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    • Ignacio Diaz - Clifford Chance
    • Francisco Javier Fernández - Allen & Overy
    • César Rivera - Cuatrecasas
    • Eduardo Santamaría Moral - Garrigues

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Clifford Chance’s group head José Antonio Caínzos is ‘worth being singled out’, but ‘all individuals excel’. The team ‘knows how to attack any issue’ and has seen a rise in finance litigation and white-collar crime cases. Highlights include defending Manuel Jove, former chairman and controlling shareholder of Fadesa, against three separate directors’ liability claims, including one worth over €1.5bn brought by Martinsa-Fadesa. Active clients include Telefonica, Iberdrola, Vestas and ACS.

Cuatrecasas is a top-notch choice for high-end commercial litigation and arbitration. The firm recently advised Promotora de Informaciones in a €32m dispute with Telefonica concerning the broadcasting rights for the Spanish football league. Alfonso Iglesia and Antonio Carreño jointly lead the team, which also includes a host of up-and-comers, such as the highly rated César Rivera. Other key clients include Reale, Mediaset, SEAT and FCC.

Garrigues has ‘one of the best litigation teams in the country’, with a ‘reliable’ group of lawyers. Carlos de los Santos heads the team, which has been involved in several major distribution and joint venture disputes recently. Key partners include Antonio Entrena, who ‘manages the relationship and team perfectly’. The firm will miss former leading individual Fernando Pantaleón, who was called to the Spanish Supreme Court as Magistrate.

Uría Menéndez gives ‘profound and practical advice’ and the ‘overall level is excellent’. Clients also appreciate its ability to ‘work fluidly with different firms around the world’. Department head Jesús Remón enjoys a fantastic market reputation, and is supported by a strong team of ‘magnificent professionals’ including the highly-regarded Alex Ferreres in Barcelona. Recent highlights include acting for Cajasur in a preliminary filing with the ECJ regarding a Spanish Supreme Court judgment annulling mortgage loans’ floor clauses.

While Allen & Overy might have lost Borja Fernández de Trocóniz to Linklaters in 2015, it plugged the gap by recruiting the highly-rated Javier Mendieta from CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo. The practice group has ‘broad experience and knowledge in banking litigation’, where Francisco Javier Fernández is considered ‘a great lawyer’, and regularly acts for Deutsche Bank, Barclays, Novacaixa Galicia and Caixa Bank on their key matters. Team head Antonio Vázquez-Guillén is also experienced in energy and construction arbitrations.

Baker McKenzie has an ‘excellent’ commercial litigation, arbitration and white-collar crime practice, and recently represented Grino Ecologic in an ICSID claim against the Republic of Argentina. José María Alonso and Fernando de la Mata co-lead the team, which includes the ‘well prepared and competent’ José Ramón Casado.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s ‘easy to deal with and cost-efficient’ team is praised for its ‘fast response times’ and well known for its ‘deep knowledge in product liability litigation’. One of its most high-profile instructions came from the pharmaceutical company Grünenthal, concerning a €204m damages claim from 184 victims of Thalidomide, which has now gone to the Spanish Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights. The ‘experienced’ Vicente Sierra and Rafael Murillo jointly head the team.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados has a ‘top class’ disputes group led by Francisco Peña. Recent work saw the team advise SAREB on various insolvency proceedings, and it also acts for Glencore, Citibank, Banco Popular and Chevron. Javier Izquierdo is singled out for his ‘breathtaking command of litigation and encyclopaedic knowledge of procedure’.

Linklaters’ 2015-recruitment of Borja Fernández de Trocóniz as practice co-head from Allen & Overy has paid dividends, with the firm gaining a strong foothold in the market. The team has ‘the capacity to respond to complex issues in different jurisdictions’ and demonstrates ‘great flexibility in adapting to the needs of the client’. Joint head Francisco Málaga is recommended for his ‘technical knowledge and great experience in international arbitration’.

Pérez-Llorca’s practice is co-led by Félix Montero and Ana Ribó out of Madrid and Barcelona respectively. The firm also has a strong white-collar crime team, headed by Adriana de Buerba. Recent highlights include successfully representing Comuto in a dispute with Confebus, which had sought to obtain the closure of the client’s car-sharing website.

Arias SLP is an ‘excellent’ boutique founded by ‘experienced arbitration counsel’ David Arias. A ‘true specialist in international arbitration’, this ‘great’ firm has nevertheless strengthened its litigation arm by recruiting Eduardo Villellas from Pérez-Llorca. One major highlight involved advising CSP Equity Investment on its €615m dispute with the Kingdom of Spain concerning the reduction of thermo-solar feed-in tariffs.

DLA Piper LLP recently enhanced its white collar crime offering with the recruitment of former public prosecutor Juan Antonio García Jabaloy as of counsel. On the arbitration front it represented Spanish Egyptian Gas Company (SEGAS) in an ICC dispute concerning an LNG plant. José María Jiménez-Laiglesia and Alvaro Lobato co-lead the ‘business-oriented’ team.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has a ‘solid team with good professionals’ that is commended for its ‘high level of knowledge in the energy sector’. Group head Eduardo Soler-Tappa has ‘great technical skills and knows the financial world perfectly’. Active clients include Banco Santander, Dragados Offshore and FC Barcelona.

The ‘diligentJosé Luis Huerta heads the versatile 11-lawyer team at Hogan Lovells International LLP. The practice offers a ‘high level of expertise’ and provides ‘top advice for financial disputes’. Recently it defended Torreal and Austral in a €130m multi-party arbitration against Planeta Corporación. Major clients include Fiat Chrysler and LG Electronics.

Mercedes Fernández leads the well-reputed team at Jones Day. The practice has experience in investment treaty arbitration and recently advised two companies in a €200m ICSID case against the Republic of Argentina concerning the termination of a water concession contract.

Ramón y Cajal Abogados provides ‘outstanding work, both written and oral’. Current matters include advising Bankia on the defence of over 6,000 claims following its IPO in 2011, and defending Banco Santander against 350 claims over the mis-selling of structured products. Ramón Fernández-Aceytuno heads the ‘good, technical’ team.

Araoz & Rueda has recently been involved in several telecoms, transport and energy-related disputes, as well as an ICSID claim against the Argentine Republic. Eduardo de León is the key litigation contact, while Clifford Hendel handles the arbitration side.

José Antonio Rodríguez leads a team at Ashurst LLP that is well regarded for its quality. The 2016-retirement of Gonzalo Jiménez-Blanco is a loss, but the practice has strength at the counsel and senior associate level. The firm recently advised Endesa Distribución Eléctrica on its €61m contractual dispute with Obras y Construcciones Alcalá Sur.

B. Cremades & Asociados is recommended for international arbitration, where name partner Bernardo Cremades has an excellent reputation. The team recently represented Brazilian football club Santos FC in arbitration proceedings concerning its sale of Neymar da Silva Santos Jr to FC Barcelona.

Broseta Abogados is experienced in banking, insolvency and competition-related disputes. Patricia Gualde heads the team, which has lawyers in Madrid and Valencia. It recently advised Bankia and Bankinter on claims regarding the alleged mis-selling of interest rate swaps.

The team at CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo provides advice of a ‘high technical level’. Led by Carlos Aguilar, it recently advised various banks, including Deutsche Bank, on several multimillion-euro claims linked to their investment products. However, Javier Mendieta left for Allen & Overy.

Cazorla Abogados has an ‘excellent’ litigation practice whose clients include Banco Santander, Iberdrola and L’Oréal. Founding partner Luis Cazorla González-Serrano is praised for his ‘transparency, closeness and deep knowledge’.

DAC Beachcroft LLP is best known for insurance litigation and arbitration, and clients appreciate its ‘flexible rates’ and ‘experience and international network’. José María Pimentel heads the team, whose clients include Chubb Insurance, AIG, XL Insurance, AXA and Aviva.

Silvia García López leads the team at Deloitte Abogados, which fields ‘good professionals with a perfect knowledge of the legal field’. Clients include Banco Popular, Bankia and Barcelo Hotels & Resorts.

ECIJAoffers great value and an amazing service’ advising clients in the TMT sector. Major clients include the Software Alliance, which it advises on its enforcement activities, Autodesk and BT. Javier López and Maite Mascaró co-lead the team from Madrid and Barcelona, respectively.

GOLD Abogados (Gómez, Olmo & Da Veiga Abogados, S.L.P.) enjoys a good reputation, and has several highly rated litigators and arbitration counsel. Raúl Da Veiga is one of the key partners.

Latham & Watkins LLP provides ‘good value for money’ and a ‘good technical level of advice’. Antonio Morales heads the team, which recently advised Gas Natural Fenosa in a high profile administrative dispute concerning CO2 rights in Spain.

Praised for its ‘flexibility and customer care’, the ‘excellent team’ at Olleros Abogados is led by ‘great professionalIñigo Rodríguez-Sastre who ‘takes care of the client in a personal way’. The firm has recently undertaken several significant investment treaty arbitrations. Clients include BBCA, Tecnicas Reunidas and Suzuki.

The ‘excellent’ team at Ontierresponds in an agile way to the challenges that arise’ and is praised for its ‘value for money, broad vision and market knowledge’. Pedro Rodriguez Rodero is ‘an excellent litigation lawyer’, and the ‘thorough and professional’ Cristina Camarero and Manuel Álvarez provide ‘great customer service and advice that goes beyond the matter in question’.

RCD – Rousaud Costas Duran has a high quality litigation and arbitration practice, whose clients include large banks, supermarkets and online retailers. Juan Manuel de Castro is a key contact in the practice, which also includes the ‘high levelIgnacio Benejam.

Headed by Andrés Mochales, Simmons & Simmons LLP has been particularly active in financial litigation and white-collar crime. Fernando Aizpún recently advised Fondo De Restructuracion Ordenada Bancaria (FROB) on criminal proceedings filed against Bankia, BFA and their directors.

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