May 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


No one left in the Spanish office of Dewey LeBoeuf, Telefónica’s advisers

Global law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf’s financial troubles have been dominating the headlines with layoffs, departures, lawsuits and now its former chairman is being investigated by the Manhattan District Attorney. Read more  


Government approves Spain’s first Transparency Law without full consultation from experts

On Friday of last week, Spain’s Government approved the Transparency, Access to Public Information and Corporate Governance Law, providing for the first time a specific set of rules for information access and transparency. Read more


Changes to Portugal’s Insolvency and Corporate Recovery Code hope to boost economy

Portugal’s Government has recently approved changes to the Portuguese Insolvency and Corporate Recovery Code (the CIRE). These came into force on May 20th and apply to all pending cases. Read more



2nd Mediterranean Conference
A conference presented by the IBA European Regional Forum, supported by the IBA Law Firm Management Comittee  

Where: Barcelona

When: 20th-21st June, 2012


Banking & Finance Report 2012: Back-to-basics
Liquidity is the key challenge for both the Spanish and Portuguese economies, say lawyers. Banks are too concerned about their own core capital ratios, in light of reduced inter-bank lending and rising regulatory demands, to finance the needs of the wider economy. The result is that access to working capital is now the major difficulty facing businesses, meaning that the coming year will be one of survival rather than growth.
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Client view

Taking stock of capital markets developments
Isabel Vidal, NYSE Euronext

A drive to develop a new role for Euronext coupled with the fall-out from one of the past year’s largest takeover bids, mean that legal issues continue to emerge.
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Selling the compliance message internally
Alejandra Banegas, Makro España

With no set division of compliance and legal provision within many businesses, the challenge is to manage an expanding workload.
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Legal updates 

Intellectual Property
By Norman Heckh and Ignacio Cárdenas, Deloitte Abogados y Asesores Tributarios
Heading new challenges on intellectual property regulation: Important changes to Spanish intellectual property (IP) regulations have developed since the …
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Legal updates 
By Tiago Caiado Guerreiro
Caiado Guerreiro & Associados
The role of the Bank of Portugal in the new tax amnesty : One of the main objectives of the new regime of tax amnesty, also known as ….
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Latest jobs 

Senior Compliance Officer Iberia (VP position). Barclays Corporate & Investment Banking’s
Compliance function’s objective is to assist the firm in understanding and … Full details


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