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CMS’ impressive client portfolio includes Acciona Energia, EDP, REN and Galp Energia. The team represented several natural gas distributors, including Beiragás and Portgás, in litigation against the national energy regulatory authority regarding the establishment of tariffs for usage of the distribution grid. Mónica Carneiro Pacheco is the name to note.

Drawing on its longstanding expertise in the energy sector, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados handles transactions, regulatory work and litigation. It advised EDP on the public tender offer for shares of EDP Renovaveis, and assisted Haitong Capital with construction of the solar plant in Ferreira do Alentejo. With Catarina Brito Ferreira’s promotion to partner in June 2017, the group now has four partners including Tomás Vaz Pinto, Ricardo Andrade Amaro and managing partner Nuno Galvão Teles.

VdA Vieira de Almeida is ‘a reliable partner’ with an excellent reputation in the oil and gas sector. In renewables, the department advised TrustWind on the refinancing of a 322MW wind farm portfolio. Rui Amendoeira is ‘always available’ and co-leads the group with Vanda Cascão. João Afonso Fialho, the ‘proactive’ Ana Luís de Sousa and Manuel Protásio are also recommended.

Abreu Advogados’ public and environmental law groups regularly handle energy work, and have particular expertise in hydroelectric plants. Manuel de Andrade Neves advised Iberdrola Generación on the licensing and construction of four dams. José Eduardo Martins assisted REN Trading with the revision of power purchase agreements.

At Cuatrecasas, ‘response times are splendid’. The firm’s energy group is experienced in setting up energy companies and handling cross-border matters. A highlight was advising Keymore Engineering and Consulting, a consortium partner with AMDA Energía, on developing several solar and wind projects. Rui Mayer has ‘a sensibility for technical and political issues’ and José Diogo Horta Osório is also recommended.

Garrigues Portugal transformed its team in July 2017, when Lino Torgal and two senior associates joined from Lino Torgal & Associados – Sociedade de Advogados, R.L., and João Rosado Correia left for Miranda & Associados. The new team is advising Iberwind on the operation of wind farm plants and regularly assists REN with power purchase agreements, transactions and regulatory matters.

The ‘excellent’ team at Linklaters focuses on transactional and financing work for energy projects. It advised Iberwind on the financing of the overpowering of existing wind farms and the repowering of the Vila Lobos wind farm. Managing associate Vera Eiró has public law expertise; Francisco Ferraz de Carvalho is particularly rated for project finance. Pedro Siza Vieira left the firm in 2017 to take up a position as a government minister.

PLMJ Lawyers stands out for its cross-border expertise, frequently handling energy and mining projects in Angola and Mozambique. In one domestic highlight, the team is advising Elecgas consortium on the building, ownership and operation aspects of two 400MW combined cycle gas turbine plant units. The ‘highly available’ Manuel Santos Vítor and managing associate Ana Oliveira Rocha are recommended.

SRS Advogados is representing oil company association Apetro and liquefied petroleum gas companies in judicial actions against a new exchange system regulation for liquefied petroleum gas bottles. The power sector is another area of expertise: the team recently advised InnoEnergy on setting up new energy projects. Gonçalo Anastácio has ‘a good understanding of business’ and is experienced in handling competition matters for energy sector clients.

With ‘excellent industry knowledge’, Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho assisted various clients with acquiring stakes in energy companies. The team advised Marubeni and Toho-Gas on the acquisition of a 22.5% stake in the share capital of Galp Gás Natural Distribuição from Galp Gas & Power. It also assisted Lancashire County Pension Fund with its investment in several wind assets. Bernardo Diniz de Ayala, Antonio Villacampa Serrano and ‘very good’ senior associate Mafalda Ferreira are recommended.

AAA AdvogadosGabriela Rodrigues Martins assisted Galp Energia with negotiating the contractual framework for the exploration of gas reservoirs in Mozambique.

Vítor Pereira das Neves is also noted.

DLA Piper ABBC fields a ‘very capable team of highly qualified lawyers’. Bruno Azevedo Rodrigues joined Telles de Abreu | Advogados in October 2017. Regulatory work includes advising EDP Renováveis.

Campos Ferreira, Sá Carneiro & Associados focuses on project finance and M&A matters for renewable energy projects. Duarte Brito de Goes leads the team, which includes senior associate Maria de Athayde Tavares.

Led by senior associate Luísa Carrilho da Graça, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo’s energy and natural resources group advised electricity and natural gas supplier Endesa on regulatory matters. Other clients include Acciona Energia, Gransolar and WavEC Offshore Renewables.

The team at Raposo Bernardospeaks the technical language of the energy sector’. It advised Self Energy on drafting EPC rental, construction, technical design, corporate and power grid connection agreements. Nelson Raposo Bernardo and the ‘efficient, focusedJoana Andrade Correia are recommended.

Sérvulo & Associados specialises in banking and finance matters pertaining to energy projects. In other work, it advised Galp Energia on the renegotiation of an oil production contract. Rui Medeiros is the name to note.

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