José Juan Pintó Ruiz earned his Law Degree, which included an Extraordinary Award, obtaining ten years later a cum laude Doctorate in Law. He was Dean of the Barcelona Bar Association from 1978 to 1982, when he became President of La Caixa de Barcelona, a position he held for eight years. Within that period he was also President of the Academia de Jurisprudencia y Legislación [Jurisprudence and Legislation Academy] (1984-1988), of the Asociación Española de Cajas de Ahorro [Spanish Association of Savings Banks] (1988-1989) and of AUCAT (1989). When he handed over the chairmanship of La Caixa in 1990, he was appointed its Co-president for a year. He later became President of La Caixa Foundation (1992-2003), First Vice-Chairman of La Caixa (1993-2003), President of Caixabank (1993-1997) and President of Banco de Europa, a member of La Caixa Group (1997-2003). He has also been Vice-Chairman of the Consejo General de la Abogacía Española [General Council of Spanish Advocates] (1978-1982).
Mr. Pintó is a member of the Academia de Doctores [Doctors’ Academy] since 1970, of the Academia de Jurisprudencia y Legislación de Cataluña [Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation of Catalonia] since 1967, of the Real Academia de Ciencias Económicas y Financieras [Royal Academy of Economic and Financial Sciences] since 1991 and of the Real Academia de Jurisprudencia y Legislación [Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation] since 1999. He has been a member of the Studies Board of the Duran I Bas Chair of Civil Law of Catalonia, a Magistrate of Mitra de Andorra High Court, a member of the Generalitat de Catalunya’s Advisory Legal Committee and a member of the Editorial Board of "Revista Jurídica de Catalunya" ("Law Journal of Catalonia"). Currently, he is Honorary President of Microbank and Honorary Chairman of ISDE (Law and Finance Institute), as well as a member of the Advisory Board of the magazine Economist & Jurist and Vice President of the Real Academia de Ciencias Económicas y Financieras [Royal Academy of Economic and Financial Sciences].
In recognition of his outstanding career, he has been awarded the Cross of Honour of San Ramon de Penyafort, of the San Raimundo de Peñafort Order, by the Ministry of Justice, Spanish Government (1990); the Cross of Merit for Advocates of the Consejo General de la Abogacía Española [General Council of Spanish Advocates] (2002); the Cross of Sant Jordi awarded by the Generalitat of Catalonia (1999); Cross of Merit, silver award, by Guardia Civil, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Spanish Government (2011), Golden Medal of Ramón Llull University (2011) and Puig Salellas Prize (third Edition), awarded by the Bar of Notaries of Barcelona (2011).
Mr. Pintó is particularly renowned in the field of Catalonian Civil Law and its different professional, academic and scientific aspects, and is unanimously recognized as one of the most distinguished contemporary Catalonian jurists. Also noteworthy is his court and out-of-court performance, as well as his role in alternative settlement of disputes, mainly as an arbitrator.
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