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“Swift responses, proactive attitude, and clear and concise reports” are reasons why clients choose this team. Both the Lisbon and Porto offices enjoy an enviable client portfolio that includes local and international companies investing across the whole country, particularly in tourism projects. Clients/Work Highlights: The firm advised Abertis on the EUR400 million acquisition and development of a logistics park in central Portugal. It also represented Acordo in the incorporation of a real estate investment fund management company and real estate funds for the acquisition and development of tourism projects, a deal valued at EUR400 million. The team continues to advise Lusoponte on the concession agreement related to the 25 de Abril Bridge, Vasco da Gama Bridge and the third crossing over the river Tagus in Lisbon. Other major clients include APL; Eurohypo; HJ Heinz; ING Real Estate and Pontegadea.
The firm’s diverse real estate practice involves acting for various national and international clients on the entire range of real estate issues. This “top and solid firm” spreads the practice between the real estate corporate and transactional department and the administrative, real estate and urban planning group. Real estate work in the tourism industry has been a particular feature of the team’s recent workload. Clients agree that they choose the firm “because the lawyers always drive projects forward,” and highlight the lawyers’ “availability, attention to detail and ability to explain arguments clearly.” Clients/Work Highlights: The team advised local investors and Hilton International Grand Vacations Co in all Portuguese regulatory matters regarding their operations in the Algarve. The firm represented Meridien in an international arbitration related to a business dispute with the owner of a hotel in Africa. The group also acts for Abertis; Jerónimo Martins; Lusotur; Sonae Sierra; Saip and Parque Expo.
This firm attracts clients with its broad range of specialisations and its lawyers' excellent availability and dedication. The real estate department advises on public law and planning, and benefits from a strong track record in construction and tourism matters. It recently advised SAIP on the planning and construction of a tourist resort in Alqueva, in Alentejo, a development that includes four golf courses, three hotels and several residential units.
The real estate practice at this highly regarded firm is integrated into the planning section of the public law department. It advised Eiffage on the planning and construction project for the Barreiro Retail Planet, and assisted regular client Sonae Sierra Group with real estate and construction matters linked to shopping centres. The team wins praise for building strong relationships with its clients through the high quality of its work, and its dedication to getting to know clients' business and interests.
This team focuses on corporate real estate, tourism and urban planning, and its areas of expertise include finance, planning and litigation. The group has a multidisciplinary team of nine practitioners, each of whom offers different skills; however, clients invariably report commercial awareness and a practical approach to be common to all the firm's lawyers. Sources say: "Part of the Portuguese magic circle.
This leading Portuguese firm provides a full real estate service concentrating on tourism, corporate real estate and planning. Within those areas the team works on a variety of real estate issues including M&A, investment, litigation, structures and financing. The group boasts an extensive list of multinational clients such as Zara, Abertis Infraestructuras, Mousquetaires and VINCI, the latter of which it assisted with the tender for the operation of the car parks of the major Portuguese airports.
Clients commend the work performed by this highly regarded Portuguese firm. The real estate practice is divided into two groups, one focusing on corporate matters and the other on urban planning. This ensures that the department is able to handle everything from transactional work and real estate financings to planning and zoning advice. The team has expertise in the tourism, retail and parking sectors, amongst others, and recently represented Ponte Gadea in its EUR18.5 million acquisition of the Eurolex Building in Lisbon. Sources say: "I want to highlight the permanent availability of the lawyers and their continual focus on creating new solutions for very complex transactions."
What the team is known for: Excellent track record in real estate transactions in the tourism and infrastructure sectors, with additional expertise in planning. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) "The lawyers are responsive and efficient, no matter what question we raise." Work highlights: Advised EDP - Energias de Portugal on the sale of six buildings. Assisted Pontegadea with the acquisition of a building in Lisbon's Avenida da Liberdade.
Noted for its significant corporate know-how in real estate matters stemming from M&A and joint ventures. Recent focus on real estate investment including rehabilitation. "The team inspires trust and has lawyers of great skill and merit." "The lawyers respond quickly and show availability."
Experienced team specialised in transactional real estate matters, supported by corporate law strength. Advises on real estate M&A, joint ventures and portfolio transactions. Offers expertise in urban planning, with highlighted skill in rehabilitation for investment in residential and commercial property. "The firm is very well known and has a good reputation. The service is at a high level, and we can trust the lawyers." "The lawyers are very available, fast to answer questions, confident and respectful."
Experienced team specialised in transactional real estate matters, supported by corporate law strength. Advises on real estate M&A, joint ventures and portfolio transactions. Offers expertise in urban planning, with highlighted skill in rehabilitation for investment in residential and commercial property. Also advises on the acquisition of land plots for hotels, office space and industrial developments. Sources appreciate the practice's skill in this area, calling it "a great team and very efficient."
What the team is known for:  Experienced team specialised in real estate matters that often have a key corporate law component. Advises on the due diligence and transactional aspects of M&A operations or portfolio sales. Acts on both the lender and borrower sides of real estate finance or refinancing transactions. Assists with the acquisition of land plots for hotel, student residence and industrial developments. Also negotiates construction contracts on behalf of developers.  Strengths:  "In terms of due diligence they ensure that it is a swift process and help us to get to the bottom of the main risks and considerations," states one client, going on to say: "On the transaction side they are detail-oriented and focused on meeting our objectives." Another client note the firm's suitability to handle "any kind of big transaction that requires a team that covers several areas," noting: "They have the team to support this kind of transaction and can ensure that the project is performed without any interruption."

Experienced team specialised in real estate matters that often have a key corporate law component. Advises on the due diligence and transactional aspects of M&A operations or asset deals, further to offering expertise in real estate finance. Assists with the acquisition of land plots for hotel and student residences. Also negotiates construction contracts on behalf of developers. Works closely with the firm's tax and public law departments. "Throughout the work we could feel that they combine the best features of a global network and local knowledge,"state clients. Another client characterises the department as "versatile," explaining that "it is a diversified team that covers all areas of real estate."

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.

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 enthuses: "I was very satisfied with all interactions, as they always conducted thorough due diligence and always showed high availability for urgent matters, even during the lockdown period. They provided important support on complex negotiations, including support in the development of a road map with all the conditions precedent for the closing of the transaction." Another client notes: "They are well organised and offer specific knowledge of the subject areas."

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The firm’s diverse real estate practice involves acting for various national and international clients on the entire range of real estate issues. This “top and solid firm” spreads the practice between the real estate corporate and transactional department and the administrative, real estate and urban planning group. Real estate work in the tourism industry has been a particular feature of the team’s recent workload. Clients agree that they choose the firm “because the lawyers always drive projects forward,” and highlight the lawyers’ “availability, attention to detail and ability to explain arguments clearly.” Clients/Work Highlights: Recent notable deals include assisting abertis on the EUR400 structure, acquisition and development of a Portuguese logistic park. The team also represented Vila Sol on the planning and construction of a five-star tourism resort. Sonae Sierra engaged the team on constructions and real estate issues concerning a shopping centre. The group also acts for Macquarie; HJ Heinz; Pernod Ricard; Pontegadea; Lusoponte; Abbott Laboratórios, LDA; Saip and Parque Expo.
Clients were impressed with the quality of this ten-lawyer team’s work. The group has considerable experience in the field and has rendered advice to the Portuguese government and municipalities regarding urban operations and the provision of innovative solutions. Clients/Work Highlights: The team advised the Portuguese government on the creation of a programme to relocate several ministries and public services. It assisted Sonae on real estate matters relating to shopping centres, land use and planning. Saip instructed the group on the planning and construction of a €620 million tourism real estate venture in the Alentejo. Other clients include: Lusotur; Metro Sul do Tejo; Parque Expo; Inditex; Junta de Turismo da Costa do Estoril; Vila Sol; Lusoponte and Casa Amiga.
Clients applauded the group as "an absolute pleasure" with its consistency in quality. It advised Pestana Group concerning the privatisation of Enatur and separatley represented Akeler Group of companies in the €60 million development and operation of the Quinta da Fonte office park. The firm also handled a subsequent sale involving the same office park in a deal estomated at about €127 million. The Clients: The team has advised Pestana Group, Parque Expo and Akeler Group of Companies among others.

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Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados’ first-class real estate team advised Abertis Logistica on the €400m structure, acquisition and development of a logistics park in Portugal. Filipa Arantes Pedroso spearheads the six-fee-earner team. Eurohypo Aktiengesellschaft instructed the firm last year regarding a €500m mortgage credit for real estate developments. ‘They are very strong in getting the deal through,’ one client said.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares Da Silva & Associados' highly commended real estate practice is spearheaded by Filipa Arantes Pedroso, and boasts a team of six fee-earners. The firm was most notably involved in advising Abertis on a €400m acquisition and development of a logistics park in Portugal. João Pereira Reis and Filipa Arantes Pedroso were the key partners involved. Other highlights included acting for Eurohypo AG on a €342m mortgage credit to real estate developments. Finance expert Luís Branco was the partner leading this matter.
Also recognised as a leading practice, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados advised Sonae Sierra Group on various issues, namely shopping centres, land use planning and municipal taxes, and Vilamoura XX, a €350m urban development project in the Algarve. Partner João Pereira Reis led the firm’s advice in these transactions. The firm was also advising SAIP on the planning and construction of a €900m tourism real estate venture in the south of Portugal.
Morais Leitão,Galvão Teles,Soares da Silva & Associados boasts a strong real estate practice, having advised Akeler in a €150m acquisition of several plots of land for the development and operation of Quinta da Fonte Office Park. Other highlights include advising Spanish company, Ponte Gadea in the purchase of 18 hotels in Portugal.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is recognised as having ‘ several very strong clients’, many of which are pulled from the tourism sector. One such client includes SAIP, whom the firm advised on the planning and construction of a tourism real estate venture in Alentejo. The team is also advising Vila Sol on the planning and construction a €320m tourism development. Meanwhile, Sonae Sierra has instructed the firm to advise on real estate matters related to shoppings centres, land use, planning and municipal taxes. Fernanda Matoso heads this 6 fee-earner team that also includes the notable João Pereira Reis.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is ‘very good for real estate advice’, and its sharp focus on the tourism sector has brought a flow of work. Led by Fernanda Matoso, the group also features João Pereira Reis, who recently advised Logoálapega on the planning and construction of tourism real estate ventures valued at €310m. Elsewhere, Pereira Reis acted for Sonae Sierra on real estate and construction matters surrounding the development of shopping centres.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados has developed notable expertise in commercial real estate, where zoning expert João Pereira Reis continues to advise Sonae Sierra on shopping centres. The team advised Eurohypo on the €24m refinancing of Arrabida Shopping, and is assisting a domestic bank with the €350m sale of seven shopping malls. The group also handles wider real estate instructions encompassing contentious
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados handles real estate acquisitions, financing, disputes and planning matters. It advised EDP on the sale and subsequent leaseback of four buildings in Lisbon; real estate M&A specialist Filipa Arantes Pedroso led the deal with the assistance of Rita Ferreira Vicente and Rui Ribeiro Lima. João Pereira Reis provides ongoing advice to Sonae Sierra Group on planning and municipal taxation pertaining to its shopping centres.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados regularly wins key instructions on high-profile transactions. Filipa Arantes Pedroso led a team, which included new partner Rita Ferreira Vicente and Rui Ribeiro Lima, advising Fundo de Pensões EDP on two deals relating to the sale and leaseback of buildings in Lisbon’s business centre. João Pereira Reis is a key name for environment matters and real estate litigation.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is increasingly advising private equity funds on real estate transactions. In a particular work highlight, the team acted for Oaktree European Principal Fund III in purchasing land and buildings for residential use. Filipa Arantes Pedroso and Rita Ferreira Vicente often work together with the firm’s planning and environment teams.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is ‘efficient, committed and professional’ in dealing with commercial, industrial and shopping centre acquisitions. On the seller side, it advised EDP Imobiliária on its disposal of an asset portfolio, and assisted Colony NorthStar with its sale of a retail park. Rita Ferreira Vicente and practice head Filipa Arantes Pedroso act in close co-operation with the planning and environment teams.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associado handled a wide range of real estate work, including acting on the buyer and seller sides in portfolio transactions and on M&A involving real estate assets, among others for EDP in several property sales, as well as for funds and developers. João Torroaes Valente joined from Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho as practice co-head in April 2018, bringing with him client BNP Paribas Real Estate, which he assisted in the negotiation of a joint venture with SIL for the development of a 74,000sqm mixed-use office and residential project in Alcântara. Filipa Arantes Pedroso is the other practice co-head.

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Clients say that Filipa Arantes Pedroso offers "outstanding technical knowledge combined with commercial awareness." "She is happy to connect us to people we need and is great at managing processes," states another source, adding: "She is efficient, effective and direct." She has a strong reputation among peers for her experience in real estate transactions that are structured as share deals.
Rita Ferreira Vicente assists both domestic and international clients with real estate acquisitions and developments. "She is focused and pays a lot of attention to detail," says one client, adding: "She knows every detail of our project by heart and offers an immediate response." Peers note her increasing importance in the firm's real estate department and highlight her particular experience in real estate finance mandates.
Department head Filipa Arantes Pedroso regularly assists clients with major real estate transactions, such as asset and share deals, sale and leasebacks and tourism projects. She is lauded by sources for her "global comprehension and deep understanding of the national and international real estate sector."
Rita Ferreira Vicente has expertise in the development of office parks, shopping centres and negotiating real estate contracts. Clients describe her as "on the ball and available." Recently, she advised ING on the financing of a EUR79 million term loan granted to refinance the development of Alegro Setúbal Shopping Centre.

Filipa Arantes Pedroso

Band 3 Real Estate
2016

Rita Ferreira Vicente

Up & Coming Real Estate
2016
Clients say practice head Filipa Arantes Pedroso "provides a lot of confidence," while peers point out that "she is a very experienced lawyer."
Senior associate Rita Ferreira Vicente is highlighted for her skill in real estate finance as well as "good technical knowledge and full availability."
Practice head Filipa Arantes Pedroso has extensive experience as a real estate lawyer. She recently led on the EDP transaction.
Filipa Arantes Pedroso heads up the corporate side of the real estate practice.
Senior associate Filipe Freitas da Costa is recognised for his corporate real estate activity.
Young partner Filipe Freitas da Costa enjoys a good reputation in the real estate and tourism sectors.
Partner Filipa Arantes Pedroso is “greatly efficient and a brilliant negotiator,” according to her clients.
Filipe Freitas da Costa, who is praised for approaching the real estate sector from a corporate angle; clients say he is “a solutions-driven lawyer who’s always available to us.”
Undoubtedly a high-profile name in the area, João Pereira Reis continues to elicit praise. Competitors state: “He is an excellent adviser for his clients,” and label him “one of the best lawyers ever.”
Head of the administrative, real estate and urban planning practice, Fernanda Matoso, is described as “an excellent, experienced lawyer who does outstanding work.”
With notable experience in M&A real estate operations, Filipe Freitas da Costa is an asset to the group. “He is a hard-working lawyer with the ability to deliver excellent results in complex situations," clients commented.

Chambers Global

Undoubtedly a high-profile name in the area, João Pereira Reis continues to elicit praise. Competitors state, “He is an excellent adviser for his clients,” and label him “one of the best lawyers ever.”
Head of the administrative, real estate and urban planning practice Fernanda Matoso is described as “an excellent, experienced lawyer who does outstanding work.”
According to clients, Fernanda Matoso’s “systematic and patient approach is perfect for handling long, complicated matters.”
João Pereira Reis specialises in public and administrative law but also has expertise in real estate, zoning and environmental issues. One interviewee said: “He is great value in negotiations with the local authorities as he is extremely well connected.”
Fernada Matoso was recommended as "highly professional and consistent in her work". She was one of the advisers to Parque Expo regarding Cidade Administrativa, an urban rehabilitation project that includes buildings to be used by the Portugueses public administration. The case also involved an arbitration element.
Clients recommended João Pereirs Reis for his expertise in real estate and zoning, recalling that he appears to "always get involved in the biggest transactions".

Legal 500

João Torroaes Valente

Leading Lawyer Real Estate and construction
2019

Best Lawyers

Filipa Arantes Pedroso

Real Estate
2018

Rita Ferreira Vicente

Real Estate
2018

Luís Gagliardini Graça

Real Estate
2018

João Pereira Reis

Environmental Law; Land Use and Zoning Law; Planning; Real Estate
2018

Rui Ribeiro Lima

Planning; Real Estate
2018

Bernardo Maria Lobo Xavier

Construction; Corporate; Mergers and Aquisitions; Real Estate
2018

Filipa Arantes Pedroso

Real Estate
2017

Filipa Arantes Pedroso

Construction; Real Estate
2016

Filipa Arantes Pedroso

Real Estate
2015

Filipa Arantes Pedroso

Construction Law
2015

Bernardo Maria Lobo Xavier

Real Estate
2015

Rui Ribeiro Lima

Real Estate
2015

Rui Ribeiro Lima

Planning
2015

Bernardo Maria Lobo Xavier

Construction Law
2014

Bernardo Maria Lobo Xavier

Real Estate
2013

Rui Ribeiro Lima

Real Estate
2013

João Pereira Reis

Planning
2012

Carlos Osório de Castro

Technology
2012

Carlos Osório de Castro

Telecommunications
2012

João Pereira Reis

Planning
2010
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