Firm Profile > Clifford Chance > Barcelona, Spain

Clifford Chance

Banking and finance Tier 1

Primarily acting for domestic and international commercial lenders, Clifford Chance also has experience representing borrowers, project sponsors and international financial organisations. The firm is particularly known for its expertise in the Latam market, as well as its specialities in banking regulation, market infrastructure, derivatives, asset management and private banking. José Guardo has expertise in structured finance, energy and infrastructure projects. He leads a team that includes senior associates Eugenio Fernández-Rico, who specialises in general lending, project finance, asset finance, acquisition finance and refinancing; Felipe Font, who focuses on restructuring, corporate, acquisition and project finance; and María Sabau, whose expertise includes general lending and restructuring. Carlos Hernández-Canut and Stuart Percival retired from the firm in 2019.


‘Availability, efficiency, deep knowledge of Spanish law, great negotiation skills, and honest and clear in their opinions’

‘This team is outstanding’

‘They are experts in the area and build good relationships with counterparties’

‘They understand clients’ needs (timing, resources, fees and more) and always go the extra mile’

‘Will fight until death to get best conditions’

‘Team fully available and committed. Nice people to work with’

‘Felipe Font has great technical and negotiation skills, full commitment and availability’

‘High-level expertise combined with full availability, pragmatism and flexibility’

‘Extremely reliable’

‘All them together provide excellent team work’

Key clients



Banco Santander

HSBC Bank plc

BNPP Paribas

Applus Services, S.A.

Atlas Renewable Energy

Natixis New York Branch

American General Life insurance Company (AIG)

Pacific Life Insurance Company

Capital markets: Debt Tier 1

Specialising in securitisation and structured finance transactions, Clifford Chance acts for major Spanish banks in early commissioning programmes and euro MTN programmes. In addition, the firm has expertise in covered bond issuances and advises on syndicated bond issues, as well as US and European private placements. The team is co-led by debt and equity capital markets expert Yolanda Azanza; José Manuel Cuenca, who is known for securitisation, structured finance, derivatives and financial regulation; Eduardo García, who specialises in securitisation and structured finance; Antonio Henríquez, who focuses on international debt and equity offerings; and counsel María Luisa Alonso, who has experience in regulatory matters and high yield financings. Also notable in the team is senior associate Jesús Quesada. Carlos Pérez Dávila left to join Pérez-Llorca in 2019.


‘They are always available for quick catch ups’

‘Engaged with client issues’

Key clients

Banco Santander

Deutsche Bank



Bank of America-Merrill Lynch


BNP Paribas



HSBC Bank plc

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

The ‘competent, experienced and availableClifford Chance is 'very business minded and understands the dynamics of the deal-making process and how to shape it'. Acting for public and private companies, the firm has particular expertise in multi-jurisdictional matters and insurance sector-related transactions. Javier García de Enterría leads the practice and specialises in M&A, corporate governance, equity capital markets and corporate law. Notable in the team are Jaime Velázquez, who is known for his expertise in regulated sectors, including TMT, energy, financial institutions and infrastructure; Javier Amantegui, who focuses on private equity, cross-border M&A and infrastructure transactions; and the ‘excellent adviser and negotiatorLuis Alonso, who has experience in transactional, local and cross-border M&A. Also well regarded are Samir Azzouzi, who is active in the Latam region, and associate Miguel Barredo, who advises on M&A and corporate restructurings.


‘I would like to highlight the qualifications of the team and its high level of involvement in all phases of the process, especially in negotiations with the counterparty and in the detection of issues of concern in the contractual documents’

‘They are very thorough in all aspects of a transaction, no matter how complex it is’

‘They were able to build up a very good team, mixing profiles and experiences, leading to a really good result and providing excellent value for money’

‘They were able to manage a very complex transaction, providing solutions to all problems found in a seamless way. In addition, they were extremely helpful during the negotiation phase, providing advice that turned out to be a key success factor for the transaction’

‘I really appreciated that they were honest enough to challenge me and provide guidance even if it was not my initial preference’

‘All the open debates and exchanges yielded to a more solid and better result. I have not experienced such openness in other firms. On top of that, they demonstrated themselves to be experts in our industry.’

‘They are a very competent team, with experience and very good availability’

‘Very business-minded team’

‘Clifford Chance is always ready to help us no matter how challenging the topic may be’

‘The extraordinary capacity and ability of Luis Alonso in the negotiation, both in relation to legal and financial issues and to the global vision of the project, adds additional value to the competitors’

‘The ability of Miguel Barredo to prepare and review any contract as many times as are necessary to get the best position for the client, as well as to detect potential strengths and weaknesses, makes for a team with an extraordinary ability to achieve the best result’

‘Luis Alonso is extremely good and professional. He was able to manage the team and drive the transaction in a very efficient and effective way. I was particularly impressed by his advice during negotiation and by the fact he was able to analyse things from very different angles, leading to a very solid outcome of the contract and negotiation. In addition, I was surprised by his deep knowledge in topics that were not normally under his area of expertice (regulatory, tax, litigation, etc)’

‘Jorge Martin is a young brilliant lawyer. Very smart, quick learner and very hard worker. He was able to pose his opinion in a very comprehensive way’

Key clients

Actividades de Construccion y Servicios, S.A. (ACS)


ADV Partners

Advent International Corporation



Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp



Artá Capital




Dispute resolution Tier 1

Clifford Chance ‘knows the market, the system, the law and the legal structures perfectly', specialising in cross-border litigation, international arbitration and investigations. The practice is co-led by the well-regarded Jose Antonio Cainzos, who ‘makes overwhelmingly complicated disputes easy to manage’; Iñigo Villoria, who focuses on defending clients in clawback actions and matters related to the classification of insolvency; Ignacio Díaz de la Cruz, who was promoted to partner in 2019 and is known for international disputes, cross-border litigation and complex damages claims; IP litigation expert Miquel Montañá; and Josep Montefusco, whose expertise includes IP, unfair competition issues and damages claims. The team was further strengthened in 2018 by the arrival of state lawyer Fernando Irurzun as counsel; he has experience acting in a number of jurisdictions as well as in commercial and investment arbitration.


‘The team has a great ability to identify and define the damage in cases of non-contractual liability, as well as excellent communication regarding how they approach the needs of the client’

‘They anticipate any movement from the tribunal, court and counterparty’

‘They work very hard and they are more concerned and worried about the customer’s interests than their own’

‘José Antonio Caínzos controls all courses of actions, identifies all the relevant legal and business decisions and helps you navigate the process from the first to the last step of your dispute. It is like having an incredibly skilled litigator as part of your own in-house counsel’

‘Borja Perez-Puente is impressively efficient and detail-oriented. He quickly learns all the technical details of both your business and the case and then he is able to explain them in plain language with an amazing ease. He understands you and the court and makes sure that nothing is lost in-between’

‘José Antonio Caínzos has a really huge amount of legal knowledge and he always knows exactly which is the right thing to do. He is really polite, hard working and always worried about his customers’

‘Eduardo Hernandez can manage many important issues and cases at the same time. He is young but really well experienced, works really hard and has skill enough to understand any problem and topic easily, realising what is the best thing to do from a legal perspective’

‘The professionals that have worked with us have exceptional training and they take their job very seriously. They have worked in perfect harmony and co-odination with us and the experts that have collaborated in the matters in which the team has participated’

‘José Antonio Caínzos and Borja Perez-Puente clearly explain at all times the different alternatives that they propose for the planning of the matter. They are close to the client at all times and they have an exceptional knowledge about the matters in which they participate. They inspire trust’

Key clients




Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid


King Street


Banco Santander


Telefónica, S.A.

Manuel Jove


Red Eléctrica de España



Unibail Rodamco



Swiss Re

Environment Tier 1

Clifford Chance is particularly experienced in cross-border transactions in the renewable energy sector. The team also advises on other aspects of environmental law, such as claims and litigation, regulation and compliance, environmental liability and risk assessment, and the environmental aspects of commercial and property transactions. Energy regulation expert Jaime Almenar heads the team, which also includes public law specialists José Luis Zamarro and Carme Briera. The practice is currently representing Enel Green Power España in several appeals over the revocation of the administrative titles for the construction of a wind farm following an environmental impact assessment. Other recent highlights include advising La Comunidad General de Riegos del Alto Aragón as a defendant in a challenge brought by environmental associations over the construction of the Biscarrués reservoir.

Key clients


Atlas Renewable Energy

Deutsche Bank

Enel Green Energy Power

Banco De Santander

EU and competition Tier 1

The ‘best in classClifford Chance competition team has experience in litigation in abuse of dominance and cartel cases, EU law-related issues and merger control matters. The firm also has a growing state aid practice. Miguel Odriozola leads the team and has expertise across a range of areas, including restrictive practices and merger control operations. Also notable are counsel Begoña Barrantes, who specialises in Spanish and European competition law in a range of business areas, and senior associate Belén Irissarry, who advises on competition matters in the energy, telecoms, insurance, financial and food retail sectors.


‘Highly specialised lawyers, with very good knowledge of our market. Very easy to work with – it is as if they were members of the in-house team’

‘Miguel Odrioziola, Begoña Barrantes and Ana Latorre are always open minded and eager to work, no matter the issue. They are very pragmatic and attentive to the client’s needs’

‘Remarkably client-oriented and highly technically skilled team’

‘Miguel Odriozola has technical and practical knowledge in competition law. He is remarkably skilled in interacting with the competition authorities’

‘Belen Irisarry has legal expertise and is client oriented’

‘Ana Latorre provides high-value collaboration’

Key clients





Cartonajes International, S.L. (International Paper)

Software AG

Saint Gobain

Endesa / Enel


Banco Santander


easyJet Plc

Värde Partners

Lundin Mining






Aeproser (Grupo BC)

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Clifford Chance’s healthcare and life sciences group handles regulatory advice, M&A transactions and patent infringement litigation. The team has experience in joint ventures, cross-licensing, technology development, co-operative commercial arrangements and collaborative alliances. The multi-disciplinary group also advises healthcare clients across numerous areas, including intellectual property rights, employment matters, tax, business compliance, competition and product liability. The practice is co-led by IP specialist Miquel Montañá, head of the firm’s Spanish tech practice Josep Montefusco and Guillermo Guardia, who is experienced in private equity and joint ventures within the healthcare sector. Highlights included representing Roche in patent infringement proceedings regarding a biosimilar.

Key clients




Janssen Pharmaceutical

F. Hoffmann-La Roche


UCB Biopharma

Nutrition & Santé Iberia, S.L.

Bial Portela & CA

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Zoetis Services LLC

Esteve Pharmaceuticals S.A.

Insurance Tier 1

Known for insurance work related to Brexit restructuring and M&A, Clifford Chance also has expertise in bancassurance and the run-off market, particularly cross-border matters. The team, which is noted for its 'client focus, in-depth knowledge, availability and efficiency', specialises in high-value, complex and multi-jurisdictional insurance and reinsurance transactions. Practice head Jaime Sánchez has transactional and regulatory experience, specialising in insurance and reinsurance matters. His team includes associate Samuel Rosas, who focuses on M&A transactions, corporate restructurings and general corporate advice.


‘Very deep knowledge of the insurance sector and practical advice’

‘Jaime Sanchez goes beyond expectations in his advice. He does not state the obvious but tries to find practical solutions that align with the business requirements and with the necessary legal security’

‘The team always shows its experience and knowledge of the insurance regulatory environment’

‘Jaime Sanchez is always available to share some thoughts and provide quick advice on insurance regulatory matters’

‘The availability and ability to provide straight-to-the-point legal advice are the main characteristics that make Clifford Chance Spain different from its competitors’

Key clients


Chubb Insurance Company of Europe SE



Domestic & General

The Carrefour Group

Future Pipe Industries Group






Mutua Madrileña

Watkins, QBE (COF), Chaucer, CV Star, Kiln Ark Caniplus, Atrium, Aspen (United Kingdom), National Union, Arch, XL and Zurich

Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 1

Clifford Chance is known for its offering in intellectual property litigation and arbitration. The team has a particular focus on e-commerce and technology matters. IP and commercial disputes expert Miquel Montañá heads the practice with Josep Montefusco, who specialises in competition and advertising, and also leads the firm’s technology group. Senior associate Juan Cuerva de Cañas is also recommended. The team is currently advising VRMADA on copyright protection over its software as the company expands into the Middle East.

Key clients


Centros Comerciales Carrefour

Banco Santander

VRMADA Studios

Brookfield Asset Mgmt. Private Inst. Capital Adv. (Canada)



Mediterráneo Vida, S.A. de Seguros y Reaseguros

Fidelidade Companhia de Seguros S.A.

Intellectual property: patents Tier 1

The ‘extraordinary’ team at Clifford Chance is noted for its ‘business acumen’ and ‘understanding of the local legal system’. The group handles the full range of IP dispute resolution services, including cross-border litigation and arbitration, regional enforcement programmes and licensing programmes. Miquel Montañá and Josep Montefusco head the practice. Counsel Isabel Carulla is highly recommended, and senior associate Rais Amils is also singled out.

Key clients

Coloplast A/S

Novartis Pharma AG and Novartis Farmacéutica, S.A.

UCB Biopharma

AstraZeneca AB and AstraZeneca Farmacéutica, S.A.



F. Hoffmann-La Roche

Bial-Portela & CA

Merck, Sharp & Dhome

Esteve Pharmaceuticals S.A.


Nuu Mobile

Private equity Tier 1

The full-service practice at Clifford Chance is known for its global capabilities and its skill in acquisition finance, restructuring and fund formation. Javier Amantegui leads the team and has experience acting in cross-border M&A transactions for financial investors, including private equity, infrastructure and sovereign funds. He can call on the expertise of managing associate Javier Hermosilla, who focuses on transactional work, primarily advising private equity houses and financial investors on local and cross-border M&A. In a recent highlight, the department advised KKR and Artá Capital on the acquisition of the Alvic Group.

Key clients

Advent International Corporation

ADV Partners




Artá Capital




Corporación Financiera Alba


First State

Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP)

Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners (GSIP)

IFM Investors


Lone Star

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA)


OMERS Infrastructure

Partners Group

Projects and energy Tier 1

The broad multi-disciplinary practice at Clifford Chance covers all aspects of a project, particularly in relation to consumption regulation, litigation and infrastructure. The firm also has experience in thermosolar matters. The team is co-led by Jaime Almenar, whose specialities include energy regulation, telecoms, financial regulation and public procurement; José Guardo, who focuses on structured finance, energy and infrastructure; administrative procedures and corporate projects expert José Luis Zamarro; José María Fernández-Daza, who is known for advising on corporate M&A, restructuring, joint ventures and dispute resolution; Latam specialist Javier Amantegui, who advises on transactional matters and private equity; and Samir Azzouzi, who has experience in local and cross-border M&A. Also notable is senior associate Eduardo Sánchez, who assists in project transactions.


‘The CC team has outstanding experience and many years of dedication to such matters’

‘Their experience enables the team to tackle any issue you may send them with the comfort that they will provide you with a fast and accurate response’

‘Jaime Almenar has widespread knowledge of any legal topic that may arise and 24/7 availability’

Key clients

Iberdrola Group

Endesa Group

Redexis Gas

Banco Santander

Grupo Cobra

Solarpack Corporación Tecnológica



Corporación Financiera Alba

Gunvor SA

Public law Tier 1

The ‘extremely professional, talented and technically expertClifford Chance has an ‘experienced and world-class public law team, with great knowledge of the regulated sectors'. The firm has expertise in litigation and a focus on financial institutions combined with strength in the public contracts and infrastructure, telecoms, energy, pharmaceutical and financial regulatory sectors. The practice is also known for advising on regulatory law. The ‘fantastic, hardworking and vastly knowledgeableJaime Almenar leads the team and specialises in general administrative law, including litigation, telecoms, financial regulation, environmental law and public procurement. José María Barrios left to join Deloitte Legal in 2018.


‘The team demonstrates a cross-sectional and extensive knowledge of the matters related to public law’

‘The team shows initiative, anticipation and flexibility in resolving the issues’

‘We have a high level of trust in their associates and, specifically, their knowledge in public law’

‘Clara Alcaraz is an excellent professional’

‘Best in class team, led by Jaime Almenar, with the valuable addition of Fernando Irurzun in 2018’

‘They have outstanding knowledge and experience plus a holistic approach to any issue, which lets them give you a very accurate view of any legal aspect that might affect the topic they are analysing’

‘Where Jaime Almenar has an edge over his peers is his creativity in finding answers and solutions to problems where others fail. You can assign him almost any issue (not only in relation to public law) and he will analyse it quickly and exhaustively from each and every legal angle. Last but not least, his work ethic is phenomenal and you can count on him to present his work before the board with total confidence’

‘Jaime Almenar has technical expertise, leadership skills, problem-solving skills and work ethic’

‘Jaime Almenar provides a clear and useful approach to all regulatory issues. He is a really top adviser on energy matters’

Key clients





Ares Capital/Grupo Moove

Banco Santander




Acquico Diagonal 177, S.L. (Hines)

Real estate and construction Tier 1

The ‘approachable and availableClifford Chance specialises in complex corporate transactions, as well as advising on distressed assets and restructuring matters in the real estate sector. Carlos Portocarrero leads the practice and is known for real estate joint ventures, sales, leaseback transactions, and the acquisition and disposal of portfolios. Also notable in the team are solicitors María Pradillo, whose experience includes real estate joint ventures, corporate acquisitions, financing matters and leaseback transactions, and Angel Vizcaíno, who advises on a range of real estate issues. Blanca Ochoa left in 2019 to co-found investment company WA4STEAM.


‘United team, no differentiation between departments, well-rounded’

‘Expertise in the field, broad knowledge and experience’

‘Analytical skills and results oriented’

Key clients

Banco Santander




Lone Star

Unibail Rodamco Westfield


Värde Partners

Autonomy Capital

Partners Group

Orion Capital Managers




Hellenic Bank

Arena Invest

Swiss Life REIM (France)

Vía Célere Desarrollos Inmobiliarios, S.A.

Capital markets: Equity Tier 2

Clifford Chance advises on a range of equity and equity-linked capital markets products for financial institutions in the public and private sectors, as well as corporates. The firm is also active in the real estate sector, advising Spanish REITs (Socimis). The practice is co-led by debt and equity capital markets expert Yolanda Azanza; José Manuel Cuenca, who specialises in securitisation, derivatives, structured finance and regulation issues; Eduardo García, whose experience includes structure debt, general lending and fintech; Javier García de Enterría, who focuses on corporate, M&A and equity capital markets; and international debt and equity offerings specialist Antonio Henríquez. The team acted for Banco Santander, Citigroup Global Markets, Morgan Stanley & Co International and the other joint bookrunners on the proposed multi-jurisdictional IPO of Spanish petroleum company Cepsa.

Key clients

Banco Santander, S.A.

Citigroup Global Markets Limited

Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc

Go Madrid Benz SOCIMI

MásMóvil Ibercom, S.A.

Distribuidora Internacional de Alimentación, S.A.

Cellnex Telecom, S.A.

Industry focus: TMT Tier 2

Clifford Chance provides a full-service offering, advising on regulatory, commercial, financing, cybersecurity, competition, intellectual property and litigation matters in the TMT sector. The team regularly represents telecoms and media operators in contentious administrative procedures. Jaime Almenar provides ‘pragmatic approach and alternative solutions’ in his regulatory advice on telecoms and tech transactions. Regulatory specialist Carme Briera, who advised Ifema on the development of a free wi-fi network in Madrid, is recommended for her ‘knowledge of the sector’ and ‘high-quality work’. Highlights included advising Magnetar Capital on the corporate and financial restructuring of the Eurona Wireless Telecom group.

Key clients






Más Móvil




Vodafone One

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Clifford Chance's ‘very creative and commercial‘ practice draws from the firm's expertise in banking, finance and litigation. Traditionally creditor-focused, the firm also has increasing experience acting for debtors and investors. The team is co-led by Iñigo Villoria, who is known for defending clients in clawback actions; Epifanio Pérez, who specialises in refinancing, restructuring and finance; Rodrigo Uría, who has expertise in bank lending, finance and restructuring; and Eduardo García, who is experienced in debt as well as general lending, real estate finance and restructurings. Also notable are senior associates Alexandra Borrallo, who acts in civil lawsuits and insolvency proceedings, and Felipe Font, who advises on restructuring, refinancing, pre-insolvency processes and general lending. Carlos Hernández-Canut departed in 2019.


‘The CC finance team has done a fantastic job for us’

‘It is a fully committed team with great negotiating skills’

‘Top-notch compared to lawyers I have been working with in other jurisdictions for similar topics’

Key clients


Banco Santander




Magnetar Capital LLC

Tax Tier 2

The 'extremely responsive', 'hands-on' and 'technically excellent' Clifford Chance tax team distinguishes itself through its specialist work on tax litigation and REITs, as well as supporting the firm's other practices in significant transactions. It has expertise in M&A, complex corporate restructuring and debt capital markets matters. 'Outstanding' and 'incredibly client-focused' team leader Pablo Serrano de Haro provides specialist tax advice to international investors on all types of investment funds. The team also benefitted from the arrival in March 2019 of Julia Villalón, who augments the team's capability in real estate tax, from Uría Menéndez. Roberto Grau is also highly active.


Dedication, professionalism, good strategic vision of the problem, constructive relationships, speed, trust.

Expertise in the area of tax advice for US firms seeking to invest in Spain. Dedicated team that delivers excellent work product in a timely fashion, especially given time differences.

Pablo Serrano is able to explain difficult concepts in a straightforward manner. He always takes the initiative to not just answer our questions but also note what concepts we are missing.’

‘Julia Villalon works tirelessly for her clients; she is always available and provides quality work within tight time frames; she has particular expertise in understanding the tax consequences of making real estate investments in Spain.’

‘Carlos Portocarrero has an excellent understanding of the process of acquiring real estate assets and loan products in Spain, as well as a strong ability to help clients through each phase of the process.

Clifford Chance always shows a great performance based primarily on the great expertise of its team. The availability of the team and the quality of the work are remarkable.’

‘Pablo Serrano is an outstanding tax partner. His expertise and client orientation are very appreciated, making him different from competitors. The quality of the tax advice provided is highly remarkable.’

‘Maria Leivar is an outstanding professional providing excellent service to her clients.

As well as being technically excellent they are very commercial.’

‘Pablo Serrano in particular is technically excellent but also has a very good commercial outlook and understanding, and is a first-class communicator.

Pablo is incredibly client focused and consequently has always been available for calls and meetings when we have needed his advice. We have consistently found the advice of Pablo and his team to be clear and precise, something we have especially valued on more complicated tax matters.

Longstanding and experienced team which over the years have kept us informed proactively of every evolution in the legislative environment and the potential impacts on our transactions. It is an extremely responsive and hands-on team that can pay attention to the nitty-gritty while still having a practical approach.’

‘Pablo Serrano has a very broad area of expertise and has been over the years a pathfinder in the effective implementation of a new tax regime.’

‘Fernando Escribano has very strong technical skills and a good understanding of real estate investments that has served our portfolios well.

Key clients


Cerberus Capital Management

Autonomy Capital


Union Investment


Värde Partners


Rialto Capital Management

Orion Capital

LaSalle Investment Capital

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol

Corporación Financiera Alba

Partners Group

J.P. Morgan



Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Employment Tier 3

Praised as the 'place to go for specific labour issues', the employment team at Clifford Chance benefits from the firm's international reach and reputation. The team acts on a range of matters, including collective negotiations and renumeration schemes, as well as employment disputes. It also assists the firm's other departments with employment issues, for instance in mergers and restructurings. Practice head and counsel Juan Calvente 'has an impressive knowledge of the market'.


Very quick to respond and great English capability for global clients.

Small team with a great and very expert leader, very focused on added value work. The place to go for specific labour issues.

Juan Calvente has impressive knowledge of the market, and is extremely proactive and always willing to go the extra mile in client service.’ 

Key clients


WiZink Bank (Värde)



Airbus Group



Mcgraw-Hill Education Spain




Cubico Sustainable Investment

Dogus Group



Agrolimen S.A.

Partners Group (UK) Limited


Intellectual property: Trade marks Tier 3

Clifford Chance handles trade mark matters for clients in the consumer goods and retail, biotechnology, media and telecoms sectors. Miquel Montañá and Josep Montefusco head the practice. Rais Amils and Manel Santilari are both noted as ‘exceptional professionals’ who are ‘capable of seeking solutions to any legal problem, however complex’. Recent highlights include advising Honda on trade mark protection.

Key clients

Nutrition & Santé

Philip Morris


Honda Motor Europe

TLMK Servicio de Marketing Telefónico, S.L.

KissCam LL.C.

GG Foods

Universidad Internacional de la Rioja


White-collar crime Tier 3

Clifford Chance covers corporate criminal litigation and advice, particularly in relation to corporate crimes, intellectual property crimes, bribery, money laundering, environmental crimes and tax crimes. The practice also has a wealth of expertise in cross-border criminal litigation. Carlos Zabala leads the team and focuses on cross-border investigations, compliance and due diligence procedures, as well as being an expert in cyber security.


‘The team was really good at cross-examination and in the oral exposition before the court’

‘Carlos Zabala is a lawyer who solves problems, is always focused on the client and os technically brilliant’

‘Sonia Trendafilova gives great support to lead counsel’

Key clients

Airbus SAS



Lindorff España, S.A. and Lindorff Holding (now Intrum)


Promotora Industrial Sadense, S.A.


Interbalear de Servicios

Saint Gobain

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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Number of partners : 550
Number of other fee-earners : 3,300

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Women lawyers open up about their careers and defining choices

Advice To My Younger Self: Reflections of Successful Women Lawyers is published by The Legal 500‘s GC Magazine in collaboration with Clifford Chance. Now in its second release, the book is a practical resource for anyone interested in charting a successful career path at a law firm or by moving in-house. It features interviews with 20 women partners, alumnae and in-house counsel, with additional contributions from members of Clifford Chance’s senior management and US-based recruiting team. Visit our website to learn more about practical tips for building your career.

RISING LAWYERS open up about their priorities and strategies for success

Their Voices: Insights from Today’s Rising Lawyers by The Legal 500‘s GC Magazine in collaboration with Clifford Chance. Geared primarily for students and junior lawyers, the book is a practical resource for those considering law school or just beginning a legal career. Twenty junior lawyers offer diverse perspectives on what inspires them about the law, and the strategies that are helping them stay in touch with their priorities and define the future of their careers. Their Voices also provides insights for senior lawyers as they mentor the next generation of leaders.