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  1. Real estate and construction
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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Next generation lawyers

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    • Silvia Alcoverro - Cuatrecasas
    • Jordi Farrés - Pérez-Llorca
    • Rafael Fuentes - Ashurst LLP
    • Joaquín Garaulet - Cuatrecasas
    • Marta Giménez Aliaga - Uría Menéndez
    • José María Oliva - Uría Menéndez
    • Javier Muñoz - Pérez-Llorca
    • Jorge García Pellicer - Garrigues

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Clifford Chance is praised for ‘its high technical skills and knowledge of the market’. In recent headline work the team advised Blackstone Group on the €6.5bn acquisition of a loans portfolio related to some 2,200 real estate units. Practice head Carlos Portocarrero together with Alfonso Benavides and Blanca Ochoa are commended for their advice.

A leading firm in the real estate arena, Garrigues advises on complex, high-end transactions and financings. The team assisted Axa Real Estate on its €308m purchase of a portfolio consisting of 381 bank branches leased to Banco Santander. Felipe Yanone leads the practice and key clients include Capital Hotels, Bain Capital and Merlín Properties.

Uría Menéndez’s real estate team has ‘deep knowledge of the market’ and is highlighted as ‘extremely service-oriented, entrepreneurial’. It advised Banco Santander and Metrovacesa on negotiation of the €9.5bn merger of the latter’s commercial portfolio into Merlín Properties, thereby creating the largest Spanish REIT. Ignacio Albiñana, Fernando Azofra and Diego Armero are recommended. Other clients include Lone Star, Goldman Sachs and Hispania.

Ashurst LLP is ‘probably one of the most serious firms I ever worked with’ reported one satisfied client; the team is commended for ‘its technical knowledge and negotiation skills’ and recently advised SAREB on the sale of a major loan portfolio. Practice head Cristina Calvo and Ismael Fernández are praised for their expertise, and senior associate Joaquín Macías is also noted.

Cuatrecasas is regularly involved in some of the most significant real estate transactions and advises an outstanding list of local and international clients. Grupo Villar Mir instructed the firm to advise on its sale of Torre Espacio (part of the ‘Cuatro Torres’ complex in Madrid) to the Emperador Group. Miguel Angel Melero and Bernat Mullerat lead the practice.

‘Formed by great lawyers’, the ‘very competent real estate team’ at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer provides ‘high-quality service’. Past work highlights include advising Hispania Activos Inmobiliarios on a joint venture with Barceló focused on the holiday resort market. Practice head Fernando Soto is respected for ‘his deep knowledge of the sector and commercial acumen’.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados commands respect among peers and clients alike. The 16-lawyer team (including six partners) advised real estate corporation Axiare Patrimonio on more than ten financings – with an aggregate value in excess of €600m – for the acquisition of its current office and commercial buildings portfolio. Practice head Alfonso Fernández-Puebla receives strong support from Joaquim Riera, David Gómez and Natalia Lastres.

Linklaters covers the full gamut of real estate matters including investments and disvestitures, joint ventures, real estate finance and the acquisition/sale of distressed assets. Headline work included assisting USB España on its €72m purchase of Torre Tarragona (in Barcelona) from Omega Capital. Clients include Cerberus, Centerbridge and Apollo. Rafael Molina is the key name.

With lawyers well versed in a variety of commercial real estate matters, Pérez-Llorca is the first port of call for many clients seeking to invest in real estate. Recent mandates include assisting Caixabank’s real estate subsidiary, Buildingcenter, with the €53m sale and transfer of (five) plots located in Madrid, Valencia and Andalusia. Luis Zurera and Vicente Estebaranz lead the practice; Fausto Romero-Miura is also highlighted.

‘Versatile and with a great level of service’, the team at Baker McKenzie recently advised Colony Capital on the €87m acquistion of 23 logistic and cross-docking premises across the country. Jesús Conde, Guillermo Rodrigo, Xavier Junquera and Jorge Adell are all key members of the practice.

DLA Piper LLP advised CBRE Global Investments on the acquistion of a portfolio of 16 Spanish logistics assets from Metrovacesa, and also on the direct purchase of eight industrial warehouses. Clients include General Real Estate, Talus Real Estate and ING Real Estate. Orson Alcocer is the key name.

Property-financing expert Jesús Varela leads Dentons’ real estate practice. The team recently assisted Redevco on a joint venture with Ares Management focused on acquiring and managing real estate assets and shopping centres in Spain and Portugal.

Recent highlights for Hogan Lovells International LLP include advising Resolution Property on its €100m joint venture with a local private investor to reposition a portfolio of luxury residential hotels and land situated in Marbella. Emilio Gómez and Carlos Bardavio are the names to note.

Broseta Abogados has a proven track record in complex real estate mandates. Recent mandates include advising Kefren Capital on the €22m sale of a logistic park in Madrid. María Luisa Guardo leads the practice.

King & Wood Mallesons has been busy of late advising on joint ventures between international funds and local operators. Head of practice Enrique Isla advised Ares Management on its €500m joint venture with Redevco to acquire and develop shopping across the Iberian Peninsula.

Ramón y Cajal Abogados strenghtened its capabilities with the arrival of Amado Giménez and senior associate Diego Garabaín from PricewaterhouseCoopers. Clients include CBRE Global Investments, Iberdrola Inmobiliaria, Platea Madrid and Haya Real Estate.

Aisen Abogados has extensive experience dealing with real estate instructions.

The team at Bird & Bird is led by Isidro del Moral who joined from Broseta Abogados.

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo’s recent mandates include advising Seguros Santa Lucía on building acquisitions.

Under the leadership of Juan Martínez Calvo, Deloitte Abogados’ real estate team advises both commercial clients and public entities.

Advising both local and international clients, Eversheds Sutherland Nicea has solid real estate expertise. Javier Ibáñez and Rafael Arráez are the key names.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is very active advising investment funds on real estate instructions.

Dutilh Abogados, S.L.’s real estate practice advises multinationals and mid-sized clients.

Roca Junyent advises commercial clients and private individuals on a variety of land transactions.

Boutique firm Serrano Alberca & Conde advises primarily on real estate-related disputes before administrative authorities.

Squire Patton Boggs’ real estate team is led by Ramón Castilla.

Ventura Garcés & López-Ibor, Abogados houses an experienced real estate practice.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP’ practice is led by real estate and structured finance specialist Pablo San Gil.

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