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FCB Advogados is experienced across international and domestic tax mandates; the team is regularly engaged on transactional matters, tax planning, structuring, transfer pricing, VAT and disputes. Internationally, the team is particularly adept at providing tax advice on cross-border investments and has recently been engaged in matters in Angola and Mozambique. The team is also instructed by a number of high-net-worth individuals on tax-related matters. Diogo Bernardo Monteiro is the practice head.
FCB Advogados' team demonstrates experience across real estate developments, constructions and investments. Other regular mandates include advising on property funding, the granting of leases and construction licences and permits. Miguel Castelo Branco stands out for his in-depth knowledge of the agricultural sector, while Rodrigo Almeida Dias has a background in corporate and M&A, and predominantly advises on matters related to the tourism sector. Advising clients in the negotiation of construction contracts is one of Miguel Lorena Brito's core areas of activity.
‘The team provides personalised services and is always available to help.‘
‘The team addresses all of clients’ needs and offers seamless advice.‘
‘Miguel Lorena Brito is knowledgeable and professional.‘
With the ability to assist clients in the full range of dealings with Portuguese public entities, FCB Advogados is skilled across planning and construction licencing, environmental matters, as well as public works and supply contracts. Public procurement, especially related to IT and health and medical devices, is another core area of activity for the department, which also acts for clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings. The practice is under the leadership of Paula Teixeira da Cruz and Miguel Lorena Brito.
‘FCB is a relevant law firm at national level with extensive international experience in various fields of law. Within the scope of public law, it is proficient in public procurement, particularly in the application of the Public Contract Code, both in the phase of contract formation and execution, as well as in the settling of disputes by judicial or arbitral means.‘
‘Miguel Lorena Brito leads a cohesive and experienced team. The relationship established with clients, which is based on transparency and communication, is worth highlighting.’
With offices across Portugal and Spain, and with a presence in Angola and Mozambique, FCB Advogados is well placed to handle sizeable and cross-border mandates. The energy sector is a central focus and the firm builds on its public law and environmental expertise to advise on key projects.
FCB Advogados has a sizeable team of lawyers in Portugal, which work in partnership with colleagues in associated local firm AG Advogados. The firm is active in the energy industry, and also works with clients in the aviation, tech and financial services sectors, among others. João Couceiro coordinates the Mozambique desk and specialises in banking, capital markets and private equity.
‘A very good commercial team with good understanding of Mozambique law.‘
‘João Couceiro provides an excellent service.‘
FCB Advogados undertakes a range of industrial and intellectual property work; the department advises on trade marks, patents, industrial designs and models, as well as copyright and trade names. Margarida Roda Santos is the key contact.
FCB Advogados is regularly retained by multinational and Portuguese companies, which seek the team's advice in relation to day-to-day employment issues and contentious labour matters. Inês Albuquerque e Castro coordinates the employment, benefits and pensions department, which is experienced in restructuring processes, collective dismissals as well as transfers of undertakings. The team is also adept at handling cross-border matters, often in conjunction with international law firms.
‘The team always tries to think out of the box. The firm combines legal knowledge with outstanding interpersonal skills.‘
‘Lawyers are very flexible. They always adopt a business approach, aligning the legal answer with our business’s interests.‘
‘Inês Albuquerque e Castro and Pedro Guimarães – both have been outstanding in legal matters and as individuals.‘
‘Inês Albuquerque e Castro is always available (eg, when we have an urgent issue to solve). Her high level of legal knowledge and her practical vision of our business should be highlighted.'
In addition to commercial disputes, FCB Advogados is well equipped to assist clients in a range of contentious matters, namely pertaining to civil and criminal law, as well as those arising from construction, employment, IP, tax and public law disputes. Practice leader Rui Tabarra e Castro offers representation from first instance to Supreme Court appeals and is experienced in matters relating to contracts, bankruptcy and company recovery. Civil and commercial litigation are the main areas of activity for Luís Falcão Ramos.
‘Perfect knowledge of Portuguese law, and common practices in the country. Always up-to-date information, professional, and reliable.‘
‘Rui Tabarra Castro presents valuable solutions and inspires clients’ confidence.‘
‘Luís Falcão Ramos is always available to help and has a deep insight of all matters regarding our business in Portugal.‘
‘Rui Tabarra and Luís Falcão Ramos are recommended for their availability on matters and creativity in coming up with efficient solutions for the client.‘
The corporate and M&A team at FCB Advogados is experienced in performing due diligence in relation to national and cross-border acquisitions, divestitures and privatisations. Rodrigo Almeida Dias's core areas of practice include the full scope of corporate, commercial and transactional work, while Pedro Guimaraes is well versed in cross-border M&A as well as corporate restructuring on behalf of clients from the technology and energy sectors. Multi-jurisdictional matters are also one of Gonçalo da Cunha's strengths.
With 'profound knowledge of the Angolan market and strong expertise in all areas of law', FCB Advogados has established itself as a leading firm for Angola work. In a significant highlight, Pedro Guimaraes advised National Geographic Society on the regulatory and commercial aspects of the creation of a new national park on the border of Angola, Namibia and Botswana. The highly regarded João Robles leads the team. EVC Advogados is the local partner.
‘FCB has a profound knowledge of the Angolan market and strong expertise in all areas of law, being able to provide very solid technical legal advice adjusted with the local reality and specifications.‘
‘They are unique because they know every single key aspect of doing business in Angola. They deliver value for money work.‘
‘They have provided excellent and in-depth service with the bonus of being very quick to respond. Clearly a top-level firm.‘
‘João Robles leads the team. More than a brilliant lawyer, he is a true adviser in our most important business strategy decisions.‘
‘I have worked with João Robles and he is an excellent lawyer. Very knowledgeable, very responsive, always providing top-notch advice.‘
‘I would also highlight the work of Cláudia Fernandes Veloso, who is always available to assist on last minute requests and is capable to provide excellent advice.‘
‘Rodrigo Barbosa Souto is always available to solve problems, and is very pragmatic.‘
Diogo Bernardo Monteiro heads the practice at FCB Sociedade de Advogados, which assisted with obtaining non-habitual resident tax status for high-net-worth individuals, and advised Nacala Holdings on the tax aspects of the acquisitions of Elevo, Opway, and Ramos Catarino.
FCB Sociedade de Advogados handles sales and acquisitions, leases and refurbishments, as well as disputes. Clients include Generali, Footlocker and Merlin. Miguel Castelo Branco, Miguel Lorena Brito and Rodrigo Almeida Dias jointly lead the team.
FCB Sociedade de Advogados advises private clients on public procurement and contracts, administrative disputes, as well as environmental and planning issues. Opway and Novo Banco count among the team's key clients. Miguel Lorena Brito heads the practice.
Public law expert Miguel Lorena Brito leads the practice at FCB Sociedade de Advogados, which handles energy, manufacturing, highway, and planning projects. In another sector, it assisted CGI in several tenders for the supply of IT services.
A multidisciplinary team at FCB Sociedade de Advogados is 'very knowledgeable about the local market' and handles the gamut of corporate, commercial, energy and construction projects in the country. João Couceiro heads the group, which includes associate Gonçalo Mexia and counts Bureau Veritas, Turkish Airlines and Regus among its clients. AG Advogados is the local partner.
FCB Sociedade de Advogados mostly handles trade mark registrations. Cabify is a client. Practice head Margarida Roda Santos made partner.
The ‘highly dedicated’ Inês Albuquerque e Castro heads the practice at FCB Sociedade de Advogados, which gives clients ‘the solutions they need and full guidance throughout the entire process’. It assisted IT services company CGI with all aspects regarding the collective dismissal of 70 employees, resulting in a company restructuring, and Bacardi with a transfer of operations.
FCB Sociedade de Advogados represented IBM in a successful out-of-court settlement with a Portuguese construction company regarding debt collection recovery, which is a key strength for the practice. Rui Tabarra e Castro and associate Luís Falcão Ramos are ‘rigorous and proactive’.
FCB Sociedade de Advogados advised Nacala Holdings on the acquisition of both Elevo Group and Opway. Pedro Guimaraes, Rodrigo Almeida Dias and Gonçalo da Cunha are the names to note.
FCB Sociedade de Advogados is noted for its 'professionalism, responsiveness and efficiency'. The team had another busy year in 2018, with a particular uptick in litigation and employment matters. Banking and finance is another buoyant practice at the firm, which regularly acts on the lender side of large financing deals. João Robles’ expertise spans corporate, M&A and real estate; he oversees the firm's Angola Desk from Lisbon. He recently worked alongside Pedro Guimarães and partners at associated local firm EVC Advogados to advise Diamond Offshore Drilling on a joint venture for drilling services.
FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados counts Hewlett-Packard, Honeywell and Logica among its clients. Rodrigo Almeida Dias is advising SIBS – Forward Payment Solutions on a software licence and an outsourcing agreement.
FCB Sociedade de Advogados advised several high-net-worth individuals on obtaining non-habitual resident tax status, and assisted a company with handling tax fraud allegations. Diogo Bernardo Monteiro "communicates tax matters clearly".
FCB Sociedade de Advogados advised wholesaler Makro on the sale of one of its properties, and assisted Nike and Converse with negotiating new leases. The "thorough, experienced" Miguel Lorena Brito and Pedro Guimarães are recommended.
The team at FCB Sociedade de Advogados provides "very swift, accurate" advice and assisted CGI with three public tenders for IT services, including representing it in bid protests. Miguel Lorena Brito leads the team.
FCB Sociedade de Advogados is recommended for projects and project finance in Angola and Mozambique as well as in Portugal. Clients include Opway and thermal power generation systems supplier Doosan Lentjes. Public law expert Miguel Lorena Brito is the name to note.
Banking and capital markets expert João Couceiro leads Portuguese firm FCB Sociedade de Advogados’ Mozambique desk, which collaborates with local firm AG Advogados. In 2016, the group advised LionSteel on the acquisition of Capital Star Steel, including the restructuring of $34.8m credit facility debt.
FCB Sociedade de Advogados regularly handles trade mark filings for clients such as Cabify. Senior associate Margarida Roda Santos heads the group.
FCB Sociedade de Advogados assisted Foot Locker with a harassment case, and defended Novo Banco in litigation filed by a senior employee concerning the payment of a €3m bonus. Senior associate Inês Albuquerque e Castro heads the group.
As well as acting in civil and commercial disputes, FCB Sociedade de Advogados frequently handles debt collection litigation; it handles over a thousand civil procedures in this area for Banco BIC. Other clients include Medinfar, Novo Banco and Opway. Miguel Castelo Branco and newly appointed partner Rui Tabarra e Castro are the names to note.
FCB Sociedade de Advogados’ "client-driven and committed" corporate and commercial team advises clients such as Nike. It includes the "knowledgeable" Pedro Guimarães, the "reliable" Rodrigo Almeida Dias and Gonçalo da Cunha.
FCB Sociedade de Advogados regularly cooperates with EVC Advogados to provide an "irreproachable service" on the full range of commercial work. Clients include Diamond Offshore Drilling, Lassarat and Svenska. João Robles has a "deep understanding of the Angolan market" and recently advised ConocoPhillips on the liquidation of its Angolan operations. Another Lisbon-based partner with significant knowledge of the Angolan market is Pedro Guimarães.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FCB is advising Santillana on the insolvency of a distribution company. Rodrigo Almeida Dias is a key name in Miguel Castelo Branco’s team.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Headed by Diogo Bernardo Monteiro, FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados focuses on litigation and restructuring, with a growing presence in Angola.
FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados has strong expertise across media, IT and telecoms. Rodrigo Almeida Dias advised Hewlett-Packard on its national and global integration with EDS, and assisted CGI with a bid for the IT outsourcing with a major bank.
Miguel Lorena Brito and associate João Robles at FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados are advising Portuguese construction company Imopway on several projects in Angola. Other recent work includes lease negotiations on behalf of Nike, and advising Makro on the licensing and restructuring of several properties and facilities. Miguel Castelo Branco is also recommended.
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.
FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados is experienced in the pharmaceuticals sector, and has also been involved in diverse IT and rights protection matters. Key clients include Chanel, Hewlett-Packard, Logica, Nike and Toys’r’us. It is increasingly active in Angola.
FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados is experienced in major insolvencies and restructuring, and also has a substantial debt collection practice. Clients include Banco BIC and Banco Espírito Santo. Miguel Castelo Branco, Rui Tabarra e Castro and Rodrigo Almeida Dias are highly regarded in the market.
FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados is handling REpower Systems/Power Blades’ tender to build a 400MW wind farm in Portugal. Miguel Castelo Branco and associate Dora Ribeiro are recommended.
‘A strong standalone practice’, FCB defended Sugalidal in regulatory proceedings brought by the Portuguese competition authority. Gonçalo da Cunha and Pedro Guimarães are recommended.
FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados handles high-value domestic and international actions across a range of sectors. Miguel Castelo Branco, Rui Tabarra e Castro and Rodrigo Almeida Dias acted for Opway in a major dispute against former board directors worth €20m. Gonçalo da Cunha, Patrícia Nunes Borges and João Marçal Alves are also recommended.
FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados advised Nike in relation to its Dutch operations, and handled Mitsubishi’s Portuguese reorganisation. Other clients include Nielsen, Foot Locker and Repower Systems. Gonçalo da Cunha, Pedro Guimarães and Rodrigo Almeida Dias are recommended.
At FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados, Diogo Bernardo Monteiro’s team advises on tax restructuring and litigation. Among its work for new clients, it advised HSBC in relation to a $78m financing granted to the Angolan national airline, and also advised BNP Paribas on a $100m financing to the government of Angola.
At FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados, Miguel Castelo Branco is advising Bekinsa Group on the acquisition of several agricultural investment companies. Miguel Lorena Brito advised Innoliva and Olivos Naturales on construction issues relating to the installation of an olive oil plant in Portugal. Luanda-based associate João Robles advises Siccal and Imopway on operations in Angola.
FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados’ practice is led by Miguel Lorena Brito. A highlight was advising Doosan Lentjes as part of a consortium in an arbitration relating to a waste incineration plan. The team maintains close relations with former practice head Paula Teixeira da Cruz, who is now Portugal’s Minister of Justice.
At FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados, Public Law practitioner Miguel Lorena Brito is rated for his ‘deep understanding’ and ability to ‘draw objective conclusions’. Brito is advising Portucel Soporcel on matters related to its portfolio of properties in Portugal. Clients include REpower Systems and Angolan construction group Siccal.
FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados’ Oporto and Lisbon teams work together to service clients including Casais, Banif and Silos de Leixões. The team advises an Irish investment group regarding its simultaneous €110m acquisition of three commercial and residential buildings in Oporto.
At FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados continues to advise Logica on trade mark, patent and copyright filing and litigation. The firm is also noted for advising on IP protection in Angola.
FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados has insolvency, restructuring and debt collection experience. Miguel Castelo Branco leads the team, which acts for Stemcore, Opway and Banco Espírito Santo. Rodrigo Almeida Dias is advising ECS Capital on the acquisition and restructuring of publishing house Verbo. Rui Tabarra e Castro is also recommended.
The ‘very good and efficient’ team at FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados continues to act for REpower Systems and AE&E Lentjes. Miguel Lorena Brito, Miguel Castelo Branco and associate Dora Ribeiro are recommended.
Gonçalo da Cunha oversees a ‘very good’ employment team at FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados. Pedro Guimarães advises on employment transfers, personnel restructurings and workforce reductions, and is acting for Foot Locker in disciplinary proceedings and terminations of employment contracts. The team demonstrates ‘huge commitment’, and delivers a ‘personal service’.
FCB provides ‘fast and accurate responses’ to clients including Sodexo, Renault Trucks, Medinfar, and Sugalidal. The ‘very collaborative and knowledgeable’ Pedro Guimarães has a ‘clear understanding of problems’. Gonçalo da Cunha is recommended.
‘A very well-balanced firm’, FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados’ practice is led by Miguel Castelo Branco. The ‘pragmatic’ Rodrigo Almeida Dias provides ‘invaluable legal advice’, and acts for Hewlett-Packard. Miguel Lorena Brito is recommended for public law litigation. Gonçalo da Cunha acted in a dispute relating to a fisheries joint venture in Cuba, and João Marçal Alves is advising Banco Espírito Santo in €30m debt recovery litigation. Among the associates, Patrícia Nunes Borges is ‘committed and effective’, and Rui Tabarra e Castro is also recommended.
Demonstrating ‘high levels of professionalism’, Gonçalo da Cunha’s team at FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados is noted for its ‘deep knowledge’ and ‘effective responses’. The ‘very dedicated and professional’ Pedro Guimarães advised Acxiom on the disposal of its interest in a Portuguese joint venture. Rodrigo Almeida Dias acted for ECS Capital on the sale of publishing house Verbo. Other clients include Logica, Avis and Foot Locker.
FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados provides advisory and contentious tax advice, and has experience in Angola. Diogo Bernardo Monteiro is advising Medinfar on tax restructuring, and also advised Antalis on tax aspects of the €20m sale of its office supplies division. New clients include ONGC Videsh, BNP Paribas and HSBC.
FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados recently advised Logica on its bid for an IT outsourcing contract with a Portuguese bank, and assisted Nike in negotiating its sponsorship of the Federação Portuguesa de Futebol. Rodrigo Almeida Dias advises Hewlett-Packard on legal issues in Portugal.
Miguel Castelo Branco heads FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados’ ‘proactive and accurate’ team, which also features Miguel Lorena Brito and associate João Robles. The team advises Londimo on its tourism projects in Portugal, and also acts for construction companies Siccal and Opway on matters in Angola. Brito is advising EAV on zoning requirements for a hotel, golf course and resort, and is also advising REpower on turnkey contracts for supply and construction of several wind farms.
Public Law is a key focus for FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados, particularly on the contentious side. Miguel Lorena Brito now heads the team, after former practice head Paula Teixeira da Cruz became Minister of Justice in June 2011. The group recently represented AE&E Lenjes in two arbitrations (one ongoing), and it continues to assist Repower Systems in wind farm contract negotiations.
The Oporto branch of FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados collaborates with the Lisbon team on corporate transactions and contentious cases, representing developers and banks including Sardinha & Leite, Casais, Banif and Banco Espírito Santo.
FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados notably advises clients on IP protection in Angola. FCB represents Logica in matters including trade mark and patent advice and related litigation.
FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados’ recent instructions include advising Contrinex, Lexibook and JAB Anstoetz on restructuring. Rodrigo Almeida Dias is ‘consistent and reliable’, and has ‘good communication skills’. Miguel Castelo Branco is also recommended, along with associate and litigator Rui Tabarra e Castro, who handles insolvency work. The team also features a debt collection practice.
FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados has renewable energy sector expertise, as well as broader experience. It continues to advise Repower Systems, and is representing AE&E Lentjes on two waste treatment facilities. Miguel Castelo Branco and Miguel Lorena Brito are recommended.
FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados’ ‘robust and reliable’ team displays ‘experience and knowledge’ and the ‘flexibility to adjust to clients’ requirements’, handling all the advisory work. Pedro Guimarães manages transactional work. Guimarães advise Logica on outsourcing and HR issues. The team also acts for Londimo Group and Foot Locker.
Highlights included advising Medinfar on competition issues relating to its acquisition of a dermatological products business, and successfully advising Sugalidal in regulatory offence proceedings brought by the PCA.
Miguel Castelo Branco leads a large team at FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados, which handles civil, tax, employment, IP, construction, public law and criminal disputes. It also represents clients in debt collection and arbitration. It is advising Nike regarding pre-litigation issues concerning violation of image rights, and representing BCP in a tax dispute. Hewlett-Packard, Portucel and Indra Sistemas are also clients. Associate Rui Tabarra e Castro is recommended.
FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados fields a strong team, featuring the experienced and ‘very helpful’ Pedro Guimarães, whose clients include Nike and Foot Locker. Rodrigo Almeida Dias advised ECS (manager of two Portuguese private equity funds) on acquiring a network of Portuguese car dealers. Gonçalo da Cunha is also recommended.
FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados is particularly experienced in tax litigation. ‘Fearless and creative’, the group represents Hewlett-Packard, Logica Portugal, UCB Pharma and VPC Portugal on contentious matters, and can ‘easily handle domestic and international cases’. Leveraging off its extensive corporate client base, the firm regularly provides the concomitant tax advice relating to significant transactions such as Magnum Capital’s acquisition of Enersis. Diogo Bernardo Monteiro is recommended.
Miguel Castelo Branco comprise the core of FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados’ real estate group, which has significant transactional, dispute and construction capabilities. The team recently acted for Repower on the purchase of property for a rotor blade factory, as well as handling the construction works contract. Elsewhere, Siccal, one of the largest real estate and construction companies in Angola, remains a key client.
The pairing of Paula Teixeira da Cruz’s reputation as ‘an experienced and respected public law professional’ with Miguel Lorena Brito’s ‘direct and proactive qualities’ has been key to FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados’ public law practice. Frequently engaged on high-profile administrative and public tender related roles, the ten-strong group acts for public institute ACCS on public tenders in the health sector. Lorena Brito also advised Lentjes on an arbitration concerning a claim made for compensation from the public contracting party.
FCB advises several high-profile clients out of its Oporto offices, including BES, Banif and Casais. With a strong leaning towards corporate and M&A work, the team advised a private Irish investment group on the €110m acquisition of several buildings in Oporto.
In addition to ongoing work with international clients such as Hewlett-Packard and Logica, FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados has managed to expand its IP practice in Angola and is attracting more high-profile roles. Recent highlights include advising longstanding client Nike on its €3.5m sponsorship of the National Football Association, work which also includes trade mark, patent and copyright issues.
The majority of FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados’ employment mandates are divided between merger-related issues, and complex litigation and dismissal proceedings. Pedro Guimarães is recommended for contentious and non-contentious matters, and recently advised RBS on the integration of the ABN Amro workforce. In 2009, FCB advised on a cross-border merger between Group Prisa and Media Capital, including issues arising from the ensuing restructuring and collective dismissal proceedings.
‘An outstanding group of lawyers’, FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados’ dispute resolution team is led by Miguel Castelo Branco, and benefits from ‘a structure that provides responsive, personal support to all the client’s needs’. Active across a broad range of disputes, the team has recently represented BCP and BES in debt recovery proceedings. Construction has also been a key area of focus for the team, and it recently advised one of the largest construction supervision companies in securing an injunction against one of the main transport systems in Lisbon. Rui Tabarra Castro has an excellent pedigree representing clients involved in high-profile trials.
FCB – F Castelo Branco & Associados has accrued a broad roster of domestic and international clients, including private equity houses Magnum, ECS Capital and IFC. Ongoing mandates for Hewlett-Packard, including in relation to its integration with EDS, have been a staple of work for the four-partner team. Pedro Guimarães recently advised Repower Systems on its establishment in Portugal and its implementation of wind parks, while practice head Gonçalo da Cunha is able to ‘give the kind of pragmatic advice that makes deals happen – he more than lives up to his strong reputation’
FCB has a formidable tax practice. The team acted for Hotusa providing specialist tax advice on the investment structure necessary for the €42m acquisition of real estate, including also the acquisition of a real estate investment fund. The firm has a solid tax litigation practice that sees a steady stream of work and a typically high success rate. Regular tax advice is provided to clients including Daimler Chrysler, Hewlett Packard, Merrill Lynch Bank Suisse and Nike.
The team advised Generali on the negotiation of a turn-key agreement to aquire a commercial project in the south of Portugal. Involving the purchase of a commercial complex that will eventually house a shopping centre and hypermarket, the transaction is valued in excess of €100m.
FCB is advising Swedish television group Air Plus TV on its public tender bid for a digital terrestial television broadcast license. The team is also acting for a large Portuguese construction supervision company in a €4.5m dispute against one of Lisbon’s main transport systems. Paula Teixeira leads the team, noted for ‘consistently high levels of service’.
FCB's Oporto team undertakes a significant amount of corporate and M&A work, with key clients including Casais, Sardinha & Leite, Banco Espirito Santo and Banif. The team recently advised a private Irish investment group on the simultaneous €110m acquisition of three commercial and residential buildings in Oporto.
F. Castelo Branco & Associados’ team advised clients such as Nike, Logica and Hewlett Packard. The practice is praised as ‘quick and willing to recommend other lawyers’ advice internally, depending on who is the most suited for the issues at hand’.
In collaboration with an international auditing company, F. Castelo Branco & Associados recently advised Avis-Rent a Car on the dismissal of a senior manager. According to one client, partner Pedro Guimarães ‘is able to guide clients in a pragmatic way through the labyrinth of Portuguese employment law, always taking into account the clients’ commercial needs’. Gonçalo da Cunha is also recommended. The team is praised for its ‘responsiveness, availability and reliability’ and international clients appreciate ‘the satisfactory result of all matters carried out and their willingness to work in English’.
F. Castelo Branco & Associados acted for Laboratório Medinfar – Produtos Farmacêuticos in a €3m tax litigation case pertaining to the fiscal years 1995-2002. In addition to commercial disputes, areas of specialism include civil, criminal, construction, employment, IP, tax, public law and environmental matters. Leading lawyers include Miguel Castelo Branco, João Marçal Alves and Rui Tabarra e Castro, who are appreciated for ‘their prompt reaction to requests and the overall solutions provided’.
Some of F. Castelo Branco & Associados’ key clients include Akzo Nobel, Hewlett Packard, Nike and UCB pharma. The team is advising Pamplona Capital Partners, a leading UK private equity house, on the Portugeuse aspects of its €225m global acquisition of the ceramics division of Johnson Matthey. Clients say the team provides ‘good service’, noting, ‘the lawyers are always available to help solve problems’. Leading lawyers include Gonçalo da Cunha, Pedro Guimarães and up-and-comer Rodrigo Almeida Dias, who, ‘although young, always succeeds in making difficult things easy’.