Public law in Spain
Clifford Chance 'understands the client's needs' and provides 'quick response times'. It advised Iberdrola on regulatory matters such as energy self-supply and remuneration of renewable energy. On the contentious side, it represented Metro Ligero Oeste in an appeal concerning the financing of a passenger services concession contract. José Luis Zamarro is 'experienced'. Jaime Almenar came from CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo at the beginning of 2018 and took over the practice lead from Juan José Lavilla, who left together with José María Barrios.
Cuatrecasas' public law department includes the town planning, environment, administrative litigation and constitutional law teams. It is particularly strong in the construction and regulated industries, such as the energy sector, where it assisted Forestalia with the bid to construct and operate nine wind farms. Another highlight was advising Moove Cars on a joint venture with King Street and other investors to create a transport platform for rental vehicles with a driver (VTC). Financing work included acting for CaixaBank on the new PPP contract to integrate Barcelona’s electronic payment system into the metropolitan transport system. Luis Pérez de Ayala heads the department, which also includes Alberto Raventós, Nicolás González-Deleito and Juan Carlos Hernanz.
Gómez-Acebo & Pombo's public law group, which helps clients 'navigate through various complicated issues', is described as a 'very smart team of great communicators'. Recent highlights include advising Valencia Parque Central on the procurement of works contracts worth €60m, and assisting the concessionaire for the construction of the new hospital in the city of Vigo. Of counsel Juan Alfonso Santamaría provides 'personalised advice' and senior associate Irene Fernández is 'very responsive'. Practice head Carlos Vázquez, Enrique Lucas and José Manuel Palau are also recommended.
Under the leadership of Alfredo Rancaño, J&A Garrigues SLP 'efficiently' provides the full range of public law advice. Highlights included assisting the European Union Intellectual Property Office with the construction of new buildings, and representing Iberdrola Generación in administrative proceedings concerning nuclear energy production. It also handles work abroad; the team advised Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional on the first metro line of the city of Bogotá, Colombia. Miguel Del Río, Javier De Armas, David Guedón and recently made-up partner Javier Fernández Rivaya are recommended.
Uría Menéndez is a 'powerhouse in public law'. It assisted Berkeley Minera España with the permitting process to open a uranium mine in Salamanca, and advised Quirónsalud on concession contracts for the construction and management of hospitals. On the contentious side, it defended water distribution and treatment group Agbar against litigation launched by several municipalities seeking to terminate concession contracts in order to recover the management of local water services. Mariano Magide, José Miguel Fatás and Jesús Remón have strong track records and a good reputation for public law matters.
Allen & Overy
Allen & Overy offers a 'great mix of talent and dedication to the client'. It is assisting Cellnex Telecom with administrative proceedings, advising Disney Channel on regulatory matters and acting for train provider Alsa on contractual issues. Pablo Mayor has 'immense knowledge of public administration and the courts of justice' and 'extraordinary' counsel Victoria Martín also has 'superb knowledge'.
CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo is representing Aldesa Construcciones in litigation filed against Adif due to the delay in the fulfillment of a railway construction contract. Former practice head Jaime Almenar left for Clifford Chance, while Juan José Zabala joined from Cortés, Abogados. Javier Torre de Silva is recommended for contentious matters. María Guinot joined Deloitte Legal in October 2019.
Hogan Lovells International LLP 'looks for the most efficient result' and provides 'innovative opinions'. Santiago Garrido assisted Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory with obtaining land planning and environmental licences for the construction of a $1.6bn telescope. Lucas Osorio is also recommended.
Linklaters' public law team numbers nine lawyers since hiring two additional managing associates in late 2017. It is representing Banco Santander, Bankia and CaixaBank in a €1.35bn claim for damages against the government over the suspension of activity of the Castor gas storage facility. José Giménez led the advice and heads the team.
Pérez-Llorca frequently advises on EU regulation. On the contentious side, the group is representing four construction companies in judicial proceedings concerning the requested termination of a public works contract for the construction of road accesses to the port of Barcelona. José Ramón de Hoces, Juan Manuel Rodríguez Cárcamo and newly made-up partner Beatriz García are recommended.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Eversheds Sutherland Nicea's Alberto Dorrego de Carlos and Andrés Jimenéz Diaz are particularly active in the transport and infrastructure and pharmaceutical sectors. The group represented Abertis as highway operator in judicial proceedings against the government of Spain concerning the modification of the current AP-7 highway concession contract.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Serrano Alberca & Conde
Serrano Alberca & Conde is highly regarded for urban planning matters.