Albuquerque & Almeida > Lisbon, Portugal > Firm Profile

Albuquerque & Almeida
CALCADA BENTO ROCHA CABRAL, 1
1250-047 LISBON
Portugal

Portugal > Projects and project finance Tier 3

Under the leadership of Alexandre De Albuquerque, Albuquerque & Almeida assists an array of domestic and international clients in project finance, PPP structures and investments. The team – which sits within the wider public law group – has strong credentials in the negotiation of concessions for the operation of ports, but is also experienced in project-related work pertaining to the transport, logistics and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre de Albuquerque

Other key lawyers:

Diana Silveira

Testimonials

‘They have experience and knowledge of project preparation, whether greenfield or in international public tenders. And they have enormous knowledge in the areas of shipping, ports, concessions and shipyards. This team always has a highly proactive attitude and great attention to detail.’

‘Alexandre de Albuquerque is an excellent team leader and great negotiator. Professional qualities far above average. Diana Silveira, a highly focused lawyer, with great experience and sympathy. Great competence and professional security.’

Key clients

ETE Group

Grupo Bondalti

Setefrete Group

Ingesport Health and Spa Consulting, S.A.

Factory GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised CV Interilhas, the concessionaire of the maritime transportation of passengers and cargo in Cabo Verde, on project finance.
  • Assisting multiple concessionaires of port concessions in Portugal, such as TCGL – Terminal de Carga Geral e de Granéis de Leixões, in the renegotiation of the concession contracts with the Government of Portugal and the Port Authorities.

Portugal > Public law Tier 3

Albuquerque & Almeida is adept at handling all phases of public procurement procedures and has particular knowledge of defence, port and maritime concessions. The team also provides public law support in the context of transactions, and is active in related dispute resolution matters. Alexandre De Albuquerque has ‘very in-depth knowledge of this area' and regularly acts as arbitrator. Diana Silveira is also part of the core team; she focuses on public procurement and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre de Albuquerque

Other key lawyers:

Diana Silveira; Maria de Lurdes Pereira; Inês de Oliveira Domingos; Ivan Roque Duarte

Testimonials

‘The team has great qualities and great availability.’

‘In addition to the great domain of generic legal topics, they have in-depth knowledge of the client’s business.’

‘They have a good knowledge of the latest technology and tools, which greatly facilitates the work.’

‘Alexandre de Albuquerque is the person in charge; he has enormous availability and very in-depth knowledge of the areas and themes in question.’

‘Diana Silveira is very experienced. Maria de Lurdes Pereira has great and in-depth knowledge of public law.’

‘Ivan Roque Duarte was very professional, competent and dedicated. I highly recommend his services.’

Key clients

ETE Group

Ingesport Health and Spa Consulting, S.A.

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

Anthea–Segurança Privada, Lda.

ABB Portugal

Factory GmbH

Orcinus – Serviços de Informática, Lda

EDP GROUP

ABSOLUTUS – Audiovisuais e Informática, Lda

CITAGO – Produção Agrícola, Lda

THEORY PENTAGON

SKI ACADEMY LISBOA

ATLANTICKISSES S.A.

INSTANTE SILVESTRE – CONSTRUÇÃO CIVIL LDA

DIÁLOGOS DO SÉCULO – Investimentos Imobiliários, Lda

HERDADE DO MAR – Atividades Agrícolas, Lda

WESTFALIA FRUIT IBERIA, LDA

GRANFER.COM – Importação e Exportação de Produtos Alimentares, Lda

BELLEZA COUNTRY RETREAT RESORT UNIPESSOAL, LDA

SCHMIDT STOSBERG Group

Work highlights

  • Provided advice to CV Interilhas, the concessionaire of the maritime transportation of passengers and cargo in Cabo Verde.
  • Provides legal assistance to the Municipality of Coimbra on a regular basis concerning several planning and construction matters.
  • Advised ABB Portugal on multiple restricted tenders with prior qualification for the Installation and Integration of Energy Storage Systems with Batteries.

Portugal > Transport Tier 3

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:

Testimonials

‘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.

Portugal > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Albuquerque & Almeida offers assistance to Portuguese businesses, international buyers, private equity clients and investment banks in M&A transactions, commercial and corporate matters. The practice is praised by clients for its ‘ability to always find solutions of an international rather than national nature'. António Mendonça Raimundo specialises in M&A and international contracts in the telecoms, insurance, hospitality and pharmaceutical sectors. He oversees the department with Paulo De Almeida and André Matias, the latter of whom practices in the fields of private equity, venture capital and technology-related transactions.

Practice head(s):

António Mendonça Raimundo; Paulo de Almeida; André Matias de Almeida

Other key lawyers:

Pedro Sousa Gonçalves

Testimonials

‘Fast reply, professionalism and flexibility. Antonio Mendonça Raimundo is recommended.’

‘The ability to always find solutions of an international rather than national nature makes them unique compared to others who only have Iberian capacity. The main lawyers we worked with are André Matias de Almeida and Pedro Sousa Gonçalves, who we classify as lawyers with an international view of business and not just a legal one.’

‘António Mendonça Raimundo- good technical knowledge, practical approach based on experience and good knowledge of the country, the market and clients. Excellent response times.’

‘Exemplary and impeccable service in the quality of legal support’

‘I’d highlight André Matias de Almeida for his availability and quality in general.’

‘High availability, swift execution, excellent knowledge of Portuguese legal framework, excellent fluency in English and in French.’

‘António Mendonça Raimundo is an excellent professional. He is always available to clarify doubts and texts on the matters we need. He is a great professional standing out for his knowledge, advice and experience and his permanent availability.’

Key clients

Crest Capital Partners

C2 Capital Partners

Google

Pepsico

Indie Holdings S.A.

Transportes Paulo Duarte

Cisco

Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group

Factory Licensing GmbH

Global Fire Equipment

Zeiss

Johnson Wax Group

Hospital Cruz Vermelha

ABB – Asea Brown Boveri

Hitachi ABB

Lycamobile

CMVM (Portuguese Stock Market Regulator)

Chubb (United Technologies Group)

Carrier (United Technologies Group)

Estee Lauder

Under Armour Inc.

Ingesport

Ariston

Portugal > Employment Tier 4

Albuquerque & Almeida's employment law department advises an enviable client roster of multinationals and domestic companies. Particularly strong in restructuring operations, the team also has extensive experience in collective redundancy processes for mid- and large-sized companies. Portuguese and EU employment expert João Salvador leads the practice; he has over 25 years of experience and is regularly involved in employer representation before trade unions and public authorities in the transportation and shipping sectors.

Practice head(s):

João Salvador

Testimonials

‘Permanent availability and care about the resolution of our requests. Technical competence is notable with the advantage of specialization by theme/legal area.’

‘João Salvador is technically very competent, transmits security and is very available.’

‘They have broad knowledge of the practice and also something very important and difficult to find. They take care of their clients. They are really invested about the issues managed by them.’

‘Joao Salvador is a great professional. Expert in healthcare legislation and other areas and a person very focused on providing a good service.’

Key clients

GROUPE CLARINS – Clarins Portugal

GOOGLE – GGLE PORTUGAL

HITACHI POWER GRIDS

ABB GROUP – ABB PORTUGAL

MASSIMO ZANETTI BEVERAGE IBERIA

SWAROVSKI PORTUGAL

DESIGUAL – INTS PORTUGAL

INFLAMMATIX PORTUGAL

SALTPAY / SALTPAY ORTUGAL

ZIMMER BIOMET (PORTUGAL)

BONDALTI

EDP – ELECTRICIDADE DE PORTUGAL

CTT – CORREIOS DE PORTUGAL

HENRY SCHEIN PORTUGAL

MCCORMICK PORTUGAL

MYSIS PORTUGAL / SPAIN – FINASTRA

ANTRAM – ROAD TRANSPORTATION ASSOCIATION

TRUDELL MEDICAL UK

TPD – TRANSPORTES PAULO DUARTE

CARL ZEISS PORTUGAL

VSL PORTUGAL

CREST CAPITAL PARTNERS

WHITE ANATOMIC – CORUS

Work highlights

  • Advised Clarins Portugal on the restructuring of its Portuguese workforce in the wake of the spin-off of the group’s fragrance business.
  • Advised Google Portugal on matters related to its internal organisation in Portugal and other employment matters.
  • Advised Hitachi Power Grids Portugal in employment matters related to its workforce organisation in Portugal.

Portugal > Real estate and construction Tier 4

The real estate practitioners at Albuquerque & Almeida advise multinationals with operations in Portugal, particularly in the boutique hotel and touristic resorts areas. Outside of this, the team also advises on a variety of other real estate sub-segments, including residential and retail projects. Real estate and urban development specialist Rita Delgado and foreign investment specialist Simão Mira are names to note.

Practice head(s):

Rita Delgado; Simão Mira

Testimonials

‘The negotiation qualities of Rita Delgado and Simao Mira are outstanding. We can highlight their precise preliminary skills of strategy, and at the same time they’ve shown great flexibility in stressful game-changing circumstances. As well, we are satisfied with the legal routine and daily tasks.’

Key clients

HABITAT

MONTE BARRADA

IMOGÁVEA

SOLAR DAS NECESSIDADES

ALENTO HOTEL, Lda.

ARCHIZEST – IMO, S.A.

GRUPO BROWN’S HOTEL

LAKSHMI

IRINIK

EVOLUTION AVENUE

BARCROFT

VANGUARD

NUMBER ONE

SGW

GOLDENHILL

MCM ARCHITECTURE

Portugal > Dispute resolution Tier 5

Commercial, insurance and banking litigation are all areas of particular focus for the dispute resolution team at Albuquerque & Almeida. The team demonstrates additional strength in contentious issues arising in the context of public works and construction projects, as well as distribution agreements. Department co-head Francisco Colaço is recommended for his ‘good technical knowledge’ in the litigation and arbitration fields. Fellow co-leader Paulo De Almeida excels in financial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Colaço; Paulo de Almeida

Other key lawyers:

Inês de Oliveira Domingos

Testimonials

‘Multidisciplinary team, young lawyers, with determination, led by senior specialists.’

‘Inês Domingos – deep knowledge of procedural law, and great involvement in matters.’

‘Francisco Colaço has good technical knowledge and is very professional.’

‘The quality of the team and the services rendered are of a very high standard. The time response is adequate to international standards and the proactivity of the team is perfect. I’d mention Alexandre Albuquerque.’

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.