Tomás Pessanha is a lawyer and a partner of Garrigues (www.garrigues.com/pt/pt-PT) and currently heads the Corporate/M&A Practice at the firm's Porto office. He predominantly handles commercial and corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity and venture capital (de)investment, having been involved in some of the most significant M&A|PE|VC transactions closed in the northern part of the country in the recent years, assisting both national and international clients. Tomás has a postgraduate degree in communications law from Coimbra University Law School and attended postgraduate studies in management (for lawyers) at the Portuguese Catholic University, Economics and Management School (Porto) and a programme on negotiation at Harvard Law School. He is also a lecturer on several courses, seminars and conferences on themes related to commercial and corporate law. He acts as chairman and co-chairman of the general meeting of shareholders of several Portuguese companies. He is a member of the IBA (corporate and M&A committee), and is regularly referred as one of the leading lawyers in Portugal and the Porto market by directories such as Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500, IFLR and Best Lawyers.