TMT in Portugal
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados possesses telecoms and media, data protection and gaming expertise. Key client Nos - as opposing third party - received advice on competition, regulatory and public law issues regarding the proposed acquisition of Media Capital by Altice. The matter was led by managing associate Gonçalo Machado Borges, who is noted for his ‘highly professional skills’ and ‘fast, personalised attention’. Other team members include IT and data protection expert Tiago Félix da Costa, João Alfredo Afonso, who has a focus on IT, media, e-commerce and data protection, and data protection specialist Helena Tapp Barroso.
With a focus on telecoms and technology matters, SRS Advogados counts NOS among its key clients, which it continued to represent against MEO/PT regarding statutory fines and number portability, as well as in cases against telecoms authority Anacom challenging regulatory charges. Another key client is BT, which received assistance with several regulatory matters. Octávio Castelo Paulo and Dr Luís Neto Galvão are the names to note.
VDA's team includes telecoms expert Margarida Couto, Fernando Resina da Silva, who handles IT and emerging technologies matters, and Magda Cocco, who has a focus on privacy, data protection and cybersecurity. It advised Altice subsidiary Meo on the sale of equity stakes in its telecoms tower businesses, and assisted the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education and the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology with drafting an innovative law for a national space strategy, including R&D and access to space by the private sector. The team also handles a variety of TMT matters in other Portuguese-speaking countries.
TMT is one of the core practice areas at CCA Law Firm, which has a focus on media-related cases; recent work includes data protection and online gambling matters. The team leaves clients with the ‘outstanding feeling that support is provided with solid knowledge, confidence and in a timely manner’. Clients include Google, Vodafone, Havas Group, Cofina, Pokerstars and SBTech. Filipe Mayer leads the team.
PLMJ acts for an enviable list of IT and media-sector clients, having handled data protection, regulatory, distribution, and governance and administrative disputes. Daniel Reis joined DLA Piper ABBC in 2020.
Anselmo Vaz, Afra & Associados - Sociedade de Advogados, R.L
Ana Rita Paínho heads the team at Anselmo Vaz, Afra & Associados - Sociedade de Advogados, R.L, which has niche expertise in advertising and publicity. The firm merged with Sérvulo & Associados in May 2019.
APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. was particularly busy with media, IT and GDPR work. João Alves Pereira and Belén Granados are the practice co-heads.
Alongside its established focus on data protection, DLA Piper ABBC advised Fujifilm on IT and e-commerce, another area of expertise for the team, Whirlpool on marketing and advertising, and Tesla on direct and online sales, software and technology. João Costa Quinta heads the practice. Daniel Reis was a new arrival from PLMJ in 2020.
Coelho Ribeiro e Associados
Cuatrecasas suffered a blow with the departure of Leonor Chastre in May 2018 to pursue other engagements, and of Ricardo Bordalo Junqueiro in February 2018 to VDA, where he focuses on EU and competition matters. ‘Flexible and efficient’ senior associate Sónia Queiróz Vaz now heads the practice, supported by ‘pragmatic and proactive’ principal associate Ana Costa Teixeira. Data protection work for clients such as BMW, Samsung and Primark has been a recent focus area for the team.
Raposo Bernardo's ‘proactive’ and ‘dynamic’ team covers the full range of TMT matters. It provided legal advice to NOS in relation to its consultancy projects, and to CV Telecom on the legislative framework for digital television transmission. Associate and practice head Sónia das Neves Serafim is ‘very practical and focused on results’.