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Portugal, Spain   

Pérez-Llorca starts operating in Lisbon and incorporates six new partners and a counsel to this office

With these new hires, the Firm provides its Lisbon office with a team of almost 20 professionals from different areas to serve its clients in this country. 


Only two months after announcing its intention to start operating in Portugal, Pérez-Llorca takes another step forward in its internationalization strategy and in the process of implementation in Lisbon with the incorporation of six new partners, a counsel and a group of 10 lawyers.

Thus, the Firm now hasalmost twenty professionals in Portugal with expertise in different areas. This team, coordinated by Gonçalo Capela Godinho, who joined the Firm last July, allows the Pérez-Llorca to further increase its capacity in the Iberian Peninsula to advise its clients in their matters and disputes.

The Firm’s goal is to continue to grow in this market and to add talent to strengthen this multidisciplinary team capable of meeting the needs and demands of its clients.

Rodrigo Falcão Nogueira focuses his professional activity mainly on Commercial Law, specifically in the areas of Corporate Law and Securities Market. Until now, he was the partner in charge of the Corporate/M&A team of a Portuguese firm integrated in an international network. He has extensive experience in M&A transactions and private equity investments, in multi-jurisdictional corporate restructurings for multinationals and international investment institutions, as well as in corporate governance and corporate finance matters.

Carlos Vaz de Almeida was head of the Finance, Energy and Infrastructure area of a Portuguese firm belonging to an international network. He has developed his professional career in the private and public sector and is specialized in banking and finance transactions, particularly in acquisition finance and project finance, as well as debt restructurings and NPL portfolio acquisitions. In addition, he has extensive experience in investment advisory in the Energy and Natural Resources, Transportation, Logistics and Infrastructure sectors.

Before joining Pérez-Llorca, Manuel Cordeiro Ferreira headed the Capital Markets and Financial Services team of a Portuguese firm belonging to an international network. His professional activity has focused both in Lisbon and London on Corporate Law and Capital Markets, areas in which he has extensive experience in M&A transactions, takeover bids, securities distribution and structured finance. He also specializes in structuring and advising collective investment schemes, especially in real estate, and in financial regulation.

Inês Palma Ramalho was a partner in the Finance and Governance department and a specialized member of the Fintech and Compliance teams of the firm where she worked until now. She specializes in legal advice and assistance in matters related to the supervision and resolution of banks and financial companies, acquisition of qualifying shareholdings, authorization and registration procedures for new entities and fit and proper, corporate governance, credit intermediation and negotiation of various types of financing. He also has extensive experience in providing legal assistance to clients in corporate compliance matters, such as risk detection and management, auditing, internal control and regulatory compliance of credit and financial institutions. She has also played an important role in the Portuguese fintech ecosystem, especially in the area of credit and payments, as well as in the creation of real estate investment funds and private equity funds before the Comissão do Mercado de Valores Mobiliários, and in providing legal advice to investment fund management companies and their unitholders.

Inês Arruda has forged her career in leading Portuguese and international firms. Before joining Pérez-Llorca, she was the partner in charge of the Labor and Employment area of the firm where she worked. She has more than 20 years of experience advising national and international companies from different sectors in various areas of labor law such as labor litigation, corporate restructuring, disciplinary and administrative procedures, collective bargaining, pension plans and stock option plans, social security, as well as in the labor derivatives of M&A transactions, purchase and sale of assets and labor due diligence.

Rita Leandro Vasconcelos has developed her career in leading Portuguese and international law firms. Until her incorporation, she was a partner in a renowned Portuguese law firm specialized in European Union and Competition Law. In her more than 20 years of practice, she has advised multinationals on antitrust matters in various sectors such as banking, infrastructure, transport and pharmaceuticals, among others. His professional experience also includes the design and analysis of distribution systems, the analysis of pricing and discounting systems, and the implementation of competition law compliance programs. He also advises on complex merger transactions, including multi-jurisdictional notifications, state aid and EU and competition law litigation before national courts and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Nuno Faria has joined Pérez-Llorca’s Portuguese project as Counsel. Mr. Faria has more than 20 years of practice advising on cross-border transactions in M&A, Project Finance and Banking, with a special focus on the Infrastructure and Energy sectors. Some of his clients have been major funds, multinationals and financial institutions. With an eminently international profile, he has developed his career in leading Portuguese and Brazilian law firms.

Together with these professionals, a group of 10 lawyers of different specialties and seniorities will join the firm, who, coordinated by Gonçalo Capela Godinho, will begin to shape the Lisbon office of Pérez-Llorca.



Image, from left to right: Rodrigo Falcão Nogueira, Carlos Vaz de Almeida, Manuel Cordeiro Ferreira, Inês Palma Ramalho, Inês Arruda and Rita Leandro Vasconcelos.

For more information, reach out to: 

Nieves Serrano / nserrano@perezllorca.com / 628 867 642

Javier Bernaldo de Quirós / jbernaldodequiros@perezllorca.com / 648 740 904

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