Spain’s Olleros Abogados hires ex-Garrigues managing partner

Spanish firm Olleros Abogados has hired Miguel Gordillo Moro, a former managing partner of Garrigues, as of counsel

Gordillo co-managed Spain’s largest law firm alongside José María Alonso Puig for almost a decade between 2000 and 2009.

They were elected to manage the firm in 2000 and two years later the pair were tasked with dealing with the collapse of Andersen Legal following Enron’s downfall (18 March 2002). They were then re-elected for a third term in 2006 (3 July 2006) before stepping down to make way for partners Fernando Vives and Ricardo Gómez-Barreda to take over their mantle in July 2009, just as the firm broke through the €300m (£250m) turnover barrier for the first time (20 July 2009).

Gordillo retired from Garrigues’ partnership in 2009 following his 56th birthday and took on an of counsel position. At that time, the voluntary retirement age at Garrigues was 56, with 62 being the mandatory age by which all partners should retire. The firm recently revamped its retirement plan and reset the voluntary retirement age for partners at 60, subject to a two-year transitional period. (21 October 2011). Gordillo left Garrigues in 2011.

Gordillo originally came across Jaime Olleros, the founding partner of Olleros Abogados, in 1975, when he joined the tax department at Arthur Andersen Asesores Legales y Tributarios. In 1977 the pair founded Dutch boutique Moret Gudde Brinkman, which focused on international tax matters. That firm later merged with Ernst & Young and both lawyers rejoined Arthur Andersen. In 1997 Gordillo coordinated the merger of Garrigues and Arthur Andersen to form Garrigues & Andersen.

His appointment follows the news earlier this year that fellow former co-managing partner Alonso, following his own departure from Garrigues, had been appointed as the managing partner of the litigation and arbitration department at Baker & McKenzie’s Madrid office (7 February 2012).

It also forms part of Olleros’s wider plan to boost its existing offices in Madrid and Valencia. In May Francisco Guijarro, a former managing partner of Hammonds’ (now Squire Sanders) Madrid office, joined Olleros as of counsel. After joining Hammonds in 2003 he was managing partner of the Madrid office until 2009, before taking an of counsel position there. He also previously managed the tax department at Garrigues between 1979 and 1981.

Commenting on Gordillo’s appointment, Olleros said: “He’s not a co-managing partner since he doesn’t have enough time to dedicate himself fully to the firm, but he’ll be involved in all of the firm’s activities and I wouldn’t even rule out him becoming a partner at a future date.”

For Gordillo the move has given him the necessary freedom to be involved in the firm and also pursue ongoing personal projects. “On the one hand I knew Jaime very well and I was attracted to the project. On the other hand, the opportunity to come in as of counsel will give me the freedom to dedicate myself to several other projects in which I’m currently engaged,” he said.