Joaquín Ruiz Echauri

Joaquín Ruiz Echauri

Partner, Madrid

Email joaquin.ruiz-echauri@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +34 91 349 82 74

Fax +34 91 349 82 01

LanguagesSpanish, English, French

Practice groupLitigation

"A creative genius who is capable of capturing the business essentials in corporate agreements with tremendous speed".

Chambers Europe 2015

Joaquín Ruiz Echauri, the head of the Spanish Insurance and Reinsurance Practice Group, and the Product Litigation and Compliance Practice Group, in the Madrid office deals with Iberian and Latin American insurance and reinsurance, payment services, and product liability matters, in close cooperation with other offices. Chambers & Partners 2017 quotes clients saying that "the service you get from him is exceptional".

Joaquín offers guidance on corporate, regulatory, and contentious issues to clients in the insurance and reinsurance industry, and other financial institutions. This includes mergers and acquisitions, reorganisations, joint ventures, and authorisations. On the advisory and regulatory field, he counsels on policy drafting, contract interpretation, arrangements for the distribution of insurance, and financial products, intermediary agreements, regulatory advice, assistance in social benefits and pension's law, and payment services and approvals.

On contentious matters, his work covers losses and claims connected to liability and financial lines matters, with an emphasis on PI, E&O D&O, and employers’ liability. In the area of product liability, his focus is on mass torts and personal damages, especially life sciences and consumer goods, as well as regulatory and criminal investigations with regard to product issues.

He is a Professor of Private Law in the University Pontificia Comillas (ICADE), and a regular speaker on insurance and reinsurance and product liability forums. Joaquin is also a member of the firm's Board, representing the Continental Europe seat.

Awards and recognitions

2018

Insurance
Client Choice Awards

2017

Band 1 for Insurance
Chambers Europe

2017

Recommended Lawyer in Litigation Law
Best Lawyers

2017

Recommended Lawyer in Corporate and M&A Law
Best Lawyers

2016

Band 1 for Insurance
Chambers Europe

2015

Top Ranked Lawyer
Chambers Europe

2015

Leading Individual
Legal 500 EMEA

2015

Recommended Lawyers
Best Lawyers

2015

Life Sciences Star - Spain
LMG Life Sciences

2018

Band 1 for Insurance
Chambers Europe

2018

Leading Individual
Legal 500 EMEA

Education and admissions

Education

PIL, Harvard University

Law Degree, Universidad de Navarra

LL.M., IE Business School, Madrid

Maîtrise en Droit, Université Paris XII, Val de Marne

Memberships

Madrid Bar Association

NYSBA Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

Madrid

Court admissions

Madrid

Representative experience

Advising Santa Lucía on the acquisition of most part of Aviva operations in Spain and a life and pensions bankinsurance alliance with Unicaja and Banco CEISS.

Advising different international reinsurers on VIF transactions in Spain.

Joaquín provides litigation advice to different insurers and reinsurers in different jurisdictions.

Advising global medical devices, pharmaceutical, and consumer packaged goods manufacturer on international voluntary product withdrawal on series of mass claims due to alleged product liability.

Advising Mapfre on its bancassurance and assurbanking deal with Bankia, and on the acquisition of British insurer Direct Line's Italian and German subsidiaries.

Advising insurers on claims in Spain, including coverage disputes, monitoring counsel, and coordination of defenses; representing lawyers and auditors in contentious defense and E&O claims.

Advising insurers on inspection processes by Spanish Insurance Authorities, regulatory approvals, and distribution agreements; assisting Spanish Insurers Association on Personal Damages Valuation System (Baremo) reform.

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