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Javier Torre de Silva

Partner
Global Co-Head of Communications, TMC

CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo
Paseo de Recoletos 7–9
28004 Madrid
Spain
Languages Spanish, English, French, Italian

Javier Torre de Silva has been practising as a lawyer at CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo for 23 years, working across several legal disciplines. He currently leads the CMS global telecommunications group and is Head of the TMC department at CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo. Javier also advises on public law and regulated sectors and is Co-head of the firm's infrastructure team, as well as dedicating a significant amount of time to arbitration and civil law concerning contracts, the topic on which he based his doctoral thesis.

He is on professional leave from his role as a State Attorney, a position he held for over 12 years where he was responsible for hundreds of judgments on diverse matters, including constitutional reform and the majority of the regulations on the liberalisation of the telecommunications sector in Spain, not to mention his work on numerous public contracts and regulated sectors.

He is a member and representative of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Committee at the Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation. Over a number of years he has spoken at the "Don Federico de Castro" seminar on civil law at the Royal Academy.

He wrote his doctoral thesis on contract law at the Royal College of Spain in Bologna under the guidance of Luis Díez-Picazo (Spain) and Francesco Galgano (Italy), achieving the highest level of distinction. The thesis was based on liability for a breach of contractual obligations.

He has acted as an arbitrator on a number of occasions and been involved in arbitration proceedings as both counsel and lead attorney.

He has been involved in countless corporate deals, in particular those relating to the sale and purchase of enterprises.

He is an accredited doctoral professor in undergraduate administrative law, a topic which he has been teaching for 20 years.

Javier has been named a leading lawyer by the most prestigious legal directories such as Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. Moreover, he has also been selected by several institutions as one of the 50 Best Lawyers in Spain with regards to contract law. He is also a member of ITech Law.

In addition to his work at the firm, he also provides a private client service.

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Relevant experience

  • Galp | Sale of the Madrid-based gas company by the Galp Group to Endesa.
  • Acciona | Acquisition of Endesa by Acciona and Enel via takeover.
  • Citi Infrastructuras| Sale of ITINERE (infrastructure licensee) to Citi Infrastructuras.
  • Ferrrovial | Advice to the Board of Directors of Ferrovial and other companies within the group.
  • Telefónica | Contentious-administrative case involving Telefónica (amount exceeding EUR 600 million).
  • Equidosa | Contentious-administrative case involving Equidosa (amount exceeding EUR 100 million).
  • Globalvía and others | Several contentious-administrative cases concerning the reinstatement of the economic-financial balance of infrastructure licences for Globalvía, Equidosa and other licensees.
  • Involvement in disputes relating to the interpretation, amendment and termination of public contracts and licences.
  • Involved in the Council of State judgment on the constitutional reform.
  • Spanish Government | Government research programme on the functioning of institutions advising the British Government, organised by the Council of State in collaboration with the British Embassy in London. 
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Education

  • 2012 - Accreditation as Doctoral Professor.
  • 1998 - Financial and Business Science Studies, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (Spain).
  • 1997 - Attorney for the Council of State, graduating as the top ranked individual (Spain).
  • 1992 - Doctorate in Civil Law (thesis entitled "La presunzione di colpa nella responsabilità contrattuale"), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Università di Bologna (Royal College of Spain).
  • 1990 - Graduate of Law and Degree in Philosophy (National Degree Award and Extraordinary Degree Award), Universidad de Navarra (Spain). 
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Memberships

  • Member of the Council of State Attorney Corps since 1997 (on professional leave).
  • Member of the Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation.
  • Member of the Civil and Commercial Arbitration Court of Madrid.
  • Member of the International Chamber of Commerce.
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Publications

  • The anti-formalist principle in online administration. In: Recuerda Girela, M.A. (Dir.), Practical issues and developments in Administrative Law. 2020 Annual.
  • Law and the state of emergency. A temporary shift in regulation. In: Recuerda Girela, M.A. (Dir.), Before the next pandemic. Thomson-Reuters Aranzadi, 2020. ISBN: 978-84-1346-893-8.
  • The revoking of unfavourable and voidable acts at the request of the subject. In: Recuerda Girela, M. A.  (Dir.), Practical issues and developments in Administrative Law. 2019 Annual.
  • Data according to Private Law. 2019 Civil Law Annual, III term. 
  • Construction works contracts entered into by Compensation Boards: Competent jurisdiction and exorbitant prerogatives. In: RECUERDA, M. A. “Practical issues and the latest in Administrative Law”. 2016.
  • Compensation for damages in cases relating to the termination of administrative licences: unearned tax income. In: RECUERDA, M. A. “Practical issues and the latest in Administrative Law”. 2015.
  • The impact of insolvency on public sector contracts. In: “Agreements Treaty”, 2014.
  • Issues relating to the expiry of administrative proceedings. In: “Administrative Law Annual”, 2014.
  • Public Contracts (various chapters). Madrid, 2004.
  • Administrative silence and the expiry of administrative proceedings in relation to public contracts: in particular, termination due to a breach by the contracting party. In: “Spanish Administrative Law Magazine”.
  • Decisions that can be challenged by means of the extraordinary appeal. In “Spanish Administrative Law Magazine”, 2003.
  • The Council of State doctrine on telecommunications and services in the information society. In: “Official State Gazette, Council of State collection”.
  • Santi Romano. In “Universal Lawyers”, Dir. Rafael Domingo, 2004.
  • Internet, industrial property and unfair competition. Centre of Political and Constitutional Studies).
  • Limits to the “privatization” of Trademarks Law. In “Commercial Law Review”, 2002.
  • La presunzione di colpa nella responsabilità contrattuale. Doctoral thesis. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Università di Bologna (Royal College of Spain), 1992.
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Lectures list

  • Javier has spoken at numerous conferences and been involved in round table discussions on diverse subjects within the field of Administrative and Corporate Law (INAP, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, the International Bar Association and the Centre of Political and Constitutional Studies).
  • Speaker at Cátedra Google (Universidad CEU San Pablo, Madrid).
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CMS ase­sora en el acuerdo es­traté­gi­co entre Fer­rovi­al y Tele­fón­ica
CMS Al­biñana & Suárez de Lezo ha ase­sor­ado en la firma del acuerdo por el que Fer­rovi­al ha se­lec­cion­ado a Tele­fón­ica como sum­in­is­trador de ser­vi­cios de op­era­ción de comu­nic­a­ciones dur­ante los próx­i­mos cinco años. Di­cho acuerdo tiene el ob­jet­ivo de "de­sar­rol­lar solu­ciones que aporten val­or aña­dido al ne­go­cio y apoy­en su ex­pansión in­ter­nacion­al", según in­form­a­ron am­bas empre­s­as en un comu­nic­ado.El acuerdo, que ha sido suscrito por el con­se­jero del­eg­ado de Fer­rovi­al, Íñigo Meirás, y el pres­id­ente de Tele­fón­ica, José María Álvarez-Pal­lete, se in­scribe den­tro de la es­trategia de trans­form­a­ción di­git­al empren­dida por Fer­rovi­al para manten­erse a la van­guardia en el de­sar­rollo y gestión de in­fraes­truc­tur­as.A través del mismo, de­sar­rol­larán tecno­lo­gía para comu­nic­a­ciones fijas y móviles; her­rami­entas col­ab­or­ativas; nue­vos ser­vi­cios en el entorno del puesto de tra­bajo; y solu­ciones es­pecíficas de se­gur­id­ad, que supon­drán un gran avance en ma­ter­ia de ciber­se­gur­id­ad y ciber­vi­gil­an­cia. Además, estu­di­arán nuevas áreas de col­abora­ción en el ám­bito del Big Data, In­ter­net de la Co­sas (IoT) y Smart Cit­ies.Ha lid­erado la op­era­ción: Javi­er Torre de Silva, so­cio del de­parta­mento de Derecho Público y Sec­tores Reg­u­la­dos de CMS Al­biñana & Suárez de Lezo.
CMS ase­sora a GSA en la com­pra de Nexo Res­id­en­cias al fondo de cap­it­al...
GSA ha ad­quirido el grupo es­pañol de res­id­en­cias uni­versit­ari­as Nexo Res­id­en­cias a Threesixty De­vel­op­ments, una firma en manos de los fon­dos ges­tion­ados por Oak­tree Cap­it­al Man­age­ment. En la ac­tu­al­id­ad, la cartera op­er­ativa de Nexo Res­id­en­cias es­tá ubicada en Mad­rid y abarca tres act­ivos: Galdós, con 370 ca­mas; El Faro, con 358 ca­mas; y Clara­v­al, con 186 ca­mas. Además, la Res­id­en­cia Uni­versit­ar­ia Lope de Vega, situ­ada en Al­calá de Hen­ares, ab­ri­rá en sep­tiembre de este año y al­ber­gará a 468 estu­di­antes. Por otro lado, el grupo que ges­tiona res­id­en­cias de estu­di­antes ab­ri­rá en 2019 otros dos centros en Bar­celona. En con­creto, la primera res­id­en­cia, de­nom­in­ada Bar­celona Sants, con­tará con 348 ca­mas, mien­tras Cam­pus Sur Di­ag­on­al dispon­drá de 504 ca­mas. Así, para el comi­enzo del curso 2019-2020, Nexo Res­id­en­cias con­tará con una cartera total de 2.234 ca­mas en Mad­rid y Bar­celona.La com­pra de Nexo Res­id­en­cias ha sido fin­an­ciada a través del fondo European Glob­al Stu­dent Ac­com­mod­a­tion Fund (GSAF Euro), de GSA, en asociación con LaS­alle In­vest­ment Man­age­ment, que ha aportado la fin­anciación de la deuda.Han ase­sor­ado en la op­era­ción: Álvaro Otero como líder de la op­era­ción, Ger­ardo Za­ldívar, Nerea Sanz y Jorge Durán por parte del equipo de In­mobil­i­ario. Javi­er Torre de Silva como co­ordinador de la parte urb­anística. Ra­fael Sánchez, Ig­nacio Cer­rato, Alicia Martínez y Javi­er Bel­monte por parte del equipo de Cor­por­ate / M&A. Marta González, Álvaro Pérez-Iri­ondo y Con­cep­ción Pa­dilla por parte del equipo de Ban­cario & Fin­an­ciero. Elena Es­par­za, Ser­gio Quintana y Cristina Ridruejo por parte del equipo de labor­al. Blanca Es­cribano, Sofía Fontanals, Mar­cos Gar­cía-Gasco y Javi­er Martínez de Aguirre por parte del equipo de Propiedad In­dus­tri­al e In­telec­tu­al y Pro­tec­ción de Da­tos. 
03 February 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to 5G reg­u­la­tion and law
Most people agree that the in­tro­duc­tion of the fifth gen­er­a­tion in mo­bile com­mu­nic­a­tions (5G) will change our lives for the bet­ter. Un­like earli­er gen­er­a­tion­al changes in mo­bile com­mu­nic­a­tions, 5G will not only be a rad­ic­al change in the way we com­mu­nic­ate (low latency, sub­stant­ive growth in sys­tem ca­pa­city, ul­tra-high re­li­ab­il­ity and gig­abit speeds). Rather, giv­en its emer­gence at the same time as the cur­rent di­git­al re­volu­tion, 5G tech­no­logy will drive fun­da­ment­al changes in the way we live. Through its sig­ni­fic­antly im­proved per­form­ance char­ac­ter­ist­ics, 5G is the first mo­bile tech­no­logy truly able to ex­tend the reach of broad­band wire­less ser­vices to the In­ter­net of Things (IoT) – the GSMA fore­sees 25 bil­lion con­nec­ted devices by 2025 – and crit­ic­al in­fra­struc­ture ap­plic­a­tions. A mul­ti­tude of po­ten­tial use cases – from smart factor­ies and cit­ies, driver­less cars, aug­men­ted real­ity and 3D videos to re­mote health care – all sup­por­ted by 5G, will trans­form our so­ci­ety. Di­git­al trans­form­a­tion of in­dustry should yield sig­ni­fic­ant eco­nom­ic be­ne­fits and ef­fi­cien­cies, while in­creased in­di­vidu­al leis­ure time should be en­hanced through our abil­ity to en­joy up­graded di­git­al con­tent and ex­per­i­ences.But for this to hap­pen, huge in­vest­ments need to be made in the com­ing years, and dif­fi­cult leg­al prob­lems linked with such in­vest­ments must be solved. Ac­cord­ing to the GSMA an­nu­al glob­al capex in mo­bile tele­com in­fra­struc­tures is cur­rently run­ning at about USD 160bn, and some pre­dict that 5G in­fra­struc­ture alone will have a yearly glob­al cost of USD 200bn over a sus­tained peri­od of time. This will mean very high capex for already highly-lever­aged tele­com car­ri­ers, with third party fund­ing (from in­fra­struc­ture funds or cor­por­ate ven­ture cap­it­al amongst oth­ers) a likely pre­requis­ite.The to­po­lo­gies of 5G net­works are dif­fer­ent to those of pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions, with a great­er need for spec­trum, a sig­ni­fic­antly in­creased use of small cells, and a far great­er de­pend­ency on fibre net­works and sub­sea cables.Leg­al is­sues and chal­lenges look set to arise from the likely re­quire­ment for net­work shar­ing (wheth­er of pass­ive, act­ive or ra­dio ac­cess ele­ments) and the use of in­nov­at­ive in­fra­struc­ture mod­els with spec­trum shar­ing or net­work sli­cing with­in the spec­trum of one op­er­at­or.Nev­er­the­less, even if 5G is seen a glob­al trend, its de­ploy­ment will be neither im­me­di­ate in time nor ho­mo­gen­eous in geo­graphy. Ac­cord­ing to the GSMA, by 2025 only 14% of mo­bile com­mu­nic­a­tions will be 5G glob­ally, with 53% 4G and an as­ton­ish­ing 29% still 3G. In Europe, by 2025 only 31% of mo­bile com­mu­nic­a­tions will be 5G, and al­most half (49%) will still be 4G and there­fore of­fer­ing only lim­ited IoT func­tion­al­ity.Across coun­tries, 5G will de­vel­op at dif­fer­ent speeds and with dif­fer­ent fea­tures. Some tech­nic­al para­met­ers are com­mon; the same can­not be said for reg­u­la­tion. There­fore, it is crit­ic­al to identi­fy the dif­fer­ences in 5G reg­u­la­tion between the main jur­is­dic­tions if we are to be able to de­vel­op a roadmap for 5G’s fu­ture de­ploy­ment. CMS is best placed for this task. With its glob­al net­work of of­fices, CMS can provide loc­al ad­vice on the changes be­ing made to na­tion­al leg­al frame­works in an­ti­cip­a­tion of the ar­rival of 5G. This pa­per in­cludes sum­mar­ies of some of the key 5G re­lated reg­u­lat­ory po­s­i­tions be­ing taken in 40 jur­is­dic­tions. New jur­is­dic­tions ad­ded to the Study in­clude the USA, Ja­pan and South Korea, en­trus­ted to the pres­ti­gi­ous Cooley, At­sumi & Sakai and Yulchon Law Firms who are very wel­come to this last ver­sion of the Study. Fur­ther de­tail will also be ad­ded cov­er­ing is­sues such as net­work shar­ing, cy­ber-se­cur­ity and ac­cess of Hua­wei to the mar­kets.We hope this in­form­a­tion will be valu­able for in­vestors, tele­com com­pan­ies and even reg­u­lat­ors.To ex­plore more in­sights on 5G, please vis­it our top­ic page here. 

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28 July 2020
Guide on in­ter­na­tion­al data trans­fers – After Schrems II case
Ana­lys­is on the Schrems II CJEU Judg­ment: im­plic­a­tions on in­ter­na­tion­al data trans­fers.
21 May 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to autonom­ous vehicles (AVs)
This CMS Ex­pert Guide brings to­geth­er ana­lys­is from leg­al ex­perts across our in­ter­na­tion­al net­work on the leg­al re­quire­ments that must be ob­served for test­ing and us­ing AVs at dif­fer­ent levels of auto­ma­tion.
16 April 2020
Net­work re­si­li­ence and tele­com­mu­nic­a­tions as es­sen­tial ser­vice dur­ing Coronavir­us...
The way we be­have, act and in­ter­act with the world has been rad­ic­ally changed due to the im­pact of Coronavir­us (COV­ID-19). So­cial dis­tan­cing and strict in­struc­tions to “stay at home” have thrust the...
13 April 2020
COV­ID-19 | Pro­tec­tion of af­fected con­sumers and users: rel­ev­ant meas­ures...
13 April 2020
03 February 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to 5G reg­u­la­tion and law
5G: Across coun­tries, some tech­nic­al para­met­ers are com­mon; the same can­not be said for reg­u­la­tion. Find here a guide about the key 5G re­lated reg­u­lat­ory po­s­i­tions be­ing taken in 40 jur­is­dic­tions.
15 April 2020
Com­mu­nic­a­tions as an es­sen­tial ser­vice dur­ing COV­ID-19 con­fine­ment 
Since the “es­tado de alarma” was de­clared by means of Roy­al De­cree 463/2020, tele­com ser­vices have been iden­ti­fied as an es­sen­tial ser­vice. As this ser­vice is an es­sen­tial one, it has been pro­tec­ted...
10 January 2020
CMS ad­vises CoBe Cap­it­al on the sale of Techco to the Se­cur­itas group
Deal Alert | Janu­ary 2020
04 July 2019
CMS Ex­pert Guide to on­line gambling law and reg­u­la­tion in Europe
Are you look­ing for in­form­a­tion on gambling law and reg­u­la­tion? This CMS Ex­pert Guide provides you with everything you need to know.
09 October 2019
CMS ad­vises Fer­rovi­al and Wondo on the launch of a lead­ing mo­bil­ity-as-a-ser­vice...
Deal Alert | Oc­to­ber 2019
04/10/2016
CMS European Real Es­tate Deal Point Study 2016
22/07/2014
Reg­u­lat­ory Alert | Ju­ly 2014
Roy­al De­cree-Law 8/2014, dated 4 Ju­ly, ap­prov­ing ur­gent meas­ures for growth, com­pet­it­ive­ness and ef­fi­ciency
13/06/2014
Reg­u­lat­ory Alert | June 2014
Main amend­ments es­tab­lished by the Roy­al De­cree 413/2014, dated 6 June, reg­u­lat­ing the pro­duc­tion of elec­tri­city from re­new­able en­ergy sources, co­gen­er­a­tion and waste