‘Decisive and efficient‘, Allen & Overy fields a sizeable team of ‘proactive, practical lawyers who understand well the clients and their concerns‘. The department is well versed across commercial litigation, financial litigation, arbitration and special situations (covering insolvencies and the enforcement of securities), and stands out in particular for its leading practice in investment treaty arbitration involving the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), where it has represented a large number of clients in cases against the Kingdom of Spain. As befits the firm’s global reputation in the financial services sector, the Madrid office acts for a number of high-profile banks and financial institutions, as well as household name Spanish and international companies in a range of other sectors. Clients are well served at the partner level by dispute resolution expert Antonio Vázquez-Guillén, highly regarded for his arbitration practice in particular, employment disputes specialist Silvia Bauzá, Javier Mendieta and Javier Castresana. The senior, non-partner-level team grew organically in May 2021, with the promotions of José Luis Terron to counsel and Pablo Torres to senior associate. Counsel Emma Morales, whose expertise covers commercial litigation and commercial and investment arbitration, is another name to note.
Dispute resolution in Spain
Antonio Vázquez-Guillén; Javier Mendieta; Javier Castresana; Silvia Bauzá
Other key lawyers:
José Luis Terrón; Emma Morales; Pablo Torres; Alexandre Fichaux; Javier Fernández; David Ingle
‘In my opinion, they stand out in their agility and availability towards the client and also in terms of the originality and efficiency of the proposals they make to resolve certain issues. It seems to me that the litigation team is very agile and above all decisive and efficient.’
‘I would like to highlight José Luis Terrón. He seems to me to be a great professional, available to the client at any time and at any time, very proactive at work and provides very useful solutions in procedures. I would definitely recommend him to anyone.’
‘Team with great experience, vocation of customer service and strategic vision.’
‘José Luis Terrón has great technical knowledge and strategic vision. In addition, it goes to the maximum in each case.’
‘The A&O team is a must in litigation. Both Antonio Vázquez and Emma Morales know how to defend with excellence and measure the interests of their clients in highly complex and multi-jurisdictional matters. They have a perfect coordination between their different offices to be able to give the client a turnkey product.’
‘I’d highlight the customer orientation and customer benefit.’
‘Allen is a firm with proactive, practical lawyers who understand well the clients and their concerns, who are always available. It is a pleasure to have them because you feel in very good hands.’
Distrito Castellana Norte
Associated British Foods
- Acted for Distrito Castellana Norte (DCN), as co-defendant together with BBVA, in a €700m claim filed by Baraka Group Holding arising out of an alleged rights over certain properties.
- Acted for Mubadala/IPIC in the context of an international arbitration arising out of the termination of the sponsorship agreement entered into between IPIC and Real Madrid Club de Fútbol in October 2014.
- Acting for PV Investors, RWE Innogy Aersa, S.A.U. and RWE Innogy, among others, in ECT claims against the Kingdom of Spain.
‘A true reference in arbitration and litigation’, Clifford Chance has established itself among the leading dispute resolution firms in Spain through years of involvement in major cases. Acting from its offices in Madrid and Barcelona, the team is equipped to handle complex disputes, where it acts for a range of IBEX 35 companies and international heavyweights. In a case that has drawn considerable media attention, the firm is acting for European Super League Company (ESLC) and A22 Sports Management in proceedings against UEFA and FIFA concerning competition in the football market. With an international office network and outlook, the firm is highly active in cross-border cases; in particular, the firm’s Spanish teams collaborate with colleagues in Washington DC to act in disputes involving Latin America. Names to note in the department include practice head Fernando Irurzun and senior associate Fernando Giménez-Alvear, who are ‘two lawyers that any company wants to have at its side in a complex procedural dispute‘, seasoned litigator and IP expert Miquel Montañá, and Iñigo Villoria, who heads the restructuring and insolvency practice.
Fernando Irurzun; Iñigo Villoria; Ignacio Díaz de la Cruz; Miquel Montañá; Josep Montefusco
Other key lawyers:
Borja Pérez-Puente; Fernando Giménez-Alvear; Alexandra Borrallo; Eduardo Hernández
‘In my opinion, their qualities are experience and knowledge of the subjects. They are, in our case, a true reference in arbitration and litigation. I would highlight Fernando Irurzun for the confidence I have in them.’
‘It is important that in-house attorneys get to know the team that is going to work on the matters that interest us. In this case, I personally know Clifford Chance attorneys who have advised us on an issue relevant to us and for this reason, among others, we have trusted them and will continue to do so in the future.’
‘Excellence in their work and always ready to assist when needed.’
‘Both partner and associate are outstanding, always up to date. Good strategist when defending the case’
‘Very complete and proactive team. They demonstrate great involvement in matters.’
‘Great experience and clarity in advice. Both the managing partner Fernando Irurzun and the rest of the team Fernando Giménez-Alvear and Borja Pérez-Puente stand out.’
‘The attorneys at Clifford Chance have a skill that stands out in the market for analyzing complex situations and simplifying them. They perfectly analyze the opposing parties to define the most appropriate procedural strategy in each case.’
‘Fernando Irurzun and Fernando Giménez-Alvear are two lawyers that any company wants to have at its side in a complex procedural dispute. Specifically, in multi-jurisdictional cases.’
European Super League Company, S.L.
A22 Sports Management, S.L.
Distrito Castellana Norte, S.A.
S.A. de Obras y Servicios, Copasa
Siemens Rail Automation S.A.U.
Instalaciones Inabensa, S.A.
Indra Sistemas, S.A.
Patentes Talgo, S.L.
Vías y Construcciones, S.A.
HSBC Bank plc
Altamira Santander Real Estate, S.A.
Unibail Rodamco Westfield
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.
CVP Asset Management, SGEIC, S.A.
Ernst and Young
BDO Audotires, S.L.
Banco Santander, S.A.
Zurich Insurance Plc
Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid
Mutualidad de la Abogacía
Globalia Business Travel, S.A.
Suez Spain, S.L.
Enel Green Power
Vodafone España, S.A.U.
Nokia Spain, S.A.
L’Oréal España, S.A.
Matrix Renewables (Spain), S.L.
Asociación de Empresas de Energía Eléctrica
Club Atlético de Madrid S.A.D.
- Representing European Super League Company (ESLC) and A22 in judicial proceedings against UEFA and FIFA.
- Represents Vingroup with regard to the post-M&A dispute related to its investment in Spain, consisting of the acquisition of a 51% stake in BQ (whose registered name is Mundo Reader) through its subsidiary Vintech.
- Advised BBVA on an interim measures proceeding brought by several companies of the Cerberus group in connection with the deferral of the reimbursement of a loan granted by BBVA to a Dutch company of the Cerberus group due to the circumstances arising from Covid-19.
Among the most active firms in International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) arbitration, Cuatrecasas has one of the leading international arbitration practices in Spain. Litigation also features in the team’s workload, and the firm has the size and resources to deploy specialist lawyers in both litigation and arbitration proceedings. In the former, the team has expertise in competition private enforcement claims, an area of increasing importance in Spain and elsewhere. Practice head Alfonso Iglesia has substantial experience acting for high-profile clients in ICC and ICSID arbitration. Also in Madrid are corporate and M&A disputes specialist Alvaro Mendiola, Alberto Fortún, Antonio Pipó and Iñigo Quintana, who is active in insurance, maritime and engineering-related disputes, among others. In recent developments, Omar Puertas relocated from the firm’s Shanghai office to the Barcelona office. He joins cross-border and post-M&A litigation partner César Rivera and Juan Antonio Ruiz, who acts in product liability and unfair competition disputes.
Alfonso Iglesia; Antonio Carreño
Other key lawyers:
Álvaro Mendiola; Alberto Fortún; Antonio Pipó; Íñigo Quintana; Omar Puertas; Alfonso Gómez-Acebo; César Rivera; Juan Antonio Ruiz
SOCIEDAD CONCESIONARIO METRO DE LIMA
- Successfully representing the international consortium granted the project to design, finance, build, operate and maintain Line 2 and branch line Av. Faucett – Av. Gambetta of the Lima and Callao Subway in international arbitration brought against the Republic of Peru before the ICSID.
- Representing different clients on several investment arbitrations (ICSID) against the Kingdom of Spain under the Energy Charter Treaty.
- Advising Pemex on several corporate disputes resulting from the new situation of one of the company’s subsidiaries in Spain, the country’s largest private shipyard.
Garrigues ‘stands out for its extensive knowledge of the market and its ability to define and obtain innovative and extraordinary solutions‘. The department maintains a varied litigation and arbitration practice, and is often sought for assistance and representation in major cases relating to construction and energy projects. It counts household name companies and banks among its clients, and has recently expanded its client base despite the pandemic with new clients in the life sciences, software and construction sectors, among others. At a firm-wide level, it has also increased its pro bono work, with 330 lawyers taking part in pro bono projects during 2020. Antonio Entrena López-Peña is a ‘solid and accessible professional‘, while the ‘brilliant‘ Eduardo Santamaría Moral is ‘very attentive to business needs‘. Also attracting praise are principal associates Margarita Soto Moya and Alejandro Huertas, who is ‘well known throughout the country for his regular participation in major court and arbitration proceedings‘.
Other key lawyers:
Alberto Pimenta; Antonio Entrena; Francisco Serrano Osobliwa; Eduardo Santamaría Moral; Diego Vicente Pérez; Margarita Soto Moya; Lisette Hernández; Alejandro Huertas
‘Antonio Entrena is one of the most solid and accessible professionals with whom I have had the opportunity to interact.’
‘Perfect combination between excellent strategy and high technical level of all team members. In my opinion, this capacity and advantage is superior to others.’
‘Eduardo Santamaria and Alejandro Huertas. Excellent technical level, excellent strategy and empathy with the client.’
‘The global reach of the firm and its members, the quality of their legal services and their unique expertise on industries such as construction make them quite unique.’
‘Margarita Soto and Alvaro Soriano stand out.’
‘Garrigues’ litigation team stands out for its extensive knowledge of the market and its ability to define and obtain innovative and extraordinary solutions. They are the best of the best.’
‘Alejandro Huertas, the firm’s youngest next partner after a meteoric career, is a completely out-of-the-box trial lawyer. To an unsurpassed command of litigation practice he adds a truly useful understanding of our business. He is a safe bet, who always goes the extra mile. His soft skills for arguing and persuading are truly amazing (when you are with him you easily understand why he has been three times in a row the Spanish public speaking champion). Alejandro Huertas is well known throughout the country for his regular participation in major court and arbitration proceedings.’
‘Eduardo Santamaria – brilliant, easy to communicate (fluent English), always available, very attentive to business needs and how to provide a legal opinion/documents and proceeding to achieve such business needs and goals.’
International Cable, B.V.
Obrascón Huarte Laín (‘OHL’)
Meliá Hotels International
- Defends the dominant postal operator in the Spanish market against the highest amount claimed for damages for breach of competition law currently discussed in Spain.
- Defends the auditor who approved the accounts of BANKIA at the time it went public in the first criminal case regarding bank management responsibility in Spain and the most important white-collar crime trial in Spain in recent years.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
The ‘extraordinary‘ team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is highlighted for its ‘technical excellence‘ and ‘great service in international claims‘. The firm is well known for its dispute resolution practice at a global level, and this high level of expertise is also clear in its Spain-based offering, where it balances a busy workload in both litigation and arbitration. Given the strength of its global disputes practice, the firm’s Spanish lawyers are often engaged in cross-border cases, where it has a good track record acting for domestic and international clients as well as sovereign states. The department is under the leadership of the highly regarded Eduardo Soler Tappa, and includes David Arias, who has ‘enormous experience and great prestige around the world‘, Paulino Fajardo and Javier de Carvajal. The partner-level team grew in 2021 with the promotion of Jaime de San Román to partner in May of that year. Key of counsels include Alejandra Galdos, who stands out for her work in construction and engineering claims, Manuel Rivero and Luis Capiel. Miguel García-Casas is a name to note at the senior associate level.
Eduardo Soler Tappa
Other key lawyers:
Paulino Fajardo; David Arias; Javier de Carvajal; Jaime de San Román; Alejandra Galdos; Manuel Rivero; Luis Capiel; Miguel García-Casas; Oliver Cojo
‘An extraordinary team.’
‘I’d highlight Paulino Fajardo, Alejandra Galdos. Great team with a lot of diversity. They are excellent.’
‘Qualification and understanding very well the needs and position of the client. We highlight the work of partner Eduardo Soler Tappa.’
‘They have a great team of people, their coordination is extraordinary. They provide a great service in international claims.’
‘David Arias is one of the great arbitration lawyers. He has enormous experience and a great prestige around the world. He is a conscientious and solid lawyer and arbitrator and directs matters with determination after taking into account the views of all parties. The team is excellent.’
‘Closeness and immediacy when solving any query. Technical excellence. Humane treatment and personal involvement in the entrusted matters.’
‘Javier de Carvajal and Miguel García-Casas form a team with enormous technical qualifications that is also personally involved in their clients’ affairs. They have the maximum availability to solve questions or problems. They anticipate tasks and organise them well in advance.’
‘In my opinion, the most prominent lawyers are David Arias and Luis Capiel.’
Unión Fenosa Gas
Kingdom of Spain
Barclays Bank PLC Sucursal en España
Autopista Rio Magdalena
Idom Merebrook limited
- Represented Unión Fenosa Gas in an ICSID arbitration related to a natural gas supply agreement entered into in 2000 concerning the Damietta plant in Egypt.
- Acted for the Kingdom of Spain in a landmark international investment arbitration filed under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) by 26 claimants grouped in 14 corporate groups from Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain, subject to the UNCITRAL 2010 Rules.
- Advising an infrastructure company on a complex dispute, including in ICC arbitration proceedings and expert determination proceedings related to a cutting-edge renewable energy project in the US.
Dispute resolution is a core strength for Pérez-Llorca, which balances a busy practice covering litigation and arbitration. In the former, antitrust damages litigation is a notable area of focus, as are construction and energy-related cases. The firm is also well versed in cases before the European Court of Justice (ECJ), where public and EU law specialist Juan Manuel Rodríguez Cárcamo has particular expertise representing banking-sector clients. The firm has steadily expanded its team in recent years; partner-level hires during 2020 included Jordi Gras, who joined the Barcelona office from EY Abogados in June of that year, and Ignacio Santabaya from Jones Day and Julio Parrilla from Dentons, who both joined in September. Also joining from Dentons in September 2020 was counsel Arancha Barandiarán, who has developed a strong practice in real estate and commercial litigation. The highly experienced Félix Montero leads the team, which also includes Beatriz García, who has vast experience in civil and administrative courts and arbitration proceedings, Guillermina Ester, Javier García Marrero, a partner since 2020, and Laura Ruiz, who was promoted to partner in 2021.
Other key lawyers:
Juan Manuel Rodríguez Cárcamo; Guillermina Ester; Jordi Gras; Beatriz García; Javier García Marrero; Fernando Bedoya; Javier Izquierdo; Laura Ruiz; Ignacio Santabaya; Arancha Barandiarán; Fernando Mingo
El Corte Inglés
MAN SE (and others)
MERLIN Properties SOCIMI
- Provides legal advice to 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.
- Advising Bankinter on multi-currency mortgage loans and their conformity to national and European regulations on consumer protection.
- Representing Prisa in an arbitration before the Arbitration Centre of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CAC).
‘A leading team with great experience‘, Uría Menéndez operates from multiple offices across Iberia, and also benefits from its extensive office network in Latin America in multi-jurisdictional matters. The firm is highly regarded by clients and peers alike, and has successfully established itself as a go-to law firm for complex disputes, whether they involve judicial or arbitral proceedings. Under the supervision of Jesús Remón Peñalver, the department handles a range of corporate, commercial and competition cases on behalf of leading companies as well as sovereign states. In recent initiatives, the firm established its Protocol for Remote Hearings in International Arbitration in January 2021, with the intention of assisting parties, arbitrators and tribunals in preparing and holding remote hearings. Álvaro López de Argumedo, head of international arbitration Gabriel Bottini and counsel Heidi López Castro are among those singled out for praise. Other key practitioners in the sizeable team include litigation head Javier Garcia Sanz, José María Blanco Saralegui, a Supreme Court Judge who joined the firm as counsel in May 2020, Alejandro Ferreres Comella and Cristian Gual Grau.
Jesús Remón Peñalver; Javier García Sanz; Gabriel Bottini
Other key lawyers:
Álvaro López de Argumedo; Alejandro Ferreres Comella; Agustín Capilla Casco; Ángel Pérez Pardo de Vera; Borja Sainz de Aja Tirapu; Carles Vendrell Cervantes; Cristian Gual Grau; David Fernández de Retana Gorostizagoiza; Gabriel Bottini; Javier García Sanz; Heidi López Castro
‘Great commitment and professionalism. Relevant knowledge of the legal, commercial and regulatory environment.’
‘Uría Menendez’s team is a leading team with great experience. Great quality of service. Accessible and quick to respond.’
‘Great technical knowledge, solidity, service, accessibility.’
‘We love this law firm. They have assisted us in a complicated arbitration in Spain, they engaged experts to strengthen our case and diligently worked and prepared for the case for the whole time. The team of attorneys is very knowledgeable and resourceful.’
‘They are fluent in several languages including English. Outstanding lawyers include Álvaro López de Argumedo and Heidi López Castro.’
‘Uria Menéndez clearly highlights this practice. I point out not only the quality of its legal advisory, but also its capacity and efficiency in defining the best strategy for the client. The diversity of their teams is another point that adds value to their practice.’
‘In my experience with Uria Menéndez, in the management of issues related to Latin American markets, it is an added value to be able to have elements that not only have practical knowledge but also the cultural facility for better strategic management in the countries in question.’
‘I highlight two partners with whom I have had a very good experience: Alexandre Mota Pinto (in Lisbon) and Gabriel Bottini (in Madrid). Proximity to the client and availability, proactivity, ease of teamwork, are some of the characteristics that stand out in the practice of the office.’
DAF Trucks, N.V.
Banco Santander, S.A.
Adidas España, S.A.U.
Ingeniería y Economía del Transporte (INECO)
Abanca Corporación Bancaria
Globalvía GVIT, S.L.U
Cuba – Banco Nacional de Cuba
The Dominican Republic
Highlighted for its ‘national and international experience‘, ‘strategic vision‘ and ‘transparency in advice‘, Baker McKenzie has established an impressive dispute resolution practice in Spain thanks to its longevity in the market, sizeable team and involvement in high-profile cases. Also of note is the firm’s experience in investment arbitration before ICSID and cross-border insolvency cases. Household name multinationals frequently seek the team’s advice and representation in both domestic and multi-jurisdictional matters, and clients also benefit from firm-wide initiatives and innovation programmes, including, in disputes, the firm’s Global e-Discovery and Data Advisory group. The department is led by Víctor Mercedes and José Ramón Casado, and includes Antonio Morales and Carmen Alonso, who are considered by a client as ‘perfect lawyers to handle complex matters‘.
Victor Mercedes; José Ramón Casado
Other key lawyers:
Antonio Morales; Marc Prat; Carlos Calvo; Carmen Alonso; Marta Flores
‘I would highlight the firm’s full involvement in matters, legal knowledge and its application to the specific case, in addition to the strategic vision. Its complete and absolute availability and the speed to attend to the needs of its clients at all times.’
‘Both Antonio Morales and Carmen Alonso are perfect lawyers to handle complex matters’
‘They are practical and sensitive to the needs of clients.’
‘I’d highlight the full involvement of B&M professionals from the first moment.’
‘Full availability and rigor when providing advice.’
‘Exquisite treatment, trust and transparency in advice.’
‘They have both national and international experience and have worked for all the major clients in Spain, so their experience and knowledge are unique.’
‘The partner without a doubt that makes the difference is Antonio Morales. I have been working with him for years and he transmits all the tranquility in the world, he prepares matters with great thoroughness and also he does it, not the junior who later tells him the case. That gives a lot of peace of mind.’
Itinere Infraestructuras, S.A.
Football Club Barcelona (FCB)
- Successfully undertook Itinere’s legal defence against Globalvia (who filed legal actions Itinere and Arecibo in order to nullify the corporate resolutions passed by Itinere’s general shareholders meeting), and obtained a first instance judgment, which dismissed the nullity of the corporate resolutions requested by Globalvia.
- Representing FC Barcelona 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 the massive forgery of tickets using the associates’ season passes.
- Successfully represented a basketball player in a contractual dispute with FCB to terminate their professional relationship.
‘Highly specialised in both judicial proceedings and arbitration proceedings‘, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo receives praise for providing ‘legal advice of the highest quality‘. The firm excels in arbitration, a practice which has grown steadily under the leadership of Inés Vázquez, and is well versed in proceedings before the ICC, ICSID and the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, including in investment arbitration under the ECT. Juan Viaño is another name to note; he draws on over 25 years of experience representing major companies, funds and financial institutions. Insolvency is a major focus for Rodrigo López, who regularly leads on high-profile insolvency cases, many of which have a cross-border element. The team also benefits from the input of its experienced senior associates, including Teresa Gutiérrez Chacón.
Juan Viaño; Inés Vázquez; Rodrigo López
Other key lawyers:
Irene Arévalo; Teresa Gutiérrez Chacón; Luis López
‘The firm has provided us with professional services in several claims. The firm is highly specialised in both judicial proceedings and arbitration proceedings. Despite the nature and complexity of the cases, the firm very well understands complicated evidence and takes into account the surrounding situation to ensure legal advice of the highest quality at all times.’
‘From the beginning stage of legal services, Teresa Gutiérrez Chacón has the professional ability to thoroughly understand complex issues, and to provide us with advantages and disadvantages of each possible strategy based on legal grounds in both judicial proceedings and arbitration proceedings involving multiple jurisdictions. It always helps us to select the best strategy and solution for each case.’
‘One of Teresa Gutiérrez’s strengths is that she can proactively analyse the issues, and compare the strategies even in a changing situation. I would like to also highlight features such as attention to detail, that she is accurate and profound in her pleadings.’
‘Great knowledge of the sector, quality, availability, great leadership in managed operations.’
Técnicas Reunidas, S.A.
Siemens Mobility Gmbh
Petersen Energía, S.A.
Petersen Energía Inversora, S.A.
Goldman Sachs International Bank
Smurfit Kappa España, S.A
- Advises certain lenders of M12 and AP41 toll road concessionaires (both under insolvency proceedings in Spain) in two judicial proceedings against the shareholders of said toll roads.
- Represents the Ad Hoc Group of creditors of the CELSA Group in three legal proceedings initiated by the international steel group (the second largest steel group at the national level) against its financial creditors.
- Advising DCM Energy in an investment arbitration against the Kingdom of Spain for infringement of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT).
‘Used to working in an international environment‘, Hogan Lovells International LLP is well versed in domestic and cross-border disputes. The department has undergone significant changes, with the arrival of litigation expert Gonzalo Ardila from Gómez-Acebo & Pombo in January 2021, and the departure of Luis Alfonso Fernández in March 2021. Despite the partner moves, the firm maintains an active dispute resolution practice, including in insurance-related cases, where Ardila has an active practice. In another significant development, Silvia Martínez was promoted to counsel in January 2021; she specialises in commercial and investment treaty arbitration. Jon Aurrekoetxea, who was made partner in January 2022 and who has considerable expertise in commercial, corporate and competition disputes, is well regarded in the market, as is senior counsel José Luis Huerta.
Other key lawyers:
José Luis Huerta; Jon Aurrecoechea; Silvia Martínez; David Antón
‘Ability to propose solutions and handle litigation matters with a high degree of autonomy.’
‘I would highlight Jose Luis Huerta.’
‘Great and professional team. Focused on client, close to the business concerns. Agile and expediting in the management of the matter.’
‘Deep knowledge of our business. Motivation. Experience in international environment and other jurisdictions.’
‘Very good quality, availability and used to working in an international environment.’
‘David Antón, Jon Aurrecoechea and José Luis Huerta are recommended.’
‘Multidisciplinary team that coordinates the responses with agility.’
‘Success in the cases treated with them, professionalism, availability and a strategic approach to cases that fits with our company. I’d highlight: Gonzalo Ardila, Bermejo Lucas Osorio, Celso Mendez Sánchez-Castillo.’
ArcelorMittal Spain Holding, S.L.
Ford Credit Europe
Wizink Bank, S.A.
- Provides recurring advice to Wizink Bank on the design, implementation and monitoring of its strategy in relation to judicial and extrajudicial claims from consumers and consumer associations.
With a ‘highly qualified senior team‘, Linklaters is praised for its ‘great professionalism, commitment and attention to detail‘. The firm counts leading companies in the technology, financial services, real estate and infrastructure sectors among its clients. Its workload is also broad, with recent cases involving commercial, public law, criminal and insolvency claims, among others. International arbitration is a key area of expertise for the practice, which is under the joint leadership of highly regarded partners Borja Fernández de Trocóniz and Francisco Málaga, who act for corporates and financial institutions in complex cases. Also of note are managing associates Marta de Cara, Marcos Soberon and Luis Valdenebro, who is active in civil, commercial and insolvency proceedings.
Borja Fernández de Trocóniz; Francisco Málaga
Other key lawyers:
Luis Valdenebro; Marcos Soberon; Marta de Cara
‘The litigation team of this firm stands out for its great professionalism, commitment and attention to detail. Personally, I value a high level of objectivity in their legal analyses, for example, if they do not consider that the resource has a high probability of success, they transmit it from the beginning.’
‘Francisco Málaga stands out for his high level of knowledge and experience, involvement and attention to detail.’
‘Highly qualified senior team. The issues are prepared in a deep and meticulous way, making it easy to transmit risks and alternatives to clients who are not specialised in arbitration proceedings. They make clients feel comfortable speaking their language and not in purely legal terms’
‘Without a doubt, it is a leading firm in this area. The detailed preparation, business / client orientation and first-line training in the professionals that make up the area, as well as an excellent personal treatment.’
‘Francisco Málaga is a highly recognised professional, with an impeccable professional career in first-line law firms, an outstanding knowledge of the procedural area and a first-rate training and practicality at work, in addition to an excellent personal treatment.’
‘Excellent firm – with outstanding local knowledge and the ability to translate complex civil law issues into practical solutions for an international client.’
‘The Linklaters team is professional, technically excellent, creative, and a pleasure to work with. Always well prepared and focused on the client.’
‘Luis Valdenebro and Borja Fernandez de Troconiz are very good.’
The ‘cohesive‘ team at Andersen is noted for its ‘strong, multidisciplinary character‘. The firm stands out for the breadth of its dispute resolution offering, covering everything from shareholder litigation to cross-border insolvency proceedings to public procurement-related claims. Its sector strengths include construction and real estate; digital platforms; food and beverages; and financial services, though its diverse client base also includes companies operating in a range of other sectors. The already sizeable team has seen further growth, and the partner-level team expanded in January 2021 with the promotion of Elena Sevila. She and co-managing partner Iñigo Rodriguez- Sastre ‘are extremely insightful and have good judgement‘. Valencia-based dispute resolution and criminal law expert Benjamin Prieto jointly leads the team with Rodríguez–Sastre.
Iñigo Rodríguez–Sastre; Benjamín Prieto
Other key lawyers:
Luis Cortezo; Elena Sevila; María Antonia Pérez
‘Iñigo Rodriguez-Sastre and his team are absolutely brilliant and professional whatever the type of matter you entrust to them. They study the business and the problems in detail and offer you the best advice or strategy to defend the interests of your company. They are transparent, they inform you punctually and constantly of any news or lack of it. For me, the best team I want to work with when the going gets serious!’
‘Iñigo Rodríguez-Sastre is simply brilliant. He is a visionary. Not only does he have solid knowledge but he has absolutely fantastic defense strategies. Elena Sevila is a lawyer who when she dedicates herself to your case, you know that you are in good hands, intelligent and a perfectionist, she does not stop until she manages to find the solution. Ignacio del Barrio is synonymous with professionalism and has the ability to convey security to you, since you know that whatever the case you entrust him, he will study, handle and defend it as if it were his own. For me, they are the best team that you can entrust with any problem that arises.’
‘It is a strongly cohesive team, in which all the professionals involved in each matter know it perfectly. Their strong, multidisciplinary character makes us very sure of the advice they provide us from all points of view, since they address the issues taking into account all the legal aspects that may be relevant for the best solution of the case. They are always available when needed and provide direct and practical advice.’
‘Highlight the closeness of the people who are part of the Litigation team. For them, excellence in service provision is prized above all else and they spare no effort when it comes to achieving the goals they have set for themselves. All this means that the value for money is within the highest standards that we seek. Iñigo Rodríguez-Sastre and Elena Sevilla are superb professionals, they surprise with their great ability to anticipate events, in addition to always looking for alternative solutions that put us in the best possible position. Great strategists, the staging within the trial is unbeatable.’
‘Excellent team, perfectly balanced to perfectly cover complex litigation with relatively few resources.’
‘Iñigo Rodríguez-Sastre has extensive knowledge of the entire litigation field, which is why he frequently brings experience from other sectors or industries to the analysis. Elena Sevilla has a magnificent ability to understand the internal problems of the company and adapt them for the analysis and work process’
‘The team at Andersen Madrid is very knowledgeable, experienced but also very practical. I would turn to them for any major litigation or dispute in Spain. The partners are hands on and remain engaged throughout the matter.’
‘Iñigo Rodríguez-Sastre and Elena Sevila are both excellent. They are extremely insightful and have good judgement and strategic insights.’
TOKYO MARINE INSURANCE
COMPAGNIE SALINIERE DE MADAGASCAR
FRANCHISEE OF YVES ROCHER SPAIN
TRUCK ACQUIRERS AFFECTED BY THE TRUCK CARTEL
KELLNER HERLIHY GETTY & FRIEDMAN (NEW YORK)
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- Representing Avanzalia Solar in a civil proceeding aiming to obtain damages due to breach of fiduciary duties by a competitor in the performance of obligations arising out of a solar plant in Panama.
- Defending Suzuki Motor against claims arising out of purported product liability within the Spanish territory.
- Representing Aena in litigation proceedings.
Clients of Ashurst LLP appreciate its ‘calm approach to adversity‘ and its ‘ability to combine the human values that have always been one of its characteristics with the incorporation of the most modern practices and new technologies‘. The firm has traditional and well-established strengths in the financial services, insurance and real estate and construction sectors, among others, and this is evident in the department’s caseload, with key clients including Credit Suisse, Haya Real Estate and Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios. The team is well versed in both litigation and arbitration proceedings, and can often be found representing clients in high-profile matters. The experienced José Antonio Rodríguez leads the team, which includes ‘excellent professional‘ María José Menéndez and counsel Raquel Mendieta.
Jose Antonio Rodríguez
Other key lawyers:
Pablo Garcia-Manzano; María José Menéndez; Raquel Mendieta; Rocío García de Santiago; Alberto Manzanares
‘Very experienced team in the Litigation and Arbitration area, led by María José Menéndez who is a benchmark in the sector (recently joined the Firm’s worldwide Board of Directors). Great capacity for teamwork with the internal consultancies of client companies.’
‘What makes them stand out is the ability to combine the human values that have always been one of their characteristics with the incorporation of the most modern practices and new technologies and AI. For being especially outstanding, I would mention María José Menéndez.’
‘I think Maria José Menéndez is an excellent professional, with a high level of knowledge and experience.’
‘A very competent team, knowledgeable about the market and the sector. Seriousness and guarantee.’
‘Technical knowledge, its way of acting, calm approach to adversity. Raquel Mendiata stands out above all. Also Vicente Español and Alberto Manzanares.’
Gateway Infrastructure Investments, L.P
Arecibo Servicios y Gestiones, S.L.
Haya Real Estate
NH Hoteles España, S.A.
Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios Internacional, S.L.
Credit Suisse International
Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios, S.A.
Aena SME SA
- Acting for Gateway Infrastructure Investments in arbitration proceedings before the Madrid Chamber of Commerce, brought by minority shareholders of Itinere, in which the plaintiffs seek the termination of the Shareholders’ Agreement, the declaration of breach of contract and compensation for damages.
- Advising AENA on four different judicial proceedings (injunction and main civil ordinary proceedings) initiated by different tenants of premises in the airports of Madrid, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca in the context of the Covid-19 health crisis.
- Advising Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios Internacional in connection with the Makkah-Madinah high-speed railway project, where twelve of the largest Spanish construction and technology companies are involved.
Well-established arbitration boutique B. Cremades & Asociados draws on the extensive experience of name partner Bernardo Cremades, who has been a regular fixture in complex arbitration proceedings during his career. Both commercial and investor-state arbitration feature in the team’s caseload, and the team is well versed in a broad range of sectors, including financial services, construction and oil and gas. In addition to major companies, high-profile individuals also turn to the firm for assistance in sensitive disputes. Litigation is another strength. Bernardo Cremades Román Jr often takes a key role on the department’s major cases, as do Javier Juliani Aznar and Ángel Tejada.
Other key lawyers:
Ángel Tejada; Bernardo Cremades Román Jr; Javier Juliani Aznar; Sandra Cajal Martín; José María López Useros; Rodrigo Cortés Calvo; Patrick Byrne
Compañía de Inversiones Mercantiles, S.A. (CIMSA)
Inversiones Continental (Panamá), S.A.
Ibercaja Banco, S.A.
Comunidad Judía de Madrid & Federación de Comunidades Judías de España
Cruz Holdings Limited
Teleféricos Doppelmayr Bolivia S.A.
- Represents CIMSA in a dispute that arose out of the breach of a shareholders’ agreement.
- Aacting as counsel for Inversiones Continental in an ICSID dispute against the Republic of Honduras regarding the forced liquidation of Banco Continental.
- Acting as counsel representing two pharmaceutical corporations owned by dual nationals of Venezuela and Spain; the dispute concerns the measures taken by authorities of Venezuela and implemented within the country’s territory against our clients’ properties and assets.
The dispute resolution team at CMS is highlighted for its ‘high level of commitment‘ and ‘high capacity for negotiation and litigation‘. The team is adept at handling high-stakes cases, with experience covering a broad range of sectors, from financial services to infrastructure to telecoms. In a major highlight, the group successfully represented Atresmedia before the ECJ and the Spanish Supreme Court in a case concerning copyright and neighbouring rights. Banking litigation is another forte, with the team counting several major banks among its clients. Carlos Aguilar leads the team, which expanded in January 2021 with the hire of Enrique Remón, who joined from the Public Prosecutor’s Office. Juan Ignacio Fernández Aguado, Luis Javier Vidal, counsel Antonio Fernández de Hoyos and senior associate Jorge Martínez are also noted.
Other key lawyers:
Juan Ignacio Fernández Aguado; Luis Javier Vidal; Jorge Sánchez; Enrique Remón; Antonio Fernández de Hoyos; Emilio Moyano; Jorge Martínez; Manuel Sánchez-Puelles
‘I understand that one of its remarkable characteristics is the very high and verifiable technical preparation of its members.’
‘In addition to their very high technical preparation, I consider them accessible in any circumstance.’
‘Immediacy in dealing with the team. Good documentation and communication with the client.’
‘Team with high technical preparation and great commitment, not only by the juniors, but in particular by the partner in charge of the practice.’
‘High level of commitment, from the most junior people to the partner, who is not limited to supervising what other people on his team do but is clearly committed and involved in each of the issues. Luis Javier Vidal stands out for his commitment, his technical knowledge and ability to coordinate multidisciplinary teams in complex matters. Timely and current information on the development of the procedure. Transparent billing information.’
‘The support and knowledge of the cause offered by St. Juan Ignacio Fernández Aguado is exceptional from all points of view.’
‘The main strengths and abilities of CMS are a deep knowledge of the subject, contribution of innovative and imaginative solutions, a high capacity for negotiation and litigation, a high knowledge of the company and the sector, a great capacity to adapt to the situation and a lot of proximity and availability.’
‘The team formed by Jorge Sánchez and Antonio Fernandez is exceptional for their knowledge, attention to detail, ability to solve problems that may arise in the management of matters and their focus on obtaining beneficial results for the client.’
Atresmedia Corporación de Medios de Comunicación
Ilustre Colegio de la Abogacía de Barcelona
- Securing a landmark win for AtresMedia Corporación before the ECJ regarding the absence of obligation for broadcasters to pay remuneration rights of synchronised phonograms in broadcasted audiovisual works.
- Representing CaixaBank in court proceedings initiated to challenge the Spanish Data Protection Authority’s decision imposing CaixaBank a fine of €6m and the obligation to adapt its internal procedures and protocols.
- Represented Banco Santander in over 4,500 litigation proceedings initiated by shareholders and bondholders relating to the resolution of Banco Popular, investment products and general terms and conditions.
DLA Piper‘s litigation and regulatory team ‘gives straightforward answers, is very responsive and fields first class professionals‘. Under the leadership of Borja de Obeso, the department acts for major companies, with an emphasis on the financial services, energy and construction sectors. In 2020, the firm launched its own third-party funding product, Aldersgate Funding Limited, which is available to its clients. Highly regarded counsel Ben Sanderson ‘possesses all the necessary qualities that an in-house lawyer needs and expects‘. Andrea Rodríguez is a name to note at the senior associate level.
Borja de Obeso
Other key lawyers:
Andrea Rodríguez; Ben Sanderson
‘Borja Obeso is an added value for the legal practice of the firm that makes DLA Piper stand out in the arbitration hearings. A sure value in arbitration lawsuits.’
‘DLA Piper’s Madrid office is very easy to communicate, gives straightforward answers, is very responsive and fields first class professionals.’
‘Ben Sanderson is easy to communicate with, very responsive, provides clear answers, thinks ahead, has deep knowledge about investment arbitration and gives a sense of confidence.’
‘The reliability of the managing partner during the hearings in the case is an added value to the good work in the writing of the briefs.’
‘Ben Sanderson is always available; has invaluable insights into problems and invariably provides the correct answer. It is a pleasure to discuss complicated issues with him. He possesses all the necessary qualities that an in-house lawyer needs and expects. Furthermore, his excellent and comprehensive knowledge of PIL is a rare talent to find among partners in international law firms. As he has practiced law as counsel for many years, he is very skillful in advising on procedure and tactics.’
- Defending new client Lithuania in a BIT claim relating to bank nationalisation.
Firm-wide, ECIJA has grown significantly in recent years – in terms of headcount, clients and areas of practice – and this trend of expansion can also be seen in its dispute resolution practice. In team developments, Librado Loriente was promoted to partner, and Ana Belén Spinola was promoted to manager, in February 2021, and the department has recently won several new clients in the hotels, media and sports sectors, among others. Also of note is the firm’s extensive office network, particularly in Latin America, making the team well placed to handle a range of disputes, both domestic and cross-border. Javier Lopez and José María Abella are also noted. Jordi Pujante is a key contact in the Barcelona office.
Other key lawyers:
Javier López; César Zarate; José María Abella; Víctor Moralo; Jordi Pujante; Rafael Azpitarte; Cristina Llop; Yolanda Lobao; Maite Mascaró; Librado Loriente; Ana Belén Spinola
‘They are very close and it is easy to contact them. They are a young and dynamic team.’
‘The firm creates strong ties with its clients based on proximity, technical solvency and maximum involvement. Their main strength is that they have achieved a high degree of knowledge of the internal processes of our company. For us it is essential to avoid standard solutions and receive a personalised approach to litigation.’
‘The technical solvency coupled with its closeness in the deal are its great virtues. The bond that is generated with the client makes it possible at all times to have the feeling of working as a team, and their wide availability to attend to emergencies constitutes an important value. The team led by Librado Loriente offers us a service with a high degree of excellence.’
‘Knowledge and follow-up of the project in an impeccable way. They make difficult situations easy. Very good coordination between the clients, witnesses, experts, etc.’
‘Jose Maria Abella is an exceptional leader in this practice.’
‘They have the flexibility and practical knowledge that this practice requires, not for that reason abandoning the theoretical knowledge that is undoubtedly essential. It compares very favourably with law firms of a similar size and presence in the legal market.’
‘Ecija is a firm in which experience and young talent are mixed. My treatment with Javier López is unbeatable, his knowledge of legal and practical aspects in contentious matters is of incredible value. Librado Loriente is also a great asset of the firm.’
Starlite International Festival
Atlético de Madrid Football Club
Spanish Hospitality Association
Helidosa Aviation Group
M&C Saachi Group
- Represents the interests of Hostelería de España, including in a lawsuit filed on behalf of the client against the resolutions of the State and the Autonomous Communities in which the closure of hotels, restaurants and leisure establishments was agreed.
- Defended the interests of Ferrovial in a legal proceeding filed by Barcelona’s Port Authority, which claimed more than €97m from the client.
- Represents ING Bank in a judicial proceeding against REPUBLIC RETAILERS concerning an alleged contractual liability regarding a finance leasing contract.
Forming part of a well-established global disputes practice, Jones Day‘s Spain-based team is adept in complex cross-border cases, and is noted for its ‘extensive knowledge and experience in international arbitration‘. The team is often engaged by leading companies in high-stakes arbitration and litigation proceedings, and is also equipped to handle domestic cases. Practice head and ‘exceptional lawyer‘ Mercedes Fernández balances a busy practice, with expertise in construction, engineering and banking-sector disputes, among others. Antonio Canales is a name to note at the of counsel level, and Carlota Domínguez and Adrián Jareño are key associates in the team.
Other key lawyers:
Antonio Canales; Carlota Domínguez; Adrian Jareño
‘We have worked with the litigation team at Jones Day, Madrid. The team has been led by Dr. Mercedes Fernández and lawyers Carlota Domínguez and Adrián Jareño. The team has extensive knowledge and experience in international arbitration. Together with this knowledge, a pragmatic and efficient vision of the legal service and of the cooperation between firms that act as a team.’
‘I believe that Dr. Mercedes Fernández is an international lawyer of the highest level. I would recommend Dr. Fernández for the most sophisticated and complex international arbitrations. I consider her an exceptional lawyer.’
The ‘coordinated‘ and ‘collaborative‘ dispute resolution team at Ramón y Cajal Abogados is noted for its ‘prompt attention‘ and ‘optimal knowledge‘. The team is perhaps best known for its vast experience in financial services-sector litigation, where it is a popular choice for major banks in Spain, but the department also balances a varied practice and counts real estate, retail and energy-sector companies among its clients. Arbitration is also a core part of the practice, with Fernando Manzanedo and Fernando Tallón key contacts in this space. Pro bono work is another area of focus for the disputes team, which has recently acted in cases concerning Covid-19, urban leases and immigration. Experienced partners Ramón Fernández-Aceytuno and Luis Briones lead the sizeable dispute resolution team, in which Carmen Fernández-Hontoria and Luis Carnicero are also key practitioners.
Ramón Fernández-Aceytuno; Luis Briones
Other key lawyers:
Fernando Manzanedo; Luis Carnicero; Carmen Fernández-Hontoria; Manuel Muñoz; Ana Fernández; Pedro Soriano; Damián Gaubeka; Jaime Guerra; Fernando Tallón; Rafael Marco; Cristina Grau; Eduardo Reigadas; Victor Rodríguez de Vera
‘RYC lawyers know the practice, are up-to-date and also know the operation of their client, which is often vital for a good defense.’
‘Ramón Fernández-Aceytuno and Carmen Fernández Hontoria are experienced professionals who keep up-to-date and work hard.’
‘Coordinated team, which is important in procedural practice, quick to respond, collaborative and eager. I’d highlight Ramon Fernandez-Aceytuno, Carmen Fernandez Hontoria and Luis Carnicero.’
‘Permanent availability. Prompt attention to information requirements. Optimal knowledge and experience of the subject matter of the contracted services.’
‘Closeness, simplicity, trust. In particular Ana Fernandez and Fernando Manzanedo. Total flexibility to the demands and requirements that we formulate.’
‘I would like to acknowledge the work of two partners, specifically Luis Carnicero and Carmen Fernández-Hontoria. Both show an exceptional involvement with the client in the sense of dedicating the hours and own resources that are necessary to solve the problems that have been presented to us and that have required urgency. Likewise, both are very agile when it comes to proposing efficient solutions that allow solving problems.’
‘Of the Litigation and arbitration team of Ramón y Cajal, I would highlight their excellent availability to comment on each of the links in the procedure and the strategies to be followed. Likewise, also highlight the communication at all times about the status of the procedure, the detailed study of the issues and the quality of the writings.’
‘I would highlight Fernando Manzanedo, for his availability, in-depth knowledge of the issues, and good judgement in the conduct of the procedures. I’d also highlight the work of Fernando Tallón and Victor Rodríguez de Vera for their study and knowledge of the issues and excellent work in their preparation and coordination.’
Compañía De Distribución Integral Logista (“Logista”)
Grupo Gallardo Balboa
- Assuming the defence of Banco Santander in judicial proceedings.
- Representing Bankia in proceedings before the European Court.
- Advised Unicaja Banco in many new judicial matters of different types.
Bird & Bird fields a multidisciplinary team of lawyers with notable expertise in dispute resolution, who are ‘able to “put themselves in the shoes” of their client to understand their needs and propose effective and reasonable legal solutions‘. The wide-ranging offering covers contractual, corporate, insolvency, unfair competition, advertising and financial disputes, among others, where the core team collaborates with other experts in the firm. The firm illustrated its investment to both the disputes and insurance areas with the hire of renowned litigator and insurance specialist Luis Alfonso Fernández from Hogan Lovells in March 2021. Regulatory and administrative law expert Coral Yáñez and arbitration and litigation expert Pablo Berenguer are also names to note.
Coral Yáñez; Antonio Cueto; Pablo Berenguer; Alfonso Carillo; Luis Alfonso Fernández
Other key lawyers:
‘They are unique in every way. They demonstrate it with their professionalism and specialisation. It stands out from other firms for its knowledge of the business. They are able to “put themselves in the shoes” of their client to understand their needs and propose effective and reasonable legal solutions.’
‘Outstanding: Luis Alfonso Fernández Manzano. An excellent litigator. Maybe the best we have ever known.’
MUSAAT, Mutua de Seguros a Prima Fija
PULEVA FOOD S.L.
Former Shareholders of Exfran, S.L.
BER REAL ESTATE, S.L.
BAHÍA FENICIA RESIDENCIAL, S.L.
HOTELES AMISTAD, S.A.
FIDUCIAM NOMINEES LIMITED
SIDERCOM INMOBILIARIA, S.L.U.
Tokio Marine Europe
Liberty Mutual Surety
Arch Insurance Company
DWF-RCD balances a varied disputes practice, covering litigation, arbitration and the enforcement or setting aside of enforcement awards. The team provides a ‘very good quality‘ service to its clients, which include domestic and international companies operating in the banking, entertainment and sports sectors, among others. The team has a strong presence in Barcelona, where Ignacio Benejam, Jordi Sanchez, Alfonso Maristany and Felipe Cabredo are key contacts. The highly regarded Salvio Codes is a name to note in Madrid, while senior associate Robyn Gutiérrez works from the Valencia office.
Ignacio Benejam; Jordi Sánchez; Alfonso Maristany; Felipe Cabredo; Salvio Codes
Other key lawyers:
Xavier Fàbrega; Robyn Gutiérrez
‘They have an important presence in the main Spanish capitals, with a very good quality at a very reasonable price.’
‘Salvio Codes is always accessible and ready to collaborate, with great quality.’
Active across a broad range of disputes and sectors, the ‘highly client-oriented team‘ at Eversheds Sutherland demonstrates ‘great responsiveness and a practical but rigorous approach‘. With an extensive international presence, the team is adept in cross-border cases, including those involving Latin America, with Antonio Bravo Taberné the head of the firm’s Latin American Alliance network. Marta González stands out for her track record in pharmaceutical-sector litigation; Luis Francisco Bermejo handles litigation and insolvency proceedings; Kiko Carrión is particularly active in the life sciences, construction and transport sectors; and José Mariano Cruz excels in IP litigation.
Antonio Bravo Taberné; Kiko Carrión; Marta González; José Mariano Cruz; Luis Francisco Bermejo
Other key lawyers:
Inmaculada López; Pilar Colomés; Elena García; Eduardo Buitrón; José Sánchez de León; Sara Ganzarain; Manuel García-Pozuelo
‘Going into details, very precise, fast, thinking “two steps in advance”; not being afraid of giving advice in strategic steps, if requested. High availability and responsiveness, always very kind, being able to get along with various bank syndicate members (not always interest alined) and bringing them to one table.’
‘It is a highly client-oriented team, with great responsiveness and a practical but rigorous approach.’
‘Antonio Bravo has been my main contact with the firm and I only have positive words towards him. He is intelligent, with legal knowledge, novel approaches and great proactivity.’
‘It is a very solvent team, very accessible and with an expert and practical vision.’
‘They stand out for their great legal background and tireless effort. I’d highlight Antonio Bravo and José Sánchez.’
‘It is a very professional team, always at the forefront of legislation, very attentive to clients and available at all times.’
‘We especially like the personal treatment they give us, the fact that they cover many areas of practice related to our needs and that they have a very solid global network that allows us to undertake our investments and jobs anywhere in the world.’
‘During the pandemic they have proposed specific alternative solutions (through virtual meetings) for the needs of remote work, applicable legislation, best practices of other companies, etc.’
INTERNATIONAL AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION (IATA)
BLACKSTONE XL INSURANCE (AXA)
LEEDS BUILDING SOCIETY
The highly regarded dispute resolution team at Fieldfisher JAUSAS stands out in securities litigation, where it acts for leading banks, and construction litigation. Household name multinational companies seek the team’s assistance and representation, including in appellate litigation, as well as in out-of-court settlements and ADR. Securities litigation specialist Jordi Ruiz de Villa has a notable track record before the higher courts; he and the ‘technically impeccable‘ Pablo Franquet, who also has extensive experience in handling cases at the appeals stages, are names to note in Barcelona. Andrés de la Quadra-Salcedo, who acts in a range of commercial and corporate disputes, is based in Madrid.
Jordi Ruiz de Villa; Andrés de la Quadra-Salcedo; Pablo Franquet
‘The FJ team led by Pablo Franquet provides a specialised service in procedural claims directed at the banking sector. Presents a solidity and technical rigor difficult to find.’
‘Pablo Franquet is technically impeccable and has a business sense that allows assessing the dispute from different points of view, including profitability.’
‘Quality of the writings and in-depth knowledge coupled with cost efficiency.’
‘I’d highlight Andrés de la Quadra Salcedo.’
Banco Popular’s Institutional and Retail Investors
Quantum Capital Partners AG
Promontoria Coliseum Industrial Assets, S.L.U.
Grupo Parques Reunidos
Barba Grupo Inmobiliario
Tenants’ association AEOCA
- Filed a lawsuit against Banco Santander on the grounds of breaching the instructions given by client Privalia about the execution of bank transfers.
- Advised McDonald’s on a claim against Da Costa Restauración and Luis Cañizares, SL requesting the termination of the franchise agreement.
- On behalf of Banco Popular’s institutional and retail investors, reached an agreement with Ramco to provide funding for institutional and retail investors’ claim against Banco Santander up to an amount of €250m.
Ius + Aequitas Abogados
With ‘great knowledge of litigation, great attention to detail and out-of-the-box solutions‘, Ius + Aequitas Abogados is among the most highly regarded dispute resolution boutiques in the market. The department has seen recent growth in criminal, IP and insolvency-related litigation, and has broad experience acting in cases in the sport, financial services, healthcare and construction sectors, among others. A member of the DRT International Law Firm & Alliance, the team demonstrates strong capabilities in both domestic and cross-border cases. Tomás Villatoro González heads the civil litigation and ADR practice, and Carlos López-Mélida is the head of commercial and IP litigation. ‘A benchmark in the sector‘, managing partner Elíseo Martínez has vast experience acting as counsel as well as insolvency administrator.
Other key lawyers:
Tomás Villatoro González; Carlos López Mélida; Pablo Martínez Varela; Carolina González de la Fuente; Belén Ajofrín García-Largo; Juan Pablo Tejero
‘The main value of Ius & Aequitas, in my opinion, is the excellence of the lawyers that make up the Firm, a uniquely qualified team in which, without a doubt, Eliseo Martínez stands out, but of which Carolina Gonzalez and Javier Robles are also very prominent lawyers.’
‘Ius Aequitas has a solid team with a consolidated experience in litigation and arbitration. Our firm has collaborated with Ius Aequitas in various procedures and always to our satisfaction.’
‘Eliseo Martinez leads the practice and is a benchmark in the sector. He has excellent analytical skills and surprising creativity to arrive at strategic solutions.’
‘They are highly specialised lawyers in conflict resolution, which allows them to recommend to their clients the way that best suits their situation and the characteristics of the dispute – national or international, arbitration or judicial procedure. At the same time, several of its members are part of the most important arbitration and mediation institutions, which allows them to develop at the highest level the possibility of reaching agreements before or during the processes. In the procedural field, the firm has experienced professionals in different jurisdictions (civil, commercial, contentious-administrative or criminal), in such a way that they give highly specialised advice to their clients.’
‘Strengths: availability and professionalism. Skills of the team: great coordination of the office and unlimited branches of knowledge. It compares favourably with the teams of other offices due to its degree of attention, collaboration, always at our disposal and punctuality in its responses.’
‘They have an inordinate capacity for work, acceptance of new challenges, excellent knowledge of the subject. Eliseo Martínez, Carlos López Mélida, Tomás Villatoro, Juan Pablo Tejero Ramos, Javier Robles Moreno. They work by seeking excellence.’
‘Great knowledge of litigation, great attention to detail and out of the box solutions.’
‘Eliseo Martínez is a brilliant person capable of finding the most imaginative solutions, often out of the ordinary. Carlos López Mélida, stands out particularly in his expositional clarity in the judicial writings. Huge depth of legal knowledge. Tomás Villatoro is dynamic and decisive, with ease to solve complex issues.’
The Carlton Group
OCU (Organización de Consumidores y Usuarios)
D.I.S. – Esportes e Organizaçao de Eventos
Federaçao das Associaçoes dos Atletas Profissionais (FAAP)
Eroski Sociedad Cooperativa
Plataforma de Perjudicados de Abengoa
- Appointed sole bankruptcy administrator of Dentix Group, handling the sale of the group to Advent International and of the labour force adjustment plan (ERE) of 4,500 employees.
- 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.
- Represented 3,000 affected members of the biggest Spanish consumer association, Organización de Consumidores y Usuarios (OCU), against Banco Popular (today Banco Santander) and PwC in a €50m+ claim concerning alleged false accounting and embezzlement.
J Almoguera Abogados
The ‘highly cohesive‘ team at J Almoguera Abogados stands out for its ‘excellent technical capacity‘ and ‘ability to foresee future situations‘. The specialised boutique adopts a lean model and is involved in major, high-stakes cases, often with cross-border elements. Areas of focus include M&A, shareholder, banking and antitrust litigation and arbitration. Jesús Almoguera – who is highlighted for his ‘moral integrity and his focus on the best solution for the client‘ – leads the team, which includes key senior associates Mónica Zarzalejos, Eduardo Vázquez de Prada and Carlos González Pulido.
Other key lawyers:
Eduardo Vázquez de Prada; Mónica Zarzalejos; Carlos González Pulido
‘Its strong point is its great professionalism, its commitment to the interest of the client. I also find it interesting to highlight the honesty in the approaches and the possibilities of success and the conciliatory character.’
‘J. Almoguera has a team of lawyers that, although small, is used to dealing with complex legal discussions. It is worth highlighting their thoroughness in addressing and analysing all the derivatives and risk angles of each matter entrusted to them.’
‘I would highlight their great capacity for work and the conscientious analysis they carry out of the different derivatives of each matter. In this firm stand out Jesús Almoguera, its founding partner and director, and Carlos González, a proactive young associate with a good future.’
‘The team is highly cohesive and has excellent technical capacity. Jesús Almoguera, senior partner, is personally involved in all matters.’
‘Lawyers with high technical capacity, customer-oriented, proactive and with the ability to foresee future situations.’
‘It is a very solid team. The level of technical solvency is very high and they combine it with a lot of creativity when proposing solutions.’
‘I highlight their availability and proactivity when giving advice. They are pending at all times and even after completing the subject in question, they follow it closely in case there are news.’
‘Jesús Almoguera is a wonderful lawyer with a lot of experience and a special ability to move between negotiation and litigation. In addition to his professional value, it is necessary to highlight his moral integrity and his focus on the best solution for the client. I have also worked with Monica Zarzalejos and Eduardo Vazquez de Prada, both promising young people, dedicated and with an excellent ability to identify problems and risks and (most importantly) solve or mitigate them in a creative and commercial way.’
- Representing a group of senior creditors in several civil judicial proceedings against the sponsors and guarantors of the concessionaires of different toll roads in Madrid.
- Representing a leading international hedge fund in a claim against the Spanish securities market commission (CNMV) in relation to the takeover of a leading Spanish public company.
- Advising one of the main senior lenders of Marme, as co-counsels on several insolvency and cross-border matters.
King & Wood Mallesons
Dispute resolution is a core area of focus for King & Wood Mallesons, with the team attracting praise for its ‘strong expertise‘ and ‘fast reaction time‘. The department has recently acted for a mix of new and longstanding clients in a broad range of cases, and has been particularly active in criminal and insolvency-related disputes. Highly regarded practice head Alfredo Guerrero draws on over 25 years of experience to advise on domestic and cross-border litigation and arbitration. Fernando Badenes, José Carlos Fraga and Javier Martínez are active associates in the team.
Other key lawyers:
Fernando Badenes; José Carlos Fraga; Javier Martínez
‘I’d highlight the great experience that the firm has in this area. Their way of communicating avoiding excessive technicalities. Immediate availability for any questions.’
‘The closeness. We work as if we were colleagues, not client-supplier.’
‘Strong expertise, fast reaction time, always supportive.’
‘I especially recommend Alfredo Guerrero in litigation and arbitration. He is a very experienced and senior lawyer, with a very sensible approach to the matters involved. He has a good team but follows the matter personally and controls completely all aspects involved in the litigation, which is a special factor of confidence for the client.’
Valencia Club de Fútbol, S.A.D.
Inversiones Goac Chamartín, S.L.
Novo Banco, S.A.
Investec Bank Plc
Litoral del Este, S.L.
Landwich Capital, S.L.
La Seda de Barcelona, S.A.
Inapa España Distribución de Papel, S.A.
Axis Participaciones Empresariales
Lactogal Productos Alimentares
- Advising Novo Banco in criminal proceedings (and several related civil proceedings) for the crimes of misappropriation of funds, forgery and money laundering with roughly 120 affected clients.
- Advising Valencia Club de Fútbol on several court proceedings where minority shareholders are challenging the share capital increase of the company, the entering into of a shareholders’ loan and the remuneration of the members of the Board.
- Advising Muscari Property and Muscari Development in criminal proceedings conducted by the Spanish High National Court for the crimes of money laundering and criminal association regarding the sale and purchase of Torre Cepsa in 2016.
Clients of ONTIER appreciate the ‘high degree of involvement of the most senior partners and associates‘, and the team’s ‘high knowledge of their clients’ business‘. The three-partner team remains busy, handling a broad range of cases for major companies in the retail, energy and telecoms sectors, among others, and has also been able to expand its client base recently with several new clients. The department is jointly led by ‘brilliant lawyer‘ Cristina Camarero Espinosa and Pedro Rodero Rodríguez, who demonstrates ‘great judgement‘, and also includes key associate Marta Rodrigo Lavilla. Miguel García Vigil is now a senior counsel with the firm.
Pedro Rodero Rodríguez; Cristina Camarero Espinosa
Other key lawyers:
Marta Rodrigo Lavilla; José Luis Cabello Contreras; Miguel García Vigil; Miguel Fernández Benavides; Rafael Santacruz de Pedro
‘An enormous capacity to keep in mind all aspects of a multinational company and very long procedures. They are able to see the implications of the process from a civil, commercial and criminal point of view.’
‘It is a young team but with good experience, very hard-working and well coordinated. They study cases well’
‘Cristina Camarero’s team, with Miguel Fernández Benavides and Rafael Santacruz is very serious, rigorous and imaginative.’
‘Pedro Rodero: I consider Pedro to be one of the best litigators in the country, with extensive technical knowledge and great exposure of matters before the courts. Cristina Camarero: is an exceptional lawyer with great technical knowledge and very strong involvement in all matters in which she is involved, which makes the results she obtains excellent. In addition to the knowledge, I believe that the high degree of involvement of the most senior partners and associates is one of the firm’s strengths.’
‘ONTIER’s litigation team stands out for its seniority and involvement in the cases entrusted to them. I am interested in highlighting their way of organizing work and the allocation of resources to each project. It is a very organized, exhaustive and rigorous team. They devote special attention to the design of the strategy, the writing of clear, structured and well-founded writings and they are very meticulous in the preparation of all the interventions in the room. They have a high knowledge of their clients’ business and team up with in-house attorneys, which greatly facilitates communication and work. My opinion of them is excellent and I think they stand out from the litigation departments of other firms.’
‘Ontier’s dispute resolution team is able to convey the subtleties of the Spanish legal system to US clients and law firms in a way that stands out. The team of Pedro Rodero and Marta Rodrigo Lavilla have been responsive, proactive, and have provided excellent counsel.’
‘Pedro Rodero shows great judgement and is able to forcefully represent the client’s interests in disputes. He has a wealth of knowledge of the Spanish legal system. Marta Rodrigo Lavilla is hard working and is a great writer and analyst. She has tremendous people skills in terms of interacting with clients and witnesses. She is dedicated to her clients’ causes. She has a very positive attitude and is proactive in anticipating issues.’
‘Every time I have a possible legal proceeding, I think of Cristina Camarero for being an excellent lawyer not only in procedural law, where she has extensive experience, but also for being an advisor capable of proposing alternative and imaginative solutions with a deep understanding of the needs of the client.’
Vodafone España, S.A.U.
El Corte Inglés
- Advising one of the most important department store companies in Spain in two judicial proceedings for the modification of the leases of two large shopping centres in Madrid.
- Representing a real estate group in litigation proceedings related to a claim involving an M&A transaction within a corporate group for a total amount of €400m.
- Acting for a major client in the healthcare sector in a dispute.
PwC Tax & Legal Services
PwC Tax & Legal Services fields a sizeable dispute resolution team, which continues to attract new clients, including in the private equity, life sciences and energy sectors. Its wide-ranging offering covers domestic and cross-border litigation and arbitration, and it has the size and resources to assist household name companies in mass litigation involving numerous procedures across the country. Major clients, including those with a significant presence in Catalonia, frequently turn to Ana Ribó for advice and representation. Experienced partner David Mellado Ramírez leads the team, which also includes Javier Gilsanz.
David Mellado Ramírez
Other key lawyers:
Ana Ribó; Javier Gilsanz
GEDESCO SERVICES SPAIN S.A.U.
EURONA WIRELESS TELECOM
SUZUKI MOTOR IBERICA
SCYTL ELECTRONIC VOTING
- Advising the UTE in its civil pre-arbitration conflict with a public administration.
- Representing Europe Wireless Telecom in (1) sensitive commercial litigation case regarding the validity and warranties of a SPA of a licence for the use of a broadband; and (2) a shareholder dispute whereby our client was sued for an alleged breach of the SPA relating one of the subsidiaries.
- Represents an investment fund, as defendant, in an international arbitration conducted in English before the Chambers of Commerce in Madrid.
Simmons & Simmons
Simmons & Simmons stands out for its track record in cases in the financial services and life sciences sectors, where it is frequently retained by leading companies. The Spain-based team forms part of the firm’s integrated international dispute resolution group, making it well placed to handle multi-jurisdictional matters. The firm’s commitment to and investment in this area was illustrated by the hires of Raquel Ballesteros from Bird & Bird and Santiago Hurtado and supervising associate Javier Royo from Deloitte Legal in October 2020. With over 30 years of experience, litigator Andrés Mochales leads the team, which also includes supervising associates Alejandra Escalada and Rocío Barrero.
Other key lawyers:
Fernando Aizpún; Santiago Hurtado; Raquel Ballesteros; Alejandra Escalada; Javier Royo; Rocío Barrero
‘I’d highlight Santiago Hurtado: knowledge of the subject and dealing with the client.’
‘Great legal and economic knowledge of business crises and their solutions.’
‘Santiago Hurtado is a pioneer in the application of restructuring solutions.’
‘Legal exquisiteness, high level of management.’
‘The perfect mix between professional and human. Always ensuring the interest of our group in the topics where they are hired. It is worth highlighting Santiago Hurtado and Javier Royo.’
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)
Savia Financiación, S.A.
Barclays Bank PLC
Deutsche Bank AG
Gilead Sciences, S.L.U.
Multiópticas, Sociedad Cooperativa
- Defending RBS’s credit deriving from a credit facility granted by a pool of banks in the insolvency proceedings of Marme Inversiones 2007 (Marme).
- Advising Savia Financiación on it claim against METROVACESA derived from a credit assignment by TEGINSER, now in insolvency.
- Representing Sareb in a civil claw-back action aimed to void the assignment of real estate plots by a debtor of Sareb to companies fully owned by him and his relatives.
Highlighted for its ‘excellent‘ results and ‘exquisite‘ work ethic, Barcelona-based firm Fils Legal is well versed in disputes in the life sciences, banking, real estate, technology and hospitality sectors, among others. Despite its relative youth, the firm has quickly established an impressive reputation in the market, thanks in part to its ‘ability from the very beginning to gather together skilled, talented people who had already achieved tons of experience working at other firms‘. Practice heads Javier Prieto and Gerard Solé and associate Santiago Gallissà I Calzado attract particular praise. Associate María Consuelo Fernández Bernal is a key contact for banking and investment-related litigation and insolvency matters.
Javier Prieto; Gerard Solé
Other key lawyers:
María Consuelo Fernández Bernal; Santiago Gallissà i Calzado
‘The first thing that strikes me with FILS is how fast they’ve been able to create a world-class team and organisation in general. The ability from the very beginning to gather together skilled, talented people who had already achieved tons of experience working at other firms has been the way they have been able to speed everything up. Another very strong point is their ability to use the different skillsets of the partners. Most specifically, I’m impressed by the way they can synthesise and make proposals very effectively and fast.’
‘Their work ethic is exquisite. They are in command of most situations and can anticipate scenarios. They are aware of the fact that clients are mostly not familiar with legal terms and legal institutions and they take the time to duly explain so everybody is always on the same page. This is my experience with both Gerard Solé, Javier Prieto and Santiago Gallissà i Calzado.’
‘I rarely have encountered such an effective law firm as Fils. The experience of their partners and the quality of their work is just amazing. I think their quality/price ratio is unbeatable. I have especially appreciated their flexibility.’
‘I was particularly impressed by the fact that this practice, despite being relatively new on the market, already had such a huge experience in handling foreign clients such as my company. They have people speaking multiple languages and they have deep knowledge of my country as well as their market.’
‘The people at fils especially the partner Javier Prieto are super flexible and always available for their client.‘
‘In my opinion, the FILS litigation department is a clear reference on the matter in Barcelona, where they are based, and in the rest of Spain. In the litigation department, in addition to the team as a whole, the talent of its partners, Javier Prieto and Gerard Solé, stands out. They master the subject, study the cases carefully and have an excellent customer service. The results with them have been excellent. FILS has our highest confidence.’
‘Javier Prieto has magnificent professional and personal empathy, which added to his great knowledge of the law and gives you the peace of mind, of knowing that you have cases in (very) good hands.’
‘I would highlight the closeness, professionalism and legal rigor. I highlight the work of Javier Prieto, Gerard Solé and Santiago Gallissà i Calzado.’
Anticipa Real Estate (Blackstone)
HIP Hotel Investment Partners
Grupo Ros Roca
Grupo Agrimares (DAT-Schaub Group)
Federal Signal Vama
Itelligence (NTT Group)
Remondis Agua (Grupo Remondis)
Perales & Ferrer (Grupo CitriCO)
UFEC (Unión de Federación Esportives de Catalunya)
Highlighted for its ‘perfect knowledge of procedural law and the latest jurisprudential developments‘, Lener has successfully established a busy and well-regarded dispute resolution practice, which is equipped to represent clients in a range of cases, particularly in the construction, financial services and healthcare sectors. Patricia Rosell Domínguez is active in civil and commercial litigation as well as compliance matters, and Jose Manuel Delgado Gonzalez has notable experience in banking and M&A-related litigation. Jesús Giner Sánchez left the firm in late 2021.
Other key lawyers:
Patricia Rosell Domínguez; José Manuel Delgado Gonzalez
‘I’d highlight the ability to synthesise the approaches and possibilities, due to the deep knowledge of how our business works. This allows them to be very agile in their advice.’
‘Lener’s team is excellent. The attitude it shows towards the client is impeccable and its availability is maximum at all.‘
QUIRÓN PREVENCIÓN, S.L.U.
EMPRESA DE TRANSFORMACIÓN AGRARIA, S.A., S.M.E.,
MAXI MOBILITY SPAIN, S.L.U. (CABIFY)
IDCQ HOSPITALES Y SANIDAD, S.L.U. (GRUPO QUIRÓN SALUD)
STAR TIC INNOVACIÓN ET AL.
ATOM HOTELES IBERIA, S.L.
- Acting for Plainfield Spain, Hazelton and Residencial Can Trabal Golf in ICC proceedings.
- Represents Ventinaser in arbitration proceedings before the Civil and Mercantile Arbitration Court (CIMA).
- Successfully represented Quirón Prevención as claimant in a case arising from the breach of a sale and purchase agreement.
The ‘highly coordinated, proactive team‘ at Auren has extensive expertise in litigation in the financial services sector, and is a popular choice for major banks and financial institutions, which benefit from the firm’s broad presence across the country. The ‘very effective and decisive‘ Daniel Sáez Castro leads the team, with Mercedes Ruiz-Rico Vera and associate Irene Sorribas Fuentes also singled out for praise.
Daniel Sáez Castro
Other key lawyers:
Mercedes Ruiz-Rico Vera; Irene Sorribas Fuentes
‘The AUREN Litigation team has very good technical professionals, with extensive experience. What would stand out the most is the closeness and empathy with the client. They are lawyers who understand clients’ needs very well, and know how to create a climate of collaboration and teamwork that helps a lot.‘
‘I highlight Daniel Sáez because of his great technical knowledge, his practical and operational approach to matters, and above all his proximity and good personal treatment. He helps to establish personal lawyer-client relationships of trust. The relationship with the teams is cordial and close. They explain issues well, and give them a practical and realistic approach. They are committed to the client, and spend time to understand the client’s operations and understand their real needs. Great availability. On the issue of billing, they are flexible and in determining their fees I have seen that they are very reasonable, having the ability to adjust when the circumstances of the matter have required it.’
‘I believe that Auren’s litigation team is highly qualified for the legal defense of its clients.’
‘Daniel Sáez: I consider him to be an excellent court attorney, with a solid commercial background.’
‘They are a highly coordinated, proactive team that accommodates the needs that we present at all times, linked to our internal organization, as well as continuous advice on each of the issues. Daniel Sáez Castro: we highlight his closeness, efficient management of queries, clear guiding criteria, accessibility and adaptation to our needs as an organization. Very effective and decisive, with a vision adapted to the circumstances of each matter or categories of matters that we manage. Great availability.’
‘Mercedes Ruiz-Rico leads her team in an exemplary way and always shows a proactive attitude. She helps us solve the multitude of questions that we ask them every month and she is always ready to help us, she is always very effective and decisive. Without forgetting, of course, her high legal knowledge. The entire Auren team has a high commitment to their work and high legal knowledge on the different matters they deal with. They repeatedly report the status of all the procedures under their management and advise us accordingly.‘
‘The plus that could be highlighted is, apart from professional knowledge, that of direct involvement in the matters and its monitoring, by the partners, with information and dedication to the client in all matters in which it is required. This direct involvement offers the client a remarkable sense of security. Mercedes Ruiz-Rico Vera and Irene Sorribas Fuentes are outstanding.’
‘There are experienced specialists from all subjects and specialties and with all kinds of experiences that come together for projects, problems or queries to give a 360 vision to the client and ensure the best quality and security in the provision of the service. This flexibility in the creation of work groups and the coverage of all subjects is extremely positive and satisfactory in the final result for the client.‘
‘The Auren team has a great knowledge of the matters in which they work, they are very synchronised with each other, they always respond quickly to all questions and they are always very committed to all matters under their management.’
ESTABLECIMIENTOS INDUSTRIALES AHEMON
BANCO COOPERATIVO ESPAÑOL
CAJA RURAL DE ALBACETE, CUENCA AND
CAJA RURAL DE GRANADA
HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE OF MADRID
SOLVIA SERVICIOS INMOBILIARIOS SL
SINAPSIS TRADING S.L.
SMILE CASTELLÓ SL
FAR RED INVESTMENT Nº 3 DAC
CAJA RURAL DE ASTURIAS SCC
- Defending Establecimientos Industriales Ahemon in an arbitration claim filed by EMCASA for alleged breach by the client of a merger agreement between the two companies that gave rise to one of the largest Pepsi and Schweppes bottling companies in the Canary Islands.
- Handling a large number of cases on behalf of Banco Cooperativo Español before provincial courts.
- Acts for Caja Rural De Albacete, Cuenca And Ciudad Real in several proceedings, including in a recent case before the Supreme Court.
Araoz & Rueda has considerable experience handling post-acquisition and shareholder disputes, and its energy-sector expertise is also of note. Eduardo de León leads the team and is active in domestic litigation and arbitration, and is also well versed in administrative law and proceedings. Ángel Freire specialises in domestic and international arbitration and is a name to note at the senior associate level.
Eduardo de León
Other key lawyers:
Alejandro Fernández de Araoz; Ángel Freire; Arturo Brugger
SHOP BUSINESS SPAIN
PA CONSULTING GROUP
RON TRANSACTLANTIC ADVISORS
INSTALACIONES DE TENDIDOS TELEFÓNICOS
ALTEN ENERGÍAS RENOVABLES
- Advised VIVENDI in Commercial Court and Appeals Court proceedings seeking to suspend Mediaset’s intended merger with its subsidiary Mediaset España.
- Provided advice to Ron Transatlantic Advisors in court proceedings seeking the performance of the obligations arising from a Mediation and Brokerage Agreement entered into with a Spanish Company.
- Represented ITETE in Madrid Court of Arbitration proceedings and litigation proceedings involving disputes with subcontractors concerning performance of the services hired.
Ceca Magán Abogados
‘An innovative firm with strategic thinking, critical analysis and a global vision', Ceca Magán Abogados fields an active dispute resolution practice, which remained busy throughout 2020 and 2021, handling a range of cases on behalf of insurance, life sciences and chemicals companies, among others. Former Dentons partner Juan Ignacio Alonso Dregi brought his civil and commercial dispute resolution practice to the firm in April 2021; he is based in Barcelona, and jointly leads the practice alongside Madrid-based litigator Emilio Gude Menéndez. The firm is a member of the First Law International (FLI) and Lawyers Association Worldwide (LAW) networks. Antonio Valmaña in Barcelona also draws strong praise.
Emilio Gude Menéndez; Juan Ignacio Alonso Dregi
Other key lawyers:
Patricia Martínez Díez; Paola Rodiles-San Miguel Olalla; Antonio Valmaña; Jesús Carrasco
‘Very solid and dynamic team.’
‘Great teamwork, there is always more than one person aware of our issues, which makes dialogue easier and safer.’
‘An understanding of our company, our culture, our needs and our interests. They are very practical and decisive.’
‘Antonio Valmaña is the person with whom we have worked. An eminence, very professional and close. One of the best professionals we have worked with.’
‘The professionalism and humane treatment of the team is a differential fact with respect to the competition, something very welcome when carrying out litigation and arbitration matters. From my point of view they are a step above the competition.’
‘Ceca Magan is an innovative firm with strategic thinking, critical analysis and a global vision. These characteristics allow it to stand out from others by offering clients effective legal solutions with added value.’
‘Antonio Valmaña stands out, with deep thought and at the same time realistic orientation to the achievement of legal goals and solutions. He has solid academic training combined with a practical execution of the law and an international scope. He is always open to learning and mutual collaboration, thus forming a strategic ally par excellence, which provides confidence and security.’
‘The partner Emilio Gude is highly recommended, for his constant assistance, presence in all phases of counselling, skills and mastery of the subject.’
ADL BIOPHARMA ANTIBIÓTICOS DE LEÓN, S.L.U.
GRUPO MARCO ALDANY
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
ADL BIOPHARMA ANTIBIÓTICOS DE LEÓN, S.L.U.
ADL BIOPHARMA ANTIBIÓTICOS DE LEÓN, S.L.U.
NUCLEO COMUNICACIONES Y CONTROL
CLUB DEPORTIVO LUGO
EDF FENICE IBÉRICA, S.L.U.
- Acted for ADL Biopharma Antibióticos de León in an administrators’ liability action against the previous Board of Directors.
- Acted for Group Marco Aldany in €5m euro against the CR7 (Crsitiano Ronaldo) Cruch Spain Fitness chain.
- Represents AMPER against Delclaux Partner in the claim for €1.9m, which stems from the alleged provision of services from the sale of AMPER’s Asia Pacific business.
DAC Beachcroft LLP
The dispute resolution team at DAC Beachcroft LLP is highlighted for its ‘impeccable technical knowledge and extensive experience‘. This is particularly evident in insurance-sector disputes, where the firm has an impressive track record and client base. The department saw some significant changes during 2020, with the arrival of renowned litigator Mercedes Romero from Pérez-Llorca and Eduardo Asensi Pallarés, Iñigo Cid-Luna Clares and Julio Albi from an insurance boutique, and the departure of Beatriz Rodriguez to an in-house position.
Mercedes Romero; José María Álvarez-Cienfuegos; Pilar Rodriguez; Eduardo Asensi Pallarés; Iñigo Cid-Luna Clares; Julio Albi
Other key lawyers:
‘I would highlight the inside knowledge of the financial industries: They know how to identify the weak side of opponents and the entry gate. Quick response time with pragmatic approach and information Easy to deal with. Flexible pricing.’
‘Impeccable technical knowledge and extensive experience. Well coordinated team internally.’
‘They combine knowledge of the merits of the matter with the arbitration technique. Its best quality is the speed of response, the knowledge of the practice and the internal coordination. Mercedes Romero and Antonio Góngora are totally recommendable’
‘They have very good and efficient professionals.’
‘I’d highlight the firm’s professionalism and vocation towards the client.’
Dentsu Aegis Network
The ‘well-coordinated and agile team‘ at Deloitte Legal is regularly retained by major clients, particularly companies operating in the financial services, automotive and hotel sectors, among others. The firm fields dispute resolution experts across its offices in Spain, meaning the practice has broad geographic presence and the ability to handle a varied caseload. Litigation and arbitration specialists Silvia García López in Barcelona and Eduardo Villellas in Madrid jointly lead the team, in which Esther Pérez, Álvaro Alarcón and Marc Pujolàs are also noted.
Silvia García López; Eduardo Villellas
Other key lawyers:
Esther Pérez; Álvaro Alarcón; Marc Pujolàs
‘The litigation team is very strong, they have a very good number of lawyers handling the cases and a lot of knowledge of the sector.’
‘Álvaro Alarcón is a star. Always willing to listen and help above his role. Terrific and very reliable.’
‘Knowledge of the procedure, advantages of arbitration over other jurisdictions.’
‘I would highlight Eduardo Villellas and Esther Pérez or their attention, availability, punctual communication, personal flexibility.’
‘Mastery of procedural law and arbitration is required, and this team has it. Likewise, they have the capacities to generate defence strategies in the files.’
‘I would highlight Marc Pujolàs, as well as Berta Txelis and Silvia García.’
‘Well coordinated and agile team. Practical and business-oriented advice.’
‘I’d highlight the firm’s deep knowledge of the sector. They advise taking into account the market circumstances. They are practical and very fast.’
AMERICAN EXPRESS EUROPE
LINCOLN ELECTRIC IBERIA
BLUE BAY INTERNATONAL GROUP
ESTRATEGIAS ELECTRICAS INTEGRALES
VIVIENDAS DE VIZCAYA, S.A.
- Undertook the legal defence of several major banks, and is currently giving legal advice and defending them in court in proceedings brought by clients claiming the invalidity of swaps, IRSs, derivative instruments, revolving contracts and floor and other mortgage clauses.
- Defending Aena in eight lawsuits filed against the client.
- Represents Bankia in lawsuits filed by institutional shareholders.
The ‘excellent team of professionals‘ at GTA Villamagna Abogados ‘knows how to extract what is important from the facts‘. The team is particularly active in litigation, with an emphasis on matters arising out of real estate, construction and infrastructure projects, but is also equipped to represent clients in arbitration proceedings. Corporate disputes are another area of strength for the team, which is led by the highly regarded Ernesto García-Trevijano. Marta Plaza and Jesús Estrada handle a range of public, civil and corporate disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Marta Plaza; Jesús Estrada; Mercedes Bértolo; Javier García
‘The GTA lawyers feel like ours, their level of commitment is absolute. The level of specialisation of its different areas make GTA a firm that offers all services and favours the concentration of services and interlocutors, a matter extremely relevant in companies like ours in expansion.’
‘Quality of work Commitment. Knowledge of our company. I’d highlight Marta Plaza.’
‘Ernesto Garcia Trevijano: Experience, expert in administrative matters and litigation with the different administrations.’
‘Multidisciplinary and ability to work as a team with other professionals from other sectors.’
‘Availability and orientation to customer needs. Friendliness and professionalism. I would highlight Ernesto García-Trevijano and Jesús Estrada.’
‘They know how to extract what is important from the facts to make concise documents.We receive a more personalised and continuous attention.’
‘The professional team of GTA Villamagna stands out for the cohesion of its members, who act in permanent collaboration to achieve a global vision of the advice, knowing the particularities of their client, which for us is very relevant. The solid and constant training of its professionals, under the leadership of its Partners (who are directly involved in the matters), allow the provision of a highly personalised service.’
‘It is an excellent team of professionals, both human and professional, who understand their clients’ business. The team is led by Ernesto García-Trevijano Garnica, and I would also like to highlight Marta Plaza and Jesús Estrada, as well as Javier García.’
ENCE ENERGÍA Y CELULOSA, S.A.
TRANVÍA DE PARLA, S.A. (GLOBALVÍA INFRAESTRUCTURAS, S.A.)
INSOLVENCY ADMINISTRATION OF PROMOTORA IMPERIAL, SL
UTE OPERADORA TERMOSOLAR VILLENA (FCC CONSTRUCCIÓN)
UTE TERMOSOLAR GUZMÁN (FCC CONSTRUCCIÓN)
FUNDACIÓN CASA DE LA VIRGEN and ENJOY WELLNESS, S.A.
SOCIEDAD CONCESIONARIA TRANVÍA DE MURCIA, S.A.
- Advising Ence Energía y Celulosa in two legal proceedings against two of its regular fuel suppliers of the industrial plants that the client has in Asturias and Galicia.
- Advising Tranvía de Parla in several procedures related to the contractor’s retribution in the contract for the construction and exploitation of the tramway of the city of Parla.
- Providing legal advice to Promotora Imperial’s Receiver in proceedings against the city council of Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid).
Highly experienced litigator and arbitrator Óscar Franco joined Latham & Watkins LLP in September 2019 and since then has been steadily building an impressive disputes practice, benefiting also from the firm’s strong reputation and international office network. Commercial litigation and arbitration are mainstays of the practice, which also has niche expertise in disputes arising out of the acquisition of non-performing loan (NPL) portfolios. Roberto Muñoz is a key contact at the associate level.
Other key lawyers:
Apollo Capital Management
Pinsent Masons LLP
Firm-wide, Pinsent Masons LLP has standout strengths in the construction, energy and infrastructure sectors, and as such is well placed to handle complex cases arising in these sectors. 2021 was another active year for the firm’s Spain-based dispute resolution experts, who continued to be instructed by longstanding clients and also won several new clients, including companies in the hotels, medical and infrastructure sectors. Sofía Parra Martínez, who is qualified in both Spain and England and Wales, and Ricardo García Uzcudun are ‘excellent lawyers‘, and have notable experience in international construction disputes and projects. Fernando Gutiérrez Fernández leads the dispute resolution and litigation practice.
Fernando Gutiérrez Fernández; Sofía Parra Martínez; Ricardo García Uzcudun
‘Available and very professional.’
‘Sofía Parra and Ricardo García Uzcudun are excellent professionals, with close treatment and 100% availability.’
South Virginia Empresarial, S.L.
La Finca Real Estate Management, S.L.
La Finca Real Estate (Hogar Útil)
Ataulfo Investment, S.L.
- Advising South Virginia Empresarial regarding the challenge to the refinancing agreement reached between Eurona Wireless Telecom, a telecommunications company listed on the MAB, and its financial creditors.
- Represented La Finca Real Estate on a claim filed against the company by one of its shareholders whereby the General Meeting of Shareholders and the Board of Directors resolutions regarding the split-off of Procisa were challenged.
- Acting on behalf of Zalacaín, a renowned company in the catering sector, in the preparation, filing and processing of its insolvency proceedings with simultaneous application for liquidation.
RocaJunyent Spain fields a sizeable and highly regarded dispute resolution practice, which balances a varied caseload of litigation and arbitration. It has developed particular strength in financial disputes, as well as niche expertise in the e-sports sector. ‘Unique attorney‘ Marlen Estévez is highlighted for her ‘quick and creative solutions‘; she leads the international arbitration team, as well as the innovation department and Latin America desk. Head of litigation Gonzalo Serrano draws on over 20 years of experience, and has recently been particularly active in real estate and unfair competition disputes. Consulting partner and former chairman of the Supreme Court and Constitutional Court Pascual Sala and competition and EU expert and associate Ana Lois Perreau de Pinninck are also noted.
Gonzalo Serrano; Marlen Estévez
Other key lawyers:
Pascual Sala; Santiago Espiau; María Gracia Llácer; Ana Just; Cristina Reglero; Ana Lois Perreau de Pinninck
‘It is an office that offers service guarantees. In Spain there are various firms that have improved their arbitration services and Roca is one of them.’
‘Marlen Estévez stands out.’
‘Great procedural knowledge, intense knowledge and interest in the company.’
‘Marlen Estevez is a unique attorney.’
‘They stand out for their Experience, Professionalism, Closeness and Values. Outstanding professionals: Ms. Marlen Estévez Sanz, Mr. Pascual Sala Sánchez and Ms. Ana Lois Perreau de Pinninck’
‘Team with in-depth knowledge of litigation related to real estate development. Maximum dedication and attention to reporting matters and meeting deadlines appropriate to the client’s needs.’
‘The Litigation and Arbitration practice is professional and agile. Understands the needs of startups / scaleups and defines practical and quick solutions, from legal solutions to specific problems to the client’s own management (eg flexible billing).’
‘Although it is hard to believe when looking at her agenda, Marlen Estévez is always accessible, proposing quick and creative solutions. In addition, the firm makes use of its extensive network to connect with very valuable partners.’
NH Hoteles España S.A.U
NH Hotel Group, S.A.
Aeris Invest SARL
Makro Autoservicio Mayorista, S.A.
José Antonio Casado Garcinuño
Neinor Norte, S.L.U.
Vía Célere, S.L.
Goodyear Dunlop Tires España, S.A.
Gévora Construcciones, S.A.
Five Guys Spain, S.L.U.
Toda & Nel-lo
Toda & Nel-lo has a strong reputation in Barcelona as well as a presence in Madrid, and is a popular choice for a range of private and family-owned businesses. In addition to its well-established clients, the firm has successfully won several new clients recently, including companies in the food and beverage and education sectors. 2021 saw the team – which is led by seasoned litigator Albert Faus – handling a mix of corporate and commercial disputes, including a large number of cases arising out of the Covid-19 crisis. Other key practitioners include procedural and real estate law expert José María Arnedo and Carlos Martos, who heads the Madrid dispute resolution group.
Other key lawyers:
Carlos Martos; José María Arnedo; Cristina Corrales; Ramon Isalt; Ignacio Toda Jiménez; Jacobo Ollero de la Serna
‘We worked with partner Jacobo Ollero, always available, very competent and responsive.’
‘I value very positively the involvement and identification of the team with the cause of the lawsuit.’
‘I would highlight Ignacio Toda and Albert Faus.’
Pegasus Automotive Group
- Advising and defending FCC in a commercial litigation.
- Providing advice to defend a group of merchants with open stores in the Glorias Shopping Centre in the centre of Barcelona against UNIBAIL RODAMCO, as owner and manager of the shopping centre.
- Advising Nexus Energía to determine the liability of a case of market disturbance against Iberdrola and to quantify the damages.
Clients of Zurbarán Abogados appreciate the team’s ‘involvement, dedication and commitment‘. From its offices in Seville, Madrid and Zaragoza, the team handles a diverse range of cases, from shareholder disputes to litigation concerning breaches of privacy. It has recently been active in litigation involving banking, real estate and energy-sector companies, and private clients also seek the team’s assistance in complex cases. José Manuel García Quílez and Adolfo Cuéllar lead the team; Ricardo Astorga Morano and Miguel Cuéllar Portero are also noted.
Adolfo Cuéllar; José Manuel Garcia Quílez
Other key lawyers:
Ricardo Astorga Morano; Miguel Cuéllar Portero
‘Apart from its technical knowledge, the involvement and closeness with the client on the part of the team members, it is very remarkable.’
‘Experience, closeness to clients, involvement and dedication. I’d highlight José Manuel García-Quilez and Ricardo Astorga.’
‘They are differentiated by their closeness and dedication regarding the study of matters.’
‘The experience in the sector, but above all the closeness and dedication with which they study the recommended matters. The service is highly personalised and that improves the attorney-client relationship. It is a multidisciplinary firm, so we mention two of its partners with whom we work most closely: José Manuel Garcia-Quílez and Miguel Cuellar Portero.’
‘It is a compact team, capable of embracing the different branches of law and the needs of clients.’
‘What stands out is the closeness, the experience, and the adequacy of the responses to the needs that arise in each case.’
‘Involvement, dedication, commitment, how they empathise with the client.’
‘Confidence and poise in conversations and then translated into action. The availability shown by those involved and especially the partner. The quality of the work and the presentation of the cases.’
REAL BETIS BALOMPIÉ SHAREHOLDERS