Mr. Antonio Garrigues Walker
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from the Complutense University of Madrid. Current chairman of the Firm Garrigues, since 1961. He is a member of the Madrid Bar Association and he is an honorary member of the American Bar Association.
In 1954, he joined the firm Garrigues, founded by his father, Antonio Garrigues Díaz-Cañabate, and his uncle, Joaquín Garrigues Díaz-Cañabate.
He presides the Fundación Garrigues and the Latin American alliance of law firms Affinitas, promoted by the Spanish firm.
His work as a renowned legal adviser on foreign investments in Spain is noteworthy. He has advised major multinationals, as well as the Spanish government, on financial legislation, particularly in the field of foreign investments.
He also offers his legal advice and know-how to governments, such as the United States and Japan, in their relations with Spain. He was the Chairman of the World Association of Lawyers.
In 1982, he created the Spanish Liberal Democratic Party (PDL), of which he was elected president. Such party was integrated in 1984 within the Spanish Reformist Democratic Party, a joint initiative with Miquel Roca in a bid to take up the political centre ground.
He holds many positions within the international institutional and academic sphere. With regard to his activity related to globalisation and the globalised world, the following are to be highlighted: Honorary President of Spain of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); member of the executive Committee of the Trilateral Commission, created in 1973 by Japanese, European and American citizens; president of the Spain-Japan Fundación Consejo; honorary trustee of the Spain-US Fundación Consejo, trustee of the Spain-China Fundación Consejo, president of the Toledo International Centre for Peace (TICpax).
Besides, he is a honorary president and trustee of the Association for Progress in Management (APD); life trustee of Fundación José Ortega y Gasset; chairman of the Garrigues Chair in Global Law at the University of Navarre, first Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Business and Social Sciences of Buenos Aires (Argentina), Doctor Honoris Causa from the Ramón Llull University of Barcelona; the European University of Madrid and Comillas Pontifical University of Madrid, and a director of the Board of the City of the City Council of Madrid.