Salans steals Spanish ally from Pinsents

Salans has robbed Pinsent Masons of its Spanish alliance firm Masons Buxeda Menchén to become the latest entrant to the Iberian market.

The firm has opened offices in Madrid and Barcelona, taking on all of Masons Buxeda’s 24 lawyers.

Salans managing partner Stephen Finch said: “The association wasn’t really working for the Spanish. We’d worked together with them on a number of deals and I think they wanted to be part of a bigger picture.”

The relationship between Pinsents and construction-focused Buxeda has been winding down over the past few months after Pinsents excluded the Spanish firm from its PMLJ European alliance, which was formed with German firm Luther and others.

Pinsents senior partner Chris Mullen said: “The firm was a good partner for Masons but really too narrowly focused to be a part of PMLJ.”

Salans will have a focus on corporate and M&A in Spain, developing the construction, energy and dispute resolution practice areas. It has also absorbed a two-partner litigation boutique in Barcelona run by partners Alejandro Alonso and Juan Ignacio Alonso.

The move is part of an international expansion that has seen Salans grown by around 100 lawyers to 550 in 18 offices in the past 12 months.

Finch said: “We’ve been trying to round out our European presence and we’ve seen the need in certain areas for a Spanish law capability.”