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Garrigues makes the Global Project Finance Top Ten

01/14/2009

Leading Spanish law firm Garrigues has claimed a place among the world’s top ten legal advisors in the field of project finance in terms of volume, making it the only independent European firm to feature in the 2008 ranking published in the Dealogic Project Finance Review (attached). According to the renowned publication, Garrigues closed deals worth $6.4 billion, accounting for 2.2% of Global Project Finance deals.

Leading Spanish law firm Garrigues has claimed a place among the world’s top ten legal advisors in the field of project finance in terms of volume, making it the only independent European firm to feature in the 2008 ranking published in the Dealogic Project Finance Review (attached). According to the renowned publication, Garrigues closed deals worth $6.4 billion, accounting for 2.2% of Global Project Finance deals.

Garrigues took the runner-up spot in terms of number of deals, with a total of 52 transactions, second only to Allen & Overy with 72.

Garrigues has successfully made it into the list of leading legal advisors in a year which saw the volume of Global Project Finance deals increase by 13% to $315 billion. This increase has been particularly strong in Spain, up 83% on 2007.

The head of Garrigues’ Project Finance area, José Guardo, sees the results as yet another sign that Garrigues is “undisputedly Spain’s leading law firm”. The fact that most of the deals were closed in Spain bears witness to the great potential of the firm in the Iberian market. At the same time, Guardo also underlines the fact that many deals were also completed in Latin America and Eastern Europe, which highlights the Firm international standing.  “We are competing, and succeeding, against the best and biggest law firms in the world”, added Guardo.

While mainly focusing on financial institutions, the Garrigues Project Finance team also advises companies, including medium-sized enterprises. In terms of industries, the Firm stood out in alternative energy and infrastructures, where it enjoys unparalleled dominance.

Services are provided in close collaboration with other specialized areas of the Firm, such as the Environmental Law Department, headed by Santiago Garrido and Antonio Baena, who offer their expertise in project analysis and due diligence, particularly in the field of renewable energies.
According to Guardo, Garrigues’ success “is the result of excellence in the legal advisory services performed by an outstanding team of lawyers, which not only has an in-depth understanding of the domestic and international markets, but has also managed to grasp the real concerns of the key players. The Firm can boast international recognition in the field of project finance, thus enabling it to export the systems and methodologies first implemented in Spain to other jurisdictions, yielding first-rate results for financial institutions and companies”.

Garrigues’ Project Finance team is widely recognized as the finest the market has to offer.  According to Chambers Global, clients have defined it as “the number-one firm for project finance work in Spain.” Numerous clients say the firm provides “the best service on offer for both domestic and international project finance, with excellence running throughout the team.”

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