Cláudia Vasconcelos

Head of Business Development

Cláudia is in charge of Business Development at NEWCO. She joined the company in 2013, after spending several years working to attract foreign investment to Portugal, firstly at the United States Embassy in Lisbon and later at the SDM-Sociedade de Desenvolvimento da Madeira, concessionaire of the International Business Centre of Madeira.

Cláudia has a degree in International Relations from the Technical University of Lisbon, having subsequently completed a Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Service Marketing, both at the Catholic University of Portugal. Further, she has completed several training courses in taxation, including a postgraduate degree specialising in international taxation at the Catholic University of Portugal. Claudia’s native language is Portuguese, but she also speaks English and French, and basic Italian, Spanish and German.

João Raínho


João has a degree in Management from the University of Madeira and has a post-graduate degree in Marketing & Business Technologies at IPAM - Instituto Português de Administração de Marketing, in Lisbon.

He works mainly as a copywriter and social media manager at NEWCO. He worked briefly as an accounting assistant before joining NEWCO in 2021.

João's native language is Portuguese, and he is also fluent in English.

Josianne Cilia

Senior Company Administrator

Josianne joined NEWCO's corporate administration department in Malta in September 2021. Her main responsibilities involve managing a number of client portfolios and assisting with their respective daily requirements, which include preparing documents for incorporation and annual maintenance of the respective companies, attending client meetings, drafting minutes as well as liaising with various local authorities. Josianne has a degree in Italian from the University of Malta and prior to joining NEWCO she gained valuable experience from other local business service providers.

Josianne is a native speaker of Maltese and English and is also fluent in Italian.

Maruela Tirchett

Company Administrator

Maruela has been part of our Corporate Administration Department in Malta since August 2021. She started her first secretarial experience in the healthcare sector where she worked for 5 years. Maruela holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and prior to joining NEWCO she worked as a Learning Support Educator in a Primary School and as a Secretary in other corporate service providers.

Maruela is bilingual in Maltese and English.

Matthew Cutajar

Company Administrator

Matthew joined NEWCO in 2021 as a corporate administrator and has more than 8 years of experience in the Investment Migration, Corporate and Banking industries due to previous work experiences with a Maltese corporate service provider and Banif Bank.

Graduated in Banking and Finance in 2013 and he is currently reading for an Executive MBA with the University of Cumbria.

Besides Maltese, his mother tongue, Matthew also speaks fluent English and Italian.

Sofia Braga

Client Manager

Sofia joined the NEWCO team in 1996 after completing her Bachelor's Degree in International Relations at the Lusíada University in Lisbon. She attended a post-graduation course in taxation, has a diploma in Training of Trainers, a training in Quality Certification and training in the area of Local Accommodation.

She is in charge of client management, monitoring and implementing all of the daily activities requested by the clients, in addition to providing liaison and brokerage services relating to the opening of bank accounts. Sofia’s native language is Portuguese, but she also speaks fluent English, French, Spanish and Italian.

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