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

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo
28046 MADRID

Environment Tier 1

The ‘dedicated and supportive’ team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has ‘wide experience in the environment field in general and in waste management in particular’. The firm also provides expertise in public administrations and strategic matters, with ‘an agile and responsive’ group that ‘demonstrates great knowledge’. Practice head Pedro Poveda ‘has environmental expertise and high-quality skills’ which enables him 'to handle complex problems in order to find the best solutions’. His group includes counsel and specialist in industrial environmental issues and environmental authorisations María José Rovira, who ‘enriches the team’; and junior associate Ignacio Alvarez, who ‘provides important support’. Also recommended is ‘top-notch’ adviser Blanca Lozano. The firm is advising the Oficina Española Cambio Climático on the new draft law on climate change and energy transactions.

Industry focus: Food Tier 1

The ‘thorough and availableGómez-Acebo & Pombo combines valuable ‘experience in related fields, with the ability to meet a deadline’. Leading the practice is Mónica Weimann, who has a particular focus on digital food marketplaces, and agrarian law expert José Luis Palma. The team advised Mahou San Miguel on the launch of new products, including handling marketing, labelling and health and nutrition claims. The firm also represented Lidl in intellectual property litigation cases brought by Granini, relating to an EU trade mark infringement and unfair competition claim before the EU Courts of Alicante.

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

The ‘experienced and responsive’ team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo provides ‘comprehensive regulatory, reimbursement, public procurement and data privacy advice in the health and life sciences industry’. The practice has ‘an excellent understanding of the pharmaceutical sector’ delivering ‘concise, considered strategic advice with sound judgement’. Eduardo Castillo, who is ‘an excellent patent litigator’, leads the team with senior associate Irene Fernández Puyol, who specialises in regulatory work and is ‘extremely responsive and always to the point’. Also notable is senior associate Alvaro de Castro, who is ‘a real asset to the team’.  The firm recently advised Albany Molecular Research on its acquisition by the Carlyle Group and GTCR. In another highlight, the department is representing pharmaceutical group Mundipharma in a multi-jurisdictional patent litigation against a number of global generic drug companies, including Cinfa and Sandoz, relating to its product Targin.

Industry focus: Manufacturing Tier 1

The ‘hands-on and highly-skilled’ team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo ‘anticipates problems and provides innovative and extremely helpful solutions’. The multi-disciplinary practice works with manufacturers on a variety of matters and is led by Iñigo Erláiz, who specialises in corporate and M&A work. The team advised Panasonic on acquiring a controlling interest in Ficosa International, a Spanish multinational producing auxiliary smart-car parts. In another highlight, the firm advised Dinak, a manufacturer of flue pipes, chimneys and venting, on its construction projects in Belgium.

Industry focus: Retail Tier 1

The team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is made up of specialists from different practice areas, covering a variety of legal matters arising in the retail space, with a particular expertise in real estate and business structuring. Intellectual property expert Sofía Martínez-Almeida leads the firm’s retail and fashion group. Her department is advising De’Longhi on all aspects of its distribution policy, and is assisting LAR España with issues arising from the promotion of shopping centre Palmas Altas in Seville.

Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is praised by clients for its 'realistic risk analysis'. The group is acting for Vaughan Systems in a copyright infringement claim filed by Sony Music concerning the use of a specific song in the TV programme and advertising material of one of the courses broadcast by TVE. Eduardo Castillo leads the practice. Jesús Muñoz DelgadoSofía Martínez-Almeida and Ibán Diez are other key contacts. Isabela Crespo is a very active senior associate. Gonzalo Ulloa is honorary president at the firm. José Miguel Lissen joined ABG Patentes (now ABG Intellectual Property).

Intellectual property: patents Tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo’s ‘reliable and trustworthy’ team is a key name for cross-border work and protection issues and patent enforcement are key strengths. Practice head Eduardo Castillo, Gonzalo Ulloa and Alvaro De Castro are acting for UK-based pharmaceutical group Mundipharma in pan-European patent litigation against a number of leading global generic drug companies. Isabela Crespo works with large European retailers and brands. Jesús Muñoz-Delgado and Sofía Martínez are also noted. Jose Miguel Lissen departed to ABG Patentes (now ABG Intellectual Property) to lead the legal and litigation practice.

Intellectual property: Trade marks Tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo's team stands out for its 'deep, substantive knowledge of Spanish and EU law, very good practical understanding of the Alicante court and excellent access to strong experts in the country and region'. It was recently retained by Nike to advise on e-commerce marketing and data protection matters. Practice head Eduardo Castillo, 'statesmanGonzalo Ulloa, Jesús Muñoz Delgado, Mónica Estéve and Sofía Martínez-Almeida  are recommended. Manuel de Torres is a notable senior associate. José Miguel Lissen left to lead the litigation team at ABG Patentes in March 2018. María González Gordon, previously a senior associate with the firm, joined CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo as a partner in 2019.

Projects and energy Tier 1

The ‘results-focused and solution-oriented’ team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has ‘a wide range of specialisms’ and handles infrastructure and energy projects in Spain and abroad. The practice has 'a great knowledge of the market’, allowing it to ‘provide new ideas and alternatives’. The ‘outstandingVerónica Romaní has ‘great technical skills’, and leads the team with public law specialist Carlos Vázquez, who has particular expertise in regulatory issues. In recent highlights, the firm is advising Fuerza y Energía Limpia de Tizimin on the financing of a wind farm in Mexico, and is assisting Vela Energy with the acquisition and refinancing of two solar power installations.

Public law Tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo's public law group, which helps clients 'navigate through various complicated issues', is described as a 'very smart team of great communicators'. Recent highlights include advising Valencia Parque Central on the procurement of works contracts worth €60m, and assisting the concessionaire for the construction of the new hospital in the city of Vigo. Of counsel Juan Alfonso Santamaría provides 'personalised advice' and senior associate Irene Fernández is 'very responsive'. Practice head Carlos VázquezEnrique Lucas and José Manuel Palau are also recommended.

Banking and finance Tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo's banking and finance team is 'easy to work with' and 'very helpful'. In a major highlight, it advised a syndicate of lenders on the €1.2bn refinancing of debt held by Abengoa to avoid the public company's insolvency. Borrower-side assistance included acting for Fuerza y Energía Limpia de Tizimin, the sponsor, on the financing of a 75MW wind farm in Mexico. Key names are Miguel Lamo de EspinosaRafael Aguilera and Fernando Igartua, while Fernando Herrero is recommended at senior associate level.

Capital markets: Debt Tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is known for handling securitisation transactions. Other recent highlights include assisting a syndicate of lenders with the €1.2bn restructuring and refinancing of debt held by Abengoa to avoid the public company's insolvency. The group also advised Smurfit Kappa on the refinancing of senior notes issued in January 2017. The names to note are Miguel Lamo de EspinosaÁngel VarelaGuillermo Guerra and Santiago Gómez-Acebo. Íñigo Hernáez was a new arrival from CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is 'able to find practical and straight-forward solutions'. Recent work includes advising Oman Oil Company on the sale of its 10% stake in Compañía Logística de Hidrocarburos to Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, and assisting Lacoste with taking over all stakes in its former joint venture with Camoral. Iñigo Erláiz leads the corporate team. Head of M&A Fernando de las Cuevas is 'able to explain complex issues in a simple manner'. Augusto Piñel Rubio was a new arrival from KPMG Abogados in December 2018.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo provides ‘versatility and expertise in different areas of an issue’, with a particular focus on cross-border disputes and enforcement proceedings. The firm has experience across the litigation field, including in commercial, corporate, insurance and construction matters. The multi-disciplinary practice is led by Gonzalo Ardila, who is ‘supportive at all times’, and includes financial institutions specialist Juan Viaño. The ‘incredibly committed’ team is representing a Spanish infrastructure and construction conglomerate in arbitration proceedings related to the termination of a procurement contract, as well as acting for Sareb in various contentious issues arising from its holding and disposal of real estate assets and investment funds. Javier Izquierdo left to join Pérez-Llorca.

Industry focus: TMT Tier 2

The ‘efficient and quick’ team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has ‘a really good understanding of the field and provides solid analysis based on clients’ needs’. The dedicated team is active in a range of issues in the sector, including the key areas of cyber security and data protection. Corporate, commercial and antitrust law expert Almudena Arpón de Mendívil leads the practice and has particular expertise in regulatory issues in the telecoms sector. Her team includes senior associate Ibán Diez, who specialises in intellectual property. The firm advised Circulo Fortuny on matters arising from the digital single market initiative, including the development of e-commerce platforms. In another highlight, the department is acting for Dixons Carphone on the sale of its Spanish business, which operates under the brand The Phone House.

Insurance Tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has ‘outstanding knowledge’ and provides ‘tailor-made solutions’, particularly specialising in corporate transactional work in the sector. The team has ‘vast experience’ and provides clear advice and is led by insurance regulation expert Pablo Muelas, and Ángel Varela, who focuses on the insurance, banking and securities markets. Also notable is Iñigo Erláiz, who is experienced in insurance-related M&A matters. In recent highlights, the practice is advising Admiral on the setting up of an insurance undertaking and insurance agent in Spain, and is assisting Sabadell’s insurance distribution business with adapting to the new legal framework. Other key clients include Santander, Ford, Carrefour and Amaef. Augusto Piñel Rubio was a new arrival from KPMG Abogados in December 2018.

Private equity Tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo advised Oak Hill Capital Partners on the sale of Greenpark Aparcamientos to Parkia and assisted Indes Capital with the acquisition of the agri-food company Hortícola Albacete. Iñigo Erláiz and the 'outstandingDavid González are recommended, and Álvaro Mateo made partner in January 2018.

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo’s team was bolstered by the addition of five lawyers from King & Wood Mallesons in February 2018, including Enrique Isla and of counsel Marta Orce. The team is advising Ares Management on a joint venture with a local manager to acquire residential buildings in Madrid over a two-year period.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is recommended for restructuring work. With particular expertise in new money financing and refinancing, it frequently assists lenders such as Banco Madrid and Sareb. Recent work includes advising a syndicate of lenders on the €1.2bn restructuring and refinancing of debt held by Abengoa. The key names are leading lawyer Miguel Lamo de Espinosa and the 'technically very good' Rodrigo López, who has 'good commercial and tactical sense' when acting on contentious matters. Of counsel Irene Arévalo joined from White & Case LLP in January 2018.

Transport: Other transport Tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo's asset finance expertise extends to different modes of transportation, with a focus on aircraft finance. Recent work includes advising Export Development Canada on providing senior debt to a special purpose vehicle for the financing of four Bombardier CRJ1000 aircraft. Senior associates Fernando Herrero and José Canalejas are the names to note.

White-collar crime Tier 2

The 'flexible' team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo 'adapts to clients' needs' and is 'clear and transparent'. The group recently handled allegations of corruption, tax fraud and bribery of public officials, and regularly cooperates with the compliance department. Carlos Sáiz Díaz and Vanessa Fernández are the key names.

Capital markets: Equity Tier 3

Clients appreciate that Gómez-Acebo & Pombo's capital markets team is 'very flexible' and 'very available for follow-up questions'. It has recently handled some finance and refinance transactions and counts numerous banks and funds, such as BBVA, Banco Sabadell and Zambal Spain, as clients. Santiago Gómez-AceboMiguel Lamo de Espinosa and Guillermo Guerra are noted. Augusto Piñel Rubio was a new arrival from KPMG Abogados in December 2018.

Employment Tier 3

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has the ‘flexibility to adapt to customer needs’, as well as a particular expertise in employment issues related to M&A transactions and restructuring. Practice head Ignacio Campos specialises in collective negotiations. Juan Antonio de Lanzas is also recommended. The team advised Albatros on the company’s restructuring process, including a collective procedure related to the suspension of employment contracts, and acted for Engie Cartagena in the negotiation of its second collective bargaining agreement.

Tax Tier 3

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is experienced in transactional, planning and tax litigation issues. The firm is active in contentious matters before the regional and national tax authorities, as well as national and supreme courts. The multi-disciplinary team is led by Enrique Ortega, whose expertise includes M&A tax issues. His team is representing FC Barcelona before the Spanish and other tax authorities, as part of a global tax audit, in relation to several ongoing tax controversies. In other highlights, the firm advised Japanese chemical manufacturing company Kaneka Corporation on the tax structuring of its acquisition of the Spanish company AB-Biotics, and acted for Santander in an appeal before the High Court of Justice of Madrid, in a tax litigation process involving Madrid real estate taxes.

EU and competition Tier 4

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo specialises in multi-juristictional work in the areas of state aid, cartels and merger control. Iñigo Igartua leads the practice from Barcelona, which also works from offices in Madrid and Brussels. In recent highlights, the team acted for Smurfit Kappa España in appealing a decision of the Spanish competition authority to impose fines for alleged collusion in the paper and cardboard markets, and represented Plásticos Españoles, a plastic sheeting, packaging and bag manufacturer, in a damages claim before the European Court of Justice related to an alleged plastic bags cartel.

Transport: Shipping Tier 4

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is a strong name for shipping finance, mostly advising lenders. For example, it advised CaixaBank and Liberbank on lending €25m to Naviera Transchem for the acquisition of an oil/chemical tanker vessel. Senior associate Fernando Herrero is recommended.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Administrative and regulatory Carlos Vázquez +34 91 582 91 00
Banking, capital markets and insurance; Restructuring Miguel Lamo de Espinosa +34 91 582 91 00
Competition and European law Iñigo Igartua Arregui +34 93 415 74 00
Corporate and M&A; Private Equity Iñigo Erláiz +34 91 582 91 00
Mergers and Acquisitions; French Desk Fernando de las Cuevas +34 91 582 91 00
Criminal law Carlos Saiz +34 91 582 91 00
Employment Ignacio Campos +34 91 582 91 00
Environment Pedro Poveda +34 91 582 91 00
German desk Mónica Weimann +34 91 582 91 00
Intellectual property, copyright and information technology Eduardo Castillo +34 91 582 91 00
Real estate, property development and planning Enrique Isla +34 91 582 91 00
TMT Almudena Arpón de Mendívil +34 91 582 91 00
Tax Enrique Ortega +34 91 582 91 00
Litigation & Arbitration Gonzalo Ardila +34 91 582 91 00
Insolvency Rodrigo López +34 91 582 91 00
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Mr Ignacio Álvarez  photo Mr Ignacio Álvarez
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Ms Verónica Romaní  photo Ms Verónica Romaní
Ms María José Rovira  photo Ms María José Rovira
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Mr Carlos Vázquez  photo Mr Carlos Vázquez
Mr Ángel Varela  photo Mr Ángel Varela
Mr Juan Viaño  photo Mr Juan Viaño
Ms Mónica Weimann  photo Ms Mónica Weimann
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Mr Manuel de Torres  photo Mr Manuel de Torres
Mr Fernando de las Cuevas  photo Mr Fernando de las Cuevas
Number of lawyers : 280
IBA (International Bar Association)
Employment Law Alliance (ELA)
Contacts : Carlos Rueda (managing partner)
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