Firm Profile > Garrigues > Madrid, Spain

Garrigues
HERMOSILLA 3
28001 MADRID
Spain

Banking and finance Tier 1

Acting for commercial and multinational banks, corporates and funds, Garrigues’s broad expertise includes financial regulatory and fintech advice. As well as providing expertise in the financing and refinancing of large corporate groups, the firm handles distressed, rescue and NPL financing matters. Other areas of specialism for the practice are Latin American infrastructure, public sector and hybrid transaction finance. The department is also increasingly active in finance transactions involving traditional debt instruments with securitisation features. Rafael González-Gallarza advises international banks, funds and corporates on a range of banking and financial matters. He co-leads the team with Luis de la Peña, whose work covers banking regulations, collective investment vehicles, pension funds, private equity, payment services and e-money. Also notable are José Miguel Pinillos, who specialises in the financing and debt refinancing of corporate groups; associate Jon Goirigolzarri, who focuses on project finance; and Xabier Urtiaga Valle, who is known for financing and refinancing transactions, advising lenders and borrowers.

Practice head(s):

Rafael González-Gallarza; Luis de la Peña

Other key lawyers:

Gonzalo Rivera Gómez; José Miguel Pinillos; Gaspar Atienza; Jon Goirigolzarri; Xabier Urtiaga Valle

Key clients

BANCO SANTANDER

BBVA

DISA HOLDING ENERGÉTICO, S.A.

DEUTSCHE BANK

SACYR

SAREB

CREDIT AGRICOLE

BANCO SABADELL

MERIDIAM

MCH PRIVATE EQUITY

PROA CAPITAL

Starwood Capital Group

AMUNDI ASSET MANAGEMENT

GAWA CAPITAL PARTNERS, SGEIC, S.A.

DIF CAPITAL PARTNERS

Capital markets: Debt Tier 1

The Garrigues team 'stands out for its professionalism and availability which, added to the technical quality and the competitive prices, makes it one of the benchmarks in Spain'. The department’s expertise covers a range of securitisation, bond issuances (including high yield and green bonds) and regulation matters, and it is noted for its ‘extensive knowledge of the market and high degree of specialisation'. Mónica Martín de Vidales and Àlvaro López-Jorrín lead the experienced team, which includes Gonzálo García-Fuertes, who participated in the first green bond of a Spanish bank; José Luis Palao, who supports corporates and financial institutions in equity and debt transactions; and principal associate Li Jun Chen Lin, who is active in securitisation deals.

Practice head(s):

Mónica Martín de Vidales; Álvaro López-Jorrín

Other key lawyers:

Gonzalo García-Fuertes; José Luis Palao; Li Jun Chen Lin; Aida Gonzalez; Carlos Lozano

Testimonials

‘Garrigues’ capital markets practice has extensive knowledge of the market and a high degree of specialization.’

‘The team we work with at Garrigues in the capital markets stands out for its professionalism and availability, which added to the technical quality and the competitive prices makes the team one of the benchmarks in our country.’

‘Li Jun Chen Lin is an excellent professional, who has taken great care of us every time it was necessary. She stands out for her knowledge and predisposition and expertise in the Fixed Income Capital Market.’

‘The rapid adaptation to the current circumstances caused by COVID-19 by working remotely, maintaining a high-quality service, demonstrates Garrigues’ effort to continue to provide great service to customers in difficult times.’

‘Gonzalo Garcia-Fuertes, Aida Gonzalez and Carlos Lozano, in particular stand out for their ability to deal with the client, their ability to coordinate as a team, the absolute understanding of the work carried out, and the exceptional execution of the operation in the limited and demanding schedules that transactions entail.’

‘What would stand out from the capital market practice is, in addition to offering a quality service, its great knowledge of the market and the operations that have been carried out as well as its high degree of specialization. This is especially remarkable in the case of new operations, such as those we have faced this last year.’

‘I would highlight the firm’s commitment to technology and innovation. During the State of Alarm and the situation caused by COVID 19, we have not noticed any difference in the work of Garrigues. They have maintained full availability and contact with all their remote work tools, which has resulted in time and cost savings.’

Key clients

BBVA

Red Eléctrica

Deutsche Bank

Santander

DBRS

Banco Sabadell

ULMA

Cirsa

Quiport

Europea de Titulización

Capital markets: Equity Tier 1

Garrigues is active in direct listings and has experience in IPOs and listed REITs, covering a range of regulatory and transactional work related to equity capital markets. The practice advises on increases of capital, accelerated bookbuilding offers, listing in alternative markets and public tender offers. The firm also stands out for its innovation programmes, including Garrgues Agiliza, a project utilising technological tools, robots and automation processes, employing robotic process automation (RPA) and AI, in order to improve service quality standards and response times for clients. Mónica Martín de Vidales and Àlvaro López-Jorrín co-lead the team, which includes capital markets and financial services expert Fernando Vives and Gonzálo García-Fuertes, who is known for participating in major IPOs.

Practice head(s):

Mónica Martin de Vidales; Álvaro López-Jorrin

Other key lawyers:

Fernando Vives; Gonzalo García-Fuertes; José Luis Palao Iturzaeta

Key clients

Europastry

Nextil

Dia

Merlin

Audax

Enagas

Fluidra

Blackstone

Bankinter

Imagina

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

The corporate and M&A department at Garrigues is 'formed by exceptional professionals' and excels in high-value domestic and cross-border deals, particularly transactions involving Europe and Latin America. With a diverse client base, the team has recently handled deals in the telecoms, insurance, financial services and energy sectors, among others. Mónica Martín de Vidales regularly advises clients - including listed companies - on high-end deals and corporate governance. She leads the team alongside Álvaro López-Jorrín, who is an 'excellent technician' and 'very business minded'. Also of note are executive chairman and managing partner Fernando Vives and head of the corporate governance practice Sergio González Galán.

Practice head(s):

Mónica Martín de Vidales; Álvaro López-Jorrín

Other key lawyers:

Fernando Vives; Sergio González Galán; Jose Luis Ortín; Aida González; Beatriz Amillo; Roldán García Pereda

Key clients

Telefónica

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria

IAG (International Airlines Group)

Iberdrola

Red Eléctrica

Enel

Blackstone

Bankinter

Prosegur

Merlin Properties

Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

The data protection and privacy lawyers at Garrigues are 'flexible and innovative to find solutions to the needs of the company'. The team is led by well-regarded partner Alejandro Padín and regularly advises clients on the data aspects of new projects, apps and platforms. Also of note is the firm's participation in the working group led by the Spanish Data Protection Agency (SDPA) and The Foundation for Research in Law and Business (FIDE) in the preparation of the new Spanish data protection law following GDPR. Katiana Otero and Sandra López are names to note at the senior associate level.

Practice head(s):

Alejandro Padín

Other key lawyers:

Katiana Otero; Sandra López; José Ramón Morales; Javier Marzo; Álvaro Blanco

Testimonials

The Garrigues Data privacy and data protection team is made up of excellent professionals and they have been key to the success of the initiatives that we have undertaken in this area during the 2020 financial year. As strengths, I would highlight their great knowledge and experience in the matter, the ability to understand our needs as a client and the courage and openness to undertake innovative projects in the field of Open Data.

Much of the work carried out by Garrigues for us has been pioneering in Spain. This has required that the Garrigues team had to investigate and interpret the recently enacted regulations and, most valuable, it has required that they define Best Practices in a field as innovative and up-to-date as Open Data in the Health Sector Based on the work carried out, we can affirm that Garrigues has positioned itself as a benchmark in this field in comparison with other firms.’

The people who make up the Garrigues work team stand out for their great dedication to customer service, for the rigor of their work and for their accessibility and close treatment. One of their best qualities is their willingness to listen to the customer and to look for alternatives and solutions to the challenges that arise. I take this opportunity to congratulate the following people from the Garrigues team for their excellent work and dedication: Alejandro Padín, Katiana Otero Saavedra.’

They are flexible and innovative to find solutions to the needs of the company.’

Katiana Otero transmits a lot of technical solidity and “speaks” the language of business that is very appreciated by all the teams.

Alejandro Padín, and Álvaro Blanco, were always willing and collaborative. I think their work was outstanding in every way.’

Excellent knowledge of the sector and very competent professionals.’

Expert lawyers in all areas.’

Key clients

APD (Association for the Development of Management)

AIG

Bankia

Bankinter

BBVA

Bip&Drive

Blackstone

BMW

Caixabank

Covisian

Deliveroo

Deutsche Bank

Estée Lauder

Euskaltel

Foundation 29

Gescobro

Herbalife

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Garrigues’ litigation and arbitration practice is experienced in a range of cross-border and domestic matters. Particular specialities include construction disputes and international arbitration, notably issues arising from the energy sector. Carlos de los Santos acts in high-profile court and arbitration proceedings on behalf of Spanish and international companies, especially in multi-jurisdictional cases. He co-leads the practice with London-based partner Joe Tirado. Key names in the team include Alberto Pimenta, who specialises in civil and commercial litigation and has experience in contractual disputes, tort, corporate affairs, unfair competition, directors’ liability and inheritance cases; and Eduardo Santamaría Moral, who focuses on the industrial sector as well as construction, agency and distribution, banking, insurance and private equity cases.

Practice head(s):

Carlos de los Santos; Joe Tirado

Other key lawyers:

Alberto Pimenta; Antonio Entrena; Francisco Serrano Osobliwa; Eduardo Santamaría Moral

Key clients

OBRASCÓN HUARTE LAÍN (OHL)

AEGÓN

BBVA

GRUPO LAFARGE-HOLCIM

SACYR

MEDIAPRO

APM TERMINALS (MAERSK Group)

KIA MOTORS IBERIA

NH HOTEL GROUP

MELIÁ HOTELS INTERNATIONAL

Employment Tier 1

The sizeable employment team at Garrigues covers the gamut of matters in the discipline. Recent work highlights have included assisting UNESPA, the Spanish association of insurers, on the negotiation of the sector's collective bargaining agreement; and assisting on over 650 layoff procedures across a number of the firm's clients. Practice head Rosa Zarza leads on workforce restructurings, corporate reorganisations and collective dismissals. Other standout names from the considerable team include the vastly experienced Barcelona-based Rafael Ortiz; the 'outstandingRafael Giménez-Arnau, who oversees the Andalucía and Canary labour and employment areas; labour litigation expert Adriano GómezÁngel Olmedo Jiménez, an expert in employment litigation for the sports and entertainment industry; and Ignacio Esteban Ros, who shows 'absolute mastery of the subject'.

Practice head(s):

Rosa Zarza

Other key lawyers:

Rafael Ortiz; Rafael Giménez-Arnau; Adriano Gómez; Eloy Castañer; Ignacio Esteban Ros; Eva Diez-Ordás

Testimonials

‘The team is really oriented to client partnership, having a high knowledge of the company & sector, providing support & advice and working proactively to ensure success and avoid any future risk. The team is adding value through real partnership, go beyond client-provider relation as they are very oriented to support the business and provide solutions. Very oriented to results and high technical capabilities.’

‘Rafael Gimenez-Arnau is outstanding, not only in his legal capabilities, also in his commitment, strategic vision, knowledge, proactiveness and leadership. The support has been amazing, always oriented to support the business and problem solving. The support in covid legislation changes has been remarkable, being proactive and trying to anticipate to changes and legal modifications to provide us the opportunity to anticipate business impact.’

‘The Garrigues team is exceptional on a number of fronts. First they are very hands on and engaged with us, highly attentive to our needs. They also have a very good understanding of the overall market picture and can provide us with a degree of local context that we lack institutionally. Most important to us is that our objectives are their objectives.’

‘The partners at Garrigues are very attentive and hands on in working with us. I have never felt that they passed us to a junior person – even though their younger staff are also excellent.’

‘The exceptional knowledge of the subjects and the deep analysis of all their legal advises, but also the level of information of discussions about new laws and regulations being prepared to allow the company to take decisions with the larger information possible. Additionally, the availability and reactivity shown is absolutely extraordinary.’

‘Exceptionally fast and collaborative in any circumstance, completely dedicated to customer service. Additionally, they provide great technical legal knowledge and extensive and always up-to-date experience.’

‘We have been working together for 14 years. The knowledge they have of my company is outstanding, which leads us to be successful in all the dossiers that we work together.’

‘Ignacio Esteban – tireless worker, absolute mastery of the subject, good public speaking, didactic (simple explanation for those of us who are not experts in the legal field), tenacity, ambition to win.’

Key clients

Abertis

Acerlor Mittal

Alcoa

Altrán

Astra Zeneca

Atento

Atos

Avon

Banco de Sabadell

Berkeley

BMW

Bolsas y Mercados Españoles

Carrefour

Coca Cola

Deutsche Bank

Diageo

El Corte Inglés

Europcar

Ford

García Carrión

Generali

Gestamp

Iberia

Ibermática

LVMH

Makro

Maxam

Takeda

Vodafone

EU and competition Tier 1

Garrigues excels in merger control, including in multi-jurisdictional transactions, where it leverages its international expertise; in such matters, the firm utilises its Collaborate tool, which facilitates coordination between its different offices and departments. The firm also has a solid track record in competition and state aid disputes before the EU courts. Practice head Susana Cabrera Zaragoza draws on over 20 years of experience in complex merger control proceedings, as well as cartel and abuse of dominant position investigations. Highly regarded partners Oriol Armengol Gasull and Luis Ortiz Blanco are also key contacts. The team also expanded at the senior associate level with the hires of Madrid-based Fernando Las Navas and Virginia Romero in Brussels.

Practice head(s):

Susana Cabrera Zaragoza

Other key lawyers:

Oriol Armengol Gasull; Alfonso Lamadrid; Fernando Las Navas; Virginia Romero

Key clients

IAG

Google

Warner Bros

Meliá

Telefónica

BBVA

CORREOS

JTI

idealista

Prosegur

Vaillant

DHL

BMW

KIA

Volvo

La Poste

Grupo Anaya

Industry focus: Food Tier 1

Garrigues advises leading food and beverage companies across all phases of production, distribution and retailing. Lawyers from the Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia and Murcia offices assist the firm's clients in this area, which operate in numerous sub-sectors, from agriculture to viticulture to dining. The firm stands out for its corporate and M&A offering, and has recently advised food-sector companies on sales, acquisitions and joint ventures. Corporate and commercial expert Rocío Belda de Mergelina heads the group, which also includes Francisco Soler Caballero and José Manuel Martín.

Practice head(s):

Rocío Belda de Mergelina

Other key lawyers:

Francisco Soler Caballero; José Manuel Martín; Miguel Ángel López Mateo; Ernesto Rey

Key clients

MONDELEZ

Schweppes, SA

GRUPO BIMBO

CARREFOUR

SA DAMM

GONZALEZ BYASS

DEOLEO

CUERVO

ALSEA

Deliveroo

HEREDEROS DE MARQUES DE RISCAL

MARTINAVARRO

WILLIAM & HUMBERT

MERCADONA

MARQUÉS DE GRIÑÓN FAMILY ESTATES

The EAT OUT Group, SL

PANASA

Puleva Food

EBRO FOODS

HERBALIFE

GREFUSA

LACTARIS FORLASA

PERNOD RICARD

GRUPO MAHOU – SAN MIGUEL

IBERSNACKS

GRUPO YBARRA

GRUPO LECHE PASCUAL

LAVAZZA

GRUPO DIA

HEINEKEN

MAREDEUS FOOD SOLUTION

NUTRIMENTOS DEL CAMPO, S.A.

Unilever Foods Industrial España

Queseria Manchega

CONSERVAS EL POZO

Red Bull España

Sunny Delight Portugal

Verdifresh

BODEGAS LUIS CABALLERO

FINDUS

NEW FISH, SL

AGUAS DEL VALLE DE LA OROTAVA

HeaLthtech Bio Active, S.L.

Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits, S.A.

International Paper

Industry focus: Retail Tier 1

'A great team of highly skilled and exceptionally involved lawyers', Garrigues provides a full-service offering to its retail-sector clients, which include cosmetics, clothing, eyewear and supermarket companies. Recent mandates keeping the team busy involve debt restructuring, acquisitions, distribution and day-to-day commercial and contractual matters. The firm employs a number of technological tools to speed up its processes, including the Contract Express tool, an automation software for contracts, agreements and other written material. Corporate and commercial expert Rocío Belda de Mergelina advises on the launch, restructuring, transformation and contracts relating to distribution and franchise networks. Álvaro López-Jorrín and Sergio González Galán are also key names.

Practice head(s):

Mónica Martín de Vidales; Álvaro López-Jorrín

Testimonials

‘Garrigues has a great team of highly skilled and exceptionally involved lawyers. Communication is speedy and clear.’

‘Profound knowledge of the industry and exceptional legal skills makes them unique. On the in-house side it is an asset.’

Key clients

YOUNIQUE

SAMSUNG

ESTEE LAUDER

AMPLIFON, SpA

BMW

ADVENT INTERNATIONAL

ADOLF WÜRTH GMBH & CO. KG

RIVERSIDE

PUNTO FA, S.L. (MANGO)

LUXOTTICA

APART

DIA, S.A.

TERRANOVA CNC FRANQUICIAS, S.L.

J. VILASECA, S.A.

MAHOU, S.A.

PRADA GROUP

GRUPO UVESCO

DORMITY

Industry focus: TMT Tier 1

The sizeable team at Garrigues advises on projects, contracts and transactions spanning the range of sectors in the scope of TMT, with recent work concerning telecoms infrastructure, fintech advice to multinational banking clients and technology services in the health and automotive sectors. Digital technology is a particular specialism of the firm. Barcelona-based José Ramón Morales acts for international and local clients on technology transactions, outsourcing deals and digital services projects, with a special focus on regulated sectors. Javier Marzo and Carolina Pina Sanchez in Madrid jointly lead the telecoms and media team; their clients include La Liga and Televisa. Data protection specialist Alejandro Padín is an experienced advisor of major multinationals and is increasingly instructed on data breach regulations.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Sergio González Galán

Testimonials

‘Experience, technical knowledge, rigor combined with flexibility and pragmatism, focus on the customer and their needs, transparency and availability to meet customer needs.’

‘Great partners, they understand the business, they are very flexible, they always provide solutions and while they have their areas of specialization they are open and adapt to what we need.’

‘The team is very prepared and very well managed. The distribution of roles and responsibilities results in complete and seamless advice.’

‘José Ramón Morales leads a very close, involved team. Mr Morales and his team are able to advise closely, and with great practical vocation to search for real solutions, not theoretical.’

‘José Ramón and his team stand out for their commitment to the client as well as for their technical excellence. Whether in negotiation, legal analysis or document drafting, they help achieve the client’s objectives.’

‘They have unbeatable experience in the field of new technologies, e-commerce and fintechs. This accumulated experience has allowed them to warn of problems before they appear or to propose solutions immediately in the event of unforeseen events.’

‘Extraordinary rigor and technical level. Very results-oriented approach for the client and understanding of what is sought and what is the most appropriate and deliverable.’

‘Technical excellence, knowledge of the sector and experience in precedents. I especially highlight José Ramón Morales and Carolina Pina, whose professional reliability is impressive.’

Key clients

IBM

IBERDROLA

ENDESA

FERROVIAL MOBILITY

LA LIGA DE FÚTBOL PROFESIONAL (LA LIGA)

UNIT4 BUSINESS SOFTWARE HOLDING BV

PANDA SOFTWARE

DAZN MEDIA SERVICES LIMITED

ANDORRA TELECOM SAU

MEDIAPRODUCCIÓN SLU

TELEVISA

FOUNDATION 29/MICROSOFT

RED ELECTRICA DE ESPAÑA

Insurance Tier 1

The multi-disciplinary insurance practice at Garrigues provides expertise in litigation, employment, antitrust and European law, as well as being a leading tax advice firm for insurers. The department has particular specialisms in bancassurance joint ventures and reinsurance transactions. Innovation is another key area for the firm, which uses various tools to improve its offering, including Proces@, a robot designed by the firm in co-ordination with linguists and engineers from the Knowledge Engineering Institute (IIC) to index data, including audio and multimedia files. Àlvaro López-Jorrín provides advice to insurance companies in restructuring and M&A transactions, as well as regulatory and contractual insurance matters. He co-leads the team with Mónica Martín de Vidales, who is head of the firm’s corporate and commercial department. Also notable are María Fernández-Picazo, who advises on corporate reorganisation transactions involving insurance companies; principal associate Félix Ferreño, who focuses on the private equity and insurance markets; and senior associate Luis Covarrubias, who handles domestic and international insurance and M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Álvaro López-Jorrín; Mónica Martín de Vidales

Other key lawyers:

María Fernández-Picazo; Félix Ferreño; Luis Covarrubias

Key clients

Aegon

Allianz

Generali

Helvetia

Igualatorio Cantabria

Munich Re, Branch in Spain

Mutuavenir

Pelayo Mutua de Seguros a Prima Fija

Plus Ultra

Surne

Zurich

Bansabadell Seguros Generales & Vida

Banco Santander

Barclays

BBVA

BBVA Seguros

Gerocaixa

Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 1

Garrigues is a strong choice for major international clients, acting for a growing portfolio of well-known fashion, retail, audiovisual and internet services clients, including American Express and Mediapro, handling commercial contracts and copyright litigation. The team is led by Carolina Pina, a Madrid-based sports law specialist with expertise in arbitration and international transactional support, alongside Lisbon's João Miranda de Sousa, who takes the lead on IP prosecution. In Madrid, principal associate Cristina Mesa has expertise in technology, fashion and e-commerce work, while senior associate Antonio Muñoz focuses on the art and entertainment sectors.

Practice head(s):

Carolina Pina; João Miranda de Sousa

Other key lawyers:

Cristina Mesa; Antonio Muñoz Vico

Testimonials

‘They are super efficient and take great care of the client, they make us feel as if we are their most important client, and they are super involved in the business. We have never had a better firm than them.’

‘Carolina Pina, She always gets on the phone and answers your calls, and she is a magnificent professional AND an exquisite treatment with the client. Cristina Mesa, a magnificent professional and takes great care of the client, human quality and personalised and super professional treatment.’

Key clients

Javier Calleja

Academia Mir

Laliga

Audible

Booking

Discográfica DN7

Pablo Alborán

Starz/lionsgate

Google

Wave Of Humanity (Charlie Chaplin Estate)

Cxc

Swedish Orphan Biovitrum

Enagas

American Express

Kartell

Mediapro

Infonis

Private equity Tier 1

The private equity group at leading firm Garrigues is highlighted for its 'perfect combination of legal knowledge and business practice'. In addition to corporate and M&A specialists, the team also draws on the expertise of the firm's tax, finance and restructuring lawyers to provide a comprehensive service. It maintains a significant market share of private equity deals, acting for a broad client base that spans international, household name private equity houses to domestic funds focused on the mid-market. The highly experienced José Manuel Martín leads the practice; other key practitioners include María Fernández-PicazoÁlvaro López-Jorrín and Alex Pujol.

Practice head(s):

José Manuel Martín

Other key lawyers:

Álvaro López-Jorrín; Fernando Vives; María Fernández-Picazo; Alex Pujol; Victor Chiquero; Félix Ferreño;

Testimonials

Absolute provision for the client. They compare very favorably with other firms. Constantly looking for solutions to the problems that arise in the negotiation. Excellent negotiation skills. Perfect combination of legal knowledge and business practice.’

Very good roster of junior members. They try to collaborate more each year with their clients.’

Excellent technical and negotiation skills, problem solving, full outsourcing of the negotiation of legal documents in them, blind faith in them, transparency in fees. Alvaro Lopez Jorrin Arnau Tapias.’

Key clients

The Carlyle Group

Alantra

ProA Capital

The Blackstone Group

Advent International

KKR

Ardian

Corpfin Capital

ICG

Artá Capital

Riverside

CVC

Oceanwood

Ergon Capital

MCH Capital

Opcapita

PAI Partners

Nazca Capital

GED Iberian Private Equity

Realza Capital

Miura Private Equity

Torreal Private Equity

Diana Capital

Apollo Capital

Meridia Capital

Projects and energy Tier 1

Garrigues excels in the financing, refinancing, sale and acquisition of large renewable energy companies and projects in Spain and abroad. Outside of the energy sector, the team also has notable experience in transport and public infrastructure projects. Also of note is the firm's subsidiary, G-advisory, which draws on the expertise of engineers, economists, geologists and chemists to provide technical and strategic advice in the areas of energy, environment, sustainability, climate change and compliance. Among the team's highly experienced partners are Marcos Botella and Silvestre Arana; key associates in the team include Marta Clemente and Jon Goirigolzarri. Banking and finance specialist José Miguel Pinillos receives strong praise.

Practice head(s):

Mónica Martín de Vidales; Alvaro López-Jorrín

Other key lawyers:

José Miguel Pinillos; Silvestre Arana; Marcos Botella; Gaspar Atienza; Xabier Urtiaga; Álvaro Valle; Marta Clemente; Jon Goirigolzarri

Testimonials

I tend to work with Garrigues a lot, especially on the really material operations which are often the most challenging from a pre-legal and enforcement point of view. The reason is to be able to work with Jose Miguel Pinillos. The strong points are: Absolute dedication on the part of Jose Miguel as a partner in all matters, not only in the kick off and in meetings with clients; Work capacity (nights, weekends); Access to the different areas to give us a complete vision; Interpretation of real operations; Proposals for real unlocking in a negotiation between various parties.’

Key clients

ACCIONA

ALFANAR CO.

ALTEN RENOVABLES

BANCO SABADELL

BANCO SANTANDER

BNP PARIBAS

CAIXABANK

ENAGAS

ENDESA

ENEL GREEN POWER

EOLIA

GENERAL ELECTRIC RENEWABLES

IBERDROLA

INTERENERGY

LGSIE (LA SOCIEDAD GENERAL INMOBILIARIA DE ESPAÑA)

NOVENERGÍA

OHL

OX2

PAVILION ENERGY

Public law Tier 1

Highlighted for its 'practical knowledge of the reality of the client and the authorities', Garrigues has a wide-ranging public law practice, providing advice on national and international planning, environment, regulation and administration matters. The firm is also well regarded for its ‘high-quality technical knowledge' and 'decisive approach'. Alfredo Fernández Rancaño is head of the firm’s administrative, zoning and planning law department. His team includes Miguel Loya del Río, who advises on administrative matters, regulation and litigation; and administrative law expert Javier Fernández Rivaya.

Practice head(s):

Alfredo Fernández Rancaño

Other key lawyers:

Javier Fernández Rivaya; David Arias Guedón; Javier Manchado de Armas; Miguel Loya del Río

Testimonials

‘Very accessible and quick response to inquiries.’

‘Accessibility and availability.’

‘Practical knowledge of the reality of the client and the authorities and management of relations with authorities at all levels.’

‘High-quality technical knowledge, but with pragmatism and a decisive approach.’

‘Transparency, they know when and how to report without disturbing, willing to help and adapt to changing circumstances.’

Key clients

ENCASA CIBELES (GOLDMAN SACHS AND AZORA)

GRANT THORNTON CORPORATION, S.L.P.

CEETRUS URBAN SPAIN, S.A. (GRUPO AUCHAN)

IBERDROLA GENERACIÓN, S.A.U.

DELOITTE

Organización Nacional de Ciegos Españoles (ONCE)

MAZARS

JAPAN TOBACCO INTERNATIONAL (JTI)

NEOPISTAS, S.A.U.

AMAZON GROUP

AVANZA GROUP

UNIBAIL-RODAMCO-WESTFIELD

ASTRAZENECA FARMACEÚTICA SPAIN, S.A.

BAXTER

ACCIONA GROUP

BANCA MARCH

ARTA CAPITAL

MUTUA MADRILEÑA

AZORA CAPITAL

GREYSTAR REAL ESTATE PARTNERS – AXA IM – REAL ASSETS – CBRE

CENTROS COMERCIALES CARREFOUR, S.A.

CARREFOUR PROPERTY ESPAÑA, S.L. (GROUP CARREFOUR)

European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)

AENA S.M.E., S.A.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

The multi-disciplinary real estate practice at Garrigues brings together expertise in the areas of tax, planning, zoning, antitrust, restructuring and distressed transactions to advise on major deals in the Spanish and European real estate markets. It specialises in advising major foreign funds and financial institutions in a range of matters, including restructurings, new investment vehicles, mortgage finance, transfers of distressed assets, and NPL and REO portfolios. The team is co-led by Barcelona-based Oscar de Santiago, who advises on traditional real estate work and finance, and Héctor Muñoz, who represents domestic and international investors, developers and financial institutions. Also notable are Felipe Yannone, who has experience in real estate investment, development, financing, construction and commercialisation, and Jorge García-Pellicer, who focuses on real estate and restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Héctor Muñoz; Óscar de Santiago

Other key lawyers:

Felipe Yannone; Jorge García-Pellicer; Juan José Berdullas

Key clients

BLACKSTONE

BAUPOST

AXA IM – REAL ASSETS

VÄRDE

APOLLO

MORGAN STANLEY REAL ESTATE

ALPINE GROVE PARTNERS LLP

DWS

VGP GROUP

BANC SABADELL

MERIDIA CAPITAL

MERLIN PROPERTIES

OAKTREE

ARCANO REAL ESTATE

PLATINUM ESTATES

CARMILA

CARREFOUR

BANCA MARCH

FARALLON

DAVIDSON KEMPNER

PALM CAPITAL

HINES

ASG IBERIA ADVISORS

MEYER BERGMAN

UNIBAIL RODAMCO

MERSAN ASSETS MANAGEMENT

VIVENIO RESIDENCIAL SOCIMI

THOR EQUITIES

AZORA CAPITAL

ABERDEEN STANDARD INVESTMENTS

AEDAS HOMES

KADANS SCIENCE PARTNER

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Advising traditional and alternative financial institutions in insolvency situations and debt recovery, Garrigues is active in transactions relating to NPLs and REOs, on both the sell-side and buy-side. The firm is also on the panel of the Spanish Banking Restructuring Fund. Practice head Adrián Thery specialises in cross-border restructurings and insolvency proceedings. Other key names in the team include Juan María Jiménez, who is experienced in advising Spanish and international companies on out-of-court refinancings and restructurings, as well as in-court insolvency proceedings; Juan Verdugo, who focuses on debt restructuring through Spanish schemes of arrangement and insolvency litigation; and Borja García-Alamán, who handles pre-insolvency and refinancing, formal insolvency proceedings, insolvency litigation and directors’ liability matters.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Thery

Other key lawyers:

Juan María Jiménez; Borja García-Alamán; Juan Verdugo

Key clients

Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

Oaktree Capital

Guadalmansa Administraciones, S.L.U.

Columbus Global Iberia, S.A.U.

Isolux Corsán Aparcamientos, S.A.

Mondelez España Services

Sociedad de Gestión de Activos procedentes de la Reestructuración Bancaria, S.A.

Thomas Cook

Sociedad de Gestión de Activos procedentes de la Reestructuración Bancaria, S.A.

Adveo Group International, S.A.

Banco Santander

Eliance Holding Group

Metrópoli Burjassot

SAREB (Sociedad de gestión de Activos procedentes de la Reestructuración Bancaria)

TPF Getinsa Euroestudios

Zurich Insurance PLC

Haya Real Estate

Tax Tier 1

From offices in Europe, the US, Latin America and China, Garrigues advises on transfer pricing, tax litigation, M&A deal structuring, domestic and international corporate taxation, compensation and benefits, VAT and private client matters. The firm also provides a global service focused on the legal profile of tax inspectors, judges and magistrates, as well as tax governance and tax compliance advice. Eduardo Abad specialises in taxation and regulation of financial entities and products. He leads the team, which includes Ricardo Gómez, who focuses on M&A and tax litigation; Gonzalo Rincón de Pablo, who advises multinationals on a range tax matters; and principal associate Fernando Santos, who is experienced in providing tax advisory services.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Abad

Other key lawyers:

Ricardo Gómez; Carlos Gómez; Gonzalo Rincón de Pablo; Rafel Calvo; Ramón Tejada; Fernando Santos

Key clients

Banco Santander

Banco BBVA

Telefónica

Prosegur

IAG

Endesa

Bankinter

Allianz

Iberdrola

Vodafone

White-collar crime Tier 1

'One of the best firms in Spain for corporate criminal law', Garrigues benefits from a strong office network, which allows it to handle both domestic and cross-border criminal cases on behalf of its clients, which include high-profile companies and individuals. At an institutional level, the firm also stands out for its adoption of technological tools and platforms to improve efficiency; its CORE application, for example, facilitates risk and compliance management for clients during the design and implementation stages of criminal compliance programmes. Helena Prieto heads the corporate investigations unit, and Gabriel Castro leads the criminal law practice. Former Attorney General for Spain Eduardo Torres-Dulce is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Helena Pietro; Gabriel Castro; Eduardo Torres-Dulce

Other key lawyers:

Pedro Miguel González; Beatriz Bustamante; José Fernández; Álvaro Mato; Marta Sánchez; David Caballero

Testimonials

They have a practical and in-depth knowledge of the functioning of the courts in Spain. The team complements each other very efficiently.’

Absolute availability to answer calls and customer questions: Helena Prieto and Gabriel Castro (Partners) and David Caballero (Associate).

Very good legal advice and hands on approach.’

They have great legal skills, are very responsive to clients demands, easily approachable.’

Excellent knowledge of the specific area of compliance criminal and internal investigations of the company, in this area.’

Garrigues is one of the best criminal law firms in Spain for corporate criminal law. Their lawyers are brilliant, methodical and great strategists.’

At a technological level, Garrigues brings security to its clients: it makes us feel that our information is safe in their hands.’

Gabriel Castro, partner in the Criminal Law area, is a magnificent lawyer. He is practical, decisive and has extensive experience in the room.’

Key clients

DELOITTE SPAIN

BANCO BILBAO VIZCAYA ARGENTARIA (BBVA)

DIA GROUP

PUBLICIS COMUNICACIÓN ESPAÑA AND ZENITH MEDIA (PUBLICIS GROUPE)

AMERICAN EXPRESS GLOBAL BUSINESS TRAVEL (AMEX SPAIN)

GINSO (Asociación para la Gestión de la Integración Social)

VALEO SPAIN

LAFARGEHOLCIM SPAIN

FCC GROUP

Environment Tier 2

A sizeable team of public law experts from across Garrigues's Spanish offices advises on environmental law matters for companies from a range of industries, with food retail giants Carrefour and Mercadona and some of the region's most prominent energy and industry projects companies among the firm's key clients. Public law expert Alfredo Fernández Rancaño co-ordinates the practice with support from David Sanz Pérez, a key contact in the Barcelona office, and principal associate Victoria Esteban who is praised as a 'brilliant professional'. Luis González García joined Watson Farley & Williams LLP in September 2020.

Practice head(s):

Alfredo Fernández Rancaño

Other key lawyers:

David Sanz Pérez; Victoria Esteban

Testimonials

‘Superiors know the strengths of their team, motivating and taking advantage of these qualities. The team complements each other by working in unison, with the same objective. Good internal communication and training. Excellent practice and technical knowledge.’

‘Victoria Esteban is a brilliant professional, a great leader respected by her workers, committed, serious, diligent, rigorous, focused on the client and the business, multidisciplinary, with a taste for challenges and always ready to help.’

Key clients

REED SMITH LLP

CENTROS COMERCIALES CARREFOUR, S.A.

ALFANAR

MERCADONA

ENEL GREEN POWER IBERIA

SOCIEDAD GALLEGA DEL MEDIO AMBIENTE, S.A.

ASTURIANA DE ZINC, S.A.U.

ARCELORMITTAL ESPAÑA S.A

TARRAGONA WATER CONSORTIUM

BAKERY IBERIAN INVESTMENTS, S.L.

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Garrigues is particularly prominent in high-value, large-scale M&A involving major life sciences players, and also maintains an active patent litigation practice. The team has advised on a number of innovative projects, including projects involving cloud-based medical data platforms through which patients can manage and store medical records. Internally, the firm employs a number of innovative initiatives, and has also developed an in-house ideas lab, the Garrigues Innovation Think Tank. IP expert Carolina Pina and corporate and commercial partner José Fernández-Rañada jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

José Fernández-Rañada; Carolina Pina

Other key lawyers:

Ferran Escayola; Rebeca Cayón

Testimonials

They are very professional and effective. In the M&A area they know the different steps and alternatives in negotiating a deal.

A lot of experience with our specific R&D field, specifically of intellectual property protection.’

Deep technical experience in the field and with IP. Patent strategy. Participation and approachability of the partner.

Ferran Escayola and Rebeca Cayon. They form a very solid team that transmits confidence.’

Key clients

Sanofi

Eisai

Roche

Centene Group

Farmaindustria

Pharma Mar

GSK (GLAXOSMITHKLINE)

BAXTER, S.L. (and subsidiaries)

ASTRAZENECA FARMACEÚTICA SPAIN, S.A.

DOMUSVI

Intellectual property: patents Tier 2

Garrigues's Madrid-based team combines strong litigation capabilities in the technology sector with a well-established patent prosecution offering for life sciences and AI clients. Alongside this, the firm also advises major domestic and international names in retail and sports, among other sectors. The team is led by Carolina Pina, who has notable sports expertise and is active in arbitration and complex IP transactions, alongside João Miranda de Sousa, who divides his time between Madrid and Lisbon and has extensive experience in complex pan-EU infringement actions.

Practice head(s):

Joao Miranda de Sousa; Carolina Pina

Other key lawyers:

Mónica Arizti Acha

Testimonials

‘The IP (patents) team is the best patents team I have had the opportunity to work with in Spain. They are excellent from a technical point of view, creative, and result and client oriented.’

The team at Garrigues specialises in finding the arguments that allow the examiners in each country to approve the patent application. The network of collaborators of Garrigues in each country is highly qualified and effective.

The partner at Garrigues with whom we work, Mónica Arizti, is a very qualified person, with great knowledge of patents in our sector. Very effective in her work and rapid in its execution.’

‘What I personally like about the Garrigues patent department is the creative profile of its team. They have engineers, biologists, and designers who make technical discussions easier. They are decisive.’

Key clients

Club De Variedades Vegetales

Fractus

Talladium

Carrefour

Hero Ag

Riverside

Asociación Española Contra El Cancer

Overture Life

Grupo Cobra

Telefónica

Crown Food

Cosentino

Histocell

Intellectual property: Trade marks Tier 2

Garrigues handles a broad workload in trade marks, covering litigation, transactional support, unfair competition and domain name matters. The firm has a growing client base in the audio-visual, life sciences and fashion industries, and also acts for multinational companies in technology, food and pharmaceuticals. The practice is jointly led by João Miranda de Sousa, based in Madrid and Lisbon, who heads the prosecution team, alongside Carolina Pina, a highly regarded practitioner with expertise in arbitration and transactions, particularly for sports clients. Principal associate Isabel Pascual de Quinto specialises in trade marks, industrial designs and unfair competition cases, while counsel Celia Sueiras is noted for her protection and enforcement expertise.

Practice head(s):

Joao Miranda de Sousa; Carolina Pina

Other key lawyers:

Isabel Pascual de Quinto; Celia Sueiras; Fernando Rubiano Fernández

Testimonials

‘They are fully committed and always do their best to understand companies’ particular needs. No generic approaches.’

‘Fernando Rubiano is the external lawyer every company should be willing to have. Fully committed and always ready to assist.’

‘Excellent technical level and proactivity.’

‘Isabel Pascual de Quinto: Excellent technical level, practical and decisive approach.’

‘The Garrigues IP team stands out for its deep knowledge of the subject and its total dedication to the client, being without a doubt at the top of the professional practice in this area of practice.’

‘Isabel Pascual de Quinto demonstrates an excellent professional level, which is also maintained over the years. Her commitment to the client, proactivity, speed and in-depth knowledge of her subject matter make her an outstanding professional.’

‘They are a benchmark team in Spain on brands. Very specialised.’

Key clients

UEFA

Carrefour

Glaxo Smithkline

Pharmamar

Prosegur

The Alan Parsons Project

Makeblock Co Ltd

Asac Compañía De Biotecnología E Investigación

Greencycles, S.l.

Transport: Shipping Tier 3

Combining transport and shipping experts, the Garrigues team advises on wet and dry shipping, corporate law, dispute resolution, labour and regulatory matters. Clients include Lloyd's syndicate underwriters, shipowners, cargo owners, banks, shipyards and terminal container yards. Counsel Jesus Barbadillo leads the team and specialises in the shipping market, as well as advising on regulatory matters and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Jesús Barbadillo

Other key lawyers:

Manuel Betancor; Javier del Corte; María Cózar; Markus Gómez

Key clients

Naviera Armas S.A

Trasmediterránea

Travelers

Baleària

Teekay Shipping

Knutsen Group

Mapfre

DM Petrogás

Naviera de Taliarte S.A.

Naviera Cies, S.A.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate law and commercial contracts
Tax
Mergers and acquisitions
Banking and finance
Securities market
Accounting law
Labour and employment law
Human capital services
Litigation and arbitration
Insurance
Administrative law
Real estate
Energy
Telecommunications and media
Intellectual property
EU and antitrust
Environment
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
Arabic
Catalan
Chinese
English
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Portuguese
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