Industry focus: Manufacturing in Spain
The multi-disciplinary team at Cuatrecasas is led by Javier Fontcuberta, who specialises in business collaboration agreements. The practice focuses on large transactions in the manufacturing and heavy industry sectors for notable clients including Cementos Portland Valderrivas, Industrias Titán and Grupo Garnica Plywood. In recent highlights, the department is advising Tata Steel on its joint venture with Thyssenkrupp AG, as well as assisting Seat Volkswagen Audi Group with its acquisition of car-sharing company Respiro.
DLA Piper LLP provides global expertise to manufacturers across sectors including corporate, intellectual property and public law. The key names in the team are copyright expert Diego Ramos, who is particularly active in the videogames and fashion industries, and legal director Paula González de Castejón, who focuses on the areas of pharmaceutical and intellectual property law. The practice advised KKR Asset Management on the sale of Ursa Insulation, a Spain-based manufacturer of insulation materials. In another highlight, the department assisted Sun Capital with the divestment of 100% of the shares in toy manufacturer Famosa group.
The ‘hands-on and highly-skilled’ team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo ‘anticipates problems and provides innovative and extremely helpful solutions’. The multi-disciplinary practice works with manufacturers on a variety of matters and is led by Iñigo Erláiz, who specialises in corporate and M&A work. The team advised Panasonic on acquiring a controlling interest in Ficosa International, a Spanish multinational producing auxiliary smart-car parts. In another highlight, the firm advised Dinak, a manufacturer of flue pipes, chimneys and venting, on its construction projects in Belgium.
The multi-disciplinary team at J&A Garrigues SLP is led by corporate and commercial specialists Mónica Martín de Vidales and Àlvaro López-Jorrín. Also notable is M&A expert Ramón Girbau. The firm advised the Würth group on the acquisition of a Spanish logistics and distribution group of companies, and assisted KIA with a joint collaboration agreement with Repsol, relating to the development of car-sharing activities in Madrid. Other key clients include L’Oréal and Fluidra.
The ‘highly-skilled practice’ at Uría Menéndez is ‘excellent in its work’. The diverse team has experience in different disciplines and is known for being ‘skilled in law, business and languages’. Leading the department is EU and competition law specialist Patricia Vidal; intellectual property expert José Massaguer; and Teresa Paz-Ares, who focuses on corporate and M&A. The firm advised French fund Eurazeo on the purchase of fragrance manufacturer Iberchem from Magnum Industrial Partners, and is assisting Victoria PLC, a floor-coverings manufacturer, with the acquisition of Keraben Grupo, a Spanish manufacturer of branded floor and wall-ceramic tiles, from Tensile Holdings.