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The Firm

‘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.’

‘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.’

‘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.’

‘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.‘

‘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, 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.

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.

‘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 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.‘

‘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.‘

‘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.‘

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 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.‘

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

‘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.‘

‘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.’

'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.‘

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

Lawyers

Luís Branco

Leading Individuals Banking and Finance
2020

Carlos Osório de Castro

Leading Individuals Capital Markets
2020

Carlos Osório de Castro

Leading Individuals Commercial, Corporate and M&A
2020

‘Eduardo Paulino is a very impressive and intelligent lawyer. He is able to work seamlessly in cross-border transactions and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Associate Luís Roquette Geraldes is a great lawyer. Francisco Vieira de Almeida is a rising star.’

‘Luís Roquette Geraldes was a key element who helped close the successful transaction. His in-depth knowledge, practical experience and availability are worth a mention.’

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

‘Tiago and his team have a profound knowledge of all matters regarding Data Protection. The fact that they have a very relevant practice in criminal law helps in analysing substantive GDPR matters and finding the best way to address some issues. Lawyers have relevant technical (IT/software/security) knowledge that allows them to add value to GDPR Solutions.‘

‘Tiago Félix da Costa’s background in litigation enriches the way he addresses data privacy matters.‘

‘Tiago is brilliant, a profound connoisseur of all matters he deals with; he is very imaginative on finding solutions, experienced, laborious, absolutely reliable and accurate. He combines profound knowledge with practical sense and capability to understand clients’ needs.‘

‘Tiago Félix da Costa is a star. He provides strategic approaches and creative solutions. He is always finding the right balance between compliance with the law and workable solutions for the company. He is one of the best in this field.‘

António Pinto Leite

Leading Individuals Dispute Resolution
2020

Francisco Cortez

Leading Individuals Dispute Resolution
2020

Luís Miguel Monteiro

Leading Individuals Employment
2020

Nuno Galvão Teles

Leading Individuals Energy & Natural Resources
2020

Catarina Brito Ferreira

Next Generation Partner Energy and natural resources
2020

‘The performance of Carlos Botelho Moniz was unbeatable. He was also accompanied by Dzhmamil Oda, whose competence and responsiveness are noteworthy.‘

Joaquim Vieira Peres

Leading Individuals EU and Competition
2020

‘Inês Gouveia not only has extensive legal knowledge, but is also experienced in other very relevant subjects in this area of practice.‘

‘Luis Nascimento Ferreira and Pedro Gouveia e Melo stand out for their quality of work and availability.‘

‘Rui Patrício and Tiago Geraldo are recommended.‘

‘Rui Patrício is an exceptional lawyer. His endless commitment to search for the truth and defend his clients is second to none.‘

‘Rui Patrício and Tiago Geraldo are recommended.‘

‘Vasco Stilwell de Andrade is always available to answer questions or provide well-reasoned strategy. Vasco takes pride in understanding each clients’ matter and business goals, advising them accordingly.‘

‘Vasco Stilwell de Andrade is excellent in trade mark procurement, trade mark enforcement, and negotiation of IP agreements. His language skills and ability to advise on EU law are outstanding.‘

‘Vasco and associate Filipa Rodrigues Dias are extremely efficient and have a track record of response times within 24 hours. Our matters are always handled thoughtfully and efficiently.‘

Carlos Osório de Castro

Leading Individuals Oporto: Leading Commercial Firms
2020

João Anacoreta Correia

Leading Individuals Oporto: Leading Commercial Firms
2020

António Lobo Xavier

Leading Individuals Oporto: Leading Commercial Firms
2020

Bernardo Maria Lobo Xavier

Leading Individuals Oporto: Leading Commercial Firms
2020

Paulo Rendeiro

Next Generation Partners Oporto: Leading Commercial Firms
2020

Francisco Mendes da Silva

Rising Star Oporto: Leading Commercial Firms
2020

Inês Gouveia

Rising Star Oporto: Leading Commercial Firms
2020

João Pereira Reis

Leading Individuals Planning Law
2020

‘Rui Ribeiro Lima is outstanding. He knows how to navigate in the complexity of the urbanistic procedures within the municipality, understands perfectly the business side of the projects.‘

‘Rui Ribeiro Lima is always available to answer our doubts and thinks ahead (he projects the future constraints of the projects and knows how to solve them). He is, for sure, one of the best lawyers in this area.‘

Luís Branco

Leading Individuals Projects and Project Finance
2020

Filipe Lowndes Marques

Leading Individuals Projects and Project Finance
2020

Filipa Morais Alçada

Rising Star Projects and Project Finance
2020

Cláudia Castanheira dos Santos

Rising Star Projects and Project Finance
2020

‘In addition to her extensive legal knowledge, Margarida Olazabal Cabral as a counsellor is not afraid to state her opinion.‘

Pedro Costa Gonçalves

Leading Individuals Public Law
2020

‘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.‘

João Torroaes Valente

Leading Individuals Real Estate and construction
2020

‘Francisco de Sousa da Câmara is outstanding.’

António Lobo Xavier

Leading Individuals Tax
2020

Bruno Santiago

Next Generation Partners Tax
2020

‘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.‘

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