Firms To Watch: Energy and natural resources

The recent arrival of Rita Ferreira dos Santos, who was formerly at Linklaters, significantly bolstered the infrastructure and energy law offering at CTSU – Sociedade de Advogados, S.P., R.L., S.A.; the firm is now well placed to assist a variety of clients, including sponsors, lenders, public entities and contractors, on domestic and cross-border transactions involving energy assets and projects.

Energy and natural resources in Portugal


CMS is trusted by major clients across the entire energy chain, and highly regarded for its in-depth knowledge of ‘all matters of regulation and legislation in Portugal‘. The energy and climate change team is entirely dedicated to the energy sector, providing legal support on the implementation of projects, domestic and cross-border transactions, litigation, and an array of regulatory issues involving upstream and downstream oil and gas, power and renewable energy. Practice head Mónica Carneiro Pacheco is a leading authority in the Portuguese market; she has a strong reputation for her regulatory expertise in the sector and track record in headline-grabbing projects. Bernardo Cunha Ferreira, whose experience also covers environmental and industrial licensing, excels in the renewable energy space. Manuel Cassiano Neves ‘is a great expert in the area of energy and regulation‘, and demonstrates particular strength in public tenders and administrative proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Mónica Carneiro Pacheco

Other key lawyers:

Bernardo Cunha Ferreira; Manuel Cassiano Neves


‘We went to them for an emergency and they responded very quickly and in a very practical way. They have done a great job and we are very happy and grateful. CMS has become our trusted firm.’

‘Monica Carneiro is very confident; she gives very strong opinions and it shows that she has mastered the issues and that she understands client’s concerns perfectly.’

‘Excellent quality in M&A and great knowledge of the energy sector.’

‘Mónica Pacheco is very well connected. Bernardo Cunha Ferreira has excellent knowledge of the energy sector.’

‘Manuel Cassiano Neves is a great expert in the area of energy and regulation, with considerable experience in the sector. Manuel is very available and accessible. Creates a relationship of great trust with clients.’

‘The CMS energy team demonstrates specialised knowledge of the sector and is always available on client requests. They are deeply oriented towards client response and attention to issues.’

‘The energy team stands out from the rest. They are knowledgeable about all matters of regulation and legislation in Portugal, and are very close to the legislator. They understand well the language of investor clients.’

‘Monica Carneiro Pacheco is one of the most prominent people in the energy sector in Portugal. She is very strong on licensing issues. I also recommend in particular Manuel Cassiano Neves.’

Key clients

Lightsource BP

EDP Group

Aquila Capital



Helexia Development


MXT Solar


Galp Energia, SA





Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados has well-established credentials in the energy sector, where it assists clients throughout the entire life cycle of projects. The team is adept at handling high-value financing deals, complex regulatory issues and administrative proceedings, but particularly stands out for its recurrent presence in consequential transactions in the energy space. Sponsors, lenders, developers and contractors also turn to the firm for advice on renewable energy matters, encompassing solar, wind, biomass and wave power. Other areas of focus include environmental impact assessments and related administrative offences in the context of energy projects. Managing partner Nuno Galvão Teles – who has an impressive track record in market-leading transactions – jointly leads the team with M&A partner Tomás Vaz Pinto. Catarina Brito Ferreira specialises in M&A and project development in the renewables segment, while Ricardo Andrade Amaro is noted for his regulatory and transactional expertise.

Other key lawyers:

Catarina Brito Ferreira; Ricardo Andrade Amaro; Joana Alves de Abreu; Helder Mourato

Key clients

EDP – Energias de Portugal, S.A.

Aquila Capital Real Assets Sachwertinvest Verwaltungs GmbH

Pontegadea Inversiones, S.L.

EDP Comercial – Comercialização de Energia, S.A.

Eurowind Energy Unipessoal, Lda.


Praised by clients for its ‘strong knowledge of the energy and natural resources sector‘, VdA is seen with great regularity acting for heavyweights in these sectors throughout all stages of investment, development, finance, construction, restructuring of projects and M&A deals. The firm is a popular destination for oil and gas companies, who seek assistance with regulatory matters, transactions, projects and contractual issues. João Afonso Fialho leads on these type of mandates, receiving key support from José Miguel OliveiraAna Luís De Sousa steers the energy and natural resources team in an array of domestic and cross-border projects and regulatory issues involving hydro, wind and solar energy. She has extensive experience in the energy sector, covering project finance, development, M&A and regulatory matters in Portugal and abroad. Vanda Cascão is a name to note for sustainable investments and financings in Portugal and Portuguese-speaking African countries; Manuel Protásio is another key contact for project finance. In early 2022, the firm hired former Minister for Agriculture Assunção Cristas to head its new environment practice and its ESG platform.

Practice head(s):

Ana Luís de Sousa; João Afonso Fialho

Other key lawyers:

Vanda Cascão; Manuel Protásio; José Miguel Oliveira; Ângela Viana; Maria Araújo; Assunção Cristas


‘The team has lawyers that are capable of delivering great quality advice in a timely manner.’

‘We like to work with VdA because of their knowledge of the Mozambican legal and business landscape. The entire team is also very responsive and their turn around time is more than impeccable.’

‘The VdA team has a strong knowledge of the energy and natural resources sector, particularly with regard to the mining and oil and gas sectors. The team has a transversal knowledge of the sector, based on a strong practical component. Added to this is the quality of the advice given, often overnight.’

‘We work a lot with José Miguel Oliveira. He has an unusual technical quality, assertiveness, responsiveness and reasoning. To this, he adds a strong sense of humour, a very practical approach and a business-focused outlook.’

‘Strong subject matter expertise.’

‘Speed in the processing of information.’

‘Very professional and proactive.’

Key clients

Total E&P Mozambique Area 1, Limitada

Timor-Leste National Petroleum and Minerals Authority

Greenvolt Energias Renováveis S.A.

Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc

Banco Comercial Português, S.A.

Finerge, S.A.

UniCredit Bank AG

Águas de Portugal Group

European Investment Bank

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

Banco Santander Totta, S.A.

Greenvolt – Energias Renováveis, S.A.

CEPSA Timor-Leste National Petroleum and Minerals Authority (ANPM)

Work highlights

  • Advising Total on Mozambican law matters in connection with the structuring and negotiation of the project finance for the Mozambique LNG Project for Offshore Area 1 of the Rovuma Basin.
  • Assisting the Government of East Timor/ANPM in the negotiation with the Government of Australia and Greater Sunrise Joint Venture of the legal and contractual framework for the development of greater Sunrise fields.
  • Advised GreenVolt – Energias Renováveis in the successful IPO of its ordinary shares completed on Euronext Lisbon.

Abreu Advogados

The energy and natural resources team at Abreu Advogados offers comprehensive services, covering M&A matters, administrative proceedings, public procurement and environmental law. It is present in all segments of the sector - including oil and gas, renewable energy and climate change - working on behalf of an impressive roster of clients in large-scale public infrastructure projects in Portugal and abroad, notably Angola and Mozambique. Energy projects and public law matters are among co-head Manuel de Andrade Neves' core specialisms, while fellow co-chair Manuel Santos Vítor focuses on financing and M&A transactions involving energy and natural resources assets. Co-leader José Eduardo Martins is active in regulatory matters, particularly those related to the environment and climate change. Tiago Corrêa do Amaral is another point of contact for the implementation of energy projects and regulatory mandates.

Practice head(s):

José Eduardo Martins; Manuel de Andrade Neves; Manuel Santos Vítor

Other key lawyers:

Tiago Corrêa do Amaral; Telmo Coutinho Rodrigues; Cláudia Santos Malaquias


‘Manuel Santos Vitor was and continues to be a visionary in this area, with an extremely valuable knowledge in the national and international market.’

‘Manuel Santos Vitor provides practical advice with theoretical wisdom that facilitates reaching agreements between the different parties, without ever hurting his client’s position. Manuel Andrade Neves also has enormous experience in this industry. This experience, combined with his in-depth knowledge of public law as well as his affable personality, intelligence and reasonableness, make complex legal issues seem simple.’

Key clients

Iberdrola Generación S.A.U

Iberdrola Renovables

REN Trading


AE Energy

SBC Renewables

Chint solar


DCC Investors



CC Energy Ltd.


Work highlights

  • Provided assistance to Iberdrola Generación in its major projects in Portugal in recent years, such as the four large dams project in Tâmega.
  • Assisting REN-Trading in the revision and adaptation of the power purchase agreements (PPAs) concluded with Tejo Energia for the Thermal Power plant of Pego, and with Turbogás, for the Tapada do Outeiro Thermal Power Plant.
  • Provided assistance to GB Minerals, held by the ITAFOS Group, in the concession of mining rights held in Guinea-Bissau through one of its subsidiaries.


Cuatrecasas fields a ‘knowledgeable, responsive and commercially astute' team, which handles a balance of transactional and regulatory work in the energy sector. The team brings together cross-practice lawyers, whose combined expertise covers infrastructure projects, administrative proceedings, project finance, M&A and dispute resolution across conventional energy, renewables, mining and waste treatment. Its cross-border capabilities are also noted by clients, who say the firm is a '“go-to” choice for any energy and infrastructure in Lusophone Africa'. Public law specialist Lourenço Vilhena De Freitas, who is seasoned in energy regulatory matters, oversees the practice with Francisco Santos Costa, a key contact for M&A in the renewable energy segment. Project finance is an area of expertise for Manuel Requicha Ferreira. Other key individuals include André Duarte Figueira, who leads on oil, gas and mining mandates, while Duarte Abecasis stands out for his work on electricity generation matters.

Practice head(s):

Lourenço Vilhena de Freitas; Francisco Santos Costa

Other key lawyers:

Manuel Requicha Ferreira; Duarte Abecasis; André Duarte Figueira


I have always found them to be knowledgeable, responsive and commercially astute. In my view, they are the “go-to” choice for any energy and infrastructure in Lusophone Africa and for any corporate, commercial or litigation work (in any sector) in Angola.

‘Lourenço Vilhena de Freitas is a lawyer with a great academic background but also with great practical sensibility, which makes him one of the best Portuguese lawyers in public law.’

‘André Duarte Figueira is a consummate professional and a full-service energy and infrastructure lawyer with deep experience of Angolan work in particular.’

‘We emphasise the quality and efficiency of the services provided, the deep theoretical and practical knowledge and the involvement and availability of lawyers in the client’s matters. The implemented innovation, virtual meetings and electronic billing demonstrated the team’s ability to work, maintaining the provision of an excellent service.’

‘We highlight Duarte Abecassis, whose technical competence and availability and involvement in the processes deserves the greatest appreciation and trust.’

Key clients






ONEX Renewables

CHL – Compañía Logística de Hidrocarburos


INFINITA (Capital Energy Group)





JADASH Petroleum Portugal


PENTAGÁS Hidrocarburos


Work highlights

  • Advising the French investor consortium formed by Engie, Predica and Mirova on buying a portfolio of hydroelectric power plants in the Douro basin.
  • Advised Ventient on acquiring the entire share capital of Portugal Renewable Energy, holdco of the Iberwind Group, from UK Renewables HoldCo 3.
  • Advising Onex Renewables on a €530m wind portfolio acquisition, comprised of five wind farms from EDPR (EDP Renováveis).


With particular strength in electricity-related matters, DLA Piper ABBC is predominantly sought after by international investors seeking assistance with the entire spectrum of energy and natural resources mandates, encompassing finance, projects, M&A and regulatory issues. Department leader Nuno Azevedo Neves oversees all transactions handled by the team pertaining to the energy sector. At the non-partner level, Nuno Castelo Branco stands out for his knowledge of energy regulations and project development. Catarina Gamito left in November 2021 for an in-house position, and Mafalda Ferreira left in December 2021.

Practice head(s):

Nuno Azevedo Neves

Other key lawyers:

Nuno Castelo Branco


‘The services provided by the team were exceptional in terms of approaching the client and the business, personalised follow-up and speed of execution.’

‘Nuno Castelo Branco was very available, efficient and quick in negotiating and preparing a complex transaction.’

‘Client focused & pragmatic.’

Key clients























Work highlights

  • Advised Investec and Kommunalkredit on the refinancing of a 220 MW solar project in Portugal developed by an Irish renewable energy company.
  • Advised PO and Sonangol on a petroleum products storage terminal with a capacity of not less than 500,000 cubic metres.
  • Advised Statkraft on general energy regulatory matters.


Linklaters not only has the ability to assist clients throughout all steps of project finance and development related to conventional and renewable energy sources, but is also well versed in M&A transactions involving energy and natural resources assets. Green energy and climate change issues are strong points for the department, which also handles portfolio acquisitions, financing deals and cross-border matters in the sector. The firm also houses an environment practice, which is seasoned in mandates ranging from complex regulatory issues to environmental and industrial licensing. Francisco Ferraz De Carvalho is primarily engaged in high-value project financing in the fields of biomass, solar, hydro and wind power in Portugal and abroad. Laura Nunes Vicente has notable experience in project finance and development matters in the energy sector, while Maria de Athayde Tavares specialises in environmental and public law issues.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Ferraz de Carvalho

Other key lawyers:

Laura Nunes Vicente; Maria de Athayde Tavares

Key clients

Hanwha Energy Corporation

European Investment Bank

Marguerite Adviser, S.A.

Glennmont Partners

Banco Comercial Português, S.A.

Caixa BI


Millennium BCP

Banco Sabadell









Banco BPI, S.A.

Fima Olá


PLMJ is sought after by several clients, including some of the largest energy utilities and companies operating in Portugal, involved in landmark deals in the energy and infrastructure sector. Its broad service offering covers M&A, dispute resolution, contentious matters and projects in Portugal and Africa. Inês Pinto da Costa‘s notable areas of practice include PPP projects and construction contracts relating to energy. She leads the team with João Marques Mendes, whose ‘excellent experience in the area of public law and administrative litigation make him one of the few lawyers in Portugal that is really complete in the energy sector‘. Practitioners to note at the associate level include Joana Brandão, who often acts for investors in renewable energy generation projects, and Rúben Brigolas, who has substantial experience in Portuguese-speaking African countries.

Practice head(s):

Inês Pinto da Costa; João Marques Mendes

Other key lawyers:

Joana Brandão; Ruben Brigolas; Nuno Serrão Faria


‘Our experience with the PLMJ team in the energy area has been excellent and fully fulfilled our expectations. Our direct contact is João Marques Mendes. Among the various firms we consulted, PLMJ is the one with the greatest commercial proximity, and above all, the one with the greatest knowledge of the best international practices in the sector.’

‘João Marques Mendes proved to be a very competent legal advisor, with knowledge of the energy sector and market.’

‘João Marques Mendes is an excellent lawyer who knows the Energy sector very well, not only from a legal point of view, but also from a technical perspective.’

‘PLMJ’s Department of Energy and Natural Resources stands out for having a young, very dynamic team, but already with extensive experience in the sector, and in-depth knowledge of legal, technical and economic aspects.’

‘I really appreciate working with PLMJ for the rigour, competence and attention/care given by lawyers to the matters entrusted to them. The analysis is always very rigorous and clear and within the deadline requested.’

‘I would like to highlight João Marques Mendes for his extensive knowledge of the energy sector, which combined with his excellent experience in the area of public law and administrative litigation make him one of the few lawyers in Portugal that is really complete in the energy sector, which allows us to feel full confidence whenever we hire them.’

‘Rúben Brigolas is full of professional qualities, very motivated and always available.’

‘Great flexibility in understanding the client’s problems and framing the correct solution from a legislative point of view.’

Key clients

Banco de Sabadell

DK Partners

Pioneer Point Partners

Galp Energia


REN – Redes Energéticas Nacionais




Prio Bio

Eco Wave Power


Work highlights

  • Advised BNP Paribas and CaixaBank regarding the Initial Public Offering launched by Greenvolt.
  • Advising RWE in a multi-jurisdictional sale of a wind and hydro portfolio in Europe.
  • Advising DK and PPP on the Sines 4.0 Project, one of the largest foreign investments ever made in Portugal.

SRS Legal

SRS Legal‘s energy and natural resources department ‘has vast multidisciplinary experience and in-depth knowledge of the sectors‘, demonstrating strength in all segments, including renewables, oil and gas, and energy efficiency issues. Under the leadership of founder Pedro Rebelo de Sousa and competition and energy law expert Gonçalo Anastácio, the practice offers legal support to clients in the fields of investment and merger control, licensing, dispute resolution and regulatory matters. Corporate lawyer Maria Paula Milheirão is active in advising energy companies in M&A transactions; she is praised for her ‘exceptional technical competence‘.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Rebelo de Sousa; Gonçalo Anastácio

Other key lawyers:

Maria Paula Milheirão


‘I believe that the great difference of SRS is their ability to anticipate client needs, which helped us a lot to be more prepared when faced with problems. Also, the vast knowledge in the energy and natural resources sector was very evident, which gave us a lot of confidence in our decision-making.’

‘Maria Paula Milheirão’s work exceeds typical legal advice. Maria is careful with details, nothing escapes her. She knows the issues at hand very well, identifies all angles of the matters. Maria’s technical competence is exceptional and she is very concerned about understanding the client’s business.’

‘The SRS team that is dedicated to the energy and natural resources sectors has vast multidisciplinary experience and in-depth knowledge of the sectors and the functioning of the markets, being able to provide a comprehensive and exhaustive follow-up in technical terms.’

‘The Competition and European Union Law partner Gonçalo Anastácio stands out for his deep insight into the relevant markets related to the energy sector.’

‘Great knowledge and solid legal support. Extensive experience in different areas.’

‘Excellent responsiveness and articulation between different departments. Attention and dedication to the client is clearly above average. They cover all areas of law with great competence and rigour. SRS is always available, responding to requests quickly and in detail.’

‘Maria Paula Milheirão proved to be an excellent coordinator of multidisciplinary teams, efficiently managing the time and quality of responses.’

‘SRS has demonstrated expertise in the energy sector with a strong component of Regulatory Law and Competition Law. On the other hand, they demonstrate a strong commitment to timely responses to clients.’

Key clients

1s1 Energy


Air Liquide


Amorim Energia



Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy (BASE)


China Datang Corporation

CLC – Companhia Logística de Combustíveis

CPI Energy

EDP Electricidade

EDP Renewables





FFL Partners

Galp Energia



Grupo Sousa


Iberian Solar


KIC InnoEnergy

Linderito Solar

Oceano Fresco





Rubis Energia

Santa Maria Thermoelectric Biomass Plant

Schneider Electric


Simmons & Simmons

Sonangol Group



Vinci Energies Group

W.A.G. Payment Solutions


Work highlights

  • Assisted 1s1 Energy with an application for national and European funding, within the framework of the EU’s IPCEI on Hydrogen for the financing of a hydrogen project.
  • Advised Galp Energia on a recent legislative initiative by the Portuguese government intended to regulate fuel prices and margins for petrol, diesel and LPG products.
  • Advised IKEA on several regulatory issues related to the hybridisation of a wind power plant owned by IKEA.


TELLES has broad capabilities across the entire spectrum of mandates pertaining to the energy sector and carbon markets, and particularly excels in M&A and project finance. The department is adept in acting for high-profile public and private-sector clients locally and abroad in relation to licensing, regulatory issues, public law, environmental and climate change-related matters. Renewables is an area of strength for the team, which is jointly led by Bruno Azevedo Rodrigues and Ivone Rocha, the latter of whom splits her time between Lisbon and Porto. Rocha excels in the development of energy production projects and energy efficiency, while Azevedo Rodrigues takes the helm in financing work. Mariana Figueiredo is also part of the core team and is noted for her strong background in energy and environmental law.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Azevedo Rodrigues; Ivone Rocha

Other key lawyers:

Mariana Figueiredo; João Lupi


‘Telles proved to be very prepared to respond to the challenges and questions facing companies in the energy and natural resources sector. It stands out from most law firms for its client service, availability and responsiveness. The energy and corporate departments are excellent, staffed by lawyers with deep knowledge and experience in these areas.’

‘Ivone Rocha proved to be an excellent team leader and interlocutor between the client and the firm. She has great knowledge in the field of Energy.’

‘Mariana Figueiredo is also recommended for her availability, client service and for her comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of the energy sector.’

‘Mariana Figueiredo provides full monitoring of all processes, even if they may be from different areas.’

‘The teams we have worked with so far have been fantastic and we are extremely satisfied.’

‘The Telles Energy and Natural Resources Team stands out for its extensive knowledge of the sector at national level, for its ability to internally coordinate various areas, providing the client with a single point of contact, and also for the dynamism and initiative with which it analyses the various themes and proposes solutions. I recommend Mariana Figueiredo, namely for her know-how in the energy sector, for the knowledge and contacts she not only has in the national and international scene, as well as the availability and professionalism with which she follows the various topics under analysis.’

‘We worked with Mariana Figuerido and Ivone Rocha. They provided very clear feedback and advice, clear reports.’

‘We value Mariana Figueiredo’s efforts to go above and beyond, and we’ve found that it’s not just her ability to provide us with competent advice, but her communication and collaboration skills that make her noteworthy.’

Key clients












































Work highlights

  • Advising LIPOR on the design of a new and alternative legal and contractual remuneration model for its waste-to-energy plant.
  • Acting for a consortium in the licensing and negotiation with the Portuguese government and local authorities of a hydrogen electrolyser and 350MW solar PV plants.
  • Assisting AdEPORTO in the design and  implementation of the PEER Project.

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

With a strong background in M&A, project finance, regulatory advice and litigation, Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho‘s energy and natural resources team offers comprehensive advice to a varied client roster, which includes leading operators and financial institutions. The electricity, gas distribution, water and wastewater sectors are core areas of focus for the department, which has participated in ground-breaking transactions in the market, including portfolio acquisitions in the renewables segment. Leading the practice is Bernardo Diniz de Ayala, who has a wealth of experience in public law issues and energy projects. João Louro Costa is singled out for his ‘knowledge in the field of renewable energy projects and public law’. Public procurement and M&A involving energy assets are among Gonçalo Andrade Sousa‘s core areas of activity.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Ayala; João Louro Costa

Other key lawyers:

Gonçalo Andrade Sousa


‘Uría has profound knowledge of our sector and extensive experience and contacts, which is particularly valuable in a very dynamic business.’

‘João Louro e Costa is an outstanding lawyer with a sound knowledge of the energy sector, which renders our cooperation much more fruitful.’

‘Law firm with a lot of experience in projects and renewable energies. Top quality service in all areas and total availability to the client.’

‘João Louro e Costa is the firm’s day-to-day partner / contact person for our affairs in Portugal. A lot of experience and knowledge in the field of renewable energy projects and public law. Very complete and extremely professional advice with practical and creative solutions. Huge capacity for work and coordination.’

Key clients

Iberdrola Renewables Portugal, S.A.

Axpo Iberia, S.L.

Marubeni Corporation

Disa Corporación Petrolífera, S.A.

BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Ltd.

Aquila Capital

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

Goldenergy – Comercializadora de Energia, S.A.

Bright Sunday

Work highlights

  • Advising Iberdrola Renewables Portugal on the 2019 and 2020 solar auctions and the licensing of eight solar photovoltaic power plants with a total capacity of over 200MW.
  • Advising Disa Corporación Petrolífera on the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Prio.
  • Advising BlackRock on the acquisition of two Portuguese SPVs developing and constructing two solar photovoltaic power plants with an aggregate installed capacity of 31MW.

Caiado Guerreiro

Caiado Guerreiro is skilled at assisting across the gamut of matters pertaining to the generation, transportation and transmission of electricity, as well as oil and gas. Typical instructions range from advising on compliance and regulatory developments to handling M&A and financing deals. Jorge Ribeiro Mendonça – who oversees the energy and natural resources practice – is active in renewable projects and transactions, siting and permitting issues.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Ribeiro Mendonça

Key clients

Ponticelli Freres Group

Infragreen Fund

Rgreen Invest

Dynavolt Renewables Energy Europe S.L.

Piedade Group


Windward Investimentos, Lda.


FL Smidth


Work highlights

  • Assisted Dynavolt in the negotiation and closing of the contracts for the acquisition, development and delivery of power regarding a PV plant in Évora.
  • Assisted Hella in several matters related with its activity in Portugal.
  • Provided assistance to FL Smidth in several regulatory matters related to contracts with Portuguese service suppliers.

Eversheds Sutherland FCB

The energy and natural resources team at Eversheds Sutherland FCB acts for local and international clients in an array of transactional and regulatory matters. M&A and public auctions in the renewable energy sector - with a particular emphasis on solar power - as well as licensing issues are core areas of activity. Pedro Guimarães and João Robles, both of whom are recognised for their experience in multi-jurisdictional projects and transactions, jointly head up the team.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Guimarães; João Robles

Other key lawyers:

João Couceiro

Key clients






Angola LNG


TechnipFMC PLC

Total Eren

RGreen Invest



Hyperion Renewables


Work highlights

  • Acted for Senvion (former REpower) in the restructuring of a 400MW wind energy project in Portugal.
  • Assisted TechnipFMC PLC in the transfer of Portuguese and Mozambican entities to a new group entity Technip Energies.
  • Advised Total Eren on a potential acquisition of an interest in a portfolio with diversified renewable energy sources in Portugal (wind, solar and hydro energy).

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is recognised for its strength in matters involving the renewable energy sector. It has a well-established practice in the acquisition, development, structuring and financing of energy projects in Portugal, and is also well versed in regulatory matters in the energy space. Senior associate Luísa Carrilho da Graça leads the practice; she assists major domestic and international players in the electricity and natural gas sectors.

Practice head(s):

Luísa Carrilho da Graça


‘I would like to highlight the role of Luisa Carrilho da Graça, the person of reference in GA_P and that over time we have come to perceive as part of our team.’

‘Accessible, good professionals.’

‘The breadth of services, the accumulated experience and knowledge of the market are clearly valuable.’

‘Luísa Carrilho da Graça stands out for her personal attitude, availability and competence.’

Key clients


Cubico Sustainable Investments

Foresight Group

Plenium Partners

Dos Grados Capital


Work highlights

  • Advised Dos Grados Capital on the ongoing development of a 110MW solar PV project in Fundão, Portugal.
  • Assisted Foresight Group in the ongoing development of a solar PV project located in Moura, Portugal.
  • Advised Cubico in respect of energy licensing matters and in connection with the acquisition from GLENNMONT PARTNERS and refinancing of two operational solar PV projects in Portugal.

Miranda & Associados

Demonstrating ‘in-depth knowledge of national legislation in the energy sector and of administrative law', Miranda & Associados is regularly retained by large multinationals in the oil and gas, electricity and mining sectors. The practice, which is singled out for its traditional presence in Africa-based projects and the oil and gas segment, is increasingly engaged in matters pertaining to renewables, climate change and energy transition. João Rosado Correia is the main point of contact in the team; he has substantial experience in public procurement and renewable energy sources. The practice is led by Diogo Xavier Da Cunha and Nuno Marques Antunes, the latter of whom focuses on oil and gas and mining mandates.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Xavier da Cunha; Nuno Antunes

Other key lawyers:

João Rosado Correia; Sara Castelo Branco; Francisca Almeida


‘The team’s in-depth knowledge of national legislation in the energy sector and of administrative law allow them to advise the client in an objective and timely manner, even for urgent consultations.’

‘We emphasise the quality and efficiency of the services provided, the deep theoretical and practical knowledge and the involvement and availability of lawyers in the client’s issues.’

‘We highlight the work of lawyer João Rosado Correia, whose professional experience, technical competence, availability and involvement in the processes deserves the greatest appreciation.’

Key clients

GALP Energia Group

REN Group

Ventient Energy

Repsol Group

Sotécnica – Sociedade Electrotécnica, S.A.

Valorsul – Valorização e Tratamento de Resíduos Sólidos Regiões Lisboa e Oeste, S.A.

CLC – Companhia Logística de Combustíveis, S.A.

OZ Energia

Raposo Bernardo

Under the leadership of Nelson Raposo Bernardo and Júlio Martins Júnior, Raposo Bernardo undertakes a variety of work in the energy and natural resources industries. The team attracts instructions from a diverse client base, including contractors, financial entities and promoters, in relation to M&A transactions, licensing matters, project finance and development. Both practitioners are proficient in oil and gas and renewables, including wind and solar energy.

Practice head(s):

Nelson Raposo Bernardo; Júlio Martins Júnior


‘They have enormous experience in all types of energy project. The services they provide are of the best level that exists in Portugal. In addition to solving the problems that arise in a project, they always present alternative solutions.’

‘The team is excellent and two top quality partners stand out, starting with Nelson Raposo Bernardo who is one of the most respected lawyers when considering the energy sector in Portugal. He is a true leader.’

‘Júlio Martins Júnior also stands out in the team. He is very meticulous and rigorous, very dynamic, proactive, secure in all legal matters and extremely helpful.’

‘The qualities that impress me the most are the very strong knowledge of our industry and our sector, combined with an excellent reputation in the market, deep legal knowledge, common sense and practical sense, availability and maximum attention to the client.’

‘My main contact is Nelson Bernardo. He is an outstanding lawyer, brilliant in all matters.’

‘Excellence is the hallmark of Raposo Bernardo. They have been advising our company for several years, after a careful selection process. The work is of high quality and they put at our disposal a strong team of lawyers, very well prepared technically and with experience. They approach the themes always with a focus on finding the solutions that best defend our interests at any given time.’

‘Raposo Bernardo provides transversal legal support, which includes, in particular, commercial and M&A advice, financing through capital markets or in the banking system. They work very well, are very organized as a team and always have 2 partners advising on each project.’

‘Júlio Martins is a great lawyer, is always available and committed to meeting deadlines. He is an expert in both the regulatory and the operational and contractual aspects of the energy project, in which he has a lot of experience.’

Work highlights

  • Provided assistance to a client in relation to an onshore wind power solution.
  • Assisted a company in a recent photovoltaic project.
  • Advising a client on an integrated gas-to-power project.

Sérvulo & Associados

Drawing on its strong know-how in the field of public and regulatory law, Sérvulo & Associados is well versed in an array of matters pertaining to the energy sector. The team stands out for its wide-ranging expertise in the area of electric mobility, self-consumption of renewable energy and ESG-related matters, and is increasingly involved in transactional mandates. Mark Kirkby is regularly retained by private and public entities in the structuring and development of renewable energy projects. This is also an area of expertise for Ana Luísa Guimarães, who is well regarded for her ‘extraordinary knowledge and fantastic negotiating abilities'. Sofia Carreiro is the name to note for corporate transactions involving energy assets.

Practice head(s):

Mark Kirkby; Ana Luísa Guimarães

Other key lawyers:

Sofia Carreiro; Pedro Silveira Borges; Francisca Mendes da Costa


‘Ana Luísa Guimarães has extraordinary knowledge and fantastic negotiating abilities that helps bring transactions to a closure.’

‘The team has a good knowledge of the regulatory environment for electric mobility in Portugal.’

‘Ana Luísa Guimarães demonstrates an enormous willingness to incorporate topics with some urgency in her agenda, complying with timings and deadlines. She also demonstrates the ability to deal with topics with a range and novelty such as those resulting from the field of Electric Mobility, and which requires in-depth knowledge of the energy market, but also of its connection with transport and new technologies.’

‘Exceptional knowledge of regulatory and legal issues relating to the energy sector, promoting tailor-made and pro-business legal guidance, which makes Sérvulo an important partner for strategic decision-making in defining our product and service offerings.’

‘Ana Luísa Guimarães stands out for her technical knowledge, accuracy and promptness.’

Key clients

Portuguese Ministry of the Environment and Energy Transition

EDP Comercial (EDP Group)

EDP Produção (EDP Group)

EDP – Soluções Comerciais, S.A.

EDP Global Solutions (EDP Group)

Aguia Enlica, Lda. (Aquila Capital Group)

Work highlights

  • Providing legal assistance to the Ministry of the Environment and Energy Transition in the preparation and launching of the third auction for the allocation of reserve titles for the capacity to inject solar PV electric energy into the public grid.
  • Advised EDP Comercial regarding the development of its activities and business opportunities within the context of the new legal framework applicable to electric mobility.
  • Assisted EDP Comercial in defining and implementing a pioneering reward-based crowdfunding platform which enables clients to benefit from virtual energy generated by solar panels.