The appointment, ratified at the Extraordinary General Partners’ Meeting held on 20 April in Lisbon, reaffirms the firm’s commitment to the Corporate Compliance area, giving it a more transversal and international character and facilitating a proactive approach to clients.
Diego Pol has built up a prestigious professional career as a lawyer specialising in Compliance, having been one of the pioneers of this practice in Spain. Throughout his career, he has advised clients and national and international organisations in the area of legal risk prevention and management and regulatory compliance, among others, on anti-corruption regulations, export controls and international sanctions. Pol, who until now co-headed the European Compliance and Investigations area in a large global firm, has also provided detailed advice on the design of the Compliance function and the implementation of irregularities management systems to companies of all types.
A Law graduate from the University of Barcelona (2009) and Juris Doctor from NSU Florida, summa cum laude (2011), Diego Pol is admitted to practice in Spain and the United States. He enjoys wide international recognition, as evidenced by his inclusion in Chambers & Partners for eight years (Band 2) and the fact that he is the only lawyer in Spain included in the global directory of Who’s Who Legal as an expert in international sanctions. He is also recognised by Best Lawyers. In addition, he has conducted numerous internal investigations and regularly provides training to management bodies and management committees. He also acts as secretary of several compliance committees and is a member of Esade’s Ethics Committee.
“Cuatrecasas is the leading Spanish firm in Corporate Compliance, and working with such a large team of specialists will allow us to offer our clients cross-cutting and holistic advice, which is increasingly important,” says Diego Pol on joining the firm.
Javier Fontcuberta, the firm’s CEO, is clear about the new addition: “With the valuable addition of Diego Pol to the team, Cuatrecasas consolidates its position as one of the leading compliance firms in Spain and strengthens its capacity to advise on the most complex matters, including international sanctions.
Diego Pol will bring significant added value to Cuatrecasas’ Corporate Compliance practice thanks to his strategic vision, which will help to identify risks and adopt appropriate compliance guidelines. With him and the two associates who will join his team, Cristina Serrahima and Carmen Cases, the Barcelona office will boost its service capacity with a highly specialized contribution that will allow it to cover all markets.