Manuel Gouveia Pereira is a managing associate at the planning and environment practice at VdA. He has a law degree from Lusíada University of Lisbon, Faculty of Law, a master’s degree in administrative law from the University of Lisbon, Faculty of Law and a postgraduate degree in planning and environmental law from the University of Coimbra, Faculty of Law. He teaches environmental law in the seminar of politics and innovation in environment, in the integrated master’s course of environmental engineering, and at the sciences and technology faculty of the New University of Lisbon. He also teaches the planning law module in the postgraduate course on real estate management and assessment at the Portuguese Institute for Development and Economic, Financial and Corporate Studies.

He is frequently invited to talk to the press on environmental matters, being a commentator on waste issues, and is the coordinator of VdA’s Green Project, the firm’s environmental sustainability project. Before joining the firm, he worked as legal adviser to two cabinets of the Minister of the Environment and Spatial Planning, between 2007 and 2011. He is actively involved in several transactions in Portugal and abroad, focused on environmental compliance, namely in the waste and water sectors, energy (including renewables), oil and gas, mining, aquaculture, agriculture, economy of the sea and circular economy.