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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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Fax +34 91 582 91 14
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www.gomezacebo-pombo.com
Vigo, Valencia, New York, Madrid, London, Lisbon and 3 more

Spain

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Working closely with the firm’s corporate department, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados’ banking and finance group works on financing and refinancing transactions, distressed debt transactions, restructurings, and stock market and regulatory matters, and has particular expertise in investment funds and acquisition finance. Clients include BBVA, Banco Santander, ING Bank and Caixabank. Àngel Varela, Verónica Romaní, Fernando Igartua and Rafael Aguilera are all highly recommended.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados acted for Axia Real Estate on its €360m IPO, and also advises Citibank and The Children Investment Fund. The team is led by Àngel Varela, with Fernando Igartua and Fernando de las Cuevas also key names.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados fields a ‘reliable and experienced team which excels at understanding clients’ business needs’. The group acted for London-based TCI on the acquisition of a 10% stake in Spanish airports operator Aena, and continues to advise the client in relation to the investment, including representing it before the Spanish Competition Authority. Fernando de las Cuevas heads the practice, together with area coordinator Manuel Martín.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados has a strong eight-partner practice covering a wide range of domestic and international litigation and arbitration. Recent mandates include assisting Grupo Ahorro Corporación in the defence of certain corporate claims. Francisco Peña is the name to note.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

The team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados is led by Iñigo Igartua, who assisted Panasonic on the acquisition of 49% of Barcelona-based family-owned multinational Ficosa International. Also recommended is Miguel Troncoso in the Brussels office.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados suffered a major setback with the departure of Antonio Sempere (now a magistrate at the Supreme Tribunal) and Silvia Bauzá (to Hogan Lovells International LLP). The team, led by Ignacio Campos and Juan Antonio de Lanzas, acts for clients including Coca-Cola, Nike, Expedia and TripAdvisor.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

The ‘legal soundness’ of the practice at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados is ‘second to none. Recent work for the team, which is led by Pedro Poveda, includes advising SARP Industries (Veolia Group) on the public auction process for the acquisition of a plant for the incineration of hazardous waste in Catalonia. New clients include Atwood Oceanics and Recycling Hispania.

Leading individuals

Pedro Poveda - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados is involved in some of the most significant transactions in the insurance sector, and is able to combine local and international expertise. It acted for Caser on the sale of a 50% stake in Caixanova Vida y Pensiones to Abanca Corporación. Practice head Fernando Igartua is the name to note.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Carlos Vázquez and Ángel Varela are the key contacts at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados. Verónica Romaní represented First Reserve Corporation in arbitration proceedings against the government of Spain relating to the retroactive amendment of the legal framework for renewable energy installations. Other clients include Warwick Capital Partners, Triodos Bank and Endesa Energía.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados’ public law team is ‘well versed’ in public law matters, and works closely with the firm’s other departments to provide a complete service to clients. It advised The Children’s Investment Fund Management on matters relating to its purchase of shares from Aena (currently in a privatisation process), and also represented the client in proceedings against the Spanish Competition Authority (the CNMC) in connection with Aena’s tariff. Practice head Carlos Vázquez and Juan Alfonso Santamaría are recommended.

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

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

The real estate, property development and planning team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados has an excellent track record in complex real estate transactions. Recent mandates include assisting Standard Life Investments on the acquisition of the World Trade Centre Barcelona from Morgan Stanley. Iván Azinovic and Alfonso Fernández-Puebla are ‘excellent negotiators, and very pragmatic’.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados acted for Banco de Madrid in relation to its voluntary insolvency proceedings. Miguel Lamo de Espinosa and Francisco Peña head the practice, which includes the ‘knowledgeable, practical and efficient’ Rafael Aguilera.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

The team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados is seen as ‘a boutique inside of a full-service firm’. Recent work includes advising The Children’s Investment Fund on its acquisition of 6.7% of local and international airport operator Aena. Enrique Ortega and Javier Vinuesa are the key contacts.

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados’ practice is co-led by Ángel Varela and Carlos Rueda, and specialises in advising financial institutions in the areas of shipping finance, tax leasing, syndicated loans, restructurings and refinancings. Rueda advised new client Fond-Ico on the financing of a vessel built by Astilleros Gondan for Simon Mokster Shipping.

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Spain: Industry focus

Food
Industry focus: food - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Recent work for Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados includes representing Freixenet in a claim for undue termination of distribution agreement and compensation for goodwill and damages; and assisting Inlac in the preparation of a report on the implementation of the new EU law on the Common Agricultural Policy.

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Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 3

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Gonzalo Ulloa heads the practice at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados. Recent mandates include advising Altan Pharma on the acquisition of the privately owned GES Group.

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Manufacturing
Industry focus: manufacturing - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados has expertise across the automotive, chemical and plastics, industrial equipment, paper, wood, cardboard and shipbuilding sectors. The firm recently advised Banque PSA Finance (the finance arm of PSA Peugeot Citroën) on the Spanish and Portuguese aspects of a framework agreement with Santander Consumer Finance. Managing partner Manuel Martín is the key name.

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Retail
Industry focus: retail - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados’ portfolio of clients includes Mercadona, Stanpa, Converse and Hermes. Recent work for the team includes advising German supermarket chain Lidl on opening new supermarket centres in Spain.

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TMT
Industry focus: TMT - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

At Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados, Almudena Arpón de Mendívil assists telecoms, media and IT operators, as well as content and infrastructure providers and their contractors.

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Spain: Intellectual property

Patents
Intellectual property: patents - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados is recognised for its contentious and advisory capabilities. Department head Gonzalo Ulloa is leading advice to a high-profile pharmaceuticals corporation regarding potential litigation over patent infringement by another major player in the sector; and Jesús Muñoz-Delgado is also recommended. Nike, Novartis and Caster are clients.

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 fields one of the largest IP teams in the country, and is considered ‘a leading firm in the sector’; the 25-strong group handles some of the most significant trade mark and copyright mandates, both transactional and contentious. Clients include Nike, Lacoste and Hilton Hotels. Gonzalo Ulloa and Sofía Martínez-Almeida are the key figures.

Leading individuals

Gonzalo Ulloa - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados

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