Jones Day > Madrid, Spain > Firm Profile

Jones Day
28004 MADRID

Spain > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Forming part of a well-established global disputes practice, Jones Day‘s Spain-based team is adept in complex cross-border cases, and is noted for its ‘extensive knowledge and experience in international arbitration‘. The team is often engaged by leading companies in high-stakes arbitration and litigation proceedings, and is also equipped to handle domestic cases. Practice head and ‘exceptional lawyerMercedes Fernández balances a busy practice, with expertise in construction, engineering and banking-sector disputes, among others. Antonio Canales is a name to note at the of counsel level, and Carlota Domínguez and Adrián Jareño are key associates in the team.

Practice head(s):

Mercedes Fernández

Other key lawyers:


‘We have worked with the litigation team at Jones Day, Madrid. The team has been led by Dr. Mercedes Fernández and lawyers Carlota Domínguez and Adrián Jareño. The team has extensive knowledge and experience in international arbitration. Together with this knowledge, a pragmatic and efficient vision of the legal service and of the cooperation between firms that act as a team.’

‘I believe that Dr. Mercedes Fernández is an international lawyer of the highest level. I would recommend Dr. Fernández for the most sophisticated and complex international arbitrations. I consider her an exceptional lawyer.’

Spain > Projects and energy Tier 3

Jones Day's global energy, projects and infrastructure team has remained particularly active representing lenders and investors in connection with the development, financing and acquisition of mid- to large-scale renewable energy projects. The practice is co-headed by well-known sector expert Fernando Lillo; skilled litigator Mercedes Fernández; banking, projects and acquisition finance expert Javier López Antón; and Raimundo Ortega, who handles the regulatory side of the practice. Sergio Cires is a name to note at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Javier López Antón; Raimundo Ortega; Mercedes Fernández; Fernando Lillo

Other key lawyers:

Key clients


Cointer Concesiones

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA)


Banco Santander

CBRE Global Investors

Montepino Group

Banco de Sabadell

Haitong Bank


Work highlights

  • Advised CBRE on the refinancing and subsequent sale of Montepino to Bankinter, with a deal value above €1.2bn.
  • Advised an international infrastructure fund on a complex transaction which required the screening of the merger authorities (both the EU and Spain) and the FDI regulators.
  • Together with the New York and Paris offices, advised a US company on the negotiation of a virtual power purchase agreement (PPA) linked to guarantee of origins rights.

Spain > Real estate and construction Tier 3

The real estate practice at the Madrid office of Jones Day employs the resources of its worldwide network and the multidisciplinary approach of its team to advise international developers, investors, lenders, sponsors, operators and contractors. With considerable experience in high-value and cross-border deals, the department’s comprehensive service extends to cover asset deals, share deals, leases and sales, lease back transactions, restructuring and acquisition strategies, finance and secondary capitalisations. In addition, the team assists with planning matters, from administrative approvals and construction to property conversion and refurbishment. Led by acquisitions expert Víctor Casarrubios and planning procedure specialist Luis Jiménez-Diaz, the group’s work includes real estate matters as a part of energy, mining and infrastructure projects. The team is supported by associates Cristina de Andrés Blanco, who advises on public administration matters, and Marta Escartin, who is experienced in urban planning.


‘The experience that I have had with them has been exceptionally good. They have managed to solve things that other firms were not able to solve before them.’

‘Dedication, customer orientation, availability.’

Key clients

CBRE Global Investors

CBRE Global Investment Partners

Greystar Real Estate Partners

Hines Interests Limited Partnership

Spain > White-collar crime Tier 3

The investigations and white-collar defence group at Jones Day pairs the reach of its 30 global locations with the local experience of its team to provide a comprehensive service to multinationals and individuals involved in internal investigations and criminal proceedings. In addition, the practice advises clients on fraud, money laundering, embezzlement, environmental crimes and anti-corruption violations. The team’s client roster spans the renewables, infrastructure management, finance, retail and information services sectors. Associate and corporate litigation specialist Berta Viqueira Sierra is noted. Since publication, José Bonilla left the firm.

Other key lawyers:


‘It is a very strong and very professional team. They give clients a lot of peace of mind and always study the most favorable strategy for the client.’

‘We always deal with Berta Viqueira – great professional, very serious and close at the same time. This area of the office has a lot of prestige and has very important clients. Give a lot of confidence and it shows that they have a lot of experience.’

Spain > Banking and finance Tier 4

Spain > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

US firm Jones Day has an extensive global M&A platform, totalling 400 lawyers in 17 different countries; its Spanish offering directs its emphasis towards mid- and large-sized transactions, both domestic and international. The department acts across M&A, restructuring, corporate compliance and governance, company formation and joint venture mandates. Practice head Miguel Bermúdez de Castro often supports domestic players on their overseas expansion, especially in Latin America, and is accomplished within the infrastructure, construction, energy, real estate, media and healthcare sectors, among others.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Bermudez de Castro

Other key lawyers:

Federico Merino; Blanca Puyol


‘Very personal and business-oriented service.’

‘Miguel Bermúdez de Castro and Blanca Puyol are recommended.’

‘Very expert and up to date on everything.’

Key clients

Portobello Capital Gestión SA SGEIC

David Lloyd

Montepino Logística

CBRE Global Investors

Ferro Corporation

Entravision Communications

Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras

Web Financial Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Portobello Capital Gestion in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company Sitracon Spain of a majority stake in Legálitas Asistencia Legal.
  • Advised Portobello Capital on the acquisition by portfolio company Sabater Spices of BDS Natural Products, a California -based producer of botanical and spice ingredients in the North American market.

Spain > Private equity Tier 4

Spain > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Juan Ferré spearheads Jones Day's offering in restructuring and insolvency, drawing on experience representing distressed investors, banks and large corporations in some of Spain’s most high-profile financial restructurings and insolvency proceedings. Ferré's expertise is combined with the firm’s teams in related practice areas as part of a business restructuring and reorganisation practice.

Practice head(s):

Juan Ferré

Spain > EU and competition Tier 5

Boasting over 20 years of experience each across a wide range of areas of EU and national competition law, Marta Delgado Echevarría and Raimundo Ortega steer the ‘extremely well-coordinated and business oriented’ practice at Jones Day's Madrid office. Backed by the firm's global network, the team regularly handles complex domestic and cross-border antitrust mandates, and is particularly well known for its work in highly regulated sectors such as energy and healthcare.


In highly sensitive matters such as competition, it is necessary to involve the most experienced and senior lawyers. Jones Day more than meets this requirement’.

It is a well-established team, very close to the client and offering tailor-made advice.

Knowledge of national and European regulations in both regulatory and sectorial areas’.

Raimundo Ortega has proximity, knowledge of the client’s needs and ease in resolving difficult situations’.

The team’s performance was very strong. They were extremely well coordinated and business oriented’.

Strong technical capabilities. They knew the client’s business inside out.

Key clients

Cooperativas Agroalimentarias de España (CAE)



The firm: Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 42 offices across five continents. The firm is distinguished by: a singular tradition of client service; the mutual commitment to, and the seamless collaboration of, a true partnership; formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions; and shared professional values that focus on client needs.

Jones Day is an institutional partner for clients who seek counsel that seeks to understand them and their needs; that communicates with clients about their needs and the different tactics available for addressing those needs; that works seamlessly and impressively across offices and practices and with the client; that provides talent and expertise across subject areas and geographies; and that brings commitment and courage to the relationship and its engagements. We are formidable because every partner and every client has the entire global institution at their command and is a high priority of the Firm as a whole. We are true partners, with each other and, even more importantly, with our clients.

Regions of practice
Europe and Middle East:
Jones Day provides a significant presence in Europe that offers clients more than 500 lawyers from its European offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, and Paris. The firm’s lawyers counsel clients in administrative and public law, banking and finance, capital markets, competition law and regulatory, derivatives, market infrastructures, dispute resolution, and investigations.

In the Middle East, more than 20 lawyers are based in the firm’s offices in Dubai and Saudi Arabia. They have accumulated significant experience in most of the region’s key industries and jurisdictions, advising on mergers and acquisitions and corporate transactions, projects and infrastructure, commercial transactions, real estate and construction matters, regulatory compliance, and dispute resolution.

United States: Surveys repeatedly list Jones Day as one of the most frequently engaged law firms by US corporations for both transactional and disputes matters, and among the leaders in client service. Jones Day’s more than 1,600 lawyers across its 18 US offices collaborate to serve clients across practices and geographies on all major matters that span time-honored practices (antitrust, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, and government regulation) to more recently established and expanded areas (cybersecurity, life sciences, energy, and technology) that specifically address the contemporary challenges of an increasingly complex global business and legal environment.

Asia-Pacific: Jones Day has committed substantial resources and capacity to serve each of Asia’s distinct markets, including China, Japan, Singapore and Southeast Asia, as well as Australia. Spread throughout ten offices in the region, the firm’s 250+ lawyers represent clients in practice areas including antitrust, banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and commercial, energy, global disputes, intellectual property, labor and employment, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate, and several others.

The majority of Jones Day’s Asia-based lawyers are admitted to practice local law in their home jurisdictions. Most have practiced in more than one country, enabling Jones Day’s Asia team to render multijurisdictional legal services. Jones Day has been granted a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice license (QFLP) in Singapore.

Latin America: Jones Day is one of the leading global law firms serving the Latin American region through its offices in Mexico City and São Paulo, along with attorneys based in key business and legal centers such as New York, Houston, Dallas, Miami, and Madrid. Jones Day’s Latin American experience extends to mergers and acquisitions, investigations and anti-corruption, projects and infrastructure, banking and finance, energy, dispute resolution, business restructuring, private equity and capital markets.

Managing partner: Stephen J Brogan
Europe and Middle East offices: Amsterdam, Brussels, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris, Saudi Arabia
US offices: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Irvine, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh,
San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Washington
Asia-Pacific offices: Beijing, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Perth, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo
Latin America offices: Mexico City, São Paulo

Main areas of practice:

  • Antitrust and competition law
  • Business and tort litigation
  • Business restructuring and reorganization
  • Cybersecurity, privacy and data protection
  • Employee benefits and executive compensation
  • Energy
  • Financial markets
  • Global disputes
  • Government regulation
  • Health care and life sciences
  • Insurance recovery
  • Intellectual property
  • Investigations and white-collar defense
  • Issues and appeals
  • Labor and employment
  • M&A
  • Private equity
  • Real estate
  • Securities litigation and SEC enforcement
  • State Attorney General enforcement, investigations and litigation
  • Tax
  • Technology
Managing Partner Gregory M. Shumaker