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Linklaters¬†attracted a number of high-value matters, among them advising Unilever on the Portuguese aspects of the ‚ā¨6.82bn sale of its global spreads business. Practice head Marcos de Sousa Monteiro¬†is highly recommended, as is ‚Äėhardworking‚Äô counsel Diogo Plantier Santos. Distressed and public M&A also count among the team's strengths.

Fielding a large team with international reach, Morais Leit√£o, Galv√£o Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados¬†handled a number of cross-border transactions, such as assisting Mystic Invest with the sale of Monumental Palace Hotel to the Paris Inn Group, and Indorama with acquisitions of a number of distressed industrial properties. EDP, Sonae, and several financial institutions count among the clients. Porto-based Carlos Os√≥rio de Castro¬†is ‚Äėundoubtedly a reference‚Äô;¬†Eduardo Paulino¬†is a 'well-rounded¬†transactional lawyer with an old-school approach of dealing with other parties‚Äô; managing partner¬†Nuno Galv√£o Teles¬†and¬†Tom√°s Vaz Pinto¬†are¬†also recommended.

PLMJ¬†stands out for its ‚Äėability to anticipate needs and goals‚Äô, is¬†‚Äėalways available‚Äô and ‚Äėexceeds expectations‚Äô. With deep private equity expertise, it advised Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 on the acquisition of Empark; senior associate Rita Albuquerque¬†was involved in this matter.¬†The team also assisted ELQ Investors VIII and Omega Luxco with taking a stake in Outsystems. Other names to note are Maria Jo√£o Ribeiro Mata, Diogo Perestrelo¬†and¬†Lu√≠s S√°ragga Leal.¬†Tom√°s Pessanha¬†and¬†Manuel Liberal Jer√≥nimo, who was previously a managing associate with the firm,¬†left to join Garrigues Portugal.¬†Manuel Santos V√≠tor¬†is now with¬†Abreu Advogados.

Ur√≠a Men√©ndez ‚Äď Proen√ßa Carvalho's team is¬†‚Äėvery capable and motivated‚Äô. Antonio Villacampa¬†assisted Meo in the attempted acquisition of Vertix, 94.69% owner of Grupo Media Capital; Francisco Brito e Abreu¬†advised Alantra on the acquisition of a 70% stake in MD Moldes and¬†Jorge Brito Pereira¬†represented REN in the acquisition of EDP G√°s. Catarina Tavares, who displays ‚Äėimmense work capacity‚Äô and ‚Äėdelivers excellent ideas‚Äô, made partner.

VDA¬†handles high-value, complex transactions for an impressive roster of clients. It advised MEO ‚Äď Servi√ßos de Comunica√ß√Ķes e Multim√©dia on the¬†‚ā¨660m sale of its telecoms tower business in Portugal and attracted a number of transactions in the financial services sector. The ‚Äėfantastic‚Äô¬†Jorge Bleck¬†is ‚Äėa reference for everything he has done‚Äô; he co-heads the team with Paulo Olavo Cunha. Helena Vaz Pinto, Claudia Cruz Almeida¬†and managing partner¬†Jo√£o Vieira de Almeida¬†are also recommended.

Abreu Advogados¬†is valued for its ‚Äėtop executive management, proximity to the client, and broad¬†skill set and expertise‚Äô. Highlights included assisting Ceetrus with the acquisition of Forum Montijo, Forum Sintra and Sintra Retail Park from Blackstone.¬†Jos√© Maria Corr√™a de Sampaio¬†and Ana Sofia Batista¬†jointly head the practice. In√™s Sequeira Mendes¬†is another name to note. Manuel Santos V√≠tor¬†was a new arrival from¬†PLMJ¬†in July 2019.

The transaction-focused team at Campos Ferreira, Sá Carneiro & Associados advises domestic and some international clients as well as private equity funds on complex matters. Dr Francisco Sá Carneiro, Maria Castelos, Dr Martim Morgado and Dr Bernardo Abreu Mota are all recommended.

‚ÄėVery responsive and deal-oriented‚Äô,¬†CMS¬†provides 'excellent advice throughout all stages of the transaction‚Äô. It was active in the real estate, energy and environmental sectors, and assisted Vinci with the acquisition of a 51% stake in duty free shop operator LFP ‚Äď Lojas Francas de Portugal. ‚ÄėDedicated‚Äô practice co-head Francisco Xavier de Almeida¬†is ‚Äėa good negotiator‚Äô and ‚Äėvery experienced dealmaker‚Äô. Practice co-head¬†Jo√£o Caldeira¬†is the other name to note.

Clients single out¬†Cuatrecasas‚Äô team for its ‚Äėunderstanding‚Äô of issues and its ‚Äėcommercial approach‚Äô. It assisted BPI with the sale of Dolce VitaTejo to AXA Investment Managers. The practice also benefits from the firm‚Äôs Iberian remit.¬†Jos√© Diogo Horta Os√≥rio¬†and Lu√≠s Soares de Sousa, both Lisbon-based, and Jos√© De Freitas¬†and Filipe Avides Moreira, who are both¬†based in Porto, are jointly heading the practice. Mariana Norton dos Reis¬†is ‚Äėswift, sharp and to-the-point‚Äô.

DLA Piper ABBC has built a strong practice in financial-sector M&A, with a particular focus on assisting clients with private equity and venture capital investments. Other highlights included advising EDP Renováveis on the takeover bid for the client as well as for EDP by China Three Gorges. Nuno Azevedo Neves and João Costa Quinta head the team.

Garrigues Portugal was busy with a variety of M&A transactions, with a particular focus on the real estate sector; it assisted Merlin Properties with the acquisition of the Almada Forum shopping centre from Blackstone, a matter led by Mário Lino Dias. He heads the practice jointly with Diogo Leónidas Rocha, Marta Graça Rodrigues and Susana Pimenta de Sousa. Tomás Pessanha and principal associate Manuel Liberal Jerónimo were new arrivals from PLMJ.

SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados' 'very attentive' team¬†handles the full range of corporate and M&A work. A particular highlight was its advice to high-profile client China Three Gorges on the takeover of EDP. Luis Miguel Cortes Martins, Rafael Lucas Pires¬†and Martim Anahory¬†jointly¬†head the practice. Senior associate Pedro Silveira Borges¬†is noted for being ‚Äėclient-driven, always diplomatic when dealing with counterparts, but never losing sight of the client's goals and interests‚Äô.

‚ÄėFlexible and absolutely dedicated‚Äô,¬†SRS Advogados¬†has particular energy-sector expertise; it assisted IKEA with the acquisition of a wind farm. Private equity is another strength, and it assisted Cabot Square Capital with the sale of 321 Cr√©dito to Banco CTT.¬†Oct√°vio Castelo Paulo,¬†William Smithson¬†and¬†Pedro Rebelo de Sousa¬†jointly lead the team.

‚ÄėStraightforward‚Äô to deal with, AAA Advogados¬†has a strong energy focus and counts natural gas distribution company Galp among its key clients. Dulce Franco¬†heads the team;¬†Gabriela Rodrigues Martins¬†and Prof V√≠tor Pereira das Neves¬†are also recommended.

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.

Especially strong in the insurance, energy and technology sectors, G√≥mez-Acebo & Pombo¬†is noted for the ‚Äėquality, depth and breadth of its legal¬†advice‚Äô and the team's ‚Äėnegotiation skills‚Äô. It acts for domestic and international clients in transactions frequently involving cross-border aspects. Managing partner Mafalda Barreto¬†is recommended. She leads the team jointly with Miguel de Avillez Pereira.

Sérvulo & Associados provides ongoing advice to clients such as Saint-Gobain Weber, Abbott Laboratories and Scenic Tours on matters relating to carve-outs, restructurings, M&A, corporate, commercial and regulatory. Sofia Carreiro and Rui Cardona Ferreira are the names to note.

APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. assists clients with day-to-day corporate and commercial matters. João Pedro Alves Pereira leads the team.

Caiado Guerreiro is noted for its 'commercial understanding' and 'proximity' to clients; the team handles transactional, corporate and restructuring work and advised Dell on the Portuguese aspects of the sale of its IT services business. João Caiado Guerreiro and Ricardo Rodrigues Lopes jointly head the team.

CARDIGOS handles transactional and corporate matters for domestic and international clients. It assisted Amy’s Kitchen in a land acquisition as well as financing matters. Porfírio Moreira, Sofia de Sousa Caetano and Pedro Moniz Lopes jointly lead the team.

Carlos Aguiar, Ferreira de Lima & Associados - Sociedade de Advogados, R.L. acts for domestic and international clients such as Bloomberg, Smith & Nephew and Xerox. Carlos Aguiar, Maria Sottomayor and Tiago Ferreira de Lima are the key contacts.

CCA Law firm¬†is ‚Äėtime efficient, prompt at responding, and understands clients' needs‚Äô. Sephora, Accor Hotels, Havas Group and Europcar all form part of the client roster. Domingos Cruz¬†and managing associate Rita Trabulo¬†jointly lead the team along with managing associate Sara Reis,¬†who joined from Miranda & Associados.

Macedo Vitorino & Associados handles transactions, most recently assisting Cohort with the acquisition of an additional  23% stake in EID from the Portuguese state. João de Macedo Vitorino and Susana Vieira are the names to note.

pbbr - Sociedade de Advogados RL handled transactions for a range of high-profile clients. A highlight was assisting ECS with its exit from a portfolio company in the tourism sector. Alexandre Jardim and Pedro Pinto are the key contacts.

Raposo Bernardo¬†covers a broad range of work and is noted for its¬†‚Äėgreat sense of customer service‚Äô and its ‚Äėfocus on finding solutions‚Äô. It assisted Kodak Lens with franchise agreements and regularly acts for key client Iberostar Hotels & Resorts. The ‚Äėperceptive, smart and fast‚Äô Nelson Raposo Bernardo¬†‚Äėunlocks all the more complicated legal problems‚Äô; Joana Andrade Correia¬†is ‚Äėquick and efficient‚Äô.

Active in M&A, corporate reorganisations and private equity matters, RRP Advogados¬†is considered to be a ‚Äėreal partner‚Äô by clients. It benefits from an international network through its association with EY and assisted Thomson Reuters with its intragroup reorganisation, including the sale of its Financial and Risk business to Blackstone. Principal Rodrigo Falc√£o Nogueira¬†and associate Jo√£o Ornelas Camacho¬†provide ‚Äėprecious help and explanation‚Äô; ‚Äėbest-in-class‚Äô principal Manuel Cordeiro Ferreira¬†also covers capital markets and financial services matters; ‚Äėhands-on‚Äô associate Jacinta Amorim Vieira¬†is also recommended.

Albuquerque & Associados adopts an international approach, which it capitalises on when advising clients on M&A, franchising and distribution contracts. António de Mendonça Raimundo is the key contact.

The ‚Äėcohesive and stable‚Äô team at Espanha e Associados¬†assisted key client food and drinks company Portug√°lia - Administra√ß√£o de Patrim√≥nios with the acquisition of Nata da Nata, Tardes de Somas and Temas Definidos, owners of popular bakery A Manteigaria. Practice head Rita Beir√īco¬†and senior associate Madalena Barros Rodrigues¬†are singled out.

Clients value Oporto-based¬†JPAB - Jos√© Pedro Aguiar-Branco Advogados¬†for its ‚Äėfocus‚Äô and ‚Äėproximity‚Äô. It advises domestic and international clients on the entire range of M&A, corporate and commercial work. Maria de Deus Botelho¬†is recommended; Jos√© Pedro Aguiar-Branco¬†is the other name to note.

MGRA SP RL handles transactional work, reorganisations and business set-ups for clients such as Hyundai, Royal Dahlman, Carristur, Hotusa, Sanjam, Otlis and Bulgaria Air. Helga Lopes Ribeiro and António Mouteira Guerreiro lead the team.

Miranda & Associados¬†provides the full range of corporate, commercial and M&A services. Traditionally focused on African countries, the firm is investing in developing its Portugal practice. Of late, the team acted for clients domestically, while being able to rely on its international network. Alberto Galhardo Sim√Ķes¬†heads the group.

Capitalising on its nationwide spread, PRA-Raposo, S√° Miranda & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados RL¬†assisted national SMEs and large companies and venture capital clients with M&A transactions and corporate matters. It is noted for the ‚Äėinterdependence between the teams, the close attention paid to clients, the availability, and wide-ranging advice‚Äô. Pedro Raposo¬†leads the team; Miguel Miranda¬†is based in Porto and also covers competition matters.

An Oporto firm with a growing Lisbon presence, Telles de Abreu | Advogados fields a 'solid, business-oriented' team. It advised Valor Green, Winpower, and Winext on M&A and corporate restructuring matters. Carlos Lucena is the name to note.

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