Portugal seminar event in Marbella
Seminar event providing expert information from sources you can trust on all aspects of living in Portugal
Independent, expert information from sources you can trust
The Living in Portugal seminars are held throughout the year at different locations worldwide. The seminars are organised by the Open Media Group, Portugal’s leading publishers of foreign language media, in association with key partners offering advice on all matters related to living in Portugal.
All under one roof you will have the chance to listen to live presentations by experts in areas as legal matters, insurance, taxation (focusing on the NHR – non-habitual residency scheme) and residency options such as the D7 and Golden Visa.
If you are considering moving to Portugal permanently at some time in the future, living there part time or maybe looking at setting up a business, our Marbella seminar offers a unique opportunity to have all your questions answered in one place, at one time.
The event has two identical seminar sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, before or after which you will have time to chat with our event partners.
Our event is free of charge to registered guests. All you need to do is register for your preferred seminar session and book your seats. You will then be sent an e-mail requesting reconfirmation within 2 weeks of the event date. Registration is also possible on the day at the event reception, subject to availability, so we advise you to register in advance and secure your seminar places.
Guide to living in Portugal
The Open Media Group is Portugal’s leading publisher of foreign language media with print and online publications in the Algarve such as the Portugal Resident newspaper in English (established in 1989) and Barlavento in Portuguese (established in 1977). Our magazines include Essential Algarve, the region’s luxury lifestyle magazine (established in 2000) in English and Vivre Le Portugal in French.
CEO - Open Media / event host
Bruce has lived in the Algarve most of his life, having moved to Portugal from the UK as a child when his family relocated in the late 1970’s. His career has been mostly in publishing, as founder and CEO of the Open Media Group; publishers of the Algarve Resident newspaper and Essential Algarve magazine amongst other titles. Whilst continuing in his role at Open Media, Bruce also has interests in real estate. Alongside his business activities, he is also a member of the board of directors of the Lisbon based British Portuguese Chamber of Commerce. Bruce is the host and a speaker at the Living in the Algarve events.
Fine & Country Algarve - Sales & Marketing Director
Jorge was born in Angola but grew up in the beautiful city of Geneva, Switzerland, where he completed a degree in Tourism Management. He lived and worked for five years in Ukraine before moving to Portugal in 2012 and started his career in real estate in 2015 when he moved to the Algarve and joined Fine & Country in 2018 as general manager of the central Algarve office in Almancil. As a web and online marketing expert with a passion for photography, he combines his role in management with advising the marketing team and working as a property consultant assisting vendors and buyers. In his spare time, Jorge enjoys combining his love of photography, aviation and travel as an avid plane spotter.
C1 Broker (Insurance) - CEO
Susana Wichels, Phd. CEO and co-founder of C1 Broker is passionate about helping people: “I have seen so many families that move to Portugal become more secure financially because of the products and services that we offer”. With a PhD in insurance, communication and new technologies as well as a masters in insurance and finance, Susana's presentation will focus on the importance of health insurance when moving to Portugal. C1 Broker provides a personalised consultation service offering tailored insurance solutions to their clients. With more than 26 years experience in the insurance industry in Portugal and Spain, C1 Broker has a deep understanding of the needs of expats and foreign residents. The products offered by C1 brokers have been developed in cooperation with international companies, as well as specially designed health insurance solutions that are compliant with residency requirements in Portugal, without age limitation.
João Richard Costa
Ombria Resort - Director of Sales & Marketing, Algarve
João has been managing the Ombria Resort sales team in Loulé since 2016. João has extensive management experience in real estate, having worked in several mixed-use luxury resort developments, namely at Pine Cliffs Resort, Praia D’El Rey Golf & Beach Resort and Westin CampoReal Golf Resort & Spa, in Portugal. Ombria Resort is a luxury low-density sustainable development surrounded by nature, in the heart of the authentic Algarve and less than 25 minutes from the coast and Faro airport. It includes a 5-star hotel, an 18-hole golf course and several different types of properties for sale. Currently under construction, the completion of its first phase is scheduled for spring 2023.
Dr. Ricardo Ferreira
Martinez Echevarria & Ferreira law firm
Dr. Ricardo Ferreira is the country director for Portugal of Martinez Eschevarria, the largest law firm in Andalucia, Spain as well as in the Algarve where it has offices in Quinta do Lago, Vilamoura, Albufeira and Lagos. The company also has Portuguese offices in Lisbon, Estoril and Porto. In Spain, there are offices in Madrid as well as in ten locations across Andalucia. Outside of the Iberian Peninsula the firm also has a presence in Turkey with offices in Istanbul and Bodrum. Internationally, Martinez Eschevarria employs more than 250 professionals.
Dr. Ricardo Ferreira gained his law degree from the University of Lisbon in 1999, going on to earn postgraduate degrees in both commercial law, tax planning and accounting and finance law, from the University of Lisbon and the Catholic University of Law respectively.
Since 2012 he has been mainly dedicated to the coordination and management of the Martinez Echevarria & Ferreira law firm’s offices in Portugal focusing on Real Estate Law, Golden Visa and Tax law.
Head of Business Development - The Sovereign Group, Portugal
Shelley has over thirty years’ experience in investment advisory working with high net worth investors. Shelley works closely with Sovereign’s Wealth Management and Retirement Planning teams and is able to make recommendations according to clients’ needs and objectives to guide them through the complexities of acquiring international investment property, of using trusts, foundations, funds and companies worldwide, to structure, develop and maintain individuals’ assets for secure wealth succession planning.
In addition, and working with the Sovereign Portugal team, Shelley can advise clients on their Non Habitual Resident and Golden Visa applications to ensure maximum tax benefits for our clients.
Blevins Franks - Senior Partner | Portugal
Gavin has over 25 years’ experience in advising expatriates. Before joining Blevins Franks, Gavin was a founding Partner of an independent firm of financial consultants in the Sultanate of Brunei. There he advised expatriates and high net-worth families on all aspects of financial and succession planning using trusts and tax efficient investment structures. Gavin joined Blevins Franks in the Algarve in 2000 and holds the Diploma for Financial Advisers (DipFA) and the full UK Financial Planning Certificate. Having lived in the Algarve for many years, Gavin understands the issues affecting expatriates in this sunny corner of Europe. His experience, coupled with an in-depth knowledge of Portuguese legislation and how it interacts with UK tax and succession law, places Gavin in the perfect position to provide cross-border financial advice. Gavin is supported by a team of private client managers, pensions, tax and investment experts based in the Blevins Franks offices in Malta and London. Gavin is an adviser for Blevins Franks Wealth Management Limited (BFWML) which is registered with the Malta Financial Services Authority. He is a member of the London Institute of Banking and Finance (LIBF).
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