Garrigues > Madrid, Spain > Firm Profile

28001 MADRID

Spain > Banking and finance Tier 1

Standing out for its geographical footprint in Spain, Garrigues maintains a leading position in the market, acting for the most prestigious domestic banks, international financial institutions, funds and sponsors in a broad range of matters, including high-value acquisition finance, direct lending, asset and real estate finance, among others. Hybrid securitisation, finance deals involving various jurisdictions, and ESG-linked transactions are key areas of growth for the practice, which is also noted for its expertise in regulatory matters, including fintech and crypto assets. The practice is under the joint leadership of Rafael González-Gallarza and Luis de la Peña, the latter of whom stands out for his in-depth knowledge of banking and financial services regulations. On the transactional side, Gaspar Atienza specialises in corporate finance and is a reference for cross-border mandates. José Miguel Pinillos is especially proficient in financing and refinancing deals with a link to Latin America and related to the real estate and infrastructure sectors. Acquisition finance is an area of expertise for Gonzalo Rivera, a key contact for major Spanish private equity funds, while Xabier Urtiaga often acts for lenders and borrowers in corporate finance and real estate-related transactions.

Practice head(s):

Rafael González-Gallarza; Luis de la Peña

Other key lawyers:

Gaspar Atienza; Jose Miguel Pinillos; Gonzalo Rivera; Xabier Urtiaga; Naiara Bueno; Clemente Mateo; Francesc Cholvi; Jon Goirigolzarri


‘The Garrigues team has proven to have more than enough knowledge to cover our needs, and they are also very fast and practical, which we are grateful for.’

‘Flexibility, 360-degree vision and proximity.’

‘Garrigues are already leaders in their sector.’

‘Human quality and high level of service.’

‘José Miguel Pinillos is recommended.’

‘Great knowledge, helpful explanation of Spanish legal concepts to non-Spanish lawyers. ’

‘Francesc Cholvi is extremely knowledgeable of procedural matters.’

Key clients

Axon Partners Group Investment, Sgeic, S.A.

Banca March

Banco De Sabadell

Banco Santander


Bbva Asset Management, Sgiic, S.A.


Bnp Paribas Sas

Crédit Agricole

Deutsche Bank

European Investment Bank

Gawa Capital Partners Sgeic, S.A.

Inbestme Europe, A.V., S.A.

Rothschildco Wealth Management Spain, A.V., S.A.

Royal Bank Of Canada


Singular Bank, S.A.U.

Talenta Gestión, Sgiic, S.A.

Warburg Pincus Group

Waterfall Asset Management

Spain > Capital markets: Debt Tier 1

Financial institutions and issuers regularly seek Garrigues‘ assistance with complex and innovative debt offerings, ranging from EMTN programmes to high-yield bonds, hybrid products, commercial paper and securitisations, the latter of which is a key strength for the practice. Recent highlights have seen the team advise on the issuance of Spain’s first listed blockchain bond and on the first securitisation of solar panels financing in the country. With over two decades of experience in the capital markets space, Gonzálo García-Fuertes excels in high-yield transactions, securitisations and debt issuances. José Luis Palao, a name to note for both corporate and financial institutions, has a wealth of experience in DCM and ECM deals in Spain. Marta López-Brea specialises in securitisation transactions, while Li Jun Chen Lin is skilled in the public and private placement of standalone bonds and commercial paper, and advises on securitisation deals and debt issuance programmes.

Practice head(s):

Mónica Martín de Vidales; Álvaro López-Jorrín

Other key lawyers:

Key clients


Inter-American Development Bank





Deutsche Bank

Grupo Antolín


La Sirena

Spain > Capital markets: Equity Tier 1

Singled out for its ‘in-depth knowledge of regulations and contact with the CNMV’ (the Spanish National Securities Market Commission), Garrigues is well placed to advise on the gamut of equity capital market transactions, which often include novel and first-of-a-kind structures. Despite the slowdown in activity in the ECM space over the past couple of years, the team has remained busy advising financial institutions and major corporates on IPOs and listings on BME Growth, bookbuild offerings, repurchase programmes, and public M&A. Àlvaro López-Jorrín has considerable experience in the issuance of both equity and fixed-income securities. Gonzálo García-Fuertes is the primary contact in the team for big-ticket IPOs, while Leticia Comin, who previously served as chief of staff to the president of the CNMV, is often engaged in capital raising processes and corporate governance matters involving listed companies.

Practice head(s):

Mónica Martín de Vidales; Álvaro López-Jorrín

Other key lawyers:

Gonzalo García-Fuertes; Leticia Comin; Fernando Vives; José Luis Palao; Naiara Bueno


‘Garrigues has an excellent team, with extensive experience and full availability.’

‘Its best quality is the combination of technical quality, availability, and closeness.’

‘Garrigues is a multidisciplinary firm, recognised for its excellence and experience in various legal areas. His team stands out for the quality of their work, their knowledge, as well as their close relationship with the in-house lawyer.’

‘The lawyers are characterised by their deep legal knowledge, close treatment with the in-house lawyers, full availability, and quality of advice.’

‘Stands out for its in-depth knowledge of regulations and contact with the CNMV.’

‘Very prepared team; well-informed to offer comprehensive advice and follow-ups.’

Key clients

Linea Directa




Axon Partners

International Consolidated Airlines




Banco Sabadell

Spain > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Boasting an extensive national platform, Garrigues is seen with great regularity advising major Spanish clients, including a large share of IBEX-35 companies, on industry-defining transactions. The firm is noted for its proficiency in high-value M&A deals across an array of sectors, ranging from energy to TMT and financial services. The corporate and M&A practice is led by a capable duo: the ‘very professional and knowledgeableMónica Martín De Vidales, who acts for both private and public listed companies in high-end M&A; and Àlvaro López-Jorrín, who boasts a strong track record in transactions involving the banking sector. Managing partner Fernando Vives, ‘undoubtedly one of the best lawyers in Spain‘, remains active advising on sophisticated M&A and corporate governance issues concerning Spanish listed companies. With almost two decades’ experience in this space, Arnau Tapias is trusted by insurers and listed companies seeking guidance on contracts, corporate restructurings, acquisitions and disposals. Outsourcing transactions are a notable strength for Sergio González Galán, who heads up the firm’s corporate governance team.

Practice head(s):

Mónica Martín de Vidales; Álvaro López-Jorrín

Other key lawyers:


‘Garrigues provides a very good service. The team is highly efficient and pragmatic. They are approachable and knowledgeable of corporate law matters.’

‘Mónica Martín De Vidales is very professional and knowledgeable. She is efficient in providing advice and drafting.’

‘Availability for any client need; great technical-legal and financial sector knowledge; experience in complex transactions; they perfectly understand the client’s needs and even anticipate them.’

‘One of the three best law firms in Spain in this field. They have extensive knowledge of M&A and the client’s business.’

‘Fernando Vives is undoubtedly one of the best lawyers in Spain. He has the ability to address legal work with a degree of precision and detail, as well as experience, that is practically unique. Arnau Tapias is a great professional with commendable dedication and precision in his judgments. ’

‘The Garrigues team has characteristics that make it one of the best in this area. The team possesses the appropriate diversity of professional skills, seniority, and client care skills to provide first-class services. They are very flexible and adaptable and have the ability to quickly and adequately understand clients’ needs. It is a team which it is very easy to work with.’

‘Sergio González Galán stands out above all, but Beatriz Amillo is also outstanding.’

‘The outstanding partners are Fernando Vives and Alvaro Lopez-Jorrín. They differ from competitors in their knowledge of the sector and the business, and their proactive ability to offer practical solutions to problems with a business vision.’

Key clients


Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria

IAG (International Airlines Group)


Red Eléctrica





Merlin Properties

Work highlights

  • Advised Matrix Renewables on the joint venture agreement with Rolwind Renovablesto for the creation of a new platform dedicated to the development and construction of 4 GW of green hydrogen projects in Spain in the following 10 years.
  • Advised the private shareholders on the sale of IVI RMA to KKR for €3bn.

Spain > Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

The data protection, privacy, cybersecurity and technology practice at Garrigues is ‘up-to-date and very efficient, rigorous and compliant‘. Clients praise practice head Alejandro Padín and senior associate Katiana Otero as ‘upright lawyers who look after the interests of their clients with great knowledge and empathy‘. The firm handles data economy matters, including data monetisation projects, as well as regulatory issues concerning data privacy and cybersecurity, either in preparation for cyberattacks or as an incident response team. Padín and senior associate Álvaro Blanco assist major multinationals with day-to-day data protection matters, including the drafting and negotiation of international data transfer agreements with service providers.

Practice head(s):

Alejandro Padín

Other key lawyers:


‘I really like how they work. They are always ready.’

‘The Garrigues team is up-to-date and very efficient. Rigorous and compliant.’

‘They are upright lawyers who look after the interests of their clients with great knowledge and empathy.’

‘Alejandro Padín is very responsive, understated, and maintains good connections with authorities. Gets the job done and always with no fuss.’

Key clients

Philip Morris Spain

Bip&Drive, E.d.e. S.a.

Unidad Oftalmológica Balear (Grupo Miranza)

L’oréal España, S.a.u.

Vocento S.a. (Grupo Vocento)

Carrefour Group

Hyundai Motor España

Lopesan Group

Jazz Pharmaceuticals

Samsung Iberia, S.a.u.

Work highlights

Spain > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Hailed by a client as ‘the best litigation team on the market in Spain‘, Garrigues stands out as a primary choice for clients seeking advice on some of the most complex disputes in Spain and internationally. The practice is well versed in representing leading corporates, investment funds, financial institutions, and high-net-worth individuals across various industries, including private equity, construction, energy, automotive, pharma, and technology. Leadership responsibilities are shared between Alberto Pimenta, the global head of the department; Antonio Entrena López-Peña, who is in charge of the civil and commercial litigation practice; and Francisco Serrano Osobliwa, who oversees the international arbitration and ADR sub-practice. Other key practitioners include Eduardo Santamaría Moral, recognised for his expertise in the private equity market and prowess in representing sports professionals and football clubs. Ana Garotte, praised for her ‘great mastery of civil, commercial, and procedural areas, including issues of complex financial contracts‘ and Diego Vicente Pérez, an expert in civil and corporate litigation, are also noteworthy. Alejandro Huertas stands out for his excellence in all types of contentious and pre-litigation matters.

Practice head(s):

Alberto Pimenta; Antonio Entrena López-Peña; Francisco Serrano Osobliwa

Other key lawyers:


‘In addition to their skills and technical knowledge, the entire team demonstrates great dedication and, above all, a very high level of knowledge of the client and its activity, which gives it a clear competitive advantage over its competitors.’

‘An extraordinary team. The best in the market in litigation. It has a very powerful practice, with a specialist for each subject, always available and with very high-performance equipment. They excel in their ability to provide innovative solutions. They are a safe bet. The place to go when something important is at stake.’

‘Alejandro Huertas is the most dedicated and talented partner I have ever worked with.  Alejandro has been working for us for nearly two years now on extremely complex and interrelated dispute resolution matters before numerous courts throughout Spain. Every matter that has been decided, has been decided in our favor. Alejandro’s counsel has been invaluable in helping us navigate the judicial intricacies of a foreign legal system. Alejandro is a true advocate for our business and its principles – his advice has been spot on throughout a very difficult time period for us.’

‘Ana Garrote is a litigation partner who demonstrates great mastery of the civil, commercial and procedural areas, including issues of complex financial contracts, which allows her to direct with great poise and ease the judicial processes of these matters before the Courts. She also shows great involvement in matters relevant to clients and is always available to resolve queries and doubts that arise. ’

‘They understand the problem quickly, have a commercial vision and understand the impacts for the company in the event of obtaining an unfavourable ruling. They design a defence strategy together with the company, there is fluid and trustworthy communication. They quickly report any new developments in the case and constantly follow up. ’

‘I would highlight the partner Diego Vicente Pérez. They are a team with an exceptional technical level, which they combine with a commercial vision and mind. They are empathetic to their clients’ problems and strive to add value and achieve more.’

‘The team stands out for its ability to focus and dissect the dispute. The team is capable of uniting professionals from other practices that also provide differential value. His work in the procedure, especially in the hearings, is very accurate and with a lot of dedication.’

Key clients










Melia Hotels International



Diana Capital




Work highlights

  • Defends the Spanish public entity CORREOS against the highest amount claim for damages for breach of competition law currently discussed in Spain.
  • Defends ACS and ABERTIS in a claim regarding the R-3 and R-5 Spanish radial toll roads.
  • Defends the construction company Laffarge-Holcim in an investment arbitration under UNCITRAL rules against the Republic of Ecuador as a result of the latter’s breach of the agreement for the reciprocal promotion and protection of investments signed between Spain and Ecuador in 1996.

Spain > Employment Tier 1

Noted for its sizeable, ‘innovative team’ of ‘unbeatable people and professionals’, Garrigues is sought out by clients from across the technology, energy, finance, aeronautics and retail sectors, among others, seeking assistance with sensitive employment law matters, from restructurings to collective bargaining agreements and litigation. Department leader Rosa Zarza steers the team in a variety of mandates, including collective dismissals, reorganisations and compliance. Adriano Gómez is singled out for his extensive experience in representing clients before various labour courts, while Bernardo Pérez-Navas is especially active in workforce restructurings and collective bargaining.

Practice head(s):

Rosa Zarza

Other key lawyers:

Adriano Gómez; Bernardo Pérez-Navas; Rafael Giménez-Arnau; Angel Olmedo; Ignacio Esteban; Felipe Ochoa


‘Unbeatable people and professionals.’

‘An innovative team, which reinforces dedication and availability to the client while leveraging technology to cover the entirety of our business.’

‘Integrated team that works well together. They involve other areas of the firm to provide the best service. Ability to communicate in English and at different levels of client management. Very accessible.’

‘Very client-oriented people and great professionals. I would like to highlight Bernardo Pérez-Navas and Ignacio Esteban.’

‘I would like to highlight Bernardo Pérez-Navas’s great knowledge, ability to understand the client’s needs, ability to think outside of the box, great capacity for work and humility. It is very easy to work with him.’

‘Garrigues helps us achieve our objectives through tailored solutions regardless of the complexity of the issues.’

‘The attorneys we work with are professionals highly specialised in labour topics, providing qualified legal assistance in all the matters related to it. Their advice and proposals take into account all the potential perspectives on the issue to be solved in a very committed and prompt way. We are very happy to work with them.’

‘Outstanding partners include Rosa Zarza and Bernardo Pérez-Navas. Felipe Ochoa is a great associate.’

Key clients


Nordex Energy

Grupo Godó de Comunicación

Duro Felguera


Singular Bank

Louis Vuitton

Siemens Gamesa

Amazon Spain Fulfillment


Hewlett Packard




Real Madrid Club de Fútbol


Roche Farma



Norwegian Airlines

Spain > EU and competition Tier 1

Singled out for its ‘technical excellence’ and ‘expertise in new markets’, Garrigues offers clients assistance with multijurisdictional merger filings, high-stakes antitrust matters, damages actions and state aid matters. Leading the competition practice is Susana Cabrera Zaragoza, who is proficient in both merger proceedings and cartel cases. Oriol Armengol Gasull is routinely sought after for his expertise in abuse of dominance cases. Fernando Las Navas is highly experienced in litigation before the Spanish National Markets and Competition Commission (CNMC) and the European Commission. Clients also praise Konstantin Jörgens, who is ‘extremely knowledgable’ and ‘very pragmatic’.

Practice head(s):

Susana Cabrera Zaragoza

Other key lawyers:

Oriol Armengol Gasull; Luis Ortiz Blanco; Fernando Las Navas; Konstantin Jörgens; Alfonso Lamadrid


‘Full availability, technical quality, knowledge of the sector, coordination capacity in complex transactions.’

‘Technical excellence, expertise in new markets,  availability and flexibility are the elements that distinguish this practice from other firms. The assurance for clients that the advice is first-class. ’

‘Garrigues’ competition team is one of the few teams in Spain composed of so many top-level lawyers. Both partners (Oriol Armengol to be highlighted) and associates have a hands-on mentality in managing complex issues and addressing different business models and a variety of markets.’

‘I work very closely with Konstantin Jörgens. He is a one of a kind lawyer who is extremely knowledgable but also very pragmatic. Quite a unique combination. He is always available and responds very quickly to emails. He is kind and pleasant to work with, which is again quite unique given his quallities.’

Key clients



Google / Alphabet


Boston Scientific Corporation





Warner Media










Spain > Industry focus: Food Tier 1

A variety of clients, ranging from large national food conglomerates and cooperatives, to associations and investors, turn to Garrigues‘very solid and very well-coordinated team’ for its in-depth knowledge of the food industry and 'the world of agriculture in Spain'. The team is particularly skilled at handling M&A deals for national and international PE funds looking to invest in the domestic food sector. Murcia-based Miguel Ángel López Mateo, a key contact for several international funds focused on the food and agribusiness spaces, oversees the department with Jose Ramón Tenor Peñafiel in Sevilla, the latter of whom is trusted by several industry associations.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Ángel López Mateo; Jose Ramón Tenor Peñafiel

Other key lawyers:

Lorena Colomer


‘A very solid and very well-coordinated team. The availability of the team is constant. They act quickly and respond to queries and questions raised almost in real time.’

‘Great availability and empathy from professionals. Very imaginative when it comes to analysing and solving the questions that arise. Great knowledge of the commercial field and the food world and business.’

‘A multidisciplinary and coordinated team, which provides joint legal solutions to the members of our organisation.’

‘The ability to lead a worldwide offer of legal services, facilitating interaction with the different legal and business managers of the company.’

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable of all areas and all companies in the Spanish agriculture sector.’

‘It is a firm that knows the world of agriculture in Spain better than anyone. Thus, they can advise their clients in this context and know how to work with family businesses.’

Key clients


Central Lechera Asturiana (CAPSA)

El Pozo Alimentación


AMC Natural Drinks

Ybarra Alimentación

Costco Wholesale



Pernod Ricard

Virto Frozen Foods

Sunridge Partners

Platano de Canarias (ASPROCAN)



Marie Brizard

Kellogg España

Ebro Foods


Estrella de Galicia (Hijos de Rivera)

Eurobanan (Total Produce)


De Prado

Pan Star

Pago de Carrovejas

COREN (Cooperativas Orensanas)



Supermercados El Árbol

G’s Group


Grupo Mahou-San Miguel


Moyca Grapes

Grupo El Ciruelo

La Unión

DAT-Schaub Gallent


Nueva Pescanova



Complejo Agrícola Las Lomas

Nuveen Natural Capital


Work highlights

  • Assisted Magnum with the sale of a majority position in Greentastic (Agrupa Lettuce or Agrupa Group) to Solum Partners.
  • Advised Fremman and The Natural Fruit Company on the acquisition of Bollo International Fruits, and Privilege Fruits.
  • Advised on the acquisition by ProA Capital private equity fund of Agricola Villena, a vegetable packing and selling company based in Alicante.

Spain > Industry focus: TMT Tier 1

At Garrigues, the advice is ‘creative, fast, decisive, effective, clear and concise‘.  The firm’s large multi-disciplinary digital practice provides a comprehensive set of services to an impressive roster of clients, among them Comcast, FIFA, Google, IBM and Cisco Systems. Transactional partners José Ramón Morales in Barcelona and Javier Marzo in Madrid oversee the telecoms and media practice groups, handling financing and M&A deals, while Madrid-based partners Carolina Pina and Alejandro Padín lead on IP and cybersecurity respectively, focusing heavily on the media and entertainment sectors. Up-and-coming partner Cristina Mesa stands out for her litigation skills in complex matters involving software, big data, and unfair competition.

Practice head(s):

Javier Marzo; José Ramón Morales; Carolina Pina; Alejandro Padín Vidal

Other key lawyers:


‘Extensive knowledge of the sector and applicable regulatory developments. Initiative and proactivity. Knowledge of the history of the matters entrusted to them.’

‘I would like to highlight the work, professionalism and knowledge of the technological sector and legal depth of José Ramón Morales.’

‘They are a great firm. This team is very practical and decisive. They always give quick and effective solutions. They are experts in technology regulations, such as the DSA, the DMA, and others. Lately I have contacted them to advise me on artificial intelligence in Europe. I have received clearer answers from this team than from other firms.’

‘Creative, fast, decisive, effective, clear and concise. In addition, they know industry and market standards, which is very useful.’

Key clients





ATP Media

Fundación Universitaria San Pablo-CEU



Cisco Systems


Telecom Castilla-La Mancha


Square Inc. / Block





Ferrovial Mobility




Spain > Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 1

Led by ‘fast, brilliant and super practical‘ IP and digital business partner Carolina Pina and experienced IP prosecutor João Miranda de Sousa, Garrigues' IP practice stands out for its strength in both contentious and advisory work. Whether advising on infringement, commercial contracts, M&A deals, filings, portfolio management, or emerging issues such as AI, neural marketing, NFTs or augmented reality, the firm ‘delivers pragmatic advice‘. The copyright lawyers frequently act for internet platforms, content providers, sports organisers, fashion/retail companies, and clients in the automotive sector. IP and technology litigator Cristina Mesa, newly promoted art and entertainment law partner Antonio Muñoz, and associate Ricardo López Alzaga all play significant roles in the firm’s high-profile matters.

Practice head(s):

Carolina Pina Sánchez; João Miranda de Sousa


‘The great thing about working with Garrigues, and more specifically, with the IP team, is that if you have any questions, they assist you, are always available, and the level of empathy with the client. You feel very confident in their hands and it also seems that you are the best client they have, in terms of attention. They are great professionals.’

‘Carolina Pina – apart from her professional greatness, she gets totally involved in your business. Cristina Mesa is a great professional too.’

‘The team of Carolina Pina, Cristina Mesa and Ricardo López Alzaga are great professionals in their field. Their treatment, knowledge of the subject and way in which they propose solutions is excellent.’

‘I really like working with the Garrigues copyright team. Carolina Pina is excellent. She is very practical and decisive. They know a lot about copyright and platform liability, which is the main reason I contacted them. The company I referred to them was very satisfied. They know a lot about industry standards, which helped them make practical decisions.’

‘Carolina Pina is without a doubt the best copyright lawyer I have used in Spain. She’s fast, brilliant and super practical. She is always available and has an impeccable SLA.’

‘Goes the extra mile – always helpful and knowledgeable.’

‘Antonio Muñoz and Carolina Pina – trusted advisers that consistently think through issues and deliver pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

Netflix International Bv

Javier Calleja

World Productions


Ikiru Films


Pace Rights Management

Red Bull

Atlantis Animation

Cmz Machinery Group, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Netflix on a litigation case which will define the lawfulness of audiovisual adaptations of real-life events and characters.
  • Providing legal advice to Spanish visual artist Javier Calleja and his art studio on AI and activating opt-out of generative AI tools.
  • Representing Clave Denia in design, copyright, and unfair competition infringement matters.

Spain > Intellectual property: Trade marks Tier 1

Noted for 'its closeness and its high technical knowledge', Garrigues is a key adviser to media, entertainment, retail and sporting entities on trade mark matters. Its work spans complex litigation, commercial contracts, M&A transactions, IP filings and the management of large trade mark portfolios. It is also sought after for large-scale assessments of the law in emerging areas such as NFTs, augmented reality and neural marketing. IP and digital business partner Carolina Pina and experienced prosecutor João Miranda de Sousa, both based in Madrid, lead the practice. Barcelona-based litigator Isabel Pascual De Quinto, who ‘demonstrates great dedication‘, and emerging partner talent Cristina Mesa in Madrid, who exhibits ‘sharp legal acumen‘, are central to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Carolina Pina Sánchez; João Miranda de Sousa

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is highly specialised, with excellent knowledge of the practice and great capacity to carry out comprehensive analyses of risks as well as to propose various options to address them.’

‘In addition to her skills and technical knowledge, Isabel Pascual de Quinto demonstrates great dedication and knowledge of the latest developments, the market and the client.’

‘The Garrigues team is made up of professionals who perfectly know the company’s needs, implementing innovative and creative solutions that allow it to achieve the objectives of adequate protection of industrial property rights.Its professional quality, its closeness and its high technical knowledge of the subject stand out. Collaboration and communication both in person and through telematic meetings is excellent.’

‘From our point of view, the elements that stand out are the search for a deep understanding of the spirit and values ​​of our company and what its industrial property rights represent. Cristina Giner Mas who has been collaborating with us for a decade.’

‘The team distinguishes itself through its breadth of expertise, client-centric approach, and commitment to excellence. We trust the team’s strengths, skills, and dedication to delivering exceptional legal services that consistently outshine those of their competitors. They are also always ahead of deadlines and fees are very competitive.’

‘I highly recommend Cristina Mesa for her sharp legal acumen and the ability to anticipate future legal trends. She has a great practical approach and excellent manners.’

Key clients



Valencia Club de Futbol

Hijos de Rivera (Estrella Galicia)

Bimba y Lola, SL

Makeblock Co Ltd

Clave Denia SA






Work highlights

  • Acted for Hijos de Rivera in two different oral hearings, defending Estrella Galicia trade marks before the General Court of the European Union in Luxembourg.
  • Currently advising VALENCIA CF on the protection of its trade marks, image rights and brand image in the innovative field of the METAVERSE and NFT.
  • Represents the Chinese robotics company Makeblock in a legal proceeding against one of its former distributors in Spain.

Spain > Projects and energy Tier 1

Backed by a ‘combination of technical expertise, exceptional leadership and a client-focused approach’, the team at Garrigues acts for an impressive roster of domestic and international corporations, financial institutions, regulatory bodies and public entities. Noted for providing ‘cutting-edge solutions’, the group is proficient in project finance, contractual matters, M&A, regulatory issues, compliance and litigation concerning the energy and infrastructure sectors. Corporate and commercial lawyer Mónica Martín De Vidales and Àlvaro López-Jorrín, singled out for his expertise in regulatory matters, jointly lead the group. Other key individuals include Marcos Botella, who is particularly skilled in the financing of renewable and infrastructure projects, and Silvestre Arana, who has over 30 years' experience in energy and natural resources matters. Álvaro Valle maintains a broad practice covering M&A, project development and contracts in the power and oil and gas markets.

Practice head(s):

Mónica Martín de Vidales; Alvaro López-Jorrín

Other key lawyers:


‘Combines first-class legal skills with a deep understanding of the technical and regulatory aspects of energy projects, resulting in comprehensive advice for clients.’

‘Garrigues’ strength lies in its ability to anticipate and adapt to changes in legislation and market trends, thus providing cutting-edge solutions to the sector’s challenges.’

‘A leader in its field thanks to its multidisciplinary experience, its adaptability to market trends and its commitment to innovation and diversity.’

‘What truly sets them apart is their passionate dedication and deep knowledge of the sector.’

‘It is the combination of technical expertise, exceptional leadership and a client-focused approach that places Garrigues at the forefront of this highly specialised area of ​​law.’

‘Great availability at short notice and very easy conversation on billing.’

‘Provides exceptional advice on energy and the environment. They have a solid and extensive knowledge of the subject and make difficult things easy.’

Key clients



Banco de Sabadell

Banco Santander

BNP Paribas



Deutsche Bank

ERG, S.p.A

European Investment Bank





Green Genius

Macquaire Bank

Matrix Renewables

Munich Re (MEAG)

Perfecta Energía

Plenium Partners

Renewable Power Capital (a CPP -Canadian Pension Plan- fund)

Saeta Yield




Verbund AG

Vía Outlets

Spain > Public law Tier 1

Garrigues handles the full scope of public law-related matters, from public procurement, PPPs and regulatory matters, to administrative proceedings and sanctioning procedures. Team head Alfredo Fernández Rancaño has broad domestic and international experience in PPPs, contentious-administrative matters and in the financing of public infrastructure. Administrative law expert Miguel Loya Del Río frequently acts as counsel in major judicial reviews and sanctioning procedures initiated by Spanish public entities. Another name to note for administrative litigation, Javier Manchado is particularly active in the energy, life sciences and healthcare sectors. Juan Manuel Cabeza provides ongoing legal advice to several multinational companies, most notably names from the healthcare, pharmaceuticals, transport and real estate spaces, on administrative matters.

Practice head(s):

Alfredo Fernández Rancaño

Other key lawyers:

Miguel Loya Del Río; Javier Manchado; David Arias Guedón; Juan Manuel Cabeza; Javier Fernández Rivaya; Marta Guerrero Rodrigálvarez


‘Very high technical level and excellent knowledge of the Administration with key contacts in the public sector. Javier Manchado and Juan Manuel Cabeza are recommended.’

‘The team, specifically Javier Manchado, go beyond the theoretical analysis of the issues, making it easier for us to incorporate their advice into the company’s activity quickly and without friction.’

‘The Garrigues public law team faithfully represents the values ​​of excellence, dedication and commitment. They continually strive to adjust to the specific needs of the client and their sector. They are proactive, transparent and have great interpersonal skills to achieve effective communication with the client. Highly recommended for solving delicate legal problems that require complex analysis and creative strategies. They always meet the expected deadlines and keep the client involved at all times.’

‘Juan Manuel Cabeza is an exceptional partner, who combines excellent commercial skills with quality legal-technical advice in a practice as complex and changing as public law. He is very sensitive to business needs and anticipates client needs through proactive rather than reactive advice. He always proposes viable, innovative strategies that involve deep analysis and detailed knowledge of the matter.’

‘The team have helped us with various public law issues, always with a high level of excellence and a very pragmatic approach.’

Key clients

Amazon Group


Lime Technologies, S.L.


Spanish Government And Plataforma Del Tercer Sector De Acción Social (Third Sector For Social Action Platform Association)

Centros Comerciales Carrefour, S.A. And Carrefour Property España, S.L. (Group Carrefour)


Google Spain

Avanza Group

Eklipsus Partners, S.L.

Cruz Roja Española (Spanish Red Cross)

Organización Nacional De Ciegos Españoles (Once)





Konecta Bto, S.L.

Daorje, S.L.U.

Spain > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Standing out for its ‘high technical preparation’, ‘dedication and availability’, Garrigues advises a host of clients, including investment funds, financial institutions, and hotels, on real estate finance, acquisitions, disposals, development and leading matters. Leadership is shared between Héctor Muñoz, who is often engaged by domestic and international investors seeking assistance with developments and transactions involving real estate assets, and Oscar De Santiago, whose strength lies in the financing and refinancing of development projects. Jorge García-Pellicer is singled out for his extensive experience in corporate restructurings,  acquisitions, and sale-leaseback deals. Blanca Jiménez Aparicio predominantly attracts instructions from clients operating in the residential and student housing spheres.

Practice head(s):

Héctor Muñoz; Óscar de Santiago

Other key lawyers:

Juan José Berdullas; Jorge García-Pellicer; Estefanía Iceta; Blanca Jiménez Aparicio


‘Knowledge of subjects and specialisation.’

‘Closeness to the client and availability of its partners.’

‘High technical preparation, high level of dedication and availability, collaboration in the successful completion of transactions.’

‘It is a great team, very committed and coordinated.’

‘The quality of their work and the depth of their advice. Partner Hector Muñoz and Blanca Jimenez stand out.’

Key clients



AXA IM – Real Assets



Metric Capital Advisors

Alpine Grove Partners LLP


VGP Group

Banc Sabadell

Meridia Capital

Merlin Properties

AQ Capital

Square Asset Management

Arcano Real Estate

Platinum Estates




Banca March


Davidson Kempner

Palm Capital


Cosentino Group

Meyer Bergman

Unibail Rodamco Westfield

Mersan Assets Management

Newcold Advanced Cold Logistics

Vivenio Residencial SOCIMI

Thor Equities

Azora Capital

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Aedas Homes

Kadans Science Partner



Iberdrola Inmobiliaria

B&B Hotels




Conren Tramway




Blasson Property Investments



Spain > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

With a robust and comprehensive practice in restructuring and insolvency, the team at Garrigues provides advice on insolvency proceedings from both a debtor and a creditor’s perspective. The group is adept at pursuing solutions both in and out of court, handling various aspects such as debt rescheduling, asset sales in distressed scenarios, security enforcements, DIP financings, debt trades, and distressed M&A transactions, among others. The client base includes banks, private equity and hedge funds, corporates, boards of directors, and insolvency practitioners. Clients also commend the team for its ‘excellent knowledge of the new bankruptcy law‘. Adrián Thery leads the practice and brings considerable experience in advising on restructuring processes for entities across diverse industries, including shipping, real estate, banking and finance, hospitality, and healthcare. Juan María Jiménez and Borja García-Alamán are both recognised for their ‘excellent technical knowledge’. Juan Verdugo is noted for his proficiency in the refinancing of distressed companies, NPL deals and distressed transactions.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Thery

Other key lawyers:


‘The team’s unique approach has consistently set them apart. Their deep-rooted understanding of client needs combined with their innovative strategies provided invaluable advisory, ensuring our operations flowed seamlessly. Their dedication to the services they provide showcases Garigues as a leading force in financial advisory services.’

‘The individuals at Gariguess stand out due to their unmatched dedication to precision and client-focused solutions. What truly differentiates them is their ability to tailor strategies to each client’s specific needs, backed by an in-depth understanding of the industry and evolving trends. We especially value Garrigues’ innovative mindset, exceptional analytical prowess, and an unwavering commitment to continuous learning and collaboration.’

‘Knowledge and practice in all aspects of restructuring. The best team in Spain for this matter.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the new bankruptcy law. Great command of numbers and class formation in an extremely complex structure. Absolute availability in a very tight deadline process.’

‘Juan María Jiménez and Borja García-Alamán – excellent technical knowledge.’

Key clients

SAREB or Sociedad de Gestión de Activos Procedentes de la Reestructuración Bancaria S.A. (Spanish ‘bad-bank’) [re Reyal Urbis]

SAREB or Sociedad de Gestión de Activos Procedentes de la Reestructuración Bancaria S.A. (Spanish ‘bad-bank’) [re Eroski]

Naviera Armas S.A., Bahía de las Isletas S.L.U. and other companies pertaining to their group

Zurich Insurance PLC, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Zurich North America, Fidelity, AIG Puerto Rico, Nationwide, Atlantic Specialty Insurance Company, RLI Insurance Company, Zurich Insurance, PLC Niederlassung für Deutschland [re Abengoa]

Metric Capital Partners LLP.

MV Credit Partners

Urbanizadora Constructora Nuevo Madrid, S.A. (“Urconsa”), Jigarsa, S.L. (“Jigarsa”) and Urconsa 2003, S.L. (“Urconsa, 2003”)

Treo Asset Management

Adveo Group International, S.A. and its subsidiaries

Cruise Yacht Yardco Ltd (“CY”)

Obrascón Huarte Laín, S.A (“OHL”)

SAREB or Sociedad de Gestión de Activos Procedentes de la Reestructuración Bancaria S.A. (Spanish ‘bad-bank’) [re Metropoli Burjasot]

Corsán Corviam Construcción, S.A. (“CCC”)

Advent International

Oquendo IV Eltif SCA SICAV-RAIF – Oquendo IV SCA SICAV-RAIF (“Oquendo”)

Banco Santander, S.A. [re Delforca]

Ben Oldman European Asset-Backed Lending, S.A.

SAREB or Sociedad de Gestión de Activos Procedentes de la Reestructuración Bancaria S.A. [re-TH Hoteles]

F2J Industry B.V

SAREB (Sociedad de gestión de Activos procedentes de la Reestructuración Bancaria – Spanish “bad bank”) [RE: Vipei]

Oquendo Capital (“Oquendo”)

Svenson, S.L.U. and its board of directors

SKF Española, S.A (“SKF”)

Inzile AB-QEV Tecnologies

Curlio Investments, S.L.

Waterfall Asset Management

Findango Finance

Work highlights

  • Assisting Spanish ferry operator Naviera Armas and its group in the design and implementation of a Spanish scheme of arrangement with its lenders an ad hoc bondholder committee.
  • Designed on behalf of a subsidiary of Advent an elaborate offer for the purchase of more than 80 dental clinics.
  • Advised Metric on pre-insolvency matters, the early termination of a secured loan agreement and compulsory bankruptcy petition of two companies of the THC Group.

Spain > Tax Tier 1

The well-rounded tax practice at Garrigues enjoys a first-rate reputation for advising on an array of matters, including M&A deal structuring, corporate taxation, compensation and benefits, VAT, tax governance, and private client issues, among others. The team also handles transfer pricing and compliance matters, and represents clients in complex tax litigation cases. Clients, including companies from the real estate, finance, insurance, media, tourism and sports sectors, turn to the team for its 'deep understanding of the industry'. Eduardo Abad leads the practice and specialises in the taxation and regulation of financial entities and products, including insurance. Other noteworthy individuals include Ramón Tejada, who acts as the joint nationwide head of the firm’s ‘banks’ multidisciplinary group; Gonzalo Rincón De Pablo, who specialises in tax advice within the real estate sector; and Carmen Mata, who focuses her practice on banking, financial, insurance, and private equity tax issues.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Abad

Other key lawyers:

Ricardo Gómez; Ramón Tejada; Rafael Calvo; Gonzalo Rincón de Pablo; Carlos Gómez; Carmen Mata


‘Garrigues has a very close vision of what our business is like and what is important and what is not. They have a team tailored to our needs that pivots quickly from one topic to another with the speed and pragmatism we need.’

‘One of the most notable and differentiating aspects of Garrigues as a firm is the very wide range of disciplines and areas of taxation that its specialists can cover. Likewise, I would point out the outreach capacity they have with the Tax Administration in all areas. ’

‘Garrigues has a team specialising in tax law that is one of the best in the market. They are highly qualified professionals who work very well as a team. The personalised attention from the partners is incomparable with other law firms or consulting firms. ’

‘They have been advising my company for more than 20 years and know it perfectly. They can provide incomparable historical knowledge. Let’s say they are “the guardians of our memory”.’

‘Garrigues provides great technical knowledge of the issues, with a depth of detail that is necessary in complicated matters. Garrigues’ Spanish team allows coordinated interaction with other jurisdictions in addition to filtering information to adapt it to the client’s needs. ’

‘They have technical knowledge and understand the needs of the client. ’

‘The team is very pragmatic and solution-oriented and has a deep understanding of the industry.’

‘Super efficient and optimised advice.’

Key clients

Banco Santander










Work highlights

  • Advising Orange on the business combination of Orange Spain and MasMovil telecom groups for €18.6bn.
  • Advising IVI RMA investors on the sale of IVI RMA Global, S.L. and reinvestment in Inception Midco 1 Sàrl for €3bn.

Spain > White-collar crime Tier 1

Garrigues stands out for its ‘team of professionals’ who adeptly handle all manner of criminal law, compliance and internal investigations and pre-procedural mandates. The group is routinely engaged by major corporate clients in matters concerning cybercrime, money-laundering, and extradition procedures. Criminal lawyer Gabriel Castro is highly experienced in defending high-profile clients before the Spanish high courts, while ex-prosecutor Helena Prieto possesses notable strength in cross-border investigations, extradition proceedings and compliance matters. Principal associate Beatriz Bustamante stands out for her in-depth knowledge of criminal compliance, assisting clients with the design and implementation of crime prevention programmes.

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Castro; Helena Prieto

Other key lawyers:

Beatriz Bustamante; Álvaro Mato; Marta Sánchez


‘Helena Prieto, a partner in the criminal law practice, truly stands out in her field. Specialising in criminal litigation and extradition, her abundant court experience is evident in the way she handles cases. What sets Helena apart from competitors is her strategic approach, rooted in her extensive courtroom experience.’

‘They are a very competent team of professionals who compare with excellence to the teams of other firms.’

‘ A professional team that provides a very complete service and responds quickly and effectively to any question, problem or query that is posed to them, thus making it possible to keep up with the pace that our business demands. They are professionals, facilitators and work at the pace that our company’s business needs. ’

‘Gabriel Castro is the best criminal lawyer I know in every possible way: he is extraordinarily clear in explaining situations to us, he is committed when it comes to participating in decision-making, he is an excellent speaker in addition to writing magnificent writings, and he is also deeply empathetic with the client, something that is especially valued in a delicate matter.’

Key clients

Inmobiliaria Espacio

Yining Liu

Helena Revoredo (Prosegur) and Vicente Tardio (Allianz)

DIA Group


Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA)

British Council


Cines Renoir

DIA Group (Franchisees Matter)

Work highlights

  • Defending BBVA against alleged crimes of bribery, disclosure of secrets and corruption in connection with the alleged criminal activities of former police chief officer Villarejo.
  • Acted for the President of Prosegur and the former CEO of Allianz before the Spanish National Court in matters regarding their former role as board members of Banco Popular, involving alleged crimes of fraud, misappropriation, and false accounting.
  • Defending DIA Group against alleged crimes of false accounting and malfeasance.

Spain > Environment Tier 2

Recommended for its 'deep legal knowledge with creative and strategic solutions to problems’, the ‘highly specialised and committed team’ at Garrigues is well placed to advise on contentious and non-contentious environmental law matters, including sustainability and climate change issues. The team is particularly adept at handling the environmental aspects of big-ticket M&A and projects in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Alfredo Fernández Rancaño oversees the administrative law, planning, zoning and environmental law practice. With a keen focus on the renewable energy sector, Victoria Esteban del Palacio regularly advises on climate change and environmental responsibility. Javier Fernández Rivaya and David Sanz Pérez are sought after for their expert handling of contentious-administrative matters.

Practice head(s):

Alfredo Fernández Rancaño; Victoria Esteban del Palacio; Javier Fernández Rivaya; David Sanz Pérez


‘Victoria Esteban is highly specialised in the field of the environment and energy; she knows the issues that affect our sector perfectly. She is decisive, technically very complete, and always available to provide support for both day-to-day issues and complex matters that require a more in-depth analysis.’

‘Extremely prepared professionals, long experience, great empathy and availability to help clients.’

‘The team members are very well-trained professionals with extensive experience.’

‘Garrigues stands out for its highly specialised and committed team, which combines deep legal knowledge with creative and strategic solutions to environmental problems.’

‘Unwavering commitment to excellence and client service.

‘The team’s ability to communicate effectively and simplify complex legal concepts is a key differentiating factor.’

‘The Garrigues team provides exceptional advice on energy and the environment. They have a solid and extensive knowledge of the subject, they make difficult things easy.’

‘Victoria Esteban leads the practice masterfully, with extraordinary knowledge of the subject and very practical, always focused on implementing added value in matters. Always correct in her reasoning and very creative in finding the most complex solutions. ’

Key clients

Tetra Pak Hispania

Asociación Española para el Tratamiento Medioambiental de los Vehículos Fuera De Uso (SIGRAUTO)

Allianz Renewable Energy Partners Luxembourg VI S.A.




Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Wind Farms, S.A.

Consorcio de Aguas de Tarragona (Tarragona Water Consortium)

Tractament i Selecció de Residus, S.A. (TERSA)

Impulsa Galicia

Dirección Xeral de Defensa do Monte, Consellería de Medio Rural. Xunta de Galicia

Consellería do Medio Rural (Xunta de Galicia)

Spain > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Garrigues‘ ‘extraordinary‘ practice handles a broad range of matters for medical device and healthcare product manufacturers, pharma and biotech companies, and both public and private hospitals. Practice head José Fernández-Rañada is known for his extensive corporate expertise, regularly advising on M&A, spin-offs, and corporate restructurings. Carolina Pina is the main contact for IP-related matters, while Javier Manchado primarily advises public authorities and private companies on public procurement issues, particularly in relation to the award and performance of public sector contracts.

Practice head(s):

José Fernández-Rañada

Other key lawyers:

Carolina Pina; Javier Manchado; Juan Manuel Cabeza


‘Extraordinary, long-term and successful experience makes this firm a benchmark in the life sciences sector.’

‘Their knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector, culture and the client’s business is excellent, which makes us real partners when it comes to facing the issues and challenges that arise.’

‘We have been working with Garrigues for many years. They have always responded quickly, successfully and with quality work. The team is very synchronised, offering constant support in different areas and friendly treatment.’

‘The main advantage we have with Garrigues is its very extensive knowledge of the client and their particular circumstances. The team’s best qualities are the closeness and personalised treatment it offers both at the partner, associate and junior level.’

‘As outstanding partners, I would highlight Jose Fernández-Rañada and Juan Manuel Cabeza, two people with a lot of experience and technical knowledge of the healthcare/pharmaceutical industry.’

‘We are fully satisfied with the treatment, diligence and service.’

‘Direct treatment and excellent attention.’

Key clients

Noucor Group






Shockwave Medical

GSK (Glaxosmithkline)

Baxter, S.L.

Astrazeneca Farmaceútica Spain, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised IVI RMA on its sale to KKR.
  • Advised Centene Corporation on the sale of its Spanish and Central European businesses (including the Valencian group Ribera Salud) to Vivalto Santé.
  • Advised Fluidra Finco on the cross-border merger by absorption of French company ZPNA Holdings, S.A.S.

Spain > Industry focus: Retail Tier 2

Retail clients praise the team at Garrigues for its ‘knowledge of the sector,’ ‘availability and ability to provide solutions’ on the gamut of issues. The group is well positioned to handle M&A, real estate transactions and commercial agreements, and is also skilled in IP, advertising, compliance, and tax issues pertaining to this industry. Mónica Martín De Vidales and Álvaro López-Jorrín jointly lead the practice, where Sergio González Galán and María José Pardo are names to note for M&A and corporate governance matters.

Practice head(s):

Mónica Martín de Vidales; Álvaro López-Jorrín


‘Their availability and ability to provide solutions set them apart.’

‘The differential value is the personal relationship with the clients. Availability, ability to add value with a client focus approach.’

‘Knowledge of the sector.’

Key clients

Grupo R Queraltó

Parque Shopping Elche, S.L. And Fairfield Invest, S.L.U.

Merlin Retail, S.L.U.


Carrefour Property España, S.L.U.

Seb Internationale

Yacuruna Holding

Alsea, S.A.B. De C.V.

Mahou, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising Alsea on the restructuring of its main corporate financings.
  • Advising Mahou San Miguel on the acquisition of 51% of Mad Cool Events.
  • Advising the UVESCO GROUP on the sale and leaseback of four logistics centres (located in Guipúzcoa and Cantabria) to Angelo Gordon. |

Spain > Insurance Tier 2

Singled out by clients for its ‘attention to detail' and 'direct involvement of partners', the insurance team at Garrigues handles a combination of regulatory, corporate, M&A and litigation mandates for a varied client base operating in the insurance sector. Transactional work, including joint ventures and bancassurance alliances, is a core strength for the department, which is also equipped to assist with insurtech matters. Leadership is shared between Mónica Martín De Vidales, who has deep expertise in corporate and commercial law, and Álvaro López-Jorrín, who is a regular point of contact for insurance clients in relation to restructurings and regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Álvaro López-Jorrín; Mónica Martín de Vidales

Other key lawyers:

Arnau Tapias Monné; María Fernández Picazo; José María Muñoz; Antonio Entrena


‘Availability, proactivity, adaptation and agility.’

‘They adapt completely to the needs required at all times and with a good attitude. Specifically, Arnau Tapias was available and capable of transmitting advice in a clear and reasonable manner. ’

‘They are very meticulous and have a lot of experience. I fully trust them.’

The fundamental difference with other firms is the attention to detail, the direct involvement of partners and the effort to know the client.’

‘Antonio Entrena has all the experience and knowledge of the sector, he knows how to move and anticipate movements. He stands out for his empathy with the client and dedicates a lot of time and effort to getting to know the client and understanding their needs.’

‘They have a deep knowledge of the law and practice, and are capable of assisting from the moment the incident occurs, advising you on the steps to take together with the experts and intermediaries. At the litigation level, they carry out thorough preparation of the procedures, and their insurance knowledge is completed with their procedural and general experience. ’

Key clients

Sanitas (BUPA)


Swiss Life AG

BTG Pactual Reinsurance

Mutua Madrileña





Igualatorio Cantabria

Munich Re, Branch in Spain


Pelayo Mutua de Seguros a Prima Fija

Plus Ultra



Bansabadell Seguros Generales & Vida

Banco Santander


BBVA Seguros



La Caixa / Vidacaixa




Linea Directa Aseguradora

Spain > Intellectual property: patents Tier 2

Garrigues has a broad offering in patent prosecution and litigation, having handled complex matters such as infringement through 3D printing, AI, AdWords, ISP liability, NFTs or online exhaustion of rights, as well as advising on the management of IP assets in complex M&A deals. Carolina Pina and João Miranda de Sousa, both based in Madrid, lead a five-partner IP group that combines both legal and technical expertise, as many practitioners are qualified engineers and biochemists. Indeed, clients praise the firm for ‘combining the legal and the technical in an understandable and effective way‘. In Bilbao, Mónica Arizti is head of the firm’s technical patent department, handling patent prosecution matters worldwide.

Practice head(s):

Carolina Pina Sánchez; João Miranda de Sousa

Other key lawyers:

Mónica Arizti; Cristina Mesa; Borja de Carlos


‘The Garrigues patent team is very powerful. They have people with technical and scientific qualifications. The engineers are brilliant. In my experience, they provide advice that combines the legal and the technical, in an understandable and effective way. The issue I brought up was resolved brilliantly.’

‘The lawyers who handled the aforementioned matter were Carolina Pina Sánchez and Cristina Mesa, as well as the engineer Borja de Carlos. They are very creative and fast. They are practical. They have a lot of accumulated experience and therefore, they provide answers that include a commercial approach and industry and market standards.’

‘The multidisciplinary knowledge of the team, ranging from engineering profiles that understand the patented subject, to lawyers with extensive knowledge of the legal regulations in this regard.’

‘Extensive knowledge of the subject, due to his extensive experience in similar cases.’

‘Specialised in drafting patents and monitoring files (patent prosecution).’

‘Our main contact is Borja de Carlos, who is a great professional, always accessible and provides appropriate solutions to our needs.’

Key clients

Compañia de Variedades Vegetales

Granja Camp



Asociación Española contra el Cáncer

Overture Life

Grupo Cobra


Crown Food


Work highlights

  • Assisting Compañia de Variedades Vegetales Protegidas with the defence of a plant variety infringement.
  • Defending technology company TOT regarding patent infringement relating to a complex 3G technology.
  • Advised biotech company HISTOCELL SL| in the field of medical regenerative therapies.

Spain > Private equity Tier 2

Steered by renowned PE specialist José Manuel Martín, Garrigues‘ practice handles a steady volume of transactions for international and Spanish funds investing in a variety of sectors, including consumer products, healthcare and natural resources, among others. Covering advice on LBOs, carve-outs, minority and secondary deals as well as P2P transactions, the practice excels in the mid-market segment, but is equally adept at handling large-cap mandates. Demonstrating strength in the technology and infrastructure sectors, José Luis Ortín is routinely instructed in fund formation and transactional matters. Also part of the core team, María Fernández-Picazo focuses on PE investments, leveraged finance and management buyouts, and senior associate Beatriz Gimeno advises several PE funds and industry operators on sophisticated transactions.

Practice head(s):

José Manuel Martín

Other key lawyers:

Victor Chiquero; Ildefonso Polo; José Luis Ortín; María Fernández-Picazo; Félix Ferreño; Laura Muñoz; Beatriz Gimeno


‘Extremely satisfied with the work carried out by Garrigues, both by its commercial and tax teams.’

‘Provides solutions to problems and puts them into perspective. Communication with clients and ability to work is outstanding.’

‘One-stop shop for all things legal in Spain.’

Key clients

Advent International



Arcano Partners


Artá Capital

Blackstone Group, The

Carlyle Group, The

Corpfin Capital


Diana Capital

Apheon Capital (former Ergon Capital)

Everwood Capital

Fremman Capital

GED Iberian Private Equity

Growth Partners Capital

H.I.G. Capital


JB Capital

Keensight Capital


Magnum Capital


MCH Private Equity

Meridia Capital

Metric Capital

Miura Private Equity

Nazca Capital

Oakley Capital

Oceanwood Capital

One Rock Capital Partners


Oquendo Capital

PAI Partners

Planet First Partners

Platinum Equity

Portobello Capital

ProA Capital

PSG Equity

Qualitas Equity Partners

Realza Capital


Sherpa Capital

Sunridge Partners

Torreal Private Equity

Warburg Pincus

Work highlights

  • Advising ProA Capital on the sale of a majority stake in Amara Nzero to Cinven for €800m.
  • Advising Apax on the acquisition of a co-controlling stake in Palex Group together with Fremman for €500m.

Spain > Transport: Shipping Tier 2

The transport practice at Garrigues is well versed in both wet and dry shipping matters, including collisions, environmental liability claims, ship financing, licensing and contractual matters. Jesus Barbadillo, who alongside his experience advising shipping companies in regulatory issues also often acts as an arbitrator, leads the team from Madrid. Other key team members include Manuel Betancor, based in the Canary Islands, as well as María Cózar, who is the main port of call for issues relating to administrative concessions in the public port domain and port licences. Javier del Corte left the practice in September 2022 to become a judge.

Practice head(s):

Jesús Barbadillo

Other key lawyers:


‘The Garrigues team in the transport area works very professionally. They are great professionals with a deep knowledge of transport and logistics matters. They are also very accessible.’

‘The performance of partner Jesús Barbadillo has been outstanding. He is very on top of the issues and is very approachable. He has a deep knowledge of the maritime sector both from a legal and business point of view. Accessibility and knowledge of the issues are his best qualities. He works on matters in depth.’

‘The lawyer we have been dealing with at Garrigues law firm for many years is Jesús Barbadillo. He has great knowledge and experience in the maritime sector, and offers us a quick and accurate response to all our requirements.’

Key clients

Naviera de Galicia, S.A.

Formentera Cargo, S.L.

Afortunadas Shipping Limited

Caflaja, S.L.

Mediterránea Pitiusa



Naviera Armas S.A./Trasmediterránea

The Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection


Work highlights

  • Advised Afortunadas on the resolution of a dispute concerning a ship construction contract signed with the shipyard Hijos de J Barreras S.A.
  • Advised the Spanish shipping company Navigasa to definitively flag 5 merchant ships of its property registered in the Special Register of the Canary Islands (REC) of Spain in the International Register of Madeira (MAR) of Portugal.
  • Advised the owners (The Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection, Ltd.) of the luxury cruise ship Evrima against the claim for a maritime credit of approximately €2.7m for services allegedly provided by Team Electric (subcontractor of the shipyard) for the electrical installation of the aforementioned vessel.
Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate law and commercial contracts
Mergers and acquisitions
Banking and finance
Securities market
Accounting law
Labour and employment law
Human capital services
Litigation and arbitration
Administrative law
Real estate
Telecommunications and media
Intellectual property
EU and antitrust
Technology and outsourcing
Restructuring and insolvency
Criminal law
Transport and shipping
Planning and zoning
Life sciences and healthcare
Sports and entertainment
Number of lawyers : 1,420
Contacts : Fernando Vives (managing partner and executive president)
Contacts : Ricardo Gómez (senior partner)
Other offices : 18 offices in Spain
Other offices : Beijing
Other offices : Bogota
Other offices : Brussels
Other offices : Casablanca
Other offices : Chile
Other offices : Lima
Other offices : Lisbon
Other offices : London
Other offices : Mexico
Other offices : New York
Other offices : Oporto
Other offices : Sao Paulo
Other offices : Shanghai
Other offices : Warsaw

Garrigues is a full-service, independent law firm. Based in Spain (18 offices) and in 12 other countries, five of them in Latin America, it excels in virtually every area of practice. Its integrated approach allows the firm to provide clients with a full perspective, combining transactional, regulatory and tax implications in every assignment.

In 2013 Garrigues launched an ambitious strategy in Latin America to establish its own network of local law offices. The firm takes the view that having its own presence on the ground is the only way to evolve in the region and preserve its culture, quality and other institutional elements. Since then, the firm has opened offices in Bogotá, Lima and Mexico City. These are offices with 15 to 50 local lawyers. Former head of corporate Javier Ybáñez co-ordinates the regional efforts from the Bogotá and Santiago offices. In Brazil, Garrigues operates directly in São Paulo as a tax consultant and as a foreign law consultant and has a cooperation agreement with independent law firm NBFA

Main areas of practice
Corporate and M&A: the firm has played a leading role in the evolution of Spanish corporate and commercial law over recent decades and has been involved in the most important, most complex and largest transactions in the Iberian market. The firm advises on acquisition processes of all types of companies, planning and implementation of mergers and spin-offs, private equity, joint venture agreements and strategic alliances, tender offers and public to private processes.

Capital markets, banking and finance: Garrigues advises on capital markets, project finance, acquisition finance processes, asset finance and distressed debt trading, as well as on the regulatory side, for financial institutions (banks and investment services companies).

Regulated sectors: Garrigues has strong expertise in regulated sectors and has participated in many deals in the energy, IT and telecommunication and media sectors.

Antitrust and EU: the team advises on antitrust (cartel agreements, practices that restrict competition), and merger control proceedings, state aid procedures and antitrust law compliance programs.

Tax: Garrigues is the reference firm for all tax matters, both ongoing and transactional, for Ibex35 index companies, comprising of the largest quoted companies in Spain.

Litigation and arbitration: Garrigues has the oldest and largest litigation and arbitration department in Spain and the firm is highly regarded on the Spanish legal market for its in-depth industry knowledge, the quality and efficiency of its services and for its ethical commitment. The firm tries to prevent disputes and, if inevitable, seeks to ensure that its clients face them in the best possible conditions. The team covers three areas of practice: (i) civil and commercial litigation and domestic arbitration (institutional and ad hoc); (ii) international arbitration (institutional and ad hoc); and (iii) white-collar crime.

Restructuring and insolvency: Garrigues has a long-standing tradition of designing and implementing optimal strategies to ensure that business restructuring processes, either operational and/or financial, achieve their goals; the practice ranges from out-of-court refinancing agreements to the most complex court insolvency proceedings.

Employment: the firm advises on issues including collective negotiations, restructurings arising from financial entities in distress, reduction of work force and cease of activities due to poor economic and market conditions, advising on the introduction of new businesses including the transfer of employees and major litigation in extremely complex environments with a huge economic impact.

Department Name Email Telephone
Executive chairman and managing partner Fernando Vives
Senior partner Ricardo Gomez
Head of Latin American practice Javier Ybáñez
Other fee-earners : 1,410
Partners : 284