Born in Barcelona in 1948, Antonio Sainz de Vicuña y Barroso has been a member of the CaixaBank Board of Directors since 2014.
He is a graduate in Law and Economic and Commercial Science from Madrid's Complutense University (1971), and then studied a postgraduate course with a final dissertation on European and International Law. He also holds a Diploma in International Law from Pembroke College, Cambridge University. He was awarded a grant from the Juan March Foundation.
In 1974, he became a State Attorney acting as a legal advisor to the Ministries of Finance, Economy and Foreign Affairs between 1974 and 1989. From September 1989 to November 1994 he was the Chief International Legal Counsel of Banco Español de Crédito in Madrid. Between November 1994 and June 1998, he was General Counsel at the European Monetary Institute (EMI) in Frankfurt, the body entrusted with the preparatory work for the launch of the euro. In June 1998, he moved to the European Central Bank where he was General Counsel and Director of the Legal Services, before retiring at 65 in November 2013.
He is also a founder member of and sat on the first Board of Directors of Asociación para el Estudio del Derecho Europeo (1982-1986); a founder member of the Corte Civil y Mercantil de Arbitraje (1989-1994); founder member and member of Supervisory Board of the Institute for Law and Finance, Wolfgang Goethe Universität, Frankfurt (2000-2013); founder member and member of the Advisory Board of PRIME Finance (2011-2013); and a member the Advisory Board of the European Capital Markets Institute (2000-2013).
He has also published a monography on "State Contracts in International Law” (Ed. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1986) and some 30 legal articles in specialist publications. He has been awarded with the Commander Cross, Order of Elizabeth the Catholic (1987) and with the Commander Cross, Order of Civil Merit (2014).
Last updated: January 2017.