CHAIRMAN’S LETTER

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Fernando Vives Executive chairman

We are pleased to present Garrigues’ 2016 Integrated Report, which provides information on the economic, social and environment aspects of the firm’s activities. I think it accurately represents who we are.

We celebrated our 75th anniversary in 2016 and it has been an important year for Garrigues. We have accomplished our goals of consolidating our presence abroad, in line with our business model of opening own offices, and of attracting and integrating the best professionals and best firms in each country in which we are present.

A total of 283 people joined the firm during the year. Our team now numbers more than 2,000 people of 24 nationalities, and we feel very proud to have been able to attract so much talent and combine the forces of professionals from such diverse backgrounds. We work out of 32 offices in 13 countries under a single brand: Garrigues. To us, this means the same culture of value creation for clients, the same goals and a single professional vision.

The incorporation of new technologies in all of our activities and our determination to remain at the cutting edge in the services we provide to clients was another fundamental goal in 2016. We are also satisfied with what we have accomplished, particularly because we have done so with the enthusiasm and participation of our professionals .

During the year, we also devoted time to enhancing relations with all of our stakeholders, in order to understand their goals and make them compatible. We know that, without them, Garrigues could not continue to fulfill its function.

Our strategy in 2017 will be centered on four different areas:

  • Clients: we are determined to ensure our services offer them increasing added value.
  • Latin American practice: we want to consolidate our leading position in Latin America.
  • Innovation and technology: we will continue with our strategy of incorporating technology into all of our processes as a key means of improving efficiency and client service.
  • Our people: their professional development and training are vital to us. We have to continue to attract and retain the best talent.

We invite you to read this Integrated Report, which will undoubtedly help you to get to know us better. We would also ask you to continue sending us your suggestions and ideas to help us move forward.

The accomplishment of these ambitious goals and our ongoing contribution to sustainable development in the different regions in which we operate would not be possible without the help and support of all of our stakeholders.

Many thanks for your trust.

Fernando Vives
Executive Chairman