Holding of ELEN’s 5th Ordinary General Assembly in Barcelona


On June 14, 2013, the 5th General Assembly of ELEN was held in the premises of the Barcelona firm ‘Bufete Conesa Asociados’. It began under the chairmanship of Valdemar Gonçalves, a lawyer from the law firm ‘Valdemar Gonçalves & Asociados’, of Porto.

First, the hosting law office welcomed the attendees, their spouses and companions. Subsequently, Maite Garasa, a lawyer from the firm ‘Bufete Conesa Asociados’ delivered a lecture on the following subject: ‘Commercial establishment in Spain through agency contracts’.

After that, the companions left the office to follow the programme that had been prepared for them, which consisted of a visit to the Museum of Modernism in Barcelona, in anticipation of the visit to the Sagrada Familia, scheduled for the next day.

When the Assembly was declared open, the lawyer José Conesa from the Barcelona office was elected as Chairman for the period 2013-2014, whereupon he continued with the development of the meeting. Besides the outgoing Chairman, Mr. Valdemar Gonçalves, and the new Chairman, Mr. José Conesa, the Assembly was also attended by the following members of ELEN: the lawyer Vincenzo M. Carena from the law firm ‘Studio Avvocato Carena’ of Turin, the lawyer Jean Jacques Duflos from ‘Cartigny Duflos & Associés’ of Lyon, and the lawyer José Floriano Monteiro Saad from the law firm ‘Saad Advocacia’ of Brazil, a collaborating office of ELEN.

The following participated in the meeting: Vincenzo M. Carena, Paolo Caridi, Jean Jacques Duflos, Valdemar Gonçalves, Carlos Reis Gonçalves, José Conesa, Josep Conesa, Jordi Conesa, Jordi Ligüerre and José F. M. Saad.

The main business of the meeting consisted of the approval of the previous minutes, the balance of actions of ELEN and its partners during the past year, the suitability of the website, and, as one of the objectives, the assignment of a country for each partner to select an office in that country with the aim of incorporating it into ELEN.

It was decided to hold the intermediate meeting of Directors in March, 2014, in Cervinia (Italy), the lawyer Vincenzo M. Carena being the one responsible for its preparation.

Finally the Secretary and Treasurer were appointed, these functions falling to the offices of Turin and Barcelona respectively.

‘Bufete Conesa Asociados’ then invited all participants and companions to the official dinner.

On the following day there was a guided visit, in French, to the Sagrada Familia, followed by a convivial and farewell lunch. Besides the partners and collaborators with their respective companions, the event was attended by the lawyer Julio Silvio Cerquetani from Brazil, invited by the lawyer Joseph Saad, and Pascal Junod Geneva, a lawyer who works with Valdemar Gonçalves and who invited him to meet our legal network.

The next Assembly , to be organised by the office ‘Cartigny Duflos & Associés’, will be held in Lyon.