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Europe Guide

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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Band 1

第一等

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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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

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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第一等

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."

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Band 2

第二等

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."

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Band 2

第二等

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."

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Band 2

第二等

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."

Pedro Siza Vieira is a respected arbitrator with expertise in the public sector. Commentators highlight his extensive background in banking and finance as well as projects, noting his "very committed" approach. 

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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Band 2

第二等

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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Band 3

第三等

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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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

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."  

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Band 3

第三等

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.

Notable practitioners  

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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Band 3

第三等

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."

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Band 4

第四等

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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Band 4

第四等

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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Band 4

第四等

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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Band 4

第四等

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."

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第五等

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."

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Band 5

第五等

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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Band 5

第五等

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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第五等

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.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 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  

Carlos Soares offers a great command of insolvency litigation and has been particularly active advising on construction disputes. One source recommends him as "a very good litigator and tough lawyer."

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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

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, 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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Star Individuals

PLMJ Network

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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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, 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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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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PLMJ Network

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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Vieira de Almeida

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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Band 2

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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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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Band 2

Frederico Gonçalves Pereira

Vieira de Almeida

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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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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Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, 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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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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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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Band 3

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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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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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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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, 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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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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Band 3

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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PLMJ Network

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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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, 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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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 Network

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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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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Vieira de Almeida

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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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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Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Carlos Soares offers a great command of insolvency litigation and has been particularly active advising on construction disputes. One source recommends him as "a very good litigator and tough lawyer."

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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, 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

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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