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Margarida Gonçalves Novo
Lawyer-Linguist​

Law degree, Catholic University of Lisbon. DESS in International Business Law, University of Paris X.

University of Cambridge Proficiency in English; Diplôme Supérieur de Français Commercial, Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris; Diplôme Supérieur de Civilisation Française (séction économique), Sorbonne; Diplôme Supérieur d'Etudes Françaises Modernes, Alliance Française.

Before starting her own translation business in 1997, she worked as a Tax Adviser for KPMG Peat Marwick; as Relationship Manager and Head of the Structured Finance Department of ABN AMRO Bank; and as Deputy Manager of the Project Finance Department of Banco Comercial Português de Investimento (Millennium Group).

​More than twenty years of experience in legal and financial translation.

​Brian John Knight
Proofreader

Degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies, University of Bristol. University of Cambridge Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults. Master's degree in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language, University of Reading.

Lived and worked in Portugal for 8 years as an English teacher for the Cambridge School and thereafter for the British Council, where he also worked as Special Courses Coordinator (Companies - Business English). As an expatriate, he has lived and worked in Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, Shanghai and Abu Dhabi.

More than wenty years of experience as a proofreader of legal and financial translations.

Valérie Maris
Translator

Translation degree (English and German), Ecole d’Interprètes Internationaux, Université de Mons. Diploma of Portuguese Language and Culture, Universidade de Lisboa. Diploma of Translation (French into Portuguese), Universidade de Lisboa. Bilingual (English and French) MBA, Institut Supérieur des Affaires de Paris, including an exchange programme with Fundação Getúlio Vargas de São Paulo, Brazil. Certificat d’Aptitude Pédagogique Approprié à l’Enseignement Supérieur, Liège.

Sworn translator in Belgian first instance courts (English, German, Italian, Portuguese). Teacher of specialist (economic, legal and political) translation, Université de Liège. Has worked 8 years in a Portuguese-speaking environment, in Portugal and Brazil. Has taught Portuguese in the Université de Mons for 8 years.  More than 25 years of experience as freelance translator.

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