GA_P appoints new competition and European Union law partner

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has appointed Andrew Ward as a new partner in the competition and European Union Law practice group.

Andrew Ward, until now coordinator of the competition and EU Law Group at Cuatrecasas, is a recognized expert in merger control, antitrust investigations, risk management (including the design and implementation of compliance programs) as well as state aid and other EU law issues.

Andrew has been Counsel to the Spanish Competition Association and is currently Officer of the Antitrust Section of the International Bar Association.

A graduate in law from Cambridge University, he has been a Barrister of England & Wales (Lincoln’s Inn) since 1997. Between 1998 and 2002 he worked as an associate in the Brussels office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and has been admitted to practice law in Spain since 2002.

This incorporation is in line with the firm’s strategy to continue strengthening the transactional business and to provide the best advice in the most sophisticated transactions in the market. Andrew’s incorporation reinforces the competition area led by Iñigo Igartua from the Barcelona office, which also counts with Miguel Troncoso as partner and head of the Brussels office.

Iñigo Igartua, coordinating partner of the competition practice highlights: “The incorporation of Andrew will be an important boost for the team and for the Firm’s transactional business. We are sure that a professional with his background and experience will help us to further improve the service we provide to our clients”. Andrew comments: “I am delighted to join GA_P. It is a first class firm, with an excellent team of professionals, a lot of ambition and a firm commitment to strengthen its capabilities, particularly in the transactional area, where they want to go one step further and position themselves as leaders in the sector. I am delighted that they think I can contribute and excited about the challenge ahead”.

Julia Gil