For Manuel Álvarez Trongé, Company Secretary and General Counsel of Telefónica International, “Law is not about the ideas you read in a book, it is about the art of the possible.”
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CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo talk to Iberian Lawyer about their search for the middle ground between independence and international merger. A year ago, CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo finally made the jump. Sort of. Like many of the premium mid-size Spanish law firms, merging with an Anglo-Saxon firm had been an option […]
At the beginning of 2006 Rodrigo Uría stood down as managing partner of Uría Menéndez, the firm he had led for almost 30 years. In their first joint interview since taking over as co-managing partners, Luís de Carlos and José María Segovia talk to Iberian Lawyer about the firm’s distinctive approach to practice, its international […]
Joaquín Valenzuela, head of legal at Banco Sabadell, explains how he believes that law firms can benefit from working more closely with in-house legal teams. Since its foundation in 1881, Banco Sabadell has been at the forefront of change, introducing telephone and computer banking in the 1980s and then, in 1998, launching Spain’s first internet […]
Using recent statistics from Europe and the USA, Manuel MartÃn, managing partner of GÃ³mez-Acebo & Pombo, suggests that Spanish law firms may have relied too heavily on high leverage in order to maintain profitability.
José Miguel Júdice outlines the challenges facing Portugal’s arbitration community.
Clifford Chance’s global managing partner, Peter Cornell, lives in three time zones managing the world’s largest law firm.
Ramón Mullerat agrees with the current reforms in legal education When designing the structure of a new Europe, Robert Schuman said it would not be achieved through a one-off change, but through a series of concrete achievements. The harmonisation of the liberal professions, with their concept of public service, would play an important role providing […]
The Question The Group of Experts, Iberian Lawyer’s think tank for leading Spanish and Portuguese lawyers, was asked to predict their firms’ growth over the next 12 months and what they saw as the best new opportunities for developing their practice.
A survey of the Group of Experts, Iberian Lawyer’s new think-tank for leading lawyers within Spain and Portugal, reveals that the US and UK are regarded as their most important markets, although the Far East and China are gaining in importance.