Ecija Abogados

Madrid Office

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Chairman: Hugo Écija
Vice President:
Pablo Jiménez de Parga
Managing Partners: Alejandro Touriño
Number of partners:
101 Number of lawyers: 550
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Firm Overview:
ECIJA is one of the best multidisciplinary and independent firms in the Spanish market and also the firm of choice in TMT and IP. ECIJA has 24 offices in 14 countries and the largest presence of a Spanish firm in Latin America.

Main Areas of Practice:
Dispute Resolution: Litigation & Arbitration
Corporate/M&A, Private Equity, Venture Capital
Intellectual Property & Copyright
Tax Law
Labour Law & Immigration
Media, Entertainment & Sports
Risk & Compliance
Information Technology, Telecoms
Privacy, Data Protection & Cybersecurity
Real Estate
Public Law
Gaming & Gambling
Startups, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
EU & Antitrust
Private Client & Trust
Distribution & Consumer Law
Public Policy
Health & Life Sciences
Advisory Banking Law & Financial Regulation
Human Rights

IT, Telecoms, Data Protection & Outsourcing:
21 partners; 60 fee earners based in Spain, Portugal and Latin America.
TMT IT is a main area of focus for ECIJA. Its client´s portfolio includes large media corporations, software, game developers, advertising groups, electronics, telecommunication operators, and energy companies.
■ Advice to the Business Software Alliance and its members on the full range of enforcement matters in Spain, including civil proceedings, criminal complaints, evidence-gathering searches, criminal complaints and product seizures
■ Advice to Banco Santander in all transactional matters involving technology, privacy and data protection
■ Advice to Mc Donalds in compliance of privacy and data protection obligations in Spain
Key Clients: Mercedes, LVMH Group, Microsoft, Inditex, Michelin, Telefónica, LG Electronics, Bank of Spain.
Contacts: Alejandro Touriño, Carlos Pérez
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Intellectual Property & Copyrights:
15 partners; 70 fee earners based in Spain, Portugal and Latin America. ECIJA has the largest, most skilled and diversified (it combines informatic engineers) team in IP in the Spanish market.
■ Advice to Spanish listed company SACYR on the acquisition of IP rights over software products
■ Advice to AFEC, the Spanish federation of pressclipping companies, in its major sectorial negotiation with the collecting society that represents the most relevant newspapers in Spain
■ Advice to European Energy Group EDP on a trademark infringement case
Key Clients: H&M, Fox, Disney, Rakuten TV, Indra, NH Hotels, Ferrovial, Vodafone, Omnicom Media Group.
Contacts: Alejandro Touriño, Carlos Pérez
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Corporate/M&A & Private Equity:
42 partners; 70 fee earners based in Spain, Portugal and Latin America.
ECIJA advices large Spain-based and international corporations, VC and private equity investors in national and cross border transactions. ECIJA has wide expertise in sectors driven by innovation (such as technology, clean energy, automotive, aerospace, financial services and life sciences).
■ Counsel to The Boeing Company in the acquisition of a stake in Immfly, global inflight digital services and IFE company headquartered in Spain
■ Advice to Jenoptik AG in the acquisition of Interob, Spanish entity specialized in tailor-made projects for plantplanning design manufacture and integration of automation solutions in robotics applications
■ Counsel to Honeywell Ventures in the Series B financing of Bigfinite, SaaS entity that provides simple solutions to complex needs in biotech and pharma
Key Clients: Yahoo, Pfizer, The Boeing Company, Honeywell, Melia Hotel Group, M&C Saatchi, Jenoptik AG, and DHL.
Contacts: Emilio Prieto, Gabriel Nadal
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Arbitration:
26 partners; 60 fee earners based in Spain, Portugal and Latin America
ECIJA represents major clients in relevant cases in dispute resolution in technology, media, telecoms, construction and sports industries. The Firm is pioneer in the use of new technologies such as ‘ethical hacking’ aimed to determine the source of criminal acts and collect digital evidence valid in Court proceedings.
■ Representation of 15 companies, holders of more than 300 VTC authorisations (to operate through Uber and Cabify) in the claim before the General Directorate of Land Transport of the Ministry of Public Works of the Government of Spain
■ Advice to the largest worldwide electric motorbike manufacturer Zero in a procedure against consumers affecting the interpretation of the general contracting conditions at the EU
■ Advice to the world’s largest manufacturer of air balloons ‘Anagram’ in the litigation proceeding against ‘Flex Metals’ for an industrial design infringement
Key Clients: Hiscox, British Telecom, Mercadona, Renault, Atletico de Madrid Club, Spotify, Arthur Andersen, Starlite, Showa International
Contacts: Javier López, Mauricio Paris
Emails: [email protected]; [email protected]

Labour & Employment:
15 partners; 37 fee earners based in Spain, Portugal and Latin America.
ECIJA acts in judicial processes in all matters and in collective bargaining processes and restructurings. It has a multidisciplinary division of professionals who are experts in LabourTech and Compliance.
■ Advice to Bank of Spain on the implementation of a Security Operations Center (SOC) for monitoring technological systems and employees
■ Advice to ING Bank on use of technological means policy and digital disconnection policy
■ Advice to Eaolia Renovable on its photovoltaic power plants internalization
■ Advice to Boomerang TV on the execution of a TV series of international co-production (Spain-Chile) with labour support both in terms of foreigners and visas of technicians and actors, as well as in terms of contracting ( more than 100 workers)
Key Clients: Bank of Spain, Melia Hotels, Radisson Hotels, Eolia Energy, Vivanta, Atresmedia, ING Bank, Fremantlemedia, MC & Saatchi
Contacts: Raúl Rojas, Fernando Vizcaino
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

9 partners; 25 fee earners based in Spain, Portugal, Latin and Central America.
ECIJA advises on tax driven structured finance, leasing and collective investment arrangements. The area focuses on corporate and international taxation, corporate reorganizations, e-commerce taxation and tax procedures.
■ Advice to MBDA on the legal and tax implications derived from contracts of supply and assembly between the company and a Spanish public company pioneer in the design and construction of military ships and high-tech civilian vessels
■ Advice to the Spanish online advertising giant, KIMIA, on its international structure and its transfer pricing policy regarding its international operations
■ Advice to Repsol Foundation in the process of investment in startups (venture philanthropy)
Key Clients: Pilatus Aircraft Limited, Sprim Health Group; Repsol Foundation, DHL Global Forwarding
Contact: Constantino Vidal
Email: [email protected]

■ Best IT, IP and Data Protection Law Firm of the Spanish Market and Most Innovative Project (Expansión Awards 2016, 2017, 2018)
■ Best Law Firm in Digital Economy in the Spanish Market 2019 (Expansión Awards)
■ European Specialist (TMT) Law Firm (The Lawyer 2019)
■ Ranked amongst the most innovative law firms in Europe (Financial Times 2019)