Pablo Enrile, Partner at ONTIER: “Together we’ve created a pioneering work, focused on the fashion industry, which can be really useful for anyone willing to work in the sector”.
Last Monday, April 16, the IE Business School hosted the official presentation of the book Fashion Law, the first large treaty of Fashion Law written in Spanish. The book, which was edited by the prestigious Thomson Reuters Aranzadi publishing house, was directed by Enrique Ortega Burgos, Director of Programmes at the IE Law School and the ISDE, and was coordinated by Pablo Enrile Mora-Figueroa, Partner at ONTIER; María Enciso Alonso-Muñumer, Consultant at ONTIER and Professor at the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid; Javier Fernández-Lasquetty Quintana, Partner at Elzaburu; and Alberto Novoa Mendoza, Managing Lawyer at Ceca Magán Abogados. Several legal professionals from those legal firms have taken part in the book writing several chapters, as it comprises all the legal disciplines involved in the creation, development and expansion of fashion related businesses.
The presentation, which was held at the auditorium of the IE Law School, was also joined by Soledad Atienza, Vice Dean at the IE Law School; Ángel Asensio, President at the Spanish Fashion Confederation; and Eduardo Zamácola, CEO at Neck&Neck and President of the Business Association for Trade in the Textile and Accessories Industry (Acotex).
The director of the book, Enrique Ortega, explained that this book is unique because it's the only work that draws together all the legal implications within the fashion and luxury fashion industries. The book aims at becoming a reference work within the sector and was created for different types of professionals, including lawyers, business owners and students. Moreover, Ortega noted that since the industry experiences a continuous development, they're already planning a second edition of the book.
Both Ángel Asensio and Eduardo Zamácola talked about the role played by the fashion industry in Spanish economy. 'The fashion industry is very important in Spain in terms of strategy, as it means 2.9% of the country's GDP, 4.1% of the country's employment and 9% of the exports globally. Legislation is key in order to protect companies and make it possible for business owners to focus on selling their products' noted Asensio.
Pablo Enrile, Partner at ONTIER, thanked the team for their cooperation in the drafting of the chapters related to Corporate, Ecommerce, Public and Tax Law, as well as the team of lawyers at Ceca Magán, who drafted the chapters related to Labour Law, and the team of lawyers at Elzaburu, who drafted the chapters related to Intellectual and Industrial Property. 'Together we've created a pioneering work, focused on the fashion industry, which can be really useful for anyone willing to work in the sector.' Alberto Novoa, Managing Lawyer at Ceca Magán, highlighted the legal proficiency of the book and noted that 'we're not witnessing the official presentation of a legal book, but the consolidation of a legal discipline.' Last but not least, Javier Fernández-Lasquetty, Partner at Elzaburu, highlighted the innovative approach of the book, especially taking into account that it addresses traditional topics and at the same time goes over the digital sphere and the fashion universe 4.0, including the impact of social media, big data, applications and piracy.
The book has already caught the attention of an international audience. Lawyers from Argentina, Uruguay and Chile have already proved their interest in addressing a similar project within the Ibero-American market.