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Whatever your area of expertise and wherever your ambitions lie, we can provide you with the scope to develop your career and the challenges to help you realise your full potential.

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Practice areas

Antitrust and European Law

Antitrust and European Law

The liberalisation of regulated sectors has triggered new business challenges and opportunities globally, sectors where antitrust issues are increasingly complex and can be critical to the success of our clients’ business. Understanding our clients’ strategy makes it possible to defend their interests in a better way. We have gained accredited experience representing local and international clients from almost all industries, in procedures before local and European authorities and courts regarding state aid, unfair competition, intellectual property, merger control, compliance and transaction support (contracts and licenses).

Banking / Finance and Capital Markets

Banking / Finance and Capital Markets

The financial market is continuously moving and our clients demand outstanding, imaginative and trusted advice. We are well known for our expertise in pioneering work in all fields of finance. Our lawyers are respected for advising on complex and groundbreaking transactions, under both Spanish and English law, and we are often considered the natural choice for cross-border financings. We advise in all areas related to financial regulation, securities market issues, complex transactions and sophisticated products and instruments to commercial and investment banks, investment firms, private equity fund managers, insurance and pension undertakings, equity investors and corporations on a full range of domestic and international finance transactions.

Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A

Our track record, experience, dedication and in-depth market knowledge have led us to gain a good reputation in the country and among our competitors. Our clients rely on us and we are chosen as their legal partner in the most challenging, high profile and significant transactions to carry out as we combine the highest quality technical expertise with the delivery of innovative solutions and commercial pragmatism. We advise companies on legal aspects that greatly impact their business, from establishment, financing and national or international expansion, to more specific transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, sales or restructuring finance.

Employment

Employment

All companies need to comply with their obligations at any level, in labour and employment, social security and occupational risk prevention legislation. We deal with all aspects of employee incentives, employment and pensions work to save our clients resources, time and money. We provide and develop individual and creative solutions to all workplace issues, from working terms and conditions, employee relations and HR policies to restructuring and dispute resolution. We advise on implementing and structuring share plans, pension schemes as well as providing practical and commercial advice on employment law issues.
Litigation and Arbitration

Litigation and Arbitration

We spend much of our time assisting our clients in trying to avoid disputes. Whatever the nature of the dispute, be it litigation or arbitration, our aim is to resolve it quickly, with as little disruption to our client’s business and as cost effectively and efficiently as possible. Our experience is focused on insolvency proceedings, enforcement of pledges, banking and finance litigation, commercial and criminal litigations, pre-litigations, dispute resolution and arbitrations. We advise local and international high-profile corporates and financial institutions with respect to disputes and deals involving a variety of industries including banking and finance, real estate, energy, telecommunications, insurance and consumer goods.

Public Law

Public Law

Public law constitutes an important area of legal work, as it defines and impacts on the structure of all transactions within the public sector. Our clients are public authorities, corporates, banks, public funded entities and utilities. We advise them on a full range of public procurement, public-private partnerships (PPP), concessions (including toll roads, water distribution, waste management, telecoms), public works, environmental issues and regulatory (especially in telecoms, media, TICs, energy, infrastructure, transport, mail services, insurance, health and pharmaceutical).

Tax

Tax

Tax is, to a greater or lesser extent, relevant to most business transactions. Providing tax advantages in every deal to achieve our clients’ best benefit is a must for us. Either on a standalone basis, or adding value as part of corporate and finance transactions, we analyse all aspects related to direct and indirect tax, with the aim of mitigating the tax burden, optimising the VAT refund process or increasing the available cash flow. We advise local companies that invest abroad, multinationals present in several countries, family offices and private individuals with private wealth.

Working environment

Our Madrid office is on Serrano Street, next door to Paseo de la Castellana, the financial and business centre of Madrid with embassies, banks and government buildings in its surroundings. The building was designed to our specifications and provides a modern, stylish place to do business, flooded with natural light. As well as extensive meeting rooms and comfortable office space.

Our Barcelona office is located in Mestre Nicolau Street inside an area easy reach of the centre of the city with fantastic views over the city.

Learning & development

In an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world, we believe that nurturing our talent will give us an advantage over our competitors, ensuring we have the best client relationships and business leaders in the market to drive our future success.

The A&O Business School will provide you with the commercial and personal skills that you need to navigate through an ever-changing business landscape, while helping you build the skills you need for your career - whether that is at A&O or elsewhere.

The Business School offers a variety of excellent courses relevant to your career stage, with an emphasis on practical skills and business insight, to complement advanced legal knowledge. The school also offers a unique opportunity to interact with and learn from partners and gain valuable insights from the world of business. From cutting edge content to world-class coaches, our partners design the courses and act as faculty members to share their experience and expertise.

The A&O Leadership Centre equips our Partners with the business skills to inspire others, encourage innovation and develop deeper and more strategic relationships with our clients. The Centre offers a combination of programmes, master classes, personal coaching, mentoring and access to relevant experience and opportunities, so you can tailor your personal development to your own needs and aspirations.

Rewards & benefits

We’ll equip you for the future, both yours and ours, whatever it may bring. We believe that enjoyment and satisfaction at work go hand in hand. That’s why we’re proud to offer a competitive and innovative employment package that’s committed to the health, success and well-being of all of our people.

Our locations

  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • North America
  • Latin America
In addition to countries where we have offices, we also have a number of International Desks advising clients on large scale international transactions in Europe.

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Cristina Santos
Cristina Santos

HR Manager, Human Resources

Barcelona