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 16 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

“Superb venture capital practice” and “a top-tier team that is very strong at all levels”. ML “provides excellent value for money in complex matters” while being “really familiar with local practices and understanding the positions and concerns of international clients”.

Chambers and Partners - Europe Guide (2022)

The team offers "clear explanations, wide experience and strong ethics" and “exceeds expectations in terms of performance, always having in consideration the best interest of its client”.

Chambers and Partners - Europe Guide (2021)

Every team member is very knowledgeable, able to explain complex legal cases and also very approachable. The dedication that the team has shown is admirable and this is reflected in the high quality of work which was always delivered on time.

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