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  1. Oporto: Leading commercial firms
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals

Hall of Fame

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Leading individuals

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    • Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão - PLMJ Lawyers
    • Carlos Osório de Castro - Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados
    • João Anacoreta Correia - Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho
    • José de Freitas - Cuatrecasas
    • Tomás Pessanha - PLMJ Lawyers
    • António Lobo Xavier - Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

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Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados’ Oporto office, which is managed by Bernardo Lobo Xavier, fields a team that has ‘excellent business acumen’ and ‘a clear vision of the needs of the client’. He led advice to Sonae Retail Properties on the sale and leaseback of several food retail assets in Northern Portugal. Carlos Osório de Castro, Eduardo Verde Pinho and Luís Gagliardini Graça are recommended for corporate and commercial work. The ‘competent’ António Lobo Xavier leads the tax practice, which is another pillar of strength; competition and public law are other areas of focus.

PLMJ Lawyers is ‘excellent’ across a broad variety of practices. Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão and José Ricardo Gonçalves are recommended for labour and employment, Frederico Perry Vidal is a real estate and infrastructure expert and ‘great lawyer’ Miguel Reis offers tax advice. ‘Dedicated’ corporate lawyer Tomás Pessanha is ‘a sharp and experienced negotiator’ and ‘one of the best in the business’. He recently advised cork-stopper producer Amorim & Irmãos on its acquisition of Bourassé Group.

Cuatrecasas’ Oporto office ‘proactively’ acts on corporate, public law and tax matters. The ‘confident and experienced’ Filipe Avides Moreira drew on his health sector expertise to represent Oporto healthcare centre CHP in several cases, including an arbitration filed by construction contractors concerning payment for unexpected work during the building of a children’s hospital. Also recommended are José de Freitas and ‘accessible and trustworthy’ senior associate Raquel Freitas.

Telles de Abreu | Advogados, which advises numerous municipalities and local companies, has its main office in Oporto. Managing partner Miguel Torres is a tax expert, Carlos Lucena is a corporate and finance specialist, Francisco Espregueira Mendes focuses on labour and competition and Pedro Almeida e Sousa covers real estate matters and public law.

João Anacoreta Correia leads Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho’s Oporto office, which acts on tax, labour, public law and transport matters. It is ‘used to working on international projects and cross-border deals’, and is increasingly advising family-owned groups on wealth management. ‘Well-prepared, strongly committed and business-oriented’ managing associate José Amorim Magalhães represented packaging producer Smurfit Kappa in competition litigation against another company, which had hired the majority of the client’s sales team.

VdA Vieira de Almeida is ‘always able to find useful solutions’. Public law specialist Mário Esteves de Oliveira represented the municipality of Vila Nova de Gaia in liability litigation against cement producer Cimpor, which closed its warehouse in the city following the implementation of a new regulation. The ‘calm, sharp and business-minded’ Isabel Gião de Andrade heads the office, which also includes TMT expert Fernando Resina da Silva.

Abreu Advogados covers corporate and commercial and real estate work, and has a particular focus on tax work: it advised urban rehabilitation company Porto Vivo and real estate investor Doururbano on tax matters. The ‘knowledgeableMaria Dulce Soares led on both matters. Rui Peixoto Duarte acts on corporate and commercial matters; Paulo de Tarso Domingues specialises in dispute resolution.

Cavaleiro & Associados, which has offices in Oporto, Vila Real and Viseu, advised long-term client Dourogás on corporate, finance and public law matters related to the European Investment Bank financing for the construction of a local energy supply network. The ‘attentive’ João Quintela Cavaleiro and Pedro Seixas Silva jointly head the office.

The ‘very assertive, technically well-prepared’ Oporto office of Garrigues Portugal advised Águas do Porto on negotiating its first collective bargaining agreement with the company’s employee committee and several trade unions. The group also covers corporate, restructuring, tax and the full range of contentious work. Rui Valente is the key contact. ‘Responsive, knowledgeable, analytical’ corporate expert Miguel Koch Rua and tax specialist Joana Tavares de Oliveira are recommended senior associates.

JPAB - José Pedro Aguiar-Branco Advogados provides full-service advice to local, national and international clients. Niche areas of expertise include sport, ‘smart cities’ and assistance in the biomedical sector. Maria Augusta Fernando and Pedro Botelho Gomes are held in high regard.

Oporto-based firm CNA – Curado, Nogueira & Associados offers the full range of corporate and commercial services to clients from a variety of sectors including energy, healthcare and transport. The three-partner office includes Carla Alexandra Malhão and Luísa Curado.

Miranda & Associados’ Oporto office is headed by the highly recommended Tiago Amorim. It covers the full range of services, and regularly acts in infrastructure and construction arbitration.

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