Hall Of Fame

Firms To Watch: Energy and natural resources

Under the leadership of João Macedo Vitorino, the energy and environment team at MACEDO VITORINO engages extensively in transactional activities within the solar power sector, focusing particularly on M&A, project finance, and joint venture initiatives.

Energy and natural resources in Portugal


Lauded for its ‘good business acumen’ and ‘client-oriented’ approach, the energy and climate change team at CMS acts for a diverse roster of domestic and international clients. The practice is noted for its expertise in regulatory matters, M&A, the implementation of energy projects and litigation against public bodies. Mónica Carneiro Pacheco heads the practice and is recommended for her regulatory expertise in energy, renewables and infrastructure projects, regularly acting on market-shaping deals. She leads the team alongside Manuel Cassiano Neves, who boasts specialist knowledge of environmental compliance and licensing of activities and infrastructure projects, and Bernardo Cunha Ferreira, who is recommended for his experience in M&A transactions involving energy assets. Associate Duarte Lacerda focuses on public law, specifically public procurement and administrative litigation within the energy segment.

Practice head(s):

Mónica Carneiro Pacheco; Manuel Cassiano Neves; Bernardo Cunha Ferreira

Other key lawyers:

Duarte Lacerda; Catarina Pita Soares


‘Team with vast knowledge of the energy sector and proven experience.’

‘Mónica Carneiro Pacheco: has in-depth knowledge of the sector and has the ability to look for solutions. Bernardo Cunha and Manuel Cassiano Neves: very knowledgeable of the rules and regulations. They are always willing to seek solutions and advise on strategic paths to follow.’

‘High responsiveness, good business acumen, well connected and client oriented.’

‘Bernardo Cunha Ferreira has supported our business for many years now and involves any resources required from CMS to bring projects through the finishing line. On point support!’

‘The CMS energy practice is an excellent team with which we have worked for several years on highly complex projects, standing out from other law firms for the quality of its professionals, legal and sector knowledge, client service and collaboration.’

‘The energy and natural resources team has extensive experience and reveals detailed, historical and up-to-date knowledge of the sector, providing an integrated view of it.’

‘CMS stands out for its excellent energy team. They are a very consolidated team at all levels of interaction with the client. They demonstrate great availability to respond within short deadlines without neglecting technical aspects.’

‘CMS have been fantastic advisers across a wide range of matters and practice areas.’

Key clients




Swen Capital Partners SA

Sterling and Wilson International Solar FZCO




R. Power

Lightsource BP

EDP Group

Aquila Capital


REN Group

Galp Group

Work highlights

  • Advising EDP – Gestão da Produção de Energia, S.A. on the arbitration proceeding against the Portuguese State concerning the Fridão Hydropower Plant.
  • Advising Lightsource BP on legal and regulatory matters regarding its activity in Portugal.
  • Advising Greenvolt on its entrance into the self-consumption market, notably collective self-consumption or the constitution of energy communities.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

The ‘excellent’ team at Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is well placed to assist clients with a wide range of mandates, including project development, investments, acquisitions, and privatisations. Praised for its ‘practical and realistic’ approach, the team is a key port of call for sponsors, developers, lenders, and contractors engaged in a myriad of energy projects. The practice is steered by Tomás Vaz Pinto, who is an expert in privatisations. Managing partner Nuno Galvão Teles brings over two decades of expertise in transactions within the energy sector, while Ricardo Andrade Amaro is proficient in corporate, commercial, securities and energy law. Catarina Brito Ferreira is highly sought after by some of Portugal’s largest corporations for her proficiency in M&A, IPOs, and renewable energy ventures.

Practice head(s):

Tomás Vaz Pinto

Other key lawyers:

Vítor Pereira das Neves; Ricardo Andrade Amaro; Catarina Brito Ferreira; Helder Mourato; Joana Alves de Abreu


‘Most of the work carried out by Morais Leitão had a high degree of complexity due to our own structure. They are an excellent team. Even dealing with complex work, they always kept a practical and realistic approach.’

‘In my view, the team with whom I work at Morais Leitão (M&A, Regulatory Energy) is one of the best teams in the market. They have experience, they have a very practical approach, are great negotiators, and always available.’

‘I have 100% trust in their work and that is why I chose and continue to choose Morais Leitão. I usually work with Ricardo Andrade Amaro and Helder Mourato.’

‘In general, the response time, access to digitalisation to resolve issues more common to other clients, promotes a timely and assertive response to the issues that we have taken to ML for resolution.’


Well-regarded for its ‘in-depth knowledge’ and ‘strategic vision’, the energy and natural resoruces team at VdA boasts a strong track record in joint ventures, project finance, M&A, bond issuances and refinancings. The group’s expertise extends to advising on concession issues, bidding procedures, and a broad spectrum of regulatory matters. Counting oil and energy companies and financial institutions, among its key client roster, the team earns further praise for its cross-border expertise. Manuel Protásio specialises in project, acquisition, and other structured financings particularly in the energy, mining and water sectors. Practice head Ana Luís de Sousa focuses on the development and implementation of projects within the energy sector, while João Afonso Fialho, who heads up the firm’s oil and gas team, is noted for his cross-border capabilities. Vanda Cascão is particularly active in the financing, structuring and implementation of projects in the energy sector. Assunção Cristas, who has held several positions in public office, joined in 2022 to head the firm's ESG Integrated Services Platform.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Protásio; Ana Luís de Sousa; João Afonso Fialho; Assunção Cristas

Other key lawyers:

Vanda Cascão; Manuel Protásio; José Miguel Oliveira; Marta Stock da Cunha


‘Comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of the complex legislation surrounding these matters. The counseling has always been very good and well supported.’

‘Professional attitude and the ability to quickly grasp the main points to focus on. I would particularly highlight partner Ana Luís de Sousa.’

‘Technical knowledge, organisation and team management.’

‘Manuel Protásio stands out for his professionalism, technical knowledge, organisation and team management skills.’

‘In-depth knowledge of the matters in question and the sector. Strategic vision. Close monitoring of the client, anticipating needs and always protecting the company’s interests.’

Key clients

Macquerie Asset Management

Timor-Leste National Petroleum and Minerals Authority (ANPM)

Greenvolt – Energias Renováveis, S.A.

Government of Cabo Verde (Ministry of Finance – Unidade de Gestão de Projetos Especiais)

TrustEnergy Group

Finerge Group

KT – Kinetics Technology, SPA (member of Maire Tecnimont Group)

Companhia das Energias Oceânicas |Wave Energy Center (WAVEC) and INESC TEC – Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science

Banco Comercial Português, S.A. and Caixa Central – Caixa Central de Crédito Agrícola Mútuo, Crl.

Bpifrance, La Banque Postale and La Banque Postale Asset Management

Voltalia Portugal, S.A.

APL Europe | Newcon40, Unipessoal, Lda.

Finerge Europe H Sarl

Regaenergy, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Greenvolt in the issuance of 17,792,576 new ordinary, book-entry and nominative shares, without nominal value, representing approximately 12.785% of the share capital of GreenVolt.
  • Advised a consortium led by Macquerie Asset Management and composed of British Columbia Investment Management Corporation and MEAG Germany on the purchase of a portfolio of solar projects in Europe and Latin America.
  • Assisting the Government of East Timor/ANPM in the negotiation with the Government of Australia and Greater Sunrise Joint Venture (Operator) of the whole legal and contractual framework for the development of greater Sunrise fields.

Abreu Advogados

Abreu Advogados draws considerable praise from clients, who turn to the team for its ‘strong commercial understanding’ and ‘practical approach’ on the full spectrum of energy and natural resources matters. Esteemed as trusted advisers to major companies, investors and financial institutions, the ‘exceptional’ team is singled out for its cross-border capabilities. José Eduardo Martins, co-head of the public and environmental practice, regularly assists large industrial and commercial companies in all matters regarding their public law needs, from licensing to public procurement and litigation. Energy and natural resources co-head Manuel de Andrade Neves has a wealth of experience in the environment, water and energy sectors, while Manuel Santos Vítor is frequently engaged by clients in the renewables, oil and gas, and natural resources sectors. Recently promoted partner Tiago Corrêa do Amaral handles all stages related to the implementation of energy projects, from wind farms to hydroelectric plants. Bruno Azevedo Rodrigues is a name to note for project development and finance matters in the energy and natural resources sector.

Practice head(s):

José Eduardo Martins; Manuel de Andrade Neves; Manuel Santos Vítor; Tiago Corrêa do Amaral

Other key lawyers:

Bruno Azevedo Rodrigues; João Lupi; Rui Ferreira de Almeida


‘The advice we received was timely, spot-on and very practical.’

‘Manuel Santos Vítor has experience, a very practical approach and is always available.’

‘The energy and natural resources team at Abreu is composed of members of different practices with different backgrounds which stand out for their capacities and diversified expertise, all with an excellent legal background and track record.’

‘I recently had the privilege of using the services of the exceptional law firm Abreu Advogados, which truly stands out in the Portuguese legal landscape.’

‘The hallmark of this law firm is, unquestionably, its unwavering commitment to excellence in legal service. The team has experience that covers a wide range of areas of law and stands out for delivering personalised advice that precisely meets the unique needs of each client. The attention to detail, thoroughness and strategic thinking demonstrated is truly exceptional.’

‘Extraordinary availability and assertiveness in solving problems. Creative and efficient approach based on strong technical knowledge and great rigour in execution.’

‘Very in-depth knowledge of the way the market is organised and how it works.’

‘This team has a strong commercial understanding of the structuring of projects and their operational and legal risks which provides the required assurances to clients in project development, negotiations and contracting. The multidisciplinary approach of this practice works very well as the members are capable of providing complex advice in a very integrated and coordinated manner.’

Key clients



Aker Mainstream


Aura Power


Allego )

Chint Solar Portugal Projects B.V.


CJR Renewables

Copenhagen Offshore Partners


EDP Renováveis



Energy Efficiency Fund



Fusion Fuel



IberBlue Wind

Iberdrola Generación S.A.U

Iberdrola Renewables

Ikea Group

Island Renewables


Ocean Winds

Prio Group

Quadrantis Capital

REN Trading


RP Global


Saeta Yeld (Brookfield)

SBC Renewables

Simply Blue

Skyborn Renewables



TOTAL Energies

TVA Renováveis

Ventient Energy


Work highlights

  • Assisting Iberdrola with all its major projects in Portugal.
  • Advising Copenhagen Offshore Partners on an offshore wind farm project (6 GW) to be implemented in Portugal.
  • Acting for Itafos in relation to its phosphate mining project in Farim Guinea-Bissau.


Rated for its ‘deep knowledge’, Cuatrecasas is skilled in M&A, joint ventures, reorganisations and project financing in the energy sector. The practice is jointly led by Lourenço Vilhena De Freitas, noted for his expertise in public procurement, public private partnerships (PPPs), and concessions, and Francisco Santos Costa, who is recommended for his extensive experience in transactional matters involving the energy and infrastructure sectors. Marisa Mirador brings almost 20 years’ experience to the practice, specialising in energy regulatory issues, as well as urban planning, construction and environmental law.

Practice head(s):

Lourenço Vilhena de Freitas; Francisco Santos Costa

Other key lawyers:

Marisa Mirador; Rafael Lucas Pires; Miguel Lencastre


‘A consolidated department with a dynamic team. Very efficient in M&A processes.’

‘Francisco Santos Costa: excellent ability to adapt to client needs and with in-depth knowledge of the market. Strong dedication to the client and focused on finding solutions. Miguel Lencastre: great learning capacity and great negotiator. Can seek relevant solutions at key moments in negotiations.’

‘The firm’s knowledge of the local market and the general lay of the land made us very comfortable to enter the country. They have a very well-rounded team with specific expertise and deep knowledge of the local regulations and how they can be applied to international project finance transactions.’ 

‘Lots of experience in corporate and regulatory law. A team with a great reputation that is always brought into the equation whenever we have to work with an external firm.’

Key clients





Maksu (Empark Group)

Onex Renewables

Ventient Europe



Pentagas Hidrocarburos

National Westminster Bank PLC

Sonangol Sinopec International




Work highlights

  • Advising Onex Renewables on the sale of a large-scale brownfield wind portfolio totalling circa 225 MW in Portugal to Finerge.
  • Advised Acciona Green Energy Portugal on various regulatory topics related to the supply of electricity.
  • Acting for Natwest in the negotiation of the financing of new projects and the refinancing of the debt of Finerge Group.


DLA Piper ABBC fields a ‘dedicated’ energy team, noted for its ability to handle financing deals, joint ventures, M&A and regulatory matters for a diverse roster of clients. Leveraging its extensive global network, the team is well positioned to advise clients on complex cross-border matters. The department is spearheaded by Nuno Azevedo Neves who focuses on regulatory and transactional matters. As a tax expert, Inês Teixeira currently oversees all pending lawsuits pertaining to property taxes for wind farms, representing three out of the four largest renewable energy producers in Portugal.

Practice head(s):

Nuno Azevedo Neves

Other key lawyers:

Nuno Castelo Branco; Inês Teixeira


‘Dedicated team.’

Key clients

EDP – Energias De Portugal

Statkraft Markets GMBH



Energi Innovation, APS

Work highlights

  • Advising EDP Renewables SGPS S.A. on the sale of two SPVs holding five wind farm projects (221MW) to Onex Renewables.
  • Advising Glennmont Partners on the purchase of a portfolio of small production solar power plants with an installed capacity of 230MW from Hyperion.
  • Advised Investec and Kommunalkredit on the extension of the financing arrangement regarding the 220 MW solar project in Portugal developed by the Irish renewable energy group (WElink).


Linklaters stands out as a strong choice for a diverse range of clients, including equity investors, lenders, and corporates, who turn to the team for its wide-ranging capabilities in M&A, portfolio acquisitions, project finance and financing deals in the energy and infrastructure sectors. A litany of lenders, sponsors and governmental entities regularly retain practice head Francisco Ferraz De Carvalho for his expertise in the renewable energy, power and oil and gas sectors. Leading the public and administrative law and regulatory group is Maria de Athayde Tavares, who advises clients on regulatory, environmental and public law issues. Project finance is a key area of expertise for Teresa Novo Faria.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Ferraz de Carvalho

Other key lawyers:

Maria de Athayde Tavares; Teresa Novo Faria

Key clients




Marguerite Adviser

Hyperion Renewables

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP)



Mozambique Rovuma Venture SpA

Work highlights

  • Advised MEAG on the financing of 180 MW Santas solar project located in Monforte and Borba.
  • Advised Helexia on the structuring and financing of a geographically and technologically diverse portfolio of c.600 energy efficiency projects (self-consumption, relighting, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC)) and solar PV plants.
  • Advised GIC and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) on their investment into TagEnergy’s Green Bond to fund 4GW of Global Renewable Energy Projects.


Fielding a strong team that is highly regarded for its ability to cover M&A, project development, regulatory and dispute resolution matters, PLMJ is singled out by clients for its ‘in-depth and consolidated knowledge’. The team is jointly steered by Inês Pinto da Costa, recommended for her strong track record in infrastructure financing and construction contracts relating to energy projects, and João Marques Mendes, who maintains a broad practice acting for both Portuguese and international clients in regulatory matters, projects, transactions and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Inês Pinto da Costa; João Marques Mendes

Other key lawyers:

Joana Brandão; Nuno Serrão Faria; Rúben Brigolas


‘We really like the approach that PLMJ adopts in all our matters, as well as the technical-legal quality.’

‘PLMJ’s energy and natural resources team is characterised by speed and agility in their work, extreme concern for the client, but above all, an incomparable quality in the work they deliver.’

‘PLMJ is dedicated to providing exceptional service. They have in-depth and consolidated knowledge in the matters in which we request their intervention. Comprehensive knowledge of various areas in the energy sector allows us to provide specialised legal advice ensuring the best results.’

‘João Marques Mendes stands out for his in-depth knowledge of regulatory matters. For his willingness to always exchange views and answer questions.’

‘João Marques Mendes – efficiency; experience; technical capacity; client orientation.’

‘I was very pleased with the simple, proactive but at the same time very professional and sophisticated approach. João Marques Mendes and Nuno Serrão Faria always showed availability, flexibility and ability to respond on time and extremely effectively.’

‘João Marques Mendes has extreme knowledge of the energy sector, and at the same time an ability to predict or anticipate solutions, which adapt not only to the needs but also to the pace and maturity of the client.’

‘Very available, attention to detail, strong knowledge of the energy area and excellent quality of advice provided.’

Key clients

START Campus

Incus Capital Advisors




Energi Innovation





Work highlights

  • Advising on START Campus of the Sines 4.0 Project, which involves an investment of up to €3.5bn to create data processing centres in Portugal.
  • Advised Galp on the sale of its upstream operations in Angola.
  • Assisted ReGa Energy with the structuring and implementation of an innovative project intended to produce renewable gases (green hydrogen, green oxygen and biomethane) from electrolysis with a renewable energy source.

SRS Legal

Standing out for its ‘deep knowledge’ and ‘clarity in its explanation’, the energy team at SRS Legal manages a varied workload where regulatory issues and licensing issues feature alongside litigation and competition law matters. The practice, which covers the renewables, oil and gas and hydrogen segments, is spearheaded by Gonçalo Anastácio, whose vast experience in the energy sector spans two decades. Maria Paula Milheirão advises on M&A deals, private equity and corporate matters in this space, which are also a key areas of activity for Paulo Bandeira. Nuno Calaim Lourenço, who was promoted to the partnership in November 2023, 'has a deep understanding of the complex regulatory framework' of the Portuguese energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Gonçalo Anastácio

Other key lawyers:

Maria Paula Milheirão; Paulo Bandeira; Nuno Calaim Lourenço


‘Ease of understanding the dossiers; clarity in its explanation; excellent writing and preparation of the text in response to the query, even exceeding what was expected and total availability.’

‘SRS has an excellent energy team which stands out for the quality of its work and its client-oriented approach.’

‘The team has a deep knowledge of the energy sector and extensive experience in contentious matters.

‘Nuno Calaim Lourenço has a deep understanding of the complex regulatory framework in Portugal. I would also stress that he is very reliable.’

‘SRS Legal stands out for its excellent team for energy issues. They are a very consolidated team at all levels of interaction with the client. They demonstrate great availability to respond within short deadlines without neglecting technical aspects and with a strong oriented approach.’

‘Gonçalo Anastácio demonstrates excellent knowledge of energy topics, especially regarding aspects of competition regulatory law. He has in-depth knowledge of the sector and is able to provide the client with safe, rigorous, client-oriented advice with a commitment to value-added solutions.’

‘An excellent team that we have worked with for several years, standing out from other law firms for the quality of its professionals, legal and sector knowledge, client service and collaboration.

‘Gonçalo Anastácio is without a doubt one of the best professionals and specialists with whom we work and we intend to continue working.’

Key clients

1s1 Energy


Air Liquide

Amorim Energia



AXPO Iberia

Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy (BASE)



BP Portugal

China Datang Corporation

CLC – Companhia Logística de Combustíveis

CPI Energy

EDP Electricidade


Emeren Group




Erdem Group

FFL Partners

Galp Energia



Grupo Sousa

Hanwha Q CELLS


Iberia Solar

KIC InnoEnergy

Linderito Solar

Oceano Fresco

Oxy Capital





Rubis Energia

Santa Maria Thermoelectric Biomass Plant

Schneider Electric

Schréder International



Sonangol Group




Volkswagen AG

W.A.G. Payment Solutions



Work highlights

  • Advised APETRO on a key legislative initiative undertaken by the Portuguese Government aiming to regulate fuel’s margins and retail price, including petrol, diesel and LPG products.
  • Provided regulatory and pre-litigation advice to AXPO IBERIA in respect of a major electricity supply contract entered into by AXPO Portugal with a relevant client.
  • Advised BP Portugal on its entry into the Portuguese electric mobility market, which involved a variety of legal and regulatory issues, including interactions with the energy regulator (ERSE), governmental entities (DGEG) and other relevant market stakeholders (e.g. Mobi.E).


Boasting a ‘very good reputation in the market’, the energy and natural resources practice at TELLES frequently acts for a variety of industry stakeholders in M&A, licensing issues, regulatory and public law matters. Renewable hydrogen is a recent area of focus for the team, which draws on its expertise in finance, environmental law, and climate change to assist with the financing and development of energy projects. The ‘very competent’ Ivone Rocha heads up the practice; the well-rounded department leader is skilled in the development of energy production projects, regulatory and permitting issues, energy efficiency, and mining. Focused on the electricity and natural gas segments, Luísa Vilas Boas is a key name for matters related to collective self-consumption and renewable energy.

Practice head(s):

Ivone Rocha

Other key lawyers:

Ana Pires da Silva; Vanessa Matos Mendes; Luísa Vilas Boas


‘I highlight Ivone Rocha and Luísa Vilas Boas.’

‘TELLES has a very complete team of lawyers. The work of TELLES is of high quality in its areas of specialisation, being one of the reference firms in the Portuguese legal market.’

‘Our closest collaboration has been with Ivone Rocha. Ivone has a deep knowledge of energy law. In addition, she is a member of the European Federation of Energy Law (EFELA), an entity in which TELLES collaborates actively in matters of European relevance.’

‘Firm with a very good reputation in the market.’

‘Lots of competence, availability and high level of important advice.’

‘Ivone Rocha is very competent.’

Key clients

APREN – Portuguese Renewable Energy Association




Fusion Fuel

EDP Renewables



H2driven Consortium

ATE Consortium


Hanwha Q Cells

Infinita Energias


Mota-engil Capital, S.A.

Ubitricity (Shell)

Power & Sol (Ipp)


Lightsource Bp

Martifer Renewables

Cjr Renewables (Epc)


Basadre Energias Renovables





Noroeste Energia




Aura Power – Rio Maior

Adp – Energia





DST Solar


Generalitat Catalunya

Município De Águeda

Work highlights

  • Advising Fusion Fuel on various projects in the energy sector, with a focus on the production of hydrogen electrolysers.
  • Advising LIPOR, an association of municipalities in the north of Portugal, on the design of a Renewable Energy Community Model and roadmap, which uses the energy generated from the recovery of waste.

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

Described as ‘undoubtedly one of the most technically competent and prepared law firms in the Portuguese market’, Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho is home to an energy and natural resources practice, which is a key port of call for domestic and international corporates, as well as financial institutions, on matters pertaining to M&A, project finance and litigation. The team, which showcases extensive experience in the renewables and gas distribution segments, is led by a capable duo: Bernardo Diniz de Ayala, who specialises in public law and projects; and João Louro e Costa, who is praised for his ‘very deep knowledge of the energy sector‘. Gonçalo Andrade e Sousa handles a mix of public procurement, M&A involving regulated assets, project development and finance.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Diniz de Ayala; João Louro e Costa

Other key lawyers:

Gonçalo Andrade e Sousa; Jill de Soet Palmeiro


‘Uría has an interdisciplinary team that is highly efficient in managing transactions in the energy field. Interaction with any of the areas concerned is simple to the extent that the responsible partner encourages such dialogues.

‘João Louro e Costa is the reference person, standing out not only for his very deep knowledge of the energy sector but also for his great availability, which gives him a complete understanding of the typology of issues and concerns that surround the function of the energy sector.’

‘Uría Menendez – Proença de Carvalho is undoubtedly one of the most technically competent and prepared law firms in the Portuguese market. The legal services provided by the firm are characterised by high quality, in-depth study of the issues raised by the client and very relevant knowledge of the energy sector, in many cases exceeding our expectations, even in the most complex and sophisticated matters.’

‘The flexibility demonstrated in complex transactions, the knowledge of the renewable energy business, the proximity to the biggest players in the market and the proactivity in searching for solutions in difficult scenarios make this company an exceptional partner, providing peace of mind to the business in relation to the matters entrusted to the desk.’

‘Uría Menendez – Proença de Carvalho has a multidisciplinary team that ensures that matters are analysed from different perspectives, always presenting complete solutions to the questions raised. Coordination, both at the micro and macro levels, by the most senior members of the teams is notable, and allows for a guarantee of high quality.’

‘I would particularly recommend of counsel João Louro e Costa, who coordinates matters related to licensing, regulatory and infrastructure. This lawyer demonstrates constant availability, notable technical capacity and the ability to understand, without the need for detailed explanations, the concerns of the business.’

‘The team stands out for its know-how. The effectiveness, professionalism and speed in legal advice and evaluation is out of the ordinary compared to offices at the same level.’

‘I would recommend the following individuals: Gonçalo Andrade de Sousa, João Louro e Costa ando Jill de Soet Palmeiro.’

Key clients

Iberdrola Renewables Portugal, S.A.


Axpo Iberia, S.L.

Bright Sunday AB


iCON Infrastructure LLP

Floene Energias, S.A.

BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Ltd.

Sunshining, S.A.


Work highlights

  • Advised Iberdrola on the development of eight solar photovoltaic power plants with an aggregate installed capacity of approximately 200 MW.
  • Advised KGAL on drafting, preparing and negotiating O&M and EPC agreements for a 82 MW greenfield solar photovoltaic power plant in Portugal.
  • Advised Icon on the acquisition of Sonorgás, a Portuguese natural gas distributor holding 31 local licences for the distribution of natural gas, from Dourogás SGPS.

Deloitte Legal

Well-regarded for its ‘exceptional technical knowledge’ and ‘very client-oriented’ approach, Deloitte Legal is a key port of call for sponsors, lenders, contractors and public entities, who turn to the team on matters concerning project finance, M&A and concessions. Practice head Rita Ferreira dos Santos provides legal advice on project finance, development and M&A transactions, particularly in the renewable energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Rita Ferreira dos Santos

Other key lawyers:

Matilde Lobo da Silveira


‘Excellent regulatory know-how in the energy sector; excellent, hard-working lawyers; very client-oriented.’

‘The energy team of CTSU gathers an exceptional technical knowledge of the energy sector together with an outstanding availability of the team, that is perfectly led by Rita Ferreira dos Santos. In a complex environment as the energy one, CTSU brings regulatory and transactional experience, being a relevant partner of Deloitte Legal when it comes to Spanish clients investing in Portugal.’

‘I would like to highlight Rita Ferreira dos Santos, partner of the energy team.’

‘CTSU have provided some great efficiencies in relation to a number of matters, since we started working with them. They have also delivered this advice and support in a cost effective manner.’

Key clients

Associação HyLab – Green Hydrogen Collaborative Laboratory

WElink Energy

Balanço Solar, Lda.

Quinta Grande, Lda.


Leaseplan Portugal – Comércio e Aluguer de Automóveis e Equipamentos, Unipessoal, Lda.

Preco Circular Norte

Work highlights

  • Assisting Ramada Energias with the legal and regulatory aspects of the implementation of 25 mini solar plants (UPP) in Portugal, with a total installed capacity of 30 MW.

Eversheds Sutherland

‘Very professional, on time and sharp’, the energy and natural resources team at Eversheds Sutherland boasts an active presence across the renewables and gas distribution sectors. The practice is well positioned to advise clients on project development, portfolio acquisitions, litigation, and regulatory matters. João Couceiro coordinates the Mozambique Desk and stands out for his expertise in M&A transactions in Portugal and abroad. He leads the team alongside João Robles, an active figure in the oil and gas segment, who oversees the Angola Desk.

Practice head(s):

João Couceiro; João Robles

Other key lawyers:

Miguel Lorena Brito; João Rocha de Almeida


‘Eversheds Sutherland FCB is a very professional law firm.’

‘Very professional, on time and sharp.’

‘Unlike many, this law firm always looks for solutions that overcome legal and/or commercial obstacles, not limiting itself to just raising or listing these obstacles. There is great concern about ensuring that the client’s objective is achieved.’

‘Their knowledge of our business reality and legal environment is greater than that of its direct competitors. International partnerships allow issues that are governed by legal systems in other geographies to always be monitored by the same office, without the need to subcontract or recommend the service of another office.’

‘I recommend João Robles and João Rocha Almeida.’

Key clients

Companhia do Pipeline de Moçambique-Zimbabwe

SNS Lavalin

ETU Energias (formerly named Somoil)

TechnipFMC PLC

Hyperion Renewables

Frank’s International and EXPRO



TotalEnergies Renewables

Angola LNG

Alto Marão


Work highlights

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Lauded for its ability to provide a ‘complete and accurate service’, the energy team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo possesses wide-ranging experience in the renewable energy sector, covering wind, solar and hydro power. The team is spearheaded by Luísa Carrilho da Graça, who frequently advises national and international clients on project finance, development matters and M&A involving regulated assets. Ana Luísa Guimarães joined from Sérvulo & Associados in February 2024.

Practice head(s):

Luísa Carrilho da Graça

Other key lawyers:

Ana Luísa Guimarães


‘They provide a complete and accurate service as they have broad knowledge of the market and sector.’

‘We recommend Luisa Carrilho da Graça.’

Key clients

Dos Grados Capital

Foresight Group

Kobus Asset Finance I

Cubico Sustainable Investments


Endesa Energía

Triodos Bank NV S.E.


Plenium partners


Work highlights

  • Advising Cubico Sustainable Investments on the acquisition of a 13 MW Solar PV project in Portugal from Neoen.
  • Acting for Kobus Asset Finance I in the financing for the construction of a solar PV plant in Portugal developed by Exus Management Partners.
  • Assisting Dos Grados Capital with the development of a 110 MW solar PV project in Fundão, Portugal, which was awarded under the 1.150 MW 2019 Portuguese solar capacity auction.

Miranda & Associados

Fielding a solid team recommended for its ‘pragmatism’, Miranda & Associados regularly assists large multinationals in the energy and natural resources sectors, standing out for its expertise in the oil and gas sector. Especially rated for its strong capabilities in Portuguese-speaking African jurisdictions, the practice is jointly steered by managing partner Diogo Xavier Da Cunha and Nuno Antunes, the latter of whom stands out for his comprehensive knowledge of the hydrocarbons industry, advising many of the firm’s prominent clients. Noted for his focus on regulatory issues pertaining to the electricity and natural gas sectors, João Rosado Correia is also skilled in public procurement, administrative proceedings and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Xavier da Cunha; Nuno Antunes

Other key lawyers:

João Rosado Correia; Sara Castelo Branco


‘Great proximity to the client.’

‘João Rosado Correia and Sara Castelo Branco stand out for their knowledge of the energy sector and their availability, speed of response, as well as their ability to contextualise the topics analysed with the needs of the business.’

‘Great experience in the market and with the regulator, which allows client advice with great security and pragmatism.’

Key clients

REN – Rede Eléctrica Nacional, S.A.

REN Group

Ventient Energy

Repsol Portuguesa

ERSAR – the Water and Waste Services Regulation Authority

CLC – Companhia Logística de Combustíveis, S.A.


Sotécnica – Sociedade Electrotécnica, S.A. (Vinci Energies Group)

Raposo Bernardo

The ‘cohesive’ energy and natural resources team at Raposo Bernardo fields solid capabilities in assisting clients with a broad range of matters in the wind and solar energy, oil and gas, and biogas sectors. The ‘authentic, determined and assertive’ Nelson Raposo Bernardo is regularly involved in  M&A, project finance and development in the energy space. He co-heads the practice with Júlio Martins Júnior, who is skilled in handling financing contracts for large energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Nelson Raposo Bernardo; Júlio Martins Júnior


‘In my opinion, Raposo Bernardo is the best law firm in the area of ​​renewable and conventional energies. The team has vast legal knowledge.’

‘A cohesive team that works like clockwork. Nelson Raposo Bernardo takes the helm; he is full of charisma.’

‘Nelson Raposo Bernardo is an authentic, determined and assertive lawyer, with a lot of wisdom and experience.’

‘The team is fantastic and unique for many reasons, including their ability to make us feel special.’

‘They care about listening to us, and have total and permanent dedication to our needs and objectives.’

‘Raposo Bernardo is several steps ahead of its competitors both in terms of know-how in the energy sector, in the depth of analysis and rigor of the final work, but also in the way how they deal with matters, in the dedication, patience and connection they create with the client.’

‘They are exceptional at creating strong relationships with clients.’

‘The team is superb.’

Sérvulo & Associados

Singled out for its ‘in-depth knowledge of the energy sector’, the team at Sérvulo & Associados advises major national players in the renewables sector, including private and public entities. The group, which is well positioned to handle cross-border mandates, undertakes a variety of work in this space, including public tenders, energy contracts, regulatory matters, M&A transactions and administrative proceedings. The practice boasts an esteemed team of highly regarded partners, who collectively spearhead the team’s efforts: Mark Kirkby specialises in public procurement, while Sofia Carreiro and Pedro Silveira Borges have a wealth of experience in corporate and commercial matters. Former practice co-head Ana Luísa Guimarães is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Mark Kirkby; Sofia Carreiro; Pedro Silveira Borges

Other key lawyers:

João Tomé Pilão


‘Sérvulo has assisted us in complex energy industry regulatory matters. The public law team  has an unparalleled knowledge of and expertise in renewable energy regulatory matters and on the functioning and way of thinking of the public entities in this sector.’

‘Partner Mark Kirkby is undoubtedly one of the most competent public law and regulatory lawyers in renewable energy matters. His knowledge of stakeholders as well as his prior assistance to the Portuguese state in the launching of solar tenders makes him one of the best people to go to to obtain certainties.’

‘The Sérvulo team was able to translate the client’s need for a legal assessment, on a topic and area of ​​energy, into a well-founded assessment with solutions to implement the client’s objective.’

‘The Sérvulo & Associados team and, more particularly, Pedro Silveira Borges, stands out for their in-depth knowledge of the business, but also of the constantly changing sectoral regulations.’

‘It stands out for its knowledge of the business as a whole – and not just its specific legislation and regulations – thus having a unique ability to provide complete advice capable of having an impact on the operation of projects.’

‘Pedro Silveira Borges has been our point of contact, proving to be a decisive player in various matters due to his in-depth knowledge of the energy sector. His advice was particularly crucial in securing important international financing for several renewable projects.’

‘Our experience with Sérvulo in energy projects in Portugal has always been excellent. Efficiency and knowledge of the market and regulation are the main capabilities that I would highlight of the team.’

‘We recommend Mark Kirby and Pedro Silveira Borges.’

Key clients

Amarenco Group

EDP Comercial

Município de Almada)

Madeira Regional Secretariat for the Economy

Aguia Enlica, Lda.

Energy Agency ENERGAIA and 6 Municipalities in the north of Portugal

FFNEV Portugal II, Lda.

Work highlights

  • Advising Município de Almada on the merger of AGENEAL and S.ENERGIA.
  • Advised the Energy Agency ENERGAIA and 6 Municipalities in the north of Portugal on the creation of an innovative energy cooperative to be the managing entity for Renewable Energy Communities (CER).
  • Advising Secretaria Regional da Economia (the Regional Secretariat for the Economy) on the design of the first competitive procedure for the allocation of grid injection capacity that will be launched in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.