This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2013
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FIRM OF THE YEAR - SPAIN
Spain’s leading law firm according to our research, Uría Menéndez earns a total of 77 listings in this edition, the majority of which are drawn from the Madrid headquarters. Further inclusions from Barcelona and Valencia as well as Lisbon, Brussels and Beijing demonstrate the firm’s dominance of the domestic market as well as its strong presence overseas: in total Uría has 15 offices spread across Europe, North and Latin America, and Asia, employing more than 500 lawyers.
|TOTAL LISTINGS IN WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 77|
|Practice Area Breakdown|
|Banking||2||M & A||8|
|Commercial Litigation||3||Oil & Gas||1|
|Corporate Governance||5||Private Funds||1|
|Corporate Tax||6||Product Liability Defence||2|
|Insolvency & Restructuring||1||Public Procurement||2|
|Insurance & Reinsurance||2||Real Estate||5|
|Internet & e-Commerce||2||Regulatory Communications||1|
|Labour & Employment||5|
Corporate work remains Uría’s strongest suit in our research, with several of the firm’s lawyers earning multiple listings in the related disciplines we cover. Barcelona office founder Charles Coward is a former head of the firm’s Latin America and corporate real estate groups and currently serves as the Barcelona office’s managing partner. Coward has a “long and distinguished history” in corporate transactions, particularly in relation to property and project finance, and he appears in both the M&A and corporate governance chapters. Also listed in both sections is Madrid-based Juan Miguel Goenechea, whose “world-class” expertise extends to banking, securities and internet-related matters, and Christian Hoedl, head of the firm’s M&A and private equity practice, who has participated in every deal involving quoted companies made by private equity funds in Spain. National and international transactions specialist Salvador Sánchez-Terán is also known for his private equity work, and earns a listing in this chapter alongside prominent appearances in both the M&A and corporate governance findings.
Uría’s corporate work overlaps considerably with its work in financial services, most obviously in the practice of the firm’s Madrid-based managing partner Luis de Carlos – “one of the finest lawyers in Spain” according to peers. He has been with the firm for 30 years, during which time he has acted as head of the Barcelona office and the partner responsible for professional practice, as well as establishing a “wonderful reputation” for his banking, capital markets and corporate governance work. Rafael Sebastián opened the firm’s New York office and served as its managing partner before moving to Madrid, where he specialises in corporate and commercial transactions and restructurings and earns listings in the M&A, capital markets and banking chapters. Also listed in the former two sections is Lisbon’s Carlos Costa Andrade, who is known for his “world-class” work in complex transactions, which draws on his extensive experience in business management: he is currently a member of the equity and fixed income committee of BM&F BOVESPA and secretary to the general assembly of OPEX.
Four lawyers from the Madrid office make up the majority of Uría’s listings in the corporate tax chapter, an area in which the firm is “very well thought of”. Rafael Fuster heads the practice and is described as “indispensable to clients” on account of his tax work in M&A, private equity and structured finance deals. Barcelona-based Juan Antonio Fernández-Velilla and Lisbon’s Filipe Romão complete the firm’s strong showing in this area, and both are praised for the transactional and real estate related work. This latter practice area is also one in which the firm enjoys an established presence, thanks in particular to Lisbon managing partner Duarte Garin who appears in the real estate chapter as well as the mining section, with sources praising his “excellent” work in property acquisitions in Portugal.
The firm also achieves a total of six listings in the competition chapter, including Brussels office head Edurne Navarro, who has handled competition matters throughout Europe, North America and Asia in the telecoms, energy, transport, life sciences, defence and banking sectors. Joaquim Caimoto Duarte is a counsel in the Lisbon office where he heads the EU and Portuguese competition practice, regularly acting in mergers and infringement proceedings before the authorities of both. Madrid accounts for the firm’s remaining four listings in this section, among whom Jaime Folguera “stands preeminent” for his merger advice, as well as his work in cases relating to horizontal agreements, distribution, individual and collective abuse and state aid.
The “outstanding” Teresa Paz-Ares earns listings in three of the four subsections of our life sciences chapter – IP, regulatory and transactional - and acts as head of this discipline within Uría. José Massaguer is also listed in the IP and regulatory subsections of life sciences, as well as earning a stand-alone listing in the patents chapter, and his work takes in telecoms, electronics, financial services and food and drink alongside pharmaceuticals. Alejandro Ferreres Comella is known for his contractual liability and tort work on behalf of the chemical industry, tobacco companies and car manufacturers and he is listed in the product liability defence and commercial litigation chapters, currently acting as head of arbitration and litigation in Barcelona. A further listing in product liability and two more names in litigation illustrate the firm’s strong disputes credentials.
Uría lawyers appear in a further 12 chapters of the compendium, with particularly strong showings in management labour and employment and project finance, a result which confirms it as the most successful firm in its home jurisdiction, as well as one of the leading European firms in our findings overall.
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