In-house interview: Nuno Bastos, Zurich Portugal

“Insurance is a kind of promise: if everything goes south, I’ll be here,” Zurich Portugal general counsel Nuno Bastos claims. But insurers are taking the hit from unstable markets, an increase in regulation and unpredictable natural catastrophes and have to adapt. Quickly

Garrigues launches office in Chile as part of LatAm expansion

Iberian firm Garrigues has continued its expansion across Latin America, bolting on Chilean firm Avendaño Merino. Avendaño Merino, which will now be known as Garrigues Chile, has a team of more than 20 lawyers. Five lawyers will become Garrigues partners; Oscar Ferrari, Luis Felipe Merino, José Miguel Rioseco, Luis Eduardo Correa and Rodrigo Fernández. The […]

European independents branch out with foreign offices

Luxembourg firm Arendt & Medernach, Germany’s GSK Stockmann & Kollegen and Italian firm Pavia e Ansaldo have all announced the launch of new offices in neighbouring European jurisdictions. Arendt opened a representative office in Paris at the start of the year, becoming the first Luxembourg firm to have a presence in the French capital. The […]

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Portugal’s Vieira de Almeida picks up 20-strong team from rival Miranda

Portuguese firm Vieira de Almeida (VdA) has hired around 20 lawyers, including six partners, from rival Miranda Correia Amendoeira & Associados, boosting its strength in oil and gas and African work. The news follows Miranda’s June announcement that the six partners, including chairman Rui Amendoeira, were quitting the firm (16 June 2015). Amendoeira is joining […]

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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 […]