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J&A Garrigues was founded in 1941 as a result of the merger of two separate law firms managed by the brothers Joaquín and Antonio Garrigues Díaz-Cañabate.
Antonio Garrigues Walker (son of Antonio Garrigues Díaz-Cañabate) joined the family firm in 1954 and took over the reins as chairman eight years later, following his father’s posting as Spanish Ambassador to the US. The firm then began to take shape as an institutional organization, moving towards the partnership-type model typical of English-speaking countries, in which firms are collectively owned by their professionals according to merit and length of service.
For Garrigues, the seventies marked the beginning of the firm’s considerable reputation among foreign companies starting to train their sights on Spain, looking to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the country’s new democratic system. Indeed, the firm’s monopoly in the field of foreign investment advisory services was such that, for some time, Henry Ford was under the misapprehension that Garrigues must be some type of Spanish tax, since a ‘Garrigues fee’ was an ever-present item in the accounts of the US companies setting foot on Spanish soil. Alongside Ford, other noteworthy clients included IBM, Philip Morris, Hewlett-Packard and Avon. A key part of this success was without doubt the Garrigues New York office, which opened in 1973 and was the first Spanish law firm to open for business in the Big Apple.
It was followed in the eighties by the Brussels office (the nerve center for the firm’s dealings with Europe) and the creation of the Club de Abogados, providing Garrigues with an extraordinary international network under agreements forged with firms from Latin America, Europe and Japan.
Merger of two cultures
A new beginning
Latin America, strategic cornerstone of Garrigues’ international expansion
Fernando Vives appointed executive chairman