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Dispute Resolution — Portugal

Overview

PORTUGAL: An Introduction to Portugal Contributed by PLMJ Network

Portugal is under the international spotlight for the best and worst reasons.

The country is praised as one of the best international tourism destinations. It is consistently top-ranked and has collected a record number of international awards in every tourism category, with the tourism industry achieving consistent annual growth of above 12% since 2013. However, Portugal is consistently in the news for its economic and financial difficulties, having reached a low point in 2011 with the sovereign debt crisis.

Recent numbers show that the tourism industry represents a direct impact of 6% on the country’s GDP (its indirect impact is estimated at 16%) and 8.2% of employment, with growth of 2.4% in employment compared to the country’s 0.9% average.

The unprecedented growth in tourism has been instrumental in the development of the country’s trade balance. However, analysts are concerned that structural problems and fundamental reforms and changes to the Portuguese economy are being postponed.

Portugal’s previous centre-right government was successful in leading the country out of the EUR78 billion Troika international bailout, having implemented and enacted several legal and economic reforms aimed at boosting the country’s economic, labour and business competitiveness.

This left-wing coalition government was formed with the firm purpose of reversing some of the austerity measures generally pinpointed as responsible for social difficulties and inequalities. This government has actually been effective in reducing the deficit as agreed with the Troika, but it has lacked the will to keep on implementing additional reforms, and has even increased public spending (albeit with scarce public investment).

The previous privatisation strategy – under which Portugal targeted international investment for the necessary structural modernisation of its public services while reducing public spending – has been altered by the current government. This government has reversed or renegotiated a number of the privatisations agreed by its predecessor, notably those involving TAP (Portugal's flag carrier airline), Carris, Metropolitano de Lisboa, Metro do Porto and STCP (Lisbon and Porto’s public transport companies). In fact, the first ICSID case against Portugal was brought as a result of the Lisbon transport sub-concession to a Mexican group being reversed.

This new government is managing the fall of four of its major banks (BPP, BPN, BES and BANIF) and the reform and recovery of the state bank CGD. It is also handling the restructuring of other Portuguese banks, such as Montepio and BCP.

The fall of PT was subject to intensive media scrutiny. PT was once the crown jewel of Portuguese companies, with an international presence in every Portuguese-speaking country and a worldwide turnover in excess of EUR6.2 billion in 2011. Following an ill-fated tie-up with Brazilian company Oi (now in insolvency proceedings), the Portuguese assets of the company were sold to Altice Group in 2015 against a controversial background strongly influenced by the fall of BES. Public scrutiny of these companies' decision making processes and strategies led, among other things, to a considerable increase in D&O litigation involving directors and external auditors.

Despite the bumpy road, Portugal is emerging from its sovereign debt and economic crisis as a modernised country that is better prepared to compete internationally.

Portugal’s international popularity does not begin or end with tourism. With our mild (and mostly sunny) climate, low cost of living, first-world infrastructures, legal system and warm hospitality, Portugal is one of the top international destinations for retirement and an international hub for start-ups – Lisbon is now the host for the elite technology international conference Web Summit.

Portugal’s social, legal and economic developments are acknowledged not only through its capacity to attract tourism and investment, but also by its improved reputation worldwide, from the recent above-average PISA results to ranking 19th in the Social Progress Index, or 25th in the World Bank’s Doing Business guide.

Portugal’s international popularity is thriving for all the right reasons, not least of which being the excellence of our tourism-related services. The challenge is to show the world we excel in other areas and industries too, and in particular that Portuguese legal services in dispute resolution can match and exceed the highest international standards.

From a regulatory point of view, dispute resolution in Portugal has proven itself up to the challenge in recent years – and the challenge has been great. Portugal has all the modern tools necessary to deal with both high-profile and complex litigation, and with smaller and simpler claims.

Ten years ago, Portugal had a very bureaucratic judicial system, with cases funnelled into state courts, bound by dogmatic procedural rules, constant delays and extensive backlogs. Back then, it was not uncommon to endure four to five years in court before getting a first instance judgment, and this meant an increased asset dissipation risk.

Fortunately, Portugal is emerging from its economic and financial crisis with a modern and high-standard dispute resolution system. Portugal has successfully implemented an e-justice platform (CITIUS), which has enabled a completely paperless justice system, introduced a more flexible and simplified Civil Procedure Code, and upgraded its insolvency law (including a chapter 11-style mechanism which has proven to be a solid handrail for struggling businesses). Changes have also been made to the allocation of costs in judicial proceedings, allowing for a mitigated loser bears all system, which is expected to reduce frivolous claims and the backlog of court cases.

In terms of ADR, Portugal has successfully created reliable solutions to address a full spectrum of disputes. It has implemented international standards for mediation practice, created hybrid mediation-litigation courts, the Julgados de Paz, and introduced an UNCITRAL model-law inspired Arbitration Act (drafted by private practitioners who are members of the Portuguese Arbitration Association board instead of government officials). The country has also allowed for the creation and consolidation of various mediation and arbitration centres, which have made a great contribution to the popularity and credibility of ADR in Portugal, and to the development of a Portuguese arbitration community with a growing presence in international arbitration forums.

In general, dispute resolution practitioners are very well prepared to work for and in an international market, adapting and accommodating their services for clients from different cultural and legal backgrounds. Moreover, the most reputed dispute resolution teams have internationally educated lawyers and offer multi-disciplinary and multi-location teams, with considerable experience and impressive track records in international litigation and arbitration.

Portugal’s bailout programme and the profound reforms raised new opportunities for dispute resolution practitioners, who have been confronted with unprecedented decisions forcing them to create new and innovative legal reactions. The effects of these decisions are still being felt today and will endure for a number of years to come.

Bank-related litigation is currently one of the strongholds of dispute resolution practice, from small and medium-sized companies' credit default disputes to the more complex investment-related cases brought by creditors and investors of the fallen banks, in particular in relation with BES and BANIF.

We have also witnessed an increase in large-scale litigation, notably class actions triggered by this recent trend for financial and economic litigation, and especially due to the opt out rules established long ago but only recently really discovered by NGOs and groups of citizens.

The strategy of reversing privatisations is also an important challenge for both the private and public sectors and, above all, it presents a remarkable opportunity to test Portuguese investor-state dispute resolution practitioners.

Recent years have been kind to dispute resolution practitioners and, fortunately, more and greater challenges lie ahead.

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

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: António Pinto Leite
- 13 partners
- 51 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Portuguese powerhouse with a sizeable and expanding department, highly skilled in the full range of commercial and corporate litigation. In addition, offers a dedicated team for white-collar crime, contentious administrative and regulatory cases. Further areas of expertise include restructuring and insolvency, pharmaceutical litigation and international arbitration involving Portuguese-speaking jurisdictions such as Angola and Mozambique.

Strengths Clients praise the team's standing in the market: "It is the best firm in Portugal. Their knowledge even in the most complex and specific matters is very high and their availability and qualification to solve problems is well known in the country. The partners of the firm are highly regarded in Portugal which gives a lot of confidence."

Another source notes: "They demonstrated very good industry knowledge with a high quality team."

Work highlights Assisted Transportes Sul do Tejo with a claim against the Portuguese state regarding its decision on the financial compensation for the services of the private transportation companies of the Lisbon metropolitan area.

Advised Teva on patent litigation concerning its generic medicines and on its defence of its blockbuster medicines.

Significant clients Deutsche Bank, Banco Comercial Português, BP, EDP - Energias de Portugal, Galp Energia.

Notable practitioners

José Manuel Galvão Teles maintains a reputation as "the most respected name in the dispute resolution market." His depth of expertise is noted by sources, who praise his command of civil and commercial litigation.

Head of the civil and criminal litigation practice group, Rui Patrício is a prominent figure on criminal disputes, widely endorsed for his prowess in the area of corporate crime. Sources acknowledge: "He's experienced and is one of the top names in the area; a brilliant lawyer in criminal law."

Francisco Cortez is widely respected among sources for his experience in civil, corporate and commercial litigation. He is observed as "very hard-working, attentive and committed." A source notes: "He has a lot of presence and efficiency in the way he approaches problems, which is very valuable."

Head of the litigation and arbitration department António Pinto Leite is a well regarded presence on civil and commercial disputes. He offers additional expertise in IP and pharmaceutical litigation. One source reports: "He is highly regarded in Portugal due to his character and unusual capacity to deal with and find solutions to complex problems. He is a consistent strategist and an outstanding lawyer."

Miguel de Almada is rated as "a very good litigator with a lot of experience. He is also very good in negotiation." He handles civil and commercial litigation as well as arbitration proceedings.

Filipe Vaz Pinto is a valued member of the team, highlighted by sources as "a very promising lawyer." He is praised for his approach: "He's very experienced and focused on every detail of a process."

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PLMJ Lawyers - Dispute Resolution

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Basic facts about the department
- 16 partners
- 42 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded and expanding team covering the full range of corporate, financial and commercial litigation as well as corporate crime and international arbitration. Represents a varied roster of private clients, mid-sized domestic companies and international financial institutions. Offers strong geographical coverage with offices in Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve.

Strengths Sources recommend the team for the high quality of service: "A very reliable support, reactive and present when anticipating each situation."

Another source adds: "They offer a high level of competence, technical expertise, determination, engagement and proximity to the client."

Work highlights Assisted Asperbras with arbitration proceedings against Novo Banco and with a subsequent EUR53 million arbitration initiated by Novo Banco against Asperbras.

Significant clients Volkswagen, MAN Group, PSA International Group.

Notable practitioners

Head of arbitration José Miguel Júdice is recognised as "a star lawyer in Portugal" and an experienced counsel and impressive arbitrator. He is identified as "a force of nature" and "someone you can trust and rely on."

Co-ordinator of the dispute resolution practice Nuno Líbano Monteiro is noted by interviewees for his extensive experience in civil and commercial litigation. He offers expertise in restructuring and insolvency disputes. Feedback identifies him as "very experienced, with a solid knowledge of procedural and substantive law which makes him a very good litigator." One source describes his advice as "responsive, proactive and practical."

Head of the criminal law, white-collar crime and compliance practice João Medeiros is a well-known practitioner active on key criminal cases including corporate crime. He is described as "a very bright and experienced lawyer." Sources note: "He is competent, creative and shows strong technical capacity allied with a human dimension."

Pedro Metello de Nápoles heads the Angola desk at the firm. He is respected in the market and endorsed for his activity in arbitration proceedings, consumer law and product liability. Sources say that he "works very hard with no stone left unturned."

Paulo Farinha Alves is a key member of the criminal law practice. He is recognised by interviewees for his skill in the sports sector. He also handles criminal cases involving banking and financial institutions.

Head of civil and commercial litigation Pedro Faria specialises in claims involving the automotive sector. He often handles banking and financial services litigation. One source describes him as "prudent, consistent and vigorous."

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Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Daniel Proença de Carvalho, Tito Arantes Fontes and Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho
- 7 partners

What the team is known for Sophisticated practice covering the full gamut of contentious matters with particular skill in financial litigation including swaps and other consumer-related disputes. Handles corporate litigation, corporate crime and frequently represents domestic and international banking institutions in litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Strengths Sources admire the "competence and prestige" in addition to the "availability and expertise of the team."

Interviewees identify the team's proactive and efficient approach.

Notable practitioners

Daniel Proença de Carvalho is a highly reputed practitioner in the market, acknowledged for his expertise across the full range of corporate disputes, criminal cases and arbitration.

Head of litigation Tito Arantes Fontes offers experience in civil and commercial proceedings and has an excellent reputation among impressed sources. One interviewee enthuses: "He's a key and knowledgeable reference - he's the guy to choose."

Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho is well known for his activity both in criminal law and corporate litigation. Interviewees endorse him as "a great all-rounder, with particular strength in reading the opponent and spotting opportunities to get the case into a strong position."

Francisco Proença de Carvalho handles a range of civil and criminal law litigation, playing a key role in major criminal disputes. Sources observe he is "quick to respond, very available" and "a brilliant young lawyer dedicated to corporate crime."

Nuno Salazar Casanova regularly handles administrative proceedings and commercial disputes, active in banking and finance litigation. Peers acknowledge his visibility in the market: "He's extremely good – a young star."

Adriano Squilacce handles a range of civil, commercial and corporate litigation. Sources say: "He's completely committed to cases, technically good and always available. He's always pushing to get more information and support for our cause." One impressed client states: "I'm always amazed how he can make something so complex so simple when he writes. A rising star."

Department profile by Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

Our Litigation and Arbitration Practice Area advises on civil and commercial disputes. We create multidisciplinary teams so that, in addition to leading specialists in litigation and arbitration, every client benefits from the expertise of lawyers from relevant practice areas. Our aim is to offer our clients added value in every negotiation, claim and arbitration.

It is one of our main goals to understand the specific characteristics of the sectors in which our clients operate, be it banking, finance, telecommunications, energy, infrastructures, construction, real estate, consumer goods or pharmaceuticals, to name but a few. In determining the strategy to be adopted in a dispute, we use this specialist knowledge to ensure the needs and concerns of our clients are paramount, an approach which affords us a competitive advantage valued at both an international and domestic level.

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Uría Menéndez-Proença de Carvalho offers a global service, advising its clients wherever their interests may be. 

We provide multi-jurisdictional legal advice through our:

  • own offices in the main financial centres of Europe, Asia and the Americas,
  • joint ownership of Philippi, Prietocarrizosa, Ferrero DU & Uría, the leading regional firm operating in Ibero-America,
  • close ties with the most prestigious independent law firms in the countries in which our clients operate,
  • membership of the Lex Mundi international network,
  • regional practice groups formed by specialist Uría Menéndez-Proença de Carvalho lawyers in areas of particular strategic interest for our clients.

CMS - Dispute Resolution

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Band 2

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Nuno Pena and Joaquim Shearman de Macedo
- 3 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well regarded team with a broad coverage of corporate, commercial and administrative litigation. Specialises in disputes regarding financial issues, contractual agreements, securities and derivatives litigation. Particularly active in the energy and pharmaceutical sectors. Advises numerous global banks.

Strengths One source praises the firm's "expertise, proactivity in seeking different options to be considered and strong business and customer focus." They add: "The firm offers international coverage that facilitates communication and best practices sharing across jurisdictions."

The team is observed to provide reliable support and availability.

Work highlights Represented Cabovisão in arbitration proceedings regarding a sale and purchase agreement entered into with Riverside Europe arising from the sale of the shareholder assets of Winreason.

Significant clients Armscor, Danone, Deminor Recovery Services, EDP - Energias de Portugal, Explorer Investments.

Notable practitioners

Joaquim Shearman de Macedo is well known among peers for offering broad disputes and restructuring and insolvency expertise when advising on contentious issues. In addition, he handles significant corporate crime cases. He is perceived as "very cerebral and impressive from a technical standpoint." One source admires that he "has extensive knowledge of all legislation regarding arbitration and an astonishing memory for past disputes, their outcomes and relevant facts to the current disputes."

Nuno Pena is a skilled litigator, active in a range of civil, corporate and commercial claims. He also handles restructuring and insolvency disputes. Sources identify his key strengths, saying that "he is very experienced," "reliable," "extremely knowledgeable and provides an excellent service."

Department profile by CMS

CMS has one of the largest and most experienced litigation and arbitration practices in Poland. The 18-lawyers team is able to provide effective support and assistance on a wide variety of disputes – from simple claims to complex, high-value litigation cases.

Our advisory offer

We are particularly recognized as a team regularly representing clients in class actions, arbitration disputes and criminal cases. We also represent clients in various other areas of disputes - civil and commercial law (such as employee, corporate, intellectual property, competition and product liability disputes). We conduct proceedings before administrative courts as well as advise in criminal and enforcement proceedings. We also deal with litigation cases that require industry-specific knowledge (for instance: insurance claims, construction litigation or disputes with regulators of the energy, telecommunications or financial markets). Our litigation lawyers work closely with colleagues from various sector teams in order to offer a specific industry insight.

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Cuatrecasas - Dispute Resolution

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Band 2

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Miguel Esperança Pina, José de Freitas and Paulo de Sá e Cunha
- 5 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Iberian outfit offering expertise in a wide range of corporate, commercial and civil litigation across a variety of sectors such as finance and construction. Provides a dedicated criminal law practice. Further noted for its experience in international arbitration. Offers cross-border support in proceedings, including in Brazil and Mozambique.

Strengths One source emphasises: "The overall level of service of this firm is excellent and of high quality. They have in-depth knowledge of the law and permanent availability to assist the client."

Interviewees highlight the "extremely dedicated team."

Work highlights Advised Pharol on the filing of a judicial liability claim against several directors concerning the EUR897 million investment made by Pharol in debt instruments issued by Rio Forte.

Significant clients Bank of Portugal, Santander, Banco Privado Português, BMW, Millennium BCP.

Notable practitioners

Head of corporate crime Paulo de Sá e Cunha offers extensive experience in criminal law cases and is recognised as "one of the best criminal lawyers in Portugal." He is considered an authority on criminal disputes often involving financial institutions. Sources say: "He has a practical approach, is very trusting and has a lot of experience."

Miguel Esperança Pina handles a breadth of corporate and financial litigation, including contractual disputes. He is recognised among market commentators and praised by clients who note: "He's very smart, consistent and approachable."

Rita Gouveia regularly handles contractual litigation, and is skilled in disputes arising in distribution contracts and service agreements. Interviewees highlight that her work is "always of a very high quality" and describe her as "very focused."

Department profile by Cuatrecasas

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Linklaters - Dispute Resolution

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Band 2

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Nuno Ferreira Lousa
- 1 partner
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for International outfit that has an outstanding contentious practice, with coverage of commercial litigation, restructuring and insolvency disputes and arbitration. Notably advises key clients in the banking and financial services, energy and public sectors. Noted for its global network, offering strong cross-border capabilities.

Strengths Clients appreciate the prepared, "wide-ranging lawyers" and "reliable quality of work."

One source confirms: "They have a good litigation team. They are very homogenous and benefit very much from the worldwide network they have. The lawyers are very attentive and client-oriented."

Work highlights Assisted Novo Banco with a claim brought by two companies belonging to Amorim Group concerning a dispute arising from the sale of commercial paper issued by GES Group companies.

Represented Pfizer in patent infringement proceedings, covering patents including Lyrica. Also assisted with defending a claim addressing the validity of patents registered through several companies of the Pfizer group, challenged by generic pharmaceutical companies.

Significant clients ECS Capital, Galp Energia, Deutsche Bank, Semapa - Sociedade de Investimento e Gestão, Banco BPI.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Nuno Ferreira Lousa provides expertise in insolvency proceedings and restructuring work. He is acknowledged to be "an experienced lawyer that always comes out with innovative solutions to meet the client's interests." He offers additional capabilities in international arbitration. He is reported to be "practical and committed" with a "deep knowledge of different areas that inspires confidence."

Ricardo Guimarães evokes praise from peers and clients alike who regard him as "very wise with a lot of experience, someone you can rely on very easily." He specialises in public law litigation and arbitration. He regularly handles public contractual disputes in addition to commercial litigation and IP cases. Further sources state: "He's very intelligent with strong arguments."

Managing associate Manuel de Abreu Castelo Branco enters the rankings following strong market feedback for his civil and commercial litigation practice. He is described as "reliable" and "always anticipates needs."

Since publication, Pedro Siza Vieira has become a Member of Parliament.

Department profile by Linklaters

Linklaters offer a first-class dispute resolution service, including litigation and arbitration. We have a reputation for achieving both litigation and arbitration successes and have specialist expertise and experience in handling the most sensitive and complex cases.

Our clients are national and international companies and financial institutions. They benefit from our long experience of complex arbitration and litigation proceedings, as well as our ability to provide advice within the tightest deadlines.

In Lisbon, our dispute resolution group attracts both international and national high profile civil and commercial work. The dispute resolution group works closely with other special practice groups whose combined expertise provides the client with the best advice possible.

By advising a wide range of entities, both public and private, Linklaters is capable of understanding the different perspectives that can occur during a litigation, as well as identify and resolve the various issues that come up. Clients rely on our commitment and innovative thinking in their most complex cases.

Our vast knowledge in commercial litigation, restructurings and insolvencies administrative law and public procurement and arbitration proceedings in any of these areas, including commercial contracts, public procurement and concessions, allow us to offer a market leading response in pre-litigation situations as well.

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A global reach

We draw resources from our global dispute resolution practice network, of over 40 partners and 150 associates, to provide tailored teams to suit the requirements for each matter. This approach allows us to leverage firmwide experience, together with local insight and understanding of cultural differences when relevant. Our network also provides the basis for managing complex cross-border litigation matters, where a co-ordinated approach may be needed.


Vieira de Almeida & Associados - Dispute Resolution

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Frederico Gonçalves Pereira and Miguel Pinto Cardoso
- 4 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Sizeable and multidisciplinary practice covering the full range of civil and commercial disputes, domestic and international arbitration and white-collar crime. Also offers a highly specialised service in patent litigation and is active in insolvency litigation. Provides expertise across Portuguese-speaking jurisdictions including Angola and Cabo Verde.

Strengths Sources appreciate the team's dedicated approach: "All the team are very accurate in the answers they provide us with. We can always expect the same level of professionalism, proactivity and understanding with the entire team."

One source highlights: "One of their greatest points is that they are client-oriented. They are wise and creative in the search for legal solutions for their client's needs."

Work highlights Advised Elos - Ligações de Alta Velocidade on an arbitration against the Portuguese state concerning the withdrawal of the concession of the high-speed rail project for the Lisbon–Poceirão route.

Continues to act for Portugal Telecom on a lawsuit filed by NOS for alleged damages caused by abuse of dominance.

Significant clients Banco Comercial Português, Galp Energia, Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Novartis, AstraZeneca.

Notable practitioners

Litigation and arbitration co-head Miguel Pinto Cardoso has an excellent reputation among sources who note his experience and describe him as "extremely confident in handling matters." He is highly skilled in commercial litigation. One source credits him as "the best lawyer I've ever seen acting in court."

Department co-head Frederico Gonçalves Pereira is acknowledged for his experience in disputes, particularly in restructuring and insolvency and commercial litigation. One source says: "Technically he's just perfect, he knows everything about litigation proceedings."

Sofia Ribeiro Branco is a key member of the team for criminal, regulatory and misdemeanour litigation. Her practice includes compliance and private enforcement matters. She receives excellent commentary from clients who note her "knowledge and accessibility." Another source states: "I like her capacity to really look around in support of our defence, in a very detailed way. She tries to deeply understand the business so defends from the customer's view. A high talent."

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Garrigues - Dispute Resolution

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Band 3

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: João Duarte de Sousa
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly experienced team representing key clients in the banking, construction and energy sectors in a wide scope of corporate and financial disputes. Considerably active in international arbitration involving Portuguese-speaking jurisdictions. Impressive and diverse client roster, including automobile manufacturers and financial institutions.

Strengths Sources are happy with the support provided by the team, describing it as "very collaborative, business orientated and practical."

Work highlights Represented Somague in a dispute in Madeira arising from the construction of a motorway.

Continued to act for Portugal Telecom on a number of lawsuits and interim measures filed by shareholders concerning amendments to the combination of the business with Oi.

Significant clients Honda Motor Europe, Endesa, BBVA, Vestas Group, Decathlon.

Notable practitioners

Miguel Azevedo is endorsed as "a very good litigator with a keen understanding of the stakes and with imagination and willingness to do his utmost to help his client." He is active in commercial litigation and in disputes relating to construction and projects.

Head of department João Duarte de Sousa is well known amongst peers. He is experienced in handling a broad range of civil and commercial litigation. He has been particularly active of late in construction disputes.

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Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados - Dispute Resolution

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Luís Miguel Cortes Martins and Maria Raquel Moreira
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Notably advises domestic clients from a wide range of sectors including agro-food, distribution and energy, in addition to clients in the banking sector. Particularly noted for its expertise in restructuring and insolvency, litigation and contract disputes. Also experienced in arbitration.

Work highlights Represented Banco Comercial Português in seeking the annulment of loan contracts and associated mortgages.

Continues to represent SCC - Sociedade Central de Cervejas e Bebidas in a range of disputes against former distributors.

Significant clients Nutrinveste Group, Controlinveste Group, IP Brick, Oi.

Notable practitioners

Luís Miguel Cortes Martins is considered an "excellent lawyer – incredibly good" in the dispute resolution arena. He is noted for his skill in litigation and for his experience as an arbitrator. He is proficient in civil and commercial litigation.

Maria Raquel Moreira is extremely capable in civil and commercial litigation, with added expertise in restructuring and insolvency matters. She is particularly active on issues arising from distribution agreements. Peers respect her as "a very tough opponent" who is "well prepared, with determination and strength; an excellent lawyer in contentious matters."

Department profile by Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados

Litigation demands absolute understanding of the client's business, the surrounding environment and the meticulous eye of a seasoned litigant.  SLCM Dispute Resolution department has built an extensive knowledge base which reaches into all the core sectors of the Portuguese Economy. We provide the expertise and the talent to achieve practical and expedient solutions to our client.

Our lawyers also act as counsel or arbitrators as arbitration is experiencing significant growth in civil, corporate and administrative areas.

Our services include advice about dispute resolution mechanisms in early stages of the process, compliance assessment with contractual and non-contractual obligations, implementation of problem-solving strategies in pre-litigation and litigation scenarios, settlements negotiation both in and out of court, legal representation and counselling in civil and commercial suits, both judicial and arbitral, including commercial law, family law, property law, inheritance law, contractual default or intellectual property and legal representation and counselling in criminal and misdemeanour proceedings.

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Sérvulo & Associados - Dispute Resolution

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Band 3

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: António Teles, José Lobo Moutinho and João Saúde

What the team is known for Offers a comprehensive service in litigation, arbitration, corporate crime and regulatory compliance. Noted for its know-how in administrative litigation and coverage of civil and commercial claims. Criminal law is a further strength for the team, focusing on financial and corruption-related offences.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's dedication to clients: "They make sure to ask a lot of questions about the business and the concept area for things that could make the difference."

One source observes: "They offer organisation, technical skills and preparation."

Work highlights Represented Infraestruturas de Portugal in a claim brought by Teixeira Duarte-Engenharia e Construcoes and EPOS - Empresa Portuguesa de Obras Subterrâneas concerning alleged damages and liability for breach of contract.

Advised Bank of Portugal on its decision to convict several former board members of Banco Comercial Português concerning financial offences and subsequently in the appeal of their convictions.

Significant clients AdP - Águas de Portugal, Abbott Laboratories, Banco Privado Português, Banif – Banco Internacional do Funchal, Interlog Informática.

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Criminal law specialist José Lobo Moutinho is well respected among sources who consider him "worthy of all the authority that is awarded to him." He leads the corporate crime and regulatory compliance department and is a recognised practitioner in many high-profile matters.

João Saúde climbs the rankings following strong feedback from sources who describe him as "a very well-prepared, dedicated and excellent lawyer." He is active in civil and commercial litigation and is noted for his assistance with contentious insolvency matters. One source appreciates: "He is a straightforward professional able to discuss problems and solutions with a quick and quality answer."

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SRS Advogados - Dispute Resolution

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Band 3

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: José Carlos Soares Machado
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Specialises in commercial and financial litigation. Active in the area of construction and real estate, the team also handles a considerable number of arbitration mandates and insurance claims. Offers additional support in white-collar crime.

Strengths The team is highlighted for its experience "offering deep knowledge of litigation law."

One source declares them "incredibly efficient and straight to the point; they clearly create strong trust from the client."

Work highlights Advised construction company Copisa on a contractual dispute concerning defective piping.

Advised Grupo SanJosé on enforcement proceedings started by Banco Santander Totta arising from a claim of non-compliance with loan agreement terms.

Significant clients Coca-Cola, CISA, Nestlé, Sumol+Compal, HOYA Lens Iberia.

Notable practitioners

Head of department José Carlos Soares Machado is credited as "intuitive, quick at grasping the problems and solutions" and a "really shrewd litigation lawyer." He handles a breadth of civil and commercial disputes. One source notes him as "efficient and capable of focusing correctly on the main questions with regard to the defensive position of the clients."

Department profile by SRS Advogados

The Dispute Resolution team at SRS Advogados comprises lawyers who are specialised in civil and commercial litigation, as well as arbitration, insolvencies and corporate restructuring.

The lawyers in the team have extensive experience in all areas of judicial dispute resolution (civil and commercial) and arbitration and provide legal assistance to both national and international clients in a large variety of sectors, including auto, aviation, commerce and services, consumer, financial markets, patents, pharmaceutical, and telecommunications.

Our approach to dispute resolution includes preventive legal advice, litigation risk assessment and negotiation.

We also aim to create the best network of partnerships, geographically extending the essence of our values and service.

Our associations allow us to have a presence in different markets, focusing specifically on the world’s main financial markets and the Lusophone world.

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Through the creation of SRS Global (Angola, Brazil, Macau, Malta, Mozambique, Portugal and Singapore), as well the creation of a strong network of international relationships with third parties, we aim to extend our experience, expertise and services globally so as to ensure that we can respond efficiently to complex issues with global implications.


AAA Advogados - Dispute Resolution

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Band 4

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: José Jácome
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-known boutique noted for its strength in the energy and corporate arenas. Handles a wide scope of disputes including regulatory contentious, civil litigation and insurance claims. Recent highlights include real estate and construction claims.

Strengths Sources praise the team's ability to adapt to client needs and its "anticipation of changes and proactive stance."

One source praises its "impressive expertise, reputation and quality of service."

Work highlights Advised real estate company Marinha Guincho - Investimento Turístico e Imobiliário on a dispute with two real estate investment funds over the annulment of several loan agreements.

Advised Dia Portugal on disputes arising from the breach of contractual agreements for the supply of products to Angola.

Significant clients Amorim, Volkswagen Autoeuropa, SGAL, Roche.

Notable practitioners

Department head José Jácome is endorsed among peers in the market. He is an experienced litigator, active of late on contractual disputes, real estate claims and financial litigation.

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Abreu Advogados - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners

What the team is known for Sizeable team covering all manner of commercial and civil litigation, arbitration and criminal litigation. In addition offers a debt recovery group. Considerably active in a wide range of industries including energy, healthcare, construction and banking.

Strengths One client notes: "It has extensive experience in the treatment and monitoring of litigation cases involving complex situations, demonstrating technical and skilled solutions aimed at overcoming litigation situations."

Sources praise the team's ability to offer experience and complete availability.

Work highlights Represented Labco Group in several claims relating to alleged medical malpractice.

Significant clients Iberdrola, DAF Trucks, Oi, Caixa Económica Montepio Geral, FCE Bank.

Notable practitioners

Natália Garcia Alves and Alexandra Nascimento Correia are key contacts for the team.

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Albuquerque & Associados - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Francisco Colaço and Dulce Dinis
- 2 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Focuses on insurance, banking and commercial litigation and arbitration. Acts on behalf of construction, energy and technology sector clients. Also assists a number of domestic banks with debt recovery on restructuring and insolvency issues. Offers further experience in litigation concerning distribution and agency contracts.

Strengths One source emphasises: "They are extremely professional and fully reliable."

The team is also acknowledged for providing a high quality service.

Notable practitioners

Francisco Colaço leads the department with "a solid background and experience in litigation," covering civil and commercial litigation. He offers strength in insurance and banking law. Sources note that "he is very customer-orientated" and "a very reassuring lawyer, clear on his expectations to clients, very friendly and with a great sense of humour."

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Anselmo Vaz, Afra & Associados Sociedade de Advogados, RL - Dispute Resolution

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Band 4

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Teresa Anselmo Vaz
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noted for its arbitration and litigation practice in the pharmaceutical sector. Adept in matters involving intellectual property, covering trade mark and patent litigation. Also handles contentious mandates stemming from corporate and employment issues.

Strengths The team is highlighted for its dedication to clients: "They have helped us in terms of strategy and their commitment through the process. They were always available and very close to the customer."

Work highlights Represented Teva in a civil lawsuit against Boehringer Ingelheim regarding alleged patent infringement.

Represented Actavis Group in mandatory arbitrations brought by multiple originator companies concerning alleged infringements.

Significant clients Aurobindo Pharma, Laboratórios Atral, Grupo Repsol, Polykemi, Combino Pharm Portugal.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner and head of department Teresa Anselmo Vaz is noted as an IP specialist, with particular skill in pharmaceutical litigation. One source highlights her commitment which "drove the process and helped us keep our focus."

Department profile by Anselmo Vaz, Afra & Associados Sociedade de Advogados, RL

Dispute resolution is a service provided by AVA across all its practice areas. It is noteworthy that AVA's  lawyers have solid and consolidated experience in the provision of legal advice and assistance in intellectual property and company law in both pre-dispute and dispute phases, including arbitration.


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Alves Pereira, Teixeira de Sousa & Associados - Dispute Resolution

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Band 5

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: José Alves Pereira and João Marques de Almeida
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers specialised litigation services to clients in the aviation and insurance businesses covering liability claims and personal injury. Further experience in enforcement proceedings, construction and property disputes. Also active in international arbitration.

Strengths The team is noted for providing a multidisciplinary approach and offering "a global service."

One source praises: "We believe they have developed very positive work, in proceedings which by their nature are quite complex, demonstrating quite solid knowledge in the field and throughout the law in general."

Significant clients Aon, McCann-Erickson, Global Aerospace, Willis.

Notable practitioners

Aviation specialist José Alves Pereira is described by one source as "well read and very aware, friendly and approachable."

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Campos Ferreira, Sá Carneiro & Associados - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: João Maria Pimentel and Pedro Duro

What the team is known for Offers comprehensive litigation and arbitration services. Covers civil and commercial litigation, enforcement proceedings and criminal law. Noted for financial services litigation. Particularly popular with renowned banking and finance clients.

Strengths The firm is appreciated for the availability of the team and the provision of resources to support their clients. One client notes: "They provide a lot of commitment to help answer our concerns and offer good follow up."

Another source values: "They are very committed to providing prompt, courteous and quality advice."

Notable practitioners

Head of dispute resolution João Maria Pimentel is acknowledged by a peer as "an excellent lawyer with a lot of experience in court." He offers broad litigation experience with further skill in related insolvency proceedings.

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CCA ONTIER - Dispute Resolution

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Band 5

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Carlos Cruz, Henrique Salinas and Martim Menezes
- 4 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Covers a wide range of litigation mandates including civil, commercial, employment and public law disputes. Additional support in criminal law. Particularly active in insolvency proceedings and debt collection. Offers expertise in litigation proceedings on behalf of key clients in the media arena.

Work highlights Advised Tivoli Hotels & Resorts on successfully challenging the court's decision to seize a chain of hotels following an investigation into the Espírito Santo Group, allowing for the sale of the hotels to Minor International.

Defended various journalists and photographers following Cristiano Ronaldo's allegation against a Portuguese newspaper of invasion of privacy, after the publication of images without prior authorisation.

Significant clients Google, VWR, Cofina, Champalimaud, Havas Group.

Notable practitioners

Carlos Cruz, Henrique Salinas, Martim Menezes and Rita Cruz are key contacts for the team.

Department profile by CCA ONTIER

CCA ONTIER’s dispute resolution practice is one of the most respected Portuguese legal teams. Our firm has an extensive track record on media related litigation cases, gained from more than 30 years of experience assisting media outlets. Our know-how ranges from traditional printed media, radio and television broadcasters, as well as Internet news and content providers. 

We have a team of lawyers that is ready to provide comprehensive and crosscutting services. Comprehensive, as it includes both Economic Criminal Law and Administrative Offences Law. Crosscutting, because CCA ONTIER does not limit the scope of its service to judicial representation in on-going proceedings, but rather offers its clients a wide variety of services, where preventive counselling and regulatory compliance play a prominent role.

CCA ONTIER also holds enormous experience in auto-regulative arbitration in advertising, as well a solid track record on common arbitration Civil or Commercial, assisting high profile Clients on various forms of dispute resolution such as Google, Vodafone, Europcar Portugal, Cofina and TV Record.


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China is the choice for several investors from across the world and Chinese companies give priority to Portugal’s geographic advantage. Because we have a huge network with offices all across Latin America, CCA ONTIER’s China Desk also helps Chinese companies with their operations in Latin America. CCA ONTIER has an eye on the reality of the world economy and anticipating trends. That’s why we are the only Portuguese law firm with an office in China (since 2010) and the only one with license to operate.


DLA Piper ABBC - Dispute Resolution

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Band 5

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: João Nuno Azevedo Neves and João Guedes
- 4 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Particularly skilled in employment litigation and in disputes arising from contractual agreements, projects and property. Advises a diverse client roster of domestic and international entities, notably in aviation and energy.

Strengths Sources highlight its comprehensive advice as "a multi-service firm."

One source appreciates "their credibility, their knowledge and their results."

Significant clients Santander, Grupo Bernardino Gomes, Multipessoal, IATA, Lufthansa.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head João Nuno Azevedo Neves is a recognised practitioner in the market, respected by his peers as "a high-profile and sharp lawyer." His experience encompasses disputes for private clients and arbitration work. One source observes: "He has a lot of common sense and is good in regulations with the clients and the court, having dealt with many difficult cases with success."

Department profile by DLA Piper ABBC

DLA Piper ABBC Dispute Resolution department is distinguished by the diversification of work and specialist areas, such as employment, corporate, tax, administrative , energy and aviation. The size and technical quality of DLA Piper ABBC litigation team, provides a wide range of services, from debt recovery to high profile arbitration cases.

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Gómez-Acebo & Pombo - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

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

What the team is known for Noted for its skill in the construction and infrastructure sectors, representing domestic clients in concession contract and construction disputes and arbitration. Covers public law disputes and insolvency litigation. Increasingly active advising on issues in Mozambique.

Strengths Sources commend the team, saying: "They offer great technical skills and personal treatment."

One client appreciates: "The team has been outstanding, they've supported us exemplarily with very good results, a high knowledge of applicable law and commitment of the lawyers who supported me."

Work highlights Acted for Maecas on an arbitration against Millennium Challenge Corporation regarding a dispute concerning the construction of a road project in Mozambique.

Acted for Conbate on proceedings against EDP - Energias de Portugal concerning a road concession in Setúbal.

Significant clients LOC - Litoral Oeste Constructores, Conduril Engenharia, Odebrecht, Douro Litoral.

Notable practitioners

Albano Sarmento is a key contact for clients.

Since publication, Carlos Soares has joined CARLOS SOARES & ASSOCIADOS - SOCIEDADE DE ADVOGADOS

Department profile by Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

During last year Gómez-Acebo & Pombo (GA&P) has continued to be a firm of choice for dispute resolution and arbitration work in Spain and in Portugal. Particularly in the public domain, GA&P is a key player in a large number of arbitration procedures, as well as a number of arbitrations.

There is still ongoing dispute resolution within arbitration regarding the specific project from the Portuguese Government called “Parque Escolar, EPE”, which is a corporation governed by public law with administrative and financial independence and its own assets.

Also, GA&P continues to participate in several insolvency proceedings to the detriment of legal enforcement actions due to the difficulties on repaying credits and debts.

Over the last years, “Ministério Público” (Public Prosecutor) has dedicated more attention to the Fraud and White Collar crimes. Having in mind the need to follow the growing trend of a “preventive criminal law”, GA&P's Criminal Litigation team has been developing a new area of practice. In the past months, GA&P Portugal has provided its clients with a new product: tailor-made compliance guides, designed for anticipating an eventual punishment for the crimes and administrative offences that our clients can more probably commit in their daily activities, always bearing in mind their scope of activity.   

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Overview

PORTUGAL: An Introduction to Portugal Contributed by PLMJ Network

Portugal is under the international spotlight for the best and worst reasons.

The country is praised as one of the best international tourism destinations. It is consistently top-ranked and has collected a record number of international awards in every tourism category, with the tourism industry achieving consistent annual growth of above 12% since 2013. However, Portugal is consistently in the news for its economic and financial difficulties, having reached a low point in 2011 with the sovereign debt crisis.

Recent numbers show that the tourism industry represents a direct impact of 6% on the country’s GDP (its indirect impact is estimated at 16%) and 8.2% of employment, with growth of 2.4% in employment compared to the country’s 0.9% average.

The unprecedented growth in tourism has been instrumental in the development of the country’s trade balance. However, analysts are concerned that structural problems and fundamental reforms and changes to the Portuguese economy are being postponed.

Portugal’s previous centre-right government was successful in leading the country out of the EUR78 billion Troika international bailout, having implemented and enacted several legal and economic reforms aimed at boosting the country’s economic, labour and business competitiveness.

This left-wing coalition government was formed with the firm purpose of reversing some of the austerity measures generally pinpointed as responsible for social difficulties and inequalities. This government has actually been effective in reducing the deficit as agreed with the Troika, but it has lacked the will to keep on implementing additional reforms, and has even increased public spending (albeit with scarce public investment).

The previous privatisation strategy – under which Portugal targeted international investment for the necessary structural modernisation of its public services while reducing public spending – has been altered by the current government. This government has reversed or renegotiated a number of the privatisations agreed by its predecessor, notably those involving TAP (Portugal's flag carrier airline), Carris, Metropolitano de Lisboa, Metro do Porto and STCP (Lisbon and Porto’s public transport companies). In fact, the first ICSID case against Portugal was brought as a result of the Lisbon transport sub-concession to a Mexican group being reversed.

This new government is managing the fall of four of its major banks (BPP, BPN, BES and BANIF) and the reform and recovery of the state bank CGD. It is also handling the restructuring of other Portuguese banks, such as Montepio and BCP.

The fall of PT was subject to intensive media scrutiny. PT was once the crown jewel of Portuguese companies, with an international presence in every Portuguese-speaking country and a worldwide turnover in excess of EUR6.2 billion in 2011. Following an ill-fated tie-up with Brazilian company Oi (now in insolvency proceedings), the Portuguese assets of the company were sold to Altice Group in 2015 against a controversial background strongly influenced by the fall of BES. Public scrutiny of these companies' decision making processes and strategies led, among other things, to a considerable increase in D&O litigation involving directors and external auditors.

Despite the bumpy road, Portugal is emerging from its sovereign debt and economic crisis as a modernised country that is better prepared to compete internationally.

Portugal’s international popularity does not begin or end with tourism. With our mild (and mostly sunny) climate, low cost of living, first-world infrastructures, legal system and warm hospitality, Portugal is one of the top international destinations for retirement and an international hub for start-ups – Lisbon is now the host for the elite technology international conference Web Summit.

Portugal’s social, legal and economic developments are acknowledged not only through its capacity to attract tourism and investment, but also by its improved reputation worldwide, from the recent above-average PISA results to ranking 19th in the Social Progress Index, or 25th in the World Bank’s Doing Business guide.

Portugal’s international popularity is thriving for all the right reasons, not least of which being the excellence of our tourism-related services. The challenge is to show the world we excel in other areas and industries too, and in particular that Portuguese legal services in dispute resolution can match and exceed the highest international standards.

From a regulatory point of view, dispute resolution in Portugal has proven itself up to the challenge in recent years – and the challenge has been great. Portugal has all the modern tools necessary to deal with both high-profile and complex litigation, and with smaller and simpler claims.

Ten years ago, Portugal had a very bureaucratic judicial system, with cases funnelled into state courts, bound by dogmatic procedural rules, constant delays and extensive backlogs. Back then, it was not uncommon to endure four to five years in court before getting a first instance judgment, and this meant an increased asset dissipation risk.

Fortunately, Portugal is emerging from its economic and financial crisis with a modern and high-standard dispute resolution system. Portugal has successfully implemented an e-justice platform (CITIUS), which has enabled a completely paperless justice system, introduced a more flexible and simplified Civil Procedure Code, and upgraded its insolvency law (including a chapter 11-style mechanism which has proven to be a solid handrail for struggling businesses). Changes have also been made to the allocation of costs in judicial proceedings, allowing for a mitigated loser bears all system, which is expected to reduce frivolous claims and the backlog of court cases.

In terms of ADR, Portugal has successfully created reliable solutions to address a full spectrum of disputes. It has implemented international standards for mediation practice, created hybrid mediation-litigation courts, the Julgados de Paz, and introduced an UNCITRAL model-law inspired Arbitration Act (drafted by private practitioners who are members of the Portuguese Arbitration Association board instead of government officials). The country has also allowed for the creation and consolidation of various mediation and arbitration centres, which have made a great contribution to the popularity and credibility of ADR in Portugal, and to the development of a Portuguese arbitration community with a growing presence in international arbitration forums.

In general, dispute resolution practitioners are very well prepared to work for and in an international market, adapting and accommodating their services for clients from different cultural and legal backgrounds. Moreover, the most reputed dispute resolution teams have internationally educated lawyers and offer multi-disciplinary and multi-location teams, with considerable experience and impressive track records in international litigation and arbitration.

Portugal’s bailout programme and the profound reforms raised new opportunities for dispute resolution practitioners, who have been confronted with unprecedented decisions forcing them to create new and innovative legal reactions. The effects of these decisions are still being felt today and will endure for a number of years to come.

Bank-related litigation is currently one of the strongholds of dispute resolution practice, from small and medium-sized companies' credit default disputes to the more complex investment-related cases brought by creditors and investors of the fallen banks, in particular in relation with BES and BANIF.

We have also witnessed an increase in large-scale litigation, notably class actions triggered by this recent trend for financial and economic litigation, and especially due to the opt out rules established long ago but only recently really discovered by NGOs and groups of citizens.

The strategy of reversing privatisations is also an important challenge for both the private and public sectors and, above all, it presents a remarkable opportunity to test Portuguese investor-state dispute resolution practitioners.

Recent years have been kind to dispute resolution practitioners and, fortunately, more and greater challenges lie ahead.

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Senior Statesmen

José Manuel Galvão Teles

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

From the Chambers Europe guide

José Manuel Galvão Teles maintains a reputation as "the most respected name in the dispute resolution market." His depth of expertise is noted by sources, who praise his command of civil and commercial litigation.

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Senior Statesmen

Daniel Proença de Carvalho

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

From the Chambers Europe guide

Daniel Proença de Carvalho is a highly reputed practitioner in the market, acknowledged for his expertise across the full range of corporate disputes, criminal cases and arbitration.

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Star Individuals

Luís Miguel Cortes Martins

Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Luís Miguel Cortes Martins is considered an "excellent lawyer – incredibly good" in the dispute resolution arena. He is noted for his skill in litigation and for his experience as an arbitrator. He is proficient in civil and commercial litigation.

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José Miguel Júdice

PLMJ Lawyers

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of arbitration José Miguel Júdice is recognised as "a star lawyer in Portugal" and an experienced counsel and impressive arbitrator. He is identified as "a force of nature" and "someone you can trust and rely on."

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Tito Arantes Fontes

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of litigation Tito Arantes Fontes offers experience in civil and commercial proceedings and has an excellent reputation among impressed sources. One interviewee enthuses: "He's a key and knowledgeable reference - he's the guy to choose."

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

From the Chambers Europe guide

Francisco Cortez is widely respected among sources for his experience in civil, corporate and commercial litigation. He is observed as "very hard-working, attentive and committed." A source notes: "He has a lot of presence and efficiency in the way he approaches problems, which is very valuable."

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Miguel Esperança Pina

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Miguel Esperança Pina handles a breadth of corporate and financial litigation, including contractual disputes. He is recognised among market commentators and praised by clients who note: "He's very smart, consistent and approachable."  

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Nuno Líbano Monteiro

PLMJ Lawyers

From the Chambers Europe guide

Co-ordinator of the dispute resolution practice Nuno Líbano Monteiro is noted by interviewees for his extensive experience in civil and commercial litigation. He offers expertise in restructuring and insolvency disputes. Feedback identifies him as "very experienced, with a solid knowledge of procedural and substantive law which makes him a very good litigator." One source describes his advice as "responsive, proactive and practical."

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Miguel Pinto Cardoso

Vieira de Almeida & Associados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Litigation and arbitration co-head Miguel Pinto Cardoso has an excellent reputation among sources who note his experience and describe him as "extremely confident in handling matters." He is highly skilled in commercial litigation. One source credits him as "the best lawyer I've ever seen acting in court."

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Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

Miguel Azevedo is endorsed as "a very good litigator with a keen understanding of the stakes and with imagination and willingness to do his utmost to help his client." He is active in commercial litigation and in disputes relating to construction and projects.

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Nuno Ferreira Lousa

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department Nuno Ferreira Lousa provides expertise in insolvency proceedings and restructuring work. He is acknowledged to be "an experienced lawyer that always comes out with innovative solutions to meet the client's interests." He offers additional capabilities in international arbitration. He is reported to be "practical and committed" with a "deep knowledge of different areas that inspires confidence."

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Frederico Gonçalves Pereira

Vieira de Almeida & Associados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department co-head Frederico Gonçalves Pereira is acknowledged for his experience in disputes, particularly in restructuring and insolvency and commercial litigation. One source says: "Technically he's just perfect, he knows everything about litigation proceedings."

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Ricardo Guimarães

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ricardo Guimarães evokes praise from peers and clients alike who regard him as "very wise with a lot of experience, someone you can rely on very easily." He specialises in public law litigation and arbitration. He regularly handles public contractual disputes in addition to commercial litigation and IP cases. Further sources state: "He's very intelligent with strong arguments."

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António Pinto Leite

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

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of the litigation and arbitration department António Pinto Leite is a well regarded presence on civil and commercial disputes. He offers additional expertise in IP and pharmaceutical litigation. One source reports: "He is highly regarded in Portugal due to his character and unusual capacity to deal with and find solutions to complex problems. He is a consistent strategist and an outstanding lawyer."

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Joaquim Shearman de Macedo

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Joaquim Shearman de Macedo is well known among peers for offering broad disputes and restructuring and insolvency expertise when advising on contentious issues. In addition, he handles significant corporate crime cases. He is perceived as "very cerebral and impressive from a technical standpoint." One source admires that he "has extensive knowledge of all legislation regarding arbitration and an astonishing memory for past disputes, their outcomes and relevant facts to the current disputes."

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Joaquim Taveira da Fonseca

Taveira da Fonseca & Associados - Sociedade de Advogados, RL

From the Chambers Europe guide

Founding partner Joaquim Taveira da Fonseca of Taveira da Fonseca & Associados - Sociedade de Advogados, RL has a broad disputes practice, based in Porto. He is recognised in the market and offers experience in litigation proceedings.

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Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

From the Chambers Europe guide

Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho is well known for his activity both in criminal law and corporate litigation. Interviewees endorse him as "a great all-rounder, with particular strength in reading the opponent and spotting opportunities to get the case into a strong position."

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Teresa Anselmo Vaz

Anselmo Vaz, Afra & Associados Sociedade de Advogados, RL

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner and head of department Teresa Anselmo Vaz is noted as an IP specialist, with particular skill in pharmaceutical litigation. One source highlights her commitment which "drove the process and helped us keep our focus."

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João Nuno Azevedo Neves

DLA Piper ABBC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department co-head João Nuno Azevedo Neves is a recognised practitioner in the market, respected by his peers as "a high-profile and sharp lawyer." His experience encompasses disputes for private clients and arbitration work. One source observes: "He has a lot of common sense and is good in regulations with the clients and the court, having dealt with many difficult cases with success."

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Francisco Colaço

Albuquerque & Associados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Francisco Colaço leads the department with "a solid background and experience in litigation," covering civil and commercial litigation. He offers strength in insurance and banking law. Sources note that "he is very customer-orientated" and "a very reassuring lawyer, clear on his expectations to clients, very friendly and with a great sense of humour."

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

From the Chambers Europe guide

Miguel de Almada is rated as "a very good litigator with a lot of experience. He is also very good in negotiation." He handles civil and commercial litigation as well as arbitration proceedings.

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João Duarte de Sousa

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department João Duarte de Sousa is well known amongst peers. He is experienced in handling a broad range of civil and commercial litigation. He has been particularly active of late in construction disputes.

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Fernando Ferreira Pinto

Ferreira Pinto

From the Chambers Europe guide

Fernando Ferreira Pinto of Ferreira Pinto is the founding partner and head of the litigation department. His practice covers commercial arbitrations and pharmaceutical IP disputes. He receives superb feedback from sources who appreciate his ability to "engage with different people with a different mindset, which offered a long-lasting impression."

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Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rita Gouveia regularly handles contractual litigation, and is skilled in disputes arising in distribution contracts and service agreements. Interviewees highlight that her work is "always of a very high quality" and describe her as "very focused."

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Pedro Metello de Nápoles

PLMJ Lawyers

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pedro Metello de Nápoles heads the Angola desk at the firm. He is respected in the market and endorsed for his activity in arbitration proceedings, consumer law and product liability. Sources say that he "works very hard with no stone left unturned."

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Maria Raquel Moreira

Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Maria Raquel Moreira is extremely capable in civil and commercial litigation, with added expertise in restructuring and insolvency matters. She is particularly active on issues arising from distribution agreements. Peers respect her as "a very tough opponent" who is "well prepared, with determination and strength; an excellent lawyer in contentious matters."  

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

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of the civil and criminal litigation practice group, Rui Patrício is a prominent figure on criminal disputes, widely endorsed for his prowess in the area of corporate crime. Sources acknowledge: "He's experienced and is one of the top names in the area; a brilliant lawyer in criminal law."

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CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nuno Pena is a skilled litigator, active in a range of civil, corporate and commercial claims. He also handles restructuring and insolvency disputes. Sources identify his key strengths, saying that "he is very experienced," "reliable," "extremely knowledgeable and provides an excellent service."

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Sérvulo & Associados

From the Chambers Europe guide

João Saúde climbs the rankings following strong feedback from sources who describe him as "a very well-prepared, dedicated and excellent lawyer." He is active in civil and commercial litigation and is noted for his assistance with contentious insolvency matters. One source appreciates: "He is a straightforward professional able to discuss problems and solutions with a quick and quality answer."

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José Carlos Soares Machado

SRS Advogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department José Carlos Soares Machado is credited as "intuitive, quick at grasping the problems and solutions" and a "really shrewd litigation lawyer." He handles a breadth of civil and commercial disputes. One source notes him as "efficient and capable of focusing correctly on the main questions with regard to the defensive position of the clients."

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José Alves Pereira

Alves Pereira, Teixeira de Sousa & Associados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Aviation specialist José Alves Pereira is described by one source as "well read and very aware, friendly and approachable." 

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PLMJ Lawyers

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of civil and commercial litigation Pedro Faria specialises in claims involving the automotive sector. He often handles banking and financial services litigation. One source describes him as "prudent, consistent and vigorous."

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AAA Advogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head José Jácome is endorsed among peers in the market. He is an experienced litigator, active of late on contractual disputes, real estate claims and financial litigation.

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Miranda & Associados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sofia Martins leads the litigation and arbitration department of Miranda & Associados. Her broad disputes practice covers civil and commercial litigation and arbitration proceedings. One source observes: "She is a brilliant lawyer, has a very analytical way of approaching issues and takes care of the interests of her client in a tenacious manner."

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João Maria Pimentel

Campos Ferreira, Sá Carneiro & Associados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of dispute resolution João Maria Pimentel is acknowledged by a peer as "an excellent lawyer with a lot of experience in court." He offers broad litigation experience with further skill in related insolvency proceedings.

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Sofia Ribeiro Branco

Vieira de Almeida & Associados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sofia Ribeiro Branco is a key member of the team for criminal, regulatory and misdemeanour litigation. Her practice includes compliance and private enforcement matters. She receives excellent commentary from clients who note her "knowledge and accessibility." Another source states: "I like her capacity to really look around in support of our defence, in a very detailed way. She tries to deeply understand the business so defends from the customer's view. A high talent."

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Nuno Salazar Casanova

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nuno Salazar Casanova regularly handles administrative proceedings and commercial disputes, active in banking and finance litigation. Peers acknowledge his visibility in the market: "He's extremely good – a young star."

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CARLOS SOARES & ASSOCIADOS - SOCIEDADE DE ADVOGADOS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Since publication, Carlos Soares has joined CARLOS SOARES & ASSOCIADOS - SOCIEDADE DE ADVOGADOS

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Rui Tabarra e Castro

FCB Sociedade de Advogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department co-head Rui Tabarra e Castro of FCB Sociedade de Advogados is identified by sources as "a great strategist and absolutely fantastic in co-ordinating and following up on all issues." He handles civil and commercial litigation and provides expertise in matters with an insolvency component.

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

From the Chambers Europe guide

Filipe Vaz Pinto is a valued member of the team, highlighted by sources as "a very promising lawyer." He is praised for his approach: "He's very experienced and focused on every detail of a process." 

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Associates to watch

Manuel de Abreu Castelo Branco

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing associate Manuel de Abreu Castelo Branco enters the rankings following strong market feedback for his civil and commercial litigation practice. He is described as "reliable" and "always anticipates needs."

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Associates to watch

Adriano Squilacce

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

From the Chambers Europe guide

Adriano Squilacce handles a range of civil, commercial and corporate litigation. Sources say: "He's completely committed to cases, technically good and always available. He's always pushing to get more information and support for our cause." One impressed client states: "I'm always amazed how he can make something so complex so simple when he writes. A rising star."

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