Team Manuel Gouveia Pereira Partner (effective from June 1, 2024)

Main Practice Areas

Head of Practice Partner of Environment, Climate Change, ESG – Environmental, Social & Governance. Sustainability, Carbon, Energy Transition, Environmental Litigation, Environmental Compliance and Licensing. Head of Practice Partner of Public Law.

Languages

English (bilingual), Spanish, French, Italian, German

Main Practice Areas

Head of Practice Partner of Environment, Climate Change, ESG – Environmental, Social & Governance. Sustainability, Carbon, Energy Transition, Environmental Litigation, Environmental Compliance and Licensing. Head of Practice Partner of Public Law.

Languages

English (bilingual), Spanish, French, Italian, German

Manuel Gouveia Pereira is a Partner at GPA Law Firm, Head of Pratice Partner of Environment, Climate Change & ESG and Head of Pratice Partner of Public Law.

Manuel joined GPA in June 2023, has since been Head of Environment, Climate Change & ESG and shaped the internal sustainability project “GPA Sustainable Impact”, wich he leads.

He has been providing legal assistance for more than 20 years in Environmental, Sustainability and Environmental Compliance matters, with emphasis on waste, water, environmental due diligence, environmentalliability, environmental liabilities and soil contamination, environmental administrative offences, environmental and industrial licensing, energy, oil & gas, territorial management plans and instruments, emissions trading, carbon markets and projects in maritime space, including submarine cables and offshore renewables. He also assists several operations and projects in the areas of ESG - Environmental, Social and Governance, sustainability reporting, climate, carbon, sustainable development goals and energy transition.

He has been lecturing, since 2015, Environmental Law in the seminar on Environmental Policy and Innovation, as part of the Integrated Master's Degree in Environmental Engineering of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology (FCT) of the Universidade Nova, Lisbon (UNL).

Academic Curriculum

  • Law Degree by Faculdade de Direito, Universidade Lusíada, Lisboa, 2001
  • Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association, 2003
  • Post-graduation in Planning, Urban Planning and Environmental Law, CEDOUA, Faculdade de Direito, Universidade de Coimbra, 2003|2004
  • Master in Administrative Law, Faculdade de Direito, Universidade de Lisboa, 2011

Professional Background

  • Until March 2023, Manuel Gouveia Pereira was Managing Associate of the Environment practice area of Vieira de Almeida & Associados - Sociedade de Advogados, SP, RL (VdA) and was the coordinator of Projecto Verde (environmental sustainability project) of VdA between 2015 and 2023
  • In his professional career, Manuel Gouveia Pereira also held the post of Legal Advisor to the Cabinet of the Minister of Environment and Spatial Planning of the XVIII Constitutional Government (November 2009 | July 2011). He was also Legal Advisor to the Cabinet of the Minister of Environment, Spatial Planning and Regional Development of the XVII Constitutional Government (May 2007 | October 2009)
  • From September 2003 to April 2007, he was an Associate Lawyer in the Real Estate, Urban Planning and Environment practice Area of VdA
  • Completed his traineeship, between September 2001 and August 2003, at the law firm "Leónidas, Matos & Associados" (currently named Garrigues Portugal, SL), where he worked in the Urban Planning, Real Estate and Environment Department
  • He was Secretary of the General Meeting Board of Águas de Portugal, SGPS, S.A. (triennia 2008|2010, 2011|2013 and 2014|2016) and monthly commentator on waste matters for the Portal Ambiente Online
  • Between 2012 and 2018, he taught the Land Use Planning module of the chair of Law Applied to Real Estate on the Postgraduate Course in Real Estate Management and Valuation at IDEFE (Institute for Development and Economic, Financial and Business Studies) - ISEG

Publications

  • Chapter on Portugal: Law & Practice in Climate Change Regulation 2022, Chambers Global Practice Guides; co-author
  • What the EU's new climate ambition holds for climate-neutral and smart cities, online platform, research centre WhatNext.Law (created by NOVA School of Law and VdA), September 2021, available at https://bit.ly/3NKgY4J
  • Update of the study “A contaminação do solo resultante de passivos ambientais – (Des)enquadramento no Direito português” (Soil contamination resulting from environmental liabilities - (Un)framework in Portuguese Law), E-book by IJCP (Faculdade de Direito de Lisboa) available at https://bit.ly/444iALU
  • A contaminação do solo resultante de passivos ambientais – (Des)enquadramento no Direito português (Soil contamination resulting from environmental liabilities - (Un)framing in Portuguese Law), Estudos de Advocacia em Homenagem a Vasco Vieira de Almeida, coord. Paulo Olavo Cunha, Almedina, March 2017
  • Chapter on the Portuguese environmental and climate legal framework in The Environment and Climate Change Law Review, Edition 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, Law Business Research Ltd, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Environmental law and practice in Portugal: overview, Global Guide 2016/2017, 2017/2018, 2018/2019, Practical Law, Thomson Reuters
  • Several articles on Environmental Law in the magazine Indústria & Ambiente
  • O contributo da Economia Circular para o Acordo de Paris (The contribution of the Circular Economy to the Paris Agreement), Biorumo and BCSD Portugal Sustainability Yearbook, October 2016
  • Several articles on Environmental Law, published in Iberian Lawyer (Legal Update), 2012-2016
  • Gestão de Riscos Ambientais nos Investimentos em Moçambique (Environmental Risk Management in Investments in Mozambique) in the magazine Revista Moçambique Intercâmbio de Oportunidades of the Portugal Mozambique Chamber of Commerce, 2014
  • Novo Regime Jurídico dos Resíduos - enquadramento, desafios e oportunidades (New Legal Regime of Waste - framework, challenges and opportunities), in magazine Indústria e Ambiente, nr. 68, May|June 2011
  • Nova Legislação Ambiental (2005-2009)" (New Environmental Legislation (2005-2009)), from the Ministry of Environment, Spatial Planning and Regional Development, 1st edition, 2009; co-author

Awards and Nominations

  • Legal 500 (Top Tier Energy & Environment) Recommended Lawyer
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