Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is a law firm in transition. Recent years have seen Spain’s fourth largest firm undergo radical change as it seeks to re-stake its claim to be among the country’s pre-eminent law firms. Managing Partner, Manuel Martín, suggests that while the firm may once have lost its focus, the success now being achieved stems from the consensus of opinion and unity that now characterises the partnership.
Raposo Bernardo & Associados has emerged as a new kind of internationally-minded Lisbon-based law firm, with a focus as much on developing its profile outside of Portugal as within it. The strategy appears to be working. The past year has seen it gain new market share and climb the domestic deal and ranking tables, in the face of almost unparalleled economic challenges.
The start of May will see UK-based Lovells and Hogan & Hartson of the US merge to create Hogan Lovells, one of the top ten largest law firms in the world by both size and revenue. The tie-up, perceived widely in the legal sector as the first transatlantic "merger of equals" rather than a merger of necessity is, say both firms, a progressive response to the changing market and needs of multinational clients.
Manuel Castelo Branco is clearly a man of patience. Almost 15 years after he first explored the possibility of creating a truly Iberian law firm, his vision was finally realised this year with the creation of Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira – the name signalling the final integration of his own Lisbon-based Gonçalves Pereira, Castelo Branco & Associados (GPCB) with Spain's Cuatrecasas.