Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution

Acting for a broad range of corporate and private clients, CRS advogados handles a busy caseload featuring litigation in the real estate, construction, pharmaceutical and media sectors, among others.
Led by Paulo de Almeida, Kennedys stands out for its focus on complex and novel disputes involving the insurance sector; numerous Portuguese and international insurers and reinsurers turn to the team for advice on significant and oftentimes cross-border cases.

Dispute resolution in Portugal

Linklaters

The dispute resolution team at Linklaters in Lisbon is highlighted for its ‘perfect balance between legal knowledge and the ability to grasp the technicalities of the client’s business’. With expertise across the full spectrum of disputes, the practice has strong capabilities in representing multinational clients in ‘large-scale litigation cases’ and domestic and international arbitration proceedings. Nuno Ferreira Lousa oversees the dispute resolution team, and also leads on restructuring and insolvency cases. In addition, the department excels in disputes involving the banking and financial services sectors and contentious regulatory work. Ricardo Guimarães maintains a broad practice, advising public entities and corporate clients in commercial and public law disputes. Manuel De Abreu Castelo Branco is a name to note for competition litigation.

Practice head(s):

Nuno Ferreira Lousa

Other key lawyers:

Ricardo Guimarães; Manuel de Abreu Castelo Branco; Raquel Galvão Silva; Tatiana Lisboa Padrão; Carmina Campos Pina

Testimonials

‘Great service provided in the Litigation area, with a special focus on Arbitration. Excellent knowledge of the legal area in question. I highlight Ricardo Guimarães and Nuno Ferreira Lousa.’

‘Linklaters has supported us in several large-scale litigation actions. Always shows great knowledge of the business area, great technical skills and availability.’

‘I would like to highlight Ricardo Guimarães’ involvement, as he is an exceptional lawyer.’

‘Total availability and adequacy to the client’s needs.’

Ricardo Guimarães stands out for his commitment and close monitoring of the processes.’

‘Total availability, superior technical preparation and full understanding of the client’s interests.’

‘A perfect balance between legal knowledge and ability to grasp the technicalities of the business and our products.’

Key clients

Novo Banco, S.A.

Semapa – Sociedade de Investimento e Gestão, SGPS, S.A.

Oitante, S.A.

Luz Saúde, S.A.

Pfizer Group

Galp Energia

Petrogal, S.A.

DWS

Banco BPI, S.A.

Ambiporto 2 – Tratamento de Efluentes, A.C.E.

Deloitte Accountants B.V.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados‘ highly regarded dispute resolution team handles the full range of high-value disputes, often with a cross-border element tied to Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa. Focusing on civil and commercial disputes, the practice balances a busy caseload featuring international arbitration and litigation concerning M&A transactions, corporate and shareholder agreements, the banking sector, environmental law, consumer class actions and competition law. Francisco Cortez, who specialises in commercial litigation and financial disputes, and regularly acts as an arbitrator, coordinates the department with Filipe Vaz Pinto, whose areas of expertise include international arbitration. Sofia Vaz Sampaio is recommended for her strong track record in class actions, financial litigation and construction arbitration, while recently promoted partner Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira is a key contact for arbitration proceedings in the pharmaceutical sector. António Pinto Leite is a reference in the dispute resolution market.

Other key lawyers:

António Pinto Leite; Sofia Vaz Sampaio; Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira; Rita Nunes dos Santos

Testimonials

‘It stands out for its competence, multidisciplinarity and the personal involvement of the partners.’

‘Sofia Vaz Sampaio is recommended.’

Key clients

Springwater Capital

BCP

Deloitte

KPMG

Sonae

NOS

EDP

GALP

Teva

MAN

Cofina

Klepierre

Windplus

Jinko Solar

Super Bock

Apple

PLMJ

Demonstrating ‘outstanding knowledge of the Portuguese legal court system‘, PLMJComparative Guides promotional icon‘s dispute resolution group also attracts praise for providing ‘excellent advice in major cross-border litigation cases‘. Its recent workload showcases the group’s strength in representing public entities and multinational corporations from the energy, construction and infrastructure sectors in high-value arbitration proceedings heard in Portugal and abroad. Corporate and post-M&A disputes are other core areas of focus for the department, which is also well versed in antitrust private damages claims and financial litigation. The sizeable team is under the leadership of three partners: Joaquim Shearman de Macedo, who has significant experience in judicial cases and arbitration involving shareholder, construction and insurance disputes; Pedro Metello de Nápoles, a key contact for ICC arbitrations; and Rita Samoreno Gomes, whose major areas of strength include banking and financial litigation. The latter is among Pedro Caetano Nunes‘ legal specialisms, while Nuno Líbano Monteiro is highly regarded in civil litigation. Ricardo Silva Pereira, who brings together expertise in civil and commercial litigation, as well as restructuring and insolvency, joined from Linklaters in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Joaquim Shearman de Macedo; Pedro Metello de Nápoles; Rita Samoreno Gomes

Other key lawyers:

Nuno Líbano Monteiro; Pedro Caetano Nunes; João Tiago Morais Antunes; Carla Góis Coelho; Rute Marques; Rute Alves

Testimonials

‘PLMJ advised and represented us in a particularly complex arbitration dispute. PLMJ team articulated complex themes in an excellent manner. I was impressed by the good articulation of teamwork.’

‘Excellent legal knowledge and great English skills.’

‘Nuno Líbano Monteiro: Huge legal background, with a network that enables easy articulation and accessibility with the entities involved in the processes, great national and international prestige. Very pragmatic and always in favor of providing an excellent service and with a favorable cost/benefit ratio for clients. Pedro Caetano Nunes: right-hand man of the department with great legal versatility. Enormous ease and clarity in the preparation of legal documents, in which he is a master. Carla Góis Coelho: In addition to her extensive and consistent legal knowledge, she is an expert in managing processes, helping and sharing knowledge and opinions that are valued by clients.’

‘The PLMJ team provides excellent advice for major cross-border litigation cases with outstanding knowledge of the Portuguese legal court system. The legal advice is provided in a very efficient mannor with a transparent and adequate billing practice.’

‘The team is perfectly guided by Carla Góis Coelho and Nuno Líbano Monteiro. Their legal advice is always appropriate in a timely manner.’

‘A young team, adaptable to the growing needs of its clients, with a quick response to requests and 100% availability.’

‘Rita Samoreno Gomes has an excellent knowledge of matters at the level of litigation.’

Rute Alves and, among the partners, Pedro Metello de Nápoles stood out. I was impressed by the ability to articulate all aspects of the process in factual and legal terms, to devise a solid strategy from a very fragile position. The mastery in both the written and oral aspects of all the details impressed me a lot.’

Key clients

Altice

Mastercard

Danone

Volvo Trucks and Renault Trucks

Volkswagen Group

Seat Group

Barclays Bank

Haitong Bank

IKEA Group

Credit Agricole

Melia

ComCast Group

Doric Aviation

Cimpor – Indústria de Cimentos

Armscor – Armaments Corporation of South Africa

Sporting Clube de Portugal

Work highlights

  • Assisting Volkswagen Group in the Portuguese litigation cases arising from the sensitive issue of CO2/NOx emission irregularities.
  • Representing three companies of the Mastercard group in an antitrust private damages class action brought by the consumers’ association Ius Omnibus.
  • Representing Altice in an arbitration case brought by Vodafone regarding an alleged breach of a joint venture agreement to construct a large fibre network to be shared by the two operators.

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

A leading law firm’ in dispute resolution, Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho is well positioned to handle complex litigation and arbitration cases at the domestic and international level. The group is particularly sought after by players in the financial sector in relation to disputes concerning securities, derivatives and other financial products. In addition, its impressive track record also features high-profile class actions, corporate crime cases, and a range of civil and commercial disputes. Practice head Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho is singled out for his wealth of experience in arbitration and cross-border contentious matters. Nuno Salazar is recommended for cases involving the financial services and banking sectors, while Tito Arantes Fontes stands out for his long-standing presence in civil, commercial and criminal litigation. Adriano Squilacce is a ‘lawyer of reference in the Portuguese litigation market‘, noted for his expertise in financial disputes and white-collar criminal cases. Alexandre Mota Pinto is a seasoned practitioner in civil and commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho

Other key lawyers:

Nuno Salazar; Tito Arantes Fontes; Alexandre Mota Pinto; Adriano Squilacce; David Sequeira Dinis

Testimonials

‘Technical competence and in-depth knowledge of the topics.’

‘Excellent service to clients, availability and knowledge.’

‘Adriano Squilacce’s knowledge and practice in litigation is amazing. His capacity and knowledge of the Litigation market (national and international) is immense. He is able to redirect and carry out (with excellent results) claims that seemed to be lost and settle complex cases. Adriano is very active and commercial, always betting on the successful end of the claims and settlements without losing a millimeter of the security of his client and the interest of the same. He has an outstanding experience, his availability is absolute and he often makes simple what at first glance is impossible. Without a doubt, he is my lawyer of reference in the Portuguese litigation market.’

‘It is a team with great technical knowledge.’

‘Uría Menéndez – Proença de Carvalho is our corporate partner for managing relevant litigation/arbitration cases in the European and Latin American markets. In addition to the excellence of its legal advisory, we value the ability to work as a team, the approach to the client’s strategic interests, as well as transparency and ease of communication at any time or day.’

‘I would highlight Alexandre Mota Pinto as one of the most notable partners, extremely knowledgeable, dedicated and insightful. It should be noted that despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, Alexandre has always shown presence and ability to communicate and follow-up, worthy of reference.’

‘Uría Menendez – Proença de Carvalho is, for me, a leading law firm, which, despite being a large structure, manages to treat its clients in an individual and personal way. It is a law firm where I found excellence and rigour.’

‘In individual terms, I highlight Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho for his professionalism, rigour, attention to the client and strategic vision.’

Key clients

Ricardo Espírito Santo Silva Salgado

Banco Santander Totta, S.A.

ORO, SGPS, S.A.

Caixa Económica Montepio Geral

Cottees – Compra e Venda de Imóveis, Lda.

Deloitte, SROC S.A.

Work highlights

  • Representing Santander in its challenge against the Portuguese Competition Authority’s (PCA) decision to fine 14 banks acting in Portugal.
  • Representing Caixa Económica Montepio Geral and former directors in infringement proceedings brought by the Bank of Portugal.
  • Representing Deloitte in a civil claim filed against it by Liminorke for €55m on the grounds of alleged failings by Deloitte as auditor of the former Portuguese bank BPP – Banco Privado Português.

VdA

VdA is a go-to destination in the Portuguese legal market for high-stakes domestic and international litigation and arbitration across a number of industries. Its strong client base is made up of international heavyweights and domestic players operating in the banking, energy, infrastructure, telecoms, construction and pharmaceutical sectors engaged in a broad scope of disputes, ranging from corporate, shareholder or contractual conflicts to contentious issues arising from M&A transactions, construction contracts and distribution agreements. The ‘highly responsive' team is co-chaired by António de Magalhães Cardoso, who focuses on IP litigation; Miguel Pinto Cardoso, who is notably active in cross-border arbitration; and Frederico Gonçalves Pereira, who stands out in class actions and corporate and banking disputes. Carla Gonçalves Borges is proficient in both litigation and arbitration proceedings, with a strong track record in cases related to venture capital deals and related shareholder disputes, as well as matters pertaining to the sports sector.

Practice head(s):

António Magalhães Cardoso; Frederico Gonçalves Pereira; Miguel Pinto Cardoso

Other key lawyers:

Carla Gonçalves Borges; Pedro Pires Fernandes

Testimonials

‘Highly responsive, and a pleasure to work with. Very good way of working as a team, bringing together various different legal disciplines.’

‘Frederico Goncalves Pereira stands out.’

‘Vision and anticipation of problems, organisation, teamwork, availability.’

Key clients

Banco Comercial Português, S.A (BCP)

Caixa Geral de Depósitos, S.A. (CGD)

Brisa – Auto-Estradas de Portugal, S.A. (Brisa)

Roche – Sistemas de Diagnósticos, Sociedade Unipessoal, Lda. (Roche)

MEO – Serviços de comunicações e Multimédia, S.A. (MEO)

Banco Santander Totta, S.A.

MEO – Serviços de Comunicação e Multimédia, S.A. (MEO)

National Investment Bank, LLC – Sao Tome and Principe (NIB)

Deutsche Apotheker-und Ärztebank eG (APOBANK)

Work highlights

  • Representing BCP and CGD in a complex set of disputes against a businessman and art collector and his corporate group (Berardo Group).
  • Acts for Brisa in lawsuits initiated by funds claiming Brisa’s liability for the repayment of AEDL’s debt, as well as several corporate disputes.

Abreu Advogados

Abreu Advogados has a notable track record in advising market-leading clients from a range of industries, most notably energy, telecoms, pharmaceuticals and financial services, in a range of litigation and arbitration mandates spanning the corporate, administrative and pre-litigation spheres. Highlighted for her ‘excellent command of the Portuguese civil procedure', Alexandra Nascimento Correia jointly heads the team with Guilherme Santos Silva, who is regarded for his proficiency in complex commercial litigation and arbitration. Both practice leaders stand out for their cross-border expertise, with a special emphasis on Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa. Recent hire Teresa Anselmo Vaz, who was previously at Sérvulo & Associados, is seasoned in IP and corporate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Nascimento Correia; Guilherme Santos Silva

Other key lawyers:

Teresa Anselmo Vaz; Teresa Brito da Silva; Gonçalo Malheiro; Mariana Duarte

Testimonials

‘Experience and technical quality of the team, ability to deal with complex processes, overcome obstacles and meet the required deadlines.’

‘Alexandra Nascimento Correia and Mariana Duarte are great lawyers.’

‘Short response time, reliable, skilfull, independent thinkers. Good understanding of our business.’

‘Guilherme Santos Silva- great competence and speed in answering all the questions raised, great leadership capacity and team coordination. Mariana Duarte is also recommended for her competence and availability.’

‘I highlight the work of Alexandra Nascimento Correia. She is a very intelligent and insightful lawyer, with a very good knowledge and experience in matters of dispute resolution, whether judicial or arbitration. She has an excellent command of the Portuguese civil procedure and an enormous capacity to work, particularly under pressure.’

‘For the dispute resolution we had to face, we worked with Teresa Anselmo Vaz. We were impressed by her ability to be highly knowledgeable, thorough, accurate and above all always available. We highly appreciated her availability and ability to provide smart advice, especially in this kind of dispute situation where you can have a lot of questions and doubts. What impressed us the most was her high strategic and tactical skills during the hearings. We can say we won the case because she anticipated many aspects of the proceeding.’

‘Guilherme Santos Silva’s knowledge of different law fields, his deep commitment to the project success and unique ability to manage other teams makes his works really superb.’

Key clients

Galp Energia

Synlab Group

EEM – Electricidade da Madeira

Sonagi (formerly Cimilonga Imobiliária)

Plantronics B.V

Andritz Hydro GmbH

AIRBNB

Tata Group

Monroa

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Work highlights

  • Assisted PT Ventures in a case regarding its shareholding in Unitel, which involved several jurisdictions, including Angola, France and the UK.
  • Assisting Andritz in contractual and insolvency disputes against a major construction company related to the construction of several dams.
  • Advising GALP’s subsidiary Lisboa Gás on a judicial dispute against the owners of properties located in the historical area of Lisbon that exploded due to a gas leak.

CMS

The ‘very proactive team‘ at CMS is recommended for its ability to quickly ‘grasp legal and expert issues’ in the course of litigation and arbitration proceedings. Covering the entire spectrum of commercial and civil disputes, the department is a go-to choice for several domestic and international clients engaged in cross-border matters. Furthermore, it is well known for its significant experience in large-scale lawsuits involving the banking sector, and international arbitration arising from M&A, shareholder and energy disputes. Co-head Nuno Pena has played a leading role in some of the most high-profile cases in the country involving banking and insolvency issues. He leads the practice with Miguel Esperança Pina, who is a key name for arbitration; Rita Gouveia, whose areas of activity include shareholder disputes and post-M&A arbitrations; and Diogo Castanheira Pereira, who is regularly sought after by investment funds, financial institutions and real estate companies.

Other key lawyers:

Manuela Costa

Testimonials

‘We highlight Miguel Esperança Pina’s professionalism, the investigation of the situations in question and the depth of his legal analysis.’

‘Truly focused on the interests and objectives of the Clients, making every effort in the most difficult circumstances that may arise and without ever denying support or contact.’

‘They are the best team I’ve ever worked with! Their lead lawyer is one of the most experienced dispute resolution practitioners in the country, very committed and dedicated to the client.’

‘Quick to grasp legal and expert issues, including complex English law points.’

‘Very strong legal analysis. Nuno Pena and Diogo Pereira stand out.’ 

‘CMS is a law firm with very high professional performance, having managed to provide all the legal support I have needed. Support always available and extremely professional. Their lawyers are extremely friendly, available and always finding workable and achievable solutions.’

‘Very proactive team which is always available. Constantly exceed expectations.’

Key clients

BARCLAYS BANK PLC

GOLDMAN SACHS INTERNATIONAL

BLUE TAGUS ADVISORY, LDA.

EDP Gestão da Produção de Energia, S.A

UNITEL, S.A.

GALP GROUP

AM48

METROPARK

ALBERTO COUTO ALVES, S.A.

ACP

TÂMEGA GROUP, S.A.

DAVIDSON KEMPNER EUROPEAN PARTNERS LLP

EUROBIC BANK

Work highlights

  • Acts for EDP in a €3.5m arbitration against the Portuguese state.
  • Advises Unitel, the Angola telecoms company, against a Dutch company held by Isabel dos Santos (daughter of the former Angolan President) in multi-jurisdictional litigation.
  • Advises Davidson Kempner European Partners on the work-out strategy to recover more than €540m from a group of companies headed by Sogema.

Cuatrecasas

Cuatrecasas' dispute resolution team is noted for its ‘exceptional quality of work' and experience in cases arising in the banking and financial services sectors. Recent areas of growth for the team include international arbitration and private enforcement cases, but it also demonstrates a solid track record in disputes pertaining to the construction, energy and TMT sectors. Leading the department is Miguel De Almada, whose experience in dispute resolution matters spans more than two decades. Almada is seasoned in both litigation and arbitration proceedings, notably cross-border mandates. Frederico Bettencourt Ferreira ‘has an excellent technical capacity' and is noted for his regular involvement in arbitration proceedings related to Mozambique and Angola.

Practice head(s):

Miguel de Almada

Other key lawyers:

Frederico Bettencourt Ferreira; Gonçalo Madeira; Miguel Pereira da Silva

Testimonials

‘The Cuatrecasas Litigation Team has revealed, once again, that it is up to all the challenges.’

‘Exceptional quality of work; they are assertive and direct, analysing all the points and their possible consequences.’

‘A very competent team. All of its members demonstrate a performance capacity far superior to other teams with which I have already interacted.’

‘Frederico Bettencourt Ferreira has an excellent technical capacity.’

‘A law firm in which extreme professionalism reigns, accompanied by excellent courtesy. Their acumen is useful to discover what the client wants. It is really easy to place all confidence in them to carry out any process. Processes have always been conducted at an excellent pace.’

‘Miguel de Almada has shown total availability to the Client and an excellent professionalism and rigour in his performance.’

Key clients

CAIXABANK

BANCO DE PORTUGAL

TECH DATA

BMW

FACEBOOK

COCA-COLA Iberian Partners

MEDWAY (MSC Group)

THYSSENKRUPP

SACYR – SOMAGUE

EUROFUND GROUP

TAP AIR PORTUGAL

APPLE

Work highlights

  • Represents Medway Terminals in a post-M&A arbitration against Lena.
  • Represents Tech Data Portugal and Tech Data Europe in a €5.7m M&A dispute against the bankrupt estate of Interlog Informática.
  • Acts for Dragados – Obras y Proyetos, as defendant, in a judicial dispute where a contractor is claiming an indemnity related to damages it has allegedly suffered because of the defective performance of a subcontract.

SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados

The dispute resolution team at SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados has the capacity to act for a range of corporate and institutional clients across sectors like banking, real estate, energy, TMT and agribusiness. The practice is sought after for its expertise in both litigation and arbitration proceedings, as well as insolvency and restructuring cases. The latter is a particular area of strength for practice co-head Maria Raquel Moreira, who is also well versed in civil and commercial litigation. Fellow co-leader Luís Miguel Cortes Martins ‘is an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer' with a solid reputation in arbitration, where he normally acts as arbitrator.

Practice head(s):

Luis Miguel Cortes Martins; Maria Raquel Moreira

Other key lawyers:

Diana Simão Lourenço

Testimonials

‘Deep knowledge of local law, local ways of working and decision processes, which together with a deep understanding of clients needs, provide an excellent support.’

‘SLCM’s litigation team has a level of dedication and rigour above the average, adopting a very professional and constructive attitude and proposing and implementing well-defined solutions. What distinguishes this office is the quality, consistency and stability of the team.’

‘Maria Raquel Moreira and Diana Simão Lourenço stand out.’

‘Luís Miguel Cortes Martins is an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer, able to efficiently handle complicated commercial law cases.’

Key clients

Nutrinveste Group

Banco Comercial Português

SCC – Sociedade Central de Cervejas e Bebidas, S.A.

Caixa Económica Montepio Geral

Novo Banco

Apollo Management Fund

Calm Eagle Holdings

ATM

Controlinveste Group

Audi

Volkswagen

Transfesa – Transportes Ferroviários Especiales S.A.

Fundação Eugénio de Almeida

Portugália Group

Work highlights

  • Represents Calm Eagle Holdings, part of the Apollo Management Fund Group, in a civil suit brought by Partran’s estate and others against Novo Banco and Calm Eagle.
  • Acting on behalf of Portugália – Administração de Patrimónios in a legal suit against Banco BPI regarding Banco BPI’s obligation to refund the amount of €2.5m, plus interest, due to an unauthorised payment transaction.
  • Acting on behalf of Fundação Eugénio de Almeida, a reputed wine producer, in proceedings against its former distributor, including a claim for indebtedness.

Sérvulo & Associados

Singled out for its ‘unmatched experience and total availability', Sérvulo & Associados fields a team of ‘excellent lawyers' who are adept at handling high-profile litigation and arbitration cases, encompassing corporate crime, regulatory compliance, administrative proceedings and civil and commercial disputes. Financial litigation is at the core of the practice; the team is seen with great regularity acting for major banks in large-scale matters, including insolvency cases and cross-border mandates. António Teles excels in commercial litigation, and is also noted for his broad knowledge of pharmaceutical disputes. He oversees the department with João Saúde, who focuses on dispute resolution in the banking, construction and sports sectors, and Mafalda Ferreira Santos, who is skilled in in- and out-of-court proceedings.

Practice head(s):

António Teles; João Saúde; Mafalda Ferreira Santos

Other key lawyers:

Miguel Santos Almeida; Alexandra Valpaços; Nuno Temudo Vieira

Testimonials

‘I have been very impressed with its ability to blend, in connection with an important litigation matter, an aggressive/creative approach with a lot of practicality, paving the way for an unusual application of enforcement law. João Saúde has extraordinary experience and nothing phases him; Alexandra Valpaços is detail-oriented and on top of the matter. They have proven responsive, deliberate, assertive, and, as noted, creative. Top notch!’

‘In the provision of services, the technical capacity and level of experience stand out.’

‘I highlight the work undertaken by António Teles, Alexandra Valpaços, and Mafalda Ferreira Santos.’

‘Unmatched experience, total availability, excellent lawyers, full awareness of problems and presentation of solution strategies.’

‘The team is highly qualified and available for the various topics that are presented to them, from the preparation to the follow-up in judgment.’

‘Sérvulo has supported us in several large-scale litigation actions. Always shows great knowledge of the business area, great technical skills and availability.’

‘The quality of service provided by the company is unparalleled. There are departments dedicated to specific subjects, which makes the firm more versatile in terms of responsiveness.’

‘All partners and associates deserve distinction for their dedication and attention to the client.’

Key clients

TAP – Transportes Aéreos Portugueses, SGPS, S.A.

BANCO ESPÍRITO SANTO, S.A. – Em Liquidação (BES)

BANCO INTERNACIONAL DO FUNCHAL, S.A. – Em Liquidação (BANIF)

BANCO PRIVADO PORTUGUÊS, S.A. – Em Liquidação (BPP)

Tabaqueira – Empresa Industrial de Tabacos S.A.

São Tomé and Príncipe Republic

Banco San Juan Internacional, Inc.

Hospital da Luz, S.A.

Massa Insolvente da Interlog – Informática, S.A.

Autoridade Nacional de Emergência e Proteção Civil (ANEPC)

SPORTING CLUBE DE PORTUGAL – FUTEBOL, SAD

EDP Group

Lusíadas Saúde Group – United HealthCare Group

Águas do Centro Litoral, S.A.

Touch – Comércio, Importação, Exportação e Representação, Unipessoal, Lda.

Interfundos – Gestão de Fundos de Investimento Imobiliário, S.A.

Altri Florestal, S.A.

Entreposto Gestão Imobiliária, S.A.

Caixa Económica Montepio Geral, Caixa Económica Bancária, S.A.

INFRAESTRUTURAS DE PORTUGAL, IP (Ex-REFER – Rede Ferroviária Nacional)

Casa Carvalho Cerqueira, SGPS, SA

Libertas – Sociedade Gestora de Fundos de Investimento Imobiliário, S.A.

Ferrovial/MSF – Barragens A.C.E.

Orey Financial – Instituição Financeira de Crédito, S.A. – Em Liquidação

SF Gruppen Aps

Work highlights

  • Acting for TAP in corporate judicial proceedings against SPdH – Serviços Portugueses de Handling, requesting the court to declare void or annul the resolutions approved by SPdH’s board of directors in April 2021.
  • Successfully advised São Tomé and Príncipe Republic on an investment arbitration against the National Investment Bank and its shareholders.
  • Represented Tabaqueira – Empresa Industrial de Tabacos and Tabaqueira II in a dispute brought by several wholesalers of tobacco products concerning the supply agreements.

DLA Piper ABBC

With particular strength in acting for international clients, DLA Piper ABBC is regularly retained by players across an array of industries, including banking, construction, life sciences, insurance and energy, in complex litigation and arbitration matters. Vanessa Antunes is highlighted for her ability to ‘design and present litigation strategies’ in cases involving commercial, corporate and civil law. Antunes manages the dispute resolution team alongside Sofia Ribeiro Mendes, who stands out for her solid track record in high-profile arbitrations, where she acts as counsel and arbitrator.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Antunes; Sofia Ribeiro Mendes

Other key lawyers:

Armindo Ribeiro Mendes

Testimonials

‘Team with excellent coordination of resources and leadership. Presentation of analysis with high detail of risk and response options.’

‘Excellent professionals. Always ready to help and clarify any doubts.’

‘Vanessa Antunes has in-depth knowledge of the problems addressed.’

‘The speed of response, the quality of the service, the competence demonstrated and the results obtained are very positive elements to be highlighted.’

‘DLA is an international firm that manages to benefit from a solid local team that knows the national reality well. It is a firm that therefore quickly adapts to the requirements presented to it by clients.’

‘Vanessa Antunes is a very solid lawyer, client-oriented and attentive to detail. She is able to design and present litigation strategies to the client in order to enable relevant business decisions.’

‘I highlight DLA Piper ABBC’s availability and promptness. The deep knowledge and rigour with which they approach each of the processes is also highly valued. This makes the analysis and advice provided by the firm very assertive and fruitful.’

‘In this specific area of litigation, I highlight Vanessa Antunes. She has great technical knowledge, experience and availability.’

Garrigues

Split between Lisbon and Porto, Garrigues' arbitration and litigation department in Portugal has been actively involved in high-profile cases, representing both domestic and international clients operating in a range of sectors. The team has notable strength in the resolution of disputes in the commercial, corporate, contractual, construction and financial spheres, and is also prepared to assist with contentious matters involving M&A, administrative law and tax. Department head João Duarte De Sousa advises on commercial, financial and construction disputes, and is noted for his cross-border expertise. Other key individuals include Miguel Azevedo, a key contact for litigation involving projects, construction and banking matters, and André Gualter de Vasconcellos, who is ‘capable of dealing with complex issues in litigation‘.

Practice head(s):

João Duarte de Sousa

Other key lawyers:

Miguel Azevedo; André Gualter de Vasconcellos; Marta Veludo dos Santos

Testimonials

‘Strategic vision, availability, clarity, high technical knowledge, dedication.’

‘The follow-up provided by the litigation team allowed us, as clients, to obtain favourable court decisions in several cases of considerable importance to our business. The team is characterised by competence, friendliness, availability and seriousness.’

‘We have been working for several years with Miguel Azevedo, whom we would recommend.’

‘Garrigues is proactive. They keep the client well-informed on a regular basis. Lawyers in Garrigues are well-prepared, demonstrating deep knowledge of legal matters.’

‘André Gualter de Vasconcellos and his team are very competent and capable of dealing with complex and highly documented processes. Exceptional attention to detail, which is essential in litigation matters.’

‘André Gualter de Vasconcellos is competent and capable of dealing with complex issues in litigation.’

Key clients

HAITONG

BNP PARIBAS FACTOR

SOMAGUE (SACYR GROUP)

CAIXA CENTRAL DE CRÉDITO AGRICOLA

DECATHLON

VOLVO CAR

JAGUAR AND LAND ROVER

HONDA

IBM

VESTAS GROUP

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

The dispute resolution team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo receives instructions from a broad range of private and public sector clients, and is particularly skilled in administrative litigation and arbitration involving infrastructure and construction cross-border disputes. The team is also regularly engaged in matters pertaining to the banking and insurance industries, and has recently witnessed an uptick in mandates concerning precautionary measures in international arbitration. Ricardo Campos is often retained by clients engaged in arbitration and administrative litigation, while Ana Grosso Alves leads on criminal and compliance-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Campos; Ana Grosso Alves

Other key lawyers:

Paulo Nogueira da Rocha

Testimonials

‘Very complete and available team, with relevant knowledge.’

Key clients

MOTA-ENGIL

Acciona

EDIVISA

Gabriel Couto, S.A.

CPVC ACE

Elevolution S.A.

BTG PACTUAL

GOLDEN TREE

THIRD POINT

BENNET

Técnicas Reunidas

Rebonave

Casais Engenharia e Construção

LOC – Litoral Oeste Construtores, ACE

Work highlights

  • Advised BTG Pactual, Golden Tree, Third Point And Bennet regarding several judicial reviews filed against the Bank of Portugal.
  • Assisted Técnicas Reunidas with a claim for the annulment of an arbitration award regarding the construction of a refinery.
  • Advised MOTA-ENGIL, Acciona and EDIVISA on an arbitral proceeding with Iberdrola Generacion.

SRS Advogados

Covering both arbitration and litigation, SRS Advogados stands out for its performance in commercial, construction and financial disputes. The practice is well positioned to assist Portuguese and international clients with a broad range of contentious matters, including those involving competition law and shareholder conflicts. The team is jointly led by highly regarded partners José Carlos Soares Machado and José Jácome. Commercial litigator Maria José Tavares is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

José Carlos Soares Machado; José Jácome

Other key lawyers:

Maria José de Tavares; Carla Neves Matias; Natália Garcia Alves; Regina Santos Pereira; Pedro Pinto Melo

Testimonials

‘Very professional team, which represented us in a complex arbitration. They were very professional and had an enormous capacity to adapt to the problems.’

‘Carla Matias stands out for being truly extraordinary in terms of objectivity, technical and legal knowledge, organisational capacity and work under pressure.’

‘The SRS team has always demonstrated a high level of professionalism, competence, assertiveness, friendliness and availability throughout the entire process.’

‘I highlight Natália Garcia Alves and Pedro Pinto Melo’s excellent technical expertise and ease of understanding of legal requirements inherent to the process. They are people who create an environment of trust and empathy, which makes the work easier and much more effective.’

‘José Carlos Soares Machado and Maria José Tavares are outstanding and help us achieve successful results.’

‘José Carlos Soares Machado is an excellent lawyer with extensive experience in litigation and court relations.’

‘We have worked mostly with José Jacome. Nothing is ever seen as a problem and the ability to always find a solution amazes me.’

‘It is a very committed team, focused, pragmatic and with an easy relationship with the client. They are able to call on outside experts when necessary to improve the quality of the arguments. They manage to maintain a high work rate without losing their cool.’

Key clients

Metlife

Techedge

Arrow Global Limited

Macdonald Resorts

Copernicus

Hoya

Ageas

OGMA

Sumol+Compal

Blueotter

Repsol

Galp

AIG

Work highlights

  • Assisting EGEO in a dispute related to the construction of a refinery with the purpose of regenerating used industrial oils.
  • Acts on behalf of Imocais, which is the owner of a building where the Lisbon Eurostars Museum Hotel is located, in relation to a dispute with a construction company.

Caiado Guerreiro

Praised by clients for providing ‘outside the box' and ‘innovative solutions’ in the context of dispute resolution, Caiado Guerreiro handles a range of corporate and commercial litigation, as well as arbitration proceedings. Assisting clients with out-of-court contentious matters is another core area of activity for the department, which is under the joint leadership of João Caiado Guerreiro and Sandra Ferreira Dias. Both have extensive experience in judicial and arbitral cases. Sandra Jesus is also noted; she is a point of contact for several domestic and international clients involved in litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

João Caiado Guerreiro; Sandra Ferreira Dias

Other key lawyers:

Sandra Jesus; Sara Ferreira de Oliveira

Testimonials

‘They think outside the box and often with innovative solutions.’

‘Sandra Jesus stands out.’

Key clients

PHAROL SGPS, S.A.

COFIDIS

BEIJING CAPITAL AIRLINES CO. LTD

CP MERCHANDISING CO. LTD

HANGZHOU EUCHERRY TRADE CO. LTD

DELSK GROUP

CASA DE REPOUSO DA QUINTA DOS CEDROS, S.A.

MATTHIAS SCHMELZ, UNIPESSOAL LDA.

MEDA PHARMA (MYLAN)

AXERIA

MY PARTNER BANK

BANQUE RAIFFEISEN SC

KUBOTA EUROPE SAS

POPPLETON & APPLEBY

Work highlights

  • Represented Pharol in a complex litigation against the Brazilian company Oi and its Portuguese subsidiaries involving several proceedings and a preliminary injunction.
  • Assisting Cofidis in judicial proceedings filed by Banco Santander Totta related to a securitisation transaction where the parties acted as co-originators.
  • Representing the Portuguese Branch of Beijing Capital Airlines in enforcement proceedings filed before the Portuguese Courts further to a verdict issued by the English Courts and related to an alleged breach of a lease agreement.

Miranda & Associados

With a ‘strong presence in African jurisdictions', Miranda & Associados stands out in the market for its cross-border capabilities. The dispute resolution team manages a mix of high-value litigation and arbitration matters arising from construction, shareholder, M&A and distribution disputes, among other contentious issues. Led by ‘excellent litigation and arbitration lawyer' Sofia Martins, the department offers representation to a varied client base predominantly composed of engineering and energy companies, banks and public entities. Martins is seasoned in a wide range of disputes at all levels of the Portuguese justice system and arbitral tribunals. Ricardo Saraiva is noted for his track record in complex cases in Portugal and abroad, notably those with ties to Mozambique and East Timor.

Practice head(s):

Sofia Martins

Other key lawyers:

Ricardo Saraiva; Pedro Melo; Tiago Amorim

Testimonials

‘They have handled the concerns of our clients with great care, and I rely heavily on them for Portuguese advice.’

I would like to highlight Sofia Martins, an excellent litigation and arbitration lawyer: her specific knowledge of arbitration and litigation combined with a high practical sense and an enormous capacity to identify solutions to clients’ problems. I also emphasise the speed and efficiency with which she handles matters.’

‘We emphasise the quality and efficiency of the services provided, the deep theoretical and practical knowledge and the involvement and availability of lawyers in the client’s issues.’

‘We highlight the team with whom we work, Ricardo Saraiva and Sofia Martins, whose professional experience, technical competence, availability and involvement in the processes deserves the greatest appreciation and trust.’

‘They are extremely professional and have a technical approach to matters which is very dedicated to finding the best solution for the client. They are particularly sharp at cross examination of witnesses.’

‘Sofia Martins has an enormous quality and dedication to her clients. I have worked with her several times in court and I have been able to appreciate her excellent technical and oratory skills.’

‘I highlight Miranda’s strong presence in African jurisdictions and the specific know-how they bring to matters involving these jurisdictions.’

‘Miranda e Associados is a reference in the national panorama, with a strong presence in Portuguese-speaking African countries, which is its added value. Sofia Martins is without a doubt a reference in the area of ​​litigation and arbitration. Sofia has solid legal knowledge, an enviable work capacity and stands out for her focus and dedication in everything she does. In addition, she is extremely active and participative in national and international associations dedicated to these areas of law, sometimes being the only Portuguese representative in these instances.’

Key clients

REN

Rotas do Algarve Litoral

State of Portugal

Martifer

Patel Engineering

Ventient Energy

Work highlights

  • Co-counsel (together with associated law firm Pimenta & Associados) to a client in an ongoing arbitration under the UNCITRAL rules.
  • Represents REN- Rede Elétrica Nacional in several ongoing disputes related to existing Power Purchase Agreements.

TELLES

Singled out for its strong presence in Porto, TELLES' dispute resolution group is retained by clients from a multitude of sectors in arbitration and litigation cases. The team is prepared to assist with domestic and cross-border contentious matters, and primarily focuses on civil and commercial disputes, notably those arising from shareholder and corporate issues, as well as conflicts in relation to M&A deals, insurance, construction and distribution agreements. André Navarro de Noronha ‘takes the lead in litigation', while Fernando Pizarro Monteiro is recommended for restructuring and insolvency cases. Nuno Miguel Lourenço is the name to note in Lisbon for commercial and civil litigation.

Practice head(s):

André Navarro de Noronha; Fernando Pizarro Monteiro; Nuno Miguel Lourenço

Other key lawyers:

Maria João Meireles; Catarina Alegre

Testimonials

‘Excellent monitoring, proactive team and good advice.’

‘I recommend André Navarro Noronha for his technical excellence and experience; Catarina Alegre for her work capacity, study of processes, and advice that is focused on the real needs of the client.’

‘A great deal of work was needed to survey the questions listed by the other party and to answer them, which was given in a very complete, exhaustive way, completely destroying the opposing party’s arguments, based on a very complete explanation of the issues.’

‘The interactions with Maria João Meireles were extremely fruitful, showing not only a great availability to listen to the client, but also a great concern to “assemble” a case that was unassailable by the other party. It is clearly felt that she is an attentive and very methodical lawyer, with a great sensitivity to the issues in question and deep technical and legal knowledge. As for Fernando Pizarro, he has a perfect command of the issues in question and performs the necessary monitoring of his team.’

‘Telles’ litigation team demonstrates a strong response capacity and is particularly recognised in the Porto market. André Navarro de Noronha has demonstrated that he takes the lead in the litigation processes entrusted to him.’

‘Telles is a unique law firm in the context of the Portuguese market, especially due to the balance it has between the virtues of a large firm (level and transversality of knowledge, professionalism, compliance, networking, etc.) and those of a small firm (service very personalized, availability, high client service, flexibility, availability, etc.).’

‘The team demonstrated that they had good knowledge of the matters in which they were consulted. It was, therefore, able to provide quality collaboration and it lived up to our expectations. We would particularly highlight Maria João Meireles and Fernando Pizarro.’

Key clients

Körber Supply Chain PT, S.A.

VCA - Valadas Coriel & Associados

VCA – Valadas Coriel & Associados offers advice to a large number of corporate and private clients seeking representation in civil actions, insolvency disputes, corporate and commercial litigation. Highlighted for its ‘great knowledge of processes and legal systems', the team is skilled at handling cases with an international element, often acting alongside leading international firms. Contentious matters involving the real estate sector and tax law are also core areas of expertise for the group, which is jointly headed by João Valadas Coriel, ‘an outstanding commercially minded lawyer', and dispute resolution expert Hugo Martins Braz.

Practice head(s):

João Valadas Coriel; Hugo Martins Braz

Testimonials

‘They are quite competent and creative in the solutions that they present; they have a good ability to research and gather information.’

‘We particularly appreciated their pro-activity, pragmatic and solution-driven approach. João Valadas Coriel’s recognised long experience in insolvency, bankruptcy and liquidation proceedings was quite valuable and appreciated by the parties involved. Their vast network across Europe and in Brazil was also a true asset in that particular file.’

‘Valadas Coriel & Asssociados, and in particular João Valadas Coriel, appeared to us to be particularly well informed on the Portuguese markets and its participants, and about the background of the situation at stake, which was helpful. The members of the team deployed remarkable responsiveness and availability.’

‘We work with Hugo Braz; he has a great ability to understand the topics and respond in a timely manner.’

‘I would highlight in 1st place the efficiency with which all matters are resolved. There is a great knowledge of the processes and legal systems, derived from a multidisciplinary team, which, together with the speed with which they act, make them very effective.’

‘The team is led by João Valadas Coriel, who continues to set the standard for excellence in dispute resolution in Portugal.’

‘João Valadas Coriel is an outstanding commercially minded lawyer who is also an authority and expert in Portuguese legal matters. Highly recommended.’

Key clients

EDP – Energias de Portugal, S.A.

STILL – Sociedade de Tratamento de Imagem Lusitana

Hotéis Roma Group

GALP Energia, S.A.

EDP Foundation

MAAT Museum

Work highlights

  • Represents EDP in several lawsuits against institutional clients, mainly city councils, and in several energy-related disputes.
  • Manages all of the employment disputes and administrative litigation derived from regulatory infringements on behalf of Hotels Roma group.
  • Recently hired by GALP Energia to review employment disputes and staff complaints under the direction of the company’s Ethics and Behaviour Commission.

Albuquerque & Almeida

Commercial, insurance and banking litigation are all areas of particular focus for the dispute resolution team at Albuquerque & Almeida. The team demonstrates additional strength in contentious issues arising in the context of public works and construction projects, as well as distribution agreements. Department co-head Francisco Colaço is recommended for his ‘good technical knowledge’ in the litigation and arbitration fields. Fellow co-leader Paulo De Almeida excels in financial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Colaço; Paulo de Almeida

Other key lawyers:

Inês de Oliveira Domingos

Testimonials

‘Multidisciplinary team, young lawyers, with determination, led by senior specialists.’

‘Inês Domingos – deep knowledge of procedural law, and great involvement in matters.’

‘Francisco Colaço has good technical knowledge and is very professional.’

‘The quality of the team and the services rendered are of a very high standard. The time response is adequate to international standards and the proactivity of the team is perfect. I’d mention Alexandre Albuquerque.’

APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L.

Noted for its strength in contractual disputes and insurance claims, APTS – Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. is also well placed to handle matters related to insolvencies and debt recovery. The team offers assistance to a diverse client roster in mediation, litigation and arbitration proceedings and regularly acts alongside international law firms in cross-border mandates. João Marques de Almeida is well versed in alternative dispute resolution, and acts in litigation cases across an array of sectors.

Practice head(s):

João Marques de Almeida

Other key lawyers:

José Alves Pereira

Testimonials

‘Trust built over many years of working together. They already know what we want even before we ask the question.’

‘João Marques Almeida is always available and gets right to the heart of the matter.’

‘APTS is an outstanding law firm in Portugal, that renders a very good service.’

Key clients

Aircraft Engine Lease Finance, Ltd.

ADM International Sàrl

AIG Europe

ANA Aeroportos

AXA France

Allianz France

Assuranceforeningen SKULD (Singapore)

Club Med

Every Day Networks Holding LLC

Fidelidade -Mundial (Império Bonança)

Geobrugg Ibérica, S.A.U.

Guinea Foods SDN. BHD.

IPG Mediabrands

Kühne+Nagel

LAM – Mozambican Airlines

La Réunion Aérienne

L3Harris Technologies, Inc.

Pacific Sky Corp

Polyrix , Inc.

Simadi – Sociedade de Imagiologia Diagnóstica e de Intervenção, Lda.

Simflex Grilles & Closures Ltd. ( MobilFlex Group of Companies)

Sociedad de Resinas Naturales, SL

Threadneedle Asset Management, Ltd.

Veralia Corporación

Work highlights

  • Assisting ADM International, a Swiss company that trades in agricultural raw materials, in a contractual dispute involving the tolling of sunflower seed into sunflower seed meal and sunflower oil.
  • Represents several institutional senior bondholders in the judicial liquidation of BES Bank following the collapse of the Portuguese bank.
  • Representing Aircraft Engine Lease Finance, an international lessor, in the debt recovery and court enforcement of guarantees.

CARDIGOS

A market leader in derivatives work, CARDIGOS excels in related financial litigation and arbitration matters. In addition to its focus on derivatives disputes, the dispute resolution team is also routinely engaged in other contentious matters involving the banking sector, as well as commercial and administrative litigation. Led by Porfírio Moreira, the practice provides support to multinationals, financial institutions and public entities from the pre-litigation advisory stage through to trial.

Practice head(s):

Porfírio Moreira

Other key lawyers:

Maria Almeida Fernandes

Testimonials

‘Cardigos is a law firm that offers a very safe, rigorous and versatile service, providing fast and efficient advice of excellence.’

‘Very responsive and solution-oriented.’

‘Despite its small size, it is a well-organised firm made up of lawyers with exceptional quality. Lawyers are specialists but have extensive experience in different areas of law and sectors, which enriches the quality of the work produced. The quality of the service is exceptional, both in terms of availability and the result of the work carried out. They are very flexible in negotiating fees and are open to new models. Members are always available. Deadlines are met. The client feels like the only client.’

‘Porfírio Moreira – excellent technical skills, scrupulous adherence to deadlines, great management and organisation skills, transparent and clear communication.’

Key clients

Metropolitano de Lisboa, E.P.E.

Metro do Porto, S.A.

Companhia Carris de Ferro, S.A.

STCP – Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto, S.A.

DST Group

Autonomous Region of Madeira

InnoWave Technologies, S.A.

Banco Invest, S.A.

FAI – Fundo de Apoio à Inovação

Jyske Bank Gibraltar Limited

João de Deus & Filhos, S.A.

BBVA (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria)

Iberubbo Imobiliária Lda.

Associação Ius Omnibus

Prosegur

Work highlights

  • Assisting Prosegur in cartel infringement proceedings in the security services sector in Portugal, both at the administrative and judicial stages.
  • Assisted Iberubbo Imobiliária in an ICC arbitration against AIG Europe concerning the reimbursement of amounts paid by the former to the Portuguese tax authorities following an M&A transaction.
  • Representing PARPÚBLICA in an arbitral dispute in which the plaintiffs claim breach of contract and require PARPÚBLICA, TAP and the Portuguese government to pay compensation.

CCA Law Firm

With a keen focus on media-related matters, CCA Law Firm showcases broad experience in litigation involving defamation, privacy, freedom of speech, image rights and access to information. Apart from providing assistance to media entities, the practice is prepared to handle contentious matters involving IP, sport, commercial law, insurance and insolvency. Marta Duarte is a key individual for media law and IP litigation. She chairs the dispute resolution team with Catarina Limpo Serra, who maintains a broad practice in civil and commercial disputes. Rita Cruz leads on arbitration and matters related to corporate restructuring and insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Marta Duarte; Catarina Limpo Serra

Other key lawyers:

Rita Cruz

Testimonials

‘CCA is unique in its times and ways of responding. They meet the deadlines they set for reviewing the situation and always offer a solution (most of the time more than one) and are always willing to review and study new angles. They are always available and provide simple answers. They are very close to the client.’

‘I work directly with Rita Cruz, Marta Duarte and Catarina Limpo Serra. I have confidence in the work they do and the solutions they present. They are great professionals.’

‘Young team, with good technical capacity, great availability.’

‘Catarina Limpo Serra is a very strong lawyer, shows a lot of confidence and is very available.’

Key clients

Cofina

Google

TAP – Transportes Aéreos Portugueses

Hiscox

Caixa de Crédito Agrícola

Clarke Modet

Vodafone

Ledman

Valbuena Patrimonial SL

Sogrape Vinhos S.A.

Work highlights

  • Provides advice to TAP in the context of complaints filed by passengers.
  • Represents Google and Alphabet Inc. in a private enforcement competition case brought by Trioconnect.
  • Assisted Sogrape in an action against the owners of the Mateus Palace regarding the use of an image on the Mateus Rosé wine bottles.

Eversheds Sutherland FCB

Eversheds Sutherland FCB provides comprehensive assistance to domestic and international clients in the context of civil and commercial litigation, as well as arbitration proceedings. Acting for banking and financial institutions in credit recovery and insolvency-related contentious matters are also significant areas of work for the team. Sofia Ferreira Enriquez, who has specialist knowledge of insurance and transportation law, oversees the practice with Luís Falcão Ramos, the main contact for civil, commercial and criminal lawsuits.

Practice head(s):

Sofia Ferreira Enriquez; Luís Falcão Ramos

Other key lawyers:

Fábio de Jesus Loureiro; Sónia das Neves Serafim

Key clients

Banco Santander Totta

Hewlett-Packard

Maersk

Millennium BCP

Turkish Airlines

CGI

Novo Banco

Banco BIC Português

MGM Muthu Hotels

Fedex / TNT Express Worldwide (Portugal)

Work highlights

  • Acts for Banco Santander Costa in several litigation cases filed against the client.
  • Acting in ongoing dispute resolution and debt collection litigation for CGI.
  • Assists Maersk in several court cases regarding contractual damages to cargo and shipping law in general.

Macedo Vitorino & Associados

Clients operating in a range of sectors, including banking, energy, aviation and telecoms, turn to Macedo Vitorino & Associados for advice and representation in arbitration and litigation. Contentious matters arising from distribution agreements, insolvencies and labour issues are notable areas of practice for the department, which is led by João Macedo Vitorino. António de Macedo Vitorino and Cláudia Fernandes Martins are also active in dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

João Macedo Vitorino

Other key lawyers:

António de Macedo Vitorino; Cláudia Fernandes Martins

NGA Advogados

With teams based in Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra and the ability to cooperate with law firms in key jurisdictions throughout Europe and Africa, NGA Advogados offers comprehensive legal support in litigation at all levels of the Portuguese court system. The team, which comprises specialists in labour, tax, public contracts, international trade and IP, focuses on civil, commercial and corporate litigation as well as debt recovery. Practice head Luís Nobre Guedes ‘has extensive experience in the area', notably in disputes involving energy, technology and environmental matters. Gonçalo Mota Nogueira is the name to note for public law and arbitration mandates.

Practice head(s):

Luís Nobre Guedes

Other key lawyers:

Gonçalo Mota Nogueira

Testimonials

‘We have very close contact with senior partner Luis Nobre Guedes, who is someone with a lot of reputation in the legal sector in Portugal.’

‘Luis Nobre Guedes has extensive experience in the area.’

Key clients

VEOLIA Portugal

Actualsales Group

Albatross Mountain

Banco Comercial Português

AON Portugal

Caixa Económica Montepio Geral

Novo Banco, S.A.

DELTA Cafés

Crédito Agrícola

BCP

Portuguese Government

MACIEIRA COELHO Investimentos

Work highlights

  • Represents BCP in several contentious matters involving restructuring and insolvency, and debt recovery.

Pares Advogados

The litigation and arbitration group at Pares Advogados is a popular choice for domestic clients operating in the aviation, financial services, construction, industrial, insurance, media and technology sectors. Carlos Amaro is seasoned in litigation cases involving media companies, while João Malhadas Teixeira specialises in civil litigation. Financial institutions and companies regularly seek Pedro Carreira Albano's representation in judicial and arbitration proceedings. Sandra Severino combines extensive experience in administrative disputes, labour law, restructuring and insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Amaro; João Malhadas Teixeira; Pedro Carreira Albano; Sandra Severino

Other key lawyers:

Sofia Castro Caldeira

Testimonials

‘They provide very good legal support.’

‘In general, everyone has provided us with all the necessary support.’

‘They meet deadlines. They easily adapted to the technological challenges of communication at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Value for money.’

‘Good experience with all team members. I highlight Sandra Severino and Rui Rompante.’

Key clients

CIN, S.A.

Hotel Bairro Alto

Patris Group

Fidelidade, S.A.

Nissan, S.A.

SevenAir Group

Media Capital Group

Leya, S.A.

Teleperformance Portugal, S.A.

JBarroso Group Profile, S.A.

ÉvoraHotel, S.A.

Pavigrés, S.A.

JCDecaux Portugal, Lda.

Yonest, Lda.

RP Global Asset Holding GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing Patris in a €517m legal action for damages from Haitong Bank (former Banco Espírito Santo de Investimento) and its managers.
  • Representing TVI – TELEVISÃO INDEPENDENTE in several disputes against the Regulatory Authority for the Media where recommendations thereof are being challenged.
  • Representing Fidelidade – Companhia de Seguros in a €9.6m legal action filed by BIGDOOR – Utilidades, Equipamentos e Investimentos Imobiliários and others.

Raposo Bernardo

Raposo BernardoComparative Guides promotional icon is particularly experienced in acting for companies from the real estate, insurance, banking and pharmaceutical sectors in litigation and arbitration. Typical instructions for the dispute resolution team include contentious matters involving breach of contracts, corporate and shareholder disputes, and damages claims. Leading the practice is Ana Cláudia Rangel, who ‘stands out for her wit in finding ways to present the facts‘ and ‘the results she achieves‘.

Practice head(s):

Ana Cláudia Rangel

Testimonials

We have huge confidence in their work. I highlight their legal know-how, the sense of commitment to deadlines and what is combined, the ability to deal with large and complex matters, and the resilience of lawyers.’

‘The main lawyer in judicial litigation and insolvency and restructuring is Ana Cláudia Rangel. She stands out for her wit in finding ways to present the facts, for her experience in the bar and the results she achieves.’

‘Quality is the hallmark of Raposo Bernardo. They are a true partner to our company, always imbued with a spirit of getting things done right, with a more practical and realistic approach. They have a team of highly competent, skilful and dedicated litigation lawyers, with in-depth experience in the largest and most complex legal disputes.’

‘I would like to highlight the work developed by Cláudia Rangel, who is an extraordinary lawyer. Cláudia manages to put herself in our position and understand, in a perfect way, our concerns and fears in the face of a certain procedural or legal situation. From there, the work flows naturally and without any failure.’

‘We have been working for some years with Raposo Bernardo & Associados and, in my opinion, it is the perfect example of what a firm of corporate lawyers should be: entrepreneurial, dynamic, innovative, with high quality and technical capacity, and a good team of lawyers with different specialties.’

‘Cláudia Rangel is absolutely incredible in conducting a judicial process and especially in court. She knows the procedures and procedural formalities like few others, she is very fierce in defending our interests and the matters at hand.’

‘I would like to put special emphasis on the level of confidence and determination with which they work with us in major court cases. The litigation department is very strong. The firm is equipped with collaboration tools that facilitate communication between internal teams and with our own team. I am sure that such innovations come from the international nature of Raposo Bernardo, and from the need to interact between jurisdictions.’

‘The entire Litigation department, as well as the Insolvency and Restructuring area, has tremendous quality led in a very charismatic way by Ana Cláudia Rangel.’

Work highlights

  • Represents a client in several litigation matters involving transport damage, marine insurance and cargo claims.
  • Advises a client on lawsuits concerning asset portfolios, involving high-yield properties located in Portugal.
  • Assisting two companies in a judicial claim related to patent infringement for unfair competition.

Rogério Alves & Associados – Sociedade de Advogados, SP, RL

Boutique law firm Rogério Alves & Associados – Sociedade de Advogados, SP, RLComparative Guides promotional icon houses a team of dispute resolution specialists focused on criminal, civil and commercial litigation. Name partner Rogério Alves is best known for his work in the criminal law sphere, but is also experienced in arbitration. He oversees the team with João Perry Da Câmara, who leads on judicial proceedings, demonstrating particular proficiency in insolvency, commercial, family and inheritance law. José Gonçalo Pereira is also active in the team; he advises public entities and companies from the energy, real estate and construction sectors in litigation cases.

Practice head(s):

Rogério Alves; João Perry da Câmara

Other key lawyers:

José Gonçalo Pereira; Teresa Silva Tavares

Testimonials

‘Great commitment to addressing the issues assigned to the firm.’

‘This is a boutique law firm with very well known and good lawyers for dispute resolution. It provides good and timely legal advice and good value for money. The team is composed of well known and reputable lawyers.’

‘I would mention André Oliveira e Costa as a very good, full knowledge corporate lawyer, in particular in regard to financial aspects, and Rodrigo Varela Martins as a very good dispute resolution lawyer in particular for legal cases.’

Key clients

Puma

Rose Property Holdings

Hejamara