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Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

CASTELLANA 216, 28046 MADRID, SPAIN
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Work +34 91 582 91 00
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Barcelona, Bilbao, Brussels, Lisbon, London, Madrid and 3 more

Spain

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo fields a ‘superb team of lawyers’ which advises on financing transactions, corporate finance, syndicated loans, asset finance, project finance, debt restructuring, regulatory compliance and investigations initiated by the authorities, among others. The practice is advising Bank of America, Goldman Sachs and others, as the arrangers, on the €6.3bn credit line to Grifols, intended to refinance existing indebtedness and the acquisition of Hologic’s diagnostic unit. The group also assisted Apollo, Davidson Kempner and Avenue as creditors of Cementos Portland Valderrivas pertaining to a refinancing and the necessary steps to be taken in light of a takeover bid launched by FCC. Other clients include Banco Santander, Axiare Patrimonio SOCIMI and Dutch bank Triodos. Miguel Lamo de Espinosa, Carlos Rueda, Rafael Aguilera, Fernando Igartua and Àngel Varela are key practitioners.

Leading individuals

Carlos Rueda - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Miguel Lamo de Espinosa - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Rafael Aguilera - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Next generation lawyers

Fernando Herrero - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Ferran Foix - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

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

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

The ‘reliable team’ at Gómez-Acebo & Pombounderstands client’s business needs and priorities’ and is adept at handling complex, high-end corporate and M&A matters. Highlights included advising Oman Oil Company on the sale of a 10% interest in Compañía Logística de Hidrocarburos to Macquarie for the sum of €1bn, and acting for the shareholders of Albany Molecular Research and AMRI on the Spanish legal issues pertaining to their merger into a new entity, in a €922m global deal. Other clients include Grupo Prisa, Axión, Laureate Education and Seaya Ventures. Iñigo Erlaiz and Fernando de las Cuevas lead the practice. Mónica Weimann, Fernado Igartua and Richard Silberstein are also noted.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

At Gómez-Acebo & Pombo, the ‘very good’ team is led by Juan Viaño. The group is acting for French-based listed company Eutelsat in arbitration and litigation proceedings before the Spanish courts. Francisco Peña retired.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo provides ‘excellent response times and sound, clear advice’. It recently advised Panasonic on the EU and competition aspects of its acquisition of Ficosa International. Practice head Iñigo Igartua is, according to one client, ‘one of the best competition lawyers in Spain’.

Leading individuals

Iñigo Igartua - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo provides ‘a very good service with quick responses, offering tailor-made and flexible advice’. Ignacio Campos heads the team and Juan Antonio de Lanzas is the contact in Valencia. Clients include Pfizer and Nike.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has ‘deep knowledge of waste management and international environmental regulations’ thanks to its solid team, which includes household name Pedro Poveda and rising star María José Rovira, who are highly regarded. The firm is advising the Spanish Climate Change Office on draft legislation to meet international emission reduction objectives. It also works with key chemical, utilities and biodiversity sector clients.

Leading individuals

Pedro Poveda - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Next generation lawyers

María José Rovira - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo’s team, which stands out for its ‘dedication to clients’, provides a full-service offering. Àngel Varela and Pablo Muelas (a former deputy director at the Ministry of Economy) lead the practice. Fernando Igartua and Santiago Gómez-Acebo are also key practitioners. The group is advising the Association Representative of Insurance Intermediaries of Financial Entities on matters concerning the implementation of the Insurance Distribution Directive. Other work included preparing a self-assessment report on survival tables of the Spanish population, for the Spanish Union of insurers and re-insurers (UNESPA), which will be used, among other things, to calculate premiums and mathematical provisions by the insurance industry.

Leading individuals

Iñigo Erláiz - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo’s team advised US-based Laureate Education on the €341m sale of the Glion Institute of Higher Education and Les Roches International School of Hotel Management and their interests in affiliated campuses and partners to Eurazeo. Iñigo Erlaiz and David González lead the practice.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo’s team acts for sponsors, developers, public bodies, financial institutions and local and international investors. The group advises IBEX-listed, energy and utilities corporation Endesa on commercial, competition, corporate, litigation and insolvency-related matters. Verónica Romaní and Carlos Vázquez lead the practice. Carlos Rueda, Carlos Marina, Luis Gil and Fernando Igartua are also noted.

Leading individuals

Verónica Romaní - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is ‘a visible name in the public sector market’ and has expertise advising local and international clients. The team acted for the Council of Badajoz in disputes connected to a major concession for public work constructions arising from the infringement of contractual obligations by a former concessionaire. It also provides ongoing assistance to Bank of America with matters pertaining to public works for the high-speed railway connecting Figueres and Perpignan. Carlos Vázquez leads the practice. Juan Alfonso Santamaría, Irene Fernández, Enrique Lucas, José Luis Palma and José Manuel Palau are the other names to note.

Leading individuals

Carlos Vázquez - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Next generation lawyers

Ander de Blas - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Irene Fernández - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

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

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo’s team advises on the full spectrum of work in the real estate sector, including construction, real estate finance and corporate transactions, and has particular expertise in property development and planning. It advised US investment fund Invesco on the €358m acquisition of a commercial real estate portfolio. Joaquim Riera, newly promoted partner Ana López and recent arrival Luciano Parejo Alfonso are key names. Enrique Isla joined the firm in 2018 from King & Wood Mallesons. Alfonso Fernández-Puebla joined Simmons & Simmons LLP.

Next generation lawyers

Joaquim Riera - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is particularly active in financing and refinancing deals on the borrower side, where clients include Euroconsult and Assignia. It also acts for large lenders including banks and international investment funds; it recently advised a syndicate of leading banks on the €287m debt refinancing of Teka Industrial. ‘Effective negotiator’ Miguel Lamo de Espinosa heads the practice.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo’s practice provides full-service tax support, covering transactions, planning and contentious tax. The group also has notable expertise assisting high-net-worth families with wealth planning issues. The firm recently acted for a consortium of Canadian pension plans in all aspects of tax litigation. Practice head Enrique Ortega stands out for his ‘practical problem-solving approach’.

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Spain: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: Debt - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo’s practice has vast expertise handling transactions in local and international markets, and advises issuers, underwriters, placement banks and investment service providers. The firm acts for Spain’s largest securitisation fund manager Haya Titulización on the amendment and variation of 30 separate securitisations funds and series with a multimillion-euro aggregate value. Other clients include Banco Sabadell, Zambal Spain SOCIM, Asia Orient Holdings and Abanca. Miguel Lamo de Espinosa, Guillermo Guerra and Àngel Varela are the key names.

Leading individuals

Àngel Varela - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

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Equity
Capital markets: Equity - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo’s team advises local and international clients on areas such as IPOs, rights issues, accelerated book-build offerings, listings and share buy-backs, among other matters. It is advising on all preliminary capital markets steps pertaining to a potential takeover bid for listed company Abertis Infraestructuras, and is assitsing Spanish media conglomerate Prisa with the sale of its 94% interest in Portuguese corporation Grupo Media Capital to Altice in a €450m operation, which included advising on the terms and conditions of the purchaser’s public offer for shares. Santiago Gómez-Acebo, Miguel Lamo de Espinosa, Guillermo Guerra and Àngel Varela are the key names.

Leading individuals

Santiago Gómez-Acebo - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

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Spain: Industry focus

Food
Industry focus: Food - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

The ‘very experienced’ team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is involved in all industry matters from food chain issues to compliance, taxation and M&A, offering ‘business-oriented advice and an ability to find effective solutions’. Mónica Weimann, who ‘accurately identifies and addresses critical issues in labelling and advertising’, and José Luis Palma, who ‘brings a high level of knowledge and control’, jointly head the practice group, which comprises key partners from the commercial, IP and dispute teams. The firm recently represented the Edrington Group and its subsidiary Brugal in a Supreme Court case regarding the termination of its distribution agreement with spirits manufacturer Diego Zamora. Other clients include Nestlé, Ferrero and Freixenet.

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Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has ‘a strong team of lawyers and is extremely effective in litigation cases’. The firm is known for its IP advice; Eduardo Castillo heads the group, which recently acted for Bristol-Myers Squibb and Ono Pharmaceutical on a multibillion-dollar patent infringement case against Merck & Co concerning cancer drug Keytruda. The firm also assists GSK with advertising matters and commercial contracts.

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Manufacturing
Industry focus: Manufacturing - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo’s team stands out for its ‘technical knowledge and co-ordination between different departments’; it provides a full-service support to manufacturing sector clients. The team recently advised Panasonic on its acquisition of a controlling interest in automotive parts manufacturer Ficosa International. Íñigo Erlaiz heads the corporate department, where key partner Francisco Gil Durán is noted for his ‘management skills and responsiveness’.

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Retail
Industry focus: Retail - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo works with key brands in the sector, providing a ‘supportive and responsive level of service with excellent industry and local knowledge’. IP partner Sofía Martínez-Almeida heads the retail and fashion group, which is instructed by Armani on negotiating lease agreements, data protection issues and regulatory matters. Other clients include De’Longhi, Sanrio and Lacoste. Commercial partner José Ángel Cano is recommended.

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TMT
Industry focus: TMT - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is frequently instructed by clients in the telecoms, audio-visual and technology sectors. Corporate and antitrust expert Almudena Arpón de Mendívil heads the TMT group; she is leading advice to Eutelsat on the €302m sale of its 33.7% stake in Hispasat to majority shareholder Abertis as well as assisting Dixons Carphone with the sale of its Spanish division to Global Dominion Access.

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Spain: Intellectual property

Copyright
Intellectual property: Copyright - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

A top practice for copyright matters’, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo’s ‘impressive’ team is ‘very attentive to details and client’s business needs’. The group assists Nike with all commercial and IP issues including online marketing and e-commerce and advises Sony on the negotiation of contracts regulating its films interests with local distributors. Eduardo Castillo leads the practice. Jesús Muñoz Delgado, Sofía Martínez and Ibán Diez are other key contacts.

Leading individuals

Eduardo Castillo - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gonzalo Ulloa - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Next generation lawyers

Ibán Diez - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Isabela Crespo - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

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Patents
Intellectual property: Patents - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo’s sizeable team is regularly involved in high-end, cross-border matters and its expertise spans protection issues, commercialisation and the enforcement of patents. Practice head Eduardo Castillo, Gonzalo Ulloa and Álvaro de Castro are representing Bristol-Myers Squibb and Ono in a patent infringement and nullity claim against Merck & Co. Jesús Muñoz-Delgado, Sofía Martínez and José Miguel Lissén are also noted.

Leading individuals

Eduardo Castillo - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gonzalo Ulloa - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Next generation lawyers

Álvaro de Castro - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

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Trade marks
Intellectual property: Trade marks - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

An important name in the trade mark arena’, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is regularly involved in some of the most notable trade marks cases. It is acting for Carrefour in a landmark case against Portuguese retail group Sonae concerning the client’s registered name "Continente", the dispute involves issues of residual goodwill, trade mark infringement and unfair competition. Practice head Eduardo Castillo, Gonzalo Ulloa, Jesús Muñoz-Delgado and Sofía Martínez are recommended.

Leading individuals

Eduardo Castillo - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gonzalo Ulloa - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Jesús Muñoz Delgado - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Next generation lawyers

Manuel de Torres - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

María González - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Mónica Estévez - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

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Spain: Transport

Other transport
Transport: Other transport - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

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.

Next generation lawyers

Fernando Herrero - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

José Canalejas - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

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Shipping
Transport: Shipping - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

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.

Next generation lawyers

Fernando Herrero - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

José Canalejas - Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

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