Firm Profile > DLA Piper > Madrid, Spain

DLA Piper
PASEO DE LA CASTELLANA
35-2 28046
MADRID
Spain

Industry focus: Manufacturing Tier 1

Under the leadership of Diego Ramos, DLA Piper maintains a busy manufacturing practice, which counts steel, chemicals, packaging, automotive and logistics companies among its clients. The team's areas of expertise span environmental law matters, M&A, public procurement and employment litigation, among other areas. Elisa Lorenzo is a name to note at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Diego Ramos

Other key lawyers:

Íñigo Gómez Jordana; Elisa Lorenzo

Key clients

Europac

Avon

Levi Strauss

Newell Rubbermaid

Kering

Mondelez

Reckitt Benckiser

Daktronics

Industry focus: Retail Tier 1

With extensive experience in the retail sector, DLA Piper is a popular choice of legal counsel for cosmetics, fashion and consumer goods companies. It stands out for its work in real estate and IP. Orson Alcocer is a name to note in the latter; he specialises in copyright and data protection and is particularly active in the fashion and gaming sectors. Diego Ramos's practice spans technology, IP and commercial law. Teresa Zueco is a key contact for corporate and M&A.

Practice head(s):

Orson Alcocer; Diego Ramos

Other key lawyers:

Teresa Zueco; Jesús Zapata; Borja de Obeso

Key clients

Avon

Levi Strauss

Newell Rubbermaid

Kering

Mondelez

Reckitt Benckiser

CBRE

NBA Properties

Bricor

Karen Miller

Banking and finance Tier 2

Specialising in multi-jurisdictional transactions, DLA Piper advises large banks and international financial institutions on leveraged finance, project finance, debt capital markets, corporate financing, asset base lending, real estate financing and securitisations. On top of this, the firm provides financial regulatory advice, as well as an innovative platform for secure, cloud-based document analysis and provision extraction called Kira. Practice head César Herrero focuses on bank finance deals, particularly leveraged, project and structured finance. Also of note is Jesús Zapata, who is experienced in corporate and acquisition financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

César Herrero

Other key lawyers:

Jesús Zapata; Antonio Olarte; Juan Gelabert; Carmen Sánchez; José Marco; Carmen Fernández-Ladreda; Rocío Smith; José Ignacio Monedero; Felipe López

Testimonials

I believe that the main strengths of the DLA Spain financial-banking team are: Experience in the sector: it is evident when they provide efficient and quick solutions to complicated, unexpected or last minute problems that arise in operations. Multidisciplinary: they have team members who are specialists in various subjects so, in particular for special operations such as Real Estate, they provide a lot of added value.’

‘Their advice is of great added value, providing good ideas and facilitating the structuring of operations, solving problems, etc. I think it is a highly recommended firm, especially César Herrero and the team with whom he usually works (Carmen Sánchez, José Marco, Carmen Fernández-Ladreda, Rocío Smith, José Ignacio Monedero, Felipe López) and Juan Gelabert.’

They know the market deeply and are technically very good. Price quality is one of the best in Madrid Despachos.’

‘César Herrero: He has a very respectful style with his colleagues, calm and close. In addition, technically he is a 10. Able to provide solutions to any legal problem that you raise and explain them clearly and concisely. His involvement in each matter is total.’

Specialist lawyers and highly involved in operations with imaginative solutions. Especially relevant is the partner, César Herrero, one of the best lawyers in Madrid.’

‘César Herrero is an exceptional attorney. He is 100% involved in operations, knows every angle, provides solutions and is always ready to help and work for the good of his client and the operation.’

‘Juan Gelabert’s advice is always cutting edge. He ensures that it is up-to-date with trends in the sector both locally and internationally and is an excellent reference for issues with international connotations that he manages decisively through the network of offices. He knows the issues personally and is 100% involved until any problem is solved.’

They have excellent knowledge of the sector and the company. They know perfectly the points that are impassable red lines of the client and financial entity, which avoids inefficient negotiations. The service is agile and of the highest quality. The response time is especially remarkable. We regularly work with César Herrero and Antonio Olarte, both excellent professionals.’

Key clients

Santander

Banco Sabadell

Bankinter

Barclays

BBVA

CaixaBank

Corpbanca

Natixis

NatWest

Tikehau

Muzinich

Pemberton

RiverRock

LGT

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

DLA Piper's corporate and M&A department benefits from cross-border collaboration with colleagues in the firm's office network, allowing it to handle multi-jurisdictional transactions. In Spain, the firm's full-service offering is another advantage in M&A, allowing it to cover related employment, tax and corporate governance matters. The highly regarded Joaquín Echánove's 'experience, ethics, negotiating skills and rapport with his client make him a very valuable asset in any transaction'. Practice head José María Gil-Robles maintains an active practice and has a good track record in domestic and international M&A. Teresa Zueco is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

José María Gil-Robles

Other key lawyers:

Joaquín Echánove; Teresa Zueco; Enrique Chamorro; Jesús Palencia; Rocío García; Héctor Gómez

Testimonials

‘The team at DLA is excellent always with alternatives and flexibility to help operations overcome obstacles.’

‘Joaquín Echánove is an excellent professional whose experience, ethics, negotiating skills and rapport with his client make him a very valuable asset in any transaction.’

‘Very close involvement of partners and senior lawyers. Deep understanding of the Market and the risks that the client may or may not assume. Multidisciplinary firm with a presence in almost the entire world.’

‘They engage in operations as if they were part of the client’s team. Deep knowledge of customer needs. Sincere recommendations on what can or cannot be accepted in a negotiation. 100% availability.’

‘Commitment and dedication. The comparison would be favorable due to its technical rigor.’

‘Professionalism and dedication.’

Key clients

Webhelp SAS

Papeles y Cartones de Europa SA (“Europac”)

Elliott Capital Advisers

Atlantia

Combell Group BV

PKA Private Funds III

LGT European Capital Limited (“LGT”)

Centerbridge Partners Europe, LLP

Varta

Starwood Capital Europe Advisers

TÜV Rheinland AG

AnaCap Financial Parters (“AnaCap”)

Link Group

Nazca Capital

Employment Tier 2

Drawing on the wider firm's international network of offices, DLA Piper's Madrid-based employment team formed part of a cross-office response to the increased demand from multinational companies worldwide due to widespread business closures during the pandemic. Recent instructions for Pilar Menor's team have included the complex collective dismissal process of Hard Rock Spain, as well as regular support to multinationals throughout 2020 while employment legislation changed frequently. Digital transformations and assistance on mental health guidelines have also featured frequently in the recent workload. On the individual side, Menor is particularly focused on collective labour negotiations and employment litigation, especially in restructurings and layoffs resulting from M&A. Paz De La Iglesia is also a key contact, and legal directors Pedro Molina and Raúl Torres are both active across the department's range of mandates.

Practice head(s):

Pilar Menor

Other key lawyers:

Paz de la Iglesia; Pedro Molina; Raúl Torres

Testimonials

‘Some of the strengths of the DLA Piper team are communication, agility and clarity.’

‘I have worked with Pilar Menor and her team. She and her team reacted swiftly, to the point, offered great and professional support and were available even in summer times. They are confident and reliable and above all patient.’

‘Personalized treatment and great knowledge not only of work practice, but also of the client company and the sector.’

‘Great professionals, both at the partner level and the rest of the lawyers who work in labor.’

Industry focus: Food Tier 2

DLA Piper's Madrid-based team acts for well-known international food and beverage brands in corporate, commercial, marketing, franchising and data protection matters. Practice head Diego Ramos is highly regarded by clients; commercial, IP and data protection litigation are among his areas of expertise. Paula González de Castejón specialises in IP and IT and is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Diego Ramos

Other key lawyers:

Paula Gonzalez de Castejón; Joaquín Hervada

Testimonials

‘Diego Ramos is a star: always reactive, prompt, pragmatic while proposing reasonable fees. I love working with him and the team does as well.

Key clients

Bacardi

Mondelez

SOIFA Alimentación

Hard Rock Café

Industry focus: TMT Tier 2

DLA Piper has notable strength in technology matters, advising an increasingly diverse client base on complex projects, including domestic clients expanding their services abroad and international companies establishing operations in Spain. Diego Ramos leads the team and has over 20 years' experience in technology and privacy law, while on the media side he recently assisted Warner Bros on its activities in Spain. Paula González de Castejón is a name to note in the team; she has strong expertise in IP and technology, especially in the medical, pharmaceutical and biotech sectors.

Practice head(s):

Diego Ramos

Other key lawyers:

Paula González de Castejón

Testimonials

‘Diego Ramos is the smartest IP practitioner we have ever encountered. His legal and commercial advice is always helpful and spot on.’

Key clients

Vodafone

Warner Bros

Tata Consultancy Services

Information resources Inc

Lego

Pfizer

Italfarmaco

Adobe

Técnicas Reunidas

Suvoda

Projects and energy Tier 2

Noted for its 'great attention to detail', DLA Piper has a solid energy offering in Spain, and leverages its international expertise and network to handle cross-border projects in addition to domestic ones. The team's broad client base includes banks, insurance companies, investment funds, issuers, borrowers and institutional investors. The firm has a strong legal technology service, and has legal project managers working with partners across different practice areas; it also maintains a Legal Delivery Service, which is staffed by legal technicians and handles commoditised tasks in a cost-effective manner. Javier Santos is the head partner for energy; César Herrero is head of projects, finance and restructuring. José Manuel Sala is a key of counsel in the team.

Practice head(s):

Javier Santos; César Herrero

Other key lawyers:

Jesús Zapata; José Manuel Sala; Juan Gelabert; Carlos Daza

Testimonials

‘Quick and attentive. Great attention to detail and great customer service. They have a lot of experience in the sector and thanks to this they are able to anticipate possible problems that may arise.’

‘‘Javier Santos. Energy partner. For us, he is another member of the team, he knows perfectly every detail of our projects and the needs we have. ‘

Professionalism and seriousness.’

‘Jose Manuel Sala is a great professional, with extensive knowledge of the subjects of his specialty.’

Key clients

Iberdrola

Grupo Suez

Acciona

Naturgy

EDP Renovaveis

NextEra Energy

Unión Fenosa Gas

Red Eléctrica de España

Edison

Sinopec

Aquila Capital

Falck Renewables

Forestalia

Ardian Infrastructure Fund

Engie

SNAM

Electrabel NV

Bankia

Banco Sabadell

Balearia Eurolíneas Marítimas, S.A.

Idesamgar

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

Sol Noctis

FRV

Sampol

Real estate and construction Tier 2

With strong expertise across a broad range of property transactions, DLA Piper’s experience covers sale and leasebacks, refinancing, investment and divestment matters. The firm is also noted for its planning practice. In addition to its legal expertise, the firm utilises innovative tools to improve its service, including Kira, a secure, cloud-based document analysis and provision extraction platform designed to speed up, improve accuracy and better assess risks in due diligence. Practice head Orson Alcocer advises Spanish and international clients on real estate investments, development, funding, construction, management and commercialisation.

Practice head(s):

Orson Alcocer

Other key lawyers:

José María Oliva; Ignacio Antón; Francisco Perales

Key clients

Aermont

CBRE Global Investors

Banco Santander

Starwood Capital

Goodman

GreenOak

Grupo Didra

IHG

ING Real Estate Finance

Lar España Real Estate SOCIMI

Rakuten

REDEVCO

Talus Real Estate

Gazeley

Capital markets: Debt Tier 3

The capital markets team at DLA Piper is supported by the firm’s global network and advises on a range of multi-jurisdictional matters. The practice has expertise in debt, equity, derivatives, investment management, securitisation and regulatory matters. Counsels Jesús Palencia and Nerea Cemlyn-Jones are also active members of the team. Iñigo Gomez-Jordana left to start his own firm in 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Nerea Cemlyn-Jones; Jesús Palencia

Key clients

Iberdrola, S.A.

Atlantia, S.p.A.

Europac, S.A.

EDP Renováveis, S.A.

Azora Gestión SGIIC, S.A.U.

Banco Santander, S.A.

Natixis, S.A.

Repsol, S.A.

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Abengoa, S.A.

Clínica Baviera, S.A.

Société Générale

Altura Markets S.V., S.A.

Global Dominion Access, S.A.

Citigroup Global Markets Limited

Capital markets: Equity Tier 3

The capital markets team at DLA Piper is supported by the firm’s global network and advises on a range of multi-jurisdictional matters. The practice has expertise in debt, equity, derivatives, investment management, securitisation and regulatory matters. Counsels Jesús Palencia and Nerea Cemlyn-Jones are also active members of the team. Iñigo Gomez-Jordana left to start his own firm in 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Jesús Palencia; Nerea Cemlyn-Jones

Key clients

Iberdrola, S.A.

Atlantia, S.p.A.

Europac, S.A.

EDP Renováveis, S.A.

Azora Gestión SGIIC, S.A.U.

Banco Santander, S.A.

Natixis, S.A.

Repsol, S.A.

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Abengoa, S.A.

Clínica Baviera, S.A.

Société Générale

Altura Markets S.V., S.A.

Global Dominion Access, S.A.

Citigroup Global Markets Limited

Dispute resolution Tier 3

With a global network, including in Latin America, DLA Piper provides clients with a range of disputes experience domestically and internationally. The practice has expertise in the financial, construction, energy and services sectors, as well as being involved in complex national and international arbitration. The firm also utilises innovative tools and programmes to improve its offering, including Intella, an e-disclosure and e-data review tool that allows users to mine, sort, tag, batch and export data in various formats. The team of litigation and regulatory experts is led by Borja de Obeso, who specialises in litigation, arbitration and insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Borja de Obeso

Other key lawyers:

Javier Santos; José Ignacio Monedero; Joaquín Hervada

Key clients

Lithuania

Interpol

Zambia

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

DLA Piper has a global life sciences practice; in Spain, the team advises international pharmaceutical and medical devices companies on commercial, regulatory and data protection law. Paula González de Castejón, who benefits from experience on secondment in Pfizer and Abbott Medical, advises life sciences companies as well as IT companies looking to develop software for healthcare diagnosis or treatment. She leads the team with Diego Ramos, who has a broad IP, life sciences and technology practice.

Practice head(s):

Paula González de Castejón; Diego Ramos

Key clients

Pfizer Spain

Pfizer Inc

Abbott Medical España SA

Abbott Laboratories SA

Clínica Baviera SA

Advanced Accelerator Applications Iberica SL (Novartis Group)

Suvoda LLC

Dexcom

Incyte Corporation

Iovance Biotherapeutic

Bristol Myers Squibb

OPKO Health

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Syneos Health

Kartos Therapeutics

AveXis

Avicanna

Private equity Tier 3

The busy private equity group at DLA Piper is well placed to handle domestic and multi-jurisdictional deals, including in special situations involving distressed investments. The 'innovative firm' utilises multiple technological tools to enhance efficiency; one example is Kira, its cloud-based document analysis and extraction platform, which speeds up processes when large volumes of contracts are involved. Enrique Chamorro was promoted to partner in 2019; he has established a strong practice representing search funds (SFs) in investments in Spain and internationally. Joaquín Echánove and practice head José María Gil-Robles receive strong praise.

Practice head(s):

José María Gil-Robles

Other key lawyers:

Joaquín Echánove; Teresa Zueco; Enrique Chamorro; Rocío García; Héctor Gómez

Testimonials

‘Total availability of partners. Specifically, the very prominent role of Joaquín Echanove. Very good understanding of negotiation situations and ability to search for alternatives to reach agreements.’

‘Great team of professionals with extensive experience and with great proximity to the interests of their clients.’

‘Especially Jose María Gil Robles, one of the most experienced lawyers in the sector, both for his knowledge and skills and for the relationship he establishes with clients.’

‘The team at DLA is excellent always with alternatives and flexibility to help operations overcome obstacles.’

‘Joaquín Echánove is an excellent professional whose experience, ethics, negotiating skills and rapport with his client make him a very valuable asset in any transaction.’

Key clients

Advent

Aina Capital

Apollo

Beech Tree

Blackstone

Blantyre Capital

Bregal Capital

Bridgepoint Capital

Calyon

Capital Riesgo Global SCR

Carlyle

Centerbridge

Corpfin Capital

Duke Street Capital

EQT

Equity Provider Elevar Equity LLC

Elevar C-IV Investments L.P.

Fosun Industrial

GED Private Equity

Germinus

ID Invest

IK Partners

Impulse Ventures

KKR Asset Management

LHT Partners

Madrigal Participaciones

Monitor Capital Private Equity

N Capital

Nazca Capital

Oaktree

Omidyar Network Fund LLC

PAI Partners

Partners Group

Portobello

Realza

REF Life

Sachem Partners

SARL

Sherpa Capital

Springwater Capital

Sun Capital

Sun European Partners

Triton Partners

Public law Tier 3

DLA Piper has expertise in project finance, environmental matters, public authority asset liability, food safety, medicine and issues of constitutional significance. The firm also advises on public administration and procedures, notably public procurement procedures. José Ignacio Monedero focuses on the renewable energy, life sciences and infrastructure sectors, with significant expertise in public procurement, environmental matters and public administration. He co-leads the team with the 'exceptional' José Manuel Sala.

Practice head(s):

José Ignacio Monedero; José Manuel Sala

Testimonials

‘José Manuel Sala Arquer is an exceptional Lawyer, who integrates his academic experience (University Professor) and his experience in Public Administration and as a legal advisor to the Congress of Deputies (Lawyer of the General Courts) into his professional activity.’

‘Highly professional team.’

‘Jose Manuel Sala Arquer is a great professional with high knowledge of the subject.’

Key clients

Lubrizol Advanced Materials

Iberdrola

MSCI, Inc.

ASCAFOR/ASIDAC

CICAE. Asociación de Colegios Privados e Independientes

Abbott

Grupo Ornua

Caixabank

Colegio de Registradores de la Propiedad y Mercantiles

Deutsche Bank AG London

Aviapartner

Alliance Medical

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Full-service firm DLA Piper draws on its expertise in restructuring, banking, finance, capital markets, M&A, private equity and litigation to provide a range of advice to clients in restructuring and insolvency situations. Active in non-contentious and contentious restructuring mandates, the firm has particular experience in financial restructurings, foreclosure sales and out-of-court restructurings. The team is co-led by corporate and M&A expert José María Gil-Robles; Juan Gelabert, who advises domestic and international clients in restructuring transactions; and Borja de Obeso, who specialises in litigation, arbitration and insolvency.

Practice head(s):

José María Gil-Robles; Juan Gelabert; Borja de Obeso

Other key lawyers:

Teresa Zueco

Testimonials

Treatment, accessibility and speed of response.’

‘Juan Gelabert is always available to meet customer needs and has a great capacity to provide innovative solutions due to his extensive experience and knowledge of the sector.’

Key clients

Apollo

Beech Tree

Blackstone

Blantyre Capital

Bregal Capital

Calyon

Carlyle Global Credit Investment Management LLC

Centerbridge

EQT

GLG Partners LP

Holzverpackung Hüfingen

KKR Asset Management

LHT Partners

Oaktree

Sherpa Capital

Springwater Capital

Stellex Capital Management LP

Sun Capital

Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 4

DLA Piper stands out for its expertise in complex media and IP contract negotiations, and in the enforcement of copyrights of major multinational clients in visual entertainment, technology, pharmaceuticals and fashion. The firm also has strong capabilities in video gaming through practice head Diego RamosPaula González de Castejón is noted for her work in anti-counterfeiting and enforcement proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Diego Ramos

Other key lawyers:

Paula González de Castejón

Key clients

Levi Strauss

Warner Bros

Pfizer

Santander

Adobe

Loewe

Electronic Arts

Tata Consultancy Services

Rakuten

Bacardi

Tax Tier 4

DLA Piper is known for advising on tax matters arising from M&A and real estate transactions, transfer pricing and litigation. The firm assists multinational companies in tax restructurings and reorganisations, as well as tax investigations and disputes. Practice head Carlos Rodríguez specialises in providing tax advice in M&A transactions, project finance, corporate restructuring and the issuance of international securities.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Rodríguez

Other key lawyers:

Miguel Baz; María Alonso

Testimonials

It is a firm that cares about knowledge of the sector, knowledge of the company and concern for having complete knowledge of the client’s activity, assets, risks, etc. in order to identify opportunities and risks.’

‘Practicality in the proposed solutions. Very close and personal relationship. Absolute availability. Closeness in treatment and familiarity.’

Key clients

Alstom

Avanza

Coca-Cola

Global Premium Brands

Danaher

Eulen

Five Guys

Generali

Kyowa Kirin

Steward Health Care

McDonald’s

Redevco

Renfe

Sterycle

Verallia

VF Corporación

EU and competition Tier 5

Major international companies across the life sciences, telecoms and consumer goods sectors turn to DLA Piper for support in merger control, infringement proceedings and general competition law advice. Recently, the team - which is led by Joaquin Hervada - has represented several clients in appeals before the Spanish National Court against decisions of the CNMC. The firm's use of legaltech tools is also notable; in particular, its Beacon AI tool includes a module to identify possible cartel activity.

Practice head(s):

Joaquin Hervada

Other key lawyers:

Rafael Maldonado; Teresa López-Bachiller

Key clients

Quirónsalud

Renault

Pfizer

Vodafone

Orange

Dentsu Aegis Network

Mondelez

Macmillan / Springer Nature

Air Liquide

Colegio de Registradores de la Propiedad, Mercantiles y Bienes Muebles de España

Bacardi

Consenur (Stericycle)

Straumann

Fenin

Asociación Nacional de Establecimientos Financieros de Crédito (ASNEF)

Global Co-Chairs: Roger Meltzer and Andrew Darwin
Co-Chief Executive Officers: Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
Number of partners: 1,500
Number of lawyers: 5,000
Languages: The firm speaks over 60 languages
Offices: Lawyers located in more than 60 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Please see https://www.dlapiper.com for further information about the firm.

Photo Name Position Profile
 Orson Alcocer photo Orson Alcocer
 Borja De Obeso photo Borja De Obeso
 Joaquín Echánove  photo Joaquín Echánove
 César Herrero  photo César Herrero
 Joaquín Hervada  photo Joaquín Hervada
 José Manuel Sala  photo José Manuel Sala
 Pilar Menor photo Pilar Menor
 Diego Ramos photo Diego Ramos
 Jesús Zapata  photo Jesús Zapata

 

At DLA Piper we are firmly committed to diversity and inclusion. For us, diversity isn’t just about visible differences, it’s the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it’s crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued. As a global business law firm, with a diverse client base, we know that our clients expect our people to represent the communities in which we work and value our ability to advise them on both local and global cultures and markets. We believe that our approach to diversity and inclusion enables us to attract the best talent, build the most effective teams and deliver the highest level of client service.

For more information on our specific D&I initiatives please see www.dlapiper.com