Sunday, 20 December 2020 15:44

Traveling abroad with Iberian lawyers

In June, Iberian Lawyer launched this section, thanks to which we have been able to travel, during these months, to different parts of the world with partners who are natives of the Iberian Peninsula and who, having spent part of their careers in firms based in Spain or Portugal, now hold the position of managing or resident partner in other parts of the planet. New York, London, Mozambique, Turkey and Chile are the destinations we visited through conversations with partners of Pérez-Llorca, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo, HRA/Morais Leitão, Martínez-Echevarría & Rivera Abogados and Uría Menéndez (PPU Chile). The beginning of this series of interviews arose from the intention of recovering links, building bridges with the partners abroad who run offices of great strategic significance for Iberian firms and knowing how they live this moment of general unease and how they see us from outside.
Sunday, 20 December 2020 12:11

Law firms 2020 recap

2020 has been a complicated year for everyone, including the legal sector in the Iberian Peninsula. In this regard, the evolution of law firms has been very similar during the course of the different phases of the pandemic. At the beginning, they focused their efforts on ensuring the good health of their employees and, once this was assured, they looked for ways to continue offering the best service to their clients by working remotely, anticipating their needs, to help them in the devastating context. They all also agree that uncertainty will continue to be the dominant note in 2021 and that the speed of the hypothetical recovery will depend on the implementation and effectiveness of the vaccines. Most firms are pinning their hopes in the second half of next year.
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.
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