Numerary Member

Social Sciences: Dr. in Law

Date of admittance:  26/01/2004

Admission Speech: La transformación del negocio jurídico como consecuencia de las nuevas tecnologías de la información

Reply: Dr. Jaime Manuel de Castro

Founding Partner of Ramón y Cajal Abogados, Rafael Mateu de Ros, is specialized in Areas of Commercial Law, Corporate Governance, National and International Tax Law, Litigation and Arbitration.

Lawyer of the State, currently on leave, as such he worked several years in the Ministry of the Treasury, where he held the positions of Head of the Central Resource Service, Head of the Cabinet Technical Sub-Secretary and Deputy Director General.

Later he directed his career towards the private sector, being Secretary of the Board of Administration and Head of the Legal Advice of diverse companies, such as Endiasa, Eniepsa and Hispanoil. He was also General Secretary and of the Board of Directors of Bankinter from 1986 to 2009, currently holding the position of independent Director of Bankinter, S.A.

In addition, he is a Director and Patron of other companies and Foundations and Legal Adviser of the Board of Directors of lberdrola, S.A.

Referee of the Civil and Commercial Court of Arbitration of Madrid (CIMA), of the Court of Arbitration of Madrid (CAM) and member of the Banking and Financial Arbitration Committee of the European Arbitration Association (CByF of the AEADE), has also intervened as an arbitrator “ad hoc “in various national and international arbitration proceedings.

– Law Degree, with Extraordinary Prize, from the Complutense University of Madrid.
– Doctor of Law, from the Complutense University of Madrid.
– Titled as P.M.D. by the Harvard Business School, Harvard University, Massachusetts (USA).
– State Attorney, on leave.
– Degree in European Community Law from the State General Contentious Office


Visiting Professor of Corporate Governance at the Instituto de Empresa (MBA and IE Law School), ICADE, Ortega and Marañón Foundation and Menéndez Pelayo International University.


English, French and Catalan


Author of numerous monographic works and publications in different legal journals, such as: Magazine of Banking and Stock Market Law, Spanish Public Finance, Tax Chronicle, Taxes- the Law, Fiscal Gazette, Administrative Law Magazine, Law Journal of the Stock Market, etc.

Author of frequent articles of opinion on current legal issues in national dailies of economic or general information, such as El País, Cinco Días and Expansión.

Other activities

– Honorary Member of the Association of Friends of the Prado Museum.
– Friend of The Metropolitan Museum of New York, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid and the Thyssen-Bornemizsa Museum in Madrid.
– Member of the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Society of New York (Spanish Chapter).
– Member of number of the Royal Academy of Doctors of Catalonia.
– Arbitrator of different national arbitration institutions (Civil and Commercial Court of the Arbitration, Spanish Court of Arbitration, Court of the Chamber of Commerce of Madrid, Court Arbitral of the Bar Association of Madrid) as international (ICC). Board member Board of the Spanish Arbitration Club