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Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira

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Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira - The Who's Who Legal 100 2013

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Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira sets the benchmark for quality legal services in Spain and Portugal. The firm has more than 950 lawyers across 25 offices spanning Europe, Africa, Asia and America and continues to expand. In the past year, Cuatrecasas has been consolidating its Middle East desk and entering into strategic agreements for other jurisdictions with international law firms – a pragmatic decision to offset uncertain economic forecasts in Iberia due to the economic crisis, and an example of the firm’s strong management which has delivered a growth rate of 180 per cent over the last 10 years. While the firm may be expanding internationally and advising an increasing number of international clients – over 2,500 in 2012 – it remains the second largest law firm by turnover in Spain and the fourth in continental Europe. The firm has a total of 37 listings across 19 practice areas.


Practice Area Breakdown
Arbitration 1 Internet & e-Commerce 1
Aviation 1 Labour & Employment 5
Capital Markets 2 M & A 3
Commercial Litigation 4 Oil & Gas 1
Commercial Mediation 1 Product Liability Defence 1
Competition 2 Project Finance 1
Construction 1 Public Procurement 1
Corporate Governance 2 Regulatory Communications 1
Corporate Tax 7 Trademarks 1
Insolvency & Restructuring 1

The firm’s tax practice is one of the strongest and largest in the Iberian market, with more than 300 lawyers in Spain and Portugal. The practice is known for being “on the cutting edge” of tax law and has been advising clients on the Spanish government’s recent tax measures aimed at reducing the deficit. We feature seven practitioners in our corporate tax chapter, five of whom are based in the Barcelona office. Sonia Velasco is “highly recommended” by our research for her work advising international groups on acquisitions, divestitures and restructurings. Pedro Amat assists clients in planning for national and international transactions. He is praised for his “tactical and concise advice”. Alejandro Escoda Montal advises clients on the tax aspects of international mergers and acquisitions, cross-border investments, international reorganisations, and holding and financial structures for international groups. Head of the firm’s tax practice in Portugal, Diogo Ortigão Ramos focuses his practice on EU, national and international taxation regarding M&A, buyouts, corporate restructuring, financial transactions and real estate investment structuring and transactions. He is also a “great litigator”.

Dispute resolution is another key area for the firm and its expertise covers all commercial, civil, tax, labour and public law issues. Cuatrecasas provides clients with a service “above and beyond” that which is required and actively helps clients to avoid court proceedings or use alternative dispute resolutions where possible. Our research lists four practitioners in the commercial litigation chapter, alongside single listings in both the commercial mediation and arbitration chapters. Lisbon-based Miguel Esperança Pina appears in both the commercial litigation and mediation chapters and is “top notch” according to clients. His practice covers disputes related to corporate relations, financial contracts, distribution agreements, works contracts, consortium agreements and computer and telecommunication services agreements. In Madrid, Íñigo Quintana is in “high demand” and focuses his litigation practice on disputes in the engineering and construction, insurance and reinsurance, sale of merchandise and equipment, transport and maritime sectors. With over 20 years’ experience, Alfonso Iglesia is a “notable figure” in the market and earns listings in the commercial litigation, construction and product liability defence chapters. Within the field of construction, Iglesia has represented Spanish and foreign companies before the courts of justice and in arbitration proceedings while in product liability, he is recognised for his role in the tobacco litigation. Sources praise his “strategic counselling”. The firm’s arbitration practice is represented by Cristian Conejero Roos, a “very fine” lawyer, currently involved in an investment arbitration between a Spanish company and a Latin American country based on claims related to the expropriation of the investment made in such country under a bilateral investment treaty.

Cuatrecasas receives “high praise” for its labour and employment practice and fields five lawyers to the corresponding chapter. The practice is the largest on the Iberian Peninsula and prides itself on its client-focused philosophy. Recent highlight cases include representing Erik Larsen in an unfair dismissal case against RCD Mallorca, where he was formerly the assistance coach. The court ruled that the dismissal was unfair and awarded Larsen €113,069 in compensation. Salvador del Rey is president of the firm’s international institute for legal strategy on human resources and is an “expert” in advising on strategies for collective bargaining, downsizing, senior management issues and other labour-related matters. Juan Bonilla is based in the firm’s Barcelona office and specialises in international labour law, pensions and incentives. He is a “go-to lawyer” for employee compensation schemes and contract terminations. In Lisbon, Maria da Glória Leitão’s recent work highlights include advising on the restructuring of companies involving workforce reduction, redesigning benefit plans and company transfers. Her clients are mainly in the services, distribution and industry sectors.

The firm is “very active” in the M&A market in Spain and internationally – around 80 per cent of its M&A deals in 2012 had a strong international component. Three lawyers feature prominently in the corresponding chapter, including Pere Kirchner. A leading M&A and capital markets lawyer, Kirchner works extensively on takeover bids, flotations on the stock exchange, public offerings of securities and private equity transactions and is considered a “star” in the field. Javier Villasante Ferrando represents the firm in the M&A and corporate governance chapters and is a “trusted advisor” to a wide selection of companies, ranging from IBEX 35 groups to family businesses. His expertise covers company sale transactions, mergers, business restructurings, joint venture agreements and private equity investments.

Cuatrecasas is defined by its forward-thinking approach, specialist knowledge and utmost commitment to clients. This winning strategy has enabled the firm to grow at an unprecedented rate while maintaining a strong foothold in its domestic markets.

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