28 October 2015


Law firm marketing and comms spend grows but retaining staff is difficult
A survey of law firm marketing, communications and business development professionals shows that while budgets have grown by up to 50%, high staff turnover is a problem

Dutch company OCII advised by Cuatrecasas on MARF bond issuance
A multijurisdictional team from Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira advised Dutch company OC International Investments (OCII) on the launch of a continued €80 million Fixed Income Programme on MARF, the Spanish alternative fixed income market.

Garrigues and Lener advise on ProA Capital-Suanfarma deal
Garrigues advised Spanish venture capital company ProA Capital on the acquisition of a majority stake in the pharmaceutical group Suanfarma.

Ontier moves headquarters to London
Ontier has announced it is to move its corporate headquarters from Madrid to London in order to have “better access to new markets, resources and clients” as well as improve the support it provides for its 18 offices around the world.

Cuatrecasas and Uría instructed on Lindorff-Banco Mare Nostrum acquisition
Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira advised Lindorff España on the acquisition of Banco Mare Nostrum’s debt collection business.

ABBC advises on Springwater-Raso acquisition
Lisbon-based law firm ABBC advised Springwater Tourism on the acquisition of Raso SGPS, owner of the GeoStar travel agency.

EY Abogados incorporates R&D tax team from consultancy Atomm
EY Abogados has incorporated a 21-strong team of professionals from consultancy firm Atomm.


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The Latin American Lawyer

Carey advises Chile’s BCI on landmark US bank acquisition
Chilean law firm Carey acted as local counsel to Banco de Crédito e Inversiones (BCI) on its pioneering acquisition of City National Bank of Florida, Miami’s second largest bank.

State-owned utility ESPH instructs BLP in $3.6m dispute
Costa Rican law firm BLP acted for state-owned water utility Empresa de Servicios Publicos de Heredia (ESPH) in a $3.6 million legal action against a local gas station.


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News focus

Under pressure
The stress-levels of in-house lawyers are rising as they face dwindling budgets, the challenge of combining general counsel and compliance officer roles and the increased blurring of ethical boundaries – is the life of a general counsel becoming less attractive?

Iberian Lawyer TV
Telecoms clients want to ‘stretch’ licenses
Rafael García del Poyo
Osborne Clarke

Internationalisation: A major opportunity and a major challenge
 José Luis Moreira da Silva
SRS Advogados

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Client view

Lower fees could mean poorer quality
Some Spanish law firms have cut their legal fees in recent years and, while this may tempt clients, it could mean the legal advice is of a lower standard, says Natra’s Sabina Díaz Luengo


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