Managing Partner: Alberto Estrelles
Senior Partner: Francisco Uría
Number of partners and directors: 140
Number of professionals: Over 800
Founded in 1987, KPMG Abogados is one of the most prestigious law firms in Spain, and its legal and tax departments employ over 800 professionals in 13 offices throughout Spain, offering quality legal and tax advisory services within a multi-disciplinary framework.
Main Areas of Practice:
KPMG Abogados is known for its profound knowledge of each of the areas of law related to the corporate world and to business in general. This allows it to offer clients the efficient, independent and rigorous assistance which they require. KPMG Abogados’ main tax and legal areas are:
Corporate Tax Services:
The firm provides among others the following services: tax planning, tax consolidation, internal restructuring of groups of companies, reports and advice on specific CIT issues. The firm’s professionals in this area also advise on and/or prepare consultations with the tax authorities and appeals at an administrative and jurisdictional level. KPMG Abogados also renders assistance with tax inspections.
Customs & Special Taxes:
The firm’s team of professional at KPMG Abogados advises on the implementation and interpretation of regulations governing customs duties, excise duties and VAT.
Financial Services Tax:
KPMGs advisors have broad experience in advising financial entities in areas likes taxation of financial entities, tax advice on financial and insurance products, mergers and acquisitions and indirect taxation in the financial sector. The team specialisation includes banking, leasing, asset finance, insurance, investment services and asset management.
International Corporate Tax & Transfer Pricing:
Even before BEP’s inception, KPMG Abogados created an integrated tax department made of lawyers and economist providing the full range of international tax services, helping clients to manage the complexities of multiple tax systems and supranational regulations around the world. It provides extensive experience in transfer pricing policy design, documentation and country by country (aligned with BEPS mantra- value creation). A specialised group of economists deals with the complex tax valuations and financial modelling. The group has a wealth of experience in negotiating audit settlements and appealing against tax assessments with the Spanish Tax Authorities and Courts, negotiating advance pricing agreements and MAPs as well.
Mergers & Acquisitions:
KPMGs covers all services in the different phases of merger and acquisition operations: pre-transaction analysis, design of an efficient tax structure, analysis of the tax situation (due diligence of the target companies), and advice on different integration approaches.
Outsourcing & Compliance:
KPMG Abogados has developed global tax outsourcing, an international team comprised of professionals dedicated to assisting member firm clients with their day to day business and with the compliance of their accounting, tax, labour and administrative obligations at both the national and international levels.
The firm’s people services are mainly comprises the following aspects: tax advisory services for international executives, personal income tax advisory services to companies, advisory services to individuals and family owned businesses, and advice on compensation and pensions.
KPMGs advice in EU law covers, among others, the following aspects: preparation of reports and advice on EU matters, analysis of the compliance of local laws with EU Law, representing clients before all the EU institutions including the jurisdictional ones, and analysis of the tax consequences derived from EU resolutions.
KPMG Abogados has a team specialised in tax and jurisdictional procedures to advise clients on appeals and claims in tax and administrative procedures even before international jurisdictional institutions.
VAT & Other Indirect Taxes:
KPMG Abogados has a highly specialised team with broad experience in advising and assisting its clients with the prior planning and analysis of indirect taxes (VAT, Capital Tax, Stamp Duty and General Tax for the Canary Islands) both in their local activities as well as their expansion or operations abroad.
Administrative Law & Regulated Sectors:
KPMG Abogados has a team specialised in providing comprehensive legal advice in matters related to administrative law in general, legal-review jurisdiction, urban planning and in matters concerning the different regulated sectors (energy, infrastructures, audiovisual, telecommunications, postal service, gambling, transportation, roads, ports, health, etc).
Banking, Finance & Regulatory:
KPMG Abogados offers clients (leading financial organisations) integrated and well-known teams who have the precise blend of skill and experience for the largest and most innovative projects in the sector. This includes public and private M&A, joint ventures and restructurings, regulatory compliance, investigations and disputes, debt and equity capital markets, structured finance and securitisation.
Mercantile & Corporate:
The KPMG Abogados mercantile department offers clients extensive experience and knowledge regarding the incorporation and establishment of all kinds of Spanish entities, as well as all types of corporate issues and transactions, including joint-ventures, mergers and acquisitions (legal due diligence, drafting and negotiation of sale and purchase of shares agreements, shareholders agreements and other transactional documents). The firm also provides legal services in connection with all kinds of commercial contracts and have specific teams with broad experience and track records in real estate law, maritime, transport and logistics law and intellectual and technology law. KPMG Abogados also offers its clients, banks and other credit and insurance complex and structured finance transactions (including, amongst others, rendering legal advice in numerous finance projects, assets structured finance and shipping finance transactions).
The labour practice covers all aspects of labour and social security in the management of human resources. The firm could highlight the specialised services in corporate reorganisations and restructuring advice, as well as services related to negotiation during labour conflicts, both individual and collective, through mediation, arbitration and conciliation. KPMG can also highlight its specialised services in labour and social security audits.
Procedural & Bankruptcy:
The department defends clients in proceedings including debt recovery, insolvency, and contractual litigations as well as all kinds of services connected to bankruptcy through KPMG Concursal.
The firm offers clients a well-known team who have the precise blend of skill and experience for the largest and most innovative compliance projects in the sector and the involvement of its members in compliance international processes to draft and discuss standards related to this field.
KPMG Abogados has a team specialised in data protection regulation to advise clients on adaptation to GDPR, compliance of Spanish data protection law and penalisation procedures.
Through KPMG Sports the firm offers most tax and legal services in this field.