Transport: Shipping in Spain

Albors Galiano Portales

A 'reference office in maritime law in Spain', Albors Galiano Portales advises shipowners, charterers and operators in a range of dry disputes, and also handles admiralty, shipbuilding, ship-finance contracts, vessel sale and purchase and yachting matters. Litigation and arbitration in all these areas is a key strength of the firm. The team is co-led by Eduardo Albors, who focuses on maritime, insurance and reinsurance law; Javier Portales, who specialises in maritime and aviation law, admiralty, marine insurance and transport issues; Barcelona-based Alfonso de Ochoa, who advises on maritime, transport, logistics, insurance, litigation and arbitration; and Palma de Mallorca-based Miguel Angel Serra, who has expertise in tax, real estate and shipping matters. Other key names include arbitrator in maritime and commercial matters Javier Galiano, and senior associate Maider Arrieta, who is an experienced shipping litigator.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Albors; Javier Portales; Alfonso de Ochoa; Miguel Angel Serra Guasch

Other key lawyers:

Javier Galiano; Maider Arrieta

Testimonials

Complete technical reliability, and a pragmatic approach to the possibilities offered by the case, define the firm’s performance.’

‘Eduardo Albors is one of the greats in the Spanish maritime sector. Jaime Albors provides a closeness and accessibility, complemented with a detailed study of the case and an attitude to solve problems that are frankly remarkable.’

‘An excellent trade oriented legal entity across several industries and range in size from industry leaders to fledgling operations. An excellent combination of Shipping, Banking & Finance and Spanish Legal Framework.’

‘Jaime Albors and Javier Portales understanding of shipping law on most complex situations.’

Javier Portales’ capacity, quality and availability are exceptional. He integrates in an excellent way into the work team and his interventions are always clear and correct.’

‘It is the reference office in maritime law in Spain. We highlight the lawyers Javier Galiano, Javier Portales, Eduardo Albors, Jaime Albors and Maider Arrieta.’

Key clients

Repsol Trading

Suardíaz Group

Bergé Group

Royal Sun Alliance Spain

APM Terminals

The Britannia Steamship Insurance Association

Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association Limited

Gard

General Directorate of the Merchant Marine

Marflet Marine, S.A.

Generali Global Corporate & Commercial Spain

Boluda Group

Grimaldi Group

North of England P&I Club

Standard Mutual

Balearia Lines

ALBACORA S.A.

Spliethoff B.V.

Barents Reinsurance

Abarca Companhia de Seguros y Reaseguros S.A.

Work highlights

  • Acting for BARENTS RE and ABARCA in a multi-jurisdictional dispute in connection with the cancellation of two shipbuilding contracts involving two coastal ferries.
  • Acting for Spliethoff, a heavy lift super yacht carrier, in connection with a salvage claim in the Port of Palma de Mallorca.
  • Advising the owners of the ALBACORA SEIS in relation to a dispute with hull insurers over the grounding of the vessel.

Avante Legal

The 'reliable, competent and accessibleAvante Legal is a boutique focusing on maritime, transport, insurance and reinsurance, dispute resolution and international trade law. The firm is ‘extraordinary for its level of legal knowledge and specialisation in the maritime field’, with expertise in domestic and international matters. Practice head Julio López Quiroga advises on a range of issues, including collisions, bill of lading disputes, charterparty agreements and maritime pollution issues. Other key names in the team include Antonio Quirós, who specialises in casualty work and marine insurance, acting for P&I clubs, shipowners, insurance companies and foreign law firms; the ‘excellentJacobo Tojeiro, who handles contentious and non-contentious shipping law, transport and insurance work; and associate Hannah de Bustos, who has notable experience in the field of shipping dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Julio López Quiroga

Other key lawyers:

Antonio Quirós; Jacobo Tojeiro; Hannah de Bustos

Testimonials

‘The team is extraordinary for its level of legal knowledge and specialization in the maritime field. I would highlight Antonio Quirós and Julio López Quiroga about my relationship with the firm.’

Technically very prepared team, probably the best in the market at a technical-legal level with great knowledge of the maritime transport sector both at a legal and business level and a very practical approach. Highlights its great availability and customer orientation to find realistic and innovative solutions. The whole team gets involved and provides service on the issues. They really work as a team.’

‘Julio López Quiroga has a unique knowledge of maritime transport regulations and Incoterms, both commercial and administrative, and he “rolls up” directly on the issues or in the review of contracts being very close on the issues. Hannah de Bustos has a great understanding of maritime transport and procedural law and, above all, a very practical approach.’

Since our Company has an exclusively maritime dedication, it is essential to have a team of lawyers specialized in the matter and in this sense Avante Legal meets our expectations and specialty requirements, deeply knowing the sector both for its specialization and for the experience achieved.’

‘I believe that the qualities to be highlighted in Jacobo Tojeiro are having a deep knowledge of the sector, a high technical knowledge and a practical and rational mentality that makes his advice effective and always pursuing and putting the client’s objectives above all. His practice, in short, is excellent.’

‘The proximity, the understanding of the problem and the involvement in the solution.’

‘Aside from being extremely good on maritime procedures in Spain they are very commercial and always willing to provide solutions to us/clients that go beyond a simple legal response which is always much appreciated.’

‘Antonio Quiros provides a superb service and will always make himself available urgently when needs must for clients. He is very knowledgeable on the law and also offers commercial solutions that are entirely appropriate.’

Key clients

Mapfre Seguros

Corporación de Prácticos de Vigo

Remolcanosa

The UK Steamship Assurance Association

RSA Luxembourg

Grandi Navi Veloci SpA

Industrias Ferri

Steamship Mutual

Work highlights

  • Advising the Remolcanosa on the salvage of the M/V “Super Servant 4” at Palma de Mallorca Port.
  • Representation of Steamship Mutual, the owner of the chemical vessel aground in the Ares estuary.
  • Representation of Grandi Navi Veloci, the owner and its insurer of the vessel that collided against the port terminal of the Barcelona Port.

Meana Green Maura & Co

Maritime specialist Meana Green Maura & Co has experience in wet and dry shipping law, operating out of its offices in key Spanish port cities including Barcelona, Algeciras, Bilbao and Valencia. Key names in the team are Pedro Maura, Jaime Soroa, Edmund Sweetman and Javier Zabala.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP has broad transport and shipping expertise, with particular experience in arbitration, logistics, marine personal injury, salvage, collision and pollution matters. Combining Spanish and English law knowledge, the firm is also active in private wealth and P&I issues. The team is jointly led by Juan Alegre, who specialises in wet and dry shipping; Bernardo Ruiz Lima, who handles insurance claims, logistics and transport issues, P&I and salvage proceedings; and Ernesto Rivera, whose strengths include shipping and international commercial law. Also notable is senior associate Victor Mata, who focuses on personal injury cases, contractual disputes and salvage proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Juan Alegre; Bernardo Ruiz Lima; Ernesto Rivera

Other key lawyers:

Ann Marsden; Victor Mata; Antonio de la Campa

Testimonials

‘Our experience with them has been and is very good and the level of the professionals with whom we interact has always been fluid and very agile, and therefore satisfactory, both in the quality of the service and in the treatment.’

‘Essentially the closeness and simplicity in dealing with them, their affability, and also the high degree of preparation and experience of the team that has worked with us.’

‘Bernardo Ruiz Lima and Victor Mata, both are two good professionals’

Key clients

AIG

DSV

Maersk Line

Navigators and General (Zurich Group)

Mapfre

Pantaenius

Sasemar

Boluda

Mediterranean Shipping Company

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of Copasa and Imathia in connection with proceedings commenced by Deugro (freight forwarder) regarding transport to Saudi Arabia in relation to the Haramain High Speed Train project.
  • Acted in recent years in more than 200 marine assistances on behalf of SASEMAR in order to recover premiums, awards and unpaid invoices for the salvage and tug services.
  • Acted for Navigators P&I in a coverage dispute with members.

SAN SIMON & DUCH

Advising across the spectrum of maritime industry matters, SAN SIMON & DUCH is highlighted for its 'human quality, technical competence, pragmatic orientation and geographical distribution'. The firm’s broad client base includes shipyards, shipowners, charterers, salvors, P&I clubs, insurers, insurance brokers, banks and financial institutions, port authorities and public administrations. The team is led by Luis de San Simón, who specialises in maritime, transport and insurance; maritime law expert Mercedes Duch; Diego de San Simón, who has experience in business, commercial and bankruptcy law; Carlos Cerdá, who focuses on maritime, commercial, bankruptcy and administrative law; and Ignacio Rodríguez, who has expertise in public, transport and maritime law.

Practice head(s):

Luis de San Simón; Mercedes Duch; Diego de San Simón; Carlos Cerdá; Ignacio Rodríguez

Testimonials

Human quality, technical competence, pragmatic orientation and geographical distribution – such a confluence of attributes distinguishes San Simón & Duch from the other outstanding Spanish law firms at this intersection of maritime law, intermodal transport, international trade and insurance. related.’

‘The Team of Luiz de San Simón and Diego de San Simón is very responsive and can be contacted whenever for assistance, which is of utmost importance in the sector. ’

The team’s reaction is immediate and effective because it is very knowledgeable about its practice.’

‘I highlight from the firm its deep knowledge of the sector in which it works, as well as the promptness in protecting our interests. Luis de San Simon has the pluses that make him a reference in his field. Mercedes Duch and Diego de San Simon are also outstanding members of the firm.’

Key clients

ST. ENFINEERING MARINE LTD.

Uría Menéndez

Advising insurers, reinsurers, P&I clubs and brokers, Uría Menéndez has particular strength acting for Scandinavian and US clients in shipping matters. The firm has substantial contentious and non-contentious expertise in maritime arbitration and M&A within the shipping and transport sector. Practice head Carlos López-Quiroga specialises in maritime law and has extensive experience in M&A in the transport sector, shipbuilding, tax lease structures for the acquisition of vessels, finance, transport and litigation. The team also benefits from the input of experienced associates, including José Sánchez-Fayos, who advises domestic and foreign shipping companies on a range of issues.

Practice head(s):

Carlos López-Quiroga

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Great experience, knowledge of the market: shipping, railway & others, plus international finance and Export Credit Agencies insurance.’

‘Great coordination of different parties interests (Banks, Insurance, Supplier, etc.)’.

‘Best in town on ship financing matters.’

‘Knowledge of Commercial Maritime Law is essential to efficiently manage the associated risks when establishing commercial maritime relations with third parties. However, it is a very specialized area where companies like ours do not have experience, despite being exposed to risks. Having Uría’s knowledge and experience has helped us to correctly focus on some aspects that we did not have under control.’

‘We have worked mainly with Carlos López-Quiroga, our experience has been very positive, highlighting for our part his experience in litigation resolution, his advice, his support, his quick response and his commitment to us.’

‘Full availability for the client, highest expertise and knowledge of the market and excellent customer relationship management. Reliable and adaptable team, they are rigorous while still maintaining a commercial point of view.’

Key clients

Ondimar Transportes Marítimos LDA

Aegopodium AS

Knutsen Group

Nueva Pescanova, S.L.

Astilleros Canarios, S.A.

Astilleros de Santander, S.A.

Marina Barcelona 92, S.A.

Muelles y Espacios Portuarios (MEPSA)

Cruceros de Málaga, S.A.

Creuers del Port de Barcelona, S.A.

Anchors Yachting Ltd

Astilleros Armón, S.A.

The International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC Funds)

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Ensco, Plc

Global Liman Isletmeleri, A.S.

Suncor Energy, INC.

Seadrill Global Services LTD

Steamship Mutual

Copemar

Mapfre

Generalli

MTM

Armas-Trasmediterránea

Cosco Shipping Ports (Spain) Holding, Sociedad Limitada

Anesco

Consthips Management Inc.

DeepOcean

VT Group

Klepierre Group

Clarkson Overseas Shipbroking Limited

Enagás, S.A.

DVB Bank SE

Banco Santander, S.A.

Bankia, S.A.

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.

Banco de Sabadell, S.A.

DNB Bank ASA

CaixaBank, S.A.

NATWEST

GIEK

Work highlights

  • Advised Impala in agreements with Minas de Aguas Tenidas for the storage and operation of concentrates in its terminal in the port of Huelva.
  • Advised SLEEPHOPPERZUIGERS (a group company of Van Oord Ship Management) on the tax lease documentation and delivery of the ship dredger VOX Amalia under the tax lease documents.
  • Advising Seadrill Global Services on several proceedings regarding invoices charged to the client for an alleged towing service.

Aiyon Abogados SLP

Top-level boutiqueAiyon Abogados SLP provides experience in ‘all types of matters that arise in the shipping sector: administrative, civil, commercial, wet and dry’. From offices in Madrid, Cádiz, Bilbao and Algeciras, the firm advises international institutions, insurance companies and P&I clubs. Other clients include shipping companies, shipping agents, freight forwarders, logistic companies and trading companies. The team has expertise in contentious and non-contentious maritime matters and is jointly led by Veronica Meana, Mikel Garteiz-Goxeaskoa, Zuberoa Elorriaga, Enrique Ortiz and Jose Dominguez.

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

The AIYON team is available 24/7. The AIYON team have extensive experience in all types of matters that arise in the Shipping sector (administrative, civil, commercial, wet / dry). The proximity of the AIYON lawyer in his permanent communications with his clients (shipowners / charterers, captains, crew, consignees, insurance, etc.), makes the matter work much better, obtaining all the information of interest quickly and therefore obtaining better results.’

‘AIYON is a top-level boutique office comparable in its specialty of Shipping with any top-level specialist office that may exist in Spain. They work regularly with law firms from other countries.’

‘Quick response (24/7 availability) focused on solving the problem thanks to extensive legal training and deep technical knowledge of the shipping sector. The firm involves, in the specific case and at no extra cost to the client, the AIYON lawyer with the most experience in this type of matter, which gives quick answers and great results.’

‘AIYON is a solid firm that, from its offices in Bilbao, Madrid, Cádiz and Algeciras, gives you face-to-face service throughout the Spanish territory. The great legal and technical training of AIYON lawyers in the shipping sector, who deeply know the business, the operation and its material execution. They know and are up to date with the most recent jurisprudence of the Spanish courts on shipping issues. Easy communication with AIYON attorneys and their honesty. Enrique Ortiz Bastos (partner) Jose Dominguez Castro (partner) Mikel Garteiz-goxeascoa (partner) Verónica Meana Larrucea (partner).’

Work highlights

  • Acts for IOPC FUND 1992 in the “PRESTIGE” oil pollution claim, and has represented the client before the Spanish Supreme Court and before the Court of Appeals of La Coruña.

Garrigues

Combining transport and shipping experts, the Garrigues team advises on wet and dry shipping, corporate law, dispute resolution, labour and regulatory matters. Clients include Lloyd's syndicate underwriters, shipowners, cargo owners, banks, shipyards and terminal container yards. Counsel Jesus Barbadillo leads the team and specialises in the shipping market, as well as advising on regulatory matters and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Jesús Barbadillo

Other key lawyers:

Manuel Betancor; Javier del Corte; María Cózar; Markus Gómez

Key clients

Naviera Armas S.A

Trasmediterránea

Travelers

Baleària

Teekay Shipping

Knutsen Group

Mapfre

DM Petrogás

Naviera de Taliarte S.A.

Naviera Cies, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Provided advice to Enel/Endesa in a negotiated tender to enter into LNG carrier time charter parties with experienced shipowners specialised in the acquisition, management, operation and maintenance of LNG carriers.
  • Advising Naviera de Taliarte on the negotiation of the construction contract of a fast ferry with the shipyard “Incat Tasmania”.
  • For Naviera Cies, implemented a tax lease structure to finance and construct a ropax vessel in the Spanish shipyard “Vulcano”.

Mestre Abogados

A maritime law firm with a leading transportation practice and a focus on maritime law and road carriage law’, Mestre Abogados has multi-jurisdictional expertise in insurance, litigation and shipping matters, including on policy wording and major casualties (collisions, fires and groundings). ‘Undoubtedly a great reference in both national and international maritime law’, Anna Mestre leads the team and is known for advising on legal contracts and conflicts, as well as specialising in large international shipping claims. Associates Marina Bassols and Belen Meroño joined the team in 2020, as did counsel Jacobo Peris. Andres Candomeque and Teresa Font departed to set up their own firm.

Practice head(s):

Anna Mestre

Other key lawyers:

Konstantina Papadopoulou; Cristian Gonzalez; Marina Bassols; Belen Meroño; Jacobo Peris

Testimonials

The team is mostly young and very well prepared, with a clear command of legal issues related to transport and maritime transport in particular. Enthusiastic and specialized team. In this office maritime law is the essence, the key, the “crux ” of their legal activity, the uniqueness and the field in which they are specialists.’

‘Anna Mestre is the soul and driving force of the firm, which is why she bears her last name in the company name. I have followed her professional life for 27 years and I know of her constant specialization in the field of the maritime sector, her mastery of the matter and ability to adapt to innovative solutions or alternative mechanisms, such as arbitration.’

‘Mestre Abogados is a niche maritime law firm with a leading transportation practice with a focus on maritime law and road carriage law. Although a small firm they have enormous expertise in Spanish law relating to the carriage of goods both international and domestic and their international aspect marks them out amongst their peers. They also provide an incredibly responsive service, which is a standout feature of their work and is much appreciated by us and our clients. Particularly when it comes to Spanish law relating to the international carriage by road, the team at Mestre Abogados have a great depth of experience that enables them to accurately predict the outcome in any particular case.’

‘Anna Mestre remains an enthusiastic advocate for her clients’ position in marine and transportation cases and her vast experience, combined with a commercial approach, is exactly what we and our clients need for maritime and transportation dispute cases in Spain. Anna has a small, but high quality team to support the practice and their responsive approach to all enquiries is standout.’

‘The team has solid knowledge, is pragmatic in defining strategies, clear in communication and very agile in handling matters.’

It is a firm that has a lot of experience in the field of maritime transport. Both in matters in court and in negotiations. This makes them very strong. Mastering foreign languages is also an advantage. It is also true that they work in all fields of maritime law.’

‘The team of professionals that make up the Mestre Abogados office is of the highest excellence both in terms of their professional training (of technical knowledge) and in customer service. They excel in the effective and efficient resolution of assigned cases as well as in continuous feedback at the informative level, providing continuous information transfer to clients.’

‘Anna Mestre is undoubtedly a great reference in both national and international maritime law. The difference from competitors? Without a doubt, the passion for a job well done, the professionalism, the experience, the meticulousness, the rigor … the great knowledge of international law and a great network of collaborating law firms all over the world, the result of extraordinary dedication. Anna Mestre is undoubtedly the driving force behind Mestre Abogados and a great generation of young lawyers following her guidelines make up a great team.’

Key clients

NOATUM /MARMEDSA

GENERALI

AIG

PEUGEOT

DHL SPAIN

PROACTIVA OPEN ARMS

AMLIN

GREAT AMERICAN INS.

MAPFRE

BALOISE SUISSE

ALLIANZ SUISSE/GERMANY

TAUXME SA

AUTOCHARTERING

MB92

Work highlights

  • Acting for Peugeot on the GRANDE EUROPA fire case in Spain against Grimaldi.
  • Advising MB92 on the AZZAM fire at MB92 premises in Barcelona. AZZAM is one of the largest yachts in the world.
  • Advising MSC and Medlog on a major catastrophic rail accident.

PEREZ ALBORS | & CO

PEREZ ALBORS | & CO specialises in shipping, trade, transport, insurance, reinsurance, litigation and arbitration. From multiple offices across Spain, the firm advises on domestic and international matters. Carlos Perez has experience in a range of shipping law matters including ship arrests, cargo claims, charterparty and bill of lading disputes, P&I and marine insurance claims, as well as shipbuilding disputes, collision and salvage matters. He co-leads the team with Maria Albors, who is an expert in commercial litigation and insurance.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Perez; Maria Albors

Other key lawyers:

Antonio Sanchez

Key clients

GENERALI

DAMCO

Maersk Line

The Standard P&I Club

The North of England P&I Club

Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Company Limited

W K Webster & Co

The American P&I Club

World Fuel Services

ITIC Ltd

Elias Marine Ltd

X-Press Container Line

VOPAK

Alfaship Group

Servyman de Estrecho

Bunker Holding A/S

Steel Invest Group

TTClub

Partida Logistics

EMPSE Group

Work highlights

  • Advising ASSICURAZIONI GENERALI on a claim filed by the owners of the tug boat “DOBRA” for damage suffered as a result of a collision with the vessel “GALERNA LAU”.
  • Representing STEELINVEST GROUP in a dispute against Spanish insurers regarding damage to a steel consignment.
  • Instructed by UNDERWATER CONTRACTORS SPAIN (UCS) regarding disputes with (i) the owners of the vessel “WEST SILVER” following an accident at the Helm oil field in Tunisia and (ii) their Lloyd’s underwriters.

Rogers & Co. Abogados

The ‘dynamic and flexibleRogers & Co. Abogados is ‘the team to call when there is a problem with a vessel in the region'; clients also highlighted the firm's ability to ‘create a unique link between UK businesses and Spanish legal matters'. Specialising in transport, maritime and insurance, the firm is experienced in contentious and non-contentious matters. Practice head Luis Alberto García covers the spectrum of shipping, including marine insurance, cargo claims, arrest litigation and vessel auctions. Also noted is founding partner Marie Rogers, who has 'extensive experience in managing international insurance affairs and maritime and transportation law'.

Practice head(s):

Luis Alberto Garcia

Other key lawyers:

Marie Rogers; David Diez

Testimonials

‘The team are young dynamic and flexible. The fact that the firm is headed by an English lawyer leaves them as the “go to” firm for companies in the UK that want to understand the local laws with ease. The size of the firm allows for flexibility.’

‘The firm creates a unique link between UK businesses and Spanish legal matters.’

‘Luis Alberto Garcia specializes in transport, shipping, commercial and civil liability litigation. Luis is a young dynamic, business savvy, forward thinking lawyer who knows how to “get things done ” quietly, effectively and efficiently. He understands how the local legal system works, has the respect of his peers and his colleagues. I have every confidence that Luis will continue to set the pace for other young lawyers and I hope that he and his excellent team of colleagues will continue to work with is for many years to come. Luis and his colleagues are the team to call when there is a problem with a vessel in the region.’

‘It is a very balanced and well-rounded team, in which each one has their strengths.’

‘They know how to work together to offer the best to the client. Its focus is always to find the most practical and profitable solution for the client.’

‘Marie Rogers has extensive experience in managing international insurance affairs and Maritime and Transportation Law. Luis Alberto Garcia is a magnificent proceduralist with extensive experience in Maritime and Transportation Law matters. David Diez is an expert in Insurance Law, as well as in Civil Law and Transport Law claims.’

‘They always offer impeccable work and give the best of themselves.’

Key clients

AIG EUROPE SA

MS AMLIN MARINE NV

RSA Luxembourg SA

AXA XL

TRAVELERS UK

NAVIGATORS UK

CHUBB EUROPEAN GROUP SE

ARGO GLOBAL

ADDAX ENERGY SA

Peters & May Global Yacht Transport

Work highlights

  • Instructed on behalf of DXC Technology for a container stored at Port of Barcelona that was collided into by the vessel RoRo ”EXCELLENT” in October 2018.
  • Acting for RSA Luxembourg in a recovery action for a subrogated claim for saltwater damage to cargo of cereals carried on board the MV” KASSEL” arriving at destination in Belgium in January 2020.
  • Acting for RSA Luxembourg in a recovery action for wet damage to cargo of steel carried on board the MV ”TIAN SHOU” in 2017.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP is praised for its ‘efficiency, availability and excellent response time’. The firm has expertise in advising shipowners in the aquaculture industry, as well as providing legal advice to Norwegian and other northern European companies in the Spanish shipping market. The practice is also experienced in ECA financings and CESCE. Asset finance specialist Alfredo Cabellos leads the team and focuses on transport and maritime matters.

Practice head(s):

Alfredo Cabellos

Other key lawyers:

Jose María Pery; Laura Cadenas; Luis Soto

Testimonials

‘A pleasure to work with, as communication is easy and efficient, and availability and response time is excellent. The teams we have worked with are especially well adapted to cross-border transactions by understanding and adapting to the requirements and challenges in other jurisdictions outside of Spain.’

‘Alfredo Cabellos is recommended.’

‘We also have very good experience with Luis Soto who is very strong on legal competence with tax law and provides efficient solutions though also a great contact network.’

Key clients

Havila Kystruten AS

Banca March, S.A.

Bankinter (ECA team)

Aquahip Salmon Star AS

Edda Wind AS

Fairplay

Caixabank

Work highlights

  • Advised Havila Kystruten, the Norwegian ferry company, on contractual and pre-litigation matters throughout the process starting with the contracting of two newbuilds in Spain under a Spanish tax lease, until their cancellation.
  • Advised Edda Wind in its four new offshore vessels projects to be built in Spain under the Spanish tax lease.
  • Advised Banca March in the restructuring of a Spanish tax lease at Hijos de J. Barreras.

Cuatrecasas

The multi-disciplinary team at Cuatrecasas advises Spanish and foreign clients on international issues, including the import and export of goods, tax and customs, cargo claims and cargo insurance. The department can draw from the firm’s strengths in corporate, commercial, litigation, tax, labour and finance matters. Iñigo Quintana leads the team and focuses on international dispute resolution in transport, maritime law, engineering and construction, insurance and reinsurance, and the sale of merchandise and equipment.

Practice head(s):

Iñigo Quintana

Other key lawyers:

Joanes Labayen; Antonio Barba

Key clients

Dogus Group

DP World

Bergé

Marina Barcelona 92

ProInversión

Pemex

Ocibar

International Forwarding

García Reboredo Hermanos

Banco Sabadell

Work highlights

  • Advising Dogus Group on selling a majority stake in Marina Barcelona 92 to Squircle Capital and entering into the new shareholders agreement.
  • Advising Tepsa shareholders on selling Terminales Portuarias (Tepsa) to the joint venture formed by Rubis Terminal and I Squared Capital.
  • Provides ongoing advice to Bergé on corporate compliance.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Known for its asset finance expertise, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo advises transportation, logistics and shipping companies in a range of shipping finance matters. The practice is also supported by the firm’s tax, regulatory and litigation departments. Miguel Lamo de Espinosa leads the team alongside Carlos Rueda, who specialises in asset, infrastructure and structured financing and banking.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Rueda; Miguel Lamo de Espinosa

Other key lawyers:

María García de la Concha; Ángel Varela

Testimonials

Experience, availability and specificity. Adaptation to the budget. Very favorable comparison.’

‘Ángel Varela has Experience, concreteness, knowledge. María García de la Concha provides Experience, meticulousness, full availability.’

Key clients

BBVA

Caixabank, SA

Clipper Group

Executive Airlines

Export Credit Canada

Fond-ICO

Naviera Elcano

Spanish Government

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

Work highlights

  • Advised ABANCA Corporación Bancaria as issuer and a syndicate of banks as participating banks in the amendment of the facility agreement granted to Navantia.
  • Provided advice to SOCIÉTÉ GÉNÉRALE in connection with the financing of nine vessels to be built by Astilleros Armon.
  • Advised a FINANCE SYNDICATE LED BY BBVA, SABADELL, BANKINTER, CAIXABANK, the lenders of a shipyard financing in connection with the delivery and release of security over a fish processing vessel manufactured by Astilleros de Murueta for ROYAL GREENLAND.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP specialises in tax lease matters, notably tax lease financings for the construction of a broad range of vessels. The firm also advises on regulatory matters related to the shipbuilding sector and export credit secured financings. Its clients include financial institutions, shipbuilders, operators, charterers and the association of Spanish private shipyards. Miguel Ángel Sánchez leads the team and has experience advising shipbuilders and banks in tax lease structures, export credit secured financings and related regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Ángel Sánchez

Other key lawyers:

Patricia Sánchez; Javier Grimau

Testimonials

We receive very good complementary advice on contractual issues at the time of negotiating contracts with shipowners. Its strongest point is being the firm that knows the best about the support system for shipbuilding.’

‘For our company it is the reliability, proven in multiple operations. But it is also its capacity for dialogue and vast knowledge of a complicated system that involves putting many parties who have opposing interests in many matters to agree.’

Key clients

PYMAR

Balenciaga, S.A.

Bankinter, S.A.

Astilleros Gondán

Banco de Sabadell, S.A.

Metalships and Docks

Astilleros de Murueta, S.A.

Astilleros de Zamakona

Work highlights

  • Advising PYMAR within the proceeding of state aid related to the former tax lease system for vessels.
  • Advised Banco de Sabadell, as structuring bank, in the design, implementation and follow-up of a lease structure for the financing of a vessel of the shipyard Astilleros Gondán.
  • Advised Bankinter, as structuring bank, in the design, implementation and follow-up of six tax lease structures for the financing of vessels.

Kennedys

Kennedys handles a range of dry and wet shipping law matters for shipowners, shipyards, logistics companies and insurers. The marine department advises on issues related to vessels, ports, logistics and cargo. The firm also makes use of technology to improve its service to clients, an example being KLAiM, an online litigation platform designed to manage the claims process, from service of court proceedings through to settlement. Spain, Belgium and England and Wales-qualified practitioner Olivia Delagrange is highly regarded. She represents insurers, reinsurers and corporate clients in maritime law matters, co-leading the team with senior associate Jose Manuel González Pellicer, who is an expert in logistics, ports and maritime law.

Practice head(s):

Olivia Delagrange; Jose Pellicer

Testimonials

‘They know their area inside and out, they have every base covered when it comes to handling your cases. They listen to you and understand what you want and need from the case. They do not simply take control and run it, we work as a team! Whilst they run as a separate entity from the main Kennedys Group they have the full support of that group behind them if needed.’

‘Olivia Delagrange is unique in her field and an absolutely brilliant lawyer. She understands the law and knows how to get a result for you. Her leadership abilities are second to none and her team is fully supportive. Another person worthy of note is Jose Pellicer, who again has an amazing knowledge of the law, is extremely pro-active and understands the issues together with identifying areas of concern.’

‘Very specific, direct, and customer-oriented.’

‘Jose Manuel Pellicer has Commitment, availability and experience.’

MA Abogados

MA Abogados advises across a range of shipping matters, including ports terminals, offshore contracts, insurance, bulk trades and shipyards, as well as assisting in shipbuilding contracts and finance. The firm is also experienced in contentious matters, notably arbitration, ICC and LMAA issues. Carlos Salinas Adelantado specialises in transport law, arbitration, insurance and international trade. He co-leads the team with Sara Recatalá Chordá, who focuses on commercial, arbitration and transport law matters.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Salinas Adelantado; Sara Recatalá Chordá

Testimonials

They are very professional.’

‘Agility in response and consistency. The regulations and the market are up to date.’

MUÑOZ & MONTAÑES

Boutique shipping specialist MUÑOZ & MONTAÑES focuses on shipping law but is also increasingly active in air, inland transport and international trade matters. From offices in Valencia and Bilbao, the firm advises shipowners, P&I clubs and a range of other companies in the marine industry. Founder José Muñoz is a maritime law expert and co-leads the team with Alicia Montañés, who focuses on shipping law and international trade, as well as maritime casualty matters.

Practice head(s):

Jose Muñoz; Alicia Montañés

Other key lawyers:

Amparo Ferrandis; Celia Lopera; Pablo Ibañez; Pablo Goitisolo; Paloma Attard