Event Overview


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The Corporate and M&A and the Banking, Finance & Capital Markets (BFCM) commissions are excited to invite you to the joint Venture Capital (VC) and Finance Spring Seminar 2023 in the dynamic city of Barcelona.

From climate change to global health crises, the world faces serious challenges that will require innovations and solutions in every sector. Today’s innovations and problem solvers are also found in the VC ecosystems all around the world, like in one of the most active VC hubs in the EU: Barcelona!

At the first AIJA VC event in years, we will therefore focus on the role of the VC ecosystems in uncertain times. We will also discuss how we as lawyers can contribute and make an impact as much and valuable as possible.

Backed by famous entrepreneurs, investors and other key players, we will discuss and dive deep into the world of Venture Capital. Together we will show how important and powerful this part of today’s global economy is in relation to the challenging times ahead, how we as lawyers can contribute to that and how to protect the ecosystem. All are guaranteed by joint forces of BFCM and M&A commissions.

Alongside the academic programme, our organising committee has put together an exciting social programme featuring the likes of a Run for Peace, an experience of local cuisine and an excursion to one of Cataluña’s most famous vineyards.

This will be a fantastic opportunity to connect with fellow professionals operating in and around venture capital and at the same time to savour the vibrant culture of one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

For those who can extend their stay until Sunday, the organising committee has set up an optional, exclusive dinner in the city on Saturday evening. Also, please note one of the most original celebrations in Catalonia will be taking place in Barcelona on Sunday 23rd: the “Festival of Sant Jordi”. It is a very popular festival that combines culture and romanticism and in which the streets of Barcelona are set filled with book and flower stalls. Lovely day to be in Barcelona too!

We look forward to welcoming you to Barcelona. Save the date!

AIJA Commissions involved
  • Banking, Finance and Capital Markets
  • Corporate and M&A


16:00 - 18:00

18:00 - 20:00


Citrus (first group)
  • Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 44, 08007 Barcelona

El Nacional/La Taperia (second group)
  • Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 24, 08007 Barcelona

07:00 - 08:00

Barcelona morning run - through main modernist/art deco sights

09:30 - 09:40

09:40 - 10:00

  • Joe Sanfeliu, Asabys Partners, Spain
10:00 - 11:20

  • Hanne van ‘t Klooster, Van Doorne, The Netherlands
  • Paolo Guaragnella, Legance, Italy
  • Alexander Göbel, Niederer Kraft Frey, Switzerland
  • Clara López Hernando, GSK Stockmann, Spain/Germany
  • Dario Silberschmidt, Kellerhals Carrard Zurich KIG, Switzerland
11:20 - 11:40

11:40 - 13:00

  • Ruta Armone, Ellex, Lithuania
  • Paula Weronika Kapica, Schönherr, Poland
  • Oscar Farres, Head of VC - Digital Economy, European Investment Fund, Luxembourg
  • Luigi Amati, Founder, META, Italy
  • Eduard Ros, CFOGlovo, Spain 

13:00 - 14:30

14:30 - 15:50

  • Claudia Hahn, Iusverde, Germany
  • David Strong, Marriott Harrison, UK
  • Bernardo Martin Blanco, Senior Legal Counsel, European Investment Fund, Luxembourg
  • Elena Rico, Impact Partners, Spain
  • David Salgado Areias, Areias Advogados, Portugal

15:50 - 16:10

16:10 - 17:30

  • Philip Rosenauer, PHH, Austria
  • Nicolai Nuber, Kellerhals Carrard, Switzerland
  • Magdalena Purol, WKB, Poland
  • Sofiya Brutsyak, TA Ventures, Ukraine
  • Natalia Olson-Urtecho, Plug and Play, USA

19:00 - 01:00

Address: Carrer Manuel Arnús, 2, 08035 Barcelona


09:00 - 10:00

10:00 - 11:30

Topic: Present and future of the European VC ecosystem: an EIF’s perspective

Keynote Speaker:
  • Oscar Farres, Head of VC - Digital Economy, European Investment Fund, Luxembourg
12:00 - 13:00

15:00 - 17:00

(Transportation, guided tour and wine tasting included)

Address: Passeig marítim de la Barceloneta, 34, 08003 Barcelona

Fees & General Info

There are currently no registration fees available.

General terms and conditions

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It is recommended for each participant to purchase a cancellation and travel insurance.

Please note that in-house counsel registrations are subject to review and confirmation by AIJA. AIJA considers in-house counsel professionals who hold a university degree in law allowing access to a bar association and practicing law as an in-house counsel in private, public, or non-profit companies, institutions or organisations. Please note that in-house counsel who are at the same time active as fee-earning lawyers or consultants are not eligible to the discounted in-house counsel fee.

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If you are a lawyer under 35 years old and meet the requirements, apply to our Scholarship Programme for this event. You can check more details here.

Prepare your stay

Nearby Hotels

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Nearby Hotels

Practical Information


The seminar will be taking place at the Hotel Casa Fuster, and we have negotiated special rates for the participants of the seminar:

Deluxe room, Single Occupancy: 355 EUR
Deluxe room, Double Occupancy: 380 EUR

The above rates are:

  • Per room and per night basis
  • Inclusive of buffet breakfast and free Wi-Fi.
  • Exclusive of 10% VAT Tax and 6,30 EUR per person and day/ 7 nights maximum Local Tax.
  • Porterage: check in 6€ per person / check out 6€ per person. 

Please note that rooms will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis according to availability and that we have special rates until 28 February 2023.

To book your accommodation, send an email to afleuriet@hotelescenter.com and mention the code AIJA.

Please see the rates for Superior Room, Junior and Senior Suites below based on the Hotel’s availability.

  • Superior double room for single occupancy: 450€ per room and night
  • Superior double room for double occupancy: 475€ per room and night
  • Junior Suite for single occupancy: 540€ per room and night
  • Junior Suite for double occupancy: 565€ per room and night
  • Senior Suite for single occupancy: 610€ per room and night
  • Senior Suite for double occupancy:635€, per room and night

Organising Committee

Marnix GERAERTS Taylor Wessing N.V. (NETHERLANDS)
Carla MUNT RocaJunyent (SPAIN)
CAROLINA POSSE VAN DER LAAT Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados, S.L.P. (SPAIN)
Adam SALKIN Herzog, Fox & Neeman (ISRAEL)


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