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Sunday, February 25, 2024

Ibercaja appoints general counsel

Ibercaja has appointed Gabriel Morales, founder of Morales Arruga Abogados, new general counsel, replacing Jesús Sierra, who becomes new secretary-general

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Gabriel Morales is a State Attorney since 2001, now on leave of absence. He began his professional career in 2001, first in the General State Administration and, since 2005, also in the private sector, establishing his own law firm Morales Aarruga Abogados. His functions have been mainly linked to the fields of Administrative, Litigation, Civil and Commercial Law, working in all branches of law as a State Attorney.

He has been Chief State Lawyer for the provinces of Teruel (2001 and 2003) and Huesca (2003-2005), where among his functions he advised the Government Subdelegations, Provincial Delegations of the Treasury and the AEAT (Spanish Tax Agency). In both, he was a member of the Provincial Expropriation Juries, of the Commission for Assistance to the Government Subdelegate and of the rest of the bodies of the State Peripheral Administration.

From 2005 to May 2019, he was Technical Advisor to the State Attorney at the State Attorney’s Office in Zaragoza, providing legal advice and intervening in Civil, Criminal, Contentious-Administrative and Arbitration proceedings. Among other functions, during this period he was coordinator of the Legal Assistance Agreement between the Ministry of Justice and the company Expoagua Zaragoza 2008, currently Expo Zaragoza Empresarial SA, and of the Legal Assistance Agreement between the Ministry of Justice and the state-owned company Aguas de la Cuenca del Ebro (AcuaEbro, now ACUES). The State Attorney General’s Office appointed him to this function in 2010.

During this period he combined his public sector functions with the private practice of law.

In 2017, he was appointed Counsellor of the Advisory Council of Aragon, a position he also currently holds. He also chairs the Guarantee Committee of the University Quality and Prospective Agency of Aragon – ACPUA, the official agency for the evaluation of higher education in the Autonomous Community of Aragon.

Gabriel replaces Jesús Sierra, until now general counsel, who has been appointed secretary-general, combining under his leadership the competencies of the Legal department and the Tax department and becoming part of the Management Committee.

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