1.Tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to be in (or a customer of) the legal business?
I always wanted to be a Lawyer. Since I was a child I played standing up a court with my friends. I hold a Degree and a Masters in Law from the Lusiada University and an Advanced Management Program from the Nova School of Business and Economics. Since my graduation, in 2003, I work in the legal business as a lawyer, in two law firms, and as in-house lawyer at three big companies with different core business.
2.What do you do for a living right now?
I am the Head of Legal & Compliance at McDonald´s Portugal.
In my current role I am responsible to provide leadership and ensure efficient and effective management of staff resources in the legal department, develop and maintain a structure to support the effective provision of legal advice and legal services that support business decision making, drive legal risk identification and the provision of legal advice that incorporates legislative and regulatory changes, provide legal oversight on major litigation (class actions) and high risk legal matters, review and advise management on legal implications of internal policies and procedures, manage the external law firms which collaborate with the Company.
Apart from that I am also the Compliance Local Leader.
Prior to joining McDonald’s in 2014, I worked for BP (the British multinational oil and gas company) as a Legal Counsel, based in Lisbon, for almost two years and directly to the Global Supply Chain & Technology Team (based in London), for six months.
Previous from that I worked six years as a Legal Counsel in Mundicenter Group, a Portuguese company that manage shopping centers. I also have two experiences in Law Firms, as a Lawyer, for five years.
3.What has been your greatest triumph and your greatest success in the legal services field and what did you learn from each?
My greatest triumph is to serve all my clients. Internally, my colleagues at McDonald’s from different departments and externally our Franchisees that help the Company grow every day.
In life the success is the sum of small efforts, every day we must do our best. So, my greatest success is always the “next meeting”, the “next agreement”.
Personally, in 2015, I received the “Rookie of the Year” Award, which recognizes the best “new-joiner” Counsel of the Year (worldwide) at McDonald’s.