Gómez-Acebo & Pombo > Madrid, Spain > Firm Profile

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo
CASTELLANA 216
28046 MADRID
Spain

Spain > Capital markets: Debt Tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo‘s increasingly diverse offering in debt capital markets has grown to cover areas including investment grade debt offerings, high-yield bonds and private placements. The team stands out for providing frequent counsel to US private placement investors in Spanish transactions, and for its longstanding securitisation practice. Practice co-head Guillermo Guerra is recommended by a client as ‘the right partner for a capital markets strategy', and his partner in leading the practice is Ferran Foix, who handles cross-border work and divides his time between Madrid and London. Augusto Piñel and securitisations specialist Fernando Herrero are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Guillermo Guerra; Ferran Foix

Other key lawyers:

Augusto Piñel; Santiago Gómez-Acebo; Fernando Herrero; Iñigo Hernáez; José Francisco Canalejas

Testimonials

‘It is a senior team with a lot of experience, which allows you to reduce the time to market of projects since they understand from the beginning the structure to be created.’

‘GA_P is a wonder law firm. From the beginning to the closure of our matter, we have received complete and concrete assistance from our law firm. It is very important to have a great partner in your journey through capital market and definitely GA_P is the right one.’

‘Guillermo Guerra Martin is a wonderful professional, company oriented consultant and the right partner for a capital markets strategy.’

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

Laurion Alternative Deposits

J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Pepper Spanish Servicing

PGIM Private Capital (Prudential Group)

Pricoa Private Capital

Técnicas Reunidas

EBN Banco De Negocios

Grupo Sampol Ingeniería

Renta 4 Banco

EBN Titulización, Sociedad Anónima Unipersonal, S.G.F.T. EBN Gesternova, Fondo De Titulización

EBN Titulización, Sociedad Anónima Unipersonal, S.G.F.T. EBN Alpha Sector Privado, Fondo De Titulización

Work highlights

  • Advising the ad hoc group of bondholders on the Spanish law aspects of the 2020 refinancing and 2021 restructuring of the financial debt (high-yield bonds) of Grupo Codere.
  • Acted for Laurion Alternative Deposits and its general partner, Laurion AM, in the incorporation of a notes issuance programme for a maximum amount of €100m on the Vienna Third Market.
  • Advised PGIM Private Capital, subscriber of the $150m private placement bond shelf facility with 12-year maturity of Mecalux.

Spain > Environment Tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has established itself among the leading firms for environmental and climate change issues in Spain, and is highlighted for its ‘knowledge, experience, contacts and the ability to adapt to the requirements of the client’s way of working‘. The team stands out in particular for its extensive knowledge of waste and water regulations, where Pedro Poveda and Eduardo Orteu‘s former experience working at the Ministry of Environment, and Orteu’s additional experience at the Spanish Water Directorate, give it a strong edge. International and domestic clients – including major Spanish industrial associations – frequently seek the team’s assistance in non-contentious and contentious matters at the local, regional, national and EU level. In recent developments, 2021 saw the firm launching its Sustainability Group, which brings together a multidisciplinary team to advise clients on a range of issues connected with sustainable development. Another major move saw Santiago Garrido and senior associate Helena Villena Romera joining the firm from Hogan Lovells International LLPPaloma Tuñón Matienzo, Ester Abascal Iglesias, Ignacio Álvarez Serrano and Yago Fernández Darna are key contacts at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Poveda

Testimonials

The GAP team has a high specialisation in sustainability and waste management issues that makes them unique in the market. Many of the lawyers have held positions in the public administration, thus offering a holistic perspective on the legislation.

‘Knowledge, experience, contacts and ability to adapt to the requirements of the client’s way of working. Sector sensitivity. Being a large office, in such complex legislation, they have the knowledge to respond from fiscal, organisational, administrative issues.’

‘Pedro Poveda is an excellent professional with great knowledge, who helps to solve day-to-day needs and to plan for the long term. Essential in an environment with as much new regulation as the current one in environmental matters. He is a person of recognised prestige in the sector and his opinion is highly valued by the administration. Eduardo Orteu is a great professional who is in the day to day and in the detail of the evolution of the legislation.’

‘Pedro Poveda, Ester Abascal Iglesias and Paloma Tuñon have done an outstanding job and we will undoubtedly count on them.’

‘They are very fast and are very aware of legislative developments. They have good contacts in the administration, which facilitates the discussion and interpretation of the problem.’

‘Pedro Poveda undoubtedly in our opinion is one of the best lawyers in Spain in environmental matters. Having the collaboration of him is a guarantee of having the best knowledge and attention.’

‘Wide spectrum of knowledge and long experience in the area dealing with matters with a wide variety of clients, from private companies to public companies. Pedro Poveda’s team stands out especially for its treatment, empathy and generosity with its clients, trying to help in every circumstance, often exceeding its contractual obligations.’

‘Pedro Poveda, Eduardo Orteu Berrocal and Ester Abascal Iglesias stand out for their outstanding advice and dedication.’

Key clients

Urbaser, SA – Sertego Servicios Ambientales, SL

Sistemas Integrados de Gestión de Residuos de Envases

UNESID (Spanish Union of Iron and Steel Industries)

Rota Maritime & Ship Candler Ltd

ASELIP (Asociación de Empresas de Limpieza Pública)

EMGRISA.

ASPAPEL (Asociación Española de Fabricantes de Pasta, Papel y Cartón)

CONSORCIO DE INDUSTRIAS DEL CAUCHO

UTE ALBADA

ADELTA

AEVERSU

ALMAR WATER SERVICIOS ESPAÑA S.L.

PEYSA AGRICOLA S.L.

ANGEREA, FER, REPACAR y Gremi Recuperación Catalunya

FLUIDRA S.L.

SOCAMEX

TRAGSATEC

Work highlights

  • Acts as adviser to Spain’s main recycling and waste management systems, supporting in the formulating of draft legislation, particularly the preparation of legal opinions on the revision of the Waste Directives.
  • Provides ongoing advice to the Ministry for Ecological Transition concerning regulatory development for water planning, water public constitutional and legal coordination, wastewater and water reuse legal framework.
  • Advises urban waste management company Urbaser on the regulation of administrative concessions and public procurement.

Spain > Industry focus: Food Tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is a popular choice for some of the main food manufacturers and distributors in Spain, and can regularly be found advising on a wide range of matters, including commercial, advertising and IP-related mandates. Housing notable regulatory expertise, the team is co-headed by Mónica Weimann, who combines her IP background with her M&A practice, and José Luis Palma, who has a focus on matters related to food chains, nutritional and health claims, food quality and food designations. Key support comes from IP experts Jesús Muñoz-Delgado and Sofía Martínez-Almeida, who advises clients on matters ranging from labelling and advertising campaigns to complaints before the Spanish self-regulatory body.

Other key lawyers:

Sofía Martínez-Almeida; Jesús Muñoz-Delgado

Testimonials

Subject matter experts, ability to focus on the specific needs of the client.

Specialisation, sectorial knowledge and dedication and interest in the peculiarities and particularities of each client.

Availability, accessibility and involvement with the issues that concern them. Our main contact person is Jose Luis Palma.

Strong point: high knowledge of the agri-food sector from a legal point of view.

Very good service. Diligence in answering queries. Accurate and understandable answers.

Key clients

Coca-Cola European Partners

Ferrero Iberica

Galletas Gullón, S.A.

Grupo Kaiku Corporación Alimentaria, S.A.

Makro/Metro Group AG

Mercadona S.A.

Nestlé España, S.L.

Red Bull GmbH

LIDL Supermercados, S.A.U.

Interporc

Nutreco Iberia, S.L.

Jacobs Douwe Egberts, N.V.

Grupo Sanlucar

Fall Creek Farm & Nursery Inc

Asociación Interprofesional del Porcino de Capa Blanca (INTERPORC)

Organización Interprofesional del Vino de España (OIVE)

Organización Interprofesional de la Carne de Vacuno (PROVACUNO)

Organización Interprofesional para el Impulso del Sector Cunícola (INTERCUN)

Organización Interprofesional del Huevo y sus Productos (INPROVO)

Organización Interprofesional del Aceite de Orujo de Oliva (ORIVA)

Cooperativas Agro-alimentarias de España

Asociación Nacional de Empresas de Aceite de Orujo de Oliva (ANEO)

Asociación Nacional de Industriales Envasadores y Refinadores de Aceites Comestibles (ANIERAC)

Asociación Española de la Industria y el Comercio Exportador del Aceite de Oliva (ASOLIVA)

Federación Española de Industriales Fabricantes de Aceites de Oliva (INFAOLIVA)

Work highlights

  • Advised Mercadona on the implementation of a compliance programme.
  • Advised several companies in the food sector in Spain in relation to the development of a project for the transformation of the Spanish meat-livestock chain.
  • Designed and developed a system ensuring knowledge of and compliance with competition laws in Africa for Equatorial Coca Cola Bottling Company.

Spain > Industry focus: Manufacturing Tier 1

Experience, seriousness, speed and confidence' are some of the aspects clients value in Gómez-Acebo & Pombo's ‘highly specialised’ practice, which is a top choice for manufacturers from the industrial, chemical, retail and shipbuilding sectors for advice on a variety of matters. Particularly renowned is the firm's automotive practice, led by counsel Ainara Rentería, which according to a client is a ‘benchmark among law firms given its extensive knowledge of current and future legal issues in the sector’. Corporate and M&A specialist Iñigo Erláiz heads the department.

Practice head(s):

Iñigo Erláiz

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They are up-to-date and proactive in terms of regulatory updates.’

‘They provide a close and attentive treatment to the client.’

‘They are highly specialised in the sector and have a magnificent team in all areas of law.’

‘Ainara Renteria has exceptional knowledge of the sector and manages her team very well.’

‘A lot of experience and professionalism.’

‘Experience, seriousness, speed, confidence.’

‘GAP’s Automotive practice is a benchmark among law firms given its extensive knowledge of current and future legal issues in the sector. Led by Ainara Renteria, it offers excellent global advice on all areas of the business in a very agile professional manner.’

‘Ainara Renteria has great knowledge of the risks and challenges of the sector. Great capacity for analysis and understanding. Proactivity and agility.’

Key clients

Automotive & Industrial Systems, a division of Panasonic Corporation

Decortienda

Abello Linde, S.A.

Fertisac, S.L.

IP Cleaning España, S.L.

Teka Industrial, S.A.

Toshiba Corporation

Enerpac

Nestlé España, S.A.

Hyundai Motor España

Ford España

IVECO

PORSCHE IBÉRICA, S.A.

Accell Group

FORD CREDIT

LOTUS GROUP

Lease Plan N.V

Carnext B.V

Towa Pharmaceutical

Jacobs Engineering

Giochi Preziosi

Derichebourh

Kaneka

AMRI

Work highlights

  • Adivsed Aviation Industry Corporation of China on the acquisition of a majority stake (95%) of the Spanish company Aritex Cading.
  • Provides recurrent advice to Smurfit Kappa in the following areas: corporate, contracts, employment, environmental, energy, antitrust, compliance, civil litigation and criminal litigation.
  • Provides regular advice to Hyundai Motor España regarding all the legal aspects of the launch of Hyundai Mocean mobility.

Spain > Industry focus: Retail Tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo houses a ‘very knowledgeable team’, which always approaches responses ‘based on the client’s business in a very practical way’. The group, which is led by IP expert Sofía Martínez-Almeida and Iñigo Igartua, covers a variety of legal matters arising in the retail space, with a particular expertise in real estate and business structuring. Corporate and M&A partner Iñigo Erláiz, Bárbara Sainz De Vicuña and Isabela Crespo, who bring in additional expertise in intellectual property, are other key names in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Sofía Martínez-Almeida; Iñigo Igartua

Testimonials

‘It is a very knowledgeable team with the ability to understand the problem and focus the response based on the client’s business in a very practical way and easy to apply later to the activity.’

‘I would highlight Barbara Sainz De Vicuña.’

Key clients

Carrefour

Diageo

Giorgio Armani S.P.A.

Maus Freres (Lacoste, Gant, Aigle)

Media Markt

Metro/Makro AG

Rodamco

VERDECORA

Toys R Us Iberia, S.A.U.

Mercadona, S.A.

Havaianas

G-STAR

PANDORA

Work highlights

  • Advised Carrefour and Carmila on the amendment of a large number of lease agreements on commercial premises in shopping centres as a result of Covid-19.
  • Advised Gant Holding on the acquisition of its distributor in Spain, Gant Lifestyle España, from Organización Gómez de Zamora.
  • Advised Pandora on data protection and consumer law matters.

Spain > Intellectual property: patents Tier 1

The intellectual property team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo remains among the leaders in the market, taking a sector-oriented approach to safeguarding the patents of major corporates across a diverse spectrum of industries such as life sciences, electronics, telecoms, tobacco and education. The group’s full service extends to FRAND litigation, standard essential patents, licensing, patent infringement and preliminary injunctions, among other areas. Led by IP enforcement expert Jesús Muñoz Delgado, the team has recently introduced GA_P Digital, an AI-powered channel to provide webinars and information on current IP topics to clients. The group is supported by senior partner Gonzalo Ulloa.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bristol-Myers Squibb

San Lucar Group

Eisai Europe

Royalty Pharma

The Regents of the University of California (California Riverside)

MGI

Galletas Gullón

Fall Creek

Buongiorno

Work highlights

  • Representing the large genomics group MGI in its litigation against market leader in next generation sequencing Illumina.
  • Providing recurring advice on plant varieties to Fall Creek, a USA company based in Oregon.
  • Handled five contentious-administrative appeals in Spain on behalf of Royalty Pharma concerning the refusal of several SPCs.

Spain > Intellectual property: Trade marks Tier 1

The intellectual property team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo maintains a leading position in the market. The firm adopts a sector-oriented approach to safeguarding the trade marks of major corporates across a diverse spectrum of industries, such as retail, technology, food, life sciences, TMT and entertainment. Representing a portfolio of household names like Jaguar Land Rover, Hermes and Giorgio Armani, the group’s full service extends to obtaining interim injunctions and other infringement actions, unfair competition issues, representation before the Spanish Patents and Trademarks Office and the EU General Court, opposition actions, registration and market strategy. Jesús Muñoz-Delgado, an expert in IP enforcement, leads the department, with key support provided by digital law expert Sofía Martínez-Almeida, senior partner Gonzalo Ulloa and administrative proceedings specialist Mercedes Corbal.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The team has in-depth knowledge of the subject and can advise its clients on any questions related to the use of the trademarks.’

I would highlight Sofía Martínez-Almeida.’

Key clients

Delta Cafes

Acciona

Diageo

Hermes

EOne

Carrefour España

Dart Industries

Bodegas Emilio Moro

Galletas Gullón

Pandora

Giorgio Armani

Havaianas

Jaguar Land Rover

Master Franchise Salvaje LTD.

Ampere Power Energy

Work highlights

  • Representing wine company Bodegas Emilio Moro, owner of the winery Bodegas Emilio Moro against one of its major competitors, the vineyard owner Carlos Moro, as well as against companies of the Matarromera group owned by the latter.
  • Represented Galletas Gullón, a biscuit manufacturer, in proceedings before the General Court against Kraft Foods which derive from the registration of a figurative trade mark over the design of a biscuit package.
  • Representing two professional associations of poultry and bovine meat, INTERPORC and PROVACUNO, in an interim injunction court application against Foods for Tomorrow, a Spanish company that produces plant-based products.

Spain > Projects and energy Tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo‘s stellar energy and infrastructure practice is renowned in the market for its dexterity and expertise in M&A, project finance, litigation and regulatory work. Department co-head and ‘the number one in the sector’ according to a client, Verónica Romaní is a recognised expert in renewable energy, M&A and project finance. Also noteworthy are the head of infrastructure, Carlos Marina, who specialises in all stages of project finance; Luis Gil, the firm’s go-to expert for energy regulatory matters; and banking and capital markets partner Fernando Igartua. The department was further reinforced in June 2021 with the arrival of Vanessa Armas, who joined as of counsel from Jones Day, and again in December 2021 with the hire of Santiago Garrido from Hogan Lovells International LLP.

Testimonials

‘Great experience in the area.’

‘Verónica Romaní has always been a super expert in the sector, a benchmark. She knows them all. She is the number one in the sector.’

‘Sector knowledge. One of the leading Energy law firms.’

‘Absolute availability of the entire team from the Partner to the junior lawyer. Extensive knowledge. Understanding the needs of the Entity when transferring the documentation and / or in the negotiation between the parties.’

‘The Gomez-Acebo & Pombo team is a team with an exhaustive knowledge of the market and with commercial qualities that make the experience very satisfactory. For internal lawyers it is important to have an indication of the terms and conditions accepted by the market, being essential that the advisor is in contact with the main players and in M&A operations in the market, such as GA_P.’

‘In terms of quality-price, in my opinion, it is one of the most competitive offices, being at the height of the “magic circle” offices, but having much tighter minutes. The operations in which they have worked end up being very profitable for GA_P’s clients, with risks well mitigated and always having satisfactory commercial and legal terms.’

‘I always work with Veronica whenever I can choose my legal adviser and we have a standard senior loan, Spanish law, renewable project.’

Key clients

Cubico Sustainable Investments

Octopus Energy

Hanwha Group

Endesa, S.A.

Eni Iberia, S.L.

Naturgy

Triodos Bank N.V., S.E.

Helia Renovables F.C.R.

Watt Development

MEAG

Q-Energy

KGAL

European Energy

DIF

Abei Energy Group

Sun European Investments

Warwick Capital

Talanx

Compañía Española de Petróleos (CEPSA)

Sampol

Banco Santander

NextEnergy Capital

CASER

Abanca (formerly Novacaixagalicia)

MEAG

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria – BBVA

AEVWL

Cubico Sustainable Investments

GED Infrastructure

Helia Renovables, F.C.R.

Kommunalkredit

CaixaBank

Banco Santander

Natixis

Plenium Partners

DIF

Triodos Bank

Meridiam

Bankinter

BNP Paribas

Banco Sabadell

Siemens Bank

Crédit Mutuel CIC

Dhamma Group

Banco Pichincha

Amarenco

Work highlights

  • Advised Meridiam Investments on the acquisition and refinancing of eight infrastructure concessions from Acciona.
  • Advised Q-Energy on over 20 M&A deals, with different sellers and different types of assets with aggregate value above €1bn.
  • Advised the shareholders of Dhamma Energy on the sale of the overall platform to Eni gas e luce, a subsidiary of Eni SpA.

Spain > Public law Tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo‘s administrative and regulatory team ‘has extensive knowledge and experience in the field of public law’, and is valued by clients for its ‘effective legal argumentation, optimism and strategic thinking’. Irene Fernández Puyol, who is well versed in infrastructure and public procurement, and Carlos Vázquez – who has a focus on water, waste, energy, environment, administrative and tax law – are both praised for their ‘excellent service and attention’. José Manuel Palau and senior associate Josep Ortiz are other active members of the practice. The firm was further bolstered in December 2021 by the arrival of Santiago Garrido from Hogan Lovells International LLP, and Borja Carvajal and Pedro Soto from KPMG Abogados, Spain.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Personalised attention, deep knowledge of the subject and the project, as well as of each interlocutor. Immediate availability to meet any requirement and always positive.’

‘Total availability to the client, close personal treatment and very high technical level.’

‘José Manuel Palau (Closeness, trust, availability, technical knowledge, frankness).’

‘The greatest value is the experience acquired over the years that is perceived in the resolution of cases. José Manuel Palau is undoubtedly one of the firm’s great assets, due to his extensive experience and the follow-up he carries out for the client. The company has the feeling of not having to go after the lawyers of the firm, on the contrary, there is real concern in the resolution of cases in favor of its clients.’

‘The team has extensive knowledge and experience in the field of public law. They are excellent professionals, efficient, agile, reliable and offer high quality advice and services that give me confidence and peace of mind. In addition, the treatment is very cordial and professional. Very good collaboration and synergies in the team between lawyers who are experts in regulatory matters and experts in contentious-administrative matters, which is reflected in the quality of their client services.’

‘Dedication, availability, reliability, professionalism, agility, knowledge of the client’s business and sector, cordiality. Irene Fernández Puyol and Ander de Blas Galbete.’

‘A team with great knowledge in our sectors of activity, with a high capacity for response and analysis of complex issues. An excellent job in times of regulatory uncertainty with the need to make quick and important decisions. Works shoulder to shoulder with the client and maximum availability.’

‘Carlos Vázquez and Irene Fernández Puyol stand out for their excellent service and attention, with great experience and knowledge of special sectors. They generate a relationship of great trust based on very close support and high-quality advice.’

Key clients

Cámara de Comercio de Madrid

Federación Española de Municipios y Provincias (FEMP)

Colegio General del Notariado

Grupo Acciona

Urbaser

Taconic Capital Advisors

King Street

TCI

Danaher Group

Técnicas Valencianas del Agua

Bristol Mayer Squibb

Moove Cars Group

Sociedad Concesionaria del Nuevo Hospital de Vigo

Diputación Provincial de Valencia (Provincial Council of Valencia)

Autovía del Turia Concesionaria de la Generalitat Valenciana, S.A.

ADIF

SEPI

Puerto de Valencia

VPI Logística

Ministerio de Transportes, Movilidad y Agencia urbana

Organizaciones Profesionales Agrarias (OIVE, INTERPORC, PROVACUNO, INFAOLIVA)

Work highlights

  • Advised Meridiam on the acquisition of eight concessions to ACCIONA.
  • Advised Puerto de Valencia/VPI Logistica on the sales process pertaining to plots located in the Port of Valencia.
  • Defended Mutua regarding the appeal filed by the Association for the protection of Torres Colón against the project for the renovation and rehabilitation thereof.

Spain > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

The ‘highly professional' restructuring and insolvency team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is ‘capable of acting on some of the most complex cross-border transactions involving Spanish companies'. Recent highlight work includes acting for the creditors in the restructuring of multinational steel company Celsa, with advice led by practice co-head Miguel Lamo de Espinosa. His counterpart Rodrigo López stands out for his technical and professional experience', while Rafael Aguilera has significant experience acting for banks. The dual qualified (in New York and Spain) Ferran Foix is a go-to name for foreign clients in Spanish matters, and of counsel Irene Arévalo is a litigator with a focus on insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Lamo de Espinosa; Rodrigo López

Other key lawyers:

Rafael Aguilera; Ferran Foix; Santiago Gómez-Acebo; Irene Arévalo; Paula Zarzalejos

Testimonials

‘The practice has a very deep knowledge of the sector and the needs and sensitivities of its clients. Additionally, they are endowed with great knowledge from a technical point of view.’

‘Rafael Aguilera is the partner of reference in this practice. Endowed with a high technical capacity and a very important orientation to the business and the needs of its clients. Paula Zarzalejos is serious, hard-working and efficient. She executes with precision and always brings very interesting points of view in all processes.’

‘A highly professional and always available team, with attorneys who support each other to provide immediate coverage for problems that may arise. It is one of the largest law firms in Spain in the management of complicated insolvency situations.’

‘Rodrigo Lopez Gonzalez stands out for his technical and professional experience, and for the follow-up and attention he gives to the procedures and to the client, following and getting personally involved in the evolution of matters until the best solution is achieved. Irene Arevalo González – her extensive experience and great dedication position her as a reference lawyer in her team, who provides great security and solvency in the treatment and solution of insolvency processes.’

‘GAPO is a market-leading full service firm, capable of acting on some of the most complex cross-border transactions involving Spanish companies. They are one of a very small number of firms with the strength and depth of expertise to be able to advise on all aspects of transactions.’

‘Miguel Lamo is an excellent finance and restructuring lawyer and has been at the forefront of complex Spanish restructurings for a number of years. He is exceptionally commercial and capable of translating often complex and obscure issues of Spanish law and making them work with cross-border deals. Ferran Foix is another exceptional member of the team – capable of seamlessly covering finance and restructuring aspects of transactions. He is user-friendly and excellent at client service.’

‘It is the number one team and firm in restructuring and insolvencies. High technical expertise, constant training, effectiveness and efficiency. The team is made up of experts with complementary knowledge in other areas -credit, corporate, litigation- as well as academics and people from the judicial career, making it an imposing and highly qualified team to face any challenge.’

‘Rodrigo López is possibly one of the best insolvency lawyers in the country. To his deep technical knowledge must be added his constant training to be always up to date with legal and jurisprudential developments. He is a person who is very easy to work with.’

Key clients

BBVA

Banco Popular

Banco Sabadell

Banco Santander

Bank of America

Bankia

Centerbridge

Caixabank

Goldman Sachs

Grupo Codere

Abanca

Portigon

Triodos Bank

Oak Hill

Warwick

Work highlights

  • Advising the ad hoc group of bondholders on the Spanish law aspects related with the 2020 refinancing and 2021 restructuring of the financial debt of Grupo Codere.
  • Assisting Celsa with its restructuring.
  • Advising the lenders on the refinancing and restructuring of the financial debt of Tubos Reunidos in the context of the new financing granted by SEPI.

Spain > Banking and finance Tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo fields one of the country’s most active banking and finance practices when it comes to acting for lenders. Recent highlights have included the €2.6m restructuring of Celsa. Heading the practice is Miguel Lamo de Espinosa, who assists US and British clients with their Spanish transactions. Rafael Aguilera has broad expertise and has taken leadership of the real estate finance group, and Fernando Herrero is a key name for asset financing. The group also has notable strengths in renewable energy and infrastructure project financing; Verónica Romaní and Carlos Marina are key contacts in this area.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Lamo de Espinosa

Other key lawyers:

Rafael Aguilera; Fernando Herrero; Verónica Romaní; Carlos Marina; Santiago Gómez-Acebo; Ferran Foix; Fernando Igartua

Testimonials

‘Knowledge and experience. Ease of treatment. Exploration of different alternatives. Flexibility to reach agreements.’

‘It stands out for its understanding of the business and the risks assumed in the financing of the project beyond the legal relationships.’

‘Professional and human quality of the team. Availability and understanding of the needs of the client / Entity at the time of negotiations between the parties and in the drafting of documentation.’

‘Within GAP for many years now I work with Verónica Romaní. Whenever we have a senior term loan, Spanish Law, renewables, I recommend my clients to engage her as lender’s counsel.’

‘Verónica Romaní is an excellent lawyer, and she is able to propose pragmatic solutions, given her vast experience. I can also reach out to her on short notice with other questions and she will always provide insightful responses and advice.’

‘Strengths: Practicality, clarity and relationship with the client.’

‘Carlos Marina. Practicality and clarity in answers.’

Key clients

BBVA

Banco Santander

Triodos Bank

Caixabank

Deutsche Bank

Pricoa Private Capital

Ares Management

Abanca

Kartesia

PSA Financial Service Spain

BNP Paribas

Bank of America

MEAG

Fondo de Apoyo a Empresas en Sectores Estratégicos (Spanish Government)

Work highlights

  • Advising the Ad Hoc Group of bondholders on the Spanish law aspects related with the 2020 refinancing and 2021 restructuring of the financial debt of Grupo Codere and all the phases of the transaction.
  • Assisting Celsa with its restructuring.
  • Provided advice to the lenders in the refinancing and restructuring of the financial debt of Tubos Reunidos in the context of the new financing granted by SEPI.

Spain > Capital markets: Equity Tier 2

As it has diversified its capital markets offering over the past decade, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has focused its equity-side work on renewable energy, SOCIMIs and biotechs, wherein it assists with IPOs, rights offering, equity lines and listings. The practice is headed by Guillermo Guerra, who has led advice on a number of recent capital increases, and Ferran Foix, who leads work from the firm’s London office and has strong experience in cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

Guillermo Guerra; Ferran Foix

Other key lawyers:

Augusto Piñel; Santiago Gómez-Acebo; Jacobo Palanca; Iñigo Hernáez

Testimonials

‘Ability to work on a very wide range of products.’

‘Augusto Piñel – outstanding in business skills, technical knowledge, extensive experience which allows him to connect various sources and situations to solve complex problems.’

‘Global vision of the team that moves the company in an agile way.’

‘Closeness and empathy.’

Key clients

Atrys Health

Promotora de Informaciones

Solaer

Artificial Intelligence Structures

FCC

Oryzon Genomics

Facephi Biometría

MásMóvil

Naturgy

Ibercaja

Work highlights

  • Advised Atrys Health on the launching of a public tender offer over the 100% of the capital structure of Aspy Global Services.
  • Acting for Israeli solar energy company Solaer in its IPO on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.

Spain > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo’s ‘excellent’ M&A practice has handled transactions across a broad range of sectors recently, including in the hospitality, insurance, retail, technology, pharmaceutical and energy industries. Iñigo Erláiz has specialist experience in respect of restructuring and insolvency-led transactions; he leads the practice jointly with Fernando de las Cuevas, a lawyer who is particularly focused on inbound work, serving as co-head of the French desk and lead of the China desk. Guillermo Guerra Martín is the resident takeover bid and corporate governance expert; meanwhile, Augusto Piñel is the go-to for deals in the financial services sector, often working alongside the finance and tax practices on the structuring and financing of major deals.

Practice head(s):

Iñigo Erláiz; Fernando de las Cuevas

Other key lawyers:

Augusto Piñel; Estibaliz Aranburu; Guillermo Guerra Martín

Testimonials

‘The team is really excellent. In my opinion, it is not only their experience in this area, but also their high level of empathy when it comes to perceiving our needs and the evaluation of risks in the negotiation.’

‘It differs in the advice provided and in its proximity to the client, flexibility and in the search for practical business-oriented solutions.’

‘Guillermo Guerra is a brilliant professional. Excellent technically and in relation to dealing with the client.’

‘Specialists in corporate law of listed companies.’

‘Closeness, client/business orientation. High availability, especially Guillermo Guerra.’

‘Guillermo Guerra is undoubtedly an outstanding lawyer in corporate and corporate governance matters and especially in relation to listed companies. His knowledge of this area makes him stand out.’

‘It is a team with a lot of experience that adapts perfectly to the needs of the client and the specific operation. They form a team with the rest of the participants in the transaction and dedicate as much time as necessary, regardless of the size of the operation. High quality of work and follow-up of the result.’

‘Since the entry of Augusto Piñel, the practice has been reinforced with a greater orientation towards collaboration and client follow-up.’

Key clients

CASER

Meridiam

Grupo Prisa

Cellnex Telecom

BFA Tenedora de Acciones (BFA)

Mediterráneo Vida

Elliot Advisors

LOGISTA

NIKE

IVECO

HYUNDAI

Work highlights

  • Advising BFA Tenedora de Acciones (a 100% FROB entity and owner of 61.81% of Bankia) on all aspects related to the merger process between Bankia and CaixaBank.
  • Provided advice to Meridiam Investments on the acquisition by Meridiam Investments and Bestinver of the participations of Acciona Concesiones, Acciona Servicios Hospitalarios and Acciona Construccion in eight Spanish concessions.
  • Advised SEPI in connection with the temporary financial assistance to be provided to Duro Felguera.

Spain > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Highly specialised in both judicial proceedings and arbitration proceedings‘, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo receives praise for providing ‘legal advice of the highest quality‘. The firm excels in arbitration, a practice which has grown steadily under the leadership of Inés Vázquez, and is well versed in proceedings before the ICC, ICSID and the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, including in investment arbitration under the ECT. Juan Viaño is another name to note; he draws on over 25 years of experience representing major companies, funds and financial institutions. Insolvency is a major focus for Rodrigo López, who regularly leads on high-profile insolvency cases, many of which have a cross-border element. The team also benefits from the input of its experienced senior associates, including Teresa Gutiérrez Chacón.

Practice head(s):

Juan Viaño; Inés Vázquez; Rodrigo López

Other key lawyers:

Irene Arévalo; Teresa Gutiérrez Chacón; Luis López

Testimonials

‘The firm has provided us with professional services in several claims. The firm is highly specialised in both judicial proceedings and arbitration proceedings. Despite the nature and complexity of the cases, the firm very well understands complicated evidence and takes into account the surrounding situation to ensure legal advice of the highest quality at all times.’

‘From the beginning stage of legal services, Teresa Gutiérrez Chacón has the professional ability to thoroughly understand complex issues, and to provide us with advantages and disadvantages of each possible strategy based on legal grounds in both judicial proceedings and arbitration proceedings involving multiple jurisdictions. It always helps us to select the best strategy and solution for each case.’

One of Teresa Gutiérrez’s strengths is that she can proactively analyse the issues, and compare the strategies even in a changing situation. I would like to also highlight features such as attention to detail, that she is accurate and profound in her pleadings.’

‘Great knowledge of the sector, quality, availability, great leadership in managed operations.’

Key clients

Técnicas Reunidas, S.A.

Siemens Mobility Gmbh

Liberbank, S.A.

Endesa S.A.

Aig

Petersen Energía, S.A.

Petersen Energía Inversora, S.A.

Goldman Sachs International Bank

Smurfit Kappa España, S.A

Andritz Ag

Grupo Lantero

Work highlights

  • Advises certain lenders of M12 and AP41 toll road concessionaires (both under insolvency proceedings in Spain) in two judicial proceedings against the shareholders of said toll roads.
  • Represents the Ad Hoc Group of creditors of the CELSA Group in three legal proceedings initiated by the international steel group (the second largest steel group at the national level) against its financial creditors.
  • Advising DCM Energy in an investment arbitration against the Kingdom of Spain for infringement of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT).

Spain > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo's practice is led by regulatory expert Irene Fernández Puyol, who according to a client is an ‘outstanding professional in the healthcare/life sciences sector’, and who advises clients on regulation pertaining to medicinal products, medical devices and healthcare services. The team, which boasts a ‘business-oriented’ mindset and a ‘very practical approach’, also includes skilled litigator Jesús Muñoz-Delgado. It did, however, see the departure of former department co-head Eduardo Castillo, and senior associates Álvaro de Castro and Joaquín Rovira in September 2021.

Practice head(s):

Irene Fernández Puyol

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Ability to react quickly, proposing possible solutions, agile and effective management of issues with the appropriate level of rigor.’

‘Very professional, excellent communication, good follow-up.’

‘24/7 availability.’

‘I have worked with the regulatory team and I can say that they have a very deep knowledge of the matter and are able to provide high-level assistance. They are business-oriented and have a very practical approach.’

‘I have worked with Irene Fernández Puyol and she is an outstanding professional in the healthcare/life sciences sector. She is also very reactive and efficient, able to provide clear answers to the clients’ questions and helpful recommendations.’

Key clients

Novartis Internacional AG

Kaneka

Ono Pharmaceutical

Catalent Pharma Solutions

Danaher Group

Eisai Co. Ltd

Eurosemillas SA

Fresenius Kabi

The Regents of the University of California (California Riverside)

Oryzon Genomics

Moderna

MGI

Atrys Health

ADL Bionatur

Work highlights

  • Advised Moderna on its establishment in Spain and on various issues related to the authorisations for the approval of the Covid-19 vaccine at the European level.
  • Advised Danaher in relation to public (healthcare) procurement matters and regulatory matters before the Spanish authorities.
  • Representing MGI in its litigation against Illumina concerning relevant patents in the field of next generation sequencing.

Spain > Industry focus: TMT Tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo's reputed practice has ‘in-depth knowledge of the industry sector in Spain and its regulatory environment’, and has a proven track record advising local and international corporations on the full gamut of TMT matters. ‘Unique in terms of quality of the work and people’, the team is headed by the ‘extremely professional and talentedAlmudena Arpón De Mendívil, who has strong regulatory knowledge of the telecoms sector. Of counsel Ana Santamaría and senior associate Bárbara Sainz De Vicuña are other key names in the department.

Testimonials

‘The lawyers of this practice are very sophisticated and specialised in the matters of their field. In addition, they work very well as a team.’

‘The lawyers of the firm deliver a high quality work and have an excellent delivery.’

‘They are unique in terms of quality of the work and people.’

‘Almudena Arpon is a star. She leads the TMT practice providing circumstantiated and timely advice to her clients. She is a great lawyer. She makes complicated things easy with a very pragmatic and empathic approach which is very much appreciated by clients.’

‘Almudena Arpon de Morville is the key lawyer of our project. She is extremely professional and talented.’

‘Extensive technical knowledge in a specific regulatory area and with cross-border knowledge.’

‘I would highlight the knowledge and availability of Carolina Posse.’

‘They have an in depth knowledge of the industry sector in Spain and its regulatory environment. They also have excellent business awareness and pragmatism with unrivalled client service and responsiveness.’

Key clients

CELLNEX TELECOM S.A.

CORPORACIÓN RTVE

GROUPE TF1

ENTERTAINMENT ONE UK LIMITED (eOne)

FREEDA MEDIA

CÍRCULO FORTUNY

HEINEKEN ESPAÑA, S.A.

SHERPA AI

Work highlights

  • Advised Cellnex on all aspects of its agreement with Deutsche Telekom to merge their tower businesses in the Netherlands.
  • Advising Círculo Fortuny on three main areas related to technology: digital environment provoked by Covid-19 requirements; the impact of the EU Digital Services Act package; and the impact on digital developments of the EU recovery plan.
  • Advised Heineken on the launch of its new advertising campaign.

Spain > Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 2

The IP team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo acts for major global corporates across a broad range of sectors, including food and beverages, entertainment, music, retail, technology and telecoms. Representing a portfolio of household names like Nintendo and Heineken, the group’s full service extends to such matters as deepfakes in advertising, infringement proceedings, interim injunctions, market strategies and the negotiation of settlements. Led by IP enforcement specialist Jesús Muñoz-Delgado, the team has recently introduced GA_P Digital, an AI-powered channel to provide webinars and information on current IP topics to clients. The group is supported in Madrid by online and digital issue expert Sofía Martínez-Almeida and senior associate Bárbara Sainz de Vicuña, who specialises in information society work. Highly regarded art matters expert Anna Viladás Jené is a key contact in the Barcelona office.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘They have strength in depth.’

‘Anna Viladas is a class act with a great client rapport. Especially strong in art law-related IP etc. A very easy style to deal with and technically excellent.’

Key clients

Nintendo (JP)

Vaughan Systems

Heineken España (ES)

Entertainment One UK Limited (eOne)

Nintendo Co Ltd

Ecoembalajes España S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Heineken España on the launch of the Cruzcampo advertising campaign “Con mucho acento”, leveraging digital technology and artificial intelligence technologies to bring the Spanish iconic artist Lola Flores back to life.
  • Advised Nintendo on the legal enforcement of its copyright and related rights, especially concerning the protection of the technological protection measures implemented into its consoles and video games.
  • Representing Ecoembalajes España, a non-profit public limited company whose corporate objects include the design and organisation of an Integrated Management System (SIG), for the selective collection and recovery of packaging waste for subsequent treatment, recycling and upgrading.

Spain > Transport: Other transport Tier 2

The transport, aviation, automotive and mobility services group at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo takes a multidisciplinary approach to advising national and multinational corporates on a range of matters, including aircraft finance, civil litigation, consumer protection matters, strategic mobility, regulatory compliance and public procurement. Headed by automotive group head Ainara Rentería, asset finance expert Fernando Herrero and transport specialist Irene Fernández Puyol, the team’s portfolio includes Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, UPS and Hitachi, covering such sectors as aviation, mobility and healthcare.

Testimonials

‘The Ainara Rentería team is unique in its knowledge of the automotive sector.’

‘A close and personalised treatment.’

‘A very strong team, available and quick to react, with knowledge in all subjects.’

‘GAP’s automotive practice is a benchmark among law firms given its extensive knowledge of current and future legal issues in the sector. Led by Ainara Renteria, it offers excellent global advice on all areas of the business in a very agile and professional way.’

Key clients

Export Development Canada (EDC)

Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank

Chorus Aviation Inc. (CHR)

HEH Hamburger EmissionsHaus GmbH & Cie. KG

SDH Wings International Leasing Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

Pembroke Capital Limited

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank Limited

Goshawk Aviation Limited

ITOCHU Corporation

Fuyo General Lease Co., Ltd.

BBAM Aircraft Leasing & Management

AeroCentury Corp

Iberia, Líneas Aéreas de España, S.A. Operadora.

Vueling Airlines, S.A.

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Yamasa

AIG

Morgan Stanley

K Aviation Leasing Corporation 1A DAC

KEB Hana Bank, Singapore Branch

Aviator IV, 3444 Limited

Airborne Capital Limited

Automotive & Industrial Systems, a division of Panasonic Corporation

Hyundai Motor España

Ford España

Ford Credit

Yuncar Motor, S.L.

Lease Plan N.V

Carnext B.V

Accell Group

Lotus Group

IVECO

Moove Cars Group/King Street

LimeBike

UPS

GATE GOURMET

ADIF

Hitachi

HARSCO

SENNDER

ViaVan Technologies B.V.

CitiCorp North America Inc.

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Bank of America, N.A, London Branch

Bank of America Europe DAC

Banco Santander S.A, London Branch

Banco Santander S.A.

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.

BNP Paribas

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Credit Suisse AG, London Branch

Credit Suisse (Deutschland) Aktiengesellschaft

Deutsche Bank AG, Frankfurt

Goldman Sachs Bank USA

CitiCorp North America Inc.

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Bank of America, N.A, London Branch

Bank of America Europe DAC

Banco Santander S.A, London Branch

Banco Santander S.A.

HSBC Bank plc

HSBC Continental Europe

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., London Branch

J.P. Morgan AG

Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc.

Morgan Stanley Bank, N.A.

SMBC Bank EU AG

Standard Chartered Bank

Bank of China Limited, London Branch

National Westminster Bank plc

CaixaBank, S.A.

Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft, Filiale Luxemburg

HSBC Bank plc

HSBC Continental Europe

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., London Branch

Airborne Capital Limited

The Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank, Ltd.

Las Fallas Leasing DAC

Work highlights

  • Provides recurrent advice to Hyundai Motor España in the following areas: corporate, contracts, strategic mobility projects, tax, employment, compliance, civil litigation and criminal litigation.
  • Providing ongoing advice to Moove Cars Group/King Street on regulatory, employment, compliance and corporate matters.
  • Advising IAG and the financiers on an IAG financing transaction by means of a secured multi-borrower revolving credit facility which will be available for a period of three years.

Spain > White-collar crime Tier 2

The criminal law department at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo leverages the strength of its offices in Madrid, Barcelona and Lisbon to act before Spanish courts and administrative authorities and advise major national and international corporations, banks and financial institutions, law firms and public figures (such as professional footballers). The team can regularly be found advising on tax offences, money laundering, asset tracing, environmental and labour issues, fraud and forgery, and regulatory compliance. Led by corporate compliance expert Vanessa Fernández and criminal law specialist Carlos Sáiz Díaz, the group’s client base spans the banking, insurance, medical, environment and energy sectors, among others.

Testimonials

‘High technical level and close and professional customer service.’

‘It is a team of professionals who are not only experts in the field but also understand the objectives, strategies and needs of companies, and adapt the solutions to them. Results-oriented team, excellent teamwork and great experience.’

‘Carlos Sáiz stands out for his involvement in the procedure, with personal monitoring of all actions and a very high level of availability. His experience is invaluable and he offers a comprehensive analysis of each case, exploiting all defense arguments.’

Spain > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

The privacy and cybersecurity practice at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo utilises the experience of its multidisciplinary team to assist international corporates on a diverse range of data protection and data privacy matters. These include protection of personal data, the holding of databases, data processing contracts, data disclosure agreements, data protection audits, the implementation of whistleblowing systems, cookie policies, sanctioning procedures before the Spanish Data Protection Agency and the management of data breaches. The group is led by associate and data protection officer Isabela Crespo and supported by associate and IP and technology specialist Bárbara Sainz de Vicuña. The team’s client base covers the retail, automotive, entertainment, life sciences, technology, infrastructure, finance and insurance sectors, and features Pandora and Carrefour.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘It is a very dedicated team and always available.’

I would highlight Isabela Crespo and Bárbara Sainz.’

Key clients

Centros Comerciales Carrefour, S.A.

Correduria de Seguros Carrefour, S.A.

Pandora Jewellery Spain S.L.U.

Work highlights

  • Advising Centros Comerciales Carrefour in relation to data protection and e-commerce issues.
  • Providing Correduria de Seguros Carrefour recurrent advice from a regulatory and data protection perspective.
  • Providing recurrent advice to Pandora Jewellery Spain on several corporate, contractual, digital and data protection matters.

Spain > Employment Tier 3

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo‘s broad employment practice excels in collective negotiations, and provides robust support to its corporate teams on M&A involving complex employment law issues. Social security issues are a further strength. Ignacio del Fraile and Borja González are litigators, as well as acting in collective restructuring, executive contract negotiations and health and safety-related matters. Experienced of counsel Juan Antonio de Lanzas is the key contact in Valencia, and Lourdes Escassi stands out at the senior associate level.

Testimonials

‘Speed, firmness, high knowledge, adaptability to the client, both in terms of form, times and rates.’

‘Client service, technical capacity, professionalism, availability. Greater flexibility.’

‘Professionalism, availability. Extraordinary partner: Borja González.’

‘Good team of lawyers with resources and national presence. We work mainly with Juan Antonio Lanzas, and teams in Madrid and Barcelona. But depending on the needs, we have been able to count on resources for matters in many provinces of Spain.’

‘I’d highlight the closeness and long-term partnership relationship of  Juan Antonio Lanzas. Manage the equalization by filtering the topics and distributing the resources according to their importance and assuming the topics in which it is necessary. He acts as an external strategic partner.’

Key clients

Tennant Sales & Services

Aktana

MotorK

Toys R Us

Nike

Dräger

Pexip

Coca-Cola

Expedia

Walmart

Work highlights

  • Advised American Nike (Spanish subsidiary of Nike Inc.) on a collective restructuring process, including the relevant negotiation process with the employees’ legal representatives.
  • Acted for Hexcel Composites in a collective restructuring process.
  • Representing Gate Gourmet in the different legal disputes derived from employees’ claims on employment-related issues.

Spain > EU and competition Tier 3

Hailed by clients as one of the market's ‘competition law stars’, Barcelona-based partner Iñigo Igartua heads the EU and competition practice at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo, closely supported by Miguel Troncoso in Brussels, and of counsel Eduardo Gómez De La Cruz in Madrid. They front the sizeable department, which is particularly renowned for its capabilities handling antitrust damages litigation, and its growing expertise with litigation funders on potential investments in competition damages claims. Comprised of ‘excellent professionals‘, the team is also well versed in merger control, cartel investigations, state aid and compliance programmes, and has a focus on sectors such as automotive, pharmaceuticals, food and retail.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Capable both in Antitrust litigation and merger control.’

‘Inigo Iguartua Arregui is indisputably one of the Competition law stars in the market. Very clear and always pragmatic.’

‘The team boasts many well-known names, it has presence in both Spain and Portugal, and they are part of a very good full-service business firm.’

‘I have worked specifically with Miguel Troncoso. Great guy, down to earth, quick, well-versed in both competition law and state aid.’

‘The Gómez-Acebo & Pombo team strives to know the details of each sector and the specific interests of its clients, in order to provide advice that is very tailored to needs. The recommendations are always practical and correct.’

‘Iñigo Igartua is always available and gives “tailor-made” advice. He fully understands the client’s needs and adjusts his advice to them.’

‘Excellent professionals. They stand out for their quality in advice as well as in the search for solutions taking into account the needs of the client.’

‘The availability, knowledge and willingness to seek solutions that meet the customer’s needs.’

Key clients

DKV

Lacer

Iveco

Boehringer Ingelheim

De´Longhi

Uriach

EURO 6000

Everis

Work highlights

  • Advised IVECO on a complex defence strategy to claims being brought forward and the conflict of applicable laws and of potentially different jurisdictions.
  • Advised on the preparation and filing of a multimillion claim for Unipost against the incumbent postal operator, Correos, for a complex case of abuse of dominant position including predatory pricing and the use of illegal state subsidies.
  • Advised insurance company DKV in various competition law matters.

Spain > Insurance Tier 3

Major insurance companies and other financial institutions turn to Gómez-Acebo & Pombo for assistance in a range of corporate, commercial and regulatory matters. The insurance department has undergone a significant change, with the arrival of Francisco Carrasco, the former deputy director of regulation of the DGSFP, in July 2021 following the departure of former partner Pablo Muelas. He now leads the multidisciplinary team, which also draws on the input of corporate and commercial law expert Iñigo Erláiz and others.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Carrasco

Other key lawyers:

Íñigo Erlaiz; Fernando Igartua; Santiago Gómez-Acebo; Enrique Ortega; Vanessa Fernández Lledo

Key clients

Banco Santander

Caser

Abanca Generales De Seguros Y Reaseguros, S.A.

Mutual Médica, Mutualidad De Prevision Social A Prima Fija

Avanza Previsión, Compañía De Seguros, S.A.

Admiral Europe, Compañía De Seguros

Intesa Sanpaolo Life Dac

Generali España, Sociedad Anónima De Seguros Y Reaseguros

Segurcaixa Adeslas, Sociedad Anonima De Seguros Y Reaseguros

Aura, Sociedad Anonima De Seguros

Aig Europe S.A. Sucursal España

UBS Europe SE, Sucursal En España

Mediterraneo Vida, Sociedad Anonima De Seguros Y Reaseguros

Santander Vida Seguros Y Reaseguros, S.A.

La Alianza Española S.A. De Seguros

Mgs, Seguros Y Reaseguros, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Banco Santander on the establishment of a strategic commercial alliance with Mapfre (Assurbanking Agreement).
  • Provided advice to Caser, one of the biggest Spanish insurance companies, and its Board of Directors in the selling process of a 70% stake of Caser to Swiss company Helvetia.

Spain > Private equity Tier 3

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo fields a dedicated private equity and venture capital department, which routinely supports on the full life-cycle of investments, including fund formation, finance and tax structuring. The practice is led by Iñigo Erláiz, a ‘magnificent lawyer’, who represents both sponsors and target companies in a wealth of deal types including PIPEs, MBOs and LBOs. Augusto Piñel has distinguished experience in advising distressed funds, and is also a go-to for investments into listed companies, while the recently promoted Pablo Fernández Cortijo is carving out a reputation for his work on hybrid structures.

Practice head(s):

Íñigo Erláiz; David González; Álvaro Mateo

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Office with highly interconnected teams that allow a multidisciplinary approach to problems. Huge experience in Spain and great knowledge of all the counterparts. proportion of seniors (partners) is high, and also constantly involved in the transaction and present at all meetings.’

‘Alex Pujol is a benchmark in corporate M&A. He differs from his competitors by his active involvement in matters, speed of response, great experience in the corporate M&A world. In addition, he efficiently manages teams and affairs.’

‘Professional quality of the team, rigor in the practical application of legal technique, constant innovation in the search for solutions and impeccable client service.’

‘Iñigo Erláiz is a magnificent lawyer, very knowledgeable about the different situations that may appear in operations and with great capacity to mobilise resources from different practices in his firm. I would highlight his polite, correct and conciliatory treatment, calm, serene and with great commercial vision to close agreements.’

‘Very experienced and with a lot of experience in venture capital. Especially strong compared to other lawyers in the VC world in Spain.’

‘Alex Pujol is a deal maker, he knows perfectly the ecosystem, the contracts and knows how to differentiate between the normal and the exceptional.’

‘The GAP team is made up of great lawyers with extensive experience in advising on M&A operations. The main added value is the combination of experience and technical solvency with the flexibility and value approach towards the industrial client, which is generally not used to processes of these characteristics.’

Key clients

MCH Private Equity Fund

Avior Capital

Springwater Capital

IMAN CAPITAL

Centerbridge

Miura Private Equity

Spain Oman Private Equity

Platinum Equity

OAK HILL

Sherpa Capital

GALA Capital

Appaloosa Management

Ares Management

Avenue Capital

Warwick Capital Partners

GSO Capital

Alchemy Partners

Work highlights

  • Provided advice to Miura Fund III on the acquisition of the subsidiaries of Terrats Group and the subsequent investment of the executive team of Terrats Group in a newly formed holding company.
  • Advised JP Morgan and Ben Oldman Partners on the capital inflow in the Spanish fitness company Forus.
  • Advising Qualitas Equity PE Firm on the sale of a portfolio of 73 solar plants in Spain to the Canadian private equity firm CDPQ.

Spain > Real estate and construction Tier 3

With a team of 16 professionals across offices in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Lisbon, the real estate group at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo provides a one-stop-shop to assist international investors and financiers, developers, contractors and public authorities on the full life cycle of real estate projects. Led by property transaction expert Enrique Isla and asset divestment expert Jaime Díaz de Bustamante, the group handles a range of deals, covering tax structuring, fund formation and the creation of vehicles and joint ventures, all the way to acquisition development, leasing and final exit. Supported by associate and commercial real estate specialist Natalia Callejo and of counsel José Ángel Cano, the department's client portfolio includes Carrefour and Société Générale and spans such sectors as hospitality and telecoms.

Testimonials

‘In my experience, they achieve adequate precision in the short time normally available, always with a practical approach and trying to solve the legal problems that arise.’

‘The Gomez-Acebo y Pombo Real Estate team led by Jaime Díaz de Bustamante has great availability and dedication to matters. High involvement of the department partner and a great degree of analysis of the situations to offer alternatives that make the operation viable.’

‘Jaime Díaz de Bustamante has worked in different areas and is one of the partners in Spain currently with the greatest knowledge of real estate law.’

Key clients

Ares Management

AMRO Real Estate Partners

Inmoglaciar

Hotel Investment Partners

Globe Invest

Société Générale

Invesco Real Estate

Domo Activos Socimi

Verdecora

Carrefour

Mazabi

ASG Activum

Grupo Sequoya

EBN Banco

Stoneshield Capital

Fiteni

Edge Connex

Aquila Capital

Bankinter

Strategic Value Partners

Hermanas Hospitalarias

Montepino

Hotel Investment Partners

Unibail-Rodamco

Work highlights

  • Advised Mazabi on the sale of 100% of the shares of the company Santa Eulalia Hotelera to Iberostar; SEHSA is the owner of Hotel Iberostar Santa Eulalia in Ibiza.
  • Advised Ares Management on the acquisition from Metrovacesa of 80 dwellings, 160 parking spaces and 80 storage rooms within the residential complex Balcón de Europa in Arganda del Rey (Madrid).

Spain > Tax Tier 3

The full-service tax group at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo regularly supports IBEX 35 and multinational companies, as well as leading financial institutions, on advisory and litigious matters. The latter is a noted strength in which Eduardo Martínez-Matosas is a standout practitioner. Practice head Enrique Ortega is a corporate tax expert with several decades of experience, and both he and associate Mariana Díaz-Moro are praised by one client for their ‘exceptional quality’. Javier Vinuesa is a key contact for transactional matters, particularly in the audiovisual sector.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Ortega

Other key lawyers:

Javier Vinuesa; Eduardo Martínez-Matosas; Mariana Diaz Moro; Diego Martín-Abril; Luis Cuesta; Nuría Vila

Testimonials

‘They are always available, you can count on them. They know their subjects thoroughly, and if they do not analyze it methodically, they give an answer within an appropriate period and resolve any questions that arise.’

‘Mariana Diaz Moro and Enrique Ortega are people of exceptional quality. A fantastic knowledge of the subjects that they advise and also transmit it in a way that you have no doubts about it. Their advice and the way they do it is unmatched, and their availability and proximity.’

‘Their international profile would stand out, they help us in many countries and they always have good firms in the countries where we do business.’

‘Javier Vinuesa has all the confidence of our group because he always explains everything perfectly and has a lot of common sense. He never complicates us with technicalities although we know that he is a great technician when he talks to his peers. He has a great gift for simplifying things and especially for explaining them.’

‘They understand the different situations, agility and efficiency in responses very well. Ease to contact.’

‘Javier Vinuesa: Excellent treatment, exhaustive fiscal knowledge.’

Key clients

Abanca

Prudential Investment Management (PGIM)

Natural Electric

AIG

Banco Santander

Cellnex

Triodos Bank

Financing entities, creditors of Tubos Reunidos

AEB

Bonpreu

Work highlights

  • Advised Predica on the tax structuring of its stake in the French real estate company SFL to Inmobiliaria Colonial.
  • Assisted Abanca Corporación Bancaria with the tax structuring of R&D schemes.
  • Advising Cellnex Telecom on the agreement with the Portuguese mobile operator NOS for the acquisition of 100% of NOS Towering.

Spain > Transport: Shipping Tier 4

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

BBVA

Caixabank, SA

Clipper Group

Executive Airlines

Export Credit Canada

Fond-ICO

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.

Portugal > Real estate and construction Tier 4

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is an international law firm whose aim is to provide value to its clients through innovative, practical and successful legal strategies.

This is possible thanks to:

  • In-depth understanding of its clients’ business, being able to anticipate its needs
  • The firm’s dedication and commitment
  • The long-standing professional relationships lawyers build with their clients
  • The firm’s working method: by creating multidisciplinary teams led by one or more partners who interface with the client, ensuring that the best experts participate effectively in each case
  • The existence since 1988 of an Academic Council composed of professors in different areas of law, all of them widely acclaimed in their respective fields. They belong to highly reputed universities and are experts that work together with the lawyers, depending on the specific needs of each client and case, thereby ensuring the highest level of advice.

To achieve these objectives the firm has suitable lawyers and offers them an interesting challenge in an environment that allows them to develop their talents, as well as training in legal matters, in language and in communication skills, to improve management and negotiation capacities. Moreover, the firm’s professionals bring knowledge from other jurisdictions as a result of the internships that many have placed in leading international law firms in European Union countries, the United States and Japan.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Administrative and regulatory Carlos Vázquezcvazquez@ga-p.com+34 91 582 91 00
Banking, capital markets and insurance; Restructuring Miguel Lamo de Espinosamlamo@ga-p.com+34 91 582 91 00
Competition and European law Iñigo Igartua Arreguiiigartua@ga-p.com+34 93 415 74 00
Corporate and M&A; Private Equity Iñigo Erláizierlaiz@ga-p.com+34 91 582 91 00
Mergers and Acquisitions; French Desk Fernando de las Cuevasfcuevas@ga-p.com+34 91 582 91 00
Criminal law Carlos Saizcsaiz@ga-p.com+34 91 582 91 00
Environment Pedro Povedappoveda@ga-p.com+34 91 582 91 00
German desk Mónica Weimannmweimann@ga-p.com+34 91 582 91 00
Intellectual property, copyright and information technology Eduardo Castilloecastillo@ga-p.com+34 91 582 91 00
Real estate, property development and planning Enrique Islaeisla@ga-p.com+34 91 582 91 00
TMT Almudena Arpón de Mendívilaam@ga-p.com+34 91 582 91 00
Tax Enrique Ortegaeortega@ga-p.com+34 91 582 91 00
Litigation & Arbitration Gonzalo Ardilagardila@ga-p.com+34 91 582 91 00
Insolvency Rodrigo Lópezrlopez@ga-p.com+34 91 582 91 00
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Mr Rafael Aguilera  photo Mr Rafael Aguilera Partner
Mr Juan Alfonso Santamaría  photo Mr Juan Alfonso Santamaría Member of the Public Law and Regulatory Advisory Counsel
Mr Ignacio Álvarez  photo Mr Ignacio Álvarez Lawyer
Mr Juan Antonio de Lanzas  photo Mr Juan Antonio de Lanzas Of Counsel
Ms Estibaliz Aranburu photo Ms Estibaliz AranburuPartner
Ms Irene Arévalo  photo Ms Irene Arévalo Partner
Ms Vanessa Armas photo Ms Vanessa ArmasOf Counsel
Almudena Arpón de Mendívil photo Almudena Arpón de MendívilCorporate/M&A partner and head of the TMT Group
Ms Natalia Callejo photo Ms Natalia CallejoLawyer.
Mr Enrique Luzón Campos photo Mr Enrique Luzón CamposOf Counsel
Mr José Canalejas  photo Mr José Canalejas Lawyer.
Ms Mercedes Corbal photo Ms Mercedes CorbalLawyer
Mr Pablo Fernández Cortijo photo Mr Pablo Fernández CortijoPartner
Ms Isabela Crespo  photo Ms Isabela Crespo Lawyer.
Mr Eduardo Gómez De La Cruz photo Mr Eduardo Gómez De La CruzCompetition and European Union Law of counsel at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo.
Bárbara Sainz De Vicuña photo Bárbara Sainz De VicuñaBárbara is an Intellectual Property and Technology lawyer.
Mr Ignacio Del Fraile photo Mr Ignacio Del FrailePartner
Mr Jaime Díaz de Bustamante photo Mr Jaime Díaz de BustamantePartner
Mr Íñigo Erlaiz  photo Mr Íñigo Erlaiz Managing Partner
Ms Lourdes Escassi photo Ms Lourdes EscassiLawyer
Ms Mónica Esteve  photo Ms Mónica Esteve Of Counsel
Ms Vanessa Fernández  photo Ms Vanessa Fernández Partner. Head of Corporate Compliance
Ms Irene Fernández Puyol  photo Ms Irene Fernández Puyol Partner. Head of the Life Sciences Group
Mr Rubén Ferrer  photo Mr Rubén Ferrer Partner.
Mr Ferran Foix photo Mr Ferran FoixHead of London office and Co-head of Capital Markets
Mr Santiago Garrido photo Mr Santiago GarridoPartner
Mr Luis Gil  photo Mr Luis Gil Of Counsel
Mr Santiago Gómez-Acebo  photo Mr Santiago Gómez-Acebo Partner
Mr Borja González photo Mr Borja GonzálezEmployment of counsel at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo.
Mr David González  photo Mr David González Partner. Head of New York office
Mr Guillermo Guerra  photo Mr Guillermo Guerra Partner. Co-head of Capital Markets and head of Corporate Governance
Mr Iñigo Hernáez  photo Mr Iñigo Hernáez Lawyer
Mr Fernando Herrero  photo Mr Fernando Herrero Partner
Mr Íñigo Igartua  photo Mr Íñigo Igartua Partner. Head of Competition and European Law
Mr Fernando Igartua  photo Mr Fernando Igartua Partner
Mr Enrique Isla  photo Mr Enrique Isla Partner. Head of the Real Estate
Mr Miguel Lamo de Espinosa  photo Mr Miguel Lamo de Espinosa Partner. Head of Banking and Finance, Head of Restructuring
Mr Rodrigo López  photo Mr Rodrigo López Partner. Head of Insolvency
Ms Blanca Lozano  photo Ms Blanca Lozano Professor of Administrative Law. Member of the Academic Counsel
Mr Carlos Marina  photo Mr Carlos Marina Partner
Mr Manuel Martín  photo Mr Manuel Martín Senior Partner
Ms Sofía Martínez-Almeida  photo Ms Sofía Martínez-Almeida Partner. Head of Retail
Mr Eduardo Martínez-Matosas photo Mr Eduardo Martínez-MatosasPartner.
Mr Álvaro Mateo photo Mr Álvaro MateoHead of Corporate and member of the Board of Directors
Mr Jesús Muñoz-Delgado  photo Mr Jesús Muñoz-Delgado Partner
Mr Enrique Ortega  photo Mr Enrique Ortega Partner. Head of Tax and Head of Accountancy Law
Mr Eduardo Orteu photo Mr Eduardo OrteuPublic Law and Regulatory lawyer at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo.
Mr José Luis Palma  photo Mr José Luis Palma Of Counsel. Head of the Food Law Group
Mr Francisco Peña  photo Mr Francisco Peña Of counsel and member of the Advisory Board at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo
Mr Augusto Piñel  photo Mr Augusto Piñel Partner
Mr Pedro Poveda  photo Mr Pedro Poveda Partner. Head of Environment
Ms Ainara Rentería photo Ms Ainara RenteríaOf counsel and head of Automotive
Ms Verónica Romaní  photo Ms Verónica Romaní Partner. Head of the Energy Group and  member of the Board of…
Mr Carlos Rueda  photo Mr Carlos Rueda Carlos is a Banking and Finance partner and Chairman of the Board…
Mr Carlos Sáiz  photo Mr Carlos Sáiz Partner. Head of White Collar Crime
Constantino Pérez Salgado photo Constantino Pérez SalgadoCorporate M&A of counsel and head of Latin America at Gómez-Acebo &…
Ana Santamaría photo Ana SantamaríaMember of the Public Law and Regulatory Advisory Council
Mr Miguel Troncoso  photo Mr Miguel Troncoso Partner. Head of Brussels office
Mr Gonzalo Ulloa  photo Mr Gonzalo Ulloa Honorary Chairman
Mr Ángel Varela  photo Mr Ángel Varela Partner
Ms Inés Vázquez photo Ms Inés VázquezPartner
Mr Carlos Vázquez  photo Mr Carlos Vázquez Partner. Head of Public Law and Regulatory.
Mr Juan Viaño  photo Mr Juan Viaño Partner.
Ms Mónica Weimann  photo Ms Mónica Weimann Partner. Head of German Desk, Head of the International Strategy Committee, Co-head…
Mr Fernando de las Cuevas  photo Mr Fernando de las Cuevas Partner. Head of the Mergers and Acquisitions.
Number of lawyers : 280
Catalan
English
French
German
Italian
Portuguese
Spanish
AEL
INTERLAW
IBA (International Bar Association)
Employment Law Alliance (ELA)
Contacts : Carlos Rueda (managing partner)
Other offices : Barcelona
Other offices : Bilbao
Other offices : Brussels
Other offices : Lisbon
Other offices : London
Other offices : New York
Other offices : Valencia
Other offices : Vigo