Firm Profile > Roca Junyent > Barcelona, Spain

Roca Junyent

Insurance Tier 3

Roca Junyent has a particular focus on corporate transactions involving insurance and reinsurance companies, as well as representing clients in dealings with the Spanish regulator. Santi Pagès leads the team and is experienced in regulatory and contractual matters. The firm advised Banco de Sabadell on the sale of the insurance company Mediterraneo Vida. Other key clients include RSA Insurance Group, Covea Group and Catalana Occidente.

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Known for investment arbitration and financial litigation, Roca Junyent has ‘a strategic, pragmatic approach, aligned with the interests of the client’. Jordi Calvo Costa leads the practice with Marlen Estévez, who recently joined from King & Wood Mallesons and is ‘an outstanding negotiator with strong interpersonal and oral skills’. Also recommended is the ‘highly-skilledGonzalo Serrano Fonollosa, who is acting for Unilever España in a claim against Pescanova, arguing that the latter was unlawfully using drawings and the name of “Captain Pescanova”. Former team leader Jordi Pujalte left for ECIJA.

Employment Tier 4

Restructuring and collective bargaining specialist Àlex Santacana Folgueroles leads the team at Roca Junyent, which has particular experience in collective agreements and M&A-related employment issues. The firm is also active in labour inspections and industrial action mediation, with Luis Enrique de la Villa notable in this area. The team assisted CaixaBank with matters concerning trade union elections in 2018, and advised Cambra de Comerç de Barcelona on negotiating two collective bargaining agreements. Other clients include Prenatal and Nexus.

Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 4

Roca Junyent acts for several high-profile clients, including the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation. Anna Viladàs Jené leads the work and senior associate Javier Vázquez is also noted.

Tax Tier 4

The ‘well-organised, efficient and flexibleRoca Junyent ‘stands out for its adaptability, very high technical level in tax matters and international expertise’. The firm is active in a range of tax advice and litigation, particularly in cross-border issues. The ‘excellentJordi Guarch leads the practice; he ‘understands the area and is very focused on reaching the client’s goal’. The team has ‘great technical ability’ and includes the ‘professional, available and resoluteBlanca Usón Vegas. Strengthening the group is ‘top tax attorneyRaúl Salas; his ‘knowledge of the tax laws of other countries makes him a creative thinker and ideal partner to solve cross-border tax problems’. Salas, together with associates Elena Ferrer-Sama, who has ‘a deep knowledge of corporate reorganisations’, and Pilar Vacas, who combines ‘technical ability with pragmatism’, were new arrivals from Baker McKenzie in 2018. The department advised Telepizza on the tax aspects of its alliance with Pizza Hut, and assisted Palex Medical with tax issues relating to three M&A transactions.

Banking and finance Tier 5

Roca Junyent's 'innovative' team has 'strong technical capabilities', and 'shows care and adds value'. It has a strong client portfolio including numerous foreign banks such as Haitong Bank, Kreditech and UniCredit. A highlight was advising medical equipment and devices manufacturer Werfenlife on the €356m financing granted by CaixaBank for the acquisition of Accriva Diagnostics. The 'superbPablo Rodríguez's 'ability to negotiate under pressure and tight timings makes him outstanding in high-profile and complex transactions' and Xavier Foz Giralt is also recommended.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

Roca Junyent is 'extremely professional', and 'always understands the client's needs and priorities'. It advised refractory products supplier RHI on merging with Magnesita Refratários. Working with Santi Pagès is 'like having an in-house lawyer', and he 'transmits confidence'. Xavier Costa, who made partner in March 2018, and Carlos Blanco are recommended.

Real estate and construction Tier 5

At Roca Junyent, Sabadell Real Estate Development is a key client, while the practice also acts for private individuals. Xavier Serramalera Cercós is the team head.

The firm

Established in 1996, Roca Junyent currently employs over 230 professionals working from offices in Barcelona, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Lleida, Girona and Shanghai.

Roca Junyent delivers advice across the whole spectrum of legal areas, particularly in business law. The firm is totally committed to its clients and aims at delivering the kind of service that can only be rated as excellent.

Roca Junyent has established solid, permanent collaboration relationships with top-tier law firms in Europe and throughout the rest of the world. In 2002, Roca Junyent became the first Spanish law firm to ‘set up shop’ in China by opening up its Shanghai office.

Areas of practice

General advice to companies: incorporation and legal development of companies; advice on the decision-making, administration and management bodies; preliminary studies regarding specific aspects of their business; legal advice on new projects and initiatives; legal relations with the authorities.

M&A: advice on purchases and divestitures by public and private companies, tender offers, IPOs, restructurings, spin-offs, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital funds.

Banking and finance: legal advice to credit institutions and savings banks, both regarding institutional and regulatory issues, as well as specialised contracts.

Taxation: tax advice to companies and individuals, both domestic and international; taxation on corporate reorganisation; advice regarding inspections and proceedings related to the Inland Revenue Services; drawing up, submitting and following up the various personal and corporate income tax returns; administrative and appeal proceedings relating to tax issues.

Property and construction: legal advice on property development and management, especially in relation to the hotel and tourism sector. Building contracts: works, projects and technical assistance contracts.

Intellectual and industrial property: legal services related to copyrights and other intellectual property rights, patents, trade marks and industrial property rights.

Employment: advice regarding individual and collective disputes in the Labour Courts and with the labour authorities; labour contracts; collective bargaining; labour inspections.

Insolvency and corporate restructuring: advice regarding bankruptcy, creditors meetings and arrangements; legal defence of creditors; advice and participation in receivership and liquidation commissions; hedge funds.

Litigation: defence of the clients’ interests in civil and criminal proceedings in all jurisdictions and courts: the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court, the High Courts of Justice, Magistrates Courts and hearings.

Investment: advice on foreign investment in Spain and Spanish investment abroad, as well as the legal structures through which such investments are made; legal advice on all kinds of financial transactions abroad, including notification of loans, credits, technical assistance and other collection and payment transactions carried out by residents and non-residents.

Environmental: legal advice on all issues related to the environment, including advice regarding administrative licences, due diligence and reports on environmental hazards.

Administrative contracts and concessions: advice on public procurement contracts and advice to companies and individuals in their relations with the public authorities; legal action against the public authorities.

Telecommunications: legal advice to companies operating in the telecommunications sector. Contracts for management and use of infrastructure, networks and services: specialised works and installations, projects, content, contracts with customers, interconnection agreements, concessions, licences and administrative authorisations.

Department Name Email Telephone
Administrative and urban planning
Banking and finance
Civil and commercial litigation
Corporate and M&A
Data protection
Distribution agreements
Energy and environment
Entrepreneur support
EU and competition
Family business
Health and food
IP/unfair competition/advertising
Private equity
Project finance
Public contracting area
Real estate
Restructuring and insolvency
Technology and leisure
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Mr Joan Roca Sagarra  photo Mr Joan Roca Sagarra
Number of lawyers : 234
Contact : Miquel Roca Junyent
Other offices : Girona
Other offices : Lleida
Other offices : Madrid
Other offices : Palma de Mallorca
Other offices : Shanghai