Firm Profile > Uría Menéndez > Madrid, Spain

Uría Menéndez
PRÍNCIPE DE VERGARA 187
PLAZA RODRÍGUEZ URÍA
28002 MADRID
Spain

Spain > Banking and finance Tier 1

Advising borrowers and lenders, Uría Menéndez has substantial experience in corporate lending, project finance, asset and acquisition finance, restructuring and financial regulation. The firm is active in cross-border transactions throughout Europe and Latin America, with particular strength in debt restructurings and divestments of financial assets. Ángel Pérez López leads the team and focuses on corporate, acquisition and project finance. Key names in the practice include Carlos de Cárdenas Smith, who handles banking and finance, M&A and restructuring work; Carolina Albuerne, who specialises in banking regulation and securities law; Isabel Aguilar, who advises credit entities, investment firms, asset and fund managers; and Sebastián Sáenz de Santa María, who has expertise in banking, project finance, acquisition finance and restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Ángel Pérez López

Other key lawyers:

Carlos de Cárdenas Smith; Sebastián Sáenz de Santa María; Carolina Albuerne; Isabel Aguilar; Pilar Lluesma

Testimonials

‘They combine very high technical knowledge with the ability to focus on what is relevant and high partner availability.’

Exceptional dedication to the client.’

‘Team committed to the highest quality of advice.’

‘Pilar Lluesma, always available, exhaustive in her analysis.’

Key clients

Banco Santander

Natixis

BBVA

ING

Caixabank

Grupo San José

Tubos Reunidos

Grupo Lar Inversiones Inmobiliarias, S.A.

GPF Capital

Plenium Partners

Banco Sabadell, S.A.

Asociación Española de Banca (AEB)

Unicaja Banco, S.A.

Abanca

Spain > Capital markets: Debt Tier 1

Regularly involved in innovative and market-leading transactions, Uría Menéndez has advised on issuances of hybrid securities by financial institutions as well as issues in the context of acquisition finance. The firm’s debt capital markets practice has experience in a range of products, from plain vanilla bonds to high yield issues, notably equity-linked bonds, structured and project bonds and regulatory capital instruments. Rafael Sebastián leads the team and specialises in capital markets, M&A and corporate restructuring. Also recommended are Javier Redonet, who focuses on company, finance and securities law; and counsel Carolina Albuerne, who handles transactions involving hybrid debt and other capital-eligible debt instruments.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Sebastián

Other key lawyers:

Javier Redonet; Carolina Albuerne; Pedro Ravina; Jaime Pereda; Alfonso Ventoso

Key clients

Banco Santander

Telefónica

Iberdrola

Corporación Quiport S.A.

Renta Corporación

Indra Sistemas

NH Hotel Group

Citigroup Global Markets

Credit Suisse

UCI

Spain > Capital markets: Equity Tier 1

The ‘excellent team’ at Uría Menéndez is highlighted for having ‘lots of sector experience and availability to answer questions in a way that is commercial and user friendly’. The firm has advised the issuer or underwriters in many of the IPOs completed in the Spanish market since 2006, including the two largest IPOs in Spain’s history. Its broad experience covers IPOs, follow-on offerings, rights issues, accelerated bookbuilt offerings, equity-linked instruments and public M&A. Luis de Carlos focuses on capital markets and advises on corporate governance, M&A, banking and corporate law matters. He co-leads the team with Javier Redonet, who specialises in company, finance and securities law, and also advises on debt capital markets transactions. Another key name in the group is Gabriel Núñez, who acts as legal counsel in public offerings and IPOs, takeovers, project finance deals and M&As involving listed and unlisted companies.

Practice head(s):

Luis de Carlos; Javier Redonet

Other key lawyers:

Gabriel Núñez; Manuel Echenique; Alfonso Ventoso; Marta Ríos; Enrique Nieto

Testimonials

‘Javier Redonet and Manuel Echenique are very helpful and knowledgeable.’

‘Special mention to Alfonso Ventoso – technically excellent, with great commercial focus, very strong relationships with corporates and banks alike. He has vast experience within the capital markets arena, is extremely resourceful.’

‘Excellent team.’

Lots of sector experience and availability to answer questions in a way that is commercial and user friendly.

Key clients

Cellnex Telecom, S.A.

Providence Equity Partners

Grupo Finaccess

Millenium Hotels Real Estate I SOCIMI, S.A.

Holaluz-Clidom S.A.

Árima Real Estate Socimi

Morgan Stanley

GIC

Spain > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

With 'great experience in international processes that affect various jurisdictions', Uría Menéndez is a go-to firm for cross-border M&A, particularly involving Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries. The department has recently seen an uptick in market activity, and has handled a number of deals involving companies in the telecoms, energy and banking sectors. Outside of M&A, the team has a strong corporate governance offering; Cándido Paz-Ares is a name to note in this area. Private equity and M&A expert Manuel Echenique, who previously worked in the firm's London office, and Francisco San Miguel, who previously undertook a secondment in New York, jointly lead the practice. Salvador Sánchez-Terán, Juan Miguel Goenechea and Juan Francisco Falcón are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Echenique; Francisco San Miguel

Other key lawyers:

Salvador Sánchez-Terán; Juan Miguel Goenechea; Juan Francisco Falcón; Cándido Paz-Ares;Antonio Herrera; Christian Hoedl; Teresa Paz-Ares; Jaime Pereda; Pedro Ravina; Rafael Nuñez-Lagos; Pablo González-Espejo; Leonor de Osma

Testimonials

‘Very good technically, and knowledgeable in various matters within the commercial field closely associated with M&A processes that are very useful to be able to lead all the workstreams of an operation of this type (financial, regulatory, banking product, etc.) – Great experience in international processes that affect various jurisdictions – Absolute availability. A lot of involvement of the partners. Antonio Herrera (partner of the Barcelona office) deserves to stand out for these qualities.’

Creativity and flexibility.’

‘Christian Hoedl is recommended.’

‘Technical rigor and legal excellence. Absolute commitment and dedication.’

They engage in the transactions as if they were their own.’

Jaime Pereda, Javier Ruiz Cámara, Leonor de Osma and Pedro Ravina are recommended.’

The plus is a very high capacity and technical knowledge together with a high knowledge of internal and business needs and absolute participation and availability of the partners. I especially highlight Pablo González-Espejo and Rafael Núñez-Lagos.’

Key clients

Banco Santander

BBVA

CaixaBank

KKR

Investindustrial

Repsol

Lone Star

Brookfield

Coca-Cola European Partners

GIC

Mediaset España Comunicación, S.A.

Global Racing LX2 S.a.r.l.

Vista Equity Partners

Gestamp

Telefónica, S.A.

Esmalglass

Abanca Corporación Bancaria, S.A.

Advent International

Ergon Capital

Alantra Partners, S.A.

Spain > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Uría Menéndez has the size, resources and experience to ‘handle hundreds of cases in parallel, but with the highest quality’. From offices in Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Valencia and Lisbon, the firm provides advice in international and domestic civil and commercial litigation and arbitration, and also has strengths in administrative, constitutional and criminal law. The practice is led by Jesús Remón Peñalver, who has experience in judicial and arbitration matters; Javier Garcia Sanz, who focuses on litigation in civil, commercial, contentious-administrative and administrative-law matters; and international arbitration expert Gabriel Bottini. The deep bench of experts also includes Álvaro López de Argumedo, who acts in civil litigation and international arbitration; Alejandro Ferreres Comella, who is known for contractual liability, tort and consumer litigation; and ‘stand out’ lawyer Cristian Gual Grau, who is ‘not only extremely intelligent with an eye for detail, but also very good with clients and has a practical approach’. Miguel Virgós left the firm to practice as an independent international arbitrator.

Practice head(s):

Jesús Remón Peñalver; Javier García Sanz; Gabriel Bottini

Other key lawyers:

Álvaro López de Argumedo; Alex Ferreres Comellas

Testimonials

‘We have used this law firm for all of our corporate needs as well as litigation and arbitration. The lawyers are very timely in their responses, knowledgeable in the applicable law and professional. They have a dedicated team of lawyers working on a specific case. They provide good legal advice and are very reasonable in their billing rates. They speak fluent English which makes our representation easier.’

‘Excellent understanding of applicable law, fluent in English, they are always very responsive.’

‘The litigation department is able to handle hundreds of cases in parallel, but with the highest quality.’

‘I have worked with many individuals in Spain, but Cristian Gual Grau stands out. He is not only extremely intelligent with an eye for detail, but also very good with clients and has a practical approach.’

Key clients

DAF Trucks, N.V.

Banco Santander, S.A.

Iberdrola, S.A.

Facebook

Unicaja Banco, S.A.

Telefónica, S.A.

BBVA

Banco Sabadell

Bankia

Repsol

Bahía de Bizkaia Electricidad, S.L.

Spain > Employment Tier 1

Led by Mario Barros in Madrid, the employment department at Uría Menéndez has lawyers across the firm's four offices in Spain (Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Bilbao) and covers the full range of contentious and advisory employment work. The dramatic increase in demand for employment law advice as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic was reflected by the team working on over 100 collective suspensions of employment in 2020, while its advice on international M&A deals and various judicial proceedings further illustrate the department's breadth. Sergio Ponce is a name to note for collective bargaining matters, and in Barcelona, Juan Reyes heads the employment team supported by Ana AlósÁlvaro Navarro stands out as a counsel. Former practice head Ignacio García-Perrote left in January 2020 after being appointed as a magistrate of the Spanish Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):

Mario Barros

Other key lawyers:

Sergio Ponce; Juan Reyes; Ana Alós; Álvaro Navarro

Testimonials

Uría Menéndez professionals are characterized by: Professionalism. Immediacy and Closeness. High degree of availability. Excellent human spirit.’

‘Outstanding partner Sergio Ponce. Human quality, honesty, rigor and brilliant in the opinion and advice that over the years has been proven unbeatable.’

‘Its strengths are clearly its specialization in labor law, its professional experience in complicated disputes and litigation, its image, and its corporate culture that aims to bring the lawyer closer to the client and better understand their needs. The skills that I would highlight are proximity, availability and the proposal of practical solutions.’

‘I highlight Mario Barros, he is one of the best labor lawyers in the market. He is a highly qualified professional, specializing in litigation and senior management, who always seeks innovation through practical and simple solutions.’

‘My contact person at Uría Menéndez is Sergio Ponce Rodríguez. Sergio is a professional who stands out for his brilliant technical knowledge and his strategic vision of matters.’

‘Knowledge of collective dismissal processes, both at the negotiation level and at the litigation level, make them one of the most sound teams to face any process of this type. They are meticulous, tenacious, attentive to detail and do not give up any point in the negotiation, always offering a reasonable and commercial point of view, always looking for the best position for the client. I like them because they are not afraid of transferring problems and offer practical solutions to them, even in anticipation.’

‘Sergio Ponce: he is an extraordinary lawyer, with great technical knowledge, very good communication and availability.’

‘Although there are outstanding lawyers, the plus of Uría Menéndez is the entire team. Perfectly in tune and insightful, technically infallible and impressive in pressure situations.’

Key clients

A.T. Kearney

AccorInvest

Agrupación de fabricantes de cemento de España

AMUNDI Asset Management

APPLUS

Asociación Nacional de Empresas Estibadoras y Consignatarias de Buques (ANESCO)

Asociación Nacional de Fabricantes de Automóviles y Caminiones (ANFAC)

Ávoris Travel (Barceló)

Babcock International

Banco Santander

Bankia

Beam Suntory Spain

Bureau Veritas Group

Canal de Isabel II

Central Bank of Spain

Coca-Cola Iberian Partners

Dassault Systems

Desigual

ENCE Energía y Celulosa SA

Everis Aeroespacial

General Dynamics

Haya Real Estate

Hugo Boss

ICEX España Exportaciones e inversiones

Inditex

Japan Airlines CO, LTD.

Joyería Tous

Loro Piana

Mars Multisales Spain

Moody’s Investors Service

Nissan

Organización Interprofesional de Carne de Pollo

Port Aventura

Procter & Gamble España, S.A.

Radici Plastics Ibérica S.L.

Renault

Saint-Gobain Group

Spotahome

Telefónica

Travelclick Europe, S.L.

Va

Spain > Environment Tier 1

Handling the gamut of contentious and advisory work in environmental law, Uría Menéndez's workload in 2020 included instructions from leading companies in energy, waste management, construction and utilities, in which soil and water pollution were common issues. Following the retirement of Carlos de Miguel Perales in December 2020, counsel Jesús Sedano now co-leads the practice from Madrid, alongside Juan Antonio Loste Madoz in the firm's Barcelona office. Madoz also has strengths in environmental liability assessments and climate change, while Sedano has broad environmental law capabilities as well as extensive experience in mining law and administrative proceedings. Noemí Blázquez and Jaime Calvo Retuerto are key contacts at the counsel level.

Practice head(s):

Jesús Sedano; Juan Antonio Loste Madoz

Other key lawyers:

Noemí Blázquez; Jaime Calvo Retuerto

Testimonials

‘Reliable advice, adjusted to business needs. Quick understanding of the problem. Anticipation and adaptation to customer needs.’

‘Simplicity in responses adapted to business needs. Alternative solutions. Customer focus.’

Spain > EU and competition Tier 1

Uría Menéndez is praised for its 'high degree of technical competence combined with the ability and willingness to understand the business and the client's issue'. The team has a large market share in both merger filings and cartel investigations before the CNMC, where it regularly acts for leading players in the telecoms, transport, consumer goods and financial services sectors, among others. Combining its traditional strengths in litigation with its competition law expertise, the firm also has a strong damages litigation practice. Jaime Folguera, who previously led the firm's Brussels office, and Antonio Guerra, who has previous experience working at the CNMC, jointly lead the practice. Patricia Vidal, Edurne Navarro and senior associate Tomás Arranz also receive praise.

Practice head(s):

Jaime Folguera; Antonio Guerra

Other key lawyers:

Patricia Vidal; Edurne Navarro; Alfonso Gutiérrez; Tomás Arranz

Testimonials

‘It is a team with a great capacity for work. It is undoubtedly one of the most powerful teams in terms of Competition. The diversity of issues and sectors in which they intervene make it a benchmark.’

‘I would especially highlight Tomás Arranz Fernández-Bravo for his extraordinary proactivity, predisposition and availability, in addition to his excellent technical knowledge. Tomás manages to convey his message clearly and simply to clients. He cares about understanding customer needs and offering efficient solutions.’

‘Their sectoral knowledge is unique and the vigilance of new trends in competition policy allows them to recommend anticipated strategies to clients. This anticipation helps to minimize possible conflict situations. Availability, depth and attention to detail are characteristics of the team. They are clearly above other firms in this matter.’

‘In the field of competition and EU law, three partners are especially prominent. Jaime Folguera, exceptional lawyer with a global vision of problems and solutions that makes him unique. Patricia Vidal, a conscientious lawyer to the last detail. Edurne Navarro, a lawyer with a deep understanding of community dynamics. ‘

‘All the members of the team led by Jaime Folguera stand out for a high degree of technical competence which, together with the capacity for learning and attention they pay to understand the client’s business, allows them to accurately capture the issue and the client’s need. The answers provided and the way of working are effective and efficient. ‘

‘High degree of technical competence combined with the ability and willingness to understand the business and the client’s issue. Jaime Folguera and Tomás Arranz make an extraordinary combination of excellence.’

Key clients

Banco Santander

DAF

Siemens

Telefónica

Philip Morris

Renault

UPS

Toyota

Nissan

Cemex

Air Europa

Mahou

Ferrovial

Acciona

Adidas

Viajes Barceló

Paramount

Spain > Industry focus: Food Tier 1

Uría Menéndez advises Iberian and international food companies on corporate, commercial, finance and competition law matters, and also acts for private equity firms and financial institutions in transactions in the food sector. Corporate and commercial specialist Elena Úbeda heads the group from Barcelona, where IP, IT and unfair competition partner Montiano Monteagudo is also based. Corporate and banking expert Eduardo Bagaría - also in Barcelona - receives praise. Madrid-based corporate and private equity partner Manuel Echenique has recently led on several large transactions involving food and agriculture companies.

Practice head(s):

Elena Úbeda

Other key lawyers:

Eduardo Bagaría; Patricia Vidal; Montiano Monteagudo; Manuel Echenique

Testimonials

Eduardo Bagaría: Very fast in negotiations, preparation of legal documentation and conflict resolution. The service is 24/7, regardless of schedules, holidays and without affecting quality at any time. The quality of the advice is exceptional.’

Spain > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

'One of the top firms in Spain in this field', the healthcare and life sciences department at Uría Menéndez handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, drawing on the experience of a multi-disciplinary group of lawyers. E-health is a particular area of expertise, and the team is also active in compliance issues, from internal investigations to the implementation of compliance programmes. Practice head Teresa Paz-Ares is an 'extraordinary lawyer'; she focuses her practice on M&A and corporate and commercial law. José Massaguer and Montiano Monteagudo are names to note for IP in the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors. Counsel Beatriz Cocina is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Teresa Paz-Ares

Other key lawyers:

Ingrid Pi; Montiano Monteagudo; José Massaguer; Alfonso Gutiérrez; Beatriz Cocina

Testimonials

Excellent technical and legal knowledge. Great availability towards the client and clear, concise and intelligible approaches.

‘I have mainly worked with Tereza Paz-Ares, who is full of energy and passionate about her work, very prepared and understands deeply the needs of her client and waht is the output required.’

‘The Uría team dedicated to this specialty stands out for its technical capacity, refinement and approach to the client. They convey security and confidence. They offer an unbeatable degree of response and an absolute commitment to the objectives of their clients.’

‘There are high-level offices but for truly complex matters, they stand out and offer greater security. At the helm of this team, Montiano Monteagudo and Francisco Javier García, two excellent lawyers who, if that were not enough, also offer an enviable human and personal treatment.’

‘All of the lawyers we work with a have a good understanding and the right mix of legal knowledge, entrepreneurship and business understanding. They understand to advise clients of potential risks without destroying a business idea from scratch.’

‘Very knowledgeable team, they have an excellent understanding of both the life sciences industry and regulatory matters. One of the top firms in Spain in this field.’

‘Pragmatic and to-the-point, high quality advice’

‘The team led by Montiano Monteagudo is agile, pragmatic and results-oriented. They know the vicissitudes of the industry and apply their knowledge with a cost-efficient approach.’

‘Montiano Monteagudo (partner) and Francisco Javier García (main associate) are two essential figures in the square. Both treat clients with excellent professionalism, they have absolute availability and their vocation is unquestionable. As an in-house attorney, it is essential to have the feeling that outsourced matters are in good hands, and that is certainly the impression one gets when working with them.’

‘‘Teresa Paz-Ares is an extraordinary lawyer, who combines the technical solidity that characterises the Uría Menéndez law firm with excellent commercial and negotiating skills.’

‘Beatriz Cocina stands out for her technical solidity and deep knowledge of the sector.’

Key clients

Farmaindustria

Novartis

Janssen-Cilag

Sanofi Aventis

Johnson & Johnson

Procter & Gamble

Roche

Bayer

Bioibérica S.A.U.

Chiesi España, S.A.U

Lilly

Nordic Pharma

Jazz Pharmaceuticals

Pharmamar

Spain > Industry focus: Manufacturing Tier 1

The manufacturing practice group at Uría Menéndez fields corporate, IP, data privacy, environmental, competition and litigation experts; the multi-disciplinary team acts for manufacturers of cars, pharmaceutical products and heavy equipment, as well as investors looking to acquire companies in the heavy industry or automotive sectors. In competition law, Patricia Vidal is a 'deep expert in industrial sectors' and Jaime Folguera is a 'national and international reference in his field'. José Massaguer and Teresa Paz-Ares are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Vidal; José Massaguer; Teresa Paz-Ares

Other key lawyers:

Jaime Folguera; Borja Sainz de Aja

Testimonials

It is a magnificent team with a global vision of the industrial manufacturing sector. One of its characteristics is the flexibility to incorporate experts depending on the matter at hand. It compares very well with the equipment of other firms.’

‘Its solidity when making proposals as a result of a very deep knowledge of the issues. Its qualities include rigor, certainty, reliability and availability. The ability to adapt to customer conditions is an additional merit to highlight. I would highlight the following three partners: Jaime Folguera, national and international reference in her field; Patricia Vidal, deep expert in industrial sectors; Borja Sainz de Aja, outstanding in contractual aspects ’

‘The work we have done with U&M Madrid has to do with competition law and practice in our sector (industrial: manufacture of products for construction). It is a law firm with a high level of professional quality, strong knowledge of applicable law and the sector. Practical and rigorous.’

‘Jaime Folguera / Edurne Navarro / Patricia Vidal are recommended.’

Key clients

Esmalglass

Tubos Reunidos

Investindustrial Advisors

Caiba

DAF

GPF Capital II.

Procter & Gamble

Toyota

Spain > Industry focus: Retail Tier 1

Uría Menéndez advises a broad range of producers, distributors and retailers in the fashion, consumer goods, toys, food and jewellery sectors. Multi-disciplinary lawyers in the firm's Barcelona and Madrid offices collaborate to assist clients in M&A and other corporate transactions, as well as litigation and general corporate and commercial law matters. Patricia Vidal advises retail companies on competition and EU law; Borja Sainz de Aja focuses on patents, trade marks, industrial designs and copyright; and Ramiro Rivera handles domestic and cross-border capital markets and finance deals.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Vidal; Ramiro Rivera; Borja Sainz de Aja

Other key lawyers:

Antonio Herrera; Marta Ríos; Montiano Monteagudo

Key clients

Ergon Capital

KKR

Distribuidora Internacional de Alimentación

Adidas

Covetrus

Mahou

Byland UK Ltd.

Spain > Industry focus: TMT Tier 1

Uría Menéndez's TMT-sector services come under the banner of its digital law area, which draws together experts from a variety of practice areas, including IT, commercial, privacy, IP, M&A, tax, competition, regulatory and labour. Pablo González-Espejo heads the practice and is focused on commercial and company law in the audio-visual, telecommunications, sports and IT sectors. Leticia López-Lapuente's ongoing digital and data privacy advice to Repsol, Microsoft and Twitter continues to stand out, while Borja Sainz de Aja specialises in IP, competition and related litigation. At the associate level, Nerea Sanjuan has recently provided support to a number of telecoms and healthcare clients.

Practice head(s):

Pablo González-Espejo

Other key lawyers:

Borja Sainz de Aja; Leticia López-Lapuente; Nerea Sanjuan

Testimonials

‘Uría has a cohesive team that works wonders. They are great professionals and decisive people who provide exceptional service.’

‘People make organizations. At Uría, the people who make it up meet the highest standards.’

Key clients

Facebook

Microsoft

Twitter

Instagram

Telefónica

WhatsApp

Banco Santander

BBVA

Repsol

Unidad Editorial

Prisa

Experian

Linea Directa

CaixaBank

Spain > Insurance Tier 1

Uría Menéndez combines ‘experience and mastery in the regulatory and legal fields, with a transversal vision of accounting and financial issues’, which allows the insurance team to provide a ‘very high-quality service, standing out among its peers’. The practice is particularly known for insurance M&A, value-in-force monetisation transactions, cross-border deals and bancassurance work, as well as the restructuring of insurance businesses. Guillermo San Pedro leads the team and has ‘extensive experience in insurance M&A operations’, among other areas. Competition and EU Law expert Patricia Vidal and senior associate Jaime del Fraile, who has ‘experience, strength and talent’, are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Guillermo San Pedro

Other key lawyers:

Patricia Vidal; Jaime del Fraile

Testimonials

‘Outstanding mention to: Guillermo San Pedro: extensive experience in insurance M&A operations both in the preparation and dissolution of agreements. His ability to understand the main financial issues and argue in tax matters have allowed him to provide a fast and direct service on complex issues with solid contractual drafts.’

‘Jaime del Fraile (associate): experience and talent. Great ability to work on complex operations with mastery in the contracts phase. Would highlight the speed in providing solutions with the best quality standards.’

‘The experience and mastery in the regulatory and legal fields, together with a transversal vision of accounting and financial issues, allow Uría Menéndez’s insurance team to provide a very high quality service, standing out among its peers.’

‘The capacity for teamwork is formidable. The partner, Guillermo San Pedro, is 100% involved at all times.’

‘I would especially highlight the partner Guillermo San Pedro and the senior lawyer Jaime del Fraile. Extraordinary technical knowledge. His availability, predisposition and proactivity is commendable. In addition, their financial knowledge allows them to intervene efficiently and competitively in agreements with technical-financial components that go beyond strictly legal matters.’

Key clients

Banco Santander

Santander Seguros

Liberty Mutual Group

VidaCaixa S.A.U. de Seguros y Reaseguros

AIG

Mutua Madrileña

AXA

Generali

Munich RE

W.R. Berkley

Zurich Group

EICG

Santa Lucía

Mutualidad de la Abogacía

Ibercaja Banco

ABANCA VIDA

Athora

RCI Insurance

Fortegra Europe

BanSabadell Vida

Helvetia

Telefónica Insurance

AON Group

Wills Towers Watson Group

Spain > Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 1

Co-operating closely with the firm’s TMT and digital business groups, the IP team at Uría Menéndez provides ongoing copyright advice as well as contentious services and work arising from M&A transactions. Key clients include leading names in the banking, technology and media sectors and the team has recently shown strength in both litigation against collective management organisations and art law matters. Agustín González heads the team from the firm’s Madrid office, with Montiano Monteaguo being the key contact in Barcelona. Since publication, Rafael Sánchez Aristi left the firm in November 2021.

Practice head(s):

Agustín González

Other key lawyers:

Montiano Monteaguo

Testimonials

Very specialized knowledge applied to the reality of the business. Solutions and proposals tailored to the complexity of the issues. They compare favorably with other teams because they have knowledge of all the agents in the sector that impact the rights of intellectual property, which is why their advice is very complete. Very updated with news in this area.

‘The intellectual property team at Uría Menéndez, especially Agustín González, is excellent. He has a profile that adjusts to the client’s needs, with excellent treatment and exceptional knowledge of the matter.

Uria’s team is made up of people of recognized prestige in the field of intellectual property law. They are accessible people, who by knowing the subject in such detail and having a long experience of real cases, the explanations and advice they provide is very easy to understand and transfer to your business despite the complexity of some issues.

Key clients

Cofares

Banco Santander

The Walt Disney Company

Spain > Intellectual property: patents Tier 1

Uría Menéndez advises across the range of patent matters, including advisory, licensing, M&A-related matters and disputes. The firm has broad sector coverage in chemicals, pharmaceuticals, biotech, sanitary, cosmetics, agriculture and general consumer goods, with particularly notable international clients in life sciences. Madrid-based practice head José Massaguer handles patent disputes and unfair competition proceedings, with strength in pharmaceuticals and electronics. Barcelona's Montiano Monteagudo has a primarily advisory practice, working with national and multinational companies, while Ingrid Pi i Amorós has broad patent litigation experience in the life sciences sector, with niche expertise in plant patents.

Practice head(s):

José Massaguer 

Other key lawyers:

Montiano Monteagudo; Ingrid Pi i Amorós 

Key clients

Sanofi

Gilead Sciences, Inc

Telefónica, S.A

Amazon

Primark

Spain > Intellectual property: Trade marks Tier 1

Uría Menéndez offers litigation, transactional and portfolio management advice on trade marks, with sector strengths including pharmaceutical, cosmetics, food and chemicals. The team regularly acts for leading multinationals in these key sectors. Madrid's José Massaguer leads the team, and is experienced in trade mark defence before regulatory bodies and courts. Barcelona-based Montiano Monteagudo works with national and multinational clients on IP and unfair competition issues. Ingrid Pi i Amorós focuses on litigation.

Practice head(s):

José Massaguer 

Other key lawyers:

Montiano Monteagudo; Ingrid Pi i Amorós; Núria Porxas

Testimonials

Broad and deep knowledge of the practice in the area of IP. Detailed and punctual information to the client in both the analysis and the development of the case.’

Solidity, experience, reliable, prestige. Communication with the client. Jose Massaguer.’

Key clients

Acciona

Champagne Louis Roederer

Spain > Private equity Tier 1

Uría Menéndez is well versed in high-value private equity deals, and stands out for its office network and international best friends relationships, which make it well placed to handle cross-border transactions, particularly those involving Iberia and Latin America. Clients also benefit from the firm's full-service offering in Spain, which allows it to deploy multi-disciplinary teams of private equity, M&A, tax and finance lawyers. Manuel Echenique regularly takes a lead role on many of the department's private equity mandates; he co-heads the team with Francisco San Miguel. Christian Hoedl and Juan Miguel Goenechea Domínguez are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Echenique; Francisco San Miguel

Other key lawyers:

Christian Hoedl; Juan Miguel Goenechea Domínguez; María Vidal-Pardo; Alex Bircham

Testimonials

‘Extensive experience in this type of operation to have flexibility when closing agreements / contracts. It is without a doubt the best of the offices we have used.’

‘They are capable of defending our interests, but being commercial in yielding non-fundamental aspects that allow us to reach global agreements. Full confidence in them.’

Key clients

Alantra Partners, S.A.

Ardian France, S.A.

Asterion Industrial Partners

Bridgepoint

Ergon Capital.

GPF Capital.

GreenE Waste to Energy, S. L.

Helia Renovables

IBI and Gala Capital, among others (sellers). Panda Security, S.L. (target).

Investindustrial

JB Capital Markets.

KKR

Lone Star and Esmalglass.

Nazca Capital

Oakley Capital Limited.

Plenium Partners, S.L.

Providence Equity Partners L.L.P. (UK).

Repsol Energy Ventures, S.A.

Vista Equity Partners.

Spain > Public law Tier 1

With ‘excellence, experience, a lot of technical knowledge and great commitment to the client', Uría Menéndez's public law department takes a cross-sector approach, with particular strength in finance, energy, infrastructure, transportation, natural resources, telecoms, water and health. In addition to its regulatory and litigation expertise, the department is known for public procurement, contracting work and health sector matters, where the department advises concessionaires of the public authorities and the main private health groups in Spain. Head of the public and environmental law team Mariano Magide stands out in the areas of constitutional and administrative law. Other key names for the firm are former lawyer for the state in the Spanish Constitutional Court Jesús Remón, and José Miguel Fatás, who advises on all aspects of administrative law, particularly in the telecoms and financial sectors, and also handles civil and administrative litigation and international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Mariano Magide

Other key lawyers:

Jesús Remón; José Miguel Fatás; Daniel Ripley; Daniel Sarmiento; José Alberto Navarro; Manuel Vélez

Testimonials

‘The experience of the team and its knowledge of the applicable regulations.’

‘It is a team that stands out for its excellence, experience and a lot of technical knowledge and great commitment to the client. ‘

‘In the field of Public Law, they stand out for excellence of knowledge, experience and commitment.’

‘URIA MENÉNDEZ’s team, in my opinion, is a great team.’

‘It is a very prepared team. Partner Mariano Magide stands out.’

Key clients

Movistar

Banco Santander

Bankia

BBVA

Unicaja

Quirón Salud

Grupo Mexico

Grupo Agbar-Suez Environment

Ferrovial Servicios

Cintra

Jansen

SEOPAN (CEOE)

Thales

Siemens

Assicurazzion Generali

Renault

CEPSA

REPSOL

Iberdrola

Cedinsa

Ayuntamiento de Barcelona

Grupo Avanza

Pretonor

Reganosa

Indra

Nuevo Hospital de Burgos

Interbiak

3i

SNCF

CaixaBank

Spain > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Providing ‘technical excellence and absolute availability’, Uría Menéndez has particular expertise in acquisition and financing transactions in the real estate sector. The firm has advised on matters involving offices, hotels and plots of land for development, as well as participating in real estate-related M&A and the transfer of iconic properties. The practice is also known for its substantial urban planning experience, based across its offices in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Bilbao. Fernando Azofra Vegas advises domestic and foreign companies on real estate, banking, asset finance and M&A transactions. He co-leads the team with corporate and commercial law expert Diego Armero Montes. The deep bench of expertise includes Ignacio Albiñana, who focuses his practice on M&A, real estate, banking and finance law; Javier Ruiz-Cámara, who is particularly active in asset finance, real estate refinancing, general real estate and NPL portfolio transactions; and senior associate Ivan Abad, who handles a range of matters, notably hotel deals and construction agreements.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Azofra Vegas; Diego Armero Montes

Other key lawyers:

Javier Ruiz-Cámara; Juan Antonio Pérez Rivarés; Rafael Jiménez; Yasser Harbi Mustafá; Ignacio Albiñana; Duarte Garín; Ivan Abad

Testimonials

The practice is exceptional in my opinion if Fernando Azofra, Ignacio Albiñana or Duarte Garín (and their corresponding teams) are involved due to their technical legal skills, their experience, availability and their involvement with the business and the transaction.’

‘Ivan Abad seems outstanding to me for his involvement and dedication.’

Knowledge of the sector and real estate practice. Technical excellence and absolute availability.’

Key clients

Merlin Properties SOCIMI, S.A.

Allianz Real Estate, GMBH

Millenium Hotels Real Estate I SOCIMI, S.A.

Testa Residencial SOCIMI, S.A

Silicius Inmuebles en Rentabilidad, S.L.

WP Carey

Covivio Hotels

Banco Sabadell

Sonae Sierra

TPG

Oaktree Capital

FREO Group

Azora Capital

Banco Santander

Metrovacesa

Neinor Homes Socimi

Tristan Capital Partners

Spain > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

The ‘perfect team’ at Uría Menéndez has the ability to ‘adapt to all situations and provides top-level proposals and solutions’. The ‘simply exceptional’ practice advises on company and group restructuring, debt refinancing, direct lending and special situations, as well as insolvency proceedings and related litigation. The firm also handles sales and acquisitions of non-strategic assets of financial institutions in Spain, including NPLs, real estate assets and property management platforms. Corporate, acquisition and project finance expert Ángel Pérez López leads the broad team of experts, which includes Carlos de Cárdenas Smith, who focuses on M&A, banking, finance and restructuring; and counsel Javier Rubio Sanz, who focuses on the negotiation and approval of refinancing agreements and judicial composition agreements.

Practice head(s):

Ángel Pérez López

Other key lawyers:

Carlos de Cárdenas Smith; Raimon Tagliavini Sansa; Javier Rubio Sanz; Sebastián Sáenz de Santa María; Ángel Alonso

Testimonials

It is a perfect team in the area. They adapt to all situations and provide top-level proposals and solutions. They never disappoint in their work. Simply exceptional. The best in the market.’

‘Raimon Tagliavini Sansa is an exceptional professional, with extensive knowledge in the field and capable of adapting to all circumstances. His performance is fantastic, but without a doubt, each member of the team also fulfills his role perfectly.’

‘The Uria team is first class.’

Key clients

Banco Sabadell

AlixPartners UK

ISOLUX Group

Banco Santander, S.A.

Lone star

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.

Unicaja Banco, S.A.

Pomeroy – Getronics Group

Kutxabank, S.A.

CajaSur Banco, S.A.

Caixanbank

Tubos Reunidos, S.A.

Spain > Tax Tier 1

Providing 'technical soundness, good sense and prudence’, Uría Menéndez is known for its ability to ‘minimise tax risks by always putting itself in the customer's shoes and treating their problems as their own’. The ‘consistent, rigorous and dedicated’ practice is well versed in both contentious and non-contentious tax matters, including those related to business combinations, equity and finance restructurings, capital market deals, real estate transactions, corporate investments and business development structures, as well as policy developments. Practice head Rafael García Llaneza focuses on corporate tax, non-residents tax and accounting law. The deep bench of expertise includes ‘skilled negotiatorDavid López Pombo, who ‘stands out in corporate taxation’; Víctor Viana Barral, who has the ability to ‘resolve seemingly intractable issues in tough negotiations with extraordinarily imaginative and highly tax efficient solutions’; Miguel Cremades, who handles corporate and international tax; and highly regarded senior associate Violeta Pina.

Practice head(s):

Rafael García Llaneza

Other key lawyers:

Jesús López Tello; Guillermo Canalejo Lasarte; Víctor Viana Barral; David López Pombo; Rosa María Atienza Pérez; Álvaro Paniagua; Adriá Riba

Testimonials

It is among the best in Spain without a doubt. I would highlight the analysis of operations from a global point of view, not only fiscal, but also commercial and accounting, which adds a special value to their work. Extraordinarily good at Corporate Tax and corporate restructuring operations. Unbeatable, I would say.’

Uria Menendez differs from other firms because it brings together the following strengths in a single team: competence, commitment, availability and resolution capacity. They combine all this with a desire for service, putting themselves in the place of their client and providing the absolute security of acting correctly. What differentiates it greatly from other firms is its reliability which, for us, translates into absolute peace of mind in terms of tax decisions.’

‘In my opinion the most thorough and reliable tax team in Spain.’

‘Victor Viana is exceptional and very very reliable. He also has built a strong associate team. We work quite a bit with Rosa Atienza and she has a bright future. Victor has also built up a good supporting team. Victor is also extremely available.’

‘Violeta Pina Montaner has been with us managing the team for years, and the empathy and judgment she has is excellent.’

‘Jesús López Tello continues to be, from my point of view, the most versatile tax expert with innovative ideas that I know.’

‘In the case of tax practice, Alvaro Paniagua has been outstanding in the work he has done for us. Alvaro has not only given us the information regarding our situation (relatively complex) but has gone further to find the best solution that suits our needs.’

‘Without a doubt, their technical knowledge, their kindness, their willingness and their ability to anticipate future problems make it very easy to work with them and ultimately what differentiates them from other firms. I would cite three lawyers: Victor Viana, Miguel Cremades and Adriá Riba.’

Key clients

TELEFÓNICA

ALCOA

ARCONIC

BANCO SANTANDER

BANCO SABADELL

LONE STAR

GOLDMAN SACHS

UBS

PORCELANOSA

UCI

Spain > White-collar crime Tier 1

Uría Menéndez has cemented its reputation in the field of corporate criminal law and investigations through its involvement in high-profile cases, particularly in the financial services sector. The team has recently represented clients, which - aside from financial institutions - include major construction, engineering and energy companies, in criminal proceedings concerning fraud, corruption, money laundering and environmental offences. Óscar Morales, Ismael Clemente and Jaime Alonso jointly lead the practice; Manuel Álvarez and Enrique Rodríguez Celada are also noted. Carlos Bueren retired from practice.

Practice head(s):

Oscar Morales; Ismael Clemente; Jaime Alonso

Other key lawyers:

Enrique Rodríguez Celada; Manuel Álvarez; Alberto Gómez Fraga

Testimonials

‘Knowledge of specific judicial practice and jurisprudence, precedents, multidisciplinary approach.’

‘Ismael Clemente Casas, Enrique Rodriguez Celada: good experience, proactive with the client, objective and transparent risk assessment’

‘Very intelligent and practical, with a lot of knowledge of their very particular procedural practice and what is appropriate at all times.’

‘Jaime Alonso Gallo provides a global vision of the different aspects of the case, with very clear ideas about what is relevant and what is not. It perfectly organises the ideas and manages to be very convincing and clear in writing with the appropriate and not excessive length.’

‘Oscar Morales leads a team of three partners, two counsels and a dozen associates between the Madrid and Barcelona offices. The group’s academic and practical combination, its participation in complex top-level matters, as well as the solvency in the training of the youngest lawyers make it the best criminal team in the business law market. Its availability is always immediate, unconditional and absolute, generating the feeling of being an extension of your own legal department.’

‘The plus is the great cohesion of the team, and the versatility of the lawyers that make it up, with extensive experience in matters as diverse as tax, computer, corporate and financial criminal law. Oscar Morales is the contact partner of my organization and with whom we cover both national and international issues. The triple role as ex-magistrate, university professor and lawyer grants him extraordinary qualities for leadership and management of affairs. Manuel Alvarez, counsel in the Barcelona office, is also a professional with excellent technical skills with an extraordinary capacity for analysis and diagnosis.’

Spain > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Leading companies in the technology, telecoms, social media and financial services sectors turn to Uría Menéndez's privacy and data protection team, which is ably led by Leticia López-Lapuente. The team remains busy advising clients on the data privacy aspects of new digital platforms and tools, and has also seen an uptick in cybersecurity work. The firm stands out for its longstanding expertise in the field of data privacy, as well as for its pro bono work, which includes the provision of privacy training to NGOs and foundations. In 2019, associate Reyes Bermejo Bosch was re-elected to the board of directors of the Spanish privacy association (APEP).

Practice head(s):

Leticia López-Lapuente

Other key lawyers:

Nuria Porxas; Reyes Bermejo Bosch; Laia Reyes Rico; Ana Irune Lamela

Testimonials

‘Uría has a cohesive team that works wonders. They are great professionals and decisive people who provide exceptional service.’

‘People make organizations. At Uría, the people who make it up meet the highest standards.’

Key clients

Facebook

Microsoft

WhatsApp

Repsol

Banco Santander

Telefónica

Indra

Atento

Twitter

Linea Directa

Instagram

BBVA

CaixaBank

Spain > Projects and energy Tier 2

Uría Menéndez 'has a cohesive team that works wonders' and is noted for its 'exceptional technical knowledge'. It is often involved in relevant energy projects in Europe and Latin America, with recent work involving M&A, project finance and refinancing, where the team has experience on both the lender and borrower side. The sizeable team of corporate, commercial and finance specialists includes Ángel Pérez López, Juan Ignacio González Ruiz and Carlos López-Quiroga, who is also name to note for shipping and transport.

Practice head(s):

Ángel Pérez López; Juan Ignacio González Ruiz; Carlos López-Quiroga

Other key lawyers:

Carlos de Cárdenas Smith; Ignacio Álvarez Couso; Borja Contreras Bernier; Manuel Echenique; Sergio Moreno; Ignacio Zapata Benito; Luis Jiménez

Testimonials

‘The team has exceptional negotiation skills and can really bridge the gap between counterparties on transactions, taking on a mediation role that often goes beyond the pure legal workstream. Having the ability to connect parties on transactions requires, among others, strong interpersonal skills that are greatly valued.’

‘Manuel Echenique and Sergio Moreno have been the key contacts during the transaction. Both are extremely commercial and solution oriented, coming up with creative solutions to complex issues that often we hadn’t faced before given the unprecedented times we are living through.’

‘An outstanding lawyer would be IGNACIO ZAPATA BENITO. Always very willing to work, even under pressure and to facilitate the work of the client.’

In general I consider the service to be very good. I consider that the area in charge of “Projects and Energy” is highly recommended due to its great experience and deep knowledge of the product “Project Finance” and, specifically, for the Energy, Infrastructure and Hospitality sectors.

‘Very prepared lawyers, with experience and quality of service. I highlight Ángel Pérez López: deep knowledge of the sector, constructive, decisive. Also to Luis Jiménez.’

‘Uría has a cohesive team that works wonderfully. They are great professionals and decisive people who provide exceptional service.’

‘People make organizations. At Uría, the people who make it up meet the highest standards. ‘

‘Exceptional technical knowledge and experience in similar transactions.’

Key clients

APG Asset Management

F2i

X-Elio Energy, S.L.

Grupo Ferroatlántica, S.A.U.

ContourGlobal

Ardian France

Plenium Partners

Banco de Sabadell, S.A.

ABANCA Corporación Bancaria, S.A.

Banco Santander, S.A.

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.

Caixabank, S.A.

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

Spain > Transport: Other transport Tier 2

Particularly strong in aviation and shipping finance, Uría Menéndez also handles contentious and non-contentious logistics, transportation, urban mobility and technology matters. Combining cross-border transactional, litigation and regulatory expertise, the firm’s clients include port operators, terminals, tech companies, carriers by road, airlines, freight forwarders, shippers, energy and insurance companies. Practice head Carlos López-Quiroga specialises in maritime law and has experience in M&A in the transport sector, shipbuilding and tax lease structures. Also active in the area is associate Sofía Rodríguez Torres, who advises on domestic and international corporate, finance, maritime, aviation and transport law.

Practice head(s):

Carlos López-Quiroga

Other key lawyers:

Sofía Rodríguez Torres; Luz Martínez de Azcoitia; José Sánchez-Fayos; Nicolás Nägele

Key clients

Cosco Shipping Ports (Spain) Holding, Sociedad Limitada

Santander Consumer Finance

Cruceros de Málaga, S.A.

Europac Papeles y Cartones de Europa, S.L

Creuers del Port de Barcelona S.A.

Delta Airlines

DHL

Marina Barcelona 92

The Export Import Bank of China

American Airlines

IATA

Coca Cola European Partners Iberia (CCEP)

Amazon Spain Fulfillment, S.L.

Royal Caribbean

Wizzair

DVB Bank SE

Banco Santander, S.A.

Bankia, S.A.

Banco de Sabadell, S.A.

Astilleros Canarios, S.A.

COPEMAR, S.A.

Ferrovial, S.A.

Impala Terminals Huelva, S.L.

Enagás, S.A.

DNB Bank ASA

CaixaBank, S.A.

Spain > Transport: Shipping Tier 2

Advising insurers, reinsurers, P&I clubs and brokers, Uría Menéndez has particular strength acting for Scandinavian and US clients in shipping matters. The firm has substantial contentious and non-contentious expertise in maritime arbitration and M&A within the shipping and transport sector. Practice head Carlos López-Quiroga specialises in maritime law and has extensive experience in M&A in the transport sector, shipbuilding, tax lease structures for the acquisition of vessels, finance, transport and litigation. The team also benefits from the input of experienced associates, including José Sánchez-Fayos, who advises domestic and foreign shipping companies on a range of issues.

Practice head(s):

Carlos López-Quiroga

Other key lawyers:

Nicolás Nägele; Luz Martínez de Azcoitia; José Sánchez-Fayos; Sofía Rodríguez Torres

Testimonials

‘Great experience, knowledge of the market: shipping, railway & others, plus international finance and Export Credit Agencies insurance.’

‘Great coordination of different parties interests (Banks, Insurance, Supplier, etc.)’.

‘Best in town on ship financing matters.’

‘Knowledge of Commercial Maritime Law is essential to efficiently manage the associated risks when establishing commercial maritime relations with third parties. However, it is a very specialized area where companies like ours do not have experience, despite being exposed to risks. Having Uría’s knowledge and experience has helped us to correctly focus on some aspects that we did not have under control.’

‘We have worked mainly with Carlos López-Quiroga, our experience has been very positive, highlighting for our part his experience in litigation resolution, his advice, his support, his quick response and his commitment to us.’

‘Full availability for the client, highest expertise and knowledge of the market and excellent customer relationship management. Reliable and adaptable team, they are rigorous while still maintaining a commercial point of view.’

Key clients

Ondimar Transportes Marítimos LDA

Aegopodium AS

Knutsen Group

Nueva Pescanova, S.L.

Astilleros Canarios, S.A.

Astilleros de Santander, S.A.

Marina Barcelona 92, S.A.

Muelles y Espacios Portuarios (MEPSA)

Cruceros de Málaga, S.A.

Creuers del Port de Barcelona, S.A.

Anchors Yachting Ltd

Astilleros Armón, S.A.

The International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC Funds)

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Ensco, Plc

Global Liman Isletmeleri, A.S.

Suncor Energy, INC.

Seadrill Global Services LTD

Steamship Mutual

Copemar

Mapfre

Generalli

MTM

Armas-Trasmediterránea

Cosco Shipping Ports (Spain) Holding, Sociedad Limitada

Anesco

Consthips Management Inc.

DeepOcean

VT Group

Klepierre Group

Clarkson Overseas Shipbroking Limited

Enagás, S.A.

DVB Bank SE

Banco Santander, S.A.

Bankia, S.A.

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.

Banco de Sabadell, S.A.

DNB Bank ASA

CaixaBank, S.A.

NATWEST

GIEK

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance Tier 4

Uría Menéndez has deep connections to Latin America, historically through its Spain offices and now also through its associated practice Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría in Colombia, Chile and Peru. The firm is at the forefront of energy and infrastructure finance, particularly for Spanish lenders and sponsors. It is also noted for restructurings and non-performing loan transactions. Eduardo Rodríguez-Rovira leads the Latin America group from Madrid where Ángel Pérez López is a key player in Latin America non-performing loan transactions.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Rodríguez-Rovira

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Uría Menéndez is a leader in Spanish law-governed transactions and continues to deepen its presence in Latin America through Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría, its associate firm in Chile, Peru and Colombia. Eduardo Rodríguez-Rovira leads the Latin America group and has over 20 years experience in the region. Juan Martín Perrotto is noted for cross-border Latin America transactions involving investments from Europe and Asia. Pablo González-Espejo is key for Brazil deals, having focused on the jurisdiction for over 20 years; he led the team that advised Telefonica on its binding offer for the mobile assets of Oi, the Brazilian telecoms operator, jointly with Telecom Italia and America Movil, in relation to the  judicial reorganisation of Oi in Brazil.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Rodríguez-Rovira

Key clients

Telefónica

APG Asset Management

Repsol

Banco Santander

Ardian France

Invivo Grains

Full Truck Alliance Group

Telepizza

Mutua Madrileña

GlovoApp23

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration Tier 4

Under the leadership of practice coordinators Gabriel Bottini (an experienced arbitrator) in Madrid and Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho in Lisbon, the international arbitration practice at Uría Menéndez has made steady progress, establishing itself as an independent department (separate from litigation, within the firm) over the course of the last year. Undertaking both commercial arbitration and investor-state disputes, the group has strong experience in the construction, agriculture and utilities sectors. Current matters include advising a consortium on a dispute arising from the construction of a tramway line in Ecuador and acting for the Dominican Republic in a PCA arbitration regarding state measures that resulted in an expropriation and consequent damages claims. However, Miguel Virgós left to establish his own eponymous boutique in February 2020.

Practice head(s):

Jesús Remón Peñalve; Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho

Key clients

The Cuatro Ríos Cuenca Consortium

Corporación Minera de Bolivia

Mota Engil Ingeniería y Construcción

Telefónica

Enel

The firm: Uría Menéndez is one of the most prestigious independent law firms in the Iberian market. Founded in
the 1940s, it comprises 130 partners, and over 400 associates in 12 offices in the most important financial
centres in Europe and the Americas.

The firm’s international structure allows them to provide Spanish, Portuguese and EU legal advice to clients
on their investments in the Iberian Peninsula and abroad.

The firm focuses on banking and capital markets, company and commercial, environment, litigation and
arbitration, infrastructures, project finance, private equity, telecommunications, EU and competition, intellectual property, labour, tax, maritime, transport, logistics and real estate.

Areas of practice
Banking and Finance: We have extensive experience advising on Spanish and Portuguese law, as well as English law through the Financing Hub, a bilateral group created in collaboration with Slaughter and May. Our strong international focus is reinforced by our presence in all the main financial centres (London, New York and Brussels) and in Latin America through PPU’s offices in Chile, Colombia and Peru.

We work with borrowers and lenders (or buyers and sellers in the case of NPAs) to find truly balanced solutions and support the market’s main players (banks, funds, real estate investment trusts, listed companies, large corporate groups, infrastructure and energy funds and asset-management platforms) in all types of financing

Capital Markets: With our extensive experience and capacity for dialogue with the main regulatory authorities, we can provide advice of the highest calibre to issuers, selling shareholders, investment banks, private equity firms, financial advisers and offerors and companies affected by takeovers.

Among all the firms in the Iberian Peninsula, our multidisciplinary team and practice is unparalleled in its balanced representation of issuers and underwriters, winning us credibility and recognition in the market

Company Law and Corporate Governance: Our knowledge of domestic and international markets and capacity to provide advice on all aspects of market practice in company law, including in highly regulated sectors, enable us to support boards, proactively manage risks and protect business interests by implementing sustainable frameworks.

Our team is made up of experts in company law who provide advice on all stages of the company life cycle.

Competition and EU Law: Our specialist lawyers share an in-depth understanding of the regulations and leverage extensive experience liaising with the competition authorities and advising our clients on how to realise their business strategies.

In a constantly changing environment, we offer advice that is technically sound and guaranteed to be of the highest quality, both on the traditional strategic sectors and the new digital economy.

Copyright: Our solid track record with domestic and international players in the information technology, broadcasting, entertainment and cultural industries has given us a thorough understanding of the sector and regulations. We deliver valuable solutions that pursue our clients’ objectives and defend their interests.

We work with a wide range of clients, from literary publishers and newspapers to audiovisual producers, as well as museums, art galleries, cultural foundations, radio and television organisations, information technology companies, digital platforms and telecommunications operators.

Corporate Crime and Internal Investigations:

We specialise in economic criminal litigation and pursue the interests of large corporations and management teams in the main economic sectors, assisting them to develop well-informed risk-management strategies that encompass effective corporate governance and robust anti-corruption frameworks.

This includes conducting internal investigations and implementing and reviewing compliance programmes that respond to legal obligations and reputational considerations, all while providing comprehensive solutions that protect business interests.

Digital Economy: Our multidisciplinary team takes a 360º approach to tackling the legal questions that technology raises in corporate transactions and litigation, including the intellectual property, employment, tax and competition law aspects. We work together to offer our clients creative and pragmatic solutions.

What sets us apart and ensures all aspects of our clients’ projects are covered is our passion for innovation, our commitment to continual learning and our tireless academic efforts.

Employment: Our specialist lawyers use their comprehensive understanding of business, academic vocation and first-hand experience in the labour and social security authorities to support the human resources departments of large and medium-sized companies in all aspects of employment and social security law.

We also advise on employment issues that arise in the context of mergers, acquisitions, transfers of undertakings and outsourcing.

Energy and Natural Resources: When it comes to tackling regulatory, financial or business challenges, our team specialises in the needs of the energy, mining and raw materials industries and understands all angles of the issues involved.

Environment and Sustainable Development: 

Our multidisciplinary team has more than 25 years’ experience and offers both preventive and corrective advice on environmental matters. We are in a position to establish a dialogue with public bodies and the main regulatory authorities, which allows us to closely follow developments affecting our clients’ interests.

We advise corporate groups whose activities have an environmental impact, regardless of their sector, and entities participating in M&A transactions raising environmental issues.

Financial Regulation : Our team is highly specialised, client-focused and capable of handling all areas of financial regulation to provide first-class technical advice for both the Ibero-American and international markets. We are in continual contact with the supervisory authorities and our experience enables us to offer an innovative and practical approach.

Healthcare and Life Sciences: We are experts in the healthcare, life sciences and chemicals sectors (medicines, food, cosmetics, mixed categories) and take a multidisciplinary approach covering a range of angles: corporate and contractual, administrative and regulatory, competition law, intellectual property, M&A and compliance.

We advise clients from the start of their activity and throughout the research, development, manufacturing, commercialisation and advertising cycle of their products and services. Our knowledge of the market enables us to provide first-rate legal advice that is pragmatic and tailored to each individual case.

IP and Unfair Competition: What sets us apart is our close relationships with clients, built on a wealth of experience and a thorough understanding of the technical, practical and commercial problems that arise in their regulatory environments and when pursuing their long-term strategies.

We are known for our role in developing doctrine through academic publications that have been accepted and relied upon by courts, as well as for our rigorous analysis and innovative approach to delivering solutions.

Receiving commercially savvy advice is vital for the most innovative and efficient companies – it can prove to be the difference in difficult cases and plays a key role in monetising R&D&I and designing new business strategies.

We advise clients spanning the main strategic sectors on a broad range of matters: pharmaceuticals, chemicals, automobiles, electronics, cosmetics, textiles, defence, services (telecommunications, software, media, banking and finance, public works), food and beverages, farming (plant varieties) and commerce (e-commerce, consumer goods and retail).

Infrastructure Projects: Our versatile team of lawyers provides multijurisdictional advice through our network across the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America. Our comprehensive understanding of business and fluid dealings with the regulatory bodies enable us to anticipate the challenges associated with each type of infrastructure, actively participate in preparing draft legislation, and design innovative contractual solutions.

We advise public authorities, construction groups, developers and lenders on all types of issues and help businesses execute those that are particularly complex, ranging from public-infrastructure projects and concessions to public-private partnerships (PPP/PFI), doing so at every stage of the value chain.

Insolvency and Financial Distress: Our experience tackling business issues and our multidisciplinary and multijurisdictional capabilities enable us to coordinate and manage each matter to optimise processes and ensure the right knowledge and resources are in place so that our clients’ interests are always protected.

Market confidence in our abilities has seen us advise many of the leading Ibero-American financial entities, distressed-debt funds and investors, alternative financiers and distressed businesses on a number of the most important matters in this area.

Insurance and Reinsurance: Our multidisciplinary capabilities, extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of the insurance industry enable us to support clients faced with a complex regulatory framework, challenging market conditions and digitalisation programmes, and major changes to distribution channels. We tackle the legal and business issues that can arise when designing and executing corporate and financing transactions, along with regulatory and commercial strategy issues to reinforce market share, capital position and commercial performance.

Our team is made up of expert lawyers who handle all legal aspects of insurance and reinsurance in litigation and commercial, tax, employment, data protection, administrative and competition law.

International Arbitration: Our team of specialist lawyers from nine different jurisdictions is able to work in seven languages and apply all the main international rules. We represent companies and high-net-worth individuals before the world’s main arbitral tribunals (the CCI, LCIA, Swiss Courts, CIADI, CAM, CIMA and Spanish Arbitration Court) and in ad hoc arbitrations.

Internet and Privacy: Our in-depth knowledge of the digital environment and technologies such as big data, AI, apps and social networks enables us to meet the needs of companies no matter their sector.

We assist our clients with all aspects of data protection and cyberspace.

Litigation: Clients trust our reputation for rigorous, sophisticated, and above all practical advice in all types of proceedings and arbitrations on business-related matters. We set the standard and stand apart in the market.

We carry out a detailed overall analysis of each matter to offer the most effective and appropriate solution to achieve the client’s objectives, providing the necessary resources and team to handle the litigation, but also exploring every possible avenue to resolve the dispute out of court.

We are leaders in multijurisdictional legal defence and appear before all Spanish and Portuguese courts, the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights, as well as all domestic and international arbitral tribunals.

Our strong presence in Latin America (in Chile, Colombia and Peru) and our Best Friends network in Europe enable us to provide first-class advice to companies, high-net-worth individuals and family businesses.

M&A:  We offer comprehensive advice that takes a multidisciplinary approach, placing our experience across all areas of law and unparalleled working standards at the disposal of our clients. They can rely on lawyers with training in finance and business – as well as chaired university professors of commercial, civil and employment law – to address all legal and business aspects of their activity.

We tailor our teams to each transaction with lawyers from other practice areas to ensure the advice we deliver covers all aspects of M&A transactions, no matter the sector and whether they are domestic or cross-border. Our established presence in finance and industry enables us to provide the highest-quality advice on how to design, implement and execute transactions and achieve business objectives.

Knowing our clients and their businesses means we can anticipate the impact that changes in legislation and case law will have in their field and offer creative and innovative solutions to complex problems.

We invest long-term in our relations with clients and accompany them through each transaction with top-quality advice and a practical, efficient and creative approach.

Media, Sport and Leisure: We advise on the corporate governance, commercial contracting, regulatory and consumer relations aspects of large corporate transactions in these sectors.

We assemble teams of multidisciplinary lawyers based on the approach and strategy necessary in each case to offer tailored solutions, efficiently manage risks and pursue business objectives. Our resources and wide-ranging international experience allow us to accompany our clients step by step through their cross-border projects, collaborating with the top specialists in each jurisdiction.

Our track record in sports law has earned our team a reputation for excellence in added-value transactions and particularly complex cases. We are there to support companies, clubs, national and international federations, leagues, event organisers and athletes, as well as financers, sponsors, major sporting equipment brands, broadcasters and audiovisual rights holders.

Private Equity: Our clients benefit from the experience of leading lawyers across all areas of law: corporate, contractual, finance, tax, employment, regulatory, environment, public, IP, IT, data protection, capital markets (both ECM and DCM), litigation and arbitration. We have private equity specialists throughout the firm, enabling us to organise multidisciplinary teams quickly and efficiently to handle both purely domestic transactions in Spain and Portugal and those with a cross-border component.

Over the last 40 years we have advised the majority of the main funds on their investments and divestitures across all sectors. We understand the risks and requirements involved in private equity and our strong presence in finance and industry enables us to provide funds and their management teams with the highest-quality advice on designing, implementing and executing transactions so that they can achieve their business objectives.

We accompany our clients through each phase of the private-equity investment cycle, from fund structuring and fund raising to equity and debt investment, R&W insurance, senior management incentives, recaps, build-ups and divestitures (trade-sale, secondary, IPO). We invest long-term in our relations with clients and tie ourselves to their success, always offering a practical, efficient and creative approach.

Public Law: Our specialist team assists contractors and concessionaires of infrastructures and services in their relations with public bodies, advising companies in heavily regulated and industrial sectors, foreign companies – including investment funds – making bids in Spain and Portugal, and Ibero-American companies when they are carrying out infrastructure and public services projects abroad.

Our academic standing, our close relationships with the main players and professional and industry associations, and our capacity to foster dialogue with public bodies and regulators mean that we are best placed to propose novel solutions for public projects and public-private partnerships.

Real Estate and Planning: Our in-depth understanding of our clients’ activities and objectives, excellent knowledge of the law and the market, creativity and capacity to organise multidisciplinary teams enable us to offer alternative solutions for real estate and planning transactions.

We work with the main players in the real estate market (investment funds, asset managers and local partners, real estate investment trusts and owners of all types of assets, real estate developers and banks) to design and implement their projects.

Tax: We are equipped to handle the most complex aspects of tax law, with many of our lawyers dual qualified in law and business administration. Our clients also benefit from the insights provided by two ex-tax inspectors and a PhD in Law.

We provide multidisciplinary advice to large corporations, financial entities, private equity and investment funds, majority shareholders of large companies and family groups.

Our international dimension enables us to advise any client with an international presence on Spanish, Portuguese or EU law, with a special focus on the Latin American market where we provide local advice through PPU’s offices in Chile, Colombia and Peru.

Transport and MobilityTransport, logistics and mobility form the backbone of the current economic, social and business environment. The result is a dynamic and complex regulatory framework that requires an all-encompassing approach to legal advice and transactional support.

Our multidisciplinary and versatile team knows how to design and implement regulatory and financing structures, execute corporate and infrastructure transactions, and manage risks in the maritime, aviation, rail, logistics and urban-mobility sectors of the main Ibero-American markets.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate & Commercial Carlos de Cárdenas
Financial Ángel Pérez López
Restructuring & Insolvency Ángel Alonso Hernández
Tax Víctor Viana Barral
Competition & EU Antonio Guerra Fernández
Intellectual Property José Massaguer
Intellectual Property Rafael Sánchez Aristi
Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment Pablo González-Espejo
Litigation & Arbitration Jesús Remón
Competition Antonio Guerra
Energy Juan Ignacio González
Environmental Carlos de Miguel
Environmental Juan Antonio Loste
Intellectual Property and copyright José Massaguer
Intellectual Property Rafael Sánchez Aristi
Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment Pablo González-Espejo
Litigation & Arbitration Jesús Remón
Litigation & Arbitration Gabriel Bottini
Litigation & Arbitration Javier García Sanz
Real Estate / Urban Planning Fernando Azofra Vegas
Environment Juan Antonio Loste Madoz
Energy Juan González Ruiz
Employment & Pensions Mario Barro García
Maritime & Transport Carlos López-Quiroga
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