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Friday, 10 September 2021 12:12

CCA’s ace up its sleeve

In this month’s Portugal edition of Young and Unstoppable, the spotlight shines on Alcina de Oliveira Alves. The lawyer has devoted her entire almost ten year career to CCA. While initially cherry picked from Law school during the final year of her Energy Master’s, to work with the firm in this sector, de Oliveira Alves quickly realised her true calling was in the TMT area. The leading international directories also agree and since Online-Gambling became legal in Portugal since 2015, Alcina has carved out a niche in this space. This interview is a must read, especially for any young Law graduates wrongly assuming that ones legal career has to be decided from the outset. As you will see from her own words, Alcina went from Administrative Law, to TMT and is now “all-in” when it comes to Online-Gambling.
Gomez-Acebo & Pombo has reached another important milestone in their history, celebrating their 50 year anniversary in Spain and over ten years in Portugal. Mafalda Barreto has been with the firm since almost the beginning of its journey in Lisbon. It would be fair to say that GA_P's presence and reputation in the country are now virtually unrecognisable to those that remember the project that started back in 2010, with 23 lawyers at 131 Avenida da Liberdade. The firm has achieved consistent organic growth during this period and has moved office premises twice to accommodate the expanding team. Barreto has had the responsibility of steering the ship since 2018 and admits that while her first year was easier than expected, the challenges generated post-COVID she could never have imagined having to deal with in her career. Iberian Lawyer had the pleasure of interviewing GA_P's Portugal office managing partner for this article.
Many of you may surely already know the protagonist of our Spanish cover. He is Jacobo Martínez, managing partner, head of the Labour area and member of the Executive Committee of Eversheds Sutherland Spain. In addition to his expertise in certain areas of the legal profession, his naturalness and approachability have won him many followers, both inside and outside the firm. We spoke with him about the strategic plan he has set for the firm during his term of office and beyond. Jacobo is part of the firm's history in our country, and this is evident when he talks about issues such as his team or the recent merger with FCB Advogados. With a friendly character, he does not hide his devotion to his family, wife, children and dogs, and, without losing his smile, he walks with a strong step showing that he is a natural leader.
Miguel Fernández Benavides, a lawyer in ONTIER's Litigation and Arbitration department, is, at 31, one of the editors of the Hay Derecho blog, whose mission is to promote institutional regeneration, the fight against corruption and the defence of the Rule of Law. Featured in Iberian Lawyer's "Rising Stars", published last month, his extraordinary profile deserves to be better known. This young lawyer opens up to Iberian Lawyer and tells us how he recognised early on that memory was not his strong suit, which is why he refused to take the competitive examination to become a judge, and that he believes he has "the thirst for conflict" of any Litigation lawyer. He confesses that he would like to become a partner of the firm in which he feels "at home", although he knows he still has some work to do.
When Iberian Lawyer interviews general counsel and law firm clients across the globe, there is often a common theme that gets repeated. That clients are starting to care more about sector experience and specialisation rather than a law firm's size or dimension. This is clearly an opportunity that Vanessa Rodrigues Lima, the founder of VRL Legal, has focused on. Despite the challenges of starting a new project during a pandemic and uncertain economic times, one has to commend Rodrigues Lima for embarking on her new journey less than three months ago. A Brazilian native, she moved from Rio to Lisbon at the age of six and has spent her entire professional career in Portugal. We discussed with Vanessa why Private Clients require a different approach and the type of relationship and lawyer they value.
Tuesday, 13 July 2021 07:02

RRP: One of its kind

When Iberian Lawyer interviewed Ricardo Reigada Pereira, managing partner at RRP Advogados, one could feel the energy and enthusiasm from the outset of the conversation. It is undoubtedly this drive, together with Reigada Pereira’s young and experienced team with international law firm backgrounds, that have seen the project grow from five to 30+ lawyers in just five years. The firm recorded the biggest revenue growth in Iberian Lawyer’s recent Top 30 rankings for Portugal, with an incredible 24% increase in 2020 compared to 2019. Ricardo took the time to share with us what he believes lies at the heart of this success, where they want to get to, and the biggest challenges law firm leaders are currently facing.
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.
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