Transport in Portugal

Ana Cristina Pimentel & Associados Sociedade de Advogados, SP, RL

Ana Cristina Pimentel & Associados Sociedade de Advogados, SP, RL is the ‘best shipping firm’, 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

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.


Luís Soares de Sousa provides ‘invaluable’ 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 ‘little or no explanation is needed’. 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 António Moura Portugal heads the team, with support from senior associate Inês Teixeira.

Abreu Advogados

Attentive and client-oriented’, 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 Patrício jointly head the practice. Manuel Santos Vítor was a new arrival from PLMJ.

APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L.

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 Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados adopts a ‘very personal approach’ 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 Cátia Henriques Fernandes handles shipping work. João Anacoreta Correia joined from Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho in January 2019.


In PLMJ' team, ‘everyone knows their role and that the purpose is to provide value to clients’. The large and varied practice advised Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras on the subleasing of two aircraft to Portugália, 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 Luís Sapateiro is the name to note for aviation. Manuel Santos Vítor joined Abreu Advogados.

Raposo Bernardo

Raposo Bernardo’s ‘answers and clarifications are always to the point’. 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 ‘confident’ Sofia Ferreira Enriquez has ‘a deep understanding of clients’ activities’.

SRS Advogados

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’s 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’s 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 BaptistaTeresa Empis Falcão, who covers infrastructure and mobility matters, aviation finance expert Pedro Simões Coelho, and shipping-focused João Afonso Fialho are the names to note.

Albuquerque & Almeida

Albuquerque & Almeida 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

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

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

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

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.