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Market leader with an exceptional reputation across a wide range of banking and finance matters including private equity financing, structured finance, investment funds and covered bonds as well as regulatory issues. Advises major national and international banking institutions on domestic and cross-border transactions involving Portuguese-speaking jurisdictions such as Angola and Brazil. "As a firm, I consider them to be on an excellent level in terms of market presence and expertise." "It is my favourite firm, because it provides good advice, delivers on time and has great understanding of its clients' needs."
Well-established firm which frequently advises state-owned institutions and banks. Offers experience across the full scope of capital markets with a focus on debt, public offerings and hybrids and other securities. Regularly advises on mandates with a cross-border element in Angola, Mozambique and other lusophone African countries. "By far the best lawyers in Portugal for capital markets. They present the most innovative solutions and have the best capacity to adapt to new and challenging operations."
Noted for its considerable dimension and track record, this Portuguese powerhouse remains a leading light in the market. Advises on the full gamut of competition and EU law including state aid, merger control and private enforcement matters. "Outstanding in competition law."
Formidable track record and bench strength across the full scope of corporate matters including recapitalisation, IPOs and M&A. Clients benefit from the firm's strong alliance with law firms in Africa. "The lawyers' professionalism in the work they do and the good relationship they keep result in an absolutely transparent and confident relationship between the team and its clients."
Outstanding bench strength and high-profile client base. Covers the full scope of litigation, white-collar crime and domestic and international arbitration in lusophone countries such as Angola, Mozambique and Brazil. "The team has extraordinary knowledge of the market and the initiative to contribute solutions that are not usually presented by other firms." "We use this team for our most complex matters because they offer a whole other dimension to their advice. The lawyers are some of the best you can find in the country."
Solid litigation practice coupled with expertise in regulatory matters such as employment agreements. Often advises high-profile domestic and multinational clients on employment issues related to restructurings and business transfers. "The team puts our legal questions in a business context and shows strategic thinking." "The firm shows a lot of quality in many different areas, which isn't easy to achieve."
Offers outstanding expertise across the gamut of regulatory issues and projects in energy and natural resources. Also handles a considerable flow of domestic and cross-border transactions, such as M&A and joint venture agreements for key clients in the sector. "The team is flexible in its approach to corporate matters, creative in its solutions and impressively responsive. The firm's extensive network facilitates international negotiations." "This is a knowledgeable and long-standing energy team."
Highly regarded outfit with outstanding expertise in insurance, reinsurance and pension funds. Advises leading domestic and international players on the full scope of insurance matters, including the conception of products, insurance tax, claims and litigation. "One of the best teams in Portugal with this speciality." "The team shows a lot of concern for the client and is very responsive."
Covers the full scope of contentious and transactional IP in sectors such as pharmaceutical and media. Particularly skilled in arbitration and image rights. "A proactive team that always provides practical solutions to clients."
Full-service Portuguese giant offering a breadth of expertise across all planning issues. Frequently advises on municipal land use and the construction of retail, tourism and industrial sites. "We have an excellent opinion of the firm and appreciate its great professionalism."
Strong practice demonstrating remarkable know-how in the set-up and structuring of private equity funds. Covers regulatory and transactional mandates, often advising on the incorporation of national and transnational funds for strategic investments in Portugal. "The team delivers high-quality work. We trust in the decisions and proposals they make."
Leading Portuguese outfit praised for its wide-ranging insight into project finance across the energy, transportation and construction sectors. A popular choice for domestic banks on restructuring and financing operations. "The team responds to any question on time, cautioned us about risks we weren't aware of and did an excellent job at co-ordinating the work in different jurisdictions."
Broadly experienced across a variety of regulated sectors, such as life sciences, energy and TMT. Advises major domestic and international clients on regulatory, licensing, public procurement and public tenders. "A thorough team that provides a lot of confidence." "The lawyers show interest in helping us and understand what we want."
Noted for its significant corporate know-how in real estate matters stemming from M&A and joint ventures. Recent focus on real estate investment including rehabilitation. "The team inspires trust and has lawyers of great skill and merit." "The lawyers respond quickly and show availability."
Multidisciplinary team focused on covering all aspects of restructuring operations including tax and corporate law. Further experience in advising creditors on insolvency proceedings.
Sophisticated tax practice across the firm's Lisbon, Porto and Madeira offices. Advising financial institutions, corporates and private clients on a range of matters such as international taxation, restructuring, VAT and litigation. "The lawyers' technical preparation is remarkable and they show concern and consistency in the pursuit of the solutions that best represent our interests." "The team is very knowledgeable of tax matters and presents solid arguments."
Multidisciplinary team with depth of expertise in corporate and competition mandates in the telecoms sector. Growing experience in data protection and litigation. "The lawyers are able to contextualise matters and understand the circumstances of the company."
Funchal-based department boasting a wealth of experience in ship registration. Also covers salvage, pollution and insurance issues. "The team exceeded our expectations - it was extremely responsive and the quality of the legal work is remarkable."
Active in both civil and military aviation. Considerably experienced in advising private air carriers and international aircraft suppliers, covering licensing, registration, aircraft leases and purchase agreements. "We appreciate the team's responsiveness and commercial insight into the industry, which is very important."
Offers outstanding expertise across the gamut of regulatory issues and projects in energy and natural resources. Also handles a considerable flow of domestic and cross-border transactions, such as M&A and joint venture agreements for key clients in the sector. "The team is flexible in its approach to corporate matters, creative in its solutions and impressively responsive. The firm's extensive network facilitates international negotiations." "This is a knowledgeable and long-standing energy team."
A Portuguese powerhouse and leading light in the Porto market. Offers an impressive number of corporate and tax specialists with extensive transactional experience to advise major domestic clients. "A brilliant firm with excellent, quality people."
Market leader with an exceptional reputation across a wide range of banking and finance matters including private equity financing, structured finance, investment funds and covered bonds as well as regulatory issues. Advises major national and international banking institutions on domestic and cross-border transactions involving Portuguese-speaking jurisdictions such as Angola and Brazil. "As a firm, I consider them to be on an excellent level in terms of market presence and expertise." "It is my favourite firm, because it provides good advice, delivers on time and has great understanding of its clients' needs."
Well-established firm which frequently advises state-owned institutions and banks. Offers experience across the full scope of capital markets with a focus on debt, public offerings and hybrids and other securities. Regularly advises on mandates with a cross-border element in Angola, Mozambique and other lusophone African countries. "By far the best lawyers in Portugal for capital markets. They present the most innovative solutions and have the best capacity to adapt to new and challenging operations."
Noted for its considerable dimension and track record, this Portuguese powerhouse remains a leading light in the market. Advises on the full gamut of competition and EU law including state aid, merger control and private enforcement matters. "Outstanding in competition law."
Outstanding bench strength and high-profile client base. Covers the full scope of litigation, white-collar crime and domestic and international arbitration in lusophone countries such as Angola, Mozambique and Brazil. "The team has extraordinary knowledge of the market and the initiative to contribute solutions that are not usually presented by other firms." "We use this team for our most complex matters because they offer a whole other dimension to their advice. The lawyers are some of the best you can find in the country."
Solid litigation practice coupled with expertise in regulatory matters such as employment agreements. Often advises high-profile domestic and multinational clients on employment issues related to restructurings and business transfers. "The team puts our legal questions in a business context and shows strategic thinking." "The firm shows a lot of quality in many different areas, which isn't easy to achieve."
Offers outstanding expertise across the gamut of regulatory issues and projects in energy and natural resources. Also handles a considerable flow of domestic and cross-border transactions, such as M&A and joint venture agreements for key clients in the sector. "The team is flexible in its approach to corporate matters, creative in its solutions and impressively responsive. The firm's extensive network facilitates international negotiations." "This is a knowledgeable and long-standing energy team."
Highly regarded outfit with outstanding expertise in insurance, reinsurance and pension funds. Advises leading domestic and international players on the full scope of insurance matters, including the conception of products, insurance tax, claims and litigation. "One of the best teams in Portugal with this speciality." "The team shows a lot of concern for the client and is very responsive."
Covers the full scope of contentious and transactional IP in sectors such as pharmaceutical and media. Particularly skilled in arbitration and image rights. "A proactive team that always provides practical solutions to clients."
Full-service Portuguese giant offering a breadth of expertise across all planning issues. Frequently advises on municipal land use and the construction of retail, tourism and industrial sites. "We have an excellent opinion of the firm and appreciate its great professionalism."
Strong practice demonstrating remarkable know-how in the set-up and structuring of private equity funds. Covers regulatory and transactional mandates, often advising on the incorporation of national and transnational funds for strategic investments in Portugal. "The team delivers high-quality work. We trust in the decisions and proposals they make."
Leading Portuguese outfit praised for its wide-ranging insight into project finance across the energy, transportation and construction sectors. A popular choice for domestic banks on restructuring and financing operations. "The team responds to any question on time, cautioned us about risks we weren't aware of and did an excellent job at co-ordinating the work in different jurisdictions."
Broadly experienced across a variety of regulated sectors, such as life sciences, energy and TMT. Advises major domestic and international clients on regulatory, licensing, public procurement and public tenders. "A thorough team that provides a lot of confidence." "The lawyers show interest in helping us and understand what we want."
Noted for its significant corporate know-how in real estate matters stemming from M&A and joint ventures. Recent focus on real estate investment including rehabilitation. "The team inspires trust and has lawyers of great skill and merit." "The lawyers respond quickly and show availability."
Multidisciplinary team focused on covering all aspects of restructuring operations including tax and corporate law. Further experience in advising creditors on insolvency proceedings.
Sophisticated tax practice across the firm's Lisbon, Porto and Madeira offices. Advising financial institutions, corporates and private clients on a range of matters such as international taxation, restructuring, VAT and litigation. "The lawyers' technical preparation is remarkable and they show concern and consistency in the pursuit of the solutions that best represent our interests." "The team is very knowledgeable of tax matters and presents solid arguments."
Multidisciplinary team with depth of expertise in corporate and competition mandates in the telecoms sector. Growing experience in data protection and litigation. "The lawyers are able to contextualise matters and understand the circumstances of the company."
Active in both civil and military aviation. Considerably experienced in advising private air carriers and international aircraft suppliers, covering licensing, registration, aircraft leases and purchase agreements. "We appreciate the team's responsiveness and commercial insight into the industry, which is very important."
Funchal-based department boasting a wealth of experience in ship registration. Also covers salvage, pollution and insurance issues. "The team exceeded our expectations - it was extremely responsive and the quality of the legal work is remarkable."
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Corporate/M&A

2016
Widely reputed team with a multidisciplinary approach, handling the full scope of banking and finance matters. Frequently acts for lenders on acquisition finance and restructuring matters. Additional focus on private equity financing, regulatory and project financing issues. Active in cross-border matters involving Portuguese-speaking countries, particularly Angola. Sources credit the firm's presence in the market and consistent quality: "A good firm with an extensive area of expertise." Another source confirms: "A very well established firm in Portugal that provides a good quality of service."
Full service firm with an outstanding reputation in the capital markets sphere, particularly noted for its leading debt capital markets practice. Highly experienced transactional practice with additional coverage of capital and hybrid matters as well as handling the full scope of regulatory issues. Noted for its capabilities in domestic and international matters. The team is praised by sources for its responsiveness and commitment to clients: "My team of choice; they are knowledgeable, supportive and understand urgency. They provide useful legal insight." One client considers them: "One of the best. They have a lot of experience in capital markets and give good advice."
Market-leading practice noted for advising on high-value domestic and international matters. Wide range of advice includes competition disputes, state aid, merger control cases and antitrust investigations. Advises major clients from a variety of industries, including financial services, TMT and energy. Interviewees note the dedication of the team, saying: "They have rigour, professionalism and attention in everything they do and they inform us constantly about all legal points of view." Another source appreciates "their business acumen, deep and extensive knowledge and their willingness to go the extra mile for their clients."
Excellent reputation in the market for full-service counsel, including complex M&A transactions and general corporate advice. Offers a multidisciplinary team able to provide specialist expertise from cross-practice support, particularly involving the finance, energy and pharmaceutical sectors. Acts for a variety of high-profile clients in addition to an increasing number of entrepreneurs. Offers well-established alliances, particularly with firms in Africa. "An excellent law firm. They put a lot of effort into the client’s satisfaction. This is reflected not only in the good work done, but also in the excellent relationship established with the client." "They are very competent and very business-oriented."
Portuguese powerhouse with a sizeable and expanding department, highly skilled in the full range of commercial and corporate litigation. In addition, offers a dedicated team for white-collar crime, contentious administrative and regulatory cases. Further areas of expertise include restructuring and insolvency, pharmaceutical litigation and international arbitration involving Portuguese-speaking jurisdictions such as Angola and Mozambique. Clients praise the team's standing in the market: "It is the best firm in Portugal. Their knowledge even in the most complex and specific matters is very high and their availability and qualification to solve problems is well known in the country. The partners of the firm are highly regarded in Portugal which gives a lot of confidence." Another source notes: "They demonstrated very good industry knowledge with a high quality team."
Excellent practice providing a comprehensive service encompassing corporate restructurings, collective dismissals, collective agreements and business transfers. Particularly strong in employment-related litigation. Adept at advising a range of clients, including major players in the financial services, energy and communications sectors. Interviewees highlight the "good expertise and strong employment team" offered by the firm. One client notes: "This employment department provides a high standard of service, with a clear focus on the results and clients' needs." One source confirms: "The firm has a team of competent, capable and knowledgeable lawyers" able to assist with employment matters.
Exceptional practice that offers a scope of expertise across regulatory matters and transactions. Its dedicated department assists key clients in the energy sector, including main operators. Prominent in the renewable energy sector, active of late advising on onshore and offshore wind projects. Offers cross-border capability and international presence with a recognised network of alliances in Angola and Mozambique, assisted by the firm's dedicated Africa and Asia teams. The firm is praised for its support with sources saying: "They are top performers in this area, in energy they are particularly resourceful with one of the top teams in terms of expertise." Another source confirms: "One of the leading firms in renewable energy, they are very knowledgeable and have a clear vision of the sector."
Exceptional practice that offers a scope of expertise across regulatory matters and transactions. Its dedicated department assists key clients in the energy sector, including main operators. Prominent in the renewable energy sector, active of late advising on onshore and offshore wind projects. Offers cross-border capability and international presence with a recognised network of alliances in Angola and Mozambique, assisted by the firm's dedicated Africa and Asia teams. The firm is praised for its support with sources saying: "They are top performers in this area, in energy they are particularly resourceful with one of the top teams in terms of expertise." Another source confirms: "One of the leading firms in renewable energy, they are very knowledgeable and have a clear vision of the sector."
Outstanding and experienced insurance team, skilled in advising on both transactional and contentious insurance matters. Well known for representing clients in M&A deals in the area, as well as restructurings and regulatory work. Also assists clients with insurance and reinsurance products and insurance litigation. Offers a strong insurance tax practice. Highly popular with domestic and international insurers. Interviewees highlight the firm's knowledge of the sector: "It is an excellent firm and our first choice in Portugal for insurance law as we have extremely high regard for the abilities of the team." Further sources confirm: "The insurance team covers all of our needs - knowledge, availability and quality of work."
Recognised team for patent litigation, particularly active on behalf of key pharmaceutical clients. Also advises major media clients on copyright and trade mark issues, as well as technology companies on adapting to the new copyright levy regime in Portugal. Clients remark: "They are very informative and have quick responses. Also very available and proactive in advising; they provide very complete advice with a global view." Other sources comment on their experience with the firm: "They are very strong in the negotiation process related to trade marks. The advice is always specific for the particular client and sensitive to the precise situation and its objectives. We use their services due to the quality of work, expertise, efficiency and reasonable costs."
Recognised team for patent litigation, particularly active on behalf of key pharmaceutical clients. Also advises major media clients on copyright and trade mark issues, as well as technology companies on adapting to the new copyright levy regime in Portugal. Clients remark: "They are very informative and have quick responses. Also very available and proactive in advising; they provide very complete advice with a global view." Other sources comment on their experience with the firm: "They are very strong in the negotiation process related to trade marks. The advice is always specific for the particular client and sensitive to the precise situation and its objectives. We use their services due to the quality of work, expertise, efficiency and reasonable costs."
Well-known firm in the market with an outstanding team able to provide comprehensive planning advice. Skilled in assisting with urban regeneration, high-profile tourist and development projects. Able to advise on licensing procedures, land use plans, environmental impacts and a variety of contentious matters. Clients highlight the firm's standing in the market, saying: "Taking into account the high reputation of the firm nationally and internationally, it is a service of excellence, providing answers in good time with the highest degree of professionalism."
Multidisciplinary firm covering a range of private equity transactions, including acquisitions, incorporations and transfer of participation units. Advises on the structuring of national and international financing operations. Also handles regulatory issues. Clients appreciate the team's structure and expertise: "They have a good reputation and an experienced senior team, which is a driver for recruiting quality young attorneys. They are outstanding on client focus and specialists on corporate law: transactions, M&A and debt funding." Other sources remark: "They maintain a very high standard, being quick, very informative, available and giving advice even without us asking. Their advice is very complete, with a global view."
Market-leading firm adept at handling the full range of project finance matters in energy, construction and infrastructure. Its comprehensive service encompasses activity in lusophone jurisdictions, including Angola, Mozambique and Brazil. Benefits from co-operation with supporting departments, including finance. Sources commend the fact that the team "offers expertise in matters related to road PPPs." Clients note the high quality of service provided by the team, saying: "They are practical, knowledgeable and available."
Market-leading team of impressive lawyers covering the full range of public law mandates. Practice regularly handles regulatory, public works contracts, public procurement and public tenders for clients in a range of industry sectors including energy, life sciences, transport and construction. Sources highlight "their work capacity and ability to answer questions and solve problems, as well as the rigour with which they work. Throughout the years, they have always handled every situation presented with motivation and responsibility." Further impressed clients remark: "They help us in a wide range of simple and complex matters, including public procurement. They are extremely experienced, responsive and trustworthy."
Experienced team specialised in transactional real estate matters, supported by corporate law strength. Advises on real estate M&A, joint ventures and portfolio transactions. Offers expertise in urban planning, with highlighted skill in rehabilitation for investment in residential and commercial property. Also advises on the acquisition of land plots for hotels, office space and industrial developments. Sources appreciate the practice's skill in this area, calling it "a great team and very efficient."
Remarkable strength in restructuring matters, including out-of-court negotiations and special revitalisation processes. Also assists clients with national and cross-border insolvency cases. Offers multidisciplinary teams to assist Portuguese and international clients often drawn from the financial services, healthcare and construction sectors. Sources comment on the "very professional" ethos and "high quality" of the team.
Highly regarded practice handling a wide range of tax matters, noted particularly for tax litigation and international tax planning. In addition to maintaining a solid reputation across its Lisbon, Porto and Madeira offices, it also has an increasing presence throughout emerging markets. Team also handles property taxes and transfer pricing. According to clients, "essentially, the performance of the MLGTS team stands out because of the depth of the technical analysis they carry out and the very close follow-up with the client."
Respected TMT practice, specifically in related litigation. Further notable experience in data protection and privacy issues, especially in the electronic communications sector. Also handles technological matters including outsourcing solutions and network updates. One client highlights the team's "strong skills and knowledge advising and drafting agreements for business, licensing and rights distribution, providing the right support to protect our company."
Cross-departmental aviation practice with experience in finance, insurance and labour law. Particularly active on civil and military aviation, providing advice to clients within the fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter fields. Frequently advises leading air carriers and international aircraft suppliers on licensing, registration, insurance and purchase agreements. Interviewees appreciate the team's thorough approach: "They are very organised and very careful with the preparation of the process." One source describes the firm as "knowledgeable and diligent."
Full range of experience of maritime issues, including assisting clients with ship registration and sale of vessels. Further noted for its work in contentious matters, detention of vessels and contractual issues. One client states that they are "always impressed with the work" of the team. A further sources says: "I am satisfied with their performance, especially as it is reliable and all tasks have been done in an accurate and timely manner."
Renowned outfit with a sizeable office providing a wide range of services to international corporate as well as high-profile domestic clients and local businesses. Extensive tax support encompassing corporate tax, indirect tax and litigation. Solid corporate offering with further expertise in capital markets and competition matters. Interviewees credit the solid support provided by the office: "We see them as partners, who are available, effective and loyal." A further source reaffirms: "They provide a good support and we are very pleased with the work as they provide a partnership with us."
What the team is known for:  Widely reputed team with a multidisciplinary approach, handling the full scope of banking and finance matters. Frequently acts for lenders on acquisition finance and restructuring matters. Additional focus on private equity financing and regulatory and project financing issues. Active in cross-border matters involving Portuguese-speaking countries, particularly Angola. Particularly active of late in the financing of shopping centres and energy projects.  Strengths:  The team wins praise for its extensive knowledge and adaptability, with one source stating: "MLGTS demonstrated an ability to grasp concepts in a niche area with relative speed and ease."
What the team is known for : Full-service firm with an outstanding reputation in the capital markets sphere. Highly experienced transactional practice with additional coverage of hybrid matters as well as handling the full scope of regulatory issues. Adept at handling both domestic and international matters, the team advises a prominent list of major Portuguese public companies, banks and multinational financial institutions.  Strengths : Clients are impressed by the high quality of the service provided, reporting: "It is a focused team which is capable of advising clients on the best solutions." Further sources note team members' "high technical quality" at all levels of seniority.
Band 1

Competition/European Law

2018
What the team is known for : Excellent reputation in the market for full-service counsel, including complex M&A transactions and general corporate advice. Offers a multidisciplinary service and provides cross-practice expertise, leveraging support from teams specialised in tax or dispute resolution. Acts for a variety of high-profile corporations and entrepreneurs. Offers multiple foreign desks and international alliances to facilitate cross-border instructions.  Strengths:  Clients appreciate that the team is "very complete" and add: "There are experts for all the areas we require and they are very client-oriented: it's a very personalised service." Sources appreciate that the lawyers “use their initiative and are tremendously available.”
 What the team is known for:  Excellent practice providing a comprehensive service encompassing corporate restructurings, collective dismissals, collective agreements and business transfers. Also maintains a market-leading labour law litigation practice. Acts for leading domestic and international corporates from a range of sectors, including a sizeable client base of European banking institutions.  Strengths:  Clients praise the insight the team offers. One describes the "excellent planning and strategic approach to each case." One interviewee further highlights the department for its "specific knowledge and expertise in employment law," in addition to the "excellent communication with the lawyers."
What the team is known for : Exceptional practice that offers a wide scope of expertise across regulatory matters and transactions, including contentious proceedings. Its dedicated department assists key clients in the energy sector, including major operators. Prominent in the renewable energy sector, advising on biomass, hydropower and both onshore and offshore wind projects. Offers cross-border capability and international presence with a recognised network of alliances in Angola, Macau and Mozambique, assisted by the firm's dedicated Africa and Asia teams.  Strengths:  Sources enthuse that the team offers "flexibility, availability, excellent knowledge of the electricity market and skill in understanding clients' needs." Interviewees further commend the department for being "very focused and time sensitive."
 What the team is known for : Exceptional practice that offers a wide scope of expertise across regulatory matters and transactions, including contentious proceedings. Its dedicated department assists key clients in the energy sector, including major operators. Prominent in the renewable energy sector, advising on biomass, hydropower and both onshore and offshore wind projects. Offers cross-border capability and international presence with a recognised network of alliances in Angola, Macau and Mozambique, assisted by the firm's dedicated Africa and Asia teams.  Strengths:  Sources enthuse that the team offers "flexibility, availability, excellent knowledge of the electricity market and skill in understanding clients' needs." Interviewees further commend the department for being "very focused and time sensitive."

What the team is known for:  Prestigious insurance team boasting strong capabilities in both transactional and contentious insurance matters, including M&A, restructuring and claims handling. Retained by insurers for its expertise in the implementation of new insurance and reinsurance products. Complementary strength in regulatory and tax matters, and team is additionally well placed to handle cross-border instructions, with notable activity in lusophone jurisdictions such as Angola, Mozambique and Macau.  Strengths:  A client says: "I was very impressed by the standing of the firm and the experience of the practitioners. The insurance team is very well structured and has relevant expertise that embraces different fields, from litigation to tax and regulatory matters." Another interviewee highlights the team's "accuracy, dedication and efficiency."

What the team is known for : Multidisciplinary firm covering a range of private equity transactions, including acquisitions, incorporations and transfer of participation units. Handles regulatory issues and advises on fund formation and structuring. Additionally well versed in the structuring of national and international financing operations.  Strengths:  Clients praise the team for its solution-oriented approach, with one saying: "The lawyers are very helpful and provide solutions." Market sources also single out the team for its involvement in "innovative and complex transactions" in the private equity field.
 What the team is known for:  Prolific firm with an outstanding team able to provide comprehensive planning advice. Skilled in assisting with high-profile tourist ventures and industrial development projects, and regularly sought after for its advice on urban regeneration operations. Able to advise on licensing procedures, land use plans, environmental impacts and a variety of contentious matters.  Strengths:  The team members are "very accurate in the analysis they do, especially for a very specific question or subject," according to a client, who further says: "They know what they are talking about with urban planning."
 What the team is known for:  Market-leading firm adept at handling the full range of project finance matters, with notable recent work in the retail and renewables spaces. Typically seen representing the lenders in both financing and refinancing matters, advising local or foreign banks. Offers additional expertise in advising on the corporate aspects of concessions agreements.  Strengths:  The team has a reputation for being "excellent in projects." Market commentators report that the lawyers demonstrate "a deep knowledge of the issues and a strong practical sense."
 What the team is known for : Market-leading team of impressive lawyers covering the full range of public law mandates. Practice regularly handles regulatory matters, public works contracts, public procurement and public tenders for clients in a range of industry sectors including banking, energy, transport, defence and construction. Additional abilities in litigation and arbitration proceedings.  Strengths:  Clients value the group's dedication and initiative, stating: "The team is very proactive and always tries to be ahead of the process." Sources widely acknowledge the team's strengths in the area, with particular recommendation for its abilities in public procurement.
What the team is known for:  Experienced team specialised in real estate matters that often have a key corporate law component. Advises on the due diligence and transactional aspects of M&A operations or portfolio sales. Acts on both the lender and borrower sides of real estate finance or refinancing transactions. Assists with the acquisition of land plots for hotel, student residence and industrial developments. Also negotiates construction contracts on behalf of developers.  Strengths:  "In terms of due diligence they ensure that it is a swift process and help us to get to the bottom of the main risks and considerations," states one client, going on to say: "On the transaction side they are detail-oriented and focused on meeting our objectives." Another client note the firm's suitability to handle "any kind of big transaction that requires a team that covers several areas," noting: "They have the team to support this kind of transaction and can ensure that the project is performed without any interruption."
What the team is known for : Acts for both domestic and international clients from a wide range of sectors, such as finance, healthcare and construction. Assists with a broad range of restructuring and insolvency issues, including out-of-court negotiations, special revitalisation proceedings and the design and negotiation of recovery plans, in addition to credit claims.  Strengths:  Clients recommend the team for its "technical knowledge, negotiation skills and ability to work under pressure." Sources further recommend: "The team is very solid in both restructuring and insolvency."
What the team is known: for  Highly regarded practice handling a wide range of tax matters, noted particularly for tax litigation and international tax planning. Possesses specific expertise in income tax, VAT and stamp duty and additionally advises on transfer pricing. Clients benefit from its wide domestic footprint and experience handling international matters.  Strengths:  Sources appreciate the quality of the team's client service. "I'm very pleased with the lawyers' approach and knowledge," an interviewee reports, while another praises them as "very responsive," adding: "I think they have really good client service."
What the team is known for:  Noteworthy practice with particular strength in the life sciences field and notable activity in pharmaceutical patent disputes. Acts for major international clients, including prominent life sciences, fashion and technology companies. Also experienced in advising media clients on copyright and trade mark issues.  Strengths:  Clients are effusive about the team's service and its "360-degree vision of clients' needs." Other interviewees report: "The lawyers are supremely responsive, efficient and provide substantive and strategic feedback."
What the team is known for : Well-established team with strong litigation capabilities. Holds experience in data protection and privacy issues, especially in electronic communications, and in technological matters relating to networks and outsourcing. Acts for an array of significant clients including those with activity in the finance, telecoms or gambling arenas.  Strengths : Clients appreciate the knowledge of the practice. One client says: "The team is highly experienced and works really hard." Sources further note: "The team is well prepared, with professionals who cover all areas of law."
 What the team is known for : Attracts particular attention for work on behalf of international shipping companies and banks in relation to the International Shipping Registry of Madeira. Assists with all aspects of ship registration. Also earns praise for work on mortgage registrations and the removal of ships from the registry as part of the sale or scrapping of vessels.  Strengths:  Clients describe the group's work as "genuinely outstanding," going on to explain: "They are clear and concise." Peers note the firm's particular strength in ship finance matters.
What the team is known for : Cross-departmental aviation practice with experience in finance, insurance and labour law. Advises airlines and international lenders on licensing, registration, leasing and purchase agreements. Has notable experience in commercial contracts within the military aviation field. Stands out for activity in significant mandates relating to the financial restructuring of leading domestic airlines or aircraft suppliers.  Strengths : The department is recognised by peers in the sector as a strong choice for aviation finance mandates.
What the team is known for:  Noteworthy practice with particular strength in the life sciences field and notable activity in pharmaceutical patent disputes. Acts for major international clients, including prominent life sciences, fashion and technology companies. Also experienced in advising media clients on copyright and trade mark issues.  Strengths : Clients are effusive about the team's service and its "360-degree vision of clients' needs." Other interviewees report: "The lawyers are supremely responsive, efficient and provide substantive and strategic feedback."
 What the team is known for : Renowned outfit with a sizeable team based in Porto offering a wide range of services to international corporate as well as high-profile domestic clients and local businesses. Houses a deep bench of tax specialists who provide extensive support encompassing corporate tax, indirect tax and litigation. Solid corporate offering with further expertise in capital markets and competition matters.  Strengths : Sources highlight the firm's versatility and range of expertise: "In corporate matters, competition litigation and many other things, we get very good service from the firm." One happy client points out that the "quality" of the team's work is "very much appreciated."
What the team is known for:  Excellent reputation in the market for full-service counsel, including complex M&A transactions and general corporate advice. Offers a multidisciplinary service and provides cross-practice expertise, leveraging support from teams specialised in tax or dispute resolution. Acts for a variety of high-profile corporations and entrepreneurs. Offers multiple foreign desks and international alliances to facilitate cross-border instructions. Strengths  Clients: appreciate that the team is "very complete" and add: "There are experts for all the areas we require and they are very client-oriented: it's a very personalised service." Sources appreciate that the lawyers “use their initiative and are tremendously available.”

Widely reputed team with a multidisciplinary approach, handling the full scope of banking and finance mandates. Frequently acts for lenders on acquisition finance and restructurings. Additional focus on regulatory matters as well as project financing issues. Experienced in cross-border matters involving Portuguese-speaking countries, notably in Africa. Active in the renewable energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors. Interviewees commend the team for its "strong commitment, hard work and alignment with the client's objectives and tight deadlines." Another source praises team members' availability as well as their "knowledge and experience."

Full-service firm with an outstanding reputation in the capital markets sphere. Highly experienced in debt and hybrid mandates in addition to structured finance. Particularly active within the energy arena. Adept at handling both domestic and international matters, the team advises a prominent list of major Portuguese public companies, banks and multinational financial institutions. Sources confirm the team's respected position in the market. One interviewee expands on the department's "capabilities and experience in executing capital markets transactions, in both equity and debt" as well as its "knowledge of different legal frameworks of different jurisdictions."

Outstanding practice noted for advising on sophisticated domestic and international matters. Active across the full range of competition matters including merger control cases, state aid issues, antitrust investigations and sector-related disputes before both the national and the European courts. Also noted for its experience in abuse of dominant position cases. Client roster comprises companies from diverse industries such as financial services, telecoms and retail, including both public and private entities. One client mentions: "The firm's senior partners are all positioned amongst the best in the legal market, which gives us a lot of assurance. We believe we are working with the best." Others add that "they are very good in competition and European law and have a very knowledgeable and technically strong team." Interviewees also report: "Their knowledge is outstanding," adding: "They transmit a lot of confidence in everything they do."

First-rate team of corporate specialists advising on an array of mandates including high-value M&A transactions and joint ventures. Activity spans a variety of sectors, including energy, banking and publishing. Adept at handling multi-jurisdictional mandates, offering notable expertise in other lusophone jurisdictions thanks to international alliances. Draws on experts in tax, employment or litigation to offer comprehensive assistance to clients. Sources commend the team for being "very client and solution oriented," and add: "The department's vast knowledge, experience and performance are remarkable." Further interviewees report the team to be composed of "top lawyers with full dedication and commitment to the project."

Portuguese powerhouse covering the full range of corporate, financial and commercial litigation. Active in pharmaceutical disputes, insolvency proceedings and international arbitrations involving lusophone jurisdictions such as Brazil, Angola and Mozambique. Offers additional expertise in data protection matters as well as tax fraud, money laundering and corruption. Represents a varied roster of private clients, mid-sized domestic companies and international financial institutions. The department impresses clients with its "client-focused" team members, who "take the time to understand the client and their problems." Sources additionally commend the team's skills, describing the lawyers as "brilliant litigators who are always available and who have a lot of experience in complex disputes."

 

Excellent practice providing a comprehensive service encompassing corporate restructurings, collective dismissals, disciplinary actions, collective agreements and business transfers. Also maintains a strong labour litigation practice. Acts for leading domestic and international companies from a range of sectors, including a sizeable client base of European banking institutions. Impressed by the firm's overall capabilities, clients highlight team members' "good communication and analytical skills, experience, perseverance and creativity." Other interviewees underline the team's availability and "technical knowledge."

Exceptional practice that offers a wide scope of expertise across regulatory matters and transactions, with additional abilities in construction and public procurement. Impressive client base includes major energy operators as well as financial institutions. Particularly prominent in the renewable energy sector, advising on solar, hydropower and offshore wind projects. Offers cross-border capability and international presence with a recognised network of alliances in Angola, Macau and Mozambique, assisted by the firm's dedicated Africa and Asia teams. One source enthuses: "The team's experience in this sector is unique in Portugal."

Exceptional practice that offers a wide scope of expertise across regulatory matters and transactions, with additional abilities in construction and public procurement. Impressive client base includes major energy operators as well as financial institutions. Particularly prominent in the renewable energy sector, advising on solar, hydropower and offshore wind projects. Offers cross-border capability and international presence with a recognised network of alliances in Angola, Macau and Mozambique, assisted by the firm's dedicated Africa and Asia teams.

Highly respected insurance team harbouring strong capabilities in both transactional and contentious insurance matters, including M&A, restructuring, bancassurance and claims handling. Retained by insurers for its vast expertise in the implementation of new insurance and reinsurance products. Complementary strength in tax matters. Well placed to handle cross-border instructions, especially in lusophone jurisdictions such as Angola, Mozambique and Macau. Sources enthuse that it is "a great firm, a one-stop shop, that provides assistance with the full range of insurance services." Other interviewees commend the group's "good knowledge" of insurance law.

Noteworthy practice with strengths in IP and software licensing agreements, trade mark prosecution, copyright infringement and patent litigation. Acts for major international clients, including prominent life sciences, fashion and financial services companies. Also experienced in advising media clients on copyright issues. Noted for the intellectual capabilities of its team members, interviewees explain: "The firm is super-efficient and provides solid, comprehensive advice on Portuguese and EU matters." Clients explain that "the lawyers work very quickly and do not require many back-and-forths to get the work done."

Known full-service firm with work in the life science sector related to patent arbitration and litigation mandates. Harbours further regulatory capabilities, including with relation to distribution and advertising. Assists both national and international clients, including pharmaceutical and medical devices companies.

Experienced department able to provide comprehensive planning advice. Skilled in assisting with tourist ventures and residential development projects, and regularly sought after for its advice on urban regeneration operations, including related tax benefits. Able to advise on land use plans and offers additional expertise in environment law. Activity extends to representation in planning disputes. Clients highlight the team's "expertise, knowledge and availability."

Multidisciplinary firm covering a range of private equity transactions, including acquisitions and incorporations, with recognised abilities in venture capital operations. Handles regulatory issues and advises on fund structuring. Additionally well versed in the structuring of national and international financing operations. Clients enthuse that it is a "very talented team" with "a deep knowledge of the private equity market in Portugal." Sources also value the department's "very protective attitude towards the client."

 

Market-leading firm adept at handling the full range of project finance matters, with notable work in the retail and renewables spaces. Demonstrates additional expertise in natural resources and infrastructure projects. Typically seen representing the lenders in both financing and refinancing matters, advising local or foreign banks. Offers further advice on the corporate aspects of concessions agreements. Commentators commend the group's track record in projects, noting that it is "a very strong team with very good expertise."

Market-leading team of impressive lawyers covering the full range of public law mandates. Practice handles regulatory matters, public works contracts, public procurement and public tenders for clients in a range of industry sectors including banking, energy, transport and telecommunications. Also advises public bodies. Additional abilities in litigation and arbitration proceedings. Interviewees state that the team is "very sharp in understanding issues and has a proactive approach." Clients further outline the provision of "high-quality" support.

Experienced team specialised in real estate matters that often have a key corporate law component. Advises on the due diligence and transactional aspects of M&A operations or asset deals, further to offering expertise in real estate finance. Assists with the acquisition of land plots for hotel and student residences. Also negotiates construction contracts on behalf of developers. Works closely with the firm's tax and public law departments. "Throughout the work we could feel that they combine the best features of a global network and local knowledge,"state clients. Another client characterises the department as "versatile," explaining that "it is a diversified team that covers all areas of real estate."

Assists creditors, indebted companies and directors. Advises on a broad range of restructuring and insolvency issues, including out-of-court negotiations, special revitalisation proceedings and credit recovery claims. Adept at handling multi-jurisdictional instructions. Clients highlight "the excellent skills of the firm's lawyers, who are brilliant litigators." Others laud the firm's "commitment and strong legal skills."

Highly regarded practice handling a wide range of tax matters, noted particularly for tax litigation and tax planning. Possesses specific expertise in income tax, VAT and stamp duty and additionally advises on transfer pricing. Clients benefit from its wide domestic footprint and experience handling international matters, with particular strength in those involving other lusophone jurisdictions. Clients commend the group for its client service, reporting that team members "are very hands-on and always willing to help, and anticipate our needs." Other interviewees appreciate the team's "customer follow-up."

Well-established team with strong experience in data protection and privacy issues, especially in the field of telecommunications. Acts for an array of significant clients including those with activity in the finance, television and gambling arenas. Activity extends to assistance with transactional operations and competition law.

Cross-departmental aviation practice with experience in finance, tax, insurance and labour law. Advises airlines and international lenders on licensing, registration, wet or dry leasing and purchase agreements. Has notable experience in commercial contracts within the military aviation field.

Particularly active on behalf of international shipping companies and banks in relation to the International Shipping Registry of Madeira. Offers expertise in registration, reflagging or mortgage release, further to financing transactions. Interviewees acknowledge the department's "knowledge of the shipping and maritime areas."

Renowned outfit with a sizeable team based in Porto, offering a wide range of services to international corporates as well as high-profile domestic clients and local businesses. Houses a deep bench of tax specialists who provide extensive support encompassing corporate tax, indirect tax and litigation. Solid corporate offering with further expertise in capital markets, labour law and competition matters. Clients appreciate the firm's "business-oriented" approach and the lawyers' provision of "very pragmatic" advice. Other interviewees underline the firm's "multidisciplinary knowledge," with one client stating: "They can take care of any matters that I ask them: they are brilliant."
 

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Strong in project finance and the energy sector, the ‘prestigious’ practice at Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is noted for the ‘speed, clarity and efficiency in its approach’. It predominantly acts for domestic and international banks; recent work includes a variety of structured financing and refinancing matters as well as advice on NPLs. The ‘fantastic’ Luís Branco co-heads the team with Filipe Lowndes Marques; Pedro Gorjão Henriques is also recommended.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is noted for its ‘timely delivery’. It mostly acts for high-profile domestic clients, among them EDP, BCP, Vista Alegre Atlantis and Galp, in equity, debt and securities matters. Eduardo Paulino and Carlos Osório de Castro stand out for their ‘know-how’ and ‘ability to use the firm’s network to find the best solutions’.

Fielding a large team with international reach, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associado handled a number of cross-border transactions, such as assisting Mystic Invest with the sale of Monumental Palace Hotel to the Paris Inn Group, and Indorama with acquisitions of a number of distressed industrial properties. EDP, Sonae, and several financial institutions count among the clients. Porto-based Carlos Osório de Castro is ‘undoubtedly a reference’; Eduardo Paulino is a 'well-rounded transactional lawyer with an old-school approach of dealing with other parties’; managing partner Nuno Galvão Teles and Tomás Vaz Pinto are also recommended.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associado's 'very strong and consistent' team attracts ‘sophisticated’ work that includes civil, commercial and corporate litigation, and maintains a growing arbitration practice. It represented Sonangol Group in a $2.8bn ICC arbitration regarding alleged shareholders’ agreement breaches. António Pinto Leite led the matter jointly with the ‘excellent’ Filipe Vaz Pinto. The ‘pragmatic, prepared and assertive’ Francisco Cortez is the other name to note. Miguel Almada left to join Cuatrecasas in December 2018.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associado is noted for its ‘engagement, assertiveness and respect in the market’. It acts for a variety of companies, including start-ups. The ‘extraordinary’ Luís Miguel Monteiro provides ongoing advice to Pfizer, ‘fantastic’ and ‘technically flawless’ managing associate Joana Almeida assisted Indorama with its acquisition of operational industrial assets from Artlant and Artelia, and Helena Tapp Barroso advised Impresa Group on the sale of its magazine portfolio. Practice head Pedro Pardal Goulão regularly acts for Tupperware.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associado fields an established team that handles a wide range of transactional and regulatory matters. It advised Indorama on the Portuguese law aspects of its acquisition of a purified terephthalic acid plant from insolvent Artlant, and a co-generation and water treatment plant from Artelia. Nuno Galvão Teles and Tomás Vaz Pinto jointly head the team; Catarina Brito Ferreira and Ricardo Andrade Amaro are recommended. EDP is another key client.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associado's ‘knowledgeable’ team acts for an impressive client roster, including high-profile Portuguese companies and public entities, in cases before the EC, the PCA, and other regulatory authorities. Carlos Botelho Moniz and practice head Joaquim Vieira Peres are ‘diplomatic’ and known for their EC and litigation work, respectively; Pedro de Gouveia e Melo is ‘excellent’ and Philipp Melcher, who is dual qualified in Portugal and Germany, is ‘very good at paying attention to details, which is often decisive in competition litigation’. Both are managing associates. Senior associate Inês Gouveia is another name to note.

In line with its expertise in high-profile international criminal cases, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associado represented Manuel Vicente, former vice president of Angola, in a diplomatically sensitive case involving accusations of corruption, money laundering, and forgery. In May 2018 the Lisbon Court of Appeal transferred Vicente’s case to Angola, following a request by his lawyers. The respected Rui Patrício led the team, with support from Filipa Marques Júnior; both jointly head the practice alongside Tiago Félix da Costa, who continues to represent one of the defendants in a case brought by the public prosecutor alleging crimes of corruption, money laundering, tax fraud and influence peddling involving undue benefits provided to public officials of the Republic of Congo in exchange for public tender awards and other deals. Senior associate Tiago Geraldo is another name to note.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associado is representing former director and shareholder of BES and the Espírito Santo Group, José Manuel Espírito Santo Silva, in a case filed by the liquidation committee handling the BES insolvency, alleging acts of ruinous management by thirteen of the bank’s former directors, leading to its insolvency. Disputes expert Rui Patrício leads the case; Filipe Lowndes Marques and António Pinto Leite head the practice.

Highly rated particularly for patent litigation in the pharmaceutical sector, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associado is noted for its ‘responsiveness and attention to the client’. It represented key client Teva in patent litigation and arbitration; and Esporão in trade mark prosecution, strategy and litigation. Other work included copyright, advertising and license agreements. Senior associate Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade ‘provides clients with out-of-the-box strategies’.

Portuguese powerhouse Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados provides legal services across the board, including in the areas of tax, competition, employment, and insolvency and restructuring. It recently assisted Violas with the acquisition of 25% of Viacer, which partly owns the Super Bock Group. The team includes Bernardo Lobo Xavier, Carlos Osório de Castro, Eduardo Verde Pinho, Luís Gagliardini Graça and António Lobo Xavier, and is praised for its 'attitude, customer orientation and approach to global issues’. Senior associate Vasco da Gama Lobo Xavier is noted for his ‘energy in involving people and for never giving up’. João Anacoreta Correia joined from Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho in January 2019. The client roster features names such as Sonae, Nos, BCP, Galp and Corticeira Amorim.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associado brings public law expertise to the table and continued to assist key client Sonae Sierra in land use planning and municipal tax matters related to its real estate properties and construction developments. João Pereira Reis and managing associate Rui Ribeiro Lima are the names to note.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associado brings public law expertise to the table and continued to assist key client Sonae Sierra in land use planning and municipal tax matters related to its real estate properties and construction developments. João Pereira Reis and managing associate Rui Ribeiro Lima are the names to note.

EDP continues to be one of Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados’ key clients, receiving advice on energy, regulatory, public procurement and litigation matters. In other work the outfit is assisting Metropolitano de Lisboa with public procurement in the context of its modernisation and expansion. The team also handles the streamlining of administrative procedures and procurement matters in the energy, defence and transport sectors, including contentious work. Practice co-heads are João Tiago Silveira, Nuno Peres Alves and the ‘brilliant’, ‘very imaginative’ and ‘academic’ Porto-based Pedro Costa Gonçalves. Margarida Olazabal Cabral is also singled out.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associado handled a wide range of real estate work, including acting on the buyer and seller sides in portfolio transactions and on M&A involving real estate assets, among others for EDP in several property sales, as well as for funds and developers. João Torroaes Valente joined from Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho as practice co-head in April 2018, bringing with him client BNP Paribas Real Estate, which he assisted in the negotiation of a joint venture with SIL for the development of a 74,000sqm mixed-use office and residential project in Alcântara. Filipa Arantes Pedroso is the other practice co-head.

The ‘fantastic’ team at Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associado provides advice to high-profile clients such as EDP, Galp and Sonae on the entire gamut of tax issues, including corporate and M&A, concessions, and pertaining to the banking and energy sectors. It also handles tax planning and restructuring, disputes and international taxation. Francisco de Sousa da Câmara is a ‘wizard of tax law’; António Lobo Xavier displays ‘a lot of common sense’; António Pedro Braga is also recommended. All three jointly lead the practice, with the latter two being based in Oporto.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associado possesses telecoms and media, data protection and gaming expertise. Key client Nos - as opposing third party - received advice on competition, regulatory and public law issues regarding the proposed acquisition of Media Capital by Altice. The matter was led by managing associate Gonçalo Machado Borges, who is noted for his ‘highly professional skills’ and ‘fast, personalised attention’. Other team members include IT and data protection expert Tiago Félix da Costa, João Alfredo Afonso, who has a focus on IT, media, e-commerce and data protection, and data protection specialist Helena Tapp Barroso.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associado adopts a ‘very personal approach’ when providing aviation and shipping advice. It assisted several lenders with mortgages and other secured financings involving aircraft and vessels. Clients include Gazprombank, Nordea Bank and ABN Amro. Segismundo Pinto Basto focuses on aviation matters, and Madeira-based managing associate Cátia Henriques Fernandes handles shipping work. João Anacoreta Correia joined from Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho in January 2019.

'An excellent and very professional team, which stands out for its quality of services and prompt response.

'The attorneys we are working with manage to understand our business and act accordingly.‘

‘Cátia Henriques Fernandes is almost always available and works as a good lawyer should work; like a partner of the client with a very long-term perspective.‘

‘The team has extremely good English skills, which is rare to find in the real estate sector in Portugal.‘

'A sizeable department.’

The team is knowledgeable.’

Francisco de Sousa da Câmara is outstanding.’

‘MLGTS’s public law team has a unique understanding of the European Union environmental long term policies, and of how those policies are being transposed to Portuguese law.‘

‘João Tiago Silveira stands out for a remarkable combination of academic knowledge and practical intelligence: he can provide us with both a theoretical framework for understanding the public law policies and practical advice on how to prepare our company for the potential regulatory scenarios.‘

‘Professionals with substantial knowledge of the market. Availability above average.‘

‘Technical skills; experience; sympathy; empathy; availability; and celerity. It is clearly in the ‘top firms’.‘

‘The firm and specifically the planning law team provide bullet-proof legal assistance. Every memorandum, email and report is very detailed, very well thought-out, with specific recommendations (and not abstract legal suggestions) that provide the client true guidance.‘

‘Very good lawyers with academic experience but also with deep commercial knowledge (market knowledge), which are two skills difficult to combine in a lawyer.‘

‘If we have any complex problem it is them that we call.‘

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados' sizeable Oporto-based team excels across a number of practice areas, fielding experts in tax, corporate, capital markets, dispute resolution, competition, employment and public law. The team is well versed in high-profile and cross-border work. Carlos Osório de Castro enjoys a strong reputation for capital markets and M&A work; João Anacoreta Correia leads the litigation and arbitration team; António Lobo Xavier is an esteemed tax practitioner; Paulo Rendeiro spearheads the sport and entertainment team; and Bernardo Lobo Xavier is the managing partner of the Oporto office. Managing associates Inês Gouveia, who handles EU and competition work, and tax litigation specialist Francisco Mendes da Silva are also key figures.

‘The intellectual property team at Morais Leitão combines excellent industry knowledge with strategic legal advice to optimise results.‘

‘Deep technical knowledge of the dossiers, high integrity and ethics.‘

‘The MLGTS department takes the time to understand US clients’ overall business model and objectives in the EU to best provide creative IP strategies.‘

‘The team is reputed as the best-in-class.‘

‘I have been most impressed by the team’s in-depth legal knowledge; its ability to break down complex issues and creatively analyse different legal and factual angles to translate those into highly effective and clear legal documents.‘

‘Filipe Lowndes Marques, Pedro Gorjão Henriques, Margarida Torres Gama and Nuno Gundar da Cruz delivered an outstanding performance in extremely hard negotiations.‘

‘Morais Leitão is an exceptional law firm. The team’s knowledge of the law and the attention dedicated to the case were absolutely remarkable. I have never dealt with other firms with such professionalism and high level of integrity.‘

‘Lawyers are always available to assist with prompt answers and advice whenever it is requested by clients.‘

‘Great legal intelligence.‘

‘Team with extensive knowledge and experience. Lawyers are always available and are very knowledgeable of our industry sector.‘

‘The quality of the service provided by Morais Leitão is high; the knowledge, experience and promptness of response are unique in the national market.‘

‘Work ability, customer orientation, pragmatism and delivery of services are worth a mention.‘

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados has a strong position in the power and natural gas sectors, and has been involved in the most significant matters which have shaped the energy and natural resources market in Portugal. The firm advises operators and governments on regulatory matters and also has a wealth of experience in renewable energy. The departments' expertise in the latter encompasses energy production projects from wind sources, hydropower, solar, biomass and wave power. Other typical mandates include handling environmental impact assessments and environmental administrative offences. Practice head Tomás Vaz Pinto predominantly undertakes transactional work, while Ricardo Andrade Amaro specialises in corporate and securities law and frequently acts as legal advisor in regulatory matters related to the energy sector. Nuno Galvão Teles is a recognised practitioner in the field. Catarina Brito Ferreira is a name to note for renewable energy matters.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is noted for providing comprehensive advice on labour law, often handling corporate restructuring processes, collective dismissals, business transfers, as well as collective bargaining negotiations, among other matters. Companies operating in a range of sectors instruct the department on an ongoing basis; the firm is also well equipped to assist start-ups across the entire spectrum of non-contentious and litigious employment matters. Practice head Pedro Pardal Goulão has substantial experience in both individual and collective employment relationships. Corporate restructuring and collective dismissal matters are some of Luís Miguel Monteiro's notable areas of practice. Helena Tapp Barroso advises on commercial, civil and labour law, while Joana Almeida demonstrates expertise in the establishment of fringe benefit plans.

‘The team at Morais Leitão are very commercial in their approach to litigation and are very capable in using the process to their advantage. Advice is clear and responses timely which ensure successful closures of deals and settlements.‘

‘Very assertive, coherent, dynamic, detailed and deeply engaged team.‘

‘Filipe Vaz Pinto, Catarina Monteiro Pires, Maria Leonor Machado, Carolina Pitta e Cunha, Joana Granadeiro, Cristiana Gonçalves Correia: all are deeply engaged with clients, they are prompt in answering solicitations, and provide substantiated legal opinion. They show a high degree of responsibility and legal knowledge.‘

‘Morais Leitão’s data privacy and data protection lawyers understand very well the main concepts of the data protection legal framework and apply those principles in a practical way. They also have a good knowledge of the specific data protection challenges clients face.‘

‘There is a strong dedication and commitment to resolving clients’ issues. I found the technical competence of all team members to be exceptional and the interdependence of all that enables cohesive work.‘

‘The Data Protection Team, especially the partner who leads the team, Tiago Félix da Costa, is absolutely outstanding.‘

‘I would highlight the great professionalism, technical quality and high level service of Morais Leitão (MLGTS). The MLGTS team has demonstrated an extraordinary ability to look for and find solutions to complex and unexpected legal and technical problems that arose.’

‘Excellent lawyers throughout the firm, who are technically strong, proactive and responsive.’

‘Very good lawyers, both from a technical point of view, as from a client perspective. The team is very focused and knowledgeable, and understands clients’ concerns and the full picture of the situation.’

‘The team is knowledgeable and hard-working.’

‘Besides in-depth knowledge of the market and long-standing experience, the availability to understand clients’ needs and capacity to define the most effective solutions are the key elements that help to define Morais Leitão’s capital markets team.’

‘Maria Soares do Lago is an outstanding professional.’

‘The team has a very hands-on approach and is always available.’

‘The lawyers have exquisite technical skills and maintain close working relationships with clients.’

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'An excellent and very professional team, which stands out for its quality of services and prompt response.

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2021

‘Technical skills; experience; sympathy; empathy; availability; and celerity. It is clearly in the ‘top firms’.‘

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Porto: Leading Commercial Firms

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钱伯斯欧洲法律指南

Filipe Vaz Pinto

Band 4 Band 4
Band 4

Francisco de Sousa da Câmara

Band 2 Private Wealth Law
2021

Claudia Santos Cruz regularly acts for international banks, maritime companies and port operators. She assists with regulatory, tax and vessel finance-related issues.

Nuno Peres Alves

Band 3 TMT
2021

Tiago Félix da Costa

Band 4 TMT
2021

Bruno Santiago is praised for his "excellent litigation skills" and is adept at advising on both contentious and non-contentious matters. A client comments: "He is very efficient and understands perfectly what risks we were taking."

António Lobo Xavier

Eminent Practitioner Tax
2021

Francisco de Sousa da Câmara

Band 1 Tax
2021

Nuno Gundar da Cruz

Star Associate Restructuring / Insolvency
2021

Magda Fernandes

2021

Rita Ferreira Vicente

Band 4 Real Estate
2021

João Torroaes Valente

Band 2 Real Estate
2021

Filipa Arantes Pedroso

Band 4 Real Estate
2021

Pedro Costa Gonçalves

Band 3 Public Law
2021

Miguel Nogueira de Brito

Band 3 Public Law
2021

Margarida Olazabal Cabral

Band 1 Public Law
2021

Nuno Peres Alves

Band 4 Public Law
2021

João Tiago Silveira

Band 4 Public Law
2021

Cláudia Castanheira dos Santos

Up and Coming Projects
2021

Filipe Lowndes Marques

Band 1 Projects
2021

Luís Branco

Eminent Practitioner Projects
2021

Luís Roquette Geraldes

Star Associate Private Equity
2021

Ricardo Andrade Amaro

Band 4 Private Equity
2021

Tomás Vaz Pinto

Band 4 Private Equity
2021

Rui Ribeiro Lima

Associates to Watch Planning
2021

João Pereira Reis 's workload covers a wide range of planning mandates, including licensing and construction matters. He routinely advises renowned real estate investors, international construction firms and public authorities.

Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade

Band 3 Intellectual Property
2021

António Pedro Braga

Band 2 General Business Law - Porto: Tax
2021

António Lobo Xavier

Eminent Practitioner General Business Law - Porto: Tax
2021

José Amorim Magalhães

Band 3 General Business Law: Employment - Porto
2021

Paula Ponces Camanho

Band 2 General Business Law - Porto: Employment
2021

Joaquim Vieira Peres

Band 2 General Business Law - Porto: Corporate
2021

Eduardo Verde Pinho

Band 3 General Business Law - Porto
2021

Jorge Simões Cortez

Band 4 General Business Law - Porto: Corporate
2021

Carlos Osório de Castro

Star Individuals General Business Law - Porto: Corporate
2021

Bernardo Maria Lobo Xavier

Band 2 General Business Law - Porto
2021

João Anacoreta Correia

Band 2 General Business Law - Porto: Corporate
2021

Vítor Pereira das Neves

Band 3 Energy & Natural Resources
2021

Catarina Brito Ferreira

Band 3 Energy & Natural Resources
2021

 

Helena Tapp Barroso

Band 4 Employment
2021

Pedro Pardal Goulão

Band 3 Employment
2021

Luís Miguel Monteiro

Band 1 Employment
2021

António Pinto Leite

Senior Statespeople Dispute Resolution: Most in Demand Arbitrators
2021

Rui Patrício

Star Individuals Dispute Resolution: Corporate Crime
2021

Filipe Vaz Pinto

Band 2 Dispute Resolution
2021

Francisco Cortez

Band 1 Dispute Resolution
2021

António Pinto Leite

Band 2 Dispute Resolution
2021

Vítor Pereira das Neves

Band 4 Corporate/M&A
2021

Catarina Brito Ferreira

Band 4 Corporate/M&A
2021

Eduardo Paulino

Band 3 Corporate/M&A
2021

Tomás Vaz Pinto

Band 3 Corporate/M&A
2021

Segismundo Pinto Basto

Band 4 Corporate/M&A
2021

Carlos Osório de Castro

Band 1 Corporate/M&A
2021

Nuno Galvão Teles

Eminent Practitioner Corporate/M&A
2021

Pedro de Gouveia e Melo

Band 4 Competition/European Law
2021

Eduardo Maia Cadete

Band 3 Competition/European Law
2021

Luís do Nascimento Ferreira

Band 4 Competition/European Law
2021

Joaquim Vieira Peres

Band 1 Competition/European Law
2021

Carlos Botelho Moniz

Senior Statespeople Competition/European Law
2021

Eduardo Paulino

Band 3 Capital Markets
2021

Carlos Osório de Castro

Senior Statespeople Capital Markets
2021

Vítor Pereira das Neves

Band 4 Banking & Finance
2021

 

Bruno Santiago

Band 2 Private Wealth Law
2021

João Anacoreta Correia

Band 1 General Business Law: Corporate - Porto
2020

"Excellent lawyer" and managing partner Bernardo Maria Lobo Xavier is recommended for his "flexible and highly effective approach in negotiations."He possesses additional expertise in real estate operations.

Carlos Osório de Castro is highly regarded by market sources for his outstanding expertise in corporate and capital markets transactions. A peer highlights his "innovative solutions in the field of corporate law," going on to say: "He has extensive knowledge of different areas of law, and pools knowledge from multiple practice areas when co-ordinating deals."

Jorge Simões Cortez is singled out by one peer for his "meticulous,in-depth analysis of the question." His practice encompasses M&A and company restructurings.

Eduardo Verde Pinho has extensive experience in commercial matters such as M&A and corporate restructuring procedures. He garners praise from one market commentator for his ability to "understand businesses quickly and see the big picture."

Joaquim Vieira Peres leads the firm's competition and EU law department, and is well positioned to advise on the full spectrum of relevant mandates, from merger control procedures to cartel investigations. He maintains a strong reputation amongst peers, one of whom notes that he is"an excellent competition lawyer."

"Highly experienced" labour lawyer José Amorim Magalhães receives praise from one client for his "astounding knowledge and negotiating skills," adding: "He always knows what is best for the client."

Paula Ponces Camanho possesses significant expertise in both preventive and contentious labour mandates. She is commended for her expertise in the field, with one client singling her out as an "excellent labour expert."

Tax expert António Lobo Xavier boasts a long-standing reputation in the Porto tax sphere, and is highly esteemed for his experience in restructuring operations and tax litigation. He is widely acclaimed by peers, who single him out as "an outstanding tax lawyer" and "a very well-known lawyer with a really strong team."

António Pedro Braga co-leads the firm's tax department, and co-ordinates cross-border tax mandates with the Africa team. He is singled out as "an outstanding, sharp tax lawyer who provides excellent solutions." His practice centres on national and international tax structures.

Isabel Santos Fidalgo

Recognised Practitioner General Business Law - Porto
2020

Department head Cátia Henriques Fernandes assists a variety of transportation industries with shipping registries, maritime contracts and any vessel and labour issues. She focuses on the Madeira market, with sources praising her market knowledge and describing her as "very hands-on and very responsive."

The "very organised and brightClaudia Santos Cruz acts on registration and mortgage agreements, loan facilities and shipping finance queries. She instructs banks, investors and transportation firms on a variety of maritime matters.

Segismundo Pinto Basto

Recognised Practitioner Transportation - Aviation
2020

Nuno Peres Alves regularly advises domestic telecoms clients on tender processes and framework agreements. Sources underline his "availability and openness with clients."

Francisco de Sousa da Câmara is a highly respected figure in the market and is particularly active in tax litigation. A market commentator notes: "He is very well known in the country as a leading tax lawyer."

António Lobo Xavier manages the firm's Porto department and is regarded to be an "exquisite tax lawyer."His practice includes advice on VAT and double taxation treaties, as well as representation in tax litigation.

Bruno Santiago is praised for his "excellent litigation skills" and is adept at advising on both contentious and non-contentious matters. A client comments: "He is very efficient and understands perfectly what risks we were taking."

Client recognise associate-to-watch Nuno Gundar da Cruz as "very hard-working, methodical, organised and intelligent."He frequently handles insolvency-related dispute resolution cases.

Filipa Arantes Pedroso is skilled in real estate acquisitions and joint ventures. Her clients include real estate investors and corporate groups.

Head of department João Torroaes Valente is experienced in various real estate transactions involving portfolio acquisitions and sales, joint ventures, and capital regulated investment. Sources describe him as "knowledgeable and experienced."

 Rita Ferreira Vicente primarily advises on real estate finance transactions. Her skill set extends to the sale or purchase of commercial and residential property.

Pedro Costa Gonçalves 's recent work has seen him act as chair in arbitrations and issue opinions on environmental matters. Alongside his private practice, he also lectures on Portuguese public law and is recognised as a "reputed scholar."

Miguel Nogueira de Brito dedicates his practice to energy-related mandates, including concession agreements, contracts and public procurement procedures. Interviewees say he is "technically very strong."

The "extraordinary" Margarida Olazabal Cabral attracts attention for her focus on public procurement procedures and concession contracts for infrastructure matters. She also represents clients in litigation.

Nuno Peres Alves is praised for his "dedication, availability and seriousness in analysis"by his clients. He works with clients in the transport, real estate, food and agriculture sectors.

João Tiago da Silveira has a broad practice that sees him advising on planning and EU laws. He is also experienced in public procurement processes and administrative procedures.

Practice head Luís Branco attracts attention for his technical skill and commercial approach. He is well versed in handling projects for banking and energy clients.

Filipe Lowndes Marques is praised for his ability to bring clients closer to solutions and for "helping to overcome issues." He is adept at handling project finance and acquisitions in the transport, construction and real estate sectors.

Cláudia Castanheira dos Santos focuses her practice on assisting clients with project financing and acquisitions in the construction, energy and real estate sectors. She has further experience in public-private tenders.

Ricardo Andrade Amaro frequently represents funds in complex private equity transactions. His expertise includes acquisitions and share capital transactions, as well as regulatory advice.

Tomás Vaz Pinto handles a variety of private equity mandates. He represents funds in cross-border transactions, and attracts attention for his experience in venture capital.

Luís Roquette Geraldes has experience in complex financing rounds. Interviewees describe him as "keen and focused."

João Pereira Reis is praised for being "very present, and creative in solutions." He is adept at advising on the full range of planning matters, including purchases, licensing, taxation matters and construction-related work.

Sources know Rui Ribeiro Lima to be "very inventive, available and result-oriented." He assists with licensing, construction and litigious matters.

Sources note that Vasco Stilwell d'Andrade "takes the initiative to understand clients and have better results." His experience includes patent litigations and negotiations of IP licensing agreements.

Catarina Brito Ferreira handles work in the renewables sector, especially relating to wind projects. She additionally advises on M&A transactions and corporate restructuring.

Nuno Galvão Teles is considered to be a key point reference for clients in the energy sector. He offers support on public tender offers and acquisitions within the energy arena.

Luís Miguel Monteiro offers expertise in the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, litigation and disciplinary proceedings. His client portfolio includes leading Portuguese and international companies in the energy and financial services industries.

Clients affirm that Pedro Pardal Goulão is "highly committed and knowledgeable." He notably advises on labour aspects of acquisitions, as well as the dismissal of senior executives.

Helena Tapp Barroso 's practice covers collective bargaining agreements and labour litigation. Clients attest to her "excellent work."

The "experienced" António Pinto Leite is commended by clients for his dedicated approachHe frequently appears before the ICC in arbitration arising from the energy and pharmaceutical industries. He is additionally adept at handling civil litigation.

Rui Patrício is well versed in criminal litigation and advises on the full spectrum of corporate crime mandates, ranging from money laundering to bribery. He also represents clients in civil disputes. Clients laud his "faultless technical preparation and total availability."

Francisco Cortez has lengthy experience in disputes arising from the professional services and technology sectors. He also represents clients in general commercial, civil and corporate litigation and contentious work.

Rui Patrício is well versed in criminal litigation and advises on the full spectrum of corporate crime mandates, ranging from money laundering to bribery. He also represents clients in civil disputes. Clients laud his "faultless technical preparation and total availability."

The "experienced" António Pinto Leite is commended by clients for his dedicated approachHe frequently appears before the ICC in arbitration arising from the energy and pharmaceutical industries. He is additionally adept at handling civil litigation.

Clients depict Filipe Vaz Pinto as a "very methodical, focused and organised" lawyer. He is proficient in litigation proceedings involving the infrastructure, automotive and energy sectors.

Clients praise Catarina Brito Ferreira as "strong in negotiation." She is proficient at handling transactions in the energy industry and works primarily on the divestment of share capital.

Nuno Galvão Teles enjoys solid expertise in cross-border public M&A. He is well placed to advise on transactions in the energy and natural resources sector.

Carlos Osório de Castro is lauded by clients as a "very reputable and bright lawyer."He is adept at handling public and private M&A in the energy and real estate sectors and offers additional expertise in capital markets.

Eduardo Paulino 's clients describe him as "a practical and creative thinker."His experience lies in acquisitions in the hospitality, real estate and financial services sectors.

Segismundo Pinto Basto assists with corporate governance, M&A and restructuring transactions in the aviation and energy sectors. Clients value his "seriousness and loyalty in every case."

Tomás Vaz Pinto advises on the sale and purchase of share capital as well as the negotiation of shareholders' agreements. Interviewees appreciate his attention to detail and add that "he is a pleasure to work with."

Carlos Botelho Moniz is praised for his "strong knowledge" of competition law. He is proficient in handling cases involving state aid.

Joaquim Vieira Peres is well versed in handling cartel and antitrust investigations, appeals and merger control issues. Clients praise him for being "always focused on the client's business and granting a high-quality service."

Luís do Nascimento Ferreira is praised by clients for his "in-depth knowledge of competition law matters" and his "very positive approach towards the clients." He has a comprehensive practice providing counsel across competition law, active on abuse of dominant position cases, as well as merger control procedures and state aid matters.

Eduardo Maia Cadete advises on merger controls, state aid matters and private antitrust enforcements. He frequently assists clients in the telecoms and transport sectors.

Pedro de Gouveia e Melo is praised for his "great knowledge" and "innovative thinking." He is adept at handling merger controls, compliance programmes and infringement and investigation procedures.

Eduardo Paulino frequently assists with both equity and debt capital markets, including covered bonds, Rule 144A offerings and IPOs. His clients include domestic names in the banking and energy sectors.

Carlos Osório de Castro is hailed as a "classic lawyer" by interviewees. He offers support on ECM deals, including IPOs and share capital transactions.

Filipe Lowndes Marques is well versed in project financings, acquisition financings, and the sale and purchase of loan portfolios. He often advises on acquisitions in the real estate sector and financings for energy projects.

Luís Branco is described as an "authority" in the banking sphere. He has a wealth of expertise in acquisition financings for banks and other financial institutions, particularly real estate acquisitions.

Francisco de Sousa da Câmara

Band 2 Private Wealth Law
2020

Bruno Santiago

Band 2 Private Wealth Law
2020

Luís Branco

Eminent Practitioner Banking & Finance
2020

The "pre-eminent" Luís Branco maintains an excellent reputation in the field and is singled out as a "resourceful lawyer." Sources are quick to commend his abilities across a wide array of financing mandates, reporting: "He really is at the top of the market. He's a very strong expert in project, real estate and acquisition finance."

Filipe Lowndes Marques frequently assists key lenders with various acquisition and project finance mandates within the manufacturing and renewable energy arenas. He offers additional skill in structured finance matters. Clients describe him as "one of the best financial law practitioners in Portugal."

The "very respected" Carlos Osório de Castro regularly represents public companies in IPOs and tender offers. He has particular expertise in securities transactions, including those under Rule 144A. He is especially active within the energy and retail spaces.

 Eduardo Paulino acts for domestic banks, public companies and international financial institutions. His expertise spans both debt and equity capital markets, including public offerings.

Carlos Botelho Moniz is endorsed by clients for being "a very experienced lawyer and professor, who is a reference in the Portuguese competition and European law context." He draws upon an impressive track record representing Portuguese authorities and private parties in antitrust matters before the domestic and European courts. He also has additional expertise in merger control cases and state aid matters.

Pedro de Gouveia e Melo is often retained by clients from the energy, financial and food and beverage industries to advise on merger control cases, state aid matters and antitrust investigations. Commentators remark: "He is an excellent lawyer who has been involved in some interesting projects."

Head of practice Joaquim Vieira Peres is mentioned by clients as someone "who earns a lot of respect in this area, due to his experience," with one adding that he is "one of the best lawyers I have ever worked with." He is renowned for representing clients from the telecoms, retail, distribution and banking industries in merger control cases, state aid issues and sector-related litigation disputes before the national and European courts.

Described as "outstanding and very knowledgeable" by clients, Eduardo Maia Cadete has a noteworthy track record providing counsel to clients of the technology, telecoms and media industries on private antitrust enforcement cases, state aid investigations and EU litigation matters.

Luís do Nascimento Ferreira is praised by clients for his "in-depth knowledge of competition law matters" and his "very positive approach towards the clients." He has a comprehensive practice providing counsel across competition law, active on abuse of dominant position cases, as well as merger control procedures and state aid matters.

Nuno Galvão Teles is widely reputed for his long-standing experience in the energy and natural resources sectors. His acts on complex deals, including cross-border mandates.

Carlos Osório de Castro 's expertise is widely recognised in the market. He is regularly active in sales, public tender bids or joint ventures within the energy and infrastructure sectors. His impressive client base includes both domestic and international companies, which he assists with multi-jurisdictional mandates.

Segismundo Pinto Basto advises both domestic and international clients on a variety of corporate matters, including acquisitions, shareholders' agreements and venture capital investments. He is active within the fields of energy and technology and regularly assists with multi-jurisdictional mandates.

Tomás Vaz Pinto frequently acts for both domestic and international clients operating within the energy and banking sectors on a variety of corporate matters. He demonstrates particular expertise in public tender offers and sales.

Eduardo Paulino is hailed by interviewees as a "sensible partner who is very easy to work with and mindful of the issues on a deal." He is particularly well versed in sales, acquisitions and joint ventures across numerous industry sectors, such as banking and infrastructure.

Catarina Brito Ferreira is highlighted by sources for her negotiation skills. She demonstrates particular aptitude in share capital transactions and is regularly involved in deals in the energy and technology spaces.

António Pinto Leite is adept at handling both civil and commercial litigation, in addition to his role as counsel or arbitrator in international arbitrations, with a notable track record in ICC proceedings. Interviewees enthuse: "He has a very highly skilled legal mind, he's very bright and he's a fearsome litigator."

Rui Patrício is described by interviewees as "an outstanding lawyer" for his skills in criminal proceedings. He offers expert advice on cases of corruption, money laundering and tax fraud, with sources praising his "deep knowledge of all aspects of criminal law." He is also adept at handling civil disputes.

Filipe Vaz Pinto is frequently appointed as counsel in international arbitrations, with particular activity of late in the banking, natural resources and construction fields. He is highlighted as having an "excellent reputation for his dispute resolution practice."

Rui Patrício is described by interviewees as "an outstanding lawyer" for his skills in criminal proceedings. He offers expert advice on cases of corruption, money laundering and tax fraud, with sources praising his "deep knowledge of all aspects of criminal law." He is also adept at handling civil disputes.

António Pinto Leite is adept at handling both civil and commercial litigation, in addition to his role as counsel or arbitrator in international arbitrations, with a notable track record in ICC proceedings. Interviewees enthuse: "He has a very highly skilled legal mind, he's very bright and he's a fearsome litigator."

Luís Miguel Monteiro enjoys a solid reputation for his extensive employment practice, which includes advising on internal policies, labour disputes and collective bargaining agreements. He also assists with the employment ramifications of transactional activity. Sources report: "He is very theoretical, but with a great ability to understand practical issues and grasp what the client needs."

Clients highlight Pedro Pardal Goulão as a lawyer with "excellent analytical skills, who is able to rapidly make sense of a large volume of information." He advises on both individual and collective issues, further to matters relating to social security.

Helena Tapp Barroso earns praise for her ability to "think outside of the box." She advises major Portuguese corporates on collective agreements and on employment disputes.

 Nuno Galvão Teles continues to represent key energy clients in high-value M&A deals within the renewables sector. Sources speak highly of him, stating: "He looks after the interests of the client and mobilises internal resources for whatever you need."

Catarina Brito Ferreira wins plaudits from clients, who describe her as "very dedicated and hard-working." She handles a variety of energy mandates including M&A transactions and regulatory issues related to offshore wind and solar projects.

Carlos Osório de Castro commands respect for his impressive expertise in corporate and capital markets transactions, including multi-jurisdictional operations. Commentators single him out as "one of the biggest names in the Porto legal market" and commend his "above average knowledge and vision of the law."

Eduardo Verde Pinho has established experience advising clients on M&A transactions, financial and corporate restructuring operations and general corporate matters. He also co-ordinates the firm's Africa team.

Managing partner of the Porto branch, Bernardo Maria Lobo Xavier attracts praise for his "knowledge and experience" in commercial transactions. He represents clients in M&A transactions and real estate acquisitions, as well as assisting them with their ongoing corporate affairs.

Paula Ponces Camanho is held in high esteem by clients, who state that "she is a joy to work with." She often provides counsel on employment disputes, restructuring operations and HR policy.

 António Lobo Xavier garners praise from clients, who describe him as "an outstanding lawyer, who we trust a lot." He leads the group's tax team and offers experience assisting both national and international clients with double taxation treaties, corporate income tax and VAT issues.

Antonio Pedro Braga 's practice involves advising on both national and international tax structures, for financial, industrial and commercial companies. He frequently assists with the taxation of real estate transactions.

Isabel Santos Fidalgo

Recognised Practitioner General Business Law - Porto
2019

The "very knowledgeable" Margarida Lima Rego handles both advisory and contentious insurance instructions and receives extensive praise for her expertise in the field. Her practice includes assistance with cross-border instructions.

Clients appreciate Vasco Stilwell d'Andrade 's "very effective, outside-of-the-box thinking." He advises on prosecution, licensing and disputes across patents, trade marks and copyright matters.

The "very commercial" João Pereira Reis advises on a range of planning issues, from licensing procedures through to related litigation. He services a varied client roster, comprising architects, public bodies and real estate companies, and sources underline his "knowledge of public law and planning."

Ricardo Andrade Amaro receives plaudits for his provision of "clear and precise''advice.He advises on the set-up of funds and on transactions, and has recognised expertise in the energy sector.

Luís Roquette Geraldes is well known for his venture capital expertise, within which he advises on all stages, from fundraising through to exits. Sources appreciate that "he goes straight to the point and is solution oriented."

Department co-head Luís Branco draws on his vast experience in the field of banking and finance to advise major banks and investment funds on large-scale project finance and corporate matters within the infrastructure sector. He demonstrates further knowledge of natural resources projects and sources speak highly of his practice, highlighting him as a "resourceful lawyer."

The "pragmatic" Filipe Lowndes Marques co-leads the team and draws praise for his ability to find solutions to problems. He regularly acts for lenders on project finance matters within the renewable energy arena, such as wind or photovoltaic projects.

Cláudia Castanheira dos Santos assists financial institutions with the regulatory and financial aspects of infrastructure, energy and natural resources projects. She demonstrates additional skill in cross-border mandates involving Mozambique. Sources report that "she has a lot of experience in concessions."

Porto-based Pedro Costa Gonçalves is labelled by interviewees as an ''expert in public procurement.''He is regularly appointed as arbitrator.

Interviewees recommend Miguel Nogueira de Brito 's particular prowess in matters relating to the energy sector. He advises on public procurement and regulatory issues.

Margarida Olazabal Cabral offers particular expertise in public procurement, including awards, contracts and related disputes. She has notable experience in matters concerning the healthcare sector, and she showcased her expertise in advice to iMM - Instituto de Medicina Molecular on the applicability of the Public Contracts Code to scientific research. Clients enthuse: "She is super, not only in terms of her expertise but also her accurate and cautious approach to helping us."

Clients value how Nuno Peres Alves "goes to the detail of the problems." He is experienced in the telecoms, transport and technology sectors.

Co-head of department Filipa Arantes Pedroso receives plaudits for her provision of "clear and precise answers."She advised Round Hill Capital on its purchase of a plot of land in Porto for the construction of commercial and residential properties, including student housing.

João Torroaes Valente co-leads the team and is well respected in the real estate market. His clients include domestic and foreign investors and he is particularly active in mandates relating to hospitality and tourism projects, offering further expertise in matters related to real estate funds.

 Rita Ferreira Vicente primarily advises on real estate finance transactions. Her skill set extends to the sale or purchase of commercial and residential property.

Francisco de Sousa da Câmara is the head of department in Lisbon and clients highlight his "competence, wisdom, calmness and excellent advice." He is particular active in tax litigation, advising key Portuguese corporates on disputes over corporate income tax, and he also acts for clients on adaptation to new tax provisions.income tax dispute.

António Lobo Xavier manages the firm's Porto department and is regarded to be an "exquisite tax lawyer."His practice includes advice on VAT and double taxation treaties, as well as representation in tax litigation.

Bruno Santiago regularly supports clients with the tax structuring of corporate transactions, including multi-jurisdictional deals. He also advises on tax litigation.

Sources report that Tiago Félix da Costa "does interesting work in data protection." He helps multinational business groups active in information systems, telecoms and media meet GDPR requirements.

 Nuno Peres Alves acts on antitrust, regulatory and transactional instructions. He is particularly well versed in matters within the telecoms field, and also offers expertise in litigious mandates.

Segismundo Pinto Basto

Recognised Practitioner Transportation - Aviation
2019

 Claudia Santos Cruz concentrates her work on shipping finance, mortgage enforcements and related dispute resolution. She acted for ABN AMRO on the execution and registration of a mortgage over several vessels registered in Madeira.

Clients report Cátia Henriques Fernandes to be "very thorough, with a commercial mindset." Her broad practice includes mortgage registration, maritime contracts and labour considerations.Her clients include ESL Shipping, whom she advised on the registration of mortgages with the International Business Centre of Madeira.

Tiago Félix da Costa has particular activity in the execution of GDPR compliance programmes on behalf of clients in the financial services sector. Sources underline his "litigation experience and privacy know-how."

Francisco de Sousa da Câmara

Notable Practitioner Private Wealth Law
2019

Bruno Santiago

Notable Practitioner Private Wealth Law
2019
The "excellent"Luís Branco enjoys a stellar reputation for his practice, with sources describing him as "a great expert in banking and finance and very well known." He handles project finance, securitisation and structured finance.
Filipe Lowndes Marques frequently acts on project finance in the energy sector. He boasts further expertise in securitisation and bond issuance.
Carlos Osório de Castro receives recognition for his experience in the area. He is instructed by both national and international clients, and sources describe him as a "very bright, knowledgeable lawyer."
João Soares da Silva has a strong reputation in capital markets. His broad practice includes advice on regulatory issues and capital increases. Clients highlight his "high degree of knowledge, availability and initiative."
Seasoned partner Carlos Botelho Moniz is widely respected in the market for his lengthy career in the practice area. He acts for clients at both domestic and European level, and is regularly instructed on issues concerning mergers, state aid or cartel allegations. Interviewees highlight him as "very experienced and knowledgeable in the sector," in addition to referring to him as "a pioneer in competition law."
Pedro de Gouveia e Melo is regularly retained by public and private entities for his expertise in antitrust disputes, compliance and state aid issues. He has been notably active of late in the food and drink sector and sources report: "He has solid technical knowledge and is efficient in his work."
Head of department Joaquim Vieira Peres is described as a "highly pragmatic lawyer who knows how to identify the relevant issues and liabilities in a case." His varied practice includes assistance with merger filings, investigations by the Portuguese authorities and cartel allegations. A client confirms: "He is a top expert."
Eduardo Maia Cadete is praised by sources who describe him as a "very dynamic, extremely knowledgeable and confident" practitioner. He is notably active in abuse of dominance cases.
Inês Gouveia supports clients in a broad range of competition mandates, advising on contentious and non-contentious matters, including compliance projects and representation before the Portuguese Competition Authority.
Luís do Nascimento Ferreira is highly praised by clients who describe him as "tireless, always available and well prepared." He has a comprehensive practice in European law and competition matters, encompassing merger control cases, restrictive practices and state aid.
Nuno Galvão Teles is recognised for his extensive expertise in the energy sector. Sources report: “He is a very experienced and solid professional. He gives clients great confidence when he's at the table.”
João Soares da Silva enjoys an excellent reputation in the field for M&A work, within which he focuses on the banking sector. Sources regard him as "one of the best M&A lawyers in Portugal" and highlight his "dedication and availability to the client."
Carlos Osório de Castro's practice includes advice on M&A and joint ventures. He is widely recognised in the market as an “excellent lawyer.” Sources additionally note his “strong reputation in devising creative solutions, problem-solving skills and intelligence.”
Segismundo Pinto Basto has experience in dealing with a range of corporate matters, with particular activity in the aviation and agribusiness sectors. Interviewees describe him as "proactive, with deep knowledge of his specialism."
Eduardo Paulino regularly advises on cross-border M&A and joint ventures. Sources enthuse: “He has extremely sophisticated technical skills, is always available and shows unwavering support.”

Tomás Vaz Pinto

Band 3 Corporate/M&A
2018
Catarina Brito Ferreira specialises in the energy sector, within which she advises on M&A, joint venture transactions and public tender bids. Clients report: “She is very skilled and hands-on, and she knows how to get matters moving."
António Pinto Leite represents clients in civil and commercial disputes, handling both litigation and arbitration. Clients note his market reputation, reporting: "He is a heavyweight before the government and before the courts and inspires total confidence," adding that "he is highly skilled, very bright and a fearsome litigator." He has particular expertise in IP and pharmaceutical litigation.
Filipe Vaz Pinto handles both civil and commercial litigation as well as international arbitration, often involving Portuguese-speaking jurisdictions in Africa. His clients include banks, governmental entities, construction and infrastructure companies.
The "fantastic" Rui Patrício impresses market commentators with his skills regarding corporate crime: "He is a very, very strong criminal lawyer. When we talk about Morais's criminal law practice, we talk about him." His expertise includes matters of corruption, money laundering and tax fraud. He boasts additional skills in civil litigation and represented Euroatlantic in a number of civil lawsuits.
The "fantastic" Rui Patrício impresses market commentators with his skills regarding corporate crime: "He is a very, very strong criminal lawyer. When we talk about Morais's criminal law practice, we talk about him." His expertise includes matters of corruption, money laundering and tax fraud. He boasts additional skills in civil litigation and represented Euroatlantic in a number of civil lawsuits.
António Pinto Leite represents clients in civil and commercial disputes, handling both litigation and arbitration. Clients note his market reputation, reporting: "He is a heavyweight before the government and before the courts and inspires total confidence," adding that "he is highly skilled, very bright and a fearsome litigator." He has particular expertise in IP and pharmaceutical litigation.
José Manuel Galvão Teles is described as a "high-profile practitioner with an important status in the market" by an impressed source, who goes on to say: "He is one of the most brilliant lawyers I have ever met." He has particular expertise in commercial and civil litigation.
Luís Miguel Monteiro is well known for his expertise in employment law, with commentators describing him as "highly experienced and knowledgeable in this area." He advises on collective dismissals, disputes and restructuring procedures. One impressed source was quick to highlight "his analytical skills and ability to build a good legal defence."
Pedro Pardal Goulão leads the team and regularly provides support on non-contentious mandates. Sources highlight his availability and note that he possesses "a lot of practical experience."
Helena Tapp Barroso advises an impressive portfolio of key domestic clients on their employment law issues. She regularly acts on litigious mandates, where she is considered to be "a great lawyer who is very assertive in her arguments."
Catarina Brito Ferreira is singled out for her negotiation skills. Her work covers transactional and regulatory matters within the energy sector and she is particularly active in renewables.
Nuno Galvão Teles is recognised as a "very resourceful lawyer and a great negotiator." His clients include important energy companies.
Margarida Lima Rego leads the team and is unanimously praised by interviewees, who describe her as "one of the most reputed lawyers in this practice area." Her extensive insurance practice covers transactional advice, negotiation of insurance arrangements and disputes. An interviewee highly praises her, saying: "She is very proactive, totally up to date and knowledgeable. She is always open to discussing new ideas and possibilities but also knows how to sustain her position. Her name is certainly a reference in this sector."
Vasco Stilwell d'Andrade acts on matters relating to patents, copyright, trade marks and licensing. Clients appreciate his "very holistic approach to problem solving."
With a distinguished background in public administration, João Pereira Reis is widely regarded as an authority on planning law in Portugal. Described by one source as a "very well-known and high-performing lawyer," he has over 30 years of experience and accumulated knowledge that makes him a valued adviser to clients such as Sonae Sierra and the Municipality of Cascais. He was mandated by Azimutescolha on the licensing of several urban regeneration projects in Lisbon.
Tomás Vaz Pinto is respected as a "fine lawyer" who is active in the private equity field. He assists a solid portfolio of clients with establishing of private equity funds. He advised Bridgepoint on the EUR456 million international acquisition and financing of the SAPEC Group's business in Portugal.
The "outstanding"Luís Branco maintains his leading reputation in the market, with sources describing him as "very experienced, commercial and solution-oriented." A leader in banking and finance, he represents lenders in infrastructure financings.
Cláudia Castanheira dos Santos is noted for her "extremely diligent way of working." She is active in the firm's key matters, assisting banks with refinancings and joint ventures in the energy and infrastructure sectors.
According to clients, Filipe Lowndes Marques has"deep knowledge of the topics, common sense and the ability to come up with innovative solutions." He regularly assists international banks with their position as lenders in projects in the renewables sector. Sources further appreciate that he is "commercial and doesn't like to complicate things when there is no need to."

Pedro Costa Gonçalves

Band 2 Public Law
2018
The "very well known"Miguel Nogueira de Brito's areas of expertise include constitutional law and public procurement. He advises on banking and energy matters.
Margarida Olazabal Cabral is recommended for her "excellent client focus and expertise." She acts on public procurement mandates, tender procedures and regulatory issues. Sources confirm her to be "an important lawyer in public contracts and public procurement."
Nuno Peres Alves regularly represents clients in disputes concerning public funding, procurement or works contracts, and is notably active in the areas of telecoms and media.
Clients say that Filipa Arantes Pedroso offers "outstanding technical knowledge combined with commercial awareness." "She is happy to connect us to people we need and is great at managing processes," states another source, adding: "She is efficient, effective and direct." She has a strong reputation among peers for her experience in real estate transactions that are structured as share deals.
Rita Ferreira Vicente assists both domestic and international clients with real estate acquisitions and developments. "She is focused and pays a lot of attention to detail," says one client, adding: "She knows every detail of our project by heart and offers an immediate response." Peers note her increasing importance in the firm's real estate department and highlight her particular experience in real estate finance mandates.
Head of the Lisbon tax group Francisco de Sousa da Câmara is a regular adviser to prominent domestic companies and multinationals, and also assists high net worth individuals with a variety of tax issues. His recent highlights include acting for Somincor on a corporate income tax dispute.
António Lobo Xavier is hailed by sources for his "authority and knowledge" in the tax sector. He regularly advises multinational companies in the finance and telecommunications sectors and is well versed in matters including double taxation treaties, VAT and corporate income tax. He recently represented Jerónimo Martins in several tax litigation cases concerning corporate income tax.
Praised by market sources as a "very good lawyer,"Bruno Santiago has considerable experience advising prominent national and international corporations on tax matters related to divestment strategies. He enjoys a solid client base in the banking sector. He recently assisted Tabaqueira with the revaluation of its assets tax.
Nuno Peres Alves is recognised for his abilities in litigious matters, and he is frequently seen advising clients with activity in the telecoms space.
Department head Segismundo Pinto Basto is the key contact for clients.

Cátia Henriques Fernandes is well liked by clients for her "service-oriented" approachand for her "clear answers and responsiveness." "She is an excellent partner for business in Madeira as she provides work on time and is friendly and effective," states another interviewee. She is respected among peers for her expertise in ship registration matters.

Claudia Santos Cruz has a broad practice that extends from corporate investments through to ship finance matters. One client describes her as "outstanding, not only in terms of quality of service and responsiveness but also because of the valuable insight she brings."
António Lobo Xavier is described by clients as "a master in the area of tax law." He works with national and multinational companies on tax issues in various sectors, such as finance and telecommunications. He is also a skilled arbitrator and has operated for the Administrative Arbitration Centre numerous times. His knowledge spans from tax issues in relation to mergers or restructuring operations to tax liability litigation.
Bernardo Maria Lobo Xavier is recognised as a talented practitioner in M&A and real estate transactions. He is described by a source as a "very good lawyer who's strong on real estate issues." He led the team for Sonae MC - Modelo Continente, advising on the due diligence as well as the negotiation of the documents concerning the client's acquisition of a 51% capital share of Go Well – Promoção de Eventos, Catering e Consultoria.
Interviewees agree that Carlos Osório de Castro"is a standout figure in the market" and further describe him as a "very clever lawyer." A long-time expert in capital markets and M&A transactions, he is a prominent and trusted practitioner who represents major national and international clients. Of late, he led the team advising Gestifute Group on the negotiation of sale and purchase and investment/shareholder agreements with Fosun International.
Jorge Simões Cortez is an established M&A lawyer with a solid track record in company restructuring operations and corporate transactions. He advised Riopele in proceedings initiated by former managers, who claimed the payment of EUR2 million in compensation, and a former distributor who claimed over EUR1.77 million.
Eduardo Verde Pinho is a recognised figure, described as "very strong on M&A and general corporate issues" by one interviewee. He co-ordinates the firm's Africa team and regularly represents clients in Angola and Mozambique on restructuring of organisations and their finances.
An active practitioner in competition law, Joaquim Vieira Peres is "very well known in this area of law, and is always on top of what's happening." Advising on both national and international mandates, he has led several high-profile matters for the Sonae Group, including acting for Sonae Indústria on a merger filing before the European Commission, concerning the acquisition of joint control over Tafisa by both the client and the Chile-based Arauco Group.

Paula Ponces Camanho

Band 2 General Business Law - Porto
2018
António Lobo Xavier is described by clients as "a master in the area of tax law." He works with national and multinational companies on tax issues in various sectors, such as finance and telecommunications. He is also a skilled arbitrator and has operated for the Administrative Arbitration Centre numerous times. His knowledge spans from tax issues in relation to mergers or restructuring operations to tax liability litigation.
Team leader António Pedro Braga concentrates on corporate taxation issues, regularly acting on behalf of finance, industrial and commercial companies. Peers laud him as "an outstanding tax lawyer" with "a very commercial profile." Also notable is his experience assisting clients with the tax aspects of Africa-related matters.

Isabel Santos Fidalgo

Recognised Practitioner General Business Law - Porto
2018

Tomás Vaz Pinto advises on private equity transactions as well as on the establishment of funds. Sources note his "deep knowledge of the matters in question."

Star practitioner Luís Branco continues to be endorsed by peers and clients alike: "He is very reputable; we tend to follow his lead because he has the background." He is a visible presence on structured finance and project finance matters, advising domestic banking institutions and investment funds. Another source confirms that he "has deep knowledge of all the teams and sectors, one of the most knowledgeable lawyers in Portugal - he has a strategic view."
Filipe Lowndes Marques is particularly well regarded for his expertise in project finance. He is praised as a "very constructive and dedicated person, he is always there to find solutions to problems that arise." He is active in the infrastructure sector and provides further acumen in securitisations.
Ricardo Andrade Amaro is a key member of the team, noted for his activity in the energy sector: "He is very good in the assistance of capital markets work where it meets the energy framework as he has good expertise in the energy market." He has recently assisted with securities issues.
Star individual Carlos Osório de Castro is recognised as "one of the best capital markets lawyers in Portugal," noted for his "experience and knowledge." He assists domestic and international clients, active in the area of capital markets and M&A.
Eduardo Paulino is active in public offerings, project finance and privatisations, in addition to M&A transactions. A client comments: "I really enjoyed working with him; he took the lead, was very strong, hands-on and with a quick turnaround." Another source appreciated that "his dedication and personal treatment of the project was 100%."
Head of the corporate department João Soares da Silva remains a visible practitioner in the capital markets arena. He is particularly noted for his expertise in equity matters.
Head of M&A and capital markets Luísa Soares da Silva offers experience in privatisations, share capital increases, public offerings and takeovers. She is well-regarded in debt transactions and frequently advises financial institutions. She is praised by sources for her "helpful, innovative and reliable" approach. Another source appreciates her "great expertise in capital markets as well as loan markets - both national and international. She is hands-on and gets personally involved."
Head of department Carlos Botelho Moniz offers a wealth of experience in competition matters and is undoubtedly recognised among peers as a leading practitioner. His wide-ranging practice covers merger control cases, state aid and antitrust issues.
Pedro de Gouveia e Melo impresses market commentators: "He's very confident with a comprehensive know-how of competition matters." He is active in the energy, financial services and food and beverages sectors.
Inês Gouveia is acknowledged for her solid abilities in competition matters and is noted as "an accomplished lawyer and very able." She is active in merger control cases, restrictive practices and cases related to abuse of dominant position. She offers experience in the retail and distribution sectors.
Eduardo Maia Cadete is experienced in representing clients before the European commission and the Portuguese and EU competition courts. Interviewees praise "his superb knowledge and attention to detail, which make it easy to work with him."
Market leader Joaquim Vieira Peres is said to offer "assertiveness and experience" when advising on merger control cases and state aid matters. In addition he frequently represents clients before the European courts. He is active in a wide range of industries and is noted for his expertise in the retail and distribution sector.
Managing partner Nuno Galvão Teles is particularly well known for his work on deals within the energy sector. His extensive experience covers privatisations, M&A transactions and joint ventures.
Carlos Osório de Castro is held in high regard as "very pragmatic, with a lot of experience and knowledge in corporate law and M&A." His practice covers various sectors, including sports.
Segismundo Pinto Basto frequently deals in venture capital work for start-ups as well as on a range of corporate matters for clients within the healthcare, agribusiness and aviation industries.
Head of department João Soares da Silva is considered a "very good M&A lawyer." He is known for his expertise in deals in the financial services sector, often representing banking institutions.
Tomás Vaz Pinto advises clients on privatisations, M&A transactions and private equity. He offers expertise in deals within the energy sector. Peers note his "very good reputation in the local market as a reliable lawyer." A client adds: "He understands the client as a whole, and is available and proactive."
Francisco Cortez is widely respected among sources for his experience in civil, corporate and commercial litigation. He is observed as "very hard-working, attentive and committed." A source notes: "He has a lot of presence and efficiency in the way he approaches problems, which is very valuable."
José Manuel Galvão Teles maintains a reputation as "the most respected name in the dispute resolution market." His depth of expertise is noted by sources, who praise his command of civil and commercial litigation.
Head of the civil and criminal litigation practice group, Rui Patrício is a prominent figure on criminal disputes, widely endorsed for his prowess in the area of corporate crime. Sources acknowledge: "He's experienced and is one of the top names in the area; a brilliant lawyer in criminal law."
Head of the civil and criminal litigation practice group, Rui Patrício is a prominent figure on criminal disputes, widely endorsed for his prowess in the area of corporate crime. Sources acknowledge: "He's experienced and is one of the top names in the area; a brilliant lawyer in criminal law."
Head of the litigation and arbitration department António Pinto Leite is a well regarded presence on civil and commercial disputes. He offers additional expertise in IP and pharmaceutical litigation. One source reports: "He is highly regarded in Portugal due to his character and unusual capacity to deal with and find solutions to complex problems. He is a consistent strategist and an outstanding lawyer."
Head of the litigation and arbitration department António Pinto Leite is a well regarded presence on civil and commercial disputes. He offers additional expertise in IP and pharmaceutical litigation. One source reports: "He is highly regarded in Portugal due to his character and unusual capacity to deal with and find solutions to complex problems. He is a consistent strategist and an outstanding lawyer."
Filipe Vaz Pinto is a valued member of the team, highlighted by sources as "a very promising lawyer." He is praised for his approach: "He's very experienced and focused on every detail of a process."
Market leader Luís Miguel Monteiro continues to be highly respected as "a very well-known lawyer in labour law." A source acknowledges him as "solid and experienced, which makes him a strong, trustable professional, able to balance solutions with risks." He is active on restructurings, collective dismissals and litigation.
Head of department Pedro Pardal Goulão has a broad practice encompassing collective and individual employment law and social security issues. He is well known in the market and offers particular expertise in sports issues.
Peers observe Helena Tapp Barroso to be a knowledgeable member of the team. She is noted for her expertise in the TMT sector and frequently assists clients from the telecoms market. Her practice encompasses employment contracts and litigation.
Catarina Brito Ferreira is highlighted by sources for her dedication. Interviewees also credit her negotiation skills and "extremely hard-working and knowledgeable" approach. Her practice encompasses transactional and regulatory support.
Nuno Galvão Teles is considered by market commentators to be "one of the best lawyers in Portugal." He offers long-standing expertise in the energy sector alongside his role as managing partner of the firm. He is praised as "extremely competent and a good leader."
Tax expert António Lobo Xavier maintains an excellent reputation as "a top lawyer for tax matters," recognised as "very reputed" in the market. He leads a tax group in the office focused on corporate income tax, double taxation treaties and issues arising from M&A and restructurings.
Bernardo Maria Lobo Xavier rises in the rankings due to solid market feedback. He co-ordinates a corporate and commercial team and is active on M&A and real estate transactions. Sources praise him for his strength in commercial contracts and highlight his "assertiveness, knowledge and experience."
Star individual Carlos Osório de Castro is widely admired by clients and peers alike for his extensive experience in the corporate arena. He offers expertise in capital markets and M&A, and is praised as "remarkable," "a very bright lawyer" and "one of the best in Portugal."
Jorge Simões Cortez frequently handles M&A and restructuring operations, with notable expertise in the telecoms sector.
Corporate practitioner Eduardo Verde Pinho has broad experience in the arena, being particularly active on M&A transactions and restructurings. Clients appreciate his support, with one saying: "He has been proposing solutions very proactively."
Joaquim Vieira Peres offers significant expertise in competition and EU law, and is deemed "extremely knowledgeable on antitrust law" and widely recognised for his experience. He is active on merger control procedures and often handles matters in the retail and distribution sector.
Margarida Lima Rego maintains an excellent reputation in the market as having "considerable knowledge in the area of insurance." She is highlighted for her depth of expertise in insurance law. She regularly assists with transactions and other non-contentious matters in the sector and is also skilled in insurance litigation. Sources describe her as "remarkable" and "experienced."
The "talented" Luísa Soares da Silva leads the insurance, reinsurance and pension funds team at the firm. She is well recognised in the market due to her transactional strength. She regularly advises insurers and pension funds and offers expertise in the sector on M&A, capital markets transactions and restructurings.
Vasco Stilwell d'Andrade focuses mainly on trade mark, patent and copyright litigation, as well as IP licensing topics. Sources say: "He is very strong in the negotiation process for trade mark oppositions and trade mark consent agreements. He is a very valuable asset."
Planning expert João Pereira Reis is well known in the market as "a specialist in the areas of urban planning and environment." He is noted for his background in public administration, with one source enthusing: "He is very experienced and respected; for me he is the best."
Ricardo Andrade Amaro has significant experience in securities and corporate and commercial law. He often provides everyday regulatory advice to private equity funds.
Tomás Vaz Pinto is highly experienced in private equity M&A and assists various clients in this sector, who appreciate his "dedication, technical capacities and negotiation skills."
Banking and finance expert Luís Branco receives great praise from sources who consider him "one of the most experienced lawyers in Portugal for projects." His wide-ranging practice encompasses both structured and project finance, and he has been active in a range of refinancing mandates.
Cláudia Castanheira dos Santos is a key member of the projects team. She regularly assists with projects in the energy sector and road concessions. Clients highlight that she is "always supportive" and "very helpful" on matters.
Filipe Lowndes Marques is endorsed for his project finance expertise. He advises on a range of complex projects including those in the infrastructure and renewable energy sectors. Sources say that "he has a lot of experience in project finance" and "very good knowledge of the issues and a practical approach."
Filipa Morais Alçada is observed by sources to be "very solid and well-liked by clients." She is active in project financing matters, representing both lenders and sponsors, commonly in the areas of energy, infrastructure and waste.
Based in the firm's Porto office, Pedro Costa Gonçalves frequently handles administrative law and is noted for his impressive academic prowess.
Miguel Nogueira de Brito remains a known and respected practitioner for public procurement, constitutional and administrative law.
Margarida Olazabal Cabral maintains an impressive practice in public procurement, advising both private companies and public entities. Clients highlight her "great knowledge in the area of ​​administrative law, great negotiation skills and full availability."
Nuno Peres Alves continues to handle public works contracts as well as litigation in the public law field. Sources highlight his hands-on approach.
Department head Filipa Arantes Pedroso regularly assists clients with major real estate transactions, such as asset and share deals, sale and leasebacks and tourism projects. She is lauded by sources for her "global comprehension and deep understanding of the national and international real estate sector."
Rita Ferreira Vicente has expertise in the development of office parks, shopping centres and negotiating real estate contracts. Clients describe her as "on the ball and available." Recently, she advised ING on the financing of a EUR79 million term loan granted to refinance the development of Alegro Setúbal Shopping Centre.
"Top" lawyer Francisco de Sousa da Câmara focuses on corporate taxation and restructurings. He also handles tax litigation and arbitration cases.
António Lobo Xavier leads the tax team in Porto and is viewed in the market as an "excellent lawyer." His clientele is both Portuguese and international, coming from varied industry sectors such as telecoms and finance.
Bruno Santiago has a strong presence handling the tax aspects of contentious matters, as well as cross-border investments and transfer pricing.
Nuno Peres Alves is recognised by peers for his work in the field, particularly in TMT-related litigation. He assisted NOS with administrative procedures before ANACOM regarding renewals of rights of use. Clients say: "He understands the implications of the business and technical decisions, which is remarkable."
Cátia Henriques Fernandes has recent experience assisting United European Car Carriers with registration issues concerning fleet vessels registered with the International Shipping Register of Madeira. One client praises her as "very skilful," while others add that she is "immensely supportive" and "unflappable in times of stress and tight deadlines."
Department head Segismundo Pinto Basto is the key contact for clients.
Claudia Santos Cruz is praised by sources for having "always provided exemplary and inventive advice in challenging situations." She has recently advised on a range of issues, including detention of vessels and customs issues.
Ricardo Andrade Amaro regularly assists clients with setting up funds. He advised EDP - Energias de Portugal on the incorporation of a private equity fund and manager for the purposes of bidding to a public tender.

Luís Branco

Star Individuals Banking & Finance
2016

Filipe Lowndes Marques

Band 2 Banking & Finance
2016

Carlos Osório de Castro

Star Individuals Capital Markets
2016

João Soares da Silva

Band 1 Capital Markets
2016

Luísa Soares da Silva

Band 3 Capital Markets
2016

Ricardo Andrade Amaro

Up & Coming Capital Markets
2016

Eduardo Paulino

Up & Coming Capital Markets
2016

Carlos Botelho Moniz

Band 1 Competition/European Law
2016

Eduardo Maia Cadete

Band 4 Competition/European Law
2016

Pedro de Gouveia e Melo

Associates to watch Competition/European Law
2016

Inês Gouveia

Associates to watch Competition/European Law
2016

Nuno Galvão Teles

Eminent Practitioner Corporate/M&A
2016

Carlos Osório de Castro

Band 1 Corporate/M&A
2016

João Soares da Silva

Band 1 Corporate/M&A
2016

Tomás Vaz Pinto

Band 3 Corporate / M&A
2016

Segismundo Pinto Basto

Band 3 Corporate/M&A
2016

José Manuel Galvão Teles

Senior Statesmen Dispute Resolution
2016

António Pinto Leite

Band 1 Dispute Resolution
2016

Francisco Cortez

Band 2 Dispute Resolution
2016

Rui Patrício

Band 2 Dispute Resolution
2016

Rui Patrício

Star Individuals Corporate Crime
2016

António Pinto Leite

Band 1 Dispute Resolution: Most in Demand Arbitrators
2016

Luís Miguel Monteiro

Band 1 Employment
2016

Pedro Pardal Goulão

Band 4 Employment
2016

Helena Tapp Barroso

Band 4 Employment
2016

Nuno Galvão Teles

Eminent Practitioner Energy & Natural Resources
2016

Catarina Brito Ferreira

Associates to Watch Energy & Natural Resources
2016

António Lobo Xavier

Band 1 General Business Law - Porto
2016

Carlos Osório de Castro

Star Individuals General Business Law - Porto
2016

Eduardo Verde Pinho

Band 2 General Business Law - Porto
2016

Joaquim Vieira Peres

Band 2 General Business Law - Porto
2016

Jorge Simões Cortez

Band 3 General Business Law - Porto
2016

Bernardo Maria Lobo Xavier

Band 4 General Business Law - Porto
2016

Margarida Lima Rego

Band 1 Insurance
2016

Luísa Soares da Silva

Band 2 Insurance
2016

Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade

Band 4 Intellectual Property
2016

João Pereira Reis

Band 1 Planning
2016

Rui Ribeiro Lima

Associates to watch Planning
2016

Tomás Vaz Pinto

Band 3 Private Equity
2016

Ricardo Andrade Amaro

Up & Coming Private Equity
2016

Luís Branco

Band 1 Projects
2016

Filipe Lowndes Marques

Band 1 Projects
2016

Cláudia Castanheira dos Santos

Star Associate Projects
2016

Filipa Morais Alçada

Associates to watch Projects
2016

Margarida Olazabal Cabral

Band 1 Public Law
2016

Pedro Costa Gonçalves

Band 2 Public Law
2016

Miguel Nogueira de Brito

Band 3 Public Law
2016

Nuno Peres Alves

Band 4 Public Law
2016

Filipa Arantes Pedroso

Band 3 Real Estate
2016

Rita Ferreira Vicente

Up & Coming Real Estate
2016

Helena Soares de Moura

Band 2 Restructuring/Insolvency
2016

Francisco de Sousa da Câmara

Band 1 Tax
2016

Bruno Santiago

Up & Coming 2016
2016

António Lobo Xavier

Band 1 Tax
2016

Nuno Peres Alves

Band 3 TMT
2016

Helena Tapp Barroso

Band 4 TMT
2016

Claudia Santos Cruz

Band 3 Transportation: Shipping
2016

Cátia Henriques Fernandes

Band 3 Transportation: Shipping
2016
They compliment his "tremendous knowledge and immense support," and consider him to be "the best banking and finance lawyer in the country."
Filipe Lowndes Marques is described by a client as "a proactive and knowledgeable" lawyer.
Carlos Osório de Castro is highly praised for his capital markets practice. Clients say: "He is very knowledgeable of the various structures that can serve the client's needs," and that he "finds solutions in tight deadlines."
Peers highlight partner João Soares da Silva for the quality of his work, describing him as "a great and highly active lawyer."
Market observers regard Luisa Soares da Silva as an exceptionally active member of the team.
Eduardo Paulino is regarded by market commentators as a promising associate and is praised by clients for his "peerless" work.
Practice head Carlos Botelho Moniz is unanimously declared a market leader by peers and recommended by clients, describing him as "very technical and thorough - he makes his opinions clear, which is very important in competition law."
Porto-based Joaquim Vieira Peres is commended for his experience and "excellent skills in merger control."
Clients say Eduardo Maia Cadete is "a creative lawyer who exercises very good judgement."
Pedro de Gouveia e Melo is considered a promising practitioner by market commentators, who attest that "he has done very intense work over the last year."
Associate Inês Gouveia recently acted on competition issues regarding the merger between ZON and Optimus.
Practice head João Soares da Silva has recently focused his M&A practice in privatisations such as the one undertaken by Caixa Seguros e Saúde.
Carlos Osório de Castro is considered by peers as "one of the greatest Portuguese lawyers." He has notable experience in commercial and corporate matters and remains one of the most active members of the team.
Clients appreciate Nuno Galvão Teles' interaction, which they say "makes our relationship easier." He is a well-regarded practitioner and highly experienced in corporate, commercial and energy law.
Segismundo Pinto Basto frequently acts on domestic and cross-border M&A.
Tomás Vaz Pinto recently advised on the privatisation of Caixa Seguros e Saúde.
José Manuel Galvão Teles remains an authority among litigators in Portugal.
Practice head António Pinto Leite is an established litigator who handles civil, commercial, IP and arbitration disputes. He is recognised as a leading arbitrator in the market.
Rui Patrício is praised for his expertise in corporate crime matters. One client enthuses: "He is very trustworthy and dedicated, and makes us feel completely at ease because we know he will always do his best."
Francisco Cortez is described by a client as "a point of reference in contentious matters in Portugal." He handles civil, commercial and corporate litigation.
Rui Patrício is praised for his expertise in corporate crime matters. One client enthuses: "He is very trustworthy and dedicated, and makes us feel completely at ease because we know he will always do his best."
Practice head António Pinto Leite is an established litigator who handles civil, commercial, IP and arbitration disputes. He is recognised as a leading arbitrator in the market.
Clients "have a lot of confidence" in practice head Luís Miguel Monteiro, whilst peers recognise his "prestigious academic knowledge."
Pedro Pardal Goulão enjoys a growing reputation in the market: "He demonstrated solid knowledge and has a good practice," one source says. He recently advised Federação Portuguesa de Futebol.
Interviewees agree Helena Tapp Barroso is a "hands-on" employment lawyer. She recently advised Impresa Group on employment litigation as well as social security matters.
Joana Almeida has considerable experience in issues arising from corporate restructurings.
An established figure in the energy market, Nuno Galvão Teles impresses clients with his hands-on approach. Sources say: "He supervises the work and makes sure everything runs smoothly, remaining present and interested throughout." They add: "He is clearly a very good lawyer."
Margarida Lima Rego is a professor of insurance law with plenty of practical experience and is acknowledged by market commentators as "a true specialist."
Practice head Luisa Soares da Silva is praised by clients for her commercial approach and for being "flexible and innovative" in her solutions.
Co-head of department Tomás Vaz Pinto handles all non-contentious matters such as copyright and trade marks. Clients say: "He has good sense and solid client management skills."
According to clients, associate Vasco Stilwell d'Andrade is "specialised in IP and always one step ahead; he defends our interests very well."
António Lobo Xavier "has a lot of prestige in tax," agree sources. He advises key domestic players from the finance, retail and TMT sectors.
Carlos Osório de Castro earns countrywide praise for his expertise in capital markets. He acts on a significant number of high-profile corporate operations, and Porto peers confirm: "He is a great lawyer - very intelligent and appreciated by clients."
Eduardo Verde Pinho is a partner in the corporate and commercial team and focuses on M&A and restructuring mandates.
Jorge Simões Cortez is acknowledged by peers as a key member of the corporate and commercial team. He has recently led the Riopele - Têxteis MBO.
Joaquim Vieira Peres brings expertise in competition law issues.
According to sources, Bernardo Maria Lobo Xavier is "a solid lawyer with a good track record." He demonstrates considerable activity in M&A.
Leading practitioner João Pereira Reis is highlighted by peers for his long-standing experience: "He has a name in this market."
Senior associate Rui Ribeiro Lima is a highly active team member and specialises in the installation of alternative energy power plants.
Recognised for his negotiation skills, Tomás Vaz Pinto handles private equity M&A transactions.
Ricardo Amaro specialises in securities law with a focus on regulatory matters. He has recently acted on the structuring of Fundo Recuperação Turismo. Clients praise his knowledge and the quality of his work.
Luís Branco heads the banking and finance department and receives widespread accolades from market commentators: "He's clearly a leader with a lot of know-how and experience."
Filipe Lowndes Marques is a well-known player in the market noted for his skill in project finance and "increasing seniority and experience."
Senior associate Cláudia Castanheira dos Santos remains a key member of the team, regularly assisting with matters that involve other jurisdictions.
Sources agree Filipa Morais Alçada is a promising associate. Her experience in project finance covers infrastructure, water and sewage concessions.
Margarida Olazabal Cabral specialises in public contracts and PPP. Peers confirm that she is "a well-established lawyer" in the area.
Pedro Costa Gonçalves has extensive experience in public contracts and regulation.
Described as "a solid and clear lawyer," Miguel Nogueira de Brito receives further praise from clients, one of whom says: "His technical skills impressed me a lot."
Nuno Peres Alves has considerable activity in the telecoms sector. He recently advised Sonaecom and Optimus on regulatory issues related to the merger between Optimus and ZON.
Clients say practice head Filipa Arantes Pedroso "provides a lot of confidence," while peers point out that "she is a very experienced lawyer."
Senior associate Rita Ferreira Vicente is highlighted for her skill in real estate finance as well as "good technical knowledge and full availability."
Helena Soares de Moura "has a lot of experience," say clients. Peers praise her increasing activity in the area and further sources say: "She is great in insolvencies."
Eduardo Verde Pinho handles matters from the firm's Porto office and has considerable experience in financial restructurings.
Francisco de Sousa da Câmara co-ordinates the Lisbon and Madeira teams and is praised by peers for his experience. He focuses on transfer pricing, securitisation and the taxation of financial products.
António Lobo Xavier heads the tax practice in Porto. He specialises in double taxation treaties and corporate income tax.
Market commentators confirm public law practitioner Nuno Peres Alves has considerable experience in telecoms, mainly in regulatory matters.
Helena Tapp Barroso is active in data protection matters, where peers acknowledge her impressive know-how.
Practice head Cátia Henriques Fernandes is considered a "very active and skilled" shipping lawyer among peers. She has further expertise in tax law.
Bruno Santiago impresses market commentators with his "fantastic" tax know-how and handles a variety of issues including tax litigation.

Claudia Santos Cruz

Band 3 Transportation: Shipping
2015

Claudia Santos Cruz

Band 4 Banking & Finance
2015

Carlos Botelho Moniz

2014

Joaquim Vieira Peres

2014

Eduardo Maia Cadete

2014

Inês Gouveia

2014