several contentious-administrative appeals concerning the revocation of licences granted for the construction and operation of wind farms. The firm also advised on the administrative process for obtaining a new authorisation and environmental impact statement.

Advised Endesa on a series of administrative appeals against new Spanish legislation governing the sale of electricity, the provision of social energy tariffs and the company's responsibility to address energy poverty.

Notable practitioners

José Luis Zamarro rises in the rankings this year after receiving plaudits from clients and peers for his work concerning public procurement and the regulated sectors. Interviewees note his particular expertise in infrastructure mandates and contentious operations against the public administration. "He has a good understanding of what the client needs and the ability to work out solutions," notes one source, whilst another says: "He is always available to discuss any doubt or question I may have."

Jaime Almenar continues to impress market commentators with his work in the regulated sectors and is described as a "super lawyer who is really practical and has a high level of legal skills." He represents clients in contentious-administrative proceedings and offers advice on energy regulations and on public procurement matters. "He is fast and always has a practical solution to the problem," notes one impressed client.

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Cuatrecasas - Public Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Distinguished team spread across the Iberian Peninsula, with smaller regional bases supporting larger teams in Barcelona and Madrid. Active in a range of contentious public law matters, such as administrative claims against the award of high-value public contracts and judicial reviews of decisions made by public bodies. Capable of advising private companies and public administrations on changes to the terms of public concessions. Also handles cases with significant criminal law implications alongside a steady stream of non-contentious mandates relating to public procurement and PPP projects. Offers proven knowledge of regulated markets such as energy, automotive, transport and healthcare.

Strengths One source applauds the lawyers' "flexibility to adapt to continuous changes in regulatory scenarios, their commitment towards the client's needs and precise understanding of the broad picture."

"They are able to offer a comprehensive service," enthuses one client, who adds: "Their personalised attention to the customer makes the difference."

Work highlights Represented Falck VL in proceedings brought by a competitor that lost a public tender for ambulance services in Catalonia.

Acted for Ferrovial, ACS and their motorways subsidiary Emesa on a dispute over the financing and operation of the Madrid Calle 30 urban transformation project.

Notable practitioners

Nicolás González-Deleito wins praise from both peers and clients for his handling of public law proceedings. His diverse client portfolio includes public entities and clients from a range of industries, from pharmaceutical multinationals to infrastructure concessionaire companies. He provides additional advice in relation to expropriation and public procurement. "He is a great connoisseur of the law and is solution-oriented," enthuses one interviewee, while another praises his "high level of commitment to every case."

Luis Pérez de Ayala rises in the rankings due to his notable activity in the areas of energy and environment, and his expert handling of both advisory and contentious matters in the public sector. He advised Centerbridge Partners on all regulatory, administrative and environmental issues related to its sale of Vela Energy to Sonnedix. "His strengths are his availability, knowledge of the energy sector and common sense when seeking solutions to problems," explains one interviewee.

Albert Raventós often represents construction companies in contentious matters concerning Catalan infrastructure projects. He also handles planning disputes on behalf of corporate clients. He is based in the firm's Barcelona office and has long-standing experience in acting before the civil, criminal and administrative courts.

The "very knowledgeable" Joanes Labayen manages the firm's San Sebastián office and is highlighted by sources for his "technical skills." He frequently represents companies in the construction, transport and real estate sectors in contentious-administrative appeals concerning public contracts.

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Garrigues - Public Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for First-rate department with an impressive network of offices across Spain that offer outstanding national market coverage. Acts for a wealth of private and public companies on advisory mandates, including assistance with public procurement processes or regulatory compliance in the infrastructure, energy, tourism, financial services and healthcare industries. Has strong capabilities in contentious matters, with an impressive track record in judicial reviews of administrative concessions and appeals against decisions made by planning and environment authorities. Has boosted its client list with new additions Spotify and Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional.

Strengths Clients value the team's ability to provide comprehensive advice, saying: "Their assessment is always thorough and complete because of their multiple areas of expertise and experienced lawyers."

"Their performance is extraordinary; they focus on the relevant aspects and eliminate any distractions or irrelevancies," notes another source, who goes on to add: "They have always shown a level of excellence beyond our expectations."

Work highlights Assisted the various financial services companies behind investment fund EnCampus with regulatory issues relating to the operation of the latter's student residence business. The firm advised on student housing regulations and on participation in public tender procedures.

Advised the Organización Nacional de Ciegos Españoles on the regulatory aspects of its fund-raising through the sale of lottery tickets and other gaming products.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees recognise Carmen Chinchilla for her "academic profile and deep knowledge of public law." She offers an expert advisory practice on a range of public law mandates and is regularly instructed by leading entities from the telecommunications, electricity, infrastructure and media sectors. "She has a lot of experience and is well recognised in the market," notes one impressed source.

Alfredo Fernández Rancaño enjoys strong feedback from market sources for his broad public law practice and for his handling of many of the department's most complex mandates. He gains particular praise for his work on PPP projects and public works concessions. He also assists clients with public tender processes and with the drafting and termination of administrative contracts. Standout mandates include his advice to Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional on its part in structuring the project to build Bogotá's metro line.

Market commentators endorse Lluis Cases for his skills in the public law and planning arena. He heads the Barcelona branch of the firm's public law practice.

Miguel Loya gains praise from clients and market sources for his activity in the public law field. He advises clients in diverse sectors on predominantly advisory mandates. His expertise in the nuclear energy sector was showcased in advice to Iberdrola Generación on various ongoing issues relating to operating permits and the management of nuclear waste. "He shows not only a deep knowledge of Spanish public law but also a wide experience and a knowledge of our sector," says one client, while another reports: "He is very responsive and offers total availability."

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Gómez-Acebo & Pombo - Public Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Appointed by a variety of private and public entities with activity in the financial, education and life sciences industries. Stands out for advice to public authorities on disputed concession contracts and on regulatory questions arising from infrastructure, port and water treatment projects. Assists private companies with permit and licence applications, with the preparation of concession contract bids and with administrative proceedings to enforce public contracts or to challenge the outcomes of public tenders. OCIDE and Radiometer are among several new client wins for the department.

Strengths Sources recognise the department's pre-eminence in public law. One notes: "The firm enjoys great prestige in the public sector for the work they do for public bodies and the articles they publish in relation to public contracting."

Other interviewees are impressed by the department's "prestigious name" and appreciate its ability to co-ordinate work across various jurisdictions. "Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has an international network, which helps with matters related to the EU," explains one source.

Work highlights Assisted Ansaldo STS España with public procurement issues, including those flowing from its contract with ADIF for signalling and safety facilities in one section of the Madrid–Asturias high-speed railway line.

Advised Merrill Lynch on public law issues relating to its role as original lender to the concessionaire company that operated the Figueres–Perpignan high-speed rail connection.

Notable practitioners

Market commentators describe Juan Alfonso Santamaría Pastor as "a very important figure in the market" and recognise his "incredible record" in public law. He covers a broad spectrum of mandates in the field and is a well-respected academic.

Interviewees appreciate Carlos Vázquez Cobos' "realistic approach," saying: "He has a good understanding of the problems and how to solve them, so it is easy to work with him." "He is really familiar with all aspects of public law and its peculiarities in Spain," states another client. He advises on public law matters concerning environment, energy and water. He assisted Infraestructuras del Agua de Castilla-La Mancha with its preparation of a tender process in order to secure PPP contracts for the operation of waste water treatment plants.

Irene Fernández Puyol is praised by clients for her handling of both advisory mandates and contentious public procurement matters. Her work highlights include advising Linde Medica on an administrative appeal against the Catalan health authorities' decision to abandon the public tender process for domiciliary therapeutic respiration services throughout Catalonia. "She is meticulous and customer oriented," says one client, while another highlights "her ability to search for solutions to the different incidents that arise."

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Pérez-Llorca - Public Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Acclaimed domestic practice boasting a comprehensive approach to public law matters. Represents companies in litigation proceedings against public administrations or state-owned entities, with a strong track record in disputed public works contracts in the rail transport and infrastructure sectors. Often assists private and public companies with challenges to Spanish legislation that are litigated before top domestic courts or the ECJ. Defends clients in administrative proceedings brought by town councils and other regulatory bodies. Also stands out for experience in high-profile privatisation processes or mergers between state-owned companies.

Strengths Clients appreciate the standard of the advice they receive and how quickly the lawyers find solutions: "The lawyers go straight to what is important. It is a prestigious firm and for good reason, which is demonstrated in the quality of their work."

Another source highlights the team's timekeeping, noting: "They are efficient in their use of time and are punctual."

Work highlights Advised Red Eléctrica de España on the implications of Spain's transposition into law of a new EU directive on procurement in the energy sector.

Defended BlaBlaCar in Spanish proceedings brought by several public administrations for the provision of transport services without the appropriate licence.

Notable practitioners

Clients say that José Ramón de Hoces is "diligent and has a broad subject knowledge," while peers note his key role in attracting significant mandates to the firm's public law practice. He assists Spanish private and state-owned companies with transactions in heavily regulated sectors, with participation in public tenders and with related disputes. He also handles advisory mandates linked to the implementation of Spanish court decisions or changes in EU law. "He is the best lawyer I have worked with in relation to public and regulatory law issues," enthuses one client.

Juan Rodríguez Cárcamo rises in the rankings after gaining praise from market commentators for his significant activity in contentious public law matters. He regularly advises on disputes before Spanish and European courts that draw on elements of tax, planning or competition law. "He's a relevant and important lawyer in public law," states one interviewee, while another describes him as "a very prepared person who knows all of the details and deals personally with court proceedings."

Beatriz García plays a supporting role in diverse mandates, including the structuring of public procurement procedures or the preparation of tender offers on behalf of private companies. She also defends clients in proceedings brought by public entities. "She is quick to get back to me, goes straight to the point and can adapt to my needs," says one impressed interviewee.

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Uría Menéndez - Public Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Pre-eminent department that benefits from the reputations of leading partners based in both Madrid and Barcelona. Acts for major clients in a huge range of sectors, including utilities, pharmaceutical, aviation and TMT. Handles all facets of public law, with an impressive track record in appeals against decisions made by regional and central government regulatory bodies. Assists with the drafting of reports aimed at promoting changes to existing legal frameworks. Advises key water and healthcare clients on public procurement matters, including the defence of proceedings seeking the early termination of concession contracts. Also advises important international funds on public law issues concerning their investments in Spain.

Strengths "The performance of the office is certainly high; in my opinion it is one of the best offices in Spain from a technical point of view," one client enthuses, adding: "In the international field I know that their performance is also excellent."

Sources also consider the department to have a solution-oriented and quick approach. One interviewee reports that "they are able to closely study all of the issues," and adds: "Some of our demands are quite complex but the lawyers always manage to fit into the time constraints and pressures."

Work highlights Assisted Quirónsalud with issues arising under several concession contracts to construct and manage public hospitals. The firm also advised on litigation seeking to restore economic equilibrium in a EUR40 million concession agreement.

Advised Aena on regulatory issues concerning its operations in Spain.

Notable practitioners

Sources are quick to highlight Mariano Magide for his "high degree of technical knowledge, his flexibility in dealing with the client and his rapid responses." He advises on public contracts in the water, hospitals and construction sectors. He also handles complex litigious mandates before Spain's contentious-administrative courts. "He's straightforward and says what he thinks; he tells us exactly what he thinks is the right approach, whether we want to hear it or not," says one client, who adds: "I feel like he is part of our team."

José Miguel Fatás is frequently appointed to represent clients from the energy, telecoms and pharmaceuticals industries. He advised Agbar on several PPP contracts and represented the group in litigation resulting from regulatory, contractual and public procurement decisions. Peers note his prominence in the market and his activity in significant public law litigation mandates.

Jesús Remón Peñalver focuses his practice on domestic and international litigation and advises clients on administrative and constitutional issues. Peers recognise the relevant experience gained from his previous position as a state lawyer and acknowledge his "well-earned standing" in the market.

Barcelona-based Daniel Ripley is recognised for his valuable experience in public law matters, gained from his various appearances before the civil, criminal and administrative courts as a state lawyer. He typically acts for companies and public authorities on issues relating to government procurement, licences and the energy and telecommunications sectors.

About the Team (content provided by Uría Menéndez)

Our Public Law Practice Area advises both private clients and public sector entities in every aspect of administrative and constitutional law.

  • Public contracting: Advising public sector entities on the preparation and adjudication of contracts
  • Public infrastructure
  • Advising private sector clients on tender proceedings and the performance of public contracts
  • Contractual disputes
  • Administrative, European and constitutional court proceedings. Proceedings before administrative tribunals of control and oversight of accounts
  • Regulated sectors (e.g. credit entities, telecommunications, energy and securities markets)
  • Administrative infringements and sanctions
  • Public property (water, mines, coasts and ports, public authority property)
  • Expropriations
  • State aid and subsidies
  • Liability of public authorities
  • Preparation of draft legislation

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Allen & Overy LLP - Public Law Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-reputed team typically instructed by leading names from the telecommunications, media and infrastructure sectors. Advises on major local projects as well as providing key clients with continuous regulatory support on their activities in Spain. Handles contentious and non-contentious matters on behalf of key Spanish toll road operators. Benefits from an integrated international network and the prominent reputations of leading public law partners.

Strengths "I'm very satisfied with the performance," enthuses one client, who goes on to add: "They are always very efficient and quick in their responses."

Market commentators highlight the strong reputation of the firm's key partner.

Work highlights Advised Cellnex on all public law issues concerning its operations, including representation in contentious-administrative proceedings before the courts.

Assisted MTV with legal consultation on all regulatory and administrative matters in Spain.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees highlight Pablo Mayor as "an expert on the regulated sectors." He leverages his previous experience working within the Spanish administration to attract significant mandates for private entities in the telecoms, energy and infrastructure industries. He provides ongoing advice concerning regulatory issues and advises on contentious public law matters. "His performance is excellent as he is a great technician in administrative law and understands customer needs very well," notes one client.

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Linklaters - Public Law Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Top choice for cross-border mandates due to its vast international footprint. Recent work highlights span diverse public law matters including appeals against energy or telecoms regulators, participation in public tenders and advisory mandates clarifying the scope of applicable regulations. Assists Spanish utilities companies with challenges to Spanish legislation on social tariffs and remuneration limits. Offers further support to clients investing in companies from heavily regulated sectors. J.P. Morgan Infrastructure is among new client additions that add to the department's reputation in the practice area.

Strengths "They meet the deadlines set even if those deadlines are tight, and they always see things from the client’s side," notes one interviewee, who also values the team's ability to find "original solutions to the various legal issues that arise."

Other sources appreciate the quality of the team's senior partner.

Work highlights Represented Enagás in High Court and Supreme Court claims against the Spanish energy regulator in relation to monies owed to the company.

Advised Telefónica on a number of regulatory matters, including the imposition of ex ante obligations on telecoms companies and a dispute regarding the monthly access fees for the use of its unbundled local service.

Notable practitioners

Regulated sectors specialist José Giménez enjoys tremendous feedback from market sources and clients for his all-encompassing public law practice. He has extensive experience of advising significant players in the energy and telecoms industries on non-contentious regulatory and litigious mandates. "He is an energy expert, so can offer his industry expertise," says one interviewee. "He is a highly recommendable name in Spain for these matters," affirms another client, who adds: "His intelligence in simplifying very complex issues and making them understandable in court has greatly impressed me."

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Ramón y Cajal Abogados - Public Law Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong domestic offering drawing on vast regulatory know-how in a range of sectors including life sciences, water and energy. Often advises on contentious-administrative appeals, concession agreement issues or the advertising of heavily regulated products. Defends construction and infrastructure companies against the early termination of their concession contracts.

Strengths "They have a name in Spain as experts in this field and they definitely have the specialised skills," comments one client, who adds: "It is a firm with former state lawyers so they really are able to provide excellent advice."

One source appreciates that the lawyers "handle matters in a very practical way and stand out in terms of their legal knowledge and analysis," adding: "They have a great understanding of my business."

Work highlights Advised Consorcio Regional de Transportes de Madrid on the regulatory changes required in order to accommodate the use of underground transport facilities by buses that run on natural gas.

Acted for AESEG and several pharmaceutical laboratories on various administrative appeals against a price auction organised by the Andalusian regional government.

Notable practitioners

Clients appreciate that Pablo Silván "offers a very personalised approach and always gives practical solutions without getting into overly legal language." He assists clients from a diverse range of regulated sectors with concession contracts and PPP projects. He also represents several clients in contentious-administrative proceedings. "He demonstrates a great command of Spanish public law," notes one impressed client, while another notes: "He is responsive and the work he produces is high quality and precise."

Former state attorney and government adviser José Ignacio Vega maintains a solid reputation in the public law landscape and is singled out for his expertise in matters concerning the environment and healthcare sectors. He typically advises private companies on public contracts, concessions and appeals against regulatory decisions. Interviewees describe him as "ultra-polite, experienced and informative."

About the Team (content provided by Ramón y Cajal Abogados)

Our Public Law team offers highest-quality services in the fields of litigation, government contracts (including PPP projects) and regulatory issues (including regulatory enactment and discussions with regulatory authorities), actively participating in the infrastructures, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, energy, water, transportation and telecommunications markets.

We regularly provide advice to both public and private institutions in all aspects of administrative law, such as procedures for the preparation of general legal provisions, administrative organisation, public sector procurement, state aid and subsidies, state-owned assets and administrative liability, among others.

We collaborate with various public, state, regional or local agencies in the restructuring of industries or specific bodies.

Our services include:

  • General Provisions
  • Public sector procurement
  • State aid and subsidies
  • State-owned assets
  • Administrative liability
  • Compulsory expropriation
  • Disciplinary capacity of administrative law
  • Appeals in the administrative and contentious-administrative phases
  • Structuring of Public-Private Partnerships
  • Regulatory advice

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Baker McKenzie - Public Law Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong local team spread between offices in Barcelona and Madrid. Represents large multinational corporations in a range of public law matters such as the preparation of public tender bids, the defence of winning bidders against claims by unsuccessful tender participants and disputes with authorities relating to the execution or termination of public contracts. Represents clients in contentious-administrative proceedings before various courts and handles contentious and non-contentious compliance matters, including those relating to regulation of the shipping or waste sectors.

Strengths "I think that the attitude of this team is unique," enthuses one client, who goes on to explain: "We need help to understand Spanish public law and the regulator's approach in particular, and they serve us in a way that exceeds our expectations."

Interviewees praise the firm's ability to co-ordinate pan-European advice to international clients.

Work highlights Advised Anfi Group on an administrative procedure initiated by the Ministry of Public Works to terminate a concession contract for the construction of a marina at Las Palmas.

Represented Siemens in proceedings challenging the award of a public tender for the supply of lab equipment to the Extremadura regional health service.

Notable practitioners

Xavier Junquera regularly advises domestic and international clients on transactional mandates involving government-owned assets. He also assists clients with the preparation of PPP projects, management contracts and public procurement. He is praised by interviewees for his negotiation skills, his proactive approach and his "great ability to analyse and synthesise information."

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CMS - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Solid public law practice which serves a variety of listed domestic companies, governmental bodies and local branches of major multinationals. Covers all angles of public law including advice on bids for public contracts and due diligence of concession contracts in support of planned investments. Assists with appeals against the public administration relating to tender procedures or the financial terms of concessions. Also advises on challenges to regional legislation governing the downstream oil and gas sector. Has clients in the infrastructure, healthcare, energy and telecommunications sectors.

Strengths Clients say: "I would highlight the personalisation of the service, the direct involvement of the responsible partner, the analysis of the topics from all sides and the lawyers' dedication."

"The lawyers are able to think beyond the purely legal elements," appreciates another client, who goes on to add: "We can always directly approach the senior members of the team and they are really available 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

Work highlights Assisted Aldesa with an administrative claim against Adif Alta Velocidad relating to delays in the construction of a section of high-speed rail in Burgos.

Advised Ferrovial on public procurement law concerning its participation in non-profit organisation Fundación CI3.

Notable practitioners

The "well-known and respected" Javier Torre de Silva is recognised for his broad practice that spans public law mandates linked to the planning and telecoms sectors, public procurement matters and advice on M&A transactions that have administrative and regulatory implications. Interviewees highlight his "hard-working disposition" and "clear technical skills."

Clients appreciate María Guinot's "high degree of personal involvement in the topics" and her willingness to give an "honest and realistic opinion of the client's challenges and circumstances." She acts on contentious and advisory mandates concerning public works contracts and tenders. "She has an incredible knowledge of public procurement and the procedures that derive from it," notes another impressed source.

About the Team (content provided by CMS)

The Public Law and Regulated Sectors area of CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo is able to boast a team of professionals with vast experience in the public and private sectors, enabling us to provide advice based on well-rounded knowledge of the regulation applicable to all types of economic activity. In an increasingly regulated environment, with multiple sources of national and cross-border legislation in which EU Law features heavily, the minimisation of regulatory risks has become the key to business success.

Our team is composed of lawyers affiliated to the most prestigious Government organisations and is highly regarded in the field of public law, advising on all forms of relationships with different authorities and Public Sector organisations, including: public procurement, compulsory purchase orders, pecuniary liability, public authority assets, disciplinary proceedings, licences and permits, subsidies and judicial reviews.

We have a widely-renowned track record in different areas of regulation (energy, the finance sector, TMT), providing comprehensive advice to countless domestic and international clients including some of the leading Spanish players in each respective sector. Based on deep-rooted knowledge of the client’s business and the creation of added value, our proactive approach has transformed us into an essential part of their day-to-day activity.


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EY Abogados - Public Law Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Rises in the rankings owing to growing recognition from peers and clients for ability to handle important public law mandates. Offers extensive knowledge on regulatory matters, providing both day-to-day advice and representation before the courts or regulatory authorities. Handles disputes over administrative concessions and construction contracts with an emphasis on the construction, aviation and telecommunications sectors. Also stands out for work on behalf of significant public bodies. Able to leverage its network in order to take on cross-border mandates.

Strengths One impressed client says that "the firm is very well organised and responds effectively," adding: "They adapt to my company's circumstances."

Another interviewee highlights the efficiency of the team's performance: "They offer exceptional service, effective use of time and a quick turnaround. They really focus on the objectives we have in mind."

Work highlights Advised Compass Group on all issues related to its contracts with public entities in Spain, including its EUR25 million contract to operate vending machines and a cafeteria in the Orense city hospital.

Assisted the autonomous government of Castilla-La Mancha and public company Gestión de Infraestructuras de Castilla-La Mancha with all issues relating to construction contracts for several highways in the region.

Notable practitioners

The "technically brilliant" Félix Plasencia receives extensive recognition for his expertise in the regulated sectors and in particular his specialism in the energy field. He is regularly instructed by both public entities and regulators and has handled some of the department's most complex transactional and litigious mandates in the public law arena. Clients value his thoroughness and agility, with one source noting his "approachable style, his high degree of knowledge in the subject matter and how seamlessly he applies that knowledge to his practice." "He's exceptional; he has considerable experience and good communication skills," adds another interviewee.

About the Team (content provided by EY Abogados)

EY Abogados has broad and sophisticated experience on advising companies from all regulated sectors and a deep knowledge of public administrations procedures and their control institutions. Our leading practitioners advise our clients on a daily basis and represent them in all manner of proceedings before the regulatory authorities and the Courts. We also have extensive experience in legal advice and assistance in contracting the Public Sector aimed at both public entities and private bidding entities.

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Herbert Smith Freehills - Public Law Department

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Band 3

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What the team is known for Acts for large companies, public authorities and credit institutions on transactions and public litigation cases. Often advises on loan or real estate transactions that have important public law implications. Offers proven expertise in both domestic and international proceedings on behalf of mining and infrastructure sector clients. Also attracts attention for its handling of energy disputes against the Spanish government. Alkion Terminals and Factor Energía are among several new client wins for the department.

Strengths "Their strengths are their industry knowledge and the depth of their team," says one source, who goes on to add: "They offer great responsiveness and business acumen."

"They are responsive to our requests and their work is thorough, so there is little back and forth and no fine tuning required on our part," reports another interviewee.

Work highlights Acted for Factor Energía on all regulatory matters related to its power trading operations, including contentious-administrative appeals and advice on public tenders regarding electricity supply to public entities.

Acted for Antin Infrastructure Partners on vendor due diligence of its sale of Axión to AMP Capital. The firm advised on permitting and telecoms regulatory issues.

Notable practitioners

Iria Calviño enters the rankings after impressing clients with her handling of public law mandates and her knowledge of the energy, mining and environment sectors. She advises public bodies, international corporations and financial entities on public procurement and contentious public law matters. "She has a great capacity to summarise issues," says one source, while another notes: "She is really clear when explaining issues and looks for the best solutions."

Dispute resolution partner Eduardo Soler Tappa is active in contentious public law mandates and is experienced in both domestic and international proceedings. He attracts particular attention for his knowledge of energy and renewables legislation.

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Tornos Abogados, S.L.P. - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Barcelona-based boutique with an important presence in the Catalan market. Acts on various disputes relating to public contracts, including claims against relevant authorities for amounts owed. Handles advisory mandates for public authorities and for clients in the regulated sectors such as water, energy and waste. Also advises on public tenders and on planning law matters.

Strengths Clients are impressed with the firm's focus in the public law area, with one source commenting on the lawyers' "recognised prestige in the field of administrative law." The same source highlights the team's "clear contribution of added value," noting: "They care about the issues, are proactive and provide solutions."

Another interviewee describes the department as "technically strong and sensitive to the client's needs."

Notable practitioners

Joaquín Tornos Mas combines his academic role as professor at the University of Barcelona with extensive experience in handling public law mandates. He is praised by market commentators for his "strong, specialised practice."

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Ariño y Villar, Abogados - Public Law Department

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Basic facts about the Department Long-standing Madrid-based boutique that offers a comprehensive overview of public law matters. Represents construction or energy sector clients in administrative proceedings, with further expertise in public grants, environmental regulations and project finance. Also handles infrastructure sector mandates, including advice on highways projects or the legal regime applicable to ports, air transport and airport infrastructure. Has recognised prestige in academic circles owing to the reputations of key team members.

Strengths Sources appreciate the boutique nature of the firm and its specific expertise in the field of public law. One interviewee notes: "The firm is prestigious and has experienced lawyers and good clients."

"If you want a good legal opinion, go there," states another market commentator.

Notable practitioners

Gaspar Ariño Ortiz is held in high esteem in the field of public law in Spain. He is singled out by market commentators as a "respected name in the market" and wins plaudits for his academic practice.

Managing director Jose Luis Villar Ezcurra is a recognised public lawyer who has authored several books and articles on administrative law topics. He combines his legal practice with his academic role as professor of public law at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

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DLA Piper Spain - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Handles a range of contentious and advisory mandates linked to regulatory compliance and public contracts. Assists with public tenders, concession agreements and related contentious-administrative appeals. Advises major utilities companies on regulatory matters relating to their operations in Spain. Has further notable recent activity on behalf of companies active in the financial and pharmaceutical sectors. Important additions to the team's client list include SUEZ Group.

Strengths One source highlights the lawyers' "great performance in regulatory and public procurement issues," adding: "They have in-depth knowledge of our industry."

Work highlights Assisted St. Jude Medical with the public contracts and tenders involved in the company's Spanish operations.

Acted for Atlantia on a takeover bid for toll motorway operator Abertis, including an analysis of Abertis' existing concession contracts.

Notable practitioners

José Manuel Sala Arquer's knowledge of the regulated sectors ensures that he is frequently instructed by industrial corporations and public authorities on regulatory issues. He advised Lubrizol Advanced Materials Spain on compliance with the requirements set out in the Seveso Directive. He also advises on judicial review proceedings against decisions taken by public authorities.

Sources say that José Ignacio Monedero "stands out for his global knowledge of the law." He is notably active in mandates linked to the energy and infrastructure sectors and his instructions regularly involve renewable energy and environmental issues.

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KPMG Abogados - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Assists major clients with their participation in public tenders in the aviation, media and rail sectors. Also provides ongoing regulatory advice or transactional assistance to banks, hotel groups or other Spanish corporate clients. Predominantly acts for large national and international private sector companies, with additional experience on behalf of regional governments. Has expanded its portfolio of key clients with the addition of CaixaBank, WiZink and NH Hotel Group.

Strengths "T hey have a good understanding of the intricacies of the issues," enthuses one client, who goes on to add: "I would certainly emphasise their ability to think out of the box and come up with a creative solution."

Compliments about the lawyers' level of service include praise for their versatility and availability, with one source saying: "They are able to adapt to urgent issues and to changing goals throughout the process."

Work highlights Assisted Consorcio Español Alta Velocidad Meca-Medina with an analysis of the existing public works contracts for its EUR6.6 billion high-speed rail project between the cities of Medina and Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Defended Alstom in contentious-administrative proceedings brought by Bombardier that disputed certain clauses of a tender awarded to Alstom for the acquisition and maintenance of rolling stock.

Notable practitioners

The "extra-technical" and "very sharp" Borja Carvajal wins praise from peers and clients for his recent activity in the public law arena. He assisted Indra with the public law aspects of its acquisition of Tecnocom, including advice on an administrative review of the company and a due diligence of existing public contracts and municipal licences. "He understands the client's needs and focuses on the issues that are important from a practical perspective," says one impressed source.

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In our continuous endeavor to achieve excellence we are supported by a team of highly-qualified, experienced professionals, to address any Public matters affecting our clients. We handle the full range of Administrative Law issues, including tenders, the public law aspects of transactions, appeals and contentious issues, and the implementation of EU directives.

We have extensive experience in a wide range of regulated and non-regulated sectors, including infrastructure, transport, telecoms and healthcare.

We take a multidisciplinary approach to client´s needs. We address the complexity of new regulations by handling regulatory and competition matters. Our department also works along with other KPMG areas as Economics and Regulation, Corporate Finance, Transaction Services, and Accounting, in order to provide our clients with the best-rounded approach in the professional services industry.

KPMG´s Regulatory, Administrative and Competition Department has had a strong growth within the firm, expanding and consolidating its portfolio of top clients. This is shown by the relevance of the new clients, and the number of top-tier clients that have continued trusting its Public Law issues to KPMG Abogados. Currently the department is composed by about 30 qualified lawyers with years of experience in Public Law.

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PwC Tax and Legal Services - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Receives particular recognition for its international network of offices and impressive market coverage of the Spanish regions. Leverages the strength of its tax, commercial and competition law departments to provide comprehensive solutions in public law mandates. Provides regulatory advice to private entities including those in the life sciences, gaming and manufacturing industries. Also represents clients in administrative and contentious-administrative proceedings.

Strengths One client appreciates that the team's lawyers "are able to identify problems very quickly, so straight away you can tell that they are focused on finding a solution. I really value how quick they are to turn things round and provide us with real security."

Clients also appreciate the lawyers' ability to "provide practical and innovative solutions," adding: "Their advice is of great technical quality and the solutions offer a strategic vision and remarkable added value."

Work highlights Assisted Arriva-DeBlas with the relocation of its operational headquarters in Spain. The firm advised on planning and environmental issues relating to new real estate facilities and on the extension of the company's transport concessions.

Advised ASISPA on all public law issues relating to its activities in the Spanish healthcare sector, including participation in public tenders and collaboration agreements with public and private entities.

Notable practitioners

Arancha Bengoechea heads the firm's public law department and is a key contact for the practice.

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RCD – Rousaud Costas Duran - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for In-demand department that has carved out a niche acting for Barcelona research institutions, private companies and public bodies on commercial and regulatory mandates, including technology transfer agreements. Clients include companies from the food and beverage, entertainment and pharmaceutical industries. Typical work includes software licensing agreements, the funding of research projects or the design of public tenders. Also advises technology and industrial companies on disputed concession contracts and on licence applications.

Strengths "We get their response to our enquiries the same day or the next day," says one client, going on to note: "Often lawyers from different departments respond to our queries, so the firm brings in resources very well."

"Their approach to the subject matter is always clear and precise, and their solutions are presented in a simple way for those who are not experts in the field," says one interviewee.

Notable practitioners

Ignasi Costas typically advises regional governments and public entities on the public law legislation applicable to the life sciences, TMT and research sectors. He has noteworthy expertise in public procurement and PPP projects and has collaborated with several key public research institutions throughout Spain. One clients values his "extensive knowledge of the subject," while another highlights his "excellent contract drafting skills and superb customer orientation."

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The Department of Public, Administrative and Planning has a strong reputation in advising public administrations at all levels and in the interpretation and application of administrative law.

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Senior Statesperson

Gaspar Ariño Ortiz

Ariño y Villar, Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gaspar Ariño Ortiz is held in high esteem in the field of public law in Spain. He is singled out by market commentators as a "respected name in the market" and wins plaudits for his academic practice.

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Senior Statesperson

Tomás Ramón Fernández

Universidad Complutense de Madrid

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tomás Ramón Fernández is recognised by market commentators as a prestigious figure who continues to command a first-rate reputation in the public law field. He has published several writings throughout his career and is described by one peer as "very respected from an academic perspective" in his role as senior professor at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

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Senior Statesperson

Santiago Muñóz Machado

Bufete S. Muñóz Machado

From the Chambers Europe guide

Santiago Muñóz Machado of Bufete S. Muñóz Machado is lauded for his lengthy experience in all manner of public law mandates. He also boasts an impressive reputation in the academic field and is praised for his contributions to Spanish administrative law.

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Senior Statesperson

Juan Alfonso Santamaría Pastor

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Market commentators describe Juan Alfonso Santamaría Pastor as "a very important figure in the market" and recognise his "incredible record" in public law. He covers a broad spectrum of mandates in the field and is a well-respected academic.

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Eminent Practitioner

Carmen Chinchilla

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees recognise Carmen Chinchilla for her "academic profile and deep knowledge of public law." She offers an expert advisory practice on a range of public law mandates and is regularly instructed by leading entities from the telecommunications, electricity, infrastructure and media sectors. "She has a lot of experience and is well recognised in the market," notes one impressed source.

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Star Individuals

Juan José Lavilla

Juan José Lavilla - Sole Practitioner

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "undeniably wonderful" sole practitionerJuan José Lavilla is consistently highlighted by interviewees as one of the top public law practitioners in Spain. He typically advises financial entities and key companies in the energy and pharmaceutical sectors on advisory and complex contentious mandates. He often handles contentious-administrative appeals and has long-standing experience in judicial reviews of administrative decisions. Sources describe him as a "magnificent lawyer" and appreciate his "great experience, knowledge and technical skills."

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Band 1

José Ramón de Hoces

Pérez-Llorca

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients say that José Ramón de Hoces is "diligent and has a broad subject knowledge," while peers note his key role in attracting significant mandates to the firm's public law practice. He assists Spanish private and state-owned companies with transactions in heavily regulated sectors, with participation in public tenders and with related disputes. He also handles advisory mandates linked to the implementation of Spanish court decisions or changes in EU law. "He is the best lawyer I have worked with in relation to public and regulatory law issues," enthuses one client.

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Band 1

Alfredo Fernández Rancaño

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alfredo Fernández Rancaño enjoys strong feedback from market sources for his broad public law practice and for his handling of many of the department's most complex mandates. He gains particular praise for his work on PPP projects and public works concessions. He also assists clients with public tender processes and with the drafting and termination of administrative contracts. Standout mandates include his advice to Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional on its part in structuring the project to build Bogotá's metro line.

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Band 1

Ernesto García-Trevijano

GTA VILLAMAGNA

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peers report that Ernesto García-Trevijano of GTA VILLAMAGNA is "a wonderful public lawyer" and note his particular skill in public infrastructure and environmental law mandates. He regularly assists private entities with the drafting of tender documents and with the negotiation of PPP contracts. His additional experience acting for public bodies was showcased in advice to the Gijón port authority on its disputed concession contract with the operator of a regasification plant in the port of Gijón. Clients say that "he brings clarity and confidence, which allows us to have a focused and fluent collaboration."

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Band 1

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Regulated sectors specialist José Giménez enjoys tremendous feedback from market sources and clients for his all-encompassing public law practice. He has extensive experience of advising significant players in the energy and telecoms industries on non-contentious regulatory and litigious mandates. "He is an energy expert, so can offer his industry expertise," says one interviewee. "He is a highly recommendable name in Spain for these matters," affirms another client, who adds: "His intelligence in simplifying very complex issues and making them understandable in court has greatly impressed me."

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Band 1

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources are quick to highlight Mariano Magide for his "high degree of technical knowledge, his flexibility in dealing with the client and his rapid responses." He advises on public contracts in the water, hospitals and construction sectors. He also handles complex litigious mandates before Spain's contentious-administrative courts. "He's straightforward and says what he thinks; he tells us exactly what he thinks is the right approach, whether we want to hear it or not," says one client, who adds: "I feel like he is part of our team."

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Band 1

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees highlight Pablo Mayor as "an expert on the regulated sectors." He leverages his previous experience working within the Spanish administration to attract significant mandates for private entities in the telecoms, energy and infrastructure industries. He provides ongoing advice concerning regulatory issues and advises on contentious public law matters. "His performance is excellent as he is a great technician in administrative law and understands customer needs very well," notes one client.

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Band 2

Eversheds Nicea (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alberto Dorrego of Eversheds Nicea (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) continues to impress interviewees with the breadth of his public law capabilities and is described by sources as a "brilliant lawyer and a true expert." He represents a long list of powerful clients including major life sciences companies in public procurement, concessions and PPP projects. He also assists with litigation at the administrative, constitutional and supreme courts. "Apart from being technically excellent, he has great communication skills and knowledge of the public administration. I would also point out the quality of his knowledge and the ease with which he expresses legal ideas and communicates with the client," enthuses one interviewee.

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Band 2

Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Seasoned litigator Pablo Dorronsoro rises in the rankings this year after receiving strong market praise for his advisory and contentious practice in public law. He is renowned for representing companies in the telecoms, energy and infrastructure sectors in administrative disputes and appeals. "He has extensive experience and is familiar with all aspects of public law," says one client, who goes on to add: "He understands project development and the perspective of the regulator very well. Although he is very busy, he is always available and easy to work with."

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Band 2

José Miguel Fatás

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

José Miguel Fatás is frequently appointed to represent clients from the energy, telecoms and pharmaceuticals industries. He advised Agbar on several PPP contracts and represented the group in litigation resulting from regulatory, contractual and public procurement decisions. Peers note his prominence in the market and his activity in significant public law litigation mandates.

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Nicolás González-Deleito

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nicolás González-Deleito wins praise from both peers and clients for his handling of public law proceedings. His diverse client portfolio includes public entities and clients from a range of industries, from pharmaceutical multinationals to infrastructure concessionaire companies. He provides additional advice in relation to expropriation and public procurement. "He is a great connoisseur of the law and is solution-oriented," enthuses one interviewee, while another praises his "high level of commitment to every case."

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Band 2

Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers Europe guide

"Trustworthy and technically impeccable lawyer" Antonio Morales of Latham & Watkins impresses sources with his wide-ranging public law practice. He often advises on the public law aspects of corporate projects and transactions. He is also commended as a "great litigator" capable of handling complex contentious-administrative mandates. According to one client, "Antonio is an all-round fantastic practitioner who provides deep insight in several areas of expertise." Peers note his "commercial skills and his sound academic oversight of the issues," saying: "I think he's an extraordinary lawyer both in the public law sector and in the energy sector."

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Band 2

Luis Pérez de Ayala

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Luis Pérez de Ayala rises in the rankings due to his notable activity in the areas of energy and environment, and his expert handling of both advisory and contentious matters in the public sector. He advised Centerbridge Partners on all regulatory, administrative and environmental issues related to its sale of Vela Energy to Sonnedix. "His strengths are his availability, knowledge of the energy sector and common sense when seeking solutions to problems," explains one interviewee.

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Band 2

EY Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "technically brilliant" Félix Plasencia receives extensive recognition for his expertise in the regulated sectors and in particular his specialism in the energy field. He is regularly instructed by both public entities and regulators and has handled some of the department's most complex transactional and litigious mandates in the public law arena. Clients value his thoroughness and agility, with one source noting his "approachable style, his high degree of knowledge in the subject matter and how seamlessly he applies that knowledge to his practice." "He's exceptional; he has considerable experience and good communication skills," adds another interviewee.

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Band 2

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Albert Raventós often represents construction companies in contentious matters concerning Catalan infrastructure projects. He also handles planning disputes on behalf of corporate clients. He is based in the firm's Barcelona office and has long-standing experience in acting before the civil, criminal and administrative courts.

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Band 2

Jesús Remón Peñalver

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jesús Remón Peñalver focuses his practice on domestic and international litigation and advises clients on administrative and constitutional issues. Peers recognise the relevant experience gained from his previous position as a state lawyer and acknowledge his "well-earned standing" in the market.

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Band 2

José Manuel Sala Arquer

DLA Piper Spain

From the Chambers Europe guide

José Manuel Sala Arquer's knowledge of the regulated sectors ensures that he is frequently instructed by industrial corporations and public authorities on regulatory issues. He advised Lubrizol Advanced Materials Spain on compliance with the requirements set out in the Seveso Directive. He also advises on judicial review proceedings against decisions taken by public authorities.

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Band 2

Ramón y Cajal Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients appreciate that Pablo Silván "offers a very personalised approach and always gives practical solutions without getting into overly legal language." He assists clients from a diverse range of regulated sectors with concession contracts and PPP projects. He also represents several clients in contentious-administrative proceedings. "He demonstrates a great command of Spanish public law," notes one impressed client, while another notes: "He is responsive and the work he produces is high quality and precise."

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Band 2

Joaquín Tornos Mas

Tornos Abogados, S.L.P.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Joaquín Tornos Mas combines his academic role as professor at the University of Barcelona with extensive experience in handling public law mandates. He is praised by market commentators for his "strong, specialised practice."

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Band 2

Carlos Vázquez Cobos

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees appreciate Carlos Vázquez Cobos' "realistic approach," saying: "He has a good understanding of the problems and how to solve them, so it is easy to work with him." "He is really familiar with all aspects of public law and its peculiarities in Spain," states another client. He advises on public law matters concerning environment, energy and water. He assisted Infraestructuras del Agua de Castilla-La Mancha with its preparation of a tender process in order to secure PPP contracts for the operation of waste water treatment plants.

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Band 2

José Ignacio Vega

Ramón y Cajal Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Former state attorney and government adviser José Ignacio Vega maintains a solid reputation in the public law landscape and is singled out for his expertise in matters concerning the environment and healthcare sectors. He typically advises private companies on public contracts, concessions and appeals against regulatory decisions. Interviewees describe him as "ultra-polite, experienced and informative."

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Band 3

Raquel Ballesteros Pomar

Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bird & Bird's Raquel Ballesteros Pomar assists clients from a broad range of regulated sectors and is particularly focused on the life sciences area. She assists clients with public procurement matters, including public tender bids and subsequent contentious-administrative proceedings. "Her knowledge of the subject is very deep," appreciates one source, who adds: "You can tell that she has a lot of experience in the sector. I would highlight her punctuality, celerity and full knowledge of the subject."

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Band 3

José María Baño León

José María Baño León Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

José María Baño León of José María Baño León Abogados receives plaudits from market peers and clients for his comprehensive practice in public, environmental and planning law. He is regularly instructed by a diverse range of clients, including public entities, academic institutions and key listed companies. He is described by interviewees as an important academic figure who has a "great knowledge of the procedures, is direct and conveys confidence to the client."

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Band 3

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Xavier Junquera regularly advises domestic and international clients on transactional mandates involving government-owned assets. He also assists clients with the preparation of PPP projects, management contracts and public procurement. He is praised by interviewees for his negotiation skills, his proactive approach and his "great ability to analyse and synthesise information."

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Band 3

Juan Martínez Calvo

Deloitte Legal SLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Juan Martínez Calvo heads Deloitte Legal SLP's public law department and has considerable experience assisting local public bodies and private entities with a broad range of public law matters. He is particularly well versed in the infrastructure, environment and energy sectors. Clients appreciate that "he is friendly and available" and that "he provides sound judgement to find practical solutions."

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Band 3

Gervasio Martínez-Villaseñor

MVA ASOCIADOS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gervasio Martínez-Villaseñor of MVA ASOCIADOS continues to impress sources with his contentious public law practice. Clients value his extensive experience in challenging the decisions of regulators and authorities before the contentious-administrative courts. He also offers advisory services to clients in the energy and telecoms sectors. Sources say that "his vast knowledge of administrative and contentious procedures is of great value."

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Band 3

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Barcelona-based Daniel Ripley is recognised for his valuable experience in public law matters, gained from his various appearances before the civil, criminal and administrative courts as a state lawyer. He typically acts for companies and public authorities on issues relating to government procurement, licences and the energy and telecommunications sectors.

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Band 3

Juan Rodríguez Cárcamo

Pérez-Llorca

From the Chambers Europe guide

Juan Rodríguez Cárcamo rises in the rankings after gaining praise from market commentators for his significant activity in contentious public law matters. He regularly advises on disputes before Spanish and European courts that draw on elements of tax, planning or competition law. "He's a relevant and important lawyer in public law," states one interviewee, while another describes him as "a very prepared person who knows all of the details and deals personally with court proceedings."

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Band 3

José Luis Zamarro

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

José Luis Zamarro rises in the rankings this year after receiving plaudits from clients and peers for his work concerning public procurement and the regulated sectors. Interviewees note his particular expertise in infrastructure mandates and contentious operations against the public administration. "He has a good understanding of what the client needs and the ability to work out solutions," notes one source, whilst another says: "He is always available to discuss any doubt or question I may have."

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Band 4

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jaime Almenar continues to impress market commentators with his work in the regulated sectors and is described as a "super lawyer who is really practical and has a high level of legal skills."He represents clients in contentious-administrative proceedings and offers advice on energy regulations and on public procurement matters. "He is fast and always has a practical solution to the problem," notes one impressed client.

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Band 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ignacio Borrego continues to receive recognition from peers for his active transactional practice in the regulated sectors, including the energy field. He leads the public law practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and is well versed in advising international entities on non-contentious and litigious public law matters. His work highlights include representing Portigon in international arbitration proceedings against the Kingdom of Spain in connection with the regulatory changes to the Spanish renewable energy market. "I would highlight the level of depth and detail that he goes into in all the subjects," says one source.

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Band 4

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Europe guide

Iria Calviño enters the rankings after impressing clients with her handling of public law mandates and her knowledge of the energy, mining and environment sectors. She advises public bodies, international corporations and financial entities on public procurement and contentious public law matters. "She has a great capacity to summarise issues," says one source, while another notes: "She is really clear when explaining issues and looks for the best solutions."

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Band 4

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

Market commentators endorse Lluis Cases for his skills in the public law and planning arena. He heads the Barcelona branch of the firm's public law practice.

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Band 4

RCD – Rousaud Costas Duran

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ignasi Costas typically advises regional governments and public entities on the public law legislation applicable to the life sciences, TMT and research sectors. He has noteworthy expertise in public procurement and PPP projects and has collaborated with several key public research institutions throughout Spain. One clients values his "extensive knowledge of the subject," while another highlights his "excellent contract drafting skills and superb customer orientation."

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Band 4

Juan de la Cruz Ferrer

López Rodó & Cruz Ferrer Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Juan de la Cruz Ferrer of López Rodó & Cruz Ferrer Abogados is lauded by interviewees as a "strategic lawyer and a specialist" in the public law sphere. He has long-standing experience in both advisory and contentious administrative law instructions. He is also recognised for his extensive publications on the domestic regulated sectors. He represented the Unión Española Fotovoltaica in Supreme court proceedings seeking to challenge the outcome of Spain's renewable energy auction process. "He is generous with his time and very thorough," says one client.

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Band 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Santiago Garrido co-heads the public law practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP and makes it into the rankings this year after receiving praise from clients and peers alike. He advises clients in the energy, life sciences and waste infrastructure sectors on administrative appeals against public authorities and on the public law implications of M&A transactions. He acted for OHL on claims against the administration relating to toll roads concessions in the Madrid region. Interviewees praise his particular knowledge of environmental law issues and his quick responses.

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Band 4

Jose Ignacio Juarez Chicote

Santiago Mediano Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Santiago Mediano Abogados' Jose Ignacio Juarez Chicote is recognised by market commentators for his experience in defending public sector individuals, entities and organisations in administrative law proceedings. He offers an additional advisory practice to public bodies on issues related to their institutional framework and provision of services.

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Band 4

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "very knowledgeable" Joanes Labayen manages the firm's San Sebastián office and is highlighted by sources for his "technical skills." He frequently represents companies in the construction, transport and real estate sectors in contentious-administrative appeals concerning public contracts.

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Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

Miguel Loya gains praise from clients and market sources for his activity in the public law field. He advises clients in diverse sectors on predominantly advisory mandates. His expertise in the nuclear energy sector was showcased in advice to Iberdrola Generación on various ongoing issues relating to operating permits and the management of nuclear waste.  "He shows not only a deep knowledge of Spanish public law but also a wide experience and a knowledge of our sector," says one client, while another reports: "He is very responsive and offers total availability."

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José Ignacio Monedero

DLA Piper Spain

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources say that José Ignacio Monedero "stands out for his global knowledge of the law." He is notably active in mandates linked to the energy and infrastructure sectors and his instructions regularly involve renewable energy and environmental issues.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Hogan Lovells International LLP's Lucas Osorio is described by market commentators as a "lawyer with clear technical skill." He is well equipped to advise on issues concerning infrastructure projects and public procurement after gaining relevant experience in his previous role as state lawyer. His recent work includes advising Sacyr, Abanca and Kutxabank on the regulatory aspects of their sale of a stake in an infrastructure concessions group that operates several highways in Spain. "His expertise is really excellent," notes one impressed interviewee.

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Band 4

Pedro Manuel Rubio Escobar

ONTIER

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources highlight ONTIER's Pedro Manuel Rubio Escobar for his technical skills and for his skill in co-ordinating complex mandates with colleagues. He handles many of the firm's public law mandates for clients in the energy, telecommunications and construction sectors and has long-standing experience in administrative proceedings.

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Eduardo Soler Tappa

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dispute resolution partner Eduardo Soler Tappa is active in contentious public law mandates and is experienced in both domestic and international proceedings. He attracts particular attention for his knowledge of energy and renewables legislation.

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Band 4

Javier Torre de Silva

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "well-known and respected" Javier Torre de Silva is recognised for his broad practice that spans public law mandates linked to the planning and telecoms sectors, public procurement matters and advice on M&A transactions that have administrative and regulatory implications. Interviewees highlight his "hard-working disposition" and "clear technical skills."

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Band 4

Broseta Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rosa Vidal leads the team at Broseta Abogados and is regularly instructed by industrial companies and investment funds on public law, environmental and planning mandates. She advised BP Oil España on proceedings against the Spanish government seeking damages for regulatory reforms to the energy sector. Market commentators praise her broad practice and describe her as a "very rigorous lawyer."

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Band 4

Jose Luis Villar Ezcurra

Ariño y Villar, Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing director Jose Luis Villar Ezcurra is a recognised public lawyer who has authored several books and articles on administrative law topics. He combines his legal practice with his academic role as professor of public law at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

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Up and Coming

KPMG Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "extra-technical" and "very sharp"Borja Carvajal wins praise from peers and clients for his recent activity in the public law arena. He assisted Indra with the public law aspects of its acquisition of Tecnocom, including advice on an administrative review of the company and a due diligence of existing public contracts and municipal licences. "He understands the client's needs and focuses on the issues that are important from a practical perspective," says one impressed source.

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Up and Coming

Pérez-Llorca

From the Chambers Europe guide

Beatriz García plays a supporting role in diverse mandates, including the structuring of public procurement procedures or the preparation of tender offers on behalf of private companies. She also defends clients in proceedings brought by public entities. "She is quick to get back to me, goes straight to the point and can adapt to my needs," says one impressed interviewee.

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Up and Coming

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients appreciate María Guinot's "high degree of personal involvement in the topics" and her willingness to give an "honest and realistic opinion of the client's challenges and circumstances." She acts on contentious and advisory mandates concerning public works contracts and tenders. "She has an incredible knowledge of public procurement and the procedures that derive from it," notes another impressed source.

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Associates to watch

Irene Fernández Puyol

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Irene Fernández Puyol is praised by clients for her handling of both advisory mandates and contentious public procurement matters. Her work highlights include advising Linde Medica on an administrative appeal against the Catalan health authorities' decision to abandon the public tender process for domiciliary therapeutic respiration services throughout Catalonia. "She is meticulous and customer oriented," says one client, while another highlights "her ability to search for solutions to the different incidents that arise."

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