Corporate, Commercial, Competition, M&A:
The firm is well known for its corporate work, having continuously provided assistance in incorporating companies, corporate governance, shareholders meetings, transmission of shares, raising finance, share capital increases, drafting commercial contracts and exclusion clauses, etc. The firm offers permanent assistance and is in charge of all legal aspects concerning the management of some major national and foreign companies. The firm also advises some of the most important mergers and acquisitions that took place in Portugal in the past years. Caiado Guerreiro is also very active in the area of competition law, having provided advice on the filing of several concentration operations and in matters concerning restraint of competition.
This is one of the most successful practice areas in the firm. It possesses a broad experience in matters such as tax restructuring, cross-borders transactions, financial products taxation, corporate taxes, individual taxes, employees benefits, VAT and tax litigation, among others. The firm also provides assistance to several private clients and in matters related to trusts.
Banking & Finance, Capital Markets:
These are two of the firm’s most active areas of practice. The firm provides legal advice to major domestic and international investment banks, in connection with matters such as provision of investment services into Portugal, commercialisation of investment funds, private placement of funds, negotiation of distribution agreements and issuance of securities, amongst others. The firm is in charge of the incorporation of several investment funds and provides advice on several financing and refinancing procedures, as well as on the security to be granted.
The firm is in charge of general employment matters for major domestic and international clients and is very experienced in what concerns the restructuring of companies namely on an employment law perspective.
Real Estate & Construction:
The firm has assisted several of its high profile private clients in the acquisition, sale and leasing of buildings, land, offices, warehouses, amongst others, and handled related mortgages, loans, etc. The firm handles the acquisition of buildings and land by several real estate investment funds and has assisted several companies in purchasing, renting, or constructing their head offices or facilities. The firm also assists on a regular basis some important national and foreign companies which are active in the real estate and construction areas.
The firm has established a long track record in matters concerning the infringement of trademarks and patents, especially in the pharmaceutical, IT, media and entertainment sectors. The firm is also successful in registering and achieving effective protection for its clients trademarks and patents both nationally and worldwide.
Pharmaceutical: The firm provides permanent legal assistance to several major pharmaceutical companies, in particular concerning the distribution of their products.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
Caiado Guerreiro’s litigation and dispute resolution team tries to find ways to resolve problem situations at an early stage when possible, and if not, fights for client’s interests to a successful outcome. Lawyers handle all types of formal dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration expert determination and mediation. Where possible, the firm seeks practical, cost-effective solutions that do not tie up management or impede the normal conduct of business.
The firm’s clients include industrial and commercial companies from all business sectors, utilities, banks and other financial institutions, insurance companies, including several Fortune 500 companies, professional firms, public bodies and other organisations as well as individuals, which seek high quality professional advisement.
Due to the firm’s excellent long-term working relationships with law firms in other key markets around the world, the firm provides legal services to a vast range of international clients worldwide, although focusing mainly in Western Europe, Latin America, China and USA. In addition to Portuguese law, the firm has experience and advises clients regarding Angola, Brazil, Mozambique, Cape Verde and other Portuguese speaking countries law. The firm is connected to the international associations of Global Law, the EuroITCounsel, The Parlex Group of Lawyers and the Cross Border Business Lawyers (CBBL).