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12/04/17
“The Clients Guide to best Law Firms”, The Legal 500, April 2017

Transport practice area
"PEREZ ALBORS & CO‘ ’practice is‘ excellent in all aspects: its service to clients, flexibility and constant availability’. "Carlos Pérez and María Antonia Albors are praised for the quality of their advice"

Insurance practice area
"PEREZ ALBORS & CO‘ is well regarded for its maritime-related insurance work"

31/03/17
"2017 Shipping Law Firm of the Year in Spain", Global Law Legal Awards, March 2017
PEREZ ALBORS | & CO has been named "2017 Shipping Law Firm of the Year in Spain" by GlobalLawExperts.

13/04/16
"The Clients Guide to best Law Firms", The Legal 500, April 2016

Transport
PEREZ ALBORS | & CO‘s stands out for its admiralty and maritime law experience, and receives ‘10/10 ratings’; its team of ‘straight shooters leave no stone unturned’. Highlights included representing Network Steel in a €7.6m claim for cargo damage sustained in a collision of two vessels in Singapore. Carlos Perez and María Antonia Albors are recommended”.

Insurance practice area
" Specialist firm PEREZ ALBORS | & CO‘s deals with maritime-related insurance claims. Practice head Carlos Pérez is ‘quick, organised and attentive’".

31/03/16
"2016 Shipping Law Firm of the Year in Spain", Corporate International Legal Awards, March 2016.
PEREZ ALBORS | & CO has been named "2016 Shipping Law Firm of the Year in Spain" by Corporate International.

21/12/15
"2015 Best Shipping Insurance Law Firm in Spain", Wealth and Finance International Awards, December 2015.
PEREZ ALBORS | & CO has been named "2015 Best Shipping Insurance Law Firm in Spain” by Wealth and Finance International.

08/04/15
"The Clients Guide to best Law Firms", The Legal 500, April 2015
PEREZ ALBORS | & CO‘s team is ‘outstanding, knowledgable in many areas, and very responsive’, with clients identifying Carlos Perez as ‘a star adviser, who is available regardless of the time of day or night’. The well-rounded practice acts for shipping, transport and insurance companies worldwide. Maria Albors is ‘a very safe pair of hands’, particularly in litigation"

31/03/15
"2015 International Trade Law Firm of the Year in Spain", Corporate International Legal Awards, March 2015.
PEREZ ALBORS | & CO has been named "2015 International Trade Law Firm of the Year in Spain" by Corporate International.

02/11/14
New Spanish Shipping Act, The Wire - ITIC Ltd, London, November 2014
Carlos Perez, a Partner at Perez Albors & Co, looks at the impact that the much-anticipated introduction of the new Spanish Shipping Act is expected to have on the liabilities of ship agents and ship managers. We are most grateful to Carlos for his contribution.

"The new Spanish Shipping Act has recently been approved with the support of the majority of the members of the Parliament and will enter into force on 25 September 2014. Indeed, after years of discussions between all political parties under several governments, the Act has finally been passed by the Parliament with a wide consensus. This will hopefully provide the shipping sector with a stable and safe legal framework.

The Act is a long-awaited reform for a key sector in the Spanish economy, and aims to update and codify Spanish shipping law, as well as to overcome the existing contradictions between the International Conventions in force in Spain and Spanish domestic law.

The new Act expressly repeals, among other provisions, Book III and other articles of the Spanish

Commercial Code, the 1893 Ship Mortgage Act, the 1949 Carriage of Goods by Sea Act and the 60/1962 Salvage Act (except for the provisions of Title II, which will continue in force as regulations).

Ship agents deserve special attention under the new legal framework set by the Act as follows:
• Ship agents will not be liable vis-à-vis the cargo receivers for loss or damage to the cargo, nor for delay in its delivery, although they will of course remain liable to their shipowner or ship operator principals for damage caused by their own negligence.
• However, when signing bills of lading following instructions from their Principals, ship agents will have to state the name and address of the latter. Otherwise, ship agents will be jointly and severally liable together with the shipowner or the ship operator, as the case may be.
• In addition, it should be noted that ship agents will have the duty to receive any claims and protests for loss or damage to the goods made by the cargo receivers, all of which they must notify to the shipowner or the ship operator immediately.
• The Act further provides that ship agents will be liable in the same way as freight forwarders or port operators (for cargo handling) when they act as such and not as ship agents only.

Ship managers should also note that the Act provides that, when dealing with third parties, the managers must state that they act for and on behalf of the ship owners and provide the identity and address of the latter in any contracts they enter into. If the managers do not do so, they will be considered jointly and severally liable with the owners towards those third parties.

Spain is recognised as an important worldwide shipping centre due to its unique and strategic geographical location. The new Act comes at a crucial time when the structural reforms and austerity measures are bearing fruit and, hence, the new legal framework is expected to become an important milestone for the Spanish shipping sector".

25/07/14
New Spanish Shipping Act
The new Spanish Shipping Act has been published at the Official Gazette today. The Act will enter into force on 25 September 2014.

10/04/14
"The Clients Guide to best Law Firms", The Legal 500, April 2014.
What we say about the firm's legal practice in Spain
Transport
PEREZ ALBORS | & CO’s is "outstanding", "no matter who handles the case"; it has "the resources for large and complex matters" and is "always several steps ahead". The "very experienced" Carlos Perez "knows the shipping market inside out".
The firm is also recommended by The Legal 500 in Insurance.

31/03/14
"2014 Shipping Law Firm of the Year in Spain", Corporate International Legal Awards, March 2014.
PEREZ ALBORS | & CO has been named "2014 Shipping Law Firm of the Year in Spain" by Corporate International.

16/12/13
"2013 Spanish Shipping Law Firm of the Year", Acquisition International Magazine Legal Awards, December 2013
PEREZ ALBORS | & CO has been named "2013 Spanish Shipping Law Firm of the Year" by Acquisition International Magazine.

27/11/13
Carlos Perez attends working meeting with the Spanish Ambassador in Denmark - November 2013
Spanish Ambassador in Denmark
Carlos Perez, Managing Partner of PEREZ ALBORS | & CO attends the working meeting held with the Spanish Ambassador in Denmark, as part of the Trade Mission of COMPORT and the Algeciras Port Authority to Copenhagen. Carlos Perez is a member of the Board of Directors of COMPORT (Algeciras Port Association).

04/11/13
"2013 Spanish Shipping and Maritime Law Firm of the Year", Lawyers World Law Awards, November 2013.
PEREZ ALBORS | & CO. has been named "2013 Spanish Shipping and Maritime Law Firm of the Year" by Lawyers World Magazine.

26/04/13
"Best law firms in Spain", Chambers and Partners, April 2013"
PEREZ ALBORS | & CO. has wide-ranging experience in maritime law, including ship registration and collisions.

01/04/13
"The Clients Guide to best Law Firms", The Legal 500, April 2013.
What we say about the firm's legal practice in Spain
Transport
PEREZ ALBORS | & CO’s managing partner Carlos Perez has ‘very good knowledge of shipping law’ and ‘knows what P&I clubs and shipowners require in terms of clear advice and speed of response’. The firm recently acted for a Singaporean shipping operator in a debt-related claim against a vessel owner that filed for bankruptcy.
The firm is also recommended by The Legal 500 in Insurance.

24/01/13
"2013 Shipping Law Firm of the Year in Spain", Global Law Experts Awards, January 2013.
PEREZ ALBORS | & CO. has been named "2013 Shipping Law Firm of the Year in Spain" by Global Law Experts.

18/12/12
"2012 Spanish Shipping & Maritime Law Firm of the Year", Acquisition International Magazine Legal Awards, December 2012.
PEREZ ALBORS | & CO. has been named "2012 Spanish Shipping & Maritime Law Firm of the Year" by Acquisition International Magazine.

10/05/12
"Best law firms in Spain", Chambers and Partners, May 2012.
"Carlos Perez of PEREZ ALBORS | & CO impresses interviewees with his tailored and swift advice".

01/03/12
"2012 Shipping Litigation Law Firm of the Year in Spain", Corporate INTL Magazine Legal Awards, March 2012
Perez Albors & Co. has been named "2012 Shipping Litigation Law Firm of the Year in Spain" by Corporate INTL Magazine.

01/04/11
"The Clients Guide to best Law Firms", The Legal 500, April 2011
What we say about the firm's legal practice in Spain
Transport
Perez Albors & Co. managing partner Carlos Perez and Maria Antonia Albors are ‘highly competent in shipping matters’. The firm acts for numerous P&I clubs and corporations, and was recently instructed by new clients Aage Hempel International and Peninsula Petroleum.

24/03/11
Carlos Perez takes part in COMPORT's Commercial Mission to Rotterdam - March 2011
Board of Directors of COMPORT
Carlos Perez, Managing Partner of PEREZ ALBORS | & CO takes part in the Commercial Mission of COMPORT and the Algeciras Port Authority in Rotterdam. Carlos Perez is a member of the Board of Directors of COMPORT (Algeciras Port Association).

25/02/11
New Spanish Ports Act, The Wire - ITIC Ltd, February 2011
"The new Spanish Ports Act has recently been approved with the support of the majority of the members of the Congress (302 votes in favour out of 327 votes) after years of discussion between the political parties and all economic and social groups involved.
The Ports Act is a long awaited reform for a crucial sector in the Spanish economy. Spanish ports handle 85% of imports and 50% of exports, provide employment to more than 145,000 people (direct and indirect jobs), and constitutes 1.1 % of the Spanish gross domestic income.
The Ports Act is intended to make Spanish ports more competitive, efficient and eco-friendly (the Act puts a great emphasis on environmental sustainability). The Act will reduce the costs of port operations and will grant the local port authorities more autonomy in terms of tariffs by offering reductions and bonuses, which will make them more competitive on both a domestic and intermational scale.
Stevedoring services have deserved a special attention due to their importance in the daily running of the ports. Under the Act, Spanish stevedoring services are expected to become more competitive and cost-efficient.
With regard to ship agents, it should be noted that under the Act the ship agents will continue to be liable for the payment of port dues/tariffs in the event that the owner, the ship manager or the Master fail to pay them. This imposes a heavy burden on ship agents and they must ensure that they are always provided with sufficient funds in advance in order to avoid the risk of being left with outstanding disbursements accounts.
Spain is recognised as an important worldwide hub due to its unique and strategic geographical location. The new Act comes at a crucial time when the financial crisis is affecting dramatically all sectors of the economy and, hence, the new legal framework is expected to become an important milestone for the Spanish port sector.
Our thanks go to Carlos Perez, Partner at PEREZ ALBORS & CO Maritime and Commercial Lawyers."

01/01/10
"The Clients Guide to best Law Firms", The Legal 500, January 2010
What we say about the firm's legal practice in Spain
Shipping
Perez Albors & Co. was set up in 2006 by renowned specialist Carlos Perez, and has seen significant growth in recent years, building a solid reputation for shipping and insurance work. In 2009 clients such as the American P&I instructed the firm, as well as insurers Vitalicio and World Fuel Services Corporation.

23/09/09
"Contenemar under siege as creditors chase debts", Lloyd's List, October 2009


02/06/09
"Spanish hub shows firs signs of box resurgence", Lloyd's List, June 2009


29/04/09
PEREZ ALBORS | & CO has entered into an association with shipping law firm BOSCH WOOD with offices in Las Palmas (Canary Islands). Both firms have the same business philosophy and passion for client service.


28/05/08
"Algeciras move works well for Perez", Lloyd’s List, May 2008.


27/02/08
"New IMO ship inspection law ratified", Lloyd’s List, February 2008.


05/06/07
"Price is too high to risk ship-source pollution in Spain", Lloyd’s List, June 2007.


29/09/06
"Prodigal son returns to Sotogrande legal society", Lloyd’s List, September 2006.


01/07/06
PEREZ ALBORS | & CO. has entered into an association with top Spanish full service law firm RAMON HERMOSILLA & GUTIERREZ DE LA ROZA. Both firms complement each other in terms of practice areas, have the same business philosophy and passion for client service.
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