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Baker McKenzie is a popular choice for copyright disputes and regulatory matters and frequently acts for household names in the media industry. José María Méndez and Carles Prat are the practice heads. María Dolores Garayalde is also recommended.

Bird & Bird was bolstered by the arrival of Mariano Santos, who joined in March 2018 from Herrero & Asociados. Well-regarded of counsel Raul Bercovitz recently advised Lexmark on the impact of the Royal Decree-Law 12/2017, which has established a private copying compensation system based on levies on recording and storage devices. He and Antonio Cueto also advised the International Olympic Committee on the use of certain archive recordings and films. Senior associate Teresa Mercadal works with key client Mediaproducción. Manuel Lobato, Antonio Cueto and up-and-coming senior associate José Angel García-Zapata are the other names to note.

Clifford Chance¬†has a strong track record handling¬†copyright legislation. Practice head¬†Miquel Monta√Ī√°¬†is advising Banco Santander on the copyright aspects of multiple project finance operations for the production of several films and television series. Other work includes successfully advising Samsung on the copyright aspects of various app launches and marketing campaigns. Josep Montefusco¬†and senior associate Juan Cuerva de Ca√Īas¬†are also noted.

At Garrigues, Jo√£o Miranda de Sousa¬†and Carolina Pina¬†lead the team. The team acts for clients in the technology and media sectors, as well as multi-national financial services companies.Antonio Mu√Īoz¬†and Cristina Mesa¬†are also recommended.

G√≥mez-Acebo & Pombo¬†is praised by clients for its 'realistic risk analysis'. The group is acting for Vaughan Systems in a copyright infringement claim filed by Sony Music concerning the use of a specific song in the TV programme and advertising material of one of the courses broadcast by TVE. Eduardo Castillo¬†leads the practice. Jes√ļs Mu√Īoz Delgado,¬†Sof√≠a Mart√≠nez-Almeida¬†and Ib√°n Diez¬†are other key contacts.¬†Isabela Crespo¬†is a very active senior associate.¬†Gonzalo Ulloa¬†is honorary president at the firm.¬†Jos√© Miguel Lissen¬†joined¬†ABG Patentes¬†(now ABG Intellectual Property).

Uría Menéndez’s team has a strong track record handling a range of copyright matters for media corporations. Montiano Monteagudo leads the practice. Agustín González is also noted.

Highlights for¬†Abril Abogados, SL¬†team included representing new client AMC Networks in a copyright infringement matter against a group of websites in an alleged piracy action concerning television series The Walking Dead.¬†Ignacio Temi√Īo Ceniceros¬†leads the team.

Cuatrecasas' team¬†is jointly led by √Ālvaro Bourkaib¬†and Albert Agustinoy. Highlights included advising Suez Environment on the contractual protection of IP rights in a digital platform containing an artificial intelligence algorithm for big data processing. Jorge Llevat¬†and senior associate Jorge Moncl√ļs¬†are also noted.

At ECIJA, the team has 'a very commercial approach'. Clients include media multinationals and start-ups. In one highlight, the team is acting for Fox Spain in the negotiation of advertising contracts concerning the company's global intellectual property rights. Managing partner¬†Alejandro Touri√Īo¬†and¬†Carlos Perez¬†are the key names and¬†Franz Ruz¬†is also noted.

Elzaburu is a key name for contentious copyright matters. Practice head Antonio Castán, Carlos Morán and Colm Ahern are the names to note. Anti-counterfeiting specialist Juan José Caselles is also active in this space.

Eversheds Sutherland Nicea's group is well regarded for advising major music publishers. The practice is defending a record company in a dispute with a well-known Catalan author who has challenged the client's master recording rights and royalty policy. Vicente Arias Máiz leads the copyright practice, which includes senior associate Celia Bouzas González, who joined from Penafort Abogados in March 2018.

At boutique firm Grau & Angulo, recent work includes handling copyright infringements. Practice heads Jorge Grau and Ignacio Marqués are key names.

CMS Albi√Īana y Su√°rez de Lezo‚Äôs practice is led by Javier Torre de Silva. It has notable sector strength in the pharmaceutical, technology, financial, automotive and consumer goods industries. The practice is assisting Ricoh Espa√Īa with legal advice concerning new private copy regulation, and is handling the submission of allegations before the relevant authorities with regard to private copy regulations to be approved. Blanca Cort√©s¬†is the key name. Bartolom√© Mart√≠n¬†joined as counsel in May 2018 from DLA Piper LLP.

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER¬†is able to leverage its international network to handle cross-border IP litigation. The team successfully represented several Hollywood studios in copyright litigation against the major internet service providers in Spain that sought to block websites that¬†make available audio-visual works by using techniques such as streaming or linking. Luis Fern√°ndez-Novoa, √Ālvaro Vel√°zquez¬†and Jos√© Antonio Sanmart√≠n¬†are the names to note. Laura Cantero¬†is now counsel.

RCD has considerable expertise in the pharmaceutical and technology sectors but also acts for corporate clients from an array of industries. Ignasi Costas is the key contact.

Santiago Mediano Abogados is notable for its work with major media clients. Santiago Ilundáin, Santiago Mediano and Juan Carrasco are the key names.

Sol Munta√Īola & Asociados¬†has a strong track record in the copyright space. Mario Sol Munta√Īola¬†and Francisco Javier M√°rquez¬†lead the team.

At Augusta Abogados, practice head Carlos Valls successfully acted for Skechers in criminal proceedings against a counterfeiter in the Canary Islands.

At DLA Piper LLP,¬†Diego Ramos¬†is the key name. A key client is Ty, a toy company, which the firm advised on anti-counterfeiting matters.¬†Of counsel¬†Paula Gonz√°lez de Castej√≥n¬†is also noted.¬†Bartolom√© Mart√≠n, formerly¬†a senior associate with the firm, is now with¬†CMS Albi√Īana y Su√°rez de Lezo.

Jones Day's Marta Delgado Echevarría is the key name. The group handles copyright matters for multinational clients.

Roca Junyent acts for several high-profile clients, including the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation. Anna Viladàs Jené leads the work and senior associate Javier Vázquez is also noted.

Auren is a popular choice for clients in the film industry and film and media production company Amiguetes Enterprises is a client. The team provided legal advice to DMNTIA Studios on the sale of the TV series Paquita Salas to Netflix, including drafting and developing the various contracts and conducting all the negotiations. Pilar Sánchez-Bleda and Sandra García Cabezas are noted.

At Bardají & Honrado, Andy Ramos Gil de la Haza is the name to note for copyright matters.

Andrea Garcés is the key name at Ventura Garcés & López-Ibor. It has notable strengths in the art and design, fashion and cosmetics sectors.

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