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FIRM RECOGNITIONS

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.

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 (Other Noted Firms)
2018

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.

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.

LAWYER RECOGNITIONS

Miguel Lorena Brito
2018

Public Law (Band 4)

Rodrigo Almeida Dias
2018

Corporate/M&A (Band 4)

Pedro Guimarães
2018

Corporate/M&A (Band 4)

Rui Tabarra e Castro
2018

Dispute Resolution (Band 4)

Luís Falcão Ramos
2018

Dispute Resolution (Recognised Practitioner)

Inês Albuquerque e Castro
2018

Employment (Up and coming)

João Robles
2018

General Business Law - Angola (Expert based abroad) (Band 2)