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Linklaters

AV. FONTES PEREIRA DE MELO 14, 15TH FLOOR, 1050-121 LISBOA, PORTUGAL
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Portugal

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters

Financial powerhouseLinklaters possesses ‘best-in-class advising capabilities' and is 'always adaptable to the business case’. The team, led by the ‘excellent’ Francisco Ferraz de Carvalho, works closely with the firm’s other offices, for example when advising China Development Bank on the proposed term loan facility to REN to refinance debt resulting from the acquisition of 42.5% of Electrogás. The team handled financing work in the energy and tourism sectors, as well as international project finance, NPLs, structured finance and restructuring work. ‘Talented’ of counsel Gonçalo Veiga de Macedo displays ‘incredible commitment’ and a ‘successful mix of soft and hard skills’.

Next generation lawyers

Gonçalo Veiga de Macedo - Linklaters

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters

Analytical depth’ and its ‘direct approach that greatly benefits discussions’ sets Linklaters' team apart. It is assisting China Three Gorges in its takeover bids for EDP and EDP Renováveis and regularly handles matters jointly with the firm's international offices. ‘Outstanding’ and ‘bullet-proof’ practice head António Soares ‘has capital markets in his DNA’. Managing associates Vera Ferreira de Lima and Mariana Serra Baptista are also recommended.

Leading individuals

António Soares - Linklaters

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

Linklaters

Linklaters attracted a number of high-value matters, among them advising Unilever on the Portuguese aspects of the €6.82bn sale of its global spreads business. Practice head Marcos de Sousa Monteiro is highly recommended, as is ‘hardworking’ counsel Diogo Plantier Santos. Distressed and public M&A also count among the team's strengths.

Leading individuals

Marcos de Sousa Monteiro - Linklaters

Next generation lawyers

Diogo Plantier Santos - Linklaters

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Linklaters

Linklaters focuses on commercial litigation, restructuring and insolvency disputes, as well as domestic and international arbitration. The ‘extraordinary’ Nuno Ferreira Lousa is representing Novo Banco in judicial proceedings concerning the alleged mis-selling of products; newly appointed partner Ricardo Guimarães handled a number of matters for Galp.

Leading individuals

Nuno Ferreira Lousa - Linklaters

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters

Linklaters handled high-profile merger control matters, notably acting for China Three Gorges in its attempted takeover of EDP and EDP Renováveis. Financial-sector clients include SIBS, Oitante and Plataforma de Gestão de Créditos Bancários, who all receive advice on competition, antitrust and regulatory matters; the team also assisted clients from the insurance, hygiene, and retail sectors with issues relating to dawn raids carried out by the Portuguese Competition Authority (PCA). Carlos Pinto Correia and managing associate João Pateira Ferreira are the names to note.

Leading individuals

Carlos Pinto Correia - Linklaters

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Linklaters

Linklaters provides support in the context of financings and transactions, but also renders ongoing advice and handles terminations and disputes. It assists Plataforma de Negociação Integrada de Créditos Bancários with its employee allocation strategy across all the platform's banks. The young and growing team is headed by ‘excellent’ of counsel Marta Afonso Pereira. Associate Sílvia Pinheiro Esteves is also recommended.

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

Linklaters

Linklaters handles transactional, financing and some development work related to projects in Portugal and lusophone Africa. Highlights included assisting China Three Gorges with the regulatory aspects of the takeover of EDP, Marguerite Adviser with the financing of two biomass plants, and Mirova with the acquisition of a solar photovoltaic project. Practice head Francisco Ferraz de Carvalho covers project finance and has Africa-based experience; counsel Vera Eiró is a public law expert.

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Insolvency and restructuring
Insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters

There is no one else on the same level’ as Nuno Ferreira Lousa, who heads the practice at Linklaters, ‘one of the best firms’, which acted for Caixa Geral de Depósitos as major creditor in the insolvency of Artlant. Other clients include ECS, Oitante, and Novo Banco. Of counsel Gonçalo Veiga de Macedo is another name to note.

Leading individuals

Nuno Ferreira Lousa - Linklaters

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Linklaters

Linklaters has a focus on advising clients on IP matters in the context of transactions and restructurings as well as on providing ongoing advice. It continues to represent Pfizer in a patent infringement arbitration case. Carlos Pinto Correia heads the practice.

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Projects and project finance
Projects and project finance - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters

Linklaters frequently collaborates with the firm's international offices and advises on energy and transport projects primarily in Mozambique. Domestically it is also active in the energy and transport, as well as in the health infrastructure sectors, on both fronts advising lenders and sponsors and concessionaires. The highly regarded Francisco Ferraz de Carvalho heads the team.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

Linklaters

Linklaters' team is ‘strongly committed to its clients and extremely interested in every aspect of their needs’. Advice is mainly focused on public law related to transactions and financing and on administrative litigation, as well as on some urbanism and projects work. The team assisted Unilever with the environmental aspects of the global sale of its spreads business, and advised Luz Saúde subsidiaries in Lisbon and Oporto on several public law matters, including disputes. Practice head and public law expert Vera Eiró was promoted to counsel, and administrative disputes specialist Ricardo Guimarães made partner.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Linklaters

While still largely focused on transactional work, Linklaters has been broadening its practice to include tax structuring as well as disputes work. Clients include China Three Gorges, Eni and Cerberus. The group also benefits from the firm’s international network. Rui Camacho Palma heads the team.

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Algeria

Spain

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France

Offices in Paris

Ghana

Hong Kong

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Iran

Indonesia

India

Italy

Offices in Rome and Milan

Japan

Offices in Tokyo

London

Offices in London EC2Y and London EC2Y

Luxembourg

Offices in Luxembourg

Myanmar

Morocco

Malaysia

Mozambique

Netherlands

Offices in Amsterdam

Philippines

Poland

Offices in Warsaw

Portugal

Offices in Lisbon

Russia

Offices in Moscow

Sweden

Offices in Stockholm

Singapore

Offices in Singapore

South Korea

Offices in Seoul

Saudi Arabia

Offices in Riyadh

Thailand

Offices in Bangkok

Tunisia

United States

Offices in New York and Washington, D.C.

Vietnam

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