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Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

CASTELLANA 216, 28046 MADRID, SPAIN
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Work +34 91 582 91 00
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www.gomezacebo-pombo.com
Vigo, Valencia, New York, Madrid, London, Lisbon and 3 more

Spain

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados’ broad public law practice is ‘excellent in every respect’ and acts for clients in transactions, disputes and regulatory matters. The team successfully advised Badajoz Council on a tender to build and operate a public parking concession, and Carlos Vázquez represented Capgemini España in an administrative appeal against the Spanish Ministry of Justice. Juan Alfonso Santamaría is also recommended.

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados excels in investment fund and acquisition finance matters, and also worked on various high-value refinancings and debt restructurings in 2014. It advised a syndicate of lenders led by BBVA on the €400m debt refinancing of Grupo Antolin Irausa and represented two leading international funds in the shadow financing of water-supply company GIAHSA. Verónica Romaní, Rafael Aguilera, Fernando Igartua and practice head Ángel Varela are recommended.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados recently assisted Axia Real Estate with its €360m IPO and listing on the Madrid stock exchange. On the debt side, the team assisted public works company Copasa with a €50m bond issuance, the first listing on the newly created Alternative Fixed Income Market. Ángel Varela heads the practice.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados has an excellent reputation for mid-market M&A and stands out for its ‘excellent technical competency’ and ‘fantastic understanding of its clients’ businesses’. The 15-partner team advised Cooke Aquaculture on its buyout of Acuigroup Maremar from Caixabank, a transaction led by department head Fernando de las Cuevas. Other clients include Avenue Capital Group and Oman Oil. Manuel Martín is also recommended.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Francisco Peña now heads the team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados, after key litigator Juan Viaño left the firm. The firm’s current docket includes representing Unión Fenosa Gas Comercializadora in a €62m arbitration proceeding against NGS for alleged breach of a gas supply agreement and acting for Citibank in various litigation cases. Borja de Obeso and Gonzalo Ardila are also recommended. Juan Viaño re-joined the firm in January 2015.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

The ‘highly responsive and competent’ Iñigo Igartua heads Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados’ team, which provides ‘high quality, knowledgeable and practical advice’. Recent work includes representing Plastic Omnium Medio Ambiente in a CNMC cartel investigation in the waste management industry.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados’ ‘highly practical-minded and responsive team’ recently advised regular client GDF Suez on a restructuring process and negotiation of a new collective bargaining agreement. Ignacio Campos now heads the group after Antonio Sempere became a judge and Silvia Bauzá joined Hogan Lovells International LLP. Valencia-based Juan Antonio de Lanzas was made up to partner.

Leading individuals

Antonio Sempere - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Pedro Poveda’s team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados is recommended because of its ‘excellent service, response times and strength in depth’. It acted for INUSA in an appeal filed by Municipal Grupo Municipal Esquerra Unida and Ecologists in Action. The team provides ongoing legal services to waste management utilities such as Ecoembes and Ecovidrio. Carlos Vázquez and Enrique Lucas are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Pedro Poveda - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

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Healthcare and life sciences
Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 3

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados is highly regarded in the healthcare and life sciences sector, primarily thanks to its rounded IP expertise. Recent highlights include advising PharmaMar on a licensing and commercialisation agreement with Chugai Pharmaceuticals relating to an anti-tumour drug. Gonzalo Ulloa heads the practice, which also includes Eduardo Castillo and José Miguel Lissén.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados combines domestic expertise with a global practice handling bancassurance, transactions and litigation. Highlights included advising Caser on the sale of a 75% stake in Banco Gallego Vida y Pensiones to Banco de Sabadell. Banking expert Fernando Igartua heads the team.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados has ‘the best energy team one can expect’. The ‘particularly strong’ Verónica Romaní is advising Axis on the financing of the construction of a hospital in Chile. Other clients include Vestas Eolica, Oman Oil and T-Solar. Practice co-heads Carlos Vázquez and Ángel Varela lead on the regulatory and project finance sides, respectively.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados’ ‘top-level real estate team’ has ‘vast specialist knowledge and experience’. Current projects include advising IBA Capital Partners on its €320m acquisition of several properties. Other clients include Axia Real Estate Socimi and Drago Capital. Alfonso Fernández-Puebla jointly heads the practice with Iván Azinovic, who is ‘one of Spain’s top real estate lawyers’.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados is ‘strong in terms of knowledge, response times and quality of advice’, and has been busy with refinancings and debt restructurings. Restructuring expert Miguel Lamo de Espinosa, who has ‘his clients’ best interest at heart’, co-heads the team with Francisco Peña. Peña and María José Paz-Ares continue to act for Martinsa-Fadesa in insolvency proceedings. José María Álvarez and Rafael Aguilera are also recommended.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Almudena Arpón de Mendívil’s team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados is particularly active on the transactional side, and attracts clients from the telecoms, media and technology fields.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados has ‘a client-focused approach’ and ‘solid industry knowledge’. Recent highlights include advising Banque PSA Finance on the Spanish tax structuring of its joint venture with Santander. Javier Seijo* heads the ‘excellent’ five-partner team, which also includes Enrique Ortega and the ‘committed’ Javier Vinuesa. *Since publication, Javier Seijo has left the firm.

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados attracts work from numerous financial institutions, including Caixabank, NCG Banco and Ahorro Corporación Financiera. Expertise includes ship and aircraft financings, refinancings and restructurings. Ángel Varela heads the practice, which also includes Carlos Rueda and Miguel Lamo de Espinosa.

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Spain: Intellectual property

Patents
Intellectual property: patents - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados’ five-partner team is particularly renowned for its litigation capabilities and Jesús Muñoz-Delgado is representing Eurosemillas and The Regents of the University of California in patent infringement proceedings against Nadorcott. Other clients include Novartis, Pilot Pen and BASF. Gonzalo Ulloa heads the practice.

Leading individuals

Gonzalo Ulloa - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

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Trade marks and copyright
Intellectual property: trade marks and copyright - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados’ 25-lawyer team has the firepower to handle some of the most significant trade mark matters in the market, both transactional and contentious. Sofía Martínez-Almeida represented coffee producer DEMB in a capsule packaging imitation case and acted for Converse in trade mark opposition proceedings. Gonzalo Ulloa heads the firm’s IP and IT group.

Leading individuals

Gonzalo Ulloa - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

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