Augusta Abogados

Barcelona

AUGUSTA ABOGADOS is a professional law firm specialised in commercial law, tax, restructuring of companies, labour law, air and space law and procedural law, amongst others, with the aim to create an innovative project, able to attract high-standard professionals. It currently brings together a set of partners, namely: Jaime Fernández, Juan José Hita, Carlos Valls, Alicia Herrador, Sergi Giménez, Juan José Terraza and María José Sánchez, all of whom are renowned for their remarkable reputation and broad experience. The partners at AUGUSTA ABOGADOS have gathered a high performance, close-knit team of professionals that covers the main areas of corporate law.

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Updates

Aviation

New UAS regulation set to be approved
Spain | 28 April 2021

Since EU Regulation (2019/947/EU) took effect at the end of 2020, air operations with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have been governed by EU legislation. The EU legal framework leaves member states with a certain level of flexibility to regulate matters outside the scope of the regulation, including the definition of UAS geographical zones. In Spain, the approval and entry into force of a project of royal decree is expected in 2021 to define the applicable requirements of such zones.

The new normal? COVID-19 legislation: travel restrictions
Spain | 27 January 2021

Since the World Health Organisation declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March 2020, governments worldwide have made significant efforts to cope with this unforeseen situation and control the spread of the virus. A complex maze of laws, regulations, directives, recommendations and instructions has made it difficult to identify the obligations of air passengers. This article looks at the various travel restrictions which have been introduced in Spain to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

The new normal? COVID-19 legislation: safety measures
Spain | 20 January 2021

Since the World Health Organisation declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March 2020, governments worldwide have made significant efforts to cope with this unforeseen situation and control the spread of the virus. A complex maze of laws, regulations, directives, recommendations and instructions has made it difficult to identify the obligations of air passengers. This article looks at the various safety measures which have been introduced in Spain with regard to air travel.

The new normal? COVID-19 legislation: subsidies, consumer protection and air transport
Spain | 13 January 2021

Since the World Health Organisation declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March 2020, governments worldwide have made significant efforts to cope with this unforeseen situation and control the spread of the virus. As a result, a complex maze of laws, regulations, directives, recommendations and instructions has made it difficult to identify the obligations of air passengers.

Update on abusive clauses in passenger contracts
Spain | 18 November 2020

In 2019 Gijón Commercial Court No 3 ruled in a case dealing with some of Volotea's transport terms and conditions. The Association of Financial Users, a consumer protection association that filed the initial claim, disagreed with some of the judgment's points and lodged an appeal. The Provincial Audience of Asturias recently gave its judgment in appeal; while it confirmed some of the first-instance court's decisions, it overruled others. This article focuses on the most controversial decisions.

Burden of proof in consumer claims
Spain | 11 November 2020

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) recently ruled on a request for a preliminary ruling from Barcelona Commercial Court 9. The case concerned the interpretation of Articles 17(2) and 22(1) of the Montreal Convention. In line with the Montreal Convention, the ECJ established the principle that the courts should fix the amount of compensation, depending on the damages effectively suffered by the passenger, subject to a limit of 1,131 special drawing rights.

COVID-19: non-application of reimbursement obligations under EU Flight Delay Compensation Regulation
European Union | 15 July 2020

The spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on air traffic. The result of this once-in-a-century pandemic has been the global collapse of air travel. This has obviously led to a large number of complaints from affected passengers. This article looks at non-application of reimbursement and compensation claims under the EU Flight Delay Compensation Regulation in this context.

New EU regulation on drone operations set to take off in December 2020
European Union | 17 June 2020

The EU unmanned aircraft system (UAS) industry will face a new challenge as of 31 December 2020 when most of the EU Implementing Regulation on the rules and procedures for the operation of unmanned aircraft enters into force. The new regulation will replace most of the existing domestic provisions on UAS operations in EU member states. This will see the homogenisation of UAS-related legislation, reducing the variety of operational requirements, obligations and restrictions between EU member states.

New regulation on right to refund for cancelled tickets
Spain | 20 May 2020

The Spanish authorities have issued a number of measures to remedy the impact of COVID-19 on the Spanish aviation industry. This article focuses on a specific topic especially relevant in the current circumstances – namely, the provisions and regulations that the Spanish authorities have recently approved in relation to flight cancellations and ticket refunds.

Court examines alleged abusive clauses in airline terms and conditions
Spain | 29 April 2020

On 8 January 2019 Commercial Court No 3 of Gijón resolved a collective cessation action brought by the Association of Financial Users, a non-profit entity, against the Spanish airline Volotea relating to some of its transport terms and conditions. Although the court was asked to give its opinion on a number of Volotea's terms and conditions, this article focuses on the most significant issues discussed in this judgment.

Impact of COVID-19 crisis on Spanish aviation industry
Spain | 22 April 2020

The rapid spread of COVID-19 throughout the world has forced many governments to issue emergency legislation, generally in a hurry and as a reaction to a continuously changing scenario. Spain is among the countries which have been hit particularly hard. This article provides a summary of the main pieces of Spanish legislation that affect the aviation industry.

New ministerial order on issuance and maintenance of air operators' licences
Spain | 04 March 2020

The Spanish government recently decided that it was time to update its internal regulations regarding the issuance, maintenance, suspension and cancellation of air operators' licences in order to bring them into line with current trends. In doing so, the government issued a new order which contains novelties that merit highlighting.

Revised limits of liability under Montreal Convention
International | 12 February 2020

New limits of liability under the Montreal Convention 1999 recently came into force following the International Civil Aviation Organisation's review procedure under Article 24 of the convention. Airlines should update their general conditions on carriage, information for passengers and insurance policies, when needed, so that they reflect the revised limits of liability.

Supreme Court orders Iberia to cease using abusive terms and conditions
Spain | 19 December 2018

The Supreme Court (Civil Chamber) recently issued its judgment following cassation proceedings against a 2015 Madrid Provincial Audience judgment. The proceedings stemmed from a 2011 collective action against Iberia, which the Spanish Consumers and Users Organisation had filed with the Madrid Commercial Court in order to obtain the annulment of several clauses of Iberia's standard terms and conditions.

Insolvency & Restructuring

Composition of active mass: description of goods and rights
Spain | 07 May 2021

Under Article 198 et seq of the Consolidated Text of the Bankruptcy Law, the bankruptcy administration must prepare an inventory of the insolvent party's assets and rights, including their value, by the end of the day immediately preceding the day on which it presents its report. This article discusses the inclusion of certain goods and rights in the inventory.

Composition of active mass: inventory of goods and rights – special cases
Spain | 30 April 2021

Under the Consolidated Text of the Bankruptcy Law, the bankruptcy administration must prepare an inventory of the insolvent party's assets and rights, including their value, by the end of the day immediately preceding the day on which it presents its report. This article examines special cases regarding the composition of the inventory of goods and rights.

Composition of active mass: inventory of goods and rights
Spain | 23 April 2021

The Consolidated Text of the Bankruptcy Law introduces the concept of the 'active mass' of a bankruptcy, which constitutes all of the assets and rights integrated into the bankrupt's assets on the date of the declaration of bankruptcy, as well as those that are reintegrated to the bankrupt or acquired before the conclusion of the bankruptcy proceedings. This article examines the inventory of goods and rights included in the active mass, which must be prepared by the bankruptcy administration.

Composition of active mass under TRLC – case law
Spain | 16 April 2021

Article 192 of the Consolidated Text of the Bankruptcy Law (TRLC) introduces the concept of the 'active mass' of a bankruptcy, which constitutes all of the assets and rights integrated into the bankrupt's assets on the date of the declaration of bankruptcy, as well as those that are reintegrated to the bankrupt or acquired before the conclusion of the bankruptcy proceedings. This article examines notable case law on the composition of the active mass under the TRLC

Composition of active mass under TRLC
Spain | 09 April 2021

The Consolidated Text of the Bankruptcy Law introduces the concept of the 'active mass' of a bankruptcy, which constitutes all of the assets and rights integrated into the bankrupt's assets on the date of the declaration of bankruptcy, as well as those that are reintegrated to the bankrupt or acquired until the conclusion of the bankruptcy proceedings. This article sets out which assets and rights are included in and excluded from the active mass.

New insolvency and restructuring measures due to COVID-19 pandemic
Spain | 15 January 2021

Due to the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has approved Royal Decree-Law 34/2020 on urgent measures to support business solvency and the energy sector in tax matters (RDL 34/2020). RDL 34/2020 affects the solvency support available to companies and introduces new, urgent measures in the finance and insolvency sectors. This article summarises these measures.