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Garrigues Portugal

AV DA REPÚBLICA, 25, 1°, 1050-186 LISBON, PORTUGAL
Tel:
Work +351 21 382 1200
Fax:
Fax +351 21 382 1290
Web:
http://www.garrigues.com

Portugal

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Garrigues Portugal

Led by Diogo Leonidas Rocha, Garrigues Portugal’s practice impresses clients with ‘deep industry knowledge, decent response times and fair value for money’. It acted for BBVA Portugal on regulatory matters concerning its reorganisation, and, in a separate matter, advised Castlelake on the acquisition of a €20m non-performing loan portfolio from Banco Santander Totta. Senior associate Vasco Rodrigues is ‘very good’.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Garrigues Portugal

At Garrigues Portugal, Diogo Leónidas Rocha and Marta Graça Rodrigues handle a broad range of capital markets matters. The duo advised Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan and Mediobanca on the tender offer and consent solicitation concerning €8.3bn-worth of notes issued by Novo Banco and Novo Banco Finance for the acquisition of notes held by retail and institutional investors. The group also acted on corporate governance matters for clients such as Haitong Bank and IT company Novabase. Senior associate Vasco Rodrigues joined from CMS in August 2016.

Leading individuals

Diogo Leónidas Rocha - Garrigues Portugal

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

Garrigues Portugal

Led by the ‘knowledgeable’ Diogo Leónidas Rocha, Garrigues Portugal’s four-partner group provides ‘excellent work at a reasonable cost’. Mário Lino Dias was part of the team advising Magnum Capital Partners on the sale of Generis Farmacêutica. Marta Graça Rodrigues is ‘creative and available’, and Susana Pimenta de Sousa ‘understands her clients’ needs and concerns’.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Garrigues Portugal

João Duarte de Sousa leads Garrigues Portugal’s dispute resolution group, which includes counsel Miguel Azevedo and two senior associates. A 2017 highlight was defending Pharol in litigation filed by a group of its shareholders concerning the shareholder meeting’s resolution that approved amendments to the combination of PTSGPS with Oi.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Garrigues Portugal

With ‘a good understanding of the process and good relations with the regulators’, Garrigues Portugal stands out for its expertise in merger control. João Paulo Teixeira de Matos and Ana Ferreira Neves ‘provide helpful guidance on how to frame filings and respond to follow-up questions’. In other work, the team is representing BBVA in a case concerning an alleged banking sector cartel.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Garrigues Portugal

Very assertive and technically well prepared’, Garrigues Portugal’s practice has ‘very high quality standards’. Highlights included advising Alstom on the collective dismissal of employees following its acquisition by GE. Rui Valente heads the group, in which the ‘pragmatic, solution-oriented’ Rita Nogueira Neto made counsel in January 2017. Oporto-based João Soares Almeida provides ‘very clear’ advice.

Next generation lawyers

João Soares Almeida - Garrigues Portugal

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

Garrigues Portugal

Garrigues Portugal transformed its team in July 2017, when Lino Torgal and two senior associates joined from Lino Torgal & Associados – Sociedade de Advogados, R.L., and João Rosado Correia left for Miranda & Associados. The new team is advising Iberwind on the operation of wind farm plants and regularly assists REN with power purchase agreements, transactions and regulatory matters.

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Insolvency and restructuring
Insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 5

Garrigues Portugal

Garrigues Portugal assisted Castlelake with acquiring a secured and unsecured distressed assets portfolio from Banco Santander Totta and advised an international company on restructuring its Portuguese subsidiary. Diogo Leónidas Rocha and João Duarte de Sousa are the names to note.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Garrigues Portugal

Garrigues Portugal’s ‘trustworthy, proactive’ team assisted Vorwerk with filing a preliminary injuction to stop the sale of a kitchen appliance that infringed the client’s Thermomix patents. Other highlights include advising Decathlon on claiming damages caused by the illegal reproduction and distribution of a piece of its sports equipment. ‘Proactive, empathetic’ managing partner João Miranda de Sousa ‘permanently adapts strategies to a client’s needs and objectives’. Senior associates Isabel Bairrão and Francisca Ferreira Pinto, who is ‘very swift in providing answers’, are also recommended.

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Oporto: Leading commercial firms
Oporto: Leading commercial firms - ranked: tier 3

Garrigues Portugal

The ‘very assertive, technically well-prepared’ Oporto office of Garrigues Portugal advised Águas do Porto on negotiating its first collective bargaining agreement with the company’s employee committee and several trade unions. The group also covers corporate, restructuring, tax and the full range of contentious work. Rui Valente is the key contact. ‘Responsive, knowledgeable, analytical’ corporate expert Miguel Koch Rua and tax specialist Joana Tavares de Oliveira are recommended senior associates.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

Garrigues Portugal

Garrigues Portugal expanded its public law team in 2017: Lino Torgal and two senior associates joined from the now-defunct Lino Torgal & Associados – Sociedade de Advogados, R.L. Senior associate Paulo Mendonça Duarte was part of the team advising the municipality of Lisbon on preparing the drainage network execution tender procedure. João Rosado Correia joined Miranda & Associados.

Leading individuals

Lino Torgal - Garrigues Portugal

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Garrigues Portugal

Garrigues Portugal’s impressive client roster includes investment funds such as Deutsche Asset Management and Norfin as well as real estate companies. The team advised Merlin Properties on the €29m acquisition of a fully let office building in Lisbon’s Parque das Nações, as well as assisting the client with the €60m acquisition of the former Novo Banco building. Jorge Salvador Gonçalves is very highly regarded. Miguel Marques dos Santos and his team joined VdA Vieira de Almeida in December 2016.

Leading individuals

Jorge Salvador Gonçalves - Garrigues Portugal

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Garrigues Portugal

Garrigues Portugal is particularly active in tax litigation, an area led by Pedro Miguel Braz. Fernando Castro Silva oversees the entire tax team, while newly made-up partner Tiago Cassiano Neves manages the international tax practice. The group handled the tax matters concerning Auchan’s reorganisation; Eurazeo Patrimoine’s acquisition of 85 hotels from AccorHotels; and an investment fund’s acquisition of an office building.

Leading individuals

Fernando Castro Silva - Garrigues Portugal

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Morocco

Offices in Casablanca and Tangier

Mexico

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Peru

Offices in Lima

Poland

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Portugal

Offices in Lisbon and Oporto

Legal Developments by:
Garrigues

  • CHANGES IN THE REGIME GOVERNING RESTRICTIONS ON VOTING RIGHTS AT SPANISH LISTED COMPANIES

    On June 17, 2010, following a rough and eventful passage through Parliament, the Lower House of the Spanish Parliament finally approved a transcendental amendment to the Spanish Corporations Law (to article 105.2) affecting only listed corporations: a prohibition on voting ceilings for a same shareholder (or companies in the same group), regardless of the number of shares they own. 
    - Garrigues

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  • MOZAMBIQUE | VAT CODE AMENDED

    Law no. 13/2016, of 30 December 2016, which amended and republished the Mozambican VAT Code, was recently rectified by a Notice, dated June 8th.
  • ARTICLE 29 WORKING PARTY GUIDELINES ON THE EU GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION

    In order to clarify some of the new obligations stemming from the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), which will apply as of 25th May 2018, the Article 29 Working Party (“WP29”) – the independent European consulting body for data protection issues – recently issued its “Guidance on Data Protection Impact Assessment (“DPIA”)”. This document will be available for public consultation until 23rd May, 2017.
  • CNPD APPROVES 10 MEASURES TO PREPARE FOR THE GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION

    On 28th January, 2017, the Portuguese Data Protection Authority (Comissão Nacional de Proteção de Dados/CNPD) published a document establishing 10 measures for entities to prepare for the application of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).
  • ANGOLA | NEW REGULATION ON THE LICENSING OF ESTABLISHMENTS AND OF COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY

    Presidential Decree no. 193/17, which approves the Regulation on the Licensing of Establishments and of Commercial Activity and Market Services (“Regulation”), was published on 22 August. The Regulation, which will enter into force on 21 October (60 days after its publication), establishes the conditions and procedures governing the licensing of commercial activities and market services, as well as the licensing of the respective establishments, revoking Presidential Decree no. 288/10, of 30 November (Regulation on the Licensing of Commercial Activity and the Provision of Market Services), as well as all prior regulations on the matter contrary to the provisions of the new Regulation.
  • MOZAMBIQUE | PETROLEUM PRODUCTS SUPPLY

    Ministerial Statute 50/2017, of 11 July 2017, sets forth the measures approved by the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy to streamline petroleum products’ import into and supply to the country and ensure fuel supply safety, regularity and quality. The newly approved measures obviously have a direct impact on distributors, but also affect suppliers, IMOPETRO, commercial banks operating in-country and the Banco de Moçambique (“BdM”).
  • Mozambique VAT Code Amended

    Law no. 13/2016, of 30 December 2016, which amended and republished the Mozambican VAT Code, was recently rectified by a Notice, dated June 8th.
  • COMPANIES CODE AMENDED

    Decree-Law 79/2017, of 30 June 2017, was published last Friday and amends both the Insolvency and Corporate Recovery Code and the Companies Code, in order to implement the goals of the “Programa Capitalizar” approved by Council of Ministers Resolution 42/2016, of 18 August 2016
  • ANGOLA | SIGNIFICANT AMENDMENTS TO REGULATIONS ON THE PERFORMANCE OF A PROFESSIONAL

    Please be aware that a new Presidential Decree has been published on 24th of April (Presidential Decree 79/17 of 24 April) which, among others, introduces the following significant amendments to former Presidential decree 43/17 of 6 March (regulations on the performance of a professional activity by nonresident foreign employees ):
  • PROHIBITION ON ISSUE OF BEARER SHARES

    Bearer securities have been prohibited under Law 15/2017, of May 3, 2017, published today. The Companies Code and the Securities Code have been amended in order to implement this measure.
  • ANGOLA | NEW REGULATIONS ON THE PERFORMANCE OF A PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY BY NON-RESIDENT

    Presidential Decree 43/17, of 6 March 2017 (“DP 43/17”) just enacted new regulations on the performance of a professional activity by non-resident foreign workers, repealing former Decrees 5/95, of 7 April 1995 and 6/01, of 19 January 2001.