Abreu Advogados > Lisbon, Portugal > Firm Profile

Abreu Advogados
Av. Infante D. Henrique, 26
1149-096
Portugal

Portugal > Intellectual property Tier 1

‘Offering pragmatic, innovative and smart solutions’,  Abreu Advogados is known for its leading intellectual property team, which attracts a roster of domestic and international clients from a wide range of key sectors, most notably fashion, life sciences, media and tourism. The group offers a wide range of IP services, covering trade mark and patent prosecution, litigation, unfair competition, copyright protection and licensing matters, among others. Receiving strong praise from clients is Manuel Durães Rocha, who focuses on judicial and arbitratal disputes involving infringement. He leads the practice alongside António Andrade, who regularly handles pharmaceutical patent litigation and IP enforcement proceedings. With a strong background in arbitration, Ricardo Henriques is noted for compliance projects, software licensing and GDPR implementation. Another key name is César Bessa Monteiro, whose practice covers brands, trade secrets, unfair competition and copyright matters.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Durães Rocha; António Andrade

Other key lawyers:

Ricardo Henriques; César Bessa Monteiro; José Maria Alves Pereira

Testimonials

‘Wonderful team of experienced and reliable practitioners, who are able to provide fast and professional assistance on every specific question submitted.’

‘The firm provides a full range of legal services, including IP.’

‘Manuel Duraes Rocha is recommended for his extensive experience and knowledge in intellectual property matters. Very responsive and great quality of work.’

‘The Abreu team led by Manuel Durães Rocha has been an excellent partner in the area of industrial property, with a focus on brand management.’

‘Our main contact is Manuel Durães Rocha, who stands out for his proximity to the client and clear perception of matters and our business.’

‘Very prompt to answer, always offering pragmatic, innovative and smart solutions to resolve matters.’

‘I’d highlight Ricardo Henriques, César Bessa Monteiro and José Maria Alves Pereira.’

‘The team is efficient and focused on results. We are very satisfied with the team.’

Key clients

Antylia Scientific

Bausch Health Ireland Limited

Betty Blue Spa

Boehringer Ingelhein

BRISA

Calvin Klein

Coca-Cola

Corinthia Hotels

Dell

Domingos Alves de Sousa’s wines

EBEL

Eiffage

ELITE

Festina Lotus

Fundacción Universitaria San Pablo – CEU

Google

GROUPE CANAL+

HEMA BV

Henessy

Hewlett Packard (HP)

IKEA

LIDL

Magnum Cap – Electrical Power Solutions, Lda

Novo Verde

Oracle

Pronovias

SACOOR

SAP SE

SECIL

Sequoia

Sociedade Ponto Verde – SPV

Sunny CARS

Sydell Group

TAG HEUER

TOYOTOMI

UEFA

Vemedia BV

WOMENWINWIN

Work highlights

  • Assisted Boehringer Ingelheim in trade mark registrations in several jurisdictions, including Portuguese-speaking countries.
  • Acted for Sacoor Brothers Group, a Portuguese fashion group, on the defence of its trade mark Sacoor Blue, a new clothing concept with sustainability and ecological concerns.
  • Advised Secil – Companhia Geral de Cal e Cimento on patent and trade mark registration issues and negotiations of intellectual property agreements with third parties.

Portugal > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Abreu Advogados‘professional, experienced and proactive’ real estate team is ‘an excellent business partner, with a solution-driven approach’. The practice acts for a diverse roster of clients, including developers, banks, retailers, shopping centres and private investors, in all stages of real estate transactions. Additionally, the group houses a notary and registration office, facilitating the formalisation of mortgages, sales and horizontal property deeds. Notable for his expertise in project development and the construction of large retail stores and shopping centres, Tiago Mendonça de Castro manages the department alongside Patrícia Viana, who is seasoned in real estate M&A and sale and leaseback transactions. Other key lawyers include Maria Santa Martha in Porto, who was made partner in April 2022, and Diogo Belard Correia, who is a popular choice for investors and developers seeking advice on residential and tourism-related real estate projects.

Practice head(s):

Tiago Mendonça Castro; Patricia Viana

Other key lawyers:

Maria Santa Martha; Sara Ferraz Mendonça; Diogo Belard Correia

Testimonials

‘Abreu Advogados is very professional and efficient. I appreciate the team’s personal touch which makes me feel very well looked after. Attention to detail is another key element which makes me choose Abreu Advogados. Its practitioners are the best by far from all the other law firms I have dealt with in Portugal and beyond. I have recommended Abreu Advogados numerous times to my family members and friends.’

‘Diogo Belard Correia is a highly valued professional, who I have been honoured to work with for the past two years. I value Diogo for his prompt and efficient responses.’

‘Great internal communication is very important for the success of a process. Abreu excels in that.’

‘Attention to detail and outstanding client relations. Knowledgeable professional lawyers.’ 

‘Tiago Mendonça de Castro has vast experience and knowledge of the various aspects of the real estate and construction sectors.’

‘Sara Ferraz Mendonça is very professional and dedicated to the client, with the ability to follow up on client matters and effectively manage issues always in favour of the client and its objectives. She is creative in structuring the proposed solutions and has the excellent ability to deal with complex matters in a practical way.’

‘Patricia Viana is knowledgeable and professional.’

‘Tiago Mendonça de Castro and Diogo Belard Correia are both very knowledgeable and give solid advice on all aspects of real estate transactions.’

Key clients

Ageas

IKEA

Fortera Properties

Noble Faces

Coca-Cola Company

PRIMARK

Chint Solar

PROMIRIS

Getir

INGKA Centres

Time Out Market Porto

Urbania International

Interfundos

Osborne+Co

Imofundos

Nhood

Henley & Partners

Savory & Partners

H&M

Portugal Unplugged

Sweet Tomato

CBRE GI

Iberdrola

Panattoni

Vougainvest

Work highlights

  • Advised IKEA Group on the restructuring of its retail activities and the expansion and reconversion of commercial areas into new warehouses.
  • Acted for Fortera Group in the setting up of a joint venture with an Israeli group for the construction of Skyline Project, a multi-purpose complex.
  • Assisted a client with the installation of “Time Out Market Porto”, the second opening in Portugal, to be installed inside the historical São Bento train station.

Portugal > Tax Tier 1

A respected player with an excellent reputation in Europe‘, Abreu Advogados possesses a team of 'experienced tax lawyers focused on serving their clients well‘. Tax law has been at the core of the firm ever since its foundation; founding partner Miguel Teixeira de Abreu has a wealth of experience in all matters pertaining to this field, namely tax efficiency structures, and the tax aspects of M&A and corporate restructurings. A popular choice ‘for anyone wishing to live, invest or do business in Portugal‘, the team is well versed in the entire spectrum of tax matters. Co-head Alexandra Courela specialises in transactional and general corporate tax issues, while fellow co-leader Nuno Cunha Barnabé focuses on private clients and property taxation. This is also an area of activity for the recommended Maria Inês Assis, who excels in cross-border investment mandates. Other key individuals include Porto-based Maria Dulce Soares and Sara Soares, who handle tax litigation; Susana Duarte, who has carved out a niche in the digital and blockchain space; and Mariana Gouveia de Oliveira, a key contact for financial sector and energy taxation matters.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Courela; Nuno Cunha Barnabé

Testimonials

‘Great collaboration with Maria Inês Assis.’

‘We have found the approach by Abreu very thorough in explaining the difficulties of the Portuguese system in relation to our case.’

‘I have engaged with Alexandra Courela and she has been great on our case. Time will tell if we are successful but I believe that they have given us the best chance of success.’

‘I have been a client of Abreu Advogados for more than 7 years and the quality of their service is outstanding. Tax is in Abreu Advogados’ DNA. It is the ideal tax law firm for anyone wishing to live, invest or do business in Portugal. Abreu Advogados is a respected player with an excellent reputation in Europe and has a team of honest and experienced tax lawyers focused on serving their clients well. They are very serious and professional. They work as a team, putting the interests of their clients always first.’

‘I would like to highlight the exceptional quality of the team led by Alexandra Courela. She is a top tax lawyer; she is honest, well-connected, competent and knows how to engage and motivate her team. She is always aware of any change in the law that might directly impact her clients.’

‘They are first rate and we have worked with them, on cross-border tax and trust planning, on a number of very interesting matters for many years. We place Abreu Advogados at the top tier of the firms with which we work regularly in Portugal on private client matters for important clients.’

‘We have worked most closely with Nuno Cunha Barnabé. He is a highly skilled, very experienced, excellent lawyer. Nuno is one of the top tax and trust advisors in Portugal, with extensive experience in the largest and most complex international tax and corporate matters, and with an impressive cross-border practice of clients from around the world . He has excellent judgement and strategic skills.’

Key clients

Statkraft

Marques Distribuição, SGPS, S.A.

Kinda Home

Chint Solar

Total

PT Ventures, SGPS, SA (until recently a subsidiary of OI, SA)

Bristol-Myers Squibb

DISA/Prio

CEPSA

Portugal > Banking and finance Tier 2

Rated for its ‘personalised attention‘, Abreu Advogados has strong relationships with several domestic and international corporates and credit institutions, and is especially prolific in borrower-side mandates. Its broad service coverage includes regulatory matters and transactional work, which ranges from real estate and project financing to structured lending, acquisition finance and disposals of NPL portfolios. The practice is now under the joint leadership of three partners: Diogo Pereira Duarte, who specialises in the regulatory framework applicable to banks, investment firms, fintech and blockchain, and Rodrigo Formigal, a key figure for cross-border financing transactions and debt restructuring, were promoted to new coordinators of the finance group in 2021, joining José Maria Corrêa De Sampaio in the leadership seat. André Modesto Pinheiro, who was recently promoted to associated parter, and co-head of the fintech group Isabel Pinheiro Torres are other names to note. The group was strengthened in November 2022 by the arrival of a team from TELLES focused on structured finance and projects. Partner Bruno Azevedo Rodrigues, and senior associate João Lupi bring a wealth of experience in the financing of renewable projects and banking matters. The practice was further bolstered by the arrival of Pedro Ferreira Malaquias from Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho in early 2023; he enjoys a strong reputation in the retail and commercial banking market. Rui Ferreira de Almeida rejoined the firm in February 2024.

Practice head(s):

José Maria Corrêa de Sampaio; Rodrigo Formigal; Diogo Pereira Duarte

Testimonials

‘Abreu Advogados has a team dedicated to issues related to venture capital investments, especially in the areas of risk and impact capital, alternative responses and developing customised solutions for clients.’

‘André Modesto Pinheiro is always available and cordial, and has extensive experience in venture capital matters, which has allowed him to present solutions that meet our needs.’

‘A positive point is the flexibility both in terms of response and rates. They also are adapted to the client’s requirements, even if the client proposes last-minute changes. They have an excellent capacity of response even in moments of high demand.’

‘Personalised attention, partners answer questions without delegating to more junior staff. Reasonable rates.’

‘I have worked with Rodrigo Formigal. He is extremely responsive and collaborative on transactions. Rodrigo provides clear and digestible advice on Portuguese issues in finance transactions and is able to analyse these effectively in the context of the commercial drivers of the deal.’

Key clients

Banco de Negócios Internacional

BIG

Big Mozambique

Bitvavo

Caixa Geral de Depósitos

Credit Suisse

Dura Automotive

EFACEC

Getir

Holland & Knight

IKEA

impactMarket

JJW Hotels & Resorts Group

Onetier Partners SCR

PRIO Group

Rolls Royce

Sacyr Somague

Santa Casa da Misericórdia

Starz Real Estate

Time Out Group

TOTAL

Uphold

Utrust

Vivid

VStudent

Yildirim Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted EFACEC in a financing contract with a banking syndicate composed of three major Portuguese banks and an additional bank who performed the role of agent of the banking syndicate.
  • Advised Starz Real Estate on the financing – via a mortgage-backed facility agreement – to a vehicle (CSH Porto2 Lda) to be held by Temprano Capital and Brookfield for the purpose of acquiring the biggest student house accommodation project in the north of Portugal.
  • Provided legal assistance to the various companies of the PRIO Group, in the redefinition and renegotiation of its bank financing, following the acquisition of this Group by the Spanish group DISA.

Portugal > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

The ‘reputedAbreu Advogados maintains a broad offering in the area of corporate and M&A, and is noted for its ‘technical competence, total availability‘ and partner-level involvement in all matters. The team routinely undertakes complex transactional work, covering M&A and private equity deals across an array of industries – including real estate, banking, tech, life sciences, energy and natural resources- in Portugal, Mozambique and Angola. Corporate governance also features on the team’s workload, as do commercial and day-to-day corporate mandates. Ana Sofia Batista is singled out for her experience in private equity and M&A negotiations in Portugal and Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa. She oversees the team with José Maria Corrêa De Sampaio, a key contact for banking and insurance-related transactions, and Manuel Santos Vítor, whose expertise extends to corporate restructurings and governance issues. M&A involving real estate assets is a core area of activity for António Pina, while Teresa Anselmo Vaz is particularly sought out by clients from the life sciences and healthcare sectors in matters relating to commercial and corporate law. Rita Albuquerque joined from PLMJ in February 2024.

Practice head(s):

Ana Sofia Batista; José Maria Corrêa de Sampaio; Manuel Santos Vítor

Other key lawyers:

António Pina; César Bessa Monteiro Jr; Rui Peixoto Duarte; Teresa Anselmo Vaz; Marta Romano de Castro; Pedro Alves da Silva; Maria de Deus Botelho; Rita Albuquerque

Testimonials

‘Abreu has a close and competent team, with a good quality-value ratio.’

‘Law firm of excellence, with lawyers specialised in the different areas of Law, with enormous competences for any legal matter. It is worth noting the transparency, the attitude of all lawyers, the availability, speed and security they convey.’

‘Maria de Deus Botelho, a specialist in commercial and corporate law, advises us in large corporate transactions.’

‘We were advised by Abreu in an M&A process with considerable complexity and dimension. The services provided were of the highest quality. Among the numerous qualities of the team, technical competence, total availability and delivery, complete mastery of the transaction in all its nuances and details, and the transparency and reasonableness of the fee policy stand out.’

‘The most distinguished person in the team is Teresa Anselmo Vaz, with whom I have worked for many years, and who is an admirable professional at all levels. Combining her impressive technical expertise with total availability, quick response without neglecting any detail and an uncompromising commitment to the client, Teresa is a lawyer in whom it is impossible not to trust 100%.’

‘The high execution capacity and the permanent involvement of senior staff stand out.’

‘Well reputed law firm. Very responsive in all matters we have to deal with. Fees in line with the market.’

‘Antonio Pina has been my main point of contact at Abreus and he has directed me to his colleagues with the various advice i have needed. Antonio and his team have been quick to respond and give outstanding advice.’

Key clients

Banco Português de Fomento

Cary Group

Caixa Geral de Depósitos

Chint Solar

DCC Investors

De Heus

E.Leclerc Group

Efacec

Embraer Portugal, S.A.

Frey

JLL Group

Lidl & Companhia

Loomis

Sirplaste

Sublime Group

The Walt Disney Company

Total

Vortal

HCapital Partners – SCR, S.A.

Newpal – Investimentos, SGPS, S.A.

Open Spiral, SGPS, SA

Idealista, S.A.U.

Work highlights

  • Advising Embraer on the transfer to the Spanish company Aernnova Aerospace, S.A.U., of its factories in Évora, operated by Embraer Portugal Estruturas Metálicas and Embraer Portugal Estruturas em Compósitos.
  • Acted for Open Spiral in the signature of definitive agreements with Cyient Limited to acquire CELFINET – CONSULTORIA EM TELECOMUNICAÇÕES, S.A.
  • Advised Newpal – Investimentos, SGPS, S.A. on the acquisition of 84% of the share capital of COPAM – COMPANHIA PORTUGUESA DE AMIDO, S.A.

Portugal > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Abreu Advogados is often sought after to handle complex civil and commercial disputes, arbitration cases and pre-litigation proceedings, before both domestic and international courts and tribunals. The firm has also been expanding its corporate crime group, which is led by Francisco Patrício and is focused on complex criminal cases and compliance matters. Notable for her experience in international arbitration cases involving companies in Spain and Luxembourg as well as foreign investors operating in Portugal, Mozambique and Angola, Alexandra Nascimento Correia heads the litigation and arbitration practice alongside Guilherme Santos Silva. Santos Silva co-leads the firm’s Angolan desk and has extensive experience in civil, commercial and transportation litigation. Ana Grosso Alves, who has a wealth of experience in litigation and arbitration, joined from Gómez-Acebo & Pombo in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Nascimento Correia; Guilherme Santos Silva; Francisco Patrício

Other key lawyers:

André Pereira da Fonseca; Gonçalo Malheiro; Teresa Anselmo Vaz; Teresa Brito da Silva

Testimonials

‘Reliable, great knowledge of the law and great accessibility.’

‘In-depth knowledge of the clients’ business. Quick, swift and proactive communication style.’

‘Alexandra Nascimento Correia is an excellent lawyer, easily accessible and trustworthy.’

‘The team was tireless at all stages of the case, with the aggravating factor that most of the case took place during the pandemic.’

‘André Pereira da Fonseca and Gonçalo Malheiro know how to strategically manage a case, especially trial hearings. A successful outcome not only due to their knowledge but also due to the strategy used in all phases of the case.’ 

‘Guilherme Santos Silva is pragmatic and very competent.’

‘I have had the opportunity to work closely with Alexandra Nascimento Correia in arbitration and judicial proceedings and I would like to highlight her rigour and knowledge in civil proceedings.’

‘Teresa Anselmo Vaz and Teresa Brito da Silva are recommended.’

Key clients

AIRBNB

Andritz Hydro GmbH

Caixa Central de Crédito Agrícola Mútuo

Federação Portuguesa de Futebol

Galp Energia

GASMOCAM, MAD, SA

Interfundos – Sociedade Gestora de Fundos de Investimento Colectivo, SA

Sonagi (formerly Cimilonga Imobiliária)

Synlab Group – Europe’s leading provider of laboratory diagnostic services

UEM – Unidade de Estruturas Metálicas, SA (Normetal Group)

Work highlights

  • Assisted Andritz in a contractual and insolvency dispute against a major construction company involving the construction of several dams.
  • Acted for GALP’s subsidiary Lisboa Gás in a judicial dispute against the owners of properties located in the historical area of Lisbon that exploded due to a gas leak.

Portugal > Employment Tier 2

The employment department at Abreu Advogados has been strengthened recently with the partner promotions of Sofia Silva Sousa, Diogo Orvalho, Simão de Sant’Ana and Ana Manuela Barbosa. Co-headed by Carmo Sousa Machado and Patrícia Perestrelo, the group excels in employment litigation, with extensive experience handling cases before the labour and higher courts. Rated for its ‘vast technical knowledge and hands-on approach’, the practice advises on collective dismissals, social security matters and corporate restructurings across a wide range of sectors, including aviation, life sciences and automotive. Madalena Caldeira left the firm in January 2024.

Practice head(s):

Carmo Sousa Machado; Patrícia Perestrelo

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We really enjoy working with Abreu Advogados. Whenever we have new hires or changes to contracts, its team provides an excellent, high quality and personalised service as quickly as possible.’

‘Sofia Silva e Sousa is an experienced lawyer who is distinguished by her business acumen and capacity to provide legal assessments tailored to the client’s business.’

‘There is a whole team behind Abreu Advogados to provide support to the client, from the colleague who answers the phone to the lawyers. They always receive the client with a smile and a friendly word, offering a personalised treatment that suits the client’s needs. Well done! Carmo Sousa Machado and Simão de Sant’Ana.’

‘A team with vast technical knowledge and immense experience. Multifaceted and hands-on approach.’

‘Carmo Sousa Machado is recommended for her proactivity, intelligence and in-depth knowledge of the labour market.’

‘The team is very responsive and commercial in its approach.’

‘I have been very impressed by Carmo Sousa Machado’s communication skills and her attention to detail.’

Key clients

Alstom Portugal

AUCHAN

BC Group

BILFINGER, S.E.

BILFINGER PREFAL

Boiron

Colt Technology Services

Corinthia Hotels

CTT – Correios de Portugal

De Heus

Dura Automotive

Embraer Portugal

Expeditors International of Washington, Inc

FedEx Express Europe

GLOBALVIA INVERSIONES and Portuguese subsidiaries

Groupe SEB Ibérica

HAWORTH, SE

Hidden Hearing Portugal

Iberdrola Group

Imperial Produtos Alimentares

Isdin Portugal

JJW Portugal

Laboratoires Arkopharma

Michael Kors

NEWREST INTERNATIONAL GROUP

OGMA – INDÚSTRIA AERONÁUTICA DE PORTUGAL, SA

Planmeca Oy

Randstad

SAMVARDHANA MOTHERSON PEGUFORM AUTOMOTIVE PORTUGAL

Sindicato Nacional do Pessoal de Voo da Aviação Civil

Sporting Clube de Portugal/Sporting Clube de Portugal Futebol SAD

Staples

Synlab

Tata Consulting Services

TESLA

Tomtom Sales BV

Unitedhealth

Lusíadas Group

Zadig & Voltaire

PTC Therapeutics

Zoideestugarda, Unipessoal Lda

Alfred Kärcher SE & Co. KG

AXA Group

5CA

Microsoft

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Embraer Group in all employment-related matters in the context of the sale of two affiliates to AERNNOVA in 2022, involving €150m and 500 employees.
  • Advised SNPVAC (Sindicato Nacional do Pessoal de Voo da Aviação Civil) on several labour matters, including collective bargaining agreements and collective dismissals of TAP’s employees.

Portugal > Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Abreu Advogados offers assistance in the full range of matters related to energy and natural resources projects, most notably M&A, licensing issues, public law litigation and project finance. The team is a popular choice for major companies, investors and financial institutions, and is often engaged in cross-border transactions with ties to Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa and Timor-Leste. Co-head of the Angola and Cabo Verde desks, José Eduardo Martins leads on public law and regulatory mandates, with a particular focus on environmental and climate change issues. Manuel de Andrade Neves oversees the firm’s East Timor office and has extensive experience advising on renewables and LNG projects. Manuel Santos Vítor is sought after to handle M&A and financing transactions for large energy projects. Tiago Corrêa do Amaral is another key lawyer and stands out for his work in wind farm and hydroelectric power projects. The addition of Bruno Azevedo Rodrigues and João Lupi from TELLES in November 2022 bolstered the energy practice. Rui Ferreira de Almeida rejoined the firm in February 2024.

Practice head(s):

José Eduardo Martins; Manuel de Andrade Neves; Manuel Santos Vítor

Other key lawyers:

Tiago Côrrea do Amaral; Guilherme Mata da Silva; António Frusoni Gonçalves; Bruno Azevedo Rodrigues; João Lupi; Rui Ferreira de Almeida

Testimonials

‘The law firm provides services in the area of energy and natural resources through a multidisciplinary team that takes into account the needs of the client.’

‘Complete dedication to the client and availability.’

‘The provision of services by specialised lawyers who are allocated to assist the client according to the level of seniority necessary to solve the client’s problem. Reasonable billing.’

‘Manuel Santos Vitor is a corporate and M&A partner that is specialised in the energy sector. He demonstrates exceptional availability and creativity.’

‘Manuel Andrade Neves is a public law and environment partner that excels in implementing the most complex issues in the simplest possible way. Great at resolving issues with public entities and public and environmental law matters. Great results.’

‘António Frusoni Gonçalves is experienced in corporate and M&A and is always interested and available to understand and implement what is necessary to solve his clients’ problems.’

‘In addition to the availability to gather and resolve the issues of our company, the team has extensive experience, which conveys security and confidence to the client.’

‘Tiago Côrrea do Amaral and Guilherme Mata da Silva stand out.’

Key clients

Allego

Chint solar

Copenhagen Offshore Partners

Prio

Efacec

Engie

Iberdrola Generación S.A.U

Iberdrola Renovables

REN Trading

RP Global

SBC Renewables

Total

Disa

CJR Renewables

Work highlights

  • Assisting Iberdrola Generación in all its major projects in Portugal for the last 15 years, including three large dams in Tâmega, a project valued at €1.8bn.
  • Advised a major offshore wind farm project to be implemented in Portugal valued at €10bn.
  • Advised Itafos on phosphate mining project in Farim Guinea-Bissau, the largest FDI project in the country.

Portugal > Porto: Leading commercial firms Tier 2

Abreu Advogados‘ Porto office houses a sizeable team, which is well regarded for its ‘professionalism and ability to offer innovative solutions tailored to its clients’ business’. Particularly active in the real estate, life sciences and manufacturing sectors, the group’s core areas of practice include tax, corporate, employment, dispute resolution and banking. The tax practice is led by Maria Dulce Soares, who is often sought after to handle tax litigation. Arbitration expert Paulo de Tarso Domingues has significant experience advising on M&A, corporate matters and dispute resolution. Rui Peixoto Duarte is a key contact for mergers and demergers as well as international companies looking to establish operations in Portugal. José Carlos Vasconcelos specialises in real estate acquisitions, while Pedro Pessanha is recommended for foreign investment and international contracts. Ana Manuela Barbosa handles non-contentious and contentious employment matters. Another key lawyer is corporate and M&A specialist Maria de Deus Botelho.

Practice head(s):

Maria Dulce Soares; Paulo de Tarso Domingues; Rui Peixoto Duarte

Testimonials

‘The firm has experts in all areas of law. It should be emphasised that the partner responsible for our matters remains involved at all times, even when assisted by other specialists, and is therefore fully informed about the process.’

‘The lawyers have not only excellent expertise but also an economic understanding of legal issues. I would particularly highlight Jose Carlos Vasconcelos and Isabel Pinheiro Torres.’

‘Abreu Advogados is a serious and competent law firm, equipped with specialised professionals who deliver high quality services. Above all, they are close to clients, always available to provide clarifications and give the best advice.’

‘Maria de Deus Botelho is an exceptional lawyer, with a flair, who takes on a challenge with gusto and delivers a service of the highest quality. She never loses her calm spirit even in challenging matters.’

‘Responsiveness, great professionalism and ability to offer innovative legal solutions adapted to its clients’ business.’

‘We particularly recommend Maria de Deus Botelho with whom we have been working for many years. I would like to highlight her great professionalism, responsiveness, efficiency and ability to understand the legal and economic issues of a situation and to propose suitable and secure solutions. Beyond these professional qualities, the human qualities and benevolence of Maria de Deus Botelho are also an indisputable asset.’

‘Maria de Deus is an excellent negotiator, and we rely on her inexhaustible expertise daily. She is always available to provide legal assistance, taking into account the sector in which the client is inserted and the best practices of the market.’

‘Pedro Pessanha and Diogo Pessanha are recommended.’

Key clients

Humble Group

ABACATE AB

Cary Group

Birkenstock Group

MSG Coffee House Limited

GENIBET BIOPHARMACEUTICALS SA

E.LECLERC

Cepsa

Total

Grupo Alberto Oculista

BMCar

Work highlights

  • Acted for BMCar in a joint venture with the French group BYmyCar and the acquisition by the joint venture of assets from BMW Madrid.
  • Advised Humble Group on a binding agreement with the owners of LEV Group regarding the acquisition of all shares in the company.
  • Assisted MSG Coffee House Limited with the acquisition of a stake in a Portuguese incorporated SPV for the implementation of a real estate development project.

Portugal > Projects and project finance Tier 2

Abreu Advogados‘ multidisciplinary practice draws on partners from across the full-service firm to provide comprehensive coverage of projects matters in Portugal and Portuguese-speaking countries around the world. A particularly strong performer in multijurisdictional mandates, the group is primarily retained by public entities, sponsors, and companies from the energy and natural resources sectors, but is also well positioned to assist financing entities in project finance, public procurement and M&A transactions involving regulated assets. Among the names to note, Manuel de Andrade Neves is recognised for his broad expertise in public law and environmental matters; he is the go-to counsel for clients engaged in domestic and international projects in the water and renewable energy spaces. Ana Sofia Batista is seasoned in project finance, while Mafalda Teixeira de Abreu advises on PPPs and concession contracts in the transport and healthcare segments. The firm’s project finance capabilities, especially in the energy sector, were bolstered by the arrival of Bruno Azevedo Rodrigues and João Lupi from TELLES in November 2022. Former Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho's banking partner Pedro Ferreira Malaquias also joined in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Azevedo Rodrigues; Mafalda Teixeira de Abreu

Key clients

Iberdrola Group

Chint Solar

EMBRAER Group

TOTAL

ALSA/National Express

IDC – Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa

Patentes Talgo SLU

ITAFOS

Copenhagen Offshore Partners

Portugal > Transport Tier 2

Abreu Advogados‘ transport team covers a wide range of matters, spanning M&A, corporate finance, tax, competition law, dispute resolution and public law. With extensive experience advising on sales, seizures and debt enforcement proceedings in the shipping and aviation sectors, Guilherme Santos Silva co-heads the practice alongside Pedro Alves Da Silva and Nuno Luís Sapateiro. Alves da Silva focuses on M&A and contracts, while Sapateiro has a strong background in the insurance and aviation sectors.

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

‘Abreu usually represents the interests of its clients and is very loyal and collaborative.’

‘Nuno Sapateiro is a lawyer with extensive experience. He is results oriented and focused on his client’s business. Understands constraints and facilitates solutions.’

Key clients

LOOMIS

Tokyo Gas

Alsa

NEXCONTINENTAL

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)

Prio Energy

National Union of Civil Aviation Flight Personnel

Work highlights

  • Advised Embraer on the transfer to Aernnova Aerospace of its factories in Évora, operated by Embraer Portugal Estruturas Metálicas and Embraer Portugal Estruturas em Compósitos.
  • Assisted DILU and PRIO in the negotiation and drafting of two agreements with the Rodareas Group, holder of several gas stations  in the north of Portugal.
  • Advised Aviation Capital Group (ACG) on the financing transaction for two Airbus A321neo LR aircraft, which joined TAP’s fleet.

Portugal > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

Abreu Advogados houses an ‘experienced and reliable’ team of dedicated privacy and data protection specialists, who are often retained by household name companies to advise on cross-border data transfers, GDPR compliance, audits and privacy policies. The team’s client list spans a wide range of sectors, such as TMT, insurance, healthcare, life sciences and retail. Notable for his experience handling GDPR implementation projects, Ricardo Henriques leads the practice and is highly regarded as ‘an excellent partner who delivers outstanding service’. Henriques is supported by senior associate José Maria Alves Pereira, whose expertise spans e-commerce, consumer law, media and advertising matters.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Henriques

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Wonderful team of experienced and reliable people, who are able to provide fast and professional assistance on every specific question submitted.’

‘Excellent team, constantly improving and helping our businesses.’

‘Ricardo Herniques is an excellent partner who delivers an outstanding service.’

‘Competence and availability, understanding of the business and the client’s needs, are some of the characteristics that I would emphasise in relation to partner Ricardo Henriques and associate José Maria Alves Pereira.’

‘Ricardo Henriques, César Bessa Monteiro and José Maria Alves Pereira are recommended.’

Key clients

Acciona

BIAL

Coca-Cola

Colt

Coopervision

Daimler

Enterprise

Essity

Federal Express (FedEx)

Fresenius SE & Co KgaA

GENPACT (PNMSOFT)

Globalvia

Google

IKEA

LIDL

Netflix

Porsche

SAP

Primark

SITEL

Thea Laboratoires

VEOLIA

Visa

Vodafone

Work highlights

  • Advised Open Spiral, a Portuguese company focused on business and enterprise management, on agreements with Cyient Limited to acquire Celfinet – Consultoria em Telecomunicações.
  • Acted for the real estate marketplace idealista on the acquisition of Smiling Cloud, a leading Portuguese proptech company in the real estate solutions management field.
  • Advised Recipharma on the acquisition of GenIbet, a Portuguese biopharmaceutical company recognised for its work in the development of biological medicines and the manufacturing of biological clinical trial material.

Portugal > EU and competition Tier 3

Abreu Advogados houses a strong competition practice that is capable of advising on a range of non-contentious issues, as well as litigation. In such matters, the team is sought out by Portuguese and international companies operating in myriad sectors, from sports to consumer goods, energy and healthcare. The firm has a notable track record in merger control, and is also trusted by clients in abuse of dominance position proceedings, cartel cases and EU law matters. Practice leaders Armando Martins Ferreira and Inês Sequeira Mendes, both of whom have a wealth of experience in the gamut of EU and competition law mandates, jointly manage the ‘solid and experienced team‘. With the ability to advise on all areas of competition law, Ricardo Henriques, a key contact for TMT clients, is particularly seasoned in anti-competitive practices and compliance programmes. Sónia Gemas Donário, who joined from Albuquerque & Almeida in February 2022, reinforced the practice’s capabilities in cases before the PCA and European Commission.

Practice head(s):

Armando Martins Ferreira; Inês Sequeira Mendes

Testimonials

‘Solid and experienced team. Mainly active in the field of merger control.’

‘I would highlight Armando Martins Ferreira. Lawyer with a lot of experience and a solid reputation in the market.’

‘The speed of response, always combined with quality outputs, are the team’s main differentiating factors.’

‘Armando Martins Ferreira stands out.’

Key clients

Tokyo Gas

KELAG International

CD Tondela

Grupo Bel

Alsa/National Express

National Union of Civil Aviation Flight Personnel

SPORT LISBOA E BENFICA

LIDL & CIA

Continental

STATKRAFT

GLOBALVIA

CBRE GLOBAL INVESTORS

COMPAÑIA DE SERVICIOS DE BEBIDAS REFRESCANTES, S.L.

DAIMLER

APIFVET

RESITEJO / RSTJ

STAPLES

FROMAGERIES BEL PORTUGAL

MISUMI / DAYTON PROGRESS

FREY

Embraer

Newpal

CARMONTI

IGAS

SERVILUSA

Work highlights

  • Advised Embraer on the transfer of its factories in Évora to the Spanish company Aernnova Aerospace, S.A.U.
  • Advised IGAS on the acquisition by South African Gas Development Company Soc Ltd and Companhia Moçambicana de Gasoduto S.A. of the Republic Of Mozambique Pipeline Investments Company Proprietary Limited, including in the merger case decided and cleared by the Mozambique Regulatory and Competition Authority.
  • Advised Newpal – Investimentos, SGPS, S.A. – a Portuguese management company, subsidiary of OXYCAPITAL MEZZANINE FUND (venture capital fund) – on the acquisition of 84% of the share capital of COPAM – COMPANHIA PORTUGUESA DE AMIDO, S.A.

Portugal > Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 3

Praised for the quality of its service, attention to the client, professionalism and confidentiality’, Abreu Advogados‘ criminal, sanctions and compliance team represents companies, individuals and government bodies in money laundering, corruption, cybercrime and tax fraud cases. Dispute resolution practice head Francisco Patrício jointly leads the department alongside highly competent criminal lawyer’ Pedro Barosa and Ana Rita Duarte de Campos, who is particularly active in the insurance, banking and healthcare sectors. The team was further strengthened by the recent arrival of Paulo de Sá e Cunha, who brings over 30 years of experience in criminal law, sanctions and compliance; he joined from Cuatrecasas in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Patrício; Pedro Barosa; Ana Rita Duarte Campos

Other key lawyers:

Vasco Sousa Vieira; Paulo de Sá e Cunha

Testimonials

‘The team is very good and has always responded efficiently to all queries.’

‘Pedro Barosa was extremely professional, empathetic towards my situation, diligent and detailed. In court, he was very supportive when I was giving evidence to the prosecution. I felt that I could trust him. I would recommend Pedro Barosa.’

‘Pedro Barosa is a highly competent criminal lawyer. He offers a very personalised service. Fraud victims are often traumatised. He is empathetic towards the plight of his clients. He has also supported me and my family emotionally. I thank him.’

‘I’d highlight Ana Rita Duarte de Campos and Vasco Sousa Vieira.’

‘Quality of the service provided, attention given to the client, professionalism and confidentiality.’

‘Pedro Barosa is an exceptional professional, well prepared and always available.’ 

‘A team of excellence in terms of knowledge, experience and results achieved.’

Key clients

Federação Portuguesa de Futebol

Nhood

Work highlights

  • Advised the Portuguese Football Federation on the criminal proceedings against Rui Pinto, the alleged whistle-blower and creator of “Football Leaks”.
  • Assisted Nhood Portugal, the Portuguese branch of a major real estate company headquartered in France, in drafting and implementing its compliance programme.

Portugal > Insolvency and restructuring Tier 3

Offering an agile, cordial and specialised service’, Abreu Advogados‘ restructuring and insolvency team features specialists in distressed M&A, corporate restructurings, asset tracing, recovery plans and insolvency proceedings. The practice is particularly active in the financial services, real estate and tourism industries and is led by Francisco Patrício, who acts for creditors, boards of directors, shareholders and insolvent companies. Gonçalo Delicado is active in legal proceedings related to debt recovery and corporate restructuring, with a focus on the banking, real estate and energy segments. Eduardo Peixoto Gomes was promoted to partner in April 2022. The practice was strengthened in January 2023 by the arrival of Pedro Ferreira Malaquias from Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Patrício

Testimonials

‘The insolvency department has high expertise and technical quality, being very accurate and assertive in its answers. The service is agile and transparent.’

‘Francisco Patrício manages matters with mastery and is always available to defend his clients’ interests.’

‘Francisco Patrício is recommended for his comprehensive knowledge of various matters. He stands out especially for the attention dedicated to the client.’

‘Eduardo Peixoto Gomes is a well known practitioner, especially in the area of insolvency-related transactions.’

‘Cordial and specialised service.’

Key clients

Caixa Geral De Depósitos

Fundo Investimento Imobiliário Imomarina

Fundo Investimento Imobiliário Real Estate

Grupo Marques

Organismo Coletivo de Investimento Imobiliário Imonegócios

Parvalorem SA

Work highlights

  • Assisted Fundo Investimento Imobiliário Real Estate in insolvency proceedings filed by its main creditor, EuroBic bank.
  • Acted for Parvalorem in several insolvency proceedings and special revitalisation processes.
  • Advised Fundo Investimento Imobiliário Imomarina on several insolvency proceedings and special revitalisation processes.

Portugal > Public law Tier 3

The public law and environmental practice at Abreu Advogados acts for national and international companies, state-owned entities and public sector clients. The team is adept at handling public procurement matters, concessions, PPPs and environmental licensing issues, with an emphasis on public infrastructure projects. Co-led by Manuel de Andrade Neves and José Eduardo Martins, the group is particularly active in the paper, cement, chemicals and energy sectors. Andrade Neves coordinates the Timor-Leste desk and focuses on energy and projects matters, and Martins manages the Angola and Cabo Verde desks and is noted for licensing issues, litigation and public procurement. Mafalda Teixeira de Abreu is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

José Eduardo Martins; Manuel Andrade Neves

Other key lawyers:

Mafalda Teixeira de Abreu; Tiago Leote Cravo; Ana Simões Ferreira; Guilherme Matta da Silva

Testimonials

‘Excellent service and I highlight its dedication to the client!’

‘I highlight the work of Tiago Leote Cravo, with expertise in several areas of law, especially in administrative law.’

‘Swift responses, creative and competent.’

‘Our main contact is Ana Simões Ferreira, who has unravelled competence, deep knowledge and creative thinking.’

‘Availability and technical knowledge.’

‘Guilherme Matta da Silva is recommended for his friendliness, availability, technical knowledge, commitment and focus on problem solving.’

‘I highlight Guilherme Matta da Silva for his availability and professionalism, always finding solutions that solve our problems.’

Key clients

Total

Iberdrola Generación

Chint Solar

Novo Verde

Embraer

Embraer Portugal

ERP Portugal

Air Liquide Group

ALSA – National Express

Globalvia

Patentes Talgo

The Navigator Company

Nortada Energia

AE Energy

REN Trading

Efrican Foundation

Apera

SIS AV

Work highlights

  • Assisted Iberdrola Generación in its major projects in Portugal, including three large dam projects in Tâmega for 1.200MW and valued at €1.8bn.
  • Advised APERA on several matters related to the Decree-Law 102-D/2020 recently entering into force as part of major reforms to Portuguese waste laws.
  • Acted for Efrican Foundation on the elaboration of a roadmap for Carbonic Sustainability in Príncipe Island.

Portugal > TMT Tier 3

At Abreu Advogados, the TMT team is part of the firm’s wider IP department, and is well versed in matters across the media, advertising, marketing, IT, telecoms and e-commerce segments. Instructed by household names such as Google, Netflix and Amazon, the practice is led by the smart, hands-on and pragmatic’ Ricardo Henriques, whose practice focuses on software licensing, compliance projects and GDPR. IP and IT expert César Bessa Monteiro is particularly active in the technology sector, and senior associate José Maria Alves Pereira handles cybersecurity matters, software development agreements and M&A.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Henriques

Testimonials

‘Wonderful team of experienced and reliable lawyers, who are able to provide fast and professional assistance on every specific question.’

‘Responsive. The lawyers know their stuff and are very practical and client focused. My go-to firm for intellectual property and advertising in Portugal.’

‘Ricardo Henriques and Cesar Monteiro are both terrific and real experts.’

‘Abreu has excellent expertise in the advertising field.’

‘Ricardo Henriques is smart, hands-on, and delivers sound, pragmatic advice.’

‘I’d highlight Ricardo Henriques, César Bessa Monteiro and José Maria Alves Pereira.’

Key clients

The Walt Disney Company

SpaceX

Hitachi

Radically Digital Limited

Gofundme

Google/YouTube

Snap (Snapchat)

Oracle

Amazon

Netflix

Oracle

VISA

Coviran

GFI Informatique

Tencent

EDGE Network Services Limited

Natixis

Hanes

BIAL

Coopervision

Homeserve

Work highlights

  • Represented Open Spiral in a definitive agreement with Cyient Limited to acquire CELFINET – Consultoria de Telecomunicações, an international wireless engineering services company for circa €41m.
  • Advised the real estate marketplace idealista on the acquisition of Smiling Cloud.
  • Acted for Recipharma in the acquisition of the company GenIbet.

Portugal > Capital markets Tier 4

The ever-expanding capital markets practice at Abreu Advogados is particularly active in securitisation transactions, debt issuances and fund-related matters. OTC derivatives and regulatory issues are other areas of expertise for the team, which is called upon by a variety of market participants, including investment banks, real estate investment funds, venture capital companies, credit management clients and regulatory bodies, among others. The group is under the joint leadership of two partners: Diogo Pereira Duarte, who stands out for his knowledge of the regulatory framework applied to the financial services sector, and Rodrigo Formigal, who specialises in cross-border deals, including high-yield bonds. Ana Sofia Batista is also part of the core team.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Pereira Duarte; Rodrigo Formigal

Other key lawyers:

Ana Sofia Batista; Assunção Vassalo

Testimonials

‘In addition to the expertise and experience held in this area, the team has knowledge of the sector of activity in which the client operates, which allows it, at all times, to present solutions that, even with the identification of inherent risks, are more suited to the needs of the client thus adding value to the business. Rodrigo Formigal is recommended.’

Key clients

Banco de Investimento Global

Afifi Group

PRIO Group

Banco Português de Fomento

impactMarket

Efacec Group

BiG Mozambique Bank

Banco de Negócios Internacional (Europa) S.A.

Celuloso Beira Insdustrial (CELBI) S.A.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Banco de Investimento Global, as co-placement agent, in the public subscription offer and public exchange offers in the context of the issue by Mota-Engil, SGPS, S.A. of up to €140m notes, due in 2024.
  • Assisted Afifi Group in the subscription of Units in the AIF, Crest II.
  • Assisting CELBI as common representative of Debt holders in the issuance of Debt Notes ISIN PTBINIOM0004, ISIN PTBINJOM0003 and ISIN PTBINMOM0008 listed in Euronext Access.

Angola > Foreign firms Tier 1

Abreu Advogados‘ Angola desk offers advice on a wide range of matters, spanning M&A, tax, foreign investment, corporate law and employment. Its sectorial presence is equally broad, covering oil and gas, TMT, life sciences, manufacturing, automotive and energy. Dispute resolution is the key area of expertise for Guilherme Santos Silva, who is particularly active in the oil and gas, construction and shipping industries. João Bravo da Costa handles M&A, foreign exchange issues and restructurings. Also boosting the team’s M&A offering is Manuel Santos Vítor. Fernando Veiga Gomes is a key contact for transport and real estate clients seeking assistance with M&A and corporate matters.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Santos Silva; João Bravo da Costa; Manuel Santos Vitor

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Abreu Advogados team consists of professionals of the highest level. All work is done accurately and on time.’

‘Manuel Santos Vitor and João Bravo da Costa are truly exceptional and seasoned lawyers, with a profound understanding of how the law works. Above all, they have an outstanding understanding of the idiosyncrasies of some of the African markets.’

‘Each employee of the company, regardless of their position, shows a high level of competence and willingness to work 24/7. The quality of consultations and prepared documents deserves the highest appraisal.’

‘Abreu is by far the most skilled foreign firm acting in Angola. The team has a deep knowledge of the jurisdiction, with high-profile practitioners who provide first class legal services. I highlight Abreu’s impressive growing path.’

‘João Bravo da Costa is an extremely dedicated lawyer with vast knowledge of Angolan laws, with a rare ability to deal with complex matters. He goes far beyond common legal strategies and is always looking for the most innovative solutions. We have worked with a few other reputable firms, but João Bravo da Costa is by far the best advisor we have ever had. He is a problem solver and doesn’t quit without finding the most favourable solutions to his clients.’

‘Good communication, proactivity, focus on resolving problems, creativity and empathy.’

‘The team provides advice and inputs in a timely manner. Commerical and friendly.’

‘Fernando Veiga Gomes is readily available, pragmatic and is good at finding solutions.’

Key clients

Clínica Sagrada Esperança, Lda

Work highlights

  • Assisted Sagrada Esperança Clinic with its expansion and financing from the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

Mozambique > Foreign law firms Tier 2

The Mozambique desk at Abreu Advogados works in partnership with local law firm JLA ADVOGADOS, which makes it well placed to assist both domestic and international clients seeking assistance in cross-border matters. The group is prominent in the energy, natural resources, aviation, oil and gas, infrastructure and real estate segments and is often retained to handle litigation and debt collection proceedings in the banking sector. The practice is jointly led by corporate and M&A specialist Ana Sofia Batista, Zara Jamal and José Maria Corrêa de Sampaio. Jamal is a key contact for project finance, real estate, banking and energy matters.

Practice head(s):

Ana Sofia Batista; Zara Jamal; José Maria Corrêa de Sampaio

Key clients

IDC – Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa

Limak Group

Painhas

Portucel Mozambique

TOTAL

Work highlights

  • Advised the senior creditors, including ECAs and the Africa Development Bank, alongside JLA Advogados on the financing and development of the Area 1 LNG project.
  • Acted for Portucel Mozambique and the Navigator Company on all matters related to a forestry plantation project, including licences from the Mozambique State to use and exploit lands.
  • Assisted Grupo Painhas in the execution of several FIDIC contracts with the national electric power company EDM – Electricidade de Moçambique.

The firm:

Abreu Advogados is a big four independent law firm with over 30 years of experience in the Portuguese market, navigating in tomorrow´s sectors and industries. As a full-service law firm, Abreu is recognized as the 11th fastest growing Portuguese firm by The Lawyer Euro 100, with 51% growth in 5 years.

With offices in Lisbon, Porto and Funchal, Abreu has provided highly effective solutions in areas such as Corporate/M&A, Tax, Litigation and Competition. The team holds a high degree of specialization in key industries for the Portuguese and African economies, such as Energy and Natural Resources, Real Estate, Banking, Technology, Life Sciences, Projects, Tourism and Hospitality.

Its clients consistently choose the firm to seize growth opportunities and to assist on increasingly complex international transactions whilst working with the most prestigious law firms in the world.

The firm´s successfully implemented strategy is to be disruptive and challenge the status quo. Considered a leading Tech firm in the Finance, Fintech and TMT areas, its teams have analyzed the consequences not yet addressed of corporate models, such as cryptocurrency and blockchain.

Abreu Advogados is a member of several Associations of international Lawyers, such as Consulegis, AIJA, UIA, CIArb, ABA, amongst other, providing Clients with the benefits of global service. Its international visibility has been strengthened through the relationship with Multilaw, which has allowed the firm to assist clients from various jurisdictions.

Abreu Advogados is committed to setting the future in progress.

ESG DNA: Powered by tomorrow’s challenges

Embracing sustainability is part of the DNA of Abreu Advogados. This is its identity and has led the firm to assume an active commitment towards its culture and people.

Since 2015, Abreu Advogados is the only Law Firm in Portugal certified B Corp and understands its practice as a force for good. Abreu Advogados aims to serve as an example in the construction of a law firm that values, supports and promotes best practices at a social, economic and environmental level.

By certifying its quality management system under the European ISO 9001 standards, the firm became the first law firm in Portugal to do so and to subsequently publish a Sustainability Report. Abreu Advogados is also the first (and still the only) Portuguese law firm to publish a Sustainability Report under the directives issued by the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative), to publish its accounts and to measure its carbon footprint.

Abreu Advogados is powered by tomorrow´s challenges and well positioned to advise its clients on ESG matters, advising companies from many different sectors, as well as public bodies and non-governmental organizations on all aspects related but not limited to environmental law, including environmental impact assessments, prior information procedures, and licensing and certification of economic activities, effluent management and waste management.

30 years of sustainable growth

For the past three decades, Abreu has led the way in creating long term partnerships with its clients and relied on diverse talent and expertise.  Abreu’s core is deeply non-conformist and fearless when diving into what are now the most innovative sectors and industries.

Being recognized by the successful and sustainable regulatory solutions it presents, on different sectors and jurisdictions, Abreu Advogados aims at the continuity of its clients businesses – which have been its biggest champions.

Its strength? Truly challenging and winning business models. By embracing consistency and bold strategies, Abreu has paved the way for the next thirty years in the legal sector, as a leading law firm in the Portuguese market.

 

Main areas of practice:

  • Agriculture
  • Banking and finance
  • Competition, regulatory and EU
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Dispute resolution
  • Distribution and retail
  • Employment
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Information technology
  • Insolvency and restructuring
  • Intellectual property
  • Litigation and arbitration
  • Media
  • Public and environment
  • Real estate
  • Sports
  • Tax
  • TMT
  • Transport and shipping
Department Name Email Telephone
Capital markets Ana Sofia Batista
Capital markets José Maria Corrêa de Sampaio
Corporate and M&A Ana Sofia Batista
Corporate and M&A José Maria Corrêa de Sampaio
Corporate and M&A Manuel Santos Vítor
Corporate and M&A Maria de Deus Botelho
Dispute resolution Alexandra Nascimento Correia
Dispute resolution Francisco Patrício
Dispute resolution Guilherme Santos Silva
Employment Carmo Sousa Machado
Employment Patrícia Perestrelo
Energy and environment Manuel de Andrade Neves
Energy and environment José Eduardo Martins
EU and competition Armando Martins Ferreira
EU and competition Inês Sequeira Mendes
Insolvency and restructuring Francisco Patrício
Criminal, Sanctions and Compliance Pedro Barosa
Criminal, Sanctions and Compliance Ana Rita Duarte de Campos
Criminal, Sanctions and Compliance Francisco Patrício
Intellectual property and IT law Ricardo Henriques
Intellectual property and IT law António Andrade
Intellectual property and IT law Manuel Durães Rocha
Public law José Eduardo Martins
Public law Manuel de Andrade Neves
Shipping and transport Guilherme Santos Silva
Shipping and transport Francisco Patrício
Tax Alexandra Courela
Tax Nuno Cunha Barnabé
Real estate Rui Peixoto Duarte
Real estate Patrícia Viana
Real estate Tiago Mendonça de Castro
Sport Francisco Veiga Gomes
Sport Alexandre Miguel Mestre
Photo Name Position Profile
Ana Grosso Alves photo Ana Grosso Alves Professional Partner
Pedro  Alves Da Silva photo Pedro Alves Da Silva Partner
José Maria Alves Pereira photo José Maria Alves Pereira Senior Associate Lawyer
António Andrade photo António Andrade Partner
Teresa Anselmo Vaz photo Teresa Anselmo Vaz Of Counsel
Maria Inês Assis photo Maria Inês Assis Professional Partner
Bruno Azevedo Rodrigues photo Bruno Azevedo Rodrigues Partner
Ana Manuela Barbosa photo Ana Manuela Barbosa Professional Partner
Pedro Barosa photo Pedro Barosa Professional Partner
Ana Sofia Batista photo Ana Sofia Batista Partner.
Diogo Belard Correia photo Diogo Belard Correia Associated Partner
César Bessa Monteiro jr. photo César Bessa Monteiro jr. Partner
César Bessa Monteiro, jr photo César Bessa Monteiro, jr Partner
João Bravo da Costa photo João Bravo da Costa Professional Partner
Teresa Brito da Silva photo Teresa Brito da Silva Partner
José Maria Corrêa de Sampaio photo José Maria Corrêa de Sampaio Partner
Tiago Corrêa do Amaral photo Tiago Corrêa do Amaral Professional Partner
Alexandra Nascimento Correia photo Alexandra Nascimento Correia Partner.
Marta Costa photo Marta Costa Professional Partner
Alexandra Courela photo Alexandra Courela Partner
Nuno Cunha Barnabé photo Nuno Cunha Barnabé Partner
Gonçalo Delicado photo Gonçalo Delicado Professional Partner
Susana Duarte photo Susana Duarte Associated Partner
Ana Rita Duarte de Campos photo Ana Rita Duarte de Campos Professional Partner
Manuel Durães Rocha photo Manuel Durães Rocha Partner
José Eduardo Martins photo José Eduardo Martins Partner.
Pedro Ferreira Malaquias photo Pedro Ferreira Malaquias Partner
Rodrigo Formigal photo Rodrigo Formigal Professional Partner
Luís Fraústo Varona photo Luís Fraústo Varona Professional Partner
Sónia Gemas Donário photo Sónia Gemas Donário Professional Partner
Mariana Gouveia de Oliveira photo Mariana Gouveia de Oliveira Professional Partner
Ricardo Henriques photo Ricardo Henriques Partner
Zara Jamal photo Zara Jamal Partner
João Lupi photo João Lupi Senior Associate Lawyer
Gonçalo Malheiro photo Gonçalo Malheiro Professional Partner
Armando Martins Ferreira photo Armando Martins Ferreira Partner.
Tiago Mendonça de Castro photo Tiago Mendonça de Castro Partner
Martim Menezes photo Martim Menezes Partner
André Modesto Pinheiro photo André Modesto Pinheiro Associated Partner
Diogo Orvalho photo Diogo Orvalho Professional Partner
Pedro Pais de Almeida photo Pedro Pais de Almeida Partner.
Francisco Patrício photo Francisco Patrício Partner.
Rui Peixoto Duarte photo Rui Peixoto Duarte Partner.
Eduardo  Peixoto Gomes photo Eduardo Peixoto Gomes Associated Partner
Elisa Pereira photo Elisa Pereira Local Partner
Diogo Pereira Duarte photo Diogo Pereira Duarte Partner
Patrícia Perestrelo photo Patrícia Perestrelo Professional Partner
António Pina photo António Pina Partner
Isabel Pinheiro Torres photo Isabel Pinheiro Torres Associated Partner
Marta Romano de Castro photo Marta Romano de Castro Professional Partner
Maria Santa Martha photo Maria Santa Martha Partner
Guilherme Santos Silva photo Guilherme Santos Silva Partner.
Manuel Santos Vítor photo Manuel Santos Vítor Partner
Nuno Luís Sapateiro photo Nuno Luís Sapateiro Professional Partner
Inês Sequeira Mendes photo Inês Sequeira Mendes Managing Partner.
Sofia Silva e Sousa photo Sofia Silva e Sousa Professional Partner
Sara Soares photo Sara Soares Associated Partner
Maria Dulce Soares photo Maria Dulce Soares Partner
Carmo Sousa Machado photo Carmo Sousa Machado Partner.
Hugo Teixeira photo Hugo Teixeira Partner
Mafalda Teixeira de Abreu photo Mafalda Teixeira de Abreu Professional Partner
Miguel Teixeira de Abreu photo Miguel Teixeira de Abreu Honorary Partner.
José Carlos Vasconcelos photo José Carlos Vasconcelos Professional Partner
Fernando Veiga Gomes photo Fernando Veiga Gomes Partner
Patrícia Viana photo Patrícia Viana Partner
Manuel de Andrade Neves photo Manuel de Andrade Neves Partner.
Bernardo de Arrochela Alegria photo Bernardo de Arrochela Alegria Partner
Duarte de Athayde photo Duarte de Athayde Partner.
Marta de Oliveira Pinto Trindade photo Marta de Oliveira Pinto Trindade Partner
Paulo de Sá e Cunha photo Paulo de Sá e Cunha Of Counsel
Simão de Sant’Ana photo Simão de Sant’Ana Professional Partner
Paulo de Tarso Domingues photo Paulo de Tarso Domingues Partner
Number of lawyers : 200
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Other offices : Angola
Other offices : Brazil
Other offices : Cabo Verde
Other offices : China
Other offices : Mozambique
Other offices : France
Other offices : Timor-Leste (joint office)
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TESTIMONIAL: “Thank you again for jumping in on such a short notice and for the efforts you put into this.”


TESTIMONIAL: “Thank you again for your terrific support; we would have been lost without you. You really were an important support for us and we appreciate it enormously.”


TESTIMONIAL: “Thank you and Abreu Advogados for your excellent service throughout the whole process. Your attention-to-detail and thorough-ness was second-to-none and at every turn I felt confident with the information you were providing. At times you were far too efficient! It was a pleasure working with you. Please pass on my thanks to all your team who made this not only a speedy but highly transparent process.”


TESTIMONIAL: “We would like to extend an enormous thanks to you and your teams for all of your hard work, particularly those who have met some incredibly tight deadlines over the past two weeks. This project has been an opportunity for us to showcase our cross-border skills, the breadth and depth of our expertise, and most importantly our ability to collaborate.”


TESTIMONIAL: “The team is very pleased of this achievement over these last months. We would like to thank you very much for your hard work, your patience and your responsiveness in all circumstances. We very much appreciated your understanding and continuous support. It was a pleasure working with you.”


TESTIMONIAL: “Thank you for your concerted effort(s). We are grateful for the pragmatic and focused approach taken by all involved to finally complete this transaction.”


TESTIMONIAL: “Thank you very much for your support. (…) let me mention that we were impressed with your very fast response times during this process.”


TESTIMONIAL: “Lastly, I want to emphasise that your help on this case is high appreciated. It is totally new for us to conduct such a transaction in Portugal. Thank you very much for your help.”


TESTIMONIAL: “1) My sincere congratulations to each of you for this amazing achievement. It has been somehow a long way with some stones on the road but with a real team work and effort and with Abreu’s always professional and awesome advice and support we have finally made it. You made possible that we all end on the finish line.

2) Thank you and your team for the impeccable work done during the whole transaction. We really appreciate your commitment and efforts made. Really
much appreciated.”

TESTIMONIAL: “A great big thank you to you and your team. Resilience and endeavour now has new meaning.”


TESTIMONIAL: “Looking forward to working on future projects The assistance throughout this deal process, your expertise was extremely helpful and very much appreciated.”


TESTIMONIAL: “We received the good news that the court case regarding was successfully closed. This was, not in the last place, due to your professional skills and support. It was a true pleasure working with you on this case.”


TESTIMONIAL: “Thank you very much for your detailed explanation and allow me to congratulate you for your efficiency, great responsibility and professionalism in performing your job.”


TESTIMONIAL: “We really appreciate your professionalism and immediate response to all our questions. Especially negotiating the shorter review term for us!”


TESTIMONIAL: “Let me thanks your continuous availability during the project and also to your whole teams. It has been a pleasure. Hoping to have future opportunities to work with you.”


TESTIMONIAL: “Thank you for your excellent work and prompt turn-around time. I have really enjoyed working with you and have been impressed with your professionalism. I look forward to working with you further in the future.”


TESTIMONIAL: “You have done an excellent job with a great result.”


TESTIMONIAL: “We are very happy as well to have finally closed the deal, which would have not been possible without the very constructive, fair and efficient way you handle the transaction on your side, Looking forward continuing working with you in the future on these projects, and maybe other as well!”


TESTIMONIAL: “I’d like to thank the whole team and each one for the great performance on this transaction. I hope that we can handle many such transactions together in the future.”


INTERNATIONAL

The world is changing: markets, mentalities, concerns and challenges are all changing, as well as the way we speak and what we want to hear. And different times call for different lawyers.

Abreu Advogados is the law firm for today’s society, working every day to ensure that for new industries, we create new ideas; for new pressures, we plan new solutions and for new challenges, we provide new answers.Abreu Advogados is a full service law firm that provides top legal support to clients, wherever they may be. Abreu International Legal Solutions created six desks formed by lawyers highly experienced in international law who work closely with renowned local partners in emerging economies, such as Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, China, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau and Timor-Leste. This allows the firm to provide a smoother experience in jurisdictions where legal risks would usually be higher.

Abreu Advogados is committed to setting the future in progress.

The clients

Abreu Advogados treats each case and client as unique, taking special care to understand the client’s needs. We work alongside them to find the best strategy to follow in order to meet the goals and expectations. The firm has a proven track record of leading complex transactions and representing diverse clients such as: the largest producer of renewable energy in the world; various international banks; international retail chains and Danish start-ups.

Abreu Advogados breaks down barriers and established models by opening discussions focusing on the different legal practices and skill sets on offer, so that together the team can deliver a complete and cohesive solution to its clients.

The team

Our multidisciplinary team breaks down barriers by developing its own international presence. The team, which is composed of highly experienced international business lawyers, works closely with renowned local partners
in emerging economies. This allows the firm to provide a smoother experience in jurisdictions where legal risks would usually be higher. Abreu Advogados is represented in the following emerging and developed economies:

  • Angola
  • Brazil
  • Cape Verde
  • China
  • Mozambique
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Timor-Leste

Abreu Advogados` network of international partnerships has also extended its specialised legal assistance in the following countries of the European Single Market:

  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain

At Abreu Advogados, language is not a barrier. Our team speaks a range of languages including: Portuguese, English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Mandarin, Tetum.

The network

Abreu Advogados is a member of several associations of international lawyers, participating actively in their activities and ensuring that it can offer its clients the benefits of a worldwide service. The firm maintains strong ties with some of the largest international law firms and teams up with such firms in creating groups of lawyers to handle the largest transactions in the corporate, financial and other fields. Abreu Advogados is a member of the Multilaw international network and is also a member of the UIA – International Association of Lawyers.

Some international capabilities

  • Assistance to a multinational telecommunications company in an international arbitration (USD 2.2 billion), teaming up with a multijurisdictional team of lawyers (UK, France, BVI, Netherlands, Portugal and Angola).
  • Advising a French group in the aviation sector on the acquisition of companies within the sector.
  • Advising a multinational car components producer in legal actions and tax arbitration related to transfer pricing policy, application of the arbitration convention for the elimination of double international taxation, payment of royalties, deductibility and the reporting of tax benefits, Stamp Duty and autonomous taxations.
  • Advising a group of clinical laboratories on the acquisition of shares in companies and on the internal restructuring processes of the group.
  • Assisting a multinational health sector group in its acquisition of companies within the sector, together with business expansion and restructuring.
  • Advising an international real estate group on its acquisition of a leading company and property in Portugal.
  • Representation in court of a multinational company in the hotel sector to obtain protection in Portugal for its brand, which enjoys worldwide prestige.
  • Advising an international oil group on its acquisition of a competing company and petrol station and distribution network in Portugal.
  • Advice on the financing of the largest natural gas project in Mozambique, also involving an analysis of possible tax contingencies.
  • Assistance to a Chinese world leader of solar industry components in a matter related to a long-lasting supplier contract (USD 800 million) in insolvency and arbitration proceedings involving Portuguese, Swiss and Chinese jurisdictions.
  • Advising an international bank on its acquisition of the retail bank business of a Portuguese affiliate of an international bank.
  • Assistance to the UK branch of one of the biggest US Banks in collection proceedings of a loan (€ 370 million), the collateral of which lost value, applying for a court order against the effective beneficial owner of the SPV
    debtor.
  • Advice to major companies in IT outsourcing agreements and other service agreements, including call centre agreements, information technology consulting, software licenses and maintenance agreements (SLA).

As a full-service law firm, Abreu Advogados invests in multidisciplinary, borderless teams that tackle increasingly complex transactions, breaking down barriers and established models, presenting a business-oriented vision and cost-effective solutions, anticipating its clients’ needs.

Either from Portugal or internationally, clients consistently choose Abreu to deal with international transactions across Portuguese African speaking countries, particularly Angola (partnered with FBL Advogados) and Mozambique (partnered with JLA Advogados). Its teams hold a high degree of specialization in key industries for the Portuguese and African economies, such as Energy and Natural Resources, Real Estate, Banking, Technology, Life Sciences, Projects, Tourism and Hospitality, having dedicated key partners by sectors.

Given the range of areas in which the lawyers are experts and the inherent innovation with which they deal, particularly the last year, the firm teams up with some of the largest international law firms that only work with the best Portuguese specialists, teaming up in major transactions.

In the international context, Abreu has assisted:

  • The Senior Creditors – Export Credit Agencies and Africa Development Bank/AfDB on the financing and development of the Area 1 LNG project in Mozambique. The project, currently led by Total, and previously led by Anadarko, is located in the Golfinho-Atum field, within Area 1 of the Rovuma Basin offshore of the Republic of Mozambique.
  • Navigator and Portucel on all related matters to ensure the implementation of the project.Portucel Mozambique is a company incorporated by the Navigator Company (former Portuguese group Portucel Soporcel) engaged in the biggest integrated forestry project for the production of wood for paper pulp and energy in Mozambique.
  • Africatel Holding BV (“Africatel”), a Dutch holding controlled by the Brazilian Oi, SA, on the sale of Africatel’s Portuguese subsidiary PT Ventures SGPS, SA (“PTV”). At the date of its sale (completion on the beginning of 2020), PTV held, among other, 25 % of the share capital of Unitel SA (“Unitel” – the largest Telecom and the largest private company in Angola), 40 % of the share capital of Multitel Serviços de Telecomunicações Lda. (Angola) – the price of the sale was USD 1 billion.
  • AEnergia on the implementation of an Angolan 750MW combined-cycle plant project, namely in what concerns draft of its contractual structural agreements and negotiations towards its financing with the several stakeholders involved. Framework of the project within the PPP and procurement Angolan laws, as well as financial aspects of State guarantees to be granted was also provided for due to Abreu Advogados´ assistance.
  • The major state owned Portuguese financial institution in the sale of its controlling stake in Banco Comercial Atlântico (BCA), Cape Verde’s largest bank. Abreu is dealing with the organisation and implementation of the privatisation process in Portugal, considering that CGD is a public bank, all regulatory matters in Portugal and Cap Verde with Bank of Portugal and Bank of Cap Verde, organisation of the process of sale together with Banco Caixa BI, the CGD investment bank.

At Abreu Advogados, we believe that our growth and affirmation as an innovating and enduring project need to be supported by humanistic policies, based on a culture of diversity, meritocracy and respect for well-being, in order to ensure the necessary conditions for all our people to feel appreciated and capable of reaching their full potential, for the good of all.

We acknowledge the value that diversity and multiculturalism brings to motivation, creativity and a sense of belonging and this affects the way we decide on the ideal composition for our teams.

We foster an inclusive work environment and encourage an attitude of respect and appreciation of differences, which contribute unequivocally to the ongoing growth and success of our firm.

We reject any discriminatory behaviour based on ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, family life, financial status, education, origins or social condition, genetic heritage, reduced work capacity, disability, chronic disease, nationality, ethnicity or race, place of origin, language, religion, political or ideological beliefs and trade union affiliation.

Commitments

In 2008, Abreu Advogados signed up to the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact which are focused on the areas of human rights, employment practices, environmental protection and anti-corruption. It undertook a public commitment to incorporate these principles into its strategies, processes and operations and to implement specific measures to stamp out all types of discrimination and foster diversity and a culture of inclusion.

In 2022, within the context of the United Nations accelerator programme “Target Gender Equality”, we were the first law firm in Portugal to commit to the National Gender Equality Target promoted by the Global Compact Network Portugal, which challenges companies to have women in 40% of their decision-making positions by 2030.

Gender identity is one of the seventeen sustainable development goals (SDG 5) and the commitment we have undertaken derives from Target 5, which calls for equal representation, participation and leadership in organisations.

Areas of action

The diversity and inclusion policy informs the various aspects of our human resources processes and, therefore, sessions are held, measures implemented and benefits awarded with the goal of:

  • encouraging diversity in recruitment and selection processes and fostering the employability of people with disabilities;
  • ensuring equal opportunities in career advancement and professional development, pay, training and performance appraisals;
  • protecting family life;
  • fostering balance between work life and personal life;
  • promoting gender equality;
  • fostering an inclusive and non-discriminatory work environment.

Abreu´s commitment to equal opportunities has recently been recognized internationally. The FT Innovative Lawyers Europe 2021, one of the most important international awards for innovation in the legal sector, has nominated Abreu Advogados in the category of “Social justice and the Rule of Law” for its project developed in partnership with the blog “Dislexia Day by Day“, which has been contributing to an inclusive education for dyslexic children at school.

With an unprecedented higher percentage of women in our teams and in top management positions, Inês Sequeira Mendes became the second female managing partner at Abreu Advogados, following Carmo Sousa Machado in 2004 who was the first female managing partner elected in a Portuguese law firm.

Inês Sequeira Mendes, Managing Partner

Abreu Advogados’ Managing Partner addresses the present and future challenges and how the firm has been helping its Clients overtake them

What do you see as the main points that differentiate [law firm name] from your competitors?

Abreu Advogados is a big four independent law firm with over 30 years of experience in the Portuguese market, navigating in tomorrow´s sectors and industries. As a full-service law firm, Abreu is recognized as the 11th fastest growing Portuguese firm by The Lawyer Euro 100, with 51% growth in 5 years, unprecedented for a Portuguese law firm, as indicated by Inês Sequeira Mendes, Managing Partner.

Abreu has been consistent in reaffirming the values that are the solid foundation of the firm, and since 2015, Abreu is the only Law Firm in Portugal certified as B Corp, and as such. “Serving as an example in the construction of a culture that values, supporting and promoting best practices at a social, economic and environmental level”, explains Inês Sequeira Mendes.

In 2021, Inês Sequeira Mendes has succeeded Duarte de Athayde as managing partner of Abreu Advogados. During her mandate, Sequeira Mendes will continue the sustained growth strategy that Abreu has been developing nationally and internationally. The firm has continuously attracted strategic opportunities for all clients in key areas such as Corporate and M&A, Tax, Litigation and Competition.

Abreu invests in multidisciplinary, borderless teams that tackle increasingly complex transactions, breaking down barriers and established business models. Either from Portugal or internationally, clients consistently choose Abreu to deal with international transactions across Portuguese African speaking countries, particularly Angola and Mozambique. The teams hold a high degree of specialization in key industries for the Portuguese and African economies, such as Energy and Natural Resources, Real Estate, Banking, Technology, Life Sciences, Projects, Tourism and Hospitality, with dedicated key partners in different sectors.

Abreu is also recognized by our work with Private Clients. In July 2021, Chambers & Partners distinguished Abreu at a team and individual level in the Private Wealth Law category, becoming the only independent Portuguese Law Firm to accomplish such milestone.

“I believe that our culture of transparency is one of our main differentiators. Transparency in the way we interact with clients, in every aspect, such as costs, the team members involved in the matters, cybersecurity policies, etc., mainly because we are certified in ISO 9001, so we have to be 100% compliant”, says Inês Sequeira Mendes.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

There are five practice areas and sectors that I would like to highlight as essential for the coming years: M&A, Restructuring & Insolvency, Tax and Technology & Cybersecurity.

After the first quarter of 2022 the market was hit by the unrest caused by the late February start of the Ukrainian war following the Russian invasion. The unrest consequently caused, the hike in energy prices, inflation and the fast growth of interest rates impacted the remaining quarters with a reduction in the number of M&A operations and a lower volume as to its value. Portuguese companies are indeed facing the unique chance to reposition their business operations and growth.

Over the next 2 years, M&A transaction should register higher volumes, although depending on specific factor, such as: Curbing the inflation curve, the interest rates, the energy price and concerns of security of supply and hopefully the much-sought end of the war in Ukraine.

Other relevant factors influencing M&A operations are expected to be pending and postponed operations due to Covid-19 that may now take place; venture capital investments; distressed assets sale; specific sectors which will benefit from the capital injection via the Recovery and Resilience Plan, such as technology, telecommunications and infrastructure; and structural reforms that may lead to an increase in Direct Foreign Investment.

Markets may be underestimating the impact of high interest rates on many leveraged borrowers, which aren’t immediately draining on cash flow but take a cumulative toll over several quarters. Restructuring activity typically involves significant changes to the organizational and financial structure of a company, often to address financial difficulties or improve competitiveness.

Some common forms of restructuring include mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs, and debt restructuring. Despite some positive economic indicators, such as low unemployment rates and strong consumer spending, there are still many unknowns about the future of the global economy. This uncertainty could lead some companies to pursue restructuring to improve their financial stability and resilience. Many companies have taken on high levels of debt in recent years, and some may need to restructure to address their debt burden and improve their financial health.

Additionally, It is expected that 2023 will be the year that Portugal that will benefit significantly from the economic boost brought by the Recovery and Resilience Plan which did not have an actual material impact in 2022.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

At Abreu, the client experience can be analyzed from the point of view of efficiency and speed at which our services are provided. Using an efficient CRM allows us to find the most targeted and strategic information so that our teams can assist their clients in anticipating obstacles or finding business opportunities. The more information we gather about the clients and their activity, the more personalized and engaging the client’s interactions become. This way we are able to find a basis for approaching our client’s needs whilst shrinking the non-billable hours by spending fewer resources on time-intensive administrative tasks.

An additional example is the speed with which we are able to deliver billing information requested by clients. It’s not just about issuing an invoice, but developing concrete analysis and specific reports tailored to each clients or each invoicing platform. Quick access to information, well-defined processes and well-prepared management teams proved to be fundamental. Client’s procurement teams have evolved immensely in the last decade and run almost parallel to the relationship between GC and Abreu’s lawyers. Knowing how to live up to these requirements is part of the overall service provided by Abreu and shows the importance of management teams.

The benefits that Abreu has registered in the efficient management of the data is intrinsically linked to a faster access to relevant information, in order to make the right decisions, namely, in the search for pricing patterns. The consequent profitability analysis that can be performed (by the minute) allows for more targeted proposals built on history (and combined with some prospective, naturally). This allows not only to understand the client’s perspective but also to adjust the teams internally for the improvement of profitability and to increase the efficiency of our service delivery.

Another dimension on which the firm has been changed regards People management. Knowing that a generational renovation is essential for the continued success of any firm, Abreu proactively engages with younger lawyers. With a unique perspective on careers and success in life and in the office, Abreu examined the market in order to adapt our people management system according to the ongoing generational shift, resulting in the creation of The Happiness Hub, aimed at monitoring and supporting actions of the organizational culture.

Abreu successfully identified long term protocols and created internal policies directly intended to improve work-life balance. Abreu developed a set of internal initiatives based on a holistic vision of wellbeing, with the mission to care for the physical, emotional and psychological health of all employees, inside and outside the office, breaking barriers and establishing a unifying link between all teams.

The Happiness Hub is the area entirely dedicated to the promotion and active monitoring of the well-being of all employees, through monitoring and support actions to the organizational culture and climate. This is a reflection of an internal process, which reflects a generalized understanding by all partners to maintain the high level of Abreu’s retention rate (currently at 82%) which required the entire firm act under a unique understanding: the well-being of each and every one is the key.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Absolutely. Abreu has developed TOM (Time. Optimal. Manager.), a global eSignature platform to accelerate agreements, reduce manual tasks, enable remote working conditions and automate interactions with clients, employees and partners. TOM is a robot that automates the consultation and sharing of notifications from the CITIUS and SITAF portals and through which Abreu has optimized the work and time of its teams. TOM automates repetitive and time-consuming tasks, performs tasks autonomously, such as consulting deadlines and collecting dispersed information, aggregating everything in a single document. So far, it has maximized time management by about 80% and reduced the possibility of error in these proceedings.

In the past 18 months, it is also worth highlighting the increase of the internal usage of e-discovery tool, namely Luminance, with the adoption rate spreading among teams and projects. This AI-driven system allows our teams to work collectively in a secure manner on large sets of documents in order to analyze, filter and find crucial information in your documents and contracts. This tool has had a tremendous impact on the quality of results and also efficiency wise, benefiting, at first hand, our clients. By navigating the learning curve, costs are already decreasing for the client, making Abreu’s proposals much more competitive.

Besides the impact of the usage of the e-discovery tool, which brought to light the ability to offer better, faster and cheaper services to our clients, data analysis has made it possible to anticipate trends in demand for legal services. A good example in the last 18 months was the identification of an increase in demand for services related to crypto-assets, both by individuals in terms of taxation, and by companies looking to establish themselves in Portugal or even by incumbents. This analysis led to the presentation of opportunities to the Fintech team and the team’s strategic plan was jointly adapted, resulting in a chain of short-term actions such as: active participation in various generalist and more specific media (such as Coindesk), decision on online commercial investments to promote the team internationally (Chambers’ global fintech guide), proposal to open a fintech category in Chambers’ research process (already ongoing) and holding several international roadshows. The data, combined with Abreu’s innovative culture, result in an unparalleled ability to act, which has earned Abreu a top spot in the fintech sector.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

Abreu´s successfully implemented strategy has been to continue to be disruptive and challenge the status quo when delivering solutions.

As the EU moved forward with a general digital finance package, NFT´s are likely to fall under the general definition of crypto assets. Far from operating in a regulated industry, Fintech companies looking into developing businesses eventually collided with the highly regulated sectors as Financial and Banking.

Abreu’s advice on digital assets quickly expanded to high net worth clients and, subsequently, to companies trading in digital assets, using blockchain technology. Abreu quickly deepened its knowledge in this sector lacking in legislative framework. The challenge was clear: to invest in a niche sector with the potential to disrupt traditional business models. Abreu’s core is deeply non-conformist and there was no doubt about diving into what is now the most innovative sector in the global legal sector.

As this is an innovative sector with regulatory loop holes in Portugal and Europe, it was necessary to gather internal and external expertise (consultants and referrals) to help us build a benchmark of best practices. Once the foundation for a new team was laid, the team became a close partner to enthusiastic clients in order to better understand their business goals, identify obstacles and (re)think long lasting regulatory compliant solutions. Consequently, a symbiotic relationship between Clients and lawyers was formed.

Once the grounds were laid, Abreu advised SCML on the creation and launch of the “Artentik | NFTs for good causes” platform of SCML. Artentik is an NFT`s marketplace, registered on the Ethereum blockchain network, linked to images belonging to SCML’s art collection, relics, reliquaries, sculptures or artefacts and other objects belonging to its cultural heritage, and authenticated by Santa Casa da Misericordia de Lisboa. Artentik results from a joint venture between SCML and the Delaware company Boloro Ltd.

The original features of Artentik make this project the first project of its kind to be implemented in Portugal and represents a step forward on the EU´s vision on whether a specific regime for NFT’s is necessary.

To enable the construction of the business model, the team – made up of senior and junior lawyers with different specializations, focused on elaborating a special regime – gathered all the pieces of knowledge and put together a proposal for a business model and use of the service.
The launch of this platform provided not only a learning experience for the benefit of the client but also to strengthen the Fintech team, which is now fully prepared to keep up with the growth of clients in this area and provide innovative legal services.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

Abreu Advogados has seen positive results through consistency whilst powering the strategy initiated four years ago, focused on growth by gaining market share at a national level and with a clear vision of an international project for Portuguese-speaking countries. This strategy started with the change of brand, headquarters and hiring rainmakers of high recognition in the Portuguese market and with international projection.

Continuously strengthened, our teams are attentive and already working with what will be the great challenges of the future in the area of technology, namely, digitalization, robotics, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality. Considered a leading tech firm in the Finance, Fintech and TMT areas, our teams have analyzed the consequences not yet addressed of different corporate models related to cryptocurrency and blockchain. Abreu helps find solutions that ensure compliance with the applicable legislation on data protection and cybersecurity.

The goal has been achieved: For the past 5 years, Abreu’s reputation grew with international rankings, having been considered by The Lawyer as Highly Commended Law Firm of the Year Iberia 2020 and shortlisted for the FT Innovative Lawyers 2022 (in three different categories), with law students, who consider Abreu the best law firm to work since 2019, and regarding employees, with the internal engagement rate growing by 40%.

Our vision is to continue to be an increasingly resilient firm, prepared for the world’s challenges alongside our clients.