Firm Profile > Albuquerque & Almeida > Lisbon, Portugal

Albuquerque & Almeida
1250-047 LISBON

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Albuquerque & Almeida's notable areas of practice include commercial, insurance and banking litigation, as well as contractual disputes related to construction and private and public works. Practice co-head Francisco Colaço specialises in civil and commercial matters, acting before judicial courts and arbitration tribunals. The department's service offering was expanded with the arrival of Paulo Almeida from his own firm; he and his team bring a wealth of experience in capital markets litigation and criminal law.


The team has vast experience in dispute resolution, relevant know-how and noteworthy availability for the monitoring of judicial proceedings and clients’ requests.

Employment Tier 3

Albuquerque & Almeida is well equipped to handle collective bargaining, dismissal agreements, senior executive matters, as well as employment issues related to M&A transactions. Corporate restructuring is another area of activity for the department, which is co-led by João Salvador. Salvador has experience advising domestic and international companies operating in the chemicals, automotive and shipping sectors.

Key clients

Groupe Clarins

Carl Zeiss

Asea Brown Bovery

Zimmer Biomet




Massimo Zanetti

Bondalti Chemicals


EDP(National Electric)

Henry Schein


Indie Campers

Projects and project finance Tier 3

Albuquerque & Almeida, building on its public law expertise, is adept in privatisations and public tender procedures. The team has longstanding experience on the negotiation of concessions for the operation of ports. While domestic instructions are a central focus, the team also offers international investment expertise, where it handles a raft of instructions in Portuguese-speaking countries. Alexandre de Albuquerque is a key contact.

Practice head(s):


Great knowledge of the subjects concerned.

The firm has longstanding experience on public contracts, particularly in Portugal but also abroad.

The team is first class, and its knowledge of our business is paramount to any developments. Its availability is very good, the lawyers are present and ready.

Alexandre de Albuquerque, as team leader, is an extraordinary character with a very deep knowledge of the legal frameworks and the potential for businesses.

Diana Silveira is an experienced lawyer.

Key clients

ETE Group

CUF – Químicos Industriais S.A.

Setefrete Group

Transport Tier 3

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.


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

EU and competition Tier 4

Albuquerque & Almeida advises clients on the implementation of competition compliance programmes as well as on Portuguese and European antitrust issues. Notable areas of practice include merger control, horizontal and vertical agreements and abuse of dominance matters. The team is well versed in acting for companies and public entities in administrative proceedings, as well as in litigation before the European and national courts. Practice co-head Sónia Gemas Donário has significant experience in anti-competitive issues and trade restrictive practices.


The team showed an accurate sense of integrity, great knowledge of commercial issues and skilled antitrust legal guidance. The availability and speed at which they handled our requests must also be emphasised.

Sónia Gemas Donário and António de Mendonça Raimundo are extremely professional, and have  excellent knowledge of EU and competition matters.

Key clients



Massimo Zanetti





Águas do Tejo Atlântico

Public law Tier 4

Albuquerque & Almeida undertakes work related to administrative disputes, public tender procedures and privatisations, as well as negotiations of concessions. With particular prowess in the port sector, the team leads advice to some of the largest domestic maritime and port companies, and is equipped to assist in public procurement matters, notably port and defence concessions. Alexandre de Albuquerque heads the department, which also includes Diana Silveira.

Practice head(s):


The team is highly knowledgeable and maintains a close relationship with clients.

Great awareness of clients’ needs.

Alexandre Albuquerque demonstrates a deep understanding of public law matters.

Inês de Oliveira Domingos and Diana Silveira are technically competent.’

Key clients

ETE Group

ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, S.A.

Municipality of Coimbra

Setefrete Group

CEPSA – Portuguesa Petróleos S.A

GALP Energia

Parque Escolar, EPE

Value One Holding AG/ Milestone

CUF – Químicos Industriais S.A.

Anthea–Segurança Privada, Lda.

ABB Portugal

Factory GmbH

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

Albuquerque & Almeida is well versed in representing foreign purchasers in inbound M&A transactions, and also assists domestic sellers. The department is also skilled in advising on shareholders agreements, corporate governance as well as reorganisations and privatisations. Practice head António de Mendonça Raimundo specialises in corporate law and international contracts, and demonstrates in-depth understanding of M&A.


The team is knowledgeable of Portuguese Law and regulations. Lawyers are available, dedicated, flexible and with excellent proficiency in English and French.’

Excellent knowledge of Portuguese Law and regulations (and EU rules as well), especially in terms of interaction with contracts between non-Portuguese parties on Portuguese assets and companies.’

Excellent proficiency in English (full capacity to draft comprehensive M&A agreements in English) and also in French.’

Pragmatic approach avoiding pointless legal complexity.’

Good dedication to their clients, whom they get to know well so that they can provide a service that fits their needs.’

António Mendonça Raimundo always provides outstanding prompt and great quality service. He ensures the work of everyone in the firm is up to that standard.’

Key clients


Massimo Zanetti


Bondalti Chemicals (largest Portuguese chemical private group)


Estee Lauder





Carrier (United Technologies Group)

Crest Capital Partners

Indie Campers S.A.

Global Fire Equipment S.A.

Limestone Capital