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ECIJA > The Legal 500 Rankings
ECIJA fields an 'involved team that is interested in offering complete advice and providing solutions and alternatives that fit the business needs'. The sizeable department counts household name companies among its clients, including leading players in the telecoms and life sciences sectors. In 2019, the firm launched ECIJA Tech, which provides legaltech solutions to clients and assists them in the digitalisation of their legal departments. Managing partner Alejandro Touriño, Salvador Silvestre and Daniel López are among the partners singled out for praise. At the associate level, Esperanza López, Javier Arnáiz and Cristina Martínez Garay are also noted.
Other key lawyers:
Alejandro Touriño; Alonso Hurtado; María González; Salvador Silvestre; Cristina Villasante; Daniel López; Cristina Martínez Garay; Jesús Yáñez; Carlos Pérez; Esperanza López; Javier Arnaiz; Joaquín Cives
‘In our opinion, it is a team with a high level of: Professionalism, knowledge, dedication, thoroughness, experience, highly trained work team, teamwork, customer orientation, availability.’
‘In-depth knowledge of the subject, knowledge of the sector to which my company and my company belong, closeness in the treatment and speed to receive their input on questions that I ask them. In addition, they are clear and concrete when they respond to the issues that we transfer to them, always proposing solutions. They are the reference office in this matter.’
‘ECIJA’s privacy and data protection team demonstrates a great knowledge of this area of practice, seeking innovative solutions to the new challenges that arise in the company. Its strengths include its legal and technical knowledge, its knowledge of the activity sector and the different applicable regulations, as well as the markets in which it operates. Work methodology aimed at solving day-to-day issues of the company, obtaining results and facilitating a compliance framework. Teamwork between in-house lawyers and ECIJA professionals, very close and accessible. We believe that the firm leads the legal sector in this area of practice.’
‘They have professionals of recognized prestige in the sector, highlighting their professionalism and human quality. Great specialists in the field of the Data Protection standard in its broadest sense, striving to know the particularities of the business of their clients, so that they always try to apply that technical knowledge in effective solutions useful for decision-making, being their solid and judicious arguments. Likewise, it is necessary to highlight the conciliatory character, honesty and their ability to communicate, being very enriching to work with them.’
‘It is worth highlighting the work and involvement in this regard of Daniel López as Partner of the Privacy Area and Alejandro Touriño as Managing Partner and Partner of the Information Technology Area. We must highlight their international positioning as references in this area, close to institutions and organizations in this field of law, both in Spain and in other countries. Both have a great team of professionals, among which Esperanza López and Javier Arnaiz stand out as Senior Associates.’
‘Salvador Silvestre, Cristina Martínez and Marta Granell have been great professionals, providing support at all times, motivating their positions and helping to achieve the projects.’
‘The route, proactivity, availability, know-how and closeness to the client are its hallmarks. Particularly from the partner we work with: Salvador Silvestre.’
‘You feel that you are working with someone internal and not external. They are one of the team. They do not limit themselves to giving legal advice but they look for alternatives to see how you can implement it in your business and in that specific case. In our case, I would like to highlight Alonso Hurtado, Maria Gonzalez, Dmitry Alekseev and Joaquín Cives Leis.’
Bank Of Spain
Melia Hotel Group
University Of Navarra
National Post (Correos)
Industry focus: TMT Tier 1
Leading national and multinational TMT companies instruct the lawyers at ECIJA on a variety of matters. Founding partner Hugo Écija acts for some of Spain's largest media corporations on issues related to new technologies, media and telecoms, while Juan Salmeron and Alonso Hurtado have recently led together on IP, competition and data protection matters for Orange and Vodafone. Barcelona-based Xavier Muñoz is a noted IT expert in the telecoms and gaming sectors, and newly promoted partner Cristina Villasante has developed notable expertise in digital transformation projects.
Other key lawyers:
Hugo Écija; Juan Salmeron; Cristina Villasante; Alonso Hurtado; Alejandro Touriño
‘Ecija is the benchmark in the sector, highlighting not only its knowledge of the current legislation, but also of the upcoming legislative changes, which is vital in cases of implementation of digital issues to avoid the obsolescence of the project. Also important is its ability to analyze an external organization, and carry out the design of implementation plans adapted to its idiosyncrasies and particularities.’
‘Practice in the TMT area requires a high specialization in privacy and IP, as well as knowledge of the technologies that are constantly breaking into companies. ECIJA’s TMT team is highly qualified and recognized in this practice, and their attorneys prove to be up to speed in these matters.’
‘They are an office with a closeness to the client and a very remarkable availability. Given the speed with which new digital and technological projects are emerging in the healthcare field and with an evident impact on privacy, having a highly accessible office is essential.’
‘I would highlight the magnificent work of Alonso Hurtado.’
‘The team has extensive experience in new technologies and innovation, which allows them, in addition to providing their high-quality technical knowledge, to seek new solutions for the client. They perfectly understand how a company works and always put themselves in our place to have a full understanding of the problem. Without a doubt the best formula to find solutions.’
Densu Aegis Network
HAVAS MEDIA GROUP
MEDIAPRO – LA LIGA
ECIJA's longstanding expertise in IP and media work sees it regularly acting for major brands and corporates, especially in the telecoms sector, where it demonstrates particular strength. The firm is able to call on in-house IT and technology expertise, and combines advisory and contentious capabilities. The extensive national team includes founder Hugo Écija, who advises on media and new technologies from the Madrid office, alongside arbitrator Alejandro Touriño, film and TV sector expert Juan Salmeron, and newly promoted partner Cristina Villasante, who specialises in digital transformations. Barcelona's Carlos Perez is also noted, while Felipe Fernández strengthened the Pamplona office, arriving in early 2020.
Other key lawyers:
Hugo Écija; Alejandro Touriño; Carlos Pérez; Juan Salmerón; Cristina Villasante; Felipe Fernandéz
‘ECIJA has highly prestigious professionals. The partner in charge of the project has been Alejandro Touriño, who has shown himself at all times to be a very accessible person, with vast legal and technical knowledge.’
‘Quality in the advice in the area of IP and technology.’
‘The Écija team is very expert in technological issues and copyright. They know the industry well and advise in a very practical and close way. We work with them as an extension of our own team, and we are very satisfied. Alejandro Touriño, Cristina Villasante and the rest of the team are always available to help.’
‘Very close approach, high availability of partners to help resolve issues. Willing to help in everything you need.’
‘There is a combination of legal knowledge in the strict sense of the word and adaptation to a world subject to changes as profound as entertainment with the incorporation of new media, platforms, business models. I think their flexibility and adaptability make them unique.‘
‘The most remarkable thing is that they become “solvers”, the desire to reach agreements, to find the meeting points on which to build a contract, a business is the most noteworthy. From an impeccable legal practice, they do not stop contributing ideas and constructive points of view. That is more admirable and what sets them apart from other firms.’
Dispute resolution Tier 3
ECIJA ‘demonstrates great knowledge of litigation and arbitration’. The team handles the full spectrum of claims, from product liability to professional negligence to commercial disputes. The practice also advises on contentious contract, tort and regulatory matters, notably in the area of technology, where the firm has well-known expertise. Key names in the practice include Javier Lopez, Jordi Pujante, Maite Mascaró, Yolanda Lobao, Cristina Llop and Rafael Azpitarte, as well as recent arrivals Víctor Moralo and José María Abella.
Other key lawyers:
Javier López; Jordi Pujante; José María Abella; Maite Mascaró; Yolanda Lobao; Cristina Llop; Rafael Azpitarte; Víctor Moralo
‘They have professionals of recognized prestige in the sector, highlighting their professionalism and human quality. Great specialists.’
‘ECIJA’s Dispute Resolution: Litigation and Arbitration team demonstrates great knowledge of it.’
Pilatus Aircraft Limited
Football Club Atlético de Madrid
Havas Media Group
Municipality of Madrid
Environment Tier 3
Under the banner of its urbanism and environment practice, ECIJA fields a team focused on the environmental impact of development projects, and which also has particular strength in assisting public bodies on environment legislation. An 'expert in the field', Víctor Moralo is the key contact, experienced in advising multinationals on the environmental aspects of their operations in Spain, as well as counting a number of regional governments among his clients. Urban planning lawyer Juan Carlos Cardoso is another name to note.
Other key lawyers:
Juan Carlos Cardoso; Jordi Bonet
‘The office shows a total disposition to attend the client’s needs. Given their knowledge of the regulations, what is relevant is to explain well the project being managed, the operation of the organization behind the project, and to be guided by their deep knowledge of the matter. It is important to point out that it is an office with which it is very accessible and receptive to customer comments and opinions.’
‘I think Écija is a very important external advisor on the development of environmental regulations. It s also worth mentioning that they give advice to multinational companies and global NGO’s, a fact that I take as a proof of their international exposure.’
‘I know Víctor Moralo for many years and I consider him a trusted legal advisor. This was before he started to specialize on environmental law and now I consider him an expert on the field.’
‘Victor Moralo clearly sticks out, from his knowledge on environmental issues, from the capability to think beyond the legal aspect, and to put his advice in a strategic context. When there are legal roadblocks, he does not only identify them, but immediately aims to find ways to bypass them by finding other ways. He has no problem to get involved in politics and to think like a politician if needed. He is the perfect legal sparring partner with an outstanding integrity and willingness to support anytime with the best he can.’
‘I would highlight the great experience they show in environmental developments advising public bodies.’
‘My relationship has been with Víctor Moralo Iza. He is a person of such efficiency and commitment to the client as I have not met another in my professional career. His great capacity for work, together with his deep knowledge and the deployment of means that he makes available to clients, generates a climate of absolute trust that guarantees the success of any entrusted management.’
‘The collaboration and speed of response has been magnificent. Especially in the way of transmitting the answers that have been made in a simple and understandable way for people who are not experts in law.’
‘Victor Moralo – During the time that we have worked together, he has not only been a professional advisor, but has also managed to connect and understand the interests of his client, which is noticeable when preparing writings, reports, etc… That in addition to the necessary technicalities, gives them a very important human touch.’
Atletico de Madrid Football Club
Artificial Intelligence Structures
Other key lawyers:
Emilio Prieto; Hugo Écija; Leticia Domínguez; Magdalena Bertram; Gabriel Nadal; Elena Annez de Taboada; Pablo Jiménez de Parga; Marina Martinez
‘They are constantly on top of the issue in question, constantly monitoring it.’
‘Écija stands out for its personalised attention and its high degree of technical knowledge.’
‘The specialised attention, the proximity and its technical reliability.’
‘Our experience with the Ecija team is very satisfactory. They are very competent.’
‘Ecija has a tremendously competent team in the business field, being able to include advice in the most traditional aspects and also in the digital field.’
‘Their best quality is the closeness they maintain in the relationship, making communication as easy as possible at any time. They know how to listen. Excellent professional who is loyal and has managed to expand our services with them: Emilio Prieto.’
‘The availability and creativity in the solutions offered for blockages in operations. Marina Martinez, Leticia Domínguez Pavon, Tamara Soto.’
Melia Hotel Group
GM Food Iberica
Atlético de Madrid Football Club
ECIJA specialises in advice to TMT-sector companies, working closely with the firm's IT practice. Clients include a range of multinationals as well as international governmental organisations. The team is overseen by founding partner and media specialist Hugo Écija and managing partner Alejandro Touriño, who focuses on trade mark disputes.
Hugo Écija; Alejandro Touriño
Banking and finance Tier 7
With ‘deep knowledge of financial and technological businesses’, ECIJA specialises in fintech and financial regulation. The firm has experience advising on crowdfunding, initial coin offerings, open banking, blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Key names in the team are María González, Alonso Hurtado, Magdalena Bertram, Cristina Villasante and Daniel López Carballo.
Other key lawyers:
María González; Alonso Hurtado; Magdalena Bertram; Cristina Villasante; Daniel López Carballo
‘They are very good specialists and the treatment is excellent.’
‘ECIJA fully understands the needs and concerns of its clients and that makes working with them easier.’
‘They are well dimensioned to cover all aspects related to our needs and well organized when working as a team.’
‘Due to their specific knowledge of financial and banking law, among other areas, and due to the fact that they know the latest market practices, they analyze the issues in a complete way and provide us with innovative solutions.’
‘ECIJA has a team specialized in Fintech and Banking of the first level, which has extensive legal knowledge, always managing to provide innovative solutions to the challenges that a deeply regulated sector like this poses.’
‘Special mention for María González.’
‘Without a doubt, it is our first option as legal advisors specialized in Fintech, Banking and Technology, both for legal and business knowledge, and for being one of the most competitive firms from the point of view of fees.’
‘The highest knowledge of the technological and financial market.’
Bank of Portugal
Bank of Spain
VWFS – Volkswagen Financial Services
ECIJA > Firm Profile
ECIJA is one of the best multidisciplinary and independent firms in the Spanish market, as well as the firm of choice for TMT, IP and data protection. ECIJA has 29 offices in 16 countries and the largest presence of an Ibero-American firm in Latin America.
|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||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||Constantino Vidal|
|Spanish and international tax||Nazario Mendoza|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 750
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/ Porto/ Braga Other offices : Santiago de Chile Other offices : Tegucigalpa / San Pedro Sula Other offices : San Jose/ Guanacaste Other offices : Managua Other offices : Guatemala Other offices : San Salvador Other offices : Panama Other offices : Rio de Janeiro/ São Paulo/ Brasilia/ Belo Horizonte Other offices : Bogotá Other offices : Mexico Other offices : Buenos Aires Other offices : Quito /Guayaquil
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.
Chairman: Hugo Écija
Vice President: Pablo Jiménez de Parga
Managing Partner: Alejandro Touriño
Number of partners: 140 Number of lawyers: 700
Languages: English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin
Firm Overview: ECIJA is one of the best multidisciplinary and independent firms in the Spanish market and also the firm of choice for TMT, IP and data protection. ECIJA has 27 offices in 16 countries (Spain, Portugal and LATAM) and the largest presence in Latin America.
Main Areas of Practice:
IT, Telecoms, Data Protection & Outsourcing:
22 partners; 120 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 developers, advertising groups, electronics, telecommunication operators, financial institutions and energy companies.
- Advice to Santander Bank to implement a legal design project in regard to the master agreement with technological providers.
- Support to Mercadona in the implementation of a facial recognition technology system in all the company´s premises.
- Advice to McDonalds in compliance of privacy and data protection obligations in Spain.
Key Clients: Mercedes, LVMH Group, Microsoft, Inditex, Michelin, Telefónica, Santander, LG Electronics, Bank of Spain, Dentsu.
Contacts: Alejandro Touriño, Hugo Écija
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Intellectual Property & Copyrights:
16 partners; 90 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 Span- ish market.
- Advice to Rakuten TV on all IP licensing matters, including acquisition of third-party rights and the selling of own generated content.
- Negotiation on behalf of Orange with the nine copyright and related rights collective management societies (CMOs) that operate in Spain.
Key Clients: H&M, Fox, Rakuten TV, Indra, NH Hotels, Ferrovial, Vodafone, ONCE; Omnicom Media Group.
Contacts: Alejandro Touriño, Hugo Écija
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Corporate/M&A & Private Equity:
53 partners; 70 fee earners based in Spain, Portugal and Latin America. ECIJA advices large Spain-based and international corporations, VC and private equity investors in na- tional and cross border transactions. ECIJA has wide expertise in sectors driven by innovation (such as tech- nology, clean energy, automotive, aerospace, financial services and life sciences).
- Counsel to Jenoptik AG (Frankfurt Stock Exchange listed company) in the two first acquisitions of robotic companies in Spain.
- Advice to Deutsche Boerse AG (Frankfurt Stock Exchange listed company) in a $15 million investment round in a fintech company.
Key Clients: Yahoo, Pfizer, The Boeing Company, Honeywell, Melia Hotel Group, M&C Saatchi, Jenoptik AG, DHL and Deutsche Boerse AG.
Contacts: Emilio Prieto, Gabriel Nadal
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Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Arbitration:
39 partners; 1200 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 Orange in a large-scale volume proceeding in both civil and administrative proceedings.
- Representation of H&M in relevant a dispute in the civil and mercantile sphere concerning one of the company’s flagships stores.
Key Clients: Hiscox, British Telecom, Mercadona, Renault, Atletico de Madrid Club, Orange, ING Bank, EDP, Ferrovial, Starlite, Showa International
Contacts: Pablo Jiménez de Parga, Javier López,
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Labour & Employment:
27 partners; 50 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 multidisciplinary division of professionals who are experts in LabourTech and Compliance.
- Advice to Bank of Spain on the implementation of a Security Operations Center (SOC) for monitoring technological systems and employees.
- 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, Fremantle Media, MC & Saatchi
Contacts: Raúl Rojas, Fernando Vizcaino
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18 partners; 30 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, digital society taxation and tax procedures.
- Advice to DHL on its indirect taxation policy.
- Advice to Repsol Foundation in the process of investment in startups (venture philanthropy).
Key Clients: Pilatus Aircraft Limited, Sprim Health Group; Repsol Foundation, DHL Global Forwarding
Contact: Constantino Vidal
- Best Digital Economy, IT, IP and Data Protec- tion Law Firm of the Spanish Market and Most Innovative Project (Expansión Awards 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
- European Specialist (TMT) Law Firm and Highly Commended best Iberian Law Firm (The Lawyer 2019, 2020)
- Ranked amongst the most innovative law firms in Europe (Financial Times 2020)
Diversity is a crucial value in ECIJA´s culture.
ECIJA is concerned about fostering diversity and granting inclusion. ECIJA’s challenge consists of 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 of 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.
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