Public law in Portugal

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

The well-established practice at Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados provides advisory services in relation to the full range of public law matters. It has recently been particularly active in assisting public bodies with the simplification of administrative procedures and legislative drafting. In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the team was engaged by clients in the retail, sports and telecoms sectors looking to adapt their activities to the new legal frameworks enacted by the government. The practice, which is increasingly involved in cross-border legislative projects, is also sought after for its expertise in public procurement and high-profile litigation and arbitration. João Tiago Silveira heads the public, urban and environmental law department, which also includes Margarida Olazabal Cabral, whose areas of expertise include PPPs and concessions, and administrative law expert Pedro Costa Gonçalves. Nuno Peres Alves often acts for clients from the banking, transport and telecoms sectors in public law disputes.

Practice head(s):

João Tiago Silveira 

Other key lawyers:

Nuno Peres Alves; Margarida Olazabal Cabral; Pedro Costa Gonçalves; Miguel Nogueira de Brito; Ana Robin de Andrade

Testimonials

‘The team stands out for the enormous quality of service and professionalism.’

‘Nuno Peres Alves is the lawyer with whom we have worked in Public Law. He is excellent.’

‘Pedro Costa Gonçalves is certainly one of the best practitioners in Public Law.’

‘Nuno Peres Alves is a solid lawyer in this area; he has extensive experience and is a hard worker.’

Work highlights

  • Advised APG Asset Management on the purchase of Brisa’s voting rights (Brisa is one of the largest roadway concessionaires in Portugal).
  • Providing legal support to The Navigator Company in the setting up of an administrative procedure for the certification of hundreds of rural land assets of The Navigator Company located in the municipality of Pampilhosa da Serra.
  • Responsible for all the public procurement process of the upcoming projects for the modernisation of equipment and development of Lisbon’s subway infrastructure (trains and traffic signal system).

PLMJ

Combining strong academic knowledge with practical experience in the field of public law, the team at PLMJ covers a broad range of work, standing out for its track record in PPP projects and concession agreements. The department comprises practitioners who specialise in public contracts, environmental law and constitutional matters. In addition, the service offering also includes dispute resolution before administrative courts and arbitral tribunals. Practice head Diogo Duarte Campos focuses on infrastructure PPPs in Portugal and concession projects in Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa. Public procurement and arbitration proceedings are among the typical instructions for Tiago Duarte. Joana Brandão is also part of the core team.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Duarte Campos

Other key lawyers:

Tiago Duarte; Joana Brandão; Carla Machado

Testimonials

‘ PLMJ has a high quality team with extensive experience in providing legal advice in public law, always within a full service context, which allows for comprehensive advice. The team is very flexible, has the ability to anticipate scenarios, and to adjust according to specific needs. They maintain a constructive attitude, always in search of the best solution for the client.’

‘We have worked with PLMJ for many years, and the public team, namely Tiago Duarte and Diogo Duarte de Campos, are almost in-house lawyers.’

‘Diogo Duarte Campos and Joana Brandão are professional, technical, quick to respond.’

‘Tiago Duarte is recommended for his deep knowledge in various subjects, competence and professionalism.’

‘I would highlight Diogo Duarte Campos. A lawyer who combines extensive experience in public-private partnerships and concessions with a solid academic background, which allows him to propose innovative solutions for complex legal issues.’

‘Reputation, track record, advice oriented to the client’s business, availability and competitive fees.’

‘The PLMJ public law team is characterised by the strength of its theoretical knowledge, combined with its practical experience, in the most diverse areas of public law, revealing it both in legal consultation, as well as in administrative and arbitration litigation.’

Diogo Duarte de Campos is a lawyer with the merit of having led / coordinated a young team in (re) construction, which asserted itself very quickly in the national context. He showed enormous coordination skills, rigor, a fast evolution of the team and the business.’

Key clients

Altri Group

Ascendi Group

Cascais Ambiente

Cascais Dinâmica

Cimpor

Iberdrola

Impresa

Microsoft

Lisbon and Cascais Municipalities

Navigator

Nova University of Lisbon

Nova SBE

Alfredo de Sousa Foundation

Portuguese State

Regional Government of Madeira

Sacyr- Somague

State of Cabo Verde

TAP

Trofa Saúde

Verdelago

Work highlights

  • Acted for TAP in a court case concerning TAP’s €1.2bn recapitalisation.
  • Advising the Portuguese State in a high-profile arbitration claim against EDP (Portugal’s biggest utility).
  • Advising several institutional investors in BES resolution legal actions.

Sérvulo & Associados

Sérvulo & Associados is a reference in the Portuguese legal market for its uncontested expertise in public law. The senior team is entirely devoted to public law matters and receives high-profile instructions from private and public clients operating in a wide range of regulated sectors, notably telecoms, healthcare, banking, transport and energy. Its growing international presence, namely in Portuguese-speaking African countries, is bolstered by the recent launch of SÉRVULO LATITUDE (an international network of law firms) and its African desk. The practice is jointly led by three partners: Rui Medeiros, who focuses on arbitration; public procurement expert João Amaral e Almeida; and Mark Kirkby, who is an expert in PPPs and concessions. A leading authority in the field, José Manuel Sérvulo Correia is predominantly sought after for the drafting of legal opinions and arbitration. Administrative litigation is an area of focus for Duarte Rodrigues Silva, while recently promoted Francisca Mendes da Costa stands out for her experience in multi-jurisdictional matters.

Practice head(s):

Rui Medeiros; João Amaral e Almeida; Mark Kirkby

Other key lawyers:

José Manuel Sérvulo Correia; Duarte Rodrigues Silva; Pedro Fernández Sánchez; Francisca Mendes da Costa; Henrique Rodrigues da Silva; Paula Bordalo Faustino

Testimonials

‘Sérvulo & Associados is distinguished by the excellence and quality of the advice provided to the client, and by the combined knowledge and interest in the client’s activity / business sector. Sérvulo & Associados’ legal opinions have been instrumental in supporting the decision-making of our management bodies.’

‘I highlight Duarte Rodrigues Silva for his deep knowledge of Public Law matters, which he combines with an exceptional pragmatism and a vast professional experience. In addition to being an excellent lawyer, he has been an ally, always available to support and with an extraordinary ability to quickly solve problems.’

‘Competence, honesty, availability and wisdom. Rui Medeiros and Duarte Rodrigues da Silva stand out.’

Sérvulo & Associados is probably the most recognized law firm in the areas of public procurement and public law. Originally based on the prominent figure of the professor Sérvulo Correia, he has over the years gained significant reputation in these areas. Francisca Mendes da Costa is recommended for her pragmatic and efficient spirit in addressing problems and flexibility in acting according to the specificities of each client.’

‘Sérvulo’s public law team is characterised by the strength of its theoretical knowledge, combined with its practical experience, in the most diverse areas of public law. The team excels in legal consultation, and in administrative litigation and arbitration.’

‘Servulo & Associados is a leading law firm in Portugal, particularly in matters of Public Law and Public Procurement. The firm includes the best collection of professionals in this field. The quality of services is extremely high, and the development of the activity is always directed to the client’s best interest.’

‘Quality of the advice provided, planning and presentation of appropriate legal frameworks for projects and contracts.’

‘Mark Kirkby and Francisca Mendes da Costa are recommended.’ 

Key clients

Legislative Assembly of the Autonomous Region of the Azores

ANACOM

Gilead Inc.

Project Fiduciary and Administrative Agency (AFAP), STP

São Tomé and Príncipe Republic

ANEPC – Autoridade Nacional de Emergência e Proteção Civil (National Civil Emergency and Protection Authority)

Municipality of Almada

Municipality of Lisbon

Metropolitan Area of Oporto

Metropolitano de Lisboa, E.P.E. and Ferconsult – Consultoria, Estudos e Projetos de Engenharia de Transportes, S.A.

Luságua – Serviços Ambientais, S.A.

TECMIC, S.A.

CARD4B, S.A.

AMBISIG

Ana Patrícia Brazão de Castro

Lusíadas Saúde Group

EMARP

RTP

LUSA

EGEO

Work highlights

  • Advising the Legislative Assembly of the Autonomous Region of the Azores in order to critically analyse the future of the political and administrative autonomy of the region.
  • Providing legal advice to the Project Fiduciary and Administrative Agency (AFAP) – São Tomé and Príncipe regarding the re-drafting and implementation of a new legal system of public procurement in São Tomé and Príncipe.
  • Representing Arsenal do Alfeite, and Astilleros Gondan in a pre-contractual litigation matter related to the public tender for the supply of 10 ships.

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

Under the leadership of the highly regarded Bernardo Diniz de Ayala, the public law department at Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho demonstrates strong transactional, contentious and regulatory capabilities. In addition to assisting with public contracts and procurement, the team is also skilled in privatisations, public M&A and administrative litigation. The practice leader is regularly engaged by public sector entities (including the government) as well as private companies across various regulated industries, international banks and funds. Afonso Choon is another name to note for regulatory proceedings and litigation. The practice received a further boost in June 2021 with the arrival of Miguel Martínez Gimeno; he joins from the Spanish Securities Market Commission.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Diniz de Ayala

Other key lawyers:

Afonso Choon; Sérgio Deus Vieira; Gonçalo Andrade e Sousa

Testimonials

‘Unsurpassed knowledge and experience. Always available and extremely responsive. Clear commercial guidance. Excellent work product.’

‘The team has shown a wide level of knowledge of recent and not so recent projects in Portugal to seek precedents that could be useful in the current deal.’

‘24/7 availability and wide knowledge of the Portuguese legal framework. Bernardo Ayala and Afonso Choon are recommended.’

‘The team’s work and advice are always detailed, sophisticated and on time.’

‘Strict monitoring of matters. Great availability and communication. Technical quality and rigour in the solutions presented.’

‘Bernardo Ayala is an excellent lawyer, who combines legal knowledge with pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

Banco Santander Totta

Airbus Defence and Space, S.A.U.

Marubeni Corporation

Iberdrola Renewables Portugal, S.A.

Acciona Concesiones, S.L.

Babcock

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

Altice International

REN, Gás, S.A.

BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Ltd.

AXPO Iberia S.L.

Ecodeal

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Citadel

XAIA Investment

Goldenergy – Comercializadora de Energia, S.A.

Novabase Business Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advising Acciona Concesiones on the tender procedure for the award of a PPP concession agreement to design, build, finance and operate the new Hospital de Lisboa Oriental building.
  • Advising Banco Santander as a financing party of the Algarve Litoral motorway sub-concession.
  • Advised Iberdrola on the competitive procedure for the award of reserve injection capacity in the public service grid, which will allow bidders to subsequently start developing photovoltaic power plants.

VdA

VdA excels in the gamut of public law matters, particularly standing out for its impressive track record in administrative litigation and arbitration. The practice is equipped to advise private and public sector clients across a range of regulated industries, including banking, telecoms, defence, healthcare and energy, and is particularly popular among public concessionaires. Administrative concessions are among co-head Paulo Pinheiro's areas of expertise; he is also proficient in dispute resolution and privatisations. Other key individuals include fellow leader Ana Marta Castro, Rodrigo Esteves de Oliveira and Catarina Pinto Correia, who all demonstrate experience in public procurement, concessions and administrative litigation. The team has further been developing its presence across Portuguese and French-speaking African countries as well as East Timor; Pinto Correia has been instrumental in this process.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Pinheiro; Rodrigo Esteves de Oliveira

Other key lawyers:

Catarina Pinto Correia; Ana Marta Castro; André Gaspar Martins

Testimonials

‘What makes this practice unique is the response time and a solid legal answer to our main subjects. The fact that they can produce legal documents under pressure is outstanding. The team’s capability to combine solid knowledge of public law, European law, Banking Law and real estate is an advantage.’

‘The team demonstrates a high degree of technical competence and great availability and responsiveness. It assists with the implementation of the best solutions for each specific case.’

‘VdA’s administrative team has been supporting us very closely throughout 2020. The team has been proactive in proposing solutions, alternatives, discussing pros & cons, always providing clear and timely advice.’

‘Excellent service, high-quality of legal advice, accurate service, flexibility.’

‘Ana Marta Castro is very organised and she can meet strict deadlines while delivering a solid legal advice. Her international experience and her capability to manage complex legal issues are also recommended.’

‘VdA enjoys a strong reputation in public law. The team is highly knowledgeable, competent, experienced and has a deep understanding of the legal matters at stake that allows them to find creative solutions or to co-create them with the client. The practice lawyers are pragmatic and solutions-oriented.’

‘Paulo Pinheiro is a brilliant lawyer with an impressive and extensive experience of solving and handling complex legal matters. Catarina Pinto Correia is a smart lawyer who provides high-quality advice and demonstrates wide-ranging knowledge on public law matters.’

Key clients

Banco de Portugal

Brisa group

CTT – Correios de Portugal, S.A.

Portuguese Government (Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Ministry of Defense, Defense Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing)

ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, S.A.

MEO – Serviços de Comunicações e Multimédia, S.A.

José de Mello Saúde Group

Ferrovial Agroman, SA

ELOS – Ligações de Alta Velocidade, S.A.

BMS – Bristol-Myers Squibb

Vodafone Portugal – Comunicações Pessoais, S.A.

Azores Regional Government and SATA SGPS, S.A.

Caixa Geral de Depósitos, S.A.

Sonae Group

Banco BPI, S.A.

Banco Santander Totta, S.A

Société Générale

Caixa Banco

Work highlights

  • Representing Banco de Portugal in more than 600 legal proceedings regarding the resolution measure applied in August 2014 to Banco Espírito Santo (BES) and further decisions relating to it.
  • Acted on behalf of AEBT – Auto-Estradas do Baixo Tejo (concessionaire of Brisa Group) in the submission of financial re-balancing in relation to the project financed road concession Baixo Tejo.
  • Represented MEO – Serviços de Comunicações e Multimédia (a company of Portugal Telecom/Altice Group) in an administrative judicial claim and interlocutory injunction against ANACOM, concerning the competitive procedure launched for the issuance of 5G licenses.

CMS

The public law department at CMS stands out for its expertise in infrastructure and energy projects in Portugal and abroad, notably Angola. Areas of expertise include public procurement, administrative litigation and arbitration. Gonçalo Guerra Tavares, who is recognised as a specialist in administrative law, oversees the team and assists a large number of Portuguese municipalities, and is skilled in PPPs and privatisations. Other key individuals include Duarte Lebre de Freitas and António Magalhães e Menezes.

Practice head(s):

Gonçalo Guerra Tavares

Other key lawyers:

Duarte Lebre de Freitas; António Magalhães e Menezes

Testimonials

‘CMS has helped us in many occasions where we needed public law advice, in complex matters involving regulation, EU law, Constitutional Law and Tax Law (as well as procedure). They are technically equipped and smart & reactive which always gives a decisive tone to their work.’

‘CMS is a law firm that provides high quality legal services in several specialised areas. Teams are well coordinated and organised, and have highly professional practitioners.’

‘Duarte Lebre de Freitas demonstrates refined critical and analytical senses, which makes the exchange of views on the matters he is entrusted with particularly stimulating and enlightening. His advice is always useful, and he has great understanding of the legal and institutional mechanisms that influence the outcome of the situation.’

‘CMS’s commercial administrative law practice is renowned for its quality, precision and promptness. There was no question left unanswered.’

‘The group, which is led by Gonçalo Guerra Tavares and Duarte Lebre de Freitas, further benefits from its close ties with the media regulatory practice.’

‘Very good compromise between the quality of work, the availability of the team and the cost of services. We highly value the responsiveness and the fact that they are practically always contactable and available to help immediately.’

‘Gonçalo Guerra Tavares and António Magalhães e Menezes are recommended for their vast experience, technical knowledge and availability.’

Key clients

REN

ENDESA

Goldman Sachs International

Scotturb, SA

Betclic Everest Group

ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, S.A.

Ricoh

Beckman Coulter

Lisboa Ocidental, SRU

Avanza Group

EDP Group

Futrifer, SA

MOP – Multimédia Outdoors Portugal, SA

LNEC (National Laboratory for Civil Engineering)

Município de Oeiras

Work highlights

  • Acting for Goldman Sachs International (GSI) in the administrative claim challenging the Bank of Portugal decision (and other related decisions) that transferred to BES the loan extended by Oak Finance Luxembourg to BES.
  • Advising FUTRIFER on a judicial public procurement proceeding regarding the challenge by a competitor of an award decision of a supply contract by Infraestruturas de Portugal.
  • Assisting Lisboa Ocidental SRU in public procurement procedures for the award of framework agreement relating to the rehabilitation of Lisbon’s Municipality public space.

Cuatrecasas

With a strong track record in public procurement and administrative litigation, Cuatrecasas has been increasingly active advising on transactions involving the energy and infrastructure sectors. It has extensive experience in public concessions, notably those pertaining to motorways and water supply, and is also noted for its expertise in privatisation procedures. Furthermore, the team brings a wealth of experience in bank resolutions and cross-border mandates involving Mozambique and Angola. Duarte Abecasis focuses on public works concessions and contentious matters. He leads the department, which also includes Mafalda Carmona and Lourenço Vilhena de Freitas, who are both knowledgeable in administrative procedural law and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Duarte Abecasis

Other key lawyers:

Lourenço Vilhena de Freitas; Mafalda Carmona; José Diogo Marques

Testimonials

‘Always available, deep knowledge and legal certainty. High argumentation and defense capacity. Excellent lawyer-client relationship.’

‘Mafalda Carmona is always available by email and phone, and maintains an excellent relationship with the client. She demonstrates in-depth knowledge of the issues and conveys security.’

‘Duarte Abecasis and Lourenço Vilhena de Freitas are great advisors.’

‘I’ve worked with Mafalda Carmona recently and she is very good. Extremely well prepared from a technical point of view. No doubt she will rise up the rankings.’

Key clients

Banco de Portugal

CP – Comboios de Portugal

JC Decaux Portugal

Vodafone

Engie

Partners Group

Infraestruturas de Portugal

IP Telecom

CTT – Correios de Portugal

CLH

Sacyr – Somague

Portfuel

Decathlon

Município do Porto

Dragados

Auto-Estradas do Atlântico

IMT

SIMI

Saba Portugal

Iridium

Deutsche Bank Spain

Ordem dos Contabilistas Certificados (OCC) (Portuguese Chartered Accountants Association)

Be Water

Work highlights

  • Representing Bank of Portugal in more than 50 administrative and civil litigation proceedings.
  • Advised a French consortium led by Engie on regulatory and environmental issues related to the acquisition of six hydric power plants for over €2bn.
  • Advising national rail company CP on the preparation of the public procurement proceedings concerning the acquisition of 22 traction units.

Garrigues

Highly regarded partner Lino Torgal heads the public, energy and environmental law department at Garrigues, which is particularly adept at handling high-value litigation and arbitration proceedings involving public law issues. Clients in the private sector and public entities instruct the team on the full array of public law matters, including administrative concessions and public procurement. Cross-border projects also feature on the team's portfolio. Cláudia Saavedra Pinto focuses on administrative and constitutional law, demonstrating a wealth of experience in PPPs.

Practice head(s):

Lino Torgal

Other key lawyers:

Cláudia Saavedra Pinto; Teresa Moreira dos Santos

Testimonials

‘Excellent customer support and business vision of the processes.’

‘Lino Torgal is outstanding.’

Key clients

MEO – Serviços de Comunicações e Multimédia, S.A.

Galp Energia, S.A.

EEM – Empresa de Eletricidade da Madeira

Águas do Porto, E.M.

Petróleos de Portugal – Petrogal, S.A.

Iberdrola generación S.A., unipersonal

The Navigator Company, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Assisted The Navigator Company in two disputes against the Ministry of Finance and Public Management Agency, related to the privatisation process of Portucel.
  • Advising and assisting Águas do Porto in the restructuring of the enterprise in order to expand its scope of action to the energy sector.
  • Assisted GALP ENERGIA in the process for the potential divestment of 77.5% of Galp Gas Natural Distribuição’s share capital.

Miranda & Associados

Miranda & Associados has broad capabilities in public procurement and administrative litigation, advising clients throughout the entire cycle of procedures. Luís Oliveira combines expertise in public contracts and regulatory issues with in-depth knowledge of tax law, while fellow co-head Pedro Melo is noted for his impressive track record in arbitration proceedings involving PPPs, concession agreements and other public law issues. Contentious matters are also a core area of focus for Tiago Amorim, who is based in the Porto office. João Rosado Correia provides support to private and public clients on PPP matters and environmental law, and Nuno Antunes is the name to note for cross-border mandates. Oil and gas projects and regulatory issues are some of Ricardo Alves Silva's legal specialisms.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Melo; Luis Oliveira; João Rosado Correia; Tiago Amorim; Nuno Antunes; Ricardo Alves Silva

Other key lawyers:

Maria Ataíde Cordeiro; Sara Castelo Branco

Testimonials

‘Technical competence, availability and competitive fees.’

‘We work solely with João Rosado Correia and his team and we consider them to be excellent on public law, experienced, hard working and always available.’

‘João Rosado Correia and Sara Castelo Branco are recommended.’

‘Sara Castelo Branco stands out for her extensive experience and dedication to the matters assigned to her.’

Key clients

SCUTVIAS

Globalvia Group

AE Transmontana

AENL – Norte Litoral

AAVI – Via do Infante

Group Cintra

Scotturb

TAP – Portuguese Airlines

Portuguese State – Secretary of State of Communications

ANF – National Pharmaceutical Association

OMNES CAPITAL

Horários do Funchal

INCM (Portuguese National Mint, Assay and Printing Office)

SPMS (Shared Services Centre for the Health Ministry and NHS)

Beckman Coulter

Ecolab

Câmara Municipal de Lisboa

REN Group

Galp Group

Ascendi Group

Iberwind Group

Vinci Energies Portugal

Repsol

AxiansEu

Inapal

Gebalis

Legrand Eléctrica

CLC

Rotas do Algarve

Litoral, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Representing the Portuguese State/ ANACOM in an arbitration case related to the postal service which is based upon a concession agreement.
  • Representing Horários do Funchal in litigation concerning public procurement.
  • Advising TAP in several matters concerning its relationship with ANA (concessionaire of Portuguese airports).

Abreu Advogados

Abreu Advogados is equipped to provide advice to both private and public clients in a variety of public law matters. The team is often retained by foreign and domestic concessionaires seeking assistance in infrastructure and PPP projects. Furthermore, public procurement and litigation are other typical mandates for the department under the joint leadership of environmental law expert José Eduardo Martins and Manuel de Andrade Neves, who combines expertise in public law, projects and energy. Mafalda Teixeira de Abreu is skilled in public tenders and privatisations.

Practice head(s):

José Eduardo Martins; Manuel de Andrade Neves

Other key lawyers:

Mafalda Teixeira de Abreu

Testimonials

‘Abreu’s Public Law practice has an extensive experience on a wide range of matters. The team handles cases in a really professional and efficient manner, and produces top quality work.’

‘They are flexible and responsive, and you can totally rely on them for expertise, as they always provide sound, in-depth advice and always go the extra mile.’

‘They are really supportive and show the highest level of expertise: besides being excellent advisors, and being aware of all the up-to-date public law issues, legal developments and case-law, you can also rely on them as negotiators.’

‘They are without a doubt a valuable partner to our companies and projects in Portugal, as they really get involved and are extremely committed to provide business-oriented solutions.’

‘They provide amazing support, as the team has an outstanding expertise in public law.’

‘The lawyers are without exception skilled and hardworking, responsive and have an unbeatable combination of strengths: practical, business-oriented and endowed with excellent legal judgement. They are overall excellent communicators, friendly, always stay in close contact with you and always return our calls or email in a timely manner. Together they make a formidable team.’

‘In particular, Manuel Andrade and Mafalda Abreu are first-class lawyers to work with: great listeners with excellent strategical judgement, quickly grasp the key points of any issue, provide sound and clear advice, always thinking one-step ahead.’

Key clients

ANADARKO PETROLEUM CORPORATION

IBERDROLA GENERACIÓN S.A.U

STATKRAFT AS

NOVO VERDE

EMBRAER SA

ERP PORTUGAL

EMPRESA DE ELETRICIDADE DA MADEIRA

GROUP AIR LIQUIDE

ALSA / NATIONAL EXPRESS

MUSAMI

EMBRAER PORTUGAL

GLOBALVIA

PATENTES TALGO SLU

Work highlights

  • Assisted Iberdrola Generación in the negotiations carried out with the Portuguese state and local authorities in relation to major projects in Portugal, such as the three dams project in Tâmega.
  • Assisted ALSA/NATIONAL EXPRESS in the final stages of tender for the sub concession of the Porto transportation services, including the Porto’s bus and subway networks.
  • Providing assistance to MUSAMI – an Azorean local public company, located in São Miguel, the largest of the nine Azorean Islands, where insularity reduces the alternatives for waste management.

Albuquerque & Almeida

Albuquerque & Almeida fields an experienced public law team, who has an impressive track record in high-profile administrative disputes. Other areas of particular expertise include privatisations, public tender procedures and concessions. The team is a popular choice among clients from the port and defence sectors on public procurement matters, and is adept at assisting clients in sensitive public law matters in Portugal and abroad. Department head Alexandre de Albuquerque is active in arbitration proceedings. Diana Silveira is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre de Albuquerque

Other key lawyers:

Diana Silveira; Maria de Lurdes Pereira; Inês de Oliveira Domingos; Ivan Roque Duarte

Testimonials

‘ Unique involvement, dedication and support.’

‘Great ability to adapt to stressful situations and / or changing circumstances.’

‘ Alexandre de Albuquerque is experienced in concessions, litigation, administrative and or public tenders. He has great knowledge of the core business and strategies of the client’s company and great ability to solve unexpected problems from the legal or contracting point of view. Diana Silveira and Maria de Lurdes Pereira are also recommended.’

Availability and pragmatism in the follow-up of topics, combined with a very practical sense in resolving issues. Response time appropriate to the complexity of the questions asked.’

‘I highlight Alexandre de Albuquerque for his technical competence and vast experience that allows him to propose practical and feasible solutions and Ivan Roque Duarte for his availability.’

They are our lawyers in arbitration proceedings on the execution of public works contracts, and the relationship is practically restricted to contact with the main lawyer in the cases.’

‘Inês de Oliveira Domingos demonstrates mastery of the legal and procedural regime, experience in similar litigation, availability for the client.’

Key clients

ETE Group

Ingesport Health and Spa Consulting, S.A.

Municipality of Coimbra

Junta de Freguesia de Estrela

Setefrete Group

CEPSA – Portuguesa Petróleos S.A

GALP Energia

Parque Escolar, EPE

Value One Holding AG

Milestone

CUF – Químicos Industriais S.A.

Anthea–Segurança Privada, Lda.

ABB Portugal

Factory GmbH

Orcinus – Serviços de Informática, Lda

Work highlights

  • Advised Transinsular – Transportes Marítimos Insulares, and Transinsular Cabo Verde –Transportes Marítimos Insulares de Cabo Verde on a restricted tender by prior qualification for the public service concession of the inter-island maritime transport in Cape Verde.
  • Provides legal assistance to the Municipality of Coimbra on a regular basis concerning several planning and construction matters.
  • Advised ABB Portugal on multiple restricted tenders with prior qualification for the installation and integration of energy storage systems with batteries.

DLA Piper ABBC

The public law team at DLA Piper ABBC offers comprehensive services to clients in the public sphere as well as private companies and not-for-profit organisations. Mafalda Ferreira leads the department, which is skilled in public procurement, urban planning, regulatory issues and litigation before administrative courts and arbitration panels. She receives key support from Mariana Ricardo, who is particularly active in the life sciences sector.

Practice head(s):

Mafalda Ferreira

Other key lawyers:

Mariana Ricardo

Testimonials

‘The greatest differentiation is the ability to offer in-depth competence in the area of public and pharmaceutical law, areas that intertwine. Thus, they offer a specialised service that, sometimes, it is not possible to find in the market.’

‘Mafalda Ferreira is very professional.’

‘Mariana Ricardo, who has in-depth knowledge of public procurement, deserves a special mention. She provides valuable legal advice, always within the deadlines requested by the client.’

Key clients

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

China Railway Tunnel Group Co. Ltd.

Lena Engenharia e Construções, S.A.

Uber

Vodafone

Energi Innovation ApS

ICA, I.P.

Continental Teves Portugal – Sistemas de Travagem, Lda.

SIGMA Campofrio

CIMAA

EDP Imobiliária

EDP Produção

Fujifilm

IACA (Portuguese Association of Manufacturers of Compound Animal Feed)

Lasi Eletrónica

Savannah Resources plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for China Railway Tunnel Group and Lena Engenharia e Construções in the public tender launched by Metro do Porto to extend the metro network.
  • Advising Uber on public law legislative frameworks that govern the storage of lithium batteries and/or electric bicycles and ped-scooters in Portugal.
  • Advising Continental in the context of an environmental proceeding brought by the General Inspection of Agriculture, Ocean, Environment and Territory Planning.

Linklaters

Linklaters is adept at advising on all phases of public procurement procedures and has particular knowledge of regulatory issues arising from transactions involving the power and transport sectors. Furthermore, the team also has a strong practice in administrative litigation, where it acts for private companies and public entities. Ricardo Guimarães is a seasoned litigator, who is often retained to assist with public law disputes.

Other key lawyers:

Ricardo Guimarães

Testimonials

‘ In-depth knowledge of administrative law and the water sector in Portugal.’

‘Ricardo Guimarães stands out for his rigor, competence and communication skills.’

‘I highlight Ricardo Guimarães for the excellence of his work, experience, dedication and availability always shown.’

Ricardo Guimarães is pragmatic and provides excellent services to clients.’

‘Ricardo Guimarães is equipped with above-average technical skills and demonstrate great availability.’

Competent professionals, with knowledge of the client and always available to provide any clarification.’

Key clients

Ardian SAS

China Three Gorges (Europe) S.A.

Yıldırım Group

ViaPorto Lda.

Pfizer Inc.

Luz Saúde, S.A.

STADLER

Glennmont Partners

Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém

Indaqua Feira – Indústria de Águas de Santa Maria da Feira, S.A.

Unilever

CRRC

King Street Capital Management LP

Eni

Marubeni

Work highlights

  • Advised Ardian Buyout Fund VIII B, managed by Ardian France, on the acquisition and Portuguese and Luxembourg aspects of the financing of a 100% stake in the Portuguese company Frulact.
  • Advised Stadler Group as bidder in the context of the tender launched by CP – Comboios de Portugal for the purchase and maintenance of 22 new rolling stock for the national railway.
  • Assisted Morgan Stanley Infrastructure in its acquisition of 49.99% of Altice’s wholesale fibre operation in Portugal.

SRS Advogados

Judicial proceedings are a core area of strength for the public law team at SRS Advogados. Its broad service offering also covers public procurement, concessions and PPPs, notably in the infrastructure, transport and energy sectors. The practice - which has a strong domestic and international presence - is equipped to assist with regulatory sanction procedures involving telecoms players, and regulatory disputes in the life sciences industry. José Luís Moreira da Silva, whose areas of expertise include privatisation matters, arbitration and public concessions, oversees the department with Alexandre Roque, who excels in public procurement.

Practice head(s):

José Luís Moreira da Silva; Alexandre Roque

Other key lawyers:

Gonçalo Camelo; Raquel Sampaio

Testimonials

‘Provides excellent quality advice, even in very specialised sectors. The team is permanently updated and offers close assistance to clients.’

‘José Luís Moreira da Silva stands out for his academic background, and knowledge of theoretical terms in the area of administrative law, public procurement and concessions. Alexandre Roque and Raquel Sampaio are also highlighted for their knowledge.’

‘The SRS Public Law team is always quick to respond, and is knowledgeable of the functioning of the market in which its clients operate and of their respective priorities.’

‘José Luís Moreira da Silva is the type of lawyer / ally that we want to have on our side in a dispute involving administrative law. He is available, fast,  and concise.’

Quality and care in the work developed, seeking to meet clients’ needs by pointing out appropriate legal solutions and paths.’

‘The advice provided by José Luis Moreira da Silva and Alexandre Roque has contributed to solving very complex and intricate problems with security in the legal solutions found.’

Key clients

Port Authority of Lisbon

Port Authority of Setúbal and Sesimbra

Port Authority of Sines

Galp Energia

NOS Group

ANI – Agência Nacional de Inovação

NEC

Sumol+Compal, S.A.

Região Autónoma da Madeira

SDT

DST, SA

ABB, SA

IBERWIND

VENTINVEST

CITRI

TmE, Spa

Be Water

NOGAR Iberia

SCML

Municipality of Porto

REN

OGMA

NOBRE

Vidrologic

Thales Portugal SA

Work highlights

  • Advising OGMA – a Brazilian aircraft builder – on its contract for the maintenance of the military airplanes F16 for the Portuguese government.
  • Assisting Port of Setubal in several environmental law suits against the modernisation project, that intended to stop the dredging.
  • Advising TmE on a major procurement litigation concerning the building and supply of a waste energy valorisation power plant in Azores, worth €60m.

Esquível Advogados

Esquível Advogados is a boutique law firm fully dedicated to clients operating in regulated sectors and in the public sphere. Dispute resolution and prevention are at the core of the practice.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Covering advice on administrative law, regulatory issues and infrastructure projects, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has a strong background in regulated sectors, sub-concessions and PPPs. Albano Sarmento is experienced in public and environmental law, while Ricardo Campos focuses on arbitration. Paulo Nogueira da Rocha advises on the full array of public law issues, including litigation.

Practice head(s):

Albano Sarmento; Ricardo Campos; Paulo Nogueira da Rocha

Key clients

Casais Engenharia, SA

Acciona Constuccion, SA

Conbate

MOTA-ENGIL S.A.

Ferrovial

MSF Barragens ACE

Ferreira Build Power

SP Care

Edivisa S.A.

Douro Litoral ACE

Rodovias do Algarve Litoral ACE

Work highlights

  • Assisted MOTA-ENGIL, Acciona and Edivisa ACE in one of the largest hydroelectric projects developed in Europe in the last 25 years, the construction of three dams, Daivões, Gouvães and Alto Tâmega.
  • Advised Ferrovial and MSF Barragens on major hydroelectric projects.
  • Assisting Acciona Construccion and Casais Engenharia in the public tender for the construction of Lisbon’s drainage tunnels.

PRA-Raposo, Sá Miranda & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados RL

PRA-Raposo, Sá Miranda & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados RL is predominantly engaged by contractors and bidders on public tender processes. The Porto-based practice stands out for its experience in construction projects and public procurement in the water and waste management sectors. Disputes, particularly those involving the challenging of tender awards, also feature on the department's portfolio. David Coelho leads the national group, while Noel Gomes heads up the Porto public law group.

Practice head(s):

David Coelho; Noel Gomes

Other key lawyers:

Sérgio Alves

Raposo Bernardo

Raposo Bernardo offers legal advice in the fields of public procurement, contracts, concessions and PPPs. Of particular note, the team, which predominantly acts for private sector clients, has extensive experience in motorway and railway concessions. Administrative litigation is also another key area of activity. Practice head Manuel Esteves Albuquerque is often involved in cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Esteves Albuquerque

Testimonials

‘They deal with everything from advice, public tenders, public contracts, adjudications, complaints and administrative litigation. Most importantly, they achieve excellent results.’

‘Manuel Esteves de Albuquerque has a vast knowledge of all matters of public law and is always available to listen to us.’

I understand that what makes them unique is the ability to offer an impeccable legal service at a price that cannot be considered expensive. This results from Raposo Bernardo’s culture of honesty and transparency, created by its founder and which has been transmitted to all lawyers.’

‘Manuel Esteves Albuquerque is the lawyer who stands out in the department. He is extremely experienced in public tenders, administrative actions and PPPs.’

‘Manuel Esteves de Albuquerque’s technical competence, vast experience and negotiation skills deserve to be mentioned. He is an excellent team coordinator, is able to prioritise and assign tasks and responsibilities, which facilitates the relationship with clients.’

‘The main capabilities of the team are based on a  its knowledge and relevant experience.’

‘Manuel Esteve de Albuquerque is a very confident and assertive lawyer in his approach to matters, adamant in defending rigor and our interests before any other public party. He is very good at managing teams.’

‘I can’t think of a single quality that makes Raposo Bernardo is very professional, organised, and proactive. The public law team is able to assist with large-scale issues and projects.’

SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados

SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados attracts instructions from public entities and private companies operating in a range of regulated sectors, including energy, water and waste management, and transport. The team combines expertise in public procurement, contractual issues and administrative law, with extensive experience in dispute resolution. The latter is an area of focus for Miguel Pena Machete, who specialises in administrative litigation and arbitration. Catarina Pinto Xavier and Marisa Mirador are also key points of contact.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Pena Machete

Other key lawyers:

Catarina Pinto Xavier; Marisa Mirador

Testimonials

‘The SLCM has excellent knowledge of public procurement and its associates provide highly efficient advice with very positive results. They are always attentive to the client’s needs.’

‘Catarina Pinto Xavier demonstrated in-depth knowledge and availability.’

High level of technical knowledge of urban law; speed in the processing of requests; full availability in scheduling meetings.’

‘I would particularly recommend Miguel Pena Machete for his permanent availability and dedication to the matters.’

‘ I would like to highlight Marisa Mirador and Catarina Pinto Xavier for their knowledge and high competence in the area of public procurement.’

The SLCM Public Law team brings together the best lawyers in this area. All of them demonstrate enormous technical knowledge, turning it into the best and most practical advice, taking into account the needs of the business.’

‘Catarina Pinto Xavier demonstrates a unique knowledge in public law. She is canny, thinks on her feet and is extremely competent in the way she conveys her messages, taking into account and adapting the discourse to different stakeholders (legal and non-legal).’

‘Ability to contribute positively to the resolution of problems by offering a vision that supports the customers’ decision process.’

Key clients

Nutrinveste Group

Lisnave – Estaleiros Navais, S.A.

Linde Healthcare Linde Portugal

Diaverum Diaverum

ANAC – Portuguese Civil Aviation Authority

Sociedade Ponto Verde, S. A.

LBC – Leadership Business Consulting

Beralt Tin and Wolfram (Portugal), S. A.

Banco Comercial Português (BCP)

SUTCO IBÉRICA Recylcing Technology S.L.

AMOG – Association for Organization and Management Improvement

Outsystems

Work highlights

  • Assisting Outsystems in matters related to its participation on public procurement procedures.
  • Advising LINDE on matters related to its participation on public procurement procedures.
  • Representing Sociedade Ponto Verde in two administrative lawsuits related to regulatory framework on packaging waste recycling.

AAMM Law Firm

Clients operating in the private and public spheres seek AAMM Law Firm's legal support in a range of matters. Its service offering not only covers public procurement and PPPs, but also includes administrative proceedings.

Eversheds Sutherland FCB

Eversheds Sutherland FCB is the firm's newly branded name following the June 2021 combination of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP with FCB Advogados. The firm undertakes both non-contentious and contentious public law work, assisting clients in their interactions with Portuguese public entities. The team demonstrates experience across urban planning, licensing and public procurement, notably in relation to IT and medical devices. On the litigation side, the department is also skilled at acting in administrative procedures. Key individuals include co-heads Miguel Lorena Brito and Paula Teixeira da Cruz.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Lorena Brito; Paula Teixeira da Cruz

Other key lawyers:

Dora Ribeiro

Testimonials

 

Key clients

Bioenergy – Sociedade de Produção de Energia, S.A.

CGI

Opway

Grupo Elevo

Real Companhia do Cacau

Novo Banco

MAN TRUC & Bus

Sociedade Agrícola da Herdade da Maria da Guarda

Senvion SE

Lifestyle and Leisure Ltd.

Kedrion

Q-Metrics

Exide

TNT

UNDP

Rentokil Initial

Agrícola Vale de Poente

Work highlights

  • Advised CGI on several public tenders to award public contracts for the supply of IT services.
  • Represented Opway in a judicial procedure concerning several disputes related to the public work contract for the renovation of the Alfarelos-Pampilhosa highway.
  • Representing TNT Portugal in a public tender for the provision of services for a period of five years in the ambit of the Portuguese diplomatic postal system.

NGA Advogados

NGA Advogados is instructed by a range of public entities and private sector clients that are active in highly regulated industries. The team is not only well versed in public procurement, public contracts and environmental issues, but also demonstrates experience in dispute resolution. Energy law and expropriation are key areas of expertise for the practice, which is led by Gonçalo Mota Nogueira, who regularly acts in arbitration proceedings involving public law matters.

Practice head(s):

Gonçalo Mota Nogueira

Other key lawyers:

Joana Almeida Gonçalves

Key clients

AON

VEOLIA ENVIRONMENT

Work highlights

  • Representing multinational broker insurance company AON in legal proceedings pending in Portuguese administrative courts regarding the judicial review of a public procurement procedure for the award of insurance contracts.

pbbr - Sociedade de Advogados RL

pbbr - Sociedade de Advogados RL provides legal support in all areas of administrative law and contentious matters, with a special focus on public concessions, pre-contractual procedures and litigation. Department head Tânia Ferreira Osório counts public procurement and administrative litigation among her typical mandates.

Practice head(s):

Tânia Ferreira Osório

Other key lawyers:

Joana Sousa Martins

Testimonials

‘The differentiating factor of PBBR is the ability to stand by the client in the defense of their interests while intransigently safeguarding the legality of the actions taken, always looking for the best solution to problems in an intelligent and creative way.’

‘Due to its availability and careful monitoring of the matters, the team is a true partner, acting in total alignment with the internal legal team.’

Key clients

Tekever

Mercer

Cushman & Wakefield

Abanca

Oak Luxembourg

SMMP – Sindicato dos Magistrados do Ministério Público (Union Association of Public Prosecutors)

ISEG –Lisbon School of Economics and Management University of Lisbon

ESRI Portugal – Sistemas e Informação Geográfica, S.A.

ECS – Sociedade de Capital de Risco, S.A.

Lisgráfica – Impressão e Artes Gráficas, S.A.

Instituto São João de Deus

ISS Facility Services

Stone Capital

Avenue

Aermont

Perella Weinberg

Signal Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Assists Signal Capital Partners on the acquisition of assets and development of projects with an impact on concession contracts, urban licensing and infrastructure.
  • Assisting ISEG-Lisbon School of Economics and Management University of Lisbon on administrative processes and the preparation of public procurement procedures.
  • Advising Oak Luxembourg on administrative litigation cases related to the Portuguese Central Bank’s decision on BES.