Portugal’s Miranda sees defection of six partners including chairman

A team of six partners led by chairman Rui Amendoeira are quitting Portuguese firm Miranda Correia Amendoeira & Associados, the firm has announced.

Amendoeira is leaving the firm alongside fellow partners João Fialho, Paulo Trindade Costa, Rui Andrade, Raul Mota Cerveira and Samuel Fernandes Almeida.

In a note to clients sent last week and seen by The Lawyer, the firm said that no associate had expressed the intention to leave.

The note, from founding partner Agostinho Pereira de Miranda, continued: “Negotiations are under way on an amicable settlement with the resigning partners. It is with regret and sadness that we see Rui and others leaving the partnership.

“But life goes on. Our almost 300 lawyers and support personnel count on us to continue building the first class law firm that I founded 28 years ago. Our mission remains the same: to provide clients with world class legal services in an ethical and socially responsible manner.”

Amendoiera served as managing partner of Miranda from 2006 until last year. On 1 January 2015 the firm restructured its management team, adopting a dual management structure consisting of a board of directors and a supervisory board.

Amendoeira chaired the board of directors, alongside Fialho and Trindade Costa and another four partners. Pereira de Miranda chaired the supervisory board, which also consists of Luís Oliveira and Paulo Pimenta.

At the time of the announcement in January Pereira de Miranda said: “The new governance structure reflects the strong culture of collegiality of the firm and will allow us to better position and prepare ourselves for further growth in the years ahead.”

While headquartered in Portugal, Miranda has built a particular niche advising on Africa-related deals and leads the Miranda Alliance, which now covers 11 African jurisdictions. The firm also has offices in Brazil, France, Macau and the US and launched in London in 2012 (15 November 2012).

Although the alliance started out with a focus on lusophone Africa, the firm has since expanded into a number of francophone countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo (17 January 2013) and Cameroon (16 July 2013).

The destination of Amendoeira and his fellow departing partners is currently unknown. Amendoeira could not be reached for comment.

A spokesperson added that the firm could not make any additional comment at the current time but that Miranda would make a formal announcement in due course.