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CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

PASEO DE RECOLETOS, 7-9, 28004 MADRID, SPAIN
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Work +34 91 451 93 00
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Spain

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

For mid-market banking and finance transactions, CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo is a strong choice. Two of the larger financing transactions handled recently were advising Banco Popular on the negotiation with JP Morgan of a €572m term loan facility agreement, and assisting Gamut Capital Management with a $215m financing granted to IAC Group. Abraham Nájera leads the team. Curra Munuera left in May 2018 to work in house at Banco Caminos, while counsel Ignacio Ramos joined from Clifford Chance in July 2018.

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

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo was busy advising on the issuance of bonds, an area where Banco Sabadell was a client. In another example, the team assisted Beka Finance and Bankinter, as managers and placers, with Audax Energía's second bonds issue worth €65m. Banco Santander, Novo Banco and Deutsche Bank are also clients. Counsel Ignacio Ramos joined from Clifford Chance in July 2018 and now works together with the renowned Carlos Peña. Íñigo Hernáez, formerly a senior associate with the firm, is now with Gómez-Acebo & Pombo.

Next generation lawyers

- CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

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

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

A highlight for CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo was acting for Lazard on Abertis' IPO. The capital markets team also assisted Fundación Bancaria Unicaja, the major shareholder of Unicaja, with the latter's €757m IPO process. Carlos Peña is recommended. Counsel Ignacio Ramos joined from Clifford Chance in July 2018, while former partner Curra Munuera left in May 2018 to work in house at Banco Caminos.

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

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo frequently works with its international colleagues to advise on deals. An example of its national work was assisting Acciona with the sale of a 93% stake in maritime passenger and cargo carrier operator Compañía Trasmediterranea to transportation services provider Naviera Armas. Managing partners César Albiñana and Rafael Suárez de Lezo are considered leading individuals in the area. Carlos PeñaAntonio Pino and Luis Miguel de Dios are also recommended, and Rafael Sánchez and Javier Leyva made partner in April 2018.

Leading individuals

César Albiñana - CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

Rafael Suárez de Lezo - CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo acts for companies and individuals in issues ranging from business conflict to civil, criminal and tax disputes. A particular area of expertise is the firm’s corporate crime practice. The team is led by financial criminal law specialist Carlos Aguilar and was strengthened by the arrival of senior associate Emilio Moyano from Ramón y Cajal Abogados. In a recent highlight, the practice is representing Red Electrica de España in criminal proceedings heard before several courts throughout Spain, regarding the theft of copper cables from substations.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 5

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

Expert in the consumer goods sector, CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo has a particular focus on competition and distribution matters. Experienced competition partner Carlos Vérgez arrived from BROSETA Abogados in 2018 and leads the practice. The firm advised Acciona on the sale of its shipping subsidiary Trasmediterránea to Naviera Armas, and represented Lactalis in an appeal before the Spanish National Court related to an €88m fine imposed for the exchange of information on purchase prices, milk surpluses and breeders. Former head Patricia Liñán joined Bird & Bird in 2018.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo specialises in collective restructuring work and senior executive employment contracts. Leading the practice is César Navarro, who is an expert in the employment implications of corporate transactions. Also notable is  Elena Esparza, who was promoted to partner in 2018 and is particularly experienced in disputes arising from the employment sector. The team advised Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy on the launch of its global restructuring project affecting more than 6,000 employees, and acted for Haitong in the negotiation and implementation of a collective redundancy procedure. In another recent highlight, the firm assisted Skyscanner with a number of dismissals and terminations by mutual agreement.

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Industry focus: TMT
Industry focus: TMT - ranked: tier 2

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

Specialist in telecoms, CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo focuses on data protection, regulation and e-commerce. Information and communication technologies expert Javier Torre de Silva leads the team, which includes experienced counsel Bartolomé Martín, who joined from DLA Piper LLP in 2018 and brings expertise in intellectual property and e-commerce. The firm is assisting Algérie Télécom Europe with the deployment of an underwater fibre cable linking Europe and Africa, and is advising Echostar Mobile on the launch of a new telecoms satellite network in Spain. Other key clients include Amazon, BT, Telefónica and Ferrovial Corporación. Blanca Escribano left for EY Abogados.

Next generation lawyers

Bartolomé Martín - CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo's multi-disciplinary insurance team has domestic and international experience. Practice head Carlos Peña, who is a corporate and M&A specialist, leads a team that was recently strengthened by the arrival of financial regulatory expert Ignacio Ramos, who joined as counsel from Clifford Chance in 2018. The department is advising AIG on underwriting risks under warranties and indemnities insurance policies, as well as assisting Drive & Win with the launch of a car insurance contract, where the valuation of the risk is based on mobile phone telematics.

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Intellectual property: Copyright
Intellectual property: Copyright - ranked: tier 3

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo’s practice is led by Javier Torre de Silva. It has notable sector strength in the pharmaceutical, technology, financial, automotive and consumer goods industries. The practice is assisting Ricoh España with legal advice concerning new private copy regulation, and is handling the submission of allegations before the relevant authorities with regard to private copy regulations to be approved. Blanca Cortés is the key name. Bartolomé Martín joined as counsel in May 2018 from DLA Piper LLP.

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Intellectual property: Trade marks
Intellectual property: Trade marks - ranked: tier 4

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

Javier Torre de Silva leads the team at CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo, which handles contentious and non-contentious trade marks matters. Bartolomé Martín joined the team as counsel in May 2018  from DLA Piper LLP.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 3

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

The ‘proactive, clear and direct’ team at CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo is ‘well known as a specialist in the energy market and in particular in the renewable energy field’. The firm also has ‘deep knowledge of regulation and business’, notably in the electricity market. The team of ‘excellent professionals’ is led by managing partner César Albiñana and the ‘outstandingMaría Guinot, who has ‘experience, solid knowledge of the market and a pragmatic approach’. They lead a practice that saw the arrivals of Juan José Zabala, who joined from Cortés, Abogados, and counsel Ignacio Ramos, who joined from Clifford Chance. The department advised Iberdrola, as majority shareholder of Gamesa, on a potential merger with the wind power business of Siemens, and assisted Alstom Renovables and GE Capital with the acquisition of a wind farm portfolio and entry into the Spanish market. Jaime Almenar is now with Clifford Chance.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo is representing Aldesa Construcciones in litigation filed against Adif due to the delay in the fulfillment of a railway construction contract. Former practice head Jaime Almenar left for Clifford Chance, while Juan José Zabala joined from Cortés, AbogadosJavier Torre de Silva is recommended for contentious matters and María Guinot heads the team.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 4

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

At CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo, practice head Álvaro Otero led advice to CBRE Global Investors on its acquisition from Avignon Capital of a mixed-use office and retail building at Calle Fontanella.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 4

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo is recommended for cross-border matters. Recent work includes advising construction company Chamartin La Grela on its insolvency. Juan Ignacio Fernández Aguado leads the team.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

Recommended for its ‘availability, dedication, knowledge and trust’, CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo advises Spanish and foreign multinationals on a range of direct and indirect taxation issues. The ‘well-prepared’ team is ‘particularly strong in the key area of tax litigation’. Leading the practice is the ‘outstandingDiego de Miguel, who has ‘a solid knowledge of the entire tax system, expertise in tax litigation and quickly identifies important points’. The firm is advising Acciona on tax matters arising from the sale of its shipping company, and is assisting Savills with the tax implications of its acquisition of Aguirre Newman, in order to form a market leading real estate consultancy.

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

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo's white-collar crime practice counts numerous banks and their executives as clients. For example, it is representing the former president of BFA's audit committee Ángel Acebes in investigations into the bank's accounts. Other cases concern misappropriation, fraud and stock market manipulation allegations. Carlos Aguilar leads the team, which added senior associate Emilio Moyano, who joined from Ramón y Cajal Abogados, in November 2017.

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Legal Developments by:
CMS

  • Access to justice: protective costs orders in planning challenges

    Third parties and competing developers have no rights of appeal to the Secretary of State against planning decisions. Disappointed applicants can appeal to the Secretary of State and can have the merits of the application reconsidered. The only remedy available to a disappointed third party is a challenge by way of judicial review in the High Court on a point of law. The sense of frustration and disempowerment this creates has not been helped by the increasing complexity of the planning process and the use of consultation to legitimise decisions that many perceive may already have been taken.
    - CMS Group

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