The Cuatrecasas Law Firm announced on Monday the signing of the former vice-president of the Government Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría. "She joins Cuatrecasas as a partner in the commercial area to lead the practice of corporate governance", the company announced in a press release, Sáenz de Santamaría, who joins the firm as a member and member of the board of directors, He left politics after losing the primaries of the PP last July against the current president of the formation, Pablo Casado.
Sáenz de Santamaría, a State lawyer since 1999 and 47 years old, is also a Law graduate from the University of Valladolid, her hometown. In Cuatrecasas, he will coordinate "a cross-disciplinary and multidisciplinary team composed of experts in advising companies, from all possible legal approaches, on regulatory compliance and risk management." The team has specialists in corporate, civil, criminal, labor and tax law, among other practices, according to the firm's statement.
Two months after losing the primaries of the Popular Party to elect the successor of Mariano Rajoy -although he won the first round of the primaries-, Sáenz de Santamaría sent a statement to the public news agency Efe in which he announced his decision to leave politics after carrying out "a deep reflection". "It's the best thing for the new leadership of the PP, for me and my family," he said in the text, which qualifies his 18 years in politics as an "invaluable experience." The exvicepresidenta of the Government, who held this position since Rajoy won his first elections in 2011 until this last June Pedro Sánchez won the motion of censure against the former president, He was also spokesman of the PP in the Congress (2008-2011) and spokesman of the Executive of Rajoy (2011-2016).
The law firm for which Sáenz de Santamaría has signed, Cuatrecasas, is a Spanish-Portuguese law firm founded in 1917 in Barcelona. According to the company itself, it is formed by a team of more than 1,500 professionals and has 27 offices in 12 countries.
The Council of Ministers approved last October the appointment of Sáenz de Santamaría as elective councilor of the Council of State, the highest consulting body of the Executive. However, the former vice president, who was to occupy the post for a period of four years, asked for leave of absence as a State lawyer. This newspaper already reported last January that Sáenz de Santamaría was studying offers from the private sector.