Benedita Aires joined VdA in 2003 and is a partner in the Banking & Finance practice where she has been involved in several transactions, in Portugal and abroad, mainly focused on the issue and placement of debt, equity and regulatory capital instruments and other structured financial products and classic financing. She has also been actively working in securitization transactions, covered bonds issuances, asset financing and other types of asset-backed transactions. She has been recently actively involved in public recapitalization transactions and the application of resolution measures to Portuguese banks, including incorporation of bridge banks and the approval of the state aid and restructuring plans for such banks by the European Commission and has also been involved in sale process for financial institutions. Seconded to Clifford Chance LLP, London office, integrating the Structured Debt team during 2007 to 2008. She is admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association and registered as a European Registered Lawyer.