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VdA Vieira de Almeida

AV DUARTE PACHECO 26, 1070-110 LISBOA, PORTUGAL
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Work +351 21 311 34 00
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Fax +351 21 311 34 06
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www.vda.pt
Lisbon, Oporto

Portugal

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

VdA Vieira de Almeida

Portuguese powerhouse VdA Vieira de Almeida acts for an impressive roster of banks including Santander Totta, Barclays and Société Générale. Practice head Pedro Cassiano Santos led advice to Banco de Portugal on the resolution measure applied to Banco Espírito Santo (BES) and assisted the Ministry of Finance with the resolution of Banif. Paulo Olavo Cunha, Pedro Simões Coelho, Paula Gomes Freire and managing associate Tiago Correia Moreira are also key figures.

Leading individuals

Pedro Cassiano Santos - VdA Vieira de Almeida

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

VdA Vieira de Almeida

VdA Vieira de Almeida’s ‘dedicated’ team has substantial experience handling debt capital markets work and bond issue transactions. The group advised a bank syndicate on electricity and gas operator EDP’s issuance of €750m subordinated notes. Hugo Moredo Santos is ‘reliable and devoted’, and Pedro Cassiano Santos, Paula Gomes Freire and of counsel José Pedro Fazenda Martins are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Pedro Cassiano Santos - VdA Vieira de Almeida

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

VdA Vieira de Almeida

VdA Vieira de Almeida stands out for its excellent private equity credentials; Apollo Global Management and Advent are clients. The team advised Cheung Kong and Power Assets on the acquisition of Iberwind from seven vendors, and assisted Ageas with purchasing AXA’s Portuguese operations. Jorge Bleck, Paulo Trindade Costa and managing partner João Vieira de Almeida provide ‘to-the-point’ advice; Cláudia da Cruz Almeida has a ‘clear opinion on potential risks’; and Helena Vaz Pinto is ‘very dedicated’.

Leading individuals

João Vieira de Almeida - VdA Vieira de Almeida

Jorge Bleck - VdA Vieira de Almeida

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

VdA Vieira de Almeida

The ‘technically excellent’ team at VdA Vieira de Almeida recently defended Portugal Telecom in litigation brought by competitors concerning the alleged abuse of dominant position in the broadband market, and represented consortium Elos in an ad-hoc arbitration against the Portuguese state following the withdrawal of the first high-speed railway system concession. Arbitrator Miguel Pinto Cardoso and ‘true leader’ Frederico Gonçalves Pereira jointly head the practice. Sofia Ribeiro Branco and Rui Andrade are also recommended.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

VdA Vieira de Almeida

VdA Vieira de Almeida’s team provides ‘great customer support’. The ‘very committed’ Nuno Ruiz and senior associate Cláudia Coutinho da Costa assisted Dia Portugal with a resale price maintenance investigation by the Portuguese competition authority. Miguel Mendes Pereira and managing associate Rita Aleixo Gregório handled merger control filings for Yildirim Group’s acquisitions of Mota-Engil Logística and Tertir.

Leading individuals

Miguel Mendes Pereira - VdA Vieira de Almeida

Nuno Ruiz - VdA Vieira de Almeida

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

VdA Vieira de Almeida

VdA Vieira de Almeida advised Ferrostaal on the closure of a business in Portugal, which included the collective dismissal of 37 employees. Managing associate Tiago Piló and newly promoted managing associate Benedita Gonçalves are ‘credible and instil confidence’.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 1

VdA Vieira de Almeida

Rui Amendoeira and Vanda Cascão’s team at VdA Vieira de Almeida has ‘profound experience’ in the oil and gas sector. Highlights included advising electricity and natural gas grid holder Ren on obtaining a €80m European Investment Bank (EIB) financing to upgrade the transmission network. João Afonso Fialho, ‘proactive’ managing associate Ana Luís de Sousa and Manuel Protásio, who ‘focuses on the client’s perspective’, are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Vanda Cascão - VdA Vieira de Almeida

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

VdA Vieira de Almeida

The ‘well-prepared and professional’ Sofia Ribeiro Branco heads VdA Vieira de Almeida’s fraud and white-collar crime department, which has seen an increase in cross-border fraud cases. Recent work includes defending allegations of corruption, insider trading and market manipulation, and handling competition-related cases.

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Insolvency and restructuring
Insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 1

VdA Vieira de Almeida

VdA Vieira de Almeida’s team provides ‘excellent guidance through the restructuring process’. The group is experienced in handling distressed M&A transactions, and advised Apollo on acquiring insurance company Tranquilidade from Novo Banco through the enforcement of a financial pledge pertaining to Grupo Espírito Santo’s insolvency. Frederico Gonçalves Pereira and managing associate Joana Domingues are recommended.

Leading individuals

Frederico Gonçalves Pereira - VdA Vieira de Almeida

Next generation lawyers

Joana Domingues - VdA Vieira de Almeida

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

VdA Vieira de Almeida

VdA Vieira de Almeida’s ‘creative’ team is highly regarded for patent expertise in the pharmaceutical sector. Clients include AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, Shionogi and Novartis; the firm successfully represented the latter in mandatory arbitration concerning the withdrawal of infringing products from the market. António de Magalhães Cardoso and managing associates António Andrade, Margarida Sameiro and Patrícia Paias are recommended.

Leading individuals

António Andrade - VdA Vieira de Almeida

António de Magalhães Cardoso - VdA Vieira de Almeida

Next generation lawyers

Patrícia Paias - VdA Vieira de Almeida

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

VdA Vieira de Almeida

VdA Vieira de Almeida’s ‘multi-disciplinary team is always able to find useful solutions’. It advised The Sakthi Group on the construction of two industrial units pertaining to its foundry and aluminium businesses. ‘Calm, sharp and business-minded’ office head Isabel Gião de Andrade is recommended alongside TMT expert Fernando Resina da Silva and public law specialist Mário Esteves de Oliveira.

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Planning law
Planning law - ranked: tier 2

VdA Vieira de Almeida

VdA Vieira de Almeida’s Rodrigo Esteves de Oliveira advised Fundbox on urban planning, zoning and land use regulations concerning the Quinta da Ombria environmental resort development project. He also assisted real estate firm Imoban with planning matters pertaining to residential and tourism resort developments.

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

VdA Vieira de Almeida

VdA Vieira de Almeida is adept at handling infrastructure, particularly road, projects. It assisted the EIB with the renegotiation of the Beira Interior and Baixo Alentejo road subconcessions. Teresa Empis Falcão’s ‘profound knowledge of financial schemes’ enables her ‘to implement projects worldwide’. The ‘innovative’ Paulo de Barros Baptista, Manuel Protásio and João Afonso Fialho are also recommended along with Vanda Cascão, the well-regarded head of the energy and natural resources team.

Leading individuals

Manuel Protásio - VdA Vieira de Almeida

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

VdA Vieira de Almeida

VdA Vieira de Almeida’s headline matters saw the team advise the Portuguese government and Parpública on the privatisation of TAP, and defend the parties in litigation challenging the conclusion of the privatisation process. ‘Practical adviser’ Paulo Pinheiro and Mário Esteves de Oliveira are the practice co-heads. Managing associates Ana Marta Castro and André Proença are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Mário Esteves de Oliveira - VdA Vieira de Almeida

Paulo Pinheiro - VdA Vieira de Almeida

Next generation lawyers

André Proença - VdA Vieira de Almeida

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

VdA Vieira de Almeida

VdA Vieira de Almeida’s ‘impressive’ real estate group advised Fundação Oriente on the sale of its Lisbon headquarters to Pavilions Hotels. Practice head Pedro Ferreirinha and managing associate Manuel Gouveia Pereira are the key names. Miguel Marques dos Santos and managing associate Pedro Pereira Coutinho joined from Garrigues Portugal. Leonor Brito left the firm.

Leading individuals

Miguel Marques dos Santos - VdA Vieira de Almeida

Pedro Ferreirinha - VdA Vieira de Almeida

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

VdA Vieira de Almeida

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.

Leading individuals

Fernando Resina da Silva - VdA Vieira de Almeida

Magda Cocco - VdA Vieira de Almeida

Margarida Couto - VdA Vieira de Almeida

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

VdA Vieira de Almeida

VdA Vieira de Almeida’s Joaquim Pedro Lampreia scored a significant victory for Brisal and KBC Finance in claims against the Portuguese Republic before the European Court of Justice concerning a member state’s preclusion from imposing withholding tax on interest paid to EU-resident financial institutions. Practice head Tiago Marreiros Moreira and managing associate Conceição Gamito are also noted.

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

VdA Vieira de Almeida

VdA Vieira de Almeida handles mandates across the full spectrum of maritime and transport law. Aviation finance expert Pedro Simões Coelho advised Omni Helicopters International on the purchase, sale and leaseback of helicopters. Paulo de Barros Baptista ‘finds innovative solutions to fulfil a client’s needs’ and Rodrigo Esteves de Oliveira is also recommended.

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    Decree-law no. 72/2008, of 16 April - the new insurance contract legal framework (" DL 72/2008 ") - which entered into force on 1 January 2009, is a step forward in the Portuguese insurance sector regulation, not only because it covers regulation that was currently lacking in insurance legislation, but also because it sets forth new legislative solutions, in either case always reflecting the concern of granting an increased protection to consumers, the policyholders.
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