URÍA MENÉNDEZ named European Firm of the Year

URÍA MENÉNDEZ has won the European Firm of the Year international prize awarded in the tenth edition of the prestigious legal publication “Legal Business”

February 12, 2007

This is the first time in the history of the awards that a Spanish firm has been chosen. In doing so the panel highlighted URÍA MENÉNDEZ’s presence in Portugal, in addition to the practice’s “best friends” strategy as key to consolidating itself as the leading Iberian firm. 

The prize also acknowledged the success of URÍA MENÉNDEZ’s strategy as an independent practice, recognizing that the firm chose to decline merger advances from international firms and “ has instead emerged as an independent powerhouse in the Spanish and Portuguese speaking world. The 2004 merger with Portugal's Vasconcelos F. SÁ Carneiro, Fontes & Asociados has produced a fully integrated Iberian firm, reaching as far as Brussels, London, New York and South America.”

Partners Carlos de Cardenas and Juan Carlos Machuca, who was recently appointed managing partner of the London office, received the award at a prize-giving ceremony attended by leading international firms. 

Luis de Carlos, managing partner of URÍA MENÉNDEZ declared,  “We are extremely honoured to receive this international recognition. It puts the finishing touch to an excellent year, in which - thanks to the trust placed in us by our clients - we have participated in many major transactions throughout Spain and Portugal” 

Legal Business is a prestigious UK legal magazine published by Legalease, which also produces the renowned directory The Legal 500.