What the team is known for
Advises banks, alternative lenders and investment fund borrowers on acquisition finance, project finance and real estate finance mandates. Benefits from a UK-qualified team in Madrid that assists with English law-governed finance transactions. Attracts attention for work on NPL portfolio sales or acquisitions of distressed debt. Has a strong regulatory team that stands out for experience defending financial services clients in investigations. Also has a strong caseload of funds regulatory mandates.
"The lawyers are proactive, attentive and accessible," says one client.
"They are deal-focused and always ask if we understand all the points or if we need any additional explanation," states another client, going on to note the firm's ability to handle cross-border transactions: "The firm is super-active in Spain but can very easily access other jurisdictions just by calling colleagues there."
Advised Lightsource on financing its acquisition of six photovoltaic power projects in Spain.
José Christian Bertram
is the firm's new practice head. He leads diverse matters ranging from LBOs for private equity buyers through to acquisitions of distressed debt or the financing of real estate acquisitions. "He's practical, strong in technical matters and good with clients,"
says one source, while another states: "He gives clear answers and is user-friendly and commercial."
Interviewees say that Josefina Garcia Pedroviejo
is an "outstanding regulatory lawyer"
and highlight her "proactive approach and broad technical knowledge."
She assists major asset management companies with matters relating to their operations in Spain. She earns further praise for her skill in communicating with stakeholders at different levels of the client's business.
attracts particular attention for his work on behalf of financial services clients facing investigations and the imposition of sanctions by Spanish regulators. "He clearly understands our business and knows what the regulator expects,"
says one client. "He keeps himself updated on the regulations, so we can discuss very technical things with him,"
notes another source.
UK-qualified partner Nick Pawson
advises on Spanish transactions that are subject to English law. He assists with the negotiation of syndicated loans or bilateral agreements with foreign alternative lenders. Interviewees say that he is "hard-working and practical."