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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.

Multidisciplinary

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.

Internationalisation

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

Clients say that the firm has a "top-tier team that is very strong at all levels," adding: "The firm provides excellent value for money in complex matters." "They are really familiar with local practices and understand the positions and concerns of international clients," notes a second source, going on to praise the lawyers' ability to "provide very clear guidance to clients."

Chambers and Partners - Europe Guide (2022)

Multidisciplinary firm covering a range of private equity transactions, including acquisitions and incorporations, with recognised abilities in venture capital operations. Offers noteworthy strength in complex cross-border mandates. Represents clients from a variety of sectors including technology, energy and healthcare. One client values the team's "clear explanations, wide experience and strong ethics," adding: "The team is very well organised, with wide experience on both national and international cases." "The team exceeds expectations in terms of performance, always having in consideration the best interest of its client," confirms another interviewee.

Chambers and Partners - Europe Guide (2021)

«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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