The Green Summit Portugal 2022 marks our second event associated with our new Global Green Guide and will bring together leading practitioners and in-house counsel from across the country and region to discuss the legal sector’s engagement with and contribution to a green transition. Panel discussions will address accelerating the green transition through corporate sustainability due diligence and co-operation, and the evolving role of the GC when it comes to sustainable practice and strategy.
Speakers will discuss not only the role of lawyers in promoting sustainability but also the shift in focus that comes with it, and the most imminent issues that must be tackled. Attendees will hear about best practices as well as obstacles and challenges in achieving corporate sustainability. The event promises high-profile speakers, plenty of time for debate and discussion on one of the most important concerns of this century, and networking drinks to end the day.
4.30pm Arrival and registration
5.00pm Introductory remarks and opening keynote
- Anna Baubock, editor, The Legal 500 Global Green Guide
- Bruno Ferreira, managing partner, PLMJ
5.30pm Accelerating the green transition through corporate sustainability due diligence and co-operation
Should lawyers shift their focus from minimising risks to promoting sustainability? Which aspects of the green transition are the most important for your organisation’s perspective? As General Counsel, what are you working on right now and what are the imminent issues that must be tackled?
- Bruno Ferreira, managing partner, PLMJ (Moderator)
- Claire Bright, founder and director of the NOVA Centre on Business, Human Rights and the Environment at NOVA Law School (NOVA BHRE) in Lisbon
- Natália Galvão Veiga Rebelo, country legal manager, IKEA Portugal
- Rita Rendeiro, operating partner, Maingreen Capital Partners
6.30pm The evolving role of the GC when it comes to sustainable practice and strategy
- Raquel Azevedo, partner, PLMJ (Moderator)
- Marta Cruz de Almeida, general counsel, Galp
- Marta Almeida Afonso, general counsel and company secretary, REN
- Sara Gonçalves, head of legal and compliance, Endesa Portugal
- Gonçalo Noronha Andrade, lawyer, EDP
7.30pm Networking over drinks and canapés
8.30pm Event concludes
Bruno Ferreira, managing partner, PLMJ
Bruno is managing partner and partner in the banking and finance and capital markets practices, and he has over 15 years’ experience in giving legal advice in these areas. He specialises in advising on complex transactions in Portugal and internationally, combining transactional and regulatory advice with advice on financial issues, including project finance operations, leveraged finance and asset based finance.
Raquel Azevedo, partner, PLMJ
Raquel is a partner in the banking and finance and capital markets practices. In her over 15 years of experience, she has focused on capital market transactions, including IPOs, public offerings for sale and takeover bids, corporate governance of listed companies, acquisitions by private equity funds, listed companies and financial sector companies, and privatisations. Raquel also has experience in setting up investment funds and in financial intermediation matters. She works primarily with listed companies and financial intermediaries.
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, BPI Pensions and BPI Life, as well as at other law firms.
Anna Baubock, editor, The Legal 500 Global Green Guide
Anna has spearheaded the development and launch of The Legal 500’s Global Green Guide which puts a spotlight on the legal sector’s contribution to a green transition, alongside taking over as editor of The Legal 500 US guide at the end of 2021. She joined The Legal 500 back in 2012 as a researcher/writer for The Legal 500 Deutschland and was promoted to editor of the German-language guide in 2015 and to Deutschland Research Director in 2021. She has spent a considerable amount of her time visiting firms and gaining extensive market knowledge across all major cities in Germany but has in the past also researched various practice areas in the US, EMEA and Latin American legal markets, making use of her bilingual German and English as well as advanced Spanish language skills.
Claire Bright, associate professor at NOVA Law School and Director of NOVA's Centre for Business, Human Rights and the Environment
Claire Bright is associate professor in private law and the director of the NOVA Centre on Business, Human Rights and the Environment at NOVA Law School in Lisbon, as well as an associate research fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. She holds a PhD in international law from the European University Institute, an LLM in private international law and international commercial law from La Sorbonne Law School and a Double Bachelor’s degree in French and English Laws from UPEC.
Claire regularly organises short courses, events and training and has published widely in the field of ESG. She has acted as a consultant and contributed to various expert studies and policy reports for NGOs, governments, as well as European and international organisations.
Natália Rebelo, country legal manager, IKEA Group
Natália Rebelo is currently the country legal manager at IKEA Group, where she is responsible for leading, reviewing, supporting and securing the legal aspects of the business and operations.
In addition, she has been an academic researcher at the NOVA Consumer Lab since March 2020.
Before joining the IKEA Group in April 2019, Natália worked at Lidl Portugal where she started as a legal services co-ordinator and left as a regional property leader.
After graduating from law school in 2009 from Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Lisboa, she started her career as a legal advisor for Portugal Telecom. During that period, Natalia took her master’s in forensic sciences, civil, criminal, arbitration, at Universidade Católica Portuguesa. Three years after that she enrolled at Abreu Advogados as a trainee lawyer.
More recently this year, Natália completed a post-graduation in consumer law at Universidade de Coimbra.
Rita Rendeiro, operating partner, Maingreen Capital Partners
Rita Rendeiro is currently operating partner (sustainability and regulatory) at Maingreen Capital Partners, a Portuguese private equity firm focusing on environmental impact investments. She holds a degree in law from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, an LLM from Universidade Católica Portuguesa, and executive training in sustainable finance from the University of Cambridge. A specialist in financial and regulatory law, she has over 16 years of experience in the legal area – financial and regulatory – in Portugal and abroad, having worked in law firms with international presence, in the capital markets regulator and in banking/asset management. She is the current president of Direito Mental, an NGO dedicated to the creation of a positive and supportive mental health culture in the Portuguese legal community.
Marta Cruz de almeida, general counsel, Galp
Marta Cruz de Almeida is currently general counsel at Galp Energia, where she was previously responsible for the litigation area. Before joining Galp Energia in October 2013, Marta Cruz de Almeida worked at the Portuguese Securities Market Commission (CMVM) and also as a lawyer at Linklaters. In addition, she has been a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration since 2017.
Marta Almeida Afonso, general counsel and company secretary, REN
Marta is head of legal and company secretary at REN, being responsible for managing all the legal affairs of the group, co-ordinating the legal team and assisting the board of directors and the executive committee. Since 2017, Marta has also been alternate board member of REN’s Chilean subsidiary, Electrogás S.A.
Marta holds a Master in business administration from Nova SBE and Católica Lisbon Universities (The Lisbon MBA).
Before joining REN, Marta was a lawyer advising companies for more than 15 years in M&A, banking, project finance, privatisations and general corporate.
Sara Gonçalves, head of legal and compliance, Endesa Portugal
Sara Gonçalves has been the head of legal and corporate affairs at Endesa Portugal since 2011. Having started as secretary to the board of directors, she is currently a member of the board.
Sara started her career as lawyer at Garrigues in 2006. She is guest speaker in several legal topics and lecturer in postgraduate courses related to the energy market.
She graduated in law (Faculty of Law, Lisbon University), and has a postgraduate degree in environmental, zoning and planning law (Coimbra University) as well as a masters in business for lawyers (Portuguese Católica University).
Gonçalo Noronha Andrade, lawyer, EDP
Gonçalo Noronha Andrade is a finance and project development expert in the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors, from greenfield to secondary market and restructuring. Having worked in both in-house and private practice roles for major corporations and leading law firms, Gonçalo has a wealth of experience, and currently works in-house for the major European energy provider, EDP.
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Full-service Portuguese firm PLMJ, a signatory of the UN Global Compact, launched a designated responsible business practice in 2021 which handles a wide range of ESG-related issues and pools the firm’s expertise in sustainable and social financing, business and human rights, and business ethics. A key component is advice to clients on impact investing as a way for companies and investors to stand out from competitors and meet the external demand for sustainability. As a corporate founding member of MAZE X in 2019, an accelerator for start-ups with social impact, the firm sponsors and provides pro-bono advice to numerous projects in the impact investment sector. Managing partner Bruno Ferreira recently authored a publicly accessible guide to impact investing in Portugal.
The firm’s projects and energy practice frequently advises on innovative renewable projects; managing associate Joana Brandão and her multi-disciplinary team recently provided counsel to Israeli company Eco-Wave regarding the opening of a subsidiary in Portugal, allowing for Eco Wave Power to begin licensing procedures for its new 20MW wave energy project in Porto. Another highlight in 2021 was the firm’s advisory role to BNP Paribas and CaixaBan on the IPO launched by Greenvolt, the largest on the Portuguese stock exchange since 2015; Greenvolt will use this to leverage its expertise across Europe and plans to invest up to 1.8bn solar photovoltaic and onshore wind projects by 2025. Raquel Azevedo and João Marques Mendes led on the matter.