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Undoubtedly a high-profile name in the area, Luís Branco is dubbed “the best-known lawyer in the Portuguese banking sector.” Observers commented on how “his friendly approach makes negotiations much smoother,” and added: “He is terribly efficient and gets directly involved in all aspects of the deal.” Branco is also renowned for his top performances in the projects sphere.
Head of the banking and project finance group, Luís Branco is lauded as “one of the best lawyers in the field, thanks to his creativity and straightforward attitude that makes transactions move smoothly.”
Luís Branco is “undoubtedly the best lawyer in the field,” in the opinion of a leading competitor. Sources describe him as a “highly experienced and skilful practitioner with a terrific name in the market,” while clients acknowledge that he is “personally involved in the deals; a crucially important aspect.”
Commentators have enormous respect for Luís Branco: “He is an incredibly skilful, experienced lawyer and undoubtedly one of the market’s top names in project finance.
Luís Branco stands out for his “extremely creative and value-added advice,” and sources attest that he is “a top-notch banking and finance lawyer who is directly and personally involved in every single deal.”
Luís Branco is heralded as “an excellent lawyer with great problem-solving capabilities.”
Competitors noted, singling out group head Luís Branco as “one of Portugal’s most knowledgeable projects lawyers.” Branco and newly promoted partner Filipe Lowndes Marques lead “an experienced group of lawyers who promote the smooth running of negotiations, focusing on the relevant matters.”
Department head Luís Branco is the star of this team and the Portuguese market, with peers and clients considering him a “true reference in the area.” As one source explains, “his knowledge, business-oriented mindset and strong work ethic combine to make him a unique practitioner.”
“Excellent” project finance practitioner Luís Branco is recognised as a player in the energy sector, where he has mainly acted on the side of banks in energy projects.
Clients rave about Luís Branco, who is unquestionably a project finance leader, explaining that he is very accessible and “has know-how that is hard to surpass. He takes a lot of time to understand our aims and can sort out any problem.”
"Excellent" partner Luís Branco is undoubtedly the team's star attraction, with clients lauding his "in-depth knowledge and business acumen."
Luís Branco is a towering figure in project finance and plays a key role in energy transactions
“Excellent” department head Luís Branco is well known for his project finance experience and works closely with a number of banks.
Luís Branco is undoubtedly the star player of this team. He led the team that assisted Caixa Geral de Depósitos and CaixaBI with structuring and organising the acquisition of credits corresponding to the investment in the infrastructure and equipment of MLFF toll collection systems.
Finance specialist Luís Branco supports the energy team on large transactions in the energy area.
Seasoned player Luís Branco receives unanimous praise for his expertise in this area. "He's pragmatic, has strong commercial acumen, sets objectives and aims to achieve them. He has years of experience as well as excellent technical knowledge and negotiating skills," remarks a client.
Luís Branco leads the team. Clients admire his "solid technical knowledge, common sense and calm, balanced approach."
According to clients, practice head Luís Branco is "a brilliant lawyer, extremely intelligent and clever. A perceptive and resourceful negotiator."
Luís Branco is a widely recognised and respected name in the market. Clients say: "He is one of the best in Portugal, an expert. He's one of the most experienced lawyers in this area, an authority for project finance."
They compliment his "tremendous knowledge and immense support," and consider him to be "the best banking and finance lawyer in the country."
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."

Luís Branco

Star Individuals Banking & Finance
2016

Luís Branco

Band 1 Projects
2016
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."
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.
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.
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.

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."

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."

Chambers Global

Undoubtedly a high-profile name in the area, Luís Branco is dubbed “the best-known lawyer in the Portuguese banking sector.” Observers commented how “his friendly approach makes negotiations much smoother.” Branco is also renowned for his top-notch performances in the projects sphere.
Head of the banking and project finance group, Luís Branco is lauded as “one of the best lawyers in the field, thanks to his creativeness and straightforward attitude that makes transactions move smoothly.”
Luís Branco is “undoubtedly the best lawyer in the field,” in the opinion of a leading competitor. Sources describe him as a “highly experienced and skilful practitioner with a terrific name in the market,” while clients acknowledge that he is “personally involved in the deals, a crucially important aspect.”
Commentators have enormous respect for Luís Branco: “He is an incredibly skilful, experienced lawyer and undoubtedly one of the market’s top names in project finance.”
A leading competitor tells researchers: “Whenever I am conflicted out of a deal always refer my client to Luís Branco, he is probably the greatest of us all.” Peers and clients alike marvelled at his “fantastically creative and open minded approach, as well as his ability to do it all with a smile.” An international client adds: “He is a sharp and intelligent lawyer with the technical skills, experience and connections to put us at ease.”
Clients and peers alike single out “highly experienced and sensible negotiator” Luís Branco as a “fine lawyer and undoubtedly a leader in the field.” His “deep understanding of the banks’ needs, excellent connections, and ability to work in an international context,” attract further praise from interviewees.
“Legal superstar” Luís Branco is widely admired as probably “the one and only market leader for project finance”. Rivals noted that “he makes it look easy”, maintaining a “tranquil demeanour” in difficult situations. His “solution-oriented” approach and “solid scientific background” also won kudos among observers, who added that “he can foresee the immediate result and deal with it”.
"Brilliant" Luís Branco has a "second to none advantage through his amazing banking connnections," clients feel. Market observers refer to him as "undoubtedly the leader in the field." He spearheaded the team advising a banking syndicate comprising Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria and Bayerische Hypo und Vereinsbank Aktiengesellschaft on the shadow toll motorway of the Interior Norte (Norscut) worth around € 1.15 billion. Branco's team is currently advising the banks on various issues, including changes of law, shareholders and hedging agreements.
Luís Branco stands out for his “extremely creative and value-added advice,” and sources attest that he is “a top-notch banking and finance lawyer who is directly and personally involved in every single deal.”
Department head Luís Branco is the star of this team and the Portuguese market, with peers and clients considering him a “true reference in the area.” As one source explains, “his knowledge, business-oriented mindset and strong work ethic combine to make him a unique practitioner.”
Luís Branco heads the firm's banking and finance team. Sources appreciate his innovative ideas and execution and champion him as "the best lawyer for project finance in Portugal." He recently advised Eurohypo AG regarding credit facility agreements for three commercial properties.
Department head Luís Branco is undoubtedly the star player of this team. He led the team that assisted Caixa Geral de Depósitos and CaixaBI with structuring and organising the acquisition of credits corresponding to the investment in the infrastructure and equipment of MLFF toll collection systems.
“Excellent” department head Luís Branco is well known for his project finance experience and works closely with a number of banks.
Seasoned player Luís Branco receives unanimous praise for his expertise in this area. "He's pragmatic, has strong commercial acumen, sets objectives and aims to achieve them. He has years of experience as well as excellent technical knowledge and negotiating skills," remarks a client.
Luís Branco leads the team. Clients admire his "solid technical knowledge, common sense and calm, balanced approach."
According to clients, practice head Luís Branco is "a brilliant lawyer, extremely intelligent and clever.
Luís Branco is a widely recognised and respected name in the market. Clients say "he is one of the best in Portugal, an expert. He's one of the most experienced lawyers in this area; an authority for project finance."
Clients compliment his "tremendous knowledge and immense support," and consider him to be "the best banking and finance lawyer in the country."
Clients enjoy working with star attorney Luís Branco. They compliment his "tremendous knowledge and immense support," and consider him to be "the best banking and finance lawyer in the country."
Clients appreciate his "quality, knowledge, judgement and legal soundness."
Luís Branco receives widespread praise from interviewees, who consider him to be "absolutely unmatched" in the market. He is an expert in banking and finance law, covering structured finance, project finance and investment funds.

Luís Branco

Star Individuals Banking and Finance
2017

Luís Branco

Band 1 Projects
2017

Luís Branco

Star Individuals Banking and Finance
2018

Luís Branco

Band 1 Projects
2018

Luís Branco

Band 1 Projects
2019

Luís Branco

Star Individual Banking and Finance
2019

Legal 500

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Banking & Finance
2015

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyers Projects and Project Finance
2015

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Banking & Finance
2016

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyers Projects and Project Finance
2016

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Banking and Finance
2017

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Projects and Project Finance
2017

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Banking and Finance
2018

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Projects and Project Finance
2018

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Banking and Finance
2019

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Projects and Project Finance
2019

IFLR 1000

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Capital Markets
2009

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Banking
2009

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Project Finance
2009

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Banking
2008

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Project Finance
2008

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Banking
2007

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Project Finance
2007

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Banking
2006

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Project Finance
2006

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Banking
2005

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Mergers and Acquisitions
2005

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Project Finance
2005

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Banking
2010

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Capital Markets
2010

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Project Finance
2010

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Project Finance
2011

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Banking and Capital Markets
2011

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Project Finance
2012

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Banking and Capital Markets
2012

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Project Finance
2013

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Banking and Capital Markets
2013

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Banking
2014

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Project Finance
2014

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Banking
2015

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Banking
2016

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Banking
2017

Luís Branco

Highly Regarded Banking
2018

Luís Branco

Highly Regarded Banking
2019

Best Lawyers

Luís Branco

Banking
2010

Luís Branco

Banking
2012

Luís Branco

Finance
2012

Luís Branco

Finance
2010

Luís Branco

Projects
2010

Luís Branco

Projects
2012

Luís Branco

Banking
2013

Luís Branco

Finance
2013

Luís Branco

Projects
2013

Luís Branco

Banking
2014

Luís Branco

Finance
2014

Luís Branco

Projects
2014

Luís Branco

Banking
2015

Luís Branco

Finance
2015

Luís Branco

Project Finance and Development Practice
2015

Luís Branco

Banking and Finance; Project Finance and Development Practice
2016

Luís Branco

Banking; Finance; Project Finance and Development Practice
2017

Luís Branco

Banking; Finance; Financial Institutions; Project Finance and Development Practice; Structured Finance
2018
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