Firm Profile > Bird & Bird > Madrid, Spain

Bird & Bird
28001 MADRID

Industry focus: Retail Tier 1

Bird & Bird works across the retail sector, with a particular expertise in intellectual property, trade marks and technology. The firm is also active in data protection and privacy-related matters. Corporate and M&A specialist Lourdes Ayala leads the practice with Antonio Cueto, who focuses on intellectual property. The team is advising Bloom Motion on its prospective investment in the Bacoa Group of gourmet burger restaurants, and is assisting Celor SAS with the acquisition of a stake in Clicars Spain, a car retailer. Other clients include Ben Sherman, Aora Health and Associated British Foods.

Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 1

Bird & Bird was bolstered by the arrival of Mariano Santos, who joined in March 2018 from Herrero & Asociados. Well-regarded of counsel Raul Bercovitz recently advised Lexmark on the impact of the Royal Decree-Law 12/2017, which has established a private copying compensation system based on levies on recording and storage devices. He and Antonio Cueto also advised the International Olympic Committee on the use of certain archive recordings and films. Senior associate Teresa Mercadal works with key client Mediaproducción. Manuel LobatoAntonio Cueto and up-and-coming senior associate José Angel García-Zapata are the other names to note.

Intellectual property: patents Tier 1

Bird & Bird's team is led by Manuel Lobato. The group is currently defending two Insud Pharma subsidiaries in a patent infringement matter brought by Bayer, over a generic drug they manufacture. Mariano Santos joined as a partner in March 2018 from Herrero & Asociados. Well-regarded of counsel Raul BercovitzAntonio CuetoJosé Angel García and Teresa Mercadal are also singled out.

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

The ‘fast and helpful’ group at Bird & Bird works across the sector including in intellectual property, regulatory and product liability. The firm has particular expertise in litigation relating to pharmaceutical and life science patents. Leading the team is Raquel Ballesteros, who is a litigation and public procurement expert, and Manuel Lobato, who is a specialist in intellectual property and pharmaceutical law. In a recent highlight, the department represented Sanofi Aventis in a special appeal challenging the tender documents called by the health service of Catalonia for the supply of the hexavalent vaccine. The firm also acted for Insud Pharma in litigation relating to the infringement and validity of two patents.

Intellectual property: Trade marks Tier 2

Bird & Bird has expertise in trade mark litigation, trade secrets, design, and unfair competition matters. Mariano Santos is leading the trade mark prosecution strategy for Ben Sherman, and Manuel Lobato is representing Marv Films as the claimant in an infringement action against the use of its mark Kingsman by a Spanish distillery. Antonio Cueto, of counsel Raúl Bercovitz and senior associate José Ángel García-Zapata are also singled out.

Industry focus: TMT Tier 3

A strong knowledge’ of the sector allows Bird & Bird ‘to get the best result for clients’. The firm has dedicated sub-groups focusing on technology and communications, as well as data protection, and provides expertise in dispute resolution across all areas. The ‘understanding and available’ team is led by Pablo Berenguer, Alexander Benalal, Lupe Sampedro and senior associate Juan Calderón. The practice is advising Quintiles IMS on its commercial, privacy and data protection issues. In another highlight, the department is assisting Verizon Telematics with matters relating to the integration of Movil Data Internacional, a Spain-based provider of commercial fleet management solutions.

Projects and energy Tier 3

Bird & Bird is particularly active in the renewables sector, focusing on multi-jurisdictional and complex M&A transactions. Energy specialist Hermenegildo Altozano leads the practice with Coral Yáñez, who is an expert litigator with notable experience in regulatory matters, and counsel Borja López, who was a new hire in 2018 from energy assets investment and management company Bow Power. The team assisted Gransolar with the sale of a portfolio comprising 19 photovoltaic plants in Sevilla to Vela Energy. It also advised Gas Natural Fenosa on the sale of 20% of its natural gas distribution and secondary transmission business in Spain to a consortium of Allianz Capital Partners and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Bird & Bird acts on M&A deals, spin-offs, joint ventures, and corporate and debt restructurings, as well as providing commercial advice. Highlights included assisting Pomona Keepers with the €15m sale, jointly with EII (Ventures), of a majority stake in the share capital of World Bulk Wine Exhibition to Comexposium. Lourdes Ayala is the key name.

Real estate and construction Tier 4

Highlights for the team at Bird & Bird team included advising the Pontegadea Group on the acquisition of 9.99% of Telxius Telecom valued at €378.8m. Isidro Del Moral and counsel Jacobo Sánchez-Andrade are the practice heads.

EU and competition Tier 5

Bird & Bird's work ranges across the competition area and the team benefits from its ability to work closely with the full-service firm’s experts in other sectors. Practice head Patricia Liñán, who joined from CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo in 2017, specialises in antitrust damages claims. Her department is representing Lactalis in its appeal before the Constitutional Court against the dawn raids carried out by the Spanish Competition authority related to its alleged participation in exchanges of information between dairy industries on pricing and commercial strategies. In another highlight, the group is acting for Adveo in the appeal against a fine in connection with the envelopes for exports cartel case.

Banking and finance Tier 6

Bird & Bird has niche expertise in aviation and sport finance. For example, it advised Macquarie Bank on two separate loan facilities granted to Atlético Madrid. The group, which is led by José Luis Lorente, added payment industry expertise with Adrián Calvo joining as senior associate in April 2018 from an in-house position at Visa.

The firm: Bird & Bird is an international law firm, with a long-established reputation for having a rare and invaluable grasp of strategic commercial issues. The firm combines exceptional legal expertise with deep industry knowledge and refreshingly creative thinking, to help clients operating at the forefront of their industries to achieve their commercial goals.

Bird & Bird has over 1,200 lawyers and legal practitioners with broad advisory transactional and contentious capability, with a particular focus on key industry sectors. The firm has an extensive international reach with 28 offices in 19 countries across Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, offering a seamless, cross-border service between locations and sector and practice groups.

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 office in Madrid works regularly with clients in Latin America and works closely with Anselmo Vaz, Afra & Associados in Portugal, with whom Bird & Bird has an association agreement.

Areas of practice: Underpinned by deep client and industry knowledge, the firm’s key sectors include:

Automotive: advising on all stages of a life cycle of a motor vehicle, from initial design, to sales and distribution, through to disposals.

Aviation, aerospace, defence and security: advising on asset management and financing, civil aviation matters, including airlines, regulatory and competition issues, and aerospace and defence, including PPP/PFI and product liability.

Electronics: advising clients operating in or serving the electronics industry, from R&D and component manufacturing, to technology licensing agreements.

Energy and utilities: advising large multinationals, investors, project companies and large energy consumers on electricity generation, energy trading, renewable energy, cleantech and climate change, and upstream oil and gas.

Financial services: advising global clients in the financial services sector, such as global retail and investment banks, investors and hedge funds, on transactions, regulatory issues, commercial contracts and dispute resolution.

Food and beverage: advising on a full range of areas, including branding, labelling, health claims, fair trade and patents on novel foods.

Life sciences and healthcare: advising clients in biotechnology, bioinformatics and pharmaceutical companies on licensing and drug development agreements, R&D collaboration, IP acquisitions and joint ventures.

Media and entertainment: advising clients from across the media spectrum on a wide range of issues, including exploitation across all forms of digital media and emerging areas, such as user-generated content exploitation.

Sports: advising clients such as national and international sports governing bodies, event organisers and sponsors on issues including exploitation of commercial rights, brand management, regulatory and disciplinary issues.

Technology and communications: advising on matters ranging from smaller innovative projects to some of the largest, most complex and ground-breaking transactions and disputes of recent years. Its team includes lawyers with a particular focus on communications, devices and components, digital tech and eCommerce, and software and services as well as a number of more specialist industries including data centres, postal and satellites.

Department Name Email Telephone
Commercial/IT Alexander Benalal
Commercial/IT Pablo Berenguer
Corporate Lourdes Ayala
Competition Patricia Liñán
Energy and utilities Hermenegildo Altozano
Energy and utilities Coral Yáñez
Banking and finance José Luis Lorente
Real estate Isidro del Moral
Privacy and data protection Pablo Berenguer
Privacy and data protection Alexander Benalal
Privacy and data protection Lupe Sampedro
Intellectual property Manuel Lobato
Intellectual property Antonio Cueto
Regulatory and administrative (public) Raquel Ballesteros
Employment Miguel Pastur
Tax Montserrat Turrado
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Hermenegildo Altozano  photo Mr Hermenegildo Altozano
Ms Lourdes Ayala  photo Ms Lourdes Ayala
Mrs Raquel Ballesteros  photo Mrs Raquel Ballesteros
 Alexander Benalal  photo Alexander Benalal
Mr Raúl Bercovitz  photo Mr Raúl Bercovitz
Mr Antonio Cueto  photo Mr Antonio Cueto
Mr Isidro Del Moral  photo Mr Isidro Del Moral
 Borja López  photo Borja López
 Patricia Liñán  photo Patricia Liñán
Mr Manuel Lobato  photo Mr Manuel Lobato
Mr José Luis Lorente  photo Mr José Luis Lorente
Mr Miguel Pastur  photo Mr Miguel Pastur
 Jacobo Sánchez-Andrade  photo Jacobo Sánchez-Andrade
 Mariano Santos  photo Mariano Santos
 Diana Sendagorta  photo Diana Sendagorta
Ms Montserrat Turrado  photo Ms Montserrat Turrado
Ms Coral Yáñez  photo Ms Coral Yáñez
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in this country : 48
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