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Aiyon Abogados SLP
BILBAO 48001

Spain > Transport: Other transport Tier 3

The shipping group at Aiyon Abogados SLP utilises both the strength of its experienced team and its network of offices in Algeciras, Bilbao, Cádiz and Madrid to assist clients in the road transport and aviation sectors with a wide range of issues. Such matters include the sale, purchase and leasing of aircraft, air accidents, rail transport of passengers and cargo, national and international road transport, multimodal transport contracts, air passenger and baggage claims, freight and cargo claims and aircraft repossession. The team is led by Veronica Meana in Madrid, Mikel Garteiz-Goxeaskoa and Zuberoa Elorriaga in Bilbao, Enrique Ortiz in Cádiz and Jose Dominguez in Algeciras. The group is supported by Encarnación Quevedo in Cadiz and Irantzu Sedano in Bilbao.


‘The lawyers I work with at Aiyon Abogados are very supportive and available to provide clarifications and to deepen the various issues and to listen to the specific demands of clients. They are available to provide a tailor-made service.’

‘All the members of Aiyon Abogados are supportive and efficient. Veronica Meana is available to gauge the strategy with clients and to meet the clients specific requirements; she’s really easy to approach and always available to discuss with clients.’

‘The team is highly qualified and ready at all times to seek solutions and alternatives to any problem.’

Spain > Transport: Shipping Tier 3

The shipping department at Aiyon Abogados SLP leverages the strength of its offices in Madrid, Cádiz, Bilbao and Algeciras to advise shipping agents, shipping companies, logistics companies, freight forwarders, insurance companies and P&I clubs. The department covers a broad range of areas, including wreck removal, vessel construction, vessel employment contracts, carriage of passengers, maritime casualties and sanctioning proceedings. The group is led by Veronica Meana in Madrid, Mikel Garteiz-Goxeaskoa and Zuberoa Elorriaga in Bilbao, Enrique Ortiz in Cádiz and Jose Dominguez in Algeciras.


‘We had the chance to work with Mikel Garteiz-Goxeaskoa in a variety of matters, all of an urgent and complex nature. Mr Garteiz-Goxeaskoa has been always very prompt in his responses, accessible and kind. He shows a remarkable ability to grasp and focus on the important (legal) issues as well as to cooperate efficiently with the other stakeholders in order to achieve a commercial outcome, a quality highly valued in the maritime industry. His legal advice has been comprehensible, thorough, objective and always very well connected to the maritime business.’

‘Very pro-active approach, clear and concise legal advice, flexible on fees, creative on strategy, good knowledge of transport laws and commercial aspects, hands-on, pragmatic thinking in the interest of the clients, cost-efficient.’

‘I enjoy working with Zuberoa Elorriaga. She is very pro-active, pragmatic and understands the needs of her clients. Whether it is out of court negotiations or commencing proceedings.’

‘Enrique Ortiz and Mikel Garteiz-Goxeaskoa are a good team and they value keeping in contact with their clients. They are present on business gatherings also in our country, a fact which facilitates building up a good personal contact with them. It’s professional and good fun working with them.’

‘Clear advice, down to earth commercial approach, recommendations given for most efficient outcome, rapid reply and reporting.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for IOPC Fund 1992 in the “Prestige” oil pollution claim, and has represented the client before the Spanish Supreme Court and before the Court of Appeals of La Coruña.

The firm: The firm was established in 2015. Aiyon Abogados was initially formed by six first-class lawyers highly experienced in negotiation, arbitration, litigation and contract drafting.

Aiyon Abogados’ lawyers have intervened in most of the major shipping, trade, insurance and transport matters in Spain with excellent results.

Aiyon Abogados’ added value lies in the extensive experience of its individual members, their professionalism and a long-standing culture of successful team work. The firm’s lawyers have been working together as a team for most of their careers. This enables the firm to select the best team for each particular matter and client with a clear goal in mind: to protect and promote clients’ businesses. Clients can rely on Aiyon Abogados for the best and most cost-effective solutions in various matters.

The firm also relies on the close collaboration of six other lawyers that are experts in corporate, tax, civil, labour and criminal law and collaborates with an extensive network of experts and surveyors.

The firm offers assistance in any port and venue in Spain through its four offices in Bilbao, Madrid, Algeciras and Cadiz.

Areas of practice: The firm’s main areas of practice are shipping, transport, trade and insurance law. In these areas the firm’s lawyers are proficient litigators and negotiators. The firm is also expert in contract drafting.

Shipping: Aiyon Abogados has advised on marine casualties such as collisions, strikings, salvage or wreck removal matters. Aiyon Abogados has also acted in major pollution matters. Other areas of expertise in this field are: marine insurance (for example, P&I, H&M, and cargo and passenger cover), cargo claims, passenger and baggage claims, freight claims (cargo liens and public sale), stowaways, Paris MoU and sanctioning proceedings, stevedoring contracts, ship arrest and maritime liens, piracy, labour matters, ship registration, drafting of charter party contracts, shipbuilding and ship repair contracts. The firm’s lawyers have also provided advice in agency and freight forwarding matters. Aiyon Abogados also has an experienced yachting department that has advised on matters of Spanish regulations and taxes, casualties, contract disputes, arrest and other issues.

Land transportation: Aiyon Abogados has advised in national and international (CMR) carriage matters, cargo claims, theft of cargoes, contracts of bailment, and in matters of logistic and multimodal transportation contracts.

Aviation: the firm’s lawyers are experienced in aircraft registry, cargo, passenger and baggage claims, casualties, sale and purchase, chartering and leasing contracts, and aircraft arrests.

Insurance matters: Aiyon Abogados has handled different kinds of insurance claims, including claims by the assured against the insurance company. It has also provided advice on claims handling and policy drafting.

International trade: the firm has handled and given advice in sale and purchase contracts, Incoterms, letters of credit (UCP), contracts of bailment, custom procedures, insurance, etc.

The firm has also intervened in corporate, tax, civil, labour and criminal matters with the assistance of its collaborators.

Land transportation
International trade
Recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and awards
Litigation and ADR
Number of lawyers : 12
at this office : 3
The Propeller Club
Spanish Bar Association
Comport Bahia de Algeciras
National Yachting Industry Association
Contacts : Veronica Meana
Contacts : Mikel Garteiz-Goxeaskoa
Contacts : Zuberoa Elorriaga (Bilbao office)
Contacts : Enrique Ortiz (Cadiz office)
Contacts : Jose Dominguez (Algeciras office)
Other offices : Cadiz
Other offices : Madrid
Other offices : Algeciras