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DLA Piper LLP

PASEO DE LA CASTELLANA, 35-2 28046, MADRID, SPAIN
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Spain

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper LLP

DLA Piper LLP has a strong reputation for its work on financing and refinancing matters and counts major Spanish banking corporations and leading financing houses among its clients. Highlights included advising Atlantia (as the borrower) on the financing agreement to fund its potential acquisition of Abertis Infraestructuras. Head of department Jesús Zapata, Ricardo Plasencia, Iñigo Gómez-Jordana and Nerea Cemlym-Jones are the key names. Ignacio Gómez Sancha joined Latham & Watkins LLP.

Leading individuals

César Herrero - DLA Piper LLP

Jesús Zapata - DLA Piper LLP

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper LLP

DLA Piper LLP’s Iñigo Gómez-Jordana advised Atlantia on the corporate aspects of its potential capital increase and offer of shares as consideration for its takeover bid to acquire Abertis Infraestructuras. Other clients include Gamesa, CVC and EDP Renováveis. José Sánchez-Dafos, Juan Picón and Ignacio Gómez-Sancha joined Latham & Watkins LLP.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper LLP

DLA Piper LLP’s team was strengthened by the addition of highly rated litigation partner Óscar Franco, who provides ‘clear and precise solutions’. Insolvency expert Álvaro Lobato recently represented Madrid hospital Ruber in an arbitration against Unilabs concerning modification of service prices. Of counsel Juan Antonio García Jabaloy, a former public prosecutor, is another name to note.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper LLP

DLA Piper LLP’s ‘highly skilled legal team has deep knowledge of the practices of Spanish competition authorities’. Highlights included advising Atlantia on merger control filings relating to its €16bn public bid for Abertis. José María Jiménez-Laiglesia, who ‘has great experience in antitrust proceedings’, and ‘reliable and solid’ legal director Joaquin Hervada are recommended.

Leading individuals
Next generation lawyers

Joaquin Hervada - DLA Piper LLP

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper LLP

DLA Piper LLP’s 12-lawyer practice has the ‘ability to handle complex matters and sensitive claims’. The firm is experienced in employment litigation, including collective dismissal claims, and advises on labour aspects of corporate restructurings. Clients include Alfonso Gallardo Group. Managing partner and leading employment expert Pilar Menor has ‘a tactical approach’.

Leading individuals

Pilar Menor - DLA Piper LLP

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper LLP

DLA Piper LLP’s private equity team acted for CVC Capital Partners on the approximately €5.7bn sale of private healthcare group Quirónsalud to Fresenius. PAI Partners, Oaktree and Nazca Capital are also clients. Ignacio Gómez-Sancha, José Sánchez-Dafos and Juan Picón have left the firm to join Latham & Watkins LLP.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper LLP

DLA Piper LLP’s team has vast expertise in the energy and infrastructure sectors, with core strengths in project financing. The team advised BBVA and others on the refinancing of a syndicated loan to fund the restructuring of the Zaragoza main rail network and its urban integration. Jesús Zapata and Javier Santos jointly head the practice.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper LLP

José Ignacio Monedero and José Manuel Sala lead DLA Piper LLP’s group, which counts Suez Group, Repsol, CaixaBank and Banco Santander as clients.

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

DLA Piper LLP

Highlights for DLA Piper LLP included handling all due diligence issues for Irus European Retail Property Fund pertaining to the sale of a portfolio of outlets throughout Europe in a deal exceeding €1.2bn. Other clients include ING Real Estate, GE Capital, Grupo Didra and Talus Real Estate. Orson Alcocer leads the team.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper LLP

DLA Piper LLP acts for domestic and foreign corporates as well as investment funds; the team is particularly experienced in handling distressed asset investments. Ignacio Gómez-Sancha, who leads on restructuring, is acting for the shareholder and creditor, Purple Ruby, in the Nueva Pescanova insolvency as well as jointly advising Abengoa on its €20bn restructuring. New hire Óscar Franco is the key contact for insolvency.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper LLP

DLA Piper LLP advises multinationals on tax restructurings and reorganisations; the team is also experienced in tax investigations and litigation. Carlos Rodríguez recently assisted Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten with the tax aspects of its sponsorship of FC Barcelona.

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Spain: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: Debt - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper LLP

DLA Piper LLP is well-known for advising on a variety of capital market products and debt-related instructions with cross-border elements. Iñigo Gómez-Jordana leads a team advising Atlantia on its potential capital increase and offer of shares connected to the takeover bid launched to acquire Abertis Infraestructuras. Former practice head Ignacio Gómez-Sancha joined Latham & Watkins LLP.

Leading individuals

Iñigo Gómez-Jordana - DLA Piper LLP

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Equity
Capital markets: Equity - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper LLP

DLA Piper LLP regularly advises on complex capital market transactions by major players and financial sponsors, including CVC Capital, Morgan Stanley and Banco Santander. The team acted for Springwater Capital on its IPO of shares in Aernnova Aerospace in the sum of €900m. Iñigo Gómez-Jordana is recommended.

Leading individuals

Iñigo Gómez-Jordana - DLA Piper LLP

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Spain: Industry focus

Food
Industry focus: Food - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper LLP

Diego Ramos is the name to note at DLA Piper LLP, which provides experienced and commercial advice tailored to the sector. Juan Picón joined Latham & Watkins LLP.

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

DLA Piper LLP

DLA Piper LLP provides ‘proven industry and procedure knowledge and technical support’. Department head Diego Ramos recently led advice to West Pharmaceutical Services on the privacy implications of its research activities in Spain. Other clients include Chemo Group (now Insud Pharma).

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Manufacturing
Industry focus: Manufacturing - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper LLP

DLA Piper LLP draws on its firm-wide experience to provide tailored advice to the industry; corporate partner José Sánchez-Dafos and IP partner Diego Ramos are the contacts. Recent high-profile deals include advising Springwater Capital on its divestment of Unipapel France and Morocco to Envel’Offset.

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Retail
Industry focus: Retail - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper LLP

DLA Piper LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice provides ‘value for money at the highest level’ and ‘real-time replies’. The firm is strong in real estate and corporate matters, recently acting for ING Real Estate Finance on its €70m acquisition of Madrid’s famous Mercado de San Miguel. Copyright expert Diego Ramos and senior associate Bartolomé Martín are recommended.

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TMT
Industry focus: TMT - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper LLP

DLA Piper LLP is ‘a leader in data protection advice’. Recent highlights include advising Rubbermaid (part of Newell Brands) on the redesign of its IT policy regarding commercial network databases. ‘Incredibly responsiveDiego Ramos leads on privacy and technology matters. Legal director Bartolomé Martín is also noted.

Next generation lawyers

Bartolomé Martín - DLA Piper LLP

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Spain: Intellectual property

Copyright
Intellectual property: Copyright - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper LLP

DLA Piper LLP advises on complex copyright matters under Diego Ramos’ direction. Levi Strauss, Warner Bros, Pfizer and Bakuten are clients.

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Patents
Intellectual property: Patents - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper LLP

DLA Piper LLP’s team advised a global engineering company on the protection and defence of several valuable patents. Clients include Levi Strauss, Warner Bros, Pfizer and Bacardi. Diego Ramos is the name to note.

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

DLA Piper LLP

DLA Piper LLP advises wine and spirit producer Bacardi on the protection of its brands and products in Spain and Portugal and also assists Liverpool F.C. with all issues pertaining to the commercial exploitation of its brand in the country. Diego Ramos heads the practice.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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