Sílvia Pinheiro Esteves

Sílvia Pinheiro Esteves

Associate, Lisbon

“I am passionate about what I do and enjoy delivering a profound analysis of the complex cases that clients entrust to us, dealing with sensitive issues that have an impact on many levels, considering all aspects and approaching the issues with a wide flexibility range in terms of practice areas.”

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Sílvia Pinheiro Esteves is an Associate in the Employment group in the Lisbon office´s Corporate department.

Her recent practice has focused on advising human resources departments in the private and public sector on the full spectrum of labour law and social security matters, both in the advisory and contentious sphere, often dealing with sensitive issues. Sílvia has, for example, experience in structuring complex employee incentive plans, defining the strategy for the transfer of undertaking processes and accompanying the information and consultation process. She has also acted as an instructor and followed closely disciplinary proceedings and employment litigation, having experience in redundancy and collective dismissal proceedings and in assisting senior employees and directors in relation to their remuneration and dismissal packages.

She furthermore has gained relevant expertise in company law and M&A matters, assisting national and international clients.

Work highlights

Sílvia has been involved in major transactions, such as:

  • Ideal Standard in the context of the closure of its factory in Portugal, which further included legal assistance in the collective dismissal of the workforce
  • Unilever on the sale of its global spreads business (operating in 66 countries around the world, including in Portugal). The employment team in Lisbon has advised in the implementation of the TUPE transfer in the context of a recently approved law
  • Oitante, the special purpose vehicle established by Portugal’s Financial Services Authority following the resolution of Banif - Banco Internacional do Funchal, on all labour issues related to the management and sale of the assets, credits and transferred services
  • Netjets in several areas of employment law, such as restructuring of remuneration, disciplinary cases, administrative processes with the labour authorities, and employment law training to local HR teams

Professional experience

Sílvia started her legal career in 2012 with a Summer Traineeship at the Capital Markets and Debt department of the Linklaters London office, and a Summer Traineeship at the Dispute Resolution department of the Lisbon office. She then further built her career with us, at the Lisbon office, first as Junior Associate in 2013, becoming Associate in 2016, working at the Dispute Resolution department and currently she is an Associate in the Employment group in the Lisbon office´s Corporate department.

She furthermore is a Lecturer at the Lisbon School of Law of the Catholic University, teaching in the Post-graduation course on Corporate Law.

Sílvia provides in-house training to Linklaters Clients in her areas of expertise, such as trends & developments and topics of interest in employment law.

Education and qualifications

Sílvia holds a Law Degree of the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon. She then completed her Master in Corporate Law at the Lisbon School of Law of the Catholic University. Sílvia furthermore attended a post-graduation course with a specialisation in Labour Law and Social Security at the Institute for Labour Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon.

She is a Member of the Portuguese Bar Association since 2016.

She speaks Portuguese and English.