15 April 2016


Law firms are increasing the amount of ‘non-legal’ skills training they offer their lawyers due to concerns that law graduates are ill-prepared for life in a law firm. Consequently, many young lawyers are being offered training programmes that cover skills such as ‘client care’, negotiation, pricing, and management. As we report in this bulletin, there is a view that the skills law students learn at university are “woefully inadequate” preparation for a legal career.

Also in this e-alert, Redstone Consultants’ Katie Dignan discusses the keys to success when bidding for legal work and highlights the most common mistakes law firms make in bidding processes. Meanwhile, Iberian Lawyer TV discusses employment law with Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira’s Juan Bonilla, and talks to Abreu Advogados partner Natália Garcia Alves about developments in litigation and ADR in Portugal.

Ben Cook
Editor, Iberian Lawyer

Twitter: @BenCook_Iberian


Firms broaden training amid concern graduates are ill-prepared

Law firm training programmes now include more instruction in non-legal skills due to worries that law courses are “woefully inadequate” preparation for a career in a modern law firm

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Uría and Clifford Chance advise on €350m Tinsa deal

Uría Menéndez advised private equity fund Advent International on the sale of Spanish company Tinsa –  a provider of property valuation, analysis and real estate advisory services – to Cinven Partners.

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Carlyle Group instructs Latham & Watkins on Digitex deal

Latham & Watkins was instructed by The Carlyle Group in relation to the acquisition of a majority stake in Digitex, a Spanish company leader in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services.

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Jones Day advises CaixaBank on financing of Barcelona @22 development

Jones Day advised CaixaBank in relation to the financing of an office project in the @22 “innovation district” of Barcelona.

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CMS advises Studio Canal on Bambú Producciones deal

French production company Studio Canal was advised by CMS Albiñana & Suarez de Lezo on the acquisition of a 33 per cent stake in the Spanish company Bambú Producciones.

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Jausas instructed by Grupo Previsora Bilbaina on Catalana Occidente sale

Jausas advised the major shareholders of insurance business Grupo Previsora Bilbaina on its sale to Grupo Catalana Occidente for €74 million.

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GMQ advises Quantum Capital on Tenneco factory acquisition

Quantum Capital Partners were advised by GMQ Abogados on the acquisition of Tenneco’s manufacturing plant in Gijón.

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The Latin American Lawyer

Pérez-Llorca instructed on loan to Argentinean finance platform

Pérez-Llorca provided Spanish counsel to Afluenta on obtaining financing from the IFC and a private equity company.

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Freshfields secures ICSID award for Canadian gold miner

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer secured a $1.39bn award for Canadian gold mining company Crystallex in a case against Venezuela. 

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The keys to success when bidding

When bidding to win work, law firms often make the mistake of not asking questions about the work being tendered however, taking an interest in the client will pay off, says Katie Dignan

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Iberian Lawyer TV
Increase in M&A-related work for employment lawyers
Juan Bonilla, Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira


Iberian Lawyer TV
Debt recovery and insolvency cases decreasing in Portugal
Natália Garcia Alves, Abreu Advogados


Agenda Africa 2016
Sub-Saharan Africa.Light at the end of the tunnel?

21 April 2016, 09.00 – 12.00, London

A special focus on the region and in particular, Lusophone Africa that offers business opportunities linked to their natural resources and demand for commodities. But which countries are moving faster? Who are the winners and the losers from the foreign investors’ eyes?


Lawyers’ Management Program

24 to 28 May 2016, Madrid, Instituto de Empresa

Now in its 6th successful year, IE Law School’s Lawyers´ Management Program is
the only global program designed to better equip lawyers – be they within legal departments or law firms – with the knowledge and skills they require in this ever-changing environment.


M&A involving distressed companies in Latin America: risky business or opportunity?

9 June 2016, New York

­Navigating the perfect storm of recession, instability and falling commodity prices, will make Latin American companies and their advisors reconsider how best to sail ahead

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