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‚ÄėAnalytical depth‚Äô and its ‚Äėdirect approach that greatly benefits discussions‚Äô sets Linklaters' team¬†apart. It is assisting China Three Gorges in its takeover bids for EDP and EDP Renov√°veis and regularly handles matters jointly with the firm's international offices. ‚ÄėOutstanding‚Äô and ‚Äėbullet-proof‚Äô practice head Ant√≥nio Soares¬†‚Äėhas capital markets in his DNA‚Äô. Managing associates Vera Ferreira de Lima¬†and Mariana Serra Baptista¬†are also recommended.

Morais Leit√£o, Galv√£o Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados¬†is noted for its¬†‚Äėtimely delivery‚Äô. It mostly acts for high-profile domestic clients, among them EDP, BCP, Vista Alegre Atlantis and Galp, in equity, debt and securities matters. Eduardo Paulino¬†and¬†Carlos Os√≥rio de Castro¬†stand out for their ‚Äėknow-how‚Äô and ‚Äėability to¬†use the firm‚Äôs network to find the best solutions‚Äô.

PLMJ' team¬†‚Äėsets a fast pace‚Äô and is led by practice head Andr√© Figueiredo, whose ‚Äėremarkable technical knowledge‚Äô and ‚Äėcapacity to adapt to different contexts‚Äô and ‚Äėsee the bigger picture‚Äô set him apart. He¬†advised the Portuguese Sovereign Debt Agency (IGCP) on the ‚ā¨4bn issuance of sovereign notes by the Republic of Portugal.¬†‚ÄėSolution-driven‚Äô and ‚Äėexperienced‚Äô Bruno Ferreira¬†assisted MFS Investment Management, as target minority shareholder, in the takeover of EDP Renov√°veis by EDP. Gon√ßalo dos Reis Martins¬†and senior associate Alexandre Norinho de Oliveira¬†are also recommended.

Ur√≠a Men√©ndez ‚Äď Proen√ßa Carvalho¬†combines ‚Äėglobal quality standards and know-how‚Äô with ‚Äėexceptional local insight and connectivity with different players in the market‚Äô. Of counsel Ana S√° Couto¬†and senior associate Miguel Stokes¬†assisted key client Banco Santander with the issuance of contingent redeemable subordinated bonds to retail clients affected by the resolution on Banco Popular; jointly with practice co-head Carlos Costa Andrade, Stokes advised¬†Altice and Meo on the takeover offer by the latter for Media Capital. Jorge Brito Pereira¬†also co-heads the team.

VDA¬†advised JP Morgan Securities as arranger and placement agent and Hefesto STC as issuer on the Portuguese law aspects of the ‚ā¨580m securitisation of an NPL portfolio held by Caixa Econ√≥mica Montepio Geral. Paula Gomes Freire¬†led the case, with support from Hugo Moredo Santos¬†and recommended managing associate Orlando Vogler Guin√©.¬†Pedro Cassiano Santos¬†and¬†Jos√© Pedro Fazenda Martins¬†jointly lead the team.

Campos Ferreira, S√° Carneiro & Associados¬†focuses primarily on equity capital markets work but recently attracted several debt matters. It often acts for domestic banks or advises international clients on the Portuguese aspects of deals. Fernando Campos Ferreira, Francisco S√° Carneiro, the ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Maria Castelos, and Ant√≥nio Rocha Alves¬†are the names to note.

CMS covers a wide range of capital markets work, with a particular focus on debt. In a recent highlight the team advised Principal on the financial implications of the sale of its stake in Unidas, given that the shares were pledged in favour of a bank syndicate. The team regularly acts as local counsel in cross-border matters. Francisco Xavier de Almeida leads the team.

Cuatrecasas¬†covers the entire gamut of capital markets work. It provided Portuguese law advice to Morgan Stanley on structuring and implementing of a deposit repackaging for Novo Banco's bondholders affected by the¬†liability management exercise imposed on the Portuguese lender by the European Commission. The¬†‚Äėvery diligent‚Äô Manuel Requicha Ferreira¬†led on the matter. Managing partner Maria Jo√£o Ricou¬†heads the department.

At Garrigues Portugal, Diogo Le√≥nidas Rocha¬†and¬†Marta Gra√ßa Rodrigues¬†handle all aspects of capital markets work, including regulatory and corporate governance matters. It advised JP Morgan Securities and Morgan Stanley as deal managers on a tender and exchange offer regarding ‚ā¨3.5bn notes issued by Novo Banco. Associate Carolina Barrueca¬†is also recommended.

SRS Advogados' lawyers¬†are ‚Äėinnovative problem solvers, who are able to grasp the fundamentals of even complex issues‚Äô. Focused on securitisation work, the team assisted Citicorp Trustee Company with the ‚ā¨175m securitisation of NPLs originated by Caixa Econ√≥mica Montepio Geral. Practice co-head¬†Alexandra Valente¬†‚Äėgoes far beyond the expected in terms of availability, eagerness to get the job done and client relationship management‚Äô. The other practice co-heads are Pedro Rebelo de Sousa, William Smithson¬†and Gustavo Ordonhas Oliveira.

CARDIGOS predominantly advises on derivatives and also covers related disputes and regulatory and compliance matters. Clients include JP Morgan Chase and The Navigator Group. Pedro Cardigos is the name to note.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo advises on both equity and debt capital markets issues as well as on regulatory matters. Miguel Castro Pereira assisted Prisa with the attempted sale of its stake in Media Capital to Altice; managing partner Mafalda Barreto advised several international hedge funds on EDP's attempted takeover of EDP Renováveis.

Macedo Vitorino & Associados advised Dexia Crédit Local on the issuance of fixed-rate bonds by the Autonomous Region of the Azores. The team's efforts are focused on debt capital markets work, but it also handles related contentious matters. António de Macedo Vitorino heads the practice.

Raposo Bernardo¬†assists clients such as Banco Santander and Investec Bank with the full range of capital markets matters. The ‚Äėsharp‚Äô Nelson Raposo Bernardo¬†heads the practice.

S√©rvulo & Associados¬†provides regulatory advice to clients including EDP, Novo Banco, Edmond de Rothschild Europe and Banco BIC. Practice co-heads Paulo C√Ęmara¬†and Manuel Magalh√£es¬†are the names to note.

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