ABL Held Its 36th Conference in Lisbon

Former Portuguese international football player, Nuno Gomes, shared his experiences with representation agreements between players, coaches and clubs and demonstrated the importance for professional sportsmen to have reliable legal counsel to defend their interests. The panel debate was moderated by renown sports journalist Rui Tovar. We hereby thank our other panelists Emmanuel Moulin – Partner at Miguérès Moulin, Andres Bazo – Partner at Rasco Klock Perez & Nieto, Sabine Söndergaard – COO Alektum Group and Steve Kirby – Executive Director at Council of International Investigators. In addition to discussing FIFA regualations, representation, contractual disputes, sanctions and disciplinary bodies, Steven Kirby made a presentation on how private investigators can assist in combatting the sale of bogus sports goods.

Bahar Malavan-Naryndji, Attorney-at-Law with Alektum Group, presented on E-Commerce and  the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that will come into force on May 25, 2018 and how this will overhaul how businesses process and handle data.

Other most interesting debates were attended by speakers from various sectors.
Luis Rolo, Partner at SCA Advogados, moderated the debate on Investing in Portugal. We hereby thank our panelists Cristina Muralha, Director at Gesmétodo Projectos e Consultoria, João Almeida Dias, Partner at SCA Advogados and Pedro Lago de Carvalho, Honorary Member of the Lisbon Rough Diamond Bourse for their valuable contributions.

Further, we thank our panelists who provided valuable insight into The Oceans, Environment and Maritime Law:
Carlos Iglézias, President, Apemeta
Béatrice Favarel, Partner, Favarel & Associés

Another most interesting debate was held by Radu Ionescu, Partner at Ionesu si Sava, and Enrico Perfler, CEO at 1LAB, on the EU Regulation 2017/745 of the European Parliament and Council of 5 April 2017 About Medical Devices.

Further, we had José Poças Esteves, CEO of ARC Ratings, S.A., Sónia Ribeiro, Head of Geopolitics and Prospective Services at SaeR and Vitor Figueiredo, Head of Sovereign Ratings Services at ARC Ratings present the outlook for the European and global economy.


For the second time in a row the ABL Law Firm of the Year Award was handed over to ABL Madrid member MG Abogados. The award is granted on the basis of a rigorous process that includes peer review from leading attorneys worldwide. The winner is recognized for its professional excellence and notable achievements over the past 12 months including outstanding work and growth. Congratulations to the team at MG Abogados!

Special recognition and thanks goes out to SCA Advogados for hosting the event and to Alektum Group, Sofar S.p.A and Turismo de Lisboa for sponsoring this fruitful 36th ABL Conference.

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The next ABL conference will take place in Lima, May 2018. More information will be available soon on our website.