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Allen & Overy’s 15-strong team is co-led by Antoni Valverde, Iñigo del Val, Salvador Ruiz Bachs and Fernando Torrente, who joined from Cuatrecasas . It recently advised a major bank and two finance groups on a proposed €24m capital increase by a major consumer Spanish corporation. Clients include Albertis, Brookfield, Telefónica and Banco Sabadell.

Clifford Chance’s ‘excellent professionals offer high-quality services and are very knowledgeable’. The team advised JB Capital Markets and Société Générale (as joint global coordinators) and Banco Santander (as joint bookrunner) on Global Dominion Access’ €450m IPO. Yolanda Azanza, José Manuel Cuenca, Eduardo García and Antonio Henríquez receive praise for their expertise and knowledge.

Cuatrecasas has been involved in many of the big-ticket deals in the sector and recently advised ArceloMittal on a €2.2bn new share issue on the Spanish Stock Exchange; and JP Morgan on Euskastel’s €764m IPO. Key practitioners include Juan Aguayo, Javier Carvajal and Pere Kirchner, but Fernando Torrente left to join Allen & Overy.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is the ‘first port of call’ for many multijurisdictional corporations seeking advice on high-end, equity-capital-markets instructions. Recent matters include advising Morgan Stanley and the underwriters’ syndicate on Parque Reunidos’ €600m IPO; and underwriting banks on La Caixa €1.2bn placement and capital increase. The ‘distinguished’ Armando Albarrán heads the team and of counsels Alfonso de Marcos and Joe Amann are also noted.

Garrigues’ work highlights include advising Coca-Cola Company on its listing of shares in the Spanish Stock Exchange following the €20bn merger of three European bottling corporations to form Coca-Cola European Partners. It also assisted Arcano Valores on Quabit Inmobiliaria’s €45bn capital increase. Alvaro López Jorrín, Mónica Martín de Vidales, Fernando Vives and Gonzálo García-Fuertes are all noted.

Linklaters is known for ‘its outstanding expertise in capital market instructions’ and ‘its lawyers receive praise for their responsiveness and commitment’. Headline work includes advising Banco Popular on a capital increase via a €2.5bn share issue; and assisting Permira and Tele Pizza group on the latter’s €780m share offering. Iñigo Berricano, Federico Briano and Jorge Alegre are all highly recommended.

An important name in Spanish capital markets’, Uría Menéndez’s team advised Coca-Cola European Partners on its simultaneous €16bn listing on the New York and Spanish stock exchanges, and Euronext (Amsterdam and London). Other work included advising UBS and Goldman Sachs on Banco Popular’s €2.5bn rights issue. Javier Redonet leads the team, with key support from Gabriel Núñez and Alfonso Ventoso.

Ignacio Gómez-Sancha and Iñigo Gómez-Jordana head the team at DLA Piper LLP, which recently advised KKR Capital Markets on Telepizza’s €780m IPO and susbsequent Spanish Stock Exchange listing.

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo works for domestic and international corporations, including several Ibex35 companies, on an array of complex equity capital markets transactions. In a recent highlight the practice assisted Telefónica with regulatory aspects of its €3.04bn capital increase; head of practice César Albiñana led the team.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados is noted for its advice to issuers, underwriters, placement banks and investment firms on mandates such as IPOs and right issues. Recent madates include advising Zambal Spain Socimi on its €451m listing on the Spanish Alternative Stock Exchange. Miguel Lamo de Espinosa heads the group.

A great firm with a high-level of organisationLatham & Watkins LLP’s team recently acted for the underwriters JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Banco Santander, BBVA, Caixabank and UBS, on Telefónica’s €3.05bn rights issue to fund the acquisition of Brazilian broadband operator GVT. Other clients include the Carlyle Group and Globe Specialty Metals. Ignacio Pallarés, José Luis Blanco and Manuel Deó are the key names.

Pérez-Llorca was instructed by Coca-Cola Enterprises to advise on the Spanish leg of the merger of three Coca-Cola bottlers to create Coca-Cola European Partners and its subsequent listing on several stock exchanges. Vicente Conde, Pablo González and Julio Lujambio co-lead the practice.

At White & Case LLP, Juan Manuel de Remedios and Yoko Takagi advised Avangrid on its SEC registration as well as on its €12bn NYSE listing (via an S-4 offering).

Baker McKenzie advised Bankia on the capital markets elements of its sale of a 25% stake in Realia to Grupo Slim. Alberto Alonso Ureba, Enrique Carretero and Israel de Diego are recommended.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP counts Banco Sabadell and Goldman Sachs among its clients. José Blanco and Álvaro Sainz are noted.

Ontier fields an experienced capital markets team led by Ramón Ruiz de la Torre Esporrín.

At Ramón y Cajal AbogadosFrancisco Palá and Carlos Lao are the key names for capital markets instructions

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