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Baker McKenzie provides commercial, IP and employment advice to foreign and Spanish multinationals in the sector. Tax partner Esteban Raventós, IP partner Cristina Duch, trade marks expert María Dolores Garayalde and Carles Prat, who specialises in commercial litigation, are frequently involved in key sector cases and deals. Clients include Esprit and El Corte Inglés.

Cuatrecasas’ large team has extensive experience and acts for industry clients on matters ranging from brand development and supplier negotiations to the acquisition of premises. The firm recently advised El Corte Inglés on its €116m financing granted by the European Investment Bank for its digital transformation project; it has also worked with H&M and Coty. Joaquín Garaulet and Esteban Flores are the contacts on the real estate front.

DLA Piper LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice provides ‘value for money at the highest level’ and ‘real-time replies’. The firm is strong in real estate and corporate matters, recently acting for ING Real Estate Finance on its €70m acquisition of Madrid’s famous Mercado de San Miguel. Copyright expert Diego Ramos and senior associate Bartolomé Martín are recommended.

Garrigues assists industry giants with complex M&A transactions and provides tax, employment and IP advice. Recent highlights included acting for Uvesco Group on its purchase of the production unit of supermarket chain Gigante (now BM Supermercados). It also advises Carrefour on a full range of matters and acts for Estée Lauder on distribution issues. Corporate partners Mónica Martín de Vidales and Álvaro López-Jorrín jointly head the group.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo works with key brands in the sector, providing a ‘supportive and responsive level of service with excellent industry and local knowledge’. IP partner Sofía Martínez-Almeida heads the retail and fashion group, which is instructed by Armani on negotiating lease agreements, data protection issues and regulatory matters. Other clients include De’Longhi, Sanrio and Lacoste. Commercial partner José Ángel Cano is recommended.

Uría Menéndez stands out for its corporate experience; private equity partners Rafael Sebastián and José Soria recently led on several important industry deals. Notable work includes advising bridal wear giant Pronovias on its €533.5m sale to funds advised by BC Partners and assisting Endurance Partners with its acquisition of a majority stake in childrenswear retailer tuc tuc.

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