March 2014


Welcome to the latest Iberian Lawyer email alert (and my first as editor).

In this bulletin, we bring you coverage of a record-breaking year for asset purchases in Spain, analysis of the opening up of the Mexican energy market to international investors, as well as a profile of Portuguese firm pbbr in which we explore whether a firm of its size really has the capacity to compete with the major players.

We welcome your comments and feedback, so don´t hesitate to get in touch.

Best wishes,

Ben Cook
Iberian Lawyer




DLA and Weil Gotshal instructed on Vodafone deal
DLA Piper and Weil Gotshal & Manges were instructed on Vodafone´s €7.2bn acquisition of Spanish cable company Ono, one of the most significant European M&A deals in recent years. Read more

End of Mexican monopoly paves way for Iberian opportunities
With the opening up the local energy market to international investors, the opportunities for Iberian entrants are endless, in particular for its energy and renewables giants. Read more

Record-breaking year for asset purchases
Figures for 2013 show foreign firms buying up Spanish assets as the economic gloom continues to dissipate.Read more

Legal risk: Lawyers as barometers of corporate health
The future of corporate lawyers is moving towards becoming a strategic function capable of transforming legal risks into opportunities and creating sustainable businesses, agree experts. Read more


Lusophone Africa:
     One step forward and two steps back?
           Mozambique´s success in the balance

Thursday, April 3rd 2014,
Chatham House, 10 St James’s Square, London

Now in its fourth successful year, Agenda Africa is an invitation-only networking event for businesses, investors and advisers active in Lusophone Africa. The event is informal and dynamic, and participants debate the current hot topics in an interactive style. A series of specialist panels allows the group to exchange experiences with leading experts.

Find out more

International Trademark Association (INTA)
Pre-Annual Meeting Reception
with presentation on the review of the EU trademark legislation

Friday, March 28, 2014

Pre-Annual Meeting Receptions are planned exclusively for you and your colleagues to learn more about INTA’s 2014 Annual Meeting in Hong Kong SAR, China. Feel free to bring a friend, co-worker or prospective member to find out about INTA’s first Annual Meeting in Asia and to discover all the benefits INTA offers. We hope to see you there!

Find out more 

Litigation and ADR Report 2014
An alternative work-in-progress

Recent years have seen profuse regulation of Portugal and Spain’s ADR systems, with a clear target of boosting these methods and offloading cases from the Courts and Tribunals. But there is still a long way to go before ‘alternative’ is on an equal footing with ‘conventional´. Read more

Law Firm Profile
Big on impact, not on size

Portugal´s pbbr (Pedro Pinto, Bessa Monteiro, Reis, Branco, Alexandre Jardim & Associados) was born in 2010 from the fusion of PRR&A (set up by Pedro Pinto and Inês Reis) and an ex-ABBC team led by César Bessa Monteiro and Carla Branco.
Read more

Legal updates

ADR – Portugal
New framework for mediation
By Frederico Gonçalves Pereira, Maria Eliseu and Filipe Rocha Vieira, Vieira de Almeida

Read more
Privacy – Spain
First fines for breach of Cookies regulation
Norman Heckh
Ramón y Cajal Abogados

Read more

Latest jobs

In-house junior lawyer, Barcelona
Check all the latest job vacancies from some of the biggest law firms

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March 2014


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