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Fernando Castro Silva
Fernando Castro Silva is based in Taxand Portugal where he is a partner with Garrigues. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Lisbon, and holds a postgraduate degree in Civil Law from Universidad Católica Portuguesa. Between 1982 and 1989, Fernando was a lawyer in the SONAE Group and was responsible for a large number of company purchase transactions, mergers, spin-offs and internal restructuring operations during the Group’s creation.
In 1988, he was a founding partner of BL&C, Auditores e Consultores, Lda., an audit and consultancy firm associated with the French audit and consultancy firm Guerard Viala, and was responsible for the fiscal and contentious tax consultancy area until 2005. Between 1995 and 2005, after Guerard Viala and Mazars merged, Fernando was an international partner at Mazars & Guerard. In 1994 he founded the company Castro Silva & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados.
A partner at Garrigues Portugal, Fernando specializes in national and international taxation, including contentious tax, particularly in the area of advising Portuguese economic groups, multinationals, financial institutions, insurance companies and companies in the building and public works sector. Fernando is a member of the Portuguese Law Society, and has been awarded the title of Tax Law Specialist. He is also a member of the Commission for Tax Reform, appointed by the Ministry of Economy and Finance (1999-2001), and a member of the working group for evaluating tax benefits, appointed by the Ministry of Economy and Finance (2005). As well, Fernando is a member of both the Portuguese Law Society Tax Law specialty recognition jury and the Portuguese Law Society Company Lawyers Management Institute. He is a former member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.