Lawyers and compliance professionals from Pfizer, Zurich
Insurance and Seat were among the winners at the recent 2016
Iberian Lawyer Gold Awards.
The Gold Awards recognise excellence among legal and compliance
professionals working for Spanish and Portuguese businesses at home
and abroad or as part of the Iberian operations of an international
The award ceremony was held at the Museo Lázaro Galdiano
in Madrid on 20 October. A total of 200 guests were in
Victory for Pfizer
Pfizer's Cecilia Álvarez Rigaudias was winner of the
compliance lawyer of the year award, whose work creating an
alternative system for transferring personal data to the US in
light of the European Court of Justice ruling relating to 'safe
harbour', particularly impressed the judges. Meanwhile, Zurich
Insurance won the compliance team of the year (Portugal) award.
Judges commended the Zurich team – led by Nuno Moraes Bastos
– for its work providing training for the insurance and
finance industry on regulatory changes such as Solvency II.
The compliance team of the year award (Spain) went to Seat,
whose team is led by Sandra Olivera. Meanwhile, JT International
Iberia won the legal team (Spain) award. ANA Aeroportos de Portugal
won the legal team (Portugal) award – judges rewarded the
team - led by Francisco José Lourenço Sebastian -
partly for its work agreeing out of court settlements that
mitigated the company's global risk exposure and resulted in
savings for the company of €10.6 million.
Andrade Gutiérrez top in Africa
The corporate lawyer of the year award was won by Azora's
María Luisa Vara, while Francisco Javier Ramírez
Arbúes of ING Bank won the TMT lawyer of the year prize. The
projects & infrastructure lawyer of the year award went to
Javier Cabezudo Pueyo of Gamesa Corporación
Tecnológica. The global team of the year (focus Africa)
award was won by Andrade Gutiérrez Europe, Asia and Africa
– the team was led by Rui Andrade.
The global team of the year (focus Latin America) award was won
by Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras (ACS Group), whose team
was led by Gabriela Regojo Balboa. The ceremony was preceded by
Law2Biz, a think-tank discussion involving general counsel,
compliance officers and leading lawyers from law firms.
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