Firms To Watch: Real estate and construction

Boutique firm CCSL Advogados offers a small, skilled and active real estate team, which is trusted by real estate investors and developers in the residential, hotel, retail and tourism sectors; João Lemos de Portugal leads the team.
CMS saw its real estate offering grow with the addition of a new practice head, national and foreign investment specialist João Pinheiro da Silva, and associate Sandra Teixeira Arsénio; recent highlights for the team include advising first-time investors in Portugal in the office sector.
TELLES' real estate practice sits within the firm's wider real estate, construction and urban planning department, offering a multidisciplinary approach to provide advice to private and public international and domestic clients; the practice is co-led by Pedro Almeida e Sousa in Porto and Miguel Nogueira Leite in Lisbon.

Real estate and construction in Portugal

Abreu Advogados

Abreu Advogados' real estate practice offers clients specialised advice and niche property services across the full spectrum of real estate law. Acting for a diverse client portfolio, its practitioners cover financial real estate for construction and financing projects; energy real estate for major energy project development, both traditional and sustainable; retail developments, particularly for retailers and shopping centre operators; and private real estate investment. The department also includes a notary and registration department, streamlining the formalisation processes of sales, horizontal property deeds and mortgages. In addition, the team boasts an excellent track record in assisting REITs. Patrícia Viana and Tiago Mendonça de Castro jointly lead the practice, with Diogo Belard Correia providing key support. Renata Silva Alves left the firm in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Patrícia Viana; Tiago Mendonça Castro

Other key lawyers:

Maria Cabral de Azevedo; Diogo Belard Correia

Testimonials

‘This team has extensive experience in real estate law and construction associated with large projects. Tiago Mendonça de Castro, in particular, has more than 2 decades of experience and combines his knowledge and that of part of his team with transactional M&A in the area, which greatly facilitates the provision of advice as it allows for a diversified structuring of real estate contracts and rights taking into account the transactional aspect.’

‘Dr. Diogo Belard Correia has developed his practice in this area and specific sector and has been assisting in many matters, some of them with unusual legal constructions, having a deep knowledge of the legislation in force.’

‘The team distinguishes themselves from competitors by their huge client care, attention to detail and advice in an integrated and specialized legal logic, requiring little or no assistance from lawyers from other areas in the advice provided.’

‘Availability and general theoretical and practical knowledge on any and all topics in the area.’

‘Patricia Viana has been unsurpassed in pursuing the business entrusted to her.’

‘The team’s dedication, together with the inexhaustible skills and vast experience. The ability to find a solution that suits each client, responsiveness, availability, and excellence in the service provided.’

Tiago Mendonça de Castro has deep experience and expertise in the real estate and construction business sector, including in the transactional part combining knowledge of corporate/M&A, which allows an identification and coverage of legal and contractual risks in a unique and clear way, simplifying contractual structures and negotiations and avoiding unnecessary discussions considering the knowledge in the practical applicability and interpretation of real estate, construction and civil law.’

Key clients

Ageas

IKEA

Fortera Properties

Noble Faces

Kronos Homes

PRIMARK

Chint Solar

PROMIRIS

Daimler Real Estate

INGKA Centres

ENJOY

FREY

Time Out Market

Urbania International

Interfundos

FedEx

Imofundos

Nhood

Henley & Partners

Savory & Partners

H&M

Portugal Unplugged

Sweet Tomato

CBRE GI

Iberdrola

Lighthouse

Vougainvest

Work highlights

  • Advised Fortera Properties on a joint venture for the development of a real estate project in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal in a project, evaluated at €180m.
  • Assisted Promiris in the purchase, rehabilitation of the properties and sale of the units of an emblematic building in Lisbon’s city centre which will be converted in a luxury condominium.
  • Advised Kronos Homes on the development of its latest residential €40m project “The One”, located in the centre of Lisbon.

Cuatrecasas

Handling the gamut of real estate law matters, Cuatrecasas' real estate group is involved in some of the largest deals in the Portuguese market, acting for high-profile international and domestic clients. The scope of its practice extends to asset and share deals, development, construction, town planning and property finance. Covering virtually all segments of the real estate industry, the team acts for clients in the retail, tourism and logistics sectors, and the firm’s client portfolio also covers emerging areas, such as senior and student residences and co-living/working spaces. In addition, institutional investors and international funds with real estate investments in Portugal trust the team’s guidance and expertise. Nuno Sá Carvalho leads the team and is well respected by peers and clients alike, fielding over 25 years' experience. Sara Quaresma supports the practice and also has over 20 years of experience; she excels in licensing and construction matters.

Practice head(s):

Nuno Sá Carvalho

Other key lawyers:

Sara Quaresma

Testimonials

‘The availability that characterizes them is unique in the market. The relationship with the client is perfect and regular monitoring of the themes is a great asset. It is unequivocally an office that conveys confidence to the client and whose professionalism and experience allow them to resolve complex issues quickly, efficiently and definitively.’

‘Sara Quaresma – High competence and experience in real estate and urban planning, as well as in other areas of law. She has an extraordinary ability to gather and manage teams specialized in the various aspects of Law, as a way to provide a complete answer to the client. She has great availability and interest in implementing the themes entrusted to her.’

‘The team are quite simply top class. What sets them apart from other law practices in this field is their in-depth knowledge of the business and strong technical competence. Their attitude to their clients is remarkably positive, they care passionately about developing relationships, and they are always on hand to solve problematic issues with practical solutions. They are extremely commercial in their approach and you can have complete confidence in their advice. In my view they are some of the best in the market currently.’

‘Nuno Sá Carvalho is the partner who takes our affairs and is always available for a friendly word and demonstrates an extensive legal knowledge and practical knowledge of how best to help his clients get what they want and fulfil their goals.’

‘Nuno Sa Carvalho- good quality advice, with deep knowledge of the real estate law in Portugal. Punctually complying with the deadlines and proactive in finding solutions to detected issues. Full availability for the client.’

Key clients

Apollo

Lapithus

Zurich

RFR Management

Auchan

Les Mousquetaires

Novo Banco

Invesco

Savills

Xior

Orpea

DEKA

Eurofund

Baupost

HI Partners

Acciona

Club Med

Cofidis

Gaw Capital

Azora

Riva

Drago Capital

Bluespace

The Student Hotel

Castle Group

Unicorn Group

Leadcreast

Borealis

Lighthouse

Momentum

IP Investments

Work highlights

  • Advising Apollo Asset Management on several real estate transactions, including the sale to Maya Group of a portfolio of seven residential buildings for development purposes.
  • Advising GNB on the sale of a logistic portfolio of 20 logistic premises (estimated value above €100,000,000).
  • Assisting Auchan Portugal in the sale of its headquarters in Lisbon, as well as in the reorganisation of Auchan’s petrol stations portfolio throughout Portugal.

Garrigues

Garrigues' real estate and construction practice remains one of the leaders in Portugal, and is a popular choice among international investors, asset managers and international funds with dealings in Portuguese real estate. The team has taken a leading role on some of the top deals in the country, with Jorge Salvador Gonçalves leading them and the practice. Large-scale transactions are in the purview of Gonçalves as well as Miguel Menezes da Silva, who is highly praised by clients and is well versed in retail-related M&A transactions. Senior associate Tânia Gomes supports the practice and has notable experience in real estate matters, drawing on her in-house experience.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Salvador Gonçalves

Other key lawyers:

Miguel Menezes da Silva; Mónica Pimenta; Tânia Gomes

Testimonials

‘Knowledge of the market and of the client’s framework. Good experience and track-record.’

‘Miguel Menezes Silva always went above and beyond what was asked. It was a tricky deal but Miguel made the difficult process as smooth as possible.’

‘The real estate department has developed a multifaceted work in real estate with us. They are very experienced, thanks to Dr Jorge Gonçalves.’

‘Miguel Menezes: great business skills, thoughtful and solid technical knowledge. Quickly internalizes the client’s limits in terms of contractual negotiation, which makes the negotiation process faster. Dr Tania Gomes: technically well prepared, an excellent part of the team.’

Key clients

Henderson Park Capital Partners

Jamestown LP

Blackbrook Capital

LaSalle Investment Management

AXA IM Real Assets

Merlin Properties SOCIMI

Brookfield

DWS

Fidelidade Property (Fosun Group)

Harbert Management Corporation

Lifento SAS

Novo Banco

Oitante Group

Sonae Sierra

Swiss Life REIM

Tander Inversiones SOCIMI

VGP Parks

Work highlights

  • Advised Henderson Park on the €421m acquisition of Lagoas Park (office park).
  • Advised Jamestown on the €98m acquisition of the JQ One office building (Entreposto).
  • Advised Blackbrook Capital on the acquisition of a portfolio of retail properties operated by Sonae MC.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados‘ real estate and construction practice is distinguished by its extensive expertise in corporate and transactional real estate operations, share deals and asset deals in particular. The team also excels in the acquisition and sale of large portfolios, providing clients with advice across the full life-cycle, covering joint ventures, regulatory matters and due diligence. Its track record includes matters in commercial and residential property, logistics, tourism and shopping centres, among other areas. João Torroaes Valente leads the practice, specialising in corporate real estate, tourism and investment vehicles; national and foreign investors rely in particular on his joint venture expertise. Rita Ferreira Vicente‘s expertise is also sought after, particularly on non-performing loan (NPL) deals and repossessed estate assets, and she is also a financing expert. The team is also supported by a number of well-regarded associates and senior associates.

Practice head(s):

João Torroaes Valente

Other key lawyers:

Rita Ferreira Vicente; Andreia Bento Simões; João Fitas; Manuel Ponces Magalhães

Testimonials

‘João Torres Valente has a global view of a complex transaction and is able to delegate within this team which can accelerate the process. He is a very good professional, very clear in his explanations but also listening to his client. He will make things happen in a secure way.’

‘Available, flexible, closeness to the client, industry knowledge.’

João Torroaes Valente, Andreia Bento Simões, Manuel Ponces Magalhães, Rita Vicente: They have a high level of professionalism and delivery.’

‘It is an office with a lot of experience in the various areas of real estate, from urban planning to construction, which is always proactive in the face of issues found in due diligence and which has a lot of experience in closing large-scale and complex operations.’

‘João Torroaes Valente – great negotiating skills, adaptability, technical knowledge and accumulated experience.’

‘Andreia Simões – work capacity, resilience, technical capacity.’

‘Very good knowledge of the market and the political and legal framework, having a very relevant track-record not only in similar transactions but also in past transactions involving the same assets that we trade. All of this was a very positive asset for the work, to which was added the good relationship and past experiences already had with these same teams.’

PLMJ

PLMJ‘s real estate and construction practice assists international and domestic clients regarding their real estate projects and developments within Portugal, Lusophone jurisdictions, and elsewhere overseas. The team has both breadth and depth in terms of practitioners, covering a wide range of expertise for an incredibly diverse portfolio in corporate real estate, construction and transactional projects, with a particular strength in development projects. Rita Alarcão Júdice spearheads the practice, and principally focuses on advising domestic and foreign investor clients on project development, portfolio sales, and acquisitions in the retail, office and tourism sub-sectors. Francisco Lino Dias co-leads the practice and is sought out by institutional investors, investment funds, private equity firms and developers in sale and purchases, leases and forward funding operations. Sofia Gomes da Costa is also a key member of the practice, focusing on cross-border transactions and structured finance for large property portfolios. Margarida Osório de Amorim is a tourism industry expert, adept in all phases of related real-estate investments. Managing associates Abel de Barbosa Mendonça and Sofia Coutinho are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Rita Alarcão Júdice; Francisco Lino Dias

Other key lawyers:

Sofia Gomes da Costa; Margarida Osório de Amorim; Abel de Barbosa Mendonça; Sofia Coutinho

Testimonials

‘The real estate team is active, dynamic and responsive. It brings together all the skills needed to respond to the most complex requests.’

‘Rita Júdice’s most valued qualities are the ability to find solutions and negotiation. She combines technical skills with other strong behavioural skills, such as knowing how to listen, empathy and a human approach.’

‘Young but extremely dedicated and professional team. Excellent articulation between the different partners to address more specific issues that emerged at the beginning of the pandemic and which we did not usually deal with – efficiently, despite all being confined and not knowing people personally, and with a sense of mission/client support.’

‘Margarida Osório de Amorim and Teresa Madeira Afonso are very commercial minded, with significant experience in the sectors (in particular tourism and real estate). Easy approach, flexibility in the type of work and fees.’

‘Excellent market knowledge and understanding of needs. Very responsive partner and team members of PLMJ.’

‘People come first and there is a strong personal and professional empathy, facilitating the day-to-day work. In the professional and market context, I hardly came across partners so capable of understanding the “real estate business and its commercial side” always finding solutions in the legal framework, to accommodate business structures either with tenants, sellers or contractors who sometimes can be complex or quite creative.’

‘Sofia Gomes da Costa and Sofia Coutinho, and I will say that it is the best pair I have come across at PLMJ, being that Sofia Gomes da Costa has always been super professional and efficient, she has an associate who is up to the challenge, showing clear signs of evolution in which I foresee a sustained professional growth in her unquestionable abilities.’

‘Francisco Lino Dias and Abel Mendoza make a great team supported by other junior lawyers in their team. They are quick to respond and have never let us down.’

Key clients

Minor International

United Investments Portugal

Elegant Offices

Cerberus European Investments

Universidade Nova De Lisboa

Fundação Alfredo de Sousa

H&M

Barclays Bank

Incus Capital Advisors

Blackstone Group

BNP Paribas Real Estate

Promiris

Mornington Capital

MEAG

WP Carey

Solyd

Oaktree

Invesco Real Estate

Principal Real Estate

Banco BTG Pactual

Logicor Group

Davidson Kempner

Commerz Real Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Minor Hotels on the disposal of the hotels Tivoli Vilamoura Marinotel and Tivoli Carvoeiro by means of a share deal worth over  €148m.
  • Advising Universidade Nova de Lisboa on the Innovation District project which aims to create a new global and sustainable city in Almada.
  • Advising Cerberus European Investments on the acquisition of a portfolio of real estate assets located in Lisbon from Fidelidade – Companhia de Seguros.

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho fields a highly skilled real estate team with extensive M&A experience. The team has been consistently involved in some of the country’s most high-profile matters, advising on several complex and sophisticated corporate real estate developments and deals, restructurings and financings. International investors, developers, asset managers and financial institutions, notably German, British, American, French and Dutch clients, trust in the firm’s expertise, which is drawn from its cross-team collaboration to cover a broad range of matters, including development, planning, licensing, financing, drafting, negotiation and regulatory issues. Duarte Garin, Rita Xavier de Brito and Francisco da Cunha Ferreira jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Duarte Garin; Rita Xavier de Brito; Francisco da Cunha Ferreira

Other key lawyers:

Gonçalo Reino Pires; Alexandre Pedral Sampaio; Pedro Teixeira de Sousa

Testimonials

‘Great network, experience in doing similar deals in the past and vision to structure deals in the most efficient way.’

‘From day 1 I have been impressed with the level of knowledge and experience of everyone who has been involved in the extremely complex land purchase we have been undertaking. They have guided us through a vast amount of interdependent and sometimes conflicting legacy issues effecting the site, clearly and with concise advice at each stage. All departments involved (real estate, planning and tax) have worked together seamlessly, giving frank and considered advice. That this has always been so clearly conveyed in English is also impressive.’

‘Rita Xavier de Brito has led the team and has always been on top of the detail. Her experience, tireless tenacity and relationships have meant that we have avoided a number of potential landmines and enabled the successful negotiation of favourable terms. Pedro Teixeira de Sousa, who has worked on this with her has also always picked up on all the detail.’

‘Extraordinary technical and commercial skills.’

‘Closeness to client, proactivity. Exceptional technical, commercial and personal skills.’

Key clients

Tikehau

Nuveen

Bain Capital

Goldman Sachs

Azora

Ponte Gadea

Multi Development Corporation

Explorer Investments

Rivercrown

M7

Tishman Speyer

Work highlights

  • Advised Tishman Speyer on its first investment in Portugal, the acquisition of WPP offices in Lisbon.
  • Advised Rivercrown on the sale of a real estate fund which holds seven core and core-plus assets as well as one site.
  • Advised Kildare Partners and Curzon Advisers Limited on the sale of the office portfolio “Lagoas Park”.

VdA

Real estate development is a key focus for VdA‘s team, which has a strong track record in the market and a sizeable team with extensive experience in the investment process. The team provides a full-service offering outside of development work, and is experienced in real estate transactions and financing for medium and long-term projects across the project lifecycle. Pedro Ferreirinha leads the team, and is praised by clients and peers for his leadership. His experience covers the gamut of real estate matters, both in Portugal and Angola. Miguel Marques dos Santos is an urban planning and real estate expert and supports the practice. Pedro Pereira Coutinho and recently promoted partner Pedro Corrêa d’Oliveira are also highly praised by clients for their expertise in this field.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Ferreirinha

Other key lawyers:

Miguel Marques dos Santos; Pedro Pereira Coutinho; Pedro Corrêa de Oliveira; Lisa Ventura Lopes

Testimonials

‘The team is available and listens to the clients. They offer their help and expertise, and are business oriented.’

‘Their expertise, availability, negotiations skills, capacity to summarize and focus on the details are important.’

‘VdA is my company’s go-to firm in Portugal. The firm is very proactive and knowledgeable in the Portuguese real estate domain. They have always been very responsive and precise and concise in their legal advice which has been very helpful to enable my company to expand its real estate portfolio in Portugal.’

‘Pedro Pereira Coutinho is a trusted advisor and has been advising our company for over 10 years. He is very knowledgeable in the real estate domain and very proactive and solution minded. He is very available and has ben a great asset to enabling our company to expand in Portugal.’

‘Best in class in Portugal in terms of real estate.’

‘Miguel Marques dos Santos is our lawyer of reference for complex issues. He is an excellent advisor with an integrated business vision and in-depth knowledge of the market and its main players. Pedro Correia de Oliveira has deep technical knowledge combined with an enormous capacity to work and coordinate complex processes. Pedro Pereira Coutinho is very creative, with relevant negotiating skills and a lot of proactivity.’

‘One of the leading Portuguese law firms with an extensive and multidisciplinary team.’

‘Pedro Pereira Coutinho – Technical knowledge and empathy. Lisa Ventura Lopes – Great professionalism and great work capacity.’

Key clients

Vanguard Properties

Ageas Portugal

Norfin

MAKRO – CASH & CARRY PORTUGAL, S.A.

Groupe Castel

Discovery Land Company

EMGI – Investment Group, Unipessoal, Lda.

Prowinko

Avenue

Linklaters

Real estate M&A expert Diogo Plantier Santos leads Linklaters' real estate and construction practice, which advises on some of the market’s most novel and increasingly complex real estate transactions. Sellers, purchasers and financiers come to the team for its expertise in disposals, acquisitions, financing, planning and project development, as well as asset management matters. Clients can also benefit from the firm’s global reach, with practitioners adept in multi-jurisdictional investment programmes and related matters, such as tax. Managing associate Evo Fernandes is a key figure in the team, with particular experience in mortgage-backed loan portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Plantier Santos

Other key lawyers:

Evo Fernandes

Testimonials

‘Monitoring by the office has been constant, effectively following changes in the legislative framework and being able to deliver effective and quality responses to successive issues arising from the changes.’

‘I’d highlight Diogo Plantier Santos for his demonstrated capacity, resilience and excellence in the work produced.’

Key clients

Cerberus Global Investments

Värde Partners Europe Limited

Novo Banco, S.A.

Oitante, S.A.

ECS Capital

The Cobble Capital

Luz Saúde

Hanwha Global Asset Corp

Pontos Oy

Work highlights

  • Advised Hanwha on the divestment of its operational solar photovoltaic plants in Portugal to Finerge Estrela.
  • Advised Pontos Oy, a Finnish family office with a diverse portfolio of real estate investments across Europe, in connection with a real estate financing for the development of a hospitality project in the south of Portugal.
  • Advised Cerberus on the acquisition of a portfolio of REOs located in Portugal and a portfolio of NPLs from Novo Banco.

pbbr - Sociedade de Advogados RL

pbbr – Sociedade de Advogados RL‘s real estate practice advises international and Portuguese investors, developers, financial institutions and construction companies looking to invest in Portugal across the offices, commercial, residential, logistics and tourism sectors. The team specialises in real estate project structuring, from acquisition, development and construction to commercialisation and sale. Investment structuring, asset and property management, contract construction and licensing are also areas in which the team excels. Pedro Pinto leads the practice, drawing on over 26 years of experience. Teresa Freire is also a key member of the team, and is well versed in the tax implications of real estate transactions and development.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Pinto

Other key lawyers:

Teresa Freire; Tânia Ferreira Osório; Isabel Brazão de Castro; Catarina Rosa

Testimonials

‘PBBR’s team has solid knowledge in the field of real estate and construction, finding solutions where others only emphasize problems. Their constructive and focused attitude generates empathy at all levels, opening the door to solutions where others would want to generate conflicts.’

‘Boutique law firm with excellent technical knowledge and client-focused.’

‘Pedro Pinto – Great technical knowledge, professionalism and empathy.’

‘Catarina Rosa – Professionalism, rigor.’

‘I would highlight the availability of main partners and quality of other colleagues in the firm.’

‘Proximity, availability and flexibility in contact and in the way to accommodate our response and timing needs, without loss of quality and technical rigor. Fees and invoicing are adaptable to our requests and particularities of our projects.’

‘Collaboration and availability. Excellent customer communication. It is a cohesive team concerned with the client, timings and less complicated.’

‘Pedro Pinto is the best !!!’

Key clients

Signal Capital Partners LLP

Nexity

Stone Capital

Sonae Sierra

Avenue

Aermont

Perella Weinberg

Bouygues Immobilier

Cushman & Wakefield

ECS Capital

Gold Tree

RE Capital

GMG – Geneva Management Group

Groupe Térresens

Keys Asset Management

BPrime

Prime Portugal

Rockstone

Kiabi Group

Serris Reim

Puratos Portugal

Benchimmo

Acacia Point

MDSR Investments

Bastidor Group

Europe Hotels Private Collection

Atenor

AnaHome Group

Group Atrium

Work highlights

  • Assisted Signal Capital Partners in the disposal to the US Group Jamestown of JQOne, and in the disposal to the US Fund Sixth Street and Acacia Point of a portfolio of 15 buildings.
  • Assisted Avenue Real Estate, acting on behalf of Neptune Grafton Funds, in an acquisition of several plots of land for the development of a significant multi-use project in the centre of Lisbon.
  • Assisted Nexity Group in the acquisition of 15 plots of land in the Alta de Lisboa Urban Development area to the development company controlled by Macau investors.

Sofia Galvao Advogados

Boutique firm Sofia Galvao Advogados offers an integrated real estate and planning practice and is a go-to for major real estate and planning transactions. Institutional investors looking to develop in Portugal are part of the team's client portfolio. Name and founding partner Sofia Galvão leads the practice and receives strong praise from clients. Hugo Nunes is also a founding partner and co-leads the team, and is a real estate, planning and litigation expert.

Practice head(s):

Sofia Galvão; Hugo Nunes

Testimonials

This office is dedicated to urban planning and real estate, which is why it is very specialized. The quality of the service is fantastic, they really surprise you with innovative ideas and successful strategies. What stands out is thinking outside the box, and understanding the other party’s problems.’

‘Very happy with Hugo Nunes.’

‘Our relationship with  Hugo Nunes has led us to resort to the firm’s services on numerous occasions and, in the same way, we have had the opportunity to work on other projects, as indicated by him. The experience has always been successful, with several licensing processes approved, in sometimes complex processes. Its availability and technical quality have been of great value and appreciated by customers as well.’

‘Sofia Galvão and Hugo Nunes are always available and with a huge level of knowledge. Good relations with local and central administration. They understand how to bring the matter to fruition.’

‘One of the best, with an experience that goes far beyond what is common, this experience allows them to have a privileged view of the entire process. From the smallest detail to the decisive look!’

Key clients

Discovery Land Company

Coporgest

Jackyl

El Corte Inglès

Auchan Portugal Hipermercados

Avdinco Porto

Bravo Investments

Level Constellation

Groupe Jean Turon

Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Bedrock Capital

Gulbenkian Foundation

Work highlights

  • Assisting DLC in the acquisition and development of a prime-location allotment near Lisbon for the installation of a residential and touristic complex.
  • Advising UNL on its envisaged expansion of the main Campolide Campus.

DLA Piper ABBC

DLA Piper ABBC covers a wide range of work through its real estate and construction team. With both a transactional practice and a commitment to ongoing advice and due diligence for its clients, the team advises many foreign investors with assets or investments in Portugal. Luis Filipe Carvalho heads the practice here, and is particularly adept in cross-border advice pertaining to Angolan investments. Senior associate Paulo Anjo supports the practice, focusing on daily support for clients concerning real estate asset management and investments.

Practice head(s):

Luís Filipe Carvalho

Other key lawyers:

Paulo Anjo

Testimonials

‘Availability and concern for satisfying clients’ needs. The person I distinguish is the partner Luis Filipe Carvalho.’

‘DLA Piper is very well prepared in terms of distance contact, using different tools to keep in touch with clients.’

Key clients

EDP Real Estate

Vector Mais

Corum Asset Management

Volkswagen Autoeuropa

Brifina

AEV

Estoril Capital Partners

Pinhol

Caixa de Previdência Benguela

Lufthansa Group

Work highlights

  • Advised BorgWarner Portugal on the purchase of property for the construction of a new factory in Portugal for electric car components.
  • Assisted and represented Maya Capital in the negotiation and conclusion of the purchase of a vast portfolio of buildings located in prime areas of Lisbon for future real estate development.
  • Assisting UBER in the expansion of the Lisbon office.

Eversheds Sutherland FCB

Eversheds Sutherland FCB‘s real estate offering covers a broad range of real estate transactions, with extensive expertise in the tourism and agricultural sectors. Development projects also form part of the team’s expertise, including leasing and licensing. The team is jointly led by Rodrigo Almeida Dias, Miguel Lorena Brito and Miguel Castelo Branco. The three have strengths in advising foreign developers, tourism real estate sale and purchases, and urban planning and construction, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Castelo Branco; Miguel Lorena Brito; Rodrigo Almeida Dias

Key clients

Generali

Apple

Kering Group

Sonagi Imobiliária

Frasers Group

Sports Direct

Gefco

TNT/FedEx

Promociones Habitat

Regus

IWC Group

Urbansymbiosis

Route One Investment Company

Jordan Park Group

Kew Capital

Hyperion Renewables

Bekinsa

Saint-Léger – Hotel das Amoreiras

Work highlights

  • Advising Generali Group on the sale of a landmark office building located in CBD, Lisbon.
  • Advising Apple on the lease of its new offices in Portugal.
  • Advising Sonagi in the due diligence, acquisition and leaseback agreement of eleven units in a 13-floor office building in the city centre of Lisbon.

RRP Advogados

RRP Advogados' real estate practice fields experienced practitioners with solid real estate and construction expertise. Of particular note is its ability to assist first-time investors in Portugal. The team is adept at advising and handling all stages of real estate development for both domestic and international players. Ricardo Reigada Pereira leads the practice and is knowledgeable in both real estate and tax, and senior associates José Henriques and Hélder Santos Correia also support the team.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Reigada Pereira

Other key lawyers:

José Henriques; Hélder Santos Correia

Testimonials

‘Excellent at solving the issues presented and with a fantastic ability to communicate.’

‘Competence, Pragmatism, problem solving guidance, mastery of themes and processes.’

Key clients

AEW Europe City Retail Fund

AM alpha Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft

Casais

Catalyst Capital

Groupe Legendre

KCI

Krest Real Estate Investment

Medical Properties Trust

Mitiska REIM

Natixis

Sogevinus

Suitable Universe

Work highlights

  • Advising AM Alpha on the acquisition of a Portuguese office portfolio known as Beatles from an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management.
  • Assisting Catalyst Capital on the acquisition of the former Hotel Diplomatico in Lisbon in the context of a build-to-suit transaction.
  • Assisting Krest Real Estate Investment in pre-letting 10,000sqm of K-Tower – a state of the art office building under construction in Parque das Nações in Lisbon – to Critical TechWorks.

SRS Advogados

SRS Advogados' multidisciplinary real estate department draws from the firm’s wider expertise to assist clients in a range of tax, investment, financing, litigation and urban planning matters. Neuza Pereira De Campos coordinates the real estate practice, which has a focus on international clients. The team also offers a hotel, leisure and tourism service to clients in response to the uptick in mandates related to these areas following the pandemic, as well as a Golden Visa service, following changes there too.

Practice head(s):

Neuza Pereira de Campos; William Smithson

Other key lawyers:

José Pinto dos Santos

Testimonials

‘Solid team, deeply knowledgeable of the subjects and with high negotiation skills. Excellent organization of information for customer decision making.’

‘The partner Neuza Pereira de Campos stands out for her permanent availability, quick understanding of the goals to be achieved and ability to identify solutions. José Pinto dos Santos is absolutely methodical in explaining the information for decision.’

‘Trust, experience and professionalism across all areas, and the ability to provide a quick and integrated response to any topic.’

‘They are a good team, with special emphasis on Neuza Pereira de Campos.’

‘Neuza Pereira de Campos is very focused and efficient with a great ability to uncomplicate.’

Key clients

M7 Real Estate

DEREIF SICAV-FIS

ECS

Level Constelation

Grupo Amorim Luxury

Mindopportunity

sGOIC – BANCO CARREGOSA

Sgal

Grupo José Guilherme

Work highlights

  • Advising M7 Real Estate on the acquisition of real estate, including retail parks, office buildings, warehouses and industrial parks.
  • Assisting on the sale of hotels under construction.

Sérvulo & Associados

Popular among real estate companies and major investment funds, the multidisciplinary real estate and construction team at Sérvulo & Associados covers a wide range of real estate, tourism and urban planning matters. Able to deal with all aspects of a transaction from acquisition, the transactional offering also covers funding contracts, sales and leasebacks, forward purchasing and turnkey services. Manuel Magalhães is trusted by several major investment funds and leads the practice. The team also includes Sofia Thibaut Trocado, who has extensive expertise advising on real estate financing. Carla Parreira Leandro and Joana Pinto Monteiro are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Magalhães

Other key lawyers:

Sofia Thibaut Trocado; Carla Parreira Leandro; Joana Pinto Monteiro

Testimonials

‘I have dealt with legal firms in many countries but have never seen as much efficiency as with SERVULO. What is stunning is how quick and efficiently everything is done.’

‘Experienced Real Estate Team.’

‘I would highlight Carla Leandro.’

‘S&A has always demonstrated a spirit and collaborative attitude that in my opinion is distinctive. Additionally, the availability is always present and a complete knowledge of the problems, consistently proposing adequate solutions.’

‘Dr. Sofia Trocado was unsurpassed in terms of competence and openness to solve all the problems.’

Key clients

Interfundos – Sociedade Gestora de Organismos de Investimento Coletivo, S.A.

AF Portfolio Imobiliário

MULTIUSOS Oriente – Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário Fechado

Banco Comercial Português, S.A.

Millennium BCP

Libertas, S.A.

Fundo Especial de Investimento Imobiliário TDF

Travessa Fresca, Investimentos Unipessoal, Lda.

Cifial, SGPS, SA

Imosotto Acumulação – Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário Fechado

Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário Fechado Imopromoção

Work highlights

  • Assisted Cifial in a complex operation concerning to two factories.
  • Assisted Imosotto in the sale of the headquarters of the Municipality of Seixal.
  • Assisted a fund in the sale of a property located in Várzea, Sintra, for touristic/senior residence purposes to an Angolan group.

Albuquerque & Almeida

The real estate practitioners at Albuquerque & Almeida advise multinationals with operations in Portugal, particularly in the boutique hotel and touristic resorts areas. Outside of this, the team also advises on a variety of other real estate sub-segments, including residential and retail projects. Real estate and urban development specialist Rita Delgado and foreign investment specialist Simão Mira are names to note.

Practice head(s):

Rita Delgado; Simão Mira

Testimonials

‘The negotiation qualities of Rita Delgado and Simao Mira are outstanding. We can highlight their precise preliminary skills of strategy, and at the same time they’ve shown great flexibility in stressful game-changing circumstances. As well, we are satisfied with the legal routine and daily tasks.’

Key clients

HABITAT

MONTE BARRADA

IMOGÁVEA

SOLAR DAS NECESSIDADES

ALENTO HOTEL, Lda.

ARCHIZEST – IMO, S.A.

GRUPO BROWN’S HOTEL

LAKSHMI

IRINIK

EVOLUTION AVENUE

BARCROFT

VANGUARD

NUMBER ONE

SGW

GOLDENHILL

MCM ARCHITECTURE

CCA Law Firm

CCA Law Firm's real estate and development practice handles national and international investments and transactions, as well as project development, related licensing procedures, and due diligence matters. The team is also strong in the tourism and leisure sector, with practice head Tomás Assis Teixeira making partner in 2021. Madalena Azeredo Perdigão co-leads the practice, which also offers a Golden Visa service.

Practice head(s):

Madalena Azeredo Perdigão; Tomás Assis Teixeira

Other key lawyers:

Vera Martinez

Testimonials

‘They understand my businesses and they are always available for me. They offer great solutions, the skills are very professional.’

‘I feel they are part of my team.’

‘Availability, dedication, and search for solutions.’

‘Madalena Azeredo Perdigão and Tomás Assis Teixeira have the availability and are always looking for a solution to the problem thinking about the client and the counterparty.’

‘We frequently turn to CCA, which has provided us and continues to provide legal advice on various matters. The quality and rigor of the work provided always being of the highest order level, where the needs and concerns of the client are perceived and where deadlines (often tight) that are defined are met.’

‘CCA distinguishes itself in positive terms at various levels, but mainly in terms of availability, technical knowledge, vast experience and creativity of its lawyers in solving the problems presented to it.’

‘Madalena Azeredo Perdigão has the highest level of technical knowledge and practical know-how arising from her vast experience in this area of expertise, which more than once contributed to solving problems and unblocking impasses. When participating in a conference call or meeting, we are very comfortable, knowing that the outcome in our favour is almost always guaranteed.’

Key clients

Feels like home

Imofid

Finsolutia

Global Citizen solutions

Enfinity global

Tayan Energy

Arish Capital

C&A Modas

AP Wireless

Redevco

Optylon krea

Esqina hotels

Nazaré canyon

LIMESTONE CAPITAL

EMIN CAPITAL

GUESTREADY

Accor hotels

AM48

Unbabel

Primosfera

Padaria portuguesa

Europcar

PSN

TOPSPA

GRANDE enseada

Work highlights

  • Advised Global Citizen Solutions on combined investment and immigration solutions to more than 200 individual private clients that invested both in real estate and in Portuguese investment funds.
  • Assisted in COLEP Portugal’s spin-off operation, which involved the transfer of ownership of a property to the new company.
  • Assisted IMOFID, an investment fund managed by Fidelidade, on the acquisition of a commercial real estate asset in a historical and classified building in the heart of Lisbon.

CTSU - Sociedade de Advogados, S.P., R.L., S.A.

CTSU – Sociedade de Advogados, S.P., R.L., S.A.'s real estate, tourism and construction practice is active in a range of matters, with a recent focus on planning, licensing, and selling touristic projects and rehabilitation mandates involving historic locations. Miguel Ribeiro Telles leads the practice, drawing from his commercial and business expertise. Marta Gouveia Gomes co-leads the department and has a particular focus on planning, licensing and management of tourism developments.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Ribeiro Telles; Marta Gouveia Gomes

Testimonials

‘We rely on CTSU as a trusted advisor. CTSU brings together a group of excellent professionals in the most diverse areas. They work with a total focus on the client, with the involvement of experienced partners and lawyers, great efficiency, presenting innovative solutions. The fact that CTSU is part of the Deloitte Legal network is also reflected in the office’s culture and in the way of working and delivering, with great rigor, objectivity and a focus on solutions.’

‘Miguel Ribeiro Telles is a leading lawyer in Portugal and especially in the real estate area. Experienced, solid, with in-depth knowledge of the market and its players, he brings enormous confidence and security to all the processes in which he participates.’

‘Marta Gouveia Gomes has an exceptional capacity to coordinate and follow up on matters, with enormous technical quality and in-depth knowledge of the Real Estate area. She’s an excellent lawyer and it’s amazing how she immediately creates trusting relationships.’

‘In general terms, I can say that in all areas where we have used CTSU services, we have found professional teams, thinking about issues and proposing very valid alternatives to what we might initially have in mind. The availability of people at any time and the response time are the big difference.’

‘The team’s main capabilities are related to the diversity in the offer of legal services and the quality of response capacity of the various teams. Quality is always present in the work that is delivered, namely in the areas where I have resorted more to the office – real estate and tax controversy. The contacts in these areas have been Miguel Ribeiro Telles and, more recently, Marta Gouveia Gomes.’

‘Miguel Ribeiro Telles has great availability, technical knowledge and prompt responses.’

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Sofia Rodrigues Nunes and José Manuel Silva Nunes lead the real estate practice at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo, which offers clients day-to-day advice on their real estate portfolios and assets, covering corporate, due diligence and compliance matters. The team has wide experience across the hotels, resorts, leisure centres, retail and shopping centres sub-sectors.

Practice head(s):

José Manuel Silva Nunes; Sofia Rodrigues Nunes

Other key lawyers:

Francisca Caeiro Bastos

Testimonials

‘A lot of technical competence, great ability to follow up on matters and solve problems. Outstanding availability and theme resolution capability.’

‘José Manuel Silva Nunes is outstanding. Francisca Caeiro Bastos also shows great attention to problems and availability.’

‘Excellent professionals, great expertise, absolutely reliable.’

‘José Manuel Silva Nunes: provides an excellent assessment, structured and detailed analysis, anticipating the counterpart’s actions & thoughts. Absolutely reliable. Excellent knowledge.’

‘I would highlight the diversity of themes it covers and the experience and availability of its elements.’

Key clients

Anidaport

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria

Kronos Investment Group

ECS Capital, S.A.

Treasure Scale Lda.

Catalunya Caixa Immobiliaria, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised BBVA on the sale of a touristic development located in Algarve.
  • Advised Kronos Investment Group regarding several real estate acquisitions.
  • Advised ECS Capital on the regularisation of a touristic development, in connection with the insolvency of the operating entity.

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

PRA-Raposo, Sá Miranda & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados RL's real estate practice has broad coverage across the country, offering clients a comprehensive service across real estate transactions, developments, investments, litigation and property licensing matters. The practice is co-led by Catarina Costa Lopes, who is trusted by clients in contentious matters, and new arrival Clélia Brás, who has over 17 years of experience and led her own firm prior to joining.

Practice head(s):

Clélia Brás; Catarina Costa Lopes

Key clients

Novimovest – Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário

Destino Final – Imobiliária, Lda.

Fundo de Pensões do Banco Santander Totta

Paradise Pyramid – Lda.

Sígnia – Gestão Imobiliária, S.A.

Encosta da Parede – Projectos Imobiliários e Turísticos, S.A.

Turismo Sintra Litoral, S.A.

Marec Imob .

Lusimovest – Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário

Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário Fundimo

Sport Iberica – Sociedade de Artigos de Desporto, S.A

Diocese do Porto

Ecclesialis – Gestão Diocesana Unipessoal, Lda.

Sonae Capital, SGPS, SA

IMMOPO – Gestão de Projetos Imobiliários, Unipessoal, Lda

MDS – Corretor de Seguros, S.A.

Cordeiro & Viveiros, Lda

Work highlights

  • Assisted Novimovest, a real estate fund managed by banking giant Santander, with the construction and licensing of a major retail park in the Greater Porto metropolitan area.
  • Advising Paradise Pyramid on the full range of legal matters arising from the purchase of a €9.5m property in Lisbon with the view of its rehabilitation/renovation and subsequent sale as individual units.
  • Assisting real estate company and developer Encosta da Parede with the development of a resort comprising a hotel and several apartments in Cascais.

Raposo Bernardo

Raposo Bernardo‘s real estate team advises and supports key real estate brokers in the region and investment funds on their real estate portfolios and assets. Transactions in the office, industrial and residential segments, including office and hotel acquisitions and sales, feature in the team’s recent workload. Manuel Esteves De Albuquerque leads the practice and has over 25 years of experience in the coordination and development of international business projects in the manufacturing and logistics sectors.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Esteves De Albuquerque

Testimonials

‘The lawyers we work with at Raposo Bernardo have a professional sense and mission that is completely different from the Portuguese market. They are focused on the legal implications that our business has to deal with on a daily basis, and are the right team to plan, analyse and implement dense legal solutions that require advanced legal expertise, innovative means available through collaborative platform.’

‘They interact with us in real time and facilitate our informed decision-making, all properly contextualized within the scope of our company and the way in which we are organized. It is this fundamental difference that makes them unique and irreplaceable.’

‘The Real Estate and Construction department is headed by Manuel Esteves de Albuquerque, who has been a soul mate for all of our real estate projects over the past few years. If anyone understands a real estate construction project from A to Z, it is  Manuel, because of his experience in this area and because he speaks the same language as our industry. He has a capacity for work and a rare availability to find, an ability to solve problems that impresses, combining this with an enormous facility in coordinating associates that certainly make his life easier due to the qualities they also have.’

‘We are very satisfied with the service provided by Raposo Bernardo, it has an extraordinary level and unique characteristics. Among many other qualities, this office excels in having a deep understanding of our business, our culture and our ambition. We know that they work tirelessly to satisfy our interests and the results achieved speak for themselves.’

The Real Estate and Construction team has vast knowledge in all types of real estate transactions, national and international, licensing, financing methods, real estate structures, etc., which has helped us to mitigate risks, as well as identify opportunities. They are a very well coordinated team, very available to provide advice in everything we need.’

‘They are extremely motivated and with that they also motivate our team in moments of greatest pressure in a real estate transaction. For all this set of qualities, Raposo Bernardo’s performance has been remarkable and they have built a very solid reputation. They exceeded all our expectations, always excelling in everything they do.’

‘Manuel Esteves de Albuquerque embodies the lawyer who reflects the spirit and culture of the real estate and construction team that he leads very efficiently, achieving excellent results for our transactions and projects. He adds a lot of security, always new perspectives to overcome some normal difficulties in projects, with all his vast experience and ability to generate consensus and find solutions. He is one of my favourite lawyers.’

Work highlights

  • Supporting a client in the purchase of a hotel and adjacent land.
  • Advising a client on a residential and office building project.
  • Advising a company on the negotiation and execution of purchase and sale forms, among other matters.