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    • Ignacio Díaz - Clifford Chance
    • Francisco Javier Fernández - Allen & Overy
    • Dámaso Riaño - Arias SLP
    • César Rivera - Cuatrecasas
    • Eduardo Santamaría Moral - Garrigues

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Clifford Chance draws on the considerable experience of José Antonio Caínzos, who ‘has no weak spots, blending foresight and rigorousness’, to act on disputes across sectors. The firm recently represented Proyectos Inmobiliarios New Visions (owned by Unibail-Rodamco) in real estate litigation arising from the termination of a plot acquisition. Senior associate Ignacio Díaz specialises in international arbitration and cross-border litigation.

Cuatrecasas is particularly active in investment arbitration in Latin America. The firm recently represented Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC) in an ICC arbitration against a state-owned company relating to a construction contract. Alfonso Iglesia and Antonio Carreño are the practice heads; César Rivera is the arbitration contact in Barcelona.

Garrigues’ team is ‘very good, offering comprehensive replies and a multidisciplinary, international approach’. Carlos de los Santos heads the 41-partner litigation and arbitration department; the team recently defended Mediapro in the €85m lawsuit filed by Audiovisual Sport (part of Spanish group Prisa) regarding football audiovisual rights. Eduardo Santamaría Moral is another name to note.

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.

Allen & Overy’s team ‘works fast and meticulously and has a wide international network’. Practice head Antonio Vázquez-Guillén recently acted for Eiser Infrastructure in a dispute that resulted in the first victory against the Kingdom of Spain in matters concerning recent electricity reforms. Javier Mendieta and Javier Castresana provide ‘concise, detailed and prepared’ advice, and senior associate Francisco Javier Fernández is also noted.

Baker McKenzie is particularly strong in civil and commercial disputes as well as sports-related litigation and arbitration in the financial services sector. The group recently acted for Pymar in judicial proceedings brought by RBS and a Norwegian insurance company. José María Alonso left the firm. Fernando de la Mata is now with Cortés, Abogados. José Ramón Casado and Víctor Mercedes jointly head the practice.

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.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s team regularly acts in high-profile litigation, including product liability cases, and regularly appears before the Spanish Supreme Court and the ICC. Other work includes advising Reyal Urbis on a settlement proposal with respect to its insolvency proceedings. Well-regarded practice head Rafael Murillo and Vicente Sierra are key contacts.

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.

Linklaters’ team is ‘fully prepared and proactive, strong in dealing with employment law conflicts’. The firm recently advised FCC on the Spanish scheme of arrangement relating to its high-profile refinancing agreement, and is subsequently acting for the client in a judicial review filed by creditors challenging the scheme of arrangement. Other clients include Punto Fa (Mango) and Abeinsa (part of Abengoa). The key contacts are Vicente Sierra and Borja Fernández de Trocóniz.

Pérez-Llorca is strong in international arbitration; Félix Montero and Ana Ribó head the practice while Adriana de Buerba leads on white-collar crime disputes. Recent highlights include representing investment vehicles managed by Voigt & Collegen (which has solar power plants in Spain) in a dispute with the state regarding guaranteed feed-in tariffs applicable to photovoltaic plants.

Arias SLP’s team, which specialises in arbitration, is led by founding partner and ‘star of the international arbitration arena’ David Arias, who has the ability to ‘cut straight to the key issues’. Arias and Dámaso Riaño recently represented FCC in a high-value ICC multi-party arbitration concerning a highway construction project.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s ‘very good’ team is noted for its ‘fast responses, reasonable fees and business and litigation knowledge’. The group is representing Santander in recurring court proceedings relating to the sale of banking products. Eduardo Soler-Tappa heads the team; consultant Manuel Rivero is also recommended.

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s team is ‘very good at working with international organisations and is knowledgeable in several areas’. José Luis Huerta heads the practice, which has a particular focus on engineering and construction disputes. Key work includes acting for Chinese conglomerate HNA Group in a high-profile shareholder dispute involving a nullity claim following the dismissal of the client’s CEO and several board members by Spanish-based NH Hotel Group’s shareholders.

Jones Day is particularly strong in construction conflicts and commercial disputes. Highlights included representing Electron Investment (part of Genera Avante) and its majority shareholder in an ICC arbitration with Constructora Seli Panama concerning a tunnel construction agreement. Mercedes Fernández heads the four-lawyer team.

Ramón y Cajal Abogados provides ‘know-how along with good resources and has the capability with respect to urgent cases’. The team is acting for Spain’s banking bailout programme Fondo de Reestructuración Ordenada Bancaria in proceedings filed by Abanca (formerly NCG Banco)’s shareholders to request the annulment of its share purchase contract. Practice head Ramón Fernández-Aceytuno is recommended.

Andersen Tax & Legal, which recently merged with Olleros Abogados, is active in high-profile multi-jurisdictional arbitrations. On the litigation side, it is representing Spanish private equity firm Alantra Capital in $122m proceedings concerning the liquidation of one of its former arrangers. The well-respected Iñigo Rodriguez-Sastre leads the sizeable team.

Araoz & Rueda’s team, which provides ‘value for money and a creative, responsive’ service, handles high-value disputes. It is defending a renewable energy company against voluntary insolvency proceedings brought by a bank. ‘Excellent arbitratorClifford Hendel is ‘perfectly bilingual and great in European tribunals as well as those in the Americas’; Eduardo de León leads on litigation.

Ashurst LLP’s team is noted for its ‘commercial as well as legal prowess and its ability to focus on the needs of the client’. Key work includes defending Banco Sabadell against collective claims filed by consumer association Adicae relating to mortgage rate minimums. José Antonio Rodríguez heads the team, which includes ‘detail-oriented’ counsel Raquel Mendieta, who specialises in corporate and contractual disputes.

Arbitration boutique B. Cremades & Asociados is well-respected, drawing on the expertise of founding partner Bernardo Cremades, a leading international and commercial arbitrator. Highlights included handling a large dispute for Puma relating to its Spanish licensee.

Broseta Abogados is strong in the financial services sector, handling a large amount of litigation for Bankia and Bankinter. The firm is acting for Sociedad de Garantía Recíproca de la Comunidad Valenciana in claims concerning the enforcement of real estate guarantees. Patricia Gualde leads the team.

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.

ECIJA has a core focus on the technology and media industry; the team recently acted for the claimants in plagiarism proceedings against Shakira concerning hit song La Bicicleta. Other highlights include representing Roberto Cavalli and Lebanese group Pragma in an ICC arbitration concerning unauthorised use of the fashion brand. Javier López is the key partner in Madrid and Jordi Pujante is the contact in Barcelona.

Raúl Da Veiga heads the department at GOLD Abogados (Gómez, Olmo & Da Veiga Abogados, S.L.P.), which has handled landmark and cutting-edge cases. The team works closely with its competition experts; a recent highlight included representing Másmóvil in judicial proceedings against República Móvil concerning the migration of customers, which included issues unfair competition and data protection issues.

At King & Wood Mallesons, the ‘very good’ team regularly handles high-value litigation. It is acting for Valencia FC in proceedings challenging the share capital increase and sale of a majority stake in the club to Meriton Holdings. Alfredo Guerrero heads the six-lawyer team.

Deputy managing partner Antonio Morales heads the team at Latham & Watkins LLP, which regularly acts for banking clients and leading corporates. Highlights included representing Gas Natural Fenosa in a €250m ICC arbitration against another major European energy company regarding the termination of a supply contract.

Pedro Rodero and Cristina Camarero head the team of 29 fee-earners at Ontier, which acts for telecoms clients and financial institutions. It is currently handling several litigation proceedings for Vodafone, including claims filed by its former agents.

The ‘professional and very good’ team at RCD - Rousaud Costas Duran specialises in commercial and corporate litigation and regularly acts for large banks and real estate clients; it also has a notable corporate crime department. Clients recommend Juan Manuel de Castro.

Andrés Mochales leads the team at Simmons & Simmons LLP, which has core strengths in litigation relating to financial markets, with a focus on wholesale and retail banking. Key work includes defending BBVA in claw-back actions filed by the receivers of well-known developer Nozar.

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