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Xavier Junquera

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Xavier is a partner and leads the Public Law and Regulatory practice at Baker McKenzie Barcelona. Xavier was a founder of the law firm Vila, de Miquel & Junquera in 1988, specializing in Public Law. In 1992, he joined Baker McKenzie and was based in the Chicago office in 1993 and 1994 before becoming a Principal in 1999. He was Managing Partner of the Barcelona office from 2006 to 2009. Xavier was the former chair of the Baker McKenzie Environmental, Regulatory and Planning practice group in EMEA.

On 20 January, 2021, part of Law 18/2020 of 28 December to facilitate economic activity, enters into force, following publication in the Official Gazette of the Government of Catalonia on 31 December. The main aim of this law is to facilitate economic activity in an all-digital environment, allowing for a more agile, efficient relationship between the administration and companies, supposedly with fewer administrative burdens for companies, and a more simplified administrative intervention framework.

Royal Decree-Law 36/2020 of 30 December 2020, establishing urgent measures to modernize the public administration and implement the government’s recovery, transformation and resilience plan (“RDL of Modernization”) was published on the last day of 2020 and entered into force on 1 January 2021.