CC raids A&O for Spanish public law head

Clifford Chance has bolstered its Spanish practice with the lateral hire of two partners.

Jaime Velázquez Vioque, a specialist in CMT and venture capital funds, joins the Barcelona office from Allen & Overy where he was head of the public law and regulated sectors. He will head up Clifford Chance’s corporate and finance practice in Spain.

At the same time Clifford Chance has bolstered its Madrid practice with the appointment of Javier García de Enterría from the Autonomous University of Madrid where he is a professor of corporate and commercial law.

Partner Pablo Bieger, who has been seconded to Barcelona since 2000, will also return to Madrid to head up CC’s capital markets practice following Velázquez Vioque’s appointment.

Joint managing partner in Spain and head of banking, finance and capital markets Jaime de San Román said the appointment sunderlined the firm’s drive to build on its Spanish practice, focusing on banking, finance and capital markets.

He said García de Enterría had previously provided the firm with specialist advice on complex M&A and financing transactions, but would now be advising clients directly. He will also continue lecturing at the Autonomous University of Madrid.