Partner: Xavier Amat, Javier Vidal-Quadras, Miguel Vidal-Quadras, Isabel Alcalde, Oriol Ramon, Yolanda Casadelvall
Number of lawyers: 27
Languages: English, French, German, Spanish
Founded in 1992, Amat & Vidal-Quadras is a law firm that works mainly in the fields of commercial, litigation, intellectual property law and life sciences as well as in the tax field. This includes advising and litigating on commercial, company and contract law (agency and distribution, technology transfer, franchising, export/import, etc.), industrial and intellectual property (patents, trade marks, designs, copyright, etc.), competition law, pharmaceuticals, administrative law, real estate and construction, foreign investment in Spain (direct investment, mergers, acquisitions, property investment, etc.) and Spanish investment abroad, as well as in domestic and international tax matters. In all these fields the firm regularly represents Spanish and foreign companies in complex domestic or crossborder transactions as well as before Spanish courts and in arbitration proceedings.
Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate & Commercial:
Amat & Vidal-Quadras provides legal assistance to all kinds of companies, such as attending board of directors and shareholders’ meetings, carrying out the secretary’s roles and monitoring the legality of their resolutions. The firm has longstanding experience in commercial and civil contracts, as well as agency, distribution and franchise agreements, among others. It also has extensive experience in company acquisitions as well as foreign investment in Spain and Spanish investment abroad. Leases and building property, real estate, insurance and transport or inheritance law are also services in which the firm is assessing its clients. Xavier Amat and Isabel Alcade are the main contacts of this practice.
Intellectual Property & Life Science:
Amat & Vidal-Quadras has extensive experience in providing legal advice on intellectual property law, including trademarks, patents, utility models, supplementary protection certificates, industrial designs and know-how. The advice of the firm covers all kinds of technical fields (mechanical, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, IT, electronics and telecommunications) as well as service industry. Specific attention is to be paid with regard to the field of life sciences, covering competition, IP and regulatory in this area. The firm also advises on licensing and all type of technology transfer agreements. Copyrights, advertising or unfair competition as well as antitrust law are other fields related to this area. Miguel Vidal-Quadras and Oriol Ramon are the main contacts of this practice.
Litigation & Arbitration:
Amat & Vidal-Quadras represents clients concerning all kinds of claims in civil, commercial and administrative court litigation proceedings. The firm has extensive experience in this kind of legal advice and puts a team together right at the beginning to advise on any kind of legal deal, whether contractual, corporate or in the market. Amat & Vidal-Quadras also has longstanding experience in insolvency and bankruptcy law. The firm can get involved in all manner of business difficulties, through insolvency-related measures or court liquidation of companies. The lawyers of the firm are also experienced in national and international arbitration as well as administrative/contentious law The lawyers of the firm are also experienced in national and international arbitration as well as administrative/ contentious law. Javier Vidal-Quadras is the main contact of this practice.
Amat & Vidal-Quadras launched its tax practice in 2012. It covers both taxation of corporations as well as high net worth individuals, direct and indirect taxation as well as Spanish and international tax matters, representing the latter one of the fields of strong expertise of the tax practice. The tax group works for industrial companies, energy companies, financial institutions and has a broad experience in cross-border matters, transfer pricing, tax efficient remuneration schemes and tax litigation. The tax group focuses on added value tax advice rather than on tax compliance. Yolanda Casadevall is the main contact of this practice.
Amat & Vidal-Quadras’ clients operate in different sectors, from industry to services. Specific industry sectors in which Amat & Vidal-Quadras gives legal advice and has specific knowledge are life sciences, renewable energies, university research or industrial machinery.
A very relevant part of Amat & Vidal-Quadras’ work is international. Regarding Spanish clients, the firm gives international advice, which includes the design of the legal strategy abroad, in close relationship with local experts. Other clients are foreign companies established or with business in Spain, for which the firm provides legal advice. In cases of international litigation the firm acts either for the interest of its clients in Spain or in the design of the international legal strategy.