Thursday, 19 November 2020 17:14

Taking a Stand

He was going to be a judge, but he realised that it was difficult for him to embody the impartiality that a magistrate should have. He discovered that advocating for one of the parties to the end fitted more with his character, and that meant going to trial and winning it, and that is where he has already been recognised as one of Portugal’s most prestigious and, more importantly, most promising young professionals. Tiago Geraldo, managing associate at Morais Leitão cannot avoid taking sides in a debate, and perhaps that is why this interview is loaded with bold, but always meticulously reasoned opinions.
We travelled to Chile to meet Tomás Acosta, resident partner of Uría Menéndez at PPU Chile. From his words, we can guess an overwhelming personality, an adventurous spirit and a lot of passion for both his profession and the firm's project, which is now celebrating its fifth anniversary in this part of the world. His knowledge of the Latin American market in general and of the Chilean market in particular has made us much better understand the position of the Andean country, which last month voted in favour of rewriting a new Magna Carta. Although Tomás claims that he will return to Spain one day, he enjoys the post without homesickness and seems to have an agenda for a while.
Wednesday, 11 November 2020 08:40

COVID-19, breeding ground for White-Collar Crime

The pandemic has not only weakened the economy and threatened livelihoods. It has also encouraged some to take advantage of new vulnerabilities to commit economic and financial crimes such as fraud and money laundering. Iberian Lawyer talks to Jesús Santos, partner head of Baker McKenzie’s Criminal Litigation area, about how the COVID-19 has affected the criminal map of White-Collar Crimes.
Tuesday, 10 November 2020 10:09

Pilar Menor, top leader

Iberian Lawyer wanted to know more about one of the great female references in the legal sector in our country and, specifically, in the Labour practice. Her expertise and good practice in this sector have been recognised on many occasions, most recently at the 2020 Labour Awards where she was chosen Lawyer of the Year. She is Pilar Menor, global Employment co-chair at DLA Piper, head of Employment and senior partner in the Madrid office. Married to a professional colleague, Pilar is the mother of 5-year-old fraternal twins and combines her family life with a successful career of over 25 years. Respected and loved by the whole profession, Pilar tells us why she decided to become a lawyer.
Recently highlighted by the Financial Times as one of the six leaders who have taken advantage of the current circumstances to make successful changes in their companies, Bruno Ferreira is the kind of partner who leaves no one indifferent. His vision of the legal market and working models has set the recent agenda of the Portuguese legal world. One discovers young lawyers reproducing some of the ideas he has expressed in interviews and, since his appointment as co-managing partner of PLMJ just over half a year ago, his shadow is cast as one of the references within the profession. We take this opportunity to learn about some of the ideas behind the transformation he is leading within one of the country's emblematic firms.
Monday, 19 October 2020 08:00

A world on the move

Attracting investors generates economic wealth for a country. Attracting immigrants is a clear sign that the country is already economically rich. But what about attracting investors who want to immigrate to the country? In a global world like the one we live in, despite the exceptional circumstances that are restricting mobility nowadays, the idea of moving to a country where one can invest and build a new life is an increasingly tempting possibility. Contrasting with the idea of immigration related to economic poverty which has become installed in the mentality of a large part of society, and its political representatives, immigration today is a plural and diverse phenomenon, and on many occasions, it is accompanied not by a need to earn a living, but by the commitment with entrepreneurship in the place of destination. As a result of this new reality, and the new needs it generates, associations such as PAIIR, Portuguese Association of Immigration, Investment and Relocation, have emerged.
Thursday, 15 October 2020 12:57

Legal engineer at the service of construction

We put on our construction site safety helmet to meet Claudia Fernández López-Areal, a lawyer from the Construction Advisory & Disputes (CAD) department of Pinsent Masons Madrid. At 29 years old, her expertise in the construction sector, which also focuses on Arbitration matters, is a rara avis on the national scene. We agree with her in her prediction that her profile will be in great demand in the coming years. Claudia chose this speciality by her own decision, and today she examines, with surgical precision, the most complex engineering issues in order to solve disputes in the world of construction, both nationally and internationally.
Wednesday, 14 October 2020 12:30

Looking at hedge funds

In a context where companies continue to look for new resources to facilitate the improvement of their financial liquidity due to the health crisis, hedge funds can be an “opportune” solution for all parties. We talked with Sixto de la Calle, of counsel in the Corporate and M&A area and head of Eversheds Sutherland Nicea’s Private Equity practice in Spain about this issue, about debt funds as an alternative to bank financing and their particularities. We also asked him about which are, in his opinion, the most active investment funds at the moment.
Tuesday, 13 October 2020 18:14

From San Sebastián to Turkey

Martínez Echevarría & Rivera Abogados opens us the doors of its offices in Turkey with the help of its managing partner, Juan Antonio Viñuales. This lawyer of Basque origin, who initially thought to spend only two years in this post, ended up making his life in Turkey and has been there for more than fifteen years. In this interview, Viñuales tells us about the pros and cons of practising Law in this country where the firm mainly represents Spanish or Spanish-speaking companies in Turkey in the Commercial, Labour and Litigation fields. In addition, only the Real Estate area represents 25 per cent of ME&R-Turkey's turnover with clients mainly from Northern Europe and Asia. In general terms, even though he misses certain things about Spain, Viñuales recommends the experience to anyone starting his career.
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