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Adolfo Menéndez Menéndez

Born in Gijón in 1958, Adolfo Menéndez obtained his Degree in Law from the Autonomous University of Madrid and entered the Corps of State Lawyers in 1984.

He is currently a practising lawyer, president of TEDAE, and sits on the board of Indra. He also lectures in Public and Economic Law and Regulated Industries at the IE Law School, as well as holding the José María Cervelló Chair, which fosters research and teaching in Lawyering and Legal Ethics.

He commenced his professional career as a state lawyer for the Tax Authority and before the Higher Court and Courts of Justice of Toledo (1984). He then became a legal advisor at the Ministry of the Presidency (1986) and, finally, chief state lawyer of the legal advisory body of the then Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs (1987). In 1998, he joined the law firm Ernst & Whinney, which, after its merger with Arthur Young, gave rise to Ernst & Young, where he was a partner of the legal and tax department until 1996. He has been Sub-Secretary of State for Defence (1996-2000) and Promotion (2000-2004), partner in the law firm Uría Menéndez (2004 2016), assistant professor of Administrative Law at the Law Faculty of the Complutense University of Madrid, and associate professor of the same subject at the Ramón Carande Centre for Social and Legal Studies at King Juan Carlos I University. He has been a member of the faculty of the Instituto de Empresa (IE) business school since 1986, where he participated in the creation of Master’s programmes in Law, as well as lecturing in the area of Public Economic Law, a subject in which he was a pioneer in Spain. He has authored numerous articles on his specialty and has headed different group research studies. He sits or has sat on the editorial board of various scientific journals, such as the Revista de Derecho del Transporte Terrestre, Marítimo, Aéreo y Multimodal and Actualidad Jurídica Uría Menéndez.

Member of the Bar Association of Madrid and of the Association of State Lawyers, of whose board of directors he formed part, he was also founder and vice-president of the Spanish Air and Space Law Association and member of the Spanish Aeronautical Society. He has been a founding partner of the Civil and Mercantile Court of Arbitration, member of the Court of Arbitration for Football and vice-president of the Spanish Public and Regulated Procurement Law Association. He is currently general secretary of the Spanish Association of Foundations and president of the Regulation Forum. He holds the Grand Cross of Isabel la Católica and the Grand Cross of Maritime Merit of the Spanish Naval League and is an Honorary Pilot of the Spanish Nautical Pilots Association. among other honours.

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