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SRS Advogados

RUA DOM FRANCISCO MANUEL DE MELO 21, 1070-085 LISBON, PORTUGAL
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www.srslegal.pt
Lisbon, Madeira

Portugal

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

SRS Advogados

SRS Advogados has a ‘client-oriented approach’ and stands out for its securitisation expertise. Alexandra Valente, who is ‘excellent at dealing with difficult counterparties’, led advice to a bank syndicate comprising Santander Totta, Caixa Geral de Depósitos and CaixaBI during the financing of a new cruise terminal in Lisbon. Practice head William Smithson was the lead adviser on a supplier finance transaction for Hewlett-Packard, as the company was then known. Gustavo Ordonhas Oliveira is also noted.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

SRS Advogados

SRS Advogados advised Deutsche Bank and J.P. Morgan, as joint bookrunners, on the dual-track process for the sale of Novo Banco, which included an IPO and trade sale. It also assisted new client Novo Banco with derivatives matters and, separately, a €800m exchange and tender offer. The team provides ‘swift responses’, and includes key names William Smithson, Alexandra Valente and Gustavo Ordonhas Oliveira.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

SRS Advogados

SRS Advogados provides ‘thorough analyses’ while also ‘calibrating the level of detail required’. Recent work includes advising Eni on the sale of 4% of Galp Energia’s share capital. Octávio Castelo Paulo leads the team, which includes Nuno Miguel Prata, venture capital expert Paulo Bandeira and Gustavo Ordonhas Oliveira, who has ‘excellent technical knowledge’ and private equity expertise.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

SRS Advogados

SRS Advogados represented telecoms company NOS Comunicações in an indemnification claim against PT Telecom due to the non-fulfilment of its obligation to transfer telephone numbers. The ‘pragmatic and shrewdJosé Carlos Soares Machado leads the group, which also includes Maria José de Tavares and ‘business-savvy’ real estate litigation specialist Regina Santos Pereira.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

SRS Advogados

The ‘technically excellentGonçalo Anastácio heads the team at SRS Advogados, where ‘excellent internal coordination ensures a smooth client relationship’. The practice mainly handles merger control matters, and obtained merger clearance for Arris Group’s acquisition of UK-based company Pace. Cartel and unfair competition matters are another major source of work. TMT expert Luís Neto Galvão and managing associate Ana Rita Andrade are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Gonçalo Anastácio - SRS Advogados

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

SRS Advogados

SRS Advogados stands out for its cross-border experience and regularly handles employment-related litigation. César Sá Esteves, the ‘business-oriented’ Mariana Caldeira Sarávia and ‘pragmatic’ managing associate Maria de Lancastre Valente were part of a team advising Sacyr on the collective redundancy of 300 employees.

Leading individuals

César Sá Esteves - SRS Advogados

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

SRS Advogados

SRS Advogados provides ‘practical and pragmatic’ advice. It represented oil company association Apetro and liquefied petroleum gas companies in judicial actions against a new regulation concerning receiving, returning and exchanging liquefied petroleum gas bottles. Practice head Gonçalo Anastácio is ‘very insightful’ and ‘well prepared’. Ivone Rocha left for Telles de Abreu | Advogados.

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Fraud and white-collar crime
Fraud and white-collar crime - ranked: tier 3

SRS Advogados

SRS Advogados’ team is headed by João Maricoto Monteiro and specialises in audits and compliance concerning tax avoidance. The group recently defended two companies and seven individuals in a tax fraud, money laundering and embezzlement case.

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Insolvency and restructuring
Insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

SRS Advogados

At SRS Advogados, José Carlos Soares Machado handles contentious insolvency and restructuring proceedings, and Alexandra Valente is recommended for all banking and finance matters. The group advised private equity firm ECS Capital on the acquisition and restructuring of the entire share capital of four agribusiness companies from BES, which is in liquidation.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

SRS Advogados

SRS Advogados advises clients such as cement manufacturer Secil on the worldwide management of IP rights. The ‘hardworking and pragmaticOctávio Castelo Paulo is a TMT expert, of counsel Gonçalo Moreira Rato is ‘very business-minded’ and managing associate Raquel Cuba Martins is also noted. João Machado de Barros joined from his own firm as of counsel in 2016.

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Projects and project finance
Projects and project finance - ranked: tier 2

SRS Advogados

SRS Advogados’ ‘knowledge and experience saves money’ for clients. The team advised the Lisbon Port Authority on a tender relating to the concession for a new deep-sea container terminal. The ‘confident and knowledgeableJosé Luís Moreira da Silva, Alexandra Maia de Loureiro and Alexandre Roque are the names to note.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 3

SRS Advogados

Excellent negotiator and skilled lawyerJosé Luís Moreira da Silva heads SRS Advogados’ public law practice. The team is representing several waste management companies in judicial proceedings opposing EGF’s privatisation. Alexandre Roque and senior associate Manuel Têves Vieira are recommended.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 4

SRS Advogados

The real estate and construction group at SRS Advogados stands out for its international expertise and ‘outstanding response times’. It recently handled the acquisition of office and industrial buildings, and assisted with negotiating construction agreements. Managing associate Francisco Pereira Miguel is recommended.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

SRS Advogados

SRS Advogados acts for several incubators, providing regulatory advice to technology start-ups. In other work, the group assisted Nos Comunicações with challenging regulatory charges applied by Anacom. Luís Neto Galvão is increasingly focusing on IT and data protection; he advised Credibom on implementing a client interface including e-contracts and e-signatures. The ‘very practicalOctávio Castelo Paulo is noted for his telecoms expertise.

Leading individuals

Octávio Castelo Paulo - SRS Advogados

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

SRS Advogados

SRS Advogados’ team advised Somague Concessões on the tax aspects of the sale of stakes in public concessions for the construction of five hospitals to Aberdeen Asset Management. Practice head João Maricoto Monteiro, counsel Paula Rosado Pereira and managing associate José Pedroso de Melo are recommended.

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

SRS Advogados

SRS Advogados’ expertise spans rail, road, sea and air transport. The group advised Grupo Sousa on a change of flag from Malta to Madeira, and represented PTM Ibérica in a dispute brought by Grupo ETE regarding the validity of the client’s cargo operations license. Practice head José Luís Moreira da Silva and Maria José Santana are recommended.

Leading individuals

Maria José Santana - SRS Advogados

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