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‘The most prestigious international legal rankings select ECIJA as first Law Firm of the Spanish market in Technology, Media, Telecoms and Intellectual Property’

ECIJA also is judged best in Corporate, M&A and Dispute Resolution, confirming its position as a multidisciplinary Law Firm 

Hugo Ecija is once again recognized as the Best Spanish Lawyer in Media Law for fifth year in a row

Madrid 12-04-2011

The most prestigious international legal rankings, Chambers and Legal 500, select ECIJA as first firm of the Spanish market, in Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT), ranks it among the best in Intellectual Property, and confirm its leadership capability as a full-service firm in Spain for its positioning in the areas of Corporate, M&A and Dispute Resolution.

Hugo Ecija again leads the rankings in Media Law

After an exhaustive assessment of the Spanish market, the international legal rankings Chambers and Legal 500, position Hugo Écija, ECIJA managing partner, as first lawyer of the Spanish media sector for fifth consecutive year. Hugo Écija is chosen in first position in both rankings, based on data coalesced from clients and  colleagues. The interviewees respond to questions about their colleagues competitive abilities in confidential interviews. According to Chambers Hugo Écija works very closely with the client, does daily follow-up, controls the issues and anticipates any problem that may arise’.

ECIJA leadership in media practice is further recognized by the election of Juan Salmerón as one of the best specialists in Media Law and Intellectual Property in Spain. According to Chambers: Juan Salmerón is:  ‘the market’s favorite son, as much for the quality of his work as the caliber of his clients’.

Among the elite National and International Firms in Corporate and M&A

Within the Corporate and M&A practice, Chambers and Legal 500, highlight ECIJA as the reference firm for the major telecom operators in the Spanish market, ‘At ECIJA Abogados, Hugo Écija and Emilio Prieto [Corporate and M&A partner] lead a team that advises clients predominantly from the TMT, renewables and industrial sectors. The firm has also advised the European Commission and the Spanish Government’ emphasizes Legal 500.

Leading TMT

In the area of Technology, Chambers and Legal 500 place ECIJA- for its innovation and leadership in the areas of data protection and regulatory compliance- as the first firm of the Spanish market. It is in the top tier, ranked above all other national and international companies such as Cuatrecasas, Garrigues or Clifford Chance. It shares the recognition with Spanish reference firm Uría and Menéndez, and the international firms Bird & Bird and Baker & McKenzie.

TMT is a key practice for ECIJA Abogados, led by managing partner Hugo Écija’ according to 500 Legal. ‘Within IT the firm has advised Endesa and COLT on data protection compliance, amongst other matters, […]. The market acknowledges this firm’s prolific level of activity and coverage in the media sector, pointing out the number of high-profile clients it advises on a daily basis’, points out Chambers.

Special mentions for the Dispute Resolution Group led by Javier Lopez and Juan Salmerón in Intellectual Property matters

With the Resolution Dispute practice: The ‘proactive and experienced’ team at ECIJA Abogados is valued for its ‘availability and speed’”. Javier Lopez, Head of the Dispute Resolution Group at ECIJA, ‘heads the five-partner practice and has particular experience in electronic fraud. The firm advises Reale Seguros on all major conflicts regarding data protection and the defense of fundamental rights’.

In the matter of Intellectual Property, ECIJA is also top-ranked. The work of the firm as counselor of several Spanish banks, as well as major corporations such as Telefonica, Orange and ONO, in matters related to data loss prevention and trademark protection (copyrights) is emphasized. Juan Salmerón, Head of Intellectual Property at ECIJA, is ‘highly experienced and provides very helpful advice from both a legal and a business point of view’, states Legal 500.

About ECIJA

ECIJA is a Firm started in the year 1997 with a focus on TMT and IP, which has grown according to the needs of its clients to become one of the best full-service and independent Firms in the Spanish market. Currently, ECIJA is a Top 5 independent Law Firm in the Spanish market, as ranked by Best Law Firms in Spain in the market reference periodical Expansión (Spain Financial Times Partner).

ECIJA is the Spanish firm of reference in Technology, Media and Telecoms Law. The most prestigious international rankings Chambers and Legal 500 confirm ECIJA position as leader in the areas of TMT, Corporate, M&A, Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property.

ECIJA is a firm comprised of more than a hundred lawyers, who employ exceptional expertise in their areas of specialization and offer broad perspectives on their markets. The result is an integral legal service that provides support to more than half of the IBEX 35 companies in Spain, as well as to their foreign subsidiaries. ECIJA advises all the Spanish market from their emblematic offices with Madrid and Barcelona.

Please read press release here:  ‘The most prestigious international legal rankings select ECIJA as first Law Firm of the Spanish market in TMT & IP’