Global law firm Clyde & Co is pleased to announce that José Blanco has joined the firm as a business development consultant.
José has a successful track record of working with Spanish companies and extensive experience of dealing with companies engaged in cross-border activity between the markets of Australia, Spain and Latin America.
José will focus on building Clyde & Co's engagement with Spanish companies doing business in Australia, with particular focus on those engaged in the project and construction sector. He will also assist Clyde & Co to develop closer relations with these same companies as they go about doing business in each of the markets where the firm is active.
Head of the Projects & Construction team in Australia, Partner David McElveney said of his appointment: "Spanish operators in Australia have a long and proud history of working on major projects. José advisory role at the firm will further cement our commitment to working with those organisations here and abroad."
Born in Spain, but having lived most of his life in Australia, José has played a leading role in building the commercial links between Australia and the markets of Spain and Latin America for more than 25 years.
José was a former member of the governing council of the Spanish Official Chamber of Commerce in Australia for some 25 years and served as President of the Chamber for seven years. He is currently chairman of the Australia-Latin America Business Council and previously served as the Deputy Chairman of the Australian Government’s Council on Australia Latin America Relations from 2001 to 2010. José was also a member of the Advisory Council of the Institute for International Studies of the University of Technology, Sydney from 1997 to 2001, and has served as a non-executive director of several Australian subsidiaries of Spanish companies.
In recognition of his services in the field of commerce between Australia and Spain and Latin America, José was awarded the 'Orden de Mérito Civil' by Spain and the 'Orden de Bernardo O'Higgins' by Chile. He was also awarded the 'Orden Olímpica' by the Spanish Olympic Committee for his work in relation to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.