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Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

EDIFICIO RODRIGO URIA, PRAÇA MARQUÊS DE POMBAL, 12, 1250-162 LISBOA, PORTUGAL
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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho advises numerous international clients such as Merrill Lynch International and the Spanish branch of ING Bank. Bain Capital Credit retained the group for the acquisition of a portfolio of performing and non-performing loans from Caixa Geral de Depósitos. In another highlight, the team assisted Bankinter Consumer Finance with the establishment of a branch in Portugal. Pedro Ferreira Malaquias heads the group.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho advised Cimpor on its delisting from the Lisbon Stock Exchange. In another highlight, it assisted Commerzbank with the structuring, issuance and admission to trading on EasyNext Lisbon of several types of structured securities. The group includes a number of well-known figures in the field, notably Carlos Costa Andrade and Jorge de Brito Pereira. Counsel Ana Sá Couto provides ‘professional and high-quality advice’; senior associate Miguel Stokes is another name to watch.

Leading individuals

Jorge de Brito Pereira - Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

Next generation lawyers

Miguel Stokes - Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

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

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

At Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho, ‘response times are very good’. The group advised Sapec on the sale of its agribusiness unit to Bridgepoint. Antonio Villacampa Serrano, Jorge de Brito Pereira and Francisco Brito e Abreu are renowned within the 30-strong group, which saw Francisco da Cunha Ferreira’s promotion to partner in January 2017. Duarte Garin has ‘an excellent legal mind, with a very sharp eye for business decisions’.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

Drawing from its excellent international experience, the seven-partner group at Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho is frequently involved in arbitration. Tito Arantes Fontes and Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho jointly lead the team, which acts for clients such as Banco Santander Totta, Mota-Engil, Cimpor and Galp Energia. David Sequeira Dinis made partner in January 2017 and is recommended along with Daniel Proença de Carvalho and senior associate Adriano Squilacce.

Leading individuals

Daniel Proença de Carvalho - Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

Tito Arantes Fontes - Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

Next generation lawyers

Adriano Squilacce - Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

The team at Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho is ‘competent and available’. Highlights included defending waste management services providers Suma and EGF against judicial appeals by 11 parties against the firms’ merger clearance. Counsel Joaquim Caimoto Duarte ‘communicates effectively with clients’ and managing associate Tânia Luísa Faria has ‘a remarkable ability to process significant amounts of information’.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

The ‘competent, business-oriented and available’ team at Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho advised Bankinter on the transfer of pension liabilities from Barclays to the client in connection with its purchase of Barclays’ retail business. Managing associate José Amorim Magalhães is ‘methodic and organised’; ‘flexible and approachable’ counsel André Pestana Nascimento is ‘very professional’. Filipe Fraústo da Silva left the firm in September 2017.

Next generation lawyers

André Pestana Nascimento - Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

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

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

With ‘excellent industry knowledge’, Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho assisted various clients with acquiring stakes in energy companies. The team advised Marubeni and Toho-Gas on the acquisition of a 22.5% stake in the share capital of Galp Gás Natural Distribuição from Galp Gas & Power. It also assisted Lancashire County Pension Fund with its investment in several wind assets. Bernardo Diniz de Ayala, Antonio Villacampa Serrano and ‘very good’ senior associate Mafalda Ferreira are recommended.

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Fraud and white-collar crime
Fraud and white-collar crime - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho’s group regularly represents clients in money laundering, tax fraud, insider trading and market manipulation cases. Clients include large Portuguese banks and companies, as well as high-level employees. In one example, the team is defending Ricardo Salgado, former CEO of BES, in criminal proceedings related to the bank’s collapse. Daniel Proença de Carvalho, Francisco Proença de Carvalho and Tito Arantes Fontes jointly head the group, which also includes Alexandre Mota Pinto and Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho.

Leading individuals

Daniel Proença de Carvalho - Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

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Insolvency and restructuring
Insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 2

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho’s department regularly co-operates with the firm’s banking, labour and tax teams, and frequently advises funds on the acquisition of debt. Though it has plenty of expertise in advising creditors, the team is increasingly active on the debtor side. Nuno Salazar Casanova is recommended along with David Sequeira Dinis, who made partner in January 2017 and is ‘easy to work with, intelligent and always available’.

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

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

João Anacoreta Correia leads Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho’s Oporto office, which acts on tax, labour, public law and transport matters. It is ‘used to working on international projects and cross-border deals’, and is increasingly advising family-owned groups on wealth management. ‘Well-prepared, strongly committed and business-oriented’ managing associate José Amorim Magalhães represented packaging producer Smurfit Kappa in competition litigation against another company, which had hired the majority of the client’s sales team.

Leading individuals

João Anacoreta Correia - Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

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

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho offers ‘an excellent level of service’ to banks. Other work included assisting urban water system and treatment facility provider AGS – Administração e Gestão de Sistemas de Salubridade on the sale and purchase of minority stakes in concessionaire companies. Bernardo Diniz de Ayala has ‘extensive experience’ and is recommended along with Antonio Villacampa. Pedro Ferreira Malaquias and senior associate Mafalda Ferreira are ‘valuable assets’.

Leading individuals

Bernardo Diniz de Ayala - Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

Next generation lawyers

Mafalda Ferreira - Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

The ‘responsive and commercial’ team at Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho drew on its public law litigation expertise to represent Banco Santander in swap contract litigation against several publicly held companies. On the non-contentious side, it regularly advises Ecodeal on waste treatment sector contracts. The ‘extremely competent and efficientBernardo Diniz de Ayala is recommended along with ‘very helpful’ senior associate Mafalda Ferreira and counsel Sérgio Deus Vieira.

Leading individuals

Bernardo Diniz de Ayala - Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

Next generation lawyers

Mafalda Ferreira - Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho has an eight-strong group that acts for a diverse client portfolio. Drawing on his expertise in advising funds, Duarte Garin acted for Lone Star on numerous projects, such as the sale of a portfolio of ten buildings to Square Asset Management. Other fund clients include Aberdeen Asset Management, Global Asset Capital and Triuva Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft. Counsel João Torroaes Valente advised Pestana Hotels & Resorts on the acquisition of hotels located abroad. Senior associate Rita Xavier de Brito is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Duarte Garin - Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

Next generation lawyers

Rita Xavier de Brito - Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 4

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

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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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

Specialised in transactional support, Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho advised Altice on the tax aspects of its acquisition of Media Capital, including assisting with its integration with the tax group of Portugal Telecom, a subsidiary of Altice. Filipe Romão is an expert in wealth management and leads the 15-strong group, which has ‘vast experience and offers excellent value for money’. Marta Pontes and counsels António Castro Caldas and Cláudia Reis Duarte are also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Cláudia Reis Duarte - Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 3

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

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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