The Legal 500

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

CASTELLANA 216, 28046 MADRID, SPAIN
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Work +34 91 582 91 00
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Fax +34 91 582 91 14
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www.gomezacebo-pombo.com
Vigo, Valencia, Malaga, Madrid, London, Lisbon and 4 more

Spain

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Spain

Within Banking and finance, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados is a third tier firm,

Overseen by Ángel Varela in Madrid, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados has handled a raft of refinancings and debt restructurings for both banks and corporates and, leveraging off its presence in London, has secured instructions on a number of major distressed investments involving Spanish corporates. Recent highlights include advising public entity Acuamed on the €500m financing of several water projects; and Assignia Infraestructuras on its €200m global debt refinancing. Verónica Romaní is also recommended.

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Within Capital markets, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados is a third tier firm,

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados has diversified its client base beyond its traditional focus on financial institutions. Recent highlights include advising Smurfit Kappa Group on the refinancing of bonds worth €850m; and acting for Grupo Embotellador Atic as guarantor of a $450m senior notes offering by Ajecorp. Ángel Varela heads the team, and Verónica Romaní is also recommended.

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Within Corporate and M&A, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados is a third tier firm,

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados acts for domestic and international corporates, and has notable expertise in multi-jurisdictional transactions. It advised Sonatrach on the sale and acquisition of participations in Medgaz, including its €146m acquisition of a 10% stake from Iberdrola. It also assisted Caser with the sale of 50% of its shares in several insurance companies to Caixabank for €216m. Fernando de las Cuevas heads the M&A team, and Manuel Martín is head of corporate and commercial.

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Within Dispute resolution, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados is a second tier firm,

Juan Viaño is the key figure in Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados’ litigation department, and is ‘brilliant in his work’. Also of note are Francisco Peña, Gonzalo Ardila and Borja de Obeso, who are ‘remarkable professionals, no doubt some of the best in Spain for dispute resolution’. The team is representing Chevron USA in its widely reported unfair competition case against Repsol in relation to Argentina’s expropriation of the latter’s shares in YPF in 2012.

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Within Employment, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados is a second tier firm,

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados is highlighted for its ‘total commitment to its cases’ and ‘excellent quality of service’. Team head Antonio Sempere has ‘a prodigious mind’. Together with Silvia Bauzá and Vidal Galindo, he represented Paradores de Turismo de España in a restructuring and collective dismissal procedure under the new Spanish regulations.

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Within Environment, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados is a first tier firm,

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados’ Pedro Poveda Gómez attracts consistently high praise from both peers and clients; he has ‘vast experience both in the public and private sectors’ and ‘ample training in all areas related to environmental law’, and is noted for his ‘constant availability and eminent professional standing’. The three-partner team advises major players in the waste, water, and industrial sectors, among others; examples include Ecoembes, Cicloagro, Acuame, Recyclia, Urbaser and Acciona Infraestructuras. Carlos Vázquez and Enrique Lucas are also recommended.

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Within EU and competition, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados is a third tier firm,

At Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados, Iñigo Igartua and of counsel Evelyne Ameye attract plaudits for their ‘deep knowledge of competition law’ and ‘longstanding experience in the field’, which allow them to provide ‘very practical and quick advice whenever it is needed’. It recently advised BTG Pactual on antitrust issues, including a notification to the CNC, and continued to represent Schindler in an investigation concerning the elevator maintenance and repair market in Spain.

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Within Insurance, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados is a second tier firm,

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados advised Caser on a raft of M&A transactions, including its sale of shares in several insurance ventures to Caixabank for €215.5m. It also continued to represent AXA in several litigation matters. The team is co-led by Fernando Igartua and Fernando de las Cuevas.

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Within Projects and energy, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados is a first tier firm,

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados has a long-established reputation in the energy market. Co-headed by Verónica Romaní (who is ‘one of the best lawyers in Spain for renewables work’) and Carlos Vázquez, the team is advising Sonatrach on its €146m acquisition of a stake in Medgaz from Spanish utility Iberdrola; and Triodos Bank on the design of a standard structure to finance energy efficiency projects.

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Within Real estate, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados is a second tier firm,

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados’ work is ‘client-oriented, accurate and on time’, and of ‘outstanding quality’. Alfonso Fernández Puebla is a ‘creative and rigorous’ lawyer who ‘understands his clients’ problems’, and town planning expert Luis Jiménez-Díaz has ‘excellent strategic vision’. The team advised Sareb on the due diligence on a portfolio of around 30,000 real estate assets and obligations worth €8.25bn. Iván Azinovic is also recommended.

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Within Restructuring and insolvency, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados is a second tier firm,

Clients describe Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados’ practice as ‘outstanding’, highlighting the ‘very high competence’ and ‘sense of practicality’ of the team. Recent highlights include advising Assignia Infraestructuras on its global debt refinancing, and acting for lenders including Novagalicia and BBVA on the debt refinancing of Adolfo Domínguez. Team head José María Álvarez is ‘great under any scenario’, and ‘a fantastic lawyer’.

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Within Tax, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados is a third tier firm,

At Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados, Javier Seijo and the ‘technically perfect’ Javier Vinuesa are noted for their ‘excellent’ transactional and corporate tax expertise. The team advised Brazilian investment bank BTG Pactual on the Spanish tax structuring of its investment in various management concessions, including Aigües Ter Llobregat. It also assisted Caser with the accounting and tax implications of the sale of its shares in insurance ventures to CaixaBank.

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Within TMT, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados is a second tier firm,

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados has a strong corporate-based TMT practice. Led by Almudena Arpón de Mendívil, the team regularly handles transactional, commercial and regulatory matters for international clients such as Bloomberg, Warner Bros and TDF.

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Within Transport, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados is a second tier firm,

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados’ practice has a strong focus on the finance side, primarily advising banks and other financial institutions on shipping and aircraft financings, refinancings and restructurings, often with cross-border components. Madrid-based partners Carlos Rueda and Ángel Varela co-head the team.

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Spain: Intellectual property

Within Patents, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados is a first tier firm,

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados has a dedicated four-partner patent team with an international reputation, headed up by Jesús Muñoz-Delgado. It is acting for a major manufacturer in litigation over the alleged infringement and validity of several design registrations of tablet computers. It also continues to represent Sara Lee in the multi-jurisdictional claim filed by Nestlé over the marketing of coffee capsules compatible with Nespresso machines. Head of IP Gonzalo Ulloa is also recommended.

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Within Trade marks and copyright, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados is a first tier firm,

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados is consistently referred to as a leading firm in IP, and has a specialist team for trade mark and copyright matters headed by Sofía Martínez-Almeida. Recent highlights include defending G-STAR’s designs and trade mark portfolio against alleged infringers in Spain, including acting in litigation proceedings; and representing Galletas Gullón in several disputes against Kraft Foods over a 3D trade mark. Other clients include Google and Ferrero Group. Gonzalo Ulloa is a leading practitioner.

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