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The integration at the end of 2005 of Porto-based Osório de Castro, Verde Pinho, Vieira Peres, Lobo Xavier e Associados, widely considered the most significant player in the north of Portugal, “cemented the firm’s reputation as one of Portugal''s market leaders in the sector,” according to commentators. The team boasts experience across the spectrum of banking and finance transactions, regularly acting for major banks and advising on cutting-edge deals. For example, the firm recently handled its first Islamic financing, assisting Eurohypo’s Lisbon branch on the granting of facilities to an Islamic entity for the acquisition of real estate assets in Portugal. The department is also renowned for its expertise in capital markets, an area that was further strengthened by the merger, researchers were told. Clients sing the praises of the “experienced, knowledgeable and professional lawyers,” who are “practical and realistic in their approach” and provide a “service beyond what could be expected.” Clients/Work Highlights: The team advised Calyon, BNP Paribas, Société Générale and Deutsche Bank on financing the EUR2.9 billion acquisition of Europcar Group. It assisted an international bank syndicate led by BNP Paribas with the provision of EUR500 million credit facilities to the public entity controlling REFER, the Portuguese railway. BCP and BES instructed the firm on the granting of EUR100 million credit facilities to several entities within the Sporting Clube de Portugal group, restructuring its bank debt and providing for a rights issue. Other highlights include assisting Caixa BI in Portugal, Spain and France with financing the acquisition of wind-related assets in France by a group of Spanish companies. Goldman Sachs also instructed the firm on the acquisition of credits granted by a group of international lenders to the Meridien Group, while Banco Espírito Santo instructed the team on the complex financing of a shopping centre, with security granted on surface rights, land and a public domain concession.
A competitor describes the merger between MLGTS and CPPX as “the perfect match; Osório de Castro brought his outstanding capital markets expertise to a firm more specialised in banking and finance, but with superior resources and structure.” Commentators are in no doubt that the combined force is a top-tier player, with several singling it out as “the best firm in Portugal for capital markets.” The team handles the gamut of work in the area, with representation of the bidders in the PT and BPI takeovers taking up considerable time of late. Ongoing advice to key clients such as EDP, and a series of securitisations also kept the firm busy. Clients/Work Highlights: The team advised Investifino on the acquisition of the total share capital of Grupo Soares da Costa, one of Portugal’s largest construction companies. Other highlights include assisting 093X - Telecomunicações Celulares with the EUR350 million roll-up into Sonaecom, involving a share capital increase in Sonaecom to be subscribed in kind by 093X with a 25.72% shareholding in Optimus. In the securitisations field, the firm advised Millennium bcp as originator on the sale and securitisation of a EUR1.5 billion portfolio of mortgage-backed receivables. It also assisted the European Investment Fund as guarantor in the sale and securitisation of a EUR500 million portfolio of SME loan receivables by BES, and Société Générale in the LG Electronics trans-European securitisation programme of trade receivables.
This market leader was strengthened further by the 2005 merger with Osório de Castro, Verde Pinho, Vieira Peres, Lobo Xavier e Associados, widely considered northern Portugal’s “leading authority on competition law.” Sources point out that the firm now boasts comprehensive teams in both Lisbon and Porto, headed by two of the market’s most highly regarded practitioners, and played a major role in both outstanding deals of the year. In addition to merger control work, the team handled several cases in the area of restrictive practices and advised on state aid matters. Following the increase in the Portuguese Competition Authority’s activity, the team is also focusing on closer collaboration with other departments, participating in deals from the beginning and highlighting potential problems. Clients are full of praise for this approach: “The lawyers think on a business level and use the law to find solutions.” Telecoms and energy have become particular areas of expertise for the team. Clients/Work Highlights: The firm represented AGEPOR, the Shipping Agents Association of Portugal, before the Lisbon Commerce Court over a fine for the alleged anti-competitive practice of price-fixing. The team represented the Portuguese television broadcaster SIC in two cases against the Commission before the Court of First Instance. The state-controlled electricity system operator Rede Eléctrica Nacional instructed the firm on the filing of the acquisition of the natural gas regulated assets from Galp Energia as part of the energy sector restructuring aimed at improving competition. Other clients include Águas de Portugal; BCP; Sociedade Central de Cervejas and Sonaecom.
Sources consistently regard this firm as the best in Portugal for corporate law, and in March 2006, its name was fortified following the merger with one of Porto’s leading firms, Osório de Castro, Verde Pinho, Vieira Peres, Lobo Xavier e Associados. This has made the team “unbeatable,” according to one source, and the integration has also boosted the practice’s ability to act in big transactions. Indeed, the corporate practice was present in both of Portugal’s biggest deals in 2006: the hostile takeover bids of Sonaecom for Portugal Telecom and Millennium bcp for Banco BPI, with lawyers advising Sonaecom and Millennium bcp respectively. Furthermore, sources point out contract negotiation as one of the team’s strengths, whilst clients highlight the “lawyers’ language skills, the ease of communication and of working together.” Clients/Work Highlights: Lawyers advised Bertelsmann on the acquisition of the Portuguese group Bertrand. The team represented REN (Rede Eléctrica Nacional) in the sale of its 18.3 % shareholding in Galp Energia, SGPS to Amorim Energia, a transaction valued at EUR945 million. Other clients include: Millennium bcp; Enernova; EDP; Investifino; Miller Developments and Sag Gest.
This full-service firm boasts a long tradition in dispute resolution, having started out as an operation focused on litigation and corporate law. Renowned for housing a number of the “market’s leading heavyweights,” the department adopts a highly selective approach to work, only accepting complex, innovative and high-value cases. An enviable diet of predominantly commercial and civil disputes, white-collar crime and bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings keeps the team busy, with pharmaceutical and IP law clear growth areas. Clients laud the “incredibly in-depth analysis of matters submitted” and point out that the “technically outstanding lawyers are aggressive when necessary and persistent in their search for a solution.” The firm is also a force to be reckoned with in domestic and international arbitration, a field in which it has developed an outstanding reputation. The recent integration of leading Oporto firm Osório de Castro, Verde Pinho, Vieira Peres, Lobo Xavier e Associados has added yet another string to the firm’s already powerful bow. Clients/Work Highlights: Banco Comercial Português; EDP; Pfizer; Santander Group; BP; Lusoponte and Sonae.
This relatively young department has gained widespread market respect. With six lawyers in Lisbon and two in Oporto, the group covers the whole range of labour issues and has noteworthy experience in all employment matters involving M&A operations, such as restructuring, collective dismissals and outsourcing. As one client explained: “We always seek its strategy advice in M&A operations. Our company totally relies on the team.” Litigation and social security, especially relating to financial entities, are also among the group’s busiest areas of work. Clients/Work Highlights: PGA (Portugália Air Lines); Alcoa Fujikura; BPI Bank; BP; Pfizer; Santander Bank; Sonae Group; Schweppes; EDP and Mercer Human Resources Consulting.
Widely known for its long-standing relationship with EDP, one of the most important energy players in Portugal, this “top-rated” team shows a wealth of experience and fine grasp of the sector, according to sources. Its involvement in the growing energy market is illustrated by members of the firm advising EDP on the EUR720 million sale of its shareholding in Galp Energia to Américo Amorim Group. On the regulatory side, the firm acted for EDP on legal issues concerning electricity tariffs and jurisdiction of the Portuguese regulatory authority. This firm was a favourite among clients for its “extraordinary legal and sector know-how and high availability.” Clients/Work Highlights: The firm represented Rede Eléctrica Nacional (REN) in the EUR945 million sale to Amorim Energia of its 18.3% shareholding in Galp Energia. The team advised REN and the Portuguese government on its IPO. Other notable clients are EBM; Enernova; NQF Energia; Portgás; Águas de Portugal; MECI and Tagusgás.
This full-service firm enjoys “excellent relations with a number of the leading banks and financial institutions” and had a busy year advising on project finance deals. The team was particularly active in the construction of football stadiums and shopping centres, as well as in projects concerning wind power, gas distribution, and rail transport and sewage treatment. Highlights include advising the syndicate of banks on the EUR123 million restructuring of the project financing of José Alvalade Stadium. The team also assisted a joint venture between Spanish investors and Enernova with the development of a wind farm in the north of Portugal. Clients highlight the “team’s deep experience and ability to provide realistic advice.” Clients/Work Highlights: The firm advised a syndicate of banks consisting of Banco Comercial Português, Banco Espírito Santo and Caixa Geral de Depósitos on the EUR100 million restructuring of project finance facilities for Benfica’s stadium by introducing a commercial credits assignment structure. It also assisted a syndicate of banks with the restructuring of the project finance facilities relating to Porto’s Dragão Stadium. The team advised Caixa de Geral Depósitos on the granting of project finance facilities to Tagusgás, the concessionaire of natural gas distribution in the Tagus Valley Region, while AGS instructed the firm on the financing of the municipal sewage concession of Covilhã. Other highlights include advising the banks Banco Comercial Português, Banco Espírito Santo and CaixaBI on the substantial renegotiations of the concession agreement for the rail link over the Tagus River.
This full-service firm houses a large practice group covering administrative law, real estate and planning. The team has considerable expertise in the area of planning for industrial, commercial and residential real estate and regularly assists the government and municipalities with urban operations. Recent highlights include advising Sociedade Alentejana de Investimentos & Participações (SAIP) on the planning and construction of a EUR900 million tourism real estate venture in the Alentejo, and assisting the public ministry of construction, transport and communication with the Portugal Logístico project. Clients/Work Highlights: The team advised Vila Sol on the planning and construction of a EUR40 million five-star tourist resort and golf course in the Algarve. Sonae Sierra instructed the group on licensing, land use and planning issues related to the construction of shopping centres. The practice also advised clients on a number of expropriation matters for projects such as Metro Sul do Tejo’s construction of the surface subway system on the south bank of the Tagus River. Other clients include Câmara Municipal de Cascais; Câmara Municipal do Cartaxo; Jerónimo Martins; Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; Lusoponte and Lusotur.
This full-service firm houses a “high-quality, professional team” that was bolstered by the arrival last year of two new lawyers following the merger with Porto-based firm Osório de Castro, Verde Pinho, Vieira Peres, Lobo Xavier e Associados. The department focuses on public procurement, the preparation of bids, PPP and litigation, while administrative law, real estate and urban planning matters have all taken up considerable time. Clients value the lawyers’ “ability to identify the problems and propose effective solutions.” Clients/Work Highlights: The firm advised EDP on several matters including electricity tariffs, the licensing of electrical plants, the public tender concerning wind farms, and issues concerning hydroelectric plants. The team also acted as legal adviser to NAER, the public company in charge of the new Lisbon airport. In the pharmaceuticals sector, the team advised Abbot on public procurement matters and Laboratórios Pfizer on relations with the regulator, INFARMED. Other highlights include assisting BES on PPPs launched by municipalities, and providing Aguas de Portugal with legal opinions on public procurement and water legislation issues.
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.
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.
Described as “a traditional and visible TMT competitor,” this team often handles competition and regulatory matters. Undoubtedly, its great reputation in TMT and other areas has helped to establish the strong roster of clients in telecoms. Lawyers here represented Media Capital Telecomunicações in a number of precautionary measures and proceedings involving mainly regulatory and competition issues. Clients stated: “The team goes beyond our expectations when accomplishing our requirements." Clients/Work Highlights: The team advises AR Telecom, Onitelecom, Cabovisão, COLT Telecomunicações and G9 on precautionary judicial measures, judicial suspension measures and lawsuits referring to regulatory and competition matters. Lawyers represented COLT Portugal in obtaining a licence for fixed telephone infrastructures for telecommunications. Other important clients include SkySoft Portugal, TV Globo and Sonae.

Chambers Global

The integration at the end of 2005 of Porto-based Osório de Castro, Verde Pinho, Vieira Peres, Lobo Xavier e Associados, widely considered the most significant player in the north of Portugal, “cemented the firm’s reputation as one of Portugal's market leaders in the sector,” according to commentators. The team boasts experience across the spectrum of banking and finance transactions, regularly acting for major banks and advising on cutting-edge deals. For example, the firm recently handled its first Islamic financing, assisting Eurohypo’s Lisbon branch on the granting of facilities to an Islamic entity for the acquisition of real estate assets in Portugal. The department is also renowned for its expertise in capital markets, an area that was further strengthened by the merger, researchers were told. Highlights over the past year include advising Banco Comercial Português as originator on the EUR1.5 billion securitisation of mortgage loan receivables using an FTC structure. Clients sing the praises of the “experienced, knowledgeable and professional lawyers,” who are “practical and realistic in their approach” and provide a “service beyond what could be expected.” Clients/Work Highlights: The team advised an international syndicate of banks led by BNP Paribas on the provision of EUR500 million credit facilities to the public entity controlling the Portuguese railway, REFER. Banco Comercial Português and Banco Espírito Santo (BES) instructed the firm on the granting of EUR100 million credit facilities to several entities within the Sporting Clube de Portugal group, restructuring its bank debt and providing for a rights issue. The department advised CaixaBI on the granting of acquisition finance to a group of Spanish companies purchasing French companies and assets in the renewable energy sector, as well as a Portuguese company purchasing shares in the cargo container sector.
This market leader was strengthened further by the 2005 merger with Osório de Castro, Verde Pinho, Vieira Peres, Lobo Xavier & Associados, widely considered northern Portugal’s “leading authority on competition law.” Sources point out that the firm now boasts comprehensive teams in both Lisbon and Porto, headed by two of the market’s most highly regarded practitioners, and played a major role in both outstanding deals of the year. In addition to merger control work, the team handled several cases in the area of restrictive practices and advised on state aid matters. Following the increase in the Portuguese Competition Authority’s activity, the team is also focusing on closer collaboration with other departments, participating in deals from the beginning and highlighting potential problems. Clients are full of praise for this approach: “The lawyers think on a business level and use the law to find solutions.” Telecoms and energy have become particular areas of expertise for the team. Clients/Work Highlights: The firm represented Agepor - Associação Nacional dos Agentes de Navegação before the Lisbon Commerce Court over a fine for the alleged anti-competitive practice of price-fixing. The team represented the Portuguese television broadcaster SIC in two cases against the Commission before the Court of First Instance. The state-controlled electricity system operator Rede Eléctrica Nacional instructed the firm on the filing of the acquisition of the natural gas regulated assets from Galp Energia as part of the energy sector restructuring aimed at improving competition. Other clients include Águas de Portugal; BCP; Sociedade Central de Cervejas and SonaeCom.
Sources consistently regard this firm as the best in Portugal for corporate law, and in March 2006, its name was fortified following the merger with one of Porto’s leadings firms: Osório de Castro, Verde Pinho, Vieira Peres, Lobo Xavier e Associados. This has made the team “unbeatable,” according to one source, and the integration has also boosted the practice’s ability to act in big transactions. Indeed, the corporate practice was present in both of Portugal’s biggest deals in 2006: the hostile takeover bids of SonaeCom for Portugal Telecom and Millennium bcp for Banco BPI, with lawyers advising SonaeCom and Millennium bcp respectively. Furthermore, sources point out contract negotiation as one of the team’s strengths, whilst clients highlight the “lawyers’ language skills, the ease of communication and of working together.” Clients/Work Highlights: Lawyers advised Nutrinveste on the acquisition of a majority stake of 80% of East Coast Olive Oil valued at USD21 million. The team represented Sonae on the sale of its 17.4% shareholding in Sonae Sierra to Grosvenor Investment. Millennium bcp; Enernova; EDP; Miller Developments and Sag Gest also figure in the group’s client list.
This full-service firm boasts a long tradition in dispute resolution, having started out as an operation focused on litigation and corporate law. Renowned for housing a number of the “market’s leading heavyweights,” the department adopts a highly selective approach to work, only accepting complex, innovative and high-value cases. An enviable diet of predominantly commercial and civil disputes, white-collar crime, and bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings keeps the team busy, with pharmaceutical and IP law clear growth areas. Clients laud the “incredibly in-depth analysis of matters submitted” and point out that the “technically outstanding lawyers are aggressive when necessary and persistent in their search for a solution.” The firm is also a force to be reckoned with in domestic and international arbitration, a field in which it has developed an outstanding reputation. The recent integration of leading Oporto firm Osório de Castro, Verde Pinho, Vieira Peres, Lobo Xavier e Associados has added yet another string to the firm’s already powerful bow. Clients/Work Highlights: Banco Comercial Português; EDP; Pfizer; Santander Group; BP; Lusoponte and Sonae are just a few of the clients that feature on an outstanding client list.
This full-service firm enjoys “excellent relations with a number of the leading banks and financial institutions” and had a busy year advising on project finance deals. The team was particularly active in the construction of football stadiums and shopping centres, and in projects concerning wind power, gas distribution, and rail transport and sewage treatment. Highlights include advising the syndicate of banks on the EUR123 million restructuring of the project financing of Sporting’s José Alvalade stadium. The team also assisted a joint venture between Spanish investors and Enernova with the development of a wind farm in the north of Portugal. Clients highlight the “team’s deep experience and ability to provide realistic advice.” Clients/Work Highlights: The firm advised a syndicate of banks consisting of Banco Comercial Português, Banco Espírito Santo and Caixa Geral de Depósitos on the EUR100 million restructuring of project finance facilities for Benfica’s stadium by introducing a commercial credits assignment structure. It also assisted a syndicate of banks with the restructuring of the project finance facilities relating to Porto’s Dragão Stadium. The team advised Caixa de Geral Depósitos on the granting of project finance facilities to Tagusgás, the concessionaire of natural gas distribution in the Tagus Valley Region, while AGS instructed the firm on the financing of the municipal sewage concession of Covilhã. Other highlights include advising the banks Banco Comercial Português, Banco Espírito Santo and CaixaBI on the substantial renegotiations of the concession agreement for the rail link over the Tagus River.
This full-service firm houses a “high-quality, professional team” that was bolstered by the arrival last year of two new lawyers following the merger with Porto-based firm Osório de Castro, Verde Pinho, Vieira Peres, Lobo Xavier e Associados. The department focuses on public procurement, the preparation of bids, PPP and litigation, while administrative law, real estate and urban planning matters have all taken up considerable time. Clients value the lawyers’ “ability to identify the problems and propose effective solutions.” Clients/Work Highlights: The firm advised EDP on several matters including electricity tariffs, the licensing of electrical plants, the public tender concerning wind farms, and issues concerning hydroelectric plants. The team also acted as legal adviser to NAER, the public company in charge of the new Lisbon airport. In the pharmaceuticals sector, the team advised Abbot on public procurement matters and Laboratórios Pfizer on relations with the regulator, INFARMED. Other highlights include assisting BES on PPPs launched by municipalities, and providing Aguas de Portugal with legal opinions on public procurement and water legislation issues.
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.
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.

Legal 500

Tier 1

Leading Commercial Firms: Oporto

2007
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares Da Silva & Associados' stellar banking and finance practice owes much to expert partner Luís Branco, one of the most admired practitioners in this field. The firm's finance practice spans banking, project finance and securitisation. On the banking side, the up-and-coming Filipe Lowndes Marques led the firm's advice to Calyon, BNP Paribas, SocGen and Deutsche Bank in the €2.9bn acquisition of Europcar Group. Luís Branco led the firm's advice to Banco Espírito Santo in a complex €42m financing of a shopping centre in the north of Portugal. Filipa Arantes Pedroso and senior associate Pedro Gorjão Henriques are also highly regarded as leading experts in this field.
Tier 1

Capital Markets

2007
It is not an overstatement to qualify 2006 as the year of Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares Da Silva & Associados. Following its merger with an Oporto-based corporate boutique at the beginning of 2006, two of the firm's key clients launched the largest takeover bids ever in Portugal, both of them hostile: Sonaecom announced a €11.9bn bid for the Portuguese telecoms giant Portugal Telecom and Banco Comercial Português launched a €4.33bn bid for Banco BPI. Capital markets expert Carlos Osório de Castro and highly acclaimed corporate partner João Soares da Silva took the lead roles.
Boasting a superlative team of highly experienced litigators, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares Da Silva & Associados' practice is led by expert partner António Pinto Leite. With a team of 28 lawyers, including eight partners involved in dispute resolution, the firm fields one of the largest litigation practices in the country. José Manuel Galvão Teles, Miguel Galvão Teles, António Sampaio Caramelo, José Botelho Moniz, Rui Patrício and Luís Miguel Monteiro are a few of the firm's best-known individuals. The practice spans arbitration, corporate and commercial litigation, employment disputes and insolvency and bankrupcy.
Carlos Botelho Moniz, head of EU and competition at Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares Da Silva & Associados is regularly mentioned as one of the country's leading experts. Together with acclaimed practitioner Joaquim Vieira Peres, the firm boasts one of the strongest specialised teams in the market. Highlights include acting for EDP - Electricidade de Portugal SA in four merger control filings before the Portuguese Competition Authority and one before the European Commission and a subsequent appeal to the Court of First Instance.
While Luís Miguel Monteiro leads Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares Da Silva & Associados' employment department, the firm also boasts in António Pinto Leite, José Carlos Botelho Moniz and António Emílio de Vasconcelos three further experienced practitioners. Monteiro led the firm's advice to Pernod Ricard in an employment dispute arising in the context of its worldwide acquisition of Allied Domecq. Other clients include Heinz, BP, Allianz AG and Auchan Group.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares Da Silva & Associados' leading IP practice is led by has in partner Tomás Vaz Pinto. The firm has advised on trade mark management, licensing, trade mark disputes and copyright infringement. Clients include Pernod Ricard, Diageo, Turner and Sojornal.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares Da Silva & Associados' top-drawer project finance team includes star partners Luís Branco and Filipa Arantes Pedroso. The firm acted for a syndicate of Portuguese banks in a complex €347.3m financing of a rebalancing agreement between the concessionaire for the Norte Motorway and the grantor. It also advised RBS, Caja Madrid, Caixa Geral de Depósitos and BES in the €646m refinancing and further financing of the Pego coal-fired power plant.
At Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares Da Silva & Associados, Fernanda Matoso leads a team of six lawyers, which includes three partners. The firm's expertise spans planning and zoning, advice to local municipalities, public procurement, PPP, licensing, regulatory and administrative litigation. Highlights include advising Agusta Westland Group in the sale of helicopters to Portuguese public entities, particularly in public tendering procedures for the supply of spare parts and services.
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.
Tier 2

Shipping

2007
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares Da Silva & Associados' telecoms team is led by Filipa Arantes Pedroso and has picked up some of the most important instructions in this field last year. The firm advises a wide range of clients, including Sonae.com Group, Lebara Limited, EDP and Mediacapital Telecomunicações.
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.

IFLR 1000

In December 2005, Morais Leitão joined forces with Osório de Castro Verde Pinho Vieira Peres Lobo Xavier & Associados (CPPX), Oporto’s leading law firm. With 30 lawyers, CPPX was among the best-known firms in Oporto with a speciality in corporate and capital markets advice. The firm has now been fully integrated into Morais Leitão, a development that boosts significantly the size of Morais Leitão pratice in Oporto. It will be extremely interesting to chart the firm’s progress over the coming year, especially in its dealings with corporate clients from the Oporto region. Luís Branco heads Morais Leitão’s banking department, which comprises one other partner and 12 associates. The firm has notched up a strong year in the banking sector. It was instructed twice by Banco Comercial Português on key deals – first, on the financing of Controlinveste’s acquisition of Lusomundo for €184.8 million in August 2005, and secondly, in relation to the restructuring of various corporate credit facilities granted to soccer club Sporting Clube de Portugal, worth a total of €100 million. Morais Leitão landed a role on another land mark deal when Eurohypo called upon the firm in May 2005 to advise it on a €26.5 million Islamic financing – the first ever financing effected under an Islamic-compliant structure in Portugal. Among the year’s other banking work. Branco took the helm again to advise a syndicate of international banks (led by BNP Paribas) on a €500 million financing package to Refer, the Portuguese railroad operator, in August 2005.
João Soares da Silva runs Morais Leitão’s “fantastic” M&A practice, which comprises nine partners and 28 associates following the firm’s integration in January 2006 with Oporto corporate heavyweight Osório de Castro Verde Pinho Vieira Peres Lobo Xavier e Associados. Among other obvious advantages (giving Morais Leitão access to key clients in northern Portugal, for example), the merger meant that “outstanding M&A lawyer” Carlos Osório de Castro is now a member of Morais Leitão’s M&A department, adding serious expertise to an already excellent team. As well as Osório de Castro, one partner (Eduardo Verde Pinho) and five associates joined the M&A department from the Oporto firm. Morais Leitão notched up another impressive deal tally over the past year. Soares da Silva was especially busy at the end of 2005, leading teams advising Millennium BCP on two deals that closed in December. The first saw the team advise Millennium BCP on its negotiation with several bidders for the sale of a 100% stake in the shareholding of a Macao banking and insurance group for €176.5 million. And in the second, the team acted on the sale of a 50% shareholding of a Portuguese bank focused on car financing business, involving the negotiation of the restructuring of the joint venture set up to handle the fleet rental and management services business. The busy period continued into 2006. In January, Nuno Galvão Teles acted for EDP, Portugal’s largest electricity company, on the €1.6 billion sale of its shareholding in Galp Energia to Américo Amorim Group, as well as on EDP and REN’s simultaneous shareholders’ agreement in relation to Galp Energia, in which they set out the rules that would apply to the relations between shareholders and the terms and conditions of the put options for REN’s shareholding in Galp Energia. At the time of writing, Carlos Osório de Castro and Paulo Rendeiro were acting for Sonae Sierra, one of the largest European companies in the shopping and leisure centre sector, on the sale of 50% of its stake in Rio Sul Shopping and Serra Shopping to a fund managed by Rockspring Investments (London) for an undisclosed amount.
Luís Branco heads Morais Leitão’s project finance team, which comprises two partners and 12 associates. Fernanda Martins Matias joined the practice as an associate in January 2006, as a result of Morais Leitão’s merger with leading Oporto firm Osório de Castro Verde Pinho Vieira Peres Lobo Xavier e Associados. Morais Leitão’s reach and expertise spans a number of sectors, making the firm “a great choice for advise no matter what the project”. This reputation – gained in particular for its tendency to advise the financiers of large, complex projects – has been borne out by the firm’s standout deals of the past year, all of which featured the guiding hand of the “excellent” Branco. In the construction sector, the firm acted for Banco Comercial Português and Banco Espírito Santo on the restructuring on the €123 million project financing package granted in relation to the José Alvalade stadium (home of Sporting Lisbon, one of Portugal’s biggest football clubs), and in September 2005 advised Banco Espírito Santo on its €42 million financing of the Estação Viana shopping centre, in relation to which the firm created an innovative structure for mortgage surface rights and a public domain concession. Energy sector mandates, meanwhile, included acting for Caixa Banco de Investimento (CBI) in relation to the Tagus project, on which CBI provided € 36.2 million-worth of financing to the concessionaire for natural gas distribution in the Tagus Valley, and – in an appearance on the other side of the negotiating table – guiding Enernova (EDP’s renewable energy subsidiary) through its wind farm project, Enernova’s first foray into project finance. And in a noteworthy infrastructure matter, Morais Leitão advised the financing banks on the entire renegotiation of the Lisbon area railway concession, a three-year project that reached conclusion in June 2005 and comprised highly complex negotiations between Fertagus (the railway company) and the government.

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Chambers Europe

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.”
Filipa Arantes Pedroso attracts praise for her “professionalism and accurate advice based on deep knowledge.” One multinational client told researchers that she provides a “quality of service akin to leading international firms; in her eyes, all problems have solutions and she is always available to take calls, travel to meetings and work long hours.”
Filipe Lowndes Marques is described as a “bright young lawyer,” and attracts praise for his “quick understanding, flexible approach and fantastic English.” He advises on a broad spectrum of banking and finance transactions and supervises what sources agree is "Portugal''s top practice in investment funds." According to clients, he is a "safe pair of hands, has good access to the CMVM and excellent international connections." Recent highlights include advising Orey Gestão de Activos on the incorporation and marketing of a range of funds, including football player and forestry funds with innovative structures.

Filipe Lowndes Marques

Band 1 Banking and Finance: Investment Funds
2007

Filipe Lowndes Marques

up-and-coming individuals Banking and Finance: Investment Funds
2007
Hugely respected in the capital markets field, the “superb” Carlos Osório de Castro is “one of the most creative minds in the Portuguese legal market,” observers concur. Clients admire his “well-prepared, quiet and calm approach,” pointing out that “however complex the issue, he always manages to give an imaginative and fully justified answer.”

Filipe Lowndes Marques

Band 2 Capital Markets: Securitisation
2007
Observers admire the “quiet and cool approach” of Carlos Botelho Moniz. Clients add: “He is fantastically knowledgeable and displays experience and maturity in his strategies and dealings with the competition authority.”
J J Vieira Peres joined the firm with the merger and heads the team in Porto. According to a satisfied client, he is an “incredibly professional, thorough and rigorous lawyer with a gift for understanding the business specifics and an immense knowledge of matters both locally and in Brussels.”
Younger lawyer Margarida Rosado da Fonseca has made a name for herself over the past few years: “She is straight to the point and consistent in her work, no doubt a star of the future.”
According to observers, the charismatic Miguel Galvão Teles “has a presence which fills the room.” They go on to describe him as “a sharp lawyer who knows when to be tough or soft, flexible or inflexible.”
“Outstanding and aggressive corporate lawyer” Carlos Osório de Castro receives enthusiastic praise from his clients: “He is always two steps ahead of everyone else - he has written or influenced law codes himself so he is the one who knows what can or cannot be done and understands loopholes - fantastic for designing operations.” Peers add that: “Osório de Castro’s negotiation skills are exceptional: he is probably one of the brightest lawyers in the area.”
Interviewees recognise Nuno Galvão Teles’ ability to establish “long-term relationships with clients”.
Segismundo Pinto Basto is considered a “solid and excellent professional.”
Clients highlight Tomás Vaz Pinto’s “good personable style, which helps avoid confrontations.” His commercial approach and advice on contractual issues were also emphasised to researchers.
The sole Portuguese member of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, Miguel Galvão Teles is “without doubt one of the most highly respected lawyers in the country.” According to observers, his “vast experience and knowledge” are reserved for the most challenging cases.
Although increasingly involved in management, head of the practice António Pinto Leite is a “wonderfully bright and skilful lawyer who boasts great experience in handling disputes as well as avoiding them,” clients told researchers.
“Big-shot senior lawyer” José Manuel Galvão Teles is “as good as anyone out there,” according to a competitor, although market feedback suggests that he is not as visible as he used to be.
Rui Patrício attracts widespread commendation for his expert criminal and civil litigation practice.
Interviewees have nothing but praise for Luis Miguel Monteiro, who is both head of practice and a professor. Clients appreciate his “careful and efficient approach,” while peers highlight his “outstanding technical skills.” “He knows how to be tough when he has to be,” one added.
Head of the energy practice group, Nuno Galvão Teles is endorsed as “almost an in-house lawyer for EDP.” Branded as a corporate lawyer, he is in addition recognised for his regulatory skills. Clients furthermore highlighted his “outstanding work capacity and ability to lead his team.”
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.
Filipe Lowndes Marques is increasingly active in the area and was warmly recommended by peers for his “intelligence and quick understanding.”
Peers acknowledge that the team benefits enormously from the depth of experience of João Pereira Reis, a former secretary of state for local administration and land use planning. “One of the best lawyers around,” he boasts a “vast, highly specialised knowledge of the area” and provides clear advice, according to interviewees. He recently assisted Spanish client abertis logística with the planning and construction of a EUR400 million 150-hectare logistics platform near Lisbon.
Margarida Olazabal Cabral is an “extraordinary lawyer and a huge name in public law,” according to peers. Sources highlight her “deep knowledge and experience” in the sector.
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.
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.”
Corporate lawyer Carlos Osório de Castro represents Sonaecom in its takeover bid for Portugal Telecom. Rivals consistently praised his work in the telecoms arena: “You can be sure that whatever field Castro gets into, his performance will be outstanding.” Another added: "Despite his age he already deals with high-profile transactions and by now enjoys a great reputation." Sources further highlighted his ability to lead “a very strong TMT team.”
Perhaps best known for her activity in the antitrust and banking fields, Filipa Arantes Pedroso is also singled out for her “experience in the TMT sector.” “She is a skilful and well-reputed lawyer,” peers acknowledged. A team led by Pedroso assisted Ascom with the EUR7 million sale of its private branch exchange division to Aastra Telecom Europe. The transaction included shares and asset deals across various European countries.

Chambers Global

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.”
Filipa Arantes Pedroso attracts praise for her “professionalism and accurate advice based on deep knowledge.” One multinational client told researchers that she provides a “quality of service akin to leading international firms; in her eyes all problems have solutions and she is always available to take calls, travel to meetings and work long hours.”
According to observers, the firm has benefited hugely from the arrival of Carlos Osório de Castro as part of the recent merger. “An extremely creative lawyer,” he is hugely respected in the capital markets field and boasts further experience in financing and lending.
Filipe Lowndes Marques is described as a “bright young lawyer,” and attracts praise for his “quick understanding, flexible approach and fantastic English.”
Observers admire the “quiet and cool approach” of Carlos Botelho Moniz. Clients add: “He is fantastically knowledgeable and displays experience and maturity in his strategies and dealings with the competition authority.”
J J Vieira Peres joined the firm with the merger and heads the team in Porto. According to a satisfied client, he is an “incredibly professional, thorough and rigorous lawyer with a gift for understanding the business specificities and an immense knowledge of matters both locally and in Brussels.”
Younger lawyer Margarida Rosado da Fonseca has made a name for herself over the past few years: “She is straight to the point and consistent in her work, no doubt a star of the future.”
According to observers, the charismatic Miguel Galvão Teles “has a presence which fills the room.” They go on to describe him as “a sharp lawyer who knows when to be tough or soft, flexible or inflexible.”
“Outstanding and aggressive corporate lawyer” Carlos Osório de Castro receives enthusiastic praise from his clients: “He is always two steps ahead of everyone else - he has written or influenced law codes himself so he is the one who knows what can or cannot be done and understands loopholes - fantastic for designing operations.” Peers add that “Osório de Castro’s negotiation skills are exceptional: he is probably one of the brightest lawyers in the area.”
Interviewees recognise Nuno Galvão Teles’ ability to establish “long-term relationships with clients.”
Segismundo Pinto Basto is considered a “solid and excellent professional.”
Clients highlight Tomás Vaz Pinto’s “good personable style, which helps avoid confrontations.” His commercial approach and advice on contractual issues were also emphasised to researchers.
The sole Portuguese member of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, Miguel Galvão Teles is “without doubt one of the most highly respected lawyers in the country.” According to observers, his “vast experience and knowledge” are reserved for the most challenging cases.
Although increasingly involved in management, head of the practice António Pinto Leite is a “wonderfully bright and skilful lawyer who boasts great experience in handling disputes as well as avoiding them,” clients told researchers.
“Big-shot senior lawyer” José Manuel Galvão Teles is “as good as anyone out there,” according to a competitor, although market feedback suggests that he is not as visible as he used to be.
Rui Patrício attracts widespread commendation for his expert criminal and civil litigation practice.
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.”
Up-and-comer Filipe Lowndes Marques is increasingly active in the area and was warmly recommended by peers for his “intelligence and quick understanding.”
Margarida Olazabal Cabral is an “extraordinary lawyer and a huge name in public law,” according to peers. Sources highlight her “deep knowledge and experience” in the sector.
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.”
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.”

IFLR 1000

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Banking
2007

Nuno Galvão Teles

Leading Lawyer Banking
2007

João Soares da Silva

Leading Lawyer Banking
2007

Nuno Galvão Teles

Leading Lawyer Mergers and Acquisitions
2007

Carlos Osório de Castro

Leading Lawyer Mergers and Acquisitions
2007

João Soares da Silva

Leading Lawyer Mergers and Acquisitions
2007

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Project Finance
2007
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