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Europe Guide

General Business Law: Corporate — Porto

Star Individuals

Carlos Osório de Castro

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, SP, RL.

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Band 1

João Anacoreta Correia

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Band 1

TELLES DE ABREU | ADVOGADOS

From the Chambers Europe guide

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."

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Band 1

PLMJ Lawyers

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Band 2

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

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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Band 2

Isabel Gião de Andrade

VdA

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Band 2

Joaquim Vieira Peres

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, SP, RL.

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Band 3

Paulo de Tarso Domingues

Abreu Advogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

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."

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Band 3

Bernardo Maria Lobo Xavier

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, SP, RL.

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Band 3

Eduardo Verde Pinho

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, SP, RL.

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Band 4

Rui Peixoto Duarte

Abreu Advogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

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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Band 4

Jorge Simões Cortez

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, SP, RL.

From the Chambers Europe guide

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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Up and Coming

Pedro Seixas Silva

Cavaleiro & Associados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pedro Seixas Silva of Cavaleiro & Associados is recognised by one source as "an expert in IP, and very good in that area." With experience of corporate and business law matters, he is regularly entrusted on major M&A projects, banking and IP issues.

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Associates to watch

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

From the Chambers Europe guide

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."

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Associates to watch

Manuel Liberal Jerónimo

PLMJ Lawyers

From the Chambers Europe guide

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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Associates to watch

VdA

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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