TMT in Portugal
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados fields a TMT team made up of practitioners across its public law, competition law, litigation and corporate groups, all of whom have strong experience advising TMT-sector clients. Gonçalo Machado Borges heads the telecoms and media team and has notable strength in telecoms-related competition and antitrust issues. The office also has a dedicated unit for the gaming sector, led by João Alfredo Afonso. Nuno Peres Alves 'presents clients with original and creative solutions' and is an expert in regulatory litigation in the telecoms sector. Leading domestic communications company NOS is a key client, instructing the team on numerous matters in 2020.
Gonçalo Machado Borges
Other key lawyers:
Nuno Peres Alves; João Alfredo Afonso
‘The TMT team of Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles and Soares da Silva has enormous accumulated experience in the field of legal advice in the area of electronic communications, covering the various components in which it unfolds, with particular focus on the issues of market access, market analysis and imposition of ex ante regulatory obligations. The articulation of sectoral regulation with competition law is also a strong point in the work of the TMT team, in which partners Gonçalo Machado Borges and Nuno Peres Alves stand out.’
‘Gonçalo Machado Borges stands out for combining a capacity for anticipating and resolving issues that are not normally identified, which represents an enormous added value for clients.’
‘Nuno Peres Alves, in addition to an in-depth knowledge of the market and its legal framework, presents clients with original and creative solutions for solving complex problems, standing out as one of the main lawyers in the area of litigation in the regulation of the TMT sector.’
‘The Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados TMT team has a great understanding of the telecommunications business and has been with us through all major cases and dossiers over the last years. It brings together integrated expertise in regulatory as well as transactional and antitrust matters, and their legal advice has been essential for many decisions.’
‘I greatly enjoy working with Gonçalo Borges because, apart from his total dedication to the customer, he has a thorough understanding of how corporations function and is focused on the big issues at stake and on finding pragmatic solutions, avoiding unnecessary legal speak, thus saving time and money.’
‘Gonçalo Machado Borges has extensive experience in regulatory, competition and litigation issues with Anacom and judicial challenges against individual decisions and regulations. Excellent procedural strategy.’
‘High knowledge and simplicity in the treatment of subjects.’
- Advising NOS in an ongoing antitrust investigation by the Portuguese Competition Authority into alleged anti-competitive practices concerning digital (search engine) marketing.
- Acted for NOS on the sale of its subsidiary NOS Towering (approximately 2,000 towering sites) to the Cellnex group.
- Representing T-Systems ITC Iberia in a misdemeanour procedure by Anacom in which T-Systems has been accused of allegedly breaching a legal duty to provide turnover information.
VdA's information, communication and technology group has a breadth of expertise that ensures a steady flow of work from clients in the aerospace, aviation, postal and emerging technologies sectors, alongside the more traditional sectors of TMT. Three partners oversee the department's work: Margarida Couto is an expert in public procurement and has handled first-of-their-kind transactions in the telecoms sector; Fernando Resina da Silva is the key contact for technology matters; and Magda Cocco is a noted name in the country's aerospace sector, drafting legislation in that area. Lusophone Africa is an important focus for the practice, with a number of important recent projects in Cape Verde, Mozambique, Angola and São Tomé and Principe. Tiago Bessa was promoted to partner in 2021.
Margarida Couto; Fernando Resina da Silva; Magda Cocco
Other key lawyers:
Marília Frias; Isabel Ornelas; Tiago Bessa
ITU (International Telecommunication Union)
ARCTEL-CPLP (Associação de Reguladores de Comunicações e Telecomunicações da Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa)
MEO – Serviços de Comunicações e Multimédia
A4Ai – Alliance for Affordable Internet | World Wide Web Foundation
CTT – Correios de Portugal
Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education
Thales Alenia Space
DSPA – Data Science Portuguese Association
- Represented MEO in a judicial claim concerning ANACOM’s decision towards the reduction of the prices that MEO can apply to DTT services.
- Assisting CCT on its concession agreement (including pros/cons of application to the upcoming public tender for new universal postal service provider selection), and other matters.
- Advised Cellnex Telecom on the purchase of OmTel, the first independent tower company in Portugal, through the acquisition of 25% equity in PT Portugal SGPS and 75% equity in Belmont Infra Investments.
A range of prestigious multinational clients including Coca Cola and Visa instruct the TMT department at Abreu Advogados, which comes under the banner of its IP practice. Ricardo Henriques heads the team; his 'in-depth knowledge of regulatory matters' in TMT stands out. He is also noted for data protection work, with several of his recent instructions involving the implementation of GDPR regulations. Manuel Durães Rocha focuses on disputes relating to patent and Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC) validity and trade mark rights. Martim Menezes joined the firm in January 2020.
Other key lawyers:
Manuel Durães Rocha; Martim Menezes
‘Abreu has always shown to be an excellent resource for our clients when dealing with matters in Portugal. They have top knowledge of Portuguese law and proficient lawyers. Abreu has been our reference law firm in the country for years.’
‘Ricardo Henriques is an excellent lawyer; very easy to deal with and always ready to have a phone call. His fluency in Spanish is a must when meetings with Spanish clients is needed, something that always strengthens relations. Ricardo has a very good knowledge of the Portuguese daily practice and is very clear when giving advice about the best strategy.’
‘Service very aligned with market trends and knowledge. Speed in the ability to analyze and handle clarifications. It is also important to count on the synergies of this multiservice department.’
‘Ricardo Henriques has in-depth knowledge of regulatory matters and main interests in the scope of software analysis and development contracts. Moreover, a unique capacity for analysis and ease of relationship with the customer. Hugo Teixeira, being a corporate lawyer, demonstrates very good and integrated knowledge in the corporate aspect of these issues, bridging the digital world with corporate realities.’
‘The team of Abreu Advogados works extremely efficiently and supports us with very high expertise in IT law and GDPR law matters.’
‘Ricardo Henriques is one of the project members with the highest reputation and his input and work was (and still is) very helpful to bring the project to a success.’
‘They’re experts. We rely on them and trust them.’
Google / YouTube
Free now / mytaxi
EDGE Network Services Limited
- Assisting Colt on several matters including: data protection advice; regulatory advice and representation before the regulatory authority.
- Advising Coca-Cola on a significant number of promotions and sweepstakes, reviewing and preparing not only the terms and conditions of promotions, but also assisting in reviewing advertising materials, and other matters.
- Advising Iridium on telecoms regulatory matters, including not only regular annual filings with the regulator (ANACOM), but also assisting in obtaining new licenses, as well as assistance with defence in non compliance procedures.
Work in the media sector is a standout strength for CCA Law Firm's TMT team, with a particular focus on contentious matters. 'Excellent lawyer' and 'very solid litigator', Martim Bouza Serrano's practice is dedicated to civil and criminal litigation in the industry, as well as in matters related to data privacy. Co-leading the practice is Filipe Mayer, who has recently expanded his longstanding TMT work into the entertainment sector, with a focus on online gambling and eSport. Alcina de Oliveira Alves is a key associate, focused on the gambling sector and developing strong experience for clients including Pokerstars.
Martim Bouza Serrano; Filipe Mayer
Other key lawyers:
Alcina de Oliveira Alves
‘CCA Law Firm is extremely responsive in communications and more efficient and quicker than other firms, as well as capable of facing a heavy workload without losing quality. This is very valuable, as we face tight deadlines and fast moving situations. We love their practical approach to legal issues, always finding an efficient way to solve problems while optimizing time and resources. They have shown a creative point of view for all cases and provided original solutions that most of the time ended with a successful result for us in Portugal.’
‘Domingos Cruz counts not only with a deep knowledge of Portuguese policy atmosphere and law (both in litigation and non-contentious matters) but also an extraordinary understanding of any kind of legal issues related to TMT, privacy, copyrights, entertainment or competition law.’
‘Martim Bouza Serrano is a very solid litigator, with extensive experience in privacy, data protection or intermediary liability. He represented us in several successful proceedings before courts and regulators.’
‘Small, dedicated and highly industry focused team.’
‘It is a law firm that stands out for its in-depth knowledge of its clients’ business.’
‘Martim Bouza Serrano is an excellent lawyer, knowledgeable about the market and the business of his clients, always with a pragmatic approach to our issues.’
‘Filipe Mayer and Alcina de Oliveira Alves – I can’t express enough how much they are valuable to our work in Portugal.’
‘Their professionalism. Their knowledge of the local market, its laws and regulations and their constant ability to be one step ahead of the curve, always taking care of us, the customer.’
Procter & Gamble
- Represented Google in a right to be forgotten case.
- Advised Procter & Gamble on a case of misleading advertising against GlaxoSmithKline.
- Acted for Neogames on a tender and software acquisition to Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa.
New client Zoom looked to SRS Advogados in 2020 for its expertise on regulatory matters in the telecoms sector, instructing the team on its application procedure to be registered as an electronic communications provider in Portugal. IT legal and contractual matters are also a strength for the practice, which is headed jointly by Octávio Castelo Paulo and Luís Neto Galvão. Both are praised for their telecoms regulatory expertise, with Paulo also strong on corporate law and Galvão on data protection. Lusophone African jurisdictions are a target for the firm, with Cape Verde telecoms regulator Arme being a recent new client.
Octávio Castelo Paulo; Luís Neto Galvão
‘They are really knowledgeable in telecoms regulation, data protection and corporate law.’
‘Octavio Castello for telecoms regulation and corporate law and Luis Neto Galvao for telecoms regulation and data protection. They are both state of the art.’
‘Very active law firm, in constant growth, covering more and more areas of law. In the areas of TMT, there are two lawyers of great category: Octávio Castelo Paulo and Luís Neto Galvão.’
‘I would highlight, in TMT, Octávio Castelo Paulo and Luís Neto Galvão.’
BT Portugal -Telecomunicações Unipessoal Lda.
SAS Apostas Sociais, Jogos e Apostas Online, S.A. (Group Misericórdia de Lisboa)
ZOOM Voice Communications Inc.
EID – Empresa de Investigação e Desenvolvimento de Electrónica, S.A.
- Successfully represented NOS in an appeal brought by MEO against a decision acquitting NOS from the payment of an indemnity totalling €27m requested by MEO.
- Advised Cellnex Telecom on its acquisition of the towering business of MEO (around 3,000 sites, totalling €800m).
- Acted for SAS in the negotiation and execution of its IT outsourcing agreements, in particular the agreement with Playtech, a multinational provider of online gambling platforms.
DLA Piper ABBC's TMT practice is instructed by a prestigious client base of predominantly international companies across a breadth of sectors and sub-sectors. Practice head Daniel Reis is an expert in the technology sector, with a particular focus on software licensing and IT services, cybersecurity and data protection, with the latter providing a number of instructions this year related to GDPR. Head of IP João Costa Quinta and senior associate Margarida Leitão Nogueira are key contacts.
Other key lawyers:
João Costa Quinta; Margarida Leitão Nogueira
‘Daniel Reis has a deep understanding of the tech sector and current developments. He’s a highly trusted advisor both to the legal team and to the business clients, and always a good discussion partner on a range of topics.’
‘I believe that partner Daniel Reis is the biggest reference in personal data in Portugal.’
‘I work only with Daniel Reis, whom I have known for many years. I highlight his work as knowledgeable, pragmatic and efficient.’
Axalta coating systems
Hard Rock Cafe
Visteon Portuguesa, Lda.
Yamaha Motor Portugal
- Assisting Fujifilm on its data protection, e-commerce and IP matters.
- Advising Whirlpool on data protection, consumer and advertising issues.
- Assisting Planeta on IP, e-commerce and data protection.
After reshaping its TMT practice in January 2020, PLMJ now fields a technology, mobility and communication team, headed by Pedro Lomba. The new team has been focusing in particular on digital transport companies such as Flixbus and Ride Hive, as well as taking its established technology expertise and advising a more diverse client base in that area. Lomba is praised for 'creative and innovative approaches' and is particularly strong in digital transformations for companies in regulated sectors. Hugo Monteiro Queirós joined the firm in November 2020.
Other key lawyers:
Hugo Monteiro Quierós
‘The PLMJ team works with great efficiency and practical relevance. We highly appreciate the solutions that can be implemented in practice.’
‘Pedro Lomba presented creative and innovative approaches related to the matters, taking into account the legal and regulatory framework in force and under review.’
‘Pedro Lomba, in addition to his outstanding expertise, is a lawyer with humour and professionalism.’
‘PLMJ offers a fast and direct service, providing a comprehensive and attentive approach to developments that this type of technology services undergo very quickly.’
‘We recommend Pedro Lomba for availability, speed and intelligence.’
‘The group of lawyers is very solid and, at the same time, very pragmatic, which invests in the knowledge of the company, marketed products and the corporate culture itself, proactively anticipating client issues, because it invests time in the knowledge of the corporate culture itself.’
‘Pedro Lomba – Very knowledgeable, excellent communicator and able to translate and synthesize complicated legal matters in order to allow a more informed risk analysis by the business. Curious and innovative, he seeks new perspectives for the application of the law.’
Morgan Stanley Infrastructures + Horizon Equity Partners
Free Now (formerly my taxi)
- Assisting global tech and transport operator Flixbus in its expansion to the Portuguese long-distance mobility market since 2019.
- Advising Omtel on regulatory matters.
- Advising Hotel Urbano on the process of expansion to Europe.
Niche expertise in publicity and advertising alongside a strong IT and technology practice characterises Sérvulo & Associados' offering. Ana Rita Paínho leads the team and has IT and data protection expertise, as well as the aforementioned publicity focus; in the latter area, Nespresso has been a key client in recent years. Consultant Filipa Névoa is noted for administrative law and telecoms regulatory advice.
Ana Rita Paínho
Other key lawyers:
‘Sérvulo’s TMT Team is very knowledgeable and very helpful on IT contracts related matters.’
‘Ana Rita Paínho is very experienced on IT related matters, immediately providing the client visibility on the relevant points to be addressed. Very useful and add-valued assistance to any entity in need of legal support on IT matters on a regular basis.’
‘Good and practicable firm for IT, commercial and data protection work.’
‘Ana Rita Paínho is a great IT/data protection lawyer, very responsive and to the point. Great firm and lawyers to work with.’
Vision Box – Soluções de Visão por Computador
Monster Beverage Co.
- Assisting Grupo EDP on the elaboration and revision of IT contracts.
- Advising Echostar on all licensing and authorisation reporting activity with the authorities. The includes regular advice and communications with Anacom.
- Assisting Verizon on day-to-day activities and several matters relating to GPS.
APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. is instructed by a strong base of domestic clients, particularly in media. The team has a special focus on advertising, which is a strength of practice head João Pedro Alves Pereira, who has over 20 years' experience in the field and acts for the advertising agencies of major domestic companies.
João Pedro Alves Pereira
Other key lawyers:
Iniciativas de Meios
The Interpublic Group of Companies
- Assisting Orion Trading with the negotiation of several agreements for the advanced payment of the purchase price of media space with Portuguese and international media companies.
- Advising Iniciativas de Meios on a joint venture project with the leading e-commerce platform Shopkit.
- Assisting Megameios on the negotiation of a settlement agreement with a Spanish media group in relation to a claim of roughly €2m in rebates and discounts.
CMS's Lisbon office fields a technology, media and communications group that has notable strength in advising multinational companies on marketing and advertising issues. Advice within the technology sector is also a key specialism; recent highlights including advising on the relevant aspects of large acquisitions in the technology and banking sectors. José Luís Arnaut is the practice head and key contact, supported by managing associate João Leitão Figueiredo.
José Luís Arnaut
Other key lawyers:
João Leitão Figueiredo
‘Always available when needed, innovative and unconventional solutions, deep sector knowledge, tailor-made advice. The first-class dream team. The team is phenomenal.’
AWS – Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Infor Global Solutions
Davidson Kempner European Partners
SUPER BOCK GROUP
- Assisted Davidson Kempner European Partners on the tech regulatory and data privacy aspects of its acquisition of €2.7bn’s worth of NPLs and related exposures.
- Advised Vinci Energies in the €33m acquisition process of Novabase Digital.
- Assisted FCE Bank to prepare for Brexit’s impact in the commercial activity carried out in Portugal and to structure the activity of FCE Bank in the future.
pbbr - Sociedade de Advogados RL fields a technology practice focused on AI, cloud storage and big data solutions; software licensing, business modelling; and assistance in self-regulation processes. M&A in the tech sector is also a growing area for the team, advising Runtime Group in this respect in 2020. Carina Branco leads the team and her client base includes notable names in the oil and gas and retail sectors alongside a wealth of IT companies.
Other key lawyers:
Maria Abreu Ferreira
‘Carina Branco is an available lawyer, experienced, with know-how, who speaks the language of the business and has a very pragmatic vision.’
‘They always present the best solutions. Total availability, meeting deadlines, flexible, updated.’
‘Vast technical knowledge and constant updating as to the best practices in the sector, providing aligned and appropriate solutions considering the permanent mutation of the technological sector.’
‘I would like to highlight Carina Branco for her ability to formulate contractual solutions that best protect our needs and interests.’
‘This law firm is distinguished, above all, by the capacity of its employees to identify with great efficiency, the areas and themes in which its clients need specific legal support, optimizing the quality of the service provided. In this way, they are able to position themselves as a partner of their clients instead of a mere consultant / legal service provider.’
‘I would like to highlight the following collaborators for their extreme efficiency and rigor in addressing the different subjects treated: Carina Branco and Maria Abreu Ferreira.’
Jungle AI Lda
Agentif AI Lda
Code4All Lda (“Academia de Código”)
- Assisting Galp Energia on a greenfield ERP system.
- Advising Runtime Group on its €6m sale to iCapital.
- Acting for Payshop on the elaboration of the documentation for certain IP assets and drafting of transactional documents for the definitive transfer of IP rights from manufacturer to client.
Raposo Bernardo advises a client base of telecoms and IT companies. Regulatory telecoms advice is a noted strength, as is its assistance to the IT sector on the EU funding legal framework. 'A lawyer of the highest technical, professional and personal level', Mafalda Contumélias Baptista heads the team.
Mafalda Contumélias Batista
‘What I can say is that we are extremely satisfied with Raposo Bernardo’s work. As the main quality: the solidity and security of legal advice. Elements that distinguish it from other law firms I know: professionalism, proximity and great knowledge of the legal area, regulation, contracts, etc. They never failed me in terms of deadlines, commitments or in certainty of the work done.’
‘I am very happy with Mafalda Baptista’s work, it came to give a new dynamism. She is a very responsible lawyer, who does a very serious job, with great technical detail, which is crucial in our area. She knows our business well and that makes it easier.’
‘In this area of TMT the obvious lawyer to highlight is Mafalda Contumélias Baptista. She dominates this area deeply, relates with the players of the environment with an incredible facility. She is very precise and safe in the work she does, diligent, always available and ready to help us. For us she has become an indispensable lawyer and I recommend her 100%.’
‘The quality is above our expectations. They are specialists in technologies and telecommunications.’
‘The person in charge of the department stands out, Mafalda Baptista, who is extremely diligent, always with everything organized, has an above-average knowledge of technology and systems, which facilitates the job, is very assertive and effective.’
‘The main qualities are the great commitment and focus on providing the best legal service and achieving the results we want. They don’t rest until they get the best result that we indicated. And in the midst of it all they are still very fast, which for us is extremely important.’
‘I work more directly with a lawyer of the highest technical, professional and personal level, Mafalda Contumélias Batista. Solves any issues or doubts, we always ask for her advice on more complex issues and she, who has enormous experience in our sector, never fails us, is always available and with great quality and clarity clarifies what we need.’
‘Mafalda Batista is very competent and works with great rigor, which always gives us a lot of confidence. She has extensive local and international telecommunications experience and is always up to date.’