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Allen & Overy is highly regarded for advising on the full spectrum of work in the energy and power sectors, and is well known for handling regulatory matters for clients in the network industries and water sectors. It acted for Gamesa on its high-profile merger with Siemens’ wind power business in a €6.6bn transaction. Ignacio Ruiz-Cámara, Iñigo del Val, Antonio Vázquez-Guillén, Pablo Mayor and Antoni Valverde are recommended.

Clifford Chance’s multidisciplinary team has vast expertise in the projects and energy sector, and is regularly instructed to handle complex project financing mandates. In one highlight, it acted for Deutsche Bank and CaixaBank, as the lead managers, and Merrill Lynch, as the placement agent, on Vela Energy’s issuance of secured project bonds in the sum of €404m. José Guardo and Juan José Lavilla are the key names.

Cuatrecasas has been kept busy recently acting for financial corporations on renewable energy, electricity, oil and gas, and nuclear projects. The practice advised Centerbridge Partners on the €700m sale of Vela Energy Group (which owns 43 solar photovoltaic plants) to Sonnedix, an energy company owned by JP Morgan. Other clients include I Squared Capital, Abertis Infraestructuras and Banco Santander Brasil. Rafael Mínguez and Héctor Bros are key names on the finance side, and Luis Pérez de Ayala and Juan Carlos Hernanz lead on regulatory work.

Garrigues’ practice is well-known for its project finance expertise in high-end projects. Highlights included advising Enel Green Power on the Spanish matters connected to its demerger, in a matter valued at close to €4.5bn. Mónica Martín de Vidales and Álvaro López Jorrín jointly head the group. Marcos Botella is also recommended.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo’s team acts for sponsors, developers, public bodies, financial institutions and local and international investors. The group advises IBEX-listed, energy and utilities corporation Endesa on commercial, competition, corporate, litigation and insolvency-related matters. Verónica Romaní and Carlos Vázquez lead the practice. Carlos Rueda, Carlos Marina, Luis Gil and Fernando Igartua are also noted.

Linklaters advises key players in the energy sector on issues ranging from regulatory to financing matters. The team advised Abengoa and 48 group companies on the implementation of a global restructuring aimed at reducing its existing debt from €8.9bn to €2.6bn. Other clients include Siemens, Iberdrola, Gas Natural and Enagás. José Giménez, Alejandro Ortiz, Juan Barona and Pedro de Rojas are noted.

Uría Menéndez is a key name for project finance matters and advises clients in the transport, infrastructure, electricity, power and solar sectors. The firm acted for BBVA, Banco Sabadell and Bankinter on financing the construction of two Suezmax vessels to be built by Navantia, with a total value of $119m. CaixaBank, Caen Enterprisers, SunEdison and Natixis are also clients. Ángel Pérez, Juan González Ruiz, Javier Valle and María José Descalzo are recommended.

Ashurst LLP has a solid reputation for advising on project finance matters, particularly in the infrastructure and transport sectors. Manuel López, together with practitioners from the firm’s New York practice, advised the John Laing Group on matters pertaining to a public-private partnership (PPP) project for the construction of an office building to be used by the central government in Bogotá, Colombia. Fellow practice co-heads José Christian Bertram and Nicolás Pawson are also key contacts.

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo acts for local and international clients on energy utilities and infrastructure matters. The practice advised Iberdrola, as Gamesa’s majority shareholder, on the latter’s merger with Siemens’ wind power business. Jaime Almenar, María Guinot and public law expert Javier Torre de Silva are the names to note.

DLA Piper LLP’s team has vast expertise in the energy and infrastructure sectors, with core strengths in project financing. The team advised BBVA and others on the refinancing of a syndicated loan to fund the restructuring of the Zaragoza main rail network and its urban integration. Jesús Zapata and Javier Santos jointly head the practice.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s expertise covers the full spectrum of energy and infrastructure mandates, spanning sub-sectors including oil and gas, mining, renewables, water and transport. Miguel Riaño and Ignacio Paz lead the group. The practice is assisting the Haramain high-speed rail consortium on all aspects of the construction and operation of the Haramain high-speed railway line linking Mecca and Medina.

Jones Day handles regulatory issues and litigation for multinational oil and gas and electricity corporations. The team is representing Gas Natural and Gecalsa in disputes with the state challenging the current legislative framework, which is before the Supreme Court. Grupo Enhol, CaixaBank and Grupo Aldesa are among its clients. Raimundo Ortega and Mercedes Fernández are noted.

Pérez-Llorca has a strong presence in the projects and energy sector. On the energy side, the team advised Gas Natural Fenosa on corporate matters connected to Global Infrastructure’s acquisition of a 20% stake in the company. Other clients include Ferrovial, Sacyr, Abengoa and BBVA. José Ramón de Hoces, Fernando Quicios and Juan Manuel Rodríguez are all noted.

Highlights for Baker McKenzie’s projects team included advising OHL Industrial and OHL Industrial Colombia on an EPC agreement with Colombian company Corona and Cementos Molins (Spain) for the construction of a cement plant in Colombia in a project valued at €238m. It also acted for Ellomay Capital on public law issues concerning the acquisition of a photovoltaic power generation facility. Pablo Dorronsoro, Luis Casals and Xavier Junquera are the names to note.

Bird & Bird’s projects and energy team is well versed in the energy sector, where it has notable expertise advising on investments. The group assisted Renovalia Energy Group with refinancing the debt of three of its Spanish subsidiaries, which allowed the client to refinance the overall debt arising from the construction of several wind farms in the country. Hermenegildo Altozano heads the practice.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer handles high-end transactional and regulatory matters for its energy clients. The team advised CPPIB on its investment (together with Allianz Capital) in Gas Natural Distribution Business. Other clients include Unicaja Banco, DTL Corporation, Repsol and Iberdrola. Armando Albarrán and Ignacio Borrego head the practice.

Latham & Watkins’ projects team has a proven track record advising on regulatory matters connected to the energy market and represents clients in energy-related disputes. It represented Gas Natural Fenosa in high-profile administrative proceedings relating to CO2 rights in Spain. Antonio Morales leads the practice.

At MVA Asociados, the team has notable expertise in renewable energy and oil and gas matters. The practice is advising BP Spain on several matters concerning its oil and gas, and power activities, including handling day-to-day advisory work. Javier Montalvo and Gervasio Martínez Villaseñor are the key contacts.

RCD - Rousaud Costas Duran’s team handles M&A, regulatory issues and litigation related to the energy and projects space. The group acts for an international fund on all aspects of its investments. Javier Olmos and Adolf Rosaud are the key names.

Araoz & Rueda has been highly active assisting clients with regulatory matters, refinancing and energy-related litigation. The practice assisted Renovis with the acquisition of two rooftop photovoltaic projects located in Badajoz. Francisco Solchaga is the key contact.

Broseta Abogados’ team is well acquainted with the evolution of, and changes in, the sector. Rosa Vidal, Miguel Navarro and Fernando Cacho are advising Banco Santander and Grupo Ibereólica on the financing of a 350MW substation in Lubián.

At Dentons, highlights included advising an international group on a portfolio of solar and wind power generation facilities. Javier Lasa leads the practice. Daniel Vázquez is also noted.

EY Abogados assisted Acciona Energy with aligning its structure to comply with recent renewable energy legislation in the country; and is acting for a separate client in challenging applicable tariffs. Félix Plasencia and Pablo Tramoyeres lead the practice.

King & Wood Mallesons advises on the lifecycle of energy projects, ranging from financing, promotion and operation, to litigation. Practice head Gonzalo Olivera advised EDP Group on the approximately €2.6bn sale of Naturgás to a consortium formed by JP Morgan Infrastructure, Abu Dhabi Investment Council, Swiss Life and Covalis Capital.

GTA Villamagna Abogados has a track record advising clients on energy-related matters. Ernesto García-Trevijano is noted.

GOLD Abogados (Gómez, Olmo & Da Veiga Abogados, S.L.P.) is a key name in the project finance space. The team acted for Banco Sabadell on a project finance restructuring pertaining to a wind farm in Los Ausines. Israel Gómez-Caro is the key contact.

Lupicinio International Law Firm has historically advised on projects in developing markets such as Cuba and Equatorial Guinea. Lupicinio Rodríguez is the key name. At Osborne Clarke, the team has core strengths in the energy and utilities sectors. Practice head Luis Castro has extensive experience, spanning more than two decades.

Ramón y Cajal Abogados provides comprehensive energy advice to domestic and international clients, including assisting with regulatory issues, financing and contractual matters, among others. The team advised Abanca, Banco de Castilla-La Mancha and Liberbank on the refinancing of photovoltaic corporation Sol de Alconchel. Javier Menchén is the name to note.

María García Guijarro leads Watson Farley & Williams LLP’s energy group. The team acted for Cerberus on the acquisition of four wind parks with an aggregate value of €305m, and also handled a subsequent refinancing.

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