Kennedys gets Portuguese boost

Firm grows presence in Portugal with merger of Lisbon boutique firm.


Kennedys in Portugal is merging with boutique Portuguese firm N Maldonado Sousa & Associados. The merged firm will move into Kennedy’s existing Lisbon office in the centre of the city. Kennedys opened its Lisbon office in 2011.

Growth path

Nuno Maldonado Sousa, the sole partner of N Maldonado Sousa & Associados, joins as a partner along with two associates, Gabriela Rei and Carla Almeida Cruz. Mr  Sousa, who graduated in law from the University of Lisbon in 1991, set up N Maldonado Sousa & Associados, the Lisbon-based firm, in 1994. He and his team’s focus spans contentious and non-contentious advice to businesses across corporate and commercial, real estate and construction, employment and life sciences. Boosting Kennedy’s existing life sciences practice, the merged firm’s arrival will strengthen our established insurance and commercial capabilities in Portugal and, more widely, in Europe. Nuno Maldonado Sousa says “Kennedys is not only highly regarded in the Portuguese market, but its reputation extends across Europe and the rest of the world.”

Insurance strength

The arrival of the new team brings the total headcount in Lisbon to 10. Nick Thomas, senior partner at Kennedys, says “I am delighted to welcome Nuno and his team into Kennedys. We’re always keen to strengthen our offices where it will benefit our clients. Nuno and his team will play an important part in strengthening our corporate and commercial capabilities across Europe.” Paulo Almeida, partner and head of Kennedys’ Lisbon office, says “The breadth and depth of experience that Nuno and his team bring to our Lisbon office complements our existing insurance work. Their arrival also adds additional expertise to our global practices that are relevant to our insurer clients, such as life sciences.”

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