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Susana Afonso

Susana Afonso


CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut
Rua Castilho 50
1250-071 Lisbon
Languages Portuguese, Spanish, English

For more than 20 years Susana has been developing her skills in the Labour Law field, being recognized as a specialist in her area by the Bar Association. She is the lead coordinator of CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut Employment team.

Susana Afonso coordinates and oversees day-to-day legal and labour assistance to national and international clients, providing legal advice to private sector companies, namely through the preparation of legal opinions, follow-up of negotiations regarding the termination of employment contracts, conducting collective dismissals and termination processes, leading and representing clients in the negotiation of Collective Bargaining Agreements, conducting processes related to the transfer of work place, transfer of undertakings, definition of remuneration plans and organization of working time.

Susana leads the CMS Portugal’s Immigration Practice. Within this area, Susana has been active in hiring of foreign European and non-European citizens in the processes of obtaining visas and acquisition of citizenship, among others.

In recent years she has participated and coordinated some of the most important restructuring processes in the country, namely in the financial, insurance, industrial, civil construction, aviation, retail, pharmaceutical and services sectors. In the context of the restructuring processes in which she was involved, Susana acquired extensive experience in negotiating with Trade Unions. Susana is recognized in the market for her vast experience in restructuring processes of personnel, being considered by the Legal 500 as "leading individual".

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Susana Afonso is rated highly by clients, who regard her as "technically impressive" and "very responsible" when providing employment advice. Clients appreciate that "she's very strategic, focused on objectives and oriented towards results".

Chambers & Partners 2017

Susana Afonso and team has a strong track record handling collective dismissals.

Legal 500 2017

Susana Afonso has also been awarded with the prize “Forty under 40” by the magazine Iberian Lawyer.

Susana Afonso has been awarded by the Portuguese Bar Association with the title of Expert Lawyer in Labour Law (2007).


  • Susana Afonso holds a graduation degree in Law from the Law Faculty of Universidade Lusíada de Lisboa.
  • 1995 - Member of the Portuguese Bar Association. 
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  • Member of EELA – The European Employment Lawyers Association since 2004.
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