Clifford Chance is celebrating 30 years in Spain having been one of the first international law firm arrivals in the country. It is now firmly established among the top tier in both Madrid and Barcelona but the performance of the Spanish practice is increasingly measured by how well it connects internationally.
The departure of two of Portugal’s most prominent corporate lawyers from leading Lisbon law firms at the end of 2009 has prompted the creation of a significant new player in the Portuguese corporate legal market. It is intentionally small but already competing with the largest and best-established firms. And despite the stellar lineup it is a partnership of equals, they insist.
In the face of the global financial crisis and downturn, recent years have still been a period of growth and consolidation for DLA Piper. In Spain this has included the elevation of Managing Partner Juan Picón first to a regional and now a global leadership role. He is however now back in Madrid helping to retain the office’s focus and prepare it for what may be a challenging year ahead, he says
The past year has been one of change for Uría Menéndez in Portugal. This is evident as you approach the firm’s impressive glass-fronted Edificio Rodrigo Uría in central Lisbon, where since March 2010 the name on the building has read Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho.