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Clifford Chance¬†'understands the client's needs' and provides 'quick response times'. It advised Iberdrola on regulatory matters such as energy self-supply and remuneration of renewable energy. On the contentious side, it represented Metro Ligero Oeste in an appeal concerning the financing of a passenger services concession contract.¬†Jos√© Luis Zamarro¬†is¬†'experienced'.¬†Jaime Almenar¬†came from CMS Albi√Īana y Su√°rez de Lezo¬†at the beginning of 2018 and took over the practice lead from¬†Juan Jos√© Lavilla, who left together with¬†Jos√© Mar√≠a Barrios.

Cuatrecasas' public law department includes the town planning, environment, administrative litigation and constitutional law teams. It is particularly strong in the construction and regulated industries, such as the energy sector, where it assisted Forestalia with the bid to construct and operate nine wind farms. Another highlight was advising Moove Cars on a joint venture with King Street and other investors to create a transport platform for rental vehicles with a driver (VTC). Financing work included acting for CaixaBank on the new PPP contract to integrate Barcelona’s electronic payment system into the metropolitan transport system. Luis Pérez de Ayala heads the department, which also includes Alberto Raventós, Nicolás González-Deleito and Juan Carlos Hernanz.

G√≥mez-Acebo & Pombo's public law group, which helps clients 'navigate through various complicated issues', is described as a 'very smart team of great communicators'.¬†Recent highlights include advising¬†Valencia Parque Central on the procurement of works contracts worth ‚ā¨60m, and assisting the concessionaire for the construction of the new hospital in the city of Vigo. Of counsel¬†Juan Alfonso Santamar√≠a¬†provides 'personalised advice' and senior associate¬†Irene Fern√°ndez¬†is¬†'very responsive'. Practice head¬†Carlos V√°zquez,¬†Enrique Lucas¬†and¬†Jos√© Manuel Palau¬†are also recommended.

Under the leadership of¬†Alfredo Ranca√Īo, J&A Garrigues SLP¬†'efficiently' provides the full range of public law advice. Highlights included assisting the European Union Intellectual Property Office with the construction of new buildings, and¬†representing Iberdrola Generaci√≥n in administrative proceedings concerning nuclear energy production. It also handles work abroad; the team advised Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional on the first metro line of the city of Bogot√°, Colombia.¬†Miguel Del R√≠o, Javier De Armas,¬†David Gued√≥n¬†and recently made-up partner Javier Fern√°ndez Rivaya¬†are recommended.

Ur√≠a Men√©ndez¬†is a 'powerhouse in public law'. It assisted Berkeley Minera Espa√Īa with the permitting process to open a uranium mine in Salamanca, and advised Quir√≥nsalud on concession contracts for the construction and management of hospitals. On the contentious side, it defended water distribution and treatment group Agbar against litigation¬†launched by several municipalities¬†seeking to terminate concession contracts in order to recover the management of local water services. Mariano Magide,¬†Jos√© Miguel Fat√°s¬†and¬†Jes√ļs Rem√≥n¬†have strong track records and a good reputation for public law matters.

Allen & Overy offers a 'great mix of talent and dedication to the client'. It is assisting Cellnex Telecom with administrative proceedings, advising Disney Channel on regulatory matters and acting for train provider Alsa on contractual issues. Pablo Mayor has 'immense knowledge of public administration and the courts of justice' and 'extraordinary' counsel Victoria Martín also has 'superb knowledge'.

CMS Albi√Īana y Su√°rez de Lezo¬†is representing Aldesa Construcciones in litigation filed against Adif due to the delay in the fulfillment of a railway construction contract. Former practice head Jaime Almenar¬†left for¬†Clifford Chance, while Juan Jos√© Zabala¬†joined from¬†Cort√©s, Abogados.¬†Javier Torre de Silva¬†is recommended for contentious matters and¬†Mar√≠a Guinot¬†heads the team.

Hogan Lovells International LLP  'looks for the most efficient result' and provides 'innovative opinions'. Santiago Garrido assisted Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory with obtaining land planning and environmental licences for the construction of a $1.6bn telescope. Lucas Osorio is also recommended.

Linklaters' public law team numbers nine lawyers since hiring two additional managing associates in late 2017. It is representing Banco Santander, Bankia and CaixaBank in a ‚ā¨1.35bn claim for damages against the government over the suspension of activity of the Castor gas storage facility.¬†Jos√© Gim√©nez¬†led the advice and heads the team.

Pérez-Llorca frequently advises on EU regulation. On the contentious side, the group is representing four construction companies in judicial proceedings concerning the requested termination of a public works contract for the construction of road accesses to the port of Barcelona. José Ramón de Hoces, Juan Manuel Rodríguez Cárcamo and newly made-up partner Beatriz García are recommended.

Ramón y Cajal Abogados offers 'speedy replies' and a 'tailored service'. Jose Ignacio Vega is representing Cementos Portland in a financial liablility claim against the Madrid regional government following the closure of a mining site. Federico Lara 'knows the client's needs and is dedicated'.

Baker McKenzie is representing Airbnb in administrative litigation and sanctioning proceedings concerning alleged infringements of tourism regulations. After Pablo Dorronsoro left for Pinsent Masons LLP in April 2018, Barcelona-based Xavier Junquera took over as head of the practice.

DLA Piper LLP assisted St Jude Medical with public procurement and advised Red Eléctrica on power network connection matters. José Ignacio Monedero and José Manuel Sala, both of counsel, are the key names.

At GTA Villamagna Abogados, Ernesto García-Trevijano and Marta Plaza are key names. On behalf of Grupo Rayet, the group performed a plot analysis and advised on obtaining environmental permits and planning authorisations for the largest artificial beach in Europe.

In addition to financing and transactional matters, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP¬†handled some public procurement work. Of counsel¬†Iria Calvi√Īo¬†leads the team.

RCD handled numerous public procurement procedures. Ignasi Costas, Eva Gimenez Corrons and newly promoted partner Judith Saladrigas frequently advise public hospitals and research institutes.

BROSETA Abogados' Valencia-based public law department is experienced in handling urban planning matters, an area in which it advises Sareb and several building material manufacturers such as Coemac. Rosa Vidal heads the group.

Dentons advises clients such as BYD Auto, Engie and Fresenius Medical Care on public procurement. Daniel Vázquez heads the environmental and public policy and regulated sectors practices.

Eversheds Sutherland Nicea's Alberto Dorrego de Carlos and Andrés Jimenéz Diaz are particularly active in the transport and infrastructure and pharmaceutical sectors. The group represented Abertis as highway operator in judicial proceedings against the government of Spain concerning the modification of the current AP-7 highway concession contract.

EY Abogados advised Telemadrid on public procurement; Compass Group on the fulfillment of public contracts; and Gestión de Infraestructuras de Castilla La Mancha on the construction of social housing. Félix Plasencia is the name to note.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer handles contentious public law matters. For example, it represented Portigon in international arbitration against the Kingdom of Spain concerning renewable energy regulatory changes. Of counsel Ignacio Borrego and senior associate Ana Calvo are recommended.

Andersen Tax & Legal¬†took over¬†Urbe Asesores Jur√≠dicos in 2018, adding Carlos Pe√Īa Rech¬†and Antonio √Ďudi Tornero¬†as partners. The group, which is led by¬†Jos√© Vicente Morote Sarri√≥n, advised the¬†council of Silla on the termination of a water supply and sewage management contract.

Latham & Watkins LLP's Antonio Morales handles mostly contentious work. His group is representing Novenergia in an arbitration proceeding against the Kingdom of Spain concerning the abolishment of remunerative incentives for renewable energy.

MA Abogados, which¬†regularly represents construction companies such as Ortiz Construcciones¬†y Proyectos and¬†Sacyr¬†in public law disputes. Salvador Bueno Miguel¬†and¬†Sof√≠a Acu√Īa Dorado¬†are recommended.

ONTIER¬†provides 'clear instructions'. It represented the Ayuntamiento de Castro-Urdiales in litigation concerning its¬†water management concession. The 'diligent and trustworthy' Jorge √Ālvarez¬†is recommended along with Pedro Rubio Escobar.

Serrano Alberca & Conde is highly regarded for urban planning matters.

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