whoswholegal – Evaluation – Iberia 2021

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez demonstrates his competence as a market-leading full-service company and enters a total of 90 entries in 25 different chapters of the field of activity. The company offers its customers extensive global coverage with 12 offices in Europe and America.

The law firm excels in corporate law matters and has an impressive 13 entries in our chapters on M&A and corporate governance. Six practitioners are recognized in our corporate tax chapter for their significant experience in handling contentious and non-contentious matters for a range of domestic and international clients.

The company's full-service offering is also reflected in the multitude of nominations in our Life Sciences and Environment chapters, as well as in the exceptional competitive practice, where eight people are singled out for their expertise in this area.

One of the standout names is Global Elite Thought Leader Juan Ignacio González Ruizwho is known for its market leading energy practice. Carlos de Miguel is characterized by its encyclopedic understanding of environmental law, and Pedro Ferreira Malaquias is valued for his in-depth knowledge of banking regulations and securities law. Tania Luisa Faria and Patricia Vidal are go-to competitive lawyers while Filipe Romão and Guillermo Canalejo are key players in corporate taxation. Duarte Garin is recognized for its first-class expertise in real estate restructuring and Christian Hoedl deserves praise for its M&A and private equity focus.


Cuatrecasas is present on the Iberian and Latin American markets and is characterized by a full-service company with a strong global reach. In this year's research, the company achieved a total of 71 entries in 23 chapters of the field of activity.

Cuatrecasas is establishing itself as a premier tax planning and wealth structuring company with an impressive 18 entries in our corporate tax and private clients chapters.

The firm's exceptional dispute resolution teams are also highlighted in our research this year. Six practitioners are recognized in our arbitration and litigation chapters.

Another area in which the company excels are work, employment and social benefits, with a total of 12 listings in our two corresponding chapters. These individuals are known for their expertise in all contentious and non-controversial matters.

Key people include Global Elite Thought Leaders Antonio Barba and Sonia Velascowho are highly valued for their expertise in international tax law. Fedra Valencia is revered for her exceptional work on corporate restructuring and bankruptcy issues Alfonso Iglesia has a good reputation in the construction sector. Juan Bonilla is a renowned employment law specialist and Paulo de Sá e Cunha is highlighted as a top choice for business disputes.


Garrigues is an international full service powerhouse with offices across Iberia and offices across Europe, Asia, North Africa and America. The breadth of the company's expertise is illustrated by its 44 nominations in 19 chapters of the field of activity in this year's research.

The company is characterized by an impressive ten entries in the corresponding chapters in the field of work, employment and social benefits. These individuals excel in a number of matters including contract negotiation, corporate restructuring, and compensation issues.

Corporate finance is a core strength of the company with a total of 13 listings in the chapters M&A, corporate governance and corporate tax.

The law firm hosts several exceptional lawyers including José Ramón Moraleswho is known for his expertise in IT law. Fernando Castro Silva is revered for his work on controversial and non-controversial corporate tax issues while Adrián Thery Martí deserves recognition as a world class restructuring and insolvency specialist. Joâo Paulo Miranda de Sousa is highlighted for its IP know-how and Rafael Giménez-Arnau is widely regarded as a labor law attorney. Susana Cabrera Zaragoza has a solid reputation for competitive practices, which include merger clearance issues, antitrust investigations, and cases of dominance abuse.

Morais Leitão

The first-class commercial law firm Morais Leitão has a strong position in the Iberian market. This is reflected in our research this year. The company has collected 38 entries in 17 chapters of the field of activity, thus proving its full service offer.

The company does exceptionally well in our capital markets chapter with a total of six people who are recognized for their excellent work in advising domestic and multinational clients on IPOs, structured finance and debt issues.

Corporate law is an area of ​​real strength for the firm, with six listings in our chapters on M&A and corporate governance and another six in our chapters on project finance and corporate tax.

In the company's world-class energy practice, four people are singled out for their market-leading work on the full range of controversial and non-controversial sectoral matters.

Corporate tax specialists are among the main players in the firm Francisco de Sousa da Câmara and António Lobo Xavierwho excel in advising clients on tax controversy and international tax structuring. Tiago Geraldo is known as a white-collar crime lawyer Carlos Osório de Castro is characterized by its know-how in high-quality cross-border M&A transactions and private equity transactions.

The full-service law firm VdA is considered a leading company in the Iberian market and has achieved an impressive 37 entries in 14 chapters of its field of activity in this opening edition.

The company's first-class capital market practice is recognized in our research. Four people were selected for their market-leading work on debt, equity and structured finance issues.

VdA demonstrates the strength of its corporate offering with a further four listings in our chapters on M&A and corporate governance and six listings in our chapters on bank and project finance.

Seven lawyers from the firm are recognized in our data chapter for their extensive expertise in the areas of data protection and data protection, cybersecurity, IT, e-commerce and content platforms.

Outstanding names are Magda Cocco and Margarida Couto, who are in great demand by clients in the TMT area due to their expertise in data law. Jorge Bleck is widely regarded as the leading name in the M&A space Paulo Olavo Cunha is recognized for his exceptional work on corporate governance issues. João Medeiros is revered for his extensive experience in representing companies in commercial disputes and Pedro Cassiano Santos is revered for his detailed understanding of complex banking regulations.

Gomez-Acebo & Pombo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo maintains its first-class reputation in this inaugural edition with an impressive 35 entries in 21 areas of activity. The company's nine offices testify to its Iberian and international expertise. with six offices in Spain and Portugal and offices in New York, Brussels and London.

The company's first-class corporate offering impresses with an impressive six listings in our chapters on M&A and corporate governance, as well as three other nominations in our chapter on corporate taxes.

The relevant IP practice of Gómez Acebo & Pombo is presented in a total of seven listings in our patent and trademark chapters. These people are excellent at advising well-known clients on IP disputes, portfolio management issues and transactional issues.

The firm is home to several top notch lawyers, including Almudena Arpón de Mendívil y Aldamawho is revered for her profound knowledge of data and IT law. Richard Silberstein and Fernando de las Cuevas are experienced corporate attorneys who are highly recommended for their expertise in cross-border M&A transactions and corporate governance matters. Eduardo Castillo and Jesús Muñoz-Delgado y Mérida are lawyers for patent law issues Sofía Martínez-Almeida Alejos-Pita is considered the authority in trademark litigation.