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At Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, the team ‘does everything to protect a client from any future liability’. It advised flagship client Nos Comunicações on the renewal of the rights of use for frequencies allocated to GSM and UMTS systems. ‘Excellent negotiator’ João Alfredo Afonso, who is an IT and e-commerce expert, advised bet365 on regulatory conditions pertaining to entering Portugal’s online gambling market. Nuno Peres Alves and Helena Tapp Barroso are also noted.

SRS Advogados acts for several incubators, providing regulatory advice to technology start-ups. In other work, the group assisted Nos Comunicações with challenging regulatory charges applied by Anacom. Luís Neto Galvão is increasingly focusing on IT and data protection; he advised Credibom on implementing a client interface including e-contracts and e-signatures. The ‘very practicalOctávio Castelo Paulo is noted for his telecoms expertise.

VdA Vieira de Almeida is frequently retained for legal studies; the team analysed the universal service of telecoms across Lusophone countries for the International Telecommunication Union. Fernando Resina da Silva advised Microsoft on preparing an IT, privacy and data protection guide to cloud services. Magda Cocco and Margarida Couto are also recommended.

CCA Ontier has an ‘excellent knowledge of the industry’, which ‘allows the firm to be very creative with its legal solutions’. The team handled various matters for Google, including defending the search engine giant against complaints concerning the right to be forgotten. Other clients include Vodafone and Netflix. The ‘creativeMartim Menezesanticipates potential problems’ and Filipe Mayer is ‘detail oriented’.

Cuatrecasas handles several matters for Cabovisão and Oni, including regulatory issues and assisting with its sale by Altice to Apax Partners. The firm is also retained by Microsoft to advise on software licensing. Data protection expert Leonor Chastre focuses on the media and technology areas, and counsel Ricardo Bordalo Junqueiro handles telecoms matters.

At DLA Piper ABBC, the team has seen an increase in work related to online gambling. The firm has an excellent track record in transactional work, where it recently advised PR and advertising agency Strat on the sale of all of its assets to Publicis Groupe. João Costa Quinta has niche expertise in sports law and of counsel Filipe Faria is also recommended.

pbbr – Pedro Pinto, Bessa Monteiro, Reis, Branco, Alexandre Jardim & Associados is highly rated for media matters and telecoms regulation. The group utilised its e-commerce and data privacy expertise to advise mytaxi on the launch of a taxi booking app, and to assist Daimler with its connected car project. Ricardo Henriques is recommended.

At PLMJ, Law Firm, e-commerce specialist Manuel Lopes Rocha handles IP work connected to the TMT sector and recently advised GfK on data protection matters pertaining to the acquisition of Netquest. IT expert Daniel Reis is ‘efficient, proactive and available’.

Highlights for the ‘professional’ team at APTS – Alves Pereira & Teixeira De Sousa, S.P., R.L. included advising on domain name transfers and assisting IPG Mediabrands with media planning and other agreements. The ‘reliableJoão Pedro Alves Pereira and Belén Granados are recommended.

Anselmo Vaz, Afra & Associados – Sociedade de Advogados, R.L advised EchoStar Mobile on the launch of mobile satellite services and related licensing procedures. Practice head Ana Rita Paínho focuses on the technology sector.

Caiado Guerreiro & Associados provides ‘prompt responses at reasonable rates’. Practice head Ricardo Rodrigues Lopes advised UPS on the impact on its data notifications following the European Court of Justice’s decision to forbid the transfer of data to the US under the safe harbour agreement.

At Coelho Ribeiro e Associados, the team advised a telecoms equipment firm on data processing agreements, telecoms contracts and data protection. Mónica Oliveira Costa and Jaime Medeiros are the key names.

At FCB Sociedade de Advogados, IT specialist Rodrigo Almeida Dias advised HP on a private tender by a Portuguese bank for the outsourcing of IT services.

The ‘very practical’ Sónia das Neves Serafim leads Raposo Bernardo’s team, which is notably active in the IT and telecoms sectors. The group advised Dixons Carphone on regulatory matters pertaining to the acquisition of retailers in Portugal.

Uría Menéndez – Proença de Carvalho has an excellent data protection practice, where it recently represented Arko Security in data protection infringement proceedings. Rede Globo is a client of Francisco Brito e Abreu.

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    The Guinea-Bissau Telecommunications sector is characterised at present by a competitive and diversified offer of services provided by three private mobile network operators in a market of 1.5 million inhabitants.
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