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

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

Portugal > Banking and finance Tier 1

Distinguished by the high quality of its services‘, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados fields a team of ‘experienced professionals who react quickly and effectively to unexpected situations‘ in the banking and finance space. The practice – which stands out for its strength in lender-side mandates – maintains a leading position in the market, acting for the most prestigious Portuguese banks and international financial institutions in a broad range of matters, including high-value structured lending, securitisations, private equity and project finance, as well as investment funds and fintech-related issues. The firm is the exclusive legal partner of Portugal Fintech, the principal non-profit fintech community in Portugal. Filipe Lowndes Marques, who is singled out for his capabilities in the project finance and capital market space, leads a ‘well-prepared‘ team that possesses ‘great knowledge‘ of the financial services sector. Luís Branco ‘has great experience and knowledge of complex financing deals‘. Pedro Gorjão Henriques, whose areas of expertise include corporate, trade and project finance, is a strong performer in major debt restructurings. The highly recommended Cláudia Castanheira Dos Santos is the name to note for project and real estate finance. Maria Soares Do Lago, who was recently promoted to partner, has significant experience in corporate and project finance.

Practice head(s):

Filipe Lowndes Marques

Other key lawyers:

Luís Branco; Pedro Gorjão Henriques; Cláudia Castanheira dos Santos; Maria Soares do Lago; Elmano Sousa Costa; Claudia Santos Cruz; Elmano Sousa Costa


‘I really liked the work of Filipe Lowndes and António Magalhães Ramalho. It’s always good to work with a team that, when faced with a problem, finds solutions and not more problems. It is not easy to please all parties, especially in a syndicated transaction where, sometimes, institutions have different understandings of a given subject. I really appreciate Filipe’s work, who always tried to find a quick solution, without further complicating matters. Filipe and his team were well prepared and had a great knowledge of the sector.’

‘Excellent service and close proximity to clients. Great technical capacity in more complex operations.’

‘Luis Branco has great experience and knowledge of complex financing deals. Elmano Sousa Costa stands out for his dedication and availability.’

‘The entire MLGTS team is distinguished by the high quality of service, delivering not only excellent quality work but also anticipating the client’s concerns and key points, which allows them to be a true partner in closing deals.’

‘MLGTS is characterised by a service of excellence, personalised and above all extremely efficient advice, taking away from the client much of the pressure resulting from the contractual execution processes. It integrates experienced professionals who react quickly and effectively to unexpected situations.’

‘I particularly recommend Cláudia Castanheira dos Santos, whose vast experience and ability to execute has been extremely valuable in several processes in which she has advised us for many years.’

‘ML distinguishes itself by providing the highest standards of legal services across a wide range of areas of practice, based in a solid ethical conduct.’

‘Filipe Lowndes Marques, Luís Branco and Cláudia Castanheira dos Santos are differentiated by their ability to develop projects of outstanding complexity and size, within a framework of excellence, professionalism and dedication to the client.’

Work highlights

    Portugal > Capital markets Tier 1

    With a stellar reputation in the capital markets space, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is the trusted adviser to numerous Portuguese listed companies, investment banks, issuers and offerors of securities. The team is engaged in sophisticated, and often innovative, capital markets transactions, standing out for its impressive track record in deals involving debt, hybrid instruments and other securities. Despite the global downturn, the department remains active in this space; its recent workload features several share capital increases on behalf of leading corporates in a multitude of sectors, and sustainability-linked bond issuances. The firm, which is the only Portuguese player part of Euronext’s Techshare initiative, maintains strong relationships with offices in Angola, Cape Verde and Mozambique through its network, Morais Leitão Legal Circle, which makes it particularly well positioned to handle cross-border transactions involving Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa. Eduardo Paulino is recommended by clients and peers alike; he has a wealth of experience in equity and debt offerings, as well as public takeovers in the banking, telecoms and media segments. He oversees the team with Tomás Vaz Pinto, who also heads up the corporate group. Ricardo Andrade Amaro, a name to note for securities law, has advised on several initial public offerings (IPOs). Securitisations, hybrid products and derivatives are among Maria Soares Do Lago‘s areas of expertise. At the associate level, Marisa Larguinho stands out for her involvement in ECM and DCM matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Tomás Vaz Pinto; Eduardo Paulino

    Other key lawyers:

    Ricardo Andrade Amaro; Maria Soares do Lago; Marisa Larguinho; Isabel Carneiro Khalen


    ‘The firm provides highly specialised services and has in-depth knowledge of the matters in which it has been consulted. Its lawyers are available to respond quickly to any requests from clients.’

    ‘Eduardo Paulino, Maria Soares do Lago, and Marisa Larguinho are recommended.’

    ‘In addition to the expertise and experience in the area of ​​practice, the law firm in question has excellent knowledge of the sector of activity, which allows it to positively identify the client’s problems, any associated risks, usually presenting solutions adjusted to the real needs of the company, which effectively adds value to the business.’

    ‘Eduardo Paulino stands out.’

    Portugal > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

    Premium firmMorais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados ‘provides first-rate services‘ to a stellar client base comprising domestic and multinational companies across key sectors such as energy, real estate, banking, pharmaceuticals, IT, agribusiness and media, among others. Fully dedicated to corporate and M&A matters, the department offers support during every stage of consequential transactions in the country and in Portuguese-speaking jurisdictions in Africa – including Angola, Mozambique and Cape Verde – through its network of law firms Morais Leitão Legal Circle. Specialised in private equity transactions, Tomás Vaz Pinto heads up the corporate and capital markets departments, while Ricardo Andrade Amaro, who is particularly active in mandates pertaining to the energy sector, takes the lead on big-ticket M&A deals. Advising on the intersection of private equity, M&A and capital markets, Eduardo Paulino ‘is very responsive and proactive‘. The ‘exceptionalMargarida Torres Gama, co-head of the insurance, reinsurance and pension funds cross-practice team, is recommended for high-value M&A in the insurance sector, as well as in the banking, food and retail spaces. Recently promoted Luís Roquette Geraldes focuses on high-growth companies, including from the worlds of tech and life sciences, and is the name to note for start-ups and venture capital investments. Carlos Osório de Castro is a reference in the Portuguese M&A market.

    Practice head(s):

    Tomás Vaz Pinto; Ricardo Andrade Amaro

    Other key lawyers:

    Carlos Osório de Castro; Eduardo Paulino; Luís Roquette Geraldes; Vítor Pereira das Neves; Magda Viçoso; Margarida Torres Gama; Isabel Carneiro Khalen; Marta Pereira Rosa


    ‘They have a strong knowledge of the insurance sector, offering an outstanding support in M&A transactions and distribution arrangements in this industry. They are sophisticated and balanced in negotiating contracts.’

    ‘Eduardo Paulino is excellent in his game. He is very responsive and proactive and deeply takes care of client’s interests.

    ‘Margarida Torres Gama is an exceptional lawyer. Very easy to work with and always calm and precise in conducting negotiations. There is always the clear impression that the client’s business is in good hands.’

    ‘Morais Leitão is probably the best law firm in Portugal.’

    ‘MLGT is a premium firm in Portugal which provides first-rate services to clients.’

    ‘Eduardo Paulino is a key member of the M&A team. He provides high-quality and efficient service together with his team.’

    Portugal > Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

    Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados adopts a cross-practice approach to advise on data protection and privacy matters. With specialists from a wide range of fields, including TMT, labour, criminal, corporate and insurance, the practice is geared to assist clients in all stages of data protection work, from compliance programmes to investigations and disputes. Of particular note is the team’s proven track record in handling criminal proceedings relating to data protection laws. Notable for his significant experience in data protection litigation, Tiago Félix da Costa heads up the group. He works alongside Helena Tapp Barroso, who often advises companies from the technology, banking, insurance, pharmaceuticals and automotive industries on contractual matters and compliance issues. Another key practitioner is Maria da Assunção da Cunha Reis.

    Practice head(s):

    Tiago Félix da Costa

    Other key lawyers:

    Helena Tapp Barroso; Maria Assunção da Cunha Reis


    ‘Available. Perfectly up-to-date with the latest news on the subjects they deal with. Highly qualified.’

    ‘The team at Morais Leitao has great in-depth knowledge and expertise in the domain of data protection. What we really appreciate is the translation of the complex data protection matters into straight and simple explanations. The diversity of the team and the 24/7 availability make it the business partner we need.’

    ‘Helena Tapp Barroso makes the difference, she is an authority in the area of data protection but also employment law, which is a unique combination. She really digs deeper than other practitioners. A real added value!’

    ‘Availability and proximity.’

    ‘I particularly and strongly recommend Tiago Félix da Costa as our relationship with the office is guaranteed by him.’

    ‘I would recommend Helena Tapp Barroso.’

    Work highlights

    • Assisted NOS with the evaluation of data protection issues and building data protection compliant solutions related to personalised advertising on its TV broadcasting.
    • Acted for the Millennium BCP DPO team on data breach incidents and complex data subject rights issues.
    • Advised Modelo Continent Hipermercados on its privacy policy and the terms and conditions applicable to its loyalty programme.

    Portugal > Dispute resolution Tier 1

    Noted for its ability to ‘provide a fast, complete and excellent litigation service’, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados focuses on high-value complex disputes. The group is often engaged in international arbitration proceedings, especially cases with a cross-border element related to Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa. The dispute resolution department is split into two groups: the civil and commercial litigation and arbitration practice, which is co-led by Francisco Cortez and Filipe Vaz Pinto, and the criminal litigation and compliance team, which is headed by Rui Patrício. Founding partner António Pinto Leite is an active arbitrator and often leads some of the most important cases handled by the firm. Sofia Vaz Sampaio is experienced in class actions, financial disputes and commercial and construction arbitrations, while Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira is noted for IP litigation and multi-jurisdictional arbitration.

    Practice head(s):

    Francisco Cortez; Filipe Vaz Pinto


    ‘The MLGTS team provides a fast, complete and excellent litigation service’

    ‘In the area of litigation, Francisco Cortez undoubtedly stands out.’

    ‘The team has high technical knowledge and great ability to analyse the elements supplied.’

    ‘Mariana Soares David and Rui Patrício have deep technical knowledge and a global vision that allows a strategic orientation of the cases. They have a deep capacity for analysis and pay great attention to the details of all the facts under analysis.’

    Portugal > Employment Tier 1

    The ‘specialised and well-balanced employment team’ at Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados offers assistance across the whole range of labour law matters, including collective dismissal proceedings, collective bargaining negotiations and disciplinary actions. Acting for domestic and multinational companies operating in the financial services, healthcare, energy and media sectors, among others, the group demonstrates strong litigation capabilities. Luís Miguel Monteiro is noted for corporate restructurings and large layoff proceedings. He jointly leads the practice with Pedro Pardal Goulão, who often handles labour litigation and social security matters. Combining expertise in social security litigation and data protection matters is Helena Tapp Barroso. Other key lawyers include Paula Ponces Camanho and José Amorim Magalhães.

    Practice head(s):

    Luís Miguel Monteiro; Pedro Pardal Goulão

    Other key lawyers:


    ‘In addition to the team’s friendliness and availability, it demonstrates a complete understanding of the client’s issues, always proposing appropriate solutions.’

    ‘A team with solid knowledge and extensive experience in advising on the prevention of disputes as well as on the defence of controversial matters.’

    ‘Paula Ponces Camanho and Catarina Carvalho Oliveira are recommended for their know-how and proximity. They are problem solvers.’

    ‘Luis Miguel Monteiro, responsible for the team, combines his solid academic expertise with his vast experience in litigation.’

    ‘Morais Leitao has a specialised and well-balanced employment team. In-depth knowledge of employment law, focused on details, and specialists in the sub-areas in every level. We love working with the team and are very happy with its can-do, roll-up your sleeves mentality. Practical, to-the-point advice that adds value to our business.’

    ‘Pedro Pardal Goulao and Helena Tapp Barroso are exceptional employment lawyers. They not only offer employment law advice, but always translate matters in plain English and offer practical advice. They make complex issues sound simple. Helena and Pedro are our go-to lawyers for employment cases.’

    ‘It is difficult to find a firm that can help us both in terms of Portuguese legislation and also in finding solutions and helping us in our day-to-day adversities with our external partners, as this firm does. The communication part is also a key factor for which we maintain a professional relationship with the firm.’

    ‘Pedro Pardal Goulão and Isabel Valente Dias are recommended.’

    Portugal > Energy and natural resources Tier 1

    Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is known for its leading energy and natural resources practice, which advises sponsors, lenders, developers and contractors on a wide range of matters related to energy projects. The group often handles a varied workload, spanning project development, privatisations, acquisitions, environmental administrative offences and investments. Tomás Vaz Pinto heads up the team, which includes Ricardo Andrade Amaro, who is noted for regulatory matters and the setting up of securitisation of tariff deficits, and Catarina Brito Ferreira, who is often sought after to handle M&A, IPOs and renewable energy projects. Other key lawyers include M&A and capital markets expert Vítor Pereira das Neves and Rui de Oliveira Neves, who excels in the acquisition of renewable asset portfolios, tender offers and reprivatisation proceedings.

    Practice head(s):

    Tomás Vaz Pinto

    Other key lawyers:


    ‘It is always a pleasure to work with MLGTS. Not only the team supporting us is always available, but also the outcome of its work is excellent even if the team has a very complex matter at hand. Its advice is practical and strongly grounded in the law.’

    ‘The individuals that stand out are Ricardo Andrade Amaro, Helder Mourato and Joana Alves de Abreu. All of these lawyers work closely with our team by providing sound and excellent advice in several fronts. They know very well the market and their advice is always practical.’

    Portugal > EU and competition Tier 1

    Highly rated by clients and peers alike, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados possesses market-leading capabilities across the full scope of antitrust investigations, merger control cases, State Aid matters, and competition litigation. Singled out for its skills in the most high-profile competition disputes and investigations in the country, the sizeable group is recurrently retained by governmental entities, and leading corporates operating in highly regulated sectors, including financial services, energy, TMT, insurance and retail. Joaquim Vieira Peres, whose ‘corporate and business approach‘ to competition matters is praised by clients, jointly heads up the group with the ‘brightLuís do Nascimento Ferreira. Both department leaders maintain a broad practice, comprising merger control, State Aid, restrictive practices and market dominance, and are seasoned in proceedings before the European courts. Other noteworthy individuals include Eduardo Maia Cadete, who has represented Portugal in several State Aid notifications and General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) communications before the European Commission; Gonçalo Machado Borges, who is particularly skilled in cartel investigations and merger filings, and a key point of contact for TMT clients; Pedro de Gouveia e Melo, a name to note for judicial appeals against infringement decisions by the PCA; and recently promoted partner Philipp Melcher, coordinator of the firm’s German desk. Also of note, Porto-based Inês Gouveia is actively involved in several judicial proceedings before the Competition, Regulation and Supervision Court and the Lisbon Appellate Court. Senior partner Carlos Botelho Moniz  is ‘a highly reputed lawyer‘ in the EU and competition law space.

    Practice head(s):

    Joaquim Vieira Peres; Luís do Nascimento Ferreira

    Other key lawyers:

    Carlos Botelho Moniz; Eduardo Maia Cadete; Gonçalo Machado Borges; Pedro Gouveia e Melo; Philipp Melcher; Inês Gouveia


    ‘The ML European and Competition team is for me, without a doubt, the best team in this area in Portugal. The main partners are very strong and the quality of several elements of the team, even the youngest associates I know, is very high. The team has a vision that seeks to cover all perspectives of client needs.’

    ‘Carlos Botelho Moniz, senior partner and a highly reputed lawyer in the area, is very wise and a strong negotiator. Joaquim Vieira Peres has a very good corporate and business approach to the matters. Luis Nascimento Ferreira – a bright partner with strong technical skills and ability to have a quick understanding of the problems at stake.’

    ‘The firm reveals great preparation and technical knowledge and establishes a collaborative relationship with the Client.’

    ‘Partners Philipp Melcher and Gonçalo Machado Borges show technical knowledge, experience in competition matters and availability to advise the Client.’

    Portugal > Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 1

    Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is highly regarded as ‘one of the most reputable Portuguese law firms, with a team of excellent, extremely competent, dedicated and professional lawyers’. The practice stands out for its wealth of experience handling some of most high-profile cases of bribery, corruption, money laundering, tax crimes and insider trading. Practice co-head Rui Patrício is particularly active in advising on criminal cases connected to more than one jurisdiction, especially between Portugal, Brazil, India, Angola and the US. With a strong background in the TMT and banking sectors, fellow co-head Tiago Félix da Costa handles corporate crime, regulatory offences and related litigation. Patrício and Félix da Costa lead the team alongside João Matos Viana, who is a popular choice for auditing firms and financial institutions seeking assistance in criminal and regulatory litigation. The team was further boosted in July 2022 with the promotion to partner of white-collar criminal law expert João de Lima Cluny. Another key practitioner is senior associate Tiago Geraldo.

    Practice head(s):

    Rui Patrício; Tiago Félix da Costa; João Matos Viana

    Other key lawyers:


    ‘The quality and experience of the lawyers stand out. I highlight João Matos Viana and Rui Patricio.’

    ‘It is an office with highly qualified lawyers who provide an exemplary service. They monitor the process exhaustively and permanently, providing extraordinary personal care. They attend to all perspectives of the processes and those involved in the search for the best result.’

    ‘Rui Patricio, João de Lima Cluny and Nuno Igreja Matos are recommended for their professionalism, integrity and extraordinary legal knowledge.’

    ‘Morais Leitão is one of the most reputable Portuguese law firms, with a team of excellent, extremely competent, dedicated and professional lawyers.’

    ‘The team uses technology suited to the needs of the client and has reasonable billing when compared to their competition.’

    ‘I highlight Tiago Félix da Costa. An experienced, competent, professional and dedicated lawyer. He is meticulous and detailed in the preparation of legal and regulatory documents and strategies. He keeps an open mind and works very well in a team. He is always available.’

    ‘I highlight Nuno Igreja Matos, who is extremely hardworking, competent and committed to delivering on time.’

    Portugal > Insolvency and restructuring Tier 1

    With ‘a very solid and in-depth knowledge’ of insolvency and restructuring matters, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados acts for debtors, creditors, investors, directors and shareholders in complex judicial and out-of-court insolvency proceedings. In addition to its strength in distressed investments and acquisitions, the group is highly experienced in restructurings and out-of-court settlements, including under the special revitalisation process (PER) and the non-judicial recovery regime (RERE). Highly recommended by clients, Nuno Gundar da Cruz leads the group and excels in complex PER and insolvency cases. Carlos Osório de Castro and Filipe Lowndes Marques are key names for financial restructurings, and Magda Fernandes is a popular choice for both debtors and creditors seeking representation in insolvency matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Nuno Gundar da Cruz


    ‘MLGTS is assertive, quick at responding and presents alternative solutions and strategies. Its extensive knowledge gives us security, but above all, confidence in the solutions presented.’

    ‘Full availability and involvement of the team in monitoring the processes.’ 

    ‘A very solid and in-depth knowledge of the topics.’

    ‘I’d highlight Nuno Gundar da Cruz.’

    ‘Particularly noteworthy is Nuno Gandar da Cruz, who is always available, assertive and has solid knowledge in the area. I have complete confidence in the solutions presented.’

    Portugal > Intellectual property Tier 1

    The IP department at Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is particularly active in patent litigation, with a focus on the pharmaceuticals, new media and telecoms sectors. The group is often involved in multi-jurisdictional trade mark work, spanning prosecution, licensing and enforcement matters, and excels in complex IP licensing deals in the banking and energy segments. Led by duo Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira, whose practice focuses on patent law and IP litigation and arbitration, and Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade, who is an official industrial property agent before the Portuguese Patent and Trademark Office and a registered representative at the European Union Intellectual Property Office. Senior associate Maria Almeida e Silva is noted for her strong background in patent litigation, design and copyright infringement cases. Joana Maria Andion is another key associate.

    Practice head(s):

    Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira; Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade


    ‘Close and personalised follow-up. Constant concern in clarifying doubts and informing about the steps to be taken.’

    ‘Joana Maria Andion and Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade are excellent professionals, concerned with achieving the clients’ goals, always taking into account the transparency of all the steps of the process.’

    ‘Performance, delivery and adaptability to new challenges.’

    ‘Vasco Stilwell de Andrade has been consistent throughout the years.’ 

    ‘I highlight the team’s good client relationship, cordiality, availability, quality of work, which give us total confidence in the service. Complete availability to implement new procedures.’

    ‘Tomás Vaz Pinto and Vasco Stilwell de Andrade are recommended.’

    Work highlights

    • Advised a US litigation funder on Portuguese copyright laws that were central to a multimillion-dollar media litigation.
    • Represented Cristiano Ronaldo in trade mark matters.
    • Acted for Teva in pharmaceutical patent infringement and validity cases in Portugal related to blockbuster drugs.

    Portugal > Planning law Tier 1

    As part of the public, urban and environmental law department, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados‘ planning law team is well versed in contentious and non-contentious matters. Acting for public sector clients, developers, high-net-worth individuals and companies, the group has recently experienced an uptick in licensing mandates regarding urban rehabilitation operations and related tax matters. Demonstrating notable strength in complex negotiations with municipalities, the practice is particularly active in the tourism and second home sectors. Planning law expert João Pereira Reis co-heads the team with João Tiago Silveira. Senior associate Rui Ribeiro Lima is a key name for administrative litigation and urban rehabilitation matters. Also recommended is principal associate Joana Duro.

    Practice head(s):

    João Tiago Silveira; João Pereira Reis

    Other key lawyers:

    Work highlights

    • Advised a client on the licensing of its allotment and construction operation in Lisbon and Porto intended for real estate development projects with housing and commercial and services units as well as student residences.
    • Assisted a client with land use plans and licensing of urban operations, as well as other real estate and construction matters, including the negotiation of agreements with municipalities.
    • Acted for a municipality in several high-profile and complex litigation cases concerning planning and licensing matters.

    Portugal > Porto: Leading commercial firms Tier 1

    Rated as ‘one of the best firms in Portugal’, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados has a sizeable footprint in Porto, where it covers the full range of legal services, spanning corporate and M&A, employment, dispute resolution, tax and public law. Managing partner Bernardo Lobo Xavier oversees the corporate team and is recommended for M&A and real estate transactions, while Joaquim Vieira Peres is noted for his experience advising clients on merger control proceedings at both the national and European level. António Pedro Braga focuses on national and international taxation, and M&A expert António Lobo Xavier advises on double taxation, VAT and corporate income tax matters. Public contracts, administrative law issues and public procurement matters are among the areas of expertise of Nuno Peres Alves. Luis Gagliardini Graca is a key name for concessions and construction disputes, and Paula Ponces Camanho handles labour litigaiton and social security matters. Other key practitioners in the office include João Anacoreta Correia and Paulo Rendeiro.

    Practice head(s):

    Bernardo Lobo Xavier; António Lobo Xavier; Joaquim Vieira Peres; Luís Gagliardini Graça; António Pedro Braga; Nuno Peres Alves; Paula Ponces Camanho; João Anacoreta Correia

    Other key lawyers:

    Paulo Rendeiro; Bernardo Azevedo; Joana Duro; José Amorim Magalhães; Paula Ponces Camanho: Pedro Costa Gonçalves


    ‘MLGTS is a law firm of excellence where rigor and competence are linked to a constant concern to serve the client well. MLGTS’ relationship with its clients is based on trust and security. MLGTS has the ability to allocate the necessary resources to multidisciplinary topics and in different geographies.’

    ‘Gonçalo Andrade de Castro and João Anacoreta Correia for the impeccable quality of service.’

    ‘The lawyers work as a true team, regardless of the office they are in, always putting the client’s interest first. In addition, they are specialised in their area of expertise, which gives additional comfort and security for clients. They work collaboratively allowing matters to be addressed in a multidisciplinary way.’

    ‘Pedro Costa Gonçalves, Bernardo Azevedo, Nuno Peres Alves, Joana Duro, José Amorim Magalhães, Paula Ponces Camanho for their availability, competence and friendliness.’

    ‘Proximity, depth, knowledge and ability to understand and provide solutions.’

    ‘Jorge Simões Corte for his knowledge and proximity. António Lobo Xavier for his vision and flexibility. Carlos Osório de Castro for his strategy and vision of opportunities. Isabel Santos Fidalgo for her proximity.’

    ‘The team is very organised and guarantees a timely preparation of topics. The presentation of possible solutions is made using degrees of risk and the decision is well supported. There are no barriers to work with the client and professionalism is punctuated with personal relationships of trust.’

    ‘Morais Leitão is one of the top three law firms in Portugal and in many areas, the best. Complete range of expertise.’

    Portugal > Projects and project finance Tier 1

    Best known for its impressive track record in project finance, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is one of the first ports of call for clients engaged in high-value and innovative transactions across all infrastructure and energy sectors, including solar, wind and hydropower, roads, railways, real estate, waste management, water and sanitation, among others. The group is well positioned to assist both financing entities and promoters throughout all phases of the design of a project in Portugal and abroad, such as those involving Portuguese-speaking jurisdictions in Africa. Chaired by Filipe Lowndes Marques, a project finance specialist who has worked on several market-leading projects, ranging from motorways, renewable energy, and LNG terminals, the practice is rated for ‘providing the highest standards of legal services‘. Consultant Cláudia Castanheira Dos Santos is seasoned in the financing of energy projects and road concessions; she demonstrates further strength in structured finance and real estate matters. The latter is an area of particular activity for Filipa Morais Alçada, a consultant who has a wealth of experience acting for both lenders and sponsors in renewable energy projects, PPPs and concessions in the transport, water and waste segments.

    Practice head(s):

    Filipe Lowndes Marques

    Other key lawyers:

    Cláudia Castanheira dos Santos; Filipa Morais Alçada; Luís Branco


    ‘ML distinguishes itself by providing the highest standards of legal services across a wide range of practice areas, based on a solid ethical conduct.’

    ‘Filipe Lowndes Marques, Luís Branco and Cláudia Castanheira dos Santos are differentiated by their ability to develop projects of outstanding complexity and size, within a framework of excellence, professionalism and dedication to the client.’

    Portugal > Public law Tier 1

    At Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, the public law practice combines the expertise of lawyers with significant experience in a wide range of sectors, most notably telecoms, energy, transportation, utilities and logistics. The group covers the gamut of public law matters, including concession agreements, PPPs, judicial litigation and arbitration, administrative disputes and licensing issues. The team is increasingly active in Angola, Cabo Verde and Mozambique, where it advises public bodies on legislative projects and amendments. Practice head João Tiago Silveira is often sought after to advise on public contracts, licensing and environmental law matters and public investment projects. He works alongside administrative and public procurement law specialist Margarida Olazabal Cabral and consultant Diana Ettner, who is well versed in public law, urban planning and environment matters. Nuno Peres Alves manages the Porto-based administrative and public law group. Also based in Porto is Pedro Costa Gonçalves, who often acts as arbitrator and is well versed in the full spectrum of public law matters.

    Practice head(s):

    João Tiago Silveira

    Other key lawyers:


    ‘We choose this law firm because of its guaranteed follow-ups and availability. It allowed us to create and monitor through an electronic platform the various stages of the process.’

    ‘Our main contacts are João Tiago Silveira and Diana Ettner, who are committed and able to analyse the various implications of a given matter.’

    ‘Partnership, sympathy and unparalleled professionalism. Close collaboration and subject matter mastery.’

    ‘José Azevedo Moreira and Diana Ettner are exceptional lawyers, always ready to discuss and analyse issues, punctual and very collaborative.’

    ‘We highlight Nuno Peres Alves and Mara Rupia Lopes. Both have provided us with valuable, safe and reliable advice backed by extensive knowledge and full availability and care.’

    Work highlights

    • Advised the National Agency for Statistics of Angola on the amendment of the legal framework of its national statistic system in a project funded by the World Bank.
    • Acted for NOS in the 5G auction for the allocation of frequency usage rights on public procurement issues and claims of an amount of around €165m before the administrative courts.
    • Assisted E-Redes in a public tender for the continuous works contract for the maintenance of the electricity distribution network in Portugal.

    Portugal > Real estate and construction Tier 1

    Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados‘ hands-on’ real estate team is noted for its wealth of experience in corporate and transactional real estate matters. The group acts for a premier roster of domestic and foreign investment firms, private equity houses, banks and developers operating in a wide range of sectors, including commercial, residential, industrial, tourism and retail. Led by go-to lawyer’ João Torroaes Valente, the department excels in real estate M&A, joint ventures, the acquisition and sale of property portfolios, leaseback operations and mortgaged-backed credits. Rita Ferreira Vicente is noted for her expertise in tourism projects and the incorporation of real estate management companies and real estate funds. Principal associate João Fitas supports the team and is seasoned in sale and leaseback deals.

    Practice head(s):

    João Torroaes Valente


    ‘The team is very hands on, has the full legal skillset, combined with significant expertise and a serious understanding of commercial matters.’

    ‘João Torroaes Valente is very focused on achieving the client’s goals.’

    ‘João Fitas digs deep into detail and if there is something to find he will find it. He is prepared to go the extra mile to achieve the client’s goals. His expertise in real estate transactions is remarkable.’

    ‘Rita Ferreira Vicente and João Fitas are available and have the great ability to come up with turnkey solutions.’ 

    ‘Great team that reacts quickly to client requests. Great at escalating issues quickly with the right level or urgency.’

    ‘João Torroaes Valente is the most trusted hotel expert in Portugal and the undisputed go-to lawyer in the industry. His knowledge and experience is second to none.’

    ‘João Fitas managed our deal process expertly, with particular focus on achieving outcomes quickly.’

    ‘A team always willing to defend the interests of its client, always taking into account the purpose of reaching an agreement with the counterparty. Morais Leitão’s ability to offer a multidisciplinary team helps a lot in evaluating all the parameters of a real estate project.’

    Portugal > Tax Tier 1

    Distinguished by the high quality of the services it provides‘, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados‘ renowned tax practice consistently works with an array of top-tier banks, private equity firms, private clients, public sector entities, premier multinationals and Portuguese listed entities operating in a wide range of sectors, including telecoms, energy, agribusiness and real estate. Besides advising well-established players on the tax aspects of domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, the team is also called upon by start-ups seeking assistance in transactional, advisory and litigation matters. Split between Porto, Lisbon and Madeira, the group is under the joint leadership of Porto-based António Pedro Braga, a tax specialist focused on corporate transactions and litigation before the Portuguese courts and the CJEU, and Bruno Santiago, who sits in the Lisbon office, and oversees transactional matters involving corporate reorganisations, M&A and investments into Portugal and Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa, such as Angola and Mozambique; tax litigation is another area of activity for the co-head. Francisco de Sousa da Câmara is recommended for his knowledge of tax arbitrations, while António Lobo Xavier concentrates chiefly on double taxation treaties, VAT and corporate income tax in the context of transactions. Recommended by clients, Inês Pinto Leite advises on domestic and international tax planning, including corporate restructurings and M&A.

    Practice head(s):

    António Pedro Braga; Bruno Santiago

    Other key lawyers:


    ‘Technical excellence and in-depth knowledge. Ability to communicate as well as interpret information of an accounting and business nature, which is sometimes not very common in the context of law firms.’

    ‘Bruno Santiago – availability and technical excellence.’

    ‘Quality and reliability of the services provided, based on the experience and know-how of the team.’

    ‘The team is led by António Lobo Xavier, with Inês Pinto Leite being the senior lawyer who maintains the closest contact with the Client.’

    ‘The entire MLGTS team is distinguished by the high quality of the services it provides, delivering not only excellent quality work but also anticipating the client’s concerns and key points, which allows them to be a true partner in closing transactions.’

    ‘Ricardo Seabra Moura is recommended.’

    ‘The team formed by António Lobo Xavier and Inês Pinto Leite is possibly the best prepared Portuguese tax team. They combine seniority in the conceptualisation of business structures with the ability to execute transactions and advise on relations with the Tax Authority of Portugal and the Netherlands.’

    Portugal > TMT Tier 2

    Offering ‘top-notch advice on tech matters’, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados‘ TMT practice combines ‘experts in areas such as competition law, unfair commercial practices and cybersecurity’. In addition to its proven track record in regulatory litigation in the telecoms sector, the group is also known for its wealth of experience in antitrust enforcement matters and merger control filings. Leading the department is Gonçalo Machado Borges, who is highly experienced in transactional matters and investigations before the Portuguese Competition Authority. Splitting his time between Lisbon and Porto, Nuno Peres Alves is particularly active in handling regulatory and administrative disputes for media and telecoms clients.

    Practice head(s):

    Gonçalo Machado Borges

    Other key lawyers:

    Inês Ferrari Careto; Teresa Neves; Joana Duro


    ‘The team at MLGTS provides top-notch advice on tech matters. The team includes experts in areas such as competition law, unfair commercial practices and cybersecurity. They all coordinate internally to provide the client straightforward advice and solutions for complex matters affecting all of those areas. I would also highlight their responsiveness, availability and high level of expertise in digital businesses.’

    ‘Gonçalo Machado has years of experience in the digital business sector and that translates in his advice being excellent from a technical and commercial perspective.’

    ‘MLGTs is undoubtedly a national go-to law firm for TMT matters. Its professionalism, quality of services, deliveries and response time differentiate it from the competition. Highly knowledgeable in tech, media and telecom. In addition to its professionalism, the team is cordial.’

    ‘Gonçalo Borges is recommended for all his practical knowledge and absolute involvement at all stages.’

    ‘Inês Ferrari Careto is recommended for her vast legal knowledge. Joana Duro is also recommended for her comprehensive knowledge of matters at hand.’

    ‘Very reputable in the market with enormous reliability and a permanent focus on the client.’ 

    ‘Know-how in TMT, regulations, competition and EU law. Very up-to-date team. Results orientated. Gonçalo Machado Borges, Inês Ferrari Careto, Teresa Neves and Joana Duro are recommended.’

    ‘MLGTs stands out for its professionalism, intellectual quality, technical knowledge and ability to collaborate.’

    Portugal > Transport Tier 2

    Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados‘ transport team features experts from a wide range of practice areas, including financing, insurance, tax and dispute resolution. Its expertise in the registration of vessels and shipping mortgages stands out, and typical mandates include vessel financing, lease transactions and maritime contracts. A popular adviser for aviation companies, Segismundo Pinto Basto jointly leads the team with Bruno Xavier de Pina, who is recommended for cross-border matters, and ship finance and arrest expert Claudia Santos Cruz.

    Practice head(s):

    Segismundo Pinto Basto; Bruno Xavier Pina; Claudia Santos Cruz

    Other key lawyers:

    Manuel Freitas Pita


    ‘The firm provides prompt and to-the-point advice on the process of discharging and registering of ship mortgages.’

    ‘The firm offers advice on shipping transactions involving vessels registered.’

    ‘We worked Manuel Freitas Pita, who offers prompt and to-the-point advice.’

    Mozambique > Foreign law firms Tier 1

    Highly rated for its 'high international standards’, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is especially sought after to advise on inbound and outbound investment transactions. The firm is often engaged in large-scale project finance deals in an array of sectors, most notably oil and gas, mining, energy and natural resources. Porto-based project finance expert André de Sousa Vieira, who is qualified in England and Wales, Portugal and Spain, is a popular choice for lenders, sponsors and governments. He co-leads the practice with banking and finance specialist Claudia Santos Cruz, who is based in Lisbon and is admitted to practice in Mozambique, Portugal and England and Wales, and is a key contact for cross-border matters.

    Practice head(s):

    André de Sousa Vieira; Claudia Santos Cruz


    ‘I have found the team to be one of the few firms globally that can work in Lusophone jurisdictions with an understanding and capability to perform up to global international standards.’

    ‘I have been working with this firm in Lusophone Africa since André de Sousa Vieira moved there. André brings to this team first class legal expertise and experience. He is familiar with the high standards of our clients and the need for responsiveness and solution-driven advice.’

    ‘André de Sousa Vieira is a very good lawyer, bilingual and who understands the client’s needs well.’

    Work highlights

    • Advised a financial institution on the sale of a Mozambican insurance company.
    • Acted for a client in a disinvestment transaction relating to an interest in a terminal project in Mozambique.
    • Assisted a client in the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of a Mozambique company active in the mining sector.

    Angola > Foreign firms

    Jointly led by Lisbon-based partner Claudia Santos Cruz and André de Sousa Vieira in Porto, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados‘ Angola practice advises clients on both inbound and outbound investment transactions, with a focus on large-scale project finance deals. Notable for her experience advising clients on the cross-border aspects of their investment operations in Angola, Santos Cruz is a key lawyer in the banking and finance team. Sousa Vieira is particularly active in the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors, where she advises lenders, sponsors and governments on project finance transactions. The group works in association with local firm ALC Advogados, whose founding partner Catarina Levy Osório is recommended for private investment, tax and labour matters.

    Practice head(s):

    André de Sousa Vieira; Claudia Santos Cruz

    Other key lawyers:

    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), Cape Verde (VPQ Advogados) and Mozambique (MDR Advogados).

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    João Alfredo Afonso photoMr João Alfredo AfonsoJoão Alfredo Afonso has handled mergers, acquisitions and sales of companies of…
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    Filipe Lowndes Marques photoMr Filipe Lowndes MarquesFilipe Lowndes Marques has extensive experience in the area of project finance,…
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    Luís Miguel Monteiro photoMr Luís Miguel MonteiroLuís has participated in several corporate restructuring processes and collective dismissal proceedings,…
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    Miguel Nogueira de Brito photoMr Miguel Nogueira de BritoMiguel Nogueira de Brito has worked mainly in the areas of constitutional law,…
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    Margarida Olazabal Cabral photoMs Margarida Olazabal CabralMargarida Olazabal Cabral concentrates her activity in several areas of administrative law,…
    Carlos Osório de Castro photoMr Carlos Osório de CastroCarlos Osório de Castro is one of the most well-known Portuguese lawyers in…
    Pedro Pardal Goulão photoMr Pedro Pardal GoulãoPedro Pardal Goulão provides consultancy in all areas of labour law, concerning…
    Rui Patrício photoMr Rui PatrícioRui Patrício joined Morais Leitão in 1994 and became a partner in…
    Eduardo Paulino photoMr Eduardo PaulinoMain practice areas include transactional, regulatory and compliance advice in capital markets,…
    João Pereira Reis photoMr João Pereira ReisJoão Pereira Reis has accumulated vast experience in his practice of law…
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    Nuno Peres Alves photoMr Nuno Peres AlvesNuno Peres Alves focuses his activity on Public Regulation and on Administrative…
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    Isabel Santos Fidalgo photoMs Isabel Santos FidalgoSince 1999 Isabel Santos Fidalgo has worked intensively in all the areas…
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    João Tiago Silveira photoMr João Tiago SilveiraJoão Tiago Silveira coordinates the public law, urban planning and environment department.
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    Tomás Vaz Pinto photoMr Tomás Vaz PintoTomás Vaz Pinto is involved with important M&A transactions in the energy…
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