Simmons strengthens insurance practice with Francisco de León

Simmons & Simmons continues its commitment to growth in the Spanish market with the hire of new partner, Francisco de León Miranda (pictured) to the Madrid office. He is an M&A expert who specialises in insurance, reinsurance and pension funds and plans.

Francisco de León has 25 years of experience in the legal area of insurance and pensions across both Clifford Chance and Ashurst. During his time with Ashurst he led the insurance and pension funds and plans practice in the Madrid office, coordinating commercial and corporate, tax, labour, litigation and personal data protection and providing legal advice to European, Spanish and non-EEA insurance and reinsurance companies, insurance intermediaries, pension fund managers and pension fund administrators.

Commenting on de León’s arrival, Alfonso Fernández-Puebla, head of corporate and commercial in the firm’s Spanish office said: : “Having already covered the regulatory, litigation and labour areas of the insurance sector in the firm, the incorporation of Francisco for the development of our Spanish M&A practice will guarantee our clients in the sector a complete and excellent service. With his experience and reputation in the market, Francisco is perfectly poised to further develop a practice in which Simmons has a strong and competitive reputation”.

On joining the firm, de León commented: “I am pleased to be joining Simmons & Simmons at this exciting time of growth for the firm’s Spanish office. With Simmons’ international network, I intend to provide the best service to clients across the M&A sector and thus contribute to the success of Simmons in Spain, whose expansion in recent years is a reflection of how it places the client and their needs front and centre”.

With this new hire, Simmons & Simmons continues to build on a year full of growth in Spain, following the signing of employment expert Juan Calvente and the appointment of Eduardo Peñacoba as managing partner at the beginning of the year.