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Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados' 'very strong and consistent' team attracts ‘sophisticated’ work that includes civil, commercial and corporate litigation, and maintains a growing arbitration practice. It represented Sonangol Group in a $2.8bn ICC arbitration regarding alleged shareholders’ agreement breaches. António Pinto Leite led the matter jointly with the ‘excellentFilipe Vaz Pinto. The ‘pragmatic, prepared and assertive’ Francisco Cortez is the other name to note. Miguel Almada left to join Cuatrecasas in December 2018.

The ‘swift’ and ‘efficient’ team at PLMJ displays ‘extreme dedication’, ‘cost-effectiveness’ and the ability to ‘simplify complex matters’. It is very active in international arbitration and litigation, and in a recent highlight represented Vidatel as respondent and counter-claimant, along with other respondents Mercury and Geni, in a €3.5bn ICC arbitration concerning a shareholder agreement. The matter was led by the ‘brilliantJosé Miguel Júdice, who, however, is set to retire in 2020. Pedro Metello de Nápoles is a ‘fantastic opponent’; Nuno Líbano Monteiro and managing associate Carla Góis Coelho provide ‘effective, simple and imaginative solutions’; Pedro Faria instils ‘security and confidence’; ‘outstanding’ managing associate Inês Gomes da Cruz is a ‘star of the future’. Of counsel Filipa Cansado Carvalho has a focus on arbitration.

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho continues to attract high-value, high-profile litigation and arbitration cases, and often handles cross-border matters, capitalising on its network. Galp, Cimpor, Ricardo Salgado, Banco Santander Totta, TAP, and Odebrecht count among the team's clients. The ‘extraordinarily pragmatic’ Tito Arantes Fontes and the 'excellentFernando Aguilar de Carvalho jointly head the team; the ‘cleverNuno Salazar Casanova ‘manages clients well’ and is ‘easy to deal with’; senior associate Adriano Squilacce is ‘technically prepared’; Daniel Proença de Carvalho is the other name to note.

Available, engaged and efficient’, VDA's team is representing PT Ventures in a €100m ICSID arbitration against the state of Cape Verde in which the client claims compensation for expropriation following its removal from Cabo Verde Telecom, a company run in partnership between the two parties. The case is being led by practice heads Frederico Gonçalves Pereira and Miguel Pinto Cardoso; Miguel Pinto Cardoso is ‘on another level’, ‘objective’ and ‘very strong in court’.

In a major coup, CMS added Miguel Esperança Pina and Rita Gouveia from Cuatrecasas to the team. The outfit maintains a varied litigation and arbitration practice, and in one highlight represented Armscor in a claim for fees brought by a British and Panamanian company relating to the setting up of a channel to acquire, assemble and transport helicopters to South Africa. Highly regarded Joaquim Shearman de Macedo led on the matter jointly with the recommended Nuno Pena.

Cuatrecasas suffered a blow with the departure of Miguel Esperança Pina and Rita Gouveia to CMS, and Mafalda Ferreira Santos to Sérvulo & Associados. Newly appointed partner Frederico Bettencourt Ferreira (‘solid and unmatched technical background’; ‘always available for the client’) and Miguel Almada, who joined from Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados in December 2018, are now the names to note. The practice continues to attract complex cases, including international arbitration. Porto-based José De Freitas is singled out, as are senior associates Gonçalo Madeira and Rita Castro Feijó.

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.

SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados possesses strength in both litigation and arbitration and regularly handles cross-border matters. It counts several financial institutions among its clients, and represented Oi subsidiary Telemar Norte Leste in proceeding against Pharol regarding resolutions taken in a general meeting. The ‘pragmatic’ Luis Miguel Cortes Martins is considered a 'star' by some clients; he heads the practice jointly with the highly regarded Maria Raquel Moreira. Joao Tiago Morais Antunes is also recommended.

SRS Advogados' ‘dedicated’ team maintains a ‘unique relationship with all relevant stakeholders’. Covering civil and commercial liability, its recent work focused on the insurance, finance and construction sectors. A particular highlight was representing Nos against Meo in claims regarding telephone number portability. Practice head José Carlos Soares Machado is ‘excellent’.

Punching above its weight, AAA Advogados represents domestic and international clients in a wide range of cases, including in jurisdictions such as Angola. In a recent highlight, it represented a Roche subsidiary in disputes before regulatory authorities. José Jácome is the name to note.

Abreu Advogados' team is valued for ‘analysing the process at every stage’ and ‘helping to define and implement the strategies and tactics needed’. It covers the full range of disputes and counts some household names among its clients. Guilherme Santos Silva comes in for praise. Alexandra Nascimento Correia and Francisco Patrício are also recommended.

The highly regarded Francisco Colaço leads the practice at Albuquerque & Associados, which covers civil and commercial litigation and arbitration, with notable insurance-sector expertise.

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.

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.

Sérvulo & Associados bolstered the practice by adding Mafalda Ferreira Santos from Cuatrecasas to the team. In recent highlights, it represented BES and Banif in several cases following the application of resolution measures by the Bank of Portugal; the National Civil Protection Authority (ANPC) in two cases against Heliportugal concerning forest firefighting helicopters; and Sporting in a dispute with former players for breach of contract. João Saúde is recommended, as is Rui Medeiros for his arbitration work. Teresa Anselmo Vaz and Ana Rita Paínho joined the team in 2019 following the firm's integration with Anselmo Vaz, Afra & Associados - Sociedade de Advogados, R.L.

Technically good’, APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. handles litigation and arbitration cases related to credit recovery, contractual and commercial and civil and criminal law, insurance, insolvency, and real estate, often acting as local counsel to international firms. João Marques de Almeida heads the team.

In a recent highlight, Caiado Guerreiro acted for Pharol in a $2bn damages claim against Oi that was settled out of court. The team handles a varied caseload of commercial and civil litigation and is noted for its international outlook. João Caiado Guerreiro and Sandra Ferreira Dias jointly head the team.

João Maria Pimentel leads the ‘excellent’ team at Campos Ferreira, Sá Carneiro & Associados, which handles civil, criminal and commercial cases, including arbitration and cross-border matters.

FCB Sociedade de Advogados represented IBM in a successful out-of-court settlement with a Portuguese construction company regarding debt collection recovery, which is a key strength for the practice. Rui Tabarra e Castro and associate Luís Falcão Ramos are ‘rigorous and proactive’.

The ‘great’ team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is ‘very efficient’ and has a ‘strong capacity to handle disputes involving various jurisdictions’. It covers all bases, with niche expertise in public works administrative disputes. ‘Excellent’ senior associate Ana Grosso Alves co-heads the team with Albano Sarmento. Ricardo Campos and Paulo Nogueira da Rocha are the other names to note.

Macedo Vitorino & Associados handled civil liability and corporate and commercial law disputes, as well as arbitration, including internationally. Senior associate Pedro de Almeida Cabral is ‘beginning to make a name for himself’.

Breadth of expertise’ and ‘local and international focus’ distinguish VCA - Valadas Coriel & Associados, which represents EDP in debt collection and consumer litigation and Galp in employment litigation, as well as other domestic and international clients in civil, commercial, tax, administrative, and insolvency disputes. João Valadas Coriel is a ‘far-sighted thinker’ with a ‘broad international perspective’. Vera Chalaça is also recommended.

Andersen Tax and Legal | NGMS – Sociedade de Advogados' team fields six partners; recent work includes representing Parque Escolar as defendant in an arbitration initiated by contractor Edifer following the application of a fine by the client for alleged delay of completion of works. In February 2018 the firm entered into a collaboration with Oporto firm CNA – Curado, Nogueira & Associados. José Mota Soares, Pedro Pestana Bastos and Gonçalo Mota Nogueira jointly head the team.

CARDIGOS’ litigation and arbitration practice capitalises on its specialist derivatives expertise, but also handles other financial, contractual and commercial matters. Clients include Metropolitano de Lisboa, Autonomous Region of Madeira, Metro do Porto, and Banco Invest. Porfírio Moreira and Pedro Moniz Lopes are the names to note.

Carlos Aguiar, Ferreira de Lima & Associados - Sociedade de Advogados, R.L. has been busy handling contentious debt recovery matters for clients. Tiago Ferreira de Lima and Carlos Aguiar are the names to note.

CCA Law Firm ‘always finds an efficient way to solve problems while optimising time and resources’. It has a particular media sector focus, with recent high-profile work including representing Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus in criminal and civil actions against TVI. Google and Cofina also count among the team's clients. Rita Cruz is recommended, as is senior associate Catarina Limpo Serra: ‘her solid knowledge and experience are evident in the different cases she has been involved in’.

Sofia Martins heads the practice at Miranda & Associados, an internationally strong firm that is increasingly growing its practice nationally. On both fronts it maintains an impressive roster of clients and handled a range of complex cases in criminal, civil and commercial litigation, and arbitration.

Sofia de Sales Sousinha and of counsel Pedro Sousa Uva co-head the practice at pbbr - Sociedade de Advogados RL, which handles commercial and civil litigation and arbitration. Clients include Bouygues Immobilier, Parque Expo, Abanca, and Cushman & Wakefield.

Raposo Bernardo's clients feel ‘completely safe and supported’. It represented a company operating in the gas analysis, industrial instrumentation and maintenance business in litigation, arbitration, mediation and settlement cases. Senior associate Ana Cláudia Rangel is ‘very combative’, ‘a strong negotiator and very persuasive’.

The ‘accessible’ team at Rogério Alves & Associados – Sociedade de Advogados, SP, RL ‘understands the client’s position, and is very good in terms of strategy and driving the case’. Primarily known for its criminal law work, it handles other types of disputes, such as the representation of football coach Jorge Jesus as defendant in Benfica’s €14m claim for damages. João Perry da Câmara and associate Teresa Silva Tavares are ‘hands-on lawyers and very sensitive to clients’ needs’.

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