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A three-way division of lawyers at Spain’s Indra: corporate governance, businesses, and corporate specialties

A profile of Indra, a $3 billion IT services company headquartered in Spain, lays out broadly how its 50 lawyers are organized. Iberian Lawyer, July/Aug. 2010 at 27, describes one group as “Secretariat, supporting the Board’s needs and the regulatory, compliance and corporate governance aspects of being a Spanish listed company.” Another cluster falls into “Business, advising the commercial and operational needs of the Group’s internal division.” The third group is “Corporate,” where there are specialists in banking, real estate, labor, M&A and litigation.

The same troika finds support in the organization of many US law departments albeit with different terminology: corporate secretary, commercial generalists, and specialist lawyers. The Indra profile does not allocate the lawyers among those three groups, but something on the order of 10, 50, and 40 percent respectively would be plausible.