Garrigues > Madrid, Spain > Firm Profile
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Spain > Banking and finance Tier 1‘Highly specialised' and with ‘a lot of experience in the market', the banking and finance team at Garrigues acts for a range of banks and funds across the full suite of matters. Reflecting market trends, its recent work has included government-guaranteed facilities to support businesses affected by the pandemic. The team has also had increased activity in hybrid securitisation and finance deals, equity plus debt deals, and in international matters for the European Investment Bank, a client of Gaspar Atienza. Experienced partner Rafael González-Gallarza co-leads alongside Luis de la Peña, who has strong financial regulatory expertise. José Miguel Pinillos has acted in the market’s most significant issues, with a forte in Latin American matters, and real estate and infrastructure expertise. Up-and-coming partner Xabier Urtiaga Valle assists both lenders and borrowers with financings and refinancings, while Naiara Bueno is a leading bank and non-bank lending expert in Barcelona. A strong crop of senior associates includes Jon Goirigolzarri and Francesc Cholvi.
Rafael González-Gallarza; Luis de la Peña
Other key lawyers:
‘Technical capabilities, in-depth knowledge of the debt market, terms and conditions of structured financing and credentials regarding other previous operations. Agility in terms of process management and correct client advice with closeness. Proactivity when managing discussion points in the negotiation.’
‘I work regularly with Xabier Urtiaga and with María Sánchez Valerio. For me the best qualities are the closeness in the treatment, the predisposition and the proactivity when defending the client’s negotiation points before third parties.’
‘I have met other banking and finance lawyers, but the professionalism and extensive knowledge that the Garrigues banking and finance area has, makes them number 1. In addition, their extensive international network is a good ally in certain cases. You know they will maintain the high quality that we are used to.’
‘Without a doubt, their human qualities and the knowledge they have of all the legislation. They are available for many hours and are a very good team. Always correct and polite. My greatest recognition to Francesc Cholvi and Marcelo Moreira.’
‘They are excellent technically, very executive, they look for ingenious solutions and they are very on the subject and the deadlines.’
‘They are all technically very good, they have a lot of experience in the market, they are highly specialized, they study and handle the case as if it were their company, beyond what is required, they try to know the business and look beyond the closing of the operation.’
‘Luis de la Peña: Extraordinary in his relational capacity at the highest international level, and magnificent English, as well as great capacity for internal (labor, tax) and external coordination of great legal complexity (US lawyers).’
Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank
European Investment Bank
International Airlines Group (IAG)
MCH Private Equity
Amundi Asset Management.
Santander Asset Management
Buy & Hold Capital
Axon Partners Group Investment
- Advised a consortium of banks on refinancing financial debt of the EnfraGen Group, for an overall value of $1.05bn.
- Acted for IAG in the obtaining of financing for its operating expenses during the Covid pandemic, for an overall value of €1.01bn.
- Assisted Amundi Asset Management (France) with its acquisition of 100% of the shares of Sabadell Asset Management, including an agreement for the distribution of Amundi Asset Management’s financial products by Banco de Sabadell.
Mónica Martin de Vidales; Álvaro López-Jorrin
Other key lawyers:
‘Garrigues is a leading firm in fixed income issues.’
‘Experience, quality and personalized treatment. Of the team I highlight mainly Gonzalo García Fuertes and Marta López-Brea.’
Liberty Latin America
- Acted for BBVA and Europea de Titulización in an auto securitisation deal (BBVA Consumer Auto 2020-1) of credit rights derived from auto-consumer loans, and the subsequent issuance of notes.
- Advised the initial purchasers, notes trustee and collateral agent on the refinancing of financial debt of the EnfraGen Group agent in relation to a New York law co-issuance by Enfragen Spain, Prime Energía, and Enfragen Energía.
- Advised Audax Renovables on the issuance of green eventually convertible notes and its subsequent listing on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
Mónica Martin de Vidales; Álvaro López-Jorrin
‘The team is first class, very accessible and you really work with the partners you initially contract with. The knowledge and experience are first class and the knowledge of the authorities is optimal. The office has a team that is very well related to each other that makes the client feel perfectly assisted.’
‘Fernando Vives; accessible and in-depth knowledge.’
‘Gonzalo García-Fuertes; experience in abundance.’
‘I would highlight Carlos Lozano.’
International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG)
- Acted for Linea Directa Aseguradora in its listing into BME.
- Advised IAG on a €2.75bn capital increase.
- Assisted ASPY Global Services with its IPO and listing in BME Growth.
Mónica Martín de Vidales; Álvaro López-Jorrín
‘The Garrigues team is of unmatched excellence and professionalism. They care about thoroughly understanding the client’s business, and knowing what the specific concerns and objectives of the operation are, planning and executing it with attention to detail but without losing sight of the full picture. They also approach every project with humanity and empathy, always looking for a win-win solution.’
‘Sergio Gonzalez Galan is undoubtedly my lawyer of reference within the firm, he is always available to help. He is a deeply human and empathetic person who is capable of putting himself in the client’s shoes. He has a great capacity for understanding the situation and the client’s problems and is capable of anticipating and solving the most complex problems, making even a complicated solution seem easy. Beatriz Amillo, who is another important pillar of the team, also stands out.’
‘Identification with the client and its practicality in approaching the issues. As a client I feel that they are part of the team and that being excellent professionals they make an additional effort to integrate into the project and team up with the client. I would also highlight their culture of service, they try to help in everything you need.’
‘It is a plus as an office. As a client, putting yourself in their hands gives you maximum peace of mind and confidence.’
‘Total empathy with the client and their needs. Absolute mastery of matters. Flexibility. Availability. Monica Martín de Vidales and Beatriz Amillo are standouts.’
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria
IAG (International Airlines Group)
- Provided advice to Telefónica and Telxius on the sale of Telxius’ tower division to American Tower Corporation, comprising approximately 31,000 existing telecommunication tower sites in Europe and Latin America, for €7.7bn.
- Advised Bankia on its merger by absorption with CaixaBank; the deal created approximately €16.6bn of combined market capitalisation and €650bn of combined total assets.
- Advised Iberdrola on the acquisition (by way of merger) by Iberdrola’s US listed affiliate Avangrid Inc of PNM resources for $4.3bn.
‘Technical excellence and vast experience in innovative projects. Working with the Garrigues team is a guarantee that the technical part of the projects will be well covered given its technical solidity.’
‘Special mention to Katiana Otero, for her ability to understand business needs, provide solutions and “business-friendly” alternatives with her extensive knowledge and technical capacity.’
Bip & Drive
Evonik Peroxide Spain, S.L.U.
Deutsche Bank, S.A.
Squareup International Ltd
- Providing advice to AIG on its insurance programme Cyber-Edge, including 24/7 response in case of cyberattacks or security incidents covered by the policy.
- Providing continuous advice on Fundación 29’s HealthData 29 project, an open data project using health data to promote research, mainly related to rare diseases.
- Advising on innovative technology projects such as mobile payments, personalised publicity over smart TVs, blockchain analysis, telecommunications, etc.
Spain > Dispute resolution Tier 1Garrigues ‘stands out for its extensive knowledge of the market and its ability to define and obtain innovative and extraordinary solutions‘. The department maintains a varied litigation and arbitration practice, and is often sought for assistance and representation in major cases relating to construction and energy projects. It counts household name companies and banks among its clients, and has recently expanded its client base despite the pandemic with new clients in the life sciences, software and construction sectors, among others. At a firm-wide level, it has also increased its pro bono work, with 330 lawyers taking part in pro bono projects during 2020. Antonio Entrena López-Peña is a ‘solid and accessible professional‘, while the ‘brilliant‘ Eduardo Santamaría Moral is ‘very attentive to business needs‘. Also attracting praise are principal associates Margarita Soto Moya and Alejandro Huertas, who is ‘well known throughout the country for his regular participation in major court and arbitration proceedings‘.
Other key lawyers:
‘Antonio Entrena is one of the most solid and accessible professionals with whom I have had the opportunity to interact.’
‘Perfect combination between excellent strategy and high technical level of all team members. In my opinion, this capacity and advantage is superior to others.’
‘Eduardo Santamaria and Alejandro Huertas. Excellent technical level, excellent strategy and empathy with the client.’
‘The global reach of the firm and its members, the quality of their legal services and their unique expertise on industries such as construction make them quite unique.’
‘Margarita Soto and Alvaro Soriano stand out.’
‘Garrigues’ litigation team stands out for its extensive knowledge of the market and its ability to define and obtain innovative and extraordinary solutions. They are the best of the best.’
‘Alejandro Huertas, the firm’s youngest next partner after a meteoric career, is a completely out-of-the-box trial lawyer. To an unsurpassed command of litigation practice he adds a truly useful understanding of our business. He is a safe bet, who always goes the extra mile. His soft skills for arguing and persuading are truly amazing (when you are with him you easily understand why he has been three times in a row the Spanish public speaking champion). Alejandro Huertas is well known throughout the country for his regular participation in major court and arbitration proceedings.’
‘Eduardo Santamaria – brilliant, easy to communicate (fluent English), always available, very attentive to business needs and how to provide a legal opinion/documents and proceeding to achieve such business needs and goals.’
International Cable, B.V.
Obrascón Huarte Laín (‘OHL’)
Meliá Hotels International
- Defends the dominant postal operator in the Spanish market against the highest amount claimed for damages for breach of competition law currently discussed in Spain.
- Defends the auditor who approved the accounts of BANKIA at the time it went public in the first criminal case regarding bank management responsibility in Spain and the most important white-collar crime trial in Spain in recent years.
Spain > Employment Tier 1Garrigues' considerable cross-country offering in labour and employment covers the range of services in the field. During 2021, the team continued to be one of the go-to departments for Spain’s most significant restructurings, redundancy programmes, collective bargaining agreements and labour disputes. Clients include a number of Euro Stoxx 50 companies, as well as other multinationals and major domestic banks. The highly regarded Rosa Zarza leads a team ‘made up of excellent professionals' including Barcelona-based senior figure Rafael Ortiz and up-and-coming labour litigation specialist Adriano Gómez. Rafael Giménez-Arnau specialises in strategic advice to senior management, while Ignacio Esteban Ros is adept in cross-border matters, having completed international secondments early in his career.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team has several strengths: 1) its excellent technical / legal level. 2) Their high level of commitment. They act as if they were the company (the client) at all times. 3) Its permanent client orientation, adapting as far as possible the result of the work to our needs.’
‘The Garrigues Sevilla Labor team that we have been working with differentiate themselves by having extensive knowledge of the union world in Andalusia and the people who lead it as well as a great experience of the history of the labor relations of our company. At the same time they are professionals with good technical knowledge, experience in negotiation and very available.’
‘The team is made up of excellent professionals with a high level of demand, in all facets of the legal services it provides, both in strategic aspects and in the resolution of the specific cases requested.’
‘Rosa Zarza – very accessible, outstanding in knowledge and practical approach.’
‘We work with Eloy Castañer and his degree of involvement and collaboration with us is outstanding, in addition to having a very high technical knowledge.’
‘The Garrigues team we work with has always shown enormous professionalism and extraordinary technical knowledge of the issues. We highlight the constant monitoring they make of the matters entrusted, and the speed in solving them.’
‘Ãngel Olmedo – Accuracy, speed, he is an excellent lawyer who prepares trials in detail and does not leave a single point neglected. Their work is a guarantee that the defense that the client receives is always the best.’
‘The team has shown a high level of expertise from the preparation until the final negotiation and agreement sign. The coordination with our own team was always effective and fluid at all times. All stakeholders were always updated on a daily basis, including our team.’
EDreams International Network
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol
- Advised DIA on the voluntary termination of non-early retirement age workers, reducing its office structure by 400 workers.
- Acted for Alestis Aerospace in all the phases of a lay-off procedure involving union negotiations.
- Advised Liberty on the implementation of its home working model in Spain and Portugal.
Spain > EU and competition Tier 1Garrigues garners praise from clients for its ‘deep knowledge of Spanish and EU competition law’, and particularly for its ‘understanding of the competition authorities in Brussels’. With over 20 years of experience, department head Susana Cabrera Zaragoza has a proven track record in handling cartel and abuse of dominant position investigations, as well as complex merger control proceedings. She leads the sizeable team – renowned for its expertise in merger control – which includes key practitioners: Luis Ortiz Blanco; Oriol Armengol Gasull, a ‘go-to lawyer for competition law’; Brussels-based partner Alfonso Lamadrid; of counsel Konstantin Jörgens; and principal associate Fernando Las Navas.
Other key lawyers:
‘We chose Garrigues because of their know-how. The partners are very reliable and deliver what we need. Especially valuable are the language skills in German, English and Spanish as well as the knowledge of the competition authorities in Brussels’.
‘Konstantin Jörgens understands our business, focusses on the relevant issues and delivers exactly what we need. He is responsive and always available’.
‘Garrigues’ competition team stands out for its technical excellence, thoroughness and the accessibility of its partners, who accompany the client from start to finish, with hands-on involvement in the matter. They have a high level of dedication and technical expertise in complex and pioneering processes in Spain’.
‘Oriol Armengol is the go-to lawyer for competition law for digital platforms and related businesses’.
‘The team is very professional with deep understanding of Spanish and EU competition law’.
‘All lawyers were very competent and the team had a very good internal cooperation’.
Boston Scientific Corporation
Jaguar Land Rover
- Advised Telefónica on the merger control aspects of the acquisition by American Tower of Telxius Towers in Europe and Latin America valued at €7.7bn.
- Advised Bankia on the merger control aspects of the merger with Caixabank.
- Advising Correos in connection with a standalone action filed by UNIPOST for an alleged abuse of dominance in a number of postal markets in Spain that was funded with public funds.
Spain > Industry focus: Food Tier 1Boasting a solid national presence, the highly regarded team at Garrigues is involved in some of the largest deals in the food and beverage industry, and regularly advises major operators regarding all stages of production, distribution and retailing. With corporate expert Rocío Belda De Mergelina at the helm, the department stands out for its capabilities in joint ventures, acquisitions and sales. Miguel Ángel López and Francisco Soler Caballero are other key members of the team, which operates from Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Murcia. Spanish clients looking to expand overseas can also rely on the firm's international network.
BURGUER KING ESPAÑA
HEREDEROS DE MARQUES DE RISCAL
WILLIAM & HUMBERT
MARQUÉS DE GRIÑÓN FAMILY ESTATES
The EAT OUT Group, SL
GRUPO MAHOU – SAN MIGUEL
GRUPO LECHE PASCUAL
NUTRIMENTOS DEL CAMPO, S.A.
Unilever Foods Industrial España
CONSERVAS EL POZO
Red Bull España
Sunny Delight Portugal
BODEGAS LUIS CABALLERO
AGUAS DEL VALLE DE LA OROTAVA
HeaLthtech Bio Active, S.L.
- Advised Burger King on the acquisition of a majority stake in Restaurant Brands International’s unit in the Iberian peninsula in a deal valued at €1bn.
- Advised some of the owners of The Natural Fruit Company in the sale to Fremman of a participation in Global Agro Investment.
- Advised Grupo Bimbo on the acquisition of Siro Medina from Grupo Siro.
Mónica Martín de Vidales; Álvaro López-Jorrín
‘The team is highly specialised, each one in their subject, giving quick answers from the first contact until the work is solved. Good coordination between the different specialists.’
‘The subjects in which they are specialised adapt very well to the needs that we have in the company. They attend you very quickly, whether it is a query that affects a single professional or if they have to coordinate with other teams.’
MARIE CLAIRE, S.A
OPTIMUM III VALUE-ADDED RESIDENTIAL SOCIMI, S.A.
CEMEX ESPAÑA, S.A.
PAGANTIS LUXEMBOURG, S.A.
NBQ CORPORATE, S.L.
FRANCISCO RUBIO VELA
APART IBERIA, S.L
- Advising Deoleo in corporate governance matters.
- Advising Cemex on a cross-border merger.
- Advising Monat on the launch of the American group in the Spanish market.
Spain > Industry focus: TMT Tier 1Garrigues garners praise from clients for its ‘rigour and technical excellence’, which the team puts to use when covering the full spectrum of TMT matters, where it stands out particularly for its transactional capabilities. The sizeable practice, which offers ‘innovative and practical solutions’ and boasts a ‘deep understanding of the technology sector and digital platforms’, is jointly led by technology expert José Ramón Morales; Carolina Pina, who specialises in media matters; Javier Marzo, who focuses on telecoms and media; and Alejandro Padín, who has considerable expertise in data protection matters. Cristina Mesa, who was promoted to partner in January 2021, is another name to note.
‘Rigor and technical excellence. They offer innovative and practical solutions with in-depth knowledge of the technology sector and digital platforms.’
‘Knowledge and extensive experience in advising projects in the digital sector in different markets. The technical quality of the team and the accessibility of the partners. Special mention to Cristina Mesa, reference lawyer for IP matters, with extensive experience advising platforms and offering innovative and practical solutions. I also especially mention Katiana Otero, for her technical rigor and dedication in matters of great complexity in data protection.’
‘Great technical excellence.’
‘In particular, José Ramón Morales is an excellent professional, always up-to-date in the most cutting-edge areas of technology law and with an extraordinary practical vision. Carolina Pina also stands out as a great strategist in matters of conflicts in relation to intellectual property.’
RBA HOLDING DE COMUNICACIÓN
- Advised IBM on the acquisition of a majority stake in Naturgy IT, the joint venture outsourcing company which provides IT infrastructure services to Naturgy Energy Group.
- Advised AENA regarding a new biometric project for managing access of people to airports and improve the travellers’ experience.
- Advised Telxius in the landing party agreement with Google in connection with the landing in Spain of the Grace Hooper submarine system.
Carolina Pina Sánchez; João Miranda de Sousa
‘The Garrigues team demonstrates in-depth technical knowledge of intellectual property regulations. They always provide added value and original approaches when discussing issues in this field.’
‘The Garrigues Intellectual Property department is an exceptional team. They have an understanding of the business that is rarely seen in outside consultants. They could well be one more in-house attorney. Working with them is a real luxury, not only because they are the ones who know the most about intellectual property, but also because of their proactivity and excellent predisposition.’
‘Carolina Pina and Ricardo Lopez are two extraordinary lawyers, both for their technical knowledge, for their understanding of the technology sector and for their approach, always prioritizing business needs. We have been working with them for years and they improve every day.’
‘It is a highly business-oriented team with great knowledge of technical issues as well as legal ones. Great knowledge of the technical-legal issues of the digital field present today.’
‘Garrigues IP & copyright is an excellent team. I feel very comfortable referring clients to them. They advise well, convey confidence, speak very good English and have a global approach.’
‘Carolina Pina and her team are very creative. Cristina Mesa is an excellent lawyer and handles the issues referred to with great ease and brilliance.’
Netflix International BV
Upp Group – Ogilvy
- Representing Italian company Kartell in an infringement action brought against Todo Furniture.
- Representing Spanish company Infonis in the execution phase claiming damages for continued infringement of its sui generis right over databases.
- Advising WPP Group – Ogilvy on copyright and image rights matters.
Spain > Projects and energy Tier 1A portfolio of renowned international and domestic clients regularly call on Garrigues' experienced energy and projects team to direct their investments in the Spanish market. Comprised of a group of ‘experts in energy’ with excellent cross-border capabilities, the practice is well versed in the financing and sale and purchase of renewable energy and infrastructure projects. Silvestre Arana, project finance specialist Marcos Botella, Álvaro Valle and principal associate Jon Goirigolzarri are among the team's highlighted practitioners. In addition, the firm's subsidiary G-advisory is focused on offering technical, economic and strategic advice in the areas of energy, environment and sustainability, climate change, and risk and compliance.
Other key lawyers:
‘Broad expertise in energy sector. Very experienced in renewables.’
‘The Garrigues team is very complete in energy matters, both for M&A operations (Gonzalo Valencia) or for its financing (Marcos Botella). They have great vision for closing deals and are active people in trying to successfully close deals.’
‘Involvement, knowledge, empathy, search for solutions to problems.’
‘Budget oriented closing mode. I’d highlight Marcos Botella and Raul Suarez.’
‘For our company’s legal advice, working with Garrigues means receiving excellent advice in all areas. First of all, the Garrigues project and energy team stands out for its technical quality, with its lawyers having a first-rate level of experience and legal knowledge in the sector. Garrigues has been a fundamental piece and a “bridge” for our operations in Latin America.’
‘Within the Garrigues team, the partners who excel in the practice of project financing are José Miguel Pinillos, Gaspar Atienza and Marcos Botella. Each of them has extensive experience in the sector and they have an excellent valuation and unanimous prestige. In addition to having participated in the most innovative and relevant project financing operations that have taken place in Spain in recent years, we value their constant involvement in all matters in which they advise us. In addition to the partners who lead the practice, Jon Goirigolzarri, Javier Bosch and Raúl Suárez are three Garrigues associates who undoubtedly stand out in the sector and in our opinion are called to play a very relevant role in the coming years. Despite their youth, they have extensive experience -both in Spain and abroad- that makes them fully trustworthy lawyers to lead any kind of operation.’
‘Garrrigues are experts in energy and very client focused.’
‘Alvaro Valle and Luis Enrique Mata are a great team. They are calm under pressure and can process large volumes of work in a short time. I know I can trust them to deliver.’
Banco de Sabadell
European Investment Bank
Ignis Desarrollo, S.A.
Plug Power Inc.
Q-Energy Private Equity SGEIC, S.A.
SONNEDIX (JP Morgan)
- Advised Iberdrola on the acquisition (by way of merger) of PNM resources.
- Acted as Spanish counsel to the lenders, issuing banks and the collateral agent in the refinancing of financial debt of the EnfraGen Group.
- Advised Q-Energy on the €732m Project Archimedes – Torresol CSP portfolio financing.
Spain > Public law Tier 1An ‘excellent firm’ with one of the most experienced departments in the market, Garrigues provides the full range of public law advice, and is able to ‘translate complex administrative law issues into practical solutions’. Alfredo Fernández Rancaño, a renowned expert in administrative matters, heads the practice, which also includes noted practitioners Miguel Loya Del Río, who focuses on regulation and litigation; Javier Machado de Armas; Juan Manuel Cabeza, who was promoted to partner in January 2021; and principal associate Marta Guerrero Rodrigálvarez.
Other key lawyers:
‘Excellent technical level and covering all the details. Good strategy.’
‘Relevant number of quality lawyers available to support.’
‘Excellent firm – with outstanding local knowledge and the ability to translate complex administrative law issues into practical solutions for an international client.’
‘I think that the Garrigues team stands out compared to the teams of other firms because, in addition to guaranteeing the best of technical solvency, it demonstrates a work philosophy based on effort and generosity for the practical solution of the problems raised, qualities that are not it is always easy to find in the market.’
‘The plus that makes them stand out is related to two elements: solvency and technical rigor in matters of Administrative Law – which generates great confidence – together with an enormous proactivity and special predisposition to search for solutions that are favorable to the interests of our Company. I have had the opportunity to verify their ability to integrate into multidisciplinary teams of other service providers (legal, engineers, architects, etc.), in which they have contributed decisive added value, always making everything easier. Within the team that has collaborated with us, I especially highlight the partners Miguel Loya and Javier Fernández Rivaya.’
‘The Garrigues Public Law team that attends our Organization is characterized by its high level of specialization and knowledge in the matter, with a work that in most cases can be described as excellent.’
‘The lawyers of the Garrigues firm who provide services to our Organization stand out for their level of knowledge of the Public Law applicable to it, being constantly up to date with any news or new regulations that may be published. This high level of excellence in their work allows them to give very valuable answers to the questions that are posed to them. We can expressly mention Miguel Loya, Isabel Enriquez Matas and Mariana Samaniego.’
IBERDROLA GENERACIÓN, S.A.U.
ASTRAZENECA FARMACEÚTICA SPAIN, S.A.
GREYSTAR REAL ESTATE PARTNERS
CENTROS COMERCIALES CARREFOUR, S.A.
CARREFOUR PROPERTY ESPAÑA, S.L. (GROUP CARREFOUR)
AENA S.M.E., S.A.
GRANT THORNTON CORPORATION, S.L.P.
Organización Nacional de Ciegos Españoles (ONCE)
CEETRUS URBAN SPAIN, S.A. (GRUPO AUCHAN)
JAPAN TOBACCO INTERNATIONAL (JTI)
- Provides ongoing advice to ENCASA CIBELES, GOLDMAN SACHS and AZORA on the procedural strategy against the annulment of the award of the sale of 32 real estate developments by the Community of Madrid.
- Provides ongoing legal advisory services to Iberdrola on various matters related to the electricity sector and on administrative proceedings and judicial review litigation.
- Advises several Amazon companies on all types of legal administrative issues.
‘For me their main strengths are availability, proactivity, experience, flexibility to adapt to each transaction’s requirements, generosity to share knowledge, solutions oriented, really committed, very good quality/price ratio.’
‘Great expertise of the team and understanding of the client’s needs, looking for practical solutions to the principles that arise.’
‘Great team, very complete.’
‘A very deep legal knowledge with an ability to be commercial and find solutions to problems.’
Morgan Stanley Real Estate
Alpine Grove Partners LLP
Arcano Real Estate
ASG Iberia Advisors
Mersan Assets Management
Vivenio Residencial Socimi
Aberdeen Standard Investments – Aberdeen European Balanced Property Fund
Kadans Science Partner
GMP Property Socimi
BMB Capital Advisors
- Advised Axa Real Assets on the sale of five office buildings located in Barcelona and leased to the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan regional government).
- Advising DWS on a build-to-rent transaction consisting in the purchase from Gestilar of four residential developments with over 1,100 dwellings located in Vallecas and Getafe.
- Advised Dospuntos Asset Management (as seller) in the sale to DWS through a forward purchase agreement of an office building in Barcelona.
Cruise Yacht 1 & Cruise Yacht Yardco
Cerberus Capital Management
Thomas Cook Spain
Adveo Group International
Joh. Friedrich Behrens
Mondelez España Services
- Advising Naviera Armas on a Spanish scheme of arrangement with its lenders, writing off or converting €240m of bonds into equity and providing up to €200m in new liquidity.
- Acting for a subsidiary of Advent in an offer for the purchase of more than 80 dental clinics, involving more than 800 employees.
- Advised Cruise Yacht 1 and Cruise Yacht Yardco on a cross-border restructuring in the wake of the pandemic.
Spain > Tax Tier 1The team at Garrigues supports its clients across the gamut of tax matters, acting in some of the most significant transactions and reorganisations in the Spanish market. Transfer pricing is a standout feature of the firm's offering, along with its robust tax litigation and tax compliance services. Eduardo Abad leads the practice and is specialised in taxation and regulation of financial entities and products. From the sizeable team, the finance and insurance-focused Carmen Mata and Ramón Tejada come with client recommendation; Ricardo Gómez is a standout senior figure; and Gonzalo Rincón De Pablo has notable expertise in the real estate sector. Experienced principal associate Fernando Santos is an up-and-coming lawyer to note.
Other key lawyers:
‘Highly qualified and continuously updated team. It allows us to have a highly reliable opinion immediately, which allows the company to make important decisions, with minimal risk. The excellent legal knowledge coupled with the great knowledge of the company makes them perfect allies.’
‘Carmen Mata is the lawyer who has always worked with our company. She knows perfectly all the particularities of operations with tax significance. is always aware of the company and its needs, keeps us constantly updated on news and is available at all times to immediately solve any requirement.’
‘They are outstanding in technical capacity and for knowing the client very well in addition to being well above their needs, accessibility and capacity and speed of response.’
‘In my opinion Garrigues is probably at the moment the best firm in tax practice, both in material advice on operations and in procedural advice on inspections and appeals.’
‘A great combination of academic strength providing an excellent basis for more formalistic dispute resolution and healthy pragmatism enabling a more forward looking addressing of controversies, all anchored in a thorough understanding of the business and with a proven ability to communicate with technical subject matter experts as well as non expert stakeholders.’
‘Garrigues are a great team capable of reaching a level of analysis and detail that other firms cannot.’
‘Ramón Tejada has so much experience and contacts that he knows how to successfully manage any issue.’
‘It is a team with great knowledge of the practice as well as the activity of the client’s industry segment. Always up-to-date and proactively providing solutions to potential problems that arise.’
- Advised Telefónica and Telxius on the tax aspects of the sale of Telxius’ tower division to American Tower Corporation.
- Advised Bankia on its merger by absorption with CaixaBank.
- Represented Universal Compression International Holdings in a Constitutional Court case regarding Royal Decree-law 2/2016, which significantly increased the amount of corporate income tax prepayments to be made during the year by taxpayers.
Spain > White-collar crime Tier 1The criminal law, compliance and corporate investigations group at Garrigues remains a dominant force in the market, leveraging the strength of its global office network (12 countries, across four continents) to advise major international corporations and public figures on a broad range of matters. These include corporate investigations, regulatory compliance, professional negligence, money laundering, embezzlement of public funds, discovery and disclosure of secrets, fraud and bribery. Headed by criminal law practice authority Gabriel Castro and corporate investigations expert Helena Prieto, the team’s client portfolio features well-known companies across the retail, financial services, media, energy, technology, food and beverage, construction and engineering sectors. The group is supported by principal associate Beatriz Bustamante and senior associates Álvaro Mato and Marta Sánchez.
‘Attention and full availability.’
‘The performance of the team was extraordinary, they demonstrated deep knowledge in the matter, great capacity for foresight and reaction.’
‘Very good team, excellent legal knowledge and practical.’
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA)
Helena Revoredo (Prosegur)
Publicis Comunicacion Espana
Zenith Media (Publicis Groupe)
- Advised BBVA on an internal corporate investigation being conducted.
- Held the legal defence of an auditor in court proceedings, which examined alleged fraud against investors and accounts misrepresentation.
- Acted as legal counsel for DIA Group in criminal proceedings in connection with false accounting and malfeasance allegations.
Spain > Environment Tier 2Garrigues provides a ‘comprehensive service in environmental matters, not only from a legal perspective but also a technical one‘. Of particular note is its track record in major energy projects and M&A, where it advises on a range of environmental law issues. Its consulting arm G-advisory was established in 2000 and has since then participated in a large number of projects, where it advises from a technical, economic and strategic perspective on energy, environment, sustainability and compliance matters. Highly experienced principal associate Victoria Esteban del Palacio receives strong praise, as do principal associate Javier Toribio Jiménez and counsel Xavier Ruiz de Loizaga Solé. Alfredo Fernández Rancaño leads the public law and environment departments, with support from Javier Fernández Rivaya and ‘exceptional lawyer‘ David Sanz Pérez.
Alfredo Fernández Rancaño; Javier Fernández Rivaya; Victoria Esteban del Palacio
Other key lawyers:
‘The Garrigues team is a highly specialised team 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 the advice complete and practical. In addition, its accessibility and availability make day-to-day issues dynamic and the problems consulted are resolved promptly. When a joint, legal and technical study is required, the Garrigues-G-advisory team is a service that is difficult to find in the rest of the market.’
‘Victoria Esteban has been very 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 agile and complete. She is decisive, technically very complete, and always available to support both day-to-day issues and complex matters that require a more in-depth analysis.’
‘The Garrigues environment team led by David Sanz does an absolutely spectacular job. They reach such a degree of integration and knowledge of reality that they seem like the internal advisory team itself.’
‘David Sanz is a spectacular person and an exceptional lawyer.’
‘Victoria Esteban del Palacio is a great lawyer, with the highest knowledge in the environment, renewable energy, urban planning and administrative law. Always available and ready to help her clients, very creative with solutions and extremely technical and rigorous with her opinions, opinions and reports.’
‘It is a well-formed team, and with exceptional leadership from Mr. Javier Toribio. I’d highlight the coordination and camaraderie between the different members of the department, as well as with other departments of the firm.’
‘Garrigues Environment team offers a comprehensive service in environmental matters, not only from a legal perspective but also a technical one, as the team is made up not only of people with solid legal experience but also in its technical aspect with Engineers, Chemists, etc., providing a very broad and complete vision of the environmental and energy problems that arise.’
‘The experience I have with David Sanz and Xavier Ruiz de Loizaga is unbeatable. They are competent, fast in execution, excellent technical quality, forward-looking and imaginative in seeking solutions to the problems we pose to them.’
ANCALA PARTNERS, L.L.P.
CENTROS COMERCIALES CARREFOUR, S.A.
SIEMENS GAMESA RENEWABLE ENERGY WIND FARMS, S.A.
AGRUPACIÓN DE FABRICANTES DE CEMENTOS DE CATALUÑA
SOCIEDAD GALLEGA DEL MEDIO AMBIENTE, S.A.
ARCELORMITTAL ESPAÑA, S.A.
GUARDIAN INDUSTRIES EUROPE, S.A.R.L.
LAFARGE HOLCIM ESPAÑA, S.A.
INVESTMENT COMPANY IN MINING PROJECTS
MINAS AGUAS TEÑIDAS, S.A.U.
- Advised Ancala Partners on the acquisition of a 49% stake in Ence Energía y Celulosa’s renewables subsidiary Ence Energía.
- Provides ongoing legal advice to Mercadona, including on atmosphere and greenhouse gases permits
- Advised Q-Energy on several acquisitions of majority stakes in holding companies of operating solar photovoltaic plants and in the purchase of assets such as operating solar photovoltaic plants, thermosolar plants and greenfield projects.
José Fernández-Rañada; Carolina Pina
Other key lawyers:
Juan Manuel Cabeza; Jara Atienza; Alejandro Padín
‘Probably the most prestigious law firm in Spain. One of the best lawyers in our country such as Jose Fernandez-Rañada.’
‘Perfect knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector and the culture of my company. High quality and high technical level.’
‘Juan Manuel Cabeza: When I work on an issue with him I know that he will be attentive to any incident and that I can entrust him with the management of the issue with complete peace of mind.’
‘As a strong point, we can highlight its experience in the sector and knowledge of different legal areas within the pharmaceutical sector. As for the team, their commitment to Garrigues, where they have been working for many years, is noteworthy, which offers the client confidence that they have a stable team at their disposal.’
‘The team has been working together for many years, which gives us confidence and makes their work of quality. The best qualities are the disposition and client orientation. Whenever we have called them, they have been attentive to our needs without delay. As a prominent partner, we want to mention Jose Fernández-Rañada and Jara Atienza.’
‘The people we work with the most are José Fernandez Rañada and Alejandro Padín. They and the teams they lead have always been a guarantee for the work we do. A guarantee for their knowledge, flexibility and success in looking for alternatives. always showing the correct path and the different options to manage the themes.’
‘They really care about the quality of their work and that clients are clear about options, limits and an extraordinary balance between practicality and efficiency. Absolute availability and willing to have difficult conversations with a practical and pedagogical approach. There is also a subjective but very important point: they give a lot of confidence, gained by their way of working and technical solvency.’
FARMAINDUSTRIA (the Spanish Association for the Pharmaceutical Industry)
ASTRAZENECA FARMACEÚTICA SPAIN, S.A.
- Advising Igenomix on its acquisition by Vitrolife in order to create a global leader in reproductive health.
- Advising GIC in the acquisition of a minority stake in Biomat, Grifols’ US subsidiary.
- Advised Advent International on the acquisition of 76 dental clinics operated in Spain under the Dentix brand within the insolvency proceedings of the sellers.
Spain > Insurance Tier 2Noted for its ‘great dedication‘, Garrigues‘ insurance team excels in insurance-sector M&A, where it has a notable track record and strong portfolio of clients. The firm particularly stands out for its expertise in bancassurance joint venture projects between banks and insurance companies. Clients of the firm also benefit from its technological and AI tools, including Contract Express, automation software which efficiently creates first drafts of contracts and other written documents. In recent team developments, Félix Ferreño was promoted to partner in January 2021, and Luis Covarrubias left in November 2020 to take up an in-house position. Corporate and M&A experts Àlvaro López-Jorrín and Mónica Martín de Vidales jointly head the practice, with the highly regarded María Fernández-Picazo also a key contact.
Álvaro López-Jorrín; Mónica Martín de Vidales
‘There is great dedication on the part of the team, from the partner to the collaborators. This knowledge is perceived in the commercial area in general, and in the insurance sector, in particular. There is a very good coordination between the whole team. María Fernández-Picazo and Juan González Ortega stand out.’
‘I would highlight the professionalism and experience of the team.’
‘Knowledge of the insurance industry and dedication to the client. I’d recommend Álvaro López-Jorrín.’
MUNICH RE, BRANCH IN SPAIN
PELAYO MUTUA DE SEGUROS A PRIMA FIJA
BANSABADELL SEGUROS GENERALES & VIDA
ANDORRAN BANKING ASSOCIATION
- Advised both Línea Directa Aseguradora and Bankinter in the listing of Línea Directa Aseguradora in the Spanish Stock Exchange.
- Advised BBVA Seguros in the spin-off of its non-life insurance business (excluding health) in Spain in favour of BBVA Seguros Generales, a newly incorporated insurance company.
- Advised Bansabadell Seguros Generales (a joint venture between Banco de Sabadell and Zurich) on its bancassurance alliance with Sanitas to jointly develop, as co-insurers, health insurance policies addressed to Banco Sabadells’ clients and employees.
‘Professionalism, accessibility, good treatment, ability to mediate conflicts.’
‘The Garrigues team is efficient and has an expert knowledge of the work areas of our company, which allows us to always be in the best position. The international agents that Garrigues works with are also a unique and differential point in its favor. They are efficient and also have the best knowledge and relationships in their countries to provide the best service.’
‘The personal dedication of the Garrigues partner who attends us, Mónica Arizti, at all times accessible and participating in the strategic advice of our company that allows us to make the best decisions in the patent area. For our company, Mónica Arizti is one more person in the company’s strategic management team in the area of patents, which we have outsourced.’
‘The Garrigues team maintains the quality levels that we manage in our company. The collaboration is very close, and the performance times as expected, including accelerating when required.’
Club de Variedades Vegetales
Asociación Española Contra El Cancer
- Assisting Club de Variedades Vegetales Protegidas (CLUB) in civil proceedings against infringers of Community plant variety regarding clementine “Nadorcott”.
- Represents Talladium Group in a patent infringement and validity action brought by one of its competitors.
- Handling Quibim’s international patent, know how, software and trade mark portfolio.
‘I believe that they know our company well and are quite aligned with our projects and, in my experience, Garrigues’ work provides more added value than others.’
Kennedys Law LLP
Valencia Club de Futbol
Hijos de Rivera (Estrella Galicia)
Bimba y Lola, SL
Makeblock Co Ltd
Clave Denia S.A.
Asociación de Organizaciones de Productores de Plátano de Canarias (ASPROCAN)
- Representing Chinese robotics company Makeblock in a trade mark infringement and unfair completion claim against Distintiva, one of its former distributors in Spain.
- Acted successfully as an expert on Spanish law applicable to a pan-European trade mark lawsuit before the District Court of The Hague with regard to the claim brought by FKP Sojuzplodoimport against the SPI Group.
- Filed a trade mark infringement claim on behalf of Goya Foods against a German company and its Spanish subsidiary concerning the sign “Goya” used to promote and offer services in Palma de Mallorca.
Spain > Private equity Tier 2Garrigues is able to deploy its offices across Madrid, Lisbon, London, Brussels, Morocco, China and New York to serve the entire spectrum of private equity players, from prominent international sponsors through to local mid-market funds. Team head José Manuel Martín demonstrates a strong capacity to manage some of the market’s largest deals, including leveraged buyouts, and is supported by Àlvaro López-Jorrín, who is especially well versed in the financial services sector. Elsewhere, María Fernández-Picazo is a specialist on both the transactional and fundraising fronts, with considerable experience in leveraged finance, MBIs and MBOs, while José Luis Ortín provides the team with considerable knowledge of venture capital and secondary market investments. Félix Ferreño was recently promoted to partner and excels at all stages of the investment lifecycle.
José Manuel Martín
‘Very good technically, absolute availability and excellent problem solving’.
‘Very in-depth knowledge of the mid-market and its multiple agents. Large network. Maximum availability.’
‘Jose Manuel Martin Garcia is recommended.’
‘Jose Luis Ortin and his team have worked for us on a few recent transactions in Spain. Whenever he is called upon he knows the detail and proposes a sensible solution. Has a very pleasant understated manner and is very willing to help.’
‘Very responsive and solution oriented. Hard working and clearly know how to work on private equity transactions.’
BLACKSTONE GROUP, THE
CARLYLE GROUP, THE
GED IBERIAN PRIVATE EQUITY
MIURA PRIVATE EQUITY
ONE ROCK CAPITAL PARTNERS
PROVIDENCE STRATEGIC GROWTH
QUALITAS EQUITY PARTNERS
- Advised Advent International in the acquisition of 76 dental clinics operated in Spain under the Dentix brand within the insolvency proceedings of the sellers.
- Advised MCH on the acquisition of a controlling stake in Grupo Llusar, a Spanish group engaged in the production, harvesting and commercialisation of premium citrus.
- Advised Providence Strategic Growth on the acquisition of Ivnosys Soluciones, a company engaged in the B2B e-certification and secure communications platform business, from its current shareholders.
Spain > Transport: Shipping Tier 3The shipping and transport team at Garrigues leverages the strength of its network of offices in Madrid, Bilbao, Valencia, Vigo, Seville, the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands and Porto to provide advice to shipping companies, shipyards, banks, associations and Lloyds syndicate underwriters on a broad range of matters. These include cargo claims, shipping disputes, carriage contracts, marine insurance, ship arrest, maritime fraud, ship sale and purchase and marine casualties. Shipping industry expert Jesús Barbadillo leads the team from Madrid, with key support provided by Manuel Betancor in Las Palmas and senior associate Javier del Corte in Bilbao.
Naviera Armas S.A
Naviera de Melenara S.A.
Naviera de Taliarte S.A.
ASECOB (Spanish Ship Agents`Association)
PSJC Murmanks Traw Fleet
- Advised Sercomisa-Trasmapi on a wide range of port matters, on the purchase and sale and construction of ships, reflagging and registry, and on maritime contracts.
- Advised Naviera Armas on the collision of the vessel “Volcan de Tamasite” at Nelson Mandela Jetty in the Port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
- Acted on behalf of the owner Naviera de Melenara in the sale of the vessel “Villa de Teror” to the Canadian government.
‘The Data Protection team at Guarrigues (Portugal) is a very competent and professional team with excellent expertise in data protection laws. This team is very responsive and always available.’
‘Isabel Bairrão has very good technical skills. She has a great understanding of our needs and expectations.’
‘The team is always on the side of the solution, seeking to ensure that the client can fulfil its objectives. The team is also very dedicated to the execution and delivery of its work, showing enormous availability to accompany clients.’
‘Isabel Bairrão: knowledge, technical capacity, dedication, effort, commitment.’
‘It has always demonstrated a high level of knowledge about privacy and data protection.’
‘Isabel Bairrão has an excellent posture and attitude in defending her clients, especially because of the high knowledge she demonstrates on the topics.’
‘Garrigues’ Data Privacy and Data Protection team have unmatched experience when it comes to determining and implementing the most effective GDPR compliance program, enabling clients to navigate the requirements relating to the life cycle of collection, use, disclosure and sharing of personal data.’
‘Isabel Bairrão is an outstanding experienced and skilled Privacy and Data Protection counsel, providing accurate, clear, pragmatic and business-focused legal advice that can add real value to your business. Isabel Bairrão shows a great depth of knowledge and experience and she is extremely innovative and dedicated. In short, her Privacy and Data Protection practice is a valued asset.’
HONDA MOTOR EUROPE
JONES LANG LASALLE (JLL)
- Providing advice to payment processing company SIBS on disruptive projects in the field of online payments and solutions.
- Providing regular assistance to the Portuguese companies of the Inditex Group in data protection matters.
- Assisting an airline on the management and notification of a data breach to the Portuguese Data Protection Agency.
Garrigues > Firm Profile
|Corporate law and commercial contracts|
|Mergers and acquisitions|
|Banking and finance|
|Labour and employment law|
|Human capital services|
|Litigation and arbitration|
|Telecommunications and media|
|EU and antitrust|
|Technology and outsourcing|
|Restructuring and insolvency|
|Transport and shipping|
|Planning and zoning|
|Life sciences and healthcare|
|Sports and entertainment|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 1,420
LanguagesArabic Catalan Chinese English French German Italian Japanese Portuguese
OtherContacts : 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 > Firm Profile
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.
|Executive chairman and managing partner||Fernando Vives|
|Senior partner||Ricardo Gomez|
|Head of Latin American practice||Javier Ybáñez|
Staff FiguresOther fee-earners : 1,410
OtherPartners : 284
- Banking and finance
- Capital markets: Debt
- Capital markets: Equity
- Commercial, corporate and M&A
- Data privacy and data protection
- Dispute resolution
- EU and competition
- Industry focus: Food
- Industry focus: Retail
- Industry focus: TMT
- Intellectual property: Copyright
- Projects and energy
- Public law
- Real estate and construction
- Restructuring and insolvency
- White-collar crime
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences
- Intellectual property: patents
- Intellectual property: Trade marks
- Private equity
- Portugal > Data privacy and data protection