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What the team is known for: Remains a leading force in the market, representing national and international players in the banking sector. Its comprehensive range of expertise extends to structured finance, private equity financing, investment funds, derivatives, securitisations and regulatory matters. Significant insurance, reinsurance and pension fund capabilities complement the practice. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) "You can trust this team with the most difficult issues, knowing that you are going to get a solution." "Probably the best and most prestigious large firm in Portugal." Work highlights: Advised RBS on the restructuring of EUR1.8 billion worth of loans granted to Vestas Wind Systems. Assisted Fidelidade-Mundial with the restructuring of Caixa Geral de Depósitos' insurance arm.
What the team is known for: A market leader assisting government-owned and private companies with floating-rate and hybrid instrument issuances, securitisations and Euro commercial paper programmes. Through MLGTS Legal Circle, the firm offers first-class advice across lusophone Africa. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): "Great availability, including from partners. The junior team is very good and its work is supervised, ensuring high-quality results." Work highlights: Advised Millennium bcp on a EUR3 billion government-subscribed hybrid instrument issue. Assisted Parpública with the EUR360 million accelerated bookbuilding of a 4.14% stake in EDP - Energias de Portugal.
What the team is known for: One of the most active competition teams in Portugal, with expertise in merger control, antitrust enforcement and regulatory matters. It represents domestic and international clients in litigation cases before the ECJ, and advised on the state aid aspects surrounding the recapitalisation of several banks. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): "A well-rounded and experienced team that knows our sector and manages time well." "My first option for complex matters." Work highlights: Advised Sonaecom on the EUR1.4 billion merger between Optimus and ZON. Assisted Caixa Geral de Depósitos with its EUR1.65 billion recapitalisation under EU state aid rules.
What the team is known: for A sizeable team traditionally associated with large-scale projects. It has played a leading role in several privatisations and the recapitalisation of the Portuguese banking sector. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): "The team is made up of lawyers with a profound knowledge of legal issues in their respective areas of expertise, which brings the client a sense of confidence and security." Work highlights: Represented Sonaecom in the EUR1.5 billion merger between Optimus and ZON. Advised Caixa Seguros e Saúde and HPP International on the EUR85.6 million sale of a 100% stake in the share capital of the latter to Brazilian healthcare company Amil Participações.
What the team is known for: One of the largest dispute resolution teams in the country, with expertise in domestic and international arbitration, commercial litigation and white-collar crime. It handles IP, TMT and employment disputes, and remains a favourite for high-profile cases. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): "Our first choice for bigger matters. Definitely the firm we use for complex and high-profile cases." "A multidisciplinary team, which helps when there are different aspects to the dispute." Work highlights: Represented Pfizer in 150 lawsuits against generic drugs companies. Advised Pernod Ricard on a EUR10 million lawsuit against Licor Beirão concerning a distribution contract.
What the team is known for: Excellent reputation for litigation, particularly in collective dismissals and disciplinary proceedings. Strong international presence, with a team dedicated to advising clients in lusophone countries. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): "The team shows a very deep understanding not only of all aspects of the law, but also the specific issues that were addressed to them. It provided accurate and crystal-clear advice." Work highlights: Assisted Impresa Group with labour, social security and litigation matters, including a number of restructuring measures. Advised St Julian's School on its restructuring.
What the team is known for: Well versed in transactional and regulatory matters in the energy sector, with a focus on electricity and natural gas. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): "The team knows our business. It is very commercial and business-oriented, and that adds value to its service." Work highlights: Advising EDP - Energias de Portugal on energy regulatory and environmental law matters.
What the team is known for: A full-service firm with expertise in contentious and non-contentious IP issues. Recent mandates include licensing, patent and trade mark litigation. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): "A really impressive team, able to handle complex issues in a cost-effective manner." "The lawyers are super available and work quickly. They're great in presentations and negotiations - they provide perfect support." Work highlights: Represented Pfizer in proceedings against generic drugs companies. Acted on behalf of Philips in counterfeiting litigation.
What the team is known for: Specialist knowledge in all manner of planning issues. Represents energy companies, property developers, architecture firms and industrial clients in negotiations with municipalities, litigation, and licensing and tax agreements. Work highlights: Advised EDP - Gestão de Produção de Energia on the licensing for the construction of a hydroelectric installation on the River Távora. Represented the municipality of Cascais in several litigation cases pertaining planning and licensing issues.
What the team is known for: A highly experienced team providing regulatory and transactional advice to national and international private equity funds. Recently handled the incorporation of several funds in Portugal and abroad. Work highlights: Advised ECS – Sociedade de Capital de Risco on the structuring and incorporation of a EUR1 billion fund, Fundo Recuperação Turismo.
What the team is known for: Handles complex national and international infrastructure projects, with a focus on the waste management, transport and energy sectors. Praised for its innovative approach and wealth of experience. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): "MLGTS offers high-quality, experience and skilled professionals, as well as the right level of partner involvement." "The lawyers are extremely experienced, fast and efficient; they take a global perspective, which smaller or less established firms cannot offer."
What the team is known for: Market-leading team that handles an impressive number of high-profile cases and often assists public entities and concessionaires with tender-related issues. Highly experienced in all the main regulated sectors; particularly active in energy, life sciences, TMT and national defence. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): "The lawyers are technically strong and have practical knowledge as well; they have great capability to handle big cases." "The team is business-oriented and knows how to take economic and commercial aspects into account in its technical advice."
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.
What the team is known for: Incorporated within the litigation department, the team covers contentious cases as well as tax, corporate and banking law. It acts on behalf of creditors and distressed businesses, and earns praise for its flexibility and clear advice. Strengths: (Quotes mainly from clients) "I can't speak more highly of the team. It's extremely accommodating and straightforward, and you can see it is highly regarded among lawyers and judges in Portugal. I trust it completely." "The lawyers complement each other very well." Work highlights: Represented EDP Serviço Universal and EDP Soluções Comerciais in the insolvency proceedings of Entigere. Assisted Sociedade Alentejana de Investimentos e Participações with its insolvency.
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.
What the team is known for: A standout choice for M&A transactions with a TMT element. Particularly well regarded for its media know-how. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): "The team is sensitive to business issues and will make every effort to adapt in order to find a solution." "The lawyers are technically excellent, and they balance the legal risks to help you make a decision." Work highlights: Advised Sonaecom on competition issues arising from the EUR1.4 billion ZON/Optimus merger. Assisted DSTelecom with a public contract for the deployment, exploitation and maintenance of two next generation networks in rural areas in the north and south of Portugal.
What the team is known for: Operates out of Lisbon and Funchal, assisting international shipping companies with vessel registration, regulatory issues, mortgage enforcement, pollution claims and bills of lading. Also noted for its international presence, with corresponding offices in Angola, Mozambique and Macau. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): "I enjoyed working with this team; the lawyers are excellent in terms of communication and responsiveness."
What the team is known for: Increasingly active in civil and military aviation. Its expertise extends to the incorporation and licensing of air carriers, insurance negotiations and aircraft dry leases, wet leases and purchase agreements. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): "Our case was very complex and demanded attention, and the team's work was very detailed and thorough." Work highlights: Advised Brisa/CCT on a tender for the privatisation of ANA Aeroportos de Portugal. Represented TAP in the sale of a 50.1% stake in Serviços Portugueses de Handling. Segismundo Pinto Basto and Tomás Vaz Pinto are the main points of contact.
What the team is known for: Market-leading practice that boasts the largest full-service team in the region. Regularly handles corporate and transactional mandates, as well as tax and capital markets issues. Often represents the interests of its clients in Africa, especially in Angola and Mozambique. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): "The lawyers are committed to the cases and keep to the deadlines. They also have a solution-oriented approach." "The team does not only present problems, it comes up with workable solutions." Work highlights: Advised Vallis Capital Partners on the establishment of a new EUR1 billion private equity fund under Luxembourg law that will target the construction sector. Represented La Seda de Barcelona in the EUR30 million sale of Artenius Portugal-Industrial Polymers.

Chambers Global

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Banking and Finance

2014
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Capital Markets

2014
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Corporate / M&A

2014
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Dispute Resolution

2014
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Projects

2014

Legal 500

‘Accomplishing the best standards’, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados ‘brings excellent value to the most demanding projects’. Acting for institutions such as Espírito Santo, BBVA and Santander, its particular strengths include structured finance, projects and securitisation. Practice head Luís Branco, Pedro Gorjão Henriques and Filipe Lowndes Marques are recommended. The firm created a dedicated Africa desk in 2012, to build on its Angolan and Mozambiquan activities.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is a leading player in both equity and debt capital markets. João Soares da Silva, Carlos Osório de Castro and Luísa Soares da Silva advised Millennium bcp on its recapitalisation programme, and Nuno Galvão Teles advised the Portuguese Republic and Parpública on the accelerated bookbuilding process relating to EDP’s share issuance. The firm has also been advising in relation to REN’s second reprivatisation phase.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados combines ‘creative thinking’ with ‘high-impact service’. The firm is well known in the energy sector, and is increasingly active in Lusophone Africa. Nuno Galvão Teles advised Caixa Seguros e Saúde, SGPS, and HPP International Lux on the Portuguese state’s sale of Hospitais Privados de Portugal; and João Soares da Silva advised BCP on the sale of Greek bank Millennium. Carlos Osório de Castro and associate Paulo Rendeiro ‘perform outstanding work’, and Segismundo Pinto Basto, Liliana Malheiro Tomás, Eduardo Verde Pinho, Tomás Vaz Pinto and Luísa Soares da Silva are also recommended. Rui Oliveira Neves and Teresa Morais Leitão left the firm.
Specialisms of Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados’ 100-lawyer practice include telecoms, fraud and white-collar crime, and pharmaceuticals. Leading arbitrator António Pinto Leite continues to represent Pfizer in 250 separate disputes with generics drugs companies. Rui Patrício is advising Pernod Ricard in a contractual dispute with the producers of Licor Beirão. Miguel de Almada, Miguel Galvão Teles, Francisco Cortez, António Sampaio Caramelo, José Manuel Galvão Teles and Luís Miguel Monteiro are also recommended.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is ‘probably the best competition law firm in Portugal’. Tomás Vaz Pinto and Carlos Botelho Moniz are recommended along with Joaquim Vieira Peres and senior associates Gonçalo Machado Borges and Eduardo Maia Cadete. The firm is acting for Optimus in its claim against Portugal Telecom over its setting of prices between 2002 and 2005. The firm handles a regular flow of pre-merger control work, recently acting for Sonaecom in relation to the merger of Optimus and ZON. It has also handled numerous antitrust matters stemming from privatisations.
Responsive’ and ‘analytical’, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is ‘one of the best firms in the market’, with Luís Miguel Monteiro highlighted for his intelligence and communication skills. Senior associate Maria João da Luz is ‘a strong negotiator’ and ‘fabulous professional’, and is ‘extraordinarily result-oriented’. Pedro Pardal Goulão advised Saint Julian’s School on its downsizing and redundancy process. Helena Tapp Barroso advised Impresa Group on labour and social security issues. Senior lawyer Paula Ponces Camanho, in Oporto, acted for Fujitsu in a dispute concerning internal HR policies. António Emílio de Vasconcelos and senior associate Joana Almeida are also recommended.
A top provider’ of ‘high-impact service’, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is ‘number one in electricity’. Nuno Galvão Teles and associate Ricardo Andrade Amaro are highly regarded energy practitioners. Fernanda Matoso and João Pereira Reis are names to note on the environmental side. The firm continues to advise the Portuguese state in relation to the privatisations of EDP and REN. Rui de Oliveira Neves has moved to an in-house position with Galp.
Acting for a varied international client base, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados has been involved in some of the most complex recent corporate and financial restructurings. Carlos Osório de Castro is highly respected in the field and has previously advised the government on the drafting of legislation. Practice head Helena Soares de Moura and Eduardo Verde Pinho are also recommended.
One of the leading players for patent litigation in the pharmaceutical sector, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados’ IP practice is split between litigation, prosecutions and transactions. ‘The number-one arbitrator in ARBITRARE’, António Pinto Leite is presiding over several disputes between state and private entities. Pinto Leite is also representing Pfizer in more than 250 separate proceedings against generics, to protect its rights in Viagra, Lipitor and other medicines. Other mandates include counterfeiting litigation on behalf of Philips, and European trade mark litigation on behalf of American Expedition Vehicles and Streetcar. Tomás Vaz Pinto and associate Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade are recommended.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados’ Oporto team works closely with the firm’s wider domestic and international network. The ‘outstanding and professional’ Carlos Osório de Castro advised Vallis Capital Partners on establishing a private equity fund under Luxembourg law. Jorge Simões Cortez handled Wedo Technologies’ acquisition of Connectiv Solutions. Other clients include BA Group and Sonae Capital. Corporate lawyer Eduardo Verde Pinho and tax specialist António Lobo Xavier are also recommended
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados’ ‘excellent’ ten-lawyer team has a strong track record advising banks, particularly on renewable energy projects. ‘Rated highly for his technical expertise’, Filipe Lowndes has ‘a really strong understanding of financial instruments and structures’. Luís Branco has ‘presence’ and inspires ‘confidence when discussing the most critical matters’. Pedro Gorjão Henriques is also recommended. Clients include Caixa – Banco de Investimento, Group Espírito Santo, Banif, Barclays and Santander.
Headed by Margarida Olazabal Cabral and Fernanda Matoso, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is ‘proactive’, with ‘in-depth industry knowledge’. Olazabal Cabral and Miguel Nogueira de Brito advised REN on procurement issues. Nuno Peres Alves advised Sonaecom on 2012’s Telecommunications Universal Service Provider tender. Other clients include General Dynamics European, Land Systems Agustawestland International, and FCC Construcción. Joaquim Vieira Peres and Gonçalo Machado Borges are also recommended.
One of the most respected law firms in Portugal’, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados’ strengths include development, logistics and car parks. Senior partner and urban development expert João Pereira Reis and senior associate Rui Ribeiro Lima are ‘outstanding professionals with strong knowledge and experience’. Variously head of corporate, tourism and real estate, Filipa Arantes Pedroso advised the Danish subsidiary of Babcock & Wilcox on a €26m waste-to-energy project on the island of Terceira in the Azores. Rita Ferreira Vicente advised Hypothekenbank Frankfurt’s Lisbon entity on restructuring the financing of various real estate projects. Other clients include Espirito Santo Group, Vinci Group and Câmara Municipal de Cascais.
Acting in broader transport issues as well as shipping and aviation, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados’ ‘customer-oriented’ specialists have ‘a very high level of industry knowledge’. The team handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious work, with a particular focus on transactions and financing. Francisco de Sousa da Câmara and senior associates Manuel Freitas Pita and Cátia Henriques Fernandes are all highly recommended for shipping issues. On the aviation side, Segismundo Pinto Basto is ‘very professional, calm and an excellent leader’, and Luís Miguel Monteiro and João Serra are also highly recommended.
‘A great firm’ with ‘brilliant lawyers’, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados’ ‘shows deep knowledge in market and regulatory issues’. The practice is experienced across telecoms, media, IT and data protection, acting for the likes of Sage, EDP Comercial and DSTelecom. Joaquim Vieira Peres advised Sonaecom on the merger between Optimus and ZON; the ‘dedicated, knowledgeable and business-oriented’ Nuno Peres Alves advised Optimus on the public tender procedure to designate the Telecommunications Universal Service Provider; and João Alfredo Afonso advised ADP on investments in Angola. António Lobo Xavier advises the national regulatory authority, ICP-ANACOM. Senior lawyers Gonçalo Machado Borges and Eduardo Maia Cadete are experienced in competition law matters.
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’.

IFLR 1000

The firm has a number of big names working across the corporate finance spectrum. Luís Branco, who one client describes as having "high commercial expertise and negotiation skills", manages the finance team and works alongside partner Filipe Lowndes Marques.
João Soares da Silva and Luísa Soares da Silva lead on the majority of equity and debt capital markets transactions, respectively, with key partners including Carlos Osório de Castro and Rui de Oliveira Neves, who are both highly praised by clients in finance and corporate mandates. "Neves is very pragmatic," says one, "he works hard and always tries to find solutions". Castro for his part is highly rated for his service and legal expertise. "We see Osório de Castro and his team as a [true] partner. He is not only able to propose the best legal solutions [and] alternatives, but he also understands our business in depth and he is always reachable".
On the M&A side, as well as João Soares da Silva, Osório de Castro and Nuno Galvão Teles, clients commend Segismundo Pinto Basto and Tomás Vaz Pinto, the M&A team coordinator. An interesting M&A mandate in 2013 had Soares da Silva leading a team advising Banco Commercial Portuguës on the sale of the entire share capital of Millennium Bank and participation in Pireaus Bank: a large, high value, cross-border deal with EU competition implications.
The firm has a number of big names working across the corporate finance spectrum. Luís Branco, who one client describes as having "high commercial expertise and negotiation skills", manages the finance team and works alongside partner Filipe Lowndes Marques.
Senior lawyer Helena Soares de Moura, who has been leading on various restructuring and insolvency cases.

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Peers acknowledge Carlos Botelho Moniz as an authority on competition matters, and clients describe him as "a technically solid and extremely prudent lawyer."
Market observers are impressed with Joaquim Vieira Peres, describing him as "one of the best lawyers for merger control in Portugal. He always has big cases."
Senior associate Eduardo Maia Cadete handles EU litigation cases and regulatory matters.
Inês Gouveia focuses on merger control, distribution contracts and energy regulation issues.
Pedro de Gouveia e Melo has vast experience in the energy, financial services and food and beverages sectors. Clients describe him as "technically strong and not afraid of taking risks."
According to clients, practice head Luís Branco is "a brilliant lawyer, extremely intelligent and clever. A perceptive and resourceful negotiator."
Clients describe Filipe Lowndes Marques as "highly technical and strong in transactional banking matters."
Peers unanimously agree that Carlos Osório de Castro is a reference in the Portuguese capital markets arena.
Clients point to João Soares da Silva as their first choice for the more complex matters, and peers admire his expertise in equity capital markets and M&A.
Banking and finance and capital markets expert Filipe Lowndes Marques is a favourite for securitisations.
Luisa Soares da Silva earns praise for her prowess in debt capital markets.
Young associate Eduardo Paulino enters the rankings on the back of warm client feedback. "He is very knowledgeable and a highlight in the team," remarks an interviewee.
Senior statesman Miguel Galvão Teles handles corporate and M&A matters as part of a varied practice which also includes litigation.
Peers regard practice head João Soares da Silva as a leading name in the Portuguese corporate/M&A market.
Clients enjoy working with Carlos Osório de Castro, with one stating: "He has a very deep understanding of business transactions and always gives accurate and crystal-clear advice."
Managing partner Nuno Galvão Teles attracts praise for his work in the energy and infrastructure sectors.
Segismundo Pinto Basto led many of the firm's key M&A cases of the year.
Sources concur that Tomás Vaz Pinto is "a highly skilled and proactive M&A lawyer."
Senior statesman José Manuel Galvão Teles remains a well-respected market figure.
Miguel Galvão Teles is unanimously recognised as an authority in this area.
António Pinto Leite leads the team. He recently assisted Philips with an IP litigation case, and is also very much in demand as an arbitrator
Peers describe Rui Patrício as "one of the best corporate crime lawyers in the market." Clients praise his legal expertise, commercial awareness and dedication.
Francisco Cortez is a highly active commercial litigator. He climbs the rankings having earned warm recommendations from interviewees.
Department head Luís Miguel Monteiro continues to represent top-class clients in complex labour matters. Clients remark on his academic background and pragmatic approach as key strengths.
Pedro Pardal Goulão frequently acts on behalf of clients from Angola and Mozambique.
Senior associate Joana Almeida has been working closely with Luis Monteiro on major deals. She is recognised by peers and receives strong praise.
Managing partner Nuno Galvão Teles specialises in corporate and energy law. He is, according to clients, "a very knowledgeable lawyer who anticipates clients' needs."
Clients appreciate Tomás Vaz Pinto's "quick and efficient responses."
Vasco Stilwell d'Andrade enters the rankings following excellent commentary from clients: "He understands the cultural nuances of the law between different jurisdictions, which is particularly challenging. He is an outstanding lawyer in anybody's book."
Market sources admire João Pereira Reis for his expertise in planning and environment. "He is highly experienced and understands our needs," say clients.
Senior associate Rui Ribeiro Lima works closely with João Pereira Reis. "He is very active and knowledgeable," say interviewees.
Peers recognise key partner Tomás Vaz Pinto for his experience and expertise in private equity matters.
Luís Branco is a widely recognised and respected name in the market. Clients say: "He is one of the best in Portugal, an expert. He's one of the most experienced lawyers in this area, an authority for project finance."
Interviewees highlight Filipe Lowndes Marques's "commercial approach, understanding of client needs, experience in the sector and deep legal knowledge."
Peers highlight Cláudia Castanheira dos Santos for her experience in banking and finance and corporate law.
Peers say Filipa Morais Alçada is "very knowledgeable, experienced and active in projects." Clients are also impressed: "She is hard-working and understands our needs."
Interviewees praise Pedro Costa Gonçalves: "He is one of the best public law lawyers in Portugal. I trust him and would recommend him to clients." He acts as arbitrator on public law matters at numerous tribunals.
Clients highlight Margarida Olazabal Cabral's work: "We were impressed with her work in administrative law matters." A recognised leader in her field, she recently advised APL on launching a public tender for the future operation of the Lisbon Cruises Terminal.
Nuno Peres Alves's peers recognise his work, and clients are impressed: "He is vastly experienced and has high technical skills." He recently advised Sonae Turismo Group – Atlantic Ferries on renegotiating a public service contract for river transportation.
Market observers say Miguel Nogueira de Brito "is extremely analytical and gives great, well thought-out and balanced advice." He is respected for expertise in public contracting, constitutional and general administrative law.
Practice head Filipa Arantes Pedroso has extensive experience as a real estate lawyer. She recently led on the EDP transaction.
Carlos Osório de Castro has decades of experience in restructuring, commercial law and capital markets.
Helena Soares de Moura is praised by sources for her know-how and dedication: "She is very attentive to her clients," remarks a source.
Clients say Eduardo Verde Pinho is "very attentive to detail, technically strong and self-assured."
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."
Carlos Osório de Castro brings his corporate law expertise to TMT deals. Peers praise him as "a brilliant lawyer, technically very strong."
Public law expert Nuno Peres Alves attracts praise for his expertise, availability and litigation skills. Peers remark that "he is an excellent litigator."
Helena Tapp Barroso represented Sonaecom in a litigation case concerning unpaid services and invoicing.
Funchal-based Cátia Henriques Fernandes attracts praise for her expertise and client-oriented approach.
Peers recognise Carlos Osório de Castro as an authority in the capital markets arena. "He is extremely clever; he is an excellent lawyer who clients adore," enthused one source.
Clients praise António Lobo Xavier for his tax law expertise and his business knowledge. Sources say: "He is an impressive lawyer, who possesses a profound knowledge of the corporate arena."
Department head Eduardo Verde Pinho is widely recognised for his corporate law expertise. He also co-ordinates the firm's Africa team, which advises clients with operations in lusophone African countries.
Clients highlight Jorge Simões Cortez's commitment, dedication and proactivity. In addition to handling both M&A and restructuring mandates, he possesses vast experience of the TMT sector.
Bernardo Lobo Xavier is recommended for his ability to handle M&A and real estate matters. "Clients like him a lot; he works hard and is very knowledgeable," reports one interviewee.
António Pinto Leite leads the team. He recently assisted Philips with an IP litigation case, and is also very much in demand as an arbitrator.
Peers describe Rui Patrício as "one of the best corporate crime lawyers in the market." Clients praise his legal expertise, commercial awareness and dedication.

Chambers Global

Peers unanimously agree that Carlos Osório de Castro is a reference in the Portuguese capital markets arena.
According to clients, practice head Luís Branco is "a brilliant lawyer, extremely intelligent and clever.
A perceptive and resourceful negotiator."Clients describe Filipe Lowndes Marques as "highly technical and strong in transactional banking matters."
Clients point to João Soares da Silva as their first choice for the more complex matters, and peers admire his expertise in equity capital markets and M&A.
Banking and finance and capital markets expert Filipe Lowndes Marques is a favourite for securitisations.
Luisa Soares da Silva earns praise for her prowess in debt capital markets.
Young associate Eduardo Paulino enters the rankings on the back of warm client feedback. "He is very knowledgeable and a highlight in the team," remarks an interviewee.
Senior statesman Miguel Galvão Teles handles corporate and M&A matters as part of a varied practice which also includes litigation.
Clients enjoy working with Carlos Osório de Castro, with one stating: "He has a very deep understanding of business transactions and always gives accurate and crystal-clear advice."
Peers regard practice head João Soares da Silva as a leading name in the Portuguese corporate/M&A market.
Managing partner Nuno Galvão Teles attracts praise for his work in the energy and infrastructure sectors.
Segismundo Pinto Basto led many of the firm's key M&A cases of the year.
Sources concur that Tomás Vaz Pinto is "a highly skilled and proactive M&A lawyer."
Miguel Galvão Teles is unanimously recognised as an authority in this area.
Senior statesman José Manuel Galvão Teles remains a well-respected market figure.
António Pinto Leite leads the team. He recently assisted Philips with an IP litigation case, and is also very much in demand as an arbitrator.
Peers describe Rui Patrício as "one of the best corporate crime lawyers in the market." Clients praise his legal expertise, commercial awareness and dedication.
Francisco Cortez is a highly active commercial litigator. He climbs the rankings having earned warm recommendations from interviewees.
Luís Branco is a widely recognised and respected name in the market. Clients say "he is one of the best in Portugal, an expert. He's one of the most experienced lawyers in this area; an authority for project finance."
Interviewees highlight Filipe Lowndes Marques's "commercial approach, understanding of client needs, experience in the sector and deep legal knowledge."
Peers highlight Cláudia Castanheira dos Santos for her experience in banking and finance and corporate law.
Peers say Filipa Morais Alçada is "very knowledgeable, experienced and active in projects." Clients are also impressed: "She is hard-working and understands our needs."

IFLR 1000

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Banking
2014

Luís Branco

Leading Lawyer Project Finance
2014

Filipe Lowndes Marques

Leading Lawyer Project Finance
2014

Filipe Lowndes Marques

Leading Lawyer Banking
2014

Carlos Osório de Castro

Leading Lawyer Capital Markets
2014

João Soares da Silva

Leading Lawyer Capital Markets
2014

João Soares da Silva

Leading Lawyer Mergers and Acquisitions
2014

Carlos Osório de Castro

Leading Lawyer Mergers and Acquisitions
2014

Nuno Galvão Teles

Leading Lawyer Mergers and Acquisitions
2014

Best Lawyers

Miguel Nogueira de Brito

Administrative Law
2014

António Pinto Leite

Arbitration and Mediation
2014

Segismundo Pinto Basto

Aviation
2014

Luís Branco

Banking
2014

Filipe Lowndes Marques

Banking
2014

Filipa Morais Alçada

Capital Markets
2014

Nuno Galvão Teles

Capital Markets
2014

Carlos Osório de Castro

Capital Markets
2014

João Soares da Silva

Capital Markets
2014

Filipe Lowndes Marques

Capital Markets
2014

Carlos Botelho Moniz

Antitrust
2014

Joaquim Vieira Peres

Antitrust
2014

Bernardo Maria Lobo Xavier

Construction Law
2014

Ricardo Andrade Amaro

Corporate
2014

Jorge Simões Cortez

Corporate
2014

Nuno Galvão Teles

Corporate
2014

José Manuel Galvão Teles

Corporate
2014

António Lobo Xavier

Corporate
2014

Bernardo Maria Lobo Xavier

Corporate
2014

Carlos Osório de Castro

Corporate
2014

Segismundo Pinto Basto

Corporate
2014

João Soares da Silva

Corporate
2014

Tomás Vaz Pinto

Corporate
2014

Eduardo Verde Pinho

Corporate
2014

João Pereira Reis

Environmental Law
2014

Luís Branco

Finance
2014

Filipe Lowndes Marques

Finance
2014

Francisco Cortez

Insolvency and Reorganization
2014

Miguel Galvão Teles

Insolvency and Reorganization
2014

Rui Patrício

Insolvency and Reorganization
2014

Tomás Vaz Pinto

Intellectual Property
2014

Luís Miguel Monteiro

Labor and Employment
2014

Joana Almeida

Labor and Employment
2014

Helena Tapp Barroso

Labor and Employment
2014

Pedro Pardal Goulão

Labor and Employment
2014

Francisco Cortez

Litigation
2014

Miguel Galvão Teles

Litigation
2014

José Manuel Galvão Teles

Litigation
2014

Rui Patrício

Litigation
2014

António Pinto Leite

Litigation
2014

Carla Osório de Castro

Media Law
2014

Nuno Galvão Teles

Mergers and Acquisitions
2014

José Manuel Galvão Teles

Mergers and Acquisitions
2014

Bernardo Maria Lobo Xavier

Mergers and Acquisitions
2014

Carlos Osório de Castro

Mergers and Acquisitions
2014

Segismundo Pinto Basto

Mergers and Acquisitions
2014

João Soares da Silva

Mergers and Acquisitions
2014

Luísa Soares da Silva

Mergers and Acquisitions
2014

Tomás Vaz Pinto

Mergers and Acquisitions
2014

Nuno Galvão Teles

Natural Resources
2014

João Pereira Reis

Planning
2014

Rui Ribeiro Lima

Planning
2014

Luís Branco

Projects
2014

Pedro Gorjão Henriques

Projects
2014

Filipe Lowndes Marques

Projects
2014

Pedro Costa Gonçalves

Public Law
2014

Margarida Olazabal Cabral

Public Law
2014

Bernardo Maria Lobo Xavier

Real Estate
2014

Rui Ribeiro Lima

Real Estate
2014

Filipa Arantes Pedroso

Real Estate
2014

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

Carlos Osório de Castro

Technology
2014

Nuno Peres Alves

Technology
2014

Carlos Osório de Castro

Telecommunications
2014

Nuno Peres Alves

Telecommunications
2014

Cátia Henriques Fernandes

Transportation
2014

Segismundo Pinto Basto

Transportation
2014
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