Vera Eiró

Vera Eiró

Counsel, Lisbon

“The blend of my academic and legal practitioner experience, enables me to analyse and advise on complex and transactional Regulatory and Public Law matters from both a commercial and black letter law perspective. I enjoy big projects coming to live, resolving issues, being described by clients as very practical and commercially driven”.

Overview

Professional experience

Education

Published works

Overview

Vera is a Counsel in the Finance department and leads the Public Law and regulatory practice in Lisbon. Her practice has focused on public procurement, administrative law, environmental law, energy law and planning law.

She has over 15 years of experience in providing legal advice in regulatory and public law issues relevant to project finance projects, litigation and M&A transactions in highly regulated sectors such as the energy and health sectors, having advised on several cross-border transactions involving Lusophone Africa, working furthermore in areas such as water management, infrastructure and transport.

Vera has a PhD in Public Law, and, alongside her work at Linklaters, she is a visiting professor at renowned Portuguese universities, and frequently lectures in national and international conferences. She has published several articles and books, including her PhD thesis.

Her role in the academia and profile in the market resulted in an extensive and diverse professional experience that is based in advisory but also includes litigation and arbitration experience connected with the execution of relevant public contracts (including concession agreements and other administrative contracts).

Work highlights

Examples of advice on Regulatory and Public Law matters:

in the Healthcare sector:

  • Pfizer group in complex administrative litigation and public procurement procedures
  • Several pharmaceutical companies in public procurement matters, notably involving their relationship with public entities and suppliers in Portugal

in the Energy sector:

  • State Grid International Development Limited on its acquisition of 25% of the share capital in REN - Redes Energéticas Nacionais (the Portuguese state grid operator), for €387m. This was the first time a Chinese company has acquired a stake in a European national grid company
  • Glennmont Partners Limited, Magnum Industrial Partners and other co-investors on M&A transactions in the renewables sector

in the Mining sector:

  • one of the world’s biggest mining companies in the submission of a bid and negotiation of the relevant mining concession agreements and MoUs with the Portuguese Government, and also on the decommissioning of a mine in Mozambique.

in the Transport and Ports sector:

  • Prometro, S.A. (Grupo Barraqueiro), the Oporto light rail train system sub-concessionaire, in the performance of the existing services sub-concession agreement, in judicial proceedings regarding public law issues, as well as in the renegotiation of the sub-concession agreement for five additional periods of time
  • Deepsea container concessionaires in the renegotiation and execution of port concession agreements

Professional experience

Vera joined Linklaters as a Junior Associate in 2002 in the Linklaters Lisbon Office, did a secondment in the Paris office and became an Associate in 2004. She then left the firm to work on her PhD in Public Law. During that time, she also worked as Advisor to the Portuguese Constitutional Court and lectured at the University.

In 2010 Vera was invited to re-join the Linklaters Lisbon office as part-time Consultant, providing specialist Regulatory advice (connected with Administrative Law, Energy, Mining and Health) within the Banking & Projects group. In 2015 she became a full-time Managing Associate, developing a team to deal with a diverse range of Regulatory topics (concerning Energy, Mining, Health, Ports, Transports, Environment and Planning), having also a particular focus on Projects (Public Law concession agreements). Currently Vera is a Counsel and Head of Public Law in Lisbon.

Vera is a highly acclaimed legal practitioner and academic, considered to be top of her generation in Public Law, both by her peers and clients. She is considered Key individual by Chambers Europe and recommended by Legal 500 in Public Law and Energy & Natural Resources. Vera has been ranked in Public Law by Chambers Europe: “Vera Eiró advises on administrative law, especially concerning regulatory and public law issues relevant to M&A transactions. Clients agree that ‘she demonstrates excellent technical skills and a broad and deep knowledge of public law’.” (Chambers Europe 2017, Public Law: Portugal).

Since 2015 Vera is a Member of the Associação Portuguesa de Arbitragem (Arbitration Portuguese Association), and she acts as arbitrator in the National Centre for Information and Arbitration of Consumer Disputes (CNIACC) and the Administrative Arbitration Centre (CAAD), having been appointed to conflicts related to public services and contracts.

Education

Vera obtained a law Degree at NOVA School of Law in 2002, and worked as an assistant researcher to Prof. Miguel Poiares de Maduro (former Advocat General at the ECJ).

Vera furthermore did a Post-graduate course in Environment and Planning Law at Coimbra University Law School – CEDOUA.

In 2006, she focused on her research for her PhD, lecturing at university and organising conferences and courses for the Portuguese highest ranking civil servants. She submitted her PhD thesis in May 2011 and obtained her PhD in Public Law in 2012 at NOVA School of Law and was approved unanimously with honours and distinction. Her PhD thesis is entitled: "The obligation to indemnify in public procurement. Basis and Assumptions" (originally in Portuguese).

Since 2012 Vera is a visiting professor at Nova University and Catholic University in Lisbon, teaching Regulation, Public Procurement and Planning Law, is a frequent lecturer in national and international conferences and has been leading conferences and post-graduate studies for Portuguese and Mozambique judges.

Vera´s native language is Portuguese, she is fluent in English and Spanish, and has good French and some understanding of German.

Published works

  • “Introdução ao Direito Administrativo”, 12ª ed., Âncora Editora, 2016, co-authored with Prof. João Caupers
  • “E-Procurement: The Portuguese Experience”, in Public Procurement Law Review Issue, 1 2016
  • "Portuguese Constitutional Law", article co-authored with Dr. Teresa Violante, International Constitutional Law of the EU Member States, published by Kluwer, 2014