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Jones Day Reavis & Pogue has transferred its first US-qualified lawyer to its Madrid office in a bid to increase its slice of the Spanish project finance market. Richard Puttre, who joins the practice from Virginia-based firm McGuire Woods Battle & Booth, becomes a counsel at the firm’s 19-lawyer Madrid office. Puttre joins the select band of US-qualified lawyers practising in the Spanish legal market.A project finance specialist, Puttre will head up and help expand the firm’s Spanish-based project finance practice.The firm, which has had an office in the region since 1999, is one of only a handful of US firms with an office in Spain, including Baker & McKenzie and Chicago firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey.Jones Day, which already has a strong practice in London and Paris, has identified the Spanish market as a key European jurisdiction along with Italy. The Madrid practice concentrates on tax, corporate and competition work for both US and domestic clients, however the firm believes it can also succeed in the project finance arena.At the beginning of May, Jones Day relocated two of its senior partners to Milan in order to set up an Italian practice by the end of the year.Peter Sternberg and David Rosso will be in charge of establishing an IT and energy practice to service local and international clients.

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