Expertise Industries

The firm has been involved with cross-practice teams in some of the most complex transportation infrastructure projects at both a national and international level.

Our aviation practice covers a wide range of areas including regulatory, aviation finance and leasing, competition law, airline joint ventures, litigation, M&A and environmental issues. We have also assisted clients in executive aviation and expanding their operations abroad.

Morais Leitão has a leading international Shipping practice team in both Portugal and Lusophone Africa through its integrated law firm network in Angola, Mozambique and Cabo Verde.

Our Shipping team provides a full range of legal services and has extensive international experience in advising on complex finance and leasing deals, security structures, ship sales, acquisitions and charter transactions acting for banks, lessors, brokers, owners and operators worldwide. Our experience includes:

  1. Ship arrest and mortgage enforcement
  2. Asset and lease financing
  3. Commercial contracts including charterparties
  4. Dispute resolution
  5. Marine insurance disputes
  6. Maritime casualty response
  7. Ports
  8. Secured and unsecured financings and structured finance
  9. Regulatory, including environmental and sanctions

The International Ship Register in Madeira (“MAR”), a white flag Registry, has evolved in the last decade to position itself as an efficient and viable alternative to traditional ship registries thereby attracting a number of international ship-owning groups and banks now looking to register their vessels in Madeira. ML is one of the few Portuguese law firms with its own offices in Madeira capable of providing a full service to banks, owners and charterers in the temporary and permanent flagging in of vessels, mortgage registrations and the incorporation of ship owning and management companies in the Madeira Free Trade Zone.