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Led by the ‘knowledgeable’ Diogo Leónidas Rocha, Garrigues Portugal’s four-partner group provides ‘excellent work at a reasonable cost’. Mário Lino Dias was part of the team advising Magnum Capital Partners on the sale of Generis Farmacêutica. Marta Graça Rodrigues is ‘creative and available’, and Susana Pimenta de Sousa ‘understands her clients’ needs and concerns’.

According to one client, Linklaters’ ‘efficient, clear and creative work is worth every penny’. The team acted for Marguerite Adviser on its acquisition of two greenfield projects for the construction and operation of biomass power plants. António Soares’ experience ‘instils confidence in the client’; counsel Diogo Plantier Santos is ‘sharp in his reactions and interventions’. Marcos Sousa Monteiro heads the team.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados provides ‘an excellent service’ on all commercial matters, including venture capital work. Eduardo Paulino was part of a team that advised Montepio Geral on the acquisition of a 49% stake in the share capital of Residências Montepio, a residential centres business for senior citizens. Carlos Osório de Castro, Nuno Galvão Teles and Segismundo Pinto Basto are also recommended. Luísa Soares da Silva left to become a member of Novo Banco’s board of directors.

PLMJ is increasingly active in private equity work, and recently advised Ardian on the acquisition of companies that hold five motorway concessions. The ‘very practical’, Oporto-based Tomás Pessanha is ‘a strategic thinker’; senior associate Manuel Liberal Jerónimo offers ‘practical and fast responses’. Managing partner Manuel Santos Vítor, Diogo Perestrelo, Luís Sáragga Leal and Sofia Gomes da Costa are also recommended.

At Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho, ‘response times are very good’. The group advised Sapec on the sale of its agribusiness unit to Bridgepoint. Antonio Villacampa Serrano, Jorge de Brito Pereira and Francisco Brito e Abreu are renowned within the 30-strong group, which saw Francisco da Cunha Ferreira’s promotion to partner in January 2017. Duarte Garin has ‘an excellent legal mind, with a very sharp eye for business decisions’.

VdA Vieira de Almeidaadds value’ across the full range of commercial work. A highlight was advising Nanium on the €400m sale of its entire share capital to Amkor Technology. Paulo Olavo Cunha has ‘a good sense of diplomacy’, Cláudia da Cruz Almeida is ‘proactive and creative’, and ‘excellent negotiatorJorge Bleck has ‘a very good sense of the business world’. Managing partner João Vieira de Almeida, Paulo Trindade Costa and the ‘experiencedHelena Vaz Pinto are also recommended.

Abreu Advogados has ‘very good business sense’ and ‘takes real interest in its clients’. As well as handling real estate work, it advised Dentsu Aegis Network on its acquisition of blue-infinity. Ana Sofia Batista, José Maria Corrêa de Sampaio and Inês Sequeira Mendes are recommended along with António Pina, who ‘always performs an excellent job’. In 2017, the former name partners of PMBGR – Trocado, Durães Rocha & Associados, Henrique Trocado and Manuel Durães Rocha, joined as senior counsel and partner, respectively.

CMS’ team is ‘able to handle complex transactions in a limited time frame and under hostile circumstances’. Francisco Xavier de Almeida is ‘deeply involved, very supportive and cost-conscious’, and recently advised Voltalia on the €9m acquisition of Martifer Solar. Explorer Investments is one of João Caldeira’s long-term private equity clients.

Campos Ferreira, Sá Carneiro & Associados’ ‘response time is impressive, on top of the quality of work’. Bernardo Abreu Mota, Martim Morgado and Maria Castelos are highly rated for M&A transactions.

At Cuatrecasas, clients can count on ‘professional, competent and fast’ advice on cross-border transactions. In one example, it assisted waste management services provider Saica Natur with acquiring a 50% stake in refuse systems company Baluarte. Frederico Pereira Coutinho, Luís Soares de Sousa and José Diogo Horta Osório are recommended.

The ‘excellent’ team at DLA Piper ABBC is increasingly active in venture capital matters. Other work included advising Novo Banco on the €46m sale of share capital and limited partnership interests to Sonae IM. Nuno Azevedo Neves leads the group, which also includes João Costa Quinta, who is recommended for private equity. Bruno Azevedo Rodrigues joined Telles de Abreu | Advogados in October 2017.

SRS Advogados’ team advised GPS tracking provider Fleetmatics on its acquisition of fleet management software provider Inosat. Standout practitioners for corporate and commercial work are Octávio Castelo Paulo and Nuno Miguel Prata. Paulo Bandeira is recommended for venture capital and Gustavo Ordonhas Oliveira for private equity matters.

With ‘an eye for clients’ needs’, Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados provides ‘accurate advice’. Highlights included assisting the Chinese Ace fund with the acquisition of a minority stake in EDPR’s wind farm business. Rafael Lucas Pires, Martim Anahory and Luís Miguel Cortes Martins are the names to note.

The group at AAA Advogados has ‘a particular ability to achieve consensus solutions’. As well as handling cross-border transactions, mainly with Angola and Mozambique, the group advised CESL Asia on its acquisition of power plants. Gabriela Rodrigues Martins is ‘exceptionally competent’ and ‘forward-thinking’; Dulce Franco is also recommended.

FCB Sociedade de Advogados’ ‘client-driven and committed’ corporate and commercial team advises clients such as Nike. It includes the ‘knowledgeablePedro Guimarães, the ‘reliableRodrigo Almeida Dias and Gonçalo da Cunha.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is highly rated for cross-border deals such as advising media group Prisa on the sale of its €440m stake in Media Capital to Altice. Mafalda Barreto and the ‘practical, efficient’ Miguel de Avillez Pereira jointly head the ten-strong group.

Focused on transactional support, Macedo Vitorino & Associados acts for clients from a broad range of sectors. The team advised Pluralfrequency on its acquisition of three digital marketing and publicity companies from business services provider Yunit. Susana Vieira and the ‘experiencedJoão de Macedo Vitorino are the names to note.

Sérvulo & Associados’ team, which provides ‘good value for money’, advised Saint-Gobain Weber on carving out one of its business units, and assisted Abbott Laboratories with its restructuring, involving a group it recently purchased. Notable lawyers include the ‘hands-on, straightforward and practicalSofia Carreiro and Rui Cardona Ferreira.

APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. has ‘the highest levels of integrity and professionalism at more than reasonable fees’. The group is particularly noted for day-to-day commercial advice, but also advises clients on share capital acquisitions and other transactions. Working with João Pedro Alves Pereira is ‘like having another in-house member of the team’.

Caiado Guerreiro & Associados’ ‘very reliable’ team mainly handles reorganisations and transactions. João Caiado Guerreiro, who has ‘a practical approach to problems’, Ricardo Rodrigues Lopes and the ‘very professionalTânia Pinheiro advised Baker Tilly on the reorganisation of its Portuguese groups.

The corporate group at Cardigos advised public transport company Carris on the transfer of shares from the Portuguese state to the Municipality of Lisbon, and assisted credit recovery company Intrum Justitia with its €20m acquisition of Logicomer. Pedro Cardigos, Porfírio Moreira and Sofia de Sousa Caetano are recommended.

At Carlos Aguiar, Ferreira de Lima & Associados - Sociedade de Advogados, R.L., Carlos Aguiar, Maria Sottomayor and Tiago Ferreira de Lima are highly recommended. The corporate team acts for clients such as Bloomberg, Smith & Nephew and Xerox.

The ‘professional and proactive’ team at pbbr - Sociedade de Advogados RL advised Moretextile on the merger of three subsidiaries. Alexandre Jardim and Pedro Pinto jointly head the group following the departures of César Bessa Monteiro, César Bessa Monteiro Jr and Carla Martins Branco to Abreu Advogados in May 2017.

At Raposo Bernardo, ‘solution-orientedJoana Andrade Correia and Nelson Raposo Bernardo advise clients such as Deutsche Telekom, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts and Opel. Tag Heuer and Prooptica retained the team to assist with their merger.

Albuquerque & Associados’ work ‘compares well to internatonal standards’. António de Mendonça Raimundo advised new client Indie Campers on its acquisition of West Coast Campers. Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group, Santos Barosa and fruit merchant Granfer are also recent client wins.

At CCA Ontier, ‘customer service, timing and team spirit are excellent’. The corporate group includes founding partner Carlos Cruz, Domingos Cruz and practice head and managing associate Rita Trabulo. It acted for Global Difusion, holding company of seven radio stations, on its €20m acquisition of Sorel’s shareholding in Margemar.

Espanha e Associados’ practice head Rita Beirôco ‘uses business language instead of complicated legal terms’. Together with senior associate Madalena Barros Rodrigues, she advised beverage company Portugália on implementing a franchising model.

MGRA, RL recently handled reorganisations, restructurings and transactions. Clients include Caterpillar, Coca-Cola, DHL, Hyundai and Royal Dahlman. António Mouteira Guerreiro is the name to note.

Miranda & Associados acts for numerous national and international clients on transactions and day-to-day commercial matters. Alberto Galhardo Simões leads the group.

Thanks to its ‘extraordinary business knowledge’, PRA-Raposo, Sá Miranda & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados RL’s advice ‘extends beyond the pure legal nature of matters’. The firm is increasingly active in venture capital, and recently advised a bottled water retainer on the sale of a business unit. Pedro Raposo has ‘enormous experience’ and Miguel Miranda is also recommended.

Established in early 2016, RRP Advogados has already gained a reputation for providing ‘an excellent service’. It advised pharmaceutical company Grupo J Uriach on the acquisition of dietary supplements company Theralab. Principal Rodrigo Falcão Nogueira is ‘a great negotiator’ and ‘easy to work with’, and managing associate Manuel Cordeiro Ferreira ‘combines deep knowledge with problem-solving skills, negotiation skills and out-of-the-box thinking’.

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