Rising Stars

Industry focus: Retail in Spain

Baker McKenzie

The retail team at Baker McKenzie is a trusted adviser to an impressive client roster of major international brands operating within Spain, as well as Spanish multinationals exporting goods abroad. Cristina Duch steers the Barcelona-based team in IP, unfair competition and advertising law mandates. María Dolores Garayalde is at the helm of the Madrid practice, assisting clients with trade mark, design, patent issues, and the IP aspects of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Cristina Duch; María Dolores Garayalde

Key clients



Grupo Bimbo

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird is best known for its ability to handle a spread of matters related to IP, M&A, real estate and cybersecurity matters for an array of clients operating in the retail sector. The team possesses strong credentials in transactional work, with a particular focus on the automotive, food, fashion, luxury goods and life sciences spaces. Co-head Lourdes Ayala handles M&A, private equity and venture capital deals for institutional and industrial investors. Practice leader Antonio Cueto, who specialises in IP, is a key point of contact for European fashion brands. Senior consultant Diana Sendagorta is well versed in advising technology, food and beverages companies on cross-border private equity and venture capital mandates.

Practice head(s):

Lourdes Ayala; Antonio Cueto

Other key lawyers:

Diana Sendagorta; Mariano Santos

Key clients

Procter & Gamble

Bodegas Benjamin De Rothschild And Vega Sicilia

Programma 101

Franco Manca

Costa Coffee

Hard Rock Limited

Champion Products Europe Limited

Homeserve Spain

Llaollao Spain

Tax Down

Taco Bell



Grupo Cortefiel

Tommy Hilfigher

Work highlights

  • Advising HARD ROCK CAFÉ on the localisation of its franchise agreement and disclosure documentation for the Hard Rock Café restaurant in Madrid.
  • Advising LLAOLLAO, the yoghurt ice-cream retailer, in relation to the update of its local and international franchise agreements structure.
  • Advised Italian fund Programma 101 as lead investor on the acquisition of a minority stake in the Spanish company Coffee is Incapto, S.L.

DLA Piper

Major retailers and investors look to global firm DLA Piper for assistance with a wide range of legal matters, from commercial agreements to IP rights. Orson Alcocer heads up the team, advising Spanish and international clients on real estate transactions, with a special focus on shopping centres. Diego Ramos is a regular point of contact for big retail clients seeking assistance with copyright, branding and privacy issues within the sector.

Practice head(s):

Orson Alcocer

Other key lawyers:

Diego Ramos

Key clients


Little Caesar Enterprises Inc.


Lego S.A.

THG plc

Taurus Capital

Navega capital – Kapalua Trading

Nutreco Iberia


Stuart Delivery



Lululemon Athletica Inc

About You Se& Co

Generali Real Estate



Adriana Abascal

Hard Rock

Work highlights

  • Advising a syndicate of lenders on the corporate refinancing of FAMOSA, Fábricas Agrupadas de Muñecas de Onil.
  • Advised Generali Real Estate on the acquisition of the Portal del Ángel 40 building in Barcelona from MedCap Real Estate.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

The multidisciplinary retail team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is well versed in assisting clients with matters relating to real estate, environmental and regulatory issues as well as commercial contracts, consumer law and IP, among other areas. Iñigo Igartua Arregui co-chairs the practice from Barcelona, specialising in corporate, commercial and M&A transactions, alongside the Madrid-based Sofía Martínez-Almeida, whose wide practice encompasses both retail and fashion law, as well as IP and technology matters. Senior associate Isabela Crespo, who sits in the Madrid office, regularly handles data protection, cybersecurity and IP mandates.

Practice head(s):

Sofía Martínez-Almeida; Iñigo Igartua

Other key lawyers:

Isabela Crespo; Bárbara Sainz de Vicuña;

Key clients



Giorgio Armani S.P.A.

Maus Freres (Lacoste, Gant, Aigle)

Media Markt

Metro/Makro AG



Toys R Us Iberia, S.A.U.

Mercadona, S.A.





Cuatrecasas fields a team of lawyers who bring together expertise in IP, corporate, tax and labour law to advise retail, fashion, cosmetics and consumer goods clients on the entire spectrum of matters. Typical mandates for the team also include real estate transactions, franchise agreements, negotiations with suppliers and consumers as well as consumer rights issues.

Key clients



Johnson Health Technologies Ibérica

McArthurGlen Group

Iberian Sports Retail (Sprinter, JD Sports, Sport Zone)

Mundorama Confort



El Corte Inglés

Good News Barcelona 2020

Grupo Barrabes



Three Hills Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Druni on setting up of a joint venture with MC Sonae and Arenal Perfumerias.
  • Advised Alcampo on the acquisition of 235 supermarkets in eight Spanish provinces and two logistics warehouses in the province of Valladolid.
  • Advised a bank syndicate in the refinancing of Tendam with a €300m bond issue and a €305m sustainability-linked senior financing agreement.


Retail clients praise the team at Garrigues for its ‘knowledge of the sector,’ ‘availability and ability to provide solutions’ on the gamut of issues. The group is well positioned to handle M&A, real estate transactions and commercial agreements, and is also skilled in IP, advertising, compliance, and tax issues pertaining to this industry. Mónica Martín De Vidales and Álvaro López-Jorrín jointly lead the practice, where Sergio González Galán and María José Pardo are names to note for M&A and corporate governance matters.

Practice head(s):

Mónica Martín de Vidales; Álvaro López-Jorrín

Other key lawyers:

Sergio González Galán; María José Pardo


‘Their availability and ability to provide solutions set them apart.’

‘The differential value is the personal relationship with the clients. Availability, ability to add value with a client focus approach.’

‘Knowledge of the sector.’

Key clients

Grupo R Queraltó

Parque Shopping Elche, S.L. And Fairfield Invest, S.L.U.

Merlin Retail, S.L.U.


Carrefour Property España, S.L.U.

Seb Internationale

Yacuruna Holding

Alsea, S.A.B. De C.V.

Mahou, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising Alsea on the restructuring of its main corporate financings.
  • Advising Mahou San Miguel on the acquisition of 51% of Mad Cool Events.
  • Advising the UVESCO GROUP on the sale and leaseback of four logistics centres (located in Guipúzcoa and Cantabria) to Angelo Gordon. |

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is called upon by an array of manufacturers, marketers, and distributors of retail and consumer products on matters concerning M&A, IP rights, regulatory issues, privacy, employment law and litigation. Practice head Alex Dolmans shines in M&A, joint ventures and strategic alliances. Jon Aurrekoetxea handles commercial and corporate disputes, while Adrián Fernández showcases in-depth knowledge of consumer protection, retail trade, e-commerce and advertising regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Alex Dolmans

Other key lawyers:

Jon Aurrekoetxea; Gonzalo Ardila; Adrián Fernández

Key clients

Douglas Spain, S.A.



Wizink Bank, S.A.

Groupon Spain S.L.

Global pharmaceutical company

Leading medical device manufacturer



Work highlights

  • Advising HelloFresh on its expansion strategy and the launch of its online business in Spain.
  • Advised Wizink Bank on the design, implementation and monitoring of its strategy in relation to judicial and extrajudicial claims from consumers and consumer associations.
  • Advises Douglas Spain on commercial, consumer protection and advertising matters.

Uría Menéndez

Clients highlight the ‘knowledge, work capacity, closeness and availability’ of the retail team at Uría Menéndez, which is comprised of lawyers specialised in commercial, IP, competition and regulatory law. Focused on the fashion, luxury goods, food and beverages sectors, the group is also skilled at assisting with distribution and e-commerce issues. EU and competition law specialist Patricia Vidal jointly oversees the practice with Borja Sainz de Aja, who is adept in IP, distribution and advertising matters.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Vidal; Borja Sainz de Aja

Other key lawyers:

Montiano Monteagudo; Tomás Arranz; Francisco Javier García


‘Direct involvement, full availability, strong decision-making capabilities.’

‘Knowledge, work capacity, closeness and availability.’

‘Knowledge and experience in important cases.’

‘Uría Menéndez has the ability to understand our negotiations and needs, and even anticipate them before we respond to them.’

Key clients

Grandvision Spain


Food Delivery Brands Group (formerly Telepizza)

Prénatal Retail Group, S.p.A.

Tasty Bidco, S.L.U. (KKR)

Rolls-Royce, plc


Value Retail Barcelona, S.L. and Value Retail Madrid, S.L.

Glovoapp 23, S.L. (Glovo)

Coca Cola Europacific Parners


Zara España, S.A. (Zara)

Kukuxumusu Ideas

Grupo de Interiores GTH, S.L.

Founding shareholders (Family Mollá Micó)

Banco Santander, S.A.

Quimi Romar, S.L.

Peris Costumes, S.L.

Mahou, S.A.

AmRest Holdings SE