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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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www.cuatrecasas.com
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Portugal

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Within Banking and finance, Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira is a second tier firm,

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira has ‘a pragmatic approach’ and, although its client portfolio has traditionally consisted of borrower clients, it has an expanding practice representing clients on the lender side. It has also developed its restructuring practice over the past few years and advised Banco Popular Portugal on restructuring the €1.1bn debt of one of the largest hotel resorts in the Algarve. Maria João Ricou and associate Ana Sofia Silva are ‘standout’ names; associates Margarida Leal Oliveira, Paulo Costa Martins and Manuel Requicha Ferreira are also recommended.

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Within Capital markets, Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira is a second tier firm,

The ‘excellentCuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira has focused its practice on debt transactions over recent years and advised the Agência de Gestão da Tesouraria e da Dívida Pública – IGCP, E.P.E., the Portuguese public debt agency, on Portugal’s EMTN programme. Maria João Ricou heads the ‘well organised’ team and corporate specialist André Luiz Gomes is a key name on the equity side. Associate Manuel Requicha Ferreira is also recommended.

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Within Corporate and M&A, Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira is a first tier firm,

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira’s highly regarded team is noted for its transactional capability. José Diogo Horta Osório and Francisco Santos Costa advised Enel on the sale of its cogeneration plants to the Sonae Group. It also acted as local counsel on HanesBrands’ global acquisition of DBApparel. Private equity expert André Luiz Gomes advised Discovery Real Estate Fund and its subsidiaries, Summercrown II and Aquasummer, on the transfer of shares to two Portuguese banks in exchange for outstanding credits. Managing partner Diogo Perestrelo, Luís Soares de Sousa and Frederico Pereira Coutinho are also recommended.

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Within Dispute resolution, Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira is a first tier firm,

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira is valued for its ‘teamwork’ and availability. Practice head Miguel Esperança Pina has a wealth of arbitration expertise and also sits as an arbitrator. José de Freitas is representing Cruz & Companhia in pursuing compensation claims against the Portuguese government and Paulo de Sá e Cunha is acting for Seaborn in a dispute with its former business partner. Rita Gouveia is also recommended.

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Within Employment, Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira is a second tier firm,

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira provides ‘a very good level of service’. Recent work includes collective dismissals, restructuring and its representation of Banco Popular in contentious matters. Maria da Glória Leitão is ‘organised’ and Diogo Leote Nobre excels at advising clients in the sports industry.

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Within Energy and environment, Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira is a second tier firm,

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira’s ‘excellent’ team was bolstered by the arrival of the ‘experiencedRui Mayer to develop the firm’s practice in the oil, gas and mining sectors; Meyer joined from an in-house position with Galp Energia. The firm advised Enel on the sale of its cogeneration plants in Portugal to the Sonae Group. Team head Diogo Perestrelo and José Diogo Horta Osório are also recommended.

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Within EU and competition, Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira is a second tier firm,

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira provides ‘a very good level of service’. It is acting for Banco Privado Português (BPP) in a state aid case before the General Court of the European Union. António Vitorino, Frederico Pereira Coutinho and senior associate Rita Leandro Vasconcelos are recommended. Of counsel Ricardo Bordalo Junqueiro is an antitrust expert.

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Within Insolvency and restructuring, Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira is a first tier firm,

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira represents insolvent clients and creditors and handles judicial recovery proceedings for clients. Key names in the sizeable team include José de Freitas, Rita Gouveia, Diogo Perestrelo and Mafalda Ferreira Santos.

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Within Intellectual property, Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira is a second tier firm,

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira’s ‘business-oriented team’ acts for Microsoft Portugal in software licensing agreements and is advising Ferrero Ibérica on its advertising and promotional campaigns. Leonor Chastre and senior associate Sónia Queiroz Vaz are recommended.

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Within Oporto: Leading commercial firms, Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira is a second tier firm,

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira advises on litigation, public law, employment, tax and corporate issues and acts for clients including Metro do Porto and Município do Porto. Paulo Castro Rangel, director of the Oporto office, is a healthcare sector expert and advised Centro Hospitalar do Porto on the construction of a new paediatric hospital. Filipe Avides Moreira, who was promoted to the partnership in March 2014, jointly heads the corporate team with José de Freitas.

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Within Projects and project finance, Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira is a first tier firm,

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira handles projects across road, railways, airports, port and logistics, healthcare and energy sectors. Maria João Ricou is advising Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras on the Portuguese government’s decision to cancel a high-speed rail project and Diogo Perestrelo is advising Landesbank Baden-Württemberg on a cross-border financing agreement for photovoltaic plants. Ana Graça Remondes, Margarida Leal Oliveira and Elsa Pizarro Pardal are also recommended.

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Within Public law, Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira is a third tier firm,

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira is advising Centro Hospitalar Vila Nova de Gaia/Espinho on negotiations with the state for public funding and the possibility of obtaining alternative financing and Paulo Castro Rangel acted for Centro Hospitalar do Porto on the construction of a paediatric hospital. Oporto-based Filipe Avides Moreira was promoted to the partnership in April 2014 and José Miguel Sardinha joined the firm from a government position. Duarte Abecasis heads the team.

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Within Real estate and construction, Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira is a second tier firm,

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira provides ‘a high standard of advice’ in ‘timely’ fashion; its expertise includes transactions and other matters in the retail and tourism sectors. Nuno Sá Carvalho, who is a ‘standout’ name for real estate work, provides ongoing due diligence advice to Explorer Group regarding its Portuguese tourist resorts. Carvalho and department head Frederico Pereira Coutinho are assisting longstanding client the Hennes & Mauritz Group with renegotiating its lease agreements and a licensing issue concerning its flagship store.

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Within Tax, Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira is a first tier firm,

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira’s ‘experienced’ team has international expertise and is frequently instructed to advise on tax optimisation, corporate taxation, tax planning for individuals and tax disputes. It is led by the highly regarded Diogo Ortigão Ramos. The team is working in conjunction with a German law firm in a VAT dispute before the German courts and tax authorities. Gonçalo Bastos Lopes and Tânia de Almeida Ferreira are also recommended.

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Within TMT, Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira is a second tier firm,

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira is noted for its expertise in data protection and advertising. Recent mandates include assisting clients with e-privacy laws and drafting software licensing and maintenance agreements. Leonor Chastre heads the practice.

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Within Transport, Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira is a second tier firm,

Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira acted for a private aviation company in obtaining its licence and certification as a civilian carrier. The firm also continues to advise clients on the registration of aircraft with the National Aircraft Registry. Luís Soares de Sousa heads the team and senior associate Telma Carvalho is also recommended.

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