Editors Reception and Awards - Madrid
The Chambers Editors' Reception offers distinguished networking opportunities with ranked lawyers and clients. This evening will also see awards given to top rankings firms and individuals from the region.
Chambers Spain Awards 2019 - Winners and Shortlisted Firms
Grau & Angulo
Since its inception a couple of years ago, FinReg360 has gone from strength to strength with its focused offering to clients in financial services regulation, offering key insight into issues such as fintech, compliance with European directives and financial product distribution. The team draws praise for its business-oriented approach, speedy responses and its thorough understanding of the way regulatory authorities operate, and acts for a host of leading names from the Spanish financial services landscape, including Santa Lucía Gestión, Abanca Group and Banco Santander, whom the group has been assisting with advice on MiFID II.
Allen & Overy
Winner: Uría Menéndez
Uría Menéndez boasts a stellar position in the Spanish M&A landscape and draws commendation for its provision of consistently high quality advice and client service. The team is particularly singled out for its deft handling of complex, high pressure situations and receives further plaudits for its abilities in cross-border operations. Interviewees also recognise the firm’s extensive resources, including its ability to regularly pool expertise from market-leading teams in Finance, Competition and Tax to offer 360 degree support to clients on their corporate activity. The firm’s prowess was demonstrated in its advice to Abertis Infraestructuras on the EUR16.34 billion voluntary tender offer launched by Atlantia, followed by Hochtief’s EUR18.58 competitive bid.
Cuatrecasas skilfully takes on diverse litigation and arbitration proceedings, including those under ICC rules, drawing on key experts based in both Barcelona and Madrid. Its broad caseload comprises disputes relating to infrastructure projects, commercial agreements and corporate transactions, and it offers further top-tier abilities in white collar crime issues. Clients are quick to draw attention to the lawyers’ responsive attitude, the quality of their written and oral arguments, and success rate in complicated disputes. The department is often appointed by leading names from the financial services sector, including CaixaBank, whom it represented in ICC arbitration over the sale of Barclays’ Spanish retail business.
Allen & Overy
Sources single out Linklaters’ proximity to the client, depth of resources and extensive experience. Comprised of both Spain and UK qualified practitioners based in Madrid, the department draws praise for its ability to strike the balance between its international profile and its in-depth knowledge of the local market, making it a top choice for both domestic and multi-jurisdictional mandates. The group is regularly appointed on diverse financing operations, including direct lending or refinancing transactions, as well as offering market-leading capital markets expertise. Linklaters advised two syndicates of lenders on revolving credit facilities totalling EUR5.3 billion granted to Iberdrola, including advising on amendments to convert the facilities into a green loan.
Gómez-Acebo & Pombo
Grau & Angulo
Winner: Grau & Angulo
Grau & Angulo’s team comprises an enviable ranked bench of market-leading practitioners, offering expertise across the gamut of IP issues, including patents, trade marks, copyright and unfair competition. Interviewees underline the firm’s proactive approach, easy-to-reach team and its provision of strategic advice in multi-jurisdictional issues, as well as its successful handling of complex infringement proceedings. The group is regularly appointed to advise household names from across the fields of media, fashion and consumer goods, further to servicing an extensive list of generic pharmaceutical clients.
Garrigues’ extensive and dynamic tax practice is widely recognised as a powerful leading player in the Spanish fiscal law space. The group particularly impresses with its technical expertise, efficient provision of support and outstanding quality of advice, further to receiving significant plaudits for team members’ lengthy experience in the field. Offering comprehensive support in tax issues, including litigation, compliance and VAT, the team demonstrated its prowess during 2018 in its advice to Blackstone on the taxation of its EUR10.5 billion acquisition of Banco Popular’s real estate business, through a joint venture with Banco Santander.
Miquel Montañá – Outstanding Contributor
Considered “a reference in pharmaceutical patents”, Miquel Montañá is singled out for his “unquestionable prestige”, extensive experience and his participation in landmark rulings. Clients are quick to laud his approach, praising “his great business acumen” and commending the clarity of his explanations. He is frequently instructed by leading names from the life sciences sector, including Pfizer, Eli Lilly and AstraZeneca, and his recent work has led him to assist with patent infringement proceedings, nullity actions and regulatory issues relating to drug pricing.