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Ana Cristina Pimentel & Associados Sociedade de Advogados, SP, RL¬†is the ‚Äėbest shipping firm‚Äô, according to one client. It handles maritime casualties and vessel arrests, and also covers aviation and road transport. Ana Cristina Pimentel¬†is the name to note.

Andrade Dias e Associados covers the entire gamut of transport matters but has a particular shipping sector focus; it advises P&I clubs, ship owners and charterers on shipping claims in Portugal and in lusophone Africa, and it also has experience with ship finance and vessel acquisitions. Pedro Andrade Dias, Teresa Andrade Dias, Maria Andrade Dias and Mateus Andrade Dias are the names to note.

Lu√≠s Soares de Sousa¬†provides ‚Äėinvaluable‚Äô advice; he heads¬†Cuatrecasas'¬†practice, which handles the entire range of aviation work. It assisted Apollo Aviation Management with the assignment of a Portugal-registered aircraft following its purchase by an international group, and Rolls-Royce & Partners Finance with an engine sale and leaseback transaction with TAP. Netjets receives ongoing advice.

DLA Piper ABBC¬†is noted for its assistance with aviation matters because ‚Äėlittle or no explanation is needed‚Äô. Air France-KLM, Lufthansa and EasyJet all count among the team's clients. It represented United Airlines in an infringement case launched by the Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC). The highly regarded¬†Ant√≥nio Moura Portugal¬†heads the team, with support from senior associate In√™s Teixeira.

‚ÄėAttentive and client-oriented‚Äô, Abreu Advogados' team¬†handles both shipping and aviation matters. Recent shipping work included multiparty litigation, financing, acquisition and registration of a vessel, and a shipbuilding contract. Guilherme Santos Silva¬†and Francisco Patr√≠cio¬†jointly head the practice. Manuel Santos¬†V√≠tor¬†was a new arrival from¬†PLMJ.

APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. assisted aviation-sector clients with leasing, acquisitions and debt collection, as well as insurance companies and airline companies with a variety of insurance claims. João Marques de Almeida heads the team.

Morais Leit√£o, Galv√£o Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados¬†adopts a ‚Äėvery personal approach‚Äô when providing aviation and shipping advice. It assisted several lenders with mortgages and other secured financings involving aircraft and vessels. Clients include Gazprombank, Nordea Bank and ABN Amro. Segismundo Pinto Basto¬†focuses on aviation matters, and Madeira-based managing associate C√°tia Henriques Fernandes¬†handles shipping work. Jo√£o Anacoreta Correia¬†joined from Ur√≠a Men√©ndez ‚Äď Proen√ßa Carvalho¬†in January 2019.

In¬†PLMJ' team,¬†‚Äėeveryone¬†knows their role and that the purpose is to provide value to clients‚Äô. The large and varied practice advised Azul Linhas A√©reas Brasileiras on the subleasing of two aircraft¬†to Portug√°lia, and Empordef on the sale of two asphalt tanker vessels to PDVSA Naval. More broadly, the firm advises on port infrastructure matters and on transactional work relating to aviation and shipping, such as assisting Pinto Basto Group with the divestment of its shipping agency operations in Angola. Managing associate Nuno Lu√≠s Sapateiro¬†is the name to note for aviation.¬†Manuel Santos V√≠tor¬†joined¬†Abreu Advogados.

Raposo Bernardo‚Äôs ‚Äėanswers and clarifications are always to the point‚Äô. The team provides general advice to aviation clients such as Binter Airlines and South African Airways, and assisted the Cape Verdean Civil Aviation Authority (AAC) with regulatory matters and fleet procurement, and Royal Caribbean with its vessel operations, including registration, construction and financing. The ‚Äėconfident‚Äô¬†Sofia Ferreira Enriquez¬†has ‚Äėa deep understanding of clients‚Äô activities‚Äô.

While primarily focused on shipping matters, SRS Advogados also handles road and aviation work, mainly assisting with administrative law issues and disputes. José Luís Moreira da Silva leads the team; consultant Maria José Santana has a focus on port work.

A multidisciplinary practice that pools many of the firm‚Äôs core strengths, VDA¬†covers the entire range of transport matters. Highlight work included representing a charterer in a dispute with a container terminal operator at the port of Luanda following a vessel collision with the terminal‚Äôs pier, and advising J.P. Morgan International Bank on the Portuguese law aspects of an English Law facility agreement to finance an aircraft intended for use in Portugal. Paulo de Barros Baptista,¬†Teresa Empis Falc√£o, who covers infrastructure and mobility matters, aviation finance expert¬†Pedro Sim√Ķes Coelho, and shipping-focused¬†Jo√£o Afonso Fialho¬†are the names to note.

Albuquerque & Associados has a focus on shipping matters, with a particular focus on ship finance, and it also has longstanding expertise advising on port concessions. Alexandre de Albuquerque and João Salvador are the key contacts.

Caiado Guerreiro assisted Nayak Aircraft Services with establishing its operations in Portugal, and rendered general advice to Marina Estrella. João Caiado Guerreiro and Ricardo Rodrigues Lopes jointly head the team.

Miranda & Associados advised several lessors and financiers on aircraft leasings and acquisitions. Mafalda Oliveira Monteiro handles these matters.

João Anacoreta Correia left Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho for Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados in January 2019. Senior associate Maria João Dias now handles transport matters; she has specialist shipping expertise, namely in ship finance and matters relating to the International Shipping Register of Madeira. Managing associate André Almeida handles disputes. Both are based in Oporto.

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