Dispute resolution in Spain

Allen & Overy

The dispute resolution practice at Allen & Overy ‘fights endlessly for each entrusted matter’ and focuses on the four key areas of arbitration, commercial litigation, financial litigation and special situations, including insolvency and the enforcement of securities. Another particular specialism for the firm is Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) matters. Experience covers disputes related to M&A transactions, contractual litigation, shareholder or joint venture disputes, corporate controversies and damages claims arising from competition law infringements. The 23-lawyer team is led by international arbitration expert Antonio Vázquez-Guillén; Javier Mendieta, who has experience in the defence of international and domestic clients in civil, contractual and corporate disputes; and Javier Castresana, who focuses on financial litigation, especially restructuring and insolvency litigation. Another key name is senior associate José Luis Terron, who provides ‘great technical knowledge’ and is ‘extremely diligent, intelligent and creative’.

Practice head(s):

Antonio Vázquez-Guillén; Javier Mendieta; Javier Castresana

Other key lawyers:

Emma Morales; José Luis Terrón


‘Its closeness and assumption of responsibility for the matters in charge makes it seem that the matter is being handled by a department within the house. Likewise, their proactivity when it comes to solving the matter that has been entrusted to them and their great autonomy, knowledge and study on the issues make the time spent at the Client / office level extremely efficient and reduced.’

‘They make the client’s problems their own and fight endlessly for each entrusted matter, regardless of the amount or materiality. Their closeness and total availability make them mimic one more team within the group’s legal area.’

‘I would like to highlight the fundamental role in the team of José Luis Terrón. José Luis is a lawyer, fast and with great technical knowledge. He is also extremely diligent, intelligent and creative.’

Key clients



Signal Capital Partners

JCDecaux España


Distrito Castellana Norte


Work highlights

  • Acts for Globalvía in its disputes against Sacyr, S.A., Gateway (a fund controlled by Corsair), in relation to their stake in the company Itínere.
  • Has acted for over 30 international investors in 12 ECT claims against the Kingdom of Spain. The claims arise out of retrospective changes made by Spain to the regulatory investment framework governing the renewables sector.
  • Advising DCN, as co-defendant together with BBVA, in a €700m claim filed by Baraka Group and arising out of alleged rights over certain properties.

Clifford Chance

The ‘excellent litigation team’ at Clifford Chance is highlighted for its ‘availability, precision and real pragmatism’. With expertise across the spectrum of disputes, the firm is particularly strong in representing multinational clients in cross-border litigation, international arbitration and investigations. Other specialisms include criminal law, liability claims, energy disputes and data protection matters, as well as M&A, insurance, real estate, finance and sports litigation. Leadership of the team is split between expert litigator and arbitrator Fernando Irurzun; Iñigo Villoria, who is the head of the firm’s insolvency and restructuring practice; Ignacio Díaz de la Cruz, who handles international disputes, cross-border litigation and complex damages claims; IP specialist Miquel Montañá; and Josep Montefusco, who focuses on IP, unfair competition and damages claims. Also noted is senior associate Eduardo Hernández, who is a 'tireless worker with very deep knowledge of matters, the arbitration system and tribunals'. José Antonio Caínzos left in 2020 to become chairman of the Madrid International Arbitration Center.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Irurzun; Iñigo Villoria; Ignacio Díaz de la Cruz; Miquel Montañá; Josep Montefusco

Other key lawyers:

Eduardo Hernández; Fernando Giménez-Alvear; Alexandra Borrallo; Borja Pérez-Puente


‘It is a team that is very well coordinated with each other, even in multidisciplinary material, which is of great help when it comes to advising and finding solutions.’

‘They have a great knowledge in the matter of the right they exercise, and in this particular case they put together a robust appeal. Special mention to Mr. Fernando Irurzun.’

‘The Clifford Chance litigation team is an excellent team that works with exquisite precision and exhausts the entire case of all the litigious issues that come before it.’

‘Availability and precision in dealing with matters. Real pragmatism to resolve conflicts.’

‘As outstanding professionals we can mention Mr. Fernando Irurzun, Mr. Borja Perez Puente, Mr. Elías Soria.’

‘In reality we only see their strengths: the depth with which they analyze the issues, the knowledge, the amount of work they can handle at the same time doing everything optimally; the exquisite treatment with the client, fully adjusting to their needs.’

‘Eduardo Hernández: is a tireless worker with a very deep knowledge of matters and the arbitration system and tribunals. He always makes the right and timely decisions and the strategy he develops is always beneficial in the long run.’

Key clients

Vingroup Joint Stock Company


S.A. de Obras y Servicios, Copasa (Copasa)




Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid

Mutualidad de la Abogacía



Banco Santander

Telefónica, S.A.


Red Eléctrica de España



Unibail Rodamco





Work highlights

  • Represents Copasa; Siemens Rail Automation; Inabensa; Indra Sistemas; and Patentes Talgo, five members of the Spanish consortium for the design and construction of the high-speed railway between Makkah and Madinah in arbitration proceedings against six other members of the consortium.
  • Acted for HSBC in a case that is part of a series of lawsuits brought by an individual against Banco Santander and HSBC.
  • Advised and represented Vingroup with regards to the post-M&A dispute related to its acquisition of a 51% stake in Spanish leading Smartphone and Tech company BQ.


Acting for national and international clients, Cuatrecasas has strong experience in disputes in the infrastructure, engineering, construction, energy and banking sectors. The firm handles competition law and private enforcement proceedings. It also stands out for its expertise in investment arbitration proceedings; Alfonso Iglesia is a name to note for national and international arbitration, as well as court proceedings. He co-leads the team with Antonio Carreño, who focuses on temporary receivership and bankruptcy litigation. Another key name in the practice is Álvaro Mendiola, who specialises in arbitration, commercial litigation and disputes arising from M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Alfonso Iglesia; Antonio Carreño

Other key lawyers:

Álvaro Mendiola; Alberto Fortún; Antonio Pipó; Íñigo Quintana

Key clients











Work highlights

  • Represents the international consortium granted the project to design, finance, build, operate and maintain certain subway lines in international arbitration brought against the Republic of Peru before the ICSID.
  • Advised Pemex on several corporate disputes resulting from the new status of one of the company’s subsidiaries in Spain, the country’s largest private shipyard.
  • Representing NEXTERA, INFRARED, RENERGY, BAYWA, OPERA FUND – SCHWAB, ITOCHU, JGC CORPORATION AND CSP EQUITY INVESTMENT in eight investment arbitrations (seven before ICSID, and one before the SCC) against the Kingdom of Spain under the Energy Charter Treaty.


Garrigues’ litigation and arbitration practice is experienced in a range of cross-border and domestic matters. Particular specialities include construction disputes and international arbitration, notably issues arising from the energy sector. Carlos de los Santos acts in high-profile court and arbitration proceedings on behalf of Spanish and international companies, especially in multi-jurisdictional cases. He co-leads the practice with London-based partner Joe Tirado. Key names in the team include Alberto Pimenta, who specialises in civil and commercial litigation and has experience in contractual disputes, tort, corporate affairs, unfair competition, directors’ liability and inheritance cases; and Eduardo Santamaría Moral, who focuses on the industrial sector as well as construction, agency and distribution, banking, insurance and private equity cases.

Practice head(s):

Carlos de los Santos; Joe Tirado

Other key lawyers:

Alberto Pimenta; Antonio Entrena; Francisco Serrano Osobliwa; Eduardo Santamaría Moral

Key clients











Work highlights

  • Advised GRUPO LAFARGE-HOLCIM on a complex claim related to the Colombian market.
  • Advised ZURICH INSURANCE PLC against several companies from the ABENGOA Group in a claim derived from the construction in Poland of a combined cycle power plant.
  • Advised DISTRIBUIDORA INTERNACIONAL DE ALIMENTACIÓN (DIA) on a complex case involving alleged accounting irregularities by its former CEO.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

The ‘strong team’ at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP receives praise for its ‘comprehensive approach and excellent preparation’. It is active across the spectrum of litigation and arbitration, regularly representing clients before Spanish and international courts. Particular areas of expertise for the firm include the energy, financial services, infrastructure, manufacturing, real estate and TMT sectors, and it also acts in high-profile public sector and government-related matters. State attorney Eduardo Soler-Tappa leads the team and is an expert on regulatory issues related to Spanish energy legislation. Key names in the practice are arbitration and litigation specialist David Arias; dual-qualified Spanish and England and Wales lawyer Paulino Fajardo; Javier de Carvajal, who has experience in pre-litigation and contentious issues in civil, company and criminal law matters; and counsel Manuel Rivero, who is a former deputy director general of the litigation department at the Spanish General State Attorney's Office.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Soler-Tappa

Other key lawyers:

David Arias; Manuel Rivero; Paulino Fajardo; Javier Carvajal; Joaquín Fernandez; Consuelo Puerta; Svetlana Shelepina; Miguel García-Casas


‘They carried out a very delicate lawsuit with great success. Good result and very reasonable fees.’

‘I think they are close, knowledgeable about the legislation. Very good impression of our contacts: Paulino Fajardo and Consuelo Puerta.’

‘David Arias is probably the best arbitrator in Spain and also has extensive experience in international arbitration.’

‘Excellent technical level. Extraordinary knowledge of the sector. Adaptation to customer needs.’

‘Manuel Rivero, highlight his extraordinary technical level and knowledge of the sector.’

‘We internal lawyers need to know that our affairs are controlled at all times and that there will be no procedural issue that could escape us or give us problems. In this practice, highly organized and exceptional professionals are needed from a technical point of view, with a certain tolerance for stressful situations. Skills that all the members of Herbert’s team have in abundance. ‘

‘My opinion is that the service they provide is exceptional, both from a technical-legal point of view, as well as in the availability and proximity of the entire team (including partners and senior lawyers) and also from a personal point of view. Javier de Carvajal is very decisive and is also capable of going down to detail. His writings are very well structured, very clear and impeccable from a technical point of view. His approach to matters is practical and adapted to business reality. Miguel García-Casas is approachable and didactic and his writings are also impressive from a technical and structural point of view. Svetlana Shelepina has absolute control of the issues and their documentation and, in addition, her arguments are also very high-level. ‘ 

‘Strong teams, comprehensive approach, excellent preparation’

Key clients

The Kingdom of Spain




Work highlights

  • Representing Bankia on a criminal proceeding against the clients’ former high-ranked employees charged with misappropriation and fraud.
  • Representing Telefónica on a number of proceedings against regional tax authorities regarding the refund of undue amounts paid by the client for tax on property transfers.
  • Representing The Kingdom of Spain on a landmark international investment arbitration filed under the Energy Charter Treaty by 14 investment funds from Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain, subject to UNCITRAL 2010 Rules.


Active in litigation before commercial, civil and administrative courts, Pérez-Llorca’s practice also covers cross-border disputes and international arbitration. The firm’s work ranges from advice on the purchase of litigation and arbitration dispute portfolios, to construction and energy disputes, to contentious insurance, banking and bankruptcy matters. Félix Montero advises on civil and commercial litigation and domestic and international arbitration, in areas including corporate disputes, recognition and enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards, sovereign practice, contract law and public concessions. He co-leads the team with Barcelona-based Jordi Gras, who joined in 2020 and brings experience in civil and commercial litigation. Another key name for the firm is state attorney Juan Manuel Rodríguez Cárcamo, who is an expert in highly regulated sectors. The firm's strength-in-depth in dispute resolution grew further in 2020 with the arrivals of Ignacio Santabaya and Julio Parrilla from other well-known law firms.

Practice head(s):

Félix Montero; Jordi Gras

Other key lawyers:

Juan Manuel Rodríguez Cárcamo; Beatriz García; Guillermina Ester; Izquierdo; Fernando Bedoya; Ignacio Santabaya; Julio Parrilla

Key clients


Johnson & Johnson

Mercedes Benz

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol



El Corte Inglés

Técnicas Reunidas



Work highlights

  • Provides legal advice to MAN SE and others, one of the largest truck manufacturing groups belonging to the Volkswagen Group on all the proceedings initiated by truck purchasers claiming damages allegedly arising from anti-competitive practice.
  • Advises Iberdrola on its disputes with Siemens Gamesa’s majority shareholder, Siemens AG, regarding the management of the company that the shareholder has been carrying out since 2017.
  • Acting as co-counsel for Real Madrid Club de Fútbol in a complex dispute.

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez has the size, resources and experience to ‘handle hundreds of cases in parallel, but with the highest quality’. From offices in Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Valencia and Lisbon, the firm provides advice in international and domestic civil and commercial litigation and arbitration, and also has strengths in administrative, constitutional and criminal law. The practice is led by Jesús Remón Peñalver, who has experience in judicial and arbitration matters; Javier Garcia Sanz, who focuses on litigation in civil, commercial, contentious-administrative and administrative-law matters; and international arbitration expert Gabriel Bottini. The deep bench of experts also includes Álvaro López de Argumedo, who acts in civil litigation and international arbitration; Alejandro Ferreres Comella, who is known for contractual liability, tort and consumer litigation; and ‘stand out’ lawyer Cristian Gual Grau, who is ‘not only extremely intelligent with an eye for detail, but also very good with clients and has a practical approach’. Miguel Virgós left the firm to practice as an independent international arbitrator.

Practice head(s):

Jesús Remón Peñalver; Javier García Sanz; Gabriel Bottini

Other key lawyers:

Álvaro López de Argumedo; Alex Ferreres Comellas


‘We have used this law firm for all of our corporate needs as well as litigation and arbitration. The lawyers are very timely in their responses, knowledgeable in the applicable law and professional. They have a dedicated team of lawyers working on a specific case. They provide good legal advice and are very reasonable in their billing rates. They speak fluent English which makes our representation easier.’

‘Excellent understanding of applicable law, fluent in English, they are always very responsive.’

‘The litigation department is able to handle hundreds of cases in parallel, but with the highest quality.’

‘I have worked with many individuals in Spain, but Cristian Gual Grau stands out. He is not only extremely intelligent with an eye for detail, but also very good with clients and has a practical approach.’

Key clients

DAF Trucks, N.V.

Banco Santander, S.A.

Iberdrola, S.A.


Unicaja Banco, S.A.

Telefónica, S.A.


Banco Sabadell



Bahía de Bizkaia Electricidad, S.L.

Work highlights

  • Represented Kutxabank, Abanca Corporación Industrial y Empresarial and Globalvía GVIT (as current owner of Kutxabank’s and Abanca’s shares) in two arbitration proceedings under the Corte de Arbitraje de Madrid (CAM) rules in which, the clients, as claimants, aimed to control Itínere Infraestructuras.
  • Advised Facebook Inc and Facebook Ireland (Instagram) on an innovative line of litigation to the Facebook group, which decided to file separate and simultaneous lawsuits in Spain and California against third parties promoting automated fake engagement on Instagram.
  • Representing DAF in a number of proceedings involving follow-on damages claims brought in Spain regarding the European trucks cartel case.

Baker McKenzie

The ‘good bench strength’ of Baker McKenzie is combined with a ‘focus on listening to clients and solid work product’, as well as ‘problem solving efficacy, efficiency and dedication’. The team of ‘absolute experts’ specialises in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, financial and insolvency litigation, and domestic and international arbitration. Former state attorney Victor Mercedes is head of the firm's litigation, white collar, arbitration and insolvency practice group. He co-leads the team with José Ramón Casado, who focuses on corporate, commercial and civil litigation. Also notable is Marta Flores, who joined in 2020 from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, where she was a professor of law.

Practice head(s):

Victor Mercedes; José Ramón Casado

Other key lawyers:

Carlos Calvo; Marc Prat; Antonio Morales; Marta Flores; Jesus Santos; Carmen Alonso


‘The ability to understand client problems and their empathy when facing them is spectacular. Their level of knowledge and services is what you expect from an office of this level, always perfect. In my opinion no one comes close to delivering this equipment to the client, their vocation of wanting to help, to understand problems and complexities of the client.’

‘The desire to help, the vocation of service, the availability ALWAYS. It is a real luxury to have José Ramón Casado and Carmen Alonso.’

‘Good bench strength, very focused on listening to clients, solid work product.’

‘Jesus Santos is a wonderful lawyer. Victor Mercedes is a hard working, thoughtful counsel. Very commercial.’

Key clients

Football Club Barcelona (FCB)

Deloitte Spain

Letter One

Work highlights

  • Represents FCB, one of the leading sports clubs around the world, in various civil proceedings filed by more than 500 members of the club that were fined by the club according to its bylaws due to forgery of tickets.
  • Acting for Deloitte Spain. The plaintiff claims for contractual responsibility to various Deloitte subsidiaries including Deloitte Spain.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is highlighted for its ‘well prepared, excellent advice and service, and adaptation to clients' needs’. The practice focuses on commercial, corporate, insurance, construction and energy-related disputes, as well as providing representation before domestic arbitration tribunals and international courts, including the ICC and ICSID. The highly regarded Inés Vázquez leads the firm’s energy arbitration group. Gonzalo Ardila left the firm in January 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Juan Viaño; Rodrigo López; Inés Vázquez


‘Well prepared, excellent advice and service, adaptation to client’s needs, human touch.’

‘Reliable, prepared, supportive Ines Vazquez stands out.’

Key clients










Work highlights

  • Representing Wizink Bank in a complex dispute regarding revolving credits and the regulation of unfair terms in commercial legislation.
  • Advised Taconic Capital Advisor LP; King Street Capital Management LP; Strategic Value Partners, LLC; Attestor Capital LLP in a case against OBRASCON HUARTE LAIN.
  • Advising FREIF EUROWIND HOLDING against the Kingdom of Spain for infringement of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) and damages arising from the retroactive amendment of the legal framework applicable to renewable energy installations.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

An ‘expert in international arbitration’, Hogan Lovells International LLP is recommended for its ‘brilliant, efficient work, with solutions according to the needs’. The firm handles arbitration before national and international institutions, including investment arbitration against nation states, particularly involving engineering and construction matters. The firm's litigation experience includes corporate disputes, civil liability actions, local and cross-border commercial litigation and private enforcement actions arising out of antitrust violations. The practice is especially active in the construction and engineering, banking, healthcare, retail, real estate and insurance sectors. Gonzalo Ardila, who joined the firm in 2021, and José Luis Huerta, who acts in a range of commercial litigation and arbitration, lead the team. Counsel Jon Aurrecoechea is also highly regarded, as is senior associate Silvia Martínez. Jaime Bofill departed in 2020, and Luis Alfonso Fernández left the firm in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Gonzalo Ardila; José Luis Huerta

Other key lawyers:

Jon Aurrecoechea; Lucía Perlado; Silvia Martínez; Filipe Galvão


‘It is a very powerful team with extensive experience in the field and in-depth knowledge of ICC international arbitration and litigious disputes in the field of international construction contracts. They have wide availability and an expert team in the field to lead the client by the hand in order to overcome all obstacles that may arise during a litigation process of very considerable amounts, while offering alternatives and the best legal solution in view of the interests of the client and, all this despite the pressure of meeting the strict procedural milestones of an international arbitration.’

‘Lovells stands out for its seriousness and professionalism. Their attorneys are very competent and highly qualified, especially dispute and litigation attorneys. They are decisive and very analytical. They know the needs of their clients and look for solutions and suitable alternatives to the cases that arise. The advice is excellent.’

‘The team led by José Luis Huerta, and made up of Silvia Martínez and Filipe Galvão, is an excellent team, very professional and expert in international arbitration. All of them provide a brilliant, efficient work, with solutions according to the needs and fulfillment of all the challenges and objectives of the client to try to achieve victory in the dispute. Its engagement and motivation, as well as provision of legal services is of the highest quality, becoming a legal partner of the company’s in-house lawyer and providing criteria and counsel to all relevant decisions to be taken during the litigation process as well as providing the best possible defense to the client.’

‘They also stand out for their accessibility and proximity.’

‘The team we work with is a compact and interrelated team with total availability for the client.’

‘Jon Aurrecoechea possesses exceptional personal and professional qualities. A great professional, he knows deeply the subject in which he develops his professional work, he deeply studies each subject that is entrusted to him. It instills confidence in the client.’

‘Tough, hard-working and technically sound litigators. Very good on internet-related and freedom of speech-related matters. Very user-friendly for English-speaking clients.’

‘Jon Aurrecoechea and Lucía Perlado are strongly recommended.’

Key clients

ArcelorMittal Spain Holding, S.L.

Ford Credit Europe

Fiat Chrysler




Bristol Myers Squibb S.A.

Acciona Ingeniería


Combining ‘proven experience and first-rate training’, Linklaters provides ‘practical, customer-oriented’ advice in disputes, covering pre-litigation, civil and criminal in-court litigation and arbitration, with particular expertise in banking litigation, corporate disputes, real estate, civil liability, industrial conflicts and insolvencies. The practice leverages the firm’s global offices to provide comprehensive coverage in international arbitration and cross-border litigation. State attorney Borja Fernandez de Troconiz acts in a range of litigation and arbitration proceedings; he co-leads the team with Francisco Málaga, whose broad experience covers advice to corporates and financial institutions across the spectrum of litigation issues. Counsel Juan Oñate left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Borja Fernández de Trocóniz; Francisco Málaga

Other key lawyers:

Luis Valdenebro; Marcos Soberon; Marta de Cara


‘The Linklaters team of professionals in this area have proven experience and background from well-known previous firms, and first-rate training. They are practical, customer-oriented and do not lose sight of the customer’s ultimate goal in every matter. The handling in the room is very good, in addition to having an excellent personal treatment at all times. International experience is also a key aspect.’

‘I have especially worked with (and I highlight) Francisco Málaga, Litigation partner. Person with great training and professional experience, great innate ability and speed in analyzing matters, as well as a very pragmatic approach to matters. From a personal point of view, the treatment is always excellent, which greatly helps to resolve issues and have a fluid professional relationship.’

Key clients



Cook Defence Systems

WP Carey


CVC Partners

DK Partners


BNP Paribas

Morgan Stanley



Ashurst LLP

The ‘very well prepared’ team at Ashurst LLP is ‘characterised by exquisite treatment and dedication’. The litigation practice also benefits from the ‘support of experts in other areas’, particularly finance, banking, insurance and real estate. The department is especially known for cross-border disputes involving financial institutions and insurance companies, as well as specialising in matters arising from distressed asset deals, investments in special situations, restructuring, insolvency and real estate matters. Litigation and arbitration expert José Antonio Rodríguez leads the team and is considered ‘practical, and with an excellent focus on case strategy’. Other key names in the area are María José Menéndez and Pablo Garcia-Manzano.

Practice head(s):

Jose Antonio Rodriguez

Other key lawyers:

Pablo Garcia-Manzano; Maria José Menéndez; Raquel Mendieta; Alberto Manzanares


‘Ashurst is characterized by an exquisite treatment and by its dedication, it gets fully into the issues that the client raises and tries to find solutions to the problems that arise. Clearly I would highlight José Antonio Rodriguez Alvarez for the version so complete and so difficult to find of the legal system. Also to Maria José Menendez.’

‘Excellent team. In particular, José Antonio is excellent, practical and with an excellent focus on case strategy. ‘

‘I would highlight María José Menéndez, a magnificent professional: versatile, humanly close and empathetic, positive and generous; confidence inspiring; good teacher, patient and good counselor; able to make decisions and at the same time with the ability to delegate. She is a great leader. ‘

‘They are very well prepared, combined with support of experts in other areas of the firm. They adapt themselves to the client’s need. ‘

‘Availability, preparation, attitude. I would name Raquel Mendieta and Alberto Manzanares.’

‘The comparison with other firms is very favorable, especially if we look at the profile of international or quota partners.’

Key clients



Deutsche Bank


NH Hoteles


Siemens Gamesa


Goldman Sachs


Unión Fenosa Gas


Work highlights

  • Representing Gateway on various arbitration and judicial proceedings between the current controlling shareholders of Itínere and Globalvía, the ownership of shareholdings and the right to control Itínere.
  • Advising NH on the claim filed against the owner of a hotel operated by NH in Cartagena, requesting the reduction of the fixed annual rent.
  • Advising Goldman Sachs in connection with the management of several foreclosures and insolvency procedures related to the acquisition of the Atalaya and Castile portfolios of NPLs from Caixa Bank.

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

The ‘knowledge and dedication’ of CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo makes it ‘stand out from other law firms’. Bringing an ‘exceptional attitude’ to its work, the firm acts in litigation and arbitration proceedings relating to financial disputes, breaches of SPAs, director liability and corporate disputes, as well as disputes arising from distribution and agency agreements. Banking disputes are a particular forte for the ‘helpful, fast and efficient’ practice. Carlos Aguilar leads the team and focuses on criminal, civil, corporate and constitutional law issues. Key names in his team include experienced litigators and arbitrators Luis Javier Vidal and Juan Ignacio Fernández Aguado; the ‘dedicated and availableJorge Sanchez, who is ‘one of the best in his field’; and former Minister of Defence María Dolores de Cospedal, who is also a former Spanish Supreme Court state attorney, which is where she joined from in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Aguilar

Other key lawyers:

Luis Javier Vidal; María Dolores de Cospedal; Jorge Sánchez; Juan Ignacio Fernández Aguado; Marta Lalaguna; Javier Torre de Silva; Jorge Sánchez Vicente


‘It is a team always ready to respond to our needs, from the simplest to the most complex or original. Its flexibility in that sense is its strong point.’

‘Their knowledge and dedication at work make them stand out from other law firms. Jorge Sánchez, partner of the Public Area, is one of the best in his field.’

‘Very well organized team, with involvement of partners in issues. High technical qualification and coordination with other areas or with lawyers from other countries if the subject requires it, so the work has a very good technical quality.’

‘Involvement of senior partners and lawyers in the management of affairs and not only in billing or team coordination. High technical knowledge and collaboration between the different areas, so that the Litigation area provides an excellent service not only in the litigious  part but also in terms of the substance of the matter or in the prevention or management of the pre-litigation phases.’

‘Their attitude is exceptional, they are helpful, fast and efficient and available when I need them. They are flexible and adapt to our needs. Communication is easy, fluid and transparent and the treatment is cordial and honest. The level of legal knowledge and experience is very high and they know the company, the sector and the market. I trust their analysis, legal opinions and recommendations.’

‘Jorge Sánchez Vicente: Great knowledge and experience in contentious-administrative law. Empathy with the client and vocation to solve legal doubts and help make decisions. Integrity and honesty. Dedication and availability.’

‘It is a serious and very professional firm, with great lawyers, with proven experience and expertise in advice on preparing the test and in a team with experts.’

‘They are frank and clear, and they try to maintain ethics and know-how at all times, which has repercussions in generating trust with the referees, the client, and even with the other party.’

‘Outstanding Partners: Javier Torre de Silva. Outstanding Associate: Marta Lalaguna.’

Key clients



Kutxabank and Corporación Mondragon

Iberdrola Renovables Andalucía

Deutsche Bank

Novo Banco

Adveo España

Adveo Group International

Ibercaja Group

Banco Santander


Banco Caminos




Schwartz Hautmont

Work highlights

  • Advising Iberdrola, Endesa, Corporación Mondragon and Kutxabank in the earn-out claim against International Cable for the sale of shares in Euskaltel.
  • Advising Novo Banco in relation to more than 30 civil proceedings for claims regarding a breach of clients’ rights to information regarding complex financial investments and for the invalidity of swaps and other high-level financial products.
  • Representing Banco Santander, Unicaja, Ibercaja, Deutsche Bank and other leading financial entities on mass claims from customers relating to financial products and investments.

DLA Piper

With a global network, including in Latin America, DLA Piper provides clients with a range of disputes experience domestically and internationally. The practice has expertise in the financial, construction, energy and services sectors, as well as being involved in complex national and international arbitration. The firm also utilises innovative tools and programmes to improve its offering, including Intella, an e-disclosure and e-data review tool that allows users to mine, sort, tag, batch and export data in various formats. The team of litigation and regulatory experts is led by Borja de Obeso, who specialises in litigation, arbitration and insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Borja de Obeso

Other key lawyers:

Javier Santos; José Ignacio Monedero; Joaquín Hervada

Key clients




Work highlights

  • Advising new client INTERPOL on a complex arbitration.
  • Defending Lithuania in a BIT claim relating to bank nationalisation.


ECIJA ‘demonstrates great knowledge of litigation and arbitration’. The team handles the full spectrum of claims, from product liability to professional negligence to commercial disputes. The practice also advises on contentious contract, tort and regulatory matters, notably in the area of technology, where the firm has well-known expertise. Key names in the practice include Javier Lopez, Jordi Pujante, Maite Mascaró, Yolanda Lobao, Cristina Llop and Rafael Azpitarte, as well as recent arrivals Víctor Moralo and José María Abella.

Other key lawyers:

Javier López; Jordi Pujante; José María Abella; Maite Mascaró; Yolanda Lobao; Cristina Llop; Rafael Azpitarte; Víctor Moralo


‘They have professionals of recognized prestige in the sector, highlighting their professionalism and human quality. Great specialists.’

‘ECIJA’s Dispute Resolution: Litigation and Arbitration team demonstrates great knowledge of it.’

Key clients

Pilatus Aircraft Limited

Football Club Atlético de Madrid







LG Electronics

Colt Telecom

British Telecom


Havas Media Group


ING Bank

Municipality of Madrid


Showa International

Reale Seguros





NH Hotels

Work highlights

  • Advised Atlético de Madrid in litigation concerning the development of the club’s new stadium, the Wanda Metropolitano, against complainants claiming either the return of their original expropriated land or appropriate financial compensation.
  • Appointed as the main litigation service provider to Orange Spain, representing the company in nearly 600 proceedings in Spain including civil, criminal and administrative proceedings.
  • Represents LG ELECTRONICS in a judicial proceeding concerning alleged contractual liability regarding manufacturing of electronic components.

Jones Day

Specialising in multi-jurisdictional work, Jones Day utilises its global network of offices to give clients comprehensive international litigation and arbitration assistance. Also of note is the firm's experience before the Spanish courts at various levels, including the Supreme Court. It is strong in the construction, infrastructure, real estate and energy sectors, with a particular focus on renewable energy. Practice head Mercedes Fernández is a board member of the Spanish Arbitration Club and acts as sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator in proceedings before the Madrid Chamber of Commerce Court of Arbitration, Spanish Court of Arbitration, and the ICC. Key names in her team include Antonio Canales, who ‘has a great command of litigation in all its aspects’; and senior associate Adrián Jareño, who joined in 2020 and brings experience in civil and commercial litigation. Counsel Ignacio Santabaya left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Mercedes Fernandez

Other key lawyers:

Antonio Canales; Carlota Domínguez; Adrián Jareño; Juan Ferré


‘The main difference in my opinion is the personal treatment, availability, and the confidence and tranquility that knowing what to do with our affairs transmits to us. Mercedes Fernandez: the knowledge she has is extraordinary, the leadership she shows on the issues, her common sense… the best lawyer I know of the big law firms. Juan Ferre, a lawyer who transmits knowledge, serenity, and control of the litigation with his competence.’

‘Good coordination from the Madrid office with the United States office was especially important for us. Antonio Canales, who led the project from here, did an excellent job and always facilitated the monitoring of the work as well as filtered the information that was indeed interesting for us.’

‘Antonio Canales has a great command of litigation in all its aspects. His experience as a litigation attorney has allowed him to develop a great ability to understand the business and operations of his clients. As ours is a particular sector in which there are few specialized lawyers in Spain, he has known how to understand the problems that faced us and offer practical solutions that he has exposed taking into account that our continental legal mentality is radically different from the American legal mind.’

‘They show high knowledge, flexibility, availability, and the personal treatment is exceptional.’

Ramón y Cajal Abogados

The ‘proactive professionals’ at Ramón y Cajal Abogados provide ‘procedural knowledge at a national and international level’, as well as ‘specialised knowledge of banking and consumer law, in civil and administrative matters’. The firm has the ‘flexibility to take on mass lawsuits, as well as more complex single lawsuits’, notably civil and commercial disputes, insolvency and banking litigation and a range of domestic and international arbitration. Ramón Fernández-Aceytuno focuses on cases related to breach of commercial contracts, business law matters, corporate restructuring processes and bankruptcy proceedings. He co-leads the team with Luis Briones, who acts in arbitration proceedings before various Spanish national courts. Also noted is Carmen Fernández-Hontoria, who specialises in insolvency law and civil litigation.

Practice head(s):

Ramón Fernández-Aceytuno; Luis Briones

Other key lawyers:

Carmen Fernández-Hontoria; Fernando Manzanedo; Ana Fernández


‘I think it is a highly specialized team in bank litigation, from the perspective of the defense of financial entities.’

‘Both Ramón Fernández Aceytuno and Fernando Manzanedo are lawyers with extraordinary procedural practice, and with great internal knowledge of the banking sector. ‘

‘Proactivity, speed of response, empathy with the client and their circumstances.’

‘Procedural knowledge at a national and international level.’

‘RYC’s procedural area has experience and knows how to handle litigation that is entrusted to them well and at an adjusted cost for the client.’

‘Specialized knowledge of banking law and consumer law, both in civil and administrative matters. Permanent availability and adaptation to needs. Flexibility to take on mass lawsuits, as well as more complex single lawsuits. Assumption of complex legal opinions and collaboration in defining strategies. Closeness and trust. This firm is very proactive in organizing legal and training sessions on banking law. ‘

‘They are perfectly familiar with the internal organization of the company and are autonomous when it comes to locating antecedents, contacting witnesses, and locating documentation within the organization. I would highlight the partners Fernando Manzanedo and Ana Fernández as essential interlocutors.’

‘I highlight Ramón y Cajal for its positioning and empathy with the client. They know how to adapt very well to the client’s way of working, integrating themselves into internal teams as if they were just another employee / lawyer of the client.’

‘The firm’s strengths include: the dedication of the team, its ability to carry out a detailed analysis and study of the matters they deal with, and the preparation and reliability when dealing with them, as well as its accessibility and availability. Even though they are not one of the largest firms, their quality of work is perfectly comparable to theirs.’

Key clients

Unicaja Banco

Banco Santander

Redexis Gas

ING Bank


Carmila España


Instalaciones Inabensa


Altamira Santander Real Estate

Ortiz Construcciones y Proyectos

Work highlights

  • Advice to Banco Santander in multiple proceedings assuming the defence of Banco Santander in judicial proceedings initiated by consumers and small and medium companies in Spain
  • Provided advice to Redexis Gas on five judicial procedures related to the company’s own activity.
  • Advised Ortiz Construcciones y Proyectos on a lawsuit by which our client requests the termination of a construction contract with a municipal entity for the construction of a sports hall and compensation for damages.


Andersen's arbitration practice provides ‘broad and deep knowledge about international commercial arbitration and is able to handle highly complex cross-border disputes to the highest quality’. The firm’s expertise covers commercial, real estate and financial disputes, including international arbitration. The team of ‘expert lawyers’ is co-led by Iñigo Rodríguez–Sastre, who specialises in civil law, corporate law and litigation; litigation and insolvency expert Benjamin Prieto; and José María Rebollo, who focuses on international arbitration, criminal law and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Iñigo Rodríguez–Sastre; Benjamín Prieto; José María Rebollo

Other key lawyers:

Elena Sevila; Luis Cortezo


‘Great organizational capacity of the team to respond to the questions raised, always quickly and providing adequate criteria and legal vision. All the lawyers who provide us with their services are experts in procedural matters, an issue that gives us comfort and transmits security. Distinguished for the availability they show to the client, their good attention and dedication in matters.’

‘They stand out in my opinion for 3 reasons: experience, knowledge and teamwork. In the case of the Managing Partner, BENJAMIN PRIETO, he knows our topics and communication with him is constant. Unlike other firms, whenever we require it, he is available, providing fast and precise solutions from the first moment. The Firm Director, JOSE MARTINEZ ENGUIDANOS, is the one who coordinates the work of the entire ANDERSEN team. Expert in procedural matters that transmits security and excellent coordination of the team. We maintain fluent communication with him and he is interested in all the issues that arise at our company, regardless of whether they are civil or other procedural matters. It’s a plus for us.’

‘Efficiency, and preparation. They are very fine in the details and in comparison with other firms with which I have worked, much more agile when preparing the demands. Work with the Team of Benjamín Prieto, Jose Martinez and Elena Aupí. Also highlight their proximity and availability when required.’

‘Very effective communication between the different members of the team and highly specialized advice.’

‘Expert lawyers who understand and adapt to the mentality and culture of the team they are going to work with.’

‘Andersen’s arbitration team has broad and deep knowledge about international commercial arbitration, is able to handle highly complex cross-border dispute at the highest quality.’

‘Inigo stands out as a highly experienced arbitration practitioner, whose calm demeanor helps manage even the highest of pressure situations, always to the benefit of the client’s interest. Inigo delivers results, and does not spend time and energy on side aspects of a case, which have no relevance to the outcome of a case. His ability to identify the key aspects of a case and fully focus on such aspects is quite impressive.’

‘The closeness to the partner, the dedication and involvement of each lawyer. They all get involved and make you feel like the firm’s most important client. ‘

Key clients
























Work highlights

  • Defending Aena against one of the largest construction companies in Spain, Dragados, regarding the works performed in one of the Aena airports.
  • Defending Suzuki Motor against claims arising out of purported product liability within the Spanish territory.
  • Advising US Funds on the legal action in Spain to compensate for the nearly €850m that they have lost in their investment in Banco Popular.

Araoz & Rueda

The highly regarded practice at Araoz & Rueda handles a range of corporate and commercial litigation, as well as international arbitration. The firm is frequently involved in assignments related to post-acquisition disputes and shareholder or joint venture conflicts. Other areas of expertise for the firm are disputes in the energy and mining sectors, and it has particular experience in expropriation proceedings linked to the development of new infrastructure. Eduardo de León leads the team and advises clients in domestic arbitration, notably in matters involving administrative law and related proceedings. Also noted is Alejandro Fernández de Araoz, who has 'exceptional strategic vision, extremely effective pleadings and excellent knowledge'.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo de León

Other key lawyers:

Alejandro Fernández de Araoz; Ángel Freire


‘Multidisciplinary approach (corporate and litigation). Exceptional strategizing and delivery of strategy both in corporate matters and in litigation.’

‘Alejandro Fernandez de Araoz: totally dedicated, fully hands-on. Exceptional strategic vision. Extremely effective pleadings. Excellent knowledge of local legal and business scene.’

‘Angel Freire. Excellent legal knowledge and brief writing. Always available, exceptional value added.’

‘Araoz & Rueda is very efficient. They showed themselves very professional and were able to successfully negotiate a settlement. It is good to have such a reliable advisor.’

‘Araoz & Rueda is a strong team in international practice.’

‘We have worked with Eduardo de Leon who has given valuable advice on enforcement matters in Spain. He has successfully enforced substantial cost decisions from Swedish court judgments in matters relating to arbitration for a state client of ours. We and the ultimate client are very pleased with the outcome and Mr de Leon’s assistance.’

Work highlights

  • Advicsed Vivendi, a leading French media group, in proceedings at the Commercial Courts and Court of Appeals of Madrid seeking interim suspension and nullity of corporate resolutions with regard to a cross-border intra-EU merger.

B. Cremades & Asociados

A ‘true specialist’, B. Cremades & Asociados is a ‘unique office in international arbitration, a luxury boutique’. The international commercial and investment arbitration practice acts for clients in cross-border disputes arising in Europe, North America, Latin America and the Middle East, with particular expertise in construction and infrastructure disputes, as well as energy, investment and joint ventures issues. Another area of expertise is IP arbitration. Founder and senior partner Bernardo Cremades leads the team and is known for his expertise in international commercial and investment arbitration. Also notable are dispute specialists Ángel Tejada, Bernardo Cremades Jr. and Javier Juliani Aznar. David Cairns left the firm in 2020 to become an independent arbitrator.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Cremades

Other key lawyers:

Ángel Tejada; Bernardo Cremades, Jr.; Javier Juliani Aznar


‘It is a unique office in international arbitration. It is a luxury boutique.’

‘A true specialist.’

Key clients

Compañía de Inversiones Mercantiles, S.A. (CIMSA)

Inversiones Continental (Panamá), S.A.

Blue Bank International &Trust

Ibercaja Banco, S.A.

Comunidad Judía de Madrid & Federación de Comunidades Judías de España

Glenn Maud, Dereck Quinlan and Cruz Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Representation of CIMSA regarding the breach of a shareholders agreement.
  • Represents Ibercaja Banco before the Spanish Courts in proceedings derived from mortgage loans and other general banking contracts, as well as managing and seeking out-of-court settlements of proceedings directly with the defendants.
  • Act as counsel for amici curiae Comunidad Judía de Madrid and Federación de Comunidades Judías de España in relation to a case before the U.S. federal courts. relating to the ownership of a painting.

Bird & Bird

Experienced in representing clients before civil and commercial courts, Bird & Bird is active in multi-disciplinary and cross-border arbitration, mediation and litigation. The firm has notable strength in key sectors including life sciences, technology, financial services and energy, and is particularly active in commercial and IP matters. The practice also has a proven track record in litigation arising from regulatory and administrative law issues. The team is co-led by regulatory specialist Coral Yáñez; Antonio Cueto, who is known for patent, trade mark and design litigation expertise; counsel Pablo Berenguer, who is head of the commercial dispute resolution group; and Alfonso Carillo Cano, who joined the team in 2020, bringing experience in a range of commercial disputes, particularly banking, real estate, construction and insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Coral Yáñez; Antonio Cueto; Pablo Berenguer; Alfonso Carillo

Other key lawyers:

Manuel Lobato


‘Pablo Berenguer is a great lawyer and arbitrator, very dedicated to his cases and with a high legal level. The Court frequently appoints him and considers him a name with extraordinary projection, particularly in the case of M&A disputes and disputes involving a new technology component.’

Key clients


INFORMA Dun & Bradstreet, S.A

MUSAAT, Mutua de Seguros a Prima Fija


Former Shareholders of Exfran, S.L

Wolters Kluwer España, S.A.



Work highlights

  • Appointed by ADIF to act as legal counsel in an international arbitration proceeding related to a dispute between some members of a Spanish consortium created for the execution of an infrastructure project.
  • Advising on legal actions for INFORMA against the group GEDESCO SERVICES SPAIN in an infringement of database rights case.
  • Advising MUSAAT, Mutua de Seguros a Prima Fija in a landmark case: one of the first antitrust private enforcement actions in Spain.


The ‘great professionals’ at DWF-RCD specialise in commercial and corporate litigation, including domestic claims and cross-border issues. Its exclusive association with international law firm DWF has boosted its capabilities in key areas, notably in its global reach and ability to handle multi-jurisdictional disputes. Particular specialisms for the department include IP, IT, insurance and energy litigation. The practice also handles domestic and international arbitration before the ICC and domestic courts of arbitration. The team is jointly led by Ignacio Benejam, Jordi Sanchez, Alfonso Maristany, Felipe Cabredo and Salvio Codes.

Practice head(s):

Ignacio Benejam; Jordi Sánchez; Alfonso Maristany; Felipe Cabredo; Salvio Codes

Other key lawyers:

Diego Artacho


‘I have been a client of this firm for many years and we have always found ourselves very well attended and advised and also cordially and very quickly both by this specific team and by the teams in the other areas with which we have had occasion to have contact.’

‘They are great professionals, very involved in the matter and with a very good price.’

‘I have had more contacts with Diego Artacho and Ignacio Benejan and the truth is that in addition to being very well prepared, they have availability and accessibility far superior to what I have found in a previous firm.’

Eversheds Sutherland

The ‘very committed, responsive and experiencedEversheds Sutherland receives praise for its ‘excellent internal coordination and good technical level’. The firm handles domestic and international arbitration and litigation, particularly in relation to Latin America, and specialises in the infrastructure, energy, construction, industrial engineering, transport and automotive sectors. The team is co-led by Antonio Bravo, who has experience acting before high courts and tribunals throughout Spain; Kiko Carrión, who is an expert in the health, transportation, logistics and construction sectors; litigation and IP specialist José Mariano Cruz; and Luis Francisco Bermejo, who focuses on litigation and insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Antonio Bravo; Kiko Carrión; José Mariano Cruz; Luis Bermejo

Other key lawyers:

José Sánchez de León


‘The Eversheds Litigation team is technically unbeatable. The rigor with which the cases are studied and practical solutions proposed is what makes me recommend the team led by Antonio Bravo. In particular, it is greatly appreciated that Antonio’s approaches are not purely legal and that he always takes our business goals into account.’

‘Antonio’s common sense together with the technical excellence of the entire team as a whole. At all times the strategic approaches raised by Antonio have been focused on avoiding unnecessary risks and seeking practical solutions. The availability of the team to answer questions and explain news is unbeatable.’

‘They are very good lawyers. Very competent and organized. The work is of very good quality. They are proactive. They give answers and solutions.’

‘I would highlight José Sánchez León. A great professional. I was impressed. He did a brilliant interrogation and the writings were well structured.’

‘Excellent internal coordination. Good technical level at the level of other international firms.’

‘Great orientation towards the business needs of the clients. Close and personal treatment.’

‘The Team is very commited and responsive, very experienced in its Domain.’

Key clients











Work highlights

  • Acted for several private Brazilian investors and shareholders of ASTONDOA BRASIL, a Brazilian manufacturer and distributor of luxury yachts and mega-yachts, in a dispute.
  • Advised MERCEDES BENZ on numerous contentious and non-contentious contractual issues in connection with the company’s core businesses in Spain.
  • Represented Welbilt, a US multinational listed in the NYSE, in a lawsuit brought against a well-known Spanish bank seeking damages of approximately €3M.

Fieldfisher JAUSAS

The ‘multi-disciplinary team’ at Fieldfisher JAUSAS is ‘very dedicated and meticulous’, handling a variety of commercial and civil law disputes. Providing ‘confidence, flexibility, and sincere advice’, the firm has particular expertise in securities litigation, litigation funding, franchising issues, appellate matters and ADR. The practice is co-led by Jordi Ruiz de Villa, who specialises in representing institutional investors, large companies and SMEs against financial institutions; Andrés de la Quadra-Salcedo, who is experienced in pre-litigation consultancy, particularly the management of complex judicial and arbitration proceedings; and expert in securities and commercial litigation Pablo Franquet.

Practice head(s):

Jordi Ruiz de Villa; Andrés de la Quadra-Salcedo; Pablo Franquet


‘Multidisciplinary team, very dedicated and meticulous.’

‘Confidence, flexibility when necessary and sincere advice.’

Key clients



Disolarfv Portillo

Francisco Muñiz


Vestas Eólica, S.A.U.

Vestas Mediterranean A/S

Quantum Capital Partners AG

Barcelona Cartonboard S.A.U

International Finance Corporation

Barba Grupo Inmobiliario

H&A Renting Viñedos y Bodegas, S.A.

Arrow Capital Partners

VALNA Management SAM, Swiss Branch

Work highlights

  • Represented McDonalds in a claim against Da Costa Restauración S.L. and Luis Cañizares, SL requesting the termination of the franchise agreement.
  • Assisted Banco Popular’s institutional and retail investors with reaching an agreement with Ramco to provide funding for institutional and retail investors’ claim against Banco Santander.
  • Filed a lawsuit on behalf of Privalia, against Banco Santander on the grounds of breaching the instructions given by the client about the execution of bank transfers.

Ius + Aequitas Abogados

Boutique litigation firm Ius + Aequitas Abogados is known for its ‘good technical preparation, as well as great experience in different sectors’, including sports and entertainment, banking and finance, construction and infrastructure, and food and beverages. The ‘magnificent litigation office’ specialises in handling bankruptcy proceedings, criminal legal procedures in the national High Court, white collar financial crime and international arbitration in the ICC. Elíseo Martínez leads the practice and has expertise in a range of litigation and arbitration matters.

Practice head(s):

Eliseo Martínez

Other key lawyers:

Pablo Martínez; Tomás Villatoro


‘The strong point is the good technical preparation of the team, as well as a great experience in different sectors.’

‘An outstanding partner is Pablo Martínez.’

‘In my opinion, this office is a magnificent litigation office of all kinds, including the economic criminal one. Very rigorous and without fear of working hours.’

‘They carry out civil lawsuits and arbitrations of high international profile. They have a very thorough knowledge of procedural law.’

‘Elíseo Martinez is the person of reference. He’s a great strategist and he’s always on top of things.’

‘Eliseo Martínez and Tomás Villatoro have a great experience in the matter, the wisdom of the profession and the good treatment and constant accessibility. They are two brilliant lawyers who despite their seniority are always available. They know all the issues very closely. ‘

‘Ius Aequitas always provides us with an impeccable job, with great technical depth, creativity and speed. The most important thing is that they present us with very creative solutions with a lot of strategy. In particular, I highlight the work of Eliseo Martinez, a great strategist in litigation cases. ‘

‘Eliseo Martinez always has a gala performance in the cases. Always very present, looks at things that lawyers don’t normally look at. He is very attentive to details, which invariably allow us to gain an advantage within the procedure.’

Key clients

The Carlon Group

Constructora OAS

OCU (Organización de Consumidores y Usuarios)

D.I.S. – Esportes e Organizaçao de Eventos, Ltda

Federaçao das Associaçoes dos Atletas Profissionais (FAAP)

Eroski Sociedad Cooperativa

Plataforma de Perjudicados de Abengoa

Extremeña de Sondeos, S.L.

Almatrichi, S.L.

Conservas Fredo

Habtur Balears

Work highlights

  • Advised The Carlton Group, a leading American real estate broker, against Marme Inversiones 2007 in a €90m commission dispute corresponding to the sale of Ciudad Financiera del Santander.
  • Advised Plataforma de Perjudicados por Abengoa against the former chairman of Abengoa and the former advisor for an alleged false accounting and investor scam.
  • Advised D.I.S Esportes e Organizaçao de Eventos and Federaçao das Associaçoes dos atletas Profissionais (FAAP) in a €39m criminal complaint against Neymar Jr. and FC Barcelona.

King & Wood Mallesons

The ‘experienced and reliable’ disputes practice at King & Wood Mallesons draws from the firm’s expertise in M&A, energy, construction, sports, banking and finance, real estate, private equity, leisure and retail. The team advises on a range of matters, including civil and commercial litigation, criminal litigation and contentious-administrative litigation, as well as national and international civil and commercial arbitration. ‘Wise and sensible’ practice head Alfredo Guerrero handles civil, commercial, insolvency, administrative and criminal proceedings, with particular experience in commercial and financial disputes, cross-border litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Alfredo Guerrero

Other key lawyers:

Fernando Badenes; José Carlos Fraga


‘Throughout my professional career I’ve worked with a lot of practices but without a doubt King & Wood Mallesons has earned my total confidence.’

‘Alfredo Guerrero is one of the best lawyers we know.’

‘The firm is experienced and reliable in the advice rendered on the several aspects involved in a litigation matter, both in technical terms where they are solid and also with a commercial sensitive approach to the matters at stake, which is very helpful for the client.’

‘Alfredo Guerrero is an experienced partner that has strong expertise in litigation matters. He is wise and sensible, always with a commercial sensitive approach. Known to be hands on and completely controlling the proceedings, which permits total confidence in the work provided.’

Key clients

Valencia Club de Fútbol, S.A.D.

Aquila Capital / Inversiones Goac Chamartín, S.L.

Itokin Co. Ltd.

Inapa España Distribución de Papel, S.A.

Novo Banco, S.A.

Investec Bank Plc

Litoral del Este, S.L.

Landwich Capital, S.L.

La Seda de Barcelona, S.A.

Avance Hogar, S.L.

Work highlights

  • Advised Valencia Club de Fútbol on court proceedings whereby the share capital increase of the company was challenged. The accrued disputed amount is €100m.
  • Provided advice to La Seda de Barcelona on a criminal case where the client accused various former managers of the company and their accomplices for unlawfully misappropriating the company’s funds.
  • Provided advice to Aquila Capital / Goac Chamartín on the enforcement by courts of the award obtained in favour of Inversiones Goac Chamartín in the arbitration proceedings.

PwC Tax & Legal Services

PwC Tax & Legal Services' multi-disciplinary disputes practice ‘knows well the sectors in which they advise, in particular construction’. The firm acts in a range of disputes for clients including banks and IBEX 35 listed companies. The practice is known for its cross-border expertise and is also active in domestic matters. David Mellado is head of the litigation and arbitration department. Barcelona-based Ana Ribó, who joined in 2019, is also noted.

Practice head(s):

David Mellado

Other key lawyers:

Ana Ribó; Javier Gilsanz; Antonio Del Saz


‘They are a multidisciplinary litigation team of the largest in Spain; they know well the sectors in which they advise, in particular in construction.’

Key clients




















Work highlights

  • Advised Llao Asia defending its interests in a conflict with a franchisor.
  • Advising SOR IBÉRICA in a legal dispute initiated by SALFORD VAN HIRE LTD (an English company).  
  • Represents BANCO BILBAO VIZCAYA in a civil case as defendant, where the plaintiff is a corporation which seeks the nullity of several swaps contracts based on a breach of contract.

Simmons & Simmons

The ‘very professional' and 'pro-business’ team at Simmons & Simmons ‘makes an effort to understand the underlying business of the client’. Providing a range of litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution services, the firm is known for its multi-disciplinary litigation advice including corporate, commercial, financial, banking, employment, tax, IP and regulatory law issues. Andrés Mochales is an expert in financial, civil, arbitration and bankruptcy law, notably advising on disputes in the financial institutions sector. He co-leads the team with Fernando Aizpún, who focuses on representing international and national companies in civil, commercial and criminal legal proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Andrés Mochales; Fernando Aizpún

Other key lawyers:

Alejandra Escalada; Rocío Barrero; Eduardo Peñacoba


‘The team is very professional and, above all, very pro-business. They make an effort to understand the underlying business of the client which allows a better quality of service. Also highlight the response time.’

‘Eduardo Peñacoba: very solution minded, fast, very commercial and technically at a very high level.’

Key clients

Royal Bank of Scotland


Real Estate Company

Deutsche Bank

Work highlights

  • Defending RBS in a matter concerning a credit facility granted by a pool of banks in the insolvency proceedings of Marme Inversiones 2007.
  • Representing SAREB in a civil claw-back action aimed to void the assignment of real estate plots by a debtor of SAREB to companies owned by the individual and their relatives.
  • Defending Deutsche Bank against a judicial claim filed by the debtor of a credit directed to the extinction of the credit because it is being judicially disputed and assigned in the meantime to a third creditor.

Ceca Magán Abogados

Ceca Magán Abogados acts in a range of civil and commercial disputes, and also demonstrates expertise in white-collar crime, including money laundering and bribery matters. Economic crime and bankruptcy law expert Adrián Dupuy López leads the team and focuses on corporate, civil, commercial and criminal litigation, as well as arbitration. Another key name in the area is Emilio Gude Menéndez, who specialises in civil and corporate litigation, particularly concerning contract issues. Juan Ignacio Alonso was a new arrival in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Adrián Dupuy López

Other key lawyers:

Emilio Gude Menéndez; Juan Ignacio Alonso

Key clients






TEDECON, Servicios y Obras, SL

Columbus One Properties Management, S. L




Work highlights

  • Represented an important Spanish businessman in a major arbitration procedure.
  • Representing AMPER against a claim of the former president of the board of directors of AMPER.
  • Representing Caser Seguros in response to a claim for a deferred price and variable results, in the purchase and sale of the remaining 55% of the capital of a company that owns medical residences in Extremadura.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

'A team with high sector knowledge and expertise’, DAC Beachcroft LLP has ‘years of experience and background in the field of international arbitration'. The firm's broad range of dispute resolution experience spans the insurance, health, real estate, construction and engineering, energy, marine and transport sectors. The practice has expertise acting in domestic and cross-border litigation, notably in Latin America, and is jointly led by José María Álvarez-CienfuegosBeatriz RodríguezJosé María PimentelEduardo Asensi Pallarés and Iñigo Cid-Luna Clares.

Practice head(s):

José María Álvarez-Cienfuegos; Beatriz Rodríguez; José María Pimentel; Eduardo Asensi Pallarés; Iñigo Cid-Luna Clares

Other key lawyers:

Mercedes Romero


‘A versatile, new and young team that makes it innovative and different from its competitors. Use of new technologies in pursuit of efficiency and relationship with customers and different clearly differential agents.’

‘A team with high sector knowledge and expertise, years of experience and background in the field of International Arbitration.’

‘DAC Beachcroft is considered one of the best law firms in Spain in insurance litigation.’

‘Mercedes Romero is recommended without a doubt.’

‘For some time it has been developing a practice of commercial litigation and arbitration that, in a short time, has gained an excellent reputation in the market.’

‘Mercedes Romero stands out who, recently, has joined the firm to lead and promote the practice of commercial litigation and arbitration of which associates with a lot of experience from the main independent Spanish firms were already part.’

‘Work capacity, knowledge of the company, professional experience, availability and proactivity are valued.’

‘Professionalism and proactivity.’

Key clients



Chubb Insurance Group Ltd


Liberty Mutual Insurance Co



QBE Spain

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Lloyd’s Syndicate to defend their insured, the famous architect firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop, in disputes that have arisen in relation to the design and construction of the Botin Centre.
  • Representing AXA XL in a large environmental catastrophe affecting a large electrical distribution company in Spain.
  • Representing EPTISA SERVICIOS DE INGENIERÍA, a global construction consortium, in a claim against another global consortium participating in a significant construction project.

Deloitte Legal

Specialising in banking litigation, the ‘prestigious legal team’ at Deloitte Legal is also active in disputes in the leisure and travel sectors. The firm provides domestic and international disputes experience, and can draw from varied, multi-disciplinary expertise within the firm. Silvia García López focuses on litigation and arbitration related to construction, distribution and agency law. She co-leads the practice with the ‘exceptionalEduardo Villellas, who advises on complex commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Silvia García López; Eduardo Villellas


‘They are a very prestigious legal team.’

‘I have worked a lot with Eduardo Villellas, an exceptional lawyer.’

Key clients










Work highlights

  • Undertook the legal defence of BANCO SANTANDER, BANKIA, ING BANK, CAIXABANK, TARGOBANK, AMERICAN EXPRESS EUROPE in court proceedings brought by clients claiming the invalidity of swaps, IRS, derivative instruments, revolving contracts and floor and other mortgage clauses.
  • Undertook the legal defence of EROSKI in a major dispute before the Civil and Mercantile Court of Arbitration of Madrid (Spain).
  • Represents TRACTIVE in a dispute over an amount claimed regarding a purchase option signed.


Dentons advises multinational corporations, banks and investment funds in dispute resolution matters domestically and internationally. Areas of strength include litigation arising from distressed investment situations and disputes arising in the context of the workout of large debt portfolios. General corporate and commercial contentious work also features. José María Buxeda has experience representing national and international companies in dispute resolution, corporate and commercial law matters and M&A. Former state attorney José María García Santos joined the practice in 2021 to lead the commercial litigation and procedural law offering, while 2020 saw the departure of former practice head Julio Parilla, and the arrival of Risteard de Paor from another international law firm. Juan Ignacio Alonso left the firm in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Jose María Buxeda

Other key lawyers:

Risteard de Paor; José María García Santos

Key clients


ICS International Courier Service

Work highlights

  • Acted for PRIMAFRÍO in the imposition of a fine by the Spanish Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC); the National Court issued a ruling on 18 February 2020 upholding the claim filed by PRIMAFRÍO and cancelling the resolution issued by the CNMC.
  • Provided advice to ICS International Courier Service on a high-profile courier services cartel investigation.

GTA Villamagna Abogados

Providing ‘good and effective coordination’, GTA Villamagna Abogados has ‘deep legal knowledge’ in multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration. Particular specialisms for the firm include corporate litigation, contractual liability, tortious liability, defects in construction projects, protection of IP rights and litigation arising from the energy sector. Key names in the team are Ernesto García-Trevijano, who has experience in public law and dispute resolution; and Marta Plaza, who advises on a range of public, civil and commercial disputes.

Other key lawyers:

Ernesto García-Trevijano; Marta Plaza; Jesús Estrada; Mercedes Bértolo


‘The lawyers of the firm I deal with interact with good and efficient coordination.’

‘The admirable coordination between the deep legal knowledge of each member and their humility when dealing with clients. I would highlight Mr. Ernesto García-Trevijano and Mr. Jesús Estrada.’

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Work highlights

  • Advising INSOLVENCY ADMINISTRATION OF AUTOPISTA DEL HENARES, CONCESIONARIA DEL ESTADO in two judicial proceedings against the Ministry of Public Works and Transport in connection with the public concession for a national toll highway.
  • Defended CESPA in several judicial proceedings regarding the conflict raised with the public administration regarding the public liability arising from the nullity of the first award of the contract and the early termination of the amended contract once this was again awarded.
  • Acting for SMART HOSPITAL CANTABRIA in a judicial proceeding against the Cantabrian Health Service regarding the interpretation of the contract of collaboration between the public sector and the private sector.

J Almoguera Abogados

A ‘boutique of the highest quality’, J Almoguera Abogados is known for banking, antitrust and finance litigation and arbitration, with a particular niche in the area of insolvency litigation. Corporate, restructuring and insolvency law expert Jesús Almoguera leads the team and has experience in a range of litigation and arbitration. Also notable in the practice are counsel Blas Gonzalez, who specialises in insolvency, corporate litigation and IP, and associate Eduardo Vázquez de Prada, who focuses on restructuring, insolvency, banking and corporate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Jesús Almoguera

Other key lawyers:

Blas Gonzalez; Eduardo Vázquez de Prada


‘Their availability and assistance in the most complex issues makes us feel very comfortable as clients counting on their advice.’

‘They handle a proactive approach and are direct when proposing alternatives, adding value thanks to this innovative vision.’

‘The 100% involvement of the partner and associates in the matter means that as a client you feel perfectly cared for.’

‘Both Jesús Almoguera and Eduardo Vázquez de Prada stand out for their availability, legal technique and ability to delve into areas that are not necessarily part of their day-to-day life.’

‘A boutique of the highest quality. Jesús Almoguera is an excellent lawyer with a multidisciplinary knowledge of the law and extensive experience.’

‘They do an exhaustive exercise to know the practices and uses of the client in such a way that they adapt to our needs to perfection.’

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP's litigation and arbitration team ‘stands out for its quality in the preparation of proposals, for its magnificent work in the courtroom and for its complete availability at any time’. The firm is active in commercial litigation and represents companies in judicial proceedings related to contracts, acquisitions, joint ventures and investments. The practice also has experience in NPL portfolio litigation and international arbitration. ‘Brilliant lawyerÓscar Franco leads the team after joining the firm in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Óscar Franco

Other key lawyers:

John Adam; Leticia Sitges; Roberto Muñoz


‘The Latham Litigation and Arbitration team stands out for its great capacity to analyze and identify the key points of each matter, for its quality in the preparation of proposals, for its magnificent work in court, for its complete availability at any time to serve the customer and for their very close and friendly treatment.’

‘Óscar Franco is a brilliant lawyer, he is very intelligent, he quickly identifies the keys to matters and in court he is very skilled and very fast. In addition, he is always available to serve the client and his treatment is magnificent.’

‘Leticia Sitges is very detailed and professional. She stands out because she delves deeply into matters, prepares everything very well, and at the same time is practical and understands commercial issues. She is very organized and at the same time she is creative when it comes to finding arguments and solutions.’

‘Technical reliability, imagination when proposing solutions and commercial sense.’

‘Oscar Franco is a great lawyer and procedural strategist. He makes great business sense and offers practical solutions. He is one of the lawyers who likes to establish trusting relationships with clients.’

‘A practical advice focused on the best results. The litigation and arbitration area has an excellent team; one of the best on the market.’

Key clients

Apollo Capital Management

Deutsche Bank



Equipped to advise on a broad spectrum of commercial litigation and arbitration issues, ONTIER is experienced in cross-border matters and domestic disputes, particularly in relation to the energy, logistics, construction and shipping sectors. Managing partner and disputes expert Pedro Rodero Rodríguez co-leads the team with Cristina Camarero Espinosa, who has significant experience in a range of contentious matters, including construction litigation.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Rodero Rodríguez; Cristina Camarero Espinosa

Other key lawyers:

Marta Rodrigo Lavilla; José Luis Cabello Contreras

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Pinsent Masons LLP

Specialising in international construction disputes and commercial arbitration, Pinsent Masons LLP’s broad experience also includes corporate, insolvency and bankruptcy litigation, as well as investment arbitration. The firm actively utilises technology and innovation to improve its service, an example being Termframe ERA, an AI-based system which allows the practice to extract, review and analyse information within a due diligence review. The team is co-led by Fernando Gutiérrez, who focuses on civil and commercial law; Sofía Parra Martínez, who handles contentious and non-contentious construction matters; and Ricardo García Uzcudun, who specialises in infrastructure and construction.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Gutiérrez; Sofía Parra Martínez; Ricardo García Uzcudun

Other key lawyers:

Teresa Ruano

Key clients

South Virginia Empresarial, S.L.

La Finca Real Estate Management, S.L.

Work highlights

  • Advised South Virginia Empresarial regarding the challenge to the judicial homologation of a refinancing agreement reached between Eurona Wireless Telecom and its financial creditors.
  • Advised South Virginia Empresarial on a claim filed against Eurona Wireless Telecom with reference to the breach of a share purchase agreement (SPA) signed between both entities.
  • Advised La Finca Real Estate on a claim filed by one of its shareholders, whereby the agreements adopted in the general meeting of shareholders and the board of directors’ resolutions regarding the split off of a company were challenged.

Roca Junyent

The ‘excellent training of the team’ at Roca Junyent allows the firm to act with ‘360º vision in the decision of strategies and lines of defense’. The firm advises on litigation and arbitration proceedings related to financial disputes, breaches of SPAs, director liability and corporate disputes, as well as issues arising from distribution and agency contracts. A particular niche is the firm's expertise in the emerging e-sports area. Gonzalo Serrano Fenollosa specialises in civil law and civil procedural law. He co-leads the team with the highly regarded Marlen Estévez, who focuses on M&A, corporate, director’s liability and energy-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Gonzalo Serrano; Marlen Estévez

Other key lawyers:

Pascual Sala; Santiago Espiau


‘Excellent training of the team members in charge of our affairs. Very pertinent 360º vision which allows the decision of strategies, lines of defense and coherently granite actions.’

‘Rigor, training, work capacity, empathy (I consider that the right degree of it without losing the necessary objectivity) with the client and the entrusted legal matter.’

‘Despite being a consolidated firm, they perfectly understand the changing needs of a startup, and of course its sense of urgency. I doubt that many established firms have the adaptability of Marlen and her team, who provide the same attention and care to prepare contracts as to prepare a million dollar litigation.’

‘Marlen Estévez is a professional person: bright, close and anticipating the client’s needs at every moment.’

Key clients

Monsora, S.L. / Modern Villas Costa Blanca, S.L.

Several members of the Gancedo Family

Gévora Construcciones, S.A.

NH Hoteles España, S.A.U.

Makro Autoservicio Mayorista, S.A.

Verona Lastre, S.R.L.

Vía Célere, S.L.

Aldaia Town Hall (Valencian Community)

Aeris Invest SARL

Work highlights

  • Assisted Monsora  in a contentious-administrative proceeding against the City Hall of Cuevas de Almanzora, with a claim value of €12m, resulting from the annulment of a building licence.
  • Advised several members of one of Banco Popular’s traditional investor groups, who held 10,133,251 shares when the bank was declared unviable by the Single Resolution Board (SRB).
  • Assisted Gévora Construcciones in a proceeding before the Audiencia Nacional de España requesting the annulment of a resolution issued by the CNMC.

Toda & Nel-lo

Acting for start-ups, medium-sized firms and listed companies, Toda & Nel-lo has significant experience in disputes in the pharmaceutical, energy, real estate, tourism and public sector. The firm is particularly active in M&A, insolvency, civil and commercial litigation, and also represents clients in arbitration before the main Spanish courts of arbitration. Practice head Albert Faus is a seasoned litigator with expertise in corporate, commercial, real estate contract, construction, succession and inheritance disputes.

Practice head(s):

Albert Faus

Other key lawyers:

Carlos Martos; José María Arnedo


‘The highest standards of technical demand and personalized treatment to the client.’

Key clients




Nexus Energy





Institució Familiar d’Educació


Burger King

Work highlights

  • Advised Comertia in a damages claim against UNIBAIL in the context of the refurbishment of a shopping centre.
  • Advised FCC in a breach of honour legal action.
  • Advised seven energy traders (including Nexus Energía) and two user associations accuse Iberdrola of having blocked their reservoirs in order to boost the price of electricity just before an auction.

Zurbarán Abogados

'Meticulous in the preparation of cases', Zurbarán Abogados advises on a range of commercial, company and civil law litigation, including shareholders disputes, insolvency litigation and class actions. The firm also has expertise in arbitration and insurance litigation. White-collar criminal law and litigation specialist Adolfo Cuéllar co-leads the team with José Manuel García Quílez, who has experience in litigation and corporate crime, representing prominent public figures and corporate entities.

Practice head(s):

Adolfo Cuéllar; José Manuel García-Quílez

Other key lawyers:

Ricardo Astorga Morano; Francisco Esteban Bernal; Ángel Zamora


‘Maximum collaboration and up to date on the latest legislative developments in matters.’

‘They are meticulous in the preparation of cases.’

‘Very personalized attention from Ricardo Astorga Morano and Francisco Esteban Bernal.’

‘Zurbarán’s team is consolidated and has partners with extensive experience in the procedural area, civil, commercial and labour.’

‘They give us confidence. Any issue that has come up to us over the last few years, Zurbarán has been able to resolve it quickly.’

‘I would like to emphasize that they are adapted to new technologies as we have seen this year as a result of the confinement by Covid-19.’