H.E. Horacio Bernardes Neto

President of International Bar Association

H.E. Horacio Bernardes Neto

President of International Bar Association

Biography

Mr Bernardes Neto has taken leadership roles in global pro bono work as a founding member of the Pro Bono Institute and as a member of the Drafting Committee of the Pro Bono Declaration for the Americas, facilitated by the Cyrus R Vance Center for International Justice of the New York City Bar. He is described in Chambers and Partners’ Chambers Latin America as having ‘recognised strength in all areas of corporate law with an additional background in antitrust and private equity matters’ and as being ‘well versed in arbitration proceedings’.

Prior to joining MFA, Mr Bernardes Neto was a founding partner of Xavier, Bernardes, Bragança – Sociedade de Advogados; a partner at Bomchil, Castro, Goodrich, Claro, Arosemena and Associates; and was with Dr Graf von der Goltz, Dr Wessing & Partners in Düsseldorf and London. His main areas of expertise are mergers and acquisitions, general corporate law, private equity, antitrust, contracts and arbitration.

The new Vice-President of the IBA is James M Klotz. He is a partner in the Canadian law firm Miller Thomson, where he is Co-Chair of its International Business Transactions Group and leads the firm’s anti-corruption and international governance practice. Almudena Arpón de Mendívil is the new Secretary-General of the IBA. She is a partner with the Spanish law firm Gómez-Acebo & Pombo, where she leads the Corporate Technology, Media and Telecommunications Group. Their tenures are for the calendar years 2019 and 2020.