Firm Profile > ECIJA > Madrid, Spain
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ECIJA > The Legal 500 Rankings
The ‘thorough and pragmatic’ ECIJA has a deep bench of lawyers and technicians with ‘expertise and specialisation’ in privacy and data protection. The firm has experience in a range of cybersecurity matters, including litigation, as well as providing a consultancy to assist companies with adapting to new regulations. Notable in the team are Alejandro Touriño, who advises nationally and internationally on issues related to IP, new technologies, privacy and entrepreneurship law, and Daniel López, who is known for data protection, compliance, information security and technology law.
‘They have a very practical approach, and they use simple and plain language to address complex matters’
‘They have a lot of energy, and you can feel that they are passionate about what they do’
‘The best experts in the field and with very competitive rates’
‘Their performance is very good. The responses to our questions are immediate and very valuable’
‘High level of specialisation’
‘Salvador Silvestre has a very strong knowledge of privacy and IP regulations, and provides a full-service approach at the time of assessing a problem or situation. He is very responsive and practical’
‘Cristina Martinez Garay has a massive knowledge of data protection, and her advice is always straightforward but comprehensive. You always feel that you are in very good hands’
‘Daniel López is always willing to find imaginative solutions to any legal problem. It is nice to work with him and he is a great expert in the health sector’
‘Carlos Pérez is a person with a great capacity to offer solutions and adapt them to the needs of his clients. In addition, he is involved in the reality of the company for which he works, knowing its processes and ways of working, which greatly facilitates the work to be done’
Bank of Spain
Industry focus: TMT Tier 1
ECIJA’s TMT team includes firm founder Hugo Écija, who is particularly active advising media corporations; media and intellectual property specialists Alejandro Touriño and Juan Salmeron; M&A and private equity partner Emilio Prieto; and IT and data protection specialist Alonso Hurtado. Recent highlights include advising Netflix on regulatory matters relating to three shows and on television financing.
Firm founder Hugo Écija and the ‘exceptionally knowledgeable’ Alejandro Touriño, who is experienced in privacy and entrepreneurship law, are part of the copyright team at ECIJA. The practice advises on IP assets in the digital environment, protected content and advertising contracts. Highlights included advising the Republic of Costa Rica on legislative policies to protect the intangible heritage of indigenous peoples.
‘At ECIJA, all the lawyers I worked with knew their trade and were able to provide clear, actionable recommendations.’
‘Alejandro Touriño is exceptionally knowledgeable, readily available and easy to work with.’
All Funds Bank
Madrid Bar Association
ECIJA acts for clients in the media, arts and entertainment sectors. Alejandro Touriño, firm founder Hugo Écija and Juan Salmeron are key names. Highlights included advising the European energy group EDP on bringing a trade mark infringement action against a competitor.
Republic of Costa Rica
Traditionally known for TMT work, ECIJA is becoming increasingly full service, with particular experience in cross-border and sports-related corporate matters. The firm specialises in acting for start-ups and innovative tech companies in a range of issues relating to corporate and M&A transactions, including venture capital and private equity. Notable in the team are founding partner Hugo Ecija, who focuses on advising media companies on corporate and M&A, and Emilio Prieto, who has expertise in cross-border transactions, primarily in the industrial, TMT and real estate sectors. Pablo Jiménez de Parga and Magdalena Bertram joined the practice from Jiménez de Parga in 2019; Raquel García Argudo arrived from Colon de Carvajal Abogados in 2019.
‘What distinguishes ECIJA from its competitors is agility and point-to-point service’
‘It has a highly specialised and affordable team’
‘The difference with respect to other offices is the extensive experience that Emilio Prieto has, in his way of thinking and operating, as well as in meeting our needs and aspirations to reach the best agreements for us’
Atlético de Madrid
Dispute resolution Tier 4
Specialising in TMT, ECIJA acts for national and international clients in a range of sectors, including retail, media, tourism, public sector, professional services and the arts. Notable in the team is litigation expert Javier López, who has experience representing clients in breach of contract, employment, unfair competition and real estate-related disputes, as well as business tort and white-collar crime cases. The practice was strengthened by the arrivals of Arturo del Burgo, who joined from Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo Abogados in 2018; José María Abella, who joined from Jiménez de Parga in 2019; and Alfredo Solana, who arrived from Colon de Carvajal Abogados, also in 2019.
‘They are very flexible’
‘Availability, professionalism and level of technical ability’
‘The team has great knowledge on defamation and free speech and media law.’
‘They know the industry, are fast and very approachable’
‘They give a clear advice, react fast and communicate well’
M&C Saachi Group
Teatro Príncipe Pio
Atletico De Madrid
In the early summer months of 2018, Spanish firm ECIJA was able to complete its entry into the Central American market by incorporating Expertis Castillo & Fiallos. Currently operating under the combined name ECIJA Castillo & Fiallos, María Antonieta Fiallos and Edmundo Castillo lead the practice, which has been co-ordinating all legal services in the region for DHL for more than a decade. Other corporate services include drafting shareholders' agreements, debt conversions and day-to-day legal advice.
ECIJA > Firm Profile
|Business restructuring and bankruptcy proceedings||Gabriel Nadal|
|Commercial agreements||Juan Salmerón|
|Commercial agreements||Elena Annez de Taboada|
|Intellectual property and copyright||Hugo Écija|
|Intellectual property and copyright||Juan Salmerón|
|Intellectual property and copyright||Alejandro Touriño|
|IT, telecoms, data protection and outsourcing||Carlos Pérez|
|IT, telecoms, data protection and outsourcing||Alejandro Touriño|
|IT, telecoms, data protection and outsourcing||Alonso Hurtado|
|IT, telecoms, data protection and outsourcing||Xavier Muñoz|
|Labour and employment||Raúl Rojas|
|Labour and employment||Alfonso Autuori|
|Litigation and arbitration||Javier López|
|Litigation and arbitration||Maite Mascaró|
|Media and entertainment||Hugo Écija|
|Media and entertainment||Juan Salmerón|
|Public policy and regulatory||Franz Ruz|
|Public policy and regulatory||Xavier Muñoz|
|Private equity and venture capital||Emilio Prieto|
|Private equity and venture capital||Ricardo Oliveras|
|Real estate and planning||Gabriel Nadal|
|Real estate and planning||Maite Mascaró|
|Spanish and international tax||Pablo Romá|
|Spanish and international tax||Constantino Vidal|
|Spanish and international tax||Nazario Mendoza|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 560
LanguagesSpanish Catalan Euskera English French German Italian
MembershipsMeritas International Law Firms
OtherOther offices : Madrid Other offices : Barcelona Other offices : Valencia Other offices : Zaragoza Other offices : Islas Canarias Other offices : Lisbon Other offices : Santiago de Chile Other offices : Miami Other offices : Tegucigalpa / San Pedro Sula Other offices : San José Other offices : Managua Other offices : Guatemala Other offices : San Salvador Other offices : Panama
CLIENT: Xavier Mas, Head of Legal & Compliance
COMPANY/FIRM: Media Markt
TESTIMONIAL: ECIJA offers us a comprehensive service, with very short response times but at the same time with an unbeatable technical level. The advice is exceptionally accurate, practical and proactive.
CLIENT: Virginia Cardenal Antón, Head of Management and Risks
COMPANY/FIRM: British Telecom
TESTIMONIAL: After so long, we continue trusting ECIJA as our legal partner because of its high dose of proactivity, knowledge of its clients’ sector, and its undoubted talent.
CLIENT: Manuel Urbano, CFO
TESTIMONIAL: ECIJA’s team always proves to have a wide knowledge of the peculiarities of the media sector, giving high quality coverage to our legal needs in various areas of our business
CLIENT: Antonio García, General Counsel
TESTIMONIAL: At ECIJA customer orientation prevails, understanding what you need, anticipating your needs and giving quick, effective and business-focused advice.
ECIJA is one of the best multidisciplinary and independent firms in the Spanish market and also the firm of choice in TMT and IP. ECIJA has 24 offices in 14 countries and the largest presence of a Spanish firm in Latin America.
Number of partners: 95 Number of lawyers: 550
Main Areas of Practice:
IT, Telecoms, Data Protection & Outsourcing:
21 partners; 60 fee earners based in Spain, Portugal and Latin America.
TMT IT is a main area of focus for ECIJA. Its client´s portfolio includes large media corporations, software, game developers, advertising groups, electronics, telecommunication operators, and energy companies.
■ Advice to the Business Software Alliance and its members on the full range of enforcement matters in Spain.
■ Advice to Banco Santander in all transactional matters involving technology, privacy and data protection.
Key Clients: Mercedes, LVMH Group, Microsoft, Inditex, Michelin, Telefónica, LG Electronics, Bank of Spain.
Intellectual Property & Copyrights:
15 partners; 70 fee earners based in Spain, Portugal and Latin America.
ECIJA has the largest, most skilled and diversified (it combines informatic engineers) team in IP in the Spanish market.
■ Advice to AFEC, the Spanish federation of press- clipping companies, in its major sectorial negotiation with the collecting society that represents the most relevant newspapers in Spain.
Key Clients: H&M, Fox, Disney, Rakuten TV, Indra, NH Hotels, Ferrovial, Vodafone, Omnicom Media Group.
Corporate/M&A & Private Equity:
42 partners; 70 fee earners based in Spain, Portugal and Latin America.
ECIJA advices large Spain-based and international corpora- tions, VC and private equity investors in national and cross border transactions. ECIJA has wide expertise in sectors driven by innovation (such as technology, clean energy, automotive, aerospace, financial services and life sciences).
■ Counsel to The Boeing Company in the acquisition of a stake in Immfly, global inflight digital services and IFE company headquartered in Spain.
Key Clients: Yahoo, Pfizer, The Boeing Company, Honeywell, Melia Hotel Group, M&C Saatchi, Jenoptik AG, and DHL
Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Arbitration:
26 partners; 60 fee earners based in Spain, Portugal and Latin America
ECIJA represents major clients in relevant cases in dispute resolution in technology, media, telecoms, construction and sports industries. The Firm is pioneer in the use of new technologies such as ‘ethical hacking’ aimed to determine the source of criminal acts and collect digital evidence valid in Court proceedings.
■ Representation of 15 companies, holders of more than 300 VTC authorisations (to operate through Uber and Cabify) in the claim before the General Directorate of Land Transport of the Ministry of Public Works of the Government of Spain.
Key Clients: Hiscox, British Telecom, Mercadona, Renault, Atletico de Madrid Club, Spotify, Arthur Andersen, Starlite, Showa International
Labour & Employment:
15 partners; 37 fee earners based in Spain, Portugal and Latin America.
ECIJA acts in judicial processes in all matters and in collective bargaining processes and restructurings. It has a multidiscipli- nary division of professionals who are experts in LabourTech and Compliance.
■ Advice to ING Bank on use of technological means policy and digital disconnection policy
Key Clients: Bank of Spain, Melia Hotels, Radisson Hotels, Eolia Energy, Vivanta, Atresmedia, ING Bank, Fremantleme- dia, MC & Saatchi
9 partners; 25 fee earners based in Spain, Portugal, Latin and Central America.
ECIJA advises on tax driven structured finance, leasing and collective investment arrangements. The area focuses on corporate and international taxation, corporate reorganizations, e-commerce taxation and tax procedures.
Key Clients: Pilatus Aircraft Limited, Sprim Health Group; Repsol Foundation, DHL Global Forwarding
■ Best Digital Economy, IT, IP and Data Protection Law Firm of the Spanish Market and Most Innovative Project (Expansión Awards 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
■ European Specialist (TMT) Law Firm (The Lawyer 2019)
■ Ranked amongst the most innovative law firms in Europe (Financial Times 2019)
Diversity is a crucial value in ECIJA´s culture.
ECIJA is concerned about fostering diversity and granting inclusion. ECIJA’s challenge consists on officially shape its already open and flexible nature, in order to measure it and follow its application.
ECIJA has experienced how diversity and plurality enriches its daily work. This richness lies on the singularity of each lawyer. Based on that, ECIJA follows the way to adapt the Firm to each employee’s own features, providing accordingly personalized treatment (flexibility).
The keystone is structural change, allowing integration of every valid professional. We bet for a fully inclusive culture, focusing on talent, achievements and performance, putting aside subjective characteristics. For this reason, 2020 Sustainability strategy is focused on achieving real equality among ECIJA´s professionals as a first step in order to achieve real equality in our society.
ECIJA aims all the aforementioned intentions to permeate its daily working practices. In this sense, ECIJA develops a Global Diversity Program. This program consists on multiple initiatives, some of which are related to the formal functioning of the Firm (internal processes and procedures), while others are specific actions (workgroups and communication tools). Thanks to our innovative DNA, most of those initiatives are quite new and disruptive in Law Firms environment:
More Women STEM
This project aims to reveal the crucial role women play in professional environment and its leadership and guidance in future Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics careers.
It is focussed on promoting women’s role as change agent and encourages access of young women to future STEM professions. Particularly, this project provides teenage students with useful tools which will help them in their decision-making path in order to start successful professional careers.
Female students must realize their professional evolution is rooftop-less. They can reach as far as they want, and no social consensus must limit their dreams.
Conciliation and gender equality Committee
This workgroup is composed by ECIJA volunteers that, sponsored by the management team, meet periodically to discuss activities and actions which might help ECIJA walk the conciliation and equality path.
Internal communication open policy
ECIJA makes available to its professionals various internal, online and bidirectional communication channels. ECIJA’s lawyers feel free to express their points of view openly. ECIJA encourages its employees to freely share their interests and opinions via said communication channels.
There is also a specific area, named People & Culture, fully dedicated to listening and taking care of the Firm’s professionals. This specific team is led by the Chief Happiness Officer, whose main responsibility is to maintain ECIJA’s Happiness index at a top level.
In order to facilitate the inclusion of every profile, ECIJA grants 100% flexible working hours, without a specific hour of start and finish of workday. This policy enables employees to organize their work around their lives, not the other way around. As a result, almost 100% of ECIJA´s professionals have different working hours each day.
ECIJA also allows employees to work wherever they want, with no other requisite than covering their duties. The telework policy has no limitation in days or reasons. ECIJA relies, once more, in its professionals’ common sense. The Firm is focused on productivity and results, not in formality and rigorous working hours.