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KPMG Abogados has hired former Garrigues tax specialist Pedro Pablo Rodés, making him the firm’s third lateral hire in the past eight months.
Rodés joined KPMG’s Barcelona office last week to lead the firm’s Catalonia, Balearic Islands and Andorra divisions.
Rodés first joined Garrigues in 1981, was promoted to partner in 1990 and was head of the firm’s Barcelona office from 1993 until 1998. In 2010 he became of counsel and left Garrigues in October 2012.
His appointment follows a flurry of lateral hires at KPMG from some of Spain’s largest full-service law firms. In June last year labour partner Antonio Bartolomé left Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira to boost the labour offering at KPMG’s Madrid office (25 June 2012). Four other associates from Bartolomé’s department also left to join the auditor around the same time.
José Ignacio Jiménez Blanco, the former head of Clifford Chance’s tax practice in Madrid, left the firm on 1 May and joined KPMG on 1 October to be in charge of tax matters related to the structuring of financial transactions at the firm (22 November 2012).
Many Spanish firms are looking to enhance their tax capabilities, as demonstrated by the hire of Ernst & Young partner José María Rojí to launch CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo’s Barcelona office in October last year (17 October 2012).
In July 2012 Spanish firm Olleros Abogados hired Miguel Gordillo Moro, a former managing partner of Garrigues, as of counsel (11 July 2012). Gordillo, together with José María AlonsoPuig, managed the firm for almost a decade and oversaw the collapse of Andersen Legal following Enron’s downfall (18 March 2002).