MEET WITH MARCO VIEIRA NUNES, PRESIDENT OF PORTUGUESE INSTITUTE OF COMPANY LAWYERS
The Institute of Company Lawyers (Instituto dos Advogados de Empresa, I.A.E.), founded in 2002, is a functional subdivision of the Portuguese Bar Association (Ordem dos Advogados) with the purpose of providing specialized cooperation with the President and the General Counsels of the Portuguese Bar Association, in all matters related with the representation, qualification and specific treatment of lawyers working in an employment relation, public or private, and whether or not on an exclusive basis.
“The I.A.E. was specifically created in order to be aware of the multiple difficulties that company lawyers may encounter, while they are still bound by the ethical obligations established by the Bar Association´s Statutes”- explains the current President Dr. Marco Vieira Nunes - “They must abide the values of the legal profession such as freedom and independence”.
I.A.E. includes all company lawyers regularly enrolled in the Portuguese Bar Association, so they can participate in the various activities developed by the Institute.
In addition to the many Bar’s events, the I.A.E. annually fosters a large number of different activities such as organizing conferences and seminars specifically fitting company lawyers’ needs, promoting an Annual Encounter on a national scale and holding surveys among company lawyers.
In complete harmony with ECLA's mission, Dr. Marco Vieira Nunes can say with pleasure: “ The board members and I follow with great interest the activities developed by ECLA. In a global world and in the European Union legal context I strongly believe that the collaboration, the exchange of information and the sharing of experience and expertise among ECLA’s members is fundamental, as well as identifying common challenges for company lawyers”.
On 31 March 2017 ECLA had its Annual General Assembly in Rome, where the national association AIGI acted as an excellent host. The agenda of the meeting contained its usual topics, such as the annual accounts, communication, etc. There was also an intensive discussion on the goals, aspirations and future of ECLA, for which the new President Jonathan Marsh earlier made an appeal to the national associations. The outcome of the discussions, which took place in workgroups, will form a solid basis for further discussions later in the year. Stephan Barthe (Spain) was elected as new secretary of the Executive Board. The topic of young lawyers in AIGI was presented by a young member of AIGI, followed by an interesting discussion.