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Allen & Overy’s practice has been active, recently, advising clients on the financing and refinancing of highways and renewable energy (especially photovoltaic) projects. It advised a well-known Spanish corporation on the sale of a renewable energy plant, and also acted for an international investment company on the sale of a portfolio of several wind farms located in Spain. Ignacio Ruiz-Cámara, Antonio Vásquez-Guillén, Pablo Mayor and Antoni Valverde are highly recommended.

Without a doubt a leading firm in the Spanish market, the practice at Clifford Chance is regularly involved in some of the most significant project-financings, including high-profile cross-border deals with a Latin American aspect. The team advised Iberdrola on several appeals related to the financing of the tariff deficit in the electicity sector, as well as on related regulatory matters. José Guardo and public law expert Juan José Lavilla are the key names.

Cuatrecasas reported a good year in the energy and projects area, where it was particularly active advising finance entities on energy projects, particularly renewable energy and electricity generation. Headline mandates included advising Omega Construcciones et al on the ‚ā¨400m project financing of the construction of a hydroelectric power station in Chiapas (Mexico). Rafael M√≠nguez and H√©ctor Bros head the practice.

Garrigues houses a solid team with particular expertise in the financing, transactions and regulatory aspects of the energy sector, both locally and abroad. The sizeable practice group is led by Mónica Martín de Vidales and Alvaro López-Jorrín and is currently advising a client on all aspects relating to the $2bn-plus development, construction and operation of an energy plant in Asia. Marcos Botella is also a key name.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados’ multidisciplinary practice is particularly active advising clients on the restructuring of existing projects, regulatory matters and related-litigation. Practice co-head Verónica Romaní led advice to photovoltaic operator 9 Ren Holding regarding arbitration against the Spanish authorities for alleged damages caused by retroactive legislation concerning renewable energy installations. Fellow practice co-head Carlos Vázquez is also noted.

Linklaters advises many of the key players in the energy sector on matters ranging from regulation to financing. In one key mandate, the team advised Siemens on the ‚ā¨6.6bn merger of its wind business with that of Gamesa, creating the largest wind energy corporation in the process. Jos√© Gim√©nez, Juan Barona and Pedro de Rojas are all recommended.

Ur√≠a Men√©ndez has a good name in the projects and energy sector and has profound expertise advising both local and international corporations. The firm advised Gamesa on a ‚ā¨475m joint venture with Areva aimed at developing an offshore wind turbine business. Carlos de C√°rdenas Smith, Juan Gonz√°lez Ruiz, Jaime de San Rom√°n and √Āngel P√©rez L√≥pez are the key names. Clients include Abengoa, Repsol and Banco Santander.

Ashurst LLP is recognised for its project finance work, particularly in relation to infrastructure. In a notable instruction the team advised Sacyr in relation to the Spanish guarantees required for the financing of the construction of the Pedemontian Veneta (A4) highway in Italy. Practice co-heads Manuel López and Jorge Vázquez, José Christian Bertram and of counsel Nicholas Pawson are all highlighted.

CMS Albi√Īana y Su√°rez de Lezo is known for its work on energy, utilities and infrastructure mandates, both in the country and internationally. The practice regularly advises Iberdrola and recently assisted with a challenge to local legislation regulating renewable power generation. Jaime Almenar, Mar√≠a Guinot and Javier Torre de Silva are the names to note.

DLA Piper LLP’s energy practice is particularly active in litigious matters related to newly introduced regulations. Other matters saw the team act for SEGAS in ICC arbitration with Egyptian Gas Holding Company concerning a LNG plant situated in Egypt. Javier Santos leads the team and clients include Abengoa, EDP Renovavéis and Energya.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP advises on the full spectrum of energy and infrastructure matters with particular emphasis on the oil and gas, mining, renewables, water and transport subsectors. It successfully advised the Kingdom of Spain on international arbitration proceedings brought by various investment funds on grounds of alleged breaches of Spain‚Äôs Energy Charter Treaty. Miguel Ria√Īo and Marta S√°nchez Villalta are noted for their expertise.

Jones Day is known for its expertise in regulatory matters and associated litigation. Key contacts Mercedes Fern√°ndez and Raimundo Ortega Bueno advise clients including Acciona, BBVA, Banco Popular and Gas Natural.

P√©rez-Llorca has consolidated its presence in the energy sector where it participates in some of the most noteworthy instructions. Recent matters include advising Oaktree on the ‚ā¨1bn purchase of a controlling interest in Eolia Renovables. Jos√© Ram√≥n de Hoces and Juan Manuel Rodr√≠guez C√°rcamo receive praise for their expertise.

Recent mandates saw the team at Baker McKenzie assist Ecoener on its legal challenge to the tariff scheme for renewables applicable to hydroelectric and wind farms; it also acted for Bankia on the sale of 20 companies operating solar farms in the Canary Islands. Pablo Dorronsoro and Xavier Junquera lead the practice; Luis Casals and Miguel Huarte are also noted.

Bird & Bird‚Äôs lawyers successfully combine regulatory knowledge with a pragmatic approach to instructions. Hermenegildo Altozano led advice to Enagas Transporte on the ‚ā¨300m acquisition of a 30% indirect interest in the Planta de Regasificaci√≥n de Sagunto, and its subsequent ‚ā¨106m purchase of an 85% stake in Infrastructura de Gas.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is a ‚Äėone- stop shop‚Äô on all aspects of the energy sector, including renewables. The practice, led by Armando Albarr√°n and Ignacio Borrego, recently advised Nordex on the ‚ā¨785m acquisition of Corporaci√≥n Acciona Windpower, including various regulatory aspects.

Recent matters at Latham & Watkins saw practice head Antonio Morales lead advice to Fenosa regarding administrative litigation relating to carbon dioxide rights in Spain.

MVA Asociados specialises in regulated sectors such as energy and renewables, and oil and gas. Recent work highlights include advice to Ferrovial on the bidding process for the construction of an incineration plant. Javier Montalvo and Gervasio Mart√≠nez Villase√Īor are the names to note.

RCD ‚Äď Rousaud Costas Duran‚Äôs active practice advises on M&A, regulatory matters and litigation related to the energy and projects sector. Clients include investors and large multinational project companies.

Araoz & Rueda has particular expertise advising on the hydrocarbons and electricity sectors and has been active on privatisation and de-regulation processes. Among other matters the team assisted Perwin with the ‚ā¨15m acquisition of the Solluz photovoltaic project.

Broseta Abogados is well acquainted with the evolution of, and legal changes in, the energy and projects sector. In recent work, Rosa Vidal led the team advising Ibereólica on the project financing of a substation in Zamora.

Dentons has extensive experience advising on oil and gas, electricity and renewable energy matters.

Gonzalo Olivera leads the practice at King & Wood Mallesons, which is praised for its partners’ involvement in every instruction. Clients include Energías de Portugal, Macquarie, First State and EDP Renováveis.

Lupicinio International Law Firm has been active advising clients on projects in developing markets such as Cuba and Ecuatorial Guinea. Luis Manuel Garc√≠a and Jos√© Mar√≠a Vi√Īals are the key names.

GTA Villamagna Abogados has a fine track record acting for clients in the energy sector.

GOLD Abogados (Gómez, Olmo & Da Veiga Abogados, S.L.P.) provides tailored advice to domestic and international clients.

Ramón y Cajal Abogados is recognised for its advice on project finance.

María García Guijarro leads the energy and projects practice at Watson Farley & Williams LLP which is regularly instructed by Cerberus in energy investments.

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