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Baker McKenzie

AV. DIAGONAL 652, ED. D, 8ª PLANTA, 08034 BARCELONA, SPAIN
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Work +34 93 206 08 20
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Spain

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

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s corporate practice is commended for ‘professionalism paired with personalised service’, and works closely with the firm’s tax and employment departments. Notable instructions include advising El Corte Inglés on the sale of 10% of its shares to a company owned by a member of the Qatari royal family. Enrique Carretero and Jorge Adell lead the team.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie has an ‘excellent’ commercial litigation, arbitration and white-collar crime practice, and recently represented Grino Ecologic in an ICSID claim against the Republic of Argentina. José María Alonso and Fernando de la Mata co-lead the team, which includes the ‘well prepared and competent’ José Ramón Casado.

Leading individuals

José María Alonso - Baker McKenzie

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Co-led by Carles Prat and Alberto Escudero, the team at Baker McKenzie is praised for being ‘ahead of our needs and flexible to accept our internal constraints’. Highlights include advising the insurance company Asefa in a Supreme Court appeal against a €120m fine imposed by the CNMC.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s ‘excellent’ eight-partner employment team is led by David Diaz and Mireia Sabaté from Madrid and Barcelona, respectively. The practice is praised for its ‘first-hand knowledge of the operation of multinational companies with complex structures’, and recently advised Sanofi Pasteur on a collective redundancy procedure following the termination of its joint venture with Merck & Co.

Leading individuals

Alejandro (Alex) Valls - Baker McKenzie

David Diaz - Baker McKenzie

Fermín Guardiola - Baker McKenzie

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s ‘excellent’ environmental practice is led by Xavier Junquera from Barcelona and Pablo Dorronsoro from Madrid. The team has a strong grounding in disputes, regulatory matters, environmental assessments and transactional work. It recently advised the Catalan Government on its proposed law on Environmental Quality.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie advised Securitas Direct Verisure Group on Bain Capital’s €5.2bn sale of a controlling interest in the group to Hellman & Friedman. Javier Menor, Luis Casals, Jorge Adell and Enrique Valera are the key names.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Recent mandates saw the team at Baker McKenzie assist Ecoener on its legal challenge to the tariff scheme for renewables applicable to hydroelectric and wind farms; it also acted for Bankia on the sale of 20 companies operating solar farms in the Canary Islands. Pablo Dorronsoro and Xavier Junquera lead the practice; Luis Casals and Miguel Huarte are also noted.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s team assisted Facebook’s Oculus VR on compliance matters concerning the regulatory issues related to the launch of virtual-reality platform Gear VR. Xavier Junquera, Pablo Dorronsoro and of counsel Pep Bruguera are the key names.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Versatile and with a great level of service’, the team at Baker McKenzie recently advised Colony Capital on the €87m acquistion of 23 logistic and cross-docking premises across the country. Jesús Conde, Guillermo Rodrigo, Xavier Junquera and Jorge Adell are all key members of the practice.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie offers ‘exceptional’ expertise and ‘customer service’. Victor Mercedes heads the insolvency side, while restructuring is led by Fernando de la Mata. The firm acts for numerous banks and has recently been involved in several fund-related restructurings. Recent matters include advising Bankia on the €1.2bn sale of a secured credit portfolio to Oaktree and Chenavari.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Second to none’, the 11-partner tax team at Baker McKenzie is a led by Rodrigo Ogea and Esteban Raventós and ‘can take care of multi-jurisdictional projects with a truly international practice’. Highlights include advising Securitas Direct Verisure Group on the structuring of the €5.2bn sale of Bain Capital’s stake in the company to Hellman and Friedman. Active clients include El Corte Inglés, Altamar, and Tous.

Leading individuals

Luis Briones - Baker McKenzie

Next generation lawyers

Rubén Lago - Baker McKenzie

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Spain: Banking and finance

Borrower side
Banking and finance: borrower side - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie handles complex, high-end instructions for local and international clients. Marcel Enrich, Francisco José Bauzá, Rafael Bazán and Carlos Gutiérrez are all noted.

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Lender or arranger side
Banking and finance: lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Headline matters for Baker McKenzie’s finance team included advising a pool of banks on a €450m syndicated credit line to Grupo Villar Mir, secured by shares in Ferroatlántica and subsequently guaranteed by shares in newly incorporated entity Ferroglobe (a merger of Ferroatlántica and Globe). Francisco José Bauzá and Marcel Enrich co-head the practice, with key support from Rafael Bazán, Carlos Gutiérrez, Ana García and Rossanna D’Onza.

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Spain: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie advised Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC) on a €710m rights issue aimed at reducing the corporation’s indebtedness. Alberto Alonso Ureba, Enrique Carretero and Israel de Diego are all key practice members.

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Equity
Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie advised Bankia on the capital markets elements of its sale of a 25% stake in Realia to Grupo Slim. Alberto Alonso Ureba, Enrique Carretero and Israel de Diego are recommended.

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Spain: Industry focus

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

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s practice is co-led by the ‘outstandingMontserrat Llopart, who is praised for her ‘good industry knowledge and concise advice’, in conjunction with Cecilia Pastor. Highlights include advising on the dissolution of the Sanofi Pasteur joint venture between Sanofi and Merck. Active clients include Abbott, ISDIN, Medtronic and Allergan.

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Manufacturing
Industry focus: manufacturing - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie acts for an impressive range of manufacturers from across a broad range of sectors, offering its clients a full range of services. On the competition side, the firm represented Honda motor Europe in litigation against a record €171m fine imposed by the Spanish Competition Authority (CNMC) concerning the alleged exchange of sensitive information. Key contacts include corporate partners Jorge Adell and Cecilia Pastor, and employment partner Alejandro (Alex) Valls.

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Retail
Industry focus: retail - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie handles a mix of real estate, commercial, IP and employment advice for its retail clients. It recently advised Esprit in a multimillion-euro leaseholders’ dispute with real estate company Centrum. The firm also advised Tous on the multimillion-euro sale of a 25% stake in its holding company to Partners Group. Key individuals include Javier Menor for M&A, Esteban Raventós for tax, Cristina Duch for IP and Mireia Sabaté for employment.

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TMT
Industry focus: TMT - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s market leading team is ‘unbeatable in terms of quality, response times and price’. The team is co-led by José María Méndez, who is responsible for media, and Raúl Rubio, who is a ‘great lawyer’ for IT and telecoms matters. On the media side the firm acts for several major studios on their Spanish production agreements, and it recently advised an on-demand TV provider on its launch in Spain.

Leading individuals

Raúl Rubio - Baker McKenzie

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Spain: Intellectual property

Copyright
Intellectual property: copyright - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie assists corporate clients with all aspects of copyright protection and enforcement. In on-going work, it is advising a global design corporation in a dispute concerning the infringement of the rights of one of its best-selling products and also on the enforcement of its rights in Spain. Carles Prat, Cristina Duch and José María Méndez are all recommended.

Leading individuals

Carles Prat - Baker McKenzie

José María Méndez - Baker McKenzie

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Patents
Intellectual property: patents - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

At Baker McKenzie, Carles Prat advises leading corporations in the technology and biotechnology fields.

Leading individuals

José María Méndez - Baker McKenzie

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Trade marks
Intellectual property: trade marks - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Led by Carles Prat, the team at Baker McKenzie team has extensive expertise handling trade mark disputes for local and international corporations. The practice is currently acting for a global design corporation in complex litigation concerning the infringement of one of its designs and related unfair competition matters. José María Méndez and Cristina Duch are noted.

Leading individuals

Carles Prat - Baker McKenzie

José María Méndez - Baker McKenzie

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Legal Developments by:
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    For decades, the primary Turkish laws governing leases of residential and business premises have been the Law on Leasing Real Property dated May 27, 1955 (the “Lease Law”) and the Turkish Code of Obligations No. 818 dated April 22, 1926 (the “Obligations Code”). Both of these laws, however, will be repealed and replaced with the new Turkish Code of Obligations No. 6098 dated January 11, 2011 (the “New Obligations Code”), which will enter into force on July 7, 2012.
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