Ignasi Guardans is a Partner at the international law firm, K&L Gates, based at their Brussels office. He was previously a politician, elected in 1995 to the Catalan Parliament and then to the Spanish Parliament, where he stayed for two consecutive terms (1996-2004). In 2004, he was elected to the European Parliament. During this period of parliamentary and lawmaking activity, Guardans held different responsibilities as spokesperson, Chair and deputy Chair of different Committees. He focused on International and European Affairs, Media & Creative Industries, including the Digital environment, International Trade, and the promotion of Human Rights. Guardans holds a PhD in International comparative contract law.