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Baker McKenzie
AV. DIAGONAL 652
ED. D, 8ª PLANTA
08034 BARCELONA
Spain

Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

Baker McKenzie advises on data use, evaluating risk, compliance and preventative measures. The firm has significant experience in cybersecurity and data breach matters, as well as assisting tech companies with data issues related to the launching of new projects. In addition, the practice is known for its expertise in the developing areas of AI, machine learning and digital banking. Raúl Rubio leads the team and focuses on technology, telecoms, advertising, media and privacy. He also specialises in electronic signature and information security matters.

Practice head(s):

Raúl Rubio

Industry focus: Manufacturing Tier 1

Baker McKenzie acts for clients in the automotive, aerospace, chemical, steel, electronics and logistics sectors. Key areas of work include financing, transactional and real estate matters. M&A specialist Maite Diaz, Jorge Adell, who advises on strategic alliances and M&A and private equity transactions, and Xavier Junquera, who assists clients in the sector with procurement and planning issues, head the team.

Practice head(s):

Maite Diez; Jorge Adell; Xavier Junquera

Key clients

Adient

Aernnova Aerospace, S.A.

Fisipe

Covestro

Westinghouse Group

Akzo Nobel

Industry focus: Retail Tier 1

Baker McKenzie regularly advises clients on e-commerce, regulatory compliance with EU legislation, and selective distribution, franchising and vertical restraints. Intellectual property specialists María Dolores Garayalde, who advises clients in the retail sector on licence agreements, technology transfer and software, and Cristina Duch, who also has a particular focus on competition and advertising matters, head the practice. The team also includes M&A specialist Luis Casals, tax planning and post-reorganisation integration expert Esteban Raventós and Raúl Rubio, who leads the firm’s IT and telecom practices and has experience in electronic signature and information security and online administration matters.

Practice head(s):

Cristina Duch; María Dolores Garayalde

Key clients

Esprit

Industry focus: TMT Tier 1

The team at Baker McKenzie provides ‘practical, commercial advice’ across the information technology, media and telecoms sectors, in areas such as financing, regulatory issues, e-commerce, and data privacy and protection. The group handles matters such as the structured financing of film and television productions, machine-to-machine agreements and telecoms regulation, including the granting of radio spectrum licences and the provision of voice and data services. José María Méndez, who focuses on media matters including production, financing and distribution of content and the management of corporate deals, leads the practice with IT and telecoms specialist Raúl Rubio, who is experienced in information security, electronic arbitration and mediation, and online administration.

Practice head(s):

José María Méndez; Raúl Rubio

Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 1

The team at Baker McKenzie handles copyright issues in the media, entertainment, publicity and digital media sectors. The practice advises on existing copyright protection, maximising the use of copyrighted material, and the enforcement and defence of copyright. José María Méndez, who specialises in media law, heads the team in Madrid. IP litigator Carles Prat leads the Barcelona group. María Dolores Garayalde, who has significant experience advising on the IP facets of corporate transactions, is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Jose Maria Mendez; Carles Prat

Key clients

L’Oreal UK (Limited)

SAP

Madrid Aloja

Tax Tier 1

Baker McKenzie distinguishes itself as the international firm with the longest-standing dedicated tax team in Spain. Jointly headed by the 'solution-driven' and 'pragmaticRodrigo Ogea and Bruno Domínguez, who is described as 'a star in the Spanish market', the practice is known for its high-value work, and specialises in transfer pricing, litigation, taxation of the digital economy and transactional tax work. Thanks to its multi-jurisdictional expertise and access to the firm's global network, the team attracts major multinational clients such as luxury group LVMH, which received tax advice on its €2.7bn acquisition of Belmond Hotels.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Ogea; Bruno Domínguez

Testimonials

We believe that Baker & McKenzie has the strongest tax practice among international law firms, with a great bench of specialists in the different areas of tax law. It has both global reach and top resources in the local markets, with deep industry knowledge.’

‘Rodrigo Ogea has sound transactional expertise and an understanding of the economic and financial drivers of a deal. He is ethical, solution-driven, pragmatic, responsive, proactive and is a lead practitioner in the taxation of private equity. Rodrigo is recognised as one of the best Spanish tax lawyers.

Rodrigo Ogea has a high level knowledge of tax matters and focuses on solving clients’ problems from a very practical point of view. He has a very sensitive approach to the clients’ necessities.

Baker McKenzie has really strong technical tax capabilities. They are the only law firm (apart from audit firms) with an office in Barcelona as well as a strong international network.’

‘Bruno Dominguez has strong technical skills and always cares very much about his clients’ interests. I am aware he has become a star in the Spanish market.’

Key clients

FROB

Santander

BBVA

Torreal

Minor Hotel Group

Almirall

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

The multi-disciplinary team at Baker McKenzie specialises in matters related to the real estate, hospitality and tourism sectors. The firm is also increasingly active in advising private equity funds as investors in M&A transactions. Enrique Carretero leads the Madrid office's corporate and M&A practice, with a particular focus on public M&A and takeovers, as well as capital markets law. Co-leading the practice from Barcelona is Javier Menor, who is experienced in advising international and domestic clients on strategic alliances, private equity and competition law.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Carretero; Javier Menor

Testimonials

‘It is the best M&A team with whom I have worked in my professional career’

‘Deep knowledge of the subjects, closeness, empathy and cordiality of the whole team’

‘They are great professionals and great people’

‘If a person stands out it is Juanjo Corral’

Key clients

Minor International Public Company Limited

Lifull Co. Ltd.

Akzo Nobel

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton

Wotrant Technologies

Codorniu´s shareholders

Telepizza Group, S.A.

AINA Hospitality

Magna Management AG

BP International, Ltd.

Trina Solar (Schweiz) AG

Abac Solutions Manager, S.a.r.l.

Fluidra

Indra

Santander Consumer Finance

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Active in domestic and international arbitration, Baker McKenzie also provides expertise in civil, commercial, financial and insolvency litigation. The firm has pareticular experience acting in the automotive, infrastructure and technology sectors. José Ramón Casado specialises in commercial and civil litigation, as well as national and international arbitration proceedings. He co-leads the practice with Victor Mercedes, who focuses on civil, commercial and economic crime litigation. Recent highlights include representing Barcelona Football Club in various civil proceedings filed by more than 500 members of the club who were fined for ticket forgery.

Practice head(s):

José Ramón Casado; Victor Mercedes

Testimonials

‘It has always been a pleasure to work with them. Their professional accuracy, their knowledge and their full dedication are distinguishing marks of the team’

‘They are qualified people with a strong commitment to the cases they work on’

‘They know in-depth the context from which the dispute arose, understand the behaviour of the opponent and are able to persuade the court’

‘José Ramón Casado has personally immersed himself in the case down to the smallest detail to understand it first hand and to defend our interests in an outstanding way’

Key clients

CF Barcelona

Siemens, S.A.

Atos Spain, S.A.

TMF Spain, S.A.

Sedigas

Grupo Antolín, S.A.

Twitter Spain, S.A.

Capgemini España, S.A.

Elsamex, S.A.

Employment Tier 2

Baker McKenzie's employment team handles multi-jurisdictional HR projects, including restructurings, the employment aspects of M&A transactions, and compliance investigations, as well as policy and contract reviews. In the contentious arena, the practice acts on complex labour disputes and negotiations. The team also assists Spanish multinationals in their efforts to expand into other jurisdictions. Madrid-based David Diaz, who has a particular focus on union-related negotiations, and Barcelona-based Mireia Sabaté lead the practice. Fermín Guardiola has extensive expertise in collective bargaining agreements, equality plans and executive terminations.

Practice head(s):

David Díaz; Mireia Sabaté

Testimonials

They provide a very personal service, trying to understand from the very beginning the business issue and go beyond the legal perspective. The follow-up of the case is very good and you feel very safe about everything being under control.

Mireia Sabaté, Anais Cobos and Carlota Lopez-Canosa have knowledge and experience in labour issues, engagement with the customer, and full availability. The team provides customised advice, and can analyse all the issues and cases in order to take the best decision.

Key clients

Accenture

Amex

AstraZeneca Farmacéutica Spain S.A.

Baxter

Burberry

Cargill

CCC Barcelona Digital Services, S.L.U.

Colt

Cosentino

King Shared Services, S.L.

Maria Bayo

Pepsico

Swarovski

Toys ‘R’ Us

Valeo Climatización, S.A.U.

Vifor

Zimmer/Biomet

Industry focus: Food Tier 2

Baker McKenzie’s food practice handles M&A transactions in the sector and regularly advises the shareholders of food retailers and restaurants. The group's experience in transactional matters also includes takeovers and joint ventures. The team is headed by Enrique Carretero, who is currently advising Telepizza Group on a public takeover bid by a subsidiary of KKR, and intellectual property specialist Christina Duch, who has experience in competition law and advertising. Highlights included advising Celler Mas Doix, a wine cellar, on a proposed joint venture with Cliff Lede Vineyards to expand into North America.

Practice head(s):

Christina Duch; Enrique Carretero

Testimonials

Demonstrated an extraordinary level of knowledge

Proactive and strategic team

Key clients

Danone

Distribuidora Internacional de Alimentación, S.A. (DIA)

Miquel Alimentació

Mondelez

Unilever

Pepsico

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Baker McKenzie’s multi-disciplinary healthcare practice is noted for its ‘worldwide scope’. Particular strengths include advising on pricing and reimbursement issues and multi-jurisdictional best practice. The team can draw on support from the firm’s tax, competition, employment and IP litigation practices. Regulatory expert Montserrat Llopart and commercial contracting and restructuring specialist Cecilia Pastor head the practice. Ester Navas is also noted for her ‘flexibility’ and ‘expertise’. The firm is representing Chiesi, Isdin and Celgene before the Spanish Supreme Court in a matter relating to price referencing.

Practice head(s):

Montserrat Llopart; Cecilia Pastor

Key clients

Abbott

AbbVie

Almirall

Astellas

Baush+Lomb

Baxter

Becton-Dickinson

Biogen

Boston Scientific

Celgene

Chiesi

Exactech

Ferrer

ICU Medical

Isdin

Medtronic

Menarini/Menarini Diagnostics

Intellectual property: Trade marks Tier 2

Baker McKenzie advises on trade mark prosecution, enforcement, litigation, anti-counterfeiting and parallel trade in the fashion and consumer goods, food and beverage, and publicity sectors. José María Méndez, who advises on IP protection, and litigator Carles Prat head the practice. María Dolores Garayalde, who has extensive experience in the IP aspects of corporate transactions, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

José María Méndez; Carles Prat

Testimonials

‘The relationship with the partners is fluid and close, and they are very accessible and available.’

Key clients

Airbnb/ Madrid Aloja

Applus

Carolina Herrera

Desigual

L’Oreal

Mango

Miquel Alimentacio

Mondelez

SAP

Texia

Private equity Tier 2

Top firmBaker McKenzie is known for its expertise in multi-jurisdictional matters and M&A transactions, as well as for providing a dedicated funds task force. The firm also has particular experience in the real estate sector. Javier Menor advises international and domestic clients on private equity, M&A, strategic alliances and competition. He co-leads the practice with Luis Casals, who focuses on leveraged buyouts, acquisitions and disposals for private equity funds, infrastructure funds and corporations.

Practice head(s):

Javier Menor; Luis Casals

Testimonials

‘Baker’s private equity team in Barcelona is made up of the most experienced professionals in M&A we have ever dealt with’

‘They are experienced in advising small and mid-sized companies as well as big companies’

‘They are distinctive because of their creativity in finding solutions that are unique and win-win for both parties’

‘The credibility of Baker McKenzie in the Barcelona region in private equity and other legal specialities is very high’

‘Javier Menor is one of the most experienced private equity and M&A lawyers we have ever dealt with. He has natural leadership, is very well spoken, convincing and has an incredible amount of accumulated experience, which allows him to come up with creative, well-founded solutions when discussing or negotiating contracts and agreements in an M&A environment’

Key clients

Miura Capital Private Equity

Baring Private Equity

Colony Capital

TA Associates Management LP

Abac Capital

Codorniu´s shareholders

Inspired

Public law Tier 2

The ‘very responsive, extremely professional and skilledBaker McKenzie is experienced in advising on public law matters and arbitrations in international, national and regional courts. The firm has regulatory and administrative law expertise, with a focus on the application of administrative legislation and the regulated sectors. The practice is also known for advising on foreign investments, methods of entry, bidding and M&A activity of Spanish infrastructure groups outside Spain. Antonio Morales joined from Latham & Watkins LLP in 2019 and specialises in energy and natural resources, with experience in arbitration. He co-leads the team with Barcelona-based Xavier Junquera, who combines a ‘deep knowledge base and extensive experience in urban law’, with ‘exceptional response times and availability’; his expertise lies in public law and regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Antonio Morales; Xavier Junquera

Testimonials

‘Xavier Junquera is a very experienced and knowledgeable attorney. He is responsive and straightforward’

‘The Baker team provides the benefits of an internationally renowned law firm with a global presence with an intimate knowledge of the local legal environment’

‘The team have local expertise, but work to international standards (not generally the case in Spain), understand the needs of international investors and clients, and speak English fluently’

‘I would rank the Baker team number one’

‘Xavier Junquera is outstanding and I cannot recommend him highly enough. Working with him is a pleasure from both professional and personal perspectives. His knowledge and expertise are unparalleled, as is his professionalism and conduct’

Key clients

Acciona Construccion, S.A and Acciona Construction USA Corp..

ACS

AENA

Airbnb

Armonea

Bankia

Chiesi España SA

CINTRA USA LLC, Cintra SA

Contenur

DEKA INMOBILIEN

Elecnor

White-collar crime Tier 2

Baker McKenzie’s expertise ranges from internal investigations and compliance to public prosecutor investigations and international cases. The firm's litigation experience includes defending companies, directors, representatives and employees. Victor Mercedes is known as a litigator in economic crime matters. He co-leads the practice with Jesus Santos, who advises companies and individuals on preventive criminal law, pre-litigation situations and criminal proceedings. Also notable is María Massó, who focuses on advising companies and individuals on criminal and compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Victor Mercedes; Jesús Santos

Testimonials

‘Engagement, professionalism, availability, know-how, expertise’

‘Empathy, knowledge, meticulous work, real engagement’

‘Good organisation that allows the client to be always informed on time about the process’

‘Jesus Santos has a good understanding of the positions of the prosecutors and judges’

‘Alicia Franch shows incredible attention to detail’

‘Maria de Miguel is a junior with a good grasp of everything’

Key clients

Angel Cunillera

Directors of TMF Group

Banking and finance Tier 3

Specialising in cross-border work, Baker McKenzie’s experience includes acquisition finance, project finance, financial services regulation and real estate finance. Rossanna D’Onza is known for her expertise in a range of financing issues, as well as cross-border lending. She leads the ‘flexible and available’ team.

Practice head(s):

Rossanna D’Onza

Testimonials

‘Very results-oriented’

‘They get the deal done without overcomplicating matters’

‘I would highlight Rossana D’Onza’s ability to offer practical solutions to get the deal through and her comprehensive knowledge and expertise of banking matters’

Key clients

Adient

Stadium Finance Company

Football Club Barcelona

Finalbion

CCC

Bankia

Ingenious Capital Management

HBO Europe Original Programming

Transcom Worldwide

Colony Northstar

Gransolar Desarrollo Y Construcción, S.L. and Acciona Construcción, S.A.

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, S.A.

Capital markets: Debt Tier 3

Baker McKenzie has experience in representing issuers, managers and financial entities in bond issuances on the main and alternative investment markets. Practice head Enrique Carretero focuses on capital markets, IPOs, takeovers and public M&A. His team advised a wholly owned subsidiary of Minor International Public Company on the acquisition of a 38.2% stake in the Spanish listed company NH Hotel Group.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Carretero

Key clients

Bankia

Minor International Public Company Limited

Telepizza

Cajamar

Euskaltel

ACS

Alquiber Quality

Técnica Universal Solar

Capital markets: Equity Tier 3

The 'highly qualified' Baker McKenzie has particular expertise in equity capital markets, including IPOs and capital increases. The firm is also active advising on convertible bonds. Enrique Carretero leads the practice and focuses on capital markets, IPOs, takeovers and public M&A. His team advised the board of directors of Spanish listed company Telepizza Group on the public takeover bid launched by a subsidiary of KKR & Co.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Carretero

Testimonials

‘An experieced team, always oriented to the execution of deals’

‘Always available and even helped in matters that were not theirs’

‘What made the Baker McKenzie team exceptional was the knowledge of the product and its ability to provide solutions to the problems that arose’

‘Stand out for looking after the client’s interests and following the deal very closely, explaining what is not clear and working to solve even the most complex problems that arise’

Key clients

Bankia

Minor International Public Company Limited

Telepizza

Cajamar

Euskaltel

ACS

Alquiber Quality

Técnica Universal Solar

Projects and energy Tier 3

Baker McKenzie specialises in litigation, M&A and regulatory work across the energy sector, including renewables, gas and water. Practice head Antonio Morales joined from Latham & Watkins LLP in 2019 and is known for his expertise in energy matters, as well as arbitrations in the international, national and regional courts. His team advised Ferrovial on all public law matters related to the acquisition of a company that owns and operates ten hydroelectric power stations and two ferroalloy factories.

Practice head(s):

Antonio Morales

Testimonials

‘B&B have excellent knowledge of the sector and their reports and suggestions of action are always the best option’

‘We have always been very satisfied with the response to our needs from the B&B team’

Key clients

Ferrovial

ACS

Iberdrola

BP

Saeta Yield

InfraRed Capital Partners

Brookfield

Ellomay

Fiera Capital

Real estate and construction Tier 3

Baker McKenzie is known for transactional work, primarily related to hotels, offices, retail and hospitals. The firm also provides regulatory expertise, as well as advising international funds and banks on real estate financing deals. The practice is co-led by Jorge Adell, who is an expert in corporate real estate, focusing on transactional work; Xavier Junquera, who has expertise in hotels and resorts projects, as well as regulatory matters; and Guillermo Rodrigo, who advises international funds and socimis.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Adell; Xavier Junquera; Guillermo Rodrigo

Testimonials

‘Very accessible team, well co-ordinated, dedicated and focused’

‘Great knowledge of Spanish law, great global experience’

‘Guillermo Rodrigo is involved and engaged in all transactions, gives personal attention, direct and fluent contact, always looking after the client’s interests’

‘Extreme high level of knowledge, proactive, solution driven’

‘The team managed by Jorge Adell is very reliable’

Key clients

Distribuidora Internacional de Alimentación, S.A.

CBRE Global Investors

AEW

Lindorff/Intrum

GreenOak

Merlin Properties SOCIMI

Colony Capital

Banco Santander

Bankia

Liberty Living

Marriot Int.

Aina Hospitality

KKH Property Investors

Beazley

HP

Boston Scientific

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Baker McKenzie has a range of expertise in restructuring and insolvency proceedings, acting for lenders in international matters and end-to-end restructurings. The firm has local and international coverage and is also experienced in pre-insolvency proceedings, as well as advising on distressed asset transactions. Victor Mercedes leads the team and focuses on advising international clients on insolvency proceedings, distressed situations and liability for insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Victor Mercedes; Laura Camarero

Key clients

Westinghouse Group

Real Madrid CF

Copisa

EU and competition Tier 4

Baker McKenzie specialises in multi-jurisdictional matters in the pharma, healthcare and media sectors. The firm is experienced in advising clients on vertical agreements, as well as providing a growing merger control practice. Alberto Escudero specialises in defending clients before the Spanish competition authorities and courts. He co-leads the practice with Barcelona-based Carles Prat, who advises on abuse of dominant position matters, and Valeria Enrich, who is also based in Barcelona and has expertise in the chemical, pharmaceutical, food, cosmetics and retail sectors.

Practice head(s):

Alberto Escudero; Carles Prat; Valeria Enrich

Testimonials

‘Good technical knowledge combined with being extremely responsive and available lawyers’

‘Capacity to build longstanding relationships through openness and respect’

‘Carles Prat has always been a great colleague to work with. He understands his clients’ needs and adapts his delivery and communication accordingly’

‘Compared with other law firms that advise our company, the service is quicker and more accurate’

‘Alberto Escudero has knowledge about our company and gives us valuable and precise advice’

‘What makes the real difference versus competitors is the quick advice, based on experience of the company’

‘Alberto Escudero is very accessible, pleasant to work with, and knows the law inside out’

Key clients

Fluidra

BP

Minor

Fedex/TNT

Honda Motor Europe Limited

Association of Catalan Bar Associations, Bar Association of Barcelona, Bar Association of Lleida, Bar Association of Figueres.

Asefa

Atos

Abac Solutions

Fiera Capital

Lilly

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Mr Jorge Adell  photo Mr Jorge Adell
Mr Pedro Aguarón  photo Mr Pedro Aguarón
Mr Bruno Domínguez  photo Mr Bruno Domínguez
Ms Cristina Duch  photo Ms Cristina Duch
Mr Marcel Enrich  photo Mr Marcel Enrich
Ms Valeria Enrich  photo Ms Valeria Enrich
Mr Xavier Junquera  photo Mr Xavier Junquera
Ms Montserrat Llopart  photo Ms Montserrat Llopart
Mr Javier Menor  photo Mr Javier Menor
Mr Víctor Mercedes  photo Mr Víctor Mercedes
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Mr Esteban Raventós  photo Mr Esteban Raventós
Ms Ana Royuela  photo Ms Ana Royuela
Ms Mireia Sabaté  photo Ms Mireia Sabaté