Firm Profile > J&A Garrigues SLP > Madrid, Spain

J&A Garrigues SLP
HERMOSILLA 3
28001 MADRID
Spain

Banking and finance Tier 1

Specialising in the financing and refinancing of large corporate groups, J&A Garrigues SLP particularly acts on overseas operations and composite security packages. The firm’s experience includes distress, rescue and non-performing loan (NPL) financing; acquisition finance; direct lending by private debt funds; and property, real estate and asset finance. In addition, the practice is known for its expertise in financial regulation. Rafael González-Gallarza advises financial institutions, private equity firms, industry groups and public authorities. He co-leads the team with Luis de la Peña, who is known for cross-border work. Also notable are principal associate Xabier Urtiaga Valle, who advises on corporate acquisitions and restructurings, and associate Jon Goirigolzarri, who focuses on financing transactions, particularly project finance.

Practice head(s):

Rafael González-Gallarza; Luis de la Peña

Testimonials

‘In regulation matters involving the National Securities Market Commission (CNMV) and financial markets they are experts’

‘Luis de la Peña is the best lawyer in Spain that we know in this field’

‘Knowledge of the banks’

‘Speed and closeness’

‘Very good office with experts in different fields and capable of handling international affairs’

‘Luis de la Peña is the fundamental reason we work with this firm’

Key clients

Banco Santander

SAREB

Deutsche Bank

BBVA

Sacyr

Credit Agricole

ProA Capital

MCH Private Equity

Alsea/Zena

Grupo Adveo

Kutxabank

Banca March

Oceanwood Capital Management LLP

Monex Europe Limited

Finpay, Entidad de Dinero Electrónico, S.A.

Bip&Drive, E.D.E., S.A. (electronic money institution)

Wirecard Bank AG

Banco Nacional de Guinea Ecuatorial (BANGE), S.A. (Equatorial Guinea National Bank).

Banco Pichicha España S.A.

EBN CAPITAL, SGIIC, S.A.

Capital markets: Debt Tier 1

J&A Garrigues SLP covers a range of debt capital markets work, advising large companies and credit institutions along with medium-sized first-time Spanish issuers. The firm is active in international euro market debt issuances as well as securitisation markets. The practice is co-led by Mónica Martín de Vidales and Álvaro López-Jorrín. They can call on the expertise of Gonzálo García-Fuertes, who has expertise in the issuance of fixed and variable-income securities, equity, tender offers and asset securitisation. A highlight for the team was advising BBVA in matters of Spanish law relating to the issue and sale of Spanish non-step-up non-cumulative contingent convertible perpetual preferred tier 1 securities.

Practice head(s):

Mónica Martín de Vidales; Álvaro López-Jorrín

Testimonials

‘I have been working with them for more than 20 years, and the search for excellence is one of their pillars’

‘Compared to other firms, they seek to reach an agreement as to the fundamental point of the legal strategy’

‘The legal structure seeks to be clear and easy to apply in the future, trying to foresee all possible situations’

‘Naiara Bueno is exceptional. Not only because of her legal knowledge, but also because of her ability to understand the characteristics of our company’s business’

‘The advice is excellent’

‘They are efficient in deadlines, availability, resolution of questions’

‘They are very agile, up to date, they have a broad knowledge and experience in the treatment and assessment of different matters’

‘Their performance is excellent. Another strength is their anticipation. They also work proactively’

Key clients

Banco Sabadell

Intermoney Titulización

Atlantica Yield

DBRS Ratings Limited

BBVA

Banco Santander

Cirsa

Citibank

Deutsche Bank

Blackstone

Capital markets: Equity Tier 1

J&A Garrigues SLP’s work covers IPOs, equity issuances, private placements and takeover bids, as well as listing and delisting transactions. The practice is co-led by corporate and commercial expert Mónica Martín de Vidales and Álvaro López-Jorrín, who is active in the issuance of equity and fixed-income securities. Notable in their team are Gonzálo García-Fuertes, who specialises primarily in securities market, banking and finance law, and Fernando Vives, whose expertise includes tender offers, securities issues, public offerings and regulatory matters concerning listed companies. In a recent highlight, the firm advised Alzette Investment (an affiliate of Blackstone Group) on all aspects of its bid for the shares of Hispania Activos Inmobiliarios Socimi, under Spanish law.

Practice head(s):

Mónica Martín de Vidales; Álvaro López-Jorrín

Key clients

Värde Partners

Vía Célere

Blackstone

Bankinter

BBVA

Iberdrola

IAG

Zegona

Banco Sabadell

Air France Finance, S.A.S.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

The ‘knowledgeable and adaptableJ&A Garrigues SLP is prolific in M&A deals across Spain and Portugal, with increasing activity in cross-border transactions. Álvaro López-Jorrín is an expert in corporate law, M&A and commercial restructuring, particularly in relation to financial institutions. He co-leads the practice with Mónica Martín de Vidales, who specialises in company and corporate law, and Fernando Vives, who has a particular focus on capital markets and financial services. The team advised a consortium of investors, led by funds advised by Bridgepoint, on acquiring a €2.6bn majority stake in Dorna Sports. José María Gil-Robles left to join DLA Piper in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Mónica Martín de Vidales; Álvaro-López-Jorrín

Testimonials

‘Knowledge of the subject and knowledge of the client’

‘The team is normally fully available and able to help at any time’

‘They are able to look for agile solutions and ready to overcome issues in a multi-jurisdictional project’

‘Ildefonso Polo is fully available and very hands on to react to and overcome unexpected issues. He is very solutions oriented and has unique technical capabilities on the M&A and corporate front’

Key clients

Telefónica

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA)

Banco Santander

Banco Sabadell

IAG (British Airways and Iberia)

Bankia

Iberdrola

OHL

Blackstone

Apollo

Prosegur

Merlin Properties

Carrefour

Endesa

Caixabank

Fluidra

General Electric

Samsung

Merlin Properties

Vodafone

Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

J&A Garrigues SLP provides ‘comprehensive in-depth knowledge of privacy and IT matters'. The firm has experience in advising companies on adapting to the GDPR, as well as post-implementation audits. The broad practice covers e-commerce, security measures, cyber-attacks and advice in relation to big data analytics. Alejandro Padín leads the group and has expertise in technology issues arising from the commercial and corporate, privacy and litigation areas. His team includes senior associate Katiana Otero, who is known for IT, electronic commerce, privacy and data protection.

Practice head(s):

Alejandro Padín

Testimonials

‘You can rely on them providing up-to-date accurate advice, since they are involved in the most innovative projects in Spain’

‘Senior associate Katiana Otero is very flexible, client-oriented and a pleasure to work with. Business teams appreciate her approach and understanding of business needs, providing practical legal advice that is transferable to products and services’

‘An excellent team performance’

‘Effective communication with the client’

‘Appropriate understanding of the requirements of projects and problems involving data privacy’

‘Very high level of knowledge in data privacy and data protection law’

‘Excellent understanding of the problems’

Key clients

Alsea Group

Antolín Group

APD (Association for the Development of Management

Bankia

Bankinter

BBVA

Bimbo

Bip&Drive

Blackstone

BMW

Caixabank

Covisian

Deliveroo

Deutsche Bank

DIA Alimentación

Estée Lauder

Euskaltel

FCC

Dispute resolution Tier 1

J&A Garrigues SLP has particular expertise in the field of civil, contractual and commercial litigation and arbitration. The firm specialises in multi-jurisdictional disputes arising from the construction, energy, banking, insurance and finance sectors. In addition, the practice is known for acting in distribution and joint venture disputes. Carlos de los Santos has experience acting in court and arbitration proceedings related to contractual and corporate matters. He co-leads the team with arbitration and alternative dispute resolution expert Joe Tirado, who is based in London. Also notable are Alberto Pimenta, who focuses on banking, insurance and corporate disputes, and Eduardo Santamaría Moral, who is known for acting in the industrial sectors. In a recent highlight, the group represented NH Hotel Group in a challenge by its main shareholder, HNA Group, to the resolutions adopted at the general shareholders' meeting that declared the existence of a conflict of interest between the two.

Practice head(s):

Carlos de los Santos; Joe Tirado

Testimonials

‘Alberto Pimenta and his team break the case down to the smallest detail and analyse it from all points of view, looking for strengths but also weaknesses’

‘They stand out in all aspects’

‘They are exhaustive, and as for examinations in court, they are the best’

‘Alberto Pimenta and Alejandro Huertas stand out’

‘Great litigation team, high quality, good responsiveness’

‘Francisco Manuel Serrano is outstanding in all respects’

Key clients

OHL

Aegón

BBVA

Sacyr

Mediapro

APM Terminals (Maersk)

Kia Motors Iberia

NH Hotel Group

Leroy Merlin

Employment Tier 1

J&A Garrigues SLP's client base is made up of national and international companies, including many listed on the Ibex 35. Key areas of expertise include restructuring and incentivised termination programmes, collective bargaining, the labour aspects of corporate transactions, and employment litigation, as well as advising companies on equality plans and diversity policies. The 'very knowledgeableRosa Zarza 'efficiently' leads the sizeable team, which is based across the firm's 18 offices in Spain. Other noted names are Rafael Ortiz, whose recent highlights include advising on Nissan's restructuring process, and counsel Eva Diez-Ordás, who has experience advising on changes of corporate ownership.

Practice head(s):

Rosa Zarza

Testimonials

Garrigues stands out for its prestige in the area and the reliability of its advice. They are true experts in the field.’

Rosa Zarza is very knowledgeable and very practical in her approach to the matters. She also directs her team very efficiently and is also very approachable.’

Excellent knowledge and skill in litigation.’

The engagement of the team with the client is exceptional, they analyse client requests and implement practical solutions.

The team are responsive with clients and anticipate problems.’

Key clients

Abertis

Acerlor Mittal

Alcoa

Alstom

Altrán

Astra Zeneca

Atento

Atos

Banco de Sabadell

Berkeley

BMW

Bolsas y Mercados Españoles

Carrefour

Coca Cola

Deutsche Bank

Diageo

El Corte Inglés

Europcar

Ford

García Carrión

Generali

Gestamp

Iberia

Ibermática

LVMH

Mondelez

Naturgy

Nissan

Norwegian

Philips Morris

Real Madrid

Rolls Royce

Saint Gobain

Tetra Pak

Thyssen

Unisono

Valeo

Vodafone

WPP

EU and competition Tier 1

Specialising in merger investigations and infringement proceedings before the Spanish Competition Authority, J&A Garrigues SLP also has significant experience in state aid and litigation in the EU courts. In addition, the team co-ordinates with the firm's M&A department and its international offices to assist with handling national and multi-jurisdictional merger filings. Susana Cabrera Zaragoza leads the team and focuses on Spanish merger filings, cartels, infringement proceedings and litigation. Also notable are Luis Ortiz Blanco, who has expertise in infringement proceedings and litigation, and competition law specialist Oriol Armengol, who joined from Pérez-Llorca in 2018. Marcos Araujo left the firm in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Susana Cabrera Zaragoza

Testimonials

‘The team are very professional, closely involved and available’

‘They have very good knowledge of the EU institutions and after the years of collaboration, we have a nice personal relationship’

‘A deep knowledge of both national and EU competition law and of the European institutions and their procedures’

Key clients

Google

Red Eléctrica de España

Meliá

Telefónica

BBVA

Cellnex Telecom

Sareb

Air Nostrum

Vaillant

KIA

Industry focus: Food Tier 1

Rocío Belda de Mergelina leads the team at J&A Garrigues SLP, which specialises in commercial transactions relating to agriculture, fishing and viticulture. Belda de Mergelina is experienced in advising on distribution and franchise networks, including product launching, restructuring and pre-litigious matters. The practice also handles claims related to product liability, recall events and consumer protection, and represents clients before the Spanish food safety and nutrition agency. It draws on the expertise of the firm’s retail, franchising and private equity groups. The team advised MCH Private Equity as lead investor in the Carlyle Group’s acquisition of the Palacios Group, a producer of cold cuts and ready meals.

Practice head(s):

Rocío Belda de Mergelina

Key clients

Grupo Bimbo

Mondelez

Deoleo

Grefusa

Herbalife

Mahou

Findus

Cuervo

Gonzalez Byass

Pernod Ricard

Ebro Foods

Martinavarro

William & Humbert

Heineken

Industry focus: Retail Tier 1

J&A Garrigues SLP’s multi-disciplinary practice advises on a range of matters in the retail sector, encompassing M&A transactions, commercial agreements, logistics, intellectual property, compliance, real estate, taxation, and claims and litigation. The team also handles matters relating to distribution, franchising, warehousing agreements, promotional campaigns, consumer rights, environmental matters and the implementation of e-commerce platforms. Corporate and M&A partners Mónica Martín de Vidales and Álvaro López-Jorrín head the team, which also includes corporate governance and outsourcing specialist Sergio González Galán and Rocío Belda de Mergelina, who focuses on distribution and franchise networks. Belda de Mergelina recently advised Younique, an American cosmetics company, on its launch in the Spanish market.

Key clients

Advent

Younique

Samsung

Carrefour

Estée Lauder

Pernod Ricard

Nuevas Actividades Urbanas

Amplifon, SpA

Ford

BMW

Alsea

Findus España

Industry focus: TMT Tier 1

The team at J&A Garrigues SLP provides an information technology-focused service, dealing with matters relating to data protection and privacy, regulatory and competition law, and internet liability. The practice is co-led by José Ramón Morales, who also heads the firm’s technology and outsourcing group; regulatory expert Javier Marzo; and Carolina Pina, who has experience in media and intellectual property law and digital business. Alejandro Padín, who specialises in IT and data protection, is also noted. The group is currently advising the Computer and Communications Industry Association on challenging the potential implementation of digital services taxes.

Practice head(s):

Javier Marzo; José Ramón Morales; Carolina Pina

Key clients

IBM

Iberdrola

Ferrovial

La Liga De Fútbol Profesional

Panda Software

Alastria

Bip&Drive

Insurance Tier 1

J&A Garrigues SLP covers the full range of insurance-related work, with particular expertise in the negotiation and implementation of alliance projects between insurance and banking groups. The firm also provides experience in innovative reinsurance transactions. Álvaro López-Jorrín advises insurance companies on restructuring and M&A transactions, as well as on regulatory and insurance contractual matters. He co-leads the practice with corporate expert Mónica Martín de Vidales, who has experience assisting companies in the insurance sector with purchase and sale transactions, shareholders' agreements and corporate restructurings. Also notable in the team are principal associate Félix Ferreño, who focuses on advising corporates and international private equity funds on all phases of the investment cycle in the insurance sector, and senior associate Luis Covarrubias, who advises on insurance and M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Álvaro López-Jorrín; Mónica Martín de Vidales

Testimonials

‘Broad experience in M&A operations within the insurance industry’

‘Very highly qualified professionals, they make you feel you are their only client’

‘They respond well to demanding deadlines’

Key clients

Aegon

Allianz

Generali

Helvetia

Igualatorio Cantabria

Munich Re, Branch in Spain

Mutuavenir

Pelayo Mutua de Seguros a Prima Fija

Plus Ultra

Surne

Zurich

Banco Santander

Barclays

BBVA Seguros

Gerocaixa

Kutxabank

La Caixa / Vidacaixa

Sabadell

Andorran Banking Association

AXA

Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 1

J&A Garrigues SLP handles copyright litigation with wide-ranging tax, competition and data protection implications. The team has a strong offering for copyright matters in the music, audiovisual and publishing sectors; sponsorship agreements; and image rights in sports and entertainment. João Miranda de Sousa co-heads the practice with Carolina Pina, who also co-leads the firm’s sports and entertainment group. Principal associate Cristina Mesa, who specialises in fashion and e-commerce, is also noted, as is Antonio Muñoz, who has experience in advising on publicity rights and negotiations with collecting societies.

Practice head(s):

Carolina Pina; João Miranda de Sousa

Key clients

Infonis

Carrefour

Kia Motors

Spotify AB

Mediapro

Google

WPP Group

Private equity Tier 1

Thetop-level expertise at J&A Garrigues SLP covers private equity as well as ‘the fiscal aspects necessary for good global customer advice'. The firm provides legal and tax advice to local and international funds, management teams, finance providers and other industry players. M&A specialist José Manuel Martín leads the practice and has experience in a range of transactions, including leveraged buyouts. Notable in the team are Fernando Vives, who is an expert in securities, general corporate and insurance matters; Álvaro López-Jorrín, who focuses on transactional work for local and international private equity clients; Victor Chiquero, who advises on M&A, private equity investments and leveraged buyouts; and principal associate Félix Ferreño, who is known for M&A, as well as advising corporates and international private equity funds.

Practice head(s):

José Manuel Martín

Testimonials

‘Availability of a multi-disciplinary team that acts in a co-ordinated manner’

‘Attention to detail and speed in response’

‘Motivated teams in which all individuals are of a very high level’

‘Personal treatment, with the ability to adapt easily to the type of operation and counterparts’

‘Ildefonso Polo stands out for his personal commitment to the operations in which the firm participates, his experience and attitude, and his technical skills’

‘Jesús Fariza stands out for his dedication, ability to deal with complicated people, technical knowledge and positive attitude throughout the operation’

‘Beatriz Amillo stands out for her technical capacity, organisation, speed in the execution of tasks and personal attitude’

‘Very advanced knowledge, derived from a great deal of experience in operations and high degree of access to the regulator’

‘They have a very high level of dedication and involvement of senior team members, with all the availability that the customer needs’

‘José Luis Ortin and Javier Franch stand out for their competence and dedication’

Key clients

Alantra

Ardian

Artá Capital

The Blackstone Group

CVC

Nazca Capital

Oceanwood

ICG

ProA Capital

Apollo Capital

Advent International

Corpfin Capital

Ergon Capital

MCH Capital

OpCapita

PAI Partners

Riverside

Realza Capital

Miura Private Equity

Torreal Private Equity

Diana Capital

Projects and energy Tier 1

J&A Garrigues SLP is known for its expertise in the technical and economic aspects of transactions, as well as legal and regulatory matters related to the energy and infrastructure areas. Mónica Martín de Vidales and Álvaro López-Jorrín co-lead the practice, which also includes Marcos Botella, who advises on a range of structured financing and restructuring matters, particularly project finance in the area of renewable energies and infrastructure. Also notable in the team are senior associate Marta Clemente, who has expertise advising local and international clients on financing transactions; principal associate Jon Goirigolzarri, who focuses on financing transactions for renewable energy facilities, as well as public infrastructure; and principal associate Xabier Urtiaga, who is a banking and finance specialist.

Practice head(s):

Mónica Martín de Vidales; Alvaro López-Jorrín

Key clients

Alfanar

Audax

Banco Santander

Caixabank

Crédit Agricole

Dexia

Enagas

Endesa

Eolia Renovables

FCC

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV)

FRV

Iberdrola

Intesa Sanpaolo

Plenium Partners

Q-Energy / Vela Energy

Red Eléctrica de España (REE)

Renovalia Energy

Public law Tier 1

The ‘pragmatic and result-orientedJ&A Garrigues SLP focuses on administrative law, planning and environmental law, and has experience acting for various local authorities thanks to its presence across multiple jurisdictions. In addition, the practice is experienced in advising public and private entities across the various fields of public law, including public procurement, consumption, gambling, energy and infrastructure. Administrative law specialist Alfredo Fernández Rancaño leads the team and can call on the expertise of Javier Fernández Rivaya, who is experienced in regulatory and contractual matters.

Practice head(s):

Alfredo Fernández Rancaño

Testimonials

‘Highly committed team, invest time and effort to understand the customer’s needs and accommodate them’

‘Rigorous and reliable, great command of administrative laws’

‘Good territorial spread in most of Spain’s regions’

‘Solid command of applicable laws and regulations’

‘Reliable, service oriented, flexible and results oriented’

‘Quickly understands what the client needs to find the solution quickly’

Key clients

European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)

Iberdrola Generación, S.A.U.

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

Financiera De Desarrollo Nacional

Deloitte

Organización Nacional De Ciegos Españoles (Once)

Aena, S.M.E., S.A.

Mutua Madrileña

Endesa Red, S.A.

Red Eléctrica Corporación, S.A.

Avanza Group

Amazon Group

Centene Corp./ Ribera Salud/ Primerosalud

Banca March, Arta Capital, Mutua Madrileña Y Azora Capital

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Greystar Real Estate Partners -AXA IM – Real Assets- CBRE

Real estate and construction Tier 1

The multi-disciplinary team at J&A Garrigues SLP specialises in corporate law, M&A, financial and regulatory work in the real estate area. Acting for international funds and companies, the firm is experienced in restructurings, new investment vehicles, mortgage finance, transfers of distressed assets, non-performing loans (NPL) and real estate owned (REO) portfolios. Felipe Yannone’s expertise includes real estate investment, construction and commercialisation transactions. He co-leads the practice with Óscar de Santiago, who focuses on real estate investment and real estate finance. Also notable is Jorge García-Pellicer, who active in corporate restructurings and shopping centre acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Yannone; Óscar de Santiago

Testimonials

‘Ability to combine the expertise of the real estate, public law and town planning areas together’

‘Great knowledge of the sector and integration with the in-house team’

‘A very complete and professional team’

‘Great execution capabilities’

‘Estefania Iceta is outstanding’

Key clients

Blackstone

Baupost

AXA IM – Real Assets

Värde

Apollo

Morgan Stanley Real Estate

Alpine Grove Partners LLP

DWS (formerly Deutsche Asset Management – Deutsche Bank)

VGP Group

Banc Sabadell

Meridia Capital

Merlin Properties

Oaktree

Arcano Real Estate

Platinum Estates

Carmila

Carrefour

Banca March

Davidson Kempner

Palm Capital

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Experienced in advising on formal insolvency proceedings and restructurings, J&A Garrigues SLP has particular expertise in matters arising from the infrastructure, real estate and energy sectors. Traditionally debtor-oriented, the firm is also advising financial players, notably in transactions involving non-performing loans (NPL) and real estate-owned (REO) assets. Adrián Thery leads the team and specialises in cross-border restructurings and insolvency proceedings. He can call on the expertise of Juan María Jiménez, who focuses on advising Spanish and international companies on out-of-court refinancings and restructurings, as well as on insolvency proceedings in court.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Thery

Key clients

Petersen

Marme

Isolux Corsán Aparcamientos

Adveo Group

Banco Santander

Jofel

Rivero Family

Ergon Capital Partners

DTH Europa

Tooio Mobile

DBRS

Zurich Insurance, PLC, Atlantic Specialty Insurance Company, AIG Insurance Company, RLI Insurance Company and Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

Sareb

Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, SL Specialty Insurance Company, Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland, American Home Assurance Company, the Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania and AIG Europe Limited

Alfanar Energy

Taconic Capital Advisors UK LLP

HTG Group

Proa Capital

Tax Tier 1

Garrigues provides 'state-of-the-art' tax advice across Spain, and is renowned for its expertise in a broad range of specialisms. Team head Eduardo Abad, who is 'unbeatable from a technical perspective' and 'devoted to his clients', advised BBVA on the tax aspects of three bond issuances totalling €17.8bn. Ricardo Gómez is a leading expert on tax litigation. Gonzalo Rincón de Pablo, who was made up to partner in October 2018, and senior associate Fernando Santos advise a number of the firm's domestic and multinational clients on the tax aspects of high-profile private equity M&A transactions and restructuring processes.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Abad

Testimonials

Juan Reig and José María Cobos have always been available to guarantee the desired results, standing out not only on a technical level, but also thanks to their excellent treatment of the client at a personal level.

Garrigues analyses issues in great depth and has technical knowledge of the material, in a way few offices do. The partners and associates at Garrigues have a level of preparation and technical knowledge that is difficult to find at other law firms.’

‘Eduardo Abad and Carmen Mata are, without a doubt, unbeatable from a technical perspective. I work with partners in other law firms, and they do not have the same technical and analytical knowledge that they do.’

‘The tax team of Garrigues provides state-of-the-art services, based on the deepest analysis of law, interpretation and jurisprudence, and provides an extremely well-founded output. Whenever there is a difficult subject it offers the most reliable approach.’

‘Eduardo Abad is devoted to his clients. He is always thinking of his clients’ needs and anticipating the impact that the news can have for his clients even before the clients themselves think of it. Additionally, the comprehensiveness of his advice is remarkable.

High technical level, very practical approach to the matters, great expertise in negotiations with tax authorities.’

‘Eduardo Abad has valuable expertise in tax issues and a very practical approach. His technical knowledge allows him to solve complex matters.

Key clients

Banco Santander

BBVA

Telefónica

Iberdrola

Vodafone

Banco Sabadell

Amazon

Prosegur

Mondelez

IAG

Endesa

Merlin Properties

CVC

Carrefour

Mercadona

Zurich Insurance

PAI Partners

WPP

OHL

Accenture

BME

Allianz

IDC Salud Holdings

Astra Zeneca

Sony

Kapsch Group

Mediapro

Europcar

Aeromexico

Unisys

White-collar crime Tier 1

J&A Garrigues SLP specialises in criminal compliance, internal investigations and corporate defence. The firm has a national and global reach, with feet on the ground across Europe, particularly in Spain and Portugal, as well as in Latin America. The team is co-led by Gabriel Castro, who focuses on prosecution and defence in criminal proceedings, as well as in extradition and international mutual assistance procedures; internal investigation specialist Helena Prieto, who has experience in corporate investigations into transnational criminal conduct at multinational companies; and Eduardo Torres-Dulce, who is an expert litigator, including in cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Castro; Helena Prieto; Eduardo Torres-Dulce

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable and dedicated team’

‘Trusted lawyers with great intellectual capabilities, yet also a practical mindset’

‘Dedicated, knowledgeable and pleasant to work with’

Key clients

Helena Revoredo

Iberdrola

Endesa

IBM

Cartesian Capital Group

Global Business Travel Spain (Amex)

Peugeot-Citroen España

Nissan España

Aon España

Centros Comerciales Carrefor

BBVA

Valeo

Vodafone Españ

Opel España (PSA Group)

Lafarge Holcim Spain

Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas S.A.

Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto (ACB)

Peter Wakkie

Komatsu España

Bankinter

Environment Tier 2

The multi-disciplinary team at J&A Garrigues SLP handles matters including the financing and acquisition of renewables projects, contaminated soil issues, environmental due diligence processes, and the issue and processing of environmental permits. Public infrastructure and planning law specialist Alfredo Fernández Rancaño and Luis González García (who is experienced in the renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental liability fields) lead the practice, which is currently providing the Carrefour Group with regulatory advice related to noise, water, air pollution, waste and asbestos. Other highlights included advising Alfanar on the regulations around protected natural spaces affecting wind farms.

Practice head(s):

Alfredo Fernández Rancaño; Luis González García

Key clients

Iberdrola, S.A.

Reed Smith LLP

Canepa Green Energy

Centros Commerciales Carrefour, S.A.

Alfanar

Mercadona

Enel Green Power Iberia

Sociedad Gallega Del Medio Ambiente, S.A.

Solaria Energía Y Medio Ambiente, S.A.

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

J&A Garrigues SLP has a multi-disciplinary practice in the healthcare sector, covering intellectual property, public procurement, M&A and competition law matters. The team advises on pricing and reimbursement, advertising, quality control and commercial contracts including joint ventures. Intellectual property specialist Carolina Pina and José Fernández-Rañada, who has extensive experience in company sale and purchase transactions, co-head the practice. Recent highlights include advising the Centene Corporation on its acquisition of the majority stake in the company in charge of the University Hospital of Torrejón.

Practice head(s):

José Fernández-Rañada; Carolina Pina

Key clients

Sanofi

Grünenthal

Roche

Centene Group

Farmaindustria (the Spanish association for the pharmaceutical industry in Spain)

Pharma Mar

GSK

Bazter, S.L. (and subsidiaries)

Astrazenica Farmaceútica Spain, S.A.

Domusvi

Intellectual property: patents Tier 2

João Miranda de Sousa and Carolina Pina lead the patent practice at J&A Garrigues SLP, which handles both litigation and prosecution and has a strong offering in research, development and innovation. The team also advises biotech and medical start-ups.

Practice head(s):

João Miranda de Sousa; Carolina Pina

Key clients

Talladium Group

Crown Food

Telefónica

Histocell

Cosentino

Metalogenia

Cener

Centro De Investigación Príncipe Felipe

Carrefour

Intellectual property: Trade marks Tier 2

J&A Garrigues SLP handles the full range of trade mark and design matters, including litigation, transactional work and advice in relation to trade names and company names, designations of origin and geographical indications, unfair competition and domain names. João Miranda de Sousa and Carolina Pina lead the team. Principal associate Isabel Pascual de Quinto is noted, as is counsel Celia Sueiras, who has experience in design disputes with an EU law component.

Practice head(s):

João Miranda de Sousa; Carolina Pina

Key clients

GSK (GlaxoSmithKline)

Herederos Garcia Lorca

Manufacturas Tomas

Metalogenia

Pharma Mar S.A.

Taxand Global Alliance

Valencia Club de Futbol

Eemboga S.A. (Hispanitas)

Refresco Iberia SAU

Silicium España Laboratorios S.L.

Xpressio Estudio Creativo S.L.

Transport: Shipping Tier 3

J&A Garrigues SLP advises on wet and dry shipping and maritime litigation and arbitration, as well as corporate, labour and regulatory matters in the shipping sector. Madrid-based practice head Jesus Barbadillo, who is highlighted for his 'profound experience and skill', particularly in regulatory matters, leads the team, whose clients include Lloyd's syndicate underwriters, ship owners, cargo owners, banks, shipyards and terminal container yards. Las Palmas-based Manuel Betancor is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jesús Barbadillo

Testimonials

‘Profound knowledge of the shipping market, ability to give real-time answers on a varied range of topics.’

‘The team is very strong and complete.’

‘Jesús Barbadillo has profound experience and skill, especially in strategy and tactics. Full comprehension of the customer’s needs.’

‘Maria Marelza Cozar has good knowledge of gas transportation market dynamics and of the related economics, great availability in real time.’

‘Jesús Barbadillo and Maria M. Cozar are highlights within the team.’

‘They are very close to the customer and try to find fast and efficient solutions, showing their availability at all times.’

Key clients

Naviera Armas S.A

Trasmediterránea

Travelers

Baleària

Teekay Shipping

Freiremar

La Luz Market

DM Petrogás

Carnival

P&O

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