This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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As outlined in the firm’s 2020 strategic plan, approved in September 2011, Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has focused on institutionalisation, international expansion and greater participation of younger partners at managerial level.
|CUATRECASAS GONÇALVES PEREIRA|
|Arbitration||1||Insolvency & Restructuring||1|
|Banking||1||Labour & Employment||4|
|Construction||1||Product Liability Defence||1|
|Corporate Governance||2||Project Finance||1|
|Corporate Tax||7||Sports & Entertainment||2|
|Energy||1||Telecoms & Media||1|
One of the key steps in the plan was to separate the roles of executive and chairman, which saw Rafael Fontana appointed as chief executive officer while Emilio Cuatrecasas continues as chairman. In recent times, the firm has expanded and it now has nine offices beyond the Iberian Peninsula. The firm’s turnover also increased by more than 15 per cent in 2013. Including an increase in turnover from 2007 to 2013 from Asian countries by 132 per cent, from Latin America by 131 per cent and from African countries by about 40 per cent.
|Total Listings in WWL||43||Established||1917|
|Home jurisdiction||Spain||Total size of firm||956|
|Number of partners||241||Number of offices||25|
PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
The firm excels in the area of tax and its practice comprises of more than 300 lawyers in Spain and Portugal. Our corporate tax lawyer of the year Sonia Velasco is “world-class” and has a “well-deserved reputation” in the field. She advises on acquisitions, disinvestments and restructurings by international clients and also advises private clients on their wealth and succession planning. Carmen De Pascual focuses on the taxation of infrastructure and service projects, the tax implications of companies establishing themselves abroad and the implications of transferring human resources to foreign countries. Andrés Sánchez López is knowledgeable on transfer pricing and also advises on tax issues relating to projects and foreign investment. Andreas Trost in Barcelona is “superb” on the international tax planning of cross-border investments and also specialises in the restructuring of multinational groups.
Cuatrecasas is a dominant force in the dispute resolution arena with experts in litigation, arbitration and mediation. Alberto Fortún is noted for his work in the area of international arbitration. He advises Spanish and foreign companies in disputes relating to energy and construction projects. Miguel Esperança Pina is a “great strategist” and helps clients settle their disputes via mediation. Íñigo Quintana focuses on disputes in the engineering and construction, insurance and reinsurance, sale of merchandise and equipment, transport and maritime law.
Mergers and acquisitions is a key area of focus and the firm has advised on over 100 transactions in the last two years. Recently the firm advised Progenika Biopharma’s shareholders on selling 60 per cent of their share capital to Grifols, a multinational company specialising in blood-plasma products, for €37 million. Standouts in the practice include Pere Kirchner Baliu and Javier Villasante Ferrando. In Barcelona, Kirchner designs and implements cross-border transactions including takeover bids, flotations on the stock exchange, public offerings of securities and private equity and distressed M&A transactions. Villasante is based in the firm’s Madrid office and advises on “high-profile” transactions involving large industrial groups, family businesses and leveraged buyouts.
The firm’s labour and employment practice comprises over 100 lawyers and is one of the largest on the Iberian Peninsula. Salvador del Rey advises on organisational change and the modification of working conditions, group transfers, decentralisation, downsizing, legal configuration of compensation systems and labour aspects of company takeovers, spin-offs and cross-border restructuring. Juan Bonilla is “well informed” and advises on international labour law, pensions and incentives.
Cuatrecasas has also incorporated new practice areas including Cuatrecasas start-ups, a team of 50 lawyers offering legal and tax advice to entrepreneurs with business projects in the initial stages, and a new accountancy law group.
The pro bono programme began in 2007 and today, approximately 100 lawyers at the firm participate in the programme advising and defending those in need, promoting public welfare by advocating for the adoption of laws, rulings and administrative actions and providing free legal training for non-profit organisations and entities.
With its 2020 strategy well under way, Cuatrecasas will continue to focus on international growth, institutionalising the firm and achieving innovation in client service. Achievements so far include its legal news application for the iPhone and iPad in Spanish, English and Portuguese, and the hiring of over 150 lawyers, most of whom are under 30 years old, to reinforce the firm’s practice areas and demonstrate the firm’s commitment to sustained growth and the development of talent.
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