Eversheds Sutherland combines with FCB in Portugal, Angola and Mozambique
Global law firm Eversheds Sutherland has announced its combination with full-service law firm FCB in Portugal, and its associated firms in Angola and Mozambique.
The move strengthens the firm’s position in Europe and Africa, expanding its offering to its global client base across three new markets, and is the fruit of a long-standing relationship between Eversheds and FCB.
As a highly rated full-service company commercial law firm, FCB advises international clients on all aspects of their legal requirements from three offices in Portugal, Lisbon, Porto and Faro, and has offices in Mozambique and Angola through associated local firms.
Working closely with the firm’s Spanish office, its Portuguese practice will provide clients with a wide breadth of experience across Iberia, an important region for the global firm which will also deepen its connections and coverage for clients in Africa and Latin America, Eversheds said in a statement.
FCB’s strong international client base is predominately located in the US, UK, Germany and France.
“The addition of FCB to our growing European and African locations supports our strategy and will greatly benefit our combined client rosters,” Lee Ranson, CEO of Eversheds Sutherland (International), said.
“We are delighted to welcome FCB’s highly respected team to Eversheds Sutherland and look forward to working closely with our new colleagues in the months ahead.”
For his part, Ian Gray, the law firm’s chair for Europe, said, “FCB has been a valuable partner of Eversheds Sutherland’s wider service in Europe for over 10 years, with long-standing relationships between our legal teams. This combination is a natural evolution for our teams to come together and work more closely. Our firms are culturally aligned, share many clients in common and have a substantial history of referrals to each other. We are thrilled that such a talented legal team has joined us”.
“I am delighted that FCB is combining with Eversheds Sutherland to create greater reach for both our firms across Europe, and in Angola and Mozambique,” Gonçalo da Cunha, a partner at Eversheds Sutherland FCB (Portugal), said.
“By joining forces, we will deepen our ongoing relationship to the benefit of our international clients. We look forward to building and strengthening relationships with colleagues across the firm’s global office network and supporting clients on their activity across Europe, Africa and Latin America,” he added.
Jacobo Martínez, managing partner at Eversheds Sutherland in Spain, said “the incorporation of FCB Legal is an excellent opportunity for Eversheds Sutherland, congruent with our growth strategy. Furthermore, the prestige, qualifications and reputations of our Portuguese colleagues will be key when widening our high level of global services for our clients”.
The addition of Eversheds Sutherland’s new team in Portugal builds on the firm’s client offering in Europe, a core part of the firm’s global strategy, and takes the firm’s geographic reach to 74 offices across 35 jurisdictions.
With 198 partners and more than 70 lawyers, the incorporation of FCB Legal will bring Eversheds Sutherland’s global reach to 74 offices in 35 countries.
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