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Shipping boutique Ana Cristina Pimentel & Associados Sociedade de Advogados, SP, RL regularly handles maritime casualties and vessel arrests. Other areas of activity are aviation and road transport. Ana Cristina Pimentel is the name to note.

A firm specialised in shipping, Andrade Dias e Associados acts for numerous P&I clubs. The group regularly advises on contentious and non-contentious maritime law matters. Pedro Andrade Dias is pre-eminent in the area; Teresa Andrade Dias, Maria Andrade Dias and Mateus Andrade Dias are also recommended.

Cuatrecasas’ aviation group’s ‘knowledge and experience are priceless’. It regularly advises private aviation firm NetJets on the registration and de-registration of aircraft, and assisted SriLankan Airlines with entering into a sublease agreement with charter airline Hi Fly. Luís Soares de Sousa ‘looks after a client’s requests and concerns as if it were his own business’; senior associate Telma Carvalho has ‘deep knowledge’.

The ‘go-to firm in Portugal for aviation’, DLA Piper ABBC acts for an impressive client roster that includes Air France-KLM, EasyJet, Swissport and Turkish Airlines. It assisted Lufthansa with airport licenses, passenger claims and other regulatory matters. In litigation, the group represented United Airlines in an infringement case launched by the National Civil Aviation Authority. António Moura Portugal has ‘extraordinary contacts in the airline industry’, and regularly works with senior associate Inês Teixeira.

The ‘swift, helpful’ team at Abreu Advogados acts on aviation matters such as aircraft accidents, and on maritime work such as the financing, acquisition, registration and transfer of vessels. Guilherme Santos Silva and Francisco Patrício co-lead the team. ‘Very experienced’ senior associate Hugo Teixeira is ‘a clever litigator’.

APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L.’s ‘highly qualified, extremely capable’ aviation team assisted Dubai-based company Aerovista with a claim resulting from an Airbus lease agreement. João Marques de Almeida has ‘excellent command of English’ and is ‘very well versed in EU aviation law’. José Alves Pereira is another name to note.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados handles shipping and aviation; Segismundo Pinto Basto is recommended for the latter. ‘Highly competent, client-oriented and available’ managing associate Cátia Fernandes advised ESL Shipping Oy and Mediterranean Shipping on vessel and ship registrations.

PLMJ Lawyers’ aviation team, which is led by managing associate Nuno Luís Sapateiro, offers ‘spectacular service’. Clients include Azul Linhas Aéreas, Kenya Airways and Nordic Aviation Capital. Recent shipping highlights include advising Costa Cruises Group on a refinancing transaction, including the transfer and mortgaging of a cruise ship.

Raposo Bernardo advised the National Civil Aviation Authority on air transport regulation and fleet procurement. Other clients include Binter Canarias and South African Airways. Practice head Sofia Ferreira Enriquez is ‘pragmatic, efficient and very intelligent’ and is also recommended for her cruise sector expertise.

SRS Advogados covers rail, road, sea and air transport. A recent shipping highlight was advising the European International Shipowners Association of Portugal on Madeira shipping register regulation updates. José Luís Moreira da Silva leads the team, which also includes of counsel Maria José Santana.

VdA Vieira de Almeida’s João Afonso Fialho assisted the North of England P&I Association with the detention of the Merlin III vessel, and advised Arkon Shipping on the financing and registration of two vessels. The ‘innovativePaulo de Barros Baptista provides ‘insightful advice’ by ‘thinking in legal terms but explaining in management terms’, and handled several road transportation projects.

Albuquerque & Associados advised container and cargo carrier ETE Group on navigation and forwarding agent relations and concession agreements. Alexandre de Albuquerque leads the group, which is ‘always well prepared’.

Caiado Guerreiro & Associados advised Holland America Line on the death of vessel crew members; it also counts United Airlines, Chevalier Floatels and Nayak Aircraft Services as clients. Ricardo Rodrigues Lopes is recommended.

The aviation practice at Miranda & Associados regularly advises on lease and sublease agreements as well as on the acquisition of aircraft. Practice head Mafalda Oliveira Monteiro advises numerous financial institutions.

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho’s shipping team advised banks such as Bankia and Banco Santander on the financing of vessel constructions. The Oporto-based João Anacoreta Correia is the key contact.

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