Thursday 24 January 2019
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).
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