Linklaters picks up banking partner from A&O in Spain

Linklaters has appointed Allen & Overy (A&O) partner Juan Barona as a partner in its Spanish banking practice.

Barona joins Linklaters’ Madrid office after over seven years as a partner at its magic circle rival. He practises banking and restructuring law, including acquisition and leveraged finance as well as project and asset finance, particularly in the energy and transport sectors.

Linklaters senior partner in Spain Sebastián Albella said Linklaters’ banking practice as well as the Spanish office as a whole had “enjoyed significant success” in recent years.

Spanish banking head Pedro de Rojas added: “We’re very enthusiastic about Juan joining us. His election shows the firm’s commitment to the Spanish market, which is particularly important in the current environment.”

Linklaters has over 100 lawyers in Spain, having opened its office in Madrid in 2000.