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2023 Barcelona CLA Summer Law Conference

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July 17 @ 9:15 am July 21 @ 1:30 pm

Ilustre Colegio Abogados
C/de Mallorca, 283
08037 Barcelona, Barcelona (Spain)

Join us this summer for the 2023 Barcelona CLA Summer Law Conference! This exciting and fun conference will focus on a wide range of topics and is in cooperation with the Barcelona Bar Association and the International Law and Immigration Section of CLA. Earn up to 7 Hours of MCLE Credits, including Legal Specialization in Immigration & Nationality Law!

Dress code: Business Attire
Attendees are responsible for airfare and lodging. 

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Early Bird Rates (ends July 7)Regular Rate
Section Members and Non-Members$995$1,195
Plus 1 (Includes everything except for MCLE programs and Networking Lunches)$695$895
Additional Elective Dinner for California and Foreign Attorneys and Guests on Wednesday Night, July 19th$85 per person$85 per person


Monday, July 17, 2023

9:15 – 9:30 a.m. | Welcome Speech by a member of the Barcelona governing board and President of CLA
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Comparative Analysis in Sports Law

1.0 Hour MCLE Credit

This panel will focus on bribery and other sports corruption in Spain/Europe and the United States and will also address other important and topical issues for practitioners interested in international sports law and related issues.

Jeremy Evans – President, California Lawyers Association, Founder at California Sports Lawyer
Maria Barbancho

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. | Networking Lunch at the Barcelona Bar

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Compliance: The role of the compliance officer‑ the US vs. the European Approach

1.0 Hour MCLE Credit

What is the role of the compliance officer, and what should California and other international attorneys know about the increasingly relevant issue of compliance in a more and more global world? The panelists will look at pertinent examples and considerations between the US vs. the European approach to compliance.

Margaret Francisco – Senior Compliance Counsel, Virgin Orbit
Francisco Bonati 

6:00 p.m. | Visit to the “Sagrada Família”

Tuesday, July 18th, 2023

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Corporate Disputes, Shareholders’ Agreements and Arbitration

1.0 Hour MCLE Credit

In recent years, corporate disuputes have increased in number and intensity, generating increasing litigation. The aim of this panel is to propose solutions that help to prevent and solve corporate conflicts (generally between majority and minority shareholders). It will mainly focus on shareholders’ agreements and corporate arbitration and other ADR.

Patrick Byrne, Partner – International Arbitration at B. Cremades y Asociados
Dani Vázquez
Marco Bertaso

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. | Networking Lunch at the Barcelona Bar
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Consumer Mediation and Arbitration

1.0 Hour MCLE Credit

The speakers will focus on strategies and current issues for mediation practice in the consumer environment, comparatively in both Spain and Europe and also in the United States, including cross border and International mediation issues.

Ana Sambold – Attorney / Mediator / Arbitrator / Negotiation Professor / Chair-Elect of ABA Dispute Resolution Section
Xavi Pineda 

6:00 p.m. | Visit to FCB Barcelona “Camp Nou”

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. | Cybersecurity and Cybercrime

1.0 Hour MCLE Credit

Characteristics and new trends in cybersecurity and cybercrime. Spanish/EU and US law regarding computer security, crime, and digital evidence.

Speaker: James C. Roberts III – Founding Principal at Global Capital Law Group

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. | Global Mobility and Comparative Immigration

1.0 Hour MCLE Credit

Practitioners from several different jurisdictions in North America and Europe will examine the most relevant hot topics facing immigration in the international context. This program will be of interest not only to immigration lawyers but to all practitioners, as the panel will focus on what all attorneys in California, Europe, and elsewhere should know about global mobility today.

Speaker/Moderator: Joshua M. Surowitz – Founding Partner at Surowitz Immigration, PC, Past Chair of CLA International Law and Immigration Section 

Pavan Dhillon – Founding Principal, Dhillon Immigration Law
Ana Homet Alonso – Principal, Law Office of Ana Homet Alonso 
Ana Garicano – Partner/Managing Director at Sargadoy Legal & Expat SLP

Afternoon TBD | Visit to Picasso Museum
Evening TBD | Elective Additional Dinner for California and Foreign Attorneys

Ticket Fee: $85

Thursday, July 20, 2023

9:30 a.m. | Visit to the Barcelona City of Justice

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. | Doing Business and Investing Between Spain and California/ US

1.0 Hour MCLE Credit

The panel will focus on doing business between these jurisdictions, including real estate transactions, taxation for non-residents and inheritance aspects, the Spanish Golden Visa process, and the process of incorporating foreign companies and vehicles of investment.

Moderator: Richard Bainter – Attorney, Chair of CLA International Law and Immigration Section
Speaker: Richard Silberstein – Partner at Gomez-Acebo & Pombo

9:00 p.m. | Summer Dinner

Friday, July 21, 2023

9:30 a.m. | Closing ceremony with a member of the Barcelona governing board and the Chair of the CLA ILS
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Wine tastings at local wine cellars

Transportation Included

Registration Deadline: The deadline to register is July 12, 2023.

Cancellations/Refunds: Requests must be received in writing by June 15, 2023. A full refund will be issued until May 15, 2023, and a 50% refund between May 15 and June 15, 2023. No refund will be issued if requested after June 15, 2023. For more information, email

Special Assistance: For special assistance, please email

Questions: For registration information, email For program content and/or Section information, email

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