After six years as an associate office, Almeida & Athayde will form Kennedys Portugal LLP. Founding partners Paulo Cruz Almeida and Augusto de Albuquerque de Athayde are bringing their team of three assistants directly into the network to strengthen Kennedys’ strategic focus on the Iberian peninsula and Portuguese-speaking territories in Africa, Asia and Latin America. This reflects their increasing importance to our core insurance/reinsurance clients and the momentum generated by our Madrid office (opened 2005, led by partners, Jesus Velez and Jose Arauz) and Latin American regional hub (opened in 2010 in Miami, led by partner, Alex Guillamont).
Senior Partner, Nick Thomas commented: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Augusto and Paulo as partners. Getting to know each other well by actually working together proves to be the best way of forging the very strongest relationships and a shared culture.
Since opening ten years ago in Hong Kong and New Zealand, our international network has expanded into Spain, Australia, Dubai, Singapore, Latin America and now Portugal. We’re well on the way towards our goal of being the global leader in insurance-related litigation and dispute resolution. In making this move, Kennedys is consolidating its footprint in the Iberian peninsula and using this as a further platform to target the increasingly important insurance markets of Portugal and Portuguese-speaking territories in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Clients are also reaping the benefit from our frequent working contact with an international network of associated offices in Chile, France, India, Ireland, Pakistan, Poland and the UAE, as well as with a large number of other firms around the world working on individual cases.”
Augusto commented: “Kennedys is a highly-regarded name in the insurance sector and we are delighted to be strengthening our relationship by joining the partnership. Becoming a part of Kennedys is a significant step for everyone in Lisbon that underlines Kennedys’ clear determination to be recognised as the leading firm for insurance law in Portugal.”
The new office details are:
Kennedys Portugal LLP
Av. Eng Duarte Pacheco
Torre 1, Amoreiras, Piso 5, - Sala 5
Tel: +351 21 324 36 90