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This 20-member team enjoys a well-earned reputation as “one of the best tax groups in the country; it is technically flawless and amazingly solid,” market sources confirmed. The lawyers played a key role in last year’s ground-breaking hostile takeover bids, representing Sonae and Millennium BCP. As well as its strong Lisbon-based group, the firm fields noteworthy tax outfits in Porto and Madeira. It covers the whole spectrum of tax matters, advising public and private companies from the pharmaceutical, financial, tourism, energy and telecoms industries. Clients reported: “The quality of the work is outstanding - this is the perfect choice if you have a complicated case.” Clients/Work Highlights: The team advised Abbott on structuring the acquisition of Guidant’s business in Portugal, and represented Chevron in matters relating to its Madeira companies and investment structures. The group also provided tax advice to Grupo Jerónimo Martins relating to major restructuring and litigation issues. Other leading clients are Caixa Geral De Depósitos; Deustche Bank; Inforauto; Tap and Mercapital.
The integration of Porto’s leading tax team as part of the merger with Osório de Castro, Verde Pinho, Vieira Peres, Lobo Xavier e Associados has “reinforced an already large and extremely potent department,” according to sources. The group boasts an impressive roster of domestic and international clients and handles the whole spectrum of tax issues, including litigation at all levels. Clients praise the “strength and depth” of the team and highlight its “outstanding track record.” The firm’s Madeira office is also thriving, advising leading US and European multinationals such as Chevron; PepsiCo; Santander Group and NatWest. Clients/Work Highlights: In litigation, over the past year the firm successfully represented EDP on VAT matters; Nobre over personal income tax; Impresa on double tax treaties; and Borealis on transfer pricing matters. The team advised EDP Group on specific tax incentives for new shareholders in the privatisation of 5% of its share capital. Further highlights include advising several public entities such as social security institutes, local councils and other state departments on corporate income tax, capital gains and property taxes. Other clients include Diba; Bank of America; Deutsche Bank; Barclays Capital and Eurohypo.
The biggest office in Porto in terms of lawyer numbers, this full-service outfit has strong tax and corporate departments and provides first-class advice on employment, TMT, capital markets, dispute resolution and competition. Its clientele speaks for itself, with Sonae, Mota-Engil and Banco Comercial Português all part of the portfolio.
One of Portugal’s largest tax departments, with two partners and 17 associates, this is a leading choice for advice on fiscal issues. The department has been busy of late with planning matters relating to a new tax law, in addition to litigation and restructurings, mainly in the financial and energy sectors. Recent litigation highlights include representing Borealis in a case before the Supreme Administrative Court that saw the recovery of a significant amount of tax and interest. The team also advised EDP - Energias de Portugal on tax restructuring following its acquisition of Horizon Wind Energy. Other clients include Chevron, Barclays Bank, Mitsubishi and Iverson Group.
This full-service firm is universally recognised for the strength of its tax practice, and continues to lead the field. With offices in Lisbon, Porto and Madeira, it is close to the country’s main business players and has become a byword for both quality and quantity. The team covers advisory and litigious tax matters. Recent highlights include providing counsel to Chevron in relation to its local subsidiaries and the structuring of its investments.
The shipping practice at this Portuguese powerhouse is spread across offices in Lisbon, Porto and Madeira. It primarily handles ship registration and assists banks with finance, as well as the management of shipping companies based in Madeira.
This market-leading firm is highly regarded in the tax arena for its innovative solutions. The large practice is divided between the firm's Lisbon, Funchal and Porto offices. It is particularly strong in national and international tax planning, but offers a wide range of tax services, including arbitration and litigation.
This renowned Portuguese firm leads the market in many corporate, commercial and contentious areas, laying the foundations for its robust maritime practice. It provides high-quality advice on a wide range of shipping matters both domestically and internationally. The group recently worked with Ince & Co. on various maritime files.
The tax team at this Portuguese powerhouse is divided between the firm's Lisbon, Funchal and Porto offices. Sources commend the group for its tax planning advice within corporate restructuring operations, and its strength in tax litigation. The team regularly advises EDP - Energias de Portugal on the tax implications of its international M&A, and also represents the company in tax litigation cases. Its client portfolio includes numerous multinationals such as Barclays, Mitsubishi and Siemens. Sources view the group as “one of the leading tax practices in the country” and enthuse about its pragmatic approach.
This well-established Portuguese firm houses its tax team within the public law and international law department. Operating out of Lisbon, Porto and Funchal, the 20-strong group offers a one-s service covering international and domestic tax law. Its client list includes Accenture, Barclays, EDP - Energias de Portugal and Lusoponte. Sources say: "A standout firm with a very good and reputable team." "The best tax lawyers in Portugal."
The scope and size of this national powerhouse's Porto office make it a clear leader in the region. It has 35 lawyers across a number of departments dedicated to specific practice areas. The lawyers are most active in corporate and tax matters, and also advise on competition, employment, litigation, IP and administrative law. The firm acts for an array of national and international clients including BNI, BPN and Mota-Engil. Sources say: "The firm really understands our company; it has really got to know the ins and outs of our business."
What the team is known for: Maintains an exceptional reputation for its expertise in domestic and international tax matters including litigation, arbitration and transfer pricing. Noted for its strong presence in lusophone Africa. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): "A discreet, very solid and well-rounded team; it is my first option for tax." Work highlights: Assisted EDP with several tax litigation and arbitration cases.
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."
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. "One of the best Portuguese firms with respect to tax litigation. Very pragmatic and it really has a good approach to the client." "Top level for worldwide law firms; very professional, client-focused and always available." "An excellent firm and excellent people."
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."
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."

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."

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. Frequently assists clients with the tax aspects of corporate and real estate acquisitions and disposals.

Experienced team that advises on the full gamut of real estate matters including acquisitions, joint ventures and property bids. Works with a wide range of clients from the banking, hospitality and construction sectors on due diligence, and SPA agreement negotiation and drafting.

One client affirms that "the quality of the services provided is outstanding," and further states: "The approach adopted was technically excellent but at the same time very practical." The team is further praised for its "availability to exchange info and know-how with other third parties and colleagues from other countries."

Chambers Global

This 20-member team enjoys a well-earned reputation as “one of the best tax groups in the country - it is technically flawless and amazingly solid,” market sources confirmed. Over the past year the lawyers played a key role in ground-breaking hostile takeover bids, representing Sonae and Millennium BCP. As well as its strong Lisbon-based group, the firm fields noteworthy tax outfits in Porto and Madeira. The practice covers the whole spectrum of tax matters, advising public and private companies from the pharmaceutical, financial, tourism, energy and telecoms industries. Clients reported: “The quality of the work is outstanding - this is the perfect choice if you have a complicated case.” Clients/Work Highlights: The team advised Abbott on structuring the acquisition of Guidant’s business in Portugal, and represented Chevron in matters relating to its Madeira companies and its investment structures. The group also provided tax advice to Grupo Jerónimo Martins relating to major restructuring and litigation issues. Other leading clients include Caixa Geral De Depósitos; Deustche Bank; Inforauto; Tap and Mercapital.
The integration of Porto’s leading tax team as part of the merger with Osório de Castro, Verde Pinho, Vieira Peres, Lobo Xavier e Associados has “reinforced an already large and extremely potent department,” according to sources. The group boasts an impressive roster of domestic and international clients and handles the whole spectrum of tax issues, including litigation at all levels. Clients praise the “strength and depth” of the team and highlight its “outstanding track record.” The firm’s Madeira office is also thriving, advising leading US and European multinationals such as Chevron; PepsiCo; Santander Group and NatWest. Clients/Work Highlights: In litigation, over the past year the firm successfully represented EDP on VAT matters; Nobre over personal income tax; Impresa on double tax treaties; and Borealis on transfer pricing matters. The team advised EDP Group on specific tax incentives for new shareholders in the privatisation of 5% of its share capital. Further highlights include advising several public entities such as social security institutes, local councils and other state departments on corporate income tax, capital gains and property taxes. Other clients include Diba; Bank of America; Deutsche Bank; Barclays Capital and Eurohypo.
This substantial team has a “terrific knowledge of tax legislation, excellent international experience and a tremendous turnover.” Over the past twelve months, the group has been particularly active assisting its blue-chip clients on a significant number of tax reorganisations and a range of other tax issues. Judicial and administrative litigation are other key areas of development of this practice, whose lawyers also regularly assist on the firm’s M&A, project finance and privatisation transactions. Clients/Work Highlights: The team advised the Portuguese government in the sale of non-performing tax and social security claims for securitisation, involving an initial purchase price of approximately €1.8 billion of claims, with a nominal amount of €11.5 billion. This operation was the first of its kind carried out by a European state. The practice also assisted Pestana Group on the reorganisation of structures related to the taxation of its intellectual and industrial property, cash pooling and other tourist-related activities, and represented EDP Group in relation to several corporate transactions as well as in international operations in Spain and Brazil. Highlights of the year include the team’s assistance to Banco Espírito Santo, as the Portuguese mandated lead arranger of a USD2.25 billion jumbo loan for financing debts of the Angolan state and Angolan entities owed to the Portuguese state and a group of Portuguese banks and financial institutions. Other clients on the roster include: Portucel; Chevron Texaco; Santander Group; UniCredit; Nutrexpa; McKinsey; HP; Lusoponte; Impresa Group; BCP and Makro.
The “solid teamwork and high integrity” of this group makes it “an absolute delight”. It is especially noted for assisting the Portuguese Republic and the Ministry of Finance in the tax and social claims operation. “Aggressive and proactive”, it stakes its reputation on such complex cases as Vivendi’s involvement in the public water supply. The team also advises on the tax aspects of M&A, project finance and privatization transactions. The Clients: Chevron Texaco; BP; Goldman Sachs; Lehman Brothers; JP Morgan Chase; Santander Group; Banca Intesa; Nutrexpa; Telefónica.

Legal 500

Tier 2

Shipping and Transport

2008
Widely acknowledged as one of the most prominent tax teams in the market, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados boasts Lisbon-based Francisco DE Sousa da Câmara and Oporto-based António Lobo Xavier, both visible on several high-profile tax structures for major corporates and entities. One client commented: ‘Sousa da Camara stands out for his striking technical abilities, he is a real gentleman in the way he manages his team, an excellent professional’. The firm was recently advising the Portuguese Central Bank, Banco de Portugal, in connection with the dissolution and liquidation of a financial institution that entered bankruptcy. Other major clients include Chevron Texaco, Deutsche Bank (UK) and the Sonae.com group.
Tier 2

Shipping

2007
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares Da Silva & Associados' Francisco Sousa da Câmara is regularly singled out as an outstanding tax expert. Widely acclaimed partner António Lobo Xavier joins him in the leadership of the firm's tax department. Boasting a team of 19 lawyers, spanning Lisbon, Oporto and Madeira, the firm's highlights included advising EDP Group on the privatisation of 5% of the share capital of EDP and advising Deutsche Bank in a securities-lending agreement, concerning shares in Portuguese listed companies.
Tier 2

Shipping

2006
The sheer experience and highly distinguished reputation of partner Francisco de Sousa da Câmara in the market secures Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados’ position as a leading practice in the field. In addition, having merged with Osório de Castro, Verde Pinho, Vieira Peres, Lobo Xavier e Associados, the firm saw one of the country’s most cherished tax experts, António Lobo Xavier, integrate into its astounding team of partners. The firm’s capabilities in complex matters were noted in its advice to EDP group, namely in the privatisation of 11% of its share capital. This was a ground-breaking transaction and the largest-ever in Portugal, which was intended to finance the acquisition of a 56.2% stake in Spanish energy company Hidroeléctrica del Cantábrico. Particular tax work was performed in order to have new shareholders benefit from specific tax incentives.
Tier 2

Shipping

2005
One of the most renowned tax practices in the market is that of Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares Da Silva & Associados, led by tax specialist Francisco Sousa da Camara. The firm boasts the largest team of tax experts, as recognised by the Portuguese Bar Association, in the country. One of the firm’s most complex high profile issues of last year was the tax advice given to the Portuguese government regarding the securitisation of outstanding tax and social security receipts.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados’ shipping practice is split across three offices, with António Lobo Xavier in Oporto and Francisco de Sousa da Câmara shared between Lisbon and Madeira. The team advises on management and maintainence procedures for several shipping companies established with the International Business Centre of Madeira (IBCM). The team also assists such clients with the registration of fleet vessels with the International Shipping Register of Madeira (‘MAR’).
Although Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados saw the departure of Paulo Núncio and Filipa Correia Pinto in 2008, the team also welcomed the arrival of two new associates. Labeled ‘ the best’, the team is involved in some very high-profile tax structures. Recent work includes advising Accenture on the restructuring of accounting and financial services in the health sector, particularly when setting up a special vehicle. In addition to its consulting services, the team conducts tax litigation for a number of multinationals, having recently won an important case at the Administrative Supreme Court for its client Borealis. The team advises a number of banking clients, such as Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, Barclays Capital, Credit Suisse, Bank of America and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Francisco de Sousa da Câmara is considered by many to be ‘ outstanding’, while Oporto-based António Lobo Xavier is praised for his ‘ capacity, knowledge and commitment to the client’.
Shipping law is a key strength of Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados’ 19-strong transport law team. ‘Able to give precise advice on time and with an exceptional attention to detail’, the team is led by António Lobo Xavier in Oporto, and Francisco de Sousa da Câmara, who splits his time between Lisbon and Madeira. The team advises a range of international and domestic shipping companies on management and maintenance procedures, and on the registration of fleet vessels with the International Shipping Register of Madeira.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados’ Oporto team by size, reach and the scale of work it handles, has an edge over its competitors. Regarded as ‘the complete commercial team’, and replete with ‘strong experience and hands-on skills’, the group works seamlessly with counterparts in other offices on large finance and corporate deals. The ‘deeply knowledgeable’ Carlos Osório de Castro advised Banco Comercial Portugês on a €900m issue of subordinated debt and more widely handles a range of corporate and finance matters. Joaquim Vieira Peres is a prominent figure on competition matters and has advised on competition compliance programmes for several clients. António Lobo Xavier’s tax work marks him out as ‘an exemplary adviser’ and he counts Jerónimo Martins, Mota Engil and Sonaecom among his clients. Eduardo Verde Pinho also draws praise for his ‘intelligence and personal approach’, and in 2008 he advised Laboratório de Patologia Clínica Hílario Lima on the sale of share capital to SwissLab.
Without a doubt at the top,’ Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados remains the most prominent firm in Oporto, with capabilities in numerous areas. As ‘one of the best lawyers in the country’, the ‘outstanding’ Carlos Osório de Castro excels on corporate deals and capital markets work, and in 2010 advised Teixeira Duarte on its €970m sale of a stake in Cimpor to Camargo Corrêa. Eduardo Verde Pinho is also recommended for his business acumen in corporate work. The group’s telecoms experts regularly advise Sonaecom Group. Joaquim Vieira Peres is the primary contact for complex EU and competition work, and acts for ZON TV Cabo Portugal and Sonae Investimentos. António Lobo Xavier is highly recommended for tax work, and is advising Barclays Capital on an intragroup financing project worth €1.7bn.
António Lobo Xavier and Francisco Sousa da Câmara co-head the transport group at Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, which is particularly expert in shipping law. Clients include Single Buoy Moorings and United European Car Carriers. Senior lawyer Manuel Freitas Pita provides support from the Madeira office, and advises international shipping companies on registering fleet vessels.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados has an excellent tax group, featuring ‘one of the best tax specialists in Portugal’, Francisco de Sousa da Câmara, who is ‘really something else’. The team advises clients such as Mota-Engil, Nobre Alimentação and EDP on their ongoing tax needs, and also has expertise in taxes relating to M&A and financing. The team advised Barclays Capital on the Portuguese element of an intragroup financing operation worth €1.7bn. António Lobo Xavier leads in Oporto, and acted for the Grupo Jerónimo Martins on various tax liquidation claims.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados demonstrates ‘a good level of assertiveness in legal advice and litigation’. It acts for Banco Santander Consumer Portugal and Barclays Bank in litigation and advisory matters, and is also advising Turbogás on the new Portuguese tax regime. Other clients include EDP, Chevron Texaco, Cofina and Sonaecom. Francisco de Sousa da Câmara is recommended, and Oporto-based António Lobo Xavier is ‘particularly good’. Senior associate António Côrte-Real Neves’ experience includes consumer tax work, including petrol and alcohol tax.
The ‘extremely competent, reliable and responsive’ team at Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados provides ‘outstanding advice and representation in tax disputes’. Francisco de Sousa da Câmara advised Abbott on its global split into two public companies, and is assisting Barraqueiro Transportes in a corporate income tax arbitration against the Portuguese state. Oporto-based António Lobo Xavier acts for Barclays Bank. Isabel Santos Fidalgo ‘takes all possible scenarios into consideration’, António Côrte-Real Neves is ‘very meticulous and assertive’, and Nuno de Oliveira Garcia is ‘excellent’.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados’ full-service team is particularly recommended for disputes; litigator Nuno de Oliveira Garcia is ‘outstanding’. Francisco de Sousa da Câmara is recommended for complex disputes. Carlos Botelho Moniz is recommended for European issues, and Pedro de Gouveia e Melo is also rated highly along with Isabel Santos Fidalgo, Oporto-based António Lobo Xavier, and customs and excise expert António Côrte-Real Neves. ‘Bright’ associate Bruno Santiago takes ‘a truly innovative and smart approach to problems’.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados assisted Caixa Geral de Depósitos, as vendor, during the privatisation of its insurance business, advising on corporate income tax, VAT, transfer pricing and stamp duty. Francisco de Sousa da Câmara and Oporto-based António Lobo Xavier co-head the team and Bruno Santiago is ‘a first-class tax expert’. António Pedro Braga and Maria Quintela were promoted to the partnership in 2014.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados provides ‘detailed and professional’ advice on tax structuring, compliance and litigation. Oporto-based António Lobo Xavier and ‘tax expert’ Francisco de Sousa da Câmara head the team, which includes António Pedro Braga, Maria Quintela and recently promoted partner Bruno Santiago.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados handles tax structuring and compliance matters, as well as disputes. Oporto-based António Lobo Xavier and "tax expert" Francisco de Sousa da Câmara, who is based in Lisbon, jointly head the practice, which also includes Bruno Santiago. Former Secretary of State for Fiscal Affairs Paulo Núncio joined as of counsel in 2016.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados offers ‘extremely high-quality service’. In 2017, it represented EDP Renováveis in litigation concerning the payment of €30m in tax for capital gains derived from the sale of shares, which allegedly violated EU law. The team is headed jointly by the Oporto-based António Pedro Braga and António Lobo Xavier, who have ‘strong technical knowledge and understand business realities’, and Lisbon-based ‘tax expert’ Francisco de Sousa da Câmara.

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.

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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.
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.
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
"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.

Francisco de Sousa da Câmara

Band 1 Tax
2016

Bruno Santiago

Up & Coming Tax
2016

António Lobo Xavier

Band 1 Tax
2016
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.
Bruno Santiago impresses market commentators with his "fantastic" tax know-how and handles a variety of issues including tax litigation.
Francisco de Sousa da Câmara is considered one of the top tax practitioners in the country. He co-ordinates the Lisbon and Funchal teams.
António Lobo Xavier co-ordinates the team in Porto and is said to be "one of the best for tax."
Clients enjoy working with Nuno Oliveira Garcia and admire his "strong technical skills."
Sources describe associate Bruno Santiago as "the best of the new generation. He is dynamic and not afraid of presenting new ideas."
Francisco de Sousa da Câmara co-ordinates the Lisbon and Funchal teams. Sources say he is "calm, thinks ahead and is very strategic."
António Lobo Xavier co-ordinates the Porto team. He maintains an excellent reputation for his expertise in this area.
Tax specialist António Lobo Xavier is a well-known figure in the local and national markets. He is representing Barclays Bank in a number of tax litigation matters.
António Lobo Xavier is the driving force behind the Porto team. Interviewees note his “strength in court and excellent arguments before the tax authorities."
Leading light Francisco de Sousa da Câmara heads the team in Lisbon and Madeira and is hailed for his tax litigation skills.
Leading the practice in Lisbon and Funchal is prestigious lawyer Francisco de Sousa da Câmara, who comes highly recommended for complex corporate tax matters.
António Lobo Xavier co-ordinates the Porto practice. He is commended for his “deep understanding of the Portuguese tax system and real dedication to clients.”
Madeira-based lawyer Cátia Henriques Fernandes is recommended for her knowledge of offshore cases and her “prompt and thorough assistance.”
Leading light Francisco de Sousa da Câmara heads the team in Lisbon and Madeira and is hailed for his tax litigation skills.
"Excellent" tax specialist Francisco de Sousa da Câmara leads the group in Lisbon and Madeira, and is held in high regard by commentators.
Also a leading figure in the market, Porto practice head António Lobo Xavier draws praise for his "profound expertise," deep understanding of the big picture and ability to deal with complex problems.
Funchal-based associate Cátia Henriques Fernandes is recommended for her shipping knowledge.
Lisbon and Madeira head of practice Francisco de Sousa da Câmara is a specialist in international tax and transfer pricing, and “undoubtedly one of the best lawyers in the field.” One source enthused: “He is excellent academically – and that helps to put him ahead of the competition.”
Porto department head António Lobo Xavier splits his time between tax and general business law. He is an “extremely intelligent and amazingly creative lawyer,” with clients remarking on his excellent connections and broad vision.
Clients admire Francisco de Sousa da Câmara for his great local and international tax knowledge. “We always feel safe in his hands,” one client commented.
António Lobo Xavier is “amazing technically,” and impresses clients with his consistently “proactive, reliable and competent” advice.
Peers unhesitatingly recommend Francisco de Sousa da Câmara, widely considered “one of Portugal’s very best in the tax arena” and a number-one choice for many making client referrals. “Well known and extremely experienced,” he is an “incredibly precise lawyer with outstanding technical skills,” according to sources.
António Lobo Xavier joined the firm as part of the merger and heads the team in Porto. Commentators sing his praises, describing him as a “highly intelligent and terrifically knowledgeable lawyer.”

Chambers Global

Clients admire Francisco de Sousa da Câmara for his great local and international tax knowledge. “We always feel safe in his hands,” one client commented.
António Lobo Xavier is “amazing technically,” and impresses clients with his consistently “proactive, reliable and competent” advice.
Peers unhesitatingly recommend Francisco de Sousa da Câmara, widely considered “one of Portugal’s very best in the tax arena” and a number-one choice for many making client referrals. “Well known and extremely experienced,” he is an “incredibly precise lawyer with outstanding technical skills,” according to sources.
António Lobo Xavier joined the firm as part of the merger and heads the team in Porto. Commentators sing his praises, describing him as a “highly intelligent and terrifically knowledgeable lawyer.”
Market connoisseurs agree that Francisco de Sousa da Câmara is “one of the top tax lawyers the country has to offer.” Sources admired his “remarkable litigation skills and ability to deal with complex international transactions,” while one key client commented: “He relishes a challenge.”
António Lobo Xavier joined the firm as part of the merger and heads the team in Porto. Commentators sing his praises, describing him as a “highly intelligent and terrifically knowledgeable lawyer.”
Francisco de Sousa da Câmara is renowned for covering complex international tax matters, offering some of the “best tax litigation expertise around”. As leader of the team, he has advised Pestana Group on the reorganization related to the taxation of intellectual and industrial property, namely on international transfer pricing issues.

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Band 3 Tax
2005

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Francisco de Sousa da Câmara

Leading Lawyer Tax
2019

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2018

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Tax
2018

António Lobo Xavier

Corporate; Tax
2018

Francisco Mendes da Silva

Tax
2018

António Côrte-Real Neves

Tax Law
2017

António Lobo Xavier

Corporate; Tax
2017

António Pedro Braga

Tax
2017

Bruno Santiago

Tax
2017

Cátia Henriques Fernandes

Transportation
2017

Francisco de Sousa da Câmara

Tax
2017

Francisco Mendes da Silva

Tax
2017

Maria Quintela

Tax
2017

Rui Ribeiro Lima

Planning; Real Estate
2017

António Côrte-Real Neves

Tax
2016

António Lobo Xavier

Corporate; Tax
2016

António Pedro Braga

Tax
2016

Bruno Santiago

Tax
2016

Cátia Henriques Fernandes

Transportation
2016

Francisco de Sousa da Câmara

Tax
2016

Francisco Mendes da Silva

Tax
2016

João Basto Correia

Tax
2016

Maria Quintela

Tax
2016

José Almeida Fernandes

Tax Law
2015

João Basto Correia

Tax Law
2015

Francisco Mendes da Silva

Tax Law
2015

Francisco de Sousa da Câmara

Tax Law
2015

António Lobo Xavier

Tax Law
2015

Nuno de Oliveira Garcia

Tax
2015

António Pedro Braga

Tax
2015

Maria Quintela

Tax
2015

Bruno Santiago

Tax
2015

José Almeida Fernandes

Tax
2014

António Côrte-Real Neves

Tax
2014

Francisco de Sousa da Câmara

Tax
2014

António Lobo Xavier

Tax
2014

Nuno de Oliveira Garcia

Tax
2014

António Pedro Braga

Tax
2014

Bruno Santiago

Tax
2014

José Almeida Fernandes

Tax
2013

António Côrte-Real Neves

Tax
2013

Francisco de Sousa da Câmara

Tax
2013

António Lobo Xavier

Tax
2013

Nuno de Oliveira Garcia

Tax
2013

António Pedro Braga

Tax
2013

Bruno Santiago

Tax
2013

Cátia Henriques Fernandes

Transportation
2013

Francisco de Sousa da Câmara

Tax
2012

António Lobo Xavier

Tax
2012

Carlos Osório de Castro

Technology
2012

Carlos Osório de Castro

Telecommunications
2012

Cátia Henriques Fernandes

Transportation
2012

Francisco de Sousa da Câmara

Tax
2010

António Lobo Xavier

Tax
2010

Cátia Henriques Fernandes

Transportation
2010
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