Susana Afonso > CMS > Lisbon, Portugal > Lawyer Profile

Rua Castilho, 50
1250-071 Lisbon

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Employment & Pensions




Susana Afonso a partner and the head of the Employment and Pensions practice at CMS Portugal. She is experienced in advising multinational companies with a wide range of employment matters in relation to establishing operations in Portugal or harmonising their staff conditions in line with international organisational schemes, including in relation to remuneration and benefits policies, working hours and other aspects.

Susana has a particularly impressive track record in major restructuring exercises and redundancy programmes, collective bargaining, as well as union negotiations and pensions issues. In recent years, she has participated in and coordinated some of the most important restructuring processes in Portugal, notably in the financial, insurance, industrial, construction, aviation, retail, pharmaceutical and services sectors.

She has been recognised as an expert in her field by the Portuguese Bar Association and her expertise in staff restructuring processes has been widely recognised.


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Susana Afonso – CMS

Companies turn to the employment and pensions group at CMS for its highly praised corporate restructuring expertise. Local companies and organisations, and those with operations in Portugal, engage with the firm for advice on pension funds, training, labour disputes, dismissals and day-to-day operations. The group is aided by a dedicated immigration team, which also advises on tax, social security and permit-related matters. Key sectors for the team include industrial, banking, life sciences, insurance and aviation. Employment law experts Susana Afonso and Sofia Mateus jointly lead the practice, each with over 20 years of experience in contentious and non-contentious employment matters, with the former in restructuring and the latter in litigation. Key support for the restructuring practice comes in the form of João Gomes, who heads the firm’s Funchal, Madeira office.