1. Anna O’Connell
Anna O'Connell
President and co-founder of ADA

Anna O’Connell teaches art law at the London School of Economics (LSE) and is a consultant lecturer in art law at Sotheby´s Institute of Art. She was appointed a visiting fellow of the LSE’s Law Department in 2008. She is a qualified lawyer and previously practiced at London law firm Stephenson Harwood and US law firm Coudert Brothers in commercial litigation. She was formerly in-house lawyer at the Art Loss Register.

In 2015, she was appointed as an expert advisor to the UK’s Secretary of State for Culture to advise on applications for the approval of museums and galleries under the UK’s immunity from seizure law.

She has spoken on art law issues at conferences in the UK and abroad including the St Petersburg Legal Forum, George Washington University Law School, the American Law Institute, Courtauld Institute of Art, Lyon University Institute of Art and Culture, Reina Sofia Museum, Art Basel and ARCO Madrid.

She has authored articles on art and cultural heritage law matters for publications including the Modern Law Review, Art Antiquity and Law and Antiques Magazine.

2. Lorena Blasco
Lorena Blasco
Vice-president and co-founder of ADA

Lorena Blasco has been practicing as a lawyer for over 15 years and previously worked at Garrigues law firm for 9 years, including 2 years at the firm’s New York office. In 2013 she founded the law firm, L&B Global, and advises clients on public and private international law.

She has completed postgraduate legal courses at Harvard Law School, New York University and the American Arbitration Association.

An art and luxury goods sector enthusiast, in 2013 she founded online website, MUST Click&Wish, where she advises clients on buying and selling luxury goods, art and antiques.

She is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and is fluent in Spanish, English and French and has an intermediate level of Mandarin Chinese.

3. Elena Fernández Manrique
Elena Fernández Manrique
Event coordinator

Elena is a private art advisor and founder of EFM Art Consulting.  She has extensive experience in the arts, advising public institutions and private clients, including the Consejería de Cultura de la Comunidad de Madrid where she was responsible for the exhibitions programme of the Sala Alcalá 31 and Sala Canal de Isabel II.

Elena was previously Exhibitions Coordinator in the Temporary Exhibitions Department of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS) and the Museum of Modern Art Oxford (MOMAOxford).  She was also appointed by the Spanish Agency for Development (AECID) as a project manager and curator of touring exhibitions and conferences in Morocco and China.

Elena Fernández Manrique holds a degree in Fine Arts from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Post War and Contemporary Art from the Sotheby’s Institute, London.

4. Rosina Gómez-Baeza
Rosina Gómez-Baeza

Rosina is Chairwoman of Factoría Cultural and Managing Partner at art advisory firm, YGBART, which she co-founded in 2012. She is also President of the Association for Entrepreneurship Support in Cultural and Creative Industries.

Rosina was Director of ARCOMadrid, the international contemporary art fair, for 20 years (1986-2006). She is also Founding Director of the 1st Biennial of Art, Architecture and Landscape of the Canary Islands (2005-2006), President of the Institute of Contemporary Art (2005-2008) and Founding Director of LABoral, Centre for Art and Industrial Creation of Asturias, dedicated to the study, research, production and presentation of the work of artists working in the field of art, science and technology (2006-2011).

She was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts in 2009 and honoured with several medals, including the Grand Cross for Ibero-American Cooperation; EU’s Distinction for European Excellence; Knight of the Order of Arts of the French Republic; International Outreach Award granted by Madrid Town Council and Knight of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity, among others. Rosina holds a BA in Literature and English Philology from the University of Cambridge. She studied Pedagogy in London and Art History and French Civilisation in Paris.

5.Lucia Ybarra
Lucia Ybarra

Lucia is Managing Partner at art advisory firm, YGBART, which she co-founded in 2012. She is also Vice-Chair and Director of External Relations of the Association for Entrepreneurship Support in Cultural and Creative Industries and co-founder and Director of External Relations at Factoria Cultural, the creative industries incubator.

Lucia was Chief Exhibitions Officer at the Museo Arte Reina Sofia from 1995 to 2011. She has carried out many exhibition projects both with national and international museums, and has worked with internationally renowned artists and curators. She has also been an exhibition curator and has penned essays on arts for exhibition catalogues, and has collaborated as an art critic in the art and culture section of El Correo Español newspaper with articles and interviews.

With a degree in History of Art from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, she furthered her studies in contemporary art at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice.

6. Javier Fernández-Lasquetty
Javier Fernández-Lasquetty

Javier is Partner at ELZABURU. Practicing lawyer since 1982, specialising in Intellectual Property, ICT and image rights. Previously a lawyer in several ICT and consultancy firms, as well as a partner at a multinational law firm.

Javier appears in the leading international legal directories (Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, Best Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal) and named as Leading Patent & Technology Licensing Lawyer by IAM Magazine.

Since 1988, Javier has been a Professor of Intellectual Property at IE Law School, Instituto de Empresa, in various Master of Laws programmes, and since 2002 he has been the Director of that institution’s Advanced Intellectual Property Programme. Panelist at WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center (IP General and Media & Entertainment). President of the Intellectual Property Section of the Madrid Bar Association (ICAM). Active member of professional associations of his sector such as AIPPI, ALADDA, DENAE, LES and INTA. Member of the Academic Council of Fide and Co-director of its 21st Century Intellectual Property Forum.

7. Agustín González
Agustín González

Agustín González is a Partner in the Madrid office of law firm Uría Menéndez. He joined the firm in 2000, having previously worked as the Head of the Legal Department of the Spanish Collecting Society (Sociedad General de Autores y Editores). He became a partner of Uría Menéndez in January 2004.

His practice focuses on intellectual property law. Agustín advises Spanish and international companies operating in the music, audiovisual and editorial industries, internet content providers and companies in the IT sector. He also has extensive experience in managing legal proceedings in these areas.

Agustín is regarded as a leading lawyer by the main international legal directories such as Chambers & Partners and PLC Which Lawyer