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With ‘a high level of service’ and ‘short response times’, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is best known for its technology expertise and covers niche areas such as gaming. Nuno Peres Alves assisted DSTelecom with negotiating a contract with Meo and PT for the provision of access to dark fibre and bitstream services. Managing associate Gonçalo Machado Borges is ‘an excellent choice for international work’ and coordinates the telecoms and media department, while ‘excellent negotiator’ João Alfredo Afonso and Helena Tapp Barroso focus on data protection.

SRS Advogadosworks very closely with its clients’ and has ‘very good knowledge of regulatory matters’. The TMT team advised QuintilesIMS on negotiating software licensing and services agreements with IT provider Glintt for the licensing and installation of a data extraction software for around 1,000 pharmacies. In litigation, the group is representing Nos in a €22m loss compensation claim against Meo and PT concerning the refusal to port numbers between 2008 and 2009. The ‘very practical’ Octávio Castelo Paulo is recommended for telecoms, while Luís Neto Galvão specialises in IT and data protection.

VdA Vieira de Almeida’s impressive client roster includes the Alliance for Affordable Internet, Meo and Microsoft as well as various public entities. The team advised the International Telecommunication Union on creating an intra-regional digital agenda for CPLP countries. Fernando Resina da Silva handles IT and emerging technologies; Magda Cocco acts on privacy, data protection and cybersecurity; and Margarida Couto is the name to note for telecoms matters.

Abreu Advogados bolstered its team by hiring counsel César Bessa Monteiro and his team, including associated partner Ricardo Henriques, from pbbr - Sociedade de Advogados RL in June 2017. The group has core strengths in media and telecoms.

CCA Ontier handles numerous media-related civil and criminal cases. It successfully represented Vodafone in litigation brought by a country house owner claiming the right to privacy and family heritage after his property was shown in an advertising campaign. Advising public personalities on image rights is another area of focus. The ‘detail-oriented’ Filipe Mayer leads the team; Martim Menezes is ‘creative’.

Cuatrecasas’ TMT department ‘anticipates potential legal risks’. It represented Nowo Communications and Oni in an Anacom public hearing concerning the wholesale central access provided at a fixed location for mass-market products. ‘True leader’ Leonor Chastre handles data protection, media and technology matters, while Ricardo Bordalo Junqueiro, who made partner in April 2017, focuses on telecoms.

PLMJ Lawyers recently advised online gaming and betting company Nossa Aposta on acquiring, from a software company, an IT system for gaming. The department’s impressive client roster includes Microsoft, SAP and Samsung. Manuel Lopes Rocha is recommended for e-commerce matters, and the ‘efficient, proactive and quickDaniel Reis is an IT expert.

APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. provides the ‘highest standard of service at a reasonable price’. The ‘very reliableJoão Pedro Alves Pereira and Belén Granados regularly advise IPG Mediabrands on media planning, media agency master agreements and other contracts.

Anselmo Vaz, Afra & Associados - Sociedade de Advogados, R.L’s Ana Rita Paínho has niche expertise in advertising and publicity. Other work included advising Teva Pharmaceutical Industries on implementing a data privacy policy and database structure.

DLA Piper ABBC focuses on privacy and data protection, with technology an additional area of focus. It advises Fujifilm on e-commerce, data protection and technology matters, and assisted Tesla Motors with software and technology requirements for internet sales in Portugal. João Costa Quinta leads the team. Filipe Faria, formerly of counsel with the firm, left in August 2016; he now works as an independent consultant.

Led by the ‘very goodRicardo Rodrigues Lopes, Caiado Guerreiro & Associados’ team provides ‘prompt responses’. Highlights included advising Cortefiel on data protection and privacy matters in connection with developing an online store.

The ‘efficient and effectiveCoelho Ribeiro e Associados offers ‘practical advice in Portuguese and English’. In one highlight, it assisted a media producer with setting up an online interactive TV platform. Mónica Oliveira Costa has ‘a proactive attitude and vast knowledge’; Jaime Medeiros is ‘excellent’.

Highlights for Raposo Bernardo’s practice included advising Deutsche Telekom on entering into a significant IT contract with BP for its central purchasing and supply system. Sónia das Neves Serafim is ‘very practical’.

With an outstanding data protection practice, Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho acts for clients such as Bankinter, Coty and Lone Star. Francisco Brito e Abreu leads the TMT team.

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