Environment in Spain
Clifford Chance works across the area and has particular experience in cross-border transactions in the renewable energy sector, as well as a carbon trading unit integrated within the capital markets practice area. The team is jointly led by José Guardo, José Luis Zamarro and new arrival Jaime Almenar, who joined from CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo and specialises in matters relating to the public and regulated sectors in Spain, particularly energy regulation. The department is assisting Atlas Renewable Energy with the drafting and negotiation of a multi-disciplinary scheme relating to the Guajiro solar project in Mexico, and advising Argentinean company Genneia Vientos del Sudoeste on the contractual scheme for the construction of a wind farm located in the province of Rio Negro Argentina. Former practice head Juan José Lavilla retired in 2018.
The ‘dedicated and supportive’ team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has ‘wide experience in the environment field in general and in waste management in particular’. The firm also provides expertise in public administrations and strategic matters, with ‘an agile and responsive’ group that ‘demonstrates great knowledge’. Practice head Pedro Poveda ‘has environmental expertise and high-quality skills’ which enables him 'to handle complex problems in order to find the best solutions’. His group includes counsel and specialist in industrial environmental issues and environmental authorisations María José Rovira, who ‘enriches the team’; and junior associate Ignacio Alvarez, who ‘provides important support’. Also recommended is ‘top-notch’ adviser Blanca Lozano. The firm is advising the Oficina Española Cambio Climático on the new draft law on climate change and energy transactions.
Expert in environmental and climate change law, Santiago Garrido leads the team at Hogan Lovells International LLP. The practice advises on the construction and commissioning of facilities with environmental impacts and has particular expertise in legislation and case law in areas including water, air emissions, protected areas and spillages. In recent highlights, the firm is assisting TMT International Observatory with the environmental issues arising from the construction of the $1.4bn thirty metre telescope in La Palma, as well as successfully representing waste management company Alansu in criminal proceedings related to the death of three people following the inhalation of toxic compounds.
The expertise at Uría Menéndez runs across the sector, with a particular focus on climate change, soil pollution and environmental liability. Practice heads Carlos de Miguel Perales and Juan Antonio Loste Madoz lead an experienced team, which includes counsels Jesús Sedano and Jaime Calvo Retuerto. Among the department’s key clients are Ikea, Ferrovial and General Motors Spain.
Cuatrecasas focuses on administrative, civil and criminal proceedings resulting from the breach of regulations protecting natural resources. Environmental liability is a key area for the global firm, which also has offices in Latin America, including Colombia and Mexico. Yolanda Guerra is experienced in advising on environmental matters relating to M&A and real estate transactions. She leads the team with Luis Pérez de Ayala, who is a specialist in administrative and regulatory law. The team is acting for Derivados Químicos on the environmental permit to operate a chemical plant in Alcantarilla, as well as assisting FMC Foret with land decontamination and its facilities at the Huelva port.
Del Pozo & De La Cuadra
Founding partner Covadonga Del Pozo leads the practice at boutique firm Del Pozo & De La Cuadra, which handles a broad range of matters across the sector, specialising in environment, energy and natural resources law. The firm is advising Senvionon on regulatory, environmental and corporate aspects relating to expanding its wind turbine activities worldwide. In another highlight, the team is assisting Inter-American Development Bank with the development of a methodology for assessing the state of environmental governance of Latin American and Caribbean countries.
GTA Villamagna Abogados has particular experience in the environmental implications of high-value disposals and acquisitions pertaining to industrial and energy projects, as well as advising on complex audits in the sector. Practice head Ernesto García-Trevijano works across the field and his team is assisting Elnosa with adapting its production process to meet European community rules relating to the chlorine industry. In another recent highlight, the firm is acting for Técnica y Naturaleza in administrative proceedings arising from the granting of an environmental impact assessment and authorisation of perimeter fencing for a hunting property in Toledo.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
‘Deep industry expertise and business acumen’ enable Herbert Smith Freehills LLP to provide ‘legal advice that makes financial sense’. Leading the practice is specialist in infrastructure, energy and natural resources Ignacio Paz; Miguel Riaño, who is experienced in acquisition and regulation in the environment sector; and counsel Iria Calviño, who has particular expertise in cross-border mandates. Senior associate Miguel Ángel Barroso joined in 2017 from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, where he was a professor of law. The team advised Engie España on its acquisition of a stake in nine greenfield wind projects from Forestalia Renovables. Other key clients include CaixaBank and Cobre Las Cruces.
The multi-disciplinary team at J&A Garrigues SLP 'has extensive knowledge of environmental matters and proceedings', specialising in cross-border matters that combine the areas of engineering, science and economy. Public law expert Alfredo Fernández Rancaño leads the team with counsel Luis González García, who has particular experience in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Javier Fernández Rivaya, whose focus is on administrative and planning aspects related to the environmental sector, was recently promoted to partner. The practice is advising Reciclados Ribera del Xuquer on obtaining the integrated environmental authorisation for an inert minerals deposit and the implementation of a waste landfill. In another recent highlight, it is assisting Alfanar with the purchase and administrative authorisations of several wind farm projects. Other key clients include Mercadona, Solaria Energía y Medio Ambiente and Villar Mir Energía.
Daniel Vázquez leads the team at Dentons, which is best known for handling environment liability and solar pollution and waste matters. The firm advised Aten-Oil on the acquisition of a large portfolio of petrol stations in Spain, and assisted Lidl with packaging and waste packaging regulations in Spain, particularly in relation to collective waste management schemes. Other key clients include Auria Soluitons, Ramboll Environ and Engie.
Latham & Watkins LLP works across product regulatory issues, emissions trading, renewable and energy issues, with a particular focus on the regulatory and commercial aspects of the energy market. Contentious environmental specialist Antonio Morales leads the team and is known for his work in complex disputes involving power projects, engineering and infrastructure. The practice is advising IFM Investors, a global infrastructure fund, on due diligence of the environmental regulatory aspects relating to its acquisition of OHL Concesiones, a Spanish-based company that develops, operates and manages toll roads, ports, railways and airports.
Pérez-Llorca specialises in the area of public law and the development of projects with an environmental element. The firm has particular expertise in industrial waste and water discharge matters. Expert in planning Vicente Estebaranz leads the practice, which recently advised CVC Capital Partners on drafting a legal environmental report on waste management companies in Europe, relating to the potential acquisition of Befesa. In another highlight, the firm assisted Aena with the environmental implications of a plan for the expansion of the second biggest airport in Spain, Barcelona-El Prat.
Arancha Bengoechea leads the practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers and advises private and public entities on the full spectrum of environmental issues, with particular expertise in waste management projects. As well as handling significant work for producer responsibility organisations, the firm recently assisted the Provincial Council of Pontevedra with the development of the Deputrans Project, which aims to improve waste water treatment in rural communities.
‘Extremely good experience with environmental issues’ allows Ramón y Cajal Abogados ‘to understand the problems, seek sensible solutions and give sound advice’. In addition, the firm provides ‘personal attention from partners’. Leading the practice is the ‘outstanding’ Joaquin Garcia Bernaldo de Quiros, who has ‘a unique experience of being an ex-Supreme Tribune Judge with expertise in understanding environmental-urban jurisprudence’; and litigation specialist Enrique Molina. The team represented Kronospan in a matter arising from the alleged air and water pollution of one of its factories in the industrial estate of Castañares, and acted for Capital Energy in challenging a judicial declaration of nullity of tender, relating to a wind farm in Galicia.