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Angola - Foreign Firms (Tier 1)

FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados has strong expertise in various sectors, particularly real estate and oil and gas, and its clients include Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, Svitzer and McCormick Property Development. The firm also has a superb banking and finance practice, wherein ‘very responsive’ associate João Robles recently led a team advising Banco BNI on granting a $28m syndicated loan to TAAG. Key partners include Pedro Guimarães and Rodrigo Barbosa Souto. Associate Cláudia Fernandes Veloso joined from AVM Advogados in July 2013. The Portuguese firm works in close co-operation with local Angolan firm EVC Advogados.

Employment (Tier 2)

F Castelo Branco & Associados has ‘a commercial approach’ and represents clients including Senvion and Iberwind. Pedro Guimarães, is acting for Foot Locker regarding disciplinary proceedings and terminations.

Intellectual Property (Tier 2)

FCB's team acts for clients such as Nike and TNT. It represents Logica in contentious and non-contentious trade mark, copyright and patent matters.

Corporate and M&A (Tier 3)

FCB (F Castelo Branco & Associados) ‘competent and client-focused’ team acted as local counsel to Bristol-Myers Squibb on the firm’s global divestment of its diabetes business to AstraZeneca. Other clients include Hewlett-Packard, Avis and Bekinsa Group. Gonçalo da Cunha, Rodrigo Almeida Dias and Pedro Guimarães are highly regarded.

Dispute Resolution (Tier 3)

F Castelo Branco & Associados’ Rodrigo Almeida Dias is leading the representation of Hewlett-Packard in a dispute with a former partner, including dealing with an interlocutory injunction. Rui Tabarra e Castro and Miguel Castelo Branco co-head the team.

Energy and Environment (Tier 3)

Miguel Lorena Brito’s team at FCB is valued for its ‘technical skills’. It is providing ongoing advice to Senvion on tenders to build and operate wind farms. Miguel Castelo Branco is also recommended.

Tax (Tier 3)

FCB's practice head Diogo Bernardo Monteiro is leading a VAT and corporate income tax dispute for an international IT group. Clients include Grupo Celsa and Medinfar.

TMT (Tier 3)

FCB regularly represents Hewlett-Packard in a range of matters and recently advised the client on a bid to provide IT outsourcing services. Rodrigo Almeida Dias is a key name in the team.

EU and Competition (Tier 4)

F Castelo Branco & Associados advised Renault Trucks on implementing an EU regulation on vertical agreements and concerted practices in the automobile sector; the firm provides ongoing advice to the same client on conflicts with authorised repairers. Gonçalo da Cunha heads the team.

Oporto: Leading Commercial Firms (Tier 4)

Working closely with the firm’s Lisbon office, FCB’s Oporto team is highly recommended for litigation, with other strengths including finance, M&A and real estate.

Projects and Project Finance (Tier 4)

FCB is assisting Signalis with the final acceptance procedure for a security and technology project in the maritime sector. Miguel Lorena Brito heads the team.

Real Estate and Construction (Tier 4)

Miguel Castelo Branco and Miguel Lorena Brito lead FCB's team, which acts for clients including Grupo Portucel Soporcel and Nike and represents construction companies in Angola. It advised MRI on a residential project in Lisbon and assisted Kiko with negotiating leases for its stores.

Insolvency and Restructuring (Tier 5)

FCB is advising Santillana on the insolvency of a distribution company. Rodrigo Almeida Dias is a key name in Miguel Castelo Branco’s team.