Cuatrecasas appointed senior partner Rafael Fontana as “executive chairman” (also known as CEO) and temporary managing partner following the sudden death of Jorge Badía.
The late managing partner Badía was cycling in Barcelona when he died suddenly on July 17, 2022, a person from the Spanish law firm has said. Cuatrecasas shareholders called a meeting after Badía’s death, and the partners voted to appoint Fontana as CEO shortly thereafter.
Fontana will serve as CEO and temporary managing partner as he works to select Badía’s replacement. The new managing partner will be appointed in the coming months, a Cuatrecasas spokesperson said. Law.com International. Fontana will retain his role as CEO following the appointment of the permanent managing partner.
Fontana joined the Cuatrecasas tax practice as an attorney in 1983. He is an expert in family business group planning as well as in tax matters, mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, according to the company’s website. He led the opening of international offices of Cuatrecasas in Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, as well as the formation of alliances with companies in France, Italy and Germany.
Fontana has been a senior partner at Cuatrecasas since 2014. He was managing partner from 2012 to 2014 and CEO from 2012 to 2019. Fontana is now returning to his previously held roles as CEO and managing partner in the wake of his predecessor.
Jorge Badía was the firm’s managing partner from 2019 until his death. Prior to his appointment as Managing Partner, Badía served as Managing Director for four years. He led the company’s strategic development and, as the company said in a July statement, he was “the architect of the modernization” of the company. Under his direction, Cuatrecasas published a record turnover of 350 million euros in 2021. Badía was 59 when he died.
Fontana said of his Badía: “We have lost an exceptional person, an extraordinary lawyer and an admirable professional, but his immense legacy remains. We will live up to this legacy to preserve all that Jorge left us.
The Spanish law firm, founded in 1917, now operates worldwide with offices in Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the United Kingdom and the United States.