The Foundation


Fernando Pombo and the law firm Gómez-Acebo & Pombo jointly established the Fernando Pombo Foundation in 2010.

Fernando Pombo
Fundador Fernando Pombo

“Determination, tenacity and endeavor applied to helping the underprivileged, have a significant multiplying effect”.

Fernando Pombo García (1943 – 2011).

To enable Gómez-Acebo & Pombo to become what it is today, it has been essential to engage in a constant struggle to achieve and improve since the Firm´s foundation in 1971 by Fernando Pombo and Ignacio Gómez-Acebo.

This means working with determination and rigour, studying hard and working with discipline and harmony, in order to ensure that an individual’s rights and interests are not being defended in vain.

A job well done for the people who have learned through all these years the meaning of teamwork; still working in a competitive environment, but never losing sight of the fact that one has to give in order to receive.

Fernando presided over the Firm for many years and it is no coincidence that he was also a great yachtsman. In fact, leading a large firm, as with captaining a ship, requires spirit of determination, rigour and solidarity, values that are at the heart of the foundation to which Fernando gave his name.

Fernando Pombo used to say that there can be no rule of law without effective protection and defence of human rights. We attorneys are especially called upon for this purpose, since we safeguard the rights and interests of our clients, as well as provide support in response to social demands.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gonzalo de Ulloa

Gonzalo de Ulloa. President, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

When Fernando Pombo and Ignacio Gómez-Acebo founded Gómez-Acebo & Pombo more than forty years ago, they both had a clear vision as to what principles were necessary to create such an overwhelmingly successful practice.

All attorneys and other professionals who wished to have a career in the Firm would be expected to carry out their work based on three fundamental pillars: rigour, generosity and continuous commitment to self-improvement.

And this has been the pattern throughout the last four decades. Gómez-Acebo & Pombo’s history has been built on these three values which, combined with credibility, honesty, trust and knowledge, has enabled the Firm to become one of the most prestigious in Europe.

But the values that have made us who we are today are not exclusive to the Firm. Since December 2010, with the creation of the Fernando Pombo Foundation, rigour, generosity and self-improvement have formed part of its DNA. The foundation develops and promotes these values which are essential for the future of the legal profession, and is committed, like Gómez-Acebo & Pombo, to fostering social responsibility in the legal professional (SRLP), defending the ethics and positive values of our profession and giving back to society the same appreciation and respect that we have received.

It is important to know that the Fernando Pombo Foundation is not a channel for broadcasting Gómez-Acebo & Pombo’s corporate activity. The foundation is a testament of the shared values which we are truly proud of. We wish the foundation the greatest success.

Fernando Pombo Foundation brochure