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Iberian Lawyer has announced its 50 Raising Stars lawyers under 35 from Spain and Portugal in 2021
In what many anticipated would be a challenging year for law firms due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 has shown the resilience of the legal market in Portugal. Interestingly the top 10 firms by revenue are now comprised of five Portuguese, three Spanish and two UK headquartered firms, demonstrating perhaps that the biggest domestic firms, together with some of the most influential foreign players, faired well during the pandemic due to scale and an international presence and client base. It is no surprise that other international firms lower down the rankings, such as Antas da Cunha Ecija and RRP Advogados (part of EY’s network), have demonstrated the biggest growth with 23% and 24%, respectively.
Thursday, 13 May 2021 12:08

SPECIAL: Paralegal force

The pandemic has changed everything, especially with regard to the working environment and also the profiles most in-demand in the legal sector in view of the new needs. At Iberian Lawyer, we have observed the proliferation of advertisements from law firms and companies looking for paralegals, and we wanted to check with legal recruitment professionals from SSQ and IurisTalent to find out if this was the case. We have also approached three veteran paralegals with different profiles, and we have the opinion of the director of human resources at EY, Lucía Jacquotot, to see what is new around this important figure, especially in some practice areas to which it provides support, although it rarely takes the medals.
Thursday, 13 May 2021 11:41

2020 revenue ranking in Spain: GOOD JOB

Nobody denied that the year would be particularly tough. But here we are a year later and the firms that did not grow in 2020 despite the pandemic shadow are exceptions. The total turnover of this Top 65 firms ranking exceeds €2.5 billion, a 1.4% growth compared to 2019 despite COVID-19, which well deserves a pat on the back. Among the most notable surprises, Pérez-Llorca´s debut in the top ten and EY´s growth among the Big Four.
Opinion by Victoria Ortega, president of the General Council of Spanish Lawyers.
Once again this year, Iberian Lawyer wishes to recognise the important work carried out by the top women lawyers in the Iberian Peninsula, both in law firms and in-house. Our list presents, in this 2021 edition, 50 women from Spain and Portugal whose work promotes the role of women in the legal sector and in our society in general. For this list, we have taken into account their recognised specialisation in their respective practice areas, their academic work and their active membership of associations and organisations that work to promote equality and diversity in the legal sector. In addition, their careers in decision-making positions within the firms or companies and the assessment made of them by other colleagues as inspiring women have also been valued. Some of them are already veterans, and others appear for the first time in this ranking, which only aims to contribute to the great daily work that all these and many other women in the legal sector carry out.
It has been almost a year since law firms have felt the effects of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Iberian Lawyer wanted to understand and analyse how some of the top law firms in Portugal have reacted to these new challenges. Relevant professionals provided Iberian Lawyer with valuable insights into what has been happening behind closed doors.
Despite the Covid-19 crisis, the market for Mergers and Acquisitions (M&As) in Spain has held steady in recent months. Although it has recorded a year-on-year downturn of 26%, the aggregate value of the operations arranged has increased 14% over 2019. Against this backdrop, Manuel Urrutia, a Corporate lawyer and CEO of the Confianz consulting firm, responds to Iberian Lawyer by detailing the factors of greatest concern in the eurozone’s future transactional market.
Tuesday, 16 February 2021 13:46

Top scorers in the (Sports Law) Legal field

The need for specialisation in sports-related matters is not new in the Spanish legal market. The multiple legal aspects involved in this industry (image rights, sponsorship, complex transfers, the irruption of investment funds in transfers, clubs and sportsmen´s tax matters, or doping, among others) and the sophistication of the industry mean that professional sportsmen and sportswomen and sports entities need the best legal advice combined with high standards of quality and trust. In Spain, we have excellent renowned professionals, who either from a specialised boutique, betting on proximity and specialisation, or from a large firm´s Sports Law department, accompany all the actors of the Sports Legal scene in Spain and abroad.
Clifford Chance and Morais Leitão lead the top ten firms in Spain and Portugal, respectively, in the 2020 transactional ranking made by Iberian Lawyer with data provided by the TTR platform, recorded from January 1 to November 30. The main transaction to date is the merger between 02 (Telefónica) and Virgin Media (Liberty Global), which according to TTR was worth €22.6 billion. Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Garrigues and Linklaters lead the Best Dealmakers table in Spain while VdA, CS Associados, Morais Leitão and Cuatrecasas Portugal are the leaders in this category in Portugal.
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