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Raposo Bernardo

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Bucharest, Lisbon, Luanda, Madrid, Maputo, Santiago and 2 more

Nelson Raposo Bernardo

Work +351 21 312 13 30
Raposo Bernardo

Work Department

Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate law and M&A and Project Finance.


Global managing partner of Raposo Bernardo; head of Banking and Finance; head of Capital Markets; co-head of Corporate and M&A, specialized in debt, equity, structured finance and securitisation, M&A, project finance, private equity, restructuring and regulation.


Nelson Raposo Bernardo is the global managing partner of Raposo Bernardo.

Advises national and multinational leading players in operations concerning debt, equity, structured finance and securitisation, M&A, project finance, private equity, restructuring and regulation, with a very impressive experience, including privatisations, and on several types of operations in the area of project finance, having represented promoters and financing banks (national and international).

He regularly advises on transactional work in the sectors of banking, infrastructure, pharmaceutical, tourism, logistics, Oil & Gas and energy - representing both lenders and sponsors in energy production projects (windfarms, hydros and photovoltaics).

Assists companies in setting-up privacy and (data protection), “compliance” policies, programs, practices and solutions for personal data protection and GDPR conformity.

Also strongly experienced and reputed in legislating, being co-author of the present Portuguese Securities Code and has led several legislative reform committees, in several countries, in banking, financial, real estate and construction areas. Has published books and articles on corporate law, banking and contract law, and participated as a speaker in seminars and conferences in Portugal and abroad. Consultant for Capital Markets of the Portuguese Auditors Association (1998-2006).


Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.


Portuguese Bar Association.


Holds a degree in Law from the Law School of the University of Lisbon, a Masters in

Juridical Sciences (Corporate Law) from the same School, where is he is also presently

working on his doctorate in Corporate Law. Assistant Professor of Corporate and

Commercial Law at Law School of the University of Lisbon (1991-2006) and in

Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise Start-Up and Management courses at

INDEG/ISCTE (Audax) (2005-present), one of the best reputed business schools in

Portugal. He is chairman of boards of general meetings of several companies and



Foreign firms

Within: Foreign firms

'Very dynamic’ and 'experienced’ firm Raposo Bernardo has a strong Angola-focused practice, regularly receiving instructions from leading public and private companies and international law firms. From among a range of recent highlights was Ana Cláudia Rangel’s advice to Deutsche Bank on a bank financing agreement for the acquisition of commercial aircraft. In contentious matters, Rangel is ‘stupendous in court and arbitrations’. 'Brilliant lawyerNelson Raposo Bernardo is ‘smart, sharp and reputable’, and Joana Andrade Correia also receives strong praise.

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Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Much valued by clients - ‘it looks like the lawyers live to solve our problems’ -, Raposo Bernardo assists financial institutions such as Caixa Bank, BNP Paribas and Barclays with a wide variety of work. Nelson Raposo Bernardo is ‘a skilled negotiator and smart in finding solutions’.

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Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

Raposo Bernardo assists clients such as Banco Santander and Investec Bank with the full range of capital markets matters. The ‘sharpNelson Raposo Bernardo heads the practice.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Raposo Bernardo covers a broad range of work and is noted for its ‘great sense of customer service’ and its ‘focus on finding solutions’. It assisted Kodak Lens with franchise agreements and regularly acts for key client Iberostar Hotels & Resorts. The ‘perceptive, smart and fastNelson Raposo Bernardo ‘unlocks all the more complicated legal problems’; Joana Andrade Correia is ‘quick and efficient’.

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Energy and natural resources

Within: Energy and natural resources

Raposo Bernardo is noted for its ‘positive attitude towards solving problems’. Focused on renewables, it advised IBC Solar on photovoltaic projects, and Globulus Energy on biomass projects. EDP Renováveis also counts among the team's clients. The ‘well-preparedNelson Raposo Bernardo is valued as 'a very respectable negotiator'; Joana Andrade Correia is ‘rigorous’ and ‘speaks our language’.

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Projects and project finance

Within: Projects and project finance

Clients value Raposo Bernardo’s ‘proximity and commitment to each project’. It advises lenders and borrowers, and in a highlight acted for BNP Paribas in the financing of a maritime terminal. Nelson Raposo Bernardo is ‘a natural in this area’ and Joana Andrade Correia is ‘strategically brilliant’.

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