Mr Filipe Lowndes Marques > Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados > Lisbon, Portugal > Lawyer Profile

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

Banking and finance (including private equity financing, investment funds, project finance/ public-private partnerships, project bonds, securitisation and covered bonds).


Filipe Lowndes Marques has extensive experience in the area of project finance, having worked since 1995 on several types of projects, including bridges, motorways, power plants, wind farms, football stadia, LNG terminals and natural gas concessions. He has also been active in the field of capital markets, having advised on several securitisation transactions (including the first securitisation transaction under the new law and the first synthetic securitisation), covered bonds issuances and worked on several IPOs of state owned companies.


Qualified (1997). Partner (2007) and coordinator of the banking and finance department. Lawyer, Abreu & Marques & Associados (until 2001).


Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.


Portuguese Bar Association (admitted in 1997). Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales (since 2000) (non-practising). Law Society of England and Wales. Oxford Law Society. British Portuguese Chamber of Commerce (President). Lex Mundi (Bank Finance and Regulation Practice Group) (Chair Emeritus).


Law Degree (Law Faculty of the Portuguese Catholic University, 1994). Magister Juris in European and Comparative Law (Oxford University, 1995).

Lawyer Rankings

Portugal > Projects and project finance

(Leading individuals)

Filipe Lowndes MarquesMorais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is well positioned to assist stakeholders – both financing entities and promoters – engaged in project finance matters, encompassing the energy, road, railway, water and sanitation, waste management and real estate sectors. Recently, the team has been particularly active in the areas of acquisition finance and project finance within the renewable energy segment, including in wind and solar power projects, propelled by foreign investment. Its cross-border expertise is also noteworthy, especially when it comes to inbound and outbound investments and large-scale project finance deals in Lusophone countries in Africa. Department leader Filipe Lowndes Marques focuses on the financing of major projects, which is also an area of focus for Luís Branco. Of counsel Cláudia Castanheira Dos Santos advises on project finance in the energy sector and road concessions, and is a key contact for cross-border mandates. Combining expertise in project financing, development, PPPs and other infrastructure concessions, Filipa Morais Alçada is another key member in the practice.

Portugal > Banking and finance

(Leading individuals)

Filipe Lowndes MarquesMorais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

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 > Insolvency and restructuring

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados enjoys a great reputation in the market for its restructuring and insolvency practice, which is sought after by debtors, creditors, investors and other stakeholders. The team is especially devoted to assisting companies in restructuring scenarios, showcasing considerable strength in out-of-court negotiations, including under the special revitalisation process (PER) or under the extra-judicial recovery regime (RERE). Litigation initiated within or related to insolvency proceedings is another core area of activity for the department, which is also frequently engaged in distressed M&A transactions. The ‘technically brilliant‘ Nuno Gundar da Cruz, who ‘combines an enormous execution capacity with excellent negotiating skills‘ coordinates the team. He is particularly noted for his track record in complex PER cases and insolvency-related litigation. Filipe Lowndes Marques brings a wealth of experience in financial restructurings. Creditor and debtor clients also turn to Magda Fernandes for advice on restructuring and insolvency issues.