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SRS Advogados

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Lisbon, Madeira

Dr William Smithson

Work +351 21 313 20 00
SRS Advogados

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Financial Markets and Corporate Finance.


Partner - corporate finance, banking and capital markets. William advises on debt and equity capital markets transactions and has established an active structured securities practice. He has built up an extensive securitisation practice having worked on more than 80 ABS, RMBS, CMBS and trade receivables transactions by Portuguese originators. He also advises investment banks and companies on public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other related work.


Joined Simmons & Simmons London as trainee in 1987 and became an English solicitor in 1989. In 1992 moved to the Simmons & Simmons Lisbon office, becoming a Simmons & Simmons Partner in 2001. Managing Partner of Simmons & Simmons, Lisbon, from 2004-2008. He is now a partner of SRS Advogados and head of the Financial Markets Group.


English, Portuguese.


English and Portuguese Bar Associations. City of London Solicitors Company.


Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

With an enviable list of international banking clients, SRS Advogados continues to attract sophisticated operational and regulatory issues related to online banking and money laundering. Alexandra Valente acted for key client Banco do Brasil in numerous transactions, and William Smithson handled cryptocurrency and regulatory work, as well as financing and transactions.

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Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

SRS Advogados' lawyers are ‘innovative problem solvers, who are able to grasp the fundamentals of even complex issues’. Focused on securitisation work, the team assisted Citicorp Trustee Company with the €175m securitisation of NPLs originated by Caixa Económica Montepio Geral. Practice co-head Alexandra Valente ‘goes far beyond the expected in terms of availability, eagerness to get the job done and client relationship management’. The other practice co-heads are Pedro Rebelo de Sousa, William Smithson and Gustavo Ordonhas Oliveira.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Flexible and absolutely dedicated’, SRS Advogados has particular energy-sector expertise; it assisted IKEA with the acquisition of a wind farm. Private equity is another strength, and it assisted Cabot Square Capital with the sale of 321 Crédito to Banco CTT. Octávio Castelo PauloWilliam Smithson and Pedro Rebelo de Sousa jointly lead the team.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

Managing associate Neuza Pereira de Campos heads the team at SRS Advogados, supported by William Smithson. The practice advised on sales, acquisitions and leasing of several property types, as well as handling contentious matters for clients. Francisco Pereira Miguel left the firm to pursue other projects in the real estate sector.

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