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Latham & Watkins LLP

AVENIDA DIAGONAL 477, 10TH FLOOR, 08036 BARCELONA, SPAIN
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Work +34 93 545 50 00
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Fax +34 902 882 222
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www.lw.com

Spain

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 5

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP advised Morgan Stanley as lead lender on a term loan and revolving credit facility for Altran Technologies’ acquisition of design and engineering company Aricent. In another matter, it assisted the lenders, including Banco Santander, with the ongoing refinancing of the existing facilities agreement of real estate company Altamira. Counsel Fernando Colomina and senior associate Joaquín Fabré are the names to note.

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Capital markets: Debt
Capital markets: Debt - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP was busy handling note and bond issuances in 2017 and 2018. For example, it assisted Morgan Stanley with the issuance of floating-rate senior secured notes and, in a separate matter, advised the initial purchasers, including Bankia and Banco Santander, in connection with Haya Real Estate’s issuance of €475m of senior secured notes. Ignacio Gómez-Sancha leads the group, which also includes Ignacio Pallarés.

Leading individuals

Ignacio GĂłmez-Sancha - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Capital markets: Equity
Capital markets: Equity - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP's track record includes advising JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Banco Santander, BBVA, CaixaBank and UBS, as underwriters, on a rights issue. Practice head Ignacio Gómez-Sancha is a well-known practitioner in the capital market sphere. Within his team, Ignacio Pallarés is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Ignacio GĂłmez-Sancha - Latham & Watkins LLP

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

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP is 'very well coordinated internally', and provides 'extremely good client care, attention and responsiveness across its international offices'. In addition to numerous private equity deals, it handled the €2.8bn acquisition of OHL Concesiones on behalf of the buyer, IFM Investors. The lead partner on the matter was Manuel Deó, who is 'an extremely bright lawyer, understands the business issues at stake and is resourceful'. José Sánchez-Dafos and Ignacio Pallarés are also recommended. Ignacio Balañá left to join Deloitte Legal in September 2017 and former office managing partner José Luis Blanco retired at the end of 2017. The position was taken over by Juan Picón.

Leading individuals

Juan PicĂłn - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 4

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP has experience in commercial and civil disputes with a particular focus on litigation in the energy and banking sectors. Antonio Morales leads the practice and specialises in disputes pertaining to energy and power projects, infrastructure and healthcare. His team is representing Novenergia in an arbitration proceeding against The Kingdom of Spain under the Energy Charter Treaty, as well as acting for Gas Natural Fenosa in a matter relating to the assignment of CO2 rights in Spain.

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EU and competition
Leading individuals

José María Jiménez-Laiglesia - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP works across product regulatory issues, emissions trading, renewable and energy issues, with a particular focus on the regulatory and commercial aspects of the energy market. Contentious environmental specialist Antonio Morales leads the team and is known for his work in complex disputes involving power projects, engineering and infrastructure. The practice is advising IFM Investors, a global infrastructure fund, on due diligence of the environmental regulatory aspects relating to its acquisition of OHL Concesiones, a Spanish-based company that develops, operates and manages toll roads, ports, railways and airports.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP is frequently involved in cross-border private equity deals. For example, it assisted CVC Capital Partners and some members of the management board of Quirónsalud with the latter's sale to Helios Kliniken. Another highlight was advising The Carlyle Group on the €390m acquisition of wine and cava producer Codorníu. Juan Picón, José Sánchez-Dafos and Ignacio Pallarés are recommended.

Leading individuals

Juan PicĂłn - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP focuses on the regulatory and commercial aspects of the energy market. Practice head Antonio Morales specialises in energy sector advice and arbitration. His team is representing Novenergia in an arbitration proceeding against the Kingdom of Spain under the Energy Charter Treaty, and is acting for Iberdrola against the Kingdom of Spain in the Spanish Supreme Court in a matter related to a regulation that imposed the obligation on electricity companies to finance a subsidised electricity tariff. Other key clients include Gas Natural Fenosa.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 5

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP's Antonio Morales handles mostly contentious work. His group is representing Novenergia in an arbitration proceeding against the Kingdom of Spain concerning the abolishment of remunerative incentives for renewable energy.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Specialising in cross-border transactional work, Latham & Watkins LLP’s practice is led by Jordi Domínguez, who is particularly experienced in complex M&A-related tax matters. The team also includes counsel Iván Rabanillo, who is a multi-jurisdictional tax expert. The firm advised private equity sponsor Värde Partners on the acquisition of an additional 49% stake in Spanish bank and credit card operator WiZink. In another recent highlight, the department represented Morgan Stanley International, JP Morgan Securities, Bankia and Banco Santander in tax issues relating to the issuance of €475m of senior secured notes. Other key clients include IFM Investors, UBS and Omnicom.

Leading individuals

Jordi DomĂ­nguez - Latham & Watkins LLP

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