Cuatrecasas celebrates 20 years in Valencia


Cuatrecasas celebrates 20 years in Valencia
Cuatrecasas celebrates 20 years in Valencia

Iberian firm commemorates anniversary at Paula de les Arts de Valencia with over 200 leading figures from the Valencian finance, political and cultural spheres

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira has reached 20 years’ operating in the autonomous region of Valencia, having opened its first office in Valencia in 1996. The celebratory event, which took place at the Palau de les Arts, was presided over by the firm's senior partner, Rafael Fontana, and the managing partner of the Valencia office, Juan Grima.

Of the over 200 people attending the event, we highlight important Valencian business owners such as Alberto de Rosa, chair of Ribera Salid; Bernardo Casp and José Casp, managing directors of Druni; José Mª Ferrer, founder of Válvulas Arco; and Ricardo Císcar, chair of Maicerías Españolas.

Technical excellence, management capacity, leadership, external projection and respect for the profession's values and principles were some of the aspects which, according to Juan Grima, have enabled the firm to reach this anniversary and sow the seeds for a promising future full of learning and adaptation.

Rafael Fontana, the firm's senior partner, highlighted that the Valencia office is a real example for the rest of the firm: "The team has managed to be close to its clients and has also managed to accompany them when they have expanded abroad; they have evolved and grown together."


20 years in Valencia

It was in 1996 that the office directed by Vicente Montés, a Supreme Court judge, joined the Cuatrecasas firm. This entailed extending the litigation and civil law practice in which the firm traditionally worked to other areas of law, to offer global legal coverage to all clients.  

In this framework, the global legal practice was consolidated, leading to global clients that require proactive legal advice that combines the taxcommerciallaborurban development and administrative practices. This has enabled the firm to access pioneering legal projects in Spain: advising on (i) the design of the Ciudad de las Artes, (ii) the use of partnerships as investment channeling vehicles, and (iii) the concession of public health care to private operators.

The growing complexity of business and of the legislative and economic environment has also led to the need to develop new specialty areas. In this scenario, the Valencia office has adapted its structures to grow with its clients, providing service in the legal specialties required by the market, including corporate compliance, and to sectors as diverse as energy, ports and customs, agro-food and start-ups.