Abreu Advogados > Lisbon, Portugal > Firm Profile

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

Portugal > Intellectual property Tier 1

With the ability to assist clients at the national and international level, Abreu Advogados provides a complete range of services within the field of IP. Its advice covers trade marks, patents and copyrights – including prosecution and contentious matters – as well as anti-counterfeiting cases, unfair competition and trade secrets. The team acts for a diverse client roster, comprising heavyweights from the pharmaceuticals, fashion, entertainment, media, technology and automotive industries. ‘Combining the best perspectives of innovator and generic pharmaceutical patent litigation work‘, the department is jointly led by two experts in this field: Manuel Durães Rocha and António Andrade, the latter of whom is a ‘go-to patent litigator‘. Mandates involving technology and software licensing issues are among Ricardo Henriques' core specialisms, while César Bessa Monteiro, Jr maintains a broad IP practice covering industrial designs, trade secrets and copyrights.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Deep knowledge of IP law; solid reputation; good connections and understanding of the Spanish market has always been an advantage for Spanish clients doing business in our neighbour country.’

‘We highlight Manuel Durães Rocha for his friendliness and integrity, together with his competence in dealing with matters.’

‘António Andrade is exceptional – hugely experienced, commercially smart and great strategic brain. Manuel Durães Rocha is similarly talented – highly intelligent, superb with clients and a great businessman.’

‘Abreu is a solid top tier firm in Portugal and operates also in other jurisdictions. They provide premium legal services. Pricing is competitive in relation to the very high level of quality of their work. They know how to add value as lead local counsel in all matters we have been working on.’

‘I’ve worked with António for years – he is my go-to patent litigator for Portugal, because he understands not only his domestic market but the needs and demands of clients engaged in cross-border litigation.’

‘Excellent competence in substantive and procedural law, excellent understanding of the issues of the case and dedication to achieve success for the client.’

‘António Andrade provides first-rate legal services. Achieved an excellent success in a difficult case.’

‘I would highlight partners César Bessa Monteiro Jr and Ricardo Henriques who have exceptional availability, know-how and expertise. They are capable of providing a high quality service to clients.’

Key clients

Eiffage

Clipper

Henessy

UEFA

TAG HEUER

WOMENWINWIN

EBEL

SACOOR

Hewlett Packard (HP)

SECIL

BOEHRINGER

Novo Verde

Festina Lotus

BRISA

Sociedade Ponto Verde – SPV

Betty Blue Spa

TOYOTOMI

Calvin Klein

Sunny CARS

ELITE

GROUPE CANAL+

Google

Bausch Health Ireland Limited

SAP SE

Corinthia Hotels

LIDL

IKEA

HEMA BV

Vemedia BV

Sequoia

Antylia Scientific

Sydell Group

Pronovias

Boehringer Ingelhein

Domingos Alves de Sousa’s wines

Dell

Oracle

Coca-Cola

Magnum Cap – Electrical Power Solutions, Lda

Work highlights

  • Assisting Eiffage with the protection of the European trade mark and corporate name EIFFAGE at the Portuguese IP Court against its infringement by a local construction company.
  • Assisting the Volkswagen Group in a trade mark infringement case where the prestige of the VW trade mark is at stake as well as the recognition of the famous VW brand composed by the image of the Clipper Van.

Portugal > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Abreu Advogados' real estate practice offers clients specialised advice and niche property services across the full spectrum of real estate law. Acting for a diverse client portfolio, its practitioners cover financial real estate for construction and financing projects; energy real estate for major energy project development, both traditional and sustainable; retail developments, particularly for retailers and shopping centre operators; and private real estate investment. The department also includes a notary and registration department, streamlining the formalisation processes of sales, horizontal property deeds and mortgages. In addition, the team boasts an excellent track record in assisting REITs. Patrícia Viana and Tiago Mendonça de Castro jointly lead the practice, with Diogo Belard Correia providing key support. Renata Silva Alves left the firm in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Patrícia Viana; Tiago Mendonça Castro

Other key lawyers:

Maria Cabral de Azevedo; Diogo Belard Correia

Testimonials

‘This team has extensive experience in real estate law and construction associated with large projects. Tiago Mendonça de Castro, in particular, has more than 2 decades of experience and combines his knowledge and that of part of his team with transactional M&A in the area, which greatly facilitates the provision of advice as it allows for a diversified structuring of real estate contracts and rights taking into account the transactional aspect.’

‘Dr. Diogo Belard Correia has developed his practice in this area and specific sector and has been assisting in many matters, some of them with unusual legal constructions, having a deep knowledge of the legislation in force.’

‘The team distinguishes themselves from competitors by their huge client care, attention to detail and advice in an integrated and specialized legal logic, requiring little or no assistance from lawyers from other areas in the advice provided.’

‘Availability and general theoretical and practical knowledge on any and all topics in the area.’

‘Patricia Viana has been unsurpassed in pursuing the business entrusted to her.’

‘The team’s dedication, together with the inexhaustible skills and vast experience. The ability to find a solution that suits each client, responsiveness, availability, and excellence in the service provided.’

Tiago Mendonça de Castro has deep experience and expertise in the real estate and construction business sector, including in the transactional part combining knowledge of corporate/M&A, which allows an identification and coverage of legal and contractual risks in a unique and clear way, simplifying contractual structures and negotiations and avoiding unnecessary discussions considering the knowledge in the practical applicability and interpretation of real estate, construction and civil law.’

Key clients

Ageas

IKEA

Fortera Properties

Noble Faces

Kronos Homes

PRIMARK

Chint Solar

PROMIRIS

Daimler Real Estate

INGKA Centres

ENJOY

FREY

Time Out Market

Urbania International

Interfundos

FedEx

Imofundos

Nhood

Henley & Partners

Savory & Partners

H&M

Portugal Unplugged

Sweet Tomato

CBRE GI

Iberdrola

Lighthouse

Vougainvest

Work highlights

  • Advised Fortera Properties on a joint venture for the development of a real estate project in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal in a project, evaluated at €180m.
  • Assisted Promiris in the purchase, rehabilitation of the properties and sale of the units of an emblematic building in Lisbon’s city centre which will be converted in a luxury condominium.
  • Advised Kronos Homes on the development of its latest residential €40m project “The One”, located in the centre of Lisbon.

Portugal > Tax Tier 1

Fielding a tax team of ‘true specialists with strong market knowledge', Abreu Advogados stands out for its track record in some of the most consequential transactions taking place in the corporate arena. Besides its strong capabilities in transactional tax mandates, the practice is also noted for its proficiency in international taxation, regulatory matters and tax litigation. Other areas of expertise include green taxes, including renewable energy, digital assets and blockchain technology taxation. The full-service group is jointly led by Alexandra Courela, who specialises in transactional tax, with a special focus on corporate and real estate deals, and Nuno Cunha Barnabé, who is regularly instructed by private clients. Tax controversy work is overseen by Maria Dulce Soares and Mariana Gouveia de Oliveira, both of whom also advise on indirect tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Courela; Nuno Cunha Barnabé

Other key lawyers:

Maria Dulce Soares; Mariana Gouveia de Oliveira; Susana Duarte; Sara Soares

Testimonials

‘Portuguese firm with very good knowledge of international tax law. Client-oriented advice and fair pricing.’

Since the beginning, our company has been able to highlight with satisfaction the quality of the services provided by Abreu Advogados, namely legal services and consultancy in Tax Law.’

‘We want to highlight the extraordinary dynamics of the company’s Tax Law team, with special focus on partner Alexandra Courela, who is very decisive and confident and with technical knowledge at a level above what we know in the rest of the market. Equally very good and clearly above average, we also want to highlight the knowledge, responsiveness and availability of Susana Duarte.’

‘True specialists with strong market knowledge. Knowledgeable, innovative and business-minded. Interested in the client’s values, dedicated and reachable.’

‘Nuno Cunha Barnabé is a very experienced partner. He understands the practical requirements of the client and combines this with comprehensive knowledge and experience to deliver high-quality advices. He is definitively a stellar lawyer.’

‘We have been working with Abreu Advogados for many years, which helps in the relationship between the parties, as the knowledge they already have about the client is fundamental for this professional relationship between the parties.’

‘Good ability to understand the problem and point out solutions. Our matter was definitively resolved by Abreu Advogados in close dialogue with the tax authority, notary and the other party.’

‘We have very much felt that we were working with people who care and not a large firm trying to generate billable hours. They have been very knowledgable and responsive to our inquiries across a wide range of tax topics.’

Key clients

Statkraft

Marques Distribuição, SGPS, S.A.

Kinda Home

Chint Solar

Total

PT Ventures, SGPS, SA

Bristol-Myers Squibb

DISA/Prio

CEPSA

Work highlights

  • Assisted Total in the analysis of tax contingencies, notably for purposes of direct taxation and stamp duty, considering the Mozambican tax, public and civil law and specific legislation applicable to a project.

Portugal > Banking and finance Tier 2

Abreu Advogados handles a range of banking and finance matters on behalf of a diverse client roster. The team is singled out for its ability to advise on cross-border finance transactions (particularly those linked to Mozambique), debt issuances, OTC derivatives, NPLs and real estate finance matters. Emerging areas such as fintech, cryptocurrencies and new payment methods are also covered by the team. In July 2021, the practice saw a change in leadership as Diogo Pereira Duarte and Rodrigo Formigal joined José Maria Corrêa de Sampaio in the coordination of the finance group. The team’s offering in the insurance sector was further boosted by the arrival of Nuno Luís Sapateiro from PLMJ in June 2021. Project finance is a key area of practice for Ana Sofia Batista.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Ana Sofia Batista; André Modesto Pinheiro

Testimonials

‘Abreu Advogados has very relevant knowledge in terms of investment operations in SMEs. André Modesto Pinheiro is recommended for this type of work.’

‘Professionalism and dedication is their main strength, resolving conflicts between parties to make the deal fly.’

‘I have been working with Ana Sofia Batista and her team for a number of years now and they always provide an excellent service. Ana is very responsive and the team provides clear and pragmatic advice. They are also always willing to accommodate client’s demands. The team has in-depth knowledge of the regulatory framework and covers a very broad range of legal areas which is very valuable.’

Key clients

Total

Caixa Geral de Depósitos

BIG

Rolls Royce

Dura Automotive

Yildirim Group

EFACEC

Sacyr Somague

JJW Hotels & Resorts Group

Big Mozambique

VStudent

Credit Suisse

PRIO Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the Senior Creditors – Export Credit Agencies and Africa Development Bank/AfDB on the financing and development of the Area 1 LNG project in Mozambique.
  • Assisted the Yildirim Group in connection with the negotiation, preparation and formalisation of all contractual documentation regarding various syndicated loan facilities.
  • Provided legal assistance to the Efacec Group in the negotiation of a new financing with a banking syndicate composed of five Portuguese banks which was guaranteed by the Portuguese state.

Portugal > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Highlighted for its ‘extensive knowledge of M&A and corporate matters' and ‘great negotiation skills', Abreu Advogados' team balances a busy workload of M&A, private equity and corporate governance, demonstrating particular strength in real estate and cross-border deals involving Portuguese-speaking countries. Ana Sofia Batista has significant experience in acting for domestic and international clients in M&A and private equity deals, and is a key contact for transactions with ties to Mozambique. She coordinates the department alongside José Maria Corrêa De Sampaio, who is a name to note for matters involving the banking and insurance sectors, and Manuel Santos Vítor, who is noted for his ‘competence and knowledge' of strategic M&A, corporate restructurings and governance issues across energy, retail and agribusiness. Big-ticket mandates involving real estate assets are a core area of focus for António Pina.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

António Pina; Teresa Anselmo Vaz; Cláudia Santos Malaquias

Testimonials

‘The team is fully committed to the success of the project and know how to perfectly balance risks versus focus on the closing of the deal.’

‘The general level of service is excellent as they have a team that shows: good in-depth knowledge and understanding of the legal framework; high technical competence; professionalism; great negotiation skills and a particular ability to reach consensus solutions.’

‘Without a doubt, we will continue to count on Abreu for future transactions in Real Estate and Corporate/M&A. In addition to their extensive knowledge in M&A/Corporate matters, they know the real estate sector very well and have a vision that goes beyond the pure legal point (commercial, business), which, without a doubt, helps a lot in this type of transactions. They have handled very complex situations with great ease and are always available and anticipate the needs of their clients.’

‘António Pina continues to impress me everytime. His capacity and knowledge of the M&A/Corporate, Real Estate, Finance and the market (national and international) is immense. He is able to redirect and carry out (with excellent results) operations and deals that seem to be lost, he is very active and commercial, always betting on the successful end of the transaction. He has great knowledge of different M&A transactions and a lot of experience, his availability is absolute and he often makes simple what at first glance seems impossible or very complicated. Without a doubt, he is my lawyer of reference in the M&A/Corporate sector.

‘The firm has always been very professional, diligent and available to us. One of the best attributes of the firm is the critical thinking of its lawyers in relation to the matters at hand. Always looking for the optimal scenarios where not only the client’s interests are pursued but also the overall best interest.’

‘The experience and professionalism of the lawyers, the accessibility and availability to clarify and resolve the various issues in question make them stand out.’

‘They were always to-the-point and problem-solving-oriented. Always reachable, available for discussions.’

‘Manuel Santos Vítor is our main contact at the firm. He’s someone I’ve worked with for about 20 years, having established a relationship of great trust with him, due to the competence and knowledge he has.’

Key clients

Africatel Holdings

DCC Investors

Statkraft

Sublime Group

The Walt Disney Company

Frey

Caixa Geral de Depósitos

Biosurfit

Chint Solar

Matériels Industriels de Sécurités – Matisec

Loomis

JLL Group

Greenyard Fresh NV

Seguradoras Unidas

Efacec

De Heus

Vortal

Total

Lidl & Companhia

Grupo Repsol

E.Leclerc

Banco Português de Fomento

Work highlights

  • Assisted EFACEC in connection with the nationalisation of a controlling stake in the group by the Portuguese state.
  • Advised a group of private shareholders on the sale of a majority stake in Sirplaste to SCG Chemicals.
  • Assisted the private shareholders of Sublime Group in the disposal of 50% of Sublime Stay and its asset Sublime Comporta Hotel to Laje Capital.

Portugal > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Abreu Advogados has a notable track record in advising market-leading clients from a range of industries, most notably energy, telecoms, pharmaceuticals and financial services, in a range of litigation and arbitration mandates spanning the corporate, administrative and pre-litigation spheres. Highlighted for her ‘excellent command of the Portuguese civil procedure', Alexandra Nascimento Correia jointly heads the team with Guilherme Santos Silva, who is regarded for his proficiency in complex commercial litigation and arbitration. Both practice leaders stand out for their cross-border expertise, with a special emphasis on Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa. Recent hire Teresa Anselmo Vaz, who was previously at Sérvulo & Associados, is seasoned in IP and corporate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Nascimento Correia; Guilherme Santos Silva

Other key lawyers:

Teresa Anselmo Vaz; Teresa Brito da Silva; Gonçalo Malheiro; Mariana Duarte

Testimonials

‘Experience and technical quality of the team, ability to deal with complex processes, overcome obstacles and meet the required deadlines.’

‘Alexandra Nascimento Correia and Mariana Duarte are great lawyers.’

‘Short response time, reliable, skilfull, independent thinkers. Good understanding of our business.’

‘Guilherme Santos Silva- great competence and speed in answering all the questions raised, great leadership capacity and team coordination. Mariana Duarte is also recommended for her competence and availability.’

‘I highlight the work of Alexandra Nascimento Correia. She is a very intelligent and insightful lawyer, with a very good knowledge and experience in matters of dispute resolution, whether judicial or arbitration. She has an excellent command of the Portuguese civil procedure and an enormous capacity to work, particularly under pressure.’

‘For the dispute resolution we had to face, we worked with Teresa Anselmo Vaz. We were impressed by her ability to be highly knowledgeable, thorough, accurate and above all always available. We highly appreciated her availability and ability to provide smart advice, especially in this kind of dispute situation where you can have a lot of questions and doubts. What impressed us the most was her high strategic and tactical skills during the hearings. We can say we won the case because she anticipated many aspects of the proceeding.’

‘Guilherme Santos Silva’s knowledge of different law fields, his deep commitment to the project success and unique ability to manage other teams makes his works really superb.’

Key clients

Galp Energia

Synlab Group

EEM – Electricidade da Madeira

Sonagi (formerly Cimilonga Imobiliária)

Plantronics B.V

Andritz Hydro GmbH

AIRBNB

Tata Group

Monroa

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Work highlights

  • Assisted PT Ventures in a case regarding its shareholding in Unitel, which involved several jurisdictions, including Angola, France and the UK.
  • Assisting Andritz in contractual and insolvency disputes against a major construction company related to the construction of several dams.
  • Advising GALP’s subsidiary Lisboa Gás on 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

Abreu Advogados' sizeable employment practice stands out in particular for its strong labour litigation practice. Praised by clients for its ‘absolute availability’ and technical knowledge, the team has an extensive track record in the labour and higher courts, as well as longstanding relationships with clients, providing assistance and advice to domestic and large multinationals. Its recent workload includes matters involving the retail, automotive, and food and beverage industries – industries heavily affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Workplace restructuring, TUPE matters, social security, pensions and compensation schemes, as well as due diligence are areas in which the team is particularly adept, both in a non-contentious and contentious setting. Employment disputes expert Carmo Sousa Machado and transport, communication and healthcare sector specialist Patrícia Perestrelo co-lead the practice. Madalena Caldeira's practice covers the full range of employment matters, and she also specialises in social security. At a non-partner level, of counsel Diogo Orvalho, who joined in 2021, brings a wealth of pension and social security expertise.

Practice head(s):

Carmo Sousa Machado; Patrícia Perestrelo

Other key lawyers:

Sofia Silva e Sousa; Madalena Caldeira; Simão de Sant’Ana; Ana Manuela Barbosa

Testimonials

‘Availability and technical knowledge.’

‘Simão de Sant’Ana: proactive approach with a proposal of pragmatic solutions supported by experience and technical knowledge.’

‘Abreu Advogados was chosen by us for its reputation and the diversity of specialists in areas relevant to the companies. New technologies and contact via electronic platforms made contacts even easier.’

‘Ana Manuela Barbosa has been very efficient and quick in solving the different and diverse issues with which we have work related to Human Resources.’

Carmo Sousa Machado’s monitoring in real time and absolute availability was welcome. She faced the pace of work of a client, like us, who works permanently, practically multidisciplinary teams and is technically very knowledgeable.’

‘Carmo Sousa Machado has extraordinary experience in terms of work, technical expertise of excellence and years of practice that translate into knowledge applied to real life of unparalleled value.’

‘Very commercial in their approach – realistic expectations.’

‘Carmo Sousa Machado really knows her stuff, and achieves great results’

Key clients

Alstom Portugal

AUCHAN

BC Group

BILFINGER, S.E.

BILFINGER PREFAL

Boiron

TESLA

Colt Technology Services

Expeditors International of Washington, Inc.

FedEx Express Europe

Corinthia Hotels

CTT – Correios de Portugal

De Heus

Iberdrola Group

Dura Automotive

Embraer Portugal

OGMA – INDÚSTRIA AERONÁUTICA DE PORTUGAL, S.A.

Groupe SEB Ibérica

HAWORTH, SE

Hidden Hearing Portugal

Imperial Produtos Alimentares

JJW Portugal

Unitedhealth

Lusíadas Group

Michael Kors

NEWREST INTERNATIONAL GROUP

RARÍSSIMAS

SAMVARDHANA MOTHERSON PEGUFORM AUTOMOTIVE PORTUGAL

Sindicato Nacional do Pessoal de Voo da Aviação Civil

GLOBALVIA INVERSIONES and Portuguese subsidiaries

Sporting Clube de Portugal/Sporting Clube de Portugal Futebol SAD

Staples

Synlab

Tata Consulting Services

Tomtom Sales B.V.

Work highlights

  • Assisting Sporting Clube de Portugal/Sporting Clube de Portugal Futebol SAD in restructuring and collective dismissal proceedings covering around 30 workers.
  • Advised CTT – Correios de Portugal on its labour restructuring process.
  • Assisted Raríssimas – National Association of Mental and Rare Disabilities – in connection with the dismissal proceedings of its previous president.

Portugal > Energy and natural resources Tier 2

The energy and natural resources team at Abreu Advogados offers comprehensive services, covering M&A matters, administrative proceedings, public procurement and environmental law. It is present in all segments of the sector - including oil and gas, renewable energy and climate change - working on behalf of an impressive roster of clients in large-scale public infrastructure projects in Portugal and abroad, notably Angola and Mozambique. Energy projects and public law matters are among co-head Manuel de Andrade Neves' core specialisms, while fellow co-chair Manuel Santos Vítor focuses on financing and M&A transactions involving energy and natural resources assets. Co-leader José Eduardo Martins is active in regulatory matters, particularly those related to the environment and climate change. Tiago Corrêa do Amaral is another point of contact for the implementation of energy projects and regulatory mandates.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Tiago Corrêa do Amaral; Telmo Coutinho Rodrigues; Cláudia Santos Malaquias

Testimonials

‘Manuel Santos Vitor was and continues to be a visionary in this area, with an extremely valuable knowledge in the national and international market.’

‘Manuel Santos Vitor provides practical advice with theoretical wisdom that facilitates reaching agreements between the different parties, without ever hurting his client’s position. Manuel Andrade Neves also has enormous experience in this industry. This experience, combined with his in-depth knowledge of public law as well as his affable personality, intelligence and reasonableness, make complex legal issues seem simple.’

Key clients

Iberdrola Generación S.A.U

Iberdrola Renovables

REN Trading

Efacec

AE Energy

SBC Renewables

Chint solar

EDF EN

DCC Investors

Engie

Allego

CC Energy Ltd.

Statkraft

Work highlights

  • Provided assistance to Iberdrola Generación in its major projects in Portugal in recent years, such as the four large dams project in Tâmega.
  • Assisting REN-Trading in the revision and adaptation of the power purchase agreements (PPAs) concluded with Tejo Energia for the Thermal Power plant of Pego, and with Turbogás, for the Tapada do Outeiro Thermal Power Plant.
  • Provided assistance to GB Minerals, held by the ITAFOS Group, in the concession of mining rights held in Guinea-Bissau through one of its subsidiaries.

Portugal > Porto: Leading commercial firms Tier 2

Abreu Advogados‘ Porto office fields a multidisciplinary team, with a main focus on the tax, corporate, banking and finance, real estate and dispute resolution areas, with recent instructions featuring heavily the real estate, energy, automotive, retail and construction industries. Maria Dulce Soares leads on the tax side, with a team of five specialised tax professionals, with recent instructions in the crypto-assets and blockchain sub-sectors. Paulo de Tarso Domingues and Rui Peixoto Duarte co-lead the corporate practice, and handle a wide range of M&A, corporate and restructuring mandates, as well as litigation and disputes. Ana Manuela Barbosa is the key name for all things related to employment, including both contentious and non-contentious matters. José Carlos Vasconcelos and Eduardo Peixoto Gomes are also highly recommended. In a significant development in March 2022, the firm integrated ACRLEX Advogados.

Practice head(s):

Maria Dulce Soares; Rui Peixoto Duarte; Paulo de Tarso Domingues; Ana Manuela Barbosa

Other key lawyers:

Maria Santa Martha; Eduardo Peixoto Gomes

Testimonials

‘The firm has provided us with legal services efficiently and at a high professional level, paying attention to all business and legal aspects and providing a solution to complex transactions.’

‘I would like to specifically mention Maria Santa Martha. Maria provides a professional and reliable legal service and is available to provide a solution to any issue that arises quickly and efficiently while paying attention to the client’s needs and in coordination and cooperation with all parties involved in the business activity with the client.’

‘Team prepared for greater challenges and adequate/timely response.’

‘Excellent ability to interpret the client’s needs, strong technical experience in the area of corporate law and ability to involve other professionals from other areas of law, whenever necessary.’

‘The knowledge and professionalism of the lawyers, their accessibility and availability makes Abreu Advogados a company that can be trusted to resolve some of the most critical issues.’

‘The service is attentive, with quick insight into details and client needs. The technical quality is exquisite, and the partners are international references in their areas of expertise. The office is transparent and ethical, including in the form of forecasting and charging fees.’

‘This law firm provides a high quality service, providing a quick and efficient response to the questions raised. They adapted efficiently to the current pandemic context, which required that most interactions take place at a distance.’

‘I highlight Eduardo Peixoto Gomes, with whom I have worked for over 15 years. I find him extremely dynamic and insightful, accessible and easy to approach, and not only does he have an excellent technical knowledge of law that he can explain in a simple way from a commercial perspective, but he is always trying to find a solution and fully understand the business. He has a good relationship with our business teams and is innovative.’

Key clients

RNM

STAFFLINE

ENJOY

GENIBET BIOPHARMACEUTICALS SA

ANADARKO (CURRENTLY TOTAL)

U-WORLD

CEPSA

YELLOWTEL

EURIMOBE

AIBILI

E.LECLERC

FORTERA GROUP

ECCO GROUP

STAFFORD CRANE GROUP

Work highlights

  • Assisting Total and its partners to develop one of the world’s largest liquefied natural gas projects.
  • Advising E.Leclerc Group in several restructuring procedures: two mergers and a demerger with a new company.
  • Aassisting Fortera Group in several real estate projects in Portugal, in particular in Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia, Braga, Espinho.

Portugal > Projects and project finance Tier 2

With a multidisciplinary approach, Abreu Advogados demonstrates strength across public law, project finance and M&A transactions involving the transport, energy, natural resources, real estate and social infrastructure sectors. In addition, the team stands out for its specialised services in the fields of sustainable development, renewable energy and climate change. Co-head Manuel de Andrade Neves – who also oversees the public law and environment practices – is skilled at handling projects in the water and energy segments, both nationally and internationally. Fellow co-leader Ana Sofia Batista focuses on project finance, while Mafalda Teixeira de Abreu is proficient in PPPs in the transport and healthcare sectors, concession contracts and project finance. José Eduardo Martins is recommended for cross-border matters and public law issues.

Practice head(s):

Ana Sofia Batista; Manuel Andrade Neves; Mafalda Teixeira de Abreu

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘It is a law firm with a high quality of service and eyes set on the future.’

‘Manuel Andrade Neves has a high technical knowledge and enormous availability for the client.’

‘Dynamic team, with initiative and 100% available to the client. In-depth knowledge of the topics to be dealt with. Ability to adapt to meetings via video conference.’

‘Manuel Andrade Neves is an excellent professional in terms of legal knowledge, monitoring and advice to the client. He is always available and adapts to the short deadlines imposed by the client.’

Key clients

IBERDROLA Group

NORTADA

CHINT SOLAR

EMBRAER GROUP

TOTAL

ALSA/NATIONAL EXPRESS

IDC – INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION OF SOUTH AFRICA

PATENTES TALGO SLU

ITAFOS

GLOBALVIA

EMPRESA DE ELETRICIDADE DA MADEIRA

ERP PORTUGAL

PORTUCEL MOZAMBIQUE

Work highlights

  • Advised the senior creditors – export credit agencies and Africa Development Bank/AfDB on the financing and development of the Area 1 LNG project in Mozambique.
  • Provided assistance to Iberdrola Generación in all its major projects in Portugal in recent years, such as the four dams project in Tâmega.
  • Assisted a consortium between Nex Continental Holdings, Transvia e and Empresa de Transporte Luisa Todi in the public tender launched by AML and another launched by the AMP.

Portugal > Transport Tier 2

Abreu Advogados offers clients a multidisciplinary transport practice, covering corporate M&A, financing, dispute resolution and competition matters. Commercial litigation and arbitration expert Guilherme Santos Silva co-leads the practice alongside newly promoted partner Pedro Alves da Silva, who has a focus on M&A-related transport matters, and Nuno Luís Sapateiro, who joined from PLMJ in May 2021 and fields over 15 years' experience in insurance and aviation matters for national and international operations.

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable, highly responsive and practical; pleasant to work with; problem solvers.’

‘Nuno Sapateiro is a star; truly reliable and knows what he is doing.’

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)

Work highlights

  • Assisted Tokyo Gas in the due diligence and acquisition of a relevant percentage of shares of Wind Plus.
  • Assisted the Yildirim Group in connection with contractual documentation regarding various syndicated loan facilities.
  • Assisting Embraer group on all matters related to the process of sale of customised military aircraft – Embraer KC-390 – to the Portuguese Government.

Portugal > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

World-renowned brands, multinational companies and medium-sized national enterprises from a variety of industries seek Abreu Advogados' assistance with data privacy and cybersecurity matters. The team, which comprises IP, IT and media experts, is frequently involved in GDPR compliance matters and cybersecurity risk assessments on behalf of clients in the consumer goods, banking, pharmaceuticals and telecoms sectors. Ricardo Henriques, who has a wealth of experience in emerging technologies and data privacy compliance, manages the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Henriques

Other key lawyers:

José Maria Alves Pereira

Testimonials

‘Diversified team capable of responding effectively to issues in the most varied areas of law.’

‘Diversified practice areas and quick understanding of clients’ needs, providing useful and effective work with enormous technical quality and fair fees. I count on Abreu both on a daily basis and for the most demanding challenges, with the certainty that I will have quick and clear answers.’

‘Ricardo Rodrigues and José Maria Alves Pereira are recommended.’

‘Technical capacity, speed.’

Key clients

IKEA

SITEL

VEOLIA

BIAL

GENPACT (PNMSOFT)

Google

Colt

Federal Express (FedEx)

Netflix

Essity

Daimler

Visa

Enterprise

Acciona

Thea Laboratoires

Coopervision

SAP

Vodafone

Fresenius SE & Co KgaA

Porsche

Globalvia

Coca-Cola

Work highlights

  • Assisting Google in the implementation of new features for its products and services.
  • Assisted Porsche in several projects related to its online business and connected car services.
  • Advised FedEx on cross-border data protection agreements pursuant to the integration of TNT.

Portugal > EU and competition Tier 3

Abreu Advogados strikes a balance between merger control and antitrust investigations, but particularly stands out for its extensive track record in competition issues arising in the context of M&A transactions. The team is consulted by large corporate clients across a range of sectors seeking advice on abuse of dominance position proceedings, cartel cases, as well as related litigation, regulatory issues and EU law. Armando Martins Ferreira, who assists domestic and international clients, including start-ups, in complex merger clearance, jointly chairs the team with Inês Sequeira Mendes, who also focuses on merger control and compliance. The team was strengthened by the arrival of Sónia Gemas Donário from Albuquerque & Almeida in February 2022; she brings extensive experience in cartel cases, antitrust compliance programmes and restrictive practices.

Practice head(s):

Armando Martins Ferreira; Inês Sequeira Mendes

Testimonials

‘Abreu’s European and Competition team is a small but solid and transversal practice.’

‘I would recommend the partners Inês Sequeira Mendes and Armando Martins Ferreira. They are both very experienced in the field and have a good track record of clients and matters.’

‘I particularly recommend Armando Martins Ferreira, a notable lawyer.’

Key clients

Tokyo Gas

KELAG International

CD Tondela

Grupo Bel

Alsa/National Express

National Union of Civil Aviation Flight Personnel

SPORT LISBOA E BENFICA

NORMETAL GROUP

U.E.M. ESTRUTURAS METÁLICAS, S.A.

LIDL & CIA

Continental

STATKRAFT

GLOBALVIA

CBRE GLOBAL INVESTORS

COMPAÑIA DE SERVICIOS DE BEBIDAS REFRESCANTES, S.L. (Coca-Cola Iberia)

DAIMLER

APIFVET

RESITEJO

RSTJ

STAPLES

FROMAGERIES BEL PORTUGAL

MISUMI

DAYTON PROGRESS

FREY

Work highlights

  • Assisting Sport Lisboa e Benfica in a decisive litigation case involving its major competitor Futebol Clube do Porto on combined unfair competition, antitrust, regulatory and proprietary information infringements.
  • Defending Lidl in a case launched by the Competition Authority regarding the alleged cartel involving the supplier Primedrinks and several other retailers.
  • Assisting NORMETAL GROUP (U.E.M. Estruturas Metálicas) in the private damages lawsuit filed by PARQUE ESCOLAR for alleged cartel infringement, following a PCA decision.

Portugal > Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 3

Abreu Advogados' criminal law, sanctions and compliance practice is noted for its deep understanding of corporate crime and regulatory enforcement. The team has extensive experience in instructions related to cybercrime, money laundering, tax fraud and corruption. Dispute resolution practice head Francisco Patrício co-leads the practice alongside Pedro Barosa and Ana Rita Duarte de Campos. Campos has a strong focus on tortious liability cases within the banking, insurance and health sectors, and Barosa is a corruption and tax expert; both benefit from over 16 years of experience.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Patrício; Ana Rita Duarte Campos; Pedro Barosa

Testimonials

‘I worked with Ana Rita Duarte Campos. She was tireless in her support, imparting enormous knowledge and support throughout the entire process.’

‘Young team, with three very capable and promising lawyers. Abreu has been expanding in the national market.’

‘I’d like to highligh Pedro Barosa for his availability, pragmatism and assertiveness. He responds to questions directly and assertively, without losing depth of analysis; is very insightful and anticipates client needs, being very proactive.’

‘Francisco Patrício – strategic, one of the best lawyers I’ve ever worked with. Pedro Barosa – excellent criminal law expert.’

‘Abreu has an amazing team, kind, polite and always available. Abreu’s team is full engaged and concerned with their clients, namely concerning the bills and client’s needs and interests, having an outstanding collaboration.’

‘Pedro Barosa is an outstanding lawyer, not only for his solid and strong legal skills but mostly for his emotional intelligence. He is always available, his capacity to understand, to define strategies and support their clients is something that clearly stands out.’

‘Francisco Patricio is amazing. For several aspects, but I can cite some as an example: competence; attention and availability; ability to handle all business aspects and to find expert professionals to dive into the details at the right time, among other qualities.’

Ana Rita Duarte Campos is an extremely competent lawyer and made an important contribution to the implementation of our compliance policy.’

Key clients

Federação Portuguesa de Futebol

Nhood

GASMOCAM, MAD, S.A.

Interfundos – Sociedade Gestora de Fundos de Investimento Colectivo,SA

U.E.M. – Unidade de Estruturas Metálicas, S.A.

Portugal > Insolvency and restructuring Tier 3

Led by Francisco Patrício, Abreu Advogados' insolvency and corporate restructuring department is comprised of practitioners seasoned in asset tracing, insolvencies, creditor rights, restructurings and distressed M&A. Department head Patrício is adept in assisting creditors, boards of directors and shareholders of insolvent companies in the full range of insolvency and restructuring matters. He receives key support from Gonçalo Delicado, who is often involved in corporate restructuring, debt recovery and transactions, and Eduardo Peixoto Gomes, whose areas of focus include PERs and contentious insolvency proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Patrício

Key clients

Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário Imoreal

Parvalorem S.A.

Caixa Geral De Depósitos

Grupo Marques

Work highlights

  • Assistance to Imonegócios in several insolvency proceedings and special revitalisation processes.
  • Assisted Parvalorem in multidisciplinary litigation against Grupo Imoholding.

Portugal > Public law Tier 3

The public law and environment department at Abreu Advogados acts for a diverse client roster, comprising domestic and international companies and public entities from the pharmaceutical, paper, chemicals, waste and water sectors. Core areas of activity include public procurement, administrative concessions, PPPs and related dispute resolution. Public law issues arising in the course of M&A and financing transactions also feature in its workload. José Eduardo Martins and Manuel de Andrade Neves, who are both recognised for their in-depth knowledge of projects in Portuguese-speaking African countries, jointly head up the team. Mafalda Teixeira de Abreu has notable experience in public procurement and administrative disputes.

Practice head(s):

José Eduardo Martins; Manuel Andrade Neves

Other key lawyers:

Mafalda Teixeira de Abreu; Ana Simões Ferreira; Madalena Bernardes Coelho

Testimonials

‘High competence and dedication. Ability to respond quickly, creatively and with the aim of simplifying and solving problems.’

‘The contact with Ana Simões Ferreira was always the best. Which is why I recommend it.’

‘Law firm with a lot of experience in projects and energy issues. Quality service and total availability to the client.’

‘A lot of experience and knowledge in matters of public law. Professional advice and practical solutions. Good relationship with public administration entities.’

Key clients

TOTAL

IBERDROLA GENERACIÓN

CHINT SOLAR

NOVO VERDE

EMBRAER

EMBRAER PORTUGAL

ERP PORTUGAL

GROUP AIR LIQUIDE

ALSA/NATIONAL EXPRESS

GLOBALVIA

PATENTES TALGO

THE NAVIGATOR COMPANY

NORTADA ENERGIA

AE ENERGY

REN TRADING

EFRICAN FOUNDATION

APERA

SISAV

Work highlights

  • Acting as general counsel to Novo Verde in the creation of a new system of package waste management under the EU Packaging Directive.
  • Assisting Embraer group on all matters related to the process of sale of five customised military aircraft.
  • Acting as general counsel to Efrican Foundation in the elaboration of the “Roadmap for Carbonic Sustainability in Príncipe Island”.

Portugal > TMT Tier 3

With a range of domestic and multinational companies across the spectrum of TMT, Abreu Advogados is well placed to provide advice on the full array of matters, with a particular focus on IT, media, advertising and data privacy. The team has been especially active assisting clients on regulatory issues pertaining to electronic communications, emerging technologies and new product launches. Ricardo Henriques excels in technology-related matters, including e-commerce issues, compliance projects and transactions. He oversees the department, which also includes José Maria Alves Pereira, whose areas of expertise cover software development agreements, cybersecurity and advertising issues.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Abreu is one of the top firms in Portugal to do business with if coming from Spain and/or having business in both countries. Their knowledge of our maket and laws is a plus. Always proactive, with excellent and feasible alternatives if anything does not go as expected.’

‘Ricardo Henriques: easy to speak with and down to earth. Very well versed in TMT matters and always with a solution at hand.’

‘Abreu Advogados is a reference firm in the TMT sector. The team is experienced and provides pragmatic and effective legal assistance, understanding each client’s needs and arranging innovative solutions.’

‘Abreu has a team with significant experience and extensive know-how and expertise capable of providing a 360º high quality service to its clients.’

‘Ricardo Henriques is terrific. He is very responsive and practical. My go-to in Portugal.’

‘Abreu has unique expertise in the advertising field. As a member of the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA) they are very well connected internationally. Therefore they are well equiped to provide cross-border services.’

‘Ricardo Hendriques is fun to work with. He combines deep knowledge on all things advertising with a practical, no-nonsense approach.’

‘Day to day contact at Abreu is really good, we always received responses to our queries by the end of the working day, even if it was just an acknowledgement. This was really important given the tight turnaround for the advice that we required. José Maria Alves Pereira was our main contact, and we received responses from Ricardo Henriques in José’s absence.’

Key clients

The Walt Disney Company

SpaceX

Hitachi

Radically Digital Limited

Gofundme

Google/YouTube

Snap (Snapchat)

Oracle

Amazon

Netflix

Mytaxi

Free now/mytaxi

Oracle

VISA

Coviran

GFI Informatique

Tencent

EDGE Network Services Limited

Natixis

Hanes

BIAL

Coopervision

Homeserve

Work highlights

  • Assisted The Walt Disney Group in the integration of the Fox Networks and Disney operations.
  • Advised Coca-Cola on a number of promotions and sweepstakes, reviewing and preparing the terms and conditions of promotions, and assisting in reviewing advertising materials and data protection policies.
  • Assisted COLT with regulatory compliance and litigation matters.

Portugal > Capital markets Tier 4

Abreu Advogados' client base of commercial and investment banks, hedge funds, venture capital companies and regulatory bodies regularly engages the capital markets practice on matters involving securities law, OTC derivatives and debt issuances. The team is made up of highly qualified lawyers, who have a solid background in the financial sector. Diogo Pereira Duarte is noted for his regulatory knowledge and experience in the fintech segment, while Rodrigo Formigal is well regarded for his track record in debt transactions and securitisation.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Pereira Duarte; Rodrigo Formigal

Other key lawyers:

Ana Sofia Batista

Testimonials

‘In addition to their expertise in the area in which they advise us, they are proactive, which allows us not only to resolve the issue addressed, but also to propose solutions that, in relation to it, minimise future risks.’

‘Ana Sofia Batista is recommended.’

Key clients

Banco de Investimento Global

Afifi Group

PRIO Group

Banco Português de Fomento

Efacec Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted Banco de Investimento Global, as co-placement agent, on the public subscription offer and public exchange offers in the context of the issue by Mota-Engil of up to  €140m notes, due in 2024.
  • Advised Afifi Group on the subscription of units in the AIF, Crest II.
  • Assisting Banco Português de Fomento in the investments performed by BPF through the Co-Investment Fund and the Social Innovation Fund.

Angola > Foreign firms Tier 1

Fernando Viega Gomes and Guilherme Santos Silva lead Abreu Advogados' Angola practice, which is active across a broad spectrum of corporate and commercial matters. Well versed in the energy (covering renewables and oil and gas), mining, financial services and infrastructure sectors, the Angola desk offers a multidisciplinary and multilingual team. The team continues to invest in its collective expertise following the addition of foreign exchange and M&A expert Joao Bravo Da Costa. Co-practice head Gomes is notable for his sport and tourism practice, while Silva remains heavily focused on the oil and gas sector, as well as transport and telecoms.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Veiga Gomes; Guilherme Santos Silva

Other key lawyers:

João Bravo da Costa; Nuno Barnabé

Testimonials

‘We work with Abreu in more complex tax and corporate matters and also in important negotiations and partnerships. Their knowledge is very strong in all areas of work and they are very practical in understanding our needs and finding the best solutions for us.’

‘We also value a lot their negotiations skills, we trust Abreu to lead some of the negotiations we have on our behalf. They are also very collaborative and happy to work with other advisors on specific topics.’

‘Nuno Barnabé is the senior partner that leads Abreu’s work with us. Key factor of distinctiveness for him is his capability to have an independent view from the client and position as a real thought partner that challenges us. By doing that, Nuno is very important in helping us find the best solutions for our most critical issues.’

Key clients

Africatel Holdings BV

PT Ventures SGPS, S.A.

ACREP

China International Fund Limited

Clínica Sagrada Esperança, Lda

Standard Chartered Bank

Bauer Angola

ICBC Standard Bank Plc London

Work highlights

  • Advising Africatel Holding on the sale of Africatel’s Portuguese subsidiary PT Ventures.
  • Assisting China International Fund Limited in connection with several investments and contracts in Angola, including the construction of the new Luanda airport.
  • Assisting ACREP in the acquisition of the share capital of the company that belongs to an insolvency estate of a Portuguese company.

Mozambique > Foreign law firms Tier 2

Abreu Advogados' Mozambique desk works closely with its local collaborators, JLA ADVOGADOS. Through this, the team offers a multidisciplinary team that can provide specialist advice in the energy, aviation, environment and natural resources sectors. Key areas of expertise for the practice include litigation and debt collection for major domestic clients. Zara Jamal leads the team in advising international development and commercial banks, and is also an advisor for the Mozambique financial regulator, and the managing partner of JLA ADVOGADOS. José Maria Corrêa De Sampaio co-leads the department and is an M&A expert.

Practice head(s):

José Maria Corrêa de Sampaio; Zara Jamal; Miguel Teixeira de Abreu

Testimonials

‘The team is very efficient because it combines the strength of the Lawyers based in Portugal with the lawyers based in Mozambique.’

‘Miguel Teixeira de Abreu and Zara Jamal are outstanding. Always available and looking for innovative solutions for complex matters.’

Key clients

Absa Bank Limited

The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund

Nedbank Limited

Rand Merchant Bank

Standard Bank Group

AFDB

Banco BIG | Banco BIG Mozambique

Chinese Development Bank

IDC

Limak Group

Mauritius Commercial Bank

Painhas Group

Portucel Mozambique

TOTAL

Turkish Airlines

Work highlights

  • Advising 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 Rovuma Basin.
  • Advising Portucel Mozambique regarding the establishment of forestry plantations for industrial and commercial use.
  • Advised MCB in the refinancing of an LNG to Powership project in Mozambique.

The firm: Abreu Advogados is the law firm set to provide legal advice in this changing society and for over 25 years has been working daily to ensure that new solutions are created for every industry. As a full-service law firm with offices in Lisbon, Porto and Funchal, Abreu Advogados is amongst the largest firms in Portugal.

With more than 200 lawyers and over 300 professionals, Abreu Advogados continuously attracts strategic opportunities for its clients’ in key areas such as Corporate/M&A, Tax, Litigation and Competition. Considered a leading Tech firm in the Finance, Fintech and TMT areas, its teams have analyzed the consequences not yet addressed of different corporate models related to cryptocurrency and blockchain. Whilst working for clients that develop cryptocurrency activities, the firm has assisted companies that want to launch ICOs, set mining activities in Portugal or that want to deal with NFTs.

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 client’s needs.

With teams of highly skilled lawyers working closely with some of the largest law firms in the world and clients with international decision-making centers, Abreu Advogados offers a global outlook and approach. The path of internationalization has been followed by the extension of support in countries such as Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Macau and Timor-Leste.

Every year the firm is recognized in international legal rankings, having been recently distinguished as a highly commended firm and also as the law firm of the year 2020 for its partnership in Mozambique. The firm has also strengthened its relationships with some of the largest and most prestigious law firms in the world, joining forces in cross border transactions in Portuguese-speaking countries.

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, such as Consulegis, AIJA, UIA, CIArb, ABA, amongst other. Its international visibility has been renewed by the reinforcement of the relationship with Multilaw, which has allowed the firm to assist clients from various jurisdictions and refer Portugal based clients to international and multijurisdictional firms. Carmo Sousa Machado, Partner at the Employment practice area is, since 2019, Chair of Multilaw.

The goal has been achieved: In the past 5 years, Abreu Advogados’ 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 2021, with law students, who consider Abreu Advogados the best law firm to work since 2019.

Abreu Advogados is committed to setting the future in progress.

ESG DNA:

Sustainability is part of the DNA of Abreu Advogados.

This is a commitment that forms part of its identity and which has led Abreu Advogados to assume an active role in building something more than just a law firm over the course of its history.

Since 2015, Abreu Advogados is the only Law Firm in Portugal certified as B Corp, and as such, is committed to use its practice as a force for good. Abreu Advogados wants to serve as an example in the construction of a culture that values, supports and promotes best practice at a social, economic and environmental level. The firm´s energy team has developed the largest renewable projects in Portugal and residue management and is well equipped to advise on ESG Compliance.

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 in a particularly well positioned to advise its clients on ESG-related 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.

Main Areas of Practice:

  • Agriculture
  • Banking & 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
DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
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
PhotoNamePositionProfile
António Andrade  photo António Andrade Partner
Teresa Anselmo Vaz photo Teresa Anselmo VazOf Counsel
Maria Inês Assis photo Maria Inês AssisProfessional Partner
Pedro Barosa photo Pedro BarosaProfessional Partner
Ana Sofia Batista  photo Ana Sofia Batista Partner.
César Bessa Monteiro, jr  photo César Bessa Monteiro, jr Partner
João Bravo da Costa photo João Bravo da CostaProfessional Partner
Teresa Brito da Silva  photo Teresa Brito da Silva Partner
Madalena Caldeira  photo Madalena Caldeira Professional 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 CorreiaPartner.
Marta Costa  photo Marta Costa Professional Partner
Alexandra Courela photo Alexandra CourelaPartner
Nuno Cunha Barnabé  photo Nuno Cunha Barnabé Partner
Pedro Alves Da Silva photo Pedro Alves Da SilvaPartner
Marta De Oliveira Pinto Trindade photo Marta De Oliveira Pinto TrindadePartner
Gonçalo Delicado  photo Gonçalo Delicado Professional 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.
Rodrigo Formigal photo Rodrigo FormigalProfessional Partner
Luís Fraústo Varona  photo Luís Fraústo Varona Professional Partner
Sónia Gemas Donário photo Sónia Gemas DonárioProfessional Partner
Mariana Gouveia de Oliveira  photo Mariana Gouveia de Oliveira Professional Partner
Ricardo Henriques photo Ricardo HenriquesPartner
Zara Jamal  photo Zara Jamal Partner
Gonçalo Malheiro  photo Gonçalo Malheiro Professional Partner
Armando Martins Ferreira  photo Armando Martins Ferreira Partner.
Tiago Mendonça de Castro photo Tiago Mendonça de CastroPartner
Martim Menezes  photo Martim Menezes Partner
Diogo Orvalho photo Diogo OrvalhoOf Counsel
Pedro Pais de Almeida  photo Pedro Pais de Almeida Partner.
Francisco Patrício  photo Francisco Patrício 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
Marta Romano de Castro  photo Marta Romano de Castro Professional Partner
Guilherme Santos Silva  photo Guilherme Santos Silva Partner.
Manuel Santos Vítor  photo Manuel Santos Vítor Partner
Nuno Luís Sapateiro photo Nuno Luís SapateiroProfessional Partner
Inês Sequeira Mendes  photo Inês Sequeira Mendes Managing Partner.
Carmo Sousa Machado  photo Carmo Sousa Machado Partner.
Hugo Teixeira photo Hugo TeixeiraPartner
Mafalda Teixeira de Abreu  photo Mafalda Teixeira de Abreu Professional Partner
Miguel Teixeira de Abreu  photo Miguel Teixeira de Abreu Honorary Partner.
Fernando Veiga Gomes photo Fernando Veiga GomesPartner
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.
Number of lawyers : 200
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AEL
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Eurocollectnet
Gesica
IAC
IBA
IFA
INTA
International Insolvency Institute
ISDA
Multilaw
NYSBA
UIA
Contact : Inês Sequeira Mendes (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 : Timor-Leste (joint office)
Other offices : Guinea-Bissau

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
everything.”


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).

We are pioneers in gender equality, in diversity and in creating a culture of transparency and tolerance.

At Abreu Advogados, we have an open door policy, we believe that ideas have no hierarchy. Inclusion in the workplace is promoted and an essential part of our growth and continued success of our business.

We embrace change as a core element of our firm, something which is reflected in the presence of people of different origins, genders, races and religions and with different backgrounds and points of view.

In 2008, Abreu committed to the  10 principles of the UN Global Compact and was the first law firm in Portugal to publish a Sustainability Report in compliance with the GRI – Global Reporting Initiative guidelines.

Abreu Advogados also joined TARGET GENDER EQUALITY a Gender Equality accelerator programme for business, conceived exclusively for the members of the United Nations Global Compact globally. Inês Sequeira Mendes, Managing Partner at Abreu Advogados, participated as speaker in the TARGET GENDER EQUALITY LIVE 2021, taking part on the panel “Driving Change Through Gender Equality”, promoted by Global Compact Network Portugal.

Organized within the International Women’s Day and Commission on the Status of Women initiatives, the TARGET GENDER EQUALITY LIVE established the leadership of the UN Global Compact on gender equality by showcasing the Women’s Empowerment Principles, promoting the Target Gender Equality global impact initiative and engaging women-led businesses.

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.


Abreu Advogados  is a recommended firm in the Green Guide EMEA 2022. Learn more about this recognition.


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 and Mozambique. 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.

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, such as Consulegis, AIJA, UIA, CIArb, ABA, amongst other. Its international visibility has been renewed by the reinforcement of the relationship with Multilaw, which has allowed the firm to assist clients from various jurisdictions and refer Portugal based clients to international and multijurisdictional firms. Carmo Sousa Machado, Partner at the Employment practice area is, since 2019, Chair of Multilaw.

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 Abreu Advogados from your competitors?

Since our foundation, more than a legal services firm, we have been a humanist project that aims to create a relevant impact on society and people. We believe that our success as one of the main independent law firms in Portugal comes not only to be highly qualified but from our human approach and ambition to go further, to always be one step ahead.

Besides that, one of our main differentiators is our culture of transparency. Transparency in the way we interact with clients, in every aspect, such as costs, the team members involved in the matters, cybersecurity policies, etc. We are certified in ISO 9001 so we have to be 100% compliant with all these elements. But our transparency goes beyond the interaction with clients and exists also in the way we relate between partners and with our people. We are 100% transparent in our career plan, metrics and bonus calculation, assuring that career progression is merit based, for example.

When it comes to business, we have a long history in our clients’ support on environmental, compliance and corporate matters, with sustainable and strategic perspectives. But we don’t settle, we adapt to world’s new trends and standards and look into changes that allow us not only to meet our clients’ needs, but also to follow our purpose, with an integrated, cross-sectoral ESG vision and our professionals at the center of any decision.

And this leads us to what differentiates us above all: our people. When we say that we put the future into practice, we know this future is built every day by real people. In our case, the future already has its own history, based on a commitment to our clients and society, established with rigor, transparency, and demand, which we seek to renew every day. Furthermore, we go beyond the legal practice concept by creating relevant insights for society with our Knowledge Institute, by anticipating the most relevant issues for corporate sustainability or by investing in the support of culture and artists through our cultural project.

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

In the aftermath of a pandemic that lasted for more than two years (and not yet fully eradicated) which already entailed profound changes in industrial policy and trade relations that were starting to be implemented, the recent invasion of Ukraine, the sanctions and the uncertainty on how the situation will evolve makes it extremely difficult to make even short term forecasts.

All markets, and particularly the European one, are on high pressure and the current situation requires an enormous capacity for resilience and rapid adaptation both of Governments and businesses.  This of course brings many difficult challenges, but also new opportunities.

In the energy sector, large scale investments should be expected in order to create alternative sources of energy – and M&A transactions should follow –, considering the weight of Russia´s oil & gas supply. European countries and its companies will probably look into renewable energy alternatives and ESG criteria is a must when considering investing in this sector. Companies that have already embraced those values and practices will be an asset in any operation.

The financing (or refinancing) of such projects should also be considered, particularly in the – necessary – infrastructures sector, as all large scale energy projects require. This will allow the M&A sector to operate normally whilst registering high numbers in value. The role of the external investment is yet to be determined but markets should, more than ever, be receptive.

Other area that will keep growing is TMT and Fintech and, for these innovative industries, in the last 2 years we have considerably been strengthening our team with new hirings.  Whilst working for clients that develop cryptocurrency activities, we have assisted companies that want to launch ICOs, set mining activities in Portugal or that want to deal with NFTs.

Additionally and simultaneously, various European countries have already started implementing its covid related recovery plans. For example, Portugal is currently awaiting for the announced national railway plan, as an alternative to short-distance air transport and road transport, which will allow the strengthening of connections within the territory and between Portugal and other European countries. Such consolidation will reinforce mobility and facilitate cargo transportation logistics and is essential for the de-carbonization of the transport sector and of the Portuguese economy to be ensured. The recovery plan is also aimed at tech and telecommunications infrastructures, laying the foundations of the digitalization of the economy.

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

Abreu Advogados changed the way sectors and industries can merge in benefit of the client. The challenge has been to merge our technical skills into our strategic sectors and industries that were under financial stress and reexamining growth outside its core business. An example of this is the assistance provided by Abreu on legal due diligences to assess new investment risks, particularly for the implementation of “real estate energy projects”.

We have been working closely with our clients, to get to know their reality and address their challenges and needs, combining experience with an innovative way to develop “tailormade” solutions. For this goal, and in addition to hirings in the legal team, Abreu’s Management Team had a positive and creative role, benefiting from strategic hirings that contributed to the improvement of the solutions provided to the clients. New Directors have been hired from different sectors – Human Resources, Corporate Responsibility, Business Development and Communications and IT. These are only a few examples of a generational shift that Abreu has promoted . The goal has been to bring a fresh new vision through hiring young professionals from different industries, data and digital driven and prolific in presenting strategic solutions.

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

Technology is a key element in our strategy. The increasing complexity of the legal and socio-economic contexts created the need to anticipate effective technical solutions to meet clients’ requirements. Our offices are a reflection of the cutting edge assistance we provide our clients with. Abreu is the first entity in the law and justice sector in Portugal, and one of the first at world level, to present a Security Operation Centre (SOC) with its own premises and internal team, with a cutting edge technology for monitoring security related events with IT assets (information, networks and systems) managed by the firm, fostering expansion of Abreu’s capacity in terms of cybersecurity and aiming to meet the growing market demand for data breach detection.

Internally, Abreu Advogados maintained its commitment to strengthening the digitization and innovation of its procedures with the integration of TOM (Time. Optimal. Manager.), a software that automates the consultation and sharing of notifications from a software system that allows the electronic delivery to the court of procedural documents and via the integrated information system created for each court with the main objective of creating the electronic process from documents/articles entered and digitized using workflow mechanisms – through which intends to optimize the work and time of its teams. As a result, there is a 100% accuracy on the process and the efficiency grew by 80%.

Our supporting teams benefit from an array of high tech e-discovery tools, such as Luminance, a Legal Process Automation software. The 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. The result is an efficient review of data and valuable insights, leaving time for the most important task of all: prioritizing the client.

We also continue to  foster knowledge in the Technology sector through several initiatives and partnerships. Our annual event  Lisbon Law & Tech Forum, every November, brings together worldwide leaders on these subjects, to discuss these topics and their impact on our clients and on the legal profession.

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

The pandemic, together with the conflict in Ukraine, has pushed companies to strategically position themselves under the three key areas: green transition, digital transition, and reinforce economic and social resilience.

Before these atypical times, Abreu had previously strengthened its energy and natural resources’ team which became an asset for our clients that have radically and recently started shifting their operations and strategy towards a green energy and sustainable reality, with the understanding that cross areas assistance is essential, such as real estate.

The efforts and initiatives we embraced internally within this context have also been deeply adopted by our clients. The world is now moving towards implementing a vision of the future influenced by green energy solutions whilst making sustainable choices. By adopting the same vision and making such choices, Abreu has been able to keep up with its client’s business ‘operational shift.

An example of this, which I have already mentioned in a previous answer, is the assistance provided by Abreu on legal due diligences to assess new investment risks, particularly for the implementation of “real estate energy projects”.

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

For Abreu Advogados, success is going beyond the legal practice concept and create relevant insights for society, for example with our Knowledge Institute, anticipate the most relevant issues for corporate sustainability and  invest in the support of culture and artists through our cultural project.

Stability and a determined and focused strategy is fundamental for any firm. I intend to continue on our path as one of the top independent law firms in Portugal. Although we are already a key player, we know that we still have the opportunity to continue to be disruptive and challenging the status quo.

In three years’ time I want Abreu Advogados to look even greater and as a firm that is increasingly resilient and prepared for world’s changes. A great place to work, a great place to visit for all of those who look for deep knowledge and like culture, and a great place for clients who look for tailored, highly qualified, agile and challenging solutions. If we remain strong, resilient, independent and pioneer, we will continue to grow and to meet our clients’ needs, both nationally and internationally, as the Portuguese Speaking Countries market is increasingly dynamic, filled with business opportunities.

To make this happen I am counting on with our entire Abreu team to continue to respond quickly and effectively to all the challenges that are placed to us, in order to continue Abreu Advogados’ journey.

Portugal

Abreu Advogados is an independent law firm with over 28 years of experience in the Portuguese market and present in 10 locations. As a full-service law firm with offices in Lisbon, Porto and Funchal, Abreu Advogados is one of the largest law firms in Portugal. With a team composed of more than 220 fee earners and of more than 330 professionals, Abreu works with the most prestigious law firms in the world in cross border projects.

Abreu Advogados continuously attracts strategic opportunities for its clients in key areas such as Corporate/M&A, Tax, Litigation and Competition. Considered a leading Tech firm in the Finance, Fintech and TMT areas, its teams have analyzed the consequences not yet addressed of different corporate models related to cryptocurrency and blockchain. Whilst working for clients that develop cryptocurrency activities, the firm has assisted companies launching ICOs, set mining activities in Portugal or dealing with NFTs.

With teams of highly skilled lawyers working closely with some of the largest law firms in the world and clients with international decision-making centers, Abreu Advogados offers a global outlook and approach. The path of internationalization has been followed by the extension of support in countries such as Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Macau and Timor-Leste.

The goal has been achieved: In the past 5 years, Abreu Advogados’ 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 2021.

ESG DNA:

Sustainability is part of the DNA of Abreu Advogados.

Since 2015, Abreu Advogados is the only Law Firm in Portugal certified as B Corp, and as such is committed to use its practice as a force for good. Abreu Advogados wants to serve as an example in the construction of a culture that values, supports and promotes best practice at a social, economic and environmental level. The firm´s energy team has developed the largest renewable projects in Portugal and residue management and is well equipped to advise on ESG Compliance.

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 is proud to have been selected in the first Legal 500 Green Guide as a result of the development and implementation of the whole spectrum of legal and commercial issues related to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG).

Abreu Advogados is committed to setting the future in progress.