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Portuguese powerhouse Morais Leit√£o, Galv√£o Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados¬†provides legal services across the board, including in the areas of tax, competition, employment, and insolvency and restructuring. It recently assisted Violas with the acquisition of 25% of Viacer, which partly owns the Super Bock Group. The team includes Bernardo Lobo Xavier, Carlos Os√≥rio de Castro, Eduardo Verde Pinho, Lu√≠s Gagliardini Gra√ßa¬†and¬†Ant√≥nio Lobo Xavier,¬†and is praised for its 'attitude, customer orientation and approach to global issues‚Äô. Senior associate Vasco da Gama Lobo Xavier¬†is noted for his ‚Äėenergy in involving people and for never giving up‚Äô. Jo√£o Anacoreta Correia¬†joined from Ur√≠a Men√©ndez ‚Äď Proen√ßa Carvalho¬†in January 2019.¬†The client roster features names such as Sonae, Nos, BCP, Galp and Corticeira Amorim.

PLMJ¬†adopts a ‚Äėvery international' approach and combines a ‚Äėremarkable commitment to its clients‚Äô with ‚Äėcommon sense in the presentation of fees and time spent on each subject‚Äô. The team advised private equity clients on the acquisition of a qualifying holding in Outsystems. ‚ÄėVery professional and accurate‚Äô Diogo Duarte Campos¬†advised the main institutional investors in a judicial challenge to decisions by the Bank of Portugal regarding the resolution applied to BES. Manuel Cavaleiro Brand√£o¬†is noted for his employment expertise. Miguel C. Reis¬†and Jo√£o Velez de Lima¬†handle tax.¬†Tom√°s Pessanha¬†and principal associate¬†Manuel Liberal Jer√≥nimo¬†left to join¬†Garrigues.

The ‚Äėmultidisciplinary‚Äô team at the Oporto office of Cuatrecasas¬†stands out for its ‚Äėresponsiveness and commercial and flexible approach‚Äô. It covers M&A, employment, tax, public law and litigation, and was busy advising public and private-sector clients in relation to real estate projects and transactions taking place in and around the city, and well as assisting with disputes and GDPR matters. Jos√© de Freitas, Filipe Avides Moreira¬†and senior associate M√≥nica Azevedo¬†are the names to note.

Oporto firm Telles de Abreu | Advogados has steadily expanded and has been growing its standing in Lisbon. Much of its activity continues to be in the north, however, and it advises on real estate, energy, tax, public law, competition, corporate and M&A, employment, and disputes. Carlos Lucena is especially well regarded. He handles corporate, commercial and M&A work. Other names to note are Miguel Torres for tax matters, Pedro Almeida e Sousa for real estate and public law, Ivone Rocha for energy, and Francisco Espregueira Mendes, who covers competition and employment law.

Isabel Gião Andrade heads the Oporto office of VDA, which works closely with the Lisbon team. It advised clients in the funds, manufacturing, energy, healthcare and technology sectors on corporate, tax, employment, public law, GDPR, governance and other internal issues, as well as disputes. It assisted CLdN in setting up a company providing ro-ro services as well as with the group’s reorganisation. STCP - Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto is another client. Managing associate Frederico Antas, Inês Ribera, João Soares Franco and Benedita Gonçalves are also noted.

Especially strong in tax law, and also covering corporate, employment, real estate, disputes and banking and finance,¬†Abreu Advogados'¬†Oporto-based team has ‚Äėbroad knowledge‚Äô and a ‚Äėvery high capacity of delivering real, immediate help‚Äô; it also provides international coverage. Clients include Mapfre, Cepsa, Yellowtell, Porto Vivo and Iberdrola. Maria Dulce Soares¬†covers tax; Rui Peixoto Duarte¬†corporate and commercial matters; Paulo de Tarso Domingues¬†has a focus on contentious matters.

Cavaleiro & Associados¬†is noted for its ‚Äėgreat team work‚Äô and 'persistence in achieving positive results‚Äô. The firm has a strong energy-sector focus, advising on tenders and construction and other projects, but also handles employment, corporate, real estate and planning matters, as well as contentious work. The recommended Jo√£o Quintela Cavaleiro¬†heads the office jointly with Pedro Seixas Silva.

Rui Valente¬†leads the team at Garrigues,¬†which handled several employment matters, including a collective dismissal and plant closure case for Gom√†-Camps. It also carried out M&A, restructuring, corporate, disputes, and tax work. Other clients include Alain Afflelou and √Āguas do Porto.¬†Tom√°s Pessanha¬†and principal associate Manuel Liberal Jer√≥nimo¬†were new arrivals from¬†PLMJ.

Well-established Oporto firm¬†JPAB - Jos√© Pedro Aguiar-Branco Advogados¬†is valued for its ‚Äėsolution-driven approach‚Äô, ‚Äėopenness‚Äô, ‚Äėfocus‚Äô and ‚Äėversatility‚Äô. Covering corporate, employment, tax and litigation, with a strong focus on the insurance, health and transport sectors, it¬†represents domestic and international clients operating in the city, as well as local and regional municipalities.¬†Founding partner Jos√© Pedro Aguiar-Branco¬†covers transactions and disputes; he is sided by head of employment Pedro Botelho Gomes,¬†Maria de Deus Botelho, who leads the corporate and M&A team, and Alexandra Dias Teixeira¬†and Louren√ßa de Sousa Rita, who respectively head the banking and finance and the civil and real estate practices.

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho saw the departure of João Anacoreta Correia to Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados in January 2019. The names to note remain managing associates José Amorim Magalhães and Pedro Teixeira de Sousa, and senior associate Maria João Dias. The team has corporate and M&A, real estate, public law, shipping and disputes experience, and Amorim Magalhães has particular expertise in employment. Other names to note are of counsel António Castro Caldas for tax work, and managing associate André Almeida Martins for the areas of litigation and arbitration, insolvency and restructuring and white-collar crime.

CNA ‚Äď Curado, Nogueira & Associados¬†provides the full range of business law advice, including public law, projects and IP. It signed a collaboration agreement with Lisbon firm Andersen Tax and Legal | NGMS ‚Äď Sociedade de Advogados¬†in February 2018. Carla Alexandra Malh√£o¬†and Lu√≠sa Curado¬†are the key contacts.

Miranda & Associados'¬†team is ‚Äėdiversified and rigorous‚Äô. In line with the firm‚Äôs international profile relating to projects and infrastructure work, it assisted clients with construction and public works contracts and related arbitration and litigation, and also handled some transactional work. Tiago Amorim¬†is the name to note.

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