Ashurst Spain's tax practice provides national and international corporations tax advice. Madrid based tax partner Javier Hernández Galante leads the tax team. He specialises in tax aspects of large cross-border transactions, group restructurings, real estate transactions, indirect taxation and international tax planning.
Over the last 12 months the team has advised ICG on the structuring of its first real estate investment in Spain, consisting of the purchase and lease-back of six hypermarkets formerly owned by Eroski, a large retail distribution network in the north of Spain.
Baker McKenzie´s tax practice in Spain operates in an integrated manner across its offices in Barcelona and Madrid. The team consists of 45 lawyers and 12 partners who advise on all areas of tax law and have over 50 years of experience working for national and multinational companies.
In the last 12 months head of tax Rodrigo Ogea has been providing tax advice to the Spanish Banking Resolution Authority (FROB) and the European Banking Resolution Mechanism (SRB) on the implementation of resolution tools under the Directive on Banking and Recovery Resolution (BRRD), due to the declaration of Banco Popular as a likely-to-fail institution under BRRD.
In 2018 partner Raúl Salas left the firm and joined Roca Junyent.
“High level of satisfaction in the advice received, especially for the expertise shown and the availability of the entire team of lawyers both seniors and juniors.”
Partner Alejandro Escoda is the head of the tax department at Cuatrecasas in Spain. Alongside its corporate and advisory work, the firm has a tax litigation practice with more than 30 lawyers combining tax, procedural and administrative law. The team provides advice on all proceedings and was responsible for 450 different appeals before the Supreme Court, the Constitutional Tribunal, the Court of Justice of the European Union, and the European Court of Human Rights in 2016.
In the last 12 months the team has been advising Altan Redes consortium on the tax aspects of structuring and incorporation of the public bid awarded to build and operate a shared telecommunications network in Mexico, ‘Red-Compartida’.
Brian Leonard is head of the Deloitte tax team in Spain. He has more than 18 years of experience in the field and has spent most of his professional career at Deloitte UK and Deloitte Spain, where he joined in 1998.
In the last 12 months the firm reviewed, from a tax perspective, Autovía del Camino in connection with the proposed sale of the company. The firm also provided tax advice for a client in connection with a business integration and transformation project that was being conducted, after the acquisition of two other groups operating within the bed bank industry.
Dentons’ tax team in Spain is led by José Ramón Vizcaíno. He focuses on tax advisory services to Spanish and foreign companies in relation to direct and indirect taxation.
A highlight for the team in the last 12 months has been the introduction, engagement and coordination of a multiregional team to a global leading investment manager for the acquisition of a major gas-fired power plant in Mexico.
The EMEIA Tax Center at EY is organised as a supranational entity covering the entire Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) region, with its Intercompany Effectiveness and operational transfer pricing practice serving clients’ needs across all jurisdictions.
Led by Oslo-based partner Sveinung Baumann-Larsen, it brings together multi-disciplinary experience and resources focused on IT, accounting, and tax from the entire region in its work. This work covers some of the leading global companies in their respective fields and includes those involved in retail and consumer products, energy and pharmaceuticals, to name but a few.
The tax team at Garrigues deals mainly with large multinationals and companies listed in Spain and abroad, the majority of which file under the Spanish tax agency’s Central Office for Large Taxpayers. Eduardo Abad is the partner in charge of the tax department of Garrigues. He specialises in tax matters in the banking, finance and insurance industries.
In the last 12 months the firm has provided tax advice on a merger between Instituto Valenciano de Infertilidad and RMANJ. It also supported Telefonica acting as tax adviser on a large transaction.
In 2017 partners Angel Calleja Crespo and Luis Guerreiro retired.
Alberto Estrelles is managing partner and head of KPMG’s tax team in Spain. The firm covers a full spectrum of tax issues, including tax litigation and inspections, assistance in tax rulings to be filed before the Spanish General Directorate of Taxes, tax optimisation services, CIT consolidated tax regime and VAT grouping.
In the last 12 months the team assisted in a corporate group reorganisation. The team’s assistance included providing advice on Spanish tax implications, from direct and indirect tax perspectives, related to the restructuring of the group of companies acquired by a pool of investors which are led by an international group committed to the student-housing business. The transaction was aimed at simplifying the corporate structure of the group acquired, including analysis of a merger of different entities of the group.
Partner Javier Zuloaga Gonzalez joined the firm in 2018.
Partner Jordi Domínguez has been head of the tax department in the Madrid office of Latham & Watkins since 2008.
The team advised US private equity sponsor Värde Partners on the acquisition of an additional 49% interest in Spanish bank and credit card operator WiZink over the last 12 months. Värde Partners already owned 51% of WiZink, meaning that upon completion of this transaction, it will become the sole owner of WiZink.
Rousaud Costas Duran specialises in wealth and asset management, advising on regulatory matters relating to the taxation of products, mandatory rules and procedures, and providing technical training for major domestic and international banks and their advisory and in-house legal teams.
José María Durán is the founding partner and head of wealth management at the firm. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field. Jorge Sarró is head of tax at the firm and specialises in a range of tax matters, including tax procedures and corporate tax compliance.
Simmons & Simmons Madrid has a tax team advising on all aspects of domestic and cross-border tax issues. The team has a focus on the financial markets team and financial sector clients.
The firm is currently advising a high-profile company on a wide internal restructuring project due to Brexit. The firm is also assisting a client in relation to several options for the setting up of a presence in Spain in relation to portfolio management and fund distribution business.
Spanish VAT Services Asesores is an indirect tax specialist firm. Fernando Matesanz is director and founder of the firm. He has over 15 years of experience advising companies in a range of sectors on indirect tax matters.
The team acted as advisor on a VAT and customs inspection carried out by the tax and customs authority in Spain which was assessing an import VAT value on the introduction of a yacht into the Spanish territory. They also advised on the further VAT refund claim process.
Uría Menéndez is an Iberian law firm with more than 600 lawyers, including 132 partners, providing advice on Spanish, Portuguese and EU competition law. The tax practice group has 15 partners, three counsel, one consultant, seven senior associates and around 50 other lawyers in the Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao, Lisbon and New York offices. Rafael Fuster heads the tax practice at the firm.
The firm acted as tax advisor to Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria in the past 12 months, supporting the sale of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria's 68.19% stake in its Chilean subsidiary controlling, inter alia, a Chilean bank, to the Bank of Nova Scotia.
Ventura Garcés & López-Ibor provides complex tax advice to clients domestically and internationally. It often advises clients in tax planning and related strategies companies expanding and wanting to establish a presence in Spain. Jordi Vilalta and Lourdes Pérez-Luque Maricalva manage the offices in Barcelona and Madrid.
Currently the firm is providing advice for a number of clients in a range of industry sectors.
“Ventura Garcés & López-Ibor defended us brilliantly in a tax inspection, performing perfectly in the negotiations, coming to an incredible agreement with the tax authorities.”