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Clifford Chance stands out for its ‘commercial approach and integrity’; the firm has a dedicated carbon trading unit which is integrated with its capital markets practice. It is also experienced in contentious administrative proceedings and is representing ICL Group and its subsidiary Iberpotash in appeals relating to mining activities. Practice head Juan José Lavilla and José Guardo are the key contacts.

At Garrigues, the ‘agile and flexible’ team provides ‘a coordinated strategy, which offers not just a legal but a practical point of view’. Public law expert and managing partner Alfredo Fernández Rancaño and counsel Luis González García are advising renewable energy giant Enel Green Power on matters including due diligence and judicial process. It also provides ongoing assistance to Amazon on environmental issues and administrative proceedings.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has ‘deep knowledge of waste management and international environmental regulations’ thanks to its solid team, which includes household name Pedro Poveda and rising star María José Rovira, who are highly regarded. The firm is advising the Spanish Climate Change Office on draft legislation to meet international emission reduction objectives. It also works with key chemical, utilities and biodiversity sector clients.

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s team provides ‘an outstanding, knowledgeable and timely service’ and covers areas such as energy, natural resources and mining. Practice head and climate change expert Santiago Garrido is the name to note, acting on high-value work in the space such as assisting TMT International Observatory with all environmental issues relating to its $1.4bn construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope. Other clients include waste management company Alansu and Refinería Balboa (part of Alfonso Gallardo Group).

Uría Menéndez combines its regulatory, commercial and environmental expertise to ‘assist with complex issues in the sector through its excellent specialisation and co-ordination between teams’; advice ranges from transactional and compliance matters to assistance with carbon trading, waste and emissions issues. Carlos de Miguel Perales has ‘great experience, is accessible and brings a distinctly practical approach to problem solving’ and senior associate Jesús Sedano is also noted. The practice acts for market leaders in the manufacturing, oil and construction sectors.

Cuatrecasas advises on environmental issues such as pollution, waste disposal, air emissions and noise. On the regulatory side, Yolanda Guerra is representing Derivados Químicos (now part of pharmaceutical ingredients manufacturer Olon) in its appeals to environmental authorities concerning a permit to operate a chemical plant. Luis Pérez de Ayala is advising ACS Group on earthquake contingencies relating to a natural gas underground storage project in the Mediterranean Sea.

The well-respected Covadonga del Pozo leads highly-specialised boutique Del Pozo & De La Cuadra, which provides environmental, energy and natural resources advice. Recent highlights include providing ongoing advice to waste treatment group Agroamb Prodalt and acting for steel manufacturer Acerinox on environmental matters.

GTA Villamagna Abogados provides ‘an exceptional service supported by a solid and knowledgeable team’ and has core strengths in the energy sector and advising on construction projects. Noted for his ‘high technical ability’, Ernesto García-Trevijano is assisting Cespa Gestión de Residuos (part of Ferrovial) with environmental issues concerning the management of a bio-gas processing plant in Madrid.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has particular knowledge of the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors. Of counsel Iria Calviño heads the team, supported by energy and infrastructure partners Ignacio Paz and Miguel Riaño. In one highlight, it acted for Berkeley Energia on environmental issues relating to the opening of a new uranium mine in Salamanca.

Pérez-Llorca is experienced in complex environmental issues such as noise pollution, soil contamination and waste management. Vicente Estebaranz leads the environment and planning department, advising clients such as airport management company Aena on environmental matters, including contamination analyses, regarding the €1.3bn development of Barcelona’s El Prat airport.

Ramón y Cajal Abogados’s multidisciplinary group, which has ‘in-depth knowledge and experience’, is led by ‘meticulous and exact’ public law partner Joaquín García Bernaldo de Quirós and criminal litigation head Enrique Molina. Highlights included advising developer Desert Springs (part of Almanzora Bay Group) on its real estate interests in an area affected by atomic bomb radiation.

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