Hammonds boosts Madrid office with Ortega capture

Hammonds has ramped up its Madrid office with the hire of former Garrigues vice-chairman Antonio Ortega.

Ortega became the vice-chair of Garrigues following its merger with his tax firm Anderson Group in 1997. He, together with Garrigues managing partner Antonio Garrigues, were the driving forces behind the merger, which created the biggest tax law firm in Spain.

Ortega was also instrumental in founding the Spanish Venture Capital Association, where he is now secretary, and is on the Spanish government’s income tax reform committee.

Hammonds Madrid chief Francisco Guijarro said Ortega, in his role as business development consultant, will be focusing on growing the office’s M&A, private equity and tax capabilities.

“Antonio’s wide-ranging experience will help us continue to drive growth in Spain and we’re delighted to welcome him to the firm,” said Guijarro.

Ortega’s appointment follows the hires of a string of lawyers at junior level. Most recently, M&A specialist Juan Romaní joined the firm from Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo, where he was a senior solicitor.

Madrid is Hammonds’ only office in Spain, but after an increased workload from Catalonia the firm brought Miguel Angel from Barcelona firm Miguel A Pando & Asociados on board as a consultant.

The new appointments take the size of Hammonds’ Madrid office – which was launched in 2003 – to six partners, together with a team of 24 lawyers and economists.