Firms To Watch: Employment

At BAS - Sociedade de Advogados, the labour, social security law, and public employment department is jointly led by Alexandra Almeida Mota, Dália Cardadeiro, and Pedro Madeira De Brito. The firm caters to national and international clients across diverse economic sectors, including IT, sports, aviation, public health, and agribusiness.
Boutique firm DCM | Littler advises on the full spectrum of employment law matters, including hiring, collective bargaining, transfer of undertakings, restructuring, and redundancies. Founding partner David Carvalho Martins represents clients in a variety of sectors such as tourism, fishing, culture and art, and IT.
Following the opening of its Lisbon office, Spanish powerhouse Pérez-Llorca established its employment practice in December 2023 with the arrival of Inês Arruda, a labour, compensation and benefits specialist with a strong reputation in the local market, who joined from Vasconcelos Advogados.

Employment in Portugal


Major restructurings, redundancy programmes, and union negotiations are all key areas of expertise for CMS, whose strong track record in immigration matters, disputes, and dismissals is noteworthy. Leading the group is Susana Afonso, a go-to lawyer for complex restructuring, redundancy, collective bargaining and pension matters across sectors including financial services, insurance, aviation, and retail. Sofia Mateus oversees the litigation side of practice, specialising in disciplinary proceedings, social security lawsuits, and labour misdemeanour impugnation. João Paulo Gomes, who is at the helm of the Madeira office, provides labour advice to multinational and local companies in the hospitality, construction, and transportation sectors. Senior associates Sofia Costa Lobo and Margarida Rosenbusch bring extensive experience in TUPE operations, staff restructuring, and redundancy programmes, with a special emphasis on the telecoms, aviation, and retail segments.

Practice head(s):

Susana Afonso; Sofia Mateus

Other key lawyers:

João Paulo Gomes; Sofia Costa Lobo; Margarida Rosenbusch; Margarida Rosenbusch; Catarina Gil Jorge; Mafalda Alves da Silva; Sara Chiappe Nolasco; Miguel Almeida e Costa


‘They have in-depth knowledge of labour law, rigorous analysis, and search for creative solutions.’

‘The team is very responsive, business-minded and reliable. It’s a very good and very easy working relationship.’

‘Susana Afonso is committed to building solutions, with excellent analysis and research. Margarida Rosenbusch has extensive experience in litigation and provides advice that is very oriented towards the client’s needs.’

‘The CMS team stands out for its excellent responsiveness, technical and legal knowledge, seriousness and expertise in solving problems, and presenting solutions in the most varied contexts and challenges.’

‘Margarida Rosenbusch can understand our needs very clearly and always responds in a timely manner. She is clear and leaves no doubts in her answers.’

‘João Paulo Gomes stands out for his in-depth knowledge of labour law, and demonstrates a strong ability to conduct and resolve processes.’

‘Excellent professionals with very high analytical and resolution skills.’

‘Sara Chiappe Nolasco stands out for her personal and professional qualities and for her punctuality in providing legal advice. Sara is reliable, an excellent communicator and works to the highest standards of ethics, integrity and professionalism.’

Key clients




SAM – Sociedade de Automóveis da Madeira

Millennium BCP

Banco Santander

Altice Group

ABANCA Corporación

Portway Handling Portugal

ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Portugal

Davidson Kempner


Jefferies International Limited, Sucursal em Portugal

Volvo Financial Services – VFS Renting

Rodoeste Transportadora Rodoviária da Madeira, Lda

Frente MarFunchal

Savoy Madeira


Vinci Energies

Work highlights

  • Acts for Millennium BCP in a labour dispute involving a collective redundancy.
  • Advised Banco Santander on labour litigation concerning the challenge to a collective redundancy process.
  • Advising Altice Group on its restructuring process in Portugal, which includes a collective dismissal of 246 employees.


DLA Piper ABBC’s renowned employment team routinely handles the labour aspects of large M&A transactions, collective bargaining negotiations and day-to-day issues for domestic and international companies. João Guedes, who is skilled in M&A due diligence and labour disputes, and Benjamim Mendes, a highly regarded practitioner with extensive experience in restructuring, layoff measures, and transfer of undertakings, jointly head up the department. Clients from an array of sectors, including financial services, insurance, retail and transport, regularly turn to Catarina Santos Ferreira for assistance with collective bargaining, dismissals and restructurings. Sara Leitão is especially sought after by companies seeking support in disciplinary proceedings, redundancy processes, and restructuring initiatives. Vitor Madeiras Rodrigues is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

João Guedes; Benjamim Mendes

Other key lawyers:

Catarina Santos Ferreira; Sara Leitão; Daniela Rosa


‘The multidisciplinary firm can give efficient responses to the different needs of companies and is able to combine solid knowledge with the needs of companies.’

‘Benjamim Mendes has deep knowledge, critical capacity and high orientation towards the needs of companies.’

‘What distinguishes this firm is the ability to manage matters from a management perspective. This management model is largely due to the profile of Benjamim Mendes, an experienced leader who dominates legislation in all its aspects.’

‘Benjamim Mendes stands out for his seriousness, empathy, know-how, management skills and vision. He usually surrounds himself with good professionals, such as Daniela Rosa.’

‘DLA Piper ABBC stands out for the excellence of its services, and the knowledge and availability of its team.’

‘Good professionals who are dedicated and recognised in the field.’

‘Catarina Santos Ferreira’s dedication and strategic thinking transform challenges into triumphs. Her commitment to excellence and knowledge of the sector gives us the confidence to reach new heights.’

Work highlights

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

The ‘highly specialised and dedicated’ team at Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados offers support to clients in a wide range of employment-related matters, from collective dismissals, to disciplinary proceedings, business transfers, union negotiations and due diligence. Led from Lisbon by Luís Miguel Monteiro and Pedro Pardal Goulão, the team is recurrently sought after by companies from the energy, banking, pharmaceuticals and transport sectors, among others. Monteiro excels in corporate restructuring, collective dismissals, and social security law, while fellow co-head Pardal Goulão’s expertise spans litigation, due diligence, and corporate restructuring. Helena Tapp Barroso boasts a wealth of experience in collective bargaining agreements and social security disputes. In the Porto office, Paula Ponces Camanho handles contentious and non-contentious mandates, and José Amorim Magalhães is active in both individual and collective dismissals.

Practice head(s):

Luís Miguel Monteiro; Pedro Pardal Goulão

Other key lawyers:

Helena Tapp Barroso; Paula Ponces Camanho; José Amorim Magalhães; Isabel Valente Dias


‘What sets this firm apart is the technical quality of the labour law and corporate law/M&A teams. Technical knowledge, client-oriented solutions and quality of services are, without a doubt, differentiators in the market.’

‘The quality of Helena Tapp Barroso’s work is unquestionable. The versatility of the solutions presented and the intelligent way in which she perceives the needs of each client make Helena stand out as an excellent professional.’

‘Paula Ponces Camanho shows exceptional dedication to clients, doing everything she can to win. Helena Tapp Barroso is enormously calm in trials and has great emotional intelligence and results. José Amorim Magalhães is very focused on solving problems in an assertive way, with excellent results.’

‘An exceptional team led by Luis Miguel Monteiro that combines legal knowledge with the search for practical solutions that interest companies.’

‘The team of lawyers is highly specialised and dedicated, offering effective legal solutions based on careful analysis and tailored strategies.’

‘Experienced and multidisciplinary professionals. The knowledge and experience of lawyers allow for a comprehensive vision and innovative solutions.’


PLMJ’s accomplished team is a popular choice for clients seeking advice on collective dismissals, employee transfers, litigation, and contract terminations. At the helm of the practice, Tiago Cortes is skilled in the entire spectrum of benefits and employment matters, from individual disputes to international corporate restructuring, while Nuno Ferreira Morgado stands out for his solid credentials in non-contentious mandates, including restructurings, privatisations and M&A. Nuno Guedes Vaz chiefly acts for clients from the transport, pharmaceuticals, energy, and telecoms sectors. José Pedro Anacoreta offers expertise in human resources process management, such as international mobility and remuneration, while Mariana Paiva focuses on employment litigation and issues arising from acquisitions. Vitor Madeiras Rodrigues joined from DLA Piper ABBC in September 2023.

Practice head(s):

Tiago Cortes; Nuno Ferreira Morgado

Other key lawyers:

José Pedro Anacoreta; Nuno Guedes Vaz; Mariana Paiva; Vítor Madeiras Rodrigues; Marco Ramalheiro


‘Great responsiveness, mastery of subjects, proactivity and anticipation of needs. ’

‘Very efficient team with easy and pleasant contact. Professional.’

‘Nuno Guedes Vaz has unsurpassable dedication and knowledge in the area of ​​labour law and union negotiation. José Pedro Anacoreta has a very in-depth knowledge of the distribution business and is very competent and creative.’

‘The firm stands out for its proximity to clients.’

‘I would recommend the services of Tiago Cortes due to his availability and interest in monitoring matters.’

‘Qualities include creative and innovative solutions, in-depth knowledge of the client, and availability.’

‘It is worth highlighting the excellent work provided by Nuno Guedes Vaz and Mariana Paiva. They both have solid knowledge of the sector.’

Key clients

Accenture Portugal


Caixa Geral de Depósitos

Davidson Kempner







Work highlights

  • Assisted Microsoft in a major staff reduction.
  • Assisted MEO group in the negotiation and amendment of the terms of its health plan applicable to 30,000 beneficiaries.
  • Assisted APED in the negotiation of the new collective bargaining agreement for the retail sector, covering in excess of 100,000 workers.

SRS Legal

At SRS Legal, the employment department is regularly instructed by a multitude of international and domestic companies operating in a variety of sectors, including banking, insurance and aviation, among others. Heading the practice is the ‘extremely competent‘ and now co-managing partner César Sá Esteves, a highly regarded employment law expert, who specialises in collective bargaining and collective disputes. Mariana Caldeira Saráviaexpertly handles redundancy and disciplinary processes‘ for financial services, food and beverage, and retail clients, taking the lead on non-contentious matters related to corporate restructurings, outsourcing and human resources. Ana Luísa Beirão, who oversees the litigation arm of the practice, shines on administrative proceedings and disciplinary actions. Cláudia Varela, another key member of the team, provides valuable counsel to companies from the pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, transport, and IT sectors.

Practice head(s):

César Sá Esteves

Other key lawyers:

Mariana Caldeira Sarávia; Ana Luísa Beirão; Cláudia Varela; Leonor Francisco


‘Excellent performance, response time, and accuracy.’

‘Ana Luisa Beirão has in-depth knowledge of our company and sector, courtesy in service and quality of advice provided regarding labour legislation.’

‘Ana Luísa Beirão has an enormous knowledge of labour and employment law, with unsurpassed availability and efficiency.’

‘The team is very competent and meticulous in the legal advice they provide. They have represented our organisation in redundancy processes and in court challenges and ensured processes were capably handled and in a smooth way.’

‘Mariana Caldeira Sarávia expertly handles redundancy and disciplinary processes. César Sá Esteves is extremely competent.’

‘The team is always up to date regarding any changes in employment. The team’s response is always quick.’

‘Cláudia Varela, in addition to being friendly, has a direct speech, is always available and keeps us updated. ’

Key clients

Administração do Porto Setúbal


APL- Administração do Porto de Lisboa

APS – Administração dos Portos de Sines e do Algarve

AXA Group Operations

Banco do Brasil

Banco Poupança e Crédito

Barraqueiro Group

Banco Primus


Beyond Pricing

Bergé Group

Binary (Bizay Group)

Caixa Económica Montepio Geral

Caixa Geral de Depósitos


Cerealto Sintra Foods

Chrysea Labs





Cyber Sepio


EFG Bank

Ernst & Young



Five9 Inc.

GamaLife – Companhia de Seguros de Vida


GMF Railway Maintenance Services

Go Parity


Grupo Banco Montepio

Grupo Barraqueiro


Haitong Bank


Hotusa Group (Eurostars Hotels Company)

Loka In.

Majorel Portugal

Mediaaadvantage (Ebiquity Group)





Novo Banco

Ocenao Fresco



OPM – Operações Portuárias

PharmaKern (Kern Group)

Principle Power

Publicis Groupe



Secil – Companhia Geral de Cal e Cimento

Securitas Direct




Socosmet – Sociedade de Cosmética

Starstone Insurance


Sumol + Compal

TAP Air Portugal


TM.E – Termomeccanica Ecologia – Sucursal em Portugal


TUI Portugal




Volkswagen Autoeuropa


Wright Medical Group

YCBM – Youcanbookme

Work highlights

  • Advised TAP Air Portugal on a major restructuring involving around 2,000 employees.
  • Advises Megasa on labour-related matters, including revision and implementation of company policies and procedures, working time regulation, safety, and disciplinary issues.

Abreu Advogados

Abreu Advogados handles both contentious and non-contentious employment matters for clients across the healthcare, pharmaceutical, automotive, retail, and TMT industries. The department, which is under the joint leadership of Carmo Sousa Machado and Patrícia Perestrelo, ‘offers a high-quality, client-oriented service‘ in this space, covering M&A due diligence, restructurings, hiring and termination procedures (individual and collective) as well as labour disputes and disciplinary proceedings. Sofia Silva Sousa concentrates her practice on labour regulation and human resources issues, and is often called upon by clients in mandates involving working conditions, remuneration, and termination of employment. Madalena Caldeira left the firm in January 2024.

Practice head(s):

Carmo Sousa Machado; Patrícia Perestrelo

Other key lawyers:

Sofia Silva e Sousa; Diogo Orvalho; Marta de Oliveira Pinto Trindade; Simão de Sant’Ana; Bárbara de Sousa Basto


‘The ease of contact with Abreu and its lawyers is noteworthy.’

‘Simão de Sant’Ana has solid technical knowledge, problem-solving skills and availability.’

‘Abreu Advogados offers a high-quality, client-oriented service, demonstrating a constant commitment to meeting the client’s needs effectively and efficiently. The team of lawyers is made up of highly experienced and dedicated professionals.’

‘Bárbara de Sousa Basto stands out for her very transparent communication and sense of duty to inform about the progress of each process. Her team demonstrates a strong commitment to professional ethics and social responsibility, making a constant effort to make a difference in society.’

‘The multidisciplinary, competent and attentive team has members with high legal knowledge and humanity.’

‘Sofia Silva e Sousa is friendly and an excellent professional. Luís Gonçalves da Silva demonstrates vast knowledge and experience.’

Key clients



Axa S.A.

Alstom Portugal


BC Group


Cascais Próxima – Gestão de Mobilidade, Espaços Urbanos e Energias, E.M. – S.A

Catana Group

Colt Technology Services

Corinthia Hotels

CTT – Correios De Portugal

De Heus

Dura Automotive

Expeditors International Of Washington, Inc.


Groupe SEB Ibérica

Hidden Hearing Portugal

Iberdrola Group

Imperial Produtos Alimentares

IKEA Group

Isdin Portugal

JJW Hotels & Resorts Group

Laboratoires Arkopharma

Michael Kors


Newrest International Group




Samvardhana Motherson Peguform Automotive Portugal

Sindicato Nacional Do Pessoal De Voo Da Aviação Civil – SNPVAC

Sporting Clube De Portugal/Sporting Clube De Portugal Futebol SAD



Tata Consulting Services


Tomtom Sales B.V.


Lusíadas Group

Zadig & Voltaire



Recognised for its ‘exceptional quality of work’, Cuatrecasas‘ employment practice is proficient in restructurings, transactional matters, litigation, and day-to-day issues. Department leader Rui Vaz Pereira, a key contact for the negotiation of collective agreements, is singled out for his strong track record in labour litigation. Inês Pinheiro, who joined in January 2023 following the firm’s integration of SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados, assists a diverse range of stakeholders with collective dismissals, labour audits, and collective bargaining negotiations. With over two decades of experience in this space, Sandra Lima da Silveira stands out for her in-depth knowledge of social security law.

Practice head(s):

Rui Vaz Pereira

Other key lawyers:

Inês Pinheiro; Sandra Lima da Silveira; Tiago Pestana de Vasconcelos; Cristina Romariz; Ângela Afonso


‘Exceptional quality of work, client-care skills, availability, and effectiveness in response.’

‘Rui Vaz Pereira and Cristina Romariz are undoubtedly a pillar for our company to function in Portugal. Particularly noteworthy are their attention, speed of responses, the proposal of solutions and the effectiveness of the proposals.’

‘Cuatrecasas conveys confidence and rigour.’

‘They are very accessible and quick to respond.’

‘I strongly recommend Tiago Pestana de Vasconcelos for his sharp legal advice and excellent timing.’

‘Inês Pinheiro and Ângela Afonso are always available, giving quick, detailed and in-depth responses.’

‘Inês Pinheiro is an exceptional professional with in-depth knowledge of Portuguese labour legislation. Ângela Afonso is an extraordinary lawyer, with great focus, availability, and a detailed approach.’

Key clients

DHL Group in Portugal (DHL Supply Chain/DHL Express/DHL Aviation)

Servdebt – Capital Asset Management


Canon Portugal

Manuel Champalimaud Group

Bauer Media Audio Holding GmbH



Mercado Eletrónico Portugal

Nutrinveste Group (Sovena Group)

Heineken Group (Sociedade Central de Cervejas – SCC)


Havi Group

ATM – Assistência Total em Manutenção


Fundação Eugénio de Almeida

Voltalia Portugal

Credit Suisse



Renascença Multimédia Group


Bottega Veneta

Work highlights

  • Advised Ringier on the acquisition of a 100% stake in Sociedade Vicra Desportiva.
  • Advises Heineken Group on all issues related to employment and social security, including work schedules, the drafting of employment contracts, disciplinary actions, termination of employment, remuneration and benefits packages, labour inspections and litigation.

Garrigues Portugal

Singled out for its 'dedication to the client, in-depth knowledge, and excellent service', Garrigues Portugal is adept at advising domestic and multinational corporations on a host of employment matters, most notably collective dismissals, redundancy procedures, outsourcing, and social security issues. Co-head Rui Valente has a proven track record in managing individual and collective dismissals, with a particular focus on the tourism, entertainment, and automotive sectors. Fellow co-leader João Soares Almeida brings a wealth of experience in restructuring procedures, transfers of undertakings, and labour due diligence. André de Oliveira Correia is a name to note for clients from the private and public sectors seeking guidance in transactional matters, restructuring processes, and collective bargaining agreements. Rita Nogueira Neto is seen with great regularity handling the employment aspects of acquisitions and disputes.

Practice head(s):

Rui Valente; João Soares Almeida

Other key lawyers:

André de Oliveira Correia; Rita Nogueira; Magda Nunes; Ricardo Grilo


‘Their qualities include availability, good quality of work, commitment, responsibility, dedication to the client, in-depth knowledge, and excellent service.’

‘André Correia Oliveira showcases rigour, seriousness, and availability, offering good advice and monitoring.’

‘Garrigues represents the best that exists in the labour sector. All topics are simplified and communicated clearly.’

‘Ricardo Grilo has very clear and transparent communication and creates trust with other interlocutors.’

‘This law firm stands out in the national legal market for its commitment to quality, innovation, diversity, social and environmental responsibility, and for its ability to provide comprehensive and effective legal solutions to its clients. These characteristics make it a leader in the legal sector and a reliable partner for those seeking high-level legal services.’

‘Rita Nogueira stands out for her remarkable professionalism, flexibility, adaptability, effective communication, solid technical skills and in-depth knowledge.’

‘Garrigues’ labour department understands the reality and needs of the business, and always maintains a high quality of services.’

‘João Soares Almeida is notable for his preparation, availability, empathy and ability to guide his team towards the themes and challenges we pose to them. André Oliveira is extraordinarily competent, always available, and seeks to understand in detail the concerns and challenges of clients.’

Key clients

Super Bock Group




Linde Group

Faurecia / Forvia

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners Portugal

Avincis (former Babcock)

Eberspaecher – Purem Tondela


Gestamp Group

Volvo Cars

Bimba & Lola

KP Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Cognizant on employment matters related to the “return to the office” plan.
  • Acted for MAHLE in several class actions filed by hundreds of employees claiming the payment of shift allowance.
  • Assisted Águas e Energia do Porto in the renegotiation of its collective bargaining agreement.

Sérvulo & Associados

Best known for its expertise in employment matters pertaining to the public sector, Sérvulo & Associados is also well placed to advise on global group restructurings, labour due diligence in the context of M&A transactions and transfers of undertakings. Litigation, disciplinary actions and whistleblower-related matters are other areas of activity for the group, which is led by Rita Canas da Silva, 'an excellent professional who combines solid technical knowledge and practical advice'. Margarida Costa Gomes complements the team with her extensive knowledge of labour disputes, company restructurings, and redundancy procedures.

Practice head(s):

Rita Canas da Silva

Other key lawyers:

Margarida Costa Gomes; Nuno Pais Gomes; Mariana Pinto Ramos; Luísa S. Pereira; João Pinto Ramos


‘They provide excellent quality service compared to other firms in the same area. A very cohesive team with solid knowledge of the market in which they operate.’

‘Their qualities include proximity to the client, speed, perception of client activity, and availability.’

‘Rita Canas da Silva has solid knowledge of the subjects, is solution-oriented, and conveys a lot of confidence in the legal positions she defends.’

‘The expertise of the team, the quality of the advice provided, the availability and speed of response are notable. Rita Canas da Silva has built an excellent team, which stands out in the context of national labour law.’

‘Rita Canas da Silva is an excellent professional who combines solid technical knowledge and practical advice. She is very clear and is concerned with always seeking the most balanced solution for the client.’

‘Margarida Costa Gomes has immense international experience. Nuno Pais Gomes and Mariana Pinto Ramos are very good, especially in litigation, and Luísa S. Pereira is younger but very autonomous and responsible.’

‘Nuno Pais Gomes has in-depth professional knowledge and experience as well as a proximity and excellent relationship with the client.’

‘Rita Canas da Silva is a very complete lawyer, with great technical knowledge of the topics and with whom empathy and a relationship of trust can be created.’

Key clients

Lusíadas Saúde Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted Lusíadas Saúde Group in employment aspects of the complete reversion of the concession of Hospital de Cascais to the new private operator, Galo Saúde – Parcerias Cascais, SA, part of the Ribera Salud Group.

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

Noted for its ‘in-depth knowledge of labour regulations', Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho’s 'competent' employment team is recognised for its role in major M&A transactions in Portugal, complex litigation proceedings and company restructurings. Clients operating in a variety of sectors - including financial services, manufacturing, retail and insurance often retain the group, which is overseen by André Nascimento, a specialist in employment litigation, collective bargaining, pensions and social security law. Senior associate Susana Bradford Ferreira showcases notable strength on litigation and social security issues.

Practice head(s):

André Nascimento

Other key lawyers:

Susana Bradford Ferreira; Liliana Silveira de Freitas


‘The team is super available and professional and also very close to the clients. This proximity, monitoring of matters and the ability to solve problems are what best distinguishes the firm.’

‘We recommend lawyers André Nascimento and Susana Bradford Ferreira.’

‘Excellent service, team of great quality and expertise, very agile, professional and always available.’

‘Highlights include André Nascimento and Liliana Silveira de Freitas, who provide excellent service and support to clients.’

‘The very competent team has in-depth knowledge of labour regulations.’

Key clients

Banco Santander Totta

Getir Portugal

Parity Technologies

Explorer Investments

Grupo Mapfre

Otis Elevadores

GrandVision Portugal

Barclays Bank

Wizink Bank

Santander Consumer Finance


Movicortes Group



Korn Ferry

Work highlights

  • Advised Banco Santander Totta on a restructuring procedure.
  • Advised Ineos Automotive on the closure of its plant and termination of all employment agreements.
  • Advised Pollen Street Capital Ltd. on the acquisition of a majority stake in Finsolutia.


At VdA, the employment practice acts for an impressive client roster, featuring leading companies from the banking, technology, life sciences, and energy sectors across Portuguese-speaking countries. At the helm of the team is Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão, a veteran labour practitioner based in Porto with a wealth of experience in national and international arbitration. In Lisbon, Américo Oliveira Fragoso provides comprehensive advice to a diverse client base on all aspects of labour and social security law, including litigation. The ‘exceptionalBenedita Gonçalves, who sits in the Porto office, focuses on corporate restructuring, lay-offs, labour negotiation, and employment law training. Both Fragoso and Gonçalves were promoted to the partnership in 2023.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão

Other key lawyers:

Américo Oliveira Fragoso; Benedita Gonçalves; Tiago Piló; Pedro Ferreira de Sousa; José Fernando Barata


‘The services provided by the firm are of excellent quality, characterised by a high technical level, outstanding writing style, promptness in handling requests, rigorous adherence to mandated obligations, and exceptional availability and kindness in client interactions.’

‘Tiago Piló stands out for his exceptional leadership skills, professionalism, and constant availability, making it easy to reach him for support.’

‘VdA’s team possesses broad knowledge across various business sectors, enabling it to cater to the diverse needs of their clients.’

‘Pedro Ferreira de Sousa provides high-quality legal advice, notable for his availability, clear communication, and technical expertise.’

‘Américo Oliveira Fragoso is distinguished by his deep understanding of technical aspects and market operations, along with his constant availability, empathy, and communication skills.’

‘They are always available, extremely supportive, and credible, providing a sense of security whenever VdA’s support is involved.’

‘Benedita Gonçalves is exceptional, combining extensive knowledge with a friendly and humorous demeanour.’

Key clients

Menzies Aviation

Nomad Foods

TAAG – Angolan National Airline Company



Maravilha Farms (Reiter Affiliated Companies Group)

Multi Portugal Group

El Corte Inglés

Azule Energy (BP & ENI JV for Oil&Gas)


Petroleum Industry Contractors Association (Angola)

Mund Europe

Eptarefrigeration Portugal

XPO Logistics

Greenvolt Group


Kaizen Group

Indra Group

Montalva Group

Portugália Group

SBM Production Contractors Inc., S.A. – Sucursal em Portugal (Group SBM Offshore)

AGPL – Empresa de Trabalho Portuário Douro e Leixões

SuperBock Group



Sport Lisboa e Benfica, SAD

Grupo Trofa Saúde






Towers Watson

Timor-Leste National Petroleum and Minerals Authority (ANPM)

Körber Supply Chain PT, S.A.

Aker Solutions

Escala Vila Franca – Sociedade Gestora do Estabelecimento, S.A. (José de Mello Group)

Roche Farmacêutica

Vifor Pharma

INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory

Vanguard Properties

Springjet (Hi Fly Group)

Total Energies

Work highlights

  • Advised Menzies on the negotiations with Groundforce Unions to amend the existing company agreement and change labour conditions.
  • Assisted the SuperBock Group in a job reorganisation operation involving 102 positions.
  • Assisting TAAG in all matters of a labour and human resources nature, including the preparation of TAAG’s privatisation.


‘Dedicated to all matters related to labour law’, Andersen’s expertise spans M&A and restructuring processes, collective dismissals, terminations, and court proceedings. Clients from a variety of sectors, including media, manufacturing and technology, regularly turn to the practice for assistance in hiring and termination matters at the C-suite level. Based in Lisbon, co-head José Mota Soares specialises in collective bargaining processes and litigation, while fellow co-leader Teresa Nogueira, who sits in the Porto office, is proficient in trade union relations and M&A due diligence.

Practice head(s):

José Mota Soares; Teresa Nogueira

Other key lawyers:

Sílvia Martins; Luísa de Albuquerque Inácio; Sónia Claro


‘The team offers availability and tailor-made solutions that prioritise the company’s best interest.’

‘The team is super professional, always present, and maintains a close relationship with the client.’

‘José Mota Soares has a very experienced team dedicated to all matters related to labour law. They keep us informed about legislative changes and understand our business intimately, serving not just as lawyers but as true partners and consultants.’

Key clients


Veolia Portugal

Ascenza Agro

Grupo Media Capital


Bauer Media

Work highlights

  • Represented DRIVALIA in a collective dismissal process.

Eversheds Sutherland

Commended for its 'professionalism, efficient performance, and quick responses', Eversheds Sutherland is skilled at advising Portuguese and multinational corporations on the employment aspects of corporate transactions, collective dismissals, disciplinary proceedings and day-to-day labour issues. Inês Albuquerque e Castro oversees the practice, focusing on restructuring, collective dismissals, and transfers of undertakings. Bruno Ferreira Domingues is counsel of choice to management and human resources departments within medium-sized and companies, seeking advice on workforce restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Inês Albuquerque e Castro

Other key lawyers:

Bruno Ferreira Domingues; João Camilo


‘Demonstrates the ability to understand the client’s position, coupled with friendliness and availability.’

‘Inês Albuquerque e Castro excels in rigour, friendliness, and strives to meet client’s interests within legal boundaries.’

‘Notable for their professionalism, efficient performance, and quick responses, they conduct thorough analyses and assess risks of all possible alternatives.’

‘Inês Albuquerque e Castro and João Camilo are excellent professionals who are empathetic to our problems and needs.’

‘Inês Albuquerque e Castro is always friendly and aware of our activities, offering insightful assistance. Bruno Ferreira Domingues, along with João Camilo, provides excellent additional support and is always available.’

‘João Camilo and Inês Albuquerque e Castro are highly recommended for their accessibility, professionalism, and cautious approach.’

‘Inês Albuquerque e Castro is an excellent communicator with prompt responses, while Bruno Ferreira Domingues has exceptional knowledge of labour law and efficiently resolves various issues.’

Key clients

Amplifon/ Minisom






Federal Morgul Iberia

GLT Ibéria

Just Eat Takeaway







Pierre Fabre Dermo Cosmetics



Singled out for its keen focus on domestic and cross-border transactional matters, Linklaters’ employment division, part of the firm’s corporate department, provides comprehensive advice on labour disputes, restructurings, collective bargaining, and senior-level appointments and terminations. At the helm of the practice, Marta Afonso Pereira’s strengths lie in workplace diversity issues, employment disputes, and crisis management mandates. Covering all advisory and contentious aspects of labour and social security law, Sílvia Pinheiro Esteves advises human resources departments from both private and public sector companies.

Practice head(s):

Marta Afonso Pereira

Other key lawyers:

Sílvia Pinheiro Esteves


‘The Linklaters team, particularly Marta Afonso Pereira, stands out for its rigour, availability, professionalism and quick response to requests. The attention paid to the client and proactivity are aspects that are relevant in its comparison with other law firms.’

‘They provide individualised care and intelligent strategies in defence, considering company longevity and labour law compliance’

‘Marta Afonso Pereira leads effectively, imparting high legal knowledge in an accessible way. Sílvia Pinheiro Esteves is noted for her dedication and ability to explore feasible alternatives.’

‘Linklaters’ professionalism and prompt legal support in urgent situations set them apart from other firms.’

‘Marta Afonso Pereira is direct, impartial, attentive, and empathetic, excelling in labour law and building trust with clients.’

‘Marta Afonso Pereira and Sílvia Pinheiro Esteves are exceptional, providing fast, creative solutions and excellent client-focused communication.’

‘The firm is proficient in entity structuring, regulatory, tax, and employment law, providing cross-discipline, commercial, and easily understandable advice.’

Key clients

Constellation Automotive Limited

BNP Paribas

NTT Data Portugal

Hitachi Astemo Abrantes S.A. (Hitachi Group)

Sociedade Altitude Software, S. A. (Enghouse group)

Luz Saúde, S.A. (Fosun Group)

AGS – Administração e Gestão de Sistemas de Salubridade, S.A.

XTX Portugal Unipessoal, Lda

ASP Holding

YMCA Setúbal (pro bono)

Work highlights

  • Advised Constellation Automotive Group on the termination negotiations and settlement agreements with 50 employees in Portugal.
  • Advised large global companies across different industry sectors in relation to the implementation and revision of their share plans and remuneration packages available to key employees and directors in Portugal.
  • Represented clients from different industry sectors in judicial proceedings filed by current or former employees, in the context of employment-related matters, including moral harassment and discrimination claims in the workplace.

Miranda & Associados

The 'well-rounded team' at Miranda & Associados handles a broad spectrum of labour matters, ranging from human resources management and work accident prevention, to restructurings, due diligence, collective bargaining, and disciplinary proceedings. The ‘strong and multidisciplinary’ group is under the joint leadership of three practitioners: Diogo Leote Nobre, whose expertise covers litigation, contract negotiations, and establishment transfers; Paula Caldeira Dutschmann, who concentrates on collective bargaining and restructurings; and Nuno Gouveia, a key contact for employment, immigration, and benefits issues involving Portuguese and French-speaking African jurisdictions.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Leote Nobre; Nuno Gouveia; Paula Caldeira Dutschmann

Other key lawyers:

Joana Vasconcelos; João Pires Teixeira; Joana Coelho de Freitas


‘Miranda & Associados has a strong and multidisciplinary team with significant experience in disputes of all types, from simple difficult actions to very complex legal issues.’

‘Diogo Leote Nobre has a great connection with clients and a very clear perception of corporate needs. He coordinates a very well-rounded team, which offers new arguments to resolve complex legal issues.’

Key clients


West Sea


Horários do Funchal


Fundação Antero Gonçalves

Fundação Oceano Azul




Associação Jardins-Escola João de Deus


Praga Associação Cultural

Haitong Bank Pension Fund Participants

José Maria Cazal-Ribeiro

Work highlights

  • Represented West Sea in the challenging of a collective dismissal involving the sub-concession of Viana do Castelo Shipyards.
  • Assisted 25 Haitong Bank Pension Fund Participants, comprising former Board Members, Directors, and Managers of Haitong Bank/ESI Bank, on various issues related to the amendments and execution of the Pension Fund Management Agreement.
  • Representing EGEAC in a judicial lawsuit for unfair dismissal filed by its former Technical Manager of Maria Matos Theatre in Lisbon.

pbbr - Sociedade de Advogados RL

At pbbr - Sociedade de Advogados RL, the 'highly knowledgeable' employment team provides expert guidance to an array of corporate clients in areas such as business reorganisations, transfers of undertakings, labour disputes, and payroll management, among others. Practice leader Inês Reis, who enjoys a strong reputation in the market, is a reference for social security matters, employment benefits, and related litigation. Bruno Soeiro Barbosa enhances the department’s capabilities with his proficiency in collective bargaining and collective claims.

Practice head(s):

Inês Reis

Other key lawyers:

Bruno Soeiro Barbosa; Inês Oom de Sacadura; Pedro do Carmo Bleguinhas; Márcia Romeira


‘Choosing pbbr as our legal partners was among our best decisions. They always provide solutions across various areas and ensure prompt responses with their multidisciplinary, backup-ready teams.’

‘Inês Oom Sacadura is patient and consistently available, adept at handling our numerous queries efficiently. Despite the urgency of our requests, she remains tireless, practical, and ensures client comfort and protection.’

‘Their versatile, skilled team covers a broad spectrum of fields, offering comprehensive solutions, especially beneficial for those unfamiliar with Portuguese legislation.’

‘They stand out for their humility, insight, and professionalism. Inês Reis, Pedro do Carmo Bleguinhas, and Márcia Romeira are notably approachable, empathetic, and always available.’

‘Inês Reis is practical and decisive, while Pedro do Carmo Bleguinhas is empathetic and confident in his solutions. Their proximity to clients and effectiveness sets them apart.’

‘The team is highly knowledgeable and always available to solve problems.’

Key clients


Bolt Food

FEI (Redspher group)




Oracle Portugal


Johnson & Johnson Portugal


Cushman & Wakefield





DS Smith


Robert Walters







Albuquerque & Almeida

Rated for its 'high availability, professionalism and technical rigour', Albuquerque & Almeida is well versed in workforce restructurings, collective redundancies, and litigation. The group is led by João Salvador, who often provides employment law advice to Portuguese companies and multinationals from the chemicals, electronics, shipping, and automotive sectors. Leonor Barata takes the lead on contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

João Salvador

Other key lawyers:

Leonor Barata; Miguel Alcobia


‘The lawyers demonstrate high availability, professionalism and technical rigour.’

‘They have specialists in all employment areas, are very well prepared and take care of their clients. ’

‘We have worked with this firm for many years, this partnership always works very well at all levels. They have enormous knowledge and have been critical partners for us in several important projects.’

‘João Salvador’s support has been fundamental. In addition to having extensive knowledge and experience, he has been a critical and fundamental partner on sensitive topics.’

‘Good level of English and Spanish. Good knowledge of Portuguese labour law and good understanding of the needs of multinational companies.’

Key clients

Groupe Clarins – Clarins Portugal

Google Portugal

Hitachi Power Grids

ABB Group – ABB Portugal

Massimo Zanetti Beverage Iberia

Kyndryl Services Portugal

Cargill Portugal

ONI Telecom

Zimmer Biomet (Portugal)

Lisgarante – Soc. Garantia Mutua


CTT – Correios de Portugal

Henry Schein Portugal

Mccormick Portugal

Mysis Portugal / Spain – Finastra

ANTRAM – Road Transportation Employers Association

Biohorizons Portugal

TPD – Transportes Paulo Duarte

Carl Zeiss Portugal

VSL Portugal

Crest Capital Partners


Accelleron (Portugal)

Herdade da Comporta


PTC Therapeutics

Work highlights

  • Advised Cargill Portugal on negotiating the integration of a high-level technical team following acquisitions by Cargill Inc., and on matters related to the early retirement of a portion of its workforce.
  • Advising Oni Telecom on the restructuring of its management team and matters related to early retirement of senior employees.
  • Advising Herdade da Comporta on all matters related to employment law, including compliance with the new employment legislation, restructuring of employment contracts, services contracts and employment conditions.

CCA Law Firm

Covering both non-contentious and litigation matters, CCA Law Firm’s 'young, dynamic and multidisciplinary team' is well positioned to advice on employment contracts, workplace policies, wrongful terminations, discrimination, and immigration issues. The firm is sought after by clients from a number of sectors, including real estate, insurance, pharmaceuticals, and technology. With a strong following of companies from the IT space, Pedro Antunes leads the practice, concentrating on dispute prevention and resolution. Maria Luís Guedes de Carvalho offers day-to-day employment and social security advice, and also showcases notable strength in restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Antunes

Other key lawyers:

Maria Luís Guedes de Carvalho; Joana Enes


‘This firm stands out for the quality-to-price ratio of the services provided.’

‘Pedro Antunes is completely available and reveals high theoretical knowledge combined with common sense and practical sense. As a consultant, I highlight Joana Enes.’

‘The CCA team is a young, dynamic and multidisciplinary team. Always available, with great efficiency and excellent legal quality.’

‘Pedro Antunes is a professional and high-quality lawyer.’

‘They give responsive, pragmatic and concise recommendations.’

Key clients


IT People



Get Manta


TripAdvisor Group


Time Out




Landing Jobs






A Padaria Portuguesa


Sport TV



Lince Capital

Alvarez & Marsal





Saverglass Ibérica

VWR International

Luca Learning Systems

FCR M4 Ventures

Genesis Studio

Cemark, S.A.


Feels Like Home


4Tune Engineering




Onyria Resorts

Universal Cover

Rina Group

Bhout Boxing

The Fork

Work highlights

  • Assisted Teya with its downsizing, which required a redundancy procedure.
  • Assisted Coverflex with due diligence performed before an investment round in the company.
  • Provides day-to-day assistance to GM Gamimg in all human resources matters.


MACEDO VITORINO advises clients on a wide array of employment matters, from restructurings and M&A,to labour litigation and social security issues. The group is particularly adept at representing public sector clients in collective bargaining and resolving collective conflicts. Practice head Guilherme Machado Dray frequently collaborates with the Portuguese government, playing a key role in mediating labour disputes and negotiating collective bargaining agreements.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Machado Dray

Other key lawyers:

Joana Fuzeta da Ponte


‘The opinions provided are always well-founded, showcasing a unique ability to work and respond rapidly. Their speed and care in understanding issues to deliver the best service are exemplary.’

‘Joana Fuzeta da Ponte has excelled in managing processes and requests with discretion, attentive listening for comprehensive legal opinions, flexibility, and a close proximity that enhances interaction.’

‘The team is characterised by constant availability and a rapid response capacity.’

‘This team distinctively combines deep legal knowledge with an exceptional ability to quickly grasp the client’s business, its changes, regulatory impacts, and various underlying business models.’

‘Joana Fuzeta da Ponte is commendable for her ability to contribute to defining legal solutions with significant creativity and pragmatism.’

Key clients

CP – Comboios de Portugal

Metropolitano de Lisboa, E.P.E.

Carris – Transporte Público de Lisboa


Siderurgia Nacional (Grupo Megasa)

Infraestruturas de Portugal


MobiE – Mobilidade Elétrica

Aga Khan Foundation (in Portugal)

Aggraria Siglo XXI

SBSI/ Mais Sindicato

AIEL – Associação para a Inovação e Empreendedorismo de Lisboa

Transtejo Soflusa – Entre as margens do Tejo (Transtejo Group


Precision Development, Inc.



Work highlights

  • Provides services to TAP Air Portugal as mediators between the company and the unions in the context of a labour restructuring plan.
  • Supported CP-Comboios de Portugal in the negotiation of two single undertaking agreements between the unions and the company.
  • Assists Infraestruturas de Portugal in labour mediation, collective bargaining and social dialogue with all the unions.

PRA-Raposo, Sá Miranda & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados RL

Portuguese and international companies from the worlds of financial services, retail and transport (among other) routinely seek PRA-Raposo, Sá Miranda & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados RL's advice on collective agreements, M&A-related employment issues, staff restructurings, and litigation. The team is helmed by Joana de Sá, lauded by clients for her ‘profound and sound legal competencies and real-life experience’. Key practitioners also include Helena Braga Marques, whose expertise encompasses labour, transport, family, and inheritance law, and Joana Cadete Pires.

Practice head(s):

Joana de Sá

Other key lawyers:

Helena Braga Marques; Joana Cadete Pires


‘The team had a very personalised style to best meet my needs as a client and exhibited an extremely professional and committed approach. ’

‘Joana de Sá shows profound and sound legal competencies and real-life experience, and stands out as a leader in labour and employment.’

‘Joana de Sá is extremely competent and professional, showing genuine care and close interaction with clients, offering tailored solutions, and accurately assessing legal implications in various scenarios.’

‘PRA’s labour law team is always available, efficiently responding to challenges and proactively preventing compliance issues.’

‘Their global presence, including offices in various regions, is very beneficial. I particularly commend Joana Sá’s excellent leadership.’

‘Joana de Sá is an exceptional lawyer with practical acumen and meticulous attention to detail, demonstrating deep knowledge and commitment in employment and sustainability matters.’

‘This firm is unique, combining competence, professionalism, speed, friendliness, and a human touch, which greatly benefits the client.’

‘PRA is a reliable partner in the Portuguese legal market. Joana de Sá is remarkably responsive and practical, offering diverse team expertise.’

Key clients

Coliseu Micaelense

Employees of Groundforce Portugal

Work highlights

  • Represented Coliseu Micaelense in litigation proceedings brought by its former CEO alleging unfair dismissal.

Raposo Bernardo

Clients from various sectors, notably banking, insurance, technology, aviation and pharmaceuticals, turn to Raposo Bernardo for guidance in workforce restructurings, labour litigation, employee benefits and compliance issues. Overseeing the practice, Ana Cláudia Rangel 'has thorough and comprehensive knowledge of all employment matters, covering both consultancy and litigation'.

Practice head(s):

Ana Cláudia Rangel


‘Ana Cláudia Rangel has total know-how in labour matters, social security and labour disputes. She is an expert in dealing with labour courts, unions and the Working Conditions Authority.’

‘The quality of the services provided by Raposo Bernardo is impressive.’

‘Ana Cláudia Rangel has thorough and comprehensive knowledge of all employment matters, covering both consultancy and litigation.’

‘The quality of the services provided by Raposo Bernardo is excellent, including the speed, clarity and focus of the responses.’ 

‘The Raposo Bernardo team is very strong, with highly prepared lawyers, high knowledge of the law and the legal system and total dedication to client matters.’

‘Raposo Bernardo & Associados is an exceptional law firm. The team is extremely well organised and develops innovative solutions.

‘Ana Cláudia Rangel consistently delivers high-quality work; she is extremely diligent and competent.’


Restructurings, labour due diligence, collective bargaining, and employment litigation are all key areas of activity for the 'always available, helpful and collaborative' team at TELLES, which is based between Lisbon and Porto. The group offers day-to-day advice to corporate clients on aspects such as employment contracts, remuneration, pension plans, and social security. Gonçalo Pinto Ferreira, who heads up the labour and social security practice, focuses on advising both Portuguese and international clients on large-scale restructurings. Sofia Pamplona coordinates the labour law team in Porto, while managing associate João Dotti de Carvalho oversees the Lisbon-based office.

Practice head(s):

Gonçalo Pinto Ferreira

Other key lawyers:

Sofia Pamplona; João Dotti de Carvalho; Henrique Pereira Lourenço; Francisco Espregueira Mendes


‘Very professional team. Always available, helpful and collaborative.’

‘Sofia Pamplona demonstrates availability, collaboration, competence and friendliness.’

‘The dynamic team is knowledgeable of business realities.’

‘The corporate partners are available and experienced.’

Key clients

Leroy Merlin (Adeo Goup)

Pepsico GrouP

Daufood (Master Franchise Domino´s Pizza)


Accor Hotels Group

Nors Group

Repsol Polimeros (Group Repsol)


PSA Sines (Group PSA International Pte Ltd)

TE Connectivity, Ltd. (Tyco Electronics)

Work highlights

  • Provided daily labour law services to Leroy Merlin (ADEO Group), including the adoption of work organisation solutions.
  • Assists Accor Group in all employment-related matters.
  • Assisted Sonae Capital Group with the restructuring of various business areas.

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

With extensive experience in employee benefits, pension and social security issues, APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. offers legal support to corporate clients in labour judicial proceedings, disciplinary procedures, and employment contract negotiations. João P. Alves Pereira is the main point of contact in the team for domestic and multinational companies seeking advice on dismissals, workforce restructurings and litigation.

Practice head(s):

João P. Alves Pereira


‘The responsive and client-focused team provides practical advice.’

‘Understands the business of the client and has good sector knowledge.’

Key clients

Free Now

Archon Systems

Eleven Sports

IPG Mediabrands

IPG Health UK

IRIS HR Consulting

MPM Software


Secopa SL

Work highlights

  • Acted for Eleven Sports in two labour claims against a former member of the Board of Directors.
  • Assisted IPG Health UK in the negotiation and drafting of a severance agreement with a Portuguese employee working from Portugal.
  • Assisted Free Now on various employment law issues, including termination of contracts, contract addendums and mandatory employee notices.

Caiado Guerreiro

Caiado Guerreiro  is instructed by a host of corporate clients in a wide range of employment matters, from executive-level contracts to employee benefits, pensions, and remote work models. Standing out for his strong knowledge of judicial and administrative proceedings, department leader Ricardo Rodrigues Lopes is regularly engaged in mandates concerning collective and individual redundancies.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Rodrigues Lopes

Key clients


Cloud Imperium Games




OM Digital Solutions







Cerejeira Namora, Marinho Falcão

Under the joint leadership of founding partner Nuno Cerejeira Namora and Pedro Condês Tomaz, the employment practice at Cerejeira Namora, Marinho Falcão is regularly engaged by clients from the worlds of manufacturing, retail, technology and healthcare seeking representation in judicial litigation and advice on the prevention of labour disputes. Cerejeira Namora has a wealth of experience in the entire range of employment law matters, while Condês Tomaz play a prominent role in guiding clients through employment compliance audits and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Nuno Cerejeira Namora; Pedro Condês Tomaz

Key clients

Câmara Municipal do Porto

CINCA – Companhia Industrial de Cerâmica, S. A.

DigestAID – Artificial Intelligence Development, Lda

GHP – Global Health Platform, S.A.

iStore, S.A.

Maiambiente, E. M.

Mbit – Computadores e Serviços de Informática S.A.

Mobpro – Electronics And Technology, Lda

Toogas, Lda

Câmara Municipal de Barcelos

Work highlights

  • Represented Câmara Municipal de Barcelos (Barcelos City Hall) in a claim brought by the trade union STAL for the payment of alleged supplementary work hours.
  • Advised Rio Ave Futebol Clube on legal proceedings regarding the termination of employment relations with the main Coach and respective technical team.

Antas da Cunha Ecija

Antas da Cunha Ecija maintains a broad employment and social security practice which covers advice on compliance issues, union negotiations, restructurings, dismissals, and disciplinary actions. Pedro da Quitéria Faria, praised as ‘incredibly professional and knowledgeable’, oversees the team and is supported by a strong group of senior associates. The practice was further strengthened by the arrival of Tiago Cochofel de Azevedo as of counsel from VdA in November 2023; he is particularly active in the pharmaceuticals and banking sectors.

Practice head(s):

Pedro da Quitéria Faria

Other key lawyers:

André David; Ricardo Lourenço da Silva; Isabel Araújo Costa; Lourenço Fernandes-Thomaz; Tiago Cochofel de Azevedo


‘The scope of services provided and the level of digitalisation are important and valued points.’

‘Pedro da Quitéria Faria deserves special mention for his ability to interpret legal needs in light of the global strategy of the professional association.’

‘Key features like proximity to clients and total availability stand out. The up-to-date knowledge and comprehensive analyses provided are particularly impressive.’

Key clients

Appian Corporation


Associação Nacional de Farmácias (ANF)


APLO – Optometrists Portuguese Association


TX Group

Artsana (Chicco)



Espanha e Associados

Rated for its ability to 'adeptly handle complex, multifaceted situations with integrated and rapid responses', Espanha e Associados provides assistance to both individuals and corporate clients across the hospitality, food and beverages, healthcare, financial services, and insurance spaces. The practice is proficient in business restructurings, compliance issues, contractual matters and in the management of collective dismissals. Department head Luís Almeida Carneiro stands out for his extensive experience in handling the employment law aspects of M&A transactions and corporate restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Luís Almeida Carneiro

Other key lawyers:

Filipa Botelho Moniz; Marisa Frade


‘Their unique combination of professional competence and empathy is a significant added value. They adeptly handle complex, multifaceted situations with integrated and rapid responses.’

‘Luís Almeida Carneiro deserves special mention for efficiently managing the entire process and skilfully handling complex situations while maintaining a humanised approach and sensitivity. Coordination with other team members was seamless and highly efficient.’

‘Their attention to detail, analytical skills, and strategic thinking make them exceptional.’

‘They have consistently shown high expertise, dedication, and professionalism, especially in Portuguese labour law.’

‘The team is very capable, providing fast feedback with excellent interpersonal skills.’

‘Luís Almeida Carneiro and Marisa Frade are excellent lawyers, readily available, and very knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Fitness Hut


Ripplr (Issuu)

Nata da Nata





Sudamtex (Lawrence Hotel)