Kennedys pencils in Madrid October merger

Insurance specialist Kennedys is firming up its five-year relationship with associated Madrid firm Araúz de Robles Y Vélez Abogados (ARV) with an October merger.

ARV partners Jesús Vélez and José-María Araúz will lead the new Kennedys office, supported by three associates including dual-qualified Kennedys solicitor Alex Guillamont.

The office will advise on insurance, reinsurance, commercial, shipping and international trade law.

Kennedys and ARV launched an association in 2000, two years after the Spanish firm’s foundation.

Senior partner Nick Thomas said the merger was in response to client needs in Spain and Latin America.