Riding the infrastructure boom across Africa and the Middle East

  The major development projects emerging across parts of Africa and the Middle East, where many countries continue to invest heavily in expanding their infrastructure and communications networks, are presenting Iberian companies with new and unique opportunities, says Miguel Riaño, Madrid-based partner with Herbert Smith.


Capitalising on collective international ambition – Deloitte

The globalisation of markets and the need to diversify risk means that expansion is an unavoidable decision – the internationalisation of companies is an unstoppable process. In order to facilitate both clients’ national and international ambitions their legal advisers must not only understand their business and be able to facilitate their needs but also share […]


Understanding all the connections in the Portugal-Brazil-Angola triangle – PLMJ

The perception of Portugal as a platform to the Portuguese-speaking world derives from years of interconnection enabling it to act as a clear “bridge” for interrnational investors. Portugal has for decades maintained a clear historic, geographic and cultural position within the lusophone world, says Jorge de Brito Pereira, partner responsible for Lisbon-based PLMJ’s International Relations. […]


Matching the Angolan and Portuguese realities – AVM Advogados

The influx of international investment into Angola continues but there is also now emerging a flow out of the country, to Europe and elsewhere in Africa. Even in the face of a global drop in oil and mineral prices, Angola remains one of the most dynamic economies in Africa, says António Vicente Marques, Managing and […]


Looking for lessons across Central and Eastern Europe – Raposo

There may be continuing optimism about the long-term economic prospects for Central and Eastern Europe but the lessons learnt in one country are not easily transposed into another. The relative impact of the economic crisis across Central and Eastern Europe is perhaps dramatically illustrated by the contrasting economic fortunes of Poland and Romania, say Warsaw-based […]


Joining up cross-border disputes – Salans

Most transactions now have an international element, be it the parties involved, the reach of the companies’ operations, the sources of finance or the applicable laws, so consideration must also be given to how any emerging disputes may be handled, says Jose Maria Buxeda, Managing Partner of the Madrid office of Salans.


The eyes of the Portuguese Audit Court on PPPs –

A number of recent decisions by the Portuguese Audit Court (Tribunal de Contas – TdC) have had a significant impact on concession holders’ and award bid winners’ ability to renegotiate or revisit the terms of the contracts entered into with the Portuguese State. The result is that new factors need to be considered by those […]


Spain’s labour reforms: an opportunity missed again – Sagardoy

Spain’s Workers’ Statute, at the time of its enactment, no doubt served a pivotal role of stability in the Spanish labour market. One of the main objectives then was to break with the previous political regime, modernising the relationship between employer and employee and establishing a collective bargaining regime that presented greater negotiating freedom to […]


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