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Firms To Watch: Transport: Shipping

With 16 offices across the country, the team at KPMG Abogados, Spain advises international investors, shipowners, shipyards and banks on a broad range of shipping finance transactions.

Transport: Shipping in Spain

Albors Galiano Portales

The powerhouse shipping group at Albors Galiano Portales remains a market leader, leveraging the experience of its team to advise shipowners, charterers, operators, P&I clubs and marine insurers across a wide range of matters. These include wreck removals, ship arrests, vessel finance and repair, port accidents, limitation of liability, concessions and port authorisations. Headed by Eduardo Albors and Javier Portales in Madrid, Alfonso De Ochoa in Barcelona, and Miguel Angel Serra in Palma de Mallorca, the group’s portfolio includes APM Terminals, Gard and Carnival Cruise. The group is supported by senior associates Jaime Albors Cano and Maider Arrieta in Madrid.


‘When we talk about maritime law in Spain, Jaime Albors is a clear reference. Hiring a matter with them is to ensure the best possible legal defense.’

‘The partners’ care is permanent and they always supervise the work of other lawyers in the firm very directly. You feel in the best and most expert hands.’

‘They do a simple and exhaustive follow-up of the cases, and act with a strong proximity with the client. Thus, the client can expect to have the ideal complement for an in-house legal department, since their involvement in the management of claims is total (the treatment is personalised).’

‘Albors Galiano Portales, as a firm, stand out for their specialisation in transportation, maritime and land. The best qualities that the team has are: Mr. Jaime Mateo as an expert litigation lawyer in the definition of litigation strategies. And Mr. Jaime Albors who stands out for his adaptability to the environment, being an English lawyer and a Spanish lawyer in insurance and international claims.’

‘Jaime Albors: Highly skilled and driven to provide the best possible service. Clear advice and communication.’

‘Our attorneys are Jaime Albors and Javier Portales. They are excellent professionals, knowledgeable about the law, easy to deal with, concerned about the issues they carry, always available, diligent in responding, winners, efficient. The biggest difference from competitors is that they know our company, they know the business we run, they know us personally, and they understand our needs. And they consider us to be a relevant client.’

‘Experienced team for handling maritime transport matters in an expedited and reassuring manner.’

‘Jaime Albors is an up-and-coming maritime lawyer acting in insurance matters. His advise is clear and quick, and he is available throughout the process and provides the necessary experience to go beyond the pure legal issues.’

Key clients

Repsol Trading

Suardíaz Group

Bergé Group

Royal Sun Alliance Spain

APM Terminals

The Britannia Steamship Insurance Association

Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association Limited


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

ED & F  Man

Abarca Companhia de Seguros y Reaseguros S.A.

Shearwater Geo

Mapre Global Risks


Carnival Cruise

Avante Legal

A heavyweight in the shipping sector, Avante Legal is a regular advisor to shipowners, P&I Clubs, foreign law firms and insurance companies, which turn to the firm for assistance on a broad range of issues. Such matters include maritime pollution, bill of lading disputes, salvage claims, ship arrests, preventative seizures, cargo claims and charter agreements. Led by shipping expert Julio López Quiroga in Madrid, the group’s client base includes RSA Luxembourg and Steamship Mutual. The team is supported by marine insurance expert Antonio Quirós, and marine litigation specialist in Jacobo TojeiroHannah De Bustos is a name to note at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Julio López Quiroga


‘Very good knowledge of the sector and the applicable legislation.’

‘Hannah de Bustos and Julio López Quiroga have a lot of prestige in the sector, an exceptional knowledge of the regulations of the practice of maritime law and international trade regulations.’

‘The team at Avante are all top shipping specialists who work as a flexible client facing team. They are, without doubt, one of the leading firms in Spain. They regularly become involved in Spain’s largest shipping casualties and litigation. Very much the go-to firm in Spain when the stakes are high.’

‘Antonio Quiros – His advice has been sound from the outset and he has pursued the litigation successfully, always one step ahead of the opposition. Without doubt he is one of the leading shipping specialists in Spain. He has been very ably assisted by Hannah de Bustos – a really thorough associate as well as Julio Lopez Quiroga – a very, very bright partner.’

‘The team is extraordinarily professional, with a deep knowledge of the areas and the jurisprudence to be applied in each case and an exceptional empathy with its clients, clearly understanding their needs and adapting in time, term and price to the reality of the company. The design of the legal strategy to follow and his ability to read and interpret the following steps is extraordinary.’

‘The seriousness and the high knowledge of maritime law, especially in the most complex matters. Antonio Quirós and Jacobo Tojeiro.’

Key clients

KRU Overseas Limited

RSA Luxembourg, S.A.

Magallanes Renovables

Grandi Navi Veloci SPA (GNV)

Steamship Mutual


MAPFRE Seguros

The UK Steamship Assurance Association

ACSM Agencia Marítima

Work highlights

  • Advised Remolcanosa, a tug company, on the salvage of the M/V “Super Servant 4” at Palma de Mallorca Port.
  • Representing an insurer in the fire of the vessel Baffin Bay.
  • Representing Grandi Navi Veloci Spa and its insurer of the vessel that collided against the port terminal of the Barcelona Port.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

The shipping team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP utilises the experience of its team and advanced AI document-reviewing tools to advise shipowners, cargo owners, freight forwarders, insurance companies and P&I clubs on a range of matters relevant to the sector. Such matters include third-party liability claims, contractual disputes, charterparties, bills of lading, pollution, salvage proceedings and arbitration. Headed by Juan Alegre, Bernardo Ruiz Lima and Ernesto Rivera, the team counts major players in the maritime industry among its clients. Key support is provided by liability claims specialist Victor Mata.

Practice head(s):

Juan Alegre; Bernardo Ruiz Lima; Ernesto Rivera

Other key lawyers:

Victor Mata


‘Exceptional response level, even with tight deadlines. A lot of knowledge of the sector and a very practical approach that allows external lawyers to interact with the internal transport team and provide business-oriented solutions.’

‘Víctor Mata is an exceptional lawyer, both for his knowledge of the maritime sector and for his ability to respond in matters of hours, even in complicated periods of the year and always with a pro-business and very practical approach, away from other more academic or less pragmatic for the resolution of commercial disputes.’

‘Bernardo Ruiz Lima gives clear advice, is strong commercially as well as legally, and always on top of cases in terms of organisation and timings.’

‘They are very agile answering questions and managing incidents. The attention to detail with the client that Víctor Mata provides stands out.’

‘It is a very dynamic team of lawyers with great legal training. They have a very deep knowledge of their areas of work.’

Key clients


Grupo Ortiz


The Standard Club

Servicios Subacuaticos Ibiza


The shipping team at SAN SIMON & DUCH provides a comprehensive service to its clients, which include shipowners, charterers, financial institutions, port authorities, P&I clubs, insurers and brokers. Areas of focus for the team include cargo claims, civil liability, vessel sale and purchase, bills of lading, charterparties, salvage, ship arrest and ADR. Led by Luis De San Simón, Mercedes Duch, Diego De San Simón in Madrid, Carlos Cerda in Valencia and Ignacio Rodríguez in Algeciras, the group’s client base includes The London P&I Club and The Standard P&I Club, and spans the shipping, insurance and legal services sectors.


‘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.’

‘They are proactive and have a “can do” attitude.’

‘Among the best in Spain for pure shipping matters, boutique firm San Simon & Duch regularly advises shipowners, shipyards, marine insurers and financial institutions on dry and wet shipping issues. The work areas also include international commerce, insurance and re-insurance. Located in all relevant places and with a highly speciialised team who knows the industry in depth. Very responsive and professional.’

‘Luis de San Simon is a living (and very active) legend. Through his involvement in major shipping incidents for decades (Prestige etc.) he has a profound and un-paralleled knowlegde in the industry. Very international approach. His son Diego de San Simón closely following. He is one of the rising stars. Very hands-on and practical.’

‘Very good responsiveness, hands-on, clear advice in often complex situations. Good value for money!’

‘The humane and professional treatment they provide is extraordinary. Its leader, Luis de San Simón, knows the market perfectly.’

My go to firm for maritime and transport matters in Spain. They always try to be commercial in their approach and will not litigate matters that can easily be settled. On the other hand they are not afraid to litigate when the other side would be unreasonable and will stand their ground when it comes to this.’

‘I always work with Diego San Simon. He is very knowledgeble, commercial and overall a very skillful attorney. He will always go the extra mile for his clients.’

Key clients

The London P&I Club

The Standard P&I Club

ST Engineering Marine Ltd

Shipowners P&I Club

Navios Shipmanagement Inc

X- Pressfeeders

Holman, Fenwick Willan




Wintell & Co

NSN Law Firm



HDI Global

Palmali Shipping Group

Uría Menéndez

The shipping, transport and logistics group at Uría Menéndez assists a range of shipowners, shipyards, port operators and terminals, charterers, insurance companies, P&I clubs, energy companies and financial institutions. The team is well versed in marine insurance and litigation, marine casualties, regulatory compliance, vessel construction and finance, shipping M&A, charterparties, contracts of carriage, superyachts, and shipping company insolvency. Headed by Carlos López-Quiroga, the team’s portfolio features Banco Santander and Knutsen Group. The group is supported by associates Diego Pérez, José Sánchez-Fayos, Sofía Rodríguez Torres and Laura Peláez.

Practice head(s):

Carlos López-Quiroga


‘Practical experience, decisive, advises and guides action, pragmatic. Quick response, agility.’

‘Carlos López-Quiroga, close, empathetic, accessible, makes an effort so that non-experts in the area understand. He is very didactic, great practical experience, agile, fast.’

‘Full availability for our needs, highest expertise and knowledge of the market. Reliable and adaptable team, they are rigorous while still maintaining a commercial point of view.’

‘Carlos López-Quiroga finds a good balance in making sure that the technical points are properly covered but in a way which remains commercial and makes sure we understand the legal context of deals.’

‘Regarding associates: Sofía Rodríguez Torres is reliable, proactive, she continuous to advise us on diverse matters with excellent results, rigorous legal knowledge and understanding of the sector. Laura Pelaez deals with transport shipping contentious matters, high understanding, rapid on response.’

Key clients

Knutsen Group

VT International, BV

Seadrill Global Services, Ltd.

Copemar, SA

Knutsen Scale Gas, SL

Caixabank, SA

Banco Santander, SA

Van Oord Ship Management

Enagás, SA

Blackrock Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised CaixaBank (as agent), Banco Santander and other financial institutions on the scheme of arrangement entered into in relation to the debt of the Spanish shipyard Hijos de J. Barreras.
  • Advising a consortium formed by Enagás and Transportadora de Gas del Internacional on the construction and development of a Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) in Colombia.
  • Advising VT International on the acquisition from Boluda Group of Boluda Tankers, Eurotanker and Compañía Marítima de Panamá.

Aiyon Abogados SLP

The shipping department at Aiyon Abogados SLP leverages the strength of its offices in Madrid, Cádiz, Bilbao and Algeciras to advise shipping agents, shipping companies, logistics companies, freight forwarders, insurance companies and P&I clubs. The department covers a broad range of areas, including wreck removal, vessel construction, vessel employment contracts, carriage of passengers, maritime casualties and sanctioning proceedings. The group is led by Veronica Meana in Madrid, Mikel Garteiz-Goxeaskoa and Zuberoa Elorriaga in Bilbao, Enrique Ortiz in Cádiz and Jose Dominguez in Algeciras.


‘We had the chance to work with Mikel Garteiz-Goxeaskoa in a variety of matters, all of an urgent and complex nature. Mr Garteiz-Goxeaskoa has been always very prompt in his responses, accessible and kind. He shows a remarkable ability to grasp and focus on the important (legal) issues as well as to cooperate efficiently with the other stakeholders in order to achieve a commercial outcome, a quality highly valued in the maritime industry. His legal advice has been comprehensible, thorough, objective and always very well connected to the maritime business.’

‘Very pro-active approach, clear and concise legal advice, flexible on fees, creative on strategy, good knowledge of transport laws and commercial aspects, hands-on, pragmatic thinking in the interest of the clients, cost-efficient.’

‘I enjoy working with Zuberoa Elorriaga. She is very pro-active, pragmatic and understands the needs of her clients. Whether it is out of court negotiations or commencing proceedings.’

‘Enrique Ortiz and Mikel Garteiz-Goxeaskoa are a good team and they value keeping in contact with their clients. They are present on business gatherings also in our country, a fact which facilitates building up a good personal contact with them. It’s professional and good fun working with them.’

‘Clear advice, down to earth commercial approach, recommendations given for most efficient outcome, rapid reply and reporting.’

Work highlights

  • Acting 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.


The shipping and transport team at Garrigues leverages the strength of its network of offices in Madrid, Bilbao, Valencia, Vigo, Seville, the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands and Porto to provide advice to shipping companies, shipyards, banks, associations and Lloyds syndicate underwriters on a broad range of matters. These include cargo claims, shipping disputes, carriage contracts, marine insurance, ship arrest, maritime fraud, ship sale and purchase and marine casualties. Shipping industry expert Jesús Barbadillo leads the team from Madrid, with key support provided by Manuel Betancor in Las Palmas and senior associate Javier del Corte in Bilbao.

Practice head(s):

Jesús Barbadillo

Key clients


Noatum Group

Naviera Armas S.A


Naviera de Melenara S.A.


Naviera de Taliarte S.A.

ASECOB (Spanish Ship Agents`Association)

Teekay Shipping


PSJC Murmanks Traw Fleet

Knutsen Group

DM Petrogás

Work highlights

  • Advised Sercomisa-Trasmapi on a wide range of port matters, on the purchase and sale and construction of ships, reflagging and registry, and on maritime contracts.
  • Advised Naviera Armas on the collision of the vessel “Volcan de Tamasite” at Nelson Mandela Jetty in the Port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
  • Acted on behalf of the owner Naviera de Melenara in the sale of the vessel “Villa de Teror” to the Canadian government.

Mestre Abogados

The experienced shipping and yachting group at boutique firm Mestre Abogados provides advice to ship agents, terminals, shipping companies, insurers and P&I clubs on a diverse spectrum of issues. Such matters extend to maritime accidents, cargo claims, sea pollution, port logistics, civil liability, personal injury, finance for yacht acquisition and national and international commercial arbitration. Headed by multi-jurisdictional dispute resolution expert Anna Mestre in Barcelona and litigation specialist Alejandra Torres, who joined in March 2021 and who is based in Barcelona and A Coruña, the team’s client portfolio spans the shipping, insurance, finance, logistics and automotive sectors.


‘Anna Mestre – one of the outstanding lawyers not only in Spain but in Europe. Experienced, clever, thoughtful and a ferocious fighter for her client.’

‘Great experts in maritime law. A lot of experience in the sector. Knowledge of foreign languages. Quick to communicate with customers. Flexibility. I think that all this makes them a unique office and that is why it is a magnificent collaborator in Spain.’

‘Anna Mestre is a standout individual whom we have worked with for over 30 years . She is intellectually very capable and has a commercial approach and is also excellent with clients. Above all she is available 24/7 in case of need which really is a great plus for us and our clients.’

‘Anna Mestre – exceptional. One of the best Spanish shipping lawyers there is.’

‘In my opinion, Mestre Lawyers have the entire team a high knowledge not only of maritime law but also of the commercial part, of the practices and processes related to international shipping. This is crucial, not only to know the theory, but also to practice it.’

‘I like to work with Mestre Abogados not only because their knowledge of maritime law is impressive but because of their reactivity. Also, their network of correspondents and experts is really impressive and helpful.’

‘Anna Mastre is very co-operative and supportive in all files which we work with them.’

‘Dynamic team, hard-working, extraordinary knowledge of the sector, highly recommended.’

Key clients






DHL Spain

Scorpio Group

Seanergia Charter




Tauxme SA



MS Amlin

Work highlights

  • Advising Logisprint on the purchase and sale of a Roro Ferry from Korean Shipyard, and on the sale of a newly built Roro Ferry.
  • Advising Generali and Naviera Murueta on the fire of the MV URA at La Coruña.
  • Advising MS Amlin on the salvage claim of MV Wadowice in the Canary Islands.


Major shipowners, insurers, P&I clubs and logistics companies seek PEREZ ALBORS | & CO's advice on a diverse range of matters. These include cargo claims, ship arrests, bill of lading disputes, vessel sale and purchase, collision, salvage, shipbuilding disputes and P&I and marine insurance claims. Led by shipping law authority and founder Carlos Perez in Madrid and supported by experienced insurance litigator and founder Maria Albors in Sotogrande, the group’s portfolio includes key players in the market, including Maersk and The Standard P&I Club.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Perez; Maria Albors

Key clients



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


Elias Marine Ltd

Rogers & Co. Abogados

Madrid-based boutique firm Rogers & Co. Abogados advises shipowners, charterers, cargo and marine underwriters on a broad span of issues across the sector. Areas of expertise include cargo claims, ship arrests, vessel auctions, port operator liability, admiralty and marine insurance. Led by shipping expert Luis Alberto García, the group’s client base features major international companies.

Practice head(s):

Luis Alberto Garcia

Other key lawyers:

Marie Rogers


‘Marie Rogers was extremely helpful despite the very short notices given, had a “straight to the point” approach and at all times was very professional in her comments & recommendations!’

‘Luis Alberto García has a high degree of expertise in maritime insurance, which means that we place our trust in him and follow his advice and advice blindly. He is very involved in the case in which he is working and not only exposes the problems that arise but also quickly provides solutions and advice on the best way to solve each specific question.’

‘Luis Alberto García is an enthusiastic professional who knows how to combine customer service and technical-legal limits.’

‘They have adapted to the new communications necessary for the new demands that clients require nowadays where it is necessary to attend the client with extreme reactivity.’

Key clients



P&I charter


Oryx Iberia SAU

MS Amlin Marine BV

RSA Luxembourg

The Hartford

AIG Europe SA

Work highlights

  • Acting for Mapfre on the casualty of the MSC MIA in relation to the damage to the MSC Terminal in Valencia on the 13th September 2020.
  • Acting for MS Amlin Marine in relation to the death of a crew member.
  • Acting in relation to a cargo claim litigated against underwriters.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

The maritime, aviation and transport group at Watson Farley & Williams LLP is sought by shipowners, charterers, P&I clubs, investors and foreign and domestic banks for advice on a host of matters. These include maritime infrastructure, insolvency and restructuring, loans, container shipping and logistics, commercial contracts, vessel finance and purchase, and sustainability. An expert in transport matters, Alfredo Cabellos leads the team, with key support provided by counsel Jose María Pery and senior associate Laura Cadenas.

Practice head(s):

Alfredo Cabellos

Other key lawyers:

Jose Maria Pery; Laura Cadenas


‘Highly qualified team in the area of maritime transport. They have been able to identify the client’s needs well, offering us very good advice.’

‘Alfredo Cabellos has provided services to us, coordinating appropriately with the different teams. Laura Cadenas is an expert in corporate law.’

‘Excellent on cross-border work, and a great attitude in the sense that everything can be solved.’

‘Alfredo Cabellos has a commercial understanding that is rare among lawyers, and the great ability to always somehow someway get a deal through even when others may give up.’

Key clients


Havila Kystruten AS

Edda Wind AS



Nordic Trustee

Scale Gas, SL

Work highlights

  • Advising Havila Kystruten in the defense in court of its interest in Spain.
  • Advised Santander in relation to a €99m ship finance ECA-backed financing for the Government of Morocco, starting a line of sovereign-based financings.
  • Advised Edda Wind, the offshore wind company within the Norwegian Ostensjo group, on vessels and tax leases.


The logistics and transport group at Cuatrecasas employs a multidisciplinary approach to advise shipowners, freight forwarders, importers and exporters, international charterers and financial institutions on a broad range of matters. These extend to port concessions, competition law issues, sanctioning proceedings, vessel acquisition, cargo claims, cargo insurance and tax and customs advice. Dispute resolution expert Iñigo Quintana leads the team from Madrid, and is supported by Joanes Labayen in San Sebastian.

Practice head(s):

Iñigo Quintana

Other key lawyers:

Joanes Labayen

Key clients

Marina Barcelona 92


Toro Y Betolaza

Costa Crociere

Banco Sabadell

Work highlights

  • Advising Marina Barcelona 92 on port law and an extension of the MB92 port concessions in the Port of Barcelona.
  • Advising Bergé on the appeal to the Audiencia Nacional against the CNMC decision in case S/DC/0596/16, Estibadores Vigo.
  • Defending Toro y Betolaza in the sanction proceedings by CNMC regarding the solid fuel sector.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

The shipping group at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo handles shipping finance matters on behalf of shipping and charter companies, major Spanish banks, international financial institutions, and government public venture capital funds. Outside of financing, the team is also equipped to advise on contracts for port public works concessions, registration and flagging of vessels, management and provision of port services, shipbuilding agreements and tax tribunal proceedings. Headed in Madrid by managing partner Carlos Rueda and Miguel Lamo de Espinosa, the team’s client portfolio features Clipper Group, CaixaBank and The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. The group is supported by asset finance expert Fernando Herrero in Madrid and shipbuilding specialist María García de la Concha Alvarez in Vigo.

Key clients


Caixabank, SA

Clipper Group

Executive Airlines

Export Credit Canada


Empresa Naviera Elcano

Spanish Government (FIEM)

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

Banco de Sabadell

Société Générale

Work highlights

  • Advised Empresa Naviera Elcano on the negotiation of financing to be provided to its affiliate in Brazil linked to two vessels to be operated in that jurisdiction.
  • Provided advice to ABN AMRO Bank in connection with a facility agreement to Boluda Tankers and Verenigde Tankrederij Holding, and granting of security documents subject to Spanish law, including mortgages over 10 vessels.
  • Advised BBVA in connection with a credit agreement and refund guarantee facility granted to Astilleros de Murueta for the construction of a Life Fish Carrier number B-320.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP provides a comprehensive service to shipbuilders, operators, charterers, the association of Spanish private shipyards and financial institutions. Covering the full range of regulatory and finance issues, the team has expertise in export credit-secured financings, regulatory compliance, guarantees for the construction of vessels, and tax lease structures. Shipping finance expert Miguel Angel Sánchez leads the department; other key practitioners include counsel Patricia Sánchez and senior associate Javier Grimau.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Ángel Sánchez

Other key lawyers:

Patricia Sánchez: Javier Grimau


‘The team has experience in commercial and fiscal operations in the maritime field’.

‘Specialised in the fiscal aspects of the maritime sector and knowledgeable in depth of contracts and the business of the maritime sector.’

Key clients


Balenciaga, S.A.

Bankinter, S.A.

Astilleros Gondán, S.A.

Banco de Sabadell, S.A.

Metalships and Docks, S.A.U.

Astilleros de Murueta, S.A.

Astilleros de Zamakona, S.A.

Astilleros Armón, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising PYMAR and Bankinter on the financing and granting of refund guarantees for the Live Fish Carrier vessel with hull number 803 of Zamakona shipyard for the Norwegian shipowner Intership.
  • Advising PYMAR within the proceeding of state aid related to the former tax lease system for vessels, in its preparation of the appeal against the judgment of the General Court of the European Union on the former tax lease scheme.
  • Advising Banco de Sabadell as structuring bank, in the design, implementation and follow-up of a lease structure for the financing of a Commissioning Service Operation Vessel.


The shipping group at Kennedys leverages the experience of its team to advise shipyards, port authorities, cargo and shipping companies, and marine insurers and reinsurers, on a diverse spectrum of issues. These include cargo claims, maritime salvage claims, vessel sales and purchases, port law matters, chartering and shipbuilding. The group has recently expanded its work to encompass cyber and satellite risks with regard to the use of GPS technologies. Led by maritime law expert Olivia Delagrange and senior associate Jose Manuel González Pellicer, the team is supported by associate Paula Petit.

Other key lawyers:

Paula Petit


‘Olivia Delagrange is excellent, she understands our work ethic and team ethos, gets the job done and keeps everything simplistic! She doesn’t try and take over and involves you in every step of the matter that is being handled. Jose Pellicer is another excellent individual whose work ethic is superb, he is very committed and breaks complex issues down into manageable and easy to understand parts. His knowledge is brilliant and he understands the commercial side of claims.’

‘Olivia Delagrange and José Pellicer. Both are friendly, close and professional at the same time.’

‘Personalised attention, accessibility and commitment.’

MA Abogados

The shipping group at MA Abogados uses its network of offices in Madrid, Bilbao, Seville, Valencia, Salamanca, Vigo, Marbella and Palma de Mallorca and the experience of its team to aid clients globally on a broad range of maritime matters. These include port terminals, marine insurance claims, cargo claims, charterparties, shipbuilding contracts, offshore contracts and arbitration. Headed by founding partners Carlos Salinas Adelantado and Sara Recatalá Chordá in Valencia, the group’s client base spans the construction, insurance, transport, agricultural, maritime services and logistics sectors.


‘Expert knowledge of the global purchasing and logistics process and availability, they are very quick in queries.’

Carlos Salinas and Sara Recatalá stands out.’

Muñoz & Montañes

The experienced team at boutique shipping firm Muñoz & Montañes combines the strength of its offices in Valencia and Bilbao to advise shipowners, P&I clubs, underwriters and shipping companies on a diverse range of issues, including maritime casualties, ship arrests and pollution cases, among others. Maintaining its strong focus on shipping law, the firm has also expanded its services to cover air and inland transport, as well as international trade. Headed by founder Alicia Montañés and supported by Pablo IbáñezAmparo Ferrandis and Celia Lopera, the team’s client portfolio includes Nordisk and Maersk.

Practice head(s):

Alicia Montañés

Other key lawyers:

Pablo Ibáñez; Amparo Ferrandis; Celia Lopera


‘They are very knowledgeable of Spanish maritime law, and make difficult local law exceptions easy to understand. Very friendly, open and straight to the point.’

‘Very practical reactions, very responsive even out of hours.’

‘Alicia Montanes and Pablo Ibanez put their clients first.’

‘Very proactive. Gives clear, practical and commercial advice.’

Key clients

Gard P&I

The Swedish Club

Skuld P&I

Nordisk Defence Club

Maersk A/S


West of England

Work highlights

  • Advised a client on a bunkers arrest owned by the time-charterer.
  • Advised Thomas Miller Specialty concerning a vessel capsize during loading operations, giving rise to a wreck removal, criminal proceedings, cargo claims, etc.
  • Advised West of England on a matter involving alleged pollution in Spanish waters.