Uría Menéndez > Madrid, Sao Tome E Principe > Firm Profile
Uría Menéndez Offices
PRÍNCIPE DE VERGARA 187
PLAZA RODRÍGUEZ URÍA
Sao Tome E Principe
Uría Menéndez > The Legal 500 Rankings
Spain > Banking and finance Tier 1The ‘very meticulous team’ at Uría Menéndez handles all manner of banking and finance matters for clients, including cross-border work throughout Europe. The firm also has a noted presence in Latin America. Its strengths in large debt restructurings and divestments of financial assets have been put to good use recently, including advice to a host of banks as the lenders in Abengoa’s debt restructuring, led by Sebastián Sáenz De Santa María. Practice head Ángel Pérez López focuses on corporate, acquisition and project finance, while other key figures in the department include Carlos de Cárdenas Smith, who also heads the corporate and commercial team and has experience in the US, and the ‘exceptional‘ Ramiro Rivera, a go-to name for multi-jurisdictional transactions.
Ángel Pérez López
Other key lawyers:
‘They are a very meticulous team, with great knowledge of legal practice and commendable negotiation skills. Always open to the search for solutions that satisfy all parties. It is a Tier I office without a doubt.’
‘They know both the clients and the banks and this allows a much simpler and positive negotiation. The partners I know are Sebastian Saenz de Santa Maria and Luis Jimenez, both fantastic lawyers and people.’
‘Excellent treatment. Excellent legal quality. Top-notch partner and top-notch team.’
‘Very high quality and very homogeneous: all lawyers are good. They go beyond legal advice: they help in negotiations and in managing the operation process. Very competent, rigorous and professional.’
‘Ramiro Rivera, with whom we work regularly, is exceptional, as well as Rafael Nuñez Lagos, with whom we have recently worked. The quality is very high in all cases.’
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria
Bankia (currently known as CaixaBank)
Banco de Sabadell
Other key lawyers:
‘As strengths, full availability, with a deep knowledge of regulatory issues on what stands out.’
‘In particular I’d highlight Carolina Albuerne: Deep regulatory knowledge constantly updated.’
‘The approach to legal issues is thoroughly researched and firmly based in sound scholarship, but it is carried out with a straightforward business-like and practical mindset. Lengthy discussions about theoretical matters do not impede a clear-eyed view of the bottom line and what the client’s interests really are.’
‘Their involvement with the client, integration in the internal team, dedication and attention to detail make it especially positive to work with them. In a small company like ours, the Uría team often assumes functions that go beyond mere external advice. For all intents and purposes, they become one of the team, greatly facilitating the development of operations and being of extraordinary value. Enrique Nieto stands out for his great knowledge of the market and operations, as well as for his total dedication and excellent client service.’
‘Highly qualified team with wide and deep knowledge of the area they manage. They have a lot of experience and it makes them able to offer acceptable solutions for the client, as well as anticipating possible setbacks that may arise in the operation. Great motivation and ability to understand client needs. Additionally, the capital markets team relies on the rest of the firm’s areas to give comfort to clients regarding the commercial, tax, labour, etc. implications of the operation.’
‘The firm offers a high understanding of the client’s needs, they know how to anticipate and look for practical and efficient solutions. They are able to reason the feedback they give to the client without having to adhere strictly to the literality of the law. They always look for a way to close the deal satisfactorily, without giving up. The client feels appreciated and safe from the advice received. An outstanding partner is Enrique Nieto.’
‘In-depth knowledge of the sector and the organizations involved. Means and availability to assume matters. Quick and efficient reporting and management.’
‘Enrique Nieto, Alvaro Lopez: Complete disposition to assume and resolve new issues. Total accessibility of those responsible for the client. Deep knowledge of regulations and the sector.’
NH Hotel Group
Lar España Real Estate
Corporación Ecónomica Delta (Damm group)
- Advising Banco Santander on issuances of complex financial instruments.
- Advised Iberdrola on the largest-ever hybrid green bond issuance.
Luis de Carlos; Javier Redonet
‘Excellent team with very good work and connection with the internal legal team of the company. With great knowledge and experience in the field.’
‘Great team – technically excellent and with very good relations both at an institutional level and with clients. Innovative and commercial team when dealing with possible problems. In my opinion, one of the best Spanish equity firms.’
‘Alfonso Ventoso – excellent professional, close, commercial and tremendously involved in all the operations he carries out.’
‘I’d highlight the quality of all its attorneys.’
‘Each and every one of the attorneys is exceptional.’
Millenium Hotels Real Estate I
Soltec Power Holdings
J Safra Sarasin
Global Infrastructure Partners
Manuel Echenique; Francisco San Miguel
Other key lawyers:
Juan Francisco Falcón; Christian Hoedl; Antonio Herrera; Rafael Núñez-Lagos; Juan Martín Perrotto; Jaime Pereda; Pedro Ravina; Eduardo Bagaría; Martín Jordano
‘I’d highlight their great knowledge of the subjects, their availability, their adaptation to changing or supervening circumstances.’
‘Standout names include Juan Martín Perrotto and Rafael Núñez-Lagos.’
‘They form an extraordinary team, well coordinated and very solid.’
‘Outstanding partners: Juan Martín Perrotto, Rafael Nuñez-Lagos. Outstanding associate: Martín Jordano.’
‘Uría Menéndez’s is a broad team whose performance does not change despite operations extending over time: team members may vary but delivery is the same.’
‘They offer a plus of creativity in the solutions, and they present them with naturalness and simplicity; they do not seek to complicate the answers but to give the practical essence. Rafael Nuñez-Lagos is a star name.’
Global Infrastructure Partners
China Three Gorges
Spain > Dispute resolution Tier 1‘A leading team with great experience‘, Uría Menéndez operates from multiple offices across Iberia, and also benefits from its extensive office network in Latin America in multi-jurisdictional matters. The firm is highly regarded by clients and peers alike, and has successfully established itself as a go-to law firm for complex disputes, whether they involve judicial or arbitral proceedings. Under the supervision of Jesús Remón Peñalver, the department handles a range of corporate, commercial and competition cases on behalf of leading companies as well as sovereign states. In recent initiatives, the firm established its Protocol for Remote Hearings in International Arbitration in January 2021, with the intention of assisting parties, arbitrators and tribunals in preparing and holding remote hearings. Álvaro López de Argumedo, head of international arbitration Gabriel Bottini and counsel Heidi López Castro are among those singled out for praise. Other key practitioners in the sizeable team include litigation head Javier Garcia Sanz, José María Blanco Saralegui, a Supreme Court Judge who joined the firm as counsel in May 2020, Alejandro Ferreres Comella and Cristian Gual Grau.
Jesús Remón Peñalver; Javier García Sanz; Gabriel Bottini
Other key lawyers:
‘Great commitment and professionalism. Relevant knowledge of the legal, commercial and regulatory environment.’
‘Uría Menendez’s team is a leading team with great experience. Great quality of service. Accessible and quick to respond.’
‘Great technical knowledge, solidity, service, accessibility.’
‘We love this law firm. They have assisted us in a complicated arbitration in Spain, they engaged experts to strengthen our case and diligently worked and prepared for the case for the whole time. The team of attorneys is very knowledgeable and resourceful.’
‘They are fluent in several languages including English. Outstanding lawyers include Álvaro López de Argumedo and Heidi López Castro.’
‘Uria Menéndez clearly highlights this practice. I point out not only the quality of its legal advisory, but also its capacity and efficiency in defining the best strategy for the client. The diversity of their teams is another point that adds value to their practice.’
‘In my experience with Uria Menéndez, in the management of issues related to Latin American markets, it is an added value to be able to have elements that not only have practical knowledge but also the cultural facility for better strategic management in the countries in question.’
‘I highlight two partners with whom I have had a very good experience: Alexandre Mota Pinto (in Lisbon) and Gabriel Bottini (in Madrid). Proximity to the client and availability, proactivity, ease of teamwork, are some of the characteristics that stand out in the practice of the office.’
DAF Trucks, N.V.
Banco Santander, S.A.
Adidas España, S.A.U.
Ingeniería y Economía del Transporte (INECO)
Abanca Corporación Bancaria
Globalvía GVIT, S.L.U
Cuba – Banco Nacional de Cuba
The Dominican Republic
Spain > Employment Tier 1The employment practice at Uría Menéndez has had a key role in the host of matters flooding the Spanish market during the pandemic, leading advice in major litigation, restructurings and mass redundancies. On the disputes side, one of the standout cases through 2020 and 2021 saw practice head Mario Barros representing travel technology company Amadeus in a precedent-setting challenge to an employee dismissal that went to the Supreme Court. Other contacts to note include collective bargaining expert Sergio Ponce, and head of the employment team in Barcelona, Juan Reyes. Alongside him, Ana Alós assists with collective agreements and dismissals, temporary suspensions of employment and the employment law aspects of M&A. Counsel Álvaro Navarro receives client praise for his ‘clear, concise and practical‘ advice.
‘Uría’s work practice is one of the best there is today. The strengths are: partners with extensive experience and technical knowledge and of the banking sector (specializing in financial regulation), who are supported by a balanced work team, and who apply a practical and executive approach with an innovative vision, meeting the needs of the client with assertiveness.’
‘Mario Barros: I would like to highlight his empathy, assertiveness and optimism as personal qualities. Entering the professional plane, his best skills are: practicing active listening, analyzing very complex issues and solving them with a practical approach, seeking innovative solutions, working with passion, and finally he is a great negotiator.’
‘Knowledge of the business that they support. Personal treatment and willingness to help at all times. Great professionals.’
‘The team not only has a technical knowledge that is solid and complete, but also prints a practical vision in its advice and understands the real needs of the client.’
‘Working with Álvaro Navarro, counsel for the area, is very easy because his advice is clear, concise and practical. Not only is he a good lawyer from a technical point of view, which is assumed in a firm of this level, but he also knows how to perfectly understand the client and their needs.’
Coca Cola European Partners
Mars Multisales Spain
Port Aventura Entertainment
Sabadell Asset Management
Asociación Nacional de Empresas Estibadoras (ANESCO)
ICEXEspaña Exportación e Inversiones
- Representing Amadeus before the Supreme Court in a complex employee dismissal challenge.
- Acting for Inditex in defending against collective claims brought by trade unions regarding its Covid-19 measures.
- Advised WiZink Bank on the first Expediente de Regulación de Trabajo (ERTE) in the banking sector in the context of Covid-19.
Spain > Environment Tier 1Uría Menéndez fields a dedicated team of environmental law experts, who ‘stand out for their deep knowledge of environmental law and mastery of related practices‘. The firm has been active in environmental law for 25 years and as such has a well-established reputation in the field, with experience in carbon trading, soil pollution, waste, water and natural spaces. Recently, the team has been particularly busy assisting clients with permitting issues, as well as judicial proceedings, including both contentious-administrative and criminal proceedings. Barcelona-based administrative and environment law specialist Juan Antonio Loste and counsel Jesús Sedano in Madrid, who has considerable experience before the contentious-administrative courts and the Constitutional Court, jointly head the practice. Other key practitioners include counsels Jaime Calvo Retuerto and Noemí Blázquez.
Juan Antonio Loste; Jesús Sedano
Other key lawyers:
‘The Uría team has great knowledge and access to information greater than ours. We see it as very powerful in the environmental practice.’
‘Jesus Sedano. We appreciate his availability and understanding of the issues raised, as well as the inner workings of our company.’
‘They stand out for their deep knowledge of environmental law and mastery of related practices.’
‘Communication skills and empathy with the client. Proactivity and assertiveness. I’d highlight Jaime Calvo Retuerto.’
‘I would highlight their knowledge of the affected sector and specific applicable regulations related to the matter.’
‘Knowledge of the sector. Availability. Ease of communication and synthesis. I would recommend Jesus Sedano.’
‘Experience and knowledge in environmental matters. The network of contacts they have is very important.’
‘Availability, flexibility and adaptation to the ideas/culture of our company. Expert knowledge in environmental matters.’
Spain > EU and competition Tier 1Operating from Madrid and Brussels, Uría Menéndez is widely recognised as a leading practice in the field of competition. Excelling in cartel investigations and merger filings before the CNMC, the large practice headed by Antonio Guerra also shows great dexterity handling state aid, as well as damages claims, thanks to the firm’s renowned litigation capabilities. Other key members of the team include senior market expert Jaime Folguera Crespo; Alfonso Gutiérrez Hernández, who is highly experienced in the pharmaceutical sector; skilled litigator Patricia Vidal; Edurne Navarro, who heads the Brussels office; Tomás Arranz, who was promoted to the partnership in January 2021 and has experience leading the negotiation of complex remedies before the CNMC; and senior associates Cristina Areces and Jokin Beltrán.
Other key lawyers:
‘Excellent coordination between team members. High technical level. Very good level of dialogue with the competition authorities.’
‘Very powerful competition team, with lawyers in Madrid and Brussels. Very knowledgeable in multi-industry topics and experts in competition procedures. Excellent file management.’
‘Very large team with several experts who complement each other. Excellent training and technical knowledge.’
‘High degree of response, experience and knowledge in the matter, as well as the deep knowledge of the way of acting of the national competition authorities.’
‘Proximity and immediate response to the client. I’d highlight Tomás Arranz and Antonio Guerra Fernández.’
‘Uria is the star player on the Spanish market. I would highly recommend them for complex competition matters, because they do not only know the law but also know how to navigate through all the complex issues which may arise. They are well-connected to the Spanish competition scene.’
‘Patricia Vidal is the person to go to with cases involving the competition agency CNMC. Edurne Navarro works from Brussels and is my first choice for EU merger control involving Spanish companies.’
‘Working with Uría Menéndez is synonymous with excellence and professionalism in each and every one of the aspects that we entrust to them. They are meticulous, take care of all the details, always provide solutions, advance and anticipate all scenarios and are involved until the end in all matters. It is a real privilege to have them in competition matters.’
- Representing DAF in a significant number of damages claims brought in Spain and many more announced and expected regarding the European trucks cartel case.
- Assisting CaixaBank in the negotiation and merger control aspects of its acquisition (by way of a merger) of Bankia, resulting in the creation of the largest Spanish bank.
- Assisting Cemex in the sale of its global white cement business, including the in-depth and protracted merger control investigations into the competitive effects of the transaction in Spain and Israel.
Spain > Industry focus: Food Tier 1In the food and beverage sector, Uría Menéndez fields a sizeable team of lawyers ‘with extremely high professional quality and excellent professional ethics’. Montiano Monteagudo, also in Barcelona, is another name to note. Former department lead Elena Úbeda has retired.
Other key lawyers:
‘Uría Menéndez has a group of professional lawyers with extremely high professional quality and excellent professional ethics. This practice is good at cooperation, especially in international projects with excellent multi-field collaboration capabilities.’
‘Multidisciplinary approach, availability and friendliness.’
‘Availability, friendliness, professionalism, transparency.’
‘I couldn’t be happier. Whenever we work with Uria in any area I know it will be something of high quality.’
‘They are lawyers but they don’t just focus on the legal side, they understand the client and their objectives. Always available.’
Champagne Louis Roederer
Teresa Paz-Ares; José Massaguer
Other key lawyers:
‘Very good knowledge Very good willingness to collaborate.’
‘A small and compact team in which you interact and meet all its members. High level and skills, without neglecting the personal and humane treatment. I’d highlight Montiano Monteagudo and Francisco Javier García.’
‘Beatriz Cocina is undoubtedly one of the best life sciences lawyers in this country. Her deep knowledge of the sector (commercially and legally) is difficult to find in other lawyers or firms. The added value she brings and the agility with which she does so are incomparable.’
‘The Firm itself provides the highest standard of quality, and the Life Sciences team is always updated on the ins and outs of the pharmaceutical industry.’
‘Ingrid Pi; her capacities managing complex litigation cases and her insights of where the industry regulation is going in such a regulated sector makes her a valuable asset for a pharmaceutical company.
‘Jaime Calvo; he is quite good at environmental law and a lawyer to have close if you develop manufacture of medicaments and active ingredients and want a high quality advice to get the facilities safe from any environmental issue.’
‘The firm has a really strong healthcare and life sciences team, they are full-service and very responsive.’
‘Javier Garcia is recommended, not only for his legal expertise, but also for his responsiveness, collaborative mindset and feeling for innovation.’
Johnson & Johnson
Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare
Nador Cott Protection
- Advising Rovi on a collaboration agreement with Moderna to produce active agents and bottling for Moderna’s mRNA Covid-19 vaccine in Rovi’s facilities in Spain.
- Advised Telefónica on setting up and launching Movistar Salud (Movistar Health), a telemedicine platform aimed at individuals and households, in collaboration with Teladoc Health.
- Defended AstraZeneca in an antitrust case, further to a complaint by a generics company before the Spanish Competition Commission for alleged abuse of a dominant position.
Borja Sainz de Aja; Teresa Paz-Ares; Patricia Vidal; Alex Ferreres; Jaime Calvo Retuerto
Other key lawyers:
‘Excellent team on all fronts, including manner of client communication.’
‘All noticeably going the extra mile for us.’
‘The team not only has exceptional capabilities but has developed an ability to work with experienced attorneys in other fields allowing it to offer a comprehensive solution to problems.’
‘The firm’s lawyers are in many cases a benchmark in the national and international framework. Professionals such as Jaime Folguera, Patricia Vidal and Edurne Navarro are very prominent lawyers in the field of competition applied to the manufacturing sector.’
Sandoz (Novartis Group)
- Advised Rovi regarding the manufacturing and supply agreements with Moderna for the production of drug substances and bottling for Moderna’s mRNA Covid-19 vaccine in Rovi’s industrial facilities in Spain for commercialisation worldwide.
- Advising Nissan in all strategic issues relating to the shutdown of its three automobile manufacturing plants in Catalonia after 40 years in operation.
- Advising and representing DAF in a substantial number of claims for damages in Spain and many more announced and expected regarding the European trucks cartel case.
Patricia Vidal; Ramiro Rivera; Borja Sainz de Aja
Other key lawyers:
Manuel Vélez; Julio Iglesias; Felipe Iglesias
‘In-depth knowledge of applicable regulations and practices in the sector.’
‘Manuel Vélez, Julio Iglesias and Felipe Iglesias study the case in person. Their capacity for analysis and study demonstrate the dedication and passion that they put into each issue and is materialised in creative advice where they provide us with ideas and knowledge beyond the legal.’
Spain > Industry focus: TMT Tier 1The TMT practice at Uría Menéndez, forming part of the firm’s well-established digital law group, is highlighted for its ‘technical quality’, and has notable skills in a range of areas, including cybersecurity, IT, AI, big data and fintech. A renowned expert in the market, Pablo González-Espejo heads the department, closely supported by the ‘exceptional’ Leticia López-Lapuente, who garners praise for her ‘technical knowledge in IT’ and ‘ability to negotiate and find solutions and to coordinate complex projects’. Skilled litigator Borja Sainz de Aja and senior associate Reyes Bermejo Bosch, who focuses her practice on data protection, e-commerce and information technology, bring additional expertise to the team.
‘I really like the Uria team, because they respond quickly and have been working with us for a long time and they know our solution.’
‘Leticia Lopez Lapuente is exceptional.’
‘Leticia Lopez Lafuente stands out for her technical knowledge in IT, ability to negotiate and search for solutions and coordination of complex projects.’
‘Leticia López Lafuente: Coordination, teamwork and responsibility on the issues. Conflict resolution and teamwork.’
‘Uría is synonymous with technical quality. Very quick response and availability.’
‘I would highlight Leticia Lapuente and Carlos Paredes.’
‘A young team with exceptional technical training. Always available and very involved in the client’s projects.’
‘I would highlight the high qualification and level of availability.’
Johnson & Johnson
- Advised on the design and launch of Telefónica’s new e-health business named Movistar Salud, a digital platform that offers on a B2B and B2B2C basis a wide range of e-health services by digital means.
- Provided regulatory and litigation advice to Facebook in connection with: (i) the launch of disruptive AI and augmented reality products, (ii) the filing of a claim for the infringement of IP rights by a hacker.
- Advising on the sale by Prisa of its Santillana business (book editors) to the Finnish group Sanoma.
Spain > Private equity Tier 1Uría Menéndez provides a full-service private equity service, supporting on fund formation, fundraising, equity investment, debt financing and divestment matters, among others. In addition to its comprehensive domestic activities, the firm is a go-to for transactions pertaining to the Latin American market, fielding 380 lawyers and six offices in the region. The team also often operates in close collaboration with its colleagues in the New York, London and Brussels offices, and includes Christian Hoedl, a market veteran who holds a distinct track record in quoted company deals. Francisco San Miguel caters to local and international players involved in large and mid-market transactions; he co-heads the team alongside Manuel Echenique, who complements his transactional capabilities with expertise in structured, acquisition and project finance.
Manuel Echenique; Francisco San Miguel
Other key lawyers:
‘They have extensive knowledge but above all they are very decisive. They have a very practical approach and always oriented to solve the issues. Manuel Echenique is the partner I work with.’
‘Great technical knowledge. Maximum availability. Good time management.’
‘Christian Hoedl is a standout’
‘Professionalism and absolute availability. They treat matters as if they were their own. The client feels accompanied at all times.’
‘They are close, decisive and always available.’
Asterion Industrial Partners
MCH Private Equity Investments
Spain > Public law Tier 1The highly acclaimed public law practice at Uría Menéndez is considered a ‘technically flawless team, with extensive experience in the sector’. Mariano Magide, ‘one of the leading public law experts in Spain’ who earns plaudits for his ‘exceptional technical ability to solve and anticipate problems’, heads the department, which combines notable regulatory and litigation expertise, and has a particularly notable presence in the health sector. The team, which includes other key practitioners such as José Miguel Fatás, Ana Sabiote and associate Xavier Codina, boasts additional expertise in the mining, energy, infrastructure, finance, transport, telecoms and water sectors.
‘It is a technically flawless team, with extensive experience in the sector, so advice is a guarantee of success or, at least, of having tried all the existing ways to guarantee it, always in favor of the interests of its clients.’
‘Uría Menéndez is a highly prestigious firm, well connected with public administrations and with a team of highly qualified professionals specialized in the different areas of business activity (public law, transport infrastructure, energy, competition, etc. Its technical rigor, ethical commitment in the practice of law and defense of client interests and adequate quality / price ratio place it at the head of the main Spanish firms.’
‘Their proximity and immediacy with the client and better quality / price ratio make them more competitive. Mariano Magide always satisfactorily stands out.’
‘The technical level, the availability, the knowledge of the client’s needs and the closeness in the treatment are exceptional.’
‘Mariano Magide is one of the leading public law experts in Spain. He stands out for his close personal treatment, mastery of the subject and his exceptional technical capacity to solve and anticipate the problems that cases may pose.’
‘It is a team with a lot of experience and the ability to understand the legal aspects of regulatory and administrative procedures. It is a high-level team.’
‘Mariano Magide and Ana Sabiote have done an excellent and very relevant job in providing regulatory advice on a new issue and a very complex legal environment such as the liberalization of the railway sector in Spain. They have understood the client’s needs and supported them at all times and proactively with the appropriate legal arguments.’
Nuevo Hospital de Burgos
Minera Los Frailes, S.L.
AMC Mining Spain
Grupo México S.A.B de C.V.
Cintra Autopista del Sol, C.E.S.A.
AENA, S.A.U. (Aeronautic Grid System Operator)
SNCF Voyageurs and Ouigo, S.A.U.
- Advised both private and public hospitals managed by Quironsalud companies in relation to the impact and management of Covid-19 in Spain.
- Advised Ouigo (Spanish branch of SNCF Voyages) on its entrance in the Spanish railway passenger market.
- Advising AENA during the administrative and judicial proceedings in connection with the setting and modification of aeronautical tariffs before the Spanish Aeronautical Authority and the National Court (Audiencia Nacional).
‘For me, one of the best teams in real estate law in Spain. Especially for highly complex transactions’.
‘One of their greatest qualities is that they provide a unique combination of technically meticulous and creative work with exquisite personal treatment. They always face problems and difficulties with legal rigor and business judgment. They are flexible to provide practical solutions based on their extensive experience in complete operations.’
‘The Uría team we work with is led by Rafael Jiménez Mateo. He is a partner with a lot of experience, proactivity and strength. A magnificent lawyer in every sense of the word. Technical, meticulous. Creative. He always knows how to find a solution to problems and does not get involved in sterile discussions. He is dynamic and decisive. He knows us as if he were one of us and he also knows the market and its players very well.’
‘Rafael Jimenez brings together an unbeatable technical team with extensive knowledge of the sector and timings in the closing of operations. Unbeatable negotiation skills and understanding of customer needs.’
‘Uría Menéndez’s team is a leading and cutting-edge team. Solidity, technical reliability.’
Testa Residencial SOCIMI, S.A.
Allianz Real Estate, GMBH
Millenium Hotels Real Estate I SOCIMI, S.A.
Sixth Street Capital
Neinor Homes SOCIMI
Tristan Capital Partners
GPF Capital Inversiones Inmobiliarias I
Silicius Real Estate SOCIMI
Témpore Properties SOCIMI, S.A.
Deutsche Finance International (DFI)
Actual Capital Advisors
PGIM Real Estate
- Advising Banco Sabadell on the transfer to Cerberus Capital Management of an 80% interest in a portfolio of approximately 7,500 real estate assets.
- Advising PGIM on the incorporation of a closed-ended joint venture vehicle with Azora Capital.
- Advising Gestilar on the sale of two residential assets in Getafe and Vallecas on a BTR forward-purchase deal for the development of over 1,000 residential units.
Ángel Pérez López
Other key lawyers:
‘Sebastian Saez de Santamaría: his total availability, his professionalism and ability to contribute new ideas.’
‘Clients need a global office in the restructuring processes. This firm offers this service with top-level lawyers. Additionally, negotiation skills are needed for processes that involve many parties (shareholders, borrowers, operational and financial creditors, etc.), and proactivity to lead the process by anticipating and resolving points of friction. This office offers a well-dimensioned team to meet the needs of the processes.’
‘Sebastian Saenz de Santamaría and Luis Jiménez: Great technical solvency and speed of execution, proactivity in solving open points in contract negotiation, very high availability to serve the client, global vision of the entire operation (very high added value in highly complex processes).’
Banco de Sabadell
Instituto de Crédito Oficial
The Odeon Group
MCH Private Equity
Spain > Tax Tier 1Uría Menéndez fields a ‘technically impeccable‘ Spanish tax group, which provides comprehensive cross-border advice to its multinational client base. Particular focuses include business combinations and finance restructurings, with recent advice to Neinor Homes and Quabit on their merger and subsequent restructuring being a prime example. Víctor Viana now heads the practice after taking over the role from experienced senior partner Rafael García Llaneza. David López frequently advises on tax litigation and investigations, while Miguel Cremades has honed his expertise in 15 years as partner, as well as professional experience as a state tax inspector. Violeta Pina stands out at the senior associate level.
‘Deep experts of the sector and the tax risks it faces. Technically impeccable and always up to date with any news. Integrated teams that provide solutions to problems, that are involved with the client and that take matters forward. Very practical, very close to the ground, which I greatly appreciate.’
‘Technically flawless. With a way of working that has been established over the years that makes them tremendously efficient. They focus the problems and their different edges flawlessly and propose solutions realistically. I especially like that they are cautious and analyze the risks from my point of view. Víctor Viana and David López Pombo are probably some of the most complete prosecutors because of their knowledge of the different tax figures, because of experience and dedication.’
‘I do not know a team of corporate lawyers / tax attorneys more dynamic and positive than the team of Uria Menendez. They always have a solution: always. You have never received an email saying “no, you can’t do that”.’
‘Extensive knowledge, creativity and didactic ability to clearly expose a highly technical subject.’
‘A combination of experience and creativity, with very experienced lawyers complemented by more junior experts with great drive.’
‘Victor Viana – always available and ready to find a viable solution.’
‘Dedication to us, when there are changes in the team we do not notice them because they are in charge of internally training the new members so that the service is not impacted, in fact the feeling is that they have always been with us. They do this very very well.’
‘For us, Carlos Durán is a key supplier to us. In addition to his outstanding technical knowledge, the treatment and availability of Carlos Durán are excellent.’
F2I Fondi Italiani
- Advised Neinor Homes on a restructuring implemented in an exchange of shares and debt restructuring.
- Acted for CaixaBank in its merger with Bankia.
- Represented Hanson Pioneer España in an appeal before the Supreme Court in relation to the application of general anti-avoidance rule to intra-group leveraged acquisition of subsidiaries.
Spain > White-collar crime Tier 1The corporate crime and internal investigations group at Uría Menéndez remains a leader in the market, where it acts for well-known international corporations, financial institutions and management teams on a diverse range of issues. Such matters include money laundering, fraud, tax offences, corruption, crisis management and regulatory compliance. Led by white-collar criminal law specialist Jaime Alonso and commercial and bank fraud expert Ismael Clemente in Madrid, the team’s client base covers the engineering, construction, finance, retail, technology and IT services sectors. Key support is provided by counsels Manuel Álvarez, Enrique Rodríguez Celada and Patricia Leandro in Madrid. Oscar Morales has retired.
‘Uría Menendez’s criminal team is unique, and few specialized criminal law firms can be compared.’
‘The lawyers of Uría Menendez are rigorous like no other, dedicated, competent and highly specialized. They stand out because they are extraordinary at what they do. They make everything easy, they are always at the customer’s disposal and the response is always quick and accurate. The results of its work prove it. Jaime Alonso Gallo and Ismael Clemente Casas and Patricia Leandro stand out.’
‘Disposition, accessibility, closeness and friendliness, combined in equal parts with professional and doctrinal solidity.’
‘Quick understanding of the issues, clear explanation of the situation and risks, clarity in the strategy to follow. Quick preparation of supporting documentation.’
‘Ismael Clemente is a prodigy of closeness. Rigorous but at the same time optimistic, without hiding at any time the consequences that the criminal process could end up having.’
Other key lawyers:
Reyes Bermejo Bosch; Laia Reyes
‘The Data Privacy & Data Protection team at Uría Menendez is a very reliable team, with very clear criteria and high-quality advice.’
‘Dynamism and availability, which together with great professional solvency, make Uría Menendez’s team a benchmark in the field.’
Johnson & Johnson
- Provided privacy advice on the design and launching of Telefónica’s new e-health business named Movistar Salud, a digital platform that offers on a B2B and B2B2C basis e-health services by digital means.
- Provided privacy advice to Facebook in connection with significant cases such as the launch of disruptive AI and augmented reality products.
- Advising on Banco Santander Group’s global strategy on international transfers of personal data for its businesses worldwide and review of main global tech partnerships on this matter.
Spain > Insurance Tier 2Highly regarded corporate and insurance expert Guillermo San Pedro leads the insurance practice at Uría Menéndez, which clients appreciate for its ‘extraordinary practical knowledge‘ and ‘great involvement in projects‘. The firm can regularly be found advising on the largest and most high-profile M&A transactions in the Spanish insurance market, including those with a cross-border element. A recent example was its advice to Helvetia on the €800m acquisition of 70% of the share capital of Caser. The firm has also established itself as one of the leading law firms in Spain for bancassurance deals. Senior associate Jaime del Fraile is often involved in the firm’s major transactions and is popular among clients. Julio Iglesias is a name to note at the counsel level.
Guillermo San Pedro
‘Extraordinary practical knowledge and strategic vision of corporate agreements with other entities.’
‘Great experience, creative vision of the options to build strategic agreements beneficial to the client, vision of the future and anticipation, great capacity for quality and very fast response. I’d highlight Guillermo San Pedro and Jaime del Fraile.’
‘Excellent proactivity and disposition. They always show great involvement in the projects in which they participate. The participation of the partner is extraordinary.’
‘Guillermo San Pedro’s work is exceptional. Excellent availability. He is always willing to collaborate. Excellent negotiator. Thorough. He is concerned with offering viable solutions for the parties in the framework of the negotiations. Jaime del Fraile is conscientious, you can count on and trust him.’
Helvetia Schweizerische Versicherungsgesellschaft AG
Caja de Seguros Reunidos, Compañía de Seguros y Reaseguros, S.A. CASER
Santa Lucía, S.A. Compañía de Seguros y Reaseguros
Banco Santander, S.A.
Santander Seguros y Reaseguros, Compañía Aseguradora, S.A.
Mutualidad General de la Abogacía, Mutualidad de Previsión Social a Prima Fija
AVANZA Previsión de Seguros y Reaseguros, S.A.
Telefónica Seguros y Reaseguros Compañía Aseguradora, S.A.U.
VidaCaixa, S.A. de Seguros y Reaseguros
- Adviced Helvetia on the acquisition of 70% of the share capital and voting rights of Caser for over €800m.
- Advised Banco Santander on the sale of 100% of the share capital and voting rights of Popular Vida 2020 to Santander Vida Seguros y Reaseguros in the context of the restructuring of the bancassurance alliance between Santander and Aegon.
- Advised Santa Lucía on the establishment of an alliance for the joint development of the funeral businesses of Mapfre and Santa Lucía in Spain, with a value of €322.5m.
Other key lawyers:
‘They are human, expert, professional, understanding.’
‘Perfect knowledge and approach to the issues that they handle from the perspective of the intellectual property user.’
‘Agustín González: In my opinion the best intellectual property lawyer in Spain. He knows like no one else the internal perspective of intellectual property rights management entities, which gives customers a plus of experience and focus. A professional with a degree of detail and work above the average. Great human quality and closeness in the treatment.’
‘Francisco Javier García, a great professional with the ability to lead several teams from different jurisdictions, understand the client’s needs and be agile in readapting the strategy based on the objectives set.’
‘Technical knowledge, understanding of technology, transversal vision.’
The Walt Disney Company
Promotora de Informaciones, S.A. (PRISA)
- Advised the Walt Disney Company on the design of a contractual chain for the allocation of intellectual property rights within its production activities.
- Advised PRISA on the sale of Santillana Educación to Sanoma Corporation, a Finnish media group.
Spain > Projects and energy Tier 2Praised for its ‘exceptional knowledge of the sector and quality of the work’, the renowned energy practice at Uría Menéndez regularly acts for both lenders and borrowers on a broad range of financial and corporate transactions within the sector. Jointly led by Ángel Pérez López and Juan Ignacio González Ruiz, the department is also involved in energy, infrastructure (roads, railways and ports) and real estate projects. Recently appointed partners Ignacio Álvarez Couso and José Félix Zaldívar de la Rica (who heads the firm's New York office) are other key practitioners in the team, which boasts a solid presence in Latin America.
Other key lawyers:
‘I would highlight the exceptional knowledge of the sector and quality of the work carried out. Great delivery and availability to reach the marked deadlines.’
‘The strengths that set them apart from competitors are the high quality of their work, their diligence and their availability. I would highlight the partners Ãngel Pérez and Luis Jiménez for their great dedication and effort. Their ability to adapt and their full involvement in matters are especially relevant characteristics.’
‘Good experience in the Spanish energy market and its regulation.’
‘I’d highlight the firm’s work capacity and constant availability.’
‘In-depth knowledge of specific renewable generation regulation for the biomass plant sector.’
‘Fernando Calbacho: Total availability without limit. Deep knowledge of different areas. High level of confidence. The client is always first.’
‘Team building commitment. Realistic valuation without hesitation.’
Ence Energía & Celulosa.
China Three Gorges
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.
Repsol Renovables, S.A.
Soltec Power Holdings, S.A.
Deutsche Bank, Kommunalkredit Austria
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.
Goldman Sachs, Inc.
Cartuja Solar, S.L.U.
Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Suc. en España.
Banco de Sabadell, S.A.
‘They are a very well-versed team and in addition to having great ethics in terms of deadlines and details of the work, they understand the business of the company and therefore do not stick only to the legal part, but provide global advice, which is more useful.’
‘They maintain greater empathy with the client instead of generating distance.’
Santander Consumer Finance
Coca Cola European Partners Iberia (CCEP)
NKT HV Cables Holding
C.H. Robinson Europe
Zhejiang Cainiao Supply Chain Management Co. (CAINIAO)
- Advising Cainiao, a logistics organiser for the cross-border e-commerce platform AliExpress, on its entry into the Spanish market.
- Advised Santander Consumer Finance on the legal implications and preparation of the contractual framework for the launching of Wabi, a novel car subscription service that allows users to reserve a vehicle for personal use.
- Advised Coca Cola European Partners Iberia on various land-transport regulatory matters and on the negotiation, termination and resolution of transport and logistics agreements.
Spain > Transport: Shipping Tier 2The shipping, transport and logistics group at Uría Menéndez assists a range of shipowners, shipyards, port operators and terminals, charterers, insurance companies, P&I clubs, energy companies and financial institutions. The team is well versed in marine insurance and litigation, marine casualties, regulatory compliance, vessel construction and finance, shipping M&A, charterparties, contracts of carriage, superyachts, and shipping company insolvency. Headed by Carlos López-Quiroga, the team’s portfolio features Banco Santander and Knutsen Group. The group is supported by associates Diego Pérez, José Sánchez-Fayos, Sofía Rodríguez Torres and Laura Peláez.
‘Practical experience, decisive, advises and guides action, pragmatic. Quick response, agility.’
‘Carlos López-Quiroga, close, empathetic, accessible, makes an effort so that non-experts in the area understand. He is very didactic, great practical experience, agile, fast.’
‘Full availability for our needs, highest expertise and knowledge of the market. Reliable and adaptable team, they are rigorous while still maintaining a commercial point of view.’
‘Carlos López-Quiroga finds a good balance in making sure that the technical points are properly covered but in a way which remains commercial and makes sure we understand the legal context of deals.’
‘Regarding associates: Sofía Rodríguez Torres is reliable, proactive, she continuous to advise us on diverse matters with excellent results, rigorous legal knowledge and understanding of the sector. Laura Pelaez deals with transport shipping contentious matters, high understanding, rapid on response.’
VT International, BV
Seadrill Global Services, Ltd.
Knutsen Scale Gas, SL
Banco Santander, SA
Van Oord Ship Management
- Advised CaixaBank (as agent), Banco Santander and other financial institutions on the scheme of arrangement entered into in relation to the debt of the Spanish shipyard Hijos de J. Barreras.
- Advising a consortium formed by Enagás and Transportadora de Gas del Internacional on the construction and development of a Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) in Colombia.
- Advising VT International on the acquisition from Boluda Group of Boluda Tankers, Eurotanker and Compañía Marítima de Panamá.
APG Asset Management
Full Truck Alliance Group
- 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.
- Advised APG Asset Management on its agreement with Elecnor for APG’s acquisition a 49% stake in the Celeo group.
- Advised Telefónica on the sale of a portfolio of 11 data centres located in seven jurisdictions (Spain, Brazil, USA, Mexico, Peru, Chile and Argentina) to a company controlled by Asterion Industrial Partners.
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.
Jesús Remón Peñalve; Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho
The Cuatro Ríos Cuenca Consortium
Corporación Minera de Bolivia
Mota Engil Ingeniería y Construcción
- Advising on arbitration concerning a dispute arising from the breach of a construction contract to build a tramway line in Ecuador.
- Advising the Dominican Republic on PCA investment arbitration proceedings brought by Azucarera del Guadalfeo and Joaquín Francisco Martín Montero, regarding state measures that resulted in an expropriation.
- Advising Mota-Engil on a dispute related to a public works contract to develop a metro-bus project in Paraguay and concerning the alleged breach of a major construction contract.
Uría Menéndez > Firm Profile
The firm: Uría Menéndez is one of the most prestigious independent law firms in the Iberian market. Founded in the 1940s, it comprises 134 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 Mobility: Transport, 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.
|Corporate & Commercial||Carlos de Cárdenas|
|Financial||Ángel Pérez López|
|Restructuring & Insolvency||Ángel Alonso Hernández|
|Tax||Víctor Viana Barral|
|Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment||Pablo González-Espejo|
|Litigation & Arbitration||Jesús Remón|
|Energy||Juan Ignacio González|
|Environmental||Carlos de Miguel|
|Environmental||Juan Antonio Loste|
|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|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers worldwide : 583
LanguagesEnglish French German Italian Japanese Portuguese Spanish Chinese
OtherOther offices : Barcelona Other offices : Bilbao Other offices : Brussels Other offices : Lisbon Other offices : London Other offices : New York Other offices : Porto Other offices : Valencia Other offices : Bogotá with a stake in Philippi, Prietocarrizosa, Ferrero DU & Uría. Other offices : Lima with a stake in Philippi, Prietocarrizosa, Ferrero DU & Uría. Other offices : Santiago de Chile with a stake in Philippi, Prietocarrizosa, Ferrero DU & Uría.
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Published: July 2021
Authors: María Encarnación Pérez-Pujazón Millán Sandra González Varo
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Force Majeure laws and regulations that may occur in Spain.
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Published: January 2022
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This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Private Equity laws and regulations that may occur in Spain.
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