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Baker McKenzie


Spain

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

The 'practical and results-oriented' team at Baker McKenzie 'always pushes for the best interests of its clients'. It acted for CrĂ©dit Agricole CIB on the refinancing of a facility agreement granted to Grupo Villar Mir in order to increase the principal amount by €150m. Financing work included assisting Gransolar with securing the financing of a solar power plant. Francisco Bauzå is 'dedicated' and Rossanna D’Onza 'offers practical solutions'. Marcel Enrich and Ana GarcĂ­a, who leads the financial services regulation practice, complete the four-partner practice. Carlos Gutierrez left to join BROSETA Abogados in January 2018.

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Capital markets: Debt
Capital markets: Debt - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie regularly handles bond issuances in the main and alternative investment markets. For example, it assisted Cajamar with a €750m mortgage-covered bonds issuance and advised Beka Finance, as global coordinator and sole bookrunner, on Solaria Casiopea's €9.2m project bond issuance. Enrique Carretero and associate Ignacio Corujo are key practitioners.

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Capital markets: Equity
Capital markets: Equity - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie's 'always available' team is 'solution oriented' and 'knows the capital markets product'. It recently advised on a potential listing on the MAB. Enrique Carretero leads the team and associate Ignacio Corujo 'looks out for the client's interests' and 'handles even the most complex of issues'.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie provides a 'personalised service' and frequently collaborates with other departments to meet the needs of its corporate clients. The group has niche expertise in the food and film industries, and the hospital and elder care sector. An example of its heathcare work was assisting Vithas with the €300m acquisition of Nisa Hospitals. Enrique Carretero and Jorge Adell co-lead the group, in which Javier Menor and Maite Diez are also recommended.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie specialises in complex cross-border cases with a focus on financial and insolvency litigation, as well as sport-related cases. Leading the ‘very experienced team’ is arbitration and litigation expert JosĂ© RamĂłn Casado and VĂ­ctor Mercedes, who is ‘an outstanding lawyer’ and former State Attorney who focuses his practice on civil, commercial and economic crime litigation. Clients include CaixaBank, FC Barcelona, Sony and Suez. The firm is representing the Spanish group Elsamex in a commercial dispute with ZAC Construction, related to three contracts to be executed in Botswana. Other work includes acting for Sydney Charles Insurance Advisers in proceedings brought by MartĂ­nez Ridao AviaciĂłn; the latter is seeking damages that amount to €4m based on the alleged lack of validity of aviation insurance and reinsurance policies executed by the client.

Leading individuals

VĂ­ctor Mercedes - Baker McKenzie

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie has ‘an excellent understanding of background law and contract format’, as well as providing ‘constructive and to-the-point advice’. Working on a broad range of matters across the sector, the ‘quick, pleasant and productive’ team is led by the experienced Valeria Enrich, Alberto Escudero and Carles Prat, and successfully represented Honda Motor Europe before the Spanish Supreme Court, achieving the full annulment of the €1.2m fine imposed by the Spanish competition authority, which alleged that Honda had participated in an agreement with its dealers. The practice also acted for FedEx and TNT Express in infringement proceedings before the Spanish competition authority.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is known for handling multi-jurisdictional employment work, with notable specialisms in the healthcare, technology and retail industries. The firm has particular experience assisting Spanish companies with cross-border issues and expansions. The team is led by union negotiations expert David Diaz and Mireia Sabaté, who specialises in employment relationships and collective terminations. Also notable is Fermín Guardiola, who focuses on collective labour negotiations and litigation. Key clients include Accenture, Amazon, Burberry and AstraZeneca Farmacéutica. In a recent highlight for the practice, it acted for Pepsico in the collective redundancy process to close its manufacturing facility in Mallorca. The department also advised Valeo Climatización on the transfer of an office from Barcelona to Zaragoza, which involved the closure of a work centre and transfer of a large number of employees.

Leading individuals

David DĂ­az - Baker McKenzie

FermĂ­n Guardiola - Baker McKenzie

Mireia Sabaté - Baker McKenzie

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Industry focus: Food
Industry focus: Food - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie's practice head Carles Prat leads a team that includes intellectual property specialist Cristina Duch and employment-focused Mireia Sabaté. In a recent highlight, the department advised international food retailer DIA on the competitive sale process of four warehouses located in Spain and Portugal. The firm is also assisting key client Miquel Alimentacio with plans to expand abroad, particularly with the brand management aspects of the company's international expansion in Asia.

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Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

The team at Baker McKenzie combines experience in M&A and commercial life sciences, with a particular expertise in regulatory and compliance matters. The practice is led by regulatory expert Montserrat Llopart and Cecilia Pastor, who specialises in M&A and pharmaceutical law. The group is advising Oryzon Genomics on the early termination of the licence agreement with Hoffman Roche for the drug Ory-1001, and is representing Chiesi España in various legal proceedings before the Supreme Court and the National High Court, relating to price reference orders that lowered the price of Curosurf. Other key clients for the firm include Laboratorios Uriach, Italfarmaco and Medtronic.

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Industry focus: Manufacturing
Industry focus: Manufacturing - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie specialises in corporate and M&A-related matters in the manufacturing sector. A key name for the firm in this area is Jorge Adell.

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Industry focus: Retail
Industry focus: Retail - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is active in the retail market, acting for international brands as well as Spanish multinationals. The multi-disciplinary practice is led by corporate and M&A specialist Luis Casals and María Dolores Garayalde, who has particular expertise in intellectual property, copyright and trade mark matters.

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Industry focus: TMT
Industry focus: TMT - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie provides ‘global advice on all areas’ of the telecoms, media and information technology sectors, including corporate and regulatory, finance and litigation. The firm also has experience in privacy and data protection. Telecoms and information technology specialist RaĂșl Rubio is ‘pragmatic and available’. He leads the highly regarded practice with JosĂ© MarĂ­a MĂ©ndez, who focuses on communications media and intellectual property.

Leading individuals

José María Méndez - Baker McKenzie

RaĂșl Rubio - Baker McKenzie

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Intellectual property: Copyright
Intellectual property: Copyright - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is a popular choice for copyright disputes and regulatory matters and frequently acts for household names in the media industry. José María Méndez and Carles Prat are the practice heads. María Dolores Garayalde is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Carles Prat - Baker McKenzie

José María Méndez - Baker McKenzie

Next generation lawyers

MarĂ­a Dolores Garayalde - Baker McKenzie

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Intellectual property: Trade marks
Intellectual property: Trade marks - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

The ‘highly qualified’ team at Baker McKenzie is praised for its ‘understanding of client needs’ and its 'knowledge of the audiovisual practice, locally and in an international environment, is remarkable'. The group advises a wide array of well-known media and entertainment companies, as well as clients in the technology, food and beverage, and sport sectors. JosĂ© MarĂ­a MĂ©ndez and Carles Prat lead the team. Cristina Duch and Maria Dolores Garayalde are other notable names.

Leading individuals

Carles Prat - Baker McKenzie

José María Méndez - Baker McKenzie

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

When advising on cross-border transactions Baker McKenzie can draw on a strong international network. Abac Capital is a new client, while Apax Partners, Miura Private Equity and TA Associates have retained the firm for several years. The group advised Torreal on the €900m acquisition of a 71% stake in Aernnova Aerospace from its management and Springwater Capital. Luis Casals, Javier Menor and Jorge Adell are key advisers.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

The practice at Baker McKenzie specialises in litigation, M&A and regulatory work across the energy sector, with a particular expertise in renewables. Leading the team is Xavier Junquera, who focuses on public, regulatory and environmental law, and Luis Casals, who is experienced in corporate and M&A. The department advised Ellomay Capital on public law matters related to the development of a photovoltaic power plant in Cåceres. In another highlight, the firm represented Grupo Cobra in the appeal of a decision by Aragón Water Authority relating to the concession contract pricing criteria for the construction and operation of several wastewater treatment plants. Pablo Dorronsoro Martín joind Pinsent Masons LLP in 2018.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is representing Airbnb in administrative litigation and sanctioning proceedings concerning alleged infringements of tourism regulations. After Pablo Dorronsoro left for Pinsent Masons LLP in April 2018, Barcelona-based Xavier Junquera took over as head of the practice.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s team is praised for its ‘high level of knowledge’ and ‘pro-active approach’ to client matters. Jorge Adell is advising TA Associates on its €16m acquisition of property owned by The English School of Asturias. Guillermo Rodrigo is assisting three of Spain’s largest banks, Banco Santander, BBVA and Banco Popular, with their sale of a portfolio of land to Metrovacesa for €1.3bn. Adell and Rodrigo lead the team. Xavier Junquera is also recommended.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie frequently advises Spanish companies in financial distress on pre-insolvency proceedings. Víctor Mercedes is the name to note.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie provides ‘a high level of service’ and has ‘strong technical skills as well as finding the best solution for its clients’. Key areas for the firm include transactional tax planning, global reorganisations and tax litigation. The ‘creative and available’ Rodrigo Ogea, who is a specialist in cross-border investments, and Bruno Dominguez, who ‘merits recognition as a star in the Spanish tax market’, are the practice heads. They can call on the experience of tax audit and litigation expert Maria Antonia Azpeitia, who has ‘a strong and deep knowledge of the law’, and Luis Briones, who has expertise in M&A tax work. The department advised Thai company Minor Hotel Group on tax matters relating to its acquisition of a 38.2% stake in the Spanish company NH Hotel Group, and assisted Torreal with the acquisition of a 70.6% stake in Aernnova Aerospace. RaĂșl Salas left the firm for Roca Junyent in 2018.

Leading individuals

Bruno Dominguez - Baker McKenzie

Luis Briones - Baker McKenzie

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White-collar crime
White-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie 'keeps the client informed about progress' while also providing 'meticulous work' and 'real engagement'. It regularly defends companies, directors and employees in criminal investigations and before the court, and is increasingly active setting up compliance programmes. Recent work includes handling corruption, tax evasion and environmental crime allegations. JesĂșs Santos has a 'good understanding of the positions of the prosecutors and judges'.  Recently made-up partner MarĂ­a Massó and Barcelona-based VĂ­ctor Mercedes are also recommended. Rafael JimĂ©nez-Gusi retired.

Next generation lawyers

MarĂ­a MassĂł - Baker McKenzie

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Legal Developments by:
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    For decades, the primary Turkish laws governing leases of residential and business premises have been the Law on Leasing Real Property dated May 27, 1955 (the “Lease Law”) and the Turkish Code of Obligations No. 818 dated April 22, 1926 (the “Obligations Code”). Both of these laws, however, will be repealed and replaced with the new Turkish Code of Obligations No. 6098 dated January 11, 2011 (the “New Obligations Code”), which will enter into force on July 7, 2012.
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