Spanish legend Rodrigo Uria dies

Rodrigo Uría, president of Uría Menéndez, has died suddenly of a heart attack aged 66.

Uría was on holiday in Croatia when he died.

His legal career in began in earnest in 1973, when he made partner at his father’s firm.

Five years later, he took over the reins of Uría Menéndez, spending almost 30 years converting it into one of the most successful business law firms in Spain. He was managing partner until 2005, when he stepped down to become president of the firm.

In 1980, he acted for Barclay’s Bank on its acquisition of Banco de Valladolid, the first ever foreign purchase of a Spanish bank. Most recently, he acted for gas company Acciona on its bid for Spanish rival Endesa.

Rodrigo Uría led a rich life away from the law, and was a prominent figure in Spanish society. In 2004, he was made chairman of the Royal Board of Trustees of the Prado Museum in Madrid.

Antonio Garrigues, president of Garrigues, said: “Rodrigo Uría will always be one of the great Spanish lawyers and the firm he created will always be one of the great firms of the professional world.”