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Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution

Experienced in civil, criminal, labour and commercial litigation, CRS advogados acts for companies and private clients in the construction, media, pharmaceuticals and leisure sectors, among others.
Cerejeira Namora, Marinho Falcão is noted for its wealth of experience in labour and employment litigation as well as concession disputes, especially cases against local authorities.

Dispute resolution in Portugal


Benefiting from the firm’s international network, the dispute resolution team at CMS is often engaged in major domestic and multi-jurisdictional disputes, covering M&A, concessions, commercial matters and construction projects. Highly regarded for its expertise in the banking sector, the group is a popular choice for financial institutions seeking assistance with litigation and arbitration involving securities, derivatives and other financial products. Led by Miguel Esperança Pina and Nuno Pena, the department has extensive experience in handling international arbitration proceedings, especially ICC arbitration. Esperança Pina is a key contact for civil and commercial disputes in the telecoms, real estate, financial services and energy sectors, and Pena handles corporate, banking and civil litigation. Rita Gouveia focuses on complex disputes involving financial transactions, commercial contracts and M&A, and is a member of the executive committee of the National Arbitration Commission of ICC Portugal. Another key lawyer is senior associate Cristina Rogado.

Practice head(s):

Nuno Pena; Miguel Esperança Pina

Other key lawyers:

Rita Gouveia; Andrea Baptista; Cristina Rogado


‘Quick analysis of clients’ needs. Availability, easy communication, direct contact with lawyers.’

‘Premium facilities, responsibility and professional.’

‘Miguel Esperança Pina is experienced, provides legal certainty and has the ability to analyse clients’ needs and high technical capacity. Andrea Baptista is recommended for her work capacity, experience and legal knowledge.’

‘The team led by Miguel Esperança Pina has a very deep knowledge of arbitration proceedings and a very pragmatic approach in disputes.’

‘Miguel Esperança Pina leads his team and always provides excellent advice.’

Key clients

Unitel, SA


África Fertilizantes

Barclays Bank Plc

Goldman Sachs International

Blue Tagus Advisory, Lda

EDP Gestão da Produção de Energia, SA


Automóvel Club de Portugal (ACP)

Davidson Kempner European Partners

Knorr-Bremse España, SA

KMS – Motorcycle Shop, Lda

Uria & Menéndez Abogados, S.L.P. (Portuguese branch)

GALP Energia, SGPS, S.A.’s Gas Concessionaires and REN´Gas Concessionaire

Mercedes-Benz Group AG

Mercedes-Benz Portugal, SA

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented EDP – Gestão da Produção de Energia in arbitration proceedings against the Portuguese state related to the Fridão Hydropower Plant.
  • Acted for Unitel, the Angola telecoms company, in multi-jurisdictional litigation against a Dutch company held by Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of the former Angolan President.
  • Assisted GALP Energia Gas Concessionaires and REN Gas Concessionaire in litigation procedures against ERSE, the Portuguese regulator for the gas sector.


Linklaters houses ‘an extremely competent and dedicated’ dispute resolution team, which is often engaged in high-profile domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration cases. The group works in close collaboration with the firm’s public law team to handle major arbitration proceedings, especially investment disputes under bilateral and multilateral treaties. The practice is led by Nuno Ferreira Lousa, who is ‘extremely professional and dedicated to his clients’. He also heads the restructuring and insolvency department and is particularly sought after to advise on financial disputes and regulatory investigations. Ricardo Guimarães is recognised for his considerable experience in contentious public law matters. Manuel De Abreu Castelo Branco represents clients in antitrust investigations, corporate criminal litigation and commercial disputes. Another key lawyer is counsel Raquel Galvão Silva, whose expertise spans IP and public law disputes.

Practice head(s):

Nuno Ferreira Lousa

Other key lawyers:

Ricardo Guimarães; Manuel de Abreu Castelo Branco; Raquel Galvão Silva


‘Very professional and involved team that delivers extraordinary level of service. Highly accessible and easy to work with.’ 

‘Linklaters is one of the Portuguese firms of excellence, with an extremely competent and dedicated team of lawyers. Nuno Ferreira Lousa is one of the most complete lawyers in the market, with a legal sensitivity and extraordinary line of reasoning. Allied to this quality, I emphasise the ethical and deontological qualities that distinguish him.’ 

‘Ricardo Guimarães is an extraordinary lawyer, always available, with remarkable speed of reasoning. Extremely competent.’ 

Key clients

ECS – Sociedade de Capital de Risco, SA

Cerberus European Investments, LLC


Davidson Kempner European Partners

Bank of America Europe DAC

Lisgráfica – Impressão e Artes Gráficas, SA

Acciona Green Energy Developments SLU

Fluxys Lng SA

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

Noted for its ability to ‘provide a fast, complete and excellent litigation service’, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados focuses on high-value complex disputes. The group is often engaged in international arbitration proceedings, especially cases with a cross-border element related to Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa. The dispute resolution department is split into two groups: the civil and commercial litigation and arbitration practice, which is co-led by Francisco Cortez and Filipe Vaz Pinto, and the criminal litigation and compliance team, which is headed by Rui Patrício. Founding partner António Pinto Leite is an active arbitrator and often leads some of the most important cases handled by the firm. Sofia Vaz Sampaio is experienced in class actions, financial disputes and commercial and construction arbitrations, while Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira is noted for IP litigation and multi-jurisdictional arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Cortez; Filipe Vaz Pinto

Other key lawyers:

António Pinto Leite; Sofia Vaz Sampaio; Mariana Soares David; Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira; Rui Patrício


‘The MLGTS team provides a fast, complete and excellent litigation service’

‘In the area of litigation, Francisco Cortez undoubtedly stands out.’

‘The team has high technical knowledge and great ability to analyse the elements supplied.’

‘Mariana Soares David and Rui Patrício have deep technical knowledge and a global vision that allows a strategic orientation of the cases. They have a deep capacity for analysis and pay great attention to the details of all the facts under analysis.’


‘Highly regarded and internationally renowned’, PLMJ boasts a strong track record in high-profile litigation and arbitration cases in Portugal and Portuguese-speaking countries. Prominent in the automotive, financial services, telecoms and infrastructure sectors, the practice is a popular choice among leading corporations, institutional investors, non-profit organisations and public sector clients. The team is jointly led by Joaquim Shearman de Macedo, whose practice covers commercial and corporate litigation as well as construction and insurance disputes, arbitration expert Pedro Metello de Nápoles and Rita Samoreno Gomes, who is a key contact for antitrust and banking litigation. With over 30 years of experience handing insolvency and civil disputes, Nuno Líbano Monteiro is another key practitioner in the group. Also recommended are Pedro Caetano Nunes, and Carla Góis Coelho. The practice was boosted by the arrival of senior counsel Ricardo Silva Pereira, formerly at Linklaters, in May 2022 and senior associate Ana Raquel Frada from Cuatrecasas in September 2019, among others. Mariana França Gouveia  is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Nuno Líbano Monteiro; Pedro Caetano Nunes; Carla Góis Coelho; Ricardo Silva Pereira; Ana Raquel Frada; Bárbara de Bastos Viegas; Manuela Tavares Morais; Inês Gomes da Cruz; Camila Pinto de Lima


‘The team is led by senior lawyers with an excellent knowledge of the market and great negotiations skills. They understand the clients’ problems and provide good strategic advice. I appreciate their extensive experience. The team is all in sync and I feel that my cases are in good hands. I trust the team and appreciate its transparency and openness.’ 

‘The team led by Joaquim Shearman de Macedo has strong technical knowledge, dedication to its clients, great responsiveness and is always on time and friendly. Its cost/benefit ratio is also a differentiating factor.’

‘I would highlight without any doubt Joaquim Shearman de Macedo and Camila Pinto de Lima.’ 

‘Ricardo Silva Pereira is one of the best litigation lawyers I had the opportunity to work with. Ricardo has technical knowledge and offers practical, serious and ‘out-of-the-box’ advice.’ 

‘Pedro Caetano Nunes is a sharp lawyer, who knows his cases in great detail. His former experience as a judge is invaluable in ensuring that he has the right perspective. I particularly appreciate his honesty and his ability to provide sound advice.’  

‘Carla Góis Coelho is a brilliant lawyer and ‘an iron hand in a velvet glove’. She intervenes with subtlety and skill in our negotiations. She’s a top-notch lawyer.’ 

‘Nuno Líbano Monteiro is an impeccable partner with a lot of experience in litigation. Manuela Tavares Morais and Inês Gomes da Cruz are very experienced litigation lawyers, knowledgeable and meticulous in the analysis of procedural issues. Bárbara de Bastos Viegas is very experienced in civil and commercial litigation, with an extraordinary ability to analyse the case. She fosters close relationships with her clients, which facilitates the adjustment of strategies.’  

‘Nuno Líbano Monteiro heads this department with strong know-how and great national and international prestige. He is pragmatic and always attentive to the client’s best interests. Carla Góis Coelho is valued for her extensive legal knowledge and expertise in case management, always sharing valued advice. Bárbara de Bastos Viegas is an excellent professional with great attention to detail and an excellent ability to explain processes in a simple, detailed and easy-to-understand way.’ 

Key clients




Volvo Trucks and Renault Trucks

Volkswagen Group

Seat Group

Barclays Bank


Credit Agricole


ComCast Group

Bank of America

Republic of Cape Verde


Work highlights

  • Represented international investment funds including Attestor Capital, PIMCO and Blackrock Group in a €1.5bn dispute with Banco de Portugal.
  • Assisted three companies of the Mastercard group with an over €400m antitrust private damages class action brought by consumer association Ius Omnibus.
  • Acted for the Republic of Cape Verde in a complex €80m arbitration case brought by Loftleidir Cabo Verde in relation to the nationalisation of Transportes Aéreos de Cabo Verde (TACV).

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

The dispute resolution department at Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho regularly acts in some of the most high-profile civil and commercial litigation cases as well as class actions and cross-border arbitration proceedings. The team is a popular choice among financial institutions seeking assistance in complex financial disputes, especially those relating to securities, derivatives and other financial products. Noted for his experience in representing European and North American clients in white-collar criminal and commercial litigation, Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho heads the team and the firm’s African desk. Nuno Salazar and Adriano Squilacce are key names for financial disputes and administrative infringement proceedings. Also noted is Alexandre Mota pinto, who is experienced in proceedings before the Portuguese Securities Commission. Tito Arantes Fontes is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho

Other key lawyers:

Nuno Salazar; Alexandre Mota Pinto; Adriano Squilacce; Alexandre Mota Pinto; David Sequeira Dinis


‘Excellence, quality of work, involvement and responsibility. Ability to deliver solutions tailored to clients’ needs.’

‘David Sequeira Dinis is an exceptional lawyer. He has high technical knowledge and great availability, as well as a genuine concern for his clients.’

‘Competence, availability, assertiveness and anticipation.’

‘Rita Vieira Marques is noted for her enormous capacity for work, commitment, initiative and problem analysis.’

‘Uría Menéndez is a very complete and diverse team. It is important to highlight the team’s ability to work with the client in the elaboration of the most appropriate strategy in complex cases, with large amounts of technical information. It is worth highlighting Alexandre Mota Pinto for his competent management of cases.’

‘I would like to highlight Alexandre Mota Pinto for his extensive experience, close monitoring of cases and the ability to strategically defend the client’s best interests.’

‘Extraordinarily available and creative in solving problems. Assertive and efficient approach, based on strong technical knowledge and great rigour in execution.’

‘I’d highlight Nuno Salazar.’

Key clients

Ricardo Espírito Santo Silva Salgado

Banco Santander Totta, SA


Caixa Económica Montepio Geral

Deloitte, SROC SA

Work highlights

  • Represented Banco Santander Totta in a claim filed by ASG Technologies Group for the unauthorised use of the software programs ViewDirect® and DocumentDirect®.
  • Acted for the former CEO of Banco Espírito Santo in more than 130 high-profile administrative, civil and criminal cases.
  • Assisted Deloitte in a civil claim filed by Liminorke for €55m for its alleged failings as auditor of the former Portuguese bank BPP – Banco Privado Português.


VdA‘s dispute resolution team represents prominent companies and financial institutions in high-profile complex litigation and arbitration cases across a wide range of practice areas, spanning white-collar crime, restructuring and insolvency, IP, banking, M&A, competition law and insurance. Prominent in an array of sectors, including energy, life sciences, telecoms and real estate, the group is particularly active in cross-border disputes, notably in Portuguese-speaking African countries such as Angola, Mozambique and Cabo Verde. Leading the group are Frederico Gonçalves Pereira and Miguel Pinto Cardoso; Gonçalves Pereira is noted for his significant trial experience and expertise in complex civil and commercial disputes, and Pinto Cardoso focuses on domestic and international arbitration, especially commercial and investor-state disputes. Carla Gonçalves Borges is often sought after to advise on disputes in the banking, technology and sports industries. Mariana França Gouveia joined from PLMJ in June 2023.

Practice head(s):

Frederico Gonçalves Pereira; Miguel Pinto Cardoso

Other key lawyers:

Carla Gonçalves Borges; Filipe Rocha Vieira; Miguel Lourenço e Silva


‘VdA has its clients at the centre of its attention, which allows it to develop a relationship based on mutual trust. There is a clear understanding by all members of the firm of the client’s priorities and objectives. The team always seeks the best legal framework to achieve the client’s goals.’ 

‘The VdA team is very well prepared. I would highlight the commitment and excellence of its professionals, who have a broad knowledge of various areas of specialisation, which results in successful outcomes in complex multidisciplinary matters.’

‘At VdA, lawyers effectively communicate with each other, which results in the good management of matters on a timely manner.’ 

‘Frederico Gonçalves Pereira and Miguel Pinto Cardoso are noted for their excellence, know-how and experience. Filipe Rocha Vieira and Miguel Lourenço e Silva are noted for their effort, sacrifice, resilience and dedication.’

Key clients

Grupo Banco Comercial Português

Grupo Caixa Geral de Depósitos

Brisa Auto-Estradas de Portugal

MEO – Serviços de Comunicações e Multimédia

Oi, SA

Vanguard Properties Group

CTT – Correios de Portugal, SA

Zagope – Construções e Engenharia, SA

ConocoPhillips Group

Trust Energy Group

Banco de Portugal (Fundo de Resolução)

Sport Lisboa e Benfica

BWin Portugal

Doyen Sports Investments Limited


Grupo Galp Energia

NovaBase Group

Banco Santander Totta, SA

Barclays Bank PLC

Grupo Deutsche Bank

Caixa de Crédito Agrícola

Banco Português de Fomento, SA

Zurich Insurance Plc


The Navigator Company

NIB, S.A. – National Investment Bank, LLC

Roche – Sistemas de Diagnósticos, Sociedade Unipessoal, Lda

Novartis Portugal

Pfizer Portugal

Glaxo Smith Klein

DePuy International Ltd

Jose de Mello Saúde, SA (now CUF, SA)


Subsea 7

Total E&P Angola, Block 32 – Sucursal de Angola

Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus, Angola

L3 Commercial Training Solutions

Indaqua (MYA Group)

Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário Fechado Sete Colinas

Via Verde Portugal

SAUR Group (and its shareholder EQT Partners)


April Group insurance

Banco Invest

Tejo Energia – Produção e Distribuição de Energia Elétrica, SA

Montepio Bank

Turbogás – Produtora Energética, SA

Planbelas Group

Work highlights

  • Represented BCP and CGD in a complex set of disputes against businessman and art collector José Berardo and his corporate group, Berardo Group.
  • Acted for Banco Comercial Português in a claim filed by Fundação José Berado and José Berardo against Banco Comercial Português, Caixa Geral de Depósitos, ANovo Banco and BES – Em Liquidação, requesting the compensation of damages amounting to circa €1bn.
  • Assisted CTT with a private enforcement claim against it filed by Vasp and Iberomail.

Abreu Advogados

Abreu Advogados is often sought after to handle complex civil and commercial disputes, arbitration cases and pre-litigation proceedings, before both domestic and international courts and tribunals. The firm has also been expanding its corporate crime group, which is led by Francisco Patrício and is focused on complex criminal cases and compliance matters. Notable for her experience in international arbitration cases involving companies in Spain and Luxembourg as well as foreign investors operating in Portugal, Mozambique and Angola, Alexandra Nascimento Correia heads the litigation and arbitration practice alongside Guilherme Santos Silva. Santos Silva co-leads the firm’s Angolan desk and has extensive experience in civil, commercial and transportation litigation. Ana Grosso Alves, who has a wealth of experience in litigation and arbitration, joined from Gómez-Acebo & Pombo in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Nascimento Correia; Guilherme Santos Silva; Francisco Patrício

Other key lawyers:

André Pereira da Fonseca; Gonçalo Malheiro; Teresa Anselmo Vaz; Teresa Brito da Silva


‘Reliable, great knowledge of the law and great accessibility.’

‘In-depth knowledge of the clients’ business. Quick, swift and proactive communication style.’

‘Alexandra Nascimento Correia is an excellent lawyer, easily accessible and trustworthy.’

‘The team was tireless at all stages of the case, with the aggravating factor that most of the case took place during the pandemic.’

‘André Pereira da Fonseca and Gonçalo Malheiro know how to strategically manage a case, especially trial hearings. A successful outcome not only due to their knowledge but also due to the strategy used in all phases of the case.’ 

‘Guilherme Santos Silva is pragmatic and very competent.’

‘I have had the opportunity to work closely with Alexandra Nascimento Correia in arbitration and judicial proceedings and I would like to highlight her rigour and knowledge in civil proceedings.’

‘Teresa Anselmo Vaz and Teresa Brito da Silva are recommended.’

Key clients


Andritz Hydro GmbH

Caixa Central de Crédito Agrícola Mútuo

Federação Portuguesa de Futebol

Galp Energia


Interfundos – Sociedade Gestora de Fundos de Investimento Colectivo, SA

Sonagi (formerly Cimilonga Imobiliária)

Synlab Group – Europe’s leading provider of laboratory diagnostic services

UEM – Unidade de Estruturas Metálicas, SA (Normetal Group)

Work highlights

  • Assisted Andritz in a contractual and insolvency dispute against a major construction company involving the construction of several dams.
  • Acted for GALP’s subsidiary Lisboa Gás in a judicial dispute against the owners of properties located in the historical area of Lisbon that exploded due to a gas leak.


Following its merger with SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados in January 2023, Cuatrecasas‘ dispute resolution practice has been strengthened by the arrival of Luis Miguel Cortes Martins and Maria Raquel Moreira. Cortes Martins draws on more than 30 years of experience handling civil and commercial disputes in the energy, telecoms, real estate and financial services industries, and Moreira is especially sought after to represent financial institutions, state-owned companies and major corporations in complex insolvency, asset recovery and corporate litigation. Notable for his expertise in litigation and arbitration, covering construction projects, concessions and M&A, Miguel De Almada heads up the team and co-leads the firm’s global arbitration practice. Also recommended is Frederico Bettencourt Ferreira, who focuses on out-of-court proceedings and international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Miguel de Almada

Other key lawyers:

Luis Miguel Cortes Martins; Maria Raquel Moreira; Frederico Bettencourt Ferreira; Diana Simão Lourenço; Miguel Pereira da Silva; Afonso Moucho Diogo; Carolina Salazar Leite


‘The speed in which the team takes care of matters and the relationship of trust with the client are distinguished features of the firm. Frederico Bettencourt Ferreira is excellent.’

‘The team is very good at applying technologies to arbitration, which facilitates communication and the implementation of procedural strategies.’

‘Miguel Pereira da Silva is very detailed and objective in the analysis of cases. Frederico Bettencourt Ferreira has extensive legal knowledge and is very detailed and strategic in the analysis of cases.’

‘Miguel de Almada, Afonso Moucho Diogo and Carolina Salazar Leite are recommended.’

‘I would like to highlight Luís Miguel Cortes Martins, Maria Raquel Moreira and Diana Simão Lourenço, who are always available and competent lawyers.’

‘Quality and speed.’

Key clients






Coca-Cola Iberian Partners



Sacyr – Somague

Work highlights

  • Assisted Medway Terminals in a post-M&A arbitration against Lena SGPS, involving the breach of certain representations and warranties and a price adjustment mechanism.
  • Acted for Tech Data Portugal and Tech Data Europe in a €5.7m dispute against the estate of Interlog Informática.
  • Represented Banco Privado Português (BPP) and its winding-up board in pre-litigation and litigation proceedings, involving banking, regulatory, commercial, corporate and civil matters.

Sérvulo & Associados

Offering ‘promptness and excellence in service’, the dispute resolution team at Sérvulo & Associados handles complex litigation and arbitration cases, covering civil and commercial disputes, corporate crime, regulatory compliance and administrative proceedings. Well known for its domestic and international arbitration capabilities, the team has a strong reputation in the market for representing financial institutions in high-profile financial disputes. António Teles focuses on commercial litigation and has extensive experience acting as arbitrator in disputes in the pharmaceutical sector. He manages the department alongside sports litigation and restructuring and insolvency specialist João Saúde, and Mafalda Ferreira Santos, who is recommended for in- and out-of-court proceedings, covering consumer rights issues, competition law matters and commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):

António Teles; João Saúde; Mafalda Ferreira Santos

Other key lawyers:

Mafalda Ferreira Santos; João Santos Marta; Maria José Lourenço; Nuno Temudo Vieira


‘High work capacity, rigour, professionalism, high responsiveness, credibility, client orientated and availability.’

‘This is an office with extensive experience working with banks. Very competent in the area of litigation. Diligent and proactive.’

‘Mafalda Ferreira Santos is noted for her ability to work under pressure, experience and technical knowledge. António Teles, Maria José Lourenço, Alexandra Valepaço and Nuno Temudo Vieira are also recommended. Its technical capacity, level of experience, degree of knowledge of the client’s business and quality of work stand out, being differentiating factors of the team.’

‘The promptness and excellence in service.’

‘Mafalda Ferreira Santos is professional, empathetic and clear in her requests and answers.’

‘António Teles and João Santos Marta are recommended.’

‘Office with a very competitive price/quality ratio, with renowned professionals with great qualifications and valuable experience.’

‘The teams we worked with were always in perfect sync. They are always able to understand with accuracy what it is being discussed. They always resolve the issues faced by us with rigour and assertiveness. Amazing legal and sectorial expertise and effective communication.’

Key clients

TAP – Transportes Aéreos Portugueses, SGPS, SA




Tabaqueira – Empresa Industrial de Tabacos SA

Altri Florestal, SA

Hospital da Luz, SA


Massa Insolvente da Interlog – Informática, SA

ANEPC – Autoridade Nacional de Emergência e Proteção Civil


EDP Group

Lusíadas Saúde Group – United Healthcare Group

Caixa Económica Montepio Geral, Caixa Económica Bancária, SA

Sociedade de Desenvolvimento do Porto Santo, SA

Entreposto Gestão Imobiliária, SA

Work highlights

  • Acted for Ferrovial in a credit claim against Iberdrola for approximately €126m and Iberdrol’s counterclaim for approximately €20m concerning the the construction of three dams.
  • Representing E-Redes, previously named EDP Distribuição, in a major civil liability case related to the forest fires that occurred in Pedrógão Grande in the summer of 2017.
  • Assisted Lusíadas Saúde in an action for setting aside an arbitration award issued in a case against the Portuguese state concerning the PPP for the management and provision of healthcare at the Cascais Hospital.


DLA Piper ABBC has a strong following of international clients and is active in a wide range of sectors, most notably banking, insurance, real estate, automotive and telecoms. The group is experienced in debt recovery claims, competition law matters and commercial litigation and arbitration. Boosting the firm’s corporate crime offering is Paulo Saragoça da Matta, who joined the firm in May 2022, bringing extensive experience in high-profile white-collar crime cases. He oversees the team alongside Vanessa Antunes, who is an expert in civil and commercial disputes as well as insolvency cases, and litigator and arbitrator Sofia Ribeiro Mendes.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Saragoça da Matta; Vanessa Antunes; Sofia Ribeiro Mendes

Other key lawyers:

Silvia Ferreira


‘DLA Piper offers a pragmatic analysis of cases, always proposing a set of solutions. The technical knowledge and dedication of the team are excellent.’

‘Silvia Ferreira is excellent at monitoring and defending cases. He has a high concern for detail in the preparation of hearings and testimonies. Vanessa Antunes has extensive technical knowledge and is extremely insightful in the analysis of risks and opportunities when defending cases. She leads the team very efficiently.’

‘Vanessa Antunes is extremely proactive and has creative, outside-the-box solutions.’

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Advised Caixa Geral de Depósito on the request for the insolvency of Investifino and its credit of around €350m with Investifino.
  • Assisted Caixa Geral de Depósito in the enforcement of guarantees in financing contracts in Portugal, Brazil and the Netherlands, to reimburse an overdue credit of around €55m.

Garrigues Portugal

With a strong presence in both Lisbon and Porto, Garrigues Portugal‘ dispute resolution practice acts for blue-chip multinational and domestic companies operating in a wide range of sectors, spanning banking, automotive, real estate and insurance. Led by João Duarte de Sousa, the team is especially focused on cross-border disputes and is experienced in litigation and arbitration, covering administrative proceedings, EU law, corporate matters, M&A and tax. Duarte de Sousa is often engaged in financial and construction disputes. He works alongside Miguel Azevedo, who handles litigation involving project finance and banking matters, and Porto-based senior associate André Gualter de Vasconcellos, whose practice covers M&A and shareholder disputes.

Practice head(s):

João Duarte de Sousa

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Reactivity, clarity, technical knowledge and collaboration.’

‘Excellent communication with the client. Always available. Focused on problem solving. Critical thinking.’

‘André Gualter de Vasconcellos is an excellent lawyer. He knows the processes in depth and is attentive to the smallest details, which often make a lot of difference in defence strategies. Always available.’

‘The relationship with the firm has been exceptionally fruitful. We place great trust in the team and do not hesitate to hire them, regardless of the seriousness or complexity of the issues.’

‘Miguel Azevedo is recommended.’

‘The team’s knowledge and availability are characteristics that distinguish the Garrigues’ litigation team. In addition, the harmonious way in which different teams work with each other in legal proceedings increases the quality of the work presented and reinforces the results.’

‘Marta Veludo dos Santos is very close to her clients, following matters very closely and providing constant feedback to her clients.’

‘André Gualter Vasconcellos is recommended.’

Key clients











Work highlights

  • Represented a leading energy utility in an arbitral dispute related to the construction of a hydroelectric dam.
  • Acted for a leading mechanical and plant engineering firm in a claim brought by one of the major producers of aircraft for alleged defects in a waste-water treatment station.
  • Represented a Portuguese investment bank in several claims brought by various commercial paper and credit link notes investors in the aftermath of the BES collapse.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo handles corporate, civil and commercial litigation and arbitration in a wide range of sectors, including construction, insurance and transportation. The practice is particularly known for its strong track record in disputes relating to public contracts, infrastructure projects and PPPs. Ricardo Campos has extensive experience advising on administrative proceedings, project development and arbitration. Ana Grosso Alves and Luís Froes are no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Campos


‘Our main contact is Ricardo Campos. He is available, competent and friendly.’

‘Ricardo Campos stands out for his competence, availability and friendliness in dealings. He conveys confidence in his opinions and defence of cases.’

Key clients

BTG Pactual

Golden Tree

Third Point


Casais Engenharia e Construção

LOC – Litoral Oeste Construtores

MOTA-ENGIL/Acciona / EDIVISA – Obras do Aproveitamento Hidroeléctrico de Alto Tâmega, A.C.E.

Gabriel Couto

Edivisa Construções, SA



Work highlights

  • Advised BTG Pactual, Golden Tree, Third Point and Bennet regarding several judicial reviews filed against the Bank of Portugal.
  • Acting for Casais Engenharia e Construção in an administrative action against Infraestruturas de Portugal.
  • Represented the Joint Venture Mota-Engil, Acciona and Edivisa in an arbitral proceeding against Iberdrola Generacion regarding the construction of the Alto Tamega hydroelectric project in Portugal.

SRS Legal

The ‘multilingual team’ at SRS Legal ‘always looks for the most practical solutions’ and has a wealth of experience handling commercial, real estate and financial disputes. With strong capabilities in both litigation and arbitration, the group is active across an array of sectors, most notably tourism, telecoms, financial services and construction. Jointly led by José Carlos Soares Machado and José Jácome, the practice acts for national and international companies, non-profit organisations and high-net-worth individuals. Natália Garcia Alves and Carla Neves Matias are other key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

José Carlos Soares Machado; José Jácome

Other key lawyers:

Natália Garcia Alves; Regina Santos Perreira; Maria Ana Cunha; Carla Neves Matias; Bernardo Castro Caldas; Tiago Corder Meira


‘Its knowledge of the law, coupled with its analytical skills and commitment to clients make SRS Advogados a firm that can be relied upon to provide the best legal advice. It also owns the best tools and resources to ensure its clients’ satisfaction.’

‘From my experience, the dealings with each of the members and associates of the firm have been exceptional. They are committed and professional at all times. I would particularly highlight the team’s problem-solving skills and José Carlos Soares Machado and Natália Garcia Alves.’

‘The lawyers at SRS who stand out the most are Regina Santos Perreira and Maria Ana Cunha. Both lawyers had excellent communication skills, the ability to draw reasonable, logical conclusions and good analytical skills.’

‘Carla Neves Matias is my go-to lawyer for litigation. She has the know-how, the ability to work and a strong track record in the banking and insurance sectors. A true star.’

‘We are very happy with the work done by Soares Machado and Teresa Teixeira. They demonstrate deep sectorial knowledge and great strategic capability.’

‘A multilingual team with deep knowledge. The firm is always looking for the most practical solutions. Absolutely a top firm.’

‘José Jácome and Leonor Fransico are very talented and approachable.’

‘In terms of litigation, we would like to highlight the high performance of Bernardo Castro Caldas and Tiago Corder Meira. The levels of success achieved are excellent, whether in commercial or administrative disputes. In addition to their technical skills, the team has deep sectorial knowledge.’

Caiado Guerreiro

Offering ‘outside-the-box and strategic solutions’, Caiado Guerreiro attracts a roster of domestic and international companies as well as private clients. The group frequently handles civil and commercial disputes and is skilled in out-of-court settlements. The department is jointly led by João Caiado Guerreiro, Sandra Ferreira Dias, who has significant experience advising on contentious matters involving family law, criminal cases and insolvency proceedings, and Sandra Jesus, whose practice covers IP, inheritance, commercial and employment disputes.

Practice head(s):

João Caiado Guerreiro; Sandra Ferreira Dias; Sandra Jesus


‘Outside-the-box and strategic solutions.’

‘Excellent team, with great relationship. Promptness and appropriate responses.’

‘Sandra Jesus is very attentive and knowledgeable.’

‘Availability and technical knowledge.’

‘The team is very quick at responding to requests and provides creative solutions. Very professional. Top performance.’

‘Cátia Pereira Baptista is always prepared and provides new ways to resolve unique cases. She dedicates a lot of time to our matters. We know that with her our cases are in safe hands. Easy to contact and excellent service. We are very happy as a client.’

‘Great availability. French language capabilities.’ 

Key clients

Natura House

Ferring International Center SA

Chantuque Limited

Banque Raiffeisen SC

Mulberry (Sintra) Inc

Transational Cannabis Ltd

Cyan Trading, Ltd


April Portugal SA

Augus Partner Unipessoal, Lda

Genbank- SA

My Money Bank



Lola Normajean

Sunny resorts

Eninter Espanha

Eninter Portugal

Work highlights

  • Represented Lola Normajean in a judicial proceeding against Intermarché regarding a breach of an advertising and communication contract.
  • Assisted a family with a complex financial dispute related to investment and asset management solutions against Swiss Life Group and Crédit Agricole Indosuez Wealth Management.
  • Acted for Cyan Trading in judicial proceedings before the Portuguese courts against a supplier of dental equipment that was regarded as counterfeit.

Miranda & Associados

Miranda & Associados‘very competent’ team receives instructions from domestic and international companies as well as public sector clients and is particularly skilled in disputes with cross-border elements tied to African countries, including Cabo Verde, Angola and Mozambique. With notable litigation and arbitration capabilities, the group handles contentious matters involving public law issues, shareholder conflicts, construction projects and commercial contracts. The practice is co-led by experienced arbitrator and litigator Sofia Martins and Francisco Colaço, who is especially active in the insurance, banking, energy and pharmaceuticals sectors.

Practice head(s):

Sofia Martins; Francisco Colaço

Other key lawyers:

Diana Bernadino


‘Miranda’s litigation team is very competent, thanks to years of accumulated experience and great dedication to the issues at hand and to its clients.’

‘I particularly highlight the performance of Sofia Martins, who demonstrates a capacity for coordination, anticipation of problems and technical knowledge that is truly exceptional.’

‘Deep legal knowledge. Sofia Martins, who leads the litigation team, is an excellent lawyer. I have worked with her many times, and she is one of the best lawyers I know.’

Key clients

Patel Engineering

REN – Rede Eléctrica Nacional, SA

Rotas do Algarve Litoral, SA

State of Portugal

Work highlights

  • Co-advised Patel Engineering on arbitration proceedings under UNCITRAL rules against the state of Mozambique concerning an infrastructure project in Mozambique.
  • Represented REN – Rede Eléctrica Nacional in several complex disputes related to existing power purchase agreements.


‘With experienced lawyers who are able to bring together cross-practice teams to handle multidisciplinary disputes’, TELLES has notable strength in disputes resolution in the M&A, commercial contracts, shareholder conflict and insurance liability spheres. Split between Porto and Lisbon, the team also acts for hospitals and doctors in medical liability cases. In Porto, André Navarro de Noronha, ‘who is very attentive to the goals and needs of his clients’, and Fernando Pizarro Monteiro oversee the practice alongside Lisbon-based partner Nuno Miguel Lourenço, who ‘sees things strategically and analyses every single detail of the case’.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Nuno Cardoso


‘Very accessable.’

‘With experienced lawyers who are able to bring together cross-practice teams to handle multidisciplinary disputes, TELLES provides quality services.’

‘Nuno Cardoso has the ability to see things strategically and analyse every single detail of the case.’

‘André Navarro de Noronha is very attentive to the goals and needs of his clients.’

Key clients



Álvaro Siza 2 – Arquitecto, SA


Atradius Credito y Caución

Banco BIC

Egis Road Operation Portugal, SA

Glatz – GmbH

Grupo Nelson Quintas

Klépierre Group

Kühne + Nagel, SA

Metalogalva (Vigent Group)

Nors, SA

Ocidental Seguros


Parvalorem, SA



Socicorreia Engenharia

Work highlights

  • Acted for Super Bock in a class action under EU competition law brought by beer consumers in Portugal for allegations of price fixing.
  • Represented a shareholder of Onires Group in a divorce dispute related to the acquisition of the total share capital of a major company in the car parking industry.
  • Assisted Klépierre Group in three claims against the Portuguese government for rents not received from tenants between 13 March 2020 and 31 December 2020.

VCA - Valadas Coriel & Associados

The ‘dedicated’ dispute resolution team at VCA - Valadas Coriel & Associados houses ‘multilingual professionals with deep experience and knowledge’ in high-value disputes across a wide range of fields, including tax, corporate, real estate, white-collar crime and employment. ‘Skillful negotiator’ João Valadas Coriel leads the group and is sought after to represent companies and private clients in maritime litigation, tax disputes and insolvency proceedings. He works alongside Hugo Martins Braz, who is recommended for employment litigation and layoff matters, and tax litigator Sofia Quental.

Practice head(s):

João Valadas Coriel

Other key lawyers:

Sofia Quental; Hugo Martins Braz; António Cayolla


‘Very dedicated team. Able to provide accurate solutions in a very short time frame.’

‘Multilingual professionals with deep experience and knowledge in their fields. Able to think outside the box.’

‘Besides João Valadas Coriel, with whom our relationship was initially established, we have been dealing with Sofia Quental and Hugo Martins Braz. We particularly appreciate their proactivity, pragmatism and solution-driven approach, never neglecting the details of the case.’

‘Ability to monitor a wide range of cases. The team maintains excellent communication with clients. Searches for the best outcomes.’

‘Hugo Martins Braz ensures defined objectives are met and maintains an excellent relationship with the client.’

‘João Valadas Coriel is always updated on legislative and regulatory developments in Portugal and abroad. He excels in many languages and is a skillful negotiator, who knows when to step back. He supervises each case from the beginning to the end, providing important insights and coordinating his team with mastery.’

‘António Cayolla is highly experienced and qualified. He is capable of summarising extensive files and advising on whether to litigate or to settle.’

Key clients

EDP – Energias de Portugal, SA

GALP Energia, SA

Cenaro Group SARL

EDP Foundation and MAAT Museum

Hotéis Roma Group

STILL – Sociedade de Tratamento de Imagem Lusitana

Work highlights

  • Assisted longstanding client EDP – Energias de Portugal in a range of disputes.
  • Acted for GALP Energia in real estate and maritime disputes.
  • Represented Cenaro, a leading real estate developer based in Luxembourg, in a high-value dispute.

Albuquerque & Almeida

Led by the ‘professional and experienced’ Inês De Oliveira Domingos and Paulo De Almeida, Albuquerque & Almeida‘s dispute resolution practice is skilled in commercial, insurance and banking litigation. Oliveira Domingos is noted for her experience advising on civil and commercial litigation and arbitration cases, while Almeida focuses on white-collar criminal and financial disputes. The group is particularly active in the real estate, manufacturing and financial services industries.

Practice head(s):

Inês de Oliveira Domingos; Paulo de Almeida

Other key lawyers:

Luís Mesquita


‘Availability, commitment, quality of work and responsiveness are undoubtedly standout qualities of the firm and the main reason, among other aspects, for the durability of our relationship with its lawyers.’

‘Paulo de Almeida is a lawyer of excellence and our main and best contact at the firm. Advised by Luís Mesquita, when it comes to litigation matters. A tireless team of commendable merit.’

‘Always available to respond to requests and support the client. It also shows a dedication and commitment on the part of the lawyers of those who “wear the shirt” of the clients.’

‘Inês de Oliveira Domingos is professional and experienced, with solid commitment and dedication.’

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

The dispute resolution team at APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. is especially focused on cross-border litigation, often representing domestic and international clients in commercial and contractual disputes. Other areas of strength for the practice include insurance claims, debt recovery proceedings and insolvency cases. The group is led by João Marques de Almeida, who draws on more than 20 years of experience handling litigation and arbitration cases. He works alongside José Alves Pereira, a founding member of the Portuguese Arbitration Association.

Practice head(s):

João Marques de Almeida

Key clients

Aircraft Engine Lease Finance, Ltd

Archer Daniels Midland

AIG Europe

ANA Aeroportos

AXA|/XL Insurance

Allianz France

Assuranceforeningen SKULD

Club Med



Geobrugg Ibérica, SAU

Guinea Foods SDN. BHD.

IPG Mediabrands


La Réunion

L3Harris Technologies, Inc

Polyrix, Inc

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

The Tenant Solution, SL

Threadneedle Asset Management, Ltd

Veralia Corporación

Work highlights

  • Advised ADM International, a Swiss company that trades agricultural raw materials, on a contractual dispute involving the tolling of sunflower seed into sunflower seed meal and sunflower oil.
  • Represented several institutional senior bondholders in the judicial liquidation of BES Bank.
  • Acted for Aircraft Engine Lease Finance on the debt recovery and court enforcement of guarantees related to the early termination of a leasing agreement of an Airbus A330-223 aircraft.

CCA Law Firm

CCA Law Firm‘s dispute resolution group demonstrates a wealth of experience handling contentious matters in the media, IP, corporate and insurance fields. In addition to its notable strength in criminal proceedings involving defamation and breach of privacy, the team also excels in administrative disputes and commercial arbitration. The practice is jointly led by Marta Duarte, whose practice covers criminal proceedings, IP litigation and media law disputes, and civil and commercial litigator Catarina Limpo Serra. Other key practitioners include founding partner Carlos Cruz and Rita Cruz.

Practice head(s):

Marta Duarte; Catarina Limpo Serra

Other key lawyers:

Carlos Cruz; Rita Cruz


‘Great availability, attention to the client, understanding of what is at stake and technical competence. Good results.’

‘The team is always available and has high technical competence.’

‘Catarina Limpo Serra is a great leader. She understands the client’s needs, such as time and cost management issues, and is able to adapt, at any given moment, to the client’s needs.’

‘Rita Cruz and Marta Duarte are very available, pragmatic and very easy to work with.’

‘Legal certainty of opinions and interventions.’

‘The CCA Litigation team is young but very competent. It has a great ability to adapt to the demands of the job, in terms of team size and availability.’

‘I’d highlight Rita Cruz and Carlos Cruz.’

‘Marta Duarte is recommended.’

Key clients


Cofina Media



Clarke Modet


QBE UK Limited

Sogrape Vinhos SA


Sport TV

Work highlights

  • Represented Alphabet and Google in a class action valued at €100m brought by Ius Omnibus, a non-profit Portuguese association aimed to protect consumers’ rights.
  • Acted for SICAME, a company specialised in products and services relating to the transmission and distribution of electrical power, in arbitration for the reimbursement of an amount overpaid for the acquisition of a company.
  • Represented Cofina in a defamation claim filed by the former president of Sporting Clube de Portugal against several journalists and the directors of several publications.

Eversheds Sutherland FCB

Following the merger between Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP and FCB Advogados, the dispute resolution team at Eversheds Sutherland FCB is co-led by Sofia Ferreira Enriquez and Luís Falcão Ramos. Ferreira Enriquez advises both national and international companies on civil and commercial litigation and arbitration; Falcão Ramos focuses on civil, commercial and criminal litigation and has significant experience handling restructuring and insolvency proceedings. The group demonstrates particular strength in credit recovery and insolvency-related disputes, often acting for banks and other financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

Sofia Ferreira Enriquez; Luís Falcão Ramos

Other key lawyers:

Miguel Castelo Branco; Gonçalo Jardim; Fábio de Jesus Loureiro; Sónia das Neves Serafim


‘A team with availability, high knowledge and a lot of rigour in the exercise of the service provided. The team strictly complies with the requested deadlines.’

‘Highly skilled, multitasking team. Great insights, top advisers and excellent professionals and worldwide reputation.’

‘Miguel Castelo Branco and Sofia Ferreira Enriquez are personal, impeccably attentive to clients, very skilled and highly professional.’

‘The lawyer we deal with the most is Sofia Ferreira Enriquez. She always takes great professional care of our disputes and proposes solutions with alternatives, in addition to carefully explaining Portuguese legislation and the commercial and criminal implications. After 25 years in the business world, we can say that she is an absolutely reliable and effective lawyer. Exceptional.’

‘I highlight the team’s proactivity with a constant search for new solutions that better protect the client. Highly collaborative and available.’

‘Sofia Ferreira Enriquez for her availability, friendliness and serenity, in addition to the knowledge shown in the areas to which she is asked questions.’

‘Luís Falcão Ramos and Gonçalo Jardim are recommended for their extensive knowledge, availability and quick response.’

‘I cannot fail to highlight Sofia Enriquez and Luís Falcão Ramos, partners at Eversheds Sutherland FCB who lead the litigation team. They are the two lawyers in whom we fully trust and who gives reassurance of quality and efficiency. Fast, available, flexible and remarkable rates of success. We would also like to mention Fábio Loureiro and Sónia Serafim, who are also part of the team and deal with our issues in a very competent manner.’

Key clients

Banco Santander Totta



Millennium BCP

Turkish Airlines


Novo Banco

Banco BIC Português

MGM Muthu Hotels


TNT Express Worldwide

Work highlights

  • Represented Banco BIC in several dispute resolution matters.
  • Acted for Novo Banco in several dispute resolution cases.
  • Assisted Banco Santander Totta in several dispute resolution matters.


MACEDO VITORINO acts for clients operating in a wide range of sectors, including energy, banking, aviation and telecoms, where it handles distribution agreements and insolvency-related litigation and arbitration. Led by João Macedo Vitorino, whose practice covers corporate taxation, M&A and acquisition finance and arbitration, the team handles banking litigation and credit recovery claims. Another key lawyer is António de Macedo Vitorino, who focuses on financial transactions and corporate restructuring. Inês Coelho Simões left the firm in October 2021.

Practice head(s):

João Macedo Vitorino

Other key lawyers:

António de Macedo Vitorino

NGA Advogados

Present in Lisbon, Porto, Maputo and Luanda, NGA Advogados‘ disputes team offers domestic and international clients assistance in debt recovery and insolvency-related proceedings as well as inheritance and commercial disputes. Boosting the group’s labour dispute capabilities is Inês Coelho Simões, who joined the firm in October 2021 from MACEDO VITORINO. Luís Nobre Guedes is experienced in litigation and arbitration involving energy, technology and environmental matters. Pedro Pestana Bastos acts for insurance firms and banks in debt recovery and restructuring proceedings. Gonçalo Mota Nogueira handles public law matters and arbitration, and Diogo Matos Oliveira is recommended for banking litigation.

Practice head(s):

Luís Nobre Guedes; Pedro Pestana Bastos; Gonçalo Mota Nogueira; Diogo Matos Oliveira

Other key lawyers:

Inês Coelho Simões


‘The firm is a key partner for our business. It stands out for its organisation, rigour, speed and ability to create solutions. It is an office that keeps up to date with sustainability issues and is even our forerunner in terms of ESG.’

‘Quality of litigation services provided.’

‘Diogo Matos Oliveira is attentive to details and applies the best strategy in defense of the client’s interests.’

Key clients

VEOLIA Portugal

AON Portugal

Caminho Boa Vista LLC

ActualSales Group


Millennium BCP, SA

Novo Banco, S.A.

Caixa Económica Montepio Geral

Banco CTT

VolksWagen Bank

Pharmis Biofarmacêutica


Pares Advogados

‘Offering a 360º service’, Pares Advogados‘ disputes team is active across a wide range of industries, most notably insurance, banking, construction, media and real estate. Recently, the group handled a busy caseload of fraud cases, shareholder disputes, media litigation as well as insurance and directors’ liability claims. Sandra Severino focuses on litigation involving IP, insolvency and commercial matters; Carlos Amaro is recommended for investment matters and M&A; João Malhadas Teixeira excels in civil and commercial litigation; and Pedro Carreira Albano acts for companies and banks in litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Isabel Nazaré


‘Collaboration and availability.’

‘Quality of service, client follow-up, timing response, monitoring of processes and availability.’ 

‘Pedro Carreira Albano is recommended.’

‘Integrated multidisciplinary team. Lawyers offering a 360º service. Successes in litigation.’

‘I’d highlight Sandra Severino and José Maria Simão.’

‘Isabel Nazaré is recommended.’

Key clients


Hotel Bairro Alto

Patris Group

Fidelidade, SA

Nissan, SA

SevenAir Group

Media Capital Group

Leya, SA

Teleperformance Portugal, SA

JBarroso Group

Profile, SA

ÉvoraHotel, SA

Pavigrés, SA

Complai, SA

JCDecaux Portugal, Lda

Yonest, Lda

RP Global Asset Holding GmbH

Magnoliabenefit, SA

Finsolutia, SA

TLS Contact

Work highlights

  • Advised Patris SGFTC as FRC – INQ – Papel Comercial ESI & Rio Forte (FRC) manager in a €500m interim injunction for the seizure of assets filed against eight former managers of Banco Espírito Santo.
  • Represented Patris SGFTC as FRC – INQ – Papel Comercial ESI & Rio Forte managers in a €500m legal action for damages against Haitong Bank and its managers.
  • Acted for Patris SGFTC as FRC – INQ – Papel Comercial ESI & Rio Forte manager in a €500m legal action for damages caused by Banco Espírito Santos, Rio Forte Investments and Espírito Santo International’s managers.

Raposo Bernardo

The disputes group at Raposo Bernardo stands out for its creativity in finding the best solutions in difficult and complex situations’. Prominent in the aviation, real estate, insurance, retail and pharmaceuticals segments, the team is often engaged in shareholder disputes, IP litigation, insurance claims and debt recovery proceedings. The practice is led by Ana Cláudia Rangel, who is ‘a very talented litigation and arbitration lawyer’ and has significant experience handling contentious matters related to insolvency and restructuring, labour law and commercial matters.

Practice head(s):

Ana Cláudia Rangel


‘Raposo Bernardo is unique for its competence, extreme rigour in the analysis of matters and immediate and very clear answers. But it is even more unique for the confidence it inspires. We trust 100% in its lawyers, in their competence and in their word. I’d also point out the strong experience in all types of litigation, strong and united teams, complete availability, efficiency and effectiveness to obtain results.’

‘In terms of individuals in the litigation department, my applause and admiration go out to Ana Cláudia Rangel, without forgetting the entire team, which is extraordinary. She is always available to assist us, responds promptly and clearly. We know that we can always count on her support.’ 

‘Ana Cláudia Rangel always has a solution for any problem, in a diligent and practical way. She gives us total confidence and tranquility; we cannot be more relaxed than we are with our disputes being handled by Claudia Rangel.’ 

‘The quality of service is impressive and convinces any client right away. Communication with the firm is spectacular. Everything runs in a natural and transparent way; the team is totally open and practical.’

‘Ana Cláudia Rangel is a great litigator and is without a doubt the highlight of the team. She has a presence in court, especially in larger and complex cases, that impresses even the lawyers of the opposing parties. She is brilliant, with an ability to argue that reveals great legal wisdom and reasoning.’

‘Raposo Bernardo & Associados stands out for its creativity in finding the best solutions in difficult and complex situations and for the enormous experience of its lawyers in litigation.’

‘Raposo Bernardo’s team of lawyers is very experienced and knowledgeable about Portuguese law. I would like to highlight the fantastic work of Ana Cláudia Rangel, who is a very talented litigation and arbitration lawyer. She always manages to disarm the counterpart and thus obtain very advantageous results for our group.’

‘Ana Cláudia Rangel is a very studious, organised, available and feared lawyer by her peers in court. She is a great lawyer that I highly recommend.’ 

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in a major court case in the amount of €380m.
  • Acted for a client in a complex court case for the recovery of non-performing loans related to a mortgage credit portfolio in the amount of €460m.
  • Assisted a client in a €180m dispute relating to the share acquisition of a luxury hotel.

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

With 'specialised lawyers who guarantee complete assistance, Rogério Alves & Associados – Sociedade de Advogados, SP, RL is equipped to handle contentious matters in the civil, commercial and criminal fields. Rogério Alves specialises in criminal law and financial regulation infringements. He manages the team alongside João Perry Da Câmara, who has ‘excellent technical and interpersonal qualities’ and excels in family and inheritance law disputes, insolvency proceedings and civil and commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Rogério Alves; João Perry da Câmara

Other key lawyers:

Rodrigo Varela Martins; André Oliveira e Costa


‘High quality law firm, specialised lawyers, who guarantee complete assistance with civil and commercial litigation matters.’

‘André Oliveira e Costa is specialised in financial and litigation matters. He works alongside highly qualified and very competent colleagues.’

‘The firm and lawyers are distinguished by their quality and rigour in the scope of the work entrusted to them.’

‘Rogério Alves & Associados strives for the quality of its service and dedication to its clients’ affairs, regardless of their value or financial consideration, factors that, in my opinion, differentiate the service provided.’

‘José Gonçalo Pereira maintains constant monitoring of matters, with irreproachable quality and technical knowledge.’

‘Rodrigo Varela Martins has excellent technical qualities.’

‘José Gonçalo Pereira has excellent technical and interpersonal qualities, in addition to a clear commitment to an excellent relationship with the client.’

Key clients


Rose Property Holdings