Almudena Arpón de Mendívil announced as IBA’s new Secretary-General

Almudena Arpón de Mendívil has taken up the position of Secretary-General of the International Bar Association (IBA) following election to the role at the last IBA Council Meeting, held in October 2018 during the Association’s Annual Conference in Rome. Her tenure is for two years, up to 31 December 2020. Ms Arpón de Mendívil is a partner at the law firm Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados in Spain, where she leads the Corporate Technology, Media and Telecommunications Group.

A member of the IBA for more than 20 years, Ms Arpón de Mendívil commented: ‘It is such a privilege and a unique opportunity to serve the legal profession as Secretary-General of the International Bar Association. During my mandate, I aim to contribute to the continued improvement of this very successful organisation, to make it even more influential, useful and inspiring.

She added: ‘Throughout my career, three issues have become ever clearer to me. First, we face the challenge of being the guardians of the rule of law; second, the legal community has also become globally interconnected; and third, we have to acknowledge that we have an influence that extends beyond the strict boundaries of legal practice and thus a duty to exercise it. I believe that the IBA is the perfect forum to address their relevance and determine which are the best actions to follow. To this end, I will prioritise engaging with and listening to members of the profession, and then work to turn our words into deeds for the benefit of the IBA, the legal sector and society at large.

Ms Arpón de Mendívil has held a number of IBA senior leadership roles, including: Treasurer, Legal Practice Division (LPD), LPD Chair, LPD Vice-Chair, Member of the Investments Review Committee, Member of the Special Projects Fund Committee and Member of the Rule of Law Task Force. Her professional expertise is diverse, with an emphasis on corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures. She has been involved in complex cross-border transactions that continue to shape the landscape of the telecommunications, media and technology sectors, and is recognised as one of the most influential professional women in Spain (Unedisa, 2018), as well as one of the most inspiring women lawyers (Iberian Lawyer, 2018).


Notes to the Editor

  1. 1. The IBA Management Board:
    • President Horacio Bernardes Neto, Brazil
    • Vice-President James M Klotz, Canada
    • Secretary-General Almudena Arpón de Mendívil, Spain
    • Legal Practice Division (LPD) Chair Jon Grouf, US
    • LPD Vice-Chair Peter Bartlett, Australia
    • IBA Treasurer/LPD Secretary Treasurer Carola van den Bruinhorst, The Netherlands
    • IBA Asst Treasurer/LPD Asst Treasurer Daniel Del Río, Mexico
    • LPD Representatives
      • Jaime Carey, Chile
      • Pascal Lagesse, France
      • Lawrence Teh,Singapore
    • Section on Public and Professional Interest (SPPI) Chair Sarah Hutchinson, England
    • SPPI Secretary Treasurer Jörg Menzer Romania
    • Bar Issues Commission (BIC) Chair Péter Köves, Hungary
    • BIC Vice-Chair Deborah Enix-Ross, US
    • BIC Immediate Past Chair Claudio Visco, Italy
    • BIC RepresentativeMargery Nicoll, Australia
  2. 2. The International Bar Association (IBA), established in 1947, is the world’s leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. Through its global membership it influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world.

    The IBA’s administrative office is in London, United Kingdom. Regional offices are located in: São Paulo, Brazil; Seoul, South Korea; and Washington, DC, United States, while the IBA’s International Criminal Court and International Criminal Law Programme (ICC & ICL) is managed from an office in The Hague, the Netherlands.

    The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), an autonomous and financially independent entity, works to promote, protect and enforce human rights under a just rule of law, and to preserve the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession worldwide.

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