How Victoria Associates is boosting my international practice

How Victoria Associates is boosting my international practice

By Duarte G Henriques

Perhaps the biggest challenge that I face as an international arbitration practitioner is myself. As you all may know, I’m born, brought up and educated in Portugal and in Portuguese law (or, from a negative point of view, I wasn’t born or educated in an English environment). 
This can represent a major hindrance for an international career. Let’s face it: in the international disputes arena, Portugal is largely peripheral; and if one doesn’t speak English at native level or if one isn’t educated in a common law system, the chances of getting appointments as arbitrator or being retained for arbitration cases located outside Portugal, are rather minimal. 

You have to take the cards you are dealt and the key is to take advantage of the situation and make it into a strong point as Portugal has done in various contexts such as the United Nations and the European Union. The Portuguese are known for their willingness to leave their comfort zone and explore the world taking advantage of what it offers to those who are hardy and courageous. Our people are known to be hard working, fair and reasonable. That is why I feel so comfortable being a part of Victoria Associates.

Having invested “tons” of hours in training and developed “international” skills throughout the years (which, in any event, has brought me very interesting international cases where I’ve been acted as counsel or arbitrator), the founding of Victoria Associates has been simply spectacular. 

Since the beginning of 2020, I’ve been approached a number of times to represent new clients and to serve as arbitrator in international cases. None related Portugal. No Portuguese language or seat, nor even the law of Portugal (or other Portuguese speaking countries). Truly international cases. 

Just to point out two recent cases, since January 2020 I was appointed as co-arbitrator and chairman in two arbitrations seated in Hong Kong (one “institutional” and the other “ad hoc”), the other arbitrators coming from London, Perth (coincidentally two of them), Hong Kong and Singapore. The parties come from different corners of the world. English law applies to both cases. And, it goes without saying, English is the language of the proceedings. 

Now, how did I accomplish that? Many factors contributed but Victoria Associates is the crowning touch, the factor which brings everything together.

Indeed, with the different international backgrounds and educations, and global reach, the members of Victoria Associates can work virtually everywhere, out of any country and under any law. 

All VA members embarked on this new venture with passion: We do what we like, and we like what we do!

And share the risks and rewards with our clients. 

Victoria Associates is already a tale of success, in spite of these troubled times. So it is more than appropriate to say: 

Embark with us!!!

Victoria Associates Welcomes Miguel Salas and Sevilla !

Victoria’s reaching the starting point!

We are thrilled to share our latest news with you!

Victoria Associates has reached the starting point and is adding an office where it all has begun. Indeed, the expedition of Ferdinand Magellan truly begun in Sevilla, then the capital city of Castilla (Spain). Victoria was the only ship to return safely to its departure harbour, some three years later.

Now, Victoria Associates is proud to announce that it has an office in Seville, in one of its premium locations and just across the “Catedral de Sevilla” and the “Archivo General de Indias“.(1)

Through the incorporation of its new member, Miguel Salas, founder partner of Salas y Donaire, Victoria Associates is expanding its reach and is now able to provide any kind of services related to international disputes in Spain.

Miguel Salas is a seasoned lawyer, with 25+ years of experience, dealing in a number of areas of law, particularly litigation and arbitration.

With this addition, Victoria Associates not only boosts its reach but also and more importantly is welcoming a lawyer truly embedded in its spirit and values. It will surely be a tremendous and rewarding experience!

Bienvenido Miguel, bienvenida Sevilla,

¡ OLÉ !


(1) The General Archive of the Indies in Seville was founded in 1785 by King Carlos III, with the aim of centralising in a single place the documentation relating to the administration of the Spanish overseas territories that had been dispersed in various archives.

The archive conserves some 43,000 files, with some 80 million pages and 8,000 maps and drawings that come mainly from the entities responsible for the administration of the overseas territories. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987, along with the Cathedral and the Real Alcázar.

Duarte Henriques Appointed as VIAC’s International Advisory Board Member

Duarte G Henriques – Member of the International Advisory Board of the Vienna International Arbitral Centre

Duarte G Henriques, Victoria Associates’ founding member, has been appointed as member of the International Advisory Board of the Vienna International Arbitral Centre. The term will run from 2020 to 2022.

Check the composition of the International Advisory Board HERE !

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We do what we like, and we like what we do

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To celebrate the New Year 2020, we released our institutional video.

Victoria Associates represents a new way of doing business. It is designed for the client.

We share the risk with the client.

We offer affordable solutions without compromising the quality of the services that are rendered.

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We do what we like, and we like what we do!

Why Victoria Associates?

Why Victoria?

Victoria is a story of adventure, risk and success as the first ship to circumvent the world under the command of the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan.

When the fleet set off from Spain almost to the day 500 years ago, they could not know what they would ultimately accomplish, but Magellan and the other sailors had the courage and the will to succeed that made the ship Victoria the first to sail around the world, a miraculous accomplishment against all odds.

We chose Victoria Associates for our name as we embody the values and discipline of Magellan to achieve success for our clients regardless of the difficulty of the matter.

Victoria Associates also reflects other fundamental values of Magellan: win for and share risks with our clients.

We will guide you through the perilous straits of international dispute resolution.

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