Latham's Spanish launch draws nearer as Cuatrecasas M&A heavyweight quits

Latham & Watkins' long-awaited Spanish launch drew closer this week as Cuatrecasas confirmed that corporate partner Jose Luis Blanco Ruiz has resigned from the firm.

Latham & Watkins’ long-awaited Spanish launch drew closer this week as Cuatrecasas confirmed that corporate partner Jose Luis Blanco Ruiz has resigned from the firm.

As reported on legalweek.com (26 October), Blanco Ruiz has been in talks to head up Latham’s Spanish practice, though the deal has yet to be finalised.

However, Cuatrecasas today (2 November) confirmed that Blanco Ruiz has now resigned from the firm. Latham declined to comment.

Blanco Ruiz currently works in Barcelona but has a number of clients in Spain’s primary legal market, Madrid, where he would be based. However, the US firm is also understood to be willing to maintain a smaller branch in Barcelona.

Blanco Ruiz, who joined Cuatrecasas in 1998, has handled a number of high-profile corporate deals, including advising directory publishing group Yell on its acquisition of a E3bn (£2bn) majority stake in Spanish phone directory Telefonica Publicidad & Informacion.

A launch would make Latham one of only a handful of US-based firms to have launched locally in Spain, alongside Jones Day and Baker & McKenzie.

It would also go a long way towards completing Latham’s network in western Europe, which already includes substantial local law practices in the UK, France, Germany and Belgium.

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