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Firm Profile

FCB Sociedade de Advogados

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • Avenida da Liberdade
  • 249-1st Floor
  • Lisbon
  • Lisbon
  • Portugal
  • 1250-143

Firm profile submitted by FCB Sociedade de Advogados

Senior Partner: Miguel F Castelo Branco
Managing Partners: GonÇalo da Cunha, Rodrigo Almeida Dias
Number of partners: 10
Number of lawyers: 75
Languages: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish

FCB is a client driven leading independent law firm in Portugal. It also has a representative office in Spain and associated offices in Angola (EVC Advogados) and Mozambique (AG Advogados). FCB, founded in 1989, was the first Portuguese law firm to establish an EEIG in 1992 together with other leading firms in the UK, Spain and Brazil. This gave the firm a unique international experience when it chose to become independent several years later. The firm’s international capability is supported by two complementary strategies, to best serve its global clients’ needs in foreign jurisdictions – close bi-lateral working relationships with market leader international firms and membership of several law networks. These non-exclusive relationships enable FCB to offer its clients the best possible service cover and quality in nearly every jurisdiction and city worldwide, according to client preference and the most appropriate choice of specialist advisor for the matter in hand.

Corporate, Commercial & M&A:
The areas in which FCB has most experience are incorporations, mergers, demergers and conversions, share, asset and business transfers. Although companies represent its main practice, FCB is also experienced in advising jointventures, consortia and other grouping forms, branches and other type of corporate entities.
Contacts: Gonçalo da Cunha ([email protected] com), Rodrigo Almeida Dias ([email protected] com), Pedro Guimarães ([email protected])

Real Estate / Property / Construction:
FCB has a large experience in all matters regarding investments, construction and real estate development. Services provided include, among others, assistance to real estate and management companies in all areas of their business; advise on property development and funding; advise on the acquisition and sale of commercial and residential properties; and assistance in the taking and granting of leases.
Contacts: Miguel F Castelo Branco (mcb@, Miguel Lorena Brito (mlb@

Dispute Resolution:
FCB has a specialised litigation group, which advises and assists cases in all areas of law covered by the firm, both before national and international courts, as well as arbitration tribunals. Most relevant knowledge and experience include representation of clients and legal assistance in any instance; assistance in civil and commercial court litigation, including torts, contracts, credit recovery, landlord and tenant, family, inheritance, commercial, bankruptcy and company recovery, from first instance jurisdiction through to Supreme Court appeals.
Contacts: Miguel F Castelo Branco (mcb@, Rui Tabarra e Castro ([email protected] com)

Employment, Benefits & Pensions:
FCB has the required expertise in employment matters, namely advice on general and strategic employment and social security issues, legal support on companies’ restructuring processes, review and drafting (and management) of several employment contracts, temporary employment contracts, employee’s assignment contracts and services contracts and court proceedings.
Contacts: Inês Albuquerque e Castro (ic@

To maximise the efficiency of its clients current taxation and bearing in mind their global aims, FCB provides strategic advice at every stage of transactions, on all aspects of domestic and international tax, in co-ordination with other practice areas (i.e. M&A tax planning; international group structuring; capital markets and banking taxes; investment funds).
Contacts: Diogo Bernardo Monteiro (dbm@

Banking & Capital Markets:
FCB has advised various banking and financial operations, through its vast experience in corporate finance and financial services (including privatisations and global offerings). FCB also acts for many companies in their relationship with banks and international financial institutions as well as credit institutions and financial companies. In the past years, FCB has invested in the area of project finance, which has been increasingly developing in Portugal.
Contacts: Rodrigo Almeida Dias ([email protected] com), João Couceiro ([email protected]