E-alert March 2013

Welcome to the Iberian Lawyer email alert, bringing insight and analysis for lawyers who advise on international business interests in Spain and Portugal as well as the increasingly global interests of Iberian businesses around the world.


Joanna Lee
Iberian Lawyer

Lisbon firms adapting to a difficult 2013
The Government may be progressing its austerity programme and the sale of state assets, but for many firms, domestic activity alone is no longer enough to sustain them. Read more

Government threatening a year of non-stop reforms
Up to 43 proposals could be introduced in Spain this year, but lawyers fear is that this may hinder, rather than encourage economic growth. Read more

Tax reforms risk pushing companies offshore, say In-House Counsel
In-House Counsel are facing an uphill battle against what appears to be a constant wave of change. And in 2013, this includes radical upheaval to the tax system. Read more

Litigation & ADR Report 2013
Opening up to ADR

With both domestic and cross border disputes on the rise, the increasing cost of litigation and a huge judicial backlog, Spain and Portugal are beginning to properly explore the benefits of ADR. But while both countries face cultural obstacles in doing so, recent regulations and moves by their respective Governments could prove a turning point in dispute resolution going forwards. Read more

Forthcomming events

Cross-selling: can it really work?
Cross-selling is always identified as a key route to higher revenues and client satisfaction, but few law firms have successfully addressed this challenge. This stimulating online session looks at the typical obstacles in driving cross-selling – and how to overcome them.
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Agenda Africa Forum 2013 – New Investments Frontiers: Angola and Mozambique
The Agenda Africa Forum 2013 will look at some of the key energy, natural resources and infrastructure opportunities emerging in Angola and Mozambique, the current and prospective regulatory and investment frameworks, and assess the similarities and differences businesses face in the two countries.
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Iberian Lawyer’s 40 under Forty Awards
Held every two years, Iberian Lawyer’s 40 under Forty Awards recognises the achievement of the top-40 lawyers across Spain and Portugal under the age of forty. The winners include lawyers from the major businesses, corporate law firms and those in public service.
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Countdown to submissions deadline


Legal updates  
Transportation – Portugal
Low cost Lisbon
By Ricardo Rodrigues Lopes and Maria Leonor Piconez
Caiado Guerreiro

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Tax Portugal
A new large taxpayers’ unit.
By Diogo Bernardo Monteiro
F Castelo Branco
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Recruiting lawyers

Internal Legal Counsel, Makro, Lisbon (Immediate start- maternity cover)  Ref: 200313MA
MAKRO is looking for an In-House Lawyer based in Lisbon to coordinate the legal aspects of the business in Portugal. The candidate needs to have over four years legal corporate experience and a high level of English. Experience in the distribution sector will be an advantage. The main tasks include drafting contracts, supporting all the shops in Makro Portugal, licensing and regulatory issues, among other day-to-day duties.

Abogado interno especialista en Propiedad Intelectual, multinacional, Barcelona Ref: 190313IB
Empresa internacional del sector farmacéutico busca abogado con iniciativa, capacidad relación con personas de perfiles distintos,  organizado y apasionado por su trabajo. Experiencia mínima de 3 años en agencia o despacho especializado en Propiedad Intelectual (gestión carteras, redacción contratos, etc.) y con nivel alto de inglés.

Business Development Assistant, Hogan Lovells, Madrid – (Maternity cover) Ref: 110313HL
Hogan Lovells is looking for a professional to join the Business Development (BD) team in Madrid.  Experience in marketing in professional services companies, auditing firms, investment banks or law firms will be a plus.

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