Transport: Other transport in Spain

Augusta Abogados

Aviation specialist Augusta Abogados advises on the status of ownership and charges over aircraft, engines and other items of equipment for the purposes of internal audits or sale, lease and finance transactions. The firm has broad experience in repossession of aircraft within Spain, including repossessions in insolvency, as well as in the design of strategies for debt recovery. Other areas of expertise include retail, health and the emerging area of drone law. Sergi Giménez advises airlines, lessors and financiers in a range of issues. He co-leads the team with Jaime Fernández Cortés, who has experience dealing with customer complaint matters.

Practice head(s):

Sergi Gimenez; Jaime Fernández Cortés

Other key lawyers:

David Castaño

Testimonials

The Augusta team offers specialized technical advice in the aircraft sector derived from its participation in numerous transactions with the most relevant operators in the market, as well as internal knowledge of the business itself and the companies themselves.’

‘In our case, our advisor has been David Castaño, of whom it is worth highlighting his high degree of involvement and availability throughout the negotiation and closing of the transaction, apart from his great technical knowledge of the matter.’

Full access to partners with high availability and deep knowledge and experience. Complete management of certain processes (registration and deregistration of aircraft). Absolute satisfaction.’

‘Deep knowledge, great experience, full access to partners. Namely Segi Gimenez.’

Key clients

Ryanair

Norwegian Air Shuttle

Vueling

United Airlines

Thomas Cooks Airlines

TUI Nordic

AerCap

Luxair

Lauda Motion

Swiftair

Volotea

Gestair

Work highlights

  • Managed to avoid the liquidation of the Spanish airline of the Thomas Cook Group through a sale in an insolvency proceeding while preserving the air operator’s license and all jobs.
  • Acted in several court proceedings on behalf of VOLOTEA regarding consumer claims in Spain for breach of EU Regulation 261.
  • Assisted in administrative proceedings on behalf of RYANAIR before the Spanish Aviation Safety Agency (AESA) and consumer agencies in connection with passenger claims and regulatory matters.

Ashurst LLP

Specialising in public law and transport projects, Ashurst LLP has particular experience in railway, roads and air services. The firm advises on the public law aspects of transport projects, M&A transactions and other corporate matters in the context of transportation projects. Infrastructure is another area of expertise. Manuel López leads the team and focuses on project finance in the infrastructure sector, with notable strength in transport infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Manuel López

Other key lawyers:

Soledad Adell

Key clients

John Laing Group

Iridium Concesiones

Babcock Mission Critical Services

Gateway Infrastructure Investments

Corsair Capital

Sociedad de Economía Mixta Los Tranvías de Zaragoza

Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios Internacional, S.L.

Work highlights

  • Advising Iridium (ACS Group) as majority owner of the road in the amendments to the credit facilities agreement (project financing) amounting to €160m and required authorisations by the lenders in the context of the disposal of a majority stake in the road.
  • Advising John Laing on its consortium with Acciona in connection with the “Extraordinary Road Investment Plan” (PIC) of the Spanish government.
  • Advising Babcock in connection with several aircraft finance transactions, including sale and purchase agreements and guarantees to be granted under lease agreements.

Cuatrecasas

The multi-disciplinary transport team at Cuatrecasas has broad expertise across M&A, finance, regulation, public procurement, competition, international trade and litigation. The firm is particularly active for companies involved in freight transport, passenger train, road and air transport, as well as public companies, including state, regional and municipal entities. The practice is also advising in the innovative area of Vehículos de Turismo con Conductor (VTC) vehicles and other systems supported by technology platforms. The team is jointly led by public procurement specialist Jorge Botella; Juan Carlos Hernanz, who has experience in consultancy and litigation in regulated sectors, public services and administrative concessions; Irene Moreno-Tapias, who focuses on distribution agreements and abuse of dominant position issues; and Andrew Ward, who handles distribution agreements and abuse of dominant position.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Botella; Juan Carlos Hernanz; Irene Moreno-Tapias; Andrew Ward

Key clients

AIR EUROPA

BERGE

TRANSPORT METROPOLITANS DE BARCELONA (TMB)

SEAT

TRANSFESA – DEUTSCHE BAHN

SCNF

GLOBALVIA

FERROCARRILS GENERALITAT DE CATALUNYA

AENA

SWISSPORT

Work highlights

  • Advising Operadores de Logística Integral (LTK) on selling all its share capital to German company Rhenus Beteiligungen International.
  • Advising Wotrant Technologies (Wtransmet) on selling Briver e-logistics to Ninjatruck (Ontruck).
  • Advising Samaipata Ventures on a new round of investment in Ontruck.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

The ‘varied, multi-disciplinary team’ at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo can ‘attend to any type of matter’, and is ‘one of the leading aviation practices in Spain’. The firm handles aviation finance, automotive, road and rail matters. The practice’s expertise in transportation, logistics and aviation covers the gamut of relevant business, legal and regulatory aspects. The team is co-led by Fernando Herrero, who focuses on asset financing, particularly of vessels and aircraft; automotive specialist Ainara Rentería; and Irene Fernández Puyol, who handles public law and regulatory issues in the transport sector.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Herrero; Ainara Rentería; Irene Fernández Puyol

Other key lawyers:

Carlos Rueda; José Canalejas; Marina Carreño; Miguel Ángel García Otero

Testimonials

The Gómez-Acebo & Pombo team frequently participates in commercial aircraft financing operations, with good knowledge of the matter.’

It has a varied, multidisciplinary team that can attend to any type of matter.’

‘Very good service at a good price. They have an automotive specialist.’

Ainara Renteria leads the Automotive practice which is unique among law firms. Her knowledge and expertise about current and future legal issues is at a very high level.’

‘Ainara Renteria has extensive knowledge of the sector and legal issues related to business development. She provides a lot of security in decision-making and coordinates in an excellent way legal matters of all kinds. The reliability and speed of your work is at a very high level.’

‘G-AP are certainly one of, if not the, leading aviation practices in Spain.’

‘Fernando Herrero is great to work with – very responsive and provides clear advice. He has a good team of associates working with him.’

This office has a large team of specialists according to the corresponding area. In general, a professional team, with high availability and that gives quick answers.’

Key clients

Export Development Canada (EDC)

Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank

Chorus Aviation Inc. (CHR)

HEH Hamburger EmissionsHaus GmbH & Cie. KG

SDH Wings International Leasing Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

Pembroke Capital Limited

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank Limited (London Branch)

Goshawk Aviation Limited

ITOCHU Corporation

Fuyo General Lease Co., Ltd.

BBAM Aircraft Leasing & Management

AeroCentury Corp

Iberia, Líneas Aéreas de España, S.A. Operadora.

Vueling Airlines, S.A.

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Yamasa

AIG

Morgan Stanley

K Aviation Leasing Corporation 1A DAC

KEB Hana Bank, Singapore Branch

Aviator IV, 3444 Limited

Airborne Capital Limited

Automotive & Industrial Systems, a division of Panasonic Corporation

Work highlights

  • Provides ongoing advice to Moove Cars Group/King Street in regulatory, employment, compliance and corporate matters and different claims against the legislative and administrative resolutions adopted by the government.
  • Provides regular advice to Hyundai in corporate, commercial, data protection, compliance and tax matters.
  • Advised IAG / Iberia, Líneas Aéreas de España, Operadora and Morgan Stanley in relation with a bridge loan facility, which will be secured against six aircraft mortgaged under English Law.

López-Ibor Abogados

Known for ‘aviation expertise and experience in contracts and enforcement’, López-Ibor Abogados provides a ‘depth of knowledge, skills and an ability to distill legal arguments to their most concise and effective elements'. The firm advises on leases and maintenance of aircraft and aviation engines, the sale and financing of all types of aeronautical equipment and the establishment of guarantees, as well as litigation and arbitration in the area. The ‘experienced, knowledgeable and responsiveAlfonso López-Ibor focuses on commercial, financial and banking law, as well as litigation, arbitration and air transport law.

Practice head(s):

Alfonso López-Ibor

Other key lawyers:

Pablo Stöger; Olivia López-Ibor

Testimonials

‘Lopez Ibor are an experienced firm who have advised us on multiple transactions in the Spanish market.’

‘Alfonso López-Ibor understands what we as a lessor would seek and has his finger on the pulse in terms of what is typically being sought and agreed with airlines and lessors/financiers.’

‘Aviation expertise and experience for contracts and enforcement.’

‘Alfonso Lopez-Ibor is an experienced operator in our field with good reputation and always ready with practical advice that takes into account local circumstances and developments. He is always familiar and up to date with the Spanish aviation landscape and the various changes that have occurred over the past years.’

‘Alfonso Lopez-Ibor is very experienced, knowledgeable and responsive.’

‘Strong industry experience, long standing relationship with and deep understanding of our company and operations in Spain.’

‘Pablo Stoger is hard working, attentive and diligent.’

Key clients

Jet2.Com Limited / Jet2holidays Limited

Ryanair DAC

Fortress Investment Group

Dart Group PLC

Orix Aviation Systems Limited

Merx Aviation Servicing Limited

BBAM Aircraft Leasing & Management

Dubai Aerospace (DAE)

Pine River Aviation Corporation

EXECAIRE (IMP GROUP LIMITED)

Goshawk Aviation Limited

Genesis Aircraft Services Limited

WNG Capital LLC

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS)

General Electric Company

AerSale Aviation Limited

SMBC Aviation Capital

Aircastle Advisor LLC

Milestone Aviation

AMCK Aviation

China Aircraft Leasing Company Limited (CALC)

Work highlights

  • Advised SMBC Aviation Capital on the sale and lease back of several aircraft.
  • Advised GECAS on implications of the Covid outbreak in Spain.
  • Advised Genesis/WNG Capital on the first enforcement of an IDERA in Spain because of the insolvency of Thomas Cook.

Rogers & Co. Abogados

The ‘strong and knowledgeable’ team at Rogers & Co. Abogados is ‘proactive in its approach’ and has ‘up-to-date knowledge of the insurance market and international conventions’. The firm covers litigation, drafting and revision of contracts, and administrative licenses, advising national and international insurers, logistics operators, freight forwarders and road hauliers, among others. The ‘excellentLuis Alberto García leads the team and has broad expertise in the transport space. Founding partner Marie Rogers is also highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Luis Alberto García

Other key lawyers:

Marie Rodgers; David Diez Ramos

Testimonials

‘Marie Rodgers and her team treat their clients like people and not just customers. The fact that is it not a huge firm but more family run makes it approachable and unique.’

‘Clear and detailed opinions on claims from the outset and with fees set out, so you know what you are getting into…  Marie Rodgers and Louis Alberto Garcia provided excellent assistance.’

‘The team is very easy to access. They always answer promptly. Their advice is comprehensive and of high quality. They can always give fee estimates, but also do collection of debts against a success fee. Marie, Luis and David are always easy to reach. If anybody is out of the office, one of the other ones usually answers promptly.’

‘They have accurate knowledge on CMR/logistics. They are all fluent in English. Advice is practical. Our clients are happy with their advice. Very Knowledgeable, experience of both the UK Markets but with expertise in Spanish Jurisdiction.’

‘Marie Rogers – excellent communicator, attentive to client needs. David Diez Ramos – understands the problem and seeks a solution.’

‘Luis Alberto Garcia from Rogers and Co is very reactive and give clear and advanced explanations. He raises all the hypothesis in order to find the best solutions for the client.’

‘Luis Alberto Garcia is available at any time, reactive and explains simply the specificities of the Spanish legislation that we are not necessarily familiar with.’

Key clients

SAMSUNG SDS GLOBAL

DHL EXEL SUPPLY CHAIN

CHUBB EUROPEAN GROUP SE

AIG EUROPE SA

AXA XL

REALE SEGUROS GENERALES SA

RSA LUXEMBOURG SA

MS AMLIN MARINE NV

WK WEBSTERS

ITAL

MARSH

PEQUOD ASSOCIATES

AIR CHARTER SERVICES

Work highlights

  • Advised CHUBB EUROPEAN GROUP SE in the trial appealed against by the courier company responsible for the loss of several lots of gold.
  • Provided advice to REALE in relation to the coverage of a claim for theft of a shipment of clothing.
  • Provided advice to RSA LUXEMBOURG regarding damage to goods carried by rail where containers derailed from the track.

Uría Menéndez

Particularly strong in aviation and shipping finance, Uría Menéndez also handles contentious and non-contentious logistics, transportation, urban mobility and technology matters. Combining cross-border transactional, litigation and regulatory expertise, the firm’s clients include port operators, terminals, tech companies, carriers by road, airlines, freight forwarders, shippers, energy and insurance companies. Practice head Carlos López-Quiroga specialises in maritime law and has experience in M&A in the transport sector, shipbuilding and tax lease structures. Also active in the area is associate Sofía Rodríguez Torres, who advises on domestic and international corporate, finance, maritime, aviation and transport law.

Practice head(s):

Carlos López-Quiroga

Other key lawyers:

Sofía Rodríguez Torres; Luz Martínez de Azcoitia; José Sánchez-Fayos; Nicolás Nägele

Key clients

Cosco Shipping Ports (Spain) Holding, Sociedad Limitada

Santander Consumer Finance

Cruceros de Málaga, S.A.

Europac Papeles y Cartones de Europa, S.L

Creuers del Port de Barcelona S.A.

Delta Airlines

DHL

Marina Barcelona 92

The Export Import Bank of China

American Airlines

IATA

Coca Cola European Partners Iberia (CCEP)

Amazon Spain Fulfillment, S.L.

Royal Caribbean

Wizzair

DVB Bank SE

Banco Santander, S.A.

Bankia, S.A.

Banco de Sabadell, S.A.

Astilleros Canarios, S.A.

COPEMAR, S.A.

Ferrovial, S.A.

Impala Terminals Huelva, S.L.

Enagás, S.A.

DNB Bank ASA

CaixaBank, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Santander Consumer Finance with the legal implications and the preparation of the contractual framework for the launching of Wabi, a novel car subscription service that allows users to reserve a vehicle for personal use via app or online.
  • Advised Amazon on different matters related to mobility, regulatory aspects and negotiation with Spanish administrative authorities on the transportation of its goods through private individuals in their automobiles.
  • Advising Cosco Shipping (formerly Noatum) on finance and corporate matters, as well as the regulatory and commercial law aspects of the operation of its ports and dry port terminals in Spain.

Aiyon Abogados SLP

With broad geographic coverage in Spain thanks to its multiple offices, Aiyon Abogados SLP has ‘experience in all kinds of issues that arise in the ground transportation sector’. Among its areas of expertise are freight and cargo claims, sanctioning proceedings, cargo handling contracts, insurance contracts and air accidents, as well as the sale, purchase, leasing and financing of aircraft. The team is led by Enrique Ortiz, Zuberoa Elorriaga, Veronica Meana, Mikel Garteiz-Goxeaskoa and Jose Dominguez.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Ortiz; Zuberoa Elorriaga; Veronica Meana; Mikel Garteiz-Goxeaskoa; Jose Dominguez

Testimonials

The AIYON team is available 24/7. The AIYON team have extensive experience in all kinds of issues that arise in the ground transportation sector. The proximity of the AIYON lawyer in his permanent communications with his clients (managers, carriers, drivers, consignees, insurance, lawyers, etc.), makes the matter work much better, obtaining all the information of interest quickly and therefore obtaining better results.’

‘Quick response (24/7 availability) focused on solving the problem thanks to extensive legal training and deep technical knowledge of the land transport sector. The firm involves, in the specific case that is the object of work and at no extra cost to the client, the AIYON lawyer with the most experience in these types of matters, which gives quick responses and great results in land transportation disputes. AIYON’s lawyers know and are up to date with the most recent jurisprudence of the Spanish courts on land transport issues. Easy communication with AIYON attorneys and their honesty. Enrique Ortiz Bastos (partner) Zubero Elorriaga Gisbert (partner).’

‘Great availability, closeness in the deal.’

Dentons

Dentons specialises in aviation finance transactions, as well as advising on a range of financings in the transport sector, including shipment, vessels and roll stock markets. The firm has experience representing banks, funds and other financing institutions in aircraft financings and leases, registrations, repossessions, commercial and operating contracts, tax leases and M&A-related operations. Practice head Jabier Badiola focuses on assisting national and international financial entities, insurance companies and investment funds on a range of transactions and financing matters in the area.

Practice head(s):

Jabier Badiola

Other key lawyers:

Ignacio Fernandez; Luis Belart

Key clients

BANCO SANTANDER, S.A.

MUNICH ERGO ASSET MANAGEMENT

China Minsheng Bank

Bain Capital, L.P.

Carlyle Aviation Partners

Jackson Square Aviation, LLc

MUFG Bank Ltd

Castelake, L.P.

Norddeutsche Landesbank

Avolon Aerospace Leasing Limited

Wamos Air, S.A.

Rolls-Royce, Plc

Novobanco, S.A.

Bank of China Aviation

Natixis Singapore Branch

Goshawk Aviation

Abanca Corporación Bancaria, S.A.

Banco Cooperativo Español, S.A.

CAIXABANK, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Provided legal advice to MEAG MUNICH ERGO ASSET MANAGEMENT, as noteholders, on the financing of Eliance Group. The purpose of the financing was the early repayment of the Group’s debt and the acquisition of certain aircraft.
  • Advised Carlyle Aviation on the $380m securitisation transaction related to various aircraft leased to Spanish operating companies.
  • Advised a syndicate of Spanish banks formed by Banco Cooperativos Español, Novobanco and Abanca Corporación Bancaria in relation to the acquisition financing of an Airbus aircraft model A330-200 by a Spanish SPV subsidiary of Sigrun Partners.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland stands out for its knowledge in multi-modal transport, freight forwarding, trading documents and commercial law. Other areas of expertise for the team include rail-related matters, shipping finance, infrastructure finance, and administrative law, and the firm also acts for clients in accidents and breaches of contracts. The team is led by Juan Díaz Hidalgo, Alberto Dorrego de Carlos, Antonio Bravo and Crisanto Pérez-Abad.

Practice head(s):

Juan Díaz Hidalgo; Alberto Dorrego de Carlos; Antonio Bravo; Crisanto Pérez-Abad

Key clients

IATA

AEFP (Spanish Association of Private Railway Operators)

Leizarán Mariezcurrena

ABERTIS

ALSA

ATUC (Asociación de Empresas Gestoras de los Transportes Urbanos Colectivos)

INDIGO

Work highlights

  • Advising a bus company in the context of infringement proceedings brought by the Regional Competition Authority in Navarra.
  • Advising ABERTIS in the strategy, direction and conduction of the judicial action at the Supreme Court of spain against the Government of Spain related to the expansion of a highway capacity.
  • Represented ALSA successfully on its appeal against the tendering for public road passenger transport concessions carried out by the Spanish government (Ministerio de Fomento).

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Focusing primarily on aviation and rail, Watson Farley & Williams LLP covers the spectrum of aviation finance and leasing transactions for commercial aircraft, helicopters and private jets. As well as advising financiers and purchasers of rolling stock in the rail sector, the firm also has a particular specialism in helicopter assets. Transport finance expert Alfredo Cabellos leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Alfredo Cabellos

Other key lawyers:

Laura Cadenas

Key clients

Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing Holdings Limited

Avolon Aerospace Leasing Limited

Era Helicopters

Deutsche Bank

Banco Santander

Work highlights

  • Advising a syndicate of five banks in the restructuring of the Spanish debt of a Brazilian port, in a complex ECA-backed, cross-border transaction.
  • Advising Avolon on various leases to Spanish airlines in the current complex market situation.
  • Advised Alpha Trains on the Spanish aspects of its multi-million cross-border and multi-jurisdictional financing.