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The transport practice at Garrigues is well versed in both wet and dry shipping matters, including collisions, environmental liability claims, ship financing, licensing and contractual matters. Jesus Barbadillo, who alongside his experience advising shipping companies in regulatory issues also often acts as an arbitrator, leads the team from Madrid. Other key team members include Manuel Betancor, based in the Canary Islands, as well as María Cózar, who is the main port of call for issues relating to administrative concessions in the public port domain and port licences. Javier del Corte left the practice in September 2022 to become a judge.

Practice head(s):

Jesús Barbadillo

Other key lawyers:

Manuel Betancor; María Cózar


‘The Garrigues team in the transport area works very professionally. They are great professionals with a deep knowledge of transport and logistics matters. They are also very accessible.’

‘The performance of partner Jesús Barbadillo has been outstanding. He is very on top of the issues and is very approachable. He has a deep knowledge of the maritime sector both from a legal and business point of view. Accessibility and knowledge of the issues are his best qualities. He works on matters in depth.’

‘The lawyer we have been dealing with at Garrigues law firm for many years is Jesús Barbadillo. He has great knowledge and experience in the maritime sector, and offers us a quick and accurate response to all our requirements.’

Key clients

Naviera de Galicia, S.A.

Formentera Cargo, S.L.

Afortunadas Shipping Limited

Caflaja, S.L.

Mediterránea Pitiusa



Naviera Armas S.A./Trasmediterránea

The Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection


Work highlights

  • Advised Afortunadas on the resolution of a dispute concerning a ship construction contract signed with the shipyard Hijos de J Barreras S.A.
  • Advised the Spanish shipping company Navigasa to definitively flag 5 merchant ships of its property registered in the Special Register of the Canary Islands (REC) of Spain in the International Register of Madeira (MAR) of Portugal.
  • Advised the owners (The Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection, Ltd.) of the luxury cruise ship Evrima against the claim for a maritime credit of approximately €2.7m for services allegedly provided by Team Electric (subcontractor of the shipyard) for the electrical installation of the aforementioned vessel.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP‘s ‘exceptional‘ shipping team is particularly recommended for its experience in ship finance, and in the shipbuilding and repair markets. Attracting instructions from a varied client base, featuring major insurers, shipowners, financial entities, underwriters and P&I clubs, the group os well positioned to handle booth dry and wet matters. The group is jointly led by four practioners: Juan Alegre, a dual qualified lawyer (Spain, England and Wales) active in contentious and non-contentious shipping and international trade work; Bernardo Ruiz Lima, a key contact for insurance claims in this space; Gonzalo Alvar, who advises on shipbuilding contracts; and Victor Mata, who focuses on contractual disputes and salvage proceedings. The ‘cordial‘ and ‘attentiveJavier Herreros is also recommended for his advice to shipowners and shipyards on issues such as ship finance, shipbuilding, and ship repairs.

Practice head(s):

Juan Alegre; Bernardo Ruiz Lima; Gonzalo Alvar; Victor Mata

Other key lawyers:

Javier Herreros


‘It is an exceptional team both in its technical training, agile response and market knowledge.’

‘It is a very prepared team that also allows direct interaction with the logistics team in situations where such interaction is required for the sake of agility in resolving a situation.’

‘Victor Mata is an exceptional lawyer; he knows the sector, has extensive experience in both transport and maritime law, and a practical approach that makes him stand out from his competition when advising on strategic issues.’

‘What we value most is their availability, experience, and professional attitude. One of the best teams we have worked with in Europe.’

‘Lawyers Javier Herreros and Gonzalo Alvar have a lot of experience in the maritime sector; in addition to being great professionals, they are also great gentlemen. Always very cordial, attentive, respond quickly and have always given us good legal advice.’

Key clients


Grupo Ortiz


The Standard P&I Club


Liberty Lines

Astilleros de Murueta



Royal Sun Alliance (RSA)

Navigators and General – Zurich Group

Work highlights

  • Represented The Standard Club and its Member Mediterranean Shipping Company in relation to the collision of M/V MSC MIA with a number of cranes at a terminal in Valencia.
  • Represented the owners of M/Y Paradise in proceedings related to the collision with M/Y Saint Nicolas at Port Adriano, Mallorca.
  • Advised Italian shipowner Liberty Lines on the implementation of Spanish tax lease financing structures related to the construction of 9 ferry vessels by a Spanish Shipyard.

Uría Menéndez

The shipping and transport department at Uría Menéndez is lauded for its ‘excellent industry knowledge‘, ‘in-depth advice‘, and tendency to go the ‘extra mile‘ when assisting clients. Typical mandates for the group include advising on both dry and wet shipping matters, including shipbuilding and financing contracts, M&A, insurance claims and collisions, among others. Practice head Carlos López-Quiroga focuses on transport and maritime law, showcasing particular experience in M&A and restructuring matters. Luz Martínez De Azcoitia is the name to contact for banking and finance mandates in the transport sector. Other notable individuals include Diego Pérez, a key contact for domestic and foreign shipowners and port terminals seeking advice on vessel construction, repair and acquisition contracts, and Laura Peláez, who is recommended for administrative proceedings before port authorities.

Practice head(s):

Carlos López-Quiroga

Other key lawyers:

Luz Martínez de Azcoitia; Diego Pérez; Laura Peláez


‘Highly responsive and experienced team – from partner to associate, every team member adds value to a deal.’

‘Good combination of technical knowledge, political acumen and relevant experience in litigation, negotiation and permitting.’

‘The best qualities of Carlos López Quiroga are his extensive knowledge of the sector, experience, and his search for solutions and alternatives.’

‘The lawyers who make up the firm not only have full knowledge of the matters they deal with but are capable of analysing and delving into the smallest details to offer full and in-depth advice to clients.’

‘The lawyers in the team will go the extra mile to assist us, being available to discuss projects as well as possible matters at short notice. The advice provided is also accurate but delivered in a commercial context with plain English, which is important given the differences in legal systems.’

‘What makes the practice unique is the quality of its professionals, in terms of legal and sector knowledge, the permanent search for solutions and alternatives, and their proximity and availability.’

‘They have excellent industry knowledge, and we receive swift and accurate advice when needed.’

Key clients

CaixaBank, S.A.

Alúmina España, S.A.

Knutsen OAS Shipping

Cosco Shipping Port (Spain) Terminals

Asociación Nacional de Empresas Estibadoras y Centros de Empleo (ANESCO)

Virgin Money UK, Plc.

CMA Terminals SAS

ING Bank (London branch)

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, S.A.

China Construction Bank Europe

Aquaship AS

Société Générale

Astilleros de Santander (ASTANDER)

Astilleros Canarios, S.A. (ASTICAN)

Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV)


Work highlights

  • Advised the Spanish National Association of Stevedoring Companies and Employment Centres (ANESCO) on the legal measures to combat increasing energy prices and the pleadings against the bill of the Autonomous Region of Catalonia imposing a new tax levied against emissions of ships in that region’s ports.
  • Advised China Construction Bank Europe on the financing granted to CSP Iberian Bilbao Terminal, S.L.
  • Advised Astilleros Canarios, S.A. (ASTICAN) on the process for obtaining an extension of its port concession for an additional 25 years.

Mestre Abogados

Boutique Mestre Abogados‘ ability to ‘convey information in an understandable and easy manner‘ is noted by sources, who also commend the practice for its ‘comprehensive understanding‘ of clients' needs and level of ‘responsiveness‘. The firm handles a mix of dry and wet shipping matters, showcasing significant strength in the resolution of disputes involving maritime casualties, financing and commercial contracts, repairers' liability and insurance claims; non-contentious matters also feature on the firm's diverse workload. ‘Outstanding lawyerAnna Mestre jointly heads up the team alongside litigation specialist Alejandra Torres, yachting department head Pol Mediña, and French contracts specialist Marina Bassols.

Practice head(s):

Anna Mestre; Alejandra Torres; Pol Mediña; Marina Bassols


‘Anna Mestre approaches her work with utmost seriousness and provides legal services as comprehensively and holistically as possible.’

‘Anna Mestre is an outstanding lawyer in the field of shipping in Spain.’

‘The service and responsiveness are excellent.’

Key clients


ESS GROUP- Gotteborg

Generali Corporate (H&M, Project Cargo, Major Marine casualties).

Sky Ocean Yacht Refit & Repair


YST Yachting Service Team

HUA HU Shipping Liberia

Kalypso Compagnia di Navigazione Spa

Genova for Yachting/Mordiglia

Stellantis N.V. (EX PSA-Peugeot Group)

Ukralfa Trade FZ-LLC (Ukraine)

Allianz France

HFW Paris / HFW Shanghai

Steamship Mutual P&I

DHL Exel Supply Chain Spain, S.L.U




Work highlights

  • Advised sellers Ukralfa Trade FZ-LLC (Ukraine) on a claim for unpaid goods on board the vessel M/V Kerem, cargo/goods 6.900 TM Ukrainian corn.
  • Advised SteamshipMutual P&I and members charterers of the M/T DIGNITY on a contamination claim in Barcelona.
  • Acted for Hua Ru Shipping (Liberia) C/O Shanghai Salvage Company in a Towcon Arbitration involving the sinking of a pontoon, various ship arrests in Spain and multiple claim for damages.


Jointly led by co-founders Carlos Perez in Madrid and Maria Albors in Sotogrande, PEREZ ALBORS | & CO‘s shipping department is skilled at providing legal support to insurers, P&I clubs, and shipowners, many of whom praise the team for its ‘high level of professionalism‘ and ‘solution-oriented‘ approach. Covering insurance, dispute resolution and international trade, the practice is particularly active in mandates concerning bill of lading disputes, cargo claims, environmental liability and collisions.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Perez; Maria Albors


‘The team has always been helpful, cooperative and expeditious when dealing with my requests.’

‘Carlos Perez has always shown 100% commitment to our requirements operating as our business does on a 24/7, 365 day basis. His advice and support has always been excellent and we see him as a business partner assisting building the company in Spain and beyond.’

‘A big team covering various areas of law with a high level of professionalism.’

Key clients



Maersk Line

The Standard P&I Club

The North of England P&I Club

W K Webster & Co

The American P&I Club

World Fuel Services


Elias Marine Ltd

X-Press Container Line


Guadalquivir Shipyard

Alfaship Group

Servyman de Estrecho

Bunker Holding A/S

Steel Invest Group


Partida Logistics


Atarfil Europe


Shourai Marine

Work highlights

  • Advised MITSUI SUMIMOTO on claiming damages to the vessel “WHITE HORSE” due to the collision caused by the barge “AVELINA” in the Bay of Gibraltar.
  • Advised GENERALI on defending a €5m claim following the damage caused by the vessel “AVANCE” when colliding against the REPSOL refinery terminal at Tarragona in Northeast Spain.
  • Advised GENERALI on a €3m claim for alleged defective product liability in France.

Rogers & Co. Abogados

A popular destination for shipping clients seeking assistance with marine insurance, operator liability, cargo claims and vessel auctions, Rogers & Co. Abogados is well positioned to advise on an array of contentious matters in this space. Luis Alberto Garcia, who is especially proficient in personal injury claims relating to ports and vessels, leads the practice alongside David Diez Ramos, who regularly works with marine and non-marine insurers in a variety of related claims. Marie Rogers, described as a ‘standout performer‘, is a key contact within the team.

Practice head(s):

Luis Alberto Garcia; David Diez Ramos

Other key lawyers:

Marie Rogers


‘The knowledge of the people working at this firm is very high. Not only legal, but also of the business.’

‘Marie Rogers has been fantastic in guiding us through the mechanics of the Spanish legal process and ensuring that our client’s recovery prospects were protected throughout.’

‘Top quality knowledge of the industry and nuances of Spanish Law, how it differs from the UK and other countries where necessary. Great service and exceptional value for money. ’

Key clients

Charles Taylor Adjusting

Shipowners PandI Luxembourg (UK)

ALTRI SGPS, Portugal

Charterama Pandi, The Netherlands

RSA Luxembourg SA Sucursal en España

DSV Insurance A/S, Denmark

AON, The Netherlands

AXA XL, Spain

MS AMLIN MARINE NV (The Netherlands)



Boutique firm SAN SIMON & DUCH‘s shipping and transport team is recurrently sought out by an array of maritime clients, including shipowners and shipyards, insurers, port authorities, P&I clubs, and charterers. The group is skilled at advising on contentious matters, such as claims concerning vessel damages, recovery against shipyards, and sanctioning proceedings, but is also adept in transactional work, including the sale of vessels, and sanctioning proceedings. Founding partners Luis De San Simon and Mercedes Duch jointly oversee the group alongside Diego de San Simón in Madrid, and directors Carlos Cerda, who is based in Valencia, and Ignacio Rodríguez, a key contact in the Algeciras office.

Practice head(s):

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


‘San Simon & Duch is the number one destination for transport and shipping law in Spain and is known to lawyers all over Europe and the world. They have contacts all over the country, which is convenient if assistance is required at a particular locality.’

‘Diego de San Simon is a very dedicated and solution-oriented lawyer, whom I had the privilege to work with on a case for a mutual client. He is very responsive.’

‘They have a great and tight team where they can all help each other and you always feel in good hands.’

Key clients

RSA Luxembourg S.A., Spanish Branch

Hellenic Seaways Single Member Maritime, S.A

St. Enfineering marine ltd

Ducat Maritime

Hanseatic Underwriters

Navios Shipmanagement Inc

Holman, Fenwick Willan


Cedar Europe Ltd

Vilma Oil



The London P & I Club

The Standard P & I Club

keystone Law

Tatham & Co

Seaco Global

Fairfax Brasil Seguros Corporativos S.A.

HDI Global SE

Work highlights

  • Defended Hanseatic Underwiters in a claim brought by the salvage company in connection with the sinking of 9 vessels during a heavy storm.
  • Represented Generali España S.A De Reaseguros y Reaseguros and insured/owners in a cross-border jurisdiction case as both, claimant and defendant, in different legal proceedings as a result of a heavy collision between vessels and subsequent fire while the vessel was undergoing repairs at the shipyard.
  • Advised Cedar Europe Ltd on a court claim and counter claim arising from a contractual dispute between an oil producer and an oil trader.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP‘s asset and structured finance team - jointly led by the ‘pleasantAlfredo Cabellos and recently promoted Laura Cadenas - is singled out for its experience in ship finance matters and its niche expertise in the aquaculture sector. The team, which attracts instructions from shipowners, financial entities, charterers and P&I clubs, is also adept at advising on construction contracts and purchase and sale agreements. Jose María Pery is a name to note for asset finance, purchases, and sales in the maritime sector; his expertise also extends to shipping disputes.

Practice head(s):

Alfredo Cabellos; Laura Cadenas

Other key lawyers:

Jose María Pery


‘They are very professional, well-informed and have a high level of service.’

‘Alfredo Cabellos is such a pleasant man to work with. He knows his field of practice very well and his advice is always to the point and highly valued by us and our clients.’

Key clients



Havila Kystruten AS


Edda Wind ASA



Nordic Trustee

Work highlights

  • Advised Fiskebas Fishing Company Limited on the implementation of a tax lease structure in Spain for the construction, acquisition, finance and exploitation of a 69.60 m. midwater trawler which is presently under construction at a shipyard in the north of Spain.
  • Advised Havila Kystruten Operations AS, as Spanish counsel, on the dispute before the English High Court in relation to the financing of 2 vessels to be built in Spain by Astilleros de J. Barreras, which were cancelled.
  • Advised the company Edda Wind, and the lenders (UBS and ABN Amro) in relation to the Spanish aspects of the financing of one offshore support vessel, under construction at Astilleros Gondán, in Spain and more particularly with the delivery of the vessel under a Spanish tax lease scheme.

Aiyon Abogados SLP

Aiyon Abogados SLP‘s shipping department is commended for its ‘adaptability and efficiency‘, with Veronica Meana, Mikel Garteiz-Goxeaskoa, Zuberoa Elorriaga, Enrique Ortiz, and Jose Dominguez jointly leading the practice. With extensive experience in dispute resolution, contract drafting, insurance and trade law, the group is adept at advising on marine casualties, pollution claims, freight cases and shipbuilding contracts, among other matters.

Practice head(s):

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


‘We consider that what makes AIYON’s practice unique is the immediacy, adaptability and efficiency they provide.’


The logistics and transport team at Cuatrecasas is particularly experienced in port law and international trade, regularly advising shipowners, domestic and international companies, and port authorities on an array of shipping mandates. Iñigo Quintana leads the team and is the key contact for international dispute resolution matters – both litigation and arbitration – in the maritime and transport sectors.

Practice head(s):

Iñigo Quintana

Key clients


Grandes concesionarios del Puerto de Bilbao


Hapag Lloyd

Work highlights

  • Represented Grandes concesionarios del Puerto de Bilbao, the concessionaires of the Port of Bilbao, with regard to the annulment of their individual cadastral values and advising on the report on cadastral values of the Port of Bilbao Real Estate with Special Characteristics (BICE Puerto de Bilbao).
  • Advised Martico on foreign investment access and establishment of a WFOE, including legal and tax analysis of different business models involving operations in bonded areas.
  • Advised Sotogrande on the strategic and litigious matters of regional regulations on the limitation of the concession term for the marina.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

With particular strength in ship financing matters, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo acts for major Spanish banks, shipping and charter companies, as well as international financial institutions. The practice, which often collaborates with the firm's banking and finance specialists, has a strong presence in Vigo, a key location for shipbuilding clients. Asset and infrastructure financing expert Carlos Rueda and Miguel Lamo de Espinosa jointly oversee the team that also includes Fernando Herrero, who focuses on asset finance, María García De La Concha Álvarez, a reference for shipbuilders, and José Canalejas.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Rueda; Miguel Lamo de Espinosa

Other key lawyers:

Fernando Herrero; María García De La Concha Álvarez; José Canalejas

Key clients


Caixabank, SA

Export Credit Canada

Empresa Naviera Elcano

Boluda Corporación Marítima

Banco de Sabadell




Work highlights

  • Advised SOCIÉTÉ GÉNÉRALE in connection with the design of a Spanish Tax Lease structure and the financing subject to the Royal Decree 874/2017 regarding nine vessels to be built.
  • Advised Banco Santander, as creditor, in connection with the refinancing of the credit given to Ojeda Shipping Limited (Elcano Group) for the acquisition of the Vessel “Castillo de Pambre”.
  • Advised ABN AMRO BANK on the financing and subsequent increase and amendment to VERENIGDE TANKREDERIJ HOLDING B.V. for the acquisition of BOLUDA TANKERS, S.A.


Kennedys’ marine department advises clients in both wet and dry shipping matters, with expertise in coverage disputes, cargo and vessel loss, maritime salvage claims, shipbuilding, and ship finance. Team head Jose Manuel González Pellicer is commended for his ‘first rate grasp of Spanish maritime law‘, while colleague Paula Petit is described as ‘a rising star in the Spanish legal environment‘. Olivia Delagrange left the team in June 2023.

Practice head(s):

Jose Manuel González Pellicer

Other key lawyers:

Paula Petit


‘A team that has the breadth and depth of knowledge to solve your legal issues. They are very quick at responding, friendly and collaborative, understand your position and work as a team.’

‘Jose Manuel González Pellicer has a razor sharp legal mind and gets to the root of your problem straight away. He knows how to handle all situations and explains matters in plain language when you do not understand the technical aspects of Spanish law.’

‘Paula Petit is a rising star in the Spanish legal environment and works extremely hard on every case.’

Key clients



Tokio Marine Kiln






The Britannia Steamship P&I Club




MA Abogados

The practice at MA Abogados is commended for its ‘great technical knowledge‘ and ‘immediacy of responses‘, with practice head Carlos Salinas Adelantado complimented for his ‘deep knowledge of the world of insurance and maritime law‘. Founder Sara Recatalá Chordá co-heads the team, which typically acts for clients in arbitrations, offshore contracts, cargo and insurance claims, shipbuilding contracts, and ship arrests.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Salinas Adelantado; Sara Recatalá Chordá


They are experts in the field. Their knowledge and experience which increases their probability of success. On a personal level, I would highlight Carlos Salinas Adelantado.’

‘The immediacy of the responses from the firm is valued – this makes them stand out from other competitors.’

‘In my opinion, MA is the best maritime law firm. They collaborate very closely with the client, and coordinate other jurisdictions.’

‘Very specialised and close to the client, very quick in their responses. Carlos Salinas Adelantado has very deep knowledge of the world of insurance and maritime law.’

‘Great technical knowledge.’

‘My contact is Sara Recatalá Chordá and the close and pleasant relationship makes the work easier.’

Muñoz & Montañes

Devoted to shipping and international trade matters, boutique firm Muñoz & Montañes has significant experience advising shipowners and P&I clubs on contentious matters, including maritime casualties. The practice is led by Alicia Montañés, who is active in criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings. Other names to note include Pablo Ibañez and Celia Lopera, who are commended by clients for being ‘reliable‘ and ‘proactive‘ attitude.

Practice head(s):

Alicia Montañés

Other key lawyers:

Celia Lopera; Pablo Ibáñez


‘Great team with specialisation in different areas.’

‘Great professionals, discreet and with great technical knowledge.’

‘Muñoz & Montañez provides reliable and proactive service with an excellent result.’

Key clients

Gard P&I

The Swedish Club P&I

Skuld P&I

Nordisk Defence Club

Maersk A/S

Mediterranean Shipping Company SA

West of England

TT Club

Manuport Logistics Spain

UBE Coporation Europe

Alcoholes Montplet S.A.U.

Liberdec S.L.

Work highlights

  • Represented Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. before the Central Administrative Economic Court (TEAC) challenging the tariffs charged by the Port Authority of Cadiz for the stay of MV MSC ELOANE.
  • Acted for Liberdec S.L., cargo interests, in a conflict against the freight forwarder for extra costs incurred in the discharging operations of a vessel at the Port of Sagunto, including the enforcement of an original B/L before Court.
  • Assisted Merna Shipping S.L. in the purchase and financing of a RoRo vessel, with Cypriot flag.