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


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: 56
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish

Firm Overview:
ABBC is a full-service law firm which was established in 1982. It has 68 fee earners who have a thorough knowledge of and relevant experience in the sectors that its clients operate as well as a deep understanding of the corresponding legal and regulatory frameworks therein. This enables ABBC to provide practical and accurate advice, delivering time efficient and innovative solutions that meet their clients’needs. In 2011, ABBC became the DLA Focus Firm for Portugal, which allows the firm to provide integrated international legal advice for clients.

Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate & M&A:

The team is frequently involved in major transactions 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 team has a wide-ranging dispute resolution practice including administrative, civil, energy, commercial and labour litigation having been involved in high profile arbitrations and trials.
Contact: João Nuno Azevedo Neves, João Guedes

The team has wide experience in all labour areas including advice on corporate/financing transactions, litigation, employment advice, collective agreements/dismissals, pension funds, restructuring/downsizing proceedings.
Contact: Benjamim Mendes, João Guedes

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

EU & Competition:
The team has acted on a number of major transactions in a wide range of sectors (finance, projects and aviation).
Contact: António Moura Portugal

Finance & Projects:
The team combines wide-ranging expertise and multidisciplinary skills and is regularly enrolled in high profile/ 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 in their advertising/marketing campaigns.
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.
Contact: Benjamim Mendes, Hugo Correia

Real Estate & Construction:
The team provides legal advisory services to commercial and residential projects, offices and tourism, and assisting property owners, tenants, contractors and civil construction companies. Partner Luís Filipe Carvalho coordinates the team and has also been involved in the preparation of legislation related with the sector.
Contact: Luís Filipe Carvalho

Shipping & Transport:
The team is widely regarded as Portugal’s leading aviation firm.ABBC advises several airlines, IATA, airline associations, handling agents and the handling operators’ association.
Contact: António Moura Portugal

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

ABBC advises both local and foreign clients, including privates, multilateral organisations, public authorities and national associations on regulatory, transactional and litigation matters, primarily in the aviation, automotive, banking and finance, construction, energy and natural resources, food and beverage industries, hotels and leisure, IT, real estate, and telecommunications,among other business sectors.

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


  • 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

THE FIRM The projects and finance practice group at this mid-market firm wins plaudits for its commercial and service-oriented approach. The team's expertise extends to corporate, project and structured finance, and its impressive list of clients includes RBS and Barclays. In a key highlight, the lawyers advised Société Générale and a syndicate of banks on a EUR350 million debt refinancing.

Sources say: "An excellent team of dedicated lawyers."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources describe Nuno Azevedo Neves as "a stellar businessman who always puts clients first."

Bruno Azevedo Rodrigues is particularly sought for his experience in project finance.

Corporate/M&A - Portugal

THE FIRM This well-regarded mid-market firm advises a variety of local and foreign clients such as Yamaha, Cisco Systems, Lufthansa and KPLM. Recent instructions have included joint ventures, divestments, acquisitions and restructurings.

Sources say: "In all honesty, I am completely satisfied with ABBC. That may sound like an exaggeration but it's reality. The high level of partner attention is a distinguishing feature of this firm."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients praise Nuno Azevedo Neves, with one of them declaring: "He is devoted, keen, very smart, and we really felt like he was part of our team. He has the business-oriented mind of a commercial lawyer and knows the real weapons that can be used. He guided us to safe waters." 

Dispute Resolution - Portugal

THE FIRM This full-service law firm houses a team of 15 dispute resolution experts who handle arbitration as well as litigation mandates. The team enjoys an outstanding track record in labour disputes, although recent assignments have also included contractual liability, contract fulfilment and criminal cases.

Sources say: "Despite growing in size, we maintain a close relationship with the firm – it has got even better."

KEY INDIVIDUALS White-collar crime expert Rogério Alves is a well-respected market figure.

Observers praise João Nuno Azevedo Neves for his expertise in this area.

Clients highlight João Guedes's excellent listening skills and know-how in labour-related disputes.

Employment - Portugal

THE FIRM The highly esteemed employment team at this mid-sized firm impresses clients with its business-oriented approach, responsiveness and know-how. The group advises many multinationals from different industries, although automotive and air carrier names stand out in its client roster. Recent mandates included collective dismissals, transfer of employees and collective agreements, as well as labour disputes. Amongst key highlights, the lawyers advised a major hotel chain on the transfer of 800 employees, and represented a trade union in a large-value court claim. The firm became part of DLA Piper's law firm network in 2011, which increased its cross-border employment instructions.

Sources say: "The team is quick and can explain any legal issues in layman's terms." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS One of the best-recognised employment names in Portugal, Benjamim Mendes is described by clients as "calm, technically strong and clear in communications."

Dividing his time between litigation and employment advice, partner João Guedes earns praise from clients: "We are very pleased with him; his advice makes us feel safe."

Energy & Natural Resources - Portugal

THE FIRM This six-lawyer team covers the full spectrum of energy matters, although it is particularly sought for its expertise in renewables. The bulk of its work is domestic, and amongst its clients are EDP - Energias de Portugal, Iberwind and ENEOP. In a recent highlight, the lawyers advised the Portuguese Association of Renewable Energy on the negotiation of a new legal framework for the energy sector proposed by the Portuguese government.

KEY INDIVIDUALS A partner since April 2012, Bruno Azevedo Rodrigues co-heads the department.

Intellectual Property - Portugal

THE FIRM This compact team handles all manner of IP issues, including compliance and data protection. Working closely with DLA Piper and trade mark agency J. Pereira da Cruz, it advises a notably international clientele which includes FedEx, Air France, Yamaha and Samsung Electronics. In a recent standout mandate, it assisted Editora Planeta with media agreements, copyright, advertising and compliance issues.

Sources say: "A reputable, available and knowledgeable team."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Carmina Cardoso and Ana Mira Cordeiro are the key points of contact.

Public Law - Portugal

THE FIRM This solid public law practice remains an important player in the Portuguese market and it is best known for representing a number of key public bodies, although the firm also acts for private sector businesses. The municipality of Portimão recently instructed the group on the reorganisation of several companies, as well as the restructuring of its real estate assets. Other clients include the municipalities of Beja, Vila Real de Santo António, and Cascais.

Sources say: “Excellent lawyers. Rigorous and client-oriented."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Hugo Correia is noted for his “excellent experience and technical knowledge,” combined with impressive problem-solving skills. He specialises in real estate and planning matters.

Real Estate - Portugal

THE FIRM Clients enjoy working with this firm and confirm that real estate remains an important practice there, despite the difficult economic climate. The team covers transactional real estate, building leases, project finance contracts and investment structures. As a member of DLA Piper's network of international focus firms, it regularly handles international deals. For example, it recently assisted Making Place with several construction and real estate projects in Angola totalling EUR23 million. Other clients include EDP - Energias de Portugal, Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Banco Espírito Santo and Barclays Bank.

Sources say: "We are happy with this team's services. The lawyers are available, easy-going and nice people."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Luís Filipe Carvalho enters the rankings after receiving high praise from clients. One interviewee says: "He is technically excellent and strong in negotiations. He manages his team very skilfully and is present even on smaller matters."

Tax - Portugal

THE FIRM This tax team handles a range of matters including VAT, litigation, arbitration and tax planning. It assists national and international clients from an array of industries, including banking, tobacco and aviation. Well-known names such as Indesit, Yamaha, Lufthansa and Cisco Systems feature. 

Sources say: "The team is attentive and meets deadlines."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources appreciate Nuno Azevedo Neves's litigation skills and availability, and note: "He displays mastery in his field."

Peers and clients highlight António Moura Portugal's technical knowledge. "I feel confident when I have to deal with a tax matter with him," say sources.

TMT - Portugal

THE FIRM This team offers a variety of services to clients in the TMT sector, including media, IP and data protection. The firm also has a strong IT practice, representing KLM, Air France, Editora Planeta and Cysco in such matters. It recently advised Samsung Electronics on revisions to the terms and conditions for its services. Other clients include Claire's Accessories, Logista Portugal, Yamaha and Symantec.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice head João Costa Quinta is the key contact.

Transportation - Portugal

THE FIRM This mid-sized player is famous for its unparalleled skill in aviation. It offers blanket coverage of related issues, including aircraft registration, lease and finance, regulatory matters and litigation. Its varied clientele ranges from major international airlines to insurers, logistics and cargo airfreight companies. In a recent standout mandate, the lawyers successfully represented Lufthansa in litigation against ANA concerning handling charges. KLM, Air France and DHL Aviation are other prominent clients of the firm.

Sources say: "I have an excellent opinion of this team: the lawyers are measured, responsive and can turn complicated issues into something simple."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice head António Moura Portugal is widely recognised as the country's foremost aviation lawyer: "He's one of the few lawyers who knows the airline business in depth. He's calm, confident, clear and pragmatic," say clients.