He has extensive professional experience in commercial and corporate law, with special dedication to corporate counselling for national and international groups. He has held the position of Secretary of the Board of Directors or Legal Advisor within various companies.
After developing his career at Uria Menéndez and Ernst & Young, Mario was the principal of the legal department at Deloitte Law in the Basque Country and Navarre (2006-2010). After a period spent as a Partner at Laffer Law (2011-2012), in January 2013 he joined CIALT Asesores to open and manage the Bilbao office. After 18 years of professional experience, Mario Fernández launched his own firm, FERNANDEZ & ELEJALDE ABOGADOS, S.L.P. (2016).
He has a wealth of experience in worldwide restructuring operations, M&A, due diligence, joint ventures and contracting, having regularly been involved in drafting, preparing and monitoring Family Protocols, and in negotiation and signature of Shareholders agreements. Likewise, Mario has experience in litigation, and has been involved in operations including venture capital, debt refinancing and insolvency proceedings, as well as in the field of new technologies (Organic Law on Data Protection). Additionally, he advises on the implementation of Compliance Programs. He is certified in Compliance by the Asociación de Profesionales de Cumplimiento Normativo (Professional Regulatory Compliance Association), and is a member of the World Compliance Association (WCA) and the Spanish Compliance Association (ASCOM). He collaborates with ASCOM and the Basque Government of Bizkaia in the development of a programme to implement Compliance systems.
He is also teacher on the Access to Law Master’s Degree (University of Deusto and Bizkaia Bar Association), and on a master’s degree in the internationalisation of business.
He has participated in multiple courses as a teacher organised by, amongst others, APD, ADEGI, CEBEK, Confederación de Empresarios de Navarra (the Navarre Business Confederation), the Bizkaia Chamber of Commerce, the Navarre Chamber of Commerce, the Marketing Club of Navarre, Caixanova, BBVA, the Colombian-Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Bilbao Kirolak, ASLE, Credit Agricole, Albia Capital Partners and the University of Deusto. Furthermore, he has published numerous articles in specialised media.