Contamos con un equipo altamente especializado en todos los aspectos del mercado de capital riesgo y acostumbrados a la casuística que plantean todo tipo de operaciones: LBOs, MBOs, MBIs, etc., en las que asesoramos a numerosas entidades líder de capital riesgo, tanto nacionales como extranjeras, en sectores muy diversos.
Guiados siempre por un socio con dilatada experiencia liderando el equipo, nuestro asesoramiento va desde las fases iniciales de realización de la due diligence fiscal, laboral y legal y negociaciones previas, pasando por el diseño legal y fiscal de las estructuras más idóneas, redacción y negociación de contratos, hasta el cierre satisfactorio de la operación. Asimismo, nuestro equipo de capital riesgo trabaja en estrecha colaboración con especialistas de otras áreas del despacho para ofrecer a nuestros clientes un asesoramiento integral.
«Strong abilities to handle difficult situations, defend their customer’s position and get the transaction done»
– Chambers Europe Guide –
«They combine the capacity of large firms with the efficiency and craftsmanship of medium-sized firms»
– The EMEA Legal 500 –
Araoz & Rueda enjoys an excellent reputation in the mid-cap M&A market. The law firm regularly assists international companies and funds with inbound investments and is a popular choice for foreign law firms looking either to refer key clients to a smaller Spanish firm or to work together on transnational M&A projects. The team is also adept in assisting clients with the acquisition of companies. Its client portfolio comprises entities from the life sciences, transportation and TMT sectors. «They have very strong abilities to handle difficult situations, defend their customer’s position and get the transaction done.» «They have a very good ability to work under pressure.»
Pedro Rueda leads the team and is well equipped to advise on mid-market acquisitions and sales of Spanish companies, as well as assisting domestic private equity funds with cross-border transactions. «Pedro Rueda is capable of summarising situations, building the conditions to close agreements, and has proper negotiation skills.» «He is practical, tough when needed, realistic and commercial.» «I trust his judgement and you can discuss things with him very openly.»
Originally regarded as an M&A boutique, Araoz & Rueda has since evolved into a multi-disciplinary firm though naturally retains corporate transactions as its core pillar. The team is adept in all-manner of deals, from M&A, spinoffs and joint ventures through to private equity, venture capital and capital markets transactions. Sector focus includes health, food and beverage, construction, media and education, among others, with the practice headed by Pedro Rueda and Alejandro Fernández de Araoz. Guillermo Bueno left the firm in 2022.
Araoz & Rueda enjoys an excellent reputation in the mid-cap M&A market. The law firm regularly assists international companies and funds with inbound investments and is a popular choice for foreign law firms looking either to refer key clients to a smaller Spanish firm or to work together on transnational M&A projects. The team is also adept in managing the sale of vast real estate portfolios for funds. Its client portfolio comprises entities from the life sciences, transportation and TMT sectors. Strengths: A source says: «My perception is that Araoz & Rueda lawyers are excellent in every way. They are always attentive and totally dedicated to customers.» Other clients add: «Araoz & Rueda always provides impeccable work.» Work highlights: The team advised Eni on its EUR240 million acquisition of Aldro Energía. Notable practitioners: Guillermo Bueno is adept at advising international clients and shareholders on the sale of stakes. Interviewees say: «Guillermo is attentive to every little detail, transmitting tranquillity and confidence to his clients.» Pedro Rueda leads the team and enjoys a strong reputation as «technically brilliant, a great negotiator, capable of finding creative solutions.» He is well equipped to advise on acquisitions and sales of Spanish companies, as well as assisting domestic private equity funds with cross-border transactions.
Araoz & Rueda, an independent firm which started out as a corporate transactions boutique, demonstrates a strong capacity to handle a range of transaction types, including M&A, spin-offs, joint ventures, national and international contracts and day-to-day commercial affairs. Pedro Rueda fronts the practice, which is home to specialist knowledge in the health, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, construction, media, transport, logistics and renewable energy sectors. Testimonials ‘The team was very responsive, even late at night and provided a level of service akin to London City law firms.’ ‘The firm provided a very seamless service on a complex M&A transaction, with Pedro Rueda very much leading from the front and being the key contact at all times, obtaining input from specialists as and when needed. Strong, partner led team that anticipated what we wanted and how we like to work. They spend time building the relationship and their style is very much a trusted adviser. They make deals easier, especially for those with less experience of the Spanish market.’ ‘Pedro Rueda is very strong, pragmatic, calm, charming and statesman like – someone we were very pleased to have on our side in difficult negotiations. Someone we trusted from the outset. Provided very clear, straightforward advice on complex issues and was always ready with solutions to issues that arose.’ ‘Araoz has a team with a lot of experience, they answer any request in less than 24 hours and with an irrepressible quality.’ ‘I have already worked with Pedro Rueda; they are all exceptional, considering the experience of each one. Organisation, control of the entire process and responsiveness is common to all.’ ‘The main singularity is that they combine the capacity of large firms with the efficiency and craftsmanship of medium-sized firms, always dedicating adequately dimensioned team.’ ‘They are all very solid lawyers with great experience, which means that they are always very focused on the economic-business context of the operations with a fluent handling and creativity of the law.’
Solid reputation in the mid-cap M&A market. Regularly assists international companies and funds with inbound investment. Popular choice for foreign law firms looking either to refer key clients to a smaller Spanish firm or to work together on transnational M&A projects. Adept in managing the sale of vast real estate portfolios for funds. Client portfolio comprises entities from the life sciences, transportation and TMT sectors. Clients say the experienced team provides an «extraordinary service and very good work» when handling corporate matters. Other interviewees say: «They have everything you need from a boutique. They are reachable and personal, a great firm to deal with.» Work highlights: Represented Kefren Capital Real Estate in the sale of five industrial and logistics properties for EUR57 million to buyers Prologis and Blackstone Group. Pedro Rueda leads the team and enjoys a strong reputation as «a very good lawyer and impressive individual.» He is well equipped to advise on acquisitions and sales of Spanish companies, as well as advising domestic private equity funds on cross-border transactions. Clients are fond of Alejandro Fernández de Araoz ‘s «great experience and common sense» in his approach to transactions. He regularly represents clients in M&A deals in the pharmaceutical, renewable energy and financial services sectors. Israel de Diego assists clients from the technology and real estate industries with acquisitions. Clients say: «He advises according to your needs and adapts to the needs of your company.» Guillermo Bueno is adept at advising international clients and shareholders on the sale of stakes.
Corporate and M&A remains at the core of Araoz & Rueda’s service offering; it is well versed in transactions in the healthcare, food and beverage, life sciences and renewable energy sectors, among others, where it acts of domestic and international clients alike. The partner level team expanded with the promotion of corporate and energy specialist Laura Vintanel to partner in 2020, and Guillermo Bueno in 2021. She joins practice head Pedro Rueda, Israel de Diego, Alejandro Fernández de Araoz and Francisco Solchaga. Testimonials: “Team totally dedicated to providing customer service, prioritizing this over purely economic criteria” “Full dedication of the entire team involved in each operation, including the responsible partners” “The experience we have had with the Araoz & Rueda team has been spectacular. We have felt supported and advised at all times over several months in a complex process that was carried out by several bands. The support and involvement of the team has been fundamental and decisive in the negotiation process that we have carried out, the knowledge they have when negotiating and the experience has been a very important part of our success” “The speed with which they have understood our situation in a complex process and the way in which they have been able to turn around a negoti-ation that was already started, redefining the forms, setting the times and channeling it within an international context, but above all the great experience, determination and knowledge that they have shown throughout the process. It was a com-plete success to put ourselves in their hands” “Active involvement and closeness of the whole team, which is totally client business focused; deep knowledge of the subjects. They are experts in M&A deals. Team is fully available and committed” “Israel de Diego has high-level expertise and great negotiation skills and build good relationships with counterparties. She has sound knowledge and problem-solving abilities, as well as an optimistic attitude” “Vicente Paramio is an outstanding lawyer: acces-sible, service oriented and provide always reliable advice” “Guillermo Bueno: Excellent professional, with out-standing technical knowledge and business and commercial skills. Their availability and customer service are extraordinary”
The team maintains a consolidated reputation in the mid-cap M&A market. Regularly assists international companies and funds with inbound investment. Popular choice for foreign law firms looking either to refer key clients to a smaller Spanish firm or to work together on transnational M&A projects. Client portfolio comprises entities from the life sciences, transportation and TMT sectors. Strengths The firm garners praise for its «great experience,» with one source adding that it is «a classic boutique for M&A.» Clients find further value in the team’s «immediate response and absolute availability.» Work highlights Assisted Mazuelo Holding with the EUR230 million takeover bid launched over Spanish wine producer Barón de Ley. Pedro Rueda leads the team and enjoys a strong reputation as «an excellent lawyer.» He offers significant experience in the acquisition and sale of Spanish companies, as well as advising domestic private equity funds on cross-border transactions. Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is widely known for his experience and draws strong praise from clients for his «commercial vision.» He advises on M&A deals in the pharmaceutical, renewable energy and financial services sectors. Guillermo Bueno assists with transactions in the manufacturing, construction and automotive sectors. Clients say that he «delivers the product promptly and the quality of work is excellent.»
The ‘engaged, motivated and committed’ Araoz & Rueda is a ‘boutique and specialized firm that provides very unique M&A and corporate services’. The practice handles the spectrum of transactional and corporate work, across sectors including pharmaceuticals, construction, media, logistics and renewable energy. The team is co-led by Pedro Rueda, who has experience advising industrial and financial clients on behalf of the buyer and the seller; Israel de Diego, who is active in domestic and cross-border matters; and M&A and capital markets specialist Alejandro Fernández de Araoz. Testimonials “Quick understanding of customer needs. Very good management of equipment and resources” “True attention to details regardless of the size of the deal” “Good understanding of what metrics are important for the sector and for the deal itself” “The firm has good knowledge and vast experience in capital markets and M&A” “They prove to be fast, responsive, and provide valuable advice and excellent negotiation skills» “Alejandro Fernandez de Araoz is a responsive, persuasive and multi-skilled lawyer. Over the years he has shown ample experience and a broad knowledge in a different number of fields related to M&A and capital markets” “The team is extremely committed and results oriented” “They are really committed, extremely efficient and very knowledgeable lawyers to rely on”
Araoz & Rueda is recognized across all financial and corporate areas. The M&A team represented acquirers on deals in the pharmaceutical, energy, beverage, communication, health, construction, transportation and financial services industries. “I have a good impression of Araoz & Rueda’s work. Among its strengths I would like to stress that they follow the process very close to the client” “It is a very good firm, I would like to point out the partners’ involvement since the very beginning of any M&A process assessment” “The firm’s strengths are efficiency and agility” “The firm has deep knowledge of the needs of the customer. The partners are at front line, flexible and facilitators”. Partners Pedro Rueda, Alejandro Fernández de Araoz and Israel de Diego are highly recommended.
Araoz & Rueda maintains a consolidated reputation in the mid-cap M&A market, habitually advising Spanish and foreign clients on cross-border transactions. Popular choice for foreign law firms looking either to refer key clients to a smaller Spanish firm or to work together on transnational M&A projects. Notable activity on the buy side of M&A transactions. Client portfolio comprises entities from the life sciences, transport and TMT sectors. Interviewees report the team to be «helpful, knowledgeable, efficient and proactive.» Pedro Rueda is regarded as «a strong and disciplined negotiator» who has the ability to «cut through to the point of the issue.» He acts on both the buy and sell sides of cross-border M&A transactions, including splits, acquisitions and joint ventures, and is notably active in the financial and industrial spaces.
The partners Pedro Rueda and Alejandro Fernández de Araoz receive strong recommendations “Focused on closing deals while ensuring customer’s interest as much as possible” «It provides high-quality service and delivers on time.»
Araoz & Rueda regularly advises international and domestic clients on mid-cap cross-border sales and acquisitions. Notable expertise in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. Pedro Rueda consistently attracts superb praise for his work on mid-cap M&A mandates. «I can pick up the phone and call Pedro and he’s 100% up to date on every bit of advice we have had,» says one interviewee, while another adds: «He’s involved in everything and can spot issues in the contracts in seconds.» Sources also draw attention to his English language skills and his experience in handling cross-border transactions.
Under the leadership of Pedro Rueda, Araoz & Rueda’s corporate team advised leading SMS corporation Esendex on the acquisition of SMSPubli Mobile Marketing. Other clients include Clínica Baviera, Osborne Group and Richemont Group.
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.
“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”.
Under the leadership of Pedro Rueda Araoz & Rueda has built a significant reputation in private equity work, and regularly acts for foreign investors and Spanish corporations in significant acquisitions and divestments.
Alejandro Fernández de Araoz is viewed as an excellent practitioner in all areas of corporate work, with sources saying he «does a stellar job.»