Firms To Watch: Transport: Other transport

With the arrival of Miguel Nieto and the subsequent establishment of a transport and mobility practice in April 2021, Pinsent Masons LLP provides advice on planning and development, financing and dispute resolution.

Transport: Other transport in Spain

Clyde & Co LLP

With senior partner Enrique Navarro at the helm, Clyde & Co LLP‘s aviation and transport team extends its reach to a number of sectors, with multinational airlines, insurers, carriers, retailers and operators making up the practice’s key clients. Notable areas of work include regulatory compliance, product liability and passenger claims, with associate Carlos Cid handling matters surrounding the transport of goods, aviation claims and insurance.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Navarro

Other key lawyers:

Carlos Cid


‘Practical approach and close to the client, with a deep knowledge of the sector.’

Work highlights

  • Advising a client in the aviation sector and its insurers in claims for compensation as a consequence of an accident.
  • Advising a client in connection with an accident in Spain in 2015.
  • Advising an airline in all claims by passengers in Spain and in connection with all the regulatory work with the authority (AESA, Spanish Air Safety Agency).

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo‘s transport, aviation, automotive and mobility group is sought out by a host of clients for its ‘quality‘ advice on IP rights, the implementation of new sales channels, compliance, competition and aviation finance matters. Fernando Herrero, Ainara Rentería and Irene Fernández Puyol share leadership of the practice; as individual standouts, Herrero focuses on asset financing operations, Rentería brings particular expertise in relation to the automotive sector as the head of the sector’s department, and Fernández adds to the group’s public and regulatory law offering. Associate and asset finance expert José Canalejas is also noted.

Other key lawyers:

Marina Carreno Torano; José Canalejas


‘The team provide excellent and timely advice on Spanish related legal matters.’

‘Closeness and constant search for feedback. I’d highlight Ainara Renteria.’

‘Fernando Herrero Suarez and Marina Carreno Torano both provide excellent and timely advice when required.’

‘A lot of quality, with a great knowledge of the sector. Magnificent professionals, easy to contact and imaginative in defending matters. Great support from other areas and teamwork with the client.’

‘Ainara Rentería is very hardworking. Easy to contact and very open to client needs, with a great team in other areas of the department.’

Key clients

AeroCentury Corp


Airborne Capital

Aviator IV, 3444

BBAM Aircraft Leasing & Management

Chorus Aviation

Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank

Export Development Canada

Fuyo General Lease

Goshawk Aviation

HEH Hamburger EmissionsHaus


ITOCHU Corporation

K AVIATION Leasing Corporation 1A

Morgan Stanley


Pembroke Capital

SDH Wings International Leasing

Standard Chartered Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank

VMO Aircraft Leasing

Vueling Airlines


Hyundai Motor España

Ford España

Automotive & Industrial Systems

Accell Group

Lotus Group


Moove Cars Group/King Street



Ola Electrics

Mobis Parts Europe

VLD Bus & Coach

Xpeng Motors

Scutum Logistic

Mitsubishi B&M Automoviles Retail

ViaVan Technologies


Gate Gourmet



Las Fallas Leasing DAC


Grupo Carreras






Junta de Andalucía

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria

Banco Santander

Banco Santander

Bank of America Europe DAC

Bank of America

Bank of China Limited

BNP Paribas


CitiCorp North America

Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft, Filiale Luxemburg

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Credit Suisse

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs


HSBC Continental Europe

J.P. Morgan

JPMorgan Chase Bank

KEB Hana Bank, Singapore Branch

Morgan Stanley Bank

Morgan Stanley Senior Funding


National Westminster Bank

Nomura Babcock & Brown


Standard Chartered Bank

The Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank

Sanno Investment



Work highlights

  • Representing Ford España against a damages claims arising out of the sanction by the competition authorities.
  • Advising Moove Cars Group in regulatory, employment, compliance and corporate matters and different claims against legislative and administrative resolutions adopted by the government.
  • Advising IAG and the financiers on a $1.75m IAG financing transaction by means of a secured multi-borrower revolving credit facility which will be available for a period of three years with two one-year extension periods.

López-Ibor Abogados

López-Ibor Abogados‘ ‘undoubted expertise‘ paired with its specialisation in aircraft leasing places it as a top choice for foreign lessors and banks. Apart from this key area of work, the team is also active with regard to aviation disputes, the sale and financing of aeronautical equipment, and the establishment of guarantees. Leading the practice is ‘hugely knowledgeable‘ founder Alfonso López-Ibor, with a broad practice encompassing finance, aviation law, litigation and arbitration, accompanied by associate Olivia López-Ibor, an air transport financing expert. Pablo Stöger is another key contact, well regarded for suggesting ‘multiple options to solve any problem‘.

Practice head(s):

Alfonso López Ibor

Other key lawyers:

Pablo Stöger; Olivia López-Ibor


‘High quality client support, attentive, hard working, industry expertise. Excellent language skills too.’

‘The team at Lopez-Ibor apply their undoubted expertise in the sector in a very effective and efficient manner to a given situation, so as to add genuine added value relative to costs.’

‘Alfonso Lopez-Ibor is a consummate professional and effective operator in the sector at ‘getting things done’, as well as being hugely-knowledgeable, accessible, and an excellent communicator.

‘Alfonso Lopez-Ibor Alino and Olivia Lopez-Ibor Jaume are very responsive and knowledgeable, in particular with respect to matters of aviation law in Spain and aircraft leasing and financing transactions there.’

‘Highly responsive with excellent to the point, pragmatic advice. A go-to counsel for Spanish legal aviation matters.’

‘Alfonso Lopez-Ibor is excellent. Highly response, attention to detail, pragmatic advice. Understands the clients needs, often with tight timelines.’

‘The team is always available and their way of dealing with any matter, with clarity and honesty, gives the peace of mind to be able to openly discuss the different options available.’

‘Pablo Stöger is always available to deal with any matter and very decisive, providing different options on how to solve any matter.’

Key clients


Milestone Aviation Group Limited

Merx Aviation Servicing Limited

Pegasus Hava Taşimaciliği

Genesis Aero

Sprite I

Smbc Aviation Capital Limited

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise


Wings Capital Partners

Aircastle Advisor

Sirius Aviation Capital

Minsheng Commercial Aviation

Nordic Aviation Capital

Norse Atlantic Asa

Fortress Investment Group

Air Lease Corporation

Jpl Stratos


Jet2.Com Limited

Jet2holidays Limited

Ryanair Group

Spanish International Aircraft Maintenance

Work highlights

  • Advised a global long-term helicopter leasing company which is owned by GECAS with regard to the lease of several helicopters to Spanish entities.
  • Advised SMBC on the sale and purchase of several aircraft registered in Spain.
  • Advised Aircastle on the lease and lease novation of a number of aircraft leased to Spanish airlines.

Rogers & Co. Abogados

The Rogers & Co. Abogados‘ transport practice is noted for growing ‘parallel to the requirements and necessities of the market’, fostering a strong foundation for its advising of logistics operators, air brokers, road hauliers, insurers, freight forwarders and airlines. With the Spanish Association of Shippers as a key client, the firm often acts in recovery actions, accident claims and regulatory matters. Leading these efforts from Madrid is Luis Alberto García, a recognised practitioner with experience across the gamut of transport matters.

Practice head(s):

Luis Alberto García


‘The involvement of the office with the client must be highlighted, to the point of immersing itself in the details of the operation of the processes related to the transport of goods, to offer totally personalised advice to the specificities of the company.’

‘It differs from other law firms, not only because of its proximity and involvement, but also because of its agility and flexibility. It is a modern office, with an extraordinary ability to adapt to the needs of the client in changing environments.’

‘They maintain a very close relationship with the client, going deeper, as far as necessary, to respond to each specific need that arises. The ability to transmit legal concepts in a simple and accessible language to personnel in charge of transport in companies, professionals without any legal knowledge who must ensure compliance with legislative requirements, both in physical operations as well as in commercial relations.’

Key clients

Asociación Española de Cargadores

AIG Europe

Chubb European Group

Reclaim Consulting Services

RSA Luxembourg


Samsung SDS Global

W.E. Cox

Work highlights

  • Representing a road haulier entity in relation to the theft of a large consignment of technological equipment.
  • Defending a warehouse owner in relation to the damages sustained by the goods in the warehouse.
  • Defending insurers in relation to the heirs of a pilot killed in an aircraft crash.


Cuatrecasas features a dedicated team across multiple areas of expertise, offering a multidisciplinary approach in relation to corporate, M&A, finance, regulatory, competition and litigation matters. Among other highlights, the team advised Deutsche Post on its acquisition of JF Hillebrand, a German logistics company, with other key clients including the likes of Air Nostrum, Aena and Transitia.

Key clients

Deutsche Post

Fuse Venture Partners

Neratech Media

Air Nostrum



Stoneshield Capital

Grupo Logístico Suardiaz

Bankinter Logística

Gestión de Infraestructuras de Castilla – La Mancha

Sem Tranvías De Zaragoza

Beacon Rail

Granada Propco


Transportes Terrestres Cántabros

Ergon Logistic Park



Transportes Urbanos y Servicios Generales

Ferrocarril Metropolita


Carreras Grupo Logístico

Metro Ligero Oeste

Transfesa Logistics

Transmol Logistica

Sertrans Catalunya

Technical Logistic Transport

Martico Valencia


Busturialdea Lea Artibai Bus



Geodis Cl Spai

Riojana de Autocares

Trenes de Navarra


Deutsche Lufthansa

Transportes Calsina & Carré

Serveis Generals De Mobilitat I Transpor

Thomas Cook

Work highlights

  • Advised Deutsche Post on the Spanish and Portuguese elements of acquiring German logistics company JF Hillebrand.
  • Advised Fuse Venture Partners on a new funding round (Series D) for Paack Logistics.
  • Advised Neratech Media on legal matters relating to its merger with GoTo Global Mobility.


With a strong financing background, the team at Dentons is often involved in high-profile transactions surrounding the aircraft and engine, shipment and vessel, and rail markets. Jabier Badiola, acting as managing partner, leads the practice with experience advising on acquisition, structured and project finance as well as corporate lending and debt structuring. Associate Ignacio Fernandez is another standout practitioner, drawing from his experience in cross-border aircraft financing transactions to support the team’s representation of asset holders and aircraft financers.

Practice head(s):

Jabier Badiola

Other key lawyers:

Ignacio Fernandez

Key clients

Pricoa Private Capital

Goal Aviation

Eliance Holding

Carlyle Aviation Partners

Banco Santander

Munich Ergo Asset Management

China Minsheng Bank

Bain Capital

Jackson Square Aviation



Norddeutsche Landesbank

Avolon Aerospace Leasing Limited

Wamos Air



Bank of China Aviation

Natixis Singapore Branch

Goshawk Aviation

Abanca Corporación Bancaria

Banco Cooperativo Español


Evelop Aviation

Work highlights

  • Advised Pricoa Private Capital in relation to the €180m long-term loan agreement granted to Autopistas del Atlántico Concesionaria Española.
  • Advised GOAL Aviation on the acquisition and lease of three airbus A320 aircraft to be bought from Air Asia to then be leased to Volotea.
  • Advising Finance Copter on the acquisition of two EC135T3 airbus helicopters, and the lease with a purchase option of another two EC135T3 airbus helicopters.

Eversheds Sutherland

Sourcing notable expertise from a global office network, Eversheds Sutherland‘s client base features key players in the rail industry, which the team advises on infringement procedures, preliminary investigations, the financing of infrastructure projects, rail concessions and franchises. Founding partner Jacobo Martínez is one of four key figures at the practice, distinguished for his experience in employment law matters. On another front, Alberto Dorrego is a ‘top-class lawyer specialised in transport‘, with an emphasis on public law issues, while Antonio Bravo spearheads the group’s dispute resolution offering. Also a key practitioner, Crisanto Pérez-Abad focuses on the defence of companies involved in sanctioning procedures for cartel infringement. Banking and finance expert Manuel López joined the firm from Ashurst LLP in December 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Manuel López


‘Alberto Dorrego is a top-class lawyer specialised in transport all over Europe; that makes an outstanding difference.’

‘There is not a better lawyer in transport than Alberto Dorrego; in terms of knowledge and his ability to reflect such a knowledge in a practical way, he is simply outstanding.’

Key clients




Captrain España





Arriva Galicia




Pérez-Llorca‘s combined expertise in the aviation, transport, mobility and automotive industries makes its transport practice a popular choice for airlines and mobility, infrastructure, logistics and service companies. Key areas of work for the firm include corporate and M&A, public law and dispute resolution. Julio Lujambio leads the team, spearheading the practice’s corporate offering, while Beatriz García, a public law expert, is active in public procurement and litigation with regard to regulatory matters at a national and supranational level.

Practice head(s):

Julio Lujambio

Other key lawyers:

Beatriz García

Key clients



Globalvia Inversiones

Air Europa

Free Now



Royal Caribean


Work highlights

  • Advised Volotea and the company’s shareholders on all of the corporate matters of the investment of a total of €210m through an equity-like instrument.
  • Advised one of the largest truck manufacturing groups belonging to the Volkswagen Group on all proceedings initiated by truck purchasers claiming damages allegedly arising from anti-competitive practices.
  • Advised Air Europa in its entering into a syndicated loan agreement for a period of five years valued at €141m, partially guaranteed by the Spanish government.

Uría Menéndez

With a practice catering to aviation, rail, urban mobility and logistics clients, Uría Menéndez draws from the expertise of practitioners based across Madrid, London, New York and several other major cities. The multidisciplinary team covers a range of areas, extending to aviation finance, regulatory matters, the implementation of digital platforms and M&A. The shipping, transport and logistics group is led by Carlos López-Quiroga, a maritime law expert with expertise in M&A transactions in the transport sector. A team of associates supports these efforts, with notable practitioners including Luz Martínez De Azcoitia, also active on the M&A and financing front, and Nicolás Nägele, an expert in the development, operation and acquisition of infrastructure and transport companies.

Practice head(s):

Carlos López-Quiroga

Key clients

Santander Consumer Finance

Coca Cola European Partners Iberia

C.H. Robinson Europe

One Asia

Zhejiang Cainiao Supply Chain Management


Work highlights

  • Advising Cainiao on its entry into the Spanish market by reviewing the legal status of its activity from public and private-law perspectives.
  • Advised Santander Consumer Finance on the legal implications and the preparation of the contractual framework for the launching of Wabi, a novel car subscription service.
  • Advised CCEP on various land-transport regulatory matters and on the negotiation, termination and resolution of transport and logistics agreements.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP‘s maritime, aviation and transport practice is distinguishable for its multidisciplinary offering to clients in the aviation sector. Under the leadership of Alfredo Cabellos, the practice is also recognised for its ‘unique wide-body aircraft acquisition‘ expertise, with a further focus on the insolvency, registration and financing of commercial aircraft and private jets. Also noted is senior associate Laura Cadenas, who has close to 17 years of experience in financing matters applicable to the shipping and aviation sectors.

Practice head(s):

Alfredo Cabellos

Other key lawyers:

Laura Cadenas; Louise Mor; Patrick Moore


‘Quick response time to queries. Polite and professional team.’

‘WFW, in particular Alfredo Cabellos, Patrick Moore and Laura Cadenas are of tremendous help in negotiating new and used aircraft purchase and lease contracts.’

‘Louise Mor is always available, very reliable and professional.’

‘Very responsive, very friendly, very helpful team.’

‘Certainty, precision and sharpness in the knowledge of the national legal framework. Great business sense; support in contact with relevant industries necessary for the completion of a transaction.’

Key clients

Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing Holdings Limited

Avolon Aerospace Leasing Limited

Era Helicopters

Deutsche Bank

Banco Santander

Orix Aviations Systems Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising a syndicate of five banks on the restructuring of the Spanish debt of a Brazilian port in a complex ECA-backed, cross-border transaction.
  • Advising Dunas Capital Group on the acquisition of a new Airbus A321LR NEO aircraft to be leased to Transportes Aéreos Portugueses.
  • Advised Alpha Trains on the Spanish aspects of its multimillion cross-border and multi-jurisdictional financing.