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Abreu Advogados
Av. Infante D. Henrique, 26

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Abreu Advogados is valued for its ‘top executive management, proximity to the client, and broad skill set and expertise’. Highlights included assisting Ceetrus with the acquisition of Forum Montijo, Forum Sintra and Sintra Retail Park from Blackstone. José Maria Corrêa de Sampaio and Ana Sofia Batista jointly head the practice. Inês Sequeira Mendes is another name to note. Manuel Santos Vítor was a new arrival from PLMJ in July 2019.

Employment Tier 2

Covering all aspects of employment law, a particular highlight for Abreu Advogados was representing Raríssimas in a high-profile case involving the dismissal of its founder and former president. ‘Flexible, customer-focused and results-oriented’, the team is led by Carmo Sousa Machado, Marta de Oliveira Pinto Trindade and Patrícia Perestrelo. Senior associates Ana Manuela Barbosa and Sofia Silva e Sousa are also recommended.

Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Abreu Advogados is a longstanding adviser to Iberdrola in Portugal, most recently assisting with the construction and licensing of dams. The team also handled a variety of energy matters in Africa for other clients. José Eduardo Martins and Manuel de Andrade Neves are the names to note. Manuel Santos Vítor was a new arrival from PLMJ.

Intellectual property Tier 2

Abreu Advogados' team is noted for its ‘very straightforward, strategic thinking’. It covers the entire gamut of IP matters, however, recent work was mostly focused on trade marks. Clients include GoPro, HP, Kumon and Coca-Cola. Of counsel César Bessa Monteiro is a ‘person of note’; Gonçalo Malheiro is ‘an excellent litigator with very precise knowledge of procedures and an exquisite presence in court’; the ‘formidableRicardo Henriques ‘quickly gets to the heart of the matter and offers useful alternatives in order to reach goals’. Manuel Durães Rocha heads the team.

Leading individuals

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Abreu Advogados' team ‘goes the extra mile’ for its clients. The outfit assisted Ceetrus with the acquisition of two shopping centres and a retail park from Blackstone, and Mercedes-Benz with the development of a digital innovation centre in Lisbon. Patrícia Viana is 'outstanding'; Francisco Patrício is highly recommended, as are Oporto-based Rui Peixoto Duarte and senior associate Renata Silva Alves, a ‘rising star’.

Tax Tier 2

Abreu Advogados covers direct and indirect tax, tax disputes, planning and restructuring. Cepsa is a client that instructs the team on some of these issues, including the energy sector extraordinary contribution (ESEC), which is work handled by Oporto-based Maria Dulce Soares; Miguel Teixeira de Abreu who, as of February 2019, is no longer an equity partner, is frequently singled out; Alexandra Courela and Pedro Pais de Almeida jointly lead the team. Nuno da Cunha Barnabé was a new arrival PLMJ.

TMT Tier 2

Abreu Advogados handled online, telecoms, advertising and data protection issues for clients such as Google, Iridium, Coca-Cola and Seat. Manuel Durães Rocha heads the team; he is supported by Ricardo Henriques and of counsel César Bessa Monteiro.

Transport Tier 2

Attentive and client-oriented’, Abreu Advogados' team handles both shipping and aviation matters. Recent shipping work included multiparty litigation, financing, acquisition and registration of a vessel, and a shipbuilding contract. Guilherme Santos Silva and Francisco Patrício jointly head the practice. Manuel Santos Vítor was a new arrival from PLMJ.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Abreu Advogados' team is valued for ‘analysing the process at every stage’ and ‘helping to define and implement the strategies and tactics needed’. It covers the full range of disputes and counts some household names among its clients. Guilherme Santos Silva comes in for praise. Alexandra Nascimento Correia and Francisco Patrício are also recommended.

EU and competition Tier 3

Abreu Advogados delivers ‘what truly matters to the client’ at ‘a great price-quality ratio’. Inês Sequeira Mendes advised Immochan on the competition aspects of its acquisition of three shopping centres. Armando Martins Ferreira is representing Sport Lisboa e Benfica in litigation involving unfair competition and antitrust issues.

Insolvency and restructuring Tier 3

Abreu Advogados combines ‘high professionalism with understanding of personal matters’ and is especially active in the real estate funds sector. It is assisting 321 Crédito in a revitalisation process of a port development company under a merger of several companies as a form of consolidation and debt restructuring. Parvalorem also counts among the team's clients. Practice head Francisco Patrício and associates Renata Silva Alves and Gonçalo Delicado ‘try to look at the business as a whole’ and ‘always search for the most appropriate solution’.

Oporto: leading commercial firms Tier 3

Especially strong in tax law, and also covering corporate, employment, real estate, disputes and banking and finance, Abreu Advogados' Oporto-based team has ‘broad knowledge’ and a ‘very high capacity of delivering real, immediate help’; it also provides international coverage. Clients include Mapfre, Cepsa, Yellowtell, Porto Vivo and Iberdrola. Maria Dulce Soares covers tax; Rui Peixoto Duarte corporate and commercial matters; Paulo de Tarso Domingues has a focus on contentious matters.

Projects and project finance Tier 3

Abreu Advogados advised lenders and concessionaires on energy and transport projects in Portugal and in lusophone Africa. Domestically, it provides regular assistance to Iberdrola Generación in several of its projects, including dams, combined cycle power plants and wind farms. Internationally, it acts for Ncondenzi Energy regarding the development of Mozambique’s first coal-fired power plant in the Tete province. José Eduardo Martins and Manuel de Andrade Neves are the partners in charge.

Public law Tier 4

Abreu Advogados acts for clients in the energy and transport sectors on projects, concessions and other public law matters. A highlight was assisting ALSA (part of the National Express group) in litigation against the Portuguese government following the latter’s revocation of the client’s sub-concession of the Oporto public transportation services. The team also regularly assists with the public law aspects of real estate transactions. José Eduardo Martins and Manuel de Andrade Neves jointly head the team.

The firm

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

Abreu Advogados is the law firm for this new society of today, working daily to ensure that for new industries, we create new ideas, for new pressures, we plan new solutions, and for new challenges, we provide new answers.

A full-service law firm with offices in Lisbon, Oporto and Funchal, Abreu Advogados is among the largest law firms in Portugal, with a team of over 200 lawyers in a company of over 300 professionals, recognized annually in international rankings of the legal sector. Abreu was the first law firm to adopt a professional management structure committed to creating a client-oriented culture that offers highly responsive teams, business-oriented advice and cost-effective structures.

Abreu Advogados breaks down barriers, walls and established models by opening discussions involving the different legal practice areas and skillsets so that together the team can deliver a complete and cohesive solution to its clients.

Abreu Advogados is committed to setting the future in progress.


Practice areas we work in:

Corporate and Commercial

Litigation and Arbitration




Real Estate

Public and Environment


Intellectual Property and Information Technology

Competition, Regulatory and EU

International Work

In order to provide top legal support to clients, wherever they may be, Abreu International Legal Solutions created a structure composed of lawyers who are highly experienced in international law  and work closely with renowned local partners in emerging economies, such as Angola, Brazil, Cape-Verde, China, Mozambique and Timor-Leste. This allows the firm to provide a smoother experience in jurisdictions where legal risks would usually be higher.

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Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Miguel Teixeira de Abreu
Capital markets Ana Sofia Batista
Capital markets Inês Sequeira Mendes
Capital markets Miguel Teixeira de Abreu
Corporate and M&A Ana Sofia Batista
Corporate and M&A Inês Sequeira Mendes
Corporate and M&A José Maria Corrêa de Sampaio
Dispute resolution Alexandra Nascimento Correia
Dispute resolution Natália Garcia Alves
Employment Carmo Sousa Machado
Employment Marta de Oliveira Pinto Trindade
Energy and environment Manuel de Andrade Neves
Energy and environment José Eduardo Martins
EU and competition Armando Martins Ferreira
EU and competition Inês Sequeira Mendes
Insolvency and restructuring Francisco Patrício
Insolvency and restructuring José Carlos Vasconcelos
Insolvency and restructuring Micaela Afonso
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 Pedro Pais de Almeida
Real estate Duarte de Athayde
Real estate Rui Peixoto Duarte
Real estate Patrícia Viana
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Ana Sofia Batista  photo Mrs Ana Sofia Batista
Mrs Madalena Bernardes Coelho  photo Mrs Madalena Bernardes Coelho
Mrs Maria Dulce Soares  photo Mrs Maria Dulce Soares
Mr José Eduardo Martins  photo Mr José Eduardo Martins
Mr João Gonçalves de Assunção  photo Mr João Gonçalves de Assunção
Mr Armando Martins Ferreira  photo Mr Armando Martins Ferreira
Mr Pedro Pais de Almeida  photo Mr Pedro Pais de Almeida
Mr Francisco Patrício  photo Mr Francisco Patrício
Mr Rui Peixoto Duarte  photo Mr Rui Peixoto Duarte
Ms Patrícia Perestrelo  photo Ms Patrícia Perestrelo
Mr António Pina  photo Mr António Pina
Mr Guilherme Santos Silva  photo Mr Guilherme Santos Silva
Mrs Inês Sequeira Mendes  photo Mrs Inês Sequeira Mendes
Mrs Carmo Sousa Machado  photo Mrs Carmo Sousa Machado
Mrs Mafalda Teixeira de Abreu  photo Mrs Mafalda Teixeira de Abreu
Mr Miguel Teixeira de Abreu  photo Mr Miguel Teixeira de Abreu
Mr Manuel de Andrade Neves  photo Mr Manuel de Andrade Neves
Mr Duarte de Athayde  photo Mr Duarte de Athayde
Mr Paulo de Tarso Domingues  photo Mr Paulo de Tarso Domingues
Number of lawyers : 204
International Insolvency Institute
Contact : Duarte de Athayde (managing partner)
Other offices : Portugal (Lisbon, Madeira, Oporto)
Other offices : Angola
Other offices : Brazil
Other offices : Cabo Verde
Other offices : China
Other offices : Mozambique
Other offices : France
Other offices : Iran (association)
Other offices : Timor-Leste (joint office)