Antas da Cunha Ecija has recorded phenomenal growth since its inception in July 2015. Starting with a team of just seven, the firm has now grown to 100 (75 lawyers) in Portugal. Iberian Lawyer had the pleasure of interviewing the man at the helm during this period, Fernando Antas da Cunha. The lawyer provided us with insight into the reasons behind this success and growth, as well as what motivated the firm to merge with Ecija in 2017. Antas da Cunha also shared with us why his entrepreneurial spirit is in his DNA, what challenges the market faces, and why Digital Law is the future.
Wednesday, 10 November 2021 09:21

The free-electron: Live and let live

Originally from Burgos, our November's Partner Abroad graduated in Law from the Universidad de Valladolid and has spent more than 30 years developing his professional career in the European capital. Ramón García-Gallardo is managing partner of the Brussels office and head of Competition at King & Wood Malleson. He is a horse lover and considers himself a global lawyer, "atypical" and difficult to classify into a single speciality, which is why he calls himself an avocat d'affaires and recognises himself as "a free electron". From a Legal lineage, he is confident that, at least, one of his daughters will perpetuate the saga. After talking to him, something tells us that seeing this lawyer in action, exercising one of his defence strategies, has to be better than watching any trendy TV series.
José Antonio Morán leads Baker McKenzie's Energy, Mining and Infrastructure practice global practice and is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Chicago office. While he was studying for the Illinois Bar Exam, his wife, also a lawyer in both jurisdictions, was doing the same for the New York Bar Exam. To young people starting who may feel called by an example like his, he recommends that "they should fight hard for what they want and try to be the best at it ", as well as "take care of their health and fitness", something he considers vital to be able to think and operate at high performance and with dedication. And, most importantly, "if they don't manage to achieve what they set out to do, they should not give up but keep on fighting", because, -says this great adventurer-, "small and big failures always provide good lessons."
Wednesday, 13 October 2021 09:54

ESG & DLA Piper Spain

Even though it has increasingly become more popular - with the recent return of the US to the Paris Agreement, Europe has emerged, in recent years, as a worldwide leader in ESG, the origins of the ESG (regarding Environmental, Social, and Governance) date back several decades. One of the international firms that saw this trend in time and form, or relevance, was DLA Piper. Iberian Lawyer speaks to Joaquín Hervada and Paz de la Iglesia, partners of the firm and co-heads of DLA Piper's ESG practice in Spain.
Cerejeira Namora, Marinho Falcão will celebrate its 30 year anniversary next year. For one of the founding partners and managing partner, Nuno Cerejeira Namora, it has been a near three decade journey. The lawyer began his professional career as a journalist for seven years while still a student at law school, before starting this project. During this interview, Cerejeira Namoria explains to Iberian lawyer that their path hasn’t been exactly run-of-the-mill. The firm has its roots in Porto and then expanded to the capital and other parts of the country. Its strengths originated from the more traditional areas of Labour and Tax Law but have expanded to Privacy, Digital and Technology. A firm on the rise and one to watch.
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.
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