RocaJunyent > Madrid, Spain > Firm Profile

JOSÉ ABASCAL, 56 6a Planta
28003 MADRID

Spain > Employment Tier 3

With offices in Barcelona, Madrid, Girona and Tarragona, RocaJunyent is routinely engaged by start-ups, public and private sector companies, as well as high-net-worth individuals seeking assistance with a spread of employment issues. Albert Rodríguez leads the group from the Barcelona office, leveraging his expertise in restructuring, collective bargaining, compliance and bankruptcy procedures to advise clients on the entire spectrum of labour law matters. The team has welcomed two new hires at partner level: María José Sánchez joined the Barcelona office from Augusta Abogados in November 2o22, while Alberto Novoa arrived from Ceca Magán Abogados in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Albert Rodríguez

Other key lawyers:

María José Sánchez; Alberto Novoa; Rosa Rodriguez; Rubén Gonzalez


‘Alberto Novoa – his technical knowledge, approach, pragmatism, follow-up of the issues, and quality of service make him the best labour lawyer in Spain for us.’

‘The team is by far superior to other practices we have worked with. Their prior preparation is evident before each meeting to address the issues raised with creative solutions. They are always willing to collaborate and anticipate our needs.’

‘They are highly qualified and very efficient lawyers. They move very quickly without forgetting any details. They generate trust in our company. I especially highlight the work of Rosa Rodriguez.’

‘María José Sánchez is outstanding. She stands out for her availability, high legal knowledge and great technical capacity. She provides a continuous search for solutions adapted to our needs. Deep knowledge of our sector and specifically of our company.’

Key clients

Grupo Repsol

Avalmadrid, S.G.R.

Repsol Química, S.A.

Núcleo de Explotaciones Agrarias de León, S.A. (Neal)


Mutua General de Catalunya

Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Canalunya

Maxion Wheels

The Spanish Pilot Union Sepla


Work highlights

  • Defended the Repsol Group before the National Court against the collective dispute brought by various unions because of the setting of targets relating to variable remuneration.
  • Defended Avalmadrid in a collective dispute brought by CCOO, requesting the nullity of the collective bargaining agreements entered regarding work and holiday schedules.
  • Defended Repsol Química, S.A. in a dispute concerning a collective bargaining agreement.

Spain > Intellectual property: Trade marks Tier 3

The ‘strategic and collaborative‘ IP practice at RocaJunyent is known for its deep expertise in trade mark litigation, though it also handles advisory work. Lead partner Javier Vázquez in Barcelona, who handles prosecution and portfolio management, has ‘a deep understanding of the needs of clients‘. Associate Elisenda Perelló in Barcelona, whose work encompasses advertising law, unfair competition and image rights, is closely involved in the firm’s key matters. Blanca Cortés is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Javier Vázquez

Other key lawyers:


‘The individuals at Roca Junyent distinguish themselves through a rare combination of legal expertise, strategic thinking, and collaborative spirit. While other firms may excel in one or two of these areas, Roca Junyent consistently integrates them into a seamless, client-centred approach. Very deep industry expertise and effective communication.’

‘Their unique attributes set them apart, differentiate them from competitors, and have been instrumental in the success of our collaborative endeavors. The legal acumen demonstrated by them is nothing short of extraordinary. Their deep understanding of the law, coupled with a keen ability to apply it in practical scenarios, consistently leads to favourable outcomes.’

‘What truly distinguishes them is their proactive approach to problem-solving. They not only address the immediate legal issues but also anticipate and mitigate potential challenges down the line. This forward-thinking mindset has been invaluable in complex cases.’

‘Good team. professional.’

‘Javier Vásquez is an excellent lawyer, with a deep understanding of the needs of clients and their business. ’

‘Javier Vásquez is capable of generating strategies and implementing them to obtain optimal protection of industrial property assets. ’

‘They are proactive and know the fashion business.’

‘They anticipate our problems and align with the company’s objectives.’

Key clients


Tiffany & Co

Tina Turner

Estée Lauder AG Lachen

Pira Charcoal Ovens and Barbecues, S.L.

Banc Sabadell, S.A

Bombons Cudié, S.A.

Palex Medical, S.A.

Inmobiliaria Colonial SOCIMI, S.A.

Codorníu, S.A.

WeWork Companies, L.L.C.

T.A.O. Workers, S.L.

World Trade Center Barcelona, S.A. S.M.E.

Gala Salvador Dalí Foundation

Fundació Eurecat

Agrupació Jugadors FC Barcelona

Comerconlasmanos S.L. (VICIO)

Assistance Hands Home Care L.L.C.

Lead Molecular Design S.L.

IED Instituto Europeo Di Design S.P.A.

Optibus Limited

Work highlights

Spain > Tax Tier 3

The ‘very agile‘ tax practice at RocaJunyent advises on an array of matters, including M&A and corporate restructurings, wealth management, inheritance issues, international tax planning, transfer pricing, and white-collar crime. Its client base includes multinational corporations and family businesses operating in a range of sectors, including healthcare, food and beverage, insurance, energy, automotive, and financial services, among others. Madrid-based Raúl Salas focuses on the tax planning of M&A deals and real estate investments; he oversees the team alongside Blanca Usón in Barcelona, who is an expert in corporate tax and wealth management matters. Joan de Figarolas is also of note.

Practice head(s):

Raúl Salas; Blanca Usón

Other key lawyers:

Joan de Figarolas; Pilar Vacas; Elena Ferrer-Sama


‘Raúl Salas offers us direct, close and professional treatment that can be extended to his team.’

‘I believe that what makes working with this team of professionals very different is that they have extensive experience (having worked in some of the Big Four and the largest international law firms in the world). This allows them to face highly complex tax issues, both international and national, with the security of professionals who have faced similar issues on other occasions, transmitting confidence that our matters are in the best hands.’ 

‘They make the client’s tax problems their own and you can see how you have their total dedication, availability and involvement.’

‘They stand out for the perfect combination of technical excellence, experience and dedication. When you work with other advisers you have the feeling that you have collaborators who are there to help you. When you work with Raúl Salas and his team you have the feeling that they are part of your team and that they are integrated as another part of the company. They accompany you as part of the organisation. I would highlight Elena Ferrer-Samas.’

‘The ROCA TEAM is very agile, quick to respond and always providing the necessary tax advice at the highest level, analysing all possibilities and showing all risks.’

Key clients

Palex Medical

Laboratorios Menarini

Zurich Insurance

Lactalis Nestlé

Borges Group

Ravago Group

Webhelp Group

Fiatc Seguros

Real Automobil Club Catalunya

Intersport CCS, S.A.

Renta 4 Banco, S.A.

Aljomaih Energy & Water Company

CPP Proteccion y Servicios de Asistencia S.A.

EIT Food CLC South S.L.

Prada S.P.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Aljomaih Energy & Water Company the on tax aspects of various international infrastructure projects.
  • Advised Renta 4 Banco, S.A. on the international investment management structure that contributes to guaranteeing the welfare state of the country.
  • Advised EIT Food CLC South S.L. regarding the application of European tax regulations in Spain.

Spain > Banking and finance Tier 5

At RocaJunyent, the ‘well-structured and always available‘ banking and finance practice handles a combination of transactional and regulatory matters for financial entities, investment funds, alternative finance providers and borrowers. With extensive experience in direct lending, syndicated and bilateral loans, the department has recently been particularly active in acquisition, project and real estate finance mandates as well as debt refinancings. On the regulatory side, the group is singled out for its knowledge of the fintech and blockchain segments. José Luis Pita da Veiga in Madrid is counsel of choice for several financial institutions, funds, sponsors and issuers in an array of financing matters. Based in Barcelona, Xavier Foz leads on regulatory work, including fintech and blockchain-related issues.

Practice head(s):

José Luis Pita da Veiga; Xavier Foz

Other key lawyers:

Marina Zarza; Marc Rovira; Javier Rodríguez


‘It is a small team but it works very well compared to other firms in the sector. Their availability is total and they always provide added value in transactions.’

‘Both José Luis Pita da Veiga and Marina Zarza are very good lawyers. Marina is an exceptional associate and José Luis has great negotiation skills and his level of knowledge of the sector is very high. The team they both form works extremely well.’

‘Effective team, flexible in their positions and facilitator of deals.’

‘Good preparation, flexibility, and business orientation. Xavier Foz is recommended.’

‘Well-structured and always available team.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the sector. Very good track record.’

Key clients

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.

Syndicate of Financial Institutions led by Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.

Banco de Sabadell, S.A.

Banco Pichincha




Work highlights

  • Advised Banco de Sabadell, as lender, on the financing for the construction, development and opening of a hotel establishment in Madrid.
  • Assisted Henko Partners as debtor in the financing for the expansion of Voltan Group.

Spain > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

A strong player in the Barcelona market, RocaJunyent handles nationally significant M&A, private equity investments and corporate reorganisations across a variety of sectors, with a special emphasis on TMT, financial services and insurance. Noted for its ‘great professionalism and legal knowledge‘, the group possesses strong capabilities in venture capital matters, and is often called upon by companies of all sizes, including multinationals and family-owned businesses. Xavier Altirriba is the main point of contact for French corporations looking for assistance with their investments in Spain. Managing partner Joan Roca is also recommended for M&A and contractual mandates.

Practice head(s):

Xavier Altirriba

Other key lawyers:

Joan Roca; Alex Llevat; Santi Pagès; Francesc Baygual


‘The Roca team has offered us personalised attention, availability and adaptability at all times. Transactions have always been carried out to the end, and they have always sought practical solutions.’

‘Great dedication of the team and ability to adapt to our needs.’

‘Great professionalism and legal knowledge.’

‘ We consider that their professionalism and interpretation of client needs are well above the average of other firms.’

‘A solid, dedicated, highly qualified team. They anticipate the client’s needs, which is why working with this team gives a lot of peace of mind.’

‘They know their client very well, they anticipate needs, they provide complete peace of mind.’

‘The internal coordination and the ability to work between teams makes this law firm a solid asset and makes it unique and leading.’

‘Francesc Baygual shows commitment, seriousness and reliability above expectations.’

Key clients

2m Holdings Limited

Indukern, S.A.U. (now Vidara Life Ingredients, S.A.U.)

Palex Medical, S.A.U.

Ersm Insurance Brokers Correduria De Seguros Y Reaseguros, S.A

Xta (Xarxes De Telecomunicacions Alternatives S.L.)

Adam Foods

Consorcio De La Zona Franca De Barcelona

Global Social Impact

Arthex Biotech

Work highlights

  • Advised Arthex Biotech on a €42m financing round.
  • Advised Indukern on the acquisitions of Promic, Galenicum Special Ingredients and Galenicum Special Ingredients Complementos Alimenticios España.
  • Advised XTA on the sale of the company to Teras Capital Investments Holding for €25m.

Spain > Dispute resolution Tier 5

Renowned for its expertise in financial and real estate-related disputes, the team at RocaJunyent regularly handles a varied caseload of litigation and arbitration proceedings. The practice advises on cases related to breaches of SPAs, director liability, corporate and construction disputes, as well as those arising from distribution and agency contracts. Marlen Estévez in Madrid co-leads the team alongside Gonzalo Serrano from the Barcelona branch. Estévez specialises in real estate, construction, and cross-border commercial disputes, while also serving as an arbitrator. Serrano is a reputed litigator and a key point of contact for disputes concerning unfair competition, and civil and corporate law. Procedural and civil law specialist Alfonso Gili and Pablo Calvo-Sotelo, who specialises in bankruptcy and banking transactions proceedings, are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Marlen Estévez; Gonzalo Serrano

Other key lawyers:


‘Roca Junyent’s civil litigation and litigation departments have a consolidated team of professionals with a strong working capacity who carry out an exhaustive study of the cases, providing innovative and imaginative solutions when the matter goes beyond the ordinary.’

‘Marlen Estévez is our reference person in the litigation area. She has a wide presence and reputation in different specialised fields.’

Key clients

Five Guys S.L.U.

Sociedad de Gestión de Activos Procedentes de la Reestructuración Bancaria S.A. – SAREB

Gases Oxinorte I.A.E.

Abanca Corporación Bancaria S.A.

Moventas Inc.

Monsora S.L.

Acumen Gestión, S.L.U. / Poet Items, S.L.U.

Exel Fil S.A.

Columbus One Properties S.L.

Work highlights

  • Advised Acumen Gestión, S.L.U. and Poet Items, S.L.U on a lawsuit for breach of the purchase agreement and determination of Earn-Out payments.
  • Advised Sociedad de Gestión de Activos Procedentes de la Reestructuración Bancaria S.A. – SAREB on a case law precedent on the transfer of personal or ancillary obligations.
  • Advised Five Guys Spain, S.L.U. on a pre-judicial negotiation and court proceedings to obtain modifications to lease agreements.

Spain > EU and competition Tier 5

Trusted advisers to a host of leading national and international companies, RocaJunyent is a top choice for clients from across the banking, food, sports and transport sectors seeking assistance with contentious-administrative appeals and competition litigation. The team has strengthened its competition offering with the recent arrival of newly appointed practice head Gerard Pérez from DWF-RCD; he brings considerable experience in anti-competitive practices, merger control and damages claims. Elena Galán's focus lies on state aid and court sanctioning procedures.

Practice head(s):

Gerard Pérez

Other key lawyers:


‘The professionalism and understanding of the client’s needs are exceptional.’

‘Professionalism, efficiency and clarity when presenting and resolving issues in this space. In particular, I would like to highlight the role and work of Gerard Pérez and the lawyer Elena Galán.’

Key clients

Plataforma Juego Limpio de Administradores de Loterías

Gaps. Politica I Societat Sl


Construcciones Gévora, S.A.

Futbol Club Barcelona

Iss Facility Services, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Represented Plataforma Juego Limpio de Administraciones de Loterías in its claim against the Spanish State Lottery Monopoly concerning an unfair competition practice.
  • Advised Gaps Politica I Societat, S. on court proceedings before the Spanish National Court of Appeal involving the challenging of a decision of the Spanish Competition Authority.
  • Assisted Plataforma Juego Limpio de Administraciones de Loterías with the appeal of the judgement of the Regional Appeal Court of Madrid before the Supreme Court.

Spain > Real estate and construction Tier 5

Trusted by a host of private investors, financial institutions and real estate funds, the team of ‘highly trained professionals’ at RocaJunyent advises on a range of real estate matters, from construction and development, to asset deals and dispute resolution. Based in Barcelona, Roger Pla has substantial experience in assisting real estate firms and investment funds with their real estate investment and developments, covering hotels, student accommodation, commercial premises and sports clubs. He oversees the group where industry veteran Xavier Serramalera is noted for his deep expertise in construction law and Silvia López in Madrid is recommended for investments and divestments.

Practice head(s):

Roger Pla

Other key lawyers:


‘Great specialisation in the field.’

‘Proximity and accessibility – Esther Boix stands out.’

‘Exceptional team.’

‘Highly trained professionals with extensive, widely proven experience, direct treatment and extraordinary accessibility.’

‘Very competitive team, with great knowledge of the market. Vocation to close deals and with competitive fees compared to other firms. In addition, partners are involved from start to finish with a strong presence in meetings.’

‘Very friendly team with a lot of empathy and total availability.’

Key clients

Yukon, S.L.

Inmobiliaria Colonial Socimi, S.A.

Rex Spain, ZDHL, S.L.

Bansabadell Vida, S.A. de Seguros y Reaseguros

Zurich Vida Compañía de Seguros y Reaseguros, S.A.

Rosa Gestión

Rockstone Real Estate

Unicredit Austria


Banco de Sabadell, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Rex Spain on the sale of the office building located in Madrid known as Torre Mizar.
  • Advised Zurich Vida Compañía de Seguros y Reaseguros, S.A. on the combined sale of two office buildings located in Barcelona, Via Laietana 2 and Via Augusta 18.
  • Advised Colonial on the sale of two office buildings located in Madrid, Calle Josefa Valcárcel 24 and Calle Alcalá 506.

Firm overview: RocaJunyent is a law firm with a multidisciplinary team of more than 100 lawyers specialising in all areas of commercial law, and in particular M&A, banking and finance, dispute resolution and tax.

Founded in 1996, the firm has offices in Madrid, Barcelona and Girona, as well as across the entire Spanish territory as part of the RocaJunyent Group. Specifically, these offices are located in Palma de Mallorca, Lleida, Málaga, Seville, Bilbao, Burgos, Valladolid, Badajoz and Ibiza. It offers advice in all areas of law, especially those of commercial, banking and financial, procedural and tax law. RocaJunyent is an exclusive member in Spain of the international Terralex network.

Main 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.

Mergers and acquisitions: 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.

Commercial contracts: Advice on all kinds of commercial contracts subject to national, international or EU law.

Corporate products: Legal advice on manufacturing, sale and distribution of products; third-party liability for defective products; product packaging and labeling.

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.

Entrepreneur support: Legal advice to entrepreneurs according to the new legal framework specific to these professionals being implemented in the Spanish legal system, accompanying them from the embryo stage of their projects through to the expansion and consolidation of their businesses.

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.

City planning: Advice on all kinds of issues related to city planning law. Drawing up drafts for urban development, managing the obligations resulting from using land and property and advice on obtaining licences and permits.

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, trademarks and industrial property rights.

Audiovisual rights: Contracts for producing or co-producing cinema and audiovisual works, radio and television programmes and multimedia; contracts for use of script, direction, production and interpretation rights; distribution and screening contracts; contracts to finance audiovisual productions or co-productions.

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.

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.

Arbitration: Involvement in legal or equity arbitration procedures as arbitrators, whether appointed by institutions (the CCI – International Court of Arbitration, the TAB – the Barcelona Arbitration Court) or directly by the parties; initiating arbitration and acting therein as the client’s legal counsel.

Blockchain: Collaboration on projects that develop solutions based on blockchain using smart contracts, as well as structuring financing operations through structured tokens such as ICO or STO. Validation, from a legal point of view, of business models that use blockchain. Cryptocurrencies and cryptoassets.

Fintech: Collaboration with national and international companies within different fintech verticals regarding regulatory validation of their business models, processing of authorisations and compliance with new regulatory developments.

eSports: Legal advice to clubs, sports corporations, sports associations, federations and athletes, as well as other entities and companies related to the eSports sector.

ESG – corporate sustainability: Legal advice to companies on their adaptation to ESG criteria in order to improve the services they provide through a more efficient and responsible use of their resources.

Department Name Email Telephone
Administrative and urban planning Sergi Chimenos +34.935.66.71.66
Arbitration Marlen Estévez +34.917.81.97.66
Automotive Sergi Chimenos +34.935.66.71.66
Banking and finance Jaime Tarrero +34.914.41.44.52
Civil and commercial litigation Marlen Estévez +34.917.81.97.66
Corporate and M&A Xavier Costa +34.932.41.92.04
Data protection Beatriz Rodríguez +34.914.41.44.52
Employment Rosa Rodríguez +34.917.00.39.29
Energy and environment Íñigo Cisneros +34.917.00.39.29
Entrepreneur support Fede Segura +34.932.41.64.71
Family business Natalia Martí +34.932.41.92.04
Infrastructures Joan Roca +34.932.41.86.69
Insurance Santi Pagès +34.932.41.64.71
IP/unfair competition/advertising Javier Vázquez +34.932.41.92.04
Project finance José Luis Pita da Veiga +34.917.81.97.66
Public contracting area Sergi Chimenos +34.935.66.71.66
Real estate Silvia López +34.917.81.97.66
Refinancing José Luis Pita da Veiga +34.917.81.97.66
Restructuring and insolvency Josep Pujolràs +34.932.41.92.00
Sports Javier Vázquez +34.932.41.92.04
Tax Raúl Salas +34.914.41.44.52
Technology and leisure Beatriz Rodríguez +34.914.41.44.52
Photo Name Position Profile
Francesc A. Baygual photo Francesc A. Baygual Partner since 2006
Pablo Calvo-Sotelo photo Pablo Calvo-Sotelo Partner since 2014
Íñigo Cisneros photo Íñigo Cisneros Partner since 2020
Marlen Estévez photo Marlen Estévez Partner since 2019
Elena Galán photo Mrs Elena Galán Associate
Silvia López photo Silvia López Partner since 2020
Alberto Novoa photo Alberto Novoa Partner since 2023
Gerard Pérez photo Mr Gerard Pérez Partner
José Luis Pita da Veiga photo José Luis Pita da Veiga Partner since 2021
José Luis Pita da Veiga photo José Luis Pita da Veiga Partner since 2021
Beatriz Rodríguez photo Beatriz Rodríguez Partner since 2021
Rosa Rodríguez photo Rosa Rodríguez Partner since 2019
Beatriz Rodríguez photo Beatriz Rodríguez Partner since 2021
Pascual Sala photo Pascual Sala Partner since 2015
Raúl Salas photo Raúl Salas Partner since 2018
Jaime Tarrero photo Jaime Tarrero Partner since 2021
Jaime Tarrero photo Jaime Tarrero Partner since 2021
Pilar Vacas photo Pilar Vacas Partner since 2023
Number of lawyers and economists : + 220
Fundación Pro Bono España
Other offices : Barcelona
Other offices : Girona