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Herbert Smith Freehills

International & Cross-Border Capabilities

Band 3SpainGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Herbert Smith Freehills is internationally structured to offer specialist teams dedicated to global industries such as infrastructure, energy, technology and financial services. The team performs well in representing large Spanish companies from these industries as they have expanded globally. The firm also regularly acts on inbound mandates to Spain, providing well-regarded transactional and contentious teams.

The firm's established global platform and presence in key markets enables it to efficiently run transactions across borders. Offering deep industry knowledge, teams provide advice to Spanish utility and oil and gas companies on their investments into Latin America, EMEA and Asia. The firm regularly collaborates between its European offices for inbound public and private investment into Spain. It maintains strong relationships with firms in Latin America and also collaborates with the firm’s New York office on work in the Americas.

Its specialist teams in energy and infrastructure also make it a top choice for Spanish clients in disputes arising from their global operations. The Madrid team is often instructed on international litigation and commercial arbitration.

Strengths

Clients admire the firm's globally integrated offering, particularly for cross-border border financing. An interviewee reports: "One very good quality is their coordination between Madrid and London, so that you always get a rounded team helping you." Another client says: "Herbert Smith Freehills is one of my favourite EU-wide firms. We have sponsors that we work with in several jurisdictions and my first call is always them." The interviewee also notes that the lawyers are "very business-minded and know what the banks need."

One client commends the firm's handling of an international arbitration in Spain with UK elements, highlighting the "excellent results, technical knowledge and sympathy given."

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