Firm Profile > Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados > Lisbon, Portugal

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados
1070-050 LISBOA

Banking and finance Tier 1

Strong in project finance and the energy sector, the ‘prestigious’ practice at Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is noted for the ‘speed, clarity and efficiency in its approach’. It predominantly acts for domestic and international banks; recent work includes a variety of structured financing and refinancing matters as well as advice on NPLs. The ‘fantasticLuís Branco co-heads the team with Filipe Lowndes Marques; Pedro Gorjão Henriques is also recommended.

Capital markets Tier 1

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is noted for its ‘timely delivery’. It mostly acts for high-profile domestic clients, among them EDP, BCP, Vista Alegre Atlantis and Galp, in equity, debt and securities matters. Eduardo Paulino and Carlos Osório de Castro stand out for their ‘know-how’ and ‘ability to use the firm’s network to find the best solutions’.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Fielding a large team with international reach, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados handled a number of cross-border transactions, such as assisting Mystic Invest with the sale of Monumental Palace Hotel to the Paris Inn Group, and Indorama with acquisitions of a number of distressed industrial properties. EDP, Sonae, and several financial institutions count among the clients. Porto-based Carlos Osório de Castro is ‘undoubtedly a reference’; Eduardo Paulino is a 'well-rounded transactional lawyer with an old-school approach of dealing with other parties’; managing partner Nuno Galvão Teles and Tomás Vaz Pinto are also recommended.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados' 'very strong and consistent' team attracts ‘sophisticated’ work that includes civil, commercial and corporate litigation, and maintains a growing arbitration practice. It represented Sonangol Group in a $2.8bn ICC arbitration regarding alleged shareholders’ agreement breaches. António Pinto Leite led the matter jointly with the ‘excellentFilipe Vaz Pinto. The ‘pragmatic, prepared and assertive’ Francisco Cortez is the other name to note. Miguel Almada left to join Cuatrecasas in December 2018.

Employment Tier 1

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is noted for its ‘engagement, assertiveness and respect in the market’. It acts for a variety of companies, including start-ups. The ‘extraordinaryLuís Miguel Monteiro provides ongoing advice to Pfizer, ‘fantastic’ and ‘technically flawless’ managing associate Joana Almeida assisted Indorama with its acquisition of operational industrial assets from Artlant and Artelia, and Helena Tapp Barroso advised Impresa Group on the sale of its magazine portfolio. Practice head Pedro Pardal Goulão regularly acts for Tupperware.

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados fields an established team that handles a wide range of transactional and regulatory matters. It advised Indorama on the Portuguese law aspects of its acquisition of a purified terephthalic acid plant from insolvent Artlant, and a co-generation and water treatment plant from Artelia. Nuno Galvão Teles and Tomás Vaz Pinto jointly head the team; Catarina Brito Ferreira and Ricardo Andrade Amaro are recommended. EDP is another key client.

EU and competition Tier 1

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados' ‘knowledgeable’ team acts for an impressive client roster, including high-profile Portuguese companies and public entities, in cases before the EC, the PCA, and other regulatory authorities. Carlos Botelho Moniz and practice head Joaquim Vieira Peres are ‘diplomatic’ and known for their EC and litigation work, respectively; Pedro de Gouveia e Melo is ‘excellent’ and Philipp Melcher, who is dual qualified in Portugal and Germany, is ‘very good at paying attention to details, which is often decisive in competition litigation’. Both are managing associates. Senior associate Inês Gouveia is another name to note.

Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 1

In line with its expertise in high-profile international criminal cases, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados represented Manuel Vicente, former vice president of Angola, in a diplomatically sensitive case involving accusations of corruption, money laundering, and forgery. In May 2018 the Lisbon Court of Appeal transferred Vicente’s case to Angola, following a request by his lawyers. The respected Rui Patrício led the team, with support from Filipa Marques Júnior; both jointly head the practice alongside Tiago Félix da Costa, who continues to represent one of the defendants in a case brought by the public prosecutor alleging crimes of corruption, money laundering, tax fraud and influence peddling involving undue benefits provided to public officials of the Republic of Congo in exchange for public tender awards and other deals. Senior associate Tiago Geraldo is another name to note.

Insolvency and restructuring Tier 1

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is representing former director and shareholder of BES and the Espírito Santo Group, José Manuel Espírito Santo Silva, in a case filed by the liquidation committee handling the BES insolvency, alleging acts of ruinous management by thirteen of the bank’s former directors, leading to its insolvency. Disputes expert Rui Patrício leads the case; Filipe Lowndes Marques and António Pinto Leite head the practice.

Intellectual property Tier 1

Highly rated particularly for patent litigation in the pharmaceutical sector, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is noted for its ‘responsiveness and attention to the client’. It represented key client Teva in patent litigation and arbitration; and Esporão in trade mark prosecution, strategy and litigation. Other work included copyright, advertising and license agreements. Senior associate Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade ‘provides clients with out-of-the-box strategies’.

Oporto: leading commercial firms Tier 1

Portuguese powerhouse Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados provides legal services across the board, including in the areas of tax, competition, employment, and insolvency and restructuring. It recently assisted Violas with the acquisition of 25% of Viacer, which partly owns the Super Bock Group. The team includes Bernardo Lobo Xavier, Carlos Osório de Castro, Eduardo Verde Pinho, Luís Gagliardini Graça and António Lobo Xavier, and is praised for its 'attitude, customer orientation and approach to global issues’. Senior associate Vasco da Gama Lobo Xavier is noted for his ‘energy in involving people and for never giving up’. João Anacoreta Correia joined from Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho in January 2019. The client roster features names such as Sonae, Nos, BCP, Galp and Corticeira Amorim.

Planning law Tier 1

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados brings public law expertise to the table and continued to assist key client Sonae Sierra in land use planning and municipal tax matters related to its real estate properties and construction developments. João Pereira Reis and managing associate Rui Ribeiro Lima are the names to note.

Projects and project finance Tier 1

Luís Branco and Filipe Lowndes Marques jointly head the projects team at Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, which predominantly acts on the lenders side in energy and transport projects, including internationally. Managing associate Filipa Morais Alçada is another name to note.

Public law Tier 1

EDP continues to be one of Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados’ key clients, receiving advice on energy, regulatory, public procurement and litigation matters. In other work the outfit is assisting Metropolitano de Lisboa with public procurement in the context of its modernisation and expansion. The team also handles the streamlining of administrative procedures and procurement matters in the energy, defence and transport sectors, including contentious work. Practice co-heads are João Tiago SilveiraNuno Peres Alves and the ‘brilliant’, ‘very imaginative’ and ‘academic’ Porto-based Pedro Costa Gonçalves. Margarida Olazabal Cabral is also singled out.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados handled a wide range of real estate work, including acting on the buyer and seller sides in portfolio transactions and on M&A involving real estate assets, among others for EDP in several property sales, as well as for funds and developers. João Torroaes Valente joined from Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho as practice co-head in April 2018, bringing with him client BNP Paribas Real Estate, which he assisted in the negotiation of a joint venture with SIL for the development of a 74,000sqm mixed-use office and residential project in Alcântara. Filipa Arantes Pedroso is the other practice co-head.

Tax Tier 1

The ‘fantastic’ team at Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados provides advice to high-profile clients such as EDP, Galp and Sonae on the entire gamut of tax issues, including corporate and M&A, concessions, and pertaining to the banking and energy sectors. It also handles tax planning and restructuring, disputes and international taxation. Francisco de Sousa da Câmara is a ‘wizard of tax law’; António Lobo Xavier displays ‘a lot of common sense’; António Pedro Braga is also recommended. All three jointly lead the practice, with the latter two being based in Oporto.

TMT Tier 1

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados possesses telecoms and media, data protection and gaming expertise. Key client Nos - as opposing third party - received advice on competition, regulatory and public law issues regarding the proposed acquisition of Media Capital by Altice. The matter was led by managing associate Gonçalo Machado Borges, who is noted for his ‘highly professional skills’ and ‘fast, personalised attention’. Other team members include IT and data protection expert Tiago Félix da Costa, João Alfredo Afonso, who has a focus on IT, media, e-commerce and data protection, and data protection specialist Helena Tapp Barroso.

Transport Tier 2

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados adopts a ‘very personal approach’ when providing aviation and shipping advice. It assisted several lenders with mortgages and other secured financings involving aircraft and vessels. Clients include Gazprombank, Nordea Bank and ABN Amro. Segismundo Pinto Basto focuses on aviation matters, and Madeira-based managing associate Cátia Henriques Fernandes handles shipping work. João Anacoreta Correia joined from Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho in January 2019.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados (Morais Leitão) is a leading full-service law firm in Portugal, with a solid background of decades of experience. Broadly recognised, Morais Leitão is a reference in several branches and sectors of the law on national and international level.

The firm’s reputation amongst both peers and clients stems from the excellence of the legal services provided. The firm’s work is characterised by a unique technical expertise, combined with a distinctive approach and cutting-edge solutions that often challenge some of the most conventional practices.

With a team comprising over 250 lawyers at a client’s disposal, Morais Leitão is headquartered in Lisbon with additional offices in Porto and Funchal. Due to its network of associations and alliances with local firms and the creation of the Morais Leitão Legal Circle in 2010, the firm can also offer support through offices in Angola (ALC Advogados), Hong Kong and Macau (MdME Lawyers) and Mozambique (HRA Advogados).

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Nuno Galvão Teles +351 213 817 438
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Mr João Alfredo Afonso  photo Mr João Alfredo Afonso
Mr João Anacoreta Correia  photo Mr João Anacoreta Correia
Mr Ricardo Andrade Amaro  photo Mr Ricardo Andrade Amaro
Mr Gonçalo Andrade e Castro  photo Mr Gonçalo Andrade e Castro
Ms Filipa Arantes Pedroso  photo Ms Filipa Arantes Pedroso
Mr Carlos Botelho Moniz  photo Mr Carlos Botelho Moniz
Mr Luís Branco  photo Mr Luís Branco
Ms Catarina Brito Ferreira  photo Ms Catarina Brito Ferreira
Ms Constança Carrington  photo Ms Constança Carrington
Mr Francisco Cortez  photo Mr Francisco Cortez
Mr Pedro Costa Gonçalves  photo Mr Pedro Costa Gonçalves
Mr Tiago Félix da Costa  photo Mr Tiago Félix da Costa
Ms Magda Fernandes  photo Ms Magda Fernandes
Ms Rita Ferreira Vicente  photo Ms Rita Ferreira Vicente
Mr Luís Gagliardini Graça  photo Mr Luís Gagliardini Graça
Mr Nuno Galvão Teles  photo Mr Nuno Galvão Teles
Mr José Manuel Galvão Teles  photo Mr José Manuel Galvão Teles
Mr Tiago Geraldo  photo Mr Tiago Geraldo
Mr Pedro Gorjão Henriques  photo Mr Pedro Gorjão Henriques
Ms Inês Gouveia  photo Ms Inês Gouveia
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Mr António Lobo Xavier  photo Mr António Lobo Xavier
Mr Bernardo Lobo Xavier  photo Mr Bernardo Lobo Xavier
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Mr Gonçalo Machado Borges  photo Mr Gonçalo Machado Borges
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Ms Ana Monjardino  photo Ms Ana Monjardino
Ms Catarina Monteiro Pires  photo Ms Catarina Monteiro Pires
Ms Filipa Morais Alçada  photo Ms Filipa Morais Alçada
Mr Miguel Nogueira de Brito  photo Mr Miguel Nogueira de Brito
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Mr Carlos Osório de Castro  photo Mr Carlos Osório de Castro
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Mr Rui Patrício  photo Mr Rui Patrício
Mr Eduardo Paulino  photo Mr Eduardo Paulino
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Mr João Pereira Reis  photo Mr João Pereira Reis
Mr Nuno Peres Alves  photo Mr Nuno Peres Alves
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Mr António Pinto Leite  photo Mr António Pinto Leite
Ms Maria Quintela  photo Ms Maria Quintela
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Ms Helena Tapp Barroso  photo Ms Helena Tapp Barroso
Mr João Torroaes Valente  photo Mr João Torroaes Valente
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Mr Tomás Vaz Pinto  photo Mr Tomás Vaz Pinto
Mr Eduardo Verde Pinho  photo Mr Eduardo Verde Pinho
Mr Joaquim Vieira Peres  photo Mr Joaquim Vieira Peres
Mr Pedro de Gouveia e Melo  photo Mr Pedro de Gouveia e Melo
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Mr Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira  photo Mr Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira
Mr Luís do Nascimento Ferreira  photo Mr Luís do Nascimento Ferreira
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