Dispute resolution in Portugal

Linklaters

Focusing on commercial litigation and arbitration, Linklaters assists a diverse client roster in the resolution of high-stakes disputes. Drawing on its international footprint, the practice is actively involved in mandates involving Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa and jurisdictions in Latin America. Several members of the department are also active in restructuring and insolvency, namely Nuno Ferreira Lousa, who heads up the national dispute resolution team with Ricardo Guimarães, who has a solid practice in international arbitration. Manuel de Abreu Castelo Branco is noted for his significant track record in domestic and cross-border litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Nuno Ferreira Lousa; Ricardo Guimarães

Other key lawyers:

Manuel de Abreu Castelo Branco; Raquel Galvão Silva; Tatiana Lisboa Padrão

Testimonials

‘I believe that the Linklaters team is the one that best responds to what I am looking for: quality, efficiency and meeting deadlines.’

‘Ricardo Guimarães stands out for his knowledge of the law, availability, courtesy and ability to meet deadlines.’

‘Nuno Ferreira Lousa stands out for his absolute availability, competence and communication skills. Manuel Castelo Branco is always available and provides prompt responses.’

‘I’ve been working very closely with this team for about two years. I consider the quality of the services provided to be exceptional, which is directly reflected in the results achieved.’

‘I would like to highlight the excellent work of Nuno Lousa, Manuel Castelo Branco and Raquel Galvão Silva.’

‘Total availability, clarity in the identification and explanation of the advantages and disadvantages of each procedural step.’

‘Ricardo Guimarães is an exceptional professional. He is very technically competent, thoughtful, and has great analytical skills. Excellent preparation of the trial hearings, where he has an outstanding performance.’

‘Ricardo Guimarães and his team, in particular Tatiana Lisboa, were very efficient and super professional.’

Key clients

China Three Gorges (Europe), S.A.

Deutsche Bank

Banco BNP Paribas Personal Finance, S.A.

Credit Suisse

Oitante, S.A.

Novo Banco, S.A.

Fosun International Limited

Fidelidade – Companhia de Seguros, S.A.

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

Caixa Geral de Depósitos Group

Värde Partners

Lloyds Bank plc

Merrill Lynch International

Marubeni

Work highlights

  • Represented Novo Banco and Banco Best in over 50 judicial proceedings brought by clients for the misselling of financial products, based on the alleged breach of information and disclosure duties of the bank acting as financial intermediary.
  • Represented Deloitte Accountants B.V in a €900m claim brought by Pharol (formerly known as Portugal Telecom) related to an alleged breach of the auditors’ obligations when auditing the company.
  • Continues to represent Pfizer in several arbitration and judicial proceedings related to the infringement of patents for different active substances and medications.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados fields one of the largest teams in the country specialised in high-value and complex dispute resolution. The firm stands out for its impressive track record in international arbitration, having launched a dedicated team focused on proceedings involving Portuguese-speaking countries, notably Brazil, Angola and Mozambique. Its portfolio also includes high-profile civil, corporate and commercial litigation, in which the team offers representation to private and public sector clients operating in a range of industries. The group recently witnessed a change in leadership: former practice head Antonio Pinto Leite took a step back after 25 years as the leader of the department. This role is now shared by Francisco Cortez, whose areas of expertise include financial disputes, and Filipe Vaz Pinto, who focuses on international arbitration. With a background in M&A, Catarina Monteiro Pires handles related litigation and arbitration, and Sofia Vaz Sampaio specialises in financial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Cortez; Filipe Vaz Pinto

Other key lawyers:

António Pinto Leite; Catarina Monteiro Pires; Sofia Vaz Sampaio; Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira

Testimonials

‘High technical capacity and permanent availability.’

‘I highlight the following lawyers: Miguel Nogueira de Brito, Filipe Vaz Pinto, Luís Nascimento Ferreira and Francisco Cortez.’

Very complete, multi-disciplinary team that shows great competence and availability.’

Work highlights

  • Represents NOS in the class action initiated by the Portuguese Association for the Defense of Consumers (DECO) regarding an alleged unlawful general increase in the prices of the services provided to consumers.
  • Represented Springwater Capital in a post M&A ICC arbitration concerning the price for the sale and purchase of a company.
  • Acts as advisor to Banco Comercial Português in a complex and high-value lawsuit commenced by a former shareholder of the bank, and several companies belonging to him.

PLMJ

The sizeable dispute resolution team at PLMJ excels in corporate and M&A-related litigation and arbitration. Of particular note, the team showcases strength in representing public entities and international corporations in construction arbitration proceedings in Portugal and abroad, notably in Mozambique and Angola. Furthermore, the practice is proficient in matters involving banking, securities and financial disputes, as well as cases involving criminal law and insolvency. Recent arrival Joaquim Shearman de Macedo brings a wealth of experience in international arbitration, and civil and commercial litigation; he is now overseeing the department with banking and finance litigation expert Rita Samoreno Gomes and Pedro Metello de Nápoles, who counts investor-state arbitrations among his areas of expertise. Nuno Líbano Monteiro is highly regarded for litigation arising from corporate restructuring and insolvency proceedings.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Nuno Líbano Monteiro; Pedro Caetano Nunes; João Tiago Morais Antunes

Testimonials

‘PLMJ is able to work well as part of a team of multi-disciplinary and international advisors – partly because of its commercial and flexible approach which means that it adapts its ways of working to what is required for the project. This versatility and wish to deliver the required service efficiently has been much appreciated.’

‘The team’s experience in the field of commercial arbitration, including international arbitration, is difficult to match in Portugal.’

‘Nuno Líbano Monteiro, Pedro Metello de Nápoles, Rita Samoreno Gomes, and Joaquim Shearman de Macedo are all very good and experienced lawyers.’

PLMJ is a top quality firm. The service largely corresponds to the expectations created and the team has full knowledge of the matters. The recent investment in the renovation of the team and its adaptation to international standards, place PLMJ at the forefront of the Portuguese legal market.’

‘João Tiago Morais Antunes’ availability, pragmatic approach (after delineating strategies carefully) to the issues and challenges faced and, above all, total knowledge of the subjects in question are second to none.’

‘Rita Samoreno Gomes has comprehensive knowledge of procedure and practice and is good at predicting what is around the corner in terms of the court and litigation.’

‘I strongly recommend Joaquim Shearman de Macedo, He is one of the best lawyers in Portugal in litigation and arbitration.’

‘I would highlight Pedro Caetano Nunes for his experience, know-how, creative solutions and total availability, as well as the ability to manage complex processes with several fronts involved.’

‘Rita Samoreno Gomes stands out for her intelligence, technical mastery and deep knowledge of the banking and financial sectors.’

Key clients

Volkswagen

H&M

Crédit Agricole

Barclays Bank

Bankinter – Portuguese branch

Philip Morris International

Danone

Ingka

AB Volvo and Renault Trucks

TAP – Air Portugal

Work highlights

  • Representing INGKA (IKEA) in a €20m arbitration case against an international construction joint venture regarding a shopping centre.
  • Advising Volkswagen Group and other companies of the group and their international legal advisers in the Portuguese litigation cases arising from the sensitive issue of CO2/NOx emission irregularities.
  • Representing MEO, an Altice Group company, in a €130m arbitration case brought by Vodafone regarding an alleged breach of a joint venture agreement.

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho remains a leader in the field of dispute resolution, encompassing litigation, corporate crime and arbitration. Apart from its deep expertise in major financial disputes, the firm is also a strong force in civil and commercial litigation, offering assistance to financial institutions, as well as domestic and foreign companies. Overseeing the department is Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho, who also leads on international arbitration work and co-heads the firm's African desk. Renowned litigator Tito Arantes Fontes and Nuno Salazar Casanova, who regularly acts for banks and financial institutions and handles cross-border disputes, are also noteworthy. Adriano Squilacce focuses on contentious matters involving financial products and securities, and the department expanded further in June 2021 with the arrival of Miguel Martínez Gimeno  from the Spanish Securities Market Commission, where he was the head of the legal service and secretary to the board.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho

Other key lawyers:

Nuno Salazar Casanova; Tito Arantes Fontes; Adriano Squilacce; David Sequeira Dinis

Testimonials

Exceptional technical quality. Excellent legal work, with remarkable results. Ability to read and understand clients’ needs. Proximity, involvement, accountability and professional honesty.’

‘Nuno Salazar Casanova stands out for his exceptional technical knowledge, work capacity and involvement in matters.’

‘Highly professional, pragmatic, solution-oriented and available at short notice. Excellent cooperation with legal teams from abroad. ’

Full-service firm with a sophisticated understanding of the Portuguese legal environment.’

‘Excellent technical quality of lawyers, great work capacity, creativity and security in the solutions found.’

‘Nuno Salazar Casanova has a combative spirit and determination, great technical quality and provides versatile solutions.’

Key clients

GALP

Cimpor

Ricardo Salgado

Banco Santander Totta

Grupo H.I.T

Bankinter

Caixa Económica Montepio Geral

Bain

Barclays

Deloitte

ECS

Work highlights

  • Representing Santander in challenging the decision of the Portuguese Competition Authority (PCA) that has fined 14 banks acting in Portugal totalling €225m.
  • Representing Caixa Económica Montepio Geral in infringement proceedings brought by the Bank of Portugal regarding the breach of rules on compliance and the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing.
  • Acting for Bankinter and Banco Santander Totta in several lawsuits regarding the sale of bonds of PT Group (more than 50 claims).

VdA

Some of the most prominent companies in the Portuguese market and international clients operating in a wide range of sectors, particularly banking, energy and telecoms, seek VdA's assistance in the full array of dispute resolution matters. On the litigation front, the team is adept at handling corporate, commercial and insurance disputes, while also showcasing strength in cases involving class actions and contractual conflicts. Anticipating the new economic cycle that is likely to emerge in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, the firm has launched a new practice area devoted to restructuring and insolvency matters. Arbitration is another core area of activity for the team, which often advises on cross-border issues involving Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa. António de Magalhães Cardoso, Frederico Gonçalves Pereira and Miguel Pinto Cardoso, who all field strong credentials in commercial litigation and arbitration, jointly lead the department. Carla Gonçalves Borges is also part of the core team.

Practice head(s):

António Magalhães Cardoso; Frederico Gonçalves Pereira; Miguel Pinto Cardoso

Other key lawyers:

Carla Gonçalves Borges

Testimonials

‘Lawyers with formidable legal knowledge, very good academic training and extensive experience in court.’

‘Extreme diligence, outstanding detail perception, as well as legal and technical understanding of the issues at hand.’

‘Individually sound and competent, permanently reassure one’s natural doubts on the ongoing procedures of every circumstance. Very proficient, albeit managing to always keep a required friendly atmosphere in the relationship with clients.’

‘VdA fields a highly specialised team with a willingness to know and understand clients.’

‘Frederico Gonçalves Pereira is a great strategist, capable of advising across a range of highly complex legal matters, who stands out for his extensive experience in complicated arbitration and litigation cases.’

‘Carla Borges’ assertiveness and communication skills are second to none.’

‘The main differentiating factor is the personal nature of the firm’s partners and associates that come across as very friendly and humble. This personalised, dedicated style gives VdA an edge.’

‘Miguel Pinto Cardoso possesses great communication skills, deep knowledge of the law, strong writing ability and good judgement. He is able to explore different strategies and think outside the box to achieve the best outcome for clients.’

Key clients

Banco Comercial Português, S.A (BCP)

Caixa Geral de Depósitos, S.A. (CGD)

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

Caixa Geral de Depósitos, S.A. (CGD)

MEO

Roche – Sistemas de Diagnósticos, Sociedade Unipessoal, Lda.

Banco Santander Totta, S.A.

National Investment Bank, LLC (NIB)

DEUTSCHE APOTHEKER-UND ÄRZTEBANK EG (APOBANK)

José de Mello Saúde, S.A.

Petróleos de Portugal, S.A. (Petrogal)

DePuy International Limited

DePuy France SAS

Johnson&Johnson

Work highlights

  • Representing BCP and CGD in a high-profile complex set of disputes against a businessman and art collector and his corporate group.
  • Representing Brisa in the circa €1bn lawsuit filed by international hedge funds claiming Brisa’s joint liability for AEDL’s debt.
  • Representing MEO in a class action filed by the Portuguese Consumer’s Association (DECO) regarding the revision of prices for telecommunication services.

CMS

CMS fields the ability to assemble cross-office teams in multiple jurisdictions to handle major contentious matters. Contract litigation is at the core of the dispute resolution practice, which is a leader in disputes involving financial, securities and derivatives issues. On the arbitration front, the group focuses on energy, M&A, and shareholder conflicts. Miguel Esperança Pina is a key name in the arbitration community. He jointly oversees the team with Nuno Pena, who is a go-to litigator for banking clients. Rita Gouveia is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Nuno Pena; Miguel Esperança Pina

Other key lawyers:

Rita Gouveia; Diogo Castanheira Pereira; Manuela Costa

Testimonials

‘The partners I dealt with are extremely competent, flexible and focused. They have come up with various creative ways to solve difficult problems and are innovative.’

We have worked with partner Miguel Esperança Pina, and would highlight his expertise in litigation.’

‘Miguel Esperança Pina has in-depth legal knowledge, and a meticulous spirit. Rita Gouveia has profound knowledge of law.’

‘The level of dedication and attention of the team led by Miguel Esperança Pina is second to none.’

Key clients

AEDL – Auto-Estradas do Douro Litoral, S.A.

Attestor Capital LLP

Barclays Bank

MEO – Serviços de Comunicações e Multimedia

Goldman Sachs International

Eurobic Bank

Blue Tagus Advisory, Lda.

Work highlights

  • Representing Barclays Bank in the complaints initiated by Bankinter after the sale of Barclays’ Portuguese Banking Business to Bankinter in 2015, due to the alleged breach of information duties.
  • Representing Goldman Sachs International in administrative proceedings brought against the Bank of Portugal regarding Banco Espírito Santo’s resolution measure.
  • Acted for MEO – Serviços de Comunicações e Multimedia –  in a dispute concerning a share purchase agreement for the share capital of Grupo Media Capital.

Cuatrecasas

The litigation and arbitration team at Cuatrecasas has built a solid reputation in the banking and financial services sector. The team also demonstrates significant experience in disputes arising from corporate issues and M&A transactions, and is adept at handling judicial and arbitration proceedings involving construction agreements and PPPs. Leading the practice is Miguel de Almada, who has more than two decades of experience in the dispute resolution arena and specialises in international arbitration. Litigation is Frederico Bettencourt Ferreira's core specialism; he often handles cross-border cases, notably those involving East Timor, where he is admitted to practice.

Practice head(s):

Miguel de Almada

Other key lawyers:

Frederico Bettencourt Ferreira; Gonçalo Madeira

Testimonials

The responsiveness, the holistic analysis and approach, the technical quality of professionals, are evident in the results and success achieved, both in judicial proceedings and pre-litigation. The quality of the services provided is superb, often resulting in the resolution of disputes before initiating litigation.’

‘The team has a pragmatic approach to litigation, and its procedural pieces are clear and objective.’

‘Both Miguel de Almada and Frederico Bettencourt Ferreira are good colleagues that I enjoy working with.’

Miguel de Almada inspires confidence in the client and manages to quickly propose effective solutions.’

Key clients

CAIXABANK

BANCO DE PORTUGAL

ELECTROLUX

BMW

E.I.P. Group

COCA-COLA Iberian Partners

CELBI – Celulose da Beira Industrial

MEDWAY

MAPFRE

SACYR – SOMAGUE

TECH DATA

Work highlights

  • Representing MEDWAY, the largest rail freight operator in Portugal and a subsidiary of Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), in a judicial dispute regarding an alleged breach of a transportation agreement.
  • Advising and representing the companies Tech Data Portugal and Tech Data Europe in a €5.7m dispute against the bankruptcy estate of Interlog Informática.
  • Acting for BPP and its Winding-Up Board in pre-litigation and litigation.

Sérvulo & Associados

Sérvulo & Associados' broad service offering encompasses civil, commercial and administrative litigation, corporate crime and arbitration. The team predominantly acts in financial disputes, but has recently developed its practice in the field of sports litigation. The latter is a particular area of expertise for co-head João Saúde. The department is also increasingly assisting clients with shareholder conflicts, directors' liability and proceedings arising from corporate transactions. Mafalda Ferreira Santos is seasoned in restructuring and insolvency matters and arbitration. Fellow co-leader António Teles focuses on commercial litigation, but also sits as arbitrator in proceedings involving pharmaceutical patents.

Practice head(s):

António Teles; João Saúde; Mafalda Ferreira Santos

Other key lawyers:

Miguel Santos Almeida; Alexandra Valpaços

Testimonials

‘I recommend Mafalda Ferreira dos Santos. She is a profoundly knowledgeable and competent professional in all matters of litigation.’

‘Capability to deal with complex technical issues.’

‘Unmatched quality, above average knowledge.’

Partner João Saúde is an exceptional lawyer with excellent technical skills and permanent availability.’

‘Professionalism, effectiveness and precision in the way they deal with matters.’

Key clients

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)

Águas do Centro Litoral, S.A.

São Tomé and Príncipe Republic

Lusíadas Saúde Group

SPORTING CLUBE DE PORTUGAL – FUTEBOL, SAD

ENERCON GmbH

Entreposto Gestão Imobiliária, S.A.

Sonagi

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

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

Altri Florestal, S.A.

Casa Carvalho Cerqueira, SGPS, SA

Work highlights

  • Acting for São Tomé and Príncipe Republic in an investment arbitration case proceeding against National Investment Bank and its shareholders.
  • Represents Águas do Centro Litoral in a major arbitration proceeding against Coimbra Municipality and AC, Águas de Coimbra related to the concession contract that regulates the water supply in the city of Coimbra.
  • Advising BANIF over the past five years in almost all pending legal actions following the Bank of Portugal’s decision to put BANIF into resolution.

SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados

SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados has a wealth of experience in judicial proceedings and demonstrates equal capabilities in arbitration. The team represents corporate and institutional clients operating in a variety of sectors, ranging from real estate to energy, media, telecoms and distribution. Banking and financial litigation is a core aspect of the practice led by renowned arbitrator and litigator Luis Miguel Cortes Martins and Maria Raquel Moreira, who excels in insolvency and restructuring matters. Joao Tiago Morais Antunes left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Luís Miguel Cortes Martins; Maria Raquel Moreira

Other key lawyers:

Diana Simão Lourenço

Testimonials

‘Professionalism and dedication to the client are their major competitive advantages.’

‘Maria Raquel Moreira and lawyer Diana Simão Lourenço are recommended. Their availability, dedication and commitment are unparalleled.’

The technical capacity and quality of the work is exceptional. I’ve been working with SLCM for almost 10 years, quality standards persist over time.’

‘SLCM is a medium-sized firm, but a reference in Portugal for litigation.’

‘ I would highlight Luís Cortes Martins for his recognised technical skills and knowledge as a lawyer, but also for his dedication, pragmatism and tenacity in the defence of his clients, combining his significant experience with common sense in the search for the best solutions.’

It is an office with high technical competence in the various areas of litigation, always available, proactive and uncompromising in defending the client’s interests. I would highlight Dr Raquel Moreira and Diana Lourenço.’

‘I regularly work with Luís Miguel Cortes Martins. He is a generalist lawyer, with great litigation skills. He is one of the most renowned names in the market and a loyal colleague. I strongly recommend him.’

Key clients

Nutrinveste Group

Banco Comercial Português

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

Caixa Económica Montepio Geral

Novo Banco Portuguese

Work highlights

  • Advised Telemar Norte Leste, a subsidiary of Oi, in litigation proceedings against PHAROL (formerly PT Portugal, Portugal’s main telecoms operator).
  • Acting on behalf of Banco Comercial Português in a judicial suit seeking the ineffectiveness of two stand-by letters of credit issued by international banks and counter-guaranteed by BCP, as requested by Odebrecht.
  • Advising Caixa Económica Montepio Geral (CEMG) in a civil suit regarding  the annulment of mortgages associated to loan contracts.

Abreu Advogados

With nationwide coverage, Abreu Advogados offers the gamut of dispute resolution services, covering judicial and arbitral proceedings, as well as mediation and pre-litigation issues. The team receives instructions from a plethora of clients, including domestic and foreign banks, telecoms and pharmaceutical companies, on a range of civil, commercial and criminal matters. Guilherme Santos Silva has significant experience in cross-border disputes, often involving jurisdictions in Africa. He oversees the practice with Alexandra Nascimento Correia, who is skilled in international arbitration concerning trade issues.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Nascimento Correia; Guilherme Santos Silva

Other key lawyers:

Gonçalo Malheiro

Testimonials

‘A deep knowledge of Portuguese law and international understanding.’

‘Guilherme Santos Silva is a masterful tactician, committed to his clients.’

Key clients

PT Ventures, SGPS, SA

Banco Comercial Português

Galp Energia

Iberdola Generación España

DAF Trucks

Labco Group

Plantronics B.V.

Andritz Hydro GmbH

AIRBNB

Tata Group

Monroa

Move on

Work highlights

  • Assisting PT Ventures regarding its shareholding in Unitel, notably in an ICC arbitration case in co-ordination with other law firms from several jurisdictions.
  • Acting for EEM – Electricidade da Madeira in an arbitration dispute against a construction consortium related to the breach of an agreement for the construction of a dam in Madeira.
  • Assisting Andritz in contractual and insolvency disputes against a major construction company related to the construction of several dams.

DLA Piper ABBC

DLA Piper ABBC has the capability to assist with a range of disputes, ranging from high-profile judicial proceedings to arbitration cases and debt recovery. Notable areas of practice include lawsuits concerning contractual liabilities, termination of distribution agreements and disputes in the banking sector. Vanessa Antunes focuses on commercial and civil litigation, regularly involving multi-jurisdictional elements, while Sofia Ribeiro Mendes has a strong reputation for her expertise in arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Antunes; Sofia Ribeiro Mendes

Other key lawyers:

Armindo Ribeiro Mendes

Testimonials

The litigation team is extremely available, agile and efficient.’

Vanessa Antunes stands out for her ability to engage with the client in defining the strategy and action plan.’

‘Sofia Ribeiro Mendes is calm, experienced, smart and knowledgeable. Sofia is very often considered for arbitrator roles and she is becoming increasingly known in the market.’

‘Autonomy and initiative in the legal process looking for the best solution for the client.’

‘I would like to highlight the partner Sofia Ribeiro Mendes, for her ability to manage highly complex topics in a short period of time.’

‘It is a multidisciplinary law firm, with very relevant technical quality, dealing with matters in a personal and client-oriented manner.’

‘The team benefits from both its local structure and the international context of the DLA Piper network. Vanessa Antunes is excellent.’

Key clients

IATA

Lufthansa

Vetoquinol

Air France-KLM

IC Hotels

Allianz AG

EDP

Yamaha

Atitlan Group

MRG Group

Link Mobility Group

Salvador Caetano

HUBER+SUHNER

TEAMVIKAREN

Caixa Geral de Depósitos

Fecken-Kirfel

Egeo Group

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo attracts recurrent instructions from private and public sector clients in commercial arbitration proceedings, demonstrating particular strength in matters involving the annulment of international arbitral awards. Cases arising from the termination of public infrastructure contracts, PPPs and concession agreements are other areas of specialism for the department. Albano Sarmento leads the team, which is also proficient in banking and insurance litigation. Other key individuals include criminal law expert Ana Grosso Alves and Ricardo Campos.

Practice head(s):

Albano Sarmento; Ana Grosso Alves

Other key lawyers:

Ricardo Campos; Paulo Nogueira da Rocha

Testimonials

‘High quality advice, solution-focused and responsive.’

Key clients

MOTA-ENGIL

Acciona

EDIVISA – Obras do Aproveitamento Hidroeléctrico de Alto Tâmega, A.C.E.

Gabriel Couto, S.A.

CPVC ACE – Casais Engenharia e Construção, S.A.

Eusébios & Filhos, S.A.

Elevolution, S.A.

GOLDEN TREE

THIRD POINT

BENNET

BTG PACTUAL

TÉCNICAS REUNIDAS

Rebonave- Reboques e Assistência Naval S.A.

Casais Engenharia e Construção, S.A.

iFinex Inc.

LOC – Litoral Oeste Construtores, ACE

Work highlights

  • Representing CPVC ACE, in an arbitration between Parque Escolar and the joint venture contractor regarding several disputes concerning the construction of two public schools.
  • Advised MOTA-ENGIL/Acciona/EDIVISA regarding the construction of a dam and hydroelectric exploitation in Alto Tâmega, Portugal.
  • Assisted Técnicas Reunidas in a claim for the annulment of an arbitration award regarding the construction of a refinery for PETROGAL filed by the latter.

Garrigues

With a presence in both Lisbon and Porto, the dispute resolution team at Garrigues is retained by multinational corporations and listed companies in litigation before judicial courts and arbitration proceedings. The department stands out for its performance in commercial, financial and construction disputes, but has the capacity to put together multi-disciplinary teams to handle contentious matters in other areas, including competition, restructuring and tax law. Multi-jurisdictional mandates also feature in its portfolio; practice head João Duarte de Sousa is a name to note for cross-border litigation and arbitration. Miguel Azevedo specialises in judicial proceedings and insolvency.

Practice head(s):

João Duarte de Sousa

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

The team has the capacity to respond to challenges. André Gualter Vasconcellos is fantastic. He is available and knowledgeable, and defends his client until the end.’

‘Miguel Azevedo is recommended.’

André Vasconcellos is an excellent professional with thorough knowledge of this area.’

Key clients

HAITONG

BNP PARIBAS FACTOR

SOMAGUE

CAIXA CENTRAL DE CRÉDITO AGRICOLA

DECATHLON

VOLVO CAR

JAGUAR AND LAND ROVER

HONDA

IBM

VESTAS GROUP

Work highlights

  • Defending  Caixa Central de Crédito Agrícola Mútuo in an alleged breach of a financial agreement for the construction of a resort in Algarve.
  • Represent Dürr Spain and Dürr AG in a lawsuit brought by one of the major producers of aircraft related to alleged latent defects regarding the supply of a water waste treatment station.
  • Representing HAITONG BANK in several lawsuits brought by several commercial paper and credit link notes investors in the aftermath of the collapse of BES.

SRS Advogados

The dispute resolution department at SRS Advogados was given a significant boost following its merger with law firm AAA Advogados. The integration of José Jácome and his team of nine lawyers (including Bernardo Castro Caldas) solidifies the firm's standing in the market, strengthening its offering in the fields of commercial and administrative litigation as well as arbitration, both at the local and cross-border levels. José Carlos Soares Machado spearheads the department, leading advice to domestic and international companies in judicial proceedings. Commercial litigator Maria José de Tavares is another practitioner to note, given her significant experience in contractual disputes.

Practice head(s):

José Carlos Soares Machado

Other key lawyers:

Maria José de Tavares; Pedro Pinto Melo

Testimonials

‘Preparedness, overall capabilities, dedication and availability.’

‘Apart from their excellent technical skills, the warm and almost friendly relationship established with the client makes the team stand out.’

‘We had the chance to work closely with SRS in two litigation cases and our experience was exceptionally positive. Key factors for this result was the capacity to define in advance the strategy for the cases; truly professional and competent legal support; coming forward with adequate solutions, all these with the permanent availability of the members of the team to attend and reply to our requests and needs.’

‘José Carlos Soares Machado, partner of SRS and its litigation department leader, showed exceptional capabilities of coordinating the performance of the team of lawyers that was allocated to the cases we worked together’.

‘We have had two fantastic professional experiences with SRS: a lawsuit in which they represented us with exceptional competence and dedication and a mediation which was successful due to the very accurate perception of the matter and understanding of the interests involved and the corresponding proposal for a settlement that was easily accepted by both parties. In these experiences the team was absolutely unique.’

Key clients

Metlife

Techedge

Arrow Global Limited

Macdonald Resorts

Copernicus

Hoya

Ageas

OGMA

Sumol+Compal

Blueotter

Repsol

Galp

AIG

Work highlights

  • Representing Agrocapital in a dispute involving a call and put option agreement with the shareholders of Azal – Azeites do Alentejo.
  • 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  Eurostars Museum Hotel is located, in a contractual dispute regarding the rehabilitation of the building.

Albuquerque & Almeida

Noted for commercial and banking litigation, Albuquerque & Almeida is also well placed to handle disputes involving construction, public works and distribution agreements in judicial and arbitration proceedings. Acting for banking and financial institutions in credit recovery and insolvency-related contentious matters is a significant area of work for the team. Paulo Almeida is a key point of contact for financial and capital markets litigation, while Francisco Colaço specialises in arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Colaço; Paulo de Almeida

Other key lawyers:

Inês de Oliveira Domingos

Testimonials

‘Dedicated and aware of the business and needs of the Client.’

‘ The team is attentive to the client’s requirements and expectations and has considerable technical competence. I would like to highlight the partner Inês Domingos, for her high technical competence, work capacity and methodology.’

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

APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. offers representation to clients in mediation, litigation and arbitration. It often works in association with renowned international law firms in relation to cross-border disputes. The team, which is led by João Marques de Almeida, has wide-ranging expertise in contentious matters, demonstrating significant skills in contractual disputes, insurance claims, debt recovery and administrative proceedings.

Practice head(s):

João Marques de Almeida

Other key lawyers:

José Alves Pereira

Key clients

ADM International Sàrl

AIG Europe

AXA France

Assuranceforeningen SKULD (Singapore)

Every Day Networks Holding LLC

Fidelidade-Mundial

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

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

Simflex Grilles & Closures Ltd.

Sociedad de Resinas Naturales, SL

Threadneedle Asset Management, Ltd.

Veralia Corporación

Work highlights

  • Assisting ADM International 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 its resolution.
  • Representing AXA France in a ground-handling incident case involving the collision of a parked conveyer belt vehicle and a Gulfstream aircraft at Faro airport during a windstorm.

Caiado Guerreiro

Caiado Guerreiro is adept at assisting with disputes in Portugal and abroad (with a special emphasis on Portuguese-speaking countries). Litigation, arbitration and out-of-court settlements are all notable areas of practice.  Clients have access to an interface platform (VICKI) and a CRM software made available by the firm; these tools are particularly useful in mass litigation since they allow clients to be kept up-to-date with the latest developments in judicial proceedings. The litigation and arbitration team is led by Sandra Ferreira Dias and João Caiado Guerreiro, who specialise in civil and commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

João Caiado Guerreiro; Sandra Ferreira Dias

Other key lawyers:

Sandra Jesus; Sara Ferreira de Oliveira

Testimonials

‘The team studies the cases in great detail. Sandra Jesus is very attentive.’

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 (formerly Portugal Telecom) in complex litigation against the Brazilian company Oi and its Portuguese subsidiaries.
  • 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 an enforcement proceeding related to an alleged breach of a lease agreement.

Eversheds Sutherland FCB

Eversheds Sutherland FCB is the combination of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP and FCB Advogados, which merged in June 2021. The firm acts for an impressive domestic and international client roster in a range of commercial and civil disputes, with a particular focus on debt recovery, contractual issues and insolvency procedures. Rui Tabarra e Castro acts in cases from first instance to Supreme Court appeals. Also of note is Luís Falcão Ramos‘s knowledge of civil and commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Rui Tabarra Castro

Other key lawyers:

Luis Falcão Ramos

Testimonials

‘A firm that always demonstrates enormous availability, namely when it comes to urgent matters, putting together complete and multidisciplinary teams. Day-to-day communication is always very flexible and practical.’

Demonstration of expert knowledge in each of the matters handled. They always exceed expectations.’

‘Luis Falcão Ramos and Rui Tabarra e Castro are great.’

‘Undoubtedly, Luís Falcão Ramos’ commitment and experience is second to none. Rui Tabarra e Castro should also be highlighted.’

‘A wide variety of lawyers specialising in various fields of law.’

‘Very practical advice in the context of a major international fraud case with connections to Portugal.’

‘We have worked with FCB since its inception. This is sufficient proof of the quality of the services they provide. I emphasise the following partners as people who systematically exceed expectations: Rui Tabarra e Castro.’

‘Rui Tabarra e Castro is calm and sensible before reaching the bar and a beast in court. Luis Falcão Ramos is always accessible and very efficient in all the cases he handles.’

Key clients

GEFCO

CGI

Iveco

Millennium BCP

Turkish Airlines

Baschieri & Pellagri

Maersk

Banco BIC

Medinfar

TNT Express Worldwide (Portugal)

Work highlights

  • Acting in ongoing dispute resolution and debt collection litigation for CGI.
  • Handling more than 100 procedures on behalf of BCP against several companies and individuals, mainly cases of a criminal nature, but also civil and misdemeanour cases.
  • Acting for Banco BIC in debt collections and other restructuring and insolvency contentious issues.

Miranda & Associados

Miranda & Associados is a popular choice among public and private clients from the energy, construction and financial services sectors looking for representation before judicial and arbitral courts. The firm, which has a strong presence in Africa, is often engaged by international players in cross-border disputes involving distribution and construction contracts, shareholder issues and power purchase agreements. Head of department Sofia Martins has strong credentials in the domestic and international arbitration sphere.

Practice head(s):

Sofia Martins

Other key lawyers:

Ricardo Saraiva; Pedro Melo

Testimonials

‘Miranda e Associados has an excellent legal team in the dispute resolution area, led by Sofia Martins. The quality and depth with which they analyse and develop legal strategies makes them stand out.’

‘Sofia Martins is a leader in litigation and arbitration, with  a deep understanding of the law.’

‘We are pleased to have worked with Pedro Melo, who we consider to be an excellent professional, with solid technical knowledge and an exemplary dedication to his client.’

‘Knowledge of the African market, especially Angola.’

Key clients

REN

Sacyr Somague

Iberwind

Martifer

State of Portugal

Work highlights

  • Represents REN – Rede Eléctrica Nacional in several ongoing disputes related to existing power purchase agreements.
  • Represents Iberwind, a relevant player in the renewable energy sector, and one of its subsidiaries in an action brought against both by the representatives of the parish of Colmeal regarding a wind farm.
  • Representing the state of Portugal in an arbitration brought by CTT – Correios de Portugal concerning the decision issued by ANACOM (the regulator for postal services and electronic communications).

TELLES

TELLES handles a range of commercial and civil litigation and arbitration. The department is regularly engaged by domestic and international clients on shareholder, corporate and M&A disputes, as well as contentious issues arising from distribution agreements and works contracts. Banking litigation and medical liability cases are other notable areas of practice. André Navarro de Noronha co-ordinates the litigation and arbitration team alongside Fernando Pizarro Monteiro, who also leads on restructuring and insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

André Navarro de Noronha; Fernando Pizarro Monteiro

Other key lawyers:

Maria João Meireles; Catarina Alegre

Testimonials

I would like to highlight André Navarro de Noronha, a litigation partner who has the qualities required by a litigation lawyer, both procedural and in court.’

VCA - Valadas Coriel & Associados

VCA - Valadas Coriel & Associados excels in dispute resolution matters involving commercial, real estate, debt collection, bankruptcy and employment law. The team demonstrates in-depth technical knowledge of the international legal framework, evidenced by regular cross-border mandates and close collaboration with international law firms. Multi-jurisdictional disputes are a notable area of activity for co-leader João Valadas Coriel, who possesses more than 20 years of experience in the field of litigation and arbitration. Hugo Martins Braz focuses on commercial and labour litigation. Tax litigation is an additional strength for the group.

Practice head(s):

João Valadas Coriel; Hugo Martins Braz

Testimonials

‘Valadas Coriel differs largely from other law firms in Portugal, due to its very well correlated business structure and organisation. As a client we have been working with Hugo Martins Braz and João Valadas Coriel. A legal team with a very rounded, diverse and broad skill set.’

‘Key capabilities include strong internal communication, cross client commitment and an honest, goal orientated, practical problem solving approach. Every lawyer in the firm is multi faceted in all areas of law, able to conduct business remotely even now in times of Covid-19 without any glitches or mishaps. The team takes a leading role in accomplishing and helping to achieve strategic objectives of our organisation and of its lines of business. As a client we feel we can turn to any team member, at any given point in time and receive a competent straightforward support to our most important strategic business decisions, in a manner that is proactive, accessible, responsive, creative and quick.’

‘VCA Law Firm has provided support services in lawsuits in the US. In addition, João Coriel made some statements as a legal expert in Portuguese Law.  We couldn’t find any other law firm with these capabilities.’

‘I’ve been working with VCA since 2012, mainly in Dispute Resolution. What makes them unique is the ability to develop team work in a cost-effective and efficient way, the constant supervision of the founder and senior partner João Valadas Coriel, and the fact that they are constantly updated on new legislation. The firm always choose the best way to solve our cases, avoiding excessive and expensive litigation.’

‘João Valadas Coriel is a highly skilled and resourceful lawyer. He’s an excellent team leader and always present in our most important dossiers.’

‘VCA is an extremely impressive outfit and they are my “go-to” firm for any legal issues arising in Portugal. João Valadas is an outstanding lawyer with a commercial acumen that is second to none. His English is perfect and he is a seasoned litigator himself which makes him an ideal expert witness on matters of Portuguese law.’

‘We particularly appreciated their pro-activity, pragmatic and solution driven approach.’

‘Valadas Coriel & Asssociados, and in particular Mr. João Coriel, were 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 we had the pleasure working with deployed remarkable responsiveness and availability.’

Key clients

EDP – Energias de Portugal, S.A.

EDP Foundation

Hotéis Roma Group

STILL – Sociedade de Tratamento de Imagem Lusitana

Work highlights

  • Representing EDP – Energias de Portugal/EDP Foundation in lawsuits against institutional clients, mainly city councils and in many energy related disputes with corporate clients.
  • Acts for Hotéis Roma Group in a range of contentious matters, namely all its labour disputes and administrative litigation derived from regulatory infringements.
  • Acting for Sociedade de Tratamento de Imagem Lusitana (STILL) in multiple lawsuits against the Portuguese Tax Administration concerning additional tax liquidations following inspections.

Campos Ferreira, Sá Carneiro & Associados

Campos Ferreira, Sá Carneiro & Associados is particularly noted for handling contentious matters arising from commercial, civil and financial issues. The team is well versed in both litigation and arbitration.

CARDIGOS

CARDIGOS is best known for its unparalleled expertise in financial derivative disputes before judicial and arbitral courts. Nonetheless, the practice also provides advice in other banking-related contentious matters, as well as commercial and administrative litigation. With multinational corporations, publicly held companies, banks and governmental entities at the core of the group's client base, the practice is also experienced in international arbitration. Porfírio Moreira leads on litigation and arbitration matters.  

Practice head(s):

Porfírio Moreira

Other key lawyers:

Maria Almeida Fernandes; David Nunes Fernandes

Testimonials

‘This was the first time we worked with Cardigos and we were very pleased. From the beginning, the lawyers were very responsive and pro-active. They always followed-up on pending matters and kept us informed at all times. The advice was spot-on; great value for money.’

‘Porfirio Moreira is extremely responsive, organised, has great communication skills and a record turnaround time.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable and responsive and provides impressively practical and efficient legal advice.’

‘Porfirio Moreira has impressive experience on insolvency-related matters.’

The smaller size of the team is clearly offset by the dedication and high competence of CARDIGOS’ lawyers. From a technical point of view, they are at the level of the best in Portugal. As differentiating factors, I would highlight the following: high technical quality; seriousness and integrity; scrupulous compliance with deadlines agreed with the client; strict and transparent budgeting and billing.’

‘Porfírio Moreira is smart, reliable, fast and very clear.’

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.

Sobarcol – Sociedade Barcelense de Construções, Lda.

FAI – Fundo de Apoio à Inovação

Jyske Bank Gibraltar Limited

João de Deus & Filhos, S.A.

BBVA (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria)

Nowo Communications, S.A.

PARPÚBLICA – Participações Públicas SGPS, S.A.

COULTERMIKE, S.A.

Intrum Portugal

Giorgio Armani SpA

Iberubbo Imobiliária Lda.

Work highlights

  • Acting for Iberubbo Imobiliária in ICC arbitration proceedings 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.
  • Represented state-owned transport company Metropolitano de Lisboa in its defence against a Portuguese association which is contesting the validity of the derivatives agreements entered into between the transport company and Banco Santander Totta.

CCA Law Firm

CCA Law Firm stands out for its extensive experience in media litigation, in which it acts for traditional media companies, online news and content providers, as well as high-profile individuals. Freedom of speech, access to information and right to be forgotten cases are all areas of expertise for the department. In addition, the team is well versed in corporate, commercial and insurance litigation. Marta Duarte Silva focuses on media and IP disputes, while Catarina Limpo Serra is seasoned in private enforcement proceedings. Rita Cruz is the name to note for arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Marta Duarte; Catarina Limpo Serra

Other key lawyers:

Rita Cruz

Testimonials

‘The team is always available to answer questions and urgent request. They are proactive, provide clients with the best solutions and meet deadlines.’

‘Rita Cruz, Marta Duarte and Catarina Limpo Serra are excellent. They comply with deadlines (not only procedural), but with those that they establish with the client for answers or actions. They are positive people and easy to work with.’

‘The CCA litigation team is very qualified. It is able to provide a quality service in a “cost-effective” manner.’

‘Catarina Limpo Serra is a determined and tough lawyer, standing out for her total availability.’

Key clients

Cofina

Google, INC

NoEuropcar

Hiscox

Lloyd’s Insurance Company

Havas Group

Vodafone

Caixa de Crédito Agrícola

Sogrape Vinhos, S.A.

Compaxport

QuimeraPlaneta

Montepio Bank

FS Capital

C&A Modas

Padaria Portuguesa

Glintt

Ledman

AENOR

Valbuena Patrimonial SL

Dentix, SL

TAP – Transportes Aéreos Portugueses, SA

Work highlights

  • Represents Google and Alphabet in private enforcement proceedings brought by a Portuguese company, Trioconnect, claiming compensation of €17.8m for breach of the competition rules/abuse of dominant position.
  • Assisted TIMWE in the civil compensation claim filed against AIG for an alleged insurance contract breach.
  • Representing Hiscox in a claim filed by Viva Melhor – Comércio Internacional seeking compensation on the basis of alleged defamation.

Macedo Vitorino & Associados

Macedo Vitorino & Associados attracts instructions from a range of sectors; clients from the banking, energy, automotive and telecoms industries seek its assistance in litigation and arbitration proceedings. Credit claims, debt recovery and insolvency-related disputes are core aspects of the practice. António de Macedo Vitorino and João de Macedo Vitorino are names to note, as is Cláudia Fernandes Martins, who was promoted to partner in 2020.

Practice head(s):

João de Macedo Vitorino

Other key lawyers:

António de Macedo Vitorino; Cláudia Fernandes Martins

NGA Advogados

The dispute resolution team at NGA Advogados has a large focus on domestic disputes, though it also showcases strength in cross-border matters. The practice acts predominantly for clients operating in regulated industries in commercial, civil and corporate litigation. Arbitration proceedings also feature in its portfolio, notably proceedings arising from public contracts and pertaining to the energy and media sectors. Debt recovery and pharmaceutical lawsuits are other areas of activity for the team, which is under the leadership of Luís Nobre Guedes and Gonçalo Mota Nogueira.

Practice head(s):

Luís Nobre Guedes; Gonçalo Mota Nogueira

Other key lawyers:

Pedro Pestana Bastos

Testimonials

‘The team excels in litigation and credit recovery. Luís Nobre Guedes is recommended.’

Key clients

2045, S.A.

VEOLIA Portugal

Actualsales Group

Albatross Mountain

Banco Comercial Português

AON Portugal

Caixa Económica Montepio Geral

Novo Banco, S.A.

DELTA Cafés

VADECA

Macieira Coelho Investimentos

Crédito Agrícola

IFT – Comércio Internacional Alimentar, S.A.

AltafarmA

Work highlights

  • Representing VEOLIA Portugal, which is the defendant in a high-profile criminal lawsuit concerning an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in a public hospital.
  • Acting for AON in a €4m legal proceeding in Portuguese administrative courts, asking for the judicial review of AON’s disqualification in a public procurement procedure for the award of health insurance contracts.  
  • Represents BCP in approximately 370 amalgamation and reorganisation proceedings, as well as high-profile judicial proceedings claiming the payment of debt in connection with financial operations.

Pares Advogados

Clients active in a multitude of sectors, including financial services, construction, tourism, media and infrastructure, retain the team at Pares Advogados in litigation and arbitration mandates. Civil litigation, notably labour law disputes, are among João Malhadas Teixeira's fields of expertise. Pedro Carreira Albano regularly assists financial institutions and domestic companies in corporate litigation, and is also experienced in criminal cases. Sandra Severino is seasoned in disputes arising from contractual breaches and proceedings pertaining to civil liability and debt recovery.

Practice head(s):

João Malhadas Teixeira; Pedro Carreira Albano; Sandra Severino

Other key lawyers:

Sofia Castro Caldeira

Testimonials

‘Promptness and good client care skills.’

‘In-depth knowledge of legislation and jurisprudence. High technical skills. Availability and proximity to clients.’

‘Security and solidity in the development of arguments with clarity and precision. Pedro Carrerira Albano and Sofia Castro Caldeira are recommended.’

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.

Work highlights

  • Representing Patris in a €514m legal action for damages involving Banco Espírito Santo (BES), Rio Forte Investments (RFI) and Espírito Santo International (ESI)’s managers.
  • Representing Pavigrés in a €3.3m legal action filed against the sellers of shares of a company for the violation of a sale and purchase of shares agreement.
  • Representing Trioconnect – Estudo de Mercado, holder of a company named IZIDEAL, which owns several price comparison websites, in a legal action filed against Google and Alphabet.

Raposo Bernardo

Raposo Bernardo acts for a diverse client roster of domestic and international companies from several sectors, such as aviation, construction, real estate, pharmaceuticals and insurance, among others. The team handles litigation and arbitration proceedings, showcasing extensive experience in corporate and shareholder disputes. Ana Cláudia Rangel specialises in dispute resolution, and is knowledgeable in insolvency and labour law.

Practice head(s):

Ana Cláudia Rangel

Testimonials

‘The team of lawyers is phenomenal and we couldn’t be happier. Ana Cláudia Rangel is focused on achieving the best result on behalf of the client.’

‘I have not been able to find a law firm that is so genuine, transparent and does not deceive. What I notice is that they don’t rest until they solve the problems at hand.’

‘Ana Cláudia Rangel is a very experienced, determined, combative lawyer, with impressive argumentative ability, very organised and proactive. She has become our go-to lawyer for everything that is judicial litigation and more complex arbitrations.’

Raposo Bernardo’s lawyers are distinguished by their professionalism, effectiveness and the results they achieve. Raposo Bernardo has solid experience in all forms of dispute resolution in Portugal.’

‘Cláudia Rangel is an excellent negotiator; she is proactive, dedicated and shows incredible attention to detail.’

What makes them different from any other society is their ability to listen and understand our concerns, presenting the best solutions appropriate to our sector of activity, which gives us security. In addition, I would also like to add the technical capacity of lawyers, with a high level of legal and sectorial expertise.’

‘I believe that they have unique characteristics that differentiate them in the market, such as valuing clients individually, in addition to being highly professional, efficient in the way they solve problems and effective in the results they achieve.’

‘The work in the litigation area is coordinated by Ana Cláudia Rangel, who is an outstanding lawyer and inspires great confidence. She has a lot of experience in dispute resolution and conflict resolution. In addition to all this, she is very dedicated and has a solid and consistent academic background.’

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

Rogério Alves & Associados – Sociedade de Advogados, SP, RL provides comprehensive assistance to clients in the context of civil, commercial and criminal litigation. Typical instructions also include international arbitration. Practice co-head Rogério Alves is highly regarded for his impressive track record in white-collar crime mandates. Fellow co-leader João Perry da Câmara leads on litigation matters, notably family law disputes. José Gonçalo Pereira is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Rogério Alves; João Perry da Câmara

Other key lawyers:

José Gonçalo Pereira; Teresa Silva Tavares

Testimonials

RAA is a boutique firm that manages to bring together experts outside the usual mainstream of larger providers.’

Key clients

Puma

Rose Property Holdings

Hejamara

Work highlights

  • Assisting Rose Property Holdings in an arbitration concerning a breach of a promissory contract of real estate purchase.
  • Representing an individual in a judicial dispute concerning the validity of several sequential property share transfers.
  • Providing day-to-day assistance to Puma in debt collection and the management of receivable accounts.