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Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira

PRAÇA MARQUÊS DE POMBAL, 2, LISBON 1250-160, PORTUGAL
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Work +351 21 355 38 00
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Portugal

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira’s lawyers are ‘skilled, knowledgeable and very experienced’, and commended for their ‘practical application’ of the law. ‘Standout practitioners’ include department head and newly appointed managing partner Maria João Ricou and senior associate Manuel Requicha Ferreira, who frequently provide regulatory advice to financial institutions. The duo assisted Banco Espírito Santo de Investimento with the restructuring of Holmes Place’s debt. Major international banks such as Barclays and Deutsche Bank are also among the client roster.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira’s team provides ‘fast and informed’ advice on the issuance of high-yield bonds, as well as derivative transactions, where it acts for public bodies. Corporate lawyer André Luiz Gomes is particularly active on the equity side, and practice head and newly appointed managing partner Maria João Ricou is another key name. Senior associate Manuel Requicha Ferreira is ‘highly professional, fully dedicated and always available’.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira

The ‘talented lawyers’ at Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira advised Portugal Telecom on Oi’s intended sale of 100% of the client’s share capital to Altice. Managing partner Diogo Perestrelo is recognised as a leading lawyer in the field, and André Luiz Gomes is particularly rated for private equity. José Diogo Horta Osório shows ‘great negotiation skills’ and is recommended along with Francisco Santos Costa, Frederico Pereira Coutinho and Luís Soares de Sousa.

Leading individuals

Diogo Perestrelo - Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira represents clients in litigation as well as pre-litigation, settlement negotiations and arbitration proceedings. José de Freitas is representing Amorim Participações Mobiliárias in judicial proceedings against Amorim Turismo. Miguel Esperança Pina is an ‘excellent litigator with a perfect knowledge of what is at stake’, and associate Rita Gouveia is also recommended. All individuals mentioned are rated for both arbitration and litigation.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira

Merger control notifications are a key area of work for the team at Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira, which regularly partners with the firm’s M&A practice. Rita Leandro Vasconcelos handled a merger control notification for Provimi Iberia following the client’s acquisition of Progado’s assets. Ricardo Bordalo Junqueiro is also recommended.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira

Top-notch’ firm Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira handles major employment litigation and restructuring matters, and maintains an active practice for day-to-day employment queries. Maria da Glória Leitão leads the team, which has considerable expertise in the retail and sports sectors. Diogo Leote Nobre recently joined Miranda & Associados as co-head of its practice.

Leading individuals

Maria da Glória Leitão - Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira receives a flow of instructions from the EIP Group; recent highlights saw José Diogo Horta Osório assisting the client with drafting and executing two agreements with ISA INTERCOLOMBIA for the expansion of substations in Colombia. Rui Mayer is a key name for oil and gas matters, and has a strong focus on the Angolan and Mozambican markets.

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Fraud and white-collar crime
Fraud and white-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira provides a ‘great service’, and acts for a variety of clients including Banco Internacional do Funchal, Banco Espírito Santo and Galp Energia. Paulo de Sá e Cunha heads the corporate crime practice and is experienced in organised crime defence.

Leading individuals

Paulo de Sá e Cunha - Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira

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Insolvency and restructuring
Insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 1

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira

The ‘very experienced and skilled’ team at Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira has specialist expertise in bank insolvencies. Miguel Esperança Pina heads the team alongside the ‘focused and highly competent’ José de Freitas, who led the advice to Qimonda AG as the sole shareholder of Qimonda Holding on claiming credits in the insolvency proceedings of the Portuguese part of the company. Rita Gouveia and Mafalda Ferreira Santos are also recommended.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira has a broad IP practice and acts across a range of sectors, including the pharmaceutical, technology and music industries. Leonor Chastre’s team receives instructions from FGA Capital, Samsung Portugal and the Portuguese Tennis Federation.

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Oporto: Leading commercial firms
Oporto: Leading commercial firms - ranked: tier 2

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira

Paulo Castro Rangel is the key contact at Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira, which wins plaudits for its ‘quick response times’ and ‘good value for money’, and is recommended for corporate, tax and public law. The ‘assertive’ José de Freitas is representing Amorim Participações Mobiliárias in litigation pertaining to the violation of Portugal’s imperative law. Filipe Avides Moreira was appointed deputy director in July 2015; he provides ‘outstanding advice’ on contracts and is a renowned litigator.

Leading individuals

José de Freitas - Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira

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Projects and project finance
Projects and project finance - ranked: tier 1

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira provides a ‘high level of industry knowledge’ and is recommended for its experience in the transport sector. Maria João Ricou and the ‘very practical’ Margarida Leal Oliveira are part of a team representing Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras in a compensation claim pertaining to the Portuguese government’s decision to cancel a high-speed rail project. Diogo Perestrelo and Elsa Pizarro Pardal are assisting Auto-Estradas do Atlântico with a financial rebalance request following the introduction of a toll collection system on the Costa de Prata motorway concession. Ana Graça Remondes is also recommended.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira has notable expertise in the healthcare sector. Paulo Castro Rangel is acting for Centro Hospitalar do Porto on the construction of a paediatrics hospital, and also advised Centro Hospital de São João on negotiations with the pharmaceuticals industry and the Ministry of Health pertaining to the supply of medication. Duarte Abecasis is valued for his ‘in-depth knowledge of the law’.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira has notable expertise in the hotel sector; the ‘experiencedNuno Sá Carvalho handled Minor International’s purchase of five hotels in Portugal, which marked the client’s first entry into Europe. Frederico Pereira Coutinho is also recommended.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira’s ‘pragmatic and experienced’ data protection expert Leonor Chastre has a niche expertise in cybercrime. Practice head Chastre advised El Corte Inglés on data protection matters and the use of cookies on the firm’s website. Counsel Ricardo Bordalo Junqueiro is also well regarded.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira

The ‘well-connectedDiogo Ortigão Ramos at Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira was part of a team representing Cork Supply in challenging the corporate income tax assessment for an intra-group sale of cork commodities to an Irish trading company, following the Portuguese tax authorities’ refusal to undertake a transfer pricing analysis. Gonçalo Bastos Lopes and associate Tânia de Almeida Ferreira are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Diogo Ortigão Ramos - Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 1

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira is highly rated for its aviation expertise. Department head Luís Soares de Sousa and senior associate Telma Carvalho advised NetJets on the sale of an aircraft, and assisted airline Orbest with obtaining the authorisation and traffic rights for scheduled flights along non-EU routes. The team is also experienced in handling lease agreements, public tenders and litigation.

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