Gómez-Acebo & Pombo founder Fernando Pombo dies

Spanish firm Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has announced the death of co-founder Fernando Pombo.

Pombo died this morning (4 November) after an illness, aged 68. His death follows that of fellow founding partner Ignacio Gómez-Acebo in March this year (28 March 2011).

The duo founded Gómez-Acebo & Pombo in 1971 and Pombo was president from the firm’s inception. Most recently he headed its management board and sat on its business committee, while continuing to practise as a litigator.

In a statement announcing Pombo’s death the firm said: “His dedication to the law and his firm were hallmarks of his long career. During the last years of practice he concentrated all his efforts in the areas of litigation and arbitration, working almost to the last moment. Only a few hours before his death he issued an arbitration award regarding a relevant matter.”

The firm said Pombo was a “born leader” with genuine interest in other people. Throughout his life he was a keen musician and sailor.

Professionally Pombo excelled, lecturing regularly at universities in Europe and the US. He was president of the International Bar Association in 2007-08.

Pombo also founded the Fundación Fernando Pombo, a foundation with the development of social responsibility in the law as its central mission.

Pombo is survived by his wife Carmen and their children Clara, Regina, Carmen and Vindio.