Miriam Gonzalez


Miriam Gonzalez


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Miriam Gonzalez, co-chair of the firm’s International Trade and Government Regulation practice, focuses on international and EU trade law policy, with particular experience in WTO and EU internal market regulations. Ms. Gonzalez advises clients on Brexit, trade policy, trade agreements, sanctions and embargoes, export controls, antidumping, foreign investment proceedings and EU internal market regulations and infringement proceedings.

Ms. Gonzalez has been consistently recognised by the Legal 500 UK, ranked as a Leading Individual in 2016 and 2017, and described as an 'impeccable individual' in the 2013 guide. The Legal 500 UK 2017 describes Ms. Gonzalez as 'technically excellent, well connected and very personable’. The 2016 guide highlights Ms. Gonzalez's leadership of a ‘responsive’ team at Dechert LLP, which is praised for its ‘depth of expertise’. Ms. Gonzalez's team received further recognition in 2017 when it was awarded 'Global Trade & Customs Compliance Law Firm of the Year' at the C5 Women in Compliance Awards. Ms. Gonzalez was also recognised as 'Best in International Trade' at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2017.  Ms. Gonzalez has also been named among the Financial Times & HERoes Female Champions of Women in Business 2018 for her work to improve gender diversity in the workplace. Ms. Gonzalez has also been recognised in Euromoney's Expert Guides Women in Business Law 2018. 

Prior to joining Dechert, Ms. Gonzalez led the trade practice of a major international law firm. She previously served seven years as a Senior Member of the Cabinet for EU External Relations Commissioners Chris Patten and Benita Ferrero-Waldner, where she had responsibility for trade policy as well as EU relations with the Middle East, the U.S. and Latin America.

Ms. Gonzalez also acted as lead EU negotiator for the WTO telecoms agreement and led the services negotiations for EU bilateral and WTO accession agreements on e-commerce as well as on energy, postal and construction services.

Ms. Gonzalez is a Non-Executive Member of the Board and Chair of the Audit Committee of UBS Limited.

She frequently authors articles on EU trade issues.

  • University of Valladolid
  • College of Europe, Brügge
  • University of Oxford, St. Antony’s College
  • Admitted in Spain
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer, England and Wales
  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
Speaking Engagements
  • The Food and Drink Federation's (FDF) Third Annual Convention — London (June 13, 2018)

Partner, Miriam Gonzalez, participates in The Food and Drink Federation's (FDF) Third Annual Convention. The Convention discusses Industrial Strategy, Brexit and Diet & Health, as well as the obstacles they have to overcome within the food and drink industry.

  • Business Survival in the Post-Brexit Era: The Challenges and Opportunities for SMEs — Bedford (April 24, 2018)

Partner, Miriam Gonzalez, speaks at the Business Survival in the Post-Brexit Era: The Challenges and Opportunities for SMEs.Ms. Gonzalez is on the panel for the following discussions:The Impact of Brexit and the Challenges for UK SMEs; and The Opportunities for UK SMEs to Capitalise on Brexit and Implement a Brexit Business Strategy.

  • The International Financial Services Forum — Guildhall, London (April 23-243, 2018)

Partner, Miriam Gonzalez, moderates the panel 'UK Trade Priorities Post Brexit' and the topics to be discussed are: EU; US; Other countries; and How and when?

  • London Alternative Investment Seminar — London (April 18, 2018)
  • A 'Bookish' Brexit — London (April 10, 2018)

Partner, Miriam Gonzalez, speaks at A 'Bookish' Brexit. The panel discusses 'what can the international publishing community expect from a post-Brexit UK publishing industry?'.

  • The British Chambers of Commerce Annual Conference 2018 — Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London (March 8, 2018)
  • UK Finance International Banking Conference 2017 — London (December 5, 2017)

This one day conference contains a mix of keynote addresses, panel discussions and interactive Q&As, discussions focuses on: Wholesale banking in 2018; The global future of supervision; The view from Capitol Hill; and The future of UK wholesale banking in the new world order.

  • Checkpoint Cathal: Brexit and the Border — Dublin (November 30, 2017)
  • The Post-Brexit UK Trade Policy Summit — Presented by City & Financial Global, London (November 7, 2017)

This one day conference looks at the latest developments of the UK's post-Brexit Trade Policy. The conference features multiple panels, including industry leaders, who discuss all aspects of the Brexit Trade Policy.

  • Thirty Fifth International Symposium on Economic Crime — Preventing and Controlling Economic Crime in the Modern World, Cambridge (September 3, 2017)

Partner, Miriam Gonzalez, speaks at the 35th Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime. The week long symposium aims to provide a rich and deep analysis of the real issues and threats to institutions and economies presented by economically motivated crime and misconduct.

  • Travel Matters — London (June 28, 2017)

Partner, Miriam Gonzalez, speaks at ABTA's annual Travel Matters Conference. Now in its eighth year, Travel Matters is the travel and tourism industry’s flagship event for discussion on policy matters and current issues facing the sector, bringing together an invited audience of 180 of the industry’s most senior figures, travel and transport media as well as leading political stakeholders.

  • Most Powerful Women — London (June 13, 2017)

Partner, Miriam Gonzalez, is part of a panel discussing trade at Fortune's Most Powerful Women (MPW) event. Fortune MPW London brings together the most prominent global women leaders in business, along with select leaders from government, media, philanthropy, and the arts. The agenda is packed with networking, breakout discussions, and engaging content built around interviews and conversations.

  • Transatlantic General Counsel Summit — London (June 8, 2017)

The Transatlantic General Counsel Summit provides a platform for some of the most elite general counsel in the UK, Europe & USA to identify and determine the meaningful difference the legal function can make when contributing to a company’s strategy. Miriam Gonzalez speaks on ‘A brave new world: the impact of transatlantic elections on your business’.

  • The International Financial Services Forum — City Week 2017, London (May 25, 2017)

Miriam Gonzalez moderates the session covering 'The future of free trade in the post-BREXIT and ‘America First’ era'.

  • The UK Middle Market Forum: Business After Brexit — The Economist, (November 8, 2016)

Miriam Gonzalez participates in the panel discussion: Business after Brexit: Planning for a new policy, regulatory and trade landscape. The panel answers questions such as: How can UK firms plan for the unexpected? How can business leaders develop and implement growth strategies amid such uncertainty? What can policymakers and government do to reassure local businesses? 

  • The UK Financial Services Brexit Summit — City & Financial Global, London (October 11, 2016)

The programme provides delegates with a thorough analysis of the situation as is stands in the early autumn. Miriam Gonzalez speaks on the 'Negotiating third country trade agreements' panel.

  • Beyond the Brexit Debate — Fortune Most Powerful Women, London (June 14, 2016)

This panel at the Fortune Most Powerful Women London 2016 event discusses the claims made by both camps in the run-up to the 2016 Referendum and poses the questions: Will sovereignty be returned and did the U.K. ever lose it? Will borders be more secure? Will wages rise? Will trade deals be easy to secure? Will an exit cause economic shock? 

  • Sanctions Are Here To Stay —Insurance Institute of London (IIL), Lloyd's of London (October 13, 2015)

Partner, Miriam Gonzalez, presents the Marine Lecture "Sanctions are here to stay".Miriam provides a brief background to sanctions, smart sanctions and targeted sanctions. She also looks at the latest political developments, reviewing regulation and the role played by banking and insurance.

  • Sixth Annual General Counsel Compliance and Risk Forum — (May 18, 2015)
  • Improving Board Effectiveness —18th Annual European Conference of the AESC, Madrid (November 13, 2014)

Miriam Gonzalez participates in a panel discussion entitled "Improving Board Effectiveness". This panel reviews progress and what remains to be done to improve board effectiveness in Spain. It addresses issues such as board diversity and the appointment of credible independent directors. International as well as gender diversity is something Spanish companies need to get to grips with.