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  1. Transport: Shipping
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

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Albors Galiano Portales is a leading name in the shipping space and is highly regarded in the market. The team represented Hanjin Shipping in insolvency proceedings before the Korean courts, and acted for the hull insurers in connection with an incident in the Canary Islands involving the vessel Volcan de Tamasite. Eduardo Albors, Javier Portales and Alfonso de Ochoa are recommended.

‘Compact but versatile boutique firm’ Avante Legal impresses with its ‘outstanding quality of service’ and ‘personal attention to clients and knowledge of the sector’. Julio López Quiroga, Antonio Quirós and Jacobo Tojeiro are the key names. It it currently acting for a client in one of the most notable damages claims in the sector, and is advising Icelandic Bank on the arrangement of a security package connected to the financing granted for the purchase of a fish processing company. Hannah de Bustos is also noted.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo’s shipping practice handles high-end financing matters, often with a cross-border element. Highlights included advising a syndicate of Spanish banks led by BBVA, as the agent, and including Banco de Sabadell, Bankinter and Caixabank, on the credit line granted to shipyard Astilleros de Murueta for the construction of two factory vessels for Royal Greenland, which included assisting BBVA with a refund guarantee facility. Practice head Miguel Lamo de Espinosa, managing partner Carlos Rueda and associate Fernando Herrero are noted.

At Mestre Abogados, ‘the pro-active, innovative and flexible’ practice is led by the ‘commercially aware’ Anna Mestre. The team advises submarine investigation corporation QSTAR on various charter contracts in the submarine investigation industry. Galp and Marmedsa Noatum Maritime are new clients.

Perez Albors | & Co’s team stands out for its ‘clarity of advice and problem-solving approach’. The ‘knowledgeable’ Carlos Pérez assists the London P&I club and the owners of Greek vessel Alex A in a claim initiated by Telefónica concerning damage to a fibre optic cable in the Strait of Gibraltar.

San Simon & Duch is a key name for maritime and insurance matters. Luis de San Simón and Mercedes Duch are the names to note.

Uría Menéndez has a good reputation in the space, especially on the financing side, and assists shipyards, insurers, reinsurers (and P&I clubs), brokers, financiers and transport operators. In one highlight, the team acted for the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds before the Spanish Supreme Court in a dispute pertaining to the ‘Prestige’ case, concerning a major oil spill in Spanish waters. Carlos López Quiroga leads the team.

Aiyon Abogados SLP fields a very experienced team of lawyers advising on marine casualties, insurance-related cases, collisions, salvage and wreck removal issues. Skuld P&I Club, Zurich and Britannia P&I Club are among its clients. Verónica Meana and Enrique Ortiz are the key contacts.

Cuatrecasas has a solid reputation for advising shipowners on shipbuilding and second-hand tonnage and also has vast expertise in port law. Recent highlights include advising Mexican oil-corporation Pemex on matters connected to the delivery and sale of a vessel and related disputes. Iñigo Quintana heads the practice.

EY Abogados is well positioned to advise on the financing-related aspects of transport matters. The team recently advised a Spanish banking institutions on matters pertaining to the financing of the building of several vessels. Jesús Estévez is the key name.

Garrigues’ shipping group advises Lloyds syndicate underwriters, shipowners, cargo owners, bank and shipyards. It is representing Total Terminal International Algeciras (port of Algeciras) in a complex general average case involving approximately 7,100 cargo interests in a cross-border dispute spanning several jurisdictions. Jesus Barbadillo heads the practice.

Hogan Lovells International LLP assists financial institutions and shipbuilders with shipping finance and regulatory matters. The group advised Bankinter on the structuring of a tax lease connected to the financing of the construction of the world’s second largest ferry. Miguel Àngel Sánchez is the key name.

MA Abogados’ lawyers are highly specialised in matters pertaining to private and public maritime law. Carlos Salinas and Sara Recatalá are the key names.

Meana Green Maura & Co’s team provides ‘sound and pragmatic advice paired with deep knowledge of the market’. Jaime Soroa heads the team, which also includes Madrid-based senior partner Pedro Maura and Edmund Sweetman in Barcelona. Maura is leading the team acting for the owners of the Costa Concordia and its P&I insurers in an ongoing dispute. Other clients include Baja Ferries, Britannia P&I Club and North of England P&I.

Muñoz & Montañes’ team, which is led José Muñoz and Alicia Montañés, has considerable expertise in the shipping space.

Rogers & Co. Abogados provides ‘high quality advice and value for money’. Marie Rogers, Luis Alberto García and David Diez lead the practice. The team’s expertise covers marine insurance, charterparty disputes, collision and salvage, litigation, and ship arrests, among others.

Ruiz-Gálvez Abogados SLP advises on all aspects of maritime transport. Fernando Ruiz-Gálvez is the key name.

Thomas Cooper LLP is well known for advising clients on disputes in the shipping space; it has been active representing Sociedad de Salvamento y Seguridad Marítima in more than 200 cases for the recovery of outstanding premiums, awards and unpaid invoices. Juan Alegre, Bernardo Ruiz-Lima and Ernesto Rivera are the key names.

At Watson Farley & Williams LLP, Alfredo Cabellos leads the shipping team. The team has notable expertise advising on shipping-related financing.

Abogados Asociados para el Comercio, la Navegación y la Industria specialises in cross-border maritime disputes. Albert Badia is the key contact.

Actam Abogados assists with maritime and logistics-related work. Juan Beitia is noted.

Arizon Abogados SLP’s maritime and trade practice is led by Felipe Arizon.

ISLaw Abogados handles a range of shipping-related matters. José Antonio Infiesta leads the practice.

At Lebrero Abogados S.R.L.P., Rodolfo González has expertise in shipping law.

Other transport

Index of tables

  1. Transport: Other transport
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Juan Francisco Falcón - Uría Menéndez
    • Sergi Giménez - Augusta Abogados
    • Manuel López - Ashurst LLP
    • Carlos López-Quiroga - Uría Menéndez
    • Julio López Quiroga - Avante Legal

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At Ashurst LLP, practice head Manuel López has a proven track record advising on the financing of transport infrastructure projects. Highlights included advice to Deutsche Bank and others on the €180m refinancing of the Moncloa and Plaza Elíptica transport hubs in Madrid. JP Morgan, Macquarie, BBVA and RBS are also clients.

Augusta Abogados’ team, which is led by Sergi Giménez and Jaime Fernández, has core strengths in the aviation sector, notably handling financing and litigation matters. The team is acting for high-profile air transport corporations such as Ryanair and Vueling in various disputes. easyJet, Germania, Norwegian Air Shuttle and Thomas Cook are among its clients.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is best known for its financing expertise in the transport space, where it advises clients in the logistics and aviation sectors. Recent highlights include advising Export Development Canada and Chorus Aviation on the finance and purchase of four aircrafts to be delivered and leased to Air Nostrum. Miguel Lamo de Espinosa leads the team.

Ruiz-Gálvez Abogados SLP advises clients on aviation and land transport issues. Fernando Ruiz-Gálvez leads the team.

Aiyon Abogados SLP’s team handles land transport and aviation matters. Clients include Air Charter Service, CTB Cargo Group and Britannia P&I Club. Verónica Meana, Mikel Garteiz-Goxeascoa and Enrique Ortiz are noted.

Cuatrecasas has notable expertise advising on matters pertaining to the rail and aerospace sectors, particularly passenger and freight-related issues. Highlights included representing Uber before the Court of Justice of the European Union concerning preliminary issues pertaining to the nature of its services. Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona, Deutsche Post, Tradisa and DHL are clients. Francisco Cavero leads the practice.

Dentons has a track record handling transport-related financing for local and international clients. Practice head Jabier Badiola led advice to Banco Popular, Caixabank and others on financing intended for the acquisition of four Airbus aircraft by Banco Santander’s SPV.

Pérez-Llorca’s transport team works closely with the firm’s corporate, public law, competition and dispute resolution departments. The group is representing leading airport operator Aena in litigation before the Spanish Supreme Court, and also acts for Vueling in connection with disciplinary proceedings initiated by national and regional authorities in Spain regarding delays and cancellations at the Prat Airport in Barcelona.

Rogers & Co. Abogados advises on issues pertaining to aviation, road carriage, freight forwarding and terminal operators. Marie Rogers, Luis Alberto García and David Diez are the key contacts. Clients include AIG, Chubb, the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority and Atlantis International.

At Uría Menéndez, Carlos López Quiroga led advice to American Airlines on the opening of its operations in Cuba, which included handling corporate, regulatory and labour issues. The team also acted for Europac on the preparation and drafting of framework-transport contracts to be entered into with carriers in Spain, France and Portugal.

Ventura Garcés & López-Ibor, Abogados’ aviation practice is led by Alfonso López-Ibor. The group advises on financing, leasing agreements and regulatory matters, among others. Clients include Ryanair, and Volito.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP advises on aviation financing and leasing transactions pertaining to commercial aircrafts, helicopters and corporate and private jets. Practice head Alfredo Cabellos and the experienced Laura Cadenas are the names to note.

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