Impresa is one of the largest Portuguese media groups and distributes the largest number of television channels broadcasting content. Furthermore, it owns the country's largest newspaper, Expresso. Just over four months ago, the company hired Maria João Faísca from PLMJ as its new head of Legal. Iberian Lawyer interviewed Faísca who shared with us why working for the diverse business interests of the group ensures there is never a dull moment in her busy schedule, as well as the challenge of working with external counsel, and what law firms can do to improve the relationship from a communication perspective.
Since June 1st, Enrique Medina Malo is general counsel and head of Regulatory Affairs in the newly born joint venture between Telefónica and Liberty Global; Virgin Media O2. He was delighted to start this journey, which he defines as "a fantastic personal and professional challenge" and which, he tells us, brings together all the elements that motivate him to do his utmost to contribute to the success of the project.
Álvaro Mena is a pure example of how stereotypes have been left far behind in the unfair sonography of Spain, the Spaniards and their typical clichés. This young 34-year-old lawyer from Seville came to Madrid of his own free will to expand the professional, cultural and academic opportunities offered by the capital. His approachable and friendly yet highly professional and detailed way of being has opened the doors to him of important law firms and has led him to be part of Globalvia for the last five years, the last one as the head of Labour Relations of the group. With the naturalness of someone who has the talent, decision-making capacity and courage to take on new challenges, we are confident that he will continue to be successful in the years to come.
Thursday, 07 October 2021 12:10

Road to success

In April 2020, a consortium consisting of APG Asset Management, the National Pension Service of the Republic of Korea and Swiss Life Asset Managers, acquired an 81.1 per cent majority stake in the Portuguese toll road operator Brisa, for €3 billion. At the heart of this deal was Brisa’s corporate secretary Tiago Severim Melo. The lawyer has been with the company for over 20 years and in that time has seen it grow to the ubiquitous infrastructure presence it has today. It is now one of the largest international highway operators and the largest transport infrastructure company in Portugal. Iberian Lawyer had the peasure of interviewing Severim Melo, who provided insight into his career to date, the challenges his team faced during the merger negotiations, and where he sees some law firms failing in their approach to capture new cients.
During the last decade, young people have been relocating in large numbers to Portugal. It is not hard to understand this phenomenon, as the country offers an enviable lifestyle. In many instances, this opportunity would not be possible without the existence of Teleperfomance. For many foreigners it has been their first job in Portugal and a stepping stone for their career as they learn the language. The French headquartered company achieved annual revenue in excess of €5 billion in 2020. Furthermore, in March 2021, Great Place to Work™ recognised Teleperformance Portugal as the 13th best company to work for in Portugal, and as the 1st in the ranking of companies with more than 1,000 employees. Iberian Lawyer interviewed TP Portugal’s Legal director Nuno Menezes, who shared with us his journey at the company, the open minded and diverse internal culture, as well as what he values most when seeking advice from external counsel.
Iberian Lawyer interviews Bárbara Sanjuán Pardo, a lawyer specialized in International and Corporate Law who didn't hesitate when BitBase, a Spanish buy-and-sell bitcoins company, offered to have her in as its Legal director. Despite her youth, she is at 27 years old, the person in charge of thoroughly analyze the applicable regulations in order to provide BitBase's clients with all the Legal guarantees and to ensure the efficiency of their operations. Although she is totally aware of the lack of information and misinformation that surrounds the cryptocurrency world, she confesses to being a dreamer - a visionary, in our view- who believes that, as long as it keeps been progressively regulated, this sector will gain its well-deserved space in the market.
Tuesday, 13 July 2021 06:41

Committed to a sustainable future

When a lawyer leaves the lucrative partnership of Morais Leitão at the age of 36, eyebrows would normally be raised. Even more so, when the said lawyer was one of their youngest partners ever at the age of just 31. Rui de Oliveira Neves, however, is the clear exception to the rule. During the last eight years, he has built one of the biggest and most sophisticated in-house Legal structures in Portugal. The team under Rui's leadership encompasses Spain, Brazil and Africa. During this interview, we go behind the scenes at Galp and understand what it takes to be selected on their panel of lawyers. As Iberian Lawyer uncovers, expertise and sector knowledge can be more important than a law firm's size. We also learn about Galp's climate change ambitions and their target to reduce absolute emissions from operations by 40% and net-zero on all scopes by 2050.
Venezuelan by origin, Diolimar García is the Corporate Legal Director of the Alarms and Corporate Affairs business of Prosegur for 26 countries, reporting directly to the Group General Counsel. With her, Iberian Lawyer was able to talk about innovation and how they apply technology to the company's services, the recent agreement with Microsoft, or the daily challenges for professionals in the Legal department. This lawyer and mother of two, whose name links deity and sea, has a professional career worth knowing. She believes in meritocracy and equal opportunities for all those who, with effort, talent and passion, seek to achieve their professional goals.
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.
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