Chambers Europe Guide 2023
Araoz & Rueda is a well-respected boutique that often assists clients with commercial litigation or administrative proceedings, acting for both plaintiffs and defendants. The law firm advises on the termination of contracts and real estate disputes, in addition to bankruptcy-related litigation. It has further activity in disputes in the renewable energy sector.
“Araoz & Rueda’s team digs deep into the procedures, getting to the bottom of all matters and analysing them from all possible legal perspectives.”
“The firm has extensive knowledge of the litigation practice.”
Chambers Europe Guide 2023
Eduardo León focuses his practice on litigation and arbitration proceedings arising from the financial, telecommunications and renewable energy sectors.
“Eduardo León seeks the best for the client at all times.”
“Eduardo provides comprehensive advice to the client, with a great capacity for analysis and finding solutions.”
“He has magnificent attention and understanding of the client’s needs.”
The EMEA Legal 500 2023
Araoz & Rueda excels in corporate litigation, including post-acquisition and shareholder disputes, as well as arbitration. In this context, the team has recently acted for a range of new and longstanding clients, both domestic and international, in the healthcare, energy and real estate sectors. Practice head Eduardo de León combines expertise in litigation and administrative law; he often works alongside key senior associate Ángel Freire and associate Arturo Brugger. Alejandro Fernández de Araoz contributes his wide knowledge in commercial and corporate law.
Chambers Global Guide 2022
Araoz & Rueda is a well-respected boutique that often assists clients with commercial litigation or administrative proceedings, acting for both plaintiffs and defendants. The law firm advises on the termination of contracts, mis-selling claims and real estate disputes, in addition to bankruptcy-related litigation. It has further activity in disputes in the renewable energy sector. Strengths: One client lauds the team’s strong negotiation skills, saying: “Its strengths are clearly the speed at which Araoz y Rueda understand the client and the way in which it proposes what actions to take.”
“I would highlight their knowledge in the matter, their transparency and their proximity to the client,” says another source. Work highlights: Represented Vivendi in appeal proceedings relating to suspension and nullity of corporate resolution following the intended merger of Mediaset SpA and Mediaset España. Notable practitioners: Eduardo León focuses his practice on litigation and arbitration proceedings arising from the financial, telecommunications and renewable energy sectors. Sources highlight that “Eduardo León knows perfectly well how to identify the appropriate strategy to be executed with full success.”
The EMEA Legal 500 2022
Araoz & Rueda has considerable experience handling post-acquisition and shareholder disputes, and its energy-sector expertise is also of note. Eduardo de León leads the team and is active in domestic litigation and arbitration, and is also well versed in administrative law and proceedings. Ángel Freire specialises in domestic and international arbitration and is a name to note at the senior associate level.
The EMEA Legal 500 2021
The highly regarded practice at Araoz & Rueda handles a range of corporate and commercial litigation, as well as international arbitration. The firm is frequently involved in assignments related to post-acquisition disputes and shareholder or joint venture conflicts. Other areas of expertise for the firm are disputes in the energy and mining sectors, and it has particular experience in expropriation proceedings linked to the development of new infrastructure. Eduardo de León leads the team and advises clients in domestic arbitration, notably in matters involving administrative law and related proceedings. Also noted is Alejandro Fernández de Araoz, who has ‘exceptional strategic vision, extremely effective pleadings and excellent knowledge’. Testimonials: “Multidisciplinary approach (corporate and litigation). Exceptional strategizing and delivery of strategy both in corporate matters and in litigation” Alejandro Fernández de Araoz: totally dedicated, fully hands-on. Exceptional strategic vision” “Extremely effective pleadings. Excellent knowledge of local legal and business scene” “Angel Freire. Excellent legal knowledge and brief writing. Always available, exceptional value added” “Araoz & Rueda is very efficient. They showed themselves very professional and were able to successfully negotiate a settlement. It is good to have such a reliable advisor” “Araoz & Rueda is a strong team in international practice” “We have worked with Eduardo de León who has given valuable advice on enforcement matters in Spain. He has successfully enforced substantial cost decisions from Swedish court judgments in matters relating to arbitration for a state client of ours. We and the ultimate client are very pleased with the outcome and Mr. de León’s assistance”
The EMEA Legal 500 2020
Traditionally known as an M&A boutique, Araoz & Rueda has particular experience in the energy sector, as well as in post-acquisition disputes and shareholder or joint venture conflicts. In addition, the firm acts in a range of corporate and commercial litigation, as well as international arbitration. Eduardo de León advises in disputes before the Spanish courts and in domestic arbitrations, specializing in matters involving administrative law.
“Deep knowledge of energy law in Spain, especially renewable energy”
“Best price and quality in the energy sector”
“Reputed law firm recognized by public administrations, utilities, developers and banks”
“High success ratio in the disputes managed by this law firm”
“Eduardo de León is a key person for dispute resolution”
The EMEA Legal 500 2019
The ‘hands-on team’ at Araoz & Rueda specializes in international commercial arbitration. The practice is best known for handling disputes arising from energy projects, with particular experience in expropriation proceedings linked to the development of new infrastructures, as well as matters involving mining operations.
Eduardo de León and Alejandro Fernández de Araoz lead the team, which has ‘a level of knowledge and expertise that is excellent’. Also notable is senior associate Ángel Sánchez-Freire, who is ‘a rising star in arbitration’.
The EMEA Legal 500 2018
Araoz & Rueda’s team, which provides ‘value for money and a creative, responsive’ service, handles high-value disputes. It is defending a renewable energy company against voluntary insolvency proceedings brought by a bank. Eduardo de León leads on litigation.
The EMEA Legal 500 2017
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 2016
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 2015
Araoz & Rueda 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 2014
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.