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Firms To Watch: Transport: Shipping

KPMG Abogados, Spain is often sought by banks involved in shipping finance transactions, with an experienced team also capable in tax lease structures and cross-border transactions in this space.

Transport: Shipping in Spain

Avante Legal

With a footing in Madrid and Vigo, the shipping practice at Avante Legal features ‘prestigious and specialised lawyers‘, and is regularly sought out by insurance companies, P&I clubs and shipowners seeking assistance in a broad range of issues. Julio López Quiroga, who has ‘perfect understanding of business needs and strategy‘, draws on over 30 years of shipping experience to lead the team, with frequent involvement in issues relating to collisions, pollution, charter-party agreements and bill of lading disputes. Dividing his time between Madrid and Vigo, Antonio Quiros specialises in casualty and maritime insurance work, a field of expertise shared by Vigo-based partner Jacobo Tojeiro, an expert in fines, preventive seizures and towage matters as they relate to maritime casualties. Hannah De Bustos is a standout from the associate ranks for dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Julio López Quiroga


‘The in-depth study of each issue looking for the best way to address it. Great negotiation skills aimed at achieving the best results, which always exceed expectations.’

‘Specialisation, speed of response, availability and personalised treatment by the partners. Technical rigor.’

‘The specialisation and great experience of the lawyers in the sector stands out, as well as the personalised and empathetic treatment. Prestigious and specialised lawyers.’

Key clients

RSA Luxembourg

Grupo Boluda

TT Club


Pesca Bijagos

Sk B&T

Grandi Navi Veloci

DHL Exel Supply Chain Spain

Freightlead LLC


With offices across Madrid, Bilbao, Valencia, Vigo, Seville, the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands and Porto, the shipping and transport team at Garrigues acts in an equally broad range of shipping matters. Key areas of work include collisions and accidents at sea, as well as financing, registration, customs, licensing and contractual arrangements. In Madrid, Jesús Barbadillo leads the team, with notable experience acting for shipping companies and further expertise in regulatory matters. Manuel Betancor, based in the Canary Islands, supports these efforts, while Bilbao-based senior associate Javier del Corte is a key contact for dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Jesus Barbadillo

Other key lawyers:

Manuel Betancor; Javier del Corte


‘Perfect work from the lawyers. Garrigues’ plans are very detailed and well prepared.’

‘They are really working together in a team. Everybody can dive in their own situation and that makes the understanding of lawyer and client easier and unique.’

‘Their responses are fast and efficient.’

‘Their total predisposition to attend to any eventuality at any time, and their immediate involvement in what is requested of them.’

Key clients


The Hartford

The Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection


Bureau Veritas

Beach Fishing


Naviera Armas



Knutsen Group

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP’s shipping department is noted for its ‘support in claims regarding containers and forwarding companies’, with an offering extending to bills of lading, third-party liability claims, charterparty agreements and civil liability insurance. Benefitting from recent investments in innovative tools, the firm attracts a range of insurers, P&I clubs and freight forwarders, with the team noted as ‘exceptional because of its legal expertise and knowledge of the commercial and operational issues of the maritime sector’. Juan Alegre, Bernardo Ruiz Lima and Ernesto Rivera head the practice alongside Gonzalo Alvar, who joined from Qvadrigas in March 2022, and Victor Mata, who was promoted to the partnership in April 2022.


‘Excellent and sound team for any shipping matters.’

‘The team is exceptional because of its legal expertise and knowledge of the commercial and operational issues of the maritime sector, with great focus on claims.’

‘They pull always the adequate resources to answer to any query, however small, with professionalism and good timing as if they were part of the company. Highlight their support in claims regarding containers and forwarding companies.’

‘Victor Mata is an outstanding lawyer with great knowledge of the sector and practical experience. He stands out for his exceptional responsiveness and full involvement in every matter, however small, always with a practical approach. Special focus on his availability to support in claims concerning damages on containers.’

‘Very straightforward and no-nonsense team.’

Key clients


Grupo Ortiz


The Standard P&I Club


Liberty Lines



Royal Sun Alliance

Navigators and General

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez features a shipping, transport and logistics group dedicated to matters surrounding vessel construction and finance, carriage contracts, marine casualties, insurance, M&A and litigation. Key clients include banks, shipowners, charterers, insurance companies, port operators and P&I clubs. Carlos López-Quiroga, who is regarded for providing ‘a practical vision’ in line with his ‘enormous legal knowledge’, leads the practice, accompanied by managing associate Luz Martínez De Azcoitia, who specialises in M&A and banking and finance transactions in the shipping and aviation sectors. Other notable figures from the associate ranks include tax lease structure expert Diego Pérez.

Practice head(s):

Carlos López-Quiroga

Other key lawyers:

Luz Martínez De Azcoitia; Diego Pérez



‘Their strengths are extensive legal knowledge in matters of maritime transport, great knowledge of the sector and their wide availability.’

‘Carlos López-Quiroga has enormous legal knowledge, great knowledge of the sector and provides closeness and accessibility to the client.’

‘Law specialisation based on the international trade of goods by sea, including specific application rules, client-supplier relations and shipping company. Uría stands out in the advice it provides here. Additionally, Uría is always available to the client. Its network of contacts allows timely advice in other countries where it may be necessary (port regulations, for example).’

‘Carlos López-Quiroga is an excellent professional, with a practical vision of the facts. Speed and efficiency. He stands out not only in technical knowledge but also in the speed of his response and availability.’

‘Highly experienced in the subject matter, and through transactions they prove to be knowledgeable and efficient throughout the process.’

‘Knowledgeable and efficient, Diego Pérez and Carlos López-Quiroga are thorough.’

Key clients

Knutsen Group

Seadrill Global Services

Cosco Shipping Port (Spain) Terminals


Clydesdale Bank

ING Bank

Astilleros Canarios

Astilleros de Santander


Creuers del Port de Barcelona

Klepierre Group

Maicerías Españolas

Korea Development Bank

Banco Sabadell

Nordea Bank ABP, Finland

Asica Farms

Centro Portuario de Empleo Almería

Centro Portuario de Empleo Motril


Bahía de Bizkaia Electricidad

Van Oord Ship Management

Ibérica de Congelados


Work highlights

  • Advising the Spanish National Association of Stevedoring Companies and Employment Centres (ANESCO) on the preparation and drafting of a legal report to request the relevant Spanish authorities to review the Spanish Ports Law.
  • Advised Astilleros de Santander on a potential dispute regarding a vessel repair contract in connection with the vessel “Evrima” owned by a company belonging to the Ritz Carlton group.
  • Advised Van Oord Ship Management on a dispute regarding the correct enforcement of a performance guarantee in the construction of a vessel.

Mestre Abogados

Boutique firm Mestre Abogados maintains a strong focus on maritime casualties, liability claims, financing and cross-border commercial disputes. Led by a three-partner team, the practice has seen an increase in shipbuilding and yacht-related matters, with repairers’ liability, cargo projects, insurance claims, and sale and purchase contracts constituting increasingly significants area of work for the firm. Notable figures include major casualty and litigation expert Anna Mestre, noted as ‘simply amazing‘ for her ‘ability to always find the best solutions for a client‘, accompanied by shipping expert Jordi Mayol and litigation specialist Alejandra Torres, who divides her time between Barcelona and Galicia.


‘Anna Mestre has great knowledge of the issues and has the ability to always find the best solutions for a client. She also has magnificent knowledge of the English language.’

‘Focused, passionate and dedicated to client needs.’

‘They are simply one of the best team in Spain for maritime law. Very bright, commercial and responsive. Anna Mestre is simply amazing.’

‘Anna Mestre – simply the best!’

‘Anna Mestre delivers both a very professional service, but with a personal touch that is unique in commercial law.’

‘They are very efficient and, above all, great specialists in shipping law, with great experience, especially from Anna Mestre.’

‘Great professional team, seriousness and transparency is one of its great virtues, together with a great knowledge of maritime law makes Mestre Abogados a benchmark in the sector.’

‘The seriousness and rigor, the continuous learning and the participation in numerous congresses.’

Key clients



Ptw Shipyards

Blueseas Maritime Services Nig

Yacht Service Team Bcn

Oceanaval|Naval Architecture & Marine Services

Allianz Seguros Y Reaseguros

Allianz Suisse Versicherungs-Gesellschaft

Decathlon España

One Ocean Shipping Agency

Save Claims Services

Xl Insurance

Transbulk Shipping


Roses Styx

Magic Catamarans

Fast Mast


Collyers Uk

Xpo Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Logisprint on the sale, purchase and closing of a newbuild FERRY PERSEVERANCIA from Korean shipyard.
  • Advising Rongscheng Rongyuan Fishers and Wintell & Co on a collision and sinking of the clients’ vessel off the coast of Argentina.
  • Advised Generali on a liability claim for the wrongful design of a Cruise Boarding bridge that collapsed.


With a client base centred on major shipowners, logistics companies, P&I clubs and insurers, PEREZ ALBORS | & CO offers a multidisciplinary approach in insurance, dispute resolution and trade, a broad offering bolstered by its association with ONTIER. Among its key areas of work, the team is active in cargo claims, charterparty and bill of lading disputes, sale and purchase arrangements, and collisions. Madrid-based partner Carlos Perez, noted for providing ‘sensible and realistic advice’ leads the team alongside co-founder and commercial litigator Maria Albors, based in Sotogrande. Associate Juan Montenegro joined the firm from Meana Green Maura & Co in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Perez; Maria Albors

Other key lawyers:

Juan Montenegro


‘The most important factor is their extremely practical approach, giving genuine advice without unnecessary legalese.’

‘They are always on top of the matter and the client. They are proactive in finding solutions. Their attention is exquisite, very personalised.’

‘Their client service, experience and proactivity are unmatched in this field, both by sector and geography.’

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

Steel Invest Group


Partida Logistics


Atarfil Europe


Work highlights

  • Representing Generali in a €5m claim following damage caused by the vessel “AVANCE” when colliding against the REPSOL refinery terminal at Tarragona.
  • Advised Generali on a €3m claim for alleged defective product liability in France.
  • Advised CAMETO on a €1.5m claim for cargo damage against shippers in China.

Rogers & Co. Abogados

Led by shipping expert Luis Alberto García, Rogers & Co. Abogados fields a team with notable expertise in insurance, shipping and other forms of transport. Focused on these three pillars, the firm is often sought for matters relating to marine insurance, operator liability, cargo claims and vessel auctions. Among its key clients, the firm advises Mapfre Global Risks, AXA and MS Amlin Marine. Marie Rogers is noted for her ‘comprehensive knowledge of the international market, including insurance and P&I’.

Practice head(s):

Luis Alberto García

Other key lawyers:

Marie Rogers


‘Good team, very balanced. Perfect communication with the client. Development of a solid strategy in the defense of the client’s interests.’

‘Attention to detail. Optimal trial preparation. Clarity in the steps taken. Domain of the judicial process and its different stages.’

‘The partners complement each other perfectly, uniting their experience and field of action to provide a total service to the client. They treat the cases jointly in order to offer the best assistance to the client. They always look out for the client’s interest.’

Key clients

Mapfre Global Risks

Rsa Luxembourg Sucursal en España

Axa Xl

Ms Amlin Marine

Atunera Dularra

Medway Marine

Aig Europe

Travelers UK

Reale Seguros

Global Bunkering

Work highlights

  • Defended marine insurers and shipowers against a claim by a widow for the alleged wrongful death of crew member.
  • Advised a shipowner on the Port Auction of a vessel and all administrative issues to allow the vessel to sail.
  • Advising hull and machinery underwriters in relation to the sinking of a yacht following a collision.


The shipping team at SAN SIMON & DUCH is characterised by a multidisciplinary offering, acting for shipowners, financial institutions, insurers, charterers and port authorities in a range of charterparty, ship arrest, dispute resolution and cargo claims. Leadership of the team is divided between Luis De San Simón, Mercedes Duch and Diego De San Simón in Madrid, Carlos Cerda in Valencia and Ignacio Rodríguez in Algeciras, with the likes of The London P&I Club, The Standard P&I Club and Generali featured in its client portfolio.


‘The team at San Simon & Duch is very accessible, responsive and has a profound knowledge of Spanish commercial and transport law.’

‘Diego de San Simon stands out as a superstar. He is one of the best maritime lawyers on the Iberian Peninsula and a go-to person in Spain.’

‘It is a fast and efficient team. Available when needed. They perfectly understand the business, client needs, and is technologically very advanced.’

Key clients

The London P & I Club

The Standard P & I Club

St. Enfineering Marine

Shipowners P & I Club

Navios Shipmanagement Inc

X- Pressfeeders

Holman, Fenwick Willan




Wintell & Co

NSN Law Firm



HDI Global

Palmali Shipping Group

Work highlights

  • Defending fleet agents in sanctioning proceedings opened by authorities.
  • Defending the owners and ship agents of various vessels in a claim brought by authorities.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

The asset and structured finance team at Watson Farley & Williams LLP is noted for its capabilities in insolvency, restructuring, commercial contracts, maritime infrastructure and vessel finance. With niche expertise in the aquaculture sector, the firm advises a range of shipowners and banks in the industry, while also featuring charterers and P&I in its client portfolio. Transport expert Alfredo Cabellos heads the practice, spearheading the firm’s tax and structured finance offering, while Jose María Pery is often involved in purchase and sale agreements and construction transactions. Senior associate Laura Cadenas is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Alfredo Cabellos

Other key lawyers:

Jose María Pery; Laura Cadenas

Key clients



Havila Kystruten


Edda Wind ASA



Nordic Trustee

Work highlights

  • Advised Fiskebas Fishing Company on the implementation of a tax lease structure in Spain for the construction, acquisition, finance and exploitation of a mid-water trawler.
  • Advised Havila Kystruten Operations on the dispute before the English High Court in relation to the financing of two vessels to be built in Spain by Astilleros de J. Barreras which were cancelled.
  • Advised Edda Wind and the lenders (UBS and ABN Amro) in relation to the Spanish aspects of the financing of an offshore support vessel under construction at Astilleros Gondán.


Cuatrecasas‘ logistics and transport group is often engaged to advise on cargo insurance, customs advice, port law, competition issues and sanctioning proceedings, with key clients including Ocibar, Hapag Lloyd and DP World. Madrid-based partner Iñigo Quintana heads the team, spearheading the dispute resolution offering, while Alejandro Auset, based in Barcelona, is an administrative proceedings and judicial review expert.

Practice head(s):

Iñigo Quintana

Other key lawyers:

Alejandro Auset

Key clients

HPS Investment Partners

Apollo Global Management

Incus Capital


Puerto Calero Marinas

DP World

Hapag Lloyd

Porto Sudeste do Brasi

Cooperativa Transportes del Puerto

Csp Iberian Bilbao

Mc Trinter


W.E.C. Lines España

Puertos Canarios

Italmar 3000

Sparber Lineas Maritimas

Autoridad Portuaria de Pasajes

Naviera Mar de Ons

Cruceros Kontiki

Bennassar Naviliers

Costasol Cruceros

Naviera Santa Eulalia

Work highlights

  • Advising HPS Investment Partners and Apollo Global Management on rescue financing in the refinancing process of Naviera Armas.
  • Advising Incus Capital on acquiring 72% of Port Med Barcelona (Marina Vela) through a capital increase.
  • Advising Puerto Calero Marinas on the exit of Disa Group and subsequent entry of a new investor (the Martínez Group) in the share capital of Puerto Calero Marinas.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo draws from a specialised banking and finance department to advise on a range of shipping matters, with an emphasis on acting for shipping and charter companies, banks and finance institutions. Apart from these key clients, the firm also exhibits a strong relationship with shipbuilders through its Vigo office, acting on relevant agreements. Leadership of the practice is divided between asset finance expert Carlos Rueda and Miguel Lamo de Espinosa. Supporting the team’s efforts in relation to asset financing operations is Fernando Herrero. Vigo-based partner María García De La Concha Álvarez handles a spectrum of shipbuilding matters. All named lawyers are based in Madrid unless otherwise stated.


‘Well-trained team with high-quality professionals.’

‘María García de la Concha is an excellent professional who knows the sector perfectly.’

Key clients



Clipper Group

Executive Airlines

Export Credit Canada


Empresa Naviera Elcano

Spanish Government

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

Banco de Sabadell

Société Générale

Abanca Corporación Bancaria

Work highlights

  • Represented Société Générale regarding the financing under RD 874 provided to Astilleros Armón for the construction of nine vessels.
  • Advised a syndicate of banks in connection with a credit agreement granted to Naviera Teekay Gas III and Teekay Spain.
  • Advised Banco de Sabadell in connection with a credit agreement and refund guarantee facility granted to Metalships for the construction of Sailing Cruise Vessel “Sea Cloud” and delivery to Schiffahrts-Gesellschaft “Husssar” MBH.


Kennedys regularly acts for shipowners, shipyards, logistics companies and insurers in a range of ship purchase, chartering, cargo loss, salvage and shipbuilding matters, with a recent expansion into cyber and satellite risks relevant to GPS technologies. With ‘very good knowledge of the sector‘, Jose Manuel González Pellicer stands out for maritime law, logistics and ports, leading the practice alongside the ‘excellentOlivia Delagrange, a triple-qualified practitioner who can regularly be found advising insurers, reinsurers and corporate clients. Associate Paula Petit is another key contact, active across contentious and non-contentious marine matters.

Other key lawyers:

Paula Petit; Marta Parrondo


‘They have the knowledge and capabilities to understand any issue. They are great people who treat you on a personal level and work with you as a team.’

‘They are friendly, are always available for advice and treat you as an equal. Excellent knowledge from the entire team and they work very hard.’

‘Standout individuals include Olivia Delagrange, who is an excellent lawyer and runs her team brilliantly, José Pellicer who has an amazing legal mind and has the ability to explain things simply, and Marta Parrondo who quickly understands the issue at hand and works hard to resolve it. Paula Petit could be classed as a rising star within the Spanish legal arena.’

Key clients

Grupo Suardiaz


Tokio Marine Kiln




MA Abogados

The transport and international trade team at MA Abogados benefits from a network of national offices, allowing it to provide advice across multiple stages of the logistics chain, with shipping and cargo insurance companies, port terminals, freight forwarders and suppliers constituting a large portion of the firm’s client base. Parallel to logistics work, the firm is also focused on arbitration, insurance claims and offshore contract matters. Founding partner Carlos Salinas Adelantado, who ‘stands out in the industry with his expertise’, heads the team alongside co-founder Sara Recatalá Chordá in Valencia.


‘Carlos Salinas has a very pragmatic and solutions orientated approach to handling cases and knows exactly what his clients require. He has a vast amount of experience and stands out in the industry with his expertise, which he perfectly puts to use when finding the best outcome for his clients.’

‘Outstanding knowledge of the team in matters of maritime law.’

‘Outstanding in particular is the partner Carlos Salinas.’

‘The strengths of MA in maritime law are the deep knowledge they have of the matter, it has a dynamic, very solid team, which is capable of dealing with any issue related to this matter.’

‘Carlos Salinas has infinite knowledge on this matter and makes an effort to explain the most complicated issues. A lot of dedication and comfort towards the client.’

Muñoz & Montañes

With a shipping focus at its core, boutique firm Muñoz & Montañes has offices in both Valencia and Bilbao, attracting shipowner and P&I clients seeking advice on a range of maritime disputes. Founding partner Alicia Montañés leads the team, with experience in shipping law and international trade, acting in maritime casualties and civil, administrative and criminal proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Alicia Montañés

Other key lawyers:

Celia Lopera; Pablo Ibáñez


‘Knowledge of the sector and index of results on the incidents they have managed.’

‘The service and personalized attention together with the knowledge and technical rigor in the development of their functions. Outstanding Celia Lopera and Pablo Ibáñez.’

‘Alicia Montañés and Pablo Ibanez are pro-active and costs-conscious, always looking for pragmatic solutions for their clients.’

‘They are always co-operative and responsive. They handle the cases in an efficient and responsible manner.’

‘Alicia Montañés is a very experienced lawyer. She is always responsive and has the practical approach it takes when problems need to be solved.’

‘Pablo Ibáñez always has exceptional understanding of the detailed aspects of a case.’

Key clients

Gard P&I

The Swedish Club

Skuld P&I

Nordisk Defence Club



West of England

Manuport Logistics Spain

UBE Corporation Europe

Work highlights

  • Advised Maersk on a preliminary ruling request to the ECJ on BL Jurisdiction clauses.
  • Represented Gard P&I and its owners in court proceedings regarding the collision between Isleta III and MV Histria Yvory.
  • Participated in preliminary investigations on the collision between MV Laust Maersk and Ro-Pax Napoles.