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Chambers Global

The 2004 merger of Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles & Associados and Miguel Galvão Teles, João Soares da Silva & Associados cemented the group’s reputation as Portugal’s “leader” in banking and finance issues. Clients feel its “fantastic client base” and “star practitioners” put the firm “right at the very top of the list”. Other observers also viewed the combination as a success, pointing to the additional client build-up and deeper talent pool – including 85 lawyers, of 17 are partners. The group has represented the Portuguese government regarding non-performing tax and social security claims as well as advising Banco Espírito Santo. Representing the Bank of New York, the group advised on various domestic banking and securitisation issues. The Clients: The team advised EDP on an Iberdrola stock sale. Other clients include Banco Português de Investimento, Banco Espírito Santo, Banco Santander and Bank of New York.
This “prestigious” team provides “first-class” advice on EU and competition law, regularly appearing before the ECJ. The group’s “top-notch” counselling often pertains to non-transactional cases for such clients as the Portuguese Republic. The group was also praised for a proceeding before the Court of First Instance on behalf of Banco Comercial dos Açores concerning the income tax regime in the Azores archipelago. The Clients: Grupo Pestana/Pousadas de Portugal; Instituto Nacional de Garantia Agrícola; Sociedade Independente de Comunicação and Banco Comercial dos Açores.
Clients named this as “a top-notch firm” for restructurings, acquisitions, joint ventures split offs and M&A. The group’s corporate focus on complex multinational cases is said to be “undeniably its forte”. Clients note the team’s involvement in some of the most “intricate” cases including its advice for Cadbury Schweppes in the acquisition of Adams from Pfizer for €4.2 billion. The group was adviser to Ascom Holding, a Swiss-listed telecoms company, on the sale of its private bank exchange division to Aastra Technologies. In a further matter it advised EDP on the structured sale of Iberdrola stock, which involved the creation of a legal structure to allow sale of stock due to the contractual conditions agreed between EDP and Iberdrola. The Clients: Abertis; Auchan; Akeler (Security Capital Group); Cadbury Schweppes and Cadbury Adams; Diageo; EDP; GLOBO TV; Hays; Heinz; Pernod Ricard and FLS Industries.
Following its recent merger the firm is said to be going “from strength to strength” in commercial litigation and arbitration. Clients particularly appreciate its innovative strategies in appellate law. Commentators also noted the group’s expertise in areas such as tax, administrative law, labour and criminal litigation. The team has advised Lusoponte on a range of arbitrations regarding the Vasco da Gama Bridge. Acting for the Republic of Portugal, the group defended a lawsuit brought by Sonae requesting indemnity by virtue of the privatisation of Banco Português do Atlântico. The Clients: BP; Companhia de Seguros de Crédito; Schweppes Portugal; Electricidade de Portugal and Cupertino de Miranda family.
Over the past year the firm advised on e of the biggest soccer clubs in Portugal, as well as the banks financing the other two biggest soccer clubs - Benfica and Porto. This was in connection with the financing of the construction, operation and maintenance under a project finance regime of the football stadiums for the Euro 2004 event. The group continues to advise on a range of water and wind farm projects and has been appointed to advise Banco Espírito santo Investment with its PFI/PPP. The team also acted for Lusoponte - Concessionária para a Travessia do tejo SA, the concessionaire for the construction, financing and operation of the vasco da Gama Brdge over the river Tagus and the operation and maintanance of the 25th April Bridge under a project finance regime, which is amongst the first infrastructure project finances in Portugal. The Clinets: Kusoponte; Abertis;espirito santo Investment;Banco BPI;HypoVereinsbank;Natexis Bank and Fortis Bank.
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.
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

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares Da Silva & Associados now boasts two of the most revered practitioners in the Potuguese banking finance sector, in partners Joao Soares da Silva and Luís Branco. The firm’s outstanding performance includes advising Natexis Bank and Fortis Bank on the €802m financing of several water concessions and also advising Banco Comercial Portugues – Millennium BCP on its financing of the concession for the construction and operation of a key toll road in the country (Litoral Centro).
Following its recent merger, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares Da Silva & Associados now houses one of the strongest teams in the market, thanks to the leading reputation of name partner Joao Soares da Silva. Nuno Galvao Teles is also an expert in the field.
Tier 2

Intellectual Property

2005
Led by Segismundo Pinto Basto and Maria Antónia Menezes, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares Da Silva & Associados maintains a involved in the sale of the minority stake of Galp Energia, where it acted for EDP – Electricidade de Portugal. Partner Luís Branco is also highly recommended in this area.
Another of the highly experienced firms in this area is Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares Da Silva & Associados. Partners Luís Branco and Filipa Arantes Pedroso head a team which has been involved in some key projects last year, such as the concession for the construction and operation of one of the main toll roads in Portugal (Litoral Centro) – the firm acted for Banco Comercial Portugues – Millennium BCP – and also in the financing of a wind farm project in the north of Portugal (acting for the banks).
Morais Leitão,Galvão Teles,Soares Da Silva & Associados boasts one of the leading public law teams in the market. It mainly owes its high profile to star partners Fernanda Matoso, Joao Serra, Joao Pereira Reis and Margarida Cabral. The firm advised Metro Sul do Tejo on the expropriation project for the construction of the surface subway system on the south bank of the Tagus River. It also advised Parque Expo in urban projects-related matters.
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.
Tier 2

Shipping

2005
Morais Leitão,Galvão Teles,Soares Da Silva & Associados’ head of practice Filipa Arantes Pedroso is well respected in the market.
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.

Advogados

Chambers Global

“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”.
Miguel Galvão Teles is noted for his “tremendous flair and intensity when dealing with international law.” Clients “can’t pinpoint this expertise” as his practice is one of the most diverse in the field, although interests have included banking, litigation, civil and corporate law. He is truly “one of the most brilliant legal minds.”

Carlos Osório de Castro

Band 2 Banking and Finance
2005
Pedro Gorjão Henriques impressed clients with his “dedicated work ethic” and was noted by competitors for his “exceptional” banking practice issues.
“Ace” Carlos Botelho Moniz is a key member of his “second-to-none team”, industry observers said. Advising Grupo Pestana, he facilitated notification to the Portuguese Competition Authority concerning the acquisition of more than 40 luxury hotels in historic castles and rural areas. Clients “trust the judgement of his legal mind.” One added: “He has never disappointed”.
“Ace” Carlos Botelho Moniz (see 1196) is a key member of his “second-to-none team”, industry observers said. Advising Grupo Pestana, he facilitated notification to the Portuguese Competition Authority concerning the acquisition of more than 40 luxury hotels in historic castles and rural areas. Clients “trust the judgement of his legal mind.” One added: “He has never disappointed”. “Witty” Margarida Rosado da Fonseca (see page 1202) is considered to be his “right hand” and “is equipped with the textbook training for competition law.” Commentators also pitched her as “a star in the making”.
“Witty” Margarida Rosado da Fonseca is considered to be his “right hand” and “is equipped with the textbook training for competition law.” Commentators also pitched her as “a star in the making”.
His “terrific” colleague Miguel Galvão Teles has the ability to deal with a variety of areas in public, constitutional and corporate law. Clients praise: his “excellent negotiation skills” and consider him “a generalist who can deal with anything thrown at him.”

Carlos Osório de Castro

Band 2 Corporate / M&A
2005
“Magnificent negotiator” Nuno Galvão Teles led the team in the advice given to EDP, worth an estimated €315 million, on the transfer of the entire share capital of OPTEP, SGPS, SA, a telecoms holding company that indirectly holds 25.5% stake in Optimus, the third-largest mobile telecoms operator in Portugal.
Head of corporate Filipa Arantes Pedroso spearheaded the team advising Globo Group on the sale of its 15% stake in Portuguese company SIC, owner of one of the two private channels to BPI which exercised its pre-emption right after a €20 million offer made by BPN.
“Rising name” Segismundo Pinto Basto specialises in energy and M&A. He was noted for his leadership skills in a case concerning Portucel, SGPS, in the second phase of reprivatisation of the company share capital for a total of €396 million. He also acted for WPP in the acquisition of a 40% share capital in Marktest Investimentos, SGPS, SA.
Commentators described Miguel Galvão Teles as “one of the finest litigators we have ever dealt with”. Clients admire his legal flair and say: “He is a big shot who can deal with the most complex of cases with his eyes shut”. His astonishing knowledge helped “complete” the practice.
The “brilliant” António Pinto Leite impressed competitors with his “hands-on” approach. He has been involved in some of the countries biggest commercial cases, for example, the Portugal Telecom case, where his “momentous” advice was praised by clients.
"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.
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".
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.

António Lobo Xavier

Band 3 Tax
2005

IFLR 1000

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Banking
2005

Nuno Galvão Teles

Leading Lawyer Banking
2005

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Mergers and Acquisitions
2005

Filipa Arantes Pedroso

Leading Lawyer Mergers and Acquisitions
2005

Nuno Galvão Teles

Leading Lawyer Mergers and Acquisitions
2005

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Project Finance
2005

Filipe Lowndes Marques

Leading Lawyer Project Finance
2005

Filipa Arantes Pedroso

Leading Lawyer Project Finance
2005
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