Freshfields shuts down Barcelona office

August 9, 2014 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has shut down it Barcelona corporate practice, spinning out its IP/IT team into new boutique called Intangibles Legal.

The new firm is led by Freshfields counsel Sergio Miralles, with the support of associate Elena Molina.

The decision to close the Barcelona office follows the departure of partner Antoni Valverde, who left to join Allen & Overy in February, and tax partner Miguel Loran's departure to join Osborne Clarke in May. Before it closed, the office had seven lawyers and a small number of support staff.

Freshfields remains committed to its Madrid office, which has 11 partners and 117 staff in total.

“There will be no impact on our ability to support our network clients in Spain or our Barcelona-based clients wherever in the world they need us,” said the firm in a statement. “We believe we are well very positioned in Spain and don’t anticipate any other immediate changes. We see plenty of opportunities for us to do well in Spain.”

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