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According to clients, Cuatrecasas’ assistance is ‘of the utmost competence’. The five-partner group provides ‘proactive, timely advice’ and focuses on the construction, banking and private equity sectors. It is handling all disputes arising from Banco Privado Português (BPP)’s liquidation, including disputes with clients, state aid cases and criminal and administrative offenses. Miguel Esperança Pina and the Oporto-based José de Freitas co-lead the team.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados offers ‘timely input’ and is increasingly active in international arbitration. In litigation, the team acted for Transportes Sul do Tejo in a case filed against the Portuguese state concerning financial compensations paid to the transportation companies of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area for public transportation service rendered. António Pinto Leite leads the team, which includes Francisco Cortez, Miguel de Almada and Filipe Vaz Pinto. Magda Fernandes is ‘a superb lawyer with an excellent sense of commercial matters’. Catarina Monteiro Pires made partner in 2017. Helena Soares de Moura left to become head of litigation at Ageas Portugal in April 2017.

PLMJ’ advice is ‘always to the point’. As well as handling international arbitrations, the group acted in significant litigation, representing Volkswagen in cases concerning the emissions scandal. Nuno Líbano Monteiro ‘sees the greater picture’, Pedro Fariaexplores all potential means of defence’, and José Miguel Júdice and Pedro Metello de Nápoles have ‘deep legal knowledge’. Senior associate Filipa Cansado Carvalho is recommended along with Filipa Cotta, now of counsel and Pedro Caetano Nunes, who made partner in April 2017.

Drawing from its excellent international experience, the seven-partner group at Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho is frequently involved in arbitration. Tito Arantes Fontes and Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho jointly lead the team, which acts for clients such as Banco Santander Totta, Mota-Engil, Cimpor and Galp Energia. David Sequeira Dinis made partner in January 2017 and is recommended along with Daniel Proença de Carvalho and senior associate Adriano Squilacce.

In 2017, VdA Vieira de Almeida acted for clients including Millennium BCP, Doyen Group and Elos - Ligações de Alta Velocidade. Highly recommended for arbitration, Miguel Pinto Cardoso represented Petrogal in a case concerning compensation claims for the breach of a contractor’s obligations. The ‘technically excellent team’ includes Frederico Gonçalves Pereira, Rui Andrade and the ‘innovativeSofia Ribeiro Branco, who is ‘very good in court’.

The team at CMS stands out for its ‘technical competence and availability’ for handling cross-border disputes. Nuno Pena represented Goldman Sachs in administrative proceedings brought against the Bank of Portugal claiming the nullity and voidance of the transfer to the latter of a loan to Oak Finance. Pena heads the practice jointly with the ‘dedicated’ Joaquim Shearman de Macedo.

Linklaters provides ‘swift and competent responses’, and is particularly rated for handling banking and finance disputes. Nuno Ferreira Lousa is defending Deloitte against a €900m claim brought by Pharol concerning the alleged breach of auditor obligations. ‘Intelligent’ counsel Ricardo Guimarães is another name to note.

SRS Advogados provides ‘efficient and accurate advice’ and is particularly well known for insurance cases. In 2017, it represented Agro Capital in a dispute with Azal – Azeites do Alentejo concerning the breach of a call-and-put option agreement. José Carlos Soares Machado frequently handles pre-litigation negotiations; Regina Santos Pereira focuses on real estate litigation. Maria José de Tavares is also recommended.

Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados has considerable experience in international arbitration. In litigation, it is representing the Portuguese state in civil proceedings regarding the payment of a real estate investment fund’s debt in the context of BPP’s winding-up proceedings. Luís Miguel Cortes Martins and Maria Raquel Moreira jointly lead the group.

Clients of AAA Advogados are ‘very impressed’: the team ‘anticipates legal and regulatory changes that might affect a client’s business’. It represented supermarket chain Dia Portugal in litigation against a subdistributor concerning the breach of a contract for food product delivery to Angola. José Jácome heads the group, in which of counsel Bernardo Castro Caldas has ‘solid experience’.

Abreu Advogados has ‘a very good business understanding’ and provides ‘practical, strategic advice’. Arbitration is one of the team’s main areas of expertise. Natália Garcia Alves is recommended along with Guilherme Santos Silva, who is ‘good at thinking on his feet’.

Albuquerque & Associados has ‘a very strong team’ acting in banking, insurance and construction sector disputes. In arbitration, the team acted for Compañía Española de Petróleos as highway concessionaire in a case against the Portuguese state claiming compensation for decreased traffic due to the introduction of a toll fare system. Francisco Colaço leads the group, which also includes Dulce Dinis.

APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. is particularly rated for alternative dispute resolution. João Marques de Almeida is representing insurance company Fidelidade and road carrier Carristur in a €2m claim resulting from a collision of a bus and a parked jet at Humberto Delgado Airport. José Alves Pereira and Miguel Teixeira de Sousa are also recommended.

At DLA Piper ABBC, ‘lawyers at all levels are very knowledgeable’. The group gained new clients including Tyco Electronics, thyssenkrupp and Zurich Insurance Group. Employment litigation expert João Guedes has ‘a tremendous presence in court’ and jointly heads the group together with João Nuno Azevedo Neves.

João Duarte de Sousa leads Garrigues Portugal’s dispute resolution group, which includes counsel Miguel Azevedo and two senior associates. A 2017 highlight was defending Pharol in litigation filed by a group of its shareholders concerning the shareholder meeting’s resolution that approved amendments to the combination of PTSGPS with Oi.

Sérvulo & Associados defended Aquapor Serviços in litigation brought by competitors concerning the award of a water supply system concession contract. João Saúde and António Teles are recommended along with João Carmona Dias, who made partner in July 2017.

Anselmo Vaz, Afra & Associados - Sociedade de Advogados, R.L’s ‘highly skilled team’, which celebrated its ten-year anniversary in January 2018, specialises in patent litigation in the pharmaceutical sector. Managing partner Teresa Anselmo Vaz acted for clients including Cimilonga-Imobiliária, Respol and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.

Caiado Guerreiro & Associados’ seven-strong group acts for an impressive portfolio of national and international clients in litigation and arbitration. It represented Fénix Lusitana in a dispute with a former distributor. ‘Excellent negotiator’ João Caiado Guerreiro and Sandra Ferreira Dias are recommended.

As well as acting in civil and commercial disputes, FCB Sociedade de Advogados frequently handles debt collection litigation; it handles over a thousand civil procedures in this area for Banco BIC. Other clients include Medinfar, Novo Banco and Opway. Miguel Castelo Branco and newly appointed partner Rui Tabarra e Castro are the names to note.

The ‘capable and cohesive’ team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo defended a Chinese supplier of galvanised steel coils in a dispute brought by a Portuguese company concerning allegedly defective goods. Albano Sarmento and Paulo Nogueira da Rocha are regularly involved in arbitration. Carlos Soares left to found Soares & Associados Advogados.

João de Macedo Vitorino leads Macedo Vitorino & Associados’ dispute resolution group, which handles commercial, labour and banking litigation mostly in the automotive, banking, energy, telecoms, aerospace and defence sectors.

At Andersen Tax and Legal | NGMS – Sociedade de Advogados, formerly known as Nobre Guedes, Mota Soares & Associados, Gonçalo Mota Nogueira and Pedro Pestana Bastos are the names to note for dispute resolution. The group represented the Portuguese state in an arbitration procedure filed by Meo concerning a fine imposed for the alleged breach of a universal service contract for public pay telephones.

CCA Ontier, which has core strengths in the media sector, represents Google in several proceedings concerning the right to be forgotten. Other clients include media group Cofina, Europcar and Vodafone. Managing associates Martim Bouza Serrano and Marta Duarte jointly lead the team.

Campos Ferreira, Sá Carneiro & Associados focuses on national and cross-border disputes pertaining to commercial and financing matters. Practice head João Maria Pimentel is held in high regard.

The ‘trusted advisors’ at Cardigosmake clients’ lives easier’. The team represented Portugal’s four largest public transport companies in a dispute with Banco Santander Totta concerning the validity of several speculative derivatives agreements. Pedro Cardigos ‘inspires confidence’ and is recommended along with Porfírio Moreira and Pedro Moniz Lopes.

Carlos Aguiar, Ferreira de Lima & Associados - Sociedade de Advogados, R.L. has recently acted on contentious debt recovery matters. Founding partners Tiago Ferreira de Lima and Carlos Aguiar, who is ‘a hardworker’, are recommended.

The ‘very professional and well-connected’ group at pbbr - Sociedade de Advogados RL represented Cipan in a commercial dispute with a pharmaceutical company, and assisted Parque Expo 98 with two real estate procedures. Sofia de Sales Sousinha is the sole practice head following Gonçalo Malheiro’s departure to Abreu Advogados in May 2017.

The ‘professional, fast and competent’ dispute resolution group at Raposo Bernardo represented Adidas in litigation concerning distribution contracts, and acted for Menarini Diagnostics in litigation and arbitration. Senior associate Ana Cláudia Rangel is ‘combative if necessary’, while Ana Rita Escarduça left in December 2016 to become legal counsel at Ageas.

The ‘out-of-the-box thinkers’ at VCA - Valadas Coriel & Associados are ‘modern and very attentive to trends and international standards in the legal market’. It handles employment litigation for Galp Energia and represented Energias de Portugal in several debt recovery cases. Vera Chalaça was promoted to partner in January 2017 and is recommended along with the ‘professionalHugo Martins Braz and the ‘creative’ João Valadas Coriel.

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    Law no. 13/2016, of 30 December 2016, which amended and republished the Mozambican VAT Code, was recently rectified by a Notice, dated June 8th.

    In order to clarify some of the new obligations stemming from the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), which will apply as of 25th May 2018, the Article 29 Working Party (“WP29”) – the independent European consulting body for data protection issues – recently issued its “Guidance on Data Protection Impact Assessment (“DPIA”)”. This document will be available for public consultation until 23rd May, 2017.

    On 28th January, 2017, the Portuguese Data Protection Authority (Comissão Nacional de Proteção de Dados/CNPD) published a document establishing 10 measures for entities to prepare for the application of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).

    Presidential Decree no. 193/17, which approves the Regulation on the Licensing of Establishments and of Commercial Activity and Market Services (“Regulation”), was published on 22 August. The Regulation, which will enter into force on 21 October (60 days after its publication), establishes the conditions and procedures governing the licensing of commercial activities and market services, as well as the licensing of the respective establishments, revoking Presidential Decree no. 288/10, of 30 November (Regulation on the Licensing of Commercial Activity and the Provision of Market Services), as well as all prior regulations on the matter contrary to the provisions of the new Regulation.

    Ministerial Statute 50/2017, of 11 July 2017, sets forth the measures approved by the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy to streamline petroleum products’ import into and supply to the country and ensure fuel supply safety, regularity and quality. The newly approved measures obviously have a direct impact on distributors, but also affect suppliers, IMOPETRO, commercial banks operating in-country and the Banco de Moçambique (“BdM”).
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    Law no. 13/2016, of 30 December 2016, which amended and republished the Mozambican VAT Code, was recently rectified by a Notice, dated June 8th.

    Decree-Law 79/2017, of 30 June 2017, was published last Friday and amends both the Insolvency and Corporate Recovery Code and the Companies Code, in order to implement the goals of the “Programa Capitalizar” approved by Council of Ministers Resolution 42/2016, of 18 August 2016

    Please be aware that a new Presidential Decree has been published on 24th of April (Presidential Decree 79/17 of 24 April) which, among others, introduces the following significant amendments to former Presidential decree 43/17 of 6 March (regulations on the performance of a professional activity by nonresident foreign employees ):

    Bearer securities have been prohibited under Law 15/2017, of May 3, 2017, published today. The Companies Code and the Securities Code have been amended in order to implement this measure.

    Presidential Decree 43/17, of 6 March 2017 (“DP 43/17”) just enacted new regulations on the performance of a professional activity by non-resident foreign workers, repealing former Decrees 5/95, of 7 April 1995 and 6/01, of 19 January 2001.

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