General Legal Counsel
Isabel Fernandes is the General Legal Counsel of Grupo Visabeira, which, since 2009, also includes Grupo Vista Alegre. Grupo Visabeira is active in diverse business sectors such as telecommunications, energy, technology, industry, construction, real estate and tourism, with an international presence in 16 countries around four continents (Europe, Africa, Asia and America) and marketing its products and services in more than 116 nations. Graduated in Law from Coimbra’s University in Portugal, Isabel’s professional career is characterised by a diversity of performed functions, at the public and private sectors, as well as countries/jurisdictions where they have been developed over time. Isabel has been involved in several significant overseas projects such as the Office for Legal Translation in Macau and as Associate Director of PricewaterhouseCoopers Mozambique. She currently leads a 13 person legal team in charge of ensuring in-depth support and advice on diverse and complex legal subjects taking an essential role within the management structure of the Portuguese multinational and multi-sector company, promoting sustainable behaviours of inclusivity. Recently, she has also assumed the Presidency of the Diversity&Inclusion Commission of the Federation of Portuguese speaking Lawyers (FALP). Isabel has been recognised through several distinctions and awards at the most diverse and prestigious forums such as the “Gold Awards” from Iberian Lawyer-LC Publishing Group and the “GC Powerlist Iberia: Portugal Teams” from The Legal 500; she is considered one of the best opinion leaders in the entire Iberian community. In terms of leadership and inspiration, Isabel was also distinguished several times by the Iberian Lawyer's "InspiraLaw" initiative, as one of the 50 most prominent professionals in the Iberian market, taking into account her professional career and role played in the legal area and business structure in which she operates.