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Banking & Finance  Volver al índice

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Clients assert that Rafael González-Gallarza is a “helpful, constructive adviser, who is easy to work with and is supported by an impressive group.”
Luis de la Peña has "a great global overview of the finance sector," according to interviewees. He has ample experience in acting for banks, investment institutions and venture capital firms.
Juan Ignacio González is rated as “a solution-driven lawyer who knows the regulatory area inside-out.”
Pablo San Gil recently led the team in advising a syndicate of five banks, including Banco de Sabadell, on the financial debt restructuring of Comercial Mirasierra's companies.
New York-based partner Ferran Escayola advises clients looking to invest in Spain and also works on Spanish investment projects in the USA and Latin America. He advised Faurecia as Spanish counsel on its acquisition of Emcon Technologies.

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THE FIRM This Spanish titan's 11-partner banking and finance team collaborates closely with the corporate department. It covers acquisition finance, sales of non-performing loan portfolios, real estate finance and corporate loans. Interviewees particularly underline the team's high visibility on the banking scene, and its client roster includes Abengoa, Amper, Deutsche Bank and Banco Santander. A case of note was advising Grupo Inversor Hesperia on its EUR593 million financial restructuring.

Sources say: “I'm very happy with the team – it really understands the client's needs.”

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Garrigues has been advising Abengoa on the financing of investments and on debt refinancing. It is also advising KBL on regulatory matters, such as MiFID compliance requirements, anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing regulations, as well as ongoing reporting to the Bank of Spain. BBVA and Santander are other key clients. Rafael González-Gallarza and Luis de la Peña are the key names.

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Sources say: The firm’s strength is “competitive price, full involvement during the deal, easy accessibility and high knowledge and experience”

As well as quality the firm offer “very good English language capabilities, (which is) not always the case in Spain and great value for money when compared with other law firms”.

    
Capital Markets  Volver al índice

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Javier Ybáñez leads the team. He is sought for his expertise in debt and equity capital markets transactions, and earns praise for his commitment and availability.
Sources admire Gonzalo García-Fuertes' hands-on and business-like approach. He counts BBVA, Bankia and Banco Sabadell amongst his clients.
A new name in the rankings, Marta López Brea impresses clients with her skill and experience in this area.

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THE FIRM The sizeable financial services industry team at this prominent firm combines talent and experience from different backgrounds to provide a full service to clients. Its workload includes rights offerings, bond and notes issues and securitisations. A recent highlight saw the group assist BBVA with a EUR3.4 billion bond issue. Bankia, Sacyr Vallehermoso and JPMorgan Securities are other clients of note.

Sources say: "The group always offers pragmatic and fast solutions, as well as value for money."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Javier Ybáñez leads the team. He is sought after for his expertise in debt and equity capital markets transactions, and earns praise for his commitment and availability.

Sources admire Gonzalo García-Fuertes’ hands-on and businesslike approach. He counts BBVA, Bankia and Banco Sabadell among his clients.

A new name in the rankings, Marta López Brea impresses clients with her skill and experience in this area.

Band 1
Garrigues recently advised key client BBVA on the issuance of subordinated bonds and subsequent public offering to repurchase shares. Other highlights included advising Banco Financiero y de Ahorros (BFA) on registering a domestic notes issuance programme worth up to €30bn, and acting for the FADE fund to incorporate an asset securitisation programme guaranteed by the state. It advised Codere on a cross-border, high-yield senior notes deal. Managing partner Fernando Vives, corporate head Javier Ybañez, José Luis Palao, Gonzalo García-Fuertes, and Jaime Bragado are recommended.

Structured Finance and Securitisation: Band 1
Debt: Band 1
Equity: Band 2

The firm is doing some impressive equity work including the big-ticket issue of one of Spain’s first CoCo (contingent convertible) bonds.
Sources say: “I deal with them for debt capital market related transactions specifically.  Garrigues is one of the best Spanish Law firms for securitisations.  I’m very satisfied with the quality of the service and the quick response time that they generally offer and it’s also worth mentioning the high degree of specialisation and expertise”.

    
Competition / European Law  Volver al índice

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THE FIRM This Spanish heavyweight houses some of the best-known names in the market and remains a top choice for prominent clients including Cisco Systems, Banco Santander and Amadeus. The lawyers handle a wide range of competition matters including merger control, state aid and cartel investigations in Spain and Brussels. In a recent highlight, they represented several companies in the cement industry in a cartel case before the ECJ.
Sources say: "The team is strategic and proactive: the lawyers understand your situation, propose solutions and keep you informed at all times."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients admire Luis Ortiz Blanco for his technical expertise, strategic approach and ability to remain calm in stressful situations.
Practice head Marcos Araujo is "exceptional. He's proactive, creative and business-oriented," remark clients.
"Pragmatic and precise" Susana Cabrera is another key member of the team.
A new name in the rankings, senior associate Alfonso Lamadrid is "an excellent lawyer - one of the reasons why I chose the firm," states a client.

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Garrigues’ ‘top-notch’ team has the ability to ‘understand the client’s market in a very short space of time’. It is representing Cisco and Messagenet in CNC proceedings seeking annulment of the EC’s decision to authorise Microsoft’s $8.6bn acquisition of Skype, and advising the Bank of Spain and the FROB on state aid aspects of the €100bn restructuring of the Spanish financial services sector. Luis Ortiz Blanco splits his time between Madrid and Brussels, and is ‘definitely one of the top competition lawyers’; ‘the trust he enjoys from officials is simply exceptional’. Marcos Araujo and Lluis Cases are also recommended.

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Corporate & M&A  Volver al índice

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Sources describe managing partner Fernando Vives as "one of the top names in the market for M&A work."
Álvaro López-Jorrín retains an admirable reputation, particularly for his work in the financial sector. One source says he is "fantastic – young but brilliant."
Ramon Girbau receives strong praise for his wide-ranging expertise of corporate matters in the financial sector. "He has commendable knowledge of our company and the sector as a whole," says one observer.
Mónica Martín de Vidales recently led a key deal advising the Petersen Group on its acquisition of a further 10% stake in YPF.
Interviewees describe Sergio Sánchez Solé as "constructive, pragmatic, and always available."
Silvestre Arana heads the German desk and handles M&A and regulatory work in the energy sector. The group advises German clients active in Spain on all the legal and tax aspects of Spanish legislation, and helps Spanish clients investing in German-speaking countries.
Recently returned from the Shanghai office, Francisco Soler Caballero specialises in foreign investment in China. He speaks Spanish, Mandarin, English, French and Italian.
Alberto Collado is the first point of call for the Asia-Pacific desk. The team has expertise throughout the region, and has previously advised Spanish companies on their work in China, Japan, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.
The France desk at Garrigues advises French clients investing in Spain and Portugal, and Spanish clients active in France. The group assists with corporate restructuring, the sale and purchase of companies, real estate transactions and litigations.
The key contact for the Italy desk is Claudio Doria. The group represents Italian clients in Spain, Portugal and Latin America, as well as Spanish clients active in Italy. Its team of Spanish and Italian speakers is able to advise on a broad range of matters, including corporate restructuring, corporate and project finance, tax and capital markets.
Garrigues' India desk helps Spanish companies establish themselves in the country, as well as advising clients on their investments in India. The firm is also on the board of trustees of Fundación Consejo España - India, alongside Acciona, BBVA and Santander.
The USA desk offers a team of lawyers with long-standing experience in assisting Spanish investors in the US, and North American companies active in Spain and Portugal. The desk is jointly managed by Javier Marzo in Madrid, and Ferrán Escayola in Barcelona.
José Luis Buendía Sierra heads the Brussels office, focusing on EU and antitrust matters. Interviewees say he is "internationally seen as a top-notch EU and competition lawyer."
London-based Ignacio Corbera Dale receives praise for the "unbelievable level of service" he provides. He has been the resident partner in the London office since 2011, focusing on M&A, corporate and contract law.
Manuel Torres Salazar is the managing partner of the Shanghai office. His key expertise is in cross-border work, assisting foreign clients investing in China.

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THE FIRM Spanish titan Garrigues continues to attract top-drawer international and domestic mandates. With 75 partners spread across Spain, the firm offers some of the most comprehensive coverage in the market. Recent highlights include advising Catalunya Caixa on its conversion to a bank, and advising Banco Santander on the transfer of part of its operations in Latin America to Zurich Financial Services. In another notable case, the team assisted Grupo Mahou San Miguel with its acquisition of Balneario y Aguas de Solán de Cabras.
Sources say: "An excellent team – the work is very high quality and the lawyers look to find the best solutions. They do everything they can for their clients."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources describe managing partner Fernando Vives as "one of the top names in the market for M&A work."
Alvaro López-Jorrín retains an admirable reputation, particularly for his work in the financial sector. One source says he is "fantastic – young but brilliant."
Ramón Girbau receives strong praise for his wide-ranging expertise of corporate matters in the financial sector. "He has commendable knowledge of our company and the sector as a whole," says one observer.
Mónica Martín de Vidales recently led a key deal advising the Petersen Group on its acquisition of an extra 10% stake in YPF.
Interviewees describe Sergio Sánchez Solé as "constructive, pragmatic and always available."

Band 1
Garrigues ‘outperforms much of the competition’. Highlights included advising Santander on a reinsurance agreement with Abbey Life Assurance in Spain and Portugal that generated €337m for the client. It also assisted BBVA with its purchase of 100% of Unnim Banc’s share capital, and advised Grupo Televisa, a 41% shareholder in La Sexta, on the merger between La Sexta and Antena 3. Managing partner Fernando Vives and practice head Javier Ybañez are the key contacts. Álvaro López-Jorrín has ‘the hands-on approach needed to guarantee the success of a transaction’.

Band 2
Sources say:  “We’ve worked with their Spanish office and that was absolutely excellent.   They have an efficient network and some top rate lawyers.”
“Garrigues as a firm is well known in Spain and its partners are in general high level.

    
Dispute Resolution  Volver al índice

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One of the grand names of litigation, Fernando Pantaleón is praised by clients for his impressive drafting skills, stellar knowledge of civil law and fluency in English. He has an active arbitration and litigation practice, and is additionally able to assist with criminal law matters.
Carlos de los Santos recently represented Banco Privado Portugues in a EUR114 million claim filed by Kendall. He has an extensive practice representing clients in litigation in Latin America. Sources laud his sharp litigation skills and commercial awareness, saying he is "courageous and persistent, and shows real flair in the courtroom." Another client adds: "He is quick on his feet and technically excellent, proposing creative solutions."
Alberto Pimenta handles civil, corporate and commercial litigation, and has additional expertise in criminal law. He gains warm feedback from sources, who say he is "great in court."

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THE FIRM This stellar Spanish firm is a favourite among clients from the construction, energy, finance and automotive sectors, and acts for major names such as Iberdrola, BBVA and Banco Privado Português. It has both strength and depth, thanks to its 26 offices across Spain and its 280-member litigation and arbitration team. The international arbitration group focuses on Europe, Latin America and Africa, and has profound experience in both ad hoc and institutional proceedings. The team recently represented the Namibian Works and Transport Ministry in a EUR3.2 million dispute against Ineco.
Sources say: “Among the best firms in Spain for dispute resolution.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS One of the grand names of litigation, Fernando Pantaleón is praised by clients for his impressive drafting skills, stellar knowledge of civil law and fluency in English. He has an active arbitration and litigation practice, and is additionally able to assist with criminal law matters.
Carlos de los Santos recently represented Banco Privado Português in a EUR114 million claim filed by Kendall. He has an extensive practice representing clients in litigation in Latin America. Sources laud his sharp litigation skills and commercial awareness, saying he is "courageous and persistent, and shows real flair in the courtroom." Another client adds: "He is quick on his feet and technically excellent, proposing creative solutions."
Alberto Pimenta handles civil, corporate and commercial litigation, and has additional expertise in criminal law. He gains warm feedback from sources, who say he is "great in court."

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Carlos de los Santos heads the group at Garrigues, where the ‘level of service is outstanding’, and which handles civil and commercial litigation, and domestic and international arbitration. Fernando Pantaleón is ‘an outstanding civil and litigation lawyer’ with ‘deep knowledge of civil law’. Jaime Iglesias is ‘brilliant, and a hard worker who is very involved in clients’ issues’. Clients include the Ministry of Works and Transport of Namibia, which the team represented in opposition to ex parte measures granted in favour of Ineco after its contract to upgrade two Namibian airports was terminated.

 

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Employment  Volver al índice

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THE FIRM With 33 partners, this firm fields one of the largest employment teams in the country. Commentators praise it not only for its size, but for its business-oriented approach, creativity and technical prowess. Recent highlights for the group include assisting Silicio Solar with a restructuring resulting in 350 dismissals of 700 temporary layoffs. Carrefour, Panrico, Iberia and Gas Natural are other noteworthy clients.
Sources say: "A reference in the market. I'd highlight its diligence and the quality of the team. I've never thought there was a lawyer who wasn't up to standard. They are creative, solution-oriented, practical and technically strong."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Senior statesman Federico Durán López is "one of the most important employment lawyers in Spain. His expertise is amazing; he understands client needs and takes a creative approach."
Practice head Rosa Zarza climbs to the top tier following outstanding client feedback: "She's extraordinary – an employment law machine. She makes you feel extremely safe because she's so calm and consistent and her expertise is very wide. She's solution-oriented and always meets the deadlines."
Juan José Yago wins praise for his expertise, with peers describing him as "magnificent, one of the best. Hard-working, solid, brilliant."
Adriano Gómez García-Bernal impresses sources with his litigation skills: "He is a born litigator, brilliant in court. A pleasure to work with, his expertise is really excellent," say interviewees.
Vicente Calle is many clients' first choice for restructurings. "He has years of experience and is a solid lawyer," say interviewees.
Another admired member of the team is Rafael Ortiz. He is based in Barcelona, and specialises in reorganisations and collective bargaining agreements.
A former member of UGT's Confederate Committee, José Luis Cebrián is sought after for his knowledge of unions and ability to negotiate with them. "He is flexible, hands-on and conciliatory but he will take the negotiation in the direction he wants to take it," remarks an interviewee.
Madrid-based Rafael Giménez-Arnau wins unanimous praise for his prowess in this area.
Peers concede that María Luisa López Villalba is an excellent practitioner, and point to her technical expertise as a key strength.

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Garrigues is ‘an outstanding firm’ with ‘excellent individuals’, including recently appointed practice head Rosa Zarza, who is ‘a real expert’ and ‘exceptionally customer-oriented’, and Adriano Gómez, who has ‘great technical knowledge’ and ‘getsdeeply involved’. Gregorio Nevado and Vicente Calle are also key members of the team. The 30-partner group acts for employers, employees, trade unions, and employer’s organisations, with key clients including Carrefour, Iberia, Gas Natural, Indra, Microsoft, Sanofi Aventis, and Nissan.

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Energy & Natural Resources  Volver al índice

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Silvestre Arana heads the firm's German desk and recently acted for Austrian Plansee Group on a disposal. He is a go-to person for multi-jurisdictional work thanks to his expertise in German law. One interviewee comments: "When I see him on a transaction, I know it will be a success."

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THE FIRM This integrated energy team includes experts in corporate/M&A, antitrust, financial services, tax and litigation. It is involved in all areas of energy including electricity, oil, gas, mining and renewable energies. Though active in regulatory cases, transactional work is its core focus, and it recently acted for China Three Gorges on the purchase of a EUR2.7 billion stake in Portuguese-listed company EDP.
Sources say: "A very strong team technically."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Silvestre Arana heads the firm's German desk and recently acted for Austrian Plansee Group on a disposal. He is a go-to person for multi-jurisdictional work thanks to his expertise in German law. One interviewee comments: "When I see him on a transaction, I know it will be a success."

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Garrigues ‘always brings sharp, efficient and creative solutions to the table’, and has a ‘good and long track record’ as ‘one of the best firms for project finance’. Highlights included advising a group of banks on the financing of a project to build the world’s first hybridised thermoelectric/biomass plant in Spain. It also advised Enagás on the segregation of its regulated activities in Spain, resulting in the creation of two subsidiary companies. José Miguel Pinillos has ‘extensive knowledge of all kinds of financing structures’, and is ‘always committed to getting the very best deal for his client’. Corporate head Javier Ybañez is also recommended.

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Environment  Volver al índice

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THE FIRM This Spanish giant remains an indisputable leader in the environment arena. In addition to a substantial legal team, it houses a group of engineers, biologists and geologists, and is able to advise clients on all environment concerns. Recently, the lawyers assisted the local government of Andalusia with the drafting of climate change legislation, and represented the Spanish Photovoltaic Association in a claim against the Spanish government regarding changes in sector regulations. Red Eléctrica de España and Banco Español de Crédito are other noteworthy clients.
Sources say: "Exhaustive and to-the-point advice, focused on our needs. Fast, available, and an excellent level of partner attention."
KEY INDIVIDUALS According to clients, Marcos Posada "is very experienced, technically strong and reflective."

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Garrigues’ ‘excellent service, competence and technical expertise’ makes it ‘very good value for money’. It recently advised Red Eléctrica on the implications of a joint project between member states and other countries to promote the use of renewable energy. It is advising Banesto and other lenders to the Castor Project, an underground natural gas facility, and other recent mandates include preparing draft law on climate change for the Junta of Andalucia. Santiago Garrido provides ‘tailor-made solutions and satisfactory results’.

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Insurance  Volver al índice

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Garrigues’ five-partner team advised Banco Santander on its agreement with Abbey Life Assurance (a subsidiary of Deutsche Bank), in which the latter will reinsure the individual life risk portfolio of the former’s Iberian insurance companies. It also advised Groupama on the sale and purchase of the entire share capital of an insurance company, and advised Aegon on a joint venture with Liberbank Group to distribute life insurance and pension plan products via the latter’s network. Managing partner Fernando Vives and Alvaro López-Jorrín are prominent figures in the market.

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Intellectual Property  Volver al índice

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Practice head João Miranda de Sousahas "great expertise and a great capacity to integrate in the business world. He's very business-oriented and practical – he doesn't just give us data or legal recommendations," states an interviewee. He is a key contact for clients from across the Iberian Peninsula, thanks to his being qualified in Spain and Portugal, and long-standing experience of working with clients from the region.
Sports and entertainment practice co-head Carolina Pina receives recognition for her commercial approach and negotiating skills: "She's tough in negotiations, but also reasonable," say clients.
Sources describe Dulce Miranda Naranjo as "impressive: thorough and fast, with an excellent grasp of technological as well as legal issues."

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THE FIRM With 27 offices throughout Spain and a 50-strong team dedicated to IP issues, this firm's resources are second to none. It receives instructions from prominent clients including Google, Telefónica, FIFA and BBVA, and recently assisted Hijos de Rivera with a multi-jurisdictional trade mark litigation case.
Sources say: "The team makes sure it really understands our problem: the lawyers spend time working with us and are responsive, commercial and easy to get along with."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice head João Miranda de Sousa has "great expertise and a great capacity to integrate in the business world. He's very business-oriented and practical – he doesn't just give us data or legal recommendations," states an interviewee.
Sports and entertainment practice co-head Carolina Pina receives recognition for her commercial approach and negotiating skills: "She's tough in negotiations, but also reasonable," say clients.
Sources describe Dulce Miranda Naranjo as "impressive: thorough and fast, with an excellent grasp of technological as well as legal issues."

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Garrigues’ team, led by João Miranda de Sousa, is ‘very skilful and helpful’. Key clients include Spanish brewery Hijos de Rivera, which has a portfolio of over 250 trade marks, and which the firm advises on all of its IP matters. The team also represented Catalan food company Casa Tarradellas in a trade mark case before the General Court of Luxembourg.

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Life Sciences  Volver al índice

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THE FIRM This multi-disciplinary team combines a number of specialists from different practice areas, allowing it to handle the whole range of issues in this field. Clients are impressed by its close collaboration, and comment on the comprehensive service it provides. The team advises a host of high-profile pharmaceutical companies, including AstraZeneca, Sanofi and Novartis, on M&A, compliance, clinical trials, patent licensing agreements and distribution agreements. A highlight was assisting the Valencian Institute of Infertility (IVI) with a EUR4 million joint venture for the opening of clinics in India and the Middle East.
Sources say: "The team has a very global approach and it tackles mandates from different angles to give a global picture. It's very good in advising on all the related areas, and saying how one area will affect another."
KEY INDIVIDUALS José Fernández-Rañada López-Dóriga is singled out for his strong commercial awareness and ability to anticipate pitfalls: "He's pragmatic, takes the time to think things through, and has a very good business understanding."
Clients speak highly of Dulce Miranda Naranjo’s strong reputation, particularly for patents work. She acts for a range of clients in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

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Planning  Volver al índice

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THE FIRM This firm continues to dominate the Spanish planning scene thanks to the quality and volume of instructions it receives. With offices throughout the country, it has the capacity to handle large-scale mandates. The team's client base consists of local government authorities, autonomous communities and private companies. It is active in a variety of areas including planning, zoning and compulsory land purchases. Planning litigation is another strong suit for the firm, as this kind of dispute is particularly prevalent of late. A recent highlight saw the group advise La Sociedad General Inmobiliaria de España on planning law matters relating to the construction and development of a shopping centre.
Sources say: "The firm is well organised, producing work of an exceptionally high quality." "Methodical and efficient, with personalised client care."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Francisco Perales Madueño is a highly respected veteran of planning law. He is credited as a pioneer of the practice, "a real star and pre-eminent practitioner," according to interviewees.
Beatriz del Peso dedicates the majority of her time to planning work, receiving a good deal of market recognition. She is present on many of the team's most prominent deals.

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Private Equity  Volver al índice

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THE FIRM This prestigious local firm comes highly recommended for its expertise representing private equity clients. It works on traditional transactions, as well as on private equity funds in the infrastructure, technology and ICT sectors. The firm's full-service capabilities gives the team access to experts in related fields including tax, corporate and employment law. Recent mandates include advising Torreal, ProA Capital and Criteria Caixaholding on the EUR72 million sale of 18% of Saba Infraestructuras to KKR. Other clients include Blackstone, Corpfin Capital and the European Investment Fund.
Sources say: "We work with the team on complex private equity issues. The lawyers have an advantage in that they have been around for many years so everyone knows them. They are very present in the market."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Observers say managing partner Fernando Vives is "a fantastic lawyer, great for structuring." This versatile practitioner has extensive experience in a variety of areas including corporate, banking and capital markets.
Rafael González-Gallarza receives positive market feedback. Interviewees say he has "a great reputation amongst clients in the industry." He acts on a range of corporate and financial transactions, including M&A, fundraising and structured finance.
Sources confirm that José Manuel Martín remains very active in private equity transactions. He recently assisted Investindustrial with the corporate restructuring of Panda Security.
María Fernández-Picazo earns strong market feedback for her dedication in deals. In addition to private equity, she is active in banking, M&A and renewable energy transactions

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Project Finance  Volver al índice

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THE FIRM Although market sources comment on the recent departures of several members of the team, they continue to praise the group's technical strength, commitment and availability, and agree that the firm remains one of the dominant forces in the market. It remains busy with infrastructure and renewable energy projects as well as restructurings, and recently advised Corporación Andina de Fomento and Natixis on the USD50 million financing of a wind park in Peru. Abengoa, Santander and Ferrovial are other clients of note.
Sources say: "The working atmosphere is fantastic: the lawyers are completely available and willing to answer questions. They are proactive and involved in the decision-making process - we don't feel like all the responsibility lies on our shoulders."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients describe working with Marcos Botella as "splendid: he's completely hands-on and reviews every piece of documentation, and you know that working with him everything will be fine. He gives us peace of mind."
José Miguel Pinillos is "brilliant for transactions: he has expertise in public law and corporate, he's very well rounded. He's agile and never hesitates," say clients.
Clients highlight Rafael González-Gallarza’s cross-practice experience, capacity for work and responsiveness.

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Under the umbrella of the wider corporate practice, Garrigues’ team has ‘deep knowledge of project financing’ and regulatory issues, particularly for renewable energy. This ‘superior’ group advised a syndicate of domestic and international lenders on financing the construction and operation of the new Móstoles hospital

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Sources say: Garrigues has emerged unscathed and remains a “a tier one outfit” and “leaders in energy”.

The team has advised on some of the biggest and most innovative deals in energy with a focus on the lender side. “A thorough and responsive team,” clients agree they are a firm, which will put in the time and effort  to make sure a deal is complete to the top standard.

“We have been very satisfied with Garrigues in the project finance area.  They usually work for the banks (that are our counterparties) but they have been able to defend the interest of their clients without hindering the proper development of the project and of the other parties involved in the transaction.”

    
Public Law  Volver al índice

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THE FIRM This 19-partner team is much admired for its extensive public law capabilities. It has a considerable market share, acting for private companies and public sector bodies alike. Areas of strength include contracts, administrative matters and planning. The group's expertise extends right across the country and beyond, with hubs in London, New York and Brussels. A major highlight involved advising Metro de Madrid on the contracting required for the disposal of second-hand rolling stock.
Sources say: "Excellent because of its technical capabilities, flexibility and adaptability to a client's needs." "Great client service: it's very flexible, and transparent in billing."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources are highly impressed by department head Alfredo Fernández Rancaño "He's very pragmatic and experienced, and his advice was key to a major investment we made," says one client. Fernández Rancaño is particularly active in infrastructure projects.
Carmen Chinchilla receives a good deal of positive feedback, highlighting both her academic credentials and her work in this sphere. "She's a recognised and prestigious name," note observers. Her key areas of focus are administrative and telecoms law.
Lluis Cases has a background in public and competition law. "He always takes our concerns seriously and strongly defends our interests," states one client.
Miguel Loya makes a first appearance in the rankings thanks to warm praise from market commentators, with one saying: "I have an excellent opinion of him – he is responsive and produces high-quality work."

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Real Estate  Volver al índice

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THE FIRM This five-partner real estate team ascends the rankings thanks to the exceptionally high level of praise it receives. Clients highlight its broad range of capabilities and its integration with other teams within the firm. It recently advised AXA REIM on a EUR65 million sale of an office building complex in Madrid. It also assisted Moorpark Capital Partners and Morgan Stanley with the acquisitions of large property portfolios.
Sources say: "It does not limit itself to just answering questions, it is actively interested in our needs and strives to cover those needs in the best ways possible."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice head Felipe Yannone is unanimously respected in the marketplace and is particularly highlighted for his work on complex and sophisticated deals. He led the team advising AXA REIM on the EUR65 million sale of an office building complex in Madrid.
Lorenzo Clemente is recognised for his excellent knowledge of the law. He counts FCC and OHL among his clients.
Héctor Muñoz is touted as a lawyer to watch. He has a broad practice, with excellent capabilities in real estate transactions and leasing, and real estate finance.

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Garrigues is ‘traditionally a very strong player in this field’. It recently advised the FCC on the €60m sale-and-leaseback of its headquarters in Madrid and Barcelona, and also advised it on the sale of the Torre Picasso office building in Madrid to Pontegadea Inmobiliari. Other highlights included advising LSGIE on its €58m acquisition of Plaza de la Moraleja shopping mall. Felipe Yannone is recommended.

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Restructuring / Insolvency  Volver al índice

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Department head Antonio Fernández gains widespread positive feedback highlighting his superior English skills and long-standing experience. One client states: "I would give him ten out of ten; he's a delight to work with. He's technically astute, always works within deadlines, and provides creative solutions."
Borja García-Alamán advises creditors of distressed companies and is also active in pre-insolvency and insolvency debt situations. Interviewees say he is “very hard-working.”
Adrián Thery handles mandates for distressed companies in the industrial, real estate and services sectors and is also active in non-performing loan work.
Interviewees laud Juan Verdugo's strong leadership skills and ability to handle complex deals. "He fights for the client and is making a name for himself. He's a strong communicator and is able to adeptly handle all the parties involved in negotiations."

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THE FIRM This stellar team has a reservoir of experience in both restructuring and insolvency. Sources admire its broad geographical presence and top-quality clients, such as Portuguese financial services group Banif, door manufacturer Puertas Norma and Santander. Of late the team assisted Mediapro with its insolvency proceedings, with aggregate liabilities of EUR1 billion. It ensured the continuity of the company by implementing the restructuring tools available under the Spanish insolvency law.
Sources say: “Good communication between the various national offices.” “One of the best in this practice area.” “A go-to firm for debtor clients.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head Antonio Fernández gains widespread positive feedback highlighting his superior English skills and long-standing experience. One client states: "I would give him ten out of ten; he's a delight to work with. He's technically astute, always works within deadlines, and provides creative solutions."
Borja García-Alamán advises creditors of distressed companies and is also active in pre-insolvency and insolvency debt situations. Interviewees say he is “very hard-working.”
Adrián Thery handles mandates for distressed companies in the industrial, real estate and services sectors and is also active in non-performing loan work.
Interviewees laud Juan Verdugo’s strong leadership skills and ability to handle complex deals. "He fights for the client and is making a name for himself. He's a strong communicator and is able to adeptly handle all the parties involved in negotiations."

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Garrigues ‘clearly belongs in the top tier’. It continues to advise Mediapro on its insolvency, and on the debt refinancing of its parent company, Imagina. The team recently began advising various lenders with aggregated claims of €160m following the voluntary insolvency of a highway concessionaire. The team also acted for construction company Puertas Norma during its insolvency proceedings and is now negotiating its reorganisation plan. It is also advising Spanish confectioner Fiesta on its voluntary insolvency. Antonio Fernandez heads the team, which also includes Borja García-Alamán and Adrián Thery.

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The firm is heavily involved on both in-court and out of court world.
Sources say:  “They are very experienced lawyers and take the initiative.  They are very reactive, not like some typical lawyers.”
“The service received is excellent in all cases in terms of quality, accessibility and skills. I think Garrigues is without doubt one of the best law firms in Spain”.
“The choice of this firm has been due to many factors: the expertise we have with them, the lenders’ opinion, our in house lawyers’ opinion, the adequate scope of work proposed and the accuracy of work done”.

    
Shipping  Volver al índice

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THE FIRM This two-partner practice undertakes a range of mandates, including all work relating to contracts, registration and maritime claims. A recent case of note was helping the Norwegian Hull Club oppose a EUR2.8 million claim brought against it. Other significant clients include Naviera Armas, Britannia and Terminales de Contenedores.
Sources say: "The lawyers are always available and arrange meetings quickly."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Jesús Barbadillo Eyzaguirre is the leading name in this practice.

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Garrigues recently acted for Naviera Armas to negotiate contracts with shipbuilders and financial institutions to build two vessels worth €220m. The team also acted for shipowner Armas Cruceros following the grounding of a vessel on the Moroccan coast; the firm assisted with negotiations with the insurer, and with claims from passengers. Manuel Betancor and Manuel Torres are recommended.

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FIRM The sizeable sports and entertainment team at this Spanish powerhouse brings together lawyers with varying specialisations including tax, employment, corporate and IP. Recent times have seen the lawyers advising on the 2020 Madrid Olympic Games bid, and assisting footballer David Villa Sanchez and basketball team Valencia Basket Club. On the employment front, the team frequently advises Real Madrid FC on key contractual issues such as suspension of employment contracts and employee mobility issues.
Sources say: “The lawyers are very knowledgeable in football-related matters.” "The team is commercial, pragmatic and has great response times. It also provides excellent tax advice as and when necessary."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head Carolina Pina counts Samsung Electronics Iberica as a loyal client, recently advising it on the drafting and review of a sponsorship contract with the Spanish Basketball Federation. Interviewees remark upon her IP expertise, which "adds an impressive facet to her sports work."
Félix Plaza co-heads the department and wins plaudits for his specialist tax knowledge. Clients say he gives “concise and extremely well-structured advice," adding that he is "very personable and responsive, with a great knowledge of the football world.”

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Interviewees describe Ricardo Gómez as a "wonderful tax lawyer." He has a wealth of experience in Spanish tax, particularly in financial taxation.
Abelardo Delgado is highly respected by sources, thanks to his impressive background in tax-related academia and time at the Ministry of Economy and Finance, coupled with 15 years' experience in private practice.
Eduardo Gardeta leads Garrigues' presence in indirect tax work.
The internationally focused Ángel Calleja frequently works with Spain's largest multinational companies, employing his expertise in international M&A, tax and transfer pricing.
Sources admire Eduardo Abad Valdenebro for his "empathy and familiarity with his clients' businesses," and for his "keen knowledge of tax law."
Albert Collado provides tax advice to Spanish companies on their expansion into emerging markets, notably China and Latin America

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THE FIRM Garrigues is renowned for its position at the high end of Spanish tax law, and maintains an enormous presence in this field across its offices. The full-service practice advises on complex international tax matters as well as local, family business issues and indirect taxation.
Sources say: "The team receives top marks for its technical knowledge: the work is always of excellent quality."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Interviewees describe Ricardo Gómez as a "wonderful tax lawyer." He has a wealth of experience in Spanish tax, particularly in financial taxation.
Abelardo Delgado is highly respected by sources, thanks to his impressive background in tax-related academia and a stint at the Ministry of Economy and Finance, coupled with 15 years' experience in private practice.
Eduardo Gardeta leads Garrigues' presence in indirect tax work.
The internationally focused Angel Calleja frequently works with Spain's largest multinational companies, employing his expertise in international M&A, tax and transfer pricing.
Sources admire Eduardo Abad Valdenebro for his "empathy and familiarity with his clients' businesses," and for his "keen knowledge of tax law."
Albert Collado provides tax advice to Spanish companies on their expansion into emerging markets, notably China and Latin America.

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Garrigues has ‘a boutique-style relationship with clients despite being the largest firm in Spain’, and has ‘a wide range of specialists of the highest quality’. Recent highlights include advising Banco Santander on the tax aspects of its agreement with Abbey Life Assurance Company to reinsure the former’s life insurance portfolio. The firm also advised Obinesa and the 46 companies in its group on restructuring its debts, which involved direct and indirect tax advice. Practice head Eduardo Abad is highly recommended.

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THE FIRM This impressive outfit is an all-rounder, with capacities in technology, media and telecoms. It regularly advises industry clients on contractual, regulatory, corporate, antitrust, IP and tax issues. The team is also recognised for its litigation work in the industry. IT is a particular strength: it represents leading internet companies in contentious matters, corporate transactions, outsourcing deals and data protection. In telecoms, the team boasts a comprehensive knowledge of regulation and works for well-known industry names such as Vodafone.
Sources say: "Superb: it has a great practice in this area." "The firm really understands the industry. It has a strong data and outsourcing team as well as a disputes team, which makes it versatile."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Telecoms expert Javier Marzo remains a key part of the team. He also has expertise in media, recently representing Televisa in an appeal before the Mexican Antitrust Federal Commission (COFECO) relating to the merger between Televisa and Iusacell.
José María Anguiano is described as "a great lawyer, with an impressive knowledge of the technology sector." E-commerce and new technologies are amongst his core areas of expertise.
Commentators say that José Ramón Morales "knows his deals very well, knows how to structure their development, and is easy to work with." His practice focuses on commercial law, contracts and IT.
IP expert Carolina Pina continues to represent top clients in the IT sector. Interviewees say: "She's a deal maker. She's knowledgeable in discussions, solid in her reasoning and business-minded, which I appreciate when negotiating complex deals."

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Garrigues counts with ‘knowledgeable and strong advocates’, such as IT specialist José Ramón Morales and telecoms and media expert Javier Marzo. The group advised CaixaBank on a deal with IBM to manage IT infrastructure services, and other instructions came from Vodafone and Orange.

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THE FIRM This celebrated practice fields a large and knowledgeable team. The firm excels in combining its international scope with its cross-practice abilities to provide a sterling service to clients. An example of the firm's work is assisting the high net worth Rigol family with its two-phase family succession matter. It also advised the González de Haz family, owners of the Radio Vigo Group, on negotiating the family protocol and advising on such matters as corporate restructuring.
Sources say: "An absolutely excellent firm. It is difficult to find lawyers who are as good as they are."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head Juan Luis Zayas is respected for his extensive experience and broad knowledge of areas including tax, accounting and family law, amongst others. A source says of him: "He's always available, has a great capacity for work and is fast in solving problems."

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