About Us

Sub-Committees

The Portuguese Chamber now has sub-committees working to promote the products and skills of companies in the following sectors, all of which are key areas in the modern Portuguese economy.

We remain very open to new ideas from members, so please do get in touch if you have any suggestions for events or new members that might be interested in joining us.

 

As of August 2016, the sub-commiittees are:

Property - Mr Simon Perks and Christina Hippisley

Finance - Mr Robert Miller and Christina Hippisley

Technology - Mr João Lima Pinto and Alice Fonseca

SME’s (Small and Medium Enterprises) - Mr Frederico Camilo Alves and Alice Fonseca

Strategic Relations between Portugal and the UK - Prof. Bernardo Ivo Cruz and Christina Hippisley

Portuguese Chamber Business Network - Mrs Cristina Correia and Alice Fonseca

Business with Portuguese-Speaking Countries - Mrs. Maria Monteiro and Christina Hippisley

Who We Are (2)

Who We Are The Portuguese Chamber is a modern market-led organisation active in both Portugal and the UK, promoting and supporting two-way business initiatives in all sectors.

Your Chamber offers its members practical help which includes identifying key contacts and introductions, research, marketing and planning, and advice about press relations and marketing.

Chamber members can also provide a full range of professional services – legal, financial, tax, design, construction and specialist advice.

A wide range of events are organised in the UK and Portugal, including conferences, business and industry sector seminars, networking receptions, representation at exhibitions, high profile lunches and dinners.

Members also receive regular information about Portugal and Chamber activities via email and our website, www. portuguese-chamber.org.uk. The Portuguese Chamber also enjoys a special relationship with the Portuguese Embassy and AICEP (Portugal’s trade and tourism ministry) in London and with the British Embassy and the British Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in Lisbon, working closely with all these entities to promote the needs and interests of its members.

Our membership reflects the broad spectrum of Chamber activity - spanning multinationals, plcs, SMEs and small associate groups or partnerships in manufacturing, healthcare, IT. finance, law, construction, tourism, transport and specialist services.

The Chamber focuses on two key elements: Excellent service to members and the promotion in the UK of Portugal as an important European business partner.

Chamber Council

Since joining Caixa Geral de Depósitos (CGD) in 1996 Robert has been a strong supporter of the Portuguese Chamber and promoter of Portuguese networking organisations. Robert joined the Chamber Council in 2002, becoming Vice Chairman in 2004, and since 2010 has been the Chairman.

It was Robert’s initiative that led to the creation of the Portuguese Business Network and the development of the Patron membership to strengthen the support and activities of the Chamber.

Robert has strong contacts in the City of London where his career in commodities trading, derivatives (equities, bonds) and banking spans 30 years. He has also spent time with the EC commission in Brussels and a fascinating period in New York. He is a member of the European Committee for the Foreign Banks Association and a founder member of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers – a livery company now firmly established as a part of the City of London.

CGD is the largest bank in Portugal and is 100% ownedby the Portuguese State. The branch in London was initially a subsidiary; then known as Banco Nacional Ultramarino, when Robert took on the role of General Manager. With the imminent arrival of the euro, he led the remodelling of the branch in preparation for broader international competition and helped to introduce the CGD Group to modern financial products.

In 2001 he oversaw the merger with CGD to create CGD’s London branch, which under his stewardship has gone from strength to strength – even through the difficult banking times and austerity of recent years.

Today, naturally, the London branch uses its City of London connections to provide access and advanced financial products to CGD and its worldwide customers via the retail, corporate and wholesale outlets of the CGD Group. The branch’s dealing room trades in all asset classes and specialises in options portfolios with a Portuguese bias.

CGD’s London branch also has a retail section for cross-border customers between the UK and Portugal, with dedicated staff for non resident mortgages on property in Portugal.

FAQ's Commercial

Q. How can I find market information on a specific industry?
A. This type of service is available through membership and our business services.

Q. I want to set up a business in Portugal, what regulations must I follow?
A. If you are intending to set up a business in Portugal, a general information guide is available from the Chamber.
For more specific help and support with your project see membership. You can also contact a lawyer or another specialist by searching our database of members

Q. I want to sell my product in Portugal/UK.
A. This type of service is available through membership and our business services.

Q. How can I find a Portuguese manufacturer/supplier?
A. Contact AICEP Portugal Global, the official government body promoting Portuguese products.

Contact details:
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Tel +44 207 201 6666.

Q. How can I find a partner/agent in the UK/Portugal for my business?
A. This service is available through membership and our business services.

Q. Is there a way to obtain financial information and credit reports on a Portuguese/UK company?
A. You can search our database of members who specialise in this field. You can also contact organisations such as Dun & Bradstreet and Kompass.

Additionally, for companies in the UK you can visit:
www.companieshouse.co.uk 

Q. Do I need a Residence Permit or VISA?
A. As a EU national you may remain in Portugal as a tourist for a period not exceeding 180 days.

EU citizens who wish to settle in Portugal (i.e. whether in employment, have a business, study or retire in Portugal) must on arrival, apply for a residence permit from the nearest office of the Servico de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras (Portuguese Immigration authority).

Non-Eu citizens must apply personally for visas for permanent or temporary residence at Portuguese Consulate of the area of their residence.
Click on Portuguese Consulate to email the UK branch or visit: http://www.secomunidades.pt/web/londres

Who We Are

Who we are 2

The Portuguese Chamber is a modern market-led organisation active in both Portugal and the UK, promoting and supporting two-way business initiatives in all sectors.

Your Chamber offers its members practical help which includes identifying key contacts, introductions, research, marketing and planning, as well as advice about press relations and marketing.

Chamber members can also provide a full range of professional services – legal, financial, tax, design, construction and specialist advice.

A wide range of events are organised in the UK and Portugal, including conferences, business and industry sector seminars, networking receptions, representation at exhibitions, high profile lunches and dinners.

Members also receive regular information about Portugal and Chamber activities via email and our website. The Portuguese Chamber also enjoys a special relationship with the Portuguese Embassy and AICEP (Portugal’s trade and tourism ministry) in London and with the British Embassy and the British-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in Lisbon, working closely with all of these entities to promote the needs and interests of its members.

Our membership reflects the broad spectrum of Chamber activity - spanning multinationals, plcs, SMEs and small associate groups or partnerships in manufacturing, healthcare, IT. finance, law, construction, tourism, transport and specialist services.

The Chamber focuses on two key elements: Excellent service to members and the promotion within the UK of Portugal as an important European business partner.

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Upcoming Events

September 2014


Friday 5th September:

European Chambers Meeting

Paris


Tuesday 9th September:

Portuguese Chamber Open House Networking Drinks


Tuesday 16th September:

International Wine and Spirits Tasting with the Council of Foreign Chambers

6.30-8.30pm

Argentina, Austria, Canada, France, Georgia, Italy, Japan,

Macedonia, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland

The Grand Connaught Rooms, 61-65 Great Queen St, London WC2B 5DA


Thursday 16th September:

Autumn Council meeting

London


Thursday 25th September:

CPE Dinner

Speaker Paulo Pereira, Wasserstein Perella


Tuesday 30th September:

Chamber Gala Dinner

Under the patronage of H.E the Ambassador of Portugal, the 2014 Annual Gala Dinner of the Portuguese Chamber will welcome this year as Guest of Honour, Mr António Pires de Lima, Portugal's Minister of Economy

The event will take place at the Millennium Hotel London Mayfair.

A champagne reception will be followed by a three course dinner with fine wines.

Champagne Reception: 6.30pm

Dinner: 7.30pm

Dress code: Lounge Suit

To book your place click here.


Tuesday 30th September

The Euromoney Portugal Conference in central London supported by the Chamber

The Millennium Hotel London Mayfair

This event will bring together around 200 of the leading Portuguese institutions and international investors.

Confirmed speakers so far are: Paulo Portas, António Pires de Lima, Miguel Frasquilho, João Moreira Rato, Carlos Moedas


October 2014


3rd-5th October:

A Place in the Sun Live

Birmingham

Overseas Properties

For more info please visit http://www.aplaceinthesun.com/exhibition/visitorinfo.aspx


8th-12th October

SIL 2014 - Salão Imobiliário de Lisboa

Lisbon, Portugal

Portugal Property Show Lisbon

For more info please visit http://www.imobiliario.fil.pt


Tuesday 14th October 

Portuguese Chamber Open House Networking Drinks

London


Thursday 30th October

Carlos da Silva Costa, Governor of the Banco de Portugal 

London

Organised by OMFIF and supported by Chamber


November 2014


3rd-5th November

World Travel Market

London Excel


Tuesday 4th November

Patron and Corporate Members Dinner

Portuguese Embassy, London


Thursday 13th November:

Joint Chamber/CIEP Seminar in Lisbon: “Exporting to and Investing in the UK”


27th-28th November:

OPP Live

Novotel, London

For more info please visit http://www.opp-connect.com


December 2014


Friday 5th December:

Winter Council Meeting and Christmas Lunch


 

 

 

Jorge de Abreu - Chairman

Jorge de Abreu 

Jorge de Abreu is a founding partner of the leading Portuguese law firm Abreu & Marques e Associados, (www.amsa.pt) who are long standing Corporate members of the Chamber.

Abreu & Marques began in 1972 and was one the first Portuguese law firms to open offices abroad, beginning with their London branch which opened in 1987 and became a member of The Law Society.  In 1992 the firm opened an office in Funchal to handle business  with the Madeira International Business Centre. Currently it has associations with law firms in Angola and Mozambique and correspondents throughout Europe, the United States and in Brazil, via its membership of The Law Firm Network.  In other areas of the world it has correspondents via its membership with Praelegal, another law firm network based in Germany,  Istanbul and Qatar. 

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Simon Perks - Vice Chairman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Managing Director, Perks Property Finance Solutions

Simon is the former Deputy General Manager of the London branch of Banco Santander Totta SA, a Portuguese commercial bank now part of Grupo Santander.

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David Dannreuther - Company Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partner, Withers LLP

David Dannreuther was educated at Winchester College and University College Oxford, where he studied modern history.

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Bernardo Ivo Cruz

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Chief Executive Officer / UK, True Bridge Consultancy

Bernardo Ivo Cruz holds - as a British Foreign and Commonwealth Chevening Scholar - a PhD in Politics from the University of Bristol/UK and, from Universidade Lusíada of Lisbon/Portugal, a Diploma in European Economic Studies and a BA in International Relations.

Bernardo Ivo Cruz was elected as the Chairman of the Portuguese Chamber in September 2014.

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Andrew Lane - Director

General Manager, Santander Totta

Andrew is the General Manager of the London branch of Banco Santander Totta S.A, part of the Santander Group.

Santander Totta is proud to be a patron member of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce. The London branch has been operating for over 40 years and benefits from the strength and stability of being part of the Santander Group. Andrew Lane has worked for Santander Totta for 25 years and has been General Manager of the London branch since 2002. He is a frequent visitor to Portugal and owns a family house in Loulé. Andrew is a director of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and is also a director of his local football club, Wealdstone FC.

 

Cristina Correia

Cristina Correia - Head of PCBN sub-committe

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Director - Tradenvest

Cristina Correia is originally from Madeira (Portugal) and is the founder and director of Tradenvest, a UK-based company which attracts and facilitates trade and investment between Portuguese-speaking countries and the UK, by supporting companies in innovative business sectors.

She holds a MBA from Lausanne Business School (Switzerland) and a post-graduate qualification in Finance from Universidade Catolica Portuguesa, in Lisbon.

Cristina worked in banking for 14 years in Lisbon and London, and has extensive experience in private banking and corporate banking. She currently serves as a member of the organising committee for the annual Portugal Day in the UK and is chair of the Portuguese Chamber’s PCBN networking sub-committee.

 

Geoffrey Graham

Geoffrey Graham

Geoffrey is a dual British and Irish national. After studying law at Birmingham and York and starting his legal career in Belfast and the City, he moved to Portugal. He has been living and working in Lisbon for 18 years and is registered as an English solicitor with the Portuguese Law Society. He specialises in advising UK residents on their Portuguese investments, including their tax and real estate matters. In order to deal with the high demand for advice on the very favourable tax regime in Portugal (the Non Habitual Tax Residence or NHR Programme) he has formed an experienced bilingual team who provide the full range of advice for NHR applicants, from the preliminary advice to the advice on the filing of the first NHR tax return and all of the tax, property and ancillary advice required in between.

 

Hugo Rosa Ferreira - Director

Hugo Rosa Ferreira 

Hugo is a Partner and the Head of the Finance Practice Area at Portuguese Law Firm PLMJ. Since 2015, Hugo is also the Head of the firm's UK Representative Office, in London. Hugo has 15 years of dedicated experience in banking and finance, having also been General Counsel to Deutsche Bank in Portugal between 2002 and 2005. 

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Frederico Camilo Alves

Frederico Camilo Alves

Frederico is the head of London Office and Permanent Representative of BCP/Millennium bcp in the UK. He is a VP level business development and leader in commercial, retail and wholesale banking with 20 years of experience working in Portugal’s second largest bank Millennium BCP. Hands on individual with strong commercial, management and interpersonal skills. Frederico joined the Council of the Chamber in 2015 and has being the sub-committee of SME’s for 3 years.

 

Jeremy Steele - Director

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Partner - DWF LLP -  Real Estate Litigation

Jeremy read law at The Queen’s College, Oxford and he is a partner in DWF LLP’s Real Estate Litigation team.

Jeremy has dealt with all kinds of property related disputes during his career. His particular interests are leasehold covenants and forfeiture and, in relation to freehold land, easements and restrictive covenants. As well as dealing with “straight” property related disputes, Jeremy deals on a regular basis with professional negligence claims arising out of property related transactions and with disputes between Banks and their customers about the enforceability and validity of securities.

 

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João Mattamouros Resende

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Partner - Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira

Partner of Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira, a leading law firm in Portugal with offices throughout the world, notably in London. He is admitted to practice in Portugal, England & Wales, Brazil and New York.

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Luis Borges Rodrigues

Luis Borges Rodrigues – GPA Partner

Luis Borges Rodrigues is a Partner of GPA and coordinator of the Real Estate and Tourism practice areas within the firm.

With over 12 years experience in the market, Luis has led the real estate department of GPA and assisted several international and national clients on the establishment of their business ventures in Portugal and in the Portuguese African Speaking Countries.

The scope of works included the planning, structuring, negotiation and execution of several operations with real estate assets such as real estate due diligences, acquisitions and sale of assets, structuring groups of real estate companies, licensing of real estate projects (including large scale touristic developments and hotels ), construction and structuring contracts, financing of real estate projects.

About GPA :

Gouveia Pereira, Costa Freitas & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados, R.L. (GPA) is an independent Law Firm. Its founding partners, as well as some of the other partners, have originally come from the law firm integrated in the PwC Legal international network (correspondent law firms of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, former Landwell).

GPA, through its network of law firms "GPA Network" is represented in the entire Portuguese territory, having offices in all the district capitals of the Country and in the Vilamoura, in the Algarve. This local presence enables GPA to provide its clients a sound legal advice wherever its business goes.

GPA has adopted as its mission "Teaming with our Clients". In fact, it is our commitment and concern to build and maintain lasting relationships with our Clients, making us one more member of their team always available and a strategic player in their business.

GPA's team of lawyers, provides a specialized counselling in all the main areas of the law, namely Corporate, including Mergers and Acquisitions, Oil & Gas Banking, Finance and Securities, Public Law, Real Estate and Tourism, Labour, Insurance, Litigation, Intellectual Property, Environment, EU and Competition, Media Law, Immigration, Residence and Visas, Sports Law, Transportation, Maritime, Pharmaceutical, Foundations and other non-profit Organizations.

Maria Monteiro

Maria Monteiro

Maria is the PR & Investor Relations Vice President of Gemcorp Capital, an independent investment management firm focused on emerging markets. She is also a member of the Council and heads the Committee responsible for relations between Portuguese-speaking countries and UK Business.

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Rui Boavista Marques - Director

Economic and Commercial Counsellor, Portuguese Embassy in London

Rui Boavista Marques is currently the Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Embassy of Portugal in London and the Director of AICEP Global Portugal (Agency for Investment and Trade of Portugal) for the U.K. and Ireland, with the responsibility of promoting Portuguese exports of quality products and services to the U.K. and to attract direct investment into Portugal.

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Ricardo Pires - Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Manager of Novo Banco’s London Branch. (successor of Banco Espirito Santo London Branch.)

Novo Banco is one of the largest Portuguese financial groups, involved in most areas of the financial services industry, and has a vast international presence.  

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Rui Peixoto Duarte - Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partner at Abreu Advogados 

Education

Law Degree, University of Paris 2 Assas (Maîtrise en Droit International et Europeen-1981).

Equivalence to Law Degree, University of Coimbra Law School (1983).

PIL-Program of Instruction for Lawyers, Harvard Law School (1995-1996).

Registered with the Portuguese Bar Association.

 

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Christina Hippisley - General Manager

 

After reading History at Trinity College, Cambridge, Christina started her career in advertising and media relations, working first in London and then in Lisbon, before moving into magazine publishing in 1988. Having built a successful book and contract magazine publishing business in Portugal, with offices in Lisbon and the Algarve, in 1996 she sold the business to the London-based Hemming Group and returned to London. She then continued her career in magazine and book publishing, working in senior roles at Archant Specialist Media, Virgin Books, and Bath-based publishers Merricks Media.

Christina joined the Chamber Council in 2006 and became the Chamber’s General Manager in February 2009.


 

Alice Fonseca - Office and Events Manager

After graduating in Tourism Management from the Instituto Politécnico de Leiria in 2005, Alice moved to London where she worked as a Senior Business Travel Consultant for a leading travel agency specialising in the Lusophone market

In 2009, alongside her existing job, she undertook a part time M.A in Conference and Events Management at London’s Westminster University in order to pursue a new career in event management.

Alice joined the Portuguese Chamber in February 2012. She wants to learn more about international trade relations, and is keen to help organise events that enable members to expand their businesses.


 

Matilde Melo - Office and Events Manager

Matilde Melo graduated in Communication Design from Lisbon’s Academia das Belas Artes in 2015. After her degree she applied to AICEP’s acclaimed INOVcontacto internship programme. As a result, she moved to London to intern at the leading online retailer Butterfly Twists, where she then stayed working as an e-commerce and digital marketing assistant for nearly a year. During this period, she improved her skills in multi-tasking, customer service and digital marketing, and with her great design skills we anticipate she will certainly have ideas to improve the Chamber's marketing and communications. We are delighted to welcome Matilde to the Chamber team!

 

Simon Perks - Algarve Director

Simon is the Director of the Chamber’s Algarve event programme. He is on the Council of the Chamber and a member of the Chamber’s management board. Simon is also the Managing Director of Perks Property Finance Solutions Limited in London.


 

Anne Darlington - Algarve Representative

 

In September 2009 Anne joined the Chamber as our representative in Portugal, helping recruit new members and organising events. Anne also works for Abacus Financial Services, part of Price Waterhouse Group of Companies.


 

Lucília Cruz Pinto - Lisbon Representative

Lucília Cruz Pinto has 20 years experience in the hospitality and retail management sector, recently working as the Tourism, Marketing and Communications Manager for two big Portuguese developers in the tourism real estate sector.

Prior to this, she was the CEO and founder of Viva in Portugal - a global web platform designed to promote Portuguese residential tourism and she also worked as the General Manager at ILM • THR, one of the top hospitality and  tourism consultancy companies in Portugal.

Lucilia has also worked as the Marketing Manager of MDC – Multi Development Corporation, a specialist operator of shopping centers, and as the General Manager’s Assistant at the five-star Penha Longa Spa & Golf Resort in Sintra.


 

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Upcoming Events

25 September 2018

International Tasting - Wine, Spirits & Beer - Chelsea FC, London SW6 1HS

9 October 2018

London Gala Dinner, The Travellers Club, London SW1

23 November 2018

Algarve Gala Dinner

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