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KPMG Abogados, Spain
EDIFICIO TORRE CRISTAL
PASEO DE LA CASTELLANA 259C
28046 MADRID
Spain

Tax: The Big Four Tier 1

Specialising in all taxes affecting companies and individuals, KPMG Abogados, Spain provides expertise in tax management, indirect tax, real estate tax, transfer pricing and M&A tax services, including tax due diligence, tax structuring and tax modeling. The firm is also experienced in tax disputes before national and EU courts, as well as advising on complex tax audits. Alberto Estrelles leads the team, which includes global transfer pricing expert Montserrat Trapé and Julio César García Muñoz, who focuses on corporate tax and tax litigation issues.

Practice head(s):

Alberto Estrelles

Other key lawyers:

Julio César García Muñoz; Montserrat Trapé; Victor Mendoza

Key clients

BROOKFIELD ASSET MANAGEMENT INC.

MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED

EQT INFRASTRUCTURE IV INVESTMENT SARL (I.E. EQT FUNDS)

IAG (INTERNATIONAL CONSOLIDATED AIRLINES GROUP)

MARME INVERSIONES 2007, S.L.

BANCO SANTANDER

FCC

BANKIA

INDRA

GOLDMAN SACHS

Capital markets: Equity Tier 4

KPMG Abogados, Spain has strength in IPOs in Spain, as well as a range of cross-border capital markets issues. Areas of expertise for the practice include listings, issuances, public share offers and public offers for subscription. Francisco Uría Fernández leads the team and is an expert in banking regulatory and capital markets issues.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Uría Fernández

Other key lawyers:

Maitane de la Peña Perea; Andrea Zubiaga Fernández

Key clients

ADL BIONATUR SOLUTIONS, S.A.

REPSOL, S.A.

BLACK TORO CAPITAL

Employment Tier 4

Clients turn to KPMG Abogados, Spain's employment team for advice on the employment and HR implications linked to collective dismissals, restructurings and M&A. The latter is the focus of Francisco Fernández Díez, who jointly leads the practice with Francisco Javier Hervas Martinez, a lawyer with broad experience advising multinational corporations. Beatriz Ruiz Vela and Eduardo Martinez Perez are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Javier Hervas Martínez; Francisco Fernández Díez

Other key lawyers:

Beatriz Ruiz Vela; Eduardo Martinez Perez

Testimonials

‘The knowledge and availability of lawyers. Their experience in the sector facilitates the obtaining of positive results.’

‘Knowledge of legislation / excellent union relations.’

‘Javier Hervas: Proximity / availability / inventiveness / adaptation.’

Key clients

ACERINOX

COCA-COLA EUROPEAN PARTNERS IBERIA (CCEP IBERIA)

ECONOCOM GROUP

VOCENTO

ICCS – INTEGRATED CALL CENTRE SERVICES

DSV GROUP – SERVICIOS LOGÍSTICOS INTEGRADOS SLI

INDRA SISTEMAS

SANTANDER

GUARDIAN INDUSTRIES EUROPE HOLDING

GRUPO NORTE

Insurance Tier 4

As well as specialising in tax advice to the insurance sector, KPMG Abogados, Spain brings together multi-disciplinary expertise in regulation, insurance and litigation, to provide clients with a full service in the area. The firm advises on a range of local and cross-border matters including compliance, corporate governance, investor protection, transparency, and the supervision and authorisation of insurance undertakings, as well as insurance and reinsurance litigation. The team is co-led by Francisco Uría Fernández, Beatriz Rua, Víctor Mendoza-Aguado, Irene Cao Ruiz and Pilar Galán Gavilá.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Uría Fernández; Beatriz Rúa; Víctor Mendoza-Aguado; Irene Cao Ruiz; Pilar Galán Gavilá

Key clients

Generali España, S.A. de Seguros y Reaseguros

Mutualidad General de Previsión Social de los gestores administrativos a prima fija (mutuaga)

Santander Seguros y Reaseguros, Compañía Aseguradora, S.A.

Santander Consumer Mediación Operador de Banca Seguros Vinculado, S.L.

Santa Lucia, S.A. Compañía de Seguros y Reaseguros

Seguros El Corte Inglés, Vida y Pensiones y Reaseguros, S.A.U.

Cardif Assurance Vie – Sucursal en España

Cardif Assurances Risques Divers – Sucursal en España

Hiscox, S.A., Sucursal en España

Liberty Specialty Markets Group

Alphabet España Fleet Management

Volkswagen Financial Services

ALD Automotive

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

With ‘attention, care and commitment', KPMG Abogados, Spain acts for insolvent companies' creditors through pre-insolvency and insolvency procedures, and also advises company directors on statutory liabilities. The practice combines this with multi-disciplinary expertise in tax, litigation, real estate and finance. Beatriz Rua is experienced in advising creditors, debtors and third parties in acquiring assets of insolvent companies. She co-leads the team with litigation expert Javier Zuloaga González.

Practice head(s):

Beatriz Rúa; Javier Zuloaga González

Other key lawyers:

Vicente Giner; Pedro Suarez

Testimonials

‘Attention, care and commitment.’

‘Vicente Giner, Pedro Suarez and Beatriz Rua have shown a very important personal and professional affinity. They work rigorously and with imagination.’

Key clients

ALEIA ROSES, S.L.U.

SACYR FLUOR, S.A.

SACYR INDUSTRIAL S.A.

CONCESIONES HÉRCULES, S.L.

SOCIEDAD ALAVESA DE INVERSIONES, S.A.

FUNDICIÓN Y SIDERURGIA, S.A. & PROMOTORA VASCOASTURIANA DO PARA, S.A.

MARTINSA-FADESA, S.A.

HANJIN SPAIN, S.L.

SANTANDER INVESTMENT, S.A.

GRUPO MRF CARTUJA, S.A.

KAST INTERNATIONAL SPAIN, S.L

Banking and finance Tier 6

The ‘very technically prepared and experiencedKPMG Abogados, Spain has substantial expertise in asset finance transactions and regulation, including compliance, corporate governance and investor protection issues, and the team is well versed in cross-border matters. Blockchain and fintech are additional areas of strength. The team is led by Francisco Uría Fernández, Pilar Galán Gavilá, Alfonso González-Espejo, Javier Bau Cabestany and Luis Fernández Santos.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Uría Fernández; Pilar Galán Gavilá; Alfonso González-Espejo; Javier Bau Cabestany; Luis Fernández Santos

Testimonials

‘It is a highly prestigious law firm worldwide and its ability to respond to the questions posed to it is very high.’

‘Good team, available and empathetic.’

‘Knowledge, speed of responses and great knowledge of the financial market.’

‘The multidisciplinary approach, empathy and willingness of the KPMG team have been very relevant in the authorization process we are carrying out.’

‘The dedication, knowledge and commitment of Pilar Galán Gavilá, as well as the effort and tenacity of José Luis Millán, are highly remarkable.’

‘A team very technically prepared and experienced.’

Key clients

Banco Santander, S.A.

Banco Cooperativo Español

BNP Paribas S.A., Sucursal en España

Cecabank, S.A.

Credit Suisse AG, Sucursal en España

Santander Consumer Finance, S.A.

Sigrun Partners, S.L.

JB Capital Markets, Sociedad de Valores, S.A.

Digital Virgo, S.A.

United Europhil, EP, S.A.

Social Network Loycus, S.L.

Mediolanum Banco, S.A.

Bankinter,S.A.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 6

Operating primarily from Barcelona, KPMG Abogados, Spain advises on inbound and outbound transactions, joint ventures and restructurings, and has recently added several new clients to its roster. The firm has developed an online platform that allows clients to manage their corporate obligations and national and international projects; clients availing of the platform are able to check the status, deadlines, calendar and steps required to fulfil their corporate duties. Eneko Belausteguigoitia Mateache, Luis Gómez Angelats and Javier Bau are the main partners.

Practice head(s):

Eneko Belausteguigoitia Mateache; Luis Gómez Angelats; Javier Bau

Other key lawyers:

Ángel Peña; Paz Velasco; Carlos Romero; Daniel Gómez

Key clients

SQUIRCLE CAPITAL, S.L.

ROBERLO, S.A.

VIVALTO VIE SAS

NIPPON KODO HOLDINGS CO. LTD.

MUBADALA CAPITAL

BRIOLF GROUP, S.L.

S.A. REVERTÉ PRODUCTOS MINERALES

The firm

Founded in 1987, KPMG Abogados is one of the most prestigious law firms in Spain, and its legal and tax departments employ over 700 professionals in 13 offices throughout Spain, offering quality legal and tax advisory services within a multi-disciplinary framework.

Our professionals have the experience and technical knowledge necessary to offer the advice that customers require, with the highest quality. Our priority is to respond to your needs, addressing those issues of a legal nature that may affect you, with agility and technical precision

Areas of practice

KPMG Abogados is known for its profound knowledge of each of the areas of law related to the corporate world and to business in general. This allows it to offer clients the efficient, independent and rigorous assistance which they require, KPMG Abogados’ main legal areas are:

Banking, Finance & Regulatory Services:

KPMG Abogados offers clients (leading financial organisations) integrated and well-known teams who have the precise blend of skill and experience for the largest and most innovative projects in the sector. This includes public and private M&A, joint ventures and restructurings, regulatory compliance, investigations and disputes, debt and equity capital markets, structured finance and securitisation.

Mercantile & Corporate:

The KPMG Abogados mercantile department offers clients extensive experience and knowledge regarding the incorporation and establishment of all kinds of Spanish entities, as well as all types of corporate issues and transactions, including joint-ventures, mergers and acquisitions (legal due diligence, drafting and negotiation of sale and purchase of shares agreements, shareholders agreements and other transactional documents). The firm also provides legal services in connection with all kinds of commercial contracts and have specific teams with broad experience and track records in real estate law, maritime, transport and logistics law and intellectual and technology law. KPMG Abogados also offers its clients, banks and other credit and insurance complex and structured finance transactions (including, amongst others, rendering legal advice in numerous finance projects, assets structured finance and shipping finance transactions).

M&A & Corporate:

We provide assistance on all aspects of company mergers and acquisitions in any activity sector.

We provide sectorial and multidisciplinary advisory services, efficiently organizing the services required through coordination with the other KPMG teams involved, including financial, accounting, tax, labor or procedural law advisors taking part in the process.

The Mergers and Acquisitions team comprises highly qualified lawyers, with ample experience in the legal services needed at the various stages of a transaction. They have the unique ability to blend all the requirements of each and every one of our clients into a single service.

Our lawyers combine their legal skills with extensive knowledge of our clients’ industrial sectors. Some of the more important sectors are: Banking, Insurance, Real Estate, Telecommunications, Construction, Engineering, Advertising and Media, Energy, Food, Transport, Pharmaceutical Products, Biotechnology and Commerce.

Labour:

The labour practice covers all aspects of labour and social security in the management of human resources. The firm could highlight the specialised services in corporate reorganisations and restructuring advice, as well as services related to negotiation during labour conflicts, both individual and collective, through mediation, arbitration and conciliation. KPMG can also highlight its specialised services in labour and social security audits.

Litigation & Bankruptcy:

The department defends clients in proceedings including debt recovery, insolvency, and contractual litigations as well as all kinds of services connected to bankruptcy through KPMG Concursal.

Legal Compliance:

The firm offers clients (leading quoted organizations) a well-known team who have the precise blend of skill and experience for the largest and most innovative Compliance projects in the sector and the involvement of its members in Compliance international processes to draft and discuss standards related to this field.

These projects include the implementation of Crime Prevention and Compliance Programs according to the most updated national (UNE 19601, to be approved) and international standards (ISO 19600, ISO 37001) covering these areas as well as the provision of technical support so our clients are able to develop compliance-related policies and controls to fulfill legal and regulatory obligations .

Regulatory, Administrative and Competition:

In addition to offering comprehensive counselling in Administrative Law in general, administrative proceedings and urban planning, the department has extensive experience in providing legal support to both private and public entities, belonging to the different regulated sectors (energy, infrastructures, audio-visual, telecommunications, postal services, gaming, transport, roads, ports, health, etc.). Moreover, it is comprised of first-class specialists in the fields of Competition Law and European Union Law.

Intellectual Property &  New Technology

KPMG Abogados  has in place an experienced IP and technology practice offering advice in a wide range of matters connected to the intellectual property domain (designing strategies for the protection of all types of intangible assets: software, media and contents, trademarks, designs and inventions) as well as comprehensive counselling in all types of digital transformation, new technology or cybersecurity projects.

In addition, it also has a team specialized in data protection with experts that have spent more than a decade advising national and international clients in all kind of projects (from GDPR readiness exercises, audits or DPO support services to representation of its clients in both the administrative and civil courts).

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Legal Financial Services Francisco Uría (Head of financial services at KPMG EMA & Senior Partner in KPMG Abogados)
Legal Financial Services Pilar Galán (Director)
Regulatory, Administrative & Competition Borja Carvajal (Director)
Regulatory, Administrative & Competition Ana López Carrascal (Director)
Regulatory, Administrative & Competition Borja Martínez (Director)
Regulatory, Administrative & Competition Carmen Mulet (Director)
Legal Compliance Alain Casanovas (Partner)
Labour Javier Hervás (Partner)
Labour Francisco Fernández (Director)
Commercial Law Luis Mingo (Partner)
Commercial Law Rafael Aguilar (Partner)
Commercial Law Luis Fernández (Partner)
Commercial Law Luis Gomez Angelats (Partner)
Commercial Law Eneko Belausteguigoitia Mateache (Partner)
Commercial Law Carlos Rey (Director)
Commercial Law Carmen Mozún (Director)
Commercial Law Cristina Puigdellivol (Director)
Commercial Law José Marí Olano (Director)
Procedure Law Beatriz Rua (Partner)
Procedure Law Javier Zuloaga (Partner)
Procedure Law José Marí Olano (Director)
Procedure Law Pedro Suarez (Director)
Procedure Law María de la Cruz Amado de la Riega (Director)
Data Protection Ana López Carrascal (Director)
Data Protection Borja Carvajal (Director)
Regulatory, Administrative & Competition Alfonso González Espejo (Partner)
Commercial Law Javier Bau Cabestany (Partner)
Commercial Law Jon Armendariz (Director)
Intellectual Property & Technology Bartolomé Martín (Director)
Photo Name Position Profile
 Jon Armendariz  photo Jon Armendariz Director
 Bartolomé Martín  photo Bartolomé Martín DIRECTOR
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Francisco Uria, Senior Partner

KPMG abogados is on the threshold of a new era in which our professionals will form part of multidisciplinary teams offering our clients solutions to complex problems, sharing tools and platforms with them in order to make our communications easier and more secure. Being multidisciplinary, global and IT-evolved is our key strategy.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate kpmg abogados from your competitors?

“KPMG-abogados” is different from other law firms as we are part of a global, multidisciplinary services firm such as KPMG. This gives us the possibility to work with many other advisory and audit professionals who contribute relevant expertise in different fields, and the capability to use the most advanced technology.

As a legal firm within the “Big Four” we have brought on board many highly-ranked professionals from the different and most prestigious lawyers´ rankings (Chambers, Legal500, Best Lawyers, IFRL1000, etc.). This combination of quality, multidisciplinary approach and being highly IT-based is quite unique.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

The Spanish economy is recovering quite rapidly from the last crisis, with growth and employment showing a very positive trend in recent years. This has attracted additional interest in our economy from global investors. Areas related to M&A and transactions (including real estate) are the beneficiaries of this drive. I would also add that legal activity concerning regulatory implementation, especially in the financial sector (MIFID II, GDPR, PSD2 or PRIIPS), remains strong.

The activity surrounding Brexit has also been growing in recent months, with UK-based companies seeking different location alternatives, and Spanish companies established or with relevant activity in the UK wanting to gain a better understanding of the potential situations they are going to face in the coming years.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

One of the effects of the last crisis has been clients’ sensitivity to costs. This is something that it is not going to change (at least dramatically) in the near future, so we have to adapt to a situation in which prices are going to be low compared with traditional standards.

We need to be more efficient in order to be able to provide high quality legal services at a moderate cost while also protecting our profitability and ensuring proper remuneration for our professionals. There is no doubt that technology is the only way to make this happen.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

The change is already here. We are working to offer our clients shared tools and platforms in order to make our combined work more efficient and more secure. We are investing heavily in making this a reality for our clients.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

We prefer not to talk about individual clients or proposals but, generally speaking, I think that in the main regulatory implementation projects in which we have being participating over the last two years (MIFID II, GDPR, PSD2, PRIIPS or IDD) we have been able to help our clients in their strategic reflection, providing legal advice on the interpretation of new rules and helping them to effectively change their internal governance, systems and processes using a multidisciplinary team of lawyers and advisors.

I think those projects are a good illustration of the kind of complex projects we are equipped to deal with.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

In nearly all kinds of legal work there is a prior need for strategic reflection on the new regulatory aspects that are going to affect your business model, your profitability, the way in which clients will perceive you, the position you will occupy in the marketplace and your ability to compete with new entities (i.e. fintech or bigtech).

Data & analytics will be crucial to being in a position to provide sophisticated analysis and predictability to our clients, both in terms of customer behavior or future judicial decisions. I see KPMG as a multidisciplinary, global firm able to provide solutions to our clients by combining different perspectives, including tax and legal, and supported by technological capabilities we are only beginning to know.