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  1. Private equity
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Armando Albarrán - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Javier Amantegui - Clifford Chance
    • Juan Miguel Goenechea - Uría Menéndez
    • José Manuel Martín - Garrigues
    • Alejandro Ortiz - Linklaters
    • Juan Picón - DLA Piper LLP
    • Antoni Valverde - Allen & Overy
    • Jorge Vázquez - Ashurst LLP
    • Javier Villasante - Cuatrecasas
    • Fernado Vives - Garrigues
    • Victor Xercavins - Cuatrecasas

Next generation lawyers

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Clifford Chance’s team is recognised for ‘its quick responses, business acumen and industry knowledge’. The practice acted for Cinven on the acquistion of Tinsa, the largest property-valuation company in Spain and Latin America. Javier Amantegui and Luis Alonso are recommended.

Cuatrecasas is a leading name in the market. In a headline mandate, the team advised Euskaltel on its €1.9bn acquisition of R Cable; it also advised N+1 Eolia on the sale of its Renovable de Inversiones subsidiary to Oaktree. The team is led by Javier Villasante and Víctor Xercavins.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer houses a private equity team with deep knowledge of the sectors dynamics and which advises on ground-breaking new structures and PE transactions. Headlines work included advising Cinven and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) on their acquisition of travel-services provider Hotelbeds including the establishment of a €640m credit line to finance the acquisition. Armando Albarrán and Javier Monzón are noted.

A major player in Spain’s private equity sector, Garrigues advised Miura Capital et al on their acquisition of a majority stake in Martinavarro Group. Other work included advising Partners Group on its €150m bid to acquire 25% stake in Tous Group, including due diligence, negotiation of the contract and investment structure. Fernando Vives, José Manuel Martín and Alvaro López-Jorrín are all noted for their expertise.

Linklaters’ lawyers are praised for ‘their impeccable service, knowledge, efficiency and quick responses’. Headline work included advising EFG Hermes’ private equity arm, Vortex II, on the €1.15m acquisition of a 49% stake in EDP Participaciones. Clients include PrimeFin, Permira, and Carlyle Group España. Alejandro Ortiz heads the team with the able support from Carmen Burgos and Alexander Kolb.

Uría Menéndez has a proven track record in international and cross-border private equity mandates. Privalia’s shareholders instructed the practice to advise on the structuring of the company’s sale by auction – including the negotiation, documentation and completion of the transaction. Juan Miguel Goenechea leads the practice.

Ashurst LLP acted for Macquarie and Infravia on the €108m purchase of an initial 49.4% stake of Metro de Málaga’s capital (subsequently followed by an additional 10.1% at €27m). Jorge Vázquez, María José Menéndez and José Christian Bertram are recommended.

Baker McKenzie advised Securitas Direct Verisure Group on Bain Capital’s €5.2bn sale of a controlling interest in the group to Hellman & Friedman. Javier Menor, Luis Casals, Jorge Adell and Enrique Valera are the key names.

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo’s recent work includes advising Portobello Capital on its acquisition of a majority stake in Iberconsa Group. Name partners César Albiñana and Rafael Suárez de Lezo are the key contacts.

DLA Piper LLP’s Juan Picón led the team that advised PAI Partners on its €2.9bn sale of Swissport to HNA. José Sánchez Dafos and Joaquín Echanove are also noted for their expertise.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados’ long-established practice covers the full spectrum of private equity matters. Work highlights include advising Govera Inversiones on its €1.5bn acquisition of a majority stake in Acituri Aeronáutica from Madrigal Participaciones. Head of team Iñigo Erláiz, Mónica Weimann, Miguel Lamo de Espinosa and Daniel Marín are key members of the practice.

Pérez-Llorca’s recent mandates include advising Trebol International on the sale of its interest in Albertis Infraestructuras, involving two accelerated-bookbuild offers. Pedro Pérez-Llorca leads the team.

Allen & Overy’s Antoni Valverde led the team advising TUI Group on the €1.2bn sale of Hotelbeds Group to Cinven. Practice co-head Iñigo del Val is also noted.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is particularly active with investment funds in the private equity sector. It advised Oaktree on the €740m acquisition of the Project Gaudí real estate portfolio from FMS Wertmanagement. Nicolás Martín is noted for his expertise.

King & Wood Mallesons’ very active private equity team is particularly adept at advising on the structuring of funds. Clients include Magnum Capital, ABAC Capital and N+1 Private Equity.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s strong private equity practice is part of the corporate department. Headline mandates include assisting Odyssey Investment with the acquisition of Mespack by its portfolio company, Duravant.

Broseta Abogados provides advice to private equity funds and alternative investment corporations.

RCD – Rousaud Costas Duran’s dedicated and active private equity team has a special emphasis on technology, biotech, healthcare and life sciences.

Ramón y Cajal Abogados’ recent matters include advising Strathspey Crown Holdings on its purchase of Imex Clinic.

Dentons’ knowledgeable team is led by Jesús Durán -

Eversheds Sutherland Nicea’s team successfully combines local strengh and international expertise.

J. Almoguera y Asociados’s practice is led by the ‘well-reputed’ Jesús Almoguera.

Ventura Garcés & López-Ibor, Abogados advises both local and international clients on entry into, and exit from, all types of investment.

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