Allen & Overy launches Barcelona office and hires Antoni Valverde

Allen & Overy has bolstered its Spanish offering by launching an office in Barcelona — its second Spanish office — and hiring Spanish lawyer Antoni Valverde.

It is expected that the office will start operating within a few months.

Allen & Overy has strengthened its corporate-related offering in Spain in the past six years, opening a litigation department with the appointment of Antonio Vázquez-Guillén in 2008; hiring Antonio Martinez as a partner and head of the antitrust practice in 2009; and appointing Pablo Mayor to the corporate group in 2010 to further expand its public law offering.

Valverde joins from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and his practice focuses on private mergers and acquisitions (M&A). He has acted for some of the key Spanish players on outbound M&A, advising on the acquisition of OHL Brazil, and has strong links with the major banks and corporates headquartered in Barcelona.

He also specialises in private equity and has had lead roles in some of Spain’s most significant private equity deals such as the sale of Avanza.