Affinitas is pleased to inform that two more lawyers have started the secondment program. Patricio Rivas, Antitrust and Litigation lawyer from Mijares, Angoitia, Cortes y Fuentes, arrived on July 1st in Bogota, starting his 6-month stint at Gomez-Pinzón. On August 12, Peruvian lawyer Jose Villafuerte, from Miranda & Amado whose professional practice is focused on banking regulation and financing transactions started the secondment program at Barros & Errázuriz in Chile.
The Alliance’s international secondment programme, which was founded in 2004 and formalized 10 years later, offers young lawyers a unique opportunity to spend a number of months working in one of the other member firms, gaining both personal and professional experiences of a lifetime in the process. Selected lawyers have 5-6 years of professional experience, demonstrate outstanding professionalism, and an advanced level of English.
The programme offers participating lawyers an opportunity to participate in all professional education programmes of the firm they join. They also receive housing, health insurance, and support in all administrative procedures related to their relocation, all the while keeping their salary.
The experience broadens the horizon of the participating lawyers, and of course strengthens the ties between the Affinitas firms. The programme greatly contributes to Affinitas strategic objective of offering lawyers in the member firms a unique international environment, interesting career paths and is conducive of the very special Affinitas culture cherished by everybody involved.