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Baker McKenzie is active in the retail market, acting for international brands as well as Spanish multinationals. The multi-disciplinary practice is led by corporate and M&A specialist Luis Casals and María Dolores Garayalde, who has particular expertise in intellectual property, copyright and trade mark matters.

Bird & Bird works across the retail sector, with a particular expertise in intellectual property, trade marks and technology. The firm is also active in data protection and privacy-related matters. Corporate and M&A specialist Lourdes Ayala leads the practice with Antonio Cueto, who focuses on intellectual property. The team is advising Bloom Motion on its prospective investment in the Bacoa Group of gourmet burger restaurants, and is assisting Celor SAS with the acquisition of a stake in Clicars Spain, a car retailer. Other clients include Ben Sherman, Aora Health and Associated British Foods.

The practice at Cuatrecasas covers all areas of business law, specialising in e-commerce companies and private equity funds, as well as being experienced in the retail and fashion markets. Joaquín Garaulet has expertise in real estate and Jorge Llevat is the firm's key name for intellectual property in the retail space. The team is advising El Corte Inglés on refinancing the debt of the company and is assisting Ikea with its expansion in Spain. In another highlight, the department is handling Letterone Investment Holdings' acquisition of a 25% stake in DIA.

DLA Piper LLP is experienced in working for retail clients across sectors including corporate, real estate and public law. Practice head Orson Alcocer is a specialist in copyright law, in particular for the videogames and fashion industries, and is also active in data protection litigation. The firm is advising fashion brand OVS on its re-deployment in Spain, as well as assisting Helly Hansen with its acquisition of sailing and country apparel brand Musto.

The team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is made up of specialists from different practice areas, covering a variety of legal matters arising in the retail space, with a particular expertise in real estate and business structuring. Intellectual property expert Sofía Martínez-Almeida leads the firm’s retail and fashion group. Her department is advising De’Longhi on all aspects of its distribution policy, and is assisting LAR España with issues arising from the promotion of shopping centre Palmas Altas in Seville.

The multi-disciplinary team at J&A Garrigues SLP has notable strength handling a variety of issues arising from the retail sector. Corporate specialist Àlvaro López-Jorrín jointly leads the practice with corporate and commercial expert Mónica Martín de Vidales, who focuses on commercial contracts and has experience in retail-related M&A deals.

The ‘exceptional and client-focused’ team at Uría Menéndez is ‘committed to delivering a great service and is always available’. The firm is noted for its multi-disciplinary expertise in a variety of business sectors and the retail practice works particularly closely with the food and beverage law sub-group. The ‘broad and skilled team’ is led by Patricia Vidal, Ramiro Rivera and Borja Sainz de Aja, who provide ‘excellent work’. Also noteworthy is M&A specialist Antonio Herrera, who gets ‘exceptional results’ and comes up with ‘imaginative solutions to complex issues’. The department advised Burger King Spain on the acquisition of 100% shares of Megafood, and assisted Uniqlo with the lease and set-up of its flagship stores in Barcelona and Madrid. Other key clients include Telepizza and Inditex.

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