Transport in Portugal

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

Specialist transport firm Ana Cristina Pimentel & Associados Sociedade de Advogados, SP, RL is especially noted for its prowess in shipping and maritime work, but also covers other areas of transport and insurance-related mandates. Ana Cristina Pimentel is the key contact.

Andrade Dias e Associados

With a strong focus on transport matters, Andrade Dias e Associados stands out for its maritime law expertise in particular. The firm handles a range of contentious and non-contentious instructions and is well versed in marine insurance, casualty, charterparty issues, criminal and customs matters, and is also engaged on ship sales and purchases. Pedro Andrade Dias is a leading figure.


Cuatrecasas houses a 'highly regarded' transport practice. Although well known for its aviation expertise, the firm also fields experts across the rail, cargo, road and shipping sectors. The aviation practice, which features 'outstanding aviation lawyer' Luís Soares de Sousa and is known for its cross-border capabilities, is regularly engaged on a range of administrative and regulatory issues. Competition, M&A, restructuring, contractual, tax, employment, financing, leasing, data protection and dispute resolution mandates also feature. The transport team is engaged by mobility companies, public transport companies and infrastructure concessionaires. Road and rail infrastructure projects are a central focus.

Practice head(s):

Luís Soares de Sousa; José Diogo Horta Osório; Lourenço Vilhena de Freitas; Maria João Ricou


Luís Soares de Sousa is an outstanding aviation lawyer.’

A highly regarded transport practice.’

Key clients


Milestone Aviation Group (GE Capital Aviation Services)

Srilankan Airlines

Apollo Aviation Management Limited

Rolls-Royce & Partners Finance Limited

Aercap Ireland Limited

Textron Financial Corporation

EJME Aircraft Management

Willis Lease Finance Corporation

Helibravo – Aviação LDA.

MSC – Mediterranean Shipping Company

EMEF – Empresa de Manutenção de Equipamento Ferroviário

Metropolitano de Lisboa

Metro do Porto

CP – Comboios de Portugal Iridium Concessiones de Infraestructuras, S.A

CINTRA Concessiones de Infraestructuras, S.A

Auto-Estradas do Atlântico

Cross Ocean Partners

Deutsche Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Apollo Aviation Management on regulatory matters and registration relating to the lease of an aircraft registered in Portugal.
  • Advising Rolls-Royce & Partners Finance on several engine sale and leaseback transactions between it and TAP.
  • Advises American Airlines on all regulatory matters and licenses of self-handling services.


The 'exceptional' team at DLA Piper ABBC is focused on contentious and non-contentious aviation matters, where it is instructed by leading airlines, lessors and other well-known aviation-sector clients. Leasing matters are a key focus, as are regulatory, tax, competition and employment instructions. Department head António Moura Portugal is a 'highly regarded individual in the world of air transport' and is ably supported by senior associate Inês Teixeira, who is experienced in regulatory matters. Catarina Portela Morais, who was recently promoted to senior associate, leads on passenger claims, acting on behalf of major airlines.

Practice head(s):

António Moura Portugal


We are very happy with the work developed by this firm.

Team quality is measured by its in-depth knowledge of operations as well as what is expected of them. The firm has this knowledge and can deliver quality work to its customers.

António Moura Portugal stands out for the openness he always demonstrates as well as his knowledge of the subject matter.

Catarina Portela Morais is very effective.

Inês Teixeira is simple and to-the-point in her approach.

António Moura Portugal is a highly regarded individual in the world of air transport.

Key clients


CASR – Civil Aviation Software Services

Valair Private Jets

Work highlights

  • Assisted Valair Private Jets on the import of aircrafts to Switzerland and on the sale of premises in Cascais Airport.

Abreu Advogados

The multi-disciplinary team at Abreu Advogados, which stands out for its ability to give 'practical advice', excels across contentious and non-contentious maritime and aviation matters. The team is experienced across financing, shipbuilding contracts, the sale and purchase of vessels, vessel arrests, employment, environmental issues, aircraft leasing and accidents. Guilherme Santos Silva and Pedro Alves da Silva are names to note.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Santos Silva; Pedro Alves da Silva


Good experience.

Practical advice.

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

The transport and aviation group at APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. particularly stands out for its aviation-sector expertise. The team is regularly involved in aviation accidents, insurance and dispute resolution mandates, and also offers corporate and commercial expertise. Airlines, carriers, insurers, operators and aviation service companies are among the team's client base. Department head João Marques de Almeida has the 'ability to maintain the eagle eye view of the problem without overlooking the finer detail'.

Practice head(s):

João Marques de Almeida


João Marques de Almeida’s prompt replies and availability are commended.

José Alves Pereira is an excellent lawyer and knows a lot about transportation.

João Marques de Almeida has the ability to maintain the eagle eye view of the problem without overlooking the finer detail.

Key clients


AIG Europe

Air Charter Service

AXA France

ANA –Aeroportos de Portugal S.A.

AON Corporation

Arik Air

Arkefly (TUI Airlines)


Aerospace Corporation

BNP Paribas Leasing

Solutions Suisse S.A. (former Fortis Lease)

Fidelidade- Mundial (Império Bonança)





Honeywell Aerospace

Korean Air

Kühne+Nagel (group of companies)

La Réunion Aérienne

Landmark Aviation

OGMA-Indústria Aeronáutica de Portugal, SA

QBE Underwriting

The Aviation Factory

SC Aviation

Sky Aviation Leasing

Wisc Ltd.

Willis Group

Work highlights

  • Advising AIG Europe on the settlement of several claims resulting from the disruption of the fuel supply at Lisbon Airport on May 10 2017, which caused the airport to be unexpectedly closed for 12 hours.
  • Acting for AIG Europe (UK), under the civil liability policy of the Portuguese airport operator (ANA), in a dispute resulting from personal injury to a passenger at the Azores Airport.
  • Acting for OGMA and its insurers in a dispute involving an aircraft accident immediately after heavy maintenance was performed in an Embraer E190 aircraft.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados' multi-disciplinary transport offering has a focus on shipping and aviation-related work. On the aviation side, the team, which is experienced in civil and military aviation matters, advises on the incorporation and licensing of air carriers and aircraft, leasing issues, insurance, employment, tax and dispute resolution mandates. For shipping, the team, which has deep experience in issues relating to the International Shipping Registry of Madeira (MAR), handles a range of ship finance, maritime, collision, salvage, wreck removal, pollution, ship registration and mortgage issues. Elsewhere, the team is also adept at transport infrastructure projects and is increasingly involved in emerging areas such as smart mobility. Recently promoted partner Cátia Henriques Fernandes, who is based in the firm's Funchal office, is active on shipping and ship finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Cátia Henriques Fernandes; Segismundo Pinto Basto


The attorneys we are working with manage to understand our business and act accordingly.

Cátia Henriques Fernandes is almost always available and works as a good lawyer should work; like a partner of the client with a very long-term perspective.

Work highlights

  • Advised OMNI Aviação on the sale of OMNI Handling to MZR Investments.
  • Advises UECC Group on a range of matters.
  • Advised Danmarks Skibskredit in relation to a number of facility agreements and guarantees over vessels in Portugal; and also advised on the bareboat registration of two vessels.


PLMJ is commended for its aviation-sector experience, but also offers expertise across shipping and public transport mandates. Aviation finance is a key area of activity and the team regularly advises on aircraft contracts, including wet and dry lease contracts, purchase agreements and aircraft maintenance contracts. Clients include international banks, operating lessors and finance companies, as well as foreign and local carriers. For shipping, the team is engaged on corporate, financing, dispute resolution and enforcement matters, in addition to public law, concessions, regulatory matters, compliance issues and contracts. The team also handles public tenders involving public transport services. Managing associate Nuno Luís Sapateiro, who stands out for his 'outstanding performance', is noted for aviation-related mandates.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Perestrelo; Pedro Lomba


Excellent professionalism, attention-to-detail, meets deadlines and has a great understanding of our business needs.

Pedro Lomba is a highly reliable partner and is always great to work with, even under higher pressure.

Very reputable and well-known law firm, both in Portugal and worldwide; the transport department (mainly the lawyers dealing with aircraft leasing, sale and purchase agreements) has strong knowledge, and very good background knowledge of aviation business.

Very skilful and well-prepared lawyers; their strong knowledge and a very good background on aviation business makes the difference.

Response times are next to immediate.

Nuno Luís Sapateiro has been exceptionally helpful and quick to respond and explain issues as needed from a Portuguese law and registration perspective.

The team is highly experienced and very professional. The firm has deep knowledge of the transportation industry and every topic related with mobility.

Very focused lawyers with a clear understanding of our goals and objectives.

Key clients

APDL – Administração dos Portos do Douro, Leixões e Viana do

Castelo, S.A.

Credit Suisse (Aviation Finance)

Aero Capital Solutions, Inc.

Estaleiros Navais de Viana do Castelo, S.A.

Eradus Energy, Ltd.

Mystic Invest, SGPS, S.A.

Pinto Basto Group

TAP Air Portugal

Air Lease Corporation

Macquarie Aircraft Leasing Services

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S.A.

Nordic Aviation Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised DGN Corporation / Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras on the acquisition of the shareholdings indirectly held by the Chinese group Hainan Airlines Holding in Atlantic Gateway SGPS.
  • Advising ANTAC in the preliminary response to the draft of the new municipal traffic regulation in the city of Sintra.
  • Assisted the e-scooter service Hive on its expansion and launch in the city of Lisbon.

Raposo Bernardo

Raposo Bernardo's transportation practice handles a range of shipping and aviation-sector mandates and stands out for its 'strong industry knowledge'. In aviation, the team is instructed by several airlines on regulatory, insurance, employment, finance and dispute resolution mandates. In shipping, it boasts a strong following in the cruise sector, where it acts for a number of leading industry players on a range of matters such as insurance, cargo claims, finance, employment, regulatory, sales, purchases and contractual issues, as well as dispute resolution. The maritime insurance sector is also a key pillar of the practice. Júlio Martins Júnior and Joana Andrade Correia are names to note. Sofia Ferreira Enriquez  moved to FCB Sociedade de Advogados.

Practice head(s):

Joana Andrade Correia; Júlio Martins Júnior


It knows the aviation industry like no other law firm and the lawyers are very professional, always attentive and can explain everything very easily.

It differs from other law firms as it has invested more in getting to know our industry, which then facilitates communication and enables it to provide in-depth and rigorous legal advice.

Strong industry knowledge.

Júlio Martins Júnior is a very talented, very objective lawyer who never fails.

Joana Andrade Correia brings the sophistication and experience of larger international operations.

Work highlights

  • Advises a client on a range of issues such as: registration, flagging and vessel ownership structures; sales and purchases; construction and maintenance contracts; commercial vessel financing; and management and project supervision agreements.
  • Advises a client on a variety of matters including contracts, passenger claims, transport-related litigation and relations with port authorities.
  • Advising a client on regulatory matters and fleet procurement matters.

SRS Advogados

SRS Advogados' broad transport offering demonstrates expertise across rail, road, aviation and shipping work, where it acts for public and private-sector clients. Regulatory, PPP, privatisation, finance, procurement, concessions, licensing and dispute resolution mandates are key areas of expertise for the practice, and the team enjoys a strong following in the port and airport sectors. Consultant Maria José Santana, who is based in Funchal, is experienced in shipping and maritime work and Lisbon-based José Luís Moreira da Silva stands out for his public-sector expertise.

Practice head(s):

José Luís Moreira da Silva


The firm puts enormous effort, beyond legal advice, into the business relationship.

Excellent political network and profound understanding of the political landscape of Portugal.

Key clients

Port Authority of Lisbon

Port Authority of Setúbal and Sesimbra

Port Authority of Sines

Grupo Sousa (Açorline – Transportes Marítimos, S.A/ ENM – Empresa de Navegação Madeirense, Lda, Box Lines SA and several others)

PTM Ibérica


Horários do Funchal, SA

Renault Group

Aviapartner Group

Empark, Aparcamientos y Servicios

FIAT Group

European Mar

EISAP – European International Shipowners Association of Portugal

SAM – Sociedade de Automóveis da Madeira, Lda.

Via Marítima, Lda

Transtejo; SA

CP – Caminhos de Ferro de Portugal




Sumol + Compal


Work highlights

  • Advising European Mar on various issues relating to ship registration in the Madeira Shipping Register.
  • Advising EISAP – European International Shipowners Association of Portugal on the Madeira Shipping Register.
  • Advising SAM – Sociedade de Automóveis da Madeira on a new public service contract for the road transport of passengers within Madeira Island.


Praised for its 'availability, efficiency and responsiveness', VdA houses a multi-disciplinary transport practice, which is 'very knowledgeable and very insightful'. The team, which leverages the firm's core strengths across banking, finance, energy, projects and public law, is regularly involved in logistics, mobility, road and rail projects and offers expertise across PPP and procurement matters. In the aviation sector, disputes and regulatory matters are key, as are finance, leasing and restructuring transactions. For shipping, the team is heavily engaged in oil and gas-related work, and offers expertise in dispute resolution, environmental matters, cargo claims, ship finance, and sale and purchase transactions. Paulo de Barros Baptista, who heads the transport team, is experienced in road-sector instructions and managing associate José Miguel Oliveira is active in oil, gas and shipping mandates. Teresa Empis Falcão is also a key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Paulo de Barros Baptista


I highlight the deep knowledge of the team, coupled with strict adherence to agreed deadlines. A firm that stands out for its excellent work.

In terms of qualities I highlight the knowledge of the team, the mastery of the subjects and the total availability.

Very knowledgeable and very insightful. Its ability to look at the deal as a whole gives me comfort that everything is being taken care of. It departs from its competitors because of its holistic approach.

I would highlight two partners, Paulo de Barros Baptista and Teresa Empis Falcão, based on their deep sector knowledge but, more importantly, for their capacity to work out creative solutions.

Availability, efficiency and responsiveness.

Key clients

AEBT – Auto-Estradas do Baixo Tejo, S.A..

ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, SA

Arkon PT (a subsidiary of ARKON Shipping GmbH & Co. KG Haren (Ems))

ASC Alster Ship Chartering GmbH & Co.

Azores Regional Government

Banking syndicate composed of Unicredit S.p.A., Siemens Bank GmbH, Banco Comercial Português, S.A. (Millennium BCP), Novo Banco, S.A., Demir-Halk Bank (Nederland) N.V., DenizBank AG and the European Investment Bank

Brisa Group

Certares Management LLC

ELOS – Ligações de Alta Velocidade, S.A.

Haitong Bank, S.A

NAV Portugal, EPE

NHV Group

Portos dos Açores, S.A.

Puma Energy Moçambique, Lda. (a subsidiary of Trafigura)


Somafel – Engenharia e Obras Ferroviárias, S.A.

STCP – Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto, S.A.

Svitzer (Maersk Group)



Work highlights

  • Advising ELOS – Ligações de Alta Velocidade on enforcement proceedings following arbitration proceedings against the Portuguese State regarding the cancellation of the High-Speed Railway (Lisbon-Madrid Line – Poceirão/Caia section) project.
  • Advising an international banking syndicate on the €240m refinancing of debt for six port operators held by the Yildirim group.
  • Advised Certares Management on the subscription of an increase in the share capital of the Portuguese company MysticInvest Holding, which, through certain Portuguese and German fully-owned subsidiaries, operates river and deep sea expedition cruise chartering and touring.

Albuquerque & Almeida

With 'great industry knowledge, availability and proximity', Albuquerque & Almeida is particularly active in the shipping sector and is noted for its finance, corporate and dispute resolution expertise. Benefitting from its public law experience, the team is instructed by bidders and contracting entities on harbour concessions and public procurement procedures. International construction and infrastructure projects are a key strength and the team is also involved in airport projects and procurement matters. Alexandre de Albuquerque and João Salvador are the names to note.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre de Albuquerque; João Salvador


The team has strong subject knowledge and availability.

Great industry knowledge, availability and proximity.

Key clients

ETE Group

ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, S.A.

Setefrete Group

Transinsular – Transportes Marítimos Insulares SA

Work highlights

  • Advises ETE Group on a range of matters.
  • Advises Transinsular – Transportes Marítimos Insulares on a range of instructions.
  • Advising ANA Aeroportos on dozens of various public procurement procedures regarding public construction works and advising on the provision of goods and services to the public entity.

Caiado Guerreiro

Caiado Guerreiro's broad transport practice stands out for its aviation-sector expertise. The team acts for domestic and international clients on disputes, contractual issues and transactional matters. Jorge Ribeiro Mendonça made partner in 2019.

Practice head(s):

João Caiado Guerreiro; Tânia Pinheiro; Jorge Ribeiro Mendonça

Key clients

Nayak Aircraft Services Italy

Marina Estrella

Kerry Logistics

Work highlights

  • Assisted Nayak Aircraft Services Italy on the establishment of its activity at Lisbon airport.
  • Advises Marina Estrella on its activity in Portugal.
  • Advised Kerry Logistics on its incorporation in Portugal.


Working as part of the firm's finance and projects practice, the transport team at Linklaters is regularly engaged on transport projects, particularly in the road, rail and port sectors. The team has recently been engaged on complex concession agreements and rolling stock procurement mandates. The department benefits from the firm's transactional, public law and regulatory expertise and leverages the firm's broad international network to handle cross-border instructions. Counsel Vera Eiró is a key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Ferraz de Carvalho; Vera Eiró

Key clients

ViaPorto, Operação e Manutenção de Transportes, Unipessoal, Lda. (Barraqueiro Group)

Grupo Barraqueiro

Work highlights

  • Advising Advising Barraqueiro Group, on behalf of ViaPorto, on the execution of the subconcession agreement for the Metro do Porto light railway system.

Miranda & Associados

Miranda & Associados is regularly instructed on aviation-sector mandates by air carriers, manufacturers, financial institutions, borrowers and insurers. The team excels across domestic and cross-border transactions in the sector and boasts notable experience in aircraft financing and leasing matters. Licensing, registration, commercial matters, M&A, insurance and dispute resolution are also key areas of expertise. Mafalda Oliveira Monteiro leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Mafalda Oliveira Monteiro