Firms To Watch: Public law

Cerejeira Namora, Marinho Falcão’s public law team – which is jointly led by Nuno Cerejeira Namora and Pedro Neves de Sousa in Porto, and Lisbon-based partner Alberto Mateus Vaz – demonstrates strength in contentious matters, and is a popular destination for public sector clients from the north of Portugal.
With a strong presence in the north of Portugal, TELLES offers advice on administrative law and public procurement to a number of public entities; Porto-based partner Pedro Almeida e Sousa oversees the department.

Firms in the Spotlight Public law

AAMM Law Firm

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Abecasis, Moura Marques & Associates, Law Firm was founded in 2012 by two eminent lawyers: José Filipe Abecasis and Paulo de Moura Marques. The firm is widely recognised for its high level of specialization in public law with a particular focus on key industry sectors. It is also recognized for the excellence, rigour and innovation …

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Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

The public law department at Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados demonstrates strong transactional, contentious and regulatory capabilities. The team offers legal support to a varied client roster, including public entities, concessionaires, financial institutions, and companies operating in regulated sectors, helping them to navigate the complexities surrounding public procurement, public contracts, constitutional law and administrative proceedings. Its sector knowledge cuts across the energy, paper, defence, transport, telecoms, banking and defence sectors. Furthermore, the public, urban and environmental law practice – which is led by administrative law specialist João Tiago Silveira – is increasingly engaged in the development of legislative projects abroad, namely in Angola, Mozambique and Cape Verde. Margarida Olazabal Cabral is singled out for her wealth of experience in public procurement matters and public-private partnerships (PPPs). Nuno Peres Alves coordinates the Porto-based administrative and public law department; his experience covers public works contracts and litigation. Also based in Porto, Pedro Costa Gonçalves is another key contact for complex administrative law and public contracting mandates.

Practice head(s):

João Tiago Silveira

Other key lawyers:

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


‘The MLGTS administrative team responds efficiently and quickly to the questions that are posed by presenting innovative solutions, well-founded, supported by opinions that rely on the collaboration of lawyers with different technical strengths, contributing to legal certainty in making important decisions for their clients. It is an extremely well-organised structure with easy contact at any time, which allows you to resolve urgent issues in a highly qualified manner.’

‘Our contact is, first and foremost, Nuno Peres Alves. Pedro Costa Gonçalves is the best specialist in the area of public procurement matters. Nuno Peres Alves is an experienced lawyer in this area.’

‘The team demonstrates in-depth and comprehensive knowledge of the topics in which it is consulted, managing to give appropriate answers and allowing the resolution of the questions raised. The degree of knowledge and competence is transversal to counseling in theoretical/academic terms and to procedural action.’

‘João Tiago Silveira stands out for his pragmatism and global vision.’

‘The team is responsive and prompt in dealing with questions.’

‘What makes Morais Leitão’s team unique in terms of the service it provides is the quality of the team of lawyers involved in our matters, the seniority of knowledge and the permanent availability to respond to the various requests.’

‘João Tiago Silveira and Margarida Olazabal Cabral are recommended.’

‘Extreme competence of the Public Law team. Full availability. Absolute security in legal support and legal advice provided.’

Key clients

Republic of Angola

NOS Comunicações, S.A.

Metropolitano de Lisboa, E.P.E.

Work highlights

  • Assisting the Government of Angola in the revision of the legal framework of their national statistic system.
  • Responsible for all the public procurement process of the upcoming projects for modernisation of equipment and development of Lisbon’s subway infrastructure (trains and traffic signal system).
  • Advised NOS on legal and regulatory matters in relation to the public consultation before the approval of the 5G Auction Regulation.

Sérvulo & Associados

Enjoying an ‘outstanding reputation in the area of public law', Sérvulo & Associados is the ‘go-to law firm' for the most complex and high-profile administrative law issues and groundbreaking projects in the country. With a strong presence in all regulated sectors, including banking, transport, healthcare, water and waste, energy, telecoms and education, the team is sought after for its unparalleled experience in public procurement, concessions, privatisations and high-stakes litigation. Rui Medeiros focuses on constitutional law and related contentious matters; João Amaral e Almeida advises on public procurement and public law-related disputes; and Mark Kirkby is often retained by the Portuguese government and other public entities in relation to concessions and PPPs. The core team also includes José Manuel Sérvulo Correia, who is a reference in the market, Ana Luísa Guimarães, who also co-heads the infrastructure projects team, and Duarte Rodrigues Silva, whose areas of activity include public procurement and administrative litigation.

Practice head(s):

Rui Medeiros; João Amaral e Almeida; Mark Kirkby

Other key lawyers:

José Manuel Sérvulo Correia; Ana Luísa Guimarães; Duarte Rodrigues Silva; Pedro Fernández Sánchez; Francisca Mendes da Costa; Henrique Rodrigues da Silva; Paula Bordado Faustino


Sérvulo & Associados is the go-to law firm in public law matters. They provide the know-how, confidence and trustworthiness one associates with a firm carrying such a proven track record and combine it with an extremely dedicated and available team.’

‘Sérvulo & Associados has an outstanding reputation in the area of Public Law. The work it develops is guided by rigor, excellence and a seal of unrivaled quality. Sérvulo’s Public Law team has lawyers specialised in the most diverse sectors of activity, which gives it a huge variety and a complete and creative response to the issues raised by clients.’

‘Duarte Rodrigues Silva is an excellent lawyer both at a technical level and in terms of client management. Duarte demonstrates a real interest in the client’s areas of activity, is a “problem solver” and always presents an efficient and excellent response. Paula Bordalo Faustino combines her vast technical knowledge with exceptional availability and rigour in the work she delivers to the client.’

‘Ana Luisa Guimarães was my point of contact throught my work with Sérvulo. She was outstanding as far as interpersonal communication, attentiveness to our needs and turnaround time go. There were a number of issues that were extremely time sensitive which were handled extremely well. Where issues were of intercisciplinary nature, she seamlessly coordinated feedback from different departments in Sérvulo in order to provide a holistic work product.’

‘Francisca Mendes da Costa monitored the public procurement process with great dexterity, professionalism and above all with an easy-to-understand language, that is, translating the legal language and translating the actions to be carried out into practical terms.  Also, given her skills in the financial area, she was able to understand the economic and financial part of the project.’

‘Henrique Rodrigues da Silva is an outstanding practitioner with a straightforward approach to problems. He played a critical role in several lawsuits. I would like to emphasise his absolute commitment and availability throughout the processes.’

It is worth highlighting the professionalism of Pedro Fernández Sanchez, who has great knowledge of Administrative Law, magnificent attention to matters and great professionalism.’

‘Rui Medeiros was the one who led the firm’s team of lawyers, demonstrating an enormous capacity to synthesise issues, and a very practical and assertive approach in proposing solutions and legislative paths.’

Key clients


Patel Engineering Limited

SDR Consortium

Metropolitano de Lisboa, E.P.E.

Department of Health Shared Services (SPMS – Serviços Partilhados do Ministério da Saúde, E.P.E.)

INEM – Instituto Nacional de Emergência Médica

Ministry of Finance of Cape Verde

Unity of Special Projects Management (UGPE)

Portuguese Ministry of the Environment and Energy Transition

Millennium BCP

Portuguese Ministry of Education

Fernando L. Gaspar Sinalização e Equipamentos Rodoviários, S.A. (FLGaspar)

Municipality of Câmara de Lobos (Madeira)

Project Fiduciary and Administrative Agency (AFAP)

Metro do Porto

Empresa Martín

Boat Center S.A.

Lusíadas Saúde Group

EDP – Global Solutions, S.A.

Astilleros Gondan, SA

Sporting Clube de Portugal – Futebol SAD

Work highlights

  • Advises ANACOM – the regulatory authority for the electronic communications sector – in the administrative litigation related to the auction procedure for the allocation of radioelectric bands for the implementation of 5G networks.
  • Advising Metropolitano de Lisboa throughout the entire expansion process of the respective metropolitan line, namely in the preparation and launching of the public procurement procedures.
  • 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.


Highly regarded for its public procurement and administrative litigation experience, VdA's public law department is a popular choice for public concessionaires and public service licensees in the transport, infrastructure, water and sanitation, postal services, telecoms and healthcare sectors. Besides its focus in Portuguese public law matters, the team has also been developing its presence across Portuguese and French-speaking countries in Africa through its VdA Legal Partners network and longstanding relationships with leading international firms. Dispute resolution is a strong point for the team, which stands out for its involvement in high-profile public law arbitration. Administrative proceedings and concessions are core areas of activity for practice leaders Paulo Pinheiro and Rodrigo Esteves de Oliveira. Ana Marta Castro leads a multidisciplinary group of lawyers dedicated to defence matters, while Catarina Pinto Correia is recommended for her multi-jurisdictional expertise.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Pinheiro; Rodrigo Esteves de Oliveira

Other key lawyers:

Catarina Pinto Correia; Ana Marta Castro; André Gaspar Martins; João Soares Franco; Marco Caldeira


‘Communication between teams, which makes dealing with interdisciplinary issues more efficient.’

‘Ana Marta Castro has demonstrated the ability to think “outside the box”, proposing flexible solutions depending on the client’s goals.’

‘Solid team in terms of knowledge and ability to propose suitable solutions. Work diligently with strict deadlines.’

‘The fact that VdA has a wide range of clients in the most diverse areas of business allows it to come into contact with problems of the most diverse nature, from the perspective of both private and public clients.’

‘VdA’s team provides an excellent service to the client. The price/quality ratio is also one of VdA’s strengths. In addition to competence, the fact that they are always available to the clients is one of VdA’s greatest strengths. Education, punctuality, transparency, rigour and competence are factors that characterise VdA.’

‘Rodrigo Esteves de Oliveira is a senior partner with a deep knowledge of public law and extensive experience in many projects which makes him a reference in the public law sector. Ana Marta Castro is a very experienced lawyer who manages to combine in-depth knowledge of community law, banking law, real estate law and public law, making her a lawyer of excellence and unique in the market.’

‘The partners in this department have a lot of experience, as they have been following some of the most complex issues for at least the last decade. They have great technical capacity, the department has the number of lawyers needed to respond to requests, and they have a collaborative approach in the way they do the work, involving in-house lawyers in building the solution.’

‘Paulo Pinheiro is recommended for his accumulated experience and client service. Ana Marta Castro stands out for her technical competence, permanent availability and friendliness.’

Key clients

Banco de Portugal

Portuguese Government (Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Economy)

Vodafone Portugal – Comunicações Pessoais, S.A.

CTT – Correios de Portugal, S.A.

Portuguese Government

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

ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, S.A.

AEBT – Auto-Estradas do Baixo Tejo S.A.


Escala Braga – Sociedade Gestora do Estabelecimento, S.A.

Group EGF – Environment Global Facilities

Banco BPI, S.A.

Banco Santander, S.A.

Société Générale

Caixa Geral de Depósitos, S.A.

Caixa Banco de Investimento, S.A.

SATA Air Açores, S.A. and Azores Regional Government

Ferrovial Agroman, S.A.

ACA – Alberto Couto Alves S.A.

REN Serviços

Bristol-Myers Squibb / Novartis Farma

Solverde – Sociedade de Investimentos Turísticos da Costa Verde, S.A.

Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, S.A. (CAF)

EDIA – Empresa de Desenvolvimento e Infra-estruturas do Alqueva, S.A.

EPAL – Empresa Portuguesa das Águas Livres, S.A. (EPAL)

Azores Regional Government

Work highlights

  • Representing Banco de Portugal and Fundo de Resolução 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.
  • Advised Parpública (Portuguese State) on the restructuring of Transportes Aéreos Portugueses (TAP) due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Assisting the Portuguese government in the implementation of one of the most relevant projects in Portugal under the Recovery and Resilience Facility established by the Member States.


Cuatrecasas fields a team with solid experience in the area of public procurement, concessions, public works and regulation. Administrative proceedings also feature in the firm’s workload, which is further populated by high-value transactions in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Key sectors of focus include motorways, water, telecoms and energy. The practice - which also has a relevant role in several administrative disputes concerning the resolution measures applied to BES and BANIF - is managed by Duarte Abecasis, who is recommended for public tenders in an array of sectors. Lourenço Vilhena De Freitas ‘has an impressive background', notably in concessions, privatisations and public law disputes.

Practice head(s):

Duarte Abecasis

Other key lawyers:

Lourenço Vilhena de Freitas; Mafalda Carmona; José Diogo Marques; Vasco Moura Ramos; Pedro de Castro; João Sequeira Sena


‘Excellent team, with a shrewd understanding of the legal issue and the industrial aspect of the case. The team is particularly efficient in its cooperation with the management of the client and its knowledge of the industrial sector at stake in the case.’

‘It is a team with high technical knowledge.’

‘Lourenço Vilhena de Freitas is a lawyer with high technical knowledge and ease in transmitting it to the client.’

‘Lourenço Vilhena de Freitas has an impressive background.’

‘João Sequeira Sena is available, he knows what he is doing and has a problem-solving attitude.’

‘The expertise, proactivity and flexibility make this team exceptional. They also have an international approach that is hard to find in a public law practice. The public law lawyers work side by side with colleagues from other departments (particularly corporate and commercial lawyers that are also first-class) which reinforces the comprehensive approach to clients interested in investing in Portugal and working with local administrations.’

Lourenço Vilhena de Freitas has an unusual talent, knowledge and understanding of clients’ needs.’

Key clients

Banco de Portugal (Bank of Portugal)

CP – Comboios de Portugal


DP World

Ventient Energy

Onex Renewables


Group Transdev

JC Decaux Portugal

Partners Group

Infraestruturas de Portugal

IP Telecom

A.S. – Empresa Das Águas De Santarém

Work highlights

  • Representing Bank of Portugal in several administrative and civil disputes concerning the resolution measures applied to Banco Espírito Santo and disputes relating to BANIF (Banco Internacional do Funchal).
  • Provides advice to DP World on negotiating the concession agreement to operate the multipurpose terminal at the port of Luanda.
  • Advising a French investor consortium on the purchase from EDP of a portfolio of hydro plants located in the Douro basin.


At Garrigues, the public, energy and environmental law team is skilled in acting for public and private-sector clients in the gamut of public law matters. Practice head Lino Torgal, who is a leading figure in the market, steers the team on a range of mandates cutting across public procurement, PPPs, transactions and dispute resolution. The lattermost is a particular area of expertise for Torgal, who has significant experience in arbitration involving public agreements and concessions. Paulo Mendonça Duarte is a name to note for regulatory matters and public contracts in the healthcare, construction and transport sectors.

Practice head(s):

Lino Torgal

Other key lawyers:

Paulo Mendonça Duarte; Teresa Moreira dos Santos


‘Garrigues’ Public Law team has above average legal technique and rigour in the domestic market, demonstrating in-depth knowledge of the issues dealt with by presenting high quality work and providing excellent legal advice.’

‘Lino Torgal stands out for his scientific rigour. Teresa Moreira Santos demonstrates total availability to assist clients.’

Key clients

Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém

Galp Energia, S.A.

EEM – Empresa de Eletricidade da Madeira

Águas do Porto, E.M.

Iberdrola generación S.A.

The Navigator Company, S.A.

Mota Engil Capital

Spie Batignolles

Work highlights

  • Assisted Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém in a tender procedure relating to the award of the right to design and build a luxury hotel in CCB premises near Tagus River Deal.
  • Assisting Águas do Porto, E.M. in the restructuring of the enterprise, in order to enlarge its scope of action to the energy sector.
  • Assisted GALP Energia in the process for the potential divestment of 77.5% Galp Gas Natural Distribuição’s share capital.

Miranda & Associados

The full-service public law team at Miranda & Associados attracts praise for its ‘in-depth knowledge’ of issues concerning public procurement, administrative contracts (including concessions) and related litigation and arbitration. On the public procurement front, its practitioners showcase strength in all stages of tender procedures. Luís Oliveira leads on this type of mandate, and is also noted for his regulatory expertise. Pedro Melo excels in concessions, construction agreements and PPPs, while João Rosado Correia has a strong background in public, environmental and energy law. Nuno Marques Antunes and Ricardo Alves Silva are both key contacts for international clients. Based in the Porto office, Tiago Amorim is regularly instructed in litigation and arbitration proceedings.

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; Sandra Tavares Magalhães


‘Miranda law firm has provided services with excellent results in the area of ​​Public Contracts for Works and Services. Its staff includes highly technical and professional lawyers, with significant proactive collaboration. João Paulo Rosado Correia, Sara Castelo Branco and  Sandra Tavares Magalhães are recommended.’

‘Great service and knowledge in the area of ​​Public Law and Contracts.’

‘I highlight João Rosado Correia and his team.’

‘Technical competence, legal advice oriented to the client’s business, availability and competitive fees. I recommend partner Pedro Melo.’

‘Excellent service, always careful analysis, quick response, great availability of partners and associates. We work with several Miranda partners and associates and we have a great impression of everyone. They always respond quickly, always show in-depth knowledge of the issues and always add value.’

‘The in-depth knowledge of the MIRANDA team that accompanied us was/is exemplary. João Rosado Correia and Sandra Tavares de Magalhães possess a doctrinal depth and, in parallel, a practical spirit that allowed excellent solutions.’

‘In what differs them most from their competitors as an asset, we identified the ability to apply a field of law with a lot of theory in practice, as well as the vast knowledge and experience of these lawyers in various industries.’

Key clients


Globalvia Group

AE Transmontana

AENL – Norte Litoral

AAVI – Via do Infante


TAP – Portuguese Airlines

Portuguese State

Secretary of State for Communications



Horários do Funchal

INCM (Portuguese National Mint, Assay and Security Printing Office)

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

Beckman Coulter


Câmara Municipal de Lisboa (Lisbon Municipality)

REN Group

Galp Energia Group

Ascendi Group

Iberwind Group

Vinci Energies Portugal





Legrand Eléctrica


Rotas do Algarve Litoral, S.A.

SCMA – Sociedade de Consultores Marítimos

IP – Infraestruturas de Portugal, S.A.


Work highlights

  • Advisingthe Portuguese state on a major arbitration case related to the postal service.


Covering both consultancy and litigation matters, PLMJ is equipped to lead advice on public procurement, PPP projects, constitutional law and dispute resolution involving public law issues. Splitting his time between Lisbon and Porto, department leader Diogo Duarte Campos provides comprehensive advice to a varied client base, focusing on public procurement, concessions and construction projects in Portugal and abroad. Other noteworthy individuals include Tiago Duarte, who ‘has specialised and rigorous technical knowledge of public procurement and administrative law’ and Joana Brandão, who often advises investors on the implementation of projects and public law issues.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Duarte Campos

Other key lawyers:

Tiago Duarte; Joana Brandão; Carla Machado; Raquel Freitas


‘A deep knowledge of the market and of clients’ business.’

‘Tiago Duarte is an outstanding lawyer who has given full support to all of our queries, in a very short period of time, and in a complete and clear manner.’

‘PLMJ has demonstrated in-depth knowledge of legal advice in the field of Public Contracts.’

‘Responsiveness, availability, competence is hard to find in such a complex and highly competitive activity among law firms in Portugal. PLMJ is able to distinguish itself from others in this practice area. Public procurement is enormously complex and PLMJ is able to meet market demands.’

‘PLMJ demonstrated a capacity to respond and adapt to various requests and changing circumstances, with the same technical rigour, always guaranteeing confidence and security in the support/advice provided to us.’

‘Tiago Duarte has specialised and rigorous technical knowledge in Public Procurement and Administrative Law. Joana Brandão stands out for her technical expertise in public procurement.’

‘Ability to quickly respond to diverse and complex issues.’

‘Diogo Duarte de Campos is recommended for his full availability and ability to understand critical issues.’

Key clients


Ascendi Group

Cascais and Lisbon Municipalities

Caixa Geral dos Depósitos

Funchal Municipality


Impresa Group

Microsoft Corporation

Nestlé Portugal

Republic of Cabo Verde

Work highlights

  • Assisting the Portuguese state in a major arbitration case concerning the construction of a dam.
  • Advising DK and PPP on the Sines 4.0 Project, which involves an investment of up to €3.5bn to create data processing centres in Europe.
  • Advising the Nova School of Science & Technology – Universidade Nova de Lisboa in a complex project that aspires to create a new “Innovation district” across the river from Lisbon.

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho‘s public law practice assists with a combination of consultancy and contentious matters, possessing an impressive track record of acting for public entities, private operators, banks and international funds. Typical mandates range from public contracts, M&A and privatisations to regulatory matters and administrative litigation. Practice head Bernardo Diniz de Ayala – who also heads up the projects group – is ‘a national reference in this area‘; his experience covers the entire spectrum of public law matters, including transactional, regulatory and contentious work. Afonso Choon ‘has a deep understanding of the law’ and is particularly strong in public law litigation. Public procurement and M&A deals in regulated sectors are some of Gonçalo Andrade Sousa‘s legal specialisms.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Diniz de Ayala

Other key lawyers:

Afonso Choon; Gonçalo Andrade Sousa; João Louro e Costa


‘UM-PC’s team has shown a great multi-perspective angle in some of the aspects and issues being discussed, even out of their expected scope. Very high level of performance regarding time, commitment and legal support received.’

‘I highlight the team for the exceptional and solid legal knowledge, quality of drafting documents, speed, availability, always accompanied by a pragmatic vision in the proposal of solutions.’

‘I recommend Bernardo Ayala and Afonso Choon for their experience, excellent knowledge in the field, quick analysis, security and proposals that allow clients to be reassured. Afonso is very available, fast, solves the issues with humility, listens with great attention to the client’s perspective. It is definitely an asset to be able to count on Afonso in the assessment and resolution of any legal issue.’

‘The Public Law team is an exceptionally knowledgeable, responsive and professional team. Their collective knowledge of public law issues in Portugal is broad-ranging enough to cover all issues encountered (even if unusual) and yet they are able to drill into complex detail where necessary. They are quick to respond to queries, and deliver clear advice even under significant time pressure.’

‘I can highly recommend Bernardo Ayala and Afonso Choon. Bernardo is highly knowledgeable and bright, yet practical and commercial. He understands the complex demands facing clients and can take a pragmatic approach where required. In my experience, he goes above and beyond to assist his clients. Afonso has a deep understanding of the law and excellent attention to detail. He communicates clearly and concisely and is attuned to sensitive deadlines.’

‘In my opinion, the Public Department at Uría Menéndez – Proença de Carvalho is excellent and is certainly among the best in Portugal. I even believe that in some specific areas (public contracting and administrative litigation, for example) it is the best service provider. The leadership of partner Bernardo Diniz de Ayala is clearly very important, as he has a lot of experience and knows the area in depth. The main distinguishing factors are in-depth knowledge of all angles of Public Law, strategic vision, understanding of client activity and prompt and sophisticated response capacity.’

‘Bernardo Diniz de Ayala is a national reference in this area. Gonçalo Andrade e Sousa is a senior lawyer with excellent work capacity and very good performance. Always 100% available and oriented towards the desired result.’

‘Uria’s public law practice is excellent – they quickly understand the issues, are comfortable dealing with high-value and complex questions, and are a ‘go-to’ firm for international matters.’

Key clients

Acciona Concesiones S.L.

Banco Santander Totta, S.A.

Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (ANACOM)

Marubeni Corporation


Iberdrola Renewables Portugal, S.A.

Vauban Infrastructure Partners

Axianseu II Digital

ITRON – Sistemas de Medição, Lda.

Junta de Freguesia do Parque das Nações (JFPN)

Work highlights

  • Advised Banco Santander as a financing party of the distressed Algarve Litoral motorway concession and a real estate transaction between the Portuguese Football League Association and the Municipality of Porto.
  • Advised MM Capital Partners (Marubeni Group) on the negotiation and signing of an agreement to purchase a minority stake in Lusoponte, the concessionaire of two Lisbon toll bridges.
  • Advised Iberdrola on the 2019 and 2020 Portuguese solar auctions and the licensing of eight solar photovoltaic power plants with over 200 MW of installed capacity.

Abreu Advogados

The public law and environment department at Abreu Advogados acts for a diverse client roster, comprising domestic and international companies and public entities from the pharmaceutical, paper, chemicals, waste and water sectors. Core areas of activity include public procurement, administrative concessions, PPPs and related dispute resolution. Public law issues arising in the course of M&A and financing transactions also feature in its workload. José Eduardo Martins and Manuel de Andrade Neves, who are both recognised for their in-depth knowledge of projects in Portuguese-speaking African countries, jointly head up the team. Mafalda Teixeira de Abreu has notable experience in public procurement and administrative disputes.

Practice head(s):

José Eduardo Martins; Manuel Andrade Neves

Other key lawyers:

Mafalda Teixeira de Abreu; Ana Simões Ferreira; Madalena Bernardes Coelho


‘High competence and dedication. Ability to respond quickly, creatively and with the aim of simplifying and solving problems.’

‘The contact with Ana Simões Ferreira was always the best. Which is why I recommend it.’

‘Law firm with a lot of experience in projects and energy issues. Quality service and total availability to the client.’

‘A lot of experience and knowledge in matters of public law. Professional advice and practical solutions. Good relationship with public administration entities.’

Key clients



















Work highlights

  • Acting as general counsel to Novo Verde in the creation of a new system of package waste management under the EU Packaging Directive.
  • Assisting Embraer group on all matters related to the process of sale of five customised military aircraft.
  • Acting as general counsel to Efrican Foundation in the elaboration of the “Roadmap for Carbonic Sustainability in Príncipe Island”.

Albuquerque & Almeida

Albuquerque & Almeida is adept at handling all phases of public procurement procedures and has particular knowledge of defence, port and maritime concessions. The team also provides public law support in the context of transactions, and is active in related dispute resolution matters. Alexandre De Albuquerque has ‘very in-depth knowledge of this area' and regularly acts as arbitrator. Diana Silveira is also part of the core team; she focuses on public procurement and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre de Albuquerque

Other key lawyers:

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


‘The team has great qualities and great availability.’

‘In addition to the great domain of generic legal topics, they have in-depth knowledge of the client’s business.’

‘They have a good knowledge of the latest technology and tools, which greatly facilitates the work.’

‘Alexandre de Albuquerque is the person in charge; he has enormous availability and very in-depth knowledge of the areas and themes in question.’

‘Diana Silveira is very experienced. Maria de Lurdes Pereira has great and in-depth knowledge of public law.’

‘Ivan Roque Duarte was very professional, competent and dedicated. I highly recommend his services.’

Key clients

ETE Group

Ingesport Health and Spa Consulting, S.A.

Municipality of Coimbra

Freguesia de Estrela

Setefrete Group

CEPSA – Portuguesa Petróleos S.A

GALP Energia Group

Parque Escolar, EPE

Value One Holding AG


Grupo Bondalti

Anthea–Segurança Privada, Lda.

ABB Portugal

Factory GmbH

Orcinus – Serviços de Informática, Lda


ABSOLUTUS – Audiovisuais e Informática, Lda

CITAGO – Produção Agrícola, Lda





DIÁLOGOS DO SÉCULO – Investimentos Imobiliários, Lda

HERDADE DO MAR – Atividades Agrícolas, Lda


GRANFER.COM – Importação e Exportação de Produtos Alimentares, Lda



Work highlights

  • Provided advice to CV Interilhas, the concessionaire of the maritime transportation of passengers and cargo in Cabo 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.


CMS is well versed across a broad array of public law matters, spanning infrastructure projects, regulatory issues, public procurement and administrative proceedings. Specialised in administrative law, Gonçalo Guerra Tavares handles a wide range of transactions, public tender procedures, concession contracts and arbitration proceedings relating to public works. Duarte Lebre De Freitas ‘has solid knowledge in matters of public law and administrative litigation’ and António Magalhães Menezes assists companies and public entities on regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Gonçalo Guerra Tavares

Other key lawyers:

Duarte Lebre De Freitas; António Magalhães Menezes


‘Capacity and speed of response. Deep knowledge of legislation. Ease of communication. Team with experts in different areas. Ease of understanding the business model of our industry and interpretation of legal regulations to it.’

‘Gonçalo Guerra Tavares and Duarte Lebre de Freitas have an enormous capacity for communication, dedication, speed of response, in-depth knowledge of the Law, and the ability to create alternatives to any issue.’

‘Gonçalo Guerra Tavares and his team react quickly to the demands and provide high quality advice.’

‘CMS is a law firm that provides services in various areas of law. They are available and collaborative with clients; even during the pandemic this proximity existed and was reinforced.’

‘The person I work with is Duarte Lebre de Freitas. In In addition to the solid knowledge in matters of public law and administrative litigation, his enormous open-mindedness in the search for the best solutions and the capacity to anticipate issues deserve to be highlighted.’

‘The CMS Public Law team, led by Gonçalo Guerra Tavares, has proven to be a true partner, always attentive to the client’s needs, with great rigour and professionalism without neglecting the speed of response’

‘António Magalhães e Menezes stands out for his experience, dedication to the client, rigour and professionalism.’

‘They have always lived up to our expectations. Finally, I emphasize the availability to talk clearly about fees before proceeding with any service.’

Key clients

REN Group


Goldman Sachs International


Scotturb, SA

Betclic Everest Group

ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, S.A.


Beckman Coulter

Lisboa Ocidental, SRU

Avanza Group

EDP Group

Futrifer, SA

MOP – Multimédia Outdoors Portugal, SA

LNEC (National Laboratory for Civil Engineering)


DLA Piper ABBC offers assistance to companies and public entities on a broad scope of public law matters, including M&A transactions and financings of public or regulated assets, PPP projects and administrative litigation. The ‘technically prepared and always available‘ practice – which handles matters in an array of industries, including energy, chemicals, construction, water and waste management – was particularly active advising clients from the healthcare sector in their response to the Covid-19 pandemic. In a significant development, Mafalda Ferreira left the firm in December 2021.


‘We work with DLA Piper ABBC on a continuous basis across all legal areas (corporate law, litigation, public law) and have been consistenly provided with high quality service, advice, availability. Well done DLA!’

‘The team is flexible, technically prepared and always available. They can cover different topics, making use of their internal network.’

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

The administrative law and public procurement practice at PRA-Raposo, Sá Miranda & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados SP RL has an impressive track record in acting on the contractor and bidder side in public tenders, especially in the water and waste management sector. The team is also routinely engaged by state-owned companies, public entities and regional municipalities in public law disputes, including bid protests. David Coelho focuses on public tenders, and Noel Gomes, who is based in Porto, is a key contact for public bodies and local authorities. Administrative litigation is an area of expertise for Pedro Aveleira, who also handles public procurement matters on behalf of contractors and contracting entities.

Practice head(s):

David Coelho; Noel Gomes

Other key lawyers:

Pedro Aveleira; Catarina Pereira Gomes


‘PRA- Raposo, Sá Miranda e Associados excels in handling all kinds of requests related to public law. It is also important to emphasise the speed, professionalism and availability of the team, an aspect that seems worthy of praise. We highlight in the team Catarina Pereira Gomes, Noel Gomes and David Coelho.’

‘‘They are undoubtedly a multidisciplinary team, given their scope and knowledge.’

‘Confidentiality, competence and work capacity.’

‘Noel Gomes is very competent, always up to date and focused on goals.’

‘The team is always available to assist in solving the issues in a quick time with the maximum description and knowledge of the processes.’

‘From the quality of the service and the capabilities that the team demonstrates, we highlight: ethics, transparency, positive internal communication between the team members and its coordinator, and the fruitful interaction between the teams/department on multidisciplinary issues that cover various issues.’

‘We highlight Noel Gomes. We value his technical competence, up-to-date and agile legislative knowledge, total availability, the ability to manage various matters from various legal areas that come together in the area of public law.’

‘What leads us to work with PRA is the high capacity and knowledge of the matters dealt with and the ability to problematise critical issues, giving the possibility to foresee the different approaches to be taken in the face of the issues/problems we have.’

SRS Legal

SRS Legal‘s public law team undertakes a range of work in core industry sectors, including ports, transport, energy, telecoms, life sciences, water and waste management. International and domestic clients operating in these sectors regularly turn to the practice for assistance with concessions, PPPs, public procurement and administrative proceedings. Besides benefitting from its presence in Lisbon, Porto and Funchal, clients also have access to the team’s international platform, SRS Global, in relation to cross-border projects. José Luís Moreira da Silva ‘stands out for his technical knowledge in terms of public law‘; he has a strong background in PPPs and in the public sector. Alexandre Roque advises on public procurement, regulatory matters and administrative disputes.

Practice head(s):

José Luís Moreira da Silva; Alexandre Roque

Other key lawyers:

Raquel Sampaio; João Filipe Graça


‘The quality of the service is excellent and the capacity to respond to all types of legal questions is highlighted.’

‘José Luis Moreira da Silva’s availability is unsurpassed in solving the problems that are raised.’

‘Alexandre Roque stands out for his availability, clarity and focus, combined with knowledge and commitment to achieving the best possible result.’

‘In public contracting, I highlight the partner Alexandre Roque for his knowledge, availability and involvement in matters, allied to great common sense.’

‘I appreciate the knowledge and competence shown in responding to each request I made to them, as well as the quick response obtained in all situations.’

‘José Moreira da Silva stands out for his technical knowledge in terms of public law, high availability, knowledge of the business reality and articulation with clients, speed and quality of response appropriate to the needs of the business.’

‘Quality in the legal opinions and analyses carried out. Excellent support in all legal matters and matters for which support was requested. Trust and dedication.’

Key clients

APL – Port Authority of Lisbon

APSS – Port Authority of Setúbal and Sesimbra

Port Authority of Sines


NOS Group

ANI – Agência Nacional de Inovação









Be Water

NOGAR Iberia











NEX Continental

GMF Railway







Work highlights

  • Advising OGMA – a  Brazilian aircraft builder – on its contract for the maintenance of the military airplanes F16 for the Portuguese government.
  • Advising the Port of Setubal on a project for the modernisation of the port, including a major dredging.
  • Assisted a consortium comprised in a restricted procedure launched in Portugal in the railway sector for the supply to Metro de Lisboa of a train control signalling system and rolling stock.

Eversheds Sutherland FCB

Eversheds Sutherland FCB assists with a variety of public law mandates, most notably contentious matters involving public procurement, environmental law, licensing issues and public works. Its recent work showcases its strength acting for clients from regulated industries, including energy, IT, construction, and healthcare. Miguel Lorena Brito, who primarily focuses on public procurement, public contracts and urban planning, and former Minister of Justice Paula Teixeira da Cruz jointly head up the department.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Lorena Brito; Paula Teixeira da Cruz

Other key lawyers:

Dora Ribeiro; João Rocha de Almeida

Key clients

Bioenergy, S.A.

AZPO – Azeites de Portugal, S.A.




Tecnovia Madeira

Novo Banco

MAN Truck & Bus

Agrícola Vale de Poente

Siemens Gamesa




United Nations Development Program

RENTOKIL Initial Portugal – Serviços de Protecção Ambiental

Scotturb (Gogipsy)

Top Aces, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising Bioenergy on several environmental and licensing issues that involve several local and central public authorities and different administrative procedures.
  • Assisted CGI in several public tenders to award public contracts for the supply of IT services.
  • Currently advising Top Aces on a public contract for the purchase of military aircraft to be dismantled.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo offers legal support to a diverse client roster, which includes companies from the construction, transport and healthcare sectors, among others. An array of consulting and contentious public law services are provided, with the practice regularly advising on PPPs, concessions, regulatory issues and administrative proceedings. Department head Ricardo Campos is often involved in litigation and arbitration cases involving public law issues; Paulo Nogueira da Rocha is also active in administrative law disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Campos

Other key lawyers:

Paulo Nogueira da Rocha; Eduardo Queimado


‘Total availability and monitoring of our activity, with the necessary and efficient proximity to support the needs that we have.’

‘Ricardo Campos is recommended.’

Key clients

Casais Engenharia, SA

Acciona Constuccion, SA



Ferrovial/MSF Barragens ACE

Ferreira Build Power

SP Care

Edivisa S.A.

Douro Litoral ACE

Rodovias do Algarve Litoral ACE

Work highlights

  • Advised Mota-Engil, Acciona Infraestruturas and Edivisa on the construction of three dams, Daivões, Gouvães and Alto Tâmega.
  • Advised Acciona Construción on the public tender for the construction of the new Alentejo Central Hospital (Hospital Central do Alentejo).
  • Assisted Acciona Construción in the rehabilitation of Estrela Hospital.

NGA Advogados

Covering advice on constitutional and administrative law, environmental matters and public procurement, NGA Advogados is equipped to handle both contentious and non-contentious matters. The team is not only instructed by public entities, including the Portuguese government, municipalities and regulatory authorities, but also often acts for domestic and international private-sector clients. Public contracts and public law disputes are core areas of activity for the practice, which is under the leadership of Gonçalo Mota Nogueira, who is also proficient in privatisations, public tenders and contractual matters.

Practice head(s):

Gonçalo Mota Nogueira


‘Gonçalo Mota Nogueira has extensive experience in public law.’

Key clients





Portuguese Government

CASES – Cooperativa António Sérgio para a Economia Social


Work highlights

  • Provided legal advice to AON on all stages of the procurement procedure for the award of insurance contracts for a three-year period.
  • Advising BSPOT on all stages of a procurement procedure for the supply of P2 face masks in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic to Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Central.
  • Assisted Veolia in a public procurement procedure initiated by a Portuguese public company for the award of a design, construction, operation, and maintenance of several effluent treatment facilities in the municipality of Braga.

pbbr - Sociedade de Advogados RL

Public law is a notable area of practice at pbbr – Sociedade de Advogados RL, which houses a specialised team focused on administrative law and related litigation. The team is adept at assisting public entities and private sector clients in a breadth of mandates, ranging from pre-contractual disputes to public procurement, and regulatory issues. Department chair Tânia Ferreira Osório ‘stands out for her technical knowledge' in the fields of public contracts, concessions and administrative litigation.

Practice head(s):

Tânia Ferreira Osório

Other key lawyers:

Joana Magalhães Silva


‘Boutique law firm with excellent technical expertise and client services.’

‘Tânia Ferreira Osório stands out for her technical knowledge, monitoring and availability.’

‘Pbbr has accompanied us over the many years of our existence. In addition to its exceptional services and the successful way it has worked with us in the most varied areas, in particular in all aspects of Public Administration and all processes that involve the management of an organisation’s human resources, what distinguishes Pbbr above all is its strong client orientation and the sense that it has to always be present and support us at all times of the processes that we work together on.’

‘Tânia Osório is clearly the person to highlight, she plays an excellent leadership role for the entire Pbbr team.’

‘Total availability to follow a variety of subjects and themes. Tânia Ferreira Osório and her team are always very professional, careful and quick in analysing questions and preparing answers to problems.’

‘Availability, experience, speed in presenting answers and success in achieving proposed objectives.’

‘Ability to understand clients’ needs, adaptability to work in different settings and effective help in negotiations.’

‘Availability, flexibility and speed. Technical quality and rigor. Excellent understanding of the market.’

Key clients




Cushman & Wakefield


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



Perella Weinberg

Signal Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised on the extinction of the SEF actions against the Portuguese government.
  • Provided legal advice to Tekever in procurement procedures in Portugal.
  • Acting for SMMP in the enforcement of a large number of administrative litigation cases against the Portuguese state.

Raposo Bernardo

Raposo Bernardo ‘combines knowledge, innovation and experience‘ in the field of public law, offering assistance to clients in the context of public procurement, concessions and PPPs, as well as administrative proceedings. The team is particularly noted for acting for a range of private sector players engaged in matters pertaining to motorway and railway concessions. Manuel Esteves De Albuquerque ‘is an experienced lawyer with extensive knowledge of public law‘; he is the main point of contact in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Esteves Albuquerque


‘The Public Law department at Raposo Bernardo & Associados is very good because it effectively solves the problems it faces. The team is very efficient, very quick in planning and framing the appropriate legal framework, the lawyers are effective in implementing the answer with the best solution for each case.’

‘Manuel Albuquerque stands out. He is an experienced lawyer with extensive knowledge of public law, who is always totally available to listen to us.’

‘Among their qualities the technical value of all their work, done in a profound, rigorous and always well-founded way, the creativity they put in solving problems, the way they honour deadline commitments in the delivery of work and the fact that they always add more information, are proactive and always keep us up to date stand out.’

‘Manuel Esteves de Albuquerque stands out in this area of Public Law due to his long experience, lucidity in the analysis of matters, clarity of thought, ease of understanding what we want, and excellent management skills.’

‘The team is cohesive in the sense that they share information and allow more than one main lawyer to follow up on our matters, albeit in a fixed manner, always ensuring continuity of follow-up without changing the lawyer.’

‘Our main contact is Manuel Albuquerque who coordinates and monitors our affairs, which gives us an important guarantee of total quality, with the detail and solidity that is normal in his analyses. He is a very competent lawyer in this area, with full knowledge of all relevant issues of public law, and who does constructive advocacy, with true client support, always with the client’s interest in mind.’

‘Raposo Bernardo & Associados combines knowledge, innovation, and experience. With these ingredients, it offers the best results and legal solutions in situations that are sometimes very adverse, involving pressure from timings and skills in various areas of legal practice.’

‘It is only fair to highlight Manuel Esteves de Albuquerque for the way he leads the Public Law department. He has a lot of maturity and experience as a lawyer, has a lot of knowledge in the area and is well respected by public entities, which is positive.’

Work highlights

  • Assisted a client in a public bid.
  • Assists a client in several public tenders.

SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados

Led by Miguel Pena Machete, SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados' public law team handles the full spectrum of matters, but showcases particular strength in arbitration and litigation cases involving public infrastructure concessions. The team is sought after by a host of public and private entities across the energy, transport, water and waste management sectors, among others. Catarina Pinto Xavier ‘is an extraordinary professional', and is singled out for her experience in the field of public procurement and execution of public contracts. Marisa Mirador is another key practitioner, whose specialisms include administrative litigation, urban planning and environmental law.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Pena Machete

Other key lawyers:

Catarina Pinto Xavier; Marisa Mirador


We hired the services of SLCM & Associados to ensure legal support, given that the matter in question was and is quite complex. The legal advice provided is guided by a policy of proximity with great involvement in the discussion of issues, from a legal and regulatory point of view in the civil aviation sector.’

‘I would like to highlight Miguel Machete and Marisa Mirador who have been following matters related to the civil aviation sector since 2015. They reveal a deep knowledge of the matters in question, proximity to the client, an excellent ability to define the defence strategy and, above all, good response capacity within the agreed deadlines.’

‘Flexibility and promptness in service and action.’

Catarina Pinto Xavier is an extraordinary professional. She is available, and has unbeatable know-how in the national market.’

‘Particularly noteworthy is the combination of great experience and excellent expertise, very fast response time, and excellent explanation of national law.’

‘I’d highlight the excellent collaboration with Miguel Pena Machete and Marisa Mirador. Both have excellent legal competence.’

‘Unique team in legal advice on public law in multinational companies linked to technology.’

‘We have an excellent relationship with SLCM. As we are a client that operates in a very specific area and a little different from the “normal”, SLCM quickly grasped the knowledge of our business model to be an active contributor in the process of analysing situations involving public law and competition.’

Key clients


Maksu Services

Solaris Bus & Coach

Azul Empírico

Nutrinveste Group


SCC – Sociedade Central de Cervejas e Bebidas

Lisnave – Estaleiros Navais, S.A.

Linde Healthcare


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


Cosmos – Viagens e Turismo, S.A.

ECS Capital

MGI Capital

Havi Group

Work highlights

  • Assisting OutSystems in matters related to its participation in public procurement procedures and the execution of public contracts.
  • Representing Sociedade Ponto Verde in seven lawsuits related to the regulatory legal regime of Portuguese packaging waste system.
  • Assists Diaverum on a regular basis in the relationships with public entities in the healthcare sector.