Law firm seals deals to extend reach across Iberian Peninsula

Sir Nigel Knowles

Manchester-based global law firm. DWF, has reached two new association agreements to strengthen its supports for clients in Iberia.

The agreements are with Portuguese law firm, Nobre Guedes & Associados (NGA) and Spanish loss adjusting business, RTS Group (RTS).

NGA is a mid-sized full service law firm, with four partners, based in Lisbon with an offering in Porto. Its expertise covers energy & environmental, oil & gas, transport, real estate, construction and infrastructure, banking & insurance, data protection and cyber security. In addition to Portugal, NGA works with clients from Spain, France, the UK, Lusophone Africa and Brazil.

RTS is a loss adjusting and claims management business, based in Madrid. It employs 300 people across 18 countries including Portugal and a number of countries across Latin America. Advising on claims across 19 lines of business, RTS provides a comprehensive loss adjusting service and will support DWF’s existing clients in these locations.

The association with RTS is the first for DWF’s Connected Services division and will significantly bolster DWF’s global claims management and adjusting (CMA) service.

The Iberia region covers Spain, Portugal, as well as a small area of Southern France, Andorra and Gibraltar. It has a population of around 53 million.

DWF chief executive, Sir Nigel Knowles, said: “These strategic associations enhance our proposition in several important markets and support our strategy of offering integrated legal and business services to our clients on a global scale.

“These associations strengthen our capabilities in the Iberian Peninsula, but also provide a platform for us into markets across Latin America and Africa. We will continue to build our presence globally through acquisitions, associations and lateral hires.”

He added: “NGA has a great reputation in Portugal and we see a strong cultural and sector alignment with DWF. Our team in Spain has already worked alongside NGA on a number of projects and our positive experiences from these projects indicate the success we can achieve working more closely together.
“The association with RTS represents an important step forward for our Connected Services division, in the development of our single global claims management and adjusting platform. It will enable us to offer our existing and new clients adjusting services in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America for the first time.”

Luis Nobre Guedes, managing partner of NGA, said: “We have been looking for the opportunity to establish a relationship with a global legal business for some time. We believe it represents the best way for us to grow our business, expand our presence beyond Lusophone countries and offer integrated legal and business services to our clients globally, but particularly in Spain, France and the United Kingdom. Through our alignment with DWF, it will offer new client opportunities for us.”

Juan Uribe, managing director, RTS Group, said: “We are excited about our association with DWF. As part of our growth strategy and the need to fulfil client demand, this association will allow our services to be offered to new and existing clients across the regions that we both operate in. We are proud to be working with DWF.”