Jesús Almoguera

Jesús Almoguera

jesus.almoguera@almoguera.net

Specialised in arbitration, complex corporate and financial litigation and restructuring

Member of the board of the Spanish Court of Arbitration

Member of the board of the Spanish Arbitration Club (CEA)

Member of the Court of Arbitration of the Madrid Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the CIMA Court of Arbitration, and the Court of Arbitration of the Madrid Bar Association

Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration, the ICC Institute of World Business Law, and the London Court of International Arbitration

Member of the Academic Council of Fundación para la Investigación sobre el Derecho y la Empresa (FIDE)

Professor of Corporate Law, ICADE, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid, Spain (until 2016-2017)

National Fellow and Visiting Scholar, Rock Center for Corporate Governance, School of Law, Hoover Institution, CDDRL and SIEPR, Stanford University, California, USA (2007-2008)

LLM in European Legal Studies, College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium

Degrees in Law and Economics, ICADE, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid, Spain

Previous Experience

  • First Spanish Partner and Head of Corporate and Restructuring, Ashurst LLP (2001-2013)

  • Co-head of Litigation and Arbitration, Ashurst LLP (2001-2007)

  • Partner, Ariño & Almoguera (now Ariño y Villar)

  • Associate and Partner, Melchor de las Heras (now CMS)
  • Experience in Corporate Governance

  • Secretary to the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, the Appointment and Remuneration Committee and the Audit Committee of the Spanish listed company Tecnocom Telecomunicaciones y Energía (2013-2017)

  • Director and Secretary to the Board of Directors of Metrocall, a Tecnocom and Metro de Madrid joint-venture (2013 – 2017)

  • Secretary to the Board of Directors and General Counsel of the Radio Televisión Española Group-RTVE (1996-1997)
  • Complex Corporate and Restructuring


    Jesús Almoguera has advised in numerous transactions in the last decade. A select few include advising:

    • Advising, a major US hedge fund, in relation to the refinancing of one of the largest European apparel groups.

    • Advising, one of the main bond holders in relation to the Banco Popular resolution scheme.

    • Advising the Spanish subsidiary of the UK based insurance group Howden Broking Group in the acquisition of the 100% of the share capital of a specialised insurance broking company Bergé Correduiría de Seguros

    • ING in the assignment of its claims in a number of Spanish toll roads concessionaire companies under insolvency proceedings.

    • Grupo Isolux, in relation to several matters of Spanish law concerning the insolvency process of its Dutch subsidiary and issuer of the “Isolux convertible bonds”.

    • Abac Capital, on the competitive process to sell the Vitaldent business.

    • Atlántica Yield, on the Abengoa’s restructuring agreement.

    • Ramius LLC, in relation to its stake in Eolia Renovables, one of Spain’s largest renewable energy companies, and the acquisition by Oaktree Capital of a majority stake in the same company.

    • ING, as one of the main creditors in the insolvency proceedings involving a number of Spanish toll roads concessionaire companies, as well as the sector rescue plan pursued by the Spanish Government – considered among the most legally challenging and sophisticated insolvency matters in recent years, which prompted two consecutive legal reforms.

    • Grupo Blanco, an international leading fashion retailer, through its €300m out-of-court negotiations with the creditor banks and the subsequent formal insolvency, where a groundbreaking restructuring and sale of the business was carried out in less than a year. The turnaround structure developed has since become a precedent for similar insolvencies and inspired the reform of Spain’s Insolvency Law that took place through Royal Decree-law 11/2014.

    • Two unrelated and well-known real estate groups, on their out-of-court debt restructurings.

    • The consortium formed by Acciona Agua and BTG Pactual for the 50-year concession to operate and maintain the upstream water supply service in the Catalonia Autonomous Community.

    • Marco Aldany, through its insolvency proceedings.

    • Doughty Hanson, on the takeover of USP Hospitals and Quirón Hospitals.

    • General Atlantic, on its investments in Privalia and Groupalia.

    • Caja Madrid (now, Bankia), Iberia’s main shareholder, on the merger of the latter with British Airways through the incorporation of IAG.

    • TA Associates, on the sale of eDreams to Permira.

    • Caixa Galicia (now, Abanca), on the insolvency of Martinsa-Fadesa.

    • The real estate group Nozar, on the insolvency proceedings of the different companies of the group.

    • TA Associates, on the LBO of eDreams.

    • Credit Suisse First Boston and other lenders, on the financing of the LBO of Amadeus by BC Partners and Cinven.

    • Apax Partners, on the LBO of Panrico.

    • Mercapital, on the LBO of USP Hospitales.

    Arbitration and Complex Litigation

    • Advising a major US hedge fund, in relation to the refinancing of one of the largest European apparel groups.

    • Advising one of the main bond holders in relation to the Banco Popular resolution scheme.

    • President of the tribunal in an arbitration relating to the termination of a long-term hotel management agreement.

    • Representing an independent investment bank in an arbitration against a former client about a success fee derived from a M&A mandate.

    • Advising in relation to several corporate disputes relating to an important Spanish listed company.

    • Representing the Spanish subsidiary of a leading multinational food group in an arbitration against a major supplier of a Spanish supermarket chain regarding the termination of a supply agreement.

    • Acting for the Spanish distributor of a European engines manufacturer in judicial proceedings regarding the private enforcement of antitrust law.

    • Representing an international investment fund in a judicial claim against a Spanish industrial company in relation to an earn-out clause in a SPA.

    • Party-appointed arbitrator in a dispute between two Spanish IT companies relating to the exercise of a call option over the shares of a subsidiary business.

    • Party-appointed arbitrator in a dispute between two well-known Spanish companies in relation to a SPA earn-out clause regarding the acquisition of a road transport business.

    • Party-appointed arbitrator in a dispute between two leading Spanish energy companies regarding an energy supply contract.

    • Party-appointed arbitrator in a dispute between the investment company of a leading Spanish bank and a Spanish family office in relation to the strike price of a call option over the shares of a leading food and beverage company.

    • Party-appointed arbitrator in a dispute between several companies of a leading international leisure group and a Spanish hotel company in relation to the termination of a joint-venture agreement.

    • Party-appointed arbitrator in a dispute between two Spanish companies over the termination of a joint-venture agreement relating to a waste management plant.

    • Sole arbitrator in a dispute between two Spanish companies in relation to a business development services contract.

    • Party-appointed arbitrator in a dispute between two Spanish companies about a M&A mandate.

    • Sole arbitrator in a dispute between a Spanish car dealer and one of the world’s leading car manufacturers over the termination of the distribution relationship and the amount of compensation.

    • Party-appointed arbitrator in a dispute between a company controlled by a Spanish autonomous community and a company controlled by a European private equity fund regarding the termination of a long-term operation and maintenance contract of a waste management plant.

    • Sole arbitrator in a dispute between two Spanish renewable energies companies about a turnkey contract relating to a solar plant.

    • President of the tribunal in an arbitration involving two Spanish real estate companies about the determination of the price in the sale and purchase of a Madrid office building.

    • Sole arbitrator in a dispute between the Spanish subsidiary of one of the world’s largest telecoms groups and a Spanish telecoms company about a cooperation agreement.

    • Sole arbitrator in a dispute between a Spanish company and a Spanish individual about a sale and purchase agreement regarding a Spanish business.

    • Party-appointed arbitrator in a dispute between a leading international electrical components manufacturer (purchaser) and the main shareholder (seller) of a Spanish company operating in the same sector.

    • Counsel to a leading Spanish chemicals company in arbitration proceedings in a dispute with a leading Spanish energy company regarding a long-term energy supply agreement.

    • Counsel to one of the parties in the arbitration between a well-known Spanish foundation and a Spanish company about construction defects.

    • Secretary to the arbitration between a leading European bank and a leading European guarding and security services company.

    Seminars and Conferences

    • ¿Hay vida después de la muerte en las sociedades de capital? Fundación para la Investigación sobre el Derecho y la Empresa (FIDE), Madrid, September 2017

    • El cumplimiento de los contratos, XII Congreso Internacional del Club Español de Arbitraje (CEA), June 2017

    • Desafíos del Derecho concursal: Una perspectiva económica y comparada, Fundación para la Investigación sobre el Derecho y la Empresa (FIDE), December 2016

    • Criterios y recomendaciones para las empresas en la utilización del arbitraje, experiencias con la ICC, II Foro Español de Arbitraje ICC. CIAMEN, October 2016

    • Damage Valuation in Arbitration, X Congreso del Arbitration Centre of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, July 2016

    • M&A Arbitration, ICC Institute of World Business Law, April 2016

    • Reforma de la Constitución, Fundación para la Investigación sobre el Derecho y la Empresa (FIDE), October 2015

    • El agua en España, Fundación para la Investigación sobre el Derecho y la Empresa (FIDE), May 2015

    • La anulación de los laudos arbitrales en la reciente jurisprudencia española de los TSJ, Fundación para la Investigación sobre el Derecho y la Empresa (FIDE), March 2015

    • Crecimiento y desigualdad en España: Una perspectiva de largo plazo, Fundación para la Investigación sobre el Derecho y la Empresa (FIDE), February 2015

    • La crisis de las autopistas de peaje, Fundación para la Investigación sobre el Derecho y la Empresa (FIDE), December 2014

    • La reforma del Gobierno Corporativo de las compañías cotizadas, Fundación para la Investigación sobre el Derecho y la Empresa (FIDE), November 2014

    • Transparencia en la contratación Pública. Propuesta de soluciones y mecanismos de control de las decisiones, Fundación para la Investigación sobre el Derecho y la Empresa (FIDE), October 2014

    • Workshop on Distressed M&A, Turnaround Management Association (TMA) and Instituto de Estudios Bursátiles, July 2014

    • The Antitrust & IP Forum, Europe and the US, Policy and Practice, Law School and Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), Stanford University, April 2010

    • Modernization of Antitrust Law. Public and Private Enforcement and Abuses. Europe and the US, SIEPR, Hoover Institution and Stanford Law School, Stanford University, May 2008

    • America and Europe. Common Interests and Uncommon Challenges, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, April 2008

    • IV edición de la Escuela Iberoamericana de Defensa de la Competencia, Tribunal de Defensa de la Competencia, Madrid, May-June 2005

    • The New Spanish Arbitration Act, Ashurst, Madrid, May 2005

    • A New Direction. An Overview of European Restructuring and Insolvency in 2004, Ashurst, London, December 2004

    • La Ley Concursal: aspectos laborales, Fundación Sagardoy, Madrid, March 2004

    • La responsabilidad de los administradores, Fundación Sagardoy and Ashurst, Madrid, February 2004

    • Jornada de estudio sobre la Ley Concursal, Fundación Sagardoy, Madrid, January 2004

    • Televisión Digital Terrestre, Recoletos, Madrid, June 2003

    • XII Jornadas Técnicas del Tribunal de Defensa de la Competencia, Tribunal de Defensa de la Competencia, Madrid, September 2001

    • Europe in the Internet Economy. Madrid Summit 2000, Comisión Europea, Parlamento Europeo, Ministerio de Industria y Energía y Ministerio de Fomento, Madrid, January 2000

    Publications

    • Basic framework of damages in arbitration, X Congreso del Arbitration Centre of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Lisbon, 2017

    • Las cuestiones preliminares o antecedentes en el arbitraje (o la mal llamada prejudicialidad en el arbitraje), Anuario de Arbitraje 2017, Editorial Civitas (Thomson-Reuters), July 2017, co-author with Carlos González Pulido

    • Algunas consideraciones sobre el arbitraje de acciones indemnizatorias de daños derivados de comportamientos anticompetitivos y la directiva de daños, Spain Arbitration Review Nº 29, 2017, Co-author with Antonio Góngora Oliver

    • Practical remarks on some of the most common issues in M&A arbitration, Spain Arbitration Review Nº 26, Club Español de Arbitraje, 2016

    • El oportunismo en la acción de anulación del laudo, Anuario de Arbitraje 2016, Coord. Jiménez Blanco, Ed. Civitas, 1ª edición, Madrid 2016

    • Setting aside of arbitral awards in recent case law in Spain, The Challenges and the future of commercial and investment arbitration, Liber Amicorum Professor Jerzy Rajski; Ed Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz, Court of Arbitration Lewiatan, Warsaw, 2015

    • M&A Arbitration in Spain. Arbitration of M&A transactions: A global practical guide, O´Neill et Al., Global Law & Business, 2013

    • Las crisis empresariales. La solicitud y la declaración de concurso, Fundamentos de Derecho Empresarial, Derecho Concursal, Tomo IV, AAVV, Ed. Aranzadi, Madrid, 2012

    • El contrato de obra. Fundamentos de Derecho Empresarial, Contratación Mercantil, Tomo III, AAVV, Ed. Aranzadi, 2ª edición, Madrid, 2012

    • La empresa como organización y como objeto de negocios jurídicos. Fundamentos de Derecho Empresarial, Empresario, Empresa y Mercado, Tomo I, AAVV, Ed. Aranzadi, 2ª edición, Madrid, 2012

    • Las solicitudes de concurso necesario infundadas. 2010 Anuario Contencioso para Abogados. Los casos más relevantes sobre litigación y arbitraje en 2009 de los grandes despachos, AAVV, Ed. La Ley, Madrid, 2010

    • Arbitration and mediation combined. The independence and impartiality or arbitrators, Liber Amicorum Bernardo Cremades, Arias and Fernández Ballesteros et Al., Ed. La Ley, Madrid, 2010

    • La directiva europea de la mediación civil y mercantil. La mediación y el arbitraje en el comercio internacional, Noticias de la Unión Europea nº 292, Wolters Kluwer España, May 2009

    • Tactics in M&A Arbitration Proceedings, Wach et Al., German Law Publishers, Frankfurt, 2008

    • Culpable Insolvency, International Corporate Rescue, Kluwer Law International, Volume 3, Issue 6, 2006

    • Subordination of claims under the New Insolvency Law, International Corporate Rescue, Kluwer Law International, Volume 3, Issue 5, 2006

    • Understanding the New Insolvency Law, International Corporate Rescue, Kluwer Law International, Volume 3, Issue 2, 2006

    • Brief Analysis of the new Spanish Insolvency Code, International Corporate Rescue, Kluwer Law International, Volume 2, Issue 4, 2005

    • Nuevo Derecho de las Infraestructuras, AAVV, Revista del Derecho de las Telecomunicaciones e Infraestructuras en Red (REDETI), Madrid, 2001

    • Móviles, AAVV, REDETI, Madrid, April 2001

    • Liberalizaciones 2000, AAVV, Fundación de Estudios de Regulación y Editorial Comares, Granada, 2000

    • Algunas ideas sobre las empresas de Internet y el control de las concentraciones económicas, REDETI, Madrid, October 2000

    • Other Publications

    • Financial Restructurings in Spain, Ashurst, January 2011

    • Operaciones Public to Private en España, Ashurst, April 2004

    • Comparing civil litigation procedures across Europe, Ashurst, 2004

    • Principios generales y principales novedades de la Nueva Ley Concursal, Ashurst, 2004

    • Study on the conditions of claims for damages in case of infringement of the EC competition rules, European Commission, August 2004

    • Principales novedades de la Ley de Arbitraje, Ashurst, June 2004