Firm Profile > Jones Day > Madrid, Spain

Jones Day
PASEO DE RECOLETOS 37-41
PLANTA 5a
28004 MADRID
Spain

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Global firm Jones Day established roots in Spain in 2000 and continues to handle significant domestic and cross-border M&A from its Madrid office, acting for both corporate clients and private equity investors. Practice head Miguel Bermúdez de Castro and associate David Hernández are singled out for praise. Clients also benefits from the expertise of several experienced of counsel, including Blanca Puyol and Federico Merino.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Bermúdez de Castro

Other key lawyers:

Blanca Puyol; Manuel Vara; Federico Merino; Paloma Mato; Beatriz Píriz; David Hernández

Testimonials

‘Jones Day lawyers have extensive knowledge of corporate practice in all areas, and especially M&A.’

‘Miguel Bermúdez de Castro and David Hernández have a direct relationship with the client and, most importantly, on the matters dealt with, which they lead directly.’

Key clients

Portobello Capital Gestión SA SGEIC

David Lloyd

Whisbi

Abeerdeen Infrastructure

Alantra

Bancalé

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Specialising in multi-jurisdictional work, Jones Day utilises its global network of offices to give clients comprehensive international litigation and arbitration assistance. Also of note is the firm's experience before the Spanish courts at various levels, including the Supreme Court. It is strong in the construction, infrastructure, real estate and energy sectors, with a particular focus on renewable energy. Practice head Mercedes Fernández is a board member of the Spanish Arbitration Club and acts as sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator in proceedings before the Madrid Chamber of Commerce Court of Arbitration, Spanish Court of Arbitration, and the ICC. Key names in her team include Antonio Canales, who ‘has a great command of litigation in all its aspects’; and senior associate Adrián Jareño, who joined in 2020 and brings experience in civil and commercial litigation. Counsel Ignacio Santabaya left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Mercedes Fernandez

Other key lawyers:

Antonio Canales; Carlota Domínguez; Adrián Jareño; Juan Ferré

Testimonials

‘The main difference in my opinion is the personal treatment, availability, and the confidence and tranquility that knowing what to do with our affairs transmits to us. Mercedes Fernandez: the knowledge she has is extraordinary, the leadership she shows on the issues, her common sense… the best lawyer I know of the big law firms. Juan Ferre, a lawyer who transmits knowledge, serenity, and control of the litigation with his competence.’

‘Good coordination from the Madrid office with the United States office was especially important for us. Antonio Canales, who led the project from here, did an excellent job and always facilitated the monitoring of the work as well as filtered the information that was indeed interesting for us.’

‘Antonio Canales has a great command of litigation in all its aspects. His experience as a litigation attorney has allowed him to develop a great ability to understand the business and operations of his clients. As ours is a particular sector in which there are few specialized lawyers in Spain, he has known how to understand the problems that faced us and offer practical solutions that he has exposed taking into account that our continental legal mentality is radically different from the American legal mind.’

‘They show high knowledge, flexibility, availability, and the personal treatment is exceptional.’

Projects and energy Tier 3

The energy department at Jones Day sits within the firm's global energy, projects and infrastructure practice and benefits from its international network and knowledge, allowing it to handle cross-border projects and disputes. Its client base mirrors the team's mix of domestic and multi-jurisdictional work and includes leading players in Spain and abroad, including major financial institutions. Key practitioners in the team include Raimundo Ortega, Mercedes Fernández, Javier López Antón and Fernando Lillo.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Sergio Cires; Antonio Canales; Javier Moya;

Testimonials

‘Knowledge of the sector, commercial vision, very good experience. Mercedes Fernández, Sergio Cires, Raimundo Ortega, Antonio Canales.’

Great team, extensive resources, they have experts for any subject, good balance between seniors and juniors. High involvement of senior lawyers, quick to give feedback, they try to provide solutions and not complications, open to changes and high quality of service.

Key clients

Energya VM (Grupo Villar Mir)

Enel

Cooperativas Agrarias de España (CAE)

Banco de Sabadell, S.A.

Elecnor

Acciona / Nordex

Bankia

Banco Santander

Sacyr

Real estate and construction Tier 3

Jones Day handles complex transactions and development projects in Spain related to offices, residential, retail, logistics, industrial and hospitality properties and land. The firm also has an experienced planning practice, which allows it to advise across the real estate life-cycle, from due diligence, strategy, viability and structure, to acquisition, financing, development, construction and sale of real estate assets. Víctor Casarrubios focuses on real estate acquisitions, finance, restructuring, distressed deals and SOCIMIs. He co-leads the team with Luis Jiménez-Diaz, who has experience in planning, construction and administrative procedures.

Practice head(s):

Víctor Casarrubios; Luis Jiménez-Díaz

Other key lawyers:

Cristina de Andrés; Marta Escartín

Key clients

CBRE Global Investors

CBRE Global Investment Partners

Greystar Real Estate Partners

LaSalle Investment Management

Hines

Acciona Inmobiliaria

Merlin Properties

StepStone Group LP

Oxenwood Real Estate LLP

Dunas Capital

White-collar crime Tier 3

Jones Day's investigations and white-collar defence team remained busy during 2019 and 2020 despite the Covid-19 crisis. It maintains a balanced client base of individuals and companies, and benefits from the firm's broad international office network, which allows it to work closely with colleagues based outside of Spain. Recent work spans internal investigations and cases involving allegations of fraud, embezzlement and bribery. Well-regarded partner José Bonilla heads the practice, which includes key associate Berta Viqueira Sierra.

Practice head(s):

José Bonilla

Other key lawyers:

Berta Viqueira Sierra; Daniel Echevarría

Banking and finance Tier 4

The cross-border specialists at Jones Day have a particular focus on project, leveraged, real estate and distressed finance, as well as being active in derivatives, structured finance and securitisation matters. The practice works closely with the firm’s regulatory, litigation and restructuring teams. Javier López Antón leads the department and advises lenders, underwriters and borrowers on a range of financing issues. Vanessa Armas left the firm in mid-2021.

Practice head(s):

Javier López Antón

Other key lawyers:

Iván Martín-Barbón; Fernando Lillo

Key clients

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA)

Banco Sabadell, S.A.

Banco Santander, S.A.

Bankia, S.A.

Logicalis Group Limited

Aberdeen Infrastructure

CBRE Global Investors

Portobello Capital

Alantra

Sacyr

Banca IMI

Private equity Tier 4

Jones Day fields multi-office teams to assist in multi-jurisdictional private equity transactions, and the Madrid-based team also advises corporates and private equity firms on domestic deals. Of counsel Federico Merino has over 25 years of experience in the market and concentrates on M&A and buyouts as well as restructurings, joint ventures and corporate governance.

Practice head(s):

Federico Merino

Other key lawyers:

Blanca Puyol; Paloma Mato; Beatriz Píriz; Manuel Vara; Miguel Bermudez de Castro

Key clients

Alantra Capital Privado SGEIC, S.A.U.

Portobello Capital Gestión SA SGEIC

Aberdeen Infrastructure

Whisbi

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Acting for investment banks, private equity firms and credit funds, Jones Day’s global capacity allows the practice to handle complex cross-border restructuring matters. This is added to its multi-disciplinary approach, which combines litigation, corporate, regulatory, banking, real estate and insolvency expertise. Juan Ferré leads the team and specialises in insolvency law, with experience representing distressed investors, banks and large corporations.

Practice head(s):

Juan Ferré

Key clients

Bankia

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Natixis

The firm: Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 43 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 ten European offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, 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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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, Moscow, 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 & Competition
  • Business & Tort Litigation
  • Business Restructuring & Reorganization
  • Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Protection
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Energy
  • Financial Markets
  • Global Disputes
  • Government Regulation
  • Health Care & Life Sciences
  • Insurance Recovery
  • Intellectual Property
  • Investigations & White Collar Defense
  • Issues & Appeals
  • Labor & Employment
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement
  • Tax
  • Technology
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Managing Partner Stephen J Brogan