Herbert Smith Freehills

Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Boasts solid experience advising large companies, industry associations and credit institutions on transactions and public litigation cases. Often advises on corporate transactions that have important public law implications. Offers proven expertise in both domestic and international proceedings on behalf of mining and infrastructure sector clients. Also attracts attention for its handling of energy disputes against the Spanish government. Active in mandates involving environmental matters, health and infrastructure.

Strengths Clients value the team for the "legal depth of the advice and fluidity in the exchange of opinions."

One interviewee states that one advantage of using the firm is its "adaptability to the client's needs."

Work highlights Advised Pamplona Capital Management on concessions, permits and regulatory issues relating to its EUR500 million acquisition of Grupo Ibérica de Congelados.

Notable practitioners

Ignacio Paz is experienced in mandates arising from the infrastructure, healthcare, finance and energy sectors. His knowledge extends to regulatory aspects of acquisitions and disposals, contentious issues and PPPs.

Of counsel Iria Calviño specialises in advising energy firms, global financial institutions and public entities on regulatory aspects of cross-border transactions. She further assists with public procurement issues.