The winners of Iberian Lawyer Energy Awards 2022 were announced at the gala ceremony held at the Wellington Hotel in Madrid on June 22, 2022.
The Energy Awards have recognized excellence among Spanish and Portuguese professionals active in this field.
The winners were:
LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR
Watson Farley & Williams
The law firm has a strong international network and is one of the market leaders in the Iberian Peninsula. They have accompanied the largest energy funds in their corporate activities, with very solid courses in M&A and Project Finance.
LAWYER OF THE YEAR
Monica Carneiro Pacheco – CMS Portugal
She heads the Energy and Climate Change department of her law firm. She is a market leader in the energy and natural resources sector in the Iberian Peninsula and frequently intervenes in the most important transactions in the energy sector.
ADMINISTRATIVE & ENVIRONMENTAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR
Thanks to their strong international alliance, they have helped very important multinational clients to adapt their organizations to Iberian regulations. The company is very strong in aviation and the food industry not only in the Iberian Peninsula but also in the African market.
ADMINISTRATIVE & ENVIRONMENTAL LAWYER OF THE YEAR
Antonio Morales – Baker McKenzie
He heads the public law, infrastructure and energy department of his practice in Madrid. His extensive and recognized experience is attested by major national and international clients in the energy and infrastructure sectors.
ARBITRATION FIRM OF THE YEAR ARBITRATION
The firm assisted one of the best-known Iberian players in the energy sector in one of the most important arbitrations of the last year. The victory of arbitration in the field of national, European and international public regulations was strategic for their client in order to avoid enormous costs.
LAWYER OF THE YEAR ARBITRATION
Maria Jose Menendez – Ashurst
She is one of the best-known lawyers in her country in the field of arbitration, being the vice-president of the Spanish Arbitration Club. It is very active in many industries including infrastructure.
LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR CRIMINAL LAW
The firm is very up to date on Spanish criminal proceedings with a particular focus on internal investigation in large companies in the regulated environment.
LAWYER OF THE YEAR CRIMINAL LAW
Jose Lobo Moutinho – Servulo
He is a well-known criminal litigator, both on the defense side and on the prosecution side. He has extensive experience in white collar crimes, tax crimes and crimes against social security, property and honor.
LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR ENERGY EFFICIENCY
The firm advised a joint venture between two companies in the energy sector and a platform in one of the largest European platforms for gas renewable energy projects. This platform should both increase energy efficiency and develop the hydrogen sector in the country.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY LAWYER OF THE YEAR
Andrés Alfonso – Ashurst
The lawyer advised a joint venture between two companies in the energy sector and a platform in one of the largest European platforms for gas renewable energy projects. This platform should both increase energy efficiency and develop the hydrogen sector in the country.
ENERGY TAX LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR
The firm has a great knowledge of taxation advising the most well-known companies in the Iberian energy market. Their advice on tax matters was strategic for their client in the changing tax conditions brought about by the attempt of the European Green Deal to reduce gas emissions.
ENERGY TAX PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Mafalda Alves – SRS Advogados
She is a partner in the tax department of her firm and her expertise in the energy industry ranges from domestic to international transactions.
FINANCE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR
The firm combines strong expertise in the regulated energy sector with a strong banking practice that can benefit its energy sector clients in financing, project finance and corporate transactions.
LAWYER OF THE YEAR FINANCE
Miguel Riano – Herbert Smith Freehills
He is very active in the energy, infrastructure, natural resources and environment sectors. His assistance in funding various operations around the world has been impressive, with the most notable operation in funding a huge desalination project in Africa.
LAW FIRM INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE YEAR
The Firm has assisted very large multinational funds and infrastructure companies in their M&A Corporate operations. The company’s effort has been useful in bringing very important players to the Iberian market with new investments that will stimulate the development of the energy industry.
LAWYER OF THE YEAR INFRASTRUCTURE
Caterina Brito Ferreira – Morais Leitao
Its expertise in the field is wide and well known in the market. His skills in corporate mergers and acquisitions and public law are recognized both by the market and by his peers, acting as legal counsel on major national and international transactions.
LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR INNOVATION
The Firm accompanied an innovative foreign company in its expansion into the Iberian market. Thanks to the firm effort on the regulatory system, a new combined business path of agricultural and solar production will be easier to achieve.
LAWYER OF THE YEAR INNOVATION
Ivone Rocha – SUCH
As co-head of her firm’s energy practice, she explored innovative legal tools to help the market develop in the direction proposed by the European Green Deal, harmonizing the public and private sectors.
LITIGATION FIRM OF THE YEAR
The firm’s Spanish office has been involved in numerous litigations in all Spanish-speaking countries, many of them in the South American market, advising numerous international financial institutions in their operations in the energy market.
LITIGATION LAWYER OF THE YEAR
João Marques Mendes – PLMJ
Since joining the Firm, he has led major litigation against the public authorities of the Iberian Peninsula, defending a major local energy producer controlled by one of the largest European companies.
M&A LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR
The firm is one of the most important names in the Iberian Peninsula and, thanks to its expertise and international network, is involved in the most important Corporate and M&A operations in the energy sector.
M&A LAWYER OF THE YEAR
Maria Pilar Garcia Guijarro – Watson Farley & Williams
As head of energy in her firm, she has accompanied numerous international energy funds in their Corporate and M&A operations in the Iberian Peninsula. His effort has brought billions of investments to the Iberian renewable energy market.
OIL AND GAS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR
King & Wood Mallesons
The law firm has proven its leading position in the oil and gas sector. In Spain, they provide day-to-day legal advice on all regulatory and contractual aspects to the biggest players in the Iberian energy market.
LAWYER OF THE YEAR OIL GAS
Ignacio Paz – Herbert Smith Freehills
He is very experienced in the three hundred and sixty degree energy industry. One of the most significant transactions was advising one of the world’s leading energy companies on the development of oil and gas exploration opportunities in Mozambique.
LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR PROJECT FUNDING
The Firm acts as legal counsel for a leading company in the development of photovoltaic power plants. They provide regulatory, corporate and insurance advice and legal advice on the preparation of financial documentation.
LAWYER OF THE YEAR PROJECT FUNDING
João Caldeira – CMS Portugal
It is active in financing energy infrastructure projects in Spain and Latin America. Clients and competitors describe him as “an outstanding negotiator” with remarkable experience and knowledge.
REGULATORY ANTITRUST LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR
The team is always at the forefront of innovative and cutting-edge projects in the sector by advising several energy market associations.
LAWYER OF THE YEAR ANTITRUST REGULATION
Gervasio Martínez-Villaseñor Fernandez – MVA Asociados
The professional has successfully assisted a leading company in the energy transmission system with the implementation of regulatory measures in Spain.
RENEWABLE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR
The Firm has a highly reputable energy practice through its international network, particularly focused on transactions involving renewable energy sources, including wind, hydroelectric and solar projects.
RENEWABLES LAWYER OF THE YEAR
Juan Ignacio González Ruiz – Uría Menéndez
He is highly experienced and his practice focuses on finance, public energy law and project finance. He is very active in the financing of the renewable energy market and his effort has supported the Iberian market thanks to his international experience acquired in London.
LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR
The Firm regularly assists the best Utilities players on the Iberian market. Their support covers all aspects of client needs and is critical to the functionality of operations in a complex regulatory environment.
LAWYER OF THE YEAR PUBLIC SERVICES
João Marques Mendes – PLMJ
He advises large Portuguese and international companies on utility issues and projects related to oil and gas, natural gas, water and sewerage services. As the market claims, he is a clear and concise lawyer with an excellent knowledge of the energy system.
RENEWABLE M&A BEST PRACTICES
They have assisted renewable energy clients in multiple corporate operations in many Spanish-speaking countries with an outstanding track record in terms of value and GigaWatts processed.
Juan Ignacio González Ruiz – Uria Menendez
The lawyer has a long experience in his firm, becoming a partner in London and advising the largest energy companies in the transaction towards the liberalized Iberian energy market, opening a new path for the entire industry.
SUSTAINABILITY TEAM OF THE YEAR
Araoz & Rueda
The Firm, over the past year, has advised the largest renewable energy company. Their efforts are helping to keep the Iberian Peninsula’s energy market sustainable both for the environment and for users in a time of natural gas supply uncertainty.
GENDER EQUALITY TEAM OF THE YEAR
The Energy Team is widely known in the firm’s country and the presence of female lawyers is the highest in the market in all roles.