Firm Profile > Bird & Bird > Madrid, Spain

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

Industry focus: Retail Tier 1

Bird & Bird advises retail and consumer-facing clients on all stages of the product lifecycle: design; distribution and retailing; franchising; data protection and privacy; e-commerce; supply chain logistics; advertising and marketing; and disputes. The practice also advises clients on brand and strategy, reputation management, media crises (including social media), consumer protection, product claims and data breaches. Lourdes Ayala, who has particular experience acting for automotive and fashion and luxury goods companies, heads the team with intellectual property specialist Antonio Cueto, who has significant experience in complex disputes over trade marks, designs and unfair competition.

Practice head(s):

Lourdes Ayala; Antonio Cueto

Key clients

Aora Health, S.L.

Ben Sherman

Costa Coffee

Cynthia Rowley

Hanes Brands Inc



PizzaExpress (Franchises) Limited

Taco Bell

Trip Advisor

Intellectual property: patents Tier 1

Bird & Bird LLP advises clients in the pharmaceutical, technology and communications sectors. The patent litigation and trade secrets-focused Manuel Lobato leads the practice with litigator Antonio Cueto and internet and IT specialist Mariano Santos. Senior associate Teresa Mercadal, who has experience in pharmaceutical and veterinary IP and the advertising of medicines, is also noted. Recent highlights included acting for Insud Pharma (formerly Chemo Group) in patent litigation over a generic drug brought by Bayer. Associate José Ángel García-Zapata left for a position as Senior IP Counsel at Insud Pharma. José Miguel Lissén was a new arrival in June 2020.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Lobato; Antonio Cueto; Mariano Santos


‘Manuel Lobato and his team are characterised by their availability and the speed with which they deal with the issues they deal with.’

Key clients

Fundación Centro Nacional De Investigaciones Oncológicas Carlos III (CNIO)

General Equipment for Medical Managing, SA (Oncovision)

Insud Pharma (formerly Chemo Group)

Ratiopharm España, S.A.

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Key areas of focus for Bird & Bird include biotech, digital health, matters in the Unified Patent Court, and supplementary protection certificates and waivers. The full-service group also offers advice on intellectual property, regulatory, product liability, commercial and corporate matters. The ‘strategicRaquel Ballesteros, who is advising on projects in e-health, m-health and telemedicine, heads the team with IP specialist Manuel Lobato and Lourdes Ayala, who has extensive experience in M&A and private equity. Highlights included advising United BioSource on regulatory requirements relating to clinical trials and observational studies.

Practice head(s):

Raquel Ballesteros; Manuel Lobato; Lourdes Ayala

Key clients

Insud Pharma

Tervalis Desarrollo

Biotech Dental

Esteve Pharmaceuticals, S.A.

IMS Health

Sanofi Aventis S.A

United BioSource

Fluidigm France S.A.R.L

Rayner Surgical S.L

Canaan Research & Investment S.L.

Active Bioregeneration Technologies, S.L.

Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 2

Bird & Bird is noted for its copyright work in the retail and fashion sectors. Manuel Lobato, litigator Antonio Cueto and IT specialist Mariano Santos lead the practice, and associate Teresa Mercadal is also noted. Highlights included representing Mediapro as the claimant in civil and criminal litigation against pirate websites broadcasting La Liga football matches. Associate José Ángel García-Zapata is now Senior IP Counsel at Insud Pharma.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Lobato; Antonio Cueto; Mariano Santos

Key clients

GRoup CT

Industria De Turbo Propulsores, S.A.

International Olympic Committee (IOC)


Mediaproducción, S.L.U.

Take-Two Interactive Software, INC.

Western Digital

Intellectual property: Trade marks Tier 2

The trade mark practice at Bird & Bird focuses on litigation, with recent highlights including handling the trade mark portfolio of Cynthia Rowley in Europe and Latin America. Manuel Lobato and litigator Antonio Cueto lead the team with Mariano Santos, who has considerable experience in managing brand portfolios. Of counsel Raúl Bercovitz is also recommended, but associate José Ángel García-Zapata left the firm for a position as Senior IP Counsel at Insud Pharma.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Lobato; Antonio Cueto; Mariano Santos


Creative and diverse solutions with exceptional delivery’

‘Unparalleled attention’

‘Deliver added value’

Key clients

Ace of Spades / Armand de Brignac

Ben Sherman


Cynthia Rowley

Karen Millen

Line Corporation

Marv Films

Monster Energy Company


Paris Hilton

Industry focus: TMT Tier 3

Bird & Bird provides advice on commercial transactions, arbitration, cybercrime, IT litigation, privacy and data protection for clients in the technology and media sectors. The team is led by data protection specialist Lupe SampedroPablo Berenguer, who focuses on commercial and IT law; and ‘impressive negotiator’ Alexander Benalal, who is ‘very adept at distilling complex issues’. Recent highlights include advising eBay on data protection matters and its new payments business.

Key clients

Colt Telecom


Groupe SEB

Hitachi Vantara Group

Nuance Communications

Opem Bank

Quintiles IMS


Valassis Communications

Verizon Telematics

Projects and energy Tier 3

Known for multi-jurisdictional transactions, Bird & Bird advises on energy M&A, particularly in relation to Latam deals. As well as providing expertise in renewables projects, the firm is active in a range of infrastructure matters, representing public and private sector players. Hermenegildo Altozano specialises in energy, advising on transactions and projects in Spain and Latin America, with an emphasis on investment protection and arbitration advice. He co-leads the team with expert litigator Coral Yáñez, who represents international and Spanish companies in administrative proceedings relating to a range of regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Hermenegildo Altozano; Coral Yáñez

Key clients

Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.

Grupo Gransolar

Renovalia Energy Chile

Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.

Ib Vogt Gmbh

Praxair Spain

Renovalia Energy , S.A.



Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

The ‘highly responsive and efficientBird & Bird specialises in the life sciences, pharma, technology and retail sectors. The firm has experience in a range of matters, notably M&A, spin-offs, joint ventures and general corporate advice, acting for multinationals, SMEs and entrepreneurs. ‘Reliable’ practice head Lourdes Ayala is a ‘go-to lawyer for corporate deals in Spain’ and has particular expertise in transactions with a strong real estate element, as well as in corporate and debt restructurings. Her team was boosted by the arrival of counsel Santiago Lardiés, who joined from EY Abogados in 2019 and focuses on private equity and cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

Lourdes Ayala


‘Very good understanding of private M&A’

‘Lourdes Ayala is practical and proactive’

‘Deep knowledge of the regulation of payment services and their application and the practical implications for the business’

‘They have a very qualified associate lawyer, Adrian Calvo, with extensive experience in the field and the sector’

Key clients

3ina Cosmetics

Accord Health Group (Intas)

Afiniti Spain S.L.

Alvogen Iceland EHF

AMC Fresh Group Fast Moving Consumer Goods, S.L.


Aora Health, S.L.

AT&T Global Network Services (UK) B.V.

Autonomy Spain Real Estate Socimi S.A.

Bacoa Holding, S.L.

Celor Sas

Ceragon Networks, Ltd

Cheminova Agro, S.A.

Cimpress Nv

Costa Coffee

Crunch Franchise Llc

Dayco Europe Aftermarket, S.L.

Duet Private Equity Limited


Edenic Games, S.L.

Eductrade, S.A.

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Known for its cross-border and multi-disciplinary expertise, Bird & Bird is also active in domestic and international arbitrations. In addition, the practice is increasingly experienced in Latam-related disputes. The team provides broad sector specialisms and is co-led by Alexander Benalal, Antonio Cueto, Coral Yáñez, Hermenegildo Altozano, Manuel Lobato, Raquel Ballesteros, counsel Pablo Berenguer and counsel Raúl Bercovitz.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Benalal; Antonio Cueto; Coral Yáñez; Hermenegildo Altozano; Manuel Lobato; Raquel Ballesteros; Pablo Berenguer; Raúl Bercovitz

Key clients

Administrador De Infraestructuras Ferroviarias (Adif)

Informa Dun & Bradstreet, S.A

Group CT


Enagás Transporte S.A.U.

Madrid Court Of Arbitration


Sanofi Aventis S.A

Vipp Lavori Speciali,S.R.L.

Musaat, Mutua De Seguros A Prima Fija

Puleva Food S.L.

Real estate and construction Tier 4

Bird & Bird has experience in acquisition and disinvestment transactions, specialising in acting for private clients and family offices. The firm is particularly active in real estate matters related to M&A and development. Isidro Del Moral has expertise in commercial and corporate real estate, urban planning, public law, tax and litigation. He co-leads the team with counsel Jacobo Sánchez-Andrade, who advises local and international clients on the negotiation and drafting of international distribution and agency contracts.

Practice head(s):

Isidro del Moral; Jacobo Sánchez-Andrade


‘The work of the team is very thorough and is complemented by the constant assistance of the partners’

‘The working relationship with the client is very professional and accessible’

‘Their knowledge is very good, which makes the process flow easily’

‘Their availability, accessibility and ability to handle cases is particularly good’

Key clients

Hermandad Nacional De Arquitectos (HNA)

Joma Sports, S.A.

Quartiers Group

Royal Capital, S.L.

Sociedad De Gestión De Activos Procedentes De La Reestructuración Bancaria, S.A. (Sareb)

EU and competition Tier 5

Cross-border specialist Bird & Bird covers a range of competition law matters, including proceedings before the European and Spanish competition authorities, merger control and antitrust damages claims. As well as being strong in litigation, the firm has expertise in sectors ranging from IT, energy and media to automotive, banking and financial services. Competition law expert Patricia Liñán leads the practice and has experience advising on compliance, distribution and antitrust matters.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Liñán

Key clients

Nokia Spain, S.A.

Grupo Lactalis Iberia, S.A.U. (Lactalis)


Bergé Group

Adveo Group International, S.A. (Adveo)

Recuperaciones Riojanas, S.A. (Recirsa)

Transportes Hermanos Corredor, S.A. (Hermanos Corredor)

Federación Empresarial Balear De Transporte (FEBT)

Medtronic Ibérica, S.A. (Medtronic)

Puleva Food, S.L.

Banking and finance Tier 6

Bird & Bird has a particular focus on sophisticated regulatory compliance, structured finance and distressed portfolio sales, as well as sport and aviation finance. The firm is also experienced in the evolving area of fintech and its regulatory implications. José Luis Lorente Howell leads the practice and advises on financing matters and regulation for national and international banks.

Practice head(s):

José Luis Lorente Howell


‘It stands out especially for regulatory and payment services advice’

‘The team is characterised by its accessibility and its quick responses to the questions raised, with depth and rigour, incorporating the latest regulatory news and supervisory criteria’

‘Adrian Calvo stands out as a lawyer with deep and constantly updated technical knowledge, in addition to his knowledge of the payment services sector thanks to his previous experience’

‘José Luis Howell’s ease of treatment and availability is valuable’

‘Deep knowledge of the regulation of payment services and their application and practical implications for the business’

‘Adrian Calvo is a very qualified associate lawyer with extensive experience in the field and the sector.’

Key clients

Sociedad De Gestión De Activos Procedentes De La Reestructuración Bancaria, Sociedad Anónima (Sareb)

Fiduciam Nominees Ltd.

Amadeus IT Group

Banco Mediolanum

Banco Santander, S.A.


E6K, Servicios De Valor Añadido

Quartiers Properties (Publ)


Euro Automatic Cash (EAC)

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
Regulatory and administrative (public) Raquel Ballesteros
Employment Miguel Pastur
Tax Montserrat Turrado
Number of lawyers : 1,350
In Spain : 70+
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