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U.S. and Europe Directors

Bart Gordon, Director-U.S.

Bart Gordon Mr. Gordon joined K&L Gates as partner in the Washington, D.C. office after 26 years representing the state of Tennessee in the United States House of Representatives. Mr. Gordon served as Chairman of the House Committee on Science and Technology from 2007 to 2010. Mr. Gordon was also a senior member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and served on the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on Rules, Transatlantic Parliamentary Dialogue, and NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

Mr. Gordon is a member of the Tennessee bar and the District of Columbia bar.

Ignasi Guardans, Director-Europe

IGNASI GUARDANS Ignasi Guardans, PhD, is a Partner in the Brussels office of K&L Gates.

He started his career in academia, and practiced in a Spanish Law firm for a few years. In 1995 he started a political career. He was first elected to the Catalan Parliament, and shortly afterwards elected to the Spanish Parliament, where he stayed for two consecutive terms (1996-2004). During this period he was also an active Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. In 2004 he was elected to the European Parliament.

During this period of parliamentary and lawmaking activity, he focussed his activity in the topics of International and European Affairs; International Trade; Media & Creative Industries, including the Digital environment, and the promotion of Human Rights. Between 2004 and 2009 he was an active member of the Trans-Atlantic Legislators Dialogue with the US Congress.

In 2009, Ignasi was appointed Director General of Spain’s Film Agency and Film Fund. In 2011 he moved to Geneva as the first Public Affairs Director at the European Broadcasting Union. In 2014 he joined K&L Gates, where he currently advises clients in EU policy and regulatory matters.

Ignasi is a member of several cultural, social and law associations, and has worked closely for years with European and Transatlantic think tanks. He has been decorated by the French Government as Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and by the Spanish Government with the Medalla del Mérito Civil.

Ignasi has been a regular guest and contributor for many years in several Spanish radio and TV talk shows and debates on political and social subjects. He has also been an Op Ed contributor to both printed and online media, and is ranked among influential social media users in Spanish.