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Albuquerque & Almeida
1250-047 LISBON

Portugal > Projects and project finance Tier 3

Skilled in negotiating port operation concessions and maritime transport-related matters, Albuquerque & Almeida assists both Portuguese and international clients with project finance, PPPs, and transport, logistics and energy transactions. Active in Portugal and other Portuguese-speaking countries, the team is led by public law specialist Alexandre De Albuquerque. Diana Silveira represents maritime companies and public entities, and plays a key role in the firm's most prominent mandates.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre de Albuquerque

Other key lawyers:


‘Their experience, knowledge, and capacity are notable.’

‘They have high experience in maritime, port and logistics. They have huge availability and friendliness both for regular work situations and urgent emergencies.

‘Alexandre de Albuquerque and Diana Silveira have high professional capacity and great knowledge of the client and their business.’

Key clients

ETE Group

Bondalti Group

Setefrete Group

Go Fit Life Science and Technology, Lda.

Factory GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised CV Interilhas, who was awarded with the concession of the inter-island maritime transport of cargo and passengers in Cabo Verde.
  • Assisting Bondalti Group with various projects.
  • Advised multiple concessionaires of port concessions in Portugal, such as TCGL – Terminal de Carga Geral e de Granéis de Leixões, SA, ETE – Empresa de Tráfego e Estiva, SA, and Tersado – Terminais Portuários do Sado, S.A., on the renewal of their concession contracts with the Port Authorities.

Portugal > Public law Tier 3

Under the leadership of Alexandre De Albuquerque, the ‘professional’ Albuquerque & Almeida public law group handles concession negotiations, administrative disputes, tender procedures, and privatisations, with a specialisation in public procurement within the defence and ports sectors. Ivan Roque Duarte complements the team’s expertise by advising energy and agriculture sector clients on a spectrum of public law issues. Municipalities regularly turn to Diana Silveira for assistance with contentious and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre de Albuquerque

Other key lawyers:


‘Alexandre de Albuquerque is competent and transparent.’

‘Albuquerque & Almeida has been vital to the development of our project by resolving all the obstacles that have been presented to us and helping us deal with licensing bureaucracy.’

‘Ivan Roque Duarte has done an excellent job and there is no flaw to point out.’

‘The team is professional, rigorous, and meets deadlines.’

‘Ivan Roque Duarte is completely available and knowledgeable about all the topics we bring to him.’

‘The team brings together a range of technical knowledge that allows it to monitor any public law matter with the highest quality. The team is robust enough to provide responses very quickly, always combined with great technical quality.’

‘Alexandre de Albuquerque is a leading name in the area of water concessions. His vast experience in monitoring these matters and in-depth technical knowledge give the client unparalleled security and confidence.’

‘Their up-to-date training, combined with an innovative mindset, has been a key factor in resolving complex cases. These professionals are constantly looking for more efficient ways to serve clients, and their proactivity is highly valued.’

Key clients

ETE Group

Go Fit Life Science and Technology, Lda.

APERLU – Associação Portuguesa dos Empregadores de Resíduos de Limpeza Urbana

CREST Capital Partners

Municipality of Coimbra

Freguesia de Estrela

Setefrete Group

CEPSA – Portuguesa Petróleos S.A

GALP Energia Group

Parque Escolar, EPE

Value One Holding AG/ Milestone

Grupo Bondalti

ABB Portugal

Factory GmbH

Citago – Produção Agrícola, Lda

Freguesia de Alvalade

Freguesia de São Domingos de Benfica

Logofruits, LDA

UCASUL – União De Cooperativas Agrícolas

Circuito do Sol

Sá Limpa – Facility Services, LDA

Olivocarvalheira – Sociedade Agrícola, LDA

VBB, Unipessoal, LDA

Work highlights

  • Advised CV Interilhas on matters related to the inter-island maritime transport of cargo and passengers in Cabo Verde.
  • Assisting the Municipality of Coimbra on a regular basis in several planning and construction matters.
  • Acted for Galp Group on a regular basis in a wide range of matters, spanning public law, urban planning and concessions.

Portugal > Transport Tier 3

Singled out for its 'extensive experience in maritime, ports and logistics', Albuquerque & Almeida is often engaged by shipping operators and container carriers seeking assistance in concessions, public procurement, and contractual matters. Alexandre De Albuquerque, who focuses on public law, and João Salvador, who provides advice on employment and corporate law issues, jointly lead the department.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre de Albuquerque; João Salvador


‘Alexandre de Albuquerque and the team’s qualities include high professionalism, great knowledge of the client and their business, as well as extensive experience in maritime, ports and logistics.’

Key clients

ETE Group

ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, S.A.

Setefrete Group

Transinsular – Transportes Marítimos Insulares SA

CV Interilhas

Work highlights

  • Assisting ETE Group in matters involving harbour concession agreements and forwarding agent relations.
  • Advising Setefrete Group on matters related to concession agreements and forwarding agent relations.
  • Assisting ETE Group in the expansion of its operations in Colombia.

Portugal > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Operating across a myriad of industries, including but not limited to technology, manufacturing, and consumer goods, the corporate, M&A and private equity team at Albuquerque & Almeida manages a steady stream of deals for a diverse portfolio of clients. The practice is jointly led by António Mendonça Raimundo and André Matias. Raimundo is noted for his experience advising on corporate law and international contracts, with a special emphasis on M&A in regulated and non-regulated sectors, while Matias regularly leads on major venture capital and private equity transactions.

Practice head(s):

António Mendonça Raimundo; André Matias de Almeida

Other key lawyers:

Igor Amarii; Miguel Almeida Simões


‘Best client service. Prompt and accurate answers.’

‘Good understanding of client needs so working with them is very time effecient.’

‘Proximity to partners.’

‘Excellent partners; Alexandre de Albuquerque stands out.’

‘Very professional, rigorous, and knowledgeable.’

‘Alburquerque & Almeida stands out for the technical quality of its lawyers, the fulfilment of its commitments, the good treatment of clients and the alignment with the interests of the activity. I also highlight the ability to adapt to the use of technology and the permanent search for simplification.’

Key clients

Crest Capital Partners

Antin Infrastructure Partners


Ritmos & Blues

Hitachi Energy

myFC Ventures Ltd

Banco de Fomento

Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group



Casper Ventures

ABB Asea Brown Boveri







Bondalti Chemicals

Under Armour Inc

Work highlights

  • Advised Crest Capital Partners on the acquisition of the company Ecocompósitos S.A.
  • Advised the company Ritmos&Blues on the sale of the Altice Arena.
  • Advised Garcias S.A.’s group on its restructuring process.

Portugal > Employment Tier 4

Rated for its 'high availability, professionalism and technical rigour', Albuquerque & Almeida is well versed in workforce restructurings, collective redundancies, and litigation. The group is led by João Salvador, who often provides employment law advice to Portuguese companies and multinationals from the chemicals, electronics, shipping, and automotive sectors. Leonor Barata takes the lead on contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

João Salvador

Other key lawyers:

Leonor Barata; Miguel Alcobia


‘The lawyers demonstrate high availability, professionalism and technical rigour.’

‘They have specialists in all employment areas, are very well prepared and take care of their clients. ’

‘We have worked with this firm for many years, this partnership always works very well at all levels. They have enormous knowledge and have been critical partners for us in several important projects.’

‘João Salvador’s support has been fundamental. In addition to having extensive knowledge and experience, he has been a critical and fundamental partner on sensitive topics.’

‘Good level of English and Spanish. Good knowledge of Portuguese labour law and good understanding of the needs of multinational companies.’

Key clients

Groupe Clarins – Clarins Portugal

Google Portugal

Hitachi Power Grids

ABB Group – ABB Portugal

Massimo Zanetti Beverage Iberia

Kyndryl Services Portugal

Cargill Portugal

ONI Telecom

Zimmer Biomet (Portugal)

Lisgarante – Soc. Garantia Mutua


CTT – Correios de Portugal

Henry Schein Portugal

Mccormick Portugal

Mysis Portugal / Spain – Finastra

ANTRAM – Road Transportation Employers Association

Biohorizons Portugal

TPD – Transportes Paulo Duarte

Carl Zeiss Portugal

VSL Portugal

Crest Capital Partners


Accelleron (Portugal)

Herdade da Comporta


PTC Therapeutics

Work highlights

  • Advised Cargill Portugal on negotiating the integration of a high-level technical team following acquisitions by Cargill Inc., and on matters related to the early retirement of a portion of its workforce.
  • Advising Oni Telecom on the restructuring of its management team and matters related to early retirement of senior employees.
  • Advising Herdade da Comporta on all matters related to employment law, including compliance with the new employment legislation, restructuring of employment contracts, services contracts and employment conditions.

Portugal > Dispute resolution Tier 5

Albuquerque & Almeida is well placed to advise its diverse portfolio of clients on contentious matters, including in targeted industries, including real estate, manufacturing, financial services, commercial, insurance and banking. Praised for her ‘competence’, Inês De Oliveira Domingos is frequently involved in high-profile arbitrations and judicial cases in the construction sector. She leads the team alongside Paulo De Almeida, who is noted for his focus on financial and capital markets litigation.

Practice head(s):

Inês dd Oliveira Domingos; Paulo de Almeida

Other key lawyers:

Luís Mesquita


‘The best expertise in administrative law. Accuracy and greater transparency in the treatment of topics.’

‘I have a daily relationship with the team, which reveals the following characteristics: commitment, competence, flexibility and client orientation.’

‘I would recommend Inês Domingos, with whom we have the closest relationship. She has an attitude of irreproachable competence. ’

‘Personalised way of informing the client about the status of processes.’

‘We recommend Paulo de Almeida.’

Portugal > Tax Tier 5

Fielding an ‘excellent’ team of lawyers, Albuquerque & Almeida assists with a range of tax-related mandates for a litany of multinationals, domestic companies, and high-net-worth individuals. Transactional work and tax litigation are core areas of focus for the group, which is also often engaged in matters concerning the non-habitual tax regime in Portugal. Henrique Nogueira Nunes jointly heads up the practice with Paulo De Almeida, whose practice encompasses tax, commercial, corporate, banking and securities law.

Practice head(s):

Henrique Nogueira Nunes; Paulo De Almeida

Other key lawyers:

Catarina Caldeira; Francisco Duarte Almeida


‘Very recognised team with excellent lawyers and work/support provided to its clients.’

‘Fantastic technical capacity and the team is very close to the client.’

Key clients

Cepsa Portuguesa Petroleos

Crest Capital Partners


Spinnia Sl

Johnson’s Wax De Portugal





Telmo Duarte

Work highlights

  • Advised Crest Capital Partners on the acquisition of Ecocompósitos S.A.
  • Advised Garcias S.A. on its restructuring process.
  • Providing Johnson’s Wax with regular tax advice, mostly regarding VAT matters.

Albuquerque Almeida (AA) was established in 2018, resulting from the alliance of two law firms: Albuquerque & Associados and Paulo Almeida & Associados. Albuquerque & Associados is one of the longest-established law firms in Portugal in the field of domestic and international business law. Its origins can be traced back to 1922 when the father of Albuquerque & Associados founding partners began to practice law. In fact, he was simply carrying on with a legal and academic family tradition dating back to the beginning of the 19th Century. This tradition was preserved by Albuquerque & Associados’, founding partners, Professor Ruy de Albuquerque (1933-2007) and Professor Martim de Albuquerque.

Albuquerque & Associados’ experience has been gained from more than six decades of uninterrupted practice in law mostly with international clients, with a long-standing tradition of representing companies originating mostly from the USA, France, Spain and the UK, but also clients from almost every other European country and from markets on other continents.

Albuquerque & Associados has always had a large corporate client base in Portugal, among the country’s top companies and groups, established in diverse industrial and services sectors, including banking, financial and insurance.

Albuquerque & Associados also has broad experience providing legal counsel to domestic and international government agencies. This experience, representing more than six decades of dealing with domestic and international companies and groups, as well as government and public sector agencies, constitutes a specific heritage of Albuquerque & Associados.