Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution

Arias SLP relaunched its practice in 2022 with the return of David Arias and a team from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP; in addition to his work as chairman and arbitrator in arbitration proceedings, Arias also has significant experience acting as counsel in high-stakes litigation.
Founded in 2015 by partners with former experience both in-house and in major law firms, Ayuela Jiménez has seen significant growth. The dispute resolution department is jointly led by Eduardo Ayuela Zurita, who receives praise for his ‘direct involvement in matters’ and ‘very good business vision’, and Pablo Torán Umbert, who is highlighted for his ‘strategic talent’ and ‘great conciliatory capacity‘.
Cases&Lacambra stands out for its track record in banking and financial litigation, counting BBVA and CaixaBank among its key clients; Barcelona-based banking litigation and consumer protection expert Jose Piñeiro and civil and commercial litigation partner Fabio Virzi in Madrid are the names to note.
Agile‘ and ‘very dynamic‘ firm Cazorla Abogados excels in contentious-administrative actions and appeals, including before the Supreme Court, with a particular emphasis on tax and insolvency-related matters; Luis Cazorla González-Serrano leads the practice, and Ignacio Martín Martín Fernández, Luis María Cazorla Prieto and counsel Pablo Cazorla González-Serrano are additional contacts.
Dikei Abogados is noted for its ‘great professionalism, technical rigor and dedication‘; the highly regarded Rocío Fernández Domínguez leads the practice, which specialises in disputes in the media, automotive and transport sectors.
López-Ibor Abogados‘ dispute resolution department continues to expand its client base, which already includes major companies in the aviation and hospitality sectors, among others; Pablo Henríquez de Luna and Alfonso López-Ibor lead the practice.
Marimón Abogados continues to invest in its ‘sophisticated and effective‘ dispute resolution team, most recently with the 2022 promotion of partner Marcelino Pajares, who jointly leads the team alongside ‘diligent, driven and knowledgeable‘ former judge Esther Domínguez.
Watson Farley & Williams LLP launched its dispute resolution practice in Madrid with the hire of Victor Mercedes from Baker McKenzie and Sofía Fernández Mariño from Gómez-Acebo & Pombo. Together they, along with other lawyers in the firm, are representing clients in arbitration and litigation, including cases with cross-border elements, and bankruptcy proceedings.
White & Case LLP has an impressive international arbitration practice under the leadership of Ignacio Madalena, and the firm launched a commercial litigation practice with the hire of Francisco Málaga from Linklaters in October 2022.

Firms in the Spotlight Dispute resolution

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Dispute resolution in Spain

Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy retains its position at the 'top of the market' in dispute resolution, where it excels in commercial litigation and arbitration. The group also 'stands out for its deep knowledge in financial litigation', and maintains an important insolvency and special situations practice, which is sought out by major banks in Spain. In international arbitration, the firm is among the most active in the market for Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) claims, with a strong track record acting for investors. Beyond the energy, renewables and financial services sectors, the team is also a popular choice for clients operating in a myriad of industries, including food and beverage, real estate, sports and infrastructure. Litigation and arbitration head Antonio Vázquez-Guillén has vast experience in commercial, insolvency and white-collar criminal law cases, and also acts as co-managing partner of the firm's Madrid office. Javier Mendieta balances a varied practice covering M&A, contractual, antitrust and unfair competition disputes, and Javier Castresana brings additional restructuring and insolvency expertise. Clients also benefit from the input of highly regarded counsels Emma Morales and José Luis Terron, as well as a pool of experienced senior associates, including Pablo TorresAlexandre Fichaux and Agustina Álvarez Olaizola.

Practice head(s):

Antonio Vázquez-Guillén; Javier Mendieta; Javier Castresana

Other key lawyers:

José Luis Terrón; Emma Morales; Pablo Torres; Agustina Álvarez Olaizola; Alexandre Fichaux


‘Team is absolutely excellent – top of the market. All the individuals are commercial, precise, detailed, dedicated. I would single out Pablo Torres, Emma Morales and David Ingle.’

‘The A&O team stands out for its deep knowledge in financial litigation. First they get involved to understand the client and the product they are defending, after which they propose a creative legal defense of great technical quality.’

‘I would like to highlight José Luis Terrón’s involvement in each of the issues that we assign him, as well as his good judgement and experience when handling a matter. For us, José Luis is a guarantee of quality in every issue that we deal with him. A great lawyer. Elisa Martín is very involved, hard-working and decisive with each of the issues.’

‘They work very well as a team. Although each one is clear about their task and responsibility, each one takes special care to keep the others informed and complement each other.’

‘They are very outstanding with excellent leadership, clear power of synthesis and argumentation and always responding quickly to client concerns: Marie Stoyanov, Antonio Vázquez-Guillén, and Pablo Torres.’

‘Antonio and Emma are an extraordinary team that makes a difference in the market due to their professionalism, rigor, closeness, friendliness and pragmatism. It is a pride to have a team like them.’

‘It is a very solid team, led by José Luis Terrón, a lawyer with creative and technical skills outside of what is common in the market (at least, in my experience). Their proactivity and ability to adapt to the functioning of internal teams is extraordinary, in such a way that it seems that they were an extension of the company and its culture.’

‘José Luis Terrón stands out especially for his ability to put himself in the client’s shoes, understand their needs and propose a highly technical and highly creative procedural strategy.’

Key clients


JC Decaux




Burford Capital


Distrito Castellana Norte


Associated British Foods






Work highlights

  • Acts, or has acted, for over 30 international investors in 12 ECT claims against the Kingdom of Spain arising out of retrospective changes made by Spain to the regulatory investment framework governing the renewables sector.
  • Advising 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.
  • Advising DCN, as co-defendant, together with BBVA, in a €700m claim filed by Baraka Group Holding concerning alleged rights over certain properties.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance has a well-established reputation in Spain, and its 'very sophisticated' litigation and arbitration department is no exception. Blue-chip companies, investment funds and venture capital firms regularly seek the team's assistance in complex disputes, including those with €1bn+ at stake. Given the international firm's broad geographic presence, it is no surprise to see it handling litigation with multi-jurisdictional aspects, and its Madrid office is an integral part of the firm's cross-office Latin America practice, acting for Spanish and global clients with operations in that region. Ignacio Diaz has an active role in the LatAm initiative. The firm also fields a dispute resolution team in Barcelona, which is particularly focused on IP litigation; Miquel Montañá and Josep Montefusco are key contacts in that office. International arbitration is another core area of focus for the department as a whole. Practice head Fernando Irurzun 'combines a great technical rigor with a great knowledge of human psychology, which makes him unique for the resolution of legal disputes'. Fernando Giménez-Alvear, who was promoted to counsel in May 2022, and associate Adrián Crespo are also singled out for praise.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Irurzun

Other key lawyers:

Iñigo Villoria; Ignacio Díaz; Miquel Montañá; Josep Montefusco; Alexandra Borrallo; Fernando Giménez-Alvear; Adrián Crespo; Eduardo Hernández


‘Very good knowledge of Spanish law and international arbitration, very good client service, with pragmatism and incomparable response time.’

‘The experience of working with the arbitration team at Clifford Chance has been magnificent.’

‘In addition to being great professionals, they know their client well and offer legal solutions that are in line with commercial or business needs.’

‘The different teams of lawyers at Clifford Chance Barcelona with whom I have been working are lovers of their profession, which translates into dedication to study and understand matters in depth, in the continuous study of legislative and/or jurisprudential developments, as well as in learning about how the market moves in a certain sector; they are educated and well prepared. They have the capacity and resources to take on litigation of a certain complexity and scope, which clearly makes them stand out.’

‘Adrián Crespo, due to his knowledge and way of working and raising issues, has become a trusted person in the Group.’

‘Fernando Irurzun is a great professional who combines a great technical rigor with a great knowledge of human psychology, which makes him unique for the resolution of legal disputes.’

‘It is a team highly specialised in litigation and arbitration. In addition, it is very sophisticated, keeping up to date with advances and changes (especially in arbitration). They have also been able to quickly understand very specific problems.’

‘Fernando Irurzun and Fernando Giménez-Alvear have been two absolutely exceptional lawyers for me. With them on my side, I feel calm.’

Key clients

Airbus Group

Athletic Club

A22 Sports Management, S.L.

Banco Santander, S.A.

BDO Auditores, S.L.

Construtora Queiroz Galvão S.A.

Distrito Castellana Norte, S.A.

Ernst & Young España

European Super League Company, S.L.

Fútbol Club Barcelona

Grenergy Renovables, S.A.

H.I.G. Capital

HSBC Bank plc

Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid (Madrid Bar Association)

Indra Sistemas, S.A.

Instalaciones Inabensa, S.A. (Abengoa Group)

L’Oréal España, S.A.U.

Mediacomplex, S.A. (Hines group)

Mibansa, S.A. and Locatio Inversiones

Moncobra, S.A.

Nokia Spain, S.A.

Patentes Talgo, S.L..

Pierre & Vacances

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol

S.A. de Obras y Servicios, Copasa

Samsung Electronics Iberia, S.A.U.

Siemens Rail Automation S.A.U.

Steag GmbH

Unibail Rodamco Westfield


Vodafone España, S.A.U.

Work highlights

  • Advising the European Super League in legal proceedings against UEFA and FIFA requesting a declaration that they are abusing their dominant position in the European internal football market.
  • Acting as counsel to HSBC Bank in highly publicised lawsuits brought by an individual against Banco Santander and HSBC as a result of his removal from the management bodies of Abengoa.
  • Representing Vingroup in a post-M&A dispute related to its acquisition of a 51% stake in Mundo Reader through its subsidiary Vintech.


Cuatrecasas maintains its position at the forefront of the international arbitration market in Spain. In particular, it excels in ICSID arbitration, where it has represented various clients against the Kingdom of Spain in cases under the ECT. In addition to the firm's track record in the energy and renewables sectors, it also fields specialists in the infrastructure, engineering and real estate industries. Litigation also features in the department's caseload; Antonio Pipó is a key contact in this space, with broad experience in commercial and corporate litigation. Antitrust private enforcement litigation is an increasingly important area for the firm; Esther de Félix and María Pérez Carrillo have developed particular expertise in this field. Alfonso Iglesia and Antonio Carreño jointly lead the dispute resolution practice from Madrid and Barcelona, respectively. Other key practitioners in the team, which counts over 30 partners, include Alvaro Mendiola, who acts in cases concerning M&A, distribution, competition law and contracts and who is also an accredited mediator; Alberto Fortún, a member of the steering committee of the international arbitration group; and domestic and international arbitration expert Alfonso Gómez-Acebo.

Practice head(s):

Alfonso Iglesia; Antonio Carreño

Key clients











Work highlights

  • Successfully representing the international consortium granted the project to design, finance, build and maintain two lines of the Lima and Callao Subway in international arbitration brought against the Republic of Peru.
  • Representing various clients in several investment arbitrations (ICSID) against the Kingdom of Spain under the Energy Charter Treaty.
  • Defending the members of the board against Madrid Calle 30 (Madrid’s M-30 management company) in the framework of a challenged resolution of the board of directors.


Garrigues receives plaudits for its 'impeccable litigation preparation and excellent performance in court'. Aside from its prowess in judicial litigation, the team is also well versed in arbitration, including international arbitration; Francisco Serrano Osobliwa, who has vast experience in arbitration proceedings before the ICC, LCIA and Zurich Chamber of Commerce, leads the international arbitration and ADR practice. The firm is particularly active in cases involving Latin American countries, and its recent cases also involve various European jurisdictions. Alberto Pimenta was appointed the global head of litigation and arbitration at the firm in 2022; he is highlighted by one client for bringing 'an experience that is unmatched within the Spanish market'. Antonio Entrena López-Peña, who leads the litigation practice, is also noted by clients, as is Eduardo Santamaría Moral, who 'provides business-oriented, practical advice in a timely manner' and particularly stands out for his track record in post-M&A disputes and cases involving athletes or professional sports clubs. Other key practitioners in the team, which counts over 200 lawyers and more than 30 partners across multiple offices in Spain, include 'spectacular individual' Alejandro Huertas, who made partner in January 2022, and Diego Vicente Pérez, whose experience spans antitrust, unfair competition, corporate and contractual litigation. Margarita Soto Moya and Lisette Hernández are names to note at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Alberto Pimenta; Antonio Entrena López-Peña; Francisco Serrano Osobliwa

Other key lawyers:

Eduardo Santamaría Moral; Alejandro Huertas; Diego Vicente Pérez; Margarita Soto Moya; Rubén Magallares; Manel Pastor; David Vich; Gabriel Castro; Ignacio Rodríguez Santaliestra; Juan Carlos de la Calle; Lisette Hernández


‘They stand out in how they manage matters, impeccable litigation preparation and excellent performance in court. They are a guarantee of good work. Very powerful team.’

‘Without exception, they carefully schedule the work to be done and strictly adhere to the established schedule, which guarantees that deadlines are met in all cases. The most outstanding professionals with whom we have worked are Gabriel Castro, Antonio Entrena, Alberto Pimenta and Diego Vicente, among the most experienced partners. Among the professionals who have most recently acquired the status of partner, Alejandro Huertas, Rubén Magallares, Manel Pastor and David Vich stand out for their extraordinary professional quality.’

‘Alejandro Huertas is a spectacular individual. Extremely dedicated and detail focused. He reads people well and know how to drive the negotiation.’

‘Antonio Entrena has a great technical knowledge of the processes, who uses full and meticulous dedication in each case, offering brilliant and diverse solutions and strategies to the different problems that arise. Ignacio Rodríguez Santaliestra works with great dedication, which allows him to deeply understand the issues, discuss the essentials and the details and manages -together with Antonio- to have the best possible position in matters of great complexity entrusted to them.’

‘Their constant participation in the main cases in the sector and their ability to cover all kinds of matters makes them always a safe bet. They always have the right specialist who has real experience in a situation like the one you want to entrust to them. They are an innovative team in the practice of law and, very particularly, in the world of litigation.’

‘Alberto Pimenta and Alejandro Huertas make an unbeatable duo. Each one separately is extraordinary, but seeing them work together, how they complement each other and they strengthen each other, it is a real luxury. To a tactical intelligence and a truly extraordinary knowledge of the law, Alberto Pimenta adds an experience that is unmatched within the Spanish market. Alejandro Huertas has a truly extraordinary intelligence, to which he adds a transversal knowledge of law, certainly striking. He is a benchmark both in the room and at the negotiation table.’

‘Eduardo Santamaría Moral stands out for his experience, expertise, integrity and excellence. Eduardo provides business-oriented, practical advice in a timely manner, always available to discuss and brainstorm, knowing when and how to get to the point, find the required experts to help, quick learning of the applicable industry and client’s DNA.’

‘Preparation and teamwork. I highlight the partner Rubén Magallares and the promising associate Juan Carlos de la Calle.’

Key clients

International Cable, B.V.

OHLA Progress Enablers



Grupo Lafarge-Holcim


Meliá Hotels International

Banco Santander

Deloitte Spain



Work highlights

  • Defending Correos against a major claim for damages for breach of competition law currently discussed in Spain.
  • Defending Lafarge-Holcim in an investment arbitration under UNCITRAL rules against the Republic of Ecuador concerning the agreement for the reciprocal promotion and protection of investments signed between Spain and Ecuador in 1996.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Clients highlight Herbert Smith Freehills LLP‘s ‘deep technical knowledge and ability to listen and meet the client’s needs‘. The dispute resolution team handles a balanced mix of litigation and arbitration, with an emphasis on cross-border cases, where the firm’s broad international office network and team of Spanish and internationally qualified lawyers are major advantages. Foreign and domestic companies turn to the team, which also has experience representing sovereign states. Its workload is likewise broad, with recent cases concerning real estate and construction projects, unfair competition and professional negligence, among other matters. Eduardo Soler Tappa is noted for his ‘great technical knowledge, capacity for work and empathy‘; he leads the team, which also includes Paulino Fajardo, who is qualified in Spain and England and Wales and has experience in disputes in the energy, financial services, aviation and infrastructure sectors; Jaime de San Román, a banking litigation and insolvency expert who made partner in 2021; and of counsel Manuel Rivero. Civil, company, insolvency and criminal law specialist Javier De Carvajal, of counsel Alejandra Galdos and senior associate Miguel García-Casas are also noted by clients. David Arias left the firm in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Soler Tappa

Other key lawyers:

Paulino Fajardo; Alejandra Galdos; Javier de Carvajal Melgar; Miguel Garcia-Casas; Manuel Rivero


‘Full availability, deep technical knowledge and the ability to listen and meet the client’s needs.’

‘Paulino Fajardo is a walking encyclopedia, every conversation with him is a master class. Alejandra Galdos has a high technical knowledge and always finds an appropriate solution.’

‘The team shows great cohesion and technical level. The effort they make to assume the position and needs of the client to which they dedicate effort and resources stands out in a very positive way. In my opinion, they stand out very favourably over the teams of other firms with which we have worked.’

Key clients

State of Malaysia

Unión Fenosa Gas

Barclays Bank PLC Sucursal en España

Autopista Rio Magdalena

Nueva Pescanova


Engie España

UBS Europe

Idom Merebrook limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a state in Asia in arbitration brought against it by a group of claimants in relation to a purported agreement entered into in the 19th century.
  • Acting for Unión Fenosa Gas in an action to set aside an arbitral award issued in connection with a dispute arising from a natural gas sale and purchase agreement.
  • Representing Barclays, in its position as syndicated lender of the Celsa Group, in litigation proceedings commenced by the latter with the aim of achieving a novation in the terms of a series of contracts connected with a debt restructuring.


Pérez-Llorca maintains a strong position in the Spanish dispute resolution market, where it is well versed in both litigation and arbitration. The department has seen an uptick in cases involving the construction, engineering and infrastructure sectors, particularly with regards to projects in Latin America. Also of note is the firm’s expertise in antitrust litigation; it remains involved in some of the largest follow-on damages cases in Spain, many of which involve large numbers of proceedings. This includes matters before the European Court of Justice (ECJ), where the firm has a notable track record. Outside of the antitrust space, highlights include Juan Manuel Rodríguez Cárcamo‘s advice to Banco Santander on the preliminary reference being analysed by the ECJ in connection with the resolution of Banco Popular, in addition to multiple domestic proceedings. In line with the firm’s consistent growth, it has further expanded its disputes department, most recently with the 2022 hires of Fernando de la Mata and counsel María Domingo, who joined the firm’s growing Barcelona team. Félix Montero draws on over 20 years of experience to lead the firm’s dispute resolution practice, which includes standout practitioners Guillermina Ester; Beatriz García, who has been leading on complex antitrust cases; and Laura Ruiz, a partner since 2021 who has developed a notable practice in commercial, construction, insolvency and banking litigation. Jordi Gras is another key contact in Barcelona.

Practice head(s):

Félix Montero

Other key lawyers:

Juan Manuel Rodríguez Cárcamo; Guillermina Ester; Jordi Gras; Beatriz García; Javier García Marrero; Fernando de la Mata; Fernando Bedoya; Ignacio Santabaya; Laura Ruiz; Arancha Barandiarán

Key clients

Acciona Infraestructuras, S.A.

Aena SME, S.A.

Banco de Portugal

Banco Santander

Calidad Pascual


Club Med

Elecnor Servicios y Proyectos, S.A.U.

Fortress Investment Group LLC

Gonvarri Industries


Repsol Comercial de Productos Petrolíferos, S.A.

Técnicas Reunidas


Work highlights

  • Advised MAN, 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 practices.
  • Acted for Calidad Pascual in one of the largest antitrust cases in Spain, representing the client in the follow-on civil litigation in relation to the Spanish milk cartel.
  • Advised Técnicas Reunidas on an ICC arbitration relating to the expansion and modernisation works of an oil refinery.

Uría Menéndez

The ‘highly gifted team‘ at Uría Menéndez has an exceptional reputation in the Spanish market, noted for its ‘technical knowledge, anticipation and rigor‘ and ‘positive relationship with clients‘. Beyond Spain, where it has offices in Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia, the firm has also expanded into Latin America, where it now has a notable presence, through the cross-border merger with firms in Chile, Colombia and Peru. The firm is regularly involved in the most high-profile and high-stakes disputes to hit Spain, with recent highlights including its representation of La Liga in a lawsuit filed by several teams concerning a transaction between La Liga and CVC Capital Partners; Carles Vendrell led on the case. Cross-border disputes also feature in the department’s caseload, particularly those involving Latin America and other European jurisdictions. Jesús Remón Peñalver has overall leadership of the practice area, which is further divided into litigation, led by Javier Garcia Sanz, and an international arbitration group, which is headed by Gabriel Bottini. Álvaro López de Argumedo, who has been working with the firm for three decades, has vast experience as counsel in both litigation and arbitration, in addition to his practice as an arbitrator and mediator, and Cristian Gual Grau, based in Barcelona, acts in IP, unfair competition and contractual disputes. José Miguel Fatás and Manuel García-Villarrubia also receive praise.

Practice head(s):

Jesús Remón Peñalver; Javier García Sanz; Gabriel Bottini

Other key lawyers:

José Miguel Fatás; Manuel García-Villarrubia; Álvaro López de Argumedo; Cristian Gual Grau; Carles Vendrell Cervantes


‘Highly gifted team with great knowledge, dedication and professionalism.’

‘Uria Menendez knows the subject very well and has a positive relationship with clients.’

‘Gabriel Bottini is always very available.’

‘Technical knowledge, anticipation and rigor make them different from other offices.’

‘I would highlight José Miguel Fatás and Manuel García-Villarrubia for their knowledge of the sector and the client; domain of the matter; approach and strategy; anticipation of the problem; and rigor.’

‘The firm Uría Menéndez offers very good prices and quality of work. Compared to other firms, it is very competitive.’

‘The attorneys at this firm tend to provide unique strategies that help us have a good defense despite contrary scenarios. They always go the extra mile. I’d highlight Gabriel Botti.’

Key clients

DAF Trucks, N.V.

Banco Santander, S.A.

Telefónica, S.A.

Repsol, S.A.

State of Malaysia


The Republic of Cuba


Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional

Canal Extensia

The Dominican Republic


Enel/ Endesa


Work highlights

  • Representing the State of Malaysia in a multi-jurisdictional dispute with eight private individuals regarding an 1878 cession agreement over specific territories in North Borneo.
  • Representing Banco Santander in a claim for damages brought against it by former shareholders of Abengoa in connection with a forecast capital increase in 2015.
  • Advising Banco Popular in all jurisdictions, including defining the strategy, coordinating with other firms and leading the defence in leading cases, in matters concerning Banco Popular Español.

Ashurst LLP

The 'cohesive, balanced and highly competent team' at Ashurst LLP 'has senior partners and associates with extensive experience'. The department balances a busy workload, with a particular specialism in the financial services sector, making it a popular choice for financial institutions and insurance companies, and in construction and infrastructure. Its expertise in disputes arising from distressed transactions, special situations, insolvency and real estate matters is of particular note, in addition to its broad general commercial and corporate litigation practice. Practice head José Antonio Rodríguez has former experience both in-house and as a state attorney, and is well versed in judicial, arbitral, administrative and contentious–administrative disputes involving a wide range of sectors. The 'exceptional' María José Menéndez is considered 'a benchmark in international arbitration due to her previous experience in M&A'. In a significant move in September 2022, former Baker McKenzie practice head José Ramón Casado joined the firm, bringing with him vast experience in litigation and domestic and international arbitration. Counsel Raquel Mendieta also receives praise from clients, as do senior associate Alberto Manzanares and associate Andrea Blanco Vázquez.

Practice head(s):

Jose Antonio Rodríguez

Other key lawyers:

María José Menéndez; José Ramón Casado; Raquel Mendieta; Alberto Manzanares; Andrea Blanco Vázquez


‘Cohesive, balanced and highly competent team, with extensive knowledge of the industry and practice. A relationship of many years that has led to great satisfaction. For us they are a reference.’

‘María José Menéndez is a benchmark in international arbitration due to her previous experience in M&A. Her qualities are excellence and thoroughness in the study of the case.’

‘Ashurst is a leading firm in international arbitration. It has senior partners and associates with extensive experience and who are also excellent people.’

Key clients

Gateway Infrastructure Investments, L.P

Corsair Capital

Arecibo Servicios y Gestiones, S.L.

Haya Real Estate

NH Hoteles España, S.A.

Goldman Sachs

Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios Internacional, S.L.

Credit Suisse International

Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios, S.A.

Union des Associations Européennes de Football (UEFA)


PAVILION (Singapore’s Global Energy Merchant)


Acciona Construcción

Work highlights

  • Acting for Gateway Infrastructure Investments and Corsair Capital in various arbitration and judicial proceedings between the current controlling shareholders of Itínere and Globalvía.
  • Acting for UEFA in the injunction and main civil ordinary proceedings brought by European Superleague Company before Spanish Courts and in the proceedings before the ECJ in Luxembourg.
  • Acting for Vodafone in a €140m claim against former directors claiming breach of corporate duties before the Commercial Courts of Madrid.

Baker McKenzie

The 'great team of lawyers' at Baker McKenzie is equally adept in litigation and arbitration, covering the full range of commercial, corporate and investment disputes. Clients appreciate the group's 'very high degree of specialisation and great vision of the business', and its 'absolute availability'. The firm has seen some personnel changes, with Victor Mercedes leaving the practice in July 2022, and José Ramón Casado departing in September of that year. However, it has maintained a busy practice in dispute resolution, benefiting from having a sizeable team and a well-established presence in Spain, both in Barcelona and Madrid. Marc Prat is a name to note in the Barcelona office; he draws on over 20 years of experience and acts in high-profile cases in the energy, sport, construction and real estate industries. Antonio Morales, who has 'an impressive track record' in energy-sector disputes, is a key contact in Madrid, where highly regarded associate Carmen Alonso - who 'always finds the best solution to defend the client's position' - is also based.

Practice head(s):

Marc Prat; Antonio Morales

Other key lawyers:

Carmen Alonso; Marta Flores; Enrique Silvente; Marta Martínez


‘It is a team with a very high degree of specialisation and a great vision of the business, which means that its approach is not only legal, but completely adapted to the needs of the client. It is a team that shows absolute availability, facilitating constant synergy with the client and teamwork. This makes it stand out.’

‘They care about creating an environment of trust, in which the relationship goes beyond mere professional emails and the specific subject. That is, they show interest in the client when there are active topics but also when there are not. They also have a great team of lawyers and all the necessary means so that their response is always exceptional, fast and in accordance with the client’s expectations.’

‘Antonio Morales is a recognised leader in the energy market and with a distinguished knowledge of the sector. He also has an impressive track record, having advised the most important clients in the sector on the most complex matters. He is one of the most recognized lawyers in the field of arbitration.’

Key clients

Itinere Infraestructuras, S.A.


Football Club Barcelona (FCB)

Thomas Heurtel

Mikhail Fridman and Letter One

Chaumet International

Isabel Coixet



Work highlights

  • Successfully undertook Itinere’s legal defence and obtained a first instance judgment which dismissed the nullity of the corporate resolutions requested by Globalvia.
  • Represents FC Barcelona in the appeal filed by more than 500 members of the club that were fined by the club according to its bylaws due to the forgery of tickets using the associates’ season passes.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

The ‘agile and committed‘ lawyers at Gómez-Acebo & Pombounderstand complicated evidence and take into account the surrounding situation to ensure legal advice of the highest quality‘. The firm is well versed in all phases of a dispute, from advising on pre-litigation strategies to representing clients before courts of first instance and appellate courts. The team has also established an impressive reputation in international arbitration, thanks in large part to the guidance of Inés Vázquez, who is highly regarded for her ‘extensive knowledge and experience‘, which extends to ICSID and SCC proceedings in addition to litigation. Vázquez and insolvency and civil litigation expert Rodrigo López jointly lead the team, which is sought out by major companies, investment funds and financial institutions. Irene Arévalo, who made partner in January 2022, combines expertise in commercial litigation and insolvency. Associates Teresa Gutiérrez Chacón and Luis López Alonso are also establishing good reputations in the market. The team was strengthened further at partner level with the hires of Almudena Larrañaga and Luis García del Río from litigation and arbitration boutique DRL Abogados in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo López; Inés Vázquez

Other key lawyers:

Irene Arévalo; Teresa Gutiérrez Chacón; Luis López Alonso; Almudena Larrañaga; Luis García del Río


‘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.’

‘Rodrigo López and Irene Arévalo are two excellent proceduralists, with very good legal sense, great strategists and with a deep knowledge of the Courts and the sector.’

‘From the beginning stage of legal services, the team 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.’

‘The firm is strongly committed to equality between men and women, and retains a lot of talented female advocates. We are so sure that the firm has very well implemented its Equality Plan with the aim of promoting the development of women’s professional careers, assuming positions of responsibility to prevent any discrimination based on sex or for any other reason.’

‘Teresa Gutiérrez Chacón can proactively analyze 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. Since we first worked with her, we have kept resorting to her for new cases. Her professional services are highly valued and we have strong confidence that our cases will be advocated with the maximum quality at all times.’

‘The Gómez Acebo & Pombo team led by Rodrigo López is a frankly powerful team in the area of Litigation and Arbitration. The partner is directly involved in matters with an excellent disposition to address the doubts and questions of clients. It is a very dynamic team with excellent preparation and training that provides security and peace of mind to client. The support departments (administration-billing) are clear and transparent, which is always an incentive when trusting them.’

‘The closeness and involvement of the lawyers in the cases is highly valued. They are agile and committed lawyers as well as well prepared. We highlight Rodrigo López and Luis López Alonso.’

‘Inés Vázquez is a person with extensive knowledge and experience in arbitration and litigation situations in general. She is accessible and personally dedicated to the topics, which gives more guarantees of success due to her technical abilities. It is a pleasure to deal with her for her warmth, closeness and sense of humor.’

Key clients

Siemens Mobility Gmbh



Petersen Energía, S.A.

Petersen Energía Inversora, S.A.

Goldman Sachs International

Smurfit Kappa España, S.A

Grupo Lantero

Oliver Wyman


Work highlights

  • Advised Petersen Energía and others on Spanish law issues and in relation to the judicial proceeding they have initiated in New York against the Republic of Argentina concerning the expropriation of shares they hold in YPF.
  • Assisting Taconic Capital Advisor and others in two judicial proceedings against the shareholders of toll roads.
  • Advised Goldman Sachs and other funds of the ad-hoc lenders of Celsa Group on three legal proceedings initiated by the international steel group against its financial creditors.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s dispute resolution team ‘adapts very well to the specific needs of each client‘, and its international outlook and office network mean it is ‘very accustomed to working on issues with international elements‘. The team has the size and resources to handle a broad variety of cases on behalf of clients operating in a range of sectors, making it a popular choice for companies in the automotive, engineering, insurance and retail sectors, to name a few. The team has seen a particular uptick in construction-related arbitration, where it has a well-established practice, and in antitrust litigation. The firm has continued to invest in its Madrid-based disputes practice, as evidenced by the promotion of ‘great litigator‘ Jon Aurrekoetxea to partner in January 2022. Clients also highlight Gonzalo Ardila, who has led the department since his arrival at the firm in January 2021, and Silvia Martínez, who was promoted to counsel the same month, for their ‘great communication skills, client orientation and attention to detail‘.

Practice head(s):

Gonzalo Ardila

Other key lawyers:

Silvia Martínez; Jon Aurrekoetxea; Eugenio Vázquez; Lucía Perlado; Ana Jiménez-Tuset


‘Gonzalo Ardila and Silvia Martínez have deep knowledge of the practice area and the case. Accessibility, great communication skills, client orientation, attention to detail.’

‘Very accustomed to working on issues with international elements. It is one of our leading law firms globally.’

‘Jon Aurrekoetxea: Brilliant. Great litigator. You work very well with him as a team.’

‘Gonzalo Ardila is a very solid litigant who makes matters his own. He stands out not only his technical ability but his absolute involvement in the issues.’

‘The relationship with our company team is exceptional. They know how to work together.’

‘Availability and know how to adapt to client requirements.’

‘The team led by Gonzalo Ardila adapts very well to the specific needs of each client. Being an international firm of the magnitude of HL, they have adapted and sought solutions to operational challenges between their team and the company’s internal team.’

Key clients

ArcelorMittal Spain Holding, S.L.

Hijos de J. Barreras (Barreras Shipyard)

NTT Data

Codere SA

Wizink Bank, S.A.

Grupo Cobra



Work highlights

  • Advising Wizink Bank on the design, implementation and monitoring of its strategy in relation to judicial and extra-judicial claims from consumers and consumer associations.
  • Advising shipyard Hijos de J. Barreras in a claim against Afortunadas Shipping in regard to the termination of a contract for the construction of a 190 meter ferry vessel.
  • Assisted Codere in a corporate liability action against the former owners and directors of Codere, which was upheld by Madrid Commercial Court No. 11.


Linklaters‘ Madrid office regularly works in close collaboration with other offices in the firm’s international network to handle complex, cross-border disputes. The firm’s international reach and experience makes it a popular choice for both domestic and foreign clients, which turn to the team for assistance in a range of banking, construction, contract and corporate disputes, as well as insolvency matters. Practice head Borja Fernandez De Troconiz draws on previous experience as both a state attorney and as an in-house lawyer at a bank to represent major companies and financial institutions in litigation and arbitration proceedings. Marta de Cara and Luis Valdenebro are names to note at the managing associate level. Francisco Málaga left the firm in October 2022, and Alex Ferreres joined the team in December 2022 from Uría Menéndez.

Practice head(s):

Borja Fernández de Trocóniz

Work highlights


Andersen‘s already sizeable team – present in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Seville – continues to grow, most recently with the 2022 hires of former judge Óscar Arredondo and Pablo Doñate, who joined from Martínez-Echevarría Abogados and is noted for his ‘outstanding strategic vision‘. In line with its growth in personnel, the department has also expanded its client list, attracting new instructions from both domestic and international companies. In addition to the firm’s consistent work in litigation, it has also been involved in complex institutional and ad hoc arbitration proceedings. Elena Sevila is a name to note in this space; her practice encompasses domestic and international arbitration as well as cross-border litigation, and in May 2022 she was appointed coordinator of the firm’s European litigation and arbitration practice. Íñigo Rodríguez-Sastre‘s ‘knowledge and strategic approach always give great peace of mind, along with fabulous results‘; he co-leads the department with Benjamín Prieto. Luis Cortezo, senior associate Francisco Álvarez and associate Joana Rodríguez are also singled out for praise.

Practice head(s):

Iñigo Rodríguez–Sastre; Benjamín Prieto

Other key lawyers:

Pablo Doñate; Elena Sevila; Luis Cortezo; Francisco Álvarez; Joana Rodríguez


‘It is a highly competitive team with very good technical and collaborative skills.’

‘Pablo Doñate is an excellent lawyer with an outstanding strategic vision. He has a very practical and commercial approach to matters that is highly valued by clients.’

‘Iñigo Rodriguez Sastre and Elena Sevila are two extraordinary partners.’

‘We have worked with Pablo Doñate and Joana Rodríguez. We really liked their ability to understand the facts and operation of the business and put it in relation to procedural practice, and also the proactivity and innovation to deal with all the extremes of the matter in charge.’

‘Pablo Doñate deserves a special mention for being a magnificent professional and an even better person. He transmits a lot of tranquility and great confidence, which is greatly appreciated, especially when it comes to procedural issues.’

‘Stand out partners are Inigo Rodriguez-Sastre and Elena Sevila. They are always prepared and ready to offer valuable contributions to written briefs and strategic discussions.’

‘Iñigo Rodríguez-Sastre is the lawyer to really trust when a company faces a serious problem or a major litigation. His knowledge and strategic approach always give great peace of mind, along with fabulous results. I recommend him with my eyes closed.’

‘Availability, competence and very good value for money. I highlight Luis Cortezo and Francisco Álvarez.’

Key clients












JJ Sport Managers













Work highlights

  • Representing Aena in litigation proceedings against major facility players.
  • Representing Avanzalia Solar in a litigation regarding its solar plants in Panamá.
  • Representing Suzuki Motor against claims arising out of purported product liability within the Spanish territory.

B. Cremades & Asociados

B. Cremades & Asociados is renowned in the market for its arbitration practice, covering complex commercial and investor-state arbitration. Its highly experienced lawyers are well versed in arbitration under various rules and arbitral organisations, including ICSID, ICC, the Madrid Court of Arbitration (CAM) and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). It also increasingly acts as co-counsel alongside lawyers from other jurisdictions, particularly in cases concerning Latin American and other European countries. Bernardo Cremades, a founding member of the Spanish Arbitration Club, is vastly experienced in institutional and ad hoc arbitration and is also active in Dispute Adjudication Boards in construction matters. Bernardo M. Cremades Jr., who is qualified in both Spain and New York, co-manages the firm alongside his father. Ángel Tejada is another name to note both in arbitration and litigious matters connected to arbitration, and Javier Juliani Aznar, who also acts as an arbitrator, is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Cremades; Bernardo M. Cremades Jr.

Other key lawyers:

Ángel Tejada; Javier Juliani Aznar; José María López Useros; Sandra Cajal Martín; Rodrigo Cortés Calvo; Paloma Carrasco García; Patrick Byrne

Key clients

Inversiones Continental (Panamá), S.A.

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

Hidroeléctrica San Lorenzo, S.A.

Comercializadora Mediterránea de Viviendas, S.L.

Multiple expropriated shareholders

Comunidad Judía de Madrid & Federación de Comunidades Judías de España

Cruz Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Compañía de Inversiones Mercantiles in a dispute that arose out of the breach of a shareholders’ agreement.
  • Acting as counsel for Inversiones Continental (Panamá) in an ICSID dispute against the Republic of Honduras regarding the forced liquidation of Banco Continental.
  • Acting as counsel for Raimundo J. Santamarta Devis regarding two pharmaceutical corporations owned by dual nationals of Venezuela and Spain.

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

The sizeable dispute resolution team at CMS is ‘capable of providing complete and multidisciplinary advice‘ in the context of a broad range of cases. Banking litigation is a key area of activity for the practice, which attracts instructions from major financial institutions operating in Spain. The team also counts IBEX 35 and international companies from varied sectors among its clients. In a significant case in the EU audio-visual market, the team secured a victory for Atresmedia before the European Court of Justice and the Spanish Supreme Court in a case concerning copyright and neighbouring rights. Carlos Aguilar is ‘a brilliant specialist in criminal law‘, and Luis Javier Vidal is ‘commercially brilliant and hard-working‘. Jorge Sánchez has notable expertise in public law and dispute resolution, and maintains a particular focus on the telecoms sector, and Juan Ignacio Fernández Aguado balances a busy practice covering civil and commercial litigation, bankruptcy proceedings and economic criminal law.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Aguilar

Other key lawyers:

Luis Javier Vidal; Nicolás González; Jorge Sánchez; Juan Ignacio Fernández Aguado; Antonio Fernández de Hoyos; Alvaro Feu; Gonzaga Guerrero; Elisa Martín Moreno


‘Team with very different and complementary skills, very diverse too. They are capable of providing complete and multidisciplinary advice, collaborating with colleagues from other departments but in a coordinated and complete manner, so that the final result is stupendous.’

‘It is a Firm with the best preparation in matters and they adapt perfectly to the needs of their client. It is fantastic to work with them.’

‘Its closeness and technical quality. Confidence that your work is perfectly controlled.’

‘Luis Javier Vidal is commercially brilliant and hard-working, he does not limit himself to supervising the work as a partner, but rather gets involved with his team in detail. Carlos Aguilar is a brilliant specialist in criminal law.’

‘Formulation of strategy vs counterpart. Organization and active listening to the client to work together.’

‘I’d highlight Luis Javier Vidal and Nicolás González.’

Key clients


Mr. Alexandre Rosell


Atresmedia Corporación de Medios de Comunicación

Banco Santander


Serrano Alberca


Fundación Benéfica Virgen de los Dolores

Work highlights

  • Advising CaixaBank on court proceedings initiated to challenge the Spanish Data Protection Authority’s decision imposing a fine of €6m and the obligation to adapt its internal procedures and protocols in order to comply with the decision.
  • Represented the former President of Barcelona Football Club (FCB) Sandro Rossell in a multimillion state liability claim for damages resulting from his preventive imprisonment.
  • Advises Banco Santander in over 8,000 litigation proceedings initiated by shareholders and bondholders relating to the resolution of Banco Popular, investment products and general terms and conditions.

DLA Piper

The specialised dispute resolution team at DLA Piper handles arbitration, litigation and insolvency-related matters, and counts household name companies and sovereign states among its clients. It is particularly active in the financial services, construction and energy sectors, though its broad expertise also sees it handling a varied caseload beyond these industries. The Madrid group forms part of the firm's global disputes practice, and as such the team is equipped to handle cross-border matters, including complex international arbitration. Of counsel Ben Sanderson is a name to note in this field; he has represented both commercial parties and states in investment treaty arbitration in cases concerning energy, technology and mining. Borja De Obeso leads the practice and draws on former experience as a state lawyer, with significant expertise in civil and criminal judicial litigation, as well as contentious-administrative and arbitration proceedings. Senior associate Andrea Rodríguez is active in litigation, arbitration, and restructuring and insolvency proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Borja de Obeso

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Rodríguez; Ben Sanderson; Lucía Cegarra; Mar Martínez

Key clients



Republic of Kenya

Work highlights

  • Argued an annulment application on behalf of Hungary.
  • Advising INTERPOL in relation to UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings alleging breach of public international law obligations relating to the alleged arbitrary detention of its former President by China.
  • Successfully defended the Republic of Kenya in ICSID proceedings.


Clients of the dispute resolution team at ECIJA appreciate the lawyers' 'involvement and commitment', as well as their ability to 'outline the best legal strategy'. The firm significantly expanded its operations, both in Spain and globally, between 2020 and 2022, including through the integration of offices in Latin America. Recent developments in the Barcelona office included the hire of Héctor Sbert from a boutique firm. It also fields a sizeable team in Madrid, and is also present in Valencia, Zaragoza and Pamplona. The department complements its impressive geographic breadth with a varied practice, covering all types of disputes - both litigation and arbitration - for a mix of clients in the telecoms, insurance, food, retail and media sectors, among others. Javier Lopez, who is 'very decisive, fast, committed, and generates a lot of trust', and the highly regarded Librado Loriente are based in Madrid, where Pablo Jiménez De Parga is also located. Yolanda Lobao and Jordi Pujante are contacts in Barcelona.

Other key lawyers:

Javier López; Librado Loriente; Héctor Sbert; Pablo Jiménez de Parga; César Zarate; José María Abella; Víctor Moralo; Jordi Pujante; Rafael Azpitarte; Cristina Llop; Yolanda Lobao; Maite Mascaró; Ana Belén Spínola


‘Availability, responsiveness, knowledge and experience. Ability to interpret the needs and problems of the client, their circumstances and outline the best legal strategy based on them.’

‘Javier Lopéz is very decisive, fast, committed, and generates a lot of trust.’

‘Compared to other firms we have worked with previously, ECIJA has shown an involvement and commitment that we have never seen before. They make a constant effort to know the client’s needs and even anticipate them.’

‘Librado Loriente, in particular, has become a reference partner for our company. Beyond his accredited technical knowledge of the subjects, he has made an effort to get to know our way of working and for him and his team to integrate into our day-to-day activities in a natural way. His personal qualities are on a par with his professional attributes.’

‘I would mention Javier López as an outstanding partner.’

Key clients


ING Bank


LG Electronics


Accor Hotels

Starlite International Festival




Atlético de Madrid Football Club

Spanish Hospitality Association

Santander Bank

Helidosa Aviation Group


M&C Saachi Group


Sky TV



Kualian’s investors


Avatel Telecom

Colt Technology

Profarmaco Group


Totem (Orange)


Work highlights

  • Assisted Industrias Lácteas de Granada and Grupo Lactalis Iberia in one of the biggest cartel cases regarding the exchange of milk prices paid to farmers between 2000 and 2013.
  • Providing advice to the Spanish Hotel and Catering Association in concerning measures agreed by the Spanish Government and various regional governments consisting of the closure or limitation of activity of this sector during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Assisting in a major case concerning a cryptocurrency scam.

Eversheds Sutherland

The ‘results-oriented‘ and ‘pragmatic and efficient‘ dispute resolution group at Eversheds Sutherland maintains a busy litigation practice, and is increasingly active in complex arbitration. The department counts four partners, each with their own particular specialism: Antonio Bravo focuses on construction, engineering and infrastructure-related disputes; Marta González specialises in the life sciences sector, with an emphasis on patent, product liability and unfair competition litigation; Kiko Carrión is also an expert in life sciences, in addition to the transport and music industries; and José Mariano Cruz is well versed in disputes in the retail, pharmaceutical and automotive sectors. A large group of counsels, associates and legal directors also contribute to the department’s cases, with key contacts including legal director Inmaculada López, who is active in commercial and IP litigation, and counsel José Sánchez de León, who is also establishing a strong reputation in the market.

Practice head(s):

Antonio Bravo; Kiko Carrión; Marta González; José Mariano Cruz

Other key lawyers:

José Sánchez de León; Pilar Colomés Iess; Inmaculada López; José Pedro Alberca; Elena García; Eduardo Buitrón; Manuel García-Pozuelo


‘Great team. Pragmatic and efficient, with clear explanations and results-oriented. It is easy to coordinate and collaborate with them.’

‘It stands out for its closeness and professionalism. The teams are less numerous than those of other offices, without perceiving a lack of capacity, achieving personalised treatment, guaranteed results and giving the client confidence. All cases presented to Eversheds Sutherland have had a multidisciplinary solution and I have paid a fair and reasonable fee for the services.’

‘José Sánchez de León has provided an excellent service. Sometimes, even losing business opportunities, they have presented us with imaginative solutions that avoided litigation and managed to resolve a situation. They were also very helpful in securing adequate funding for a complicated lawsuit.’

‘The ability to analyse and respond in short terms is valued. Not only from a strictly legal point of view but also strategically.’

‘Closeness, direct treatment and very personal. They carry out an exhaustive follow-up of the topics. The following lawyers stand out: Antonio Bravo, Crisanto Pérez-Abad and José Sánchez de León.’

‘Closeness to the client and affable relationship.’

Key clients











Jones Day

Jones Day counts large and household name companies among its clients, which benefit from the firm’s ‘technical knowledge, experience and transparency‘. With an international profile and client base, the firm’s cases often have important cross-border aspects; its recent cases have involved various Latin American and European countries. The department is equipped to handle disputes involving the energy, financial services and real estate industries, and it has a particularly impressive track record in construction, infrastructure and renewable energy-sector litigation. Complex commercial arbitration and litigation are within the purview of practice head Mercedes Fernández, who also acts as an arbitrator. Antonio Canales was promoted to partner in January 2022; besides taking an active role on many of the department’s major cases, he also leads the Madrid office’s pro bono and ESG practices. Adrián Jareño is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Mercedes Fernández

Other key lawyers:

Antonio Canales; Carlota Domínguez; Gonzalo Hierro


‘Technical knowledge: keeping abreast of jurisprudence, trends, etc. Strategist in terms of litigation with the ability to communicate it. Availability of teams at all times (working hours) to clarify doubts. Moderation in fees with flexibility to negotiate reductions. Billing: transparency in the descriptions of the services, separating each subject by demands.’

‘Technical knowledge, experience, transparency to communicate at all times the status of a matter in order to make the most convenient decisions. High level of English. Empathy with the client.’

‘Above all, the relationship with client; both for the magnificent attitude, and for the full availability.’

‘It is a great team, but without a doubt Antonio Canales stands out.’

Ramón y Cajal Abogados

The 'multidisciplinary team with proven experience' at Ramón y Cajal Abogados is appreciated for its 'constant communication and availability'. The firm stands out in particular for its track record in financial litigation, where it acts for leading domestic banks before the Spanish courts and the European Court of Justice. Companies in the construction, engineering, energy and retail sectors also seek the team's representation in breach of contract, unfair competition and shareholder disputes, among other matters. Ramón Fernández-Aceytuno and Luis Briones jointly lead the sizeable team; Fernández-Aceytuno counts insolvency, pre-insolvency and business restructuring processes among his areas of expertise, and Briones complements his broad litigation and arbitration practice with niche expertise in franchising. 'Excellent lawyers' Carmen Fernández-Hontoria and Luis Carnicero are highlighted for their 'very high technical quality'. Ana Fernández, Fernando Manzanedo and senior associate Santiago González-Enciso are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Ramón Fernández-Aceytuno; Luis Briones

Other key lawyers:

Luis Carnicero; Carmen Fernández-Hontoria; Ana Fernández; Fernando Manzanedo; Fernando Tallón; Víctor Rodríguez de Vera; Santiago González-Enciso; José María Abascal


‘The Ramon&Cajal Team perfectly understands the needs of the client. They have a lot of experience, not only in procedural matters, but in the particularities of the company’s business, which in many cases require prioritisation and creativity.’

‘They are a young and qualified Firm in general and they work very well, with availability 7/7. I’d highlight Ramón Fernández-Aceytuno, Luis Carnicero and Carmen Fernández-Hontoria.’

‘I would like to especially highlight Luis Carnicero and Carmen Fernández-Hontoria. Both are excellent lawyers, with a very high technical quality and always very aligned with the client’s position. It is always a safe bet to work with them.’

‘Much experience in advising this sector. It is an optimal firm to defend the company in complex matters, which require highly qualified dedication, and also to assume the defense of the company in mass lawsuits, of a simpler nature, but that require the dedication of significant human resources. They have adapted very well to the assumption, in a short time, of carrying out very large amounts of procedures. On the other hand, a multidisciplinary team with proven experience before the Court of Justice of the European Union and the Spanish Supreme Court.’

‘Optimum knowledge of the company’s needs, adaptation to them, whether they are of a strategic or economic nature, and constant communication and availability. I would like to highlight the work of Ana Fernández, who carries the weight and direction of the litigation strategy that is entrusted to the firm, and also Fernando Manzanedo, who has helped us optimally in matters before the Court of Justice of the European Union.’

‘The team is essential to achieve results. The brand, the organisation, the means, the resources, the business culture, are an integral part of the team and what makes the difference.’

‘The “Ramon & Cajal” team is shown to be integrated in such a way that the service they provide presents high quality standards, making different profiles and approaches compatible and allowing a more agile response than usual.’

‘Santiago González-Enciso and Ramón Fernández-Aceytuno are very reliable professionals, with the ability to analyse the most complicated situations with an understandable and reasonable approach. By clearly setting out the client’s options and being open to new approaches.’

Key clients



Banco Santander


Fundación Real Maestranza de Caballería

Deutsche Bank

Ortiz Construcciones y Proyectos

Unicaja Banco



Carmila España

Sonae Sierra

FROB – Spanish Executive Resolution Authority


Work highlights

  • Representing CaixaBank in proceedings before the European Court of Justice.
  • Advised Ortiz Construcciones and TECOPSA in the defence and representation in the application for interim measures in a judicial proceeding.
  • Provided advice to Banco Santander in proceedings, assuming the defence of the bank in judicial proceedings.

Bird & Bird

Noted for their ‘commitment and dedication to the client‘, the dispute resolution lawyers at Bird & Birdroutinely exceed expectations‘. The firm takes a sector-focused approach, with standout strengths in technology, energy, real estate, financial services and insurance, and life sciences. In this context, it has dedicated specialists in particular industries and types of disputes: for example, Luis Alfonso Fernández is renowned in the market for insurance and reinsurance litigation; Coral Yáñez is an expert in regulatory and administrative law and is particularly active in proceedings concerning the energy and utilities sectors; while of counsel Antonio Cueto specialises in IP litigation. The ‘smart, practical and experienced‘ Pablo Berenguer heads the practice, which also includes Alfonso Carrillo Cano, who is noted for his ‘great work‘ and ‘knowledge in civil litigation and bankruptcy‘.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Berenguer

Other key lawyers:

Alfonso Carrillo Cano; Coral Yáñez; Luis Alfonso Fernández; Antonio Cueto; Ana Lois; Sofía Manzanares


‘The Bird & Bird team is highly responsive to our needs and strategic about how to achieve them. They routinely exceed expectations.’

‘Pablo Berenguer is a no-nonsense litigator who is smart, practical, and experienced.’

‘I highlight the team’s availability and attentive service, responding to all our requirements, even in the face of sudden changes in criteria. I particularly value its specialisation in civil and bankruptcy litigation.’

‘I highlight the lawyers’ availability, flexibility and ability to adapt to the needs of the client. Specifically, I have been able to work with Alfonso Carrillo Cano, of whom I highlight his knowledge in civil litigation and bankruptcy and his didactic side and strategic capacity.’

‘What distinguishes this team the most, making the practice unique, is how interested they are in learning about the client’s business in order to better understand their needs. They have very powerful technological means that allow the client to access their portal to find out the status of their case or their cases without even having to contact the lawyer to ask, which makes the work much more efficient and reduces costs. Few firms I have worked with have such complete technological platforms.’

‘I would highlight its commitment and dedication to the client. In particular, the commitment of the partners who get involved in matters without delegating them, showing their faces in meetings and serving the client at practically all times. I highlight the great work of the partner Alfonso Carrillo Cano, and his outstanding performance.’

‘As a client, the cordial relationship, the predisposition. The digitization of the company is perfect.’

‘Pablo Berenguer has an extraordinary capacity for persuasion. He stands out for the clarity with which he deals with the most complex issues.’

Key clients


MUSAAT, Mutua de Seguros a Prima Fija










Tokio Marine Europe




Liberty Mutual Surety






Work highlights

  • Advising Sidercom Inmobiliaria in relation to a claim filed by luxury brand Prada as tenant relating to the lease of premises, claiming the readjustment of the contractual obligations.
  • Advising Bahía Fenicia Residencial, a Danish real estate company, in relation to a claim for damages filed by it against construction companies involved in a hotel and real estate project.
  • Advising Exact Software on dispute resolution issues related to its business of software licensing, services and implementation projects.


Corporate and commercial litigation are mainstays for DWF-RCD, which acts for a range of Spanish, European and Latin American clients across myriad industries. In addition to litigation, the team is equipped to handle domestic and international arbitration, and it also assists clients in pre- and post-arbitration matters, including the enforcement of awards. Ignacio Benejam brings together broad expertise in corporate, financial, contractual, personal liability and inheritance disputes; Jordi Sanchez likewise maintains a varied practice, which takes in commercial disputes and corporate criminal law; and Alfonso Maristany is active in corporate conflicts in addition to commercial disputes and insolvency matters. All three are based in Barcelona, where real estate, construction, corporate and finance litigation expert Felipe Cabredo is also located. Salvio Codes, whose areas of expertise include contractual liability, franchising and medical malpractice, is a name to note in Madrid. In a recent development, IP litigation specialist Xavier Fàbrega was promoted to partner in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

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

Fieldfisher JAUSAS

Fieldfisher JAUSAS excels in securities and financial litigation, with a notable track record in representing institutional investors and companies in complex cases against major banks. The firm also counts leading companies in the food, retail and hospitality sector among its clients. Of particular note is the department’s appellate litigation and Supreme Court practice, which is led by highly regarded partner Pablo Franquet. Franquet is based in Barcelona, where commercial and securities litigation expert Jordi Ruiz de Villa, senior associate Mercè Ribatallada and counsel Miguel Mejías are also located. Andrés de la Quadra-Salcedo, who balances a broad practice that also includes arbitration and pre-litigation consultancy, and senior associate Andrés Palomo are names to note in Madrid. The firm bolstered its criminal and compliance practice in May 2022 with the hire of Rafael Sánchez Sevilla, a specialist in economic and corporate criminal law.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Mercè Ribatallada; Andrés Palomo; Miguel Mejías; Rafael Sánchez Sevilla


‘Jordi Ruiz de Villa and Pablo Franquet are EXCELLENT professionals with capital letters, who have attended with absolute thoroughness, professionalism and superlative client service the processes in which they have been involved with our family and companies.’

‘I would highlight Andres de la Quadra Salcedo.’

Key clients


PAC (Platform of Shopping Centres’ tenants affected by the Covid-19)


Adolfo Dominguez


Disolarfv Portillo


Tenant’s association AEOCA

Meliá Hotels International

Henderson & Jones Limited

Mall Entertainment Centre Acuario Arroyomolinos, S.L.

Group Renerbio



Disa Red De Servicios Petrolíferos, S.A.U. (“DISA”)

Work highlights

  • On behalf of McDonald’s, filed a lawsuit against Da Costa Restauración and Luis Cañizares requesting the termination of a franchise agreement.
  • Advised the Ortega Cantos Sisters as heirs of an inheritance from their deceased father, the successful businessman Juan Domingo Ortega.
  • Created a platform for shopping centre tenants to negotiate with landlords to adapt their leases to Covid-19 hardship; approx. 65 claims are still ongoing.

Ius+Aequitas Trial Lawyers

The 'very professional and technically exceptional team' at Ius+Aequitas Trial Lawyers is noted for its 'high level of sophistication'. The firm focuses on dispute resolution, in addition to bankruptcy and corporate criminal law, and this specialisation makes it a popular choice for clients in various industries facing high-profile litigation or insolvency proceedings. Many of the firm's cases involve cross-border aspects, where its membership of the DRT Alliance and International Fraud Group are advantages. In addition to acting as counsel in litigation and arbitration, the department's lawyers also have experience acting as insolvency administrators. Managing partner Elíseo Martínez is praised as 'a very complete lawyer' and is highlighted for his 'great ability to generate empathy in complex negotiations'. Tomás Villatoro heads the civil litigation and ADR practice; he has experience as an arbitrator, litigator and bankruptcy administrator. Carlos López-Mélida leads the commercial and IP litigation practice, while Pablo Martínez Varela heads the firm's insolvency and labour litigation department. White-collar criminal law expert Carolina González de la Fuente is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Elíseo Martínez

Other key lawyers:

Carolina González de la Fuente; Tomás Villatoro; Carlos López-Mélida;


‘A very professional and technically exceptional team.’

‘It is a solid team with guarantees. We regularly collaborate with Ius Aequitas in various legal proceedings, always with excellent experience.’

‘Our main relationship is with Eliseo Martinez, who has a deep knowledge of procedural law. In addition, he is a great communicator, which makes him a very complete lawyer.’

Key clients

Dentix Group

OCU – Organización de Consumidores y Usuarios

Natural Mining Resources

The Carlton Group


BQ Mobile

Mariló Montero


Saúl Craviotto

Laser Medical Rent


NGE Guintoli

Habtur Balears

Work highlights

  • Appointed sole bankruptcy administrator of Dentix Group, handling the sale of the group to Advent International and the labour force adjustment plan (ERE) of 4,500 employees.
  • Appointed insolvency administrator of Natural Mining Resources to supervise the process of obtaining an agreement with its creditors and allow the continuity of the company.
  • Represents journalist Mariló Montero in an unprecedented resolution widely covered by the media against two paparazzi who took inappropriate photos of her.

J Almoguera Abogados

Boutique dispute resolution firm J Almoguera Abogados is 'coordinated and agile in managing issues'. It continues to attract new clients, including companies in the construction and asset management sectors, in addition to its ongoing work with well-established clients, which seek the team's assistance in pre-trial, litigation and arbitration proceedings. Besides handling high-profile cases in the Spanish market, the firm also has experience working alongside international firms in cross-border disputes. Name partner Jesús Almoguera 'builds trust, listens, seeks creative solutions and navigates very well in the grey area between contractual (re)negotiation and litigation'; he can regularly be found acting for major companies, hedge funds and international banks, and he also has notable experience as an arbitrator. Praise is also aimed at the associates in the team, including Carlos González Pulido, Mónica Zarzalejos and Eduardo Vázquez De Prada.

Practice head(s):

Jesús Almoguera

Other key lawyers:

Carlos González Pulido; Mónica Zarzalejos; Eduardo Vázquez de Prada


‘Custom work, a lot of dedication of the founding partner who is not only an excellent lawyer but also an excellent human being with good business judgement.’

‘Being a small team, it is well coordinated and agile in managing issues. The small size (boutique type) gives them flexibility in relation to other offices.’

‘Jesús Almoguera is the leader in all matters and director of all the issues that the firm handles. Carlos González Pulido also stands out. The profile of Jesús is that of a naturally mercantilist lawyer converted to a procedural lawyer whose clear strong point is the capacity for work and the thoroughness with which he approaches his assignments. The quality of their work is always high.’

Key clients

Leading global provider of agency and trustee services

Major European construction group

Global leading listed European banks

UK subisidiary of a large international pension fund

Several major UK investment funds

Several major US investment funds

Major UK investment funds management company

Work highlights

  • Representing a group of high-profile international hedge funds 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 a global management investment firm in a major claim in Spain for antitrust damages derived from one of the largest cartels sanctioned by the Spanish competition authority.

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons has a notable track record in commercial, insolvency and criminal litigation. With a relatively lean structure in Madrid, the firm is able to handle an impressive caseload of high-stakes matters, including numerous cases with over €50m in dispute. In line with the broader firm's geographic footprint, the team counts Spanish, European and multinational companies among its clients. Practice head Alfredo Guerrero is singled out as a 'wise, business-oriented and solid lawyer', who draws on over 25 years of experience in civil, commercial, criminal and administrative proceedings, including before the appellate courts. Senior associate José Carlos Fraga is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Alfredo Guerrero

Other key lawyers:

José Carlos Fraga


‘I would highlight the total commitment to the objective of the work: 1) total availability to discuss and develop the necessary evidentiary elements 2) the initiatives to investigate the facts and document them 3) the experience in similar cases and the strategic orientation of the procedure 4) the use of information technology to support the process: to save information and make it available to the team.’

‘Alfredo Guerrero is always available to discuss anything and everything. He truly positions himself as the “trusted advisor” even in other open processes. Despite having his specific field, criminal, he gets involved in others, as necessary to advance, later confirming with his partners in the specialty.’

‘José Carlos Fraga accompanies, intervenes, complements in any issue of the procedure that he assists in a very autonomous way. Exceptional.’

Key clients

EDP Energias de Portugal

EDP Renováveis

Valencia Club de Fútbol, S.A.D.


Merit Group

Investec Bank Plc

Litoral del Este, S.L.

Landwich Capital, S.L.

Inapa Distribución de Papel

Colliers International Spain

Meriton Holdings


Kronos Investment Group

Moira Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising Novobanco on complex criminal proceedings where several employees are under investigation for several offences (misappropriation of funds, forgery, and money laundering).
  • Assisting Valencia Club de Fútbol in a contentious-administrative claim against the Regional Government of Valencia concerning the construction of the new Mestalla football stadium.
  • Advising Muscari Property on criminal proceedings conducted by the Spanish High National Court for the crimes of money laundering and criminal association regarding the sale and purchase of a building.


ONTIER fields a team of 'highly competent and trained lawyers' who are well versed in both litigation and arbitration. The department's recent track record includes acting for clients in cases exceeding the €1bn mark, and in a range of commercial and civil disputes, including those with cross-border aspects, where the firm's international network is of benefit. Its client base includes companies which have been seeking the team's representation in a high volume of cases over multiple years, as well as new clients in the fashion and railway sectors. The department is jointly led by Pedro Rodero Rodríguez, who brings his former experience in US and UK law firms, and Cristina Camarero Espinosa, who has experience acting in M&A, breach of contract, director's liability and family disputes, to name a few. José Luis Cabello ContrerasMarta Rodrigo Lavilla and Miguel Fernández Benavides are names to note at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Rodero Rodríguez; Cristina Camarero Espinosa

Other key lawyers:

Miguel Fernández Benavides; Marta Rodrigo Lavilla; José Luis Cabello Contreras


‘Highly competent and trained lawyers in the work they carry out. Very close to their clients and with the ability to land the concepts and complex situations they face. They always look for beneficial options for the client.’

‘They have a team with extensive knowledge of our sector, we have been trusting them for 7 years, so they are highly specialised and sensitive to our legal problems.’

‘We highly highlight Miguel Fernández Benavides, whose success rate is 100% in the matters we have entrusted to him.’

‘The integration and complement between the various members of the team. Their closeness to the client whom they allow to integrate, as much as possible.’

Key clients


FCC Group

Vodafone España, S.A.U.

El Corte Inglés

Universalpay (Evo Bank)


Calidad Pascual

Yelmo Films

Securitas Direct


Work highlights

  • Advising a large payment technology and services provider in a dispute against a Spanish bank in relation to the infringement of one of the agreements entered into within a joint venture alliance pursuant to a change of control.
  • Advising a major department store company in two judicial proceedings for the modification of the leases of two large shopping centres in Madrid.
  • Representing a leading travel retailer in two proceedings against a company in airport infrastructure management for the modification of 35 lease agreements.

PwC Tax & Legal Services

The 'exceptional' dispute resolution department at PwC Tax & Legal Services is noted for both its 'legal strength and extensive knowledge' and its 'differential treatment of clients'. It continues to expand its client base of listed and non-listed companies with new clients active in a broad range of sectors, including food and entertainment. In particular, the team acts for a number of major Spanish banks in both litigation and arbitration. The firm is equally adept representing plaintiffs and defendants, which seek its assistance in share and purchase, shareholder and unfair competition disputes, among others. David Mellado Ramírez leads the sizeable practice, with key practitioners including Barcelona-based partner Ana Ribó, who draws on over 25 years of experience and advises leading companies in Catalonia and elsewhere, and 'excellent litigatorJavier Gilsanz in Madrid, who was promoted to partner in July 2022. Manager Glòria Serón is active in a range of commercial, corporate and competition disputes.

Practice head(s):

David Mellado Ramírez

Other key lawyers:

Ana Ribó; Pablo Martínez de Velasco; Javier Gilsanz; Glòria Serón


‘The team is frankly exceptional, both from a legal and organisational point of view. What makes the PwC procedural team unique, in my opinion, is, on the one hand, its legal strength and extensive knowledge, but also its differential treatment of clients. The dialogue with us is done by a single person, which allows better collaboration and coordination.’

‘From my perspective, what makes this firm stand out from others is, on the one hand, its partner, Javier Gilsanz, an excellent litigator with overwhelming knowledge and legal solidity who, in addition, always has a close relationship and is helpful towards their clients. On the other hand, its senior manager, Pablo Martínez de Velasco, a procedural lawyer who is also frankly excellent, helpful, friendly and hard-working, who also coordinates the team and is our direct contact. It really is an absolutely winning tandem and, in all my procedural experience, unique.’

Key clients

















COMSA Corporación







DISA Holding Energético

Work highlights

  • Advising companies of the Comsa Corporación group in their claims related to supply chain breakdown.
  • Representing Plastiverd in commercial litigation and in a pre-litigation case in relation to two different purchase agreements for heavy equipment.
  • Represents an investment fund, as defendant, in an international arbitration conducted in English before the Chambers of Commerce in Madrid.

AGM Abogados

The dispute resolution lawyers at AGM Abogados are highlighted for their ‘excellent training and great experience‘. Domestic and international companies operating in a broad range of sectors regularly seek the team’s assistance in litigation, as do individual shareholders. Arbitration also features in the department’s recent workload. ‘Responsible, serious, reliable and with very solid knowledge‘, Sergio López Ejarque and Guillermo Bayas are names to note in Barcelona. Gregorio Riber Arranz, who is particularly active in disputes in the railway, engineering and telecoms sectors, heads the firm’s Madrid office. Also in Madrid, Miguel Noriega Díaz is a key contact for insurance companies.

Practice head(s):

Sergio López; Gregorio Riber

Other key lawyers:

Guillermo Bayas; Miguel Noriega


‘Dedicated and experience, and great knowledge of the rail sector.’

‘Despite being a “big” office, the treatment is very close and they make you feel that your problem is important.’

‘The ability to listen when making the strategy and command of the times. The ability to have a plan b at all times. During the negotiation, an agreement is always sought before going to trial. Guillermo Bayas attended me.’

Key clients









Work highlights

  • Defending BC Arq in a judicial claim for construction defects brought by the promoter of a building project.
  • Acting for Balfegó y Balfegó as claimant in a judicial claim for unfair termination of a distribution contract signed by the client with two French shipowners.
  • Representing Renfe as defendant in a claim derived from a construction contract signed by it with three other companies.

Araoz & Rueda

Araoz & Rueda excels in corporate litigation, including post-acquisition and shareholder disputes, as well as arbitration. In this context, the team has recently acted for a range of new and longstanding clients, both domestic and international, in the healthcare, energy and real estate sectors. Practice head Eduardo de León combines expertise in litigation and administrative law; he often works alongside key senior associate Ángel Freire and associate Arturo BruggerAlejandro Fernández de Araoz contributes his wide knowledge in commercial and corporate law.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo de León


Auren has a 'consolidated and versatile team' in dispute resolution, which excels in banking litigation, covering the gamut of disputes in this area, including those relating to stock options, floor clauses and consumer loans. Aside from its banking clients, the firm also acts for companies operating in the energy, automotive and real estate sectors. Highly regarded litigator, arbitrator and insolvency administrator Daniel Saez Castro is the managing partner of the Madrid office, where Mercedes Ruiz Rico - who specialises in claims for breach of the right to honour, family privacy and self-image, among other areas - and associates Irene Sorribas Fuentes and Cristina Romero Domínguez are also based.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Sáez Castro

Other key lawyers:

Mercedes Ruiz Rico; Irene Sorribas Fuentes; Cristina Romero Domínguez


‘Auren has made remarkable progress in recent times, consolidating a good trial team.’

‘The team is led by Daniel Sáez Castro, who is a recognised lawyer, professor of the Litigation Course at the Complutense School of Legal Practice. He has formed a consolidated and versatile team around him.’

Key clients


















Work highlights

  • Has acted for Banco Cooperativo Español in over 260 procedures, before different provincial courts as well as before the corresponding Provincial Court.
  • Assisting Sareb in the defence of all the proceedings related to claims of nullity of contracts and financial transactions.
  • Acted for Caja Rural de Albacete, Cuenca y Ciudad Real in 1700 procedures in five years, many of which are currently pending resolution before the Supreme Court in an appeal for cassation interest.

Ceca Magán Abogados

Ceca Magán Abogados fields a ‘very strong litigation team‘, which is praised for its ‘excellent client service‘. In a significant move, the firm hired Jesús Carrasco in October 2021; previously at BROSETA Abogados, Carrasco brings extensive experience in litigation and arbitration and is noted for his ‘transparent‘ and ‘effective‘ approach. He joins civil and commercial litigation expert Emilio Gude Menéndez in co-heading the department, which also includes Susana Perales Margüelles, who heads the family and inheritance law area, managers Patricia Martínez Díez and Paola Rodiles-San Miguel Olalla, and ‘excellent professional‘ and director Antonio Valmaña. The firm counts a number of major Spanish companies among its clients, and is a member of international firm networks First Law International and Lawyers Association Worldwide. In January 2023, the practice expanded further with the arrival of Patricia Rosell Domínguez from Lener.

Practice head(s):

Emilio Gude Menéndez; Jesús Carrasco

Other key lawyers:

Antonio Valmaña; Patricia Martínez Díez; Paola Rodiles-San Miguel Olalla; Susana Perales Margüelles; Patricia Rosell Domínguez


‘They have a very strong litigation team.’

‘Excellent client service. Maximum collaboration.’

‘Emilio Gude is a very close and technically very good lawyer.’

Key clients











Work highlights

  • Represents Decathlon in more than 15 litigations, some of which relate to claims asking for the rebus sic stantibus clause in lease agreements due to Covid-19.
  • Acting on behalf of Leroy Merlin in several litigations regarding distribution agreements, and in a legal action in a real estate matter against a landlord.
  • Representing AMPER against Delclaux Partner in a claim for €1.9m stemming from the alleged provision of services from the sale of AMPER’s Asia Pacific business.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Highlighted for its 'extensive knowledge of the issues, dedication and availability', DAC Beachcroft LLP excels in insurance litigation, where it counts major international insurers and reinsurers among its clients. Outside of insurance, the team is also equipped to handle commercial disputes in the construction and energy sectors, among others. Also of note is the firm's medical litigation practice, led by Eduardo Asensi Pallarés and Iñigo Cid-Luna Clares, which acts in medical malpractice and liability cases. 'Brilliant litigatorMercedes Romero leads on a range of judicial and arbitral proceedings; she co-heads the team alongside litigation and insurance expert Pilar Rodríguez and José María Álvarez-Cienfuegos, who 'generates and transmits confidence through his professionalism in dealing with matters and managing his team'.

Practice head(s):

Mercedes Romero; José María Álvarez-Cienfuegos; Pilar Rodriguez

Other key lawyers:

José María Pimentel; Pablo Guillén; Eduardo Asensi Pallarés; Iñigo Cid-Luna Clares


‘The team led by Mercedes Romero offers a high quality of work for commercial litigation and arbitration, with absolute dedication to each case and client, thanks to the small but at the same time powerful team.’

‘Mercedes Romero is a brilliant litigator, who stands out for her skills in defining the most appropriate procedural strategy for each case.’

‘Experience in international disputes and pragmatic approach aimed at finding efficient solutions’

Key clients




AIG Europe

Lloyd’s Syndicate





Deloitte Legal

The dispute resolution experts at Deloitte Legal are considered ‘reliable lawyers to resolve complex conflicts‘. The firm excels in banking litigation, where it has an impressive track record defending major Spanish banks. The firm has also been involved in private follow-on damages claims following cartel findings by competition authorities, an increasingly important field in Spain. In addition to having a presence across multiple offices in the country, the department forms part of the firm's global network, giving it the size and resources to handle large cases. Barcelona-based partner Silvia García López, who is also a registered mediator and arbitrator, jointly leads the practice alongside Eduardo Villellas in Madrid; Villellas draws on over 20 years of experience handling complex commercial litigation and arbitration. Senior associates Esther Pérez La Orden and Beatriz Domingo Montero are also recommended by clients.

Practice head(s):

Silvia García López; Eduardo Villellas

Other key lawyers:

Esther Pérez La Orden; Beatriz Domingo Montero; Carlos del Castillo; Patricia Hierro; Álvaro Alarcón


‘Dynamism, team-client communication, dialogue.’

‘I would highlight their high level of knowledge and specialisation in the sector, the predisposition and high technical skills of the team to implement the most efficient defence strategy. They have proven to be reliable lawyers to resolve complex conflicts.’

‘I’d highlight Eduardo Villellas and Esther Perez de la Orden for their ability to understand, their flexibility, and strategy alternatives.’

‘Legal technical support of proven excellence, agile and fluid access and communication channels, and the maximum degree of involvement in processes and solutions.’

‘Very close treatment, personalised and quickly integrated into the processes of the entire team.’

‘Trusted advisors with great implication and sectorial knowledge of the matters. I’d highlight the treatment received by Beatriz Domingo: Personalised advice. Extensive experience in litigation and conflict prevention consultancy.’

Key clients








Work highlights

  • Acting for Blue Bay International Group in an international arbitration proceeding before the Civil and Commercial Court of Madrid in which the plaintiff claims compensation of €262m.
  • Acting for Banco Santander both in cases arising from current problems as well as those arising from its dealings with Banco Popular Español, Banco Pastor and Popular Banca Privada.
  • Undertakes the legal defense of Aena, currently in approx. 25 lawsuits filed against the client concerning leases and rent.

Fils Legal

The dispute resolution professionals at boutique firm Fils Legal are ‘at the level of a large law firm due to their origin and training‘, receiving praise for their ‘technical excellence, proximity and speed of response‘. The Barcelona-based practice was established in 2017 and has quickly made an impression in the market, particularly in real estate litigation, including in cases related to hotels or construction projects, and in rent reduction claims concerning rebus sic stantibus clauses in the context of Covid-19. In another recent highlight, Gerard Solé acted for 22 plaintiffs in a claim concerning the earn-out price for an acquisition against a FTSE 100 company in a case with connected civil proceedings in the US and a criminal proceeding in Spain. Solé jointly leads the team alongside Javier Prieto, an expert in litigation, arbitration, restructuring and criminal law.

Practice head(s):

Javier Prieto; Gerard Solé

Other key lawyers:

Martina Arianna Orsi; Santiago Gallissà i Calzado


‘Technical excellence, proximity and speed of response from the partner to the client.’

‘Technically fabulous, at the most competitive price, absolute availability and knowledge of the business.’

‘They are excellent lawyers, technically very good, at the level of a large law firm due to their origin and training, but at a much more competitive price.’

Key clients


EXIM Bank of the United States

Anticipa Real Estate

Hotel Investment Partners (HIP)


OCA Global

Ros Roca Group

Agrimares Group (DAT-Schaub Group)



Grupo Mémora

Federal Signal Vama



ICON Group

Itelligence (NTT Group)

Remondis Agua (Remondis Group)

Perales &Ferrer (CitriCO Group)

Unió de Federacions Esportives de Catalunya




Work highlights

  • Advised 22 plaintiffs in a €40m proceeding against a FTSE 100 company in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Advised HIP in multiple proceedings concerning hotel lessees, establishing relevant case law connected to rebus sic stantibus.
  • Assisted OCA in a legal proceeding against a public administration company regarding the refurbishment works of a historical building.

GTA Villamagna Abogados

GTA Villamagna Abogados has recently been active in arbitration, handling cases concerning contract breaches and corporate matters, and is also well versed in judicial litigation concerning tort, IP, and distribution and franchise agreements, among other areas. The highly regarded Ernesto García-Trevijano leads the team, which is noted for its ‘disposition, ease of understanding and negotiating capacity‘. Other key practitioners include ‘excellent professionalMarta Plaza, who specialises in public, civil and commercial disputes, and Jesús Estrada, a ‘highly skilled lawyer‘ who regularly acts in high-stakes disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ernesto García-Trevijano

Other key lawyers:

Marta Plaza; Jesús Estrada; Mercedes Bértolo


‘The team has been able to handle the litigation while supporting the company’s day-to-day activities in an exemplary manner. Both the partners and the junior lawyers give outstanding support.’

‘Marta Plaza is an excellent professional, assertive and with maximum resolution capacity.’

‘Ernesto García-Trevijano and Jesús Estrada have an enormous capacity to know all the details while also foreseeing the opponent’s actions.’

‘Over the years I have worked with different law firms, but the disposition, ease of understanding, speed of understanding and negotiating capacity of Gta. Villamagna makes them different, in addition to their legal capacity and speed of technical learning when there is a very specific variable in the sector that they must defend.’

‘Jesús Estrada is a highly skilled lawyer, he is very resourceful and responsive to litigation dynamics. His advice has proven to be effective.’

‘Disposition, negotiation capacity, immediate clarity of the matter before them, speed of understanding. In my opinion, Ernesto García-Trevijano is an exceptional lawyer with a capacity that up to now I had not seen in any other lawyer. Javier García’s speed in solving last minute problems has been fundamental.’

‘Very adequate billing and results with great certainty and predictability.’

‘Jesús Estrada is an expert in the type of contracts on which our activity is based and provides added value for each particular matter. He is able to adapt to group meetings with different members of the organisation and lead the proposed solutions. Ernesto García-Trevijano combines great experience with his knowledge and always brings the latest trends and jurisprudence to each problem that arises.’

Key clients







PROMONTORIA COLISEUM REAL ESTATE, S.L.U. (Cerberus Global Investments B.V.)




Work highlights

  • Advising Sacyr on judicial procedures initiated against the Spanish public administration.
  • Advising Tranvía de Parla on several procedures related to the contractor’s retribution in the contract for the construction and exploitation of the tramway in Parla.
  • Acting for Avore Inversiones in a lawsuit filed by Burger King Spain.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Major private equity houses and investment funds turn to Latham & Watkins LLP‘s Madrid-based team for assistance in high-value disputes concerning their portfolio companies in Spain and the acquisition of loan portfolios, respectively. Commercial litigation involving contracts and other agreements is also a mainstay for the team, which is also active in arbitration. Practice head Óscar Franco is noted for his ‘agility in solutions‘, ‘precision in diagnosis‘ and ‘incredible ease of negotiating with counterparties‘. He is supported by associate Roberto Muñoz, who is quickly gaining experience in domestic and cross-border disputes.

Practice head(s):

Óscar Franco

Other key lawyers:

Roberto Muñoz


‘In my opinion Óscar Franco, Roberto Muñoz and Eduardo García are the best professionals in the industry. Specifically, Óscar Franco is the lawyer to whom I would entrust any conflict in any industry. Especially highlight his availability, agility in solutions, simplicity and precision in diagnosis and the incredible ease of negotiating with counterparties.’

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's dispute resolution department is a popular choice for international and domestic companies. Despite its relative youth in the Spanish market, where it established an office in 2017, the firm has already made impressive strides, cementing a strong position for construction, energy and infrastructure-related disputes in particular. The highly regarded Sofía Parra Martínez is a name to note in these areas; she previously worked in the firm’s Dubai and London offices, and has vast experience in cases (spanning arbitration, mediation and litigation) concerning projects in Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Co-managing partner Fernando Gutiérrez Fernández leads the Madrid office’s litigation and arbitration department and maintains a broad practice encompassing technology-related disputes, real estate litigation and insolvency proceedings, among other areas. At the senior associate level, Teresa Ruano Mochales has specific knowledge of insolvency, directors’ liability, criminal law and financial litigation, and Mélissa Sánchez specialises in international commercial and investment arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Gutiérrez Fernández; Sofía Parra Martínez

Other key lawyers:

Mélissa Sánchez; Teresa Ruano Mochales


‘Sofía Parra is totally outstanding.’

‘It is a real pleasure to work with the Construction and Dispute team at Pinsent Masons. With extensive knowledge of the Infrastructure and Energy sector, they speak our same language and understand our business, helping with the management and contractual strategy of our projects and in the resolution of disputes. The team stands out for being a true specialised practice, capable of identifying strategic approaches and giving clear advice.’

‘Sofía Parra stands out for her closeness to our in-house team and we feel she is part of it due to her ability to apply the Law without losing the technical and commercial vision of our business. Thorough in her daily work, but at the same time practical and strategic, Sofía is a great professional and her experience in other countries and in large-scale international projects is very useful for us.’

Key clients

South Virginia Empresarial, S.L.

La Finca Real Estate Management, S.L.

Zalacaín, S.A.U.

Ataulfo Investment, S.L.

Telefónica S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising South Virginia Empresarial on a claim filed against Eurona Wireless Telecom with reference to a breach of a share purchase agreement (SPA).
  • Advised La Finca Real Estate on a claim filed against it by one of its shareholders whereby a general meeting of shareholders and board of directors resolution were challenged.
  • Advised La Finca Real Estate on a claim for damages filed against the company regarding the alleged delay on the delivery of plots with significant economic value.

Roca Junyent

Clients appreciate Roca Junyent‘s ‘seamless and incredible command of the whole process‘. The firm excels in real estate-related litigation, acting for major companies operating in construction, development and distribution, but the team also has broad capabilities beyond this field, and can often be found advising clients in the food, finance and telecoms sectors, among others. The team has been kept busy representing its clients in negotiations and litigation surrounding rebus sic stantibus clauses in the context of Covid-19, as well as disputes concerning the increased costs of materials, in addition to its regular caseload of commercial and corporate litigation. The ‘outstanding‘ Marlen Estevez is highlighted for her ‘exceptional knowledge of national and international practice‘. Besides her leading role in many of the department’s key cases, she is also involved with mentor network Endeavour and is the president of the Women in a Legal World non-profit association. Gonzalo Serrano draws on over 20 years of experience in the market, during which time he has established a varied practice with a particular track record in banking-related disputes and unfair competition cases. Other names to note include Pascual Sala, a former chairman of the Supreme Court, and banking and bankruptcy litigation specialist Pablo Calvo-Sotelo.

Practice head(s):

Gonzalo Serrano; Marlen Estévez

Other key lawyers:

Pablo Calvo-Sotelo; Pascual Sala; María Gracia Llácer; Ana Just; Gonzalo García-Cuenca Angulo


‘The strengths and skills of the team are the speed, follow-up, professionalism of the process from the moment the firm is hired, throughout the process until the end. There is a lot of professionalism and knowledge of international international practice, exceptional level of English, follow-up reports and short response times.’

‘Marlen Estévez is bright, articulate, reliable, solid, extremely empathetic, aware of the client’s needs and makes herself available 24/7 if needed. She is extremely reliable, creative in her proposals and very patient explaining each detail of the process. She allows the client to be involved during the whole process.’

‘They are always aware of the evolution of issues, negotiations and try to find solutions as the process progresses. The follow-up and closeness make it a pleasure to work with them. I’d highlight Marlen Estévez.’

‘A seamless and incredible command of the whole process. Articulate lawyers both with clients and at court. Clarity of exposure and depth of analysis of situation and possibilities. The most extraordinary is that they truly put the client’s interest at the centre and expose the pros&cons of each possibility very clearly.’

‘The team is very close and easy to deal with, with a good knowledge of their business. They try to offer novel solutions to complex problems.’

‘Marlen Estévez is excellent personally and professionally. They are fast and efficient and look for alternative solutions to complicated cases.’

‘Marlen Estévez is outstanding because she has exceptional knowledge of national and international practice, she has also created a network that allows her to offer legal services in any country in the world and this is a great added value.’

‘The plus that makes Marlen Estévez stand out is her generosity, closeness, kindness, professionalism and knowledge of the subject that we needed for the object for which we had hired Roca Junyent, honesty in each of the conversations and difficult moments of the negotiation.’

Key clients

Neinor Norte, S.L.U.

Precise Hotels & Resorts Unilever

Acumen Gestión,S.L.U. and Poet Items, S.L.U.

Monsora, S.L.

Columbus One Properties Hospitality Services S.L.

Opal Insaat Turizm Celik

Aramark Servicios Integrales, S.A.U.

Remo Giuseppe Pietro Grandori

Teka Industrial, S.A.


Work highlights

  • Assisted Neinor Norte in civil proceedings against owners of certain properties concerning construction delays and damages claims.

SLJ Abogados

Highly regarded boutique firm SLJ Abogados acts with ‘enormous experience, independence and energy‘ in civil and commercial litigation, as well as arbitration. Domestic and international companies operating in the hospitality, natural resources, transport and education sectors seek the team’s advice and representation in high-value cases, and the firm is also a popular choice for international law firms looking for Spanish counsel. Daniel Jimenez is highly regarded by clients; he leads the team, which is ‘remarkably knowledgeable on both complex and emerging issues‘. Carlota Sánchez Pego and Yu Guan are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Jiménez

Other key lawyers:

Carlota Sánchez Pego; Yu Guan


‘The team is remarkably knowledgeable on both complex and emerging issues. They are not afraid to take a firm position on a matter as well as present us with constructive alternatives to help us meet our business objectives. They effectively spot the key issues, clearly articulate the relevant legal or statutory framework and potential outcomes of whatever legal concern, dispute or litigation that we are considering. SLJ Abogados is the firm that we rely on first and foremost for all of our legal needs in Spain.’

‘They are a litigation firm, specialised in the resolution of conflicts both in the jurisdictional route and through negotiation or mediation. With enormous experience, independence and energy. I’d mention Daniel Jimenez.’

‘This office has a lot of experience in procedural matters and affordable rates. Very attentive to the needs of our company and understanding of the business. Very fast and effective.’

‘Their closeness: They accompany the client throughout the processing of the matter, getting involved in the problem as if it were their own. Transparency before starting: They propose a complete legal strategy estimating all the costs associated with the matter, as well as the chances of success.’

‘The firm has extensive experience in litigation, especially in the criminal field. They can combine civil/commercial actions with criminal ones with teams with proven experience in both matters.’

‘Daniel Jiménez is a benchmark as a litigator.’

‘The founding partner (Daniel Jiménez), is always involved in every meeting and we do appreciate this attitude. We also work with Carlota Sánchez-Pego and Yu Guan, both very proactive and consistent lawyers.’

‘Daniel Jiménez is our key contact: His judgement is impeccable and his guidance thoughtful and supported. This gives us complete trust and confidence in making our business decisions.’

Key clients

UBS Bank

Hewlett Packard

Meliá Hotels International



KKR Funds


Natural Mining Resources

Globalia Corporacion

Santa Lucía Seguros


Magnetar Capital

Nevasco Marketing

Filos Consulting


Work highlights

  • Filed a petition requesting the insolvency proceeding for Natural Mining Resources, whose debt amounted to more than €100m.
  • Advised automotive company Vauste in a proceeding initiated against Quantum Capital Partners Fund, accused of having kept €10.5m that should have been invested in Vauste.
  • Acting for Meliá Hotels International against Meridia Capital Fund regarding a dispute over the reduction of rent of the Meliá Madrid Chamartín Hotel because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Toda & Nel-lo

The ‘devoted team of professionals' at Toda & Nel-lo maintain a varied litigation practice covering commercial and corporate disputes, as well as issues of succession, urban leases and property law. The team is also sought by its clients - which include companies operating in the retail, real estate, telecoms and infrastructure sectors - for assistance in ad hoc and institutional arbitration proceedings. 'Excellent litigatorAlbert Faus heads the well-established Barcelona-based practice. José María Arnedo is a name to note for real estate litigation, and Carlos Martos is the key contact in Madrid following the opening of an office in the capital in 2018. Clients also benefit from the input of the firm's experienced associates, which include Cristina Corrales, Andrés Cornejo and Ramon Isalt.

Practice head(s):

Albert Faus

Other key lawyers:

Carlos Martos; José María Arnedo; Cristina Corrales; Andrés Cornejo; Ramon Isalt


‘Professionalism, study of cases, commitment to the client.’

‘Closeness and great preparation of the procedures.’

‘High availability, both telephone and commercial. Young and dynamic team. Strong didactic spirit with clients.’

Key clients






Qian Wang


Regent Star


Nexus Energía

Work highlights

  • Assisted FCC in an arbitration dispute between the client and its Mexican partners over the construction of the Coatzacoalcos tunnel in Mexico.
  • Advising Elecnor on two matters: (1) against Mecasolar in a lawsuit; and (2) against Sacyr concerning the execution of works.
  • Instructed by COMERTIA to defend a group of merchants with open stores in the Glorias shopping centre in the centre of Barcelona against UNIBAIL RODAMCO.

Zurbarán Abogados

A broad mix of clients - from major companies and banks to high-net-worth individuals - seek Zurbarán Abogados' assistance in an equally varied range of disputes. The firm is particularly prominent in Seville, and its offices in Madrid and Zaragoza give it an expanded geographic reach. Insurance litigation, shareholder disputes, negligence claims and insolvency litigation are standout areas for the group, which is jointly led by Adolfo Cuéllar and José Manuel García Quílez. Administrative and civil law specialist Elena María Oviedo Moral is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Adolfo Cuéllar; José Manuel García-Quílez

Other key lawyers:

Elena María Oviedo Moral


‘Continuous training is the key to this office, in addition to the commitment to the client and their problems.’

‘Reliability to raise a defense. Knowledge of the environment in all areas in which it operates (public, civil, criminal, commercial, etc).’

‘The qualities that I would highlight would be collaboration and relationship.’

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Representing several shareholders of football club Real Betis Balompié in Supreme Court litigation concerning the validity of shares distributed to Farusa, a corporate entity owned by a former club president.