Leaders League. What is your positioning in the Spanish market?
Ignasi Costas. RCD is a leading independent, dynamic and innovative law firm and a reference for providing comprehensive legal advice. The team is known for its technical capacity and personability; a people-oriented firm whose professionals have passion for what they do. Thanks to our high level of technical and business knowledge, just 12 years after our foundation we are among the top-15 Spanish law firms, and the fastest growing firm in recent years. Now in 2015, we are the most active Spanish firm, leading the ranking by number of operations. Moreover, the most prestigious international legal directories such as Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500, highlight both our core practice areas and lawyers each year. Our vast development and consolidation has been possible thanks to a team made up of over 200 professionals, led by 27 partners. Our professionals are our greatest asset; we believe in team spirit, from everyone from our in-house team to those who rely on our services. Our experienced team consists of internationally-focused professionals, most of whom have strong global backgrounds.
Leaders League. How has the firm evolved over the years?
I.C. Our activity began in 2003 with three partners and 14 professionals, all committed to a distinctive philosophy. We were born to innovate in a sector that traditionally has been conservative and rigid; our vision was to offer our clients a different legal assessment based on proximity, proactivity and flexibility. For that reason, RCD is a pioneering firm for legal advice for entrepreneurship and innovative projects, and we maintain a strong, dedicated commitment to this sector. Since our founding, we have offered a specialized and high-quality assessment in Corporate and Commercial, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Tax. Thanks to our internal growth and the hiring of leading professionals in the main areas of practice, we have become a point of reference for comprehensive legal advice.
Leaders League. Could you describe your client base?
I.C. A diverse profile of companies and institutions rely on our services. We advise organizations of different types and sizes, both domestic and international, including multinational companies, SMEs, start-ups and family businesses, as well as universities, research centers, public entities, individuals and NGOs. Thanks to our extensive legal and business knowledge, we cover 20 legal practices and offer each client a tailor-made optimal legal solution. We customize our advice depending on the needs of each client and matter. To do this, we are organized by legal practice areas led by experts in the field, who collaborate using an agile, efficient and multidisciplinary approach.
Leaders League. What are the firm's forthcoming projects?
I.C. We are advising many clients on their processes of internationalization as well as foreign companies on their investments in Spain. We are advising on more foreign investments, for instance, in the technology industry, where there is a trend of increasing M&A. We deal with foreign companies and investors from Germany, France, China and USA.