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Firm Profile

Espanha e Associados

Firm Profile

Lisbon

  • Profile
  • Rua Castilho n.º 75 – 8.º Dto
  • Lisbon
  • Lisbon
  • Portugal
  • 1250-068

Firm profile submitted by Espanha e Associados

Espanha e Associados is a Portuguese law firm with its head office in central Lisbon. The firm provides counselling, assistance and legal representation before all jurisdictions. For each practice area, Espanha e Associados provides legal services and representation in internal and cross-jurisdictional transactions, informing, advising or representing foreign clients with interests in Portugal, assisting domestic clients with their business abroad and advising other international businesses involved in international projects with the know-how acquired over the years.
Espanha e Associados is a member of TAGLaw®, a worldwide alliance of independent law firms with more than 140 member firms based in nearly 100 countries. The last years came as a pleasant surprise insofar as clients have rewarded the firm with a gradual increase of the demand of the firm’s services, leading to a general enhancement of Espanha e Associados’ activity.
Managing Partner: João Espanha
Senior Partners: Elsa Rodrigues, João Espanha Rita Beirôco and Luis Almeida Carneiro
Number of partners: 4
Number of lawyers: 14
Languages: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish

Banking & Finance/Insurance:
1 partner
Espanha e Associados carries out a lot of work in the banking and finance area, acting as consultant and advisor to several entities in the sector, from banks and specialised financial/ credit institutions, to insurance undertakings, reinsurers and insurance brokers and intermediaries. One of the main characteristics of the team is the ability to create innovative solutions. The firm has often been a pioneer in some areas and is very pleased to notice that several times the market follows its lead. Also, the firm greatly benefits from the fact that its clients come from all kinds of areas; the firm clients’ range allows it to be constantly brought up to date in the most diverse subjects in what regards banking and finance law, which is of the utmost importance when presenting solutions to clients. In a word, commitment, experience, technical excellency and innovative solutions are Espanha e Associados’ banking and finance team’s main skills.
Contact: João Espanha
Email: [email protected]

Corporate & M&A:
1 partner
Business life is increasingly complex, as are the deals that concern it. Espanha e Associados, being essentially a law firm working in the business market, has the necessary skills to support companies in terms of their organisation and internal ups and downs. Espanha e Associados supports businesses of different sizes, in different activities, Portuguese and multinational, in terms of their organisation, legal structure, ensuring that their actions and decision-making, of any kind, are in order and correct. Espanha e Associados is frequently asked to work in company mergers and acquisitions. These projects are carried out by task forces assembled according to the work’s size and complexity, including members from the firm’s four departments: tax, commercial/business, labour and civil. The firm can potentially cover all areas of a merger or acquisition operation, considering the diversity of points of view and concerns that must be addressed in this kind of operations. Espanha e Associados exclusively or with the support of partners, can carry out wide ranging jobs, from the preparation and execution of due diligences to contract development, negotiation and execution.
Contact: Rita Beirôco
Email: [email protected]

Litigation:
The firm believes that a strong litigation team is essential, particularly as a support to all the other departments. In the last years, the team has been focusing mostly in disputes concerning contract resolution or default, as well as disputes concerning insurance policies, whether referring to freedom of contract by policyholders as well ‘standard contract terms’ which are used by insurance companies on their contracts with clients/consumers.
Contact: Luis Almeida Carneiro
Email: [email protected]

Employment:
1 partner
Employment law team has gained an increasing recognition due to its increasing experience and high degree of specialisation. The team has solid knowledge of the Portuguese employment laws as well as of the particular rules of the main industries, in order to be able to advise their clients in an extensive range of sectors. The employment team is recognised for its alignment with their clients, particularly in restructuring businesses including collective dismissals, implementing new practices in the organisations in full compliance with employment law and contractual models. Espanha e Associados employment team is totally focused on providing a strategic approach and pragmatic solutions for each situation.
Contact: Luis Almeida Carneiro
Email: [email protected]

Tax:
2 partners
Tax law is one of the areas where the firm’s specialisation is highly recognised. The firm has solid knowledge of the Portuguese tax rules and of several international tax regimes. Considering that this is an area of utmost relevance and that may give rise to significant liabilities, all E&A services are always provided from a global perspective, so that the tax impact of the issues is considered. The firm provides tax consulting services to Portuguese and international entities acting in different lines of business like insurance companies, financial institutions, professional firms, IT sector, among others, as well as to private and high net worth individuals, both resident and nonresident in Portugal, expatriates and persons with non-habitual residence in Portugal. The firm assists its clients in different phases of their activities, namely assisting in the set up and launch of new activities, advising on the existing structures, cooperating in mergers, splitting and restructuring operations and also assisting on financial and real estate transactions, always on a tax optimisation perspective. The firm provides compliance services, such as due diligences, corporate income tax returns (Modelos 22) review, tax refund claims, transfer pricing, among others. The firm also develops intensive activity in tax litigation, both in the administrative and the jurisdictional phases and also tax arbitration as an alternative mean of dispute resolution. Commitment, experience, technical excellence and creativity combined with a pragmatic approach and innovative solutions are Espanha e Associados tax team skills to assist on client’s investment and international transactions and structures.
Contact: Elsa Rodrigues
Email: [email protected]
Contact: João Espanha
Email: [email protected]

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