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Uría Menéndez

PRÍNCIPE DE VERGARA 187, PLAZA RODRIGO URÍA, 28002 MADRID, SPAIN
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Spain

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez offers 'tailor-made advice' and 'very strong knowledge of banking regulations'. It assisted a syndicate of lenders led by BBVA with the refinancing of Celsa Group's financial debt, and advised Abanca on the sale of a portfolio of unsecured non-performing loans (NPLs) with an aggregate outstanding balance of €477m to debt collection specialist EOS. Sebastián Sáenz de Santa María, Carlos de Cárdenas Smith, and Isabel Aguilar and Carolina Albuerne (both counsel) are also recommended. Ángel Pérez 'puts the client's needs above anything else'.

Leading individuals

Carlos de Cárdenas Smith - Uría Menéndez

Next generation lawyers

Carolina Albuerne - Uría Menéndez

Isabel Aguilar - Uría Menéndez

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Capital markets: Debt
Capital markets: Debt - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez frequently cooperates with foreign firms to advise on multinational transactions. For example, it worked together with a US firm when advising Banco Santander on the issuance of $2.5bn in second-ranking senior securities listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Other work included advising Telefónica Emisiones on the issuance of fixed-rate senior notes. Practice head Rafael Sebastián, Javier Redonet and counsel Carolina Albuerne are key names.

Leading individuals

Javier Redonet - Uría Menéndez

Rafael Sebastián - Uría Menéndez

Next generation lawyers

Carolina Albuerne - Uría Menéndez

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Capital markets: Equity
Capital markets: Equity - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez covers the full range of equity work, including IPOs, follow-on offerings, rights issues, accelerated bookbuild offerings, equity-linked instruments and public M&A. It assisted the board of directors of Abertis with the voluntary tender offer by Hochtief. IPO work included advising Metrovacesa and the selling shareholders as well as - in a separate deal - Aedas Homes and its sole shareholder. Managing partner Luis de Carlos and Javier Redonet are co-leaders of the practice, with Gabriel Núñez Fernández and Alfonso Ventoso also recommended.

Leading individuals

Gabriel Núñez - Uría Menéndez

Javier Redonet - Uría Menéndez

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez's corporate and M&A team has 'the capability to react to unexpected matters' and is 'fully available for its clients' concerns'. A highlight was advising Abertis on a voluntary takeover offer launched by Hochtief for all of the client's shares. Juan Martín Perrotto, the 'lawyer you want on your side of the table during complex transactions', is 'involved from start to finish' and 'outstanding in terms of technical capacity'. Juan Miguel Goenechea, Juan Falcón and Salvador Sánchez-Terán are leading lawyers in the field, and Stephen HessManuel Echenique and senior associate Tomás Acosta are recommended.

Leading individuals

Juan Francisco Falcón - Uría Menéndez

Juan Miguel Goenechea - Uría Menéndez

Salvador Sánchez Terán - Uría Menéndez

Next generation lawyers

Tomás Acosta - Uría Menéndez

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

The multi-disciplinary litigation and arbitration team at Uría Menéndez works from offices in Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia. Jesús Remón leads the department and has expertise in both judicial and arbitration proceedings, while the broader practice handles civil and commercial proceedings, as well as international and domestic arbitration. The experienced team also includes international arbitration specialist Miguel Virgós; contractual liability expert Alex Ferreres; and civil litigation expert Álvaro López de Argumedo, who represents clients in arbitration proceedings involving Spanish and Latin American jurisdictions. In a recent highlight, the firm is acting for Banco Santander and Banco Popular in civil claims arising from a previous decision that established a resolution scheme for Banco Popular. In other work, Javier Garcia Sanz is representing Bahía de Bizkaia Electricidad in challenging the administrative resolutions of the National Commission of Markets and Competition, which sets the tariffs paid by the client.

Leading individuals

Alex Ferreres - Uría Menéndez

Jesús Remón - Uría Menéndez

Miguel Virgós - Uría Menéndez

Álvaro López de Argumedo - Uría Menéndez

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

Specialising in global competition work, Uría Menéndez provides ‘quality advice, in particular the ability to understand multi-disciplinary and complex matters’. Leading the ‘strategic, pragmatic’ and ‘highly-skilled’ team are Jaime Folguera, who has expertise in competition law issues arising from M&A deals, and Antonio Guerra, who is experienced in competition law in various jurisdictions. Also recommended is cartel specialist Patricia Vidal, who ‘relentlessly pursues excellence, focusing on understanding the business needs of the client’. The practice is acting for DAF on a number of damage proceedings brought in Spain regarding the European truck cartel case, as well as representing Banco Santander and Banco Popular in 102 proceedings before the European Union General Court, resulting from the resolution of Banco Popular by the EU Single Resolution Board.

Leading individuals

Antonio Guerra - Uría Menéndez

Jaime Folguera - Uría Menéndez

Patricia Vidal - Uría Menéndez

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

Top performerUría Menéndez specialises in collective dismissal and bargaining negotiations, as well as complex litigations. The ‘well-balanced’ practice is led by Ignacio García-Perrote, who focuses on contentious work before the labour courts and large labour negotiations, and ‘stand-out’ practitioner Mario Barros, who is ‘an expert in employment matters and litigation proceedings’. Also notable is counsel Álvaro Navarro, who is particularly experienced in advising on contracts. Clients include Aena, Bankia and Coca-Cola. The firm also acted for Vodafone España in negotiations to set up a voluntary termination plan for employees 55 years old or over. In another recent highlight, the team advised the Central Bank of Spain on the retirement of its Governor.

Leading individuals

Ignacio García-Perrote - Uría Menéndez

Mario Barros - Uría Menéndez

Next generation lawyers

Álvaro Navarro - Uría Menéndez

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

The expertise at Uría Menéndez runs across the sector, with a particular focus on climate change, soil pollution and environmental liability. Practice heads Carlos de Miguel Perales and Juan Antonio Loste Madoz lead an experienced team, which includes counsels Jesús Sedano and Jaime Calvo Retuerto. Among the department’s key clients are Ikea, Ferrovial and General Motors Spain.

Leading individuals

Carlos de Miguel Perales - Uría Menéndez

Next generation lawyers

Jaime Calvo Retuerto - Uría Menéndez

Jesús Sedano - Uría Menéndez

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Industry focus: Food
Industry focus: Food - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

Elena Úbeda leads Uría Menéndez's food and beverage law practice group, which integrates 20 partners from areas of practice including corporate, intellectual property, litigation and regulatory. The multi-disciplinary team is advising Kerry Group on the acquisition of Harinas y Semolas del Noroeste, a Galicia-based company specialised in the manufacturing of special flours, batters and tempuras, as well as representing champagne producer Champagne Louis Roederer, in litigation relating to the enforcement of damages for a trade mark infringement.

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Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez’s expertise lies in regulatory and competition matters, with particular experience acting for biopharmaceuticals and multinational pharmaceutical companies. Practice head Teresa Paz-Ares focuses on corporate, commercial and M&A in the healthcare sector. Notable in her team is José Massaguer, who specialises in innovation and intellectual property. The department is advising Roche on the divestment of a medicines manufacturing business in Spain and Portugal, transferring all assets and liabilities to Recipharm Group. In another highlight, the firm is representing five multinational pharmaceutical companies in infringement proceedings initiated by the Spanish antitrust authority, concerning allegedly anti-competitive agreements with Spanish distributors.

Leading individuals

Teresa Paz-Ares - Uría Menéndez

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Industry focus: Manufacturing
Industry focus: Manufacturing - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

The ‘highly-skilled practice’ at Uría Menéndez is ‘excellent in its work’. The diverse team has experience in different disciplines and is known for being ‘skilled in law, business and languages’. Leading the department is EU and competition law specialist Patricia Vidal; intellectual property expert José Massaguer; and Teresa Paz-Ares, who focuses on corporate and M&A. The firm advised French fund Eurazeo on the purchase of fragrance manufacturer Iberchem from Magnum Industrial Partners, and is assisting Victoria PLC, a floor-coverings manufacturer, with the acquisition of Keraben Grupo, a Spanish manufacturer of branded floor and wall-ceramic tiles, from Tensile Holdings.

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Industry focus: Retail
Industry focus: Retail - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

The ‘exceptional and client-focused’ team at Uría Menéndez is ‘committed to delivering a great service and is always available’. The firm is noted for its multi-disciplinary expertise in a variety of business sectors and the retail practice works particularly closely with the food and beverage law sub-group. The ‘broad and skilled team’ is led by Patricia Vidal, Ramiro Rivera and Borja Sainz de Aja, who provide ‘excellent work’. Also noteworthy is M&A specialist Antonio Herrera, who gets ‘exceptional results’ and comes up with ‘imaginative solutions to complex issues’. The department advised Burger King Spain on the acquisition of 100% shares of Megafood, and assisted Uniqlo with the lease and set-up of its flagship stores in Barcelona and Madrid. Other key clients include Telepizza and Inditex.

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Industry focus: TMT
Industry focus: TMT - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez's multi-disciplinary digital business team is focused on key areas including cybersecurity, AI, big data and fintech. Cross-border specialist Pablo González-Espejo leads the practice and focuses on commercial and company law in the sector. His team includes expert litigator Borja Sainz de Aja, who is experienced in acting for engineering and technology multinationals, and counsel Leticia López-Lapuente, who advises on commercial and regulatory issues in the sector. The firm is representing Facebook in administrative sanctions proceedings initiated by the Agencia Española de Protección de Datos, and is advising the Ferroglobe group worldwide on the implementation of the GDPR. Other key clients include Twitter, WhatsApp and Microsoft.

Leading individuals

Pablo González-Espejo - Uría Menéndez

Next generation lawyers

Leticia López-Lapuente - Uría Menéndez

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

The ‘knowledgeable and experienced’ group at Uría Menéndez is recommended for its ‘client-focused approach and availability’. Working across the sector, the practice has particular expertise in cross-border transactions, bancassurance and litigation. José María Segovia leads the team with the ‘very smartGuillermo San Pedro, who is known as ‘a good negotiator’. Also notable is experienced senior associate Alejandro Linares. The firm advised on the bancassurance agreements signed by Banco Santander with Aegon, after the acquisition of Banco Popular by Banco Santander, and assisted Ibercaja Banco with the acquisition of Reale’s shareholding stake in non-life insurer CAI Seguros Generales. In another highlight, the department is advising Liberty Mutual on a restructuring of the group’s activities in Spain, Ireland and Portugal, which includes a cross-border merger.

Leading individuals

Guillermo San Pedro - Uría Menéndez

Next generation lawyers

Alejandro Linares - Uría Menéndez

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Intellectual property: Copyright
Intellectual property: Copyright - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez’s team has a strong track record handling a range of copyright matters for media corporations. Montiano Monteagudo leads the practice. Agustín González is also noted.

Leading individuals

Montiano Monteagudo - Uría Menéndez

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Intellectual property: Trade marks
Intellectual property: Trade marks - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez is acting for a number of household name clients in unfair competition, pre-litigation advisory and infringement matters. It is representing champagne producer Louis Roederer, as the claimant, in proceedings regarding the enforcement of foreign decisions ordering the defendant to pay damages for trade mark infringement. José Massaguer leads the team. Montiano Monteagudo and Ingrid Pi i Amorós are also noted.

Leading individuals

José Massaguer - Uría Menéndez

Montiano Monteagudo - Uría Menéndez

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Intellectual property: patents
Intellectual property: patents - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

José Massaguer leads the team at Uría Menéndez, and acts for Telefónica in patent infringement concerning on pay TV services, including handling a defence and a patent revocation action. Montiano Monteagudo acts for large pharmaceutical clients, and Ingrid Pi i Amorós acts for SK Ltd. and Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota Motor España.

Leading individuals

José Massaguer - Uría Menéndez

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

The 'proactive and experienced' private equity group at Uría Menéndez often handles cross-border deals with a special focus on Latin America. For example, it advised Summit Partners on the acquisition of a majority interest in Advance Medical and its Brazilian, Chilean and Portuguese subsidiaries. Other work included assisting GPF Capital I with a co-investment in leisure and entertainment group Pacha together with other PE funds. Christian Hoedl and Juan Miguel Goenechea Domínguez lead the team.

Leading individuals

Christian Hoedl - Uría Menéndez

Juan Miguel Goenechea - Uría Menéndez

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

The ‘quick, reliable and adaptable’ team at Uría Menéndez is ‘strong in arbitration’ with ‘a deep knowledge of regulations and business’. The firm is known for energy infrastructure projects and financing, providing cross-border expertise, notably in the renewables market. The ‘honest and professional’ practice is led by Ángel Pérez, Juan Ignacio González Ruiz, Javier Valle Zayas and counsel María José Descalzo, who focuses on finance and energy. Also recommended is M&A and restructuring specialist Carlos de Cárdenas Smith. The team advised Ence group on the financing instruments for two biomass plants, and assisted Mercurio Solar Tinajeros with the refinancing for the construction, development and operation of a solar plant project. Other key clients for the firm include Bio-Oils Energy, Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners and Repsol.

Leading individuals

Carlos de Cárdenas Smith - Uría Menéndez

Juan Ignacio González Ruiz - Uría Menéndez

Ángel Pérez - Uría Menéndez

Next generation lawyers

María José Descalzo - Uría Menéndez

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez is a 'powerhouse in public law'. It assisted Berkeley Minera España with the permitting process to open a uranium mine in Salamanca, and advised Quirónsalud on concession contracts for the construction and management of hospitals. On the contentious side, it defended water distribution and treatment group Agbar against litigation launched by several municipalities seeking to terminate concession contracts in order to recover the management of local water services. Mariano Magide, José Miguel Fatás and Jesús Remón have strong track records and a good reputation for public law matters.

Leading individuals

Jesús Remón - Uría Menéndez

José Miguel Fatás - Uría Menéndez

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

The ‘strong’ team at Uría Menéndez stands out for its ‘excellent knowledge and experience level’. Team co-head Fernando Azofra is leading advice to Metrovacesa Suelo y Promoción on the €1bn purchase of 179 land plots comprising 3,500 land registry units. Fellow co-head Diego Armero is assisting Goldman Sachs with the sale to Axa, through a share deal, of 1,000 residential units. Barcelona-based Ignacio Albiñana is also noted.

Leading individuals

Diego Armero - Uría Menéndez

Fernando Azofra - Uría Menéndez

Ignacio Albiñana  - Uría Menéndez

Next generation lawyers

José María Olivares - Uría Menéndez

Marta Giménez Aliaga - Uría Menéndez

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez provides an 'all-round service' and 'creative problem-solving skills'. A highlight was assisting financial institutions such as CaixaBank and Santander with the restructuring of Abengoa's debt. Insolvency work included advising Grupo Isolux Corsán on its judicial insolvency proceedings. Ángel Alonso and Sebastián Sáenz de Santa María co-lead the team, which also includes Carlos de Cárdenas Smith and Ángel Pérez López, who has 'sound knowledge and negotiation skills'.

Leading individuals

Alberto Núñez-Lagos - Uría Menéndez

Carlos de Cárdenas Smith - Uría Menéndez

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez

The ‘international and local knowledge’ of Uría Menéndez gives the firm the ability to provide ‘a robust and global analysis’, particularly in the area of transactional advice and litigation. The ‘team of specialists emphasises client relationships’ and is led by expert in corporate tax law Rafael Fuster. His group includes the ‘outstanding’ Víctor Viana, who has ‘very deep knowledge of taxes in Spain as well as in general in Europe’ and ‘a level of commitment, prudence and availability that makes him a great adviser’. Also recommended are experienced tax practitioner David López Pombo and senior associate Roberto Medrano. The firm is advising Banco Santander on tax issues relating to the twofold capital market transaction concerning the acquisition of Banco Popular. In another highlight, the department is assisting Cinépolis Group with the Spanish tax law aspects of a syndicated credit agreement subject to New York law. Other clients include Alcoa, Telefónica and UBS.

Leading individuals

David López Pombo - Uría Menéndez

Rafael Fuster - Uría Menéndez

Víctor Viana - Uría Menéndez

Next generation lawyers

Roberto Medrano - Uría Menéndez

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Transport: Other transport
Transport: Other transport - ranked: tier 3

Uría Menéndez

Aviation finance is one of Uría Menéndez's areas of focus, with Carlos López-Quiroga the name to note. On the rail transport side, he advised Ferrovial on launching a digital platform for the planning of transport routes.

Leading individuals

Carlos López-Quiroga - Uría Menéndez

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Transport: Shipping
Transport: Shipping - ranked: tier 2

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez handles vessel arrests and accidents and has a particular focus on shipbuilding contracts. It advised Astilleros de Santander on an agreement with a Dutch shipping company for the finalisation of a new-build dredger following the insolvency of the original shipyard. The team, which includes Carlos López-Quiroga, Tomás Fernández-Quirós and managing associate Luz Martínez de Azcoitia, has a strong Scandinavian client base.

Leading individuals

Carlos López-Quiroga - Uría Menéndez

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White-collar crime
White-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez's 'determined and persistent' lawyers offer 'analysis paired with excellent communication skills'. The team represents numerous banks and industry companies in criminal allegations - with a focus on financial cases - and assists listed companies with compliance matters. Óscar Morales and Ismael Clemente are recommended along with senior associates Alberto Gómez Fraga and Patricia Leandro.

Next generation lawyers

Alberto Gómez Fraga - Uría Menéndez

Patricia Leandro - Uría Menéndez

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Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez’s connections to key Spanish banks has intensified with the trend for banking decision makers to return to Spain from New York. The firm’s on-the-ground presence through its associated Latin American entity Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria, is gaining further global recognition with a number of European and Asian lenders and sponsors turning to it for Latin America transactions, especially in the Pacific Alliance region. It is also working with a number of French and Russian lenders on financings in Cuba, a jurisdiction where the firm has made a particularly notable impression. Moreover, the firm continues to advise a number of Spanish banks on establishing a presence in Latin America and on acquiring and disposing of key assets. A team led by Madrid partner Sebastián Sáenz de Santa María advised the coordination committee and other financial institutions (as main creditors to Abengoa group), on the Spanish company’s headline restructuring, which involved a range of project assets in Latin America. Eduardo Rodríguez-Rovira, the Madrid-based head of the Latin America practice group, and Madrid partners Ángel Pérez and Carlos de Cárdenas are also noted.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 5

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez’s extensive Spanish client base is consistently active in Latin America, frequently acquiring and disposing of assets. Moreover, many of the transactions involving its core Spanish clients often involve Latin America interests and considerations. The firm has recently advised a series of funds – including private equity funds, opportunity funds and family offices – on the sale of Latin American assets. Working alongside its Latin American associate firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría, it is also increasingly active on behalf of Chinese investors looking to make investments in the region. In addition, the firm is a leader on foreign investments into Cuba. Recent headline mandates include advising Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) on the $2.2bn sale of its stake in BBVA Chile to Bank of Nova Scotia. The ‘excellent’ team is led by Madrid-based Latin America practice group-head Eduardo Rodríguez-Rovira. A high proportion of the firm’s M&A partners advise on deals involving Latin American assets and interests; of these, Juan Martín Perrotto is an especially prominent name, as is Tomás Acosta who is noted for his ‘solid knowledge’ and ‘professionalism’.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez’s strength lies in its solid experience of handling construction disputes, along with the capacity to handle a broader range of commercial disputes. Jesús Remón and Miguel Virgós lead the 23-partner team, which includes key practitioners based in Madrid, Lisbon and Barcelona. The team is also active in the investor-state sphere; 2017 saw Virgós and Gabriel Bottini act for an international investor in a dispute arising from the breaching of a BIT. Virgós, Bottini and Álvaro López de Argumedo also regularly sit as arbitrators.

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