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LISBON: 2 June 2016

The first GC Powerlist in Iberia was launched at an event in Lisbon on Thursday 2nd June, with a champagne reception hosted at the office of law firm MLGTS (Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados).

The GC Powerlist is a publication designed to highlight the most influential and innovative general counsel in a market. A three month process of nominations, background research and interviews concluded in the selection of 110 in-house lawyers across Spain and Portugal.

The full list can be seen here.

The Portuguese members of the GC Powerlist were invited to come together to celebrate their success, network and share ideas. The evening was largely informal with people embracing the conversation with their peers, but there was a short introduction from Dominic Williams, head of research at The Legal 500, and João Soares da Silva, senior partner of MLGTS. One of the members of the GC Powerlist, Rui de Oliveira Neves, general counsel of Galp Energia, was asked to deliver a key note speech in order to prompt debate for the rest of the evening.

Neves outlined the importance of many duties of the in-house lawyer, the legal profession, and the way that they should work with external law firms. He covered the rising importance of reputational risk management, commercial advice for the board, and the gender imbalance in the market.

The Spanish general counsel on the GC Powerlist will attend an event in Madrid on 9th June.

Scroll down below to see photos from the evening.

For all photos of the night, please click here.