Firm Profile > DLA Piper > Madrid, Spain

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

Industry focus: Manufacturing Tier 1

The manufacturing team at DLA Piper provides advice on corporate, intellectual property, financing and public law matters. The team has experience in M&A, restructurings and IPOs in the sector, as well as advising on real estate matters. Diego Ramos heads the team and is experienced in logistics, delivery, financing and sourcing issues. Iñigo Gómez-Jordana, who advises on corporate finance, public takeovers and transactions, is another name to note. The practice is currently advising Pfizer on public procurement matters.

Key clients

Europac

Avon

Levi Strauss

Newell Rubbermaid

Kering

Mondelez

Reckitt Benckiser

Daktronics

Industry focus: Retail Tier 1

Recent highlights for DLA Piper include advising Levi Strauss on the enforcement of intellectual and industrial property rights. The team also advises on consumer spending, product line expansion and regulatory issues. Diego Ramos, who is active in the commercial and intellectual property fields, heads the practice, which also includes the M&A-focused Teresa Zueco, who is experienced in private equity and in cross-border transactions with Latin American and French investors.

Key clients

Avon

Levi Strauss

Newell Rubbermaid

Kering

Mondelez

Reckitt Benckiser

Banking and finance Tier 2

The ‘extraordinaryDLA Piper is known for lending, particularly in transactions involving banks lending to corporates. Acting for major Spanish banks, the ‘detail-oriented, reliable and technically knowledgeable’ firm provides cross-border and regulatory expertise, in addition to a UK-qualified desk. Practice head Jesús Zapata is known for financial and banking matters, as well as corporate and acquisition financing transactions. Also notable is César Herrero, who focuses on domestic and cross-border bank finance deals in areas including leveraged finance, project finance, and corporate and structured finance.

Testimonials

‘You can always count on them to provide top-quality advice’                     

‘Cesar Herrero is always on our main list of lawyers. He is one of the best lawyers I’ve met with a very good balance between deep technical knowledge and a pro-deal approach. He makes a very complex deal seem easy’

‘Juan Gelabert is a very practical lawyer, with good technical skills, and very aware of client needs. He is always very engaged in deals and always accessible to clients’

‘This practice is unique because of the individuals leading it, and their absolutely unique knowledge of the financial and banking market and deep and incomparable legal knowledge’

‘Their way of overseeing and leading complex transactions and having everything under control and tied up is unique, together with their client focus, availability and kindness in personal relationships’

‘The word “standard” is forbidden and there is always a well-founded reason behind any approach, which is not usual at all in the market’

‘It’s exactly what a client wants from a regulatory adviser’

Key clients

Banco Santander

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria

Caixabank

NatWest

Natixis

ING

Société Générale

RiverRock

Parques Reunidos

LGT European Capital

Muzinich&Co. Ltd

Tikehau

Talgo

Cobega

Atlantia

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Specialising in cross-border M&A deals, DLA Piper is active advising domestic and international clients across sectors including fashion and real estate. Practice head José María Gil-Robles joined from J&A Garrigues SLP in 2019 and is known for advising on M&A, as well as assisting private equity investors, hedge funds and other distress players. Notable in his team is Iñigo Gómez-Jordana, who led the advice in a standout highlight for the firm, acting for Atlantia on the takeover and acquisition of Abertis Infraestructuras.

Testimonials

‘Communication with other teams, availability and a high quality of results’

‘The team is always available for the client’s needs, regardless of the size of the deal or the quantity of the fees’

‘The main points that make them different are co-operation (they integrate perfectly with our team, reaching the same goals) and reaching deadlines (they understand the rhythm of the deal, so they deliver work when it is needed).

Key clients

Advent

Aina Capital

Alstom Group

AnaCap

Apollo

Autostrade per l’Italia (Atlantia)

BASF

Beech Tree

Blackstone

Blantyre Capital

Bregal Capital

GROUP BIC

Calyon

Capital Riesgo Global SCR

Carlyle

Centerbridge

Corpfin Capital

Cube Asset Management

Doughty Hanson

Duke Street Capital

Econocom

Elevar C-IV Investments L.P.

EQT

Equity Provider Elevar Equity LLC

EURAZEO

Euclide

Fosun Industrial

GED Private Equity

Iberdrola

Employment Tier 2

Noted for its 'great insights into the Spanish market' and 'very good knowledge of Spanish employment law', DLA Piper's team is frequently instructed by clients from the hospitality sector, as well as technology, financial services, life sciences, retail, energy and real estate companies. The team specialises in collective dismissals, restructurings and litigation, often with a cross-border element, and advises multinationals on expanding their operations. Practice head Pilar Menor has considerable experience in negotiating collective bargaining agreements and senior management employment contracts and their termination.

Testimonials

They have very good knowledge of Spanish employment law.

Professional, rigorous, agile and always up to date.

The team has great insights into the Spanish market. Nice and kind people.

You can always be sure that the work will be resolved in a timely manner. They provide confidence and security and very personal treatment.

Key clients

Qualcomm

Uber

NetApp

Adobe

Square, Inc.

Zscaler

Shire

Karen Millen

SuperGroup

easyJet

Etihad

Ardagh Group

Domestic & General

Nomad Foods

Stuart Delivery

Dolby Laboratories

Accor Invest

Becton Dickinson

Hilton

Marriott

Adevinta

Industry focus: Food Tier 2

DLA Piper’s ‘reactive, pragmatic’ team is currently advising Le Pain Quotidien on the acquisition of a chain of Spanish bakeries. The group handles transactional matters, regulatory investigations and litigation. Diego Ramos, who also leads the firm’s Spanish intellectual property and technology group, heads the practice. He has advised clients including Bacardi, Mondelez and IPL.

Key clients

Estrella Galicia

Bacardi

Mondelez

Hard Rock Café

Ornua

IPL

Nomad Foods Europe

Industry focus: TMT Tier 2

The TMT practice at DLA Piper focuses on technology, with clients in the manufacturing, retail, consumer products and pharmaceutical sectors. The practice also contains a gambling and gaming group led by Paula González de Castejón, who has extensive experience in the medical, pharmaceutical and biotech sectors, and a technology outsourcing group. Diego Ramos, who advises on distribution and sales agreements, international data transfers, information management and data protection, heads the team.

Key clients

Pfizer

Vodafone

Bacardi

Duracell

Stericycle

Airbus

WB

TCS

Aon

Electronic Arts

Projects and energy Tier 2

Specialising in cross-border matters, DLA Piper provides energy sector experts in a range of disciplines, including M&A, regulatory issues, finance, antitrust and real estate. Javier Santos has expertise advising international and Spanish investors on project finance matters in the energy sector. He co-leads the practice with Javier Zapata, who focuses on finance and banking matters. Also notable in the team is César Herrero, who is particularly well known for Latam work.

Testimonials

‘The attention and the professional skills of the law firm are exceptional.’

‘The team are always available to attend to any issue’

‘Cesar Herrero, Rocio Smith and Daniel Danes deserve a special mention’

Key clients

Iberdrola, S.A.

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

Capital markets: Debt Tier 3

Multi-jurisdictional expertise is at the core of DLA Piper’s practice, notably global transactions. Within the field the firm has experience in a range of debt, equity, derivatives, investment management, securitisation and regulatory matters. Iñigo Gómez-Jordana leads the team and specialises in corporate finance and transactions, particularly cross-border M&A and public takeovers.

Testimonials

‘It is a team formed by great professionals’

‘Always willing and friendly in the deal’

‘They have a long history and experience, which makes working with them very easy’

‘Operations always come out on time and in shape’

Key clients

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

DLA Piper advises on a variety of capital markets products and transactions, particularly multi-jurisdictional matters. The firm provides expertise in equity, derivatives, investment management, securitisation and regulatory matters. Iñigo Gómez-Jordana leads the team and has experience in equity, corporate finance and transactions, notably in cross-border M&A and public takeovers.

Key clients

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

The 'excellent' DLA Piper team has experience in national and international arbitration, as well as notable expertise in financial sector disputes and insolvency litigation. Practice head Borja de Obeso joined from Gómez-Acebo & Pombo in 2018 and specialises in litigation, arbitration and insolvency, particularly in relation to the construction, energy and infrastructure sectors. Álvaro Lobato retired in 2019 and Óscar Franco left to join Latham & Watkins LLP, also in 2019.

Testimonials

‘The DLA team stand out for their appreciation of the commercial aspects of the situation, how these impact on their clients’ objectives, ways in which these concerns can be mitigated, and current advances in jurisprudence’

Key clients

Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias (ADIF)

AENA

Apollo Global Management LLC

Bain Capital Credit, Ltd.

Bank Sindicate

CBRE Global Investors

Cerberus European Servicing Advisors Iberia, S.L.U.

Deutsche Bank

DS Smith Plc

El Corte Inglés

Electronic Arts Software

Engie

Finanzauto

GEA Group

Goldman Sachs

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

The full-service healthcare and life sciences practice at DLA Piper provides advice on regulatory, contractual and commercial, intellectual property and data protection matters. The team can draw on the firm’s global life sciences practice, which has a particular focus on the US and UK. Diego Ramos leads the practice with Paula González de Castejón, who specialises in intellectual property.

Key clients

Novocure

Pfizer

Zimmer Gmbh

West Pharma

St. Jude Medical

Biorasi

Incyte

Pharmaq (currently part of Zoetis)

GE Healthcare

Abbott

Private equity Tier 3

DLA Piper specialises in multi-jurisdictional work, with a sector-driven approach. The firm is active assisting private equity investors, hedge funds and other institutional investors with the financing of Spanish and cross-border deals, as well as the refinancing of troubled companies. Practice head José María Gil-Robles joined from J&A Garrigues SLP in 2019 and is known for local and international M&A deals, as well as assisting private equity investors, hedge funds and other distress players. He can call on the expertise of Enrique Chamorro, who was promoted to partner in 2019 and has experience in cross-border transactions and corporate restructurings.

Testimonials

‘Attention to client needs is unmatched’

‘Commitment to the success of their client is superb’

‘The partner we worked with was very easy to talk to and relate to, and he always had our best interests in mind’

Key clients

Aina Capital

Advent

AnaCap

Apollo

Beech Tree

Blackstone

Blanktyre Capital

Bregal Capital

Calyon

Capital Riesgo Global SCR

Carlyle

Centerbridge

Corpfin Capital

Doughty Hanson

Duke Street Capital

EQT

Equity Provider Elevar Equity LLC

Fosun Industrial

GED Private Equity

ID Invest

IK Partners

Impulse Ventures

KKR Asset Management

Public law Tier 3

Specialising in regulation, DLA Piper has particular experience in project finance for infrastructure, as well as public administration and procedures. The firm's focus includes public procurement procedures and the public infrastructure, energy, industrial, chemical, healthcare and military sectors. José Ignacio Monedero advises on renewable energies, infrastructure, the pharmaceutical industry, public procurement, environment and public administration. He co-leads the practice with business public law expert José Manuel Sala.

Testimonials

‘Deep knowledge of regulated sectors’

‘Ability to work with numerous groups of companies and internal lawyers at the same time’

‘Timely follow-up of matters’

‘Extensive experience in public law’

‘Extensive experience in large public projects’

‘José Manuel Sala Arquer and José Ignacio Monedero are recommended’

Key clients

St Jude Medical / Abbott

Suez Group

Lubrizol Advanced Materials Spain

Atlantia S.P.A.

Repsol, S.A.

CaixaBank

BBVA

Red Eléctrica

Banco Santander

Saint Jude Medical

Alliance Medical

Real estate and construction Tier 3

DLA Piper advises investment funds, institutional investors and socimis on real estate transactions, real estate finance and distressed portfolio deals, as well as providing experienced practices in hospitality and logistics. The firm also has expertise in alternative assets, including student residences and senior housing. Orson Alcocer leads the practice and has a particular focus on logistics, hospitality and portfolio sales.

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

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

DLA Piper focuses on large multi-disciplinary restructuring deals, particularly distressed M&A, financial restructurings and bank debt trading. The firm is also experienced in advising on cross-border matters. Practice head Juan Gelabert advises banks and distressed funds on restructuring processes, including pre-insolvency and insolvency scenarios. José María Gil Robles joined from J&A Garrigues SLP in 2019 and brings expertise in distressed funds and related restructuring processes.

Key clients

Holzverpackung Hüfingen

Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 4

The practice at DLA Piper advises on intellectual property contract negotiations and media and software licensing. Diego Ramos, who has extensive copyright experience in video games and fashion, heads the team, which also includes compliance expert Paula González de Castejón. Highlights included assisting Adobe with licensing software to a Spanish bank.

Testimonials

Innovative solutions

Total availability’

Key clients

Levi Strauss

Warner Bros

Pfizer

Santander

Adobe

Odgers Bernston

Electronic Arts

Tata Consultancy Services

Rakuten

Bacardi

Intellectual property: Trade marks Tier 4

DLA Piper handles anti-piracy enforcement, brand prosecution and trade mark litigation for clients in the gaming, fashion and media industries. The team is led by Diego Ramos, who is currently advising Bacardi Iberia on brand protection and labelling.

Key clients

Levi Strauss

Warner Bros

Pfizer

Santander

Adobe

Odgers Bernston

Electronic Arts

Tata Consultancy Services

Rakuten

Bacardi

Tax Tier 4

The DLA Piper tax department has a solid reputation for providing advice to large multinationals on tax restructuring, as well as assisting in tax investigations and litigation. Carlos Rodríguez heads the team, bringing particular expertise in transfer pricing. The team's integration within the firm's international network allows it to handle multi-jurisdictional matters, especially for Spanish companies with interests abroad and foreign companies in Spain. Significantly, it assisted Corporación Hijos de Rivera (Estrella Galicia) with the US tax implications of relocating its US subsidiary from Virginia to Florida. Miguel Baz has also drawn praise for 'delivering smart approaches to tough issues'.

Testimonials

Great team, always delivering innovative solutions to our needs. It has a deep knowledge of tax in Spain and worldwide, providing special assessments of existing risk and anticipation of solutions for minimising our tax burden.

It is worth mentioning Miguel Baz as he is always ready to help, always delivering smart approaches to tough issues.’

Key clients

Alstom

Avanza

Coca-Cola

Corporación Hijos de Rivera (Estrella Galicia)

Danaher

Eulen

Five Guys

Generali

Kyowa Kirin

Laureate International Universities

McDonald’s

Redevco

Renfe

Sterycle

Verallia

VF Corporación

EU and competition Tier 5

DLA Piper is noted for its use of innovative technology, including AI, to assist in competition audits, risk reviews and other investigations. The firm also has expertise in merger control matters. Joaquin Hervada leads the team and specialises in M&A and infringement procedures, handling administrative proceedings and litigation before the Spanish and EU courts.

Testimonials

‘DLA has an outstanding team’

‘Their technical knowledge is impressive and they know how to manage the problem, contributing great value to the business’

‘I highlight their involvement in the case and the understanding of the needs of the client’

‘Joaqui­n Hervada has exceptional skills, not only from the technical side but also to understand and anticipate the client’s business needs. He is directly involved in managing cases, advising with very good judgement’

Key clients

Quirónsalud

Renault

Pfizer

Vodafone

Orange

Dentsu Aegis Network

Mondelez

Macmillan / Springer Nature

Adobe

Bacardi

Consenur (Stericycle)

Toyota Kreditbank

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
Mr Iñigo Gómez-Jordana  photo Mr Iñigo Gómez-Jordana
Mr César Herrero  photo Mr César Herrero
Mr Joaquín Hervada  photo Mr Joaquín Hervada
Mrs Pilar Menor  photo Mrs Pilar Menor
Mr Jesús Zapata  photo Mr 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