Founding Partners

GUILLERMO IBARRONDO ZAMAKONA and FERNANDO LAMIKIZ GARAI are the Founding Partners of the Firm, settled as a law services provider company; in legal regime of Civil Society.

Guillermo Ibarrondo Zamakona

Joined the firm in

Founder 1987

Academic training

Law degree (Deusto University).
Degree of the School of Juridical Practice (Deusto University).

Practice areas

Civil and Commercial Law

Including the following within these areas:/

Civil Law

  • Advice and legal direction of any court proceedings subject to that jurisdiction, as well as acting as arbitrator, designated to solve conflicts in any Civil matters.
  • Similarly, he acts as an Expert appointed by Court, acting as liquidator of patrimonies and assets, tutorials, wardship and property management, also in relation to disables and/of minors.
  • Preparation of reports in any Civil matters, both to use it in litigation and to avoid juridic proceedings, using them to find extrajuridical solutions.
  • Direction of all the phases of negotiation, subscription or granting and application or interpretation of contracts, in continuous advice and legal direction of initiatives or practices to the defence of the positions of the party.

Comercial Law

  • Advice, in general, in procurement governing commercial relations between any physical and/or juridical persons.
  • Address legal procedures regarding to the different problems affecting companies or enterprisers, as well as any other legal advice related to community property, groups of economic interest, civil societies, cooperative entities, protected or not, societies of professional nature, and business structures linked to business trust or foundations.
  • Advice and special counsel in bankruptcy matters, including the eventual appointment as liquidator in such processes.
  • Advice and legal direction in situations prior to bankruptcy, as well as avoidance of this situation, managing out-of-court refinancing of debt and formulation and approval of agreements or proposals that could help to find a solution for the financial situation and impulse the continuity of the business activity.
  • Dissolution and extra-judicial liquidation of companies. Commissioned as liquidator.
  • Secretary, being Councillor or not, at the Board of Directors of a company.
  • Taking part in collective bargaining processes.
  • Provide legal advice in administrative and/or judicial processes defending the interests of Directors and Administrators of the companies.
  • Drafting of statutes, to adapting them to current regulations and contesting to agreements adopted by corporate bodies.
  • The legal defense of companies and firms in procedures that obliged them to applicate precepts of public nature, both in anticipation or already initiated by any public administration, at any of its territorial or competence levels.
  • Preliminary negotiations and participation in processes of constitution, mergers, demergers, global assignments of assets and liabilities in companies, purchases of assets and/or liabilities, credits acquisitions, establishment of accounts in participation, elaboration, and phase of inquiry, opinion, conclusions and recommendations in Due Diligences to significant aspects that encompass the above actions.

Experience

His career has been focussing on the free exercise of the profession of lawyer for 28 years, concentrating on its inception in external legal advice from financial institutions, with special emphasis on everything that concerns the litigiousness of banking contracts and their implementation, at all levels, as well as in the areas of Civil and commercial law.

He has lead the processes of restructuring and re-industrialization of the different industrial sectors affected by the reorientation of the business dynamics facing new markets, primarily in the fields of distribution and consumption, passing to occupy a leading position in the expansion of the cooperative world processes in the implementation of the system of franchises and at the confluence of the sustainability of the business activity in the Basque country for its adaptation to the new scenarios arising in the transformation of the industrial zone.

He has a long and continuous experience advising about the ordinary activity of companies, basically in conflicts related to the solution of individual and collective disputes of any kind, as well as a comprehensive service of any situations or lawsuits which may arise, specially in obligations and contracts, in its most generic sense.

Basically he focusses his usual practice in the intervention before the courts and tribunals of justice.

Since the 1990s, and on the proposal of the Biscayan Confederation of companies of the Metal, belongs to the Association of mediators of the Labour Relations Board (PRECO II), dependent of the Government of the Bask Country.

Another professional information

Member of Bar Association of Biscay.

Fernando Lamikiz Garai

Joined the firm in

Founder 1987

Academic training

Law degree (Deusto University).
Master on Foral and European Laws (Deusto University).
Degree of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry Navigation Bilbao on public funding sources for SMEs (1983).
Scholarship for developing business activities in the area of ​​insurance, financial advice and business entities "M├╝nchener R├╝ckversicherungs-Gesellschaft, Munich (Germany) and" Allianz Versicherungs - Aktiengesellschaft ", Berlin (Germany) (October 1982 - October 1983).

Practice areas

Civil and Criminal Law

Including the following within these areas:

Civil Law

  • Advice and guidance on all types of legal proceedings and arbitration.
  • Elaboration of reports and advice regarding potentially litigious situations for the client and advise on the best solution to take in each case.
  • Drafting of contracts and trading in all types of transactions.

Commercial Law

  • Comprehensive advice on corporate restructuring: mergers, assignment of assets and liabilities and trading companies.
  • Company Sale.
  • Advice on debt refinancing process and participation in negotiations with banks and venture capital.
  • Advice and guidance on legal processes before and during, bankruptcy proceedings and ordered liquidations.
  • Responsibility of managers, directors and executives.
  • Corporate law: drafting statutes, objections of social agreements, division and separation of partners, etc.
  • Secretaries of Boards of Directors.
  • Venture Capital.
  • Advice and solutions in relation to all the challenges inherent to family business: family protocol writing, remuneration policy, business succession.

Experience

Director of Civil Liability Department at Aurora-Polar, S.A. (AXA). (1981 - 1985).

From January 1984, he works as freelance Lawyer. being Founder in Ibarrondo & Lamikiz Law Firm, and responsible for the Financial and Commercial Area.

Secretary of the Board of Directors (1994-2001) and President (2004 - 2006) of Athletic Club of Bilbao Soccer Team.

Teaching experience:

Professor at the Chair of Civil Law at the University of Deusto specialized in obligations and contracts (1991-2004).

Another professional information

Member of Bar Association of Biscay.
Member of Bar Association of Madrid.