Baker McKenzie is distinguishable for its diverse offering in the TMT space, standing out in particular for its ‘enormous prestige in the sector‘. With a ‘high level of expertise‘, the team is often sought by significant players in the media, IT, and telecoms industries to advise on structured finance, regulatory issues, data protection and e-commerce matters. José María Méndez, noted for producing ‘excellent‘ work, leads the team, with expertise in IP, tech and media matters, supported in Madrid by associate Patricia Pérez, who combines experience in data protection, privacy and the telecoms sector to advise on a range of licensing and outsourcing agreements. In September 2021, former co-head Raúl Rubio departed the firm. Fernando Torrente joined from Allen & Overy in July 2023.
Industry focus: TMT in Spain
Other key lawyers:
‘Professionalism and closeness. The team is highly competent and involved in the projects in a very remarkable way, well above expectations.’
‘Great accumulated experience. Enormous capacity to adapt to a very changing environment and high risk. Deserved prestige in the industry as a result of its successful approach, in which a conservative point of view prevails in terms of legal certainty for the client, above any consideration of short-term profitability.’
‘This team stands out for having a comprehensive knowledge of all the different areas that make up technology law, which allows them to interrelate them in practice, favouring 360 advice regarding the issues consulted. Great capacity for strategic thinking and prioritization in decision-making and management of affairs.’
With a presence in Madrid and Barcelona, Cuatrecasas fields a comprehensive offering in the IT and tech spheres, acting for household name companies in IP, public and administrative, corporate, finance, competition and litigation matters. Leadership of the practice is divided between Barcelona-based partner Albert Agustinoy and Álvaro Bourkaib in Madrid, with combined expertise in e-commerce, IT and IP issues in the sector. Also active is Alejandro Negro, who covers outsourcing contracts to internet platforms and litigation, while María Pérez is an expert in regulatory and contractual disputes. Rafael Sánchez Aristi joined the firm from Uría Menéndez.
Sony Music Entertainment
- Advising Airbnb on e-commerce issues, intellectual property and pre-litigation matters, including commercial work and representing the company in unfair competition proceedings.
- Advising Microsoft on several regulatory, data protection and public law aspects of its telecoms services.
- Advising Netflix on issues related to the deduction for international productions.
ECIJA houses a market-leading team of practitioners distinguished by ‘enormous knowledge of new technologies‘, maintaining its reputation as a ‘benchmark firm on issues related to technology and new industries‘. Among its key clients, the firm is often retained by the likes of Vodafone, Huawei, LG and Uber to provide advice on contentious and non-contentious matters. Standout members of the team include founding partner Hugo Ecija, backed by Alejandro Touriño, with experience in IT, IP, innovation and entrepreneurship law, and Cristina Villasante, an expert in IP, technology contracting, digital services and information technologies. Recently, the firm has made notable strides towards further expansion, with partner-level additions including the arrival of Vanesa Alarcón from Fieldfisher JAUSAS, Teresa Pereyra from Roca Junyent and Elena Ordúñez from PONS IP.
Other key lawyers:
‘It offers an effective and dynamic response, providing realistic solutions to problems that arise in business activity.’
‘Their legal knowledge and immediacy in the response to any contingency. The vision and knowledge of the audiovisual sector. In addition to their knowledge, availability, attention and advice, as well as the solutions proposed in the event of any contingency.’
‘Legal advice of the most precise and appropriate quality. Personal and close treatment, always ready. Experts in all the subjects relevant.’
‘Helena Suarez de la Dehesa is professional, close, personal treatment, with total availability and exhaustive knowledge about all topics.’
‘Ecija deploys a team that adapts to the needs of the client. And invests in the client’s business. It’s unique.’
‘The Ecija team has enormous knowledge of new technologies, focusing as a benchmark firm on issues related to technology and new industries. Likewise, with the recent incorporations that the firm has made in recent years, Ecija is now a leader in the audiovisual and media sector, within which it has always been deeply rooted. The closeness of its partners, the sense of belonging to the brand, the quick and correct response in all the matters that are raised and its vocation as an adviser in business matters.’
‘Juan Salmerón, Alejandro Touriño and Elena Orduñez provide great added value with their advice on matters related to issues of the audiovisual sector and the media.’
Barcelona Football Club
Atlético de Madrid Football Club
Bowfinger International Pictures
- Advising Inditex on the drafting and negotiating of IT agreements with international vendors such as SAP, Oracle, and IBM.
- Advising ACB (Spain’s professional basketball league) in the process of issuing NFTs of clubs’ players for the development of a new digital ecosystem to be exploited by ACB.
- Representing global brands, including Survivor, Big Brother, Starstruck and Peaky Blinders in media and IP agreements.
Garrigues houses a sizeable team, which stands out for its ‘knowledge of the most cutting-edge technologies‘ and ‘solid foundation in commercial and corporate law‘, allowing it to advise on some of the largest deals in the telecoms and fintech sectors. Recently, the firm has also seen growing activity in the crypto assets and NFT spheres. The department is led by a four-partner group, featuring José Ramón Morales in Barcelona and Javier Marzo, Carolina Pina and Alejandro Padín in Madrid; Morales is a technology expert; Pina specialises in the media sector; Marzo is noted for telecoms and media matters; and Padín is active in the data protection field. Having been promoted to the partnership in January 2021, Cristina Mesa is another key contact.
Other key lawyers:
‘Garrigues stands out for knowing how to solve the most complex and sophisticated cases. The team is diverse. They are quick to reply and the level of service is very high.’
‘Specialisation within the commercial law department. The professionals assigned to this practice have a solid foundation in commercial and corporate law and complement it with knowledge of the tech sector (intellectual property, privacy, outsourcing, etc.).’
‘The direction and knowledge of the partner responsible for the area, José Ramón Morales, who has 30 years of experience in the sector, stands out.’
‘Multidisciplinary team. Industry knowledge.’
‘Garrigues stands out for providing great client service.’
‘Carolina Pina is a great professional, as well as being very empathetic and a very good lawyer.’
‘Creativity, knowledge of the most cutting-edge technologies, transversal analysis and 360 degrees (regulatory, IP, copyright, litigation), practical solutions and reliability in terms of market standards and commercial knowledge.’
‘It compares favorably in terms of knowledge and involvement.’
Inter-American Development Bank
- Advised Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on the issuance of the first bonds listed in the regulated market in Spain registered through blockchain technology.
With a ‘highly specialised team‘, the TMT practice at Uría Menéndez remains a key name in this space, with cross-practice expertise in platform and data-driven sectors, extending to IT and disruptive technologies, the protection of intangible assets, fintech, cybersecurity and IP. The team, led by seasoned expert Pablo González-Espejo and data protection specialist Leticia Lopez-Lapuente in Madrid, offers ‘extensive experience‘ and comprehensive advice from a tax, M&A, competition, data protection, regulatory and labour law perspective. Litigator Borja Sainz de Aja, ‘an excellent professional with great technical knowledge and a very commercial vision’ is another key point of contact, with Valencia-based senior associate Reyes Bermejo Bosch also noted.
‘The technical quality of its services is excellent. Great client service. The partner is involved first-hand in the issues and negotiations.’
‘Borja Sainz de Aja is an excellent professional with great technical knowledge and a very commercial vision of the business.’
‘It is a highly specialised team that is capable of responding to all the queries of the legal and business teams of the companies with which they work.’
‘They have extensive experience that includes clients from different sectors, which allows them to provide first-class advice adapted to the specific needs of the client.’
Johnson & Johnson
- Providing continued advice in the EU to the whole Meta Group (Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus, etc.) on tech and disruptive matters for Spain and Portugal.
- Advised Telefónica on its strategic deals, including its €2.7bn acquisition of Oi’s mobile assets, jointly with Telecom Italia and America Movil.
- Advising Unidad Editorial on all types of media, regulatory and commercial-related aspects, as well as contract work.
Clifford Chance is recognised for its ability to stay ‘up to date on technology‘, with a strong foothold in the telecoms, media and technology spaces, an offering spearheaded by dispute resolution specialist Jaime Almenar, who has a ‘very quick, sharp and practical mind‘. Also active on the dispute resolution front, Barcelona-based counsel Carme Briera is a key figure, with corporate specialist Luis Alonso also noted.
‘What makes Clifford Chance’s practice unique is that in addition to knowing about TMT, they are solid lawyers in other practices (this is civil and administrative law), which differentiates them.’
‘They are up to date on technology and have good contacts in the regulator. They are the most robust and reliable on the market.’
‘Legal solidity, the speed with which they resolve issues and the breadth of their knowledge.’
‘In my opinion they are number one in TMT in Spain. Jaime Almenar is a brilliant lawyer. What sets Jaime apart from the other attorneys is that he has a very quick, sharp and practical mind. He is a very solid lawyer.’
Arjun Infrastructure Partners
FMC GlobalSat Holdings
European Super League Company
A22 Sports Management
Athletic de Bilbao
ITV Studios Limited
Telefónica Cybersecurity & Cloud Tech
Abertis Mobility Services
Key Capital Partners
- Advised KKR on the sale by Telxius of its telecoms towers division to American Towers Corporation for €7.7bn.
- Advised Ardian Infrastructure on the agreement reached with EQT to acquire 100% of Adamo.
- Advised Vodafone on a new tender to allocate rights of use for radio spectrum for 5G.
CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo‘s TMT team sources expertise from its domestic and global offices to provide an offering based on ‘great knowledge of the sector’, which attracts clients in the technology, media and telecoms sectors. Madrid-based partner Javier Torre de Silva, who is also co-head of the firm’s telecoms group, leads these efforts with ‘incredible technical ability’ and extensive experience in the public law sphere. In Barcelona, the ‘very knowledgeable’ Jorge Sánchez is another standout, focused on dispute resolution, while María González Gordon in Madrid showcases particular expertise in IP, media and digital business issues.
‘Javier Torre de Silva is an exceptional lawyer who quickly identifies weak points and always proposes appropriate solutions to complex problems.’
‘Agility, professionalism, closeness, great knowledge of the sector and negotiation skills.’
‘Reasoned, practical solutions, great negotiation skills, trust, organizational capacity, availability. Especially the partner, Maria González Gordon, and the rest of the team.’
‘Jorge Sanchez – close, very knowledgeable about his market and a reliable advisor in the difficult moments of a trade.’
‘The incredible technical ability of Javier Torre de Silva, and the good work of Ignacio Grangel.’
‘Javier Torre De Silva is always to the point and extremely responsive. There is good cooperation between departments.’
‘Human relationship bring success and the people at the firm do that well. There is great understanding of client needs.’
Ferrovial Group and Fundación CI3
Cameron Mackintosh Limited
The World Bank
- Advising Banco Sabadell and its technological subsidiary, Sabadell Information Systems, on the drafting and negotiation of three outsourcing contracts for the development and maintenance of digital applications.
- Advising Ferrovial Group on the RFP and drafting of the telecoms and digital services contracts for the entire group for the next five years.
- Advising Macquarie Capital on the disposal of a minority stake in Onivia, Macquarie’s Spanish vehicle holding all its fibre assets.
DLA Piper offers multidisciplinary expertise across the TMT sub-practices, with technology projects and media-related matters making up key areas of work; these extend to technology outsourcing, online gambling, biotech and consumer products technologies. Diego Ramos heads the Madrid-based team, with a specialisation in technology and privacy law. The ‘incredible‘ Paula González de Castejón, who ‘brings years of experience‘, leads the firm’s gaming and gambling practice, and is particularly active in IP and technology issues.
Other key lawyers:
Paula González De Castejón; Elisa Lorenzo
‘Paula Gonzalez de Castejón and Elisa Lorenzo offer closeness, professionalism, tranquility.’
‘Paula Gonzalez de Castejón and Elisa Lorenzo have been of enormous support in Spanish license application, legal and compliance advise in all business matters. They go the extra mile when needing further information/support.’
‘Paula Gonzalez de Castejón is an incredible professional, she not only brings years of experience to the table but also a personal touch when dealing with partners and time urgent matters. She not only delivers everything up to high standards but also above with a kind manner and assisting hand. She is a well known and respected professional within the industry.’
Formula E Operations
Guidewire Technologies Spain
- Advised LEGO on the regulatory framework on data protection matters in Spain in connection with the client fidelity and client support programmes of LEGO in Spain and on an EU-wide basis.
- Providing regulatory advice to Winamax in order to comply with Spanish regulations on gambling, advertising, data protection, consumer protection matters and AML.
- Providing regulatory advice to Playtech in order to comply with Spanish regulations on gambling, advertising, data protection, consumer protection matters and AML.
Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is highlighted for its ‘genuine knowledge of the industry‘, with a reputation based on a one-stop shop offering covering corporate, commercial, regulatory, privacy, tax and litigation advice. Almudena Arpón de Mendívil, ‘a real star in the market‘, heads the practice from Madrid, with a strong regulatory background in the telecoms sector. Supporting her are Carlos Vázquez, who acts as head of the firm’s regulatory department, and Sofía Martínez-Almeida, co-head of the IP and technology department. Senior associate Bárbara Sainz De Vicuña is also noted, active in technology contracting, e-commerce, and the protection and enforcement of IP rights.
‘They have a real focus on their practice with a dramatically pragmatic approach to matters, a unique way of taking care of their clients and matters.’
‘Lawyers have a real and genuine knowledge of the industry so it’s very easy to find the proper solutions with them. Almudena Arpon is a real star in the market.’
Entertainment One UK
- Advising Círculo Fortuny on the digital environment provoked by Covid-19 requirements, the impact of the EU Digital Services Act package and the impact on digital developments of the EU recovery plan.
- Advised Heineken on the launch of an advertising campaign.
The ‘pragmatic‘ TMT team at Ramón y Cajal Abogados is noted for its ‘good knowledge of the law and industry positions‘, with strong capabilities in data protection, cyber-security, online and in land-based gaming, outsourcing projects, cloud computing and IP. Apart from this broad offering, it is also recognised for its IT expertise, with IT agreements constituting a key area of work. Leading these efforts is Norman Heckh, accompanied by senior associate Pablo Tena, a data protection and regulatory expert.
Other key lawyers:
‘Very responsive and very pragmatic.’
‘Good knowledge of the law and industry positions. Very pragmatic.’
‘The personal treatment is close without losing the expected professionalism.’
All About Art
Optima Information Services
- Advised SGS on the acquisition of an online gaming operator requiring a deep analysis of the regulatory requirements to operate in Spain.
- Advised Watchinu on the introduction into the Spanish market of a watch specifically addressed for minors and providing security to parents.
- Advised Sonae Sierra on the setup of a promotional programme for visitors and clients, including prize draws.
With a leadership team made up of Iñigo del Val, Ignacio Hornedo, Pablo Mayor and Bosco de Checa, Allen & Overy is a name to note for clients with a footing in the telecoms, fibre optic, data centre and tower infrastructure spaces, as the firm showcases ‘technical knowledge‘ in a range of digital infrastructure transactions. Such matters include the acquisition, financing and disposal of connectivity and data infrastructure assets, with the firm’s advising of American Tower Corporation on its acquisition of the tower division of Telxius Towers a recent standout deal. Former co-head Fernando Torrente is no longer at the firm.
‘Highly qualified and specialised team. They provide a service of great technical depth, always meeting the established deadlines and with maximum availability for contact with the partner and associates. In addition to technical quality, great reliability in the search for solutions close to business development.’
‘Very good global integration with teams from other countries as well as the integration between the sector team, corporate, financing, regulatory, etc.’
‘Excellent ability to understand the needs of the client and the commercial considerations of the transaction. Excellent professionals.’
‘Very strong team of lawyers. Its strengths are its technical knowledge of the subject and its ability to communicate complex concepts in a simple way. They compare very well with other top firms, and are aware of the latest developments.’
‘They stand out for their technical knowledge, ability to solve problems, and for their excellent communication with clients.’
‘Very good technically, very good client service, they understand the industry and client needs well.’
Intermediate Capital Group
One Equity Partners
- Advised American Tower Corporation on its acquisition of the towers division of Telxius Towers business in Europe and LatAm from Telefónica for an amount of €7.7bn.
- Advised ICG on the creation of CX and BPO as a result of the combination of Comdata and Konecta for a deal value of €2bn.
- Advising EQT on the auction sale of Adamo Telecom and its group companies.
With a TMT practice divided into a media and an IT branch, Deloitte Legal is active in audiovisual productions, where it is noted to have ‘excellent knowledge’, digital marketing, e-sports and gaming. The multidisciplinary team is jointly led by media specialist Alfonso del Río, IP expert Dulce Mª Miranda Naranjo, and Miguel Gutiérrez, with notable clients including Walt Disney, Atresmedia and Telefónica Audiovisual Digital. José María Barrios stands out for public procurement matters, while senior associate level Mónica Ayesa is a key contact for tax advice. Former practice head Raúl Rubio left the firm to join Pérez-Llorca in January 2023.
‘It is a very complete team. Complete because they stand out in knowledge in the large number of subjects that technology, media and telecommunications really cover. It is also clear that they are up to date with the latest developments, since they provide innovative solutions to complex problems that arise in practice. They understand very well how a company works from the inside, providing advice aimed at these needs. That is to say, they do not remain only in the theory, they go further.’
‘The team appears to work as a single, synchronised entity. The response capacity is very effective and the flexibility of the solutions provided is considerable. An enormous effort is appreciated to understand the needs and specific situation of the client in relation to their sector. In this sense, a notable improvement has been noted in the way in which problems are addressed, taking into account our particularities and specificities within the industry.’
‘Excellence in the experience and knowledge provided and efficiency at work. Results-oriented and close to client needs. They provide an innovative and different vision to face a procedure before the administration. And with a very short response time. Rodrigo Gonzalez Ruiz is an excellent professional, providing an added value of vision and knowledge in the legal services provided.’
‘The Deloitte Legal team has excellent knowledge of the trends in the audiovisual sector, being informed and sharing with clients all those legislative developments with special emphasis on tax issues that affect the production of audiovisual works.’
‘Deloitte lawyers are perfectly aware of the needs of the internal teams of companies in the sector, making all their experience and knowledge available. The closeness of its partners and associates and their great availability to share all the issues in the sector, make it a benchmark firm within it.’
‘The great availability and dedication of Alfonso del Río, is a great added value for the firm. Alfonso has enormous knowledge of the sector and is always informed and participating in the forums in which sectoral decisions are made. Today, Alfonso is one of the lawyers in Spain with the greatest knowledge of issues related to tax incentives for audiovisual productions, providing advice of the highest level to his clients and participating in many of the main productions in the audiovisual sector. Likewise, Mónica Ayesa has extensive technical knowledge of tax issues that affect the financing and production of audiovisual works.’
‘Deloitte’s digital law: IP/IT & data protection area has a deep knowledge of the LegalTech area on which it provides legal support. They are proactive in submitting legal developments and keep clients continuously informed in order to identify possible regulatory risks.’
‘They also provide very high quality advice on the matters that are requested within very reasonable deadlines. They have a multidisciplinary team that covers all kinds of issues related to LegalTech.’
Atresmedia Corporación de Medios de Comunicación
The Walt Disney Company Iberia
Telefonica Audiovisual Digital
- Advised Atresmedia Group on more than a dozen audiovisual productions (both films and television series).
- Advised Morena Films on several projects including “Cuidado con lo que deseas” and “On the Fringe”, starring Penélope Cruz and Luis Tosar.
- Advised The Walt Disney Company Iberia on transfer pricing issues, as well as on the financial and tax structuring of audiovisual projects.
The TMT practice at DWF-RCD is often sought by clients in the e-commerce, fintech, media, IT and biotech spaces, with main areas of focus including corporate, IP, regulatory, private equity and dispute resolution. Co-managing partner Ignasi Costas acts as head of innovation and entrepreneurship at the firm in Barcelona, supervising IT specialist Carles Ros and senior associate Josu Ibarzabal, who is focused on product lifecycles.
The digital law group at EY Abogados ‘stands out for its high knowledge and specialisation in the field‘, providing ‘exceptional‘ support on a range of tech, telecoms, media, outsourcing and data protection matters. Blanca Escribano leads the practice with ‘solid, broad and diverse knowledge of the TMT and digital sector‘, focusing on commercial, regulatory and litigation matters. Accompanying her is counsel Sofía Fontanals, who brings years of experience in the technology, telecoms and media industries.
Other key lawyers:
‘Blanca Escribano and Sofía Fontanals stand out above all for their extremely high knowledge of their sector.’
‘EY has a significant TMT practice in Spain. They form a multidisciplinary team that is always up to date with all legal and regulatory developments. It is an office that has excellent communication channels with clients, keeping them abreast of regulatory developments with news and reports.’
‘The EY team stands out for its high knowledge and specialisation in the field, but at the same time with a very commercial vision. They have been able to perfectly identify the risks and minimise them with various actions that they have recommended.’
‘Blanca Escribano, José Maria Chozas and Diego Pérez are excellent professionals who know the business very well and have been able to adapt perfectly to needs.’
‘Sofía Fontanals is an excellent professional with a great deal of knowledge of the sector, of the regulation and of the problems that companies face, giving advice that is clearly concise and that goes beyond simply fulfilling the task. The plus is her ability to adapt to the vision of a project manager and to be able to give eminently practical advice adjusted to what is requested.’
‘Blanca Escribano is a professional who stands out for her personalised treatment of each of her clients. She always cares about knowing the full context of the problem that arises, not just the legal issue, in order to provide an executable solution that meets the needs of the company.’
‘Blanca Escribano has solid, broad and diverse knowledge of the TMT and digital sector that is very useful for understanding needs and offering the legal solutions needed. Claudia Sevilla Sánchez perfectly combines technical experience with business vision, adapting to the business and providing specific and tailored solutions. Alberto Colomina Cid has great skills for communication and negotiation of agreements, grounding the general theory to the specific case.’
‘The support of the EY TMT team is exceptional. The speed, availability and knowledge necessary to deal with the legal issues that arise in a sector that leads the technological revolution for people and households is essential, and the EY team always does it very well.’
Grupo Prensa Ibérica
Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional
Valid Soluciones Tecnológicas
Asociación de Medios de Información
Ingeniería y Técnica del Transporte
- Advising Prensa Ibérica on technology and media matters.
- Provided legal and regulatory advice to LaLiga on media and technology matters.
- Advising an energy conglomerate in the launch and implementation of a new telecoms and data centre arm.
The intellectual property, media and technology team at Hogan Lovells International LLP exhibits strength in litigation, regulatory, commercial, personal data, IP, and corporate and M&A transactions. With ‘mastery of the subject matter‘, the practice has particular knowledge in IT service contracts, including in relation to cloud computing services. Leading the team is seasoned practitioner Gonzalo F Gállego, noted for being an ‘expert in personal data processing and IT technologies‘ as well as the fact he ‘perfectly understands how the technology sector works‘. Senior associate Santiago De Ampuero is also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
Santiago De Ampuero; Juan Ramón Robles; Clara Lázaro
‘It is a very solid team in IT and IP matters, which provides very agile responses and solutions to the problems raised.’
‘Mastery of the subject matter and excellent ability to communicate technical content in a simple and concise manner.’
‘Gonzalo and his team perfectly understand how the technology sector works and know how to detect the main risks and opportunities from a privacy point of view. The main value provided by the team is its great knowledge and experience advising large multinationals.’
‘Gonzalo Gallego, Juan Ramón Robles and Clara Lázaro are close, proactive and very professional. They fully understand the industry environment and can explain solutions to complex problems in a simple way.’
‘Gonzalo Gallego provides good advice quickly and in response to the client’s expectations.’
‘Speed and practicality. They understand the problem well.’
‘Their availability and client service, in particular the trust and “knowing that it is there”. Gonzalo Gallego is an expert in personal data processing and IT technologies.’
‘His personal treatment, availability and trust. I’d highlight Gonzalo Gallego.’
- Advised Repsol on a wide variety of IP/IT contractual matters.
- Advising Applus+ group on data protection and IT/IP matters in Spain and other countries.
- Advising Google on data protection and IT/IP matters in Spain and other countries.
With a team ‘capable of providing clear advice on complex issues‘, Linklaters is often retained by leading domestic and international players for regulatory, transactional and financing matters. Led by José Giménez, whose ‘knowledge and experience are highly appreciated‘, the team is also active in a data protection, tax and litigation context. Corporate specialist Carmen Burgos is another key contact.
Other key lawyers:
‘They always show maximum availability and flexibility, in schedules, means and resources, in addition to their expertise.’
‘The Linklaters TMT team is capable of providing clear advice on complex issues and is a reference in the sector.’
‘José Giménez and Carmen Burgos are a guarantee when facing complex operations. In addition to their technical skills, they are people with a great ability to manage deadlines and multinational and multi-jurisdictional teams.’
PwC Tax & Legal Services
The digital regulation department at PwC Tax & Legal Services offers a ‘dynamic approach‘, providing holistic advice covering a wide spectrum of matters surrounding new technology and new digital environments. Led by Fernando Fernandez-Miranda, known for his ‘excellent understanding of the industry‘, the practice is often involved in the design and implementation of disruptive technologies, where it acts for household name companies.
Other key lawyers:
‘PwC Tax & Legal team perfectly understand client needs and immediately resolve any doubts. They give the client a lot of peace of mind.’
‘Fernando Fernandez-Miranda in particular has a solid technical knowledge to which he joins a great knowledge and experience in the technology sector, all of which is complemented by an excellent treatment to the client always focused on their entire satisfaction and the resolution of problems.’
‘PwC has a great capacity to combine knowledge, giving a perfect vision in many cases, especially in competition matters where economic advice is essential. They are capable of giving advice that is always reviewed, where quality and adjustment to excellent needs are seen.’
Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation
Johan Cruyff Foundation
NTT Data Corporation
- Advised Huawei on a vast variety of issues related to telecoms, commercial law, new technologies, IP law, consumer law, unfair competition and cybersecurity.
- Advised the Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture in the development, management and implementation of a technological solution based on blockchain technology.
- Advised the Spanish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation through an impact assessment of the charter proposal and identification of areas for public policy development and formulation of proposals.
Under the leadership of counsel Andy Ramos Gil De La Haza, a technology and intangible asset expert, Pérez-Llorca is noted for its comprehensive advice on IT and data protection matters. Supplementing this is the firm’s TechLaw initiative, combining M&A, employment, tax, litigation and antitrust experts to tackle a wide variety of technological projects. Also noted is associate Andrea Sánchez, who focuses on privacy and data protection. Raúl Rubio, an experienced figure in the field joined the firm from Deloitte Legal in January 2023.
Assiteca Broker Internacional de Seguros
- Advised AlamoConsulting on the negotiation of agreements to adapt the provision of its services as developers and suppliers of banking software to the European Banking Authority Guidelines.
- Advised Gamer Revolution on negotiating and drafting platform licensing and consultancy agreements with an American start-up which is interested in launching an online e-sports business in the US.
- Advising Insurance Manager in designing and implementing the legal architecture of its business.
Santiago Mediano Abogados
Santiago Mediano Abogados offers an integrated IT and media and entertainment practice characterised by experience in commercial agreements, e-commerce, advertising, IP, regulatory work and enforcement. Leading the team are Javier Berrocal and Santiago Ilundáin, active in the IT and media and entertainment spaces, respectively. Founding partner Santiago Mediano is another key contact for IP matters surrounding trade mark litigation and unfair competition.
Other key lawyers:
Instituto de Censores Jurados de Cuentas de España
Led by Pilar Sanchez Bleda, director of the firm’s media and technology department, Auren is a well-known name for clients in the audiovisual, entertainment, technology and e-sports sectors, providing advice on agreements, media rights, patents and project planning. Manager and IP specialist María Negro Carbonero supports these efforts, with the firm seeing a recent increase in litigation surrounding new emerging technologies.
Other key lawyers:
‘Quick response, very complete team in different disciplines.’
‘Multidisciplinary team that covers all the necessary specialties in an integrated manner.’
‘Always available and willing to help.’
‘Responsiveness, professionalism, resolution of the problems. Availability.’
‘The audiovisual production sector has numerous characteristics that require a broad level of knowledge in the areas of intellectual property and tax, in particular. Auren’s team has the necessary experience to address the cases raised in a holistic manner, providing creative solutions that are legally supported. One of the most relevant factors of its services is the availability of its team both in person and online.’
‘Auren’s plus is the wide range of specialties covered under the same firm. In the case of María Negro, not only is she an excellent expert in intellectual property, but she knows how to communicate, helping to understand the subtleties of the legislation and the arguments provided.’
Liga Canaria Esports
- Advised Andorra Business on the creation of the Andorra Strategic Plan for e-sports.
- Assisted TUI on its digital transformation, and providing daily advice on its digital activity.
- Advised Acciona’s events and cultural activities subsidiary.
Co-led by commercial law expert Pablo Berenguer and emerging technology specialist Joaquin Muñoz, the Bird & Bird team excels in litigation proceedings and commercial matters, a specialisation which spans contracting processes in the public and private sector, administrative disputes, and privacy and data protection advice. Paula Garralón is also noted as a key contact, focused on privacy matters. Senior associate Celia Bouzas joined from Eversheds Sutherland in July 2022, followed by the arrival of associate Patricia Peregrín from ECIJA in August 2022.
- Advising Exact Software on commercial and dispute resolution issues related to its business of software licensing, services and implementation projects.
- Advising Verizon on the review and negotiation of contracts with customers and partners, and providing advice and representation of the client in conflicts with customers and providers.
The TMT practice at Eversheds Sutherland demonstrates expertise in a variety of IP and litigation matters, with a particular focus on the media and entertainment sectors. Led by Vicente Arias, who provides ‘pragmatic advice‘ sourced from ‘good knowledge of the market‘, the team includes associate Lara Barrasa, focused on IP and new technologies. In July 2022, Celia Bouzas left the firm.
Other key lawyers:
‘Pragmatic commercial advice with quick response times and turnaround.’
‘Vicente Arias – pragmatic advice given and good knowledge of the market.’
Sony ATV Music Publishing
SM Publishing Spain
Warner Music Spain
Warner Chappel Music Publishing
Pinsent Masons LLP
The TMT department at Pinsent Masons LLP offers ‘technical depth‘ in a range of matters, including IT and outsourcing, data protection, cybersecurity, IP, blockchain and fintech. Leading these efforts is Paloma Bru, who does ‘an impeccable job‘ in her handling of commercial contracts, data protection and e-commerce issues, supported by senior associate Lidia Vidal Vallmaña and associate María Gutiérrez-Bolívar, who bolster the team’s IP and IT expertise.
‘The Pinsent Masons team’s main characteristics are the technical depth of its analysis, its accessibility to its partners and relevant lawyers, and its philosophy of problem solving (and not simply describing risks).’
‘Paloma Bru does an impeccable job: technical rigor, imaginative solutions, relevant contacts in the sector, accessibility, ease of dealing, problem solver.’
‘It is a pleasure to work with the TMT and data protection team at Pinsent Masons in Spain. With extensive knowledge of the technology sector, they speak the same language, understanding the risks and opportunities that the use of data implies for a company.’
Alain Afflelou España
Axent Infraestructuras de Telecomunicaciones
Meta Platforms Ireland
Barclays Bank Ireland
The Stage Ventures
Data Holdings Future
Disa Corporación Petrolífera
La Finca Global Assets
- Advising Alain Afflelou on data protection matters related to (i) the digitalisation of the company (ii) GDPR compliance, (iii) outsourcing agreements and (iv) cybersecurity compliance.
- Advised Axent in relation to the implementation and exploitation of its telecoms network.
- Provided data protection advice to Meta, particularly as regards the compliance activities required under GDPR.