Clifford Chance > Madrid, Spain > Firm Profile

Clifford Chance
PASEO DE LA CASTELLANA 110
28046 MADRID
Spain

Spain > Banking and finance Tier 1

Clifford Chance fields ‘a banking team of an impeccable technical level', which combines the experience and renown of three partners with a deep pool of talented senior associates. The practice has Spanish and English law capabilities and is often involved in international financing work, with a notable presence in Latin America, where project financing expert and practice co-head José Guardo is a significant figure. Fellow co-leader Eduardo García focuses on fintech matters, while Rodrigo Uría and Epifanio Pérez lead advice on leveraged and acquisition finance, supported by senior associates María Sabau, James Rodier and Ignacio Magariños. Their fellow senior associate Felipe Font is an up-and-coming name in refinancing and debt restructuring, especially in real estate, and Eugenio Fernández-Rico is equally lauded for asset and export finance.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo García; José Guardo

Testimonials

Its extensive knowledge and specialization in the area of banking and financial law, high number of lawyers in this department that allows them to face operations of all kinds and magnitude. As the most outstanding lawyers, Rodrigo Uría, María Sabau and José Guardo stand out.’

‘Clifford is the most powerful Spanish firm in this area and the one that is most prepared, by resources (it has English lawyers in the Madrid office and a very large, in terms of number of people, a banking team of an impeccable technical level that allows you to successfully face any operation. In short, Clifford assures you that you can successfully carry out any type of financial operation regardless of its size, legislation and / or complication, something that today is difficult to find.’

‘Ignacio Magariños and Epifanio Pérez are the best. Extensive experience, knowledge and leadership. They resolve conflicts that arise in an expeditious manner.’

‘High capacity of the people, at the different levels within the firm, not only at the partner level.’

‘José Guardo – Flexibility, availability, ability to reconcile the parties involved, adapt the firm’s resources to the needs required by the operation.’

‘This Clifford team stands out from other competitors in the industry in knowledge and involvement.’

‘Maria Sabau – outstanding knowledge. Total involvement. Great experience. Exceptional work quality. Has everything to be a great partner.’

Rodrigo Uria – excellent technical training, involvement and total availability in the deal. Perfect knowledge of the sector and applicability to the reality and needs of the operation. Good resource management.’

Key clients

Cellnex Telecom

Cemex

HSBC

Finerge

Banco Santander

Abertis Infraestructuras

Caixabank

Credit Suisse International

Natixis

Pepe Jeans

Work highlights

  • Advising Cellnex Telecom on the €10bn multi-acquisition financing entered into with JP Morgan as bookrunner in relation to the acquisition of CK Hutchison’s and Play’s European telecoms towers.
  • Acting for a pool of 11 financial institutions in granting a €500m financing to Abertis Infraestructuras, for general corporate purposes.
  • Advising Credit Suisse as arranger of a bridge facility agreement to provide Six Group with financing to support its public bid for the shares of Bolsas y Mercados Españoles Sociedad Holding de Mercados y Sistemas Financieros.

Spain > Capital markets: Debt Tier 1

Praised for its ‘mastery and vast experience in conducting debt transactions', the debt capital markets team at Clifford Chance acts for national and international banks, financial investors and corporates in complex debt transactions and securitisations. Standout areas include debt securities issues and EMTN and ECP programmes for Spanish issuers; project finance deals via capital markets; and first-of-their-kind issues of regulatory capital by banks. Eduardo García heads the Spanish global financial markets practice and specialises in securitisation and loan portfolios. Yolanda AzanzaJosé Manuel Cuenca, England and Wales qualified lawyer Antonio Henríquez and regulatory law focused counsel María Luisa Alonso all share leadership duties in the department. Jesús Quesada stands out at the senior associate level.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo García; Yolanda Azanza; José Manuel Cuenca; Antonio Henríquez; María Luis Alonso

Other key lawyers:

Jesús Quesada; Francisco Pizarro

Testimonials

The Clifford Chance Madrid legal team led by Yolanda Azanza is one of the best teams of lawyers in Europe specialized in capital markets. The quality of their service is excellent, as are their mastery and vast experience in conducting debt transactions.’

‘Compare favourably with their peers for their experience, knowledge and closeness.’

‘Yolanda Azanza: closeness, availability, security, experience.’

Key clients

Blackstone

J.P. Morgan Securities

Aedas Homes

BBVA

CaixaBank

Abanca Corporación Bancaria

Enagás Financiaciones, Unipersonal

Abertis Infraestructuras Finance

Bofa Securities Europe

Allianz Global Investors

Banco Santander

European Investment Bank

Wizink Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised the tentative founders of a proposed privately owned European Football competition, the “Super League”.
  • Advised Blackstone in connection with a facilities agreement for the partial finance of the cost of the land acquisition and development of three micro living residential sites in Spain.
  • Assisted J.P. Morgan Securities with the financing of four logistics projects to be developed across Spain.

Spain > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Clifford Chance, a Magic Circle firm with offices in both Madrid and Barcelona, is active across a broad range of industries, having handled standout deals in the sports, telecoms, energy, healthcare, finance and pharmaceutical sectors. The group has recently witnessed a couple of noteworthy developments, namely Luis Alonso’s promotion to practice head and the appointment of Javier Amantegui as leader of the firm’s European financial investors practice. Former practice head Javier García de Enterría remains active in the team as an of counsel, and the department is also able to leverage the considerable experience of Jaime Velázquez, managing partner of the firm’s Spain operations. Beyond the partner level, senior associate Pablo Murcia has been particularly active in the department's recent workload, which encompasses multi-jurisdictional M&A, public takeovers, joint ventures, restructurings, corporate governance and general commercial matters.

Practice head(s):

Luis Alonso

Other key lawyers:

Javier Amantegui; Javier García de Enterría; Jaime Velázquez; Pablo Murcia; Guillermo Guardia; Samir Azzouzi; Javier Olabarri Azagra

Testimonials

‘It is an excellent team with extensive experience in the sector. They are fast, agile, and very smart.’

‘Luis Alonso is our reference partner in Spain. He is a very hard-working and intelligent person. He is able to understand complex industry / business issues fairly quickly and generates a lot of value by bringing fresh perspectives to discussions. He is not a partner that only executes what is ordered but generates a lot of value in the solution itself. I would also highlight Pablo Murcia.’

‘It is a very competent team, with a lot of experience and with very good availability and treatment.’

‘Experience, knowledge and dedication.’

‘The sum of Luis Alonso and Javier Olabarri in M&A transactions seems to me like a ticket that today has no equivalent in any office. To the excellence of each one of them individually, is added the fact that there is a perfect coordination between them and that they have personal characteristics that complement each other perfectly.’

‘The team stands out for the extraordinary academic preparation of its members and the solid professional experience in all areas of commercial law, with an excellent relationship with all stakeholders, including the competition. In addition, they adapt perfectly to the demands of the client and their times.’

‘Experience and pragmatic approach always. The glass will always be half full and never half empty. The problems that arise are always accompanied by practical, never theoretical, alternative solutions. I’d highlight Luis Alonso and Javier García de Enterría.’

Key clients

ACS

Telefónica

Cellnex

Masmovil

Elliott

KKR

Finerge

Cinven

Cubico

Real Madrid

Key Capital

Vauban (formerly known as Mirova Infrastructure)

Cecabank

Total

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Galp

Permira

Banco Inversis

Sabanci

Abanca

ACS

Telefónica

Cellnex

Masmovil

Elliott

KKR

Finerge

Cinven

Cubico

Real Madrid

Key Capital

Vauban (formerly known as Mirova Infrastructure)

Cecabank

Total

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Galp

Permira

Banco Inversis

Sabanci

Abanca

Work highlights

  • Advised Telefonica on the merger of its UK subsidiary O2 with Liberty Global’s Virgin Media.
  • Advised Masmovil on the friendly €2bn takeover bid made over Euskaltel and, previously, on the friendly €5bn takeover bid made over Masmovil by KKR, Cinven and Providence.
  • Advising the promoters of the European Super League on the legal aspects concerning the project, including the foundational agreements, the €4bn financing committed by JPM, and corporate, antitrust and regulatory matters.

Spain > Dispute resolution Tier 1

A true reference in arbitration and litigation’, Clifford Chance has established itself among the leading dispute resolution firms in Spain through years of involvement in major cases. Acting from its offices in Madrid and Barcelona, the team is equipped to handle complex disputes, where it acts for a range of IBEX 35 companies and international heavyweights. In a case that has drawn considerable media attention, the firm is acting for European Super League Company (ESLC) and A22 Sports Management in proceedings against UEFA and FIFA concerning competition in the football market. With an international office network and outlook, the firm is highly active in cross-border cases; in particular, the firm’s Spanish teams collaborate with colleagues in Washington DC to act in disputes involving Latin America. Names to note in the department include practice head Fernando Irurzun and senior associate Fernando Giménez-Alvear, who are ‘two lawyers that any company wants to have at its side in a complex procedural dispute‘, seasoned litigator and IP expert Miquel Montañá, and Iñigo Villoria, who heads the restructuring and insolvency practice.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Irurzun; Iñigo Villoria; Ignacio Díaz de la Cruz; Miquel Montañá; Josep Montefusco

Other key lawyers:

Borja Pérez-Puente; Fernando Giménez-Alvear; Alexandra Borrallo; Eduardo Hernández

Testimonials

In my opinion, their qualities are experience and knowledge of the subjects. They are, in our case, a true reference in arbitration and litigation. I would highlight Fernando Irurzun for the confidence I have in them.’

‘It is important that in-house attorneys get to know the team that is going to work on the matters that interest us. In this case, I personally know Clifford Chance attorneys who have advised us on an issue relevant to us and for this reason, among others, we have trusted them and will continue to do so in the future.’

‘Excellence in their work and always ready to assist when needed.’

‘Both partner and associate are outstanding, always up to date. Good strategist when defending the case’

‘Very complete and proactive team. They demonstrate great involvement in matters.’

‘Great experience and clarity in advice. Both the managing partner Fernando Irurzun and the rest of the team Fernando Giménez-Alvear and Borja Pérez-Puente stand out.’

‘The attorneys at Clifford Chance have a skill that stands out in the market for analyzing complex situations and simplifying them. They perfectly analyze the opposing parties to define the most appropriate procedural strategy in each case.’

‘Fernando Irurzun and Fernando Giménez-Alvear are two lawyers that any company wants to have at its side in a complex procedural dispute. Specifically, in multi-jurisdictional cases.’

Key clients

European Super League Company, S.L.

A22 Sports Management, S.L.

Vingroup

Distrito Castellana Norte, S.A.

S.A. de Obras y Servicios, Copasa

Siemens Rail Automation S.A.U.

Instalaciones Inabensa, S.A.

Indra Sistemas, S.A.

Patentes Talgo, S.L.

ACS Group

Vías y Construcciones, S.A.

HSBC Bank plc

Altamira Santander Real Estate, S.A.

Airbus Group

Unibail Rodamco Westfield

Codere, S.A.

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.

IFM/Aleática

CVP Asset Management, SGEIC, S.A.

H.I.G. Capital

Ernst and Young

BDO Audotires, S.L.

Banco Santander, S.A.

Axa Partners

Zurich Insurance Plc

Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid

Mutualidad de la Abogacía

Banesco

Globalia Business Travel, S.A.

Steag GmbH

Suez Spain, S.L.

Enel Green Power

Vodafone España, S.A.U.

Swiss Re

Nokia Spain, S.A.

L’Oréal España, S.A.

Matrix Renewables (Spain), S.L.

Asociación de Empresas de Energía Eléctrica

Club Atlético de Madrid S.A.D.

Work highlights

  • Representing European Super League Company (ESLC) and A22 in judicial proceedings against UEFA and FIFA.
  • Represents Vingroup with regard to the post-M&A dispute related to its investment in Spain, consisting of the acquisition of a 51% stake in BQ (whose registered name is Mundo Reader) through its subsidiary Vintech.
  • Advised BBVA on an interim measures proceeding brought by several companies of the Cerberus group in connection with the deferral of the reimbursement of a loan granted by BBVA to a Dutch company of the Cerberus group due to the circumstances arising from Covid-19.

Spain > EU and competition Tier 1

The stellar, eight-strong competition practice at Clifford Chance is headed by Miguel Odriozola, who has extensive experience in matters regarding restrictive practices and merger control operations in the aviation, telecoms, and distribution and information technology sectors. The department, which has a regular presence in high-profile cases related to Spain, as well as before both the European Commission and the Spanish Competition Authority (CNMC), also fields other experts in competition, including counsel Begoña Barrantes and senior associates Ana Latorre, Belén Irissarry and Diego Doménech.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘I’d highlight Miguel Odriozola.’

‘They are simply the best.’

‘Belén Irisarry is technically outstanding and a great person.’

‘We have worked with the CC Competition team in highly complex operations and before the most demanding authorities in Europe. The result has been excellent, because the work has been excellent from all points of view.’

‘I highlight its ability to empathize with the client and integrate into their teams.’

Key clients

Telefónica

Samsung

Oracle

Carrefour

Çimsa (Sabanci Group)

Saint Gobain

easyJet

Super League (Key Capitals)

MásMóvil

Banco Santander

Cartonajes International, S.L. (International Paper)

Nokia

Värde Partners

Software AG

Iberdrola

Ontex

Cirrus (currently DTN)

Megasa

Freyssinet

CAF

Agrolimen

Hispasat

Aeproser

Work highlights

  • Advising and designing the Super League, a new European competition between the largest football clubs in Europe.
  • Advised Telefónica before the European Commission and the CMA on its €31bn value joint venture with Liberty Global to create a leading broadband and mobile player.
  • Successfully represented Telefónica in eight separate appeal proceedings against the acquisition by Telefónica of DTS (Digital Plus) subject to commitments.

Spain > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Clifford Chance is the ‘go-to firm’ firm for a number of renowned pharmaceutical companies, primarily for its experience in complex patent litigationbut also for the team's expertise in regulatory and M&A mandates. The Barcelona-based team, which works closely with the Madrid office, includes well-known practitioners Josep Montefusco, ‘a reference in the sector’; seasoned IP expert Miquel Montañá; regulatory-head in Barcelona, Carme Briera, who garners praise for her ‘outstanding knowledge and preparation’; and counsel Isabel Carulla, who specialises in national and cross-border IP litigation in the pharmaceutical sector.

Testimonials

‘Team of professionals with excellent preparation, very well integrated, capable of carrying out a collective work but also providing a single answer/solution to the client.’

‘Rais Amils is a professional capable of offering friendly treatment while constantly maintaining the highest level of professionalism. Josep Montefusco is a reference for the sector, transmits security to the client and is capable of advising the client in a totally transparent way. Carme Briera is an excellent professional, with outstanding knowledge and preparation. Very effective in drawing a process strategy perfectly adapted to the client’s needs. A pleasure working with them and the entire Clifford team.’

‘Josep Montefusco is an excellent partner to in-house IP litigation teams. Solid, commercial & practical legal support. Extensive & deep knowledge of sector and area of litigation.’

‘They are lawyers with a lot of expertise, efficient, with great attention to detail, capable of investing time and resources in the issues and very accessible.’

‘They are very dedicated, accessible people, capable of explaining very technical issues to profiles even who are not jurists. We have worked with Rais Amils and Manel Santilari, both are excellent professionals, efficient, fast, accurate, with a lot of technical knowledge and good communicators. It is also a team that stands out not only for its professional but also human quality.’

‘Miquel Montana and his team are very experienced in pharma patent litigation, highly respected, pragmatic and creative when considering legal issues, know the industry very well, very easy to work with, clear advice, a go-to firm.’

‘A strong, competent and reliable team.’

‘A lawyer who stands out on the team is, without a doubt, Miquel Montaña. A very knowledgeable lawyer, capable of crossing, for the benefit of clients, various specialties of law, perhaps one of the best patent lawyers in Europe.’

Key clients

MENARINI

ALFASIGMA

PFIZER

ESTEVE

BAYER

Novartis

UCB PHARMA

ASTRAZENECA FARMACÉUTICA, S.A.

SANOFI

BIAL-PORTELA

ZOETIS

GLAXOSMITHKLINE

JANSSEN

AMGEN

THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC

ILLUMINA INC.

EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES LTD.

Spain > Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 1

Leveraging the strength of its extensive global network, the experienced IP team at Clifford Chance continues to lead in this practice area, providing a comprehensive service to advise major multinationals on a wide range of copyright matters. These include audio-visual rights, infringement, copyright licensing, market strategy and due diligence. Under the leadership of multi-jurisdictional IP dispute specialist Miquel Montañá in Barcelona, the group’s client base spans the IT, sports, legal services, banking and government sectors, and features the Barcelona City Council and the promoters of the European Super League. The team is supported by technology co-head Josep Montefusco and senior associate Juan Cuerva de Cañas, also in Barcelona.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Team with great technical knowledge of the matter. Great professionalism of the team, great dedication of time. Understanding of problems and client needs. Proactively providing solutions. Absolute availability of the equipment.’

‘Great technical knowledge. Extensive experience. Absolute availability. Empathy with the client from Juan Cuerva Cañas.’

Key clients

Banco Inversis

Abanca

HILTI Corporation

The promoters of the European Super League

GFI – Groupe Français d’Informatique

Barcelona City Council (Ayuntamiento de Barcelona)

LZLabs

Work highlights

  • Advised Banco Inversis on its IT strategic alliance with Accenture.
  • Advising Hilti Corporation on a global project to update and harmonise in more than 60 jurisdictions its purchase, licensing and subscription agreements for software and software services.
  • Advising the promoters of the European Super League on the design of the structure of (i) copyright and (ii) audio-visual rights, which will be managed and exploited by the European Super League in relation to the football matches of the new competition.

Spain > Intellectual property: patents Tier 1

The intellectual property group at Clifford Chance maintains its leading position in the area of patents, where it advises major international life sciences and healthcare companies across a broad range of matters. These include patent infringement, revocation counterclaims, nullity proceedings and patent threat management. Led by multi-jurisdictional IP dispute expert Miquel Montañá in Barcelona, the group’s client base features household names Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Bayer, and spans the life sciences, chemicals, retail, and consumer goods sectors, among others. The team is supported by technology co-head Josep Montefusco and experienced IP counsel Isabel Carulla.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Josep Montefusco; Isabel Carulla; Manel Santilari; Adrian Crespo

Testimonials

‘Miquel Montana, Isabel Carullo and Manel Santilari were a highly effective team when representing our client. Their knowledge of local procedural rules and the judicial system in Spain is second to none.’

‘Miquel: an incredible oral advocate, able to put legal arguments across in a highly effective manner, and well-versed in adapting to an often difficult local court system. Isabel and Manel are both excellent collaborators who construct effective and persuasive legal briefs based on the available facts, in a logical and coherent manner.

‘The team has an excellent reputation and command of the specifics of IP litigation in the regulated context of Pharmaceuticals, bringing in perspectives from both the pure Patent perspective, but also regarding commercial and regulatory law.’

‘Miquel Montana certainly is the one “go to person” when it comes to complex international IP litigation matters that have a Spanish part. He is capable of not only understanding the local demands and consequences, but also the international implications that his activities may have.’

‘They are the best lawyers in Spain for patent litigation. Vast and long experience in this type of litigation.’

‘Miquel Montañá -best lawyer in Spain in patent litigation and together with Isabel Carulla make up the best and most qualified team to handle patent litigation in our country. Excellent practice and good connection with all the practice areas of your office.’

‘Miquel Montana is an incredibly sharp mind, very experienced, and a great fighter for his client’s interests in court. You could not wish a better lawyer. Josep Montefusco is extremely knowledgeable in patent matters and excellent counsellor for all Spanish IP matters. Adrian Crespo is a great analytical mind with excellent knowledge of both English and German’

‘One of the strongest teams in Spain with deep knowledge of the Spanish court system and intellectual property.’

Key clients

Bayer

Novartis

UCB Pharma

AstraZeneca Farmacéutica, S.A.

Sanofi

Bial-Portela

Love Digital Factory, S.L.

Zoetis

GlaxoSmithKline

Pfizer

Viatris

Grunenthal

Janssen

Amgen

Eli Lilly

Daiichi Sankyo

Lacer, S.A.

Biogen

Biontech

Thermo fisher scientific

Drylock

Henkel

Unilever

Illumina inc.

edwards lifesciences ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing Illumina in patent infringement proceedings where two patents protecting some technical aspects of sequencing-by-synthesis methods for sequencing and synthetising DNA were asserted.
  • Representing Exact Sciences in patent litigation around a diagnosis method that requires measuring the levels of a given gene.
  • Representing Amgen in patent litigation against a Spanish company that was planning to market generics of the drug cinacalcet.

Spain > Private equity Tier 1

The ‘excellent’ private equity practice at Magic Circle firm Clifford Chance serves as ‘a one-stop shop', guiding clients through the full array of relevant matters, including fund structuring and acquisition finance. Javier Amantegui heads the local practice and was also recently appointed as lead of the firm’s European financial investors practice; he is particularly knowledgeable of the infrastructure sector and is supported by banking, energy and natural resources industry specialist Samir Azzouzi. The team also enjoys notable depth beyond partner level, where Javier Hermosilla is developing a first-rate reputation for consumer, goods and retail sector-related deals, and fellow senior associate Jorge Martín has played a pivotal role on an abundance of standout transactions in recent months. The department has also overseen a handful of prominent transactions within the TMT field recently, and caters to an expansive roster of sovereign wealth, pension and specialist infrastructure funds, in addition to private equity houses.

Practice head(s):

Javier Amantegui

Other key lawyers:

Samir Azzouzi; Javier Hermosilla; Luis Alonso; Jaime Velazquez; Guillermo Guardia; Jorge Martín

Testimonials

‘Cliford Chance’s private equity team is technically excellent, covering all areas, commercial, looking for solutions to problems that also anticipates and focuses on what is important. The quality and service provided are very high.’

‘They focus on what is important, always anticipating possible problems and looking for solutions. They give a lot of confidence to the client since they perfectly understand the market and the transactions.’

‘It’s a one-stop shop. They have a very commercial approach and you can be sure to get the most solid advice all the way from the original transaction (including diligence, contractual negotiation, etc.) to the actual running of the investment (Board secretary support, definition of management incentive schemes, etc).’

‘Clearly the depth of technical knowledge but combined with an acutely aware commercial spin. Dedication and client service are superb.’

Key clients

Altamar Capital Partners

Asterion Industrial Partners

Blackstone

Brookfield

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)

Cinven

EQT

KKR

Macquarie

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

PSP Investments

Partners Group

Permira

Stirling Square Capital Partners

Trilantic Capital Partners

Vauban

Work highlights

  • Advised KKR on the sale by Telxius of its telecoms towers division to American Towers Corporation for €7.7bn, and also advised KKR on a €1.5bn bolt-on acquisition by Telxius.
  • Advised MASMOVIL on the tender offer by KKR, Cinven and Providence on the friendly €5bn takeover bid and the subsequent takeover bid for Euskaltel.
  • Advised international private equity firm Cinven on the agreement reached with Restaurant Brands Iberia’s (RB Iberia) current shareholders on its acquisition of a majority stake in RB Iberia’s share capital.

Spain > Projects and energy Tier 1

Clifford Chance is a tough firm to beat when it comes to energy and projects. The well-rounded team of partners houses some outstanding regulatory expertise, including in contentious-administrative procedures, and remains highly active advising commercial lenders, project sponsors and international financial organisations on the financing of energy projects. The team can also regularly be found advising on major acquisitions in the renewables sector, drawing on its skilled M&A practice. Among the team’s highly experienced partners are José Guardo, who leads the banking and finance department; head of public law Jaime Almenar; and dealmakers Samir Azzouzi, Javier Amantegui and Luis Alonso. Senior associate Clara Alcaraz, who brings in key support on the regulatory side, is another name to note.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A multidisciplinary team (essential in this field due to the multiple legal implications of the projects) with great experience and knowledge, as well as a very powerful structure in Spain and the rest of the geographies in which we operate. I consider them one of the best law firms in Spain in this field.’

‘Jaime Almenar stands out for his deep experience, breadth of knowledge, availability, business sense, work capacity, plot innovation and quality / price.’

Key clients

Acciona

Allianz Global Investors GmbH

Amazon

Atlas Renewable Energy

Banco Santander

Caixabank S.A.

Cubico Sustainable Investments Spain, S.L.

ENI

EQT

Finerge

Grenergy Renovables

Iberdrola

Natixis, Spanish Branch

Soladvent

Total Solar

TPG Global, LLC

Work highlights

  • Advising ACS and its investment bank Key Capital on the sale of its industrial division to Vinci for €5.2bn.
  • Advising EQT on the €881m voluntary takeover bid over Solarpack Corporación Tecnológica.
  • Advising Eni on the acquisition from Azora Capital of three wind farms in operation and one under construction for a total of 230MW and a portfolio of solar projects in advance development of around 1GW.

Spain > Public law Tier 1

Clifford Chance houses one of the most recognised public law teams in the Spanish legal market, which garners praise for its ‘strategic vision’, and regularly acts ‘before regulatory authorities and courts of law for a wide variety of industry leaders’ from the energy, telecoms, sports and infrastructure sectors. The department, which has a solid track record in important transactions and judicial appeals, is led by Jaime Almenar, a frequent advisor for Iberdrola, with proven experience in all areas related to public and regulated sectors. He is closely supported by José Luis Zamarro; Barcelona-based counsel Carme Briera; and senior associate Clara Alcaraz.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They have specific knowledge of the sector generating high confidence in their advice.’

‘Confidence, experience and knowledge. I would highlight Clara Alcaraz (Energy / Public law).’

‘I’d highlight the knowledge and experience of the legal team in the concession model.’

‘Clara Alcaraz – Great capacity for synthesis and analysis of the complexity of the healthcare environment. Jaime Almenar – Generation of multiple alternatives in the approaches of each procedure.’

‘They know how to enrich the work of internal lawyers by expanding information and knowledge beyond what is expected. They facilitate the daily work of the in-house lawyer with a great capacity to focus on matters, which allows them to place trust in them.’

‘Conciseness and strategic vision. They regularly appear before regulatory authorities and Courts of Justice for a wide variety of clients (from private corporations to public administrations) who are industry leaders in myriad sectors, bringing innovative insights to litigation. I’d recommend José Luis Zamarro and Octavio Canseco.’

‘Magnificent knowledge of the practice of public law, with a practical vision and also in comparison with the regulation in other countries.’

‘In addition to its magnificent training, with an international vision, I would mention the accessibility to the lawyers of the firm and also the knowledge that they have of our organisation, which greatly facilitates the work of the in-house lawyers.’

Key clients

ARES CAPITAL, S.A.

GRUPO MOOVE

BANCO DE SANTANDER

BRITISH TELECOM

CELLNEX

DRAGADOS SOCIEDAD ANÓNIMA

ENDESA/ENEL

EQT

EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK

EUROPEAN SUPERLEAGUE

FERTIBERIA S.A.

GESTAGUA (Gestión y Técnicas del Agua, S.A.)

IBERDROLA

KING STREET, TACONIC, SVP AND ATTESTOR

“LÍNEA 9 TRAM DOS, S.A. / LÍNEA 9 TRAM QUATRE, S.A.”

MACQUARIE INFRASTRUCTURE AND REAL ASSETS

MASMOVIL

PHUNCIONA GESTIÓN HOSPITALARIA, S.A.

RED ELÉCTRICA DE ESPAÑA, S.A.

SACYR

VAUBAN (formerly known as MIROVA INFRASTRUCTURE

Work highlights

  • Provides advice to Iberdrola on highly strategic regulatory issues.
  • Advised ENDESA regarding a claim filed by the Chiprana Town Hall against the Hydrographic Confederation of the Ebro River.
  • Advised MASMOVIL on the tender offer by KKR, Cinven and Providence on the friendly €5bn takeover bid and the subsequent delisting of MASMOVIL.

Spain > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Leveraging the combined bench strength of offices in 31 major cities across Africa, the Americas, the Asia Pacific region, Europe and the Middle East, the powerhouse real estate team at Clifford Chance remains a market leader, advising major private equity firms and investors, banks and financial institutions and multinational corporates involved in high-value, cross-border real estate transactions. Practice head and real estate law expert Carlos Portocarrero specialises in acquisitions, joint ventures, high-end sales and leasebacks, the acquisition of developer companies and the acquisition of portfolios of non-performing loans (NPLs) and foreclosed properties. Supported by experienced associates María Pradillo, an expert in real estate finance; portfolio transfer specialist Andrés Berral; and asset/share deal advisor Andrés Tirado, the group represents household name clients including Blackstone, Cerberus and Banco Santander. The team’s client base also spans the logistics, retail and hospitality sectors.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Banco Santander

BBVA

Blackstone

Cerberus

Bentall GreenOak

Unibail Rodamco Westfield

Carrefour

Schroders Capital

Prologis

Emin Capital

Onix Capital Partners

DWS

Primonial

Hellenic Bank

Servinform

Real I.S. AG

Kennedy Wilson

Work highlights

  • Advised Cerberus on the acquisition of a portfolio of 6,000 assets from Cajamar, the biggest portfolio ever sold by Cajamar.
  • Advised Primonial on the incorporation of a joint venture with Grupo Lar to jointly invest up to €400m in a rental residential platform.
  • Advised Prologis on the acquisition of a portfolio of 15 logistic assets in Spain (414,000 sq. m.) from Inmobiliaria Colonial.

Spain > Capital markets: Equity Tier 2

Clifford Chance fields an experienced capital markets team, which advises on the full range of equity and equity-linked products, including public offerings, rights issues and private placements, among other matters. The team counts major corporates and banks among its client base and also has a notable strength in SOCIMIs. Of counsel Javier García de Enterría is focused on the equity side of things and co-leads the team with experienced partner Yolanda Azanza and the English law qualified Antonio Henríquez.

Practice head(s):

Yolanda Azanza; Javier García de Enterría; Antonio Henríquez

Other key lawyers:

Francisco Pizarro

Spain > Environment Tier 2

Jaime Almenar leads the environment practice at Clifford Chance, which is highlighted for ‘adding value with innovative solutions‘. The firm has been particularly active in clean hydrogen projects, and the establishment of its firm-wide Clean Hydrogen Taskforce illustrated its focus on this area; experts from across its global renewables group assist clients in project development, financing and M&A, among other areas. Senior associate Clara Alcaraz is a name to note in this field in Spain. The department is also regularly engaged by clients to advise on complex environmental aspects of renewable energy projects, and it has developed particular expertise in sustainable financing. Barcelona-based counsel Carme Briera advises on the environmental impact of mining, soil pollution and energy generation, and in the context of M&A and finance transactions. Finance expert José Guardo, regulatory and public law specialist José Luis Zamarro and senior associate Eugenio Fernández-Rico are also key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Jaime Almenar

Testimonials

‘This firm stands out for its flexibility and for adding value with innovative solutions.’

‘Eugenio Fernández-Rico stands out in particular for being very decisive and oriented to solve problems to make life easier for the client.’

Key clients

Iberdrola

EQT

Soladvent

Finerge

Caixabank S.A.

Termosolar Alvarado, S.L.

Banco Santander

Allianz Global Investors GmbH

Natixis, Spanish Branch

Amazon

Cubico Sustainable Investments Spain, S.L.

Total Solar

Atlas Renewable Energy

Grenergy Renovables

Acciona

TPG Global, LLC

Spain > Industry focus: TMT Tier 2

'Focused on providing practical solutions to the problems raised', Clifford Chance's multidisciplinary department is led by Jaime Almenar, ‘an excellent lawyer who knows not only the law but also the technical aspects’. The firm acts as a regular advisor for an impressive roster of clients, particularly from the telecoms sector, and has a significant presence in large-scale corporate deals carried out in recent times, assisting names like Telefónica, Cellnex and MÁSMÓVIL.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Carlos Zabala; Carme Briera; Miguel Odriozola; Belen Irisarry

Testimonials

‘Clifford Chance’s team is led by Jaime Almenar, who is not only an expert in the field but an excellent lawyer who knows not only law but also technical aspects. The team is also multidisciplinary and clearly focused on providing practical solutions to the problems raised.’

‘I especially mention Jaime Almenar who is in my opinion an exceptional lawyer. He is very quick-minded, and very intelligent to provide solutions that really add value, not just telling you what the rule says. He interprets it and gives options.’

‘Great professionals with a name that precedes them. Their advice is very rigid and of very high quality.’

‘Jaime Almenar Belenguer: I’d highlight his professionalism, expertise in the field and human quality. Carlos Zabala has great knowledge of the telco sector and is a very good proceduralist.’

‘I would highlight Miguel Odriozola, for his way of approaching legal issues, always considering the impact on the business and providing creative solutions. His proximity and his ability to adapt to the company are exceptional. Belen Irisarry, for the depth of her analysis, her absolute availability and the exquisite personal treatment she provides to her clients.’

Key clients

Abanca

Ajuntament de Barcelona (Barcelona City Council)

Asterion Industrial Partners

Banco Inversis

Banco Santander

Cellnex

Digital Data Centre BidCo, S.L.U

GFI

Grupo Ezentis S.A.

Hilti Corporation

HSBC Bank plc

KKR

Madrid Bar Association (Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid or ICAM)

Masmovil

Mutualidad de la Abogacía

Telefónica

Work highlights

  • Advised MÁSMÓVIL on the €2bn friendly takeover bid over Euskaltel, through MÁSMÓVIL wholly owned company, Kaixo Telecom.
  • Advising Cellnex on the acquisition of the European telecommunications tower assets of CK Hutchison Holdings.
  • Advised KKR on a €1.5bn bolt-on acquisition by Telxius; Telxius has agreed to acquire, from Telefonica’s subsidiary in Germany (O2 Deutschland), circa 10,100 mobile sites in Germany.

Spain > Insurance Tier 2

Clifford Chance has established a prominent insurance and reinsurance practice through its involvement in high-profile and high-value transactions in the sector. Recent highlights included its advice to CaixaBank, Bankia and Abanca on the sale of a controlling interest in Spanish insurer CASER following a competitive auction process; Jaime Velázquez led the team. The team can also be found regularly advising on cross-border transactions, collaborating with colleagues in other offices in the firm’s international network where needed. Dispute resolution expert Fernando Irurzun and associate Juan Valcárcel are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Jaime Velázquez; Fernando Irurzun; Fernando Giménez-Alvear; Miguel Barredo

Other key lawyers:

Juan Valcárcel; Fernando Giménez-Alvear; Miguel Barredo

Testimonials

‘Juan Valcárcel combines to his credit a high specialization in insurance and M&A, which contributes to a highly technical and precise advice. Practical when negotiating.’

Key clients

Abanca

Admiral

Armour Group Limited

AXA Partners

AXA XL

Bankia

BT

CaixaBank

Carrefour

Domestic & General

Fidelidade

Future Pipe Industries

JP Morgan

L&G

Mapfre

Mutua Madrileña

Reassure

Reliance National Insurance Company

Swiss Re

WiZink Bank

Zurich

Work highlights

  • Advised Spanish banks Abanca, Bankia, and CaixaBank on the sale of a controlling interest stake in major Spanish insurer Caja de Seguros Reunidos, Compañía de Seguros y Reaseguros (CASER).
  • Advised Admiral on the sale of its price comparison business, including Confused.com in the UK, Rastreator.com in Spain and LeLynx.fr in France, the group’s technology operations, Admiral Technologies.
  • Advising the Admiral Group from a corporate, regulatory, tax and labour perspective on the reorganisation of its business as a result of Brexit.

Spain > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

The experienced restructuring and insolvency experts at Clifford Chance are praised for their ‘technical credibility, professionalism, and high performance in specialised advice to the client'. Clients include multinationals in various sectors as well as a host of major international banks and financial institutions, and the team stands out in international matters, having a notable English law component. Eduardo García co-leads the practice and is the firm’s head of global financial markets. Alongside him, Epifanio Pérez and Rodrigo Uría have broad financing expertise, while Iñigo Villoria is the main contact for insolvency work. Alexandra Borrallo and Felipe Font stand out at the senior associate level.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo García; Epifanio Pérez; Rodrigo Uría; Iñigo Villoria

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The important thing is that they have experience in previous situations and an overview of the interests of our entity in each matter and collaborate in finding solutions acceptable to all parties. In this, Clifford Chance has proven to be a firm with great experience and knowledge of our operations.’

‘The plus that makes them stand out is the knowledge of the practice and understanding of the operations at a legal and commercial level. I would highlight their ability to negotiate and propose solutions that work for the parties even in the most complex restructuring processes.’

‘Technical credibility, professionalism, high performance in specialized advice to the client. Excellent results, availability, and the best strength, creativity, is key to obtaining the expected results, in its best version of all the options. Impeccability, and high capacity for work and agility. Highlight the didactic and exemplary nature of their advice. Excellent command of the subject. A true example to follow: they provide security, confidence and a guarantee of (good) results.’

‘The people of the team: Rodrigo Uría, Felipe Font, and Juan Puras, authentic references in this matter. Personality, mood, coordination with third parties, technical credibility, and impeccability. Its high capacity to explain and teach the client the contents, alternatives, risks and solutions.’

‘The debt restructuring team at Clifford Chance Madrid stands out for its technical knowledge and its ability to be flexible and skillful in aligning the needs of lenders and their clients.’

‘The CC Chance Team (in our case Epi Perez Felipe Font and Marta Martinez) have many capabilities among them. A great ability to explain complex concepts in terms easy for their clients to understand. Absolute availability for the client .. at any time of any day 24/7 service. Ability to understand our business and negotiate a restructuring contract earned the respect and trust of the lenders lawyers.’

Key clients

Eroski Sociedad Cooperativa

Codere

Banco Santander

King Street

Strategic Value Partners

Taconic

Attestor

BBVA

HSBC

ING Bank

Raiffeisen Bank International

Amsterdam Trade Bank

Magnetar Capital

Pepe Jeans

Bank of America Merril Lynch International

Varde (Vía Celere)

Blackstone (Fidere)

Eurona Wireless Telecom

Global Satelite Technologies

Altan Redes

Work highlights

  • Advising Eroski on the €1.5bn restructuring of its financial indebtedness and corporate structure.
  • Acting for Codere group in a restructuring arrangement entered into with an ad-hoc committee of bondholders (in respect of the $300m and €500m New York law governed notes).
  • Advising Banco Santander on the insolvency proceedings of Marme, which was the initial owner of the main office of Banco Santander and in 2008 became the tenant as a result of a sale and lease transaction.

Spain > Tax Tier 2

Clifford Chance‘s tax team regularly supports on the most complex tax aspects of corporate and real estate deals, and can also be found regularly advising on standalone tax structuring and disputes. The firm has a particularly strong base of clients in the finance sector, covering domestic and international funds and banks. Practice head Pablo Serrano de Haro, who was appointed head of the firm's global tax, pensions and employment practice in early 2022, is very active in investment fund creation, while counsel Roberto Grau is an experienced figure for tax aspects of capital markets, banking and finance transactions. Fernando Escribano supports at the senior associate level. Mónica Fernández left the firm in September 2020 to work in-house at Mapfre.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Serrano de Haro

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very competent team, with a lot of experience, that transmits a lot of safety.’

‘Experience, knowledge, safety and availability.’

‘They are very solid technically and with great experience in the sector. Very imaginative when it comes to finding workable solutions to the problems we pose. Full availability of the partner to attend to our questions. They are among the best prosecutorial teams in Spain.’

‘Pablo Serrano is extraordinary. Technically impeccable, he has a sixth sense to anticipate possible problems that may arise in the future before audits of the Tax Administration and to propose realistic and feasible solutions. He is prudent and always puts himself in the shoes of his clients.’

Key clients

Actividades de Construcción y Servicios (ACS)

Telefónica

Real I.S. AG Gesellschaft für Immobilien Assetmanagement

Abanca Corporación Bancaria

Banco Santander

CAF

Primonial European Residential II HoldCo

TPG

AXA

DWS

Allianz Real Estate

Alatamar Capital Partners

Saint Gobain Distribucion Construccion

Prologis European Logistic Fund

Green Investment Group

Green Oak

Schroder Real Estate Investment Management

Cimsa Cimento

EQT vehicles

Work highlights

  • Advised ACS on the sale of almost the entirety of its industrial division to Vinci for between €4.93bn and €4.98bn.
  • Advised Abanca on the purchase of the Spanish banking business of the Portuguese bank Novo Banco.
  • Advised the Rise Fund, a global impact investment fund managed by alternative asset firm TPG, on the $700m acquisition of approximately 1 gigawatt of solar PV projects from Trina Solar.

Spain > Intellectual property: Trade marks Tier 3

Leveraging the strength of its global network, the experienced IP team at Clifford Chance provides a comprehensive service to major multinational IP rights holders on a broad range of trade mark matters. These include unfair competition, trade mark registration, trade mark clearance reports, trade mark infringement, revocation actions, and dealings with customs authorities. Headed by multi-jurisdictional IP dispute expert Miquel Montañá in Barcelona, the group is well versed in acting for major companies operating in the healthcare, life sciences, technology, telecoms and media sectors, among others. The team is supported by technology co-head Josep Montefusco and senior associate Sonia Sebé.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘There are a number of excellent lawyers in the IP team.’

‘Miquel Montana is simply superb. He is very experienced and has a very global outlook. He has seen and done most IP related litigation work in Spain. He is a go to person when there are any IP issues in Spain.’

‘Clifford Chance’s team is tremendously effective and the communication achieved during the pandemic has been extraordinary and key to the success of many cases. They have very good internal coordination.’

‘Undoubtedly, the plus of these lawyers is that they have strong knowledge of the matter and when faced with a specific matter, they go deeply into seeking knowledge, strategies and alternatives. This with the fact that it has a humane and accessible treatment in communications and in the face of problems. Effectiveness prevails and they are transparent.’

‘This team is great to work with.’

‘Juan Cuerva is a great lawyer and person.’

Key clients

Bayer

Novartis

UCB Pharma

AstraZeneca Farmacéutica S.A.

European Super League

Lindt

Love Digital Factory, S.L.

Zoetis

GlaxoSmithKline

Pfizer

Janssen

Amgen

L’Oréal España, S.A.

Thermo Fisher Scientific

GB Foods

Drylock

Henkel

Unilever

Illumina Inc.

Edwards Lifesciences Ltd.

DWF

Barcelona City Council (Ayuntamiento de Barcelona)

LZLabss

Carrefour

Oxfam – Intermon

British Telecom

Work highlights

  • Advising the organisers of the European Super League on the registration of the “Super League” trade mark.
  • Representing a leading manufacturer of pet food products at the hearing of a trade mark case before the Court of Justice of the European Union.
  • Advising Lindt on the judicial protection of its trade marks in Spain.

Spain > White-collar crime Tier 3

The corporate crime, compliance and internal investigations department at Clifford Chance advises domestic and international companies and financial institutions on a wide span of issues. Such matters include internal investigations, preventative advice, bribery, money laundering, smuggling, tax crimes, environmental crimes and regulatory compliance. Led by white-collar criminal law expert Carlos Zabala, the group’s client portfolio includes household names across the telecoms, banking, real estate and education sectors. The team is supported by senior associate and cross-border proceedings specialist Sonia Trendafilova and associates Sonsoles Callejo and Victor Lana.

Testimonials

‘Technical knowledge and ease in presenting the case. Open minded, always studying and hoping to better understand the client’s business. In comparison to others, the Clifford Chance team knows our business better than others, because they wanted to know even our factories in order to understand everything better.’

‘We work directly with the person in charge of the area, Carlos Zabala. We like their humility and their effort to know each and every one of the details of the business, to be able to use all the information available in the procedures.’

Key clients

Swedbank

Vingroup

Värde Partners

Barclays

Blackstone

British Telecom

Flutter (The Stars Group)

Santander

Saint Gobain

Work highlights

  • Conducted a broad investigation stemming from allegations that customers of Swedbank’s Baltic subsidiaries had facilitated money laundering.
  • Advises and represents Vingroup with regard to the post-M&A dispute related to its investment in Spain, consisting in the acquisition of a 51% stake of BQ through its subsidiary Vintech.
  • Represented BT España in criminal proceedings brought before the Investigating Court of Barcelona number 32.

Spain > Employment Tier 4

A range of blue-chip clients look to Clifford Chance for their employment advice in Spain. Counsel Juan Calvente leads the practice, covering employment litigation, reorganisations and comprehensive support to the corporate team in employment-heavy matters. Efraína Fernández, Jorge Martín-Fernandez and Cristina González are a trio of senior associates that all come with client recommendation.

Practice head(s):

Juan Calvente

Testimonials

‘What makes Clifford stand out and especially Cristina Gonzalez who advises us in most cases is a very important knowledge of the law but at the same time a holistic vision of who we are and what we need to know at all times. Cristina on many occasions has known how to understand the business (which is not easy), where we were and how she could better help and advise us. She has an exceptional ability to give us exceptional and very commercial advice.’

‘They make the complex easy, in an agile and close way. With an unbeatable technical quality and the best attitude and contribution of creative solutions for the client. I’d highlight Juan Calvente, Jorge Martín Fernández and, above all, Efraína Fernández.’

Key clients

Citigroup

Nomura

Varde/Wizink

Pfizer

Cubico Sustainable Investments

Amazon

Bandai

X-Elio

Intrum

Prologis

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

Clifford Chance‘s substantial emphasis on M&A and private equity within its Latin America practice, continues to land it major engagements across the region. This includes a group in Sao Paulo that impresses in Brazil transactions, notably seeing particular growth in fintech deals during 2020; it advised Neon Pagamentos, a Brazilian fintech business, on its $161m funding round, among other deals. The firm continues to be at the forefront of energy and infrastructure deals, and is noted for Asia and Middle East investments into Latin America; it represented China’s JCHX Mining Management on its strategic investment in Cordoba Minerals, the Canada-listed business that runs exploration projects in Colombia. David Brinton heads the Americas M&A group and has a fine record in energy transactions across Latin America, including private equity-led deals. Sao Paulo managing partner Anthony Oldfield has strong connections to Brazilian corporates and is a major player in Brazil M&A and fundraisings. Thais Garcia is an emerging name in Latin America private equity and infrastructure M&A. Madrid’s Javier Amantegui and Samir Azzouzi are also key names.

Practice head(s):

David Brinton; Anthony Oldfield; Javier Amantegui; Thais Garcia

Key clients

Actis

Ardian

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)

Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM)

Fitesa

Interconexión Eléctrica (ISA)

Macquarie

Mitsubishi

Neon Pagamentos

Votorantim Cimentos

Work highlights

  • Advised Mitsubishi in connection with the sale of its indirect 40% interests in Empresa Electrica Cochrane.
  • Advised Interconexión Eléctrica (ISA) and its subsidiary ISA Intervial Chile on its acquisition of the Costera Cartagena Barranquilla 4G toll road in Colombia.
  • Advised Ardian, a France-based private equity firm, on aspects of its acquisition of a 33% stake in a Chilean toll road business from Brookfield Infrastructure.

The firm: Clifford Chance is one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, it prides itself on its approachable, collegial and team-based way of working. The firm always strives to exceed the expectations of its clients, which include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not-for-profit organisations. It provides them with the highest quality advice and legal insight, which combines the firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.

Types of work undertaken
Capital markets: the capital markets practice concentrates on securities transactions and other products sold into the capital markets. The practice is founded on a full-service US and UK securities law capability, complemented by local securities law expertise in each of the key financial centres. It provides practical, integrated legal advice covering the full spectrum of global capital raising activities including public and private domestic and international offerings of traditional debt and equity securities as well as convertible and other derivative and structured securities.

Corporate: the corporate practice handles some of the world’s largest and most complex M&A transactions. It combines global transaction capability with a full service of English, US and civil law expertise in the key financial centres across Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. In addition to mainstream M&A, the firm also encompasses leading specialist practices in: commercial contracts, competition and antitrust, communications, energy, healthcare, financial institutions, funds, investment banking, insurance, media and technology, and private equity.

Finance: Clifford Chance’s finance practice is the leading international finance practice of any law firm. The practice provides highly commercial and practical advice across the full spectrum of financial products including syndicated lending and leveraged and acquisition finance, asset finance, derivative products, project finance, financial regulatory, insolvency, restructuring and structured finance.

Litigation, dispute resolution and risk management: the firm has experience in virtually all segments of the business and financial markets across multiple jurisdictions. The lawyers work with clients to resolve disputes efficiently and effectively – whether through arbitration, litigation or other techniques.

Real estate: Clifford Chance’s leading real estate practice offers UK, European, Asian and US real estate capability. The practice advises the real estate industry’s leading players on the entire property ‘life-cycle’ from the initial acquisition, development, leasing, joint venturing and financing through to the final exit, as well as tax structuring, PFI/PPP, corporate outsourcing, planning, environment and litigation.

Tax, pensions, employment and incentives: Clifford Chance has one of the world’s largest international tax groups within a single law firm. The firm is uniquely placed to provide leading edge advice to clients, and the practice is structured on an integrated global basis. Local tax groups within the practice work closely with areas such as securitisation, securities, M&A, corporate restructuring, private equity, real estate and funds.

The pan-European VAT group advises on all areas of VAT and has particular strength advising on novel and complex issues in the structured finance, financial services, corporate finance and real estate sectors.

The team of experienced employment, employee benefits, ERISA, immigration and pensions specialists work with clients from a wide range of sectors to address local and cross-border issues.

International offices: Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Casablanca, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Jakarta*, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Perth, Prague, Rome, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Warsaw, Washington, D.C., Riyadh**

*Linda Widyati & Partners in association with Clifford Chance

**Clifford Chance has a co-operation agreement with Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm in Riyadh

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 Alberto Manzanares  photo Alberto ManzanaresAlberto Manzanares has over 30 years’ professional experience in the banking sector…
 Miguel Odriozola  photo Miguel OdriozolaMiguel Odriozola is the Head of the Clifford Chance Antitrust team in…
 Carlos Portocarrero de las Heras  photo Carlos Portocarrero de las HerasCarlos Portocarrero de las Heras specialises in joint ventures, bidding process, sale…
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