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Spain’s Almudena Arpón de Mendívil has assumed the presidency of the IBA – the first woman in 20 years

Almudena Arpón de Mendívil y Aldama , partner at law firm  Gómez-Acebo & Pombo   in Madrid, Spain is announced as the new President of the  International Bar Association   (IBA). Ms Arpón de Mendívil is​​​​​ the first woman to hold the position in 20 years and only the second in the Association’s 76-year history. Her tenure is for the two calendar years of 2023 and 2024. She succeeds Sternford Moyo of Zimbabwe. 

Ranked in prestigious legal directories as one of the leading professionals in the telecommunications, media, and technology (TMT) sectors, Ms Arpón de Mendívil is a Corporate/M&A partner and head of the TMT Group at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo. She holds a law degree from  ICADE , a master’s degree in European Union Law from the  College of Europe   in Bruges and a PIL from  Harvard Law School.

Prior to becoming IBA President, Almudena Arpón de Mendívil y Aldama was IBA Vice President from 2021–2022 and has held several senior positions within the Association including being on the IBA management board since 2009. She has also held the positions of IBA Treasurer, Chair of the  Legal Practice Division   as well as having served as leader on several committees and projects over the course of her career with the IBA. Ms Arpón de Mendívil joined the IBA c. twenty-five years ago.

The IBA’s new IBA Vice Presidents are  Jaime Carey , Managing Partner at Chilean law firm  Carey , and  Claudio Visco , Managing Partner at Italian law firm  Macchi di Cellere Gangemi . The new IBA Secretary-General is  Jörg Menzer , Managing Partner of the Bucharest office of pan-European law firm  Noerr .


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