The firm now has four ranked trademark lawyers with the appearance this year of Jesús Arribas.
Grau & Angulo
With the largest contentious IP line-up in the country, Grau & Angulo has the critical mass and specialisation to handle the biggest, most complex trademark spats. It does so with style, being “profoundly knowledgeable about the law”, but also “extremely sharp on commercial strategy”. It “really focuses on quality” and “gives clear-cut advice, so you always know what situation you are in and what the next steps are”. “Its lawyers won’t keep a case alive for the sake of billing – they do their utmost to find business-solutions instead.” The team has racked up a clutch of crucial victories of late, winning a massive trademark and design infringement case for adidas and successfully enforcing BMW’s MINI trademarks. It has also continued its perfect run in ‘smell-alike’ cases in the perfume industry, representing Carolina Herrera and other members of the Puig group. A further distinction is its top-of-the-line anti-counterfeiting practice. Contentious mavens Alejandro Angulo and Jorge Grau wield unique weapons and tactics in their dogged defence of clients’ rights. A “leading light in Spain”, Angulo “gives the best service possible” and is an “extremely clever and creative lawyer on civil and criminal matters”. “Unanimously respected” Grau is a “true gentleman” and a “hero” to many other lawyers. “He is incredibly hardworking and will never play dirty tricks, and he always finds innovative and interesting approaches to his cases.” Jesús Arribas is a new addition to the WTR 1000 this year and goes straight into the silver tier. The patent and trademark advocate is “technically strong and a relaxed guy who keeps cool in difficult and stressful situations”. A mastermind at cross-border strategy, Sonia Santos is another popular practitioner.