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Responsible for the operation of LL&C in Portugal, Tiago Vidal leads a team of experts responsible for the development and implementation of Reputation Management strategies, Communications and Public Affairs in national and international leading companies in sectors such as: Finance, Real Estate, Energy, Transport and Logistics, Distribution, Automotive, and FMCG. He was previously Head of Corporate Communications at Sonae Sierra, and in that capacity led all B2B communication activities worldwide. During the 16 years in Sonae Sierra, Tiago was responsible for reputation management, brand, corporate marketing and PR, relationship with stakeholders and crisis communications whether in business activity, including IPO's and mergers and acquisitions.
Tom Hobart has worked in the M&A insurance market since 2014 when he joined the industry from the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright in London. He has worked on M&A deals across Europe, advising on over 200 transactions and placing some of the most complex and technical M&A insurance placements to date.
Tom is also a board member of the SZ Foundation, the charity of an ethical clothing and textile company, which invests 10% of its profits with NGOs and charities focusing on women’s empowerment and vocational training.
Willis Towers Watson – Divisional Director
Marsh – Assistant Vice President
Norton Rose Fulbright – Associate
João is currently partner of Magnum Capital, one of the largest Iberian Private Equity Firms, with more than €1bn of capital managed in its two buyout funds (Magnum I and Magnum II).
Before joining Magnum, in January 2007, João worked for Och-Ziff Capital Management, one of the largest US investment funds, as Investment Manager in the Private Equity team, in London. During his time at Och-Ziff, he completed nine investments in European private companies, investing around €400 million in several sectors, including consumer goods, retail, services and IT, and covering different transaction types, namely public-to-private and MBOs.
Previously, he worked for Goldman Sachs in Investment Banking, where he supported several large companies and private equity funds, in the analysis and execution of large M&A and debt operations. In the beginning of his career he worked for McKinsey & Company in strategy, organization, operations, and corporate finance projects.
João is currently Board member of Vendap, Iberchem and Orliman.
He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School (USA) and a Management degree from Universidade Católica (Lisbon, Portugal) and Universidade de Salamanca (Spain).
Artá Capital is an Iberian midmarket private equity firm sponsored by the financial and investment group Grupo March. Artá Capital has c.€800m under management through its two investment vehicles (Artá Capital Fund I and Artá Capital Fund II) mainly focused on investing in family owned Iberian companies.
Juan Ybáñez Partner Arta Capital
Juan Ybáñez has been a member of Artá Capital since inception (2007).
Prior to joining Artá Capital, Juan worked in M&A transaction advisory with 360 Corporate in Madrid and with the Corporate Finance division of ING Barings in London and Madrid advising both financial sponsors and corporate clients.
Juan holds a degree in Business Administration from ICADE.
Martim Avillez Figueiredo is senior partner at CoRe Capital, GP of CoRe Restart -FCR Fund, and founder of Startup Discoveries, a vehicle to invest in early stage startups. Before, he served as COO for Impresa Group (media conglomerate) and as Head of Brand for Sonae (retail and communication conglomerate). A former journalist, he was founder and shareholder of newspaper i, elected European Newspaper of the Year and, among other positions, served as editor in chief for Diário Económico, the leading daily Portuguese financial newspaper. MA in Political Theory (Institute for Political studies, Portuguese Catholic University), where he is a guest professor, was granted a Gulbenkian scholarship as a visiting Student to Oxford University. With an AMP from Kellog University and Católica Business School, he is married to Rita, has two boys and 46 years old.
Grupo Multifood, a company of which he is both founder and CEO, is one of the largest restaurant groups in Portugal. With over 140 restaurants, the group has a portfolio of 21 brands, 19 of which are its own concepts, and around 2,000 employees.
In 1998, Rui Sanches launched himself into an absolutely innovative project – the first healthy food concept in Portugal: Vitaminas. Next followed Wok to Walk, Honorato, Capri, Milano, Talho Burger and Talho do Mercado, joined by more sophisticated and innovative projects that have become genuine culinary benchmarks, such as Aprazível, in Chiado, the steakhouse Sala de Corte, the delicatessen DeliDelux and Pizzeria ZeroZero.
With Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa, Multifood opened Cais da Pedra and Henrique Sá Pessoa – Mercado da Ribeira. In October 2015, they also opened Alma, in Chiado, which would win the chef his first Michelin star the following year, and, more recently, Tapisco and Balcão, at Gourmet Experience in El Corte Inglês.
In 2016, Rui Sanches was given the “Lisboeta of the Year” award by TimeOut magazine and in 2017 opened Pesca in Principe Real, a restaurant exclusively dedicated to fish caught along the Portuguese coast, with Chef Diogo Noronha.
In 2018, with Chef Luís Gaspar, he inaugurated Casa Lisboa, in Terreiro do Paço, a place to display Portuguese cuisine to the world, and reopened Sala de Corte at a new, larger, location with new decor. This was also the year he fulfilled an old dream: Multifood acquired the mythical Tavares, in Chiado, in the aim of returning it to the city and the country.
Rui Sanches is also currently vice-president of the Portuguese Association of Hotels, Restaurants and Similar Services (AHRESP).
His know-how, experience and sensibility have directed the group’s strategy towards the development of tailor-made projects, new concepts that are carefully designed with attention to detail that add a new chapter to contemporary Portuguese cuisine. With a range of differentiated restaurants for different segments, at the heart of each group brand is high quality food served in a carefully designed and tasteful atmosphere by a professional and attentive team – factors which catapult the restaurant sector to a higher level of quality and excellence.