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CTSU - Sociedade de Advogados, S.P., R.L., S.A.

AVENIDA ENG. DUARTE PACHECO, Nº7, 7º FLOOR, 1070-100 LISBON, PORTUGAL
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Miguel Ribeiro Telles, Managing Partner, CTSU – Sociedade de Advogados, member of Deloitte Legal network

What do you see as the main points that differentiate CTSU – Sociedade de Advogados from your competitors?

Footprint is one of the main differences. We have a presence globally, as member of the Deloitte Legal network, where our clients need us, with more than 2,400 lawyers in over 84 countries. “Business knowledge, innovation global and integrated approach” is our main reference for rendering legal services to clients. Our teams bring together different groups of skills with deep knowledge in different industries that enable them to propose several diversified and adequate solutions to each client, seeking to promote the provision of legal services with innovation and knowledge of the business, adding value to the clients’ projects, in an integrated and global manner. CTSU´s Lawyers have a wide range and in depth experience and skills in several areas of the Law, covering different sectors of business activity, national and international, promoting global challenges and solutions. The lawyers of CTSU seek to follow dynamically and closely their clients, promoting teamwork with them, in order to add value to their projects and businesses activities, providing strong trust and confidence in the innovative solutions presented, acting as a strategic close adviser. CTSU defends and promotes, among its Lawyers, accountability, specialization, research, innovation, adjustment to new realities, optimizing the coverage provided, the quality, the efficiency and the effectiveness within the scope of the legal services provided to the clients, complying with the highest ethics and deontology standards.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

We believe that real estate, banking and finance and M&A and corporate will be growing. New areas are also growing as Cybersecurity. Growth will be driven by recovering and increasing levels of foreign investment into Portugal.

What's the main change you've made in the firm that will benefit clients?

We are investing in new technology, including new and updated software solutions that create efficiencies and bring us closer to our clients to work more effectively together. We developed new tools in our knowledge management that has been creating more efficiency internally. We have also recruited some of the best legal talent in Portugal.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

We use the website to provide the clients with updated legal news. We are improving software interactive tools for Clients that have files on going in the litigation area in particular, and which enable such clients to have direct access to the main information and the relevant current status of each of those on-going litigation suits as well as regarding contracts or corporate secretarial services. It enables clients on a regular basis to monitor namely the annual legal corporate compliance or the contract’s expire date and the deadlines for eventual renewals or notices as well as any eventual delays in the fulfilment of obligations such as payment. We try to carefully matching the strengths and weaknesses of the available tools with the concrete task that the client is facing and promoting an interactive relation with clients with this technologies tools improvements.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

A Legal Vendor Due Diligence recently completed for a Spanish-headquartered international pharmaceutical company is an example. Deloitte Legal Spain led this vendor due diligence project for the client’s generic drugs business unit across six jurisdictions. The due diligence covered review of corporate matters, contractual matters, litigation matters, IP matters and data protection matters. Alongside the lead team, Deloitte Legal professionals added great value to the project in several countries: Germany, Italy, Portugal, and Sweden. It was a global project and at the end the Client was satisfied namely with the efficiency and footprint added to a project that involved different jurisdictions and teams.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms - where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

Our firm, as part of a global legal network, can offer clients a wide range of services as well as broad geographic reach. We are growing organically, recruiting young talent teams, and working to become best legal employers offering opportunity for advancement and achievement of career goals. Our goal is to improve the way legal services are delivered, to be regarded as the leader in this respect. We will continue to strive to address clients’ needs with efficiency, quality, competence and excellence, always maintaining close relationships with our clients.

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