Garrigues > Madrid, Spain > Firm Profile

Garrigues
HERMOSILLA 3
28001 MADRID
Spain

Spain > Banking and finance Tier 1

The ‘practical, decisive and, most of all, proactive‘ team at Garrigues handles a wide range of complex financial transactions from offices across Spain, with notable experience in financial regulation, project and real estate finance, refinancings, acquisition and leveraged finance, and direct lending. In particular, the team has been highly active in assisting both Spanish and international clients with hybrid securitisation and finance deals, including multi-jurisdictional transactions, and high-profile ESG-related matters. The team is led by Rafael González-Gallarza and Luis de la Peña; the latter focuses on the financial regulatory side of the practice, which has notable expertise in fintech, fund formation and investment services. Other key members of the team include José Miguel Pinillos, an expert in corporate finance and real estate and infrastructure finance, Xabier Urtiaga Valle, Naiara Bueno, who is the main contact in the Barcelona office, and project finance specialist Jon Goirigolzarri, who was promoted to partner in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Rafael González-Gallarza; Luis de la Peña

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Excellent client service. A clear focus on achieving the objective of closing the deal satisfactorily. Creative solutions for unforeseen and problematic situations. Absolute reliability. José Miguel Pinillos particularly stands out.’

‘They quickly analyse the case internally in a cross-disciplinary way and set an action plan. They are practical, decisive and, most of all, proactive. The team members are constantly up to date, facilitating the exchange of information. They stick to deadlines.’

‘They are extremely rigorous in their analyses and communications, which, together with their availability, greatly facilitates case management. I would like to highlight Xabier Urtiaga Valle, Clemente Mateo and Gonzalo Rivera.’

Key clients

BBVA

BANCO SANTANDER

DEUTSCHE BANK

EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK

SAREB

BANCA MARCH

BANCO SABADELL

BLACKROCK

CRÉDIT AGRICOLE

WATERFALL ASSET MANAGEMENT

SINGULAR BANK, S.A.U.

OCEANWOOD GROUP

VISA INC

ROTHSCHILDCO WEALTH MANAGEMENT SPAIN, A.V., S.A.

AREB

TALENTA GESTIÓN, SGIIC, S.A.

AXON PARTNERS GROUP INVESTMENT, SGEIC, S.A.

GAWA CAPITAL PARTNERS, SGEIC, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Circet Odyssée, Circet Iberia and Circet Cableven on a financing transaction executed by virtue of a senior facility agreement of €1.625bn and a revolving facility of €250m for the acquisition of the Circet Group by Intermediate Capital Group from Advent International.
  • Advised a syndicate of major banks on the financing of a €1.250bn term loan and €400m revolving credit facility granted to Luna III and Luna IV Servicios Ambientales for the acquisition of Urbaser and its multinational conglomerate in the context of a global purchase for the sum of €3.5bn.
  • Advising Singular Bank on the acquisition of the Spanish wealth management business of UBS, which involves the acquisition of 100% of the shares of UBS Gestión, SGIIC, the acquisition of the wealth management business of UBS Europe, Sucursal en España, and the registration of the client with the Spanish Securities Market Commission.

Spain > Capital markets: Debt Tier 1

Garrigues' debt capital markets team has been highly active in advising on complex debt issuances, acting for both leading financial institutions and corporates, including a number of first-time issuers; in a recent highlight, the practice assisted Vía Célere with the first green bond issuance by a residential developer in Europe. The team's expertise spans high-yield bonds, green bonds, project bonds and EMTN issuances, and it also has considerable strength in securitisations, handling market-leading Spanish matters as well as pan-European transactions, including recent commercial mortgage-backed security (CMBS) and NPL securitisations. Gonzálo García-Fuertes, who is highly experienced in high-yield transactions, securitisations and debt issuances, leads the practice. Other key contacts include José Luis Palao and Barcelona-based Naiara Bueno, principal associates Marta López-Brea, a specialist in securitisations, and Li Jun Chen Lin, and senior associate Clemente Mateo.

Practice head(s):

Mónica Martín de Vidales; Álvaro López-Jorrín

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Alsea

Sacyr

Via Célere

Edreams Odigeo

BBVA

Santander

Deutsche Bank

Food Service Projects

Cirsa

Arquimea

Work highlights

  • Advised Via Célere, the first Spanish residential developer to go out to the European high-yield market, on its inaugural high-yield bond, which was also the first green bond issuance by a residential developer in Europe.
  • Advised Sacyr Group on the incorporation of a securitisation fund to which a Sacyr subsidiary has assigned present and future credit rights derived from nine operation and maintenance agreements.
  • Advising Deutsche Bank, Barclays, Banco Santander and BBVA, as the initial purchasers, on the inaugural issuance by Edreams Odigeo.

Spain > Capital markets: Equity Tier 1

Highlighted for its ‘mastery of this practice area‘, the Garrigues team in Madrid and Barcelona is highly active in advising on major IPOs on Bolsa de Madrid (BME), the BME Growth segment of the market and Euronext, particularly standing out for its advice to real estate and renewable energy companies. The team is also experienced in capital increases (including accelerated bookbuilds), share repurchase programmes and complex transactions involving special purpose acquisition companies (SPAC). Mónica Martín De Vidales and Álvaro López-Jorrin jointly head the practice, while other key contacts include managing partner Fernando Vives, who advises a number of major Spanish listed companies on corporate governance issues, Gonzálo García-Fuertes, who has extensive experience advising on IPOs, José Luis Palao and Barcelona-based Naiara Bueno, who is active in the listing and delisting of companies on the Spanish alternative market.

Practice head(s):

Mónica Martin de Vidales; Álvaro López-Jorrín

Testimonials

‘It is a very accessible team that is very easy to work with.’

‘The team is made up of highly driven lawyers with a mastery of this practice area.’

‘Good knowledge, a very high level of availability and good, tailor-made advice.’

‘Gonzalo García-Fuertes is a very strong lawyer and has great knowledge and skills. He works in a fast and agile manner.’

Key clients

Linea Directa

International Consolidated Airlines (IAG)

Telefónica

CaixaBank

BBVA

Prosegur Cash

Arteche

Solar Profit

MAB Student Properties

edreams Odigeo

Work highlights

  • Advised Arteche on its IPO on the BME Growth segment of the BME MTF Equity market, which included an offer of shares developed by Banco Santander, Norbolsa and JB Capital Markets.
  • Advised Linea Directa Aseguradora on its listing on Bolsa de Madrid (BME), the first transaction of the type since 2011.
  • Advised Parlem on its IPO on the BME Growth segment of the BME MTF Equity market, which included an offer of new shares developed by GVC Gaesco, Andbank and Banco Sabadell.

Spain > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Garrigues is a leading domestic firm with offices throughout Europe and South America, in addition to sites in China, New York, Beijing, Shanghai and Morocco; its corporate and M&A team is naturally active on the cross-border front, serving clients from over 85 countries, and excels on public takeovers, private M&A, joint ventures, disposals and restructurings. Mónica Martín De Vidales provides leading input at all stages of transactions, from negotiations through to regulatory concerns, and serves as practice co-head alongside Àlvaro López-Jorrín, a practitioner with over 20 years’ worth of experience in this space who is especially knowledgeable of the financial institutions sector. Fernando Vives, the firm’s executive chairman and managing partner, delivers long-standing expertise in mergers, tender offers, public offerings and private equity transactions, including related financing, meanwhile Sergio González Galán’s track record encompasses major deals within the energy, audio-visual and telecommunications sectors. Aranau Tapias is a more junior partner who provides the team with in-depth knowledge of the insurance sector, with principal associate Beatriz Amillo providing proficiency within the hotel, real estate and automotive fields.

Practice head(s):

Mónica Martín De Vidales; Àlvaro López-Jorrín

Testimonials

‘The best commercial law firm in Spain. It has extensive experience in all types of sectors, particularly energy.’

‘Great involvement of the partners in the issues with a deep knowledge of the issues. In addition, extraordinary involvement of the members of the offices.’

Key clients

Telefónica

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria

IAG (International Airlines Group)

Iberdrola

Red Eléctrica

Enel

Blackstone

Bankia

Prosegur

Merlin Properties

Work highlights

  • Acted as international private equity firm, Cinven, and Restaurant Brands Iberia agreed for Cinven to acquire a majority stake in Restaurant Brands Iberia.

Spain > Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

Garrigues continues to position itself as a key player in the privacy and data protection market, with notable areas of work including GDPR adaption projects. Apart from this branch of expertise, the team has also seen an uptick in projects with an artificial intelligence and big data element, acting for its usual clientele of high-profile entities in the automotive, e-commerce, insurance, fintech and technology sectors. Heading the data protection, privacy, cybersecurity and technology practice is Madrid-based partner Alejandro Padín, an expert in the implementation, review and audit of data protection guidelines, accompanied by senior associate Katiana Otero, who has considerable knowledge of e-commerce, privacy and data protection issues. In Barcelona, José Ramón Morales is a key contact with a broad offering, including outsourcing deals and digital services projects, and is supported by key senior associate Sandra López.

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Testimonials

Multidisciplinary team and extensive and detailed knowledge of the sector.

Professionalism and close treatment. Adaptability.

Key clients

Agencia Española de Protección de Datos

Mutua Madrileña

Polestar

Quibim

Air Europa

IAG

Volvo

AIG

Estée Lauder

Philip Morris

Bip&Drive

Samsung

Foundation 29

Lopesan

Zurich

Work highlights

  • Representing Air Europa before the Audiencia Nacional, appealing a fine from the Spanish Data Protection Agency arising from a cyberattack.
  • Advised Samsung on innovative technology projects such as mobile payments, personalised publicity over smart TVs, blockchain analysis, and telecommunications.
  • Advised Quibim on privacy and tech legal issues arising from the use of AI.

Spain > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Garrigues receives plaudits for its 'impeccable litigation preparation and excellent performance in court'. Aside from its prowess in judicial litigation, the team is also well versed in arbitration, including international arbitration; Francisco Serrano Osobliwa, who has vast experience in arbitration proceedings before the ICC, LCIA and Zurich Chamber of Commerce, leads the international arbitration and ADR practice. The firm is particularly active in cases involving Latin American countries, and its recent cases also involve various European jurisdictions. Alberto Pimenta was appointed the global head of litigation and arbitration at the firm in 2022; he is highlighted by one client for bringing 'an experience that is unmatched within the Spanish market'. Antonio Entrena López-Peña, who leads the litigation practice, is also noted by clients, as is Eduardo Santamaría Moral, who 'provides business-oriented, practical advice in a timely manner' and particularly stands out for his track record in post-M&A disputes and cases involving athletes or professional sports clubs. Other key practitioners in the team, which counts over 200 lawyers and more than 30 partners across multiple offices in Spain, include 'spectacular individual' Alejandro Huertas, who made partner in January 2022, and Diego Vicente Pérez, whose experience spans antitrust, unfair competition, corporate and contractual litigation. Margarita Soto Moya and Lisette Hernández are names to note at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Eduardo Santamaría Moral; Alejandro Huertas; Diego Vicente Pérez; Margarita Soto Moya; Rubén Magallares; Manel Pastor; David Vich; Gabriel Castro; Ignacio Rodríguez Santaliestra; Juan Carlos de la Calle; Lisette Hernández

Testimonials

‘They stand out in how they manage matters, impeccable litigation preparation and excellent performance in court. They are a guarantee of good work. Very powerful team.’

‘Without exception, they carefully schedule the work to be done and strictly adhere to the established schedule, which guarantees that deadlines are met in all cases. The most outstanding professionals with whom we have worked are Gabriel Castro, Antonio Entrena, Alberto Pimenta and Diego Vicente, among the most experienced partners. Among the professionals who have most recently acquired the status of partner, Alejandro Huertas, Rubén Magallares, Manel Pastor and David Vich stand out for their extraordinary professional quality.’

‘Alejandro Huertas is a spectacular individual. Extremely dedicated and detail focused. He reads people well and know how to drive the negotiation.’

‘Antonio Entrena has a great technical knowledge of the processes, who uses full and meticulous dedication in each case, offering brilliant and diverse solutions and strategies to the different problems that arise. Ignacio Rodríguez Santaliestra works with great dedication, which allows him to deeply understand the issues, discuss the essentials and the details and manages -together with Antonio- to have the best possible position in matters of great complexity entrusted to them.’

‘Their constant participation in the main cases in the sector and their ability to cover all kinds of matters makes them always a safe bet. They always have the right specialist who has real experience in a situation like the one you want to entrust to them. They are an innovative team in the practice of law and, very particularly, in the world of litigation.’

‘Alberto Pimenta and Alejandro Huertas make an unbeatable duo. Each one separately is extraordinary, but seeing them work together, how they complement each other and they strengthen each other, it is a real luxury. To a tactical intelligence and a truly extraordinary knowledge of the law, Alberto Pimenta adds an experience that is unmatched within the Spanish market. Alejandro Huertas has a truly extraordinary intelligence, to which he adds a transversal knowledge of law, certainly striking. He is a benchmark both in the room and at the negotiation table.’

‘Eduardo Santamaría Moral stands out for his experience, expertise, integrity and excellence. Eduardo provides business-oriented, practical advice in a timely manner, always available to discuss and brainstorm, knowing when and how to get to the point, find the required experts to help, quick learning of the applicable industry and client’s DNA.’

‘Preparation and teamwork. I highlight the partner Rubén Magallares and the promising associate Juan Carlos de la Calle.’

Key clients

International Cable, B.V.

OHLA Progress Enablers

Correos

Astrazeneca

Grupo Lafarge-Holcim

Sacyr

Meliá Hotels International

Banco Santander

Deloitte Spain

BBVA

Mediapro

Work highlights

  • Defending Correos against a major claim for damages for breach of competition law currently discussed in Spain.
  • Defending Lafarge-Holcim in an investment arbitration under UNCITRAL rules against the Republic of Ecuador concerning the agreement for the reciprocal promotion and protection of investments signed between Spain and Ecuador in 1996.

Spain > Employment Tier 1

Considered by clients to be ‘one of the best known and leading specialists‘ in the market, Garrigues features a ‘multidisciplinary and specialised team‘ renowned for its role in restructurings, equality and diversity policies, redundancy programmes, disputes and collective bargaining arrangements. Rosa Zarza stands at the forefront of these efforts, heading the sizeable team, with notable expertise in restructurings, corporate reorganisations and collective dismissals, having recently led the team’s advice to a major financial institution on various matters relating to the return of employees to the workplace. Adriano Gómez, a ‘true star‘ in litigation, supports the team alongside Rafael Giménez-Arnau, who focuses on providing strategic advice to senior management. Recently promoted partner Clara Herreros is another key practitioner, with Ignacio Esteban Ros also noted. In December 2021, Rafael Ortiz retired from the firm.

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Testimonials

‘The team is a team totally dedicated to the needs of the client in a timely manner, anticipating possible future needs that it may have and keeping it constantly updated on new legislation or jurisprudence that could affect it. It is a trustworthy team, rigorous and very well prepared, serious about delivery dates and their quality.’

‘They are one of the best known and leading specialist in labour law firms in Spain. They provide an excellent service, not only from a professional legal services perspective, but also from a communication point of view. Their opinions are very clear and valuable. The time response is one the assets of this firm.’

‘Knowledge of the client’s business, which facilitates a solution adapted to real needs, gaining productivity and competitiveness. Multidisciplinary and specialised team, with high performance. Ability to adapt and work as a team with the client.’

‘Adriano Gomez is a true star with excellent negotiation skills and ability to combine industry-specific understanding with legal advice.’

‘They have a great team, with a practical approach and the support of a large office for matters that must be addressed from various perspectives (for example, labour with commercial or bankruptcy) and with excellent representation throughout the Spanish geography.’

‘The differentiating aspect is the quality of the work and the investment of time in the preparation of lawsuits/negotiations. Likewise, the pleasure of getting to know the client and proposing “preventive” solutions to matters. That is, they do not wait for the conflict to explode.’

‘Extensive knowledge and highly developed skills. We are attended by José Manuel Mateo and Angel Olmedo, who are excellent. José Manuel stands out in the strategic aspect of labour issues and how to deal with them. For his part, Angel is exceptionally good at litigation, his performance in court is outstanding.’

‘Very high technical knowledge, very high knowledge of the company and knowledge of history, They provide innovative ideas for conflict resolution and enormous common sense.’

Key clients

Esteve Healthcare

Siemens Energy

GE Wind Energy

Telefónica Open Innovation

Statkraft Devolopment Spain

Piaggio

Afga NV

Pilkington Automotive España

Amazon Spain Fulfillment

Carrefour

Hewlett Packard

Coca-Cola

Iberia

IBM

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol

Telefónica

Roche Farma

Vodafone

L’Oreal

Siemens

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of UNESPA in the negotiation of the collective bargaining agreement for the insurance sector in Spain.
  • Represented Alcoa to reach an agreement between it and the workers’ representatives for the orderly shutdown of Alcoa’s Smelter in San Ciprian.
  • Advised Vodafone on a transformation of its business model and current operational structure, which involved an initial impact on over 500 job positions.

Spain > EU and competition Tier 1

With ‘the best antitrust lawyers in Spain‘, Garrigues is highly active in major national and multi-jurisdictional merger control matters, cartel and abuse of dominance cases before the Spanish courts and competition authority, and state aid and follow-on damages litigation. The team also has expertise in competition litigation before the EU courts, drawing on the support of its Brussels office, led by Alfonso Lamadrid. Its blue-chip client base includes major Spanish and international corporations (including Ibex 35-listed companies), with an emphasis on the technology sector. Susana Cabrera Zaragoza leads the practice and is particularly well known for her merger control experience. Oriol Armengol Gasull and principal associate Fernando Las Navas are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Susana Cabrera Zaragoza

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Garrigues’ lawyers know the law and the internal workings of the European Commission, and they understand and adjust to the needs of the client and think strategically. The team showed great commitment in dealing with our complex and sensitive matter over several years. They know when to mount a strong defence, when to negotiate effectively with the Commission and when to go to court. Their role has been key to the successful resolution of our matter, and our experience with them has been excellent.’

‘Alfonso Lamadrid and Luis Ortiz Blanco both demonstrated great technical strength in writing and in oral hearings. Alfonso Lamadrid stood out particularly for his design of long-term strategies, for his close communication with the client and for his skill in negotiating with the Commission. Luis Ortiz is a highly respected lawyer in the professional and academic world and highly valued by the competition authorities and by his fellow professionals.’

‘Garrigues’ antitrust team has the best antitrust lawyers in Spain. The team of partners and senior associates participate in major cases and major transactions in Spain. The technical quality of the team and their ability to understand the client’s business and commercial needs makes them stand out from other firms. By turning to Garrigues, you can be certain that a matter will be dealt with at the highest technical level and with a commercial approach. I would like to highlight the involvement of the partners in all cases.’

‘Oriol Armengol is one of the few lawyers in Spain who understands the issues affecting the digital market and has participated in most cases before the competition authority in that sector. His technical quality and personal involvement in matters make him stand out from the rest.’

Key clients

Cisco Systems

Perrigo

Telefónica

IAG

Google/Alphabet

Mutua

Warner Media

Prosegur

CEPSA

Idealista

Mediapro

Endesa

Grimaldi

REE

ArcelorMittal

Abengoa

Boyacá

H.I.G.

PAI Partners

KIA

DHL

Boston Scientific Corporation

Ergon Capital

JTI

Jaguar Land Rover

Orona

Volvo

BMW

Grupo Anaya

Work highlights

  • Advised Telefónica on the merger control and regulatory aspects of the acquisition by Pontegadea of joint control, together with Telefónica, over Telxius Cable.
  • Represented Prosegur before the National Appellate Court obtaining the annulment of the €39.4m fine imposed by the CNMC for anticompetitive behaviour.
  • Advised Warner Media in connection with the investigation into the major studios recently closed with commitments by the CNMC.

Spain > Industry focus: Food Tier 1

The team at Garrigues has an impressive offering and is noted for ‘designing solutions to merge local and international requirements‘, acting for noteworthy conglomerates and operators in the market in an M&A context. Working out of Murcia and Sevilla, Miguel Ángel López and Jose Ramón Tenor act as co-directors of the firm’s agribusiness initiative, which draws strength from 17 offices in the country to act in some of the largest M&A transactions in the market. Also noted is Francisco Soler, who heads the Valencia office, with broad expertise in the corporate and commercial spaces.

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Testimonials

‘Multidisciplinary team, which allows a complete perspective, focusing on issues with the particularities and nuances of the industry that may have an impact on the analysis or evaluation of certain actions and operations. They share a broad vision of the relevant issues that affect the industry and have deep experience.’

‘It is the personalized attention and availability of partners and associates that differentiates this law firm and team from others.’

‘Garrigues possess first rate agriculture industry expertise from acting for all sides of transactions. They understand local issues, delivered at international / institutional standards, and are adept at designing solutions to merge local and international requirements.’

‘Specialization in the food industry, and particularly in the fruit and vegetable industry, gives clients greater legal certainty and anticipation of new regulations that may be implemented in the sector.’

‘Miguel Angel Lopez Mateo, Maria Pedreno and Marta Gonzalez Pajuelo have all been exceptional in their support. They are all knowledgeable, experienced and a pleasure to work with.’

‘The main advantage of Garrigues is the level of trust that exists, the knowledge they have and the ease of collaboration. They are a team with a high level of experience and knowledge of the issues. Constant updating and training in news. Extensive knowledge of international regulations, which applies very well in multinational groups.’

‘High level of trust. Involvement in the topics and very easy to approach topics with them. The level of professional training and issue resolution is very high.’

‘The Garrigues team performs a task that is completely different from other law firms by being fully connected to all the business people in the area and serving as a source of origination of opportunities in addition to providing high-quality legal services.’

Key clients

Mercadona

Ebro Foods

Carrefour

Central Lechera Asturiana

DIA

Citrico Global

AMC Group

Ybarra Alimentación

Climate Asset Management

Cibus Fund

Agrupapulpí

Bimbo

Virto Frozen Foods

Sunridge Partners

Platano de Canarias

Covirán

Virú

El Pozo Alimentación

Pernod Ricard

Deoleo

Estrella de Galicia

Eurobanan

Findus

De Prado

Pan Star

Pago de Carrovejas

COREN

ACOR

Bonnysa

G’s Group

Lactalis-Forlasa

Grupo Mahou

Grefusa

Moyca Grapes

Grupo El Ciruelo

La Unión

DAT-Schaub Gallent

Friselva

Nueva Pescanova

Argal

Consorcio de Exportación Amaco

Fuencampo

PozoSur

Tereos

Work highlights

  • Advised the vendor (Atitlan) and the purchaser (DePrado) in a  farmland transaction of 9,000 hectares of productive surface in almond and olive trees.
  • Advised Citrico Global in the acquisition of the fresh produce business branches of Grupo San Miguel in both Perú and South Africa.
  • Advised Alsea SAB de CV on a refinancing transaction.

Spain > Industry focus: Retail Tier 1

The retail practice at Garrigues offers ‘broad knowledge of legal and commercial/market aspects‘, as noted by clients who also appreciate the firm’s ‘availability to go the extra-mile‘. Co-led by Mónica Martín De Vidales and Álvaro López-Jorrín, it remains a leader in the retail field thanks to its capabilities in M&A transactions as well as unfair competition, IP, real estate, tax and litigation. Recently, this type of work was exemplified by the team’s advice to Eco Mora concerning a range of assets, including real estate properties.

Other key lawyers:

Hector Muñoz; Blanca Isabel Jiménez; Gonzalo Rincón

Testimonials

‘Dedication and close service by the entire team.’

‘Close treatment, knowledge of the sector and the type of operations such as the project in question.’

‘Expertise and knowledge of M&A. Availability to go the extra-mile to help the client engineer the best deal. Trusted advisors. Ability to mobilise different topics.’

‘Knowledge and expertise. Strategic thinking. Trusted advisors. Adaptability. Professionalism.’

‘Team’s availability and engagement as well as broad knowledge of the legal and commercial/market aspects of the deals.’

‘Hector Muñoz, Blanca Isabel Jiménez and Gonzalo Rincón, with the relevant expertise have demonstrated broad knowledge of the deals and availability to assist the client.’

Key clients

Deoleo

Mahou

Carrefour Group

Monat Group

Younique Group

Eco Mora

Square Asset Management

Uvesco

Opcapita

Grupo Ibérica De Congelados

Samsung

Nueva Expresión Textil

Mutua Madrileña Automovilista

Great Hill Partners

Dea Capital

Marie Brizard

Hyundai

Work highlights

  • Advised Eco Mora on the acquisition of the assets related to 18 supermarkets, and nine real estate properties, as well as the subrogation of Eco Mora in 26 franchises, from Condis.
  • Advised on the strategic alliance between El Corte Inglés and Grupo Mutua.
  • Advising Grupo Uvesco and its partners on the sale of a majority stake of Grupo Uvesco to PAI Partners.

Spain > Industry focus: TMT Tier 1

Garrigues houses a sizeable team, which stands out for its ‘knowledge of the most cutting-edge technologies‘ and ‘solid foundation in commercial and corporate law‘, allowing it to advise on some of the largest deals in the telecoms and fintech sectors. Recently, the firm has also seen growing activity in the crypto assets and NFT spheres. The department is led by a four-partner group, featuring José Ramón Morales in Barcelona and Javier Marzo, Carolina Pina and Alejandro Padín in Madrid; Morales is a technology expert; Pina specialises in the media sector; Marzo is noted for telecoms and media matters; and Padín is active in the data protection field. Having been promoted to the partnership in January 2021, Cristina Mesa is another key contact.

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Testimonials

‘Garrigues stands out for knowing how to solve the most complex and sophisticated cases. The team is diverse. They are quick to reply and the level of service is very high.’

‘Specialisation within the commercial law department. The professionals assigned to this practice have a solid foundation in commercial and corporate law and complement it with knowledge of the tech sector (intellectual property, privacy, outsourcing, etc.).’

‘The direction and knowledge of the partner responsible for the area, José Ramón Morales, who has 30 years of experience in the sector, stands out.’

‘Multidisciplinary team. Industry knowledge.’

‘Garrigues stands out for providing great client service.’

‘Carolina Pina is a great professional, as well as being very empathetic and a very good lawyer.’

‘Creativity, knowledge of the most cutting-edge technologies, transversal analysis and 360 degrees (regulatory, IP, copyright, litigation), practical solutions and reliability in terms of market standards and commercial knowledge.’

‘It compares favorably in terms of knowledge and involvement.’

Key clients

Visa

Square

Block

Freeverse

FIFA

Inter-American Development Bank

IBM

Caixabank

Vidacaixa

Ferrovial Mobility

Atp Media

Telxius

Orange

Televisa

Work highlights

  • Advised Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on the issuance of the first bonds listed in the regulated market in Spain registered through blockchain technology.

Spain > Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 1

The intellectual property practice at Garrigues remains a standout player, characterised by a ‘high level of knowledge‘, leveraged to assist internet platforms, content providers, sports organisers as well as leading companies in the fashion, retail and automotive industries. Apart from its sizeable offering, which encompasses infringement actions, database rights, image rights, reputation rights, preliminary injunctions and licensing, recent areas of growth for the firm include audiovisual, AI, augmented reality and software matters. IP and digital business reference and ‘excellentCarolina Pina, based in Madrid, heads the team alongside expert prosecutor João Miranda de Sousa in Lisbon, backed by Cristina Mesa, an ‘outstanding‘ lawyer in technology matters, and principal associate Antonio Muñoz, who is focused on art and entertainment law issues. Ricardo López Alzaga is another key contact from the associate ranks.

Testimonials

‘Their strengths are a high level of knowledge, empathy with the client, availability, level of detail and knowledge about the client.’

‘They stand out for their symbiosis with the client, they know them perfectly and are always available, they are highly qualified and make them feel like a “VIP client”. 

‘Carolina Pina and Cristina Mesa are outstanding.’

‘Great team, creative, reliable, friendly and practical. They provide exquisite treatment and the problems raised are solved satisfactorily.’

‘Carolina Pina is an excellent attorney. Not only does she dominate the subject but she knows the market standards and offers a plus. She clearly stands out for her market knowledge.’

‘High-level expertise in the subject matter, highly responsive and cooperative.’

Key clients

Netflix International

Javier Calleja

World Productions

Wuolah

Ikiru Films

Manifiesto

Punto De Vista Editores

Red Bull

Karigam New York

Cmz Machinery Group

Work highlights

  • Defending Netflix from a claim by Laureano Oubiña based on the release of the TV series Fariña.

Spain > Intellectual property: Trade marks Tier 1

With an industrial and intellectual property group specialising in litigation, prosecution, assessment and commercial contracts, Garrigues is a popular choice for internet companies and content providers as well as clients in the software, sports, fashion, retail and automotive industries. Based in Madrid, IP and digital business specialist Carolina Pina heads the team alongside João Miranda de Sousa, an experienced prosecutor working out of the firm’s Lisbon office. Accompanying Pina in Madrid is Cristina Mesa, noted for her experience in technology-related matters, working on matters with an innovative or disruptive element. At the associate level, counsel and litigator Isabel Pascual De Quinto, based in Barcelona, ‘provides comprehensive advice that makes the client feel absolutely supported’. Celia Sueiras is also noted.

Testimonials

‘Their knowledge of the client, their total involvement and their absolute mastery of the matter make them stand out from other firms.’

‘Isabel Pascual de Quinto provides comprehensive advice that makes the client feel absolutely supported and accompanied throughout the process. The professional and personal treatment by Isabel is unbeatable.’

Key clients

BBVA

UEFA

Valencia Club de Futbol

Estrella Galicia

Bimba y Lola

Makeblock

Clave Denia

Spi Group

Igenomix

LaLiga

Picualia

Universal Dx

Igenomix

Gsk

Pharmamar

Work highlights

  • Represented the Spanish Football League (LaLiga) in a licensing scheme of its trade marks and copyrights for the exploitation of its IP rights and memorabilia in theme parks around the world.

Spain > Projects and energy Tier 1

Garrigues‘ energy and project finance practice remains a leader in the market, characterised by its ability to handle ‘large transactions efficiently’ and a deep specialisation in greenfield financing mandates in the renewable energy space, as well as concessions, public procurement processes and real estate asset acquisitions. Mónica Martín De Vidales and Àlvaro López-Jorrín lead the team, which sees work with Spanish sponsors and financial institutions surrounding the preparation and execution of international project finance deals as a key recent area of growth. The sizeable team also features Silvestre Arana, with a wealth of expertise in energy matters, corporate expert Marcos Botella, and structured finance specialist Jon Goirigolzarri. Overarching efforts are supported by G-advisory, the firm’s technical consulting arm.

Other key lawyers:

Silvestre Arana; Marcos Botella; Jon Goirigolzarri; Gonzalo Valencia; Luis Enrique Mata

Testimonials

‘Experience, people skills, a team with a lot of experience in this field, they do many transactions in the sector and it is noted for the experience gained and solutions to problems.’

‘Gonzalo Valencia, excellent partner, transaction oriented and capable of providing solutions to the problems that arise in the deals.’

‘Garrigues can handle large transactions efficiently and in short time frames.’

‘Luis Enrique Mata has a good eye for the big picture but also manages to keep the contract details in mind. He is very thorough and always delivers.’

Key clients

Alfanar

Banco de Sabadell

Banco Santander

BNP Paribas

CaixaBank

CEPSA

Deutsche Bank

Exolum

Enel

Iberdrola

Naturgy

Plenium Partners

Q-Energy

R Green Invest

Saeta Yield

Sonae

Sonnedix

Total

Vela

Q-Energy

Verbund AG

Work highlights

  • Advised a group of 12 lenders on Sandfire Resources’ acquisition from Trafigura and Mubadala Investment Company of 100% of Minas de Aguas Teñidas $1.86 bn.
  • Advised Helia Renovables on the sale to Northland Power of the whole portfolio (except two mini-hydro plants) of renewable energy operating assets.
  • Advised Verbund on the acquisition from Q-Energy of 82MW of operating renewable energy projects and circa 4,500MW of greenfield renewable energy projects.

Spain > Public law Tier 1

The administrative law department at Garrigues continues to demonstrate its ability to provide comprehensive advice on public law matters, with ‘knowledge of the issues‘ relevant to various regulated sectors such as water, mining, transportation, energy, banking and telecoms. Alfredo Fernández Rancaño heads the team, which specialises in public procurement, PPPs and administrative proceedings; also playing a key role in this offering are contentious expert Miguel Loya Del Río and Juan Manuel Cabeza, who was promoted to the partnership in January 2021. Principal associate Marta Guerrero Rodrigálvarez is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Excellent professionals with a vision beyond administrative law.’

‘Excellent accuracy and providing suitable alternatives and options.’

‘The department of public law stands out for its immediate availability, in-depth technical knowledge of the matter and teamwork.’

‘Javier Manchado and Juan Manuel Cabeza are aware of all the issues. You can work on any theme interchangeably with either of the two.’

‘Their knowledge, availability and immediacy.’

‘The proximity of the partners.’

‘Knowledge of the issues, agility in the response, availability and knowledge of clients.’

‘Excellence. Personalised. Involvement of the partners in the provision of the service.’

Key clients

Amazon Group

Spanish Red Cross

Red Eléctrica Corporación

Red Eléctrica De España

Ir Redes De Calor Y Frío

Third Sector For Social Action Platform Association

Getir

European Union Intellectual Property Office

Organización Nacional De Ciegos Españoles

Iberdrola Generación

Centros Comerciales Carrefour

Carrefour Property España

Arcelormittal España,

Deloitte

Avanza Group

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Wind Farms

Astrazeneca

Mazars

Proima-Zebrastur

Azora Capital

Baxter

Work highlights

  • Advising Iberdrola Generación España on various matters related to the electricity sector and on administrative proceedings and judicial review litigation in the field of electricity generation.
  • Advising several Amazon companies on all types of legal administrative issues.
  • Advising Cruz Roja Epañola on various administrative appeals filed against the debt claimed by the Spanish Administration.

Spain > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Garrigues is highlighted for its 'great technical and business knowledge'. The team is particularly proficient in M&A mandates pertaining to the real estate sector and is a benchmark practice for real estate finance and restructuring matters. Héctor Muñoz co-leads the department and advises financial institutions, domestic and international investors, and developers. Oscar De Santiago is proficient in lease transactions, while senior associate Blanca Jiménez Aparicio has been active in logistics acquisitions, developments and subsequent transfers. Jorge García-Pellicer has been active in complex sale and leaseback transactions of domestic hypermarkets.

Practice head(s):

Héctor Muñoz; Óscar de Santiago

Testimonials

‘The real estate practice is becoming more complex and sophisticated and having a team like Garrigues is an absolutely differentiating element, due to the way in which they coordinate and integrate all these complexities.’

‘We must mention Hector Muñoz, who in my experience is the best real estate partner. The elements that set him apart are his understanding of his client’s business, his in-depth experience and knowledge, and his negotiating skills. Finally we must mention Blanca Jimenez Aparicio, who is brilliant and is dedicated to getting results.’

‘Their participation in all kinds of real estate operations, advising all kinds of clients, from industrial to financial, allows them to have a wide cross-sectional knowledge of the sector and to know at all times the latest trends and how operations are being carried out in the market.’

‘Great technical and business knowledge, as well as availability, proactivity and a great capacity for work.’

‘The main strengths of the team are their reliability, mastery of legal technique, dedication and availability, in which they stand out compared to other firms.’

‘Garrigues lawyers stand out for their great preparation and for their in-depth analysis of the projects.’

‘Very strong technically. They are very present in the market, very active in both large and medium-sized operations. Resolute and available. No surprises in billing.’

Key clients

BLACKSTONE

BAUPOST

AXA IM – REAL ASSETS

VÄRDE

APOLLO

METRIC CAPITAL ADVISORS

MORGAN STANLEY REAL ESTATE

ALPINE GROVE PARTNERS LLP

DWS

VGP GROUP

BANC SABADELL

MERIDIA CAPITAL

MERLIN PROPERTIES

OAKTREE

SQUARE ASSET MANAGEMENT

ARCANO REAL ESTATE

PLATINUM ESTATES

CARMILA

CARREFOUR

BATIPART

BANCA MARCH

FARALLON

DAVIDSON KEMPNER

PALM CAPITAL

HINES

COSENTINO GROUP

MEYER BERGMAN

UNIBAIL RODAMCO

MERSAN ASSETS MANAGEMENT

NEWCOLD ADVANCED COLD LOGISTICS

VIVENIO RESIDENCIAL SOCIMI

THOR EQUITIES

AZORA CAPITAL

ABERDEEN STANDARD INVESTMENTS – ABERDEEN EUROPEAN BALANCED PROPERTY FUND

AEDAS HOMES

KADANS SCIENCE PARTNER

HAYFIN

VALEO

IBERDROLA INMOBILIARIA

PRADA GROUP

B&B HOTELS

AENA

BROOKFIELD

BMB CAPITAL ADVISORS

GMP PROPERTY SOCIMI

CONREN TRAMWAY

Work highlights

  • Advised Axa Real Estate, acting on behalf of the investment vehicles within AXA SA (France) and CNP Assurances, on the sale to Banco Santander of the company owning the “Yellow Portfolio”.
  • Advised CaixaBank on the creation of a new vehicle, Living Center, devoted to managing more than 21,000 assets received from Bankia and to be managed by Haya Real Estate.
  • Assisted in the recapitalisation of Mileway’s European logistic premises portfolio.

Spain > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Garrigues has an excellent reputation in the Spanish restructuring and insolvency space. The client roster includes prominent domestic banks and companies in the shipping, infrastructure, hospitality, retail and healthcare sectors. Distressed M&A matters are included in the team's workload. Practice head Adrián Thery specialises in both restructurings and insolvencies, and is sought after for his expertise in handling instructions involving a change of control. Borja García-Alamán is an expert in restructurings, insolvency matters and distressed M&A, while Juan Verdugo is noted for his solid track record in handling refinancings of distressed companies, loan-to-own transactions and cross-border insolvencies. Juan María Jiménez specialises in acting for domestic and international creditors in insolvency mandates.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Thery

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Juan Verdugo is a benchmark in all pre-insolvency or insolvency situations. What makes him stand out is his vast experience, clarity when presenting his advice, extremely high level of technical knowledge, and constant evolution and training. He also has a very good relationship with foreign funds.’

‘Good communication and support throughout the process. The ability to negotiate forcefully in the interests of clients.’

‘It is a team that is dedicated and willing to achieve the best results for the client, regardless of the time it takes. There is close collaboration on the part of the team, demonstrating good relationships with the client and a real interest in the problems raised. They are proactive at all times and follow up on operations. The quality of the work is remarkable, as well as its effectiveness.’

‘They are distinguished by their involvement in the matter. They make the professional relationship a personal one, so from the beginning they are an indispensable support. In the same way, their agility in handling cases as well as in obtaining answers is formidable.’

‘The personal involvement and treatment of the case/situation as his own is what has made us very comfortable working with Juan Verdugo. He has not limited himself to a legal opinion but has contributed ideas and his enormous experience in other key areas such as the approach to negotiations, the search for alternatives to the main actions, the consideration of different scenarios, and so on.’

‘Excellent technical knowledge not only of the Spanish bankruptcy regulations, but also at the level of comparative law, which allows them to bridge the existing gaps in Spanish law with what is indicated in other more advanced legal systems in bankruptcy legislation, something that is highly valued in the courts.’

‘It is worth noting the prestige they enjoy in the market, both at the judicial level and among other competing firms, which means that their opinions and suggestions are always taken into account. I would like to highlight Adrian Thery and José Manuel Fariñas.’

‘The team stands out for its experience, professionalism and, above all, closeness with clients. We would especially like to highlight on this occasion the professionalism, dedication and great work of Juan María Jiménez and his team. The matter on which they advised us was technically complicated but they have been able to solve each of the problems that we have encountered and propose the best strategies to achieve a good outcome. Thanks to Juan María’s experience and advice, the matter has concluded in a very satisfactory way for our company.’

Key clients

Naviera Armas S.A., Bahía de las Isletas S.L.U. and others

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

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

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

Joh. Friedrich Behrens AG

Cerberus Capital Management (and Gescobro Collection Services, S.L.)

Advent International

Obrascón Huarte Laín, S.A (OHL)

Fiserv Inc

Corsán Corviam Construcción, S.A. (CCC)

Adveo Group International, S.A. and its subsidiaries

Banco Santander, S.A.

Thomas Cook Spain

Monedo Spain (Kreditech)

Oquendo Capital

Mondelez España Services

Ebro Foods

VGP Group

Benaltos

Work highlights

  • Assisting Spanish shipping company Naviera Armas with its restructuring process.
  • Assisted a subsidiary of Advent with an offer for the purchase of more than 80 dental clinics, involving more than 800 employees.

Spain > Tax Tier 1

The tax team at Garrigues is highly regarded for its experience in complex tax litigation, and also fields expertise in handling a range of domestic and international corporate tax matters, including the tax structuring of major M&A transactions, transfer pricing, and tax governance and compliance. Eduardo Abad spearheads the practice, and specialises in the taxation of financial entities and products, including insurance, an area in which Ramón Tejada also has noted expertise. Other key practitioners include Ricardo Gómez, real estate tax expert Gonzalo Rincón De Pablo, Carmen Mata, who focuses on banking, financial and insurance tax issues, Javier de Rojas and principal associate Fernando Santos.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Abad

Other key lawyers:

Ricardo Gómez; Ramón Tejada; Rafael Calvo; Carlos Gómez; Carmen Mata; Gonzalo Rincón de Pablo; Javier de Rojas; Álvaro Manteca; Fernando Santos

Testimonials

‘The tax team at Garrigues is a team with exceptional professional and personal qualities. They anticipate your needs and they are up to date with tax developments that may affect or interest you. They are always available for any consultation.’

‘Gonzalo Rincón de Pablo stands out for his proactivity, accessibility and availability. He explains the topics in a simple way that can be easily understood.’

‘They are always quick to deal with the client’s requests, and are always available and able to understand tax matters and their practical implications. Easy to work with.’

‘A multidisciplinary team that is always up to date and offers a practical approach focused on reaching the best solutions after an in-depth analysis of the problem.’

‘Both Ramón Tejada and Carmen Mata are lawyers who care about understanding the client and adapting their advice to their needs. They make the client’s concerns their own.’

‘I would like to highlight Fernando Santos Cubero for his commitment to the client and his technical quality.’

‘What, in my opinion, distinguishes Garrigues from other law firms is its involvement in the clients’ business and the knowledge they have of them. The file system for the work carried out is magnificent, sometimes serving as the company’s internal historical memory. The alerts they send are aimed at our business and at the countries in which we work – there is no need to ask them to keep us up to date, Garrigues anticipates the requirement.’

‘The Garrigues tax practice is the best in the Spanish market for two fundamental reasons. The first is the quality of the service, with an empathy with clients and a comprehensive approach to their problems that makes it unique. The second is the very high degree of specialisation and technical knowledge that gives them an extensive and intensive understanding of the regulations applicable to each situation.’

Key clients

Banco Santander

BBVA

Telefónica

Prosegur

IAG

Endesa

Bankinter

Allianz

Iberdrola

Vodafone

Work highlights

  • Advised CaixaBank on the creation of an asset management company as a vehicle for the management of 21,000 assets, acquired from Bankia for €1.6bn.
  • Advised Bain Capital on the acquisition of Inetum from Mannai Corporation for €2bn.
  • Successfully represented Vodafone before the Spanish Supreme Court in a case on taxation relating to the rights of use for radio frequencies in light of EU legislation and rules on the transfer tax applied to the client.

Spain > White-collar crime Tier 1

The criminal law, compliance and corporate investigations team at Garrigues stands out for its ‘knowledge of the client, total involvement and absolute mastery of the matter‘, with a capable team dedicated to corporate compliance programmes, internal investigations, extradition procedures, criminal proceedings and pre-procedural matters. As a leader in the field, it has seen a recent increase in advising high-profile digital platforms on the criminal implications of their day-to-day operations. Reputed criminal litigator Gabriel Castro leads the team alongside Helena Prieto, who is a corporate investigation expert and ‘often anticipates the client’s needs‘. Senior associate Marta Sánchez is ‘completely devoted‘ in supporting these efforts, accompanied by associates Beatriz Bustamante and  Álvaro Mato.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Garrigues is made up of a team of highly qualified professionals with extensive experience in each of the areas in which it provides advice. Its vision and analysis from all points of view and areas of law and coordination with other teams within Garrigues to offer the client comprehensive advice is excellent. Garrigues is able to understand what the client’s concerns and doubts are while proposing the best solution strategies to reach a satisfactory solution.’

‘Helena Prieto often anticipates the client’s needs, which makes things much easier.’

‘Their knowledge of the client, their total involvement and their absolute mastery of the matter, all of which makes them stand out from other firms.’

‘Marta Sánchez Martín is completely devoted to the client and makes them feel safe and perfectly accompanied in a matter as delicate as criminal law, which she masters perfectly.’

‘The client needs to know that they can have a highly capable team of external lawyers, with professionals dedicated to the different areas of the legal field in which one can feel supported.’

‘The team has solid technical preparation, accumulated experience, anticipation capacity and a special sensitivity to interact with the client.’

‘The coordination between its members is perfect. The information is shared between them so the client has the feeling of being taken care of. They work conscientiously on the information and share with the client what is relevant. Coordination with other firms is excellent and their leadership is perceived.’

‘They are empathetic, friendly, without giving false expectations. Very cautious and exhaustive when handling information. Gabriel Castro is charming, efficient, and always available.’

Key clients

Rosp Corunna

Amazon

Mondelez International

Maxamcorp Holding

Neginter Euroamericana

Bbva

Deloitte

DIA Group

Prosegur

Work highlights

  • Represented an asset-holding company in criminal proceedings initiated against its former CEO for the alleged commission of misrepresentation, misappropriation and forgery of business documents.
  • Defended a bank against alleged crimes of bribery, disclosure of secrets and corruption in business in connection with the alleged criminal activities of the former police chief José Manuel Villarejo’s company CENYT.
  • Represented one of the largest auditing firms of the world as well as one of its partners against alleged offences of false accounting and investment fraud regarding Group Abengoa.

Spain > Environment Tier 2

Garrigues provides a full-service offering, drawing on its sizeable team and wide geographical coverage to advise on a range on environmental issues, most notably major energy projects and M&A, for prominent industry and energy companies across the public and private sectors. The ‘exceptionalVictoria Esteban del Palacio, Alfredo Fernández Rancaño and Javier Fernández Rivaya co-head the practice.

Testimonials

‘Excellent skills, thanks to the work carried out with Garrigues we have managed to expand our business area throughout the Spanish territory.’

‘Garrigues offers clients comprehensive advice and this facilitates the client’s search for solutions.’

‘The Garrigues team is highly specialised in the practice of the environment. Its special understanding of the sector, not only from a legal point of view but also from a business perspective, makes its advice complete and practical. They are up to date with new regulations, in particular, waste legislation. Its accessibility and availability mean that day-to-day issues are dynamic and the problems consulted are resolved promptly. In addition, when a joint legal and technical study is required, the joint work of the Garrigues and G-advisory team provides comprehensive advice.’

‘Victoria Esteban has been highly specialised for many years in the field of the environment, she knows perfectly the issues that affect our sector, and not only from the legal point of view, which makes her advice quick and complete. She is resolute, technically very complete, and always available to provide support for both day-to-day issues and complex issues that require deeper analysis.’

‘Victoria Esteban is an exceptional lawyer, with a very solid knowledge in all matters related to the environment and energy. The great clarity in her presentation and her empathy to understand what the client needs at all times stands out.’

‘I would highlight the capacity for continuity and resilience to changes in the team.’

‘Availability, proactivity (especially in terms of reminders and alerts).’

Key clients

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

Nox Energy Food Supply (Vika Group)

Energía Eólica Nómada, S.L.U.

Via Outlets

Renovalia

Amarenco

Carrefour

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Wind Farms, S.A.

Comités de Empresa del Centro de Trabajo Oficinas Centrales y Biofábrica de Ence Energía y Celulosa, S.A.

ArcelorMittal España, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised SIGRAUTO on the obligations arising from the extended producer responsibility (RAP) in the field of vehicles at the end of their useful life and, in particular, with respect to the new legislation on waste (Law 7/2022, of 8 April).
  • Advised on the administrative-environmental process to obtain all the authorisations, permits and licenses of photovoltaic plants that are being developed by Renovalia.|
  • Advised ArcelorMittal España on all the environmental issues affecting the activity developed by the company.

Spain > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

The life sciences and healthcare group at Garrigues demonstrates ‘excellent knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector and great technical expertise’, with a particular focus advising pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers of healthcare products on M&A transactions and regulatory compliance. Other key areas of work for the firm include intellectual property, financing, data protection, tax law, antitrust law and product liability. José Fernández-Rañada heads the Madrid-based team, which includes IP specialist Carolina Pina and public procurement expert Javier Manchado.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector and great technical expertise.’

‘Jose Fernandez-Rañada is one of the best lawyers in Spain. His knowledge and his adaptation to the culture of a client’s company makes him provide an even better service.’

‘Incredible service on many topics with an emphasis on business, data protection, intellectual property, labour.’

‘Excellent professionals at a technical level, at the level of speed and availability and quality of care, always connecting with specialists in different subjects and always focused on getting the best possible solution.’

Key clients

Sanofi

Eisai

Roche

Centene Group

Farmaindustria

Pharma Mar

GSK

Baxter

AstraZeneca Farmaceútica Spain

Noucor Group

Work highlights

  • Advised MCH and other investors on the acquisition of the B2B business of Grupo Uriach.
  • Advised GED on the sale of Cytognos, a Spanish company specialised in flow cytometry solutions for blood cancer diagnosis.

Spain > Insurance Tier 2

Garrigues is noted for its 'knowledge of the insurance business and comprehensive advice'. The firm is active in significant domestic corporate transactions, as well as joint ventures and renegotiations of bancassurance alliances, and the department also stands out for its expertise in insurtech-related issues. Álvaro-López-Jorrín possesses over 25 years’ experience in the insurance sector, and often advises clients in regulatory, restructuring and contractual matters. Mónica Martín De Vidales is another name to note in the department.

Practice head(s):

Álvaro López-Jorrín; Mónica Martín de Vidales

Testimonials

‘Garrigues has advised us on various M&A transactions in the insurance sector standing out for its technical knowledge, experience in M&A transactions in that sector, and knowledge of the insurance business and comprehensive advice.’

‘Close relationship with the client.’

Key clients

Mutua Madrileña

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

Kutxabank

La Caixa / Vidacaixa

Sabadell

Andorran Banking Association

AXA

Reale

Medvida

Linea Directa Aseguradora

Work highlights

  • Advised Mutua Madrileña on its strategic alliance with El Corte Inglés.
  • Advised Generali on the renewal of its bancassurance alliance with Cajamar until 2035.
  • Advised Willis Iberia on the sale of the reinsurance business in Spain to Gallagher, as part of the global sale by Willis Towers Watson of Willis Re to Gallagher.

Spain > Intellectual property: patents Tier 2

With a multidisciplinary approach considered ‘tremendously efficient and effective‘ at the forefront of its offering, the industrial and intellectual property team at Garrigues counts domestic and international corporates among its main clients. Its expertise extends to patent drafting, filing, prosecution, transfer pricing and exploitation agreements. Recently, the practice has also seen growth in the audiovisual, life sciences, software, automotive and fashion industries. Madrid-based partner Carolina Pina and the Lisbon-based João Miranda de Sousa co-head the practice, combining experience in arbitration and complex IP transactions, as well as pan-EU infringement actions. In Bilbao, Mónica Arizti is a standout with ‘great knowledge‘, acting as head of the firm’s technical patent department.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They are tremendously efficient and effective. They make the client feel like a VIP client. They have quick responses and adapt to the client’s times.’

‘Mónica Arizti has great knowledge, dedication to issues, but especially closeness and accessibility. Monica makes decisions about IP, also thinking about the profitability of the company and the business development model of the company.’

‘Combination of lawyers and engineers. High scientific and technological knowledge.’

‘Methodical and decisive. They generate high confidence. Their blog Garrigues IP stands out for its freshness and ability to update on patents and industrial property.’

‘They are very professional and the work they do is of high quality.’

‘Total availability and relationship of trust.’

‘Garrigues has incorporated electronic invoicing and data protection systems.’

Key clients

Club De Variedades Vegetales

Granja Campomayor

Talladium

Riverside

Asociación Española Contra el Cancer

Overture Life

Grupo Cobra

Telefónica

Crown Food

Cosentino

Cener

Histocell

Torrecid

Timac Agro

Work highlights

  • Representing TOT against Huawei for patent infringement relating to a complex 3G technology.

Spain > Private equity Tier 2

A household name for big deals, Garrigues bolsters its domestic offering through a plethora of European and South American offices in addition to its presence in China, New York and Morocco. Its private equity team caters to a broad spectrum of clients, from mid-market domestic funds through to renowned multinational sponsors and is headed by José Manuel Martín, one of the market’s foremost names for all-manner of major deals, including LBOs. Àlvaro López-Jorrín is distinctly well-versed in regulated acquisitions, including those within the finance industry, meanwhile María Fernández-Picazo disperses leverage finance, MBI and MBO know-how. José Luis Ortín is yet another star partner with a track record in large buyouts, infrastructure-related deals, growth equity transactions and sustainable investments, meanwhile Félix Ferreño excels at all stages of the investment cycle and has recently overseen a number of significant transactions. Senior associate Beatriz Gimeno is a standout beyond partner level and extremely active in this space.

Practice head(s):

José Manuel Martín

Testimonials

‘Technical knowledge, experience, flexibility’

‘Passion, commitment, technical knowledge Outstanding partner: Jose Manuel Martin.’

‘The Garrigues point of contact (Jose Luis Ortin) is a one-stop shop for all our Spanish legal questions. He is very knowledgeable on corporate, and also knows a lot about labour, funds, finance etc.’

‘They know us well so make our life much easier by thinking about advice holistically, taking into account our past practices.’

‘I have experience mainly with the commercial and tax team. They are distinguished by their client orientation, their attention to detail and their theoretical and practical knowledge of the matter, giving relevant and adapted recommendations based on both legal and fiscal technical concepts and extensive experience in the sector.’

‘They have a wide knowledge in different practices thanks to their size, allowing a unique specialization. Despite this size, they continue to have a close relationship and an exceptional involvement, which I have not found in other offices. Highlights include Ildefonso Polo and Beatriz Gimeno.’

Key clients

Planet First Partners

Platinum Equity

Magnum Capital

Metric Capital

Plenium Partners

Advent International

Alantra

Arcano Partners

Ardian

Artá Capital

Blackstone Group, The

Carlyle Group, The

Corpfin Capital

CVC

Diana Capital

Ergon Capital

Everwood Capital

GED Iberian Private Equity

H.I.G. Capital

ICG

Keensight Capital

KKR

MBO&Co.

MCH Capital

Meridia Capital

Miura Private Equity

Nazca Capital

Oakley Capital

Oceanwood Capital

One Rock Capital Partners

Opcapita

Oquendo Capital

PAI Partners

Portobello Capital

ProA Capital

PSG Equity

Q Energy

Realza Capital

Riverside

Sherpa Capital

Sunridge Partners

Torreal Private Equity

Warburg Pincus

Work highlights

  • Advised Plenium Partners on the €1.06 billion sale to Northland of a whole portfolio of renewable energy operating assets for a total capacity of 540MW.
  • Advised Diana Capital on the €425 million sale of a 60% stake in Gransolar to Trilantic.
  • Advised Ergon Capital on the €200 million acquisition of a majority stake in Satlink with Arta Capital and the founder reinvesting alongside Ergon Capital.

Spain > Transport: Shipping Tier 2

With offices across Madrid, Bilbao, Valencia, Vigo, Seville, the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands and Porto, the shipping and transport team at Garrigues acts in an equally broad range of shipping matters. Key areas of work include collisions and accidents at sea, as well as financing, registration, customs, licensing and contractual arrangements. In Madrid, Jesús Barbadillo leads the team, with notable experience acting for shipping companies and further expertise in regulatory matters. Manuel Betancor, based in the Canary Islands, supports these efforts, while Bilbao-based senior associate Javier del Corte is a key contact for dispute resolution.

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Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Perfect work from the lawyers. Garrigues’ plans are very detailed and well prepared.’

‘They are really working together in a team. Everybody can dive in their own situation and that makes the understanding of lawyer and client easier and unique.’

‘Their responses are fast and efficient.’

‘Their total predisposition to attend to any eventuality at any time, and their immediate involvement in what is requested of them.’

Key clients

Mapfre

The Hartford

The Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection

Erz-offshore

Bureau Veritas

Beach Fishing

Enel/Endesa

Naviera Armas

Trasmediterránea

Sercomisa-Trasmapi

Knutsen Group

Portugal > Porto: Leading commercial firms

With a longstanding presence in Porto, Garrigues offers national and international clients an ‘excellent’ full-service offering, covering corporate and M&A, banking and finance, employment, tax and dispute resolution. Prominent in a wide range of industries, most notably automotive, manufacturing, real estate, IT and retail, the office is often sought after to handle cross-border matters, where it is well placed to assist clients with transactions across the Iberian Peninsula. Tomás Pessanha heads the corporate team and covers M&A, private equity and venture capital alongside counsel Manuel Liberal Jerónimo. Leading the employment and social security practice are Rui Valente and João Soares Almeida, who was made partner in January 2022; the pair are often retained to advise on collective dismissals and layoff proceedings. Principal associate André de Oliveira Correia is another key contact for employment matters. João Duarte De Sousa and senior associate André Gualter de Vasconcellos are recommended for litigation and insolvency matters. Principal associate Mafalda Coelho Moreira focuses on tax and often advises on M&A and corporate restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Rui Valente; Tomás Pessanha; João Soares Almeida

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Testimonials

‘I highlight the agility in responding to our company’s needs, the collaboration to achieve our goals and the specificity in the responses.’

‘I would recommend Luísa Rebelo Cima and João Soares Almeida. They are great professionals. They take care of every detail and always provide the best solution for our company, taking into account all possibilities.’

‘We mainly work with Tomás Pessanha and Manuel Liberal Jerónimo. They are experts in their practice, with in-depth knowledge of legal frameworks and ensuring that all matters are handled professionally and efficiently. Always available and forward thinking.’

‘Tomás Pessanha, Rui Valente, André Gualter de Vasconcellos and Manuel Jerónimo are recommended.’

‘We especially recommend principal associate André de Oliveira Correia. He is excellent at clarifying questions and using simple and easy to understand language. Excellent at monitoring and meeting deadlines, delivering excellent quality work.’

‘Excellent value-for-money. A perfect alliance of knowledge, reputation and reasonable fees. Commerical partner Tomás Pessanha and senior associate and litigator André Gualter de Vasconcellos are recommended.’ 

‘Tomás Pessanha is one of the best professionals I had the opportunity to work with. Excellent posture, fantastic negotiator and strategist, unique legal knowledge and great practical sense.’

‘All lawyers from the team are very experienced and trustworthy. Responses to any queries are prompt and always straight to the point.’

Key clients

Super Bock Group

Sonae

Linde Group

Volvo Cars

Cognizant

Bosh

Kiabi

Leica

Diam

Gestamp

Mahle

Adolfo Dominguez

Zühlke

Klöckner Pentaplast Group

Porto Municipality

Bimba Y Lola

C. Santos VP Group

BNP Paribas Factor

Amorim Group

Bosch Group

Samsung Portugal

Taga Urbanic Group

Vallis Capital Partners

Universal

NBC

Work highlights

  • Assisted Corticeira Amorim (listed on Euronext Lisbon) in the acquisition of 50% of the share capital of the Italian group SACI.
  • Acted for AkzoNobel on the collective dismissal of its production employees in Portugal.
  • Advised private equity fund Inter-Risco II CI on the sale of ExpressGlass, a Portuguese company in the industry of repair and replacement of vehicle glass.

Portugal > Data privacy and data protection

With ‘excellent knowledge of GDPR matters’, Garrigues Portugal frequently handles data processing agreements, M&A, privacy policy issues, data breaches and proceedings before the Portuguese Data Protection Authority (CNPD). On the international front, the team is noted for its ability to advise on cross-border projects. From Madrid, Alejandro Padín leads the practice alongside Lisbon-based partner Tomás Pessanha. A key name for GDPR compliance and post-data breach matters is principal associate Isabel Bairrão, who regularly advises multinational companies from the technology, banking, pharmaceutical, telecoms and automotive industries. Senior associate Rute Silva Gomes is recommended for M&A and data transfer agreements. Associate Ana Ferreira Neves left the firm in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Tomás Pessanha; Alejandro Padín

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘An office with a professional approach that demonstrates a deep knowledge of the subjects.’

‘Isabel Bairrão and Rute Silva Gomes have great skills and vast knowledge of the matters under discussion. Excellent preparation for meetings.’

‘I highlight Isabel Bairrão, who is always available to help and find solutions so that the business can develop successfully and legally.’

‘Excellent knowledge of legislation and its interpretation. Excellent ability to translate complex topics into simple language. Accessibility and friendliness.’

‘Isabel Bairrão leads a small team dedicated to data privacy. The team totally understands our business, our needs, and helps us exactly with what we expect from them.’

‘Isabel and Rute are experts in data privacy and they have a deep knowledge of the area, as well as its implications for companies.’

‘Always thorough and detailed analysis. Conducting workshops with companies and addressing day-to-day topics. Patience in explaining complex GDPR topics.’

‘My main contact is Isabel Bairrão, whose knowledge of the legislation applicable to our requests always leave me with confidence in her thorough and detailed analysis of topics. She always aims at the best solution for the client.’

Key clients

L’Oréal

Decathlon

JTI – Japan Tobacco International​

CBRE

Sobi

Gamalife

Apax

Polestar

Endesa

Angelini

Adolfo Domínguez

Iberdrola

Sibs

Banco Sabadell

Volvo

Inditex Group

SAS Automotive

Honda Motor Europe

Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL)

Robert Bosch

Lundbeck

Hikma Pharmaceuticals

Samsung

Jaguar

Work highlights

  • Advised the Portuguese branch of Samsung on data protection matters.
  • Assisted Endesa in marketing matters, including its relationships with data brokers, consent collection and use of cookies and similar technologies.
  • Acted for an American finance and insurance company on several complex and multi-jurisdictional data breaches suffered by its clients within the scope of its well-known cybersecurity insurance policy.
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