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Professional Services

Cristina Villasante

Partner, Ecija Abogados

Spain

Bio

Cristina Villasante is a partner in the TMT area of ECIJA and has more than 10 years of experience in intellectual property, technology contracting, digital services and information technologies. She has participated in advising on digital transformation projects in companies in all economic sectors. She is an expert in the negotiation and preparation of all types of contracts, in particular technological contracts, software licenses, implementation of systems or infrastructures and their exploitation. She has extensive experience in the management of intangible assets of companies and information management.

In addition, she has coordinated at the Firm a practice group dedicated to blockchain and distributed registry technologies, leading some of the most relevant operations that have taken place in the sector. Villasante joined ECIJA in 2018, after his previous stint at firms such as Eversheds, PwC and Accenture. As for teaching work, she is the director of the Center for Legal Innovation of the Camilo José Cela University and Second Vice President of the Spanish Association of Entertainment Law (Denae), as well as a professor of the Master of Intellectual Property at Icade.

Cristina is specifically an occasional speaker at specialized forums and business schools such as The Valley, IE or Blockchain Intelligence Law Institute. Villasante has participated in different academic articles related to his areas of knowledge. Collaborator in the collection “Actuality” of New Technologies by Tirant Lo Blanch and the Memento of New Technologies 2020-2021 by Francis Lefebvre. 

Contribution to Legal Tech

Spreading knowledge through different publications, workshops and conference regarding what is legal tech and the trends in the legal market – Being part of ECIJA’s legaltech team called “ECIJA Tech”, which is a new business branch that helps clients to digitize their legal departments. ECIJA Tech is a legaltech and cybersecurity one-stop-shop, which is capable of identifying the client’s pain points, mapping out the market in order to identify all legaltech tools available and give advice to the client of these tools implementation or ad hoc development of this technology according to the client’s needs. ECIJA Tech was born with the purpose of being the tech solution developed by and for lawyers, where Cristina Villasante has been the connection nexus between clients, lawyers and developers of these legaltech tools. Thus, Cristina Villasante has been part of the following legaltech developments: 1. Court hearings automatic transcription2. Secure channels for NDAs3. Scripts for machine translation4. Clause manager: a repository of contractual stipulations that allows having a search engine in the word processor itself; 5. IPBlock, test on blockchain: a management system for intellectual property rights; 6. Digital analysis of Spanish Agency for Data Protection resolutions7. Smart Box Negotation: a Saas solution that allows the management of agreement negotiation processes between two or more parties, controlling the flow of contract versions.

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