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DLA Piper ABBC provides ‘very pragmatic support with a clear understanding of day-to-day needs and clients’ business strategies’. The nine-strong employment group handles large mergers, collective dismissals and collective bargaining agreements for a sizeable portfolio of national and international clients. The ‘very knowledgeable, experienced and pragmaticBenjamim Mendes provides ‘clear’ advice, and João Guedes has ‘a bright mind’ and ‘a tremendous presence in court’. Senior associate Vítor Madeiras Rodrigues ‘looks at all options to achieve the best result’.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados’ team of ‘skilled professionals’ cover all areas of labour and employment work. Helena Tapp Barroso led advice to Impresa on labour and social security matters as well as handling employment litigation; Luís Miguel Monteiro represented Pfizer in employment litigation. Pedro Pardal Goulão has ‘an excellent control of all situations’.

PLMJ’ ‘speed and quality are excellent’, and its advice is ‘straightforward’. The 20-strong employment group advised Toshiba on reducing its staff in Portugal by around 90%. The Oporto-based Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão focuses on collective bargaining and labour litigation, and jointly heads the group with Nuno Ferreira Morgado and Tiago Cortes. Abel Mesquita and Nuno Guedes Vaz are also recommended.

SRS Advogados’ ‘dependable’ practice handles a significant amount of stand-alone work, including many contentious matters. The team used its expertise in the banking sector to advise the state-owned Caixa Geral de Depósitos on restructuring its organisation. ‘Nothing is too much trouble’ for managing associate Maria de Lancastre Valente. The ‘business-mindedCésar Sá Esteves and Mariana Caldeira Sarávia are also recommended.

Abreu Advogados advised Agility Transitários on the hiring of employees and the termination of employment contracts, and handled collective dismissals for Associação Nacional de Direito ao Crédito and lighting producer Indústria de Produtos de Iluminação. Carmo Sousa Machado and Marta de Oliveira Pinto Trindade are held in high regard.

CMS handles restructurings, union negotiations and transactional support as well as litigation. In one example, it represented Portway in employee claims for professional requalification, and negotiated a collective bargaining agreement with bank unions, on behalf of Caixa Económica Montepio Geral. Susana Afonso and Sofia Mateus jointly head the group, in which Funchal-based senior associate João Paulo Gomes offers ‘prompt and effective advice’.

Campos Ferreira, Sá Carneiro & Associados is particularly active on day-to-day matters for long-term clients, but is increasingly advising on transactions. Pedro Furtado Martins heads the team, which saw the departure of senior associate Dora Joana to SRS Advogados in July 2017.

Cuatrecasas has ‘a practical problem-solving approach’ and provides services at ‘reasonable prices’. It advised JD Sports on employment issues during its acquisition of a portfolio of 15 shops. Maria da Glória Leitão is the key name. Diogo Leote Nobre and his team joined Miranda & Associados in August 2016.

Very assertive and technically well prepared’, Garrigues Portugal’s practice has ‘very high quality standards’. Highlights included advising Alstom on the collective dismissal of employees following its acquisition by GE. Rui Valente heads the group, in which the ‘pragmatic, solution-oriented’ Rita Nogueira Neto made counsel in January 2017. Oporto-based João Soares Almeida provides ‘very clear’ advice.

Clients of pbbr - Sociedade de Advogados RL include Prada, Marriott, Virgin Active and lingerie company Triumph. The team handled collective bargaining agreement negotiations for Seda Ibérica. Practice head Inês Reis is ‘clear in communications’, and recommended along with Bruno Soeiro Barbosa.

The ‘competent, business-oriented and available’ team at Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho advised Bankinter on the transfer of pension liabilities from Barclays to the client in connection with its purchase of Barclays’ retail business. Managing associate José Amorim Magalhães is ‘methodic and organised’; ‘flexible and approachable’ counsel André Pestana Nascimento is ‘very professional’. Filipe Fraústo da Silva left the firm in September 2017.

The ‘professional, competent and dedicated’ team at VdA Vieira de Almeida assisted Banco CTT with pension fund matters. Managing associate Américo Oliveira Fragoso is ‘a competent and dedicated professional’, who has ‘control even over difficult situations’. Fellow managing associates Benedita Gonçalves and Tiago Piló are also recommended.

Albuquerque & Associados’ team provides ‘robust advice’, and is advising General Motors on a restructuring. João Salvador has ‘very good negotiation and persuasion skills backed by sound technical knowledge and experience’.

FCB Sociedade de Advogados assisted Foot Locker with a harassment case, and defended Novo Banco in litigation filed by a senior employee concerning the payment of a €3m bonus. Senior associate Inês Albuquerque e Castro heads the group.

Linklaters provides‘fast responses’ when handling employment matters pertaining to transactions. The team acted for Sodalis Group on its director’s termination agreement and on hiring new employees in connection with the client’s acquisition of Brandcare. Counsel and practice head Marta Afonso Pereira is ‘very attentive’.

Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados provides ‘well-founded opinions’ on the full range of employment matters, including labour audits and employee data protection. Clients include Efacec Power Solutions, Global Media Group and Sociedade Central de Cervejas. Inês Pinheiro has ‘high technical skills’ and leads the team, which includes senior associate Tiago Pestana de Vasconcelos.

Caiado Guerreiro & Associados provides ‘thorough and accurate’ advice, for example to Olympus on hiring employees, terminating employment agreements and reviewing remuneration structures. Ricardo Rodrigues Lopes is the name to note. Associate Maria Leonor Piconez left for VdA Vieira de Almeida in July 2017.

Filipe Azoia & Associados was founded by Filipe Azoia, who left AAMM – Abecasis, Moura Marques, Alves Pereira Law Firm in February 2017. The team is experienced in advising pharma sector clients. Former managing associate Maria João Maia left to join AstraZeneca as legal manager in June 2017.

Diogo Leote Nobre leads Miranda & Associados’ group, which also includes Nuno Gouveia and of counsel Joana Vasconcelos. It advised on the termination of employment contracts and represented clients in labour accident litigation.

Raposo Bernardo advised Deutsche Telekom on the treatment of implicated employees and represented insurance group Tranquilidade in labour litigation.

Practice head and senior associate Ana Cláudia Rangel shows ‘serenity in approaching problems’.

Senior associate Leonor Francisco leads the employment group at AAA Advogados, which assisted supermarket chain Dia Portugal with an operational restructure, disciplinary procedures, the dismissal of high-level employees and other labour matters.

APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L.’s practice head João Pedro Alves Pereira led advice to IPG Mediabrands on the termination of employment contracts and the transfer between subsidiaries.

CCA Ontier created two new subgroups in 2017: a sports contracting team acting for federations on the hiring of players, and Startinnovation, which focuses on advising start-ups on employment matters. Clients include Europcar, construction company Ramalho Rosa Cobetar and television network Rede Record. Managing associate Pedro Antunes took over as practice head from José Maria Castelo Branco, who left in January 2017 to co-found Norma 8 Advogados - Castelo Branco, Varela Gonçalves, Ferros e Associados.

At Carlos Aguiar, Ferreira de Lima & Associados - Sociedade de Advogados, R.L., Maria Roquette Valdez handles collective redundancies, negotiates labour agreements and represents clients in employment litigation.

Espanha e Associados provides ‘clear and quick advice’, for example on disciplinary dismissals and transactional matters. Senior associate Luís Almeida Carneiro leads the group.

Macedo Vitorino & Associados’ employment group, which includes of counsel Guilherme Dray and senior associate Inês Coelho Simões, does ‘impressive work’. It advised GES Siemsa on labour matters concerning the transfer of part of its business to Ferrovial.

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    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 ):
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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”).
  • Mozambique VAT Code Amended

    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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