Transport in Portugal


Domestic and international clients turn to Cuatrecasas for its standout aviation practice. Advising on all matters related to the aviation industry, the team has strong expertise related to financing, M&A, litigation and tax. Luís Soares De Sousa is an expert and key contact for aviation in the team, working regularly on cross-border financing and leasing mandates. Alongside aviation, the team also offers specialist expertise across the range of transport sub-sectors, including rail, shipping and road. Maria João Ricou is the go-to person for project finance matters in the team, and Lourenço Vilhena De Freitas maintains a broad public law practice focused on infrastructure and concessions.

Practice head(s):

Luís Soares de Sousa; Lourenço Vilhena de Freita; Maria João Ricou


‘Cuatrecasas’ technical capacity and knowledge in the air transport market is the reason to be considered one of the leading offices in the national market.’

‘I recommend Luís Soares de Sousa with his experience and knowledge in the field of air transport.’

Key clients

White Airways


Milestone Aviation Group (GE Capital Aviation Services)

Apollo Aviation Management Limited

Rolls-Royce & Partners Finance Limited

Aercap Ireland Limited

Textron Financial Corporation

EJME Aircraft Management

Milestone Aviation Group (GE Capital Aviation Services)

Willis Lease Finance Corporation

Helibravo – Aviação LDA.

MSC – Mediterranean Shipping Company

L3HARRIS Technologies

CLH Aviación (CLH Compañia Logística de Hidrocarburos)

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

JP Morgan

Euroscut Açores

Beacon Rail Finance

Westpac Banking Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising Rolls-Royce & Partners Finance Limited on several engine sale and leaseback transactions between Rolls-Royce and national flagship air company TAP.
  • Advising CP- Comboios de Portugal on the public procurement proceedings concerning the acquisition of 22 traction units (base value of €168m).
  • Advising InfraRed Capital Partners Limited on the sale of 100% of Sociedade Portuguesa para a Construção e Exploração Rodoviaria (SPER) and 100% of O&M (Planestrada).


A leader in the aviation sector, DLA Piper ABBC‘s practice covers the full range of aviation-related matters. A go-to for international and domestic clients for aviation finance, aircraft registration, tax matters, competition, regulatory matters and litigation, the team balances a broad and busy practice. António Moura Portugal is considered a longstanding expert in the field and leads the team. Beyond the partner level, Inês Teixeira supports the team and maintains a strong regulatory practice, and Catarina Portela Morais focuses on complex litigation.

Practice head(s):

António Moura Portugal

Other key lawyers:

Inês Teixeira; Catarina Portela Morais; Francisco Alves Dias


‘This law firm has worked with us for many years. The experience acquired over the years offers them a deep knowledge of the activity in air transport and its complexity. This knowledge gives them a very big advantage.’

‘António Moura Portugal, Ines Teixeira and Catarina Portela Morais are all recommended.’

‘Critical mass well above average and strategic vision on a very specific, highly regulated sector (commercial aviation).’

‘António Moura Portugal undoubtedly tops my list. Francisco Alves Dias and Inês Teixeira make up the team. Very resourceful and very knowledgeable.’

‘Department with in-depth knowledge of aviation and transport law. A very complete team, with good knowledge of how the regulatory network works, providing advice in tax and customs related terms.’

‘I’d highlight António Moura Portugal, Inês Teixeira, and Francisco Alves Dias.’

Key clients

Air France-KLM



Turkish Airlines



Wizz Air



Qatar Airlines

Work highlights

  • Advised Lufthansa in regulatory matters such as the renewal of airport licenses and the implementation of the carbon charge, in addition to all litigation and passenger claims.
  • Represented IATA, the International Air Transport Association, on the aviation carbon charge file and in all meetings with aviation stakeholders.
  • Assisted easyJet in the successful defence in passenger claims and infringement procedures launched by ANAC as well on regulatory and competition matters.

Abreu Advogados

Abreu Advogados offers clients a multidisciplinary transport practice, covering corporate M&A, financing, dispute resolution and competition matters. Commercial litigation and arbitration expert Guilherme Santos Silva co-leads the practice alongside newly promoted partner Pedro Alves da Silva, who has a focus on M&A-related transport matters, and Nuno Luís Sapateiro, who joined from PLMJ in May 2021 and fields over 15 years' experience in insurance and aviation matters for national and international operations.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Santos Silva; Pedro Alves da Silva; Nuno Luís Sapateiro


‘Knowledgeable, highly responsive and practical; pleasant to work with; problem solvers.’

‘Nuno Sapateiro is a star; truly reliable and knows what he is doing.’

Key clients


Tokyo Gas



Patentes Talgo SLU

Yildirim Group

National Union of Civil Aviation Flight Personnel

Embraer Portugal., S.A.

Ogma – Indústria Aeronáutica De Portugal, S.A.

Expeditors Portugal Transitários, Lda. (Expeditors Washington Inc)

Work highlights

  • Assisted Tokyo Gas in the due diligence and acquisition of a relevant percentage of shares of Wind Plus.
  • Assisted the Yildirim Group in connection with contractual documentation regarding various syndicated loan facilities.
  • Assisting Embraer group on all matters related to the process of sale of customised military aircraft – Embraer KC-390 – to the Portuguese Government.

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

APTS – Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. occupies a strong position in the aviation sector, advising clients across the full range of aviation matters. Maintaining both a transactional and regulatory practice, the team balances the two areas well, advising on aircraft financing, and insurance and liability issues, among others. João Marques de Almeida heads up the department and is supported by José Alves Pereira; both regularly handle high-profile aviation incidents.

Practice head(s):

João Marques de Almeida

Other key lawyers:

José Alves Pereira


‘The degree of trust achieved with them is not easily found.’

‘João Marques de Almeida is intelligent, diligent and always available to help with his timely and relevant insights.’

Key clients


AIG Europe

Air Charter Service

Aircraft Engine Lease Finance (AELF)

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE

ANA Aeroportos


XL Insurance

AON Corporation

Arik Air

Arkefly (TUI Airlines)

Bombardier Aerospace Corporation

BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions Suisse S.A. (former Fortis Lease)

Fidelidade-Mundial (Império Bonança)


Global Aerospace


Honeywell Aerospace

HW Clemens, GmbH

Korean Air

Kühne+Nagel (group of companies)

L3Harris Technologies, Inc.

La Réunion Aérienne

Landmark Aviation

OGMA-Indústria Aeronáutica de Portugal, SA


Pratt & Whitney Canada

QBE Underwriting

Sky Aviation Leasing

The Aviation Factory

UAS International Trip Support

Willis Group

Work highlights

  • Assisting Aircraft Engine Lease Finance in the lease termination, redelivery and deregistration of an Airbus A330-223 aircraft and subsequent court dispute with the lessee.
  • Assisting the Portuguese airport operator (ANA Aeroportos) and its international insurer (Allianz France) in a dispute with an international airline involving the collision of an Airbus A330-223 aircraft with a Boeing 767-323ER.
  • Acting for OGMA (Embraer’s local subsidiary for Maintenance, Repair and Overall – MRO) and its insurers in a dispute involving an aircraft accident.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

Strong in both aviation and shipping, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados‘ transport team covers all manner of financing, tax, insurance, litigation and regulatory matters related to these sectors. Segismundo Pinto Basto heads the aviation side of the practice, which regularly acts on behalf of national and international clients in civil and military aviation matters; the team advises both private and public carriers on asset management and contract negotiation. The maritime arm of the practice is headed by consultant Claudia Santos Cruz, and provides day-to-day assistance to clients, as well as advising them on vessel financing, ship arrest and other shipping-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Segismundo Pinto Basto

Other key lawyers:

Bruno Xavier de Pina; Claudia Santos Cruz


‘The Morais Leitão Shipping Team is exceptional because of its international capabilities and significant coverage of Lusophone jurisdictions. It offers a one stop shop for all Shipping matters covering Portugal (including the international Ship Registry in Madeira); Angola; Mozambique and Cape Verde.’

‘The team has significant ship finance and litigation experience and offers a streamlined service in all of the jurisdictions.’

‘Claudia Santos Cruz is the Shipping Team head at Morais Leitão and is considered in the international legal market as one of the leading shipping and maritime lawyers in Portugal. She is also qualified to practice in Mozambique and a foreign expert for Angola.’

‘Claudia is often seen as an international go to lawyer instructed by leading ship finance banks and foreign insurers and P&I Clubs. Although now a civil law expert she is also a qualified English law solicitor which adds great value to international clients working in those jurisdictions. I appreciate her direct, no nonsense pragmatic approach to getting the job done.’


With over 40 years combined experience in aviation and urban mobility, Diogo Perestrelo and Pedro Lomba oversee PLMJ‘s transport offering. Retained by banking and financial services clients, the team offers consolidated expertise in the shipping, aviation and road transport sectors. The department regularly handles aircraft financing matters, urban mobility contracts and public concessions. Perestrolo has a strong track record and regularly advises on M&A and private equity-related aviation matters, while Lomba has extensive knowledge in the technology, urban mobility and communications sectors, and specialises in assisting new entrants into transport markets, as well as regulatory and infrastructure matters.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Perestrelo; Pedro Lomba


‘It is a company implemented nationally and internationally, made up of an experienced team, comprising young and active lawyers.’

‘The firm provides legal advice in a very diverse range of areas. It has an extensive network of international contacts, which allows it to deal with international maritime law.’

‘We emphasize knowledge, experience and availability. We highlight the work of Diogo Duarte de Campos and Telma Pires de Lima.’

‘Great availability and proximity to the customer. Efficiency and effectiveness in addressing the solutions to the problems and issues presented.’

‘Deep technical and legal knowledge of very particular issues such as those related to airports.’

Key clients

TAP Air Portugal


Kenya Airways



SATA Air Açores



Free Now


Work highlights

  • Advised Ryanair on the restructuring of the company’s organisation in Portugal.
  • Advising the global tech and transport operator FlixBus on its entrance into the Portuguese long-distance mobility market.
  • Advising Ionity on setting up in Portugal as an operator of charging points for electric vehicles.

Raposo Bernardo

Raposo Bernardo‘s transport and logistics group has a well-rounded offering, covering both aviation and shipping matters. Clients come to the team for ship and aviation financing, insurance, contract and regulatory issues, among other areas. The team’s standout practice is its work for leading companies in the cruise sub-sector, with recent instructions focusing on post-pandemic recovery and return. Joana Andrade Correia leads the practice alongside managing associate Júlio Martins Júnior, with Andrade Correia leading on multiple domestic and international aviation and shipping restructurings and M&A transactions, and Martins Júnior focusing on commercial and corporate law and financing operations.

Practice head(s):

Joana Andrade Correia; Júlio Martins Júnior


‘The capabilities of Raposo Bernardo & Associados that I most admire are several, among which they make difficult and apparently unsolvable problems in simple situations that are well resolved, what they do is perfect, without flaws and without omissions, they make commitments and comply, they give the maximum to provide us the best service, are transparent, clear, ethical and honest. ‘

‘Raposo Bernardo provides us with a legal service of the highest quality, with high sophistication and specialization and always cultivating a relationship of great collaboration with us.’

‘Joana Correia is a highly qualified lawyer, for us at the moment the best lawyer you can have in Portugal in the field of transport. She is very reputable, very experienced in the transport sector and fantastic in all the work she does for us.’

‘Júlio Martins is a very good lawyer and also a super specialist in the aviation sector, covering the main areas involved in this sector that do not only involve aviation in the strict sense, but many other topics that Júlio Martins is well aware of, being always very involved in matters.’

‘We are very satisfied with the service they provide us. Everything is personalized and tailored to the specific situation. It is another type of advocacy, less conditioned by the pressure of billing clients for hours and more focused on client satisfaction, with benefits that are certainly more in the medium and long term.’

‘We have maximum confidence in Raposo Bernardo. It is a law firm with a very strong team, in which lawyers are available at any time or able to carry out tasks requested of them with a high level of competence. The entire team complements each other very well, and the network of international offices that Raposo Bernardo provides is also an excellent support for all our requests, both locally and internationally.’

‘The lawyers are very agile, versatile and easy to get along with and always deliver high quality work, even in the most demanding situations in terms of deadlines. They work with maximum transparency and have very strict internal procedures in this regard. Taking into account the efficient communication system in place, we frequently receive updates on our matters, always in a clear manner. The service is provided with the utmost professionalism.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a client on legal affairs related to its activity and return in the post-pandemic period.
  • Advised a company on post-pandemic recovery.
  • Represented a client in the leasing and registration of a large fleet of aircraft.

SRS Legal

José Luís Moreira da Silva heads up the transport and shipping department at SRS Legal, which is instructed by the main port authorities in Portugal, benefiting from the firm’s offices in Lisbon, Porto and Funchal.  The team is also adept at advising on maritime matters, as well as rail, road and air transport. Across these sectors, public law expert Silva and the team advise on public service concessions, PPP contracts, public procurement, financing and disputes. Administrative law litigation expert Alexandre Roque also supports the practice.

Practice head(s):

José Luís Moreira da Silva

Other key lawyers:

Alexandre Roque; Pedro Rebelo de Sousa


‘Excellent contacts in Portugal and great dedication to the job.’

‘Pedro Rebelo de Sousa has a very good network and great experience. Alexandre Roque is very reliable and spot on.’

‘Easy relationship, proximity and speed in answering the questions asked.’

Key clients

Port Authority of Lisbon

Port Authority of Setúbal and Sesimbra

Port Authority of Sines

Grupo Sousa

PTM Ibérica


Horários do Funchal, SA

Aviapartner Group

Empark, Aparcamientos y Servicios,

European Mar

EISAP – European International Shipowners Association of Portugal

SAM – Sociedade de Automóveis da Madeira, Lda.

Transtejo, SA

CP – Caminhos de Ferro de Portugal






IMV Holding BV


Work highlights

  • Advising European Mar on a number of ship registrations on the Madeira Shipping Register, and interpretation/application of Portuguese legislation and International Conventions.
  • Advising Transtejo and the government on the new 10-year concession contract for the in-land maritime passenger and vehicle transport on the river Tagus.
  • Advised a consortium comprised of Thales Portugal and CRRC Tangshan on a procedure to supply to Metro de Lisboa a Communications-Based Train Control signalling system and rolling stock of 14 new carriages.


Forming part of the infrastructure and mobility department, VdA's cross-practice transport offering combines expertise across the firm’s banking and finance, energy, competition, IT and public law partners. Focusing on project development and financing, regulatory issues, PPP and disputes, the team operates in the road, rail, air, urban transport and shipping sectors. Paulo de Barros Baptista heads up the team and maintains a strong sponsor-side practice. Rodrigo Esteves de Oliveira, José Miguel Oliveira and Teresa Empis Falcão also support the practice.

Practice head(s):

Paulo de Barros Baptista

Other key lawyers:

Teresa Empis Falcão; Rodrigo Esteves de Oliveira; José Miguel Oliveira


‘Innovation and total availability.’

‘Paulo de Barros Baptista: Professionalism, dedication, availability. Innovation.’

Key clients

José de Mello Capital, S.A.

ELOS – Ligações de Alta Velocidade, S.A.

Brisa – Auto-Estradas de Portugal, S.A. (Brisa)

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

ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, SA

SATA Air Açores, S.A.

Azores Regional Government

Ferrovial Agroman, S.A.

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

Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, S.A. (“CAF”)

Parpública – Participações Públicas (SGPS), S.A. (“Parpública)

Portuguese Government – Secretary of State for Digital Transition, Ministry of Economy and Digital Transition

Albuquerque & Almeida

Public procurement procedures, concession agreements and dispute resolution in the shipping and air sectors are areas of strength for Albuquerque & Almeida‘s transport practice, which sits within the firm’s public law department. The team has a roster of longstanding clients, such as shipping groups, container carriers and airport groups. Public law expert Alexandre De Albuquerque and employment and labour department head João Salvador jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre de Albuquerque; João Salvador

Other key lawyers:

Diana Silveira


‘They have experience and knowledge of project preparation, whether green field or in international public tenders, on the other hand, they have enormous knowledge in the areas in which this company operates, shipping, ports, concessions and shipyards.’

‘This team always has a highly proactive attitude, great attention to the details of the specifications and proposals prepared for the competition, the result of several years  of work in these business areas.’

‘It is a pleasure to work with this team and form work groups with great capacity for concentration and focus on the objectives to be achieved.’

Key clients

ETE Group

ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, S.A.

Setefrete Group

Transinsular – Transportes Maritimos Insulares SA

Work highlights

  • Providing assistance to ETE Group on matters related to the follow up of the concession agreements, navigation and forwarding agent relations.
  • Providing assistance to Setefrete Group on matters related to the follow up of the concession agreements, navigation and forwarding agent relations.
  • Assisting ETE Group in developing its business in Colombia, notably mid-stream ships and barges loading and unloading.

Miranda & Associados

All things related to aviation are handled by the transport practice at Miranda & Associados. The team assists and acts on behalf of carriers, engine and aircraft manufacturers, financial institutions, insurers and borrowers in transactional and regulatory matters, including aircraft financing, security, licensing, registration and M&A. Mafalda Oliveira Monteiro leads the practice, and has a strong focus on Lusophone and Francophone jurisdictions. Bruno Sampaio Santos is also of note and supports the practice.

Practice head(s):

Mafalda Oliveira Monteiro

Other key lawyers:

Bruno Sampaio Santos

Sérvulo & Associados

Sérvulo & Associados' transport team is a go-to for state and public bodies in all areas of transport including, road, rail, river and sea. The team is led by public procurement and concessions expert Ana Luísa Guimarães and PPP and infrastructure specialist Mark Kirkby, who oversee the firm's wide-ranging practice. The team is particularly adept in handling regulatory work, advising several municipalities, metropolitan areas and inter-municipal communities in both Lisbon and Porto in public tenders for public transport.

Practice head(s):

Ana Luísa Guimarães; Mark Kirkby


‘The team has a good knowledge of the regulatory environment for electric mobility in Portugal, which requires in-depth knowledge of the energy market, but also of its connection with transport and new technologies.’

‘Ana Luísa Guimarães demonstrates an enormous willingness to incorporate topics with some urgency in her agenda, complying with timings and deadlines.’

‘Exceptional knowledge of regulatory and legal issues relating to the energy sector, promoting tailor-made and pro-business legal guidance, which makes Servulo an important partner for strategic decision-making in defining our product and service offerings.’

‘Ana Luisa Guimarães – technical knowledge, accuracy and promptness.’

‘Sérvulo was at the national vanguard and showed throughout the period of preparation a capacity for analysis, assimilation and interpretation of the problem of transport, leading to questioning the proposed technical solutions and foreseeing potential consequences.’

‘Ana Luía Guimarães is a dedicated professional, who demonstrated from the beginning her will to master the subject of transport, a challenging subject at the time.’

‘I highlight the proximity in the approach to the themes and the fulfilment of the established goals. Also emphasize the approach that was systematically taken to us in the preventive sense to avoid future issues.’

Key clients

Metropolitan Area of Lisbon (AML)

Metropolitan Transports of Lisbon (TML)

Metropolitan Area of Oporto (AMP)

CIM Alto Alentejo

CIM Alto Tâmega

CIM Região de Aveiro

CIM Beira Baixa

CIM Beiras e Serra da Estrela

CIM Cávado

CIM Região de Coimbra

CIM Viseu Dão-Lafões

CIM Terras de Trás-os-Montes

Municipality of Portimão

CIM Região de Coimbra

Municipality of Marinha Grande

Metropolitano de Lisboa, E.P.E.

Infraestruturas de Portugal, I.P.

ANEPC – Autoridade Nacional de Emergência e Proteção Civil (National Civil Emergency and Protection Authority)

Metropolitano de Lisboa, E.P.E.

Ferconsult – Consultoria, Estudos e Projetos de Engenharia de Transportes, S.A.



Arsenal do Alfeite, SA

Astilleros Gondan, SA

Portuguese Ministry of Defence

Metro do Porto, S.A.

Empresa Martín

Astilleros Gondan, SA

TAP – Transportes Aéreos Portugueses, SGPS, S.A.

EDP Comercial

Work highlights

  • Advising the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon (association of 18 municipalities of Lisboa Region) in the public tender for the contracting of the public transport service for the transportation of passengers by road.
  • Assisting TML regarding the financing model of AML by the 18 municipalities, in view of the payments established in the service contracts by AML to the public service operators.
  • Advising the Metropolitan Area of Porto (association of 17 municipalities of Porto Region) in the public tender for the contracting of the road public transport service.