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GC Powerlist Iberia Teams 2019

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For over 30 years, The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms across the world. The GC Powerlist is the latest publication from The Legal 500, turning its attention to the in-house function, and recognising those corporate counsel who are driving the legal business forward. The latest edition is the GC Powerlist: Iberia Teams, which identifies an array of the most influential and innovative in-house counsel working in the more

GC Powerlist: Iberia Teams

(listed in alphabetical order; click on an individual to view an expanded biography)

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Sponsor – Spain

Jaime Olleros
Managing partner
Andersen Tax Legal

Spain closed 2018 with a 2.6% increase in GDP, which has allowed our country to maintain a stable growth rate in the EU. The forecast for 2019 is not very optimistic, although, despite the slowdown, our country will remain above comparable economies in the rest of the European Union.

At a time when the legal teams of companies must be more prepared than ever to face new challenges and seek business opportunities in an environment in which the firms are looking for economic stability, at Andersen Tax & Legal we are proud to have supported the first initiative of the prestigious international guide The Legal 500 from the very beginning and for the fourth year running, which recognises the work of in-house lawyers.

The new challenges of the economy require multidisciplinary firms with international capabilities and who are adapted to technological change. These demands on both companies and their accompanying consultants make the success of business largely dependent on strong partners.

At Andersen Tax & Legal we share the same passion for a job well done, the concern to improve daily and the effort to expand skills, knowledge and services. We have added teams, retained talent and increased services at our offices in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville and a collaborating firm in Bilbao. We have more than 4,000 professionals in nearly 140 locations around the world through the member firms and collaborating firms of Andersen Global.

We are in line with all the in-house teams represented in the GC Powerlist: Iberia Teams 2019 and are aware that the legal market is constantly changing. In-house lawyers face challenges that require external, specialised and impartial advice, just as lawyers apply their knowledge from a business perspective, with increasing sectoral knowledge.

We are convinced that the pairing of a firm and an in-house lawyer gives an excellent result in terms of in-depth knowledge of both sectors and practice areas and an innovative approach to new projects that improve the company’s market position.

That is why we continue to believe in a relationship that goes beyond the professional, we are committed to a long-term relationship based on trust, the same values and working together to contribute to a success that is always shared. Thus, we share the success achieved with this recognition too and, on behalf of Andersen Tax & Legal, I would like to congratulate all the teams included in the GC Powerlist: Iberia Teams 2019.


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Sponsor – Spain

Silvia Pérez-Navarro
Managing partner

The Spanish economic recuperation demands larger and better in-house legal teams. Counsels are now required to be versatile, to have a deep knowledge of their companies’ business and strategies, and, above all, to have the passion and the skills to be real team players.

Team work is more important now than ever, to face the multiple and complex challenges arising from a globalised business environment which is often highly regulated. In this context, legal departments are now a key element in business decision-making processes and have thus become true value generators in a corporate world.

The above results in companies demanding highly qualified counsels who receive continued training adapted to the new challenges faced by their companies, who are technically rigorous and legally cross-sector and generalists, who can manage all risks, who are flexible and yet assertive, effective and proactive, and can inspire their teams through leadership. The in-house counsel has now the duty and the responsibility to find out the business’ targets and must be generous and curious enough to learn from others, whilst sharing knowledge and expertise across the staff and departments. And, even more difficult, must lead a top class team in the same direction and towards a shared view, building on the company’s culture.

Companies operating in Spain cannot afford missing one opportunity to grow, generate benefits, offer value to society, expand and generate employment. Therefore, they request very sophisticated legal counsels and demand more from their legal teams, even to the point that they are seen as part of the business.

I have witnessed this passionate evolution in the legal teams’ qualifications and roles in Spain throughout almost 11 years searching for the best in-house talent. I am proud to say that our counsels compete internationally with top profiles who contribute to their companies in Spain and elsewhere in achieving their strategic goals.

To all and each of the counsels mentioned in the teams nominated by this guide, I am very pleased to say: congratulations and keep up with the good work!


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Sponsor – Portugal

Luís Miguel Pais Antunes
Managing partner
PLMJ Advogados

It is a pleasure for PLMJ to partner again with The Legal 500 and help recognise the hard work of
in-house legal teams in Portugal and Spain, and the invaluable role they play in helping companies to navigate troubled waters and achieve greater success. For more than 50 years, we have worked in close cooperation with in-house lawyers and witnessed first-hand how much their roles and responsibilities have changed.

General counsel and in-house lawyers now have greater responsibility and play an increasingly strategic role in their organisations. This, combined with the ever greater globalisation of companies, means in-house lawyers have to deal with a growing number of challenges. There has been a visible shift in their role, from a reactive to much more proactive: no longer only called on to come to the rescue when problems arise, general counsel are now asked to play an active role in decision-making processes. And all the while, they still have to provide the traditional day-to-day legal assistance and face the added challenge of working in jurisdictions they might not be very familiar with.

Another important challenge is the need to achieve greater levels of efficiency and to use the best available technology. As teams are expected to do more with less, there is added pressure to maximise value. There is also greater scrutiny in deciding which work should be done in-house and which should be done externally. Unsurprisingly, all those challenges also bring golden opportunities for innovation, leadership and decision-making at the highest level.

As one of the largest Portuguese law firms, PLMJ takes great pride in its business focus and its commitment to working as an extension of its clients’ in-house teams. We understand the challenges faced by in-house teams and have constantly adapted our services to respond to their needs. We have extended our practice areas, industry expertise and geographic coverage, and have also adopted the latest technology to make sure we are always ahead of the game. We have a genuine enthusiasm for overcoming the impossible that often takes us down the ‘road less travelled’ and transforms old certainties into new disruptions. For more than 50 years, our bold and transformative approach has translated into real solutions that effectively defend our clients’ interests.

All that remains for us to say is that it is an honour and great pleasure to work closely with so many brilliant professionals. We would like to congratulate not only all the teams recognised here, but also those not mentioned this time, for all their hard work and the valuable role they play in helping guarantee their companies’ success.






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