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ABBC - Azevedo Neves, Benjamim Mendes, Carvalho & Associados Sociedade de Advogados

Lisbon

ABBC - Azevedo Neves, Benjamim Mendes, Carvalho & Associados Sociedade de Advogados - Lisbon
  • Largo São Carlos, nº3
  • Lisbon
  • Lisbon
  • Portugal
  • 1200-410
  • Contact Partner: Benjamim Mendes
  • Number of partners worldwide:  9
  • Number of total lawyers worldwide:  68
  • Languages: Portuguese, English, French, Spanish, Italian
  • ASSOCIATED OFFICES:  ABBC has established partnerships with other law firms in jurisdictions that are key to the firm’s clients including Angola, Mozambique and the People’s Republic of China. For further information please contact:
  • ANGOLA Luanda: VCA Lawyers
  • Email: vca@vca-angola.com
  • CHINA Macao : LVT Lawyers
  • Email: info@lvt-lawyers.com
  • MOZAMBIQUE Maputo: ECA Lawyers
  • Email: eca@eca-moz.com

Firm Overview:
ABBC is a full-service law firm, established in 1982. The firm’s lawyers have a thorough knowledge and vast experience in the sectors and markets its clients operate in, as well as a profound understanding of the corresponding legal and regulatory frameworks. This enables ABBC to provide practical and accurate advice, delivering time-efficient and innovative solutions that meet each of its clients’ specific needs.
ABBC is DLA Piper’s Focus Firm in Portugal, which allows the firm to expand its capability to provide integrated international legal advice, in addition to the local partnerships in Angola, Mozambique and Macao (PRC).

Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate & M&A:

The team is frequently involved in major deals and restructuring operations across multiple jurisdictions. The practice includes restructuring, commercial transactions, M&A, private equity, insolvency and cross-border transactions.
Contact: Nuno Azevedo Neves, João Costa Quinta

Dispute Resolution & Arbitration:
The department has a wide-ranging dispute resolution practice, including administrative, civil, energy, commercial, tax and labour litigation, being involved in high-profile arbitrations and trials.
Contact: João Nuno Azevedo Neves, João Guedes

Employment:
This is one of ABBC’s core areas, considered one of the leading employment practices in Portugal. The firm has wide experience in all labour areas, including advice on corporate/financing transactions, litigation, employment advice, collective agreements/dismissals, pension funds, and restructuring/downsizing proceedings.
Contact: Benjamim Mendes, João Guedes

Energy & Natural Resources:
ABBC has a deep knowledge of the energy sector, working closely with many of its stakeholders, including sectorial organisations, sponsors, public authorities and finance parties, providing advice on transactions, procurement and licensing procedures, finance arrangements, litigation and regulatory matters.
Contact: Nuno Azevedo Neves, Bruno Azevedo Rodrigues

EU & Competition:
The team conducts a leading practice in this area, having acted on a number of major transactions in a wide range of sectors, such as finance, projects and aviation. Our advice includes all matters associated with EU legislation, competition law and market regulation. It includes merger filings, competition law infringements, antitrust litigation, abuse of dominant position and issues pertaining to free movement of persons, goods and services, among others.
Contact: António Moura Portugal

Finance & Projects:
The department combines wide-ranging expertise and multi-disciplinary skills and is regularly involved in highly complex projects, assisting clients in all matters concerning corporate finance, private equity, financial instruments, capital markets and project finance. Services include acquisition finance, corporate funding, finance, structured finance, derivatives, futures and securitisation.
Contact: Nuno Azevedo Neves, Bruno Azevedo Rodrigues

Intellectual Property & IT:
The team advises on all aspects of IP/IT and advises several clients on their advertising/marketing campaigns, e-commerce, online gambling, privacy and data protection, among others.
Contact: João Costa Quinta

Public (including Public Procurement & Environmental):
The team often advises on public tenders and environment law, including public law matters to public procurement. Clients include municipalities, public companies, professional associations and the Portuguese State.
Contact: Benjamim Mendes, Hugo Correia

Real Estate & Construction:
The team has a longstanding and vast experience in the areas of real estate and urban development and regularly advises a wide range of stakeholders, including public authorities, real estate promoters, institutional investors, real estate funds, construction companies, real estate brokers, tourist operators and architectural bureaus.
Contact: Luís Filipe Carvalho

Shipping & Transport:
The firm is widely regarded as Portugal’s leading aviation firm. ABBC advises several airlines, airline associations, handling agents, the handling operators’ association and other significant stakeholders in this field. Services include aircraft finance, aircraft registration, regulatory matters, passenger claims, litigation and competition issues.
Contact: António Moura Portugal

Tax:
The team advises on major tax litigation, transactions, pension schemes, stand-alone tax advice, international tax planning and the setting up of tax vehicles in low-tax jurisdictions.
Contact: Nuno Azevedo Neves, António Moura Portugal

Clients:
ABBC advises both local and international clients including some of the largest or leading companies in theirs fields of activity, privates, multilateral organisations, public authorities and sectorial and professional associations. Advice includes regulatory and transactional and litigation matters in sectors such as aviation, automotive, banking and finance, real estate and construction, energy and natural resources, food and beverages, hotels and leisure, IT and telecoms, among others.

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate & M&A
  • Dispute Resolution & Arbitration
  • Employment
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • EU & Competition
  • Finance & Projects
  • Intellectual Property & IT
  • Public
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Shipping & Transport
  • Tax

Branches

  • Largo São Carlos, nº3,
  • Lisbon,
  • Portugal
  • 1200-410
  • Tel +351 21 358 3620
  • Fax +351 21 315 9434
  • Email : b.mendes@abbc.pt
  • Website : www.abbc.pt

Banking & Finance - Portugal

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for An up-and-coming team, particularly active in the energy sector. Its workload includes debt restructurings, carbon trading and the refinancing of infrastructure projects.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We received partner involvement and an excellent understanding and concern for our business. The firm's legal solutions offer added value."

"A consistent team where the partners work together and are committed to the firm. The firm is growing and maintains a balanced international perspective."

What's new? Joana Loureiro and Francisco Almeida Garret joined the team as associates, from Norton Rose and Finantia Bank respectively.

Work highlights Assisted RBS, as the agent of an eight-bank syndicate, with the amendment of a EUR29 million loan granted to Group Contenur. 

Notable practitioners  

Nuno Azevedo Neves leads the team. Sources describe him as "a business-oriented, dedicated, modern, new-generation lawyer: what the market needs."

According to clients, Bruno Azevedo Rodrigues "has excellent know-how. He delves deep into the issues and delivers outstanding work." "He looks for solutions that are fair for all parties," adds another source.

Significant clients EADS/Airbus Military, Barclays Bank, Portuguese Renewable Energy Association, ENEOP, Enel.

Corporate/M&A - Portugal

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Particularly active in the banking and transportation sectors. Areas of expertise include joint ventures, divestments, acquisitions and restructurings.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A firm with a broad range of expertise, able to handle many projects in different areas."

Work highlights Assisted EADS with the acquisition of several aircraft from the Portuguese government.

Notable practitioners  

Peers describe Nuno Azevedo Neves as "a great, internationally minded corporate and M&A lawyer."

Significant clients Yamaha Motor, Real Hotels, Cisco Systems, Allied Union, Luso Carbon Fund.

Dispute Resolution - Portugal

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A favourite for employment litigation, and also active on real estate matters. Other areas of expertise include arbitration and white-collar crime cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The lawyers' business acumen and industry knowledge are outstanding. They provide efficient, timely advice."

"The team manages risks and our expectations well. It achieves good results in court too."

Notable practitioners  

Clients describe Rogério Alves as "a top criminal lawyer. He is very fast – he's always ahead, and key in negotiations."

Interviewees recognise João Nuno Azevedo Neves as "an authority in Portuguese litigation."

Clients praise João Guedes's commercial approach: "He understands what the client wants and is very pragmatic."

Significant clients Air France-KLM, Lufthansa.

Since publication, Rogério Alves has joined Rogério Alves & Associados

Employment - Portugal

Basic facts about the department 
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Deep expertise in all manner of employment issues including class actions, collective dismissals and collective bargaining agreements. Acts on behalf of Portuguese and international clients, and is particularly active in the automotive and airline industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The best in the market - I would recommend this team to anyone. The lawyers really understand client needs, and propose solutions where other lawyers will just provide legal arguments."

"The firm has specialists for every area and it offers a very integrated service. We are extremely satisfied." 

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Benjamim Mendes is, according to clients, "a very pragmatic person with clear opinions. He will drive clients towards a solution." He advises clients on collective dismissals and restructurings.

João Guedes is well known for his expertise in employment litigation. "He is very affirmative in the defence of clients' interests," say clients.  

Energy & Natural Resources - Portugal

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Broad experience advising energy companies on regulatory matters and public tenders, as well as transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We trust and recommend this team without a shadow of a doubt."

Work highlights Assisted the Portuguese Renewable Energy Association with the joint preparation and negotiation of a new legal framework proposed by the government.

Represented a steering committee composed by ENOP, EDP, Iberwind, Ventinvest, Generg, GDF SUEZ, Acciona and Endesa in negotiations with the Portuguese government and the Troika concerning a review of the feed-in tariff.

Notable practitioners  

Bruno Azevedo Rodrigues is particularly noted for his expertise in renewable energies. "His national and international experience and personal demeanour are the perfect combination for a trusted adviser," say clients. 

Significant clients GDF SUEZ, Barclays, EDP - Energias de Portugal, Espírito Santo Capital de Risco, Generg, ENEOP. 

Intellectual Property - Portugal

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles trade mark registration and data protection issues on behalf of media, automotive and retail clients. Praised for its responsiveness and business-minded approach. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm understands how our company works, and is more responsive and competitively priced than others in the market."

Work highlights Advised paint manufacturer Dyrup on trade mark registration and data protection issues.

Notable practitioners  

Clients enjoy working with Ana Mira Cordeiro: "She is very thorough and goes to the point - she doesn't get lost in irrelevant details."

Significant clients Logista Portugal, Dyrup, Editora Planeta, Indesit Portugal.

Private Equity - Portugal

Public Law - Portugal

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Best known for public procurement matters and advises public and private clients on water and waste management, as well as urban planning.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The lawyers are systematic, great in defining strategy and they keep close track of cases."

"Great communication between departments - I can tell they never give an answer without checking if other teams have anything to add to it."

Notable practitioners  

Clients highly praise Hugo Correia: "He is fantastic; technically strong, has an amazing memory and works hard. He is exceptional and shows real ingenuity." He leads the department and was recently made partner.

Significant clients Hospital das Forças Armadas, Beja Municipality, Portimão Municipality.

Real Estate - Portugal

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Covers a broad range of real estate matters including development, licensing, acquisitions, and sale and leaseback transactions. The firm is also a member of the DLA Piper Real World international network.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The lawyers understand our business, put themselves in our shoes and present the best solutions for us. They are very practical."

"Highly efficient, also when we need support internationally."

Work highlights Advised EDP - Energias de Portugal on the acquisition of two office buildings in Porto.

Advising Caixa Geral de Depósitos on acquisitions, sale, sale and leaseback, and leasing transactions for several offices and residential developments.

Notable practitioners  

Luís Filipe Carvalho earns praise for being "commercially a very well-rounded lawyer." Another interviewee adds: "He is outstanding; he has great intuition. I rate him at the highest level."

Sources enjoy working with senior associate Helena Nunes Menúria: "She has a great future ahead of her. I always hope she will be one of the lawyers working on our case."

Significant clients EDP, Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Banco Espírito Santo, Barclays Bank.

Tax - Portugal

Basic facts about the department 
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Tax is one of the key practices at this firm, covering a wide range of matters from transactional to contentious. Its association with DLA Piper has increased its cross-border work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A strong team. The lawyers work well together and complement each other. They're upfront, open and excellent negotiators."

Work highlights Assisted GDF SUEZ with EUR30 million litigation pertaining to property tax.

Represented retail company Sonae Sierra in several tax litigation cases concerning municipal charges over the Colombo and Vasco da Gama shopping centres.

Notable practitioners  

António Moura Portugal is noted for his "ability to combine academic knowledge and pragmatism."

Clients point to Nuno Azevedo Neves' dedication and negotiation skills as his main strengths.

Significant clients Air France - KLM, Altadis Group, APREN, Cisco Systems. 

Transportation - Portugal

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Long-standing expertise in the full range of aviation issues including litigation, tax, human resources and aircraft registration. Clients describe its industry knowledge as second to none.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team is outstanding; all the lawyers are excellent, they answer quickly and are eager to help. They have great knowledge of the aviation sector."

"The firm offers the best value for money in the market, thanks to its experience in the industry."

Work highlights Defended easyJet in a court case concerning an alleged slot violation.

Defended KLM in a claim filed by the travel agents' association regarding commissions on fees.

Notable practitioners  

Commentators agree António Moura Portugal is a leading figure in the market. Clients say: "He is accessible and listens and thinks carefully. He is conciliatory and avoids unnecessary conflicts. He is an authority in aviation."

Inês Teixeira impresses clients with her expertise: "She knows a lot about aviation and is fast and efficient."

Significant clients Lufthansa, Swiss, Air France, KLM.