Firm Profile > Simmons & Simmons > Madrid, Spain

Simmons & Simmons
28010 MADRID

Capital markets: Debt Tier 3

Simmons & Simmons is known for its ‘flexibility and availability’, as well as its ability to ‘adapt to clients' needs’. The firm is active advising on derivatives and structured products, including IPOs, debt issues, repackaging and securitisation. The ‘always available and very smartAlfredo de Lorenzo leads the practice and provides expertise in programmes listed on international stock exchanges involving Spanish or foreigner dealers.

Practice head(s):


‘Alfredo de Lorenzo and Ignacio Gonzalez both make a splendid team and are capable of sorting out and resolving the more entangled situations, always with good humour.’

‘They have a very good response time, with a deep knowledge of the industry, and they always give us the appropriate solution for each situation’

‘Alfredo de Lorenzo understands our ideas perfectly, giving creative solutions for each problem’

‘Alan Davies and Sean Bulmer have a deep knowledge in the industry and always provide a high-quality service’

Key clients

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. (BBVA)

Abbey National Treasury Services plc

Banco Santander, S.A.

Andorra Banc Agricol Reig (Andbank)

Banco Sabadell, S.A.

Viesgo, S.A.

Empresa Nacional de Residuos, S.A. (Enresa)

Credit Suisse

Banca March


Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

The ‘committed and personable Simmons & Simmons has experience advising Spanish and international financial institutions, funds and banks in a range of insolvency and restructuring matters, including compulsory insolvency proceedings and clawback actions. The firm also has expertise in the insolvency of leading Spanish companies in the Spanish real estate sector. The ‘super classAndrés Mochales specialises in litigation related to financial and civil proceedings, arbitration and bankruptcy. He co-leads the practice with Álvaro Muñoz, who has particular strength in the debt trading market.


‘The team will bend over backwards to make sure their client’s needs are served’

‘They deliver a very human and personalised service’

‘The team is very relationship driven and cares for its clients’

‘Alejandra Escalada is always personable, professional, committed and accurate’

‘The insolvency team is very well acquainted with the financial markets sector, which makes everything easier due to their understanding of the needs of financial institutions within an insolvency procedure’

‘Andrés Mochales has a lot of instinct and experience. He is a great litigator’

‘Good balance between the technical and the commercial. They understand the process well’

Key clients

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

Banco Santander S.A.

Fondo de Garantía de Depósitos de Entidades de Crédito

Vanderlande Industries BV

Global Sales Solutions (GSS)



Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA)

Fondo de Reestructuración y Ordenada Bancaria (FROB)

NatWest (formerly Royal Bank of Scotland)

White-collar crime Tier 3

Simmons & Simmons specialises in tax fraud, anti-corruption and bribery matters, with particular experience acting for international banks. Fernando Aizpún is well known as a litigator, acting in a range of civil and criminal proceedings for international and domestic clients. He co-leads the practice with Andrés Mochales, who focuses on criminal, civil, arbitration and bankruptcy proceedings, as well as corporate restructuring and insolvency.


‘The team combines knowledge with dedication, tenacity and talent’

‘Competitive rates’

‘I would like to mention in particular Fernando Aizpun and Ricardo Orive’

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Simmons & Simmons has expertise in acting for domestic and international banks, notably in litigation matters related to European law. Andrés Mochales is active in the financial institutions sector, with a particular focus on financial litigation. He co-leads the practice with the ‘rigorous and prudentFernando Aizpún, who has experience in civil and criminal procedures and specialises in arbitration law related to business issues.


‘Dedication to each case’

‘100% reliability of the advice provided and 24/7 availability’

‘They will always provide me with the most reasonable and convenient solution for any disputes’

‘Fernando Aizpun has extensive legal knowledge in civil and commercial matters’

Key clients

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A.

Banco Santander

Fondo de Garantía de Depósitos en Entidades de Crédito

Sociedad de Gestión de Activos Procedentes de la Reestructuración Bancaria (SAREB)


Grupo GSS

Grupo Michelin

Employment Tier 4

The employment practice at Simmons & Simmons has 'good practical experience in addition to profound legal knowledge' and has a strong international focus, with a multinational client base. The team is led by Eduardo Peñacoba, who has particular experience in advising companies in the healthcare and life sciences sector. Recent work highlights include advising on the employment aspects of the merger between Axa and XL Catlin in Spain.

Practice head(s):


‘We have been working with Simmons & Simmons for many years now and I certainly consider it the most competent office with which I have had the opportunity to work’

‘Simmons & Simmons are very pragmatic and they understand the needs of any company. They are proactive and provide speedy advice and imaginative solutions’

‘Very good practical experience in addition to profound legal knowledge’

Key clients

XL Group/Catlin

Novartis Group of companies (Sandoz Farmaceutica, Alcon, Abadia Retuertaand Sandoz Industrial Products)


Archroma Ibérica, S.L.

Walgreens Boots Alliance / Alliance Healthcare

WL Gore & Asociados

GlaxoSmithKline Group of companies (ViiB, GSK Consumer Healthcare)

IQVIA Group (previously IMS Group: MASA, IMS Health, S.A., IMS Solutions

Stage & Entertainment

Fresenius Medical Care España, S.A.

Recipharm Leganés, S.L.

Banking and finance Tier 5

Simmons & Simmons has experience advising Spanish and international financial institutions, funds and banks, with a particular focus on refinancing, debt restructuring, acquisition finance, real estate finance and distressed debt trading. On the regulatory side, the firm specialises in acting for international financial institutions interested in providing regulated services in Spain, notably the hedge fund industry. The practice is co-led by Alfredo de Lorenzo, who specialises in capital markets, corporate and banking; Álvaro Muñoz, who has experience in banking, financial regulatory, corporate finance and real estate finance transactions; and financial regulatory expert María Tomillo.


‘They are approachable and proactive’

‘They don’t reject any request alleging that it’s too “administrative” like other peers do’

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

Thanks to its international network, Simmons & Simmons is noted for providing multi-jurisdictional advice, particularly in relation to the financial institutions, life sciences and TMT sectors. Carlos Jimenez de Laiglesia leads the practice and has experience in commercial and corporate matters, as well as sector expertise in the financial markets, life sciences and TMT.

Key clients

Valentino Fashion Group (Luxury, Italy)

Fresenius Medical Care España, S.A.

SCN Truphone, S.L.U.

Polaris Industries


Norgine Pharma

Amicus Therapeutics S.L.

Terumo Europe España, S.L.

Projects and energy Tier 5

Simmons & Simmons focuses on financing in the infrastructure and energy sectors, particularly M&A transactions for foreign and local clients. The firm has strong connections with investment funds, as well as public sector bodies. Practice head Juan Martinez Calvo joined from Deloitte Legal in 2018 and brings expertise in advising funds, contractors, lenders and public bodies on infrastructure and energy matters.

Practice head(s):

Key clients


Sanitas PFI Hostipals

Ferrocarrils Generalitat


Forus Deporte Y Ocio


Banco Santander


Agencia De Obras Públicas De Andalucía

ACS Cobra

Centene/Ribera Salud

Real estate and construction Tier 5

Simmons & Simmons advises a broad range of clients on real estate matters, including property funds, lenders, borrowers, developers, landlords and occupiers. The practice is experienced in project managing real estate transactions, dealing with acquisitions, disposals and general asset management. Alfonso Fernández-Puebla leads the team and focuses on real estate acquisitions and disposals, sale and leasebacks, real estate development and financing.

Practice head(s):


‘Very professional team – always up-to-date and informed about all details’

‘Always available, they are solution finders’

‘Able to find a solution to any problem that may occur’

‘Friendly but firm in disputes’

‘Skilled and clever in contract negotiations’

Key clients

Lar España Real Estate SOCIMI, S.A.

Redevco B.V.

Invesco Real Estate

Makro Autoservicio Mayorista S.A.

Aberdeen Standard

Ares Management Real Estate Group

Citygrove Developments España S. A

Grupo Lar

Tax Tier 5

The 'proactive and responsive' tax team at Simmons & Simmons provides advice on the full range of domestic and cross-border tax issues and benefits from the firm's international network. The department has expertise in the financial sector and global asset management. In addition, team head Juan Sosa Pons-Sorolla, who is recognised for his 'pragmatic, effective and commercial solutions', has experience representing asset managers in tax litigation matters, going as far as the Spanish Supreme Court. The team also advises a number of leading global investment banks on debt capital markets.

Practice head(s):


‘Proactive and responsive team which provides top-quality Spanish tax advice.’

‘Juan Sosa Pons-Sorolla is brilliant at coming up with pragmatic, effective and commercial solutions at short notice.’

Key clients



Fondo de Garantía De Depósitos

Henderson Global Investors

Morgan Stanley


The smartest business solutions come when we work together – international, but operating as one integrated team.

Collaborative, agile and partner-led: that’s Simmons & Simmons. A law firm that challenges, creates new possibilities and offers opinion not just option. A law firm that acts as your business partner and works with you, not for you.

We focus on four highly regulated sectors (asset management and investment funds, financial institutions, healthcare and life sciences and technology, media and telecommunications) – using our specialist skills to understand your business, and the forces at play around it. All grounded in exceptional knowledge of the legal detail.

This is how we consistently deliver smarter, more efficient ways to tackle our clients’ most complex challenges.

Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Fernando Aizpún  photo Mr Fernando Aizpún Fernando is particularly experienced in litigation and arbitration, including white collar crime.…
Mr Carlos Jimenez de Laiglesia  photo Mr Carlos Jimenez de Laiglesia Carlos has extensive experience in commercial and corporate law advice. He has…
Mr Andrés Mochales  photo Mr Andrés Mochales Andrés is the Dispute Resolution Partner Head and the Madrid office Country…
Mr Eduardo Peñacoba  photo Mr Eduardo Peñacoba Eduardo heads the Spanish Simmons & Simmons employment practice, covering both contentious…
Mr Juan Sosa Pons-Sorolla  photo Mr Juan Sosa Pons-Sorolla Juan advises on all areas of corporate and personal tax and also…
Mr Alfredo de Lorenzo  photo Mr Alfredo de Lorenzo Alfredo’s core areas of specialisation are capital markets, corporate and banking. He…