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Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados brings public law expertise to the table and continued to assist key client Sonae Sierra in land use planning and municipal tax matters related to its real estate properties and construction developments. João Pereira Reis and managing associate Rui Ribeiro Lima are the names to note.

Planning and real estate boutique Sofia Galvao Advogados ‘has an overall perspective of the business and is always willing to discuss new approaches’. It acts for an impressive roster of clients that includes the Lisbon municipality, Novo Banco and Auchan, and advised Batipart on its entry into the Portuguese market through the development of a holiday resort near Lisbon to be managed by Club Med. Sofia Galvão and Hugo Nunes are ‘dynamic and assertive in solving very complex problems’. Associate Luís Moitinho de Almeida is also recommended.

PLMJ' 'proactive' team impresses with the way ‘it combines excellent technical capability with a deep understanding of the client, the environment and the impact of various stakeholders’. It advised W.P. Carey on the development of three student residences. Sara Blanco de Morais is ‘focused on client needs and brings an incredible insight to solve problems and provide useful and applicable advice’.

Handling tourist and residential developments, licensing and regularisation as well as contentious work, SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados advised Eurolucerna on a complex urban renewal project in Cascais involving the development of residential units and the relocation of a supermarket. Another client is Vilamoura World. Goncalo Reino Pires joined Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho as counsel in 2019.

VDA advises on planning matters related to domestic real estate and urban projects and disputes, and on infrastructure and energy projects in lusophone Africa. Domestically, the highlight was assisting IFRRU 2020 with the implementation of the financial mechanism for urban renewal and regeneration. Rodrigo Esteves de Oliveira and Raul Mota Cerveira lead the team.

FALM, Ferreira de Almeida, Luciano Marcos & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados, R.L's highly regarded team covers real estate and construction, tourism, infrastructure, as well as related public law and disputes. Luciano Marcos is the name to note.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo assisted several French foreign investors with planning and licensing matters related to projects in and around Lisbon, and a national investor with the planning contract and administrative planning proceedings related to the Cais do Ginjal urban plan. Senior associate Sofia Rodrigues Nunes leads the team.

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