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With premium expertise in high-level criminal cases, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados often acts at international level. In one example, Tiago Félix da Costa, who is ‘outstanding in court, providing genuine added value in criminal and judicial proceedings’, led the team representing several individuals in litigation brought by the Public Prosecution Service concerning the alleged payment of undue benefits to public officials of the Republic of Congo in exchange for the award of public tenders. Rui Patrício and Filipa Marques Júnior represented Águas de Santo André in a case concerning pollution. Senior associate Tiago Geraldo is another name to note.

PLMJ represented several companies and individuals of the Asperbras group in a case regarding the construction of healthcare projects in the Republic of Congo, allegedly involving international trade corruption and money-laundering. Another high-level case involved defending the CFO of Man Truck & Bus in a corruption and maladministration investigation. Practice head João Medeiros is ‘a real reference point due to his deep experience’ and provides ‘brilliant strategic advice’. Alexandra Mota Gomes, who was promoted to the partnership in 2018, is ‘really hands-on’; Paulo Farinha Alves is experienced in sports-related corruption cases. Senior associate Pedro Barosa is also recommended.

Public law specialist Sérvulo & Associados frequently handles regulatory compliance cases. The group acts for banks such as Banif, which it is currently representing in a criminal complaint against broadcaster TVI concerning a news piece that allegedly triggered the collapse of the bank. In another high-profile case, the group is defending Luís Cunha Ribeiro, former director of the Lisbon regional health department and of the national emergency services agency, in a case concerning the allegedly corrupt sale of blood plasma. José Lobo Moutinho is highly recommended by clients and peers alike, and leads a nine-strong group that also includes of counsel Teresa Serra, who is experienced in handling fiscal crimes.

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho’s group regularly represents clients in money laundering, tax fraud, insider trading and market manipulation cases. Clients include large Portuguese banks and companies, as well as high-level employees. In one example, the team is defending Ricardo Salgado, former CEO of BES, in criminal proceedings related to the bank’s collapse. Daniel Proença de Carvalho, Francisco Proença de Carvalho and Tito Arantes Fontes jointly head the group, which also includes Alexandre Mota Pinto and Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho.

The corporate crime practice at Cuatrecasas frequently handles banking and financial services sector cases, such as representing Banco Privado Português in several criminal cases against previous board members concerning tax fraud and document forgery. The team is also representing former public prosecutor Orlando Figueira in criminal proceedings filed by the public prosecutor’s office concerning alleged corruption, money laundering, document fraud and breach of judicial secrecy. ‘Exceptional lawyer’ Paulo de Sá e Cunha has ‘strong personal credibility’. Senior associate Miguel Coutinho is also recommended.

Rogério Alves & Associados, Law Firm is renowned for defending clients in some of the largest corruption, accounting, tax-related fraud, government contract fraud and money laundering cases in Portugal. Founding partner Rogério Alves is ‘combative’, ‘experienced in handling the press’ and ‘an outstanding defence lawyer’. He is supported by associates André Matos Faria and Manuel Valente.

VdA Vieira de Almeida’s nine-strong department is headed by the ‘quick-witted’, ‘well-preparedSofia Ribeiro Branco. It was instructed by Sport Lisboa e Benfica on a cybercrime investigation. Other work includes representing Brisa director Vasco de Mello in an insider trading case.

Campos Ferreira, Sá Carneiro & Associados’ criminal, misdemeanour and compliance practice recently defended its clients in tax crime, administrative offence and corruption cases. Counsel Pedro Duro leads the group.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is increasingly active in administrative compliance; it represented media agency Nova Expressão in an administrative proceeding related to the purchase and sale of shares. Practice head and ‘practical, thoughtful’ senior associate Ana Grosso Alves led the advice.

SRS Advogados specialises in tax crimes, including compliance in avoidance of crimes. The ‘enormously knowledgeableJoão Maricoto Monteiro represented 23 companies and more than 60 individuals in proceedings concerning tax fraud, money laundering and embezzlement allegations in connection with the Operação Furacão investigation.

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