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

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo
CASTELLANA 216
28046 MADRID
Spain

Environment Tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo advises on integrated waste, recycling and water management, water concession matters, and related environmental issues deriving from the industrial and energy sectors. Key areas of work include matters related to emissions, toxic substances, generators, chemical products and climate change issues. Pedro Poveda, who has extensive experience in water and waste matters, heads the practice. Public law specialist Blanca Lozano is also noted for her ‘top-notch academic support’. Highlights included advising the Spanish Chemical Industry Federation (Feique) and representing Tirme, a provider of urban waste management services, in sanctions procedures started by the Port of Palma. While María José Rovira left for Ceca Magán Abogados, the team has been bolstered by the arrival of Eduardo Orteu, a former cabinet adviser to the Minister for Ecological Transition.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Poveda

Testimonials

‘Agile and precise in their analyses and responses, which are formed based on an eminently practical perspective.’

Key clients

Urbaser, SA – Sertego Servicios Ambientales, SL

Sistemas Integrados de Gestión de Residuos de Envases (Ecoembes, Ecovidrio, Signus, Sigaus and Recyclia)

Asociación Española de Lubricantes (Aselube)

Medio Ambiente, Agua, Residuos y Energía (Mare)

Parque de Tecnologias Ambientales de Mallorca (Tirme)

Federación Empresarial de la Industria Química Española (Feique)

Pronet Ingeniería de Software Empresarial, SL

Rota Maritime & Ship Candler Ltd

Asociación de Empresas de Limpieza Pública (Aselip)

Plataforma Tecnológica Española del CO2 (PTECO2)

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

Industry focus: Food Tier 1

The multi-disciplinary team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo handles matters relating to M&A in the food sector, nutrition and health, regulatory issues, labelling, crisis management and product recalls, taxation, distribution, and intellectual property and unfair competition. Other areas of experience include export processes, food safety compliance and the sale of food supplements. Advertising expert Mónica Weimann, who advises on the development and launching of new products, distribution and digital food marketplaces, co-heads the practice with José Luis Palma, who focuses on civil and agricultural law. Highlights included advising confectioner Ferrero Ibérica on competition, IP and advertising matters.

Practice head(s):

Mónica Weimann; José Luis Palma

Testimonials

‘Embedded in a great network of food lawyers in the EU and worldwide’

Key clients

Coca-Cola European Partners

Ferrero Ibérica

Galletas Gullón, S.A.

Grupo Kaiku Corporación Alimentaria, S.A.

Kneipp

Makro/Metro Group AG

Mercadona S.A.

Nestlé España, S.L.

Red Bull GmbH

Lidl Supermercados, S.A.U.

Interporc

Nutreco Iberia, S.L.

Ricola

Jacobs Douwe Egberts, N.V.

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo focuses on the research and development side of the healthcare sector, as well as acting for clients in the botanical and animal health sectors. Its full-service healthcare and life sciences offering regularly advises on product development and licensing, M&A transactions, regulatory and compliance work, competition matters and litigation. Other key areas of work include assisting with market entry, EU trade regulation, advertising, judicial and administrative review proceedings, and sanctioning procedures. Eduardo Castillo, who focuses on unfair competition and patent and pharmaceutical sector litigation, and Irene Fernández Puyol, who heads the regulatory side of the practice and is an expert on public procurement, lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Castillo; Irene Fernández Puyol

Key clients

Novartis Internacional AG

Basf Española, S.A.

Ono Pharmaceutical

Catalent Pharma Solutions

Danaher Group

Eisai Co. Ltd

Eurosemillas S.A.

Fresenius Kabi

The Regents of the University of California (California Riverside)

Altan Pharma

Industry focus: Manufacturing Tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo handles matters with ‘speed, agility and flexibility’ in the chemicals and plastics, industrial equipment and shipbuilding sectors. The multi-disciplinary team advises on regulatory, intellectual property, EU and competition, and employment law. Key areas of work include distribution agreements, warehousing, loan and credit facility arrangements, and equipment supply issues. Iñigo Erláiz, who also heads the firm’s private equity group and is experienced in insolvency and restructuring, leads the practice. Highlights included advising the Aviation Industry Corporation of China on its acquisition of a 95% stake in Aritex Cading, a manufacturer of assembly lines.

Practice head(s):

Iñigo Erláiz

Key clients

Automotive & Industrial Systems, a division of Panasonic Corporation

Sirap (previously Reynolds Food Packaging)

Decortienda

Abello Linde, S.A.

Fertisac, S.L.

IP Cleaning España, S.L.

Teka Industrial, S.A.

Toshiba Corporation

Raytheon

Enerpac

Nestlé España, S.A.

Industry focus: Retail Tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo advises retail companies on real estate and urban planning, compliance and consumer protection, the digital economy and logistics matters. Key areas of work include advising clients on their  business models, relationship with their suppliers, consumer protection, retail trading regulations and the digital economy. The team is currently acting for companies in the textiles, clothing and footwear sectors that have opened production facilities in Asia in matters relating to marketing, labelling and anti-counterfeiting. Intellectual property and IT expert Sofía Martínez-Almeida, who has extensive experience in the fashion sector, heads the team and is recommended as a ‘standout partner’.

Practice head(s):

Sofía Martínez-Almeida

Key clients

Carrefour

Converse, Inc.

Diageo

Giorgio Armani S.P.A.

Lacoste

Media Markt

Metro/Makro AG

Microsoft Corporation

Nike Inc.

Sanrio

Toys R Us Iberia, S.A.U.

Mercadona, S.A.

Hermes

G-Star

Intellectual property: patents Tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo advises on patent protection, commercialisation and licensing, and has a strong litigation practice. The team focuses on life sciences and telecoms matters, and is active in the biotech sector. Eduardo Castillo heads the team, which includes Álvaro de Castro; both are noted for their ‘clear, considered and commercially strategic advice’. The practice also includes Gonzalo Ulloa, who has extensive experience in pharmaceutical litigation. Recent highlights included representing Fall Creek Farm Nursery in litigation related to plant breeder rights.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Castillo

Testimonials

‘Eduardo Castillo and Álvaro de Castro are easy to work with and responsive with excellent technical and legal knowledge. The give clear, considered and commercially strategic advice.’

Key clients

Eisai

Mundipharma

San Lucar Group

T-Mobile

Huawei

Fall Creek

Royalty Pharma

The Regents of the University of California (California Riverside)

Laboratorios Phergal

Eurosemillas

Gripple

Intellectual property: Trade marks Tier 1

The team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo handles trade mark assignment, licence and coexistence agreements; the protection and enforcement of brands, trade names, and designations of origin; unfair competition and advertisement; and anti-counterfeiting. Eduardo Castillo heads the IP group, which also includes expert litigator Gonzalo UlloaSofía Martínez-Almeida and Jesús Muñoz-Delgado are particularly focused on trade marks. Associate Manuel de Torres leads the practice’s anti-counterfeiting group. Recent highlights included advising Nvidia in trade mark infringement and contractual breach litigation.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Castillo

Testimonials

‘The technical knowledge of the team of lawyers in the IP area is at a high level, which greatly facilitates the management of complex cases.’

Key clients

Google

Hermes

Lidl

Nike

The Pokemon Company

Lidl Supermercados

Carrefour España

Bodegas Emilio Moro

All Star

eOne (Peppa Pig)

Carrefour

Public law Tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is known for its 'fantastic teamwork' and a combination of ‘expertise and a creative deal-making attitude'. The multi-disciplinary practice provides ‘availability and timely responses’ and covers a range of public law-related work, with particular skill in regulatory issues. Public law expert Carlos Vázquez leads the team and his experience includes water, energy, environment, administrative HR and tax law. Also notable are Juan Alfonso Santamaría Pastor, who focuses on administrative and public finance law, and counsel Irene Fernández Puyol, who advises on public procurement, infrastructure and water, as well as urban development law and government procurement. In a recent highlight, the department advised the leading private shareholder in Aena, TCI, on litigation against the Spanish competition authority (CNMC) in relation to Aena’s tariffs.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Vázquez

Testimonials

‘The public law team is highly specialised technically, but what differentiates it is the personalised treatment of the client’

‘I want to highlight Juan Alfonso Santamaría Pastor’

‘Very smart, great communicators, have helped us navigate various complicated legal issues’

‘Estibaliz Aranburu and Irene Fernández Puyol are both excellent and very responsive’

‘Juan Alfonso Santamaría Pastor has very extensive experience and excellent knowledge of the field but luckily is still very active and always available and service oriented’

‘Irene Fernandez Puyol and Miguel Angel Garcia Otero are highly appreciated by our organisation. We can always count on them’

‘Great expertise and knowledge of the infrastructure field in Spain’

‘Pragmatic approach and understanding of industrial client concerns’

‘Carlos Vázquez and his team are outstanding in public law’

 ‘They are a key element to succeed in the execution of very complex projects’

‘They are a real authority in the regulation of water and environmental law in general’

Key clients

Cámara de Comercio de Madrid

Federación Española de Municipios y Provincias (FEMP)

Ferrovial / Cespa / Cintra

Grupo Acciona

Urbaser

Taconic Capital Advisors

King Street

TCI

Danaher Group

Técnicas Valencianas del Agua

Obrascon Huarte Lain (OHL)

APPLUS

BTG Pactual

Ansaldo STS España

Mercadona

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo provides ‘a lot of experience and knowledge of the sector', as well as expertise in the key disciplines of banking, finance and litigation. The firm focuses primarily on representing non-bank creditors in Spain, in and out of court, as well as the financing of litigation related to bankruptcy. Miguel Lamo de Espinosa’s expertise covers restructuring, distressed situations, private equity and corporate finance matters. He co-leads the team with Rodrigo López, who specialises in contentious insolvency. Also notable is counsel Irene Arévalo, who advises on arbitration, insolvency and restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Lamo de Espinosa; Rodrigo López

Testimonials

‘Ability to reach an agreement’

‘Find alternative solutions’

‘Rafael Aguilera is very pragmatic and commercial’

‘They understand their market, and they understand client needs and deliver tailored advice’

‘Miguel Lamo de Espinosa Abarca is outstanding and is clear in his advice’

‘Veronica Romani Sancho is a superb technical lawyer’

‘From a technical perspective they are brilliant’

‘Irene Arevalo has a lot of experience in international issues’

‘The support from other areas – for example public law – is excellent’

‘GAP is an exceptional multi-service office for matters that require the full spectrum of advice on areas of Spanish law’

‘Rodrigo Lopez is possibly the best bankruptcy lawyer in Spain today’

‘The team combines technical knowledge, availability and realism’

Key clients

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA)

Banco Popular

Banco Sabadell

Banco Santander

Bank of America

Bankia

Centerbridge

Caixabank

Goldman Sachs

Abanca (formerly Novacaixagalicia)

Portigon (formerly Westdeutsche Landesbank)

Triodos Bank NV, S.E.

Oak Hill

Warwick

Banking and finance Tier 2

The ‘perfectly skilledGómez-Acebo & Pombo specialises in advising hedge funds, as well as acting in restructuring and litigation matters. Practice head Miguel Lamo de Espinosa’s experience includes restructuring and distressed situations, acquisition finance and corporate finance matters. Notable in his team are Rafael Aguilera, who has expertise in a range of financing issues, as well as general consultancy services to financial institutions, and Fernando Herrero, who focuses on asset financing operations, banking work and debt capital markets.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Lamo de Espinosa

Testimonials

‘We trust them with everything’

‘Their performance, in every project, is outstanding’

‘They are extremely efficient’

‘They are diligent, fast, decisive with an extraordinary ability to find alternative solutions to existing problems. They get involved and defend their client.’

‘The professional team provides specialised knowledge as a result of their greater experience in complex situations and the multiplicity of issues that they manage’

‘In general, they provide innovative proposals in bank negotiations that usually involve solutions that facilitate agreements’

Key clients

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria – BBVA (Esp)

Banco Sabadell (Esp)

Banco Santander (Esp)

Triodos Bank N.V., S.E. (Neth)

Caixabank (Esp)

Deutsche Bank

Nordeutsche Landesbank Girarzentrale (Nord LB)

Prudential

Ares Management

Abanca (Esp)

Bankia (Esp)

Warwick

Goya Real Estate

Arima

Capital markets: Debt Tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo advises issuers, underwriters, placement banks and investment services firms in a range of transactions. The firm is experienced domestically and internationally in matters including investment grade international debt offerings, high yield and US private placements. Guillermo Guerra focuses on capital markets, corporate governance and M&A matters. He co-leads the practice with London-based Ferran Foix, who is dual qualified in New York and Spain and assists with cross-border issues, particularly finance and credit work. Also notable in the team are Ángel Varela, who is known for project finance, asset financing, leasing and syndicated finance; senior associate Íñigo Hernáez, who has experience in bond issuances and programmes; and Augusto Piñel, who joined from KPMG Abogados in 2018 and has expertise in IPOs on the main and alternative stock exchanges, securitisations and structured finance.

Practice head(s):

Guillermo Guerra
; Ferran Foix

Testimonials

‘Hands-on approach by senior lawyers’

‘Solution-oriented’

‘Ferran Foix-Miralles is a good communicator, energetic, commercially oriented’

‘Excellent service, response times, assistance, availability and high-level technical knowledge’

‘Guillermo Guerra stands out’

Key clients

Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas (Ger/ US)

Goldman Sachs (US)

Morgan Stanley (US)

Axiare

BBVA (Esp)

Banco Sabadell (Esp)

Banco Santander (Esp)

Haya Titulización (Esp)

Meridian

ZAMBAL Spain Socimi (Esp)

EBN BANCO

Sampol Ingenieria y Obras, S.A

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is known for its distressed investment, public M&A, venture capital and financial services expertise. The firm particularly excels in advising on the energy, hospitality, retail and technology sectors. Iñigo Erláiz specialises in corporate, commercial and M&A transactions, notably involving private equity, insurance and insolvency-related matters. He co-leads the practice with Fernando de las Cuevas, who focuses on inbound and international M&A and reorganisations. Augusto Piñel joined from KPMG Abogados in 2018 and brings experience in complex transactions and the financial services industry.

Practice head(s):

Íñigo Erláiz; Fernando de las Cuevas

Testimonials

‘Its main strength is the ability to find practical and straightforward solutions and approaches to corporate and business issues’

‘Fernando de las Cuevas has an ability to provide easy-to-understand, simple formulations of complex problems’

‘Fernando Marin de la Barcena is outstanding in the depth of his knowledge of regulation’

Key clients

Cepsa

Carrefour

Eutelsat

Nike

IKEA

Metro Group

Caser

Bayer AG

Ford

Hyundai

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is known for commercial litigation, investment litigation, competition infringements and arbitration. The firm particularly specialises in disputes arising from the energy sector. Gonzalo Ardila leads the practice and has significant experience before the domestic courts and arbitration tribunals. His team includes counsel Irene Arévalo, who arrived in 2018 from White & Case LLP and combines expertise in restructuring, insolvency and commercial litigation. In a recent highlight, the department represented WiZink Bank in a dispute regarding revolving credits and the regulation of unfair terms in commercial legislation. Borja de Obeso left to join DLA Piper in 2018.

Practice head(s):

Gonzalo Ardila

Testimonials

‘Very professional and well-prepared team’

‘Inés Vázquez is a great litigator’

Key clients

AXA

Eutelsat

FCC

Glencore

Lacoste

Endesa

Caixabank

Técnicas Reunidas

WiZink Bank

AIG

Fortress

Burford Capital Limited

Taconic Capital Advisors

Industry focus: TMT Tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo provides a ‘personalised service’ across the sector, including on regulatory issues in media and telecoms, finance, tax, technology outsourcing, data privacy, e-commerce and consumer protection. The practice has a growing niche specialism in audiovisual content. Corporate and commercial lawyer Almudena Arpón de Mendívil leads the team and is currently advising Círculo Fortuny, a member of the European Cultural and Creative Industries Alliance, on anti-counterfeiting measures and selective distribution. Senior associate Isabela Crespo, who specialises in data protection, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Almudena Arpón de Mendívil

Testimonials

‘Overall deep understanding and quick response times’

‘Almudena Arpon has been my go-to attorney for large transactions in Spain for over ten years’

‘A deep bench of both partners and associates’

Key clients

Eutelsat, S.A.

Edgeconnex

Freeda Media

Carrefour España

Círculo Fortuny

Insurance Tier 2

Specialising in regulatory advice, the multi-disciplinary team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has experience advising on a range of insurance-related matters, including M&A, insurance mediation and bancassurance. The firm brings expertise in commercial, regulatory, financial, data protection and tax matters to its insurance work, as well as providing support in the field of general legal advice, transactional work and litigation. Ángel Varela focuses on insurance, bank and securities markets contracts. He co-leads the practice with Pablo Muelas, who has particular expertise in insurance regulation. Also notable is Iñigo Erláiz, who is known for advising on M&A and bancassurance agreements.

Practice head(s):

Ángel Varela; Pablo Muelas

Testimonials

‘Outstanding knowledge’

‘Ready to tailor the solution to the clients’ needs’

‘Vast experience, knowledge of the insurance market, clarity and transparency’

Key clients

Admiral

CASER

Generali

Mediterráneo Vida

AMAEF

DKV

SegurCaixa Adeslas

Santander Seguros

Axa

Marsh

GCube

Tokio Marine HCCI

AIG

Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 2

Core strengths for Gómez-Acebo & Pombo's copyright practice include digital business, unfair competition and audiovisual matters. Competition and litigation specialist Eduardo Castillo heads the team, which also includes Jesús Muñoz-Delgado and Gonzalo Ulloa. Recent highlights included advising eOne on its rights over the PJ Masks and Peppa Pig characters.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Castillo

Key clients

Nintendo CO

Lidl Supermercados

Carrefour España

CBRE

GMP Property Socimi

Entertainment One UK Limited (eOne)

Vaughan Systems

Manolo Blahnik International Limited Ltd.

Private equity Tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo advises on tax structuring, fund formation, finance and transactional matters. The firm also assists funds and their managers on formation, investments and financing. In addition, the practice has a specialism in advising venture capital funds in the technology sector. Iñigo Erláiz has expertise in private equity deals and advising sponsors and target companies. He co-leads the team with the ‘outstandingDavid González, who focuses on M&A, private equity, venture capital and restructuring, notably involving clients in the infrastructure, energy and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):

Íñigo Erláiz; David González

Testimonials

‘Strengths include their legal technical skills, empathy, multi-angle approach, and problem-solving focus’

‘My experience has always been excellent and far more satisfactory than with other local competitors’

‘Collaboration between departments and partners is very close and efficient, and they have a 360-degree approach to deals’

‘Partner involvement is superior to that at peer firm, which gives the clients a higher level of comfort’

‘Outstanding professionals’

‘Top brand in Spain; top connections on a corporate level; good level of international clients’

‘Professional, technical skills and capacity to solve complex problems’

‘Ability to understand the real concerns of clients’

Key clients

MCH Private Equity Fund

Avior Capital

Springwater Capital

Centerbridge

Miura Private Equity

Platinum Equity

OAK HILL

Sherpa Capital

GALA Capital

Atomico UK Partners

Kinnevik

Seaya Ventures

Bonsai Partners

GP Bullhound

Avenue Capital

Projects and energy Tier 2

The ‘extremely efficientGómez-Acebo & Pombo is ‘diligent, fast and decisive’ in its advice, particularly in relation to energy sector regulation and public law. The firm has experience in litigation and arbitration in the area, as well as in project finance and M&A matters. 'Problem solverVerónica Romaní is ‘very knowledgeable’ in the energy and infrastructure sectors, as well as providing ‘extremely reliable, fast and efficient advice’. She co-leads the team with public law specialist Carlos Vázquez, who advises on energy, water, administrative and tax law issues, and Carlos Marina, who focuses on project finance matters.

Practice head(s):

Verónica Romaní; Carlos Vázquez; Carlos Marina

Testimonials

‘Very result-focused and solution-oriented team’

‘Veronica Romani was outstanding throughout what ended up being a very long negotiation with several parties involved’

‘We trust them with everything. Their performance, in every project, is outstanding’

‘An extraordinary ability to find alternative solutions to existing problems. They get involved and defend their client’

‘Veronica Romani always stands out for her speed and intelligence in customer relations’

‘Juan Perez has the ability to protect his client by explaining what are the real risks and their probabilities of occurrence’

‘Veronica Romani is the best lawyer in the renewable practice in Spain right now. She is a good leader with the client and pushes all the necessary matters through to close the deal’

Key clients

Cubico Sustainable Investments

Endesa, S.A. (Esp)

Eni Iberia, S.L. (Esp)

Naturgy (Esp)

IBC Solar (Ger)

Impax Asset Management, Ltd. (UK)

Oman Oil Company S.A.O.C. (Oman)

Sonatrach (Algeria)

Triodos Bank N.V., S.E. (Neth)

Helia Renovables F.C.R.

Watt Development

MEAG (Ger)

Q-Energy / Qualitas Energy

KGAL

European Energy

Kendal Investments

DIF (Netherlands)

Abanca (Esp)

BBVA (Esp)

AEVWL (Ger)

GED Infrastructure (Esp)

Tax Tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo offers a full-service capability across transactional, advisory and litigation matters related to tax, and counts large domestic and multinational companies across various sectors among its clients. Team head Enrique Ortega, a former chief tax inspector for the Spanish tax authorities and an expert in Spanish corporate tax, has recently been advising a syndicate of lenders on the tax aspects of the €1.4bn restructuring and refinancing of the senior old money debt held by the Abengoa group. Eduardo Martínez-Matosas is recognised for his expertise in the tax structuring of cross-border M&A and reorganisations, including private equity, venture capital and financing matters.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Ortega

Testimonials

‘Availability, proximity and technical knowledge’

‘Easy to reach, understand the individual needs of each client’

Key clients

Inditex

Abertis

Santander

Repsol

Iberdrola

Naturgy

EDP

Abanca

BBVA

Nike

Cecabank

AEB

Agbar

Transport: Other transport Tier 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo specialises in aviation finance and the automotive sector. The firm advises major Spanish airlines, credit institutions and lessors, as well as car manufacturers and distributors. Key areas of expertise include mobility services, rental operations, connectivity for vehicles and digital sales. The team is headed by Fernando Herrero, who specialises in asset finance for vessels and aircraft; Ainara Rentería, who has expertise in the automotive industry; and Irene Fernández Puyol, whose specialist areas include mobility services.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Herrero; Ainara Rentería; Irene Fernández Puyol

Testimonials

‘Gomez-Acebo has created an automotive practice that is unique among law firms in Spain. Their specialisation is the automotive field, giving them a high level of knowledge’

‘Gomez Acebo & Pombo (GAP) has a team dedicated to automotive matters. This really makes the difference. They provide a high-quality service for a reasonable price. They stick to quotes, which makes our life much easier afterwards.’

‘Gomez Acebo & Pombo is a very well-known law firm, with broad experience in many sectors, including the automotive industry.’

‘Certainly one of the go-to firms in Spain for aviation finance.’

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 (London Branch)

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

Automotive & Industrial Systems, a division of Panasonic Corporation

Hyundai Motor España

Ford España

Ford Credit

Yuncar Motor, S.L.

IVECO

Moove Cars Group/King Street

Arval

Houthoof Buruma

Fiat Chrysler Spain

White-collar crime Tier 2

Focusing on advising financial entities, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo specialises in cross-border criminal investigations involving tax fraud, money laundering and asset tracing. The firm also has experience in compliance and criminal liability issues, as well as corruption-related matters. Carlos Sáiz Díaz has litigation and disputes expertise in matters before the Spanish courts and regulatory authorities; he co-leads the practice with Vanessa Fernández Lledó, who focuses on criminal law, white-collar crime and corporate compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Sáiz Díaz; Vanessa Fernández Lledó

Testimonials

‘Flexibility’

‘Openness to suit clients’ specific needs’

‘Clarity, transparency and understanding of the peculiarities of the client’

Capital markets: Equity Tier 3

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo provides ‘excellent service’ in relation to equity capital markets, particularly international equity offerings and takeover bids. The practice is focused on socimis and biotechs, with expertise in public takeovers of Spanish and Portuguese listed companies. Capital markets and corporate governance specialist Guillermo Guerra co-leads the team with Ferran Foix, who is known for representing foreign clients in Spanish matters. Also notable is Santiago Gómez-Acebo, who acts in structured finance, project finance and capital markets transactions.

Practice head(s):

Guillermo Guerra; Ferran Foix

Testimonials

‘They were very professional and helped us if we had any requests’

‘They were much more flexible than others’

Key clients

Ibercaja Banco, S.A.

Masmovil Ibercom, S.A.

Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas, S.A.

Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas (Ger/ US)

Goldman Sachs (US)

Morgan Stanley (US)

Axiare

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria – BBVA (Esp)

Banco Sabadell (Esp)

Banco Santander (Esp)

Haya Titulización (Esp)

Meridian

ZAMBAL Spain Socimi (Esp)

Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

Specialising in multi-juristictional and litigation issues, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has expertise in the protection of personal data and privacy, as well as the implementation of data protection protocols and policies. The firm is also experienced in cybersecurity matters and in advising clients on sanctioning procedures carried out by the Spanish data protection agency. Practice head Eduardo Castillo specialises in IP and life sciences.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Castillo

Key clients

Carrefour España

Bayer Hispania, SLU

CBRE

Employment Tier 3

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo's employment team is recommended for its 'high level of technical knowledge, expertise, approachability and professionalism'. In addition to advising on both individual and collective employment matters, the team has regulatory expertise and is known for its due diligence work in relation to M&A transactions, as well as for assisting with hiring procedures and employment contract issues. Collective negotiation specialist Ignacio Campos leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Ignacio Campos

Testimonials

High level of technical knowledge, expertise, approachability and professionalism.

Good analytical skills; put their clients first; seize the opportunity to be more valuable to their clients.’

Key clients

UPS

AIG España

Bugaboo Spain, S.L.

Saint Gobain

Nike

Media Markt

Hays

Coca-Cola European Partners

Expedia

Marsh

Smurfit Kappa

EU and competition Tier 3

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has experience in a range of cartel, abuse of dominant position, merger control and state aid matters. In addition, the firm provides notable expertise in public procurement issues and preventative support. Barcelona-based Iñigo Igartua leads the practice and specialises in cartel, vertical restraint, merger control and commercial issues, representing clients before Spanish and EU courts and tribunals. His team acted for Smurfit Kappa España in an appeal filed against a decision of the CNMC to impose fines on 18 companies and a Spanish association for alleged collusion in the paper and cardboard markets.

Practice head(s):

Íñigo Igartua

Testimonials

‘Gomez-Acebo & Pombo has great and significant experience in EU and competition law and provides a very high level of service’

‘Gomez-Acebo & Pombo’s lawyers are smart, well organised and they work exceptionally as a team’

‘The team is technically excellent and very responsive’

‘Inigo Igartua is an impressive antitrust lawyer who takes time to understand his client’s business and their objectives and delivers commercial and practical advice’

‘Personal and quick response from partners with a high level of expertise’

‘Small agile team with good insights into the functioning of the local competition authority, as well as the client’s business’

‘Technically strong and efficient’

‘Inigo Igartua is very thoughtful on the law, a pleasure to work with’

Key clients

Panasonic Corporation (Jap)

Schindler AG (Ger)

Smurfit Kappa (Ire)

Henkel

Iveco

Havaianas

Taconic

BASF

EURO 6000

Everis

Real estate and construction Tier 3

Known for its ‘efficiency, flexibility, communication skills, loyalty and honesty', Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has the capacity to ‘find practical solutions to complex legal matters. The firm specialises in planning matters, as well as real estate finance, transactions and joint ventures. Enrique Isla leads the team and ‘shows an exceptional combination of a sound business approach and solid legal expertise in his practice. His expertise includes property transactions, joint ventures, financing, restructuring, corporate real estate and construction. Jaime Díaz de Bustamante was a new arrival in September 2020.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Isla

Testimonials

‘It is a strong, resourceful and well-balanced team led by an extremely competent partner’

‘Their work with us has proven very efficient and valuable without getting caught up in unnecessary legal discussions’

‘The service we receive from the real estate team is superb’

‘The team provides very practical and honest advice, always putting the client first’

‘Personally they are very approachable and it is a pleasure to work with them’

‘Enrique Isla is a very experienced real estate partner with deep knowledge and understanding of the real estate market. He stands out for his capacity to solve complex legal matters easily, his negotiation skills, and his honesty with the client and with the other parties’

‘Natalia Lastres is a very experienced real estate lawyer. She has excellent technical skills and is very efficient and hardworking’

‘Natalia Callejo is an associate who combines excellent technical skills with a very practical approach. She is also a very charismatic and nice person with excellent leadership skills’

‘Enrique Isla and his team provide advice across the whole of the Spanish real estate market, from urban planning to pure transactional services, and are always trying to do a bit more for their clients’

‘Enrique Isla always tries to build close relationships with his clients and team and has good people management skills’

‘Deep knowledge of the Spanish real estate cycle and market’

‘Client-oriented and transaction-driven team’

‘Gomez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados’ team can offer technical solutions that will cover any legal requirements or expectations a client may have in Spain’

‘Their urban planning team is top-notch and excels within the Spanish market’

Key clients

Ares Management

Aquila Capital

Metrovacesa

Globe Invest

ACR Grupo

Strategic Value Partners

Stoneshield Capital

Excem Real Estate

China Triumph International Engineering

Fiteni Grupo Inmobiliario

Mazabi

Redevco

AMRO Real Estate Partners

ASG Activum

Urbanizadora XXI

Hermes Ibérica

Colliers

Ikea

Oakhill

EBN Banco

Transport: Shipping Tier 4

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is known for its expertise in shipping finance, with experience advising banks, shipping and charter companies, and government funds on cross-border transactions. The team also handles tax, regulatory and litigation matters in the sector. Managing partner Carlos Rueda and the newly promoted Fernado Herrero, both of whom specialise in asset financing, are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Rueda; Miguel Lamo de Espinosa

Testimonials

‘The team is thorough and helpful with excellent communication. They have been wonderful at explaining and helping us negotiate Spanish legal requirements in our financings.’

‘Excellent communication skills, very helpful commercial advice, responsive and efficient.’

Key clients

BBVA

Caixabank

Clipper Group

Executive Airlines

Export Credit Canada

Fond-ICO

Naviera Elcano

Spanish Government (FIEM)

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

Portugal > Projects and project finance Tier 3

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is regularly engaged by local and international clients on major construction, health, energy and infrastructure projects in Portugal and overseas; it has experience in advising on a number of projects in Lusophone jurisdictions. Project finance and PPP work is a central focus of the team, where it is instructed by lenders and sponsors, and it is also adept at handling projects-related disputes. Mafalda Barreto is the Lisbon managing partner.

Practice head(s):

Albano Sarmento; Mafalda Barreto; Miguel Castro Pereira

Key clients

Acciona Construcción

Cubico Sustainable Investments

BNP Paribas Real Estate / SIL Group

MOTA-ENGIL, Acciona Infraestruturas and EDIVISA

Plenium Partners

Ferrovial/ MSF Barragens

ACE

Elevo Group Mozambique

Rodovias do Baixo Alentejo

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 cvazquez@ga-p.com +34 91 582 91 00
Banking, capital markets and insurance; Restructuring Miguel Lamo de Espinosa mlamo@ga-p.com +34 91 582 91 00
Competition and European law Iñigo Igartua Arregui iigartua@ga-p.com +34 93 415 74 00
Corporate and M&A; Private Equity Iñigo Erláiz ierlaiz@ga-p.com +34 91 582 91 00
Mergers and Acquisitions; French Desk Fernando de las Cuevas fcuevas@ga-p.com +34 91 582 91 00
Criminal law Carlos Saiz csaiz@ga-p.com +34 91 582 91 00
Employment Ignacio Campos icampos@ga-p.com +34 91 582 91 00
Environment Pedro Poveda ppoveda@ga-p.com +34 91 582 91 00
German desk Mónica Weimann mweimann@ga-p.com +34 91 582 91 00
Intellectual property, copyright and information technology Eduardo Castillo ecastillo@ga-p.com +34 91 582 91 00
Real estate, property development and planning Enrique Isla eisla@ga-p.com +34 91 582 91 00
TMT Almudena Arpón de Mendívil aam@ga-p.com +34 91 582 91 00
Tax Enrique Ortega eortega@ga-p.com +34 91 582 91 00
Litigation & Arbitration Gonzalo Ardila gardila@ga-p.com +34 91 582 91 00
Insolvency Rodrigo López rlopez@ga-p.com +34 91 582 91 00
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Ignacio Álvarez  photo Mr Ignacio Álvarez Associate
Mr Rafael Aguilera  photo Mr Rafael Aguilera Partner
Mr Juan Alfonso Santamaría  photo Mr Juan Alfonso Santamaría Partner
Mr Juan Antonio de Lanzas  photo Mr Juan Antonio de Lanzas Partner
Ms Irene Arévalo  photo Ms Irene Arévalo Of Counsel
Mr Gonzalo Ardila  photo Mr Gonzalo Ardila Partner
Ms Almudena Arpón de Mendívil  photo Ms Almudena Arpón de Mendívil Partner
Mr Ignacio Campos  photo Mr Ignacio Campos Partner
Mr José Canalejas  photo Mr José Canalejas Senior Associate
Mr Eduardo Castillo  photo Mr Eduardo Castillo Partner. Head of the Intellectual Property and Information Technology Area.
Ms Isabela Crespo  photo Ms Isabela Crespo Senior Associate
Mr Íñigo Erlaiz  photo Mr Íñigo Erlaiz Partner. Head of Corporate and Commercial and head of Private Equity
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 in the Corporate Department and Resident Partner of Gómez-Acebo & Pombo in New…
Mr Santiago Gómez-Acebo  photo Mr Santiago Gómez-Acebo Partner
Mr Luis Gil  photo Mr Luis Gil Partner
Mr David González  photo Mr David González Resident Partner of the New York Office. Partner of the Corporate and…
Mr Guillermo Guerra  photo Mr Guillermo Guerra Partner
Mr Iñigo Hernáez  photo Mr Iñigo Hernáez Senior Associate
Mr Fernando Herrero  photo Mr Fernando Herrero Partner
Mr Íñigo Igartua  photo Mr Íñigo Igartua Partner. Head of the Competition and EU Law Area.
Mr Fernando Igartua  photo Mr Fernando Igartua Partner
Mr Enrique Isla  photo Mr Enrique Isla Partner. Head of the Real Estate Area
Mr Rodrigo López  photo Mr Rodrigo López Partner. Head of Insolvency
Mr Miguel Lamo de Espinosa  photo Mr Miguel Lamo de Espinosa Partner. Head of the Banking and Finance Area.
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 the Retail Group
Mr Jesús Muñoz-Delgado  photo Mr Jesús Muñoz-Delgado Partner
Mr Pablo Muelas  photo Mr Pablo Muelas Partner. Head of the Insurance Group
Mr Enrique Ortega  photo Mr Enrique Ortega Partner.Head of Tax and head of Accountancy Law
Mr José Luis Palma  photo Mr José Luis Palma Of Counsel
Mr Francisco Peña  photo Mr Francisco Peña Adviser
Mr Augusto Piñel  photo Mr Augusto Piñel Partner
Mr Pedro Poveda  photo Mr Pedro Poveda Partner. Head of Environment 
Ms Verónica Romaní  photo Ms Verónica Romaní Partner.Head of the Energy Group
Mr Carlos Rueda  photo Mr Carlos Rueda Managing Partner of the Firm
Mr Carlos Sáiz  photo Mr Carlos Sáiz Partner.Head of Economic Crime
Mr Miguel Troncoso  photo Mr Miguel Troncoso Resident Partner – Brussels
Mr Gonzalo Ulloa  photo Mr Gonzalo Ulloa Honorary president
Mr Carlos Vázquez  photo Mr Carlos Vázquez Partner. Head of the Administrative and Regulatory Area.
Mr Ángel Varela  photo Mr Ángel Varela Partner
Mr Juan Viaño  photo Mr Juan Viaño Partner. 
Ms Mónica Weimann  photo Ms Mónica Weimann Partner and Head of the German DeskCo-Head of the Food Group
Mr Álvaro de Castro  photo Mr Álvaro de Castro Senior Lawyer
Mr Fernando de las Cuevas  photo Mr Fernando de las Cuevas Partner. Head of the Mergers & Acquisitions Area.
Number of lawyers : 280
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Portuguese
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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