Firm Profile > Latham & Watkins LLP > Madrid, Spain

Latham & Watkins LLP
Plaza de la Independencia, 6
Madrid 28001
Spain

Banking and finance Tier 2

The 'very proactive and practical' Latham & Watkins LLP is known for bank and bond deals, particularly with a US and European cross-border element. The firm represents financial institutions and corporations in a range of business lending transactions, including asset-based and acquisition financings, medium term note (MTN) programmes and interest rate swaps. Practice head Fernando Colomina ‘knows the sector to perfection and the legal and commercial trends’, and represents banks, financial institutions and corporate borrowers and issuers.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Colomina

Other key lawyers:

Aitor Errasti

Testimonials

‘Ability to provide individualized advice even on issues in which they advise a union of entities jointly.’

‘Detailed follow-up of the issues: checklist of pending items, coordination calls for closings, etc.’

‘Very proactive and practical.’

‘Working with Fernando Colomina is a guarantee of cutting-edge advice. He knows the sector to perfection and the legal and commercial trends, he personally ensures the resolution of each problem that arises and keeps clients informed in a timely manner and handling relevant information in such a way that clients can focus on the issues that really add value to us.’

‘Technical solidity. Deep knowledge of Mercantile and Financial (Capital Markets).’

Key clients

The Carlyle Group

Banco Santander

JP Morgan

Triton Partners

Morgan Stanley

Caixabank

Goldman Sachs

BNP Paribas

Masmovil

Euskaltel

Fertiberia

Aernnova

Primefin

Capital markets: Equity Tier 2

With 'high specialisation and a wide range of legal-financial knowledge', Latham & Watkins LLP has broad expertise in the domestic and international markets. The team’s expertise includes IPOs, bond issuances, tender offers, special situations and distressed investments. Ignacio Gómez-Sancha is a 'professional with exceptional human quality'. He leads the capital markets group and represents corporates, private equity firms and financial institutions in complex and innovative transactions in debt and equity. Another key name in the team is associate Rafael Martínez-Echevarría, whose work covers IPOs, takeovers, venture capital transactions, M&A, special situations and distressed investments.

Practice head(s):

Ignacio Gómez-Sancha

Other key lawyers:

Rafael Martínez-Echevarría

Testimonials

‘A cohesive team with a lot of experience.’

‘Its managing partner, Ignacio Gómez Sancha, is a professional, and with an exceptional human quality. He leads a highly qualified team.’

‘Our fundamental contact at the Board level has been with Managing Partner Ignacio Gómez Sancha. He has coordinated his team and has always presented the relevant reports in an impeccable and timely manner. His knowledge of the company and the process has been key to anticipating issues and being able to think about them calmly and correctly.’

‘Ignacio Gómez Sancha: his combination of legal knowledge and familiarity with our business have made him a unique asset for our company in an always complicated process.’

‘Extraordinary capacity to react in all circumstances with outstanding speed and solvency. Ignacio Gómez-Sancha.’

High specialisation and a wide range of legal-financial knowledge.’

Key clients

Bolsas y Mercados Españoles (BME)

Enagás

KKR

The Carlyle Group

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

With a focus on high-end M&A, Latham & Watkins LLP is a popular choice for multinational corporations and private equity firms, which seek the firm's advice on domestic and cross-border transactions. Its advice to Telefónica on the sale of its business in Costa Rica to Liberty Latin America is a case in point; Ignacio Pallarés worked alongside a team of Madrid and New York-based lawyers on the deal. Manuel Deó left the firm in 2019 and María José Descalzo - who specialises in M&A and energy projects - joined from another leading law firm in 2020. José Antonio Sánchez-Dafos specialises in private equity and venture capital investments in Spain and Portugal; Rafael Molina and managing partner of the Madrid office Ignacio Gómez-Sancha are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Ignacio Pallarés

Other key lawyers:

María José Descalzo; Rafael Molina; Ignacio Gómez-Sancha; Ana González Linares; Ignacio Domínguez

Key clients

Telefónica

The Carlyle Group

Enagás

Bolsas y Mercados Españoles

Orange

TA Associates

KKR

Platinum Equity

Triton Partners

Cerberus Capital Management

Private equity Tier 2

With a focus on high-end, cutting-edge transactions, Latham & Watkins LLP has an impressive private equity practice that is a popular choice for major private equity houses investing in Spain. In recent work, the team has assisted its clients in making investments in companies operating in the food and beverage, real estate and retail sectors, among others. Ignacio Pallarés leads the experienced team. Manuel Deó departed in 2019, and María José Descalzo, who advises investors and private equity funds as well as domestic and international companies, joined in March 2020.

Practice head(s):

Ignacio Pallarés

Other key lawyers:

José Antonio Sánchez Dafos; María José Descalzo; Ignacio Gómez-Sancha; Rafael Molina; Ignacio Domínguez; Ana González Linares; Luis Lozano

Testimonials

‘Great lawyers, super knowledge of Spanish market, super available and helpful.’

Key clients

The Carlyle Group

KKR

Cerberus

Platinum Equity

Apollo

Partners Group

Triton Partners

Intriva

TA Associates

Bridgepoint

Sun European Partners

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

The 'exceptionally talentedLatham & Watkins LLP practice is known for its multi-disciplinary and cross-border expertise, and is highlighted for its ‘unique ability to combine the technical legal challenges with the overriding commercial aims’. The firm’s experience includes out-of-court restructurings, multinational insolvencies and workouts, strategies for distressed investors, distressed M&A and insolvency litigation. Ignacio Gómez-Sancha leads the team and advises institutional investors, investment banks and public companies on capital markets, M&A, private equity, restructurings and special situations.

Practice head(s):

Ignacio Gómez-Sancha

Other key lawyers:

Rafa Molina; Ignacio Pallarés; Fernando Colomina

Testimonials

‘Exceptionally talented team with an unparalleled breadth of knowledge and unique ability to combine the technical legal challenges with the overriding commercial aims.’

‘Rafa Molina is the standout leader in the market. An exceptional talent with great knowledge, resourcefulness and creativity, impeccable attention to detail, first class negotiator and always leading the team from the front. Absolutely top class service.’

Key clients

Cerberus Capital Management

Apollo Global Management

KKR

Bain Capital

Barings UK

Eurona

Codere

King Street

Marathon

Golden Tree

Capital markets: Debt Tier 3

The Spanish capital markets practice at Latham & Watkins LLP has access to the firm’s global network, providing clients with expertise in domestic and international markets. The team’s strengths include IPOs, bond issuances, tender offers, special situations and distressed investments. Ignacio Gómez-Sancha leads the capital markets group and represents corporates, private equity firms and financial institutions in complex and innovative transactions in both debt and equity. Another key name in the team is associate Rafael Martínez-Echevarría, who handles a varied range of capital markets deals.

Practice head(s):

Ignacio Gómez-Sancha

Other key lawyers:

Rafael Martínez-Echevarría

Key clients

Bolsas y Mercados Españoles (BME)

Enagás

KKR

The Carlyle Group

Real estate and construction Tier 3

The ‘exceptionally talentedLatham & Watkins LLP practice provides an ‘unparalleled breadth of knowledge and unique ability to combine the technical legal challenges with the overriding commercial aims’. As well as being active in a range of traditional real estate matters, the firm has particular expertise in REO and NPL portfolio deals, restructuring and litigation. Rafael Molina leads the team and advises on general corporate, finance and real estate transactions for domestic and international investors, investment banks and financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Molina

Other key lawyers:

Veronika Miskovichova; Javier Colino

Testimonials

Good technical balance. The partner is a reference and generates solutions that serve to unlock negotiations.’

‘As a partner, Rafael Molina is one of the best real estate lawyers in Spain, with a very broad vision, which allows him to provide unique solutions. Aggressive and with great negotiation skills. Javier Colino is a very detailed lawyer and a hard worker. His control of the process and information stands out.’

‘Exceptionally talented team with an unparalleled breadth of knowledge and unique ability to combine the technical legal challenges with the overriding commercial aims.’

‘Rafa Molina is the standout leader in the market. An exceptional talent with great knowledge, resourcefulness and creativity, impeccable attention to detail, first class negotiator and always leading the team from the front. Absolutely top class service.’

Key clients

Cerberus Capital Management

Apollo Management International

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Activum

Goldman Sachs

Intriva Capital

Tristan Capital Partners

Odyssey Infrastructure

Round Hill Capital

Tax Tier 3

The ‘exceptionalLatham & Watkins LLP is known as ‘technically very solid, creative when looking for solutions and loyal to the client’. The firm provides a ‘very high level of technical knowledge and full availability, incorporating specialists from different areas when necessary.’ Particular strengths are cross-border and transactional matters, including M&A, finance, capital markets, private equity and structured finance tax matters. Real estate tax advice is another specialism for the team, which is led by tax expert Jordi Domínguez. Also notable is recently promoted partner Iván Rabanillo.

Practice head(s):

Jordi Domínguez

Other key lawyers:

Blanca Vazquez de Castro; Iván Rabanillo; Juan Rodríguez

Testimonials

I have worked with Ivan Rabanillo and his team on tax matters related to a crossborder operation and my experience has been frankly positive, both from a technical and proactive point of view.’

‘Jordi Domínguez (partner) and Blanca Vazquez de Castro (senior associate) form an exceptional team. Technical quality, commercial focus and absolute availability.’

‘I would highlight in this practice the technical rigor and degree of involvement of the two partners with whom I have been able to work, specifically, Jordi Dominguez and Ivan Rabanillo, in which they highlight the detailed level of technical analysis as well as the involvement in matters. Managers standing by the client’s side with a degree of commitment well above the average of other firms.’

‘Undoubtedly, the two partners that I would highlight as outstanding in the tax practice are Ivan Rabanillo and Jordi Dominguez, both with a quality and technical finesse much higher than the average of other firms and with an exceptional involvement and sense of belonging to the issues in charge.’

‘LW tax team is a great team, always happy to help and looking for client needs in every moment.’

‘Jordi Dominguez and Blanca Vazquez (Spanish LW Tax team) are a very good team, with deep knowledge of Spanish tax practice, big experience in working with funds and in NPLs + real estate deals.’

Jordi Domínguez and Ivan Rabanillo try, apart from giving a technical and reliable response to the client in their practice, to give a personalized service by putting themselves in the client’s place in each matter. That is worth evaluating, because sometimes not only a technical answer is enough, it is also necessary to know how to channel it and focus it so that one can make the best decision.’

‘Jordi Domínguez and Iván Rabanillo stand out for what has been said, they not only give a reliable technical response, but the treatment and way of channeling the client’s needs are exquisite. Other firms remain in the mere resolution but do not get involved in matters to make them their own.’

Key clients

The Carlyle Group

Enagás

Cerberus Capital Management

KKR

Triton Partners

Oaktree

Deutsche Bank

Apollo Management International

Intriva Capital

Tristan Capital Partners

Aernnova

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Telefónica

X-Elio

Applus

Goldman Sachs

Sun European Partners

Dispute resolution Tier 5

Latham & Watkins LLP's litigation and arbitration team ‘stands out for its quality in the preparation of proposals, for its magnificent work in the courtroom and for its complete availability at any time’. The firm is active in commercial litigation and represents companies in judicial proceedings related to contracts, acquisitions, joint ventures and investments. The practice also has experience in NPL portfolio litigation and international arbitration. ‘Brilliant lawyerÓscar Franco leads the team after joining the firm in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Óscar Franco

Other key lawyers:

John Adam; Leticia Sitges; Roberto Muñoz

Testimonials

‘The Latham Litigation and Arbitration team stands out for its great capacity to analyze and identify the key points of each matter, for its quality in the preparation of proposals, for its magnificent work in court, for its complete availability at any time to serve the customer and for their very close and friendly treatment.’

‘Óscar Franco is a brilliant lawyer, he is very intelligent, he quickly identifies the keys to matters and in court he is very skilled and very fast. In addition, he is always available to serve the client and his treatment is magnificent.’

‘Leticia Sitges is very detailed and professional. She stands out because she delves deeply into matters, prepares everything very well, and at the same time is practical and understands commercial issues. She is very organized and at the same time she is creative when it comes to finding arguments and solutions.’

‘Technical reliability, imagination when proposing solutions and commercial sense.’

‘Oscar Franco is a great lawyer and procedural strategist. He makes great business sense and offers practical solutions. He is one of the lawyers who likes to establish trusting relationships with clients.’

‘A practical advice focused on the best results. The litigation and arbitration area has an excellent team; one of the best on the market.’

Key clients

Apollo Capital Management

Deutsche Bank

Cerberus

EU and competition Tier 5

Latham & Watkins LLP stands out for its international coverage of competition law; it is regularly involved in complex mergers involving multiple jurisdictions, and is also notable for the strength of its Brussels-based practice, where several Spanish lawyers are based. Madrid-based competition expert José María Jiménez-Laiglesia is highlighted for his 'impeccable advice'.

Practice head(s):

José Maria Jimenez-Laiglesia; Javier Ruiz Calzado; Héctor Armengod

Other key lawyers:

Carlos Betoret Leuba

Testimonials

‘Great knowledge and mastery of all aspects of the practice. They are able to add value in all possible angles of the question posed. Their contributions and opinions really give the client a lot of peace of mind. José María Jiménez-Laiglesia Oñate.’

‘José María Jiménez Laiglesia: Expertise, in-depth knowledge of legislation and market practices. Impeccable advice. Availability, collaboration, pro-activity, continuous feedback. Excellent kindness and humane treatment.’

‘Deep knowledge of the evolution of the practice and authorities in the last 20 years.’

Key clients

The Carlyle Group

Repsol

Bolsas y Mercados Españoles (BME)

Ferrovial

KKR

Fertiberia

Urbaser

Mastercard Europe

Grupo Santillana

Orange

The firm: Latham & Watkins is a leading international law firm serving multinational companies, start-ups, investment banks, private equity funds, venture capital firms, sovereign wealth funds, governments and other organisations. The firm’s global platform spans Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US, and consists of internationally recognised practices across a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate and regulatory areas. Latham’s lawyers offer unrivalled legal resources and strategic commercial thinking to provide clients with innovative solutions to complex business and legal matters.

Lawyers here represent Spanish companies, private equity firms and financial institutions in inbound and outbound transactions and disputes, as well as acting for international companies conducting business throughout Spain and the Iberian Peninsula. The Spanish practice, primarily focusing on M&A, private equity, capital markets, litigation, administrative and regulatory, tax, and antitrust and competition, plays a critical role in Latham’s ability to serve clients worldwide.

The Spanish practice not only draws its strength from the expertise of the lawyers in Spain, but also includes the experience of lawyers based in offices around the world who have significant experience representing entities with Spanish interests. In addition, the Spanish team works closely with the firm’s Latin American practice group to facilitate transactions throughout Latin America.

Areas of practice: Lawyers in Latham’s Spanish M&A and finance practice have broad experience in cross-border M&A transactions involving Spanish companies and non-Spanish companies doing business in Spain, including company acquisitions, advice on excluding tender offers and/or extending European-based tender offers to the US market and arranging public financing. The private equity team has broad experience advising on a full range of transactions, from seed and early-stage capital situations to leveraged buyouts, PIPEs, growth equity investments, spin-outs, rollups, take-privates of established companies, and lately, restructurings and other distress-related transactions, in national or cross-border deals.

Latham & Watkins’ Spanish capital markets lawyers advise on domestic and international aspects of capital markets transactions, as well as on regulatory and corporate governance issues. This is an advantage for their clients when advising on international transactions, and the ability to play a dual role distinguishes the firm from most others in Spain.

Latham & Watkins has one of the strongest litigation and regulatory practices in Spain. Lawyers in this practice have vast experience in litigation and dispute resolution, as well as experience advising clients in national and cross-border arbitration proceedings. They have worked on projects and transactions related to public and administrative law, including matters such as energy, water regulation, transport, telecommunications, administrative proceedings, environmental and, in general, all matters where public administration is involved.

Latham & Watkins’ Spanish tax practice includes a team of highly regarded lawyers specialising in transactional tax, international tax, tax planning and tax structuring of cross-border M&A, capital markets offerings and restructuring transactions. Latham’s Spanish tax lawyers regularly advise companies listed in the Ibex 35 index, Spanish companies and multinational groups, private equity funds, investment funds, venture capital firms and financial institutions on a wide range of domestic and cross-border transactional tax matters.

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Photo Name Position Profile
 José María Alonso  photo José María Alonso José María Alonso is a counsel in Latham & Watkins´ Madrid office.…
 Fernando Colomina  photo Fernando Colomina Fernando Colomina Nebreda is a partner in Latham & Watkins’ Madrid office…
 María José Descalzo  photo María José Descalzo María José Descalzo is a partner in Latham & Watkins’ Madrid office…
 Jordi Domínguez  photo Jordi Domínguez Jordi Domínguez, Chair of the Tax Department in Madrid, concentrates his tax…
 Ignacio Domínguez  photo Ignacio Domínguez Ignacio Domínguez is a counsel and member of the Corporate Department in the…
 Óscar Franco  photo Óscar Franco Óscar Franco is a partner in Latham & Watkins’ Madrid office and a…
 Ignacio Gómez-Sancha  photo Ignacio Gómez-Sancha
 Ana González-Linares  photo Ana González-Linares Ana González-Linares is a counsel in the Corporate Department of Latham &…
 José-Maria Jiménez-Laiglesia  photo José-Maria Jiménez-Laiglesia
 Luis Manuel Lozano  photo Luis Manuel Lozano Luis Lozano is counsel in the Corporate Department of Latham & Watkins’…
 Rafael Molina  photo Rafael Molina
 Ignacio Pallarés  photo Ignacio Pallarés Ignacio Pallarés, a partner in the Corporate Department, advises private equity funds…
 Iván Rabanillo  photo Iván Rabanillo Iván Rabanillo is a counsel and his practice focuses on transactional tax…
 Naiara Rodriguez-Escudero  photo Naiara Rodriguez-Escudero
 Jose Antonio Sánchez Dafos  photo Jose Antonio Sánchez Dafos
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