The Legal 500 is delighted to host the GC Summit Portugal on the 23rd of March 2023. An exclusive event designed for Portugal’s illustrious in-house community to network, share experiences and learn from a distinguished panel of speakers.
The conference will cover a wide breadth of issues including the changing face of M&A, the evolution of general counsel and the key trends driving the ESG agenda and more. We are pleased to introduce this interesting schedule of panel sessions in association with our event partners Morais Leitão, Abreu Advogados, CMS, VdA and PLMJ.
In addition to hearing from our event partners, this event will also incorporate the unique perspective of in-house counsel on these topics, aimed at presenting attendees with a well-rounded and insightful discussion. This event is not to be missed by in-house counsel in Portugal wishing to develop professionally and meet like-minded peers. Like always, the event will conclude with drinks, food, and an exceptional chance for attendees to grow their portfolio of contacts within the Portuguese legal community.
2.00pm – 2.30pm Registration
2.30pm – 2.40pm Welcome address and keynote
- Melissa Yebisi, research analyst, The Legal 500
2.40pm – 3.30pm A Critical Look at the Evolution of the Role of General Counsel
- Rui de Oliveira Neves, partner, Morais Leitao
- António Neto Alves, legal, compliance and public affairs director & company secretary, The Navigator Company
- Patrícia Afonso Fonseca, head of legal, Novo Banco
- Mariana Solá Albuquerque, head of legal, Powerdot
- Presented by Morais Leitao
3.30pm – 4.20pm Key Trends Driving the ESG Agenda
- Assunção Cristas, of counsel – ESG integrated services platform and head of the environment practice, VdA
- João Tomaz, head of prudential, financial markets and sustainability, Portuguese Banking Association
- Miguel Ventura, senior consultant of the governance practice, VdA
- Gonçalo Castilho dos Santos, director of legal services, Banco de Portugal
- Presented by VdA
4.20pm – 4.30pm Coffee break
4.30pm – 5.20pm The Changing Face of M&A: Recent M&A Activity in Portugal and ESG Concerns
- José Maria Corrêa de Sampaio, partner, Abreu Advogados
- Marco Lourenço, executive board member, Caixa – Banco de Investimento
- João Paulo Brunet, board member, Banco BNI Europa
- Margarida Anselmo, co-head of M&A, Haitong Bank
- Presented by Abreu Advogados
5.20pm – 5.45pm Practical guidance on legal team structure and management for in-house counsel
- Raquel Azevedo, partner, PLMJ
- Natália Rebelo, country legal manager, IKEA Portugal and Board Member for INGKA Centres Portugal, S.A.
- Catarina Gonçalves de Oliveira, head of legal and company secretary, Banco CTT
5.45pm – 6.35pm Focus On: Data Protection Concerns for Organisations in Portugal
- Joana Pinto, legal lead for Portugal, Angola and Mozambique, Accenture
- Pedro Correia, head of legal & compliance, Lusíadas Saúde
- Francisco Figueiredo, head of legal, Grupo Arié
- Moderated by João Leitão Figueiredo, partner, technology, media and communication, CMS
6.35pm – 6.40pm Closing remarks
6.40pm – 7.30pm Drinks and networking
João Leitão Figueiredo, partner, technology, media and communication, CMS
João Leitão Figueiredo is a Partner at TMC – Technology, Media & Communications team at CMS Portugal. With over 15 years’ experience, he is well versed advising a roster of national and international clients in the drafting, negotiation and termination of a wide range of IP/IT agreements (licenses, trademarks, designs, software, outsourcing, distribution agreements, transfers, assignments, etc.), as well as advising on technology, digital transformation and data analytics.
Assunção Cristas, of counsel - ESG integrated services platform and head of the environment practice, VdA
Raquel Azevedo, partner, PLMJ
Raquel is a partner in the banking and finance and capital markets practice. In her over 15 years of experience, she has focused on capital markets transactions, including public offerings, as IPOs, rights issues and takeovers, governance and regulatory matters of listed companies, M&A of private equity funds, listed companies and financial sector companies, and privatisations. Raquel also has experience in setting up investment funds and in financial regulatory matters.
Before joining PLMJ, she worked in the OTC equity derivatives area at Dresdner Bank AG in London, and as compliance officer at BPI Asset Management, as well as at other law firms.
Rui de Oliveira Neves, partner, Morais Leitao
António Neto Alves, legal, compliance and public affairs director & company secretary, The Navigator Company
António Neto Alves, born in Lisbon in 1971, has an LLB from The University of Lisbon School of Law. He started his career as a lawyer in 1994, first working at PLMJ law firm, then moving in-house to Grupo Jerónimo Martins, where he was Legal Director for 11 years. For the last 12 years, António has been at Grupo Navigator, where he holds the position of Legal Director, Compliance and Public Affairs, along with fulfilling the role of Company Secretary. He has two kids, lives and works in Lisbon.
Natália Rebelo, country legal manager, IKEA Portugal and Board Member for INGKA Centres Portugal, S.A.
José Maria Corrêa de Sampaio, partner, Abreu Advogados
Marco Lourenço, executive board member of Caixa, Caixa – Banco de Investimento
With a 25-year experience in the investment banking industry, in several financial institutions, Marco Lourenço is an Executive Board Member of Caixa – Banco de Investimento, the investment banking unit of CGD Group, leading the Corporate Finance (M&A) and Equity Capital Markets areas, together with Research and Stock Brokerage. He is also a Non-Executive Board Member of OMIP – Pólo Português and OMI – Polo Español.
Catarina Gonçalves de Oliveira, head of legal and company secretary, Banco CTT
Joana Pinto, legal lead for Portugal, Angola and Mozambique, Accenture
Pedro Correia, head of legal & compliance, Lusíadas Saúde
Pedro Correia is the Head of Legal and Compliance of Lusíadas Saúde. In 2011, he joined the Legal Department of José de Mello Saúde, and in 2018 he assumed the position of Head of Legal & Compliance of the Lusíadas Saúde group. He was a lawyer at Vieira de Almeida for 20 years, where he accumulated a vast consulting experience in various sectors, with special emphasis on the pharmaceutical industry. In recent years he has been a trainer in the modules “Corporate Law” and “Health and Medicinal Products Law” of the Executive MBA of the Autonomous University of Lisbon and was also a speaker in training courses organized by the International Faculty for Executives in matters of health law, medicine and medical devices.
João Paulo Brunet, board member of Banco BNI Europa, BNI Europa
Executive with over 22 years of experience in the financial area, having worked in companies such as Itaú-Unibanco, Santander, Petrobras, Generali Seguros, Tim Brasil, Apolo Tubos e Equipamentos S.A., GPC Química S.A, GBI Capital S.A and PHAROL SGPS SA. He is currently a Board Member of Banco BNI Europa. He has a degree in Economics from Ibmec (Brazil) and a Master’s degree in Economics from Fundação Getulio Vargas
Margarida Anselmo, co-head of M&A, Haitong Bank
Executive with more than 20 years of experience in the financial area, having worked in Espírito Santo Investment Bank (BESI) for 15 years. She has been with Haitong Bank since 2015, currently co-heading the Sino-EU M&A department. She has a degree in Economics from Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
Francisco Figueiredo, head of legal, Grupo Arié
Francisco Figueiredo is Head of Legal of Grupo Arié. The group founded in 1954 is the exclusive distributor for brands of international prestige and renown in the cosmetic and fragrances selective sector and also in fashion sector.
Francisco Figueiredo holds a law degree from the Law School of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa.
Mariana Solá Albuquerque, head of legal, Powerdot
João Tomaz, head of prudential, financial markets and sustainability, Portuguese Banking Association
Miguel Ventura, senior consultant of the governance practice, VdA
Gonçalo Castilho dos Santos, director of legal services, Banco de Portugal
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