Former executive president of Radio Televisión Española (RTVE) Leopoldo González-Echenique has been made partner at Herbert Smith Freehills in Spain.
González-Echenique initially joined the firm in 2015 as a consultant specialising in financial services regulation. More recently he has played a key role in developing the firm’s banking and finance practice.
González-Echenique has expertise in the areas of retail and wholesale banking, as well as in the technology sector, especially blockchain and cyber risk.
His previous roles include legal director and general secretary at Barclays Iberia and NH Hotels, state lawyer in the Ministry of Economy and Finance and in the Ministry of the Interior and Security, as well as general director for the ‘development of the information society’ in the Ministry of Science and Technology. He has also been deputy director of legal services at the National Securities Market Commission (CNMV).
Miguel Riaño, managing partner of Herbert Smith Freehills in Spain, said: "Leopoldo's promotion will strengthen our customer base and our relationships in Spain, particularly with IBEX 35 companies and the banking and insurance sector, which is key to bringing success to our Madrid office."