DWF-RCD opens office in Andalusia
Three new partners are joining the firm, along with a professor of law as 'of counsel'
Global law firm DWF-RCD has announced the opening of a new office in Andalusia – the firm's fourth in Spain – reinforcing its coverage in southern Spain.
The opening of the Andalusia office strengthens the growth of DWF-RCD and represents its first step in expansion since DWF acquired Spanish firm Rousaud Costas Duran (RCD) at the end of 2019, which established the firm as a major presence in Spain. The firm has more than 40 partners and over 400 legal professionals working in offices in Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, and Seville.
The new office will be physically located in Calle San Fernando, part of Seville's historic district. As part of its growth strategy, the firm has said it is evaluating the possibility of opening other offices in Andalusia, particularly in Malaga.
The new office will be multidisciplinary and cover all of the firm’s standard practice areas and sectors. The firm will welcome three new Andalusian partners – Augusto Martín, Antonio Navarro, and Marta Catalán – and professor of commercial law, María Jesús Guerrero Lebrón, joins as Of Counsel.
Martín is an intellectual property, technology and data protection specialist. He advises national and international companies on copyright, technology transfer (R&D), software, patents and trademarks, trade secrets, plant varieties, sports, advertising, e-commerce and unfair competition, and is a certified Data Protection Officer.
Navarro advises both companies and executives, and advises on restructuring and reorganisation operations, as well as on collective bargaining. He is an experienced litigator, has practised in different areas of Spain, and is a recognised specialist in equality plans, telematic policies and in the impact of new technologies in the field of labour relations.
Catalán is a corporate taxation specialist and advises a range of national and multinational companies and family businesses. She also advises on business reorganisation and restructuring processes in tax due diligence procedures, as well as company sale and purchase processes, and M&A operations.
Guerrero Lebrón is a professor of commercial law at Pablo de Olavide University, visiting professor at Harvard University, and has undertaken research stays at other international universities. Of Counsel for several companies, she is also an author, and has particularly written on matters related to transport law, international trade law, company law, and banking law.
DWF-RCD’s co-managing partner, Adolf Rousaud, commented: “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.
“With this opening, we fulfil several strategic objectives for the firm. On the one hand, increasing our physical presence in the southern part of Spain, which will allow us to be closer to our clients in the region. On the other hand, acquiring new capabilities while expanding the coverage of the DWF Group, improving our proclivity for setting our sights on new markets”.
Fellow co-managing partner Ignasi Costas added: “We are very happy to continue attracting the best talent and to have Augusto Martín, Antonio Navarro, Marta Catalán, and María Jesús Guerrero Lebrón join the project, with careers paths that are widely contrasting in their respective specialities and that expand and reinforce our value proposition”.