Managing Partner of Cuatrecasas in Portugal.Partner of Cuatrecasas since 1990 and head of the Banking, Finance and Capital Markets Practice.With extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of the Banking, Finance and Capital Markets sectors, Maria João Ricou has been focusing her practice mainly on banking operations, regulatory matters, debt restructurings, structured finance (particularly securitization structures), corporate finance and on all kinds of equity and debt capital markets transactions.
Cristina Casalinho, born in August 3, 1968 is an undergraduate in Economics by the Faculty of Economic Business Sciences of Universidade Católica Portuguesa and a MSc in Business by Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She is Chief Executive Officer of the Portuguese DMO since October 2014, prior to that from June 2012 she was Executive Director at the same institution. Previously she was chief economist at Banco BPI a position she held for nine years, after occupying several positions in BPI.
Antonio Rus is the Head of M&A at Saeta Yield. Saeta Yield was the first euro-denominated YieldCo which went public on February 2015. Since mid-2018, Saeta Yield is part of Terraform Power, the US-based YieldCo, and a Brookfield Renewable portfolio company. Antonio is responsible for the origination and execution of all investment opportunities across Europe and Latin America. During the past three years Saeta Yield has invested over €300 million in renewable energy assets in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America. Prior to joining Saeta Yield, Antonio was an M&A investment banker at Citigroup, both in the Madrid and London office, where he executed a large number of transactions in the power and utilities space.
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.
She has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico (1990) and has a Master of Business and Administration (MBA) from Universidade Nova de Lisboa (1994).
After graduation, she began his professional life as a research scientist at the Institute of Experimental Biology and Technology (IBET). She was Engineer Manufacturing Project in Atral Cipan Group. In 1992, she joined McKinsey, strategic consulting company senior management, where she was senior consultant for seven years, participating in projects primarily in banking and insurance.
Since 1999, she’s Chief Executive Officer of Luz Saúde Group, leading more than eleven thousand employees in 25 health facilities, including the Hospital da Luz in Lisbon. Since 2012, the Group manages also a public hospital in a public-private partnership - Hospital Beatriz Angelo, in Loures.
She was member of the Board of Faculty in the New School of Business and Economics of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and member of the International Advisory Board of The Lisbon MBA in the same university.
She was also member of the General Council of the Universidade de Lisboa.
She regularly held conferences on health management, leadership, human resources and financial sustainability of health systems at the invitation of several universities and other institutions.
In 2015, she received the award «Excellens Oeconomics 2015» from Jornal de Negócios, for being the best portuguese manager of the year.
In 2017, she received the award «Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo 2017» from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), awarded to former students who distinguished themselves in their professional and social career.
Mr. Horta Osório is head of the Corporate/ M&A Practice in Cuatrecasas in Portugal.
He mainly advises on mergers and acquisitions in the energy, infrastructures and transport sectors, as well as on leveraged buyouts, private equity, corporate reorganisations, financial transactions, the structuring of investments in real estate assets and project finance. He is the co-ordinator of the corporate and commercial practice of Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira in Portugal.
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.
Marco is a member of the Investment Team of Crest Capital Partners
In 2002 he co-founded Explorer Investments where he was exclusively dedicated to the private equity business area and helped raise more than € 400 million distributed among three funds – Explorer I, Explorer II and Explorer III. Between 2004 and 2017, he led more than 30 transactions, such as Oficina do Livro, Alfasom, Probos, Finieco and Grestel. Throughout this period, he was a Director of Explorer Investments and also Director of several portfolio companies of the three private equity funds, including all the companies of Explorer III.
Previously he worked in the M&A division of BBVA in Portugal and in the Jeronimo Martins holding.
Currently, he is an invited professor of private equity at Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Lisboa).
Marco has a degree in Economics from Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Lisboa) and a MSc in Economics and Finance from Universidade Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona).
Ms. Norton has been a partner of the firm’s corporate M&A group since 2010. She worked at the Madrid office from 2004 to 2017 and is currently based in the Lisbon office, where she started her career in 1998.
Her practice both in Portuguese and Spanish law is focused on cross border M&A, joint ventures, private equity transactions and restructurings with extensive experience in renewable energies and infrastructures, advising sponsors, developers and financing entities on creating joint ventures, and acquiring, selling and developing projects.
She regularly acts for private equity investors on their investments and divestments, and represents strategic investors in connection with cross border acquisitions and sales of privately owned companies and assets. She has recently completed a number of major transactions in the infrastructures, energy, retail, real estate and financial industry sectors in Spain and Portugal.
On an international level, she has extensive experience in advising M&A transactions of multinational companies in Europe, Latin America and the United States.
Recommended by several directories including Legal 500 in Corporate M&A and Private Equity. In 2013, Ms. Norton received the '40 under 40' award, granted by Iberian Lawyer to the top 40 lawyers under 40 years of age on the Iberian Peninsula. In 2015, she was distinguished by Expansión as one of the most active M&A lawyers by number of deals in Spain. In 2017, the prestigious publication Iberian Lawyer included Ms. Norton in its InspiraLAw list of top 50 women in the legal sector.
As training background Nuno has a degree in Management from ISEG (Lisbon, 1996-2000), participated in Finance Program at London School of Economics (London, 1998) and applied the Management Acceleration Program of Insead (France, 2003).
Between 2000 and 2010 Nuno Carvalho developed career in Jeronimo Martins Group and performed different jobs: from Marketing Manager to District Manager and becoming Board member and Business Unit Director for Pingo Doce.
2010 was a year of change. Nuno founded A Padaria Portuguesa. In 8 years the company achieved 60 stores, more than 1,200 employees and manages the entire value chain (production, logistics and distribution) recording a turnover of 37 million euros (2017).
In 2014 received the EY Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year award and in 2017 was elected one of the 40 leaders under 40 by Expresso newspaper.
Marathon runner, Nuno is also an invited teacher Catolica University (UCP) and guest speaker for companies and other universities. He is also board advisor of the companies and other universities. He is also board advisor of the company "Feels Like Home" and of the school "O Lar da Crianca."
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.
Joao Grando is Mergermarket’s Private Equity Editor, EMEA. He has been a journalist covering industrials and private equity-related M&A across Europe with Mergermarket since 2015.