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Uría Menéndez

International & Cross-Border Capabilities

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What the team is known for

A top choice for referral work coming into Spain, the firm has also established itself as leader for Iberian clients seeking advice on international investment and global expansion. Offering strong experience of key markets and a regular adviser on Latin American matters, its Spanish teams, supported by global offices, provide top-tier advice across transactional and disputes areas. To counsel on multi-jurisdictional matters the firm combines its local capabilities with strategic alliances and a network of 'best friends' firms.

The firm performs strongly on cross-border transactions for its clients from the TMT, life sciences, energy and infrastructure sectors. It is a top choice among elite international firms to advise on Spanish aspects of global M&A and is also adept leading outbound M&A, particularly across Europe and into Latin America. Its China office helps to establish links with large Chinese investors entering Spain and acts as a gateway for sponsors and lenders with interests in Latin America.

It is also well versed in multi-jurisdictional litigation and often advises on commercial disputes across Europe in financial services, life sciences and energy. It shows solid capability supporting clients in international arbitration with a strong track record defending clients in claims relating to projects and assets in the Latin American energy, infrastructure and construction fields. The firm also provides expertise in investigations work including cross-border financial and corporate crime cases.


A client says: "They are a firm that has grown and branched out strategy in a way many other firms have not been able to do. They are dominant in Portugal now, and have a network of firms in Colombia, Chile, Peru - they have top lawyers in all those countries and we work with all of them."

Sources recognise the firm's effective coordination with international counsel for transactions and investments in Latin America. One commentator notes: "They gave us some support on an offering we did for a Latin American issuer. We turned to Uría for some support in the local countries. They were very helpful on that."

A client says: "We have required their litigation services with cross-border aspects. Their network of international contacts and 'best friends' firms is first-class. The firm's professionals have highly relevant resumes in private international law."

Another client commends the firm's handling of an international arbitration involving multiple jurisdictions: "It was phenomenal, we very much enjoyed working with them. The matter was very complex and high-value and we ended up winning."

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Over the last 40 years we have advised the majority of the main funds on their investments and divestitures across all sectors.

We have private equity specialists throughout the firm, enabling us to organise multidisciplinary teams quickly and efficiently to handle both purely domestic transactions in Spain and Portugal and those with a cross-border component.

Thanks to the synergies developed by working closely with the M&A, Banking and Finance, Restructuring, Capital Markets, Tax, Competition, Labour and Litigation Practice Areas, we are in a privileged position to advise on all aspects of private equity deals.

Our lawyers are renowned for their expertise in particularly complex transactions, and have advised on practically every groundbreaking deal in this sector, from venture capital investment to national or cross-border, public or private deals and exits. We are also actively involved in the negotiation and establishment of joint ventures in our core markets.

International & Cross-Border Capabilities

Uría Menéndez


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