Public law in Spain

Clifford Chance

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 RaventósNicolás González-Deleito and Juan Carlos Hernanz.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

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 VázquezEnrique Lucas and José Manuel Palau are also recommended.

J&A Garrigues SLP

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 ArmasDavid Guedón and recently made-up partner Javier Fernández Rivaya are recommended.

Uría Menéndez

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 MagideJosé 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

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, AbogadosJavier Torre de Silva is recommended for contentious matters. María Guinot joined Deloitte Legal in October 2019.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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 HocesJuan Manuel Rodríguez Cárcamo and newly made-up partner Beatriz García are recommended.

Ramón y Cajal Abogados

Ramón y Cajal Abogados offers 'speedy replies' and a 'tailored service'. Jose Ignacio Vega is representing Cementos Portland in a financial liablility claim against the Madrid regional government following the closure of a mining site. Federico Lara 'knows the client's needs and is dedicated'.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is representing Airbnb in administrative litigation and sanctioning proceedings concerning alleged infringements of tourism regulations. After Pablo Dorronsoro left for Pinsent Masons LLP in April 2018, Barcelona-based Xavier Junquera took over as head of the practice.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper LLP assisted St Jude Medical with public procurement and advised Red Eléctrica on power network connection matters. José Ignacio Monedero and José Manuel Sala, both of counsel, are the key names.

GTA Villamagna Abogados

At GTA Villamagna AbogadosErnesto García-Trevijano and Marta Plaza are key names. On behalf of Grupo Rayet, the group performed a plot analysis and advised on obtaining environmental permits and planning authorisations for the largest artificial beach in Europe.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

In addition to financing and transactional matters, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP handled some public procurement work. Of counsel Iria Calviño leads the team.


RCD handled numerous public procurement procedures. Ignasi CostasEva Gimenez Corrons and newly promoted partner Judith Saladrigas frequently advise public hospitals and research institutes.

BROSETA Abogados

BROSETA Abogados' Valencia-based public law department is experienced in handling urban planning matters, an area in which it advises Sareb and several building material manufacturers such as Coemac. Rosa Vidal heads the group.


Dentons advises clients such as BYD Auto, Engie and Fresenius Medical Care on public procurement. Daniel Vázquez heads the environmental and public policy and regulated sectors practices.

Eversheds Sutherland Nicea

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.

EY Abogados

EY Abogados advised Telemadrid on public procurement; Compass Group on the fulfillment of public contracts; and Gestión de Infraestructuras de Castilla La Mancha on the construction of social housing. Félix Plasencia is the name to note.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer handles contentious public law matters. For example, it represented Portigon in international arbitration against the Kingdom of Spain concerning renewable energy regulatory changes. Of counsel Ignacio Borrego and senior associate Ana Calvo are recommended.

Andersen Tax & Legal

Andersen Tax & Legal took over Urbe Asesores Jurídicos in 2018, adding Carlos Peña Rech and Antonio Ñudi Tornero as partners. The group, which is led by José Vicente Morote Sarrión, advised the council of Silla on the termination of a water supply and sewage management contract.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP's Antonio Morales handles mostly contentious work. His group is representing Novenergia in an arbitration proceeding against the Kingdom of Spain concerning the abolishment of remunerative incentives for renewable energy.

MA Abogados

MA Abogados, which regularly represents construction companies such as Ortiz Construcciones y Proyectos and Sacyr in public law disputes. Salvador Bueno Miguel and Sofía Acuña Dorado are recommended.


ONTIER provides 'clear instructions'. It represented the Ayuntamiento de Castro-Urdiales in litigation concerning its water management concession. The 'diligent and trustworthy' Jorge Álvarez is recommended along with Pedro Rubio Escobar.

Serrano Alberca & Conde

Serrano Alberca & Conde is highly regarded for urban planning matters.