Firm Profile > Abreu Advogados > Lisbon, Portugal

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

Portugal > Intellectual property Tier 1

With broad capabilities across the full range of IP, Abreu Advogados acts for a high-profile corporate client base, which seeks advice on trade mark and patent prosecution, unfair competition, copyright protection as well as IP licensing matters. Practice head Manuel Durães Rocha has an impressive track record in trade mark protection and arbitration proceedings involving life sciences patents. The arrival of António Andrade further strengthened the department's IP offering in the pharmaceuticals and healthcare sectors, particularly in the field of enforcement. Technology and advertising matters are key areas of focus for Ricardo Henriques, while César Bessa Monteiro Jr. receives instructions from companies operating in the entertainment, consumer goods, e-commerce and pharmaceutical industries on the entire range of IP mandates.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Durães Rocha

Other key lawyers:

César Bessa Monteiro; César Bessa Monteiro Jr.; Ricardo Henriques; Antonio Andrade; Ana Panão

Testimonials

‘Besides superb attention to detail, Abreu has an excellent knowledge of the Spanish idiosyncrasy and what the client is looking for in Portugal.’

‘Ricardo Henriques is always available; direct and clear with quick and easy solutions. He has always provided us with alternatives so the client can evaluate the best option.’

‘It is a reliable law firm with a solid IP practice. This is one of my first options in Portugal.’

‘I have worked with Manuel Durães Rocha. I have had the opportunity of working with him several times in the last 20 years. I appreciate his work and his dedication to cases. I certainly would recommend him in Portugal.’

The team reveals a high professionalism in the search for robust technical solutions.’

‘Manuel Durães Rocha is a lawyer very close to the client, that suggests agile and solid solutions in the protection of the intellectual / industrial property rights. We praise the special cordiality, proximity and speed in the delivery of day-to-day matters.’

‘Expertise, billing transparency, ability to help on many different aspects of trademark, copyright, and advertising.’

‘Cesar Bessa Monteiro Sr and Jr are go-to for anything related to IP.’

Key clients

TAG HEUER

WOMENWINWIN

EBEL

KIKO

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

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

Portugal > Tax Tier 1

Abreu Advogados' tax practice has grown in recent years and demonstrates expertise in transactional tax, international taxation and wealth private management, among other areas. Sector strengths span energy, real estate, private banking and mining, while the sub-areas of tax law are all covered by individuals within the group. Alexandra Courela covers transactional and general corporate tax advice, as well as international matters, alongside founding partner Miguel Teixeira de Abreu, who also oversees transfer pricing. Nuno da Cunha Barnabé is the contact for private wealth matters, and Maria Dulce Soares in the Porto office leads on tax litigation. Mariana Gouveia de Oliveira joined in November 2019 and specialises in indirect taxation.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Teixeira de Abreu; Alexandra Courela; Nuno da Cunha Barnabé; Maria Dulce Soares

Other key lawyers:

Mariana Gouveia de Oliveira

Testimonials

‘The Abreu tax team anticipates the client’s needs and responds in a timely manner to requests for specific domestic tax services. They are well-respected within the industry. Abreu tax team has both great market knowledge and outstanding expertise.’

‘Nuno da Cuhna Barnabé is a market leader in the tax industry in Portugal. He has strong and deep knowledge of  domestic tax laws. He has an outstanding team.’

‘Mariana Gouveia de Oliveira provides outstanding tax assistance.’

‘Overall, the different capacities, dedication and insight of Abreu’s tax team make it one of the best tax teams to work with among the top law firms in Portugal, whether in corporate, financing or private clients taxation.

‘Partner Nuno Cunha Barnabé, easily and undoubtedly qualifies as one of the best tax lawyers in Portugal, considering his global, international and profound expertise in tax matters.’

‘This practice is different in its reputation for seriousness, competence, familiarity with international (especially) tax environment, and a certain “modernity”. I witnessed their growth over the past 12-15 years, incorporating a lot of (especially young) talent.’

‘I have been working with international tax specialist Alexandra Courela for many years. I have asked for advice on multiple personal tax aspects, involving UK, Portugal and other jurisdictions. Also, structuring and tax advice for a Portuguese corporation. Not only is her technical advice sound, she also brings a most valuable personal engagement to the negotiations.’

‘Alexandra Courela: Competence and exceptional service, in addition to having the high professional support of her assistants and colleagues, in several areas of legal action.’

Key clients

Statkraft

Marques Distribuição, SGPS, S.A.

Kinda Home

Chint Solar

ECA’s Group Project Anadarko

PT Ventures, SGPS, SA

Bristol-Myers Squibb

DISA

CEPSA

Portugal > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Abreu Advogados is particularly engaged in cross-border M&A transactions involving Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa, notably Angola and Mozambique. It acts for clients from a variety of industry sectors, including real estate, energy and banking, in a range of corporate matters, such as private equity deals, privatisations, commercial agreements, acquisitions and disposals. The team is under the leadership of three partners: Ana Sofia Batista, who leads on private equity; M&A expert José Maria Corrêa de Sampaio; and Manuel Santos Vítor, who is often involved in energy-related matters. Maria Santa Martha joined the firm in October 2020, Teresa Anselmo Vaz joined in May 2021, and Inês Sequeira Mendes  became managing partner in 2021.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Marta Romano de Castro; Hugo Teixeira; Teresa Anselmo Vaz

Testimonials

‘The firm is very responsive and translates international standards to local solutions.’

‘Partner José Maria Corrêa de Sampaio has a lot of M&A experience and provides an excellent follow-up service to clients.’

‘Hugo Teixeira is very hands-on and solution-oriented: a true deal maker.’

‘The team in Abreu was highly dedicated to the project we were working on. The level of service, follow-up and legal advice was of high class. We encountered several very difficult legal problems, but we received strong and clear legal advice. Manuel Santos Vítor was simply outstanding in assisting us on any matter with the help of their team. ’

‘Manuel Santos Vítor is the guy you want to bring to the negotiation table. He is highly experienced, solution oriented and with great ability to focus on the big picture. We always got the best service with great advice in a timely fashion.’

Key clients

Africatel

Statkraft

Frey

Caixa Geral de Depósitos

Biosurfit

Chint Solar

Matériels Industriels de Sécurités – Matisec

Loomis

JLL Group

Greenyard Fresh NV

Seguradoras Unidas

Efacec

De Heus

Vallis/Vortal

DCC

Total

Portugal > Employment Tier 2

The sizeable team at Abreu Advogados covers advisory and litigation services, providing assistance to leading domestic companies and large multinationals in a variety of sectors, including retail, healthcare, technology and the automotive industry. Workforce restructuring issues and litigation - where the department predominantly acts for employers - are core areas of activity for the practice, which has seen a recent increase in engagements concerning lay-off procedures and collective dismissals. Carmo Sousa Machado excels in employment disputes, while fellow co-head Patrícia Perestrelo is often retained by clients from the transport, communications and healthcare sectors on complex restructuring issues. Madalena Caldeira, who is skilled at advising on the full array of employment mandates, is another name to note. Of counsel Diogo Orvalho joined in February 2021, bringing a wealth of experience in corporate restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Carmo Sousa Machado; Patrícia Perestrelo

Other key lawyers:

Sofia Silva e Sousa; Madalena Caldeira; Ana Manuela Barbosa; Diogo Orvalho

Testimonials

First I would like to mention the great professionalism with which all processes are handled, in order to guarantee the best possible defence of the client’s interests. Secondly, the great availability to clarify any doubts.’

‘Carmo Sousa Machado and Sofia Silva e Sousa have been absolutely exceptional in the technical treatment of the case.’

Credibility, know-how and trust.’

‘Carmo Sousa Machado is recommended.’

Key clients

Agility Transitários

Alstom Portugal

AUCHAN

BC Group

BILFINGER, S.E.

BILFINGER PREFAL

Boiron

Clube Naval de Cascais

Colt Technology Services Managed Network & Voice Services Provider

Corinthia Hotels

CTT – Correios de Portugal

De Heus

Dura Automotive

Embraer Portugal

Expeditors International of Washington, Inc.

FedEx

Groupe SEB Ibérica

HAWORTH, SE

Hidden Hearing Portugal

Iberdrola Group

Imperial Produtos Alimentares

Isdin Portugal

JJW Portugal (Hotels and resorts)

JULIO JAVIER DE LA SEN SANZ

Lusíadas, SGPS

Michael Kors

NEWREST INTERNATIONAL GROUP

OGMA – INDÚSTRIA AERONÁUTICA DE PORTUGAL, S.A.

RARÍSSIMAS

SAMVARDHANA MOTHERSON PEGUFORM AUTOMOTIVE PORTUGAL

Tata Consulting Services

TESLA

Tomtom Sales B.V.

Portugal > Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Abreu Advogados handles the gamut of energy matters, encompassing renewables, oil and gas, environmental, sustainability and climate change issues. The team is adept at advising on all areas of law, ranging from energy-related M&A transactions, regulatory issues and finance to public infrastructure projects, procurement and litigation. Its cross-border capabilities are also highlighted as a core strength, notably in the development of large-scale energy projects in Portuguese-speaking African countries. José Eduardo Martins combines a thorough understanding of environmental law with extensive experience in public law mandates. These are also areas of activity for Manuel de Andrade Neves, who is a name to note for mining projects in East Timor. Manuel Santos Vítor recently joined the team, further strengthening its renewables and oil and gas offering.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Tiago Corrêa do Amaral; Telmo Coutinho Rodrigues

Testimonials

‘Abreu’s Energy and Natural Resources practice is composed of a highly skilled and knowledgeable group of lawyers providing advice in different areas of law as applied to the specifics of the energy and natural resources industry. They have seniority, experience, and altogether provide reliable and comprehensive advice in divestment/investment, development and operation related matters, namely in corporate/M&A, financing, public law and across the board regulatory, tax and real estate.’

‘I have been working with Manuel Santos Vítor for many years now in Corporate/M&A and financing matters dedicated to the Energy and Natural Resources Industry in transactional, projects, corporate and financing matters. Manuel Santos Vítor’s immense experience, expertise and management skills are evidenced on a day-to-day basis. His commercial and soft skills lead him to be an extremely good negotiator. He is a strategist and, overall, his qualities allow him to give relevance to what matters, being practical, efficient and reliable whilst achieving the client’s aims and surpassing our expectations.’

‘I have more recently had the opportunity to benefit from the advice and assistance of Manuel Andrade Neves for public law matters in several project implementation and licensing development issues. I may say that his availability, patience and skills in planning, permitting and public law make him one of the most “to-the-point” public law lawyers I have ever met’.

‘Abreu Advogados is a top law firm with the capacity to provide the support we need in all areas of law. We recognise the team’s competence, professionalism and proactivity.’

‘We have worked with Manuel Santos Vítor for a long time; his interpersonal skills and knowledge are outstanding.’

Key clients

Iberdrola Generación S.A.U

Iberdrola Renovables

REN-Trading

CC Energy Ltd.

NCONDEZI ENERGY

SBC Renewables

Stratkraft

EDF EN

Chint solar

Engie

Allego

Portugal > Porto: Leading commercial firms Tier 2

Abreu Advogados' office in Porto has core strengths in energy project financing, complex tax assessments and corporate disputes, areas in which the team remained busy during 2020. Maria Dulce Soares co-ordinates the office's five-strong tax team, while the sizeable corporate practice is jointly led by dispute resolution-focused Paulo de Tarso Domingues and the 'experienced and very well connectedRui Peixoto Duarte. Clients include both multinational and domestic heavyweights in a range of sectors, from oil and gas and automotive to tourism and retail.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

José Carlos Vasconcelos

Testimonials

The firm is one of the few firms in the Portuguese market with a great deal of knowledge of international / European tax law. The office works very professionally, but the contact is informal and pleasant. The service provided is very fast, adequate and tailor-made.

What I most appreciate about Abreu Advogados is its “independence”. For me it is the large Portuguese law firm that has significant importance in the country mainly due to its excellent lawyers, IT system and organizational structure.

Rui Peixoto Duarte is an experienced and very well-connected lawyer, a good team coordinator.’

I highly recommend the lawyer we work with most directly in our daily lives, José Carlos Vasconcelos.

Key clients

RNM

Staffline

Enjoy

Oldenburgische Landesbank Aktiengesellschaft

Genibet Biopharmaceuticals Sa

Anadarko (currently Total) (Oil & Gas)

U-World

CEPSA

Yellowtel/ Eurimobe

AIBILI

Famaval -Criações Metálicas Adauta, S.A. Telecommunication

TMG Group (Automotive)

Barnar SGPS (Holding of a group operating in the plastics industry)

Iberdrola Generación (Energy Sector)

Portugal > Projects and project finance Tier 2

Abreu Advogados draws on the expertise of partners from various departments, including energy, banking and finance, and public law, to advise on projects across Portugal and Portuguese-speaking Africa. Recent highlights include providing advice on wind and hydroelectric power sites as well as on the sale of specialist goods in the transport sector. Manuel de Andrade Neves co-heads the practice and has extensive experience in the environment, water and renewable energy sectors. He leads alongside José Eduardo Martins, who acts for key energy-sector clients from Portugal, Angola and Cape Verde.

Practice head(s):

José Eduardo Martins; Manuel de Andrade Neves

Other key lawyers:

Manuel Santos Vitor; Mafalda Teixera de Abreu; Tiago Corrêa do Amaral

Testimonials

‘The team’s lawyers are always available. They return the contacts very quickly and have a back-up ready for urgent matters. Administrative teams attend very well: they address matters promptly and respond effectively. They show a profound degree of knowledge of the subjects of their specialty, support their responses in legislation, jurisprudence and adequate doctrine. They advise in a reasoned and prudent way. They argue in a complete and sharp way.’

‘I highly recommend Manuel Andrade Neves and Tiago Corrêa do Amaral. They are professionals who establish spontaneous empathy with all the teams in my company. They ask for the information they need in an organized way and right at the beginning, releasing teams quickly. They prepare the work and disseminate the minutes well in advance, for us to comment. They have their work finished days before the deadlines.’

Key clients

IBERDROLA GENERACIÓN S.A.U. AND IBERDROLA GENERACIÓN

EMBRAER GROUP

STATKRAFT

ANADARKO (CURRENTLY TOTAL)

ALSA / NATIONAL EXPRESS

PATENTES TALGO SLU

GB MINERALS

GLOBALVIA

EMPRESA DE ELETRICIDADE DA MADEIRA

ERP PORTUGAL

PORTUCEL MOZAMBIQUE

Portugal > Real estate and construction Tier 2

The real estate team at Abreu Advogados is regularly instructed by some of the leading developers and investors in Portugal. The full-service offering not only covers transactions and development issues, but also includes a notary and registration department that streamlines the formalisation process of sales, mortgages and horizontal property deeds. Under the joint leadership of Patrícia Viana and Rui Peixoto Duarte, the group is noted for its track record in assisting REITs and international investors in real estate transactions involving the acquisition and disposal of shopping centres. Renata Silva Alves is another noteworthy practitioner in the real estate and construction team, which was recently strengthened further by the arrival of Tiago Mendonça de Castro.

Practice head(s):

Rui Peixoto Duarte; Patrícia Viana

Other key lawyers:

Renata Silva Alves; Maria Cabral de Azevedo; Tiago Mendonça de Castro

Key clients

Daimler Real Estate

ENJOY

FREY

Interfundos

Imofundos

CEETRUS

Henley & Partners

Savory & Partners

Turmalina

Portugal Unplugged

Sweet Tomato

CBRE GI

Iberdrola

Lighthouse

Vougainvest

Portugal > TMT Tier 2

A range of prestigious multinational clients including Coca Cola and Visa instruct the TMT department at Abreu Advogados, which comes under the banner of its IP practice. Ricardo Henriques heads the team; his 'in-depth knowledge of regulatory matters' in TMT stands out. He is also noted for data protection work, with several of his recent instructions involving the implementation of GDPR regulations. Manuel Durães Rocha focuses on disputes relating to patent and Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC) validity and trade mark rights. Martim Menezes joined the firm in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Henriques

Other key lawyers:

Manuel Durães Rocha; Martim Menezes

Testimonials

‘Abreu has always shown to be an excellent resource for our clients when dealing with matters in Portugal. They have top knowledge of Portuguese law and proficient lawyers. Abreu has been our reference law firm in the country for years.’

‘Ricardo Henriques is an excellent lawyer; very easy to deal with and always ready to have a phone call. His fluency in Spanish is a must when meetings with Spanish clients is needed, something that always strengthens relations. Ricardo has a very good knowledge of the Portuguese daily practice and is very clear when giving advice about the best strategy.’

‘Service very aligned with market trends and knowledge. Speed in the ability to analyze and handle clarifications. It is also important to count on the synergies of this multiservice department.’

‘Ricardo Henriques has in-depth knowledge of regulatory matters and main interests in the scope of software analysis and development contracts. Moreover, a unique capacity for analysis and ease of relationship with the customer. Hugo Teixeira, being a corporate lawyer, demonstrates very good and integrated knowledge in the corporate aspect of these issues, bridging the digital world with corporate realities.’

‘The team of Abreu Advogados works extremely efficiently and supports us with very high expertise in IT law and GDPR law matters.’

‘Ricardo Henriques is one of the project members with the highest reputation and his input and work was (and still is) very helpful to bring the project to a success.’

‘They’re experts. We rely on them and trust them.’

Key clients

Google / YouTube

Snap (Snapchat)

Oracle

Amazon

Netflix

Mytaxi

Free now / mytaxi

VISA

Coviran

GFI Informatique

Tencent

EDGE Network Services Limited

Natixis

Hanes

BIAL

Coopervision

Homeserve

Portugal > Transport Tier 2

Abreu Advogados' maritime and transport practice brings together multi-disciplinary expertise to assist clients with the entire range of financing, corporate and tax issues, as well as international trade, competition and environmental law. The practice is under the joint leadership of two partners: Guilherme Santos Silva, who is experienced in the enforcement of debt on ships and airplanes, and litigation; and Pedro Alves da Silva, who advises on commercial and contractual issues pertaining to the aviation, fuel distribution and automotive industries. The arrival of Nuno Luís Sapateiro in June 2021 provided a further boost to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Santos Silva; Pedro Alves da Silva

Other key lawyers:

Manuel de Andrade Neves; Nuno Luís Sapateiro

Key clients

LOOMIS

Embraer Portugal., S.A.

Ogma – Indústria Aeronáutica De Portugal, S.A.

Expeditors Portugal Transitários, Lda.

Alsa

National Express

Patentes Talgo SLU

Globalvia

Portugal > Banking and finance Tier 3

Securitisation transactions, asset management issues, debt restructuring and NPL deals are key areas of activity for the finance department at Abreu Advogados. Advice to credit institutions and investment companies on financial regulatory issues and compliance is also included in the broad service offering. Ana Sofia Batista co-ordinates the team along with José Maria Corrêa de Sampaio; both are skilled practitioners in financing transactions in Portugal and abroad. Cross-border mandates, as well as distressed asset deals, are among Rodrigo Formigal's specialisms. Diogo Pereira Duarte is also noted.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Ana Sofia Batista

Testimonials

‘Abreu Advogados has become a reference firm in the market. In the last few years it has registered a significant growth and managed to add to its team very talented lawyers.’

‘I work with Ana Sofia Batista. She is very responsive and commercial in her approach. We have been working together for a number of years now and her advice is always very clear and helpful.’

‘I have collaborated with Diogo Pereira Duarte, who stands out for being a very solid legal professional, and who at the same time stands out for his strong ability to solve problems, find innovative and well-structured solutions, in a short time.’

‘I have had the opportunity of working with Diogo Pereira Duarte for two years in the scope of investment banking activities. Diogo showed to have very important skills, namely the strong ability to deal with the negotiation and drafting of intensive financing documents involving many stakeholders at an international scale; continuously develop an understanding of the ever-changing dynamics of the local, national and international business climate; and evaluate the project risks and the mitigation mechanisms set down in the financing documents. Diogo combines a solid experience in the Banking and Finance legal practices with a strong business vision.’

‘Good working ability and excellent knowledge of necessary topics. José Maria Corrêa de Sampaio is recommended.’

Responsiveness; deep knowledge of subjects; multidisciplinary teams. José Maria Correa de Sampaio stands out.’

Key clients

ABANCA

AgDevCo

Banco Económico, S.A. – (Angola)

Banco de Investimento Global S.A. (BiG)

Banco BiG de Moçambique

Biosurfit

Caixa Geral de Depósitos

Crédito Agrícola

Economico Fundo de Investimento SGFI

Grupo JJW

Morgan Stanley

Syndicated banks (E.g.: AFDB – African Development Bank; EIB – European Investment Bank; ABSA Bank and KfW Development Bank).

Starz Real Estate

Caixa – Banco de Investimento, S.A. (Caixa BPI)

TOTAL (former Anadarko)

Efacec Group

Rolls-Royce plc

Portugal > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

Bringing together intellectual property and IT law experts, the data protection and cybersecurity group at Abreu Advogados is adept at assisting with GDPR compliance projects, privacy issues pertaining to human resources, cyber incidents as well as data transfers. Multinational companies and medium-sized domestic enterprises from the consumer, banking, healthcare, and telecoms sectors routinely seek the team's advice on a range of privacy issues. Ricardo Henriques has been involved in the design and implementation of numerous GDPR compliance programmes and stands out for his expertise in technology-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Henriques

Other key lawyers:

José Maria Alves Pereira; João Vares Luís

Testimonials

‘This law firm has several good lawyers in their areas, in which I highlight data protection and intellectual property expert Ricardo Henriques.’

Key clients

Google

Seat

Colt

Federal Express and TNT

Netflix

Essity

Daimler

Visa

Enterprise

Acciona

Thea Laboratoires

Coopervision

SAP

Vodafone

Fresenius SE & Co KgaA

Renault

Porsche

Globalvia

Coca-Cola

Chupa Chups, S.A.U

Credit Suisse

Natixis

Synlab Health

Portugal > Dispute resolution Tier 3

With nationwide coverage, Abreu Advogados offers the gamut of dispute resolution services, covering judicial and arbitral proceedings, as well as mediation and pre-litigation issues. The team receives instructions from a plethora of clients, including domestic and foreign banks, telecoms and pharmaceutical companies, on a range of civil, commercial and criminal matters. Guilherme Santos Silva has significant experience in cross-border disputes, often involving jurisdictions in Africa. He oversees the practice with Alexandra Nascimento Correia, who is skilled in international arbitration concerning trade issues.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Nascimento Correia; Guilherme Santos Silva

Other key lawyers:

Gonçalo Malheiro

Testimonials

‘A deep knowledge of Portuguese law and international understanding.’

‘Guilherme Santos Silva is a masterful tactician, committed to his clients.’

Key clients

PT Ventures, SGPS, SA

Banco Comercial Português

Galp Energia

Iberdola Generación España

DAF Trucks

Labco Group

Plantronics B.V.

Andritz Hydro GmbH

AIRBNB

Tata Group

Monroa

Move on

Portugal > EU and competition Tier 3

Abreu Advogados' sizeable competition, regulatory and EU law team has significant expertise in regulated industries, offering advice on the entire array of matters in this field. Of particular note, the team has been increasingly active in merger control and competition issues arising out of M&A transactions, with an emphasis on the energy and real estate sectors. Cartel cases and abuse of dominance proceedings are other areas of specialism for the department, which is jointly led by Inês Sequeira Mendes and Armando Martins Ferreira. Both practitioners have strong credentials in domestic and multi-jurisdictional merger control proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Armando Martins Ferreira; Inês Sequeira Mendes

Other key lawyers:

Ricardo Henriques; Sílvia Bessa Venda

Testimonials

‘High technical quality, quick responses and proactivity in anticipating issues that may impact the client’s activity. Great interpersonal skills and relevant specialisms.’

‘Armando Martins Ferreira is an excellent professional with great client-care skills.’

‘Inês Sequeira Mendes stands out in the market. She provides an excellent service, thinks strategically and has relevant international experience.’

What distinguishes Abreu Advogados is the quality of the service, attention to the client’s needs and the search for solutions that are feasible. Technically they are very competent and are also open to suggestions that can improve their service. Armando Martins Ferreira is recommended.’

‘Armando Martins Ferreira is always available and profoundly knowledgeable about the intricacies of justice and courts, and is also an excellent strategist. Inês Sequeira Mendes is recommended for her serenity, competence and ability to find solutions.’

‘Technical competence and team organisation. Armando Martins Ferreira stands out for his professionalism in monitoring the proceedings, technical skills and availability.

Availability, ability to understand and adapt to the client. I highlight Armando Martins Ferreira. There is not a single problem, process or situation that is overlooked and he manages to reconcile his role as a lawyer with fantastic analytical capacity and knowledge far beyond his area of intervention.’

Key clients

SPORT LISBOA E BENFICA

NORMETAL GROUP / U.E.M. ESTRUTURAS METÁLICAS, S.A.

LIDL

CIA

STATKRAFT

FREY

CBRE GLOBAL INVESTORS

COMPAÑIA DE SERVICIOS DE BEBIDAS REFRESCANTES, S.L.

DAIMLER

APIFVET (The National Association of Pharmaceutical Industry for Animal Health).

RESITEJO

RSTJ

STAPLES

FROMAGERIES BEL PORTUGAL

MISUMI

DAYTON PROGRESS

Portugal > Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 3

Abreu Advogados' criminal law, sanctions and compliance group is well equipped to provide specialist legal responses to some of the most complex criminal cases and administrative offences. Issues pertaining to money laundering, embezzlement, tax fraud, corruption and cybercrime are all core areas of focus for the team, which also advises on the implementation of compliance programmes and crisis management. Francisco Patrício, who has extensive experience in handling white-collar criminal cases, jointly leads the team with Ana Rita Duarte de Campos and Pedro Barosa, who each possess more than 15 years of experience in economic and financial criminal litigation.

Practice head(s):

Ana Rita Duarte de Campos; Pedro Barosa; Francisco Patrício

Testimonials

The team works carefully and preventively. Francisco Patrício is a great strategist who is always available. Pedro Barosa is an excellent expert in the criminal field.’

Specialisation, professionalism, competence and availability.’

‘Pedro Barosa is an excellent lawyer. He is competent and available, and totally dominates matters.’

Portugal > Insolvency and restructuring Tier 3

As part of its corporate and commercial law practice, Abreu Advogados fields a collaborative team in restructuring and insolvency, advising on corporate insolvency, creditor rights, director and shareholder interests and criminal liabilities, recovery and corporate restructuring. Practice head Francisco Patrício is praised for his 'excellent technical knowledge' and has recently been leading advice to Fundo Investimento Imobiliário Mercapital in several insolvency proceedings and special revitalisation processes. Gonçalo Delicado concentrates on corporate and group restructuring exercises, while associate Eduardo Peixoto Gomes is the key contact in the Porto office.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Patrício

Other key lawyers:

Gonçalo Delicado; Eduardo Peixoto Gomes

Testimonials

‘The team is strongly committed to the permanent updating of technical and legal knowledge, giving a quick and correct answer to the questions put to them.’

‘Our experience is mainly with Francisco Patrício. In addition to excellent technical knowledge, he demonstrates an availability and empathy with the customer, which conveys confidence and security.’

Key clients

Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário Imoreal

Parvalorem S.A.

Caixa Geral De Depósitos

PH Energia/ Energia Simples

Grupo Marques

Portugal > Public law Tier 3

Abreu Advogados is equipped to provide advice to both private and public clients in a variety of public law matters. The team is often retained by foreign and domestic concessionaires seeking assistance in infrastructure and PPP projects. Furthermore, public procurement and litigation are other typical mandates for the department under the joint leadership of environmental law expert José Eduardo Martins and Manuel de Andrade Neves, who combines expertise in public law, projects and energy. Mafalda Teixeira de Abreu is skilled in public tenders and privatisations.

Practice head(s):

José Eduardo Martins; Manuel de Andrade Neves

Other key lawyers:

Mafalda Teixeira de Abreu

Testimonials

‘Abreu’s Public Law practice has an extensive experience on a wide range of matters. The team handles cases in a really professional and efficient manner, and produces top quality work.’

‘They are flexible and responsive, and you can totally rely on them for expertise, as they always provide sound, in-depth advice and always go the extra mile.’

‘They are really supportive and show the highest level of expertise: besides being excellent advisors, and being aware of all the up-to-date public law issues, legal developments and case-law, you can also rely on them as negotiators.’

‘They are without a doubt a valuable partner to our companies and projects in Portugal, as they really get involved and are extremely committed to provide business-oriented solutions.’

‘They provide amazing support, as the team has an outstanding expertise in public law.’

‘The lawyers are without exception skilled and hardworking, responsive and have an unbeatable combination of strengths: practical, business-oriented and endowed with excellent legal judgement. They are overall excellent communicators, friendly, always stay in close contact with you and always return our calls or email in a timely manner. Together they make a formidable team.’

‘In particular, Manuel Andrade and Mafalda Abreu are first-class lawyers to work with: great listeners with excellent strategical judgement, quickly grasp the key points of any issue, provide sound and clear advice, always thinking one-step ahead.’

Key clients

ANADARKO PETROLEUM CORPORATION

IBERDROLA GENERACIÓN S.A.U

STATKRAFT AS

NOVO VERDE

EMBRAER SA

ERP PORTUGAL

EMPRESA DE ELETRICIDADE DA MADEIRA

GROUP AIR LIQUIDE

ALSA / NATIONAL EXPRESS

MUSAMI

EMBRAER PORTUGAL

GLOBALVIA

PATENTES TALGO SLU

Angola > Foreign firms Tier 1

The Angola desk at Abreu Advogados has experience across a range of practice areas, from M&A and corporate regulatory advice, co-ordinated by Fernando Veiga Gomes, to arbitration and litigation, managed by fellow practice head Guilherme Santos SilvaJosé Eduardo Martins has public law and energy sector expertise, recently leading advice to AEnergy on the implementation of an Angolan 750 MW combined-cycle plant project. Clients include major international banks and investors, as well as key companies in a number of Angola's central industries. Further names to note from the sizeable team are M&A specialist José Maria Corrêa de Sampaio and tax expert Mariana Gouveia de Oliveira. João Bravo da Costa joined the firm in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Veiga Gomes; Guilherme Santos Silva

Other key lawyers:

José Eduardo Martins; José Maria Corrêa de Sampaio; Mariana Gouveia de Oliveira; João Bravo da Costa

Key clients

Africatel Holdings BV

PT Ventures SGPS

ACREP

Standard Chartered Bank

Bauer Angola

Mozambique > Foreign law firms Tier 3

Abreu Advogados works in conjunction with local firm JLA ADVOGADOS to advise a number of international banking and finance clients, with Chinese investment into Mozambique being a recent focus. José Maria Corrêa de Sampaio is a corporate and finance specialist and co-heads the Mozambique desk alongside Pedro Pais de Almeida, who focuses on corporate and tax matters, and Zara Jamal, who is also a partner at Abreu's associated local firm JLA ADVOGADOS.

Practice head(s):

José Maria Corrêa de Sampaio; Pedro Pais de Almeida; Zara Jamal

Other key lawyers:

Ana Sofia Batista; Manuel Andrade de Neves

The firm: As the world changes and new challenges unexpectedly arise, people’s mindsets and the way business is conducted call for innovative, fast-adapting lawyers. Being able to adjust one’s perspective is as valuable as all the legal expertise one might have.

Abreu Advogados is the law firm set to provide legal advice in this changing society, working daily to ensure that new ideas are created for new industries, and new solutions are presented for new challenges. It’s this openness to embrace change that has sustained Abreu Advogados’ growth for more than 25 years.

As a full-service law firm with offices in Lisbon, Porto and Funchal, Abreu Advogados is amongst the largest law firms in Portugal. Its team is composed of more than 200 lawyers together with over 300 professionals.

Every year the firm is recognised 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.

Every single professional at Abreu Advogados, from lawyers to management teams, is committed to taking a client-oriented approach to the solutions they offer, working in highly responsive teams, presenting business-oriented advice and cost-effective solutions. Abreu Advogados was the first law firm in Portugal to certify its quality management system under the European ISO 9001 standards.

Abreu Advogados continuously invests in multidisciplinary, borderless teams in order to tackle increasingly complex transactions, breaking down barriers and established models. It’s this ability to open discussions involving different legal practices and skill sets that allows Abreu Advogados to deliver a complete, efficient and comprehensive legal solution to each one of its clients.

Practice areas we work in:

  • Corporate and M&A
  • Litigation and arbitration
  • Sports
  • Finance
  • Tax
  • Real estate
  • Public and environment
  • Employment
  • Intellectual property and Information technology
  • Competition, regulatory and EU
  • Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Criminal, sanctions and compliance

International work: Abreu Advogados’ international experience reflects the international profile of its clients. Our teams team up with the global and most prestigious law firms in the world on a regular basis in cross border projects. We have also invested heavily in our own international presence in Portuguese speaking countries, working closely with renowned local partners in Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé, China, Mozambique and Timor-Leste.

Abreu Advogados is committed to setting the future in progress.

For additional information, please visit the firm’s website at www.abreuadvogados.com

Department Name Email Telephone
Capital markets Ana Sofia Batista
Capital markets José Maria Corrêa de Sampaio
Corporate and M&A Ana Sofia Batista
Corporate and M&A José Maria Corrêa de Sampaio
Corporate and M&A Manuel Santos Vítor
Corporate and M&A Maria de Deus Botelho
Dispute resolution Alexandra Nascimento Correia
Dispute resolution Francisco Patrício
Dispute resolution Guilherme Santos Silva
Employment Carmo Sousa Machado
Employment Patrícia Perestrelo
Energy and environment Manuel de Andrade Neves
Energy and environment José Eduardo Martins
EU and competition Armando Martins Ferreira
EU and competition Inês Sequeira Mendes
Insolvency and restructuring Francisco Patrício
Criminal, Sanctions and Compliance Pedro Barosa
Criminal, Sanctions and Compliance Ana Rita Duarte de Campos
Criminal, Sanctions and Compliance Francisco Patrício
Intellectual property and IT law Ricardo Henriques
Intellectual property and IT law António Andrade
Intellectual property and IT law Manuel Durães Rocha
Public law José Eduardo Martins
Public law Manuel de Andrade Neves
Shipping and transport Guilherme Santos Silva
Shipping and transport Francisco Patrício
Tax Alexandra Courela
Tax Nuno Cunha Barnabé
Real estate Rui Peixoto Duarte
Real estate Patrícia Viana
Real estate Tiago Mendonça de Castro
Sport Francisco Veiga Gomes
Sport Alexandre Miguel Mestre
Photo Name Position Profile
 Micaela Afonso  photo Micaela Afonso Professional Partner
 António Andrade  photo António Andrade Partner
 Pedro Barosa photo Pedro Barosa Professional Partner
 Ana Sofia Batista  photo Ana Sofia Batista Partner.
 César Bessa Monteiro, jr  photo César Bessa Monteiro, jr 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 Correia Partner.
 Marta Costa  photo Marta Costa Professional Partner
 Alexandra Courela photo Alexandra Courela Partner
 Nuno Cunha Barnabé  photo Nuno Cunha Barnabé Partner
 Marta De Oliveira Pinto Trindade photo Marta De Oliveira Pinto Trindade Partner
 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 Formigal Professional Partner
 Luís Fraústo Varona  photo Luís Fraústo Varona Professional Partner
 Mariana Gouveia de Oliveira  photo Mariana Gouveia de Oliveira Professional Partner
 Ricardo Henriques photo Ricardo Henriques Partner
 Zara Jamal  photo Zara Jamal Partner
 Gonçalo Malheiro  photo Gonçalo Malheiro Professional Partner
 Armando Martins Ferreira  photo Armando Martins Ferreira Partner.
 Martim Menezes  photo Martim Menezes Partner
 Pedro Pais de Almeida  photo Pedro Pais de Almeida Partner.
 Francisco Patrício  photo Francisco Patrício Partner.
 Rui Peixoto Duarte  photo Rui Peixoto Duarte Partner.
 Elisa Pereira  photo Elisa Pereira Local Partner
 Diogo Pereira Duarte  photo Diogo Pereira Duarte Professional 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
 Inês Sequeira Mendes  photo Inês Sequeira Mendes Managing Partner.
 Maria Dulce Soares photo Maria Dulce Soares Partner
 Carmo Sousa Machado  photo Carmo Sousa Machado Partner.
 Miguel Teixeira de Abreu  photo Miguel Teixeira de Abreu Honorary Partner.
 Mafalda Teixeira de Abreu  photo Mafalda Teixeira de Abreu Professional Partner
 José Miguel Tropa  photo José Miguel Tropa Partner
 José Carlos Vasconcelos  photo José Carlos Vasconcelos Professional Partner
 Fernando Veiga Gomes photo Fernando Veiga Gomes Partner
 Patrícia Viana  photo Patrícia Viana Partner
 Ricardo Vieira  photo Ricardo Vieira 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.
 Paulo de Tarso Domingues  photo Paulo de Tarso Domingues Partner
Number of lawyers : 200
English
French
German
Portuguese
Spanish
AEL
AIJA
Consulegis
EVCA
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).

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?

At Abreu Advogados we look at the world in a different perspective. We believe that to be successful in this competitive market, we need not only to be highly qualified but to go further, one step ahead of other firms. We like to humanize our partnerships with our Clients, get to know each one in person and look at their business in a 360º perspective. It is the only way we know. 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.

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, for example.

Also different is the fact that at Abreu we have an open door policy, as we believe in the importance of debate between all areas and generations and, besides that, we defend one particular premise: ideas have no hierarchy.

But above all, what differentiates us is 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?

There are five areas I believe will have a faster growth throughout the next 12 months: Restructuring and Insolvency; Mergers & Acquisitions; Technology & Cybersecurity; Infrastructures and ESG.

I have stressed out Restructuring & Insolvency and M&A due to a predictable reformulation in the international business landscape, as a result of the pandemic, which are necessarily leading to mergers and acquisitions and restructuring processes that must be accompanied from a legal point of view. Regarding the Technology & Cibersecurity area, with the digitalization growth and the need to protect companies’ data and networks, cybersecurity is playing an increasingly important role, with a fast-paced regulatory activity that should be monitored.

The ESG area is already essential in every company but will grow in the next 12 months. Companies that want to stay relevant will increasingly have to adapt their policies to the best practices in sustainability and governance. It is a cross-sector issue that will, progressively, become a strategic priority for all the organizations that wants to be more innovative and competitive, regardless of their size.

Finally, the Infrastructure area will have a key role in the next year as European Funds, namely the Next Generation EU program, will apply a significant amount to invest in new infrastructures. In Portugal, for instance, the investment in infrastructures will be focused mainly in railroads and its articulation with terrestrial highways but it will reach a wide portion of the Portuguese territory with several business opportunities all across the country.

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

My mandate as Managing Partner has just recently began, however, I intend to continue the sustained growth and recognition path that Abreu Advogados has been following, both nationally and internationally. To do so, we have recently integrated some new hirings, highly qualified, senior and with a strong track record to strengthen our team in key sectors that will need to reinvent themselves in the aftermath of the pandemic, like insurance and aviation, and also to reinforce our capability to help our clients in the Portuguese Speaking Countries, enhancing our firm’s internationalization strategy.

Before I accepted this new challenge as Managing Partner, I was a member of the Executive Committee, led by Duarte de Athayde, and through that time one of the biggest changes we had the opportunity to develop was the reorganization of the firm’s practice and sectors of activity that has allowed us to grow and adapt faster to challenging contexts and also meet clients’ needs and even anticipate them faster and better. This change established the foundations for the close and customized work we have been developing with our Clients, throughout the pandemic.

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

Technology is definitely 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. We know that the economy and the society itself is increasingly interconnected and subject to digitalization and robotization, to which artificial intelligence is increasingly associated. At Abreu Advogados we are aware of this trend and have a leading presence on these matters, constantly adapting our services and interaction channels to meet our clients’ expectations, in a fast-paced world.

We have been early adopters of many technologies and collaboration tools that allowed us to give a quick and effective response through the pandemic period. As a tech driven law firm, we made several investments in our lawyers’ technology skills and tools to fully cope with our clients’ needs and we are always looking for new ways to enhance our technological expertise but also to guarantee that all our clients’ resources, data and information are fully protected, with solutions such as Abreu Security Operations Centre (SOC), where we were the first firm to invest in in-site security facilities.

Besides that, we foster knowledge in the Technology sector through several initiatives and partnerships and we annually organize the Lisbon Law & Tech Forum, every November, which brings together worldwide leaders on these subjects, to discuss these topics and their impact on the legal profession.

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

Our Clients are always in the center of our business and we work daily to meet and anticipate their needs, which makes it harder to choose only one example. Nevertheless, I can highlight one specific case which we have been working on for the last months, involving one of the sectors who were most affected by the pandemic: the aviation sector.

With travel restrictions and a significant decrease in the number of flights, Portugal’s ailing airline, TAP, had to put into practice a restructuring plan which anticipated a significant adjustment in the employment conditions of thousands of workers. In this regard, we advised the SNPVAC- National Union of Civil Aviation Flight Personnel- in the negotiations of its members’ emergency agreement with TAP and its majority shareholder, the Portuguese State.

The operation involved a multidisciplinary team from Abreu Advogados, coordinated by the Partners Martim Menezes and Carmo Sousa Machado, which contributed for the maintenance of many jobs and, at the same time, to help TAP outlasting one of its biggest challenges raised by the pandemic.

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

 

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. That is the challenge and one of the key goals of this mandate.

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 (in partnership), Abreu Advogados is one of the largest law firms in Portugal. Its team is composed of more than 200 fee earners and of more than 320 professionals working with the most prestigious law firms in the world in cross border projects.

By successfully implementing a strategic vision within specific areas, Abreu has been rethinking its client’s services and traditional business models, by merging technical skills into strategic sectors and industries.

Ahead of its time, Abreu has strengthened and repositioned its core practice areas and industries which became an asset for our clients that have recently and radically started shifting their operations and strategy towards a green energy and sustainable reality, with the understanding that cross areas assistance is essential.

With a strong international client base, Abreu has followed the path of internationalization, with the extension of Abreu Advogados’ support to countries such as Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Macau and Timor-Leste.

In a fast-changing world and under pressure from a variety of different directions, Abreu provides assistance with an in-depth knowledge and experience of emerging markets. Its efforts in challenging the status quo has led to the assistance of clients with innovative projects whilst overcoming an often absent legal framework.

Abreu´s innovative leadership has launched a new and integrated service with the purpose of responding to the growing expectations of the market for the development and implementation of the whole spectrum of legal and commercial issues related to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG).

By certifying its quality management system under the European ISO 9001 standards, Abreu became the first law firm in Portugal to do so and to subsequently publish a Sustainability Report.

It is the ability to open discussions involving different legal practices and skillsets that has sustained Abreu Advogados’ growth for more than 25 years.