Clifford Chance LLP

Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Acclaimed international practice providing top-quality services in public sector disputes. Advises on mandates relating to administrative contracts, concession agreements and public procurement processes. Experienced in litigation brought by infrastructure concessionaires against public authorities spread across Spain. Also assists with authorisation and licence granting relating to transportation.

Strengths"The firm is assisting us in a holistic way, not only by providing all the regulation and its interpretation but also by informing us about the relevant milestones and next steps," a client reports.

Another client states: "It is a very reliable and consolidated law firm."

Work highlights Acted for Banco Santander on the sanctioning proceeding regarding its compliance with requirements of MiFID II.

Notable practitioners

Head of the Barcelona office,
Carme Briera
enters the rankings on the back of increased activity on substantial public law mandates in Catalonia and across Spain. She advises on public procurement matters, environmental authorisations and state aid issues.

The "very talented"
Jaime Almenar
rises in the rankings, with clients endorsing him because "he always provides practical solutions and different alternatives for the issues that come up." He advises on a plethora of regulatory as well as contentious matters relating to the financial services, infrastructure and pharmaceutical sectors.

José Luis Zamarro
is active on mandates in the transportation, infrastructure and utilities sectors. He assists with disputes arising from the termination of concessions, unpaid operations and maintenance claims, and expropriation matters.