Víctor Torre de Silva. Professor. IE Law School

1 June 2016

The unprecedented repetition of Spain’s general elections has highlighted the fact that Spain’s election system is not fit for its purpose, and the need to embark on immediate reform.

Marti Manent. Director Legal Program. IE Law School

29 April 2016

Silicon Valley isn’t just revolutionizing the business world, it’s also having a huge impact on legal services as this Californian ecosystem drives change in practices in the sector.   

Soledad Atienza. Professor. IE University

28 September 2015

Legal clinics are a learning model for the field of law that promote a fundamental value in the sector, namely that of serving the community.

Marisa Méndez. Professor. IE Law School

28 November 2014

The growing number of spin offs set up by top professionals who decide to leave a large law firm to create their own boutique practice is a wake-up call for the legal profession.

Soledad Atienza. Professor. IE University

25 June 2014

Legal clinics are taking lawyering beyond law firms and courts to foster a sense of social responsibility in the legal profession and to highlight the value of the service it provides for the community.  

Fernando Fernández. Professor. IE Business School

30 April 2014

Spain’s tax system has proved to be ineffective because in spite of levying high rates of tax the amount of money collected is relatively low. In the run up to a possible reform, it is necessary to gauge if citizens prefer to have more disposable income than tax credits, and if European countries with high levels of VAT and social security payments have lower levels of employment, and more generous social services.

Marie José Garot. Professor. IE Law School

1 January 2014

Having weathered the existential crisis of the euro, the moment has come to unify the supervision and resolution of banks. 

Marie José Garot. Professor. IE Law School

2 September 2013

European demographics is one of the region’s longstanding problems, and the solution to this dilemma lies in the use of family policies.

Marie José Garot. Professor. IE Law School

19 June 2013

The creation of an enormous market comprised of 800 million consumers has just begun. But in order for this idea to work, the European Union will have to show that it really is united.

Víctor Torre. Professor. IE Business School/IE Law School

29 May 2013

For the first time in history, Spain’s population is going down and is set to keep falling, which means that the government has to act now to adopt long-term policies to offset its negative effects.

Carlos de la Pedraja. Professor. IE Business School

22 March 2013

The changes now taking place in law firms are here to stay and they have brought with them a need for new remuneration models that are more focused on offering a more complete compensation package, which will enable firms to adapt to the times with losing talent.

IE Focus

25 July 2012

Diplomat Jorge Urbiola is currently serving in the Spanish Embassy in the Ukraine. Here he shares his vision of the role diplomats play in international relations and foreign policy decisionmaking processes. Urbiola holds a PhD in International Public Law and has held key positions in Spain’s diplomatic service, including that of Personal Aide to the Spanish Prime Minister of the time, José María Aznar, Counselor in the Spanish Embassy in Serbia, Deputy Head of Mission in Mozambique, Deputy Head of Mission in the Ukraine, and Deputy Director of the International Law Department at Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Marco de Benito. Professor. IE Law School

8 March 2012

Venezuela’s decision to abandon the ICSID is just the tip of the iceberg. The real blow for Spanish investment will be felt if it also turns its back on bilateral agreements.

Pedro Letai. Professor. IE Law School

8 March 2012

After the closure of Megaupload, all the people who used its online storage service for their personal files are now unable to access them. They are just one set of innocent parties affected by digital piracy.

Valentín Bote. Professor. IE Business School

9 March 2011

Spain’s pension reform is a move in the right direction, having upped both the retirement age and social security contributions. It’s the only way to keep the current intergenerational system going.

Enrique Dans. Professor. IE Business School

13 December 2010

The debate of Spain’s sustainable economy law has promised to be an empty one from the moment it included the awful anti-downloading law that Sinde managed to slip into the proceedings.

Julio Gómez Pomar. Director. PricewaterhouseCoopers & IE Centre for the Public Sector.

4 November 2010

When the levels of debt of city councils rise, it all too often results in the state having to bail them out using taxes paid by everyone.

María del Pilar Galeote. Professor. IE Business School

7 September 2010

The need to speed up court procedures, new technologies and a lack of supranational bodies is leading countries worldwide to view mediation as a feasible alternative.

Enrique Dans. Professor. IE Business School

7 January 2010

The Sinde law is not only anti-democratic because it aims to close down websites without a court order, but also because it was passed without regard for any of the usual legal procedures.

Miguel Hernández. Professor. IE Business School

3 July 2007

A recent survey shows that most Spanish businessmen believe corruption is rampant in the real estate industry. But recent legislation doesn’t go far enough to combat the problem.

Miguel Hernández. Director. Advanced Programme in Real Estate Business Management. IE Business School

4 May 2007

Despite efforts to reform it, the first Spanish Land Act of 1956 has grown obsolete. Now Spain’s political parties should agree on new legislation that addresses the problems of today’s real estate market.

Julio Gómez-Pomar. Director. <a href="http://www.ie.edu/eng/claustro/claustro_centros_detalle.asp?id=18">PWC/IE Centre for the Public Sector</a>

4 May 2007

Catalonia is seeking more fiscal independence from Spain. This can be a positive development, if it is carried out properly.

María del Pilar Galeote. Professor. IE Business School

31 January 2007

By transposing the new EU directives on takeover bids into national legislation, Spain is increasing market transparency and reinforcing minority shareholder rights.

Marie-José Garot. Professor. IE Business School

5 January 2007

In a recent ruling that attracted little notice, Spain’s Constitutional Court again demonstrated its often inconsistent interpretation of Community law.

Víctor Torre de Silva. Professor. IE Business School

5 September 2006

Until recently, when an administrative agency failed to respond to a petition to act under a statutory obligation, the petitioner could assume that the petition was denied and could ask for judicial review, but only within a specified period of time. Now a recent Constitutional court ruling has turned that premise on its head.

Víctor Torre. Professor. IE Business School

20 June 2006

The Spanish population is getting older everyday, while families fail to have enough children to replace the working population. Do the tax breaks for families in Spain provide a real incentive to have more children?

Francisco Marcos and Albert Sánchez. Observatory on Competition Policy . IE Business School

30 May 2006

Spain’s move to draw up a new financing system for its 17 autonomous regions could be conditioned by a ruling by the Constitutional Court on the right of regional governments to levy special taxes on large commercial centres. A ruling that the current Government seems to be prepared to avoid as part of the negotiation with the regions. The authors argue that these two issues should be dealt with separately.

Víctor Torre de Silva. Profesor. Instituto de Empresa

4 May 2006

Spanish governments have long assumed that decentralisation is in the country’s best social and economic interest. Now Germany is devising a new way for redistributing power that may prove far more efficient. Could the German experience serve as an example for Spain?

Víctor Torre. Professor. Instituto de Empresa

26 September 2005

In today’s global economy, applying old remedies to new ailments can often cause harmful side-effects. Such is the case of Spain’s public health system, where the government prescription of higher taxes to finance the growing deficit is likely to fuel inflation, without reducing wasteful spending. Charging users a small sum could be an efficient way to cut back on abuse and curb health costs.

María López-Contreras. Professor. Instituto de Empresa

28 June 2005

What many predicted - and the author refused to believe it till the last minute – finally happened. The No vote won the French referendum on the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe.

Víctor Torre de Silva. Professor. Instituto de Empresa

18 May 2005

Over the last few years, lawyers were the only ones to notice the appearance of a somewhat cumbersome guest at Christmas, uninvited but always present: the Accompaniment Act.

José M. de Areilza. Professor of European Union Law and Vice-Dean of the Legal Department. Instituto de Empresa

25 April 2005

The first European referendum held in Spain has been subjected to varied political and territorial interpretations.

Rubén Agote. Professor. Instituto de Empresa. Partner at Cuatrecasas

21 February 2005

Spain recently saw modification of two major labor laws which will greatly benefit women in the workplace.

Francisco de Marcos. Professor. Instituto de Empresa

1 January 2005

The second part of Francisco Marcos’ look at auditors and the companies they audit. Part one appeared in Focus 22 (Nov. 2004).

Francisco de Marcos. Professor. Instituto de Empresa

1 December 2004

Auditors play an essential part in the regulation of and stock markets and share capital companies especially, although not solely, those whose actions are spread among a great number of shareholders.

Francisco Marcos. Professor of Law. Instituto de Empresa

21 September 2004

The appearance of new materials for copying music or audiovisual contents protected by intellectual property rights has reopened the debate about the royalty payment imposed by the Intellectual Property Act for copies made for private use.

Francisco Marcos. Professor. Instituto de Empresa

19 May 2004

In March, the European Parliament passed a proposal to guarantee compliance with copyright laws. The directive has just been ratified by the Council. What effects will it have?

Manuel Romera. Professor. Instituto de Empresa

24 March 2004

Spain is different from its neighbors in town-planning legislation. Its autonomous regions (ARs) and local corporations are responsible for regulating land use. Recently, the government has tried to increase the amount of land on offer, but has had a hard time implementing changes.

Joshua Jampol. Journalist

21 March 2003

New laws under review in France may change the state of direct capital investment in small and medium businesses, and offer investors more fiscal advantages, explains Joshua Jampol.


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