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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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Lisbon, Oporto

Portugal

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

VdA Vieira de Almeida

The ‘outstanding’ team at VdA Vieira de Almeida is ‘dynamic and innovative when handling complex transactions’. After advising Banco de Portugal on the resolution measure applied to Banco Espírito Santo (BES), the group acts for Novo Banco on its sale to Lone Star. Other work included advising lenders, such as Caixa Económica Montepio Geral, and borrowers, such as Mota-Engil, on separate loan agreements. Hugo Moredo Santos, who alongside Paula Gomes Freire is a structured finance expert, was involved in both matters. Pedro Cassiano Santos and Pedro Simões Coelho are ‘excellent at proposing ideas’, while managing associate Tiago Correia Moreira is ‘very knowledgeable, dedicated and trustworthy’. Nuno Castelão joined from Allen & Overy’s London office.

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 is a debt capital markets heavyweight and is ‘always available for client requests’. It advised a syndicate of banks, including Banco Português de Investimento, Caixa Banco de Investimento, Novo Banco and Banco BPI, as arrangers on the Portuguese state’s approximately €4.5bn bond issuances. The group includes the ‘confidentHugo Moredo Santos, Pedro Cassiano Santos, Paula Gomes Freire and José Pedro Fazenda Martins.

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 Almeidaadds value’ across the full range of commercial work. A highlight was advising Nanium on the €400m sale of its entire share capital to Amkor Technology. Paulo Olavo Cunha has ‘a good sense of diplomacy’, Cláudia da Cruz Almeida is ‘proactive and creative’, and ‘excellent negotiatorJorge Bleck has ‘a very good sense of the business world’. Managing partner João Vieira de Almeida, Paulo Trindade Costa and the ‘experiencedHelena Vaz Pinto are also recommended.

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

In 2017, VdA Vieira de Almeida acted for clients including Millennium BCP, Doyen Group and Elos - Ligações de Alta Velocidade. Highly recommended for arbitration, Miguel Pinto Cardoso represented Petrogal in a case concerning compensation claims for the breach of a contractor’s obligations. The ‘technically excellent team’ includes Frederico Gonçalves Pereira, Rui Andrade and the ‘innovativeSofia Ribeiro Branco, who is ‘very good in court’.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

VdA Vieira de Almeida

At VdA Vieira de Almeida, clients can count on ‘a responsive and flexible team’, which includes the ‘very committedNuno Ruiz and ‘experienced’ senior associate Cláudia Coutinho da Costa. Miguel Mendes Pereira, who has ‘great acumen’, and ‘detail-oriented’ managing associate Rita Aleixo Gregório represented TAP in antitrust proceedings concerning alleged infringements to codeshare agreements entered into with Brussels Airlines.

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

The ‘professional, competent and dedicated’ team at VdA Vieira de Almeida assisted Banco CTT with pension fund matters. Managing associate Américo Oliveira Fragoso is ‘a competent and dedicated professional’, who has ‘control even over difficult situations’. Fellow managing associates Benedita Gonçalves and Tiago Piló are also recommended.

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

VdA Vieira de Almeida

VdA Vieira de Almeida is ‘a reliable partner’ with an excellent reputation in the oil and gas sector. In renewables, the department advised TrustWind on the refinancing of a 322MW wind farm portfolio. Rui Amendoeira is ‘always available’ and co-leads the group with Vanda Cascão. João Afonso Fialho, the ‘proactive’ Ana Luís de Sousa and Manuel Protásio 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

VdA Vieira de Almeida’s nine-strong department is headed by the ‘quick-witted’, ‘well-preparedSofia Ribeiro Branco. It was instructed by Sport Lisboa e Benfica on a cybercrime investigation. Other work includes representing Brisa director Vasco de Mello in an insider trading case.

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Insolvency and restructuring
Insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 1

VdA Vieira de Almeida

VdA Vieira de Almeida provides ‘excellent guidance through the restructuring process’. Highlights included advising real estate investment fund manager Fundger on filing Fundo Promovest’s insolvency. Frederico Gonçalves Pereira is recommended along with managing associate Joana Domingues, who is ‘a true expert and up to date with the most recent restructuring updates’.

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 intellectual property group is ‘very aware of changes and trends in the market’. With strong expertise in the pharmaceutical sector, it represented AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, Daiichi Sankyo and Novartis in patent arbitrations. Advising technology sector clients is another mainstay of the practice. António de Magalhães Cardoso, António Andrade and managing associate Patrícia Paias, who has ‘a wealth of experience’, are the names to note.

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 is ‘always able to find useful solutions’. Public law specialist Mário Esteves de Oliveira represented the municipality of Vila Nova de Gaia in liability litigation against cement producer Cimpor, which closed its warehouse in the city following the implementation of a new regulation. The ‘calm, sharp and business-minded’ Isabel Gião de Andrade heads the office, which also includes TMT expert Fernando Resina da Silva.

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Planning law
Planning law - ranked: tier 2

VdA Vieira de Almeida

VdA Vieira de Almeida’s team, which is led by Rodrigo Esteves de Oliveira, covers the full range of services, including zoning, land use and urban planning. It assisted Quinta da Ombria with the company’s environmental resort development project. The team also advised Auchan on the planning aspects of the expansion of a shopping mall.

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

VdA Vieira de Almeida

VdA Vieira de Almeida’s projects and project finance lawyers have ‘strong expertise’ and are ‘very reactive’. The ‘creative, knowledgeable and availablePaulo de Barros Baptista advised AEBT and AELO as concession holders on renegotiating the project and finance documents for the Baixo Tejo and Litoral Oeste concessions. Teresa Empis Falcão provides ‘insightful advice’ and is recommended along with Manuel Protásio and João Afonso Fialho.

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 has strong experience in national and international infrastructure projects. Rodrigo Esteves de Oliveira advised the concessionaires and sponsors of four road concessions on the financial rebalancing of the projects. Paulo Pinheiro and Mário Esteves de Oliveira jointly head the group, which also includes managing associates Ana Marta Castro and André Proença.

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 1

VdA Vieira de Almeida

One of the best law firms in town’, VdA Vieira de Almeida is experienced in handling transactions in the retail, residential and hospitality sectors. In 2017, the 15-strong real estate team, which is led by Pedro Ferreirinha, acted on the sale and acquisition of several office buildings. Clients include AB Group, ProWinko and Westmont Hospitality Group. Managing associates Manuel Gouveia Pereira, Pedro Pereira Coutinho and the ‘hardworking, trustworthy and loyal’ Pedro Corrêa de Oliveira are also recommended. In December 2016, leading lawyer Miguel Marques dos Santos and his team joined from Garrigues Portugal.

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’s impressive client roster includes the Alliance for Affordable Internet, Meo and Microsoft as well as various public entities. The team advised the International Telecommunication Union on creating an intra-regional digital agenda for CPLP countries. Fernando Resina da Silva handles IT and emerging technologies; Magda Cocco acts on privacy, data protection and cybersecurity; and Margarida Couto is the name to note for telecoms matters.

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 tax team has ‘formidable knowledge’ and is ‘available at short notice’. It has an indirect tax team and is increasing its presence in Lusophone Africa. In Portugal, it offers mostly transactional support, such as advising Nanium on its sale to Amkor Technology. Tiago Marreiros Moreira, Joaquim Pedro Lampreia and Samuel Fernandes de Almeida are recommended; Ricardo Seabra Moura is ‘an outstandingly competent’ managing associate.

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

VdA Vieira de Almeida

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.

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