RECOGNITIONS

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Tax (Recognised Practitioner)
2019

Restructuring/Insolvency (Recognised Practitioner)
2019



Miguel Lorena Brito
2019

Public Law (Band 4)

Luís Falcão Ramos
2019

Dispute Resolution (Associates to Watch)

João Robles
2019

General Business Law: International Firms (Angola) (Expertise based abroad in Portugal)

Inês Albuquerque e Castro
2019

Employment (Up and coming)

General Business Law: International Firms (Angola) (Band 2)
2019

This notable firm maintains a good reputation in the Angolan market, with expertise in the oil and gas, real estate, construction and finance sectors. The Portuguese group renders advice on a wide array of matters, including corporate transactions and financings. A client stated that "they have great knowledge of local framework. I like to say they are more business partners than lawyers; they really know our industry and the way we work." The team's local presence is enhanced through its partnership with EVC Advogados.
João Robles has experience in areas such as construction, real estate and M&A. Clients report that he demonstrates "a commercial approach, flexibility, amiability, quality and quickness in answering." Other sources say he has "excellent technical abilities and a deep knowledge of the market."

Employment (Band 4)
2019



Corporate/M&A (Band 4)
2019

Tax (Other Noted Firms)
2018

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João Robles
2018

General Business Law: Angola (Expert based abroad in Portugal) (Band 2)

General Business Law - Mozambique (Expertise based abroad) (Band 4)
2018

This firm is popular among Portuguese companies and works in partnership with local team AG Advogados to assist clients with a wide range of corporate and commercial matters such as private investment issues and M&A deals. The group also possesses extra capabilities in public law and labour disputes. Clients praise the team's "availability, legal knowledge and extreme dedication." Its client portfolio includes Nadhari Opway, Europcar, Regus, Turkish Airlines and Nokia. The team assisted Lionsteel with the acquisition of Capital Star Steel, a steel pipe manufacturing mill based in Matola.
Associate José Vaz Pinto is highlighted by interviewees for his exceptional client skills: "His availability is unbelievable. He strives to understand the client's business and the challenges attached to it." He provides advice on a broad spectrum of corporate and commercial matters.

General Business Law - Angola (Expertise based abroad) (Band 2)
2018

This respected Lisbon-based team has noted capabilities in assisting foreign entities with local investment. Its predominantly multinational client portfolio benefits from the team's knowledge of corporate and labour law. The team is further able to assist with project financing matters and a diverse array of contentious mandates. Clients praise the firm: "It offers excellent support to companies wanting to invest in Angola; in addition it has a very solid team with a high level of expertise and quality." Another impressed client reported: "Their business-driven approach is one of their strengths. The advice is never merely theoretical or legal, but based on their practical experience." The team's local footprint is aided by its partnership with EVC Advogados.
João Robles is a specialist in commercial law, who also has additional expertise on construction matters. Clients commend him and say that he has "excellent legal capabilities and an in-depth knowledge of the Angolan market. He always strives to offer the best practical solutions to suit our needs." Other clients add that "he is always fully available and has become a business partner rather than an adviser, due to his business-oriented approach." He is the head of the firm's Angolan desk.

Employment (Band 4 )
2018

What the team is known for : Capably supports clients with the employment aspects of major corporate deals as well as providing standalone day-to-day employment advice. Also assists clients with collective redundancies and bargaining issues as well as transfers of undertakings. Active in cross-border mandates, team regularly represents key clients from the consumer goods, healthcare and banking sectors.
Strengths : Sources appreciate that the team provides "practical advice that is to the point."
One interviewee further explains: "They provide detailed information which allows the client to understand the subject."
Work highlights:  Advised Rentokil Initial on a due diligence proceeding concerning applicable collective bargaining agreements and other contractual issues.
Acted for Grupo ICIL on a collective dismissal programme following the sale of part of its business operations in Portugal.
Notable practitioners : Sources are quick to note Inês Albuquerque e Castro's pragmatic advice and additionally report: "Her responses are fast, accurate and well grounded." Her work includes advice on collective dismissals, disciplinary proceedings and the drafting of labour contracts.

Corporate/M&A (Band 4)
2018

Foreign desks João Robles heads the Angolan desk in Lisbon. He assists clients with their investments and internationalisation projects in Angola through a partnership with local counsel EVC Advogados.

The firm's presence in the Mozambican market is established through an association with AG Advogados, offering clients a range of business advice in the country. Lisbon-based João Couceiro is the main contact for the desk.

Rodrigo Almeida Dias co-leads the department and has experience advising on the full range of corporate and M&A transactions.

Pedro Guimarães has experience advising on cross-border M&A transactions and corporate restructurings. He is active in the energy sector.

Tax (Recognised Practicioner)
2017

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Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 4)
2017

What the team is known for:
Handles restructuring and insolvency matters for clients in a wide spread of sectors with a dedicated team and support from the corporate practice. Notably strong in debt collection cases and corporate restructuring. Sources appreciate the firm's proactive approach: "They provide quick and excellent responses in dealing with questions." Miguel Castelo Branco is a key contact for the practice.

Employment (Band 4)
2019

What the team is known for:
Capably supports clients with the employment aspects of major corporate deals as well as providing standalone day-to-day employment advice. Often assists clients with collective employment law and transfers of undertakings. Active on cross-border mandates. Head of department for employment, benefits and pensions, Inês Albuquerque e Castro is admired for her approach. "She is very flexible, with the empathy and capacity to assume and answer the necessities of the customer." She provides ongoing HR advice and frequently handles restructurings. A further interviewee praises her as "punctual, always available, patient and comprehensive".

Corporate/M&A (Band 3)
2017

What the team is known for:
Strong capabilities on cross-border M&A. Advises a range of international clients, including corporate entities and private equity funds. Handles an array of corporate matters including joint ventures, reorganisations and acquisitions. According to clients,"they had a very devoted team who were very supportive and available.(...) They are always capable of providing creative and valuable solutions to the clients and have a very deep knowledge of the sector." Rodrigo Almeida Dias is highlighted for his "great knowledge in this area." He is skilled in the full range of corporate and M&A transactions and has strong capabilities in the TMT sector. Pedro Guimarães has extensive experience in cross-border M&A and corporate restructurings. He is praised by a source for his approach, being "to the point, clear with explanations and advice".

Dispute Resolution (Band 5)
2016

What the team is known for and Notable practitioners:
- Practice co-head Rui Tabarra e Castro, first ranked in Chambers Global 2016, is "thorough and always on top of things," according to clients. He frequently handles litigation stemming from insolvency matters.

Corporate/M&A (Band 3)
2016

What the team is known for and Notable practitioners:
- Pedro Guimarães demonstrates substantial experience in domestic and cross-border M&A. Clients say: "We absolutely trust him; besides being an excellent professional he is very proactive and studies the whole situation to provide the best advice";
- Rodrigo Almeida Dias is a corporate and commercial lawyer with a solid reputation on the market. He often advises funds on M&A and other corporate transactions such as public takeovers;
- Foreign Desks João Robles heads the Angolan desk. He assists clients with their investments and internationalisation projects in Angola through a partnership with local counsel EVC Advogados;
- The firm also recently invested in the Mozambican market by establishing an association with AG Advogados, offering clients a range of business advice in the country. Rodrigo Almeida Dias is the main contact for the desk.

Tax (Band 5)
2015

What the team is known for:
- Covers transactional tax and tax advice mainly in the financial and banking sectors. Notable track record in arbitration.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):
- "The team is permanently available, extremely quick in its responses and always aims to find balanced solutions, which is important for us."
Work highlights:
- Advised Medinfar on complex tax structures regarding its restructuring proceedings;
- Represented a financial institution of an international IT group in a dispute concerning VAT and corporate income tax.
Notable practitioners:
- Practice head Diogo Bernardo Monteiro has recently been active in corporate tax. He also frequently advises on high-profile Angolan tax matters.
Significant clients:
- CGI, ENS, ERP, Exide, Celsa.

Private Equity (Band 4)
2015

What the team is known for:
- Well versed in debt collection, with a number of major domestic banking institutions among its clients. Also handles corporate restructuring and insolvency for publishing, IT and retail clients.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):
- "The lawyers are always available, provide quick responses and are clear in their discourse."
Work highlights:
- Advised Santillana on the insolvency of a large distribution company.
Notable practitioners:
- Miguel Castelo Branco is key contact for the practice.
Significant clientes:
- ECS Capital, Caja Duero, Makro Portugal, Stemcor, Hewlett-Packard.

General Business Law - Angola (Experts Based Abroad) (Band 2)
2015

This Portuguese firm maintains a noteworthy reputation in the Angolan market, working in association with Eduardo Vera-Cruz Advogados. It represents foreign and national clients from a wide range of sectors, including real estate, banking and finance, and oil and gas. Odebrecht, Banco BNI and EMIS are some of the firm's clients.
Clients highlight João Robles as a standout name of the team. He is highly active in the banking sector, advising high-profile clients on complex matters.

Employment (Band 4)
2015

What the team is known for:
- Assists domestic and international clients with regulatory and restructuring proceedings. Experienced in cross-border mandates.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):
- "The lawyers are very good technically but don't let that get in the way of their explanations; they are highly objective and keep our interests in mind."
Work highlights:
- Advised Foot Locker on general labour law advice, including the termination of employment contracts in Portugal.
Notable practitioners:
- Pedro Guimarães is an active member of the team, described as a "very proactive lawyer" by one client. Head of Practice Inês Albuquerque e Castro is also widely regarded.
Significant clientes:
- AB Mauri Group, Bayer, CGI, Covidien, Sodexo.

Dispute Resolution (Band 5)
2015

What the team is known for:
Sizeable team experienced in a range of disputes including commercial, civil, employment and IP. Represents major players from the construction, technology and banking sectors.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):
- "The lawyers are responsible and thorough in our matters."
- "It's easy to talk to the team at any time; the lawyers are very available and attentive."
Work highlights:
- Acted on a EUR30 million debt collection litigation on behalf of Banco Espírito Santo;
- Represented Hewlett-Packard in an interlocutory injunction and lawsuit regarding a dispute with one of its partners.
Notable practitioners:
- Rui Tabarra Castro and Miguel Castelo Branco head the team.
Significant clients:
- TNT, Stemcor, CGI, Caja Duero, Barclays.

Diogo Bernardo Monteiro
2015

Tax (Band 4)

Corporate/M&A (Band 3)
2015

What the team is known for:
- Highly experienced in cross-border M&A and corporate restructuring on behalf of clients from sectors such as technology, energy and banking.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):
- "The team is composed of experienced lawyers, which allows for a quick yet thorough analysis of matters."
Work highlights:
- Advised Bristol-Myers Squibb on the EUR2.7 billion multi-jurisdictional sale of its diabetes business to AstraZeneca;
- Assisted Avis Budget Group with the acquisition of Budget's operations in Portugal.
Notable practitioners:
- Clients highlight Pedro Guimarães' proactivity and sound advice as his main strengths;
- Practice head Gonçalo da Cunha is a well-regarded practitioner among peers;
- Rodrigo Almeida Dias impresses clients with his knowledge of information technologies. He recently advised Stemcor on its corporate and financial restructuring.
Significant clients:
- CGI, Repower Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Tudor Group, Foot Locker.

Tax (Band 4)
2014

What the team is known for:
- Extensive experience in tax consultancy and litigation. Noted for its strong presence in lusophone Africa, with corresponding offices in Angola and Mozambique.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):
- "The lawyers are available, assertive and business-oriented. They give straightforward advice."
Work highlights:
- Represented International Ceramic Group in a tax litigation case concerning transfer pricing;
- Assisted Medinfar with the tax aspects of its restructuring.
Notable practitioners:
- Tax specialist Diogo Bernardo Monteiro comes particularly recommended for contentious matters: "He keeps clients informed and makes the information accessible to us, speaking in simple terms."
Significant clients:
- Braun, DaimlerChrysler, Datacomp Web Technologies.

Restructuring and Insolvency (Band 4)
2014

What the team is known for:
- Best known for representing creditors in restructuring and insolvency proceedings. Its varied clientele includes publishing, financial services, IT and retail companies.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):
- "We have a key lawyer for each practice area and I have an excellent relationship with them. I never had any difficulty in establishing contact."
What's new?:
- The team added Banco Popular and Banco BIC to its client list.
Work highlights:
- Acted for Santillana on the insolvency of a large distribution company;
- Assisting Banco BIC with debt collection matters.
Notable practitioners:
- Miguel Castelo Branco heads the department. He earns praise for his experience and strategic approach.
Significant clients:
- ECS, Banco Espírito Santo, Siccal, Caja Duero.

Real Estate (Band 4)
2014

What the team is known for:
- In addition to assisting clients in Portugal, the firm has an office in Angola where it also advises on real estate and construction projects.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):
- "The lawyers are technically strong, available and solved everything. The firm offers great-quality standards in several areas of the law."
Work highlights:
- Advised construction company Siccal on real estate and construction contracts in Angola.
Notable practitioners:
- Miguel Lorena Brito earns admiration for his expertise in this area. "I'm very happy with him and his work; he's great in real estate," states a client. Lorena Brito is also a public law and environment lawyer.
Significant clients:
- Portucel Soporcel Group, Nike, Generali Immobilier, Hotusa.

Private Equity(Band 4)
2014

What the team is known for:
- High-quality advice on sales, acquisitions and restructurings in a variety of sectors including manufacturing, retail and the media. Impressive client base featuring prominent private equity funds.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):
- "The team provides fast and accurate responses that meet our needs and expectations."
Work highlights:
- Advised ECS on the acquisition and restructuring of a Portuguese ceramics and hardware company.
Notable practitioners:
- Pedro Guimarães leads the team.
Significant clients:
- ECS Capital, Espírito Santo Ventures, Aureos Capital, Magnum Investment Partners, EDCI - Fund Development Corporation.

Inês Albuquerque e Castro
2014

Employment

Intellectual Property (Band 5)
2014

What the team is known for:
- Extensive experience in transactional and contentious IP, with a particular focus on the Angolan market.
Work highlights:
- Represented Logica in trade mark, patent and copyright litigation.
Significant clients:
- B Braun, Chanel, Edinfor, Exide/Tudor Group.

Employment (Band 3)
2014

What the team is known for:
- Covers the full array of employment issues, and is particularly active in restructurings, dismissals and litigation. Acts as local counsel for international clients including Foot Locker, RBS and the government of Canada.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):
- "The team always gives practical advice, and translates technical issues in a tangible way."
Work highlights:
- Advised Foot Locker on the termination of employee contracts and disciplinary issues.
Notable practitioners:
- Pedro Guimarães earns praise for his international mindset and commercial approach. He continues to advise Colt on day-to-day employment issues.
Significant clients:
- CGI, Covidien, Iberwind, Riverside Europe Partners.

Dispute Resolution (Band 5)
2014

What the team is known for:
- A mid-sized team focused on commercial litigation. Experienced in employment and IP matters, and also active in debt recovery.
Work highlights:
- Represented Hewlett-Packard in a EUR37 million claim filed by a Portuguese IT company;
- Advised BES on a EUR30 million debt collection procedure.
Notable practitioners:
- Miguel Castelo Branco and Rui Tabarra e Castro are the primary points of contact.
Significant clients:
- TNT, Stemcor, OPWAY, CGI, Caja Duero, Banco BIC.

Corporate and M&A (Band 3)
2014

What the team is known for:
- A talented group with valuable international connections. It has partnerships with firms in Angola and Mozambique, and is a member of Meritas and Unilaw.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):
- "Extremely accurate and well prepared in all areas."
Work highlights:
- Advised Cerberus Capital Management on the acquisition of the Portuguese subsidiary of Osborn-Unipol.

Tax (Band 4)
2013

This five-lawyer team handles tax consulting and litigation work in Portugal and overseas. It has been particularly active in Angola, where it represents banks and construction groups. Amongst its clients are domestic and international names including Iveco, Grupo Celsa, Medinfar and Hewlett-Packard.
Key Individuals:
- Diogo Bernardo Monteiro has extensive experience in tax matters, both in Portugal and Angola.

TMT (Band 4)
2013

This team advises on a range of IT matters including software and hardware licensing, outsourcing, regulatory compliance and corporate transactions. It also has expertise in the media and telecoms sector. Standout mandates include assisting HP with a EUR50 million tender for outsourcing of a bank's IT services. Other noteworthy clients include Logica Portugal, Indra Sistemas, Honeywell and Warner Bros.
Key individuals:
- Practice head Gonçalo da Cunha is the department's main point of contact.

Restructuring and Insolvency (Band 4)
2013

This full-service Portuguese firm has a dedicated team to handle both insolvency and restructuring matters. Its client list features international and domestic names such as Hewlett-Packard, Makro Portugal, ECS and Caja Duero. Prominent mandates include advising Banco Espírito Santo and Millennium BCP on debt collection matters, and assisting publishing company Santillana with the collection of EUR750,000 following the insolvency of a distribution company.
Key Individuals:
- Practice head Miguel Castelo Branco has considerable experience in insolvency cases.

Real Estate (Band 4)
2013

This firm handles sales, acquisitions, licensing issues and disputes on behalf of prominent clients including Nike, Generali Immobilier and the Bekinsa Group. The team is well known for its work in Angola, and recently advised OPWAY on the development of the Kaluanda building in Luanda. It also represented Siccal in several real estate and construction contracts in this former Portuguese colony.
Sources say:
- "I can confirm the lawyers' experience, remarkable knowledge and expertise. They also have profound knowledge of the Angolan market. I am extremely pleased with their work."
Key Individuals:
- Key partner Miguel Lorena Brito has been highly active of late, advising Siccal on several real estate and construction contracts in Angola. Besides real estate he also handles public and environmental law matters;
- Associate João Robles joins the rankings following strong client feedback: "He is a brilliant lawyer, with a high level of expertise, and very client-oriented."

Public Law (Band 4)
2013

Technically astute, business-savvy and hands-on are just some of the compliments clients pay to this public law team. The firm is noted for its work in the environmental sector, and recently acted for Doosan Lentjes in an arbitration with a public contractor. It also represented Signalis in a number of projects related to technology and naval security. Linde, ERP Portugal and Exide Portugal are other clients of note.
Sources say:
- “The firm has great technical knowledge and really understands our business.”
Key Individuals:
- Miguel Lorena Brito is the most experienced public law practitioner at the firm. His practice encompasses construction projects, environmental matters and public procurement. According to clients, he offers balanced advice and draws on his wealth of legal knowledge to provide a fast and efficient service.

Private Equity (Band 4)
2013

This full-service firm covers a wide range of private equity matters for financial institutions, companies and funds in the IT outsourcing, retail and renewable energy industries. ECS Capital, Magnum Investment Partners, Banco Espírito Santo and EDCI are amongst the names in its impressive client portfolio.
Key Individuals:
- Gonçalo da Cunha is the primary point of contact.

Employment (Band 3)
2013

The three-partner employment team at this medium-sized firm supports local and international clients on all manner of employment-related matters. Its client roster includes well-known names such as Bayer, Ted Baker, Allianz, Honeywell and TNT. Recent mandates have included general labour law assistance, dismissals and outsourcing projects.
Sources say:
- "It's easy to work with this firm: we're not passed from one lawyer to another, you know who you're dealing with. It's well organised and co-ordinated and we're made to feel like we're an important client."
Key Individuals:
- Corporate and Employment law expert Pedro Guimarães has a wealth of experience in international labour work.

Dispute Resolution (Band 5)
2013

The dispute resolution team at this esteemed firm litigates on public law, tax, corporate and IP matters for a range of national and international clients. The group has a strong presence within the banking sector, and recently assisted Banco Espírito Santo with a debt collection dispute.
Sources say:
- "The lawyers are approachable, available and organised. It feels like my company is really important to them."
Key Individuals:
- Miguel Castelo Branco and Rui Tabarra e Castro are the primary points of contact.

Corporate and M&A (Band 3)
2013

This talented four-partner team offers blanket coverage of corporate and M&A issues, including mergers and demergers, company formation, restructurings and corporate finance. The firm maintains a prestigious clientele which includes Hewlett-Packard, Toys R Us, Banco Espírito Santo, Logica and Avis.
Key Individuals:
- Practice head Gonçalo da Cunha sustains an excellent track record in corporate and commercial law. Pedro Guimarães has a solid reputation in the corporate and commercial arena. He is also sought for his expertise in employment law. A client applauds Rodrigo Almeida Dias's ""great technical ability and high standards."" Along with corporate and commercial law, Almeida Dias advises on banking and capital markets issues.

Tax (Band 4)
2012

The tax department at this mid-market Portuguese firm provides clients with advice on day-to-day tax issues as well as complex tax litigation and transfer pricing. It also assists multinationals with tax matters in the Angolan market, and recently advised BNP Paribas on the tax issues concerning a major financing granted to the Angolan government.
Sources commend group coordinator Diogo Bernardo Monteiro for his “efficiency, commitment and focus on the client's needs.”

TMT (Band 4)
2012

This domestic firm provides significant IT players with corporate, regulatory and commercial advice. It regularly provides ongoing advice to Hewlett-Packard and Logica, and recently assisted Nokia and Navteq with their introduction to Angola.
Key Individuals:
- Rodrigo Almeida Dias, Gonçalo da Cunha and Pedro Guimarães are department co-heads.

Restructuring and Insolvency (Band 4)
2012

This firm incorporates lawyers from departments such as labour, tax and M&A to work alongside a group of five core restructuring and insolvency lawyers. The team represents a number of banks, including Banco Espírito Santo and BCP, on debt collection and restructuring. A major recent highlight was advising Stemcor on its negotiations with creditors.
Sources say:

- "The team is responsive and speaks the language of the client.”

Key Individuals:
- Miguel Castelo Branco leads the department and is highly experienced in insolvency matters.

Real Estate (Band 4)
2012

The real estate department at this firm covers a wide array of real estate matters including development, construction, leases and licences. It recently advised on a number of key real estate projects in the booming Angolan market, representing the likes of Siccal, Opway and InnoVida. The team is also active in the tourism and real estate sectors, acting for multinationals such as Nike, Foot Locker and Makro.
Sources say:
- “The team understands our business and explains the law perfectly.”
Key Individuals:
- Miguel Lorena Brito is a key member of the real estate practice and also has a strong reputation in the public law field.

Public Law (Band 4)
2012

The public law group at this mid-market firm covers a wide range of areas, including real estate and planning, environment, public contracting and energy. Recent highlights for the nine-lawyer team include advising Repower on the installation of several wind farms in Portugal, and acting for Lentijes on a number of arbitrations related to one of the country's main waste treatment facilities.
Sources say:
- “The team as a whole performs in a very professional way.” “Its advice goes into great detail and depth.”
Key Individuals:
- Team head Miguel Lorena Brito is praised for his "accuracy, high level of detail and preparation," as well as his "vast experience in the industry."

Private Equity (Band 4)
2012

This mid-market Portuguese firm fields a small but strong private equity group. It has handled a number of mid-value transactions over the past twelve months, for a range of national and international corporations and investment funds. Recent highlights for the team include advising ECS Capital on the acquisition of a major Portuguese publishing house, and on its restructuring.
Key Individuals:
- The main contact for the practice area is M&A expert Pedro Guimarães.

Employment (Band 3)
2012

This medium-sized firm provides cross-border employment assistance to a plethora of multinational corporations including Allianz, AstraZeneca, Nike and Warner Bros. As well as advising on day-to-day employment issues, the group handles collective dismissal procedures, the termination of employment contracts and outsourcing.
Sources say:
- "These lawyers are extremely solid international types.”;
- Sources consider that "young but excellent" Partner Pedro Guimarães is a "top-notch global player."

Restructuring and Insolvency (Band 4)
2010

The Firm:
- This team sits within the firm's litigation department, and has recently been active on both insolvency and corporate restructurings. It advised Banco Espírito Santo and Millennium bcp on debt collection work, and Nike on negotiations with a major supplier facing insolvency.
Sources Say:
- “We value the results, compliance with deadlines, and good value for money that this firm offers.""
Key Individuals:
- Rodrigo Almeida Dias is one of the team's stars, and impresses clients with ""his speed of response and the results he obtains.” Associate to watch Rui Tabarra e Castro is recommended for his excellent litigation skills.

Corporate and M&A (Band 4)
2010

The Firm:
- Founded in 1989, this firm houses a four-partner, 11-associate corporate and M&A department. Recent highlights include acting for Hewlett-Packard on the merger with EDS, in a deal worth USD13.9 billion.
Sources Say:
- “Organised, efficient, accurate, innovative and client-oriented.""
Key Individuals:
- Gonçalo da Cunha receives warm praise from clients and peers alike. Pedro Guimarães and Rodrigo Almeida Dias are appreciated members of the team and were both closely involved in advising Hewlett-Packard.

João Robles
2019

Projects (Foreign Expert for Angola)

General Business Law: International Firms (Mozambique) (Band 4)
2019

This group provides expertise in all manner of contractual matters and often advises South African and Portuguese clients on their Mozambican operations. The team is active in the energy, aviation, telecommunication and construction sectors. Clients report that the group displays "very good responsiveness," adding it is "meticulous" in its approach and is easily able to "understand client concerns." Lisbon-based João Couceiro is a key contact for clients.

Rui Tabarra e Castro
2019

Dispute Resolution (Band 4)

Pedro Guimarães
2019

Corporate/M&A (Band 4)

Rodrigo Almeida Dias
2019

Corporate/M&A (Band 4)

Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 4 )
2018

What the team is known for:  Active in restructuring and insolvency matters for clients with activity in a wide spread of sectors, including finance, real estate or automotive. Particularly strong in debt collection flowing from insolvency or special revitalisation proceedings.
Strengths: A client remarks: "It is very easy to work with the team and they have a lot of experience."
Work highlights: Assisted Novo Banco with various debt collection and insolvency proceedings.
Represented Banco Comercial Português in multiple debt collection matters.
Notable practitioners : Miguel Castelo Branco and Rodrigo Almeida Dias are the heads of department and are key contacts for clients.

Miguel Lorena Brito
2018

Public Law (Band 5)

Inês Albuquerque e Castro
2018

Employment (Up and coming)

Luís Falcão Ramos
2018

Dispute Resolution (Recognised Practitioner)

Rui Tabarra e Castro
2018

Dispute Resolution (Band 4)

Pedro Guimarães
2018

Corporate/M&A (Band 4)

Rodrigo Almeida Dias
2018

Corporate/M&A (Band 4)

Luís Falcão Ramos
2016

Dispute Resolution (Recognised Practitioner)

Rui Tabarra e Castro
2016

Dispute Resolution (Band 4)

Rodrigo Almeida Dias
2016

Corporate/M&A (Band 4)

Pedro Guimarães
2016

Corporate/M&A (Band 3)

Miguel Lorena Brito
2015

Real Estate (Band 4)

Miguel Lorena Brito
2015

Public Law (Band 4)

Pedro Guimarães
2015

Employment (Band 4)

Inês Albuquerque e Castro
2015

Employment (Associates to Watch)

Gonçalo da Cunha
2015

Corporate/M&A (Band 4)

Rodrigo Almeida Dias
2015

Corporate/M&A (Band 4)

Pedro Guimarães
2015

Corporate/M&A (Band 3)

Intellectual Property (Band 5)
2013

This prestigious mid-market firm advises on trade mark, copyright and patent issues in Portugal and Angola. Its impressive client roster features a balanced mix of clients including TNT, Hewlett-Packard, Chanel and Nike. Recently, the team assisted Logica with several trade mark and patent filings.

Inês Albuquerque e Castro
2013

Employment

Diogo Bernardo Monteiro
2012

Tax (Band 4)

Miguel Castelo Branco
2012

Restructuring and Insolvency (Band 4)

Miguel Lorena Brito
2012

Real Estate (Band 4)

Miguel Lorena Brito
2012

Public Law (Band 4)

Intellectual Property (Band 5)
2012

This mid-market firm covers a wide variety of IP issues, including trade marks, copyright, patents, the registration and transfer of IP rights, and the protection of confidential information and software. The practice advises a number of companies on IP protection in Angola, and acts for various pharmaceutical companies domestically. Recent important mandates include representing Logica in a large number of IP litigation claims, and acting for Screenvision on the worldwide licensing of an IP product.

Pedro Guimarães
2012

Employment (Band 4)

Inês Albuquerque e Castro
2012

Employment

Dispute Resolution (Band 4)
2012

The firm's founding partner Miguel Castelo Branco is the primary point of contact for dispute resolution matters. He has two decades' experience of major litigation and arbitration cases.

Rodrigo Almeida Dias
2012

Corporate and M&A (Band U)

Corporate and M&A (Band 3)
2012

Gonçalo da Cunha earns praise for his "business acumen and availability," and is a key contact for international clients including Contrinex and Sara Lee. Pedro Guimarães is well regarded for his international skills, and recently advised Nike on corporate matters. Rodrigo Almeida Dias is a pragmatic, responsive practitioner with a broad practice.

Pedro Guimarães
2012

Corporate and M&A (Band 3)

Gonçalo da Cunha
2012

Corporate and M&A (Band 3)

Diogo Bernardo Monteiro
2010

Tax (Band U)

Tax (Band 4)
2010

This firm has a strong corporate practice, and tax has become a natural extension of its activities; it continues to consolidate its reputation in the field. Aside from its corporate-related tax work, the group is well known for its tax litigation work, a highlight of which was its successful challenging of VAT and CIT assessments amounting to EUR1.5 billion, for IVECO Portugal. Practice head Vitor Félix has a long-standing, solid reputation in tax law. Key team member Diogo Bernardo Monteiro continues to make a name for himself in corporate and tax matters.

Rui Tabarra e Castro
2010

Restructuring and Insolvency (Band W)

Rodrigo Almeida Dias
2010

Restructuring and Insolvency (Band U)

Real Estate (Band 3)
2010

The real estate department at this full-service firm impresses interviewees with its high standard of professionalism, knowledge and availability. The team advised METRO Group/Makro Portugal on the purchase of a property for the purpose of a new Makro store. It also assisted regular client REpower with the acquisition of a 400,000 sq m plot of land for the installation of a rotor blades factory, and on planning issues relating to its construction. Miguel Castelo Branco is the head of the real estate, property and construction development practice.

Public Law (Band 4)
2010

This dedicated practice advises clients on public law matters as part of the firm’s full-service package. Clients appreciate the department's wide-ranging abilities, noting that “it has specialist lawyers in several areas, and they're great at troubleshooting and finding robust solutions.” The team also assists clients with public tenders and public law disputes. Recent highlights include representing Swedish television group Air Plus TV in a public tender for the award of a broadcasting licence for digital terrestrial television, and related litigation cases against the media regulator. Miguel Lorena Brito is the main contact for public law matters.

Intellectual Property (Band 4)
2010

This firm offers IP advice as part of a full-service package to major clients such as Hewlett-Packard. The group recently assisted Nike with pre-litigation issues involving a well-known footballer who had allegedly violated image rights, and with other trade mark, patent and copyright litigation. Interviewees praise the lawyers for getting involved in the whole problem-solving process, understanding the issues and finding solutions.

Employment (Band 3)
2010

This practice handles pure employment work, and also works in conjunction with the firm’s other departments to provide companies with full-service support, sometimes on cross-border transactions. It recently advised regular client Hewlett-Packard on labour issues relating to its merger with EDS, and assisted Porsche with setting up a Europe-wide works council. Clients appreciate the overall support and value for money that they receive, and state that the team is “honest and warns us of the risks without making inadequate promises." Another attribute mentioned is that "specialist practitioners are available for several areas of employment law, allowing for a quick response time.” Corporate Partner Pedro Guimarães is the main contact for labour matters.

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