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The Firm

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Banking and Finance

2022
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Capital Markets

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Corporate / M&A

2022
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Dispute Resolution

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Projects

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Angola - General Business Law: International Firms

2022
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Mozambique- General Business Law: International Firms

2022

Lawyers

Luís Branco is a longstanding and well-respected figure among market commentators. Interviewees praise his constructive, deal-oriented approach and describe him as "a transaction facilitator." His expertise covers a variety of financing transactions, including those relating to the real estate sector.

Filipe Lowndes Marques assists renowned banks and multinational investors with a variety of banking and finance matters including securitisations, debt restructurings and real estate finance deals. Clients appreciate that he is "hands-on and active in discussions."

Claudia Santos Cruz advises on a variety of complex financing transactions involving the UK as well as lusophone African markets. She regularly assists international banks and investors with project finance deals and debt restructurings. She is described as "excellent" by clients, who also note that "she is responsive and gives clear and well-written advice."

Claudia Santos Cruz advises on a variety of complex financing transactions involving the UK as well as lusophone African markets. She regularly assists international banks and investors with project finance deals and debt restructurings. She is described as "excellent" by clients, who also note that "she is responsive and gives clear and well-written advice."

Eduardo Paulino is a key figure in the firm's capital markets team with demonstrable experience in capital increases, public takeover bids and the issuance of debt. Clients highlight his knowledge of the regulations and his ability to find solutions.

Carlos Osório de Castro is well known for his advice to prominent energy and construction players. He assists with strategic partnerships as well as with share and asset acquisitions.

Eduardo Paulino regularly represents clients from the telecommunications, financial services and energy sectors in a variety of corporate deals. "He has a very flexible mindset which helps him to come up with creative ideas during transactions," enthuses a client.

Tomás Vaz Pinto demonstrates solid knowledge of complex acquisitions and corporate restructurings. His client list comprises domestic and international companies.

Catarina Brito Ferreira has experience advising clients from the energy industry. She regularly assists with a wide range of M&A deals including distressed acquisitions.

Segismundo Pinto Basto is experienced in corporate reorganisations and the set-up of new businesses. He represents clients from the entertainment and education sectors.

Vítor Pereira das Neves is often seen advising on corporate deals with an energy focus.

Claudia Santos Cruz is a dual-qualified lawyer in Mozambique and Portugal. She also has extensive expertise in matters relating to Angola. From Lisbon, she assists clients in both countries, particularly in the telecommunications and real estate sectors.

Claudia Santos Cruz is a dual-qualified lawyer in Mozambique and Portugal. She also has extensive expertise in matters relating to Angola. From Lisbon, she assists clients in both countries, particularly in the telecommunications and real estate sectors.

Described by interviewees as a "very experienced litigator," Francisco Cortez is well versed in handling high-value civil disputes. He defends banks, telecoms companies and major auditors in litigation filed in Portuguese courts. He also has experience in sports arbitration. "He is intelligent, calm and pays a lot of attention to detail," enthuses one client.

António Pinto Leite is well recognised among market commentators for his experience acting as both counsel and arbitrator in international arbitrations.

Filipe Vaz Pinto is best known for his work on energy and construction arbitration. One market commentator enthuses: "He is an excellent lawyer who is bright, strategic and analytical." The same source goes on to describe Felipe Vaz Pinto as "one of the leading arbitration practitioners in the Lusophone space."

António Pinto Leite is well recognised among market commentators for his experience acting as both counsel and arbitrator in international arbitrations.

Luís Branco frequently advises on financing deals arising in the renewable energy sector. His highly regarded projects practice draws strength from his additional expertise in the banking and finance arena.

Filipe Lowndes Marques is an expert at handling sophisticated project acquisitions and financings in the renewable energy and road infrastructure sectors. He is frequently seen representing prominent asset management firms and banking syndicates.

Cláudia Castanheira dos Santos focuses her work on project finance deals relating to road concessions and  residential real estate developments. Respondents value that "she is close to the client and has the ability to solve problems."

Bruno Xavier de Pina joined Morais Leitão in 2021. He offers significant experience acting on both contentious and non-contentious corporate mandates and enjoys a solid reputation in the market. Based in Lisbon, he is well equipped to handle finance, construction and restructuring issues in Angola. "Bruno Xavier de Pina is an excellent lawyer. He is solid and very good technically."

Lisbon-based Claudia Santos Cruz offers a wealth of experience in finance matters, including debt restructuring and sector-related disputes. She is a talented practitioner who is often engaged by international players from the oil and gas and banking spheres. She offers further knowledge of technology mandates. "Claudia's work is comprehensive, professional and timely.""She is a very good lawyer."

André de Sousa Vieira is increasingly experienced in assisting clients with matters in Mozambique arising from finance and capital market mandates, particularly relating to power projects. Market sources variously describe him as a prominent lawyer and highlight his technical skills.

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