Following up on know-how gathered over more than a decade of working with emerging companies, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados developed and created Team Genesis®.

Team Genesis® was launched in 2013 as a specialized multi expert team focused on directing legal advice to emerging companies and founders, through fostering and helping national ventures thrive and scale internationally, and also to investors of scalable startups with disruptive business models, in each case by focusing on “bet the company” transactions and high-value advice.

Having been a pioneer in its tailored-made approach and continuing to build on its ongoing experience, Team Genesis® has evolved alongside the innovation and technology wave that erupted in Portugal, underpinned by wider global trends, and is now widely recognized by the market and piers as an international leader in the field.

The team is extremely active and experienced in national and international investment rounds and exits, notably equity rounds (seed and preferred rounds), convertibles notes (or convertible equity), venture debt and trade sales (including acqui-hires), both for founders and investors.


The team consists of 17 practitioners from Morais Leitão specialized in different segments of law and was designed to anticipate and respond to Client’s needs by rescaling and adapting the ‘full service law firm’ concept to the emerging companies' environment.


We help Clients to scale by taking advantage of our singular international strategic position through our network Morais Leitão Legal Circle – including legal firms in Angola, Cape Verde and Mozambique–,  but also with the world’s leading network of independent law firms, Lex Mundi (125+ countries worldwide and access to 22,000 lawyers around the world), where Morais Leitão is the exclusive Portuguese member.

Giving Back - Seedsummit

Team Genesis® partnered with Seedcamp, and beta-i to launch Seedsummit Portugal: simplified investment documentation to support the Portuguese startup ecosystem.

Commitment to the Ecosystem

With a view to foster the Portuguese startup ecosystem, Team Genesis® works very closely with all top accelerators, incubators and universities in Portugal, notably, via workshops or office hours. Team Genesis® is also an active participant in innovation think thanks where our legal and regulatory expertise is crucial.

What they say about us

«Our overall feedback is extremely positive. The team is very experienced and by far the best one in Portugal. They also have a great international network/circle of international law firms that can help/advise on international deals. They have a really customer-centric approach, also visible on their response time and care to [work within] tight schedules from customers.»

«Their work was of paramount importance in two consecutive funding rounds we had.»

«Very complete and knowledgeable service and high standards. Good ability to deal with new issues and innovative financing instruments.»

IFLR1000 (2019)

«[The firm] acts for a variety of high-profile clients in addition to an increasing number of entrepreneurs.»

Chambers and Partners (2017)

«Team Genesis commended as "standout" and ranked 3rd (ex aequo) in the category of "supporting start-ups" (due to continuous improvement of equity incentive plans for emerging companies based in Portugal and abroad [mainly UK/US]).»

Financial Times European Innovative Lawyers Award (2017)

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