Affinitas, an alliance of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American law firms promoted by the Spanish law firm Garrigues, was created in 2004. The other founding members of the alliance were Barbosa, Müssnich & Aragão Advogados (Brazil), Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi Abogados (Argentina), Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes S.C. (Mexico) and Garrigues Portugal (Portugal). In 2005, the law firms Barros & Errázuriz (Chile), Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (Colombia) and Miranda e Amado Abogados (Peru) were admitted as members of the alliance. Today, Affinitas has 44 member law firms in 15 countries, including Garrigues' offices in Shanghai (China), Casablanca (Morocco), Warsaw (Poland) and Bucharest (Romania).
All the law firms in the alliance are solidly established in their markets and have participated in important and innovative transactions in recent years.
Affinitas' objective is to offer its clients high-quality, highly consistent service. Through Affinitas, clients receive seamless service in any of the countries covered by the alliance, as if the service was provided by a single firm.
To achieve this objective, the member firms have entered into a strategic agreement establishing uniform client service criteria agreed to by all the allied firms. Affinitas member firms:
- Act as a team when matters involve more than one jurisdiction, to ensure completely seamless service.
- Share know how in the different tax and legal practice areas in order to achieve the highest standard of quality and professional rigor in their work.
- Agree on investments required to converge their technological systems and other work tools.
- Share methods and systems for attracting and training professionals, including secondments to other Alliance firms, with a view to ensuring the same working practices and methods.
- Follow identical service quality control practices.
Affinitas has a number of working committees, including:
- Marketing Committee
- Human Resources Committee
- United States Committee