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Ignasi Guardans

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Ignasi Guardans, PhD, is a Partner in the firm’s Brussels office, and is registered as a lawyer at the Barcelona Bar. After some years of academic activity in Spain he joined later a large Spanish law firm, dealing with foreign investment and international contracts, in particular in the field of IP law. In 1996 he started a career in public service taking him to assume different elected responsibilities, in Spain and at the European Union (Spanish Parliament, European Parliament and Spanish Government). His experience combined a deep involvement in international relations and international trade with an intense involvement in legislation drafting and policy practice related to Technology, Media & Telecom.

Since 2014 he advises clients in EU policy and regulatory matters; and when applicable he collaborates with other Partners of the firm in matters involving Spanish law or Spanish clients.

Professional Background

Ignasi Guardans obtained his Ph.D. in 1992 with a research on International comparative contract law. He spent some years teaching Private International Law in the Universities of Navarra and Barcelona (Spain), and joined later a large Spanish Law Firm, dealing with foreign investment and international contracts, in particular in the field of IP law.

In 1995 he started a political career, which for a while run parallel to his legal practice. First elected to the Catalan Parliament, and shortly afterwards elected to the Spanish Parliament (Congreso de los Diputados), where he stayed for two consecutive terms (1996-2004). During this period he was also an active Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. In 2004 he was elected to the European Parliament.

During this long period of parliamentary and lawmaking activity, Mr. Guardans held different responsibilities as spokesperson, Chair or deputy Chair of different Committees. He mostly concentrated his activity in these topics: International and European Affairs; Media & Creative Industries, including the Digital environment; International Trade, and the promotion of Human Rights.

He was an active member of the Trans-Atlantic Legislators Dialogue with the US Congress.

In 2009 Mr Guardans was appointed Director General of Spain’s Film Agency and Film Fund (“ICAA”). In 2011 he moved to Geneva as the first Public Affairs Director at the European Broadcasting Union. In 2012 he relocated in Brussels, and channeled his activity through a non profit working consulting agency specialized in EU affairs he cofounded, CUMEDIAE aisbl, until joining K&L Gates in 2014.

Professional/Civic Activities

Ignasi Guardans has a strong involvement in cultural activities and support to cultural organizations. He is a member of several cultural, social and law associations, and has worked closely with European and Transatlantic think tanks. He has been decorated by the French Government as Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and by the Spanish Government with the Medalla del Mérito Civil.

Speaking Engagements

Additional Information

Mr Guardans has been a regular guest and contributor for many years in several Spanish radio and TV talk shows and debates on political and social subjects. He has also been an Op Ed contributor to both printed and online media, and is ranked among influential social media users in Spanish.