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Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

EDIFICIO RODRIGO URIA, PRAÇA MARQUÊS DE POMBAL, 12, 1250-162 LISBOA, PORTUGAL
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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

The ‘great team’ at Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho covers a wide spread of work, and assists domestic and international clients including Banco Santander, Bain Capital, Banco BPI, Bankinter, and Natixis. Altamira Asset Management received advice on the acquisition of Oitante's NPLs and real estate assets servicing platform. The recommended Pedro Ferreira Malaquias heads the team.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho combines ‘global quality standards and know-how’ with ‘exceptional local insight and connectivity with different players in the market’. Of counsel Ana Sá Couto and senior associate Miguel Stokes assisted key client Banco Santander with the issuance of contingent redeemable subordinated bonds to retail clients affected by the resolution on Banco Popular; jointly with practice co-head Carlos Costa Andrade, Stokes advised Altice and Meo on the takeover offer by the latter for Media Capital. Jorge Brito Pereira also co-heads the team.

Leading individuals

Jorge Brito Pereira - Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

Next generation lawyers

Miguel Stokes - Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho's team is ‘very capable and motivated’. Antonio Villacampa assisted Meo in the attempted acquisition of Vertix, 94.69% owner of Grupo Media Capital; Francisco Brito e Abreu advised Alantra on the acquisition of a 70% stake in MD Moldes and Jorge Brito Pereira represented REN in the acquisition of EDP Gás. Catarina Tavares, who displays ‘immense work capacity’ and ‘delivers excellent ideas’, made partner.

Leading individuals

Jorge Brito Pereira - Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho continues to attract high-value, high-profile litigation and arbitration cases, and often handles cross-border matters, capitalising on its network. Galp, Cimpor, Ricardo Salgado, Banco Santander Totta, TAP, and Odebrecht count among the team's clients. The ‘extraordinarily pragmatic’ Tito Arantes Fontes and the 'excellentFernando Aguilar de Carvalho jointly head the team; the ‘cleverNuno Salazar Casanova ‘manages clients well’ and is ‘easy to deal with’; senior associate Adriano Squilacce is ‘technically prepared’; Daniel Proença de Carvalho is the other name to note.

Leading individuals

Daniel Proença de Carvalho - Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho - Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

Nuno Salazar Casanova - Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

Tito Arantes Fontes - Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

Next generation lawyers: Dispute Resolution

Adriano Squilacce - Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho handled merger control filings before the PCA for Altice in relation to its attempted acquisition of Media Capital. The ‘pragmatic’ team is led by of counsel Joaquim Caimoto Duarte. Managing associate Tânia Luísa Faria ‘can work with impossible deadlines’.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

A young team handling sophisticated work, Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho is valued for its 'great know-how and experience' and 'assistance with global projects'. It acts for a range of banking clients, recently assisting Wizink Bank in a claim filed against the Labour Ministry concerning the interpretation of TUPE rules applied to the collective bargaining agreement within the context of the sale of Barclays’ card business to the client. Counsel André Nascimento, who ‘albeit young, is very good’, leads the team.

Next generation lawyers

André Nascimento - Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

The ‘strongly committed and business-oriented’ team at Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho maintains its focus on transactional, corporate, contractual and regulatory work, including acquisitions and share purchases. A highlight was assisting Axpo Iberia with a long-term PPA for the construction of a 28.8MW solar plant. Bernardo Diniz de Ayala and Antonio Villacampa jointly head the team; senior associate Mafalda Ferreira is recommended.

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Fraud and white-collar crime
Fraud and white-collar crime - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho represents companies and individuals in some of the most high-profile economic crime cases, such as its ongoing advice to Ricardo Salgado on over 100 cases relating to the collapse of BES and in Operation Marquês. It also successfully challenged the extradition request for businessman Raúl Schmidt in the context of the so-called Operation Car Wash, an investigation into money laundering in Brazil. This case was led by Alexandre Mota Pinto. The team is co-headed by Daniel Proença de Carvalho, Francisco Proença de Carvalho and Tito Arantes Fontes, and also includes Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho, Nuno Salazar Casanova and senior associate Adriano Squilacce.

Leading individuals

Daniel Proença de Carvalho - Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

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Insolvency and restructuring
Insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 2

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho attracted high-profile matters, acting on both the debtor and creditor side, for clients in the construction, banking and private equity sectors. The team is noted for its ‘out-of-the-box recovery strategies’ and includes David Sequeira Dinis, a ‘very intelligent lawyer with enormous knowledge and ability to work’, and Nuno Salazar Casanova, who is singled out for his ‘availability, knowledge and negotiation skills’.

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Oporto: leading commercial firms
Oporto: leading commercial firms - ranked: tier 3

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho saw the departure of João Anacoreta Correia to Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados in January 2019. The names to note remain managing associates José Amorim Magalhães and Pedro Teixeira de Sousa, and senior associate Maria João Dias. The team has corporate and M&A, real estate, public law, shipping and disputes experience, and Amorim Magalhães has particular expertise in employment. Other names to note are of counsel António Castro Caldas for tax work, and managing associate André Almeida Martins for the areas of litigation and arbitration, insolvency and restructuring and white-collar crime.

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Projects and project finance
Projects and project finance - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

The ‘strongly committed and business-oriented’ team at Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho includes Bernardo Diniz de Ayala, Pedro Ferreira Malaquias and Antonio Villacampa and possesses public law, finance, projects and project finance and transactional experience. A highlight was assisting Neoen Development with solar projects contracts, including a long-term power-purchase agreement between the power generator, consumers and the selling agent. Senior associates João Louro e Costa and ‘very talented’ senior associate Mafalda Ferreira are the other names to note.

Leading individuals

Bernardo Diniz de Ayala - Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

Next generation lawyers

Mafalda Ferreira - Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

Strongly committed and business-oriented’, Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho focuses primarily on transactional and finance work and related disputes and some project-based procurement. It advised Altice on the preparation of its parliamentary hearing and on the defence of the injunction requested by Vodafone against the Portuguese Competition Authority, in both instances within the context the client’s attempted acquisition of Media Capital. Practice head Bernardo Diniz de Ayala is ‘totally focused on doing the best for the client’. ‘Very talented’ senior associate Mafalda Ferreira has ‘strong negotiation skills’.

Leading individuals

Bernardo Diniz de Ayala - Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

Next generation lawyers

Mafalda Ferreira - Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho saw the departure of João Torroaes Valente to Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associado in April 2018, however, the ‘market leaderDuarte Garin remains at the helm of the practice, which ‘delivers commercial and pragmatic solutions’. It has a strong focus on advising funds, including Kildare Partners on the €375m acquisition of the Lagoas Park office complex; King Street Capital Management on the acquisition of the company that owns the Amendoeira Golf Resort, among other investments; and Marathon Funds on the acquisition of two office buildings from Caixa Geral de Depósitos. Senior associate Rita Xavier de Brito's ‘quality of work is outstanding’.

Leading individuals

Duarte Garin - Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

Next generation lawyers

Rita Xavier de Brito - Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 4

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho's team ‘shows initiative’ and is largely focused on data protection work, although it also covers financing and transactional, and advertising and e-commerce matters. Clients include Bankinter and Mapfre. Francisco Brito e Abreu heads the group.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

Transactional work - especially in the real estate sector - and wealth management are cornerstones of Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho’s practice, and the team also handles contentious work. It advised BNP Paribas Real Estate on the tax aspects of the joint venture (and related share acquisition and sale) with Silcoge to develop office and residential projects in the Alcântara neighbourhood of Lisbon. Filipe Romao and of counsel Cláudia Reis Duarte are highly recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Cláudia Reis Duarte - Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 3

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

João Anacoreta Correia left Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho for Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados in January 2019. Senior associate Maria João Dias now handles transport matters; she has specialist shipping expertise, namely in ship finance and matters relating to the International Shipping Register of Madeira. Managing associate André Almeida handles disputes. Both are based in Oporto.

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