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One of the best firms for project finance in Portugal’, Campos Ferreira, Sá Carneiro & Associados is particularly rated for road projects. The group acts for lenders and concession holders and is also experienced in handling water and energy projects. The ‘knowledgeable and respected’ Maria Castelos and the ‘service-focusedDuarte Brito de Goes jointly head the eight-strong group.

The ‘strong negotiators’ at Linklaters act on numerous projects in Lusophone African countries, particularly Mozambique. Domestic work includes advising Marguerite Adviser on its €80m financing of biomass power plants. The ‘competent, experienced and client-focused’ Francisco Ferraz de Carvalho led advice on this matter. Of counsel Rita Ferreira dos Santos has a ‘thorough’ approach. Pedro Siza Vieira left the firm in 2017 to take up a position as a government minister.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados’ projects team has ‘deep technical knowledge’ and provides ‘swift’ replies. Led by Filipe Lowndes Marques, the group largely advises lenders on energy, construction and road projects. Luís Branco, Ana Monjardino and managing associate Filipa Morais Alçada are also stand-out practitioners.

As well as handling numerous projects in Angola, PLMJ Lawyers assisted Portuguese clients with renegotiating concession agreements. In one project finance highlight, it is advising Fundação Alfredo de Sousa on obtaining the financing for the construction and operation of the Nova SBE Campus Carcavelos. Inês Pinto da Costa has ‘deep knowledge of the local market’ and leads the team, which includes Diogo Duarte Campos. Diogo Perestrelo joined from Cuatrecasas in November 2016.

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho offers ‘an excellent level of service’ to banks. Other work included assisting urban water system and treatment facility provider AGS – Administração e Gestão de Sistemas de Salubridade on the sale and purchase of minority stakes in concessionaire companies. Bernardo Diniz de Ayala has ‘extensive experience’ and is recommended along with Antonio Villacampa. Pedro Ferreira Malaquias and senior associate Mafalda Ferreira are ‘valuable assets’.

VdA Vieira de Almeida’s projects and project finance lawyers have ‘strong expertise’ and are ‘very reactive’. The ‘creative, knowledgeable and availablePaulo de Barros Baptista advised AEBT and AELO as concession holders on renegotiating the project and finance documents for the Baixo Tejo and Litoral Oeste concessions. Teresa Empis Falcão provides ‘insightful advice’ and is recommended along with Manuel Protásio and João Afonso Fialho.

The ‘excellent’ team at Cuatrecasas is experienced in handling road projects. For example, it advised Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras on the restructuring of the shareholders of two road PPPs. Maria João Ricou and ‘reliable and knowledgeable’ senior associate Margarida Leal de Oliveira are the names to note.

Raposo Bernardo uses ‘clear language’ to advise on project financings. The group advises lenders such as Deutsche Bank on financing logistics infrastructure projects, as well as acting for project developers. Nelson Raposo Bernardo is ‘a fantastic lawyer’ and Joana Andrade Correia is ‘an excellent speaker’.

SRS Advogados acts on port, airport, public transport and energy projects. The ‘very experiencedJosé Luís Moreira da Silva and Alexandre Roque advised the Port of Lisbon on setting up the tenders and contract framework for the new deep-sea container terminal in Barreiro. Moreira da Silva and Alexandra Valente are the practice co-heads.

Sérvulo & Associados has strong expertise assisting companies with public tenders. In one highlight, it advised Metro do Porto on the public tender for the sub-concession of a light rail operation and maintenance contract. The team also acted for the municipality of Lisbon concerning a concession for the installation of urban furniture for advertising purposes. Mark Kirkby leads the team. Ana Luísa Guimarães made partner in June 2017.

Abreu Advogados advises lenders, such as Haitong Bank, and borrowers. Manuel de Andrade Neves and José Eduardo Martins jointly head the group. Sofia Santos Machado joined Miranda & Associados in 2016.

DLA Piper ABBC is ‘able to handle complex matters and stressful environments in transactions’. It advised Royal Caribbean on negotiating a syndicated loan for the construction of a new cargo terminal in Lisbon. Nuno Azevedo Neves is recommended along with Bruno Azevedo Rodrigues, who is ‘the right person to call’ for finance-related matters.

FCB Sociedade de Advogados is recommended for projects and project finance in Angola and Mozambique as well as in Portugal. Clients include Opway and thermal power generation systems supplier Doosan Lentjes. Public law expert Miguel Lorena Brito is the name to note.

The ‘accurate, objective and well-organised’ team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo assisted several hedge funds with acquiring a participation in a syndicated loan for the financing of the design, construction and operation of a toll road system. Ricardo Campos is ‘very pragmatic’; Albano Sarmento and Mafalda Barreto are also recommended.

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