We have great pleasure in introducing you to João de Sousa Guimarães of TESG – Teixeira & Guimarães, Sociedade de Advogados.
How did you start your career?
Having worked and studied at the same time, I had the opportunity to do sales for banking, as well as for pharmaceutical companies, while attending law school at university at night. Later I had the opportunity to start practicing law, having been through law firms based in Porto, Lisbon and Madeira until I founded my own practice.
Who is the business person that has inspired you most?
Jack Welch from General Electric, and António Horta Osório initially from Santander and then Lloyds.
What is your greatest satisfaction in your business day?
If I manage to get to the end of each working day making plans for the day after, seeing my clients satisfied and a with a little time left over to do a good deed, then I can go home happy.
What interests or hobbies do you have outside of your business career?
Writing, motorcycle riding and more recently, golf.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what film / book / piece of music would you want to have with you?
The film would be ‘Trading Places’ with Eddie Murphy, just to keep on smiling; the book, ‘A Mensagem’ (Message) from Fernando Pessoa; and as for music, ‘Cinema’ from Rodrigo Leão.
What is your favourite place in Portugal? And in the UK?
Tough one! In Portugal, Porto for sure. In the UK, London, particularly the Royal Albert Hall or the Opera House.
Are you active on social media? (if you wish you can indicate your online profile)
Not at all. I am on LinkedIn, but that´s it. I’m socially active, but I prefer to meet people and places in person.
There is much talk of digital disruption of both business and personal lives. What are the changes that you could see over the next ten years in your sector?
In 10 years, the practice will be fully digital – that is a certainty. Remote work will probably become the rule rather than the exception. In general, people like to set things up at some distance, but there will be some issues where being present will become a luxury. We will have to be better at balancing digital or non-digital to avoid being anti-social.
If you want to speak to João, email: [email protected]