Firm Profile > Bird & Bird > Madrid, Spain

Bird & Bird
Paseo de la Castellana 7, 7th floor
28046 Madrid
Spain

Industry focus: Retail Tier 1

The retail and consumer practice group at Bird & Bird centres around three sub-sectors: food and beverage; luxury, fashion and retail; and hotels and leisure. The team covers the full spectrum of work affecting its clients, with particular strength in data protection, trade mark prosecution and enforcement, and M&A. Lourdes Ayala has broad experience in domestic and cross-border M&A and restructuring, often involving a significant real estate component. IP expert Antonio Cueto counts well-known fashion brands among his clients.

Practice head(s):

Lourdes Ayala; Antonio Cueto

Other key lawyers:

Mariano Santos; Manuel Lobato; Diana Sendagorta; Alberto Rodríguez

Key clients

3INA COSMETICS

AJE GROUP

AMC GROUP

AMREST

AORA HEALTH, S.L.

BC BG MAX .AZARIA / MARQUEE BRANDS

BEAM SUNTORY

BEN SHERMAN

BLOOM MOTION

BODEGAS BENJAMIN DE ROTHSCHILD AND VEGA SICILIA

CELOR SAS

COSTA COFFEE

CRUNCH FRANCHISE

CYNTHIA ROWLEY

ECCO SKO

EUROLOAN (MASH FINANCE GROUP)

FRUTAROM BELGIUM

HANES BRANDS INC

HARD ROCK LIMITED

Intellectual property: patents Tier 1

Bird & Bird further strengthened its Madrid office's patent expertise with the hire of litigation and licensing specialist Jose Miguel Lissen in mid-2020. He joins an established team with a strong litigation focus and an impressive international client base in pharmaceuticals, communications and technology, which also benefits from the firm's in-house patent valuation and analysis system, Pattern. Manuel Lobato is an experienced patents and trade secrets practitioner in the life sciences and technology sectors, and Antonio Cueto is an expert litigator. Mariano Santos specialises in internet and IT issues, and Teresa Mercadal is a name to note at the senior associate level.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Lobato; José Miguel Lissén; Antonio Cueto; Mariano Santos

Other key lawyers:

Teresa Mercadal

Testimonials

‘Industry knowledge. Excellence in representing the interests of its clients. Speed. Absolute knowledge of the law.’

‘Manuel Lobato is an authority in the sector. We know we are in good hands when we entrust a matter to you. José Miguel Lissén is a great professional who puts himself in the client’s shoes and attends to their needs as if they were his own.’

‘Extensive experience in industrial property. Full availability. Trust. Advantages of having an international network of offices also specialised in IP. It is undoubtedly one of the most important IP firms.’

‘Full dedication and fluid communication with the client. The work is done with great quality.’

Key clients

InsudPharma (formerly, Chemo Group)

General Equipment for Medical Imaging

Fractus

Crosscall

Canaan Research & Investment

ROVI

Industry focus: Food Tier 2

Sector-focused firm Bird & Bird adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to advise food companies on corporate, commercial, competition, IP and regulatory matters. In addition to food manufacturers and producers, the team also counts multinational retail and dining companies among its clients. Corporate and M&A specialist Lourdes Ayala is a name to note. Patricia Liñan left the firm in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Lourdes Ayala; Isidro del Moral; Antonio Cueto; Manuel Lobato

Key clients

GRUPO LACTALIS IBERIA, S.A.

DIEGO ZAMORA, S.A.

Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 2

Bird & Bird has a focus on dispute resolution, with good litigation capabilities across all areas of IP. In copyright, the firm's specialisms include publishing copyrights and the retail sector, alongside technology and energy, with clients including major domestic and multinational companies. The team was strengthened in mid-2020 by the arrival of co-head Jose Miguel Lissen, who focuses on technology and life sciences work. Other leaders in the team include technology-focused partner Manuel Lobato, trade secrets litigator Antonio Cueto and Mariano Santos, who works on IT and online issues.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Lobato; José Miguel Lissén; Antonio Cueto; Mariano Santos

Key clients

IOC

Wolters Kluwer España

Intellectual property: Trade marks Tier 2

Bird & Bird covers the full range of trade mark matters from its Madrid office, with a focus on litigation and a growing profile in prosecution work. The team acts for heavyweight domestic and international clients in a broad range of sectors, including retail and consumer goods, technology and manufacturing. The department was strengthened further by the arrival of Jose Miguel Lissen in 2020, bringing expertise in technology, communications and life sciences. Manuel Lobato is a highly respected practitioner with capabilities in litigation and transactional support, while Antonio Cueto is an experienced litigator. Mariano Santos is praised for his expertise in prosecution and defence proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Lobato; José Miguel Lissén; Antonio Cueto; Mariano Santos

Testimonials

Excellent communication, expeditious. They do not delay in answering an email with options and costs. Always open to dialogue.’

‘Mariano Santos. Excellent colleague. Supportive, responsible, attentive, counseling, friendly and always willing to communicate. In addition, he provides us with an excellent service coordinating with offices of his firm in other countries.’

‘The Bird & Bird team is a very proactive team, with a high level of response and very flexible to customer requirements. They have a diversity of areas that are very attractive to which is added their international connections given the offices they have in different countries.’

‘Mariano Santos is a great partner. He has a wealth of intellectual property knowledge and a truly exceptional level of responsiveness, which is highly appreciated today.’

Key clients

Lleidanetworks Serveis Telemàtics

Divina Pastora Seguros

Elixinol Llc.

Wisetech Global

Repsol

Bench Global

Dosmilpalabras S.a. – Ok Diario

Schott Bros.

F. F. Seeley Nominees Pty Ltd. And Seeley International

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

Bird & Bird covers the full spectrum of healthcare and life sciences, counting pharmaceutical, biotech, digital health and agribusiness companies among its clients. Individual partners bring expertise in various fields of law: Coral Yáñez stands out for her public law and regulatory practice; Manuel Lobato is an expert in IP, particularly in patent litigation involving large pharmaceutical companies; and corporate partner Lourdes Ayala often advises life sciences clients on M&A and commercial matters.

Practice head(s):

Coral Yáñez; Manuel Lobato; Lourdes Ayala

Other key lawyers:

Teresa Mercadal

Key clients

Alvogen Pharma Trading Europe

Emcure Pharma UK Limited

Active Bioregeneration Technologies, S.L

AMC Fresh Group Fast Moving Consumer Goods, S.L

CANAAN RESEARCH & INVESTMENT S.L.

Chiese Farmaceutici S.P.A.

Rayner Surgical S.L.

LABORATORIOS FARMACÉUTICOS ROVI

Projects and energy Tier 3

The multi-disciplinary energy and utilities team at Bird & Bird combines M&A, regulatory and public law expertise, allowing it to advise clients across the full life-cycle of projects, including in disputes. The firm stands out for its sector-focused approach and has notable experience in renewables projects. Public law and litigation expert Coral Yáñez leads the team alongside Hermenegildo Altozano, who specialises in energy projects and investments in Spain and Latin America.

Practice head(s):

Hermenegildo Altozano; Coral Yáñez

Other key lawyers:

Juan de Navasqüés; Emilio Martínez; Carolina González

Testimonials

Comprehensive knowledge of the sector both theoretical and practical. Knowledge of the players in the sector, Active participation of partners in operations.’

Hermenegildo Altozano is known as one of the best specialists in the sector both nationally and internationally. His positive influence on the rest of those involved in the operations, even among lawyers from opposing firms, makes the operations go ahead and in the interest of his client.

Key clients

Naturgy

Panterra Gold

Orezone AB

Iberdrola Ingeniería y Construcción, S.A.U. Naturgy Engineering, S.L., Técnicas Reunidas, S.A. and Técnicas Reunidas Proyectos Internacionales, S.A.

Canadian Solar

Acciona Industrial

Renovalia Energy Group

Saskachewan ESF, S.L.

Buran Energy

Optima Energy España

Capital markets: Equity Tier 4

The Bird & Bird capital markets team has experience in a range of transactions, including IPOs, secondary fundraising, acquisitions and restructurings. The firm advises companies, financial advisors and investment banks. Lourdes Ayala leads the practice and focuses on M&A, private equity and venture capital. She advises institutional and industrial clients on domestic and cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

Lourdes Ayala

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Bird & Bird advises clients on sales, acquisitions, financing rounds and reorganisations, and stands out for its expertise in the food and beverage, life sciences, healthcare and technology sectors. Among the tools that the firm adopts to benefit clients in the corporate area is its twoVenture online platform, which provides guidance and solutions to entrepreneurs when starting new businesses. Highly regarded M&A partner Lourdes Ayala leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Lourdes Ayala

Other key lawyers:

Santiago Lardies; Diana Sendagorta; Alberto Rodriguez

Testimonials

‘It is a very measured and practical team. They always try to come up with the best solution for their clients.’

‘Lourdes Ayala always shows an enormous capacity for work, understanding of complex problems, creative solutions and strategic vision.’

‘Santiago Lardies also shows a total commitment to his clients and his work.’

‘Alberto Rodríguez has been able to explain very complex issues with great clarity and see details that marked the success of the operation.’

‘Diana Sendagorta is a magnificent client manager understanding your needs and understanding where you are.’

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Experienced in representing clients before civil and commercial courts, Bird & Bird is active in multi-disciplinary and cross-border arbitration, mediation and litigation. The firm has notable strength in key sectors including life sciences, technology, financial services and energy, and is particularly active in commercial and IP matters. The practice also has a proven track record in litigation arising from regulatory and administrative law issues. The team is co-led by regulatory specialist Coral Yáñez; Antonio Cueto, who is known for patent, trade mark and design litigation expertise; counsel Pablo Berenguer, who is head of the commercial dispute resolution group; and Alfonso Carillo Cano, who joined the team in 2020, bringing experience in a range of commercial disputes, particularly banking, real estate, construction and insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Coral Yáñez; Antonio Cueto; Pablo Berenguer; Alfonso Carillo

Other key lawyers:

Manuel Lobato

Testimonials

‘Pablo Berenguer is a great lawyer and arbitrator, very dedicated to his cases and with a high legal level. The Court frequently appoints him and considers him a name with extraordinary projection, particularly in the case of M&A disputes and disputes involving a new technology component.’

Key clients

ADMINISTRADOR DE INFRAESTRUCTURAS FERROVIARIAS (ADIF)

INFORMA Dun & Bradstreet, S.A

MUSAAT, Mutua de Seguros a Prima Fija

PULEVA FOOD S.L.

Former Shareholders of Exfran, S.L

Wolters Kluwer España, S.A.

AUTONOMY CAPITAL

BER REAL ESTATE, S.L.

Real estate and construction Tier 4

Specialising in private clients and family offices, Bird & Bird has a particular focus on the hotel sector and office building deals. Experience in M&A and real estate development work is boosted by the firm’s global network, which gives it an edge in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional matters. Isidro Del Moral brings expertise in commercial and corporate real estate, M&A and private clients. Jacobo Sanchez-Andrade, formerly a counsel with the firm, left in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Isidro del Moral

Other key lawyers:

Patricia Pérez

Testimonials

Isidro del Moral and Patricia Pérez are recommended.’

 

Key clients

PONTEGADEA GROUP

HERMANDAD NACIONAL DE ARQUITECTOS SUPERIORES Y QUÍMICOS (HNA)

JOMA SPORT, S.A.

GMP PROPERTY SOCIMI, S.A.

HOTELES AMISTAD, S.A.

ROYAL CAPITAL, S.L.

QUARTIERS GROUP

SIGONBAI PATRIMONIAL, S.L.

KEART INVESTMENTS, S.L.

GAVARI PROPERTIES SOCIMI, S.A.

SAREB

IBEROSTAR HOTELES

MARTINEZ NIETO, S.A.

AE MADERAS, S.A.

SICIS S.r.l.

SICIS ART FACTORY, S.L.

INTERCENTROS BALLESOL

GIRASOLES LLC

BAKSUN 2015, S.L.

MAZABI GESTION, S.L.

INVERSIONES SOUND, S.L.

SIDERCOM INMOBILIARIA, S.L.

ALUA HOTELS

EU and competition Tier 5

Bird & Bird has 'in-depth knowledge and a breadth of expertise' that sees it advising on a range of merger control, sanctioning proceedings, damages claims and compliance matters. The group is supported by the firm's in-house Forensic Services team, which assists in fact-finding and document analysis in the context of investigations and litigation. Former practice head Patricia Liñan left the firm in February 2021; Brussels-based competition law specialist José Rivas now leads the Spanish competition team.

Practice head(s):

José Rivas

Other key lawyers:

Candela Sotés

Testimonials

‘They are agile, fast, and adapt to what the client needs. Very decisive.’

‘Their understanding of EU competition law is impressive. They have in-depth knowledge and a breadth of expertise.’

Key clients

NOKIA SPAIN, S.A.

GRUPO LACTALIS IBERIA, S.A.U.

MEDTRONIC IBERICA, S.A.

PRIVALIA (VENTE-PRIVÉE)

BERGÉ GROUP

IQVIA INFORMATION, S.A. (formerly, IMS)

EURO 6000 S.L.

KASPERSKY LAB S.L.

FEDERACIÓN EMPRESARIAL BALEAR DE TRANSPORTE (FEBT)

RECUPERACIONES RIOJANAS S.A. (RECIRSA)

Banking and finance Tier 6

Bird & Bird has ‘experience of dealing with regulatory, enforcement and corporate governance issues', particularly in the fintech area. The firm focuses on compliance, regulatory work, structured finance, receivables and distressed portfolio sales, as well as sport and aviation finance. José Luis Lorente Howell leads the team and has broad expertise in domestic and international financing.

Practice head(s):

José Luis Lorente Howell

Other key lawyers:

Elena Martinez Arce; Adrián Calvo

Testimonials

‘Great knowledge of the payment services market and Fintech in general. It is difficult to find prestigious law firms that are fully familiar with and up-to-date with Fintech.’

‘Adrián Calvo has deep commercial knowledge and an ability to see matters as business problems and seek excellent and creative legal solutions.’

‘Jose-Luis Lorente Howell and Elena Martinez Arce did a great job representing us. Not only did they show great competence, but they also interacted very well with our customer.’

‘I think it is a very competent practice, that has much experience of dealing with the type of regulatory, enforcement and corporate governance issues.’

Key clients

TECHSTYLE, INC

FIDUCIAM NOMINEES LTD.

MEDIOLANUM GROUP

BANCO SANTANDER, S.A.

BMO HARRIS BANK N.A.

EUROPEAN BANK FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT

UNICREDIT LEASING GMBH

QUARTIERS PROPERTIES AB (PUBL)

Amadeus IT Group

Euro 6000

SANTANDER ESPAÑA MERCHANT SERVICES

EURO AUTOMATIC CASH (EAC)

BNEXT

OPEN BANK, S.A.

RENOVALIA ENERGY GROUP, S.L.

The firm:  With more than 1,350 lawyers and legal practitioners across a worldwide network of 30 offices, Bird & Bird specialises in delivering expertise across a full range of legal services. Our specialisms include advising on commercial, corporate, EU and competition, intellectual property, dispute resolution, employment, finance and real estate matters.

The key to our success is our constantly evolving sector-focused approach. Our clients build their businesses on technology and intangible assets, and operate in regulated markets. To better meet their needs we have developed deep industry understanding of key sectors, including automotive, aviation & defence, energy & utilities, financial services, life sciences & healthcare, retail & consumer, media, entertainment & sport and tech & comms.

From its very start, the Madrid office has firmly positioned itself among the leading commercial law firms operating in Spain, with deep client and industry sector knowledge and consistent high quality in all its practices.

In conjunction with other offices, the firm’s presence in Madrid has helped secure Bird & Bird’s European coverage for these key sectors. The core team of Bird & Bird Madrid offers a full service in the same tradition as that offered in Bird & Bird’s other offices around the world.

The Madrid office is also a business hub of the Iberian Peninsula and gateway to South America, that allows us to offer even wider international service to our clients.

Areas of practice: We offer broad advisory transactional and contentious capability.

Arbitration & Finance & Financial Regulation & Commercial & Outsourcing & Privacy & Data Protection & Competition & EU & Corporate & Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency & Dispute Resolution & Employment & Compensation & Benefits & Intellectual Property & Regulatory & Administrative & Real Estate & Tax & Trade & Customs & Transformational Projects.

Our sector focus: Bird & Bird was one of the first law firms to organise its legal expertise along sector lines. By choosing to focus on specific industries, our lawyers are able to build up considerable knowledge of the commercial drivers unique to your industry, enabling us to deliver more targeted advice in a commercial context.

Automotive & Aviation and Defence & Energy and Utilities & Finance & Financial Regulatory & Life Sciences and Healthcare & Media, Entertainment and Sport & Retail and Consumer & Tech and Comms

Department Name Email Telephone
Arbitration/Litigation Alfonso Carrillo
Commercial/IT Alexander Benalal
Commercial/IT/Dispute Resolution Pablo Berenguer
Corporate Lourdes Ayala
Competition Patricia Liñán
Energy and utilities Hermenegildo Altozano
Co-Head of Spain & Energy and utilities Coral Yáñez
Finance & Financial Regulation José Luis Lorente
Co-Head of Spain & Real estate Isidro del Moral
Privacy and data protection Lupe Sampedro
Intellectual property Manuel Lobato
Intellectual property Antonio Cueto
Intellectual property Mariano Santos
Employment Miguel Pastur
Tax Montserrat Turrado
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Hermenegildo Altozano  photo Mr Hermenegildo Altozano Hermenegildo is a Partner and heads our Energy and Utilities practice in…
Ms Lourdes Ayala  photo Ms Lourdes Ayala Lourdes is the Partner who leads our Corporate and M&A departments in…
Mr Antonio Cueto  photo Mr Antonio Cueto Antonio Cueto is a partner in our Intellectual Property Group, based in…
Mr Isidro Del Moral  photo Mr Isidro Del Moral Isidro is a partner in our Real Estate group, based in Madrid.…
Mr Manuel Lobato  photo Mr Manuel Lobato Manuel is a partner and head of our Intellectual Property (IP) Group…
 José Luis Lorente  photo José Luis Lorente José Luis heads the Banking & Finance practice in our Madrid office…
Mr Miguel Pastur  photo Mr Miguel Pastur Miguel is a Partner in our International HR Services Group, based in…
 Jacobo Sánchez-Andrade  photo Jacobo Sánchez-Andrade Jacobo is Counsel in our Real Estate group, based in Madrid. With…
 Mariano Santos  photo Mariano Santos Mariano is a partner in our Intellectual Property practice, based in Madrid.…
 Diana Sendagorta  photo Diana Sendagorta Diana is a Senior Consultant in our Corporate Group, based in Madrid.…
Ms Montserrat Turrado  photo Ms Montserrat Turrado Montserrat is a partner in our International Tax Group, based in Madrid.…
 Coral Yáñez  photo Coral Yáñez Coral is a partner in our Energy & Utilities Group, based in…
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