Ms Maria Soares do Lago > Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados > Lisbon, Portugal > Lawyer Profile

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados
RUA CASTILHO, 165
1070-050 LISBOA
Portugal
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Work Department

Banking and Finance. Capital Markets.

Position

Maria focuses on the banking and financing sector, particularly banking and financial transactions, in particular credit facilities, project finance and debt restructuring, debt issues (including medium term note programs and covered bonds), issues of hybrid instruments, securitization and derivatives.

Languages

Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.

Memberships

Portuguese Bar Association (admitted in 2006).

Education

Law Degree (University of Lisbon School of Law, 2004). Course in International Financial Law (St Catherine’s College, Oxford, 2004).

Lawyer Rankings

Portugal > Banking and finance

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados has a multidisciplinary banking and finance practice, with a strong following among the most prestigious Portuguese and international banks and financial institutions. The team is seen with great regularity acting for clients in market-shaping transactions, and has been particularly active advising on acquisition finance, real estate finance and project finance, especially in the energy sector. Benefitting from solid relationships with leading firms based in Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa, the team is adept at handling complex, multi-jurisdictional financing deals. Furthermore, the firm has recently partnered up with Portugal Fintech and Microsoft to launch Fintech365, which was designed to accelerate proofs of concept between technology companies and corporations in the banking, finance and insurance sectors. Practice head Filipe Lowndes Marques is noted for his experience in project finance. Among the partners, Luís Branco is well versed in securitisations, investment funds and derivatives, while Pedro Gorjão Henriques is seasoned in debt restructuring. Cláudia Castanheira Dos Santos is active across debt restructuring, project and real estate financing. Maria Soares do Lago – who was recently promoted to partner – maintains a broad practice, advising domestic and international corporate and financial institutions.

Portugal > Capital markets

(Next Generation Partners)

Maria Soares do Lago – Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

The market-leading capital markets practice at Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is highly sought after for advice on complex debt and equity transactions. The team acts for an impressive client roster, comprising investment banks, listed companies, issuers and offerors of securities admitted to trading. Recent headline engagements include innovative takeover bids, public offers with a significant impact on the Portuguese industrial sector, as well as several issuances and conversions. In addition, the practice took on leading roles on the listing of the first REIT and in the first STS (simple, transparent and standardised) transaction in the country. Tomás Vaz Pinto jointly heads the team with Eduardo Paulino, who is highly regarded in the market for his experience in equity and debt public and private offers in the banking, telecoms, construction and media sectors. Other standout practitioners include Carlos Osório de Castro and Ricardo Andrade Amaro, the latter of whom maintains a broad practice in securities law, capital markets and M&A. Maria Soares do Lago is a promising talent in the team; she is particularly active in debt capital markets, securitisation and derivatives matters.