EuropeFides members and guests met in Barcelona on 26 and 27 June 2015 for the EuropeFides General Meeting.
Throughout the two days of the meeting, members and guests had the opportunity to share knowledge and listen to presentations from expert speakers on financial and legal topics during our Seminar on Friday and the General Assembly on Saturday. Starting with our seminar on Friday morning, the meeting kicked of with a presentation on private banking in Spain by José Ramón Aranda of our sponsor Banca March.
Our members Melina Pyrgou of Pyrgou Vakis Law Firm, Tatjana Dekleva of Chaldoupis & Partners and Miquel Masramon of Miralbell Guerin tackled the topic of responsibilities and liabilities of directors in Cyprus, Serbia and Spain. Their presentations were followed by a lively discussion among members and guests about the peculiarities of the legal frameworks on directors' liabilities in their respective jurisdictions.
Dr. Hammad Kassal of Université Al Akhawayn d’Ifrane elaborated on the role of Morocco as a springboard into Africa for investors, while Josep Cortadellas, Partner of the Banking Department at Miralbell Guerin, gave a presentation on NPL asset bank opportunities in Spain for foreign investors.
We were also lucky to have two speeches on marketing aspects:
Ignacio Lopez-Balcells gave a very insightful presentation on practical strategies for expanding international networks.
Francesc Dominguez of Barton Consultants’ talk on legal marketing provided great food for thought on the importance of building both strong local and international brands.
As always, the meeting also provided plenty of opportunities for participants to network and socialize outside the conference rooms. Members and guest were able to meet and catch up during our official cocktail reception on Friday and our dinner on Saturday. Our hosts of Miralbell Guerin were also very keen to show participants the cultural sides of Barcelona and treated their guests to a dinner at Enrique Tomas Jamón Experience and a guided tour of the city center on Saturday.
The Barcelona Meeting was also an chance for new firms interested in joining EuropeFides to get to know our association and vice-versa. The following firms introduced themselves to members: Matczuk Wieczorek I Wspólnicy from Warsaw, Poland, Ivan Vulchev from Sofia, Bulgaria and NOTE Office from Ankara, Turkey.
Moreover, EuropeFides has been in touch with several other firms in the past weeks, that are looking to join EuropeFides and have already expressed their intention to attend the next General Meeting.
We would like to say thank you to Banca March for sponsoring the event, to all of our speakers for sharing their expertise and of course to our local member, Miralbell Guerin, for their hospitality and organizing a wonderful meeting.
The next Annual General Meeting will be held on 12 -13 February 2016 in Wiesbaden, Germany (via Frankfurt Airport). We look forward to seeing you there.