For a managing partner, Hugo Écija exudes rare confidence in these times. The reason being that his firm Écija is about to enter a bold new stage. It has felt relatively little impact from the finance-led economic crisis, he says, and in the face of which the firm continues to grow, is about to expand internationally – to Miami – and has begun building a new kind of international legal network.
The international focus and reach of Miranda Correia Amendoeira continues to make it stand out among its peers, even though many other Lisbon-based firms are looking to copy its lusophone strategy, says managing partner Rui Amendoeira.
Ashurst’s pre-emptive emphasis on distressed debt and refinancing issues has helped shape not only its response to the global downturn in M&A and leveraged transactions, but also strengthened the firm’s focus towards the domestic Iberian market, says Madrid managing partner Gonzalo Jiménez-Blanco.
Throughout its 15 years of operation Abreu Advogados has continually made legal headlines. But the firm's emphasis on scale, management processes and structure, are indicative of the future of legal practice in Portugal, believes its managing partner Miquel Teixeira de Abreu