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Garrigues Portugal

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

Portugal

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Garrigues Portugal

The ‘very hardworking team’ at Garrigues Portugal acts for an impressive roster of clients such as The Bank of New York Mellon, Banco de Sabadell and Banco Santander. It assisted Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan and Mediobanca as deal managers in a liability management matter regarding €8.3bn notes issued by Novo Banco and Novo Banco Finance. Practice head Diogo Leónidas Rocha is a ‘great lawyer and partner in every negotiation’.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Garrigues Portugal

At Garrigues Portugal, Diogo Leónidas Rocha and Marta Graça Rodrigues handle all aspects of capital markets work, including regulatory and corporate governance matters. It advised JP Morgan Securities and Morgan Stanley as deal managers on a tender and exchange offer regarding €3.5bn notes issued by Novo Banco. Associate Carolina Barrueca is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Diogo Leónidas Rocha - Garrigues Portugal

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

Garrigues Portugal

Garrigues Portugal was busy with a variety of M&A transactions, with a particular focus on the real estate sector; it assisted Merlin Properties with the acquisition of the Almada Forum shopping centre from Blackstone, a matter led by Mário Lino Dias. He heads the practice jointly with Diogo Leónidas Rocha, Marta Graça Rodrigues and Susana Pimenta de Sousa. Tomás Pessanha and principal associate Manuel Liberal Jerónimo were new arrivals from PLMJ.

Leading individuals

Mário Lino Dias - Garrigues Portugal

Next generation lawyers

Manuel Liberal Jerónimo - Garrigues Portugal

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Garrigues Portugal

Garrigues Portugal's ‘highly skilled' team is 'able to provide an excellent service even at short notice’. It represents Haitong Bank in several suits brought against it by commercial paper and credit link note investors. João Duarte de Sousa heads the practice; counsel Miguel Azevedo is singled out.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Garrigues Portugal

Garrigues Portugal's team is led by of counsel Luís Pinto Monteiro, who is a ‘fast thinker’ and displays ‘great emotional intelligence’; he joined from PLMJ in May 2018, following the retirement of João Paulo Teixeira de Matos. The team is representing BBVA before the PCA regarding an alleged cartel in the banking sector, and it assisted Banco Santander Totta with the merger control implications of its acquisition of Wizink Bank’s payment cards business.

Next generation lawyers

Luís Pinto Monteiro - Garrigues Portugal

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Garrigues Portugal

Garrigues Portugal is well-versed in collective procedures, although it handles the whole spectrum of employment matters. Clients include Spie Batignolles and Gomà-Camps. Rui Valente heads the practice; senior associate João Soares Almeida is another name to note.

Next generation lawyers

João Soares Almeida - Garrigues Portugal

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 3

Garrigues Portugal

With Lino Torgal, Garrigues Portugal’s energy work is focused on public law and related disputes. Clients include Galp and Iberdrola.

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Insolvency and restructuring
Insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 5

Garrigues Portugal

Garrigues Portugal advised Caesar Park Hotel Portugal (CPHP) and Magic Real Estate on the refinancing of the group’s indebtedness; CPHP owns the Penha Longa Resort, which is operated by the Marriott Group. Diogo Leónidas Rocha led the matter; João Duarte de Sousa is the other name to note.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Garrigues Portugal

Very proactive, client-oriented and trustworthy’, Garrigues Portugal fields a team that is highly regarded, particularly for its trade mark work. It represented Spirits International in a dispute before the Hague District Court concerning the Stolichnaya, Moskovskaya and SPI trade marks in 13 jurisdictions, including Portugal. Other clients include Amazon, Bimba y Lola, and Ogilvy. Respected managing partner João Miranda de Sousa heads the practice; senior associate Francisca Ferreira Pinto is ‘very responsive’.

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

Garrigues

Rui Valente leads the team at Garrigues, which handled several employment matters, including a collective dismissal and plant closure case for Gomà-Camps. It also carried out M&A, restructuring, corporate, disputes, and tax work. Other clients include Alain Afflelou and Águas do Porto. Tomás Pessanha and principal associate Manuel Liberal Jerónimo were new arrivals from PLMJ.

Leading individuals

Tomás Pessanha - Garrigues

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

Garrigues Portugal

Lino Torgal heads the five-strong team at Garrigues Portugal, which has a prominent energy-sector focus, acting for clients such as Galp, Petróleos de Portugal and Iberdrola. Other clients include the Portuguese Environment Ministry and EGF - Empresa Geral de Fomento. Active in disputes, it represented Portugal Telecom in a case concerning the construction contract of its data centre in Covilhã and the default of a subcontracting contract.

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 ‘winning team’ acts for an impressive roster of clients and is retained for sophisticated work, including acquisitions and sales of shopping centres and other prime properties, sales of large portfolios, and refinancing. Clients include Merlin Properties, Novo Banco, Sonae Sierra and BMO Real Estate Partners. Jorge Salvador Gonçalves is a ‘solid professional with huge market knowledge and experience’; principal associate Miguel Menezes da Silva is ‘absolutely committed to the client and the transaction’.

Leading individuals

Jorge Salvador Gonçalves - Garrigues Portugal

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Garrigues Portugal

Garrigues Portugal's team is noted for its ‘deep analysis and longstanding experience’. Pedro Miguel Braz focuses on contentious work and is representing several banks in the contestation against the 2011 extraordinary bank levy. ‘Internationally-minded’ Tiago Cassiano Neves, who handles transactional and international taxation, ‘really closes an issue for good’. He and practice head Fernando Castro Silva assisted Banco Santander with the acquisition and restructuring of Banco Popular.

Leading individuals

Fernando Castro Silva - Garrigues Portugal

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Portugal

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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

Legal Developments in Portugal

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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.