Marta Oñoro, general counsel at Allfunds for more than a decade, leads a Legal department made up of 15 people in seven different offices: Madrid, Milan, Luxembourg, London, Zurich, Paris and Singapore. She has been a witness and part of its international expansion and, in general, of the great growth experienced by this Spanish company founded in 2000. She defines her day-to-day life as "fun but intense" and, in this talk with Iberian Lawyer, she provides some clues on what the company looks for in external lawyers and recognises that the key to success is counting on a diverse and well-prepared team, as well as working with passion and enthusiasm.
For this month's in-house interview, Iberian Lawyer had the pleasure of speaking with Ida de Brandão Triães, global associate general counsel & legal lead Portugal and Spain, at McKinsey & Company. Mckinsey has a reputation for innovation, seeing the world differently and taking their clients on a journey to achieve greater success. This interview does not disappoint as we get a glimpse into the mindset, culture and legal department at McKinsey. Ida de Brandão Triães took the time to share her own personal journey and legal career to date, as well as her experience of working at a global management consulting firm with over 30,000 employees and more than $10 billion annually in revenue.
Wednesday, 19 May 2021 12:00

Clean energy has a bright future

China Three Gorges, or CTG for short, is considered the biggest clean energy group in China and the most prominent hydropower developer in the world. It also happens to be the largest shareholder of Portuguese electric utilities company and giant, EDP - Energias de Portugal. Iberian lawyer had the pleasure of interviewing Luiza Bartholomei. A Brazilian national, Luiza is currently head of Legal and Compliance for the European business units of this Chinese stateowned power company. Iberian Lawyer asked Luiza about how the business has faired during the pandemic, and she revealed that M&A opportunities in the energy sector have actually increased, despite all being conducted remotely.
The pandemic has also led to a revolution in housing models. According to the data managed by the idealista platform, COVID-19 has slowed down sales and mortgages, changed the price trend, boosted technology, and given prominence to new construction, villas and outdoor spaces, also accelerating the conversion of homes into offices and educational centres. We spoke to Andrea Viale, Legal manager at idealista, about these new models and how the Legal department has dealt with the health crisis.
Wednesday, 14 April 2021 10:36

Surviving two pandemics during 2020

To say that 2020 was a challenging year for Porto-headquartered Efacec would be a gross understatement. In this intriguing interview with general counsel Adeodato Pinto, the infamous Luanda Leaks scandal was discussed and the impact this had on the business. The company’s majority shareholder, Isabel dos Santos, who at the time was Africa’s richest woman, saw her assets frozen by the Angolan and Portuguese states. Despite these colossal challenges during this period, Efacec has fared admirably and, more importantly, survived, which resulted in the company becoming nationalised. Iberian Lawyer asked Adeodato about all of the challenges their Legal department faced, not to mention the COVID-19 pandemic and how external law firms are selected to work with Efacec.
It is clear from his words that we are dealing with an orchestra director who is used to composing and conducting all kinds of repertoires. It is not for nothing that John Rigau, Vice President and general counsel of PepsiCo Western Europe, is celebrating 30 years with the company, and now, when he talks about his career, he is also talking about his life. Rigau acknowledges that he is proud to belong to a senior management team made up of executives who developed their careers in the company and in which its CEO is a Barcelona native, Ramón Laguarta, who began his career at PepsiCo Spain and now heads a company that exceeds the three largest IBEX companies combined in terms of market capitalisation.
In a women's edition aimed at showcasing professionals in the sector, Iberian Lawyer had the pleasure of interviewing Stéphanie Sá Silva, general counsel of TAP. During arguably the most challenging period the aviation sector has ever faced, Stéphanie provides us with a fascinating insight into the challenges of TAP’s in-house legal team. Her account of the last 12 months is transparent, thorough and uncovers just how demanding and how reliant companies such as TAP are on their legal teams during these unprecedented times.
According to data from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, the Aerospace and Defence sector is highly developed in Spain. In fact, Spain ranks 5th in Europe in terms of turnover and the number of people employed. The Spanish market reached a turnover of €13.4 billion in 2019, employing more than 57,600 people. Specifically, the Spanish Aerospace sector represents 1 per cent of the total Spanish GDP and 7.3 per cent of the Spanish industrial production index. This sector is characterised by high growth and significant investment in R&D, which accounts for 9 per cent of the sector's turnover. Despite the effects of the pandemic, our country continues to aspire to position itself among the European powers.
Iberian Lawyer has interviewed Gabriel Vera Artázcoz, SENER Aeroespacial Legal director. SENER Aeroespacial is the company of the SENER Group that encompasses Space, Defence and Science and is currently positioned as one of the leading national firms in the sector in the international arena.
In situations such as those we have recently experienced, it seems clear that there are sectors that are way ahead when it comes to survival. One of them is food retailing, which has been at the forefront in 2020 and has, in general, done the impossible by ensuring the population is not left without supplies. One of these groups has also successfully overcome complex obstacles and an "internal revolution" that has cleared their financial horizon, the DIA Group.
We have discussed these and many other issues with Patricio Morenés Hoyos (pictured), deputy general counsel of the DIA Group, who is a young and well-prepared lawyer and an expert in Commercial Law, who likes challenges and, since joining the Legal team of DIA Group, has added a lot to the new era of this food retailer whose slogan is "Cada DIA más cerca" (Closer every day).
Sunday, 20 December 2020 00:11

One year of in-house lawyers

This year, which is now drawing to a close, Iberian Lawyer has been fortunate to have had outstanding Legal advisors from different companies in Spain and Portugal. With them, we have experienced first hand the different stages of the pandemic; from the first news, through the different “waves” to the present moment, where the arrival of the longed-for vaccine seems to be the light at the end of the long and narrow tunnel
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