Wednesday, 16 June 2021 09:23

An Aragonese lawyer in Brussels

A Zaragozan lawyer, with more than 30 years in the European Union capital, José Rivas, head of Bird & Bird’s Brussels’ Competition practice, announces to Iberian Lawyer that he will now also lead the practice in Spain, promoting it from his position and experience together with Candela Sotés. Among other things, this veteran tells us that he used to play Trivial with Boris Johnson. He confesses that he takes on the new challenge with great pride and joy, as it will bring him closer to Spanish clients. As a good Aragonese, he recognises that his stubbornness has helped him to achieve his objectives and to position his team as one of the main Competition Law benchmarks in Europe. Despite so many years abroad, Spain, he says, is still his home.
Tuesday, 15 June 2021 09:02

SPACs: The "Tesla" of investment

Also known as "blank check companies", SPACs have been around for decades, also in Europe and Spain, but in recent years, they have become more popular, attracting big-name underwriters and investors. This is a phenomenon that seems to have increased in popularity during the pandemic, according to Lourdes Centeno Huerta, Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and Capital Markets partner at EY Abogados. During August last year alone, more than 50 SPACs were formed in the United States, raising $21.5 billion.

Monday, 14 June 2021 17:51

New leadership at the helm

For most of the larger law firms in Portugal, announcing a woman as its new managing partner would be groundbreaking and a novelty. Not for Abreu Advogados. Inês Sequeira Mendes becomes the second female managing partner at Abreu this century, after Carmo Sousa Machado (2004- 2007). Nevertheless, it is still a fantastic achievement for Sequeira Mendes, who has spent the best part of her legal career at the firm, joining in 2006 and becoming a partner in 2012. After seven successful years leading Abreu, Duarte de Athayde becomes chairman and passes the managing partner baton to his successor. Iberian Lawyer interviewed Sequeira Mendes, who candidly and elegantly described her plans for the firm's future, where she envisages challenges and opportunities as well as what she hopes her legacy will look like when her term ends.
Wednesday, 19 May 2021 22:39

Miranda's man in Houston

Iberian Lawyer travels to Houston, Texas to meet Luís Miranda, director and head of Miranda & Associados’ Miranda Alliance liaison office. During his seven year tenure at the firm, Luís has worked in the Lisbon headquartered office as well as spending a number of months at a time seconded to the Miranda Alliance Gabon and Cameroon offices in Port-Gentil and Douala respectively. We had the pleasure of interviewing Luís and understanding the role and the strategic importance of the US market to Miranda, being the only Portuguese law firm with an office stateside.
Tuesday, 18 May 2021 13:53


To round off this special feature, we asked the Human Resources director at EY Abogados, Lucía Jaquotot (pictured), about these professionals, who gives us an "insider's" view and confirms that they are a key element in the management of Legal services.
Iberian Lawyer interviews Víctor García López (pictured), a Spanish Brussels-based consultant in the EU Regulatory and Public Affairs practice of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. A sort of paralegal whose team provides with in-house strategic policy advice to help clients shape legislation and administrative decisions in Brussels. As we could know, In-house Public Affairs departments in law firms are not yet significantly developed in Spain, unlike in companies or dedicated Public Affairs consultancies.  
Tuesday, 18 May 2021 13:41

SPECIAL: Paralegals, born or made?

Iberian Lawyer interviews two paralegals, with different backgrounds and professional careers to analyse with them if this role is something that can be learnt or on the contrary, it requires some natural skills.
Thursday, 13 May 2021 11:24

Dealmaking as continuous learning

Our Young and Unstoppable for May is Bosco De Checa (pictured), a senior associate at Allen & Overy. This 30-something lawyer was on the verge of becoming a professional golfer but life, and the lawyer movies he watched with his father led him to "compete" as a Corporate specialist on the deal board. He admits that he particularly enjoys cross-border transactions; because of this, he chose this magic circle firm to develop his career. Now, seven years after joining A&O, this promising young star, who seems to be steadily making his way to partner, tells us how the top of the dealmaking stakes are forged
She left Science for Arts studies. This 28-year-old lawyer has gained a very solid position within the profession, specifically in her specialities; Public Procurement, Commercial and Corporate Law among others. As a lawyer at Mariscal & Abogados for almost three years, she recognises that mentoring is a fundamental part of learning, especially in the legal sector. Working with clients from several jurisdictions, she is grateful for her international training for the possibilities of meeting people from other countries and living with different cultures, as well as being tolerant and versatile at work.
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