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Abreu Advogados > The Legal 500 Rankings
Corporate and M&A is a core area of practice at Abreu Advogados, which advises on both transactions conducted in Portugal and cross-border deals. The department is specialised in key industry sectors for the Portuguese and African economies, such as real estate, banking, IT, life sciences and natural resources. Handling competition aspects of a transaction, providing regulatory advice and assisting in the incorporation of investment funds are other areas of activity for the team. Leading the group is Ana Sofia Batista, who has particular expertise in private equity transactions, and José Maria Corrêa de Sampaio, who has led on several complex M&A deals in Portugal, Angola and Mozambique. Manuel Santos Vítor joined the firm from PLMJ, strengthening the team's corporate governance, reorganisations and restructuring offering.
‘Abreu has a very wide, prepared and complete team of lawyers which give clients the best and most accurate legal and commercial advice in the day-to-day business of companies.’
‘Abreu Advogados delivers outstanding solutions, both in a prompt and professional manner. The team’s analysis exceeded what was expected, which helped in the progress of the transaction.’
‘The firm is always leveraging on internal knowledge in order to tackle issues that may arise.’
‘António Pina is one of the best Portuguese lawyers I have ever met and worked with.’
‘Manuel Santos Vítor is highly knowledgeable about corporate law.’
‘António Pina has been my first line of contact and at all times he has been 100% professional, efficient and prompt in his delivery. He is also incredibly thorough.’
‘António Pina is an incredibly talented lawyer, with outstanding professional and personal skills. Some of his strengths are his attention to detail and speed of response under tight schedules.’
‘Patricia Viana is a highly experienced partner and is a game changer in complex transactions.’
Caixa General de Depósitos
Greenbay and Resilient
The team at Abreu Advogados handles a variety of matters, ranging from GDPR compliance issues and other applicable legislation to impact assessments on personal data protection, cybersecurity risks and cross-border data transfers. The department is proficient across a number of sectors, including consumer goods, financial services, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and telecoms, and is equipped to act in data protection-related litigation. Ricardo Henriques is a name to note; his expertise encompasses IP, IT, media, telecoms and data protection.
‘The team has a high level of knowledge in the area and the time of response is really good.‘
‘Abreu Advogados has a great knowledge of this area of law and the sector of data privacy and data protection.‘
‘Ricardo Henriques is without a doubt one of the best and most outstanding Portuguese lawyers in this area of law.‘
Campo Frio Group
Energy and natural resources Tier 2
Abreu Advogados undertakes a variety of work pertaining to the energy sector, covering advice on regulatory matters, environmental concerns and legislative issues. With particular expertise in the energy, environment and water sectors, the team is well equipped to assist with renewable energy projects, as well as cross-border mining and oil and gas projects involving jurisdictions such as Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde and East Timor. Public law, energy and environmental law expert José Eduardo Martins leads the department alongside Manuel de Andrade Neves, whose areas of expertise include environmental planning.
‘José Eduardo Martins is an excellent lawyer.‘
Iberdrola Generación S.A.U
CC Energy Ltd.
MUSAMI – Azores
Intellectual property Tier 2
Abreu Advogados’ broad service offering covers copyright advice, trade mark and patent prosecution as well as infringement proceedings. The department is equipped to advise on franchise agreements and counterfeiting mandates; other areas of expertise include media and advertising, IT and internet law and domain name disputes. Leading the team is Manuel Durães Rocha, who has extensive experience in patent disputes, as well as trade mark rights and infringement cases, particularly in the medical and pharmaceutical fields. Technology, notably software licensing and issues related to e-commerce, is an area of particular interest for Ricardo Henriques. César Bessa Monteiro Jr.’s areas of expertise include trade secrets, unfair competition, copyrights and designs, among others; César Bessa Monteiro focuses on dispute resolution, namely technology and copyright litigation. António Andrade joined from VdA.
‘One of the top firms for IP matters in Portugal.‘
‘The team is fast, experienced, effective and very client-focused.‘
‘Great multi-disciplinary team.‘
‘Fantastic responsiveness and excellent guidance throughout the matter.‘
‘Manuel Durães Rocha is a very experienced lawyer. He provides very clear advice and his attitude in court is excellent.‘
‘We work with Ricardo Henriques and César Bessa Monteiro. Both are impressive lawyers with a strong capacity to understand clients’ needs. They are absolutely reliable.‘
‘Ricardo Henriques is an excellent lawyer who provides high-quality IP advice. He stands out for his responsiveness and the way he finds creative solutions in complex legal IP cases.‘
‘Ricardo and César are terrific.‘
‘Manuel Durães Rocha offers personalised attention, efficiency and professional advice.‘
Groupe Canal +
Sunny Cars Gmbh
Abreu Advogados' multi-disciplinary offering fields experts across corporate, employment, real estate, banking, finance and dispute resolution work, and is particularly praised for its proficiency in tax matters, where Maria Dulce Soares heads the department. Key local and international players instruct the team, which has a strong following from energy, tourism, tech, telecoms, finance, construction, real estate, manufacturing, automotive and health sector clients.
Projects and project finance Tier 2
With a cross-practice approach, Abreu Advogados builds on its broad public law, environmental, banking and finance expertise to handle a range of project and project finance mandates. Water, energy, health, transport and infrastructure-sector projects are central to the practice, which is adept at domestic and international instructions and is engaged on significant projects across Portuguese-speaking jurisdictions in particular. Lenders and concessionaires are among its clients. José Eduardo Martins and Manuel de Andrade Neves are key contacts.
Iberdrola Generación S.A.U. and Iberdrola Generación
ALSA / National Express
Musami – Azores
Group Air Liquide
Syndicated Banks (E.G.: AFDB – African Development Bank; EIB – European Investment Bank; Absa Bank and KFW Development Bank).
Actis/ Baia Mall
Empresa De Eletricidade Da Madeira
Real estate and construction Tier 2
Abreu Advogados' real estate practice offers a comprehensive service offering, handling complex real estate transactions. The team enjoys a strong reputation in the retail sector, having been involved in several acquisitions and sales of shopping centres, and attracts instructions from fund managers, trusts, developers, investors, owners and occupiers, assisting them throughout all stages of a project. Rui Peixoto Duarte, who has a background in corporate business structuring operations, coordinates the department. M&A operations related to real estate, sale and leaseback transactions as well as construction matters are among Patrícia Viana's key areas of expertise, while Renata Silva Alves focuses on the restructuring of real estate companies.
‘Abreu is definitely a one-stop solution, with a high degree of professionalism and diligence. It has in-depth knowledge of the legal framework, market and public administration procedures and seeks to safeguard the interest of the client.‘
‘Speed and objectivity in approaching subjects.‘
‘Team has great professionalism and attention to detail.‘
‘Abreu fields a team of lawyers who know how to guide you throughout all the steps of the process.‘
‘Excellent communication in English, comprehensive knowledge and expertise, and very fast and accurate responses.‘
‘Renata Silva Alves stands out for the pragmatic stance with which she addresses challenges and issues.‘
‘One can rest assured that our interests will always be safeguarded by Patrícia Viana.‘
‘Patricia Viana is dedicated to her clients, and makes every effort to contribute to the successful outcome of their goals.‘
‘Francisco Patrício and Renata Alves are exceptional real estate lawyers.‘
Daimler Real Estate
Henley & Partners
Savory & Partners
Tax Tier 2
Abreu Advogados' 'very responsive team' is 'dedicated to the project and shows great availability'. Advising on the tax aspects of M&A, banking and real estate transactions is a key feature, as are complex tax disputes and consultancy matters. It offers experience across domestic and international tax, as well as transfer pricing issues. The 'growing team', which welcomed several new arrivals from PLMJ in 2019 including Nuno Cunha Barnabé, acts for clients including high-profile tech companies, multinational groups, leading banks and high-profile individuals. Firm founder Miguel Teixeira de Abreu, who is now an honorary partner, is a well-known figure in the market, and Alexandra Courela is 'very reliable and engaged'.
‘This is a relatively recent firm, which has grown very fast and now competes directly with older, more established firms. Enjoys a great reputation, as competent, non-stuffy, reasonably costed and transparent. From my experience, it is unique in international law, especially in its fiscal and commercial aspects.‘
‘It has complementary teams which are easily incorporated to assist with related problems.‘
‘The work delivered met very good standards.‘
‘Alexandra Courela is very responsive and available while providing high-quality advice.‘
‘Miguel Teixeira de Abreu showed a great expertise with respect to the Portuguese tax environment.‘
‘My main lawyer is Alexandra Courela, who is an excellent fiscal expert, has good background in UK law and manages evolving teams very efficiently to respond to my various concerns.‘
‘The very responsive team is dedicated to the project and shows great availability.’
‘It is a growing team.’
‘Alexandra Courela is very reliable and engaged.’
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton
Liebherr Portugal Lda.
TMT Tier 2
The team at Abreu Advogados attracts instructions from international companies, operators and investors in a range of matters pertaining to the tech, media and telecoms sectors, covering internet, data software law and regulatory issues. Manuel Durães Rocha oversees the department, which also includes Ricardo Henriques. Henriques' areas of expertise include information technology, telecoms, media and advertising; he is particularly focused on the area of technology, notably software licensing, compliance projects and e-commerce.
‘The team at Abreu Advogados is always on top of hot topics and is passionate about the everyday challenges raised by the new technological revolution which gradually is transforming the entire economy.‘
‘What differentiates the team from others acting in the market is the fact that they always try to be ahead of the problems clients are facing in a wide range of subjects (IP, Media and Advertising, Technology, Data Protection, Telecoms, Competition, Distribution) both in non-contentious and contentious matters.‘
‘Consistently our first choice for referral work when it comes to representing global brands in their advertising campaigns.‘
‘The team has a great experience in the field.‘
‘One of our go-tos for TMT in Portugal.‘
‘This team is impressive. With an international and global view of any question, lawyers are absolutely client-focused, always bringing creative and practical solutions to the table.‘
‘The qualification and experience of the team members is notable, as well as their capacity to adapt to the particular circumstances of each case.‘
‘Ricardo Henriques is recommended for media and advertising, information technology, personal data protection and telecommunications, competition and distribution matters.‘
‘Responsive, attentive, and knowledgeable.‘
Google / YouTube
Free now / mytaxi
Transport Tier 2
The multi-disciplinary team at Abreu Advogados, which stands out for its ability to give 'practical advice', excels across contentious and non-contentious maritime and aviation matters. The team is experienced across financing, shipbuilding contracts, the sale and purchase of vessels, vessel arrests, employment, environmental issues, aircraft leasing and accidents. Guilherme Santos Silva and Pedro Alves da Silva are names to note.
Dispute resolution Tier 3
Abreu Advogados is noted for its multi-disciplinary advice provided in civil, commercial and criminal matters. The team offers legal assistance in disputes submitted to the Portuguese judicial courts and arbitral tribunals, both domestic and international. Complex and often cross-border matters feature on the department's caseload, which also includes mediation and pre-litigation guidance. Guilherme Santos Silva predominantly acts in civil, commercial and transport-related litigation matters, while co-heading the practice with Alexandra Nascimento Correia, who focuses on arbitration. The team was further strengthened by the arrival of Martim Menezes, who joined from CCA Law Firm in 2020.
Banco Comercial Português
Iberdola Generación España
Andritz Hydro GmbH
Tata Group / Monroa / Move on
Employment Tier 3
Abreu Advogados offers legal advice to clients in relation to all matters and operations concerning employment, as well as representation in litigation cases before the labour and higher courts. Typical instructions include individual recruitment (including foreign hires and senior management), collective bargaining arrangements, human resources matters, as well as lay-off procedures, collective dismissals, and providing employment advice pertaining to transactional matters. The department is jointly led by Carmo Sousa Machado and Patrícia Perestrelo, who is an expert in corporate restructuring matters involving labour issues. Labour regulation and human resources are some of Sofia Silva e Sousa's core areas of practice. Madalena Caldeira and Ana Manuela Barbosa are other names to note.
‘A very strong and diverse team with an outstanding credibility level.‘
‘Pragmatic approach to matters, combined with substantial expertise in employment law matters, including in respect of court proceedings. Excellent judgement as to how to best handle an issue.‘
‘They have a good practical approach to problems.‘
‘They are top-level individuals as professionals and also on an interpersonal level. Armando Martins Ferreira is an amazing professional and first-rate legal advisor. Carmo Sousa Machado is an authority in Labour Law and a reference in the market.‘
‘Madalena Caldeira has an outstanding understanding of the client’s needs, is highly capable and cooperative, and has excellent judgement. She shows an outstanding level of availability and is, even under tremendous stress, always calm and collected.‘
BILFINGER, S.E. and BILFINGER PREFAL
Clube Naval de Cascais
Colt Technology Services
CTT – Correios de Portugal
Expeditors International of Washington, Inc.
FedEx Express Europe
Groupe SEB Ibérica
Hidden Hearing Portugal
Imperial Produtos Alimentares
NEWREST INTERNATIONAL GROUP
OGMA – INDÚSTRIA AERONÁUTICA DE PORTUGAL, S.A.
SAMVARDHANA MOTHERSON PEGUFORM AUTOMOTIVE PORTUGAL
Tata Consulting Services
Tomtom Sales B.V.
EU and competition Tier 3
Abreu Advogados advises across the entire gamut of EU and competition law, covering advice on the filing of merger controls before the PCA and the European Commission, as well as restrictive agreements and abuse of dominance. Acting for clients in state aid matters and assisting them with the development of compliance programmes are other areas of activity for the team, which advises players in the energy, water, healthcare, media and transport sectors. The team is under the joint leadership of Armando Martins Ferreira and Inês Sequeira Mendes, who focuses on notification processes pertaining to complex concentration operations.
‘I would say that this team, in terms of commitment and multi-disciplinary, is unbeatable. Lawyers are available, use a clear language and provide straightforward advice.‘
‘An excellent team of professionals with expertise in different areas of competition law.‘
‘Abreu’s team is extremely competent, committed and available. When compared to other firms, Abreu is very organised and methodical.‘
‘Inês Sequeira Mendes and Armando Martins Ferreira complement each other and deliver the work efficiently. Inês is experienced in mergers, especially in the health sector, while Armando stands out in restrictive practices.‘
‘Inês Sequeira Mendes and Pedro Alves da Silva are highly qualified and concerned with their clients’ needs and expectations.‘
Sport Lisboa e Benfica
Compañia De Servicios De Bebidas Refrescantes, S.L.
Lidl & Cia
PH Energia/ Energia Simples
Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 3
Abreu Advogados is adept at assisting clients with the drafting and implementation of compliance programmes aimed at preventing risks. Corporate crime and compliance specialist Francisco Patrício leads the team, which is proficient in anti-bribery, corruption, money laundering and anti-terrorism financing matters. Ana Rita Duarte de Campos, who is experienced in the areas of economic and financial crimes, joined the team from VdA, and the team was further strengthened by the arrival of Pedro Barosa from PLMJ, who has particular expertise in white-collar criminal defence.
‘Young and professional team which is organised and provides prompt answers.‘
‘Ability to solve problems quickly and effectively.‘
‘Professionalism and competence define the team.‘
‘Pedro Barosa is recommended for his dedication, professionalism and friendliness. A lawyer who is distinguished by the quality of his work and total availability.‘
Insolvency and restructuring Tier 3
Abreu Advogados' sizeable offering is present on complex restructuring and insolvency mandates and stands out for its distressed M&A, corporate restructuring, insolvency and creditor’s rights (PERs) expertise. The real estate sector is a key focus and the team is instructed by several real estate investment funds. Team head Francisco Patrício is 'excellent'.
Iberdrola Generación (in Portugal)
Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário Imoreal
Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário Mercapital
Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário Real Estate
Fundo de Capital de Risco do Banco Efisa
Banking and finance Tier 4
The finance team at Abreu Advogados covers a wide range of sector-related work, including acquisition and project finance, OTC derivatives, the issue of structured debt and the listing of securities and insurance products. Practice co-head Ana Sofia Batista regularly advises local and foreign clients on project finance matters, while co-leader José Maria Corrêa de Sampaio has a proven track record in both domestic and cross-border financing transactions, notably in jurisdictions such as Angola and Mozambique. Rodrigo Formigal, who stands out for his extensive knowledge of debt restructuring and distressed assets transactions, recently joined the team from PLMJ.
‘Ana Sofia Batista provides an excellent legal service. She is very responsive and practical in her approach to legal advice.’
‘The team is very responsive, and presents a high level of knowledge.’
‘Rodrigo Formigal is very professional, has a great level of knowledge, is always available and responsive.’
Banco Económico, S.A.
Deposit Solutions GmbH
UniCredit Bank AG
Economico Fundo de Investimento SGFI
Caixa Geral de Depósitos
Public law Tier 4
With a team of specialised lawyers in public law, Abreu Advogados offers a broad variety of services in infrastructure projects and PPPs to foreign and domestic concessionaires. The team is adept at advising on urban licensing, public procurement procedures, and litigation. Environmental law expert José Eduardo Martins has experience handling matters related to the public sector, while Manuel de Andrade Neves regularly assists clients from the energy and natural resources sectors. Mafalda Teixeira de Abreu counts concession contracts and public tender procedures among her areas of expertise.
Iberdrola Generación S.A.U. And Iberdrola Generación
Alsa / National Express
Musami – Azores
Group Air Liquide
Syndicated Banks (E.G.: Afdb – African Development Bank; Eib – European Investment Bank; Absa Bank And Kfw Development Bank).
Actis/ Baia Mall
Empresa De Eletricidade Da Madeira (Madeira’s Electricity Company).
Erp Portugal (Waste Management Entity)
Angola > Foreign firms Tier 1
Highly regarded Portuguese firm Abreu Advogados maintains a strong focus on the Angola market, where it cooperates with leading local firm FBL Advogados. Many of its clients operate in the TMT, energy, infrastructure, construction and natural resources sectors, and the firm also counts notable banks among its clients. Corporate and M&A partner Fernando Veiga Gomes has developed a niche specialism in sports law; Guilherme Santos Silva specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration; and José Eduardo Martins is an expert in environmental law. José Maria Corrêa de Sampaio and Marta Romano de Castro are also key contacts.
Standard Chartered Bank
Abreu Advogados is a popular choice for banks and financial institutions doing business in Mozambique; outside of the financial services space, the team advises clients in the shipping, aviation, infrastructure and natural resources sectors. José Maria Corrêa de Sampaio specialises in M&A and projects, while Pedro Pais de Almeida advises on corporate, M&A and tax.
Chinese Development Bank
AFDB – African Development Bank
IDC – Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa
Abreu Advogados > Firm Profile
The fIrm: 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 this new society of today, working daily 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.
A full-service law firm with offices in Lisbon, Oporto and Funchal, Abreu Advogados is among the largest law firms in Portugal, with a team of over 200 lawyers in a company of over 300 professionals, recognized annually in international rankings of the legal sector. Abreu was the first law firm to adopt a professional management structure committed to creating a client-oriented culture that offers highly responsive teams, business-oriented advice and cost-effective structures.
Abreu Advogados breaks down barriers, walls and established models by opening discussions involving the different legal practice areas and skillsets so that together the team can deliver a complete and cohesive solution to its clients.
Abreu Advogados is committed to setting the future in progress.
Practice areas we work in:
- Corporate and commercial
- Litigation and arbitration
- Real estate
- Public and environment
- Intellectual property and Information technology
- Competition, regulatory and EU
International work: In order to provide top legal support to clients, wherever they may be, Abreu International Legal Solutions created a structure composed of lawyers who are highly experienced in international law and work closely with renowned local partners in emerging economies, such as Angola, Brazil, Cape-Verde, China, Mozambique and Timor-Leste. This allows the firm to provide a smoother experience in jurisdictions where legal risks would usually be higher.
For additional information, please visit the firm’s website at www.abreuadvogados.com
|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|
|Dispute resolution||Alexandra Nascimento Correia|
|Dispute resolution||Francisco Patrício|
|Dispute resolution||Guilherme Santos Silva|
|Employment||Carmo Sousa Machado|
|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|
|Insolvency and restructuring||Pedro Barosa|
|Insolvency and restructuring||Ana Rita Duarte de Campos|
|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||Nuno Cunha Barnabé|
|Real estate||Rui Peixoto Duarte|
|Real estate||Patrícia Viana|
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Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 204
LanguagesEnglish French German Portuguese Spanish
MembershipsAEL AIJA Consulegis EVCA Eurocollectnet Gesica IAC IBA IFA INTA International Insolvency Institute ISDA Multilaw NYSBA UIA
OtherContact : Duarte de Athayde (managing partner) Other offices : Portugal (Lisbon, Madeira, Oporto) Other offices : Angola Other offices : Brazil Other offices : Cabo Verde Other offices : China Other offices : Mozambique Other offices : France Other offices : Iran (association) Other offices : Timor-Leste (joint office)
TESTIMONIAL: “thank you very much for your support during the last months! Many things were very new for us. Thanks to your support we were able to clarify many points!”
TESTIMONIAL: “You helped us providing an extraordinary support, showing the difference in quality and timely responses if compared to local legal advisors of the counterparty. You really made the difference and I wanted to thank you for
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
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.”
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 and East Timor. This allows the firm to provide a smoother xperience in jurisdictions where legal risks would usually be higher.
Abreu Advogados is committed to setting the future in progress.
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.
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:
• Cape Verde
• East Timor
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.
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
• 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).
Duarte de Athayde, Managing PartnerAbreu Advogados’ MP explains how the firm is adapting to the new world, challenges and client needs.
What do you see as the main points that differentiate Abreu Advogados from your competitors?
Abreu Advogados is an independent Portuguese firm with a strong position among the country’s top 4 full-service
From our Lisbon headquarters we undertake cross-border, multi-jurisdictional and complex work for clients around the globe. We have an unequalled track record in providing strategic legal advice to multinationals and private clients in complex projects in Portuguese speaking countries by creating flexible teams that bring together the most talented lawyers in each jurisdiction and working with a network of independent law firms, to better meet the expectations of each client.
The firm was founded 26 years ago by a team of well-established independent lawyers with an international background and a strong desire to build a different type of firm, more open to society, focused on the future and
one that would partner with clients. Since then, Abreu has been forging a unique path in the legal sector, bringing together lawyers that have solid academic backgrounds, unprecedented legal experience and expertise and an
innovative mindset, with the mission to break down legal barriers and make legal jargon accessible to every single person.
We believe in building strong partnerships with our clients, getting to know each one personally, getting to know their business inside out and also sharing their vision for their respective businesses. It is the only way we know.
We are our clients’ trusted advisors, because we meet them in their comfort zone by being dynamic, ahead of the game, knowing each industry like we know ours and always delivering tailor-made advice and sophisticated legal
Last year we decided to change the design of our corporate brand and it was a far more strategic step than just a simple brand decision. It was the outcome of hundreds of hours listening to our people, our clients and our key
business partners, that made us realise that the market understands and values the innovation we bring to the sector by translating “legalese” into a more practical language that both clients and the wider society understand.
This approach foregrounds our firm’s culture and it is always present, from the first moment a person gets in touch with our lawyers, visits our website or comes into our offices.
This practical and open minded way of thinking is our driver and all of our business cycle is built around it. We have a team dedicated to ensuring that this is always present at all levels and in all areas, from the simplest projects and daily tasks to the recruitment process, but also when we take sustainability decisions or think about the future of the legal profession. We are continuously focused on improving the client experience, providing practical and strategic legal tools to complex legal and business challenges, both national and international.
Today we can say that our differentiated approach led us on a unique journey within the Portuguese legal sector which appeals both to young talent and high profile professionals.
This practical and forward thinking approach is recognised both by our clients and by our peers. This was made clear when we were the first firm to talk about technology and artificial intelligence in times when it seemed to be too far from reality, or when we started releasing our perspective on sustainability, environment and community support, revealing our carbon footprint, many years before this became a trend. This led us to stand out from the crowd, keeping a fresh vision, foreseeing and anticipating needs by constantly innovating and putting the future in progress today.
Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?
Although the current pandemic affects almost all business sectors, there are some practices that may still keep expanding in the current environment, meeting the strategic plans for business sustainability of both private clients and organisations.
We expect to see growth in demand in the employment practice, in public and regulatory law and EU and competition law, but also in restructuring and insolvency, litigation and eventually, also in transactional work.
We are also boosting our life sciences practice, especially in the healthcare area.
What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?
Last year we reinforced our team with the lateral hire of 4 new partners from leading firms in key areas such as tax, M&A, litigation, life sciences and private client. Our clients are already benefiting from the experience and the value these market leaders add to our firm.
On another level we are putting in place many different initiatives in the law and tech domains.
Technology is key to our strategy for the coming years, both in the way we work and how we want to service clients. Abreu Advogados has invested in people and resources that can bring new approaches to the economic challenges brought by technology. In the last three years we added the ‘tech language’ skill to the trainee recruitment process, not only for the general trainee programmes but also with a competition called “Law and Technology Award”, in which the main criterion is proven tech ability, giving the winner the chance to join the trainee programme. We believe this will improve our lawyers’ tech skills and generate ideas and a faster adoption of tech tools we are developing. This will necessarily benefit our clients, because we are optimising time, costs and becoming more efficient, more robust and more data driven.
Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?
Up until this pandemic, technology had not yet changed the way we interacted with clients, as we believe legal services gain from the close relationships we establish with our clients. As these ties are so strong, we have been able to convert our services to a fully online operation with zero interruptions and flaws, until now.
This is only true because we have been early adopters of many technologies and collaboration tools that allow us to function as one
team with our lawyers and clients in multiple locations. As a tech driven law firm, we made several investments in our lawyers’ technology skills and tools to fully cope with our clients’ needs.
Not only by introducing AI in some aspects of our activity, improving the speed and quality of response, but also by protecting clients’ resources and information in terms of cybersecurity, with solutions such as Abreu Security Operations Centre (SOC), where we were the first firm to invest in in-site security facilities.
Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?
Without a doubt. Organisations are facing hard times, not only because of the pandemic situation, but also because the world is becoming more and more a VUCA (Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) world, and in the face of uncertainty we rely on those who haven’t failed us, and Abreu Advogados is proud of the fact that it never fails its clients by always giving soundproof strategic advice.
Law firms that focused on clients’ needs and listened to their concerns have adapted to the new times and provided clients with new and strategic
approaches, generating closer relations and stability.
Three years ahead is a very long time, these days, however, I see the firm standing by the same clients and also welcoming new clients, as well as standing by our team and maybe also welcoming new members, under the same principle, we are an open minded firm, open to anyone who shares our passion to put the future in practice, starting today.
We believe that this is such a strong strategic driver, as we have seen in the past 3 years where we grew at double digit levels every year, that if we keep the alignment that we have set in process with both clients and teams, then we will go very far.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Commercial, corporate and M&A
- Data privacy and data protection
- Energy and natural resources
- Intellectual property
- Oporto: leading commercial firms
- Projects and project finance
- Real estate and construction
- Dispute resolution
- EU and competition
- Fraud and white-collar crime
- Insolvency and restructuring
- Banking and finance
- Public law