The Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equal Opportunity has awarded Garrigues the distinction of being an Equal Opportunity Company, a brand of excellence that acknowledges companies that stand out “in a relevant and specially significant way in the application of equal opportunity Plan policies”. Garrigues is the only law firm this year to achieve the distinction (published last Saturday in the Official State Gazette), which has been awarded to companies in different sectors since 2010.
Garrigues has hired Barbara Vera, a lawyer with more than 10 years’ experience in labor law in the Chilean market, to strengthen and lead the firm’s labor and employment law department in Chile.
The Red Expat forum has named Garrigues the best labor law advisory firm for Spanish expatriates at its 4th annual awards in recognition of expatriate management services. Garrigues also received the award last year.
In 2017, Garrigues again achieved a prominent position in Actualidad Económica’s ranking of the Best Companies to Work For, in which it is the only law firm to appear. On this occasion, the firm held eighth position in the overall ranking – an improvement on its 2016 position – and was fifth in the Training section.
Garrigues and Spain Startup, the organizer of South Summit, have announced the first Legaltech Startup Competition, the aim of which is to support research projects which focus on the development of new technologies for use in the field of Law.
Félix Plaza has been appointed as the director of Centro de Estudios de Garrigues, replacing Pablo Olábarri, who held the position for the last five years. Félix Plaza is a partner with the Garrigues tax law department, where he has developed his professional career. He specializes in tax law and is co-in charge of the sports and entertainment law department (Garrigues Sports & Entertainment), a field in which he has been highlighted by several international directories, such as Chambers & Partners.
The deputy executive chairman of Fundación ONCE, Alberto Durán, and the executive chairman of Garrigues, Fernando Vives, have today in Madrid signed an Inserta Agreement aimed at facilitating the incorporation of people with disabilities onto the firm’s workforce.
Lino Torgal has joined Garrigues as partner in charge of the Department of Administrative, Energy and Environment Law in Portugal. His incorporation and that of his team will strengthen the team of professionals working for the firm in the area.
Carlos Rapallo has been head of the firm’s Warsaw office before, between 2007 and 2012, and returns to the area once again to coordinate activities in central and Eastern Europe.
A group of innovative Spanish businesses from a variety of sectors has created Red Lyra, the world's first multi-sector technological platform based on blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT), which will be developing new systems and services so that, for example and among other functions, any person or company in Spain can identify themselves digitally in a secure manner.