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

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

Portugal > Banking and finance Tier 1

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados has one of the top banking departments in Portugal. Testament to its standing in the market is the stellar list of banks and financial services institutions which regularly instruct the team on transactional mandates. Advice on the full array of debt financing deals is offered by the group, which has been particularly active in high-value refinancing matters, as well as acquisition and project finance. The latter is a key specialism for practice head Filipe Lowndes Marques, who further demonstrates proficiency in securitisation transactions. Other names to note include highly regarded Luís Branco and Pedro Gorjão Henriques, who both focus on banking and financial law. Recently promoted counsel Cláudia Castanheira dos Santos has extensive experience in real estate finance and debt restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Filipe Lowndes Marques

Portugal > Capital markets Tier 1

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados handles a steady flow of capital markets matters, showcasing an impressive transactional track record in equity and debt deals. Listed companies, issuers and investment banks make up the majority of its client roster, for which the team handles mandates pertaining to public offerings, capital increases, hybrids and other securities. Its full-service capabilities are further enhanced by the firm's use of technology (Legatics) to provide a more efficient and transparent method of running legal transactions. Co-head Eduardo Paulino is proficient in public takeover processes in the banking, telecoms and media sectors. Other key individuals include the highly regarded Carlos Osório de Castro, securities expert Ricardo Andrade Amaro and Maria Soares do Lago, whose experience covers debt issues and derivatives.

Practice head(s):

Tomás Vaz Pinto; Eduardo Paulino

Other key lawyers:


‘Knowledge and experience in the market, ability to deliver, proximity to the client and availability. Carlos Osório de Castro and Ricardo Andrade Amaro are recommended.’

‘Ricardo Andrade Amaro is knowledgeable and experienced. His delivery capacity, empathy, proximity and availability are outstanding. Diana Ribeiro Duarte also stands out.’

High technical competence and availability whenever the need for an urgent response arises.’

‘Eduardo Paulino and Maria Soares do Lago are excellent.’

‘Great experience and very competent professionals, who are always available and looking for innovative solutions.’

‘Carlos Osório de Castro stands out for his knowledge and for his ability to “always be ahead”. Eduardo Paulino is also recommended.’

In addition to the expertise in specific matters such as those related to financial and capital market operations, the availability and proactivity of the various elements of the firm make the difference and bring added value to the client.’

‘Eduardo Paulino, Magda Viçoso and Maria Soares do Lago are the lawyers with whom we have been working with for many years in this area.’

Portugal > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados has secured its position among the leading players in the Portuguese legal market through its consistent involvement in high-profile and cross-border M&A transactions. The firm handles the gamut of commercial, corporate and M&A deals, assembling tailor-made teams composed of  multi-jurisdictional lawyers and process management specialists that frequently resort to AI tools to provide a more efficient and transparent method of running legal transactions. The department has been particularly active advising on deals in the energy and natural resources, banking and insurance sectors, but also demonstrates broad capabilities in telecoms, IT and more recently sports, with a special emphasis on mandates pertaining to international transfers of players. Private equity expert Tomás Vaz Pinto jointly oversees the practice with Ricardo Andrade Amaro, who specialises in M&A, securities and energy law. Other key individuals include Carlos Osório de Castro, Eduardo Paulino, who has a strong background in capital markets, and private equity and venture capital expert Luís Roquette Geraldes.

Practice head(s):

Tomás Vaz Pinto; Ricardo Andrade Amaro

Other key lawyers:

Eduardo Paulino; Luís Roquette Geraldes; Carlos Osório de Castro; Nuno Galvão Teles; João Alfredo Afonso; Margarida Torres Gama; Diana Ribeiro Duarte


‘Global and transversal support; extraordinary legal and sector knowledge, great ability to search for solutions.’

‘Eduardo Paulino stands out for his knowledge, negotiation skills, global vision. Margarida Torres Gama is knowledgeable and dedicated.’

‘We have worked intensively with Morais over the past year and are very pleased with the collaboration: every team member is very knowledgeable, able to explain complex legal cases and also very approachable. The dedication that the team has shown is admirable and this is reflected in the high quality of work which was always delivered on time. ’

‘Their analyses are all very spot on and the quality of their work is fantastic. Tomás Vaz Pinto is a strong lawyer, practical and very client focused. He managed to lead his team in a very difficult moment (COVID-19) and under prolonged time pressures. Diana Ribeiro Duarte is an extremely talented young professional. She is a rising star. She is always on point and delivers always on time.’

‘Partner Ricardo Andrade Amaro is our trusted pilot steering us through high seas and the person to turn to when the going gets rough.’

‘In addition to the general qualities of the law firm, I mention João Alfredo Afonso, for his excellent technical and strategic knowledge.’

‘I would highlight the team’s market knowledge, proximity to the client, delivery capacity, availability, response time and quality of work. Ricardo Andrade Amaro and Diana Ribeiro Duarte are recommended.’

‘We were very impressed with Tomás and his team. It was a very challenging transaction over an extended period. Deadlines were always tight, we were demanding and they outperformed – even during COVID lockdown. They were always available, responsive to emails and calls – and always professional. We were especially impressed with the quality of English used in the reports.’

Portugal > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados fields one of the largest teams in the country specialised in high-value and complex dispute resolution. The firm stands out for its impressive track record in international arbitration, having launched a dedicated team focused on proceedings involving Portuguese-speaking countries, notably Brazil, Angola and Mozambique. Its portfolio also includes high-profile civil, corporate and commercial litigation, in which the team offers representation to private and public sector clients operating in a range of industries. The group recently witnessed a change in leadership: former practice head Antonio Pinto Leite took a step back after 25 years as the leader of the department. This role is now shared by Francisco Cortez, whose areas of expertise include financial disputes, and Filipe Vaz Pinto, who focuses on international arbitration. With a background in M&A, Catarina Monteiro Pires handles related litigation and arbitration, and Sofia Vaz Sampaio specialises in financial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Cortez; Filipe Vaz Pinto

Other key lawyers:

António Pinto Leite; Catarina Monteiro Pires; Sofia Vaz Sampaio; Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira


‘High technical capacity and permanent availability.’

‘I highlight the following lawyers: Miguel Nogueira de Brito, Filipe Vaz Pinto, Luís Nascimento Ferreira and Francisco Cortez.’

Very complete, multi-disciplinary team that shows great competence and availability.’

Portugal > Employment Tier 1

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is a go-to firm for major domestic and international companies from a wide range of industries seeking advice on restructuring processes, disciplinary proceedings, collective bargaining agreements as well as business transfers. Immigration and data protection advisory services are also offered by the employment practice, which is jointly led by labour specialist Luís Miguel Monteiro and Pedro Pardal Goulão, whose areas of expertise cover labour litigation, sports law and corporate restructuring. Other key practitioners include Helena Tapp Barroso and Joana Almeida, who both showcase significant experience in employment and social security law.

Practice head(s):

Luís Miguel Monteiro; Pedro Pardal Goulão

Other key lawyers:

Helena Tapp Barroso; Joana Almeida; Isabel Valente Dias; Maria João da Luz


Speed and clarity of responses; availability to resolve issues quickly; focus on resolution of problems.’

‘Pedro Pardal Goulão is very available and able to help with complex topics.’

‘Helena Tapp Barroso is an excellent lawyer who has provided us with prompt and efficient advice on employment matters.’

‘Very approachable team, excellent quality and great to work with. Pedro Pardal Goulão leads the team and he is an employment law rock star. His approachable way of handling matters and willingness to really become part of the team are fantastic characteristics.’

‘I cannot fail to highlight all the dedication and professionalism of Pedro Pardal Goulão and Isabel Valente Dias, who were always available to help and clarify matters.’

‘We have worked with the firm for many years and the quality of service has always exceeded our expectations. Pedro Pardal Goulão, Maria João da Luz and Isabel Valente Dias are recommended for their professionalism, accuracy, common sense and quick resolution of matters.’

‘The team stands out for its technical competence and availability towards the client. They are very compliant with timings and are also very fluent in the English language which is always an asset for multinational client companies.’

Portugal > Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is one of the first ports of call for high-value transactions and complex regulatory matters in the energy sector, where it acts for the main operators, sponsors, lenders, developers and contractors in the country. Renewable energy is a strong point for the practice, which is skilled in assisting with innovative financing structures (including green bonds) and project development matters pertaining to wind, hydro, solar, biomass and wave power in Portugal and Africa. Managing partner Nuno Galvão Teles and Tomás Vaz Pinto oversee the department. Other key individuals include Ricardo Andrade Amaro and Catarina Brito Ferreira, both of whom demonstrate extensive expertise in corporate and commercial issues, M&A transactions and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Nuno Galvão Teles; Tomás Vaz Pinto

Other key lawyers:


‘In-depth knowledge of the sector and the ability to influence the course of operations. Great risk management skills.’

‘Ricardo Andrade Amaro is undoubtedly one of the M&A lawyers with the deepest knowledge of the energy sector and who manages to create bridges in the critical moments of the negotiation process.’

‘MGLTS is focused on the client and has a wealth of experience in the energy sector.’

Portugal > EU and competition Tier 1

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados maintains its position at the forefront of competition law in the country through its involvement in numerous high-profile cartel cases, abuse of dominance matters and antitrust investigations undertaken by the Portuguese Competition Authority (PCA). Merger control procedures and state aid mandates are other notable areas of practice for the sizeable department, which is spearheaded by Joaquim Vieira Peres, who is active in competition matters at the national and European level. Clients also benefit from AI tools and e-discovery software incorporated by the firm to assist with complex antitrust investigations and competition compliance initiatives. Carlos Botelho Moniz is counsel of choice for private parties and the Portuguese government in cases before European courts and the EU Commission. Luís do Nascimento Ferreira has extensive experience in restrictive practices, merger control and market dominance cases; and Pedro Gouveia e Melo has recently been engaged in judicial appeals against PCA's infringement decisions. Clients from the food and retail sectors often seek Inês Gouveia's legal support.

Practice head(s):

Joaquim Vieira Peres


‘The team has many senior members, and therefore great capability of handling several matters at the same time.’

‘They are well connected and maintain good relationships with relevant authorities.’

‘They are extremely knowledgeable, business minded and in addition very pleasant to work with. Partners Joaquim Vieira Peres and Luís Do Nascimento Ferreira stand out.’

‘Excellent quality of services is very good, given the experience and knowledge of the team. Business knowledge is also a very important asset.’

‘Inês Gouveia has extensive knowledge in this area; she is committed and has ability to understand the characteristics of the clients’ business.’

Portugal > Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 1

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados has one of Portugal's strongest practices in white-collar criminal law, showcasing an impressive track record in criminal litigation; the group has represented clients in some of the most high-profile criminal cases in the country. Its service offering covers issues of corruption, money laundering, bribery and insider trading across a variety of industry sectors, notably banking and financial services, telecoms, construction and distribution. Department head Rui Patrício counts several banks, companies and politicians among his client base; he is noted for leading advice on challenging criminal proceedings involving more than one jurisdiction. Regulatory litigation and compliance in the data protection space are areas of particular focus for Tiago Félix da Costa, while João Matos Viana regularly advises on matters involving the banking, securities, competition and insurance sectors. Tiago Geraldo is a key associate in the team.

Practice head(s):

Rui Patrício

Other key lawyers:


‘The team led by Rui Patrício is impeccable in availability, both in terms of the readiness of the answer and in terms of the answer itself. No questions are left unanswered.’

‘Rui Patrício is tireless and insatiable in the search of solutions for his clients, he never fails to answer a phone call, answer a message or email.’

‘The firm includes lawyers with a very client-oriented profile and who are aware of their business needs. From a technical point of view, they are certainly one of the best in the Portuguese market. ’

‘Tiago Félix da Costa is an excellent professional. In addition to solid technical knowledge, he has an enormous capacity for innovation and does not give up on finding out of the box solutions that, in fact, solve clients’ problems. He can quickly establish trusting relationships with clients. In the criminal area, he has everything that a lawyer in this area must have: trust, seriousness, pragmatism and also a very good relationship with all procedural stakeholders. He is a star in this area.’

Portugal > Insolvency and restructuring Tier 1

As a specialist in the field, Nuno Gundar da Cruz (who was promoted to partnership in November 2021) co-ordinates a group of cross-practice partners in Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados‘ insolvency and restructuring team. The team’s restructuring work is primarily focused on advising companies in out-of-court negotiations, including under Special Revitalisation Proceedings (PER) or the Extrajudicial Company Recovery Scheme (RERE). The team also advises clients under national and transnational insolvency proceedings, as well as any arising litigation. As head of the Lisbon office’s banking and finance group, Filipe Lowndes Marques is a key contact. Magda Fernandes is experienced in representing creditors and debtors, while Pedro Gorjão Henriques led advice to a group of domestic banks on three complex restructuring transactions in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Nuno Gundar da Cruz


‘Society that is distinguished by high quality standards in the services provided, stand out quality of service, technical knowledge and experience of the team interaction with customers, availability and courtesy. Multidisciplinary teams, covering the main areas. Interaction with other players, including public services, courts etc.’

‘The restructuring and insolvency team always presents an excellent job. It has an unusual capacity to analyze complex and extensive cases and to propose a clear strategy, developing as a result a creative, meticulous and comprehensive argument of great quality. It combines the excellence of legal knowledge with a positive and creative attitude in solving various issues, with great results. I also highlight the availability and openness of the team to discuss and analyze all issues.’

‘I highlight the partner Rui Patrício and the managing associate Nuno Gundar da Cruz. The first for the unusual ability to formulate strategies and develop creative and effective arguments. The second for the ability to work and ensure that all angles and possible topics are addressed and covered effectively.’

‘The partners in the restructuring and insolvency area (Filipe Lowndes Marques and Pedro Gorjão Henriques) have vast and recognized experience in all aspects of restructuring negotiations, including in the context of insolvency, providing an excellent service. The enormous experience and knowledge of the market, allow ML to act in a simplified and efficient way. Furthermore, the advice provided is transversal, sometimes involving other areas of ML, which makes the service provided complete.’

‘Filipe Lowndes Marques and Pedro Gorjão Henriques provide an experienced and qualified follow-up in the field of corporate restructuring and insolvency, as well as in the field of banking and financial law.’

Portugal > Intellectual property Tier 1

The intellectual property department at Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados assists domestic and multinational clients with a combination of contentious and commercial matters relating to the entire range of IP rights. Of particular note is the team’s strong background in patent disputes, particularly litigation involving pharmaceutical companies, as well as manufacturing and media players. Advising on the new copyright levy regime in Portugal and on the negotiation of software licensing agreements are other core specialisms. Managing associate Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira, who focuses on patent litigation, and Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade, whose expertise covers every facet of IP law and who was promoted to the partnership in November 2021, co-ordinate the department. Tomás Vaz Pinto excels in trade marks, copyright and advertising issues.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira; Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade

Other key lawyers:

Tomás Vaz Pinto; António Pinto Leite


‘This firm stands out for its efficiency and client-focused service. There is not a one-size fits all plan for clients. Each client and each matter receive tailor-made advice and strategy to best serve the client’s interests.’

‘We mainly work with Vasco Stilwell de Andrade. Vasco is an integral part of our practice in the European Union. His ability to think creatively and outside-the-box is superb. He is also an excellent negotiator.’

The Morais Leitão IP team is extremely competent and available. Vasco Stilwell de Andrade is very attentive to detail and to client’s needs, and always provides complete and rigorous analyses of matters. One of the best lawyers in the country operating in this area.’

‘I would recommend Vasco Stilwell de Andrade, an excellent lawyer, noted for his enormous availability, deep legal and market knowledge and ability to respond quickly and rigorously.’

Portugal > Planning law Tier 1

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados' planning law practice sits within its public, urban and environmental law department, which has 'strong credibility in the national and international market'. The team is frequently instructed on all planning aspects of major real estate developments in the country, as well as related acquisitions. Urban construction and touristic developments are particular strengths and, in light of the pandemic, the team has been advising clients on relevant new legislation, for example, the extension of deadlines for construction licensing. Planning expert João Pereira Reis heads the team, aided by highly regarded managing associate Rui Ribeiro Lima. Real estate partner João Torroaes Valente and public law practice head João Tiago Silveira are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

João Pereira Reis


Strong brand and large capable workforce capable of tackling large projects and keep to tight deadlines, as well as experienced in dealing with international clients.

Strong credibility in the national and international market. Organization, knowledge and mastery of the requested subjects.

Rui Lima – availability and deep knowledge on the subject of urbanism.

‘João Torroaes Valente is experienced and dynamic, with strong negotiation skills.

‘Rui Ribeiro Lima has extensive knowledge and experience in urban planning.

Portugal > Porto: Leading commercial firms Tier 1

'Rigor, pragmatism and constant availability' are hallmarks of Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados' team of Porto-based lawyers, who cover the full range of legal services. Among a diverse set of matters, recent highlights have included a number of labour law issues for Paula Ponces Camanho, as well as advice to Gestifute Group on rights transfers in high-profile international football signings, led by Paulo RendeiroCarlos Osório de Castro is a capital markets expert; António Lobo Xavier is the go-to tax law contact; the office's managing partner Bernardo Lobo Xavier excels in M&A and real estate; and João Anacoreta Correia co-ordinates the disputes team.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:


We work with Morais Leitão on urbanism and real estate issues. They are one of the few companies in the north with this expertise, which has led them to be different in relation to projects that take place in the Porto region.

Nuno Peres Alves is a partner with great experience in matters of real estate and uncomplicates complex matters, managing to explain the issues with ease for interlocutors who are not specialists or are even outside the legal area.

Rigor, pragmatism, constant availability and commitment to the solution.

Carlos Osório de Castro, António Lobo Xavier and Gonçalo Fleming are all extremely rigorous, oriented to solve the problem in a practical way and always very close and available to the customer.

MLGTS has excellent technical skills. The team allocated to us has an excellent knowledge of the business.

Portugal > Projects and project finance Tier 1

The well-established project financing team at Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is instructed by lenders and promoters across a variety of sectors, with recent matters including key work in renewable energy, logistics and real estate. Practice head Filipe Lowndes Marques has over 20 years' experience in the field as well as capital markets expertise; banking and finance specialist Luís Branco is another key name for project finance. At the non-partner level, counsel Cláudia Castanheira dos Santos leads on a number of matters and has a focus on energy projects and road concessions. Managing associate Filipa Morais Alçada is another noteworthy contact.

Practice head(s):

Filipe Lowndes Marques


‘It is a society with high ethical principles that tries hard to apply it in its day-to-day activities. In addition, technical excellence and the ability to mobilize different skills, always at a high level.’

Portugal > Public law Tier 1

The well-established practice at Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados provides advisory services in relation to the full range of public law matters. It has recently been particularly active in assisting public bodies with the simplification of administrative procedures and legislative drafting. In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the team was engaged by clients in the retail, sports and telecoms sectors looking to adapt their activities to the new legal frameworks enacted by the government. The practice, which is increasingly involved in cross-border legislative projects, is also sought after for its expertise in public procurement and high-profile litigation and arbitration. João Tiago Silveira heads the public, urban and environmental law department, which also includes Margarida Olazabal Cabral, whose areas of expertise include PPPs and concessions, and administrative law expert Pedro Costa Gonçalves. Nuno Peres Alves often acts for clients from the banking, transport and telecoms sectors in public law disputes.

Practice head(s):

João Tiago Silveira 

Other key lawyers:

Nuno Peres Alves; Margarida Olazabal Cabral; Pedro Costa Gonçalves; Miguel Nogueira de Brito; Ana Robin de Andrade


‘The team stands out for the enormous quality of service and professionalism.’

‘Nuno Peres Alves is the lawyer with whom we have worked in Public Law. He is excellent.’

‘Pedro Costa Gonçalves is certainly one of the best practitioners in Public Law.’

‘Nuno Peres Alves is a solid lawyer in this area; he has extensive experience and is a hard worker.’

Portugal > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados stands out for its impressive track record in real estate transactional work, namely share and asset deals. Of particular note, the team has been involved in some of the largest REO transactions taking place in the Portuguese market; other typical mandates include the financing of real estate projects, leasing, rehabilitation issues and sale and leaseback transactions. Apart from advising on office buildings, hotels, residential, industrial and commercial property, the team is also equipped to assist with matters involving emerging sectors, such as student housing. João Torroaes Valente is sought after by domestic and foreign investors seeking support in corporate real estate deals and development. Rita Ferreira Vicente focuses on financing and NPL transactions. Key partner Filipa Arantes Pedroso left the firm in September 2021.

Practice head(s):

João Torroaes Valente

Other key lawyers:

Rita Ferreira Vicente; Andreia Bento Simões; João Fitas; Manuel Ponces Magalhães


‘Morais Leitão provides high-quality services, not only in the area of real estate and construction, but in adjacent and relevant fields in the scope of transactions, such as corporate and tax.’

‘João Torroães Valente is a lawyer with a lot of negotiation experience and who defends the interests of clients very well. He is available and responds within the appropriate deadlines. He is respected by his peers, which is important in a transactional context.’

‘João Fitas is a competent and reliable lawyer, who studies matters in detail and conveys a lot of confidence to clients. In addition to his involvement in transactions, he has experience in non-transactional real estate, in project monitoring, something that is very important in a real estate lawyer.’

‘The whole team has been exemplary and dedicated: João Torroaes Valente, Andreia Bento Simões and Manuel Ponces Magalhães are recommended.’

‘The firm is very client-oriented.’

Portugal > Tax Tier 1

In January 2020 Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados merged its three tax departments (in its Lisbon, Porto and Funchal offices) to create a unified tax team that integrates the individual areas of expertise of the sizeable group. Francisco de Sousa da Câmara works with major national and multinational companies on corporate taxation and restructurings, as well as tax disputes. Porto-based António Lobo Xavier's recent highlights include tax advice on high-profile banking and real estate deals; the highly praised António Pedro Braga has a focus on corporate taxation and has recently handled notable tax matters in the energy sector. Bruno Santiago has specialist knowledge of the Angola and Mozambique tax systems, and Paolo Núncio is another tax expert to note.

Practice head(s):

Francisco de Sousa da Câmara; António Lobo Xavier; António Pedro Braga; Bruno Santiago

Other key lawyers:


‘Dimension, sectorial specialization and a culture of rigor are unique features of MLGTS.’

MLGTS is the most renowned tax office in Portugal. It has an unrivaled set of professionals in which the various subjects can be delivered with maximum confidence.’

‘António Lobo Xavier – Absolute knowledge, unshakable security, total trust.’

‘The team and the general level of service is excellent, as they have a team that shows: good knowledge and deep understanding of the legal-tax framework; high technical competence; professionalism; particular ability to reach consensus solutions, placing the client’s interest at the center of the analysis and resolution of each problem; an integrated vision and analysis of topics, covering the different specialties of law, with emphasis on the tax.’

‘We have been working mainly with António Pedro Braga. He is a great specialist in his practice, with deep knowledge of the general legal-tax framework, thus ensuring that all issues are dealt with professionally and efficiently.’

‘Reliability / technical capacity / adequate response to the challenges posed.’

‘I would highlight the high seniority of its partners, with extensive experience in the most complex cases, especially qualified in situations of conflict with the tax authorities. In particular, we have been working with António Pedro Braga, whose contribution was instrumental in the successful resolution of disputes with great complexity. He also conducted other dossiers, of a very diverse nature, always with enormous capacity, inventiveness and delivery capacity, respecting deadlines and objectives.’

I would like to highlight António Pedro Braga, whom I recognize enormous experience, critical and innovative spirit, always being extremely accessible and easy to deal with. We look for his services especially in cases that involve, or may involve, litigation situations, cases in which he has always shown enormous foresight and the ability to defend our interests.’

Portugal > TMT Tier 1

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados fields a TMT team made up of practitioners across its public law, competition law, litigation and corporate groups, all of whom have strong experience advising TMT-sector clients. Gonçalo Machado Borges heads the telecoms and media team and has notable strength in telecoms-related competition and antitrust issues. The office also has a dedicated unit for the gaming sector, led by João Alfredo AfonsoNuno Peres Alves 'presents clients with original and creative solutions' and is an expert in regulatory litigation in the telecoms sector. Leading domestic communications company NOS is a key client, instructing the team on numerous matters in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Gonçalo Machado Borges


‘The TMT team of Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles and Soares da Silva has enormous accumulated experience in the field of legal advice in the area of electronic communications, covering the various components in which it unfolds, with particular focus on the issues of market access, market analysis and imposition of ex ante regulatory obligations. The articulation of sectoral regulation with competition law is also a strong point in the work of the TMT team, in which partners Gonçalo Machado Borges and Nuno Peres Alves stand out.’

‘Gonçalo Machado Borges stands out for combining a capacity for anticipating and resolving issues that are not normally identified, which represents an enormous added value for clients.’

‘Nuno Peres Alves, in addition to an in-depth knowledge of the market and its legal framework, presents clients with original and creative solutions for solving complex problems, standing out as one of the main lawyers in the area of litigation in the regulation of the TMT sector.’

‘The Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados TMT team has a great understanding of the telecommunications business and has been with us through all major cases and dossiers over the last years. It brings together integrated expertise in regulatory as well as transactional and antitrust matters, and their legal advice has been essential for many decisions.’

‘I greatly enjoy working with Gonçalo Borges because, apart from his total dedication to the customer, he has a thorough understanding of how corporations function and is focused on the big issues at stake and on finding pragmatic solutions, avoiding unnecessary legal speak, thus saving time and money.’

‘Gonçalo Machado Borges has extensive experience in regulatory, competition and litigation issues with Anacom and judicial challenges against individual decisions and regulations. Excellent procedural strategy.’

‘High knowledge and simplicity in the treatment of subjects.’

Portugal > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is regularly engaged by leading domestic corporations from a variety of sectors, such as financial services, telecoms, retail and insurance. Offering cross-practice services, the team benefits from lawyers' strong credentials in dispute resolution. Therefore, the group demonstrates strong risk assessment capabilities and is well equipped to advise throughout the entire life-cycle of data protection matters, including compliance and litigation. Leading the practice is litigator Tiago Félix da Costa, who is noted for his 'indisputable legal knowledge'. Helena Tapp Barroso is a key contact for data protection matters pertaining to the insurance sector. Another noted practitioner is Maria Assunção da Cunha Reis, who is an active member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Tiago Félix da Costa

Other key lawyers:


‘The team shows a rock-solid knowledge of the law, guidelines, and non-binding recommendations to be able to provide in-house lawyers with a complete analysis of the subject matters at stake. More importantly, the team thinks ahead and it is very strategic. The assessment of risk is responsible and adapted to the client’s practical needs. The way to convey their messages is clear, practical and simple – they easily adapt to each internal stakeholder, with all sorts of backgrounds, this way enhancing engagement between internal teams.’

‘Technical knowledge, availability, excellent understanding of the market.’

‘Helena Tapp Barroso is knowledgeable and focuses on the client.’

‘Tiago Félix da Costa and Maria Assunção Reis have the ability to understand, listen and brainstorm, define personalised strategies, which is indispensable in this very new and innovative area.’

Portugal > Transport Tier 2

Mandates pertaining to financing, insurance, tax and litigation are all areas of activity for the transportation team at Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, which has also seen an increase in instructions related to dispute resolution arising from regulatory matters. Segismundo Pinto Basto oversees the firm’s aviation practice, which is sought after by leading private air carriers and aircraft suppliers looking for advice on matters involving contractual issues, leasing and sale and purchase of assets. Shipping is another strong point for the firm, which stands out for its expertise in the registration of vessels and ship mortgages with the International Shipping Registry of Madeira. Dual-qualified Claudia Santos Cruz is the name to note for ship finance and arrest matters. Cátia Henriques Fernandes, who was based in the Funchal office,  left the team.

Practice head(s):

Segismundo Pinto Basto; Luís Roquette Geralde

Other key lawyers:

Mozambique > Foreign law firms Tier 1

After a firm-wide restructuring of its services to African jurisdictions, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados now fields a team for Lusophone Africa jointly headed by Claudia Santos Cruz in Lisbon and André de Sousa Vieira, who joined the Porto office in February 2020. Both have extensive experience in the region and Santos Cruz is qualified in Mozambique as well as the UK and Portugal. Aided by its partnership with local firm HRA Advogados, its recent highlights include major projects in infrastructure and energy as well as sovereign debt restructurings.

Practice head(s):

André de Sousa Vieira; Claudia Santos Cruz

Key clients

Higest Moçambique, Limitada

Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. (“Assicurazioni Generali”)

BIM – Banco Internacional de Moçambique, S.A. (“Millennium BIM”)

USAID and Tetratech Ard

S2 Mozambique, SA (Sonae and Satya joint venture)

Angola > Foreign firms

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados maintains a strong offering in Lusophone Africa, with its Portuguese offices partnering with local firm ALC Advogados in Angola. The team covers a variety of practice areas and stands out in banking and corporate law. André de Sousa Vieira, who joined in February 2020, leads finance matters from Porto, and Lisbon-based Claudia Santos Cruz draws on significant experience in investments in emerging markets when taking a lead on the department's major transactions. The team was further strengthened by the arrival of Bruno Xavier de Pina as a consultant in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

André de Sousa Vieira; Claudia Santos Cruz

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A firm with strong skills and also an important knowledge of regulatory and financial matters.

Mozambique > Local law firms

Multinational companies and international law firms without a presence in Mozambique are frequent clients of HRA Advogados, a firm with a broad offering and strong experience in business law. Founding partners Fabrícia de Almeida Henriques assists clients in corporate and commercial matters, and Paula Duarte Rocha has a strong track record in banking and project finance. Tiago Arouca Mendes was appointed managing partner in July 2021.

Practice head(s):

Fabrícia de Almeida Henriques; Paula Duarte Rocha

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Key clients

Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy of Mozambique


Assicurazione Generali

Millennium BIM

Grupotec Moçambique

Pannar Seed

USAID and Tetratech Ard


S2 Mozambique

French Development Agency

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 (HRA Advogados).

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Managing Partner Nuno Galvão Teles +351 213 817 438
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 João Alfredo Afonso  photo João Alfredo Afonso João Alfredo Afonso has handled mergers, acquisitions and sales of companies of…
 João Anacoreta Correia  photo João Anacoreta Correia
Mr Ricardo Andrade Amaro  photo Mr Ricardo Andrade Amaro Ricardo Andrade Amaro joined the firm in 2002 and became partner in…
 Gonçalo Andrade e Castro  photo Gonçalo Andrade e Castro Member of the corporate and commercial team, Gonçalo Andrade e Castro is…
Mr Carlos Botelho Moniz  photo Mr Carlos Botelho Moniz Carlos Botelho Moniz’s experience includes advising and representing clients in competition cases,…
 Luís Branco  photo Luís Branco Luís Branco specialises in banking and finance law, having participated in several…
Ms Catarina Brito Ferreira  photo Ms Catarina Brito Ferreira Joined the firm in 2003 and became partner in 2017.
 Constança Carrington  photo Constança Carrington Constança Carrington has been involved in various M&A and business law projects…
Mr Francisco Cortez  photo Mr Francisco Cortez Francisco Cortez joined the firm in 2006 and became a partner in…
 Pedro Costa Gonçalves  photo Pedro Costa Gonçalves Before joining the firm, Pedro Costa Gonçalves worked as a consultant, mainly in…
 Tiago Félix da Costa  photo Tiago Félix da Costa Having been practicing law since 2004, Tiago has wide experience in the…
Ms Magda Fernandes  photo Ms Magda Fernandes Magda Fernandes is a non-equity partner at the Firm. She is a…
Ms Rita Ferreira Vicente  photo Ms Rita Ferreira Vicente Rita Ferreira Vicente has handled several real estate developments, acquisitions and sales…
 Luís Gagliardini Graça  photo Luís Gagliardini Graça Luís Gagliardini Graça has been very active in the area of concessions…
 José Manuel Galvão Teles  photo José Manuel Galvão Teles José Manuel Galvão Teles is widely experienced in M&A. A consultant to…
 Nuno Galvão Teles  photo Nuno Galvão Teles Joined the firm in 1987, became Partner in 1995. Managing Partner of…
Mr Tiago Geraldo  photo Mr Tiago Geraldo Tiago Geraldo joined the firm in 2008. He is a member of…
 Pedro Gorjão Henriques  photo Pedro Gorjão Henriques Prior to joining the firm Pedro worked at Banco Fomento e Exterior…
 Inês Gouveia  photo Inês Gouveia Inês Gouveia joined the firm in 2006. She is a member of…
 António Lobo Xavier  photo António Lobo Xavier
Mr Bernardo Lobo Xavier  photo Mr Bernardo Lobo Xavier Bernardo is widely experienced in both M&A and real estate having participated…
Mr Filipe Lowndes Marques  photo Mr Filipe Lowndes Marques Filipe Lowndes Marques has extensive experience in the area of project finance,…
 Gonçalo Machado Borges  photo Gonçalo Machado Borges Gonçalo Machado Borges joined the firm in 2006 and became a non-equity…
Mr Eduardo Maia Cadete  photo Mr Eduardo Maia Cadete Experience as attorney before the European Court of Human Rights, EU Court…
Mr João Matos Viana  photo Mr João Matos Viana Currently he practices in the area of litigation, focusing specifically on criminal…
Ms Fernanda Matoso  photo Ms Fernanda Matoso Fernanda Matoso acts mainly in the health sector, as a life sciences lawyer,…
 Luís Miguel Monteiro  photo Luís Miguel Monteiro Luís has participated in several corporate restructuring processes and collective dismissal proceedings,…
Ms Ana Monjardino  photo Ms Ana Monjardino Since 1996 Ana Monjardino has worked on international public tenders, including privatisations,…
Ms Catarina Monteiro Pires  photo Ms Catarina Monteiro Pires Partner.
 Filipa Morais Alçada  photo Filipa Morais Alçada Consultant.
Mr Miguel Nogueira de Brito  photo Mr Miguel Nogueira de Brito Miguel Nogueira de Brito has worked mainly in the areas of constitutional law,…
Ms Margarida Olazabal Cabral  photo Ms Margarida Olazabal Cabral Margarida Olazabal Cabral concentrates her activity in several areas of administrative law,…
 Carlos Osório de Castro  photo Carlos Osório de Castro Carlos Osório de Castro is one of the most well-known Portuguese lawyers in…
 Pedro Pardal Goulão  photo Pedro Pardal Goulão Pedro Pardal Goulão provides consultancy in all areas of labour law, concerning…
 Rui Patrício  photo Rui Patrício Rui Patrício is one of the firm’s most experienced lawyers in the…
Mr Eduardo Paulino  photo Mr Eduardo Paulino ain practice areas include transactional, regulatory and compliance advice in capital markets,…
 António Pedro Braga  photo António Pedro Braga He began his career in 1998 at a Big Four consulting firm…
 João Pereira Reis  photo João Pereira Reis João Pereira Reis has accumulated vast experience in his practice of law…
 Vítor Pereira das Neves  photo Vítor Pereira das Neves Qualified (2007). Partner (2020) and member of the corporate, M&A and capital…
Mr Nuno Peres Alves  photo Mr Nuno Peres Alves Nuno Peres Alves focuses his activity on Public Regulation and on Administrative…
Mr Segismundo Pinto Basto  photo Mr Segismundo Pinto Basto Segismundo Pinto Basto has acted as legal counsel on M&A projects in…
 António Pinto Leite  photo António Pinto Leite Chairman of the Arbitration Centre of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and…
Ms Maria Quintela  photo Ms Maria Quintela Maria Quintela has been active assisting various major acquisitions of companies and in…
Mr Paulo Rendeiro photo Mr Paulo Rendeiro Paulo was involved in several M&A transactions, restructurings, acquisitions and sales of…
Mr Rui Ribeiro Lima  photo Mr Rui Ribeiro Lima Rui Ribeiro Lima joined the firm in 2007. He is a member…
Mr Luís Roquette Geraldes  photo Mr Luís Roquette Geraldes Luís heads Team Genesis, where he works daily alongside founders and high-growth…
 António Sampaio Caramelo  photo António Sampaio Caramelo António Sampaio Caramelo is currently in charge of handling Special Cases within…
Mr Bruno Santiago  photo Mr Bruno Santiago Bruno Santiago is a Lawyer Specialist in Tax Law that practices in…
Ms Claudia Santos Cruz photo Ms Claudia Santos Cruz Claudia Santos Cruz advises clients on the international and cross border aspects…
Ms Isabel Santos Fidalgo  photo Ms Isabel Santos Fidalgo Since 1999 Isabel Santos Fidalgo has worked intensively in all the areas…
 João Tiago Silveira  photo João Tiago Silveira João Tiago Silveira coordinates the public law, urban planning and environment department.
 Jorge Simões Cortez  photo Jorge Simões Cortez Before Jorge Simões Cortez joined the firm he worked as a legal adviser with…
Ms Maria Soares do Lago photo Ms Maria Soares do Lago Maria focuses on the banking and financing sector, particularly banking and financial…
Mr Vasco Stilwell d'Andrade photo Mr Vasco Stilwell d'Andrade Vasco is the co-coordinator of the intellectual property team as well as…
Ms Helena Tapp Barroso  photo Ms Helena Tapp Barroso Joined the firm in 2006, became a Non-Equity Partner in 2010.
 João Torroaes Valente  photo João Torroaes Valente João is a corporate real estate, tourism and investment fund specialist. He…
Mr Filipe Vaz Pinto  photo Mr Filipe Vaz Pinto Partner with the dispute resolution team, with his practice focused on arbitrations…
 Tomás Vaz Pinto  photo Tomás Vaz Pinto Tomás Vaz Pinto is involved with important M&A transactions in the energy…
Mr Eduardo Verde Pinho  photo Mr Eduardo Verde Pinho Eduardo represents national and international clients in M&A transactions and financial restructurings.…
Mr Joaquim Vieira Peres  photo Mr Joaquim Vieira Peres Joaquim Vieira Peres is one of the most active Portuguese lawyers in the…
Mr Pedro de Gouveia e Melo  photo Mr Pedro de Gouveia e Melo Focuses on EU law and on all fields of competition law in…
 André de Sousa Vieira  photo André de Sousa Vieira André de Sousa Vieira joined the firm in 2020 as a partner.…
 Francisco de Sousa da Câmara  photo Francisco de Sousa da Câmara  Represents major corporations and multinationals in tax restructuring operations dealing with different…
Mr Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira  photo Mr Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira Ricardo works in several areas of civil and commercial law and on…
 Luís do Nascimento Ferreira  photo Luís do Nascimento Ferreira Luís do Nascimento Ferreira joined the firm in 2003 and became a…
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