Reconocimientos

Araoz & Rueda, clasificada como finalista a “Mejor Boutique del Año en España” en la II Edición de los Premios Expansión Jurídico (2017). La categoría de Mejor Boutique reconoce el desempeño de los bufetes nacionales con menos de 50 letrados en plantilla, que cerraron un buen año 2016, y que son reconocidos, según Expansión, “por su alta especialización en alguna o varias de las prácticas del derecho de los negocios en las que trabajan”.

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Araoz & Rueda ha sido recomendado en todas las ediciones de los siguientes directorios desde el año 2000 hasta la última edición en 2017:

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Araoz & Rueda recibe en París la “Distinción Especial como Mejor Firma Legal en España en 2012”

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Araoz & Rueda, nominada durante cuatro años consecutivos como “Mejor Firma Legal en España”.

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chambers partners

Spain, Dispute Resolution: Most in demand arbitrator. Band 2. Clifford Hendel is described by market commentators as “a tremendous lawyer with really good expertise in corporate matters”. His practice involves both sitting as arbitrator and representing clients in arbitration proceedings. He also advises companies on the enforcement of awards.

Chambers Europe Guide 2017 - Arbitraje
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Araoz & Rueda has recently been involved in several telecoms, transport and energy-related disputes, as well as an ICSID claim against the Argentine Republic. Eduardo de León is the key litigation contact, while Clifford Hendel handles the arbitration side.

The EMEA Legal 500 2017 - Procesal/Arbitraje
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Araoz & Rueda has recently been involved in several telecoms, transport and energy-related disputes, as well as an ICSID claim against the Argentine Republic. Eduardo de León is the key litigation contact, while Clifford Hendel handles the arbitration side.

The EMEA Legal 500 2017 - Procesal/Arbitraje
chambers partners

Established Madrid firm assisting clients with administrative proceedings, including claims linked to environmental and planning matter. Also active in commercial cases involving M&A and telecommunications law. As well as litigation, the department includes practitioners who have an extensive track record in key international arbitration courts. “The team approaches every matter as if were the only one they had”. “The lawyers know perfectly how to focus each situation and what the best solution for each case is”. Clifford Hendel is described by market commentators as “a tremendous lawyer with really good expertise in corporate matters”. His practice involves both sitting as arbitrator and representing clients in arbitration proceedings. He also advises companies on the enforcement of awards. Sources really appreciated Alejandro Fernández de Araoz’s “strategic vision, absolute loyalty to the client and maximum involvement in the matters”. He is highlighted for his particular expertise in commercial and transactional matters.

Chambers Europe Guide 2017 - Procesal/Arbitraje
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Mid-size local firm Araoz & Rueda’s dispute resolution practice is led by Eduardo de León. It recently acted for a French company in the technology sector in a claim against the Spanish Air Force in relation to an administrative contract. BNP Suisse, ENI, Unitronics Comunicaciones and Molypharma are also notable clients.

The EMEA Legal 500 2016 - Procesal/Arbitraje
chambers partners

Spain, Dispute Resolution: Most in demand arbitrator. Band 2. Key individuals have extensive track records as counsel and arbitrators in the most important international arbitration courts. Clifford Hendel of Araoz & Rueda receives particular praise for his US law experience and for his regular appointment as arbitrator in ICC, CAS, LCIA and CAM arbitrations. Strengths (quotes from clients) “One advantage is that you work very closely with the partners; in most big firms it is not so easy to work with the partner but in the case of Araoz & Rueda, you can work directly with the senior lawyer”. Alejandro Fernández de Araoz of Araoz & Rueda has a tremendously broad practice that encompasses contentious and non-contentious commercial issues. Clients describe him as a "tough negotiator," adding: "He is very intelligent and knows how my business works very well."

Chambers Europe Guide 2016 - Procesal/Arbitraje
chambers partners

Spain, Dispute Resolution: Most in demand arbitrator. Band 2 Clifford Hendel of Araoz & Rueda has extensive international arbitration experience, particularly involving France. France, Dispute Resolution: Foreign expert based in Spain. Madrid-based Clifford Hendel of Araoz & Rueda is qualified to practice in the UK, France, Spain and the USA. He is a seasoned dispute resolution lawyer, with significant experience in both domestic and international arbitration as well as litigation. Spain, Dispute Resolution. Band 4 Alejandro Fernández de Araoz of Araoz & Rueda has a wide-ranging practice encompassing capital markets, M&A, litigation and arbitration. He is regarded by sources as an accomplished practitioner in this field.

Chambers Global Guide 2015 - Procesal/Arbitraje
legal-500

Araoz & Rueda's Alejandro Fernández de Araoz and Clifford Hendel represented ENI en judicial and arbitral proceedings against Unión Fenosa Gas over corporate governance issues. Eduardo de León heads the team.

The EMEA Legal 500 2015 - Procesal/Arbitraje
legal-500

At Araoz & Rueda Alejandro Fernández de Araoz and Eduardo de León are recommended for litigation, and Clifford Hendel is well known for his international arbitration capabilities.

The EMEA Legal 500 2014 - Procesal/Arbitraje
chambers partners

Sources identify Clifford Hendel as a key arbitrator. He works on domestic and international ad hoc and institutional disputes. He is qualified in France and regularly handles France-related matters. Clients say Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is "an expert in litigation; he has a lot of experience and much prestige in this area".

Chambers Global Guide 2014 - Procesal/Arbitraje
legal-500

Araoz & Rueda is ‘doing very well at the moment’.The group includes Alejandro Fernández de Araoz and arbitrator Clifford Hendel.

The EMEA Legal 500 2013 - Procesal/Arbitraje
chambers partners

Sources praise Clifford Hendel's strong international background. He is admitted to the Bar in Madrid, Paris, New York and England and Wales, and has acted as arbitrator in all the major international institutions, including the ICC, the LCIA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Alejandro Fernández de Araoz as “an all-rounder who brings useful corporate knowledge to his work.” He recently advised a leading financial institution on banking litigation against BBVA and Cartera Meridional regarding the scope and application of an on-demand guarantee.

Chambers Global Guide 2013 - Procesal/Arbitraje
chambers partners

According to clients "Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is very able and also enjoys his job. He understands matters in depth and is discreet and incisive". Litigation, insolvency and arbitration specialist Íñigo Rodríguez-Sastre is "an excellent negotiator who is creative and realistic", say clients. Clifford Hendel figura en las listas de "Most in demand arbitrators", "Foreign experts" y "Experts based abroad". He is renowed as an outstanding arbitrator with international credentials.

Chambers Global Guide 2012 - Procesal/Arbitraje
legal-500

"Araoz & Rueda's performance is outstanding and is definitely worth the money". Key contact Íñigo Rodríguez-Sastre is "a very sound litigator" who "provides top-notch advice" and has a "well-deserved reputation for his skills in court". Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is also "an excellent lawyer". Arbitrator Clifford Hendel is "very strong technically".

The EMEA Legal 500 2012 - Procesal/Arbitraje
chambers partners

Clifford Hendel has been included for third year in the list of "Most in demand arbitrators". Clifford Hendel is an all-rounder with "tremendous international law knowledge". Alejandro Fernández de Araoz andÍñigo Rodríguez-Sastre are also recommended.

Chambers Europe Guide 2011 - Procesal/Arbitraje
chambers partners

This mid-sized firm has a strong dispute resolution practice. Alejandro Fernández de Araoz combines his litigation skills with his great cross-practice knowledge, and is lauded by clients for his "talent at resolving complex problems and in-depth knowledge of a number of areas of law". Clifford Hendel is well known for his domestic and international arbitration practice, and he usually acts as both counsel and arbitrator at a number of domestic and international courts.

Chambers Global Guide 2010 - Procesal/Arbitraje
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Clients say that the firm's "commitment and in-depth study of cases make them one of the most recommendable in Spain". Dispute practice is headed by Clifford Hendel and the "client-oriented" Alejandro Fernández de Araoz, who is "not only a natural team leader but also a skillful and capable litigator - the value he adds is truly remarkable".

The EMEA Legal 500 2010 - Procesal/Arbitraje
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Clifford Hendel and Alejandro Fernández de Araoz are corporate Araoz & Rueda’s best-known litigators, collecting high praise for their strong experience in both international and domestic disputes.

The EMEA Legal 500 2009 - Procesal/ Arbitraje
chambers partners

Alejandro Fernández de Araoz at Araoz & Rueda. Clients hail “his through preparation and impeccable manner when speaking in court.” Clifford Hendel figura en la lista de “Most in demand arbitrators”. Clifford Hendel: he is North American and thus a frequent choice as arbitrator in hearing featuring a Spanish party and requiring a non-Spaniard referee.

Chambers Europe Guide 2009 - Procesal/Arbitraje
legal-500

At Araoz & Rueda, Alejandro Fernández de Araoz has built impressive expertise as a corporate litigator.

The EMEA Legal 500 2008 - Procesal/ Arbitraje
chambers partners

Araoz & Rueda successfully represents clients in court. “Fernández de Araoz is a determined lawyer who never gives up”, remarked clients; “he gets deeply involved in every matter and is always willing to answer questions.” “A distinguished international Spanish arbitrator”.

Chambers Europe Guide 2008 - Procesal/ Arbitraje
legal-500

Araoz & Rueda has been expanding its dispute resolution practice in recent years winning a very good reputation. Alejandro Fernández de Araoz and Clifford Hendelboasts extensive expertise in both international and domestic disputes.

The EMEA Legal 500 2007 - Procesal/ Arbitraje
legal-500

Clifford Hendel and Alejandro Fernández de Araoz are the firm’s best-known litigators.

The EMEA Legal 500 2006 - Procesal/ Arbitraje
chambers partners

Rafael Bazán of Araoz & Rueda has experience of high-profile loan portfolio transactions for key Spanish banking entities including the FROB, Catalunya Banc and Bankia. He also has broader expertise in refinancing, acquisition and asset finance. Clients say: "He is clearly business-oriented and client-focused," adding: "He is very precise and can advise on a wide scope of financial matters."

Chambers Europe Guide 2017 - Bancario/Financiero
IFLR 1000

Araoz & Rueda is recommended in Banking & Finance. The firm advised a borrower in connection with a €200 million loan facility granted to a photo voltaic energy production plant to allow it to undergo refinancing procedures. The team also acted for wine producers in the financing of a new premises.

IFLR 1000 2017 - Bancario/Financiero
legal-500

Araoz & Rueda acts for a variety of corporate and financial clients, including BNP Paribas and LM Group.

The EMEA Legal 500 2017 - Bancario/Financiero
IFLR 1000

In banking all of the details of Araoz & Rueda's work in the last year are confidential. One highlight was partner Guillermo Yuste’s advice to the borrower in respect of the negotiation of a loan from a syndicate of banks, to fund a large piece of commercial real estate in Madrid. Other transactions saw the team act on behalf of the borrower in relation to the €160 million refinancing of an energy project.

IFLR 1000 2016 - Bancario/Financiero
legal-500

Araoz & Rueda advised LM Group on refinancing issues, including a bond issuance and a revolving loan facility. Guillermo Yuste is the key name.

The EMEA Legal 500 2016 - Bancario/Financiero
chambers partners

Araoz & Rueda offers experience in debt restructuring and refinancing, real estate finance and asset finance. Advises a broad range of entities, such as financial institutions, investment funds and private capital ventures. Guillermo Yuste is noted for his experience in the banking and finance sector, where he focuses on corporate finance, structured finance, acquisitions and debt restructuring in domestic and international transactions.

Chambers Global Guide 2016 - Bancario/Financiero
legal-500

Araoz & Rueda's "very good and accessible finance specialists" recently advised the borrower, Unitronics, and its majority shareholder, Baring Equity Partners, on the company's debt refinancing. Practice head Guillermo Yuste is "quick, efficient and professional".

The EMEA Legal 500 2015 - Bancario/Financiero
chambers partners

Department head Guillermo Yuste is praised by clients as "proactive and really involved". He recently advised BNP Paribas on notes issued by Pescanova in the course of insolvency proceedings. Clifford Hendel attracts plaudits for his knowledge of the area as well as his astute advice. He has significant expertise in international finance transactions and is qualified in Spain, the USA and the UK.

Chambers Global Guide 2015 - Bancario/Financiero
legal-500

At Araoz & Rueda Guillermo Yuste "does an excellent job".

The EMEA Legal 500 2014 - Bancario/Financiero
chambers partners

Sources describe Clifford Hendel as "an excellent lawyer whom I thoroughly recommend". He advised BBAM on the lase of a Boeing 737 aircraft to Calima. Practice head Guillermo Yuste enters the rankings after earning warm client feedback: "Intellectually he is very good: he really looks at the details, explores all the issues and finds solutions that others wouldn't have."

Chambers Global Guide 2014 - Bancario/Financiero
IFLR 1000

Guillermo Yuste receive strong recommendations from clients with top marks for legal expertise and speed of response.

IFLR 1000 2014 - Bancario/Financiero
chambers partners

Clients admire Clifford Hendel's superb international understanding of the banking world. Thanks to his 25 years' experience working in Spain, France, the UK and the USA, he is praised as "a truly global lawyer".

Chambers Global Guide 2013 - Bancario/Financiero
legal-500

Guillermo Yuste is the primary contact in this area and is recommended.

The EMEA Legal 500 2013 - Bancario/Financiero
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Top-level service in a boutique fashion". Araoz & Rueda is "a very good challenger to the larger firms". Guillermo Yuste made partner in 2011, both he and Clifford Hendel "are very knowledgeable of the Spanish legal framework" and "willing to put in extra effort to close a transaction.

The EMEA Legal 500 2012 - Bancario/Financiero
chambers partners

Expert Clifford Hendel brings his vast global expertise. He is a well-known adviser on international finance deals and joint-ventures.

Chambers Global Guide 2012 - Bancario/Financiero
chambers partners

"The team has a strong reputation in this area and has more recently been involved with restructurings".

Chambers Global Guide 2011 - Bancario/Financiero
IFLR 1000

The firm has established a good profile in financing. "Araoz & Rueda is active in the market. It is very strong in project financing and they have an acquisition financing practice advising the buyers in banking deals".

IFLR 1000 2010 - Bancario/Financiero
legal-500

The "outstanding" Araoz & Rueda is highly regarded for banking and project finance and restructuring work.

The EMEA Legal 500 2010 - Bancario/Financiero
chambers partners

The firm´s compact size and flexible business model, with emphasis placed on partner-time and a generalist approach, have enabled the banking & finance department to successfully adapt and handle restructuring and project finance commissions. Sources say: "Exceptional technical knowledge coupled with a pragmatic focus on problems, as well as superb commercial relationships and client care". Clifford Hendel is recommended as a key individual.

Chambers Europe Guide 2010 - Bancario/Financiero
legal-500

Generally regarded as “one of the best corporate boutiques in Spain”, Araoz & Rueda has also built up an impressive banking and finance track record.

The EMEA Legal 500 2009 - Bancario/Financiero
chambers partners

Sources agree that Araoz & Rueda’s banking and finance team is a name to watch, as it is increasing its presence in local and cross-border transactions, acting for companies as well as international law firms without representation in Spain. Clients applaud the group’s high levels of service and the steady involvement of the partners in transactions. As one commentator elaborates: “The lawyers are incredibly responsive and diligent and they always go the extra mile”.

Chambers Europe Guide 2009 - Bancario/Financiero
IFLR 1000

Araoz & Rueda has always maintained a strong banking practice and it maintains an impressive client list.

IFLR 1000 2008 - Bancario/Financiero
chambers partners

Observers comment on the firm’s improved visibility on the Spanish finance scene, with an increasing presence in international financing transactions.

Chambers Europe Guide 2008 - Bancario/Financiero
legal-500

Araoz & Rueda remains solid in this sector.

The EMEA Legal 500 2008 - Bancario/Financiero
IFLR 1000

The firm enters the rankings on the back of the numerous recommendations of its peers and on the strength of the deals it has recently closed. This year it retains its place among the premier Spanish firm.

IFLR 1000 2007 - Bancario/Financiero
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"…the firm´s finance practice continues to attract plaudits in the market”. "…Araoz & Rueda has a well-regarded finance practice”.

The EMEA Legal 500 2005-2006 - Bancario/Financiero
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The firm has a growing finance practice and is attracting world-class clients.

The EMEA Legal 500 2004 - Bancario/Financiero
IFLR 1000

The partners Pedro Rueda and Alejandro Fernández de Araoz receive strong recommendations from clients with top marks for legal expertise.

IFLR 1000 2017 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
legal-500

Led by Pedro Rueda, Araoz & Rueda’s corporate team excels at advising foreign investors and Spanish corporations on significant transactions. Francisco Solchaga is also noted.

The EMEA Legal 500 2017 - Fusiones y adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

The firm maintains a consolidated reputation in the mid-cap M&A market, habitually advising Spanish and foreign clients with cross-border transactions. The team is particularly active in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, energy, media, transport and logistics. “A prompt and effective team, I find them to be technically excellent and responsive” “They have good knowledge of other jurisdictions and are great in negotiations” Corporate/M&A: Sources widely consider Pedro Rueda to be a “pragmatic and efficient” practitioner who has “great language and negotiation skills”. As head of the department, he has extensive experience in M&A, joint venture and other corporate matters. He regularly works with clients in the financial and industrial sectors. Private Equity: Compact, specialized team that routinely advises domestic and international private equity clients on acquisitions, investments and divestments. Also offers significant experience assisting venture capital entities with a range of investments. Sector expertise includes transportation, energy and healthcare. Pedro Rueda is a key contact for this practice area. Strengths: the team’s “quality, efficiency and high level of service” is singled out by market sources.

Chambers Europe Guide 2017 - Fusiones y adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
legal-500

Under the leadership of Pedro Rueda Araoz & Rueda has built a significant reputation in M&A and private equity work, and regularly acts for foreign investors and Spanish corporations in significant acquisitions and divestments.

The EMEA Legal 500 2016 - Fusiones y adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

Compact, specialized team that routinely advises domestic and international private equity clients on acquisitions, investments and divestments. Benefits from significant experience of transactions related to sectors such as food and beverage, energy and media. "There is a lot of involvement from senior people on the deals and I really value that”.

Chambers Europe Guide 2016 - Fusiones y adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

Compact Madrid team with a consolidated reputation in the midcap M&A market. Assists Spanish and foreign corporate clients with cross-border deals. “A boutique firm with specialized lawyers who are focused on clients’ needs”. “I value the lawyers’ excellent treatment of the client and the defence of the clients’ needs”. Clients appreciate that Pedro Rueda "handles the work himself and if you call you always get an answer from him directly." He has a long-standing reputation among peers as an experienced corporate and M&A lawyer working for mid-sized and some larger Spanish industrials. One source further notes Rueda's ability to "resolve conflicts and find solutions”.

Chambers Global Guide 2016 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

Historic presence in the market that leverages formidable reputations of key individuals. Maintains relationships with venture capital firms and important international private equity houses. "I really like the quality and hands-on involvement of the partners" "I feel secure working with the firm - it has a very good image among investors and the lawyers are trustworthy and honest" Peers agree that Francisco Aldavero is "a genuine private equity specialist" who is "dedicated to his clients and hands-on". Sources add: "He knows how to read the negotiation well and is tough".

Chambers Europe Guide 2015 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

Practice head Pedro Rueda has extensive experience across joint ventures, M&A transactions and sales of assets.

Chambers Global Guide 2015 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
legal-500

Foreign mid-market investors and Spanish corporates instructed a team on a number of acquisitions and divestments. The group acted for 3i on the € 590m sale of its stake in Everis to NTT. Other clients include Aurum Mining and Baring Private Equity Partners. Pedro Rueda and Francisco Aldavero are the practice co-heads.

The EMEA Legal 500 2015 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

Head of department Francisco Aldavero is described as "an excellent lawyer" by clients, who praise his "great combination of commercial and legal knowledge and high credibility in the market."

Chambers Europe Guide 2014 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
legal-500

Araoz & Rueda’s name partner Pedro Rueda is ‘a very able, personable and extremely well-trained professional’. He recently advised [...]; and Francisco Aldavero assisted [...]. The two partners form a ‘reliable and knowledgeable pair’.

The EMEA Legal 500 2014 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

Practice head Pedro Rueda receives strong market feedback: "He's an extraordinary lawyer. Technically his advice is impeccable, he's very involved in the deals and his professionalism and rigour are exceptional."

Chambers Global Guide 2014 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
IFLR 1000

The partners at this firm receive strong recommendations from clients with top marks for legal expertise and speed of response.

IFLR 1000 2014 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

Practice head Pedro Rueda impresses clients with his strong commercial sense and negotiation skills: "He has excellent chemistry with everyone, from clients to shareholders. He can see situations from everyone's point of view." Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is viewed as an excellent practitioner in all areas of corporate work, with sources saying he "does a stellar job."

Chambers Global Guide 2013 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

This firm has broad experience of advising private equity investors, particularly venture capital entities, on a variety of investments and disposals. Practice head Francisco Aldavero is described as "a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer who is very commercial."

Chambers Europe Guide 2013 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
legal-500

Araoz & Rueda has a busy mid-market M&A practice. Pedro Rueda and Francisco Aldavero are the names to note.

The EMEA Legal 500 2013 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

This domestic firm is well known for its work on mid-market private equity deals, and has an impressive roster of clients. Sources identify practice head Francisco Aldavero as a leader in this field: "He has focused on private equity throughout his whole career. He is definitely a specialist." Alejandro Fernández de Araoz remains an integral part of the practice, particularly for the corporate expertise that he brings to deals.

Chambers Europe Guide 2012 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

"Tier" 3 (de 5). Araoz & Rueda sigue dentro del "top ten" de despachos de abogados recomendado en el área.

Chambers Global Guide 2012 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
legal-500

"Excellent boutique", Araoz & Rueda is "very strong in the M&A/Private equity area". Led by Pedro Rueda, "one of the best lawyers in Madrid", the firm advises on top transactions.Francisco Aldavero is also highly recommended.

The EMEA Legal 500 2012 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
legal-500

Araoz & Rueda, entre los mejores despachos de abogados para asesorar en el área de Fusiones y Adquisiciones y Capital Riesgo (tier 3 de 5).

The EMEA Legal 500 2011 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

Sources say: "Excellent service from a knowledgeable and very fast team. The lawyers know what they must concentrate on and how best to structure and negotiate a deal." "Dynamic approach to problem solving". "They have also cross-border M&A expertise". Client enthuse that partner Francisco Aldavero "has a lot of private equity experience and focuses on the key aspects of each transaction. He is proactive and anticipates the problems we might face" say clients.

Chambers Global Guide 2011 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
IFLR 1000

Araoz & Rueda provides the kind of service that can draw clients away from the bigger firms". "Working with Araoz & Rueda was excellent",says one client. "Alejandro Fernández de Araoz and Pedro Rueda were very good, well connected and bright". It is as good a firm as you can get in the local market.

IFLR 1000 2010 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

This compact Madrid firm has a consistently strong reputation for Spanish and international private equity work. Clients have the highest praise for the practice, emphasising above all the impressive level of partner time devoted to each case, and the lawyers´ deep knowledge of the field. "They are real experts in private equity, they know everything about it". Partner Francisco Aldavero is readily identified by peers as one of the top names in the field. Partner Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is present mainly on the M&A aspects of private equity work, and is lauded as "extremely focused and intelligent."

Chambers Europe Guide 2010 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

"A firm where you feel like the lawyers are close to your company, understand your situation and are working with you as a team",interviewees say. Pedro Rueda is lauded for "being so easily able to put himself in the client´s shoes", while Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is respected by peers as "one of the best generalists in the market". Francisco Solchaga is a younger partner also recommended who has caught the eye of several clients.

Chambers Global Guide 2010 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
legal-500

"The team is excellent in all aspects." Under "tough and skilled negotiator" Pedro Rueda and Francisco Aldavero, who is praised for his "excellent industry knowledge", Araoz & Rueda is praised for its "clear and to the point advice" and its ability to "understand points from a technical perspective and in relation to its clients´ needs."

The EMEA Legal 500 2010 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
IFLR 1000

Francisco Aldavero and Pedro Rueda, are praised by peers for their strong work. "They are the two stars of the firm," comments one rival. "Their quality of work is great". Clients praise the close involvement of partners in the assignments. "They have very good partners in Alejandro Fernández de Araoz, Pedro Rueda and Francisco Aldavero, and clients very much like them for their commercial vision and legal acumen".

IFLR 1000 2009 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

This Madrid firm is one of the most active players in the private equity arena, and is “appreciated by clients for having all the flexibilityof a small firm, which means dedicated partner attention, and the ability to build long-term relationships with clients”. Francisco Aldavero is hailed by sources for his “incredible experience and efficiency – he knows private equity inside-out”. Meanwhile, Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is praised for his “strong negotiation skills and solid technical abilities”.

Chambers Europe Guide 2009 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

This is a “splendid corporate firm that houses fantastic lawyers” interviewees say. It provides “tailor-made solutions” and also has a “striking track record for both mid-sized and large transactions”. Interviewees further highlighted its proficiency in the private equity field. Versatile lawyer Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is a “fantastic adviser for any corporate matter and is tough in negotiations.” Pedro Rueda “knows the market like the back of his hand and can adapt to his client’s needs”.

Chambers Global Guide 2009 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
legal-500

Generally regarded as “one of the best corporate boutiques in Spain”. Arguably the market’s most admired small firms, Araoz & Rueda is widely regarded as "Spain’s finest corporate boutique, constantly punching above its weight". Name partnersAlejandro Fernández de Araoz and Pedro Rueda are the firm’s best-known corporate stars. Corporate partner Francisco Aldavero is also regarded as "a true corporate lawyer in the traditional sense, he is constantly there when you need him, and a perfect gentleman".

The EMEA Legal 500 2009 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
legal-500

Araoz & Rueda is arguably the most admired of the smaller corporate firms; “a fantastic firm, they have managed to build up a solid reputation and establish themselves as a player at the top of the market”. Regularly punching above its weight, the firm wins praise all round, with name partners Alejandro Fernández de Araoz and Pedro Rueda standing out.

The EMEA Legal 500 2008 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

"Pragmatic negotiators who are able to come up with imaginative solutions". This team earns client commendations for the calibre of its top lawyers. It maintains an active and constant presence in mid-sized private equity deals, often assisting venture capital entities. Sources are full of praise for the team’s combination of "excellent quality and competitive fees". Francisco Aldavero is described as a “serious and proactive professional who knows his clients inside out, and has an excellent understanding of the economic landscape” Although best known as a corporate lawyer, Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is also an esteemed presence in private equity. Observers say: “He is highly esteemed from start to finish, and has a solid grasp of the sector”.

Chambers Global Guide 2008 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

"Solid transactional boutique with extremely good M&A partners and a very strong presence in the private equity market". Clients commented on their total satisfaction with Araoz & Rueda’s legal advice, which is defined by its lawyers’ "professional attitude, efficiency and careful preparation". The Lawyers: "Technically brilliant". Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is “permanently focused on the clients’ best interests - he provides a personalised service and ensures a fast response at all times.” The “forceful and hard-working” Pedro Rueda is known for his “fantastic negotiation skills and experience” in the M&A market.

Chambers Global Guide 2008 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
IFLR 1000

The firm receives consistent praise from its clients for the quality of its work. Francisco Aldavero and Pedro Rueda are real leading lawyers for their practice, while Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is described as "hard working with a good knowledge of the law and a charming negotiator – very to the point".

IFLR 1000 2008 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

Private Equity: This mid-sized transactional firm “continues to improve its position in the private equity arena.” In what observers describe as “an extremely successful year,” the firm “has been involved in top deals and has moved its practice one step forward”.Francisco Aldavero has “a profound knowledge of the legislation applicable to private equity transactions” and “he is able to optimise resources and focus on the important commercial and legal issues that ensure the success of a transaction”.

Chambers Global Guide 2007 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

Observers describe the firm as a “terrific independent M&A and private equity boutique, comparable to the top US transactional outfits.” An “extraordinary commercial profile, first-class quality of advice and impressive track record”. The lawyers: “superb and vastly experienced M&A lawyers who are permanently focused on closing the deal” say interviewees.

Chambers Global Guide 2007 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
IFLR 1000

Araoz & Rueda is well known as a generalist corporate law firm, and is extremely active in M&A and Private equity. “Araoz & Rueda is strong because it is one of the few independent Spanish firms” said one lawyer in our interviews.

IFLR 1000 2007 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
legal-500

Araoz & Rueda is one of the most prominent smaller corporate firms in Spain. Highly respected partners Francisco Aldavero and Pedro Rueda have been involved in some of the most significant transactions, involving both listed and non-listed companies.

The EMEA Legal 500 2007 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Rie
chambers partners

Araoz & Rueda’s Ainhoa Veiga “was effective when dealing with the competition authorities and was very good all round”. She commonly assists companies with merger proceedings, distribution contracts and CNMC investigations. She has recently been instructed by IBA Molecular to advise on public procurement proceedings in hospitals.

Chambers Europe Guide 2017 - Competencia/Antitrust
legal-500

Ainhoa Veiga is the main contact at Araoz & Rueda, which is especially active on the transactional and merger-control side. The team recently advised Eni on antitrust issues related to its Union Fenosa Gas joint venture with Gas Natural Fenosa.

The EMEA Legal 500 2017 - Competencia/Antitrust
chambers partners

Ainhoa Veiga of Araoz & Rueda is the head of department and is well regarded in the market. Her practice includes advising on merger control and IP related matters. Market commentators describe her as "very good, straightforward and practical."

Chambers Europe Guide 2016 - Competencia/Antitrust
legal-500

At Araoz & Rueda, practice head Ainhoa Veiga advised Eastman Chemical on the notification to the CNMC of the acquisition by its wholly owned subsidiary Taminco of Cepsa Química.

The EMEA Legal 500 2016 - Competencia/Antitrust
chambers partners

Ainhoa Veiga heads Araoz & Rueda's competition practice and is highlighted for her proactivity and noted presence on the competition market.

Chambers Europe Guide 2015 - Competencia/Antitrust
legal-500

Ainhoa Veiga heads Araoz & Rueda's "very competent team", which has "a practical approach" and "knowledge of the domestic authority".
Highlights included advising Apollo on merger control matters concerning its acquisition of Evo Banco.

The EMEA Legal 500 2015 - Competencia/Antitrust
chambers partners

Ainhoa Veiga of Araoz & Rueda heads the firm's competition department. Clients highlight her efficiency and commitment.

Chambers Europe Guide 2014 - Competencia/Antitrust
legal-500

At Araoz & Rueda Ainhoa Veiga heads the competition team and is recommended.

The EMEA Legal 500 2014 - Competencia/Antitrust
chambers partners

Ainhoa Veiga at Araoz & Rueda is "pragmatic and well rounded".

Chambers Europe Guide 2013 - Competencia/Antitrust
legal-500

Araoz & Rueda’s ‘excellent’ team advised waste management company Daorje on antitrust issues in the recycling market, and provided merger control advice to clients such as SK Capital Partners and Ferroatlántica. Practice head Ainhoa Veiga is ‘tough and energetic".

The EMEA Legal 500 2013 - Competencia/Antitrust
legal-500

Araoz & Rueda's team is "always available, with a high level of commitment". Practice head Ainhoa Veiga is "really intelligent; she captures the essence of the problem in a second and quickly provides solutions".

The EMEA Legal 500 2012 - Competencia/Antitrust
chambers partners

Ainhoa Veiga at Araoz & Rueda receives praise for her "direct, clear and analytical style".

Chambers Europe Guide 2012 - Competencia/Antitrust
chambers partners

High-calibre team led by partner Ainhoa Veiga: "She receives widespread recognition as a competition specialist with experience in M&A and IP".

Chambers Europe Guide 2011 - Competencia/Antitrust
legal-500

At Araoz & Rueda, Ainhoa Veiga´s team was praised for its "excellent service, prompt response time, in-depth subject knowledge and ability to explain issues in context".

The EMEA Legal 500 2010 - Competencia/Antitrust
chambers partners

"This Spanish boutique has a compact but strong competition team. The firm aims to deliver a tailored service and happy clients comment that "compared to the big multinational firms it seems to dedicate a lot more time to the clients." Leading the team, and at the forefront of each case, is partner Ainhoa Veiga, a skilled competition lawyer specialising also in IP.

Chambers Europe Guide 2010 - Competencia/Antitrust
legal-500

Araoz & Rueda boasts sound expertise in competition issues.

The EMEA Legal 500 2009 - Competencia/Antitrust
chambers partners

"They provide a real personal treatment within a speedy and flexible framework".

Chambers Global Guide 2009 - Competencia/Antitrust
chambers partners

Clients are delighted with Ainhoa Veiga at Araoz & Rueda, noting her "solid, well-constructed arguments" as well as her "diligent and flexible service".

Chambers Europe Guide 2008 - Competencia/Antitrust
chambers partners

Interviewees describe department head Ainhoa Veiga as "a smart lawyer who really knows what she is doing".

Chambers Global Guide 2007 - Competencia/Antitrust
chambers partners

This widely admired corporate firm has a small but highly efficient competition practice that offers splendid transactional and litigation services. Ainhoa Veiga is seen as an energectic and rising star on the team.

Chambers Global Guide 2006 - Competencia/Antitrust
legal-500

Araoz & Rueda has particular expertise advising on the hydrocarbons and electricity sectors and has been active on privatisation and deregulation processes. Among other matters the team assisted Perwin with the € 15m acquisition of the Solluz photovoltaic project.

The EMEA Legal 500 2017 - Energía
legal-500

At Araoz & Rueda Francisco Solchaga has extensive experience acting for clients in the hydrocarbons, electricity and gas industries. Recent highlights include assisting Grupo T-Solar on the acquisition of a stake in a photovoltaic project from minority shareholders.

The EMEA Legal 500 2016 - Energía
legal-500

Araoz & Rueda advises sponsors on the development and financing of renewable energy projects and recently assisted China-based Huadian Fuxin Energy with the acquisition of a 40MW wind farm in Cuenca. Francisco Solchaga heads the team.

The EMEA Legal 500 2015 - Energía
legal-500

‘‘Versatility’ and ‘dedication’ are the hallmarks of Araoz & Rueda’s practice, which has transactional and financing expertise. Francisco Solchaga ‘personally handles his clients’ matters’ and has ‘excellent knowledge of the energy sector’.

The EMEA Legal 500 2014 - Energía
legal-500

‘Excellent in every way’, Araoz & Rueda is ‘always extremely quick to react’ and is ‘fully devoted to the client and the deals’. Francisco Solchaga is ‘remarkably business-oriented’, and has ‘deep knowledge and common sense’.

The EMEA Legal 500 2013 - Energía
chambers partners

Francisco Solchaga specialises in energy transactions, with clients including energy group OPDE.

Chambers Europe Guide 2013 - Energía
legal-500

Francisco Solchaga has expertise in hydrocarbons, gas and electricity, and is highly recommended in renewable energy projects.

The EMEA Legal 500 2012 - Energía
legal-500

Araoz & Rueda has niche expertise in renewable energy, particularly solar plants. Clients praise the team´s "response, support and commitment". The team is led by "outstanding partner" Francisco Solchaga.

The EMEA Legal 500 2010 - Energía
chambers partners

This compact Madrid-based firm has a small but steady flow of project finance work. The practice focuses on the financing of solar power farms in Spain. Sources speak highly of practice head Francisco Solchaga, who, having focused on renewable energy deals for several years, has acquired excellent legal and technical knowledge of the sector.

Chambers Europe Guide 2010 - Energía

Despacho recomendado en el área de energías renovables. Francisco Solchaga es el socio que lidera la práctica.

PLC WHICH LAWYER? 2009 - Energía
chambers partners

Peers identify this firm as an active player in the projects market, concentrating predominantly on the energy industry and working on photovoltaic projects on the side of the sponsors. Partner Francisco Solchaga leads the practice.

Chambers Europe Guide 2009 - Energía
legal-500

Araoz & Rueda is recommended for its transactional tax-related advice. The team is led by partner Javier Prieto.

The EMEA Legal 500 2017 - Fiscal
chambers partners

Araoz & Rueda advises Spanish corporate clients and private equity houses on corporate tax matters and on the tax planning of mid-cap M&A, refinancing or real estate transactions. Also assists private individuals and companies with tax investigations. Team members have further expertise in tax issues related to insolvencies. "The lawyers are diligent in their work and one of the things I like the most is that they are very quick." "The firm gives very good global advice." "In terms of the price and the quality of the work the mix is very good." Key partner Javier Prieto handles a broad range of tax structuring, indirect tax and international taxation mandates for companies and private individuals. Clients highlight the "technical knowledge that he has of Spanish tax law" and say that it is "easy to contact him and he gives rapid responses."

Chambers Global Guide 2017 - Fiscal
legal-500

At Araoz & Rueda, Javier Prieto advised RedOne on a joint venture project to develop music festivals and other entertainment events in Spain and abroad. Other clients include SK Capital Partners and Votorantim Industrial.

The EMEA Legal 500 2016 - Fiscal
chambers partners

Araoz & Rueda provides transactional tax advice, offering support in corporate tax, in private equity and also in matters within the financial services industry. Frequently acts on tax inspections, in addition to handling complex debt restructuring mandates. “I was happy: it is the attention given to the client, the proactivity, the prompt response – it provides good service”. “The firm has the technical knowledge, accessibility and does quick work”. Javier Prieto offers experience advising on the tax aspects of domestic and international M&A transactions, in addition to the implementation of finance structures. A source notes: "He has very good knowledge of the tax world; he's a very good adviser." Another praises his client skills: "He has lots of empathy for their needs”.

Chambers Global Guide 2016 - Fiscal
legal-500

Araoz & Rueda has "strength in depth", and provides "thoroughly and accurate advice". The team primarily assists clients with the tax aspects of corporate, private equity and finance transactions, and recently advised 3i on the sale of its stake in Derprosa Film to Taghleef Industries. Javier Prieto heads the team.

The EMEA Legal 500 2015 - Fiscal
chambers partners

Javier Prieto receives praise for his role advising on M&A transactions, in which he is said to be "exhaustive in his answers and fast in answering". "He is open, easy-going and dedicated", adds one client.

Chambers Global Guide 2015 - Fiscal
legal-500

Boutique firm Araoz & Rueda has strength in depth beyond lead partner Javier Prieto, who has ‘extremely deep knowledge of Spanish taxation’ and gives ‘accurate and realistic’ advice.

The EMEA Legal 500 2014 - Fiscal
chambers partners

Practice head Javier Prieto is highly proficient across all areas of domestic and international tax law including litigation and planning. Clients praise him as "quick, practical and easy to contact".

Chambers Global Guide 2014 - Fiscal

Recommended Firm

The Tax Directors Handbook 2014 - Fiscal
chambers partners

Javier Prieto leads the team and is respected by interviewees for providing sophisticated tax advice on domestic and international M&A transactions.

Chambers Global Guide 2013 - Fiscal
legal-500

"Excellent service, responses are clear, accurate and on time". Javier Prieto heads the team.

The EMEA Legal 500 2013 - Fiscal
chambers partners

Javier Prieto recently joined the firm. Clients describe him as "serious, technically strong and responsive" and admire his capacity to understand their needs.

Chambers Global Guide 2012 - Fiscal
legal-500

At Araoz & Rueda "the level of service is excellent" and "responses are clear and accurate". Partner Javier Prieto is recommended.

The EMEA Legal 500 2012 - Fiscal
legal-500

Araoz & Rueda has a "very efficient" tax practice. "Knowledgeable and practical", the team is "very committed to achieving its goals".

The EMEA Legal 500 2011 - Fiscal
chambers partners

"Negotiating ability and capacity to find innovative solutions when required".

Chambers Europe Guide 2011 - Fiscal
chambers partners

This mid-sized firm was established in the early 1990s with a clear corporate focus. It has successfully diversified since then, and today tax constitutes one of its key departments. Clients view the team´s size as a benefit, noting: "We feel that the lawyers are close to our company, they understand us and work with us as a team." Sources describe the team as "dynamic and proactive."

Chambers Europe Guide 2010 - Fiscal
legal-500

Araoz & Rueda´s tax practice is well regarded by clients. Clients praise the firm for its quick response times, and "low turnover, allowing for a long relationship and better understanding of our needs."

The EMEA Legal 500 2010 - Fiscal
legal-500

"We were very positively impressed with the high level of quality of the tax practice of the firm”.

The EMEA Legal 500 2009 - Fiscal
legal-500

The firm´s tax practice handles work for a variety of domestic and international clients, including M&A and restructuring related advice and international tax planning.

The EMEA Legal 500 2008 - Fiscal
chambers partners

“Proactive attitude and ability to explain issues clearly”.

Chambers Europe Guide 2008 - Fiscal
IFLR 1000

The partners Pedro Rueda and Alejandro Fernández de Araoz receive strong recommendations from clients with top marks for legal expertise.

IFLR 1000 2017 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
legal-500

Led by Pedro Rueda, Araoz & Rueda’s corporate team excels at advising foreign investors and Spanish corporations on significant transactions. Francisco Solchaga is also noted.

The EMEA Legal 500 2017 - Fusiones y adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

The firm maintains a consolidated reputation in the mid-cap M&A market, habitually advising Spanish and foreign clients with cross-border transactions. The team is particularly active in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, energy, media, transport and logistics. “A prompt and effective team, I find them to be technically excellent and responsive” “They have good knowledge of other jurisdictions and are great in negotiations” Corporate/M&A: Sources widely consider Pedro Rueda to be a “pragmatic and efficient” practitioner who has “great language and negotiation skills”. As head of the department, he has extensive experience in M&A, joint venture and other corporate matters. He regularly works with clients in the financial and industrial sectors. Private Equity: Compact, specialized team that routinely advises domestic and international private equity clients on acquisitions, investments and divestments. Also offers significant experience assisting venture capital entities with a range of investments. Sector expertise includes transportation, energy and healthcare. Pedro Rueda is a key contact for this practice area. Strengths: the team’s “quality, efficiency and high level of service” is singled out by market sources.

Chambers Europe Guide 2017 - Fusiones y adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
legal-500

Under the leadership of Pedro Rueda Araoz & Rueda has built a significant reputation in M&A and private equity work, and regularly acts for foreign investors and Spanish corporations in significant acquisitions and divestments.

The EMEA Legal 500 2016 - Fusiones y adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

Compact, specialized team that routinely advises domestic and international private equity clients on acquisitions, investments and divestments. Benefits from significant experience of transactions related to sectors such as food and beverage, energy and media. "There is a lot of involvement from senior people on the deals and I really value that”.

Chambers Europe Guide 2016 - Fusiones y adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

Compact Madrid team with a consolidated reputation in the midcap M&A market. Assists Spanish and foreign corporate clients with cross-border deals. “A boutique firm with specialized lawyers who are focused on clients’ needs”. “I value the lawyers’ excellent treatment of the client and the defence of the clients’ needs”. Clients appreciate that Pedro Rueda "handles the work himself and if you call you always get an answer from him directly." He has a long-standing reputation among peers as an experienced corporate and M&A lawyer working for mid-sized and some larger Spanish industrials. One source further notes Rueda's ability to "resolve conflicts and find solutions”.

Chambers Global Guide 2016 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

Historic presence in the market that leverages formidable reputations of key individuals. Maintains relationships with venture capital firms and important international private equity houses. "I really like the quality and hands-on involvement of the partners" "I feel secure working with the firm - it has a very good image among investors and the lawyers are trustworthy and honest" Peers agree that Francisco Aldavero is "a genuine private equity specialist" who is "dedicated to his clients and hands-on". Sources add: "He knows how to read the negotiation well and is tough".

Chambers Europe Guide 2015 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

Practice head Pedro Rueda has extensive experience across joint ventures, M&A transactions and sales of assets.

Chambers Global Guide 2015 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
legal-500

Foreign mid-market investors and Spanish corporates instructed a team on a number of acquisitions and divestments. The group acted for 3i on the € 590m sale of its stake in Everis to NTT. Other clients include Aurum Mining and Baring Private Equity Partners. Pedro Rueda and Francisco Aldavero are the practice co-heads.

The EMEA Legal 500 2015 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

Head of department Francisco Aldavero is described as "an excellent lawyer" by clients, who praise his "great combination of commercial and legal knowledge and high credibility in the market."

Chambers Europe Guide 2014 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
legal-500

Araoz & Rueda’s name partner Pedro Rueda is ‘a very able, personable and extremely well-trained professional’. He recently advised [...]; and Francisco Aldavero assisted [...]. The two partners form a ‘reliable and knowledgeable pair’.

The EMEA Legal 500 2014 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

Practice head Pedro Rueda receives strong market feedback: "He's an extraordinary lawyer. Technically his advice is impeccable, he's very involved in the deals and his professionalism and rigour are exceptional."

Chambers Global Guide 2014 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
IFLR 1000

The partners at this firm receive strong recommendations from clients with top marks for legal expertise and speed of response.

IFLR 1000 2014 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

Practice head Pedro Rueda impresses clients with his strong commercial sense and negotiation skills: "He has excellent chemistry with everyone, from clients to shareholders. He can see situations from everyone's point of view." Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is viewed as an excellent practitioner in all areas of corporate work, with sources saying he "does a stellar job."

Chambers Global Guide 2013 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

This firm has broad experience of advising private equity investors, particularly venture capital entities, on a variety of investments and disposals. Practice head Francisco Aldavero is described as "a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer who is very commercial."

Chambers Europe Guide 2013 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
legal-500

Araoz & Rueda has a busy mid-market M&A practice. Pedro Rueda and Francisco Aldavero are the names to note.

The EMEA Legal 500 2013 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

This domestic firm is well known for its work on mid-market private equity deals, and has an impressive roster of clients. Sources identify practice head Francisco Aldavero as a leader in this field: "He has focused on private equity throughout his whole career. He is definitely a specialist." Alejandro Fernández de Araoz remains an integral part of the practice, particularly for the corporate expertise that he brings to deals.

Chambers Europe Guide 2012 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

"Tier" 3 (de 5). Araoz & Rueda sigue dentro del "top ten" de despachos de abogados recomendado en el área.

Chambers Global Guide 2012 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
legal-500

"Excellent boutique", Araoz & Rueda is "very strong in the M&A/Private equity area". Led by Pedro Rueda, "one of the best lawyers in Madrid", the firm advises on top transactions.Francisco Aldavero is also highly recommended.

The EMEA Legal 500 2012 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
legal-500

Araoz & Rueda, entre los mejores despachos de abogados para asesorar en el área de Fusiones y Adquisiciones y Capital Riesgo (tier 3 de 5).

The EMEA Legal 500 2011 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

Sources say: "Excellent service from a knowledgeable and very fast team. The lawyers know what they must concentrate on and how best to structure and negotiate a deal." "Dynamic approach to problem solving". "They have also cross-border M&A expertise". Client enthuse that partner Francisco Aldavero "has a lot of private equity experience and focuses on the key aspects of each transaction. He is proactive and anticipates the problems we might face" say clients.

Chambers Global Guide 2011 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
IFLR 1000

Araoz & Rueda provides the kind of service that can draw clients away from the bigger firms". "Working with Araoz & Rueda was excellent",says one client. "Alejandro Fernández de Araoz and Pedro Rueda were very good, well connected and bright". It is as good a firm as you can get in the local market.

IFLR 1000 2010 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

This compact Madrid firm has a consistently strong reputation for Spanish and international private equity work. Clients have the highest praise for the practice, emphasising above all the impressive level of partner time devoted to each case, and the lawyers´ deep knowledge of the field. "They are real experts in private equity, they know everything about it". Partner Francisco Aldavero is readily identified by peers as one of the top names in the field. Partner Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is present mainly on the M&A aspects of private equity work, and is lauded as "extremely focused and intelligent."

Chambers Europe Guide 2010 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

"A firm where you feel like the lawyers are close to your company, understand your situation and are working with you as a team",interviewees say. Pedro Rueda is lauded for "being so easily able to put himself in the client´s shoes", while Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is respected by peers as "one of the best generalists in the market". Francisco Solchaga is a younger partner also recommended who has caught the eye of several clients.

Chambers Global Guide 2010 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
legal-500

"The team is excellent in all aspects." Under "tough and skilled negotiator" Pedro Rueda and Francisco Aldavero, who is praised for his "excellent industry knowledge", Araoz & Rueda is praised for its "clear and to the point advice" and its ability to "understand points from a technical perspective and in relation to its clients´ needs."

The EMEA Legal 500 2010 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
IFLR 1000

Francisco Aldavero and Pedro Rueda, are praised by peers for their strong work. "They are the two stars of the firm," comments one rival. "Their quality of work is great". Clients praise the close involvement of partners in the assignments. "They have very good partners in Alejandro Fernández de Araoz, Pedro Rueda and Francisco Aldavero, and clients very much like them for their commercial vision and legal acumen".

IFLR 1000 2009 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

This Madrid firm is one of the most active players in the private equity arena, and is “appreciated by clients for having all the flexibilityof a small firm, which means dedicated partner attention, and the ability to build long-term relationships with clients”. Francisco Aldavero is hailed by sources for his “incredible experience and efficiency – he knows private equity inside-out”. Meanwhile, Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is praised for his “strong negotiation skills and solid technical abilities”.

Chambers Europe Guide 2009 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

This is a “splendid corporate firm that houses fantastic lawyers” interviewees say. It provides “tailor-made solutions” and also has a “striking track record for both mid-sized and large transactions”. Interviewees further highlighted its proficiency in the private equity field. Versatile lawyer Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is a “fantastic adviser for any corporate matter and is tough in negotiations.” Pedro Rueda “knows the market like the back of his hand and can adapt to his client’s needs”.

Chambers Global Guide 2009 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
legal-500

Generally regarded as “one of the best corporate boutiques in Spain”. Arguably the market’s most admired small firms, Araoz & Rueda is widely regarded as "Spain’s finest corporate boutique, constantly punching above its weight". Name partnersAlejandro Fernández de Araoz and Pedro Rueda are the firm’s best-known corporate stars. Corporate partner Francisco Aldavero is also regarded as "a true corporate lawyer in the traditional sense, he is constantly there when you need him, and a perfect gentleman".

The EMEA Legal 500 2009 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
legal-500

Araoz & Rueda is arguably the most admired of the smaller corporate firms; “a fantastic firm, they have managed to build up a solid reputation and establish themselves as a player at the top of the market”. Regularly punching above its weight, the firm wins praise all round, with name partners Alejandro Fernández de Araoz and Pedro Rueda standing out.

The EMEA Legal 500 2008 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

"Pragmatic negotiators who are able to come up with imaginative solutions". This team earns client commendations for the calibre of its top lawyers. It maintains an active and constant presence in mid-sized private equity deals, often assisting venture capital entities. Sources are full of praise for the team’s combination of "excellent quality and competitive fees". Francisco Aldavero is described as a “serious and proactive professional who knows his clients inside out, and has an excellent understanding of the economic landscape” Although best known as a corporate lawyer, Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is also an esteemed presence in private equity. Observers say: “He is highly esteemed from start to finish, and has a solid grasp of the sector”.

Chambers Global Guide 2008 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

"Solid transactional boutique with extremely good M&A partners and a very strong presence in the private equity market". Clients commented on their total satisfaction with Araoz & Rueda’s legal advice, which is defined by its lawyers’ "professional attitude, efficiency and careful preparation". The Lawyers: "Technically brilliant". Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is “permanently focused on the clients’ best interests - he provides a personalised service and ensures a fast response at all times.” The “forceful and hard-working” Pedro Rueda is known for his “fantastic negotiation skills and experience” in the M&A market.

Chambers Global Guide 2008 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
IFLR 1000

The firm receives consistent praise from its clients for the quality of its work. Francisco Aldavero and Pedro Rueda are real leading lawyers for their practice, while Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is described as "hard working with a good knowledge of the law and a charming negotiator – very to the point".

IFLR 1000 2008 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

Private Equity: This mid-sized transactional firm “continues to improve its position in the private equity arena.” In what observers describe as “an extremely successful year,” the firm “has been involved in top deals and has moved its practice one step forward”.Francisco Aldavero has “a profound knowledge of the legislation applicable to private equity transactions” and “he is able to optimise resources and focus on the important commercial and legal issues that ensure the success of a transaction”.

Chambers Global Guide 2007 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
chambers partners

Observers describe the firm as a “terrific independent M&A and private equity boutique, comparable to the top US transactional outfits.” An “extraordinary commercial profile, first-class quality of advice and impressive track record”. The lawyers: “superb and vastly experienced M&A lawyers who are permanently focused on closing the deal” say interviewees.

Chambers Global Guide 2007 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
IFLR 1000

Araoz & Rueda is well known as a generalist corporate law firm, and is extremely active in M&A and Private equity. “Araoz & Rueda is strong because it is one of the few independent Spanish firms” said one lawyer in our interviews.

IFLR 1000 2007 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Riesgo
legal-500

Araoz & Rueda is one of the most prominent smaller corporate firms in Spain. Highly respected partners Francisco Aldavero and Pedro Rueda have been involved in some of the most significant transactions, involving both listed and non-listed companies.

The EMEA Legal 500 2007 - Fusiones y Adquisiciones/Capital Rie
chambers partners

Jesús Conde recently joined Araoz & Rueda. His practice includes advising on transactional instructions as well as mandates concerning the outsourcing of real estate management. Interviewees recommend him because “he is diligent and he knows what he is doing”.

Chambers Europe Guide 2017 - Inmobiliario
chambers partners

Most active on the implementation of redundancy plans and on related litigation. Also handles due diligence in support of M&A transactions. Strengths: clients are impressed by the firm’s “ability to negotiate with the unions and provide good advice in difficult situations”. “They are thorough in their advice but are also practical in that they don’t allow excessive detail to affect the practicality of their service”. Clients praise Alfonso Suárez’s negotiation skills and say that he “goes the extra mile to support my business in terms of providing relevant practical information”. He acted for Pelican Rouge Coffee Solutions on a redundancy procedure and on negotiations for the modification of working conditions.

Chambers Europe Guide 2017 - Laboral
legal-500

Alfonso Suárez heads the team at Araoz & Rueda, which recently advised Brightstar 2010 Mobile on two redundancy procedures involving over 100 employees. Other clients include the Becara Group, Orpea Group and British Foods.

The EMEA Legal 500 2017 - Laboral
chambers partners

Araoz & Rueda retains an impressive list of clients including family businesses and companies from the food industry. Offers services from M&A-related matters to advice on employee handbooks, all kinds of dismissals and protection of trade secrets, with a broad litigation practice. “The high degree of partner involvement in the matters really stands out”. "Our satisfaction is utmost: the response time, empathy and involvement in each of the matters dealt with is very professional”. Recommended for negotiation of contracts, litigation and workforce restructuring, Alfonso Suárez ”understands clients' needs to perfection." Sources comment that he is "quick, efficient, professional and a great negotiator”.

Chambers Europe Guide 2016 - Laboral
chambers partners

"I cannot praise the lawyers highly enough; they are always absolutely clear, precise and punctual". Department head Pilar Albert receives considerable praise for her skill as a litigator. Clients value her "strategic vision, her way of acting and reasoning in court and her sound legal knowledge". Alfonso Suárez Migoyo often assists Spanish clients with collective dismissals and company restructurings.He is also known among peers for his supporting role on corporate transactions.

Chambers Europe Guide 2015 - Laboral
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Araoz & Rueda's "response times are excellent" and "clients' needs are understood". The firm is "extremely knowledgeable in employment matters" and is "great value for money". Pilar Albert and Alfonso Suárez are the names to note.

The EMEA Legal 500 2015 - Laboral
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"The lawyers show rigour, make a deep analysis of all different perspectives and are always at your service." Department head Pilar Albert retains a strong reputation in the market and is praised by clients for her "great experience, rigour and approachability." Alfonso Suárez is singled out for his experience in collective redundancies.

Chambers Europe Guide 2014 - Laboral
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Alfonso Suárez and the ‘business-savvy and vastly experienced’ Pilar Albert, who joined from Deloitte in October 2012, are recommended.

The EMEA Legal 500 2014 - Laboral
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This mid-market practice recently strengthened its employment team with the arrival of Pilar Albert, formerly of Deloitte. Sources say: "Great level of partner attention. The lawyers are always there for us and provide constant support." Alfonso Suárez leads the team. One client described him as "hands-on, completely available and solution-oriented. I feel comfortable and well protected with him." The new member of the team, partner Pilar Albert, earns praise for her experience in this area.

Chambers Europe Guide 2013 - Laboral
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Araoz & Rueda is highly recommended in this area. Alfonso Suárez and Pilar Albert are the key contacts.

The EMEA Legal 500 2013 - Laboral
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Araoz & Rueda's small but robust practice is led by partner Alfonso Suárez, "a true star" and "one of the best lawyers in his field in Spain".

The EMEA Legal 500 2012 - Laboral
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The compact employment team at this full-service Spanish firm receives consistent praise from market observers and peers. Sources say: "Excellent knowledge, fast, and great in negotiations". Practice head Alfonso Suárez is "highly experienced and meticulous. He has a lot of initiative and is outstanding in court".

Chambers Europe Guide 2012 - Laboral
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Sources say: "The relationship with this firm is magnificent, there are no time delays and the partners are always available". Alfonso Suárez is a well-respected employment lawyer and enjoys a strong reputation in the market.

Chambers Europe Guide 2011 - Laboral
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Araoz & Rueda´s labour department is praised for its "excellent client care, fast responsive and robust advice." "It clearly stands out among other firms in Spain", say clients. The labour team is led by the "knowledgeable, responsive and thorough" Alfonso Suárez

The EMEA Legal 500 2010 - Laboral
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The employment department at this reputed Spanish firm has particular strength in regulations and dismissals but advises on all employment issues, including implementation of workforce restructuring plans, negotiation of collective bargaining agreements and contentious labour conflicts. Department head Alfonso Suárez has extensive experience in the field and is admired by clients for his "deep knowledge of the law and great skills in court."

Chambers Europe Guide 2010 - Laboral
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The team frequently advises international companies that already have a presence in Spain, as well as those that are looking to invest in the country. The firm also has a great deal of expertise in due diligence and litigation work, capably negotiating collective dismissals and collective bargaining agreements. Department head Alfonso Suárez is described as "a master in his field" and is highly regarded for his preparation on a case and close ties with his clients".

Chambers Europe Guide 2009 - Laboral
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“The firm always delivers value for money and is punctual” say observers. It is heavily involved in litigation, due diligence matters, collective dismissals with the aim of reaching agreement without going to a tribunal and contracts for high-end employees such as company executives and directors. Recently, it has been particularly active in equality law. The Lawyers: “Vastly experienced” Alfonso Suárez is praised by clients for his “splendid strategy during trials”.

Chambers Europe Guide 2008 - Laboral
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Important Spanish corporate clients unanimously recommend the labour law practice of this firm. Interviewees valued the team’s “experience and excellent job co-ordinating international employment issues,” and praised the lawyers' “exhaustive analytical methodology, negotiating skills and capacity to meet strict deadlines”. The Lawyers: Partner Alfonso Suárez leads the firm’s employment practice and collected market praise for his “outstanding preparation, track record and detailed analysis of the issues.”

Chambers Europe Guide 2007 - Laboral
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Established Madrid firm assisting clients with administrative proceedings, including claims linked to environmental and planning matter. Also active in commercial cases involving M&A and telecommunications law. As well as litigation, the department includes practitioners who have an extensive track record in key international arbitration courts. Strengths (quotes from clients): “The team approaches every matter as if were the only one they had”. “The lawyers know perfectly how to focus each situation and what the best solution for each case is”. Sources really appreciated Alejandro Fernández de Araoz’s “strategic vision, absolute loyalty to the client and maximum involvement in the matters”. He is highlighted for his particular expertise in commercial and transactional matters.

Chambers Global Guide 2017 - Procesal
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Araoz & Rueda has recently been involved in several telecoms, transport and energy-related disputes, as well as an ICSID claim against the Argentine Republic. Eduardo de León is the key litigation contact, while Clifford Hendel handles the arbitration side.

The EMEA Legal 500 2017 - Procesal/Arbitraje
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Araoz & Rueda has recently been involved in several telecoms, transport and energy-related disputes, as well as an ICSID claim against the Argentine Republic. Eduardo de León is the key litigation contact, while Clifford Hendel handles the arbitration side.

The EMEA Legal 500 2017 - Procesal/Arbitraje
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Established Madrid firm assisting clients with administrative proceedings, including claims linked to environmental and planning matter. Also active in commercial cases involving M&A and telecommunications law. As well as litigation, the department includes practitioners who have an extensive track record in key international arbitration courts. “The team approaches every matter as if were the only one they had”. “The lawyers know perfectly how to focus each situation and what the best solution for each case is”. Clifford Hendel is described by market commentators as “a tremendous lawyer with really good expertise in corporate matters”. His practice involves both sitting as arbitrator and representing clients in arbitration proceedings. He also advises companies on the enforcement of awards. Sources really appreciated Alejandro Fernández de Araoz’s “strategic vision, absolute loyalty to the client and maximum involvement in the matters”. He is highlighted for his particular expertise in commercial and transactional matters.

Chambers Europe Guide 2017 - Procesal/Arbitraje
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Mid-size local firm Araoz & Rueda’s dispute resolution practice is led by Eduardo de León. It recently acted for a French company in the technology sector in a claim against the Spanish Air Force in relation to an administrative contract. BNP Suisse, ENI, Unitronics Comunicaciones and Molypharma are also notable clients.

The EMEA Legal 500 2016 - Procesal/Arbitraje
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Spain, Dispute Resolution: Most in demand arbitrator. Band 2. Key individuals have extensive track records as counsel and arbitrators in the most important international arbitration courts. Clifford Hendel of Araoz & Rueda receives particular praise for his US law experience and for his regular appointment as arbitrator in ICC, CAS, LCIA and CAM arbitrations. Strengths (quotes from clients) “One advantage is that you work very closely with the partners; in most big firms it is not so easy to work with the partner but in the case of Araoz & Rueda, you can work directly with the senior lawyer”. Alejandro Fernández de Araoz of Araoz & Rueda has a tremendously broad practice that encompasses contentious and non-contentious commercial issues. Clients describe him as a "tough negotiator," adding: "He is very intelligent and knows how my business works very well."

Chambers Europe Guide 2016 - Procesal/Arbitraje
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Spain, Dispute Resolution: Most in demand arbitrator. Band 2 Clifford Hendel of Araoz & Rueda has extensive international arbitration experience, particularly involving France. France, Dispute Resolution: Foreign expert based in Spain. Madrid-based Clifford Hendel of Araoz & Rueda is qualified to practice in the UK, France, Spain and the USA. He is a seasoned dispute resolution lawyer, with significant experience in both domestic and international arbitration as well as litigation. Spain, Dispute Resolution. Band 4 Alejandro Fernández de Araoz of Araoz & Rueda has a wide-ranging practice encompassing capital markets, M&A, litigation and arbitration. He is regarded by sources as an accomplished practitioner in this field.

Chambers Global Guide 2015 - Procesal/Arbitraje
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Araoz & Rueda's Alejandro Fernández de Araoz and Clifford Hendel represented ENI en judicial and arbitral proceedings against Unión Fenosa Gas over corporate governance issues. Eduardo de León heads the team.

The EMEA Legal 500 2015 - Procesal/Arbitraje
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At Araoz & Rueda Alejandro Fernández de Araoz and Eduardo de León are recommended for litigation, and Clifford Hendel is well known for his international arbitration capabilities.

The EMEA Legal 500 2014 - Procesal/Arbitraje
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Sources identify Clifford Hendel as a key arbitrator. He works on domestic and international ad hoc and institutional disputes. He is qualified in France and regularly handles France-related matters. Clients say Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is "an expert in litigation; he has a lot of experience and much prestige in this area".

Chambers Global Guide 2014 - Procesal/Arbitraje
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Araoz & Rueda is ‘doing very well at the moment’.The group includes Alejandro Fernández de Araoz and arbitrator Clifford Hendel.

The EMEA Legal 500 2013 - Procesal/Arbitraje
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Sources praise Clifford Hendel's strong international background. He is admitted to the Bar in Madrid, Paris, New York and England and Wales, and has acted as arbitrator in all the major international institutions, including the ICC, the LCIA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Alejandro Fernández de Araoz as “an all-rounder who brings useful corporate knowledge to his work.” He recently advised a leading financial institution on banking litigation against BBVA and Cartera Meridional regarding the scope and application of an on-demand guarantee.

Chambers Global Guide 2013 - Procesal/Arbitraje
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According to clients "Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is very able and also enjoys his job. He understands matters in depth and is discreet and incisive". Litigation, insolvency and arbitration specialist Íñigo Rodríguez-Sastre is "an excellent negotiator who is creative and realistic", say clients. Clifford Hendel figura en las listas de "Most in demand arbitrators", "Foreign experts" y "Experts based abroad". He is renowed as an outstanding arbitrator with international credentials.

Chambers Global Guide 2012 - Procesal/Arbitraje
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"Araoz & Rueda's performance is outstanding and is definitely worth the money". Key contact Íñigo Rodríguez-Sastre is "a very sound litigator" who "provides top-notch advice" and has a "well-deserved reputation for his skills in court". Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is also "an excellent lawyer". Arbitrator Clifford Hendel is "very strong technically".

The EMEA Legal 500 2012 - Procesal/Arbitraje
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Clifford Hendel has been included for third year in the list of "Most in demand arbitrators". Clifford Hendel is an all-rounder with "tremendous international law knowledge". Alejandro Fernández de Araoz andÍñigo Rodríguez-Sastre are also recommended.

Chambers Europe Guide 2011 - Procesal/Arbitraje
chambers partners

This mid-sized firm has a strong dispute resolution practice. Alejandro Fernández de Araoz combines his litigation skills with his great cross-practice knowledge, and is lauded by clients for his "talent at resolving complex problems and in-depth knowledge of a number of areas of law". Clifford Hendel is well known for his domestic and international arbitration practice, and he usually acts as both counsel and arbitrator at a number of domestic and international courts.

Chambers Global Guide 2010 - Procesal/Arbitraje
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Clients say that the firm's "commitment and in-depth study of cases make them one of the most recommendable in Spain". Dispute practice is headed by Clifford Hendel and the "client-oriented" Alejandro Fernández de Araoz, who is "not only a natural team leader but also a skillful and capable litigator - the value he adds is truly remarkable".

The EMEA Legal 500 2010 - Procesal/Arbitraje
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Clifford Hendel and Alejandro Fernández de Araoz are corporate Araoz & Rueda’s best-known litigators, collecting high praise for their strong experience in both international and domestic disputes.

The EMEA Legal 500 2009 - Procesal/ Arbitraje
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Alejandro Fernández de Araoz at Araoz & Rueda. Clients hail “his through preparation and impeccable manner when speaking in court.” Clifford Hendel figura en la lista de “Most in demand arbitrators”. Clifford Hendel: he is North American and thus a frequent choice as arbitrator in hearing featuring a Spanish party and requiring a non-Spaniard referee.

Chambers Europe Guide 2009 - Procesal/Arbitraje
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At Araoz & Rueda, Alejandro Fernández de Araoz has built impressive expertise as a corporate litigator.

The EMEA Legal 500 2008 - Procesal/ Arbitraje
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Araoz & Rueda successfully represents clients in court. “Fernández de Araoz is a determined lawyer who never gives up”, remarked clients; “he gets deeply involved in every matter and is always willing to answer questions.” “A distinguished international Spanish arbitrator”.

Chambers Europe Guide 2008 - Procesal/ Arbitraje
legal-500

Araoz & Rueda has been expanding its dispute resolution practice in recent years winning a very good reputation. Alejandro Fernández de Araoz and Clifford Hendelboasts extensive expertise in both international and domestic disputes.

The EMEA Legal 500 2007 - Procesal/ Arbitraje
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Clifford Hendel and Alejandro Fernández de Araoz are the firm’s best-known litigators.

The EMEA Legal 500 2006 - Procesal/ Arbitraje