Our journey began in the 1970’s when two youngmen – António Camacho Palma and Horácio Lisboa Afonso – joined a (at the time) big 8 accounting firm in Lisbon.
After a decade of working in the same accounting firm, their paths took them in different directions only to cross again in the mid 1990’s when they were asked to lead the audit department of a (at the time) big 6 accounting firm in Lisbon. This was when they decide to incorporate Camacho Palma & Lisboa Afonso – SROC (CPLA) a statutory audit firm to comply with the legal regulatory requirements in Portugal.
In 1998, Manuela Pinheiro, who had trained with a big four accounting firm in Lisbon, joined CPLA and in 1999, straight out of college, Ricardo Martins Coelho was hired as an audit trainee.
After representing another mid-tier network for a couple of years, in 2002, CPLA decided to joined Nexia International, combining the local expertise of its team with the global reach of a vibrant and agile international network.
As part of the roadmap designed by the firm’s leadership, in 2011, CPLA was replaced by NEXIA, CPLA & Associados. More than the inclusion of Nexia in the firm’s name, this moment marks a turning point in the growth strategy for future, with the leadership being passed to both Ricardo Martins Coelho and Manuela Pinheiro.
In 2012, Pedro Alves, a very well-known and respected tax expert who worked for a big four accounting firm for almost fourteen year, was invited to lead NEXIA, CPLA & Associados tax practice.
In 2014, the firm moved to a new office in Lisbon’s central business district, closer to the thriving and active hub that the city was becoming and closer to the local and international clients it is proud to serve.
Over the years, many talented men and women have been a part of this journey and the legacy of those who came before us is present when we look to the future to continue supporting our clients and serve them as trustworthy and business minded advisers.
Nexia International is one of the longest established worldwide networks of independent accounting and consulting firms.