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Baker McKenzie is strong in transactional advice, acting for Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler on its €1.1bn acquisition of Athlon Car Lease and its subsidiaries. The firm is currently representing Honda in competition-related proceedings before Spain’s Supreme Court. Key names include corporate partner Jorge Adell and employment expert Mireia Sabaté.

The impressive multidisciplinary group at Cuatrecasas is particularly experienced in industry M&A. On the contentious side, the firm is representing Basque heavyweight Bascotecnia Steel in an ICC arbitration concerning €175m in claims relating to an Algerian rolling mill. Luis Alba and Ignacio Jabato are the names to note.

DLA Piper LLP draws on its firm-wide experience to provide tailored advice to the industry; corporate partner José Sánchez-Dafos and IP partner Diego Ramos are the contacts. Recent high-profile deals include advising Springwater Capital on its divestment of Unipapel France and Morocco to Envel’Offset.

Garrigues acts for key sector clients on corporate, tax and employment matters. Mónica Martín de Vidales and Felipe Martínez Caballero led advice to PSA Group Peugeot on its €2.2bn acquisition of Opel and Vauxhall from General Motors. Álvaro López-Jorrín assisted with Gestamp’s €3.2bn IPO, one of the largest European listings of the year.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo’s team stands out for its ‘technical knowledge and co-ordination between different departments’; it provides a full-service support to manufacturing sector clients. The team recently advised Panasonic on its acquisition of a controlling interest in automotive parts manufacturer Ficosa International. Íñigo Erlaiz heads the corporate department, where key partner Francisco Gil Durán is noted for his ‘management skills and responsiveness’.

Uría Menéndez handles all matters for clients in the sector; on the corporate front, it recently advised French fund Eurazeo on its refinancing and purchase of Iberchem from Magnum Capital Industrial Partners. IP partner Ingrid Pi represented NSK Global and Toyota in litigation pertaining to patent infringement concerning components.

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