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Uría Menéndez

PRÍNCIPE DE VERGARA 187, PLAZA RODRIGO URÍA, 28002 MADRID, SPAIN
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Spain

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

A first port of call for many’, Uría Menéndez’s practice receives praise for the high-quality of its services, and its lawyers’ negotiation skills and thorough knowledge of the market. Headline work included advising Banco Santander, CaixaBank, Crédit Agricole, Bankia and Banco Popular (the coordination committee) on all stages and aspects of Abengoa’s debt restructuring process, with an aggregate value of €20bn. In another high-profile matter, it advised BBVA and Banco Santander (as global agents), CaixaBank, Banco Sabadell and 50 other creditors including foreign banks, funds and sureties, on the restructuring of the corporate debt of Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC), valued at €6.8bn. Sebastián Sáenz de Santa María, Carlos de Cárdenas Smith and Ángel Pérez are all key members of the practice.

Leading individuals

Carlos de Cárdenas Smith - Uría Menéndez

Sebastián Sáenz de Santa María - Uría Menéndez

Next generation lawyers

Blanca Arlabán - Uría Menéndez

Carolina Albuerne - Uría Menéndez

Isabel Aguilar - Uría Menéndez

Josefina García - Uría Menéndez

Patricia Álvarez - Linklaters

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez is the ‘first port of call for many corporations’ – it acts for several Ibex 35 and large Iberian corporations – and is well-known for its expertise and thorough knowledge of the market. The team is advising Abertis Infraestructuras on a voluntary tender offer by Atlantia in the sum of €16.4bn. The practice also assisted Banco Santander with the €1.8bn sale of Allfunds Bank. Other clients include Banco Popular, Euskaltel, Investindustrial and Banco Mare Nostrum. Juan Manuel Goenechea, Juan Martín Perrotto, Steve Hess and Manuel Echenique jointly head the practice.

Leading individuals

Juan Francisco Falcón - Uría Menéndez

Juan Miguel Goenechea - Uría Menéndez

Salvador Sánchez Terán - Uría Menéndez

Next generation lawyers

Tomás Acosta - Uría Menéndez

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez’s team provides ‘great quality work, with the ability to adapt to the client’s needs in litigation and arbitration proceedings’. Alex Ferreres is the contact in Barcelona, recently leading advice to Abanca (formerly Novacaixagalicia) on a €150m collective claim regarding alleged nullity of swap contracts. Clients recommend José Miguel Fatás for his ‘technical knowledge and strategic vision’. Practice head Jesús Remón and experienced litigator Miguel Virgós are other key names.

Leading individuals

Alex Ferreres - Uría Menéndez

Jesús Remón - Uría Menéndez

Miguel Virgós - Uría Menéndez

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

Jaime Folguera and Antonio Guerra co-lead the practice at Uría Menéndez, which provides ‘excellent legal expertise and advice’. The group acted for Banco Santander on its joint venture with Warburg Pincus and General Atlantic and also assisted the same client with notifying the European Commission regarding the bank’s acquisition of SAM Investment Holdings. The firm also assists Pfizer with on-going investigations by the Spanish Competition Authority regarding wholesale price schemes and parallel-trade issues.

Leading individuals

Jaime Folguera - Uría Menéndez

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez provides ‘excellent advice’. Ignacio García-Perrote heads the team, recently representing Bankia in disputes concerning its liability for past social security contributions; counsel Álvaro Navarro is an asset on the contentious side.

Leading individuals

Ignacio García-Perrote - Uría Menéndez

Next generation lawyers

Álvaro Navarro - Uría Menéndez

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez combines its regulatory, commercial and environmental expertise to ‘assist with complex issues in the sector through its excellent specialisation and co-ordination between teams’; advice ranges from transactional and compliance matters to assistance with carbon trading, waste and emissions issues. Carlos de Miguel Perales has ‘great experience, is accessible and brings a distinctly practical approach to problem solving’ and senior associate Jesús Sedano is also noted. The practice acts for market leaders in the manufacturing, oil and construction sectors.

Leading individuals

Carlos de Miguel Perales - Uría Menéndez

Next generation lawyers

Jesús Sedano - Uría Menéndez

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

A powerhouse in the insurance arena’, Uría Menéndez acts for local and international clients on big-ticket, cross-border insurance transactions. Highlights included advising Banco de Sabadell, Zurich and Bansabadell Vida on a VIF monetisation reinsurance between Bansabadell Vida and Swiss Re, which comprised Bansabadell Vida’s entire individual life-risk portfolio. AXA, AIG, Mutua Madrileña and VidaCaixa are other clients. Guillermo San Pedro and José María Segovia lead the group. Associate Alejandro Linares is also noted.

Leading individuals

Guillermo San Pedro - Uría Menéndez

Next generation lawyers

Alejandro Linares - Uría Menéndez

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez has extensive expertise advising local and international clients on all stages of private equity transactions. Highlights included acting for CVC Capital Partners on the acquisition of a 25% stake in Compañía Logística de Hidrocarburos (CLH) and advising Magnum Capital on the sale (including assignment of loans) of its entire shareholding in Sócrates Schools, the parent company of the Nace Group, which operates schools in Spain, France, the UK and India. Christian Hoedl and Juan Miguel Goenechea lead the team. Tomás José Acosta, Diana Linage Gómez and Cristina Gracia Colldeforns are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Christian Hoedl - Uría Menéndez

Juan Miguel Goenechea - Uría Menéndez

Next generation lawyers

Cristina Gracia Colldeforns - Uría Menéndez

Diana Linage Gómez - Uría Menéndez

Tomás José Acosta - Uría Menéndez

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez is a key name for project finance matters and advises clients in the transport, infrastructure, electricity, power and solar sectors. The firm acted for BBVA, Banco Sabadell and Bankinter on financing the construction of two Suezmax vessels to be built by Navantia, with a total value of $119m. CaixaBank, Caen Enterprisers, SunEdison and Natixis are also clients. Ángel Pérez, Juan González Ruiz, Javier Valle and María José Descalzo are recommended.

Leading individuals

Carlos de Cárdenas Smith - Uría Menéndez

Juan González Ruiz - Uría Menéndez

Ángel Pérez - Uría Menéndez

Next generation lawyers

Blanca Arlabán Babeiras - Uría Menéndez

Eva García Morales - Uría Menéndez

María José Descalzo - Uría Menéndez

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

A ‘powerhouse in public law’, Uría Menéndez’s knowledgeable team advises Aena on a variety of regulatory mandates including tariffs. It also assists the Agbar Group with national PPP contracts, including handling litigation connected to regulatory issues, and contractual and public procurement decisions. Mariano Magide leads the practice; José Miguel Fatás and Jesús Remón are also key practitioners; Manuel Vélez was recently made partner.

Leading individuals

Jesús Remón - Uría Menéndez

José Miguel Fatás - Uría Menéndez

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Sarmiento - Uría Menéndez

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez stands out for its ‘thorough knowledge of the market and dedication to clients’. Team co-head Fernando Azofra led advice to Metrovacesa Suelo y Promoción on the purchase of 179 land plots comprising 3,500 land registry units. Fellow co-head Diego Armero assisted Foncière des Murs with the acquisition of 19 hotels in Spain. Barcelona-based Ignacio Albiñana and associate Marta Gimènez Aliaga are also noted.

Leading individuals

Diego Armero - Uría Menéndez

Fernando Azofra - Uría Menéndez

Ignacio Albiñana - Uría Menéndez

Next generation lawyers

José María Olivares - Uría Menéndez

Marta Giménez Aliaga - Uría Menéndez

Silvia Alcoverro - Cuatrecasas

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez’s nine-partner team is jointly headed by Alberto Núñez-Lagos and Sebastián Sáenz de Santa María. The group had a key role in the Isolux restructuring, advising certain entities of the group on refinancing. Carlos de Cárdenas Smith is advising a syndicate of lenders led by BBVA and Santander on a €6.8bn restructuring of Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas’s corporate indebtedness. Other highlights include assisting Global Asset Capital with the coordination of the €2.8bn restructuring and purchase of Marme Inversiones following its insolvency.

Leading individuals

Alberto Núñez-Lagos - Uría Menéndez

Carlos de Cárdenas Smith - Uría Menéndez

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez has a strong commercial tax team with an international focus. Rafael Fuster leads the team, which works directly with its M&A and private equity practices. Víctor Viana advised Goldman Sachs and Metrovacesa on the tax aspects of €600m and €9.5bn deals respectively. Senior associate Roberto Medrano assisted Isolux Corsán with the tax aspects of its €2.5bn debt restructuring.

Leading individuals

Rafael Fuster - Uría Menéndez

Víctor Viana - Uría Menéndez

Next generation lawyers

Roberto Medrano - Uría Menéndez

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Spain: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: Debt - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez’s team is regularly instructed to advise on some of the most innovative and complex transactions involving Spanish corporations. Recent highlights saw the group acting for Telefónica, as the guarantor, on the issuance of senior notes by its subsidiary Telefónica Emisiones, and its subsequent listing on the NYSE, valued at €3.5bn. Rafael Sebastián leads the practice. Jaime Pereda, Gabriel Núñez, Javier Redonet and Alfonso Ventoso are other key names.

Leading individuals

Gabriel Núñez - Uría Menéndez

Javier Redonet - Uría Menéndez

Rafael Sebastián - Uría Menéndez

Next generation lawyers

Carolina Albuerne - Uría Menéndez

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Equity
Capital markets: Equity - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

A ‘major player in the Spanish capital markets arena’, Uría Menéndez acted for Banco Santander on its rights of issue subsequent to the purchase of Banco Popular, in a €7.1bn operation. Managing partner Luis de Carlos and Javier Redonet head the practice; Gabriel Núñez and Alfonso Ventoso are also key names.

Leading individuals

Alfonso Ventoso - Uría Menéndez

Gabriel Núñez - Uría Menéndez

Javier Redonet - Uría Menéndez

Rafael Sebastián - Uría Menéndez

Next generation lawyers

Carolina Albuerne - Uría Menéndez

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Spain: Industry focus

Food
Industry focus: Food - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez provides a multidisciplinary service to clients in the sector, covering all areas from finance to employment and IP advice. Eduardo Geli recently led on acting for a bank syndicate headed by BBVA on the €93.6m restructuring of Lacrem (now Farga Group). The firm is particularly active in cross-border deals in the Americas, assisting the sellers with Grupo Palacios’ $20.7m purchase of Florida-based Elore Holdings.

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Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez provides a comprehensive service to healthcare sector clients, covering complex commercial and contract law matters, public procurement and privacy as well as regulatory and competition advice. Well-respected industry expert Teresa Paz-Ares heads the 13-strong group, which is noted for its ‘exceptional skill and performance’; IP partner Montiano Monteagudo is the contact in Barcelona. Paz-Ares and public law partner José Miguel Fatás recently led advice to Johnson & Johnson on its termination of a long-standing licence and distribution agreement with Esteve regarding Fortasec. The firm also works with Quirónsalud and Procter & Gamble.

Leading individuals

Teresa Paz-Ares - Uría Menéndez

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Manufacturing
Industry focus: Manufacturing - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez handles all matters for clients in the sector; on the corporate front, it recently advised French fund Eurazeo on its refinancing and purchase of Iberchem from Magnum Capital Industrial Partners. IP partner Ingrid Pi represented NSK Global and Toyota in litigation pertaining to patent infringement concerning components.

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Retail
Industry focus: Retail - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez stands out for its corporate experience; private equity partners Rafael Sebastián and José Soria recently led on several important industry deals. Notable work includes advising bridal wear giant Pronovias on its €533.5m sale to funds advised by BC Partners and assisting Endurance Partners with its acquisition of a majority stake in childrenswear retailer tuc tuc.

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TMT
Industry focus: TMT - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez draws on leading experts from its litigation and transactional teams to provide a wide range of advice to key industry players. Highlights included assisting Facebook with e-commerce, advertising and data protection matters and handling software and commercial advice for Microsoft; it also works with Vodafone on the telecoms front. M&A experts Pablo González-Espejo and Teresa Paz-Ares are the key names.

Leading individuals

Pablo González-Espejo - Uría Menéndez

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Spain: Intellectual property

Copyright
Intellectual property: Copyright - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez’s team is representing a household-name media corporation in litigation concerning the ownership, licensing and infringement of a television series format. Clients include Telefónica, Microsoft and Sony Mobile. Montiano Monteagudo leads the practice.

Leading individuals

José Massaguer - Uría Menéndez

Montiano Monteagudo - Uría Menéndez

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Patents
Intellectual property: Patents - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

Recent work for Uría Menéndez’s team included defending Roche Diagnostics against allegations of patent infringement concerning its non-invasive pre-natal test, and acting for NSK and Toyota Motor Corporation in proceedings against two Japanese motor vehicle manufacturers in disputes pertaining to alleged patent infringements. José Massaguer, Montiano Monteagudo and Ingrid Pi are recommended.

Leading individuals

José Massaguer - Uría Menéndez

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

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez stands out for its ‘level of service, business acumen and partner availability’. Practice head José Massaguer led a team acting for a high-profile corporation in litigation concerning the cancellation of protected trade marks due to lack of use. Other clients include Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Chevrolet and Groupon Spain. Montiano Monteagudo and Ingrid Pi are also noted.

Leading individuals

José Massaguer - Uría Menéndez

Montiano Monteagudo - Uría Menéndez

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Spain: Transport

Other transport
Transport: Other transport - ranked: tier 2

Uría Menéndez

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.

Leading individuals

Carlos López-Quiroga - Uría Menéndez

Juan Francisco Falcón - Uría Menéndez

Next generation lawyers

Luz Martínez de Azcoitia - Uría Menéndez

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Shipping
Transport: Shipping - ranked: tier 2

Uría Menéndez

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.

Leading individuals

Carlos López Quiroga - Uría Menéndez

Next generation lawyers

Luz Martínez de Azcoitia - Uría Menéndez

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Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez’s connections to key Spanish banks has intensified with the trend for banking decision makers to return to Spain from New York. The firm’s on-the-ground presence through its associated Latin American entity Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria, is gaining further global recognition with a number of European and Asian lenders and sponsors turning to it for Latin America transactions, especially in the Pacific Alliance region. It is also working with a number of French and Russian lenders on financings in Cuba, a jurisdiction where the firm has made a particularly notable impression. Moreover, the firm continues to advise a number of Spanish banks on establishing a presence in Latin America and on acquiring and disposing of key assets. A team led by Madrid partner Sebastián Sáenz de Santa María advised the coordination committee and other financial institutions (as main creditors to Abengoa group), on the Spanish company’s headline restructuring, which involved a range of project assets in Latin America. Eduardo Rodríguez-Rovira, the Madrid-based head of the Latin America practice group, and Madrid partners Ángel Pérez and Carlos de Cárdenas are also noted.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 5

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez’s extensive Spanish client base is consistently active in Latin America, frequently acquiring and disposing of assets. Moreover, many of the transactions involving its core Spanish clients often involve Latin America interests and considerations. The firm has recently advised a series of funds – including private equity funds, opportunity funds and family offices – on the sale of Latin American assets. Working alongside its Latin American associate firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría, it is also increasingly active on behalf of Chinese investors looking to make investments in the region. In addition, the firm is a leader on foreign investments into Cuba. Recent headline mandates include advising Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) on the $2.2bn sale of its stake in BBVA Chile to Bank of Nova Scotia. The ‘excellent’ team is led by Madrid-based Latin America practice group-head Eduardo Rodríguez-Rovira. A high proportion of the firm’s M&A partners advise on deals involving Latin American assets and interests; of these, Juan Martín Perrotto is an especially prominent name, as is Tomás Acosta who is noted for his ‘solid knowledge’ and ‘professionalism’.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez’s strength lies in its solid experience of handling construction disputes, along with the capacity to handle a broader range of commercial disputes. Jesús Remón and Miguel Virgós lead the 23-partner team, which includes key practitioners based in Madrid, Lisbon and Barcelona. The team is also active in the investor-state sphere; 2017 saw Virgós and Gabriel Bottini act for an international investor in a dispute arising from the breaching of a BIT. Virgós, Bottini and Álvaro López de Argumedo also regularly sit as arbitrators.

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