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Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados regularly advises on public procurement at national and municipal level. In the energy sector, it advised EDP Gás Distribuição on a public tender for works contracts. Pharmaceutical sector work included representing clients such as AbbVie, CSL Behring and Varian Medical Systems in litigation concerning public tenders for the supply of medicines and medical devices to the National Health Service (SNS). João Tiago Silveira, Fernanda Matoso, Margarida Olazabal Cabral and Miguel Nogueira de Brito are recommended.

PLMJ’ ‘expertise in public procurement and the applicable legal framework is clearly reflected in its pragmatic advice and suggested courses of action’. The team advised a consortium on taking part in the public service concession tender launched by the Port of Lisbon. Tiago Duarte is another name to note in Lisbon; Frederico Perry Vidal, who provides ‘very good support in tender procedures’, and Diogo Duarte Campos are based in Oporto. Pedro Melo is now with Miranda & Associados.

Best known for its public law expertise, Sérvulo & Associados is a clear market leader. Mark Kirkby advised IT company Timestamp on a public tender launched by the Portuguese Tax Authority, and subsequently successfully represented the client in litigation concerning the legality of the proposal. Rui Medeiros is ‘experienced and able to determine successful strategies’, and is recommended along with João Amaral e Almeida and Ana Luísa Guimarães, who made partner in July 2017.

The ‘responsive and commercial’ team at Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho drew on its public law litigation expertise to represent Banco Santander in swap contract litigation against several publicly held companies. On the non-contentious side, it regularly advises Ecodeal on waste treatment sector contracts. The ‘extremely competent and efficientBernardo Diniz de Ayala is recommended along with ‘very helpful’ senior associate Mafalda Ferreira and counsel Sérgio Deus Vieira.

VdA Vieira de Almeida has strong experience in national and international infrastructure projects. Rodrigo Esteves de Oliveira advised the concessionaires and sponsors of four road concessions on the financial rebalancing of the projects. Paulo Pinheiro and Mário Esteves de Oliveira jointly head the group, which also includes managing associates Ana Marta Castro and André Proença.

CMS’ ‘fast and accurate’ team regularly advises REN Serviços on works, supply and service contracts. Other clients include Energias de Portugal, Goldman Sachs and Parque Escolar. The ‘excellentGonçalo Guerra Tavares and Mónica Carneiro Pacheco are the key contacts.

Cuatrecasas advised civil works and construction company Dragados on the performance of contracts and on contractual liabilities relating to motorway sub-concessions and hydroelectric dam works. Duarte Abecasis leads the group, which includes Lourenço Vilhena de Freitas, the ‘confident, experienced’ Filipe Avides Moreira and counsel Gonçalo Afonso Proença.

Garrigues Portugal expanded its public law team in 2017: Lino Torgal and two senior associates joined from the now-defunct Lino Torgal & Associados – Sociedade de Advogados, R.L. Senior associate Paulo Mendonça Duarte was part of the team advising the municipality of Lisbon on preparing the drainage network execution tender procedure. João Rosado Correia joined Miranda & Associados.

Linklaters’ public law team recently advised Oporto light rail system sub-concessionaire Prometro on renegotiating the sub-concession agreement for an additional two years, as well as on the contract performance. ‘Intelligent, responsible’ counsel Ricardo Guimarães and managing associate Vera Eiró are experienced in the area. Pedro Siza Vieira left the firm in 2017 to take up a position as a government minister.

At AAMM – Abecasis, Moura Marques, Alves Pereira Law Firm, the ‘target-oriented’ and ‘flexible’ public law group regularly acts for municipalities such as the municipality of Tomar, which it represented in arbitration. Paulo de Moura Marques has ‘excellent knowledge of the pharmaceuticals sector’. Diogo Pereira da Costa was promoted to the partnership in January 2017.

The ‘technically very accurate’ public law boutique Esquível Advogados acts for clients including Baxter, Rodoviária de Lisboa and Thales Portugal. The team advised AGS – Administração e Gestão de Sistemas de Salubridade on the financial rebalance of its concession agreement with Águas do Algarve. José Luís Esquível has ‘strong knowledge of concession and PPP regulation’. Senior associate Filipa Alves de Botton joined from Garrigues Portugal in 2017.

The ‘very responsive’ team at SRS Advogados has ‘a strong understanding of the legal framework’. It represented several large waste management companies in litigation concerning the privatisation of EGF. José Luís Moreira da Silva and the ‘very responsiveAlexandre Roque are the practice co-heads.

Abreu Advogados is advising Iberdrola Generación on the procurement and operation of several dams. Other highlights include assisting Alsa and National Express with the tender procedure for the Oporto transportation services network. José Eduardo Martins and Manuel de Andrade Neves are the two partners in the team.

Albuquerque & Associados is ‘always prepared’ to work on privatisations and tender procedures. In one highlight, it advised Systems Sunlight on the public procurement procedure for the supply of batteries for Trident class submarines to the Portuguese Navy. Alexandre de Albuquerque and Diana Silveira are recommended.

The ‘experienced’ team at DLA Piper ABBC advised an organisation comprised of 13 municipalities in the Alentejo region on the drafting, adaptation and unification of municipal regulations in several areas. Practice head Hugo Correia led advice on this matter.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo’s public law department is experienced in handling PPPs; Albano Sarmento and Paulo Nogueira da Rocha led advice to joint venture company Douro Litoral on the rehabilitation of several public highways. Ricardo Campos assisted SP Care with a healthcare industry procurement.

Luís Oliveira heads Miranda & Associados’ ‘solution-driven’ public law group, which regularly advises public entities and contractors on public procurement. With the addition of João Rosado Correia from Garrigues Portugal in July 2017, the group now includes four partners. Pedro Melo was a new arrival from PLMJ.

Highlights for Raposo Bernardo’s public law team included assisting cork producer Corticeira Amorim with public tenders and advising Colt Resources on contractual matters concerning the exploitation of gold. Manuel Esteves de Albuquerque leads the team.

PRA-Raposo, Sá Miranda & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados RL’s ‘young, talented team’ acts for public entities and contractors in procurement and bid protests. The ‘competent and experiencedDavid Coelho leads the team in Lisbon; Noel Gomes is the name to note in Oporto.

Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados’ team provides ‘valuable advice’ and is increasingly retained by public sector clients. Other work includes advising Efacec on public procurement procedures and the execution of contracts. Miguel Pena Machete is recommended along with ‘detail-oriented’ senior associate Pedro Vaz Mendes, who ‘analyses issues in depth’.

AAA Advogados frequently handles disputes, for example when representing Algar in arbitration proceedings brought by Biofaro concerning the construction of a waste treatment plant. Rita Gama Abreu leads the group, which has a strong focus on waste management.

At Andersen Tax and Legal | NGMS – Sociedade de Advogados, Gonçalo Mota Nogueira is representing the Portuguese state in an arbitration concerning a financial penalty for breach of the public pay-phone contract imposed against Meo. Other clients include Ikaros-Hemera, Parque Escolar and Veolia Portugal.

The ‘reliable’ team at Carlos Aguiar, Ferreira de Lima & Associados - Sociedade de Advogados, R.L. advises contractors on procurement and contract performance. Tiago Mascarenhas is an administrative law expert, and Tiago Ferreira de Lima acts on PPPs.

The team at FCB Sociedade de Advogados provides ‘very swift, accurate’ advice and assisted CGI with three public tenders for IT services, including representing it in bid protests. Miguel Lorena Brito leads the team.

The ‘detail-orientedTânia Ferreira Osório leads the group at pbbr - Sociedade de Advogados RL, which assisted clients such as Lisgráfica, health and research technology distributor Taper, and Lisbon University’s ISEG school with public procurement procedures.

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