February 2012

Welcome to the Iberian Lawyer email alert, bringing insight and analysis for lawyers who advise international business interests in Spain and Portugal as well as the increasingly global interests of Iberian businesses around the world.


Scott Appleton

Iberian Lawyer



New Spanish loan provisions encouraging further bank mergers

The requirement for banks to set aside additional capital to cover real estate loans is bringing new pressures while the prospect of further mergers may impact firms too. Read more     

Spanair collapse highlights bankruptcy difficulties

he Spanish Government has announced that it is considering legal action against Spanair due to the way in which the airline ceased operations in January leaving an estimated 23,000 passengers stranded: one of several claims now potentially facing the company and its owners. Read more     

Risk considerations as businesses enter the cloud  

Jurisdictional oversight, data protection and contingency planning must be considered as companies adopt more online processes. Read more



In-House College 2012 Lisbon

Managing legal costs: using financial

   indicators to control internal

     and external expenditure


Where: Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon

When: March1st, 2012


Dispute Resolution Report 2012:
Hanging up the gloves

In a downturn it is law firms’ litigators and arbitrators that become the stars, goes conventional thinking. A drop in transactional activity may be matched, or even exceeded, by a rise in disputes. There has been a huge rise in the number of cases but this is also bringing a need for new approaches to resolving them, meaning lawyers must have more weapons in their armoury. Companies must be prepared to fight, but they must also be open to talk.
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Law Firm Profile

The rebirth of ABBC  
“All tradition is merely the past,” claimed the renowned writer Jiddu Krishnamurti and this has clearly been one of the core cultural traits among many Portuguese law firms; often founded by charismatic lawyers with a clear set of ideologies but with little thought towards issues such as internationalisation, branding or succession planning.
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Legal updates 
Labour & EmploymentLU
By Alexandra Almeida Mota
F. Castelo Branco & Associados 

A new era in the Portuguese labour market: As we enter the annus horibilis of 2012, we are witnessing a significant effort by the Portuguese…. 

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By Carlos Albiñana
Allen & Overy

Capital markets: the tax uncertainties: Spanish financial institutions and corporations face nowadays a need to refinance existing debt…. 

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Latest job   
Urban planning lawyer: Uría Menéndez is seeking a lawyer with 2 to 4 years’ experience in Urban Planning law for its Madrid office. Full details





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