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Sofia Garcia-Ollauri

Sofia Garcia-Ollauri

I hold a Business Degree and a Law Degree by the University Carlos III of Madrid (Spain). While I was at university, I also spent a year studying International Business at Maastricht University (Holland) as part of an Erasmus scholarship.
The firm encourages us to take responsibility, to do our best, to excel, to pursue professional success, providing the appropriate support. I try to translate all those opportunities into professional achievement.

After graduating, I started to prepare for the public service exams in order to be civil servant, in particular, competitive examination for access to the Senior Body of State Controllers and Auditors in Spain Ministry of Economic Affairs.

My first job was as a trainee in the Financial Lines team at another firm. While I was working, I got a Masters degree in Law Firms’ Management by ISDE Business School. In May 2013, a team of Lawyers and I moved over to Clyde & Co in order to open the Madrid office and in 2016 I was promoted from Senior Associate to Legal Director.

I work in the insurance team specialising in financial lines, with a particular focus on insurance and reinsurance policy advice and claims, including Directors and Officers claims (under D&O policies), claims under Banker’s Blanket Bond and professional indemnity disputes, with a particular emphasis upon solicitors, financial advisers, accountants and auditors, IT professionals and insurance brokers. I also advise clients on matters relating to trade credit policies and surety bonds. In addition, I regularly act for reinsurers and reinsureds in relation to claims involving both treaty and facultative reinsurance contracts.

I have had the opportunity to participate twice in the secondment programme carried out by the firm among its lawyers, with the goal of strengthening the relationship between the member offices and foster cross-selling opportunities. I went to London and New York office in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

In addition, I am a lecturer in Insurance Law at the Law & Business School ISDE, which offers law students in association with the University Complutense of Madrid (one of Spain's and the Spanish speaking world's most prestigious universities) the possibility of getting a law degree together with a masters in international law. I am also a temporary lecturer at the Madrid Bar Association (ICAM) and a frequent contributor to insurance legal publications such as “The Insurance Bulletin” and “Journal of civil liability in respect of the use of motor vehicles and Insurance”.

I have been selected to participate in the 2017 edition of the W50 Program (Preparing Our Women for Board Members of Tomorrow) organized by Anderson School of Management, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Banco Santander sponsors the international W50 Program that promotes excellence and leadership among women and selects and trains women executives around the globe who have recorded outstanding professional and academic careers. I'm also a member of the Observatory for Corporate Social Responsibility of the Madrid Bar Association (CRSAM), which provides pro bono legal advice and legal training to groups at risk of exclusion (immigrants, the elderly and the handicapped).

Why did I choose Clyde & Co? The figures of the firm speak for themselves: offices across 6 continents, helping clients do business across 120 countries, 375 Partners, 1,400 Lawyers and fee earners, 2,000 legal professionals and 3,300 total staff. No other international law firm can match our combination of size, global presence and expertise. Thus, it is a great place to work. All the awards Clyde & Co has received over the years confirm it.

The firm encourages us to take responsibility, to do our best, to excel, to pursue professional success, providing the appropriate support. I try to translate all those opportunities into professional achievement.

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