MSI Global Alliance admits law firm in Portugal

A3MSI Global Alliance, a leading international association of legal and accounting firms, has appointed law firm CNCM Sociedade de Advogados (CNCM) in Portugal to its membership. With locations in Porto and Lisbon, CNCM provides comprehensive legal services to clients throughout Portugal and beyond.

MSI’s chief executive, Tim Wilson, commented, “I am delighted CNCM have joined MSI Global Alliance. They are a highly professional firm of lawyers with strong Portuguese and international clients, and they will be a real asset to our organisation.”

A total of 14 professionals and three equity partners join MSI including Luísa Curado, Teresa Nogueira and Pedro da Costa Mendes, as well as Carla Malhão, industry partner, based in Porto. CNCM provides a wide range of legal services to businesses and individuals including business and corporate law, labour and tax law, litigation, IP, banking and financial services law, as well as mergers and acquisition services.

Pedro da Costa Mendes, partner at CNCM, said, “We are delighted to be part of such an exquisite group of firms and are eager to contribute to the network and assist fellow MSI members and their clients.”

CNCM was recently named “Leading Firm 2014” by the Legal 500 and recognised by Acquisition International as “Mid-Size Commercial Law Firm of the Year 2013”.

With the addition of CNCM, MSI Global Alliance now has 83 legal and accounting firm members across Europe.

About MSI Global Alliance

MSI is an international association of independent legal and accounting firms. With over 240 carefully selected member firms in more than 100 countries, MSI is one of the world’s leading associations. MSI was formed in 1990 in response to the growing need for cross-border co-operation between professional services firms.

In 2013, MSI Global Alliance was awarded “Association of the Year” by the International Accounting Bulletin, the leading authority of the global accounting industry which regularly analyses firm performance and best practices. For more information on MSI and its member firms, please visit

MSI Global Alliance (MSI)
London, 13 January 2015








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IC Marais

Professional experience:

IC Marais is a certified CA (SA) with public sector and private sector technical knowledge based on 5 years’ Public Sector accounting, auditing and financial management experience and 5 years audit, tax and accounting experience. Detailed knowledge of private and public sector accounting and auditing standards (GRAP, IPSAS, IFRS, IAS, ISA) and public sector financial legislation (MFMA, etc.)

He enjoys the outdoors, hunting and fishing.


Professional experience:

In 1995, Schalk started as a trainee at Warner and Newton (which became Moores Rowland in 1997 and then Mazars Moores Rowland in 2007) in Bloemfontein. In 1998, Schalk was appointed as manager at Moores Rowland, where he became a partner in 2003. Schalk received his Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Taxation in 2006 and in 2009 he received his Certificate in the Administration of Estates.


Professional experience:

Cedric started as a trainee at Warner and Newton (which became Moores Rowland in 1997 and Mazars Moores Rowland in 2007), Bloemfontein, in 1986. After completion of his articles, he joined the Special Investigations Division of the Department of Finance (SA Revenue Services) as a senior inspector from 1990 to 1991.


Professional experience:

Lucha started her career as a tax inspector at the Inland Revenue Department of New Zealand. After this she worked in commerce in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

On her return to South Africa, she completed her CA training contract with us and has been with Newtons ever since. She became a Partner in 2012.

Apart from her CA(SA) qualification she also holds a postgraduate certificate in Advanced Taxation (2005) and has the overall responsibility for training as our Training Officer.