Firms To Watch: Public law

Co-headed from Barcelona and Madrid by Nathalie Klefisch and Antonio Alcolea, the practice at Marimón Abogados advises on infrastructure mandates, including public contracts, concessions and contentious matters.
Coral Yáñez heads the newly created public law practice at Bird & Bird, which covers all types of administrative and contentious-administrative proceedings in different matters and sectors; counsel Víctor Horcajuelo is another name to note.

Public law in Spain

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance houses one of the most recognised public law teams in the Spanish legal market, which garners praise for its ‘strategic vision’, and regularly acts ‘before regulatory authorities and courts of law for a wide variety of industry leaders’ from the energy, telecoms, sports and infrastructure sectors. The department, which has a solid track record in important transactions and judicial appeals, is led by Jaime Almenar, a frequent advisor for Iberdrola, with proven experience in all areas related to public and regulated sectors. He is closely supported by José Luis Zamarro; Barcelona-based counsel Carme Briera; and senior associate Clara Alcaraz.

Practice head(s):

Jaime Almenar

Other key lawyers:

José Luis Zamarro; Carme Briera; Clara Alcaraz; Octavio Canseco

Testimonials

‘They have specific knowledge of the sector generating high confidence in their advice.’

‘Confidence, experience and knowledge. I would highlight Clara Alcaraz (Energy / Public law).’

‘I’d highlight the knowledge and experience of the legal team in the concession model.’

‘Clara Alcaraz – Great capacity for synthesis and analysis of the complexity of the healthcare environment. Jaime Almenar – Generation of multiple alternatives in the approaches of each procedure.’

‘They know how to enrich the work of internal lawyers by expanding information and knowledge beyond what is expected. They facilitate the daily work of the in-house lawyer with a great capacity to focus on matters, which allows them to place trust in them.’

‘Conciseness and strategic vision. They regularly appear before regulatory authorities and Courts of Justice for a wide variety of clients (from private corporations to public administrations) who are industry leaders in myriad sectors, bringing innovative insights to litigation. I’d recommend José Luis Zamarro and Octavio Canseco.’

‘Magnificent knowledge of the practice of public law, with a practical vision and also in comparison with the regulation in other countries.’

‘In addition to its magnificent training, with an international vision, I would mention the accessibility to the lawyers of the firm and also the knowledge that they have of our organisation, which greatly facilitates the work of the in-house lawyers.’

Key clients

ARES CAPITAL, S.A.

GRUPO MOOVE

BANCO DE SANTANDER

BRITISH TELECOM

CELLNEX

DRAGADOS SOCIEDAD ANÓNIMA

ENDESA/ENEL

EQT

EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK

EUROPEAN SUPERLEAGUE

FERTIBERIA S.A.

GESTAGUA (Gestión y Técnicas del Agua, S.A.)

IBERDROLA

KING STREET, TACONIC, SVP AND ATTESTOR

“LÍNEA 9 TRAM DOS, S.A. / LÍNEA 9 TRAM QUATRE, S.A.”

MACQUARIE INFRASTRUCTURE AND REAL ASSETS

MASMOVIL

PHUNCIONA GESTIÓN HOSPITALARIA, S.A.

RED ELÉCTRICA DE ESPAÑA, S.A.

SACYR

VAUBAN (formerly known as MIROVA INFRASTRUCTURE

Work highlights

  • Provides advice to Iberdrola on highly strategic regulatory issues.
  • Advised ENDESA regarding a claim filed by the Chiprana Town Hall against the Hydrographic Confederation of the Ebro River.
  • Advised MASMOVIL on the tender offer by KKR, Cinven and Providence on the friendly €5bn takeover bid and the subsequent delisting of MASMOVIL.

Cuatrecasas

Combining the expertise of the town planning, environment, administrative litigation and constitutional law teams, Cuatrecasas‘ sizeable public law practice advises clients on non-contentious public law matters and administrative litigation proceedings. The department is led by administrative and regulatory law expert Luis Pérez De Ayala and earns plaudits for always going a ‘step further than asked’, and for considering ‘additional scenarios and risks that may arise’, which translates into ‘peace of mind and confidence’ for clients. Nicolás González-Deleito, who has a focus on administrative concessions and town planning mandates; Jorge Botella, who specialises in public procurement, specifically PPPs; and skilled litigator Alejandro Auset are other key members of the team. The department was further reinforced at partner level in November 2021 with the arrival of Félix Plasencia Sánchez from EY Abogados.

Practice head(s):

Luis Pérez De Ayala

Testimonials

‘It is a team with great attention to detail and technically very good. They make an in-depth analysis of the law and the differences between scenarios / alternatives that may arise within it.’

‘They go a step further than those asked, they do not limit themselves to analyzing the question posed but also consider additional scenarios and risks that may arise as a consequence of the question posed. They give you the peace of mind and confidence that the advice they give you is right.’

‘Jorge Botella – intelligent, friendly, direct and understands the client’s needs well. He is a good coordinator with other departments of the firm when advice is needed involving different aspects.’

Key clients

EMESA

FRV (Fotowatio Renewable Ventures)

Cintra

Ferrovial

Pfizer

Lightsource BP

Dow Chemical

Grupo Gradin

KC Impact

Fiesta Hotels (Grupo Paladium)

Work highlights

  • Advising Fotowatio Renewable Ventures on regulatory matters related to the financing to build the San Serván 138MW photovoltaic plant in Solana de Barros (Extremadura), which includes a PPA with Engie.
  • Advising the consortium formed by ACS and Ferrovial (EMESA) in the dispute and negotiation with Madrid City Council over the contract to build and operate the M-30 highway.
  • Advising KC IMPACT on all the commercial, financial, regulatory and public procurement aspects relating to the purchase of Aguas de Navarra and its service concessions agreement.

Garrigues

An ‘excellent firm’ with one of the most experienced departments in the market, Garrigues provides the full range of public law advice, and is able to ‘translate complex administrative law issues into practical solutions’. Alfredo Fernández Rancaño, a renowned expert in administrative matters, heads the practice, which also includes noted practitioners Miguel Loya Del Río, who focuses on regulation and litigation; Javier Machado de Armas; Juan Manuel Cabeza, who was promoted to partner in January 2021; and principal associate Marta Guerrero Rodrigálvarez.

Testimonials

‘Excellent technical level and covering all the details. Good strategy.’

‘Relevant number of quality lawyers available to support.’

‘Excellent firm – with outstanding local knowledge and the ability to translate complex administrative law issues into practical solutions for an international client.’

‘I think that the Garrigues team stands out compared to the teams of other firms because, in addition to guaranteeing the best of technical solvency, it demonstrates a work philosophy based on effort and generosity for the practical solution of the problems raised, qualities that are not it is always easy to find in the market.’

‘The plus that makes them stand out is related to two elements: solvency and technical rigor in matters of Administrative Law – which generates great confidence – together with an enormous proactivity and special predisposition to search for solutions that are favorable to the interests of our Company. I have had the opportunity to verify their ability to integrate into multidisciplinary teams of other service providers (legal, engineers, architects, etc.), in which they have contributed decisive added value, always making everything easier. Within the team that has collaborated with us, I especially highlight the partners Miguel Loya and Javier Fernández Rivaya.’

‘The Garrigues Public Law team that attends our Organization is characterized by its high level of specialization and knowledge in the matter, with a work that in most cases can be described as excellent.’

‘The lawyers of the Garrigues firm who provide services to our Organization stand out for their level of knowledge of the Public Law applicable to it, being constantly up to date with any news or new regulations that may be published. This high level of excellence in their work allows them to give very valuable answers to the questions that are posed to them. We can expressly mention Miguel Loya, Isabel Enriquez Matas and Mariana Samaniego.’

Key clients

ENCASA CIBELES

IBERDROLA GENERACIÓN, S.A.U.

AMAZON GROUP

DELOITTE

ASTRAZENECA FARMACEÚTICA SPAIN, S.A.

GREYSTAR REAL ESTATE PARTNERS

AXA IM

CBRE

CENTROS COMERCIALES CARREFOUR, S.A.

CARREFOUR PROPERTY ESPAÑA, S.L. (GROUP CARREFOUR)

AENA S.M.E., S.A.

GRANT THORNTON CORPORATION, S.L.P.

BANCA MARCH

ARTA CAPITAL

MUTUA MADRILEÑA

AZORA CAPITAL

Organización Nacional de Ciegos Españoles (ONCE)

CEETRUS URBAN SPAIN, S.A. (GRUPO AUCHAN)

MAZARS

JAPAN TOBACCO INTERNATIONAL (JTI)

NEOPISTAS, S.A.U.

AVANZA GROUP

UNIBAIL-RODAMCO-WESTFIELD

BAXTER

ACCIONA GROUP

Work highlights

  • Provides ongoing advice to ENCASA CIBELES, GOLDMAN SACHS and AZORA on the procedural strategy against the annulment of the award of the sale of 32 real estate developments by the Community of Madrid.
  • Provides ongoing legal advisory services to Iberdrola on various matters related to the electricity sector and on administrative proceedings and judicial review litigation.
  • Advises several Amazon companies on all types of legal administrative issues.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo‘s administrative and regulatory team ‘has extensive knowledge and experience in the field of public law’, and is valued by clients for its ‘effective legal argumentation, optimism and strategic thinking’. Irene Fernández Puyol, who is well versed in infrastructure and public procurement, and Carlos Vázquez – who has a focus on water, waste, energy, environment, administrative and tax law – are both praised for their ‘excellent service and attention’. José Manuel Palau and senior associate Josep Ortiz are other active members of the practice. The firm was further bolstered in December 2021 by the arrival of Santiago Garrido from Hogan Lovells International LLP, and Borja Carvajal and Pedro Soto from KPMG Abogados, Spain.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Vázquez

Other key lawyers:

Irene Fernández Puyol; José Manuel Palau; Josep Ortiz; Ander de Blas Galbete; Santiago Garrido; Borja Carvajal; Pedro Soto

Testimonials

‘Personalised attention, deep knowledge of the subject and the project, as well as of each interlocutor. Immediate availability to meet any requirement and always positive.’

‘Total availability to the client, close personal treatment and very high technical level.’

‘José Manuel Palau (Closeness, trust, availability, technical knowledge, frankness).’

‘The greatest value is the experience acquired over the years that is perceived in the resolution of cases. José Manuel Palau is undoubtedly one of the firm’s great assets, due to his extensive experience and the follow-up he carries out for the client. The company has the feeling of not having to go after the lawyers of the firm, on the contrary, there is real concern in the resolution of cases in favor of its clients.’

‘The team has extensive knowledge and experience in the field of public law. They are excellent professionals, efficient, agile, reliable and offer high quality advice and services that give me confidence and peace of mind. In addition, the treatment is very cordial and professional. Very good collaboration and synergies in the team between lawyers who are experts in regulatory matters and experts in contentious-administrative matters, which is reflected in the quality of their client services.’

‘Dedication, availability, reliability, professionalism, agility, knowledge of the client’s business and sector, cordiality. Irene Fernández Puyol and Ander de Blas Galbete.’

‘A team with great knowledge in our sectors of activity, with a high capacity for response and analysis of complex issues. An excellent job in times of regulatory uncertainty with the need to make quick and important decisions. Works shoulder to shoulder with the client and maximum availability.’

‘Carlos Vázquez and Irene Fernández Puyol stand out for their excellent service and attention, with great experience and knowledge of special sectors. They generate a relationship of great trust based on very close support and high-quality advice.’

Key clients

Cámara de Comercio de Madrid

Federación Española de Municipios y Provincias (FEMP)

Colegio General del Notariado

Grupo Acciona

Urbaser

Taconic Capital Advisors

King Street

TCI

Danaher Group

Técnicas Valencianas del Agua

Bristol Mayer Squibb

Moove Cars Group

Sociedad Concesionaria del Nuevo Hospital de Vigo

Diputación Provincial de Valencia (Provincial Council of Valencia)

Autovía del Turia Concesionaria de la Generalitat Valenciana, S.A.

ADIF

SEPI

Puerto de Valencia

VPI Logística

Ministerio de Transportes, Movilidad y Agencia urbana

Organizaciones Profesionales Agrarias (OIVE, INTERPORC, PROVACUNO, INFAOLIVA)

Work highlights

  • Advised Meridiam on the acquisition of eight concessions to ACCIONA.
  • Advised Puerto de Valencia/VPI Logistica on the sales process pertaining to plots located in the Port of Valencia.
  • Defended Mutua regarding the appeal filed by the Association for the protection of Torres Colón against the project for the renovation and rehabilitation thereof.

Linklaters

According to a client, Linklaters is 'set apart from its competitors by the quality of work and the ability of its lawyers, both seniors and juniors, to adapt to their client's times’. The nine-strong public law practice is led by market specialist José Giménez and has a stellar track record in advising large corporations in sectors with a strong regulatory component, including energy, infrastructure and telecoms. The team, which includes counsel Roberto Sánchez and managing associates Jorge Toral and Juan Moreno, is also active in some high-profile transactions, as well as in administrative claims.

Practice head(s):

José Giménez

Other key lawyers:

Roberto Sánchez; Jorge Toral; Juan Moreno; Mario García

Testimonials

‘It is endorsed by its local and global experience, not only in energy, but in a wide variety of sectors, as well as the team of lawyers that make up the firm, who are highly trained people with a long history behind them. The teams that make up Linklaters stand out for their coordination and organization to meet the times required by providing a high-quality service.’

‘One of the things that sets Linklaters apart from its competitors is the quality of the work and the ability of its attorneys, both seniors and juniors, to adapt to their client’s times, no matter how tight they may be. In this case, it is important to highlight the great work of José Giménez as well as Mario García, who are usually in charge of the operations in which they have advised us. The coordination of the entire team is total and they are always available to help us in any matter.’

‘We seek rigorous, fast, clear and concise answers. Linklaters’ Public team, led by José Giménez, managing partner, meets this requirement perfectly. All lawyers are capable of finding original solutions, as well as technically appropriate, to the legal issues that arise in each matter.’

‘The Linklaters team is a highly qualified team with extensive experience and a clearly customer-oriented approach. All the matters that we rely on with Linklaters tend to be very complex. And its work is really of the highest quality. The main asset of Linklaters is its team focused on Public Law in a broad sense; What we like most about them is that when faced with an operation or legal dispute, we can go to any of our contacts in the Madrid office (we actively work with José Gimenez, Roberto Sánchez, or Mario García, among others) and they give us a coordinated response in line with our needs. They meet the established deadlines (even if they are very tight), they always see things from our side and seek creative solutions to the issues that arise.’

‘The Madrid office team stands out for its technical excellence, commercial awareness, knowledge of the energy sector, and full availability. Many of the agreements on which they have advised us in recent years have been multi-jurisdictional in nature. The Linklaters team is particularly adept at coordinating with South American or US firms and other legal, technical and financial advisers.’

‘Jose Giménez is a calm lawyer but with an always precious approach to matters and who helps to solve the most convoluted matters.’

‘An office with an immense experience and depth of knowledge in Public Law. I consider them one of the best in Spain.’

Key clients

Telefónica

Globalvía

Repsol

Iberdrola

Red Eléctrica de España

IFM Investors

Santander

MIBGAS

Ares Management

Vodafone Towers

CK Hutchinson Holdings

Luz Saúde Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Banco Santander, CaixaBank and Bankia on the €1.35bn judicial claim for damages against the government over the Castor gas storage facility.
  • Advising Telefónica on the dispute regarding the monthly access fees to be paid for the use of its unbundled local loop service (bucle de abonado).
  • Advising Túnel de Sóller (a subsidiary of Globavía) on the legal challenge to the administrative decision from the contracting authority that seized a toll road concession in Mallorca for public interest reasons and lift the toll.

Pérez-Llorca

Juan Manuel Rodríguez Cárcamo steers the public law practice at Pérez-Llorca; he is well known for his expertise advising on the gamut of matters in this field, including public procurement, project finance, transport and infrastructure matters, as well as litigation in both EU and national courts. He is closely supported by Elena Veleiro, who is experienced in public procurement, and has also represented several public entities in litigation arising from administrative contracts and asset liability claims. Natalia Olmos, who was promoted to partner in January 2021, is another name to note.

Other key lawyers:

Elena Veleiro; Natalia Olmos

Key clients

Ferrovial, S.A.

ACS Group

Acciona, S.A.

Obrascón Huarte Laín, S.A.

Urbaser

El Corte Inglés

Mercadona

Banco Santander, S.A.

AENA, S.M.E., S.A.

Caixabank

Work highlights

  • Advised CaixaBank on the implementation of the guarantee facility and regarding the conditions that financing operations that CaixaBank signs with its clients must meet in order to take advantage of these state guarantees.
  • Representing Banco Santander before the European Court of Justice in relation to the 102 actions brought by former shareholders and convertible bondholders challenging the resolution of Banco Popular.
  • Advising the shareholders of a highway concession on several administrative and legal proceedings which have arisen from the early termination of the concession contract for the AP-41 highway.

Uría Menéndez

The highly acclaimed public law practice at Uría Menéndez is considered a ‘technically flawless team, with extensive experience in the sector’. Mariano Magide, ‘one of the leading public law experts in Spain’ who earns plaudits for his ‘exceptional technical ability to solve and anticipate problems’, heads the department, which combines notable regulatory and litigation expertise, and has a particularly notable presence in the health sector. The team, which includes other key practitioners such as José Miguel FatásAna Sabiote and associate Xavier Codina, boasts additional expertise in the mining, energy, infrastructure, finance, transport, telecoms and water sectors.

Practice head(s):

Mariano Magide

Testimonials

‘It is a technically flawless team, with extensive experience in the sector, so advice is a guarantee of success or, at least, of having tried all the existing ways to guarantee it, always in favor of the interests of its clients.’

‘Uría Menéndez is a highly prestigious firm, well connected with public administrations and with a team of highly qualified professionals specialized in the different areas of business activity (public law, transport infrastructure, energy, competition, etc. Its technical rigor, ethical commitment in the practice of law and defense of client interests and adequate quality / price ratio place it at the head of the main Spanish firms.’

‘Their proximity and immediacy with the client and better quality / price ratio make them more competitive. Mariano Magide always satisfactorily stands out.’

‘The technical level, the availability, the knowledge of the client’s needs and the closeness in the treatment are exceptional.’

‘Mariano Magide is one of the leading public law experts in Spain. He stands out for his close personal treatment, mastery of the subject and his exceptional technical capacity to solve and anticipate the problems that cases may pose.’

‘It is a team with a lot of experience and the ability to understand the legal aspects of regulatory and administrative procedures. It is a high-level team.’

‘Mariano Magide and Ana Sabiote have done an excellent and very relevant job in providing regulatory advice on a new issue and a very complex legal environment such as the liberalization of the railway sector in Spain. They have understood the client’s needs and supported them at all times and proactively with the appropriate legal arguments.’

Key clients

Quirónsalud Group

Nuevo Hospital de Burgos

Ferrovial Servicios

Minera Los Frailes, S.L.

AMC Mining Spain

Grupo México S.A.B de C.V.

Cintra Autopista del Sol, C.E.S.A.

AENA, S.A.U. (Aeronautic Grid System Operator)

Telefónica

SNCF Voyageurs and Ouigo, S.A.U.

UCI

Generali

Farmaindustria

Repsol

Work highlights

  • Advised both private and public hospitals managed by Quironsalud companies in relation to the impact and management of Covid-19 in Spain.
  • Advised Ouigo (Spanish branch of SNCF Voyages) on its entrance in the Spanish railway passenger market.
  • Advising AENA during the administrative and judicial proceedings in connection with the setting and modification of aeronautical tariffs before the Spanish Aeronautical Authority and the National Court (Audiencia Nacional).

Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy is highlighted for its ‘extensive knowledge and experience in public law’. Pablo Mayor and counsel Victoria Martín are standout practitioners in the team, which has a reputation for being well versed in ‘the workings of public administration’, and covers the gamut of administrative and regulatory issues, with a particular focus on sectors such as TMT, energy, transport and infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Mayor

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Martín; Oscar Vives

Testimonials

Allen & Overy has a team of a large technical level, easy and quick in giving a quality response to the customer’s advice and legal dispute needs and at competitive prices. They are always willing to quickly resolve the client’s needs.’

The outstanding aspect is that they are great specialists in administrative and regulatory law, accompanying the client in all their legal disputes from the beginning to the end, covering the administrative and judicial routes. They know the functioning of the public administration very well.’

‘Closeness, immediate attention, constant updating of knowledge. I’d highlight Pablo Mayor, Victoria Martín and Oscar Vives.’

‘The team is valued for its extensive knowledge and experience in public law, which places them at the forefront.’

‘The experience and vast knowledge allow them a quick and accurate approach to the approach of the issues. Despite the volume of work, the team is always available immediately.’

‘Great knowledge of the subject and a lot of experience in handling matters related to public law and especially public contracts.’

‘Collaboration and closeness with the internal lawyers of the companies. I would recommend Pablo Mayor, Victoria Martin and Alvaro Sánchez Bordona.’

Key clients

Distrito Castellana Norte (Formerly Desarrollo Urbanístico Chamartín)

Cellnex

MTV

Disney Channel

Abertis

JCDecaux

Alsa

Orange Espagne

SICE (ACS subsidiary)

T-systems

Saba Infraestructuras

Acciona

Work highlights

  • Advising BBVA on all the administrative law issues (including the implementation of the partial reform plan of Paseo de la Castellana, the main North-South avenue in Madrid).
  • Advised Cellnex on all matters relating to the services provided by the company, including consultations, administrative proceedings and contentious-administrative proceedings before the courts.
  • Advised Abertis on all matters regarding its public contracts, concessions in Spain, consultations, administrative proceedings and contentious-administrative proceedings before the courts.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s public law department is a go-to adviser for several national and international companies for its expertise in the areas of regulatory and administrative law and administrative litigation. Praised for its ‘flexibility to solve the most difficult issues’, the practice is jointly led by Barcelona-based Xavier Junquera and Antonio Morales, who operates from Madrid and is an ‘excellent public law lawyer, with a dedication and knowledge of energy law’. Senior associate Elisabet Cots is another key practitioner in the team.

Other key lawyers:

Elisabet Cots

Testimonials

‘Deep knowledge of the subject and flexibility to solve the most difficult issues.’

‘Antonio Morales is an excellent public law attorney, with a dedication and knowledge of energy law.’

‘Its close treatment and efficient solutions quickly adapted to the needs of the Clients stand out.’

‘Antonio Morales is undoubtedly an outstanding professional, with extensive experience in the energy sector. Answers in clear and understandable language for the Client.’

Key clients

KKH Property Investors

Lidl

Deka Inmobilien

Booking.com

Griffith Foods Group Inc.

Generalitat de Catalunya – Departament de Territori i Sostenibilitat

Airbnb

Jaén Plaza Retail Park, S.L.

Zimmer Biomet Spain, S.L.U

Planiger, S.A.

Caja de Seguros Reunidos, Compañía de Seguros y Reaseguros, S.A. (CASER)

Entidad de conservación de La Moraleja

CESPA

IDEALISTA

Consell Comarcal la Cerdanya

FLINT IBERICA SL (Former BASF)

Iberdrola

Renowa Solar Power S.L.

Distrito Castellana Norte S.A.

Holaluz Clidom Energy S.L.

Dominio de Pingus S.L.

Deoleo S.A.

Red Eléctrica de España S.A.

Altran Innovacción S.L.

Healthcare Activos S.A.

Naturgy Eergy Group

Urbasolar

Contse

Work highlights

  • Advising Idealista in the contentious-administrative appeal filed against the Resolution of the Barcelona City Council.
  • Representing Airbnb in several administrative litigation proceedings and sanctioning proceedings for alleged tourism infringements in different locations in Spain.
  • Advising Consell Comarcal la Cerdanya in an administrative litigation procedure initiated by the City Council of Bellver.

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo houses an ‘exceptional’ public law practice, with particular expertise in sectors such as energy and telecoms, and a solid track record handling matters of administrative law, public procurement and regulatory law. Ignacio Grangel, ‘a reference in public energy law’ according to a client, heads the well-rounded department, closely backed by noted practitioners Javier Torre de Silva, who is recommended for his contentious work; Alfonso Codes, who joined the team in 2020 from the Ministry of Culture and Sport; and counsel José Luis Pérez-Campoamor.

Practice head(s):

Ignacio Grangel

Testimonials

‘The practice of public law is exceptional, highlighting in a very special way Javier Torre de Silva, as a highly prestigious lawyer in the matter.’

‘Counting on Javier Torre de Silva in matters of public law allows us to ensure advice of the highest quality.’

‘At all times they have responded in a timely manner to our needs. The different teams that have worked during this time had been coordinated by Mr. Ignacio Grangel, and the result of the work had met our expectations. Mr. Grangel gathers a professional background (Public Administration / Private Company) that, together with his personal disposition, facilitate the relationship with the client, generating client-lawyer trust, both in technical and relational aspects with the Client.’

‘I have highly valued the technical excellence, their availability and the close treatment with quick response capacity. Alfonso Codes.’

‘Great technical knowledge of energy regulation.’

‘Ignacio Granjel is a reference in public energy law, and tries to find connection links in objectives with his client, to address issues of legal complexity and novelty.’

Key clients

Iberdrola Renovables

Iberdrola Generación

Grupo Boluda

Sonepar Ibérica

Orange

Repsol

Mapfre

Banco Santander

Cyvico

Gestion Minero Ambiental

Dynatec

Work highlights

  • Advised Ferrovial on the sale of its shareholdings in two concessionaire companies operating the City of Justice of Barcelona and a prison in Catalonia.
  • Provides ongoing regulatory advice to Iberdrola Renovables covering a wide range of administrative, environmental and tax matters, including a number of contentious-administrative proceedings.
  • Representing Orange in over 400 administrative and contentious-administrative proceedings regarding the extension of its telecommunications network.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP houses a solid public law department, head by Lucas Osorio, whose knowledge of the infrastructure sector ‘is unparalleled in Spain’, and is also recommended for his PPP-related work. Additional expertise is brought to the practice by counsel David Antón and associate Borja Fernández Burgueño. In a significant move, Santiago Garrido left the firm, in December 2021.

Practice head(s):

Lucas Osorio

Testimonials

‘Lucas Osorio and Borja Fernández are outstanding attorneys. Lucas has a knowledge of the infrastructure sector that is unmatched in Spain.’

‘The experience of Lucas Osorio, first as a State Attorney, and later in other concession companies, gives him a very positive differential quality.’

‘Great attention and dedication. Detailed and thorough.’

‘Great work from Lucas Osorio and Borja Fernandez !!’

‘They have a great technical base as well as analytical and application capacity to the specific case.’

‘Involvement of the associate lawyers and of counsel (David Antón).’

Key clients

Via Olmedo

SIGRE Medicamento y Medio Ambiente

Urbaser

Transportes Ferroviarios de Madrid, S.A. (Globalvía)

Sacyr

Roadis

Cintra (Ferrovial)

RiverRock European Capital Partners LLP

Ghesa Ingeniería y Tecnología, S.A.

Fundación ECOLEC

Korelya Capital

AXA

Work highlights

  • Advised Fundación ECOLEC on all aspects, from agreements with partners and distributors, to handling permits with regional authorities, sanctioning procedures, etc.
  • Advised Korelya Capital on the signing of an investment agreement worth $840m in used goods marketplace Wallapop.
  • Advised AXA on its acquisition of 99% of Grupo Igualatorio Cantabria.

Ramón y Cajal Abogados

Clients of Ramón y Cajal Abogados‘ public law practice highlight its ‘exceptional knowledge, not only from the client’s point of view but also of the administration‘, which allows them to ‘anticipate problems‘, and to be able to offer ‘rigorous, effective and satisfactory solutions‘. The solid team comprised of Pablo SilvánJosé Ignacio Vega and Carlos Melón has a good track record handling contentious work across a wide range of regulated sectors, as well as a high level of expertise advising on government contracts, particularly concessions and PPP schemes and regulatory mandates.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Silván

Other key lawyers:

José Ignacio Vega; Carlos Melón; Pablo Fuentes; Manuel Muñoz

Testimonials

‘It is an office that is involved in matters, they work with agility and knowledge of the entrusted matters, apart from having great availability and agility.’

‘In my view, the team stands out for its knowledge of the entrusted matters, their involvement in them and the ability to work together with the internal attorney. Specifically, Carlos Melón and Pablo Fuentes.’

‘Technical solvency of the partners responsible for the practice and specialization in litigation against the public sector, as they proceed from its elite Legal Bodies. Also the size of the Firm, entails a very direct deal with the Client. The price-quality ratio is also optimal.’

‘Professionals highly specialized in their subjects and on many occasions, elite professionals on leave of absence.’

‘RyC’s public team has exceptional knowledge, not only from the client’s point of view but also from the Administration, in which a large part of its partners have provided services, which makes them anticipate problems and offer rigorous solutions, effective and satisfactory.’

‘Carlos Melón and Manuel Muñoz are always on the client’s side, providing innovative, effective, proactive solutions and with a legal rigor that brings peace of mind to the client. Its multidisciplinary vision and global approach make its clients always feel in good hands.’

‘The teams of this firm are of very high professional quality and perfectly coordinated.’

‘The level of quality of their services and their professionals is very high and that is what makes them stand out from other competitors in their environment.’

Key clients

FCC Medio Ambiente, FCC Aqualia and FCC Construcción (FCC Group)

ArcelorMittal España

Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras (ACS Group)

Madrid Calle 30

Acciona

Grupo Azvi

Mémora Servicios Funerarios

Canal de Isabel II

Hotel Business Association of Madrid

Almería Gypsum and Pladur Gypsum (ETEX Group)

Consenur and Ectec (Stericycle Group)

Work highlights

  • Advised Canal Gestión Lanzarote on different legal proceedings regarding Lanzarote’s integral water cycle services concession.
  • Represented Almería Gypsum on different legal proceedings regarding the lack of renovation of gypsum quarries mining concessions in the province of Almería.
  • Defended FCC Construcción against a joint venture led by Obrascón Huarte Laín (OHL) in connection with the awarding of a public works contract for the construction of a new highway in Tenerife.

Andersen

Andersen's well-established public and regulatory practice was notably reinforced in June 2021 with the arrival of Pedro Rubio, the former department head at ONTIER. He ‘stands out for his 360º vision’ and brings in additional key expertise to the practice, which is led by José Vicente Morote, who specialises in public and regulatory law, public procurement and regulated sectors, and is also a skilled litigator in these areas. Arancha Bengoechea and Carlos Minguez are other highlighted names of the team, which operates from the firm's offices in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Seville.

Practice head(s):

José Vicente Morote

Other key lawyers:

Arancha Bengoechea; Pedro Rubio, Carlos Minguez; Carlos Morales

Testimonials

‘ANDERSEN has the ability to make its client feel that they are the only one. There is a real availability in time, giving an objective view of the matter, which implies legal certainty when filing legal actions. They are experts in Public Law, applied in the Construction sector, with all its peculiarities.’

‘Without a doubt, I would recommend Carlos Morales. From the first moment he has understood the internal functioning of the company, always making himself available to the client, adjusting the offers at very competitive prices, which has allowed him to work with other companies in the sector, our partners, who have applauded his successes. He and Carlos Minguez form a great team. José Vicente Morote has known how to surround himself with the best and brightest lawyers.’

‘The paradigm “Think global, act local” is fully fulfilled in this Firm. World brand with excellence in the local team would be a precise way of defining these professionals.’

‘A team led by Pedro Rubio, adapted to the needs of the clients. With a very marked orientation to personalized attention to each case to be studied.’

‘Attention, simple answers that can be understood by laymen. Pedro Rubio stands out for his 360º vision, he solves and proposes the best solution for day-to-day problems and the most complex ones.’

‘Ability to identify with the client and their problems, an outstanding dedication and a very high affectivity in the work. Pedro Rubio stands out.’

‘I have had the opportunity to count on the inestimable support of Pedro Rubio, Andersen’s partner in the Public and Regulatory Law department, in the advice and legal direction of more than 2000 VTC authorization procedures before the Ministry of Transport. They demonstrate a great experience, knowledge and professionalism, as well as total availability, an exquisite treatment and a great human quality.’

Key clients

AESA (State Aviation Safety Agency)

Inditex

Acciona

CEPSA

Assignia

Autoridad Portuaria de Baleares

ANGED (Spanish Association of Large Distribution Companies)

Ministerio de Transporte, Movilidad y Agenda Urbana

AC Hoteles

Abside Quart

City Councils

AUMSA (Sociedad Anónima Municipal Actuaciones Urbanas de Valencia)

AICOX

Quinn Emmanuel

IVO (Valencian Institute of Oncology)

Berklee College of Music

Cointer

Castellana 93

El Moralet SL

Grupo Gimeno

Roland Berger

SABIC

Junta de Andalucía

BEFESA Medio Ambiente

Nautalia Viajes

AIK Energy

AZVI

Ayuntamiento de Valencia

J. García Carrión

Asociación Antiguos Alumnos Universidad Politécnica Valencia

OHL Ingesan

Szerencsejáték Zrt

EMT

Fundación Biodiversidad

Grupo KE

Mercamadrid

Parques Reunidos

Reintel

Renfe Mercancías

SPE Energía Olmedo Ourense

Sotogrande SA

TALER Real Estate

Thermo Fisher

TERSA

CASER

AURO

Fundación Universidad Francisco de Vitoria

EBN Bank

UTE INDRA SISTEMAS S.A.-SANTA BARBARA SISTEMAS S.A.-SAPA OPERACIONES

INDRA SISTEMAS

TELICE

FUNDACION BARRIÉ DE LA MAZA

AON GIL Y CARVAJAL

FUNESPAÑA SA

UTE MUNDIPLAN

VFS GLOBAL GROUP

Ministerio de Asuntos Económicos y Transformación Digital

FUNDACIÓN ECOTIC

Bergé Marítima

ESIC Business&Marketing School

Work highlights

  • Advised the Ministerio de Transporte, Movilidad y Agenda Urbana on the drafting of the new Spanish Sustainable Mobility and Financing of Urban Transport law.
  • Provided legal and planning advice to Inditex during the acquisition process for the implantation of a logistic centre by Tempe.
  • Advised Reintel in relation to the modification and execution of a fibre usage contract signed with ADIF.

Deloitte Legal

Comprised of ‘experienced professionals with in-depth sector knowledge’, Deloitte Legal's public law practice ‘strikes the perfect balance between technical quality and a practical approach to problems’. María Guinot, who ‘knows the ins and outs of the administration perfectly‘, heads the department, which boasts notable litigation capabilities and covers all administrative aspects involving the public sector as well as heavily regulated sectors. José María Barrios and senior associates Carlos Tallón and Antonio Luis Bañón bring additional expertise to the practice.

Practice head(s):

María Guinot

Testimonials

‘It is a team that strikes the perfect balance between technical quality and a practical approach to problems. They have experienced professionals with deep sector knowledge of the matters in which they advise.’

María Guinot is a very brilliant professional.’

‘I would especially highlight José María Barrios. His technical quality, experience, absolute availability, involvement, together with a close treatment and a practical approach to problems, make working with him always a very enriching experience.’

‘Very deep knowledge of the Administration and the Law that regulates it in its relations with citizens and companies. DELOITTE LEGAL knows perfectly the Public Defense and the specific cases that have been developed in Spain and its application to the client’s needs. Collaborations are approached in a very practical way and that from the client is highly valued for its direct and efficient endoque.’

‘Great knowledge of the subject and has professional experience in and with the public sector. Maria Ginot is recommended.’

‘The treatment is very professional and adjusted to the needs of the client. Knowledge of the reality of public sector management and the adaptation of its proposals to the reality of the client is highly valued.’

‘It is a team with extensive knowledge of the sector and the subject, it is very easy to work with them and they offer practical and well-founded solutions.’

‘María Guinot has a great knowledge of the subject and is a great professional who provides very good solutions to the problems that arise. It has a good team of lawyers who are conscientious in their work.’

Key clients

Banco Santander, S.A.

Aleatica, S.A.

Parques Reunidos Servicios Centrales, S.A.

DIF Capital Partners

Eroski Sociedad Cooperativa

Autoridad del Transporte Metropolitano (ATM)

I-de Redes Eléctricas Inteligentes, S.A.U. (IBERDROLA GROUP)

Enel Green Power España, S.L.U.

Associació de Municipis per la Mobilitat i el Transport Urbà (AMTU)

Enagás, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Represented Santander in an appeal against the resolution issued by the Ministry of Economic Affairs by means of which the administrative appeal submitted by Santander against the resolution of the CNMV was rejected.
  • Representing Aleatica in the administrative procedure filed for the purpose of requesting the declaration of impossibility of performance and the re-establishment of the economic equilibrium of the concession contract corresponding to the A2 highway.
  • Provides ongoing advice to Parques Reunidos on public law matters.

Eversheds Sutherland

The nine-strong practice at Eversheds Sutherland has excellent knowledge of Spanish public law, working regularly on contentious, advisory and transactional mandates, with particular expertise in government litigation. The department - headed by Alberto Dorrego de Carlos and Andrés Jimenéz Diaz - has a focus on public procurement, public infrastructure and services, administrative concessions and PPPs, as well as public law litigation. Senior associate Javier Juan is another key practitioner in the team.

Other key lawyers:

Javier Juan

Testimonials

We have appreciated the fluid communication between the different areas of the firm and its very good coordination. The level of involvement and the effort to understand the circumstances and subject matter of the issues in which we request its help is high.’

High availability. They know the client and know how to anticipate their possible needs. Andrés Jiménez Díaz and Javier Juan Alvarez stand out.

The involvement and dedication of Alberto Dorrego de Carlos in the affairs of our organisation provides an added security and trust that is recognized by the members of our company. Also, the support he provides to other professionals, both external and internal. Especially in matters of greater complexity.’

Key clients

ABERTIS

PFIZER MERCK SHARP & DOME (MSD)

ORGANON

GLAXOSMITHKILINE (GSK)

TAKEDA

GILEAD

SUEZ SPAIN – AGBAR

ALSA (NATIONAL EXPRESS)

SABA

ATOS

BERETTA

INDIGO

ORTHO CLINICAL DIAGNOSTICS

PHARMAMAR (ZELTIA) VETNOVA

MARCAS DE RESTAURACIÓN

BIOSIM

ASEMPLEO AIRFOODS

SSP

CAPTRAIN

MULTIRAIL

TRANSFESA

ARRIVA (DEUTSCHE BAHN)

GO TRANSPORT

URBIA

GTA Villamagna Abogados

Everything in the firm is of the highest level’, says a client about GTA Villamagna Abogados, whose solid public law department is jointly headed by Ernesto García-Trevijano, ‘one of the country’s leading specialists’, and Marta Plaza, who advises on public procurement, urban law and planning. The team, which also includes senior associate Javier García, is best known for its litigation skills, and for advising clients on the construction and operation of public infrastructure, especially highways and ports.

Other key lawyers:

Javier García

Testimonials

‘Everything in the office is of the highest level and the differentiating element is Ernesto García Trevijano, who is one of the country’s leading specialists in RPA and administrative litigation issues.’

‘Ernesto García Trevijano is the differential element for his knowledge and treatment.’

‘Multidisciplinary team. Legal knowledge and practical application to different sectors. Ability to analyze and decide the best alternative for the client’

‘Availability and compliance with deadlines. Friendliness and professionalism. Extensive legal knowledge and its application in the different levels of the judiciary. Ernesto García-Trevijano stands out.’

‘Knowledge, Experience, Strategy, Agile response to the questions raised.’

‘Knowledge of the practice. Specialization of activities. Mr. Ernesto Garcia-Trevijano.’

Key clients

VALORIZA SERVICIOS MEDIOAMBIENTALES, S.A.

BOREMER, S.A. UTE

AEDAS HOMES, S.A.U.

ACCIONA CONTRUCCIÓN, S.A.

INSOLVENCY ADMINISTRATION OF AUTOPISTA DEL HENARES, CONCESIONARIA DEL ESTADO, S.A.

INSOLVENCY ADMINISTRATION OF AUTOPISTA MADRID-LEVANTE, CONCESIONARIA DEL ESTADO, S.A.

ING BANK, SUCURSAL EN ESPAÑA

FERROVIAL CONSTRUCCION, S.A.

TRANVÍA DE PARLA, S.A. (GLOBALVÍA INFRAESTRUCTURAS, S.A.).

FCC CONSTRUCCIÓN, S.A.

ASCAN, EMPRESA CONSTRUCTORA Y DE GESTIÓN S.A. UTE

SOCIEDAD CONCESIONARIA TRANVÍA DE MURCIA, S.A.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Praised for their ‘in-depth knowledge of the subject matter and their ability to find solutions’, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's public law experts have a particular focus in the energy and natural resources, environment and infrastructure sectors. The department boasts broad expertise, advising clients across a full range of matters, including public procurement, litigation, public domain matters and administrative procedures. Iria Calviño heads the team and is supported by Ignacio Paz and of counsel José Ramón Mourenza.

Practice head(s):

Iria Calviño

Other key lawyers:

Ignacio Paz; José Ramón Mourenza; Manuel Rivero

Testimonials

‘The most notable strengths are the in-depth knowledge of the subject matter and their ability to find solutions .’

‘Jose Ramon Mourenza and Manuel Rivero are two exceptional lawyers.’

Key clients

Reganosa

Berkeley Minera España

ILSA

Erion Mantenimiento Ferroviario

Fundación y Centro Tecnológico Soermar

DIF Infrastructure Partners

ERG SpA

Cubico Sustainable Investments

Work highlights

  • Advised ILSA on all regulatory aspects arising from not only Spanish but also European regulations applicable to rail operators.
  • Advising DIF on the regulatory aspects related to the acquisition of Itevelesa.
  • Advised an Italian energy company on the joint venture with a PE fund for the development of electric mobility projects in Spain.

Ashurst LLP

Pablo Garcia-Manzano, who specialises in all types of public regulation, public procurement, energy, telecoms and other regulated sectors, heads the department at Ashurst LLP, which is valued for its ‘in-depth knowledge of the subject matter’. Additional litigation expertise is brought in by José Antonio Rodríguez. Senior associate Soledad Adell is another name to note. Manuel López left in December 2021.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Garcia-Manzano

Testimonials

‘In-depth knowledge of the subject matter.’

‘Efficiency, kindness, closeness.’

Key clients

Iridium (ACS Group)

PARCESA, Parques de la Paz, S.A

Gateway Infrastructure Investments, L.P

Macquarie

Sociedad de Economía Mixta Los Tranvías de Zaragoza

UTE Electren SA-Elecnor SA

Rivage Investment

Eiffage

Corsair Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising Parcesa on the cassation appeal before the Supreme Court against the refusal to install a crematorium on environmental grounds and an indirect challenge against Madrid City Council’s environmental ordinance.

BROSETA Abogados

Rosa Vidal steers BROSETA Abogados' public law practice, which operates from Madrid and Valencia, and offers a ‘high level of technical expertise and a personalised and immediate attention’. Valencia-based Fernando Cacho, Alberto Palomar and Nuria Portell are other key members of the department, which is experienced in handling urban planning and public procurement matters.

Practice head(s):

Rosa Vidal 

Testimonials

‘A team with a high level of technical expertise and a personalised and immediate attention.’

‘In particular, I highlight the excellent capacity of the Fernando Cacho Barbeira, who gives us a broad vision of the trajectory of the processes that we have open and the derivatives that according to the decisions to be made can occur.’

‘Having lawyers who have been on both sides, I mean having been in the Administration and in the courts because they are state attorneys and litigation magistrates, gives them a very appreciable and valuable mix of knowledge.’

‘Alberto Palomar: Being a professor of administrative law, being a magistrate now on leave of absence and being a partner in the administrative practice gives him a deep knowledge of what some need and expect and how to explain and articulate it that makes him stand out.’

‘Organized, they study the topics thoroughly and analyze all the possibilities. They communicate well and continue to do so throughout the procedure. They send regular updates on the status of the cases. Agile and forward-thinking.’

‘Alberto Palomar meets deadlines, is agile and provides great value.’

Key clients

RIBERA SALUD

INDRA

SANTA BÁRBARA

ELIANCE

ACCIONA

FEDERACIÓN NACIONAL DE EMPRESARIOS DE INSTALACIONES DEPORTIVAS – FNEID

IMPULSA EVENTOS E INSTALACIONES

SAMSUNG

AENA

EL CORTE INGLÉS

Work highlights

  • Advised Ribera Salud on administrative matters with regard to the ordinary activities of the company.  
  • Advised Acciona Construcción on administrative matters with regard to public procurement issues which arise during the execution of public works contracts.  
  • Advised Indra with public procurement issues related to certain matters of national defense, namely battle tanks tenders in which the company participates.

Dentons

Demonstrating ‘solid technical expertise’, Dentons' public law practice assists clients from a wide range of sectors, and boasts a good level of expertise in the handling of public procurement matters and litigation. ‘Outstanding professionalDaniel Vázquez García heads the department and is closely supported by senior associate Natalia Palomar, who joined the firm in January 2021 from BROSETA Abogados.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Vázquez García

Other key lawyers:

Natalia Palomar

Testimonials

‘The team demonstrates solid technical expertise in the matter and brings a great experience when advising large clients of different types of business, knowing the risks of each industry. This experience is key to analyzing the risks well.’

‘My experience has been mainly with the partner of the Public Law practice Daniel Vázquez in several complex operations both by the industry and by the structure and requirements of the project. In addition to Daniel’s technical knowledge and experience, it has been a pleasure to work with him because of his direct contact and availability. He is always proactive and explains things clearly and easily for the customer.’

‘They work on issues in depth, in multidisciplinary teams. In urgent cases they have great availability. Magnificent expertise in environmental issues.’

‘Daniez Vázquez is an excellent professional who combines deep knowledge in the administrative and environmental area with the ability to manage complex issues, with various derivatives.’

‘Daniel Vazquez: he seems to me to be the most competent person I have encountered in environmental law. In addition to his empathy and availability.’

‘I work with Dentons in Spain. Their team is not too big, which gives it flexibility and makes it easy to access the right people.’

‘I work mostly with Daniel Vazquez, an outstanding professional.’

Key clients

Unilabs

Acco Brands Corporation

Globalia

Roche Diagnostics

Ramboll

Engie

Minera Los Frailes (a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico)

AIG

BASF

TEDi GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised Globalia on several claims against the Spanish Government for damages incurred in the three business lines operated by the client in Spain (airlines, hotels and cargo) due to Covid-19 restrictions.
  • Advised BASF in a variety of regulatory matters related to the different manufacturing sites the client operates in Spain.
  • Advised Roche Diagnostics on potential liabilities under public procurement law associated to the replacement of a device to measure sugar in blood procured to regional health authorities.

DLA Piper

Of counsel José Manuel Sala heads the public law practice at DLA Piper, which is lauded by clients for its ‘excellent technical skills’ and for offering a service which is described by another client as ‘fast, diligent and rigorous’. The department, which regularly handles the gamut of both advisory and contentious matters, endured the departure of former practice co-head José Ignacio Monedero. Senior associate Carlos Daza is another recommended member of the practice.

Practice head(s):

José Manuel Sala

Other key lawyers:

Carlos Daza; Joaquin Hervada

Testimonials

‘The immediate attention, availability, the magnificent knowledge of the subject and the contribution of practical solutions to the problems (Joaquin Hervada).’

‘The added value of the DLA Piper Public Law Department is that the team has extensive experience in the field as well as being very familiar with the theory applicable to this very theoretical and complicated part of the law. Likewise, I would highlight their ability to find solutions to complicated problems and their good treatment when negotiating with counterparts.’

‘They are professionals with excellent technical skills. In addition to this, it differs from its competitors in the enormous involvement of its partners and in the respectful and courteous way they negotiate, reach agreements and work together with the other party’s lawyers so that both clients benefit.’

‘The service provided by DLA in the area of public law stands out for being fast, diligent and rigorous. Perhaps the main added value is its ability to find legal solutions that suit our needs.’

‘Our main interlocutor in the framework of Public Law is Carlos Daza. Carlos stands out for his vast legal knowledge and for his ability to present complex problems clearly and succinctly.’

‘Good legal analysis of the problem or situation that arises’

‘Carlos Daza is a lawyer with great professionalism, work capacity and always responds to the needs of our company. He is very transparent and clearly states the different alternatives that exist.’

Key clients

Lubrizol Advanced Materials

Iberdrola

Asociación Nacional Establecimientos Financieros (ASNEF)

ASCAFOR/ASIDAC

Arauz de Robles Abogados

Abbott

Grupo Ornua

Caixabank

Colegio de Registradores de la Propiedad y Mercantiles

Deutsche Bank AG London

Aviapartner

Alliance Medical

Dentsu Aegis

Adamo Telecom Iberia

Banco Santander

Bankinter

Aquila Capital

Commerz Real

Work highlights

  • Representing Lubrizol on the renewal of the integrated environmental authorisation, and subsequent appeals by third parties against such authorisation.
  • Advising Dentsu Aegis Network Iberia’s and its subsidiary in relation to the prior procedure before the Court for Public Procurement of the City of Seville and now before the High Court of Justice of Andalusia.
  • Advised Abbott before the Courts of Justice in relation to a complex judicial procedure.

DWF-RCD

Eva Gimenez and Ignasi Costas co-head the practice at DWF-RCD, which is a regular advisor for regional and local governments, and public research bodies related primarily to science, health and technology. Costas specialises in regulatory and public law aspects related to the legislation that applies to research and innovation, technology transfer and research results. Alejandro Griffiths and senior associate Alberto Ouro are other active members of the department.

Practice head(s):

Ignasi Costas; Eva Gimenez

Other key lawyers:

Alejandro GriffithsAlberto Ouro

EY Abogados

Barcelona-based practitioner Pilar Fernández Bozal heads EY Abogados' public law team, which according to a client, ‘always exceeds expectations’. The department is known for its knowledge on regulatory matters, providing both day-to-day advice and representation before the courts and regulatory authorities, and is frequently involved in disputes related to construction contracts and administrative concessions.

Practice head(s):

Pilar Fernández Bozal

Other key lawyers:

Laura de Pedro; Beatriz Ruiz

Testimonials

‘Technical capacity of the team, training and communication skills in the matters discussed.’

‘The experience. They have a 360 view of the market, not limiting themselves to merely legal knowledge. They also take into account commercial or business aspects. Beatriz Ruiz stood out.’

‘A great human team that technically always exceeds expectations’

‘As strong points to review, the EY Public Law team is a very professional team, with high dedication to its clients, who at all times try to understand the problem in order to provide the best solutions, with a high level of participation.’

‘They are very professional lawyers, with whom we work very comfortably, because there is a very high level of client-lawyer trust, where we understand each other quite well, which makes everything very dynamic and easy at the time of work. They have managed to understand the difficulties or problems of our sector and our company and they have known how to adapt, always providing the best solutions for us. All great lawyers.’

Key clients

COMPASS GROUP

ACCIONA

JEALSA RIANXEIRA

FUNDACIÓN BANCARIA UNICAJA

AGENCIA AGUA AUTONOMOUS GOVERNMENT OF CASTILLA-LA MANCHA

GICAMAN

ANCED

RÚSTICAS

RÚSTICAS

EMAYA

EXCAVACIONES VIUDA DE SAINZ

FUNDACIÓN ABADIA DE MONTSERRAT 2025

CONSELL COMARCAL D’OSONA

AUTORITAT PORTUARIA DE TARRAGONA

CONSORCI DE TURISME DE BARCELONA

PGA EUROPEAN TOUR

ASOCIACIÓN CARBONERÍA CULTURA SIGLO XXI

Work highlights

  • Advised Compass on public contracts subscribed with public administrations and public entities, including Moncloa Palace, Congress of Deputies, Madrid’s Fair Institution and Club de Campo.
  • Provided advice to Emaya regarding questions related to non-tax-public property benefits and fees.
  • Advised Fundación Bancaria Unicaja on the functioning of the foundation, and specific public legislation.

KPMG Abogados, Spain

KPMG Abogados, Spain covers public procurement as well as administrative and contentious-administrative proceedings. The department has good expertise in the infrastructure, energy, transport and telecoms sectors. However, in a significant development in December 2021, key lawyers Borja Carvajal and Pedro Soto left the firm.

Testimonials

‘In depth knowledge of Spanish public law issues facing corporates. Great knowledge of concessions and regulations. Great response time to client requests.’

‘KPMG’s global team is highly functional both internally and in its organic relationship with the client.’

Key clients

PRESTIGE & LIMOUSINE

CABIFY (MAXI MOBILITY SAPIN)

MOVO

REAL MADRID CLUB DE FÚTBOL

TEATROS LUCHANA

ALANTRA

ASOCIACIÓN DE CLUBES DE BALONCESTO (ACB)

XUNTA DE GALICIA

VIVENIO RESIDENCIAL SOCIMI

MVA ASOCIADOS

MVA ASOCIADOS' ‘brilliant’ public law department comprises ‘great lawyers with a high qualification and business vision’, who advise on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, particularly in the infrastructure and energy sectors. The team remains particularly active litigating before public law courts. Gervasio Martínez-Villaseñor, who has considerable expertise in public procurement and public properties, heads the team, and is closely backed by energy expert Javier Montalvo and Gonzalo Rubio.

Other key lawyers:

Gonzalo Rubio; Javier Montalvo

Testimonials

‘Availability and flexibility to client needs.’

‘Brilliant, consolidated team with great capacity to give an adequate recommendation adapted to the market situation.’

‘Great lawyers with a high qualification and business vision. Their great preparation enables them to give reliable and reasoned advice that is aligned with the client’s needs.’

‘The team has always been available and usually proactive, identifying and proposing solutions to legal issues and complications at the same time.’

‘Excellent office to deal with Public Law matters, in the areas of advice and litigation. Absolute availability. Perspective when addressing issues. They understand the customer’s needs.’

‘Absolute availability. Understanding of the client’s needs. Extensive experience and solid knowledge. Definition of strategy.’

Key clients

Red Eléctrica de España, S.A.

Andorra Telecom

Naturgy Energy Group

Repsol Electricidad y Gas, S.L.

Hanwha Energy Corporation

Engie Spain Group

Reden Solar, SAS

EDP España Group

Villar Mir Group

Asociación Española del Gas (SEDIGAS)

Suma Capital SGEIC, S.A.

Nordex Energy Spain, S.A.

Planta de Regasificación de Sagunto (SAGGAS)

AXPO Iberia (EGL Group)

Gas de Extremadura (DICOGEXA)

Alpiq Energía España, S.A.U.

Sacyr Concesiones

Global Cleantech Fund

RGreen Invest

Alion Power

CAPITAL ENERGY

ERG

SYMRISE IBÉRICA, S.L.

Idesamgar, S.L.

Enzen

Ferrovial Servicios

Hanwha Q Cells

Work highlights

  • Assisted Andorra Telecom with negotiations with the European Commission concerning the association agreement within the field of telecommunications.
  • Assisted Repsol in relation to the repowering in 1,014MW (1,360MW in total) of the Aguayo Hydroelectric Plant, located in Cantabria.
  • Acted for Viesgo Infraestructuras Energéticas (recently acquired by EDP Group) in judicial proceedings challenging the obligation to fund the so-called ‘social bonus’ with respect to the compliance of said obligation with European law.

ONTIER

ONTIER has an ‘in-depth knowledge of public law regulation’, as well as a ‘good relationship with public administrations’, according to a client. The practice is led by Jorge Álvarez González, who specialises in administrative law, following the departure of former practice co-head Pedro Rubio. Silvia San Felipe, who has a focus on energy and regulatory matters, and Beatriz Fernández, who handles matters related to transport and competition, are other key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Álvarez González

Testimonials

‘ONTIER has a very good team in its Public Law department. It brings together highly experienced professionals with young junior lawyers with a great capacity for work.’

‘Quick response to inquiries. In-depth knowledge of Public Law regulations. Good relationship with the Administrations that facilitates consultations and contacts for the negotiation solution of many issues’

‘They have great involvement and empathy with the client, in addition to the necessary knowledge.’

I would describe it as reliable, meaning a set of solid legal and procedural knowledge, and a response within reasonable deadlines and financial requirements.’

Jorge Álvarez González is an outstanding partner.’

Great knowledge of commercial law.’

‘I think the main difference is dedication to projects, always putting itself in the client’s shoes.’

Key clients

Grupo Kaluz

Cabify

Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas, S.A.

Alsa Group of Companies

Alstom Transporte

Indra Sistemas

Fundacion Barrié de La Maza

Yelmo Films, S.L.U.

Damas, S.A.

Energías de Portugal, S.A. (Edp)

Matinsa

Dupont Group

EBN Bank

Construcciones y Promociones Coprosa, S.A

Imasa Ingeniería y Proyectos, S.A.

Industrias doy Manuel Morate, S.L.

Fomensa Hispania, S.L.

Ayuntamiento de Oviedo

Duro Felguera

Constructora Los Álamos, S.A.

Bluefloat Energy

World Duty Free

Tata Communications

Isdefe

Work highlights

  • Represented Grupo KALUZ in an appeal before Court of Justice of the EU against the Single Resolution Board (SRB) and European Commission resolution action taken in respect of Banco Popular Español.
  • Representing Vecttor/Cabify and Alsa in the judicial procedure on a damages claim of more than €400m, against the Spanish Government.
  • Assisting Hormigones Nalón since the unannounced inspections carried out in the premises of the company by the competition authorities and leading its defence during the administrative sanctioning procedure.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pablo Dorronsoro, who is known for his dexterity in handling matters related to the energy, infrastructure and technology sectors, heads Pinsent Masons LLP's highly regarded team, which garners praise for its will to ‘go the extra mile to serve the client’. With the ‘invaluable support' of Marta Salazar, the practice acts for clients on regulatory and contentious work, especially related to renewable energy. Associate Javier Alagón is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Dorronsoro

Other key lawyers:

Marta Salazar; Javier Alagón; Olimpia Ortega

Testimonials

‘The team has an in-depth understanding of issues pertaining to the energy regulatory sector. Led by Pablo Dorronsoro, with the invaluable support of Marta Salazar, the team is responsive and will go the extra mile to serve their client.’

‘Pablo Dorronsoro has been a great asset to our company. We see Pablo, Marta Salazar and Olimpia Ortega as an extension of our in-house legal team. No ask is too big for them. I have to commend Pablo for his responsiveness and Marta Salazar for liaising with another entity in Spain on a very tight timeframe to allow us to get a project over the line.’

‘The team provides sound commercial and practical advice at all times and we do feel that they are a safe pair of hands.’

Key clients

WElink Energy Ireland Ltd.

Ellomay Solar, S.L.U.

Talasol Solar, S.L.

Forestalia Renovables, S.L.

Siemens Healthcare, S.L.

ABO Wind España, S.A.U.

Elawan Energy, S.L.

Técnica y Naturaleza, S.A.

Ercam Generación, S.L.

Inversiones Empresariales Vapat, S.L.

Canal de Isabel II, S.A

Work highlights

  • Advised WElink Energy Ireland on the development and sale of a 50MW PV plant (Puerto Real II) located in Spain to a subsidiary of Capital Dynamics.
  • Advising Ellomay on the development of a 28MW PV project in Talaván (Cáceres).
  • Advising Talasol in connection with the 300MW Talasol PV plant in Talaván (Cáceres).

Toda & Nel-lo

Well-established firm Toda & Nel-lo boasts a strong public law department, which is best known for its expertise in public-private partnerships, as well as complex contentious and regulatory matters. The practice is co-headed by founding partners Ricard Nel-Lo, who is well versed in public procurement; skilled litigator Ignacio Toda; and Javier García, who is frequently involved in proceedings against the public administrations, and has extensive experience in urban planning and public procurement.

Testimonials

They carry out a preliminary advisory work that avoids a lot of litigation. They manage to put themselves in their client’s shoes, trying to avoid unnecessary costs and loss of time.’

The ease of access to all the members of the team who deal with our judicial matters and/or relations with the Administration. The partners Ignacio Toda and Javier Sánchez are always available to discuss our doubts or strategies for both present and future issues. Especially Mr. Ignacio Toda has always accepted our requests to negotiate in person with the Administrations involved, providing imaginative solutions and facilitating the acceptance by them.’

Key clients

APPLUS +

Fútbol Club Barcelona (FCB)

FCC

Puerto de Barcelona

Moventia

Federación Española de Baloncesto

Fira Internacional de Barcelona

Institució Familiar d’Educació

Teiin

Aigües Ter-Llobregat

Green Clover Capital

Pronisa

Elecnor

Almirall

Accord-Healthcare

Work highlights

  • Advised Applus+ on all matters related to the new regulation of the ITV licenses in Catalonia.
  • Acted for Fútbol Club Barcelona (FCB) in preparing a legal opinion to request the Catalan Government (Generalitat de Catalunya) not to apply for a guarantee for the new President of the club as the state law is not applicable in Catalonia.
  • Advised Grupo FCC on the sale of its participation in Cedinsa, Ceal 9 and Urbicsa.