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Gregory Marsden loves the complexity of the law, especially when it comes to cross-border transactions. One of just a handful of US lawyers qualified to practice in Spain, he spent many years establishing himself in a private practice in Madrid - building up his strength in cross-border negotiation and international arbitration - before deciding to remain in Europe and make the move to academia.

But if Prof Marsden loves the law, he has found a similar passion for teaching, something he discovered while he was still working as a lawyer. “In the mid-1990s, I started teaching a summer course as a favour to a friend at another business school and to my infinite surprise, I liked it,” he explains. “The student reviews were good and it got to the point where my class was the high point of the day.”

For Prof Marsden, the increasingly international nature of legal transactions is an exciting trend - one that he sees reflected in the global outlook of Instituto de Empresa’s graduate law programmes. He enjoys teaching subjects such as international dispute resolution where students have to consider different languages, different procedural rules and the difference of substantive laws. “Often it’s a complex situation - but that’s what I love,” he says.

Prof Marsden’s past experience in handling commercial, administrative and arbitration matters for both Spanish and international clients continues to inform his teaching and research. “There’s a way of thinking and looking at legal issues that never leaves you,” he says.


Academic Background

  • Juris Doctor, University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • Diploma in Advanced International Legal Studies, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Irvine


Academic Experience

  • Professor of Law, Instituto de Empresa, 2004 to present
  • Professor, Centre for Negotiation and Mediation, Instituto de Empresa, 2003 to present
  • Professor, Schiller International University, 1995 to 2004


Professional Experience

  • Lawyer in private practice, 1998 to present
  • Founding partner, Marsden, Wirga & Asociados, 1996 to 2004
  • Professional experience in the law firm of José Mario Armero, 1990 to 1996
  • Member of California State Bar and Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid