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DLA Piper ABBC¬†adopts a ‚Äėvery hands-on approach‚Äô and displays ‚Äėcreativity, resilience and grit‚Äô. Highlight work for the eight-strong team included handling the employment aspects of large acquisitions and related disputes, but the outfit covers the whole gamut of employment and social security matters. Benjamim Mendes¬†is ‚Äėthe best employment lawyer in the Portuguese market. His seniority and knowledge when dealing with every stakeholder in the process make the difference‚Äô, according to one client. Jo√£o Guedes¬†is the other name to note.

Morais Leit√£o, Galv√£o Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados¬†is noted for its ‚Äėengagement, assertiveness and respect in the market‚Äô. It acts for a variety of companies, including start-ups. The ‚Äėextraordinary‚Äô Lu√≠s Miguel Monteiro¬†provides ongoing advice to Pfizer, ‚Äėfantastic‚Äô and ‚Äėtechnically flawless‚Äô managing associate Joana Almeida¬†assisted Indorama with its acquisition of operational industrial assets from Artlant and Artelia, and¬†Helena Tapp Barroso¬†advised Impresa Group on the sale of its magazine portfolio. Practice head¬†Pedro Pardal Goul√£o¬†regularly acts for Tupperware.

PLMJ¬†is ‚Äėvery close to its clients‚Äô and lawyers are able to ‚Äėsimplify questions and think outside the box‚Äô. Domestic and international household names instruct the team.¬†Nuno Ferreira Morgado¬†‚Äėputs himself in the client's shoes‚Äô and ‚Äėgets straight to the point‚Äô; he assisted Toshiba with the redundancy of its sales manager in Portugal. The ‚Äėvery competent‚Äô¬†Tiago Cortes¬†assisted TAP in negotiating a five-year collective agreement with the Pilots‚Äô Union (SPAC). Abel Mesquita¬†and Oporto-based Manuel Cavaleiro Brandao¬†are the other names to note.

The well-established team at SRS Advogados features the highly regarded César Sá Esteves, Mariana Caldeira Sarávia and Ana Luísa Beirão. Handling mostly standalone work, and covering the full range of employment matters, the team commands a strong international network and has particular expertise in the finance, health and pharmaceutical, insurance, and aviation sectors. Maria de Lancastre Valente made partner.

Covering all aspects of employment law, a particular highlight for Abreu Advogados¬†was representing Rar√≠ssimas in a high-profile case involving the dismissal of its founder and former president. ‚ÄėFlexible, customer-focused and results-oriented‚Äô, the team is led by Carmo Sousa Machado, Marta de Oliveira Pinto Trindade¬†and Patr√≠cia Perestrelo. Senior associates Ana Manuela Barbosa¬†and Sofia Silva e Sousa¬†are also recommended.

The three-strong team at Campos Ferreira, Sá Carneiro & Associados can rely on a large roster of longstanding clients, providing ongoing advice as well as assistance with transactions, legal opinions and contentious matters. The 'fantastic' Pedro Furtado Martins is singled out.

CMS¬†has a focus on matters with contentious or restructuring aspects and is experienced in handling union negotiations and corporate work. It assisted Seguradoras Unidas in a restructuring process involving individual dismissals, and Altice Portugal in a series of transfer of undertakings as part of a functional reorganisation. ‚ÄėExcellent‚Äô Susana Afonso Costa¬†leads the team jointly with Sofia Mateus. Senior associate Jo√£o Gomes¬†heads the Funchal office.

Cuatrecasas' team is¬†‚Äėvery well connected internally‚Äô. It assists with transactional work and renders ongoing advice to clients such as JD Sports and DHL. ‚ÄėIntellectual authority‚Äô Maria da Gl√≥ria Leit√£o¬†heads the practice; senior associate Rui Vaz Pereira¬†adopts ‚Äėa very practical approach‚Äô and is ‚Äėvery assertive in court‚Äô.

Garrigues Portugal is well-versed in collective procedures, although it handles the whole spectrum of employment matters. Clients include Spie Batignolles and Gomà-Camps. Rui Valente heads the practice; senior associate João Soares Almeida is another name to note.

The ‚Äėvery accessible‚Äô team at¬†pbbr - Sociedade de Advogados RL¬†advises on restructurings, collective procedures, transactional work as well as disputes. Clients include Sanofi, ISS World Services, Abanca, Associated Press and American Airlines. The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô In√™s Reis¬†leads the team; Bruno Soeiro Barbosa¬†and associate In√™s Oom de Sacadura¬†are also recommended.

A young team handling sophisticated work, Ur√≠a Men√©ndez ‚Äď Proen√ßa Carvalho¬†is¬†valued for its¬†'great know-how and experience' and 'assistance with global projects'.¬†It acts for a range of banking clients, recently assisting Wizink Bank in a claim filed against the Labour Ministry concerning the interpretation of TUPE rules applied to the collective bargaining agreement within the context of the sale of Barclays‚Äô card business to the client. Counsel Andr√© Nascimento, who ‚Äėalbeit young, is very good‚Äô, leads the team.

VDA¬†handles the entire gamut of employment matters, including in other Portuguese-speaking jurisdictions. It is representing one of the largest Portuguese private security companies in a case concerning the application of an employment termination provision in the event of appointment to the board. Managing associate¬†Am√©rico Oliveira Fragoso¬†is a ‚Äėwell-seasoned lawyer with deep academic knowledge‚Äô, and both managing associates¬†Tiago Pil√≥¬†and Tiago Cochofel de Azevedo¬†are ‚Äėstrong advisers‚Äô. Pil√≥ heads the team jointly with Rui Andrade.

João Salvador and Miguel Alcobia handle employment matters at Albuquerque & Associados, advising on restructuring, collective and individual bargaining and on executive contracts, with key clients coming from the chemical and automotive sectors, among others.

The ‚Äėhighly dedicated‚Äô In√™s Albuquerque e Castro¬†heads the practice at FCB Sociedade de Advogados, which gives clients ‚Äėthe solutions they need and full guidance throughout the entire process‚Äô. It¬†assisted IT services company CGI with all aspects regarding the collective dismissal of 70 employees, resulting in a company restructuring, and Bacardi with a transfer of operations.

Linklaters¬†provides support in the context of financings and transactions, but also renders ongoing advice and handles terminations and disputes. It assists Plataforma de Negocia√ß√£o Integrada de Cr√©ditos Banc√°rios with its employee allocation strategy across all the platform's¬†banks. The young and growing team is headed by ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô of counsel Marta Afonso Pereira. Associate S√≠lvia Pinheiro Esteves¬†is also recommended.

SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados¬†is noted for its¬†‚Äėknowledge, quality, and timeliness‚Äô. The team handles the full range of employment issues, including restructurings, litigation, audits and data protection, for clients such as SIBS, Globalmedia Group, and Sociedade Central de Cervejas. Ines Pinheiro's 'understanding of issues goes beyond the purely legal‚Äô. Senior associate Tiago Pestana de Vasconcelos¬†is also singled out.

The lawyers at Caiado Guerreiro¬†‚Äėreally advise what is best for the company‚Äô and explain matters in ‚Äėsimple language‚Äô. Clients include Olympus, Cortefiel, Honeywell and Bosch, which the team assists with all employment matters. Ricardo Rodrigues Lopes¬†heads the department, with support from¬†Jorge Ribeiro Mendon√ßa, who made partner in February 2019.

Employment is a specialist area for Filipe Azoia & Associados, which provides comprehensive advice to clients in the pharmaceutical and hospitality sectors. Founding partner Filipe Azoia is the name to note.

Led by Diogo Leote Nobre, the team at Miranda & Associados handles every aspect of employment law for a client roster that includes Falck, Egeac, Banco Santander Totta, Accenture, and Martifer. Leote Nobre is supported by of counsel Joana Vasconcelos, managing associate Paula Caldeira Dutschmann and associate Cláudia do Carmo Santos; the team also frequently draws on the firm’s international network.

The ‚Äėpersistent‚Äô team at¬†Raposo Bernardo¬†handles a wide range of employment matters. Key clients include Iberostar Hotels & Resorts and Menarini Pharmaceutical. ‚ÄėReliable and determined‚Äô senior associate Ana Cl√°udia Rangel¬†heads the practice.

AAA Advogados assisted BBDO with general employment matters, including restructuring, dismissals and data protection. The team also handles disputes and transactional work. Senior associate Leonor Francisco is the main contact.

‚ÄėHighly structured‚Äô Andersen Tax and Legal | NGMS ‚Äď Sociedade de Advogados¬†is noted for its ‚Äėavailability and network‚Äô and recently handled disputes, collective dismissals and bargaining agreements. Jos√© Mota Soares¬†heads the practice. The firm signed a collaboration agreement with Oporto firm CNA ‚Äď Curado, Nogueira & Associados¬†in February 2018.

Dr João Alves Pereira heads the practice at APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L., which assists clients with day-to-day matters, contracting and dismissals, reorganisations, GDPR issues and transactional work.

Carlos Aguiar, Ferreira de Lima & Associados - Sociedade de Advogados, R.L. handles both contentious and non-contentious employment matters for a varied client roster. Maria Roquette Valdez is the key contact.

CCA Law Firm acted as local counsel to Europcar International on its employee share plan, and advised on Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) matters (TUPE) between Europcar and Goldcar, following the acquisition of the latter by the former. Managing associate Pedro Antunes leads the practice.

Espanha e Associados'¬†team is ‚Äėtrustworthy, committed and always available‚Äô. It successfully represented the Portug√°lia restaurant group in a case before the Agency for Work Conditions (ACT) concerning bonuses. Newly appointed partner Lu√≠s Almeida Carneiro¬†heads the team.

Porto-based JPAB - Jos√© Pedro Aguiar-Branco Advogados¬†is ‚Äėdedicated‚Äô in its employment work, which encompasses transactional support and disputes in the insurance, retail and health sectors. Pedro Botelho Gomes¬†and Joana Carneiro¬†are the names to note.

The five-strong team at Macedo Vitorino & Associados¬†advises domestic public entities and private companies on general employment matters, including transactions. The Aga Khan Foundation counts among the team's clients. Guilherme Machado Dray¬†and senior associate In√™s Coelho Sim√Ķes¬†jointly lead the practice.

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