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Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

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What the team is known for

Offers strong venture capital capabilities spread across key teams in Madrid and New York, with a client list that consists of major Spanish and US funds. Has further added to the team through the lateral hire of Barcelona-based market-leading individual Alex Pujol. Advises on funding rounds in favour of start-ups in the IT, mobility and fintech sectors. Acts for Spanish companies seeking to buy foreign, VC-owned competitors. Has won roles on several mid-cap and larger transactions carried out by investment managers, including those targeting energy sector or real estate assets. Also advises portfolio companies on add-ons.

Strengths

Sources say that the lawyers are "commercially driven" and "know what really matters to the client."

Clients note the firm's "flexibility to adapt to different situations" and say that the lawyers' "creative thinking in order to find solutions makes them stand out."

Work highlights

Assisted Bonsai Partners with its participation in a USD17 million series A funding round in favour of Austria-headquartered start-up Refurbed.

Notable practitioners

Clients praise Alex Pujol for the "clarity in his explanations and his deft touch when dealing with investors and shareholders." He is known among market commentators for his frequent presence on the investor side of Spanish venture capital deals. Sources note that his listening skills and business-oriented approach make him "compatible with entrepreneurs." Pujol is a new addition to the Gómez-Acebo & Pombo team.

Clients value Álvaro Mateo 's "commercial attitude," saying: "He always knows when to push back and when to let go." "He is tremendously experienced and knows what to do in any situation," says one impressed source. Mateo is central to the firm's venture capital offering in Madrid.

Íñigo Erlaiz Cotelo acts for private equity sponsors on mid-cap buyouts or acquisitions of minority stakes in Spanish businesses. Clients say that it is "easy to work with him; he works in big projects and small projects, and for both is very accessible." "He never gets caught up in minor issues and is able to untie any knots that present themselves," reports another source.

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Overview

Our team specialising in investment funds has a very significant presence in the private equity, credit funds, hedge funds and collective investment institutions sector, working on an ongoing basis with a large number of them in their operations in Spain and Portugal.

The advice we provide in the sector includes:

  • Analysis of equity and debt investments from the legal point of view.
  • Acquisition and sale of credit and debt portfolios
  • Analysis of special and distressed situations in the Iberian market, including detailed analysis of capital structures and possible investments in them
  • Restructuring of credit positions in companies, advising both on bilateral and syndicated loan transactions, private placements or standing committee of bond holders. This would include advice in both the pre-insolvency and insolvency stages
  • Financing in the primary market, including rescue or emergency financing operations
  • Advice on hybrid investments, including warrants, participating financing and similar products
  • Analysis of investment opportunities in public debt, both state and regional, both financial debt and commercial debt
  • Advising activist funds on the design and execution of their strategies in Spain
  • Defence of creditors' interests in the context of credit operations in Spain and Portugal, including the enforcement of guarantees and security

Funds

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

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Location

Castellana 216

Madrid

Madrid

Spain

28046

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Spain

Private Equity


Íñigo Erlaiz Cotelo
Band 3

Private Equity: Venture Capital


Álvaro Mateo
Band 2