07 Apr 2022

DWF-RCD opens Seville office to boost southern Spain coverage

Firm hires three ex-Cuatrecasas lawyers as partners to spearhead the expansion

Streetcar in Sevilla calle San Fernando

A tram in Calle San Fernando, where the office will be located Shutterstock; MTMSEVILLA

DWF’s Spanish business DWF-RCD is opening an office in Seville as it seeks to expand into the Andalusia region, bolstering its presence in the south of the country.

It is the Spanish firm’s fourth office, adding to its locations in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia, and the first new addition since joining the DWF Group in 2019. As part of the expansion, it has made four senior hires – Augusto Martín, Antonio Navarro and Marta Catalán, who join as partners, and María Jesús Guerrero Lebrón, who joins as of counsel. All four bring experience across a range of practice areas, including IP, restructuring, tax and commercial law.

Adolf Rousaud, co-managing partner of DWF-RCD, said: “Andalusia has an important business network, both traditional and innovative, and we have very close ties with the region due to our relationship with clients located or with a presence there.”

Rousaud added that the Seville opening fulfils several strategic objectives for the firm including increasing its footprint in the southern part of Spain and expanding the overall coverage of the DWF Group.

The firm is also eyeing other potential office openings in the region, particularly in Malaga.

Martín brings with him IP, tech and data protection expertise, having advised national and international companies on a range of copyright, technology transfer, software, patents, trade secrets and other related IP and data issues. He joins from Spanish firm Cuatrecasas, where he spent more than eight years before joining DWF-RCD at the end of last year. He also teaches IP in various business schools in Spain and is an associate professor at Pablo de Olavide University in Seville.

Navarro is an experienced litigator who regularly advises companies on corporate restructurings and reorganisations and collective bargaining. He spent the last two years an independent employment lawyer but also previously worked at Cuatrecasas and before that, Garrigues.

Catalán is a corporate tax specialist advising both national and multinational companies on tax planning and tax issues related to restructurings and M&A. She also joins from Cuatrecasas, where she spent seven years, having previously worked for EY and Garrigues.

Last month, DWF Group expanded its broader Iberian presence through associations with Portuguese law firm Nobre Guedes & Associados and Spanish loss-adjustors RTS Group.
 

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