In 2022, Iberian Lawyer recorded 96 partners’ moves and the appointments of 83 new partners (along with 13 executive roles within the firm).
by ilaria iaquinta
The year 2022 has been a very busy one for the Spanish legal market. A large number of partners moved from one law firm (but also from one company or an administrative position) to another. A ferment that confirms the vivacity of the legal services sector showcased by Iberian Lawyer during the year through its website.
In particular, according to Iberian Lawyer‘s observatory, as many as 96 partners have changed their hats since January 2022 (to 15 November 2022). During the same period, there have been 83 appointments to partnership and 13 appointments to executive roles within the law firms. These figures are derived from official statements by law firms or from the newsroom’s collection of information published on LinkedIn.
In general, with respect to the origin of the professionals, it should be noted that 82% of the changes occurred from one law firm to another. The remaining percentage moved from an administrative position or a company, as in the case of Luis Carlos Moya, who in October joined Deloitte Legal as the new partner in charge of the Compensation and Benefits practice within the firm’s Global Employer Services (GES) area from the North American company Cision (here the news).
Looking at the gender of partners, 24% of professionals who changed their position were women. Among them: Josefina García Pedroviejo, who left Ashurst in February to enter Pérez-Llorca as the new finance partner who will lead and be responsible for the Financial Services practice (here the news); or Ruth Duque that moved in October from DWF-RCD to Cuatrecasas as a partner in the financial services and insurance area (here the news); or Marta Morales joining Andersen as corporate and M&A partner in the Seville office from Lener (here the news) last November.
As for the area of activities, among the most “bustling” areas of activities, stands out Corporate / M&A / Commercial with 23% of the movements. Such as those of Alejandro Ortiz from Linklaters to Latham & Watkins and Sebastián Albella from Latham & Watkins to Linklaters (see dedicated box). Labour and Employment follows with 15% of the changes, among which those of Àlex Santacana leaving Roca Junyent for Ceca Magán in March (here the news) and of Anaïs Cobo joining Broseta from Baker & McKenzie in June (here the news). Then we have: Litigation and Arbitration with 11% of partners’ moves, as White & Case’s hiring of Francisco Málaga from Linklaters in May (here the news), and Watson Farley & Williams’s of Víctor Mercedes from Baker McKenzie in June (here the news); Public and Regulatory with 10%, where we can mention the hiring of Antonio Bañón as head of Squire Patton Boggs’ Public Law department in March (here the news) or of Santiago Garrido de las Heras inGómez-Acebo & Pombo, who was the partner in charge of the Public and Regulatory area (here the news); Tax with 8%, such as the movement of Elena García de la Torre from PWC to Crowe Legal (here the news) and Jacobo de la Guardia from KPMG to the boutique law firm Evergreen Legal (here the news); Real Estate and Banking and Finance with 6% each; Intellectual Property and Technology with 5%; White Collar Crime with 4%; Restructuring & Insolvency with 3% and other (7%).