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General Business Law — Porto


Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, SP, RL. - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Renowned outfit with a sizeable team based in Porto offering a wide range of services to international corporate as well as high-profile domestic clients and local businesses. Houses a deep bench of tax specialists who provide extensive support encompassing corporate tax, indirect tax and litigation. Solid corporate offering with further expertise in capital markets and competition matters.

Strengths Sources highlight the firm's versatility and range of expertise: "In corporate matters, competition litigation and many other things, we get very good service from the firm."

One happy client points out that the "quality" of the team's work is "very much appreciated."

Work highlights Advised Sonae on the due diligence on Irmãos Vila Nova Group, and the negotiation of the documentation regarding the 50% capital share acquisition of IVN – Serviços Partilhados.

Represented Barclays Bank and Bankinter in numerous lawsuits filed against Portuguese companies on insolvency, restructuring and enforcement proceedings.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees agree that Carlos Osório de Castro "is a standout figure in the market" and further describe him as a "very clever lawyer." A long-time expert in capital markets and M&A transactions, he is a prominent and trusted practitioner who represents major national and international clients. Of late, he led the team advising Gestifute Group on the negotiation of sale and purchase and investment/shareholder agreements with Fosun International.

António Lobo Xavier is described by clients as "a master in the area of tax law." He works with national and multinational companies on tax issues in various sectors, such as finance and telecommunications. He is also a skilled arbitrator and has operated for the Administrative Arbitration Centre numerous times. His knowledge spans from tax issues in relation to mergers or restructuring operations to tax liability litigation.

Paula Ponces Camanho is widely respected by peers and has an impressive knowledge of the law from which clients greatly benefit.

An active practitioner in competition law, Joaquim Vieira Peres is "very well known in this area of law, and is always on top of what's happening." Advising on both national and international mandates, he has led several high-profile matters for the Sonae Group, including acting for Sonae Indústria on a merger filing before the European Commission, concerning the acquisition of joint control over Tafisa by both the client and the Chile-based Arauco Group.

Bernardo Maria Lobo Xavier is recognised as a talented practitioner in M&A and real estate transactions. He is described by a source as a "very good lawyer who's strong on real estate issues." He led the team for Sonae MC - Modelo Continente, advising on the due diligence as well as the negotiation of the documents concerning the client's acquisition of a 51% capital share of Go Well – Promoção de Eventos, Catering e Consultoria.

Team leader Antonio Pedro Braga concentrates on corporate taxation issues, regularly acting on behalf of finance, industrial and commercial companies. Peers laud him as "an outstanding tax lawyer" with "a very commercial profile." Also notable is his experience assisting clients with the tax aspects of Africa-related matters.

Eduardo Verde Pinho is a recognised figure, described as "very strong on M&A and general corporate issues" by one interviewee. He co-ordinates the firm's Africa team and regularly represents clients in Angola and Mozambique on restructuring of organisations and their finances.

Jorge Simões Cortez is an established M&A lawyer with a solid track record in company restructuring operations and corporate transactions. He advised Riopele in proceedings initiated by former managers, who claimed the payment of EUR2 million in compensation, and a former distributor who claimed over EUR1.77 million.

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PLMJ Lawyers - General Business Law Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Outstanding full-service outfit equipped to provide corporate, tax, employment and public law advice. Active on cross-border M&A and private equity transactions. Has a diverse client portfolio covering both domestic and multinational clients from an array of sectors such as banking and finance, construction and real estate.

Strengths A client is satisfied with the team's practical advice, stating: "I think the team's answers are very precise and accurate; the lawyers have a lot of common sense and they don't suggest answers that aren't practical."

Another client says: "They deliver things on time and offer backup support."

Work highlights Represented all the main institutional investors including ESFG, Crédit Agricole, Pimco and BlackRock in a judicial challenge against several decisions made by the Bank of Portugal, regarding the resolution of Banco Espírito Santo and the creation of Novo Banco.

Represented Landscape in the negotiation of a motorway construction contract, financed through a syndicate of Chinese banks, in Angola. The deal was valued at USD690 million.

Notable practitioners

Long-standing practitioner Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão is an expert in employment and labour law. An innovative and highly knowledgeable figure in the market, he receives regular mandates from international clients across a wide range of industries, including the food and beverage industry. A peer notes that he is a "very well-known lawyer in Porto; he has a good client base, notably in the corporate area." He recently represented Empordef in the over USD120 million sale of two asphalt tanker vessels to PDVSA Naval, a Venezuelan public company.

Tomás Pessanha leads the Porto office's corporate/M&A team and is praised by a client as "an extremely bright person; he understands what's important for the company very quickly." In addition to handling domestic M&A transactions, he is singled out for his cross-border expertise, and is active in Mozambique and Angola representing Portuguese and multinational clients. He led the team advising Sanogi Pasteur Group on the transfer of assets after the closure of a vaccine joint venture with Merck Sharp & Dohme, a matter involving co-ordination with legal teams in multiple European jurisdictions.

Head of the Porto tax team Miguel Reis brings 30 years of experience to the table with regard to domestic and international taxation matters. Respected for being "very commercial and very focused on the clients," he provides innovative solutions supported by his up-to-date knowledge of tax laws and regulations in Porto and in Portugal at large. He co-led the team counselling Carris Land Portugal and Alfaway Hotels on three real estate development projects, two in Porto and one in Lisbon.

Diogo Duarte Campos is valued by clients for his "solid technical skills, flexibility and availability." With a focus on construction and infrastructure projects, he has a deep knowledge of public and administrative law and is entrusted by Portuguese and Angolan companies. He represented APDL – Administração dos Portos do Douro, Leixões e Viana do Castelo on all legal issues concerning the EUR200 million Douro River Emergency Plan Project.

Manuel Liberal Jerónimo is a hard-working and skilled practitioner in corporate and M&A transactions. Active in Portugal and foreign jurisdictions, he focuses on exports and international trade with particular expertise in maritime law. Highlighted by one client for his "quick answers," he recently assisted Paine Schwartz Partners with the refinancing of the WireCo WorldGroup through a series of financing transactions collateralised by all group companies.

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Cuatrecasas - General Business Law Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-reputed firm with a highly active office for corporate and public law issues. Popular choice for public bodies and Porto-based clients as well as international companies, advising on a variety of matters including public procurement, public-private partnerships and urban country planning. Possesses specialist knowledge in the healthcare sector. Further support with employment and tax matters and well versed in contentious proceedings.

Strengths Sources note a "good-sized" law firm with a broad range of experts across multiple areas of law.

Work highlights Advised Hunter Douglas Europe on the reorganisation of its Portuguese office, including a merger with Luxaflex and NBK and renegotiation of the shareholders' agreement. The deal value amounted to EUR5 million.

Notable practitioners

Head of the Porto office Filipe Avides Moreira is adept at handling public law but also plays a key role in the firm's corporate presence in Porto. He recently led the team advising the Municipality of Porto on a PPP project related to the construction of a new social housing project, valued at EUR3.5 million. He is commended as a lawyer "on top of his game" by market sources, and one interviewee considers him "a very good lawyer who does more than just public law."

José de Freitas is a well-known name in the M&A market. He often acts on major M&A transactions in the North of Portugal, and applies his considerable knowledge to contract negotiations, civil and corporate dispute resolution, as well as restructuring and insolvency matters. Respected as a "very good, senior lawyer," he acted for Kinematix Sense on all negotiations and actions relating to the closing of the client's operations in Portugal.

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The Porto office of Cuatrecasas was established in 1989, and currently has more than 25 lawyers. Led by partner Filipe Avides Moreira, the Porto office, together with the Lisbon presence, represents the interests of the country's major companies and has participated in some of Portugal's most prominent business deals.

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TELLES DE ABREU | ADVOGADOS - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-respected and sizeable team with strong presence in the Porto market. Stands out for its corporate strength. Popular choice for local clients and multinational companies due to its experience. Also handles tax and contentious mandates, with a growing litigation practice.

Strengths Clients benefit from the team's "superb quality of work."

Another client appreciates the firm's availability and responsiveness, noting: "When I have an issue, I feel free to contact the lawyers for advice. They are always available and always get back to me."

Notable practitioners

Carlos Lucena heads the firm's corporate department and is a recognised authority on corporate law. Known as a "top lawyer in this field and a very respected expert," he specialises in M&A and project finance, and is lauded by another source as being "very clever and experienced."

Head of the employment practice Francisco Espregueira Mendes is a dedicated employment lawyer who is appreciated by clients for "his innovative mind." Frequently engaged by buyers or sellers on M&A deals and related employment, corporate and competition issues, he also has significant experience of matters that fall under EU law. Another source notes: "He's a very keen guy in anticipating problems, and he's very proactive and careful in designing strategies for different situations."

André Navarro de Noronha is a noted litigator and arbitrator. He is widely acknowledged by clients and peers alike as a "very good litigator in Porto" and "a real example."

Miguel Torres heads the tax department, and is highlighted for his knowledge and experience in multiple areas of domestic and international tax law. He is singled out for his "familiarity with the corporate structure" by one source, who also states: "I would look to him because of his expertise and skill." His practice includes the UK, Swiss and Maltese markets. A client extols his "very good co-operation and reliable advice" in the work provided by him.

About the Team (content provided by TELLES DE ABREU | ADVOGADOS)

GENERAL BUSINESS LAW - OPORTO:

TELLES is a key player in the Portuguese legal market with expertise across a broad range of areas of business activity.

Main areas of practice: Commercial and Corporate Law; Real Estate and Urban Planning; Tax, Taxation and Criminal Litigation; Litigation and Arbitration; Labour law; Mergers and Acquisitions; Competition Law; Banking and Finance Law; Administrative and Public Tenders; Credit Recovery, Insolvency and Corporate Recovery; Maritime Law and Energy and Natural Resources; Digital, Privacy & Cybersecurity; Health & Pharmaceutical Law.

Up-to-date, TELLES has total of 12 partners, 47 associates and 17 trainees, of which 9 partners, 28 associates and 11 trainees are in Porto.

Team:

Partners

Carlos Lucena

Pedro Almeida e Sousa

Miguel Torres

Cristina Ferreira

André Navarro de Noronha

Miguel Carvalho

Francisco Espregueira Mendes

Joana Telles de Abreu

Fernando Pizarro Monteiro

Of counsel

António Maria Pimenta

Ivone Rocha

Associates

João Luís Araújo

Sofia Pamplona

Pedro Matias Pereira

Leyre Prieto

Miguel Gonzalez Amado

Abílio Silva Rodrigues

Rui Mesquita Guimarães

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Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho - General Business Law Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Impressive office with strength in corporate and M&A in addition to support on tax, employment and public law mandates. Active in the wealth management, shipping and real estate sectors and boasts a significant client base that includes family-owned groups, local corporates and multinationals. Further strength in contentious proceedings.

Strengths A client praises the team: "The lawyers delivered excellent work and met all our requirements in terms of quality and deadlines."

A second source points out that the members of the department "respect the client and keep us up to date with the operation and any problems that arise."

Work highlights Represented Grupo Trofa Saúde in some high-profile disputes, including medical malpractice lawsuits and a lawsuit for wrongful termination of an agreement.

Assisted Santander with the Portuguese aspects of financing the construction of a Suezmax vessel, including mortgages over vessels registered with the International Shipping Register of Madeira.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner of the Porto office João Anacoreta Correia heads the firm's litigation and corporate law teams. With specialist knowledge in M&A and capital markets transactions, he is valued by clients as a "great negotiator with wide knowledge" and is also praised for his "work in accordance with the client's needs." He assisted VNCI Participações with the acquisition of several real estate complexes, a deal valued at EUR60 million.

José Amorim Magalhães has a focused practice on labour and employment law, with experience in both litigation and transactional matters. Respected as an "impressive" employment lawyer, he has a strong practice acting for family-owned and public entities. Of late, he defended RTP – Rádio e Televisão de Portugal against judicial labour claims filed by more than ten individual services providers, requesting that they be considered employees.

Pedro Teixeira de Sousa focuses on public law and real estate matters in Porto. Particularly knowledgeable in licensing matters and contract drafting, he also has significant experience in insolvency litigation cases that involve real estate assets. One happy client highlights his "availability to the client," along with his ability to "adapt his technical work to the client's needs."

Maria João Dias specialises in corporate and commercial law, with experience in national and international M&A transactions. She is pointed out by one client as a rising star of the firm, being "technically impressive in the corporate space." She is prominent on private equity deals, with particular expertise in the health sector. One client enthuses: "She co-ordinated everything together with the core team; she is an excellent lawyer who takes care of the different aspects of a project and always has the full picture of it."

About the Team (content provided by Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho)

The team in the Oporto office focuses particularly on the areas of business law, mergers and
acquisitions, finance, banking, real estate, tax, employment, new technologies, administrative law, litigation and arbitration.


Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho aims to distinguish itself by the quality of its legal advisory
services, its capacity for innovation and its ability to assist clients in achieving their business objectives.
These skills have contributed greatly to our success in establishing enduring relationships with clients.



 




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Abreu Advogados - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Multifaceted practice offering strong corporate, tax and real estate services with a solid depth of resources, able to assist national and international clients. Active in M&A, tax litigation and real estate projects. Highly regarded for its skills in contentious matters. Advises clients from the transport, tourism and finance sectors.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's "stable performance" in Porto.

Work highlights Advised energy company CEPSA on several tax assessments concerning corporate income tax, VAT and exceptional energy contribution.

Assisted Nautilus Group with several tax assessments, public procurement procedures and IP issues.

Notable practitioners

Paulo de Tarso Domingues regularly acts on complex tax corporate and commercial matters including public procurement projects and tax issues. He advised I-Sete on intellectual property rights and public procurements, and is also an effective litigator and arbitration counsel. Source confirm: "Clients very much like him, and he's very wise."

Maria Dulce Soares is adept at handling all issues relating to tax law. She often advises her clients on tax assessments and represents them in various judicial cases. She acted for Eurimobe and Yellow Hotels on several tax assessments, and represented both clients against the Portuguese Tax Authority in relation to real estate and income taxes.

Rui Peixoto Duarte is well regarded for his knowledge in the corporate, litigation and real estate sectors. He has additional experience in the Brazilian market and co-heads the firm's Brazilian desk. He often represents major clients in complex cases, including assisting the TMG Group with the review and negotiation of agreements with manufacturers and suppliers.

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Garrigues - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noted firm with an impressive employment practice encompassing compensation claims and pension schemes. Continues to attract key mandates regarding social security and tax thanks to its extensive international and domestic experience in those sectors. Offers further services for corporate issues and administrative litigation. Clients belong to a range of industries, including the tourism, automotive and financial sectors.

Strengths As one client states, this team provides the "guarantee of a good job, confidentiality and care with sensitive issues."

A source also highlights the team as "particularly good on fiscal matters."

Work highlights Prepared all the legal documents and conducted negotiations with the employees of Gomà-Camps Portugal regarding the closure of a plant and the resulting collective dismissal.

Assisted Águas do Porto with negotiating its first collective bargaining agreement with the employees' committee and several trade unions.

Notable practitioners

Rui Valente is head of the firm's Portuguese employment and social security department, and handles everything from collective dismissals to social security matters. He works across multiple industries, including the tourism, entertainment and automotive sector, and recently acted for a multinational insurance company on the termination of employment with its Portuguese CEO.

André Gualter de Vasconcellos acts on litigation and arbitration proceedings for a variety of clients, including financial institutions, corporations and individuals, and is skilled at handling liability cases and breach of contract claims. One source states: "He's one of the most brilliant individuals I've met."

André Oliveira Correia is a valued figure in the firm's employment and social security department. He has key experience in handling complex restructuring matters, including collective dismissals and labour due diligence, and is adept at working on complex and difficult matters. He provided assistance to several companies of the DouroAzul Group in regard to negotiation of changes to a collective bargaining agreement.

João Soares Almeida is experienced in employment, labour and social security law. He is adept at handling sensitive matters that include restructuring procedures and collective dismissals, he is also a valuable source of knowledge for clients in the automotive and finance sectors. He was the main support for a start-up client in a collective dismissal procedure that took place while investments were being made into the company.

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VdA - General Business Law Department

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第四等

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What the team is known for Well equipped to handle an array of matters in the corporate field, combined with a depth of resources. Frequently advises on M&A, corporate finance and restructuring procedures. Growing focus on the technology sector. Often assists clients within transport and distribution industries. Provides further support with public law and employment issues.

Strengths Clients describe the team as a group of "dedicated and competent professionals."

One client in particular states: "The firm is very good, they have all the competencies."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of the Brisa Group on the arbitration claims for multiple road PPPs. The project's total value amounted to EUR2 billion.

Assisted the Municipality of Vila Nova de Gaia with a liability legal action against CIMPOR, and a separate action on breach of contract brought by José Luis & Irmão.

Notable practitioners

Head of the Porto office Isabel Gião de Andrade is deemed by her clients to be "a very dedicated person, very meticulous and detailed," as well as a "proactive and optimistic" practitioner. Highly experienced in representing domestic and foreign clients in M&A transactions, investment projects and restructuring issues, she is a prominent figure in the Porto legal market.

Benedita Fernandes Gonçalves co-ordinates the Porto labour team. She handled the employment and benefits issues for Consoveyo, when Körber Logistics Systems acquired 100% share capital of the client, and subsequently acted for Consoveyo on the formulation and structuring of a new contractual framework relating to the distribution and supply of equipment.

Inês Ribera is a key member of the Porto team. She has experience in advising national and international clients in various industries, and is skilled at dealing with emerging technologies and corporate governance matters.

About the Team (content provided by VdA)

The Porto’s office team is a hands-on expert and has a high level of technical knowledge and expertise, along with the sophisticated approach to legal matters and relationship with the clients that are innovative when compared with the traditional approach of other local law offices.
Because our focus goes to sectors such as Hi-tech industries, TMT, new technologies, to name a few, our lawyers do not cross path with the local competition. The firm has continuously increased the number of clients to which it provides local legal assistance, either large companies in Portugal or international companies.
For a comprehensive list of the services we provide both internationally and in the Portugal, visit the VdA website for more details: http://www.vda.pt/en

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