Algarve seminar events 2022
Seminar events providing expert information from sources you can trust on all aspects of living in the Algarve
Independent, expert information from sources you can trust.
The Living in the Algarve seminars are planned to be held 6 times throughout the year at different locations along the Algarve. 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 have the chance to listen to live presentations by experts in the areas of legal matters, taxation, residency and many different aspects of life in the Algarve.
If you are considering moving here permanently at some time in the future, living here part time or maybe looking at setting up a business in the Algarve, our seminars offer a unique opportunity to have all your questions answered in one place, at one time.
Each event has either two or three identical seminar sessions, one in the morning and one or two in the afternoon, before or after which you will have time to chat with our event partners.
Our events are free of charge to registered guests. All you need to do is register for your preferred seminar session and book your seat. 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 1989) and Barlavento in Portuguese (established 1977). Our magazines include Essential Algarve, the region’s luxury lifestyle magazine (established 2000) in English and Vivre Le Portugal in French.
CEO - Open Media / event hostBruce 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.
Head of Business Development - The Sovereign Group, PortugalShelley 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 | PortugalGavin 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. Gavin 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).
ROSADO LAWYERSRosado Lawyers, a law firm founded by Dr. José Rodrigues Rosado in 1978, providing services in all areas of law and also includes the company's Taxation and Accounting department, a subsidiary acting as "Rosado Tax & Accounting”. Prof. Dr. Pedro Rosado, who began his career as a tax consultant for the multinational company Arthur Anderson, is the Senior Partner and a Professor of Law and Taxation at the University of Algarve for 25 years, being the professor in charge of the areas in Property Law and Commercial Law in the Management Graduation Programme and Property Taxes and International Taxation and Tax Planning in the Master’s Degree in Taxation. In addition, he is also an Arbitration Judge in the CAAD Tax Arbitration Court in Lisbon. Rosado Lawyers provide services in all of the Algarve and has offices in Portimão, Carvoeiro, Lagos and Faro. The main areas of activity are: Acquisition of immmovable property in Portugal; Corporate law and Contracts; Mortages and rental licenses; Wills and Probate; all taxation matters and tax exemption scheme for new residents in Portugal (NHR). The lawyers, solicitors and tax consultants who work in the offices are Pedro Bastos Rosado, Alexandra Bastos Rosado, Ana Lourinho Xavier and Marco Nobre. The team is also multilingual, speaking English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
CEO - AFPOPMichael has been CEO of the Foreign Residents’ Association ‘AFPOP’ for 19 years, having first joined as a Member in 2002. AFPOP was established as a non-profit Association in 1987, in an attempt to consolidate its growing information database and provide assistance to over a thousand Members. At that time there was considerable uncertainty about the rules on property ownership, which began to change at a bewildering rate as the foreign interest grew in the Algarve and then across Portugal. Not only that but the rules in the regions were also different and keeping up to date was incredibly difficult. Over the 35 years since its humble beginnings, AFPOP has helped over 37,000 Members to navigate their way around living in Portugal, and currently has a Membership of almost 9,000 active Members. Whilst the Association has grown considerably, its goals and ethos have never changed. AFPOP’s primary function remains to assist its Members find answers to their questions. As their logo says, AFPOP is “Here To Help”
Sales Director, Casas do BarlaventoPaul has been the Sales Director at Casas Do Barlavento since he moved to Lagos from his previous property company in the Golden Triangle in 2003. Paul served with the British Army for 15 years after which he moved into the Sports industry. Paul has now settled in Lagos and is married with 3 children and 2 dogs. Away from the hustle and bustle of the Sales office, he is the assistant forwards coach for Rugby Clube de Loulé in the Algarve and in his down time likes to play golf. Rugby has always been Paul’s passion having played for many years, including for the Army, and it was an injury at a rugby match which eventually brought him to the Algarve. Having been in the property business for the last 20 years, Paul has witnessed many changes as well as many hurdles to overcome but this everchanging, fluid, sales environment keeps him motivated. The clients also keep Paul on his toes as he, and the team, try to manage their expectations for owning a property on the Algarve, when they come from different countries, different continents and varying different cultural backgrounds. Paul enjoys his job and equates the success of the company to the support of the great sales team behind him and believes there is nothing more satisfying than helping a client to fulfil their dream of owning property on the Algarve.
Dr Maria Alice Pestana Serrano e Silva
Consultant in General and Family Medicine and Director of the Luzdoc International Medical Service - Luzdoc/MedilagosDr Maria Alice Pestana Serrano e Silva started as a medical doctor 51 years ago in one of Portugal’s largest university hospitals. She was brought up in close contact with the English community in Lisbon and in 1983 moved to the Algarve to practice in Praia da Luz. In 1994 the surgery was named Luzdoc and rapidly grew offering today twenty-one rooms. It evolved as a multifaceted tailor-made health provider to the expat and local communities and to the tourists in the Algarve. In 2001 Dr Joanna Karamon joined the team and in 2014 a second clinic was opened in Lagos, Medilagos, offering a wide range of medical services including Aesthetic Medicine, Occupational Health, Sport’s Medicine and personalised Physiotherapy. Complementing these services, Luzdoc has access to inpatient facilities as Dr Maria Alice has been a part of HPA private hospital group since the outset and remains a member of the board. She believes the essence of the doctor/patient relationship is trust, that health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease and that disease must be seen in the context of the person who has it, thus making the practice of medicine more realistic and humane. Luzdoc and Medilagos are committed to helping their clients in achieving the right to good health. Patients are partners in their health care, well-being and disease prevention. Writing is another passion for the doctor and besides writing regularly for newspapers she has recently published her second book.
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