Cuatrecasas, Uria and Clifford Chance win Spanish lottery roles

A trio of firms have won lead roles on Spain’s largest-ever IPO as the country privatises state lottery and betting organisation, Loterías y Apuestas del Estado.

Clifford Chance and Uría Menéndez have scooped instructions from Loterías y Apuestas on the upcoming deal, while Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira is advising the coordinating banks – Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, and UBS.

The company is set to float on the Spanish stock exchange later this year in an IPO worth between €6bn and €7.5bn (£5.3bn-£6.7bn). This represents 30 per cent of the state-owned company.

Cuatrecasas partners Antonio Baena, Fernando Torrente, Juan Aguayo and Nicolás González-Deleito are leading the team providing advice to the banks.

Uría Menéndez is providing Spanish law advice to the lottery company, with managing partner Luis de Carlos and partners Adolfo Menéndez, Pablo González-Espejo and Javier Redonet all involved.

The Clifford Chance team advising on the international tranche of the IPO is led by Yolanda Azanza, capital markets partner, with support from corporate finance partners Jaime Velázquez and Javier García de Enterría and public law partner Juan Jose Lavilla.

In April this year, Cuatrecasas won the €699,000 (£621,780) contract for the partial privatisation of Spain’s airports operator Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea (Aena). The privatisation plans are part of the Spanish government’s efforts to cut its national debt.