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Jaime Almenar joins Clifford Chance's Public Law team in Spain

26 January 2018

Jaime Almenar joins Clifford Chance's Public Law team in Spain

Clifford Chance has strengthened its Global Corporate practice, with the appointment of Jaime Almenar as a partner in the Public Law team in the firm's Madrid office, led by Juan José Lavilla.

Jaime Almenar brings significant public law experience.  Prior joining Clifford Chance, Jaime led the Public Law and Regulated Sectors department at CMS Albiñana Suarez de Lezo, having previously been at Uría Menendez in Valencia.

Jaime  began his career as a State attorney for the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia at the Ministry of Justice and the State Tax Administration Agency (AEAT). In 2005, he was appointed Secretary General and General Counsel of the Telecommunications Market Commission. 

Jaime has extensive experience in all areas related to the public and regulated sectors in Spain. He particularly specialises in energy regulation, telecommunications, financial regulation, public procurement and market unity.  Jaime's wide-ranging sector experience complements Clifford Chance's strengths in these areas, and in combining cross-practice expertise with deep regulatory and market insight to provide  clients with a compelling sector offering.

Jaime's experience includes advising the main Spanish energy companies in the electricity, natural gas, hydrocarbons and renewable energy sectors on regulatory matters.

In the banking and finance sector, he advises credit institutions and other supervised or regulated entities on on a wide range of areas, including relations with regulatory and supervisory bodies. 

The appointment is part of Clifford Chance's continued investment in its global Corporate practice, with nine partners promoted to the group in May 2017 and a string of lateral hires across key jurisdictions to strengthen further the firm's offering. In December 2017, Clifford Chance announced the appointment of two new Corporate partners in Australia, which followed partner hires to the practice in both New York and Germany in the months prior.

Juan José Lavilla, head of the Public Law practice at Clifford Chance in Spain, comments: "We are delighted with the addition of Jaime Almenar to our team.  He has all the necessary attributes to offer an outstanding service to our clients: expert knowledge, vast professional experience, leadership in the sector and an adaptable approach to clients and the international environment ".

Jaime Velázquez, the firm's Managing Partner in Spain, adds: "At Clifford Chance, we strive for excellence, and we are always on the look out for the best people who can offer the calibre of advice that our clients expect of us. This is all the more relevant when this comes to regulated sectors. The practice has an exceptional reputation internationally in these areas, as demonstrated by regular stream of awards, our position at the top of league table rankings and the roles we have won on the most high-profile mandates."