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CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

PASEO DE RECOLETOS, 7-9, 28004 MADRID, SPAIN
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Work +34 91 451 93 00
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Fax +34 91 442 60 45
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Spain

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

Highlights for CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo’s practice included advising Agencia Estatal de Resolució D’Entitats Bancaries on issues pertaining to Banca Privada d’Andorra’s insolvency proceedings, among them the sale of a syndicated loan portfolio and public debt, the structuring of a winding-up strategy, compliance programmes and other related issues. Abraham Nájera and María Guinot assisted Banco Popular with the negotiation of a loan agreement with JP Morgan valued at €572m. Gracia Sainz and Curra Munuera are also noted.

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

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo is a key name for corporate matters. The team advised Iberdrola, as majority shareholder in Gamesa, on the latter’s merger with Siemens’ wind power business and also acted for Telefónica on the €1.3bn sale of a 40% interest in its wholly owned subsidiary Telxius. Carlos Peña, Antonio Pino and Gracia Sainz are noted.

Leading individuals

César Albiñana - CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

Rafael Suárez de Lezo - CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 4

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo’s team provides ‘immediate advice, with the highest level of support that involves value added by senior lawyers’, and is a key name for several leading banks. Managing partner César Albiñana represented Iberdrola in proceedings relating to Bankia’s listing. Carlos Aguilar heads the five-partner practice.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo represents clients before both Spanish competition authorities and the European Commission. Notable work includes acting for Lactalis in its appeal before the Spanish National Court regarding infringement proceedings related to purchase prices, which resulted in fines of €11.6m. Former practice head Patricia Liñán joined Bird & Bird in 2018.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo’s Carlos Peña advised Deutsche Bank on the registration and de-registration of foreign collective investment schemes before the Spanish regulators. MetLife, Aegon, Pembroke and Willis Iberia are clients.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 2

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo’s team advised Acciona on acquiring a 13.3% stake in German corporation Nordex for €335m; the parties had agreed a complex agreement with the intention of creating a major windpower corporation, which involved Nordex acquiring Acciona Windpower for €785m and Acciona subsequently purchasing a stake in Nordex. Gracia Sainz and Carlos Peña are the names to note.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 2

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo acts for local and international clients on energy utilities and infrastructure matters. The practice advised Iberdrola, as Gamesa’s majority shareholder, on the latter’s merger with Siemens’ wind power business. Jaime Almenar, María Guinot and public law expert Javier Torre de Silva are the names to note.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo’s team is led by the ‘notable and experienced’ Jaime Almenar, Javier Torre de Silva and María Guinot. Highlights included advising Globalvia on all administrative issues related to the purchase of Itinere. Aldesa Construcciones, Ferrovial and Hertz are clients.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 4

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo’s practice head Álvaro Otero led advice to CPPIB Liberty on the €540m acquisition of a student’s residence portfolio from Blackstone.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo’s six-partner team, led by Juan Ignacio Férnadez Aguado, acts for domestic entities and international groups on cross-border matters for debtors and creditors. Recent highlights include advising on the insolvency of construction company Chamartín La Grela and assisting manufacturing group I-Tek with its €260m debt restructuring.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo covers all areas of tax advisory from general corporate taxation to international tax and restructuring and planning. Led by Diego de Miguel, who has ‘solid knowledge’ of the tax system, the team regularly advises on tax structuring; it recently advised on the tax-efficient acquisition of a large real estate portfolio.

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Spain: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: Debt - ranked: tier 2

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo’s Curra Munuera acted for Banco Sabadell (as the originator) on the incorporation of its securitisation fund IM Sabadell Pyme 10 valued at €1.75m. Carlos Peña has considerable expertise in this space.

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Equity
Capital markets: Equity - ranked: tier 2

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo has a strong reputation for advising local and international clients, including several Ibex 35 corporations, on a variety of complex capital market operations. The firm was instructed by Telefónica to assist with its affiliate corporation Telxius’ proposed IPO. Other clients include Sociéte Générale España, Deutsche Bank and Vall Banc. Carlos Peña and Curra Munuera are the key names.

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Spain: Industry focus

TMT
Industry focus: TMT - ranked: tier 1

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

The ‘commercial, inventive and flexible’ team at CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo benefits from its recent merger with Olswang LLP to provide the full spectrum of TMT advice. Blanca Escribano, who is an expert in the TMT sector, and telecoms specialist Javier Torre de Silva are leading ongoing advice to BT; other highlights include acting for Almirall on commercial and pre-contentious matters concerning IT and cloud service outsourcing between the company and a leading IT provider.

Leading individuals

Blanca Escribano - CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

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Spain: Intellectual property

Copyright
Intellectual property: Copyright - ranked: tier 4

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo has strengthened its practice in this area following its global merger with Olswang LLP. The group acts for domestic and international clients on copyright issues spanning the pharmaceutical, technology, financial, automotive and consumer goods sectors. Blanca Escribano and Blanca Cortés are the key names.

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Trade marks
Intellectual property: Trade marks - ranked: tier 4

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo acts for local and international clients on contentious and non-contentious trade marks matters. The practice has been strengthened by its merger with now defunct firm Olswang Spain LLP. Blanca Escribano and Blanca Cortés are the key names.

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  • Access to justice: protective costs orders in planning challenges

    Third parties and competing developers have no rights of appeal to the Secretary of State against planning decisions. Disappointed applicants can appeal to the Secretary of State and can have the merits of the application reconsidered. The only remedy available to a disappointed third party is a challenge by way of judicial review in the High Court on a point of law. The sense of frustration and disempowerment this creates has not been helped by the increasing complexity of the planning process and the use of consultation to legitimise decisions that many perceive may already have been taken.
    - CMS Group

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