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DLA Piper ABBC

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper ABBC

DLA Piper ABBC handled a number of complex transactions for an impressive client roster, which includes Banco Santander, EDP Renováveis, Caixa Bank and Banco do Brasil. Nuno Azevedo Neves, who has expertise in financial-sector M&A, heads the team.

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

DLA Piper ABBC

DLA Piper ABBC has built a strong practice in financial-sector M&A, with a particular focus on assisting clients with private equity and venture capital investments. Other highlights included advising EDP Renováveis on the takeover bid for the client as well as for EDP by China Three Gorges. Nuno Azevedo Neves and João Costa Quinta head the team.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper ABBC

The ‘well-rounded’ and ‘well-prepared’ team at DLA Piper ABBC covers a broad range of sectors, with longstanding expertise in employment disputes. João Nuno Azevedo Neves handles both litigation and arbitration, João Guedes covers employment and civil law disputes, and newly appointed partner Vanessa Antunes focuses on commercial, corporate and civil disputes.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper ABBC

DLA Piper ABBC was mostly active in merger control but also handled antitrust and regulatory matters. Clients include Lufthansa, EasyJet, IATA and Fosun Group. Of counsel and practice head Margarida Rosado da Fonseca ‘has an excellent knowledge of the competition legal framework’ and ‘anticipates legal issues concerning competition law’.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper ABBC

DLA Piper ABBC adopts a ‘very hands-on approach’ and displays ‘creativity, resilience and grit’. Highlight work for the eight-strong team included handling the employment aspects of large acquisitions and related disputes, but the outfit covers the whole gamut of employment and social security matters. Benjamim Mendes is ‘the best employment lawyer in the Portuguese market. His seniority and knowledge when dealing with every stakeholder in the process make the difference’, according to one client. João Guedes is the other name to note.

Leading individuals

Benjamim Mendes - DLA Piper ABBC

João Guedes - DLA Piper ABBC

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

DLA Piper ABBC

DLA Piper ABBC has seen the departure of Bruno Azevedo Rodrigues to Telles de Abreu | Advogados in October 2017, but it maintains a very respectable list of clients that includes Enel and EDP Renováveis, which it advises on transactional, corporate, regulatory and tax matters. The latter receives advice on the public tender offer by China Three Gorges. Nuno Azevedo Neves heads the practice. Senior associate Gonçalo Castro Ribeiro joined from Garrigues Portugal in November 2017.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper ABBC

DLA Piper ABBC's team demonstrates ‘technical knowledge’ and ‘solicitude’. It assisted clients such as Grupo Multipessoal, AC Nielsen, Dyrup and Indesit with a range of IP matters, including GDPR. Senior associate Carmina Cardoso achieves ‘outstanding results in everything she does. She is results-oriented and overcomes difficulties and obstacles’. João Costa Quinta heads the practice.

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Projects and project finance
Projects and project finance - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper ABBC

Combining its public law, corporate and finance knowledge, DLA Piper ABBC is active in energy, real estate, and highway projects, also handling related disputes and environmental issues. It advised the European Energy Efficiency Fund on a pipeline of deals for energy efficiency projects in Portugal, and EDP Produção on procurement and environmental issues pertaining to a hydroelectric dam. Nuno Azevedo Neves heads the practice. Bruno Azevedo Rodrigues left to join Telles de Abreu | Advogados in October 2017. Mafalda Ferreira was a new arrival from Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho in 2019.

Next generation lawyers

Mafalda Ferreira - DLA Piper ABBC

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper ABBC

With DLA Piper ABBC, ‘there is no bluster, no delays or confusing legalese’; clients have ‘confidence in the decisions taken’. The team advises on procurement, transactions, urbanism, water and waste management, environmental matters, and disputes. Clients include private companies such as EDP Imobiliária and EDP Produção, as well as public, municipal and inter-municipal entities. ‘Very prepared’ practice head Hugo Correia is ‘focused, results oriented, and always looks for the most efficient solution’. Mafalda Ferreira was a new arrival from Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho.

Next generation lawyers

Mafalda Ferreira - DLA Piper ABBC

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper ABBC

DLA Piper ABBC assists clients with lease and refurbishment agreements, as well as day-to-day matters. Clients include EDP and Volkswagen Autoeuropa. Luis Filipe Carvalho heads the team.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper ABBC

Alongside its established focus on data protection, DLA Piper ABBC advised Fujifilm on IT and e-commerce, another area of expertise for the team, Whirlpool on marketing and advertising, and Tesla on direct and online sales, software and technology. João Costa Quinta heads the practice.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper ABBC

DLA Piper ABBC possesses ‘exceptional legal knowledge that helps clients perform better’. It focuses on tax litigation, with niche expertise in the online gambling, tobacco, transport and energy sectors. Clients include JTI – Japan Tobacco International, EasyJet, Finerge and Trustwind. Practice head and tax and regulatory specialist António Moura Portugal is ‘an excellent communicator and leader’.

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper ABBC

DLA Piper ABBC is noted for its assistance with aviation matters because ‘little or no explanation is needed’. Air France-KLM, Lufthansa and EasyJet all count among the team's clients. It represented United Airlines in an infringement case launched by the Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC). The highly regarded António Moura Portugal heads the team, with support from senior associate Inês Teixeira.

Leading individuals

António Moura Portugal - DLA Piper ABBC

Next generation lawyers

Inês Teixeira - DLA Piper ABBC

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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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.