17 March 2016


While banking and finance-related disputes are common in both Spain and Portugal at present, lawyers in the two countries are not reaping the same rewards for such work. As our Litigation and ADR & Annual Report in this e-alert shows, this type work is very lucrative for law firms in Portugal, but contentious banking and finance matters in Spain, while plentiful, do not generate the same level of fee income for partners in Madrid.

Also in this bulletin, we explore whether law firms will be able to capitalise on the anticipated increase in IPOs in Spain over the next four years. Meanwhile, Iberian Lawyer TV talks to Ashurst’s Jorge Vázquez about the increased investor interest in Spain – in addition, Claudia da Cruz Almeida, partner at Vieira de Almeida, discusses the impact of political uncertainty on the Portuguese M&A market.

Ben Cook
Editor, Iberian Lawyer

Twitter: @BenCook_Iberian


IPOs on rise in Spain, but will law firms capitalise?

IPO activity will triple in Spain by 2020, but with law firms undercutting rivals on price and handling work inefficiently, whether they can profit from such opportunities is in doubt.

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Cuatrecasas’ revenue up 4% to €265.7m

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira has announced its total revenue stood at €265.7 million in 2015.

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Clifford Chance instructed on sale of Madrid’s Hotel Villa Magna

Clifford Chance advised Turkish conglomerate Dogus Holding on the acquisition of Madrid’s Hotel Villa Magna from Portuguese company Sodim.

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Uría and Cuatrecasas instructed by Progenika Biopharma on Grifols deal

Uría Menéndez and Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira advised Spain’s Progenika Biopharma on the sale of a 33 per cent stake in the company to Grifols.

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Garrigues advises Global Digital Media on ADGLOW deal

Garrigues advised UK company Global Digital Media on its acquisition by Spanish social media advertising specialist ADTZ.

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Gómez-Acebo & Pombo appoints new Lisbon office head

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has appointed Francisco Peña as head of its Lisbon office.

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The Latin American Lawyer

Cuatrecasas opens in Mexico and sets sights on the Pacific Alliance

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira is to open in Mexico City, following a rise in demand from longstanding clients in the energy sector.

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Greenberg Traurig recruits two partners from DLA Piper

Greenberg Traurig announced the addition of Manuel Rajunov and Dania Duncan as partners in the Latin American and Iberian Practice. Both lawyers were previously partners at DLA Piper.

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Litigation and ADR annual report

Litigation & ADR annual report 2016: Money worries

The Iberian financial sector is generating plenty of disputes, but while this may be lucrative work for lawyers in Lisbon, it is less so for those in Madrid.

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Client view

Law firms should provide advice not merely information

External legal advisers need to present potential options to their clients rather than simply identifying the relevant law and the associated risks, says Grupo Visabeira’s Isabel Fernandes.

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Iberian Lawyer TV

Revival of investor interest in Spain
Jorge Vázquez, Ashurst


Iberian Lawyer TV
Not all investors deterred by Portugal’s
political uncertainty

Claudia da Cruz Almeida, Vieira de Almeida



Agenda Africa 2016
Sub-Saharian 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.

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